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'Don't Sneak': A Father's Command to His Gay Son in the 1950s

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Patrick Haggerty was a teenager in rural Dry Creek, Washington, in the late 1950s. In this StoryCorps animated short, The Saint of Dry Creek, he remembers the advice his father, a dairy farmer, gave him when he realized his son was gay. Haggerty's interview was recorded as part of the StoryCorps OutLoud initiative, and this film is in partnership with the It Gets Better Project.

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Patrick Haggerty was a teenager in rural Dry Creek, Washington, in the late 1950s. In this StoryCorps animated short, The Saint of Dry Creek, he remembers the advice his father, a dairy farmer, gave him when he realized his son was gay. Haggerty's interview was recorded as part of the StoryCorps OutLoud initiative, and this film is in partnership with the It Gets Better Project.
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Malta: People and History 1
Study-Unit Description - Centre for the Liberal Arts & Sciences - University of Malta

 TITLE Malta: People and History 1
LEVEL I - Introductory Level
DEPARTMENT Centre for the Liberal Arts and Sciences
DESCRIPTION This Unit will give students a coherent overview of the continuities and changes that characterize the history of Malta and its people over the centuries. The Unit will be of interest to native Maltese as it will help to fill in gaps in their knowledge and challenge received ideas and assumptions by presenting the latest scientific research. It will also be of interest to expats living in Malta who wish to better understand the past of these islands in order to make sense of their present. No prior knowledge is required - just a willingness and enthusiasm to learn.

The Unit will commence with an introductory lecture which will tackle the range and variety of themes to be presented in the following sessions; this will serve as a 'road-map' for students as it will provide the bearings necessary for them to meander through a rich, complex and evocative past.

Malta: People and History 1 will present an overview from prehistory to 1798, with each session being presented by an expert in that particular field. Students will therefore gain a good understanding of the main events and themes in Maltese history. The lectures are organized in a chronological sequence, but there is a strong thematic element running throughout. There will be a field trip/s to archives (to be organised in due course in consultation with students).

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the Unit the student will be able to: 
- better appreciate and understand various phases in Maltese history;
- proceed with greater ease to the study of specific areas in Maltese history such as art, architecture, culture, politics and society;
- know how to go about approaching an archive in order to do research; 
- understand and appreciate the intricacies of historical research and historiography.

2. Skills:

By the end of the Unit the student will be able to:
- engage in more meaningful conversation and discussion on various aspects of Maltese history;
- transmit a better understanding of Maltese history to others, including visitors to the islands;
- engage critically with works on Maltese history;
- show an awareness that there are divergent points-of-view about history as a discipline and the past as a category of analysis.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:
Main Texts:

- Blouet, B., The story of Malta, (several editions, latest 2004).
- Bonanno, A., Malta. Phoenician, Punic, and Roman. Midsea Books, Malta, 2005.
- Gambin, T. and Azzopardi, E., Archaeology and the Sea in the Maltese islands, Midsea Books, Malta, 2012.
- Trump, D. H., Malta: Prehistory and Temples, Midsea Books, Malta, 2002.
- Dalli, C., Malta: The Medieval Millenium, Midsea, Malta, 2006.
- Buttigieg, E., Nobility, Faith and Masculinity. The Hospitaller Knights of Malta, c.1580-c.1700, Continuum, London and New York, 2011.
- Mallia-Milanes, V. (ed.), Hospitaller Malta: studies on early modern Malta and the Order of St John of Jerusalem, Mireva, Malta, 1993.

