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This account has not been updated in two years, including being based on two older nicknames. Few of the people I kept up with via the friends page still use their respective accounts (anyone reading this is obviously an exception). Finally, I dropped a substantial sum on car repairs yesterday, and the name-change fee seemed a bit high.

However, I am newly in love, lust, infatuation, friendship, and more, and may choose to post here and on la mia amata's page, and so I updated to a new account, found at sir_bottom.

Anyone who happens to remember who I am after these years and these changes is welcome -- encouraged -- to wander over to that account and add as a friend.

My thanks.
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Source

A Texas woman was forced to remove her nipple rings to board a flight. On one side, the piercing had healed around the jewelry and she had to use pliers to remove it.

Hamlin filed a complaint, but the TSA's customer service manager at the Lubbock airport concluded the screening was handled properly, Allred said.
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Well, I don't know if it was my few bucks, but something worked!

Update from the Human Rights Campaign:

After enthusiastic community response, former Senator Mike Gravel has been invited to participate. Confirmed candidates now include, in alphabetical order, Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY), Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT), former Senator John Edwards (D-NC), Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) and Senator Barack Obama (D-IL).

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365 Gay reports on what I consider a very encouraging development -- a presidential candidate forum on issues relevant to the GLBT community.

The one-hour event will be held on August 9 and broadcast on gay network LOGO at 9:00 pm ET (6:00 pm PT) and through live streaming video at LOGOonline.com.

Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John Edwards and Chris Dodd have confirmed they will participate. Several other Democratic candidates also may join the debate.


I think this is great, especially that the heavy hitters have agreed to participate.

However, The Advocate reports that candidate Mike Gravel was not invited.

[Human Rights Campaign spokesman] Luna said they set a standard for additional candidates requiring them to have raised a minimum of $100,000 in the first quarter of this year.


Which, among the Democratic candidates, only Gravel did not meet.

However, Gravel has been one of, if not the, most outspoken proponents of same-sex marriage among the presidential candidates. According to a senior adviser to Gravel:

He’s in favor of same-sex marriage, supports repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and wants to issue an apology to all gay service members who have been discharged under it, and he is the only candidate to have marched in a gay pride parade this year.


I threw Gravel a few bucks tonight, as a gesture of support. If you can and want to do the same, his campaign page is here.

EDIT: Again, he had to have raised the money in Q1. This is a symbolic gesture, not a practical one.
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"Happy Memorial Day"

Gah

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This is a heckuva story.

A 29-year-old Aghan woman, elected to Parliament on a reform platform.

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This is scary.

Greenland has a new island.
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Bethel is on [the University of Northern Colorado's] banned student list. The list of names and pictures were posted on the site this week. The school says it is a response to the shootings at Virginia Tech University, but it admits not everyone on the list is a potential danger.

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Bethel says she was working at the UNC recreation center in September when she collapsed from complications from an eating disorder. She says she was then diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa.

As a result, she says she was suspended from the university because she was considered a threat to herself which breaks the school's honor code of conduct.


Read the whole thing.

Granted, we only have her statement that the anorexia is the reason -- the University isn't commenting. But if it's true, the subject line stands.

Lifted from james_nicoll
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This is primarily a friends-only journal. Science and politics stuff I feel driven to write about go on the outside, but if you want to learn anything about me and my life, you'll need the keys. Drop me a comment (comments screened) if interested.
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Might be work safe if you have a really cool workplace, but maybe not.

YouTube

h/t to janetmiles

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