Stepping Through the Mirror

Fort Worth Weekly: There’ll BePeace in Texas

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Unlike with the U.S. military, however, Johnson’s strategy seems to be working. In her soft-spoken way, she may talk about things like coherence and intuition, but she raised a “peace army” in Costa Rica that eventually led to the creation there of a governmental ministry for peace, a peace academy, and a nonviolence curriculum that has been taught widely in that country for the past six years.

After 17 years in Central America, she’s returned to take on her native United States, starting with Texas. The first full-length version of her program, called BePeace, to be offered in Texas will be taught in Arlington next week. And she’s considering making Flower Mound her new home and headquarters.

But the United States isn’t Costa Rica. That compact nation abolished its army in 1949, while this huge, sprawling country is currently engaged in its longest-running war, spends hundreds of billions of dollars each year on its military, and during the George W. Bush administration claimed for itself the right to strike first against potential enemies that had not yet attacked us.

Exodus President Expresses Regret For Uganda Debacle

 

Jim Burroway, Box Turtle Bulletin

June 8th, 2010

"The statement, posted on Exodus International’s blog, in my view constitutes a fairly comprehensive acknowledgment of Chambers personal failings over his handling of the Uganda debacle. While the statement does not use the word “apology” specifically, he provides a detailed self-examination of his mistakes along [with] some of the motives for making them and expresses regret for them. If there’s one thing I gained from my Catholic education, it’s that I think I can recognize a genuine act of contrition when I see one. This statement goes far beyond anything I had ever expected to see."

Dear Prime Minister,

The last 24 hours have been very difficult and distressing for me, and I have been thinking carefully about what action I should take in the interests of the Government, my constituents and - most important of all - those whom I love. I am grateful for the strong support which I have received from my friends, family, and from you, the Deputy Prime Minister and the Chancellor. This support has been incredibly important, but nonetheless, I have decided that it is right to tender my resignation as Chief Secretary to the Treasury. I have done so for three reasons.

Firstly, I do not see how I can carry on my crucial work on the Budget and Spending Review while I have to deal with the private and public implications of recent revelations.

At this important time the Chancellor needs, in my own view, a Chief Secretary who is not distracted by personal troubles. I hardly need say how much I regret having to leave such vital work, which I feel all my life has prepared me for.

Secondly, while my recent problems were caused by my desire to keep my sexuality secret, the public is entitled to expect politicians to act with a sense of responsibility. I cannot now escape the conclusion that what I have done was in some way wrong, even though I did not gain any financial benefit from keeping my relationship secret in this way.

Finally, and most importantly, I have an overriding responsibility to those I love most, and who I feel I have exposed to scrutiny in this way. I have pursued a political career because of my sense of public duty, but I have too often put this before the interests of those I love most. It is time to redress the balance. I want to apologise to my constituents for falling below the standards that they are entitled to expect from me. The job of being a constituency MP is no less important to me than my Cabinet responsibilities. I shall ensure that I co-operate fully with the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner in the review that I have requested. I intend to consider carefully over the period ahead how I can best serve the interests of my Yeovil constituency, which I care so passionately about.

It has been a great honour to serve however briefly in your Government and I will remain its strong supporter.

Yours sincerely,

 

David Laws, liberal democrat, Chief Secretary to the Treasury: Full text of resignation letter

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/may/29/david-laws-resignation-letter


Judging Women

If Elena Kagan is confirmed by the Senate, there will be three women on the Supreme Court for the first time. 

By Lisa Belkin

New York Times

May 17, 2010

Almost Genius: The Once-a-Month Stem-Cell Collector for Ladies

Chelsea Briganti, a senior at Parsons The New School for Design has produced a device that collects menstrual blood for adult stem cells. Made of medical-grade silicone and resembling an ultra-thick thick condom, Mademoicell works like a tampon. Pop it in, fill it up, pull it out, store in the fridge alongside last night’s leftovers, ship to the lab, and voila, you have the makings of new heart tissue! … Menstrual stem cells in particular harness the benefits of stem cells, but without creating a wake of moral quandaries. “The stem cells found in menstrual blood possess embyronic stem cell markers, which means that they can differentiate between nine different types of cells,” the designer Briganti says. “These are more potent than bone marrow.” Based on pre-clinical trials, they’re shaping up to be one of the most promising, renewable, non-invasive sources of stem cells.

BY SUZANNE LABARRETue May 18, 2010

New York Times: The Rise and Fall of the GDP

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In the U.S., one challenge to the G.D.P. is coming not from a single new index, or even a dozen new measures, but from several hundred new measures — accessible free online for anyone to see, all updated regularly. Such a system of national measurements, known as State of the USA, will go live online this summer. Its arrival comes at an opportune moment, but it has been a long time in the works. In 2003, a government official named Chris Hoenig was working at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, and running a group that was researching ways to evaluate national progress. Since 2007, when the project became independent and took the name State of the USA, Hoenig has been guided by the advice of the National Academy of Sciences, an all-star board from the academic and business worlds and a number of former leaders of federal statistical agencies. Some of the country’s elite philanthropies — including the Hewlett, MacArthur and Rockefeller foundations — have provided grants to help get the project started.

