There are 69 charts in this encouraging but frustrating collection of measurements - I encourage you to view and think about each a couple of minutes before drawing conclusions. In some it’s easy to see pluralities, e.g. where 2/3rds of the public sees climate change as a somewhat serious to very serious problem. In others it’s harder to understand the distinctions and none of these charts should be singled out for some simplex binary either / or view, but instead they should be viewed together and multiplexually.
Why a Gay Man Like Me Is Going to Make It Hard for Indiana Shopkeepers to Exercise Their ‘Religious Liberty’
Maybe Indiana could add a rider to the bill declaring that all gays must wear rainbow stars. Of course if that happened everyone who was anyone in Indiana would want to wear one…
Take sexual identity. If every LGBT person out there were a flamboyant drag queen, it might be easier for a merchant to decide who to refuse. But some gay people, like me, are just average white guys — I don’t swish, lisp or call everyone “honey,” and if there’s a song on my lips, it’s more likely Jerry Garcia than Judy Garland.
What’s a God-fearing Indiana merchant to do if I walk in the door? Am I responsible for his damnation if I let him serve me without mentioning that I’m gay and he doesn’t guess it? Must he ask all customers about potential offenses to his faith?
Complicating things is the fact that some straight men are a bit effete and some straight women are kind of butch. Just because God made them like that doesn’t mean their dry cleaning should get turned away.
So, perhaps Indiana now needs a law requiring I.D. cards for all citizens — yellow for the hets, pink for the homos — to protect both the souls and the profits of faithful, freedom-loving Chamber of Commerce members. Or maybe gays should be required to tattoo their foreheads for quick identification. If so, the same should go for straight people who practice oral and anal sex, since what offends some religious beliefs is “sodomy” defined more broadly, not merely loving someone of the same gender.
The 27th marks 20 years that the white supremacist Web site Stormfront has been serving up all forms of hate to its racialist and often violent audience. To mark this occasion, Hatewatch will be running a series of stories about the hate site, its activities, its principals and its funders. We start today with an exposé about Stormfront radio, which the site’s founder Stephen “Don” Black launched about a year ago on the Rense Radio Network. Beamed into hundreds of thousands of homes across North American and Europe, Stormfront radio is now one of the largest purveyors of hate propaganda in the world.
Authorities in Missouri say a heavily armed man with antigovernment views and a “Rambo” personality threatened to kill police officers and expressed hatred of blacks and Muslims before his arrest Wednesday in St. Louis.
David Michael Hagler, 53, who lived on food stamps and part-time work as a landscaper, faces four federal firearms charges, including illegal possession of a sawed-off shotgun and an unregistered machine gun. He is being held without bond until a preliminary hearing next week, according to court document information.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that FBI agents and police bomb squad teams spent Thursday searching for booby traps in two adjacent St. Louis homes where informants said Hagler had stockpiles of guns, 10,000 rounds of ammunition and had talked of “mass attacks on (police) officers at funerals or fundraisers.”
Police Commissioner William Evans said Saturday Boston police officer John Moynihan remained in critical condition and a medically induced coma after being shot “without provocation” on Friday night.
At a press conference, Evans called the incident “a real violent confrontation that was clearly unprovoked by our officers,” and added that there is “excellent video” that shows how the events unfolded, CBS Boston reported.
The shooting took place at about 6:40 p.m. Friday in the area of Humboldt Ave. and Ruthven Street in the Roxbury section of Boston.
Moynihan, 34, and five other gang task force members, traveling in two cars, stopped a car after reports of shots fired, Evans said. The commissioner said the officers had blue lights flashing but none had pulled out their weapons.
Arab leaders at a summit in Egypt announced the formation of a unified military force to counter growing security threats from Yemen to Libya and as regional heavyweights Saudi Arabia and Iran engage in sectarian proxy wars.
Working out the mechanism and logistics of the unified force, an idea floated by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, could take months.
Previous similar schemes have failed to produce tangible results in the divided Arab world. The dangers facing the region are stark and complex.
While conflicts intensify in Yemen and Libya, the civil war in Syria is entering its fifth year. Egypt, the most populous Arab state, faces an Islamist militant insurgency.
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The co-pilot who deliberately caused Germany’s worst post-war air disaster was suffering from a “serious psychosomatic illness” and had sought treatment for vision problems that could have ended his flying career, officials close to the inquiry and police investigating the Germanwings plane crash revealed yesterday.
The findings come from evidence found at the home of Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot who smashed the Germanwings Airbus 320 into the French Alps on Tuesday, killing himself and the other 149 passengers and crew aboard. The 27-year-old was being treated by “several neurologists and psychiatrists”, one of the leaders of the Düsseldorf task force investigating the incident told Die Welt am Sonntag yesterday.
“There is clear evidence of a serious psychosomatic illness,” the investigator added. “He [Lubitz] was suffering from a severe subjective stress syndrome and was heavily depressed.” Police said they also found large amounts of medication needed to treat depression in the pilot’s Düsseldorf flat
Conservatives aren’t anti-science or pro-science. But, they are pro-common-sense. And once more scientists adopt common sense approach to science, they’ll find that they have the support of conservative politicians - the people whose job it is to look after all Americans.
With video streaming site Twitch paying lucrative wages to celebrity gamers, it was inevitable—botnet-for-hire services that use hacked computers to fraudulently inflate viewership.
According to a report published Friday by security firm Symantec, underground markets and, in some cases, sites on the open Web host several services promising to generate large viewing audiences on Twitch and other streaming sites. One such service claims that each infected computer can be commandeered to open five separate streams carried on a selected broadcaster’s Twitch channels. (To keep owners of the compromised computers in the dark, the streams are hidden and muted.) Premium services also offer automated “chatters” that interject users’ comments live during the streaming.
Two vendors on a relatively new Dark Web marketplace are selling active Uber usernames and passwords.
On Saturday, Ars verified that “Courvoisier” is claiming to sell these logins for $1 each on the AlphaBay Market, which launched in late 2014. Another vendor, “ThinkingForward,” sells the same items for $5 each.
As Courvoisier writes: “The credentials provided will be a valid login for the Uber website for which you can use to order phones from completely free. (You can find the guide in our store if you’re unaware on the how-to).”