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Religious News 2.24.15

Former police officer and current pastor accused of child sex crimes The indictment filed Dec. 16 in Deschutes County charges Worley with 37 counts, including two counts of rape, 20 counts of sexual abuse, 11 counts of sodomy, one count of attempted sodomy and three counts of using a child in a display of sexually…

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Hollywood has the power, now where is the responsibility?

Voltaire said it first. Winston Churchill said a variation of it. Many people today associate it with the spectacular Spider-Man. As applied to a certain Marvel Comics wall-crawler, the phrase conveys the idea that the acquisition of superpowers entails a responsibility to use those powers wisely. Here in the real world, despite the absence of super-powered beings, humans…

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Conservative columnist is egregiously wrong

Conservative ideology is so often based on misrepresentation, half-truths, outright falsehoods, and appeals to mythical sky daddies (and where you find conservative ideology, you frequently find sexism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, and other forms of bigotry). From their claims that Trickle Down Economics is a reasonable economic concept for anyone who is not uber-wealthy, to their…

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Pop Culture Link Round Up 2.12.15

Chris Banner is a fan of Batman. That’s actually an understatement. ‘Obsessed with Batman’ is a better description of him (and I don’t mean this in a bad way; obsessions are not inherently bad, and Banner is harming no one with his). You could call Chris Banner’s love of Batman a true passion. Well, it’s…

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The Fabulous Art of Jenny Frison

I just happened upon a post over at Bleeding Cool highlighting the alternate covers for Spider-Gwen #1. Among them was one image that really stuck out to me: That alternate cover is by artist Jenny Frison. More of her lovely work can be found on her DeviantArt page. Here are a few more examples of her awesome…

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Atheism, Humanism, and the Chapel Hill murders

Mohammad Abu-Salha was an artist. Deah Shaddy Barakat worked to raise money to help Syrian refugees in Turkey to have access to dental care. Yusor Mohammed was a bridge-builder, who sought to bring women in her community together, all while working on advancing her education. Early today, their lives were taken in a horrific act…

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Marvel Studios went fishing and made a huge catch

It’s been talked about for a while now, but only as rumors. Would Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures reach some sort of agreement concerning Spider-Man-an agreement perhaps, that would allow the web-slinger to appear in Marvel Studios movies like The Avengers? That speculation, hoped for by many, has now become a reality, as an agreement has…

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Police Behaving Badly 2.24.15

Cop “accidentally” shoots boy playing on balcony after pointing gun at him A Baltimore County police officer shot a 14-year-old boy Monday night while moonlighting as an apartment complex security guard. Police said two security guards were working off-duty at the Woodridge apartment complex who were investigating reports of people inside apartments that were under…