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Cry-Baby of the Week

The incident: Utah allowed gay couples to start getting married.

The appropriate response: Nothing. 

The actual response: A man went on hunger strike, vowing not to eat again until gays were banned from marrying.

Last month, US District Judge Robert Shelby ruled that Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage violates the consitutional rights of gay and lesbian couples. 

Predictably, applications for marriages skyrocketed in the state, with gay couples rushing to tie the knot

This didn’t sit too well with a 35-year-old Mormon named Trestin Meacham, who announced that he was going to go on hunger strike until the state reversed the decision. 

Like many bigots, Trestin attempted to hide his intolerance behind an excuse. In a post on his blog, he explained that his objection to the judge’s decision is actually a result of it being unconstitutional, rather than his own homophobia. He wrote, “Unfortunately, the Judicial Branch of the government is more concerned with activism than it is with actually following the Constitution.”

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amfAR to Fete 'American Horror Story' Creator Ryan Murphy at Inspiration Gala
By Janine Lew

Ryan Murphy will be honored at amfAR’s sixth annual Inspiration Gala, to be held Oct. 29 at Milk Studios in Los Angeles.

The “American Horror Story” creator will be feted with the Award of Inspiration, in recognition of his achievement in film and television and his commitment to the fight against AIDS. Among his many projects, Murphy also exec produced HBO’s “The Normal Heart,” an adaptation of Larry Kramer’s play depicting the AIDS crisis in 1980s New York.

The event chairs are Aileen Getty, Kevin Huvane and amfAR chairman Kenneth Cole. Many of Murphy’s collaborators from “AHS,” “Glee,” “Scream Queens” and “The Normal Heart” are also co-chairing the gala, including Angela Bassett, Courtney B. Vance, Kathy Bates, Matt Bomer, Simon Halls, Darren Criss, Jamie Lee Curtis, Brad Falchuk, Lady Gaga, Lea Michele, Sarah Paulson, Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo.

West Virginia chemical spill triggers widespread tap water ban, state of emergency

January 10, 2014

Up to 300,000 residents in West Virginia were left without tap water on Friday after a chemical spill that forced the closure of schools and business in the state capital and led the federal government to declare a disaster.

Health officials advised residents to use tap water only for flushing toilets and fighting fires and the company that runs the state’s largest water treatment plant said it was unable to predict when the water would be safe again to drink.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin declared a state of emergency for nine counties, and President Barack Obama issued an emergency declaration on Friday.

The spill of 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol, a chemical used in the coal industry, occurred on Thursday on the Elk River in Charleston, West Virginia’s capital and largest city, upriver from the plant run by West Virginia American Water Co.

“We don’t know that the water’s not safe, but I can’t say it is safe,” Jeff McIntyre, president of West Virginia American Water, told a televised news conference.

Tests were being done on the water, McIntyre said, but he could offer no timeline for when water would be declared safe for normal use.

The chemical is not highly lethal, but since the company does not regularly see it as a contaminant, the level that could be considered safe has yet to be quantified, he added.

Water carrying 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol has an odor like licorice or anise, he said. A company spokeswoman said the chemical could be harmful if swallowed and could cause skin and eye irritation.

McIntyre said the spill originated at Freedom Industries, a Charleston company that produces specialty chemicals for the mining, steel and cement industries. A company spokesman did not respond to requests for comment.

Emergency workers and American Water distributed water to centers around the affected area. Local residents formed long lines at stores as shelves of bottled water quickly emptied.

“It’s just ridiculous. There’s nowhere to buy water and everywhere seems to be sold out. This isn’t going to last two days,” said Jaime Cook of Charleston, who was buying one of the last jugs of water at a Walmart store.

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Target said Friday that personal information — including phone numbers and email and mailing addresses — was stolen from as many as 70 million customers in its pre-Christmas data breach. That was substantially more customers than Target had previously said were affected.

The chain also indicated its sales have been hurt by the breach, cutting its forecast for fourth-quarter earnings and a key sales barometer.

Its stock slipped in premarket trading.

