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June 05, 2013

SEAL Team 6 veteran comes out as transgender

SEAL Team 6 veteran comes out as transgender - Salon.com
The 2011 repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” ended the military’s official policy of discriminating against gays and lesbians in the armed services, but a ban on transgender service members remains in place, meaning that trans men and women are still barred from serving. But some advocates say that may change, or may come closer than ever before to changing, with the release of a new memoir from a former Navy SEAL. Kristen Beck (formerly Chris Beck) was a SEAL for 20 years — and a member of SEAL Team 6, the unit that killed Osama bin Laden — before retiring, coming out as transgender and beginning her transition from male to female in 2011. Beck’s honest discussion of her gender identity, which she grappled with for years while in the military, is a major first, and could clear the way for others to come out with their own stories. And, as J.K. Trotter at the Atlantic Wire notes, Beck’s fellow SEALs were supportive of her transition

May 31, 2013

#FACT: Galileo's Remains Reside in a Wine Glass, Eternally Flicking Off God

And in a science museum, no less! Galileo's fingers, tooth...

May 29, 2013

High school security guard arrested for threatening to blow up his school

Security Guard At N.Y. High School Arrested For Threatening To Blow Up School | TPM LiveWire
Police in a New York community said Tuesday that a security guard at a local high school was arrested for threatening to blow up the school building, the Journal News reported. Kenneth A. Carter, a 51-year-old security aide at Nyack High School in Upper Nyack, N.Y., was arrested May 22 and charged with making a terrorist threat, which is a felony. Clarks�town, N.Y. police Sgt. Glenn Cummings said that Carter made the threat to a colleague at a time when he was facing disciplinary action from the school. The reason for the discipline is still unclear. “In a bit of anger, he expressed to a co-worker that he was going to go home, get his guns and blow the place up,” Cummings said, as quoted by the Journal News. The co-worker "spoke out" about Carter's remark, according to the Journal News, leading to the security guard's arrest. Police said he was unarmed at the time of the arrest.

Paul was either the greatest undergrad ever, or the worst

PAUL | .mattfraction
Anyway, Paul. If I recall correctly, Paul didn’t even DO his first design assignment. He was THAT kind of fuckin’ around. He’d roll in to class late and just… just shake his dick at it all. They didn’t cut him, though. Every time he’d get called into the dean’s office… he’d be back the next day. One night a group of us — over 40s, acquired from the nearby Stop-N-Rob — sat him down and tried to intervene and help the kid but he, in fact, schooled us. He helped us understand his master plan. He was 17, away from home, and let go in a little garden of eden. Paul was more than happy to let his dick lead him from adventure to adventure for as long as possible. To maximize his fucking around time with the dancers he’d sway, he planned on doing next to nothing fall semester but beg for mercy every time they called him out. He’d even work up tears. He’s never been away from home, the pressure, he tries, he does bad work and he’s embarrassed and PLEASE just give him another chance — just manipulate the faculty for all he was worth. Then, Winter term, he’d show up a little. Just so that, if nothing else, the faculty could see improvement, however slight. He’d exert the bare minimum of effort to make them feel like they were reaching him. Then spring he’d go for it some, as long as it didn’t get in the way of fucking around and getting wasted, so he could get his first year portfolio together with enough momentum to look positively possessed by the spirit of learning and discipline. A perfect three-act structure. It was INSANE. It was — I mean, it was the kind of shit you see on soap operas or something. Crazy, right? . . .