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Raven-Symone: I'm not gay, and I'm not African-American

Hey there, DU. I found this interesting piece on Raven-Symone and her views on labelling on CNN:

http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/06/showbiz/raven-symone-gay-labels/?hpt=ob_articlefooter&iref=obnetwork

Actress Raven-Symone knows exactly who she is, and that person can't be defined with the usual labels.

That's what the former "Cosby Show" star told Oprah Winfrey on OWN on Sunday night, as she explained why she doesn't like to be labeled as gay or African-American.

The actress confirmed that she's in "an amazing, happy relationship" with her partner, who is a woman, but added that she doesn't "need a categorizing statement for it."

"I don't want to be labeled gay," Raven-Symone said. "I want to be labeled a human who loves humans."


Edit: Also, here's the story highlights, to clear things up:

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

Actress Raven-Symone eschews labels like gay and African-American
The former "Cosby Show" star said she's just a "human who loves humans"
She also sees herself as just an American, "a colorless person, because we're all people"


I honestly gotta admire her honesty; you rock, Raven-Symone!

WHO-What we know about transmission of the Ebola virus among humans.

Thought I'd share this. This should shed some much-needed light on what we really know about Ebola(which is quite a bit!).

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/ebola/06-october-2014/en/

Oh, and here's the best part:


Moreover, scientists are unaware of any virus that has dramatically changed its mode of transmission. For example, the H5N1 avian influenza virus, which has caused sporadic human cases since 1997, is now endemic in chickens and ducks in large parts of Asia.

That virus has probably circulated through many billions of birds for at least two decades. Its mode of transmission remains basically unchanged.


So, there we go. This should help, hopefully, to put some of the more pessimistic speculation to rest.
Posted by AverageJoe90 | Tue Oct 7, 2014, 01:06 PM (7 replies)

"Shelter In Place Warning" EAS Alert issued in regards to the manhunt for Eric Frein.

Effective as of 8:06 p.m., EDT.

http://www.newsroomamerica.com/story/445389.html

BTW, if anyone has any friends or relatives in Eastern Pa., particularly in Monroe County, please don't hesitate to get a hold of them and let them know what's going on, in case they may not.

Pa. State Police Ask Residents In Price, Barrett Townships To Stay Inside Homes

Source: CBS Philadelphia

MONROE COUNTY, Pa. (CBS) — Around 7:30 p.m. Friday, the Pennsylvania State Police asked residents in the Price and Barrett Townships areas of Monroe County to stay inside their residences due to police activity in the area.

The public is also asked not to travel to this area.

State Police said they would not take questions.

Police have had a strong presence in the area as the manhunt continues for Eric Frein, who authorities say is being sought in connection with last week’s shooting at the Blooming Grove barracks that left one trooper dead and another wounded.

Eric Matthew Frein. (credit: Pennsylvania State Police)

Frein was placed on the FBI’s 10 most wanted list Thursday.

Read more: http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2014/09/19/manhunt-continues-for-suspect-in-pa-barracks-shooting/



Well, damn. This is starting to get a little scary, folks. I only hope that the cops can stop this guy before he takes any more lives.....

"Shelter In Place Warning" EAS Alert issued in regards to the Eric Frein problem in Penn.

Effective as of 8:06 p.m., EDT.

http://www.newsroomamerica.com/story/445389.html

This is getting goddamn serious, folks, and on a particularly scary level, too. If anyone has any friends or relatives in Eastern Pa., particularly in Monroe County, please don't hesitate to get ahold of them and let them know what's going on.

Fresh Focus on Siberian Permafrost as Hole Count Rises: DotEarth.

Okay, I realize this article is a couple of weeks old, but it's so good, I just had to share it. I'm sure many of you have been paying attention to the Siberian hole discoveries of late, whether out of worry, or curiosity, or perhaps, a mixture of the two. Well, in any case, Andrew Revkin of the impeccable DotEarth blog did an interview with Marina Leibman, one of the chief scientists of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, who happens to be a veteran permafrost expert with as much as 40 years' experience in her field.

http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/07/25/fresh-focus-on-siberian-permafrost-as-second-hole-is-reported/?_php=true&_type=blogs&module=BlogPost-ReadMore&version=Blog%20Main&action=Click&contentCollection=arctic&pgtype=Blogs®ion=Body&_r=0#more-52809

I had a Skype chat Wednesday about Siberian permafrost in the context of climate change with Marina Leibman, a top Russian permafrost expert who had just returned from examining the unusual crater spotted on the Yamal Peninsula in Siberia late last week.

We talked just before fresh reports circulated about reindeer herders finding another such hole in the region.....

Leibman, the chief scientist at the Earth Cryosphere Institute of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, has studied permafrost since 1973 and has a remarkable publication record.

She describes how the first hole (and presumably the new one) appear to have formed as methane is released from a warming mix of ice, water and soil, building up pressure that explosively pushed out the top of the hole, heaving chunks of earth many yards in some directions.....

She said there were no signs of combustion, that the hole had to be at least a year old because there was fresh greenery from this summer season with no overlying layer of mud or the like.

Leibman stressed that there were no indications that such events were more than the normal process of lake formation in the area and predicted that the hole she inspected would end up being a lake in coming years.

She also stressed that she sees no signs of current or imminent warming producing a great destabilization of permafrost in the Arctic: “You can’t say in 20 years it will be 2 degrees warmer so permafrost will be thawing. It will make it 2 degrees warmer, but not thawing – at least in the far north.....


