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Sep 16
“The Satanic Temple has responded to an Orange County, Florida decision to disseminate religious materials in public school by creating complementary materials that espouse the philosophy and practice of Satanism. Last month, a Florida judge ruled that if the Orange County school district allowed Christian groups to disseminate Bibles and Christian-oriented religious materials in its schools, it would also have to allow atheist groups to do the same. David Williamson of the Central Florida Free Thought Community — who recently fought against Brevard County’s attempt to ban atheists from offering invocations at public meetings — sued the district over its initial unwillingness to allow atheist literature with titles like “Jesus Is Dead” and “Why I Am Not a Muslim” in the schools. A judge dismissed that case after the school board decided to allow the materials. The Satanic Temple took advantage of this decision, deciding to flood Orange County schools with a pamphlet entitled The Satanic Children’s Big Book of Activities that contains kid-friendly Satanic lessons. “These bullies are mad and afraid of things they don’t understand,” the instructions on the word-jumble reads. “Help Damian use inclusive language to defuse the situation. The spokesman for the Satanic Temple, Lucien Greaves, explained that his organization “would never seek to establish a precedent of disseminating our religious materials in public schools because we believe our constitutional values are better served by respecting a strong separation of Church and State.” “However,” he continued, “if a public school board is going to allow religious pamphlets and full Bibles to be distributed to students — as is the case in Orange County, Florida — we think the responsible thing to do is to ensure that these students are given access to a variety of differing religious opinions, as opposed to standing idly by while one religious voice dominates the discourse and delivers propaganda to youth.” The Satanic Temple made headlines earlier this year when it successfully petitioned the state of Oklahoma to allow it to erect a goat-headed Baphomet statue adjacent to a display of the Ten Commandments. Greaves made it clear that, in both cases, his organization is only responding to provocations by the Christian community. ““Even as we prefer public policies respecting secularism, we feel that opportunities — such as this — to establish an equal voice for contrasting religious opinions in the public square, tend to favor marginalized, lesser-known, and alternative religions,” he said. “I am quite certain that all of the children in these Florida schools are already aware of the Christian religion and it’s Bible, and this might be the first exposure these children have to the actual practice of Satanism. We think many students will be very curious to see what we offer.””

Bible-pushing Christians open the door for Satanic activity books in Florida schools (via yukbon)

Fundamentalists: Making Satanists the Good Guys Since 2014 2011 At Least Forever I’m Pretty Sure Now

(via solarbird)

Tl;dr http://youtu.be/kMkWuXk11Uk

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This Just In

Battling Boy’s dad’s helm is not simply Thor’s but more rad/scrappy. It is actually B’wana Beast’s, plus wings and black spraypaint. Or B’wana Beast found it after the wings fell off. I can’t really remember which is farther in the future.

Anyhow: I mean, really? It took me this long to see that? I need to be reading more DC Gorilla Stories.


Sep 10
“Our new Digital Crown is a multifunctional input device that lets you zoom, scroll, and select without covering the screen. It’s as integral to Apple Watch as the Click Wheel is to iPod. Or the mouse is to Mac. So, obviously, we’re doing away with those last two tired concepts.”

Sep 8

Glory Fires update

Lee ‘n dem played the afterparty, and there was a lot there, too—not to mention all of the other music/details/dramatis personae involved yesterday. Before the end of the first song, Lee broke a string on the restrung guitar he had at the first show. Thus, he took out the backup guitar (which he’d never played onstage before), and proceeded to make it about 6 more songs before breaking a string on that as well. So Eric, the other guitarist, gave him his instrument while leaving to stage to borrow a guitar from the opening act, which spurred the then-three piece Glory Fires to take us to Rockaway Beach in the meantime. Only thing is, by this point, something between this third guitar and Lee’s rig was fucking up such that pretty soon it would cut out every coupla minutes and he’d have to get down and futz with his pedalboard trying to figure out how to fix it while singing and playing. And he kept it together. Then talked to me for longer than he should have considering he coulda been eating pizza instead after the show.

So, what’s the point of this update? The tally: 24 hours, 3 sets, 4 hours of sleep, 4 broken guitars.


Sep 7
Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires at YumYum Fest 2014. I’ll be gone looking for immediate residence in New Orleans next week, but somehow got this in my life before leaving Madison. I couldn’t help but laugh from being so delighted by them, by the wild sight of it, and I felt like I was back in Tuscaloosa hearing John Smith sing “Hot Legs” with the Dexateens. Lee was playing with a broken string by the end, of course.

Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires at YumYum Fest 2014. I’ll be gone looking for immediate residence in New Orleans next week, but somehow got this in my life before leaving Madison. I couldn’t help but laugh from being so delighted by them, by the wild sight of it, and I felt like I was back in Tuscaloosa hearing John Smith sing “Hot Legs” with the Dexateens. Lee was playing with a broken string by the end, of course.


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Aug 27
thekidshouldseethis:

There is a massive, persistent, hexagon-shaped jet stream on Saturn’s north pole, and four Earths can fit inside of it. Bonus: auroras.
Watch the video.

Go forth through video.

thekidshouldseethis:

There is a massive, persistent, hexagon-shaped jet stream on Saturn’s north pole, and four Earths can fit inside of it. Bonus: auroras.

Watch the video.

Go forth through video.


Aug 25

brucesterling:

artnouveaustyle:

missolivialouise:

Here’s a thing I’ve had around in my head for a while!

Okay, so I’m pretty sure that by now everyone at least is aware of Steampunk, with it’s completely awesome Victorian sci-fi aesthetic. But what I want to see is Solarpunk – a plausible near-future sci-fi genre, which I like to imagine as based on updated Art Nouveau, Victorian, and Edwardian aesthetics, combined with a green and renewable energy movement to create a world in which children grow up being taught about building electronic tech as well as food gardening and other skills, and people have come back around to appreciating artisans and craftspeople, from stonemasons and smithies, to dress makers and jewelers, and everyone in between. A balance of sustainable energy-powered tech, environmental cities, and wicked cool aesthetics. 

A lot of people seem to share a vision of futuristic tech and architecture that looks a lot like an ipod – smooth and geometrical and white. Which imo is a little boring and sterile, which is why I picked out an Art Nouveau aesthetic for this.

With energy costs at a low, I like to imagine people being more inclined to focus their expendable income on the arts!

Aesthetically my vision of solarpunk is very similar to steampunk, but with electronic technology, and an Art Nouveau veneer.

So here are some buzz words~

Natural colors!
Art Nouveau!
Handcrafted wares!
Tailors and dressmakers!
Streetcars!
Airships!
Stained glass window solar panels!!!
Education in tech and food growing!
Less corporate capitalism, and more small businesses!
Solar rooftops and roadways!
Communal greenhouses on top of apartments!
Electric cars with old-fashioned looks!
No-cars-allowed walkways lined with independent shops!
Renewable energy-powered Art Nouveau-styled tech life!

Can you imagine how pretty it would be to have stained glass windows everywhere that are actually solar panels? The tech is already headed in that direction!  Or how about wide-brim hats, or parasols that are topped with discreet solar panel tech incorporated into the design, with ports you can stick your phone charger in to?

(((Character art by me; click the cityscape pieces to see artist names)))

Plz bring back art nouveau design in everything *_*

*I like it when people just make up entire cultural sensibilities


Aug 24

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