june 22 2013

The Star Press, Muncie, Indiana, June 22, 1913

In the Year 2013

‘Tis said someday we will not kiss,
that no longer we’ll know the bliss; 
for kissing is the cause of lots of disease. 

In old books they’ll read about it,
they’ll find it used to make a hit,
but all will say “stand back there, please.” 

A few daring ones will, perhaps, 
get wise and don their thinking caps; 
and they’ll wish there wasn’t such a law at all. 

But it won’t matter what they say,
if they did they’d sure have to pay, 
they’d find a poor excuse a mighty bum stall.

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unforgettable confederations: June 22, 2013

The game looked set to be goalless at the break but the deadlock was finally broken in first-half stoppage time, defender Dante pouncing from close range after Fred’s header had been brilliantly parried by Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. Giaccherini, teed up by Mario Balotelli, rounded off a swift counter-attack to get Italy back on level terms within six minutes of the restart. Parity lasted less than four minutes, however, before Neymar placed a fine free-kick into the top corner, leaving Buffon stranded. Fluminense forward Fred then extended Brazil’s lead with a neat finish into the top-left corner from Marcelo’s pass midway through the second period. Chiellini gave Italy hope of a comeback when he converted Alberto Aquilani’s assist five minutes later, and they were within a whisker of making it 3-3 10 minutes from time when Cristian Maggio’s header smashed against the bar. But the equaliser was not forthcoming and Fred restored the 2014 World Cup hosts’ two-goal cushion in the 88'th minute with another close-range strike after Buffon had denied Marcelo. | (insp)

An anti government protester flashes a victory sign during the clashes between protesters and riot police on Taksim square in Istanbul on June 22, 2013. Turkish police used water cannon today to disperse thousands of demonstrators who had gathered anew in Istanbul’s Taksim Square, calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Mr. Brightside, had you scratching your head. When you heard we were from Vegas. But you were positive it was Sheffield or Camden, but that didn’t matter. The seed was planted, you took us in like your own, now we’re bound by tradition. My, how we’ve grown, from Dave’s apartment to Wembley.”  The Killers @ Wembley Stadium - June 22, 2013

The Purgatory Doctrine

Questions about afterlife are one of the many unique aspects of all religions. According to British scholar John Casey, Protestants have accused the Catholic leaders of inventing the doctrine of Purgatory in order to extort money from their members (226). But just because the members of the Church have used this doctrine to manipulate people, it does not make the doctrine itself false anymore than the use of Einstein’s physics to make nuclear weapons that killed so many innocent lives make the physics formulas themselves false. While the word “purgatory” does not appear in the Bible, the Catholic Church teaches that there are verses that describe a purifying place in which souls are eventually destined to go to Heaven. 


To Christians, God is the Infinite Goodness. Goodness is the truth, beauty, and all kinds of virtue, Heaven is where God dwells and where the righteous ones go to after their deaths and enjoy the company of God forever. Hell is the painful eternal separation from God - where all of the people who had freely chosen to do what is contrary to God’s will dwell. When asked “how can a loving God send people to Hell?” Christian apologist William Lane Craig replied, “how can an all-just God send [all] people to Heaven?” Dr. Craig is not Catholic, but all Christians agree that God is the absolute justice. With absolute justice, the Catholic Church argues, comes with a place of hope where souls pay their dues for the sins committed on earth. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of Heaven” (291). In agreement with this teaching, purgatory is the place for the souls who failed to imitate God’s perfection but still desires to be with God. 


As early as in the days of the Old Testament era, there are people who believed in a place for the souls in the afterlife. After a battle against Gorgias’ men, Judas Maccabeus and the remaining soldiers found the dead Jewish soldiers wearing amulets of a pagan deity, which the Jewish law has been adamantly against. So Judas 

… prayed that the sinful deed might be fully blotted out… then took up a collection among all his soldiers, amounting to two thousand silver drachmas, which he sent to Jerusalem to provide for an expiatory sacrifice. In doing this he acted in a very excellent and noble way, inasmuch as he had the resurrection of the dead in view (2 Maccabees 12: 39-43). 

Wishing that the sin of idolatry would be washed away from these soldiers, the surviving soldiers interceded for them and offered sacrifices to ask God’s forgiveness. These actions show how they believe that God can still bestow His Infinite mercy upon the sinners who have gone ahead of them. These Bible verses clearly illustrate a history of people praying for the ones who had passed away. 


In the New Testament, Jesus spoke about the existence of Purgatory during His ministry. He preached, 

Why do you not judge for yourselves what is right? If you are to go with your opponent before a magistrate, make an effort to settle the matter on the way; otherwise your opponent will turn you over to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the constable, and the constable throw you into prison. I say to you, you will not released until you have paid the last penny (Luke 13: 57 - 59).