[Episcopal News Service] Retired Bishop Christopher Senyonjo of Buganda has a simple, if dangerous message: “God is not only for heterosexuals … [if you are gay] accept yourself, love yourself.” Senyonjo, 78, recently kicked off a six-week speaking tour at St. Paul’s Church, Pomona, in the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles to raise awareness about repressive anti-gay policies in Uganda, where lawmakers recently considered imposing a death penalty on gays. He also called upon advocacy groups to network to help develop the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) and other under-served communities in Uganda and to promote understanding and education. The married grandfather of 11 has been compared to Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Martin Luther King Jr. because of his outspoken gay rights activism. His advocacy was born of listening to the struggles of others, he said recently. “The church should be on the side of those who suffer, who are persecuted and who have been misunderstood,” he told about 75 people gathered at the May 11 forum in Pomona. “To me it is sad. Very often, people go to the Bible and read it the way they want to and say if you don’t read the Bible this way you are out, an outcast. I know; because I’ve been there.” But, he added: “Christ came to bring justice and love. Culture is not static and Christ can transform culture,” he said, noting “Christ’s imperative was to love, not to hate your brother because he is different.” The Rev. Canon Albert Ogle, Integrity USA’s vice president for national and international affairs, said the 35-year-old LGBT advocacy group within the Episcopal Church sponsored Senyonjo’s tour. They hope to create awareness, he said, because of Senyonjo’s “witness and his speaking truth to power at a time when few will oppose what amounts to state-legislated genocide.” Senyonjo has met with groups in Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, Orange County and Los Angeles, Ogle said. Other stops include Minneapolis and New York, Dublin and Belfast. Ogle said the tour is part of a fundraising effort to support Integrity Uganda’s office as well as a literacy project. Eventually, he said, the goal is “to build a coalition of progressive Ugandan organizations … to partner on such things as LGBT issues, women’s rights, human rights, HIV/AIDS and democracy. We want to invite people to visit Uganda to help create awareness.”

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"Humans are different; we should learn to live with our differences," Senyonjo told the Pomona gathering. "We need to go forward and respect human rights and to me human sexuality is a human right.” [Emphasis added.]

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How Recipes Should Look.
Infographics for the win. Both Nirak and Ragdoll comment further on the whole cooking with data view point, I just want to post pretty pictures.

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YES! TECHNOLOGY WILL MAKE COOKING BETTER!
…I don’t cook enough to officially be this excited, but it is overall exciting.
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mcdorkypants:

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goulcher:

kevinnuut:

How Recipes Should Look.

Infographics for the win. Both Nirak and Ragdoll comment further on the whole cooking with data view point, I just want to post pretty pictures.

(via datavis)

YES! TECHNOLOGY WILL MAKE COOKING BETTER!

…I don’t cook enough to officially be this excited, but it is overall exciting.

CityBeat: Medical Marijuana Bill Takes Root in Ohio

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The results of an Associated Press/CNBC poll released in April showed 55 percent of Americans opposed an end to prohibition. But when those polled were asked to compare the hypothetical regulation of marijuana to that of alcohol, 56 percent said marijuana regulation should be the same or less strict than the regulation of alcohol.

In Ohio, Democrat State Rep. Kenny Yuko of Richmond Heights, a Cleveland suburb, recently introduced House Bill 478, which would legalize the use, growth and dispensing of medical marijuana for persons suffering from debilitating conditions including cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis and Crohn’s disease.

Being Autistic, Being Human

Speaking of Faith with Krista Tippett

One child in every 110 in the U.S. is now diagnosed to be somewhere on the spectrum of autism. We step back from public controversies over causes and cures and explore the mystery and meaning of autism in one family’s life, and in history and society. Our guests say that life with their child with autism has deepened their understanding of human nature — of disability, and of creativity, intelligence, and accomplishment.

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Sometimes it blows my mind I used to be a girl; well, born female. I think the thing I am trying to articulate is that it blows my mind people SAW me as a girl; that I physically appeared female to society.
It just doesn’t make sense.
[feeling really good about my body lately :o)]

Wow, look at that torso! And your arms!
This inspires and reminds me: I should really get off the computer and pretend to be a chicken on Wii Fit Plus. (My fitness goals are at a completely different, much lower, level.)




Sometimes it blows my mind I used to be a girl; well, born female. I think the thing I am trying to articulate is that it blows my mind people SAW me as a girl; that I physically appeared female to society.
It just doesn’t make sense.
[feeling really good about my body lately :o)]
Yes!  *fistpump*  That is sooo important to experience and recognize!  Woo-hoo!  You go, Charlie!

giftedboi:

fuckyeahtrannies:

charliewarhol:

Sometimes it blows my mind I used to be a girl; well, born female. I think the thing I am trying to articulate is that it blows my mind people SAW me as a girl; that I physically appeared female to society.

It just doesn’t make sense.

[feeling really good about my body lately :o)]

Wow, look at that torso! And your arms!

This inspires and reminds me: I should really get off the computer and pretend to be a chicken on Wii Fit Plus. (My fitness goals are at a completely different, much lower, level.)

Sometimes it blows my mind I used to be a girl; well, born female. I think the thing I am trying to articulate is that it blows my mind people SAW me as a girl; that I physically appeared female to society.

It just doesn’t make sense.

[feeling really good about my body lately :o)]

Yes!  *fistpump*  That is sooo important to experience and recognize!  Woo-hoo!  You go, Charlie!

French hit back after British attack on G-spot touches nerve

"The King’s College study…shows a lack of respect for what women say," said Pierre Foldès, a leading French surgeon. "The conclusions were completely erroneous because they were based solely on genetic observations and it is clear that in female sexuality there is a variability … It cannot be reduced to a ‘yes’ or ‘no’, or an ‘on’ or an ‘off’.” [Emphasis mine.]

Thursday 28 January 2010 23.09 GMT

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Fuck Yeah LGBT: The Lutheran Church Gives a Damn!

As reported by The Advocate:

“The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America voted without dissent recently to abolish all antigay policies, effective immediately.

“The Rev. Dr. Cindi Love reports on the welcome change at the Huffington Post.

“’After twenty-five years of deliberation,…

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