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Joseph Schmitz, named as one of five advisers by the Trump campaign in March, is accused of bragging when he was Defense Department inspector general a decade ago that he pushed out Jewish employees.


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Edward Snowden is joining the board of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, a nonprofit committed to defending public-interest journalism which exposes law-breaking in government. Co-founder Glenn Greenwald said, ‘We began this organization to protect and support those who are being punished for bringing transparency to the world’s most powerful factions or otherwise dissent from government policy. Edward Snowden is a perfect example of our group’s purpose, as he’s being persecuted for his heroic whistleblowing, and it is very fitting that he can now work alongside us in defense of press freedom, accountability, and the public’s right-to-know.’ The foundation is presently raising money and awareness for a variety of open-source encryption tools. Please consider donating to my favorite: the LEAP Encryption Access Project.

KlearGear’s non-disparagement clause is a contemptible, unethical, and un-American. I say that whether or not KlearGear is defrauding customers by citing the clause to customers who didn’t even agree to it. You should not — youcannot — trust a company that hides in its small print a clause saying you can’t criticize it for bad service. Only a dishonest and amoral company would insert such a clause into its terms of use. Only amoral and dishonest people, deserving of our contempt — owners, officers, employees, and company lawyers — would create and attempt to enforce such language.KlearGear has begun to reap what it has sown.Techdirt, Simple Justice, Consumerist, and more sites have written about it. KlearGear deserves to fail as a business based on this conduct, and hopefully will. But that’s not enough. Somebody needs to use public records to identify the owners and decision-makers behind KlearGear who countenanced this conduct, and any lawyers who participated in the threats to consumers. Their identity should be published, and they should suffer social consequences. Their communities, and their future potential employers or customers, should see them for what they are: scum.

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Much of the speculation about the future of news focuses on the business model: How will we generate the revenues to pay the people who gather and disseminate the news? But the disruptive power of the Internet raises other profound questions about what journalism is becoming, about its essential character and values. This week’s column is a conversation — a (mostly) civil argument — between two very different views of how journalism fulfills its mission.Glenn Greenwald broke what is probably the year’s biggest news story, Edward Snowden’s revelations of the vast surveillance apparatus constructed by the National Security Agency. He has also been an outspoken critic of the kind of journalism practiced at places like The New York Times, and an advocate of a more activist, more partisan kind of journalism. Earlier this month he announced he was joining a new journalistic venture, backed by eBay billionaire Pierre Omidyar, who has promised to invest $250 million and to “throw out all the old rules.” I invited Greenwald to join me in an online exchange about what, exactly, that means.

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Six months into his papacy, Pope Francis sent shock waves through the Roman Catholic church on Thursday with the publication of his remarks that the church had grown “obsessed” with abortion, gay marriage and contraception, and that he had chosen not to talk about those issues despite recriminations from critics.

 

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Video with over 9 million views  of  a guy proposing marriage  to another guy at Home Depot:

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Just in case you thought humanity was advancing in certain parts of the world.  This year in New York City  we have had several violent attacks on men who are gay or perceived to be gay, a few leading to the death of the victim. In fact, the statistics for this year alone will surpass those of previous years. This all happening at time when we are supposed to be advancing into embracing the human rights of gay people.

A 22-year-old Queens man accused of stabbing an elderly man to death has been charged with murder as a hate crime, police sources said Tuesday.

Steven Torres, who claims the victim came on to him, was charged with killing Ever Orozco, 69, in an anti-gay attack Monday afternoon.

Some new developments on the above. Apparently Orozco was not gay, only suspected of being. Given that most effeminate men are actually heterosexuals, the escalating attacks on men that “look gay” puts at risk a much larger segment of the male population. This attacks seems to have been motivated my macho vigilantism. 

Though witnesses initially speculated that the attack occurred over a cell phone, officials are now reporting that the victim lost his life because the attacker thought the man was gay, according to NBC.

According to the New York Daily News, Torres is claiming that he initiated the attack because Orozco “[blew] kisses” at him.

“I really don’t know what to think,” Julio Lobaton, who witnessed the attack, told ABC. “I’m just shaken because what happened to this poor guy…He was screaming, ‘Help me help me.’ I tried to intervene, but then he pulled a knife and started stabbing the guy on the floor.”

