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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Signs of the Times April 7th 2016

 Signs of the Times April 7th 2016

Transgender banker transforms herself into dragon with scales, forked tongue and horned skull

This blog is LOADED with the latest madness from the modern world...

A transgender former banker claims to be the first and only person to have both ears cosmetically removed as part of her ongoing quest to become a ‘dragon’. Born Richard Hernandez in Maricopa County, Arizona, the 55-year-old has undergone a number of painful procedures over the past few years including nose modification, tooth extraction and eye colouring. She also has a forked tongue and a full-face tattoo as part of her transformation into a ‘mythical beast’.

Now going by the full name Eva Tiamat Baphomet Medusa – or Tiamat for short, the name of a dragon video game character – she has taken on several personas over the years and undergone multiple stages of transformations before finally settling on becoming a dragon.  She has also had horns implanted onto her forehead, and tattoos and scarification on her face and chest that resemble reptilian scales. FULL REPORT 

Questioning ‘Gay’ lessons gets 4-year-old Booted from Preschool

A preschool in the Denver area has booted a 4-year-old from its classes, telling her parents her attendance was “not a good fit,” after the parents questioned the cooperative about the books being taught, including those promoting homosexuality and transgenderism. R.B. Sinclair, of Aurora, told the Denver Post it was her daughter who was thrown out of Montview preschool and kindergarten.
“I think at this age they don’t know what bias is,” she told the newspaper. “They could have kids from Mars and they would still play with each other. It’s not that she isn’t exposed to diversity, because it is the world we live in, but how are they having these conversations?” The disagreement arose when the girl’s parents “raised questions about books read in their class, including ones that told the stories about same-sex couples and worms unsure about their gender,” the report said. Sinclair wanted to opt her daughter out of what she viewed as sex education. READ MORE 

Sheriff: Toddler suffers burns after mom puts child in oven

GLEN ROSE — Witnesses say a mother confessed to putting her toddler in an oven, according to the Somervell County Sheriff's Department.
Authorities said late Thursday night they were called to a residence where a toddler was reported to have suffered burns. Upon their arrival, deputies talked with witnesses who said 35-year-old Tasha Shontell Hatcher told them she placed her 2-year-old child in the oven.
The child was transported to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth, and then taken by air ambulance to Parkland Hospital in Dallas.  She suffered second and third degree burns.
Arutro Villa lives directly next to Hatcher about three miles outside of Glen Rose.
"They always seemed playful together," he said.
But on Thursday evening, as he mowed his lawn, he says he noticed loud music and Hatcher acting strangely, making gestures and signs.
"It was unusual," he said.
The mother has been charged with serious bodily harm to a child and is being held on a $300,000 bond.
Authorities say Sommervell deputies, Texas Rangers, and Child Protective Services are still investigating the case.
A spokeswoman from CPS said the child will be placed in their custody and then foster care when she is able to leave the hospital.
Somervell County is located about 53 miles southwest of Fort Worth in Texas.

Stupid humans continue killing animals in the name of selfies (three unnecessary deaths in less than a month)

 A rare species of dolphin faces a new threat. Packs of tourists are capturing the dolphins from the ocean so that they can take selfies with the beautiful sea creatures. Franciscana dolphins are listed as "vulnerable," and found only in the waters off southeastern South America.

One of these small, magnificent creatures was taken from the ocean onto a beach in Argentina, and then passed around by tourists looking for a fun selfie. The dolphin was later found discarded on the beach, listless in the surf.

The only thing left were Facebook photos of giddy tourists posing with the dolphin like it was some kind of toy. An environmentalist from the Vida Silvestre Foundation responded to the incident online. "[Dolphins] can not remain long above water. They have very thick and greasy skin that provides warmth, so the weather will quickly cause dehydration and death."


This isn't the first time animals have been pulled from their natural habitat, used for virtual enjoyment, and then discarded, dead. In fact, in less than a month, there have been three infamous animal deaths all due to foolish consumers poaching for a selfie.

On the same beaches in Argentina, just days after dolphins had been used for selfies and discarded in the surf, another tourist attempted to capture and pin down a shark. After struggling with the shark and pulling it to the beach by its tail, the tourist took pictures with the animal. He later offered several sightseers the opportunity to take their picture with the animal too.

