All Further Articles for 2014-02-21

Friday, February 21, 2014
No Equality, No Pie
Arguing their action is "not about discrimination, (but) preventing discrimination against people who are living out their faith," the ever-wingnutty legislators of Arizona this week passed an especially egregious bill allowing business owners to refuse to serve gay customers if such service offends their "sincerely held" religious beliefs, because ewww, also freedom. Arguing they are "a longtime employer and feeder of the gay community," Rocco’s Little Chicago Pizzeria in Tucson then posted a sign saying they likewise reserve the right to refuse to serve Arizona legislators, because, ewww, idiocy.
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Thank God: A Blood-Stained, Man's Man Jesus Is Coming and Toting An AR-15 Assault Rifle, Just Like the Bible Told Him To
Our woe-begotten world got you down? Not to worry, peeps. Soon Jesus is coming back, as a warrior on a white horse, leading a mighty army, carrying a NOT-METAPHORICAL "sword," which is in fact an AR-15, because the Bible says so, which is where the Second Amendment and "the whole thing" came from. This from William "Jerry" Boykin, longtime fan of Jesus as "a man's man," speaking at the WallBuilders' Pro-Family Legislators Conference. So it must be true. "But I say to you, 'Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.'" - Matthew 5: 39
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Thursday, February 20, 2014
When A Tree Falls in the Forest, Tracking the Where and Why Of It
Google, the World Resources Institute and 40 other organizations have launched Global Forest Watch, a website that tracks global deforestation in near-real-time. While the site's creators hope to improve forest management, the new ability to "peer into forests" also reveals telling, but mostly discouraging stories: The world has lost over 500 million acres of forest over the last decade, akin to 50 soccer fields every minute of every day, with only a tiny fraction regrown or replanted.
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