Current events and News discussion

Tonights will be a continuation of our current events discussion, one that strives toward an intellectual potluck. Also it is a regular potluck, so feel free to bring a dish to share if you feel so inclined.


Interesting incidentals

4/20:

http://denver.cbslocal.com/2014/04/17/420-weekend-brings-a-surge-of-tourists-to-denver/

Everest Avalanche: Extreme Sports, the danger to the self, and the rescuer/recoverer

http://news.yahoo.com/six-killed-everest-avalanche-044336060.html


Gabriel Garcia Marquez:

 http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/17/world/americas/gabriel-garcia-marquez-dies/index.html?hpt=hp_t3


Man pees in reservoir, they drain it:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/17/304128931/one-mans-pee-pushes-portland-to-flush-38m-gallons-of-water?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20140417



Separation of Church & State

Jews Being Told To Register In Ukraine

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-18/ukrainian-jews-seek-extra-security-after-anti-semitic-incident.html

http://www.kansascity.com/2014/04/14/4959101/kansas-city-mother-third-victim.html

http://www.msnbc.com/all/jews-ukraine-told-identify-themselves?cid=sm_facebook


General:

http://guardianlv.com/2014/04/iowa-signs-theocracy-into-law-ending-separation-of-church-and-state/


Ukraine PM: Putin Dreams to Restore Soviet Union - NBC News.com



Pernicious Piety

Passover: Moses Myth: Not against slavery, just being enslaved himself. Also, God Kills Babies and Orders his people to steal on their way out. No evidence for this

Crucifixion: Immoral to take on someone else’s punishment

Probably a myth as well. 

http://washington.cbslocal.com/2014/04/18/scalia-to-student-if-taxes-go-too-high-perhaps-you-should-revolt/

http://news.yahoo.com/filipinos-nailed-cross-easter-ritual-frowned-church-092719527.html

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/polish.artists.to.be.sued.over.depicting.pope.john.paul.ii.being.breastfed/36849.htm

http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/18/opinion/parini-jesus-easter/index.html?hpt=hp_c4

http://bellejar.ca/2013/03/28/easter-is-not-named-after-ishtar-and-other-truths-i-have-to-tell-you/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2605474/Photograph-school-children-acting-bloody-crucifixion-causes-huge-controversy-online-picture-goes-viral.html

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/crossexamined/2013/03/10-reasons-the-crucifixion-story-makes-no-sense-2/

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2014/04/14/five-things-you-didnt-know-about-moses/?hpt=hp_c3

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/pope-breaks-rules-as-he-washes-feet-of-disabled-people-in-pre-easter-ritual/

http://news.yahoo.com/dane-joins-philippines-bloody-easter-crucifixions-141726360.html;_ylt=AwrBJR8gQ1FT3SwAKjjQtDMD

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2451087/American-Bible-scholar-claims-ancient-confessions-prove-story-Jesus-Christ-entirely-fabricated-Roman-aristocrats.html


Terrorism:

http://houston.cbslocal.com/2014/04/15/rubio-terrorists-training-in-syria-may-strike-us/




Politics

America’s “True” Governing Style

http://www.policymic.com/articles/87719/princeton-concludes-what-kind-of-government-america-really-has-and-it-s-not-a-democracy


Franken’s Fight Against Telecom Merger: Issues of Net Neutrality, of the need for antitrust laws, etc. 

http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/203431-franken-blasts-comcast-merger


Cliven Bundy and Anti-Government Movement

http://washington.cbslocal.com/2014/04/18/scalia-to-student-if-taxes-go-too-high-perhaps-you-should-revolt/

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/apr/18/harry-reid-blasts-bundy-ranch-supporters-domestic-/

http://www.politico.com/story/2014/04/cliven-bundy-to-harry-reid-go-back-to-dc-105741.html

http://www.infowars.com/judge-napolitano-rancher-rebellion-was-americans-line-in-the-sand/

http://cofarmbureaublog.wordpress.com/2010/03/04/leaked-memo-uncovers-administration-land-grab/

http://www.salon.com/2014/04/18/cliven_bundy_syndrome_why_christian_conservatives_think_theyre_above_the_law_partner/

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2014/04/18/harry-reid-defends-domestic-terrorists-comments/?hpt=hp_t3

http://mediamatters.org/blog/2014/04/18/fox-news-carnival-barkers-gin-up-a-range-war/198946



Saudi Cracks Down

http://news.yahoo.com/concerned-stability-saudi-arabia-tightens-curbs-dissent-142021197--sector.html;_ylt=AwrTWVXTWk1TBX4AA_HQtDMD



Human Rights

Marriage Equality Fight in Denver

http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-gay-marriage-oklahoma-case-20140417,0,751891.story#axzz2zCVQbbKH


Two Ugandan men face charges under new anti-gay law

http://cir.ca/news/uganda-passes-anti-gay-law




Science & Health

Earthquakes: Studying them

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/04/18/cal-scientists-go-underground-to-monitor-hayward-fault-heartbeat/

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/L/LT_MEXICO_EARTHQUAKE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2014-04-18-10-49-51


Space: The need for increased meteor surveillance

http://phys.org/news/2014-04-astronauts-reveal-sobering-asteroid-impacts.html

http://gizmodo.com/holy-cow-another-crazy-meteorite-caught-on-russian-das-1565040438

http://www.richarddawkins.net/news_articles/2014/4/18/nasa-s-kepler-discovers-first-earth-size-planet-in-the-habitable-zone-of-another-star

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/04/this-is-big-scientists-just-found-earths-closest-cousin/360843/

http://io9.com/whats-the-purpose-of-the-universe-heres-one-possible-a-1564636270

http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/18/opinion/bell-planet-discovery/index.html?hpt=hp_t4


*Please park in the underground lot. 


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  • Peyton S.
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    Humanist Celebrant, Humanist Association President, Organizer

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