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1,500 iOS apps have this serious security flaw. Find out if your iPhone’s at risk.

Cult of Mac - 2 hours 19 min ago
A serious security flaw affecting approximately 1,500 iOS apps makes them vulnerable to hackers looking to swipe passwords, bank account info and other sensitive data, according to a new report. The bug, which security analytics firm SourceDNA identified last month,…Read more ›

Order status change indicates Apple Watches on the way

Cult of Mac - 3 hours 19 min ago
Apple Watches are a step closer to hitting our wrists. Some who preordered watches earlier this month took to Twitter Monday to excitedly report that their order statuses changed from “Processing Items” to “Preparing for Shipment.” Depending on how quickly…Read more ›

Virtual teardown shows what makes Apple Watch tick

Cult of Mac - 4 hours 27 min ago
Like an autopsy performed on a cadaver that’s yet to be born, slick new renderings dissect the Apple Watch and show off its shiny guts. Since few normal people have an actual Apple Watch in hand, concept artist Martin Hajek…Read more ›

Take better selfies with your iPhone’s timer mode

Cult of Mac - 5 hours 7 min ago
It can be tricky to get the best shot when taking a selfie or group shot with your iPhone. If you want a better angle than the length of your arm can provide (or your ridiculous selfie stick will telescope…Read more ›

Control a Star Wars droid with your iPhone, you will

Cult of Mac - 5 hours 22 min ago
Soon you’ll be able to control the cute new robotic star of Star Wars: The Force Awakens with your iPhone. The toy version of BB-8, the droid with an R2-D2-style head perched precariously atop a rolling round body, will pop…Read more ›

New platform offers visual artist a chance to put their stamp on it

Cult of Mac - 5 hours 47 min ago
There is a variety of ways for photographers to display and share work. Build a website, post on Facebook, spread your brand on Instagram or create a repository on Flickr. But the few mentioned above are not perfect, especially when…Read more ›

Last chance to get the Extreme Micro-Drone 2.0 with camera for 46% off [Deals]

Cult of Mac - 10 hours 37 min ago
If you are looking for a new toy to have fun with this summer, try the Extreme Micro-Drone 2.0. This is your final opportunity to save 46% on the price of this quadcopter that comes complete with its own mounted…Read more ›

Death-defying iPhone films dizzying 40-story dive

Cult of Mac - 10 hours 56 min ago
Catalin Marin should be walking around the streets of Dubai with a new iPhone – and not the one he dropped from a building 40 stories high. Not only did Marin’s phone survive, it was rolling video the whole way…Read more ›

Galaxy S6 cracks walnuts without picking up a scratch

Cult of Mac - 12 hours 16 min ago
Should an Android app instructing people how to chop walnuts ever get developed, don’t be surprised if the first order of business is this: Place walnuts on surface of Galaxy S6. Then begin smashing nuts with another S6. A pair…Read more ›

Apple highlights latest efforts ‘to leave the world better than we found it’

Cult of Mac - 13 hours 2 min ago
Apple is leading the charge in environmental responsibility, and it’s only just getting started. That’s the message from the company’s 2015 progress report, which details all of the ways Apple is striving “to leave the world better than we found…Read more ›

PW 429: OMG Girl Sex with Allison Moon

Polyamory Weekly - April 19, 2015 - 9:04pm

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Best deals of the week: Save 40% on the Hand Stylus plus much more [Deals]

Cult of Mac - April 19, 2015 - 12:15pm
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Sex Club Rebranded as Church

Augoeides - April 19, 2015 - 8:00am
It seems that with all the media attention from the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act case, more people have started realizing what an enormous can of worms these law really open. Yesterday I covered the story of Joan Cheever, who will be arguing before a Texas court that she has a right to violate San Antonio's prohibition on distributing food to the homeless on religious freedom grounds.

The reason these laws can apply in so many ways is that the Supreme Court established long ago that the government cannot rule on the sincerity of any particular religious belief. It may intervene if a "compelling reason" exists, such as practices that cause real harm to the public. But otherwise, pretty much anything is fair game. So the Pastafarians can wear colanders on their heads in official photos, even though the "Flying Spaghetti Monster" is acknowledged to be a joke. Likewise, members of The Satanic Temple don't have to believe in a literal Satan.

Now this story, out of Tennessee, is an application of the law that I've never heard of before. A swingers club in Madison, Tennessee encountered resistance from the city when it announced plans to open. City officials went so far as to change the building's zoning so that it could not be used as a club. But the owners have now rebranded it as a church, and claim that they are therefore entitled to religious freedom protections.

Previously the owners of the proposed club in Madison had submitted plans to convert a former medical building, situated next to a Christian school, into a sex club only to meet with stiff public resistance.

Following a packed and contentious meeting last month — with one audience member shouting “we don’t want this darkness to extinguish this beacon of light that has been here for years and years” – the Metro Council amended the zoning laws to prevent the club from being developed.

