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August 28, 2015

Imagine if Wars were fought like Spain fights “La Tomatina” A Tomato Food Fight


Buñol, near Valencia in southern Spain, has held the hot mess of a festival 'La Tomatina' for the last 70 years.
The festival began on a hot August day in 1945, when locals gathered to watch a traditional Catalan 'Giants and Big-Heads' fairytale parade. 
There were some sharp elbows involved to bag the best viewing spots, which led one frustrated member of the crowd to pick up the nearest projectile - the tomatoes outside a grocery - and fling them at the crowd.
And thus, a noble tradition was born:
The world's biggest food fight attracts 20,000 revellers every year - but Buñol's biggest secret is probably that it doesn't actually grow any tomatoes. More than 54 tonnes are imported to the village for the festival annually, and even if Buñolians wanted to grow their own, they'd never be able to meet demand.
While some question whether the hassle and expense is worth it, one side-effect is that the village is left spotless once it's been hosed down because the acidity in the fruit is a cleaning agent. 
And let's face it: could you have this much fun not bathing in a street full of squashed tomatoes?

July 24, 2014

John Barrowman Opens Glascow games with Gay kiss


The Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 are up and running - and already sparking a Twitter storm with a thinly-veiled stunt supporting gay marriage.
Within the first few minutes of the opening ceremony, singer John Barrowman kissed a man waiting at at the aisle for him before the pair skipped away hand in hand.
Viewers were quick to praise organisers for showcasing their support for gay marriage which is illegal in 42 of 53 commonwealth countries.
One wrote on Twitter: "Love that the opening of the Opening Ceremony was a speed date with Scotland with a hosted by a lesbian and a gay man. Gaun yirsel', Glesga!"

Another added: "A gay man & woman sing the opening ceremony song, a tongue-in-cheek & camp musical number featuring two men kiss. Brilliant. #Glasgow2014"
Last week, David Cameron was urged to take a stand against member states’ treatment of the LGBT community.
Speaking to the  Independent , gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell said: "We are appealing to Prime Minister David Cameron to speak out against homophobia and transphobia in the Commonwealth in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games.
"We also want him to express his public support for Article 7 of the Commonwealth Games Federation constitution, which prohibits any form of discrimination – including discrimination in athlete selection for the national teams." 

July 17, 2014

Cameron Urged to use the Glascow Games to Speak against treatment of Gays

David Cameron was under increasing pressure today to speak out against homophobia ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Of the 53 countries in the Commonwealth, 42 criminalise homosexuality and campaigners are demanding that the British Government uses the Games to tackle the issue.
African gay rights activists and the campaigner Peter Tatchell led a protest outside 10 Downing Street this evening calling for the Prime Minister to make a public statement against member states’ treatment of gay people.
Edwin Sesange, coordinator of the African LGBTI Out and Proud Diamond Group which organised the protest, said: “The UK government prides itself on the progress it has made for gay rights. David Cameron vowed to help defend LGBTI rights around the world. His promises have not, however, been backed with sufficient action. This is his chance to make amends.
“Far from moving towards equality, we have seen many Commonwealth countries witch-hunt their LGBTI citizens and even tougher anti-gay laws have been recently legislated in countries like Uganda, Brunei and Nigeria."
Mr Sesange said that since Britain imposed most of the existing anti-gay laws in Commonwealth countries during the colonial era, it should be “part of the solution” by challenging prejudice.
Mr Tatchell said: “We are appealing to Prime Minister David Cameron to speak out against homophobia and transphobia in the Commonwealth in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games, which start in Glasgow on 23 July.
“We also want him to express his public support for Article 7 of the Commonwealth Games Federation constitution, which prohibits any form of discrimination - including discrimination in athlete selection for the national teams.”
He added: “Given the extreme homophobia and transphobia in most Commonwealth countries, it is very unlikely that most national selection committees would allow a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or inter-sex (LGBTI) athlete to compete at Glasgow.
"David Cameron can help by making clear that such discrimination is incompatible with Commonwealth Games values and rules.”
John Bosco Nyombi is a gay Ugandan man who sued the British Government after he was deported from Britain only to be persecuted by Ugandan police. He now has asylum in the UK and says David Cameron must seize the opportunity to take a stand.
“I’m in the UK and I’m safe now but other people in Uganda, or Zimbabwe or Nigeria are not. They are still suffering and the Prime Minister knows this. It shouldn’t be just the UK that has gay rights it should be all Commonwealth countries; they’re all under the queen.”
Sam Dick, director of campaigns at Stonewall, said: “Whilst the Commonwealth Games are a cause for celebration, we must not forget that for many gay people in the Commonwealth watching or listening to the Games will be the closest they come to equality. It’s vital that the Commonwealth does more to support lesbian, gay and bisexual people no matter where they may live.”
The gay sport inclusion charity, Leap Sports Scotland, will be running a pop-up cafe and LGBT support space at the Games called Pride House. Funded by the Scottish government it is the first time a state has paid to have a Pride space at a sporting event.
Hugh Torrance, chairman of the charity, said: “The Games provide an ideal platform for us to be engaging with these issues and David Cameron as head of this state is in a position to do that. If he made a statement about homophobia that would definitely highlight the issue.”

