This Little Kid Is Blowing Everyone Away With His Incredibly Realistic Drawings

A young artist named Kareem Waris is going viral right now for his unbelievable photorealistic drawings. Waris has been making art for years and years—but he’s only 11.

DD News reports that Waris began drawing when he was six, and was considered a “professional” by the age of eight, selling drawings from his small studio in Lagos, Nigeria. He says his artistic genre is “hyper-realism,” which you can see in the attention to detail on every subject.

Photos of his work have been circulating on Twitter, where he’s being celebrated for his skill.

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Waris comes from a very poor neighborhood, and has seen his family and community struggling to make ends meet. 

Many kids would not be selling their art at his age, even if it were anywhere as good, but Waris does so in part to support his family. He tried to express some of that in this piece, “Daily Bread.”

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“The inspiration behind it is that something going on around me, especially my family. The sweat on it symbolizes hard work and struggling. And the spoon symbolizes food,” he said.

Everybody in my society has little now, or my streets, they struggle, struggle, they sweat for their eats.”

But Waris also has a very developed artistic philosophy for an 11-year-old.

“I try to focus on it to get the detail in the picture and in the artwork too. And in the artwork was painting. And in the picture will be in the artwork that anybody sees it, possibly symbolize photo,” he told DD News.

Waris became so well-known in Nigeria, he was commissioned to make a drawing of French president Emmanuel Macron:

And then he got to meet him:

Waris wants to continue his work, and eventually become an artist whose work is show in galleries and museums around the world. And the Internet really wants that to happen, too:

Though some are a bit jealous:

He may be young, but to get this good at his work in difficult circumstances, Waris has worked hard.

We’re all looking forward to his first museum exhibition.

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People Are Already Dropping Their iPhone X's And We Can't Look Away

We’ve all heard horror stories about the iPhone breaking. Whether it’s because it’s so bendy…

…or scarily easy to shatter…

Surely, the new $ 1,000+ iPhone X would be a more stalwart handset that won’t shatter after slipping from your fingertips?

Well, actually, that’s not the case. There are some unfortunate souls who’ve purchased the phone, on launch day, and have been simultaneously let down by its break-tastic design and their own clumsiness.

And if you thought that fixing an iPhone’s screen was expensive before, just wait till you hear how much it costs to replace the X’s, Essential Phones-esque screen

$ 275, (or $ 25 less than price of a brand-new Moto G5 Plus) is what it costs to replace your iPhone X’s screen. Which makes watching these videos of people dropping them all the more painful to watch.

This guy drops the iPhone on purpose, but it doesn’t make it any easier to see.

Regardless of the phones’ well-documented fragility, people are still flocking to buy them. Will you save up to purchase an iPhone X? Or are you happy enough with your current phone?

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Devin Nunes Steps Away From Russia Investigation Amid Ethics Complaints

Devin Nunes Steps Away From Russia Investigation Amid Ethics Complaints

For any good organization to function, there needs to be some type of internal accountability. Government agencies especially need some type of internal affairs or ethics committee to ensure that everything is on the up and up and people in positions of power aren’t (gasp) abusing their power. I know, it seems crazy that anyone would do such a thing because humans have such incredible track records of doing the right thing, always, but ethics committees are a necessity.

So when word broke out about Donald Trump’s alleged connections with Russia, that gave U.S. Intelligence agencies cause for alarm to go and investigate how deep of a relationship Trump has with the Russian government – and it turns out it’s pretty freaking deep.

But the thing is, if an official investigation is being launched on the former reality star turned U.S. President, then it needs to be handled the correct way. Meaning you can’t have people who are in Trump or his opponent’s pocket. This means it needs to be left up to the bipartisan House Ethics Committee. 

Which is exactly why that same committee is investigating Republican Devin Nunes.

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Nunes is chairman to the House Permanent Select Committee On Intelligence and was previously part of the investigation into Trump’s ties with Russia. However, after it was alleged he made a late-night trip to the White House to obtain classified information on how Trump transition team members were “unmasked,” he’s been asked to step down from the case.

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For Nunes, being removed from the Russia investigation is due to a strong conflict of interest. In this case, the Republican seemingly illegally divulged classified information to Ryan and Trump.

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Had Nunes followed protocol, he would have briefed his Democratic Counterpart on the Ethics Committee, Adam Schiff. The committee’s basically ruling that Nunes can’t be trusted with classified information, so now the Ethics Committee won’t be investigating Trump’s tied with Russia. That job will be left to the Senate Intelligence Committee.

The Ethics Committee is supposed to be a completely bipartisan political watchdog.

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With an equal number of Democrats and Republicans making up the committee, the group also possesses subpoena power, meaning that they can investigate exactly what information Nunes divulged to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Donald Trump after he briefed them on March 22nd.

For Nunes, the scandal’s probably more embarrassing than this ’91 Highschool yearbook photo of him.

It’s a pretty bad look for Nunes, as he’s another “Trump ally” who’s been caught in a blatant scandal.

Nunes tried blaming “left-wing activists” for ousting him from the Russian probe.

However, as Shaun King and others are pointing out, we have a Republican President and majority Republican Senate and Congress. So maybe it’s the fact that he did something illegal that torpedoed his political career?

Some are saying that this points to further proof that Russia meddled in our election.

And others are using the opportunity to just roast the dude.

Things aren’t looking good for Nunes. (h/t thedailybeast)

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