The Pope was just featured in an article in Time talking about the meaning of Lent and how sacrifices and fasting should serve a greater purpose.
So, if we're going to fast from anything this Lent, Francis suggests that even more than candy or alcohol, we fast from indifference towards others.
And that's a great sentiment.
However, it comes a day after reports of his new book emerged where he compared the trans* community to nuclear bombs:
Francis claimed people who ‘manipulate’ their bodies are similar to ‘Herods’ that “destroy, that plot designs of death, that disfigure the face of man and woman, destroying creation.”
He made the comments in a new book published in Italy, Pope Francis: This Economy Kills, speaking out against what is known as gender theory.
“Let’s think of the nuclear arms, of the possibility to annihilate in a few instants a very high number of human beings,” Pope Francis stated, according to the National Catholic Reporter.
“Let’s think also of genetic manipulation, of the manipulation of life, or of the gender theory, that does not recognize the order of creation.”
Big update, that has kind of been a month in the making, so here we go! Let's see what we have, first up, Surviving the World:
Speaking of Surviving the World, I was named to the Dean's List with the best codename ever: Whiskey Flower!
Last year's biggest news stories in infographics.
Because we can't possibly allow other ideas to flourish. Or have nice things.
The new Avengers Trailer:
Great piece from the Good Men Project: A letter to my boyfriend's homophobic family. Go read it.
A Fox affiliate edited a protest video to provoke anger. Who would have guessed.
Pat Robertson, astonishingly, is wrong. He thinks gays will die out since we can't reproduce. Well, we're still here, because straight people keep making us....
I'll just say thank you to the people of Portugal for this.
So, the Archbishop of Canterbury (who is under strange laws in England where they have marriage equality but are not permitted to perform them in Anglican churches, that's what happens when they'res a state religion I suppose), is refusing to say why he opposes marriage equality.
Right now, 14 Florida counties are throwing hissy fits and are refusing all marriages at courthouses so they don't have to perform same sex weddings.
And speaking of marriage equality, this is the year we've had:
And what may be the endgame for marriage equality, SCOTUS will hear the cases before the sixth circuit (Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee), and we should have a ruling by the end of June. Please pardon me while I'll be nervously waiting.
A great new series of photos of LGBT life.
Did you hear about the "ex-gay" therapy billboard in Virginia? The stock model they used is gay. And not a twin.
Speaking of, want to help stop teenage LGBT suicides? Then outlaw "ex-gay" therapy.
Two pundits fighting on cable news are surprised when their mother calls in to scold them for fighting.
I might have linked this before, but it's really funny:
Ireland will be voting on marriage equality, and foes have started their lying ads already. But they have their work cut out for them, because of the massive child abuse scandal from the Catholic Church, they have lost all trust and credibility from the Irish people. And they're fighting against marriage equality, turning many citizens towards equality.
The Native American "zodiac," which I fit in very nicely a the bear (late August).
NASA made awesome travel posters for various "destinations" in the universe.
I love the word 'moist,' because everyone else seems to hate it. But here is The Oatmeal's take on it.
Twins come out to the dad, and they're an emotional wreck. You will be too. This is about right, by the way. (But it's a good video, watch it)
Finally, a good use for the Nintendo Power Glove.
My new favorite tennis match:
The Good Men Project lays out why we need to ban so called "reparative therapy." AKA, torture.
The dichotomy of being a non-media-portrayed-stereotypical gay man.
Awesome new ad from Nikon, you may remember the dads from about a year ago:
And what we've known for a long time, now with scientific backing: knowing a gay person makes you much more likely to support gay rights.
The best of Chobot from Nerdist News last year:
I've been a bit harsh on my bishop, but he impressed me with this letter.
Are the Whedon properties related? Possibly by The Slayer.
A ball pit in their house. Awesome!
Um, sadly, yes:
When you're a sitting governor and trying to insult the education plan of the President, better make sure your grammar is correct.
Really cool timeline/map of marriage equality in the United States.
This guy nails his Celine Dion cover:
Infographics about all your favorite (alcoholic) beverages
And Nerdist has a series of infographics about Disney princes (Seriously)
The best thing about the Miss Universe competition, by far. Thank you, Canada.
Hat is back, this time, gays versus lesbians:
Guaranteed there is a bunch of backlash over this: The National Institute of Health funded a study to examine Grindr behavior
The only openly gay representative in Alabama is threatening her colleagues: if they push back against LGBT legislation, she'll publicly out the ones having extra-marital affairs. Now she's getting death threats.
And asshat Sally Kern (representative in Oklahoma), even though she "totally has gay friends, you guys," pulled her "right to discriminate" bill, but still has two radically anti-gay bills pending
Mesmerizing sculptures make math beautiful!
Some of the ladies of Downton Abbey play Cards Against Humanity:
I've told some friends about these yoga mat covers, but I love them! Especially the quiver of arrows!
