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Friday, June 28, 2013

This Rowan Atkinson interview of Elton John looks more like Monty Python

The body of Christ is not and cannot be gluten-free.

At, Celiac Disease and Holy Communion: A Medical and Spiritual Dilemma.  Apparently there has been a lot of discussion about this.

Bonus: Tom Lerher singing Vatican Rag.

Ivy League Killer Accidentally Butt-Dialed His Cellphone While He Was Murdering His Girlfriend

via Ace, The New York Post reports on this incredible bit of evidence.

The prosecution has a recording of the killer telling his victim he was about to kill her, thanks to the butt-dial.

Apparently the rage broke out when the killer saw his girlfriend had dialed a 508 area code number -- I guess he suspected she was unfaithful.

This is the recording made just before the murder:
“Why did you call 508, why did you call that number?” Jason Bohn asked Danielle Thomas just before the June 2012 slay in his Astoria apartment.Thomas said, “I don’t know” and “Jason, I love you” a dozen times, according to a transcript obtained by The Post.
Bohn replies “You have five seconds and then…and then I’m going to kill you.”
The accused killer then gives his victim instructions, telling her “I’m going to let you up and then you need to answer quickly or else you die…Danielle, why did you call that number?…Danielle you are so stupid. You think I’m going to stop, I won’t stop.”

Portraits Of Dogs Dressed Like Their Owners

Thursday, June 27, 2013

New book: KGB operation seeded Muslim countries with anti-American, anti-Jewish propaganda during the 70s

The highest-ranking Soviet-bloc intelligence officer ever to defect to the West claims in a new book that anti-American Islamic terrorism had its roots in a secret 1970s-era KGB plot to harm but the United States and Israel by seeding Muslim countries with carefully targeted propaganda.

Yuri Andropov, the KGB chief for 15 years before he became the Soviet premier, sent hundreds of agents and thousands of copies of propaganda literature to Muslim countries. 

'According to Andropov, the Islamic world was a petri dish in which the KGB community could nurture a virulent strain of America-hatred, grown from the bacterium of Marxist-Leninist thought.'

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Joseph Campbell's monomyth theory, a.k.a. “The Hero’s Journey” explained by puppets

Are you familiar with Joseph Campbell's monomyth theory, a.k.a. “The Hero’s Journey”? The basic premise is that the same character types and plot points repeat themselves in story after story. It could be Star Wars or Happy Gilmore: the hero’s journey is there.

Anyway, here are puppets explaining it by acting out scenes from Harry Potter, The Hobbit, The Wizard of Oz, Indiana Jones, and more.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Excellent detailed daily round-up and analysis of the Zimmerman trial is at Legal Insurrection

Zimmerman Trial Day 2 – Analysis of State’s Witnesses.

"Legend of Zelda” Stop Motion Video

PSA: How to help sufferers of "Bitchy Resting Face," a tragic reality for millions of women.

Video: Exploding Disney Princesses

High court voids key part of Voting Rights Act

The justices said in 5-4 vote that the law Congress most recently renewed in 2006 relies on 40-year-old data that does not reflect racial progress and changes in U.S. society.

The court did not strike down the advance approval requirement of the law that has been used, mainly in the South, to open up polling places to minority voters in the nearly half century since it was first enacted in 1965. But the justices did say lawmakers must update the formula for determining which parts of the country must seek Washington’s approval, in advance, for election changes.

Sunday, June 23, 2013