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"The Most Hated Woman in America" trailer -- about the leader of the "American Atheists"

I'd never heard of Madalyn Murray O'Hair, founder of American Atheists. Anyone else familiar with the background?

I might make a point of watching this movie on Netflix one day.

CNN personality Reza Aslan causes controversy by eating human brains with members of Hindu sect

It seems like sensational television. Tulsi Gabbard, who is Hindu, said she's concerned that this is going to lead to people thinking the worst of her religion, despite this episode representing only about 100 practitioners.

Religious scholar and television host Reza Aslan is facing backlash after he ate part of a cooked human brain with a Hindu sect as part of his new CNN show.

Aslan, 44, is accused of mocking Hinduism — a religion approximately a billion people worldwide practice — after featuring a fringe, cannibalistic sect of the faith on his new show, Believer, a six-episode “spiritual adventures series” in which he explores the “world’s most fascinating faith-based groups.”

“Want to know what a dead guy’s brain tastes like? Charcoal,” Aslan wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday. “It was burnt to a crisp! #Believer.”

In a recently aired episode, Aslan sat with the Aghoris of India. The small sect worships Shiva, the Hindu God of Destruction, and have been known to eat feces, drink out of human skulls, eat human flesh and smear themselves with the ashes of corpses, CNN reports. The secretive sect is generally opposed by mainstream Hindus.


And you've probably seen this preview for the show as well:

Osweiler off to Cleveland, for now...

The Texans are reportedly interested in signing Tony Romo, now that Dallas is willing to deal him. The Broncos are also eyeing Romo, apparently.


As for the Browns, they may or may not keep Osweiler.

In essence, the Browns did the Texans a solid by taking Osweiler's salary, and the Texans showed their thanks with the second-round pick. Between 2016, '17 and '18, the Browns will have 10 first- and second-round picks.

The Browns essentially bought a second-round draft pick for $16 million, and acquired a quarterback they can evaluate or perhaps even trade -- and likely reduce the cash obligation in a trade.


Bears releasing Cutler, expected to sign Mike Glennon; Cousins wants out of Washington

Some QB musical chairs taking place, it looks like.

Glennon reportedly going to be the Bears' starter with a 3-year, $45 million contract.



Cousins is wearing the "franchise" tag and apparently Dan Snyder has told him he's not going anywhere, despite his wishes to go to another team.


Vince Young resurfaces in the Canadian Football League

Signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Terms of the deal not disclosed. Turns 34 in May.

This won't be a Warren Moon story.


What is a fair level for a DUI conviction?

Utah is about to become the first state to lower the blood alcohol level to 0.05. percent for a motorist to be convicted. I'm in favor of this. I would have no problem with zero tolerance, to be honest. It's irresponsible to drive while impaired. Period.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) is likely to sign new legislation passed Wednesday that would make the Beehive State as intolerant to drunk driving as most European countries.

State senators on Wednesday voted to advance a bill that would drop the legal blood-alcohol limit to 0.05 percent, down from the current limit of 0.08 percent.

Legislators who backed the bill said the average man would reach the 0.05 limit after three drinks and the average woman after two drinks.

The American Beverage Institute (ABI), a trade group that represents bars and restaurants, said those estimates are one drink more than the levels would take in reality.
The National Transportation Safety Board recommended in 2013 that states reduce blood alcohol limits to 0.05 percent. The board said at the time the risk of a crash would be cut in half by lowering the rate.


Celebrities as they age

Christopher Plummer and Oprah arguably looks best as their oldest selves. And Willie Nelson, well, he's just smokin'. Always smokin'.

Whaddya gonna do about the latest Russian missile threat, Donny?

Oh, probably nothing.

U.S. general says Russia deploys cruise missile, threatens NATO

Russia has deployed a land-based cruise missile that violates the "spirit and intent" of an arms control treaty and poses a threat to NATO, Vice Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff General Paul Selva said on Wednesday.

It was the first public accusation by the U.S. military of the deployment after reports said last month that Russia had secretly deployed the ground-launched SSC-8 cruise missile that Moscow has been developing and testing for several years, despite U.S. complaints that it violated sections of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty.

"The system itself presents a risk to most of our facilities in Europe and we believe that the Russians have deliberately deployed it in order to pose a threat to NATO and to facilities within the NATO area of responsibility," Selva said during a House Armed Services Committee hearing. The Air Force general did not say whether the missile was capable of carrying a nuclear weapon.

Selva said the United States had brought up the issue with Russia. He did not say what options were being considered if the discussions did not lead to results, but added that "we have been asked to incorporate a set of options into the nuclear posture review."


What if Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump swapped genders?

An interesting experiment at New York University. Their conclusion is that Drumpf's bombastic, bullying tactics could work for a female candidate as well.

NYU poli sci/econ professor Maria Guadalupe and educational theater prof Joe Salvatore collaborated to stage a recreation of the Trump/Clinton debates with the gender roles reversed, starring actors who played Brenda King, "a female version of Trump" and Jonathan Gordon, "a male version of Hillary Clinton."

There were some elements of the debate that couldn't be readily genderswapped (Clinton's "when I was First Lady" lines didn't translate well as "when I was First Man," for example), but a very wide and representative slice could be.

The resulting performance is...uncomfortable. When the female "Trump" uses his mannerisms and quotes his lines, what sounded incoherent and bombastic sounds oddly forceful and compelling; while the male "Clinton"'s adoption of the Clinton tactic of smiling calmly in the face of provocation seems weak and insincere.

The people who put together the project thought that they'd be revealing that women couldn't get away with Trumpian bombast -- instead, they seem to suggest that the tactics would work especially well for a woman.


Nowitzki reaches lofty 30,000 career point mark

He is the 6th one to do it in the NBA.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 38,387 (1,560 games played)

Karl Malone 36,928 (1,476 games played)

Kobe Bryant 33,643 (1,346 games played)

Michael Jordan 32,292 (1,072 games played)

Wilt Chamberlain 31,419 (1,045 games played)

Dirk Nowitzki 30,005 (1,376 games played)

*Julius Erving scored over 30,000 points in the ABA and NBA.

Look at Jordan and Chamberlain. Imagine they had played another 300 or 400 games!


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