September 1st, 2010

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Craigslist reminds us again that most neo-cons are closet gays

Did You ‘Restore Honor’ (Have Secret Gay Sex) at GlennBeckPalooza?

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George Washington was here.
Four score and seven years ago, our Founding Fathers created Craigslist so that horny wingnut dudes could hook up for spontaneous sexual encounters in the nation’s capital, while Defending Liberty. And over the weekend, some patriots acknowledged the Fathers’ hard work and ingenuity, and used Craigslist to try and Restore each others’ Honor with their penises. Let’s learn about marketing!

We start things off with our photo model, who was willing to “blow anyone who needs” what he calls “head,” whatever that means. Color somebody distracted — didn’t this soldier have a culture war to fight? Yes, but a man has needs. He chose to meet his suitors in a “dark portajohn,” which means he must be a writer of historical romance novels:

Because we are having “technical difficulties” that are making it impossible to reproduce some of these ads in any readable manner, here’s the text:

Sitting on grass waiting for restoring honor rally. Want to do my patriotic duty and blow anyone who needs head. In dark portajohn or in dark area of the park. I’m 34 years old 6’3 tall and 240lbs. Stocky build. This Ad is good until sunrise.


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I thought this was hilarious and had to share with you guys. I have no idea what to tag this with, unless there's a "conservative gay scandal" tag. Which there should be.
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How Did You Make a Difference? AUGUST (Theme Post)

This is a chance for ONTD_P members to share their achievements volunteering or donating in their community and beyond. Brag about your accomplishments, be recognized, and hopefully inspire other members to take action. Please share tactics, strategies, and ideas with other current volunteers. Anyone who has an interest in volunteering but hasn't yet should feel free to come here and ask questions. If you have ideas for making a difference comment here and maybe you can find someone else to work with you. Big or small I want to hear all of your ideas and accomplishments. If you donated $1 to a cause you believe in or opened up a new animal shelter in your city I want to hear it all.

If you have an interest in volunteering but don't know where to start check out the Make A Difference List for resources.

From last months post I think what you all are doing is great. I would really like to spotlight someone's accomplishments next month. If you want to be spotlighted please include the name of the organization, the services they offer, what you did, and any relevant personal anecdotes from this month.

New study suggests researchers can now test the 'theory of everything'

September 1, 2010

Researchers discover how to conduct first test of 'untestable' string theory

Professor Michael Duff FRS, lead author of the new study. Credit: Imperial College London

( -- Researchers describe how to carry out the first experimental test of string theory in a paper published tomorrow in Physical Review Letters.

String theory was originally developed to describe the fundamental particles and forces that make up our universe. The new research, led by a team from Imperial College London

, describes the unexpected discovery that string theory also seems to predict the behaviour of entangled quantum particles. As this prediction can be tested in the laboratory, researchers can now test string theory.

Over the last 25 years, string theory has become physicists' favourite contender for the 'theory of everything', reconciling what we know about the incredibly small from particle physics with our understanding of the very large from our studies of . Using the theory to predict how entangled quantum particles behave provides the first opportunity to test string theory by experiment.

"If experiments prove that our predictions about quantum entanglement are correct, this will demonstrate that string theory 'works' to predict the behaviour of entangled quantum systems," said Professor Mike Duff FRS, lead author of the study from the Department of Theoretical Physics at Imperial College London.
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"This will not be proof that string theory is the right 'theory of everything' that is being sought by cosmologists and particle physicists. However, it will be very important to theoreticians because it will demonstrate whether or not string theory works, even if its application is in an unexpected and unrelated area of physics," added Professor Duff.

Professor Duff recalled sitting in a conference in Tasmania where a colleague was presenting the mathematical formulae that describe quantum entanglement: "I suddenly recognised his formulae as similar to some I had developed a few years earlier while using string theory to describe . When I returned to the UK I checked my notebooks and confirmed that the maths from these very different areas was indeed identical."

The discovery that string theory seems to make predictions about quantum entanglement is completely unexpected, but because quantum entanglement can be measured in the lab, it does mean that at last researchers can test predictions based on string theory. There is no obvious connection to explain why a theory that is being developed to describe the fundamental workings of our universe is useful for predicting the behaviour of entangled quantum systems. "This may be telling us something very deep about the world we live in, or it may be no more than a quirky coincidence", concluded Professor Duff. "Either way, it's useful."

