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Christians Call Out Hobby Lobby For Hypocrisy

The arts and crafts retailer Hobby Lobby proudly touts itself as a Christian company that puts people over profits. However, some staunch Christians say there’s a gaping hole in that claim — namely, China.

Products bearing “Made in China” labels are found all over the shelves at Hobby Lobby, evidence that some of its wares come from Chinese factories that have a reputation for labor rights violations and rock-bottom wages. Employees at these facilities often end up working grueling hours in prison-like conditions and never earn enough to escape poverty.

“You cannot call your business ‘Christian’ when arguing before the Supreme Court, and then set aside Christian values when you’re placing a bulk order for cheap wind chimes,” wrote Christian author and columnist Jonathan Merritt in a recent article for The Week.

Hobby Lobby remains quiet about its dealings in China. The company did not respond to requests for a list of Chinese factories it does business with, and did not provide information about what percentage of its merchandise comes from China.

Then there’s China’s controversial record on abortion. The country’s one-child policy was slightly relaxed in 2013, but the family planning bureaucracy still exists. Since the government instituted the policy 40 years ago, there have been more than 330 million abortions in China, according to health ministry data cited by the Financial Times. Though fewer instances of forced abortion, infanticide and involuntary sterilization now occur because they’re banned by the government, they still happen, The Washington Post reported last year.

This week, Hobby Lobby’s crusade against contraceptives scored it a victory in the U.S. Supreme Court. On Monday, the court ruled 5-4 that so-called “closely held corporations” don’t have to provide certain kinds of contraception for employees.

“Being Christians, we don’t pay for drugs that might cause abortions, which means that we don’t cover emergency contraception, the morning-after pill or the week-after pill,” Hobby Lobby founder and CEO David Green wrote in an open letter in 2013. “We believe doing so might end a life after the moment of conception, something that is contrary to our most important beliefs.”

Yet the company is happy to profit from the business it does with China, critics argue, even though political conditions in that country have led to hundreds of millions of abortions.

Leslie Marshall, a radio host and self-described born-again Christian, questioned Hobby Lobby’s policies in a column for U.S. News & World Report in March, invoking the teachings of the “guy who started all of this.”

“As they say: What would Jesus do?” wrote Marshall. “He would remind Hobby Lobby that ‘he that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone.’ Hobby Lobby should put its stones down.”

In a 2013 blog post, Matt Chambers, the director of a non-governmental organization called SafeWorld, similarly wrote that he disapproved of Hobby Lobby’s relationship with China for religious reasons.

“You see, when it comes carrying high the banner of ‘Biblical principles’, I believe a company who wanted that to be their public persona would be extra careful to NEVER do business with the very people who go against everything they claim to fight for as Christians,” Chambers wrote, according to The Christian Post.

Other Christian columnists, including The Christian Post’s Josh Stonestreet, have come out in defense of Hobby Lobby, saying that working with Chinese manufacturers is different from working with the Chinese government.

“Doing business in a place where evil exists is not the same as directly supporting that evil,” wrote Stonestreet. “In fact, it may even be a force for good!”

Hobby Lobby has remained largely silent on the issue, but in a column in the Rutland (Vermont) Herald in March, Peter Dobelbower, the company’s vice president and chief legal officer, provided some insight into Hobby Lobby’s rationale for buying products made abroad: Those factories can’t control what their governments do, so it’s OK.

“Our company sources from suppliers around the world,” Dobelbower wrote in response to an earlier op-ed, calling for a boycott, that had appeared in the same paper. “Virtually all Hobby Lobby’s vendors are small entrepreneurial businesses without control over their government’s abortion policies.”

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Sister attacked on Pink Saturday. Police need your help

Police need the community’s help in identifying the attacker(s) of one of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and her husband during Pink Saturday festivities in the Castro near 18th and Castro Street.

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are the main hosts of Pink Saturday festivities and widely push their “Stop The Violence” campaign year round to help curb violence against LGBTQ people and offer safe places for victims of violence to seek refuge and support. It is unfortunate that one of the do-good Sisters and her husband would be a victim of violence themselves.

According to a Castro Community on Patrol email alert, the Sister and her husband were physically and verbally assaulted by a group of up to seven people at the intersection of Castro Street & 18th Street. Both received some injuries and were very shaken by the incident, but fortunately neither required hospitalization.

The unnamed Sister allowed a photo of her from Saturday to be released on the Stop the Violence campaign Facebook Page (below) to help jog the memory of people who may have witnessed the incident. If you witnessed this incident, or if you have photographs or video of the incident, please contact Mission Police Station:

MISSION POLICE STATION:
630 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 558-5400
Email: SFPDMissionStation@sfgov.org
Non-emergency, dial: (415) 553-0123
TIP LINE: (415) 552-4558

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Sister who was attacked (photo: Stop The Violence Facebook Page)

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Supreme Court conservatives side with Hobby Lobby on contraception

When the legal challenges against the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate were first filed, they seemed destined to fail. The law already exempts houses of worship and religious non-profits, and as the 3rd Circuit explained, courts have “long recognized the distinction between the owners of a corporation and the corporation itself.” Ruling that “a for-profit corporation can engage in religious exercise” would “eviscerate the fundamental principle that a corporation is a legally distinct entity from its owners.”

And yet, as Irin Carmon reports, conservatives on the high court found a way to side with Hobby Lobby anyway.
The Supreme Court has ruled that a closely-held company can be exempt from the contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act. […]

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the law at issue in the case, has never been applied to for-profit entities. The Court had to decide whether corporations even have religious exercise rights – making the beliefs of the employer synonymous with the entire company – and weigh that question against the potential harms to the employees.
It was a 5-4 decision, with the five Republican-appointed justices siding against the contraception policy and the four Democratic-appointed justices ruling in favor of it. Note, it’s not a short decision: there’s the majority ruling, a concurrence, are three separate dissents.

Of particular interest, the court seems to make a distinction between for-profit corporations and “closely held” for-profit corporations, which are businesses in which no more than five individuals own most of the corporation.

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Editorial: Good Riddance to George Lucas Vanity Museum: Chicago Be Careful What you Pray For

 

Alfred E. Neuman artwork is part of George Lucas 'art collection."

Alfred E. Neuman artwork is part of George Lucas “art collection.”

 

It was great to read the San Francisco Chronicle today and see two of its leading writers, Chuck Nevius and John King, both essentially say “Hasta la Vista, Baby!” to the vanity museum that Star Wars filmmaker George Lucas wanted to build in San Francisco’s Presidio.

The real story isn’t that Chicago “won” the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum, but rather that San Francisco was victorious in rejecting a poorly-designed monstrosity that would have housed the personal collection of George Lucas’ kitschy art collection.  Chicago has “won” Lucas’ oversized ego, his childish behavior, his grumpy development team, and his collection of art that would be best exhibited in a suburban mall.

All we can say is: Thank goodness for the leadership of the Presidio Trust which turned down this monument to Lucas’ bad taste.

The Presidio park is a jewel and is enjoying nearly 20 years of success by doing the right thing and planning properly for this National Landmark and Bay Area treasure.  The cheap and cheesy museum proposed by Lucas didn’t belong on a bluff overlooking the Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Pacific Ocean.  We should all thank The Presidio Trust for acting in the best interest of the public and not in the interest of a vein Hollywood millionaire and rejecting what Chicago has all-too-quickly accepted.

Bravo Presidio Trust. Good luck Chicago.

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Wall Street nervous as Sen. Sherrod Brown vies for Banking Committee chair

Well, this would be amazing: U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio is vying for the gavel of the powerful Senate banking committee in the next Congress – a possibility that has excited consumer groups but put big Wall Street banks on edge.

