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Hate letters threaten gay couple in Canada

From the article:

A same-sex couple in Kingston is the subject of a hate crime after they received two threatening letters Thursday, urging them to move out of town or face physical violence.

Some of the group’s younger members would “have fun chasing ‘lesbos,’” the second letter stated. “We have brought them BB guns and today they are going to target practice, so they can hunt you down.”

The group said they “know (the couple) and have been following (them) for the past several weeks and we wish for you to leave this city before it’s too late, for (them),” adding that they should relocate to Vancouver or San Francisco.

The group claims to be “energized by the recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions legalizing same-sex marriage,” and has a head office in the “Deep South.”

The couple, who notified police upon receiving the letter, has also reached out to local LGBTQ activists to find more information about the assailants.

Kingston police said they “are aware of,” the letters and a report has been assigned to major crime detective, Const. Chris Gobeil.


I've always felt like I have a comfortable buffer because I live openly in Toronto, but this is around the corner from me, less than a 2 hour drive away. It's just crazy to me that this is even a thing. It smacks to me of some young trollsters who want to stir up some shit and make a big noise and get some attention for it, and as such, I'd rather make this post in solidarity of the couple that has been threatened, and not focus on the shit disturbers that are trying to cause FUD.

Read the article here:
http://www.thewhig.com/2013/07/19/hate-letters-threaten-gay-couple

Hate letters threaten gay couple in Canada

From the article:

A same-sex couple in Kingston is the subject of a hate crime after they received two threatening letters Thursday, urging them to move out of town or face physical violence.

Some of the group’s younger members would “have fun chasing ‘lesbos,’” the second letter stated. “We have brought them BB guns and today they are going to target practice, so they can hunt you down.”

The group said they “know (the couple) and have been following (them) for the past several weeks and we wish for you to leave this city before it’s too late, for (them),” adding that they should relocate to Vancouver or San Francisco.

The group claims to be “energized by the recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions legalizing same-sex marriage,” and has a head office in the “Deep South.”

The couple, who notified police upon receiving the letter, has also reached out to local LGBTQ activists to find more information about the assailants.

Kingston police said they “are aware of,” the letters and a report has been assigned to major crime detective, Const. Chris Gobeil.


I've always felt like I have a comfortable buffer because I live openly in Toronto, but this is around the corner from me, less than a 2 hour drive away. It's just crazy to me that this is even a thing. It smacks to me of some young trollsters who want to stir up some shit and make a big noise and get some attention for it, and as such, I'd rather make this post in solidarity of the couple that has been threatened, and not focus on the shit disturbers that are trying to cause FUD.

Read the article here:
http://www.thewhig.com/2013/07/19/hate-letters-threaten-gay-couple

Lose your tickets to a scalper-bot? Ticketmaster doesn't care...

They know scalper bots are there, and they want to slow them down, but they're not interested in stopping them:

http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/ticketmaster-knows-scalper-bots-buy-up-60-of-its-seats-but-it-doesnt-want-to-stop-them#ixzz2WWMsB7wl

From the article:
According to my calculations, Ticketmaster currently just barely edges out Exxon and Halliburton as the most-loathed company in existence. Previously, the bulk of that hatred was thanks to the exorbitant fees it tacked onto concert tickets, ostensibly for giving you the privilege of navigating their reliably infuriating, poorly designed, and perennially buggy website. But now there's a brand new reason to hate Ticketmaster: it knowingly tolerates ticket-buying hacker-spawned bots on its network.

The New York Times has a report about the ticket-snatching bots, which currently buy up to a staggering 60% of the company's goods. For anyone who's logged on at precisely 9:00 am the morning that Radiohead show goes on sale only to be interminably redirected to the seating chart page—or the thousands of real people who lost their LCD Soundsystem seats to scalper-bots—this revelation will probably make you want to smash something. You've been hopelessly competing with virtual robots that have been programmed to buy up your tickets. You never had a shot at getting into that Arcade Fire show, no matter how furiously you clicked.

