Dooms other than coronadooms.
Pope Francis made an impassioned plea for protection of the environment on Wednesday’s 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day, saying the coronavirus pandemic had shown that some challenges had to be met with a global response…
“We see these natural tragedies, which are the Earth’s response to our maltreatment,” Francis said. “I think that if I ask the Lord now what he thinks about this, I don’t think he would say it is a very good thing. It is we who have ruined the work of God.”
Saying the Earth was not an endless deposit of resources to exploit, he said: “We have sinned against the Earth, against our neighbour and, in the end, against the creator.”
Nature is out to get us. So it’s best we worship her.
Priests have begun removing crucifixes from altars and replacing them with boughs of hemlock. This was not an arbitrary move. The proposed changes were put to a vote at last Sunday’s masses, and since no parishioners objected, the plan was adopted.
This new workplace monitoring tool issues an alert when anyone is less than six feet apart. Amazon is also using similar software to monitor the distances between their warehouse staff. https://t.co/aUiVgUMWg5 pic.twitter.com/hscudU77u2
— MIT Technology Review (@techreview) April 22, 2020
Funny. I thought “ICU” stood for intensive care unit.
The Trump administration is mulling cutting back on its intelligence ties with countries that criminalize homosexuality in an effort to press those nations to change their laws, according to acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell.
“We can’t just simply make the moral argument and expect others to respond in kind because telling others that it’s the right thing to do doesn’t always work,” Grenell said in an interview with The New York Times published Wednesday. “To fight for decriminalization is to fight for basic human rights.”
Grenell, believed to be the first openly gay Cabinet member, has put an emphasis on promoting anti-discrimination efforts. Before he joined the intel community, he worked to assemble gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender groups from the U.S. and other countries in his role as ambassador to Germany.
Grenell told the Times he has the backing of the White House, saying, “We have the president’s total support.”
“This is an American value, and this is United States policy,” he said.
Sodomy—a wholesome, American value!
The article continues: “Nearly 70 countries criminalize homosexuality, including U.S. intelligence partners like Egypt, Kenya and Saudi Arabia.”
Say, this sounds like it could turn into some embarrassing Islamophobia.
If you were curious about all of the book bracket match ups, here is the complete and final bracket for the #2020NDBookBracket challenge!
— ND Admissions (@NDadmissions) April 23, 2020
It’s not just what book won. This was almost inevitable. It was the list of initial entrants.
A Harvard University law professor has sparked controversy after calling for a ban on homeschooling.
Elizabeth Bartholet told Harvard Magazine that it gives parents “authoritarian” control over their kids — and can even expose them to white supremacy and misogyny.
“The issue is, do we think that parents should have 24/7, essentially authoritarian control over their children from ages zero to 18? I think that’s dangerous,” Bartholet said. “I think it’s always dangerous to put powerful people in charge of the powerless, and to give the powerful ones total authority.”
Ignore the obvious fallacy of supposing the government-run educational authority would be and is even more authoritarian than parents.
Instead look at the deeper problem. Government education is run by experts, highly credentialed people. PhDs! They have “studied” and “researched.” Parents have not. Experts therefore know better what is best for kids.
Kids should therefore be removed from parental influence to prevent white supremacy, and so forth.
If you thought government experts had power in a pandemic, wait until the full import of this argument sinks in.
Police used a helicopter to catch three people who weren’t socially distancing. Actually came over the megaphone and told them “the building is surrounded” and had them come out with their hands up. This is just insane. I can’t believe this lunacy.
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) April 22, 2020
Okay, I couldn’t resist. One coronadoom.
Hello, police state! Nobody saw you coming!
— Greta Lee Jackson (@gretaleejackson) April 24, 2020
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