Uganda: In February, the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, signed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law, blaming Western culture and saying he was “sick of homosexuals exhibiting themselves”.
Mauritania: Women can face prison for engaging in homosexual sex in Mauritania and Muslim men could be stoned to death by law.
Nigeria: Previously, having gay sex was illegal in Nigeria, but as of last March [2014], same-sex relationships are also illegal, and they could face up to 14 years in prison.
Sudan: Homosexual acts are punishable by death in Sudan, widely considered one of the most oppressive places for LGBTs.
Somalia: Laws suggest that gay citizens could face prison for homosexual relationships and sex, but some Islamic areas have imposed harsher punishments, such as the death penalty.
Yemen: men can be sentenced to death by stoning for homosexual intercourse, or they could face a year in prison, or whipping.
Qatar: Sharia law applies to Muslims, who can be put to death for extramarital sex, both homosexual and heterosexual.

July 21, 2013

Enders Game With Artistic BUT Homophobe Orson Scott Card-Applause Pleaseee

  Long History of Homophobia but artistic Orson Scott Card
Some straight people in the entertainment industry even those to say they are gay friendly and a couple gays in the same industry have come to the rescue of Orson Scott Card of “Enders Game” for his anti gay stances (more than one), the latest being his anti gay marriage. The save me line thrown to him by this bunch is that his artistic work has nothing to do with what he says. You can also say his homophobia might have nothing to do with the guys he sleeps with and it will make as much sense. 
It’s like the saying “It’s Not pesonal” I just fire you but is not personal. Of coarse is personal you did it to a person and he took it the right way personal. If the company is going under is one thing but if you are replacing me with someone else is as personal as it gets. So this bird does not fly. 

Now that is hitting people’s pocket is getting pretty personal I will say to you and I hear squicking and squilling ( I know they r misspelled) coming from several industries attached to the movie, games and other projects involving Orson Scott Card. The more it is said the bigger the controversy simply because it makes no sense to say, I know you hate me and think Im not in pars with you, but because there is nobody like you, because you are so good and terrific and people like you love you, I am going to give you my money. Let him be a homophobe, but he is going to a less rich of a homophobe…Not on my money.  {{Adam}}
Below is an article from WIRED by ANGELA WATERCUTTER

SAN DIEGO – As far as pre-Comic-Con publicity kerfuffles go, the lead-up to Ender’s Game‘s arrival at the annual pop culture convention’s was a perfect storm.
Geeks OUT board member Patrick Yacco at Comic-Con prior to the Ender’s Game panel. Photo: Alex Washburn/Wired
First, there was the incident in February when Orson Scott Card—the author of the book on which the film is based—found himself the subject of backlash when fans—citing his anti-gay-marriage views—decried his selection as the author of an upcoming Superman story. Then, at the end of June, the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and declined to rule on California’s Proposition 8 case—effectively extending many benefits to same-sex couples married in states that allow it and permitting those unions to resume in California.