String theory

String theory, and its extension M-theory, are mathematical descriptions of the universe. They have been developed, over the last 25 years, by theoreticians seeking to reconcile the theories of general relativity and quantum mechanics. (The former describes the universe at the level of cosmology - the very large, while the latter describes the universe at the level of - the incredibly small). One of the major bugbears, especially of M-theory, is that it describes billions of different universes and ‘anything’ can be accommodated in one or other of the M-theory universes. Researchers have no way of testing which of the answers that string/M-theory gives us is ‘right’. Indeed, they all may be right and we live in one universe among an infinite number of universes. So far no one has been able to make a prediction, using string theory, that can be tested to see if it is correct or not.

Qubit (quantum bit) entanglement

Under very precisely controlled conditions it is possible to entangle the properties of two (two quantum bits, or qubits), for example two photons. If you then measure the state of one of these entangled particles, you immediately affect the state of its partner. And this is true if the particles are close to one another or separated by enormous distance. Hence Einstein’s apposite description of quantum entanglement as ‘spooky action at a distance’. It is possible to entangle more than two qubits, but calculating how the particles are entangled with one another becomes increasingly complex as more particles are included.

Professor Duff and his colleagues realised that the mathematical description of the pattern of entanglement between three qubits resembles the mathematical description, in string theory, of a particular class of black holes. Thus, by combining their knowledge of two of the strangest phenomena in the universe, black holes and , they realised they could use string theory to produce a prediction that could be tested. Using the mathematics that describes black holes, they predicted the pattern of entanglement that will occur when four qubits are entangled with one another. (The answer to this problem has not been calculated before.) Although it is technically difficult to do, the pattern of entanglement between four entangled qubits could be measured in the laboratory and the accuracy of this prediction tested.


I know this has little to do with politics, or any such like that, but I figured that I would give a shout out to the various science geeks out there in ontd_p-land.  Here's hoping that the mods let this through. :-)
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Blair: I knew Brown would be a 'disaster'

Tony Blair came to the view that Gordon Brown would be a disaster as prime minister and that Labour could not win the 2010 general election, he reveals in his long awaited memoirs.

"It was never going to work," Blair writes of Brown's three years in No 10, arguing that the former chancellor had "zero emotional intelligence" and fatally abandoned the New Labour formula.

Blair's memoir contains a passionate defence of the war in Iraq and of New Labour's public service and welfare reform plans, which the former prime minister believes his successor abandoned.

Although he refuses directly to endorse any candidate for the Labour leadership, he also makes a number of comments which are likely to be interpreted as criticism of Ed Miliband, vying with his brother David in a contest which reaches a climax as party members receive their ballot papers on Wednesday.

In the book and in his only pre-publication interview, Blair reveals that:

• Brown personally threatened to bring him down over the loans for honours scandal in 2006, before offering to stay his hand in return for the abandonment of Lord Turner's plans to reform pensions.

He feels intense "anguish" over the lives lost in the Iraq war and failed to "guess the nightmare that unfolded".

• He believes Labour was wrong to ban fox hunting and pass the freedom of information act which is "not practical" for good government.
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World exclusive Tony Blair interview

It may seem as if Tony Blair has never really been away in the three years since he stepped down as prime minister in June 2007 after 10 years in Downing Street. A flood of books, continuing controversies and above all, the unquiet legacy of the 2003 Iraq war, mean that he is never far away from the headlines.

But that's not how Blair himself sees it. Currently spending the bulk of his time in the Middle East, his visits to Britain are often fleeting. He flew in from Jerusalem at the weekend and tonight he is already in Washington for White House talks on the Israel-Palestine conflict.

In his own eyes, the publication of his 700-page memoir today marks Blair's re-entry into the British political debate after a period of self-imposed silence.

"My voice has been silent for three years deliberately," he says. But that will change, now that Labour is no longer in office and his memoir is hitting the streets. "I wrote it myself, in longhand," he says of the book. Those close to him say he is pleased with it and proud of his writing style. "I've got something to say and I've got something to explain, in a way," he told the Guardian in an exclusive eve-of-publication interview in his London offices this week.

The book, originally titled The Journey but now more modestly amended to A Journey, has ignited extremes of argument before anyone has read a word of it. Labour, with voting in its leadership election starting today, is awash with conspiracy theories about the timing. Anti-war campaigners have called for protests at his strictly security-controlled book signings. Blair's reputed £4m advance has been seen as further evidence of his eager embrace of a world of mega-wealth. His recent decision to donate everything he makes from the book to the Royal British Legion has been dismissed as blood money.