And here's what makes the whole thing especially maddening. Ticketmaster not only knows about the bots, but, as BetaBeat notes, it's not even trying to kick them out of its system. It's just trying to slow them down, so humans have at least a spitting chance.


So, who cares? Well, the bands do!

http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/in-a-just-world-everyone-could-get-lcd-soundsystem-tickets

From the article:

The vast majority of indie music fans, after all, don’t have a grand to drop on a rock concert. It also pissed off LCD frontman James Murphy, who penned a furious screed on the band’s blog, denouncing the ‘scumfuck scalpers’ using his show to make a quick buck. In an attempt to thwart them, Murphy announced that the band was going to flood the market with 4 more shows leading up to the final one, exponentially increasing supply, and hopefully getting the scalpers’ absurd MSG ticket prices to come down.

It seems like a tired cliche at this point (and who knows if it even happens much but on occasions like this anymore) but rock bands have a long history of butting heads with promoters to keep ticket prices affordable for their fans. In other words, bands have long worked against their own economic interests to keep prices low; this was a dominant part of the punk ethos of the 70s and 80s.

And we’re all the better for it: How many of your favorite bands would you go see if every ticket cost $200? I think most folks would agree that they’d rather live in a society where more people have access to the shows, concerts, and events they love. If bands didn’t fight to keep prices lower, market forces would take over and exclude many of their fans. This is why the legendary punk band Fugazi refuses to play a show where the ticket price is more than $5.

How Monsanto could be poisoning your Microbiome

Just how much of Monsanto's RoundUp is it safe to ingest? According to Monsanto and now the US Government, more! But it's looking more and more like it's far more toxic than we're being told.

From the article:

First the bad news: The “safest” herbicide in the history of science may be harming us in ways we’re just beginning to understand. And now for the really bad news: Because too much is never enough, the Environmental Protection Agency just raised the allowable limits for how much of that chemical can remain on the food we eat, and the crops we feed to animals – many of which end up on our plates as well. If you haven’t guessed its identity yet, it’s Monsanto’s RoundUp, a powerful weed killer.

Here’s the thing: As farmers adopted Monsanto’s genetically modified seeds in droves — the majority of corn, soy and cotton grown worldwide include the company’s RoundupReady trait — there has been an explosion in the use of the pesticide for which the trait is designed: You guessed it, RoundUp.

In the U.S. alone, it’s estimated that over 200 million pounds of the stuff are spread on fields and farms every year. That’s almost triple the amount used in 2001. (These numbers, by the way, are all estimates, since the USDA doesn’t precisely track glyphosate use because MONSANTO!)


Read the entire article here:
http://grist.org/food/gut-punch-monsanto-could-be-destroying-your-microbiome/

Screwed by Climate Change: 10 cities that will be hardest hit

A great article from Grist about which US cities will be most adversely affected by climate change.

From the article:

Here at Grist, climate change is our bread and melting butter. But this month, we’re feeling especially hot and bothered. As part of our in-depth look at the warming planet, we’ve compiled a list of the U.S. cities that we think will be in the hottest water as the mercury rises — in some cases, up to their foreheads.

Phoenix, Ariz.: The founders of Phoenix spotted a particularly dry stretch of desert and thought, “You know what this place could use? Golf courses.” Unfortunately, this town of 4.5 million has been getting hotter by almost a degree a decade since 1961; in 2011 Phoenix had 33 days over 110. In heat like that, air conditioning is a life-and-death issue, and that A/C runs on America’s electric grid. That’s scary enough, but the power on that grid comes from dams on the Colorado River — the same shrinking river that wets Phoenix’s enormous whistle. Then again, Phoenicians named their town after a bird that periodically bursts into flames, so they must have seen this coming.


