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In U.S., admiring public and vocal critics await Pope Francis

Posted by ShadowDarkFyre Erebus Olorin Arthur Pendragon Daeron on 19 September, 2015 at 13:10 Comments comments (27)



John Gehring for Yahoo News

September 18, 2015

When Pope Francis arrives in Washington, D.C., next week, the most intriguing moral leader on the global stage will find throngs of adoring crowds and glowing media coverage. A pope who can make Catholicism cool, and the Vatican a good news story, is rare enough. But Francis’ role as a reformer with a common touch has disarmed even many critics of the world’s most influential institution.

Simmering just under this sunny narrative, however, is a subtext that Pope Francis himself recognizes. In the United States, the epicenter of global finance, the pope — who challenges “trickle-down” economics and questions the “absolute autonomy of markets” — will run head first into the buzz saw of American politics. Francis touches down in the nation’s capital at an especially charged moment.

A historic number of Catholics (the majority of them Republicans) are running for president at a time when the pope has put economic inequality, climate change and the plight of immigrants at the forefront of his papacy. As if the backdrop of the 2016 elections weren’t enough to frame the contours of this visit, Francis, the first Jesuit pope and the first pope from the global South, will also be the first pontiff in history to address a joint session of Congress. His audience in the chamber will be an attentive bunch. Nearly one-third of Congress is Catholic, and about 1 in 10 graduated from a Jesuit university, including House Speaker John Boehner, who invited the pope to Capitol Hill.

Thanks to Islamic extremism, Iraqi Kurds revive ancient Kurdish Zoroastrianism religion

Posted by ShadowDarkFyre Erebus Olorin Arthur Pendragon Daeron on 14 June, 2015 at 0:25 Comments comments (638)


SLEMANI, Kurdistan region ‘Iraq’,— The small, ancient religion of Zoroastrianism is being revived in Iraqi Kurdistan. Followers say locals should join because it’s a truly Kurdish belief. Others say the revival is a reaction to extremist Islam.


One of the smallest and oldest religions in the world is experiencing a revival in the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan. The religion has deep Kurdish roots – it was founded by Zoroaster, also known as Zarathustra, who was born in Iranian Kurdistan (the Kurdish part of Iran) and the religion’s sacred book, the Avesta, was written in an ancient language from which the Kurdish language derives. However this century it is estimated that there are only around 190,000 believers in the world – as Islam became the dominant religion in the region during the 7th century, Zoroastrianism more or less disappeared.

Column: Poverty, Worth and the Hovering Ghost of Calvin

Posted by ShadowDarkFyre Erebus Olorin Arthur Pendragon Daeron on 26 April, 2015 at 0:50 Comments comments (8)

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Alley Valkyrie — April 24, 2015 — 14 Comments

“Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.” – Herman Melville


I. Perception and Ideology


Standing on one corner of an intersection on a main drag in Eugene, Oregon, a young man with earbuds dances around while waving and twirling a “Little Caesars” sign in the shape of an arrow that’s pointing toward the restaurant. He stands out there most days from 9 to 5, and most likely makes $9.10 an hour, minimum wage in this state. One only has to stand and observe the dancing sign guy on the corner for a few minutes to notice the reaction to his presence is mostly positive. People wave from cars driving by; others honk,and some give a thumbs-up. The dancing sign man returns the energy as well as the friendly hand signals. He not only receives praise but obvious showings of empathy, especially on a hot day like this one. “You must be sweating!” one woman yells. “Be careful out there!”


On the other corner, a man also stands with a sign. He has earflaps instead of earbuds, however, and its pretty apparent that his physical condition doesn’t allow him to dance. His sign says, “Unemployed, Homeless, Anything Helps.” And, one only has to observe him for a few minutes to notice the reaction to his presence is opposite to what the dancing sign man across the street receives. I watched drivers who refused to make eye contact; others who muttered ‘get a job’ under their breath; others who yelled ‘get a job’ quite loudly; one woman who honked at him, and a car full of frat boys who rolled down their window as though they were going to give him money only to then to roll up the window laughing and drive away quickly as the man walked towards their car. I watched for fifteen minutes or so and saw him take in one dollar and some change, which puts his hourly take-in at well under the $9.10 an hour that the dancing sign man across the street receives.


