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August 18, 2011

Farm Fresh News: SF Blogger Plans Target Boycott, Two Armed Robberies Near SF Castro, Computer Chips Mimic Human Brain…

by Accidental Bear

SF blogger plans Target boycott

One Target store is already under construction in San Francisco and another is on its way, but gay activists and marriage equality supporters like Roy Steele will not be part of the welcoming committee. Steele, a gay Christian man who lives in the Lower Haight, has initiated a nationwide boycott of Target and a legion of other retailers who subscribe to the Christian Values Network. “When I saw Target on the list of companies on the CVN website I was unhappy. I thought they had learned,” Steele told the Bay Area Reporter.

SF CA: Two armed robberies reported near Castro

San Francisco police have reported two robberies involving a gun near the city’s largely gay Castro neighborhood last weekend. Police suspect the robberies were related. No injuries were reported in either case. According to police, the first incident occurred at about 3:25 a.m., Sunday, August 14. Officer Albie Esparza, a police spokesman, said two men were walking near the 700 block of Castro Street when they heard two people running up behind them.  Esparza said the first victim turned around and saw both suspects, one with a “short, semi-automatic pistol” in his hand. The suspect approached the man and ordered him to hand over all his property.

Men sue Great America over ‘fags’ Photo

Two gay men are suing Great America three years after an employee of the Santa Clara amusement park reportedly attached the phrase “Were (sic) fags!” to a photo of them.

BREAKING: Obama Administration To Conduct Case-By-Case Review Of Active Deportations

The Obama administration has announced a new process to review all 300,000 active deportation cases to ensure that they are consistent with the nation’s enforcement priorities. The Departments of Homeland Security and Justice will form a working group that will consider deportations on a case-by-case basis and focus its resources and efforts on high priority targets — individuals who pose a threat to public safety and national security or repeat immigration law violators. And while the review won’t explicitly offer categorical relief for any single group — like bi-national same-sex couples, children who were brought to America at a young age, pregnant women, military veterans — the process could provide greater protection for these populations. LGBT families and same-sex couples will be considered as families and could benefit from the discretion of the working group.

T-Shirt Or Sweater? New Google Maps Feature Tells You

Google announced on Thursday that it has added a weather layer to its popular Google Maps tool, allowing users to instantly see current temperatures and weather conditions overlaid on its maps. In a blog post on the official Google blog, the company provides directions on how to use the new feature:

Experimental Computer Chips Mimic Human Brain

Ibm Synapse(SAN FRANCISCO) — Computers, like humans, can learn. But when Google tries to fill in your search box based only on a few keystrokes, or your iPhone predicts words as you type a text message, it’s only a narrow mimicry of what the human brain is capable. The challenge in training a computer to behave like a human brain is technological and physiological, testing the limits of computer and brain science. But researchers from IBM Corp. say they’ve made a key step toward combining the two worlds.

Gun Makers Set Sights On Female Buyers

For years, gun stores were predominantly patronized by men. But these days, shooting ranges and shops selling firearms are seeing more female customers than ever before,Pink and purple handguns are for sale at Hyatt Gun Shop in Charlotte, N.C. Gun store owners reported a 73 percent increase in female customers in  2009 from the year before — a  trend reflected by the growing number of guns made just for women. and that has them changing the way they do business. In one brand-new shooting range at Eagle Gun in Concord, N.C., shots from Sharon Skoff’s handgun boom behind glass that separates the range from the rest of the shop. “I just refuse to be a victim if I possibly can in life,” Skoff says. “I actually went and got my concealed permit a couple months ago so I can carry.”



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