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White House Says It Supports Efforts To Ban Gay Conversion Therapy

The White House said on Wednesday that it supports efforts to ban therapies aimed at converting gay and transgender minors into heterosexuals.

"Often, this practice is used on minors, who lack the legal authority to make their own medical and mental health decisions," White House adviser Valerie Jarrett said in a statement. "We share your concern about its potentially devastating effects on the lives of transgender as well as gay, lesbian, bisexual, and queer youth."

The White House released that statement in response to a petition calling for a ban that gathered more than 120,000 signatures. The petition was for its part sparked by the suicide of 17-year-old Leelah Alcorn, who wrote on a Tumblr post that her parents had forced her to go to conversion therapy.

Jarrett wrote that science has overwhelmingly demonstrated that conversion therapy hurts gay and transgender minors and that the practice is "neither medically nor ethically appropriate."

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http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/04/08/398411824/white-house-says-it-supports-efforts-to-ban-gay-conversion-therapy

Texas Idiots say the American flag is more racist than the Confederate flag

When people tell the Texas Sons of Confederate Veterans spokesman Marshall Davis that his group’s flags are an enduring symbol of the South’s savage history of slavery, he has an answer ready for them.

“The American flag flew over a slave nation for over 100 years,” Davis says. “The Confederate flag flew over a slave nation for four years. By comparison, the American flag is 25 times more a slave flag.”

Not surprisingly, the Sons of Confederate Veterans believe the controversy swirling around the memorial to Confederate war dead that they’re building in the east Texas city of Orange is overblown, if not entirely unfounded.

Construction on the $50,000 monument near Martin Luther King Jr. Drive began in 2013, despite strenuous objections from some locals.

Those objections recently resurfaced after the Sons of Confederate Veterans announced that they have ordered eight custom-made poles for Confederate battle flags that will, Davis said, increase the visibility of the monument alongside Interstate 10, not far from the street named after King, the slain civil rights leader.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/04/08/these-texas-rebels-say-the-american-flag-is-more-racist-than-the-confederate-flag/?tid=sm_fb

Senator Elizabeth Warren Interview on Conan part 2



Senator Warren wants big banks to follow the same rules and regulations as ordinary citizens.

Transcript
CONAN: I studied history and literature
and never studied economics.
But in 2008, we have this
terrible collapse and everyone
said it was because it was too
big to fail.
All these banks are too big to
fail and general sense I think
among everybody especially
layman like me who thought this
problem will now be addressed.
Here we are 2015, some of those
banks are 30% bigger than they
were in 2008, which makes no
sense.
I fundamentally don't understand
why we failed.
No one went to prison.
No one was indicted and not only
that, we're not even at the
point we were in 2008 where some
of these banks as I said 30%
larger.

ELIZABETH WARREN: That's exactly right.
This is a big part what I talk
about in the book.
This is just an example of how
the game is rigged.
That when the big financial
institutions got into trouble
and the bill was passed to
provide all this money to help
out in the middle of this
crisis, the treasury couldn't
shovel the money fast enough
into the handful of biggest
financial institutions in this
country.
Conan: Trillions.


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http://teamcoco.com/video/senator-elizabeth-warren-pt-2-04-07-15?playlist=x;eyJ0b3RhbCI6MTAsInR5cGUiOiJyZWxhdGVkIiwiaWQiOjg4NjIyfQ

Tom Toles Cartoon- He Doesn't have his hands Up!

Mike Luckovich Toon- Armed and Dangerous

S.F. man’s winning robbery defense: Entered home to board spacecraft

A 41-year-old San Francisco man was acquitted of robbery and other felonies after telling a jury he entered a Mission District home only because a methamphetamine-fueled psychosis led him to believe he needed to board a spaceship to flee the imminent destruction of the earth, the public defender’s office said Wednesday.

Santino Aviles was acquitted Monday of robbery, attempted robbery, assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury and battery with serious bodily injury, his attorneys said. He was convicted of misdemeanor battery and assault, while the jury couldn’t agree on a burglary charge.

In May 2014, defense attorneys said, Aviles ran to a Mission District building while under a delusion that it looked like a spaceship docking station and that he was being chased. “Aviles was suffering from hallucinations and false perceptions associated with methamphetamine psychosis,” attorneys said.

A resident in the building allowed him inside, but later got suspicious and told him to leave after he tried to get to the building’s roof, the public defender’s office said. The office said Aviles, still fearing he was being chased, climbed on a fire escape and entered an apartment with an open window, taking off his shoes and shirt and passing out on a couch inside.

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http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/S-F-man-s-winning-robbery-defense-Entered-6187169.php

The Arctic has lost so much ice that now people want to race yachts through it

Source: Washington Post

This year, we’ve seen yet another Arctic milestone — sea ice covering the top of the world reached the lowest maximum extent yet observed in winter, when ice is at its peak. That means that in the last four years, Arctic sea ice has seen a new low both for its seasonal winter peak (in 2015) and for its summer minimum (in 2012).

We often hear about how damaging this will be to Arctic ecosystems and cultures — but many people see new opportunities in a less icy Arctic. It’s not just shipping and industry, it’s also competitors and adventurers. One case in point: Sailing the Arctic Race, an “extreme yacht race” that is being proposed for the summer-fall of 2017, when crews would race 7,700 miles through the fabled Northwest Passage on a trip from New York to Victoria, British Columbia via the top of the world.

“The more ice that’s being melted, the more free water is there for us to be sailing,” says Robert Molnar, a lifelong sailor, entrepreneur, and the founder and CEO of the race. “Normally we should not be able to do that, but we can.”

The race lists, among its partners, Harken, a major U.S. based maker of sailboat gear. But it’s also drawn skepticism in sailing circles – Mark Pillsbury, the editor of the sailing magazine Cruising World, recently called the idea “ambitious and improbable.”

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/04/08/the-arctic-has-melted-so-much-that-people-want-to-race-yachts-through-the-northwest-passage/?tid=sm_fb

Inside The Police Failure To Stop Darren Sharper's Rape Spree

by ProPublica by Ryan Gabrielson by T. Christian Miller by Ramon Antonio Vargas by John Simerman

It was 5:06 a.m. on a Tuesday in September 2013 when sex crimes Detective Derrick Williams caught the call. It came from the hospital. It was a distraught woman. She was saying she had been raped.

She told Williams a familiar story of French Quarter trespass: She'd hit the clubs the night before, she said. Drank a lot. Met a man. Went to his house. And awoke the next morning to find him on top of her, naked. But she told Williams she had never said yes to sex.

Williams typed up a brief report. He labeled the incident a rape. But Case No. I-31494-13 wasn't quite ordinary. The accuser was a former cheerleader for the New Orleans Saints. And the alleged rapist was Darren Sharper, a hero of the Saints' 2009 Super Bowl team, former Pro Bowl player and broadcast analyst for the league's television network.

News of the Sept. 23, 2013 incident quickly shot up the ranks. New Orleans' police superintendent and top prosecutor were briefed. In the weeks that followed, police records show that Williams gathered evidence. He got a warrant to collect a sample of Sharper's DNA. It matched a swab taken from the woman's body. Witnesses told of seeing Sharper with the intoxicated woman at a club, and later at his condo. Video footage confirmed Sharper and the woman had been together.


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http://digg.com/2015/inside-the-police-failure-to-stop-darren-sharpers-rape-spree
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