We live in a society where a person who stands on a street corner doing absolutely nothing other than waving a sign advertising for a business is not only perceived as legitimately ‘earning a living,’ but also receives empathy, praise, and positive reaction from passers-by. And a person who stands on a nearly identical corner with a sign advertising their own personal state of misfortune is not treated kindly but treated as worthless, is yelled at to get a job, and is subjected to repeated public humiliation.


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Nepal quake: Over 1,000 dead, history razed, Everest shaken

Posted by ShadowDarkFyre Erebus Olorin Arthur Pendragon Daeron on 26 April, 2015 at 0:45 Comments comments (0)

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A powerful earthquake struck Nepal Saturday, killing at least 1,180 people across a swath of four countries as the violently shaking earth collapsed houses, leveled centuries-old temples and triggered avalanches on Mt. Everest. It was the worst tremor to hit the poor South Asian nation in over 80 years.

At least 1,130 people were confirmed dead across Nepal, according to the police. Another 34 were killed in India, 12 in Tibet and two in Bangladesh. Two Chinese citizens died in the Nepal-China border. The death toll is almost certain to rise, said deputy Inspector General of Police Komal Singh Bam.

The front line of climate change: Alaska village must relocate as Arctic sea ice thins

Posted by ShadowDarkFyre Erebus Olorin Arthur Pendragon Daeron on 25 February, 2015 at 20:20 Comments comments (0)


Climate change is forcing an isolated Alaskan village, roughly 80 miles above the Arctic Circle, to relocate.

The very existence of Kivalina, a town with about 400 residents on a tiny barrier island off Alaska's northwest coast, is under threat as Arctic sea ice continues to melt into the surrounding Chukchi Sea.

Now the whaling community needs to figure out where to move the town and how to pay for it, after several previous attempts failed. It’s a dilemma that could become more common as global warming continues, scientists warn.

HCSO to allow Sikh deputy to wear traditional turban and beard on duty

Posted by ShadowDarkFyre Erebus Olorin Arthur Pendragon Daeron on 25 February, 2015 at 19:55 Comments comments (9)

For the first time ever, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office will allow a Sikh deputy to wear his religion’s customary dastaar (turban) and beard while patrolling the streets of Harris County. The agency’s first Sikh deputy, Sandeep Dhaliwal, had not been allowed to do so until now. He’s been with the sheriff’s office for six years. A religious accommodation policy implemented by Sheriff Adrian Garcia has made it possible. “By making these religious accommodations we are joining the U.S. military and other law enforcement agencies across the country with observant Sikh Americans among their ranks. Harris County is no different. We are one of the most culturally rich and diverse communities in America,” Sheriff Garcia said in a statement Wednesday. (Photo: Harris County Sheriff's Office)

CT Scan Reveals That Statue of the Buddha Is Actually a Mummy

Posted by ShadowDarkFyre Erebus Olorin Arthur Pendragon Daeron on 22 February, 2015 at 20:05 Comments comments (0)

Last year the statue was released from #China for the first time and put on display at Drents Museum of the Netherlands. Later it was taken to Meander Medical Center, where it received a CT scan that clearly showed the mummified body inside.

Parents Get $800K Over Warrantless Search and Removal of Homeschool Kids Who Were Not Vaccinated

Posted by ShadowDarkFyre Erebus Olorin Arthur Pendragon Daeron on 7 February, 2015 at 1:40 Comments comments (228)

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KPCC reported this week that the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will pay $800,000 to the parents of two children taken from their home by a Sheriff’s deputy and social workers with the Department of Children and Family Services, who did not obtain a warrant first.


The payment settles a civil rights lawsuit that claimed the children were wrongfully removed from the parent’s San Gabriel Valley residence four years ago. The children were returned four months later.


According to KPCC, the lawsuit states that the complaint used by DCFS centered around what the homeschooled family chose to feed their children, and for failing to vaccinate them:


Social workers with the Department of Children and Family Services claimed the parents “created a detrimental and endangering home environment” for the children by failing to provide nourishing food and immunizations.


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