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Gay Marriage Licenses Allowed in Kansas County

Source: Associated Press

@AP: MORE: Kansas county judge orders Johnson County clerk's office to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples: http://t.co/64gat8uBPE/s/qtTo

Gay marriage licenses allowed in Kansas county

OCT. 8, 2014 5:12 PM EDT

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A judge in northeast Kansas has ordered a county to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples following actions earlier this week by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Johnson County Chief District Judge Kevin Moriarty issued the order Wednesday. He says it was meant to avoid confusion about the legal climate surrounding gay marriages.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear appeals from five states seeking to preserve their bans on gay marriage. One of them was Utah, which is in the same federal appeals court circuit as Kansas.

The Kansas Constitution has banned gay marriage since 2005.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/525af8dc8530440bb8a2cc2a142bb457/gay-marriage-licenses-allowed-kansas-county

Twitter Sues FBI, DOJ to Release More Info About Government Surveillance

Source: CBS News / Associated Press

@CBSEveningNews: JUST IN: Twitter is suing the U.S. gov't, says it's been prohibited from "reporting on the actual scope of surveillance of Twitter users."

@AP: Twitter sues the FBI, Department of Justice to release more information about government surveillance of its users: http://t.co/2MuenWo0Zh/s/XLHE

Twitter sues FBI, DOJ to release more info about government surveillance

Oct 7, 2014 2:15 PM EDT

NEW YORK -- Twitter is suing the FBI and the Department of Justice to be able to release more information about government surveillance of its users.

Twitter Inc. filed a lawsuit Tuesday in a California federal court to publish its full "transparency report," which documents government requests for user information. The published report does not include national security requests because Twitter, along with other Internet companies, has been prohibited from disclosing that information.

The San Francisco-based social media company says it believes that it's entitled under the First Amendment to "respond to our users' concerns and to the statements of U.S. government officials by providing information about the scope of U.S. government surveillance."

Twitter said in a blog post that it has "tried to achieve the level of transparency our users deserve without litigation, but to no avail."

"This is an important issue for anyone who believes in a strong First Amendment, and we hope to be able to share our complete Transparency Report," the company said.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/twitter-sues-fbi-doj-to-release-more-info-about-government-surveillance/


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BREAKING: U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Rule on Gay Marriage

Source: Bloomberg News

@BloombergNews: ALERT: U.S. Supreme Court refuses to rule on gay marriage, allowing same sex marriage in up 11 new states

@BloombergNews: Number of gay-marriage states now likely to rise to 30 plus the District of Columbia: http://t.co/4moWBXCmra/s/YshI http://t.co/D1VT2HXbFb/s/jdVQ

@SCOTUSblog: Appeals court decisions striking down SSM bans remain in effect. Other challenges continue. SCOTUS review waits for another day.

@SCOTUSblog: Practically, today SCOTUS recognized a right to SSM. Implausible that later it will undo marriages, absent a big change in Ct's membership.

U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Rule on Gay Marriage

By Greg Stohr
October 06, 2014 9:43 AM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected calls for a nationwide ruling on same-sex marriage, a rebuff that lets gays marry in as many as 11 new states and leaves legal uncertainty elsewhere.

The denial today of seven pending appeals defied predictions. Advocates on both sides had urged the justices to resolve the issue following a wave of lower court rulings that the Constitution guarantees same-sex marriage rights.

The rejection lets three federal appeals decisions take effect, legalizing same-sex marriage in Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Wisconsin and Indiana. Six other states -- Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina -- will likely follow because they fall under the jurisdiction of those appellate courts.

Those additions will bring the number of gay-marriage states to 30, plus the District of Columbia.

Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-10-06/u-s-supreme-court-refuses-to-rule-on-gay-marriage.html

Patient Hospitalized in D.C. With Possible Ebola Symptoms

Source: CBS News

@CBSNews: A person with possible Ebola symptoms has been hospitalized in Washington, D.C., out of "an abundance of caution." http://t.co/Fhi77AsmFB/s/QF31

Patient hospitalized in D.C. with possible Ebola symptoms

Oct 3, 2014 12:05 PM EDT

A person with possible Ebola symptoms has been hospitalized in Washington, D.C. out of "an abundance of caution," the hospital confirmed in a statement.

