The Mormon church is addressing the mystery that has long surrounded undergarments worn by its faithful with a new video explaining the practice in-depth while admonishing ridicule from outsiders about what it considers a symbol of Latter-day Saints’ devotion to God.
The four-minute video on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ website compares the white, two-piece cotton “temple garments” to holy vestments worn in other religious faiths such as a Catholic nun’s habit or a Muslim skullcap.
The footage is part of a recent effort by the Salt Lake City-based religion to explain, expand or clarify on some of the faith’s more sensitive beliefs. Articles posted on the church’s website in the past two years have addressed the faith’s past ban on black men in the lay clergy; its early history of polygamy; and the misconception that members are taught they’ll get their own planet in the afterlife.
HannibaltheVictor13 an archeology, anthropology, and history student created a great video on why people fail to understand both why history is important, but also why being a historian is much harder than many people think. Its primarily just audio but Its a great video lecture to watch, (or just listen to) and also it gives you some important things to think about.
Four former Blackwater Worldwide security contractors were convicted Wednesday on charges stemming from a deadly 2007 shooting in Iraq.
Federal court jurors found one defendant guilty of murder and three others of manslaughter and weapons charges, roundly asserting that the shooting was criminal. The defendants showed little emotion as the lengthy verdict was read.
This will certainly be the next movie I plunk $20 down to see. It’s actually coming out in digital, 35mm print, and 70mm (Imax-ish) print. I’ll be going to the Chinese Theater in Hollywood to see it in 70mm.
In the end, Nolan got elegant images that advance the story. Thorne got a movie that teaches a mass audience some real, accurate science. But he also got something he didn’t expect: a scientific discovery. “This is our observational data,” he says of the movie’s visualizations. “That’s the way nature behaves. Period.” Thorne says he can get at least two published articles out of it.
When Thorne discusses the astrophysics that he likes best—colliding black holes, space dragged into motion by a whirling star, time warps—he uses a lot of analogies. He talks about two tornadoes running into each other or rays of light cast about like straw in the wind. But metaphors can be deceptive; they can make people think they understand something when they only understand what it is like. But Thorne’s haloed, spinning black hole and galaxy-spanning wormhole are not just metaphors. Most Interstellar viewers will see these images—the wormhole, the black hole, the weird light—and think, “Whoa. That’s beautiful.” Thorne looks at them and thinks, “Whoa. That’s true.” And from a certain perspective, that’s beautiful too.
WASHINGTON — Billionaires are rushing to the aid of Republicans in the homestretch of the 2014 elections with a massive super PAC infusion after a plea from big money mastermind Karl Rove.
On Sept. 17, Rove, the co-founder of the super PAC and dark money duo American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS, took to the Wall Street Journal editorial page to send out his billionaire bat-signal.
If the rich want to ensure Republican control of the Senate, “reducing the Democratic cash advantage will tip the needle in the GOP’s direction,” Rove wrote. “That will only happen if Republicans open their wallets to candidates whom they may have never met.”
Since Rove’s plea, 21 billionaires and their family members have poured $19.9 million into super PACs backing Republican Party candidates, fueling an October outside spending surge. Only $5.1 million was given to the Republican super PACs in the first half of September, before Rove’s request.
The billionaire cash infusion came from what has become the core of the party’s disclosed donors ever since the 2013 deaths of Houston-based homebuilder Bob Perry and the Dallas investor Harold Simmons. This central network includes hedge fund billionaires Paul Singer, Ken Griffin, Julian Robertson, Daniel Loeb and Seth Klarman, coal mining executive Joe Craft, World Wrestling Entertainment co-owner Linda McMahon, TD Ameritrade founder and Chicago Cubs owner Joe Ricketts, investors Robert Rowling and B. Wayne Hughes, and Houston Texans owner Robert McNair.
Gov. Christie continues his best impression of Two-Face.
On the one hand, he’s all reasonable in dealing with the Ebola outbreak, and put together a team of people to address potential cases in the state, etc. That’s a good thing, and the more valid information is put out in a timely basis, the less likely the rumor mongers will be able to spread their noxious claims (they’ll still do it, but the facts will be out there).