So, how did the relatively junior Brown—he has “only” been in the Senate for eight years and currently ranks fifth in seniority on the committee—come to be a top prospect for a powerful committee chair? Well, retirements have Senate Democrats playing a little game of musical chairs:

  1. Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD), the current committee chair, is retiring.
  2. Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) is currently next in line on the committee. But…
  3. Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is also retiring. Reed is also next in line to lead this committee. He can only lead one major committee and is expected to take the reins of Armed Services.
  4. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is next in line after Reed. Schumer still wants to be majority leader someday and becoming Banking chair would force him into the awkward position of overseeing Wall Street, a home-state industry, at a time when most Senate Democrats want to get tougher on big banks. Schumer could take a pass on becoming Banking chair and remain chairman of the Rules Committee.
  5. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) is next in line after Schumer. But Menendez is already chair of the prestigious Senate Foreign Relations Committee, a gig previously held by Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry.
  6. Brown is next in line after Menendez.

Brown is already saying he wants the job, so we could end up with one of the Senate’s best Wall Street watch dogs overseeing big banks. It would be an awesome win for progressives and makes holding the Senate this fall all the more important.

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Americans Think It Should Be Illegal To Fire Someone For Being Gay, Don’t Realize It’s Not Already

Half of Americans support passing a law banning discrimination by employers against gays and lesbians, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll shows – and even more Americans agree that it should be illegal to fire someone for being gay.

The poll comes after President Barack Obama announced that his staff was drafting an executive order prohibiting job discrimination against LGBT employees of federal contractors. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a broader bill that would apply to most U.S. employers, has passed the Senate but not the House.

In the new survey, 50 percent of Americans favored and 38 percent opposed legislation banning job discrimination against gays and lesbians. The poll found political division on the issue: 63 percent of Democrats and 52 percent of independents favored that kind of legislation, but only 34 percent of Republicans did.

But on at least one major protection the legislation would provide, all three groups were united. Seventy-six percent of Americans, including 88 percent of Democrats, 74 percent of independents and 68 percent of Republicans, said that it should be illegal to fire someone for being gay or lesbian. Only 12 percent of Americans said it should be legal.

The fact that far more Americans agree with the principle than with the legislation may be attributable to a common misconception: Sixty-two percent of Americans think it’s already illegal to fire someone for being gay, while only 14 percent of poll respondents said that it’s legal. In fact, it is still legal in 29 states to fire someone for being gay.

Majorities of Democrats, Republicans and independents all think it’s already illegal to fire someone for their sexual orientation.

 

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Jason Hanna And Joe Riggs, Texas Gay Fathers, Denied Legal Parenthood Of Twin Sons

It’s heartbreaking to think that a state has erased the parents of children and put a family in legal jeopardy, simply because of discrimination against gay and lesbian couples. But that’s what happened to a gay couple in Texas after what they described as the “magical” birth of their twin boys.

Jason Hanna and Joe Riggs are the proud fathers of Lucas and Ethan, who were born in April, after they’d connected with a surrogate mom, CharLynn.

Each of the men is a biological father to one of the babies. But, because Texas has a ban on gay marriage (it was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge last February, but the decision was stayed pending appeal), and because a judge can use his or her own discretion in these cases, neither of the men is currently on the birth certificates of either of the boys, nor have they been able to co-adopt each other’s biological child.

Only the surrogate mother — who has no biological relationship to the boys, since embryos were transferred to her — is on the birth certificates. In essence, the men are not legally defined as the parents of their own children. And though they have DNA tests for proof, they’re worried, particularly if something were to happen to one of them while the other still has not been able to co-adopt the other’s biological child.

“As of right now in Texas two men cannot be on the birth certificate,” Jason Hanna explained in an interview with me on SiriusXM Progress. “So our attorney followed the letter of the law. We petitioned the court. We had DNA testing there [in court] and petitioned the judge to ultimately remove the surrogate mother from the birth certificate, who has no biological ties to the boys. We would like each biological dad to be placed on the birth certificate of our own son, and then ultimately proceed to the second-parent adoption. The entire petition was denied.”

Jason Hanna and Joe Riggs met four years ago and knew they wanted to be together and raise children, so they saved their money, knowing it would be a costly process. They married last July in Washington DC, where gay marriage is legal, and then went back to Dallas to celebrate their wedding with family and friends in August. They found a surrogate mom, and this past April the twins were born.

“We were sworn in and ultimately the judge was saying that with the information she had in front of her, under Texas law she couldn’t grant it,” Riggs said of their appearance in court last week. “I was shocked. We had a ton of questions as we walked away from that courtroom.”

It was particularly jarring to Hanna and Riggs because other gay couples in Texas, including friends of theirs, have successfully completed this process. The couple’s lawyer has offered them several options on bringing the petition back, changing the paperwork and the process. But there’s no question that if their marriage was legally recognized they would not be having this problem at all.

“In order to grant a second-parent adoption [automatically under current law], it has to be between two married people,” Jason explained. “And so, considering we’re not legally married in the eyes of Texas, they don’t have to grant that second-parent adoption because they don’t recognize our marriage…It’s up to the judge’s discretion on whether or not to grant it.”

Hanna and Riggs worry, as they wait for the next step, because they’re in a scary legal limbo.

“Without [co-adoption], if something happened to either me or Joe we don’t have any legal recourse to keep the other’s biological child,” Hanna said. “The state could come in and separate these two brothers…We want to reiterate how important it is for a state to recognize each family, whether it’s same-sex or opposite-sex, and really to ensure everyone has equal protection from the state.”

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Study by 9th Graders: Plants Won’t Grow Near Routers

Ninth-graders design science experiment to test the effect of cellphone radiation on plants. The results may surprise you.

Five ninth-grade young women from Denmark recently created a science experiment that is causing a stir in the scientific community.

It started with an observation and a question. The girls noticed that if they slept with their mobile phones near their heads at night, they often had difficulty concentrating at school the next day. They wanted to test the effect of a cellphone’s radiation on humans, but their school, Hjallerup School in Denmark, did not have the equipment to handle such an experiment. So the girls designed an experiment that would test the effect of cellphone radiation on a plant instead.

Photo courtesy of Kim Horsevad, teacher at Hjallerup Skole in Denmark.

The students placed six trays filled with Lepidium sativum, a type of garden cress into a room without radiation, and six trays of the seeds into another room next to two routers that according to the girls calculations, emitted about the same type of radiation as an ordinary cellphone.

Over the next 12 days, the girls observed, measured, weighed and photographed their results. Although by the end of the experiment the results were blatantly obvious — the cress seeds placed near the router had not grown. Many of them were completely dead. While the cress seeds planted in the other room, away from the routers, thrived.
The experiment earned the girls (pictured below) top honors in a regional science competition and the interest of scientists around the world.
Teens involved in plants and cellphone experiment, Hjallerup Skole

According to Kim Horsevad, a teacher at Hjallerup Skole in Denmark were the cress experiment took place, a neuroscience professor at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, is interested in repeating the experiment in controlled professional scientific environments.

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STUDY: Undetectable Guys Do Not Transmit HIV To Negative Sex Partners

A two-year study gives scientific credence to what many have long suspected: HIV positive guys who are on treatment and have an undetectable viral load are not giving HIV to their partners, not matter how hard they try. The study strengthens the belief that “treatment as prevention” is one of the most effective ways to stop new infections.

The two-year study, presented at the Conferences on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections this week, showed as low a risk of infection as you can find in research. As reported by AIDSMap:

When asked what the study tells us about the chance of someone with an undetectable viral load  transmitting HIV, presenter Alison Rodger said: “Our best estimate is it’s zero.”

Participants in the study were couples, gay and straight, in which one partner had HIV and the other did not. They were selected because they had sex without condoms at least some of the time, and the negative partner was not on PrEP (taking the drug Truvada to prevent infection).

The couples kept themselves very busy sexing it up in the name of science: the study reported 16,400 sexual acts among the gay couples, including being on top, being on bottom, oral sex, and plenty of “ejaculate” on and in the bodies of participants (imagine conducting those interviews with the couples).

None of the negative subjects were infected by their positive partners, although a few negative partners got infected by someone outside the relationship, which was determined by genetic testing of the HIV strain. Those guys then had some explaining to do, don’t you think? Or, perhaps, not.

