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Atheist group targets Rick Perry for urging Texans to pray away gun violence

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An atheist group announced Monday the purchase of a billboard that highlights Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s comments about gun violence.

According to a press release, the American Atheists’ new billboard in Texas features an image of Perry along with text reading, “His solution to school shootings? Prayer.” The billboard refers to comments the Republican governor made in January.

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“Rick Perry’s statement is out of touch with reality,” American Atheists president Dave Silverman said. “Prayer does not solve problems, rather it masks them. Asking Americans to pray to solve the violence problem is an admission of administrative impotence. Playing the God card is not a valid substitute for real action.”

The atheist group also announced it purchased another new billboard targeting former Arkansas governor and Fox News host Mike Huckabee. That billboard reads, “Amend the Constitution to what I say are God’s Standards.”

Earlier this month, the American Atheists purchased similar billboards featuring former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA), former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R), Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, and Dallas Pastor Robert Jeffress. The billboards are intended to both “shame” those public officials and advertise the group’s 50th anniversary celebration and national convention in Austin.


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In a secluded region in Russia’s Arctic they are rejecting Putin in rare protest

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Lyudmila Laptander, an activist advocating autonomy for her mineral-rich Nenets region in the Russian Arctic, worries authorities are planning to sacrifice its traditions for the promise of economic enrichment.

"If Nenets is merged with another region, I worry that no one will look after our language or our traditions, and that our small villages in the tundra will be forgotten," said Laptander, 61, a member of the Yasavey cultural group.

The autonomous region on the edge of the Arctic Ocean was gripped by protests in May against the government's plans to integrate it with neighbouring Arkhangelsk.

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People are paying to hire this donkey to crash their Zoom meetings

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The coronavirus pandemic has led millions of people to embrace meetings via Zoom, but admittedly, those can be as tedious as in-person conferences.

So one animal sanctuary in Canada, in dire need of cash after being forced to close to visitors, found a way to solve both problems.

Meet Buckwheat, a donkey at the Farmhouse Garden Animal Home, who is ready to inject some fun into your humdrum work-from-home office day -- for a price.

"Hello. We are crashing your meeting, we are crashing your meeting -- this is Buckwheat," says sanctuary volunteer Tim Fors, introducing the gray and white animal on a Zoom call.

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Republican senators are suddenly trying to social distance — from Trump

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There’s something interesting in today’s news:

A number of Republican Senators have said they are skipping the Republican National Convention this year. The convention was originally scheduled in Charlotte, North Carolina, but at Trump’s insistence was relocated to Jacksonville, Florida, last month. The stated reason was that Democratic North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper would not commit to permitting a full convention out of concerns about the spread of coronavirus, but the abrupt switch to Florida, less than 80 days before the convention, still seems odd to me. Regardless, the switch has created a new problem: Florida is in the midst of a dramatic spike in coronavirus cases, setting a record for new cases in a single day during the weekend —11,458—and running low of ICU beds.

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