US upping ground war against ISIS, sending more troops to Iraq


 

RT America | March 21, 2016

Washington will deploy another group from the US Marine Corps to bolster its fight against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Iraq, where rocket fire recently killed a marine. RT’s Simone Del Rosario takes a look at the plans for the operation.

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Online voting machines could lead to new problems for the electorate


 

RT America | March 21, 2016

Utah will use new online voting technology during the state’s Republican caucuses, but are these new voting tools ready for the public, and are they safe for your votes? RT America’s Manila Chan and legal and media analyst Lionel of Lionel Media take a deeper look.

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On Invincible Ignorance


Paul Krugman  | New York Times | March 21, 2016

Remember Paul Ryan? The speaker of the House used to be a media darling, lionized as the epitome of the Serious, Honest Conservative — never mind those of us who actually looked at the numbers in his budgets and concluded that he was a con man. These days, of course, he is overshadowed by the looming Trumpocalypse.

But while Donald Trump could win the White House — or lose so badly that even our rotten-borough system of congressional districts, which heavily favors the G.O.P., delivers the House to the Democrats — the odds are that come January, Hillary Clinton will be president, and Mr. Ryan still speaker. So I was interested to read what Mr. Ryan said in a recent interview with John Harwood. What has he learned from recent events?

And the answer is, nothing.

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After Keystone Failure, TransCanada Comes Up With Another Pipeline Scheme in the US


Demonstrators calling for the cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline in 2011. (photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters)
Demonstrators calling for the cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline in 2011. (photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

 

Melissa Cronin | Grist | Reader Supported News | March 21, 2016

fter its hopes of cutting an enormous tar-sands oil pipeline across North America were dashed by anti-Keystone activists, TransCanada has moved on to something new: buying the Houston-based Columbia Pipeline Group, Inc. (CPG), a large natural gas pipeline company. The move will not improve TransCanada’s poor environmental reputation, as CPG has a troubled environmental history of its own.

On Thursday, The New York Times reported that TransCanada, Canada’s second-largest pipeline operator, said it would buy CPG for $10.2 billion. CPG owns about 15,000 miles of natural gas pipeline, mainly in the heavily fracked Marcellus and Utica shale regions. After the deal is made, TransCanada will own about 57,000 miles of gas pipelines in all. TransCanada CEO Russ Girling said during a conference call that the deal was “a rare, attractive opportunity that will create one of North America’s largest natural gas businesses,” according to the Times.

CPG and its subsidiaries have a record of pollution and of safety and environmental violations. Last year, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection cited Columbia Gas Transmission, a unit of CPG, for 125 violations in 2011 and 2012 at a site where it was constructing a pipeline. Those included multiple violations of the Clean Streams Law, including potentially polluting nearby waterways that were considered “High Quality” or “Exceptional Value Waters.” CPG was fined $150,000 for the violations, and was ordered to cover an additional $21,500 for the cost of inspections.

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Nearly 300,000 transgender youth and adults may be negatively impacted by bills introduced in 15 states, new report shows.


The bills cover four main issues: single-sex facilities, anti-discrimination laws, religious freedom, and vital records.

Nearly 300,000 transgender youth and adults may be negatively impacted by bills introduced in 15 states, new report shows.

A new report by Williams Institute researchers estimates the number of transgender people ages 13 and older in states where bills have been introduced that would negatively impact transgender people. These bills would:

  • Limit access to single-sex restrooms and locker rooms at schools and in public places;
  • Limit protections based on gender identity;
  • Permit individuals and businesses to discriminate against transgender people based on religious and moral beliefs; and
  • Limit the ability to change certain vital records documents, such as birth certificates, or enforce the use of birth certificates to establish an individual’s sex for certain purposes.

The states include Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

The report includes a brief description of each bill, which age groups it would affect, and how many transgender people we estimate live in each state.

READ THE REPORT

Public support for LGBT people and rights is growing in every state in the South.


Christy Mallory, Andrew Flores and Brad Sears head to Asheville, North Carolina, this weekend to discuss the following research at the LGBT in the South conference.