Of course, you have to know if you’re positive in the first place for treatment to make a difference. At least 20% of those with HIV in the U.S. don’t know they have it. “The keys to keeping everyone healthy is for you to be regularly tested for HIV, and if you are positive, to take advantage of effective treatments,” said Raymond C. Martins, M.D., of Whitman-Walker Health in Washington, DC. “For gay men who are negative, please remember that the higher risk comes from those men who do not know their HIV status and might in fact have high levels of infectious virus.”

The jury is still out on whether or not studies like this will affect HIV stigma, but one thing is certain: our friends with HIV who are on successful treatment are definitely doing their part to stay healthy — and protect the rest of us, too.

Way to go, poz dudes.

 

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Recology Wins Resounding Victory Over False Claims by Disgruntled Ex-Employee

San Francisco, Calif. – A San Francisco jury today cleared Recology, San Francisco’s recycling and resource recovery provider, of all 154 allegations of filing false claims to the State of California in a lawsuit filed by a disgruntled former employee that claimed the company mischarged the State of California’s recycling redemption program.

The same jury returned a verdict against the recycling company on one of the five separate allegations of filing a false claim to the City and County of San Francisco. This verdict, if it stands, claims the company wrongly benefited in the amount of $1,366,933. Recology disagrees with this finding and will appeal.

“We are thankful for the jury’s determination that cleared Recology of 158 of the 159 allegations of false claims,” said Sam Singer, a spokesman for Recology. “This is a resounding victory for our company and its employee-owners.”

“Unfortunately, the complicated nature of this case has resulted in one finding against the company,” he added.  “We will be appealing the one verdict, as the facts simply do not support it.”

Recology is an industry leader in recycling and resource recovery programs and has helped San Francisco become the greenest city in North America, diverting 80 percent of its waste away from landfill. Recology programs have been replicated throughout the country and serve as a national model for resource recovery initiatives.

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CPUC PG&E Chicanery? California Commission Sudden Halt into PG&E Gas Pipeline Safety Raises Serious Questions, San Bruno Says

San Francisco, Calif. – The City of San Bruno today criticized a decision by the California Public Utilities Commission to halt its investigation into thousands of missing Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pipeline strength test records – a sudden and shocking reversal that’s prompted concerns of a possible backroom deal brokered between PG&E and the state agency tasked with regulating it.

 

The CPUC’s Safety Enforcement Division this week quietly halted its inquiry into the safety of 435 miles of gas pipelines across California after PG&E refused to turn the information over to regulators— causing speculation that PG&E may have applied outside pressure to compel the regulatory agency to end its investigation.

 

San Bruno officials are now calling upon the CPUC to immediately re-open the investigation to force PG&E to produce accurate strength test records for 23,761 segments of pipe covering more than 435 miles – records that PG&E explicitly told the CPUC it would produce by 2013.

 

State and federal investigators identified PG&E’s faulty recordkeeping as a leading cause of the fatal 2010 pipeline explosion and fire in San Bruno that killed eight, injured 66 and destroyed 38 homes.

 

“PG&E continues to play a lethal game with the lives of the public. We are deeply concerned by their persistent failure and unwillingness to produce accurate pipeline records, without which we cannot know whether our communities remain at risk for the same devastating and fatal explosion that we experienced in San Bruno,” said San Bruno Mayor Jim Ruane. “Yet even more troubling is the CPUC’s decision to not pursue an investigation of these missing records even after preparing a motion to do so.”

 

“We question the CPUC’s sudden decision this week and are concerned it may be the result of inappropriate pressure applied by PG&E at the expense, once again, of public safety,” Ruane said.

 

The CPUC’s latest inquiry came about as part of the ongoing penalty proceeding to determine how much PG&E will be forced to pay for its gross negligence that caused the fatal explosion and fire in San Bruno. The CPUC’s administrative law judges are now considering penalties and fines against PG&E of up to $2.45 billion.

 

Yet, following unsuccessful attempts to obtain missing strength test records for more than 435 miles of pipeline directly from PG&E, the CPUC’s safety and enforcement division submitted a motion on May 30 to re-open the penalty proceeding’s record for the sole purpose of forcing PG&E to produce the documents.

 

San Bruno strongly supported the CPUC’s motion and its inquiry of the missing records, which city officials say are critical to instilling the public’s confidence in the safety of PG&E’s embattled pipeline system. San Bruno filed its own motion officially supporting the safety enforcement division’s request to obtain the missing records.

 

City officials are now questioning the division’s sudden decision to withdraw the motion and suspend the inquiry – a decision the city can only speculate as resulting from outside attempts by PG&E and its proxies to influence the CPUC’s actions.

 

“We are concerned that this decision is just further evidence of the cozy relationships that continue to jeopardize the CPUC’s ability to objectively regulate PG&E,” Ruane said.

 

San Bruno officials say this latest incident further underscores the need for an Independent Monitor, who would serve as a vigilant third-party watchdog over both PG&E and the CPUC.

 

“Only an independent monitor – free of the CPUC’s conflicts of interest and cozy relationships with PG&E that have jeopardized pipeline safety – can help guarantee that PG&E maintains good records and ensure that the CPUC provides the adequate and consistent oversight needed to keep our communities safe so that what happened in San Bruno never happens again,” Ruane said.

 

Ironically, PG&E has been spending millions of dollars on advertising its new “culture of safety,” with advertisements that stress the utility’s gas pipeline safety improvements since the San Bruno explosion and fire.  Yet, Ruane said, the utility can’t back up their advertising with proof that what they are telling the public is true.

 

Also this week, PG&E revealed that the U.S. Federal Prosecutor’s office expects to file additional legal actions against the utility for its gross negligence in the San Bruno case.  In April, the federal government charged PG&E with 12 felony violations of federal safety laws.

 

Is there a dirty deal between CPUC Michael Peevey and PG&E Executives?

Is there a dirty deal between CPUC Michael Peevey and PG&E Executives?

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Sikh Community Commemorates Massacre that “Never Happened”

  • Imagine five bombings in the United States similar to the Oklahoma City bombings — all going off simultaneously at the largest churches in the country during Christmas. 
  • Imagine young people who criticize the Federal Government’s response disappearing permanently with no explanation. 
  • Imagine a citizen who collects data to bring the bombers to justice also disappearing
  • All signs point to the Federal Government being behind the bombings, only to have officials tell citizens basically “That is old news. Get over it.”

The Sikh community has been commemorating the infamous Golden Temple massacre annually since June 6, 1984.   This year on the 30th anniversary, there will be a rally at SF City Hall on Sunday June 8 at noon.

The bombings — coupled with troops tying up and shooting worshipers — has haunted the minority Indian community for three decades.   The death toll was more than double the World Trade Center and Oklahoma City bombings combined.   And since that day, over 250,000 Sikhs have been killed by the Indian Government.  Yet the Government refuses to acknowledge the incident, forcing a media blackout.  So it is as if it never happened.  (Not according to Amnesty International and the Human Rights Watch).

We won’t forget 9/11.  Jews don’t forget the holocaust.  Armenians don’t forget the slaughter of their communities.  And Sikhs will not forget the brutal Government atrocities that have continued till date.

We don’t trade with Myanmar.   We sanction Putin.   We deny passports to leaders of the Iran hostage crisis.   What are we going to with the terrorists that have just come to power in India?

The US government should seriously sanctions against a regime that has sponsored killings of minorities.

If the US wants to lead the world in justice and human rights, we have to bring these murderers to justice.

