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The Trevor Project326,066Robbie Rogers, professional soccer player for the Los Angeles Galaxy, will be answering YOUR questions LIVE. He'll be joined by members of The Trevor Project's Youth Advisory Council and LZ Granderson, journalist and commentator for ESPN and CNN! Tweet  #TalkToRobbie  to ask Robbie a question.Live Chat with Robbie Rogers2013-07-14 23:00:00199  
Android Authority928,525AAonAir! Better a day late, than never! Join us tonight as we cover the latest news from the Android world. It's Friday night, sit back, grab a beer or some wine and enjoy the show.Android Authority On Air - Episode 57 - Happy Easter!2013-03-30 02:30:0032  
Daria Musk3,679,980*IT'S OUR FIRST HANGOUTIVERSARY* _G+niuses, I'm so thrilled to announce this biG+ concert celebration! Last summer I met you in my first Hangout Concert and you changed my life overnight. Now it's one year later and whether you're in New York City or around the world on Aug 10th, I want to see your faces and sing your praises, like alwayses. ❤ Details below!_ *JOE'S PUB GOES PUBLIC* On August 10th we're going rock out and hangout live from on of New York City's most famous stages - Joe's Pub! It might sound like the name of a little dive bar like the one I was lugging my amps through the rain to play this time last year, but it's actually an incredibly beautiful music spot, widely-known as the best sounding venue in the city. It's a part of The Public Theater (think Shakespeare In The Park). Adele, Bono, Amy Winehouse, Alicia Keys, and many more have sung from its stage..._And now we're taking that stage together with a giant on-stage Hangout!_ _It'll be the first live-interactive global show in the venue's storied history. We're crashing the party guys! ;)_ *READY TO CELEBRATE?* Here's details to come be there live in person - _Hugs! Cupcakes! Bubbly Toasts! Balloons!_ and if you can't get to NYC here's the details to join the hangout live and a guest-star on stage. _BE THERE IN PERSON:_ ♬ Get Tickets: www.joespub.com or 212.967.7555 ♬ Address: 425 Lafayette St, NYC ♬ Doors open at 9pm  ♬ Show starts at 10pm ♬ Raise a glass, sing along, rush the stage, celebrate the night away with me and our nyc family _Note: I hope to be joined by some other awesome musicians who you know from Hangouts here! Special guests TBA!_ _HANGOUT FROM AROUND THE WORLD:_ ♬ Comment here to be added to the first-invite circle! (We'll rotate like always) ♬ Find the Hangout on my G+ Page: +Daria Musk and my YouTube page: www.youtube.com/dariamusk ♬ Global Times: http://bit.ly/P0Rwzu *Thank You For The Best Year Of My Life* This relationship is getting serious G+. We've spent every waking minute together for a year. You've changed my life. You've changed my heart. I've written you love songs. You've met my mama. And now it's time to celebrate our first anniversary together. See you there. XO, DariaDaria Musk :::: Hangoutiversary Concert :::: Live In NYC2012-08-10 22:00:00110  

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2015-07-23 00:32:49 (87 comments, 3 reshares, 121 +1s)Open 

"The fact that we live in a world [where] we have to deploy strategies to not be murdered or killed or assaulted by police unlawfully is absurd. ... Black people have a right to assert their dignity in public, and just because it doesn't cohere with what police want doesn't mean they're being arrogant or disrespectful." Marc Lamont Hill

#BlackLivesMatter   #SandraBland  

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2015-01-19 21:57:54 (1 comments, 17 reshares, 58 +1s)Open 

"I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. #MLKDay  

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2015-07-23 00:32:49 (87 comments, 3 reshares, 121 +1s)Open 

"The fact that we live in a world [where] we have to deploy strategies to not be murdered or killed or assaulted by police unlawfully is absurd. ... Black people have a right to assert their dignity in public, and just because it doesn't cohere with what police want doesn't mean they're being arrogant or disrespectful." Marc Lamont Hill

#BlackLivesMatter   #SandraBland  

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2015-07-23 16:40:12 (0 comments, 5 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

It's gif as in gift. LOL

It's gif as in gift. LOL___

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2015-07-23 00:32:49 (87 comments, 3 reshares, 121 +1s)Open 

"The fact that we live in a world [where] we have to deploy strategies to not be murdered or killed or assaulted by police unlawfully is absurd. ... Black people have a right to assert their dignity in public, and just because it doesn't cohere with what police want doesn't mean they're being arrogant or disrespectful." Marc Lamont Hill

#BlackLivesMatter   #SandraBland  

"The fact that we live in a world [where] we have to deploy strategies to not be murdered or killed or assaulted by police unlawfully is absurd. ... Black people have a right to assert their dignity in public, and just because it doesn't cohere with what police want doesn't mean they're being arrogant or disrespectful." Marc Lamont Hill

#BlackLivesMatter   #SandraBland  ___

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2015-07-20 19:50:06 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Yup. Yup.

Chase your dreams; don't wait for them to come to you. #MondayMotivation___Yup. Yup.

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2015-07-20 19:49:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

FAREWELL, DEGRASSI: The end of an era

This week marks the beginning of the end of Degrassi's 35 year run in broadcast television. After thirty years educating American and Canadian families, Degrassi High School will shut its doors to television broadcast... but, fortunately, +Netflix has picked up the series!

Degrassi respectfully and sensitively approached controversial subjects, including divorce, death, sex, abortion, genuinely inclusive LGBT issues, love, weight, bullying, cyberbullying, politics, and everything else relating to teenage angst. 

Farewell for now, Degrassi! (BTW, we're still grieving over JT Yorke's death!). 

FAREWELL, DEGRASSI: The end of an era

This week marks the beginning of the end of Degrassi's 35 year run in broadcast television. After thirty years educating American and Canadian families, Degrassi High School will shut its doors to television broadcast... but, fortunately, +Netflix has picked up the series!

Degrassi respectfully and sensitively approached controversial subjects, including divorce, death, sex, abortion, genuinely inclusive LGBT issues, love, weight, bullying, cyberbullying, politics, and everything else relating to teenage angst. 

Farewell for now, Degrassi! (BTW, we're still grieving over JT Yorke's death!). ___

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2015-07-18 22:30:02 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

H/t +Joan Laine​

#Mandeladay___H/t +Joan Laine​

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2015-07-13 01:36:53 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

What's the hottest pepper you've eaten? While I'm personally not tempted to try the Carolina Reaper, this +BuzzFeed Video reaction is HILARIOUS, and, surprisingly insightful.

