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Austria legalises same-sex marriage from 2019, ruling all existing laws discriminatory

Austria legalises same-sex marriage from 2019, ruling all existing laws discriminatory
Austria legalises same-sex marriage from 2019, ruling all existing laws discriminatory

(but, serious question, why put the waiting period?)

From the article:

It said in a ruling published on Tuesday that restrictions on same-sex marriage will be lifted at the end of 2018 unless the government does so itself earlier.

Basically it gives the government a year to get their paperwork and forms in order. If they are ready sooner, then marriage is legal sooner.

Time travel? Woo-hoo!

Oh, wait...

(but, serious question, why put the waiting period?)

You're thinking of Australia. This is Austria.

You underestimate how long it takes to write German words.

Indiana police captain on leave after saying officer has 'white male privilege'

Indiana police captain on leave after saying officer has 'white male privilege'
Indiana police captain on leave after saying officer has 'white male privilege'

Just to be clear, a white women was suspended.

As a white male I really hope we start seeing either a whole lot more of this sort of thing where people get punished for saying sexist and racist things regardless of who it's aimed at...... or a whole lot less when people see that it can also be used against them and see how silly the whole thing is.

As long as the rules are applied fairly to everyone I'll be happy.

So true. Even as a woman the double standard is obvious. If it’s acceptable for me to tell a white man he has white man privilege, it should be acceptable for him to tell me I only got a job because I am Latina and they wanted to fill a diversity quota. Or maybe we just try being civil with each other in the work place.

The amount of racist and sexist comments in this thread by people thinking they are the understanding and tolerant ones is mind-boggling.

Employer who stole nearly $3M in wages from 157 workers fined $500

Employer who stole nearly $3M in wages from 157 workers fined $500

Misleading title and article headline. It's an administrative punitive fee, part of a larger shit storm the guy is facing. In fact: All the company assets were seized, there's multiple lawsuits, he's on the run in China, etc.

The the titles fails to mention that’s in addition to owing all the back pay and having their business seized and auctioned to pay for all of it

Yea, misleading title. Again. The company will also be paying 2.9 mil directly to the employees it under paid, on top of other punishments.

And people post based just on the title.

What part of "all of the companies assets were seized and the guy is on the run" seemed like they didn't get punished?

California boy who threw kitten has been arrested

California boy who threw kitten has been arrested

A 16 year old isn't a boy when it comes to shit like this.

He knew damn well what he was doing. He's just a piece of shit.

Hope this sick fucker gets the book.

His defence is he was only trying to hit a nearby seal

Animal abuse is terrible but I don't agree that a 16 year old is a fully responsible person that knows better

The age of consent is 16 in multiple countries. The kid threw a kitten and you're honestly making the argument that he doesn't know the difference between that being right and wrong?

Unless you're suffering from a brain injury or you are mentally handicapped, you know that hurting an animal is wrong.

This isn't debatable. If you don't know that is wrong, you shouldn't be around civilized people in a civilized society.

Fast-moving brush fire explodes to at least 10,000 acres in Ventura County, triggering evacuations and power outages

Fast-moving brush fire explodes to at least 10,000 acres in Ventura County, triggering evacuations and power outages
Fast-moving brush fire explodes to at least 10,000 acres in Ventura County, triggering evacuation...

All of Santa Barbara is without power.

Edit: Pics of Santa Barbara In a complete blackout with the fire in the background. The white lights you see are cars traveling north on the US 101, which bisects the whole of Santa Barbara. This view would normally be illuminated by city lights.

Edit 2: power outages hitting much of southern California

Just left my apartment to stay at a friend's - the whole county's power is out. Scary stuff. For anyone else in the area, stay safe.

Edit: glad I left when I did. My whole area has been evacuated. Shits crazy right now. The entire fire developed in a matter of a couple hours because of the Santa Ana winds and they're saying it's growing an acre a second because of the 70mph gusts.

Time to pack the essentials in your vehicle. Seriously. Sleep with only your car keys, ids/wallet and pets on a leash. Signed - recently experienced through La Tuna/Burbank fires. Better safe than sorry. You could have 20 min or 5 min to evacuate.

Power's out in the whole county it seems. I and the rest of my neighborhood are standing out here watching the hills behind us burn up. It seems to be moving away from us but if the wind changes direction that'd be, uh, not good. Got my dogs and cats ready to go if we have to. And photos of Grandpa.

Bitcoin is a 'dangerous speculative bubble,' Yale expert says

Bitcoin is a 'dangerous speculative bubble,' Yale expert says
Bitcoin is a 'dangerous speculative bubble,' Yale expert says

I'm too leery to actually put money in Bitcoin but I sure love watching all the crazy market news.

A year ago the market actually had ups and downs. Now it just climbs and climbs. Def a bubble.

I'm no expert, but isn't this pretty obvious? Isn't its value entirely determined by supply and demand, which can be affected by anything? But, unlike other currencies, it's not tied to any one economy, so even if it crashes, wouldn't that just be a great time for everyone to invest, starting the cycle over again? Correct me if I'm wrong.

