Germany to clear gays convicted under Nazi-era law

The German government Wednesday approved plans to quash the convictions of 50,000 men sentenced for homosexuality under a Nazi-era law which remained in force after the war, and offer compensation.

The measure marks a triumph for activists after a decades-long struggle to clear the names of gay men who lived with a criminal record under Article 175 of the penal code.

An estimated 5,000 of those found guilty are still alive.

The legislation was passed by Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet and ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2017-03-24 1:26am to the Crime forum.

nyt still with its finger on the beating pulse of american culture

“Part of cultural appropriation is blindness,” he added. “I’m on the right side of the line because it’s an idea for the video that has a very multiethnic casting, and nobody who is white or non-Asian is playing an Asian person.”
Submitted by linnjob at 2017-03-24 1:03am to the Horseshit! forum.

Purging the body of 'retired' cells could reverse ageing, study shows

Questions remain about the limitations of the technique: at some stage, presumably, the body would come up against the problem that not all tissues can be regenerated, meaning that fewer cells would be left. “My fear was that taking out cells the mice would just implode,” De Keizer said, adding that while he found no evidence that the mice had began to shrink, this might become an issue beyond some threshold.
Submitted by Tingleberries at 2017-03-24 2:22am to the Health & Beauty forum.

Nine New England Communities Labeled Uncooperative By ICE

he Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has released a report on local law enforcement agencies that, the agency says, declined to comply with official requests by ICE, called "detainers," to hold or transfer individuals in custody for immigration enforcement actions.

The document is the first edition of what the agency says will be a weekly report. For the week of January 28-February 3, 2017, the report says, ICE issued 3,083 such requests.
The ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2017-03-24 1:26am to the Crime forum.

Catholic League Endorses Trump’s Gutting Of The Arts Because “Perverts” Shouldn’t Get Federal Money

Via press release from Catholic League president Bill Donohue:

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), National Public Radio (NPR), and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), are all subsidized by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). The Trump administration is right to propose a budget that completely guts these entities of federal funding. That is why I am asking members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to honor the ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2017-03-24 1:27am to the Arts forum.

Human trash appeals conviction because judge was not a robot

A Calgary mother who was convicted of first-degree murder in the starvation and neglect death of her diabetic 15-year-old son has asked the Alberta Court of Appeal to overturn her conviction, arguing the judge showed bias when she cried during the trial. The boy weighed just 37 pounds when he died.
Submitted by Disruptive Emotional-Support Pig at 2017-03-24 0:35am to the Crime forum.

Jake Gyllenhaal, Daniel Espinosa Team Up for Middle Eastern Drama 'Anarchists vs. ISIS'

Jake Gyllenhaal is reteaming with his Life director Daniel Espinosa for an adaptation of the Rolling Stone article, "The Anarchists vs. ISIS."

Espinosa is set to direct the film adaptation and will produce under his newly formed production banner BOZI alongside Ninestories’ producers Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker. Bold Films chairman Michel Litvak will also produce, and CEO Gary Michael Walters will executive produce.

The Rolling Stone article, written by Seth Harp, tells the true story of a ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2017-03-23 22:31pm to the Off Topic News forum.

Nathan Fielder Is Opening a Pop-Up Summit Ice Store in Vancouver This Sunday

While we’re still waiting to hear about the return of Nathan Fielder’s fantastic Comedy Central series Nathan for You, one running bit from season 3 is getting some more time in the spotlight this weekend. Uproxx noticed an update today on the official website for Fielder’s Holocaust awareness-inspired jacket company Summit Ice where he revealed that not only will he be donating another $150,000 to the Vancouver Holocaust Education Center (after donating over $300,000 back in 2015) this ...
Submitted by nocash at 2017-03-23 21:28pm to the The World forum.

The Most Expensive Record Never Sold

Earlier this year, a test pressing (literally a test, for labels and artists to hear before ordering a full run of new record) of an unknown musician's record was put up for sale on Discogs, a resale website popular with collectors. Two days later that test pressing almost became, at a price tag of $18,000, the most expensive album ever sold on the site, besting a record set last year for a sublimely rare Prince piece which sold for $15,000.

The lightning-fast turnaround on this ...
Submitted by katheudo at 2017-03-23 22:14pm to the Music forum.

Toot! toot! Trump honks horn on the big boy truck!

President Trump had a pure moment of pure, unadulterated joy Thursday when he hoisted himself into a Mack truck parked on the South Lawn and honked the horn like a big boy. He also pretended to drive it, calling on his vast acting experience to pretend to be a person who has done an honest day’s work.
Submitted by nocash at 2017-03-23 20:37pm to the Politics forum.

