Recently, I wrote an article about a presentation at the White Privilege Conference in Philadelphia last month. In response to that piece, I was accused of setting up a straw man and then attacking same.
The speaker in question, Paul Kivel, is the founder of "the Challenging Christian Hegemony Project."
While Kivel in his talk apparently issued a wide-ranging indictment of Christianity's influence, perhaps it was an overstatement to say that he "blamed Christianity for everything bad in the world" — although he indeed blames institutional Christianity for much of it. more >>
As the world continues to experience extreme heat, new data from NASA reveals that 2016 will be the hottest year yet in history as April has slammed previous records of the hottest month.
According to CNN, NASA's recent studies state that land and sea temperatures last month were 1.11 degrees Celsius warmer compared to the average degrees that April usually recorded between 1951 to 1980.
NASA has been using the mentioned period to study climate change and aside from April smashing records of the past, it also made another record of being the seventh month in a row to rise above the average temperatures by at least 1 degree Celsius. more >>
A group of researchers from the University of Hawaii at Manoa made a startling revelation about the volcanic archipelago and the likelihood of it getting hit by a "mega-tsunami" in the next half a century. The said tsunami is projected to be caused by an earthquake with at least a 9.0 magnitude near the Aleutian Islands.
News about this potential tsunami was first reported by Hawaii News Now, based on a study published last week in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth. Although the proponents of the study are giving the event a 9-percent probability of happening, the thought of it is in itself terrifying since there is a potential to wipe a substantial part of the archipelago.
If the earthquake indeed comes from the Aleutian Island, experts predict that the residents of the U.S.' 50th state will only have four hours to be able to react and find safety. According to lead scientist Rhett Butler in an interview with Hawaii News Now, it may be a rare event, but their job is to "define what that chance might be." more >>
Social media has its way of getting people in trouble and unfortunately, Vanessa Hudgens had to learn her Instagram lesson the hard way as it has recently been confirmed that the actress has paid off the $1,000 ordered of her for vandalizing a rock wall in Arizona's U.S. Forest Service land.
In documents obtained by The Associated Press, it is said that Hudgens agreed to resolve the misdemeanor count filed against her for carving the names "Vanessa + Austin" on one of the red rocks known to many tourists in northern Arizona.
Aside from paying off the vandalism fine, the 27-year-old also gave out information on where to find the rock where she and boyfriend Austin Butler carved their names. As for the amount she paid, volunteers from Friends of the Forest used the money to restore the said rock wall. more >>
For what it is worth, there are actually people who delight in viewing nature displaying its destructive power -- may it be in sea, land or air. Storm chasers, or chasers, as what they are often called, feel the excitement of running towards a tornado where normal people flee from it.
Most, but not all, chasers of today are equipped with special computers, anemometers (used for measuring gusts of wind), portable weather stations, and a wide variety of cameras when chasing a storm.
What started out as a bizarre practice in the '40s and '50s now grown exponentially through the years. In fact, there are a number of tour businesses that focus on giving people the thrill of storm watching. Among the recognized organizations include Oklahoma-based Cloud 9 Tours and Tempest Tours in Texas. more >>
A toilet bowl served more than just a depository of human waste and excess body fluids after it saved a life of an autistic boy in the midst of strong tornado. Daniel Parks, an 18-year-old autistic teenage boy, was spared from imminent demise after he hid in their bathroom and hugged the toilet bowl as an EF-3 tornado ravaged a rural area 80 miles south of Oklahoma City, as per Buzzfeed.
"We are all safe! My house on the other hand is leveled. Nothing left," posted the mother of Parks, Angela, on her Facebook account at the aftermath of the disaster.
The Park matriarch revealed to Buzzfeed that the mentally challenged boy had just returned from school when the tornado that claimed two lives happened. According to her, she and her husband were still at work at that time, but, thankfully, a cousin of the boy had rushed to their home, and, together, they sought shelter at the bathroom and hugged the toilet bowl as the force of nature was unleashing its might and breaking everything on its path. more >>