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  • Switzerland’s supreme court rules parents have no right to homeschool their kids

    09/22/2019 3:06:32 AM PDT · by a little elbow grease · 27 replies ^ | 9/21/19 | Martin M.Barillas
    GENEVA, Switzerland, September 18, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) -- Switzerland’s top court ruled that parents do not have a right to homeschool their children. On Monday, the Swiss Federal Court ruled against a mother from the city of Basel who in 2017 had applied for permission to school her 8-year-old son at home. School authorities rejected the application and a cantonal court threw out the mother’s appeal. When she brought her case to the Federal Court, the mother held that the appeal court’s decision was tantamount to a ban on private instruction at home, thus violating a constitutional right to privacy and...
  • Microsoft chief Brad Smith says rise of killer robots is 'unstoppable'

    09/21/2019 7:43:11 AM PDT · by Mariner · 72 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | September 21st, 2019 | Robin Pagnamenta
    The rise of killer robots is now unstoppable and a new digital Geneva Convention is essential to protect the world from the growing threat they pose, according to the President of the world’s biggest technology company. In an interview with The Telegraph, Brad Smith, president of Microsoft, said the use of 'lethal autonomous weapon systems' poses a host of new ethical questions which need to be considered by governments as a matter of urgency. He said the rapidly advancing technology, in which flying, swimming or walking drones can be equipped with lethal weapons systems – missiles, bombs or guns –...
  • 'Mindless growth': Robust scientific case for degrowth is stronger every day

    09/21/2019 2:13:35 AM PDT · by Libloather · 66 replies
    Irish Times ^ | 9/09/19 | Jason Hickel
    Once confined to the small scientific community of climate researchers and ecological economists, the idea of degrowth is now blazing into the mainstream. Not surprisingly, people are trying to figure out what to make of it. Is it an inspiring idea that points the way to a better economy? Or is it a mad notion that’s sure to plunge us all into poverty? Degrowth is a planned reduction of total energy and material use to bring the economy in line with planetary boundaries, while improving people’s lives by distributing income and resources more fairly. The scientific case for degrowth is...
  • Donald Trump Unveils Model of New Air Force One Paint Scheme

    09/19/2019 9:41:26 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 158 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 20, 2019 | Charles Spieing
    President Donald Trump unveiled a plane model on Thursday demonstrating the new color scheme for Air Force One. The model was spotted on a table in the Oval Office during a meeting between President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “I would say the plane basically is an upgrade over that model. We actually are getting things that they didn’t get. We’re saving about $1.5 billion. So it’s going to be terrific,” Trump told reporters. the new Air Force One will go into service in 2024. Despite some critics lamenting the loss of the baby blue and gold...
  • London’s first Trans Pride march was ‘one day we’re not outcasts’

    09/16/2019 6:19:05 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 37 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Sunday 15 Sep 2019 | author imageJames Hockaday
    More than 1,500 people showed up to London’s first ever Trans Pride march, which organisers called the ‘one day we’re not outcasts’. The parade kicked off at Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner and ended in Soho Square but the exact route was not revealed beforehand to prevent people interfering with the event. Despite concerns about safety and numbers, organiser Lucia Blayke said the day had been ‘absolutely incredible and overwhelming’. She added: ‘The sun’s out and the sky’s blue, if you look at everyone’s faces it’s just big smiles.’ ‘For trans people it’s a lot different being out in...
  • Green energy policies proliferating a ‘greenhouse gas’ with ‘23,500 times more warming than CO2’

    09/15/2019 11:40:10 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies ^ | 9/15/2019 | Thomas Lifeson
    Global warming hysteria has driven a lot of stupid investment in purportedly “green” energy production that turns out to create new problems. Wind farms that kill millions of birds because migratory birds follow the same winds that are ideal for wind power, for instance. Bald eagles, normally illegal to kill in the United States, are allowed to be slaughtered by wind farms. Then there are the massive lithium batteries needed for electric cars, full of toxic heavy metals, that pose a huge problem of disposal when they wear out after about ten years. And the solar energy farms that eat...
  • Albertsons Companies joins supermarkets in changing guns policy

