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  • Vatican Launches Track Team Made Up of Nuns, Clergy, Swiss Guard, and Other Staff

    01/18/2019 8:52:08 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    Runner's World ^ | January 15, 2019 | Taylor Rojek
    A new international sports team may have a supernatural boost: Vatican representatives announced last week that the city-state has launched a national track and field team. The group will start with about 60 members, pending official clearance and a health examination required by the Italian government, Father Melchor Jose Sanchez de Toca y Alameda, team president and the head of the Vatican’s sports department in the culture ministry, told Runner’s World. Those members range in age from 18 to 62, and have a variety of professions within the Vatican. “There’s all types of people—it cuts across the Vatican world. There...
  • Hugh Fitzgerald: When Iran Fired Missiles at Kurds in Iraq, It Sent a Message — But to Whom?

    01/18/2019 8:07:14 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 4 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 17 Jan, 2019 | Hough Fitzgerald
    The September 8 Iranian missile attack on Kurdish leaders meeting in Koya in northern Iraq was widely described in the press at the time as “a warning to Washington, Riyadh, and Jerusalem.” For it was taken as a demonstration of Iran’s military prowess. The attack included seven Fateh 11-B missiles, and apparently they hit their mark exactly, killing nearly a dozen high-ranking Iranian Kurds. Now, four months later, its significance can be more soberly evaluated...... The strike on Koya showed Iran’s enemies that it now had missiles than were both longer-range and more accurate than anything it had previously used....
  • 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' casts trans actors in Marvel blockbuster

    01/18/2019 7:41:25 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 17, 2019 | Michael Rothmanv
    The internet was buzzing earlier this week as the first trailer for "Spider-Man: Far From Home" was released by Marvel, featuring Spidey and film star Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio. But the web is also excited about the film for reasons beyond the main players. Marvel has cast trans actor Zach Barack as one of Peter Parker's buddies who travels with him to Venice on a high school field trip. The 22-year-old actor hails from Evanston, Illinois and is an actor, singer and comedian. This marks one of the first times a trans actor has been featured in the Marvel Cinematic...
  • How should conversations about toxic masculinity deal with the toxic women who also perpetuate it?

    01/18/2019 7:34:54 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 18, 2019 | Monica Hesse
    So, Gillette, the razor and shaving conglomerate, has released a commercial that is either Oscar-worthy or the devil’s own butthole, depending on your view of masculinity. This happened while I was home sick and by the time I dragged myself to a screen and actually watched the thing, it didn’t seem as revolutionary or inspirational as it had been described. Mostly, it felt ad-spirational — that weird sweet spot where a company wants to convince you that you can Mach-3 your way to gender equality. But still, Gillette was trying. “It’s time we acknowledge that brands, like ours, play a...
  • You Haven't Earned the Right to Criticize Trump

    01/18/2019 6:31:52 PM PST · by rebuildus · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1/18/19 | Patrick Rooney
    You Haven't Earned the Right to Criticize Trump Patrick Rooney of PRRooney.com ("Freedom. Rediscovered...") discusses President Trump's critics. Have you earned the right to criticize him? Not likely. https://prrooney.com Essential News, Culture, Independence, Health & Fitness
  • Asteroids have been crushing Earth for nearly 300 million years and no one knows why

    01/18/2019 10:41:27 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 65 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 18, 2019 | Chris Ciaccia
    Asteroids have been hitting the Earth for nearly 1 billion years, but the atmosphere has largely shielded the planet from some catastrophic events. However, some space rocks make their way through — including the one that wiped out the dinosaurs. But a new study notes that, over the past 290 million years, asteroids have been impacting the Earth at triple the rate they were previously and scientists aren't sure why. After looking at 1 billion years' worth of asteroid impacts on both the Earth and Moon, researchers found that dinosaurs' fate was perhaps an inevitability.
  • ‘Forgiveness is better:’ SC restaurant owner poses with man who robbed business

    01/18/2019 9:21:42 AM PST · by EveningStar · 19 replies
    WBRC FOX6 News ^ | January 17, 2019 | Tanita Gaither
    COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The man known as Mr. Seafood took to Facebook to show that despite his business being broken into, that won’t stop his compassionate spirit to forgive the man who committed the crime. Kevin Scott, the owner of Mr. Seafood #1 in Columbia says his restaurant on Two Notch Road was broken into overnight on Jan. 13. He’s been in business in that location since July 2017... “God inspired me,” Scott said. “I talked to the guy and he said he did it to feed his family, and his story didn’t seem dishonest to me. He apologized...
  • Homeless Camp Waste Leads To Big Toxic Discharge After Massive Storm

