News: Skyscraper, Canadian Blood, Lars Von Trier, Jellyfish

RoadHorrific terrorist attack on soldier in London (warning graphic).

RoadAbercrombie execs troubled by involvement of CEO Mike Jeffries' partner Matthew Smith.

ChinaRoadChina to build world's tallest building in seven months.

RoadLars von Trier is using body doubles for all his Nymphomaniac actors so he can show them having real sex.

RoadGay candidates win in L.A.: "Ron Galperin has become the first openly gay candidate to win a citywide race in Los Angeles, the second largest city in America.  Galperin defeated Dennis Zine in the race for city controller, an office currently held by Wendy Greuel, who lost a bid to become L.A.’s mayor to City Councilman Eric Garcetti.  Galperin is an attorney, business owner, community leader – and a recognized expert on L.A. municipal government and finance. Replacing Garcetti on the Council will be openly gay candidate Mitch O’Farrell."

RoadBaltimore Mayor to preside over mass gay wedding at this year's Pride on June 16.

RoadFrance's first gay marriage: "Vincent and Bruno will be the first gay couple to be legally married in France since President François Hollande signed the 'marriage for all' act into law earlier this month. Helene Mandroux will be the country’s first elected mayor to officiate at a same-sex marriage, while Montpellier will be openly recognized as one of France’s most gay-friendly cities."

RoadClay Aiken, Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson to judge next season's American Idol?

VaderRoadNOM Communications Director tweets alert to Disney lawyers.

RoadVenomous jellyfish kill two adults in front of their children: "The two were spotted unmoving off the beach and fellow campers were able to haul Ricketson's body ashore and attempt to resuscitate her as the shocked children looked on, reported. Shugg's body slipped under water and was not recovered after a five-day search."

RoadEwan McGregor grows pornstache disguise.

RoadAnonymous senior Republican aide on party's obsession with Benghazi: "Some of the accusations, I mean you wouldn't believe some of this stuff. It's just—I mean, you've got to be on Mars to come up with some of this stuff."

RoadGIF creator honored.

RoadEllen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi buy palatial Montecito estate: "The deal went through last week, and words can't do justice to how insane this house is -- it's 10,522 square feet ... located in Montecito, which has some of the most beautiful vistas in Cali.  It's got 6 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms ... and it sits on 13 ACRES. Oh yeah, it's also got NINE fireplaces ... and even the pool's got an ocean view."

RoadJennifer Aniston reunites with Matthew Perry and Courtney Cox.

RoadHugh Jackman is one of those people who rides a foot scooter around NYC.

BloodRoadCanada updates gay blood donation guidelines: "The new policy, which Canadian Blood Services hopes to have in place by mid-summer, will allow men to donate blood if they haven't had sex with another man for five years before the donation."

RoadExxon Mobil accused of anti-gay bias: "The complaint was filed Wednesday with the Illinois Department of Human Rights by Freedom to Work, one of several groups which accuse Exxon of flawed workplace policies for gays. The complaint says Exxon was sent two nearly identical resumes for a job opening in Illinois. The only major differences: one applicant made clear she was a gay-rights activist, and had higher grades than the other applicant."

RoadBiden says Jewish leaders in Hollywood drove changing attitudes on gay marriage: "Biden says culture and arts change people's attitudes. He cites social media and the old NBC TV series "Will and Grace" as examples of what helped changed attitudes on gay marriage. Biden says, quote, 'Think — behind of all that, I bet you 85 per cent of those changes, whether it's in Hollywood or social media, are a consequence of Jewish leaders in the industry.'"

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  1. we canucks read the Blood story this morning and at first were thrilled and then promptly weren't.

    i suppose one could try to be Pollyanna and give it a take of "well, ok, um, that's a START...." or something. but it's really not.

    yay. we can donate. as long as we've not had sex in 5 years.