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Blair may or may not have ever gone away. But he is certainly back.

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Peter, Paul, and Mary to NOM: Cease and Desist

Peter, Paul, & Mary's Warning to NOM

The surviving members of the folk trio Peter, Paul, and Mary have sent a cease and desist letter to the National Organization for Marriage, which has been using one if their most iconic songs during its antigay "Summer for Marriage" tour.

Kathleen Perrin of the Courage Campaign notified Peter Yarrow that the organization was using the group's recording of the Woody Guthrie song "This Land Is Your Land" during its rallies without permission. Yarrow said NOM's use of the song was "heartbreaking" and that he would contact the organization.

The July 27 letter to NOM executive director Brian Brown, displayed on the Courage Campaign's website, asks the group to stop using the song.

"We respect your right to hold and advocate for any position you wish, but the philosophy of the 'National Organization for Marriage' is directly contrary to the advocacy position Peter, Paul & Mary have held for decades, and so we do not want our recording of this song played at your rallies," the letter reads. Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey (Mary Travers died in 2009) wrote that if NOM continues to use the song, "we will certainly do our best to make it clear to those who are aware of your rallies that we strenuously object because of our very strong opposition to the philosophy of your organization as noted above. Further, we will see if there is any legal action that we might be able to take to restrain you from playing it."

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Palestinians arrest Hamas after attack

After the fatal shooting of four Israelis, the Palestinian Authority rounded up more than 200 Hamas members in the West Bank, an Israeli army official said.

"Palestinian security forces are conducting an investigation and hunting down the terrorists parallel to investigations and operations conducted by the Israeli security forces," the official told Maariv newspaper.

Late Tuesday Hamas claimed responsibility for the killing of four Israelis, gunned down in a drive-by shooting near Kiryat Arba.

Commenting on the shooting, Israeli President Shimon Peres said Wednesday, "The terrorists will not triumph." Expressing his condolences to the families, the president said, "There should be no negotiations with terrorists, but we should hold talks with those that denounce terror and want peace," the Hebrew daily quoted him saying.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Israel's security forces will not rest until the perpetrators of the attack are caught, Israel Radio said.

Opposition leader Knesset member Tzipi Livni said Tuesday's attack was aimed at derailing efforts to achieve peace.

"We cannot let the terror attack interfere with our fulfillment in the negotiations for peace," The Jerusalem Post quoted her as saying.

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyed condemned the attack, which he said counters the Palestinian interests.

"We condemn this operation, which runs counter to Palestinian interests and against efforts of Palestinian leadership to mobilize international support for the rights of our people as well as with previously signed agreements," Fayyed told the Ma'an news agency

On Wednesday the victims of the terrorist shooting were buried. All lived in Beit Hagai near Hebron.

Yitzhak, 47, and Talia Aimes, 45, were the parents of six children, ranging in age from 18 months to 24 years. Arutz Sheva, Israel's National News Web site said Talia was nine months pregnant.

Kochava Even-Chaim, 37, is survived by her husband and 8-year-old daughter. Her husband Maimon, a volunteer in the regional emergency response team, was one of the first to arrive at the scene following the shooting, and spotted his wife's body. Avishai Schindler, 24, is survived by his wife.


That's West Bank. At the same time in Gaza:

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Stonewall (Major UK LGB Group) Don't Want Any Fuss About Marriage Equality (+ They're Transphobic)

Stonewalling the UK LGB&T Community

from Shakesville by Guest Blogger
by Shaker Andy Godfrey, a British student who has campaigned for LGB&T rights in several UK university societies.

Like many Shakers, I've supported a number of campaigns to petition reluctant governments to support marriage equality for LGB&T people. But recently, I've found myself in the more unusual and frankly rather bizarre position of campaigning to get a reluctant LGB rights group to support marriage equality.

We've been running a Facebook campaign directed at Stonewall, the UK's, and indeed Europe's, largest LGB lobbying organisation. (The LGB isn't a typo by the way - Stonewall campaigns exclusively for lesbian, gay and bisexual people, which as one friend has said is a bit rich coming from an organisation named after a riot started by a trans activist.) Stonewall have rooted themselves firmly in the establishment as an influential and media-friendly group that has overseen the introduction of legal rights that LGB people in most countries can only dream of.

