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Just because it seems I have to say it...

Don’t ship real life people unless they’re okay with it.



Don’t ask actors, especially if they’re children, if they’re gay.

Don’t be assholes to minors, It (2017) fandom. Jesus Christ. 

To wrap up,


What is okay: Shipping fictional characters from the It universe. You can ship the characters they play, not the kids.

Dorothy, of Spring Hill, Fla., has a 15-year-old son with spina bifida and developmental delays, and her 13-year-old daughter is, she says, “mildly autistic.” Neither was happy at public school.

“My son was in a lockdown classroom with gang members. It was a bad situation. I was afraid he was going to get hurt,” Dorothy says. “My daughter was getting bullied because she spoke out of turn or would get upset easily. Twenty kids in a classroom was a lot for her.”

Today, Dorothy is homeschooling her son and daughter with the help of a novel item on the school choice menu: the Gardiner Scholarship. This voucher program, created in 2014, can be used by students with specific disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome. It has grown rapidly and is now used by 7,000 Florida students.

A controversial education bill now before Florida’s governor, Rick Scott, would add $30 million to the program’s budget, amid other expansions to school choice.

Using the Gardiner, which provides an average $10,000 for each child, Dorothy has been able to purchase tablet computers, a camera, a telescope, books, online courses and other supplies and equipment to customize a curriculum for both teenagers.

“They are doing better than I ever could have imagined,” says Dorothy (we’re not using her last name to protect her children’s privacy). “Neither take any [psychiatric] medication anymore. There are no overstimulation issues.”

Homeschooling Makes Learning Personal For Some Special Education Students

Illustration: Cristina Spanò for NPR

If this nation is to be wise as well as strong, if we are to achieve our destiny, then we need more new ideas for more wise men reading more good books in more public libraries. These libraries should be open to all—except the censor. We must know all the facts and hear all the alternatives and listen to all the criticisms. Let us welcome controversial books and controversial authors. For the Bill of Rights is the guardian of our security as well as our liberty.
Academy Expels Harvey Weinstein
The Oscar-winner's lifetime membership has been revoked.

The Oscar-winner’s lifetime membership has been revoked.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has expelled disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein from its ranks.

The Academy’s 54-member board of governors — which includes such Hollywood luminaries as Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg and Kathleen Kennedy — held an emergency meeting at the organization’s Beverly Hills headquarters today and voted to strip away Weinstein’s lifetime membership.

The Academy’s action, which comes in response to the dozens of allegations that have now surfaced accusing Weinstein of an ongoing pattern of predatory behavior in which he sexually harassed, assaulted and even raped women, is virtually unprecedented.

While the Academy’s bylaws state that, with a two-thirds vote, the board of governors can eject a member “for cause,” only one other member has been expelled in the 90-year history of the Academy: Carmine Caridi, an actor who was found to have violated the Academy’s policy against loaning awards season screeners when films he had been sent turned up online.

In Weinstein’s case, the decision was all the more dramatic given how assiduously he had courted the Academy’s approval over the years. A past master of awards season campaigning, he saw the two companies he ran during the course of his career, Miramax and The Weinstein Company, collect more than 300 Oscar nominations and score five best picture wins. Weinstein himself was personally called up to the stage in 1999 as a producer of Shakespeare in Love when it was named best picture.

Ahead of the meeting, some Academy members did express concerns that such an action would establish a precedent that would require the organization, which also includes such controversial figures as Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski, to begin policing the behavior of its members. But amid the near universal condemnation of Weinstein, the board moved ahead to reject him.

Now, a Hollywood pariah, Weinstein is also facing expulsion from the Producers Guild of America, whose own board is meeting Monday to vote on Weinstein’s status in that organization. And earlier this week, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts suspended Weinstein from its ranks.

consort-to-wolves  asked:

do u have any thoughts on bill c-24?

Are you talking about bill c-23?

Bill C-24 is a pretty boring bill about salaries of ministers in the government of Canada.

