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Francis against fracking?

Written by Peter Smith on .

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This has been percolating in alternative media some time, but it's getting new attention as Pope Francis prepares an encyclical on the environment, which is expected to address human-caused climate change.

In 2013, two of Francis' fellow Argentinians, also environmental activists involved in a documentary, had a lengthy audience with the pope. Francis gave an interview on issues of the environment and the economy -- and posed with a T-shirt saying "No Fracking" in Spanish. Apparently that's an issue in Argentina.

And, of course, it's an issue around here in heavily Catholic, heavily fracked western Pennsylvania. I've written before on Christians on both sides of the fracking divide -- fellowship among oilfield workers and efforts by Catholics and others to divest from all fossil fuels. Apparently Francis has staked out a position, although without elaboration.

In the interview, Francis didn't get into the specifics of fracking, but the Youtube excerpt shows he clearly knows what he's holding and why. And he does criticize open-pit mining, a practice that presumably would cover mountaintop removal coal mining.

In excerpts, the pope sounds like he's channeling Wendell Berry:

"We must take care of God's creation.

"(Humans have the experience of) transforming ignorance into culture, through science, art, work. Man is the author of culture. So what happens when he is no longer a builder? He takes over culture and uses it, not for improvement and the good of humankind but for selfish reasons. And then things happen. Think of Hiroshima just to name a faraway example. Things happen that create ignorance.

"Take manipulation, using people for your own good, consider ... for example mining ... open pit mines, which pollute the environment, or high voltage cables. ...

"Then man, with such culture, is capable of creating ignorance again. That is the second form of ignorance we must be careful of, because then we create and destroy.

 

 

 

 

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It's a red slumber party in gory new Dethlehem video

Written by Scott Mervis on .

It starts off all cute and dreamy, but, look out, the new video from Dethlehem turns into the stomach-turning bloodbath you'd expect from Pittsburgh's metal knights.

The video, for the song "Mystic Island" from the new album "Destroyers of the Realm," has four fangirls swooning for the boys of Dethlehem, and then turning the place into a red slumber party.

"I busted my ass on that one and ruined my friend's basement," drummer Overlord Brom says with a laugh.

"My friend wants to update her basement this summer, so she let us spill fake blood all over the carpet. I put like 100 old Dethlehem posters up on the walls, brought in an old bed, sheets from Goodwill, an old TV, etc. Dressed it up to look like a bedroom as best I could."

Over 12 hours, they spilled $150 in fake blood and were lucky to have some prop organs (not the instrument) lying around.

 

WARNING: It's gory as hell and definitely NSFW, but pretty awesome...

 

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Empty Netter Assists - 01-29-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

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-The Post-Gazette's recap from last night's game. “We had a few opportunities. But we need to create more if we want to win a game.” - Sidney Crosby.

-The Washington Post's recap. “When you get down four goals, you get really frustrated. Whether they just lost their tempers or were down enough, I don’t know. I don’t agree with some of the stuff they did, but it’s hockey. Everyone’s okay. So we’re good.” - Capitals forward Michael Latta (above, with Steve Downie) on the Penguins starting fights and scrums late in the game.

-The Associated Press' recap. "You can't just keep saying there's more time left in the season. You want to fix these things as soon as they happen. I don't think it's certainly any time to panic yet, but we certainly would like to get our fingers on the problem immediately.'' - Rob Scuderi.

-Highlights (so to speak):

-Zach Sill versus Tom Wilson:

-Steve Downie versus Washington's Michael Latta:

-Christian Ehrhoff was injured on this collision with Capitals' captain/forward Alex Ovechkin:

-Afterwards, Ovechkin was escorted to the penalty box by linesman Andy McElman:

-Ehrhoff needed some help from Chris Kunitz and Craig Adams:

-Here's the Kris Letang-Troy Brouwer wrestling match which led to another scrum:

-Bloody times for Downie:

-Marc-Andre Fleury was all over this puck:

-Happy times for Ovechkin and teammate Braden Holtby:

-Mike Johnston speaks:

-Sidney Crosby speaks:

-Rob Scuderi speaks:

-“My game is pretty simple. It’s being physical. [Bringing] energy. I try to do what a fourth-line center should do.” - New Penguins forward Maxim Lapierre on his style of play.

