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Lawyer Sets Himself on Fire, Dies in Protest of Global Warming

This is a bizarre one.

David Buckel, a prominent lawyer that worked on the  “Boys Don’t Cry” rape murder case, intentionally set himself on fire in protest of global warming and climate change. His charred remains were discovered by people passing by, along with a suicide note.

The note was marked for the police and read,

“Pollution ravages our planet, oozing inhabitability via air, soil, water and weather. Most humans on the planet now breathe air made unhealthy by fossil fuels, and many die early deaths as a result — my early death by fossil fuel reflects what we are doing to ourselves.”

“Many who drive their own lives to help others often realize that they do not change what causes the need for their help,” Mr. Buckel wrote, adding that donating to organizations was not enough.

Noting that he was privileged with “good health to the final moment,” Mr. Buckel said he wanted his death to lead to increased action. “Honorable purpose in life invites honorable purpose in death,” he wrote.

Buckel also send his suicide note to The New York Times.

According to the New York Post, the people that saw the remains were horrified and a teacher passing by with a group of students had to shield them from the disturbing scene.

Buckel left his career as a high profile gay and transgender rights lawyer to become “an urban gardener and ecologist with the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, helping run what he called the largest composting program in the country to use only renewable sources of energy.”

Sadly, he leaves behind a daughter and ex-wife who had no idea he was planning such a grisly and public display of protest.

 

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Chick-fil-A Opening in NYC Triggers New Yorker Writer

Chick-fil-A recently opened their fourth location in New York City, prompting Dan Piepenbring to write a bizarre piece for The New Yorker entitled “Chick-Fil-A’s Creepy Infiltration of New York City.”

Yes, you read that right.

The piece stems from Piepenbring’s disgust with Chick-fil-A’s founder Dan Cathy’s 2012 comments that gay marriage is wrong and “we’re inviting God’s judgment on our nation” by proclaiming “we know better than He does about what constitutes a marriage.”

If you remember, Cathy’s comments prompted boycotts by LBGTQ groups and some places like Chicago and Boston blocked the chain from opening new locations in their cities. Their first location in New York opened in 2015 and was met with protests. Then again in 2016 when opening a second location in Queens, Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed a boycott.

All because an owner of a company sees marriage traditionally as between a man and a woman. This view leads Pipenbring to call the company “perverse” because of their Christian values.

And yet the brand’s arrival here feels like an infiltration, in no small part because of its pervasive Christian traditionalism. Its headquarters, in Atlanta, are adorned with Bible verses and a statue of Jesus washing a disciple’s feet. Its stores close on Sundays.

He calls their commitment to community misleading.

Emphasis on community, especially in the misguided nod to 9/11, suggests an ulterior motive. The restaurant’s corporate purpose still begins with the words “to glorify God,” and that proselytism thrums below the surface of the Fulton Street restaurant, which has the ersatz homespun ambiance of a megachurch.

Even the Chick-fil-A cows aren’t safe from scrutiny.

It’s impossible to overstate the role of the Cows—in official communiqués, they always take a capital “C”—that are displayed in framed portraits throughout the Fulton Street location. If the restaurant is a megachurch, the Cows are its ultimate evangelists.

It’s worth asking why Americans fell in love with an ad in which one farm animal begs us to kill another in its place. Most restaurants take pains to distance themselves from the brutalities of the slaughterhouse; Chick-fil-A invites us to go along with the Cows’ Schadenfreude.

Do normal people even think about the Chick-fil-A’s  cows when they eat at the fast food joint? Probably not and it’s also a safe bet that Piepenbring is the only person in the world that’s even drawn some sort of morbid link between a marketing campaign and the slaughterhouse.

One has to wonder why Piepenbring is even eating in an establishment that so obviously disturbs him.

Chick-fil-A is one of the finest fast food establishments in the United States. They have exceptional customer service and usually go out of their way to help people in need in their community. One manager famously rescued people trapped in a flooded home in Texas during Hurricane Harvey. And in Orlando, a chain near the Pulse Night Club opened on Sunday to feed first responders and blood donors as they worked in the aftermath of the deadly shooting.

They are also the most profitable fast food chain in America at the moment, despite being closed on Sundays. If that’s not a blessing from the man upstairs, not sure what is.

This piece in The New Yorker is nothing more than a bigoted witch hunt against a Christian company that openly states it treats everyone the same, no matter their sexual orientation.

Normally, if you don’t like something, you don’t buy it, eat it or go there. Maybe Piepenbring should try that instead of furthering religious intolerance by writing a hate piece on a Christian owned company.

London’s Murder Rate Higher than New York City

The BBC reports that London is seeing a spike in violent crime and for the first time, their murder rate is now higher than New York City.

Of the 44 murder investigations that have been launched in 2018, 31 of those have been as a result of stabbings. The rest of the murders were gun deaths. According to The Independentfatal stabbings in England and Wales are now at their highest levels since 2011 – growing by 12 per cent in the year ending December 2017. Fatal stabbings are taking place every three days in London amid concerns of a resurgence of “postcode wars” between battling gangs.”

England has incredibly strict gun control laws. It’s virtually impossible to own a firearm unless you live out in the country and need it for self defense. Owning a gun is considered a privilege, not a right and there are numerous steps citizens have to take to even be approved to own one.

The police don’t even carry guns because they believe in policing by consent instead of force.

So while firearms deaths are minimal in the UK, it would appear that less guns don’t solve the murder and crime problem. Criminals will just stab you to death instead of shooting you.

What do you have to say to that gun control supporters?

-K

‘Sex and the City’ actress announces run for governor of New York

Another celebrity from New York has announced their intention to run for office. However, unlike the last celebrity from the Empire State to run for office, the White House is not in their sights…at least not yet.

Cynthia Nixon, best known for her role as Miranda, on the popular HBO series Sex and the City, is running for governor of New York.

The actress will challenge the current governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, in this year’s Democratic primary.

Check out the ad below:

Nixon certainly puts her Hollywood experience to work in this extremely well made ad. She talks about her children, the growing income disparity between New Yorkers and hits the typical Democratic/progressive hot button issues.

In addition to her ad, Nixon has also launched a campaign website.

While most people won’t have a dog in this fight, this should still be an interesting race to watch.

-BZ