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The history and future of gayness: I Was Born Homosexual. I Chose to Be Gay.

The history and future of gayness: I Was Born Homosexual. I Chose to Be Gay. | Keepers | Scoop.it
“You know,” observed a recent dinner guest, glancing around our living room between sips of his digestif, “there are a lot of strong women in this apartment.” I follow his gaze toward the massive tangerine-on-yellow She-Ra painting that anchors one end of the room—a tough lady if there ever was...

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Tell-All Part Six: Gloom, Despair & Agony

Tell-All Part Six: Gloom, Despair & Agony | Keepers | Scoop.it
AJ: What did you do yesterday? Rick: I, uh...it was a beautiful day. I had a tour luckily. 6 people and one tomorrow [Saturday] That's great. It is great. They were nice people and we stopped off i...
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"If Windsor Was The Battle of Normandy, This Decision Is The Liberation Of Paris"

"If Windsor Was The Battle of Normandy, This Decision Is The Liberation Of Paris" | Keepers | Scoop.it
One of the long standing debates in the gay civil rights movement - like all civil rights movements - has been a question of priorities. What's more important: marriage equality or employment non-d...
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Heightened scrutiny, FTW!

 

Andrew and other marriage equality supporters still have the best arguments. For at least this issue, it's why we won.

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A Failure of Protocol

The Supreme Court’s decision requiring a warrant for searches of cell phones incident to arrest affirms that we are entitled to privacy in the digital age.  These expectations, the Chief Justice explains, are entirely reasonable.  “Now it is the person who
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The NSA is feeling some heartburn right now after the Riley decision. 

 

Roberts: "The Founders did not fight a revolution to gain the right to government agency protocols,”

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How to Anonymize Everything You Do Online | Threat Level | WIRED

How to Anonymize Everything You Do Online | Threat Level | WIRED | Keepers | Scoop.it
Use cryptographic anonymity tools to hide your identity, on the other hand, and network eavesdroppers may not even know where to find your communications, let alone snoop on them.
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Why are HIV infection rates so intractable? – Jill Neimark – Aeon

Why are HIV infection rates so intractable? – Jill Neimark – Aeon | Keepers | Scoop.it

uvaHIV is preventable, yet it’s still with us. Is it time for all, gay and straight, to stop framing sex as a lethal weapon?

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Fantastic read but I find myself shocked that Tr

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Spite Is Good. Spite Works.

Spite Is Good. Spite Works. | Keepers | Scoop.it
After decades of focusing on aggressiveness, selfishness, narcissism and greed, scientists have turned their attention to the subtler theme of spite.
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Why we love repetition in music – Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis – Aeon

Why we love repetition in music – Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis – Aeon | Keepers | Scoop.it
Why do we listen to our favourite music over and over again? Because repeated sounds work magic in our brains
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Basically every conversation I had this past week.

Basically every conversation I had this past week. | Keepers | Scoop.it
Basically every conversation I had this past week.
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STOP PERSECUTING THE CHRISTIANS!!!

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Sixteen, Alone, 23 Hours a Day, in a Six-by-Eight-Foot Box — Editor’s Picks — Medium

Sixteen, Alone, 23 Hours a Day, in a Six-by-Eight-Foot Box — Editor’s Picks — Medium | Keepers | Scoop.it
By: Trey Bundy, The Center for Investigative Reporting

NEW YORK — There’s not much inside “the box.”
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Signs of fascism in Israel reached new peak during Gaza op, says renowned scholar - Features

Signs of fascism in Israel reached new peak during Gaza op, says renowned scholar - Features | Keepers | Scoop.it
Israel Prize laureate and renowned scholar Zeev Sternhell fears the collapse of Israeli democracy, and compares the current atmosphere with that of 1940s’ France. The time we have left to reverse this frightening trend is running out, he warns
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Oh For Fuck's Sake: Tell-All Part 466

Oh For Fuck's Sake: Tell-All Part 466 | Keepers | Scoop.it
AJ: I hope you are feeling better. Rick: I feel better, yeah. I also ate something, so... I'm going to ask something...I'm almost afraid to ask... Shoot. Well, what about, what about your other fri...
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The Case for Subversive Monuments in Washington, D.C.

The Case for Subversive Monuments in Washington, D.C. | Keepers | Scoop.it
There is a lot in American history to celebrate and memorialize. But the darker moments need to be remembered, too.
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I'm not sure about the florid writing in spots, but the piece itself is satire, which we don't have enough of, and also biting. From a self-described conservative,  FWIW.

 

My favorite bit is "Some distance away from the wall [Vietnam war memorial], I'd like to see a statue of Lyndon Baines Johnson with a pointed finger urging young men toward their deaths. That is, after all, what happened." 

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Hope Solo and the Surprising Truth About Women and Violence

Hope Solo and the Surprising Truth About Women and Violence | Keepers | Scoop.it
Traditional stereotypes have led to double standards that often cause women’s violence—especially against men—to be trivialized.
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“Its color was its size”: The twisted myth of the small Asian penis

“Its color was its size”: The twisted myth of the small Asian penis | Keepers | Scoop.it
I grew up wanting to be average. Now I know the reason for the myth Asians are small: Making white men feel better
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Fantastic writing.

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The Guantánamo “Suicides” | Harper's Magazine

The Guantánamo “Suicides” | Harper's Magazine | Keepers | Scoop.it
1. “Asymmetrical Warfare” When President Barack Obama took office last year, he promised to “restore the standards of due process and the core constitutional values that have made this country great.” Toward that end, the president issued an executive order declaring that the extra-constitutional prison camp at Guantánamo Naval Base “shall be closed as soon as practicable, and no later than one year from the date of this order.” Obama has failed to fulfill his promise. Some prisoners there are being charged with crimes, others released, but the date for closing the camp seems to recede steadily into the future. …
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Lessons of Immortality and Mortality From My Father, Carl Sagan

Lessons of Immortality and Mortality From My Father, Carl Sagan | Keepers | Scoop.it
Learning about mortality and immortality from my father, Carl Sagan. 
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"Every cell in your body was cooked in the hearts of stars."

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The Myth of Gay Affluence

The Myth of Gay Affluence | Keepers | Scoop.it
Despite a commonly held belief that LGBT Americans tend to live it up in classy urban neighborhoods, they struggle with disproportionately high levels of poverty compared to straight people.

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Poverty: one of the "rights" of being second class.

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Wild Darkness | Orion Magazine

"Facing death in a death-phobic culture is lonely. But in wild places like Prince William Sound or the woods and sloughs behind my house, it is different. The salmon dying in their stream tell me I am not alone. The evidence is everywhere: in the skull of an immature eagle I found in the woods; in the bones of a moose in the gully below my house; in the corpse of a wasp on the windowsill; in the fall of a birch leaf from its branch. These things tell me death is true, right, graceful; not tragic, not failure, not defeat. For this you were born, writes Stanley Kunitz. For this you were born, say the salmon. A tough, gritty fisherman friend I knew in my twenties called Prince William Sound “God’s country.” It still is, and I am in good company here."

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I'm Not The Only Gay Student In My School, I'm Just The One Standing Up

I'm Not The Only Gay Student In My School, I'm Just The One Standing Up | Keepers | Scoop.it
I'm not the only gay youth in Tennessee. I'm not the only gay kid in Oak Ridge. I'm not even the only gay student in my school, I'm just someone who is standing up....
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12-years-old. Bright, articulate, committed. He should be treasured not ridiculed by his peers and his school. Where do kids his age get their stupid opinions? Oh yeah... ignorant parents and teachers..

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