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The winner of an International Design Excellence award is a camera for the blind. No, really.

10 incredibly beautiful aquarium fishes. Freshwater and saltwater.

The Guo-li-Zhuang restaurant in Beijing serves water buffalo penis, yak's testicles, and deer penis juice. Quote: The meals served do not come cheap: A yak penis costs €179, while a hotpot with 10 different penis-and-testicle selections served on an attractive, four-sided plate tower with little statues of animals will set you back €89. For particularly discerning palates, the menu also offers deer and sheep fetuses (€36 and €9, respectively).

Small town mostly supports school principal for witch-hunting a lesbian student. When a high school senior told her principal that students were taunting her for being a lesbian, he told her homosexuality is wrong, outed her to her parents and ordered her to stay away from children. He suspended some of her friends who expressed their outrage by wearing gay pride T-shirts... and he asked dozens of students whether they were gay or associated with gay students.... [but] many in this conservative community still wonder what, exactly, [the principal] did wrong.

What will be the largest solar panel array in the world has been planned for Gujarat, India.
The current largest array generates 900 megawatts of electricity. This one will generate 5 gigawatts.

Intel working on perfecting wireless electricity.
Note the use of the word "perfected," because it's not ready yet, although Intel have vastly increased its efficiency to 75%. Nikola Tesla was the first to pull this off, but no one knows how he did it.
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Religious groups lead New York gay pride parade

NEW YORK: Religious groups including Christians, Jews and Buddhists led the New York gay pride parade, lending gravity to the often outrageous event that celebrates the night patrons of a gay bar in Manhattan resisted a police raid.

"We stand for a progressive religious voice," said Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum of New York City's Congregation Beth Simchat Torah. "Those who use religion to advocate an anti-gay agenda I believe are blaspheming God's name."

Kleinbaum, who heads the world's largest predominantly gay synagogue, and the Rev. Troy Perry, founder of the Metropolitan Community Church, were the parade's grand marshals Sunday, waving from his-and-hers convertibles.

The march took place days after the New York State Assembly passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, which Governor Eliot Spitzer supports. Although the bill is unlikely to pass the Republican-controlled state Senate any time soon, parade-goers said they were cheered by the Assembly's action.

"This is one very important step toward full equality for all New Yorkers," Kleinbaum said.

As in past years, there was exhibitionism on display as the parade inched down Fifth Avenue and into Greenwich Village. Revelers gyrated in bikini briefs and marched in spike heels.

But the placement of the religious organizations near the head of the march — ahead of AIDS service groups and political advocacy groups — gave them unaccustomed prominence.

A Buddhist group carried signs that said "Construct Dignity in Your Heart" and "Don't Block Your Buddha."

The gay Roman Catholic group Dignity had a float and a giant rainbow flag. Jeff Stone, secretary of the New York chapter, said he was hopeful that the church would someday change its stance opposing homosexuality.

"We see that the opinion of ordinary Catholics is changing," he said. "Eventually what happens at the grass roots percolates up in the church."

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From something I read online earlier this morning:

150 years ago:  the abolition of slavery
100 years ago:  the emancipation of women
50 years ago:  interracial marriage
Today:  same-sex relationships

Why is it that the church always has to be dragged, kicking and screaming (by secular outrage) towards the tolerance and compassion that, ironically, it claims to hold a monopoly on?

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