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Why Gay Marriage Matters

When she turned 38 last month, Brenda Frota Johnson got a sweet surprise: a formal “happy birthday” from her longtime partner’s mother. It wasn’t a gift or even a card, just a succinct text message, but even so, it had no precedent over the 10 years that she and her partner, Isabel Advirta, 39, had been making a life and a home here together.

Why this birthday? The two women share a theory. “Brenda’s now officially a part of the family,” Advirta said recently as they watched their 3-year-old daughter, Salomé, play in a leafy Lisbon park. Johnson agreed. “It’s because we’re married,” she said. That legal blessing — that loftiest of imprimaturs — has changed little between them but a lot around them. Read on…

  

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In 2003 when the Iraqi invasion was being planned, the CIA came up with the plan to produce a video showing Saddam Hussein having sex with a teenage boy. “It would look like it was taken by a hidden camera,” said a former CIA official. “Very grainy, like it was a secret videotaping of a sex session.” Hussein wasn’t the only one who was going get tagged as a paedophile. Apparently a tape was made of Osama bin Laden, played by one of the agency’s “darker-skinned” employee,  sitting around a campfire talking about all of the boys he slept with.

Both plans eventually went nowhere. Mainly because they might have turned the stomachs of our blue haired ladies, but would have fallen flat overseas. A former agency official with experience in the Middle East commented:

“Saddam playing with boys would have no resonance in the Middle East — nobody cares. Trying to mount such a campaign would show a total misunderstanding of the target. We always mistake our own taboos as universal when, in fact, they are just our taboos.”

  

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  • School Spy Program used on US Students contains Hacker friendly Security Hole

A controversial remote administration program that a Pennsylvania school district installed on student-issued laptops contains a security hole that put the students at risk of being spied on by people outside the school, according to a security firm that examined the software. The LANrev program contains a vulnerability that would allow someone using the same network as one of the students to install malware on the laptop that could remotely control the computer. An intruder would be able to steal data from the computer or control the laptop webcam to snap surreptitious pictures. The vulnerability was discovered by researchers at Leviathan Security Group, who began examining the program after customers who saw media coverage of the Pennsylvania case expressed concern that the program might be exposing their employee computers to intrusion from outsiders. The same software is used by many businesses to monitor and maintain their employee laptops.

The Lower Merion School District in Pennsylvania is embroiled in a lawsuit and FBI criminal investigation over use of the LANrev software. The cases involve allegations that administrators spied on students through the software installed on 2,300 school-issued Macbooks. Read on…

  

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Sweet Irony Special: Northern Ireland’s first minister steps down after his wife, an evangelical Christian who made a series of offensive comments about homosexuality, was caught with her own little Leviticus-style abomination: An affair with a 19 year old teenager who now is being sought as a cover model by a gay magazine ;)

  

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