Petition here: http://www.immigrationequality.org/template3.php?pageid=1142 Read more

Andrew Sullivan’s take on Obama’s long game, which frustrates the both the impatient on the left and the right: As he had once written when describing his strategy as a black man in a white world: no sudden moves. And we have seen none. Obama likes the system; he just wants to make it work for more people. Obama is also, at his core, a community organiser. Community organisers do not jump into a situation and start bossing people around…. Read more

A really interesting read: On Sunday morning, a battalion of soldiers rammed their way into the Presidential Palace in Honduras. They surrounded the bed where the democratically elected President, Manuel Zelaya, was sleeping, and jabbed their machine guns to his chest. They ordered him to get up and marched him onto a military plane. They dumped him in his pyjamas on a landing strip in Costa Rica and told him never to return to the country that freely chose him… Read more

This is the case of the mother who impersonated an adolescent boy on MySpace in order to hurt a girl who was a rival of her daughter by leading her on and then rejecting her.  They succesfully prosecuted her on the grounds that she violated MySpace’s terms of service.   But the judge’s reasoning in overturning the verdict sounds wise: U.S. District Court Judge George Wu threw out the misdemeanor convictions of Lori Drew, the Missouri woman blamed for precipitating… Read more

With less money to keep them warm at night, people more desperate for love apparently: “They’re looking for something that’s genuine in a world that isn’t very secure,” said Bathsheba Birman, co-founder of the Chicago dating event Nerds at Heart. “With headlines full of why you can’t trust established institutions that you thought you could … people are re-examining their own values.”Attendance at the monthly gatherings, where mostly young professionals pay $25 for a drink and a chance to spend… Read more

The embed has been disabled but I highly recommend you click this link to the irrepressibly charming Lisa Hannigan’s beautiful, arts and craftsy video to her elegant, breathy, perfectly phrased folk song “Lille”. Her whole album Sea Sew beats out dozens and dozens of competitors on my ipod to be one of the few I listen to the very most.  When I have time to do it justice, I hope to profile the entire album song by song in a… Read more

Nice. In a pronouncement that will dismay America’s religious Right, which has long voiced suspicions about Potter’s “anti-Christian” message, the 19-year-old actor said he did not believe in God. He also expressed his admiration for Professor Richard Dawkins, the prominent atheist and bete noir of Evangelical Christians. Radcliffe has been reticent on the subject of religion in the past, but in an interview to promote the latest instalment in the film franchise, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, released on… Read more

Over at Salon, Scott Rosenberg has a really thought-provoking and illuminating piece worth reading in full.  Just two of the many salient insights: The most significant choice we have been making, collectively, ever since the popularization of Internet access in the mid-1990s, has been to favor two-way interpersonal communication over the passive reception of broadcast-style messages. Big-media efforts to use the Net for the delivery of old-fashioned one-way products have regularly failed or underperformed. Social uses of our time online… Read more

Thanks to Andrew Sullivan for the heads up to these and a few dozen more cool photographs like them from photographer Vlad Artazov. Read more

In reply to this post I wrote about a bishop of the Anglican church’s claims that those Christians who accept homosexuality do not share the same faith as him and that such people are being rolled over by “cultural trends,” came this passionate defense of Christian leaders’ right to discriminate against gays in the comments section: Why is this so offensive to the homosexual community? If you want to be a part of the religion then you have to accept… Read more

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