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News: Michael Phelps, Singularity, Kofi Annan, 'Pseudo Libertarian'

Mphelps161NewsIcon Michael Phelps results... find out AFTER THE JUMP.

1NewsIcon Rumor has it that Brad Pitt is now pursuing a gay role "with fresh zeal" after his mother came out against marriage equality.

1NewsIcon Ghostbuster 3 is a go, less Bill Murray, says Dan Ackroyd.

1NewsIcon Gov. Chris Christie is reportedly more popular than President Obama in New Jersey.

1NewsIcon Has the Singularity, that hypothetical time when computers are meant to overcome human intelligence and control, already happened? Or is it never going to happen? New Scientists suggest the latter: "The singularity isn’t near. In fact, it might be said that it’s an idea whose time is finally over. It’s not future-facing to be a singularitarian. At this point, this film is a true story about the past."

1NewsIcon Ryan Lochte's mother says the Olympic swimmer is too busy to have a serious relationship, so he has one-night stands instead. Practical.

1NewsIcon Olympic diver Greg Louganis sat down with CNN's Piers Morgan recently and discussed what it was like to find out he was HIV positive in 1988, when he was 28-years old. "Back in 1988 when I was diagnosed with HIV, we thought of HIV as a death sentence... Honestly, I didn't think I'd see 30." He also addressed the Chick-fil-A brouhaha: "Who eats that stuff? I mean, you know, I kind of like my arteries...I like the blood flowing."

DD891NewsIcon This really is random nerd nostalgia, and it's wonderful.

1NewsIcon Is this Victoria Beckham's microphone for the Olympics' closing ceremony?

1NewsIcon Openly gay Italian politician Nichi Vendola announced his candidacy for the prime ministership. "It's time for change," he said, sound a lot like another history-making politico.

1NewsIcon Nineteen-year old gay man admits eating at Chick-fil-A and explains why: "As a gay man, I say let [Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy] not support gays. When the gay community and gay activist groups push on anti-gay people and organizations to change their minds and opinions via bullying or forced involvement, I fear it would make whatever accomplishments taste cheap like a greasy coin."

1NewsIcon The gay-straight alliance at University of Alabama is trying to boot Chick-fil-A from their campus.

1NewsIcon Village Voice journo Michael Musto on the right wing claims that they're supporting Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy's free speech, rather than religious extremism: "But in defending the hate mongering Chick-Fil-A, these people can hide behind their flag-waving, pseudo libertarian crap while backing an organization's bigoted views that just happen to mirror their own.Do they have a right to say that? Sure. And I have a right to yell bloody murder."

1NewsIcon Bad news for Democrats: "The Senate is likely to assume an even more conservative tenor come January as a crop of insurgent-minded Republicans replace some of the GOP's old guard in the upper chamber. A transformation within the Republican Party that was first set in motion during the 2010 midterm elections appears set to continue in the Senate, following in the path blazed in the House during this term of Congress."

YoungVidal1NewsIcon The New York Times offers corrections on gay writer Gore Vidal's obituary. The best bit: "...Mr. Vidal’s relationship with his longtime live-in companion, Howard Austen, was also described incorrectly. According to Mr. Vidal’s memoir “Palimpsest,” they had sex the night they met, but did not sleep together after they began living together. It was not true that they never had sex."

1NewsIcon Meanwhile, House Speaker John Boehner says he's "feeling better" about the GOP maintaining control of the House.

1NewsIcon Me on the media's relationship with Washingotn.

1NewsIcon In a surprise move, Kofi Annan stepped down from the UN's Syria Envoy. "It is impossible for me or anyone to compel the Syrian government and also the opposition to take the steps to bring about the political process. As an envoy, I can't want peace more than the protagonists, more than Security Council or the international community, for that matter," he said.

1NewsIcon Matt Bomer, partner Simon Halls and their three kids were spotted by paps strolling around New York City.

SPOILERS

1NewsIcon So, as for Phelps, since so many people were upset with spoilers, here it is: The swimmer bested Ryan Lochte in the 200 individual medley. It is his 16th gold medal

1NewsIcon And, a patriotic congratulations to Gabby Douglas, gold medal winner for Women's Gymnastics Individual All-Around in London.