In this passage, Jesus is urging His disciples not to waste a moment in their lifetimes to do what is immoral. That is because the time here on earth is a pilgrimage - a journey striving for sinless perfection each day. The line “… you will not be released until you have paid the last penny” shows how God with His loving mercy and absolute justice, and humans who are fallible creatures, sinners are not damned eternally in Hell but are required to suffer the consequences for offending God until they are worthy to enter Heaven. Furthermore, later in His ministry, Jesus also told a parable describing a state between Heaven and earth. in the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, when both have died, Lazarus

… was carried away by angles to the bosom of Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried, and from the netherworld, where he was in torment, he raised his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side… [The rich man] said, ‘Then I beg you, father, send [Lazarus] to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them…(Luke 16: 22, 27-28).

For the rich man be able to see Lazarus, it can only mean that they are in the same place. If the rich man were actually suffering in Hell, he would not be able to see anyone not in torment at all, much less speak with someone who have been carried by angels, which are creatures from Heaven. Since Hell is the eternal separation from God, no one dwelling there can see anyone who has been a good servant of God on earth, who in this case is Abraham. And because the rich man asked Abraham to have Lazarus go to his family, there is still something good in him. This concern for his family’s salvation is evidence that he still desires to do God’s will. This makes him worthy of Heaven but his sins of failing to give to the poor during his earthly life hinder him from entering. When Jesus was teaching, He did not say the word “purgatory,” but in these Bible verses there is no doubt that He described a place that is neither Heaven nor Hell. 


Not only did He spoke of it but Jesus went so far as going there. Peter, the apostle that Jesus appointed as his first pope, wrote about Jesus descending to the place of the dead to the early Christian communities, “For Christ also suffered for sins once, the righteous for the sake of the unrighteous, that he might lead you to God. Put to death in the flesh, he was brought to life in the spirit. In it he also went to preach to the spirits in prison,” (1 Peter 3: 18 - 19). Jesus Christ being eternal breaks into time, and whose death becomes a sacrifice for those who had died before and after Him. Sinners who died before Him could not possibly enter Heaven because they were unclean. But because God is so loving He could not possibly send them to Hell. The verse “spirits in prison” that Peter refers to cannot apply to earthly creatures because spirits are purely immaterial. These souls could not be in Hell because there cannot be a trace of hope to see God there. Jesus, who is fully God and fully man, preaching “…to the spirits in prison” can only mean that He went to purgatory to invite people back to God. 


Having imperfect human beings running any kind of organization is bound to have abuses and corruption. But these acts do not make the Truth that the organization had stood and still stands for untrue. Heaven, the home of all obedient servants of God, and Hell being everything that is completely opposite of God, can easily be spotted in the Sacred Scriptures. God, who is all-loving and all-just, and the majority of human beings falling mostly in the middle of good and evil spectrum, logically follows the necessary existence of purgatory. Not only is it logical but the Bible itself draws portraits of it in the Old Testament, in the records of Jesus’ ministry, and in the first letter of the apostle Peter. The Catholics may have invented the word “purgatory,” but not its definition. By teaching the doctrine of Purgatory, the Catholic Church draws the most accurate picture of God compare to Christian denominations. 


Work Cited:

+Casey, John. After Lives: A Guide to Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2009. Print.

+Catechism of the Catholic Church: With Modifications from the Editio Typica. New York: Doubleday, 1997. Print.

+Craig, William L. “William Lane Craig Q&A: What is Hell? Is Hell Compatible with a Loving God?” Reasonable Faith. YouTube, 11 June 2013. Web. 22 Nov. 2014.

deconstruction of a myth everyone was wrong about (including myself)

Vancouver, June 29th 2013, 22 and Sparks Fly - the Red Tour:
the concert in which taylor appears to have mysterious red marks on her neck and chest which resemble imprints from a red-lipped kiss. we were quick to assume this had happened by a female friend of taylor kissing her neck during a costume change.

this is a long post, so bear with me.

when these posts were gaining popularity, we had tons of swifties messaging us, trying to tell us there’s no way those were kiss marks, and i wanted to prove them wrong, because it was so hard to come up with another logical explanation for the red lipstick shade marks on taylor. but in my searching, i only proved myself wrong. i felt sad that so many of us were so convinced taylor has been kissed during her concert, and i didn’t want to be a buzz kill, if you will, but now i’m totally going to be a buzz kill. i think it is important for the fandom to recognize incorrect assumptions we had often stated as fact.

taylor begins performing 22 on the main stage. her neck is clean of any red marks (sorry for the excess of screen caps). 

throughout the song, taylor is carried by her dancers to the B-stage to finish the 22 performance. upon completion, she removes her 22 jacket and sits to perform the secret B-stage song, Sparks Fly. there is no costume change. there is no opportunity for her to be alone and kissed by a woman. she does not leave to spotlight.

during Sparks Fly, taylor walks through the crowd with her security, making her way to the main stage while singing and hugging fans along the way. by watching the video closely, you can see her neck is still clean.

when taylor nears the front of the crowd, she stops to tightly and closely hug a girl with red swirling face paint. the girl’s face is nuzzled into taylor’s neck and chest. the paint comes off onto taylor because she is sweaty (it was difficult to screen cap because it happens very quickly but it’s obvious from watching the video).

you can see the girl’s swirling, red face paint and see how her face is pressed against taylor’s cheek and neck as they hug tightly, which is exactly where the red prints appear on taylor, visible when she is back on the main stage. 

at which point between the beginning of 22, with a clean neck, to the end of Sparks Fly, does taylor have an opportunity to be alone for a girl to kiss her chest and neck? 

the red swirling face paint explains the odd shapes of ‘lip marks’ that do not look like anyone had kissed her.

so, as much as any of us would like to believe taylor had a few cute neck kisses from a lady during her setlist, this isn’t possible. it’s no fun for anyone to find out we weren’t correct in the assumption she had been kissed by a girl, but this face paint can’t be used as ‘evidence’ of taylor’s sexuality. sorry, no kisses, just face paint from an enthusiastic fan who hugged a very sweaty taylor swift.

mystery solved.