Shortly after the ruling, a group called Geeks OUT launched an online campaign called “Skip Ender’s Game,” which called on sci-fi fans to not give money to a movie based on Card’s work. The award-winning sci-fi author subsequently issued a statement to Entertainment Weekly calling the same-sex marriage issue “moot” and making a somewhat ironic plea for tolerance. Eventually even Summit Entertainment and its parent company Lionsgate even had to issue a statement distancing itself from Card’s views.
“When Ender’s Game started to go into pre-production there was a lot of chatter about what this meant in terms of his role as a producer,” Geeks OUT board member Patrick Yacco told Wired. “Obviously it was too late to get Lionsgate to change their mind about doing the movie so going into it we knew thatEnder’s Game was happening. So we decided in early 2012 to think of ways to draw attention to his homophobia.”
 Then the dust-up came to the Comic-Con International floor. During the film’s big panel at Hall H Thursday—essentially it’s coming out party for its core fanbase—right after the requisite exclusive clip and banter with moderator Chris Hardwick the first fan to ask a question, who butted in line to ask it, got right to the point. “There’s actually been a lot of controversy about the author of the book,” the young woman said. “How involved was he in making the film?” The response, from the film’s producer Roberto Orci, was direct.
A woman waits for an answer to her question about the controversy over Orson Scott Card after cutting the question line at the Ender’s Game panel at Comic-Con’s Hall H. Photo: Alex Washburn/Wired
“Obviously, we were first concerned with anyone who might be hurt by anything we were associated with,” Orci said. “But we’ve decided to use the attention to … completely and unequivocally support Lionsgate and Summit’s statement in defense of LGBT rights.”
The room broke out into applause.
Producer Roberto Orci (left) and director Gavin Hood (right) answer questions about Ender’s GamePhoto: Alex Washburn/Wired
But beyond the scene that played out at Comic-Con, the controversy over the adaptation of Card’s book has brought up a whole other host of questions about the relationships between fandom and media. Like, for example, how much does a creator’s personal politics affect how fans feel about the things they create, especially if those things don’t contain said personal politics? Or, say, is it fair for the the results of a movie boycott—lackluster opening weekend, overall loss of revenue—effect people beyond the intended target, like the studio, stars, and filmmakers? And, ultimately, do boycotts get a message across?
In an interesting turn last weekend, LGBT rights advocate and screenwriter Dustin Lance Black—who penned the Harvey Milk biopic Milk and the Prop. 8 play 8–came to the film’s defense saying “boycotting a movie made by 99 percent LGBT equality folks in an LGBT equality industry is a waste of our collective energy.”
And Lionsgate, the studio behind the film, has come out and said, “we obviously do not agree with the personal views of Orson Scott Card.” The studio’s statement also pointed to the discrepancies between Card’s politics and the fairly humanist viewpoints of his novel. “The simple fact is that neither the underlying book nor the film itself reflect these views in any way, shape or form,” the studio said, adding that it planned to host a premiere to benefit the LGBT community.
Director Gavin Hood puts a finer point on the disconnect between Card’s views and his work.
“For me the great themes of the book were, ‘Boy, I need to take responsibility for my own nature. I better find a way to be tolerant, compassionate, empathetic, and empathize with people who are different than me,” Hood told Wired. “Then I find the author is now expressing these very, in my view, intolerant views—where did all of that empathy go?”
Ultimately, it’s hard to tell what effect a boycott could have on Card himself. Originally Stop Ender’s Game‘s website asked “Do you really want to give this guy your money?” But it’s unclear if in giving over the rights to his book for a film adaptation he made a deal that will give him proceeds from ticket sales (Orci told Wired he was unsure of the particulars of Card’s book-option deal). Yacco notes, though, that if the film does well it could lead to future Card books getting optioned.
But there’s another side to the coin, Orci notes. “If people are going to do a cost-benefit analysis of who profits it’s the 667 people on this movie credited directly plus the other couple thousand that are part of the industry that helped release it,” he said – people that Hood added were “gay and straight, male and female, old and young.”
And a boycott, if successful, could potentially have another side effect in that if the movie performs poorly at the box office it may be hard to parse if that’s because LGBT rights advocates stayed home or because it was of a certain flavor of sci-fi that audiences just didn’t go for. It’s the same fear that’s crept up this summer amidst lackluster ticket sales for movies like Pacific Rim: If genre pictures cease performing well, eventually studios might just stop funding them. Then no one wins.
But with Ender’s Game, winning is kind of a big deal. There are many ways the film and the boycott against it could succeed or fail. The movie could do well—leading to more sci-fi films, potentially even those originally penned by Card, getting green-lit. LGBT rights advocates could not exercise the “tolerance” Card asked for and succeed in a boycott, causing the film to flop. All this heat on Card for his anti-same-sex-marriage views could even lead to an examination of conscience on his part. But that seems less likely.
However, regardless of the outcome, yesterday—at a panel for the movie adaptation of the most well-known book by the man who has become sci-fi’s most well-known crusader against gay marriage—someone said “LGBT rights” and the largest meeting room at Comic-Con broke out in applause.