What's the hottest pepper you've eaten? While I'm personally not tempted to try the Carolina Reaper, this +BuzzFeed Video reaction is HILARIOUS, and, surprisingly insightful.___

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2015-07-09 15:05:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Student Poverty Rates in America

+Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/local/wp/2015/07/08/poverty-rates-in-every-u-s-school-district-in-one-map/?wprss=rss_local&utm_content=buffereaa3c&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Student Poverty Rates in America

+Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/local/wp/2015/07/08/poverty-rates-in-every-u-s-school-district-in-one-map/?wprss=rss_local&utm_content=buffereaa3c&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer___

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2015-07-08 17:28:31 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Kentucky: This is What Discrimination Looks Like

VIDEO: Morehead, KY Clerk Refuses to Grant Marriage License to Same-Sex Couple

The Supreme Court of the United States has instructed all states to issue marriage license to same-sex couples. The Governor of Kentucky has event instructed all clerks to do so. Meanwhile, this Clerk thinks that they she is immune to the law and allowed to discriminate against two individuals as she pleases.
#equality   #marriageequality  

Kentucky: This is What Discrimination Looks Like

VIDEO: Morehead, KY Clerk Refuses to Grant Marriage License to Same-Sex Couple

The Supreme Court of the United States has instructed all states to issue marriage license to same-sex couples. The Governor of Kentucky has event instructed all clerks to do so. Meanwhile, this Clerk thinks that they she is immune to the law and allowed to discriminate against two individuals as she pleases.
#equality   #marriageequality  ___

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2015-07-07 13:10:29 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

In re: Greece

It's no secret that the Greek economy has collapsed and the scene worsens everyday - meanwhile Greeks in recent months have been forced to rely on extremely low incomes, there's been a steady 50% youth unemployment rate, in recent days Greeks been prohibited from withdrawing more than €60 per bank account, per day (if the ATMs have enough cash) and banks remain closed.

Meanwhile, the country's creditors have come knocking at the door for cash and Greece cannot afford to pay. And, surprising to some, Greeks have rejected the conservative proposals from its creditors. There's a lot of finger-pointing in Europe and despite the Greeks' overwhelming "No" vote against further austerity, creditors cannot find a way to get their cash back and have seemingly forced Greece into a wall.

Greece's options are minimal ando... more »

In re: Greece

It's no secret that the Greek economy has collapsed and the scene worsens everyday - meanwhile Greeks in recent months have been forced to rely on extremely low incomes, there's been a steady 50% youth unemployment rate, in recent days Greeks been prohibited from withdrawing more than €60 per bank account, per day (if the ATMs have enough cash) and banks remain closed.

Meanwhile, the country's creditors have come knocking at the door for cash and Greece cannot afford to pay. And, surprising to some, Greeks have rejected the conservative proposals from its creditors. There's a lot of finger-pointing in Europe and despite the Greeks' overwhelming "No" vote against further austerity, creditors cannot find a way to get their cash back and have seemingly forced Greece into a wall.

Greece's options are minimal and opportunities for negotiation become increasingly more difficult each day. Here are some of the big ideas floating around, ICYMI:
- Greece drop-out/kicked-out of the Eurozone. If Greece doesn't bow out of the Euro, its creditors may try to force it out in a rather unprecedented deal. This would enable Greece to return to its own currency, the drachma. Economists suggest that this will have severe dramatic implications, but may result in a stronger Greek economy in the long-run. However, one big concern here is whether Greece can remain in the European Union if it breaks from the eurozone and returns to the drachma. 
- Greek returns to the drachma. If Greeks can somehow negotiate a return to the native drachma currency as opposed to the euro, it seems that they'd be able to do boost their economy over an extended period of at least a decade or so, supported by some austerity programs. 
- Greece finds new partners. European leaders are building a coalition against the current Greek government. The leaders want their money back and they want Greece to follow their austerity program proposals. Greek hasn't enough cash to make its monthly installment this month of €1.6 billion, so it seems unlikely that any Eurozone country will offer any financial assistance. Therefore, Greeks may seek out the support of non-Eurozone countries for financial support.
- Greeks can start selling their inventory. Greece can begin selling off some of its high-grade military weaponry (much of it German) and find other items for an "international yard sale".
- Negotiate a better deal. A majority of Greeks, including over 80% youth, have rejected creditors' austerity proposals. The Greek government, however, may ramp up its own PR campaign and negotiate a better deal. It may even try to negotiate a deal that puts the Greek exit from the Eurozone on the table as part of the deal, too. 

Regardless, what Greece needs now is the support of the international community. There are 11 million people whose government is under increased global scrutiny and everyone has an opinion. Many reports from on-the-ground in Greece suggest that the situation doesn't look nearly as severe as it is - and that's a good thing. Greece needs options, debate, and constructive criticism that respects its right to self-determination, not finger-pointing and name-calling.
#Greece   #InternationalAffairs   
Graphic: PoliticoEU ___

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2015-07-03 20:03:36 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Kids React to Gay Marriage Ruling

Two years ago, the then-5-year-old boy said that he opposed marriage equality. Today, he has proudly evolved. Here's what he said about why he initially opposed: Last time I was concerned. I am in a higher grade. I read more books, get more information about stuff. I feel different now. My dad and my mom told me about it, 'there's a new law that boy and boy, and girl and girl can get gay and get married. And I just want you to know that it's okay to do that.

This is why the SCOTUS ruling matters. Follow his example and "read more books and get more information about stuff", people! #LoveWins   #LGBT   #marriage  

Kids React to Gay Marriage Ruling

Two years ago, the then-5-year-old boy said that he opposed marriage equality. Today, he has proudly evolved. Here's what he said about why he initially opposed: Last time I was concerned. I am in a higher grade. I read more books, get more information about stuff. I feel different now. My dad and my mom told me about it, 'there's a new law that boy and boy, and girl and girl can get gay and get married. And I just want you to know that it's okay to do that.

This is why the SCOTUS ruling matters. Follow his example and "read more books and get more information about stuff", people! #LoveWins   #LGBT   #marriage  ___

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2015-07-03 18:19:47 (43 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Are you listening, BBC? America Needs You -- 
Why America Needs Question Time:

There's no shortage of Americans available to remind you that elected politicians often forget who put them in office. Once elected, priorities change, constituencies often differ (neighbors and constituents vs. lobbyists, etc.), and relationships change. Elected politicians have an obligation to the government in which they represent, and sometimes -- as unfortunate as it may be -- change is made best from the outside.

That being said, politicians far too often are not held accountable by the people who elected them, and faith and distrust of government will continue to grow as long as politicians remove themselves from the most integral part of the political process: debate.

