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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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simple-minds Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist
Kim Jong Un's temper tantrums are just that; temper tantrums. The locals are just doing what they'd been doing for the last half-century. Nothing. Only when all my male students get recruited in a jiffy will I start to worry. :shrug:

Those termite holes are fascinating; knowing termites, that doesn't surprise me at all. I imagine their mounds are engineering marvels with a whole lot air vents and water storage areas. You should read this book called 'Empire of the Ants' if you get a chance.

The student who resisted; God bless him, and not just because it's Jesus he wouldn't step on. The teacher shouldn't step on anyone's beliefs and make them feel inferior just because they disagree with him, and pressurize his students to do the same. This is where psychological terrorism begins. Leave relighion out of the classroom. I hope the student becomes a leader one day. He obviously has good parents, too. Intercultural Communication? That teacher has his head up his behind.

The interbreeding news is not new, just more evidence is found. I read in New Scientist last century about the neanderthal link to autism.

The faith healer parents should have gone to jail. Tsk,tsk. I'm a Christian but that's downright wrong on so many levels. You don't put God to the test; he gave us brains for pete's sake. The poor kid would have died in agony. Such a simple operation, too. Or were they trying to avoid paying the health bill? Some people shouldn't reproduce.

I want that salamander. Love its orange toes!

No news; just celeb rubbish, stuff on tax, and Kim Jong Un's temper tantrums.
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Grueler Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Unless I was told to stomp on L Ron Hubbard, I wouldn't stomp on any respected religious figure's name. Or any well known atheists for that matter. Or any republicans, democrats, libertarians, or socialists. I believe religion and politics should be kept out of public schools, thank you very much.

And I'd like to congratulate the kid for resisting peer pressure. And his school system as a whole. Not sure if I'd have been able to do the same several years ago.
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ItsNotFilia Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's some pretty disturbing set of news you have, there.
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AncientDragoness Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The whole human--Neanderthal thing's not too recent.
We learned about it a few years ago in class. It's a shame how it only gets out (like any academic finding) years after it's discovered and/or proven.

Quite the interesting selection here nonetheless.
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CustardAndPie Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Toothless-like salamander is as adorable as hell. I literally want to reach my hands through the computer screen and hug it (If it's not poisonous)!!! It just amazes me how many species there are out there that we still have yet to discover.

About the "praying away pain" story: It pisses me off when people try to "pray away" illnesses. If the person's being medicated and cared for, I'm cool with that, at least they're still getting medical attention. But trying to "pray away" a burst appendix without doing anything? That poor kid's parents are so damn negligent. I'm surprised they didn't go to a doctor once he started complaining about his stomach hurting.
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JulieKrizan Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Protip: the fear of lots of little holes in a concentrated area is called trypophobia.

Don't google anything to do with lotus seed pods. Lotus Boob must be avoided at all costs!
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8manderz8 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
!!! It has a name! Thanks so much! And for the 'what not to google' tip too, haha, definitely not going to do that!

I knew I wasn't alone in it, but I wasn't sure if it had a name or not. Thanks again!
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SavageFrog Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I just went to see what "lotus boob" was; I threw up & now my chest hurts-curiosity killed the cat in this case.

(please to additional people who read this-don't look for it; it's a photo-shopped picture of a woman's nipples with larvae in them.)
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DorianHerestor Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I laughed so hard at the Limbaugh cartoon. Perfect! I take my hat off to the artist that drew it!

But the story of the kid that died bothered me. I can't believe that there're still parents, people out there that will choose to "pray way" a medical problem instead of going to a hospital and have the problem being properly treated, especially if you can afford it! I know that that was because of their religious beliefs, but, at the risk of offending someone here, religion is not an excuse, not anymore! It's one thing to believe in something, fine, whatever, that's up to you, but its quite another thing to endanger someone's life by refusing medical aid because of that belief, especially for something that most likely wouldn't have been fatal if it had been treated properly. :facepal: Now a person died...
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CandiPhoenixes Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Student General Artist
I love the "Toothless" Salamander. :love:
Makes me wish that they could be kept as pets.
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MadamMichi Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't really get the stomping story ...he gave a god explanation "I see stomping as saying something has no value so I won't do it" what's the big deal? Why did he get suspended. I wouldn't burn a flag if someone told me to for a class. Nor would I write something down and stomp on it if it was important to me...couldn't give a shit about jesus but something else perhaps
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8manderz8 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, the point of the exercise was to show the power of symbolism in culture. It was to show that people will hesitate to stomp on something that they've placed value in, and the kid's actions proved that very point.

