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“In September 1930, the National Socialists Party’s share of the vote jumped from 2.5 per cent to 18.3. The conservative right in Germany, which had little respect for democracy, effectively destroyed the Weimar Republic, and thus opened the door … Gravely underestimating Hitler’s ruthlessness, they thought they could use him as a populist puppet to defend their idea of Germany. But he knew exactly what he wanted, while they did not. On January 30, 1933, Hitler became chancellor and moved rapidly to eliminate all potential opposition.

“The tragedy for Germany’s subsequent victims was that a critical mass of the population, desperate for order and respect, was eager to follow the most reckless criminal in history. Hitler managed to appeal to their worst instincts: resentment, intolerance, arrogance and, most dangerous of all, a sense of racial superiority. Any remaining belief in a Rechtsstaat, a nation based on respect for the rule of law, crumpled in the face of Hitler’s insistence that the judicial system must be the servant of the new order.”

~Anthony Beevor, The Second World War






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At St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco, a sprinkler system was installed in the four entrance alcoves to “discourage” the homeless from taking shelter there from the elements. Apparently, it’s been in operation for a couple of years.

“The idea was not to remove those persons, but to encourage them to relocate to other areas of the Cathedral, which are protected and safer. The purpose was to make the Cathedral grounds as well as the homeless people who happen to be on those grounds safer.

“We are sorry that our intentions have been misunderstood and recognize that the method used was ill-conceived. It actually has had the opposite effect from what it was intended to do, and for this we are very sorry.”

~Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese, Bishop William Justice

I guess the idea of having someone invite these people to relocate these other, more protected and safer areas of the cathedral, never crossed anyone’s mind.

Oh, and great last name, Bishop Justice. You win Irony for today.


“I was hungry and you formed a humanities club and discussed my hunger.
I was imprisoned and you crept off quietly to your chapel and prayed for my release.
I was naked and in your mind you debated the morality of my appearance.
I was sick and you knelt and thanked god for your health.
I was homeless and you preached to me of the spiritual shelter of the love of god.
I was lonely and you left me alone to go and pray for me.
You seem so holy, so close to god.
but I’m still very hungry and lonely and cold.”
~Author unknown

In a Nutshell

Saw this on deviant art, and had to share.

Mother Gaia, by humon…


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