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NEWS: Danger In The Castro, Lies About Apple, Abortions And Poultry, And The Improbability of Warp Speed

Towleroad-roadicon Gay men being drugged and robbed in the Castro:

It seems there have been too many instances lately in which older gay men are being targeted by (straight) criminals who are coming into gay bars, flirting with men, and then robbing them after they take them home.

Towleroad-roadicon Rosie leaves OWN.

Towleroad-roadicon Upper house of Swiss parliament narrowly votes to allow gay adoption. 

Towleroad-roadicon Producers of This American Life, the world's greatest radio program, are "horrified" that lies about Apple appeared in their show:

MikeDaisyA highly popular episode of This American Life in which monologuist Mike Daisey tells of the abuses at factories that make Apple products in China contained "significant fabrications," the show said today.

... The 39-minute piece aired in January and TAL says after 888,000 downloads, it became its most popular podcast. The story is compelling: It tells of the awful working conditions of Chinese workers making shiny Apple products like iPhones and iPads at factories owned by a company called FoxConn, which also manufactures products for other electronics giants.

The piece essentially made Daisey Apple's chief critic and it also inspired a Change.org petition that collected more than 250,000 signatures demanding that Apple better the working conditions at the factories.

Towleroad-roadicon Georgia rep: Stop killing babies, and you'll get chickens.

Towleroad-roadicon New York Times: How Bain Capital supplies the Chinese police state with surveillance technology, and how Mitt Romney stands to profit:

In December, a Bain-run fund ... purchased the video surveillance division of a Chinese company that claims to be the largest supplier to the government’s Safe Cities program, a highly advanced monitoring system that allows the authorities to watch over university campuses, hospitals, mosques and movie theaters from centralized command posts.

The Bain-owned company, Uniview Technologies, produces what it calls “infrared antiriot” cameras and software that enable police officials in different jurisdictions to share images in real time through the Internet. Previous projects have included an emergency command center in Tibet that “provides a solid foundation for the maintenance of social stability and the protection of people’s peaceful life,” according to Uniview’s Web site.

Such surveillance systems are often used to combat crime and the manufacturer has no control over whether they are used for other purposes. But human rights advocates say in China they are also used to intimidate and monitor political and religious dissidents. “There are video cameras all over our monastery, and their only purpose is to make us feel fear,” said Loksag, a Tibetan Buddhist monk in Gansu Province. He said the cameras helped the authorities identify and detain nearly 200 monks who participated in a protest at his monastery in 2008.

Moonevolution Towleroad-roadicon Joe Nocera on corporate morality.

Towleroad-roadicon Accused Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk is dead; his life was bookended by horrors. 

Towleroad-roadicon Seinfeld actor Daniel von Bargen shoots himself in the head; survives.

Towleroad-roadicon Barack Obama can't take sole credit for rescuing Detroit. 

Towleroad-roadicon Those neutrinos almost certainly did not travel faster than light. Bummer.

Towleroad-roadicon Watch the evolution of the moon, AFTER THE JUMP ...


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  1. How about gay guys targeted by other gay guys in Castro bars? I got targeted with GHB or a roofie a few years ago, then went to my then-company's fancy office party and it hit me. I got fired a few days later because I was a mess. Luckily I didn't really care and they paid me a lot of severance.

    Don't leave drinks out in most bars. Straight bars seem safer, to be honest. The creep who wouldn't take no for an answer poisoned my beer when I went to the bathroom for about 30 seconds.

    Posted by: Paul R | Mar 18, 2012 12:07:58 AM

  2. The reality is that hustlers are always on the look-out to take advantage of someone, either sexually, or by robbing them, by physically harming them, by humiliation, whatever their deviant mind seeks. And they are even more so on the lookout to take advantage of gay men, and especially older gay men, due to either homophobia, the fact they see gay people as easy targets and weak, and/or the fact that they see gay men as "easy" in compared to women, which often times is true, somewhat sad to say. A large portion of these hustlers are gay-for-pay or conflicted sexually.

