Brett Jones, left, the first openly gay Navy SEAL, plays basketball
with his husband, Jason White, and their son, Ethan, 13.


Navy's first openly gay SEAL
builds his life anew

For years, Brett Jones lived a double life. He was a Navy SEAL, a muscular M-60 gunner trained to kill and survive in enemy territory. He was also gay.
He held his secret close, so close that his SEAL teammates — his closest friends — never suspected. Jones was careful to introduce his male lover, a Navy sailor, as his roommate. He persuaded an attractive friend to pose as his girlfriend whenever the SEALs threw parties.
But one day in 2002, Jones accidentally outed himself. He left an "I love you'' phone message for his lover — a stupid mistake, he realized the instant he hung up.
A sailor heard it and turned him in. The Navy launched an investigation designed to dishonorably discharge him.
That mistake led Jones here, to the deeply conservative Bible Belt country of north Alabama, to a brick ranch home on Drury Lane he shares with his husband, Jason White, a burly former police detective and self-professed country boy raised in northern Alabama. The two men are parents to Ethan, a precocious 13-year-old known in the flat, clay and pine country as the only kid in school with two gay dads.
The first openly gay SEAL has built a new life here at age 41 with a family that has replaced the two families he lost — the one that raised him and the one he built with fellow SEALs. Both his parents and the Navy banished him because he's gay.
On this steamy night, the two gay parents and their straight son are sweating and shoving as they fight to win a roughhouse driveway basketball game called Cheater Ball. 
The three of them horse around, joking and teasing like teenagers. They are close, and necessarily so, since a gay marriage — not to mention gay parenting — is viewed with deep suspicion and outright hostility in perhaps the most anti-gay state in the country.
When Jones and White attend Ethan's baseball games, they say, coaches and other parents barely speak to them. There are loud whispers and hard stares. No one will sit with them.

The parents of Ethan's friends refuse to allow them to spend the night in the house Jones and White built together in little Toney, population 13,000. But the friends are allowed to stay over with Ethan when he's at the home of his mother, White's ex-wife.

School is worse, the family says. It's a rural county school, almost entirely white and deeply conservative. In science class one day, White says, a teacher stressed that marriage was strictly between a man and a woman. Teachers and students pass Bible verses to Ethan.
Source: Los Angeles Times, David Zucchino, May 29, 2015

French Tall Ship L’Hermione In Bermuda

A spectacular French visitor, the Tall Ship L’Hermione makes a one-day stop over in St. George’s today.
A full-scale replica of the historical 32-gun, 18th century warship that carried the Marquis de Lafayette back to General George Washington and the American Revolution in 1780 is on route from Western France to Yorktown to begin her tour of North America. (Source: Bernews, May 26, 2015)













Gustave Caillebotte, Nature morte au vase de lilas (1883)
(Still Life with a Vase of Lilacs - 1883)
Huile sur toile (oil on canvas) 73 x 66 cm
Collection privée (Private Collection)

Jacob Holden photographed by Daniyel Lowden











Congrats, Ireland!












Ireland has become the first nation to approve same-sex marriage by a popular vote, sweeping aside the opposition of the Roman Catholic Church in a resounding victory Saturday, May 23, 2015 for the gay rights movement.





Left Image Credit and Copyright: Damia Bouic;
Right Image Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, MSSS; Digital processing: Damia Bouic
Source: The Mars Society (Very High Resolution: 2683 x 1500)

How different does sunset appear from Mars than from Earth? For comparison, two images of our common star were taken at sunset, one from Earth and one from Mars. These images were scaled to have same angular width and featured here side-by-side. The terrestrial sunset was taken in 2012 March from Marseille, France, while the Martian sunset was captured last month by NASA‘s robotic Curiosity rover from Gale crater on Mars.





"Dying to Flying"


A lifelong passion for extreme sports ended in climber Dean Potter's death on Saturday when Potter, 43, and his friend Graham Hunt, 29, died in a BASE jumping accident in Yosemite National Park.

In 2009, Potter jumped off a cliff on Switzerland's Eiger Mountain, flying for nearly three minutes in a wing suit. The jump was the longest BASE jump ever, covering about 9,000 vertical feet and nearly 4 miles.





