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Can we just agree that, in the year 2014, it is unacceptably abhorrent that US federal policy continues to categorically prohibit all gay men from donating blood for transfusions? I mean, the “rationale” for this is literally on the level of Putin-style homophobia.
Men who have had sex with other men (MSM), at any time since 1977 (the beginning of the AIDS epidemic in the United States) are currently deferred as blood donors. This is because MSM are, as a group, at increased risk for HIV, hepatitis B and certain other infections that can be transmitted by transfusion.
… Consider the reception to the current Fox Cosmos series, hosted by physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Right-wingers are gaining media attention by attacking the show for its “biases” against creationism and “intelligent design” theory, the (slightly) more sophisticated version of creationism. Typical was the complaint of Danny Faulkner of the creationist group Answers in Genesis: “Creationists aren’t even on the radar screen for them.”
It’s true that Cosmos has not given equal time to creationists—because, as deGrasse Tyson points out, the origins of the universe and the theory of evolution are settled questions as far as science is concerned. He told CNN:
I think the media has to sort of come out of this ethos that I think was in principle a good one, but doesn’t really apply in science. The ethos was that whatever story you give, you have to give the opposing view, and then you can be viewed as balanced. You don’t talk about the spherical earth with NASA and then say, “Let’s give equal time to the flat-earthers.”
In an expression of spontaneous protest against the deportation of a young Iranian man, passengers aboard a flight from Östersund, Sweden refused to fasten their seat belts, preventing the pilots from taking off.
The flight to Stockholm would have been the first step in refugee Ghader Ghalamere’s deportation to his native Iran.
Supporters of the man had gone to the local airport and handed out leaflets to passengers, asking them to stop the deportation.
Once everyone was on board, a person from the action group stood up and called for passengers not to fasten their seat belts, and many people listened.
The plane was standing on the airport tarmac for a long time until finally a representative from the Swedish Migration Board boarded the plane and spoke to the crew.
After the incident, Ghader Ghalamere sat with police and waited to be taken back to the Migration Board detention center – escaping deportation.
okay, i think i got it. after seeing the news media react to the Neo-Nazi who killed three Jewish people in Kansas, i’ve figured it out.
"hate crimes" are violence that straight white men (very infrequently) commit against "minorities."
"terrorism" is violence that brown people and muslims commit (all the time) against anyone at all.
it doesn’t matter that fewer people died in the Boston Marathon bombing than when a Neo-Nazi went on a killing “rampage” at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin in 2012. one was clearly “terrorism” and the other clearly a “hate crime.”
of course, the US has been engaged in a “war on terrorism” for over 10 years and over a trillion dollars, and the politicians have done everything they can to make sure we don’t forget that war and who the “terrorists” are.
but a “war on hate crimes”? yeah, not so much. perhaps politicians and the media think “war” might be a bit much in that case … ???
oh shit! Hammering Hank is still swinging for the fences and knocking some political-truth-grand-slams into the faces of racist white Americans.
In an interview with USA Today published Tuesday, Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron described the racist letters he re
ceived as he closed in on Ruth’s milestone. Four decades later, Aaron says he still keeps the letters in his attic to remind himself of the United States’ persistent racism.
"We are not that far removed from when I was chasing the record,” he said. “If you think that, you are fooling yourself. A lot of things have happened in this country, but we have so far to go. There’s not a whole lot that has changed.”
Aaron pointed to Republicans’ obstruction of Obama as one area where not much progress has been made.
"Sure, this country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he’s treated," he said. "The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts."
Aaron, who is now 80, made history on April 8, 1974 when he hit his 715th home run, breaking Ruth’s all-time record. Aaron ended his career with 755 homers, which stood as the record until Barry Bonds hit his 756th in 2007. He was inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in 1982, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002.
Kseniya Simonova, a contestant on Ukraine’s Got Talent, has skills that are beyond incredible. It’s magical and mesmerizing.
A group of around 800 Moroccans, mostly women, staged a march in the capital Rabat on Sunday demanding that a constitutional guarantee of gender equality be applied in the kingdom.
Bill Russell is awesome. “”It seems to me, a lot of questions about gay athletes, were the same questions they used to ask about us,” Russell said during a panel discussion at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, which is hosting a summit celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.
Russell said he would have only one question about a gay teammate: Can he play?”
Also: “All great fortunes are amassed with either cheap or slave labor,” Russell said. “The NCAA is the one group everybody is focusing on. They have this money machine. To keep it this way, the labor force has to be free or very low wages … All the agreements with the NBA now are based on collective bargaining.”
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell said Wednesday that gay athletes’ current fight for equality and acceptance reminds him of some of the same struggles black athletes faced in the 1960s. Russell, who won 11 NBA championships …
A Pennsylvania mother whose learning-disabled son was convicted of disorderly conduct for recording his bullies while they tormented him demanded the judge reverse decision and the school district apologize.
Shea Love wondered why the school district contacted the police to discuss a violation of wiretap statutes instead of confronting the students who were bullying her son, a sophomore at South Fayette High School with attention deficit and an anxiety disorder.
“The whole thing has been a horrible nightmare,” Love told the Tribune-Review. “This whole ordeal has made my son miserable.”
On the recording — which the 15-year-old made on his iPad — one student can be heard telling another to pull Love’s son’s pants down. The teacher can be heard intervening, telling the students that they need to stop talking if their discussion isn’t about math.
A few minutes later, a loud slam can be heard, followed by the teacher telling students to sit down. “What? I was just trying to scare him,” one of the boys can be heard saying.
The 15-year-old said he made the recording “because I always felt like it wasn’t me being heard.”
“I wanted some help,” he continued. “This wasn’t just a one-time thing. This always happens every day in that class.”
Upon learning of the recording, South Fayette High School principal Scott Milburn and assistant principal Aaron Skrbin contacted Lieutenant Robert Kurta, asking that he come to the school because he believed there had been “a wiretapping incident.”
School district officials forced the student to erase the recording and ordered him to attend Saturday detention. Kurta charged him with disorderly conduct, but didn’t believe that the incident warranted a felony wiretapping charge, though according to court records, he was adamant the student had “committed a crime.”
South Fayette District Judge Maureen McGraw-Desmet found the student guilty, fined him $25 and ordered him to pay court costs.
"One woman from the neighborhood actually called police the first time she drove by," says David Boraks, editor of DavidsonNews.net. "She thought it was an actual homeless person."
"That’s right. Somebody called the cops on Jesus."
The bronze sculpture depicting Jesus huddled under a blanket on a park bench has provoked praise and complaints — and a call to the police — in its new North Carolina neighborhood.
Fucking ridic. #TheyHateUsForOurFreedoms
A Bronx teacher who criticized her boss got a hard lesson recently when she was thrown in jail. Lydia Howrilka, 24, of the Academy for Language and Technology HS, was…
I wonder what the relevant statistics would be for the U.S. … ?
In China, urban workplaces discriminate against people whose weight falls outside the expected norm—with the exception of overweight men, says a team led by Jay Pan of Sichuan University in China. For women, being overweight decreases the probability of being employed by 15.2%, on average, but there is no such penalty for overweight men. Being underweight is a different story: It decreases the probability of being employed by 22.9% for women and 34.3% for men. Obesity also hurts people’s employment prospects, and for women the penalty is three times greater than for men.