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Wilson told Warren that Malachi is Native American and she and her husband don’t believe in cutting his hair. Malachi has never had a haircut, except for trims at the ends to keep it his hair healthy.
She explained to the principal that for religious beliefs Native Americans consider hair sacred and spiritual. The principal then asked Wilson if she could prove Malachi is Native American.
“I told her yes and told her what tribe he is part of,” Wilson told the Native News Online on Wednesday night.
Even with the explanation, Warren would not relent. Malachi was denied admission on his first day of kindergarten.
For those of us born with white skin, white privilege is the air we breathe; we don’t even have to think about it. It is like the fish that never notices the water in which it swims. It is a glorious gift we have given to ourselves through the social order we have constructed, from top to bottom and bottom to top. It is the pillage of continents, the enslavement of people, the hatred of dark-skinned “others,” all somehow magically laundered by our commitments to democracy, self-reliance, individualism and the “post-racial, color-blind society.” It is our abject unwillingness to confront our history, to correct the deficits of our memory, to lean against the amnesia of a white story told.
Men are given constructive suggestions. Women are given constructive suggestions – and told to pipe down.
A home in the U.K. was invaded by a monstrous colony of wasps, and the infestation was like a scene out of a 1960s Hitchcock movie, a local pest controller said.
"I couldn’t believe my eyes," John Birkett, an employee at Longwood Services Pest Control, told ABC News today, referring to the nest of an estimated 5,000 wasps. "It was like the horror film ‘Birds’ but [with] wasps."
Birkett said he got a call from the homeowner’s son on Sunday about a nest that had taken over a bed in a spare bedroom in the home in Worchester, Hampshire. The colony was devouring the bedding.
In more than 40 years of working in the pest control business, Birkett said this was the largest nest he had ever seen.
The video opens on a birds-eye view of a city through a green tinted lens. An electronic user interface lights up the screen, an homage to the robot vision from The Terminator.
The camera pulls out to reveal the surveiller—an armed Predator drone. “Someone is always watching,” reads a menacing sentence floating below the death machine.
So begins a video produced by Pastor Ed Young and his Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas. It’s part of a teaching series Young devised to explain the unknowable mysteries of God.
“The Bible … says that God has all power,” Young explained in the second of three videos. “So I thought, why not put together a study and call it ‘Drones’ and talk about the attributes of God.”
You read that right. Young used the most terrifying and controversial aspects of drones—their ubiquity and potential for force—as a metaphor for God. Young is a powerful speaker and his theology is pretty standard for Texas. Baptist churches all over the state speak of God in much the same way.
But the drone metaphor is a terrible and disturbing one. It trivializes the big questions about a scary new technology and equates God with a weapon of war.
In 1881, English writer Samuel Rowbotham published Zetetic Astronomy: Earth Not a Globe, a 430-page book in which he affirmed that Earth is flat. One-hundred and thirty years later, despite all the silly science that proves to us that the land we step on is actually spherical, his work is still spawning mini movements.
After Rowbotham passed away in 1884, Lady Elizabeth Blount, who admired his work, established a Universal Zetetic Society whose objective was “to carry on the work of the master.” With their beliefs largely based on a rather subjective reading of the Bible, after WWI the organization gradually lost influence and eventually disappeared.
Yet, the idea of a disc-shaped Earth has not completely vanished. The Flat Earth Society is a modern group dedicated to promoting Rowbotham’s ideas and trying to convince skeptics like me. I wanted to make sure they were serious, so I got in touch with some of them via their online forum.
In Washington lobbying, pro-Keystone XL advocates dwarf pipeline opponents
When looking at inside-the-Beltway influence, pro-Keystone XL advocates outnumber pipeline opponents by a wide margin.
Of the top 10 sectors lobbying on the pipeline, nine support building it - only environmental groups are opposed.
Read more about the influence behind the Keystone XL pipeline: http://snlg.ht/1rXBor4
In November 1972, Italian pop star Adriano Celentano released a song that hit No. 1 in his home country, despite the fact it wasn’t performed in Italian.
It also wasn’t performed in English.
In fact, it wasn’t performed in any language at all.
The song, called “Prisencolinensinainciusol,” was written to mimic the way English sounds to non-English speakers.
Celentano, now 74 years old, says that he wanted to break down language barriers and inspire people to communicate more.
"Ever since I started singing, I was very influenced by American music and everything Americans did," he tells Guy Raz, host of weekends on All Things Considered, through interpreter Sim Smiley.
"So at a certain point, because I like American slang — which, for a singer, is much easier to sing than Italian — I thought that I would write a song which would only have as its theme the inability to communicate," he says. "And to do this, I had to write a song where the lyrics didn’t mean anything."