January 13th, 2012

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  • chaya

20 Pictures Of People Pissed Off By Piers Morgan

Can you really blame them? Piers Morgan is known for many things. Asking good questions of his guests on “Piers Morgan Tonight” is not one of them. What is good, though, is that—when he does ask something dumb—Morgan's guests are usually not shy about shooting him a dirty look. To illustrate, I captured images of 20 such instances.



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Wikipeda

Originally posted by mountain_hiker at Wikipeda
Please share and reshare all over the social networks! Encourage Wikipedia to go dark next week!

Wikipedia Blackout: Urge Wikipedia To Protest Censorship
Quick request: Wikipedia is considering going dark to protest SOPA and PIPA, the Internet censorship bills.

It'd be huge news, jar rank-and-file Internet users out of complacency, and serve as a turning point in the effort to beat these bills.

Several sites are considering going dark next week -- Reddit's already pledged to do so, but to have the impact it'll take to kill SOPA and PIPA, we need much broader support. A blackout by Wikipedia could be what finally kills these bills.

Will sign you on at right to urge Wikipedia to go on strike to protest censorship? (You'll also generate an email to your lawmakers, with the language at right.)
PETITION TO WIKIPEDIA: We encourage Wikipedia to "go dark" to proest the Internet censorship bills pending before Congress. Millions of Americans would take notice, and it could be what finally turns the corner in the fight against SOPA and PIPA.
Please sign at right to urge Wikipedia to go dark, and to generate an anti-SOPA/PIPA letter to your lawmakers.


Obama announces new, leaner military approach

The U.S. military will steadily shrink the Army and Marine Corps, reduce forces in Europe and probably make further cuts to the nation’s nuclear arsenal, the Obama administration said Thursday in a preview of how it intends to reshape the armed forces after a decade of war.

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Related: Two (out of four) US Army brigades to leave Europe
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GLBT story reminds us that many are bullied by their own family.

This story struck me as a reminder of how many GLBT people are oppressed in ways we can't even imagine. From the very moment  they realize they're different, they're told to shut themselves down by the people closest to them- by their own 'support' groups. Stories like this exist in the milllions, yet people still survive and thrive to come out,  be honest and be free. Yes, I'm throwing a 'bad assery' tag on here simply because this man, like many others, still had the strength to come back and confront his mother- then get the fuck away from her and take care of himself.  Please listen to the audio at the source.

Threats And Lies, And 'Who I'm Supposed To Be'

Source: NPR (Audio interview at the source) 
Nathan Hoskins and Sally Evans
Nathan Hoskins told Sally Evans the story of how his mother tried to scare him out of being gay, during a visit to StoryCorps in Lexington, Ky.

Nathan Hoskins knew from an early age that he was gay. But when he was growing up in rural Kentucky, his mother took extreme steps to convince him otherwise.

"When I was in sixth grade, I had met a good friend and he wasn't interested in girls," Hoskins, who's now 33, tells his friend Sally Evans. "One day, he said, 'I have a Valentine's Day card for you.'"

"I asked him for it, and he said it was so special that he mailed it," he says. "And he didn't know he'd done a very terrible thing because at my house only one person got the mail — and that was my mother."

As Hoskins rode the school bus home, he tried to think of ways to intercept the card.

"But when I got off the bus, Mom had already checked the mail," he says. "And my mom came out and met me on the front steps.

"She had that envelope — and I could tell what it was 'cause it had little hearts on it, and you know, it was all cute and everything — and she'd asked me if I had read it."

Hoskins says he did everything he could to convince his mother he did not solicit the card.

"And she took me into the house and pulled her shotgun out of the closet. She loaded it in front of me and put it in my hands and told me to hold on to that. She led me outside, and she put me in the back of the car. And she drove out into the country," he says. "Now, when I say 'country' — it's no man's land.

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Court in same sex tennis furore

Tennis great Margaret Court told Reuters on Wednesday she was sad her religious views were being used as fuel for a planned protest at next week's Australian Open, but said she remained staunchly opposed to same-sex marriage.

Activists are calling for people attending the year's first grand slam event, starting on Monday, to unfurl "rainbow flags" at the Margaret Court Arena, the third show court at Melbourne Park, named after the Australian.

Court, a 24-times grand slam singles champion and a pastor at the Victory Life Centre church in Perth, has long opposed same-sex marriage but sparked a fierce backlash from retired women's champions Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King, both homosexuals, when she reiterated her views in a Western Australian newspaper recently.

