07 June 2018

The National Popular Vote

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ezs note:  Recently, I picked up one of the cards Andy Fleischmann distributes to the part of the town he represents.  Normally, I find that these are a waste of time - but not this time.  He passed a compact for a National Popular Vote (HB 5421 in Connecticut) What this means, essentially, is that Connecticut - and all the other states that agree to the compact - is they will pledge to vote for the popular vote nationwide, thereby eliminating this asinine Electoral College.  I am happy to report that the State Senate passed it, and it was signed by Gov. Dannel Malloy.  If your state hasn't signed this good bill yet, call your State Representative and State Senator to urge a YES vote for the National Popular Vote compact.  Thanks.

Donald Trump - Voters really, really want a check on Trump. This new poll confirms it.

Greg Sargent
The Washington Post

the big blue wave?

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Hungary - Hungary greenlights first-time features through Incubator Program (exclusive)

Geoffrey MacNab

King Saint Stephen (975-1038)

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civil rights - Civil rights rally for transgender community June 23 in SF

David L. Shaw
Finger Lakes Times

Keuka Lake

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Vermont - Green Mountain State again leads way on LGBTQ rights

David Jordan

Vermont State House

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lead story - Pure Romance CEO, gay rights leader unveil study that shows transgender teens in peril

Sharon Coolidge

Glacier au dessus de Saas-Fee

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06 June 2018

Donald Trump - Exclusive: Trump invokes War of 1812 in testy call with Trudeau over tariffs

Jim Acosta, Paula Martin

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Romania - LGBT rights, marriage definition, ‘defending justice’: Three rallies in Bucharest this Saturday

Romania Insider

Bucharest, Romania

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civil rights - Courts Take Expansive View in Transgender Rights Cases

Mark Walsh
Education Week

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Massachusetts - Slim Majority Of Mass. Voters Want To Keep Transgender Public Accommodations Law

Yasmin Amer

old sketch of Provincetown, MA

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ezs note:  Massachusetts voters:  Remember, you don't have to plan something gargantuan to make a real difference. Go to town/city hall meetings.  Go to a pancake breakfast. If you a person of faith, go to meetings at your church, synagogue, or mosque.  You get the picture. And you don't have to wear a badge the size of a paper plate.  Just strike up a casual conversation.

Oh, by the way, register and VOTE.  This makes a REAL difference.

lead story - By Any Other Name

Colleen Flaherty
Inside Higher Education

Vibia Sabina (ca. 136 CE)

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05 June 2018

Donald Trump - DeVos: Trump school safety panel won’t look at guns

Michael Stratford

Betsy DeVos

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Netherlands - Dutch court rules third gender should be recognised


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civil rights - Despite Recent Gavin Grimm Court Ruling, Trump Administration Unlikely to Change Course on Transgender Rights...

Mark Keierleber

Gavin Grimm

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Wyoming - Jackson Town Council moves forward with non-discrimination ordinance

Meg Daly
Planet Jackson Hole

Jackson, WY (colloquially Jackson Hole)

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lead story - Ind. Teacher Challenges District Transgender Name Policy

NBC News

scene in Brownsburg, IN

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This is the end... (of Manafort?)

Robert Mueller
US District Court of Washington DC


ezs note:  You can read the document here.

PS - Although the individuals are unnamed, they can be found here: 

Although the indictment documents did not name the leaders, the former Prime Minister of Italy Romano Prodi stated in an interview on Saturday that he and former Austrian Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer were the leaders mentioned.

Source:  http://www.businessinsider.com/former-european-leaders-manafort-hapsburg-group-2018-2?r=UK&IR=T

04 June 2018

Donald Trump - Mueller has waited long enough. It’s subpoena time.