    09/08/2019 8:17:34 PM PDT · by Farcesensitive · 103 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 7, 2019 | Akshay Balan
    Supermarket operator Albertsons Companies said on Saturday it would ask customers not to openly carry firearms at its stores, joining an array of retailers and store chains this week who changed their gun policy in light of several mass shootings in the United States.
  • Shaun King Unveils Fundraising Report Amid Accusations Of Thievery

    09/08/2019 7:59:19 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 18 replies
    HipHopWired ^ | 6 September 2019 | D.L. Chandler
    For years, Shaun King has risen as one of the more high-profile activists of his era and that in turn has led to a growing number of critics from all sides who believed his efforts were questionable. Amid a chorus of dissent, King has released what he has deemed is an independent review of his finances and fundraising efforts to prove that he has not taken any monies for himself or family. The report was published via Medium and features the research work of Tamika Mallory, Co-Chair of The Women’s March and Co-Founder of Justice League NYC and civil rights...
  • CNN Analyst: To Stay 'Viable,' NFL Must 'Encourage' Gays

    09/08/2019 8:23:29 AM PDT · by rktman · 112 replies ^ | 9/8/2019 | Brad Wilmouth
    Brennan responded by talking up the alleged strength of pro-gay sentiments among sports fans: It sure should have changed, Ana, and if the National Football League wants to be viable and wants to retain its spot as the number one pro-league in our country well into this century, it has to accept this and it has to encourage this because those fans who are maybe in their sixties, seventies, eighties who maybe are a little bit more reluctant on this topic, well, they're not going to be around in 20 or 30 years.
  • Perez: Dems in Colorado Passed Bills on Issues ‘That Are Sitting in Moscow Mitch’s Office’

    09/07/2019 6:50:36 AM PDT · by chief lee runamok · 24 replies
    breitbart ^ | 09/07/2019 | Ian Hanchett
    On Friday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “MTP Daily,” DNC Chair Tom Perez stated that Democrats in Colorado have passed bills “on all of the issues that are sitting in Moscow Mitch’s office, gathering dust.”
  • Black hole shock: Our universe could be INSIDE a black hole – shock claim

    09/05/2019 11:38:45 AM PDT · by Innovative · 101 replies
    UK Express ^ | Sept. 5, 2019 | Sean Martin
    BLACK holes could be a portal to another universe and our cosmos could have been born from one, a scientist has sensationally claimed. While the accepted theory on the universe began is the big bang, there are other equally baffling theories. One such is that our universe was born from a black hole opening in another parallel universe and that each black hole in our cosmos could be a gateway to another universe. At the beginning of time, 13.8 billion years ago, there was a dense and super-hot energetic point where the laws of physics did not apply – what...
  • Buttigieg says ‘reckoning’ coming over GOP and Christianity

    09/05/2019 6:43:04 AM PDT · by C19fan · 86 replies
    AP ^ | September 5, 2019 | Staff
    Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg (BOO’-tuh-juhj) says Republicans will face “a reckoning” over a policy agenda he says is out of sync with Christian values. Speaking on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Thursday, Buttigieg kicked off a day of television appearances in which he highlighted his Christian faith.
  • Pete Buttigieg: Combatting Climate Change May Be ‘More Challenging Than’ Winning WWII

    09/05/2019 7:20:59 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 44 replies
    daily caller ^ | 9/4/2019 | jack dina
    Democratic South Bend Mayor and presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg claimed that fighting climate change could be “more challenging than” winning WWII in his appearance on CNN’s 7-hour-long climate townhall Wednesday. “This [battling climate change] is the hardest thing we will have done — certainly in my lifetime as a country,” Buttigieg said, “This is on-par with winning WWII — perhaps even more challenging than that.”
  • Founder of conversion therapy ministry comes out as gay

    09/03/2019 9:10:28 PM PDT · by FormerFRLurker · 52 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | September 3, 2019 | Reporter
    A married father-of-two from South Carolina who founded one of the nation's largest conversion therapy programs has come out as gay and strongly denounced the widely discredited practice. McKrae Game, 51, the former leader of Hope for Wholeness, came out of the closet in June, nearly two years after he was fired from the faith-based conversion therapy ministry. He is now trying to come to terms with the harm he inflicted on LGBTQ people when he was advocating for religious efforts to change a person's sexuality.
  • Conversion therapy leader McKrae Game is gay, disavows practice