Supplementary Readings:

- Bonanno, A., ‘The lure of the islands: Malta’s first Neolithic colonizers’, in Nellie Phoca-Cosmetatou (ed.), The First Mediterranean Islanders: initial occupation and survival strategies, Oxford University School of Archaeology, Oxford, 2001, pp. 145-156. - Bruno, B., Roman and Byzantine Malta: trade and economy (trans. G. Cutajar, with P.J. Hudson). Midsea, Malta, 2009.
- Cilia, D. (ed.), Malta before History, Miranda, Malta, 2004.
- Cini, C. and Borg, J. (eds), The Maritime History of Malta: the first millennia. Salesians of Don Bosco, Heritage Malta, Malta, 2011.
- Frendo, A. J. (ed.), ‘Malta and the Phoenician World’ (multiple articles there), Journal of Mediterranean Studies, 3, 1993, pp. 169-290. - Frendo, A. J. and Vella, N. C., ‘Les îles phéniciennes du milieu de la mer’, Dossiers d'Archéologie 267, 2001, pp. 46-55. - Markoe, G., Phoenicians, British Museum Press, London, 2002.
- Tanasi, D. and Vella, N. C. (eds), Site, artefacts, landscape: prehistoric Borġ in-Nadur, Polimetrica, Malta-Monza, 2011. 
- Cassar, C., Society, culture and identity in early modern Malta, Malta, Mireva, 2000.
- Ciappara, F., Society and the Inquisition in early modern Malta, Malta, PEG, 2001.
- Freller, T., Malta and the Grand Tour, Midsea, Malta, 2009.
- Wettinger, G., The Jews of Malta in the late Middle Ages, Malta, Midsea Books, 1985.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Fieldwork
Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 100%

Mark Aloisio
Anthony Bonanno
Emanuel Buttigieg&nbsp(Co-ord.)
Anthony J. Frendo
Nicholas Vella

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The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints. 

Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice. 
It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2015/6, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.

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Richard Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller  (July 12, 1895 – July 1, 1983) was an American architect, systems theorist, author, designer, and inventor.

Fuller published more than 30 books, coining or popularizing terms such as "Spaceship Earth", ephemeralization, and synergetic. He also developed numerous inventions, mainly architectural designs, and popularized the widely known geodesic dome. Carbon molecules known as fullerenes were later named by scientists for their structural and mathematical resemblance to geodesic spheres. WIKI

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Join in the experience of Heritage Malta’s commemoration of the 450th anniversary of the Great Siege of 1565 through their blog which will follow the momentous episodes of this remarkable historical period. Engage in this theme by following the Great Siege narrative and commenting about it. Relive the dramatic excitement of war as the colossal Ottoman force clashed with the formidable Order of St John in Malta 
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"Make love, not war is an anti-war slogan commonly associated with the American counterculture of the 1960s. It was used primarily by those who were opposed to the Vietnam War, but has been invoked in other anti-war contexts since. The "make love" part of the slogan often referred to the practice of free love that was growing among the American youth who denounced marriage as a tool for those who supported war and favored the traditional capitalist culture.

The phrase's origins are unclear; Gershon Legman claimed to be the inventor of the phrase, so did American singer Rod McKuen, and some[who?] credit Louis Abolafia. Radical activists Penelope and Franklin Rosemont helped to popularize the phrase by printing thousands of "Make Love, Not War" buttons at the Solidarity Bookshop in Chicago, Illinois and distributing them at the Mother's Day Peace March in 1965. They were the first to print the slogan. In April 1965, at a Vietnam demonstration in Eugene, Oregon, Diane Newell Meyer, then a senior at the University of Oregon, pinned a handwritten note on her sweater reading "Let's make love, not war", thus marking the beginning of the popularity of this phrase. A picture of Meyer wearing the slogan was printed in the Eugene Register-Guard and then a related article turned up in the New York Times on May 9, 1965.

When the slogan was used in California in 1967, then Governor Ronald Reagan joked to protesters "Those guys [the protesters] look like they can't make either of both".

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Love, Marriage, Divorce, and How to Save Your Relationship

How to successfully navigate love’s maze of ideal and reality is what master-mythologist and writer Joseph Campbell explores in a section of the posthumously published "Pathways to Bliss: Mythology and Personal Transformation" (public library), 
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"Perfection is inhuman... What evokes our love ... is the imperfection of the human being." “Where the myth fails, human love begins,"
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The biggest outcome of the victory say estate attorneys is that same-sex married couples now have the same legal rights of spouses. They have the right to inherit property from their spouse even without a will, the right to adopt children together and make medical decisions on the part of a spouse.