Where as C-23 is the controversial bill allowing US border guards to carry weapons and detain Canadians, on Canadian soil. That bill worries me. I don’t think we should be ceding this kind of authority to US border guards in Trump’s America.

The culmination of all this came in 1990, when as part of a generally controversial immigration bill, both houses accepted without a formal vote an amendment that completely repealed one of the most explicitly anti-gay provisions in American law: the amendment adopted in 1952, and strengthened in 1965, that prohibited any gay men or lesbians from coming to America as either permanent residents or even as tourists.

In fact, the history of the gay and lesbian immigration exclusion is a good example both of how far we have come in the fight against prejudice and how far we have yet to go. An anti-gay provision was put into the immigration law in 1952, but unwilling to use indecorous language, the authors of that provision used the phrase “psychopathic personality” to designate homosexuals for exclusionary purposes. In 1965, fearful that the liberal Warren Court might find that language constitutionally inaccurate as a basis for excluding lesbians and gay men, the Johnson administration and the very liberal Congress, elected in 1964, collaborated to tighten the language, lest any lesbians or gay people slipped through the net. They added the phrase “sexual deviation.”

The 1965 immigration law was generally regarded as a liberal one, and it was supported by all of the liberal organizations in America. The fact that this liberalization of immigration law included a tightening of the anti-gay and lesbian provision did not appear to make much difference to its supporters. A search of the appropriate records shows that at no point in the process was there any articulated opposition to including that effort to further strengthen the homophobic content of the immigration law.

Twenty-five years later, when Congress next revised the illegal immigration law, an amendment that I offered at the House Judiciary Committee — to strike this anti-gay and lesbian language entirely from the law — was accepted with equally little controversy and was included in the House/Senate compromise version enacted at the end of that session. Obviously there were people in Congress at the time who vigorously opposed this repeal, but just as in 1965 when those who supported gay and lesbian rights felt that they lacked the political context in which to raise the issue, it was the bigots in 1990 who apparently felt there would be no point in trying to start a fight. Consequently, the section of the 1990 law repealing this enactment of prejudice passed as easily as the original enactment had twenty-five years earlier.

At the same time, the 1990 bill repealed the provision of the law that had been successfully inserted by Senator Jesse Helms in 1986, which required that all people with HIV infections be excluded from immigrating to this country. The effect of replacing this provision was to give the president the authority to make regulations regarding people with HIV in exactly the same manner as with any other disease. In 1991, when this had taken effect, the public health officials in the Bush administration recommended to the president that he use his authority to drop the restriction from the law. But he refused to do so. The recommendation of his public health officials was not enough to counter the political pressure from the right wing, which proved itself to be the greater power in setting public health policy within this administration.

And so, the fight goes on.


Barney Frank, foreword to the 1992 edition of Positively Gay: New Approaches to Gay and Lesbian Life, as reprinted in the 3rd edition (2001).

i have issues with barney frank too, but some of this history was new to me.

JAPAN, Tokyo : Japanese ruling and opposition lawmakers scuffle at the Upper House’s ad hoc committee session for the controversial security bills at the National Diet in Tokyo on September 17, 2015. Japanese lawmakers came to blows as they tried – and failed – to stop the passage of a security bill that could see the military fight abroad for the first time in decades.  AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO                        

Congratulations to the Polish Protestors!

“Poland’s parliament has voted overwhelmingly to reject a controversial citizens’ bill for a near-total ban on abortion.

The government said that protests against the bill had given ministers “food for thought”.

Poland already has among the tightest abortion laws in Europe, and the proposal sought to ban all abortions unless the mother’s life was at risk.

MPs voted to reject the bill by 352 votes to 58.


Abortion is already largely banned in Poland. The only exceptions are a severe and irreversible damage to the foetus, a serious threat to the mother’s health, or if the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest.

The Stop Abortion campaign group wanted the ban extended to cases of rape and incest. The only exception would have been where the mother’s life was in danger.

