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“God would have to shift — and God doesn’t. God’s word is the same, yesterday, today, a million years from now. This is sin. But to wink at sin and to tell somebody it’s okay when I know the consequences what will happen one day, when they have to stand before God, so I want to warn people.”
What about Pope Francis, who opined:
“If a person is gay and seeks the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge that person?”
YOU might laugh. The team who headed to Antarcticato seek out evidence of global warming have become at one with the scenery:
Professor Turney and his UNSW colleague Professor Chris Fogwill are leading a team of 60 scientists, including meteorologists, marine ecologists, oceanographers, ice-core and tree-ring specialists. The research stakes are high because the Antarctic is one of the great engines of the world’s oceans, winds and weather, especially in Australia.
Prof. Turney is the Professor of Climate Change at the University of University of New South Wales. He and his colleagues have become stuck in the ice. Why is the Akademik Shokalskiy not moving?
Sea ice is disappearing due to climate change, but here ice is building up.
NORFOLK police have produced this video on Binge Drinking. The country is ready for the big booze off. The New Year’s Eve drinking festival looms.
What does it all mean? The film points to misery. For him. For her.
Drinking does create problems. But this video is not about crime. This is about morals. Should the woman in the film not be free to go into a pub and do as she pleases, so long as it’s legal? Is it different for girls? Should women be less liberated than men, self-censor so as not to attract the wrong sort of man? Haven’t we moved on from the days when any single woman in a pub was viewed as being a prostitute? Is her short skirt not morally correct? Are women feeble, all waiting to be attacked? Are the police paternalistic fools?
CAN sex sell anything? Yes. It can. The question was rhetorical. Anorak harks back to January 18, 1960, when Marion Liebig, Miss Hesse 1959, was keeping warm under the artificial sunshine of an bottled-gas-powered infra-red lamp in a snow-covered park in Wiesbaden, Germany, Jan. 18, 1960. The shivering bystander who forgot his swimwear and relying on the view to warm his cockles is unidentified.
ON Oct. 25, 1954, designer Jack Fletcher, 23, showed us around the 21st Century House in West Covina, Calif he shared with his wife, three-year-old daughter and twin baby sons.
FLASHBACK to September 3 1952: Magnetised soap is shown to visitors to the annual inventors’ fair in Cologne, Germany, by the inventor, Franz Fuehrer, left, of Grosshesselsche, Sept. 3, 1952. The soap is built around a magnet which makes it stick to metal. The same principal is applied also to other toilet articles.
IN this Sesame Street show, you take a ride on the Crack Camel:
THESE are the Library Rules of the Insane Asylum of California (1861):
1. The Library of the male department shall be under the charge of the Supervisor. Every volume taken therefrom shall be charged to the borrower, except for the use of the patients, when it shall be charged to the Attendant, into whose ward it is taken, who will be responsible for its being used with ordinary care and returned in proper time.
2. If a volume shall be lost or destroyed, by any patient, the Attendant, having charge of the patient, will report the fact to the Supervisor, and, if practicable, exhibit the fragments. If lost or destroyed, by any other person, it must be replaced.
3. No one will be permitted to take from the library more than one volume at a time, or to keep a volume more than two weeks, without permission from the Superintendent or Assistant Physician, except Bibles, Testaments and Prayer books placed in the hands of the patients for daily reading.
4. The Supervisor will be responsible for books taken from the library and not charged.
5. The Library of the female department will be under the charge of the Matron, who, in its management, will be governed by the above rules, prescribing the duties and responsibilities of the Supervisor.
ARE hunters scum? Is their desire to dress in tights and cropped jackets (for him) and hunt foxes offending you? Or is your problem with hunters, that they embody all the things you aren’t allowed to like, things labelled “rural”, “traditional”, “local” and “conservative”? Is that why you want these ninnies banned, because you despise what it is you think they stand for? Are these people who bay for blood and treat animals like, well, animals, a bit reckless, untamed and savage?
