HONG KONG (AP) — A Chinese researcher claims that he helped make the world’s first genetically edited babies — twin girls born this month whose DNA he said he altered with a powerful new tool capable of rewriting the very blueprint of life.
If true, it would be a profound leap of science and ethics.
A U.S. scientist said he took part in the work in China, but this kind of gene editing is banned in the United States because the DNA changes can pass to future generations and it risks harming other genes.
Many mainstream scientists think it’s too unsafe to try, and some denounced the Chinese report as human experimentation.
US group releases video featuring examples of homophobia in movies from the past five years and warns anti-gay message is being exported around the world
Hollywood films are falling behind trailblazing television shows such as Orange is the New Black, Transparent and Modern Family when it comes to fair and relevant representation of LGBT people, according to US gay rights group Glaad (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation).
The organisation cited recent films such as Get Hard, The Wolf of Wall Street and Ted 2, all of which it said used homophobic terms or made jokes at the expense of gay characters. And it laid into Hollywood citing the group’s own recent report that no gay characters whatsoever were included in more than 80% of the 102 major studio films released in 2014.
The bible says “Judgement begins FIRST in the house of God”.
The Tenth Amendment (Amendment X) to the United States Constitution, which is part of the Bill of Rights, was ratified on December 15, 1791. It expresses the principle of federalism by stating that the federal government possesses only those powers delegated to it by the Constitution. It’s quite clear that the Tenth Amendment was written to emphasize the limited nature of the powers delegated to the federal government. In delegating just specific powers to the federal government, the states and the people, with some small exceptions, were free to continue exercising their sovereign powers. In drafting this amendment, its framers had two purposes in mind: first, as a necessary rule of construction; and second, as a reaffirmation of the nature of the federal system.
Meaning what? The Supreme Court has limited power and this Amendment was created in 1791 so that a handful of supreme court judges would not over turn the will of the individual states.
Remember the states only joined the Union if the Union would not control them or their people.
Hmmm… looks like we are no longer in Kansas Dorothy…
Glee, American Horror Story and The New Normal creator Ryan Murphy:
“Today is a historic day made all the more meaningful by the fact that my marriage to my husband, David, will now not only be recognized by my home state of California, but federally as well, as it always should have been. Many have suggested that Hollywood, and particularly television, has helped move the country forward on the issue of marriage equality. If that is true, and my work played even a small part in that, I am humbled and reminded of the power of entertainment to enlighten as well as entertain.”
Pop icon Madonna:
“What a way to start my day!! I’m wearing a smile from ear to ear. There is a G-D! Justice is served. Hallelujah !!”
Rock of Ages director Adam Shankman:
“I never thought in my lifetime I would see anything like this happen. I had settled into subconsciously believing that I would always be viewed as separate and unequal. I have never felt so grateful, and so happy. I look forward to the rest of my married life with my fiancé, and soon to be husband, Frank Meli.”
MSNBC Live host Thomas Roberts:
“I feel my marriage has the equal respect it always deserved and I feel validated by my country. Most of all, I am extremely proud.
CNN Anderson Cooper:
‘The Fact Is, I’m Gay’
Cooper made the announcement in a letter to Andrew Sullivan, who was doing a story for TheDailyBeast.com about the social impact of famous people who come out as gay.
Wedding bells: CNN anchor Anderson Cooper is reportedly planning to marry his long-term boyfriend, gay club owner Ben Maisani. Here they are pictured leaving David Barton Gym in 2010
Cooper, 45, is now planning to marry his boyfriend Ben Maisani, whom he has been dating since at least 2009, in New York City later this year, the National Enquirer reported.
‘He’d been considering breaking the news [about being gay] since same-sex marriage became legal in the state of New York last summer,’ a source told the Enquirer.
CNN, MSNBC, HOLLYWOOD…
Media Media Media
Have been promoting only candidates that would get this agenda passed…
Never mind the debt the US is in, or the terror or chaos in the world…
Franklin sounds like you got to the party a bit late eh?
BTW, Why does Anderson know so much about AIDS and sexual diseases?
