YouTube Star Shane Dawson Has Come Out to His Fans as Bisexual in an Emotional Video

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YouTube star Shane Dawson has come out as bisexual, in a touching 15-minute video posted to his channel Tuesday.

Twenty-six-year-old Dawson, whose real name is Shane Lee Yaw, is known by his 6.7 million subscribers for his comedies, parodies and sketches that he has been uploading to YouTube since 2008.

In the emotional video, which has so far gained more than 1 million hits, Dawson says he had been confused about his sexuality all his life, but especially in the past year.

“This is something I’ve come to the conclusion through therapy and from being honest with myself,” he says. “I am bisexual.”

Dawson says he never thought he would make the video but did so because he thought it could help people who were also unsure about their sexuality.

“There are a lot of coming out videos of people who are gay or lesbian and they’re so confident,” he…

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Preview: Mother Russia #3

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MOTHER RUSSIA #3

story and art by Jeff McComsey
$3.99, print release, mini-series, bw, military/horror, 17+

It’s a Ballroom Blitzkrieg in the streets of Stalingrad as Mother Russia fights her way through a sea of undead while a toddler is strapped to her back. The odds are a million to one and that’s the good news. Not one step backwards in this 44-page conclusion to FUBAR’s first stand-alone tale!

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How a Federal Lab Lobbied With Taxpayer Dollars

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Top officials at one of the U.S. nuclear weapons laboratories secretly drew up a careful list of targets in 2009. But these were not Russian missile silos or Chinese leadership targets. The officials’ aim was instead to hit a small group of policymakers in Washington with enough political pressure to ensure that the laboratory’s managers could get a lucrative new, 7-year federal contract.

To ensure victory – which to the corporation controlling the lab meant avoiding a messy competition with any other corporations – those at the helm of Sandia National Laboratories devised what they called a “capture strategy” for senior Obama administration officials, according to a laboratory internal document. In part, it entailed hiring three high-priced consultants, at a total expense to taxpayers of up to half a million dollars, who helped craft the target list.

Those on the list were in many cases the usual suspects — members…

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Peter Webber To Direct ITV Event Series ‘Tutankhamun’

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EXCLUSIVE– Peter Webber is on-board to direct Tutankhamun, a major new four part TV series for ITV.  The event series will follow the epic story of Howard Carter’s discovery of the tomb of one of Ancient Egypt’s forgotten pharaohs, the boy-king Tutankhamun.

Guy Burt (Jekyll and HydeThe Borgias) is writing and the story will focus on the personal story of Carter, a solitary man on the edge of society who became an iconic figure and an unlikely hero. The story unfolds from 1905 when Carter, an eminent British archaeologist then in his 20’s, is fervently leading an expedition only to have his license to dig revoked by Cairo’s Antiquities Service. Carter spends years ostracised, dishevelled and living rough and resorting to selling previously discovered archaeological relics to buy food. A chance meeting with British aristocrat, the dashing and eccentric Lord Carnarvon, brings a change of fortunes…

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July 8 is National Chocolate with Almonds Day

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National Milk Chocolate with Almonds Day

Five Food Finds about Almonds

  • The protein in almonds is more like the proteins in human breast milk of all the seeds and nuts, which is why it is the choice of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine as the base for its baby formula.
  • Almonds are the most nutrient-dense tree nut. One ounce of almonds (20-25 almonds) contains 160 calories and only 1 gram of saturated fat and no cholesterol.  Almonds are also an excellent source of vitamin E and magnesium, and a good source of protein and potassium.
  • The Jordan almond is a large plump variety of almond from Malaga, Spain, considered to be the finest cultivated almond. The are frequently sold with a hard colored sugar coating, or salted.
  • It takes 1000 pounds of almonds to make 1 pint of almond oil.
  • The world’s largest almond factory is in Sacramento, California…

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A Philosopher’s Guide to Happiness

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Happiness: A Philosopher’s Guide is worth reading. Frederic Lenoir explores what the greatest thinkers — Aristotle, Plato, Chuang Tzu, Voltaire, Spinoza, Schopenhauer, Kant, and Freud — have to add to the ongoing conversation on happiness.

The question of happiness is forever being discussed: eventually it gets worn down and loses its edge. But although it’s become so common- place, and seems so simple, it’s still an enthralling question, one that involves a whole skein of factors not easy to untangle. … [T]he pursuit of happiness isn’t a pointless quest. We really can be happier if we think about our lives, if we work on ourselves, if we learn to make more sensible decisions, or indeed if we alter our thoughts, our beliefs, or the way we imagine ourselves and the world.

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On why there is no recipe for happiness:

Another difficulty arises from the notably relative character of…

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A Philosopher’s Guide to Happiness

TIME

Happiness: A Philosopher’s Guide is worth reading. Frederic Lenoir explores what the greatest thinkers — Aristotle, Plato, Chuang Tzu, Voltaire, Spinoza, Schopenhauer, Kant, and Freud — have to add to the ongoing conversation on happiness.

The question of happiness is forever being discussed: eventually it gets worn down and loses its edge. But although it’s become so common- place, and seems so simple, it’s still an enthralling question, one that involves a whole skein of factors not easy to untangle. … [T]he pursuit of happiness isn’t a pointless quest. We really can be happier if we think about our lives, if we work on ourselves, if we learn to make more sensible decisions, or indeed if we alter our thoughts, our beliefs, or the way we imagine ourselves and the world.

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On why there is no recipe for happiness:

Another difficulty arises from the notably relative character of…

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This University Has Dropped Its Ban on ‘Homosexual Acts’

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Baylor University, the largest Baptist university in the world, has dropped a prohibition on “homosexual acts” from its sexual conduct policy.

The Waco, Texas, university previously included such acts in the same category as sexual assault, adultery, fornication and incest, The Dallas Morning News reports.

Baylor’s Board of Regents approved the change in May after administrators proposed that the campus rules on sexual conduct apply equally to everyone at Baylor. “These changes were made because we didn’t believe the language reflected Baylor’s caring community,” spokesperson Lori Fogleman told the Morning News in an email. “We are pleased with the recent changes to the policy language and that it states more plainly the expectations of the university.”

In 2013 a Baylor student tried to make campus policies more inclusive to gay students, but his proposed resolution was vetoed by the student body president after passing in the student senate.

What the…

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Morning Must Reads: July 8

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is continuing to draw massive crowds on the campaign trail, leading him to strike a triumphant tone on the stump. But if history is any guide, he will have difficulty sustaining his momentum, owing to difficulty expanding his message to less-liberal Democratic voters. His primary opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton opened up ever-so-slightly in her first national television interview Tuesday, rejecting the notion that she contributed to the widely held perception that she is untrustworthy and weighing in on placing a woman on the $20 bill. In the interview, she lumped former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in with the GOP’s more conservative voices on immigration, which came as news to Bush, who has been coming under attack for his positions for years. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who will announce his presidential bid on Monday, will visit all four early states next week, culminating…

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