Really good mash-up of Star Wars and Age of Ultron
Because of Obama's executive order, ExxonMobile has finally added LGBT protections to their corporate policy, but only because they wanted to keep their government contracts (it's been a 17 year battle)
Pew Study looks at the segments of the LGBT population who oppose marriage equality. There's a lot to unpack there, I may do a separate post about it.
Whew, that's it, have a great one!
Here it is, my year in review. Have a wonderful and safe New Year!
2014 was a pretty good year. Here's the roundups of what the year looked like. My personal video will be up in a few days, so be on the lookout for that.
First up, Google Zeitgeist (stay with it until the end, it's worth it, I promise):
DJ Earworm's yearly mashup of the biggest pop songs:
The actual Google Year in Search video:
JibJab's look at the year:
And finally, YouTube Rewind, which although there's always a heavy emphasis on the dancing videos, impressed me with the depth of talent involved (Chris Hardwick, Conchica Wurst, Pentatonix, Sam Tsui, etc):
Alright, let's see what we have today. First up, NASA is releasing news about the water on comet 67P, which does not appear to be the type of water we have on earth.
Students at MIT made a wooden roller coaster in the middle of campus.
A great infographic to help you cipher out all those mythical creatures.
This Christmas light display is set to the Star Wars music, a first that I've seen:
Native American Council offers amnesty to 220 million whites. Satire, but poignant.
Also satire, all the nation's gay straw-men march on Washington for the right to marry animals.
Interactive paper snowflake maker to help you come up with new designs.
Just watch this, it's amazing:
SNL parodies the new Star Wars trailer. My favorite is Princess Leia and her glasses.
Michael Keaton nails it. When asked how he felt about other people playing Batman he replied,
"Do you know why? Because I’m Batman. I’m very secure in that.”
Would you like to shoot fireballs from your hands? Of course you would. Here's how.
After a gay choir director was fired from a church, they'll have to close because membership plummeted in response.
More and more details from the Ferguson Grand Jury are coming out, and they're showing just how much of a fraud the whole thing was. The Governor (Democrat by the way) assigned an inept prosecutor with an agenda, who then had the grand jury work with previously overturned laws and submitted testimony from "witnesses" he knew were lies.
I've recommended "I'm From Driftwood" before, and this is one of their latest videos, really good:
The Salvation Army has a long and well-documented hatred of the LGBT community, and I always encourage people to donate to a different charity. That being said, the bellringers are volunteers and often aren't that involved with the organization itself, so if they ask, just politely decline and donate elsewhere.
The closing musical segment of The Colbert Report was amazing. Check it out.
JK Rowling tweeted this out, because she's amazing:
And sadly, what we've known for years, expanding the T to Oakland would be "problematic," for a number of reasons. Sadly, it's just not feasible, not right now. BRT isn't the answer either, but it looks like that's what we're going to try.
Alright, pretty big update, let's see what we have first.
What is seemingly becoming an epidemic of excessive police force against unarmed minority citizen is staggering. The data supporting the fact is staggering. And the amount of hateful, ignorant comments on social media has led me to a binge of unfriending. I'm surprised to see some of them go, but then I just shout in my head, "Bye, Felicia!"
The vast majorities of cops are good at what they do and caring individuals. The vast majority of protesters are peaceful. And each situation is different, but we're seeing not only a civil rights crisis, but a total lack of empathy and, in the words of Bryan Safi, "A great injustice occurred and people lost hope."
Minor inconveniences, like traffic jams, are nothing compared to the gross civil rights violations going on. When even George W. Bush says the country has a problem with race, you know it's a problem. But, if you're like me, you didn't know where to start tackling this huge problem. Here's a good video to help:
And no, reverse racism is not a thing. White privilege exists. If you're a straight, white, Christian, cis-male, you have privilege in this society, end of story, hard stop. Still not convinced. Check out these real quotes from coverage of all that's been going on. If you follow no other think on this topic, follow that last one, please.
It's important to talk about these things, and I only break out of my normal blogging routine when it's really important. Not to make light of what's going on, obviously, but as a pallet cleanser, you don't have to understand this, because, I don't think anybody can:
Surviving the World brings up a very good point.
Does Sean Bean actually die more than other actors? Check it out.
And Lego has made a model Atom Smasher! How cool!
And in case you haven't, here's the Star Wars teaser:
In other Sci-Fi, news, I never really watched Friends, but this is genius:
So, Chess Boxing is a thing, apparently.
The Gay Games brought $52 million to the city of Cleveland.
Wesboro Baptist Church got pranked on Thanksgiving: their number was given out instead of a turkey hotline.
Buzzfeed looks at guys catcalling other guys. So remember, it's creepy an inappropriate when anyone does it...to anyone:
Nick Jonas gets a gospel choir to back him up for a version of his song, Jealous.
A gay Ohio student's defiant tweet after he was gay bashed:
ASAP Science sings about love. Nerdy and romantic!
The Lord of the Rings legacy trailer:
So, you can still be put on trial for Crimes Against Humanity, and it's about to happen.
A member of the House of Lords says that gays lead miserable, short lives filled with 20,000 sex partners. The math is staggering, and I don't know who would call that miserable.