NBC News Anchor Brian Williams’s Demise – Karma or Something Else?
“Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices—just recognize them.”
Edward R. Murrow
NBCUniversal Tuesday February 10, 2015 cut loose NBC’s Anchor and Managing Editor, Brian Williams for allegedly intentionally lying about his 2003 experience as an embedded journalist in Iraq. With the stroke of a pen accompanied by a press conference, Mr Williams’s rich contribution to the hard news business was instantly catapulted from stardom to an asterisk. The fate of this news anchor and the ‘NBC Nightly News’ was sealed in 11 days.
Rule I of the Hard News Gods: You report the news, when you become a part of the news; it is time to step down.
Brian Williams announces in a statement released to media Saturday February 7, 2015 he is taking a leave of absence from “NBC Nightly News.” “It has become painfully apparent to me that I am presently too much a part of the news, due to my actions,” he writes. “Upon my return, I will continue my career-long effort to be worthy of the trust of those who place their trust in us.”
In a power grab, NBC News brass scrambles to take charge of the destiny of the most coveted anchor chair. To that end, NBC News President Deborah Turness makes public NBC corporate’s final decision to furlough Brian Williams without pay for six months
The original incident in question took place more than ten years ago. Over the years this managing editor and anchor told this story in public and not so public places, including on Late Night with David Letterman. No one paid it any mind . . . until now.
What did this news anchor do to anger the News Gods?
The top brass at NBC news condemns Brian Williams and orders an investigation. All the while, the Internet is all atwitter (pardon the pun) with jealous haters, determined to bring this news superstar to his knees.
The FBI used National Security Letters — a form of surveillance that privacy watchdogs call “frightening and invasive” — to surreptitiously seek information on Google users, the web giant has just revealed.
Google’s disclosure is “an unprecedented win for transparency,” privacy experts said Wednesday. But it’s just one small step forward. “Serious concerns and questions remain about the use of NSLs,” the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Dan Auerbach and Eva Galperin wrote. For one thing, the agency issued 16,511 National Security Letters in 2011, the last year for which data was available. But Google was gagged from saying just how many letters it received — leaving key questions unanswered. “The terrorists apparently would win if Google told you the exact number of times the Federal Bureau of Investigation invoked a secret process to extract data about the media giant’s customers,” Wired’s David Kravets wrote. He described the FBIs use of NSLs as a way of “secretly spying” on Googles customers.National Security Letters are a means for the FBI to obtain information on people from telecommunications companies, authorized by the Electronic Communications Privacy Act ECPA and expanded under the Patriot Act.
It lets the agency seek information on a subscriber to a wire or electronic communications service, although not things like the content of their emails or search queries, Google said.And thanks to secrecy constraints built into NSLs, companies that receive them usually aren’t even allowed to acknowledge the request for information. Citing such extreme secrecy, privacy experts have decried the use of these letters in the past.“Of all the dangerous government surveillance powers that were expanded by the USA PATRIOT Act, the National Security Letter NSL power … is one of the most frightening and invasive,” the EFF wrote. “These letters … allow the FBI to secretly demand data about ordinary American citizens private communications and Internet activity without any meaningful oversight or prior judicial review.”
Thanks to negotiations with the government, Google finally opened the smallest chink in the armor, allowing the search giant to reveal the fact that it had received these requests for data, as well as some general information about them.
“Visit our page on user data requests in the U.S. and you’ll see, in broad strokes, how many NSLs for user data Google receives, as well as the number of accounts in question,” Richard Salgado, Google’s legal director of law enforcement and information security, wrote in a Tuesday blog post.A new table posted to Google’s Transparency Report site outlines the details; it tabulates how many requests for information the company has received over each of the past four years: some undisclosed number between 0 and 999.
With those NSLs, the FBI sought information on somewhere between 1,000 and 1,999 users/accounts.“People don’t always use our services for good, and it’s important that law enforcement be able to investigate illegal activity,” Salgado wrote.
No other technology company presently disclose such basic information about government requests, experts noted.
Parents across Massachusetts are upset over new rules that would not only allow transgender students to use their restrooms of their choice – but would also punish students who refuse to affirm or support their transgender classmates.