Torres reportedly led witnesses attempting to come to Orozco’s aid on a chase through the neighborhood before police apprehended him at 84th St. and Roosevelt Av.

Other eyewitnesses reportedly stated that Torres remained silent as he slaughtered Orozco to death — but laughed after being apprehended by authorities. “He was laughing, yes,” Lobaton told ABC. “He was laughing like nothing.”

69 Year Old NYC Anti-Gay Hate Crime Murder Victim Wasn’t Gay
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This is the second high-visibility alleged murder of a individual believed to be gay at the time of the attack in NYC over the past several months, with Mark Carson shot to death in the West Village last May after suspect Elliot Morales reportedly referred to him and his companion as “gay wrestlers.”

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Elton John just told the Guardian that he’s going to keep his December concert date in Moscow, even though the Kremlin is sure to use the world’s possibly-most-famous gay man as a major propaganda pawn.

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NEW YORK — A suspect has been arrested and charged in an alleged anti-gay bias attack on a couple in Chelsea last month.

Alfonso Lanier, 23, was charged Tuesday with aggravated harassment and assault as a hate crime, police said.

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Gay,  and lesbians face shocking levels of violence, discrimination and abuse across Europe, with gaps in EU and national legislation robbing them of justice and creating a climate of fear, a new report by Amnesty International says.

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A gay man has been named as the head chaplain of the Canadian military

Brig. Gen. John Fletcher, an Anglican priest who has served in his country’s military for 33 years, was recently appointed Chaplain General of the Canadian Armed Forces.

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Pope Francis:

Pope Francis seems to delight in saying controversial things that hint at (but don’t announce) a change in an unpopular aspect of Catholic teaching. This delights the liberal media and forces conservative Catholics to rush out “explanations” that deny that Francis has said anything new. Well, now he’s done it again. This is from Reuters:

Pope Francis on Monday called for “another way” of treating divorcees who remarry – a thorny issue since Catholics who wed a second time are currently not allowed to receive Holy Communion at mass.
Catholic faithful should “feel at home” in parishes and those who have remarried should be treated with “justice”, the pope was quoted as saying by Romasette, the local newspaper for the diocese of Rome.
“Our duty is to find another way in justice,” he said.

Likewise, on his journey back from Brazil, Francis told journalists: “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge? We shouldn’t marginalise people for this. They must be integrated into society.”

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Mormon on Gays:

Former Sportsball player Steve Young, a Quarter-Of-A-Back for the San Francisco Gold Mining Technicians Sportsballing Team, spoke to a conference of gay Mormons in Salt Lake City Saturday and said, Yay, gay Mormons! Not all Mormons have to be idiots about this gayness thing!

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Tchaikovsky was not gay, says Russian culture minister

Vladimir Medinsky says there is no evidence to suggest Swan Lake composer was gay as film biopic ignores his sexuality.

There is no evidence that Tchaikovsky was a homosexual,” said Medinsky, when asked by the Interfax news agency if the climate of homophobia in Russia was forcing film-makers to censor the issue.

Historians, however, say there is a mountain of evidence to the contrary.

“In the case of Tchaikovsky his homosexuality is so well documented by his own writings and the writings of others that it is simply ludicrous to suggest otherwise,” said the author Konstantin Rotikov, who has written a history of gay Saint Petersburg. “It’s a historical fact. History doesn’t change just because we are trying to push a certain agenda today.”

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The Ultimate Gay Destination: The Greek Island of Mykonos — A Personal Story

Of course, I fell for the man because Mykonos does that to you. Worries evaporate on the island of Mykonos, and the only thing forbidden is inhibition. Barriers drop, and everyone falls in love with everyone else.

David cautioned me and joked that falling in love too easily on Mykonos is common, and the phenomenon is laughingly dubbed “the Shirley Valentine syndrome.”

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Two gay veterans found their fairy-tale ending in each other last Thursday, when the senior couple married at their retirement home in Chula Vista, Calif. 

