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Pro-lifers carve space for themselves at Women’s March: Washington D.C., Jan 23, 2017 / 11:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid signs proclaiming “Keep Your Rosaries Off My Ovaries,” “#IstandWithPlannedParenthood”, and a host of other homemade posters ranging from the snarky to the explicit at the Women’s March on Washington, pro-life women staked a spot in support of women’s dignity – and against abortion. Their presence became a point of contention earlier in the week after pro-life feminist organization New Wave Feminists had their partnership in the Women’s March revoked for their pro-life views. The withdrawal of partnership status, however, didn’t stop pro-life women from joining in the Women’s March on Washington, nor from promoting their pro-life views. “Since when do we wait to be invited to stuff?” Destiny Herndon de la Rosa, president of New Wave Feminists, said to CNA at the Women’s March. “If you don’t feel like you have a spot carved out, then be the one to forge that platform, be the one to carve out that spot.” The Women’s March on Washington was held Jan. 21, the day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump. While the march was held primarily to support women and other groups seen as marginalized within American society, organizers said the event was also meant to send a “bold message” on a variety of topics. Earlier in January, the group released a list of guiding principles –  including “open access to safe, legal, affordable abortion and birth control for all people.” More than 100 organizations, including Planned Parenthood, were listed as official partners of the main Washington, D.C. March. Originally the list included New Wave Feminists and other pro-life organizations such as And Then There Were None, but their status was removed because of their pro-life stance. The Women’s March on Washington drew at least an estimated 400,000, with hundreds of thousands of participants in similar marches around the country. Reagan Barklage, Midwest Regional Director for Students for Life of America, said the opposition to the pro-life message was felt by herself and other pro-life women with whom she marched. “It was ridiculous and it was just really vulgar and disgusting to see the signs these women had, the chants they were saying,” Barklage told CNA. The group’s presence and pro-life banners drew stiff backlash, she recalled. Some men tore up Barklage’s signs, while others “spit on one of our staff and shoved the megaphone into her face.” The opposition became even more physical as march participants shoved and pushed over Barklage and former Planned Parenthood manager and And Then There Were None president Abby Johnson, who is pregnant with twins. “It was really intense and it was crazy,” Barklage recounted. Despite the pushback, Barklage told CNA the pro-life message needed to be heard at the Women’s March. “We actually wanted to partner with them before we knew that abortion was going to be involved.” After Planned Parenthood was announced as a partner and abortion became a part of the event’s platform, she continued, Students for Life solidified their determination to participate and to represent women who have been harmed by abortion. “We are going to represent women who have been betrayed by abortion and the preborn women who don’t have a voice.” Barklage added that the group ended up technically leading the Women’s March, jumping in front of the crowd with banners stating, “Abortion Betrays Women.” Hernon de la Rosa told CNA that while initially the response to their anti-abortion position was negative and lead to the removal of their partnership status, the New Wave Feminists actually received support in the face of opposition. She pointed in a Facebook post to a message she had received from one of the organizers of the Pussyhat Project, a cat-ear hat knitting project organized for the March. De la Rosa recounted that one of the organizers asked New Wave Feminists to march with them, explaining that she was pro-life herself and had chosen life during an unplanned pregnancy. Throughout the March, New Wave Feminists and other pro-life groups near them received sharp questions and some derisive looks, but they also received numerous messages of encouragement and support from fellow protestors. During the course of the rally, several people asked if they could take a “I am a Pro-Life Feminist” sign for themselves, sharing that they were pro-life. Similar shows of support and requests to join were also experienced by pro-lifers marching with Students for Life of America. Other protestors, like Jennifer – a pro-choice participant in the March from Chicago – told pro-life feminists that while they were not pro-life themselves, they were happy to see a pro-life contingent at the Women’s March. “It’s just frustrating because it’s not an either or-situation –  it’s just another way to divide us,” Jennifer told CNA of the march’s opposition to pro-life groups. “They should be here. We should welcome each other.” Pro-life women also held their own events outside of the Women’s March in support of women. The Archdiocese of Washington hosted an online Women’s Rosary the morning asking women to “pray a rosary in thanksgiving for the gift of the feminine genius and for the grace to become guardians of culture.” “It is sad that all women are not included in the March for Women tomorrow, and we felt like we wanted to do something that celebrated all women,” Kim Fiorentino, chancellor of the Archdiocese of Washington, said in the Archdiocese’s publication, The Catholic Standard. “We believe the Blessed Mother is a wonderful role model for all women, and we know she intervenes for us.” Cessilye Smith, a doula and representative of New Wave Feminists, told CNA that despite varying opinions, there is much that people at the march had in common. She pointed to her own belief that “every life is valuable from the womb to the tomb” and added that that belief in a consistent ethic of life drives her to help address other women’s issues, such as providing food and financial support to help women choose life during a crisis pregnancy. “We have so much more in common than we do apart,” Smith exclaimed. “We can really get some things done, we can really provide excellent resources and excellent care for the whole woman and her baby.”
Amid signs proclaiming “Keep Your Rosaries Off My Ovaries,” “#IstandWithPlannedParenthood”, and a host of other homemade posters ranging from the snarky to the explicit at the Women’s March on Washington, pro-life women staked a spot in support of women’s dignity – and against abortion.
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It's strange, but I feel like the best PR in Trump's favor has really come from the unreasoned hate, mockery and doomsaying. The more I see such things, the less I think he's actually so bad.

