07/24/2014

Here's What it Looks Like When a Massive Whale Lifts Your Kayak: VIDEO

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A pair of kayakers in Puerto Madryn, Argentina had the good fortune to spot some whales during their time in the water, most likely some southern right whales.

It just so happened that the whales spotted the kayakers, too, and decided to swim closer for an inspection...MUCH closer. One curious cetacean swam right up to the boat and for reasons unknown decided to play with it by lifting up and out of the water a few times, much to the kayakers' delight.

Fortunately they caught it all on a waterproof video camera and uploaded the encounter to YouTube for the world to enjoy, which you can too, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Jul. 24,2014 at 9:59 AM EST by in Nature, Video | Permalink | Comments (14)


Arizona Gubernatorial Candidate Pledges To Stand Up To Gays, Immigrants: VIDEO

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Arizona gubernatorial candidate Andrew Thomas just released his first campaign ad. It states, “he’s the only candidate who has stopped illegal immigration, stood up to the gay lobby, and opposed liberal judges.”

Thomas helped write Arizona’s infamous “show me your papers” law requiring police to racially profile anyone they suspect of looking like an undocumented immigrant.

In 2010, he resigned as Maricopa County Attorney to run for attorney general of his state and lost. In 2013, he was stripped of his legal license and disbarred as an attorney. AZ Central explains why:

Among the most serious findings were that he and his former prosecutors pressed unwarranted criminal charges, obtained indictments, filed a federal racketeering lawsuit and initiated investigations against his political enemies and those of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio from 2006 to 2010.

On the “Push Back against Liberal Bullies” section of Thomas' issues page, it reads:

Liberal professors and other zealots in higher education, subsidized by federal tax dollars, indoctrinate young people and stifle free political expression by conservatives and others at our colleges and universities.

Gay-rights activists assail anyone who believes in marriage between a man and a woman.

Unelected activist judges, appointed and egged on by Obama, rule by decree, gutting or throwing out our laws against illegal immigration.

Thomas ignores the fact that the judge who blocked key provisions of his “show me your papers” law was in fact appointed by former President Bill Clinton. And he has 

Not that it matters. Current polling has Thomas far behind Arizona’s other GOP gubernatorial candidates Ken Bennett and Doug Ducey — neither of whose websites even mention LGBT rights.

See Thomas’ ad AFTER THE JUMP…

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Posted Jul. 24,2014 at 9:13 AM EST by in Arizona, Immigration, Video | Permalink | Comments (15)


Air Algerie Airliner Carrying 116 Disappears Over Mali

An Air Algerie jet carrying 100 passengers and 16 crew disappeared overnight over Mali after departing Ougadougou, Burkina Faso. The plane was missing for hours before it was reported, the AP reports:

MaliAir Algerie Flight 5017 was being operated by Spanish airline Swiftair, the company said in a statement. The Spanish pilots' union said the plane belonged to Swiftair and it was operated by a Spanish crew.

The plane was lost over northern Mali:

Northern Mali fell under control of ethnic Tuareg separatists and then al-Qaida-linked Islamic extremists following a military coup in 2012. A French-led intervention last year scattered the extremists, but the Tuaregs have pushed back against the authority of the Bamako-based government.

A senior French official said it seems unlikely that fighters in Mali had the kind of weaponry that could shoot down a plane.

UPDATE:

An airline official says the plane crashed.

There were reports that Cuban LGBT rights activist Mariela Castro was aboard the plane but she later refuted them herself.

Posted Jul. 24,2014 at 8:58 AM EST by in Mali | Permalink | Comments (3)


John Travolta's Alleged Former Gay Lover Can Tell His Story: VIDEO

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A California appeals court judge ruled on Tuesday that John Travolta can no longer stop former employee and alleged former lover Douglas Gotterba from telling his side of the story, reports Entertainment Weekly.

Gotterba claims that his working relationship with the actor became more personal when he was employed by Travolta’s aircraft company Alto in the 1980s.

After Gotterba announced plans to release a book telling “the story of his life and those involved in it,” Travolta’s attorney sent the pilot cease-and-desist letters claiming Gotterba was breaching a confidentiality provision in his Alto termination agreement.

However, Gotterba and his lawyer said that the paperwork in question is inauthentic as it is an early draft of the agreement. Gotterba sought a judge’s opinion about which agreement was valid and whether or not confidentiality was enforceable.

California appeals court Presiding Justice Arthur Gilbert has now ruled in Gotterba’s favor, stating that the lawsuit was based on “the validity of the asserted termination agreements.”

Gilbert added that if Travolta had won, the decision “would lead to the absurd result that a person receiving a demand letter threatening legal action for breach of contract would be precluded from seeking declaratory relief to determine the validity of the contract. Declaratory relief would be limited to situations where the parties have not communicated their disagreement.”

Watch a Wotchit report into the ruling, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Jul. 24,2014 at 8:41 AM EST by in John Travolta, News, News Clips, Video, YouTube | Permalink | Comments (8)


Is Jake Gyllenhaal's 'Nightcrawler' His Darkest Role Since 'Donnie Darko'? - VIDEO

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In what may be his darkest role since Donnie Darko actor Jake Gyllenhaal stars in the upcoming psychological thriller Nightcrawler as Lou Bloom a desperately ambitious cameraman who seeks out murder scenes, fires and car crashes to sell to broadcast television.

Apparently, Bloom’s ambition and nighttime activities turn him into a frightening creature — aided, of course, by the 20 pounds that Gyllenhaal dropped for the role. Gyllenhaal played an obsessed journalist hunting down a serial killer in the 2007 film Zodiac, but in that film he was a good guy. Nightcrawler has Gyllenhaal returning to his antihero roots where the line between good guy and monster gets blurrier with each frame .

The film also features Rene Russo playing “a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news.” It comes out in theaters October 17.

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Posted Jul. 24,2014 at 8:25 AM EST by in Film, Jake Gyllenhaal, Video | Permalink | Comments (2)


John Barrowman Kisses a Man, Makes Headlines at the Commonwealth Games: VIDEO

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John Barrowman stole the show at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games last night, by kissing a man:

Writes The Independent:

The gay embrace has been hailed as a snub to homophobia in Commonwealth countries which criminalise homosexuality. The openly gay Doctor Who actor kissed his male “bride” at a mock Gretna Green during the showcase at Celtic Park, Glasgow, last night.

It was an act that flew in the face of anti-homosexual legislation in 42 out of the 53 Commonwealth countries represented at the games.

Those countries include Jamaica, Nigeria, and Uganda.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

UPDATE: Barrowman was the target of attacks on social media following the kiss. He responded:

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Posted Jul. 24,2014 at 8:01 AM EST by in John Barrowman, Kiss, News | Permalink | Comments (17)


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