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There is something a bit more disturbing about the fact that the proposal seems primarily driven by a feeling that specifically cops need more protection (or, more probable, harming police warrants greater revenge by the state).
 
“The State created life in prison without the possibility of parole. This renders a perpetrator harmless to society,” the bishops of New Mexico stressed. “We oppose Governor Susana Martinez’ plan to reinstate the death penalty and call on the Legislature to reject the legislation.”
The Catholic bishops of New Mexico are speaking up against a proposal to reintroduce capital punishment in the state, saying that respect for human life must be consistent.
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Discovered Amazon Music has a feature while streaming music to view the lyrics for a song you are currently listening to (shown with a button next to the song title). That was a nice touch, but what I didn't expect was a nice, interactive interface that highlights the current line in the song and jumps the music to other particular lines in the song by clicking on said lines.

I'm not really sure if other music streaming services do anything similar or not, but I haven't seen this with ones I've used before at least. It's a very nice feature.
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Was expecting something that describes the Catholic Education ideal somewhat like Bl. John Henry Newman's "The Idea of the University". Instead, I have some rather mixed feelings with this article and a few areas of disappointment.

For instance, "Affectivity must be channeled in socially-accepted ways. For the most part, “Rap” culture exalts anti-social affectivity." This to a large extent seems to demonstrate a tremendous disconnect to the subject matter on two points. For one, "socially-accepted ways" would, in many places, rule out any kind of definite religious or spiritual ways, at least any kind of public version of that, as in many places any kind of public (and sometimes even mostly private) demonstration of ones faith or religion is not "socially-accepted". For that matter, as the writer points out even, anything Catholic was not "socially-accepted" at many points during the development of this country.

The throw in non-argument of "Rap" culture just seems like a rehash of decades old resistance to a style of music common among youth and the poor that carried varied prejudices with it. It was silly back in the 80s when artists like Run DMC were accused of corrupting the youth and encouraging anti-social behavior, when they had from the outset attempted the exact opposite (they even had a song and video about it called "Mary, Mary"), and the group is a cornerstone of the roots of Rap music. They have themselves at times lamented the direction popular rap has sometimes taken, as they've explained what Rap music, and "Rap culture" (usually, this should be referenced as "hip-hop" culture, which "rap" music is only one aspect of) was really based around was an escape from a seemingly hopeless environment that presented an alternative to destructive behaviors like drug use, womanizing, and so forth. It has also been famously described as the voice of the poor, for good reason.

Even if you look at what would seem to be a counter example in influential artists like Public Enemy, it's easy to discern that their primary motivation was to highlight social injustices and eliminating complacency towards such injustices for the good of society (reform), rather than for it's harm.

Is popular "rap song" a great and positive influence on the audience? Certainly not, but the same could be said of nearly any musical genre (even, interestingly, classical music, which arguably has worse problems in examples like "The Mass of Life" based on Nietzschean philosophy).
 
The word, educate, from the Latin educere, means to lead out of. Educators worthy of the name lead their students out of the darkness of ignorance to the light of truth, knowledge and wisdom.
“It’s back to school,” the many ads remind us. The noble work of education will soon begin anew. The word, educate, from the Latin educere, means to lead out of. Educators worthy of the name lead their students out of the darkness of ignorance to the light of truth, knowledge and wisdom. The Catholic Philosophy of Education To realize its Divine mission, the Church has developed a view of education that claims the right over all othe...
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There is a third common mode that Weaver didn’t even get to in his book. That is the argument from consequences. It says that an act is good if it has good results and bad if it has bad results. At first glance, this might seem to be a good way to argue, until we realize that it is a reformulation of an argument that we all reject, at least notionally. The argument from consequences really is just a rephrasing of the argument that “the ends justify the means.” If the desired result is good, then the means to achieve that result must be good. I don’t think I’ve met anyone who actually has said he believes that ends justify means, but I’ve met lots of people who argue from consequences.

Let me return to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Many books have been written about the atomic bombings. I have lots of those books. I also have a stack of paper, nearing a thousand sheets in all, consisting of printouts from online arguments about the bombings.

What long has surprised me (perhaps dismayed is the better verb) is that most of the arguments about the bombings are not in terms of the argument from definition or even the argument from circumstances. They almost always are in terms of the argument from consequences.

The chief argument in favor of the bombings is that they saved lives, American and Japanese. The bombings are said to have been moral because they were “successful” by a certain measurement. Few commentators make any attempt to look further than that. Almost no commentator even alludes to the Just War Theory. This is true even of Catholic writers.

For the record, I've met some people that openly admit to, or proclaim even, "the ends justify the means" and even what is often similar "might makes right". So, such exist, but they are pretty rare.
August 6 and 9 mark the anniversaries of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I’ll be visiting those cities in October, doing research for a book. For months I’ve been reading histories and commentaries about the end of the war in the P...
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Not mentioned here, but there are points in the Gospel's, particularly John's Gospel, where Jesus emphasizes that the people should believe in Him because of His works, if they will not believe Him because of His words. And, of course, Jesus tells the Disciples of John the Baptist to tell John about what they have seen (the blind can see, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, etc) rather than simply telling them He is the Messiah.
There are many charges atheists level at Christians, but one of the most common is that their faith is blind—that is to say, faith is belief without evidence. Leading atheist voice Richard Dawkins writes, “Faith, being belief that isn’t based o...
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Am I the only one who thinks this photograph looks like computer graphics? Not even necessarily the latest graphics either, but something out of Skyrim or even older perhaps? I'm pretty sure I've seen graphics that look more realistic than this photograph.
 
