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Thursday, June 18, 2015

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Breaking News: The suspect in the murders at a Charleston, SC cult has been apprehended in Shelby, NC. It is being called a hate crime - and while that has not been officially established (to be based on an interview with the suspect) - all indicators are most decidedly pointing that way.
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Amy Schumer Leaves 1,000 Percent Tip For Struggling Student Waiter

Amy Schumer Leaves 1,000 Percent Tip For Struggling Student Waiter (VIDEO)
This tip was amazing, but debt-free college would be a lot better.

Get ready for ‘the new normal’

Neil deGrasse Tyson appears on 'Larry King Now' on June 15, 2015. [Ora.Tv]

The Pope Is About To Go ‘Green’ Big Time – Challenging Wingnut Pseudo-christians

pope-francis-at-vaticanPope Francis will unveil his long-awaited Encyclical on the Environment today. The two questions on everyone’s mind are what will he say, and how will the global community – christians and non-christians alike – respond?
The answer to the first question is easy to find. The Vatican has been strategically planting leaks for some time now. The Pope will speak to the people of the world, not just to catholics or even just to christians – of the need to care for the Earth, to care for ‘creation.’ In fact he will go beyond calling it a ‘need’ and will refer to it as a moral imperative, an obligation. We are called, as human beings living on the Earth in community, to care for the planet. For him, that is the true meaning of the Hebrew word that was poorly translated as our having ‘dominion’ over creation. For this Pope it means having an obligation to care for our Earth Mother, as opposed to exploiting her.
His Holiness’ argument is not as theological as you might expect. It’s very pragmatic: without the Earth, without ‘creation’ – nothing else matters. In his words, “If we destroy creation, creation will destroy us.”
It’s not a ‘scientific’ argument. It’s a moral and spiritual argument. The Pope, who is something of a ‘scientist’ himself (though earlier reports of his having a ‘masters degree in chemistry‘ were a bit overblown) will argue that the scientific ‘debate’ is over. The science is clear. Human activity has been lacking any commitment to caring for the planet, and our exploitation has resulted in almost irreversible damage. We must start acting now, he will argue. And our response must be global.
Additionally, this champion of the poor, this former bishop of Argentina, will argue that climate change and global warming are already having an disproportionate effect on the poor, and that the exploitation of the earth by the rich has come at the expense of the disenfranchised lower class. The planet is our only ‘natural resource,’ he will argue, and it belongs to each of us equally. Taking the oil and the coal and other minerals and resources from the planet without giving anything back is tantamount to the rich stealing from the poor. And again, being totally pragmatic, he will suggest that this can only lead to uprisings and violence and war as the disparity between the haves and the have-nots increases.
Pope Francis will call for an ethical and economic revolution to prevent catastrophic climate change and growing inequality.
This Pope preaches the gospel of jesus the christ – the message that we are called to love our neighbor. (And who is our closer neighbor than the Earth herself?) He will argue the obvious, that our neighbors include the poor, the ones to whom jesus argued we have a special obligation. ‘What would jesus do? ‘ is the question he will be answering loudly and clearly.
And what will the reaction to this totally christ-like message be?
That is equally predictable.
The Vatican has made it clear in recent days that this encyclical is a message for all people – not just catholics, not just christians, not even just to ‘believers.’ It is a message for all of humanity.
And how will ‘humanity’ respond?
Pope Francis has four primary audiences: catholics, of course – all 1.2 billion of them!  Then the christians of all persuasions. And after that the third group – politicians, particularly US wingnut 'christian' politicians – who he will urge to take political action now. And finally the many on the planet who adhere to other faith traditions or consider themselves to be ‘non-believers.’ This Pope understands that global warming or climate change – whatever name you choose to give it – is a global problem that requires a universal global response. Caring for the Earth is everyone’s responsibility, to his mind.
So that means the Pope is speaking to all seven billion people on the globe!
How they respond may well determine the future of the planet. OK, maybe that’s a bit of a stretch, but not much.
First the catholics. There will be as much disagreement among the catholics of the world as with any other group. Expect the wingnut bishops and cardinals to have reservations. Caring for the Earth borders on worshiping the Earth as a deity in many of their minds. And then there is the money – the catholic cult is invested – literally – in fossil fuels.
Next you have the non-catholic christians, including the so-called ‘fundamentalists.’ Exploiting the earth in the name of exercising ‘dominion’ over the earth is ingrained in that audience
It is worth noting. however, that there is a large ‘liberal’ element within the christian cult, particularly within the catholic cult, that believes jesus was, himself, a ‘liberal,’ and that the environmental teachings the Pope will espouse are, in fact, the authentic teachings of jesus the christ.
Next, and this may well be the most fun group to observe over the next few days, weeks and months, are the so-called ‘christian’ legislators in the U.S. Congress. They are going to go bananas! In fact many of them have already begun pushing back on what the Pope may say in his encyclical. U.S. Republican pretender candidate Rick Santorum, a catholic and climate change skeptic, has said the cult would be “better off leaving science to the scientists.” (the rebuttal being that the Pope is more of a scientist than he is!)
And the real kicker will come in September when the Pope, at the invitation of catholic John Boehner, addresses a joint session of Congress. Expect them to get an ecclesiastical tongue lashing!
Never before, cult leaders say, has a papal encyclical been anticipated so eagerly by so many.
With Pope Francis expected to make the case that climate change, unchecked development, and over-consumption are exacerbating the suffering of the poor, advocates for both  the environment and the poor are thrilled.
It’s going to be fun to watch, and without exaggerating it may well be globally-transformational.
The one thing the environmental movement has lacked has been a truly global leader. It may have found one in Pope Francis.

