May 8th, 2010

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South Africa police chief hopes US loses early in World Cup so Obama will not attend



South Africa's police commissioner said Friday his job will be made easier if the United States is knocked out of the World Cup in the first round, avoiding the massive security challenge of a visit by President Barack Obama.

General Bheki Cele told a parliamentary police committee meeting in Cape Town it was "50-50" whether Obama would visit Africa's first World Cup, but they had been told that if the Americans make the knockout stage of the tournament then Obama might jet in.

"One challenge is the American president, who is coming, not coming, coming, not coming," Cele said. "It's 50-50 as we stand. Our famous prayer is that the Americans don't make the second round. (That) they get eliminated and they go home."

Cele then paused and said "don't print that" to laughter from the audience that included members of parliament and police officials.

"We are told if they go to the second or third stage, the American president might come," Cele said. "It's one big challenge that we will be facing."

South Africa's top policeman said he had provisional confirmation that 43 heads of state would go to the World Cup, and "those 43 will be equal to this one operation" if Obama made the trip.

Cele said he had met with a senior FBI official who said he did not know if Obama would travel to the World Cup.

Cele also described to the parliamentary committee how he was summoned to an emergency meeting with FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke on January 27 after the gun attack on the Togo team bus at the African Cup of Nations in Angola earlier that month.

"We were a bit annoyed that they (FIFA) were calling us like schoolboys called by the principal," Cele said. "But understanding the seriousness of the World Cup we complied and we met the secretary general at (Johannesburg's) OR Tambo airport.

"The secretary general was almost in tears because of the pressure he was under ... and people pushing to withdraw it (the World Cup) from South Africa," Cele said.

Cele told the committee it was then decided that South African police officials would travel to Zurich to present their plans to security experts from the participating countries.

South Africa's security forces are still under pressure to protect teams and fans at the June 11-July 11 tournament.

Fears have been raised in South Africa that right-wing groups could target the World Cup. Football is viewed as the sport of black people in South Africa.

Earlier Thursday, Mthethwa referred to the World Cup during his regular budget speech in parliament, saying his forces were prepared for the tournament.

"Our readiness ranges from personnel to state-of the-art equipment, information communication technology and cooperation with the security agencies from the 31 participating countries," Mthethwa said.
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vamos espana, just sayin'...
Jack Harkness loves hot lesbian sex.

And just for a change, common sense prevails!

Lithuania overturns ban on gay pride parade

Lithuania's first gay pride parade can go ahead as planned on Saturday, an appeals court has ruled.

Earlier this week, a lower court outlawed the parade after the chief prosecutor argued that anti-gay groups could cause violence.

But the appeals court ruled that the state must ensure the right to peaceful assembly.

Correspondents say that homosexuality is seen as taboo by many in Lithuania, a majority Roman Catholic country.

The original ban was criticised by President Dalia Grybauskaite, some European governments, and the international rights watchdog Amnesty International.

Organisers of Saturday's Baltic Pride 2010 march have welcomed the ruling, which is final.

The parade in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius, is expected to draw 350 participants and an even larger crowd of opponents, according to the Associated Press news agency.

Some 800 police officers will be on hand to maintain order, and have been instructed to confiscate harmful objects as well as tomatoes and eggs, the Baltic Pride organisers said on their website.

The ruling issued by the top Vilnius appeals court said: "The state has a duty to ensure the right to peaceful assembly, even of people whose opinions are not popular or represent minorities."

Lithuania, an EU member since 2004, has repeatedly been criticised by rights groups for widespread intolerance toward sexual minorities.

Sauce is BBC-licious!

Nice to see some common sense and humanity from the courts, even somewhere as traditionally homophobic as Eastern Europe. But the people who are going to be taking part in this parade are incredibly brave, even now it's legal.
we're glad we chose life

Muslim groups plan Islamic center at Sept. 11 site

New Yorkers Wary Of Future Ground Zero Mosque


NEW YORK (CBS) - In a building damaged by debris from the Sept. 11 airliners that brought down the World Trade Center and soon to become a 13-story mosque, some see the bridging of a cultural divide and an opportunity to serve a burgeoning, peaceful religious population. Others see a painful reminder of the religious extremism that killed their loved ones.

Anything having to do with that day, that place, carries enormous meaning. Now two Islamic organizations have partnered to build something that they say will bring some good from something very bad.