When they were finished exploiting the shark for social media notoriety, they left the animal right there on the beach. It is unknown whether the shark survived, as some tourists did attempt to return it back to its natural habitat.


A couple of weeks later, pictures surfaced of a Bulgarian woman dragging a swan to shore so she could take selfies with the bird. In the picture, she can be seen grappling a swan by the wing, while yanking it onto the Lake Ohrid shoreline in Macedonia. After getting her fill of pictures with the distressed swan, she abandoned it there on the beach. The picture drew criticism on the internet after it went viral.


In America, a veterinarian trying to pose as some badass posted a photo of herself with an arrow driven through the head of a feral cat. She posted the picture to her social media pages with the caption "The only good feral cat is one with an arrow through its head." It turned out that the cat's name was Tiger, and belonged to an elderly couple in the area. When word got out, the vet was fired from the Washington Animal Clinic.

In lion country, cubs are sometimes separated from their mothers and put in walking tours so that tourists can take selfies with them. When the lions mature, they are sold off to hunting facilities.

Same-Sex Couples Can Now Adopt Children In All 50 States

A federal judge ruled Thursday that Mississippi’s ban on same-sex couples adopting children is unconstitutional, making gay adoption legal in all 50 states.
U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan issued a preliminary injunction against the ban, citing the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide last summer. The injunction blocks Mississippi from enforcing its 16-year-old anti-gay adoption law.
The Supreme Court ruling “foreclosed litigation over laws interfering with the right to marry and rights and responsibilities intertwined with marriage,” Jordan wrote. “It also seems highly unlikely that the same court that held a state cannot ban gay marriage because it would deny benefits — expressly including the right to adopt — would then conclude that married gay couples can be denied that very same benefit.”
The challenge to Mississippi’s law was filed last year by four same-sex couples, who were joined by the Campaign for Southern Equality and the Family Equality Council.
“Two sets of our clients have waited many (almost 9 and 16) years to become legal parents to the children they have loved and cared for since birth,” Roberta Kaplan, lead attorney for the plaintiffs, said in a statement. “We hope that it should finally be clear that discrimination against gay people simply because they are gay violates the Constitution in all 50 states, including Mississippi.”
The Human Rights Campaign’s Mississippi state director Rob Hill also praised the ruling.
“This welcome decision affirms that  qualified same-sex couples in Mississippi seeking to become adoptive or foster parents are entitled to equal treatment under the law, and commits to the well-being of children in our state who need loving homes,” he said in a statement. “Judge Jordan has repudiated reprehensible efforts by our elected leaders to deny legal rights to our families. They are on the wrong side of history, and today’s decision confirms, yet again, that they are also on the wrong side of the law.”
The one-sentence Mississippi law — which reads, simply, “Adoption by couples of the same gender is prohibited” — was adopted in 2000. While several other states, including Alabama, Florida, Nebraska and Michigan, had similar bans, all have since been overturned.
Mississippi remained the lone holdout until Thursday’s ruling. (Some states still have restrictions on fostering children, however, and other roadblocks for same-sex couples remain.)
In a 2013 blog post for The Huffington Post, former Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove, who signed the adoption bill into law, said he supported overturning it.
“This decision that all of us made together has made it harder for an untold number of children to grow up in happy, healthy homes in Mississippi — and that breaks my heart,” Musgrove wrote.
The ruling came soon after Mississippi’s Senate passed a “religious freedom“ bill, which would give businesses the right to deny service to LGBT people.

Some Colorado Students Will Be Getting Satanic Books Soon

A Colorado school district will soon distribute satanic and atheist literature to middle school and high school students after pressure from atheist groups. Beginning April 1, the Delta County School District will provide students books from Freedom From Religion Foundation, the Satanic Temple, and Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers after the groups complained.
FFRF Co-president Dan Barker said the push to hand out satanic books happened in response to Gideon Bibles being distributed in a passive way to students while school is in session. “The Delta County School District could have resolved the issue by not allowing religious groups inside their schools,” Barker said in a FFRF news release, according to The Christian Post. “But since it has chosen to be obdurate, it’s left us with no option than to respond to the religious propagandizing.” FULL REPORT