As for why he got suspended, I don't know if anyone knows the school's story yet. At least I don't. It seems like it'd be a really stupid thing to get suspended for, but if he did get suspended for something as pointless as that then I sympathize with him. But we need to get the school's side of things. (though to be fair this is the same school that had the teacher who wondered whether or not Sandy Hook actually happened or not, and that named their sports stadium after a privatized prison company that has been accused of human rights violations in the past...)
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MadamMichi Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Except the other kids actions (those who stomped) disproved the point. Our culture values jesus , yes , but those kids stomped anyways. The kid himself values Jesus so he didn't stomp. It's personal not cultural. I would probably have stomped on Jesus but mot something I value , like a picture of a loved one or the flag, might sound silly about the flag but I value it for what it represents.

The exercise makes no sense to me.

Holy shit this school sounds wack.
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8manderz8 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I'd argue that the lesson was probably not administered properly, or it relied on the assumption that the classroom was full of Christians, which, would not really be the best assumption to make these days considering more and more young people in America are taking the position of nonbelief.

In the excerpt of the lesson, it explained that the entire point of the exercise was to show that people would hesitate to step on something that is symbolically valuable to them as a person, and that afterwards the professor should discuss the meaning of symbolism in culture. I'd say it's a good lesson on how different people value different things depending on their world views, and how those differences can cause people to take different actions.

For example, a radical Islamist in the middle east might burn the US flag because to them it symbolizes something evil, whereas a super patriotic American citizen would likely take offense to that. Likewise, an atheist not care very much if they drop their copy of the bible into a puddle, but a Christian might be very upset about it. For you, you view images of your family as important, whereas a stranger might not. It just shows that symbolism is important to people, and that people will alter their behavior or hesitate to complete an action if a symbol is important enough to them.
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MadamMichi Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
....well then that lesson NEEDED someone to refuse to stomp because that was the entire point of the lesson :stare: so why did he get suspended?!
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8manderz8 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Exactly! I have not a clue yet. I'll try to have a look around today to see if that's the real reason why he was suspended or not.
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MadamMichi Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You do that!
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AClockworkKitten Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
That appendix story reminds me of this joke: [link]

Also, Rush Limbaugh married my dad's secretary's neighbors' niece. Well that sounds like I made that up.
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8manderz8 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a pretty good story about common sense. That poor kid didn't have to die. :/

Also, eww... I really dislike that man, having had to listen to his blabbering for pretty much my entire life. :/
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AClockworkKitten Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
So he's your Bill O'Reilly. My dad watched him a lot. I grew sick of it pretty fast.
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8manderz8 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha. Yeah. My dad listened to Rush all the time when I was growing up. Rush has been on the radio since a little before I was born I think, so, that was a joy to grow up with. :/
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EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
The Rash Fatbaugh cartoon was funny.

It's disgusting to see how proud idiots like Inhofe are in their arrogance.
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8manderz8 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, I thought so too. And I definitely agree, people like him piss me off.
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MizuMegamiSama Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
North Korea is actually scaring me right now, because I live half an hour out of D.C. and one of my best friends lives near Pearl Harbor... :( I'm worried that it'll come to an assraping because the leader is certifiably mad.

And now, because Politics and Religion depress me, time for SCIENCE!
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8manderz8 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Their range of attack isn't very far at the moment. They have a history of exaggeration when it comes to their military prowess, but the people most in danger would be South Korea, but I doubt China would be very happy with North Korea if they got into it with South Korea and the United States.
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MizuMegamiSama Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
Yeah... but China has apparently officially taken a hands-off policy to this one...
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8manderz8 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Still, if N. Korea actually tries anything, it will not end well for them in the end because of S. Korea's relationship with the United States.
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MizuMegamiSama Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
Oh yeah. >.<
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EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
Pearl Harbor is 100% safe from Norf Korea.
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MizuMegamiSama Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
I don't live near Pearl Harbor but I'm glad my friend is safe. XD

Now as for DC?
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EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
DC is fine too as long as no suitcase bombs go boom. Even then you're safe if you're not in the immediate area or down wind.
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MizuMegamiSama Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
I live about 30-45 minutes north of the District.
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EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
You'll be fine then.
Dirty bombs have small ranges and rely on material being carried in the wind.
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MizuMegamiSama Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
Good ^^

Unless NK manages to make a real working nuke in the future. e__e
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Greatkingrat88 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
North Korea is good at talking shit, but if they were actually mad enough to go through with it, they'd be in for the most brutal assrape since... well, it's going to be really bad. For North Korea.
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8manderz8 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My sympathy is only for the normal citizens who are being lied to and treated like shit. :/
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Greatkingrat88 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Quite so. NK is like a real life, miniature version of Nineteen Eighty-Four.
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MadamMichi Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg you're comment made me smile during the middle of a migraine :XD:
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Greatkingrat88 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
So glad to help :D
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EscapeingRunaway Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Student Writer
So this week in a nutshell is North Dakota women lost the right to abortion, Their is a new war, Some moronic parents from my state let their son die hoping that an non-existent magic man in sky would cure him, and we found an adorable lizard.
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