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  1. damn autocorrect

    Posted by: BreckRoy | Aug 2, 2012 7:26:01 PM


  2. Nice to see that it's now been changed... Shame I was apparently 2 minutes too early.

    Posted by: Derek in Madison | Aug 2, 2012 7:31:19 PM


  3. Christie may be more popular in NJ among independents, but it' s the independent votes that Romney wants to secure. Democrats may not like Christie but that's irrelevant since few will vote for Romney anyway. Watch this closely - it's going to be Romney/Christie in 2012. One of the reasons Christie is admired is because of his attack dog style - mostly against the media which is a huge winner among people - but also against the average Joe which can seem mean-spirited, so he's wisely backed off from that tact lately. Romney will campaign as the respectful statesman while Christie insults and ridicules, brining just enough of that independent vote over to their side to win it all in November. Unfortunately.

    Posted by: Call | Aug 2, 2012 7:32:33 PM


  4. @call. Perhaps, but does an obese Catholic loudmouth from a part of the U.S. they don't like in GOP circles, add anything to the ticket? More likely to be someone from Ohio or Virginia, 2 states Romney would need to win (not that I'm rooting for that result).

    Posted by: Contrarian | Aug 2, 2012 8:14:01 PM


  5. @CONTRARIAN. Catholic could help sugar coat the Mormon for anyone concerned about that. Also, I just have a hunch that the Romney camp wants to shake things up with the selection. The other names on the VP list produce just another standard old boring ticket and they already have a standard old bore with Romney. As for being obese and a loudmouth - that could make him more recognizable as an "average" American to some.

    Posted by: Call | Aug 2, 2012 9:01:44 PM


  6. Well I for one am really going to miss the self-righteous crew of commenters until after the Olympics. Many of you bragged that you've been ignoring all mainstream news because they ruin the results, yet Towleroad--a NEWS site---is attacked for reporting them. The site regularly reporting on sports---are you surprised? I also suspect that had there been a link instead of the info, quite a few of you would have clicked through.

    Certainly it could have been done differently, but you can still watch the event and appreciate the athleticism. Would you scream at a coworker or someone on the subway or your mother if they'd mentioned that Phelps won? Because unless you live in a bubble, everyone knew soon after it happened. You're making it sound like you just learned there's no Santa Claus. This has been happening with the Olympics, World Cup, and other sporting events for years. News doesn't wait.

    Posted by: Paul R | Aug 2, 2012 9:34:36 PM


  7. Well said Paul R. This hysterical harrumphing is actually kind of funny.

    Posted by: Derek Pearce | Aug 2, 2012 10:00:08 PM


  8. If you want to avoid spoilers, stay off the internet entirely!

    Posted by: PDX Guy | Aug 2, 2012 10:26:20 PM


  9. Uh, Olympics nerds, take a breath. If you wanna blame somebody for "spoilers" on a LIVE event that already HAPPENED, blame the moron at NBC who decided to tape delay the coverage of the games. One cannot travel back in time to enjoy the past, Chick Fil A diners notwithstanding.

    Posted by: Ron Oliver | Aug 3, 2012 10:12:28 AM


  10. 16 gold medals! Phelps is a beast.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Aug 3, 2012 10:41:11 AM


  11. Question:

    Why is it where I live [New England, Massachusetts] we don't care what a candidate's religion is? We'll elect and have elected everybody here, Catholics, Baptists, all kinds of Protestants, Jews, Muslims, Buddhist, Mormons, agnostics, non-religious, etc.,nobody here cares. If you come from the south, the west coast, midwest, anywhere, people here don't care where you come from and will vote for you if they like you. But in some states and some parts of the country, it becomes a big deal. Or a candidate from New England is un-electable in some states.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Aug 3, 2012 10:47:24 AM


  12. Olympic spoilers? Viewed from 150 feet away, every foot race, swimming race,(You name the event) is (are) the same. And, at that distance you can not tell one athlete from another.

    Except for "First Timers" One Olympic event is the same as the last time, and will be, the next time.

    I have better things to do than sit in front of the television set watching the same old thing happen again, and again.

    Posted by: Jerry6 | Aug 3, 2012 4:18:51 PM


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