Today's Mighty Oak

Alright, let’s see what we have going on today.

First up, need a pick-me up?  Watch this crazy video.  Sometimes I really miss soap operas.

Or just watch this:

Just remember, the separation of Church and State is only applicable if it’s what you want.  Or something like that.

I never thought of it this way, but second amendment extremists have met their match: insurance companies.

Whoever is running the social media accounts at JCPenny is awesome:

As a reminder, Orson Scott Card, the writer of Ender’s Game, is a hateful bigot.  Like, he has said that he thinks members of the LGBT community should be rounded up arrested and put in camps.  But now, he wants us to forget about that, so he can make money on his new movie.  Needless to say, the responses have been epic, and I won’t be seeing the movie.

And this is what happens when capitalism goes unchecked:

There is a cool documentary coming out about Walt Disney trying to secure the rights to Mary Poppins, and it looks amazing. Also, Tom Hanks looks exactly like Walt Disney himself.  Check it out here.

Wolverine: the puppet musical.  So that’s a thing.

And lastly, the trailer for The Fifth Estate, the movie about WikiLeaks.  It looks good, but I think all the good parts may be in the trailer:

That’s it for now, have a great one!

Couple update for you guys, let’s see what we have:

First up, did you know that Bradley Manning was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize?  Pretty awesome, especially the write up.

Since we finally have some snow (I’ve been singing Christmas Carols for a few days now), check out Snow Henge (via Copyranter):

Also from Copyranter, the village of Hobbiton in New Zealand is no inhabited by sheep, and the “best” ad campaigns of all time.  No real way to to judge “best,” although they are all iconic and important in their own ways.

The Ottawa library system is starting a “Human library” feature, where you can interview people of interest for 20 minute blocks.  This is an awesome idea, I really need to get a passport and head to Ottawa, this is just remarkable!

CPAC is an annual conservative conference, and sadly, one of the most hate-filled events of the year.  Speaking of, this year, they invited (and later refused to renounce) a white supremacy speaker.  Maddow covers it here and Slog covers it here.  Disgusting.

I’ve been following the birth control debate, although not as close as I probably should have.  Reproductive health coverage is a part of health coverage, and I think it should be included (and maybe we’ll get some advances in men’s reproductive health while we’re at it).  It’s about setting a basic standard of health, which the government is saying employers are saying they must provide.  That being said, I was upset that he backed down from the Catholic Church, but will still get the same result anyway, by instead putting the onus on the insurance companies, not the employers.  So I guess in the end, it worked out, I Just hate setting the precedent that one religious denomination can dictate government health coverage decisions.

That’s it for now, have a great one!

Wikileaks has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.  How awesome would it be if it won?  I can only hope.

Buzzfeed has a list of Darth Vader doing strange things (at least, strange for the Dark Lord of the Sith), this may be my favorite:

And here is what Star Wars would look like if it was drawn by Dr. Seuss.

Warning, this will overdose you on cuteness:

And following that explosion of cuteness, this made me so incredibly proud.

I was never a huge fan of Groundhog Day, but maybe I wasn’t old enough when I first saw it.  But anyway, here’s a bunch of estimations about how much time actually takes place.

What would it look like if the entire population of the world moved together to a density like many cities:

I find this strangely funny, I think mostly because of the kid’s reactions:

And as a follow up to that, Newt Gingrich tries to defend his view of marriage.  And the response:

Gingrich would like to remind everybody that that marriage is between one man and one woman whom you abandon riddled with cancer on her hospital bed while you fuck the shit out of your mistress whom you later marry and cheat on with a third woman while screaming with Godly moral outrage about the infidelities of the president.

Bill Gates talks about this latest endeavor, eradicating polio around the world.  My favorite quote however, is where he states the vaccine-autism link is an ‘absolute lie.’  I’ve never really listened to him speak for that long, but he is very well spoken.  Maybe not as good as Steve Jobs, but better than what I had perceived he would be.  Anyway, here’s the clip:

And lastly today, this is scary first, because of the oppression of expression (and bloggers) and two, because it is a reality that in some areas, certain ethnic groups have limited rights.

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