Want to build a far-right movement? Spain’s Vox party shows how – “Opposition to Catalan and Basque separatism; opposition to feminism and same-sex marriage; opposition to immigration, especially by Muslims; anger at corruption; boredom with mainstream politics; a handful of issues, such as hunting and gun ownership, that some people care a lot about and others don’t know exist; plus a streak of libertarianism, a talent for mockery and a whiff of nostalgia — though it’s not quite clear for what: All of these are the ingredients that have gone into the creation of Vox.”
Omaha teens reject confirmation, in protest of church’s LGBT stance – “”We want to be clear that, while we love our congregation, we believe that the United Methodist policies on LGBTQ+ clergy and same sex marriage are immoral,” the group wrote in a statement. “We are concerned that if we join at this time, we will be sending a message that we approve of this decision.””
Intersex youth react to the discriminatory ruling against Caster Semenya – “This ruling tells me that my body needs to be put under a microscope, forcibly regulated, and changed in a way that suggests there is something wrong with me, when changing my body is what would actually be unnatural.”
A mysterious gut doctor is begging Americans to throw out “this vegetable” now. But, like, which? – Why are so many ads about this mysterious gut doctor? “The gut doctor is, at this point, a meme. Last December, Saturday Night Live writer Paula Pell tweeted, “Gut doctors warn: THROW THIS VEGETABLE OUT IMMEDIATELY,” above a photograph of President Trump.” From Mary.
Why doesn’t artificial banana flavor taste like bananas? – “…studies of the flavor compounds in Gros Michel bananas (which are still grown by banana-philes) show that the old-school bananas packed in much more of that isoamyl acetate flavor than their present-day counterparts. So it’s not that the fake banana flavor doesn’t taste like bananas, it’s that bananas don’t taste as flavorful as they used to.”
Featured image by steve_h (CC BY-ND 2.0)