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Bill to strip suspects' citizenship

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) thinks he’s found a work-around on the whole Miranda rights debate for U.S. citizens accused of terrorism: Strip their citizenship and ship them to Guantanamo.

Lieberman plans to introduce a bill that would amend a decades-old law aimed at yanking citizenship from U.S. citizens who fight for a foreign military.

“I’m now putting together legislation to amend that to [specify that] any individual American citizen who is found to be involved in a foreign terrorist organization, as defined by the Department of State, would be deprived of their citizenship rights,” Lieberman said Tuesday.

Such a law would potentially cover terror suspect Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani-born American citizen charged in connection with the attempted car bombing in New York City’s Times Square. He was apprehended Monday night at the city’s John F. Kennedy airport after he boarded a flight to Dubai.

“If you have joined an enemy of the United States in attacking the United States and trying to kill Americans, I think you sacrifice your rights of citizenship,” Lieberman said.

There is one exception to the existing law: Americans are allowed to serve in the Israel Defense Forces without losing their citizenship.

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Read it all. Everything is bolded. What I've actually bolded, however, is a caveat not reported in many of the articles about the subject-- quite interesting TBH.
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Canada'a ultra right wing government pulls funding for gay pride parade

Organizers of Toronto's gay pride festival were surprised and angry Friday at the Conservative government's decision to drop the lucrative and popular event from its tourism stimulus package.

Pride Toronto was not on the list of over 50 festivals awarded grants on Friday as part of the federal government's two-year, $100-million Marquee Tourism program.

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Support Team Jo-Vanni

Let's Not Chew This One Up and Spit Him Out
by Dan Savage

The gay movement—which can be overly concerned with appearances—didn't know what to do with Mike Jones after he outed Ted Haggard, then the president of the National Association of Evangelicals, and a good buddy of George W. Bush. Gay organizations and groups treated Jones like he was radioactive because—gasp—the man was a sex worker. Jones was left feeling bitter and broke after he did gays and lesbians everywhere a huge service stepping forward and outing/truthing Haggard. By exposing Haggard, Jones did real and lasting damage to the credibility of anti-gay ranters everywhere.
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Joe Jervis got an interview with Jo-Vanni Roman, the male escort that George Rekers hired to handle his baggage on his European vacation, and it's clear that Roman—who can do a real service to the gay rights movement by telling the truth about what happened in Europe and bring down a malicious, malignant, and possibly/predictably self-hating, anti-gay gay bigot in the process—is in way over his head. Rekers made Roman sign a confidentiality agreement and he's threatening to lawyer up and sue anyone and everyone he can to restore his "good" name. (Sorry, George, but it's too late for that.) Roman needs a lawyer and he needs one now. Writes Andy at Towleroad:

I hope someone in South Florida is stepping up to give Lucien some good advice and offering him some support. The young man really sounds in need of guidance, though I do commend him for speaking out for what he believes and exposing this dangerous, anti-gay hypocrite.
 
Let's hope that someone steps up? No, let's demand that one of the big gay orgs—HRC, Lambda Legal, NCLR—steps up and provides Roman with the lawyer and the advisors he needs. Let's not treat this kid, who is just 20, like he's done something wrong, or like he's an embarrassment to the gay rights movement because—gasp—he was doing sex work, as has been reported, to pay his college tuition. This kind of hypocrisy—Haggard's kind, Craig's kind, Rekers' kind—needs to be exposed. And it's likelier to be exposed if the people who bring it to light aren't treated like pariahs and are instead offered real and tangible support.

Bringing something like this—this being the appalling, malicious hypocrisy of George Rekers—out into the open can't become a path to fame and/or fortune. It isn't and shouldn't be something that sets a person up for life, or something that an escort cashes in on as he leaves the rentboy business. Because that dynamic would undermine the credibility of anyone who does the right thing and steps forward when a powerful political or religious leader is saying one thing in public about homosexuality and doing quite another thing in private. But we can't leave people like Jones or Roman dangling, not if we want people like Jones and Roman to keep stepping forward.

And we do.

UPDATE: Powerhouse blogger Joe Jervis is organizing support for Jo-Vanni. Good on you, Joe, and here's hoping a national organization steps up to the plate.

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ONTD_Political's PotD: May 7, 2010.