College Threatens Women Who Don’t Want To Use Restroom With Men

When Cooper Union student activists forcibly removed the gender identifiers on restrooms around the small campus last fall in the name of transgender solidarity, its acting president did nothing. Now he’s rewarding their vandalism by making it policy.
Inside Higher Ed reports that the New York college has made all its restrooms gender-neutral and replaced the gendered signs with layout descriptions: “Restroom With Urinals and Stalls,” “Restroom With Only Stalls” or “Restroom Single Occupancy.” Acting President Bill Mea is also warning students not to practice “gender policing” – that is, having the common reaction of surprise and discomfort when seeing someone of the opposite sex in a multi-user restroom. READ MORE 


America Hits Rock Bottom: Cities Are Paying Criminals $1000 Per Month "Not To Kill"

It is widely known that in the past 6 months there has been a loud debate about helicopter money, i.e., giving out ordinary people (bypassing the banks) money directly printed by the Fed. What is less known is that when it comes to the most despicable underbelly of American society, cash to the tune of $1000 per month is already being "helicoptered" to some of the most brazen criminals living in the US today with one simple condition: "don't kill people."
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Take the case of Lonnie Holmes, 21, who lives in Richmond, a working-class suburb north of San Francisco and whose four his cousins had died in shootings. He was a passenger in a car involved in a drive-by shooting, police said. And he was arrested for carrying a loaded gun. When Holmes was released from prison last year, officials in this city offered something unusual to try to keep him alive: money. They began paying Holmes as much as $1,000 a month not to commit another gun crime.

This is not just appeasement: it's sheer idiocy pure and simple, and it's only just starting.
According to the WaPo, "cities across the country, beginning with the District of Columbia, are moving to copy Richmond’s controversial approach because early indications show it has helped reduce homicide rates."
If readers are shocked by this "modest payment" it is for a good reason: the program requires governments to reject some basic tenets of law enforcement even as it challenges notions of appropriate ways to spend tax dollars.
In Richmond, the city has hired ex-convicts to mentor dozens of its most violent offenders and allows them to take unconventional steps if it means preventing the next homicide. For example, the mentors have coaxed inebriated teenagers threatening violence into city cars, not for a ride to jail but home to sleep it off — sometimes with loaded firearms still in their waistbands. The mentors have funded trips to South Africa, London and Mexico City for rival gang members in the hope that shared experiences and time away from the city streets would ease tensions and forge new connections.
And when the elaborate efforts at engagement fail, the mentors still pay those who pledge to improve, even when, like Holmes, they are caught with a gun, or worse — suspected of murder.

The city-paid mentors operate at a distance from police. To maintain the trust of the young men they’re guiding, mentors do not inform police of what they know about crimes committed. At least twice, that may have allowed suspected killers in the stipend program to evade responsibility for homicides.

And yet, interest in the program is surging among urban politicians. Officials in Miami, Toledo, Baltimore and more than a dozen cities in between are studying how to replicate Richmond’s program.

The District of Columbia is first in line.
The arrival of "Pay not to Spray" (as we have dubbed it) was not without controversy: implementing the Richmond model has emerged as a central fight this year between D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser and the D.C. Council.
Bowser (D) is opposed to the strategy, arguing that the city should instead use its resources to fund jobs programs and that there is little independent analysis of the Richmond program. The mayor did not include money for it in her proposed 2017 budget released Thursday, and Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said she is skeptical of the need for the Richmond-style program and has not seen sufficient data to verify its results.

She and Kevin Donahue, Bow­ser’s deputy mayor for public safety, question the veracity of Richmond’s claims of having saved so many of the city’s most violent offenders, since mentors — and not police — pick the participants and there has not been a control group used to measure outcomes. “There’s never been a real evaluation of the program,” Lanier said. “They didn’t design the program to allow it to be evaluated,” Donahue added.

But this month, the D.C. Council unanimously approved the idea as the best response to a surge of violent deaths that rocked the city last year. D.C. Council member Kenyan R. McDuffie (D-Ward 5) has promised to shift money from the mayor’s other law-enforcement priorities to launch the program. He said the successes in Richmond cannot be ignored by city leaders serious about reducing crime.
Actually it can, because what this program does is shift incentives for ordinary Americans to become extraordinary criminals with hopes of being rewarded by the government for curbing any future outbursts of violent behavior.
But when it comes to nuances such as these, the government rarely pay attention; instead it looks at an isolated case and extrapolates. In this case the case is that of Richmond. This is what happened there:
Five years into Richmond’s multimillion-dollar experiment, 84 of 88 young men who have participated in the program remain alive, and 4 in 5 have not been suspected of another gun crime or suffered a bullet wound, according to DeVone Boggan, founder of the Richmond effort.

