Evan Hurst | Truth Wins Out | April 22, 2013
Right Wing Watch tips us off to a long, meandering piece (which is apparently part of a longer, meandering series) by dominionist Os Hillman on the subject of The Evils Of The Gay, and as a document, what strikes me is just how much denial our opponents are in these days. They can’t simply accept that sexuality is what it is, and that perhaps what they’ve been taught is incorrect, so they construct strange, elaborate excuses for why they’re right, despite what reality says.
On heterosexual marriages producing gay children:
A friend of mine who was delivered from the gay lifestyle said to me one time, “If there was a divorce rate of less than 5%, you would not be talking about gay issues.” It would be a non-issue. That’s because healthy marriages produce healthy children with healthy identities.
It is so odd that they continue to believe this. The majority of my gay friends come from intact, nuclear heterosexual families. I come from one of those families. So does Wayne Besen. I have friends who come from divorced parents as well. This makes sense, because whether your parents are married or not has absolutely nothing to do with being gay.
Jase Peeples | Advocate | April 22 2013
Divinyls front woman Chrissy Amphlett, best known for the Australian band’s 1991 hit “I Touch Myself,” died Sunday at her home in New York after suffering from both multiple sclerosis and breast cancer.
Reuters reports that her husband, and Divinyls drummer Charley Drayton, said the singer died in her sleep surrounded by loved ones.
“Chrissy’s light burns so very brightly,” Drayton said in a statement posted on the Australian Recording Industry Association’s website.”Hers was a life of passion and creativity; she always lived it to the fullest. With her force of character and vocal strength she paved the way for strong, sexy, outspoken women.”
Don Sapatkin | Philly.com | April 22, 2013
The 1987 New York Post headline – THE MAN WHO GAVE US AIDS – was arguably one of the most influential of all time.
“Patient Zero” – a promiscuous gay Canadian flight attendant – had spread AIDS from coast to coast. The story sparked sensational media coverage, drove a book onto the best-seller lists, pushed the “gay disease” onto mainstream America’s radar screen, and helped jump-start an activist movement, all of which eventually focused more money and scientific brainpower on an epidemic that had already killed tens of thousands.
It was also wrong – intentionally creating a scapegoat to publicize And the Band Played On, Randy Shilts’ authoritative chronicle of the early years of AIDS. The book mentioned the case on just a dozen or so of its 630 pages.
“We lowered ourselves to yellow journalism. My publicist told me, ‘Sex, death, glamour, and, best of all, he is a foreigner, that would be the icing on the cake,’ ” Michael Denneny, Shilts’ editor, said in an interview. “That was the only way we could get them to pay attention.”
NECN.com | April 22, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Supporters of same-sex marriage in Rhode Island say they’re hopeful about their chances ahead of a key legislative vote on the contentious debate.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to debate and vote Tuesday on legislation that would allow gay and lesbian couples to wed. The committee’s endorsement would send the bill to the full Senate for a vote, possibly as soon as Wednesday. The House has already passed the bill.
Sen. Donna Nesselbush, a Pawtucket Democrat and the sponsor of the Senate bill, says she believes a majority of her colleagues will support gay marriage.
Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed says she remains opposed to the legislation but won’t obstruct the bill.
Rhode Island is now the only state in New England that doesn’t allow same-sex couples to marry.
Ellen Brown | Global Research | April 22, 2013
This carefully research article by Ellen Brown was first published in April 2009. It sheds light on the current crisis of the World monetary system. (GR ed. M. Ch.)
In an April 7  article in The London Telegraph titled “The G20 Moves the World a Step Closer to
a Global Currency,” Ambrose Evans-Pritchard wrote:
“A single clause in Point 19 of the communiqué issued by the G20 leaders amounts to revolution in the global financial order.
“‘We have agreed to support a general SDR allocation which will inject $250bn (£170bn) into the world economy and increase global liquidity,’ it said. SDRs are Special Drawing Rights, a synthetic paper currency issued by the International Monetary Fund that has lain dormant for half a century.
Maureen Nandini Mitra | Earth Island Journal | AlterNet | April 22, 2013
Three years after an explosion at British Petroleum’s Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 workers, injured dozens, and set off the worst oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry, the waters along Gulf Coast seems almost back to normal. Much of the oil is gone. New Orleans-based photographer Julie Dermansky says there’s still a lot left. The oil, she says, is often hard to locate because it has a tendency to play hide and seek.
Dermansky, who photographed the spill in 2010 “pretty much non-stop for four months, has been doggedly following the story for the past three years — reading up all the research she can lay her hands on, making trips out to the worst impacted areas in Louisiana every few months, and talking to people from affected communities. In the early days of the spill the spill she was hired by several major publications, including The Times, London, The Washington Post, and Der Spiegel.
But these days she travels without assignment, covering expenses on her own since few publications hire photographers or reporters to cover what’s now an old news story. Last, Dermansky again visited the beaches and marshes along the Louisiana and Mississippi coast — some of the worst hit areas where crews are still cleaning up tar mats and tar balls. I spoke with Dermansky via email and over the phone about her trip and her assessment of the situation in the Gulf Coast.
Maureen Nandini Mitra: What did you find on your recent trip out to Grand Isle, Bay Jimmy in Louisiana, and the Mississippi coast?