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Hopefully this won't scare the n00bs too much....
You've likely heard about the Ice Bucket Challenge. Quite possibly, you've done it. Somehow, despite commenting on numerous posts by other acceptors of the quest, and even recording our neighbor doing it, I'd yet to be challenged as of yesterday.

Then I needed the ice, because my blood was boiling:

The Newark [N.J.] Archdiocese has told North Jersey pastors and Catholic school officials that holding Ice Bucket Challenges, a wildly popular fad that has raised millions of dollars to combat a crippling illness, conflicts with church teachings by funding embryonic stem-cell research.

The warning was issued Thursday in a letter from a church official and with the blessing of Archbishop John J. Myers. It said some of the research funded by the ALS Association, which receives much of the money from the Ice Bucket Challenge, involves embryonic stem-cell research, which is opposed by the Catholic Church because of conflicts with its antiabortion mission.

...The archdiocese sent the letter Thursday to principals at all 94 Catholic schools in the archdiocese, and to pastors and religious education staff at 218 parishes. It suggested sending donations to organizations that don’t use embryonic stem-cell research.

The ALS Association responded to the warnings with a statement saying it primarily funds adult stem-cell research, which is not opposed by the Catholic Church. The statement went on to say that the association is funding one study that uses embryonic stem cells, and that research is funded by “one specific donor who is committed to this area of research.”

“In fact, donors may stipulate that their funds not be invested in this study or any stem-cell project,” the statement said.

It was unclear what impact the archdiocese’s letter would have. Catholic schools won’t be back in session for another week and a half. Pastors were sent the letters for informational purposes, said archdiocesan spokesman Jim Goodness, but it’s up to them to decide how or whether they will share that information with parishioners.

(Jim Goodness? Really? That's a punch line in search of a setup if I ever heard one.)

So that was enough to get me to the icy table. I waited for a challenge, and sort-of got one: ellettra tried to "nominate" me, but it autocorrected to "minibar." Then, elbiesee, who's doing it today, promised to list me, but I told her I'd already committed: to doing it, to making the donation, and to making my three nominees: Pope Francis, the Archbishop of New York, and the Bishop of Buffalo.

Holy water is optional. Brains, however, would be appreciated:

(And that's the introduction to the several people just friended off of ecosopher's Friendzy. You get my craziness, face and voice, all on Day One. If we make it through THAT, we'll get along fine:)
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tilia_tomentosa From: tilia_tomentosa Date: August 25th, 2014 11:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL it was good to hear and see you, and you know that we are more or less equally crazy. ;)
thanatos_kalos From: thanatos_kalos Date: August 26th, 2014 12:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Good for you! :) I'm thinking of writing a paper on the various ice bucket vids once I'm done with the diss. (Not actually doing the ice bucket thing-- no time, £ or equipment, including not having a working freezer).
captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: August 26th, 2014 12:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Patrick Stewart's is, of course, badass.

I've written Shatner's script:

"But for now I'm still the Captain, and as Captain, I want two things done. First, find a cure for ALS, and second...

[the bucket contents fall]

....close that bucket."
thanatos_kalos From: thanatos_kalos Date: August 26th, 2014 01:13 am (UTC) (Link)
kishenehn From: kishenehn Date: August 26th, 2014 03:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hard to top that introduction! :)
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