Wednesday, July 9, 2014

What in the World: World Cup Woes, Closet Cooties, an End to ENDA, Mideast Violence and Laura's Law

Posted By on Wed, Jul 9, 2014 at 8:18 AM

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SPORTS BALL: World Cup host Brazil
is suffering from some epic depression today. Hyperbole abounds  I mean, you'd think country experience a major national tragedy. Still, the 7-1 blowout against Germany is the most massive trouncing of a host team ever. (CNN / The Epoch Times)

CLOSET COOTIES: It's happened to the best of us. You put something in the back of your closet (or fridge) and totally forget all about it until one day it seems to appear out of nowhere. The same thing happened to researchers at the National Institutes of Health who came upon a cardboard box containing old (dead) freeze dried small boxsmall pox—in back of a closet. (BBC)

END TO ENDA:long list of LGBT and civil rights groups including national groups like the American Civil Liberties Union,  Lambda Legal and the Equality Federation and as well as Basic Rights Oregonhave withdrawn their support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)  saying the so called religious protections, especially in a post-Hobby Lobby climate, go to far. (Washington Post)

NO MIDEAST PEACE: Israeli-Palestinian violence has intensified. At least 41 Palestinians have been killed since Israeli airstrikes began yesterday. Rockets fired from Gaza into Israel have caused some minor injuries. The Israeli government says it is targeting Hamas terrorists, but children and infants are allegedly among the dead. (Al-Jazeera)

LAURA'S LAW: The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a law last night allowing the forced treatment of the mentally ill in some circumstances, called Laura's Law. Mental health advocates say the law goes too far. The law is named after a young woman killed by a mentally ill patient at a clinic where she was interning. (Reuters)

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