Saturday, March 30, 2013

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via The Wall Street Journal's Facebook Wall by The Wall Street Journal on 3/30/13
U.S. targets of suspected Chinese cyber attacks include Google, Yahoo, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Coca Cola, Dow Chemical and the Department of Homeland Security. Why China is reading your emails:

via Towleroad News #gay by Steve Pep on 3/30/13
In a clip from earlier this week, Stephen Colbert breaks down this week's hearings in the U.S. Supreme Court on marriage equality. He even takes on Charles Cooper's ridiculous procreation argument against same-sex marriage. Says Colbert:
"Marriage is for procreation only. if you lose that requirement, it'll confuse the issue and straight couples forget why they're having sex."

via Gay/Lesbian News on 3/30/13
After Ben Carson compared homosexuality to bestiality and pedophilia, he issued a rather fruity non-apology-apology to anyone he had offended.

via New gay images on Photobucket by HikaHaruCZ on 3/30/13
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Jacoulet was a rare Western artist mastering the art of woodblock printing sufficiently to be recognized in Japan. He was also barred from entering the U.S. due to his “undesirability” as a gay man.
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via Queerty by Lester Brathwaite on 3/30/13

Willam is the latest queen to pick up the phone in our new favorite web series, Ring My Bell, which in Ms. Belli’s manicured claws quickly devolves into a low class, high camp sex hotline. You’re welcome.

via Gay/Lesbian News on 3/30/13
English-language experts say how gay couples refer to themselves, and how others refer to same-sex couples, continues to evolve.

North Koreans attend a rally in support of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's order to put its missile units on standby in preparation for a possible war against the U.S. and South Korea, in PyongyangMoscow urged restraint in the Korean peninsula on Saturday, after North Korea said it was entering a "state of war" with South Korea in a further escalation of its bellicose rhetoric ...

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 file photo a member of the Afghan special forces, left, briefs soldiers after a training exercise on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. A senior U.S. commander said Saturday, March 30, 2013 that American special operations forces have handed over their base in eastern Afghanistan’s Nirkh district to local Afghan commandos -- meeting a demand by Afghan President Hamid Karzai that U.S. forces withdraw from the district after allegations that their Afghan counterparts committed human rights abuses there. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq, File)U.S. special operations forces handed over their base in a strategic district of eastern Afghanistan to local Afghan special forces on Saturday, a senior U.S. commander said ...

Children look through a fence at a portrait of former president Nelson Mandela in a Park in Soweto, South Africa, Thursday, March, 28, 2013. 94-year-old Mandela, the anti-apartheid leader who became South Africa's first black president, has been hit by a lung infection again and is in a hospital, the presidency said. Mandela, has become increasingly frail in recent years and has been hospitalized several times in recent months, including earlier this month when he underwent what authorities said was a scheduled medical test. The Nobel laureate is a revered figure in South Africa, which has honored his legacy of reconciliation by naming buildings and other places after him and printing his image on national banknotes. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)A South African official says Nelson Mandela is breathing "without difficulty" after having a procedure to clear fluid in his lung area that was caused by pneumonia.

Italy's former Prime Minister Berlusconi speaks to reporters after meeting with Italian President Napolitano at Quirinale palace in RomeItalian President Giorgio Napolitano on Saturday ruled out standing down to make way for new parliamentary elections after the failure of attempts to form a government this week ...

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron delivers a speech on immigration at the University Campus Suffolk, in IpswichBritish Prime Minister David Cameron is alienating Christians by promoting gay marriage, an influential former leader of the world's 80 million Anglicans said on Saturday ...

FILE - In this March 28, 2013 file picture Canadian singer Justin Bieber performs on stage during the "I Believe Tour " in Munich, southern Germany. A German official says Justin Bieber had to leave a monkey in quarantine after arriving in the country last week without the necessary papers for the animal. The 19-year-old singer arrived at Munich airport last Thursday. Customs spokesman Thomas Meister said Saturday March 30, 2013 that when he went through customs he didn't have the documentation necessary to bring the capuchin monkey into the country - so the animal had to stay with authorities. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader,File)A German official says Justin Bieber had to leave a monkey in quarantine after arriving in the country last week without the necessary papers for the animal.

NASA 'Super Guppy' Swallows Supersonic NASA Jets (Photos)Two supersonic NASA jets were swallowed whole by the space agency's outsized Super Guppy Transport plane in California this month so that they could be ferried to Texas.

