Ever Read A Text Message That Changed Your Life? These Women Get Those Every Day.

Every mom’s gotta do what she’s gotta do to help her family. These ladies, who happen to be from one of the oldest tribes in the world, are no different. Just like us, they rely on the latest tech stuff to get it done. But they’ve flipped it in a super-cool way so they’re not only raking in cash for their little ones but can also enjoy tea time with the girls while doing so. Now that’s what I call a group of snazzy multitasking, millennial mamas.

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How To Take Down A Little Word With A Lot Of Power

Some very nice, patient American
Muslims got tired of hearing how poorly people used the word “jihad” and set up a
campaign to fix that. It started
on buses, and now the true meaning of the word is spreading faster than a rumor
on Twitter! 

“Jihad” in
Arabic means simply to put up a good fight against whatever odds or barriers
you might face in your life.  There
are some haters who don’t like this message, but what’s not to like about being
smart and informed?

One of the original MyJihad ads on a Chicago bus.

The public has now started posting MyJihad messages, like this one, on the campaign website.

When Homer Simpson makes an appearance in a campaign, you know it’s gone mainstream.

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Lapsed Catholics Everywhere Are Totally Confused By This Crazy New Nonjudgmental Pope

Things are still early with this new Pope Francis character in charge of the Vatican. But I’m mighty eager to see where this all leads. Inclusiveness? Healing? The Jesuit tradition of social justice? Amen.

(Full disclosure: Not a Catholic myself. But I think we all have a dog in the fight when it comes to the Church.)

Check out the whole interview with Pope Francis here. This post does not constitute an endorsement of Pope Francis or anything else he says. Now comment away, with kind hearts.

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I Always Thought The U.S. Was Christian/Jewish/Other. Nope. Check Out This Surprising Map.

We all know the U.S. is more Christian than anything else, but this map shows the second-most popular religion in each state. Wow. Look how how widespread Islam is and how Buddhism is such a widely practiced religion. California’s more Buddhist than Jewish? And how about those Hindus in Arizona? This is fun.

I’m also thinking we should take advantage of all these different viewpoints. Our diversity may be our most fundamental strength.

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'My Big Fat Gypsy' Stereotype Is Over. Say Hello To The Real Gypsies.

They’re not mythical characters from old movies or the stereotypes portrayed in modern media. Rich in culture and history, the Roma (gypsies) are the fastest growing demographic in Europe. All they’re asking is to have the same rights as everyone else. Right now, it’s not even close.

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Why You're Lucky That You're White

The job you have, the home loan you got, and how your waiter treats you — ever wonder if that has anything to do with the way you look?  I love that this group of college students decided that they wanted to find out, so they started a campaign to help people learn how to see past common assumptions about race and privilege.

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Out On The Streets Every Day, He Quietly Rescues A Community In Trouble, One Kid At A Time

If you only know about the Black Panthers from the mainstream media, you might be surprised to know about their neighborhood food programs, health clinics, and projects for building community pride. Former Black Panther Billy Lamar Brooks Sr. is still working in his troubled North Lawndale community outside Chicago. At 1:13, he jokes about how no one has any idea who he used to be. But life has taught him about choices, and he’s out on the streets every day helping kids understand the importance of theirs.

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A Ridiculous Creationist Attacks Bill Nye The Science Guy For Teaching Kids About Science

I’m pretty frustrated with this guy’s video attacking Bill Nye. I think you can probably imagine which position Ken Ham, president and CEO of Creation Museum, takes on evolution (indeed his livelihood depends on trying desperately to disprove it), but to attack Bill Nye for not understanding science? You’re going down, amigo. This is a real gem. Please don’t miss it, and if you feel so inclined, share this on your Facebook page.

A few highlights include insulting Bill Nye for “not understanding science” [0:56], Ken Ham himself misunderstanding how engineering works [1:17], misunderstanding what it means to be a scientist [1:23], Ham’s subtle attack on gay marriage [2:18], and what could genuinely pass as a spoof on creationism at [3:04].

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People Keep Repeating This Bogus Crime Myth. Well, Now You Have A Killer Comeback.

Whenever I talk about racism, be it online or in real life, someone always brings up “black-on-black crime.” Every. Single. Time. As if talking about racially motivated crimes means you can’t be upset about anything else. That’d be a big nope. Crime is bad, no matter who the criminal is, but this video clip explains precisely why I’m sick of hearing about this issue.

And just in case you’re not convinced that “black-on-black crime” is an imaginary issue … here’s a handy PDF from the FBI on murder by race of victim and race of offender for 2011.

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3 Reasons Why These Country-Lovin' Pastors Are Pro-Gay Activists

The North Carolina association of the United Church of Christ is aggressively fighting against the state constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage on May 8, 2012. The mainstream media doesn’t pick up this kind of story because cooperation is not the angle it wants to highlight between Christians and gays. So I’m asking everyone who sees this to please share it on your Facebook wall today. We have to spread the message that being faithful does NOT have to mean being hateful.

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