Pope Francis’ Fish and Monkey Basilica; Obama’s Rainbow White House

There's been quite an outcry in social media this week, after the Vatican put on a spectacular light show on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, projecting giant fish and monkeys and whales onto the facade of St. Peter's Basilica.The show, titled "Fiat Lux: Illuminating Our Common Home," was the finale of the opening ceremony for the Year of Mercy instituted by Pope Francis. It was intended to show how climate change impacts our world. In addition to the animals and nature scenes, … [Read more...]

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Columbus, Clemson, and the Perpetually Offended (UPDATED)

Today, October 12, is Columbus Day. Except for the fact that the mail didn't come, I hardly noticed.In the 1950s, Columbus Day was a pretty big deal in America: Flags waved, offices were closed, parades marched down Main Streets in countless small towns, and schoolchildren learned about the hero explorer whose fleet--the Niña, the Pinta and the Santa Maria--made landfall in the Americas in 1492.After the Fourth of July, October 12 was our nation's second birthday celebration-- because it … [Read more...]

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NASA Found Water on Mars? Great–Let’s Baptize the Martians!

 In a press conference Monday, September 28, scientists from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration confirmed that they have identified liquid water flowing on the surface of Mars. NASA researchers, using data from an imager aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, confirmed that the dark streaks on the planet's surface advance and recede, depending on the season. It's now believed that what scientists are seeing is running water. And this finding increases the likelihood … [Read more...]

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