A northeast Washington judge has found two boys, ages 10 and 11, competent to stand trial in juvenile court on a murder conspiracy charge.

via The New York Times's Facebook Wall by The New York Times on 3/30/13
Quotation of the Day: "The cheating had been going on so long. We considered it part of our jobs." — Jackie Parks, a third grade teacher in Atlanta, where 35 educators were indicted in a scandal over state testing.

Ex-Schools Chief in Atlanta Is Indicted in Testing Scandal
A third-grade teacher’s 2010 choice to aid a state investigator helped lead to the indictment Friday of a former superintendent and 34 others in a vast alleged cheating scheme.

via by on 3/30/13

As more teens have gone mobile, using their phones as an extension of themselves, hotline providers are trying to establish an around-the-clock emergency text number for teens.

via The Guardian's Facebook Wall by The Guardian on 3/30/13
Guardian Weekend magazine feature: Is modern life making us ill? Yes, say those who suffer from electrosensitivity. Are they cranks, or should we all be throwing away our mobile phones?

Photo: Thomas Ball

via Queerty by Lester Brathwaite on 3/30/13
WAITING FOR BARBARAPlaywright Dan Fishbackcovers a lot of territory in his humorous but highly provocative play, Waiting for Barbara: homophobia, privilege, power, racism — all rolled up and snorted through a 100 dollar bill.
Set on the first night of the War in Iraq, two gay Yale seniors await the arrival of the President’s daughter to bring them to “an opening night war party.” While they wait, they drown their sorrows in cocaine and crystal meth, self-loathing and self-denial, and through their own twisted lenses, they envision what the war means for them and for America.
Fishback staged a reading at New York’s New Museum on the tenth anniversary of the start of the Iraq War, followed by a discussion of its themes. A few days later we had Dan analyze his own words to give us his unfiltered take on internal homophobia and gaycism in the LGBT community.
Warning: there’s some indelicate language ahead.
Davenport: I never thought I’d feel this way, but it’s like: I’m really thinking about gay people all over the world, and how we’re going to save them from the Muslims.
Bryce: It’s our duty. It’s our duty as homosexuals to protect one another.
Queerty: Do you think the plight of gays in the Muslim world has improved since the start of the wars?
Fishback: Oh god, no.  This is one of the big myths of Western imperialism – that war with Muslim countries will bring safety for women and queer people.  In the decade since our invasion of Iraq, hundreds if not thousands of gay men and trans women in Iraq have been systematically hunted down, tortured and killed by anti-queer death squads.  Some of the more gruesome torture involved cementing the anuses of the victims, and then force-feeding them laxatives so their intestines would explode.  This was not happening under Saddam.  So yeah, the War in Iraq has not been good for gay people, no.
And yet we still see this attitude that Americans should support violence against Muslim countries because those countries are homophobic.  (As if America is not also homophobic and transphobic – as if trans people in our own country are not also systematically murdered.)  You see it particularly in the discourse about Israel and Palestine, but if you talk to queer Palestinians, they all say that they will never see progress until the Occupation ends.  So if you partially justify the subjugation of Palestine because it is a homophobic place, you’re also ignoring the actual wishes of real queer Palestinians who are begging for freedom.  Recent writing by Sarah Schulman is particularly helpful to understand this process, especially her book,Israel/Palestine and the Queer International.
Davenport: Sam’s in love with you.
Bryce: Sam’s in love with Barbara!
Davenport: Sam is in love with power. Sam is in love with the power of being best friends with the First Daughter, and Sam is in love with the power of SUCKING YOUR PASTY-ASS BLUE-BLOOD YANKEE DICK.
Q: One of the most interesting themes of the play is “proximity to power,” particularly how homosexuals in those positions – closeted or not – forsake the LGBT community, e.g. Ken Mehlman. Can you speak to that a bit?
F: One of the worst culprits of this kind of betrayal is Christine Quinn.  People support her because she’s a lesbian, but her actual policies are terrible for most queer people.  She supported turning St. Vincent’s Hospital in the still-gay West Village into a luxury condo high rise, as if gay people need wealthy neighbors more than they need a hospital.  She won’t pass paid sick leave, she’s supported our demonic Police Commissioner, the list goes on and on.  But the thing is: queer people are everywhere.  So when politicians like Quinn attack the poor, they attack the LGBT community.  When they attack immigrants, they attack the LGBT community.  When they attack people of color, they attack the LGBT community.
It happens over and over again – not just here, but in Western European countries too.  When white homosexuals gain access to political power, they consolidate it by joining the white heterosexual elite in oppressing some “other” group – like immigrants, the poor, or people of color.  This is being called “homonationalism,” which I think is a really helpful term, because it’s so widespread – the desperateness with which so many white homosexuals shit on whoever is beneath them in order to feel more secure in the power structure that, only a few years ago, would have eaten them alive.