John Banvard, 95, is a World War II veteran, and his new husband, Gerard Nadeau, 67, served in Vietnam. They have been together for more than 20 years, according to San Diego’s Fox affiliate, both living at Veterans Home of Chula Vista for the past three years. 

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I am not of the opinion that effeminacy in a male is an indication of that person being gay. This is a common misconception. I will say though that  this misconception is probably responsible for making it easier for effeminate males who are gay to embrace their sexuality. Studies have shown that most affectionate males are actually heterosexuals.  In fact studies have demonstrated that close to 20% of straight males enjoy dressing up as women. So the following article is curious:

Can I make my son gay?

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After all the hatred and hate speech spread in Africa by Christian leaders  of the past, ( Think of Scott Lively, or the sociopath Pat Robertson), we have some positive developments in Africa:

TEN religious leaders yesterday graduated in a course on homosexuals. The leaders from the Muslim and Christian realm were among 35 graduates who completed a two-and-a-half-month training dubbed ‘Men who have Sex with Men sensitivity training’. The course was organised by the Kenya Medical Research Institute at Mtwapa Kemri centre in Mombasa.

It would be nice when civilization and human rights advance far enough to see Pat Robertson serving time in jail for all the hate he has spewed in violation of gay human-rights.   Just imagine the number of young people who after listening to Pat Robertson’s vitriol against gays feel empowered to act out on their homophobia.

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In case you thought we were marching into darkness, we have a development that will challenge your views:

U.S. Christian evangelist Scott Lively has failed in his attempt to have a lawsuit brought against him by a gay and lesbian advocacy group in Uganda dismissed. A Massachusetts federal judge said this week he was not persuaded by Lively’s arguments against allegations that he was partly responsible for inciting persecution against the country’s homosexual, bisexual and intersex residents.

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In case you thought that stereotypes about gays  were dying out, we have the following:

Today in gay-stereotypes-we’ve-never-heard-of: Gay people do not shoot people, apparently.As highlighted by Gawker, the mother of an suspected shooter has come to the defense of her child saying that he couldn’t possibly have been the perpetrator of a shooting in the Wilkes-Barre apartment complex in Brooklyn, New York because “gay people don’t shoot kids.”

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On a more positive note we have the Anglican Archbishop Emeritus, Desmond Tutu saying :

It isn’t that it’s questionable when you speak up for the right of people with different sexual orientation. People took some part of us and used it to discriminate against us. In our case, it was our ethnicity; it’s precisely the same thing for sexual orientation. People are killed because they’re gay. I don’t think, ‘What do I want to do today? I want to speak up on gay rights.’ No. It’s God catching me by my neck. I wish I could keep quiet about the plight of the Palestinians. I can’t! The God who was there and showed that we should become free is the God described in the Scriptures as the same yesterday, today and forever.

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Desmond Tutu on homophobia:

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A gay filmmaker who has been imprisoned in Egypt, seemingly without cause, has been on a hunger strike since September 16.

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Canadian filmmaker John Greyson, along with Tarek Loubani M.D., were arrested August 16. A month into their detention, the pair have begun refusing food to protest the arbitrary nature of their detention by Egyptian authorities.

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This is simply shocking:

 

A disturbing new Russian anti-gay propaganda film which suggests that many children raised by same-sex couples “were needed by their adoptive parents for sex” is making the blogosphere rounds.

Allegedly produced by a group called “Healthy Young Generation — Healthy Russia,” the video also claims that gay people live 20-30 fewer years than “normal people,” 60 percent of children raised by same-sex couples struggle with their sexual identity, and the likelihood of contracting HIV from a gay person is 4,500 times more likely than a “normal person.”

 

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Jonathan Trappe loves balloons. In fact, the 39-year-old IT manager loves them so much that he’s trusting them with his life as he attempts to become the first person to cross the Atlantic using only a life raft and 370 helium-filled balloons. If that sounds crazy, that’s because it is.

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Selective ‘obscenity’: US checkered record on chemical weapons http://on.rt.com/neg4ap

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Columnist Sonia Farid writes on the “scorched earth” strategy: http://t.co/fA4riG6rwP

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http://www.newstatesman.com/media/2013/08/stephen-fry-dear-david-cameron-and-ioc-ban-russian-winter-olympics

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