-“Marcel is a very confident, very established player and very responsible and I think it’s going to allow maybe our forecheck to be a little more intense off the wings.” - Blues general manager Doug Armstrong on former Penguins forward Marcel Goc

-"I just liked watching him. He makes the old school kick save every once in a while. It was cool.” - Marc-Andre Fleury on future hall-of-fame goaltender Martin Brodeur who retired this week.

-The released its explanatory video for Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo's suspendable hit on Kris Letang last week.

-Former Penguins goaltender Andy Chiodo has joined KalPa of Finland's Liiga.

-Happy 36th birthday to former Penguins forward Robert Dome (right). A first-round pick in 1997, Dome, one of the bigger busts in franchise history, spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1997-98, he appeared in 30 games and recorded seven points. After spending all of 1998-99 in the AHL and IHL, Dome played in 22 games for the Penguins in 1999-2000 and scored seven points. After spending 2000-01 in the Czech Republic and the AHL and missing most of 2001-02 due to an injury, Dome joined the Flames as a free agent in the 2002 offseason. In 52 games for the Penguins, he scored 14 points.

-Happy 29th birthday to former Penguins forward Chris Bourque. Claimed off waivers from the Capitals just prior to the 2009-10 season, Bourque's Penguins career amounted to 20 games and three assists. Midway through the season, Bourque, the son of Hockey Hall-of-Famer Ray Bourque, was re-claimed off waivers by the Capitals. He currently plays for the Hartford Wolfpack of the AHL.

-Happy 29th birthday to current Penguins goaltender Thomas Greiss. A free agent signing this past offseason, Greiss has appeared in 11 games this season with the Penguins and has a 8-5-2 record, a 2.60 goals against average and .916 save percentage.

-After the Jump: The AHL heads west.

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Growing succulents in cool containers, winter garden fun!

Written by Doug Oster on .

blog purseaI planted this faux moss purse last year with Kristine and it's still thriving. Photo by Doug Oster

Here's this week's segment on KDKA's Pittsburgh Today Live. I talk with Kristine about planting succulents in cool looking containers I got at Chapon's Greenhouse in Baldwin.

I’ve fallen under the spell of succulents. Although they look formidable, only the spines of the cactus pose a threat to fingertips. I think of them as friendly dinosaurs, rough on the outside, but happy to share a garden together. As the light changes throughout the day the plants transform with the angle of the sun.
There are lots of other succulents who don’t bite back. Those are the varieties I used on Pittsburgh Today Live.
They are the perfect choice for cool containers like the pursed, boots, hats and other things I found at Chapon’s Greenhouse in Baldwin. The moss like shoe and purse I used on the show came from there along with the little shoes and other containers.
Not everyone enjoys their charm, but every once and a while a visitor will discover their merits. A friend came over a couple weeks ago and fell in love with the containers, pledging to create her own.
Kristine and I planted one of the purses last year and a shoe, both are thriving on my windowsill!
It’s fun to grow these plants during the winter, to keep us gardeners sane.

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Tim McGraw to perform at Oscars

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

glencampbellmovposterTim McGraw will perform the Oscar-nominated song “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” for Glen Campbell at the 87th Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, Feb. 22, live on ABC.
 
“We couldn’t think of anyone better than Tim McGraw to properly celebrate  Oscar nominee, Glen Campbell.  Tim is the consummate country artist and will bring a bit of Nashville to the Oscars stage,” says Zadan and Meron
 
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” written by Campbell and Julian Raymond for the documentary feature “Glen Campbell...I’ll Be Me,” is nominated for Original Song. The four other nominated songs are “Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie,” “Glory” from “Selma,” “Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights” and “Lost Stars” from “Begin Again.”
 
“I’m honored to be asked to sing this powerful song from one of the true legends of the music industry,” said McGraw.  
 
Earlier, the producers announced that Common and John Legend will perform their song, “Glory,” during the show and Adam Levine will sing “Lost Stars.” Rita Ora will perform “Grateful.”
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In other musical Oscar news, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (above, the Oscar-winning songwriting team from “Frozen”) are writing an original multimedia musical sequence, “Moving Pictures,” which host Neil Patrick Harris will perform. 
 
The 87th Oscars will be held on Sunday, Feb. 22  at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET with the show itself starting at 8:30 p.m. 
 
Photo by Richard Harbaugh/A.M.P.A.S. of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez after winning the Oscar for original song. “Let It Go,” of course, from “Frozen.”
 

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