Public support for LGBT people and rights is growing in every state in the South.

Since the early 2000s, attitudes about marriage for same-sex couples have been improving across the Southern states.

Thirty-five percent of the LGBT population in the United States lives in the South, where they are more likely to lack employment protections, earn less than $24,000 a year, and report that they cannot afford food or healthcare.

More new HIV infections among men who have sex with men come from the South than any other region in the country. Southern LGBT individuals are also less likely to have insurance than than anywhere else in the country.

Percentage of LGBT people living in U.S. regions
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Explore our fact sheets about LGBT people in the South.

Alabama Arkansas Florida Georgia Kentucky
Louisiana Mississippi North Carolina Oklahoma South Carolina
Tennessee Texas Virginia West Virginia

To learn more about our research on the Southern states, view our full reports on each state.

VIEW STATE REPORTS

America in Crisis: What Happens When Neither Political Party Answers to the Bottom 90 Percent?


Thom Hartmann / AlterNet | Truthdig | March 20, 2016

As Donald Trump leads a full-scale war against the Republican establishment and elites, particularly through his attack on both their military (Iraq) and their trade (NAFTA) policies, the Democratic Party is also in a predicament that Bernie Sanders’ candidacy is exposing. Both parties right now face a great crisis of leadership/ideology as well as a great opportunity for reinvention, and whichever party first reinvents itself successfully will begin winning elections the way the Democrats did in the 1932-1968 era.

If neither does, our nation faces a massive crisis provoked by the loss of democratic representation of the majority of the American electorate.  Neither party today does much of anything for the bottom 90% of Americans, as so clearly demonstrated by a recent study out of Princeton that showed that the likelihood of legislation passing that represents the interest of that bottom 90% was equivalent, statistically, to white noise.

Thomas Frank’s new book “Listen, Liberal: Or, Whatever Happened to the Party of the People?” offers the fascinating premise that starting with the McGovern Commission of 1972 (which largely excommunicated Labor from having a large role in Democratic Party decision-making) and going into a full-out embrace of the “professional class” – i.e. the top 10% economically – the Democratic Party has largely abandoned the American working and middle class – the bottom 90%.

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PBCHRC Gay Polo Week Event


PBCHRC
Gay Polo Week
is just around the corner!

Buy tickets online now!

7th Annual International Gay Polo Tournament
 To purchase your tickets online, click here


Friday, April 1

GPL Polotini Party
7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Come join us poolside at the exclusive Mallet Grill
at the International Polo Club in Wellington
for a traditional Argentine asado, hors d’oeuvres & hosted bar. Mix, mingle and dance – a wonderful way to kick off the weekend!. $125 per individual 

Saturday, April 2
International Gay Polo Tournament
 and
Tailgating Competition
Noon to 7:00 p.m.

International Polo Club Palm Beach –

Isla Carroll Fields West
Gates open 10 a.m. for tailgate set up
and at noon for General Admission
Matches will be held at 1:00 p.m. and 3 p.m.
General Admission – $25 (Parking – $10) 
Sunday, April 3

Polo Brunch
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Join the GPL Players for Sunday brunch
at the remarkable International Polo Club’s Mallet Grille.
Enjoy lavish brunch, open bar and watch high-goal polo.
Brunch starts at 1 p.m – GPL polo match begins at 3 p.m.
About the Gay Polo League
The Gay Polo League (“GPL”) is a community that shares a love for adventure, fun and the challenging sport of polo. It is committed to providing members with an enjoyable, supportive and competitive experience. GPL represents a wide range of ages, backgrounds and skill levels. GPL trains and competes in mainstream matches and events while sharing enthusiasm for the sport, to change perceptions about our community. 
Gay Polo Week
is just around the corner!

Buy tickets online now!

7th Annual International Gay Polo Tournament
 To purchase your tickets online, click here


Friday, April 1

GPL Polotini Party
7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Come join us poolside at the exclusive Mallet Grill
at the International Polo Club in Wellington
for a traditional Argentine asado, hors d’oeuvres & hosted bar. Mix, mingle and dance – a wonderful way to kick off the weekend!. $125 per individual 

Saturday, April 2
International Gay Polo Tournament
 and
Tailgating Competition
Noon to 7:00 p.m.

