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British Christian Organization Sues London Transit Authority Over Pro-Gay Advertisements

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There's a bit of a storm brewing over London city buses these days--or rather, over the advertisements printed on the side of some buses sponsored by UK LGBT rights group Stonewall that read 'Some people are gay. Get over it!' The Telegraph reports:

A traditionalist Christian group has lodged papers at the High Court attempting to force Transport for London to take down hundreds of new billboards on double-decker buses telling people who disapprove of homosexuality to “get over it”.

It claims that transport chiefs are deliberately ignoring a ruling by a High Court judge that the posters, from the gay rights group Stonewall, are “highly offensive to fundamentalist Christians” who believe that gay sex is a “sin”.

In response to the Stonewall advertisements, Core Issues Trust, a Christian group that purports to provide "reorientation" therapy that can turn gay people straight, bought advertisement space on London's buses for billboards that would read 'Not Gay! Ex-Gay, Post-Gay and Proud. Get Over It!'

London Mayor Boris Johnson intervened and banned the Christian advertisements, calling them "clearly offensive" for likening homosexuality to an illness.  In response, Core Issues Trust took the case to court.  From The Telegraph:

In her judgment Mrs Justice Lang ruled that Mr Johnson had not abused his position by banning the adverts but went on to question the decision to allow the earlier Stonewall advertisements as well.

TfL’s decision to allow one advertisement but not the other was “was inconsistent and partial”, she ruled. The outcome of an appeal is due later this year.

Stonewall's advertisements, the High Court judge wrote in her ruling, are "highly offensive to fundamentalist Christians" who believe gay sex is sinful."  Now, Dr. Michael Davidson, the founder of Core Issues Trust, has filed an urgent judicial review seeking an injunction barring Transport for London from placing new Stonewall ads on London buses.

"I feel that Stonewall and the Defendant are deliberately flouting the rulings of the court by renewing their advertisement campaign on buses which was clearly prohibited by the earlier judgment of Mrs Justice Lang," Davidson told the court in his application for review.

A spokesman for Transport for London told The Telegraph simply, "These ads are in line with our advertising policy."


Fly Anywhere In The World In 4 Hours Or Less: VIDEO

Sabre Engine

That's the claim being made at Business Insider by chief engineer Alan Bond at Reaction Engines. Unlike Elon Musk's Hyperloop system which combines existing technologies found in Concords, rail guns, and air hockey tables, the "Sabre" jet engine will utilze a brand new technology called a precooler.

The precooler can drop the engine's temperature by 1,000 degrees Celsius in 1/10th of a second, and being able to keep the engine cool means that more power can be exerted, which in turn results in more speed. Bond estimates that the jets would reach speeds of Mach 5 - that is, five times the speed of sound - with relative ease. 

The company's current vision is to enter the air transportation market with a passenger plane that can hold 300 and fly like a rocket, but the $1.1 billion price tag per plane will likely render it accessible to only the extremely well-to-do unless a way of subsidizing the plane's costs can be found.

Test flights are being planned for 2019, and an interview with Bond can be seen AFTER THE JUMP...

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Chinese Official Misses Plane, Destroys Gate in Wild Rage: VIDEO

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Yan Linkun,  a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Committee (CPPCC) from Shizong county, Yunnan Province, did not react well after he missed his plane last week. Yan had gone to have breakfast after purchasing his ticket but did not make it back in time to board.

He then destroyed everything in sight.

The Global Times reports on the clip, which is all over Chinese news:

After an official investigation, the man in the video was confirmed to be Yan Linkun, a member of the CPPCC Committee of Shizong county and vice chairman of the Guangdong Yunnan Mining Company under the Guangdong Fengle Group.

Yan said that he was anxious to send his children to school in Shenzhen after missing two flights and he lost control after airport staff rejected his request for late boarding. Yan made an apology to the airport and netizens on Saturday.

Zhang Dahong, the general manager of Yunnan Mining Industry Company, said on Sunday that the group had decided to suspend Yan, and local police are also conducting an investigation.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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San Francisco Lawmaker to Propose Naming City's Airport for Slain Gay Rights Activist Harvey Milk

San Francisco Supervisor David Campos is proposing a charter amendment which would put the question of creating Harvey Milk-San Francisco International Airport on November's ballot, the AP reports:

MilkIf five of Campos’ colleagues agree to submit the proposed name change to voters and the amendment goes through in the fall, the city would become home to the world’s first airport honoring an openly gay person, said Milk’s nephew, Stuart Milk.

Milk, who runs an international gay rights foundation in his uncle’s memory, said that adding an airport to the list of public venues named for Harvey Milk would mark a milestone since flights to and from San Francisco International serve 68 countries where homosexuality is illegal.

No airport in the country has ever been named for an out LGBT person. The amendment could be voted on within two weeks.


The Skies are Getting Very Congested: VIDEO

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Here's a cool time-lapse of all landings at San Diego International Airport on Black Friday Nov 23, 2012 between 1030 am and 300 pm fused into a 25-second clip. Enjoy!

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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The 'Hover Bike' is Almost Ready for its Debut: VIDEO

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Aerofex, a company in the business of hover technology, is in the process of designing a 'hover bike' which responds to the rider's own sense of balance: "So far, according to Blastr they've achieved flights of 30 mph hovering 15 feet above the ground. With a little more tuning, these bad boys could be available for market by 2014."

Who's going to be the first to bring one to Burning Man?

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