Last week the Massachusetts Department of Education issued directives for handling transgender students – including allowing them to use the bathrooms of their choice or to play on sports teams that correspond to the gender with which they identify.The 11-page directive also urged schools to eliminate gender-based clothing and gender-based activities – like having boys and girls line up separately to leave the classroom.Schools will now be required to accept a student’s gender identity on face value.“A student who says she is a girl and wishes to be regarded that way throughout the school day and throughout every, or almost every, other area of her life, should be respected and treated like a girl,” the guidelines stipulate.
According to the Dept. of Education, transgender students are those whose assigned birth sex does not match their “internalized sense of their gender.”They said gender nonconforming students “range in the ways in which they identify as male, female, some combination of both, or neither.”
“The responsibility for determining a student’s gender identity rests with the student,” the guidelines dictate. “One’s gender identity is an innate, largely inflexible characteristic of each individual’s personality that is generally established by age four…As a result, the person best situated to determine a student’s gender identity is that student himself or herself.”The new rules would also prevent teachers and administrators from telling parents with which gender their child identifies.“School personnel should speak with the student first before discussing a student’s gender nonconformity or transgender status with the student’s parent or guardian,” the directive states.
The guidelines were issued at the request of the state board of education to help schools follow the 2011 anti-discrimination law protecting transgender students.“These students, because of widespread misunderstanding and lack of knowledge about their lives, are at a higher risk for peer ostracism, victimization, and bullying, the document read.
The Massachusetts Family Institute denounced the new rules calling them a violation of privacy.“Fundamentally, boys need to be using the boys’ room and girls need to be using the girls’ rooms, and we base that on their anatomical sex, not some sort of internalized gender identity,” said Andrew Beckwith, the institute’s general counsel.Beckwith told Fox News the new policy has a “very broad standard that is ripe for abuse.”“The policy allows students to have one gender identity at home and another at school,” he said. “And it refuses to let teachers and administrators tell parents what gender their child is at school.”Another part of the directive that troubles parents deals with students who might feel comfortable having someone of the opposite sex in their locker room or bathroom.The state takes those students to task – noting their discomfort “is not a reason to deny access to the transgender student.”And any student who refuses to refer to a transgendered student by the name or sex they identify with could face punishment.
For example – a fifth grade girl might feel uncomfortable using the restroom if there is an eighth grade transgendered boy in the next stall.Under the state guidelines, the girl would have no recourse, Beckwith said.“And if the girl continued to complain she could be subjected to discipline for not affirming that student’s gender identity choice,” he told Fox News.“It should not be tolerated and can be grounds for student discipline,” the directive states.
Amanda Peet and other celebrities are shown in the “Demand a Plan” PSA and using firearms in films in a new response video – see below. Several big-name Hollywood stars appear in a new anti-gun public service YouTube video calling for Americans to demand that their elected officials come up with a strategy to curb gun violence.
In the video, celebs like Cameron Diaz, Paul Rudd, and Chris Rock read the names of the sites of the most horrific gun massacres, before calling on viewers to “demand a plan” to stop mass shootings. But now a new video called “Demand a Plan – Demand Celebrities Go F Themselves” has been created, that highlights the gun violence many of these same stars have taken part in in their movies and television shows.
The “Demand Celebrities” response video intersperses the original PSA with scenes of gun violence in movies starring the celebrities mentioned above, plus Jeremy Renner, Reese Witherspoon, Jamie Foxx, and others. For example, Jamie Foxx lists “Columbine” during the original PSA, after which the response video runs a montage of extreme gun violence from several of Foxxs movies. The response video closes with the message: “Hollywood is a culture of violence” along with slurs at the actors themselves. Warning, the violence is extremely graphic and may be NSFW and is not suitable for all audiences.
Tammy Baldwin made history Tuesday night — twice. She became the first openly gay politician, and first Wisconsin woman, elected to the U.S. Senate.
The seven-term Democratic congresswoman edged past former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson in a win that advocacy groups hailed as a significant stride toward bringing diversity to the Senate.
