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Posted by Terry Firma

That Bible verse about not judging lest you be judged? Or the one about not casting the first stone unless you’re free of sin? Or the one that advises you to worry less about the speck in another person’s eye than about the plank in your own?

You won’t find many churchy couples in Alabama who put that into practice – at least not the way Callie and Louis Chatman do. Louis Chatman is the pastor of New Elam Baptist Church in Montgomery. His wife Callie works in a local abortion clinic, and he’s not above driving her to work.

A Baptist preacher’s wife in Alabama who works at a local abortion clinic hit back at her critics Monday, declaring that those who criticize women who work at abortion facilities should first address the sins in their own lives before criticizing what women do with their own bodies.

I feel that we have all sinned. None of us are perfect. No sin is greater than any sin. I don’t know why, other than that’s the only decision [abortion] that a woman could make. That’s her right to make that decision because that’s her body,” Callie Chatman, a certified medical technician who works at Reproductive Health Services told the Christian Post in an interview Sunday.

A video posted to YouTube last Thursday by David Day Sr., a Mission Service Corps missionary with the North American Mission Board reportedly shows pastor Chatman “dropping off his wife” at the facility. …  A representative for Reproductive Services, which “provides outpatient surgical abortions,” confirmed to CP that Chatman works at the clinic once a week.

Chatman doesn’t think she has anything to apologize for.

[She] explained that her presence at the abortion center isn’t to pass judgement. “I’m not there to judge anybody. I’m there to let them know that God is a forgiving God and that he will forgive them of their sin. Just like he forgives us every day for sin,” she said.

She explained that if anyone wants to know how her husband feels about her work “you’ll have to talk to him,” but was quick to declare that he has no objections to her work.

As for her critics, like Day, she said: “You know what? The activists need to get their lives together. When they become sin free then you call me back.”

It never became clear to me what Chatman does. If she works at the clinic in some kind of medical capacity, kudos to her for following her own path at the expense of her peer group’s social approval (this seems the most likely — her Facebook page says she’s a certified medical technician). If she is simultaneously ministering to women who’ve asked for spiritual help with their decision to abort, fine, to each her own. But if she is peddling God’s forgiveness to clients who haven’t asked for it, she is your typical Christian meddler, and I haven’t much sympathy for her.

I put a call in to the church to learn more, but no one picked up and there was no opportunity to leave a message. I did send Chatman a PM via Facebook. If I learn more, I’ll update this post.

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Mar. 3rd, 2015 09:43 am
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I wrote three or four hundred words yesterday, and I'm not entirely sure what happens next. It really depends on how much I want to emphasize that a couple of characters are not at all nice people. I have an idea for that, but I'm not sure I want to use it. It might be a distraction. Parts of this story are already darker than I expected.

I would like to write more today, but I need to link find for [community profile] metanews, and I'm not sure how long that will take. We're having severe issues with being under-staffed and not being able to cover everything. I would really rather not take on more link finding responsibility because what I do now, half the Feedly blog list and all of Pinboard, already takes two to four hours a week. This is my week to post the entry, but I won't do that until later in the week (we aim for Wednesdays, but more often than not, we've ended up posting on Fridays), and it doesn't take more than about forty five minutes.

Scott had a rough day at work yesterday. He was completely exhausted, and he never got his second break (I don't know about first break or lunch). Tuesdays are usually unpleasant, too, because he pulls carts all day, so I expect him to be worn out tonight, too.

I need to bake sweet potatoes tonight. We've had them for about three weeks, and I keep forgetting them until it's too late in the evening. They need about an hour in the oven, so remembering them at 6:30 means not cooking them that day. We've got regular potatoes that I could roast, too, but I think I should do the sweet potatoes first as we've had them longer.

Cordelia wants us to buy her some 'spirit wear' for her school. I don't object, in principle, but it's going to be annoying to deal with because the PTO hasn't given clear instructions for how to do it. I've got until the 13th to figure it out. I'll probably order her a t-shirt. She's more likely to wear that than she is to wear a sweatshirt.

They did have buses to take the kids home from school yesterday. According to what I've heard, the problem in the morning was that too many bus drivers called in sick. They apparently have different drivers in the afternoon and so were able to get the kids home. We were going to have Cordelia's friend and her brother over if the buses hadn't been running. The school district has not renewed the contract with the agency that has been doing the buses.

Fiction: Salvaging (19 of 26)

Mar. 3rd, 2015 06:42 am
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Salvaging
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
Part 19 of 26
Word count: 1403

: : Another fic in the Polychrome Heroics universe, with [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith's permission, and any ideas developed here are hers to play with as she sees fit. This began as a Creative Jam fill, but spiraled into a lovely crossover with Schrodinger's Heroes (who need LOTS more love, people!) : :

WARNING: Sensitive topics, implied child abuse/neglect/exploitation. Some swearing. The main character is a hit man for hire; you have been warned!