Last year, Potter returned to Eiger -- this time with his dog, Whisper, outfitted in goggles and strapped to his back. The two tandem jumped off a ledge, and the video can make people queasy to say the least, but Whisper seems to be OK. (Source: LA Times, May 18, 2015)






SAN FRANCISCO — Two wingsuit fliers who leaped to their deaths from a cliff in Yosemite National Park were trying to zoom through a notch in a ridgeline and were airborne for about 15 seconds when they slammed into a rocky outcropping, a friend said Monday.
Dean Potter, 43, and his partner Graham Hunt, 29, were both experienced at flying in wingsuits — the most extreme form of BASE jumping, which is a sport so dangerous that enthusiasts keep lists of the dead.
Dressed like flying squirrels, with flaps between their outstretched arms and legs to keep them aloft, they leaped off Taft Point, 3,500 feet above the valley floor, and would have been traveling at speeds close to 100 mph as they aimed for the narrow gap in the ridge.
BASE jumping — renegade parachuting off buildings, antenna, spans (such as bridges) and Earth (in this case, the cliffs over Yosemite Valley) — is illegal in national parks. Doing it in a wingsuit is even more dangerous, particularly the form Potter practiced, gliding frighteningly close to cliffs and trees before deploying his chute.
“I love the idea that I can change the worst possible thing to the best possible thing: dying to flying,” Potter says in “Fly or Die,” a documentary about his wingsuit jumps that can be seen on National Geographic’s website.
“The wingsuit is basically the flying squirrel suit,” Potter explained in the video. “Everyone kinda fantasizes about it — flying. And it’s an amazing place in history right now, that man actually has the skills to pull it off.” Read more
Source: The Washington Post, May 18, 2015

It gets better

Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, right, embraces his husband
Gauthier Destenay after their marriage at the town hall in Luxembourg,
on Friday, May 15, 2015.

Luxembourg's gay PM marries his partner


LUXEMBOURG — The prime minister of Luxembourg has married his partner a year after the tiny, staunchly Roman Catholic nation’s parliament approved a law allowing same-sex marriage.
Prime Minister Xavier Bettel at first said he wanted to have a very private wedding, but by Friday morning, he had already posted a picture of himself with Belgian partner Gauthier Destenay on his Twitter profile page. The official ceremony at Luxembourg City Hall occurred late Friday afternoon.
Bettel, a 42-year-old lawyer, heads the free-market DP liberals, who entered a coalition government with the Socialists and the Greens to end 34 years of Christian Democrat reign in Luxembourg. On July 1, this nation of 520,000 will take over the presidency of the 28-nation European Union, giving Bettel major international exposure.
Shoehorned between Germany, France and Belgium, Luxembourg has been at the heart of European affairs since the founding of the EU in 1957. It was long seen as a picture of sedate bourgeois conservatism, yet it has become a major financial center, giving it clout well beyond its size.
Bettel has also reinvigorated the political scene with reforms. Last year, lawmakers overwhelmingly approved changes to allow people of the same sex to wed and to adopt children — part of the most fundamental revision of Luxembourg’s laws on marriage since 1804.
In 2010, Iceland’s prime minister married her partner in what was believed to be the first same-sex wedding of a ruling government leader in Europe.
Source: The Associated Press, May 15, 2015

Pierre Pérez by Ian Mind




Negue









NEGUE

Composição: Enzo de Almeida Passos, Adelino Moreira

Negue seu amor e o seu carinho
Diga que você já me esqueceu
Pise machucando com jeitinho
Este coração que ainda é seu
Diga que meu pranto é covardia
Mas não se esqueça
Que você foi meu um dia
Diga que já não me quer
Negue que me pertenceu
Que eu mostro a boca molhada
Ainda marcada pelo beijo seu


Traduction libre :

Tu peux bien dire...

Tu peux nier m'avoir aimé(e),
[avoir jamais éprouvé de la tendresse pour moi]
Tu peux bien dire que tu m'as déjà oublié(e)
Tu peux bien fouler aux pieds
Ce cœur qui bat toujours pour toi
Tu peux bien dire que si je pleure, c'est par lâcheté
Mais n'oublie pas
Qu'un jour, tu as été à moi
Tu peux bien dire que c'est fini
Tu peux bien dire que tu ne m'as jamais appartenu
Moi, je te montre mes lèvres humides
Encore empreintes de ton baiser

Brats



Brats




Тернопільський Тімберлейк з ниток
24 кілометри ниток, 13 000 цвяхів – тернопільський студент створив портрет Джастіна ТімберлейкаРезультат: майже 400 000 переглядів відео за 5 днів Відео: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIXEpn_ntME
Posted by hromadske.tv on Sunday, May 3, 2015

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