Gayle Madwin (queerbychoice) wrote,
Gayle Madwin

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Links Post

This will be a quick links post, because so many people posted such good links yesterday.

blahflowers pointed out that a bill is in danger of passing the U.S. Congress which would ban all federal courts from ever again hearing any cases against "an entity of Federal, State, or local government, or against an officer or agent of Federal, State, or local government (whether or not acting in official or personal capacity), concerning that entity's, officer's, or agent's acknowledgment of God as the sovereign source of law, liberty, or government."

dieppe pointed out that "the newest and most comprehensive study of the impact of obesity" found that - surprise, surprise! - the health risks of obesity are being ridiculously overhyped. Specifically, "according to the current study, obesity is causing about 111,000 extra deaths, but overweight is preventing about 86,000 deaths, leaving a total toll of about 25,000 deaths [a year]. And underweight is causing about 34,000 deaths a year." I think they should probably conduct some additional research about how many more deaths a year are caused by the stress of ostracism and prejudice against fat people, too.

gamesiplay pointed out that despite the depressingness of watching voters in so many U.S. states pass laws banning same-sex marriage, such laws actually sometimes can be defeated, maybe not by majority (heterosexual-controlled) vote among the entire voting-eligible state population, but yes by majority (heterosexual-controlled) vote among state legislatures: the state legislatures of Idaho and Maryland have both rejected state constitutional amendments to ban gay marriage. And this week, of course, the state legislature of Connecticut passed a bill allowing same-sex "civil unions" (hmm, I think we should put that phrase in quotation marks every time we use it, the same way right-wing websites put marriage in quotation marks), and the Republican governor of Connecticut signed the bill into law.

Lastly, legolastn pointed out a parody website called I bet you never knew abstinence could be so much fun!
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