Back to Part EIGHTEEN
Jump to the INDEX
Forward to Part TWENTY



“Juan... I think he should keep in touch with you,” Charles suggested.

“I'm not a good person to have around kids,” the older man argued, shaking his head. “It's better this way. But if you need me, this works.” Juan pulled a bill out of his wallet, tore it raggedly in half, and wrote something on the back side. “Get going, and take care of the little moka.”

“Thanks, man. I'll... I hope I don't need this.” Charles pocketed the contact slip, then offered his hand.

Juan shook it gravely. “Send me a contact for you directly, and I'll let you know when the little one's... no longer in direct danger. So you can travel, for example.” He smiled. “Take the kid to play in the snow one year, and to a black sand beach the next year.”
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Be strong today

Mar. 3rd, 2015 08:29 am
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evilsupplyco:

Be strong today.

If you cannot be strong, be terrifying today.

If you cannot be terrifying, we will lend you monster claws, razor teeth, and fiery breath.

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The bee attack in photos x

SCREAMING. I love Larissa casually being like look friend, a bee is upon you. EITHER THAT OR SHE IS PUTTING IT THERE. She and Russia are in cahoots.

DYING

I didn’t realize there was a bee and it made these pictures 100000 times better.

I thought she was just really, really excited about getting a corsage

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Posted by Lisa Wade, PhD

Urban planning is a partisan issue. The graph below, produced by the Pew Research Center, shows that the American public are evenly split between small, walkable communities (48%) and sprawling suburbs with McMansions (49%), but that split is strongly partisan.

77% of consistent liberals want to live in neighborhoods where “the houses are smaller and closer to each other, but schools, stores, and restaurants are within walking distance.” In contrast, 75% of consistent conservatives prefer it when “houses are larger and farther apart, but schools, stores, and restaurants are several miles away.”

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Relatedly, Americans are about evenly split between those who prefer to live in cities, suburbs, small towns, and rural areas, but there is a clear partisan divide.

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And everyone seems to agree that they want to be near family, good schools, and the outdoors, but liberals are significantly more likely to care if they’re near art museums and theaters.

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I’m familiar with the idea of the urban liberal and the rural conservative, but I’m still surprised by the strength of these correlations. If the preferences hold true in real life, it means that there is significant partisan residential segregation. That would translate into fewer friendships between people on different sides of the political spectrum, fewer conversations that help them see the others’ point of view, and more cross-group animosity.

In fact, that’s exactly what we see: a strongly partisan population that doesn’t talk to each other very much.

H/t Conrad Hackett.

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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On the Street….via Verri, Milan

Mar. 3rd, 2015 02:00 pm
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Posted by The Sartorialist

22615bluecoatB5809A lovely young lady in a great combination of colors..

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Second photo because It would be a shame not to show how perfectly oversized this coat really was!

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Posted by Jen

It may be "Unusual Names Day" to you, but for me? IT'S CHRISTMAS.

And here are some of the names on my list:

Gus:

 

Ellen & Philip:

 

Georgia:

Try not to call your friend Georgia "Gorgia" from now on. JUST TRY.

 

Carla:

Possibly my new favorite.

 

Dallas:

Way to OWN that line spacing, baker.

 

Sophie & Reilly:

Oh, the irony. It's a two-fer!

 

???

Is this a real name? Please let this be a real name. If only so I can imagine someone saying, "Well, I should head over to the preschool to pick up my Porn."

Or, "Would you ask the babysitter to watch Porn for me?"

Or, "Hey, Mom, I posted pictures of Porn on your Facebook page!"

Or, "Thanks to Porn, I haven't slept in a week and my house is full of stinky diapers."

[gigglesnort] Yep, it's official: someone needs to at least name their dog/cat Porn, STAT.

***

Um, so I had more cakes to post, but I seem to have completely derailed myself with the Porn thing.
(Bet all you cubicle workers know what I mean, EH? Heyoooo!)

So here, let's just go out with a bang:
(Or did we do that already?? [Ok, Ok, I'll stop.])

I guess the lawyers insisted.

(And I can't even tell you what they renamed Piglet.)

 

Thanks to Andi V., Amadie H., Bryar, Jennifer A., Mark B., Rich G., Holly S., & Rachel F. for helping make today's post especially classy. (POOP AND PORN 4EVA!!!)

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Posted by Jen

It may be "Unusual Names Day" to you, but for me? IT'S CHRISTMAS.

And here are some of the names on my list:

Gus:

 

Ellen & Philip:

 

Georgia:

Try not to call your friend Georgia "Gorgia" from now on. JUST TRY.