The patient, who traveled to the U.S. from Nigeria, has been hospitalized at Howard University Hospital in Washington.

"We can confirm that a patient has been admitted to Howard University Hospital in stable condition, following travel to Nigeria and presenting with symptoms that could be associated with Ebola," hospital spokesperson Kerry-Ann Hamilton said in a statement Friday.

"In an abundance of caution, we have activated the appropriate infection control protocols, including isolating the patient. Our medical team continues to evaluate and monitor progress in close collaboration with the CDC and the Department of Health.

"For privacy reasons, we cannot share additional details about the case. We will continue to provide key updates as the situation warrants."

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ebola-outbreak-patient-hospitalized-in-d-c-with-possible-ebola-symptoms/

Sweden (to Become First EU Country) to Recognise State of Palestine

Source: Reuters

Sweden to recognise state of Palestine
STOCKHOLM Fri Oct 3, 2014 8:50am EDT

(Reuters) - Sweden's new center-left government will recognise the state of Palestine in a move that will make it the first major European country to take the step, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said on Friday.

The U.N. General Assembly approved the de facto recognition of the sovereign state of Palestine in 2012 but the European Union and most EU countries, have yet to give official recognition.

"The conflict between Israel and Palestine can only be solved with a two-state solution, negotiated in accordance with international law," Lofven said during his inaugural address in parliament.

"A two-state solution requires mutual recognition and a will to peaceful co-existence. Sweden will therefore recognise the state of Palestine."

For the Palestinians, Sweden's move will be a welcome boost for its ambitions.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/03/us-sweden-politics-palestinians-idUSKCN0HS0XN20141003

UPDATE: Controversial Colorado History Plan Still Alive

Source: Associated Press

@AP: BREAKING: Colorado school board approves review of U.S. history class changes that sparked protests

@AP: Correction: Colorado school board expands curriculum committees; history proposal still on the table: http://t.co/3UVIkLAieq/s/RhdT

Controversial Colorado history plan still alive

OCT. 2, 2014 11:31 PM EDT

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) — A suburban Denver school board under fire for proposing a review of Advanced Placement U.S. history has voted to include students, parents and administrators in its curriculum reviews, but isn't backing off the original history proposal that has sent waves of students into the streets to protest.

Hundreds of students, teachers and parents packed the Thursday evening school board meeting and watched live video on a screen set up outside.

Some in the audience yelled "resign" and "recall, recall" as the board voted 3-2 to expand the membership on two existing curriculum review committees. They will now include students, parents and administrators and their meetings will have to be held in public.

It's not immediately clear whether the committees will review the history course.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/5638f9e60740470db9db30b204b33a1a/history-fight-coming-head-suburban-denver

Ten Percent of Female University of Oregon Students Raped: Survey


Ten percent of female University of Oregon students raped: survey
By Lee van der Voo

Wed Oct 1, 2014 10:09pm EDT

PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - About 10 percent of female University of Oregon students surveyed have been raped while attending the school and the vast majority of those sexual assault cases were never reported to campus officials, school researchers found.

The findings come after the school faced criticism over its handling of an alleged rape involving three basketball players that preceded the resignation of former university president Michael Gottfredson.

University researchers said 35 percent of students - and 14 percent of men - had at least one forcible sexual encounter and about 90 percent of students assaulted never told of the violence.

"We think it's terrible," said interim president and provost of the school Scott Coltrane.

He said the findings "reflect the incidence rates that we're hearing from across the country, so that is not a surprise, but there are pieces there that are alarming," chiefly the low number of students who report the crimes.


First Ebola Case is Diagnosed in the U.S., CDC Reports

Source: Bloomberg News

@BreakingNews: CDC confirms 1st Ebola case diagnosed in US; press conference at 5:30 pm ET - @CNBC, @Reuters http://t.co/LVo0v4ptr1/s/Y1yP

First Ebola Case Is Diagnosed in the U.S., CDC Reports

By Kelly Gilblom
September 30, 2014 4:50 PM EDT

The first Ebola case has been diagnosed in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control said today in a statement.