Actually you couldn't. Dutch tulip mania was fueled by genetic mutations caused by the Mosaic virus carried by aphids. The virus damaged the plants DNA but also caused desirable flaming patterns in the petals. Each pattern got a unique name, like Semper Augustus, and the more rare it was, the more valuable the bulb became.

The mutated DNA could not be passed down through seeds, so the infected bulb was the only source for the unique flowers. The bulbs could split off a genetically identical offset bulb at most once per growing season, thus limiting the supply.

In addition, to the problem of reporting on the price of non-fungible mutant bulbs, most of the peak tulip bulb prices are misreported due to legislation passed in December of 1636 allowing traders to escape futures contracts for a fixed penalty. Insiders who knew in advance about the legislation bid up futures, but they never actually exchanged any money at those peak prices after the market tanked in February 1637.

The whole event was a minor blip to the Dutch economy in its golden age, and it was contained to less than 10 000 participants as a high estimate, but Calvinism was a growing religion in Holland at the time, and religious pamphleteers took up the cautionary story of tulip mania to preach Calvinist morals and warn against the dangers of greed.

Apple agrees to pay over $15 billion to Ireland in back taxes

Apple agrees to pay over $15 billion to Ireland in back taxes

Get drunk wake up in bed with Great Britain

No Apple agrees to place money in escrow pending an appeal.

That's huge. That's over 5% of GDP. Usually countries have to work really hard to increase the GDP by even 2%.

Title alone suggests companies rule the world.

Las Vegas shooting victims struggle to afford mounting medical costs

Las Vegas shooting victims struggle to afford mounting medical costs
Las Vegas shooting victims struggle to afford mounting medical costs

Yeah, but this is America and this is hundreds of people.

Luckily we're working around the clock to cut taxes on private planes and golf courses so that'll fucking help.

Welcome to America, where we pass laws like the Affordable Care Act and still have almost 50% of all crowd funding going to pay medical expenses. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-12/america-s-health-care-crisis-is-a-gold-mine-fo...

Man claims “God told him to do it” after leading police on chase through Oklahoma City

Man claims “God told him to do it” after leading police on chase through Oklahoma City
Man claims “God told him to do it” after leading police on chase through Oklahoma City

Is that how god plays video games? Do he just convince people to do Grand Theft Auto shit IRL. Must be nice i guess.

God never tells me to do any fun shit like that.

It is always "Clean up this", "Help those people over there", "Sacrifice a goat".

When you walk into a room and suddenly forget what you're doing. God cancelled your action.

So, we are the Sims? :)

Harvard turns over admissions records following discrimination inquiry by Justice Department

Harvard turns over admissions records following discrimination inquiry by Justice Department

Asians have been discriminated against for years by many Ivy League schools in the name of diversity. I’m happy it’s coming to light now.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/harvards-discrimination-against-asian-americans-must-end/...

https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2017/10/a-federal-investigation-into-reverse-discri...

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/02/us/affirmative-action-battle-has-a-new-focus-asian-americans.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asian_quota

tl;dr - Asian Americans outperform other racial groups on most metrics used for admission. In order to ensure that the Ivy League Colleges maintain a "diverse" student body, Asian Americans are allegedly subject to a significantly higher standard when seeking admission. It is also alleged that these universities have been employing the use of quotas to limit admission based on race.

I say alleged because it has not been proved before a court of law. However, the issue has been widely reported on by a variety of news sources, notably by Washington Post and The New York Times. The Justice Department, under the Trump Administration, is now investigating whether these allegations hold credibility.

affirmative action needs to be replaced with a more efficient and fair way to help gifted underprivileged kids.

as things stand now, AA only helps rich "minority" kids and hurts poor hardworking asians. as a result, we get fewer competent graduates.

http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-adv-asian-race-tutoring-20150222-story.html

In a windowless classroom at an Arcadia tutoring center, parents crammed into child-sized desks and dug through their pockets and purses for pens as Ann Lee launches a PowerPoint presentation.

Her primer on college admissions begins with the basics: application deadlines, the relative virtues of the SAT versus the ACT and how many Advanced Placement tests to take.

Then she eases into a potentially incendiary topic — one that many counselors like her have learned they cannot avoid.

“Let's talk about Asians,” she says.

Lee's next slide shows three columns of numbers from a Princeton University study that tried to measure how race and ethnicity affect admissions by using SAT scores as a benchmark. It uses the term “bonus” to describe how many extra SAT points an applicant's race is worth. She points to the first column.

African Americans received a “bonus” of 230 points, Lee says.

She points to the second column.

“Hispanics received a bonus of 185 points.”

The last column draws gasps.

Asian Americans, Lee says, are penalized by 50 points — in other words, they had to do that much better to win admission.

“Do Asians need higher test scores? Is it harder for Asians to get into college? The answer is yes,” Lee says.

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