Americans Are Now More Worried About Health Care Than Anything Else

here’s less symmetry on other topics: While 24 percent consider the economy one of Trump’s best issues, just 9 percent think it’s among his worst. On the flip side, 26 percent consider health care among Trump’s worst issues, with just 15 percent naming it as one of his best. (Forty-two percent of Americans didn’t select any issues as being among Trump’s best, while 31 percent didn’t pick any as being among his worst.)
Submitted by Xiphias at 2017-03-23 20:23pm to the Politics forum.

House Republicans Postpone Health-Care Vote

The postponement came following negotiations between the White House and the far-right House Freedom Caucus. The primary opposition to Trumpcare, thus far, has come from the GOP’s fiscal libertarians, who believe that the bill doesn’t cut aid to the sick and the indigent nearly enough. To win their favor, the president reportedly offered to nix Obamacare’s “essential health benefits” requirement — a move that would effectively nullify Trump’s promise to protect the coverage of ...
Submitted by nocash at 2017-03-23 20:05pm to the Politics forum.

The Pentagon Planned to Nuke the Sky

Originally published on April 18, 2015.
These days, lasers are the new hotness if you want your military to be on the cutting edge of air and missile defense. But during the Cold War, America looked to another then-cutting edge technology to keep the skies clean of enemies.
Hard as it may be to fathom now, the U.S. Army built and deployed nuclear-tipped Nike Hercules air defense missiles to dozens of sites across the U.S. and abroad. In the event that the Cold War ever turned hot, America would ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2017-03-23 19:24pm to the The World forum.

Death Rates Rise for Wide Swath of White Adults, Study Finds

In 2015, two Princeton University economists published a landmark paper showing that mortality was rising for white middle-aged Americans after decades of decline, a startling development for an economically advanced nation.

Now a new analysis from the same pair, released Thursday by the Brookings Institution, paints an even bleaker picture of the nation’s largest-population group.

Mortality has been rising since the turn of this century for an even broader swath of white adults, starting ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2017-03-23 19:24pm to the Health & Beauty forum.

House Republicans May Have Saved Trumpcare by Making It Even Crueler

The proposal is to eliminate ten essential benefits that, according to the Affordable Care Act, must be offered as part of any insurance plan. Those benefits are:

• Outpatient care without a hospital admission, known as ambulatory patient services

• Emergency services

• Hospitalization

• Pregnancy, maternity, and newborn care

• Mental health and substance use disorder services, including counseling and psychotherapy

• Prescription drugs

• Rehabilitative and habilitative ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2017-03-23 19:23pm to the Politics forum.

Democrats weigh deal to let Gorsuch through

The deal Democrats would be most likely to pursue, the sources said, would be to allow confirmation of Gorsuch in exchange for a commitment from Republicans not to kill the filibuster for a subsequent vacancy during President Donald Trump’s term. The next high court opening could alter the balance of the court, and some Democrats privately argue that fight will be far more consequential than the current one.
Submitted by Xiphias at 2017-03-23 19:23pm to the Politics forum.

Hector Figueroa Wants To Make The Democrats Fight Back

Hector Figueroa was born in Puerto Rico with labor activism in his blood—some of his earliest memories are of his parents participating in a teachers’ strike. He joined the SEIU in 1995, working as an organizer for janitors and textile workers, and four years later came to work for 32BJ SEIU, a 163,000-member coalition of property workers: doormen, cleaners, security guards, and many others. Today, 32BJ is one of New York’s (and the nation’s) most politically active and powerful ...
Submitted by nocash at 2017-03-23 19:12pm to the Politics forum.

Our Petulant Piss Boy President Must Be Treated Like A Baby

All journalists know that if you’re interviewing a childish little sensitive pisshead baby, you must do so very carefully, to avoid making him run out of the room crying. One of these little pisshead babies is now our president.
Submitted by MAGICAL MAN at 2017-03-23 17:40pm to the Politics forum.

Florida fire started by book burning destroys at least 10 homes

The war on metaphor continues unabated
Submitted by nocash at 2017-03-23 17:00pm to the Crime forum.

Slick Rick’s ‘Children’s Story’ Is Getting Turned Into a Children’s Book

Slick Rick’s classic song “Children’s Story” is truly about to become a children’s book with the help of Boston-based record label and premium online boutique Get on Down.
Submitted by nocash at 2017-03-23 15:46pm to the Books forum.