September 22nd, 2012

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Chinese civil servant sacked over luxury wardrobe

Chinese civil servant sacked over luxury wardrobe
A Chinese civil servant whose penchant for luxury watches transformed him into a symbol of rampant official corruption has been fired for "serious violation of discipline".

Yang Dacai, the former head of Shaanxi province's Bureau of Work Safety, was reportedly relieved of his duties on Friday following a campaign by internet vigilantes who accused him of amassing a luxury wardrobe worth up to £110,000.

Mr Yang, 55, was thrust into the limelight last month after a photograph was published showing him grinning at the scene of a road accident in which 36 people died.

Angered by Mr Yang's apparent insensitivity, online vigilantes – known in China as "flesh searchers" – launched an all-out internet assault on the previously unknown civil servant.

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Libyans storm militia in backlash of attack on US

Libyans storm militia in backlash of attack on US

Hundreds of protesters angry over last week's killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya stormed the compound of the Islamic extremist militia suspected in the attack, evicting militiamen and setting fire to their building Friday.

In an unprecedented show of public anger at Libya's rampant militias, the crowd overwhelmed the compound of the Ansar al-Shariah Brigade in the center of the eastern city of Benghazi.

Ansar al-Shariah fighters initially fired in the air to disperse the crowd, but eventually abandoned the site with their weapons and vehicles after it was overrun by waves of protesters shouting "No to militias."

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Origins of a Murder

The boy wears sweatpants the color of a Louisiana lake; later, the police report will note them as blue, though in every description his mother gives thereafter she will always insist on describing them as teal. On his feet are the muddy hiking boots every boy wears in this part of the state, perfect for playing in the woods. With one small fist, he grips a BB gun half as tall as he is. The BB gun is of the Daisy brand, with a long brown plastic barrel the boy keeps as shiny as if it were real wood. The only child of a single mother, he is used to moving often, sleeping in bedrooms that aren't his. His mother's friends rent houses along the same tucked-away string of half-filled lots that the landlord calls Watson Road whenever he wants to charge higher rent, though it doesn't really have a name and even the town police department will need directions to find it. The boy and his mother stay with whoever can pay the electricity bill one month, whoever can keep the gas on the next. Wherever the boy lands, he takes his BB gun with him. It is his most prized possession.
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OP: Long read, but worth it.</i>


Intel Ends Donations to Boy Scouts Because of Antigay Policy

The Boy Scouts of America has lost its largest corporate donor, Intel, which announced today that it will stop giving to the group unless it vows to stop discriminating against gay people.

The Intel Foundation was identified in an investigation by The American Independent, which was also posted by The Advocate, as having given about $700,000 in 2010 to the Boy Scouts. It was by far the largest share of corporate giving, with the Verizon Foundation donating more than $300,000 several big banks reaching the $100,000 range.

A petition calling on Intel to end its support gathered more than 30,000 signatures in little more than 24 hours. It's now been updated, proclaiming, "Victory!" Leading that push was activist Zach Wahls, an Eagle Scout raised by two lesbian moms. He first got involved in the cause against the Scouts, which bans gays and lesbians from being troops or leaders, after mother Jennifer Tyrrell was removed as a den leader earlier this year.

Intel explained its change in position via a statement to ThinkProgress, clarifying that the company had not given the money directly to the national organization.

"The $700,000 in funding from the Intel Foundation was donated to local Boy Scout troops or councils where our employees volunteer their time, through our volunteer matching grants program," said Chief Diversity Officer Rosalind Hudnell in the ThinkProgress report. "Due to significant growth in the number of organizations funded, earlier this year we revisited our policies associated with the program, and applied new rigor that requires any organization to confirm that it adheres to Intel’s anti-discrimination policy in order to receive funding."Collapse )


source. One company I worked for used to collect United Way donations, and the company made a point of telling us that they had requested that no money go to the boyscouts since they violated the company's anti-discrimination policies.
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How Romney Packed The Univision Forum

Tense moments as the campaign demands to bus in supporters and to retape an introduction. “A little bit of disrespect,” complains Univision's Salinas.

Mitt Romney's campaign took a hard line with the Spanish-language network Univision, making last-minute demands in the run-up to last week's town hall that helped insure his success in the forum, sources familiar with the broadcast told BuzzFeed.

When the Republican took his place Wednesday night in the first of two back-to-back candidate forums televised on the mega-network, he was greeted by an adoring, raucous crowd that cheered his every word, and booed many of the moderators' questions. The next night, President Obama was treated to stone cold silence from the audience as he was aggressively grilled on his lackluster immigration record.

The contrast was widely noted by observers who watched both forums — and it was glaring enough to evoke some boasting from the Romney campaign in the immediate aftermath.

"These forums are going to be watched by more Hispanics than watched the conventions," said Alberto Martinez, a Florida-based Romney adviser. "I think [Romney] did an amazing job, and I think it was pretty clear there wasn't the same excitement for President Obama."

But the enthusiasm gap may have been an optical illusion formed by a series of last-minute demands by the Romney campaign, according to Maria Elena Salinas, one of the Univision anchors who moderated the forums.

Salinas told BuzzFeed that tickets for each forum were divided between the network, the respective campaigns, and the University of Miami (which hosted the events) — and she said both campaigns initially agreed to keep the audience comprised mostly of students, in keeping with the events' education theme.

But after exhausting the few conservative groups on campus, the Romney camp realized there weren't enough sympathetic students to fill the stands on their night — so they told the network and university that if they weren't given an exemption to the students-only rule, they might have to "reschedule."

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