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Someone called the police on a ‘homeless Jesus’ statue

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A bronze casted statue of a homeless Jesus sleeping on a park bench that was recently installed by a Cleveland church has sparked widespread response, both online and in real life.

While the church’s post about the statue received backlash online, someone also called the police on the statue within just 20 minutes of its arrival, mistaking it for an actual sleeping homeless person.

The statue, called “Homeless Jesus” and created by Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz, depicts a man said to be Jesus, wrapped up in cloth with only his feet exposed, as he is sleeping on a park bench (which is part of the statue). The sculpture was first installed at the University of Toronto in 2013, and it has since been installed at numerous locations around the world. Its most recent location is at the St. Barnabas Bay Village Episcopal Church in Cleveland.

According to WECT 6 News, Schmalz made “Homeless Jesus” to “dignify and raise awareness of the homeless in the community.” It was the hope of the artist that by placing the statues in busy locations, people who passed by would be inspired to help others.

Despite his intentions, the art piece has sparked backlash, both online and in real life. A priest at St. Barnabas Church tweeted that police were called “within twenty minutes of the statue arriving.”

“I was having a conversation with a very kind police officer because someone called to report a homeless man sleeping on a park bench. Within twenty minutes…” he wrote.

Additionally, the church’s photos of the statue that were posted to Twitter caused outrage for many who feel it is a performative gesture and that Jesus on a bench takes up space real homeless people could use to sleep on.

“If you don’t see the irony in this I fear for you,” one user replied.

“Anti-homeless architecture to raise awareness of homelessness,” another said.

Others argued that the statue may have gone widely misunderstood.

“The artist donated the statue so the city didn’t waste any money and it sure as hell got you all to talk about homelessness which I assume is one of the goals,” one wrote. “Homeless people need homes not more benches to sleep on for all those on here complaining about the lack of accessibility to this bench for said Homeless to sleep on.”

In a follow-up tweet, in an apparent attempt to alleviate some controversy, the church announced it would be taking donations to help aid homeless people within the community.

“Every penny raised will be used to feed, clothe, and house those in need,” it wrote. “Hopefully some good will come from all this.”

This is not the first time the statue has caused such controversy either. According to NPR, after the statue was placed at a North Carolina church in 2014, one woman also called the police on it, while other disconcerted neighbors of the church wrote letters explaining why it “creeped them out” and should be removed.


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*First Published: Oct 14, 2020, 8:04 pm

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Onaje McDowelle is a contributing editor and writer for the Daily Dot. His work has appeared in GRAMMY.com, NPR, Austin Monthly Magazine, and more.

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Disney Just Released The Trailer For ‘Raya And The Last Dragon’ And I Can’t Wait To Watch It

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Until a few days ago, I didn’t even know there was a new Disney movie coming out. And now that I know, I’m OBSESSED.

I just watched the first trailer and I am in LOVE. To me, it seems like a good mixture of Moana and The Last Airbender, which gets me even more excited!

In this trailer, it shows that the main character, Raya, is searching for the last dragon. You know, in case you couldn’t figure that one out from the title!

This movie is set to release in March of 2021 and although there’s been a couple of teaser trailers, the first real trailer is up!

Will Raya restore the last dragon and bring peace to the world? I’m assuming since it’s a Disney film, yes. But you’ll just have to watch and find out for yourself!

Watch this full length Raya and the Last Dragon trailer and let us know what you think in the comments! I for one, plan to watch it as soon as it is out!

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Candy Dog Names

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Paris Permenter & John Bigley Last updated on October 21, 2020

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If you are a new pet parent who’s a fan of both candy and canines, why not choose a sweet candy dog name for your new four-legged family member! From palate-pleasing confections of the past to today’s top treats, as well as candy in pop culture and “candy” as spoken in a variety of languages, here’s a wide assortment of candy bar dog names and bonbon-inspired names for your new barking buddy!

