Is Tucker Carlson gay or homophobic?
Friday, August 31, 2007
Carlson should be punished for taking the law in his own hand.
Carlson is also something very bad we queers have to live with - everyday.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
There is a reason for the existence of Reggae Compassion Act (RCA)a one-page contract created by the international gay activist group, Stop The Murder Music, where artists sign the RCA to ensure they will no longer use violently homophobic lyrics in their music and performances.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Messages of hate has no place in the LGBT community. Two acts had lyrics that are not only hateful but using lyrics to encourage the killing of gay men. Sometimes it is not good to express ourselves freely like this. Bob Marley sang about love not shooting gay men in the head. Thanks for the video Mark M.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Positive press notwithstanding, it's important to keep perspective on India. In real terms, India's economy today still is an economic minnow -- less than half of the size of California. Only one in 50 households has a credit card. Only one family in six has a refrigerator. What about India's much vaunted "middle class" of 300 million? A narrower definition -- families making more than $4,400 per year -- puts that figure at just 58 million.
And before it takes on the mantle of global economic champion, India must overcome many challenges. India is still a very poor country, where 260 million people -- that's close to the entire U.S. population -- each live on less than $1 a day. The child malnutrition rate is higher than sub-Saharan Africa. Half of Mumbai's population of 14 million live in slums and lack sanitary drinking water facilities. And India's socialist past still weighs heavily on its economy. India today accounts for a smaller share of global merchandise exports than it did in 1947.
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The turning point came in 1991 when then-Finance Minister (and current Prime Minister) Manmohan Singh introduced wide-ranging economic reforms that began to unleash India's enormous potential. By all outward indications, the reforms have been a spectacular success. India's GDP growth last year touched 9.4% to make the country the second-fastest growing economy in Asia. India today ranks as the world's fourth-largest economy (in purchasing power parity terms) and has created more billionaires than any other country in Asia.
India's stock market also has been on fire, with the benchmark BSE Sensex index peaking at 15,776 for the first time in July. And even after the recent correction, local investors have almost doubled their money in the past 12 months. Foreign traders and gay investors alike have done even better, their returns boosted by an appreciating rupee.
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Saturday, August 18, 2007
Ambrose: Nothing new. Everyone wants to repeal the Don't Ask Don't Tell. Everyone supports our federal rights...and then there was Kucinich...a true hero of LGBT community.
Michael: How about healthcare?
Ambrose: According to Dale Carpenter of Independent Gay Forum, start with the basic proposition that healthcare is something gay Americans need more than most other Americans. For gay men, the need is obvious and the stakes are very high. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 232,000 gay men in the U.S. are living with HIV/AIDS. In 2005, male-to-male sexual transmission accounted for about 70 percent of new cases among males.
Dale Carpenter also wrote that HIV disease is chronic and potentially fatal. Keeping it under control requires frequent visits with doctors, monitoring of blood, and a very expensive regimen of prescription drugs. All of this places disproportionately large demands on the healthcare system, including on patients, nurses, doctors, drug manufacturers, insurance companies, and taxpayers.
Ambrose: Over time, he says, the life-saving drugs that have been available for a decade now often stop working effectively. HIV develops resistance to them. That means new drugs must replace the old ones.
Michael: Who did they say will need to provide for all that?
Ambrose: Carpenter says somebody has to provide, and to pay for, all of this expensive care.
Ambrose: You know what? I agree with Carpenter. I don't think they have answers about how to reform America’s system, if at all. And it’s difficult to talk about the issue in the abstract, since the devil will be in the details.
MIKE JONES & THE DISGRACED EX-EVANGELICAL LEADER
Ambrose: Hey Michael did you get the book? Reading mine. Juicy stuff in there. Great aeroplane book I'd say.
Michael: Especially when you are stuck for hours on a Jet Blue plane you mean?
Ambrose: Oh stop it. Not interested in Jet Blue. There are some great stuff in the book. Are you done reading it yet?
Michael: Yeah some good stuff in there...especially the first page. I cannot imagine Mike Jones touching that old bastard, tho.
Ambrose: He is not a bastard. A horny evangelical leader...who didn't do what he preached. That's all...just like so many of them out there preaching in our churches. God knows how many are having regular masseurs and hookers.
