Wednesday, April 9, 2014

All Around the Web - April 9, 2014

WORLD MagazineThe State of Marriage
Until 2003, same-sex marriage was banned in all 50 states. But a lot has changed in the last decade. Seventeen states now allow same-sex marriage, either through legislative action or voter referendum. After the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the federal Defense of Marriage Act in 2013, judges in five states have struck down statues upholding traditional marriage. More judges likely will follow suit, and the question of whether states can determine what constitutes marriage within their borders will eventually be decided by the nation’s highest court.

 The map below shows the state of marriage in each state, with more details about each one listed below. 

The Local - Bestiality Now Illegal in Sweden | Bigots!
For the last 70 years, the penal code has avoided mention of bestiality, as the laws on animal cruelty were seen as adequate to cover such assault. Previous rules only prohibited sex with animals if it could be proved that the animal suffered mental or physical harm.
 
The move was backed by Rural Affairs Minister Eskil Erlandsson who has long been behind a push to make bestiality illegal in Sweden.
 
"There should be no doubt whatsoever that bestiality is unacceptable," he said in June. 
 
Cattle farmer Gudmun Stenström told The Local he did not think the law would have any effect.

Justin Taylor - 10 Lessons I Learned From My Mistakes in Preaching
Kevin DeYoung offers ten things he has learned:
1. Beware of preaching all your battles from seminary.
2. Be careful with offhanded comments.
3. Be yourself.
4. Remember there are different kinds of people listening.
5. Don’t let personal conflict creep into your message.
6. Make sure your best stuff is from the text.
7. Be a pastor for the whole church, not just part of it.
8. Don’t give them the whole elephant.
9. Root for others and don’t compare.
10. Tell your congregation you love them and are glad to be their pastor.

TIME Magazine - March Was First Month Without U.S. Fatalities in Iraq or Afghanistan In 11 Years
There were no American troop casualties in Afghanistan or Iraq in March, for the first time since February 2003, ending 133 straight months when at least one U.S. service member was killed. U.S. deaths in Iraq peaked in November 2004, and in Afghanistan in August 2011

For the first month since February, 2003, no U.S. troops died in Afghanistan or Iraq last month. That’s 133 months, more than a decade.


Mental Floss30 Pixar Easter Eggs to Look for Next Time
Pixar is famous for sneaking little inside jokes and references into their movies. You probably already know about A113—if not, we'll get to that in a minute. But the famous room number is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all of the "nudge-nudge-wink-wink"ing the animators do. Here are a handful to look for when you find yourself watching Toy Story for the seventeenth time, or when you're trying to distract yourself from sobbing through the beginning of Up.


The evolution of pizza.

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