Madhyavarthi Shree Ganesh Mahamandal opposes ban on PoP Ganesh idols

Questioning the timing of the ban imposed on Ganesh idols made of Plaster of Paris (PoP) by the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB), the Madhyavarthi Shree Ganesh Mahamandal has strongly

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5 Cheeky Acts Of Wine Vandalism

The perfect way to troll your local supermarket. By Flickr user Id-iom. 1.

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Id-iom explains his act of “culture jamming”:

I was navigating the aisles of my local supermarket when, due to my girlfriend’s inability to make a quick decision, my eye was drawn to the flowery descriptions of some of their lower end wines.


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I decided to recreate the descriptions using my overactive imagination as a guide. I think what we’re left with is probably a more honest appraisal of the wine’s true character. I’d like to think these will go unnoticed by the staff until some eagle eyed customer decides to spoil my fun and brings it to their attention.


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Nick Jonas Third-Wheeled Joe Jonas And Sophie Turner’s Date And It Was Adorable

Nick Jonas crashed a date night between his brother, Joe Jonas, and his brothers girlfriend, Sophie Turner, because if your girl cant kick it with your bro, she cant kick with you, am I right?

Right? Thats something that men say, sort of, right?

Thats why, Im assuming, Nick showed up atCraigs restaurant in Hollywood, CA at the same time Joe was there taking out Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner on a date on Sunday night.

Nick led the way into the restaurant followed by his 27-year-old brother and the 21-year-old actress, who has been romantically linked to Joe for several months now.

(The couple hasnt confirmed anything officially, but theyve been seen out on dates kissing n stuff before.)

Nick was wearing a sharp brown button-up suit, which he wore on the Daily Front Row Awardsred carpet, the thirdannual Fashion Los Angeles Awards that celebrates fashion and Hollywood style.


The 24-year-old Jonas left the restaurant by himself, perhaps to be a true bro to his bro and give Joe some time alone with Sophie.

Sadly, but maybe not surprisingly, it looks like the oldest Jonas brother, Kevin, was not invited to dinner.

While its super cute that Nick would join Joe out on his date, it also makes me feel a little bit sad for Nicks love life.

I mean, a while back,Nick said in an interview his love life was not doing so hotever since he and his ex, Olivia Culpo, split in 2015.

He said,

Its been challenging to find any time on that front. But its also a choice I made to just have this season of my life be solo, so that I can make the most of all Im trying to accomplish.

In fact, it almost sounded like his only real company was his brother Joe. He said,

Joe and I live together in LA. We have a home there together were very, very close My brother Kevin and his wife have a baby and another one on the way.


And now, all these months later, it seems like Nick is still flying solo and leaning on Joe. But now Joe has a girlfriend.

Lets just hope Sophie Turnerhas slightly more patience than Sansa Stark.

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16 Reasons This Is The Coolest 104-Year-Old Ever

1. Because they wheeled her in

2. And strapped her up

3. But she was ready

4. To go paragliding…

5. And do this

13. And this

14. She landed!

15. Her name is Peggy, and she doesn’t look a day over 90

16. And is the best grandma EVER

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The Day My Marriage Died

Eleven and a half yearsthats how long it lasted. Eleven and half years of marriage and then gone. It ended in death, though nobody died. Just the marriage. I sayjust, but it is a death as much as any person. When she told me she was finished it was like a knock at the door from the police chaplainutter shock, not real, numbness, anger, fear. Lots of fear. Or was it grief? C.S. Lewis wrote about how grief felt so much like fear, so maybe it was that.

By the time it ended and the signed order from the judge came through it wasnt shock any more. It was the final breath of one dying from a wasting disease, a rattling soft whiff that passed with so little fanfare it felt almost illegal given the celebration that started its life and the effort that had gone into keeping it alive. Its strange how a marriage begins with a party attended by everyone you love (and a few youre obliged to invite) and ends with naught but a signed document passed from judge to clerk to postman.

The grief was softer too, though no less strong. It was not a raucous, raging thing but rather the constant ache of something missing. Ive read of soldiers having had limbs amputated yet still being able to feel the limb that is gone. They feel pain where there is no appendage to hurt. This is that pain, or is it grief? Its hard to tell, and maybe it is both.

2016 was a year of losses celebrities, heroes, icons, and American hope and decency all seemed to pass away. For me it was the year I lost my marriage. Actually thats not true. It was the year the loss of my marriage was completed. It had been dying for a long time despite every effort to resuscitate and recuperate it. It just did not want to live any longer because, unlike kidneys, one cannot make up for the loss of the other and do the work of two.

I write. I write to process and to share. I write because I communicate better and more deeply this way than any other way and because it is the taproot of my emotions and beliefs. This means to write well I must be honest, to put forth words that reflect what is real in me, my heart, my life, my faith. Honesty doesnt mean utter transparencylife can (should) still be private. It should be shared with real people in real moments of real life, not just in print. But the best writing, the kind that means anything, is honest writing.

It must not pose as something it is not or come from a place that does not exist. It ought not give the reader an impression things are one way when they are quite another. And if writing must not do these things it means the writer must not, since without the latter there is no former. So I write this now, reader, so you will know the place from which I write. It is not a confession. It is not a memoir or an expos. Neither is it an argument for or against anything. It is simply a writer revealing his context a bit so that his readers, if they care, can know from whom they hear.