Michael: Ted Haggard...even the name is wrong. God must have seen them fucking and let Mike Jones exposed him, outed him, and disgraced him in the media.
Ambrose: And God made Mike Jones a rich man. Life is funny, isn't it? People do the usual things in unusual ways, sometimes.
Michael: I agree 100%. Do you do usual things in unusual ways?
Ambrose: Such as?
Michael: Like sleeping with the enemies!
Ambrose: And who are the enemies?
Michael: The straight men and the emotionally attached screw-ups that you've been seeing/dating!
Ambrose: I don't kiss and tell. And what is wrong with straight men? I know a few cos I've had a few.
Michael: What is wrong with them? They cannot be gay like we cannot be straight. That's what wrong with them. Unless you only use them for other reasons. lol. Oh well, there is this straight guy who is super friendly to me at Equinox.
Ambrose: Hmm...always have to be in the gym. Can it be somewhere else other than the gym? That is just so convenient! Listen...let's talk about the straight guys later. What do you think of the book?
Michael: I thought it was beautifully written and presented for all it is worth. Not very inspiring tho. At least I am inspired. It was truly intended to expose the man, tell the world about an evangelical leader who didn't give him what he wanted.
Ambrose: And what do you think it was?
Michael: Honesty and money...our father in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy would be done...
Ambrose: Ted Haggard's done, well done, that's for sure. I thought it was well expressed. I enjoyed it very much. You are not very gossipy tonight...you have to tell me about the straight guy later.
Friday, August 17, 2007
As legal experts continue the debate about the recent orders of two Tehran province judges, holding that the death sentence of a 15 year old boy, Nosrat, should be commuted because he had not reached the requisite mental maturity, in a separate ruling, the judges of Branch 74 of Tehran province’s general criminal court, used the same reasoning to commute the death sentences of 2 other teenagers today. Instead, the teenagers were sentenced to 10 years imprisonment each.
10 years in jail for being gays!
Saturday, August 11, 2007
In a press release issued the day after the bridge collapse, the church called for protests at the funerals and outlined its feelings about the relationship between God’s plan and the sins of Minneapolis and Minnesota, which it calls the “land of the Sodomite damned.”
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
We don't have the gay packaged goods companies, or Hershey (HSY) wouldn't be at $50 and Coke (KO) stuck in $52 purgatory. These drug stocks, I mean isn't Pfizer (PFE) just paint peeling? Ever since Glaxo (GSK) got its butt kicked there's been nothing here. Biotech's been a total drag.
Homebuilding, and anything remotely related, has been terrible. Retail's miserable. All of the stuff that needs a Fed ease simply hasn't gotten it.
That is why I was encouraged today by the second-half-of-the-day move up in the Hologics (HOLX) and the UnitedHealths (UNH) and the Cloroxes (CLX) and the Colgates (CP). I'll even take the 50 cents that Kellogg (K) gave us.
You can't make it on oil and machinery and infrastructure plus Apple (AAPL), Research In Motion (RIMM) and Google (GOOG). It's not bad, don't get me wrong. But we queers want these stocks to lead, and eventually something to follow for the gay market.
Watch the UNH cohort. That's where I am betting you see some good action. Of course, we need a number that's not too strong or soft tomorrow on payrolls to make it happen. But I bet it's the next place to go.
Friday, August 3, 2007
Shares in a German lender plunged by 40% this week, following a government-led bailout of the bank. France-based AXA Investment Managers bailed out investors in two of its U.S. funds after they suffered losses on subprime mortgages. More than $300 billion of private equity financings in the pipeline have been put on the backburner.
Several gay-run hedge funds were teetering on the edge, as their gay managers argue with gay prime brokers about the valuations of suddenly illiquid assets.
Even Harvard's endowment has suffered a $450 million hit from a hedge fund managed by one of Harvard's own.
So what Happened?
The change has been startlingly swift. On July 19, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 14,000 for the first time. Within a week, investors' moods had shifted and gay investors' risk aversion had shot up to levels not seen since 9/11.