On the other, Gov. Christie wants GOPers to win, so that they can control the mechanisms of voting.
Christie stressed the need to keep Republicans in charge of states — and overseeing state-level voting regulations — ahead of the next presidential election. Christie made his push at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce event in Washington, D.C., where he ran down a list of states he’s spent time in recently as chairman of the Republican Governors Association questioning whether a Republican presidential nominee would rather have the incumbent GOP governor in power or the Democratic challenger.
“Would you rather have Rick Scott in Florida overseeing the voting mechanism, or Charlie Crist? Would you rather have Scott Walker in Wisconsin overseeing the voting mechanism, or would you rather have Mary Burke? Who would you rather have in Ohio, John Kasich or Ed FitzGerald?” he asked.
I had to do a double take too on that, but that’s what he said, and the implications are clearly disturbing and reveal what the GOP really wants to do - they want to depress turnout and minimize the rights of those who can’t easily get to the polls, or that once they’re there, make sure that they can’t vote because more roadblocks are put up in their way.
He’s hardly alone, by the way.
No need for voter ID? 850 registered New York voters found who are supposedly 164 years old… http://t.co/U5mDffpwKv
A clerical error or typo is not proof of voter fraud. Clearing voter rolls of duplicates or deceased persons is not voter fraud either. It’s not proof that voter fraud has occurred either.
In studies of actual or possible voter fraud of the kind that Voter ID bills might stop, researchers found out of more than 1 billion votes cast, only 31 suspected incidents were identified where voter fraud may have occurred - that’s suspected cases and those that were prosecuted.
Despite how rarely in-person fraud could determine an election, even if it were common, Republican politicians and conservative groups like the Heritage Foundation have put an emphasis on new voter restrictions. After the Supreme Court blocked Wisconsin’s law late last week, Gov. Scott Walker (R) defended the law by saying, in essence, that its effect on outcomes didn’t matter. “It doesn’t matter if there’s one, 100 or 1,000,” he said during a gubernatorial debate. “Amongst us, who would be that one person who would like to have our vote canceled out by a vote that was cast illegally?”
Last week, we reported on a Government Accountability Office report indicating that some 100,000 fewer people voted in Kansas and Tennessee due to the introduction of voter ID laws in those states. The decline was weighted more heavily toward younger voters and black voters — or, to be clear, more-Democratic voters (the kind Democrats accuse the laws of targeting). In an editorial Monday, the New York Times attacked the “big lie” central to voting restrictions, that “there is virtually no in-person voter fraud; the purpose of these laws is to suppress voting.”
Levitt, author of the Wonkblog piece, also prepared a lengthy report on voter fraud in 2007 for the Brennan Center for Justice. It whittles down common stories about thousands of fraudulent votes into the reality that those reports usually stem from haphazard comparisons of voter rolls with population data. Levitt’s report also emphasizes the role historical allegations of fraud play in coloring the current debate; indeed, the Heritage Foundation’s Web site uses examples from 1844 and 1948 to demonstrate that fraud exists. Many proponents of voter ID laws also cite absentee ballot fraud, despite the fact that these more-plentiful examples wouldn’t be affected by voter ID laws.
The fact is that voter fraud is overblown as an issue by Republicans and conservatives because their true intent is to depress turnout. They’ve admitted as much in multiple incidences.
Studies have repeatedly shown that it depresses turnout.
In Tennessee alone, had the Voter ID law not been in place, 88,000 more people would have been able to vote. That’s disenfranchisement of 88,000 people who would otherwise have been eligible to vote.
That’s a far greater concern than the perceived protection that Voter ID might offer.
Moreover, Voter ID does nothing to protect against other kinds of voter fraud - the kind that can occur when an individual or group of individuals control the mechanisms of voting.
When considering that the margin of victory in many elections is in the thousands of votes, the ability to suppress tens of thousands of votes through Voter ID has the ability to swing elections in a way that Voter ID fraud prevention never could.
Terror returns to Jerusalem: A 3-month-old baby girl was killed and seven other people were wounded Wednesday evening when a Palestinian plowed his car into a crowd of people waiting at the Ammunition Hill station of Jerusalem’s Light Rail.
