American Media has posted this new discussion between future Late Show host Stephen Colbert and America Magazine editor and author, Jesuit priest Fr. James Martin. Colbert—who is known for being vocal about his Catholic faith—talks about his favorite Bible verses, God’s command not to worry, lent, his favorite hymns and demonstrates some truly epic praise dance moves ... Discuss
Officials in Georgia have postponed the execution of inmate Kelly Renee Gissendaner, which was scheduled for last night. In 1997, Gissendaner was convicted of helping to plan the murder of her husband. A Department of Corrections spokeswoman told reporters that the drugs to be used in the lethal injection appeared cloudy, and that the postponement was a precaution. In recent months, several lethal injections around the country have been botched because of issues with the controversial drug cocktails being used.
The case of Gissendaner has drawn widespread outcry from many Christian leaders and opponents of the death penalty, who say that she has become a new person in prison. Since her conviction nearly 20 years ago, Gissendaner has become a devoted Christian, helping other inmates behind bars. So far, nearly 78,000 people have signed this petition, urging prison officials to stop the execution. From the petition: “While incarcerated, she has been a pastoral presence to many, teaching, preaching, and living a life of purpose. Kelly is a living testament to the possibility of change and the power of hope. She is an extraordinary example of the rehabilitation that the corrections system aims to produce.” So far, officials have not announced when the execution would be rescheduled for ... Discuss
What the Internet wants to be seeing here is an adorable picture of a baby weasel taking a joyride on a friendly woodpecker. (Go ahead and stop reading there if you would like the magic of this moment preserved forever.)
As Buzzfeed notes, in actuality, what’s really going on in the viral image is a primitive fight-to-the-death caught on camera. According to the photographer, the woodpecker is being attacked by the weasel, because nature is a cold, dangerous place where friendship is a myth. Thankfully, both the woodpecker and the baby weasel survived this encounter, to battle again another day ... Discuss
Twitter is no longer allowing its network to serve as a mouthpiece for ISIS. In the past few days, the social media site suspended at least 2,000 accounts associated with the brutal radical Islamic group, including the ISIS members that serve as the group's official media voices. Experts say the moves by Twitter could seriously hamper propaganda campaigns and efforts to recruit new members. Ironically, Twitter’s crackdown was not only independent of any request from the U.S. government, according to a source interviewed by ABC News, the “U.S. intelligence community would prefer the accounts stay open for intelligence gathering purposes.”
In response, a message (possibly from ISIS) was posted online directly threatening Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey and Twitter employees, reading in part, “Imagine the scene, while one of the Twitter employees is out at a nearby bar, drunk, and it’s dark, a lion waiting jumps and cuts this throat … How will you, Jack, protect your helpless employees when their necks becomes [sic] an official target for the soldiers of the Caliphate.” ISIS is responsible for thousands of deaths, brutal executions, mass abductions and sickening displays of violence posted in online videos as part of it campaign to establish an “Islamic State” in and around Syria ... Discuss
Ikea has announced a new line of furniture that will allow you to charge your phone without plugging it in, thanks to a partnership with the Wireless Power Consortium. The new Home Smart line of accessories—including items like bedside tables, coffee tables and lamps—will come equipped with wireless charging stations that will let you quickly charge Qi-compatible tablets and phones. Though not all major phones work with the charger technology, Ikea will be selling custom covers for iPhone and Samsung devices to make them chargeable with the Home Smart line ... Discuss