Wednesday, April 21st was a national day of mourning in China, for victims of the magnitude 6.9 earthquake that struck remote Yushu County on April 14th, 2010 with over 2,200 confirmed dead and many thousands injured or homeless. The response on the ground has moved from search and rescue to recovery and care, hampered by geography and weather. The political response is also complex, as official Chinese coverage has emphasized solidarity in crisis despite a long-troubled relationship with the ethnic Tibetan residents. Buddhist monks who had been assisting with relief efforts were asked by Chinese authorities to halt their work last week, some monks complaining it was for political motives, officials claiming it was for safety reasons. The bodies of hundreds of victims were cremated on April 17th, necessity forcing local Tibetans to break with a tradition of leaving their dead out for vultures.
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День Победы!!!!

VE Day 65 years on: Veterans recall jubilation

By Peter Jackson
BBC News, Whitehall

 
As the Prince of Wales leads a service marking 65 years since the end of World War II in Europe, veterans recall the joy and sorrow of the occasion.
It is hard to imagine the joy that greeted Winston Churchill's announcement on 8 May 1945 that the war in Europe was finally over.

Millions who had shared more than five dark years now shared their excitement as they took to the streets to celebrate the defeat of the Nazis.

There were celebrations at home and a multitude of foreign posts, as the guns finally fell silent in Europe.

But it was also a time of sombre reflection for those who would not return - sentiments echoed by the 200 or so veterans who sat proudly through the 65th anniversary service at the Cenotaph in London.
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Reasons behind Russia's bigger focus on Victory Day


Backgrounder: Basic facts about World War II
 
Russian soldiers attend a rehearsal of the parade marking the 65th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, on the Red Square in Moscow, May 4, 2010. Military parades are planned to be held in 18 cities across Russia on May 9, the 65th Victory Day. (Xinhua/Lu Jinbo)

MOSCOW, May 6 (Xinhua) -- Seventy Russian cities will hold military parades this coming Sunday to commemorate the 65th anniversary of Victory Day that marks the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II.
 
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If you're interested, the live Red Square celebrations will be broadcast on RT at 2 am NY time. (10 am Moscow Time)
here is an article about this year's celebration. Military units from around the world will be taking part, including from the USA.
and here is the link to the livestream: http://rt.com/On_Air.html
(MODS, can we have a livepost if there is enough interest?)


If you know a veteran of WWII, today's the day to thank them for their service. The world would be a far different place without them.
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Protesters Outside Lib Dem Meeting For PR


Credit @esbagshaw on twitter.


"We want to speak to Nick!"
"Fair Votes Now"
"No more wasted votes!"

So goes the cries from the 1000+ crowd outside a Liberal Democrat meeting organsied by takebackparliament.com and power2010, to stress the importance of a fairer voting system and fundamental reform in the talks between the Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg and the Conservative leader David Cameron. No result as of yet but the Lib Dem meeting is due to end soon and it is thought a representative if not Nick Clegg himself will be making their way outside to speak to the crowd soon.

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Clashes at Lithuania gay march

Vilnius - Police fired teargas to disperse hundreds of protesters in Lithuania's capital Vilnius on Saturday, as homosexual rights campaigners held their first-ever rally in the Baltic state.

Officers moved in to disperse a crowd of around 2 000 counter demonstrators at the end of the "Baltic Pride 2010" march, as they hurled stones, bottles and firecrackers from behind security barriers.

Twelve people were arrested, police said.

Gay rights campaigners had on Friday won an appeal against a court decision to ban their parade in this overwhelming Catholic and former communist EU nation of 3.3 million people, where homosexuality is largely taboo.

"We've made a decisive step towards greater tolerance," Vytautas Valentinavicius, one of the organisers, told AFP.

Stigma

Around 300 people took part in the landmark march, with a heavy police presence protecting them from the protesters.

"I feel like I've taken part in an historic event," said Ieva, a medical student, who attended the parade with her partner Monika.

"My friends know I'm a lesbian, but not my parents. The pressure of the traditional model is really strong. But they'll see the photos and that we're just ordinary people. I hope that it'll be easier to tell them," she said.

The atmosphere was festive, with participants marching to the sound of drums under a huge rainbow banner - a global symbol of gay rights.

Same-sex relations were decriminalised in Lithuania in 1993 - two years after the country won independence from the crumbling Soviet Union, which had banned homosexuality.

But opposition remains entrenched. Opinion polls indicate that most Lithuanians consider homosexuality a perversion, and many gays in the Baltic state live a double life.

EU support

"I have several gay friends who hold senior posts," said Ramune Zvirblyte, who works in the administration of Vilnius University.