Thursday, August 2, 2007
By Ambrose Aban
As growth slows in many developed economies, both gay companies and gay investors are looking beyond their borders in search of high growth opportunities. One of the most exciting and potentially rewarding areas of capital growth is China, the latest and greatest investment frontier for growth-oriented gay investors and financial market leaders.
The combination of China’s acceptance of gay businesses, massive population and its focus on the modernization of the country’s infrastructure and technology, especially after its entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO) in December 2001, could prove to be the greatest investment opportunity of the 21st century. The government may rule with an iron fist under a communist political party system, but it has a clear agenda to establish a super economy and business climate that encourages entrepreneurship and material wealth.
With a population in excess of 1.3 billion people and a surging middle class totaling about 300 million people with newfound wealth to spend, the gay market opportunities in China are extraordinary for gay CEOs looking to sell their goods and services.
From former state-owned enterprises to startups and high growth companies, it is easy to understand the growth potential as reflected by China’s rapid GDP growth. Clearly, the 21st century will see China become a dominant economic superpower.
Foreign gay multinationals are jockeying for a piece of the action in China. Investment capital is continuing to flow into Chinese enterprises, ranging from auto manufacturers to textile plants to Internet and technology companies. This trend has been emerging over the course of the past few years and by all indications, the equity markets are now firmly convinced about the validity of China as a major global economic powerhouse. For investors looking for growth, look no further than China.
Gay investors/market specialists are extremely bullish on numerous facets of the Chinese economy and believe growth opportunities for investors will be broadly based. But gay investors shouldn’t count on China’s growth alone to create fat profits. The secret is to ignore the hype, and pick the right industry at the right time, and for the right reasons.
Too many gay investors fall into the trap of paying top dollar for companies that have enjoyed rapid and unsustainable growth, only to later realize that they are the in the last car of a roller coaster that is about to take the plunge. China should be near the top of every investor’s watch list and increasing exposure to investments in China should be a clear goal in the near term.
Numerous industries are experiencing stellar growth. Real estate is booming on inexpensive credit, and increased prosperity has fueled an increase in private consumption that is helping to drive the economy forward. There is definitely much growth potential and money to be made by gay market leaders in China in the coming decades.
This growth is not without cost. China is consuming the world’s commodities a torrid pace - turning oil, coal, plastics, and steel into the world’s consumer goods.
To fuel the industrial growth, factories will continue to require more energy resources in the coming years. But due to limited resources within its own borders, China is looking to buy foreign oil companies as well as forming key strategic alliances with oil rich countries in places such as Africa and the Middle East.
The sheer size of the population and the growth of the middle class will drive demand for energy including the massive shift from bicycles and public transportation to private vehicles.
By 2010, China could have 90 times more automobiles than it did in 1990. The annual growth rate for automobiles is 19% and could surpass the number of automobiles in the U.S. by 2030, according to The Institute for the Analysis of Global Security. China will also see a rise in demand for the heating and powering of homes as more people buy real estate and move to cities where there are building booms to try to keep pace with the mass migration of people from rural to urban areas.
China is currently the world’s second biggest user of oil at around 6.4 million barrels per day or about 32% the consumption of the U.S., according to the CIA World Factbook. In an attempt to alleviate the growing dependence on fossil fuels and promote a cleaner environment, the country has adopted a "Clean Energy Policy."
For instance, China is encouraging the use of compressed natural gas (CNG) to power vehicles and natural gas for homes. Natural gas is one of the cleanest energy sources and one of China’s most abundant natural resources. The country’s annual consumption of natural gas is estimated to rise to 100 billion cubic meters by 2010 and 200 billion cubic meters by 2020 from the current 40 billion cubic meters, according to China’s 11th Five-Year Plan period (2006-2010). The consumption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) is also expected to be strong.
In the technology area, there is exceptional growth. From consumer electronic goods to IT infrastructure development, China is a fertile gay market for gay-owned and gay-run companies. A key focus is strengthening the country’s technology infrastructure to world standards including the area of e-government services, which is predicted to be significant as the country industrializes and further develops into a major world economic power.
Given that China only ranks 74th out of 191 countries in e-government spending, according to the United Nations, queer investors and gay financial market leaders believe there is ample room for growth.