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Scrubbing the Sin List
My latest post for Faith Beyond Belief is up. In the aftermath of Indiana's RFRA law, while no one is calling for the lions, some secular thinkers are calling for Christian silence: for example, NYT columnist and gay activist Frank Bruni recently wrote that...
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Well, if one of Best Buy or Future Shop had to go, I'm glad it wasn't the other way around. Any time I had a question or needed a case unlocked to buy a smallish item at Future Shop, I could never so much as make eye contact with a floor rep (it took me literally 30 minutes, consisting mainly of standing by the glass case, to buy Windows XP).

Go browse the big consumer electronics (along with their hefty commissions) or start toward the front cash with your purchase, though, and staff would suddenly be very friendly and want to help you pay for your merchandise, though they hadn't lifted a finger to help you until you had already made up your mind.

So long, Future Shop. You'll be missed, but not too badly.
All Future Shop stores in Canada have been closed, a move costing 1,500 jobs. About half the retail outlets will be put under the banner of parent company Best Buy.
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This looks like a Thursday evening that is both entertaining AND educational. Entertational, even.
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"'There is no campaign. It's a moot point. The ministry will now focus on spreading the Gospel,' he said."

I'm sure that'll be a first for this prosperity clown.
After a bruising weekend handling ferocious backlash over his campaign to acquire a $65 million Gulfstream G650 airplane with planned donations of $300 or more from 200,000 people, controversial televangelist and founder of World Changers Church International, Creflo Dollar has completely abandoned the idea and will only consider acquiring one in the future if it's "properly priced."
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Ryerson. Says it all, really.

"First-year journalism students Trevor Hewitt and Julia Knope were told that because they were not victims of racialization, they were not allowed to stay in the meeting room and report on the event.

"Hewitt and Knope said they made eye contact with an unidentified woman who appeared to be setting up for the event. She approached Hewitt and Knope and asked if they had ever been racialized."

I believe the appropriate answer under the circumstances is, "You mean, before now?"
TweetTwo white students were barred from a meeting of the Racialized Students’ Collective March 11. First-year journalism students Trevor Hewitt and Julia Knope were told that because they were not victims of racialization, they were not allowed to stay in the meeting room and report on the event. Hewitt and Knope said they made eye...
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Julie, don't go!
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Earth Hour is the very definition of symbolism over substance. It has no practical benefit to the earth; the actual reduction in energy consumption is negligible. it's an annual Environmentalist Feel-Good Hour, uselessly raising awareness of something that everyone's parents should have already taught them: don't be wasteful.

Better yet: Take your mother's advice and don't waste power by using unnecessary lights during the daytime. Then you won't have to atone for your misplaced guilt by sitting in the dark for an hour.

Hey, it's just like a carbon offset. And you'll probably be doing more for the environment than Al Gore.
Canadians will be joining people around the world tonight in turning off their lights to mark Earth Hour.
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Er . . . oh, no?

(I'm STILL sick of this song, 25 years after a dorm floormate used to get drunk, put "Nothing Compares 2 U" on repeat, and sing along [badly] for hours on end. This particular behaviour ended the night I turned my speakers to the wall, cranked Metallica's "Master of Puppets" to maximum, and went for a walk.)
Irish artist says that she no longer identifies with her hit single and that if she were to continue performing it she would not be ‘doing her job right’
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Patrick, patron saint of Ireland, was a British-born Roman who was captured by Irish pirates and taken to Ireland as a slave when he was sixteen. Though he was born into a Christian family, he was not an active believer until he converted during the six years of his captivity.

He escaped and returned to Britain, where he studied Christianity for a time. Then, he returned to Ireland, this time as a missionary to the same people who had enslaved him. Despite his status as a foreigner and hostility from the locals, Patrick's mission was a great success.

The story of St. Patrick is a testimony to the power of the Gospel and of love to the unlovable. Though we tend to celebrate his feast day with green beer, as so often happens, it turns out Jesus is the reason for the season.
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Cool! It's about time people living in orbit had reverse bouncy castles.
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"We must acknowledge and come to terms with the implicit cissexism in assuming that only women have abortions." What happens when the greatest modern popular delusion meets the most infamous modern holocaust? Pure, distilled moonbattery.
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