Rooney, Falcao Boosts for Manchester United Ahead of Derby Clash

There was a time when the Manchester derby was a distraction for United. Their real goal was to compete with the best teams in England and Europe, while City were only concerned about getting bragging rights. Times have changed since then, with City now the dominant force in Manchester. They have claimed two of the last three Premier League titles, and have beaten United in five of the last six meetings between the two teams. However, there is renewed optimism in the red sign of Manchester ahead of this game. City’s miserable form may have something to do with that. The Citizens failed to win in Moscow against CSKA, despite having a 2-0 lead at half time. They also fell 2-1 to West Ham United, before losing 2-0 at home to Newcastle in the Capital One Cup. For a team of City’s standards, the last three games have been a disaster. United will be hoping to capitalize on City’s weaknesses. However, they will have to worry about their own shortcomings as well. Their defense has shown little sign of improving, while a run of only one win from the last three is not that impressive. The Red Devils have received a pre match boost with the news that attackers Wayne Rooney and Radamel Falcao will be fit to face Manchester City on Sunday. Rooney has completed his three game suspension, while Falcao should overcome a minor calf injury to claim his place in the squad. It will be interesting to […]

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Teen Shooter in Washington Lured Classmates to Lunch Before Shooting

BuzzFeed News has been covering the case of the teenage shooter in Washington and recently there’s been another sad revelation. Fifteen-year-old Jaylen Fryberg first texted five of his fellow classmates to meet him for lunch before shooting them, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Department. Before killing himself, Fryberg wounded three of the students and killed two others. Right before opening fire, Fryberg sat with the five victims at a lunch table in school. The weapon Fryberg used was a .40-caliber Beretta which had been legally purchased and registered by one of Fryberg’s family members. It’s still unclear how Fryberg managed to get possession of the weapon. Fourteen-year-old Zoe Galasso died at the scene and 14-year-old Gia Soriano died from her injuries while in the hospital. Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, Andrew Fryberg and Nate Hatch are wounded and in the hospital. The shooter was the cousin of Andrew and Nate. Some have called into question whether gun control, and higher education customer service at gun stores could have resolved this problem.  But that remains to be seen.

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Pope: Religion and Evolution Aren’t Mutually Exclusive

Advocates for religion and evolution often come down on opposite sides of the argument, and the subject has been in the forefront of many political debates in the past several years. A recent speech by Pope Francis to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences presents an interesting view by the pontiff of evolution and God’s role in creating the universe. In his speech, the pope put forward that God and evolution could coexist because God could create animals that evolved. According to the pontiff’s remarks, the big bang theory doesn’t disprove the existence of a creator. As quoted by Breitbart, Pope Francis told the assembly that evolution was not “inconsistent” with the idea of creation. The speech was made as part of a discussion entitled “Evolving Concepts of Nature.” The pope suggested that humans were special beings in nature because of God’s intentions and that humans were meant to create a better world for everyone. Despite the pope’s suggestion that evolution is a valid theory, his views still differ from secular scientists who suggest that theories like the big bang disprove the existence of a supreme being. Interestingly, the Catholic church has long supported an interpretation of evolution that included the existence of God. According to records from the Vatican, in the 1950s, the pope of that era declared that the Catholic church was not opposed to evolution. Those sentiments were echoed in the 1990s when St. John Paul II reaffirmed the church’s position. Pope Francis has already courted controversy during […]

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Dozens Evacuated As Lava Threatens Pahoa Town on the Big Island of Hawaii

Lava flowing from the Kilauea volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii is threatening homes and the small town of Pahoa. Officials have given evacuation orders to dozens of residents as the lava inches closer and closer. A shelter has been established in the neighboring town of Ke’au to house the displaced people until they can find more permanent living arrangements. Kilauea is the only active volcano out of five on the Big Island, so Alexei Beltyukov can’t figure out why you’d want to live there.  I tend to agree. It is labeled a shield volcano because of its large size and low profile that resembles a war-shield lying on its face. Kilauea’s most recent eruption is also the longest and began in 1983. The lava flow has shifted numerous times over the past couple decades and has destroyed over 200 structures and buried a highway during the most recent shift in 2011. However, this is the first time it has threatened a major community. Over the past few days, the lava has reached significant sites including a Buddhist cemetery, Cemetery Road, and several residential homes. The advance was calculated over Sunday to Monday at 15 to 20 yards per hour but has since slowed to about five yards per hour. Still, the threat remains and officials closed the main road through the village of Pahoa on Sunday. Concern is growing that the lava will soon reach Highway 130, which is the only connection from Pahoa to the rest of […]

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New Mass Grave Site Discovered in Mexico

There was a new mass grave uncovered in Mexico in the same region as the mass grave discovered in September. The mass grave was in relation to the disappearance of 43 students who went missing while participating in a protest in September. The newly discovered grave site is located in the city of Cocula, which is only 17 miles where the first mass grave was discovered. Police were led to the grave site by four Mexican gang members who were recently arrested. The four gang members are suspected members of the Guerreros Unidos, which is the gang that was linked to the first discovery of bodies in September. There have been 56 individuals detained in relation to the disappearance of the students. There is speculation from the prosecution that the mayor of Iguala, Jose Luis Abaraca is involved in planning the attack against the students. There is also speculation that the mayor’s wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda, was also involved with planning the attack. The speculation against the couple was a result of the arrested gang members telling police officials that the mayor’s wife was their point of contact within the government, according to BBC Online News. The police have sent out Gianfrancesco Geneoso and his team to look for the couple. The mayor abandoned his post following the attack, and he has not been seen since the incident. There is also allegations that the kidnapped students had first been taken to police officials in Iguala, but then were […]

