This afternoon the US Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act with votes 64-32.  For those who are unfamiliar with ENDA, this Act will officially protect employees from discrimination for being LGBT.  There still is a lot of work - both politically and socially - to be done before all people are actually treated equal, regardless of gender, sex, orientation, etc., but this is a very important step in the right direction.

Congratulations, America, for (finally) recognizing all people are created equal though not the same and deserve the same respect in the workplace.

Privacy group demands spy details from telecom firms

The NSA collects its metadata from telecom firms.  They are obligated to the government and rarely will deny requests for information.  This has been going on longer than the Snowden issue and in 2006 there was a whistleblower lawsuit against AT&T.

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BBC News - Germany allows 'indeterminate' gender at birth

Very excited about this.  It is a small step towards acceptance of non-binary individuals, but it is a very important one.  Other countries need to follow suit and recognize that a gender-based system is not inclusive.  People who do not fall into traditional genders are still people.  We say it does not matter if one is male or female, but what if one is neither?  Why should we treat such an individual any differently when we are, at the same time, trying to say gender does not matter?

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