Now, while the UK has got its own problems to sort -- and believe me, that list is long, just like any... more »

Are you listening, BBC? America Needs You -- 
Why America Needs Question Time:

There's no shortage of Americans available to remind you that elected politicians often forget who put them in office. Once elected, priorities change, constituencies often differ (neighbors and constituents vs. lobbyists, etc.), and relationships change. Elected politicians have an obligation to the government in which they represent, and sometimes -- as unfortunate as it may be -- change is made best from the outside.

That being said, politicians far too often are not held accountable by the people who elected them, and faith and distrust of government will continue to grow as long as politicians remove themselves from the most integral part of the political process: debate.

Now, while the UK has got its own problems to sort -- and believe me, that list is long, just like any other industrialized nation -- a popular UK television program(me) called Question Time finds a brilliant way of holding politicians and political individuals accountable to the public; at the very least, via a public debate.

In case you've not seen an episode of Question Time, here's a roundup: the program is produced by public broadcaster, BBC, which invites five individuals to participate in a panel debate in front of a live studio audience, who ask questions and deliver comments to the panel. While members of the panel represent different aspects of UK politics: government representatives, authors, pundits, candidates, scholars -- they are each treated fairly and in the same regard. There's a degree of respect amongst the panel without any ridiculous hierarchy and ego-inflating rubbish commonly found in American television. Members of the panel realize that their titles are not as important as the content coming from their mouths.

In American politics, as opposed to productive debate, Americans, unfortunately, witness only the public arguments and nicety that hasn't gotten us anywhere. The real debate happens behind-the-scenes in the so-called "backroom" (see: Albany, NY). Americans are disinterested in public policy, ill-informed in the affairs of government, and have been too excluded from the democratic process to care very much about the issues we face -- a dilemma that will only worsen. When as few as 1 in 10 Americans support the Congress and when as many as 60-70% disagree with the work of the government, there is much to be done. After all, governments only work when they have the consent of the governed, right?

One is not advocating a series of "President's Questions", in which the President would sit on Capitol Hill and answer compromising questions from the opposition. 

But, America, you need Question Time. You deserve it. Americans deserve an opportunity to see our political leaders defend their beliefs. Americans deserve an opportunity to see political leaders challenged in an open and respectful environment. If trust is ever to be resotred between the public and the government, political leaders will need to be held accountable for their beliefs, their political actions, and the affairs of their government. In an era in which petty politics dominates the news coverage, it's time for national media to make a (literally) smart investment and give it a fair shot. 

A daily program on a major broadcast network (like CBS, Fox, NBC, ABC) or perhaps a digital revolutionary like YouTube (are you listening, Google? ;)) would go a long way. Cable networks featuring programs with political pundits are entertaining, but do not challenge the decision makers. Current programs do not create a fair, legitimate platform for putting decisionmakers and pundits on the spotlight. The right kind of spotlight - where stories are generated with substance. 

Programs today have not thus far met this need. Are you listening, networks and platforms? It's time to empower Americans and light the fire anew. America needs a program that empowers viewers, not the political mouthpieces.

Any of you G+ers watch #BBCQT  too? What're your thoughts?___

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2015-07-01 00:30:18 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

I love DC

I love DC___

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2015-06-30 04:10:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

"You be good to mama, she'll be good to you."

Celebrating the end of Pride in DC

"You be good to mama, she'll be good to you."

Celebrating the end of Pride in DC___

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2015-06-26 22:16:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Organizations, religious leaders, and the NYC CODEL and local politicians address New Yorkers, hailing the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of nationwide marriage equality, on Christopher Street, near the site of the historic 1969 Stonewall Riots.

Organizations, religious leaders, and the NYC CODEL and local politicians address New Yorkers, hailing the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of nationwide marriage equality, on Christopher Street, near the site of the historic 1969 Stonewall Riots.___

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2015-06-26 14:18:39 (2 comments, 12 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

#LoveWins  Marriage Equality in the USA.

"The right of same-sex couples to marry that is part of
the liberty promised by the Fourteenth Amendment is
derived, too, from that Amendment’s guarantee of the
equal protection of the laws."

+Human Rights Campaign 

#LoveWins  Marriage Equality in the USA.

"The right of same-sex couples to marry that is part of
the liberty promised by the Fourteenth Amendment is
derived, too, from that Amendment’s guarantee of the
equal protection of the laws."

+Human Rights Campaign ___

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2015-06-26 14:03:56 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

MARRIAGE EQUALITY IN THE US of A. FINALLY!

MARRIAGE EQUALITY IN THE US of A. FINALLY!___

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2015-06-26 13:45:00 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

TODAY COULD BE THE DAY FOR MARRIAGE 

The Supreme Court is expected to rule TODAY or MONDAY on marriage equality across the United States. A ruling may come in as soon as a few minutes. The time is now. #ProudToLove   #LoveCantWait   #MarriageEquality  +Human Rights Campaign 

TODAY COULD BE THE DAY FOR MARRIAGE 

The Supreme Court is expected to rule TODAY or MONDAY on marriage equality across the United States. A ruling may come in as soon as a few minutes. The time is now. #ProudToLove   #LoveCantWait   #MarriageEquality  +Human Rights Campaign ___

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2015-06-25 15:07:56 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Forward: US Supreme Court Rules (again) Obamacare is CONSTITUTIONAL
Despite Republicans' attempts to strip 6.3 million Americans of healthcare, the High Court saves it.

Congratulations, America! In a surprise majority opinion -- which was written by the Republican Chief Justice appointed by George W. Bush -- the Court writes that "Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them."

That's right -- Republicans would have destroyed the healthcare market just to strip 6.3 million Americans of healthcare. According to recent figures, if Republicans removed "Obamacare" the US deficit would be higher than we'd initially thought. The ACA is working. It could use some work, but it's working!

#SCOTUS   #Obamacare   #ACA   #PPACA   #Forward  

Forward: US Supreme Court Rules (again) Obamacare is CONSTITUTIONAL
Despite Republicans' attempts to strip 6.3 million Americans of healthcare, the High Court saves it.

Congratulations, America! In a surprise majority opinion -- which was written by the Republican Chief Justice appointed by George W. Bush -- the Court writes that "Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them."

That's right -- Republicans would have destroyed the healthcare market just to strip 6.3 million Americans of healthcare. According to recent figures, if Republicans removed "Obamacare" the US deficit would be higher than we'd initially thought. The ACA is working. It could use some work, but it's working!

#SCOTUS   #Obamacare   #ACA   #PPACA   #Forward  ___

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2015-06-23 18:59:42 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

SCOTUS to rule on marriage this week or Monday!!

