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March 8, 2012

LGBT Leadership: Split Hairs and Burnt Bodies

It is not surprising to me that virtually no one is familiar with the name Shelley Hilliard. Shelley’s body was just found on the side of a busy highway in Detroit, burned to death.[…]

[…] imagine a 19-year-old girl being dropped off at an acquaintance’s home by a taxi on a Sunday night and finding three men on the lawn waiting for her. Imagine them kidnapping, torturing, decapitating, dismembering and burning her alive for sport, as young, raucous boys would to a Barbie doll. Imagine them chucking her torso on the side of a highway, with absolutely no regret or sense of immorality. Imagine being the mother called into the morgue to identify a defiled torso as your daughter. Swallow that bitter pill of reality and tell me that marriage is the most important issue for the LGBT community in 2011.

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When he was growing up in Indonesia, Obama’s nanny was a transgender woman. Her name is Evie and she is struggling today in the streets of Jakarta. Read her story.

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Christy Raj’s newest video on the LGBT Community in India.

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Bronx Students Occupy Public Education, Release 10-Point Plan

A group of young activists from the Bronx called say they’re being deprived of a quality education, and they’re prepared to fight for something better.

The Resistance, which was formed through a youth arts organization called The DreamYard A.C.T.I.O.N Project, have developed a 10-point education platform for New York City public schools. The group has also launched a Facebook page to support their efforts.

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Just what is the EU doing making this video? Accusations of racism over ‘propaganda’ film showing white woman facing ethnic minority ‘attackers’

EU is being obnoxious and offensive.

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Corporate Abuse Abroad, a Path to Justice Here

The Supreme Court heard arguments last week on this question in a case brought by Nigerian citizens against the Royal Dutch Petroleum Company and other firms, charging gross violations of human rights in Nigeria. Four conservative justices expressed skepticism about the federal courts having the reach to deal with such disputes.

But an arcane 1789 law, called the Alien Tort Statute, permits just such lawsuits to be heard in federal courts if brought against individual defendants. The same should hold true for corporations accused of such offenses abroad, provided they have contact with this country, say, by selling products here.

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Govt. agencies, colleges demand applicants’ Facebook passwords

In Maryland, job seekers applying to the state’s Department of Corrections have been asked during interviews to log into their accounts and let an interviewer watch while the potential employee clicks through wall posts, friends, photos and anything else that might be found behind the privacy wall.

Previously, applicants were asked to surrender their user name and password, but a complaint from the ACLU stopped that practice last year. While submitting to a Facebook review is voluntary, virtually all applicants agree to it out of a desire to score well in the interview, according Maryland ACLU legislative director Melissa Coretz Goemann.

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Thousands of spiders blanket Australian farm after escaping flood

Thousands of normally solitary wolf spiders have blanketed an Australian farm after fleeing a rising flood. Reuters reports that the flooding has forced more than 8,000 Australian (human) residents from their homes in the city of Wagga Wagga in New South Wales. But for every temporarily displaced person, it appears several spiders have moved in to fill the void.

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Charming old video of Kurt Vonnegut appearance in the Daily Show

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