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Russia Signs ‘Anti-gay’ Bill Into Law

Posted: July 2nd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Favorite New Thought . . ., From The Web, Hard Pill to Swallow, LBGT!, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Russia Signs ‘Anti-gay’ Bill Into Law

Same Sex MarriageAs the world becomes more liberal and accepting of difference, charismatic Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a controversial bill – punishing people for homosexual propaganda – into law, according to an official publication over the weekend. The new law introduces fines of up to 5,000 rubles/$AU165 for citizens who disseminate information “directed at forming non-traditional sexual setup” in minors or which may cause a “distorted understanding” that gay and heterosexual relations are “socially equivalent”, the publication showed.

Critics and civil libertarians have called the bill homophobic, saying it’s “so vaguely defined that it would inevitably be used arbitrarily against gays,” stirring hate crimes in the country.

However, the bill sailed through the parliament. Mr Putin had promised in advance that he would sign the bill.

The fines go up to as much as 200,000 rubles/$AU6,600 for officials if such “propaganda” is disseminated through the media or internet. Foreigners will not only be fined but face administrative arrest up to 15 days and eventual deportation, the law says. Organisations face fines of up to 1 million rubles and shutdown of their activity for 90 days :: Read the full article »»»»


UPDATED! Will the US Fall Over the Fiscal Cliff?

Posted: December 28th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Bailout, Business News, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on UPDATED! Will the US Fall Over the Fiscal Cliff?

UPDATE Will the US Fall Over the Fiscal Cliff via Associated PressUS president Barack Obama will return to Washington – from vacation in his home state of Hawaii – to host congressional leaders, including his bitter Republican rivals, in a last-ditch attempt to halt America’s slide over the fiscal cliff.

A White House spokesman said the president would meet House speaker John Boehner and Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, and Democratic allies Senate majority leader Harry Reid and House minority leader Nancy Pelosi.

The meeting – scheduled for Friday afternoon local time – comes amid bitter partisan exchanges and mounting pessimism over whether a budget deal can be struck.

Before leaving his Hawaiian Christmas vacation, President Obama telephoned congressional leaders to discuss the situation, which could push the US back into recession.

He returned to Washington overnight, but Senator Reid said a deal to avert the $US600 billion package of higher taxes and spending cuts, due to kick in with the New Year, looked unlikely.

With the deadline to solve the latest potential economic crisis in the US rapidly approaching, you have probably heard of the fiscal cliff – but what is it? :: Read the full article »»»»