"I'm here for them. They didn't dare come here because they were afraid of being recognised. They were scared they'd face prejudice in their professional life," she said.

Besides representatives of Lithuania's gay community and their local supporters, the rally also drew foreign participants including members of the European Parliament and Birgitta Ohlsson, Sweden's European affairs minister.

"I'm glad to be here. It's important to support others," said Stiofan McFadden, a campaigner from Scotland.

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Here's one video of the pride march here.
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Rasta inmate(s) spend 10 years in isolation over hair

Rasta inmates spend 10 years in isolation for hair
By DENA POTTER, Associated Press Writer Dena Potter, Associated Press Writer Sat May 8, 12:00 am ET

JARRATT, Va. – Kendall Gibson would seem to be one of Virginia's most dangerous prisoners.

For more than 10 years he has lived in segregation at the Greensville Correctional Center, spending at least 23 hours every day in a cell the size of a gas station bathroom. In a temporary home for the worst of the worst — inmates too violent or disruptive to live among the rest of society's outcasts — he has been a permanent fixture.

He is there, he says, not for his crimes but for a crime he will not commit — a crime against God.

The only thing imposing about Gibson is his long black dreadlocks, resting on the front of his shoulders so they won't drag the ground as he shuffles along in his orange jumpsuit.

It is his hair — winding locks he considers a measure of his Rastafarian faith — that makes him a threat, according to Virginia Department of Corrections Operating Procedure No. 864.1.

The rule took effect on Dec. 15, 1999. Inmates had two choices: cut their hair no longer than their collars and shave their beards, or be placed in administrative segregation.

In the beginning, Gibson was among as many as 40 inmates who opted for confinement over cutting. By 2003, when a handful of the inmates filed a federal lawsuit against the department over their detention, 23 remained in segregation.

The lawsuit failed. Some cracked under the pressure of constant isolation with no visits from loved ones, educational or religious programs or commissary. Some went home.

Today, it's difficult to tell exactly how many remain in isolation. The Department of Corrections won't volunteer the information, but has confirmed 10 names given to The Associated Press by a group of Rastafarian inmates.

Not everyone can handle it, Gibson says. For those weak in mind or spirit, the walls can easily close in on them.

"People always ask how I can smile in a place so negative," he says. The Rastafarian God, Jah, "is my answer. Without Jah in my life I wouldn't be able to handle it."

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I think this article speaks for itself in that not only do we need prison reform, but also sentencing reform as well.
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Constance McMillen's South: Land of Sex and Sin

"What's happened to the Bible Belt?"

That question was written on a poster plastered on Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton, Miss., after Constance McMillen, a lesbian high school student, wanted to take her girlfriend to the spring prom.

This weekend, Constance will attend the Second Chance Prom. Its purpose is to create a safe space for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students and allies, "where everyone feels comfortable being themselves."

This is a huge event for several reasons. But the main one: it's out in the open in Tupelo, Miss. – home of the American Family Association, which is one of the country's largest pro-family groups touting "traditional family values."

Most things like a gay prom with celebrity musicians and supporters in the small-town South aren't so in your face, even in the 21st century. So is the South changing? Hmmm, no.

The Bible Belt -- for better or worse -- is alive and well with all of its secret sexuality bubbling just under the surface. Just ask Mark Sanford or John Edwards about their double lives. Constance just happens to be a real rarity in the rural South. She knows where she stands sexually. She's a lesbian. She had wanted to take her girlfriend to a spring dance. She prefers wearing a tuxedo. So what?

When parents held a private invitation-only prom, it was indicative of the slippery slope to other private, naughty places that the "don't ask, don't tell" Southern society knows all too well. Southerners enjoy denying it. In fact, they are well trained to act shocked when someone like Constance bucks the system. My WomanUp colleague Francis Tobin noted this recently and called Constance a hero for daring to face the fire.

The South is a perpetual place of contradictions.

Right now, somewhere in the South, people are still undoubtedly praying for the souls of Constance and all the other kids attending this weekend's shindig. They'll be put on prayer lists so that God can help her see the wrongs of her ways. Right after saying "Amen," some of those very people may be organizing the whips and handcuffs that they bring out on Saturday nights at underground bondage clubs around the South.

