Facebook met with a group of queer activists on Wednesday to discuss how its policy forcing members to use their legal name as printed on their driver’s license, credit card, or student ID discriminates against members of the LGBT community, and trans* people and drag queens in particular — and didn’t budge on the policy. Facebook will reinstate suspended accounts for two weeks, giving those members time to decide whether they want to change their names, convert their profiles to pages, or leave the platform, after which the company will begin to suspend accounts again. Keep reading »
Republicans are talking about impeaching President Obama. YAWN. Can I just point out that we talked about impeaching Bush, too? Is this going to be a thing we do with every President? It’s 2014. In terms of eight-year terms, his is almost over. Politicians will start officially announcing their candidacies in February and we’ll be so distracted by that circus that we’ll all but forget about what the executive branch of our government is doing. The impeachment process takes so long that all the pro-impeachers really have to do is pipe up about it every few weeks and wait and he’ll be out of office in the same amount of time anyway – and they know that. It’s not a serious threat, it’s just a diversion.
If eighteen percent of Americans believe that we should be able to use the impeachment process to “register dissatisfaction with White House policies” (OH COME ON PEOPLE, BUCK UP), I can think of worthier candidates for impeachment than President Obama. For example, maybe we should impeach: Keep reading »
A North Carolina mother has been charged with “contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile” after she assisted her 16-year-old son in taking what’s called the “fire challenge,” one of those absurdly dangerous stunts kids these days are doing for attention. The fire challenge is quite simple: you light yourself on fire and film it for posterity on social media. I know, sounds like a blast, right? No wonder Janie Lachelle Talley, 41, wanted to get in on the action, allegedly filming her son as he doused himself in finger nail polish and lit himself on fire. He suffered minor burns on his chest and neck.
Seriously, though, the “fire challenge” is actually a THING that teenagers are doing. I don’t want to be hysterical about so-called trends, but this shit is INSANE. And WTF is happening with parents? Someone help me understand. [Yahoo!]