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No Sympathy for the Devil: Why People Fear Satanism

Domestic Satanism by Thawt Hawthje via Flickr. (CC BY 2.0)

Domestic Satanism by Thawt Hawthje via Flickr. (CC BY 2.0)

Benjamin Radford writes at Live Science:

A public ceremony of Satanists planned in Oklahoma City this month has prompted protests, a lawsuit from the Catholic Church, talk of a “black mass,” and even the airing of laws against bloodletting.  Such public images of fear are not uncommon when it comes to Satanist groups, though they may not be justified.

The ceremony for the Oklahoma City Satanists is slated for Sept. 21 in the city’s civic center and requires a ticket for admission. Officials from the city could not legally bar the group, as doing so would violate their First Amendment rights.

Officials did warn, however, that all laws must be followed, including fire codes and those involving public nudity; a spokeswoman for the parks and recreation department noted: “No bloodletting of any kind will be allowed.” (Though bloodletting and animal sacrifice are popularly associated with Satanism, they have historically been part of many religions, including Christianity, Judaism and Islam.) [Tales of the Top 10 Craziest Cults]

The event has been described in the news media as a “black mass,” which, as James Lewis notes in his book “Satanism Today: An Encyclopedia of Religion, Folklore, and Popular Culture” (ABC-CLIO, 2001), “refers to a blasphemous parody of a conventional [Catholic] Mass that was traditionally thought to be the central rite of Satanism.” This ritual was typically said to involve perverse orgies, a torrent of various bodily fluids, obscene gestures and even “a black candle made from the fat of unbaptized babies,” Lewis wrote.

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Send Me Your Sexts: Transforming texts into on-screen turn ons

NSFW! There’s nothing explicit shown in the video below, but it’s probably not a good idea to play this while at work – especially if you don’t have headphones.

poster_cumSend Me Your Sexts is a new service that will transform your dirty text messages into on-screen action for $80. Most of the names are changed (unless both parties are willing to be named), and the result is surprisingly fascinating. Some are funny, some are weird, but all of them are unique.

According to Eileen, the creator of Send Me Your Sexts, explains that, “Sexts are the perfect inspiration: they are current, contemporary, and filled with creativity, tension, real drama and humour. All the things that are in sexting are kind of default funny. I don’t think that something funny is unsexy. I think you can be funny AND sexy. So sexy SNL is really what I’m trying to get to. I think it can be running on both those lines at the same time.”

The Lisa and Nicholas encounter is by far my favorite, if only for the BNI line, which I can’t stop laughing about.… Read the rest

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Defeating Thieving Bag Handlers

“While not exactly a lock picking video I thought you might find this interesting. In my job I travel to several African countries, usually for a month or so at a time. I was motivated to make this video because every time we get a FNG (Fine New Guy) they show up with one of these soft sided suitcases. Then, almost 100% of the time they get ripped off as we pass through one of the African airports. We’ve had suitcases and work boxes broken into in Uganda, Kenya, Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, South Africa, and Mozambique. Of course, we’ve also had complete suitcases disappear in Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan (of course these countries are NOT in Africa), but there’s just no protection against entire suitcases disappearing…

The hard case is made by Pelican Corporation & weight 3.2kg – not SO bad – but it still cuts into your weight allowance.… Read the rest

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Cartoon: First Dog on the Moon on … how to upset a billionaire

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This cartoon was republished with permission. “On How to Upset a Billionaire” originally appeared on The Guardian.

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The Senate just rejected a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United

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ABC-Washington Post poll results: Public views of the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision.

Remember the Supreme Court decision Citizens United v. FEC? You know, the one allowing corporations to spend whatever it takes to have their candidate win elections for public office. Well many, many people thought that was bad law and Congress should act to override it, but the Senate just rejected the opportunity to adopt a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, reports Vox:

On Thursday afternoon, a proposal to amend the US Constitution to allow tougher campaign finance and election spending restrictions was blocked in the Senate, in a party-line vote. 54 Democrats voted to advance the measure — another, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), would have done so but wasn’t present. However, every single Republican voted against it, and it fell to a filibuster.

Unlike with other bills that have majority support, a filibuster wasn’t the primary obstacle here. A proposed constitutional amendment has to win 67 votes to be passed by the Senate — so, assuming all Democrats were present, the amendment would still have been 12 votes short overall.

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French Restaurants’ Food Quality Turns to ‘Merde’

PHOTO By Jan Wellmann

PHOTO By Jan Wellmann

This article originally appeared on HoneyColony.

The moment I touch down in a new city I assess the quality of the food and locate the nearest health-food store and gastro-friendly restaurants. Food is thy medicine, and given my allergies to gluten, sugar cane, and dairy, my food options are usually very limited; I have to avoid processed foods like the plague.

When I recently arrived in France, perennially known for its culinary traditions as it is, I was astonished by the amount of prepackaged and frozen foods served in French restaurants and the staggering number of loud-colored labels lining the shelves in grocery stores.

Indeed, I discovered, French restaurants and the French public at large purchased over $94 billion worth of packaged goods in 2013, according to EuroMonitor. This basically includes anything canned and wrapped, such as snack bars, spreads, canned and preserved foods, pasta, ready meals, sauces, dressings, and soup.… Read the rest

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The Clash of the Shakespeareans

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I tried to think of a fitting Shakespearean insult that would suit this, but I came up short. I did, however, find this fun Shakespeare Insulter.

via The Guardian:

Shakespeare wasn’t immune to throwing around the odd insult, penning some of the greatest put-downs in the history of the English language.

“Thine face is not worth sunburning”; “Thou art as fat as butter”; “You are as a candle, the better part burnt out”.

But now the Bard himself is at the centre of some distinctly colourful language after academics traded blows over the publication of a Shakespearean journal.

The row erupted when one professor submitted a paper in which he cited evidence that poems and plays attributed to the “man from Stratford” were in fact written by Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford.

The essay – intended for the Italian journal, Memoria di Shakespeare – was said to examine the case for the theory as well as “the conscious and unconscious psychological factors behind the taboo against openly discussing the authorship question”.

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Listen to William Gibson Read Neuromancer

222889-noselectall322“The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.”

Cyberpunk readers will love this treat: listen to William Gibson read Neuromancer in this original audio edition, which is unfortunately no longer available. Also, don’t mind the cheesy musical interludes. They just add to the experience.

“…and still he’d see the matrix in his sleep. Bright lattices of logic unfolding across that colorless void.”

I’ll be listening this to psyche myself out for Gibson’s The Peripheral, out this October.

Via BoingBoing

Featured image by thierry ehrmann

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Interview with Harmony Korine

By Tabercil via Flickr. CC BY-SA 2.0

By Tabercil via Flickr. CC BY-SA 2.0

Harmony Korine recounts his acting experience in David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn, his use of shooting Trash Humpers on video, and other delightful tidbits.

via Slant Magazine (I recommend following the link to read the entire piece):

One of the strangest things about David Gordon Green’s thoroughly strange Manglehorn is the appearance, in a key supporting role, of none other than Harmony Korine, the independent filmmaker and infant terrible not exactly known for his acting chops. Nonetheless, Korine shouts and rambles his way through a handful of hilarious scenes with straight-man Al Pacino, who’s apparently a fan of his work. In typical Korine fashion, his visit to the world premiere ofManglehorn at the Toronto International Film Festival this week seemed up in the air until literally the moment he stepped on to a flight, an indecision he describes as the fault of a missing passport (he found it in the end).

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