Corduroy Skirts are a Sin

Counter-protester of the day:

Last week at Syracuse University, Michelle Deferio, Syracuse resident (not student), and her father stood on a street corner on campus holding a sign that read, “Homosexuality is a sin, Christ can set you free.”

Chris Pesto, a junior drama major, decided to take action.
In his own words, on a facebook note about the protest, Chris wrote:

Today (Wednesday, November 18th) I left my voice lesson and noticed two adults on campus holding signs that said “Homosexuality is a sin”. First, I would just like to say that I support people with their own opinions. I think that everyone is entitled to their right to think what they want. However, when someone comes on my campus, where I pay tuition to live, I don’t think it’s appropriate to rub such a hateful sign in someone’s face. I decided that because this woman thought it was okay to make me feel uncomfortable in my home, I would retaliate and make her feel just as uncomfortable, if not more.

This woman was wearing a ankle-length corduroy skirt, which, as we all know, is a fashion nono. So, in order to make her feel uncomfortable, I stood next to her and held a sign that said Corduroy skirts are a sin! I don’t think I have ever drawn so much attention in my life.

(via Boing Boing)

Ray Comfort: Christian. Banana Enthusiast. Plagiarist

I am shocked. Shocked that gambling goes on here:

Ray ”Bananaman” Comfort is giving away more than 100,000 copies of Charles Darwin’s work at 100 top US universities. His parasitic introduction is available here.

The part dealing with Charles Darwin’s biography is actually rather good – almost as if he’d plagiarised the work of someone else? Sure enough, Googling several key phrases from Comfort’s introduction proves beyond reasonable doubt that he had. Whole passages were lifted without attribution from Dr Stan Guffey’s work, A Brief History of Charles Darwin. For example:

Vegas’s CityCenter to Start Opening Tomorrow

MGM Mirage’s 8.5 billion dollar high density eyesore opens tomorrow with it’s hotel/casino spa, Vdara (isn’t that a type of onion? No wait, that’s a Vidalia):

LAS VEGAS – CityCenter, the 67-acre glass-and-steel metropolis that debuts here next week, is being billed as the next great mega-casino resort.

The $8.5 billion joint venture by MGM Mirage Inc. and Dubai World features the work of eight top architects and several luxury hotel and condo towers, a major retail complex, and, not least, a full casino.

It represents the next wave of uber-resort-casinos with everything under one roof. And it could be the last project of its scope to be built in Las Vegas for several years, analysts say, because of the credit squeeze, low demand, and an oversupply of hotel rooms.

“I don’t think you can describe CityCenter as a casino,” said Kevin DeSanctis, chief executive of Revel Entertainment Group L.L.C., which is developing the $2.5 billion Revel Casino in Atlantic City. “It’s much broader than that.”

Vegas is used to one-upmanship among developers, but CityCenter is its biggest bet yet – and its most expensive undertaking during a turbulent time for the gambling industry.

I haven’t been to Vegas since February but this monstrosity was already mostly fleshed out by that point and I didn’t care much for it at that stage. It was too big and the design felt more Los Angeles than Vegas. It will be interesting to see how this keeps MGM afloat during this recession.

Chairman Mao’s Underground City

Viceland explores tunnels under Beijing:

In 1969, Chairman Mao commanded the construction of a second Beijing beneath the surface of the original city, designed to accommodate all six million of its then inhabitants, so that if nuclear war did kick off, folk would still have somewhere to hang out and play Mah Jong while the rest of us burnt to death in a shower of atomic rain. War never came, but the city is still there.