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In the news, Friday, June 22, 2018


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from Aeon
Media/News Company

Philosophy shrugged: ignoring Ayn Rand won’t make her go away
Philosophers love to hate Ayn Rand. It’s trendy to scoff at any mention of her. One philosopher told me that: ‘No one needs to be exposed to that monster.’ Many propose that she’s not a philosopher at all and should not be taken seriously. The problem is that people are taking her seriously. In some cases, very seriously.

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from The Guardian (UK)
LEFT-CENTER BIAS, HIGH, daily newspaper

Are Church of England’s dabbing deacons and jumping bishops a leap too far?
As Petertide approaches – the run-up to St Peter’s Day on 29 June, and traditionally the time for Church of England ordinations – the Church Times and social media circles of the devout are braced for the usual avalanche of celebratory photographs of new members of the clergy. But the stern, decorous images that used to mark these occasions are being replaced by a trend for more frivolous action shots – with dabbing deacons showing up alongside priests leaping, baring their knees and even wearing L-plates. Their defenders see the new informality as a sign of holy joy. But hardcore traditionalists, along with casual curmudgeons, are less than elated.

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from LiveScience

Summer Could Trigger Major Earthquakes (It's Not Why You Think)
On Aug. 24, 2014, an earthquake ripped through Northern California's Napa-Sonoma Valley. It was the largest in the San Francisco Bay Area in 25 years, leaving two dead and hundreds injured and causing damage that cost half a billion dollars.

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from Miami Herald

So it looks like Charles Rhines is going to executed — and it’s probably because he’s gay. Well, not only that. There’s also the matter of his committing an especially heinous murder in 1992. Rhines, caught burglarizing a doughnut shop in Rapid City, South Dakota by an employee named Donnivan Schaeffer, stabbed the 22-year old in the abdomen and back. Then, as Schaeffer pleaded for his life, Rhines thrust the blade into the base of his skull. Point being that this guy is no hero or martyr. He is undeserving of pity. That said, the circumstances of his case — more specifically, his sentencing — ought to concern anyone who believes in equal justice under the law. It seems that, in deciding what sentence to impose — death or life without parole — jurors worried that, as a gay man, Rhines might enjoy prison. They thought condemning him to that all-male environment would be like the old folk tale about Br’er Rabbit tricking Br’er Fox into throwing him into the briar patch where he wanted to be all along.

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from Orthodox Christianity
Religious Organization in Moscow, Russia

EXHIBITION ON ROYAL MARTYRS TO OPEN IN NEW ZEALAND
A photo exhibition dedicated to the holy Royal Martyrs, “The Family of the Last Russian Emperor. The Romanovs: Imperial Service,” will be on display in the Vicktoria Park Market shopping center in Auckland, New Zealand from July 14-21.

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from Phys.org

Research team uncovers lost images from the 19th century
Art curators will be able to recover images on daguerreotypes, the earliest form of photography that used silver plates, after a team of scientists led by Western University learned how to use light to see through degradation that has occurred over time.

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from The Spokesman-Review
Newspaper in Spokane, Washington

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from Think Progress
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Meet the favorite philosophers of young white supremacists
A new book explores how philosophers like Nietzsche and Heidegger have inspired a new generation of fascists.

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