Task Force welcomes confirmation of new federal judges



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Task Force welcomes confirmation of new federal judges

WASHINGTON, DC, Jun 18, 2014: The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is welcoming the confirmation of two new openly LGBTQ federal judges, Darrin Gayles and Staci Yandle.

“This is a groundbreaking victory for our goal of a more inclusive federal bench. Not only will Darrin Gayles and Staci Yandle make outstanding federal jurists, Judge Gayles is the first black openly gay nominee to be confirmed, while Judge Yandle is the second black openly lesbian nominee to be confirmed. We commend President Obama and the US Senate for making history together and in turn creating a judiciary that more fairly represents the diversity of our nation.”

Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force


MI church bars openly gay man after commitment ceremony proves he ‘acts on’ urges

David Edwards | Raw Story | June 18, 2014

A Michigan man said that he was “shunned” by St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Marquette because he publicly declared his love for another man.

Bobby Glenn Brown told WLUC that problems with the church began last Saturday after a commitment ceremony with his partner of 31 years, Don Roberts.

Although Brown — who was well known in the community as an actor, singer and a dancer — had never actively hid his sexuality, the church took action when word of the ceremony spread on social media.

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Elon Musk Announces Plans to Put Humans on Mars by 2026

Iain Thomson | The Register | Reader Supported News | June 18, 2014

lectric car and rocket tycoon Elon Musk says that he’ll put the first human boots on Mars well before the 2020s are over – and says he’ll float his SpaceX company on Earth-bound stock exchanges once the interplanetary mission gets underway.

“I’m hopeful that the first people could be taken to Mars in 10 to 12 years, I think it’s certainly possible for that to occur,” he told CNBC. “But the thing that matters long term is to have a self-sustaining city on Mars, to make life multi-planetary.”

Musk said that the SpaceX goal was essential to the future survival of humanity. Either mankind would slip the surly bonds of Earth and become an interplanetary species, or remain a single-planet culture and become extinct due to a man-made or natural catastrophe.

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Up Close and Personal With George W. Bush’s Horrifying Legacy

Robert Sheer | TruthDig | Reader Supported News | June 18, 2014

he Iraq disaster remains George W. Bush’s enduring folly, and the Republican attempt to shift the blame to the Obama presidency is obscene nonsense. This was, and will always be, viewed properly as Bush’s quagmire, a murderous killing field based on blatant lies.

This showcase of American deceit, obvious to the entire world, began with the invented weapons of mass destruction threat that Bush, were he even semi-cognizant of the intelligence data, must have known represented an egregious fraud. So was his nonsensical claim that Saddam Hussein had something to do with the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, when in fact he was Osama bin Laden’s most effective Arab opponent.

Yet Bush responded to the 9/11 attacks by overthrowing a leader who had banished al-Qaida from Iraq and who had been an ally of the United States in the war to contain Iran’s influence in the region. Instead of confronting the funders of Sunni extremism based in Saudi Arabia, the home of 15 of the 19 hijackers and their Saudi leader bin Laden, Bush chose to attack the secular leader of Iraq. That invasion, as the evidence of the last week confirms, resulted in an enormous boon to both Sunni extremists and their militant Shiite opponents throughout the Mideast.

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The Turning Point: New Hope for the Climate

Al Gore | Rolling Stone | Reader Supported News | June 18, 2014

It’s time to accelerate the shift toward a low-carbon future

n the struggle to solve the climate crisis, a powerful, largely unnoticed shift is taking place. The forward journey for human civilization will be difficult and dangerous, but it is now clear that we will ultimately prevail. The only question is how quickly we can accelerate and complete the transition to a low-carbon civilization. There will be many times in the decades ahead when we will have to take care to guard against despair, lest it become another form of denial, paralyzing action. It is true that we have waited too long to avoid some serious damage to the planetary ecosystem – some of it, unfortunately, irreversible. Yet the truly catastrophic damages that have the potential for ending civilization as we know it can still – almost certainly – be avoided. Moreover, the pace of the changes already set in motion can still be moderated significantly.

There is surprising – even shocking – good news: Our ability to convert sunshine into usable energy has become much cheaper far more rapidly than anyone had predicted. The cost of electricity from photovoltaic, or PV, solar cells is now equal to or less than the cost of electricity from other sources powering electric grids in at least 79 countries. By 2020 – as the scale of deployments grows and the costs continue to decline – more than 80 percent of the world’s people will live in regions where solar will be competitive with electricity from other sources.

No matter what the large carbon polluters and their ideological allies say or do, in markets there is a huge difference between “more expensive than” and “cheaper than.” Not unlike the difference between 32 degrees and 33 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s not just a difference of a degree, it’s the difference between a market that’s frozen up and one that’s liquid. As a result, all over the world, the executives of companies selling electricity generated from the burning of carbon-based fuels (primarily from coal) are openly discussing their growing fears of a “utility death spiral.”

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