The driver - a resident of the village of Silwad with a record of security related offenses - attempted to flee the scene on foot, but was shot by police. He sustained chest wounds and was taken to a Jerusalem hospital in serious condition.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the car struck the train station near the national headquarters of the police force.
He said police were investigating but all signs pointed to an intentional attack. “There is a strong possibility that it was a terror attack,” he said.
Interior Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich, who arrived at the scene, also said that, “all signs indicate this is a terror attack.” He further said that the driver had served time in prison before. He praised the police for their quick response.
“This is not an intifada,” Aharonovich said, noting that he had spoken with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and that the police and the Shin Bet internal security service were investigating.
Two men in their 20s also were taken to Hadassah Medical Center on Mount Scopus with light wounds. Hadassah at Ein Kerem took in three wounded women, one in serious condition and two lightly hurt.
According to MDA paramedics at 5:54 pm they received a report saying that a car hit a number of pedestrians near the Ammunition Hill station.
A paramedic at the scene told Ynet that the baby’s mother “brought her to me with a serious head wound. She told me that the car hit the stroller and she was hysterical. The baby was unconscious.”
So, the latest wingnut voter fraud freakout involves A.J. LaFaro, chair of the Maricopa County Republican Party, witnessing a Hispanic man “stuffing” a ballot box with hundreds of absentee ballots.
On August 25, I was working with the Maricopa County Elections Staff observing early ballot processing at their MCTEC Facility….
I was seated at one of the cubicles in the outer foyer of the Maricopa County Elections MCTEC Facility facing the protected reception area. The main entry to the foyer and facility was behind me to the right. At approximately 12:55pm, I heard a loud thud behind me and turned around to see what was going on. A person wearing a Citizens for a Better Arizona (CBA) t-shirt dropped a large box of hundreds of early ballots on the table and started stuffing the ballot box as I watched in amazement.
The whole thing was caught on surveillance video:
The right wing “media” jumped on this, with headlines in The Blaze and The Daily Caller. Of course Dim Jim Hoft reblogged it with the headline, “CAUGHT ON TAPE: Dem Operative Stuffs Ballot Box in Arizona (Video).”
(And do I even have to mention how out and out racist the comments on these pages were?)
Poor Mr. LaFaro was unable to track down this
perfectly well behaved citizen violent thug:
I don’t know if that person in the video is an illegal alien, a dreamer or a citizen. What I do know is that he was a vulgar, disrespectful, violent thug who has no respect for our laws. I would have followed him to the parking lot to take down his tag number, but I feared for my life
Yeah, well, as it turns out, there was no actual fraud going on here. Per Wonkette:
…what LaFaro witnessed in August was a perfectly routine, completely legal part of early voting under Arizona law — and LaFrao damned well knows it. Citizens for a Better Arizona, like several other political groups in the state, including the state GOP, helps collect and deliver absentee ballots from voters: one voter, one ballot. The Arizona Elections Manual is quite clear about the legality of this:
After they have securely sealed the voted ballot inside the early ballot return envelope, voters may voluntarily give their voted early ballot to a person of their choice for delivery to the Recorder or a polling place. The designated person shall not tamper with the envelope or the ballot and shall not deliberately fail to deliver the ballot to the Recorder or a polling place within the voter’s county of residence.
So the whole thing boils down to “Hispanic guy seen participating in voting process,” which to the RWNJs equals fraud, (because liberals are the real racists, don’t ya know).
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is investigating about two dozen cases of suspected cybersecurity flaws in medical devices and hospital equipment that officials fear could be exploited by hackers, a senior official at the agency told Reuters.
The products under review by the agency’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team, or ICS-CERT, include an infusion pump from Hospira Inc and implantable heart devices from Medtronic Inc and St Jude Medical Inc, according to other people familiar with the cases, who asked not to be identified because the probes are confidential.
These people said they do not know of any instances of hackers attacking patients through these devices, so the cyber threat should not be overstated. Still, the agency is concerned that malicious actors may try to gain control of the devices remotely and create problems, such as instructing an infusion pump to overdose a patient with drugs, or forcing a heart implant to deliver a deadly jolt of electricity, the sources said.