    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 22, 2013 3:14:03 PM

  2. Tiny killer jellyfish...all the more reason to stay out of the ocean.

    Posted by: daws | May 22, 2013 3:23:19 PM

  3. I have pretty much said it in every place that its been posted about the Canada Blood thing, "Good luck finding a gay man who hasn't had sex in 5 years"

    Posted by: Stephen | May 22, 2013 3:23:34 PM

  4. It ain't mel Gibson

    Posted by: rick scatorum | May 22, 2013 3:23:38 PM

  5. The canadian blood donation law is the most insulting thing i heard in a long time.
    They are still in the 80's when people were talking about groups of risk, instead of practice of risk.
    Having sex with a man is not more risky than having sex with a woman, it all depends of the precautions of all the partners. So this law is simply ridiculous

    Posted by: jjose712 | May 22, 2013 3:27:04 PM

  6. jjose712, gay men aren't allowed to give blood in many countries, including France, Germany and the US. It's not just a Canadian thing.

    Posted by: ger | May 22, 2013 3:47:29 PM

  7. Let's hope the Chinese do a better job with the building than they did with their high speed train and super big pipeline.

    Posted by: anon | May 22, 2013 3:55:14 PM

  8. ger: I know it's not a canadian thing, but i'm spanish, i'm not used to that kind of injustified bigotry.
    We as country have a lot of flaws, but in terms or gay rights we are in a better place that most countries of the world

    Posted by: jjose712 | May 22, 2013 4:00:26 PM

  9. Exxon Mobil is anti-gay? This might have been a news story 15 years ago.

    Posted by: David | May 22, 2013 4:39:46 PM

  10. The Chinese continue to build though they have about 63,000,000 empty NEW construction homes and a housing buble that is about to eviscerate their economy. There is something, probably lead, in the water over there.

    Posted by: Jerry | May 22, 2013 4:57:47 PM

  11. A man having sex with a man is not more risky than a man having sex with a woman? I'm fairly certainly that is wrong. For starters it would depend on whether you're a top or bottom (or both). It's silly that gay men continue to delude themselves into believing what they want about things. The reality is, there is risk with all sex, but there is certainly more risk with different types of behaviors than others. That isn't judgment. It's just the truth. Both biologically and statistically.

    That said, this self admit requirement is pretty stupid. I would imagine all blood should be tested and no one should trust what anyone says about their sexual history. But let's not pretend that the risks are identical for all people. They aren't.

    Posted by: Girlno | May 22, 2013 5:23:30 PM

  12. That Chinese skyscraper monstrosity will never be built. Guarantee it.


    London assault and beheading, in broad daylight, few blocks from a military barracks, 'armed' police took 20 minutes to show up. What can anyone say except incredible.


    Good old Joe has a big mouth.

    Posted by: ratbastard | May 22, 2013 5:32:04 PM

  13. What's new about Canada's blood policy? I thought that was the existing policy -- the policy I thought we were trying to change!

    Posted by: Randy | May 22, 2013 5:32:06 PM

  14. There probably is Jerry. That's why I'm really careful to avoid food and produce produced in China, which is surprising common if you're looking for it.

    He may be an "American success story" but Mike Jeffries is an embarrassment to the gay community. I can't believe it took the brand so long to start failing, but, good riddance. I recognized everything about the company was reactionary in, what, 1997? When they didn't even have many stores. It some sense its rise almost was a forewarning of the Bush years. Besides everything about their formula came from a couple long-forgetten European retailers in the 1980s who combined faux 50's Americana with homoerotic advertising. Namely Chevignon but there were a couple Italian ones too.
    I love this quote from the 2006 Salon profile:
    "While Jeffries wears A&F clothes, the uniform doesn’t succeed at making him seem boyish or particularly masculine."

    Posted by: EchtKultig | May 22, 2013 5:33:25 PM

  15. What a day of revelations: A&F's monarch is hemmed in by as many obsessive rules as Betty Windsor (are carnations verboten in both cases?), and the Jew/Queer Axis is thriving. On the first count, I approve of the changeover from morning Assam to afternoon Darjeeling. At least nobody expects him to drink nasty Earl Grey tea. As for the second, keep in mind the wisdom of Mel Brooks.

    Posted by: gregorybrown | May 22, 2013 7:06:34 PM

  16. Blood donation bans don't make a whole lot of sense considering they have to screen it several times before it's even used. As science gets better, testing gets more accurate.

    Posted by: Derrick | May 22, 2013 8:03:09 PM

  17. That tower looks like a typical Chinese "knock off" of the former "Sears" Tower in Chicago except it will just be built with counterfeit "Lego" LOL.

    Posted by: Darrell | May 23, 2013 10:34:50 AM

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