David Stevens recently celebrated the wedding of his younger brother and his partner, proudly sharing pictures of the two happy husbands on his Facebook page. A few days later, he received this message from a 'friend' of his on the social media site:
Hey David, I am removing you from my friends list. Sorry man, that latest post is way over the top. Homosexuals joining in holy matrimony? I don't think so. The holy bible speaks out against homosexuality and speaks highly of holy matrimony between a man and a woman. It's nothing more than a slap in the face to those who choose God's word for homosexual s to join in a holy marriage. I'm only defriending you so I don't have to look at your anti-God stuff anymore -- nothing personal.
It was a wake-up moment for Stevens, who says he went from supporting his brother to truly understanding what gay and lesbian people go through every day when they face rejection and intolerance simply because of the way they were born. "I love him," Stevens says of his brother at the end of an emotional video about the experience he posted to YouTube. "And love wins. Period."
Check out David Stevens's full video about his brother's wedding and the Facebook message he received, AFTER THE JUMP...
Britney Spears and director Ben Mor present the video for her latest single 'Work B**ch' featuring stolen mannequins, dancing in the desert, hammerhead sharks, Lamborghinis, martinis, and bikinis.
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
YouTube user Kevin Johnsen posted a video of himself, a friend, and a canine companion enjoying a day on the water. But their ordinary lobster-catching adventure becomes a lot more sinister, and exciting, when several waterspouts show up. Rather than head inland, johnsen rides the waves and meets the natural phenomenon head on.
The video description reads:
While catching lobster, multiple waterspouts touched down a short distance away. With plenty of lobster in the box, a great opportunity presented itself to film a close encounter with a weather phenomenon. Fortunately, this time I had a video camera! This is not for anybody to try EVER and this is a delicately calculated risk based on dozens of fluid variables that change by the second. Waterspouts are typically short lived F0 rated tornadoes on the water with winds under 72mph. This was a likely an F0 waterspout, yet was strong enough to completely open my deck hatches and forcibly move the boat more than I expected. The approach was intended to go with the wind at high speed to minimize the effect, yet provide the fullest, safest experience. Again, don't ever do this! If you do, you're gonna need a bigger boat!!
You heard him - don't try this at home.
Warning: This video contains footage that could cause motion- or sea-sickness.
Join the boaters on their high seas adventure, AFTER THE JUMP...
Look out world, things are heating up! A recent study of global climate models has NASA predicting large and uneven temperature and precipitation shifts over the next 87 years (or until the year 2100). A new video indicates the fluctuations through shifting bands of heat and rainfall, and the results don't look pretty.
Of particular interest is the high temperature increase in North America, beginning with the northern stretches of Canada and moving down towards the States. Snow melt, NASA says, will cause less sunlight to be reflected back to space causing that continent to heat up at a faster pace than others. Similarly, the oceans are going to feel the heat less than the rest of Earth's land masses because of their greater ability to absorb the sun's energy.
Gizmodo reports on NASA's model:
To produce visualizations that show temperature and precipitation changes similar to those included in the IPCC report, the NASA Center for Climate Simulation calculated average temperature and precipitation changes from models that ran the four different emissions scenarios. The final products are visual representations of how much temperature and precipitation patterns would change through 2100 compared to the historical average from the end of the 20th century.
The video shows a scenario where carbon dioxide concentrations reach 670 parts per million by the time we hit 2100. We're currently at 400 parts per million.
Pretty scary, and fascinating, stuff!
Grab your personal fan-mister (and a rain jacket), and watch the video, AFTER THE JUMP...
Peter Madden, a member of the Family First party in Tasmania and former Senate candidate, has called for the resignation of John Berry, the United States Ambassador to Australia. Berry (right), the former director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, secured the position in August after President Obama's June nomination.
As Towleroad previously reported, he is the first openly gay person to hold an ambassador position for a G-20 country.
The Herald Sun reports on Madden's concerns:
Mr Berry, who is openly gay, introduced himself to the nation via a YouTube video last month in which he referred to his partner, Curtis Yee, as his spouse.
The couple have been together for 17 years and married in Washington DC in August.
But on Twitter, Mr Madden said Mr Berry's use of the term "spouse" was "a clear and deliberate contravention of Aus law".
The right-winger took to Twitter to vent his frustration early this morning:
Australia has not yet legalized same-sex marriage, a fact which, according to Madden, should be used to oust Berry from his position. Will Berry respond, or is this sort of rabble-rousing useless to fight back against?
Watch the offending video, AFTER THE JUMP...
This Saturday's must-see popcorn event is Gina Gershon as Donatella Versace in House of Versace which follows the fashion designer as she takes over her brother Gianni's company following his murder.
Watch Gershon channel the designer in an extended trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...