Davenport: Jesus. Don’t get all Self-Loathing, Country Club Pity Poofter on me – it won’t work. I’m not going to feel sorry for you.
Bryce: I don’t want you to feel sorry for me.
Davenport: Good, cause I’m not going to…
Bryce: I don’t care what you think.
Davenport: Good, cause I think you’re a cry baby.
Bryce: I’m a faggot.
Davenport: Jeez. Give me a fucking break. You have no right to get like this.
Bryce: I have no right…to be sad, when [my] friend says horrid, horrid things about [me]?
Davenport: You have no idea.
Q: These characters are particularly vicious towards one another, but you said it wasn’t much of a stretch from conversations you’ve heard. Why do you think there’s so much internal homophobia among gay men?
F: Homophobia means fear of gay people, and who is more afraid of gay men than other gay men?  There’s a great anthology by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore calledWhy Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots? which shines a light on this dynamic.  We are so deeply oppressed, and so deeply fucked up as children.  We retreat into our imaginations, we dissociate, we withdraw.  As adults, we’re suddenly confronted with the reality of other human beings and so often we can’t get beyond those initial defense mechanisms.  And because we’re still trapped in our defensive narcissism, so often gay men can’t understand that other people are real.  So we lash out, we project, we see other people as reflections of ourselves and we destroy them because it’s easier than dealing with our own self-hatred and guilt.  Just lurk in any gay bar late enough and you see this dynamic play itself out.  It’s depressing and disgusting and it’s the result of systemic cultural homophobia.
Davenport: We can do anything we fucking want. I mean…that’s like… THAT’S, LIKE, THE POINT. That’s the point of this war. We’re fighting this war so we can do WHATEVER WE FUCKING WANT.
Q: After the play, talk turned to The New Normal and the sense that gay white males are somehow beyond racism. Why do you think that is?
F: So many white gay men seem to think that, because they are oppressed as homosexuals, they automatically understand ALL OPPRESSION, and are experts about all minority experiences, and therefore have a free pass to indulge in racist humor.  “I’m gay,” they say, “so I couldn’t possibly be racist.”  This is being called “gaycism,” which I think is a pretty helpful term.  You also see it in white gay men’s attitudes towards women and trans people.  Like, in another Ryan Murphy show,Glee, one character is a trans woman of color, but she barely ever says anything because the writers obviously know nothing about trans people.  And yet they feel that they somehow own this experience because they are “LGBT,” and that T has got to mean something.  But the truth is that being a cisgender homosexual teaches you ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about transgender experience until you get to know transgender people, or read books by transgender authors.
It all comes down to this: In my eyes, being queer can lead you down two different paths – it can make you sensitive to other oppression experiences or it can make you oblivious to them.  It can make you humble or it can make you a dick.  It can make you confront your own internalized racism, misogyny, transphobia and homophobia with dignity and a genuine concern to become a better person, or it can make you shut down to any implication that you are anything but a progressive gay saint.  My hope is that more and more people use gay identity politics as a gateway drug to intersectionalism – so we can all tap into our revolutionary queer potential.
That’s the genius of being queer – we have the opportunity to inspect society from outside of it, to better understand how it’s broken.  What concerns me – and whatWaiting for Barbara is about – is that, so many homosexuals are missing that opportunity.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

NYT Review - 1:47 PM 3/28/2013

NYT Review - 1:47 PM 3/28/2013

Economy Posts Sluggish Growth in Fourth Quarter
Gross domestic product expanded at a 0.4 percent annual rate, although a big gain in business investment and higher exports of services led the government to push up its previous estimate for growth.

At War Blog: ‘Running with the Big Boys’ in Iraq, a Female Soldier Paves the Way
“If or when a female soldier someday enlists in the Army infantry, she will probably look a lot like Sgt. Amber Sellers, 29, from Cullman, Alabama,” writes Nathan S. Webster, an Army veteran.
Op-Ed Contributor: Avoiding the Next Cyprus
The truth is that we will never emerge from the euro zone crisis until a fully functioning banking union is put into place.

Cyprus Court Sentences Hezbollah Man to 4 Years
A Cyprus court has sentenced an admitted Hezbollah member to four years in prison after he was convicted of helping plan attacks against Israelis on the island.
WORLD: Amid Crisis, Banks Reopen in Cyprus
The Times's Liz Alderman surveys the uneasy scene in Nicosia and a look at members of the country's increasingly disgruntled Russian community.
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