    We're all going to have to be smarter in understanding that there are people seeking to take advantage of us at all times. Know your surroundings and, as Paul said, don't leave your drinks exposed at all. If you feel uncomfortable in any situation or around a particular individual, remove yourself from that situation. We have to be careful, especially these older gay men who are picking up these hustlers from clubs, off the streets or renting them for a night. These men, for the most part, want nothing but your money. Don't put yourself in any potentially compromising situation. It is not worth it whatsoever.

    Posted by: Francis | Mar 18, 2012 1:07:52 AM

  3. "It seems there have been too many instances laltely in which older gay men are being targeted by (straight) criminals who are coming into gay bars, flirting with men, and then robbing them after they take them home."

    Stand back and take a look at that. No where does it state in the article that they KNOW these criminals are straight or gay. Why are they sure they're straight? Because younger gays wouldn't do such a thing as take advantage of older gays? The criminals are of course straight because the victims reported them "so good looking"?

    Posted by: MarkUs | Mar 18, 2012 1:44:05 AM

  4. For the record, the guy who drugged me was definitely older. He was angry that I wasn't a hustler, to be honest. I was dressed perfectly and look young for my age. And that isn't bragging, I just have a baby face.

    Posted by: Paul R | Mar 18, 2012 4:54:25 AM

  5. The title, "Lies about Apple", is misleading. Everything claimed about what Apple is guilty of is true. He simply took truthful facts that other people discovered and claimed them for himself, like he had uncovered them. That is the only deception here. The events and horrid treatment of workers is all true according to the story you linked. It dose not change the fact that Apple is an evil company that uses abused labor.

    Posted by: intristin | Mar 18, 2012 5:43:18 AM

  6. This isn't a 'blame the victim' comment, but a thief, is a thief, no matter their orientation.

    And men... well, they are always susceptible to ego-strokes; especially so as older, perhaps more isolated sexually, men.

    You can't really police the Castro, but bartenders, patrons, neighbors all need an increased awareness. It's probably going to take some undercover guys as well.

    Posted by: Pete n SFO | Mar 18, 2012 9:44:34 AM

  7. Time to take a tip from the ladies, who have known this for years: if you leave a drink on the bar and walk away, its gone. Take it with you when you go to the loo (which is kind of gnarly) or just assume you're going to buy a new one. Do not drink anything that's been sitting out of your eyesight.

    Posted by: NaughtyLola | Mar 18, 2012 10:25:16 AM

  8. We should be looking out for each other more so especially in these times.Lots of these kinds of stories being reported on older gay men. Recently read an interesting story on two gay men Cris Alexander a actor/photographer and Shaun O'Brien a dancer with the NYC ballet they looked after each other for 62 years and passed away days apart . Just to put out a more positive older gay man story than we have been hearing lately.You can google this to get their whole story and accomplishments.

    Posted by: Vern Dufford | Mar 18, 2012 10:35:50 AM

  9. The universe has a speed limit? Why would there be a rule about how fast an object can travel?

    Laws, such as conservation of mass, energy, or the laws of thermodynamics, make obvious sense even to someone like me who knows very little about physics. On its face, this speed limit looks ridiculous. How is it enforced? If you ask a physicist why something can't travel faster than light you get an impossible to explain theory which could mean it's very complex or it could mean that the theory is bunk. Let's face it. If you can't explain your theory, you may not have a theory.

    Then, of course, we have example after example of objects traveling faster than light. We then get physicists explaining why what was observed did not happen. Maybe they're right or maybe this is another example of a branch of science acting under a delusion and reflexively defending one of its pet theories.

    Posted by: Einstein was wrong | Mar 18, 2012 10:40:23 AM

  10. @Einstein was wrong Actually the speed limit is easy to explain. It is a fact of nature that the faster you move an object, the more energy you need to get it to move even faster. As you approach the speed of light, the amount of energy required to speed an object up approaches infinity, no matter the mass. Ta-da! There is your speed limit. No mystery about that.

    Posted by: lessthan | Mar 18, 2012 11:09:27 AM

  11. The SF Weekly assumption that the thieves are straight is unwarranted and stupid. Just more blaming "the other" because your own can do no wrong.