GaymerX and the Gay Evolution

    When I started blogging I wanted to bring forth anything related to gays. From HIV to Diabetes, from a cop coming out to a son to his family. Im happy to say that this is not what this blog is now and though the word gay/Lesbian or LGTB evokes an I have to check it out thought in my head, Im really interested on things that have the capability even in infancy in making change for us. I also deviate from gay to events to would affect anyone including gays. I also not into volume, even tough I have been in the past. I’ll be happy with one story a day that I find both profound and touching for our community in some way.  Can’t do one story because I want to touch as many people as possible and it takes more than one news or magazine story to keep the readership I have finding it that I want more but not willing to pay the price it will take.

Im starting this posting which is not mine, I picked it up at It’s about gay gaming. I new it existed but since Im not a gamer I had no interest in it and wondered why do gays have to have their own gaming and I answer the question right away. We get tired of watching movies, watching people do jobs and play games in which is always the straight guy that gets the girl. We don’t want the girl and in my case I don’t even want the straight guy, but we do want someone like us. We want to get the guy. We want to be able to exercise our freedom of expression like straights do without stares or having to start a discussion as to the why.
So in the name of the gay evolution I give you Gaymer X posted by:
 {{Colin Campbell }}  
The San Francisco event, which pitches itself as the "first LGBT gaming convention focused on queer geek culture," is set to take place Aug. 3-4, and is predicted to attract around 2,000 people.
Its organizer Matt Conn told Polygon that GaymerX is there to create a "safe space" for members of the LGBT gaming community. The event's Kickstarter raised $50,000, four times its target, suggesting significant demand for just such a place.
"It's not the fault of [E3 organizer] the ESA or PAX that the gaming community can be homophobic and a little ignorant of other communities," he said. "Our job is to get a safe space for people to get together and talk about the things they like to geek out about."
Conn said that many visitors to GaymerX are traveling long distances, from places that are not as tolerant of homosexuality as the City by the Bay. "I live in San Francisco so walking down the street and holding your boyfriend's hand is not that unusual. But we have people coming from China or the South, where even having a discussion about queer rights is a taboo thing. Talking about how we get more gay characters into games just never comes up. We can really dive deeper into these dialogs."
Salvador Mattos is managing editor of website, and a supporter of GaymerX. "If you go to something like EVO, there have been stories about violent language, homophobia and sexism that may not be intentional but makes people uncomfortable," he said. "It's a shame because at gaming events, all gamers should feel comfortable."
GaymerX represents the commonplace social segregation of LGBTs in the world and in gaming. But it's a necessary development. It's taken thirty-odd years for video games to seriously face issues about homophobia in online communities, and the lack of gay characters in games. But they are now being addressed at GaymerX.

Gay characters are appearing. Options to play in multiplayer games, as gay, are slowly emerging. It may even be argued that the social acceptability of homophobia (overt and casual) in gaming is diminishing, though not everywhere, not all the time and not particularly rapidly. In most places, most of the time, hate and fear is still the norm.
Still, there are reasons to be optimistic, and GaymerX is one of them. Through forums like Twitter, people who previously had no voice, are able to speak, without entirely being shouted down by the haters. Kickstarter has brought a commercial power to organize. Media outlets are much more likely to cover LGBT issues than even five years ago.