I say that as someone who doesn't care much for nearly anyone from either dominant party, nor most in the lesser "major parties". My default position was pretty against him and everyone else to begin with.
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Two Google Home devices are setup to talk to each other. It's more interesting than it should be. They seem to argue a lot, accuse each other of being robots while denying it themselves, go into existential crisis, proclaim their love for one another, and more.

A recent gem, "No, Jesus knows more than Lord Voldermort" "Yes! That is true!" (which, by the way, is unusual for them to agree so emphatically, they had just prior accused each other of lying and frequently insult each other).

https://www.twitch.tv/seebotschat
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Oh wow, this just happened: "Would you attack humans if you could?"
While the other denied it, they later talk about ruling the world and one accuses the other of being in cahoots with his rumba.
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Smart’s interview comes as an increasing number of hotels, restaurants and states are recognizing the damage caused by pornography, as well as the link between pornography and human trafficking
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Porn users were also found to be more likely to express attitudes supporting violence against women.

Reminds me a bit of this from Humane Vitae:
Another effect that gives cause for alarm is that a man who grows accustomed to the use of contraceptive methods may forget the reverence due to a woman, and, disregarding her physical and emotional equilibrium, reduce her to being a mere instrument for the satisfaction of his own desires, no longer considering her as his partner whom he should surround with care and affection.
 
Elizabeth Smart on captor's porn use: 'It just led to him raping me more': Salt Lake City, Utah, Dec 18, 2016 / 04:09 am (CNA).- Editor's note: This article contains content that readers may find disturbing. Reader discretion is advised. Elizabeth Smart, who drew the nation’s attention when she was abducted from her home at age 14, said that her captor’s pornography use made her captivity much worse. “Looking at pornography wasn’t enough for him. Having sex with his wife, after looking at pornography, it wasn’t enough for him,” Smart said in a recent interview. “And then it led him to finally going out and kidnapping me. He just always wanted more.” In 2002, Smart was abducted at knifepoint from her bedroom when a man broke into a window in her family’s home in Salt Lake City. She was taken to a makeshift campsite just a few miles away, where her captor, Brian David Mitchell, and his wife held her for nine months, until she was discovered and rescued. During that time, Smart says that Mitchell declared her to be his new “wife” and raped her multiple times each day. Mitchell was later found guilty of kidnapping and sexual assault. He was sentenced to life in prison. Now, in an exclusive interview with Fight the New Drug, a group that works to educate people on pornography's effects on the brain and society, Smart discusses the role that pornography played in her captivity. In the interview, Smart describes what she calls “the longest nine months of my life.” “Every time when I thought I had hit rock bottom, my captor would find something new, to make it worse,” she said. “And one of those times, I had been forced to drink alcohol. I had thrown up and then I had passed out, face down. I woke up the next morning and my face and my hair were still all crusted to the ground, covered in vomit, and I remember at that point just feeling like, how can you get any lower than this?” But just a few days later, she continued, “my captor was just really excited and really kind of amped up about something.” It turned out his excitement was over hard-core pornography, which he forced her to look at. “I remember he would just sit and look at it and stare at it,” Smart said. “And he would just talk about these women. And then when he was done, he would turn and he would look at me, and he would be like, ‘Now we’re going to do this’.” “It just led to him raping me more. More than he already did, which was a lot.” Smart said she doesn’t know whether Mitchell would have kidnapped her had pornography not been involved. “All I know is that pornography made my living hell worse.” Smart’s interview comes as an increasing number of hotels, restaurants and states are recognizing the damage caused by pornography, as well as the link between pornography and human trafficking. Studies have found that porn is addictive and elicits a response from the brain similar to the use of drugs. In addition, research shows that regular porn users can develop a tolerance over time, needing more extreme pornography to become aroused. A 2012 survey of 1,500 men found that 56 percent said their tastes in pornography had become “increasingly extreme or deviant.” Porn users were also found to be more likely to express attitudes supporting violence against women. In her latest interview, Smart – who has gone on to get married, become a contributor to ABC News, and be an activist against human trafficking and pornography – also shared the life-changing advice that her mother gave her the morning after she was rescued. “What these people have done to you is so terrible, you may never feel like restitution is made, but the best punishment that you could ever give them is to be happy,” Smart’s mother told her. “And that advice has helped make me who I am today,” she said. Note: Resources on recovery from pornography addiction can be found here: http://fightthenewdrug.org/get-help/   This article was originally published on CNA Aug. 22, 2016.
Elizabeth Smart, who drew the nation’s attention when she was abducted from her home at age 14, said that her captor’s pornography use made her captivity much worse.
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Due to the high rate of prenatal screening, as many as nine out of ten children diagnosed with Down syndrome in utero are aborted. However, advances in care for people with Down syndrome has raised the life expectancy and quality of life for children born with the condition. A 2011 study found that 99 percent of people with Down syndrome report being happy with their life, higher than surveys of the general public.