A hospital in Dallas had been testing a person based on their travel history and symptoms, said in a statement earlier today. Another patient was being evaluated at a National Institutes of Health facility. It’s not clear if either patient is the one referred to in the CDC’s initial report.

Read more: http://mobile.bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-30/first-ebola-case-is-diagnosed-in-the-u-s-cdc-reports.html

MUST-READ: "If Regular Americans Acted Like the Moneyed Class, Our Country Would Collapse in a Week"

"If regular Americans acted like corporations and the moneyed class, our country would collapse in a week from systemic theft, corruption and greed..."


MONDAY, SEP 29, 2014 07:00 AM EDT

The big “middle class” rip-off: How a short sale taught me rich people’s ethics

So many of us are clueless about business and finance. Here's why that's just the way the investment class likes it


“Behind every great fortune lies a great crime.” – Honoré de Balzac.

The closest I ever came to acting like a rich person was two years ago when I short-sold my primary residence. I might have been able to keep it but strategic default made life easier. I owed about $400,000 on a house that short-sold for $150K. The bank lost more than a quarter of a million dollars, and I lost at least $80K in down payment and property improvements. In a short sale the bank agrees to settle debt for the lesser amount and the seller gets nothing but is “punished” by not being able to finance another house for at least two years (rules vary). My moment of acting rich was when I bought a second house before short-selling the first to skirt around the repercussions of my own bad luck.

When the housing market tanked a few years ago, the government rescued every bank and business (even a damned insurance company), while ignoring everyone else. I realized that the game was fatally lopsided, so I didn’t just walk away in middle-class shame, but rather I employed all my (extremely limited) cunning and deviousness to get a similar home before ditching the old one. I was able to cash in on low housing prices from a couple of years ago, coupled with low interest rates, to come out on top. The biggest barrier to getting a great deal was an almost overpowering need to behave like a middle-class sucker.

I was taught growing up to “keep my word” and that your handshake “meant something.” Yet businessmen and individual wealthy people make decisions that are far less moral than a short sale. People “incorporate” so they can avoid legal responsibility for individual actions. It works great. You can stiff creditors, declare bankruptcy, pollute daily and raid pensions to enrich individual executives. If it all goes wrong, like it has so often for Donald Trump, you can keep your mansions and individual fortunes. It is no accident that the best-paid CEO in America has never made a dime for the company. If regular Americans acted like corporations and the moneyed class, our country would collapse in a week from systemic theft, corruption and greed.

I always knew business was getting over on me, but I had no idea the extent until I started looking to short-sell. I first learned all I could about private home financing. I called up some shady investment groups around town and questioned them at length. I didn’t end up using them, but they were frank, informative and unashamed.

“Who would pay 11 percent on a home loan?” I asked.

“Rich people,” said “Bill” from the legal loan-sharking company. “The rich have terrible credit.”

Rich people = bad credit: Just let that sink in.

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Living a middle-class life is an impediment to meaningful change. We are taught that we have everything we should dare to expect and capitalism has “worked” for us. Middle-class people are also urged to hate poor people, and those who cannot or will not work. They are the “other,” the moocher class. Poor people are the reason you haven’t gotten a raise in five years or that your house is worthless or that your company only gives you one week off a year. Those who have something detest those with nothing. We’re letting rich people get away with fleecing America, while turning our rage on poor people.

When you examine it, you cannot blame the rich for the oligarchy we’ve become or for what looks more and more like the return of Dark Age feudalism. Rather, the blame lies with my fellow work-a-day slobs who vote for politicians and policies that favor investment and wealth over the work of regular people. Middle-class Americans are self-flagellating and dispirited over their own lack of wealth, as if it were a character flaw. At the same time, they fall for the deception that everyone can be rich when, of course, most people lack the connections, education and plain old luck to even get close.

I can uncover an individual’s actual potential for wealth with one easy test: If you equate business opportunity with a multilevel marketing scheme, like Amway, you will never be rich. If that doesn’t work, just ask yourself if you think you’ve got a shot at winning the lottery. If the answer is “yes,” you will most assuredly die poorer than you are now.

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