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Great Britain Legalizes Gay Marriage! – Video



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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) Members of the wedding industry gathered in SW Portland on Tuesday to show off the services they plan to offer same-sex couples who plan to get married if a ban on gay marriages is overruled in Oregon.

Josef Reither, the owner of Botanica Floral Design in SE Portland, was one of many present at the Wedding Professionals United for Marriage reception to show his support for marriage equality.

The amount of money weddings bring in annually is staggering not only to individual business owner but also to the city and general economy, said Reither. When it comes to business to discriminate just because theyre a same sex couple is wrong.

According to a new study conducted by UCLAs Williams Institute, more than 5,000 gay and lesbian couples would marry within the first three years if same-sex marriage was legalized in Oregon, resulting in more than $6,300 on average per wedding.

However, opponents are gathering signature for Initiative Petition 52, which would protect individuals, including businesses, from participating in ceremonies that violate their faith.

The first amendment of the U.S. constitution and the Oregon state constitution does not distinguish between individuals and clergy, said Shawn Lindsay with Friends of Religious Freedom.

Lindsay said the initiative would protect a Catholic harpist, Jewish violinist or Muslim pianist from government penalties or civil actions, extending religious protections to individuals.

Initiative Petition 52 could be on the ballot in November after enough signatures are gathered, according to Lindsay.

Oregon United for Marriage is also gathering signatures for Initiative Petition 8, which would allow voters to decide if same-sex marriages can be performed in Oregon. The ability for voters to decide, however, depends upon a federal judges ruling in Eugene after final arguments are made in a case challenging Oregons ban on gay marriage next week.

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Why There Isn't a Vaccine for Ebola

On March 28, 2014, healthcare workers from Doctors Without Borders, react, as they prepare isolation and treatment areas for their Ebola, hemorrhagic fever operations, in Gueckedou, Guinea.

Image: Kjell Gunn Beraas, Medecins Sans Frontieresar /Associated Press

As a virologist, I am often asked when science will come up with a solution to stop deadly viruses, such as the current Ebola outbreak in Guinea. With collaborators, I’ve helped design and test over a hundred potentially life-saving antiviral drugs. These have led to patents and publications, which are the hallmarks of success in my profession – yet not one of these drugs has ever made it from the lab to market.

Pharmaceutical companies are businesses they last only as long as they continue to make money. While a new wonder drug may be hugely profitable in the short-term, the financial health of a company depends on its drug development pipeline, the ability to bring a steady flow of new drugs to the market in the long term. And a company is only as strong as its pipeline.

It takes time to dream up ways to attack a virus. Often what appears to be its Achilles heel turns out to be armor plated. Viruses are adaptable and thick-skinned, and have found many various ways to survive millions of years’ worth of virus-crushing weaponry.

For every virus-stopping drug that makes it to market, several more will have dropped out during development. And many drugs that work well in sheets of cells that researchers use to grow viruses are completely ineffective in animals. Others go on to fail in people because they cause bad side effects, or are quickly broken down by the body’s filter organs. Faced with these difficulties, it is a wonder that we have any new drugs at all.

So, developing new drugs that could treat diseases like Ebola is a financially risky proposition at best, though the results of a recent Ebola treatment trial looked promising.

The current Ebola outbreak is nearing a hundred deaths in a period of about a month. As shocking as it sounds, if all of those people died in a single day, together with all the victims of SARS, MERS, bird flu, swine flu, and half a dozen viral hemorrhagic fevers, they wouldn’t produce a noticeable blip in the daily death statistics. And as deadly as Ebola is, far more in Africa will die of malaria, tuberculosis and the complications of HIV this year.

This is why the early stages of drug and vaccine development are usually undertaken by small groups of scientists working in their own labs, relying on funds by governments, charities or universities. There are many potentially deadly viruses in the world, but few are considered widespread enough to merit the tens to hundreds of millions needed to bring a new vaccine to market. The process works, but it is slow – and practicalities kick in.

There are far more viruses in the world than virologists. We each have to choose what we work on. Self-interest plays a part. Why should the government of a country like the UK expend a large amount of money on Ebola, which only seems to crop up in sub-Saharan Africa? Especially when heart disease and cancer take far more lives both here and throughout the world? Well deadly diseases don’t only cost lives.

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Globalizing World Requires Transatlantic Partnership and Leadership

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Speaker: Dr. Wolfgang Schuble, Minister of Finance, Federal Republic of Germany Presider: Robert M. Kimmitt, Chairman, American Council on Germany April 14, 2014

KIMMITT: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. My name is Bob Kimmitt, and on behalf of the Council on Foreign Relations, I would like to welcome you to this conversation with Dr. Wolfgang Schauble, the finance minister of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Herr Bundesminister, willkommen in Washington. Mr. Minister, welcome back to Washington and to the Council on Foreign Relations. Today’s exceptionally large turnout is a real compliment to you.

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble has given a lifetime of service to his country, half — half to West Germany and half to united Germany. He was a central member of the historic group that — under the leadership of Helmut Kohl and supported strongly by the United States — moved Germany from division to unity in fewer than 11 months in 1989 and ’90.

After service over decades in the Bundestag, the federal chancellery, and the interior ministry, he became federal minister of finance in October 2009, just as the financial crisis was moving from the United States to Europe. In these last five years, Wolfgang Schauble has become the most consequential finance minister in Europe and a leading figure in the G-7 and the G-20. Throughout, he’s been a superb representative of Germany, a strong supporter of a more unified and effective European Union, and a committed transatlanticist.

It’s my pleasure and honor to introduce Wolfgang Schauble, the minister of finance of the Federal Republic of Germany. Mr. Minister, the floor is yours.

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SCHAUBLE: Thank you, Ambassador Kimmitt.

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s a great honor and pleasure for me to be here again. And I will not waste my time, but I will start immediately in saying, above and beyond all of the irritations, that the three letters in Germany, NSA stand for, this fact remains true: Like no two other actors on the global stage, the United States and Europe — what we call the Western world — share common values, common strengths, and common interests when it comes to shaping the global order of the 21st century.

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Kazu Haga Occupy Oakland Nonviolence vs Diversity of Tactics – Video


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Egypt Takes Over Gaza (1957) – Video



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Gaza's Hamas prime minister praises shooting that killed Israeli in the West Bank

JERUSALEM The prime minister of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip has praised an attack that killed an Israeli in the West Bank.

Speaking Tuesday in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh said the shooting a day earlier outside the city of Hebron “brought back life to the path of resistance.” He saluted “Hebron and the heroes of Hebron.”

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, which also wounded the slain man’s wife and their son as they were en route to a seder meal to mark the Jewish holiday of Passover.

Hamas and Israel are bitter enemies. The sides have engaged in frequent fighting since the Islamic militant group seized power in Gaza in 2007. Israel, along with Egypt, also has imposed a tight blockade on Gaza since Hamas’ takeover of the seaside strip.

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Cutty Sark reborn as cabaret theatre

By day, the drydocked sailing ship will continue as a museum; by night, an 85-seat space for comedy, music and sailors' tales Theatregoers will occupy a space once packed with tea chests, in the hold of one of the most famous ships ever built, the Cutty Sark, whose tall masts towering above the drydock at Greenwich are a landmark on the London skyline. The lower hold of the ship will continue …

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Five Spanish regions top EU unemployment table

The arguments bandied about by the government that Spains economy is on its way to recovery are in stark contrast to the statistics that are regularly released by Brussels.

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[69] Max Keiser on crypto-currencies & Dean Baker on aggregate demand – Video



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