In 2007, Richmond’s homicide tally had surged to 47, making it the country’s sixth-deadliest city per capita. In the 20 years prior to that, Richmond lost 740 people to gun violence, and more than 5,000 had been injured by a bullet. Elected leaders of the heavily African American city of about 100,000 began treating homicides as a public health emergency.

Boggan, who had lost a brother in a shooting in Michigan, came up with the core of the program after reading about a paid business school fellowship. He wondered whether troubled young men couldn’t be approached the same way and be paid to improve their lives. But he had to raise the money because he couldn’t persuade officials to give tax dollars directly to violent firearms offenders.

He hired men who had served time across San Francisco Bay at California’s San Quentin State Prison, often for their own gun crimes on the streets of Richmond.

Boggan and his streetwise crew of ex-cons selected an initial group of 21 gang members and suspected criminals for the program. One night in 2010, he persuaded them to come to city hall, where he invited them to work with mentors and plan a future without guns. As they left, Boggan surprised each one with $1,000 — no strings attached.
How does the case payment system work?
Those in the program begin by drafting a “life map” and setting goals — such as applying for a job, going back to school or communicating better with family. They meet with facilitators who, unbeknown to the young men, are psychologists or sociologists. Together, they talk through issues in what amounts to stealth therapy.

If they remain engaged for six months, meeting with mentors several times a week, they start to receive monthly payments between $1 and $1,000, depending on their level of participation. The maximum amount paid is $9,000 over the 18-month fellowship.

The program has handed out $70,000 a year, on average, since 2010, Boggan said.
How does Boggan and his staff know it doesn’t go to drugs? Or bullets? They maintain that the money is "an indispensable tool, a way to keep kids engaged long enough to make a difference in their lives."
Of course, they have no way of confirming the counterfactual, just like central banks can't confirm that without 8 years of ZIRP, NIRP and QE the world would not have been growing at a steady pace by now. They can only keep repeating it until they lose all credibility.
“This is controversial, I get it,” Boggan said. “But what’s really happening is that they are getting rewarded for doing really hard work, and it’s definite hard work when you talk about stopping picking up a gun to solve your problems.
Yes, you read that right: in certain segments of US society it is considered hard work to "stop picking up a gun to solve your problems."
Here is another "success story": Sam Vaughn, a senior mentor, is more direct as he sits behind the wheel of a city-issued sedan on a recent morning, cruising a neighborhood looking for those who are in the program.
“We don’t know where it goes, and I’m not sure we always would want to know where it goes,” he said. Program managers, such as Vaughn, say they hope that the young men come to realize that the money is best spent on bills and making progress toward a safe, secure livelihood. He offers his own past as a cautionary tale: He beat a man into a vegetative state with the barrel of a gun and served 10 years in prison.

Vaughn turns a corner and stops at the sight of a black car parked in front of a row of vacant houses pockmarked by bullet holes.

Holmes rolls down his window upon seeing Vaughn. A cloud of marijuana smoke escapes into the rainy morning.
So far, the attention — and money — seems to be working for Holmes. Although the $1,500 he has received since getting out of prison last fall has not led to a miraculous transformation, it enabled him to make a down payment on his black 2015 Nissan Versa — something meaningful for a young man who for many years was homeless.

He now spends hours each day in the car, driving around with friends, often smoking pot but not “hunting” — Vaughn’s term for seeking conflict with rivals.

Sam Vaughn, left, and James Houston are "neighborhood
change agents" with the Office of Neighborhood Safety in
Richmond, Calif., who are trying to curb shootings
The good news: "Holmes settles back in the car and picks up a new blunt passed from a
buddy in the back seat. He paused before inhaling. “If they do this in
D.C., definitely, I think it will keep robberies down,” he said."
Well, that's clearly a resounding endorsement. Sadly there is an ugly side to this experiment in sheer idiocy:
On a recent day, three of the program’s 20 fellows sat in jail, charged with violating parole restrictions after they gathered with suspected gang members. One of them also was carrying a gun when police descended on the hangout, which means he could face a long term if convicted. 

