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We’ve known for a while that the NSA has spied on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other international leaders, but it now looks like that surveillance was just the tip of the iceberg. Der Spiegel and The Intercepthave published an Edward Snowdenleak revealing that the NSA snooped on as many as 122 foreign heads of state in 2009, ranging from Merkel to Ukranian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. A custom search system, Nymrod, helped the US agency both locate transcripts of those leaders’ communications as well as secret reports. The National Security Council tells The Intercept that President Obama’s administration hasn’t tracked Merkel and doesn’t plan to start, but it also didn’t deny that the German leader had once been under close watch.

Just days after NSA leaker Edward Snowden sat for a rare remote interview broadcast at SXSW, new information linked to his original trove of data indicates that the NSA implemented some of its surveillance activities by masquerading as Facebook servers.

The NSA doesn’t just hack foreign computers. It also piggybacks on the work of professional for-profit hackers, taking over entire networks of already-hacked machines and using them for their own purposes.That’s one of the surprising details to emerge from the latest Edward Snowden leaks.

If the president tried to dismantle the NSA or CIA, Assange is convinced that he would be impeached and the agencies would destroy him because they “have dirt on him.” In fact, he said the NSA “has dirt on all of us,” suggesting that the Government has spent the last several years harvesting information with which to black mail the American public.

On Friday, Glenn Greenwald’s new website The Intercept published a number of internal NSA documents that didn’t necessarily reveal any great state secrets, but instead cast some light on the NSA’s office culture. Those documents, leaked by former security contractor Edward Snowden, were actually from an advice column series, written by a 20-year veteran of NSA management under the pen name “Zelda.”

California, Illinois, New York: three states where gay marriage is or will become legal within the next six months—and three states where less than half of people see gay sex as “morally acceptable,” estimates suggest. Of all the changes in attitudes toward LGBTQ issues over the last decade, perhaps this is the most remarkable: Americans seem to have concluded that what happens in other people’s bedrooms is none of their business.

There are lots of interesting findings in a new study released by the Public Religion Research Institute last week. Millennials are nearly twice as likely as their grandparents to support gay marriage, including the half of the young people who identify as Republicans. Many religious Americans have changed their minds on the issue since 2003, and a majority of Jews, white mainline Protestants, and white and Hispanic Catholics now support the issue. And since 1999, the proportion of Americans who support gay adoption has increased by 20 percentage points. Today, 58 percent support it, as opposed to 38 percent.

But the most surprising statistics are buried toward the end of the study. A majority of those surveyed said that sex between adults of the same gender was morally wrong. It was a slim majority—only 51 percent—and roughly 43 percent said that gay sex is fine. There were regional differences, too. About half of Californians and Floridians had no objection to gay sex, while only a third of Texans were okay with it.

Well, at least they are not claiming that it is unnatural to engage in homosexual sex. Morality is after all a human artifact derived to a large extent from religious dogma.  In time people will come to understand the natural expression  of homosexuality and apply to it more enlightened moral standards  that are not in conflict with the natural expression of human sexuality.

Sadly, many heterosexual still have a false sense of sexual entitlement  that makes them believe their sexuality is right and that homosexuality is wrong.   But, homosexuality is as right as heterosexuality; in the same way being right handed is as right as being left handed. No mankind is not in danger of ending because of homosexuality. The majority of homosexual can engage in sex with the opposite sex and reproduce. So can the majority of men engage in sex with other men, as evidenced by the behavior of heterosexual men in prison.  In fact, close to 60% to 80% of homosexual have off springs and are married to members of the opposite sex. The percentage of homosexual that have embraced their authentic sexual orientation and living as gay  is between 20% to 40% of homosexuals.

The Tor Foundation is moving forward with a plan to provide its own instant messaging service. Called the Tor Instant Messaging Bundle, the tool will allow people to communicate in real time while preserving anonymity by using chat servers concealed within Tor’s hidden network.In planning since last July—as news of the National Security Agency’s broad surveillance of instant messaging traffic emerged—the Tor Instant Messaging Bundle (TIMB) should be available in experimental builds by the end of March, based on a roadmap published in conjunction with the Tor Project’s Winter Dev meeting in Iceland.

Since the NSA leaks began, Clapper has become one of the most controversial figures in US intelligence. Last month, several members of Congress said that President Obama should fire Clapper. It was Clapper who was asked by Senator Ron Wyden last year, before the Snowden leaks, whether the NSA gathered “any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?” Clapper responded: “Not wittingly.”