Unfortunately, it’s all about gay and lesbian people, because people don’t research shame of heterosexuals too much.
So, if you look at the statistics, youth between the ages of 21 and 25, are eight times more likely to commit suicide if they feel marginalized because of their sexuality. That’s really mean.
In the sixteen states in 2005 that instituted constitutional amendments saying that gay marriage is wrong and banned, the statistics are kind of shocking. Depression in the gay and lesbian population in those states went from 23 to 31 percent. Generalized anxiety went from 3 percent to 9 percent. And alcohol abuse went from 22 to 31 percent. This hurts people. Sexual shame hurts people.
But that’s just gay people, so that’s the good news for the rest of us. Except that it turns out that gay people, are, in fact, just people.
So if sexual shame hurts gay people, it probably hurts straight people also.
Clashes erupted between al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels and U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan Heights on Saturday after the militants surrounded their encampment, activists and officials said, as the international organization risked being sucked further into the conflict.
The clashes came after Syrian rebel groups, including the Nusra Front, overran the Quneitra crossing — located on the frontier between Syrian and Israeli controlled parts of the Golan Heights — on Wednesday, seizing 44 Fijian peacekeepers.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called Western sanctions an “invasion” Saturday after Washington imposed new penalties over the country’s contested nuclear program, though he promised negotiations with world powers would go on.
The U.S. imposed sanctions Friday on more than 25 businesses, banks and individuals it said it suspected of working to expand Iran’s nuclear program, supporting terrorism and helping the Islamic Republic evade U.S. and international sanctions. The sanctions bar Americans from engaging in transactions with any of the designated parties, freeze their assets and block their property under U.S. jurisdiction.
Speaking to officials Saturday, Rouhani criticized the sanctions.
“Sanctions are an invasion of the Iranian nation. We should resist the invasion and put the invaders in their place,” Rouhani said in remarks broadcast by state TV. “We should not allow the continuation and repetition of the invasion.”
The legal pot business in the United States, including both the newly legalized retail operations in Washington and Colorado and the medical-marijuana use now allowed in California and 22 other states, is expected to grow this year to $2.6 billion from $1.5 billion in 2013, according to the ArcView Group, a San Francisco-based marijuana research and investment firm. In five years, that number could swell to more than $10 billion. And if backers are successful in getting a legalization measure on the 2016 ballot in California, the Golden State, with its already outsize medical-pot market, could soon be entering a Golden Era of commercialized cannabis.
Although the state in 1996 became the first in the nation to legalize pot for medicinal reasons, California has yet to approve it for the overall adult population, or so-called “adult-use.” Despite that, it has the largest pot market in the nation, according to a widely referenced report last year by ArcView.
“California remains the largest state market at $980 million, even without Adult Use regulations,” said the report. And “once Adult Use is adopted — which is likely by 2017 — the total California market is projected to increase dramatically.”
The new research has stated that the Paleo-Eskimos community was the first community to settle in the New World Arctic. According to the research, the group has not left any biological descendants in the New World or anywhere in America.
The newest study also shows that the Dorset people, earliest inhabitants of the North American Arctic, had lived alone for about 4,000 years. According to the research, the people of the community had lived in isolation because they refused to adapt to new ideas.
Researchers have analyzed the remains of 169 ancient people from Canada, Arctic Siberia, Greenland and Alaska. They have taken samples of teeth, bone and hair. They have also sequenced the complete genomes of seven modern-day Eskimos.
Eske Willerslev, professor at the University of Copenhagen, said, “Our genetic studies show that, in reality, the Paleo-Eskimos-representing one single group-were the first people in the Arctic, and they survived outside contact for over 4,000 years”.
The nation’s highest immigration court has found for the first time that women who are victims of severe domestic violence in their home countries can be eligible for asylum in the United States.
The decision on Tuesday by the Board of Immigration Appeals in the case of a battered wife from Guatemala resolved nearly two decades of hard-fought legal battles over whether such women could be considered victims of persecution. The ruling could slow the pace of deportations from the Southwest border, because it creates new legal grounds for women from Central America caught entering the country illegally in the surge this summer in their fight to remain here.
The board reached its decision after the Obama administration changed a longstanding position by the federal government and agreed that the woman, Aminta Cifuentes, could qualify for asylum.
A federal judge on Thursday asked lawyers battling over Louisiana’s new, restrictive abortion law for an agreement that apparently could let clinics stay open — at least for a while — after the law takes effect Sept. 1.
U.S. District Judge John deGravelles said that if the two sides cannot agree, he will rule Friday on a request from clinics and doctors for a temporary order blocking enforcement of the law while a lawsuit seeking to overturn it remains in court.
The law will require doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges to a hospital within 30 miles of their clinics. The Center for Reproductive Rights filed the court challenge last week, saying doctors haven’t had enough time to obtain the privileges and the law likely would force Louisiana’s five abortion clinics to close.
Several Texas abortion restrictions that could have resulted in the closing of over a dozen clinics in the state were thrown out by a federal judge who sided with the clinics.
The judge ruled in favor of the clinics who filed a suit against the anti-abortion bill that Republican Gov. Rick Perry signed in 2013. This bill, if the restrictions hadn’t been ruled against, could have left Texas with only seven abortion facilities come Monday.
U.S. district Judge Lee Yeakel wrote a 21-page ruling in which he explained that the overall effect that the bill would have had was that of creating impermissible obstacles for all women who would have desired a pre-viability abortion.
This trial is only one of many such battles in the wave that is sweeping cross the United States. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican who is most likely to become governor in 2015, vowed to uphold the law (which would have specific requirements of abortion facilities).
Ukraine called on Friday for full membership in NATO, its strongest plea yet for Western military help, after accusing Russia of sending in armored columns that have driven back its forces on behalf of pro-Moscow rebels.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, defiant as ever, compared Kiev’s drive to regain control of its rebellious eastern cities to the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in World War Two. He announced that rebels had succeeded in halting it, and proposed that they now permit surrounded Ukrainian troops to retreat.
Speaking to young people at a summer camp, Putin told his countrymen they must be “ready to repel any aggression towards Russia.” He described Ukrainians and Russians as “practically one people,” language that Ukrainians say dismisses the very existence of their thousand-year-old nation.
The Lesotho military surrounded the police headquarters in the capital, Maseru, and television and radio stations halted broadcasts as the prime minister’s office said the government hadn’t been toppled.
Prime Minister Tom Thabane’s administration is in control, his spokesman Thabo Thakalekoala said by phone. Army vehicles occupied police stations, according to a Bloomberg reporter on the scene. The events taking place in the kingdom aren’t an attempted coup, Sports Minister Thesele Maseribane said by phone. The prime minister is safe, he said.
Lesotho has been run by a three-party coalition government since elections two years ago. In June, Thabane suspended parliament through February, with approval from King Letsie III. The other coalition partners say they didn’t sanction such a move. South African President Jacob Zuma traveled to Lesotho last month to ease the friction, after his government reported “unusual” troop movements there.