Protesters Urge The Smithsonian Institution To Cut Ties With Koch Money

Protesters delivered over 400,000 petitions to the Institution, urging the Smithsonian to take down it's Koch-funded science exhibit.

New Jersey Lawmakers’ Plan To Circumvent Chris Christie, Start Automatic Voter Registration

Wingnuts Lose It Over A FAKED Picture Of An Army General Kissing His Husband

Right-Wingers Lose It Over A FAKED Picture Of An Army General Kissing His Husband (SCREENSHOTS)
If your whole political existence is built around being a “patriot” who supports our military and a “christian” who hates gays, your head just exploded.

NYC activist blasts Bill O’Reilly

New York Civil Rights Coalition president Michael Meyers faces off with Bill O'Reilly on June 15, 2015. [YouTube]
Quit portraying black men as ‘society’s moral monsters’

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Cash-strapped Michigan school system uses 1980s home computer to control heating for entire district

Commodore Amiga (Wikimedia Commons)
Grand Rapids Public Schools Maintenance Supervisor Tim Hopkins told WOOD-TV that the district used the money from an energy bond in the 1980s to purchase a Commodore Amiga, which has been tasked with controlling the heat.

Fetus ‘Murder’ Charge Dropped For Woman Who Took ‘Abortion Pill,’ More Charges To Come

Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbHThey might have been forced to drop the murder charge, but they are determined to find something else to charge her with.

This 'christian' Shrieking Head Desperately Tries To Equate Same-Sex Marriage To Polygamy, Child Brides

Christian Pundit Desperately Tries To Equate Same-Sex Marriage To Polygamy, Child Brides (VIDEO)
Another pseudo-christian is invoking the “slippery slope” argument against marriage equality. As usual, he gets everything wrong.

Fuck! It’s A Crime To Read This Headline Out Loud In Virginia

Iowa Wingnuts Float Prosecuting Organizers Of Anti-Bullying Summit

Iowa Republican Greg Heartsill has been rallying his fellow Republicans against the Governor’s Conference on LGBTQ Youth, an annual event organized by the anti-bullying group Iowa Safe Schools. On Friday, Heartsill spoke to talk show host Jan Mickelson, who frequently hosts Republican pretender candidates... MORE

Dallas police shooter’s father says ‘liberal people’ drove son to ‘breaking point’

Jim Boulware (CNN)
The fact he was an insane wingnut had nothing to do with it we suppose

Cop Chokes and Tases 12-Year-Old

Featured image credit: video screen capture via Filming Cops on youtube
A California cop was caught on video choking and tasing a 12-year-old child, who was skateboarding with friends on Saturday.

Colorado Court Rules Medical Marijuana Patients Can Be Fired For Taking Their Medicine

CO Court Rules Medical Marijuana Patients Can Be Fired For Taking Their MedicineOn Monday, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that a quadriplegic medical marijuana patient cannot get his job back after he was fired by Dish Network for failing a drug test because he took his medicine.

Greedy Banker Wins $40 Billion Case Against Government Bailout, Gets Nothing

Photo CC by Abir Anwar
Maurice ‘Hank’ Greenberg just won his case against the government bailout of AIG. Judge’s decision – You get nothing, sir! Good day!