    01/18/2019 8:42:46 AM PST · by C19fan · 27 replies
    CBS Sacramento ^ | January 17, 2019 | Steve Large
    Wednesday’s massive storm had rivers rising all around our area. In Sacramento County, the surge of water swept away toxic waste from homeless camps and sent it all downstream. One section of Steelhead Creek, hit hard by toxic debris from homeless camps, grabbed the attention of geologist Roland Brady. One day after the storm, Brady came out to see the aftermath. “I wouldn’t drink it,” Brady said. “I would never drink it. What you’ll see are places that look like a solid waste disposal site, with a creek flowing through it.”
  • Woman Sets Fire to Husband After Row Over Phone Password Turns Violent

    01/18/2019 7:22:24 AM PST · by Red Badger · 35 replies
    www.theepochtimes.com ^ | January 18, 2019 | By Simon Veazey
    Warning: Pictures in social media posts contain scenes some may find distressing ====================================================================== A man died two days after his wife set him on fire following an argument sparked by his refusal to give her his phone password. Dedi Purnama, 26, was repairing the roof of his house in a coastal village in Indonesia on the afternoon of Jan. 12, according to local media reports, when his wife called up to him, wanting to access his phone. He refused and climbed down the ladder. An argument followed. He then reportedly hit his wife, Ilham Cahyani, who then grabbed a fuel...
  • "Unicorn Armpit Hair" Is the Best Beauty Trend of 2019 So Far (eye bleach alert)

    01/18/2019 5:16:04 AM PST · by where's_the_Outrage? · 34 replies
    Marie Claire ^ | Jan 17, 2019 | Maya Allen
    It's 2019. We need to stop shaming women who refuse to succumb to stereotypical gender norms-women have every right to embrace their body hair. Gloriously, the first month of the new year has been dubbed "Januhairy," an ongoing celebration on social media encouraging women to grow out and show off their body hair. Now, women are dynamic, radiant, vibrant beings-so, naturally, Januhairy got really colorful. On Instagram, some women are dying their armpit hair in rainbow shades and calling them #UnicornPits. Girls just wanna have fun.
  • Shutdown Ineffective, Trump To Blame, Marist Poll Says: What Do You Think? Vote Now

    01/18/2019 4:42:44 AM PST · by wtd · 43 replies
    SOUTHWEST DUTCHESS daily voice ^ | 1/18/2019 | Zak Failla
    Shutdown Ineffective, Trump To Blame, Marist Poll Says: What Do You Think? Vote NowAs the country remains gridlocked amid the longest government shutdown in the nation's history, more and more people are growing dissatisfied, according to a new Marist College poll.
  • Apple CEO Cook calls for U.S. Congress to pass comprehensive federal privacy legislation

    01/17/2019 10:17:38 PM PST · by blueplum · 11 replies
    MACDailyNews ^ | 17 Jan 2019 | uncredited
    Full title: Apple CEO Cook calls for U.S. Congress to pass comprehensive federal privacy legislation in TIME op-ed “In 2019, it’s time to stand up for the right to privacy—yours, mine, all of ours,” Apple CEO Tim Cook writes in an op-ed for TIME Magazine. “Consumers shouldn’t have to tolerate another year of companies irresponsibly amassing huge user profiles, data breaches that seem out of control and the vanishing ability to control our own digital lives.” “This problem is solvable—it isn’t too big, too challenging or too late.... {snip} ….“We believe the Federal Trade Commission should establish a data-broker clearinghouse,...
  • US Submarine Commander Sacked After Hiring TEN Hookers For Hotel Orgy

    01/17/2019 7:52:28 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 103 replies
    The Sun ^ | 01/17/18 | Jon Rogers
    A US Navy submarine commander has been fired after he hired ten prostitutes to party in his hotel room. Captain Travis Zettel, of the USS Bremerton, paid for the women while his submarine was on a “farewell” tour of the Philippines last March. The commander is said to have bragged to two sailors at a hotel pool that he’d “ordered ten girls to arrive at the hotel,” according to the Kitsap Sun. At the time the sub was docked at Subic Bay in the country. One of the sailors then saw around ten “provocatively dressed” women outside the hotel entrance...
  • A Shocking Tour of K-12 Today