I am standing on the right side of history. I stand with +Human Rights Campaign for #MarriageEquality   #LoveCantWait   http://hrc.org/red 

The Supreme Court is expected to rule later this week or Monday on marriage equality in the United States. I'm hopeful that the Court's decision will end #LGBTPrideMonth  on a positive note.

SCOTUS to rule on marriage this week or Monday!!

I am standing on the right side of history. I stand with +Human Rights Campaign for #MarriageEquality   #LoveCantWait   http://hrc.org/red 

The Supreme Court is expected to rule later this week or Monday on marriage equality in the United States. I'm hopeful that the Court's decision will end #LGBTPrideMonth  on a positive note.___

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2015-06-23 18:48:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Movie Recommendation: GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANNE AMSALEM

Last weekend I watched 2014 release Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem, a film about a middle-aged Israeli woman's five-year journey to receive a divorce from her husband.

The film is enlightening, provocative, comical at times, and overall heartbreaking. I had no idea that it was so difficult for a woman in Israel to divorce her husband -- and she could only divorce him with his full consent. So, she took him to court for more than two years in an attempt to have a panel of rabbinical "judges" force her husband to consent to the divorce - only it did not work. It is almost painful to watch Viviane Amsalem sit in court over two years and address the sexism, emotional abuse, and judgment passed onto her by everyone in her community. The film is more intense and less predictable than I'd imagined, as a... more »

Movie Recommendation: GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANNE AMSALEM

Last weekend I watched 2014 release Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem, a film about a middle-aged Israeli woman's five-year journey to receive a divorce from her husband.

The film is enlightening, provocative, comical at times, and overall heartbreaking. I had no idea that it was so difficult for a woman in Israel to divorce her husband -- and she could only divorce him with his full consent. So, she took him to court for more than two years in an attempt to have a panel of rabbinical "judges" force her husband to consent to the divorce - only it did not work. It is almost painful to watch Viviane Amsalem sit in court over two years and address the sexism, emotional abuse, and judgment passed onto her by everyone in her community. The film is more intense and less predictable than I'd imagined, as a result of strong directing and impassioned performances.

#movies   #Gett  ___

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2015-06-18 01:12:15 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

I shot myself because I love you.
If I loved myself
I'd be shooting you. 

I shot myself because I love you.
If I loved myself
I'd be shooting you. ___

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2015-06-06 01:20:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Friday night movies at Washington Square. 

Friday night movies at Washington Square. ___

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2015-06-04 21:32:32 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

D'aww Raising Baby Squirrels!

This couple in the Midwest adopted brother and sister baby squirrels after their nest was destroyed where the husband was working. They hand fed, raised, and bathed the two squirrels for nearly 3 months; feeding the babies every 2.5 hours until they were ready to be reintroduced to the outdoors. They documented their adventure with the squirrels in daily vlogs and it's almost too cute to watch sometimes. 
#Animals   #Stewardship  

D'aww Raising Baby Squirrels!

This couple in the Midwest adopted brother and sister baby squirrels after their nest was destroyed where the husband was working. They hand fed, raised, and bathed the two squirrels for nearly 3 months; feeding the babies every 2.5 hours until they were ready to be reintroduced to the outdoors. They documented their adventure with the squirrels in daily vlogs and it's almost too cute to watch sometimes. 
#Animals   #Stewardship  ___

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2015-05-21 04:02:03 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

@ the Circle in the Square Theatre - I saw Fun Home - phenomenal play! 

@ the Circle in the Square Theatre - I saw Fun Home - phenomenal play! ___

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2015-05-19 21:38:23 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Racism from congressional Republicans spilled its way into debate on the House floor this afternoon.

Some folks simply still don't get it. But y'know what protesters around the country (world) say in response: "You may not get it yet. And, sure, you're part of the problem. But, now you'll listen."  #facepalm

Racism from congressional Republicans spilled its way into debate on the House floor this afternoon.

Some folks simply still don't get it. But y'know what protesters around the country (world) say in response: "You may not get it yet. And, sure, you're part of the problem. But, now you'll listen."  #facepalm___

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2015-05-18 20:40:49 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Why This YouTube Star's Coming Out Matters
+JoeyGraceffa comes out, tells fans "Don't Wait"

Following years of speculation and rumors, YouTube celebrity and entrepreneur +Joey Graceffa came out to his fans in an emotional (and well-directed) music video appropriately titled, "Don't Wait."

Joey is a 23-year-old YouTube actor/producer with more than 4 million YouTube subscribers, and an equally strong following on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. His fans have helped him fund and secure web series, book launches, international tours, and secure lucrative brand sponsorships. He posts daily vlogs, which invite his millions of viewers into his lives every day. His viewers have seen him at some of his most depressing moments and at some of his happiest. He's posted vlogs about his experiences following an enlightening visit to see histh... more »

Why This YouTube Star's Coming Out Matters
+JoeyGraceffa comes out, tells fans "Don't Wait"

Following years of speculation and rumors, YouTube celebrity and entrepreneur +Joey Graceffa came out to his fans in an emotional (and well-directed) music video appropriately titled, "Don't Wait."

Joey is a 23-year-old YouTube actor/producer with more than 4 million YouTube subscribers, and an equally strong following on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. His fans have helped him fund and secure web series, book launches, international tours, and secure lucrative brand sponsorships. He posts daily vlogs, which invite his millions of viewers into his lives every day. His viewers have seen him at some of his most depressing moments and at some of his happiest. He's posted vlogs about his experiences following an enlightening visit to see his therapist, or playing with his husky puppy, or navigating life in hustle-and-bustle Los Angeles.

More important, however, is the demographics of Joey's viewers: youth (tweens and teens) seeking escape and distractions from real-life pressure that we all experience when we're 10, 12, 13, and 14 years old. These young people don't mindlessly watch Joey's vlogs everyday after school - they learn from him. They worship the ground he walks on and aspire to be equally, if not more successful than he is. These young people admire Joey's willingness to broadcast his life - often heartbreaking and all too-real - online in video. 

For years, fans have asked Joey to put the rumors to rest. One young fan once wrote to Joey, "I hated you because you're hiding it causing your life and youtube life fake. [sic]" Many viewers simply didn't care. One wrote that the only thing relevant was his happiness. The fact is that Joey's coming out will serve as a beacon of hope to countless young people. Visibility is important. Using one's celebrity status for good is important. Yes, celebrities earn a living by building and leveraging their audience's support -- but when they leverage that support to help a child going through hell know that "it gets better" and that "it's OK", it makes a world of difference. 