When I was a senior in a small, conservative Arkansas town, I took my gay guy friend to prom. I didn't have a boyfriend and I didn't want to go with some boy who probably would have pawed my black tulle skirt all night. While I didn't know that Brian was gay, I had my suspicions. We had a nice Chinese dinner and danced all night to bad '80s music. The next year, my best friend didn't have a date either. She took Brian, too.

Of course, none of us shouted to the heavens that Brian was gay. We cruised through the crepe paper and still joke that the first sentence of my memoir should be "My prom date was gay." Brian went away to the North for college, came out of the closet and fell in love with boys.

But what if we had decided to be blatant about it? Chances are that 20 years ago in a town as conservative as that one, we may have been ridden out on a rail. We certainly wouldn't have had Constance's national support. For all the attention Constance's sexuality received in a flash, the South still has a long way to go to come to terms with its views on sexuality. Being gay is nothing compared to other fetishes people are forced to hide in the South.

Take swinging.

Last year, I attended a swingers' convention in Hot Springs, Ark. -- the town where Bill Clinton attended high school -- and interviewed several swingers. While the convention was advertised on the Internet, there was one aspect of the convention that was secret. The event was an integrated swingers' convention. Black men could hook up with white women -- a taboo that still exists even when there is a biracial president in the White House. (No white men with black women at this confab, curiously).

People not from the South think that San Francisco and New York occupy sex's cutting edge. Hardly.

There are porn shoots in the middle of deer-hunting woods, bondage clubs hidden in children's dance studios and big beautiful women (BBWs) meeting truck drivers behind 18-wheelers.

A lot of sex shops may not exist in the South, but Southerners know how to make do. They make their own St. Andrew crosses in their garages and can wield a whip better than Indiana Jones. I know cops who are crossdressers, businessmen who are having flirtations with 16-year-olds, Republicans with foot fetishes, doctors' wives who are closeted lesbians and PTA moms posing nude for amateur porn.

Constance did something simple. She asked her small school if she could bring her girlfriend to a dance. She was rejected and she fought back with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union. She will likely graduate high school and leave the South.

Warning: For all of the progressive pomp and circumstance of this weekend, it only takes an event like the gay prom to gin up regressive legislators.

It's already illegal to sell sex toys in some Southern states. Arkansas has a law that states that a person cannot be nude in the presence of any person of the opposite sex who is not their spouse. But, then again, this is a region where dry counties still exist and alcohol often can't be sold on Sunday.

What's next? A ban on tuxedo sales to women?

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thank the lord Huntsman got out of there when he did.

US Sen. Bob Bennett ousted at Utah GOP convention



Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett of Utah has lost his bid to serve a fourth term after failing to advance past the GOP state convention.

Attorney Mike Lee and businessman Tim Bridgewater are the remaining Republican candidates after Saturday's vote.

Bennett was a distant third in the voting among roughly 3,500 delegates. He garnered just under 27 percent of the vote. Bridgewater had 37 percent and Lee 35 percent.

Bennett is the first incumbent to lose his seat in Washington this year, the victim of a conservative movement angered by rising taxes and the growth of government.

Bennett was targeted by tea party activists and other groups for supporting a massive bailout of the financial industry, securing earmarks for his state and for co-sponsoring a bipartisan bill to mandate health insurance coverage.

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so much lol. This guy isn't even moderate (tons of GOP senators supported the bailout, nearly all of them use earmarks, and lots of them supported the mandate), the tea partiers are just desperate for a scalp. Sucks to be him.
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Wow...just wow...

www.caringbridge.org/va/jaysjourney/

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Medical Writer – Sat May 8, 5:29 pm ET
MANASSAS PARK, Va. –
There are mothers who will spend today missing sons and daughters fighting overseas. There are women who have lost children in those wars, for whom Mother's Day will never be the same.


And then there is Eva Briseno.

Joseph Briseno Jr., Eva's 27-year-old son, is one of the most severely wounded soldiers ever to survive. A bullet to the back of his head in a Baghdad marketplace in 2003 left him paralyzed, brain-damaged and blind, but awake and aware of his condition.
Eva takes care of "Jay" in her suburban Virginia home where the family room has been transformed into an intensive care unit, with the breathing machine and tubes he needs to stay alive.

Try to imagine this life.

Each day starts with two hours of bowel care, an ordeal as awful as it sounds. She labors over his body, brushing his teeth, suctioning fluid from his lungs, exercising his limp arms and legs, and turning him every other hour to prevent bedsores.