PUSSY Riot are free. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina have been granted amnesty, two months short of their scheduled release after spending nearly two years in prison for their protest at Moscow’s main cathedral.
They used their first press conference to state their sim to “get rid” of Russian President Vladimir Putin. They said their release was just “window dressing” for a corrupt regime.
There’s was a confrontation between repression and freedom. Di freedom win? No. It’s unlikely Pussy Riot will be performing at the Sochi Olympics.
THE Mary Bale Fan Club welcomes Taiwanese-born Princeton student Kiki Lin who stuffed her cat – also called Kiki Lin – into a jar before closing the lid. This was not a magic trick. This was not an existential experiment, nor one in the eye for Erwin Schrödinger. This was punishment for the cat’s alleged naughtiness.
Lin then took photos of her cat in the jar and posted them on the web.
HOW was your Christmas? Did the family come over for turkey and all the trimmings? Did you play Monopoly?Incredibly, not all families get along at Christmas:
North Charleston police arrested Helen Ann Williams, 44, early on Christmas morning. Her victim says he’d walked to a store earlier in the night to buy beer, but the store was closed.
Williams grew angry that the man returned without the beer. She grabbed a ceramic squirrel and hit the man over the head… Williams then stabbed him in the shoulder and chest with the item.
THE Daily Mirror interrupts your holiday season to bring news of ‘Our Maddie’:
EXCLUSIVE – Madeleine McCann cops’ prime suspect blunder
IN 1994, Dan Perkins, aka Tom Tomorrow, foresaw the NSA and the American elite’s plan to watch us all and record our movements on tapes in his work for Spin magazine.
LYDIA Estes Pinkham made “women’s tonic” to relieve menstrual and menopausal pains.
In 1875, Lydia Estes Pinkham reaction to straightened times by creating tonics for “all those painful Complaints and Weaknesses so common to our best female population”.
The original recipe for Lydia Pinkham’s Vegetable Compound is as follows:
Unicorn Root (Aletris farinosa L.) 8 oz.
Life Root (Senecio aureus L.) 6 oz.
Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa (L.) Nutt.) 6oz.
Pleurisy Root (Asclepias tuberosa L.) 6 oz.
Fenugreek Seed (Trigonella foenum-graecum L.) 12 oz.
Alcohol (18%) to make 100 pints
IN Huddersfield in 1977, the Sex Pistols held a Christmas party for the children of striking firefighters.
A documentary about this party and the extraordinary times in which it occurred, when the band were hounded from pillar to post and banned in most towns, will be shown on BBC 4 at 10pm on Boxing Day (and subsequently on the iPlayer).
By rock’n’roll standards the party was tame, but Johnny Rotten’s antics – including diving face first into the cake – deserve a modest place in the Celebrity Party Tricks Hall of Fame. Read the rest of this entry »
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The Tao of David Coleman
He was born at Alderley Edge, the place now famous as the luxury location of choice for the gated homes of multi-millionaire footballers. But Coleman is a man synonymous with the blurred black-and-white ‘soccer’ of a more simple, if not innocent era.
AS BigB0bbyT puts it: “Aberdeen chippies are really spoiling us.”
Will the ambassador to a new independent Scotland go native? Is the battered Ferrero Rocher real…
Church of England Supports Marks & Spencer Sharia Checkouts But Not Christians Refusing To Serve Halal
THERE has been something of a furore over Marks & Spencer’s announcement that henceforth Muslim staff on their checkouts will be permitted to decline to serve M&S customers who purchase alcohol or pork, writes Cranmer. That is to say, M&S customers will either be asked to queue at a checkout where the employee does not object to serving kuffar (however much longer the queue), or they will have to wait while M&S find a member of staff who is prepared to serve you.
CHRISTMAS or Xmas?
FLASHBACK to July 13, 1959:
Lt Commander W.G Boaks setting off from Marble Arch by roller skates, in a race to mark the 50th anniversary of Louis Bleriot’s cross channel flight, using any kind of transport. Read the rest of this entry »
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