 

Carla:

Possibly my new favorite.

 

Dallas:

Way to OWN that line spacing, baker.

 

Sophie & Reilly:

Oh, the irony. It's a two-fer!

 

???

Is this a real name? Please let this be a real name. If only so I can imagine someone saying, "Well, I should head over to the preschool to pick up my Porn."

Or, "Would you ask the babysitter to watch Porn for me?"

Or, "Hey, Mom, I posted pictures of Porn on your Facebook page!"

Or, "Thanks to Porn, I haven't slept in a week and my house is full of stinky diapers."

[gigglesnort] Yep, it's official: someone needs to at least name their dog/cat Porn, STAT.

***

Um, so I had more cakes to post, but I seem to have completely derailed myself with the Porn thing.
(Bet all you cubicle workers know what I mean, EH? Heyoooo!)

So here, let's just go out with a bang:
(Or did we do that already?? [Ok, Ok, I'll stop.])

I guess the lawyers insisted.

(And I can't even tell you what they renamed Piglet.)

 

Thanks to Andi V., Amadie H., Bryar, Jennifer A., Mark B., Rich G., Holly S., & Rachel F. for helping make today's post especially classy. (POOP AND PORN 4EVA!!!)

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Posted by Rielly

dragon-age-morrigan-cosplay

At first glance, I could swear this was either an in-game costume mod or a promo shoot for an upcoming bad-ass Dragon Age movie. It’s actually the astonishing work of cosplayer Ophidia. She notes:

“Morrigan is by far my favorite BioWare woman. I never thought that I’ll be cosplaying as her, though. But when I saw her Inquisition dress I instantly fell in love and decided that yes, I must do it.”

Every element of her character was considered including the porcelain doll-like makeup and the actual castle that her and photographer aKami777  traveled to for the shoot. Everything about these photos makes me so very happy and so very sad that I’ll never reach this level of talent.

Gaze upon more stunning Morrigan pics after the break.

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Send your cosplay pics to tips@fashionablygeek.com.

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Dinitrophenol: A Possible Comeback

Mar. 3rd, 2015 06:57 am
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I've mentioned metabolic uncoupling as a possible diabetes therapy. The idea is that your mitochondria will plow though large amounts of lipids under these conditions, and there's plenty of evidence that knocking down free fatty acids and tissue lipid stores would be of great benefit for Type II patients. The problem is that this therapy has a well-deserved reputation for having a low therapeutic index.

2,4-dinitrophenol is a pretty unlikely-looking drug, but it most certainly has metabolic effects. It was on the market for a while (many decades ago) as a weight-loss therapy, and no one can say that it won't make you lose weight. The danger is that you lose it all the way down to your dry bone mass, though, because it doesn't take much extra DNP to give you dangerous amounts of overheating and perhaps even a critical shortage of ATP, which frivolous organs like your heart and brain seem to have become dependent on. Various foolhardy types (extreme bodybuilders, etc.) have experimented with it since then, but it's just too dangerous to recommend to anyone. Even short of death, there were other unpleasant side effects.

But there have been reports from time to time that the compound might still have legitimate uses, and a recent one from Gerry Shulman's group at Yale is getting a lot of attention. Shulman is one of the world's experts on diabetes and metabolism, and his lab has been working on DNP for some years now. The latest version is a time-release form of the drug, one that delivers up to 100-fold less Cmax than the standard human dose, if DNP can be said to have one.

This formulation does a dramatic job of reversing diabetes symptoms in rodent models, and fatty liver disease as well. Shulman is working on taking this toward human clinical trials, and the animal results make a good case. If this were any other drug showing these effects, people would be moving it forward as fast as possible - it's just the history of DNP that's going to make things more difficult. But we have the example of thalidomide - if that can find a therapeutic niche, anything can. The next key step will be rodent and dog tox studies, and if DNP can clear those, then I would see no reason not to take it on into Phase I and beyond. Who'd have thought?

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Mar. 3rd, 2015 09:00 am
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Every year when my grandparents hosted a Seder, my grandfather would hide the afikoman for the kids to find. (For the goyim, the afikoman is a piece of matza designated to serve as dessert and the end of the Passover meal. Traditions for it vary, but in some fashion it is typically hidden during the Seder and recovered at the end of the meal in order to conclude it.)

My grandfather would get to the part where he was to hide the afikoman, and he would wrap it in a napkin and then he would place it underneath the tablecloth at the table, immediately to the left of his plate (He was a lefty).

Every year he would do this, and even though me, my siblings, and my cousins were pretty young, we pretty quickly tumbled to this and it became a footrace to the head of the table when it was time to find the afikoman. This being kind of boring, we begged my grandfather every year to hide it somewhere else, and he would tell us he'd think about it, and then he'd hide it in the same place.

