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SEX shame cardinal Keith O’Brien is enjoying a quiet retirement in a comfortable home provided by the Catholic Church. It had been believed O’Brien was doing penance at a monastery in England after admitting he had “fallen beneath the standards” expected of him. But the UK’s former senior Catholic is staying in a £208,750 bungalow – bought by Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh Leo Cushley – in a Northumberland village.

 (via Revealed: Sex shame cardinal Keith O’Brien enjoying retirement in £208k Northumberland bungalow provided by Catholic Church - Daily Record)

SEX shame cardinal Keith O’Brien is enjoying a quiet retirement in a comfortable home provided by the Catholic Church. It had been believed O’Brien was doing penance at a monastery in England after admitting he had “fallen beneath the standards” expected of him. But the UK’s former senior Catholic is staying in a £208,750 bungalow – bought by Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh Leo Cushley – in a Northumberland village.

(via Revealed: Sex shame cardinal Keith O’Brien enjoying retirement in £208k Northumberland bungalow provided by Catholic Church - Daily Record)

Google’s Chrome browser has started to block downloads of the popular BitTorrent client uTorrent. Those who attempt to download the software are told that it’s malicious and harmful, hinting that the website might have been hacked.

 (via Chrome Blocks uTorrent as Malicious and Harmful Software | TorrentFreak)

Google’s Chrome browser has started to block downloads of the popular BitTorrent client uTorrent. Those who attempt to download the software are told that it’s malicious and harmful, hinting that the website might have been hacked.

(via Chrome Blocks uTorrent as Malicious and Harmful Software | TorrentFreak)

Americans are still suffering from one of the worst recessions in history, yet wages have flatlined. The time has come to raise the minimum wage in our community. (via Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 in Pennsylvania | Democracy For America)

Americans are still suffering from one of the worst recessions in history, yet wages have flatlined. The time has come to raise the minimum wage in our community. (via Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 in Pennsylvania | Democracy For America)

PepsiCo is a major Conflict Palm Oil laggard, dragging its feet, refusing to admit it even has a problem. With a whopping 457,200 metric tons of palm oil used annually in snacks like Cheetos and Lay’s potato chips, PepsiCo has a huge impact on the planet, the forests, and the people and animals which call them home. Send your message here: Tell PepsiCo you won’t have deforestation, extinction, or slavery in your home.

 (via Tell PepsiCo to Take the Conflict Palm Oil Challenge - Rainforest Action Network)

PepsiCo is a major Conflict Palm Oil laggard, dragging its feet, refusing to admit it even has a problem. With a whopping 457,200 metric tons of palm oil used annually in snacks like Cheetos and Lay’s potato chips, PepsiCo has a huge impact on the planet, the forests, and the people and animals which call them home. Send your message here: Tell PepsiCo you won’t have deforestation, extinction, or slavery in your home.

(via Tell PepsiCo to Take the Conflict Palm Oil Challenge - Rainforest Action Network)

Saudi Arabia has itself recently became a member of the Human Rights Council, an irony not lost on many. Brian Pellot, the human rights reporter for the Religion News Service, rightfully called their election to the Council “a disgrace.” Be that as it may, members they are, and on this particular Monday, Saudi representatives were there in the room to hear themselves be condemned for their oppression.

They did not like it.

You can see it transpire in a video that is becoming somewhat viral (as much as a video of a UN council meeting can be viral), as Macintosh attempts to deliver the CFI statement harshly criticizing Saudi Arabia, the Saudi representative tries on three separate occasions to silence her. Three times, the Saudi representative frantically appeals to the Council’s presiding vice president, brashly shouting over Macintosh with a sense of panic in his voice. I don’t speak Arabic, but while the real-time translation of the Saudi representative interprets him as asking for the statement to end for what sounds like procedural minutia, two native Arab speakers I know told me that his words more accurately translated to “I ask you to shut her up!”

(via What Made Saudi Arabia Panic at the UN Human Rights Council?)

I don’t know why everyone is so upset about all those dead Palestinian children in Gaza. The Lord our God of Israel founded the Promised Land for His people on the genocide of the heathen scum that lived there. There’s no reason to get upset over the death of people that get in the way of God’s chosen people taking what was given to them by God, billions of dollars of US foreign aid, and bombs…lots of bombs. You fake Christians are probably already up in arms because I mentioned the “G” word, but genocide is perfectly acceptable in God’s plan to give land from one group of people to another group of people by commanding the death of all those who live where they know they shouldn’t based on the religious convictions of a clearly superior culture backed by fighter jets, tanks, and nuclear weapons. Look, this has all happened before. In Deuteronomy 20:17 God told His people through the Holy Spirit inspired Word to “utterly destroy them; namely, the Hittites, and the Amorites, the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee:” Try to remember that from a Biblical world view, ‘thou shalt not kill’ only applies to people that aren’t in your way if you want what they have. Just ask the Native American heathens that stood in the way of this Christian Nation.
While it is easy to point an accusing finger at the Catholic Church for decades of covered up child abuse, it appears to be far too easy to ignore the fact that the problem of coercive sex crimes are just as, if not more prevalent among Protestant churches in America today. Of course, we don’t hear about them in the national news because they aren’t inter-connected to a massive worldwide organization like the Vatican. However, isn’t the scariest part that these crimes go on right in front of our nose while nobody really talks about it simply because Protestant pastors don’t wear “funny robes”? Much like their Catholic counterparts, Protestant pastors and ministers are trusted with children who have been taught to obey the authority of their church leaders.

