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Canadian Students Wearing Pink Today In Anti-Bullying Campaign

Ah, Canada. Nanaimo students will wear pink today, along with tens of thousands of British Columbians, to show they will not tolerate bullying. As part of a provincewide campaign, Wednesday has been recognized as a day to don pink to deliver the anti-bullying message. The protest started after an incident at a Nova Scotia school in September 2007, when a …

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Inside the Yes On 8 Campaign

Two key organizers of the Yes On 8 campaign, Frank Schubert and Jeff Flint, have written a fascinating assessment of the Proposition 8 battle. Here’s just a snippet of their Politics Magazine piece. Our strategy had anticipated that the No on 8 campaign would label as “shameful lies” any claim that gay marriage had anything to do with schools, so …

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Have Things Bottomed Out?

According to this graphic, the current recession is only slightly worse than the ’73-’74 event, at least in terms of the value of the stock market. And the Wall Street Journal -owned site MarketWatch says the recession has already bottomed out and recovery is now being seen in 21 leading economic indicator categories. (Graphic via – Andew Sullivan)

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North Carolina Considering Same-Sex Marriage Ban For 7th Consecutive Year

Same-sex marriage bans have failed in North Carolina’s legislature for the last six consecutive years. But the haters refuse to give up and have again proposed a constitutional amendment on the issue. The usual troglodytes have trotted out. “Moms and dads are not interchangeable,” says state Sen. Jim Forrester, R-Gaston County. [Pictured on right] Forrester is the lead sponsor of …

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Flush Yourself Thin

Another blow to the unregulated supplements industry – the FDA has revealed that dozens of top selling “natural” weight loss supplements are actually full of dangerously high doses of prescription laxatives and diuretics. The names of the weight-loss supplements say it all: 7 Day Herbal Slim, 2 Day Diet, and even 24 Hours Diet. Those are just three of dozens …

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Not Photoshopped

This is actually a giant optical illusion painting by German artist Edgar Mueller, who paints what appears to be a 3D image directly onto a street surface. Drivers and pedestrians swerve to avoid “falling in.” More examples of Mueller’s work at the link, including a video of how it’s done.

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Rachel Maddow On Bobby Jindal

I thought President Obama’s speech last night was fantastic. Almost as good is Rachel Maddow’s take on Bobby Jindal’s response and the rudderless GOP. I think Jindal was trying to channel a genial used car salesman or something. Fail.

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Mike – Christine – Mike

Los Angeles Times sportswriter Mike Penner made national news a couple of years ago when he announced that he was transitioning into a woman. As Christine Daniels, she was feted by transgender rights groups and was profiled in Sports Illustrated. But in a rare, but not unknown move known as “transgender regret”, Christine has decided to become Mike once again. …

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Support For Pot Legalization Growing

Following up on proposed California bill to legalize marijuana, Nate Silver notes that public opinion is now almost evenly divided on the issue. We all know that Michael Phelps was on something. But perhaps he was also onto something. Three recent polls show that Americans are more sympathetic to the idea of legalizing marijuana than ever before. The first poll, …

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