    09/04/2019 7:56:10 AM PDT · by Coronal · 48 replies
    Trib Live ^ | September 3, 2019 | Steven Adams
    For 20 years, McKrae Game led Hope for Wholeness, a faith-based conversion therapy program in South Carolina. The discredited practice was intended to suppress or eradicate a person’s LGBTQ identity through counseling or ministry, reports The Post and Courier. Game was fired from the group and in June announced he was gay. Game, 51, told The Post and Courier that he is coming to terms with the harm he inflicted while he was working to change people’s sexuality. “Conversion therapy is not just a lie, but it’s very harmful,” Game told The Post and Courier. “Because it’s false advertising.” Game...
  • Union Workers Vote to Authorize Strikes While Negotiating with GM

    09/04/2019 7:16:56 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 09/03/2019 | John Binder
    Union auto workers voted, by a large majority, to authorize strikes while the United Auto Workers (UAW) union negotiates contracts with General Motors, Ford Motor Company, and Fiat Chrysler. UAW members voted about 96 percent to allow union workers to strike while UAW leaders negotiate contracts with GM, Ford, and Chrysler — a vote that merely authorizes strikes and does not indicate that strikes will be held. UAW President Gary Jones said in a statement:
  • Hundreds of young people join Greta Thunberg in climate protest outside UN

    08/31/2019 3:45:23 PM PDT · by Libloather · 61 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 8/30/19 | Miranda Bryant
    Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg was joined by swelling and excited crowds of American teenagers at a protest outside the UN headquarters in New York on Friday, in a further blossoming of the youth environment movement given extra thrust by the Swede’s transatlantic boat crossing. Some US children said they were at their first ever climate demonstration; others said they had been passionate about the environment for a while but had been galvanized to act by Thunberg’s rising profile. On Friday afternoon, Thunberg and two young activists were spontaneously invited inside the UN for a meeting with a senior leader,...
  • Hospital CEO Calls Guns a ‘Disease’ that Needs to be Eradicated with ‘Aggressive’ Action

    08/30/2019 8:01:11 AM PDT · by rktman · 80 replies ^ | 8/26/2019 | Jordan Michaels
    Michael Dowling is taking a stand against guns. Calling firearms a “disease” that “we’ve ignored for far too long,” the healthcare executive is urging fellow doctors and hospital administrators to take “aggressive” action against this “public health crisis.” Dowling is the president and CEO of Northwell Health, New York State’s largest health care provider and employer. He first published his stance in a blog post on Northwell Health’s website, and later took out a full-page ad in the New York Times’ national edition, according to HealthLeaders. “Gun violence is clearly a public health crisis that we’ve ignored for far too...
  • Equality bill: Why you can still be fired in US for being gay (barf alert)

    08/30/2019 6:54:41 AM PDT · by Ennis85 · 10 replies
    BBC News ^ | 29th August 2019 | Anthony Zurcher
    In May the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives passed sweeping new civil rights protections for LGBT Americans. The Republican-controlled Senate has yet to act, however, and supporters of the legislation - including pop star Taylor Swift - are getting frustrated. The Equality Act, as it's called, expands workplace, education and public accommodation protections that currently prohibit discrimination based on race, gender and disability to include sexual preference and gender identity. The federal law would nationalise legal safeguards that are currently afforded to varying extent in only 22 states and the District of Columbia. In the remaining states, it is legal for...
  • New Trump rule on military families riles LGBT community

    08/30/2019 7:38:26 AM PDT · by robowombat · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/30/19 06:00 AM EDT | REBECCA KHEEL AND RAFAEL BERNAL
    New Trump rule on military families riles LGBT community BY REBECCA KHEEL AND RAFAEL BERNAL - 08/30/19 06:00 AM New Trump rule on military families riles LGBT community A new rule changing how Americans serving in the military and other postings abroad pass U.S. citizenship to their children could disproportionately affect LGBTQ families, advocates are warning. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the change Wednesday, which sowed confusion and threw immigration law analysts into overdrive. At its core, the rule tightens of the definition of "residency" that USCIS takes into account when deciding whether Americans overseas can transmit...