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If we don’t do something to fix the glaring inequities in this economy, the pitchforks are going to come for us. No society can sustain this kind of rising inequality. In fact, there is no example in human history where wealth accumulated like this and the pitchforks didn’t eventually come out. You show me a highly unequal society, and I will show you a police state. Or an uprising. There are no counterexamples. None. It’s not if, it’s when.

Good on him for recognizing the flaws in the system and trying to do something about it because he’s in the position where he can do something about it.

'Feminists Are Not Man-Haters': Emma Watson's Moving UN Speech

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Actress Emma Watson has made a powerful speech for the United Nations on gender, which has sent waves across the world.

The 24-year-old “Harry Potter girl” and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador launched HeForShe Campaign, a U.N. Movement for Gender Equality, on Saturday in New York.

It was hoped her magic wand could be used to stop violence against women and help fight the fight for gender equality, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said when he introduced the star.


In her speech, Watson detailed her foray into the world of feminism when she was labeled “bossy” at eight years old, sexualized by the press at 14 and watched her friends drop out of sports at 15.

"I decided I was a feminist and this seemed uncomplicated to me … Apparently I am among the ranks of women whose expressions are seen as too strong, too aggressive, isolating, anti-men and, unattractive," she said.

The British star said the association between feminism and man-hating had to end or equality would remain a far-off dream.

"I am from Britain and think it is right that as a woman I am paid the same as my male counterparts. I think it is right that I should be able to make decisions about my own body. I think it is right that women be involved on my behalf in the policies and decision-making of my country. I think it is right that socially I am afforded the same respect as men. But sadly I can say that there is no one country in the world where all women can expect to receive these rights," Watson said.

"No country in the world can yet say they have achieved gender equality."

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Emma Watson at the launch of HeForShe.

IMAGE: EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ, GETTY IMAGES

In the moving speech, Watson extended a formal invitation for men and boys to get on board with gender equality.

"If men don’t have to be aggressive in order to be accepted, women won’t feel compelled to be submissive. If men don’t have to control, women won’t have to be controlled," she said.

"If we stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by what we are — we can all be freer and this is what HeForShe is about. It’s about freedom.

"I want men to take up this mantle. So their daughters, sisters and mothers can be free from prejudice but also so that their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human too — reclaim those parts of themselves they abandoned and in doing so be a more true and complete version of themselves."

Source: Jenn Ryall for Mashable

Phases of the American Civil War

I frequently refer to our current era of American politics as the latest phase of the U.S. Civil War… in part because the political maps so blatantly copy a pattern that goes back almost 200 years.

Cyclically, we find ourselves mired in dogma, instead of pragmatism, intransigent hatred instead of negotiation, nostalgia and romanticism, instead of belief that we can craft a better tomorrow.

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Satanic “Black Mass” Service Occurs In Oklahoma City, OK, But Not Without Hundreds of Christians Protesting The Service

ABOVESatanist Adam Daniels shares information about the history of the “black mass” and Satanism during his black mass event at the Civic Center Music Hall on Sunday. Online: Find more photos from the event online at NewsOK. com. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman DOUG HOKE - THE OKLAHOMAN

About half the people who bought tickets for a satanic group’s “black mass” showed up for the event Sunday at the Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker.

Even so, the group’s leader Adam Daniels said he was pleased with the outcome — calling it a victory because “we got it done.”

As hundreds of people outside the venue chanted prayers and sang songs of Christian faith, Daniels and a group of about five people with his Dakhma of Angra Mainyu Syndicate, acknowledged Satan as their ruler in a parody of a Catholic Eucharistic Mass.

“I proclaim that Satan, Lucifer rules the Earth,” Daniels said during the black mass.

Daniels, wearing jeans and a black T-shirt, confronted the audience gathered in the CitySpace Theatre on Sunday night a few minutes before the black mass.

“If you’re here to disrupt things, get out. If you don’t like me and you don’t like my background, get out. We’re here to educate,” he said. “Yes, we’re anti-Catholic. Yes, we’re anti-Christian in general, but that doesn’t mean I don’t respect each person as individuals so I expect that same respect.”

About 42 people sat in the audience, although 88 tickets were sold. A band played four songs before Daniels appeared again, this time dressed in a black robe typically worn by priests. He promised to be as authentic as possible to the original black mass events that he said were rumored to have started in the 1300s by Catholic priests and nuns involved in illicit encounters together. He said the Eucharist ritual that the Catholic Church uses today stems from pagan rituals.

Daniels was followed out on to the stage area by three other people garbed in black cloaks and a man dressed in a black shirt and jeans. The lights were dimmed slightly. A woman who Daniels earlier in the evening identified as his wife Kelsey Daniels, lay on her back on an altar table with her legs bent at the knees and splayed open.