However, in an all-too-familiar story, gaining mainstream acceptance seems to have made Stonewall reluctant to rock the boat. At the moment, UK same-sex couples can have civil partnerships but not marriages (although they confer the same legal rights). Stonewall don't regard campaigning for full marriage equality as a priority because there is no "practical difference" between the two institutions. Which I'm sure you'll agree makes perfect sense - after all, if civil partnerships and marriages confer the same legal rights, what possible reasons could an LGB equality and rights organization have for objecting to the fact that there are two entirely separate institutions for same-sex and opposite-sex couples?

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(Their News Source About Support For Marriage Equality In The UK)
(Also, Their News Source About Other LGB(T) Groups Prepared To Take A Stand On The Issue.)

In the latter news source we find that the groups speaking out on this issue include:
LGB Labour
Delga (Liberal Democrat)
Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement
The Equality Network (Scottish)
The LGBT Network.(Scottish)

"Stonewall declined to participate but all other groups said they did support changing the law."
Am I alone in wondering what the hell is going on?

Incitement To Murder Against Ahmadi Muslims In Surrey (UK News)

Preaching Hate In Our Streets
Extremist flyers call for Ahmadi Muslims' murder

Islamic extremists are promoting the murder of evangelical Muslims in Kingston town centre.

A police investigation was launched last month, after police saw leaflets being handed out calling on Muslims to murder Qadiyanis, a derogatory term for Ahmadiyya Muslims who are an evangelical sect of Islam.

It is believed the literature is linked to a terrorist attack in May, in which 92 worshippers were murdered by Taliban militants in Pakistan, where the government officially regards Ahmadiyya Islam as blasphemy.

Having made no arrests in connection with the incident, Kingston police are appealing for witnesses who may have seen the people handing inflammatory literature, outside the Jane Norman store in Clarence Street.

A teenage Ahmadiyya girl who did not want to be named said she was “shaken and scared” after being handed a leaflet written in Urdu saying: “Kill a Qadiyani and doors to heaven will be open to you”.

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This is a story from a local paper called the Surrey Comet and relates to events in the area of Kingston. The article is not (currently) on their website, but The Spittoon have helpfully uploaded a scan of the article and I have been good enough to transcribe it for you.

This isn't the first time the paper have written about Ahmadis.
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The Surrey Comet have also written at least two other articles on the Ahmadi community in the wake of the massacre in Pakistan.
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Walker defends ad using fighting metaphor

MADISON, Wis. — Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Walker says it's ridiculous to criticize his latest campaign ad in which he dons boxing gloves and talks about taking swings at Democratic opponent Tom Barrett.
Barrett, the Milwaukee mayor, was attacked last year when he intervened in a domestic dispute outside the state fair.
Walker said Wednesday in an interview with The Associated Press that the ad was meant as a metaphor. He says, "It has nothing to do personal with Tom Barrett," and that he thinks "any average voter can understand that."
Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate says the ad is in bad taste. Barrett says viewers can decide for themselves.
Walker says he was simply reacting to negative ads Barrett had been running against him for weeks.


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Fox News to run Media Matters ad

After three rounds of changes, Fox News has agreed to run a Media Matters for America ad pointing out the cable network’s parent company’s $1 million donation to the Republican Governors Association.

“If Media Matters can come up with the money, we’ll take the ad,” a Fox News spokesperson told POLITICO.

A 30-second slot during the top-rated "O’Reilly Factor" costs $35,000, which Media Matters has been trying to raise from its supporters. The nonprofit liberal media watchdog group sent out a fundraising e-mail last week, reprinted by Mediaite, which suggested that the move might be a bluff.

Ari Rabin-Havt, Media Matters’ vice president for research and communications, said the group raised some money from the campaign, though not the full amount. Nevertheless, it was ready to pay for the ad.

“I wanted to run this ad,” he said. “I didn’t go back three times to them for fun.”

The first version of the ad, which began, "A special message from Fox News brought to you by Media Matters for America” and included references to News Corp.’s donation fighting against Democratic governors, was rejected for factual inaccuracies, Fox News Senior Vice President of Ad Sales Paul Rittenberg told Mediaite last week.

Media Matters changed the final wording to “Democratic candidates,” at Fox’s request, and changed the introductory text to "a special message that Fox News' prime-time hosts refuse to tell you, brought to you by Media Matters for America.”

But that version was rejected because it attacked Fox.