There have been worse failures. Four of the program’s fellows have died since 2010, including two who were killed by other fellows, said Boggan and Vaughn. The suspected killers have not been charged and remain in the program.

“We’ve still got to deal with that fellow,” Vaughn said. “Because who’s to keep him from killing another one . . . ?”

Although the program appears to largely be working for its small group of recruits, homicides citywide are rising again, raising questions about its wider impact across Richmond.

After reaching a record low 11 homicides in 2014, killings nearly doubled in Richmond last year and are on pace to match that again this year. 

And Boggan, 49, and Vaughn, 39, say their fourth class of recruits, younger than the first three — are progressing surprisingly slowly, and the mentors acknowledge that they are having a harder time connecting with the class of “youngsters.”
Maybe it's the constant smoking of pot purchased with some of the anti-blood money? Meanwhile, Vaughn and other mentors gather each morning to scour fellows’ Facebook and Instagram accounts, noting emojis of guns and bullets and references to past killings for signs of brewing conflict.
And then comes the moment of total failure:
Two killings in the past month — of a 14-year-old and 15-year-old — have pierced the aura of success. For all the efforts by the mentors to identify the most likely to be caught in violence and bring them into the program, they weren’t aware of either of the victims.

Family and friends leave the burial place earlier this month of
a 14-year-old  boy who was fatally shot at close range.

That, however, appears not to daunt D.C., where the insanity will be funded by taxpayers:
While the California strategy relies on private donors to fund the stipends and travel, the District would probably use roughly a half-million dollars annually in taxpayer money.
And then this: "Vaughn applauds the District for proposing to use tax dollars, because he said it would give city residents and leaders a stake in the program’s success. The proof of whether it’s working will be seen in the city’s homicide tally, he said."
Unfortunately it won't give residents any say if spending their hard earned taxes on funding recidivist killers is the best use of said money.
“We don’t have any model fellows — we’re not graduating law school students here,” said Vaughn. “All we’re trying to do is to get these guys to stop killing each other.”
And "we" are doing it by engaging in what has clearly worked so well in recent "New Normal" history: throwing money at the problem and hoping it somehow fixes itself.

Wave of human zombies spreading across Florida due to 'spice' street drugs... cops called to 'horror-movie style scenes'

 Florida authorities are reporting disturbing "zombie-like" encounters on the city's streets. Cops in Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg are being called to "horror-movie style scenes" where drugged up people are wandering around, slumped over in the streets and parks, as reported by the Daily Mail. The scenes look like some kind of zombie apocalypse scenario, with packs of unconscious people falling over and mumbling, unable to say their own name.

A wave of new synthetic drug variants called "spice" are being passed around and sold on the city streets. People who have no idea what they are taking are overdosing right in public. This "spice" is a synthetic drug with a chemical composition that varies from region to region. Drug makers are changing the ingredients as they go, using whatever they can to create a synthetic high.

Synthetic street "spice" turning people into zombies

Dozens of people are reportedly being rescued on the streets and taken to nearby hospitals. Investigators say the number of people using this "synthetic marijuana" is on the rise. The drug leaves people in a stupefied, speechless state. In Crest Lake Park, users can be seen slumped over, lying on the ground, immobile and docile. In some cases, users become vicious and violent. There have been reports of overdoses also at the St. Vincent de Paul Shelter.

Speaking to local news station WTVT police spokesman Rob Shaw commented, "We have noticed a serious uptick of Spice incidents lately that have turned into medical calls and it's become a serious drain on resources for the police department for the fire department and then in turn for doctors say at Morton Plant Hospital where the patients end up."

Major Eric Gandy of the Clearwater Police Department can be seen in a body camera video trying to approach drugged-up individuals in a park to help them, but many are so high that they can't even say their own name. "What's your name?" asks officer Gandy several times in the video, but he only gets a response from one guy, who mumbles, "my name?"

Officer Gandy reports that the number of people overdosing on spice has reached unprecedented levels. After responding to three overdoses in one day, officials say that most of the cases in Crest Lake Park are coming from the homeless population that roams the area.

Speaking to WFLA, officer Gandy said the scenes looked "like one of our zombie movies" and that he "had 15 people walking around in various states of incapacitation" all at once.

