November 14th, 2009

MLP Rainbow Dash nahnah

Wal-Mart discriminates against a gay couple and traumatizes their kids. The police help.

Wal-Mart bans gay couple for NOT shoplifting
by Timothy Kincaid

Not every confrontation that a gay person experiences in their life is based on their orientation. But sometimes it is very difficult to see any other possible explanation.

Take the experience that Joe Paolucci, Thomas Hitchcock, and their special need twins had recently with Wal-Mart.

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I am RAGING over here, guys. RAGING.

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Men more likely than women to leave spouse who has cancer

Men more likely to leave spouse who has cancer - Divorce rate is 21 percent, compared to 3 percent when husband gets sick

A cancer diagnosis can strain any relationship. But when a woman gets news of a life-threatening illness, her husband is six times more likely to leave her than if the tables were turned and the man got the bad news, according to new research.

The study included diagnoses of both cancer and multiple sclerosis and found an overall divorce rate of nearly 12 percent, which is similar to that found in the normal population.

But when the researchers looked at gender differences, they found the rate was nearly 21 percent when women were the patients compared with about 3 percent when men got the life-threatening diagnosis.

The researchers suggest men are less able to commit, on the spot, to being caregivers to a sick partner, while women are better at assuming such home and family responsibilities.

"Part of it is a sense of self-preservation," said study researcher Dr. Marc Chamberlain, director of the neuro-oncology program at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA). "In men that seems to operate very highly and they don't feel this codependence, this requirement to nurture their significant other who has this life-threatening illness, but rather decide what's best for me is to find an alternative mate and abandon my fatally flawed spouse."

Chamberlain is also a professor of neurology and neurosurgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

Life-threatening illness

The findings, announced today, come from a study of 515 patients who had enrolled in 2001 and 2002 at the SCCA, Huntsman and Stanford University School of Medicine. The researchers followed the participants until February 2006.

The men and women in the study (about evenly split) were divided into groups by diagnosis, with 214 having a malignant primary brain tumor, 193 with a solid tumor not related to the central nervous system, and 108 patients with multiple sclerosis.

Similar results were found for all diagnosis types, in which divorce was much more likely if the woman was the patient.

Cancer strain
Chamberlain realizes the enormity of a cancer diagnosis. "We find ourselves as a caregiver with someone with cancer, and that cancer isn't just affecting that patient but it affects profoundly that entire family," Chamberlain told LiveScience.

For instance, the patient may have been the sole provider or income or the person who maintained the home. In addition, with brain tumors and multiple sclerosis, Chamberlain says, a patient's personality can change. "That's not easy for caregivers."

Even so, sticking together could be what's best for the patient, the researchers found.

"We found patients who were divorced or separated had a much higher rate of hospitalization during their illness, which I think reflects lack of social support," Chamberlain said, adding such patients also were much less likely to participate in clinical trials, to seek alternative treatments or to even complete treatment regimens. They were also more likely than those who stayed in marriages to die at home.

The results will be detailed in the Nov. 15 issue of the journal Cancer.


I swear, the way society teaches men that they can be selfish assholes pisses me off so bad.

Mi Buenos Aires querido...

Buenos Aires okays gay marriage in Latin America first

BUENOS AIRES (AFP) - – An Argentine judge paved the way for gay marriage when she granted a homosexual couple permission to marry in a first for Latin America, the world's biggest Catholic region.

Buenos Aires, known for its active if low-key gay movement, became the region's first city to approve civil unions for gay couples in 2002.
It was followed by Villa Carlos Paz in the north and the southern province of Rio Negro.

Those civil unions grant gay couples some, but not all, the rights enjoyed by heterosexual married couples.

Friday's ruling by Judge Gabriela Seijas ordered the civil registry to make official the marriage of Alejandro Freyre, 39, and Jose Maria Di Bello, 41, who had been denied their request because they were both men.

It could increase pressure for lawmakers to take up a stalled gay marriage bill in Congress.

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Epic win, hermanitos, now I hope it works for other couples too and that the rest of the continent is watching.