Doctors already risk punishment if they carry out an illegal termination. But the tighter proposals would have made abortion punishable with an five-year prison term.”

Europe seeks the legal ways to reject multiculturalism

There are at least two noteworthy tendencies in connection with the refugee crisis that point at the palpable changes in the European politics since the Second World War: firstly, not only more conservative Eastern European, but also Western European governments (Denmark, Switzerland, Austria, Great Britain, Germany) take legislative measures to limit and, potentially, stop the refugee influx in European countries; secondly, even though the biggest media platforms, after the infamous cover up of the New Year sexual assaults, still condemn and warn against the rise of “xenophobic” and “far right” moods in Europe, currently they highlight enough respective statistic data, crimes committed by the refugees and proofs for their incredibly low cultural level to ignite the “far right” sympathies among the regular European citizens themselves.

Note that only openly leftist organizations and communities whose abstract ideology at present is persuasively rejected by life itself, as never before by all sound criticism of their political opponents, try to undermine the police reports and stories of the victims and eyewitnesses claiming that there were no mass sexual assaults on the New Year’s Eve in Cologne and other chronicles of the immigrants’ misdeeds in Europe. Paradoxically, a similar stance took various Western “conservatives,” above all, Muslim, for whom religion is more important than the European identity. They presume that these so-called anti-refugee “provocations” were staged by the political forces that aim to destabilize the EU, first and foremost, by Putin’s Russia - the idea that sounds ridiculous even to Ukrainian nationalists who, apart from Russian nationalists, know better than anyone else that modern Russia is one of the most anti-national and immigrant-friendly countries in the world.

The reason for this is clear - one simply fails to commemorate all atrocious crimes that were committed lately by the refugees. Yesterday Europeans were shocked by a story of a Lithuanian teenager Arminas Pileckas who decided to defend his sexually harrassed female classmate and consequently got stabbed to death by his another Muslim classmate, a “refugee” from Syria named Akhmed, today the same horrible thing happens to Alexandra Mezher, a 22-year-old Swedish girl and a social worker at the juvenile refugee camp who was described as “an angel” by her relatives and acquaintances and who was killed by Youssaf Khaliif Nuur, a “15-year-old” Muslim refugee from Somali apparently for her unconditional kindness. More precisely, both cases of quite literal backstabbing happened in Sweden, on Jan. 11 and Jan. 25 respectively.

A week before, Swedish policemen had to escape in a life-saving attempt from a refugee camp after they tried to relocate a 10-year-old boy who was reportedly repeatedly raped there. Alexandra’s mother directly accused Swedish authorities of overpopulating the Gothenburg area with antisocial immigrants; National Police Commissioner Dan Eliasson initiated his own resignation campaign when he justified the murderer as a person who presumably underwent some kind of trauma.

However, 17-year-old Danish girl who prevented a rapist from further attacks by using a pepper spray against him after he pushed her to the ground and tried to undress her near to the refugee camp, is likely to be charged with a fine, for applying the pepper spray, in other words, self-defense, turned out to be “illegal” in Sonderborg, Denmark. In the meanwhile, Geert Wilders, leader of the Dutch Freedom Party, handed out the red-paint spray to the big crowd of his supporters in the town of Spijkenisse to “protect women from testosterone bombs waging sexual jihad.” He promised to close the borders if elected. Currently, his party has 12 seats in the Dutch parliament; according to a survey by Ipsos, it’s likely to win top 32 seats in the near future.

Another dark side of the refugee issue which proves that it’s not a matter of the clash between two cultures, but rather of a culture, dying or not, with the underdeveloped intruders, is the asylum seekers’ behaviour in the swimming pools. It has been noticed that the refugees not only sexually harass women, but also masturbate and defecate in the pool, including in the children’s days. The same happens in the shower cabins at the refugee camps. The swimming pools expectedly closed their doors to such “precious” guests. After the case of Danish girl got media attention, several nightclubs in Sonderborg, as a preventive means, banned from entering those visitors who cannot speak Danish, German or English. Nightspots of the German city of Freiburg also imposed a ban on entering for the refugees after their administration received complaints of women about being fed “date-rape” drugs and harassed in the toilets.

