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In the News: Toothless, Racial Slurs, and Prayers?

Journal Entry: Sat Mar 30, 2013, 5:44 AM


Every once in a while, I take a break from watching youtube videos of Russian dashboard cameras and get down to business bringing you, my watchers, the news that I think is interesting, awesome, or terrifyingly upsetting. 

I will make this one considerably shorter than the previous one, if only because I am limited on time this turn around, so if you have any articles you think other deviants should check out, share them in the comments below! 

I'll also share a few political cartoons here and there. Enjoy.





:bulletblack:North Korea is reportedly entering a "state of war" against South Korea.  In their official declaration, they stated that any signs of provocation will escalate into a "do-or-die final battle" and "all-out war, a nuclear war."  They also threatened to "blow up the U.S. bases for aggression in its mainland and in the Pacific operational theatres including Hawaii and Guam".  So, a bunch of bluster, or an actual threat?

:bulletpink:Republican elected official Don Young is in hot water for using the term "wetbacks" in a radio interview last week.  Other republicans have already swiftly denounced Young, which was to be expected since the party is trying to rebrand itself as minority friendly.

:bulletblack:Sen. James Inhofe is apparently "proud" to see himself as a target in a documentary about climate change. Inholfe is a climate change denier, and believes that it is a "hoax" and that "we're in a cold spell" when it snows. 





:bulletpink:If you want to see Mars in HD, check this out.  The rover captured some stunning images over several days, and boy are they awesome. Check it out!

:bulletblack:A German scientist thinks he can now explain the strange rings of grass that cover the desert-margin land in southwestern Africa.  These so-called fairy circles have variously been pinned on the presence of other, poisonous plants, on ants, and even toxic gases rising from below. But Norbert Juergens says the one ever-present factor is sand termites. The creatures have engineered the rings to maintain a supply of water in their environment.  (Note: If you're weird like me and get physically ill at the sight of lots of holes, here's your warning....)

:bulletpink:Paleontologists have found what appears to be evidence if human-neanderthal interbreeding.  Skeletal remains of an individual living in northern Italy 30,000 to 40,000 years ago are believed to be that of a human/neanderthal hybrid.  Neat!

New species: Ziegler's crocodile newt (Tylototriton ziegleri). Photo courtesy of Tao Thien Nguyen.

:bulletblack:Scientists have discovered a new species of Vietnamese salamander that totally looks like Toothless from How To Train Your Dragon. Check it out! Sooo cute!

Rush Limbaugh and Traditional Marriage

:bulletpink:Faith healer parents avoid jail after son, 16, dies in horrible pain after they tried to 'pray away' his burst appendix.  The couple is from Creswell, Oregon, and they pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide of their son.  ....And were only sentenced to five years probation after reaching a plea deal with prosecutors.  Ugh.

:bulletblack:A FAU student said he was suspended for "not stepping on Jesus."  The point of the exercise, explains Jessica from the Friendly Atheist, was to elicit the exact same reaction that the student exhibited.  

RIP by NRA

:bulletpink:The pope washed and kissed the feet of some young offenders in an Easter ritual, including two female Muslims.  My first reaction was ew, feet.  My second reaction was, wait, young offenders? Juveniles?  Yeah, that's not weird at all.  Now, I'd have been impressed if he'd kissed the feet of a mass murderer or something, not some kids.  Creepy.

Finally, I thought I'd share a video with you. Someone autotuned the Bible. Yay!



If you've got any articles you'd like to share with other deviants, leave them in a comment below! As always, keep discussion civil, and have a great day!


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FrankRT Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I fear a nuclear war is imminent... we'll end up having to live underground!
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8manderz8 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't think it'll get that bad necessarily, like others here have said North Korea tends to throw tantrums from time to time. The US has just sent over some more stealth bombers to S.Korea from Japan I hear.
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FrankRT Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That'll make things worse!
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8manderz8 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Perhaps... Though I don't think the US, South Korea, and Japan will let it go too far....
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FrankRT Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
We can only hope.....
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RebelliousTreecko Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Student General Artist
I have to wonder if most people initially clicked on this simply because they saw "racial slurs" in the title.
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8manderz8 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, it's possible I suppose! Now you've got me wondering, too!
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great informative journal! :clap:
Too bad it also contains terrible news ):
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8manderz8 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! Yeah, that's a bit of a bummer. Hopefully the next one I do will be a little more uplifting!
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    Let's hope so : )
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