Blogger Lane Hudson files FEC complaint against Fred Thompson: “It is my contention that he has violated the ‘testing the waters’ exemption of election law. He has been presenting himself as a candidate for President, he has been raising large sums of money beyond what would be required to explore a possible candidacy, and he has signed a long term lease on a headquarters for his campaign. He has even spent advertising dollars, which are specifically prohibited by the law.”
Scientists on verge of creating form of synthetic life: “It’s going to be a big deal and everybody’s going to know about it. We’re talking about a technology that could change our world in pretty fundamental ways _ in fact, in ways that are impossible to predict.”
“Frozen smoke” is world-changing material, according to scientists: “It is expected to rank alongside wonder products from previous generations such as Bakelite in the 1930s, carbon fibre in the 1980s and silicone in the 1990s. Mercouri Kanatzidis, a chemistry professor at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, said: ‘It is an amazing material. It has the lowest density of any product known to man, yet at the same time it can do so much. I can see aerogel being used for everything from filtering polluted water to insulating against extreme temperatures and even for jewellery.'”
A briefing on the Democratic debate held over the weekend in Des Moines, Iowa.
The L.A. Daily News looks at gay sites and straight athletes: “When it comes to visuals in sports, gay men and straight men are very similar except for the genders that we look at.Men are more visual. So we are just doing what mainstream sites do but we are catering to our audiences. If you look at Sports Illustrated or ESPN magazines, they all have some kind of photo gallery of hot babes in sports, or cheerleaders of the week. In a sense, that is geared toward what their audience mostly is: heterosexual.”
An update on Britney’s hair growth.
Responding to Victor Juliet Mukasa’s press conference last week pleading for human rights in Uganda, the government has said there’s no chance for equal rights or the legalization of homosexuality.
In space, no one can hear you eat your vegetables.
Blogger Andrew Sullivan experiencing “jitters” over imminent marriage.
Oklahoma chooses not to appeal ruling striking down a state law refusing Oklahoma birth certificates to children adopted by out-of-state same-sex couples. Lambda Legal: “This is a monumental decision, not just for the couples involved in the case, but for lesbian and gay parents and their children nationwide. It means that when same-sex couples have an adoption decree recognizing both of them as parents, the adoption, and their status as their child’s parents, must be honored no matter where they go.”
Federal government to pay $80,000 to couple arrested for wearing anti-Bush T-shirts.
From the big house to the Big Brother house: Paris Hilton to join UK version of Celebrity Big Brother?
WaPo looks at Giuliani’s retreat on gay issues. GOP Pollster: “Outside New York, the rest of America has this image of Giuliani as a tough, no-nonsense guy who cleaned up Times Square, closed sex clubs. And that Giuliani doesn’t sound like the Giuliani who’s pro-choice, pro-gay rights, et cetera. Until Republican primary voters are given information that counters the image they have of Giuliani, many of them will assume that he is who he says he is.”
South African hospital to gay pregnant woman: “We don’t help people like you.”