One year we got him to promise to hide it somewhere else. He made a show of leaving the room with the afikoman and then he returned to the room and slipped it into the houseplant right behind his chair. So we ran all over the house, hunting for the afikoman, and then eventually we realized that his new hiding place was all of a foot away from the old one.

After that, we let him go back to hiding it under the tablecloth.


(Nobody who spends more than half an hour with my family has any trouble seeing where I got my sense of humor)

Gen Fic Day and Soup update

Mar. 3rd, 2015 04:25 pm
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As of now, I have 19 Soup fics, which means we're still seven short. It's not as bad as it seems - a few authors have been in touch with me, so I expect to get them soon - but for now, we're in a holding pattern before the Soup can go live.

Meanwhile, we have a lot of links to gen time-travel themed SG-1 fics. Maybe you've got a few more to add to the list? Comment at the SG-1 Gen Fic Day entry and link away!

I'll be posting the roundup of links and recs in a few hours, so there's still time to dash off a ficlet or contribute a link or three. :)

Autocomplete strikes again

Mar. 3rd, 2015 01:43 pm
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Posted by Geoffrey K. Pullum

I think I know how an unsuitable but immensely rich desert peninsula got chosen by FIFA (the international governing body for major soccer tournaments) to host the soccer World Cup in 2022.

First, a personal anecdote that triggered my hypothesis about the decision. I recently sent a text message from my smartphone and then carelessly slipped it into my pocket without making sure it had gone to sleep.

I figured out later that, during the process of putting the device back into my pocket, my finger must have slid across the Q, the A, the Space bar, and the Send button. Autocomplete did its blindly uncooperative work without checking with me (there is only one word in English beginning with the two letters I accidentally typed), and the result was (I swear this is true) that the last person I had texted received an additional text from me.

The text said simply "Qatar".

There are people who point out that FIFA is famously corrupt. They note that one whistleblower has claimed that two executive committee members were paid $1.5 million to vote for Qatar (over another finalist, the USA — you may have heard of it), despite Qatar's manifest geographical unsuitability — its broiling temperatures, way over 100°F between May and September, would make playing full-length soccer games by daylight medically inadvisable and perhaps suicidal. (Already there is a plan to shift the World Cup from its customary summertime slot to December, infuriating many managers in the soccer industry who need the autumn for regular fixtures.)

But really, how plausible are these fairytales about buckets of money? My theory is so much simpler. Suppose FIFA president Sepp Blatter had promised a certain journalist that he would leak the name of the winning country to him in a text message, and as he slipped his phone back in his pocket his fingers (and we know this can accidentally happen!) slid across Q – A – Space – Send. The journalist would have immediately published the scoop. And after that Blatter would have been too embarrassed to admit to the error. So (I conjecture) he simply told the rest of the executive committee to shut up about it and treat Qatar as the official winner.

Why posit institutional corruption on a vast scale within FIFA, and multi-million-dollar bribery to gain visibility for a small country in the sporting universe, when there is a plausible hypothesis available that posits no such unsavory things? Autocomplete, already guilty of so many crimes, is the hitherto unsuspected culprit in the 2022 World Cup scandal. Elementary.

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actualmenacebuckybarnes:

peggy’s obviously a regular at angie’s diner. i wonder if she has a regular order, if it’s something boring like eggs and toast every morning. it takes angie all of three days to memorize the order, both because it’s so simple and because she happens to pay inordinate attention to gorgeous, mysterious british women, so sue her. 

it takes angie a month to befriend peggy, mostly as a result of unrelenting friendliness and slipping her the occasional free slice of pie. angie is not above using pie to get what she wants, especially when what she wants is so melancholy and aloof and has the prettiest lipstick on the prettiest lips

eventually, peggy changes her steady breakfast order from “eggs and toast everyday” to “eggs and toast most days but sometimes she’ll look up at angie with a quirk to her eyebrow and say surprise me" and give angie casual little heart palpitations in the middle of the diner.

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Posted by Rielly

Snorlax-dress-pokemon

Etsy shop owner PresStartNrdEmporium has made this super cozy Pokemon Snorlax dress with monster paw pockets. Monster. Paw. Pockets!

This is the first design for her Pokemon line and it can be worn as a costume or a regular afternoon hang out dress. Did I mention it has pockets? Really this would be my weekend go-to dress forever.

“It is made with stretchy material and has elastic along the top. It also ties in the back so it can fit different sizes.”

Find out how to catch your own after the jump.

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It’s made to fit a size large, but she can do custom orders so you only need to ask.

Product Page ($75.00)

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[summary]: Stoics do emotional H/C.

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