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An exceedingly rare NRA apology

It’s been about four decades since Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal introduced us to an unfortunatecatchphrase: “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” More recently, I’ve always thought it was better applied to the National Rifle Association, which never has to say it’s sorry, either.
No matter how extreme the far-right group gets, no matter who it offends, no matter the consequences of its policy purism, the NRA just doesn’t apologize for anything, ever.
Once in a great while, however, there are exceptions.
The National Rifle Association has disavowed its recent criticism of pro-gun demonstrations in Texas.
In an interview on Tuesday with the organization’s own news site, the head of the NRA’s lobbying arm blamed a staff member’s “personal opinion” for the content of an unsigned statement published Friday on the organization’s website, and he apologized for “any confusion” the statement may have caused.
For those just joining this story, a variety of gun enthusiasts, most notably members of a group called Open Carry Texas, have carried assault rifles into assorted restaurants and retail outlets, basically because the law allows it.
This led the NRA’s lobbying arm, the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, to issue a lengthy statement, urging activists to stop doing this. The organization made the case that “public displays of firearms as a means to draw attention to oneself or one’s cause” can be “downright scary” to members of the public. The far-right group added that a recent incident at a Chili’s restaurant was “downright weird” – and the NRA wasn’t referring to the manager’s request that the gun-toting patrons leave the premises.
It was a rare, welcome sight for the American mainstream – the NRA agreeing with the public and endorsing a position in line with common sense.
Right-wing activists were outraged by what they saw as a terrible betrayal, and it wasn’t long before the NRA apologized for its sensible position.
“Ultimately, what this comes down to is a tactics discussion,” Cox told NRA News. “Some people believe that the best way to effectuate that sort of policy change is in protest. And what they did in Texas is, some people decided to protest the absurdity of the ban on … open carry of handguns by carrying their long guns openly, and legally.
“Now, the truth is, an alert went out that referred to this type of behavior as weird, or somehow not normal. And that was a mistake. It shouldn’t have happened. I’ve had a discussion with the staffer who wrote that piece, and expressed his personal opinion. Our job is not to criticize the lawful behavior of fellow gun owners.”
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Marriage equality hits a milestone

Last week, marriage equality hit a milestone.

When judges in Oregon and Pennsylvania declared those state’s marriage bans unconstitutional and state officials decided not to challenge the decisions, we had marriage-equality states Nos. 18 and 19. Less than a week earlier, Arkansas and Idaho had their marriage bans declared unconstitutional. More than 300 couples in Arkansas married before the state got an injunction.

In addition, judges in Utah, Oklahoma, Michigan, Texas and Virginia declared those state’s marriage bans unconstitutional and judges in

Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio ruled those states must recognize out-of-state marriages, at least in certain cases.

That makes 29 states — more than half — with marriage equality or marriage equality rulings.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg cautioned the court not to legalize same-sex marriage before states were ready. She used the example of Roe v. Wade, the Dallas case that legalized abortion nationwide.

In 1973, when the ruling was issued, only four states — New York, Washington, Hawaii and Alaska — had abortion on demand. In 16 states, abortion was legal under certain circumstances but illegal in 30 states under all circumstances, including threat to the woman’s health.

Ginsburg believes had the court ruled incrementally, opposition to legalized abortion wouldn’t have been as strident as it’s been.

Ruling too soon backfired in the case of sodomy.

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of Georgia’s sodomy law in Hardwick v. Bowers in 1986. Just 17 years later, the court decision was overturned in Lawrence v. Texas.

States were moving in the direction of loosening restrictions on sodomy, but the court wasn’t ready to side with the LGBT community in Bowers. In 1960, every state had sodomy laws on the books. Five years later, the U.S. Supreme Court took a contraception case that recognized a married couple’s right to privacy. By 1986, fewer than half the states had repealed their sodomy laws, but by 2003, only 10 states still had sodomy laws on the books. Of those, four applied only to gay men.

Everyone in the LGBT community is anxious for the Supreme Court to give the Defense of Marriage Act and marriage discrimination a final blow. Appeals court rulings are expected soon in the Utah and Oklahoma cases, so the court could decide to take one or both of those cases.

Since the Windsor decision that invalidated parts of DOMA last June, marriage equality has won in every court where it’s been heard. A number of additional cases have upcoming dates. In June, Colorado and Louisiana cases will be in court. In July, a Florida hearing begins.

Wisconsin’s trial begins in August and, in September, Idaho and Alabama are set for hearings.

Rulings are expected at any time in a number of cases including the Texas divorce case pending before the Texas Supreme Court.

Several cases may be ready for the U.S. Supreme Court by next session. The Utah and Oklahoma decisions are expected from the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals any time, and Virginia is expected as early as this summer.

During the 2014-15 session, the Supreme Court could decide to hear any one of the cases decided by an appeals court, or it may choose to sit it out another term to see how all of the cases play out in lower courts.

As of this week, every state except North Dakota has at least one case filed. The cases are diverse, covering more than just the right to marry. In some states, the cases involve the right to stay married. If a couple is married in one state and then travels to another, do they have the right to expect their marriage to continue to be considered valid?

Several cases involve divorce, including a Texas case. While a couple may marry anywhere, residency is required to file divorce. If a couple is married in one state, but lives in another, must the state recognize the marriage for the purposes of divorce?

And in another Texas case, two straight men filed for the right to marry. They’re claiming simple sex discrimination is keeping them from tying the knot. Should marriage be about more than sexual attraction and allow two people who simply want to take care of each other to marry?

The Supreme Court may just let the lower courts sift through all of these questions for another year before tackling the issue again.

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Senate press conferences shouldn’t be for ‘mature audiences’ only

In recent years, plenty of Senate candidates have held plenty of press conferences, but yesterday in South Dakota, one candidate seemed to break new ground: an R-rated press conference that was vulgar by design.
U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Annette Bosworth warned that nobody less than 18-years-old would be admitted to her latest press conference.
The Republican candidate has held numerous press conferences throughout the month leading up to the South Dakota Primary Election. Now, she’s using a tactic that proves to be for mature audiences only.
Those who attended the press conference expressed shock upon walking into the venue, as they saw the graphic words used as a backdrop for the event.
The Argus Leader posted the full, half-hour event, though I should note its published warning: “Because of the language contained on some of the signs, viewer discretion is advised.”
Again, that’s not the phrase one usually associates with Senate campaign press conferences.
Apparently, Bosworth and her supporters found obnoxious comments about her “on blogs, on the Internet.” In order to denounce the vulgar criticisms, Bosworth’s team painted the obnoxious words on a wall and then had the candidate hold a press conference in front of the disgusting comments.
The Republican candidate insisted that the vulgarities are proof of progressive misogyny: “The Democrats talk about a war on women, but much of what you see is written by the supposedly tolerant liberals. Their message is clear: conservative women are fair game. If you are a female and a Republican, anything goes.”
There’s reason for some skepticism here.
The Senate race in South Dakota, where voters will choose a successor for retiring Sen. Tim Johnson (D), has a relatively crowded Republican primary, though former Gov. Mike Rounds appears to be the overwhelming favorite. Bosworth generally polls in the mid-single digits.
I don’t doubt that Bosworth, like many women seeking elected office, has found rude people saying offensive things online, but in general, liberals in South Dakota worried about this Senate race have focused the bulk of their attention on the competitive candidates.
For that matter, it’s an odd campaign pitch when a Senate candidate, the week before the primary, uses painted vulgarities as a closing pitch to voters.
Tom Kludt added that Bosworth’s campaign has been plagued by problems that are unrelated to hateful messages on blogs.
Bosworth’s campaign has been mired in turmoil. A medical doctor, Bosworth has been accused of underpaying a former nurse. She’s also been accused by the state attorney general of being out of the country on a missionary trip at a time when her nominating petitions indicate that she was gathering signatures.
After she was asked about the “so-called scandals,” Bosworth brought the discussion to the “surrounding of this room” and urged reporters to accept “the pretense that I’m not evil.”
At one point during the press conference, Bosworth asked to go off the record with reporters.
The press conference was being filmed and streamed online at the time.
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PG&E is Playing Russian Roulette with Gas Pipeline Safety

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. continues to operate unsafe gas transmission pipelines in California and is playing “Russian roulette with the lives of Californians,” said civic leaders in San Bruno, where PG&E’s gross negligence led to the death of eight residents, significant injuries and the destruction of a residential neighborhood.