International Polo Club Palm Beach –

Isla Carroll Fields West
Gates open 10 a.m. for tailgate set up
and at noon for General Admission
Matches will be held at 1:00 p.m. and 3 p.m.
General Admission – $25 (Parking – $10) 
Sunday, April 3

Polo Brunch
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Join the GPL Players for Sunday brunch
at the remarkable International Polo Club’s Mallet Grille.
Enjoy lavish brunch, open bar and watch high-goal polo.
Brunch starts at 1 p.m – GPL polo match begins at 3 p.m.
About the Gay Polo League
The Gay Polo League (“GPL”) is a community that shares a love for adventure, fun and the challenging sport of polo. It is committed to providing members with an enjoyable, supportive and competitive experience. GPL represents a wide range of ages, backgrounds and skill levels. GPL trains and competes in mainstream matches and events while sharing enthusiasm for the sport, to change perceptions about our community. 
Gay Polo Week
is just around the corner!

Buy tickets online now!

7th Annual International Gay Polo Tournament
 To purchase your tickets online, click here


Friday, April 1

GPL Polotini Party
7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Come join us poolside at the exclusive Mallet Grill
at the International Polo Club in Wellington
for a traditional Argentine asado, hors d’oeuvres & hosted bar. Mix, mingle and dance – a wonderful way to kick off the weekend!. $125 per individual 

Saturday, April 2
International Gay Polo Tournament
 and
Tailgating Competition
Noon to 7:00 p.m.

International Polo Club Palm Beach –

Isla Carroll Fields West
Gates open 10 a.m. for tailgate set up
and at noon for General Admission
Matches will be held at 1:00 p.m. and 3 p.m.
General Admission – $25 (Parking – $10) 
Sunday, April 3

Polo Brunch
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Join the GPL Players for Sunday brunch
at the remarkable International Polo Club’s Mallet Grille.
Enjoy lavish brunch, open bar and watch high-goal polo.
Brunch starts at 1 p.m – GPL polo match begins at 3 p.m.
About the Gay Polo League
The Gay Polo League (“GPL”) is a community that shares a love for adventure, fun and the challenging sport of polo. It is committed to providing members with an enjoyable, supportive and competitive experience. GPL represents a wide range of ages, backgrounds and skill levels. GPL trains and competes in mainstream matches and events while sharing enthusiasm for the sport, to change perceptions about our community. 

Ghana politician: “Africa must resist homosexuality”


Bobby Rae | PinkNews | March 21, 2016

A former senior politician from Ghana has said the country must resist homosexuality.

Mike Ocquaye, who was the deputy speaker in parliament, said that despite pressure from Western governments to adopt LGBT rights, Ghana must resist.

“We have got to stand our ground,” he said in an interview with the Exclusive Breakfast Show.

“We have got to make certain things clear as Africans, and we’ve got to make people, at least, respect us that as for Africans, we say a man is not going to put his sexual organ into a man’s back, and that is Africa for us.”

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Donald Trump: 10 Comments On Same-Sex Marriage


 | The New Civil Rights Movement | March 21, 2016

Since Donald Trump looks like he likely will be the GOP nominee for president, let’s take a look at where he stands on the issue of marriage for same-sex couples.

1. The Donald is definitely not shy about his opinion.

“I’m not in favor of gay marriage,” he said on Fox News.

He made the same comment on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” saying, “I live in New York. New York is a place with lots of gays and I think it’s great, but I’m not in favor of gay marriage.”

2. Even though he has “so many fabulous” gay friends, Trump literally compared same-sex marriage to choosing the wrong kind of golf putter.

“It’s like in golf. A lot of people — I don’t want this to sound trivial — but a lot of people are switching to these really long putters, very unattractive. It’s weird. You see these great players with these really long putters, because they can’t sink three-footers anymore. And, I hate it. I am a traditionalist. I have so many fabulous friends who happen to be gay, but I am a traditionalist,” he said.

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