Ruth Marcus
The Washington Post

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Japan - Social security for transgender people expands; obstacles remain in old age

Japan Today

Japan, Takezaki Suenaga, 1293 CE

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civil rights - Mineola marchers press fight for transgender rights, laws

Christine Chung

dirigible landing in Mineola, NY

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New York - How one Democrat stopped New York from passing transgender job protections

Alex Bollinger
LGBTQ Nation

Simcha Felder 

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ezs note: I don't know if you are too late, but if not, please challenge Mr. Felder.  If you are too late, run as an independent.  Hell, you may not win (maybe!) but at least you'll get a real Republican rather than a fake, backstabbing 'Democrat'. (a DINO if there ever was one)

lead story - Six People Told Us Their Favorite Things About Being Transgender

Anna Goldfarb

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VIDEO - Michael Isikoff and David Corn - "Russian Roulette"

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03 June 2018

Donald Trump - President Trump Thinks He Is a King

Harry Litman
The New York Times

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Canada - Bisexual Canadians more likely to experience violence: Statistics Canada report

Beth Macdonell

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please press:  winnipeg.ctvnews.ca 

civil rights - 'This is a civil rights issue'

Michael Romain

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Minnesota - Human Rights Campaign Endorses Dan Feehan for Congress

Ianthe Metzger

Dan Feehan and family

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lead story - FX’s ‘Pose’ puts transgender and gay actors front and center — and all Utahns can relate

Scott D. Pierce
The Salt Lake Tribune \

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02 June 2018

Donald Trump - The Equal Rights Amendment Was Just Ratified by Illinois. What Does That Mean?

Matthew Haag
The New York Times

Illinois State Capitol

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ezs note:  Whoa... this could be interesting.  After reading The New York Times article, it still remains murky whether it will pass or not.  On the off chance that it would, Virginia seems most likely to pass it.  Virginia, please call your state senator and your House of Delegates member and ask them to vote YES on the Equal Rights Amendment.  If nothing else, it'll put your thumb into Herr Trump's eye.

Russia - Russian football hooligans threaten to stab gay and transgender England fans at the World Cup

Khaleda Rahman
Daily Mail

Oh, yeah.  Russia's so civil.  Yeah...

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civil rights - Virginia school district vows to fight on despite losing transgender bathroom ruling

Casey Quinlan

Or the Board of Education.  Take your pick.

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Alaska - Alaskan recognized by NPR for 'Tiny Desk Contest' submission

Jack Carney

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lead story - Crowdfunding platform suspends campaign to distribute 'deceitful' school resources on transgender young people

Yas Necati

London, UK

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VIDEO - How Democracies Die - Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt

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01 June 2018

Zanesville, Ohio

estimated transgender population:  148*
(rounded up)

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ezs note:  Well, do you like bridges?  In particular, old bridges?  Zanesville, Ohio has the only Y-bridge extant from its original building at the confluence of the Licking and Muskingum rivers.  Come on... it's worth at least a crossing!

Donald Trump - Trump applying 19th-century remedies to 21st-century problems

Menzie Chinn
The Hill

Doctor Trump's excellent medicine

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Hong Kong - In Hong Kong, Gay People Prescribed Prayers And No Sex As ‘Cure’

Beh Leh Yi

"doctors" working hard on a "cure"

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civil rights - ACLU: Some R.I. school districts slow in implementing transgender protection policies

Linda Borg
Providence Journal

Westerly, RI

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Alabama - Alabama's 'political punching bags': Campaign rhetoric concerns LGBTQ community

Brian Lyman
Montgomery Advertiser

Uh... need I say more?

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lead story - Repeal of transgender protections unlikely

Maeve Duggan

eastern end of Mass Pike

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31 May 2018

Donald Trump - LISTEN: How Michael Cohen Protects Trump By Making Legal Threats

Tim Mak

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Germany - Celebrating Magnus Hirschfeld, the Einstein of Sex

Paul Masterson
Shepherd Express

Magnus Hirschfeld (1868-1935)

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civil rights - To transgender high school graduates, a note of hope and gratitude

Rex Huppke
Chicago Tribune

Chicago, IL

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Rhode Island - Rev. Anderson of RI State Council of Churches Is Transgender

Scott Mackay

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lead story - Chile transgender: 'Growing up here is torture'

Jane Chambers
BBC News

Santiago, Chile (bicentennial celebration)

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30 May 2018

Donald Trump - Trump’s not a liar. He’s a madman.

Dana Milbank
The Washington Post


Any questions?

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Italy - Italian Parliament deputy speaker meets LGBT delegation

Business Standard

Palazzo Parlamento, Rome

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civil rights - WSW: Director Of National Transgender Rights Group Says "The Law Is On Our Side"

Gordon Evans

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Wyoming - EWC kills transgender policy proposals

Andrew D. Brosig
Gillette News Record

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lead story - Transgender migrant from Honduras dies in U.S. custody

Annie Rose Ramos


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