Joey Graceffa took a bold move when he came out. He came out when he was ready. That's all anyone could ask for, isn't it?  He'll hopefully now be able to be more authentic and use his celebrity and talent to support his youth LGBTQIA subscribers - all millions+ of them.

Link to "Don't Wait" on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kcwo_mhyqTw
#DontWait   #EmbraceYourTruth   #Youth   #LGBT  ___

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2015-05-14 23:10:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

It's finally spring in NYC 

It's finally spring in NYC ___

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2015-04-29 20:14:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Listen to #SCOTUS hear oral arguments for #MarriageEquality

LISTEN: Audio from Obergefell v. Hodges #SCOTUS Oral Arugments Available Here http://j.mp/1DHVNCr

#LoveCantWait___Listen to #SCOTUS hear oral arguments for #MarriageEquality

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2015-04-28 15:33:44 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

While I do not agree with the OP here, it's refreshing to see to see someone step up to this with so much appreciation of the issue at-hand and regard for our plight through all of this. I'm sharing some of my thoughts overall to the conversation, in hopes of contributing to productive dialogue. 

My social feeds last night - like others - were non-stop. I'd just left a meeting and when I saw the alert of the Governor's request of additional officers and support from the National Guard I wasn't quite sure what to think. After scrolling through feed and reading a few articles I had to ask myself what one might expect to hear from Dr. King in the midst of all of this; then, on Twitter, a user posted a statement from Dr. King - which, I believe he wrote whilst sat in a cell in Birmingham, of his disappointment of the "white moderate" which may be applied in a more... more »

I noticed a post by a dear friend expressing that they did not care about Nepal, or Bruce Jenner, and that they wanted a fund for the riots in Baltimore, to show them that fund. Being one of the ones who has been sharing links for People Finder from Google, and Restoring Family Links from The International Committee of the Red Cross(it's part of my job), I felt it important to shed some light on how the events differ.

Here is why I care about the massive earthquake in Nepal, the volcano eruption in Chile, and Bruce Jenner, & am merely shaking my head in disbelief and embarrassment at the riots in Baltimore.

Volcano eruption in Chile/Earthquake in Nepal - these two events were not acts of man, they were acts of nature. This means that they could not be prevented or helped, and it was no one's fault. Damage suffered by both events was staggering. Hospitals were overwhelmed, resources were exhausted, the death toll for the earthquake rose to over 4000 and could get to 10,000. I believe it is our job as humans to help each other as much as we possibly can to get through in the face of severe adversity like this. A long time ago, I made service to others the foundation of my career, and for a reason. For this reason, to be exact.

Bruce Jenner - We have reached a turning point in the conversation and push for LGBT rights. IMO, this was something that should have never been an issue in the first place. But because it is, and since transgender people notably are an underserved and underrepresented group, the more attention and exposure to the topic, the better.

Baltimore Riots - even after years upon years in the struggle for race equality, we, as a people, still do not know how to ask for what we want. In the case of Freddie Gray, let's review what we do know:

-Freddie and another man were spotted by cops
-Freddie took off running assuming, and rightfully so, that they were going to arrest him
-Cops pursued him
-Cops, upon finding that he had a switchblade on him, apprehended him
-Freddie lapses into a coma while in police custody as a result of a spinal cord injury
-Received medical treatment, but apparently it wasn't too timely
-Freddie dies in the hospital

Now having reviewed all the information, I would agree that there are a lot of holes in the story, and that more answers are needed, but what of it that gives you cause to then go and destroy an entire neighbourhood over it? Your own neighbourhood, to be exact. Why give our naysayers even more just cause to vilify and oppress us? I for one welcome a good effective riot, like Rosa Parks remaining seated on a bus, and the boycott of all public transportation afterwards. But setting fire to people's businesses & their homes, looting in the streets, injury to 7 police officers, all leading to unsafe conditions for your other fellow humans who have to contend with it, just because of a few holes in the story of a death of a young man, just doesn't cut it. It was an unnecessary riot and I do not support it.

For all those who will come on this post after reading it and say that I am turning my back against my people, come at me bro, and come at me sis. If I was a parent, and I saw my child out there with that nonsense I would do the same as that mother did, because I refuse to stand by and not call people out when they are being foul. Because I do care. And in this case, it was a foul, because "a warrior acts, only a fool reacts."

Photo credit: +International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) ___While I do not agree with the OP here, it's refreshing to see to see someone step up to this with so much appreciation of the issue at-hand and regard for our plight through all of this. I'm sharing some of my thoughts overall to the conversation, in hopes of contributing to productive dialogue. 

My social feeds last night - like others - were non-stop. I'd just left a meeting and when I saw the alert of the Governor's request of additional officers and support from the National Guard I wasn't quite sure what to think. After scrolling through feed and reading a few articles I had to ask myself what one might expect to hear from Dr. King in the midst of all of this; then, on Twitter, a user posted a statement from Dr. King - which, I believe he wrote whilst sat in a cell in Birmingham, of his disappointment of the "white moderate" which may be applied in a more general scope: "I must confess ... I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is ... the white moderate, who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of a tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: 'I agree with you in the goal you seek, but i cannot agree with your methods of direct action'; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a 'more convenient season'."

Then, I logged into Facebook and saw a friend share a graphic depicting an articulated, non-reactionary quote from an individual, supported by many activists and scholars of Black Studies, who writes that she she supports the riots and that, "It is not our duty to convince you that we are worthy of life and protection under the law. That's not our case to make. You are not God. It is instead our duty to hold you accountable to the reality of our power when you have let the fantasy of white supremacy consume you." This was around the time I read a brilliant article from The Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates, which I bet many of you've read already, but: for others interested: "When nonviolence is preached as an attempt to evade the repercussions of political brutality, it betrays itself. When nonviolence begins halfway through the war with the aggressor calling time out, it exposes itself as a ruse. When nonviolence is preached by the representatives of the state, while the state doles out heaps of violence to its citizens, it reveals itself to be a con. And none of this can mean that rioting or violence is "correct" or "wise," any more than a forest fire can be "correct" or "wise." Wisdom isn't the point tonight. Disrespect is. In this case, disrespect for the hollow law and failed order that so regularly disrespects the community." http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/04/nonviolence-as-compliance/391640/#disqus_thread

Then, this morning I woke to see that these brilliant social/analytical/justified articles and statements didn't make the news. Instead, what went viral was the photo/video of a Baltimore mother disciplining her son, who was participating in the riots, without regard for what brought us here in the first place. /Sigh.