Same-sex marriage ruling levels financial playing field

The Supreme Court today delivered a historic victory for gay rights, ruling 5 to 4 that the Constitution requires that same-sex couples be allowed to marry no matter where they live and that states may no longer reserve the right only for heterosexual couples.

With that Supreme Court decision extending the right to marry to gay and lesbian couples in all 50 states, same-sex couples in 14 states where there were bans have many financial issues to consider.

By normalizing marriage laws across all 50 states, the Supreme Court ensures that the same set of laws will follow married same-sex couples wherever they move.

"In our increasingly mobile society, there are same-sex couples who might have been thinking of relocating to a state where their marriage isn't recognized," said certified financial planner Stuart Armstrong of Centinel Financial Group. He is also on the board of Pride Planners, a network of financial planners with expertise in working with same-sex couples.

Previously, couples living in states that didn't recognize same-sex unions could not collect a spousal benefit on Social Security, even though it's a federal benefit and even if they had been married in a recognition state. This was a big consideration for couples thinking about relocating for warmer locales in retirement like Florida and Texas. Now, all couples can access Social Security spousal benefits.

Those who filed an application two years ago after the Supreme Court's Windor decision overturning some aspects of the Defense of Marriage Act might be able to collect the benefit retroactively, said Armstrong. The key is to have filed the application.

The estate tax was thorny, too. Spouses are able to pass on unlimited assets tax free on the federal level. But if they lived in states where their marriages were not recognized and that state had its own estate tax, those assets would be taxed if they exceeded certain thresholds.

Travel, too, will become less worrisome, advisors said. Same-sex spouses no longer have to worry about being shut out of medical decision in the unfortunate event that one partner needs medical care while traveling to a non-recognition state.

"It's still a good idea to carry certain [estate planning] documents, at least in this period of transition," Armstrong said.

"What this does is it levels state law with federal law," said Matthew McClintock, an estate lawyer and vice president of education for WealthCounsel.

Same-sex couples will now enjoy the same benefits—and sometimes downsides—of marriage that all other couples get, McClintock said.

Here are some financial issues that will be impacted by the decision:

Estate planning. The biggest outcome of the victory say estate attorneys is that same-sex married couples now have the same legal rights of spouses. They have the right to inherit property from their spouse even without a will, the right to adopt children together and make medical decisions on the part of a spouse.

Same-sex couples won't need to jump through hoops to take care of common financial and estate issues, said certified financial planner Nan Bailey of NPB Wealth Management.

"Rather than focus on 'work arounds' for rights and protections, the focus shifts to looking at [whether] there are any benefits that a spouse or child would be entitled to if this couple had been able to marry earlier," she said.

"For wealthy families, they get all the estate tax benefits," said Janis Cowhey, a lawyer and tax expert with Marcum's modern family and LGBT services practice group. "For couples of not significant wealth, this is more about protections."

When one spouse dies, all assets pass to the surviving spouse tax-free. But when couples were unable to marry and had estates of more than $5.34 million, the surviving partner had to pay the estate tax. Now gay and lesbian couples will receive the tax-free transfer.

"It really simplifies things. Now you can do a married filing jointly even if your state doesn't like the fact that you're in a same-sex marriage." -Matthew McClintock, vice president of education for WealthCounsel

Federal taxes. In filing state taxes, couples typically complete their federal return first. That gives them their adjusted gross income, a number that carries over to state tax returns. But couples in the states that didn't recognize marriage were forced to file two sets of returns.

First, they would file a federal return as married. Then file a dummy return as singles in order to file a state return.

"It really simplifies things," McClintock said. "Now you can do a married filing jointly even if your state doesn't like the fact that you're in a same-sex marriage."

Feeling the tax bite. One area where it's not beneficial to be married is when it comes to dealing with the so-called "marriage penalty." Two high-earning people will pay more in taxes when filing jointly than they would on their own.

