Beautifully Eerie Google Street View Shots


A while ago, Google Street View launched a collection of amazing scenes taken by their trucks that can give you a sense of what, say, a walk in Antarctica, or Geneva’s lego-like CERN lab, would be like, as well as a feature that allows you to see the changes in street view images over time. But there are also off-the-grid, unplanned moments that are just as mesmerizing. Here’s a powerful images taken by Google Street View, via 9-eyes. (All images via Google and 9-eyes.)


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A boy named Elliot Rodgers went on a shooting spree last night killing 7 girls and then himself. Why? In his words…

"It’s not fair. You girls have never been attracted to me. I don’t know why you girls have never been attracted to me, but I will punish you all for it. It’s an injustice, a crime, because I don’t know what you don’t see in me. I’m the perfect guy, and yet you throw yourselves at all these obnoxious men, instead of me, the supreme gentleman."

"I will punish all of you for it," he says again, and then he laughs.

"On the day of retribution I will enter the hottest sorority house of UCSB, and I will slaughter every single spoiled stuck up blonde slut I see inside there. All those girls that I’ve desired so much, they would have all rejected me and looked down upon me as an inferior man if I ever made a sexual advance towards them. While they throw themselves at these obnoxious brutes. I’ll take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you.You will finally see that I am in truth the superior one. The true Alpha Male.

So just to recap, this guy murked 7 people because girls would not have sex with him. From his point of view though, he was the perfect guy, entitled to all these women who wrongfully refused and rejected him. This is why I don’t fuck with self-described “nice guys”, they’re usually completely delusional and not nice at all.

The media will spin it into “deeply disturbed mentally ill boy shoots fellow students” but the problem here isn’t this one deeply disturbed guy. He’s just a small representation of a larger collective of men who hold the same underlying beliefs that led him to commit this act. They call themselves men’s rights activists, and at the core their beliefs are misogynistic; they believe in the superiority of men over women and believe men’s rights and freedoms have come under attack since the feminist movement. They are the patron saints of patriarchy.

The influence of the men’s rights movement on Rodgers’ is apparent when you look through the youtube channels he subscribed to, mainly men’s rights and pick up artist channels.

I can just imagine Rodgers sitting as his computer absorbing the misogynistic beliefs that are the tenets of the men’s rights movement, trying desperately to learn how to “pick up” women, all while experiencing excruciating sexual frustration, rejection and self inflicted humiliation in the presence of women. Does it rationalize what he did? Not at all. But it does paint a picture of the influence misogynistic beliefs have on men. This shooting was not due to a mental illness, it was due to misogyny. 

Being born a woman is an awful tragedy. Yes, my consuming desire to mingle with road crews, sailors and soldiers, bar room regulars—to be a part of a scene, anonymous, listening, recording—all is spoiled by the fact that I am a girl, a female always in danger of assault and battery. My consuming interest in men and their lives is often misconstrued as a desire to seduce them, or as an invitation to intimacy. Yet, God, I want to talk to everybody I can as deeply as I can. I want to be able to sleep in an open field, to travel west, to walk freely at night.
Sylvia Plath