The events certainly differ - no question about that, in my opinion. I wonder if the post from the OP's dear friend relates to empathy? There was a lovely post from an amazing black queer activist two years ago who wrote after the Boston Bombing about an erosion of empathy she noticed in minority communities: "POC have always been capable of connecting to [your stories]. Because all our lives we are told white people’s stories--through news, television, movies, etc.--our ability to see white people as people has been pretty solid. (This is also probably due to the fact that we have never needed an excuse to kidnap, enslave, or mass murder you, which is always easier to do to a race of people when you can deny their humanity). But even in the face of all the evil that white people have perpetrated against us, most of us, in the face of some individual white person or small group of white people in pain or suffering, have still been able to feel compassion. Sympathy. Empathy. But lately…it’s getting more and more difficult to feel those things"

I do not think that the OP is turning their back on anyone. We've been connected on G+ long enough for me to have read their posts and appreciate where they're coming from. :)

#BlackLivesMatter  

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2015-04-27 23:02:48 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

On the eve of the marriage equality hearings at the Supreme Court, I stand in solidarity in Times Square with my fellow LGBT people and our allies urging the Court to vote in favor of equality.

#MarriageEqualityNow #LoveCantWait

On the eve of the marriage equality hearings at the Supreme Court, I stand in solidarity in Times Square with my fellow LGBT people and our allies urging the Court to vote in favor of equality.

#MarriageEqualityNow #LoveCantWait___

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2015-04-11 02:33:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

I'm back, Felicias! 

I'm back, Felicias! ___

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2015-04-09 17:35:19 (23 comments, 1 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Beautiful, compassionate statement from +The White House that everyone - Democratic or Republican - can and should agree with.
#BornPerfect  

Beautiful, compassionate statement from +The White House that everyone - Democratic or Republican - can and should agree with.
#BornPerfect  ___

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2015-04-03 13:55:00 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Would You Still Love Him If He Is Gay?
Homophobia = Child Abuse 

April is National Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention Month. Parents/guardians are supposed to love their children. But, some 40% (~ 400,000!!!) of homeless teens in the US are LGBT. These youth were abandoned or kicked out of their homes by their families. In NYC, more than 4,000 homeless LGBT teens are left with fewer than 500 available spots in homeless shelters. "Reparative" therapies, verbal insults, etc. are also forms of child abuse and need our attention. Homophobia is a form of abuse. The hate/fear isn't healthy for children -- or their parents.

Turning your back on a child is unacceptable -- and it's a form of child abuse. Try and support the youth in your community. If you witness abuse or can help support local nonprofits that provide resources to these young people, stand up... more »

Would You Still Love Him If He Is Gay?
Homophobia = Child Abuse 

April is National Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention Month. Parents/guardians are supposed to love their children. But, some 40% (~ 400,000!!!) of homeless teens in the US are LGBT. These youth were abandoned or kicked out of their homes by their families. In NYC, more than 4,000 homeless LGBT teens are left with fewer than 500 available spots in homeless shelters. "Reparative" therapies, verbal insults, etc. are also forms of child abuse and need our attention. Homophobia is a form of abuse. The hate/fear isn't healthy for children -- or their parents.

Turning your back on a child is unacceptable -- and it's a form of child abuse. Try and support the youth in your community. If you witness abuse or can help support local nonprofits that provide resources to these young people, stand up and #dosomething .

(Image provided by the Ali Forney Center)
http://www.aliforneycenter.org/get-involved/childabuse/___

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2015-03-21 22:32:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Republican Fight Against Abortion Stalls Confirmation of US Attorney General
GOP fight to keep abortion out of human trafficking bill and anger at the president stalls confirmation

Loretta Lynch is a well-respected, hardworking attorney with a reputation of getting stuff done. She would also be the first black female US Attorney General.

Republicans are fighting to keep an abortion bill out of human trafficking legislation - something that has absolutely nothing to do with the Justice Department or Ms. Lynch's would-be-office. But, as usual, Republicans are so obsessed with the anti-abortion lobby that that they will stall the confirmation of an individual to the president's cabinet.

#TheObstructionContinues   #ConfirmLoretta  

Republican Fight Against Abortion Stalls Confirmation of US Attorney General
GOP fight to keep abortion out of human trafficking bill and anger at the president stalls confirmation

Loretta Lynch is a well-respected, hardworking attorney with a reputation of getting stuff done. She would also be the first black female US Attorney General.

Republicans are fighting to keep an abortion bill out of human trafficking legislation - something that has absolutely nothing to do with the Justice Department or Ms. Lynch's would-be-office. But, as usual, Republicans are so obsessed with the anti-abortion lobby that that they will stall the confirmation of an individual to the president's cabinet.

#TheObstructionContinues   #ConfirmLoretta  ___

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2015-03-01 16:54:49 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

The Dress Debacle 

The Dress Debacle ___

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2015-02-19 13:43:30 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

H/t +Bjorn Troch​

And today on the garden cam..... A great tit flypast :D

#GoPro___H/t +Bjorn Troch​

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2015-02-18 13:48:42 (31 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

There's A Killer Among Them:  #WhoKilledLucy
Soap storyline rocks the UK

Hit BBC soap, EastEnders is taking the nation by storm for its 30th anniversary. Through Friday, the soap is airing live action scenes in its episodes until a year-long murder mystery is solved: #WhoKilledLucy .

Lucy Beale was the daughter of the soap's longest running character, Ian Beale, until her body was discovered in the woods last year. The past several months have been dedicated to characters questioning whether they had any role in her murder and trying to piece together the clues to figure out who, exactly, murdered her - if she was even murdered. Was it her father, brother, partner, best friend, cousin? We'll find out tomorrow! #UKTV   #EastEnders  

There's A Killer Among Them:  #WhoKilledLucy
Soap storyline rocks the UK

Hit BBC soap, EastEnders is taking the nation by storm for its 30th anniversary. Through Friday, the soap is airing live action scenes in its episodes until a year-long murder mystery is solved: #WhoKilledLucy .

Lucy Beale was the daughter of the soap's longest running character, Ian Beale, until her body was discovered in the woods last year. The past several months have been dedicated to characters questioning whether they had any role in her murder and trying to piece together the clues to figure out who, exactly, murdered her - if she was even murdered. Was it her father, brother, partner, best friend, cousin? We'll find out tomorrow! #UKTV   #EastEnders  ___

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2015-02-13 17:12:18 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

TV won't look the same in September

It's no secret that in the past 5-10 years, American television has seen a shift in its portrayals of characters and issues unlike ever before.