Officially opened in the 13th century, the mine is one of the oldest salt mines still in operation and is composed of numerous chambers chiseled out of rock salt, saline lakes, statues and chapels sculpted in salt.
Located just southeast of Krakow, the Wieliczka salt mine is famous for many things – most notably its underground chapels, made entirely out of rock salt.
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Kind of does have a computer graphics look.

Maybe it was intentional cleaning, editing of a real photo?
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“It is not a surprise that international pro-abortion groups are trying to impose their agenda on Ireland,” she said. “Ireland’s excellent record of safety in pregnancy for women without recourse to abortion is a major source of embarrassment to abortion campaigners as it completely undermines their argument that abortion somehow helps women.”
 
“With one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the world, a win there could impact other strongly Catholic countries in Europe, such as Poland, and provide much needed proof that change is possible, even in highly conservative places,” the document says.
Wealthy abortion backers could use Ireland as a model to change pro-life laws in other Catholic countries, an apparent leaked three-year plan for George Soros’ Open Society Foundations suggests.
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It's sad, but I pray these nations keep their resolve...for they will do so with the Lord.
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“Depending on the power of humanity and the grace of God, we want to realize the high ideal of eliminating not only nuclear weapons but all types of weapons and violence from the world,” the statement says.

“By making efforts to complete the fulfillment and happiness of heart and body, work and private life, and relationships with God and people in particular, we must begin building peace within ourselves,” the bishops’ statement emphasizes.

Also, I had thought Japan was simply limited in military size and capabilities due to the terms of surrender and post-war agreements. I had no idea they are constitutionally an anti-war country (the two things may still be related, but still interesting).
 
In a message signed by Archbishop Joseph Mitsuaki Takami of Nagasaki, president of the Japanese bishops’ conference, the bishops said that “appropriate steps are required to be taken constantly” in light of issues of violence and discrimination which occur in Japan “on a daily basis.”
In the shadow of the 71st anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bombs and the end of World War II, the Japanese bishops have warned against legislative proposals they believe will cause their nation to become further entangled in world violence.
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Well, I suppose now I feel a bit better about all those warranties I "voided".
Microsoft, Sony, and many other manufacturers slap on these stickers to prevent customers from servicing their own hardware. The practice is flatly illegal according to the FTC and US law -- but that hasn't stopped anyone.
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Getty has a pretty bad pattern of sleazy stuff like this, but false copyright claims by those that don't own the copyright are getting pretty bad in general.

My brother's youtube channel a few months ago got hit with a copyright claim that would give the claimant any ad revenue generated from the video due to some "copyrighted visual material" in the video. However, the one bringing the claim owned nothing in the video whatsoever, and the singular image that wasn't owned by the channel was one officially released to Creative Commons by a different media company (something fairly rare to find, by the way). I've heard similar stories from other youtubers, including getting outright permission from copyright holders to use material and then getting slammed with strikes anyway from some other source.
 
In December, documentary photographer Carol Highsmith received a letter from Getty Images accusing her of copyright infringement for featuring one of her own photographs on her own website. It demanded payment of $120. This was how Highsmith came to learn that stock photo agencies Getty and Alamy had been sending similar threat letters and charging fees to users of her images, which she had donated to the Library of Congress for use by the general public at no charge.

Now, Highsmith has filed a $1 billion copyright infringement suit against both Alamy and Getty for “gross misuse” of 18,755 of her photographs. “The defendants [Getty Images] have apparently misappropriated Ms. Highsmith’s generous gift to the American people,” the complaint reads. “[They] are not only unlawfully charging licensing fees … but are falsely and fraudulently holding themselves out as the exclusive copyright owner.” According to the lawsuit, Getty and Alamy, on their websites, have been selling licenses for thousands of Highsmith’s photographs, many without her name attached to them and stamped with “false watermarks.”

Since 1988, Highsmith has been donating tens of thousands of photographs of people and places in the United States to the Library of Congress, making them free for public use. The institution calls the donation “one of the greatest acts of generosity in the history of the Library.” The Carol M. Highsmith Collection is featured in the library’s Prints & Photographs Division, alongside the likes of Dorothea Lange’s Dust Bowl and Depression photographs.
In December, documentary photographer Carol Highsmith received a letter from Getty Images accusing her of copyright infringement for featuring one of her own photographs on her own website.
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While everyone else debates how the Republicans ended up with Trump as the nominee and the Democrats ended up with Hilary, I have a different concern myself: How did the Libertarian Pary end up with Gary Johnson again?

I'm not a libertarian, and I probably don't pay enough attention to their inner party politics, but... I don't know, that pick just confuses me the most anyway. Anyone have some insight?
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Because politics sucks and no one should ever practice it.
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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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