CREDO To Send Coat Hangers To Pro-Choice Dems Who Voted For Abortion Restriction Amendment

This isn't for the squeamish. It's about as hardball and brutal as it gets.

The liberal group CREDO Action will soon ask over 1,000,000 members to sign a petition condemning the Stupak amendment...and with each signature, CREDO will send a coat hanger to the 20 supposedly pro-choice members of Congress who voted for it.

"We know what happens when women are denied access to reproductive health care including abortion," the petition reads. "And we can't go back to an era of coat hangers and back alley abortions. Reconsider your vote on the Stupak Amendment. Tell House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that the final health care bill that emerges from the conference committee can't turn the clock back on women's rights."
The email hasn't been sent yet, but you can read the language below the fold.

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Vladmir Putin: Gangsta?

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin rubbed shoulders with rappers and was hailed with "respect" in a television show Friday that could help boost his flagging ratings.

Putin, wearing a turtleneck sweater and jacket, went on stage to present awards to participants in "Battle for Respect," a hip-hop music contest run by Muz TV, a Russian rival to MTV.

"It would have been cool to record a joint track with Vladimir Putin because he is a legendary man and our idol," sang rapper Zhigan who won the contest. "Let's make so much noise in his honor that the whole world can hear."

A presenter told the audience of about 100 young rappers in a makeshift television studio in an abandoned Moscow factory building that he wanted "smiles to stay on your faces throughout the evening."

Despite hip-hop's violent image, Putin had a stern message for the rappers about healthy living. "I do not think that 'top-rock' or 'down-rock' breakdance technique is compatible with alcohol or drugs," Putin told cheering hip-hoppers who responded with chants of "Respect, Vladimir Vladimirovich."

Putin's approval ratings last month had the sharpest fall since he stepped down as Kremlin chief in May 2008. His rating fell 6 percentage points to 66 percent on October 24-25, according to leading pollster FOM. [ID:nL2370140]

Putin's aides responded with plans for a flurry of prime ministerial appearances, including a televised question-and-answer session with the Russian people this month.
Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov denied there was a link between the hip-hop appearance and the ratings fall.

"Putin has a high and stable rating which does not require any support," said Peskov. "The main goal of this event was to contribute to the promotion of a healthy lifestyle."

Putin, who stepped down as president last year, remains Russia's most popular and powerful politician. Most Russians believe he will run for President again in 2012.

Putin's carefully orchestrated image also include bare-chested photos on fishing trips in Siberia, appearances with rare animals such as Siberian tigers, leopards and beluga whales and encounters with fringe social groups like bikers.

"He communicates to all social groups. Hip-hop culture is very popular and youths from all corners of our country are fans of this culture," Peskov said.;_ylt=Ah0sQa3y2iejP79q58XYSdes0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTFmZ3FvOXFzBHBvcwMyMDEEc2VjA2FjY29yZGlvbl9vZGRfbmV3cwRzbGsDcHV0aW53aW5zcmVz
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Hollywood considers Christian landmarks fair game, but Islamic off limits

In his new film "2012", director Roland Emmerich reinforces a double standard by depicting the destruction of numerous Christian landmarks while sparing Islamic ones.

The Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican and The Sistine Chapel in the Vatican all meet untimely fates in Emmerich's latest end-of-the-world extravangza.

However, The Kaaba, the cube-shaped structure that is the focus of prayers and the site of the most important pilgrimage in Islam, was spared.

And this double standard was not, it turns out, an oversight or mistake.

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More (rare) good news...

Brazil deforestation drops to lowest level since 1980s

On the eve of vital climate change talks in Copenhagen, Brazil has announced a reduction in Amazon deforestation to its lowest level since the 1980s.

Some 7,008 square kilometres of trees were cut down in the year to July, 45.7 per cent down on the previous year's figure and a quarter of the 2004 level, according to government figures.

The number was the lowest annual figure since 1988 when Brazil started measuring annual deforestation. It is a hugely significant figure because tropical deforestation accounts for more carbon dioxide emissions than all the emissions from cars, planes, boats and planes combined.

