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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Eve Blogaround

I saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It was great!!! Image source.
1. JK Rowling Endorses Black Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (posted December 22) Cool!

2. 2015 Lie of the Year: the campaign misstatements of Donald Trump (posted December 21) "Pants on Fire. There is no video of thousands of people in Jersey City cheering. Weeks later, Trump continues to stand by his claim but has not been able to point to evidence to back it up. Public safety officials on the ground in New Jersey say it never happened."

3. Grand Jury Declines to Indict Anyone in Death of Sandra Bland (posted December 21)

4. You guys, look at this article called When No One Comes to Christ. Here, I will summarize: "Sometimes you're doing your ministry/evangelism and no one comes to Christ. But don't blame yourself or God- you have to keep trusting God and doing the exact same unsuccessful thing you've been doing. Don't evaluate your methods and try to figure out reasons why they're not working. Instead, we will ask you guilt-laden questions about if you're REALLY trusting Jesus or not, and we will act like your desire to see results is suspicious and probably means you're not satisfied in God." Yeah. That's messed up.

5. Curriculum for White Americans to Educate Themselves on Race and Racism–from Ferguson to Charleston (posted July 10) Yeah, white people, go read this.

6. TTUAC: Pacifiers Make Children Fat (posted December 15) "I’ve met way too many graduates of fundamentalist Christian homeschool families influenced by leaders like Michael who grew up watching their infant siblings cry in hunger, forced to eat on a schedule because feeding on demand (i.e. what you’re supposed to do) would create selfish children."

7. Did You Know Hospitals “Sell” Body Parts? (posted December 17) "By phrasing the issue as “selling baby parts” they were able to make the public incensed about an ordinary medical practice—organ and tissue donation—that virtually everyone is familiar with and virtually no one blinks an eye at. And as Gunter also notes, that rhetoric was enough to call one anti-aboriton activist to murder."

8. Things that, as a mentally ill person, I do not find offensive/ Things that, as a mentally ill person, I find incredibly offensive (posted December 15) "The fact that when people push for not allowing people who can’t use them responsibly to own weapons, they always seem to start at “mentally ill people” on the list of people who shouldn’t be allowed handle weapons, even though there’s no correlation between mental illness and violence."

9. Wheaton College suspends its own credibility (posted December 16) "Wheaton administrators are asking us to accept that this black woman’s suspension has nothing to do with her gesture being, in part, a rebuke to the viciously anti-Islamic rhetoric of political candidates (and a home-state governor) from the party they explicitly support as an article of faith. That’s not credible."

10. Happy Holidays from Boston Dynamics. Awww I love this.

11. Star Wars FanTheories #3: Emperor Palpatine Killed Padme. (Don't worry, no spoilers for episode VII here.)

12. Star Wars Theory: Darth Jar Jar (does not contain spoilers for episode VII)

13. Why you should always buy the men’s version of almost anything (posted December 23) "Radio Flyer sells a red scooter for boys and a pink scooter for girls. Both feature plastic handlebars, three wheels and a foot brake. Both weigh about five pounds. The only significant difference is the price, a new report reveals. Target listed one for $24.99 (all dollar figures U.S.) and the other for $49.99."

14. ChriFSMas (posted December 24)

15. The New 'Star Wars' is Feminist AF (posted December 24) "As a longtime fan, I never thought I'd see the day when the hero of a 'Star Wars' film would be female." [no spoilers, but it does give some basic info about characters in Star Wars: The Force Awakens]

Merry Christmas Eve everyone!

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