San Bruno Mayor Jim Ruane and the City of San Bruno made the announcement to coincide with a scheduled announcement by Pacific Gas & Electric Company President Christopher Johns today where PG&E will publicize that it allegedly received “two international certifications for best in class operational standards for its gas operations.”

“PG&E must stop deceiving itself, the public, the press and the communities and cities it operates in,” Ruane said. “The gross negligence that led to the tragic and unnecessary death and destruction in San Bruno is as big a threat today as it was Sept. 9, 2010” when PG&E’s line 132 exploded, creating a shock wave with the magnitude of a 1.1 earthquake and walls of flames that reached 1,000 feet in the air.

Ruane pointed to newly released audits last month by the California Public Utilities Commission, which showed that more than 50 percent of the quality assurance and quality control records by PG&E were wrong.

The State report showed among the 20 sets of PG&E pipeline records that auditors picked at random, documentation on 11 of them was either missing, erroneous or rife with inconsistencies.

PG&E is currently facing federal criminal charges and as much as $2.5 billion in CPUC regulatory fines and penalties stemming from the San Bruno explosion and fire.

Ruane reiterated San Bruno’s call for:

1.       An independent monitor to assess and provide honest evaluation in overseeing the CPUC and PG&E’s alleged pipeline safety improvements to ensure progress is actually being made, public safety is being improved, and PG&E funds earmarked for pipeline safety are not again being diverted to executive compensation.

2.      Fully automated Gas Shut-Off Safety Valves to ensure the public’s safety in the event of future PG&E catastrophes

3.      The strongest fine possible by the CPUC of $2.5 billion against PG&E for its gross negligence in San Bruno to ensure the utility takes gas transmission safety seriously.

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Fundamentalist Christian College Accused of Using Students for Slave Labor

The president of an unaccredited fundamentalist Christian college is held on $250000 bond on charges of exploiting international students and using them for slave labor. Reginald Wayne Miller, the president and founder of Cathedral Bible College, brought in international students under the guise of training them to be pastors and missionaries. According to prosecutors for the Homeland Security and several of those students, he used them to do under- and unpaid work around the campus and his house, sometimes up to 50 hours a week with pay ranging from 0 to 50$ for the week. If they complained, he threatened to revoke their student visas and have them deported.

According to TheState:

Federal law limits those on student visas to a maximum of 20 hours of work per week and that work must be an integral part of the student’s educational program. …

One student told investigators he had been promised $100 per week as part of a work-study program with the college. That student said he only makes $50 per week and regularly works between 46 hour and 56 hours each week. The student also said he worked for two weeks without any pay.

One student told investigators… that he was paid $50 per week for about 32 hours of work. Dr. Miller told [the student] if he did not like this work, he could go home or he [Miller] would call the Immigration and Naturalization Service,” the affidavit states.- [via Friendly Atheist]

This pattern of fear and control is a tragically familiar one at fundamentalist Christian colleges.

According to the school’s website, “CBC is approved by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education for VA students.” Which is another way of saying that the school, like many fundamentalist Christian Colleges, is unaccredited. But that seems to be a pattern. “Dr.” Miller received his doctorate from Indiana Christian University, which also lacks accreditation. His next higher degrees were “given” by, well, Cathedral Bible College. Additionally, all of Indian Christian “University’s” faculty also received their degrees from ICU – and one only has an Associates. The only teacher who has a Master’s (at least when the site was made) went to fellow unaccredited fundamentalist school Bob Jones University. BJU is infamous for its racism and segregation. It did not allow black students until the 70′s and has disallowed mixed-race dating up until the 21st century. The school is now also infamous for trying to cover up sexual abuse and covering up for those cover-ups.

What’s the connection? Besides some really harmful theology (that is extremely patriarchal and tends to trade in racism as well), there is an intentional lack of oversight. This is common in Christian fundamentalism and particularly Independent Fundamentalist Baptist churches and colleges like BJU, Pensacola Christian University, and Hyles-Anderson College. Students and parishioners are fed an unhealthy, steady diet of messages subtle and not-so-subtle skeptical and defensive against outside authorities: Don’t trust scientists; our version of creationism is superior. Don’t trust public schools and accreditation; they are worldly. Don’t trust psychology; the bible has everything you need. Don’t trust police with sexual assault allegations; come to us – we’ll take care of it. Don’t complain about working conditions; you’ll be deported.

If this all sounds like a cult in plain sight, well, it is. It’s much more difficult to investigate an institution that is purposefully cloistered. And so it’s easier to declare themselves protectors even while they’re perpetuating exploitation. At the least, these schools need some proper oversight for their students’ protection.

And if you’re asking what these patterns of worker exploitation, racism, and sexual abuse have in common, consider that most of these fundamentalist Christian colleges were blatantly racist until recently. Consider the connections between Slavery Apologism and Christian fundamentalism (like with the Douglas Wilson, for instance). Consider also the fact that most of the exploited international students at CBC are not-white. Consider the deep, connected roots between Slavery Apologism and Rape Apologism (how one person can “own” another). And then consider this interesting little snippet from “Dr.” Miller’s recent history:

In 2006, the Horry County Police Department charged Miller with lewdness and prostitution after Miller exposed himself to an undercover police officer in a bath house at Myrtle Beach State Park, according to a police report.

This may mean something or it may mean nothing, but I wouldn’t be surprised to hear many other testimonials against Miller of both worker exploitation and sexual abuse. In the meantime, I’m thinking we’re gonna need to change the laws to properly inform and warn people about unaccredited schools. And place some type of oversight for them.

 

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Fox News Shrink: ‘I Was Misunderstood’ When I Suggested Shooter Fighting ‘Homosexual Impulses’

Dr. Robi Ludwig, facing a firestorm, late this morning took to Facebook and claimed that her provocative homophobic comments about Santa Barbara killer Elliot Rodger had been “misunderstood.” Ludwig this weekend had gone on Fox News and told millions of viewers that Elliot Rodger, the 22-year old who allegedly killed six people near the University of California Santa Barbara Friday night might have been fighting “against his homosexual impulses,” and implied they could be responsible for his rage that resulted in the deaths of three of his roommates, three others, and himself.

Rodger had left a 141-page manifesto and several YouTube videos angrily lamenting that he had consistently been rejected by women and promising he would “slaughter every single one of” them. He also belonged to several misogynistic “men’s rights” groups and had posted racist remarks in an online forum.

But nowhere and at no time did Rodger suggest he was gay, or unsure of his sexuality. There is not one clue, one suggestion — not one iota of proof that Rodger might have been gay. There is also not one study that finds men who are fighting “homosexual impulses” would turn violent and go on a killing spree.

Yet Dr. Ludwig, a licensed psychologist, trained psychotherapist, and TV reality show host who markets herself as a relationship and domestic violence expert, told Fox New host Judge Jeanine Pirro that Rodger was “angry at the men for not choosing him.”

“When I was first listening to him, I was like, ‘Oh, he’s angry with women for rejecting him,’” Ludwig told the millions of Fox News viewers. “And then I started to have a different idea: Is this somebody who is trying to fight against his homosexual impulses?’”

“Was he angry with women because they were taking away men from him?” Dr. Ludwig,Ludwig, co-author of ‘Till Death Do Us Part: Love, Marriage, and the Mind of the Killer Spouse, posited. “But this is a kid who couldn’t connect, and felt enraged, and wanted to obliterate anyone that made him feel like a nothing.”

“This was just a kid that was angry in general. He probably felt rejected, he couldn’t connect, he couldn’t feel loved, he couldn’t feel successful. Maybe he couldn’t even feel like a real man.”

Today on Facebook, Ludwig wrote, “I was misunderstood on @FoxNews this weekend, when I was asked to hypothesize several factors which could have triggered ‪#‎ElliotRoger‬’s spree killing.”