She sleeps a few hours at a time, when the schedule says it is her turn, often slumped in exhaustion by his side.

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Director slammed for 'white-out' of legendary Gallipoli sniper Billy Sing



A FURORE has erupted over a new mini-series about the deadliest sniper at Gallipoli, Chinese-Australian Billy Sing, who is played by a white man.

This portrayal in the The Legend of Billy Sing has been attacked by Australians of Chinese ancestry as a betrayal of their heritage, robbing them of a rare historic hero.

Director Geoff Davis has cast his son Josh in the lead role, while Sing's Chinese father is played by the veteran actor Tony Bonner, who came to prominence as a blond-haired helicopter pilot in the Skippy TV series.

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Blast at Russian mine in western Siberia kills eight

Eight miners have been killed by a methane blast at a Russian coal mine.

Many miners were brought to the surface safely at the mine in Siberia's western Kemerovo region, but 64 are still underground. There are 24 injured.

A second explosion has now been reported at the Raspadskaya mine near Mezhdurechensk, and contact has been lost with a team of 20 rescuers.

Many of the country's mines have poor safety records, and there have been calls for standards to be tightened.

The governor of Kemerovo, Aman Tuleyev, has taken charge of the rescue operation.

The mine, about 3,500km (1,900 miles) east of Moscow, produces about eight million tons of coal a year, according to its website.

Kemerovo is part of the major coal-producing Kuzbass region.

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What Women Wear is Their Business

A WOMAN gets arrested for wearing a controversial item of clothing that the state deems out of line and is convicted of public indecency. We are not talking about Belgium, Italy or France but, rather, Sudan. However, these days it's easy to get the countries mixed up. It's hard not to compare the recent cases of a French woman who was fined while wearing a niqab and driving, a fully veiled Italian woman who was issued with a fine of 500 euros ($A712) while walking in the street and the absurd arrest of a woman for wearing trousers in Sudan last September.

The issue came closer to home yesterday when [Australian] Opposition Leader Tony Abbott responded to calls by Liberal senator Cory Bernardi for a ban on the burqa by saying there is ''understandable community concern'' about the attire. The common thread in these cases is the attempt at state intervention in the personal spheres of women's clothing and expression.

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Those damn youngsters and their... privacy concerns?

Tell-All Generation Learns to Keep Things Offline
By LAURA M. HOLSON



Min Liu, a 21-year-old liberal arts student at the New School in New York City, got a Facebook account at 17 and chronicled her college life in detail, from rooftop drinks with friends to dancing at a downtown club. Recently, though, she has had second thoughts.

Min Liu, thinking about her career, has begun removing personal information from the Web.

Concerned about her career prospects, she asked a friend to take down a photograph of her drinking and wearing a tight dress. When the woman overseeing her internship asked to join her Facebook circle, Ms. Liu agreed, but limited access to her Facebook page. “I want people to take me seriously,” she said.

The conventional wisdom suggests that everyone under 30 is comfortable revealing every facet of their lives online, from their favorite pizza to most frequent sexual partners. But many members of the tell-all generation are rethinking what it means to live out loud.

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Despite the periodically condescending tone and the fact that, well, this is pretty much obvious to anyone who doesn't clutch their pearls at the idea of college students on facebook, the article provides some solid information. And it's nice to see an article that doesn't assume we're all too stupid to realize the implications of having personal information online.
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Sky News Presenter Kay Burley bullying a protester at todays march against a Lib- Con Coalition

Journalism it aint.

This is a fucking Joke. I never watch Sky News- but apparently she's always been this awful. "Sack Kay Burley" is now top of the Twitter trending topics UK.

By the end she's practically shrieking at him.








Oh and,
For the Record I did NOT walk down to the polling station on Thursday and cross the box that said "Hung Parliament"


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Pentagon asking Congress to hold back on generous increases in troop pay

By Craig Whitlock

The Pentagon, not usually known for its frugality, is pleading with Congress to stop spending so much money on the troops.

Through nine years of war, service members have seen a healthy rise in pay and benefits, with most of them now better compensated than workers in the private sector with similar experience and education levels.

Congress has been so determined to take care of troops and their families that for several years running it has overruled the Pentagon and mandated more-generous pay raises than requested by the George W. Bush and Obama administrations. It has also rejected attempts by the Pentagon to slow soaring health-care costs -- which Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has said are "eating us alive" -- by raising co-pays or premiums.

Now, Pentagon officials see fiscal calamity.

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