For example, two singles each making up to $89,350 would each be in the 25 percent tax bracket if they were to file on their own. But together, their $178,700 combined income puts them in the 28 percent bracket. The 25 percent bracket stops at $148,850 for couples who are married and filing jointly.

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"Married people who make a lot of money will pay more being married," Cowhey said. "But if you have one breadwinner and a stay-at-home spouse, you will probably less in taxes."

While there may be no way to get around the marriage penalty, there might be one-time planning opportunities to take advantage of, Cowhey explained.

For example, the issue of adoption credits.

Estate planners advise their clients who are not a child's biological parents to adopt them, known as a second parent adoption. This smoothes out any problems in the case of the death of the other parent, McClintock explained.

Taxpayers are eligible for a $13,400 tax credit for adoption.

"But once you're married, you can't get it if you're adopting your spouse's child," said Cowhey. For that reason, Cowhey recommends that the non-biological parent do the adoption and claim the credit prior to marriage.

The Supreme Court's action marks the culmination of an unprecedented upheaval in public opinion and the nation's jurisprudence.

"The court now holds that same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry. No longer may this liberty be denied to them," Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion. He was joined in the opinion by the court's liberal justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

All four of the court's most conservative members—Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito, Jr.—dissented and each wrote separate opinions.
The Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states, but gay couples still have a host of financial issues, new and old, to consider.
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Joe Biden: Homophobes still exist, and most of them are running for president.

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Speaking at the HRC National Dinner over the weekend, Joe Biden took a not-so subtle swing at the Republican field of candidates.
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5 Things That Should Be Taught in Every School
by Mark Manson

Let’s be honest: our education system is fucked.

I mean, almost all of the important history I learned between grades 5 and 12 I could probably find on Wikipedia and understand within a few weeks now. And pretty much any scientific knowledge you could ever want to learn is explained with pretty videos on YouTube. On top of that, you have the most unstable job market in almost 100 years, technology developing so rapidly that robots will be doing half the work in another decade, college degrees that some argue are now worthless, and new industries and technologies being invented practically every six months.

Yet we’re still pushing kids through the same curriculum their grandparents went through.

It’s cliche at this point to say that the most important things you learn in life you don’t learn in school. I know in my life, the most important things I’ve learned I had to figure out on my own as an adult.

But why couldn’t these things be taught in school? I mean, if I had to spend six months learning about Chaucer and Renaissance painters, why couldn’t I spend six months learning about how to save for retirement and what sexual consent was? Or why didn’t anybody tell me that by the time I became an adult, a large percentage of the job market would either be performed by robots or sent overseas?

Call me bitter. Or maybe just an entitled Millennial. But seriously, where were these classes? You know, the ones with the shit I actually needed to hear? 1

Obviously, when I rule the world — which should be any day now, waiting to hear back from some people — we won’t have these problems. I will craft a curriculum of the perfect life knowledge to impart upon the populace. And you will all thank me and give offerings of milk and honey and sexy virgins and maybe even slaughter a goat or two in my name (sorry vegans).

But before I get carried away fantasizing, let’s get real. What are the classes we should have had to take in high school, but didn’t? Here are five off the top of my head.

1. Personal Finance
Curriculum Would Include: Credit cards and interest rates and credit ratings and retirement accounts and why you should start saving like $100 per week when you’re 18 because by the time you’re 50 you’ll be like a quadruple-gajillionaire.

Seriously, compound interest runs the fucking planet. How did I not even hear about this until I was like 24?

Why It’s Important: Because the average American household has over $15,000 in credit card debt.2 Because 36% of working Americans have NOTHING saved for retirement.3 Because this video exists:

Note: If you would choose the chocolate bar over the silver, and don’t understand why this is a horrible decision, meet me at this footnote. We need to talk. Now.4

If managing your own money was a school, the majority of the US population would be riding the shortbus. And failing. And dropping out entirely.

This financial illiteracy is actually a really big problem. Because, see, if you have a society full of people buying a bunch of crap they can’t afford, retiring with no savings, getting sick and not being able to afford health care — well, that screws all of us in a major way.