So, there we go. To be honest, this doesn't mean we shouldn't be concerned about permafrost anymore. We should be. However, though, this does shine some (much needed!) new light on the phenomenon and may hopefully bring the conversation a little bit back towards Earth.


Anybody else having issues with Rootsweb today?

For some reason.....I dunno what it could be, exactly.....I can't access Rootsweb at all. This is the address I normally use, btw: http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

I hope the site hasn't been taken out; I heard there may have been a DDOS attack recently.

To be fair, this wasn't nearly as bad as the Miss Teen S.C. fiasco.

People do forget facts under pressure sometimes.....I know that's happened to me.

But I do know all 50 of the state capitals.

From west to east(P.S. not really in the exact order, however. ):

Juneau(Alaska)
Honolulu(Hawa'ii, our POTUS's hometown)
Olympia(Wash.)
Salem(Ore.)
Sacramento(Calif.)
Boise(Idaho)
Carson City(Nevada)
Salt Lake(Utah)
Phoenix (Ariz.)
Helena(Mont.)
Cheyenne(Wyo.)
Denver(Colo.)
Santa Fe(N.M.)
Austin(Texas)
Oklahoma City(Okla., of course)
Topeka(Kansas)
Lincoln(Neb.)
Pierre(S.D.)
Bismarck(N.D.)
St. Paul(Minn.)
Des Moines(Iowa)
Jefferson City(Missouri)
Little Rock(Ark.)
Baton Rouge(La.)
Madison(Wis.)
Springfield(Ill.)
Lansing(Mich.)
Indianapolis(Ind.)
Frankfort(Ky.)
Columbus(Ohio)
Charleston(W. Va.)
Nashville(Tenn.)
Jackson(Miss.)
Montgomery(Ala.)
Tallahassee(Fla.)
Atlanta(Ga.)
Columbia(S.C.)
Raleigh(N.C.)
Richmond(Va.)
Annapolis(Maryland)
Harrisburg(Pa.)
Dover(Del.)
Trenton(N.J.)
Albany(N.Y.)
Montpelier(Ver.)
Hartford(Conn.)
Boston(Mass.)
Providence(R.I.)
Concord(N.H.)
Augusta(Maine)

And then, San Juan is Puerto Rico's capital, as a bonus.





Fine, I'll say it. I'm a ("cis") male and guys can be feminists, too.

Well, okay, since others are getting into it, I will, too. Honestly, it does bother me quite a bit when some radfems say that guys can't be feminists, because we aren't women. Well.....that's not true. After all, isn't feminism about supporting equal rights, levelling the playing field as much as possible, etc.? Because, you know what? I support all of these things. Wholeheartedly. Then, if so.....am I not a feminist? Simply because I'm of the "wrong" gender?

BTW, I do realize this isn't so much a problem on DU as elsewhere, but I have heard this a few times on here as well and it IS a little unsettling, TBH. So, reply away, as you will.

Watching the severe weather outbreak unfolding across the South today.

For those of you who may not have been paying much attention, there is a *major* severe weather outbreak unfolding across the southern states right now and there's already been at least one strong, damaging tornado in Arkansas with multiple reports of serious damage in several communities.

This was the latest bulletin on the aforementioned tornado, as of 7:48 pm.

SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LITTLE ROCK AR
743 PM CDT SUN APR 27 2014

ARC045-085-119-145-280100-
/O.CON.KLZK.TO.W.0011.000000T0000Z-140428T0100Z/
FAULKNER AR-LONOKE AR-PULASKI AR-WHITE AR-
743 PM CDT SUN APR 27 2014

...TORNADO EMERGENCY FOR SALTILLO AND VILONIA...

...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR SOUTHWESTERN WHITE...
EXTREME NORTH CENTRAL PULASKI...EXTREME NORTHWESTERN LONOKE AND
SOUTHEASTERN FAULKNER COUNTIES UNTIL 800 PM CDT...

AT 738 PM CDT...STORM SPOTTERS AND NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
METEOROLOGISTS WERE TRACKING A CONFIRMED TORNADO WITH REPORTS OF
DAMAGE. THIS POTENTIALLY DEADLY TORNADO WAS LOCATED 3 MILES EAST OF
LAKE CONWAY...OR 8 MILES SOUTHEAST OF CONWAY...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 50
MPH.

THIS IS A TORNADO EMERGENCY FOR SALTILLO AND VILONIA. TAKE COVER NOW.

* LOCATIONS IN OR NEAR THE PATH OF THIS TORNADO INCLUDE...
VILONIA... LAKE CONWAY... ENOLA...
SALTILLO... OTTO... HOLLAND...
HAMLET... EL PASO...

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TO REPEAT...A DAMAGING TORNADO IS ON THE GROUND. THIS IS AN
EXCEPTIONALLY DANGEROUS SITUATION. THIS STORM IS PRODUCING A LIFE
THREATENING...CONFIRMED TORNADO CAPABLE OF SIGNIFICANT DESTRUCTION.
TAKE COVER IMMEDIATELY.

&&

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1100 PM CDT SUNDAY EVENING
FOR ARKANSAS.

LAT...LON 3494 9234 3503 9242 3528 9218 3506 9199
TIME...MOT...LOC 0043Z 227DEG 43KT 3505 9229

$$

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TBH, I've been watching this all day and it's like a switch just flipped, right about 5 pm CDT. This is getting scary, folks. This one tornado might have been a violent tornado, too, according to some reports.
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