“I in NO way meant to indicate being a homosexual or having homosexual impulses is a cause for spree killing. My job on @judgejeanine was to asses several possible triggers for #ElliotRoger and his behavior ‪#‎peace‬ ‪#‎forequalrights‬ However, I apologize to all those who felt offended. That was never my intention.”

Note that Ludwig claims she was “misunderstood.” No, she was not. She chose to introduce into a discussion and news report that gay people can be overcome with rage and cannot control their unwanted impulses — when homosexuality had nothing to do with the story because Rodger was not gay.

Note also she chooses to use the word “homosexual,” not “gay” — a common choice by those who are homophobic or anti-gay.

“I apologize to all those who felt offended,” Dr. Ludwig writes. That apology should be made to all, regardless of whether or not they were offended, and on Fox News, not on her Facebook page.

Dr. Ludwig might have violated the rules of the American Psychological Association, which prohibits members from diagnosing patients or public figures they have not personally examined.

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AIDS HIV CREATED IN LABORATORIES BY U.S. MILITARY

Official top of the U.S. Naval Intelligence ( ONI – Office of Naval Intelligence ) administrative division that is part of the Corporation of the United States Intelligence Lt. Col. Milton W. Cooper, reveals that the Human Immunodeficiency Virus ( HIV / AIDS ) was developed in installations biological military base Fort Detrick in 1972 by the Department of Defense (DOD -US Department of Defense) and the Pentagon, as part of the MK- NAOMI project , following a direct executive order and giving implement a global agenda established by the State Department .

TESTIMONY OF INTELLIGENCE ANALYST AND HIGH MILITARY OFFICIAL :

During the conference I held in Las Vegas Nevada U.S., I announced a few things about HIV disease , which have kept close to me in my chest. I revealed that HIV / AIDS was created in laboratories by the U.S. military to remove unnecessary elements society and the vast population of the Third World , while enrolled in Naval Security and Intelligence (ONI ) . I mentioned this in my article ” The Secret Government . ” Now allow me to post the rest of the confidential information and clarified that the government and its intelligence agencies developed the disease and the cure or antidote , they kept in the strictest confidence , under oath of confidentiality.

INITIATIVE PROJECT.-

The first study by scientists meeting in Huntsville , Alabama was made in 1957. This study resulted in the project ” Alternative 3 ” . Another study was conducted by the most powerful business group multibillion : The Club of Rome in 1968 with the aim of determining the Limits to Growth . The result of the study was that civilization as we know it would collapse shortly after the year 2000 , and natural resources become scarce for the hegemonic powers , including the capitalist system itself would be in danger unless the population was seriously reduced, for some medium. Several Top Secret Agencies made ​​recommendations to the ruling elite by Dr. Aurelio Peccei Director of Club of Rome at the time.

The main recommendation was the development of an almost invisible undetectable microbe which would attack the auto immune system and thus make the development of a vaccine immediately impossible. Orders were given to develop the microbe and to develop a cure and prophylactic . The microbe could be used against the general population and placed in complicity vaccines administered by WHO World Health Organization and health agencies inland , in Africa , South America and Asia. The use of prophylactic antidote and was to be used by the ruling elite. The cure will be administered to the survivors when they decide that enough people have died and see fit . Then will be announced as that was recently developed . This plan was called Global 2000 .

PROJECT FUNDING.-

The cure and prophylaxis were repressed . Funding was obtained from the U.S. Congress under HB 15090 where initially more than $ 10 million was allocated to the Department of Defense to produce the weapon ” A synthetic unseen biological agent that does not exist naturally and for which no natural immunity could be acquired, later funds increased millonariamente with black backgrounds belonging to the Black Ops (BK -Black Operations ) . “

SPREAD OF THE PATHOGEN. -

Since much of the population would be decimated the ruling elite decided to also direct the agent to “undesirable elements of society ” for extermination. The specific objectives were Hispanic , black populations of Africa, with limited resources , large population continents like Asia and basically the large population of the Third World , this elite call City Garbage or waste .

The military development project name that HIV / AIDS is MK- NAOMI . The African continent was initially purposely infected with the pathogen through the smallpox vaccine in 1977 , the manufacturer of the company MERCK .

The poor in the U.S. 1978 was infected with the hepatitis B vaccine through the Centers for Disease Control and the Blood Center of New York , Los Angeles and San Francisco , also the manufacturer of the company MERCK . Now you have the whole story, which was hidden from the media.

EXECUTIVE ORDER DIRECT AND PLANNING . -

The order was given by the Committee on Foreign Policy BILDERBERG GROUP based in Switzerland . They were also ordered other measures that can more easily substantiate the policy of depopulation of Haig and Henry Kissinger which is managed and administered by the State Department and the Pentagon in all countries.

The need for the creation and deployment of a deadly virus like HIV / AIDS , is fully described in policy decisions control U.S. population as a cheap option and is included in a study called Memorandum of Studio 200 Security Nacional ( national Security Studio Memoradum NSSM -200) , 1974, written and presented by Henry Kissinger in the mega – conference on population control , held in Bucharest, Romania.

REFERENCE : THE CITIZENS AGENCY FOR JOINT INTELLIGENCE , SYSOP – WILLIAM COOPER , (602) 567-6725

The name of the report is confidential ” Limits to Growth ” A REPORT FOR THE CLUB OF ROME, the PROJECT ON DIFFICULT SITUATION OF HUMANITY . In April 1968 , the study began in the Accademia dei Lincei in Rome , Italy. They met in the research of Dr. Aurelio Peccei . Secret recommendations of the results of the study were made ​​by Dr. Aurelio Peccei , who pledged not even use the prophylactic and not to take the cure if the microbe was established in him and if he contracted the disease by accident.

Dr. Peccei was hailed as a great hero to make the decision to take the same risk as the general population . Public results of the study were published in 1972.

A team of scientists at MIT , Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT by the initials of its name in English, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) located in Cambridge , Massachusetts (USA) , was involved in the project with the Whitaker College of Health Sciences and Technology, to study and report to the Club of Rome:

The team of people from the MIT project, participated in the study are:

◾ Dr. Dennis L. Meadows , Chief Manager , United States

◾ Dr. Alison A. Anderson , United States ( pollution expert )

◾ Dr. Jay M. Anderson , United States ( pollution expert )

◾ Ilyas Bayar , Turkey ( agriculture expert )

◾ William W. Behrens III , United States ( expert resources)

◾ Farhad Hakimzadeh , Iran ( population expert )

◾ Dr. Steffen Harbordt , Germany (expert in political and socio-cultural trends)

◾ Judith Machen , United States ( management expert )

◾ Dr. Donella H. Meadows , United States ( population expert )

◾ Peter Milling, Germany (capital)

◾ Nirmala S. Murthy , India ( population expert )

◾ Roger F. Naill , United States ( expert resources)

Jorgen Randers

◾Norway ( population expert )

◾ Stephen Shantzis , United States ( agricultural expert )

◾ John A. Seeger , United States ( management expert )

◾ Marilyn Williams , United States ( expert documentation)

◾ Dr. Erich KO Zahn , Germany ( agriculture expert )

When the study was completed in 1969, the Secretary- General U Thant made ​​this statement:

” Not to sound overdramatic , but I can only conclude from the information that is available to me as Secretary- General , that the Members of the United Nations have perhaps ten years in which to subordinate their ancient quarrels and launch a global partnership for stop the arms race, in order to alleviate the population explosion, and to provide the necessary impetus to development efforts .

If such a global partnership is not built within the next decade, then I very much fear that the problems I have mentioned will reach such gigantic proportions that are beyond our ability to control . “

U Thant , 1969.

It was based on these recommendations to the decision to develop this pathogen and release especially on Third World societies , which lie in a special way the wealth and natural resources and so useful to the first world and current industry took .

GROUPS AND LEADERS IN POWER THAT PROJECT FUNDED . -

Bilderberg , Club of Rome, the Trilateral Commission ( TC ) and the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR ) , all institutions Masonic Group are in complete control of most of the world have declared war against the people in general all free nations , who do not think like them and use the resources they require. We have to stop them at all costs, and if they see that their plans are not fulfilled as they wish , are able to run other even more serious plans against our sovereignty , freedom and democracy in our countries. They are not our gods to decide who lives or who dies.

