WINDY CITY TIMES, Feb. 25, 2015 - The memorial service for Andrew Patner has been rescheduled for Wed., March 18, at 7-9 p.m. in Orchestra Hall, 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.
Rainbow pride: Facebook’s diversity team is letting its users freely self-identify their gender. Photo: Facebook
Hannah Francis | The Age | February 26, 2015
Facebook has given another thumbs up to social progression with the introduction of a custom gender option for all Facebook US English users worldwide.
Now, rather than being restricted to female or male, users can enter just about whatever they like into a custom field – whether it’s transgender, transexual or lumbersexual – and customise who gets to see that information.
The change expands upon the social network’s introduction last year of more than 50 gender options for its United States users to choose from in a drop-down list.
A new report confirmed key brands, including Cisco, Apple, Intel, and McAfee – among others – have been dropped from the Chinese government’s list of authorized brands. (photo: CBS News)
Zack Whittaker | ZDNet | Reader Supported News | February 26, 2015
hina is no longer using high-profile US technology brands for state purchases, amid ongoing revelations about mass surveillance and hacking by the US government.
A new report confirmed key brands, including Cisco, Apple, Intel, and McAfee — among others — have been dropped from the Chinese government’s list of authorized brands, a Reuters report said Wednesday.
The number of approved foreign technology brands fell by a third, based on an analysis of the procurement list. Less than half of those companies with security products remain on the list.
Although a number of reasons were cited, domestic companies were said to offer “more product guarantees” than overseas rivals in the wake of the Edward Snowden leaks. Some reports have attempted to pin a multi-billion dollar figure on the impact of the leaks.
Saudi prince Bandar bin Sultan (left) and Saudi king Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (right). (photo: Press TV)
Robert Parry | Consortium News | Reader Supported News | February 26, 2015
As the Obama administration is rushing to complete a nuclear agreement with Iran and reduce regional tensions, the Israeli media is reporting on a deal with Saudi Arabia to let Israeli warplanes transit Saudi airspace en route to bombing Iran, reports Robert Parry.
ccording to an Israeli media report, Saudi Arabia has agreed to let Israeli warplanes fly over Saudi territory to save fuel while attacking Iranian nuclear sites, the latest indication of how the two former enemies have developed a behind-the-scenes alliance that is reshaping geopolitics in the Middle East.
“The Saudi authorities are completely coordinated with Israel on all matters related to Iran,” a European official in Brussels told Israel’s Channel 2 in a report broadcast on Tuesday and described in other Israeli media outlets.
Riyadh’s only condition was that Israel make some progress in peace talks with the Palestinians, a stipulation that may be mostly cosmetic so the Saudis can save face with other Arab states without really interfering with an Israeli flyover to strike Iran.
Scott Kaufman | Raw Story | February 26, 2015
A student at an evangelical college had an apple thrown at him for asking a question about the school’s position on homosexuality, Time‘s Elizabeth Dias reports.
The incident occurred during the “Town Hall Chapel” at Illinois’ Wheaton College, a question-and-answer session with President Philip Ryken. The official position of the evangelical college — its most famous alumnus is the Reverend Billy Graham — is that marriage is a holy bond between one man and one woman, and it expects students and faculty to adhere to that standard.
Philip Fillion, a music major, does — he is a married heterosexual. However, in a public note on his Facebook page, he asked President Ryken a question about the school’s position