Shining a Light on Mitch McConnell


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Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

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Church Sucks


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Church Sucks

Okay, like you, I got really nervous when I saw the above phrase in a book review at Church Central.  Nothing like being provocative, I guess. Here’s a fuller explanation:

Scott Oldenburgh is Campus Pastor for The Church on Rush Creek Mansfield West (Texas).  His new book is entitled Church Sucks: But it Doesn’t Have to Stay that Way, (Fort Worth: Austin Brothers Publishing, 2013).

To fully understand Scott’s heart, you need to read the first paragraph of the Introduction:

“Let me start by saying that I am well aware the use of the word ‘sucks’ is a turnoff for many people in the church world.  However, after several attempts at rewording and rethinking the possible title of this book, I decided to keep it.  Let me explain my thinking.  There are times in life when the only phrase that seems to fit is, ‘Well, this just sucks!'”  (p…

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Pets More Famous Than You: Photos from the Furry A-List


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Call it the image that would blow up the Internet: Justin Bieber holding a kitten.

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Rare Jaguar Sighting in Arizona’s Santa Rita Mountains


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Five photos of the first jaguar seen freely roaming U.S. soil since 2009 were published on Thursday by the Arizona Daily Star. The adult male jaguar was spotted in the Santa Rita Mountains, southeast of Tucson, by cameras set up by the University of Arizona on behalf of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last fall. The big cat, which has been on the endangered species list since 1997, has shown up in photos on half a dozen separate occasions since September.

According to a December press release on the federally-funded tracking project, the photos were captured using motion-sensor-activated trail cameras positioned in areas where the big cat was believed to be located. The federal agency began tracking the jaguar last fall after a hunter snapped a picture of what is believed to be the animal’s tail last September. The last known jaguar seen in the wild in the…

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The 5 Best Viral Videos of June


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From butt jokes to science helping a toddler hear for the first time, June’s videos go from crass to class.

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Unveiling America’s First Public Monument to Atheism


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Following a lawsuit and more than a year of controversy, at noon on Saturday a group called the American Atheists will unveil the United States’ first public monument to atheism in a square outside the Bradford County courthouse in Starke, Florida, near Jacksonville. The five-foot-long, grey granite bench and connecting pillar, which were built and engraved by local masons using granite quarried in Georgia, will feature secular quotes from the Founding Fathers as well as a statement from the organization’s founder, Madalyn Murray O’Hair, encapsulating the 50-year-old group’s views:

“An atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church. An atheist believes that deed must be done instead of prayer. An atheist strives for involvement in life and not escape into death. He wants disease conquered, poverty banished, war eliminated.”

As a rule, atheists aren’t big on monuments, due to their religious symbolism. But the 4000-member…

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Midnight Madness: Goldman Sachs’ $270,000 Scavenger Hunt


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Blue-chip investment bank Goldman Sachs has been holding elaborate scavenger hunts since the mid-1990s, but this is the first time a reporter has been allowed to share all the juicy details. In a story published Thursday, Quartz reporter Euny Hong dishes on the all-night, fifteen-hour extravaganza held last fall. The scavenger hunt, which cost a pretty penny to put together—about $270,000—raised approximately $1.4 million for Good Shepherd Services, a charity for at-risk youth.

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Entitled “Midnight Madness” (after the 1980 Disney movie), the New York City scavenger hunt was originally founded by product designer Mat Laibowitz and Columbia alum Dan Michaelson in 1996.

To be sure, this isn’t an Amazing Race for the faint of heart: Goldman Sachs employees were led all around the city, and asked to solve puzzles that most of…

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Cyber Science: Why Memes Go Viral


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  1. Meme, Myself, and I

    Why do we decide to share something? How does an image with a few words go viral? In Quartz, Christopher Mims looks at the science of memes. We know some things. Memes tend to do well if they travel in packs and grow gradually. But we don’t know others. For example, “no one has yet to rigorously demonstrate, in advance, why any particular type of content goes viral. This sort of prognostication remains an art rather than a science.”

    + The one thing we share more than memes is the latest news about ourselves. And as The Atlantic’s Frank Rose explained in this 2012 piece, there could be some evolutionary advantages of talking about oneself. If that’s true, I’m pretty sure some of my Facebook friends would be living in the future.

    + And if you missed this article last week, it’s worth…

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President Carter defends Paula Deen


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CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux talks with President Carter about Paula Deen, same sex marriage, womens rights and the NSA.

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