  • Abra Cabubble
  • Almond Joy
  • Amedei  Porcelana —  A name for the sophisticated Spot, this Italian treat is the most expensive chocolate in the world!
  • Astro Pop — The name Astro can be an homage to either the classic cartoon canine from The Jetsons or to the candy which was launched by two rocket scientists in 1963.
  • Atomic Fire Ball
  • Banana Split
  • Barley Pop
  • Bassett — While some may think that you’ve dubbed your dog in honor of the Basset dog breed, candy lovers will know that pup’s appellation is a salute to a British sweets company.
  • Bit -O-Honey
  • Black Jack
  • Bottle Cap
  • Broadway Roll
  • Bubble Yum
  • Bubblicious
  • Butter Mint
  • Butterfinger
  • Butterscotch
  • Candy Cane
  • Candy Corn
  • Charleston Chew
  • Chick-O-Stick
  • Chupa Chup
  • Cinnamon Bear
  • Cotton Candy
  • Cup-O-Gold
  • Curly Wurly
  • Dove — The producers of a wide range of chocolate sweets.
  • Dubble Bubble
  • Fry — The makers of the oldest candy bar in the world, Fry’s Chocolate Cream.
  • Gobstopper
  • Ghiradelli — If you are a fan of vintage confections you might want to name your new pal with paws after the third-oldest chocolate company in America.
  • Gold Bear
  • Good and Plenty — A fun pair of names for a doggie duo!
  • Gummy Bear — This popular treat is also spelled “gummi.”
  • Haribo — This German candy company has been making bonbon buffs happy since 1920.
  • Hershey — Perhaps the king of candy companies, Hershey has made the world a little sweeter since opening in 1894.
  • Hubba Bubba
  • Ice Breaker
  • Ice Cube — Although some may think you’ve chosen to name your barking buddy after the rapper/actor, true candy aficionados will know that your dog’s moniker was inspired by the Nappo candy company in Germany.
  • Jawbreaker
  • Jelly Baby — Popular with British candy lovers since the 1800s, these tiny tot-shaped sweets are known by sci-fi fans as the fourth Doctor’s favorite treat on Doctor Who.
  • Jelly Bean — Is your new four-legged friend a fashion forward Fido?  If so, you might want to name him after this sugary sweet treat! In the 1910s and 20s, dapper young men were often dubbed with the nickname Jelly Bean.
  • Jelly Belly
  • Jolly Rancher
  • Junior Mint
  • Laffy Taffy
  • Life Saver —  Who rescued who?  The name of this fruit-flavored treat is perfect for the dog who always buoys your spirits!
  • Lolly — The diminutive version of the word lollipop.
  • M&M– The candy that ¨melts in your mouth, not in your hand¨ might be a good name for the dog who makes your heart melt.  Pet parents can also pay homage to the hard-shelled candy by naming their pups Mars and Murrie, whose names make up  M&Ms´ moniker!
  • Mary Jane
  • Mike & Ike — Created by Just Born, the name of this fruit-flavored favorite could be used for each half of a dog duo!
  • Mint Julep — While some may assume that you’ve named your new pal with paws after the signature drink of the Kentucky Derby, you and your dog will know that the inspiration for this dog name actually came from a candy that was introduced in the 1930s to those with a craving for confections.
  • Mr. Goodbar
  • Now & Later– Cute names for a pair of pups
  • Oh Henry!– Is your new barking buddy a little heartbreaker? You might want to call him after this caramel, fudge and peanut concoction, which (according to the candy’s legend) may have gotten its name from a young boy who loved to flirt with the girls whenever he visited the creator’s candy shop.
  • Peppermint
  • Peter Paul — If you have adopted two dogs the name of this candy manufacturing company could be split in half, with one pup answering to Peter and the other to Paul.
  • Pop Rocks– A fun name for a dog with a bubbly personality.
  • Regal Crown
  • Rocky Road
  • Slo Poke — A fun, ironic moniker for a new fleet-footed four-legged friend, like a Whippet or Greyhound!
  • Sugar Baby
  • Sugar Daddy
  • Thingamajig
  • Toffifay– Made with caramel, chocolate, hazelnut and nougat, the name of this candy, which originated in Germany, is also spelled Toffifee.
  • Tootsie Pop
  • Tootsie Roll– This sweet treat was named by the founder of Tootsie Roll Industries as a loving reference to his daughter Clara’s nickname, Tootsie.
  • Whatchamacallit
  • Whirly Pop
  • York– As in York Peppermint Pattie!
  • Zero– A name that gained fame among fans of films and of Fidos as the moniker of Jack Skellington’s canine companion in A Nightmare Before Christmas, candy fans will recognize the name for the white chocolate-covered Zero candy bar.

Numerical Candy Names

  • 3 Musketeers — Have you adopted a trio of tail-waggers? Naming them Aramis, Athos and Portos could be a nod to both the classic Alexander Dumas novel and the yummy candy bar produced by Mars!
  • 5th Avenue

Pop Culture Names Associated with Candy

Dog Names From Characters in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory:

  • Willy Wonka
  • Charlie Bucket
  • Augustus Gloop
  • Grandpa Jo
  • Oompa Loompa
  • Arthur Slugworth
  • Mike Teavee
  • Veruca Salt
  • Violet Beauregard

Candy Themed Dog Names From Harry Potter

(For more names, see our Harry Potter Dog Names list!)

Dog Names From the Childhood Game Candyland

  • Honeydukes  (a sweet shop for wizards)
  • Bertie Bott
  • Choco-Loco
  • Pepper Imp
  • Pixie Puff
    • Duke of Swirl
    • Gramma Nutt
    • King Kandy
    • Lord Licorice
    • Princess Lolly
    • Queen Frostine

    The Word “Candy” in Languages from Around the World

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    Bloomberg expands international tax coverage

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    Bloomberg Tax & Accounting has expanded its coverage of international tax research to more than 220 countries, with analysis of corporate taxation, value-added taxes and international withholding taxes, along with the changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The company offers a VAT Navigator that covers value-added taxes, goods and services taxes, and sales tax laws and practices on a country-by-country basis, with 75 different compliance topics.

    The system also includes Country Guides with regularly updated country-specific overviews of direct tax regimes, written by in-country experts discussing corporate taxation, direct taxes and special tax regimes, along with mandatory disclosure rules.

    The International Withholding Tax Chart Builder helps businesses compare the withholding tax effects of investing or offering services in various countries. It shows both domestic and treaty rates for different types of income streams and payments, with links to relevant treaty articles.

    Many nations have been updating their tax rules in response to the pandemic, and the system keeps track of them. “Countries across the globe are making significant changes to their tax regimes on account of the COVID-19 pandemic and the continued digitalization of the global economy,” said Lisa Fitzpatrick, president of Bloomberg Tax & Accounting, in a statement Monday. “With our partnerships with in-country experts across the globe, tax professionals can rely on Bloomberg Tax to stay on top of changes in global taxation laws and regulations and help their clients and organizations make better decisions in a time of great uncertainty.”

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