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Mississippi’s Anti-LGBTQ Law Is About to Go Down in Flames

These may be extraordinarily dark times for the LGBTQ community in America, but a bright spot is on the horizon—and out of Mississippi, of all places. No, the state’s Republican-dominated legislature hasn’t wised up and repealed its horrific anti-LGBTQ segregation law. But a federal judge has agreed to consider a constitutional challenge to the legislation at a hearing next week. And here’s the really good part: The woman in charge of the challenge is Roberta Kaplan, whose track record of knocking down anti-LGBTQ laws in Mississippi is pretty damn stellar.

Kaplan launched her challenge to the Mississippi law, HB 1523, by questioning an especially troubling provision that allows clerks to refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples while still issuing them to opposite-sex couples. When the state refused to cooperate with her requests for information, Kaplan reopened a previous case that had challenged Mississippi’s same-sex-marriage ban. That litigation ended with an injunction barring the state or its officers from discriminating against same-sex couples; Kaplan simply asked the judge, Carlton W. Reeves, to extend his previous order to prevent Mississippi’s clerks from turning away same-sex couples.

Now it appears the judge will do much more than that. In response to Reeves’ interest in the constitutionality of the entire law, Kaplan has filed a new brief to demonstrate that HB 1523 violates not just the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses, but also the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. HB 1523, Kaplan explains in her motion to enjoin the law, singles out three religious beliefs for special protection: The belief that marriage is between a man and a woman, that sexual relations outside of such a marriage are improper, and that a person’s gender must be the same as they sex they were assigned at birth. The law then elevates these beliefs for special treatment, granting their holders a near-absolute right to discriminate against gay, bisexual, and trans people with regard to “marriage licenses, adoption and fertility services, access to health care, and public accommodation in restaurants, hotels, wedding halls, and more.”



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The Everyday Trauma Of Living With Anti-Muslim Rhetoric

by Bim Adewunmi

On 16 June Jo Cox, a British MP, was shot in Birstall, near Leeds, in northern England. She died from her injuries on the same day. The suspected gunman, Thomas Mair, who reportedly was a longtime supporter of a U.S.-based neo-Nazi group the National Alliance, is in custody. If her death ends up being treated as a political assassination, it will be an event we are unused to in the UK (the last sitting MP who was killed was Ian Gow, in 1990).

For maybe the dozenth time in a few days, when I heard the awful news, I burst into tears. Cox, 41, was a mother to two very young children, married to their father, and a beloved friend to many; her loss is a terrible blow to her loved ones, a shocking and unexpected event, the sort of thing that simply shouldn’t happen. In the wider world, Cox was previously an activist and campaigner, and, as of 2015, a politician – a first-time Labour MP who stood up in parliament this past April and asked the government to accept 3,000 child refugees from Syria. Her death extends beyond those who knew (and loved) her personally.

I am far from my London home, where we will soon be voting to either remain in the European Union or leave it – a “Brexit”, as we have clunkily portmanteaued it. The dialogue, even from this far away, has been a toxic soup, all of us choking it down and spluttering, but mulishly not leaving the table. It’s not even a new dialogue – Great Britain, formerly a colonial empire that stretched across the globe, has been oddly defensive about letting anyone else in for a long time. I live in America now, where another toxic conversation has been underway for a long time as well, currently spearheaded by the presumptive presidential nominee of the Republican party, Donald Trump. The man who tweeted “AMERICA FIRST!” earlier this month has come up with some of the most repugnant rhetoric around pretty much every group of people over the last several years, with particular destructive vitriol reserved for Muslims, foreigners (and the children of foreigners), and women.

I am all three of those things, and I am tired.


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New paper claims that the EM Drive doesn't defy Newton's 3rd law after all

Physicists have just published a new paper that suggests the controversial EM drive - or electromagnetic drive - could actually work, and doesn't defy Newton's third law after all.

In case you've missed the hype, here's a quick catch-up: a lot of space lovers are freaking out about the EM drive because of claims it could get humans to Mars in just 10 weeks, but just as many are sick of hearing about it, because, on paper at least, it doesn't work within the laws of physics.

Despite that not-insignificant setback, the EM drive shows no signs of quitting, and test after test - including trials by NASA scientists at the Eagleworks lab, and an independent researcher in Germany - has conceded that the propulsion system, somehow, does produce thrust.

Why is that so surprising? That's because of how the EM drive is supposed to work, in theory at least. First designed by British scientist Roger Shawyer back in 1999, the EM drive uses electromagnetic waves as fuel, and creates thrust by bouncing those microwaves back and forth within a metal cavity to trigger motion.


Man arrested in Petaluma CA with multiple guns, including assault weapon

Petaluma police said they arrested a man on Wednesday in who was allegedly found to have an assault-style gun, multiple other weapons and several loaded, high-capacity magazines in his vehicle.

The man, 18-year-old Christopher Middleton, was said to have a loaded assault rifle equipped with a 30-round magazine, three additional 30-round magazines including one partially loaded, an unloaded shotgun, an unloaded rifle and approximately 500 rounds of ammunition in the vehicle, a black GMC Yukon, according to Petaluma Police Sgt. Paul Gilman.

Police also said they found a gas mask, knit ski mask, a “military-type” backpack and canteens in the vehicle.

Police arrested Middleton at the Rocky Dog Park on West Casa Grande Road without incident after a caller reported that the suspect had threatened him with a gun during an argument while the two were driving south on Highway 101 from Santa Rosa. The two were said to ultimately end up at the dog park, where the victim left Middleton and reported the incident to police.

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