We have yet to recover from last year when we were told that the God-worshiping city of Salt Lake City, Utah, was gayer than San Francisco. Now, the gay universe is adding insult to injury when it decided that Oakland, the place San Franciscans love to hate, is gayer than gay.
Using this criteria below, the Advocate decided that not only is San Francisco not the gayest city in the nation, but our stepsisters across the bay are more homosexual and fabulous than S.F.Adds up to gay
Oakland, with its population of 395,817, came in as No. 11, while San Francisco got honorable mention. Here’s what the Advocate had to say about this hella gay city.
These guys do a remarkable job getting their aircraft back on the ground with a minimal amount of damage. It could have very easily gone the other way. Also, notice early in the video there is a sequence showing a F-111 dumping fuel with the afterburners on lighting up the night sky. Something a little unique to the F-111.
The Australians flew the F-111 a lot longer than our Air Force. The airplane was originally designed to land on a carrier deck so the gear structure is very strong. Even landing on a long runway you just maintain 10 degrees angle of attack until the runway stops your descent.
Because this is the way the airplane was designed to be landed it felt just fine inside the airplane, but for an observer outside the aircraft it looked like you forgot to flare and really clobbered the landing. I don’t know if metal fatigue was a factor in this accident but they are fortunate the wheel fell off upon liftoff and not while accelerating down the runway in full afterburner.
Using the tail hook to catch the arresting cable was a great idea, as you will see. Arresting wires on runways are not like the ones on the flight deck of a carrier. They provide less resistance and let you decelerate over about a 900 ft. range, something you wouldn’t have room to do on a carrier.
France has called a Monday meeting of the United Nations Security Council on the conflict in Mali, an official said Sunday.
“The Security Council will meet on Monday at 12 noon at France’s request to discuss the situation in Mali,” said a spokesman for the French UN mission.
Word of the high-level gathering came as French jets pounded the Islamist strongholds of Gao and Kidal in the north of the African country, forcing insurgents to flee on the third day of a game-changing intervention that has been met with relief by the population and spurred the region into action.
“Stopping the terrorists — it’s done,” French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said. “Today we started taking care of the terrorists’ rear bases.”
French President Francois Hollande said the intervention had halted the southward rebel advance seen as threatening the capital Bamako, but stressed France’s mission was not over.
Israel’s prime minister has vowed to move ahead with settlement building in a Palestinian-claimed area near Jerusalem, after Israeli security forces evicted more than 100 Palestinian protesters from the site.
In an interview Sunday on Israeli radio, Benjamin Netanyahu said “there will construction” in the disputed E-1 zone between Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem and the major West Bank Jewish settlement of Maaleh Adumim. But he said it will take time for Israel to complete the planning process for 3,000 housing units.
Israeli security personnel entered the zone before dawn Sunday and quickly removed dozens of Palestinians who had set up tents Friday to protest the proposed settlement project. The protesters resisted passively and there were no serious injuries.
France’s sudden military intervention in its former colony Mali to contain Islamist groups which have gained control of the desert north marks a crossroads. Until now, the Socialist president, François Hollande, who had positioned himself as an anti-warmongerer with the early withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, had been planning a more subtle role in west Africa.
Paris played a key part in the recent UN resolution to restore order in Mali. But the plan had been for west African forces to lead the way, starting in September. Europeans would meanwhile train the dishevelled and contested Malian army. In the corridors of the French foreign ministry, diplomats always maintained that France would not - indeed could not - lead on the frontline with troops. Paris was keen to shake off its former colonial mantle by keeping a low-key role.
But after a surprise push by the rebels, leaving the path open to the capital, Bamako, France suddenly stepped in with fighter-jets and ground troops. Hollande carefully explained to the nation that he had a legal international mandate to act, backed by the UN and a request for help from Mali’s embattled president. The French defence minister called it “a war against terrorism”. Mali risked disintegrating into a jihadist state that would be a major international threat. It was sold as the war France could not avoid.
Yet France remains aware of the baggage it carries in Africa. Since the end of colonial rule, the Élysée has been accused of pulling strings, sweetened with briefcases of petrodollars, propping up contested leaders to suit Paris’s business interests in a shady system known as “Françafrique”.
The Chevrolet Corvette is 60 years old this week, and that’s a miracle. Many miracles, in fact.