TOP 100: Take Me Home Tour H/L Moments 2013

Lisa, Jess and I have been getting super excited for the WWA tour and thought a great way to get even more excited would be to go through every H/L moment from the 2013 tour and put them into a top 10 list. 

As you can tell by the title of this post, that did not happen. Because guess what! This is the hardest post I’ve ever had to make because I couldn’t pick 10 or 20 or even 50 “essential” moments from this tour. 

THINK ABOUT THAT. 

We all pine for the days of yore when the Up All Night tour was going strong, and there were a lot of moments I love from that tour. But it was also a much shorter tour and took place over a shorter period of time. It was a case study in teenage love affair: flirting, sex and hearteyes. The Take Me Home tour was different (obviously lol) in that it was much more subdued (partly for unhappy reasons).

But after going through this, I think I might like this tour better, which seems crazy, but once you go through this list (and Lisa’s), you’ll see that this tour was all about being settled, domestic and fond in the face of what appeared to be pretty extreme measures to have us believe they weren’t even friends anymore. 

But once you go through this list, I think you’ll agree, that nothing that matters has changed.

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Let’s do this.

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Murder on the Roof of the World: My Travels Along the China-Pakistan Border

On June 22, 2013, murder occurred on the “roof of the world.” Ten mountaineers were killed at the foot of Nanga Parbat—the world’s ninth-tallest peak, located in Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan region on the border with China where some of the world’s tallest mountain ranges converge. The victims included American, Chinese, Lithuanian, Nepali, Pakistani, Slovakian, and Ukrainian nationals, and the audacious attack shattered a rare sense of calm in Pakistan’s northernmost corner, bewildering locals. Members of the Pakistani Taliban doggedly scaled the heights to the mountaineers’ camp at an altitude of 15,000 feet and stormed the tents in the dead of night dressed as paramilitary police. One media outlet’s coverage flashed a haunting image of vulnerability: an orange tent on the mountain slopes bathed in moonlight.

Five days later, I boarded a plane to Gilgit-Baltistan.

I had set out to complete a journey I began 10 years ago: to traverse the mighty Karakoram Highway (KKH) connecting China and Pakistan. A decade earlier, I had traveled along the 800 mile-long KKH from Kashgar in China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous region to the border with Pakistan. My travels became my college thesis—an analysis of the relationship between China, Pakistan, and Xinjiang’s restive Uighur Muslims in light of the traffic of militancy, drugs, and arms from Pakistan to Xinjiang. I argued that the KKH, a symbol of Chinese-Pakistani friendship, had proven to be both a blessing and a curse.

Now I set out to complete the journey from the Pakistani side in a week-long trip by plane, car, and boat. Once again, I discovered how lofty international relations and local communities intersect on the KKH—from tales of a “new Great Game” between China and America and infrastructure woes along the Pak-China Economic Corridor, to remarkable strides for women’s empowerment and development in communities keen to plug into China’s prosperity. I wound my way up through a land of glaciers, ibex, and snow leopards to the Khunjerab Pass at 14,000 feet—one of the world’s highest international border crossings. All the while, I was shadowed by the murder on the roof of the world.

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What does silence sound like? 

We invite you to make a recording and upload it to be added to our “Share Your Silence” Sound Map. Be sure to include the location of your recording in the description or title in our Dropbox here.

The sound map project was developed in conjunction with the exhibition There Will Never Be Silence: Scoring John Cage’s 4'33", on view from October 12, 2013–June 22, 2014 at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

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In honor of The Duchess’ second pregnancy, take a look at her maternity style the first time around…

December 2012

January 2013

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June 2013

a boy: mmhmmm whatcha thinking about ;) 

me: hahaha :) nothing ;) 

me *on the inside*:  during their final home champions league match of the year, against Club Atlético de Madrid, on the 6th of december in the year of our lord two thousand and sixteen, during the twenty eighth minute of the first half, robert lewandowski scored from a free kick just outside the penalty box. to celebrate, he placed the ball under his shirt and mimicked sucking his thumb, pointing in the direction of his wife and thus announced her pregnancy with their first child. His wife, Anna, won the bronze medal at the 2009 Karate World Cup.They married on 22 June 2013 i-

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M'bari and Etosha_10Q1839 by Darrell Ybarrondo
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M'bari gives Etosha a lick. Taken at the San Diego Zoo, June 22, 2013