On-screen families are more diverse in ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, and religion.  Characters are also more prone to be more independent thinkers, capable of experiencing emotions, often different to old-age stereotypes (reinforced by religion, formerly traditional upbringing, etc.). 

But, in the past couple of years since Modern Family launched, there's been a sort of lull on mainstream network-ordered diverse casts. Well, thanks in part to Empire, the series Fox premiered last month, which has seen the best ratings network television has seen in over two decades. Empire's success comes largely from black viewers, who make up 61% of the show's viewers. Networkt... more »

TV won't look the same in September

It's no secret that in the past 5-10 years, American television has seen a shift in its portrayals of characters and issues unlike ever before.

On-screen families are more diverse in ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, and religion.  Characters are also more prone to be more independent thinkers, capable of experiencing emotions, often different to old-age stereotypes (reinforced by religion, formerly traditional upbringing, etc.). 

But, in the past couple of years since Modern Family launched, there's been a sort of lull on mainstream network-ordered diverse casts. Well, thanks in part to Empire, the series Fox premiered last month, which has seen the best ratings network television has seen in over two decades. Empire's success comes largely from black viewers, who make up 61% of the show's viewers. Network television executives are now recognizing the success of black characters ("Scandal's" Shonda Rhimes is also to thank for this recognition).

An increasing number of stars, producers, writers, and directors have been calling for diversity in Hollywood and entertainment altogether. Just recently, the head of the largest professional actors' union expressed the sentiment that he'd find himself - the sole black individual - in an industry meeting. This is troubling - especially following reports from equal rights groups who have lambasted the industry for its still-too-outdated portrayal of diverse Americans - both behind the scenes and on-screens. Network executives, in response, have begun ordering new demos and pilots of series that will feature more diverse casts. So, this August, expect our screens to better reflect the United States - in ethnic make-up, sex, sexual orientation, and religious beliefs. 

h/t +The Hollywood Reporter
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/tv-pilot-seasons-big-get-772331 
Photo: +The Huffington Post The Diversity Gap in Emmy Awards, 2012___

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2015-02-12 01:56:23 (42 comments, 8 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

'House Of Oil' Says Keystone XL = 42,000 jobs? More like 35.0
GOP makes final pass to approve Keystone Pipeline, +The White House expected to veto in coming days

Congressional Republicans this afternoon passed a bill to approve construction of the KeystoneXL pipeline.  Republicans have staunchly defended the pipeline, claiming that its construction will produce valuable jobs for Americans.  What Republicans fail to tell Americans is that: 
(-) Americans won't be guaranteed jobs (an amendment to approve the Pipeline, on conditions that Americans would staff it, failed); 
(-) the jobs produced by the construction of the Pipeline are not longterm (these jobs may last as little as 2-3 months); 
(-) the Pipeline will create only 35 longterm jobs; 
(-) the environmental impact is not known [to anyone] as it is difficult to predict the longterm impactsthat d... more »

'House Of Oil' Says Keystone XL = 42,000 jobs? More like 35.0
GOP makes final pass to approve Keystone Pipeline, +The White House expected to veto in coming days

Congressional Republicans this afternoon passed a bill to approve construction of the KeystoneXL pipeline.  Republicans have staunchly defended the pipeline, claiming that its construction will produce valuable jobs for Americans.  What Republicans fail to tell Americans is that: 
(-) Americans won't be guaranteed jobs (an amendment to approve the Pipeline, on conditions that Americans would staff it, failed); 
(-) the jobs produced by the construction of the Pipeline are not longterm (these jobs may last as little as 2-3 months); 
(-) the Pipeline will create only 35 longterm jobs; 
(-) the environmental impact is not known [to anyone] as it is difficult to predict the longterm impacts that drilling into our land will have in 10, 20 or 50 years.
#KeystoneXL   #Environment   #savetheplanet  ___

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2015-02-11 17:48:57 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Commenting on marriage equality in the UK, Queen Elizabeth II said, "Isn't it wonderful?"
+The British Monarchy 
#LGBT   #MarriageEquality   #FreedomToMarry  

Commenting on marriage equality in the UK, Queen Elizabeth II said, "Isn't it wonderful?"
+The British Monarchy 
#LGBT   #MarriageEquality   #FreedomToMarry  ___

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2015-02-10 21:35:36 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Happy #SafeInternetDay  (with a gift from Google!)!

Complete this worthy online security exercise by February 17, 2015, and you'll earn 2 GB of free Cloud Storage from Google. 
(as explained here: googledrive.blogspot.com/2015/02/safer-internet-day-2015.html)___Happy #SafeInternetDay  (with a gift from Google!)!

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2015-02-08 19:11:27 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

EMPIRE: The Best New Series
Nielsen notes: the only primetime broadcast series to grow in total viewers over each of its first five telecasts in at least 23 years

Fox's new series, which is seen by more than 11 million viewers, has achieved what television to-date has not. While its predecessors have made huge leaps and continue to do so, Empire reflects a new era in television. As +The Guardian writes, "Audaciously honest on black issues, Lee Daniels’s family saga has won a huge audience that television had long ignored – and a big fan in the White House".

The series is not politically correct nor does it apologize for being rough around the edges. For the first time in recent years, network television broadcasts the story of a black family - powerful, gifted, and complicated in their own right. In Empire, "black issues" are treated as"... more »

EMPIRE: The Best New Series
Nielsen notes: the only primetime broadcast series to grow in total viewers over each of its first five telecasts in at least 23 years

Fox's new series, which is seen by more than 11 million viewers, has achieved what television to-date has not. While its predecessors have made huge leaps and continue to do so, Empire reflects a new era in television. As +The Guardian writes, "Audaciously honest on black issues, Lee Daniels’s family saga has won a huge audience that television had long ignored – and a big fan in the White House".

The series is not politically correct nor does it apologize for being rough around the edges. For the first time in recent years, network television broadcasts the story of a black family - powerful, gifted, and complicated in their own right. In Empire, "black issues" are treated as "issues" - not as supporting storylines or as issues independent of the "American experience." That being said, Empire appreciates the very complicated world we live in, and an America still plagued by racial and social injustice.

Taraji P. Henson goes above and beyond in her role as Cookie Lyon, a matriarch recently released from prison, who challenges her ex-husband, the head of a major (presumably one of the largest) record labels in the United States. Her performance is absolutely captivating and brilliant. She throws her heart into this role, and it makes watching her so enjoyable.

This series also brings attention to the paradigm between gay black men and women and the black community (without the overplayed not-so-comedic stereotypes) - a difficult relationship. This storyline in the series is told gracefully and emotionally, capturing the anger, confusion, and pain.