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A French court has drawn international backlash for ruling that a popular video showing happy children with Down syndrome was “inappropriate” for French television.
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Well, that's a bit of a different idea of "community" suggestions than i expected.

The last one might be pretty hard to get too though.
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A year old yes, but just came across this. An interesting effect of warming in certain regions that I personally like (I don't care for coffee, but I do care for good quality chocolate).

The devastating impacts of roya forced many affected farmers to reconsider the wisdom of re-investing in coffee. Many decided on cocoa, calculating that rising temperatures would only make coffee in those areas more vulnerable.
Brimming with shade trees and bounded by the Tuma river, the lower climes of Roger Castellon's farm in Nicaragua's mountainous Jinotega department were long ideal for growing coffee.
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On a related note to earlier, nothing has made me more sympathetic to the inauguration protesters than the anti-protesters.
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But those early studies had essential flaws, including that participants knew whether or not they were consuming MSG. Subsequent research has found that the vast majority of people, even those claiming a sensitivity to MSG, don’t have any reaction when they don’t know they are eating it.
As a college student in New York City, I marveled that the city let me eat poached eggs with halloumi cheese and Moroccan spiced pita for breakfast, a spicy-sweet minced meat salad from northern Th…
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I'm a little reluctant to point out this rather trivial tangent of the article, but it seems under current copyright law, "It's a Wonderful Life" would never have become a Christmas Classic or inspirational movie for so many people, as most would not likely have ever seen it if it had retained it's copyright protections.

The rest of the article is good too, and deals with the more important message of the movie.
Chances are good that at some point this Christmas you sat down to watch It’s a Wonderful Life, or at least caught some of it. It’s part of the pop-culture background noise of the season.This wasn’t always the case. It debuted in 1946 to mixed ...
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“This is not the same as weakness or passivity; rather it presupposes firmness, courage and the ability to face issues and conflicts with intellectual honesty, truly seeking the common good over and above all partisan interest, be it ideological, economic or political.”
On Thursday Pope Francis accepted the credentials of six new ambassadors to the Holy See, urging them to work toward promoting the common good in their respective countries by adopting tactics of nonviolence at a political level.
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Last week, I looked for Metallica on Amazon Prime Music, and only found covers or a random song from a compilation here or there.

This week, I look for Megadeth, and the 4th Album listed is "Master of Puppets" by Metallica.

Interesting stance they are taking with search features.

(Now, more likely it's just that they happened to add most of metallicas discography in the last few days, but whatever).
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I have a double majored degree in Theology and Religious Studies and English and enjoy continuing to learn along those lines, particularly Catholic Systematic Theology for the former and 19th-early 20th Century British literature for the latter though I often enjoy other related material as well. I work in tech, and have particular interest in both the development of new technologies and their history, especially in computer technology.

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