Let’s be honest, that rainbow in the cover photo is in no way representative of the week we’ve had on Planet Earth.
A GRAPHIC CONTENT warning is justified for this selection.
Tomorrowland is an electronic music festival and one of the largest festivals in Europe. The festival is held in the Belgium place Boom. It’s unique psychedelic carnival atmosphere is complemented by it’s electronic and dance music (referred to in the USA as EDM) line-up that also features other similar sub-genres such as trance, house and rave music. In 2014 the festival was held over two weekends due to it’s 10th anniversary. Photographer Marc van der Aa was present on both weekends to document the festival in pictures and he gave us his 60 best pictures. Special Thanks to Backbone International and you can also find more of Marc on his Facebook Page.
Elmo and Cookie Monster have long delighted young viewers on TV’s Sesame Street, but the recent antics of New York street performers dressed as the beloved characters have drawn the ire of city officials and now the show’s producers. Sesame Workshop, which owns the rights to Big Bird, Ernie and the assorted puppet monsters on the 45-year-old program, said on Tuesday it was drafting plans to stop performers who dress up as the characters from appearing in Times Square, where they pose for photos with tourists and then demand tips.
In June 2012 Sgt. Matt Krumwiede was on patrol in Afghanistan in 2012 when he stepped on an improvised explosive device which tore away both his legs, damaged his left arm, and ripped open his abdominal cavity. Since then he has undergone dozens of surgeries and spent time recovering at Brooke Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, learning to walk again with the use of prosthetic legs. In June 2014, he visited to his hometown of Pocatello, Idaho for the first time since he was injured.
This week’s selection is dominated by the unfortunate events involving flight MH17 in the Ukraine and of course the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.
If only they’d stop killing the children.
Two and a half years after the Costa Concordia sank of the coast of Italy, leaving 32 people dead, she has finally been refloated and towed away.
In its first national day of mourning in more than half a century, the Netherlands came to a standstill Wednesday as the remains of some of the victims who died when Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was downed over eastern Ukraine came home. Two military planes landed in Eindhoven. King Willem Alexander, Queen Maxima and Prime Minister Mark Rutte, along with some family members of the dead, waited on the tarmac on a bright, clear day. A trumpet salute was played, and the country held a minute of silence. Television images showed buses stopped along the roads, air traffic around the airport was shutdown, and the only sound to be heard was the hum of engines and the flapping of flags at half-staff.
Note: This site might be called TotallyCoolPix, but those who are not new to us this is from our start up days. Nowadays we also post newsworthy images which are nog cool in the slightest.
Week 29 was dominated with the horrible stories and pictures coming out of Israel and Gaza and of course the tragic images of the downed flight MH17 aircraft over the Ukraine.
Let’s hope week 30 brings us some better news, but I doubt it.
No matter what religion you follow, surely you can’t agree with innocent children being threatened and killed by rockets, tanks and bombs?
PS this is not a political post, but going after people, who are in a walled in area with no chance to escape, with tanks, fighter jets and drones is just no right any way you try to justify it in my opinion.
And neither is firing rockets indiscriminately for good measure.
Warning: Some photos are shocking and depict injured or dead people.
Mere months after Malaysia Airlines flight 370 disappeared from radar another Malaysia Airlines flight has been met with disaster.
Flight MH17 has crashed in the Ukraine while en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. All 295 people on board have died.
The reason for the crash is still unclear, but the plane did come down in an area currently experiencing military activity between pro-Russian opposition and the Ukraine army.
Two Ukrainian military aircraft were shot down in the area recently and the Ukraine government was quick to blame the pro-Russian seperatists for shooting down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.
Warning: some images contain graphic content.
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