Based off of the ventures of a music empire family, Empire is heavily influenced by Hip Hop (with Pop and R&B) music, so there's musical enjoyment for all. Only five episodes in, Fox has renewed Empire for a second season. With a gifted and respected cast, crew, and writing staff, I'm happy that Empire will be around for a while.

#EmpireonFox   #Empire___

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2015-01-27 20:49:16 (75 comments, 5 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

Alabama Republicans are angry following two rulings from federal judges striking down marriage equality bans.  They have threatened to fight the rulings to ban gays from getting married.  In response, an openly LGBT Alabama Legislator has said that she is ready to out her Republican colleagues having extramarital affairs in order to shine light on their hypocrisy. 

Once the court's stay is lifted, Alabama will become the 37th state to legalize marriage equality.  Story here: http://gawker.com/alabama-politician-threatens-to-out-colleagues-who-are-1681947471   #LGBT  

Alabama Republicans are angry following two rulings from federal judges striking down marriage equality bans.  They have threatened to fight the rulings to ban gays from getting married.  In response, an openly LGBT Alabama Legislator has said that she is ready to out her Republican colleagues having extramarital affairs in order to shine light on their hypocrisy. 

Once the court's stay is lifted, Alabama will become the 37th state to legalize marriage equality.  Story here: http://gawker.com/alabama-politician-threatens-to-out-colleagues-who-are-1681947471   #LGBT  ___

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2015-01-27 15:25:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

All my friends on the East Coast:
DO YOU WANNA BUILD A SNOWMAN?

(fyi: I first heard this song a month ago and have had it on replay ever since...)

All my friends on the East Coast:
DO YOU WANNA BUILD A SNOWMAN?

(fyi: I first heard this song a month ago and have had it on replay ever since...)___

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2015-01-19 21:57:54 (1 comments, 17 reshares, 58 +1s)Open 

"I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. #MLKDay  

"I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. #MLKDay  ___

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2015-01-16 16:46:14 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

The Constitutional Crisis That Wasn't
CIA spied on Congress after it alleges Congress hacked it
Panel says it wasn't wrong


There's been a storm brewing between the Capitol and the Central Intelligence Agency.  And, despite a review board having concluded its work, the fight between members of Congress and the CIA continues. 

Here's a quick summary of what happened: The chief overseers of the CIA in the Senate, the Senate Intelligence Committee, discovered internal CIA documents that shine a bad light on the US government's torture policies.  When the CIA learned that the Senate had the information, it began spying on Congress.  The CIA then spied in order to identify who discovered the information and asked that the Intelligence Committee members responsible face criminal trial.  The Senate rebutted and asserted that the documentsit o... more »

The Constitutional Crisis That Wasn't
CIA spied on Congress after it alleges Congress hacked it
Panel says it wasn't wrong


There's been a storm brewing between the Capitol and the Central Intelligence Agency.  And, despite a review board having concluded its work, the fight between members of Congress and the CIA continues. 

Here's a quick summary of what happened: The chief overseers of the CIA in the Senate, the Senate Intelligence Committee, discovered internal CIA documents that shine a bad light on the US government's torture policies.  When the CIA learned that the Senate had the information, it began spying on Congress.  The CIA then spied in order to identify who discovered the information and asked that the Intelligence Committee members responsible face criminal trial.  The Senate rebutted and asserted that the documents it obtained may have come from a whistleblower or elsewhere.  Though, the review board ultimately found that the Senate staffers took the documents from an off-site CIA facility without the CIA's permission - or knowledge.  

Constitutional crisis: The Senate Intelligence Committee is the top overseer of the CIA and the rest of the Intelligence Community.  Its duty is to ensure that the CIA is acting in accordance with the Constitution.  However, when the CIA threatens and begins spying on the very same people entrusted to adhere it to federal law and protect Americans from CIA overreach, constitutional lines are crossed. 

Argument: Sure, one may reasonably assume that the CIA would investigate how/why classified documents were removed from its facilities, but it should have informed the Senate that it was investigating it -- and, at least give it a heads-up, "Oh, hey Senate Intelligence Committee, we're investigating you for counterespionage and treason!"

If one branch of government is unable to complete its obligation to provide oversight to the other, we're at a constitutional crossroads.  While the CIA acts almost autonomously, their actions merit a greater debate about what role congress may have in overseeing the Agency's work.  The review board had that same conclusion.  However, the review board failed to cite the CIA of any wrongdoing and suggested that the Senate was mostly in the wrong.  

Democrats released a review of the US government's torture policies months ago, much to the chagrin of the CIA.  For more than four years, the Democrats have asked the CIA to be more transparent and have often found themselves at odds with CIA chiefs.  Now that Republicans are in control of Congress, it remains to be seen whether they will continue the fight for more open and transparent congressional oversight of the Intelligence Community.  After it was learned that some intelligence agencies were conducting clandestine operations on American soil, Congress has stepped up its oversight -- but, still, that's not much -- at the end of the day, a minute group of representatives are allowed to be briefed by the CIA or review their activities.  

Until then, we're stuck with a congress and a spy agency that simply do not trust one another: a Senate that's concerned it's especially personal since the CIA threatened Senate staffers; and a CIA weary of opening itself to criticism. ___

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2015-01-16 15:39:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Must-see performance from the 70s(?): Tina Turner & Cher

Watch for a laugh this lovely TGIF morning :)

Must-see performance from the 70s(?): Tina Turner & Cher

Watch for a laugh this lovely TGIF morning :)___

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2015-01-16 03:57:02 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Love this track.  Sam Smith's Restart 

#NowPlaying  

Love this track.  Sam Smith's Restart 

#NowPlaying  ___

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2015-01-13 13:27:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I hope this bill gains some strong support in both houses.

As a consumer, think it's important that companies inform us when our data may have been compromised. I was on the road a few weeks ago, when I was informed that my bank account may have been compromised - though, I was not told when the potential compromise took place or how. I was simply told that I'd need a new credit card.

It seems foolish that college students pay ridiculous fees for textbooks and other classroom materials (much of which isn't necessary), but students' data is still sold and collected.

Republicans will oppose it. ___I hope this bill gains some strong support in both houses.

As a consumer, think it's important that companies inform us when our data may have been compromised. I was on the road a few weeks ago, when I was informed that my bank account may have been compromised - though, I was not told when the potential compromise took place or how. I was simply told that I'd need a new credit card.

It seems foolish that college students pay ridiculous fees for textbooks and other classroom materials (much of which isn't necessary), but students' data is still sold and collected.

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