Justin craved justice after being attacked by a skinhead because of his race. Check out his experience. What do you crave?
 
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Homer Marciniak, a retired bank janitor with a valuable comic book collection, died of a heart attack at the age of 77 back in July. That's not the unusual part. What is is that Marciniak's heart attack came after his house was broken into and he was hit in the face by the robbers. What did they take? His valuable comic book collection, which he had been hoping to sell for somewhere between $40,000 and 100,000 in order to leave his family with the money when he died. An honourable plan for a man who received his first comic book at the age of six and considered the collection "priceless." Unfortunately, one of the men he encountered during this time, a former collectibles business owner named Rico Vendetti, saw an opportunity to get something incredibly valuable for free, and had Marciniak's home broken into and the goods stolen. All this over a bunch of comic books. On the surface, this may seem like an isolated incident. After all, none of us would ever do something that terrible, would we? And especially not over a bunch of colourful pieces of paper...right? But maybe that's not so much the point. Maybe the point is, what kinds of things do we give that much importance to in our lives? The kinds of things that maybe we wouldn't literally kill for, but we'd do a lot of things just to get them, or not to have to give them up. Are they really the things worth holding onto? Are they material? Will they last forever after we leave this earth? Or are we putting all our hope and happiness into things that really, in the big picture, don't matter at all? 

Think about it.

Read The Associated Press' full article here

 
Colorado Republican Senate candidate Ken Buck said during a debate on Meet The Press on Sunday that he believes being gay is a choice, but that there are predisposing factors, just as there are for other things like alcoholism. He did clarify that he was not saying homosexuality is a disease or even a problem, just that one ultimately can choose their partner. WakeUpWorld! is not so much interested in the typical debate over homosexuality here. What we want to know is whether you think it matters.  Who cares whether homosexuality is a choice or not? What kinds of implications are there if homosexuality is or is not a choice? We're dealing with peoples' lives and identities here, so please be sensitive. :)

Read the short story from NBC News below...
Buck on homosexuality: 'You have a choice'
During a debate on 'Meet the Press' Sunday, Colorado Republican Senate candidate Ken Buck said he believes that being gay is a choice but that, "like alcoholism," there are also biological factors that contribute to homosexuality.

Asked by host David Gregory if he thinks being gay is a choice, Buck replied, "I do."

"You can choose who your partner is," Buck added. "I think that birth has an influence, like alcoholism and some other things ... But I think that, basically, you have a choice."

After the debate, Buck clarified that he thinks there is "some element of predisposition" in homosexuality. He noted that he mentioned alcoholism as an example of another behavior that can be influenced by genetic factors.

"I wasn't talking about being gay as a disease," Buck said. "I don't think that at all."

Speaking to reporters after the debate, Buck's Democratic opponent, Michael Bennet, called Buck's characterization of homosexuality "deeply troubling."

 
Sex Trafficking...Do you really know what's going on behind the scenes in our world? Do you care? This is just the trailer. Film coming soon.
What can we do to help change this? What are your ideas to help create a world without sex trafficking?
 
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The "I Like It On The..." Facebook campaign is this year's strategy for promoting breast cancer awareness , once again confusing Facebook users more than ever before. The phrase apparently is supposed to be indicative of where a woman likes to leave her purse when she enters the home. How provocative sexual innuendos that nobody understands are supposed to help create awareness for breast cancer, or even more, help us to identify with the horror of breast cancer, is beyond WakeUpWorld!'s comprehension.  Read the National Post's Full Article below.

Robyn Urback: Facebook’s “I like it” campaign pointlessly sexualizing tragedy

Many unsuspecting Facebook users have logged in this month to the harrowing news that their sister “likes it on the floor,” their coworker “likes it on the kitchen table,” and their mother, perhaps most disturbingly, “likes it anywhere, as long as its out of my hands.”

No, it’s not Facebook-hosted sexual liberation revival, but a campaign to promote breast cancer awareness. The movement went viral after a message began circulating between Facebook inboxes, suggesting women change their statuses to indicate where they typically put their handbags once they walk in the door — which was, somehow, to support breast cancer awareness. Women soon began ominously posting that they “like it on the couch,” or “like it on the dresser,” while the rest of the Facebook world scratched their virtual heads and asked, “What gives?”

 
It's a real rags to riches story. $40,000 in debt and after several arrests, Times Square's "Naked Cowboy" Robert Burck is now making $1000/day and is quite wealthy. Now, he has cut his hair, put on a suit, and is running for U.S. President in 2012.  WakeUpWorld! admires any private citizen who steps up and gets involved in our world. But would YOU vote for this guy?
Naked Cowboy's next gig: Run for president
New York's main attraction proclaims he's running as a member of the Tea Party and "in defense of individual liberty." 

Full Article here
 
What is love, really? Is it really just about an emotional feeling? Or is there a deeper kind, one that lasts when the feelings fade? Jaeson Ma gives us his musical take. What's yours?
WakeUpWorld! wants to know what you think. What is love, really, to you?