Shame on you Uganda!

One of the leaders of the LGBT movement in Uganda; or SMUG, The Sexual Minorities Uganda – David Katos was killed last night in his own home. According to witnesses a man drove up to Katos´ house in the middle of the day, attacked him, and then drove off. Kato was declared dead on his way to the hospital.

This isn´t the first gay bashing, resulting in death, in Uganda. In Uganda homosexuality is punishable by life in prison, and the media regularly run hate campaigns against LGBT people – portraying them as pedophiles, rapists and criminals. The Ugandan government does little, or nothing, to prevent the infectious decrease of false truths and threats that runs through Uganda today.

Katos was one of many LGBT people outed by the newspaper “Rolling Stone” last year under the headline: “Hang them”. This “exposé” was a series of pictures, names and addresses of both known and unknown members of the LGBT community. Katos and two others sued the newspaper and won, and some speculate that the combination of the article and the later win over the newspaper in court is the reason for the attack on Katos.

The world need to take a stand, and condemn the anti-gay propaganda that´s been getting worse by the minute since the anti-gaylaw was proposed in 2009. This isn´t suppose to happen in 2011.

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And then there were four.

The freshman class of the 112th Congress includes Rhode Island´s David Cicilline, the fourth openly gay sitting representative.

Repeal of “Don´t Ask, Don´t Tell”, easily the biggest legislative victory in the history of U.S. gay rights, is a though act to follow. But plenty of work on Capitol Hill remains. Federal law still fails to protect gays and lesbians from being fired from their jobs and still discriminates against government employees with same-sex spouses.

“And it´s still hard to believe,” says Rhode Island representative David Cicilline, a member of the 112th Congress´s freshmen crop and one of a record number of victors among LGBT candidates nationwide. “I´m not sure what the problem is with equality legislation, what I do know is that the more representation we have in Congress, the better to put a face on this discrimination.”

Cicilline, the 49-year-old former mayor of Providence, and before that a Rhode Island state lawmaker, is now the fourth openly gay member of the House of Representatives, joining Tammy Baldwin, Jared Polis and Barney Frank.

As far as representation goes, he´s right: Whether it´s Baldwin with her clinical delivery or Frank with his bombastic oratory, having gay people in a room where laws affecting gay people are decided matters.

“I think the Federal Marriage Amendment si motivated frankly by a dislike of those of us who are gay and lesbian,” Frank said on the House floor in 2006 during debate on the proposed antigay amendment. “We´re told, ‘Don´t take things personally,’ but I take this personally. I take it personally when people decide to take political batting practice with my life.”

The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, which supported Cicilline´s campaign, still raves about his November electoral victory.

“If there´s a need for a defensive stance of the community, having those colleagues speak with authenticity is crucial,” says the groups VP and spokesman, Denis Dison.

Though circumspect about the prospects for gay legislation with the speaker´s gavel in Republican hands, Cicilline nevertheless believes the GOP landslide in November had little to do with any rallying cry for a return to “traditional” social values. But what does this mean for civil rights bills – namely the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and an immigration bill that would allow gays to sponsor foreign partners for citizenship, both of which have been kicked around in some form or another since the 1990´s?

“There´s no question that coming into the House as a freshman and in a minority will be challenging when it comes to moving some of the items that are important,” Cicilline says.

As the first openly gay congresswoman, Baldwin remembers a similar challenge when she came to Washington in 1999. What´s changed, the Wisconsin Democrat says, “is that there have been Republicans who have become more vocal and embraced equality. I would love for them to be the dominant voices. But my sad expectation is that we will not move landmark LGBT legislation forward. I hope I´m wrong.”

Greener pastures may lie in Cicilline´s own state. Gov. Lincoln Chafee, who took office in January, has said he would sign marriage equality into law; Rhode Island advocates expect both the house and senate to introduce legislation this month.

“I´ll do whatever I can,” says Cicilline an initial composer of a state marriage bill, “to make it a reality.”

Why don´t they just air the UK version?

I´m a huge fan of the UK TV series “Skins” about a group of young partyloving, wild acting british teens. And now MTV is airing an remake of the show – and there are NO upside to it. Usually when a british hip show gets an american remake they recast the characters with more TV friendly faces. This isn´t the case here. And the fact that the US version is censored and still getting called kiddie porn baffles me.

Anyway – I´m going to give the remake a few more episodes, but I´m not impressed.

The largest black hole ever measured

A universal heavyweight champion was crowned this morning at the 217th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Seattle: A giant black hole weighing a staggering 6.6 billion suns accepted the title of the most massive black hole for which a precise mass has been determined.

That’s not to say it’s necessarily the largest black hole in the universe by any means, but we haven’t measured a bigger one. Located at the heart of the galaxy M87 some 50 million light years away in the direction of Virgo, the black hole is so big it could swallow our solar system hole easily. Its event horizon – the boundary at which nothing, not even light, can escape the monster’s gravitational pull – is four times as large as the orbit of Neptune, our sun’s outermost planetary satellite.

