Category: Culture

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Billy Ray Cyrus: The Devil Destroyed My Daughter & Disney Helped

Since condemning Miley Cyrus’ bong scandal in December, Billy Ray Cyrus hasn’t said much about his daughter or the controversies that keep surrounding her. But in an interview conducted a mere five days after the video leaked, for GQ’s March issue, he comes out swinging. “Every time something happened in Miley’s career, every time the train went off the track, if you will – Vanity Fair, pole-dancing, whatever scandal it was – her people, or as they say in today’s news, her handlers, every time they’d put me … ‘Somebody’s shooting at Miley! Put the old man up there!’” Billy Ray...

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Pope Says This May Be Our Last Christmas

Pope Francis told crowds in St. Peter’s Square that this Christmas might be the last one for humanity.  In a solemn sermon at the Vatican, Pope Francis has announced that Christmas this year will be a “charade” due to the fact that the globe is currently engaging in World War 3.   The Pope said that the current chaotic state of the world marks the beginning of the “end times”, and that this time next year the world is likely to be unrecognisable. Francis, who previously announced the beginning of World War 3, had labelled this year’s Christmas as a “charade” during a Mass at the...

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Students practice calligraphy by writing “There is no god but Allah”

A Virginia school district is defending a classroom assignment that required students to practice calligraphy by writing the Muslim statement of faith, “There is no god but Allah. Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.” Female students at Riverheads High School in Staunton, Virginia, were also invited to wear Muslim clothing — a story first reported by The Schilling Show. The school district convened a meeting on Dec. 11th to discuss the assignment with outraged parents. The Muslim-friendly calligraphy assignment took place in a world geography class. The teacher had the kids copy the Muslim statement of faith, also known as...

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Thai Man May Go to Prison for Insulting King’s Dog

BANGKOK — Thailand’s strict laws making it a crime to insult the monarchy entered new territory on Monday when a factory worker was charged with disparaging the king’s dog. In a case brought in a Thai military court, the worker, Thanakorn Siripaiboon, was charged with making a “sarcastic” Internet post related to the king’s pet. He also faces separate charges of sedition and insulting the king. Mr. Thanakorn could face a total of 37 years in prison for his social media posts, highlighting what has become a feverish campaign to protect the monarchy and rebuff critics of the country’s military...

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Islamic State now equipped with a NATO air force?

Within the past two weeks Turkish F-16s have shot down a Russian SU-24 bomber and a US-led coalition airstrike has hit a military base controlled by the Syrian Arab Army. It begs the question: are these people actually insane? ISIS could not have had a better two weeks than these past two if it had its own air force. But with the US and Turkey among its ‘enemies’ it appears they don’t need one, for those countries have been doing its job for them. How else are we to explain the strikes carried out by both countries, not against ISIS...

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Mystery ghost fleet washes up in Japan

An unsettling mystery has washed up on Japan’s shores. Over the past two months a fleet of 12 ghost ships containing the rotting remains of sailors has washed up on the Japanese coastline, sparking an investigation in the country. These wooden boats have been found in the Sea of Japan on or near the coast, carrying a chilling cargo — the decaying bodies of 22 people. All the bodies were “partially skeletonized” — two were found without heads — and one boat contained six skulls, the coast guard said. The first boat was found in October, then a series of boats were found...

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Halloween History ( A Beginner’s Guide )

The second most commercial holiday next only to Christmas, Halloween has a long history marked mainly by celebration and superstition. Originating nearly 2000 years ago, the ancient roots of today’s modern Halloween traditions can be traced back to the mysterious Celtic festival of Samhain ( pronounced SOW-in ). It was widely believed that on the night of November 1st, spirits from the underworld returned as ghosts. In turn, people left offerings of food and wine on their doorsteps, hoping to protect their houses by providing these restless, roaming, hungry, and perhaps even menacing spirits, with at least some bare-bones form...

Lake Atitlan is the home to many mysteries, including merpeople, mysterious disappearances of people late at night, and people's wishes coming true when they ask the Lake for help. 0

Lake Atitlan: Her Many Mysteries (Part 2)

Article submitted by Alanna Fox Starks Lake Atitlan: Her Many Mysteries (Part 2) The Lady of the Lake? The locals say that Lake Atitlan is alive.  There have been rumors of mer-people and living spirits there. When the lake is angry it is not safe to travel on it.  The winds come up and the water looks as if it is boiling in a matter of seconds.   The lanchas, or boats, get tossed about rapidly and everyone has to hold on tight.  The most popular to travel from village to village is by boat.  This is the fastest form of travel...

A Chinese judge who values her mother. (China Daily) 1

China Exam: Who Do You Love More, Mom or Girlfriend?

China Exam: Who Do You Love More, Mom or Girlfriend? It sounds like the kind of ethics thought experiment with no happy outcome, but according to China’s national judicial examination, this moral quandary has a “correct” answer. Getting it right is necessary to become a lawyer or judge in China. The question? “If forced to choose, would you save your mother or your girlfriend from a burning building?“ The correct answer? Your mother, of course. According to the BBC, China’s Minister of Justice declared that test-takers are, “Duty-bound to save their mothers.” He went on to call shirking your familial duties...

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New X-Files Full-Length Trailer for 2016 Released!

New X-Files Full-Length Trailer for 2016 Released! As X-Files fans gear-up for the January 2016 release, a new full-length trailer is revealed and rumor has it, we may see more than a miniseries. With six episodes filmed, details emerge about the first one entitled, “My Struggle.” Watch: The following six episode descriptions have been posted to Wikipedia: No. in season Title Directed by Written by Original air date [2] Production code 203 1 “My Struggle”[11] Chris Carter Chris Carter January 24, 2016 204 2 “Home Again”[12] Glen Morgan Glen Morgan January 25, 2016 205 3 “Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster”[13] Darin Morgan Darin Morgan February 1, 2016 206...

Edward Snowden joined Twitter today. (Twitter) 0

@Snowden Joins Twitter.

@Snowden Joins Twitter. Prompted by a suggestion from a recent interview with celebrity astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Edward Snowden has hit the popular social media outlet with record impact. His ‘confirmed’ account, @Snowden, gained over 300,000 followers in just under two hours (sitting at just over 813,000 followers as of the time of this article). Some reports emerged today with people surprisingly followed by the NSA outlaw, only to see that he publicly only follows one account: @NSAGov. His bold move was followed by this tweet: Can you hear me now? — Edward Snowden (@Snowden) September 29, 2015 Other tweets...

Muti is the traditional medicinal practice in Southern Africa, but are some cures worse than the sickness? 0

Voodoo Village: South Africa

Voodoo Village: South Africa Would you eat an eyeball if it meant ‘success in life’?  In South Africa, those with a big wallet and a desire to strengthen their “personality” (i.e. to succeed in business, politics, etc.) can commission a traditional healer to concoct a very special brew for them. These healers, known as Inyanga, are practitioners of the South African traditional medicine known as “Muti.” Derived from the Zulu word for “tree,” Muti got it start when people began using tree bark to create ‘home cures’ for various ailments.  Some compare the practice to Voodoo because of its ‘spiritual’...