“This is a big day for gay women in America, and really, for all communities who aren’t the typical straight, white, wealthy men elected to Congress,” political commentator Sally Kohn said.
There has never been an openly gay or lesbian member of the U.S. Senate, according to several LGBT advocacy groups. Baldwin is one of four openly gay House members, along with fellow Democrats Barney Frank, of Massachusetts; David Cicilline, of Rhode Island; and Jared Polis, of Colorado.
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“For the LGBT person growing up in Wisconsin or anywhere across country, seeing an openly gay woman who is able to rise up to become a senator in the U.S. Congress is an incredible role model,” said Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Commission.
Though Baldwin’s sexual orientation makes her victory notable, it rarely came up during the campaign, unless it was called a non-issue. The race pitted Thompson’s vision of “conservative leadership” agenda against Baldwin’s progressive agenda. Thompson, a four-time governor and secretary of Health and Human Services under George W. Bush, said he returned to politics to make American a better place for his grandchildren.
“I wanted to so much help lead back America,” he said in his concession speech. “To be the country of growth and opportunity. To build America for future generations. I certainly didn’t need the job. And I guess I’m not going to get it.”
What started as a long shot for Baldwin eventually narrowed to a close finish, with the born-and-raised Wisconsinite capturing 51% of the vote, according to CNN projections.
“This campaign has been run on who’s the most qualified candidate and who has the best vision for the state,” Griffin said. “We’re eager to have her move from one side of the Capitol to another and take a seat in the chamber as the first openly gay person.”
ET Email Print Voters have approved marijuana legalization in Washington and Colorado, where this smoker celebrated the “420” holiday in Denver earlier this year.
But its still illegal, according to the feds.
Voters in Washington and Colorado passed ballot initiatives Tuesday to legalize marijuana for recreational use, the biggest victory ever for the legalization movement.”The significance of these events cannot be understated,” said NORML, a pro-legalization organization, in a news release. “Tonight, for the first time in history, two states have legalized and regulated the adult use and sale of cannabis.”But in many ways, its just the beginning of the battle. Marijuana is still illegal in the eyes of the federal government, which overrules states rights.”The voters have spoken and we have to respect their will,” said Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, in a statement. “This is a complicated process, but we intend to follow through. That said, federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug ,so dont break out the Cheetos or goldfish too quickly.”
The people have asked and the people shall receive.
Back by popular demand, the Tibetan Monks of Drepung Gomang Monastery in India join us here at Navy Pier for another weekend of meditation, peaceful prayer, and stunning art creation.The Monks last visited Chicago back in August and drew large crowds curious to witness their unique religious ceremony. Starting Thursday, October 11 and concluding on Saturday, October 13, visitors will be able to experience the magic created under the fingertips of the Tibetan Monks for the first, or perhaps second, time in Navy Pier’s beautiful Crystal Gardens.Over three days, the Monks will create a magnificent sand Mandala, a sacred sand painting representing the principles and traditions of Buddhism. The Mandala holds special significance to Tibetan Buddhists who see it as a place of Nirvana and peace and also a symbol of balance. Day by day, the Monks will slowly take colored sand and shape it into intricate patterns until the full Mandala diagram has been constructed. During breaks, they will chant, another ancient tradition you definitely do not want to miss.To see the finished sand Mandala, make sure you stop by before the Closing Ceremony on Saturday at 2 p.m. when the piece is dissembled!ScheduleThursday and Friday: 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. with Chanting at 12 p.m. and 7 p.m.Saturday: 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. with Chanting at 12 p.m. and Closing Ceremony at 2 p.m.
A nurse was charged Wednesday with killing her son and a girl she was babysitting inside a suburban Chicago home.40-year-old Elzbieta Plackowskas 8-year-old son and a 5-year-old girl were found stabbed to death inside the home Wednesday morning. The girls mother, Marta Dworakowski, had left her daughter in Plackowskas care. Dworakowski, who is also a nurse who was working the night shift, called police when she could not reach Plackowska shortly after 10 p.m.Police then discovered the two children dead in the home, along with two dogs who were also apparently killed. Authorities arrested Plackowska after she arrived at a relatives home covered in blood.The station reports Plackowska had been fighting with her husband recently about wanting to return to her native Poland, and claimed she had been hearing “demonic voices.” She faces charges of first-degree murder, States Attorney Robert Berlin told The Associated Press.