PLACE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT MKNAOMI . -

The secret project was carried out in the military base at Fort Detrick in Maryland USA, Laboratory P4 ( P4 Laboratory) , where it was developed and perfected . Fort Detrick has been the focus of biological weapons program of the United States from 1943 to the present, while inheriting all the database of biological weapons of Nazi Germany , creating an office for this purpose the Institute of Infectious Diseases army ( USAMRIID ) .

SCIENTIFIC DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF VIRUSES OR PATHOGEN . -

MK- NAOMI was developed by the Special Operations Division (SOD -Special Operation Division) scientists at Ft Detrick , Maryland under the supervision of the CIA Central Intelligence Agency MI6 U.S. and England. A reference to MK- NAOMI project can be found in ” Intelligence Community ” by Fain et al, Bowker, 1977.

According to confidential data on the development of HIV / AIDS advanced biotechnology was used , it was based on the science of the German biotechnology research ethno- specific virus and developed by Nazi Germany in 1940 , this study was continued in 1960 , programs within the U.S. military , a federal program for this ultra biological secret of the Department of Defense ( DOD -US Department of Defense) , called Special Virus (SV Special Virus ), based on the Logic Diagram Research initiative began a Special virus ( VSRLF Special virus Research Logic Flow) in 1970 , aimed at developing selective and mutational virus resistant character within the Special virus Cancer Program ( RCDS – U.S. Special virus Cancer program) from the National Institute of (NCI -National cancer Institute) , a secret program of the DOD and the Pentagon on cancer Research ( 1962-1978 ), where in this laboratory initially tried to design a kind of contagious cancer that can selectively remove and kill the enemy.

Culling would be based on genetic ethnic markers of the host. The SV Program USA, published 15 several of them top secret annual reports to the Department of Defense (DOD ) detailing the progress of manipulating animal viruses and their ability to infect human hosts . Each progress report detailing the progress of scientific special virus while working toward his stated goal to create the new virus. Some of the reports are still in the archives of the NCI .

In 2001, Dr. Robert Gallo geneticist and cell biologist DOD acknowledged his role as Biology Project Officer or Project Officer for Development Program Virus of the Federal Government within the Project SV RCDS.

Among geneticists , virologists, scientists and experts in cell biology Pentagon Project leaders were referred to doctors and responsible for the new virus :

  • Dr. Robert Gallo.
  • Dr. Duesberg .

Dr. Robert Charles Gallo was born in Waterbury , Connecticut, on March 23, 1937 , American , member of the NCI in Bethesda , Maryland , won fame by identifying the mysterious Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV ) as the agent responsible for the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome . Gallo is the Director of the Institute of Human Virology, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Maryland in Baltimore ( USA). . With two partners , Robert R. Redfield and William A. Blattner , founded the institute in 1996. He also owns the company Profectus BioSciences, Inc., Biotechnology .

Dr. Peter H. Duesberg , was born on December 2, 1936 , virologist, studied chemistry at the universities of Würzburg , Basel and Munich doctorate in Frankfurt in 1963. Virus expert at the Max Planck Institute in Tübingen since 1973 and teaches in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California at Berkeley. It was awarded by the MERCK corporation. Also a member of the NCI team in Bethesda , Maryland.

Within this initiative implementation project MK- NAOMI finally stood , for it was to be completed the first phase of production in laboratory Visna virus that was first detected in Icelandic sheep that were infected on purpose as experimentation. It is clear that the Visna virus was initially created by Nazi Germany and then enhanced by the NCI RCDS . Following Phase 2, which was precisely manufacturing the virus as a bi- product, hybridization of two virus, and manufactured sheep Visna lymphotropic virus ( HTLV I) human , thus the resulting virus would proceed HIV -1, 90 % would Visna RNA and the remaining 10 % of HTLV I.

Documents produced in 1971 and signed within the Dr.Gallo RCDS is an unavoidable event and reveals that the United States was seeking a ” lethal virus particle for war” that could adversely affect the defense mechanisms of the immune system be human, the program modify the genome of the virus particle in which spliced ​​into a debilitating disease called new animal Visna virus.

Within the next 5 to 10 years , you could probably make a new infective microorganism which could differ in certain important aspects from any known pathogenic disease.

The most important thing is that it might be refractory to the immunological and therapeutic processes upon which we depend to maintain our relative freedom from infectious diseases.

The fatal error of Dr. Gallo in 1984 , it was included as the alleged discoverer of HIV virus in a scientific publication copying the same documentation 1971 then apparently secret , an act that could be seen as a self-incrimination.

INCRIMINATING DECLARED BY THE INVENTION PATENT OF HIV.-

Other error and observation was in April 1984 , Dr. Robert Gallo filed a patent application in the United States for his invention , the HIV virus , it is specified that the virus was genetically engineered for a DOD program American Government . The patent number of the invention is 4647773 , details can be found on the website of U.S. Patent Office .

DEMAND AND INTERNATIONAL CLAIM.-

Now this information is released to the world with the hope that some nation or organization has the courage and resources to end this global project of planetary mass depopulation, whose perpetrators could be accused mass murder and crimes against humanity .

Given this confirmation and U.S. authorities now have a duty , not only moral ethics but all mankind to compensate all nations and their sick , for the immense amount of millions of human beings killed and even infected with the deadly pathogen , and nations the legal right to bring the law assists those responsible for such a tremendous run global genocide and that they be tried in international law for crimes against humanity and demand the immediate release of the antidote or inoculant . There is currently a lawsuit against the U.S. government and an appeal in the Supreme Court of the U.S. Case No. 00-9587 , for bioterrorism and mass murder ( mass Bioterrorism ) .

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY OF MILTON WILLIAM COOPER .-

Milton William Cooper was born on May 6, 1943 . Military and senior officer of the United States Air Force USAF . He graduated in 1961 at the Institute of Yamato in Japan, working on classified projects piloting fighter planes and test , was in the Navy and the Pentagon DOD in 1965. Well as official Worked senior at the Naval Intelligence United States, the U.S. Naval Intelligence ( ONI Office of Naval Intelligence ) administrative division that is part of the Corporation of the United States Intelligence , army Lieutenant Colonel and respected , was a ( Briefing Team Member) of the U.S. intelligence . He had access to classified information from the CIA and the NSA. He was awarded the Medal of Honor and the Navy Commendation Medal Naval Combat V recognized as a war hero . He retired in 1974. Later, his family was terribly threatened and was murdered cowardly as a martyr for the NSA and CIA agents , on November 5, 2001 , to disclose this information and other highly confidential military intelligence U.S.

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Newest Republican effort to appeal to women voters reaches killer clown levels of terrifying

Three of the four GOP candidates for Colorado governor took part in a debate Tuesday that was meant to reassure women that Republicans have their best interests in mind. [...]At the start of the “Women and Colorado’s Future” debate, the moderator explained that it would be like a dating game, where a panel of four women could interview the three “bachelors” — former Congressman Bob Beauprez, former state Senate Minority Leader Mike Kopp, and Secretary of State Scott Gessler. The fourth candidate, ex-congressman Tom Tancredo, did not attend.

The moderator invited the women to join the stage, saying, “It’s so much more ornamental if the four of you would be on the stage with the four of us.” Theme music from The Dating Game TV show played as the panelists took their seats.

Republican efforts to appeal to women are no longer distinguishable from a Saturday Night Live sketch. Or night terrors.

 

 

From Daily Kos

 

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New GOP Bill: Jail Time If You Reveal What Frackers Are Poisoning Your Drinking Water With

Republican lawmakers in North Carolina have introduced a bill that would make it a felony to disclose the chemicals used in fracking operations outside of emergency situations, Energywire reported. The “Energy Modernization Act,” (PDF) as the bill is called, would punish revealing fracking mix information with prison terms of “a few months,” in addition to civil penalties. While it would allow officials with the state emergency management office to gather that information for planning purposes and provide it for medical and firefighting personnel as necessary, first responders might also be forced to sign confidentiality agreements to protect that information.