You know, like exactly what is happening right now.

2. Relationships
Curriculum Would Include: Communicating your feelings without blaming or judging each other; how to spot manipulative behavior and cut it off; personal boundaries and not being a pushover; honest discussions about sexuality and how it relates (or doesn’t relate) to love; “Fuck Yes” consent and how the experiences of men and women differ.

Basically everything most of us learn by going through excruciating breakup after excruciating breakup.

Why It’s Important: Because when you’re in bed dying of nutsack cancer, you’re not thinking about how Napoleon got over-zealous in Russia or how the Meiji Restoration totally changed the face of Asian geopolitics or how organic compounds are conspiring to make your brain rot.

You’re thinking about the ones you’ve loved in your life and the ones you’ve lost.

Many things make for a happy life, but few things have as much influence and impact as our relationships do.5 Learning how to not stumble through them like a drunken asshole and how to exercise some conscious control of how you express your emotions and intimacy is possibly the most life-changing skill set I’ve ever come across.

Because we’re not just talking about how to get wifey’d and have sexy time. We’re talking about capital-R Relationships: how to be a good friend, how to not treat your family like dog shit, how to deal with conflict at work, how to take responsibility for your own emotions and problems and neuroses without dragging the rest of the world down with you.

As humans, we are fundamentally social animals. We don’t exist in a vacuum. We can’t. Our social bonds make up the fabric of our life. The question is: are yours made of smooth silk or cheap polyester?

3. Logic and Reasoning
Curriculum Would Include: This question:

True or false: If all Biffs are Croons and all Croons are Darns, then all Darns are Biffs.

The answer, of course, is “false.” 6

Questions like this always felt annoying on standardized tests. But our ability to think through them actually has major repercussions on our beliefs and how we lead our lives. For instance, following the same logical progression as above, but with real-world examples:

“Cindy creates conflict at the office. Cindy is a woman. Therefore women create conflict at the office.” 7


“Most criminals are poor. Most poor people receive welfare. Therefore most welfare goes to criminals.”

These things are false, yet you see them reported in the media as fact, debated by leaders as if they’re valid arguments, and become the foundation of many people’s biases and prejudices.

Just the other day, I saw possibly the stupidest article I’ve seen in months. It tried to argue that sexual objectification of women is wrong while sexual objectification of men is fine. Why? Because men aren’t raped as often as women are.

That’s like Swiss-cheese territory of logical holes and fallacies.8

Why It’s Important: The point is, we’re making these logical fallacies all the time. And often in subtle ways that go unnoticed by us. And often regarding important decisions and beliefs that have life-or-death consequences. They creep up in political campaigns (X is good at making money; governments need to make money; therefore X will be good at government), civil rights issues, moral and ethical decisions (Bob lies to me, therefore I should be able to lie to Bob), dealing with personal conflicts, and so on.

These logical fallacies then infiltrate our lives by causing us to make dumb decisions. Dumb decisions about our health, our relationships, our career, pretty much everything.

4. Self-Awareness
Curriculum Would Include: I know what you’re saying right now. “How the fuck do you teach self-awareness?” But seriously, it can be taught and practiced like anything else.10

Self-awareness is the ability to think about how you think. It’s the ability to have feelings about your feelings. To have opinions about your opinions.

For example, I might think something like, “I hate every person named ‘Steve.’ People named Steve are bad people.”

This is a classic example of bigotry, a simple channeling of hatred through some superficial stereotype. And if you lack all self-awareness, you will take this prejudice at face value.

But if one is self-aware, they’ll catch this thought and question it. “Why do I hate people named Steve? Is it maybe because my ex-boyfriend is named Steve? Is it because my father’s named Steve? Am I perhaps channeling my anger for the Steves in my life onto all of the Steves of the world? I feel embarrassed at how hateful I am. I should visit a shrink.”

This is me thinking about my thoughts. It’s me having feelings about my feelings. It’s me having opinions on my opinions. It’s self-awareness. And the majority of people go through most of their life having very little of it.