Target Corp. announced in December that about 40 million credit and debit cards may have been affected by a data breach that happened between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 — just as the holiday shopping season was getting into gear. But the net has now been cast wider, with more shoppers potentially impacted.

The company told customers Friday that its investigation of the breach has shown that personal information had also been stolen and more customers were affected.

“I know that it is frustrating for our guests to learn that this information was taken and we are truly sorry they are having to endure this,” Chairman, President and CEO Gregg Steinhafel said in a statement.

The company said customers won’t be liable for the cost of any fraudulent charges that stemmed from the breach.

It’s also offering a year of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection to customers that shopped at its stores. Individuals will have three months to enroll in the program, which Target said it will provide more details next week.

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The New York Times, “Target Says Data Breach Caught Up to 70 Million Customers.”

For context, 70 million customers would comprise just under one-fourth of all of the people in the United fucking States.

Hey, good job, Target.

First Look: Lea Michele gets dramatic transformation for Scream Queens

Scream Queens follows a sorority, which includes Michele’s character, being stalked by a vicious killer.

“Her name is Hester,” reveals Murphy. “She plays a girl with scoliosis and a neckbrace, whose nickname is Neckbrace—Emma’s character just calls her “Neckbrace.” It’s a real Eve Harrington part for Lea. This girl wants everything Chanel (Emma Roberts) has and will do anything to get it. Lea calls it her Charlize Theron Monster moment. We won’t let her put on any make up and she wears these horrible 1995 tracksuits. But there’s a great turn that happens half-way through the season with that character.”

Roberts says Michele is nailing the new role. “I can’t look at Lea in a scene because she makes me laugh,” admits Roberts. “She’s so funny. We’ll be doing a scene where I’ll be giving everyone my death glare and I’ll have to skip Lea because I’ll start cracking up. It’s been really fun to work with her because I was such a fan of Glee. Her and I have really hit it off.”

The Guardian:

The wife of a Palestinian prisoner in an Israeli jail gave birth on Friday to a boy born from sperm smuggled into Gaza, her family said, the first successful pregnancy of its kind in the embattled coastal enclave.

The procedure follows several similar cases last year in the West Bank, and Palestinians view such births as an act of defiance against Israel’s jail policies.

“I am tired and very, very happy,” said mother Hana al-Za'anin, hours after baby al-Hassan was delivered. Speaking from a hospital bed in Gaza City, she told Reuters that Israel had banned her from visiting her husband since his arrest in 2006, citing unspecified “security reasons.”

The star of the hit show Glee shares her experiences and insider tips on beauty, fashion, inner strength, and more in an illustrated in an illustrated book that’s part memoir, part how-to, and part style guide.
 
Lea Michele is one of the hardest working performers in show business.  Whether she’s starring as Rachel Berry on Glee, rocking a glamorous look on the red carpet, recording her solo album, or acting as the spokesperson for L’Oreal, Lea is the ultimate multi-tasker.  She knows better than anyone that it is difficult to be your best self and keep things in perspective when your to-do list is overflowing and you are faced with challenges, so she’s developed a foolproof system for remaining healthy and centered.  In Brunette Ambition, she reveals the lessons and advice that have worked for her–from beauty and fashion secrets to fitness tips, and career insights.  Supplemented with never-before-seen photos and revealing anecdotes, it’s the book Lea wishes she’d had in her teens and early twenties: A practical and inspirational guide to harnessing tenacity and passion and living the fullest life, no matter what obstacles life puts in your way. (Source)

Will and Margot!!!

From TVLine:

Do you have info on the upcoming season of Hannibal? I’d take any morsel of info you can find. –Hannah

Here’s a juicy morsel, indeed. Toward the end of Season 2, we will meet the recurring character of Margot, a patient of Dr. Lecter’s who has issues stemming from her serial killer twin brother’s abuse of her. (In fact, she once tried to kill her kin in retaliation!) So who, of course, will this broken women strike up a romance with? Yep — Will.”

http://tvline.com/2014/01/10/the-mentalist-lisbon-boyfriend-spoilers-ncis-shield/