Daily Archives: 03/08/2012

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The Kony 2012 campaign and its critics

Over the past week the Kony 2012 video has been blowing up Twitter and Facebook feeds like pointless photographs of friends you don’t really care about usually do (If you haven’t seen the video I put it at the bottom of this post). Anyway, the video is about Joseph Kony, a Ugandan guerrilla leader who has been slaughtering hundreds of Ugandans in his attempt to turn the country into a violent, oppressive theocracy. The Kony 2012 campaign is a noble cause, but before you get out your wallet, understand that the organization behind it is less than reputable.

From The Daily What:

The organization behind Kony 2012 — Invisible Children Inc. — is an extremely shady nonprofit that has been called ”misleading,” “naive,” and “dangerous” by a Yale political science professor, and has been accused by Foreign Affairs of “manipulat[ing] facts for strategic purposes.” They have also been criticized by the Better Business Bureau for refusing to provide information necessary to determine if IC meets the Bureau’s standards.

Additionally, IC has a low two-star rating in accountability from Charity Navigator because they won’t let their financials be independently audited. That’s not a good thing. In fact, it’s a very bad thing, and should make you immediately pause and reflect on where the money you’re sending them is going.

By IC’s own admission, only 31% of all the funds they receive go toward actually helping anyone [pdf]. The rest go to line the pockets of the three people in charge of the organization, to pay for their travel expenses (over $1 million in the last year alone) and to fund their filmmaking business (also over a million) — which is quite an effective way to make more money, as clearly illustrated by the fact that so many can’t seem to stop forwarding their well-engineered emotional blackmail to everyone they’ve ever known.

And as far as what they do with that money:

The group is in favour of direct military intervention, and their money supports the Ugandan government’s army and various other military forces. Here’s a photo of the founders of Invisible Children posing with weapons and personnel of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army. Both the Ugandan army and Sudan People’s Liberation Army are riddled with accusations of rape and looting, but Invisible Children defends them, arguing that the Ugandan army is “better equipped than that of any of the other affected countries”, although Kony is no longer active in Uganda and hasn’t been since 2006 by their own admission. These books each refer to the rape and sexual assault that are perennial issues with the UPDF, the military group Invisible Children is defending.

Now to be sure, Joseph Kony is an evil, evil bastard, but Invisible Children’s method of helping to prop up a nearly equally bad Ugandan military isn’t the way to go about it, and almost none of your donation actually goes towards what the group claims.

Right now, the US government has already been intervening in Uganda and supposedly Kony has already been pushed out of Uganda, if he isn’t dead already.

The good thing is that IC’s 30 minute video is incredibly well done and does a fantastic job of tugging on the heartstrings and bringing worldwide attention to Joseph Kony and his campaign of terror. I personally however, just wouldn’t donate to them.

The video:

Read more about Joseph Kony here

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More great news for Harry Potter Fans; Pottermore will be open in April

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J.K. Rowling’s long-awaited website for all things Harry Potter will be open for business in early April.

The Pottermore site was announced last year, with a scheduled launch in October. But a statement posted on the site this week says testing was extended after feedback from early users made it “clear that our original platform wouldn’t be suitable when millions more users came on to the site.”
The site is supposed to offer e-book editions of the seven Potter novels, but Rowling spokesman Mark Hutchinson said Thursday that the sale date for e-books had not been confirmed.
Rowling for years had resisted making her work available in digital form.
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11 things the Bible forbids other than homosexuality (that you’re probably guilty of)

If you are one of the morons who thinks being gay is unnatural and spend your time complaining about how it’s ruining the world, well you’re an absolute idiot. Here are some other things that the Bible forbids so you should probably start campaigning against all of these too:

Tattoos

Leviticus 19:28 states:

Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.

Rounded Haircuts

Leviticus 19:27 states:

Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard.

Consulting psychics

Leviticus 19:31 reads:

Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.

Gossiping

Leviticus 19:16 states:

Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour; I am the LORD.

 

Eating a ham sandwich

Leviticus 11:7-8 reads:

And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you.

Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcase shall ye not touch; they are unclean to you.

Getting remarried after a divorce

Mark 10:11-12 states:

Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.

Working on the Sabbath

Exodus 31:14-15 states:

“Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people.

Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.

Women speaking in a church

1 Corinthians 14:34-35 states:

Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.

And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.

Eating shrimp, lobster, and some other seafood

Leviticus 10-11 states:

And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you:

They shall be even an abomination unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, but ye shall have their carcases in abomination.

And of course…

Loosing your virginity before marriage

Deuteronomy 22:20-21 states:

But if this thing be true, and the tokens of virginity be not found for the damsel:

Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die: because she hath wrought folly in Israel, to play the whore in her father’s house: so shalt thou put evil away from among you

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Smithsonian Magazine’s annual photo contest

These pictures are all pretty incredible. You can see all of them and read their back-stories HERE.

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Hey Harry Potter fans, you can tour the Hogwarts model used for the film starting March 31st

If you happen to be in London at the end of this month, you’ll be able to tour the real model of Hogwarts used in all the Harry Potter films, yes real, not CGI. The model is housed at Leavesdon Studio and measures 50 feet across, with tiny LED lights in the windows and tiny owls perched at various places.

The three-hour tour will also take Harry Potter fans inside the Great Hall and Dumbledore’s office. Visitors will also be able to step onto cobbles of Diagon Alley, walking past the the shop fronts of Ollivanders wand shop, Flourish and Blotts, the Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, Gringotts Wizarding Bank and Eeylops Owl Emporium.

Iconic props from the films, including Harry’s Nimbus 2000 broomstick and Hagrid’s motorcycle will be on display alongside life-sized models of some of the creatures from the films.

Other film sets included in the tour include the Gryffindor common room, the boys’ dormitory, Hagrid’s hut, Potion’s classroom and Professor Umbridge’s office at the Ministry of Magic.

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Zoos of the future will have cloned extinct animals and robot replicas

Even though things didn’t turn out as planned in Jurassic Park, it’s still a goal for the future to one day have zoos that are populated with cloned extinct animals and robots indistinguishable from real animals that are no longer living. It’s a big dream, but one day it will happen. And it will be perfectly safe, I promise. Every precaution will be taken.

Louisiana Tech’s Dr. Jeffrey Yule told the Symposium on the Future of Zoos that reviving extinct species, including wooly mammoths, dodo birds, passenger pigeons or the Tasmanian wolf, is a real possibility.

“The goal is not to bring them back merely to put them in a zoo, but to put them back in the wild,” he said.

Yule believes a species shouldn’t be a candidate for cloning unless its natural habitat still exists somewhere on earth. So, that rules out dinosaurs — but doesn’t preclude an elephant giving birth to a cloned mammoth.

As for the robots, which also came up at the conference, they’d be used to let people interact with safe versions of dangerous animals like tigers.

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