The event has attracted plenty of speakers, both straight and LGBT, to talk about gay issues and also generic video game topics. They include developer Anna Anthropy, voice actors Ellen McLain (GLaDOS) and John Patrick Lowrie (Team Fortress 2), representatives from Electronic Arts and Riot Games and Dragon Age franchise lead writer David Gaider.
"It's the right thing to do," said Gaider. "We have a number of minorities who are our fans. It's very easy to get into the mindset where you only see the majority, the part of your audience that publishers are accustomed to seeing. But gaming has changed in the last few years and it's incumbent upon companies to embrace that and to recognize that these fans are playing their games and looking for the things that concern them and feeling like they are appreciated."
Feeling appreciated is one of the issues that will be addressed duringGaymerX's panels. Single-player game campaign lead characters are still, overwhelmingly, straight white males, reflections of the tired self-idealization of gaming's traditional audience, as determined, mostly, by college-educated straight white males.
This is not merely an LGBT issue, it's also about the rights of women and of all minorities to be, literally, recognized as existing in some form other than foils, ciphers, decorations, rent-a-villains and sources of chucklesome relief.
Mattos (pictured below, in foreground) said that "representation" will be one of the key issues at the event. "We see the white, bald, grizzled space marine archetype again and again," he said. "The day when we can get playable characters who are gay or a woman or a person of color, that'll be a big deal."
"One of our goals is showing the gaming world that this segment of the audience exists," said Conn. "If we want to consider video games as art, we can't throw away the idea of talking about gender and sexuality, because that's part of the human experience.
"People say we never talked about these issues when we played Pac-man. Well, no shit, there's tens of thousands of lines of dialogue in games likeBioshock, so it's really important that we explore these things, and not avoid them because they are scary."
David Gaider will be speaking on at EA panel on why the company says it's important to bring more LGBT characters to games. In his own work, there have been options to explore gay romances. This, inevitably, has raised the ire of people who would prefer not be confronted in their leisure entertainments by any suggestion that homosexuality exists in the world.
"When to comes to our inclusion of LGBT players there are some people who react negatively," said Gaider. "I hear a lot from people that we are 'shoving this down their throats.' Here are these optional romances that you don't have to pursue. But the mere fact that they exist is 'oh my god you're throwing it at my face.'
"At some point it's down to the developers to say they [the critics] will just have to get over it. It's not impossible that you will encounter things in a game that you don't get to switch off. You don't get to turn off uncomfortable plot developments. It is a fact of life and it's something that these people will need to get used to."
For Conn, Mattos and Gaider it's clear that the issues being faced by the LGBT community are relevant to all minorities, and that discussion of one rolls into another. The lack of gay characters, or powerful females, or people of color in leading roles are all part of the same problem.
"Our main goal is to make sure we are serving the community that helped us get to this point, which is the queer gaming community," said Conn. "But if we can get to the point where we are something that is open to everybody that really tries to provide a safe space, where we can deal with misogyny and racism in the online gaming community and developing stronger narratives in single player games, that's great."
Based on pre-registrations, Conn expects the percentage of female attendants to be higher than at other gaming conventions. "Female gamers have had the same fight for legitimacy, to be taken seriously," he said.
From the inside of games publishing, Gaider understands how and why change is coming so slowly. He said that most people who make games are "intelligent, liberal, educated people," who likely want to do the right thing.
"They don't sit there saying 'I don't care about that stuff.' But it doesn't affect them personally, and they may say, 'what would I have to say about that, in a way that wouldn't seem inauthentic?' That's not a good reason to leave it alone. I think a lot of the pushback comes from what they assume their audience will or will not tolerate."
There's no ‘gay-friendly' switch in Unity or Unreal Engine. Addressing this change takes courage and skill. "It's a minefield to walk into. You can't just do X," said Gaider. "You can attempt to do it and do it badly, so a lot of developers don't want to think about it."
BioWare, which has included gay content in its Mass Effect and Dragon Age games, is no stranger to the difficulties this challenge represents. In January the company responded to calls to allow gay relationships in Star Wars: The Old Republic by creating a ‘gay planet' called Makeb as part of a paid DLC package (Gaider did not work on SW:TOR). This move courted debate between those that believed the company was at least trying to do the right thing, and those who said it was merely creating yet another segregated gay community. There were also those who objected to any kind of gay content in the Star Wars universe.
Despite the inherent perils, Gaider said that it takes a small amount of effort to include more gay characters or optional LGBT story-threads into games. "I think we can do better, and honestly we can do better without having to take extraordinary measures. The minimum bar for being inclusive does not take any great leaps, it does not ruin gaming or change the games in any revolutionary fashion," he said. "That's the frustrating part for a lot of people in the LGBT community. It is not that big a leap, so why do they deserve so little effort, like it's almost too much to ask?"
The indie scene has been quicker to produce gay-friendly work. My ex-Boyfriend the Space Tyrant by Luke Miller was promoted as a game for gay men. A character-trait in Rogue Legacy includes gayness though, interestingly, it has zero effect on the characters abilities.
Companies like BioWare and its parent EA are embracing LGBT communities, by attending pride rallies and hosting panels about gay rights. Why? Because it's the right thing to do, because they are being urged to by employees and fans, and crucially, because it's the smart business decision, Conn and Gaider say.
"They are looking to have as many people play their games as possible," said Conn. "They are taking a progressive stance and being as inclusive as possible because the more people who are playing their games, the more people will spend money on their products."
Gaider agrees. "When you get down to it, companies are looking for more sales and more fans. If you keep going after the same fans over and over again you're only going to get so far. To get [LGBT players] to come and play your game takes more than just the assumption that they will be there no matter you do."
After so many years of being ignored by game-creators and maligned by hostile game players in online arenas, the LGBT gaming community is pressing for changes. GaymerX is an opportunity to present their case. Conn very much hopes that the games companies who are attending are ready for some tough questions.
"I hope they leave a lot of time for Q&A and I hope people don't throw soft ball questions," he said. "They are showing that they want to be part of the discussion.and when they make decisions that are not the best decisions, maybe they have the right idea in mind, but it's important that we hold them to the way we want to shape things moving forward.”