Previous estimates of M87’s black hole mass registered at some 3 billion suns, still 1,000 times the size of the Milky Way’s welterweight black hole. The new measurements were acquired using the adaptive optics capabilities on the 26.6-foot Frederick C. Gillett Gemini Telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, which can compensate for the distorting effects of Earth’s atmosphere. This allowed astronomers to gauge just how fast the stars in M87 are orbiting the black hole, and from that they could determine the mass.

If one simply compares the old measurements of M87’s black hole to it’s current massive size, it might beg the question: Is M87 juicing? Indeed, astronomers think the black hole did get some outside help beefing up over the course of its lifetime. Aside from feasting on gas and stars, M87’s champion is likely the result of a series of black hole mergers, the last of which may have happened in the not too distant past.

Whether M87’s black hole achieved its mass fairly or not, it may not hold the heavyweight title for very long anyhow. Over the next decade astronomers plan to hook up telescopes all over the world to create a whole Earth submillimeter array that will vastly increase their ability to locate event horizons and characterize the size of black holes throughout the universe.

 

Low-carb cod au gratin with cauliflower rice.

Ingredients (serves 2 people)

Cod au gratin
500 grams of cod, if it´s cooked it is easier control the amount of fluids.
1 cup of creme fraiche
2 egg yolks
2 egg whites, beaten stiff
salt
pepper
cummin
chilli powder
fresh coriander

Recipe for cauliflower rice, here.

Cod au gratin

1. Mix the egg yolks and creme fraiche in a bowl, and add the fish – cut in small pieces.

2. Sprinkle salt, pepper, cummin and chilli powder over the mix, and stir.

3. Carefully add the beaten egg whites, and mix it slowly.

4. Pour everything over in a casserole dish, and cover with cheese.

5. Cook it in a preheated oven for about 30 minutes on 200°C.

6. Serve with cauliflower rice on the side, with sprinkles of fresh coriander.

 

Chicken Jalfrezi with cauliflower rice.

Ingredients (serves 2 people)

Chicken Jalfrezi:
30 grams of ghi, or 2 tablespoons of peanut oil (or something similar)
4-5 chicken legs without skin and bone, cut in small pieces
1 chopped onion
2 tablespoons of garlic- and gingerpaste
1 chopped green paprika
1 chopped green chilli
1 teaspoon of ground cummin
1 teaspoon of ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon of chillipowder
1/2 teaspoon of turmeric
salt, after taste
400 grams of canned chopped tomatoes
1 dl of water
some fresh coriander

Cauliflower rice:
1 cauliflower head
3 tablespoons of butter
1-2 chopped garlic cloves

Chicken Jalfrezi

1. Melt half the ghi in a wok or a large frying pan. Add the chicken bits and stir fry for about five minutes, or untill the chicken gets brownish. Lift the chicken out of the pan without pouring out the ghi.

2. Melt the rest of the ghi, add onions and stir fry untill it´s goldenbrown. Add the garlic- and gingerpaste, and stir fry for a couple of minutes.

3. Add bits of paprika, and stir fry for a couple of minutes.

4. Add the green chilli, cummin, coriander, chillipowder, turmeric and salt. Add the canned tomatoes and the water.

5. Reduce the heat a bit and add the chicken and the cauliflower rice, let it stand for about 10 minutes without a lid. Stir once in a while.

6. Serve with sprinkles of fresh coriander.

Cauliflower rice

1. Use a grater and make ricelooking bits of the cauliflower head.

2. Melt butter in a pan and stir fry the chopped garlic for a couple of minutes.

3. Add the cauliflower “rice”, salt and pepper and stir fry for 7-8 minutes.

Maria Amelie – send her home, or let her stay?

Thousands of people gathered outside the office of the Justicedepartment in Oslo demonstrating the decision to send the illegal immigrant Marie Amelie from Caucasus back home. Over and over again she have got denied asylum and residence permissions.

She got arrested after she held a presentation in Lillehammer, and when she was finished eight police officers waited for her. The reason she got arrested is the fact that she is in Norway ILLEGALLY, and she told her story in a book, and after that she been the face of paperless immigrants. It is a complicated case, because she has been her all her life, speaks the language and even studied here – how she got into a school without an ID I have no idea.

So the demonstrators is of the opinion that she deserves to stay – she is more of less an norwegian girl. But the case have been through the justicesystem over and over again – with the same result. She has no right to be here.

So I wonder, is it just because she is a media favourite?

We need equality for the law, and she is here illegally, so she should be sent home. If she get to stay, we set a precedence that if you just hide long enough – you automatically get to stay. That won´t work.