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Headlines for May 22, 2012

Cool. Kinda. I guess. But, it would be cooler if he didn’t have to fight for this right…

Student wins right to wear ‘Jesus is not a homophobe’ shirt

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio on Monday affirmed an Ohio high school junior’s First Amendment right to wear a T-shirt with the slogan “Jesus Is Not a Homophobe” to school.

Maverick Couch, an openly gay junior at Waynesville High School, wore the shirt during the National Day of Silence in April 2011. The day of silence is meant to bring attention to anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools.

… in a global ecomnomy, some people have to have buying power to keep the whole thing working…

Income Inequality: Canada Faces Financial Crises, Greater Instability As Wage Gap Grows, Study Warns

Income inequality is set to widen in Canada in the coming years, a trend that will lead to greater instability and could trigger future financial crises, a new study argues.

Released on Tuesday by the left-leaning Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, the paper maintains that repeated financial collapse is the inevitable outcome when a small minority stockpiles capital while everyone else accumulates debt.

“There’s been a lot of attention focused on the growth in consumption at the top end — people living in monster homes while the homeless are on the street outside,” said study author Lars Osberg, an economist at Dalhousie University. But what hasn’t been talked about, he argues, is the impact that the growing savings of the rich are having on the economy.

… smartphone OS + search monopoly + youtube ownership + dedication to social media start up = only threat to facebook

Nexus Smartphones: Who Wins, Who Loses if Google Launches Android 5.0 in Multiple Handsets?

This fall, with the expected release of Android 5.0, Google might completely reinvent its Nexus smartphone program: Instead of partnering with a single handset manufacturer to launch a single flagship Nexus phone, Google could release as many as five Nexus-branded smartphones, each running a pure, unadulterated version of the company’s next operating system.

This move, first reported by the Wall Street Journal last week, would be a bold reboot of Google’s Nexus program. For the past three years, if consumers wanted to purchase a phone running the latest Android OS unsullied by carrier- or manufacturer-installed interface skins or bloatware, they looked directly to Nexus handsets.

…this is old, but … holy shit!!!

Man uses dying kids to line pockets, trial hears

Families of sick and dying children were outraged when they discovered their children’s tragic stories were used to tug at the hearts of the public in a bogus fundraising scheme, a Superior Court in Barrie has heard.

Adam Gour, of North Bay, is now on trial charged with defrauding the people of Ontario in a scheme that hauled in almost a half-million dollars before police shut it down in 2009. He has pleaded not guilty.

“These families are shocked and outraged,” said Crown attorney Kate Wright, who is out to prove that Gour tricked the public by using real dying children as pawns, and that he ordered his staff to lie by saying they were volunteers with Kare for Kids International when they were actually being paid hefty commissions — while the rest of the cash went into Gour’s own pocket.

… if I made a list of all the things I wanted to do to a supervolcano, this would appear last on that list…

Supervolcano Drilling Plan Gets Go-Ahead

A project to drill deep into the heart of a “supervolcano” in southern Italy has finally received the green light, despite claims that the drilling would put the population of Naples at risk of small earthquakes or an explosion. Yesterday, Italian news agency ANSA quoted project coordinator Giuseppe De Natale of Italy’s National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology as saying that the office of Naples mayor Luigi de Magistris has approved the drilling of a pilot hole 500 meters deep.

…when you sell 100 billion worth of stock in a company with less than 4 billion in revenue, it’s going to tank… so who to blame?

Bankers Blamed for Facebook Flop

Criticism of the Facebook Inc. FB -5.65% stock deal grew as the shares dropped below their offering price in their first full day of trading Monday, wiping $11.5 billion off the social network’s market value.

The company, its investment bankers and the Nasdaq Stock Market came under fire for failing to ensure a smooth debut for one of the most anticipated deals in recent memory. Facebook shares, which began trading Friday at $38 and managed to add just 23 cents by the end of that day, fell 11% Monday to $34.03.

…these people should backtrack right out of office, but this is a start…

Tories backtrack on EI rule, say minister speaking in ‘generalities’

A federal minister from New Brunswick said new unemployed workers on EI will be required to accept reasonable job offers that are within an hour’s drive of their home, but officials are now stressing that Keith Ashfield was only speaking in “generalities.”

The federal fisheries minister appeared to be offering up a rare bit of detail on the Conservative government’s promised Employment Insurance reforms, when he spoke about commute times and EI in a CBC Radio interview.

…who woulda thunk it eh?

Brigette Depape: from rogue page to activist icon

Brigette Depape was a uniformed Senate page when she made herself an instant symbol of youth protest nearly a year ago by silently holding a handmade “Stop Harper” sign on the floor of the upper chamber during the reading of the Conservative government’s Throne Speech. Since then, she’s been travelling the country meeting with activist groups, and this week the 22-year-old launches Power of Youth, a collection of essays she co-edited on activism.

… our cheerleader in chief has his head up his ass…

Talking the world into taking the wrong direction

Attending last week’s G8 summit hosted by American President Barrack Obama, Prime Minister Stephen Harper characterized the Canadian economy this way: “Thanks to strong fundamentals, Canada’s economy is performing exceptionally well by international standards.”

The statement is simply not true. Economic fundamentals in Canada reveal growing inequalities, stagnant incomes, high unemployment, and for 2011, a 2.2 per cent economic growth rate (after inflation) that according to an agency popular in Canadian Conservative Party circles — the CIA — puts Canada 149th out of 215 countries in the world.

…under cover of massive civil rights violations …

Corruption probe Charest couldn’t avoid opens in Montreal

A public inquiry with possibly devastating political ramifications has begun in Montreal, with opening remarks from its chair Tuesday.

The Charbonneau commission will look into allegations of corruption involving construction firms, local and provincial governments, political parties, and even organized crime.

… religion is like gas on the fire of insanity it seems …

Greyhound killer believed man he beheaded was an alien

Vince Li, who beheaded a fellow passenger aboard a Greyhound bus in Manitoba nearly four years ago, believed he was chosen by God to save people from an alien attack.

In an interview granted to Chris Summerville, CEO of the Schizophrenia Society of Canada, Li talks about his struggle with the voices that led to the fatal encounter with fellow bus passenger Tim McLean near Portage la Prairie, Man., on July 30, 2008.

Li, who only later understood the voice as schizophrenia, was convinced he was leading the third story of the Bible and “that I was like the second coming of Jesus.”

In the interview with Summerville on Saturday, Li said he feels sorry for what he did and doubts he will ever know happiness again.

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