Gay Marriage Is Now Legal for Most Americans for the First Time

Oct 7, 2014 By Abraham 0

Though the Supreme Court’s decision earlier this week did not legalize gay marriage across the country, it did allow the decisions of lower courts to stand, thus immediately legalizing gay marriage in five more states. And six other states are expected to follow suit in the near future.

Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry, responded with the observation…

In very short order we will see about 60 percent of the American people living in a freedom-to-marry state.

In the meantime, the Supreme Court’s decision already took us past a significant milestone…

Gay marriage is legal for over 50% of the U.S. population…

The population of states with marriage equality now totals about 165 million, with the remaining states totaling 151 million. Statistician Nate Silver lays it out for us

Same-sex Marriage for more than half the US

Via: Reddit

The momentum is strong and it’s only increasing. So, as John Oliver noted back in June, it is now only a question of which state will be the last.

After Graduating from Yale, This Guy Completely Quit Talking and Went for a 9,000-mile Walk

Oct 3, 2014 By Megan Berman 5

For one year, 23-year-old Yale grad Greg Hindy didn’t utter a single word. Not when he became lost in a snowstorm in Zion National Park, or even when he collapsed of food poisoning in Salt Lake City and was brought to the hospital.

Greg HIndy

Hindy had taken on a vow of silence: for 365 days, he would trek across the United States without using any technology, relying on the kindness of strangers…

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Unless you’ve already been the victim of a drone strike, you need to watch this

Sep 29, 2014 By Abraham 0

Drones have some silly, benign uses — like taking aerial wedding photos. But then there are the insanely efficient, deadly uses…

John Oliver looks at the United States’ use of drones and asks questions that it seems like there would be some pretty straightforward answers to. But there aren’t.

Then at the end of the segment, we get to hear from a couple people telling us what it’s like to live under the threat of drone attacks…

Prank video parody is a brilliant takedown of using cruel “pranks” as “social experiments”

Sep 26, 2014 By Abraham 0

Lately, a YouTuber named Sam Pepper has been taking major heat for a video he posted as “a social experiment.” The short version is that he sexually harassed women in a “prank” video and then said it was intended to raise awareness about sexual harassment. Yep.

Like most everybody else, YouTuber JusReign was skeptical of Pepper’s explanation and made this parody to get his point across.

Introducing The Murder Prank, because we need to be reminded as a society that murder is bad…

News reporters speak their minds, thinking they’re off the air. They’re not…

Sep 25, 2014 By Joey White 3

A technical glitch caused New York’s News 12 Bronx to remain live on air during what was supposed to be a commercial break yesterday. This wouldn’t be newsworthy except that anchor Matt Pieper and reporter Amy Yensi had a bizarre conversation about welfare that was broadcast across New York.

The two were about to report on the need for more school crossing guards, and Pieper was passing along instructions to Yensi from their producer when he went off-script…

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Here’s the text of the unfortunate exchange between the two…

Pieper: And Dave wants you to also mention that parents do their f**king jobs and walk their little kids to school on their own and not rely on everyone else kind of like people rely on government assistance for their entire lives. And bye Felicia. I actually added the part about government assistance but it’s true. I mean, how old are these kids?

Yensi: I think I qualify for government assistance (laughs)

Pieper: Just check that box, girl

Yensi: #EBT

Later that day, the station posted an apology to Facebook…

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It seems as though the station has applied the ultimate penalty, as neither the anchor or reporter are listed as a member of the station’s news team.

“Girly things” are gut-wrenchingly powerful when paired with poignant military pictures

Sep 25, 2014 By Abraham 27

The Tumblr “Just Girly Things” is a site that posts pleasant, often romantic pictures with a few words on them that mention something that, according to the person posting, makes girls happy. It’s simple, benign, and, of course, sometimes a little bit cheesy and frivolous.

But an anonymous military man or woman discovered something about the site. When you take some of the posts at Just Girly Things and reimagine the words as describing images of war and other painful military photos, things get serious fast. [Update: These pairings of images are from Just War Things. Check it out for more.]

Heartbreakingly so.

When Devil Dogs, a Facebook page for Marines, posted these, dozens of readers responded, most of them simply to say that the powerful pairings left them speechless or brought them to tears…

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Senator comes out as gay to thousands of people in the most casual way possible

Sep 23, 2014 By Abraham 0

Hundreds attended a rally in Harrisburg, PA earlier today to support major changes in Pennsylvania’s hate crime law that would add equal protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender citizens. At the rally, state senator Jim Ferlo introduced a bill he drafted, and he took the opportunity in front of the crowd present, the television audience, and thousands more online to say why this issue is of particular importance to him.

It certainly would have made sense if this explanation had been presented with a tone of concern or even anger. But that’s not how he chose to officially come out…

Here’s his brief comment…

Hundreds of people know I’m gay. I just never made an official declaration. I never felt I had to wear a billboard on my forehead. But I’m gay.

Get over it. I love it. It’s a great life