Is This Cat Riding a Turtle Click Bait?

This picture sucks you in, right? 

First, you see a cat with a piece of pizza on it's head.  Then the turtle.  Flying through the sky in awkward harmony.  The cherry on top is the taco.  The picture was perfect before the taco, but then this internet genius decided to place a Mexican delight in the paw of an animal with no opposable thumbs.  You know what they say, "There is no traffic jam on the extra mile."  As you ponder the mental state of this digital Picasso, the message sets in.  

Mind.  Blown.

 
This mission isn't easy.  Spreading the Stoke involves a lot of teamwork, data consumption, communication, and time in the spotlight.  But it's our job to do show people what's possible, then encourage them to join us.  Morally, it's the right thing to do.  We work to communicate the sustainable impact of persistence, creativity, and respect.  We strive to make this content an enjoyable part of your life--something you want to share with others.  
 

Where am I going with this?  

Sit tight my friend.   

Of all things birthed on Al Gore's internet, our favorite is The Hater.  The Keyboard Commando.  The Troll.  Synonyms to describe a person that needs a long, hard look at that picture.

Here it is again if you scrolled past it in your browser.

  


The Combat Flip Flops concept is hard to swallow for some people.  

Be nice to others.  

Be respectful.  

Build relationships from a place of common understanding.

 

 It causes Cognitive Dissonance.  

When that happens, there are three standard responses:

1)  Discredit the Person

2)  Discredit the Idea

3)  Change The Belief System

With transparency, data, and performance, we will strive for #3.  As we launch our Winter Strike, this blog post will be a running data sheet, repository for informative contributions, and location for lively public commentary.  If you have something of value to add in a meaningful way, please comment below with links, videos, and relevant information.  If you're going to contribute in a way that highlights your armored belief system, here's the photo again for reference.

 Enjoy.

 

Afghanistan

Poverty
http://cso.gov.af/Content/Media/Documents/CSO-WB_Tech-Report-Pov_v4%282%291162011121045651553325325.pdf
https://www.wfp.org/countries/afghanistan/overview
Literacy
"Although more than 3.500 school buildings have been constructed, only 25% of the schools have usable buildings. In addition, nearly 6% of schools have been burned or closed down due to terrorism in the last two years. However, education is a key enabler of development and human security contributing to improve health, good governance, sustainable livehoods and economic growth"
http://www.unesco.org/fileadmin/MULTIMEDIA/INSTITUTES/UIL/confintea/pdf/National_Reports/Asia%20-%20Pacific/Afghanistan.pdf
Extremism
http://foreignaffairs.house.gov/hearing/hearing-women-s-education-promoting-development-countering-radicalism
Economy
http://www.tradingeconomics.com/afghanistan/gdp
Trade Agreement(s)
2002https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/107/s3151/text
2002https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/107/s3151
2008https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/uploads/gsp/asset_upload_file143_14799.pdf
2009https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/111/s496
2014https://ustr.gov/about-us/policy-offices/press-office/press-releases/2014/January/US-Afghanistan-Sign-Market-Access-Agreement
Reports/News
http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/20331976?sid=21105611004131&uid=4&uid=3739256&uid=3739960&uid=2 http://www.unesco.org/education/wef/countryreports/afghanistan/rapport_3.html http://www.usaid.gov/news-information/fact-sheets/trade-and-accession-facilitation-afghanistan-tafa  

Laos

Poverty
https://www.wfp.org/countries/Lao-PDR
Literacy
http://www.uis.unesco.org/Library/Documents/lao-pdr-unesco-country-programming-document-education-2012-2015-en.pdf
Economy
http://www.tradingeconomics.com/laos/indicators
Trade Agreement
http://export.gov/thailand/doingbusinessinthailand/doingbusinessinlaos/index.asp
Reports/News
http://www.magamerica.org/country/laos/overview
http://lao-foundation.org/learn-about-laos/unexploded-ordnance-landmines/

Colombia

Poverty
https://www.wfp.org/countries/colombia
Literacy
http://www.indexmundi.com/facts/colombia/literacy-rate
Economy
http://www.tradingeconomics.com/colombia/gdp
Trade Agreement
https://ustr.gov/uscolombiatpa
Reports/News
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/for-war-weary-rebels-colombia-invites-defections-with-comforts-and-kindness/2014/06/12/8f0643ca-35a5-419e-b5c1-ce95aa93c97e_story.html
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