Obama Speaks Up for Net Neutrality

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Obama Contradicts FCC Chief on Fast Lanes, Net Neutrality Backers Say Net neutrality is the idea that the Internet should be an open platform, and broadband companies shouldn't be able to interfere with your right to access content and services on line. -- Sam Gustin for motherboard.vice.com President Obama made a strong and clear declaration supporting net neutrality during his remarks on Tuesday to the US-Africa Business Forum since the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced plans to make new rules governing the Internet. "I personally, the position of my administration, as well as a lot of the ...

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Barney Frank: Elder Statesman Or Just a Grouch?

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Barney Frank Sharply Criticizes Gay Rights Groups' Flip on ENDA by Amanda Terkel for The Huffington Post A handful of groups said last month that they no longer back the Senate-passed version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act because of its sweeping religious exemption, which would allow religiously affiliated businesses to fire someone for being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. The provision's language goes far beyond religious exemptions afforded under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which banned discrimination on the basis of race, gender, religion or national origin.   Former Rep. Barney Frank's latest sound-off criticizing the ...

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Real Democracy Demands Economic Democracy

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"Only 1 out of 8 American households is able to have the American Dream." - Richard D. Wolff, author of Democracy At Work: A Cure for Capitalism, and leader of the Democracy At Work movement, appearing on Bill Maher's HBO show, Real Time We were told as children that capitalism was good because it supported the middle class. We were sold on the idea as "the American way," but we all must admit at this point that capitalism has ...

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Adam Lambert’s Post-Gay World

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Adam Lambert Is a 'Killer' Queen by Daniel Reynolds for The Advocate

Dan Massey and I had a somewhat secret passion for Adam Lambert ever since he sang Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen for his audition on American Idol in 2009. (Can you even remember who came in first to his second place finish?) We once spent a weekend in Baltimore and Washington, DC, attending two of Lambert's early concerts coinciding with his first album. They were medium-sized venues, and at the last one I got lost finding the restroom ...

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Park your formulaic sex at the door

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Like a lot of people, I took note a couple of weeks ago when Cosmo, Cosmopolitan Magazine, the fun girl's bible, ran a story with pictures laying out 28 Mind-blowing Lesbian Sex Positions. The modern Cosmo was the brainchild of its brilliant editor and author Helen Gurly Brown in 1965, who started dialogs on topics unheard of in print at the time, skillfully merging sexuality with a commercially available mainstream magazine. Long considered a sexual freedom advocate, she told women they could "have it all." With this article on lesbian sex, and few ...

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The Sexual Freedom Project: Do your own research

The level of sex education in America's schools is impartial at best and at its worst calls for abstinence. What has been your experience? Many people believe that the responsibility for sex education lies with your parents. How has the worked for you? The bottom line makes you responsible for your own sex ed, researching those aspects that teachers, parents, and even your peers left out. There are plenty of good sources of sex ed on the Internet (and in your local library), including sites especially for teens such as teen source, Scarleteen, and sexetc, so you ...

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McDonald’s Corporation on the hook

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McDonald's NLRB joint employer ruling Yesterday's ruling gives litigants and activists alike a bigger target, and a big boost for fast-food workers' rights everywhere.  We like to catalog progress when we see it. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) finally came to its senses by ruling that McDonald's Corporation could no longer avoid complaints from its workers by asserting that they were not responsible for what goes on in their franchised stores, the vast majority of its 14,000 restaurants. This single ruling gives renewed hope and power to dozens of court cases to end unfair labor practices, and to ...

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The Sexual History of America

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First, consider the mottoes and symbols of our nation, but meditate upon their true meaning. E Pluribus Unum—from many, one—unity without uniformity Annuit Coeptis—he approves our undertaking—divine providence is assured Novus Ordo Seclorum—a new order of the ages—we’re here to change the world What is this all about? Are these empty classical boasts, or do they hold genuine meaning for understanding our national purpose? The study of the history of sacred sexuality in “western culture” in turn shows how these ideals, ideas, and practices date from ancient, if not prehistorical times, progressively converging to the present day when we are at last able to ...

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New Anti-HIV Condom Available

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Starpharma: VivaGel® Condom Receives TGA Device Certification - Launch Preparations to Follow Don't Get Too Excited About The 'HIV-Killing' Condom Yet An Australian company, Starpharma, has just received its government's approval to produce and sell a promising new condom incorporating VivaGel®, a lubricant purported to block viral infections, including HIV, HPV, and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), up to 99.9% of the time. The Australian consumer brand is LifeStyles Dual Protect, and the company has plans to market worldwide.  Some experts, ...

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Decriminalizing Sexting

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Manassas Case Rekindles Debate Over Penalties for Sexting The recent efforts of Manassas police and Prince William County prosecutors to photograph the erect genitalia of a 17-year-old boy for evidence in a “sexting” case has revived a debate in Virginia over whether such conduct between minors should be illegal at all . . . Sexting is a phenomenon that emerged with the digital age, the sending of nude or semi-nude photos via a smartphone. In the "old days" people exchanged polaroids if they could, easier to hide, and to destroy. If charges are brought, punishment, even for consenting teens, can include ...

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