In a wake of the famous carnival in Cologne, its organizers handed out to the refugess the symptomatic leaflets containing the rules of behavior during the carnival, which warned against drinking alcohol, groping women and urinating in public. Given that the refugees, again, attack not only European, but also their female compatriots at the refugee camps, it is quite strange to hear from Cologne’s Muslim preacher Imam Sami Abu-Yusuf that women themselves are guilty of the New Year’s Eve assaults. In the interview to Russian REN TV he claimed that the incidents happenned, because women were not dressed properly and used perfume. He also contended that the perpetuators were men of the North African origin, not Salafists like himself. Reaction of German Interior Ministry spokesman Dr. Tobias Plate, who previously harshly criticized the cover-up of New Year’s Eve attacks, was unequivocal: “His statements are typical thinking for a Salafist. Not just he but other Salafists and Salafists on online platforms have justified the rape of women in the same way.”

Overall, due to the rape epidemic in Germany the open border policy of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel came under heavy fire not only from her political rivals like “Alternative For Germany,” but also from the members of her own party. Over 40 members of the latter sent to the party leader an open letter in which they urged Merkel to face the reality of her destructive and irresponsible refugee course. Germans anticipate the changes during the upcoming March election in Germany or even the pre-term election that could deprive Merkel of the political power.

Previously, Alexander Dobrindt, Transport Minister of Germany and a member of the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU), called on Merkel to initiate a full border closure and be prepared to act alone if other European countries do not adhere to the same decision. Jan. 14 Peter Dreier, the head of Bavaria’s Landshut area, which is the main entry point for the refugees, sent a bus carrying 51 asylum seekers to Merkel’s office in Berlin due to a lack of “decent accommodation” for them in Landshut. In the end he had to accommodate them himself, and Merkel’s media resources mocked this move as “childish.” However, the subsequent “party rebellion” showed that such political actions are not that harmless for Merkel’s reputation.

Revealed data on the multiple identities used by migrants traveling across Europe, disillusionment of social workers at the refugee camps who faced death threats when they tried to explain the “asylum seekers” that they can’t provide them with a luxury apartment, car and pristigious job and so on made obvious that Europe mostly deals with merely “economic” migrants. In particular, it was underlined by a number of Eastern European statesmen that refused from accepting the mandatory “refugee quotas” (Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia). Moreover, the Czech Republic invited Hungary, Poland and Slovakia to a special summit on migration that will be held next month.

Surprisingly, Western European politicians also started undermining the EU refugee policy. Holland’s EU commissioner Frans Timmermans claimed that 60 % of the “asylum seekers” were not fleeing conflict. The bravest measures took Denmark that Jan. 26 passed by an overwhelming majority a law approving of seizing the assets of refugees in return for their right to get an asylum and live at the refugee centres in Denmark. The changes in the refugee policy, aimed at making Denmark “less attractive” for the refugees, marked a shift to the right in the country’s political spectrum and growing popularity of the anti-immigrant People’s Party. The measures, which include confiscating migrants’ valuables by the police (cash or assets worth over €1,300) in order to maintain their upkeep and making harder the reunion of the family members (which will have to wait up to 3 years), have been already compared by the UN to the treatment of Jews in the Third Reich.

Although the controversial bills are believed to violate the European Convention on Human Rights, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the UN Refugee Convention, Switzerland didn’t hesitate to follow Denmark’s footsteps. From now on Switzerland will seize refugees’ assets that are worth more than 1,000 Swiss francs (€900). Besides, the asylum seekers who get the refugee status will have to pay 10 % of their wages for a period of up to 10 years in order to cover 15,000 francs spent for their upkeep. However, if the migrant leaves the country within 7 months, he’ll get his money back.