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And here is Tennis Australia's statement on this: 'But her personal views are her own, and are definitely not shared by Tennis Australia. Like the WTA, we believe that everyone should be treated equally and fairly. We concur wholeheartedly with the WTA who stated that “all human beings, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or otherwise, should be treated equally.'
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  • avmin

Eight possible Finlands

Helsinki Times speaks to all eight presidential candidates to find out, amongst other things, why they’re running, how they view the country they’ll be leading, and what Finland will look like at the end of their time in office.

The institution of the Finnish presidency in 2012 is a far cry from what it was in the 1960s and ’70s during Urho Kekkonen’s era. However, the President remains the head of state and represents Finland on the world stage. Moreover, the institution of the presidency is one that Finnish citizens hold in high esteem.

Therefore, the choice Finns make on 22 January, and possibly 5 February if no single candidate gains over 50 per cent of vote in the first round of voting, has the potential to significantly affect Finland and its relations with the rest of the world for the next 6 or 12 years and perhaps beyond.

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Since we're also having presidental elections I just thought it'd be nice to post what our candidates are like (even if we don't matter much :D) For ppl from the US (or Russia) it includes some small insights on how us outsiders view their politics.
Commentary in italics is mine (and admittedly biased) and I can remove it if it's distracting
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Mitt Romney: Questions About Wall Street, Income Inequality Are Driven By 'Envy'

Mitt Romney: Questions About Wall Street, Income Inequality Are Driven By 'Envy'
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney claimed concerns about Wall Street, financial institutions and income inequality were the result of "envy."

Romney -- who won the New Hampshire primary Tuesday night -- attacked President Barack Obama for promulgating the "politics of envy" during a Wednesday interview with Matt Lauer on NBC's "The Today Show." Though his attack was mainly directed at the president, Romney's "envy" remark came after Lauer asked about the concerns of "anyone who has questions about the distribution of wealth and power in this country."

"I think it's about envy. I think it's about class warfare," Romney said. "I think when you have a president encouraging the idea of dividing America based on 99 percent versus one percent... you've opened up a whole new wave of approach in this country which is entirely inconsistent with the concept of 'one nation under God.'"
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Good. Glad to see that Mittens is reducing valid economic concerns about the disparity of wealth accumulation in our society to the most shallow level he can think of. Awesome.
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Former UW student pleads guilty to criminal harassment

Zamir Nathoo, 34, a former student engineering student at the University of Waterloo has pleaded guilty to criminal harassment for a series of threatening messages at the school last year.

The Kitchener man was sentenced to eight months, the time he has already spent in custody, plus two years probation.

Shannon Dea, a philosophy professor at the university, testified at the two-day trial.

"It's been a very stressful year, at points very frightening. I think we'll all sleep easier knowing Mr. Nathoo is getting the help that he needs and that ultimately the police and the university really were concerned with our safety," she says.

Dea was among those who received numerous threatening emails and attachments that included anti-feminist, anti-semitic and strong political messages.

Some messages sent out fraudulently purported to be from the university's president.

Posters were also put up around campus with an image of scientist Marie Curie with text that read "THE TRUTH. The brightest Woman this Earth ever created was Marie Curie, The mother of the Nuclear Bomb. You tell me if the plan of Women leading Men is still a good idea."

The joint investigation between the Waterloo Regional Police Service and University of Waterloo Police began in February 2011 after the emails and posters began circulating on campus.

There were reports similar literature was sent to Wilfrid Laurier University and the Balsillie School of Business.

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Cell phone recordings are a protected right

Obama administration says Constitution protects cell phone recordings
The Obama administration has told a federal judge that Baltimore police officers violated the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendments by seizing a man's cell phone and deleting its contents. The deletions were allegedly in retaliation for the man's use of the phone to record the officers' arrest of his friend. According to the Maryland ACLU, this is the first time the Obama Justice Department has weighed in on whether the Constitution protects citizens' right to record the actions of police with their cell phones.

Christopher Sharp was attending the Preakness horse race in May 2010 with friends. Sharp, who alleges that the police beat his friend before arresting her, pulled out his cell phone to document the encounter. According to Sharp, several officers approached him and repeatedly demanded that he surrender his cell phone so they could make a copy of the video to use as evidence.

Sharp initially refused, but fearing arrest he eventually handed the phone over. One of the officers then took the phone out of the clubhouse. When the officer returned with it several minutes later, the video of the arrest had been deleted. Also gone were at least 20 other personal videos, including some involving his son, that had "great sentimental value" to Sharp.
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Colbert: Ride the moose!

Steven Colbert forms exploratory committee to run for President of South Carolina... again.

By Julie Bykowicz, Updated: Friday, January 13, 10:30 AM

Jan. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Comedian Stephen Colbert, emboldened by a recent poll that showed him ahead of Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman Jr., announced yesterday on his late-night television show that he will explore running for “president of the United States of South Carolina.”

