News: False Memories, Tiger Cubs, A Famous Divorce

 road With gay marriage now legal in New York State, businesses and their employees are wondering how to move forward on dollars and cents.

CaptChrisEvans  road Death penalty dead in Illinois: "The fate of executions in the state was sealed in March when Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation ending the death penalty, following years of stories of men sentenced to death for crimes they did not commit and families of murder victims angrily demanding their loved ones' killers pay with their own lives."

 road Singer Aaron Carter denies a report claiming Michael Jackson plied him with wine and cocaine when he was 15-years old.

 road Summer of the Hunk.

 road Citing "irreconcilable differences,” Maria Shriver has officially filed for divorce from Arnold Schwarzenegger. This, of course, is not surprising.

 road Peer pressure can lead to false memories. From 'Science' magazine: "We examined how socially induced memory errors are generated in the brain by studying the memory of individuals exposed to recollections of others. Participants exhibited a strong tendency to conform to erroneous recollections of the group, producing both long-lasting and temporary errors, even when their initial memory was strong and accurate."

 road Bradley Cooper loves cuddling with cubs. Tiger cubs, that is…

 road Maybe you've seen this, maybe you haven't — either way, this woman speaks the truth. [Possibly NSFW.]

 road Remember when Congressional Republicans were obsessed with fighting marriage equality? Well, now they're moving away from the contentious issue. "When you got the highest unemployment, highest foreclosures and highest bankruptcy, social issues right now take a back seat to putting food on the table," said freshman Republican Senator Dean Heller of Nevada.

 road CygnusBlackhole Federal and justice department officials said that California's Tehachapi Unified School District failed to properly protect 13-year old gay student Seth Walsh, who killed himself after enduring homophobic bullying.
 road Scientists have finally pinned down famous black hole Cygnus X-1's location: 6,000 light years away.

 road Michele Bachmann has gone eerily silent on LGBT politics, once a cornerstone of her political platform.

 road Equality California remains adamant that they could build support for a 2012 ballot measure repealing Proposition 8, which forbids same-sex marriage. Said activist Kate Kendall to Rex Wockner: "There is clearly a momentum shift. But our poll numbers of likely voters have to be in high 50%. And we need to see a much more engaged base. But surely New York helps re-open the conversation."

 road VIDEO: Tibetan bowl levitates water.


  1. lankyguy says

    Considering how many states are actively trying to end abortion rights, Senator Dean Heller’s statement is laughable.

  2. mstrozfckslv says

    BS on repubs moving away from social issues at least on the state level. the states have seen a mad rush of anti gay and anti choice legislation rammed through by repubs on the state level

  3. Andalusian Dog says

    My Vagina Ain’t Handicap is my new favorite song, and it is also my ringtone now.

  4. Max says

    “[S]ocial issues right now take a back seat to putting food on the table,” said freshman Republican Senator Dean Heller of Nevada.”

    Someone needs to send that memo to Michele Bachmann and her very scary, foot-in-mouth disease, closet case of a husband.

    “Michele Bachmann has gone eerily silent on LGBT politics, once a cornerstone of her political platform.”

    Oh, ok. Someone did. It’s still all she cares about. Arguably, it is her entire platform.

  5. says

    Bachmann is backing-off on the ‘mo hating because she wants to be Rick Perry’s running mate. She doesn’t want to offend that particular ‘mo until her “people” can figure-out how to cozy up to him. Better to say nothing at this point than risk saying the wrong thing. Maybe she can pimp her husband to Perry as an overture, although Perry likes them much younger.

  6. PLAINTOM says

    I do not believe the Republicans have changed on social issues.They are simply in stealth mode trying to get re-elected and then they will show their true colors. Bachmann’s case is a little different because she does not want to be asked any gay related questions since her husband flamed on to the national stage.

  7. Karl says

    As a gay astrophysicist, I just have to say how happy it makes me to read a blog that can go from shirtless pictures of Chris Evans to the distance to microquasars in the same post. Keep up the good work!

  8. Robert says

    What a find quite revealing with these Tea Partyers and their antigay stance is that Ron Paul, a civil libertarian, NEVER calls them out on it, even though his party allegedly supports full equality, especially marriage equality. My take on that is, when push comes to shove, civil libertarians are still republicans.

  9. Charlie says

    As @PLAINTOM notes, this week Marcus Bachmann entered the picture. Some of the irresponsible blogs have outright said he is gay. Perhaps so, perhaps not. I just want to know more about him. What does he know about homosexuality and when did he know it? The spotlight on presidential condidates is very intense, and if there is anything there is will likely come out.

    PFOX likes to make a big deal about protecting ex-gays from discrimination. I am not sure Republican primary voters would be open to accepting one as the first ‘First Man’.