Germany also introduced the legislation that obliges the refugees to hand over their cash, jewellery and valuables to the state in return for granting them a residence permit and a place to live. In Bavaria, the refugees will be allowed to keep cash and items worth up to 750 euros (£578), in Baden-Wurttemberg the authorities will confiscate those over 350 euros (£270).

Quite revolutionary steps were made by Austria, too. The country temporarily suspended Schengen agreement and introduced a strict border control. Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann promised to sort out the refugees and send the “economic” ones to the countries of their origin. Besides, Austria threatened Greece to exclude it from the Schengen zone, since the latter remains one of the main entrances point to the EU for the illegal asylum-seekers. Austria’s case is especially interesting, since its separate regions, relying on a common historical legacy of Austrian, Central and Eastern European peoples, tend to Eastern Europe as a geopolitical center of the future pan-European revival.

The French Prime Minister Manuel Valls called for the strict control of Europe’s external borders, too, arguing that “it’s Europe that can die, not the Schengen area.” David Cameron, the UK Prime Minister, refused to apologize for describing the refugees in the French city of Calais as a “bunch of migrants.” Led by British anarchists from the organization “No Borders,” who defaced a statue of Charles de Gaulle, the latter tried to strom the harbour and partially occupied Spirit of Britain ferry. Criticising Google’s £130million tax deal, Cameron said: “They met with a bunch of migrants in Calais and said they could come to Britain - the only people they never stand up for are hardworking British families.” Finally, Jan. 28 Swedish Interior Minister Anders Ygeman promised to expel from the country on chartered jets 80,000 immigrants whose asylum applications were rejected.

The events in Europe prove that it’s a high time to introduce tough measures on the refugee policy in Europe: the refugee camps and even mosques are being set on fire, growing Finnish organization “Soldiers of Odin” continues patrolling the streets in search for the violent migrant groups, nationalists in Burgas, Bulgaria protest against the refugee influx, various identitarian organizations hold solidarity rallies in support of the patriotic European forces, etc. The geopolitical subject that is able to serve as a platform for all-European Reconquista is recongnized in Eastern Europe more and more often.
White House issues guidance on transgender bathrooms
The Obama administration issued guidance Friday directing public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms matching their gender identity.
By Emanuella Grinberg, CNN

Though the debate continues to rage on, it’s good to see the W.H. taking a stance

A joint letter from the Departments of Education and Justice went to schools Friday with guidelines to ensure that “transgender students enjoy a supportive and nondiscriminatory school environment,” the Obama administration said Thursday.

The announcement comes amid heated debate over transgender rights in schools and public life, which includes a legal standoff between the administration and North Carolina over its controversial House Bill 2. The guidance goes beyond the bathroom issue, touching upon privacy rights, education records and sex-segregated athletics, all but guaranteeing transgender students the right to identify in school as they choose.“There is no room in our schools for discrimination of any kind, including discrimination against transgender students on the basis of their sex,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said. “This guidance gives administrators, teachers and parents the tools they need to protect transgender students from peer harassment and to identify and address unjust school policies.”

The letter does not carry the force of law but the message was clear: Fall in line or face loss of federal funding.North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory slammed the guidance and called on Congress to address the issue.“Most Americans, including this governor, believe that government is searching for a solution to a problem that has yet to be defined. Now, both the federal courts and the U.S. Congress must intercede to stop this massive executive branch overreach, which clearly oversteps constitutional authority,” McCrory said in a statement.Sen. Lamar Alexander, the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, reiterated in a statement that the guidance was not federal.“This is the kind of issue that parents, schools boards, communities, students and teachers should be allowed to work out in a practical way with a maximum amount of respect for the individual rights of all students. Insofar as the federal government goes, it’s up to Congress to write the law, not the executive departments,” the Tennessee Republican said.


