Community Post: 11 Animals So Over Studying

1. This panda that thought studying on the grass would be peaceful.

2. This cat that just can’t anymore.

3. This lemur that just realized there are still 4 more hours worth of notes.

4. This cat who cannot handle one more question during the study group session.

5. This penguin not interested in being passed up by the over-achiever on the way to class.

6. This sloth that’s just going to take a nap, and you can deal with it.

7. This bird running away from another student who wants to be a study buddy.

8. The hamster having major test anxiety.

9. This cow who is trying to pretend to care about your explanation of the lecture notes.

10. This manatee that’s lost all motor functions after an all-nighter.

11. This duck that is finished pretending that he’s still maintaining good hygiene during midterms. Screw it.

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Community Post: The Last Words Of 17 Historical Figures

1. Thomas Jefferson

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Thomas Jefferson died on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

2. John Adams

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Adams and Jefferson were bitter political rivals, and attempted to outlive each other. Adams actually did outlive Jefferson by a matter of a few hours.

3. John F. Kennedy

Kennedy said his final words in response to being told that the city of Dallas loved him; he was shot seconds later.

4. Julius Caesar

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Caesar, who had taken on vast dictatorial powers in Rome, was eventually assassinated by a group of senators, including Caesar’s friend Brutus. It is generally believed Caesar did not actually have last words, as he was too busy defending himself from being stabbed.

5. Dwight D. Eisenhower

Eisenhower’s final words are actually part of a longer good-bye, delivered to his family, who were present. He said, “I’ve always loved my wife; I’ve always loved my children; I’ve always loved my grandchildren; I’ve always loved my country. I want to go; God take me.”

6. Winston Churchill

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Winston Churchill uttered this before slipping into a coma, which lasted for nine days before his death.

7. Napoleon Bonaparte

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Napoleon’s last words have long been overshadowed by conspiracies that the British slowly poisoned him to death before hiding away his body. Only now are these beliefs starting to be refuted.

8. Josef Stalin

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Stalin seemed to have a premonition of his coming death, as he sent his soldiers home to bed. Generally, he kept the night guard outside his room until he awoke.

9. Louis XIV

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Louis XIV was the longest-reigning monarch in European history, ruling for 72 years.

10. Vespasian

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Vespasian, a Roman emperor, showed some wit as he was dying from what was believed to be dysentery. At death, emperors were deified — something he obviously wanted no part in.

11. Benito Mussolini

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As the tide of WWII turned against Mussolini, he was captured by anti-Fascist Italian soldiers and executed along with his mistress.

12. Viscountess Nancy Astor

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Nancy Astor was the first woman to serve in the British Parliament’s House of Lords.

13. Benjamin Franklin

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Benjamin Franklin is at the core of everything American, having even written the first newspaper cartoon, “Join or Die.”

14. Chief Sitting Bull

Chief Sitting Bull remained defiant of U.S. incursions and broken promises against the Lakota Sioux; he was the spiritual leader responsible for the defeat of General Custer. He was eventually arrested — and killed — when he refused to leave his home.

15. George Engels

George Engels was a primary socialist organizer in Chicago. Tried and sentenced in a kangaroo court, he shouted his last words from the gallows.

16. Archduke Franz Ferdinand

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Franz Ferdinand’s complete last words, after he and his wife were shot by a Serbian assassin in Sarajevo, were: “Sophie! Sophie! Don’t die! Live for our children…” followed by him uttering, “It is nothing… It is nothing…”

17. Karl Marx

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After essentially codifying what socialism and communism are, Marx seems to think he had enough to say; ironically, his rebuttal of last words make for a very poignant final sentiment.

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Dalit rape victim dies, angry DCW lashes out at Delhi police – Times of India

A 14-year-old dalit rape victim who was repeatedly sexually assaulted and was forced to drink a corrosive substance, died at a hospital here on Sunday, prompting an anguished DCW chief to lash out at the Centre and Delhi police on the issue of women’s safety.

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IRS Figure At Center Of Scandal Warned Others To "Be Cautious About What We Say In Emails"

“I was cautioning folks about email and how we have had several occasions where Congress has asked for emails.”

An IRS official at the center of the scandal surrounding the targeting of conservative groups apply for tax-exempt status for extra scrutiny warned others “be cautious about what we say in emails.”

Lois Lerner, who until 2013 was the director of the IRS Exempt Organizations Unit, noted in an email to another colleague, asking about whether certain types of communication was searchable, that Congress had on “several occasions” asked for email records.

Lerner took the Fifth Amendment before Congress to avoid testifying on the scandal, an action her lawyer maintains was to avoid being bullied.

Here’s Lerner’s email, released by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Here's Lerner's email, released by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee

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Oversight and Investigations Committee

Most recently, emails surfaced showing Lerner suggested referring Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley or a group that was paying him to speak for an audit after accidentally receiving an invitation to an event that was meant for Grassley. After discussion, the IRS did not make any referral.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has also been investigating missing emails related to the IRS scandal.

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One Man Had A Plan For His Art, And It Wasn't To Hang In Some Millionaire's Sitting Room

Ralph Fasanella was born on Labor Day 1914. He was the son of an Italian immigrant, and one of his first jobs was slinging ice back in the days when “icebox” meant refrigerator … with a block of ice. He went on to work in a factory and as a truck driver, and then became a union organizer.

That was before he became a fascinating painter. He often used large canvasses because he envisioned his work hanging in union halls rather than “in some rich guy’s living room.” Some of his paintings were about common working people. Others were about strikes, civil unrest, JFK’s assassination, and other relics of the times.

His works are on display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., and a parallel exhibit is in the lobby of the AFL-CIO building. More on that below the images.

“Family Supper,” 1972, oil on canvas, National Park Service. © 1972, Estate of Ralph Fasanella

“New York City,” 1957, oil on canvas, collection of Nicholas and Shelley Schorsch, image courtesy Estate of Ralph Fasanella. © 1957, Estate of Ralph Fasanella

“Iceman Crucified #4,” 1958, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Estate of Ralph Fasanella. © 1958, Estate of Ralph Fasanella

“The Great Strike: Lawrence 1912,” 1978, oil on canvas, Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO, Image courtesy Estate of Ralph Fasanella. © 1978, Estate of Ralph Fasanella

“American Tragedy,” 1964, oil on canvas, collection of John and Susan Jerit, image courtesy Andrew Edlin Gallery. © 1964, Estate of Ralph Fasanella

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