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Monday, January 08, 2018

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued a new open letter, signed by many other religious leaders, rejecting the legitimacy of transgender identities. Titled "Created Male and Female," the open letter asserts that gender and sex "cannot be separated," calling it a "false idea" that "goes against reason" and "deeply troubling" notion "that a man can be or become a woman or vice versa." The letter attempts to simultaneously show compassion to transgender people while simultaneously condemning them. "A person's discomfort with his or her sex, or the desire to be identified as the other sex, is a complicated reality that needs to be addressed with sensitivity and truth," the letter states. Trans people deserve "to be heard and treated with respect," and when they express "concerns" or discuss "wrestling with this challenge," religious leaders should respond "with compassion, mercy, and honesty" -- but not affirmation.


Saturday, December 09, 2017

Founded by some 30 leaders of the Christian Right, the Alliance Defending Freedom is a legal advocacy and training group that has supported the recriminalization of homosexuality in the U.S. and criminalization abroad; has defended state-sanctioned sterilization of trans people abroad; has linked homosexuality to pedophilia and claims that a "homosexual agenda" will destroy Christianity and society. ADF also works to develop "religious liberty" legislation and case law that will allow the denial of goods and services to LGBT people on the basis of religion. read more


Friday, December 01, 2017

A San Fransisco jury has acquitted an undocumented immigrant who was charged with the murder of Kate Steinle. Jose Ines Garcia Zarate was acquitted of the murder charge following the 2015 shooting, according to the San Fransisco Chronicle. Steinle was fatally wounded while walking the San Francisco waterfront in 2015 by Zarate, who had been deported to Mexico on five previous occasions. She was 32 years old. read more


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As we have reported, the lead problem started after Flint switched to a new water source in 2014 to save money. Here's more:

"Water from that new source, the Flint River, was not adequately treated with corrosion controls and this caused lead from pipes to contaminate the water. The city switched back to its original source late last year, but the water remains unsafe."

The task force also found missteps elsewhere. The state's Department of Health and Human Services had the data, according to investigators, but failed to properly analyze it. The city's emergency managers were the ones who made the decision to switch water sources and presided over the change. And, because these are state agencies and state-appointed emergency managers, the task force said "ultimate accountability" rests with Snyder.

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But EPA had no role in the decisions that caused the problem, nor was it supposed to. That was entirely the responsibility of Snyder's administration and his appointees.

The governor, former head of Gateway computers, was first elected as part of the tea party wave of 2010 with a plan to use his tech industry skills to run Michigan. He spoke of "outcomes" and "deliverables," called residents "customers" and sought to "reinvent" the state to make it business-friendly.

As for federal officials, the EPA warned Michigan as early as February 2015 that contaminants were leaching into the water system in Flint. The EPA didn't press publicly or aggressively to fix the problem, a failure that led to the regional administrator's resignation last week. That foot-dragging postponed action by a few months -- an inexcusable delay, to be sure -- but the feds had no say in the decisions that caused the problem.

Snyder undertook an arrogant public-policy experiment, underpinned by the ideological assumption that the "experience set" of corporate-style managers was superior to the checks and balances of democracy. This is why Flint happened.

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Although vessels to bottle and transport water were part of the earliest human civilizations,[1] bottling water began in the United Kingdom with the first water bottling at the Holy Well in 1621.[2] The demand for bottled water was fueled in large part by the resurgence in spa-going and water therapy among Europeans and American colonists in the 17th and 18th centuries.[3] The first commercially distributed water in America was bottled and sold by Jackson's Spa in Boston in 1767.[4] Early drinkers of bottled spa waters believed that the water at these mineral springs had therapeutic properties and that bathing in or drinking the water could help treat many common ailments.[3]

The popularity of bottled mineral waters quickly led to a market for imitation products. Carbonated waters developed as means for approximating the natural effervescence of spring-bottled water, and in 1809 Joseph Hawkins was issued the first U.S. patent for "imitation" mineral water.[5] As technological innovation in nineteenth century lowered the cost of making glass and improved production speed for bottling, bottled water was able to be produced on a larger scale and the beverage grew in popularity.[4] Bottled water was seen by many as a safer alternative to 19th century municipal water supplies that could be contaminated with pathogens like cholera and typhoid.[6] By the middle of the century, one of America's most popular bottlers, Saratoga Springs, was producing more than 7 million bottles of water annually.[4]

In the United States, the popularity of bottled water declined in the early 20th century, when the advent of water chlorination reduced public concerns about water-borne diseases in municipal water supplies.[4] However, it remained popular in Europe, where it spread to cafes and grocery stores in the second half of the century.[6] In 1977, Perrier launched a successful advertisement campaign in the United States, heralding a rebirth in popularity for bottled water.[4] Today, bottled water is the second most popular commercial beverage in the United States, with about half the domestic consumption as soft drinks.[7]

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On December 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally announced the United States recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,[1] reversing nearly seven decades of American foreign policy, and ordered the planning of the relocation of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.[2][3] However, following the announcement, and without mention, Trump also signed a further embassy waiver under the Jerusalem Embassy Act,[4] delaying the move, mandated by the Act, by at least six months.[5][4] Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, welcomed the decision and praised the announcement.

The announcement was criticized by the majority of international leaders, including the European Union's foreign policy chief. A motion condemning the move was proposed in the United Nations Security Council, but was vetoed by the United States after a 14-1 vote. The United Nations General Assembly later passed a motion condemning Trump's announcement 128 to 9, with 35 abstentions.

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