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Death by Indifference

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"Millions of unnecessary deaths may result from Russia's refusal to implement accepted AIDS prevention and harm-reduction measures."
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"Russia is dying."

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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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We Are All Mutants

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Humanity’s diversity inspires and confounds scientists hunting for the genetic roots of disease.
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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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The Dark Power of Fraternities

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A yearlong investigation of Greek houses reveals their endemic, lurid, and sometimes tragic problems—and a sophisticated system for shifting the blame.
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A long, kinda disturbing read. #frats

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Barbie's Lead Designer Defends Barbie's Crazy Proportions

Barbie's Lead Designer Defends Barbie's Crazy Proportions | Keepers | Scoop.it
Barbie's unrealistic proportions are a standard talking point around body image. For the first time, Barbie's lead designer fires back.
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I've always thought that certain feminist critiques of Barbie seemed misplaced.
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The Unexotic Underclass | The MIT Entrepreneurship Review

The Unexotic Underclass | The MIT Entrepreneurship Review | Keepers | Scoop.it

On the other other side, a side that receives scant attention, scanter investment, is where big problems – little b, little p – reside.  Here, you’ll find a group I’ll refer to as the unexotic underclass.  It’s rather quiet in these parts, except during campaign season when the politicians stop by to scrape anecdotes off the skin of someone else’s suffering.  Let’s see who’s here.

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Surviving Life in a ‘70s Sex Commune

Surviving Life in a ‘70s Sex Commune | Keepers | Scoop.it
Three decades after growing up in a European free-love commune, Paul-Julien Robert plunged into the film archives to make an extraordinary documentary.
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Sounds like a critique of systems of power.

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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.

Via Matt Skallerud, Deanna Dahlsad
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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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Being Gay at Jerry Falwell's University

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A former student's account of coming out at Liberty University
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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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Why Is It So Hard for Women to Write About Sex? - The Atlantic

Why Is It So Hard for Women to Write About Sex? - The Atlantic | Keepers | Scoop.it
The Atlantic
Why Is It So Hard for Women to Write About Sex?

Via Gracie Passette
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Political Hatred in Argentina | Boston Review

Political Hatred in Argentina | Boston Review | Keepers | Scoop.it
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I worked on the US drone program. The public should know what really goes on

I worked on the US drone program. The public should know what really goes on | Keepers | Scoop.it
Heather Linebaugh: Few of the politicians who so brazenly proclaim the benefits of drones have a real clue how it actually works (and doesn't)
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David De La Mano "Vortex" New Mural - Punta del Este, Uruguay

David De La Mano "Vortex" New Mural - Punta del Este, Uruguay | Keepers | Scoop.it
"Vortice" New Mural BY David De La Mano on the streets of Punta Del Este in Uruguay.
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Fantastic.

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