"It's mainly the homeless people that are using this drug," said area resident and business owner Jerome Freeland. He said the drug was once called "spice," but something stronger has been going around recently and is being referred to as "That Disney" or "FloKKA."

"They go buy this drug with money that people give them and then go sit around our parks and other places. They are zombified homeless people on drugs and I've seen people fall out around my place from the usage of it," Freeland said.

Freeland said he and fellow business owners try to help the desperate people by giving them water "so they won't get too sick and die." He's seen firsthand how the drug makes people either mindlessly ill or mindlessly violent toward other people. Some people overdose so hard they go into convulsions.

Florida authorities are working overtime to find a solution to get these synthetic spice drugs off the streets before the city parks are overrun by the overdosing zombies.


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DAYS OF NOAH: Geneticist Says “Designer Babies” Coming Soon

It’s worthwhile knowing what the scientist behind the deveopment of CRISPR, the revolutionary gene-editing technology, thinks about the ethics of using it. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, geneticist Jennifer Doudna, of the University of California Berkeley, believes that designer babies are only a decade away.
But for the moment, she believes that there should be a moratorium on editing the human genome, especially for traits like eye colour and IQ. “It should not proceed until we have a chance to understand better how the technology operates in those kinds of cells, as well as to provide time for societal consideration,” she says. But she does believe that CRISPR should be used to cure genetic diseases such as cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy. When the wrinkles are ironed out, CRISPR will become as common as IVF is nowadays.
“I wonder if over time people will get comfortable with the idea of human genome editing in embryos, at least if it were going to correct a mutation that would otherwise give rise to a debilitating lifetime disorder and maybe to even remove some kinds of debilitating bad diseases from the human genome completely.” READ MORE 


Love is in the armpit at New York's Smell Dating

Love at first whiff is the idea behind Smell Dating, a New York matchmaking service that promises to help single people sniff out their perfect match by breathing in the odors from dirty T-shirts. Artist Tega Brain, who teaches at New York's School for Poetic Computation, and Sam Lavigne, an editor and researcher at New York University, created Smell Dating, which they describe as an art project.
Each of its first 100 clients received a T-shirt to wear for three days straight without bathing. The clients then mailed the T-shirts back to Brain and Lavigne's "Sweat Shop" at NYU, where they were cut into swatches. Smell Dating then sent batches of 10 mixed swatches back to the clients to sniff this week.
A match will be made if one client likes the scent of another and the olfactory attraction is mutual. In other words, if "Client 55" likes "Client 69" and vice versa, put a heart around it, Brain said.
The idea is based on the science of pheromones, the chemical signals that creatures from gerbils to giraffes send out to entice mates.
Clients, who pay a one-time fee of $25, dive in nose-first, unaware of a potential smell-mate's age, gender or sexual orientation.
"Most normal dating services, you rely on profile pictures, assumptions that come from visual information," Brain said. "You either really like the smell of someone or you don't. It's much more innate."
On Wednesday, 25-year-old NYU graduate student Jesse Donaldson excitedly opened the package of white swatches in individually numbered plastic bags that had arrived at his apartment in Brooklyn.
He said he hoped Smell Dating could help where other popular matchmaking services had failed.
"I'm like so many other people in New York City, using Tinder, using OK Cupid," Donaldson said, "and my main issue with these things is you feel like you're shopping for somebody as opposed to making a genuine connection with another human being."
Brain said she and Lavigne consulted "a lot of smell researchers" about their art project, which explores whether a person's body odor can trigger Cupid's arrow.
"We wanted to see if people would be interested in meeting other people just based on this one bit of information rather than this avalanche of information that you usually get," said Lavigne as he watched volunteers wearing hooded white jumpsuits and blue rubber gloves cut up the worn T-shirts at the Sweat Shop.
"Whoa! This one is ready to go!" said a worker, wincing as he sniffed a swatch before putting it into a plastic bag marked #34.
In Brooklyn, Donaldson tore into the first plastic bag, removed the swatch and sniffed. "Fresh-done laundry," he said.
He opened another and inhaled. "Oh. That is nutty. I'm just going to seal that back up."
Then he brought yet another swatch to his nostrils, nodded and said, "Oh." He savored a second whiff and added, "That's my match."



