The Cardinal Pell: Slouching towards Bethlehem

Originally posted on No Place For Sheep:

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In my experience one of the more dangerous types of human is the man or woman with an intense and unshakeable conviction that he or she is a “good” person, doing the “right” thing.

The danger is that such a person will see everything they think, say and do through the prism of perceived good and rightness, and this vision inevitably blinds them to the damage they are, like every other human being, capable of inflicting. Because they are unable to see they are incapable of taking responsibility, let alone making atonement or working towards change. So they continue on their blundering path, leaving havoc in their wake, entirely unable to acknowledge they’ve had any part in its production.

Or as Yeats puts it:  The best lack all conviction, while the worst / Are full of passionate intensity.

(Actually, that poem, The Second Coming, is worth a read:…

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Would you like some wings with that ego stroking? Make big bucks by giving insecure men “the attention they crave”

Originally posted on we hunted the mammoth:

Twin Peaks, where even the appetizers are shaped like breasts Twin Peaks, where even the appetizers are shaped like breasts

TalkingPointsMemo has gotten hold of an inadvertently hilarious internal document from the “breastaurant” chain Twin Peaks that provides an interesting glimpse into what those who run the company may actually think of the customers who pay their salaries.

Twin Peaks, as TPM writer Tara Culp-Ressler notes, is essentially Hooters on steroids, and the chain has been spreading like ebola; in 2013, it was the fastest-growing restaurant chain in the US. It also seems to be quite popular with Biker gangs; the gigantic biker shootout last weekend took place at a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas.

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Woman, daughter burnt to death over dowry – The Hindu: Mobile Edition

Originally posted on NEWS REPORTS FROM THE 50 MILLION MISSING CAMPAIGN:

18 May 2015, Orissa
Sabitri and her six-month-old daughter were torched to death by her husband Bulu Das in Titikhandi village for dowry. The couple were married for 8 years and also have an older who too was doused with kerosene, but managed to escape. Bulu had been demanding Rs.10,000 in extra dowry from Sabitri and frequently beat and tortured her for it.

http://m.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/woman-daughter-burnt-to-death-over-dowry/article7217392.ece/

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#High #Heels My Foot!

Originally posted on dEBOLINA | DUBOIS:

This is coming in a bit late, for I cannot help but notice that every year Cannes Film Festival is keeping up its notorious image of being male chauvinist. My favourite moment last year was when Coline Serreau, a 66-years-old French actress and director, added (direct translation) – “the selections at Cannes is made by a band-of-old-machos, who only congratulates within their friends… I don’t want to be a part of this. Not now, not ever. I take part in real cinema, that has got nothing to do with this ‘assholism’ of Cannes.”

This year, Valeria Richter, a film producer said that she was stopped from entering the venue as the festival officials pointed and waved their fingers at her flat shoes. Richter had her big toe and part of her left foot amputated and thus cannot keep her balance in heels. She said: “They pointed their finger at my…

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On the Shoulder of a Giant

If I have seen a little further,
it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.

(Isaac Newton)

We all know the quote. But often we don’t know the name of those Giants.

And she was not concerned that we know the true story, for in science, the shoulders are many and the results are what matter.

Newton’s giants were many: Copernicus, Galileo, Bruno, Kepler, Wallis, … But others were nameless.

Her giants included Newton, Haley, but also Annie Cannon.

And she was a giant, but who few know her name, for her almost contribution, or rather, her until recently uncredited contribution. For a man took that credit by publishing four years later essentially the same idea she had told him about — and that she deserved the real credit, for she was the first person to observe it and understand it. Moreover, she had the imagination not blinded by “conventional wisdom:” the scientific heterodoxy, which wasn’t really science at the time, anyway. Consensus science is never a science.

But she didn’t know that…

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Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin

Originally posted on Grandma Got STEM:

CeceliaPhoto from the Smithsonian Institution Archives
Acc. 90-105 – Science Service, Records, 1920s-1970s, Smithsonian Institution Archives

Thanks to @STEMWomen, who noted on twitter that “Cecelia Payne-Gaposchkin discovered that the sun is mainly composed of hydrogen,”  citing this Facebook page from Astronomy/Astrophysics History and News.

The American Museum of Natural History has an online excerpt about Cecilia Payne from COSMIC HORIZONS: ASTRONOMY AT THE CUTTING EDGE, edited by Steven Soter and Neil deGrasse Tyson, a publication of the New Press. © 2000 American Museum of Natural History.

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“A woman stoned to death is a woman held to adult standards that feminists now reject,” one MGTOW explains.

Originally posted on we hunted the mammoth:

A woman protests stoning at a demonstration in Berlin A woman protests stoning at a demonstration in Berlin

In the midst of a mostly dull disquisition on the evils of marriage, filled with odd jargon he’s made up himself, A Voice for Men’s erstwhile cooking columnist 

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