    Posted by: Jack | Mar 18, 2012 12:46:21 PM

  12. I love the suggestion (at SFWeekly) about getting the bartenders and businesses involved in this mess. They want you as drunk as possible to free up your tipping/spending hand. The whole Castro Bar scene is a disgusting swamp of old alcoholics, fag hags and bridge and tunnel a**holes. There are about 15 too many bars in the Castro. Ordinary non-drunk people can’t even walk down the street after about 9:00 PM. We can thank the corrupt liquor industry/Bar/Club owned "Entertainment Commission" for it.

    Posted by: ggreen | Mar 18, 2012 1:13:16 PM

  13. That video of the evolution of the moon is absolutely FANTASTIC! Thank you for posting that.

    I'm listening to the "This American Life" episode mentioned above, and I don't know HOW that guy is NOT getting sued by everyone! He LIES so eloquently that it's like listening to a rePIGlican testify before Congress!

    Posted by: Fruit-for-Peace | Mar 18, 2012 1:34:44 PM

  14. @Lessthan: I know that's what the theory says, but is that what happens in practice? Obviously, we can generate the energy to move a neutrino at near the speed of light, or over the speed of light if the earlier research group is to be believed, so solving that for larger objects is an engineering problem, not a theory problem.

    An alternative explanation is provided by a chapter in "The Atheist and the Holy City," a 1987 book by George Klein. For years until 1956, biologists asserted that human beings had 48 chromosomes. They claimed this despite having pictures of and even directly viewing our 46 chromosomes. In 1956, J. H. Tjio and Albert Levan, two researchers, published "The Human Chromosome Number" in Hereditas, a journal, proving that the number was 46. They got letters from around the globe from other scientists who admitted that they had counted 46, but thought they must be wrong or were unwilling to challenge the conventional wisdom.

    So is this 107-year-old theory produced by an insurance company file clerk valid or is it a common delusion that is shared by physicists?

    Posted by: Einstein was wrong | Mar 18, 2012 1:54:11 PM

  15. Einstein Was Wrong:

    Indeed, Einstein might have been wrong. But to argue that he was necessarily wrong because he was a file clerk or because his theory doesn't personally make sense to you is fallacious -- the first argument is ad hominem; the second is an argument from personal incredulity.

    I hope Einstein was wrong. I want to visit distant parts of the galaxy. But the only sensible reason to suppose he was wrong at this late date would be the presentation of really solid evidence. For a few moments late last year it seemed that there might be some. Now it seems there isn't.

    But even if Einstein was right, you may still be able to visit the stars in a reasonable amount of time: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcubierre_drive

    - BKT

    Posted by: Brandon K. Thorp | Mar 18, 2012 2:04:52 PM

  16. John Cassidy can stick it where it doesn't shine. Yes, Bush diverted $13 billion, but when you consider the total costs of the bailout, as well as the strategic moves made by the Obama Administration (like selling Chrysler to Fiat), the Obama-Biden ticket can rightfully crow all it wants about how it saved the auto industry. Especially, when more than 80% of the funding and all the strategy came from his administration.

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Mar 18, 2012 3:22:25 PM

  17. @Brandon: My posts are a mix of substance and jest. I am sure that there are many insurance company file clerks who have performed extraordinary acts of intellectual achievement.

    Relativity is unusual in that it has never been proven to be true. It has just never been shown to be false. We have observed objects that traveled faster than the speed of light. What we are told is that those measurements were influenced by where the measurer was located when the measurement was made. I don't have enough knowledge to assess the validity of that, but the skeptic in me reaches a point where I begin to doubt. (My Einstein was wrong is more jest than a statement of my position)

    Relativity also belongs to a school of physics that is now known for producing some pretty silly stuff such as the now discredited string theory.

    In contrast, we have shown that conservation of mass, conservation of energy, the laws of thermodynamics, and other laws are true. With relativity, many of us have accepted as true something that has never been proven to be true.

    And if you consider it, it does not make sense that the universe has a speed limit. Why would there be such a rule? The laws on conservation make sense because they say, in essence, stuff can't just disappear. As a lay person, what I look for in science are explanations that I can understand and that make sense. Relativity does not make sense.

    Posted by: Einstein was wrong | Mar 18, 2012 5:31:32 PM

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