Indiana Just Became a Very Unfriendly Place for Gay People

Indiana Governor Mike Pence ® signed a controversial “religious freedom” bill into law today. Among other things, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act allows businesses to refuse service to same-sex couples on religious grounds. It is the first state to pass a religious freedom law in 2015.

The bill “prevents state and local governments from ‘substantially burdening’ a person’s exercise of religion [by requiring the business to serve someone] unless a compelling governmental interest can be proved,” according to NPR. Because it has been almost impossible throughout history to meet the standard of a compelling governmental interest, the law offers very strong protection for businesses choosing to refuse service to same-sex couples. Many cities across the nation have passed anti-discriminatory laws to prevent same-sex couples from being refused service, but Indiana’s law would supersede any similar, local anti-discrimination laws.

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North Carolina Game Companies Condemn State's Ridiculous Bathroom Bill
Three game studios in North Carolina have come out against North Carolina’s controversial “bathroom bill,” a law seen by many as infringing on the rights of transgender individuals.
By Patrick Klepek

We’re proud gamers here at Transition Transmission, so this makes us happy.

Three game studios in North Carolina have come out against North Carolina’s controversial “bathroom bill,” a law seen by many as infringing on the rights of transgender individuals.

The law, formally titled House Bill 2, bans individuals from entering a gendered bathroom different from what’s listed on their birth certificate, supposedly due to the need to protect kids. The law has been slammed by everyone from Hilary Clinton to Donald Trump and spurred a massive backlash from major businesses, including PayPal, which cancelled plans for an operations center in the state, which could have employed up to 400 people.

The Department of Justice is suing North Carolina over the law, saying it is a violation of civil rights. The state’s Governor Pat McCrory is suing back.

As for the many game developers in the state, North Carolina’s most famous game developer, Gears of War lead creator Cliff Bleszinski, tagged McCrory in a tweet this past weekend. As is usually the case with Bleszinski, it was blunt.

The screen shot shows a gender neutral bathroom in Lawbreakers, an upcoming competitive shooter coming from his new studio, Boss Key.

“I love having a game studio in this state that’s frequently embarrassing itself bc of him [McCrory],” said Bleszinski in another tweet.

When a Twitter user responded by saying Bleszinski’s stance would prompt him to avoid buying Lawbreakers, Bleszinski was undeterred. “Another knob whose money I don’t want,” he said. “Next?”

Ratchet & Clank developer Insomniac Games, primarily based in Los Angeles but with a satellite studio in North Carolina, also slammed the law.

“Insomniac Games passionately believes in celebrating diversity and defending non-discrimination,” the company said in a statement. “We therefore strongly condemn HB2. Our studio policy has been and will continue to be that employees may use whichever restroom matches their gender identity.”

Funcom, the MMO developer behind The Secret World, joined them.


MYANMAR, Letpadan : Myanmar students shout slogans during a protest march in Letpadan town, some 130 kilometres (80 miles) north of Myanmar’s main city Yangon on March 4, 2015. Students have rallied for months over a controversial education bill that they say is undemocratic and have collected support from ordinary people and monks in their march, which began in the central city of Mandalay in January. AFP PHOTO / Ye Aung THU

California becomes 5th state to legalize assisted suicide

Los Angeles Times: California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed the controversial “right-to-die” bill allowing physicians to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients who want to end their lives. California is the fifth state to legalize assisted suicide.

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Photo: After a right-to die measure was approved by the California Assembly on Sept. 9., Debbie Ziegler holds a photo of her daughter, Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old California woman with brain cancer who moved to Oregon to legally end her life. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Uganda’s president signs controversial new anti-gay law

BBC News: Uganda’s President Museveni has signed into law a controversial anti-gay bill that toughens punishments for homosexuality in the African country.

Homosexuality is already illegal in Uganda but the new law means those convicted would face years in prison, the law also makes it a crime not to report gay people.

Photo: A Kenyan gay man wears a mask to preserve his anonymity as he protests against anti-gay moves in Uganda outside the Uganda High Commission in Nairobi, Kenya on 10 February (AP)