The iconic American sports car has survived a troubled birth, quality problems and development delays. it has overcome threats from recessions and regulations. And it has outlasted waffling by Chevy parent General Motors over whether such a car should exist at all.
It appears, through all that, to have become younger than ever.
This picture of openly gay former Congressman Barney Frank as a leering, groping TSA agent was someone’s idea of a bad joke. The person with the warped sense of humor is Peter LaBarbera, president of an organization called Americans for Truth about Homosexuality. LaBarbera’s group claims to be exposing the so-called menace that gays are to American culture and so-called Christian values. But his defense of these Christian values adds up to making wild charges against gays, posting pictures of half naked gay men, huge pictures of sexually transmitted diseases, or demeaning photos of gays like the one above in a sad attempt to throw out negative generalizations about the gay community.
On his own, LaBarbera is a laughing stock, an object of amusement in the gay community who has given him the moniker of Porno Pete.
However, he and his organization are a minor part of a large network of organizations. These groups include the Family Research Council, the National Organization for Marriage, the American Family Association, Concerned Women for America, Focus on the Family, and a myriad of federal and state- wide organizations which all claim to stand for America’s supposed Judeo-Christian heritage.
But their idea of Christian values seem to rely heavily on forgetting the ninth commandment against bearing false witness because these groups have declared war on the gay community and their weapons are propaganda designed exploit fear and religious beliefs. Through a clever use of junk science, misrepresented scientific work, outright lies, or – as seen by LaBarbera’s photo of Frank – demeaning images, they work to stand as a roadblock to any advancement of gay equality by stigmatizing the gay community and falsely labeling homosexuality as a threat to societal order and wellness. And what’s worse, they use the religious belief which designates homosexuality to be a sin as a free license to sugarcoat their tactics as mere ‘expressions of their personal religious beliefs’ and label every question regarding these tactics as an ‘attack on their religious liberty’ or an attempt to ‘silence’ them.
What these groups do is nothing new and it’s certainly nothing Christian or moral about it. When any group spreads propaganda, it’s always ‘in defense’ of something and it usually scapegoats a group undeserving of such hostilities. Whether it be the defense of ‘Southern culture,’ the ‘German homeland,’ or ‘Judeo-Christian values,’ it all adds up to the same thing - isolating an innocent group as the essence of evil and claiming that if only said group were put in its place, the world would be a better place.
It’s a big lie and unfortunately, no one tells the lie better than religious right groups.
The End of an Era: Steve McCurry and the Final Roll of Kodachrome Film
DL Cade · Jan 13, 2013
In 2009, when Kodak announced that production of Kodachrome film would be coming to an end, legendary photographer Steve McCurry saw an opportunity, and asked if the company would give him the final roll. Given his reputation and the many famed photographs he’s taken on Kodachrome, it’s no surprise Kodak said yes.
As a tribute to this final roll, a crew from National Geographic decided to follow McCurry and document the momentous last 36 frames that would ever be shot on that film — the video above is the result.
The video is much more than just a chronicling of how McCurry spent that last roll of film. As with any great artist, when the NatGeo crew put McCurry on camera he inevitably managed to spout some phenomenal advice. It really makes you appreciate digital (or perhaps miss film) to see McCurry being so careful with his shots, making sure that each one did the Kodachrome roll justice.
Data in this video comes from Global Insight’s report to the United States Conference of Mayors and The Council on Metro Economies and the New American City. According to the report, economic growth in US metropolitan areas in the coming decades will test their infrastructures. Employment and population are two major drivers for congestion-related costs.
Over the next decade, the 15 metros with the largest increases in employment will be adding at least a quarter of a million jobs each. The strain on current transportation infrastructure cannot be understated as 12 of these 15 metros already rank among the 15 highest in congestion per commuter.
In addition to employment growth, which will put further strain on rush hour commutes, general population gains will also contribute to congestion. Population growth will be highest in the South, including Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, and Miami - four of the top five largest population gainers through 2020.
Over the longer-term, the picture is not any better. Total metro area population will grow by 32% from 2012-2042 and will be especially fast in some of the nation’s largest metros. Population will advance by over 50% in Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Tampa, Denver, San Antonio, and by over 80% in Phoenix, Riverside, and Orlando. Houston and Dallas already rank among the most congested metros; if there is not significant investment in infrastructure congestion costs will be astronomical and will stifle long-term economic potential.