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Project ROSE Is Arresting Sex Workers in Arizona to Save Their Souls | VICE United States February 27, 2014

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Project ROSE is a Phoenix city program that arrests sex workers in the name of saving them. In five two-day stings, more than 100 police officers targeted alleged sex workers on the street and online.  They brought them in handcuffs to the Bethany Bible Church. There, the sex workers were forced to meet with prosecutors, detectives, and representatives of Project ROSE, who offered a diversion program to those who qualified. Those who did not may face months or years in jail.

In the Bethany Bible Church, those arrested were not allowed to speak to lawyers. Despite the handcuffs, they were not officially “arrested” at all.

via Project ROSE Is Arresting Sex Workers in Arizona to Save Their Souls | VICE United States.

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Publishers Withdraw More Than 120 Fake, Computer-Generated Papers – The Ticker – Blogs – The Chronicle of Higher Education February 26, 2014

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The fraudulent papers were identified by Cyril Labbé, a computer scientist at Joseph Fourier University, in Grenoble, France. He developed a way to detect manuscripts produced by software called SCIgen. The program, invented by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2005, builds papers from randomly combined strings of words. Its inventors created it to prove that conferences would easily accept fraudulent papers.

via Publishers Withdraw More Than 120 Fake, Computer-Generated Papers – The Ticker – Blogs – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Jon Husted sets stage for race with Nina Turner, Emily’s List adds to Buckeye State endorsements: Ohio Politics Roundup | cleveland.com February 26, 2014

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State Sen. Nina Turner a Democratic challenger who favors the expansion of voting opportunities

via Jon Husted sets stage for race with Nina Turner, Emily’s List adds to Buckeye State endorsements: Ohio Politics Roundup | cleveland.com.

JSTOR: The Journal of American History: Most Accessed February 26, 2014

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Links to External Content: 2009-2012 (Vol. 95, No. 4 – Vol. 99, No. 1)

Articles accessed the most in the past 3 years

Refreshed monthly

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Taste Test From Hell: We Cooked a Bunch of Gross Recipes From the ’50s February 26, 2014

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Few things are more luridly delightful than midcentury food porn—fishy Jell-Os, mayonnaise frosting, all canned everything, foods ground up and then moulded into the shapes of other foods. If you’ve ever flipped through your grandma’s post-war Betty Crocker cookbook, then you know what I’m grimacing about. These are recipes from leaner times, grounded in thriftiness and imperishability and resourcefulness. And, yes, Hot Dog Aspic Ambrosia is fun to gawk at in 2014, but what would happen…if you actually ate the food? Some friends and I decided to find out.

via Taste Test From Hell: We Cooked a Bunch of Gross Recipes From the ’50s.

The audacious rescue plan that might have saved space shuttle Columbia | Ars Technica February 26, 2014

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The audacious rescue plan that might have saved space shuttle Columbia

The untold story of the rescue mission that could have been NASA’s finest hour.

via The audacious rescue plan that might have saved space shuttle Columbia | Ars Technica.

SB 1062 should never have had to be written February 26, 2014

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The First Amendment was meant only to protect the Christian faith. When the founders spoke of religion, they meant the Christian religion. They did not have to keep saying the Christian religion because everyone knew that is what they were talking about.

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Focus On The Family, Alliance Defending Freedom, NOM Leaders Reportedly Met With Author Of Russian ‘Homosexual Propaganda’ Bill | Right Wing Watch February 26, 2014

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Focus On The Family, Alliance Defending Freedom, NOM Leaders Reportedly Met With Author Of Russian ‘Homosexual Propaganda’ Bill

SUBMITTED BY Miranda Blue on Thursday, 10/24/2013 10:04 am

Last week, we reported that National Organization for Marriage president Brian Brown had just gotten back from a Moscow planning meeting for the 2014 World Congress of Families gathering in Russia. Brown confirmed his participation to Rachel Maddow, telling her “we are proud to work with our allies in Russia and around the world to protect marriage as the union as one man and one woman.”

We now have a clearer idea of who those allies are. In a press release yesterday, the World Congress listed many of the participants in last week’s planning meeting. They included leaders of several major American religious right groups including Brown, Benjamin Bull of the Alliance Defending Freedom, Tom Minnery of Focus on the Family, Justin Murff of the Christian Broadcasting Network, and Austin Ruse of the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute (C-FAM).

Also on the list is Fabrice Sorlin, the far-right French activist who led a delegation joined by Brown to testify before the Russian parliament in May in favor of a broad ban on the adoption of Russian orphans by gay couples and single people living in countries that allow same-sex marriage. Sorlin is the one who told members of the Duma that Russia’s efforts to repel advances in gay rights (or “the suicide of our civilization”) was just like its role protecting Europe from the “the Mongol hordes of Genghis Khan” in the 13th century.

via Focus On The Family, Alliance Defending Freedom, NOM Leaders Reportedly Met With Author Of Russian ‘Homosexual Propaganda’ Bill | Right Wing Watch.

Alliance Defending Freedom | Right Wing Watch February 26, 2014

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Alliance Defending Freedom

Alliance Defending Freedom Posts Archive

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Alliance Defense Fund | Right Wing Watch February 26, 2014

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Alliance Defense Fund

Founded by a group of high-profile Religious Right leaders such as D. James Kennedy and James Dobson, the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) sees itself as a counter to the ACLU. As a legal group, it assists and augments the efforts of other right-wing groups to “keep the door open for the spread of the Gospel.” The ADF has been active on issues including pushing “marriage protection,” exposing the “homosexual agenda” and fighting the supposed “war on Christmas.” MORE >

via Alliance Defense Fund | Right Wing Watch.