Daniels put a silver chalice of grape juice on the table between his wife’s legs. He then took a piece of black bread, which was to symbolize Christ, and held it up for the audience to see. Daniels and and the others participating in the ritual stomped on the bread several times.

“We do not have a consecrated host. I’m sure everybody is aware as to why,” he said, alluding to the fact that he agreed to return consecrated Eucharistic bread to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City so that the archdiocese would not proceed with a lawsuit about the use of the bread.

At one point during the ceremony, the theme song to the movie “The Exorcist” played in the background as Daniels and his group paid homage to Lucifer.

“We call upon the Morning Star, Beelzebub, Lord of Regeneration, Angel of Destruction, Leviathan, Beast of Revelation, Demon of Lust … and all the nameless and formless ones,” Daniels said.

“Lead us to temptation. Deliver us from false piety … and let reason rule the Earth.”

During another part of the ceremony, a participant waved a rubber penis before the audience saying “We bless thee with this, the symbol of the rod of life,” and a few people in the audience giggled.

The event was about an hour long, not including a band’s performance. After a brief intermission, Daniels said he planned to perform a satanic exorcism.

Daniels said the whole point of the black mass was to mock the Catholic Church so that people would not be afraid of it.

“That is the point of this — to destroy that fear of the Catholic Church,” he told the audience gathered.

Kevin McFerrin, of Tulsa, was one of the audience members.

“I’m just here for a cultural experiment to see what it’s like,” he said. “I’m not a Satanist.”

McFerrin said he thought the black mass was “interesting.”

One woman who said she traveled from Dallas to see the black mass was ousted from the event before it started when she began screaming at a broadcast TV crew member because he was videotaping the black mass audience as well as a band performing.

“Film the show, not the audience,” she screamed at him repeatedly, before Daniels had her escorted out of the theater.

To see more photos from the event today, click here.

Source: Carla Hinton for The Oklahoman

Armed Female Polygamous Ninjas Arrested Attempting To Kidnap Rape Victim (VIDEO)

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Armed Female Polygamous Ninjas Arrested Attempting To Kidnap Rape Victim (VIDEO)

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Two women dressed as ninjas were arrested after breaking into a home allegedly to kidnap a 15-year-old victim of sexual assault. The victim is scheduled to testify against the two women’s lover that they are in a polygamous relationship with. The ‘ninjas’ were armed with knives and stun guns.

The incident happened  last week  in West Jordan, Utah. After the 18 and 22-year-old…

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Sierra Leone on Ebola lockdown

Sierra Leone confined its 6 million people to their homes Friday for the next three days as the Ebola-ravaged West African country began what was believed to be the most sweeping lockdown against disease since the Middle Ages.In a desperate effort to bring the outbreak under control, thousands of health care workers began going house to house in crowded urban neighborhoods and remote villages, hoping to find and isolate infected people. (AP)

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A Priest Ordered This Gay Couple To Divorce, What Happened Next Is Inspirational

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A Priest Ordered This Gay Couple To Divorce, What Happened Next Is Inspirational

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Paul Huff and Tom Wojtowick have been together for more than 30 years, but when a new pastor came to their church they were given the ultimatum to divorce and separate, or leave.  What happened next, is inspirational.

The Montana couple and life-long catholics had been attending St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Lewistown for eleven years before Rev. Samuel Spiering came along – yet when the…

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Bill Maher Mocks Sarah Palin's Mom Genes

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Bill Maher Mocks Sarah Palin's Mom Genes

It’s always good to write a post about someone mocking Sarah Palin, but when that someone is Bill Maher, it’s even better. When it comes to Palin, Maher is the master of snark.

TPM:

"Now that it has been confirmed that the entire Palin family did in fact participate in a drunken brawl, Sarah Palin must admit that President Obama’s mom jeans aren’t half as embarrassing as her mom genes," Maher said on Friday’s edition of "Real Time."

Maher’s zinger was a reference to the former GOP vice presidential candidate’s memorable criticism of Obama earlier this year.

An eyewitness told TPM this week that Palin’s eldest daughter, Bristol, got “quite violent” during the tussle.

Mama Grizzly wants everyone to know she thinks Bristol is just the best evah, so she took to Facebook to sing her daughter’s praises in her own special key. Her post included some special photos of Bristol with a rifle, Bristol with friends, and more.

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Young British Muslims tell the Islamic State: #NotInMyName

There’s a new trend taking over the social media pages of young British Muslims, and it’s targeted right at the Islamic State. 

As Mic has previously reported, there’s something troubling about calling this terrorist group the “Islamic State,” since they do not accurately represent Islam or Islamic beliefs, but a twisted and perverted interpretation of the global religion. 

So to combat this, young activists, led by Britain’s Active Change charity, are telling the terrorists to stop acting under the banner of Islam by circulating the hashtag #NotInMyName and calling out the group for “hiding behind a false Islam.”

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