“No network that I know of would reasonably broadcast an ad that makes false claims about their on-air talent,” Rittenberg told Mediaite.

The third version passed muster, however. It frames itself as "a special message about a story that's not yet been covered on Fox News prime time, brought to you by Media Matters for America."

Most of the rest of the ad is taken up by a quote, first run on Ben Smith’s blog on POLITICO, from News Corp. spokesman Jack Horner explaining the political donation: “News Corp. believes in the power of free markets, and the Republican Governors Association’s pro-business agenda supports our priorities in this most critical time for our economy.”

The outro remains the same as the second version: “And that’s why News Corporation has donated $1 million to oppose Democratic candidates this November. Paid for by Media Matters for America.”

The story of News Corp.’s gift to the RGA has been extensively covered by many media outlets but so far has only gotten a brief mention on Fox.



Media Matters paying FN to run an ad that will tell FN vewers that network puts money where mouth is? Have Media Matters switched sides or something? And the ad being rejected at first because of "factual inaccuracies", that is some watchdog organization!
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Absolutely disgusting.


Check out this archaic assemblage of bigots at Coudersport, Pennsylvania's public library at a presentation meant to counter the screening of Out in the Silence, a documentary by filmmaker Joe Wilson about what it's like to be LGBT in a rural Pennsylvania town (Wilson's subject was Oil City, PA, his hometown, two hours away).

Wilson had screened Out in the Silence a month before the presentation you're about to see here, to a standing room only crowd and faced fierce opposition from the local Tea Party and Dr. Robert Wagner, who speaks in this video.

Behind Wagner, is Diane Gramley, President of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Family Association, and a resident of Oil City who plays a central role in Wilson's film for opposing Wilson and his partner's same-sex marriage announcement in the local paper.

During Wagner's presentation, called "A Bible Believing Christian's Response to OUT IN THE SILENCE", he discusses his feelings toward transgender people:

"I'm gonna put a ball bat in my car, and if I ever see a guy (transgender individual) coming out of a bathroom that my granddaughter's in, I'm gonna use the ball bat on him...In the good old days, before 'she-males' existed, they just called such people perverts."

When Wilson discusses the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer and his views that gays should not be allowed to hold public office, he receives a round of hearty "amens" from the crowd.

Watch Wilson's film of Wagner's presentation, which he and his partner Dean Hamer traveled there to witness.

Here's the trailer to Out in the Silence:


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Group of Muslims Release "My Faith My Voice" PSA

David Hawa directs a public service announcement called "My Faith My Voice" in which various Muslims communicate that they are not interested in taking over the country and they are not terrorists, nor do they support terrorism, and they want to be able to practice their religion freely and peacefully like any other American citizen.


While I do not like organized religion in general, including Islam, and I do not think that religious beliefs should be exempt from critique and dissent, hate against any group of people is never acceptable and religious freedom is a basic human right. What do you all think?

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Castro admits 'injustice' for gays and lesbians during revolution

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro said he acknowledges the persecution of gays and lesbians during the Revolution in his country, according to a newspaper interview published Tuesday.

Throughout the 1960s and '70s, Cuba sent openly gay men to labor camps without charge or trial.

"They were moments of great injustice, great injustice!" Castro told journalist Carmen Lira Saade from the Mexican daily La Jornada. "If someone is responsible, it's me."

His comments came in the second installment of a two-part interview. The first half of the interview -- a wide-ranging, five-hour conversation at his home -- was published Monday.

"We had so many and such terrible problems, problems of life or death, that we didn't pay it enough attention," Castro said of the way gays and lesbians were treated.

In 1979, Cuba decriminalized homosexual acts and more recently, there have been efforts to legalize same-sex unions.

The former leader, whose popular Revolution seized power in 1959, ruled the island nation until ill health forced him to transfer power to his younger brother Raul Castro in 2006.

In the La Jornada interview, Fidel Castro also talked about the impact of the five-decade U.S. embargo on Cuba.

"The biggest problem was always medicine and food, which is true even today," he said.

While the embargo prevented Cuba from trading with much of the world, it also encouraged the country to be more creative, Castro said.

"The fight, the battle that we had to carry out, led us to make greater efforts than we would have made without the blockade," he explained.

The United States imposed the embargo against Cuba in 1961 after Castro's government began seizing private land and nationalizing private companies, and Havana levied heavy taxes on American goods.


Maybe some of that apology can go towards actual policy.