    01/17/2019 6:57:12 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 23 replies
    Education Views ^ | July 15, 2017 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Some of my articles generate lots of comments from angry parents who had to fight with an unresponsive school system year after year. People not familiar with how bad K-12 has become might find these comments both revealing and scary. They tell the truth about K-12, a truth-in-the-trenches you won’t find in our media. (Sad to say, our media seem to feel it’s their job to wrap academic decline in a protective silence. Shhhh, Don’t Disturb The Saboteurs!) Here are comments left on an article about reading: “I had the Sisters of Mercy. Everyone read at least at grade level...
  • All bets are off for shutdown's impact on Super Bowl

    01/17/2019 1:38:05 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 41 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 17, 2019 | Dareh Gregorian
    When it comes to Super Bowl LIII, air traffic controllers are flying blind. The government shutdown has already resulted in canceled planning meetings for the Feb. 3 game in Atlanta, and if the federal budget impasse continues, airport screeners and flight controllers at the busiest airport in the world will be working on game day for no pay. Dan McCabe, a National Air Traffic Controllers Association representative, told NBC News that his colleagues had been holding meetings over the past year to prepare for the surge in travelers to the area. But now the planning meetings, which included officials from...
  • The Strange Marketplace for Diabetes Test Strips

    01/17/2019 10:45:35 AM PST · by Red Badger · 38 replies
    outline.com ^ | January 14, 2019 | Ted Alcorn
    Jeenah Moon for The New York Times On most afternoons, people arrive from across New York City with backpacks and plastic bags filled with boxes of small plastic strips, forming a line on the sidewalk outside a Harlem storefront. Hanging from the awning, a banner reads: “Get cash with your extra diabetic test strips.” Each strip is a laminate of plastic and chemicals little bigger than a fingernail, a single-use diagnostic test for measuring blood sugar. More than 30 million Americans have Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, and most use several test strips daily to monitor their condition. But...
  • Jerry Coyne and the Consequences of Denying Free Will

    01/17/2019 9:28:03 AM PST · by Heartlander · 10 replies
    Evolution News ^ | January 17, 2019 | Michael Egnor
    Jerry Coyne and the Consequences of Denying Free Will Michael Egnor January 17, 2019 Jerry Coyne is an atheist evolutionary biologist who denies libertarian free will. He believes that we are “biological automatons,” made of, and governed solely by, molecules, and incapable of contracausal free will. He believes that we cannot make choices that are not caused wholly by the matter in our brains and bodies. He denies the immateriality of the will. His reasons for this denial are unsound, in my view. But that is not the focus of my post. It is the consequences of free will denial that...
  • Are people paying for FOX NATION?

    01/17/2019 8:04:40 AM PST · by Baynative · 12 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | 1/17/19 | me
    I've seen several links to took me to the new subscription page where FOX personalities preach to the choir. I am not inclined to pay for more clutter on my computer and since I live in a rural area the drain on my data plan is also a non starter. I'm wondering if people are signing up for this stuff in significant numbers.
  • Exclusive: How The Word 'Family' Triggered A Meltdown At Google

    01/17/2019 7:22:50 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 44 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | January 17, 2019 | Peter Hasson
    A Google executive sparked a fierce backlash from employees by using the word “family” in a weekly, company-wide presentation, according to internal documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. Many Google employees became angry that the term was used while discussing a product aimed at children, because it implied that families have children, the documents show. The backlash grew large enough that a Google vice president addressed the controversy and solicited feedback on how the company could become more inclusive. TheDCNF received the documents from a source who insisted upon anonymity in order to share them. (RELATED: Google Employees...
  • Potential 2020 presidential candidate Kamala Harris shares advice for young women

    01/17/2019 7:07:59 AM PST · by fungoking · 29 replies
    Good Morning America ^ | 1/17/19 | Staff
    Sen. Kamala Harris, who went from being the daughter of immigrants to a potential 2020 presidential candidate, said in an interview with "Good Morning America" that she finds her political strength in knowing that "if it's worth fighting for, then it's a fight worth having."