Intro by Adam Gonzalez and Gaymer section by Colin Campbell

September 21, 2012

This Weekend Scam } Bring Lots of Penny's For “Penney Auction"

Don’t Do The Math         Just Stare
An image of the home screen of the first generation iPad
 Bid $399.00
An image of the home screen of the first generation iPad
 Bid $19.99
At The Boy
Quinn Jaxon bulge
 Not For Bidding


"...don't do the math...just stare at the boy...don't do the math...just stare at the boy…”  So
Who wants an iPad for $19 and change? The answer is likely “Me me me me!!!” Well, that’s what “Penny Auction” websites like Beezid, Quibid and Bidfun advertise on TV during the late night Three’s Company reruns. But a new article at Yahoo News is offering that classic advice: if it seems too good to be true… But first, they explain how penny auction bidding works.
To sign up, you have to buy bid packs. The more you buy at a time, the lower per-bid price you pay. For example, you can buy a pack of 30 bids for $27 (that’s 90 cents per bid) all the way up to 1000 bids for $550 (55 cents per bid). Then you find an item you want to bid on, and start bidding. Each time you bid, it raises the price of the item by one cent and often resets a timer for another 10 seconds or so of open bidding. Bidding can be done manually, or you can set up auto-bidding, which will program the site to bid for you, usually at the last second.  Yahoo News
What’s the catch? The author lists several. First, to make a bid that raises the price by a penny, you are actually paying between 55 and 90 cents. Second, you get into a bidding war, make a bunch of bids, and end up not winning the item but still losing a bunch of money. Third, are you really saving? She provides an example where someone actually won an iPad for 83 cents, but used $300 in bids. That’s $301 total when, on that same day, you could buy the iPad on Amazon for $320.  Finally, just like those infomercials where they show you a dollar’s worth of crap, tell you it’s a $30 value and offer it to you for 10 bucks, it seems that some of these Penny Auctions are inflating the value to stir bidding excitement.
A final quote:
These sites bill themselves as "entertainment shopping."  That's like calling the craps table "entertainment banking."   Yahoo News
But, as we say, that’s just one opinion. Have you used one of these bidding sites? What do you think? There’s more at the original article, so check it out. And have a great weekend!
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