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Bowing to Twitter, Canada ends election night gag

By Randall Palmer | Reuters – 5 hours ago..

OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Canadian government, bowing to the power of Twitter and Facebook, said on Friday it would end a ban on reporting early election results before polls close across the country.
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Pride & Prejudice

Canada: Marriages of foreign gays are invalid

The Canadian government is abruptly arguing that the same-sex marriages of many foreigners who wed in Canada are not valid, a move that stunned the gay community and could affect thousands of couples.

In 2005, Canada became one of the first nations in the world to formally legalize gay marriage.

Same-sex couples have been marrying in their thousands in Canada, and lenient rules on residency requirements for those seeking a marriage license mean many of them are from abroad.

Ottawa now says many, if not all, the unions involving foreign residents are invalid.

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  • chaya

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[Pictured above: a bag of miscellaneous dicks --OP]

ThinkProgress reported last week that Kansas House Speaker Mike O’Neal (R) was forced to apologize to First Lady Michelle Obama after forwarding an email to fellow lawmakers that called her “Mrs. YoMama” and compared her to the Grinch.

Earlier that same week, the Lawrence Journal-World was sent another email that O’Neal had forwarded to House Republicans that referred to President Obama and a Bible verse that says “Let his days be few” and calls for his children to be without a father and his wife to be widowed.

Nick Sementelli at Faith in Public Life notes that Psalm 109, which is a prayer for the death of a leader, became a popular conservative meme after Obama’s election. The “tongue-in-cheek” prayer for the president was seen on bumper stickers. The relevant part of the psalm reads:

Let his days be few; and let another take his office

May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow.

May his children be wandering beggars; may they be driven from their ruined homes.

May a creditor seize all he has; may strangers plunder the fruits of his labor.

May no one extend kindness to him or take pity on his fatherless children.


O’Neal forwarded the prayer with his own message: “At last — I can honestly voice a Biblical prayer for our president! Look it up — it is word for word! Let us all bow our heads and pray. Brothers and Sisters, can I get an AMEN? AMEN!!!!!!”

O’Neal’s office refuses to apologize for the email, insisting that the message was only referring to Obama’s days in office. Sementelli notes the response of a Rockford Register Star columnist who explains why this excuse won’t do.

Speaking to a reader he writes, “You say that verse 8 of Psalm 109, as applied to President Obama, does not suggest a wish for his death. But the first five words of verse 8 are: ‘Let his days be few.’ And verse 9 says: ‘Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.’…You suggest yourself that scripture should not be ‘taken out of context.’ Well, the context of Psalm 109 is a wish for someone’s death.”

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Only referring to his days in office?

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  • omer

The leadership vacuum facing ultra-Orthodox Jewry

As the last of the generation of rabbis born in the early 20th century close their eyes, an age of rabbinical hegemony is coming to an end.

On the top floor of a Jerusalem hospital lays a very old man. He is slowly dying, but he won't be left in peace. A small circle of courtiers around him continue to issue in his name edicts and rulings, ensure that his signature still appears on letters and when his medical situation improves temporarily, they will remove him from hospital and seat him in his chair at the synagogue, where everyone can see him. The hospital staff grumbles that all this just prolongs the old man's agony, but there is nothing they can do as the retinue controls all the old man's moves.

Only a tiny handful of relatives and trustees are allowed to talk with him, and they jealously guard his real mental situation while everyone is told that he is fully lucid and talking with his family and doctors, praying and studying as normal.

This is how the great rabbis die nowadays. These were the circumstances of the last years of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, as the Chabadniks fought over him, manhandling him to the window of his study so he could wave to the crowds on Eastern Parkway, steadily deifying him as he descended into his last coma. His body died in 1994, at the age of 92, but many of his followers still believe he is with us.
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Srouce:http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/the-leadership-vacuum-facing-ultra-orthodox-jewry-1.407032

This is a bit off topic, but I have a perosnal request from the mostly kind people of ontd_p! im writing a paper about the legal situation in Israel regarding Cults. and I was wondering if anyone could point me to articls/books/rulings/laws/etc about how your countries deal with cults. I know France has the About-Picar law, but I was wondering about other places too. so any advice would be nice, thank you! xoxo
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'Spank her arse' coaching tactics spark outrage

An athletic club in southern Sweden has come under fire for a coach's use of sexually suggestive materials known as "Hot babes of the defence" to aid the training of a team of 14-year-old boys.
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Leif Winterhof, the vice chairman of the club, told DN that what has occurred is a glitch in their work.

”It is unfortunate if anyone has perceived this as offensive,” he said.

The club also announced that an internal investigation into the incident has been initiated.

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Ugh, look at all that denial from parents and the club. Also love the fauxpology by the vice chairman.First post, hopes this looks ok.