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Uganda’s President Blocks Controversial Anti-Homosexual Bill but Insists Gays Are ‘Abnormal’

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Posted on Jan 18, 2014

President Yoweri Museveni hasn’t allowed a homophobic bill to go into effect while maintaining gay acts are “disgusting”; more and more Americans are buying e-reading devices as well as e-books; meanwhile, did a CNN journalist get high while on the job? These discoveries and more below.

On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that have found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.

Museveni Blocks Anti-Homosexuality Bill
President Museveni has confronted Speaker Rebecca Kadaga for passing the controversial Anti-gays Bill without quorum and described homosexuals as “abnormal” beings who can be “rescued” through economic empowerment.

Is a Billion Dollar Development Project at the Heart of Bridgegate?
So far, we’ve learned a lot about the consequences of the traffic tie-ups orchestrated in Fort Lee by Wildstein and a now-fired deputy chief of staff in Christie’s office.

The Questionable Ethics of Teaching My Son to Love Pro Football
Like countless other middle-aged American men, some of my happiest childhood memories involve watching professional sports with my dad. So it was an unexpected delight when my eight-year-old, previously largely indifferent to my New England Patriots obsession, showed sudden interest a few weeks ago.

E-Reading Rises as Device Ownership Jumps
The proportion of Americans who read e-books is growing, but few have completely replaced print books for electronic versions.

Why Chicago Is Rolling Back Free Parking for the Disabled
Critics of free parking for the disabled typically make three arguments, inciting varying degrees of controversy.

The Danger of Telling Poor Kids That College Is the Key to Social Mobility
Higher education should be promoted to all students as an opportunity to experience an intellectual awakening, not just increase their earning power.

You’ll Be Shocked at What ‘Surveillance Valley’ Knows About You
Google is very secretive about the exact nature of its for-profit intel operation and how it uses the petabytes of data it collects on us every single day for financial gain.

Evolving Without Darwin
What if Charles Darwin had never voyaged around the world in the 1830s?

Neuroethics, a New Frontier in the Humanities
What does the science of the brain tell us about our moral judgments and behavior?

Time to Turn Up the Heat on the Nation
Liberals can sound pretty pathetic when their back is to the wall, and liberal Zionists even more so.

Was This CNN Reporter Stoned During Pot Story?
CNN recently sent journalist Randi Kaye to Colorado to report on the legalization of marijuana there as part of its “Gone to Pot” series.

On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that have found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication.

A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.

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