‘It’s homophobic’: Gay activists target flag bearing Christian cross 

ST. JOHN’S, Newfoundland, March 24, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- A pro-family critic is saying homosexual activists have displayed their intolerance and bigotry towards Christianity in denouncing the raising of a Christian flag outside Newfoundland’s Confederation Building.
St. Stephen the Martyr Anglican Network Church asked the government to raise the Christian flag to mark Easter week, where Christians commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The white flag contains a blue box with a red cross inside. The white represents Jesus’ purity, the blue the waters of baptism, and the red the blood that Jesus shed to save sinners.
Premier Dwight Ball, who has participated in pride parades and various pride flag raisings,  told reporters that when the Christian church first asked permission to fly the flag, no one saw it as a problem.
“The request came in asking to fly the Christian flag during Easter Week, during Holy Week. That request was granted," he said. "This was about being tolerant and open to the views of all people in the province."
But when the flag appeared on the courtesy flag pole beside Confederation Building, homosexual activists and supporters were outraged.
Gerry Rogers, MHA for St. John's Centre, went as far as saying that the flag “represents a very divisive approach to Christianity, that it's homophobic, that it's against choice for women."
Homosexual activists and supporters appeared to take special aim at the Anglican church’s website which links to some resources about helping homosexuals overcome same-sex attraction. The church website also has a link to LifeSiteNews.
But Rev. Howard Hynes, pastor at St. Stephen’s, defended the flag, saying that he was shocked that people have reacted so negatively.
"It seems like, as Christians, even in this part of the world, we're facing more and more opposition and hostility," he told CBC News.
"Frankly I don't understand why, when we raise a flag with a cross on it — or we raise a cross — that it incites such a visceral reaction from people who say all kinds of nasty things about us or about others who raise the flag,” he added.
Hynes said that as Christians, he and his congregation “stand for love and peace."
"Look, we are a traditional Christian church, there's no doubt about it. We uphold the tenets of scripture, but our church, we welcome everyone," he said.
Gwen Landolt, National Vice-President of REAL Women of Canada, told LifeSiteNews that the controversy over the flag caused by homosexual activists and supporters is “just a preamble to the persecution of Christians.”
“And that is exactly what homosexual activists want: They want Christians to be pushed out of the public square, and to have no voice at all in society.”
Landolt said that despite being champions of acceptance and tolerance, the outrage over the flag shows that “homosexual activists are the most intolerant and discriminatory group of people in all of Canada.”
“They will not tolerate anybody to have an opinion that is opposed to their own. This is contrary to everything that we know as ‘Canada.’ Who are they to decide that Christians can't put a flag up when they themselves insist upon their own rainbow flags being put up everywhere, from one end of the country to the other?”
“And this just shows that there is no balance, there is no equality when it comes to their demands. There is simply a totalitarian desire to stamp out anybody who has a contrary opinion,” she said.
Meanwhile, the Christian flag was taken down yesterday and replaced with provincial and national flags flown at half mast to honor the victims of the recent Belgium terrorist attack. It is unclear at this point if the Christian flag will be raised again.
Landolt said that Christians need to stand up and demand that the Christian flag be put up again after the period of solidarity with Belgium has been accomplished.
“I would tell Christians, ‘Don't tolerate this intolerance. Stand up and make sure that the legislature knows that it is unspeakable what homosexual activists are doing, namely trying to push Christianity out of the public square.”
“Most Canadians are Christians, according to Stats Canada. They ought to have the same rights to speak out and raise their flags on public property as homosexuals have. Christians cannot let this continue. They have to fight back,” she said.

Levi’s, Twitter, Apple and About 80 Other Companies That Support Perversion

Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, and Equality NC, the state organization working to secure equal rights and justice for LGBT North Carolinians, released a letter from more than 80 leading CEOs and business leaders calling on Governor Pat McCrory and the North Carolina General Assembly to repeal the provisions in House Bill 2 that soared through the legislature last week.
The letter — signed by dozens of CEOs from across the nation — came only a day after Georgia Governor Nathan Deal announced he would veto anti-LGBT legislation in Georgia after facing significant LGBT pressure. Despite LGBT threats, several prominent North Carolinians have praised the state’s move against the bathroom bill, including Charisma News columnist Michael Brown. FULL REPORT 

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