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Complementary news:

Brazil and France in climate deal

Brazil and France have agreed a common position on fighting global warming before next month's UN climate change conference in Copenhagen.

They will pursue the goal of reducing industrialised nations' emissions to 50% below 1990 levels by 2050.

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I don't really know how reliable these numbers are, many Brazilian states don't have a proper way of monitoring deforestation/carbon emissions, not to mention Lula's government does tend to be slightly too arrogant optimistic at times. Still, many initiatives are good, I'm glad people are talking about the Cerrado and our energy is pretty clean so if we cut deforestation it's epic win.
Copenhagen next month, guys, let's ~give them hell~.

The Sun apologises for misspelling name

Sun apologises for misspelling name of soldier's mother on website

Tabloid had attacked Gordon Brown for spelling mistakes in letter to Jacqui Janes, whose son Jamie died in Afghanistan

The Sun has apologised for misspelling the surname of Jacqui Janes on its website, days after the News International title attacked Gordon Brown for making a similar error in a letter of condolence over her son's death in Afghanistan.

Earlier this week the Sun misspelt Janes's surname as "Jones" in an online article on the My Sun section of the newspaper's website.

The gaffe followed a series of front-page articles in Rupert Murdoch's tabloid taking the Prime Minister to task for a series of mistakes, including spelling Janes's surname as "James" in a condolence letter over the death of her Grenadier Guardsman son Jamie Janes in Afghanistan.

The Sun's online article was a follow-up stating that Brown had "blundered again" by rowing with Janes over the phone as he attempted to apologise over the mistake-strewn letter of condolence.

"Earlier this week on a My Sun discussion block, the surname of Jacqui Janes, the mother of guardsman Jamie Janes, was spelled incorrectly," said the Sun in an online apology. "As soon as we became aware of the error it was corrected. We are happy to apologise for the mistake."

Lord Mandelson argued that the attacks on Brown represent the latest attempt by the Sun to actively campaign against Labour in the run up to next summer's general election. The Sun announced during Labour's party conference in September that it would be backing the Conservative party.

The government has argued that the Sun, which has a daily weekday circulation of more than 3m, no longer has the power to influence the outcome of a general election – as the newspaper famously claimed after John Major won in 1992.


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Will Progressive Groups Help Feminists Stop Stupak?

Will Progressive Groups Help Feminists Stop Stupak?

By Peggy Simpson

After the shocking setback in the House for abortion rights, women’s rights groups turned their attention to the Senate, which could begin debate on health care reform next week.

November 13, 2009

Whether the Senate blocks a House-passed amendment that would vastly expand federal bans on abortion depends partly on whether the women’s groups can persuade their progressive allies to stand up with them in opposition.

The jury’s out on that right now. But much organizing is underway against the amendment by Representatives Bart Stupak (D-MI) and Joe Pitts (R-Pa), which was added to the House health care reform bill in a shocking move last Saturday.

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Old China Wonders Why White People Elected a Black Man. New China To Wonder if They Are Racists

Racial rethinking as Obama visits
Increasing diversity, born out of boom, forces Chinese to confront old prejudices

As a mixed-race girl growing up in this most cosmopolitan of mainland Chinese cities, 20-year-old Lou Jing said she never experienced much discrimination -- curiosity and questions, but never hostility.

So nothing prepared Lou, whose father is a black American, for the furor that erupted in late August when she beat out thousands of other young women on "Go! Oriental Angel," a televised talent show. Angry Internet posters called her a "black chimpanzee" and worse. One called for all blacks in China to be deported.

As the country gets ready to welcome the first African American U.S. president, whose first official visit here starts Sunday, the Chinese are confronting their attitudes toward race, including some deeply held prejudices about black people. Many appeared stunned that Americans had elected a black man, and President Obama's visit has underscored Chinese ambivalence about the growing numbers of blacks living here.

"It's sad," Lou said, her eyes welling up as she recalled her experience. "If I had a face that was half-Chinese and half-white, I wouldn't have gotten that criticism. . . . Before the contest, I didn't realize these kinds of attitudes existed."
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