 (via “25 MORE SHOCKING ARRESTS”: Pastors Charged With Sex Crimes | Awkward Moments (Not Found In Your Average) Children’s Bible)

While it is easy to point an accusing finger at the Catholic Church for decades of covered up child abuse, it appears to be far too easy to ignore the fact that the problem of coercive sex crimes are just as, if not more prevalent among Protestant churches in America today. Of course, we don’t hear about them in the national news because they aren’t inter-connected to a massive worldwide organization like the Vatican. However, isn’t the scariest part that these crimes go on right in front of our nose while nobody really talks about it simply because Protestant pastors don’t wear “funny robes”? Much like their Catholic counterparts, Protestant pastors and ministers are trusted with children who have been taught to obey the authority of their church leaders.

(via “25 MORE SHOCKING ARRESTS”: Pastors Charged With Sex Crimes | Awkward Moments (Not Found In Your Average) Children’s Bible)

[Megumi] Igarashi, who worked under the alias Rokudenashiko, which means “good-for-nothing girl”, built a yellow kayak with a top shaped like her vagina after raising about $10,000 (£5,800) through crowdfunding. 

Igarashi sent 3D printer data of her scanned vagina – the digital basis for her kayak project – as a thanks to a number of donors. 

On Saturday, she was arrested for distributing indecent material and faces up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000 (£15,000). 

(via Japanese vagina selfie artist vows legal battle against obscenity charges | World news | theguardian.com)

[Megumi] Igarashi, who worked under the alias Rokudenashiko, which means “good-for-nothing girl”, built a yellow kayak with a top shaped like her vagina after raising about $10,000 (£5,800) through crowdfunding.

Igarashi sent 3D printer data of her scanned vagina – the digital basis for her kayak project – as a thanks to a number of donors.

On Saturday, she was arrested for distributing indecent material and faces up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000 (£15,000).

(via Japanese vagina selfie artist vows legal battle against obscenity charges | World news | theguardian.com)

The outpouring to support what’s generally called “network neutrality” has taken the form of letters and official filings to the FCC website, as well as more public campaigns in recent months. It’s been gratifying to watch, but don’t get your hopes up: the FCC chairman, former cable and wireless industry lobbyist Tom Wheeler, floated the idea of internet “fast lanes” earlier this year – and he’ll probably to turn the web into a somewhat enhanced form of cable TV anyway. 

Officially, the FCC says it will read and reply to you by September, then make an official ruling on whether all web traffic should be treated equally. That decision, probably later this year, will have an enormous impact on our digital futures, because an internet controlled by huge and unaccountable corporations is anathema to digital innovation and free speech itself. 

What should we be doing in this interim, and into the future? We need to keep up the pressure, because you can be sure that Big Telecom – which has patience, massive amounts of money and deep ties with lawmakers and regulators – will be doing precisely that.

 (via If the FCC is going to kill net neutrality, it’ll have to get through you and me first | Dan Gillmor | Comment is free | theguardian.com)

The outpouring to support what’s generally called “network neutrality” has taken the form of letters and official filings to the FCC website, as well as more public campaigns in recent months. It’s been gratifying to watch, but don’t get your hopes up: the FCC chairman, former cable and wireless industry lobbyist Tom Wheeler, floated the idea of internet “fast lanes” earlier this year – and he’ll probably to turn the web into a somewhat enhanced form of cable TV anyway.

Officially, the FCC says it will read and reply to you by September, then make an official ruling on whether all web traffic should be treated equally. That decision, probably later this year, will have an enormous impact on our digital futures, because an internet controlled by huge and unaccountable corporations is anathema to digital innovation and free speech itself.

What should we be doing in this interim, and into the future? We need to keep up the pressure, because you can be sure that Big Telecom – which has patience, massive amounts of money and deep ties with lawmakers and regulators – will be doing precisely that.

(via If the FCC is going to kill net neutrality, it’ll have to get through you and me first | Dan Gillmor | Comment is free | theguardian.com)

Congress continues to fund the most expensive weapons system in history, even though the F-35 warplane doesn’t even work. Pentagon contractors like Lockheed Martin are profiting off the taxpayer’s dime and funneling money into campaign coffers and lobbying. They are rigging the system so the F-35 wins and working families lose as vital programs like food assistance, infrastructure repair and education are slashed again and again. Tell Congress to ground the F-35 forever. (via PETITION: Ground the F-35 Forever)

Congress continues to fund the most expensive weapons system in history, even though the F-35 warplane doesn’t even work. Pentagon contractors like Lockheed Martin are profiting off the taxpayer’s dime and funneling money into campaign coffers and lobbying. They are rigging the system so the F-35 wins and working families lose as vital programs like food assistance, infrastructure repair and education are slashed again and again. Tell Congress to ground the F-35 forever. (via PETITION: Ground the F-35 Forever)