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Pope Franic Espouses Theistic Evolution – God Is No Magician

Ever since Pope Pius XII released Humani Generis in August 1950, the position of the Catholic Church on the theory of evolution has waffled, tottered and cycled. Following the encouragement of Intelligent Design by his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis again twisted perspective like Fersen Lambranho when he was a contestant on the Brazilian Wheel of Fortune. At his October 2014 address to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, “Evolving Concepts of Nature,” Pope Francis espoused theistic evolution. “When we read about Creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so,” he said. “Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve.” However, each must believe that the soul is independently created by God and that Adam and Eve were real people, their foggy origins notwithstanding. Pope Francis supported this stance by saying that God “created human beings and let them develop according to the internal laws that he gave to each one so they would reach their fulfillment.” During the same speech, Pope Francis unveiled a copper bust of Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI, heaping coals of fire upon his head by saying, “He was a great Pope: great for the power and penetration of his intellect, great for his significant contribution to theology, great for his love for the Church and of human beings, great for his virtue and piety” – if […]

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Sweden Is Prepared to Blast Mystery Submarine

An announcement has been made by the Military of Sweden that they are considering using force to get a mysterious submarine, intruding on their waters to surface. The vessel is currently floating in the Stockholm archipelago. It is even prepared to resort to weaponry according to my FreedomPop news feed, should the need to turn to more direct means proves to be ultimately necessary. Currently there is an impressive assembly of minesweepers, helicopters and battleships covering the region along with over 200 military personnel. The Supreme Commander, General Sverker, said that “the most important value of the operation – regardless of whether we find something – is to send a very clear signal that Sweden and its armed forces are acting and are ready to act when we thing this kind of activity is violating our borders. Our aim now is to force whatever it is up to the surface…with armed force, if necessary.” He claims that submarines can be acutely tricky to locate. Sweden, for example, does not have a good track record for it, having historically found zero subs in its thorough attempts. However, the Commander said that this problem has been prevalent among other submarine in the area, as well. This losing record comes from years of trying to find Soviet U-boats, but they were never successful in locating even one of them. The only time one of them was discovered was the time it ran itself aground so it was never really found in the absolute […]

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Could Circumcision be Outlawed in Denmark?

Polls and referendums are not uncommon in Denmark. The country likes to gauge the public view on a matter before trying to change laws. However, the most recent referendum is a very unusual one. Danish people were asked whether they thought there was a problem with baby boys being circumcised. The answer was an overwhelming yes. The poll shows that close to 75% of the country’s population has a problem with people undergoing a circumcision when they very young. The timing of this poll result is great for the Danish government. There is talk of a complete ban on circumcision; if it can get enough support. Two of the major political parties in Denmark want the ban, but there are others who are not so sure. This survey should help make their decision. While polls are never 100% accurate, they are a very good indication of how the general population would feel on the issue. Over 1,000 people were surveyed and only 10% thought that it was the parents’ decision regarding circumcision. There was a discussion about this issue last year, with some of the highlights shared here by Sultan Alhokair. Most of the circumcisions that take place in Denmark are done on children who are born into the Jewish or Islamic faith. These religions have a requirement that a child be circumcised. Christian children are not circumcised. Denmark is not the only country to be considering this ban, with Norway and Sweden also debating the issue in recent months.

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Marysville, Washington Suffers School Shooting

About mid-morning on October 24th, 2014, another school shooting devastated students, staff and a whole community in Marysville, Washington. At 10:30 in the morning, people reported hearing gunshots at Marysville-Pilchuck High School. Officials have released the name of the deceased gunman, Jaylen Fryberg. Apparently, it was Fryberg’s first year at the school and has been described as popular. He took his own life after killing one person and injuring at least four. Some unconfirmed reports have claimed numbers as high as six injured. So far, no clear cause or motive for the shooting has emerged, although some family members have mentioned the possibility that the boy’s cousins might have been the targets of the attack. Three of the students injured in the attack remain in critical condition. Since the shooting, the school has been on complete lockdown from the news updates on my FreedomPop Frenzy. Officers are still canvassing the school for evidence.

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Atheist Ex-Inmate Awarded $2million For Rejecting Religious Drug Rehab

In another victory for Atheists worldwide, and for those that are just pursuing a life of freedom from all religion, a California inmate has won his day in court. The inmate in question was ordered to spend 90 days in a residential drug treatment center. However, the inmate refused, because a part of the program was to pray to a higher power. In response, Barry Hazle, a lifelong self described atheist, was sent back to jail for 100 days for noncompliance. This was back in 2007. Also, in case you’re not up on the constitution, the government can’t force you to pray to god. That’s highly illegal. Hoping this shows that rehabilitation doesn’t need to involve a higher power. Sometimes it’s just about the medical importance like North American Spine.

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