My Place

While these last years have been ferociously difficult for me they have been the proving ground for God to me. Never have I been lower and never has He been closer or greater. I do not say this in a Bible-band aid way. No band-aid has stopped the bleeding yetyet. But God has given me life as I bleedthrough His word and His people. I feel as if I am dying daily and yet I am as alive in faith as I have ever been. The tattoo adorning my right forearmI believe, help my unbeliefhas been inked on my heart as well.

And strangely I believe more in marriage now than I ever have. I believe it is worth fighting for and investing in. I belief it is worth pain and tears and patience and forgiveness and then doing all of that again and again. I believe it is a gift, a gift that God gives and gives and gives each day. It only ends when one or both stop accepting the gift any longer. I see marriage as a miracle, designed by God and utterly dependent on Him.

And I believe life is lived offline, with people who areinmy lifefriends and loved ones and counselors. There are those who write stories of their ups and downs and lifes ebbs and flowsrelational trials, work crises, personal strugglesand it works for them and their readers. I am not one nor will I ever be. My life is still private and my own, not to hide anything but for my own sanity and health (and yours too). But from life writing flows, so life must, in some manner and to some extent, be shared. So I share.

Why write this?

I question my own motives in writing this. Is it sordid? Is it to gain sympathy? Is it to avoid criticism or worse, to benefit from the publicity criticism brings? Lord, I hope not.

I want to be forthright and honest. People feel deceived when they sense a thing is hidden or when it is confirmed it was. I want to be able to write freely without feeling as if a portion, a defining portion, of my life must be concealed for no reason other than privacy. I want to be able to write about faith and life in all the ways I have before without tap dancing around the land mines of marriage and love and pain. So I write this to diffuse the explosives, or maybe explode them in a controlled environment.

My hope is that readers will trust me as much or more after reading this. Or maybe they are disappointed or offended; if so I understand. I do not offer an explanation or any detailsthose are for those close and invested to know. But I offer this piece as a show of respect, for the relationship (if that is the word) I have with readers through the written word and the common pursuit of truth. I want to be trusted and not just trustedtrustworthy.

And I write this for reality, to reflect what is in the world where we live. Life is brutal and hurts so much there are not words. Yet we live it. I write in the midst of it. We read looking for something because of it. And God is good in the midst of it and hope shines through the darkness of it. These do not make pain dissipate nor do they take us away from it. We still live this life, and write it. So we must plod ahead, in hope, together.

**This article appeared originally onBarnabas Pipers blog.



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Brilliant! One reality-boom shreds Pelosi’s latest ‘affordable’ O-care lie!/NancyPelosi/status/402087694387265536

As Twitchy reported, Nancy Pelosi doubled-down on her disastrous “Meet the Press” appearance with that absurd lie of a tweet. Affordable? Not so much.

Twitter user @ExJon destroyed the asinine Ms. Pelosi with a single tweet.!/exjon/status/402100701372760064



But, wait! Maybe that was an intended consequence?!/Its_Notmyfault/status/402107516898652160


And this Twitter user summed it up, Pelosi-style!!/Matthops82/status/402100857287622657

Lost your insurance and have to pay drastically higher and unaffordable premiums? No big “hoop-dee-do”!


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Bless her lying heart! Nancy Pelosi ‘stands tall’ for Obamacare lies; Throws Dems under the bus?

‘The Princess Bride’ meets ‘affordable’ Obamacare: Result? Glorious [pic, video]

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Study: Racism Against Moms Can Harm Their Babies

Black women in America are over twice as likely as white women to give birth to babies with low birth weight, and socioeconomic and healthcare disparities don’t fully explain the difference. Since low birth weight can predispose people to lung disease, cardiovascular problems, and diabetes later in life, researchers have been looking for a reason why it’s linked to race. Now a study reveals one answer: discrimination against women can actually affect the weight of their babies.

For a study published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Valerie Earnshaw and her colleagues at Yale interviewed over 1,000 black and Latina girls and women between the ages of 14 and 21 (some groups of Latinas, such as Puerto Rican women, are also more likely than average to have low-birth-weight babies). They asked them how frequently they experienced forms of discrimination like being treated with less respect than other people, receiving poorer service, or being called names or insulted. They also asked whether they thought they were being discriminated against because of their race, their age, or other factors, and they screened the women for depression. When the babies were born, the researchers also recorded their weight.

The good news: across the board, the women reported relatively low levels of discrimination. However, even those low levels were associated with a significantly increased risk of low birth weight. That was true whether the women felt the discrimination was motivated by race or other factors.

The study also suggests one possible explanation for the harm discrimination might do to a developing fetus. Women who experienced more discrimination were also more likely to be depressed, and depression — both in this study and in previous research — has been found to be associated with low birth weight. Earnshaw says that by treating pregnant women’s depression, healthcare providers and social workers might be able to lessen the effects of discrimination.

Many studies, including a new one on ten-year-olds have found significant health disparities between white Americans and minorities, extending throughout life. Some have attributed these disparities to income, but other research [PDF] suggests that’s not the only factor. And discrimination has been shown to harm physical and mental health as well. According to Earnshaw and her coauthors, that harm may begin not just with children’s first experiences of prejudice, but with what their mothers go through before they’re even born.

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