But it can be learned, like anything else, through practice. Basically anything that requires you to think about what you’re thinking, to have feelings about your feelings, is developing your ability to be self-aware. That could be meditation, talk therapy, journaling, or just having a person really close to you point out your biases and prejudices with some consistency.

Why It’s Important: A high degree of self-awareness has been found in research to benefit, well, just about everything. People who develop meta-cognition skills are better planners, more disciplined, more focused, more attuned to their emotions, better decision-makers, and better able to foresee potential problems ahead.11

I also make the point in this article that self-awareness is possibly the most important trait in making a relationship work.

In everything we do in life, there’s only one tool that stays with us from beginning to end: our mind. It is the great filter. Everything we do and everything that happens to us is filtered through our own mind and thinking. Therefore, we need to invest the time and energy to understand our mind as well as we possibly can, because it affects everything. Maybe you are quick to get angry and judgmental. Maybe you’re laid back and overly detached. Maybe you suffer from anxiety in a number of ways that are subtly holding you back. Maybe you are impulsive and an expert at bullshitting yourself.

Whatever it is, we must all figure out our own tendencies and then learn how to monitor them and then adapt to them.

5. Skepticism
Curriculum Would Include: Why everything we believe is most likely wrong to some degree; why our memories are completely unreliable; how fields as seemingly sturdy as mathematics and physics are full of unresolvable uncertainty;12 how we’re all terrible judges of both what made us happy/unhappy in the past and what will make us happy/unhappy in the future;13 how the most important events in history are always those that are least predictable;14 how it’s certainty and rigidness of belief that leads to evil and violence, not the opposite;15 that much of what passes for scientific knowledge today is based on research that has repeatedly failed to be replicated or verified;16 and so on.

Why It’s Important: Pretty much anything good in life comes from uncertainty or a state of not knowing. Uncertainty is what drives you to become curious, to learn, to test new ideas, to communicate your intentions to others. It’s what keeps you humble. It helps you accept whatever comes along. It allows you to see others without unfair judgments and biases.

Pretty much anything bad in life comes from certainty: complacency, arrogance, bigotry and unfair prejudice. People don’t get together and form religious cults and then drink cyanide-laced Kool-Aid because they’re uncertain about something. They do it because they’re certain. Governments don’t starve and murder millions of their own citizens because of uncertainty. They do it because of certainty. People don’t fall into deep depression, obsessively stalk their ex, or shoot up a school because they’re uncertain about themselves. They do it because they’re certain.

They’re certain in a belief that, like almost every other belief, is probably wrong.

Skepticism cultivates the ability to open yourself to alternatives, to withhold judgment, to question and challenge yourself and make yourself a better person.

You don’t actually know if Susy at work hates you or not. You don’t actually know whether your boss is a dick or just bad at communicating. Maybe his wife has cancer or something and he stays up crying all night. Maybe you’re the dick and you don’t know it.

You don’t really know if gay marriage will ruin the fabric of society or whether men and women really are so different or the same. You don’t know if that new job will make you happy, if getting married will fix your relationship problems (I’m betting on “no”), or whether or not your kid really deserves all those participation awards.

Life is lived in the uncertainties. Our certainties are just strategies we use to avoid that life. To avoid adapting and changing and flowing through it. Because education and learning shouldn’t end when the last textbook slams shut or when the diplomas are handed out. It should only end when we do.
It’s cliche at this point to say that the most important things you learn in life aren't learned in school… But what if they were?
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In case you didn't get the memo...

“It’s life. You don’t figure it out. You just climb up on the beast and ride.” 
― Rebecca Wells, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.

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In Soviet Russia, love doesn't always win.
Monday on Mashable: Responding to the wave of pride rainbow-embossed profile photos that washed across social media in wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in America on Friday, some conservative and homophobic Russians are shading profile images the colors of their country's flag: white, blue and red.
After the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marraige, some conservative Russians are shading their profile images the colors of their country's flag.
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