A group of religious officials decided they should probably start burning running gear to demonstrate their fervid hatred of queer people.

The bonfire comes on the heels of boxer/politician Manny Pacquiao making offhand statements during an interview, in which he nonchalantly quoted the Bible and called for gays to be put to death.

“”We don’t hate LGBTQ people, we hate their agenda.”
lgbtqnation.com

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If we didn’t insert the extra day into the calendar in the ‪#‎leap‬ year, then the Earth wouldn’t be in the same place in its orbit and the calendar would be ou...t of sync with the seasons.

The ‪#‎leapyear‬ rule does have exceptions that fine-tune the calendar even further.

We skip a leap year in a year that’s divisible by 100, unless it’s also divisible by 400.

For example, 1900 is a century year. It’s divisible by four, so it would have been a leap year like 1904 or 1908. But since it’s divisible by 100, we had a normal year with 365 days instead of a leap year.

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Meanwhile, the obsession with avoiding GMOs ignores a lot of food-safety nuance. One big example is Bacillus thuringiensis, a bacterium commonly known as Bt, which is used as a pesticide.

When plants are genetically engineered to produce it themselves, consumers actually ingest less of it than when farmers spray the bacteria onto un-engineered plants. So arguing against creating plants that produce Bt is actually quite misguided -- if you believe that GMO plants that produce Bt are dangerous, then the spray-on pesticide you'll get as an alternative is even more so.

More and more companies are dropping GMOs and "unnatural" ingredients, but there's reason to be skeptical.
washingtonpost.com|By Rachel Feltman

It’s just over a decade since Britain’s odd coalition of free-speech advocates, who include both deeply religious and deeply anti-religious people, have scored a stunning political victory by watering down the Labour government’s efforts to criminalise “religious hatred” in terms that would have made it much harder to conduct a knockabout religious debate.

In Britain, the pious and impious unite again for free speech
economist.com