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Pat Sajak: ‘Global warming alarmists are unpatriotic racists knowingly misleading’

It’s hardly news that “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak is an ardent conservative. He wrote, for instance, several articles with headlines like “Opposed to Obamacare? Then You Must Be a Racist” for the website Human Events between 2007 and 2013. But his latest rhetorical flourish is the most bizarre yet.

Sajak’s unhinged denialism — throwing wild allegations of racism against the overwhelming majority of scientists, for instance — exists only within the context of his own Twitter feed and writing online, where he’s perpetually making purposefully incendiary remarks wildly at odds with his sunny on-air personality.

But Sajak’s hardly alone as a prominent conservative who saves his vitriol for the off-air hours. Alex Trebek, of “Jeopardy!.” made allusions, in a recent New Republic profile, to beliefs including, of the Tea Party, that “There are a lot of people out there who are not happy with the way things are going, and they’ve banded together,” though he described himself as apolitical even despite having hosted a 2010 Republican fundraiser.

Drew Carey, of “The Price is Right,” has been an outspoken libertarian since his sitcom-actor days, telling Reason magazine: “As far as your personal goals are and what you actually want to do with your life, it should never have to do with the government. You should never depend on the government for your retirement, your financial security, for anything.” Bob Barker is better-known for his animal advocacy than for his endorsement of conservative lobbyist David Jolly in last year’s House special election in Florida. Chuck Woolery, the original host of “Wheel of Fortune,” is as active as his successor on Twitter and has written for the Washington Times.

 

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What ‘unstoppable’ Antarctic ice melt means for Western cities

Krista Langlois

Save for a freak May snowstorm, the other day started off normally. I woke up, made a giant mug of coffee and walked to work. But May 12 was no ordinary Monday.  “Today,” said Eric Rignot, a glaciologist at the University of California, Irvine, “we present observational evidence that a large sector of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet has gone into irreversible retreat. It has passed the point of no return.”

Language that strong isn’t often tossed about at NASA news conferences, and the world took notice. Climate change advocate Protect Our Winters called it “the day that all climate scientists feared.” Mother Jones coined it a “holy shit moment for global warming.” The well-known Canadian environmental writer Chris Turner tweeted that it’s “the most important news story you’ll see this week, by a wide margin.”

So what’s all the fuss about – and why should you care? In the most basic terms, two separate scientific studies, using two different models and released by two reputable scientific journals, both came to the same conclusion: Glaciers on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet are melting more rapidly than expected and have begun a domino effect that’s virtually unstoppable, even if we cut off greenhouse gas emissions today. Over the course of hundreds of years, the melting glaciers will boost ocean levels by 4 to 16 feet, changing the geography of the world as we know it.

Previous models, of course, have also predicted sea level rise, and West Coast cities have begun preparing by relocating threatened structures, moving drinking water supplies and modifying construction permits. But no previous study has been this conclusive or concrete in its modeling, nor taken into account the degree of Antarctic melt now considered inevitable. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned earlier this year that global sea level could rise between four inches and three feet by 2100, but the new findings make such predictions seem almost quaint. Penn State University geoscientist Sridhar Anandakrishnan told NBC News that future IPCC estimates “will almost certainly be revised” upwards as a result of the new studies.

What could rising seas actually look like for the West Coast? Andrew David Thaler, a deep-sea ecologist, posed that question to his Twitter followers last fall, and the response was tremendous: Requests poured in from around the world asking Thaler to virtually inundate their hometowns under the hashtag #DrownYourTown. #DrownYourTown has now been tweeted millions of times, and Thaler has perfected a real-time, interactive GIS modeling technique that allows him – or anyone with basic technology skills – to visualize what coastal cities might look like with varying amounts of sea level rise.

Thaler warns that the images aren’t exact and shouldn’t be used to make real estate decisions. But with once-theoretical sea level rises now a looming reality, these images make the future of the West Coast graspable. Here are a few we found particularly unsettling. (Click images to enlarge.)

If the West Antarctic Ice Sheet completely melted into the Amundsen Sea – as the new studies from NASA, UC Irvine and the University of Washington predict will eventually happen – the resulting 16 feet of sea level rise would look like this:

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Marin City, California 

 

Here’s downtown San Francisco with 22 feet, the rise that would occur if the entire Greenland Ice Sheet melted (a scenario not part of the new studies):

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And, just for kicks, a couple of cities with 32 feet sea rise

Vancouver, British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia
San Diego
San Diego, California 

 

Yeah, yeah, you’re saying. My great-grandkids won’t even be alive for that. How about something more immediate?

The new studies don’t make predictions for specific years, so the best we can do for the end of this century – the year 2100 – is the IPCC’s latest estimate of about 4 feet sea level rise. Keep in mind that figure may be conservative, as scientists now say the IPCC estimates will likely increase in light of to this new information. Either way, here are a couple non-Western spots with about 3 feet sea level rise:

Key West, Florida
Key West, Florida

 

 

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REALLY? Boycott launched against openly gay St Louis Rams player Michael Sam, by Christian lobbyist Jack Burkman

In a move which he said will teach companies a lesson for “trampling on Christian values”, Jack Burkman has also aimed his protest against financial giant Visa, who gave Mr Sam his first advertising contract.

A coalition of evangelical Christian leaders from across the US, as well as influential grassroots organisations in 27 of the 50 states, have now been mobilised against the firms, according to Mr Burkman

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As part of the protest, Rams fans will be told to stop buying the team’s merchandise and not to attend games, while members of the public will be asked stop using their Visa cards, and to sell any of the company’s stocks they may own.

“Visa and the Rams will learn that when you trample the Christian community and Christian values, there will be a terrible financial price to pay,” said Burkman, head of the Washington DC lobbying firm JM Burkman & Assoc.

“Openly gay football players send a terrible message to our youth about morality. Somebody needs to step up because the moral fiber of the nation is eroding.”

As well as the boycott, Mr Burkman’s firm is attempting to push a draft bill through Washington, which will ban all openly gay players from the NFL and other professional sports in the country.

Mr Burkman’s attack comes after the 24-year-old football player was praised for celebrating his acceptance call from Rams coach Jeff Fisher on Sunday evening by kissing his boyfriend live on sports channel ESPN.

Chat show host Ellen Degeneres tweeted: “So proud of the @STLouisRams for showing there’s nothing to be afraid of. Congratulations, @MikeSamFootball”.

Speaking at a news conference held by the Rams after being drafted, Sam said: “I’ve been getting in shape and preparing for this moment for a very long time. I’m so determined to be great.”

When asked about potential detractors, Sam said: “It’s about football. Can I play football? Yes I can.”

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NEMA Tried To Erase The Castro And Chinatown From Their Map Of S.F.

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Luxe apartment complex NEMA, whose ridiculous and vaguely offensive marketing efforts have already inspired plenty of blog ire as well as a satirical Twitter account, published a map of San Francisco on their website that seems to want to pretend that gays and Chinese Americans don’t exist here anymore.

The map, which you can see above as it was three days ago, turns the Castro into “Eureka Valley/Dolores Heights” and washes over Chinatown altogether. It appears to be a co-opting of the neighborhood designations made by the San Francisco Association of Realtors and MLS a few years ago on this map, because realtors also like to pretend there’s no such thing as The Castro, for all the man-sex and dildo shops that that name connotes. But it’s another fine example of how NEMA’s marketing team is clueless.

After Twitterer EC and Vanishing SF called out the map, and after the satirical Rent Enemamocked it, the NEMA folks quickly published a new map which you can see below. Now there is no Eureka Valley, only The Castro in big letters, and they managed to squeeze Chinatown in there after all.

Nice work, everyone. Can’t wait for the next gaff.

 

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