Refining hurricane forecasts by connecting the dots
Predictions of North Atlantic hurricane paths based on spatio-temporal data at the region of origin, off the coast of North Africa. Click image to enlarge and for more information.
By graphing points in Earth’s roiling atmosphere with the aid of the latest petascale-power technology, scientists collaborating on Department of Energy-funded research say they could improve major seasonal North Atlantic hurricane forecast reliability by more than 25 percent.
“We ask questions about the end-game of hurricanes: Where will they likely end up in 10 or 15 days?” says Nagiza Samatova, an associate professor in computer science and mathematics at North Carolina State University and a senior research scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
“We are finding local impacts using global data,” adds Alok Choudhary, Samatova’s collaborator and John G. Searle professor of computer science and electrical engineering at Northwestern University.
After a few years of sleuthing through existing climate records, their work is revealing previously unknown but predictive links between distant places that seem to recur during peak years for hurricane activity.
NEW YORK (AP) — A tiny beachfront neighborhood told to evacuate before Sandy hit New York burned down as it was inundated by floodwaters, transforming a quaint corner of the Rockaways into a smoke-filled debris field.
By Tuesday morning, charred foundations of from 80 to 100 buildings were left in the sand at Breezy Point, a coastal community on Jamaica Bay known for its marshland and shorebirds.
Firefighters arrived at 11 p.m. Monday to find water chest-high in the streets, and used a boat to make rescues as orange flames engulfed home after home. The water and high winds whipping the coast from Sandy kept the blaze raging for several hours as firefighters hauled hoses while sloshing in ankle-high water.
“We watched the whole place go up in flames. It was hell night. It was the devil’s night,” said resident Thomas Reicherter.
One firefighter suffered a minor injury and was taken to a hospital. Two civilians suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene.
Firefighters had to rescue several more, climbing onto an awning to take trapped people from an upstairs apartment with a roof that was catching fire from the house next door. A row of about 25 businesses, including a shoe repair store, burned with apartments above many of them.
More than 190 firefighters were sent to the blaze, still putting out some pockets more than nine hours after it erupted, training hoses on the inside of a medical center.
As daylight broke Tuesday, a stone statue that appeared to represent the Virgin Mary stood next to wooden slats and debris-caked mud, surrounded by no homes. Two logs not attached to anything crushed the top of a red Ford SUV. Residents walked aimlessly through water-filled streets with electrical wires dangling down in front of them.
The neighborhood was among the low-lying areas the mayor said were a flood danger a day before Sandy came ashore, shuttering the nation’s largest city and cutting power to hundreds of thousands. Gene Morizzo, a security guard at an ocean apartment complex in nearby Rockaway Park, said about half of the 300 or so residents insisted on staying behind, noting that Irene didn’t hit the story hard a year ago amid the same warnings.
“I kept telling people it’s a mandatory evacuation. They said, ‘Oh it’s nothing, Irene this. Irene that.”
Residents couldn’t wait to get out on Tuesday. They were directed to a nearby firehouse in Far Rockaway, but that firehouse had been evacuated because it was under 5 feet of water and had no power.
John Frawley, 57, said he made a mistake by staying behind. “I stayed up all night,” he said. “The screams. The fire. It was horrifying.”
Frawley lived about five houses from the fire’s edge and said he spent the night terrified, “not knowing if the fire was going to jump the boulevard and come up to my house.”
In September, the same neighborhood was struck by a tornado that hurled debris in the air, knocked out power and startled residents who once thought of twisters as a Midwestern phenomenon.
The community of 12,000 borders Rockaway Park, where a historic boardwalk had been strewn around the sand, popped up in some spots like an opened can and heaved 30 to 40 feet in others. The beach’s lifeguard shack and restrooms were destroyed. Allison Miller stood on what was left of the buckled boardwalk in tears.