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Reconstructing the Chelyabinsk meteor’s path, with Google Earth, YouTube and high-school math

Posted on February 17th, 2013 at 21:28 by John Sinteur in category: awesome


Like many others, I was absolutely astounded by the meteor strike over Chelyabinsk when I woke on Friday morning. One silver lining to our self-surveilling society is that an event of this magnitude is certain to get caught on the myriad of always-on dash- and webcams. I for one could not get enough of the videos.

Might it be possible to use this viral footage with Google Earth to have an initial go at mapping the meteorite’s trajectory?

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Dutch Roman Catholic church ‘castrated’ boys in 1950s

Posted on February 17th, 2013 at 16:46 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


Up to 11 boys were castrated while in the care of the Dutch Roman Catholic church in the 1950s to rid them of homosexuality, a newspaper investigation has said.

A young man was castrated in 1956 after telling police he was being abused by priests, the newspaper reported.

The justice minister is investigating the role of the government at the time.

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Ottawa Mountie, woman held on child abuse charges

Posted on February 17th, 2013 at 16:38 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News


A 41-year-old male RCMP officer and a 34-year-old woman facing a list of child abuse allegations were held in custody after making court appearances in Ottawa Thursday.

…Police sources told CBC News a child was “chained” in the basement. Sources also said what officers found was the “worst case of abuse police have seen.”

…Police sources also told CBC News the man worked for the force’s counter-terrorism unit.

Oh, we have had a child abuser working in counter-terrorism. Doesn’t anyone screen these people?

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Proud Of His Humility

Posted on February 17th, 2013 at 14:47 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News


Cardinal Mahony, who is as deeply implicated in the cover-up of child rape under his authority as Boston’s Cardinal Law, writes the following on his own blog:

In the past several days, I have experienced many examples of being humiliated. In recent days, I have been confronted in various places by very unhappy people. I could understand the depth of their anger and outrage–at me, at the Church, at about injustices that swirl around us.

Thanks to God’s special grace, I simply stood there, asking God to bless and forgive them.

He is forgiving the victims of child-rape, and those who speak up for them? Words fail. Anger overwhelms me.

(and no, it’s not the onion)

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