Just add Coco:
Watch the Norwegian Curling team put on their pants without their hands.
The Trailer for "Looking" season 2 has arrived:
Okay, that's it for now, have a great one!
Alright, let's see what we have today, check out this amazing LEGO clue set!
A new study shows yet again, there is no correlation between violence and video games.
Surviving the World has a great theory about holiday creep:
You can get your child's crayon creation (or yours) made into a real plush toy!
The midterm elections weren't great (except for Wolf beating Corbett), but there's a lot of hope for 2016.
Game of Thrones character pixel art, which looks like they would fit in perfectly in a 90's LucasArts game.
Amazing "historical" portraits...of superheros (and villians).
Quite possibly the best swing ever:
Check out the video for the final credit song for the Hobbit, sung by Pippen himself.
A great article about the Duggars, worth a read.
Tony Hawk takes to the new Hendo hoverboard:
A cool site I stumbled upon called Storm the Castle, with all kinds of fun science and nerdy projects!
A reminder, the very existence of marriage equality is not persecution of people who oppose it. Especially when you're not forced to perform any, and can even turn gay people away from your business without any legal repercussions. And yeah, in the end, civility, equality and even the power of capitalism will bring you around.
A designer is working on a typeface to specifically help people with dyslexia read easier.
Jimmy Kimmel takes on Sesame Street with his weekly look at "unnecessary censorship:"
The FDA is considering changing the gay blood ban, but it's still a ridiculous policy they're looking at.
And FIFA, the wonderfully corrupt and useless organization, is in trouble coming up to the 2022 Qatar World Cup: they want to 'regulate' homosexuality like alcohol, so only allowed in certain hotels and visitors must show passports for entry. So many, many things wrong.
Sometimes, I really love Anonymous, like when they take down hate group websites. They're also doing some great work digging up all the white-supremacy ties that Ferguson PD has, which is really, really scary.
These things happen regularly, sadly: 'Christian' homeless shelter turns away a gay couple.
And just absolutely revolting, a 'Christian' woman interrupts the first-ever Muslim prayer service at the National Cathedral.
Watch this. Seriously, John Oliver's salmon cannon is new my favorite thing:
That's it for now, but I'll be back soon with more!
Happy Guy Fawkes Day! (one of my annual posts):
Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.
Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, 'twas his intent
To blow up the King and Parli'ment.
Three-score barrels of powder below
To prove old England's overthrow;
By God's providence he was catch'd
With a dark lantern and burning match.
Hulloa boys, Hulloa boys, let the bells ring.
Hulloa boys, hulloa boys, God save the King!
A penny loaf to feed the Pope.
A farthing o' cheese to choke him.
A pint of beer to rinse it down.
A faggot of sticks to burn him.
Burn him in a tub of tar.
Burn him like a blazing star.
Burn his body from his head.
Then we'll say ol' Pope is dead.
Hip hip hoorah!
Hip hip hoorah!
Alright, I'm set to start my ninth year of NaNoWriMo at midnight tonight, so here's some fun stuff to get us through:
John Oliver is providing the best stock video to cover the Supreme Court.
I love the new ad from Google:
Gov. Corbett photoshopped an African-American woman into his website imagery, so Brian Sims photoshopped himself in. You know, in case the Governor wants to reach out to the LGBT community too.
A good video about why the Washington football team needs to change their name.
The awesome new trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron:
Would you rather see that trailer set to "My Heart Will Go On"? Are you sure? Because it works.
And along those lines, a great idea: the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack will be available on cassette!
Tongue in cheek: What if straight people had to come out? Funny.
OK Go is back, and it's, as always, amazing:
So this is actually (sadly) progress: a Southern Baptist leader speaks out against anti-gay torture.
Will we have nuclear fusion soon?
And in other science news, a dam that looks like the Sarlacc from Star Wars!
I used to read Andrew Sullivan a lot (although he kept moving sites and I never kept up). It always bugged me that he was one of the loudest voices beating the war drums for the U.S. to invade Iraq. And now, apparently, he thinks the murder of Matthew Shepherd wasn't a hate crime. I'm officially done with the horrible man.
That's it for now, have a great one!
Alright everybody, here's what we have today.
First up, Ebola is threatening chocolate!
We've been pouring juice wrong this whole time:
I totally geeked out about this, Myst is being made into a TV show!
XKCD takes on marriage equality.
American Horror Story: Freak Show's opening credits:
And even better, the musical number from episode one, "Life on Mars"
Take a few minutes to check out the Redskins Report from The Daily Show, totally worth it. And cringeworthy.
Remember Book It! Pizza Hut wants to reconnect.
Do yourself a favor and watch this:
Remember when Michael Sam was the biggest thing the NFL had to worry about?
South Park takes a look at the Red****s controversy too:
And finally, Media Matters takes a look at the top 5 myths about anti-discrimination laws, and thankfully, we're finally make some (very small) progress here in Pa:
That's it for now, have a great one!