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FIFA - an absolute disgrace

FIFA - corrupt dishonest and spineless Association Football (soccer in the US). How did a game invented 150 years in England end up being controlled by an infamously corrupt, dishonest and spineless “organisation” headquartered in Zurich? It’s a while since I posted a point of view but the current World Cup is all over the news and TV schedules and for all the wrong reasons - thanks to the greedy, self-serving, incompetent male patriarchy that has controlled FIFA for generations and no

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A Warning

You should have thrown it out A long time ago But you didn’t You were going to get rid of it yesterday before you put the fresh stuff in But you were nervous It’s been there so long So, you pushed in the fresh stuff, shoving it to the back of the fridge You can’t see it now But you know it’s there And you’re scared

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Flags Of Hate

Germany has accepted, atoned for and come to terms with its past and moved on to become a modern, progressive, successful and generally enviable nation.

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Scotland votes for Independence this week

Just 33 hours to go now to Thursday's referendum - Britain only ever votes on Thursdays.   You'll have read / watched the arguments ad nauseam - or not, in which case you won't be reading this - so I won't rehash them. And I won't repeat posts in the two earlier blogs: http://www.gayauthors.org/forums/blog/504/entry-14328-scotland-nearer-to-independence/ http://www.gayauthors.org/forums/blog/504/entry-13245-scottish-independence/   What's emerged in the final weeks of campaigning is the u

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Oscar Pistorius - from hero to zero

Today the prosecution completed their case with the final summing up. The defence summing up starts tomorrow.   This trial's now been going on for over 5 months and I am sick of seeing the face of OP. The sooner this trial is over and this dangerous psychopath is locked up "for life" - 25 years - the better.   There, I feel better already

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Britain - First Gay Marriage on Saturday!

Gay marriage becomes legal in Britain as from midnight tomorrow, 28/29 March.   Here's a commentary from The Daily Telegraph:     Why gay marriage deserves to quietly disappear   Much has been written about the importance of this weekend and rightly so but once we have seen the inevitable ‘first couple’ on the news, this story deserves to quietly disappear. Whilst it has been wonderful to hear the positive debate, the debate has inevitably brought out the ugly and I for one will be glad n

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America: violence good, male nudity bad

"Nudity in America is a four letter word. Especially when it comes to men. I really do find that pretty silly and ironic at the same time. I was raised in a very Midwestern lifestyle and quite prudish when it comes to sex and nudity. But that is me. What I am not is judgmental. How is it possible in America we can show violence and war... but god save us if we show a nipple in a photo! There is definitely a double standard when it comes to male nudity in America. We can objectify the hell out of

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Recent extreme weather and Climate Change - update

After two months of incessant and record breaking rainfall Britain is now waterlogged. Literally. All ground aquifers are not just full up, water is being forced out of the ground under pressure at the same time as rain continues to fall from the sky.   We're famous for talking about the weather in casual conversation but it has been headline news now for weeks. Every day. Things are now so serious, and in so many parts of the country, that the government has cleared other business to focus on

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Scotland nearer to independence

It seems increasingly likely Scotland will vote for independence in September and become a separate nation state. Most people in England and Wales don't seem too bothered at the moment. Maybe that will change between now and September's ballot. Not that it will make any difference because only Scottish residents get to vote   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~   A lot of people have asked why is Scotland being given this ballot, including on this site. Well, if you believe in democracy then you must also

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Children and adults

I've just been re-reading Second Wind, by Mickey S, about a guy, Joey, who has a very young child, Connor, and a new boyfriend, Ben, who he's only known a few months: "Although I teased Ben about his ulterior motives about getting a crib for Connor, I was thrilled with the idea. I wanted some 'alone time' with Ben in his bedroom as much as he did. But I was even more pleased about what his thought meant. I had heard single parents complain about the problems of dating when you have kids. It w

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Climate Change

Hmm. Gets a lot of strong reactions. Like religion   First off "climate change" and "global warming". They are not the same words and they do not have the same meaning.   However they are two sides of the same coin. Global warming is about averages. Climate change is about localized conditions. It's important not to conflate them.   But guess what - that's exactly what the "strong reactors" do! So with all the cold weather records being broken in the US over the last week or so, the "str

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The problem with "democracy"

asamvav111 posted this depressing news item today   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-25329065   India's top court has upheld a law which criminalises gay sex, in a ruling seen as a major blow to gay rights. The Supreme Court ruling reverses a landmark 2009 Delhi High Court order which had decriminalised homosexual acts. The court said it was up to parliament to legislate on the issue. According to Section 377, a 153-year-old colonial-era law, a same-sex relationship is an "unnatur

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How we treat dogs

The other week I posted a pic of a dog, clipped to make it seem like it was wearing a certain type of garment.   Someone posted in reply that it was "the cruelest hoax ever perpetrated on a dog".   Well, it wasn't a hoax - it was real.   And it wasn't cruel. Looking at the pic it's clear the "trim" was professionally done - just like this poodle     There's no evidence that the dog whose pic I posted was caused any discomfort, let alone pain. And in time the dog's hair would grow back

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Gay marriage in England and Wales to be made legal this week!

Same-sex marriage is set to become law in England and Wales later this week. Scotland is on course to adopt a similar change in the law. All main political parties in Britain have united to back gay marriage in Britain. That's   - the Conservative Party - the Labour Party - the Liberal Party - the Scottish Nationalist Party   This includes protections for transgender couples, which will allow people to change sex and remain married.   The bill allowing same-sex couples to marry in Engl

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Gay marriage outrages "swivel-eyed loons"

Britain's Parliament is taking off two days - today and tomorrow - to debate a bill to introduce gay marriage in England and Wales backed by the Conservative / Liberal coalition. At the moment it seems likely to go through and become law allowing gays to get married despite the "swivel-eyed loons", the description given by a senior Conservative to describe "grass roots" Conservative Party members - essentially elderly coffin dodgers - who are angrily opposed to gay marriage. There are plans too

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Colonisation

Ghostboy posted a comment in "Gorilla Glass" "There is nothing that can be imagined that can't be accomplished. It might take a long time for some things to reach the point of viability, but it will happen. The only thing that worries me is there might not be enough time to do it all. One of the things that we seem to be failing at is maintaining the planet we depend on for survival. The big idea in that respect seems to be figuring out how to colonize other planets in time to save a few humans

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Rotten banks and worthless money

I gave up long ago taking seriously - if I ever did - the posturing by economists that they truly understand how economies work and what actions really need to be taken to deliver a healthy and sustainable economy. Because it seems to me they're charlatans, the proverbial snake oil salesmen peddling their own patent remedies under the guise of "wisdom and knowledge", when the reality is that modern economies are underpinned by smoke and mirrors - the illusion of wealth that is "money". British b

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Scottish independence?

Bad news: this has had to be moved from The Lounge Good news: you can now say what you like     Next year Scottish residents will get to vote in a referendum on whether Scotland should become an independent country. For this process to work you have to have an appropriate question. One that is simple to understand and neutrally worded.   Responsibility for coming up with a suitable wording was delegated to an independent body, the Electoral Commission, and has been accepted by the UK and

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