Relying upon federal laws that protect churches, the owners reapplied as a church. A room that was once labeled “the dungeon” is now the “choir room.” The former “game room” will now be known as a “fellowship hall.”
And if their group can get recognized as a 501C3 religious corporation, as far as I can tell they're good to go - at least if the law is applied consistently. As is the case with most consensual, victimless activity it would be hard to argue that the activities of this "church" will cause harm to the public. The city probably will try in order to keep it closed, but it will be interesting to see the eventual ruling. At some point lawmakers will probably amend these laws in order to limit their scope, but until then I can imagine a lot more cases like this one going forward.

See, I'm mostly fine with the current situation, to tell you the truth. I understand that Christians originally pushed these laws thinking that they could use them against minority religions, but they also protect all sorts of non-mainstream things that minority religions might practice. I'm not in favor of world in which religion is driven from the public square; rather, I'm in favor of a world in which every flavor of religious belief is proudly represented, along with philosophies such as scientific materialism.

The good thing about these religious freedom laws is that they mean I don't have to obey the dictates of somebody else's religion, and they can't stop me from practicing mine. That works for me. We do need more comprehensive non-discrimination laws to deal with some of the assholes, as the Indiana case highlights, but as I that as a separate issue.

Categories: Occulture

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Cult of Mac - April 18, 2015 - 12:15pm
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Is Nike and Apple’s relationship on the rocks?

Cult of Mac - April 18, 2015 - 12:00pm
Apple’s new Activity and Fitness apps for Apple Watch might signal the end of the company’s long partnership with Nike. So what does this mean for the millions of us who were introduced to Nike+ by Apple in 2006 and…Read more ›

Add all your videos to your iTunes library with iFlicks

Cult of Mac - April 18, 2015 - 11:00am
This post is brought to you by iFlicks. Are all your videos hidden in a bunch of folders or stored haphazardly in the cloud? Wouldn’t you rather they were all as easy to sort and locate as your iTunes content,…Read more ›

Thin is in: The 2015 MacBook hands-on review

Cult of Mac - April 18, 2015 - 9:00am
Imagine an iPad Air sliced in half. The top half peels up to reveal a pin-sharp high-res screen. The other half has a full-size keyboard that’s almost flat. This is the new MacBook; Apple’s latest crazy thin laptop that, as…Read more ›

Using "Religious Freedom" Laws for Good

Augoeides - April 18, 2015 - 8:00am
During the big media controversy over Indiana's "Religious Freedom" law it was noted that similar laws already exist in a number of other states. The main difference is that generally speaking those other laws only apply to government entities and mirror the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act passed into law in 1993. One of the states with such a law is Texas, where a woman may have found a novel way to use the 1999 state RFRA to do something positive.

Over the last couple of years many cities have decided that offering food to homeless people should be illegal. I have no idea what supporters of such laws hope to accomplish, since people aren't generally homeless by choice. The rhetoric about "letting them starve" is bullshit, since humans are among the best survivors nature has ever produced. They will find a way to eat, even if it means resorting to crime. Why criminalize charity?

At any rate, when Joan Cheever was fined for distributing food to the homeless in San Antonio, she argued that doing so was a free exercise of her religion and therefore the fine was in violation of the Texas RFRA. She plans to make her case before the court in June.

From Express News:

"Cheever is scheduled to go before Municipal Court on June 23, but she remained defiant after receiving the citation, arguing that under the 1999 Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act, she has a right to serve food to the homeless because she considers it a free exercise of her religion."

“One of the police officers said, ‘Ma’am, if you want to pray, go to church,’” Cheever told WOAI-TV. “And I said, ‘This is how I pray — when I cook this food and deliver it to the people who are less fortunate.’”
I'm assuming that Cheever is Christian since it's the majority religion, especially in Texas. And the fact is that feeding the poor was something Jesus actually did in all four canonical Gospels. I expect that it will be very difficult for the state to argue that doing so is not a Christian practice. The case might still go against Cheever, but I have a hard time seeing such a ruling as anything other than rank hypocrisy.

Not all Christians hate on gays. Jesus, in fact, said nothing about homosexuality and the only quote from the New Testament that is used to justify discrimination is from the epistles. He considered feeding the poor a very big deal, though, which to my way of thinking is the whole point of the miracle of the loaves and fishes.

If the Texas RFRA turns out to not apply here, what that says to me is that this alleged religious freedom only means religious freedom for assholes. And that would be a very big problem with the law.

Categories: Occulture

See Batman’s armored batsuit in first Batman v Superman trailer

Cult of Mac - April 17, 2015 - 7:37pm
If Batman’s going to take on Superman, he’s going to need some extra protection and firepower. The first trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice gives us our a glimpse of the armored batsuit — complete with glowing white…Read more ›


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