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broken ornament‘Tis the season to claim persecution…

Our yearly Christian obsession with the supposed “War on Christmas” began early this season, with this week’s viral video of the Starbucks rant by self-proclaimed car seat prophet Joshua Feuerstein and the ensuing social media sideshow.

This certainly won’t be the last of such claims, and though a mystifying multitude of the faithful rushed to amen Feuerstein’s rather meritless accusations over the past few days, one of the most refreshing elements of this week has been the number of good-hearted people who refuse to be fooled and drafted into a phantom battle.

They know that there isn’t a war on Christmas waged by non-Christians, as much as there is a war on Christ by Christians—and it’s been that way for a long time now.

To those who’ve been paying attention for the past few decades, American Christianity has become more politicized and commercialized than Jesus would ever have desired. It’s been…

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The Skeptics' College

Recently, I was perusing some anti-vaccination pages on Facebook. I came across the page of Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, quite popular in the anti-vaccine movement. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a specialization in osteopathic medicine.

Tenpenny posted a link to an article by Sayer Ji of greenmedinfo. The headline proclaims “Study Calls Into Question Primary Justification for Vaccines.” Tenpenny shared the article, saying “Did you know that the basic premise of vaccine effectiveness has been called into question?” The article states:

newly published research has revealed that in some cases no antibodies are required for immunity against some viruses.

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This view, however, has been called into question by the new study:  “Although this concept may apply to other viral infections, our findings with VSV turn this view upside down, indicating that during a primary infection with this cytopathic virus, innate immunity can be sterilizing without…

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I admire her beyond words!

Thank You Based Ball

My A's family

UPDATE ON 3/30/15: 

Thank you all for supporting this effort. Since posting this, the response has been (unsurprisingly) overwhelmingly positive. Many have offered to donate their tickets for this effort, and others have offered to donate money to buy tickets. My boyfriend, Oakland A’s pitcher Sean Doolittle, has agreed to match any tickets I purchase. And we also started a GoFundMe account to collect donations to fill the stands at this game. You can donate here. Sean and I will match donations up to $3000. We will use the donations to buy tickets to the 6/17 Pride Night game and donate them to Our Space LGBTQI Community Center for teens and young adults. Thank you in advance for your generosity! 

As some of you know, the Oakland Athletics will be hosting their first LGBT Pride Night on June 17.  Hopefully this will be the first of many such A’s events. You…

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They need to be fired, period!!

WDTN

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – 2 NEWS is asking new questions about the investigation into 5 Montgomery County employees.

The Sheriff’s deputies are accused of sending racist text messages.

And Beairshelle Edmé is digging deeper into these allegations and their impact.

The deputies are not facing criminal charges, but they are being investigated for the alleged comments made via text messages.

Edmé sat down with an attorney to talk about what the Sheriff Office’s investigation into some of his own deputies may look like.

Two high-ranking deputies, Captain Tommy Flanders and Internal Affair’s Michael Sollenberger, are on paid administrative leave.

“Sheriff Plummer’s responsibility is to makes sure that the policies and procedures of his office are uphold,” explained attorney Michael Bly. “And he’s responsible for investigating questions involving those policies and procedures.”

2 NEWS obtained Sheriff Plummer’s 2013 annual report to look at the state of the Sheriff’s…

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This is the first post in a great series

INK-CHROMA

Dear readers, welcome to the start of Ink Chromatography‘s first week-long series: The MSG Files! Are you ready?!

Beginning today, I will post a new entry every day about the controversial food additive, MSG. This series started out as a single essay, but I had so much fun learning about MSG that, before long, I had too much to say for just one post. Reading about food additives and our perception of tastes has certainly made eating a different experience for me. I hope you find the subject equally eye-opening! At the end of the series, I’ll put up a list of sources for further reading.

So without further ado, here marks the start of everything you have ever wanted to know about MSG —

PART I: What is Glutamate?/ The History of MSG

Slices of raw lotus root (ǒu)

I learned my way around a kitchen by…

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Thought Catalog

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1. You had to be tough. You might have thought the spill you took on rollerblades was The Worst Thing Ever, but your mom would never indulge you in this. She’d seen far worse and she forced you to keep your injury in perspective.

2. You’ve never been squeamish about blood. Your mom handled every cut and fall with such grace that it never occurred to you that it was something to freak out over.

3. You learned that toughness is a vital part of femininity.

4. Even if you don’t already have kids of your own, you know exactly how you’re going to get them to obey the rules: your mom’s hospital horror stories. Don’t run down the stairs: your mom knows a kid who did that and his leg bent the other way. Don’t go outside without your gloves: frostbite makes your fingers turn black and fall…

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Grist

From September to December, Will Witherspoon spends his time chasing down quarterbacks and grappling with 300-pound linemen. During the off-season, the St. Louis Rams linebacker spends his free time in the company of heavyweights of a different breed: sustainably raised cattle. Witherspoon owns and operates Shire Gate Farm in Owensville, Mo., and has a passion for meat that’s produced in environmentally conscious and humane ways.

So how did Witherspoon end up on a different kind of field? He’s a bonafide foodie, and got into the agriculture game to produce his own line of antibiotic-free, organically raised beef. We chatted with Witherspoon about his love for animals, holistic land management, and how he’s spreading the message of sustainable meat to athletes and congressmembers alike.

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