Read the whole article here:

http://grist.org/cities/screwed-by-climate-change-10-cities-that-will-be-hardest-hit/

What one week of groceries looks like around the world

http://fstoppers.com/what-a-week-of-groceries-looks-like-around-the-world

From the link:
It seems as photographers we have a fascination with photographing our food. From Henry’s series of riders to looking on instagram we cant help but documenting what we consume. Peter does a great job of exploiting this on a bigger scale. Photographer Peter Menzel started this intriguing series of one weeks of groceries from around the world.

It is interesting to see that how much food does not seem to vary too much(except Chad) but the variety of food is vastly different in each country. It is a great way to see the different culture’s influence on the products and food the consumers buy.

How do you feel about this series. Do you think it could of been differently? What Would you do differently?


Sort of an interesting social study, here! Of course, it's just a typical family, and deosn't represent everyone. Not everyone in Canada necessarily eats that much fresh food (I know, I'm Canadian, and some of my friends eat much closer to the US diet depicted), just as not everyone in the USA eats such a pre-processed diet.

JUSTICE ALITO: Gay Marriage Is 'Newer Than Cell Phones Or The Internet'

This makes me want to say a lot of things, but really, I'm speechless. From a Supreme Court Justice. You want to talk about people being out of touch with the common person. Judges who believe that the battle for gay marriage is newer than cell phones? Politicians that believe that they're so hard done by because after expenses and taxes, they only have $400k to feed their family, while the average Joe family gets by on 1/10 of that?

http://www.businessinsider.com/alito-gay-marriage-cell-phones-internet-supreme-court-prop-8-oral-arguments-2013-3

There's lots I want to say, but I'm struck dumb by a wave of futility. If the people holding the reins have no basic understanding of the situation beneath them, if it is -so far below their notice or concern-, what in the world are we to do? All the protest in the world isn't going to open their eyes and show them what's actually happening among the peasants.

Toon: How to sharpen up those debate skills

Non-political, I promise

http://www.shortpacked.com/2013/comic/book-14/09-same-planet-different-dimentia/strawman-2/

Repost: Coupon leads Crawfordville woman to pull gun on Walmart employees

A repost from LBN, because it was locked there. Seemed to be a lively discussion, so I'll pop it in here:

Source: ABC news

Wakulla County sheriff's officials say a Crawfordville woman pulled a gun on Walmart employees after they said she couldn't use an internet coupon.

The incident happened on Friday, March 1. The woman, now identified as 61-year-old Mary Frances Alday, reportedly began verbally abusing the female employee who told her she couldn't use the coupon.

Officials say that didn't stop her -- she went to her car, pulled out a gun, and walked back into the store. She reportedly began waving it at the victim and three other employees who had joined the investigation.

Alday was later arrested during a traffic stop at East Ivan Road and Wakulla Arran Road. During the arrest process, officials say Alday refused to follow the commands of Sgt. Danny Harrell during the traffic stop.

Read more: http://www.wtxl.com/news/wcso-coupon-leads-crawfordville-woman-to-pull-gun-on-walmart/article_6a547512-84f1-11e2-a483-0019bb30f31a.html

A link to the original discussion: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014414531

Coupon leads Crawfordville woman to pull gun on Walmart employees

Source: ABC news

Wakulla County sheriff's officials say a Crawfordville woman pulled a gun on Walmart employees after they said she couldn't use an internet coupon.

The incident happened on Friday, March 1. The woman, now identified as 61-year-old Mary Frances Alday, reportedly began verbally abusing the female employee who told her she couldn't use the coupon.

Officials say that didn't stop her -- she went to her car, pulled out a gun, and walked back into the store. She reportedly began waving it at the victim and three other employees who had joined the investigation.

Alday was later arrested during a traffic stop at East Ivan Road and Wakulla Arran Road. During the arrest process, officials say Alday refused to follow the commands of Sgt. Danny Harrell during the traffic stop.

Read more: http://www.wtxl.com/news/wcso-coupon-leads-crawfordville-woman-to-pull-gun-on-walmart/article_6a547512-84f1-11e2-a483-0019bb30f31a.html
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