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Only 4 Gay-Friendly Towns in Kennebec County Maine, Judging by 2009 Vote

When gay and lesbian couples travel, their research can never be as simple as a catalog of attractions. The question “Am I welcome?” lingers in the back or the front of the mind. It’s unfortunate but true that in 21st Century America there are still some places where gay and lesbian couples can be shoved [...]

Vote Reveals Three Gay-Friendly Towns in Franklin County, Maine

The November 3, 2009 vote on Ballot Question 1 has revealed the character of towns across the state of Maine. A “Yes” vote on Ballot Question 1 was a vote to take away the marriage rights of gay and lesbian people in Maine. A “No” vote on Ballot Question 1 was a vote to preserve [...]

Vote 2009: Every Town in Androscoggin County Maine is Gay-Unfriendly

If you are a gay or lesbian person who is looking for a place to travel in Maine where you feel welcomed, results from the 2009 vote suggest you should avoid Androscoggin County, Maine.

Every single town within Androscoggin County — a relatively populous, relatively urbanized county in central-southern Maine — turned out a majority [...]

2009 Vote, Noted: Gay-Friendly and Gay-Unfriendly Towns in Oxford County Maine

Should you visit Oxford County, Maine?

If you’re a gay or lesbian American, the question isn’t as simple as looking into the recreational, cultural and historical opportunities of the area. It’s unfortunate, but same-sex couples have to consider whether they’ll be welcomed, shunned or worse.

Recent political activities provide some answers to this question [...]

Gay-Friendly and Gay-Unfriendly Towns in York County, Maine as Measured by the 2009 Vote

Discrimination against gay and lesbian people in America is widespread, but it is not universal. In some places gay and lesbian couples holding hands are welcomed. In other places, gay and lesbian couples holding hands get yelled at in public by complete strangers. In yet other places, gay and lesbian couples holding hands are at [...]

Arctic Sea Ice Extent, October 27 2009: 6 Standard Deviations Below the 1979-2000 Mean

The latest data on sea ice extent in the Arctic Ocean includes information up through October 27, 2009:

Source: National Snow and Ice Data Center

The National Snow and Ice Data Center’s standard for measuring a notable deviation from the 1979-2000 sea ice average is two standard deviations, which is a reasonably strong standard, [...]

Columbus Pride 2009: Broad Activism and a vivid Brunner Candidacy Turning Up the Heat

Today I intended to scoot down the block to Columbus Pride 2009 in order to interview the folks down at the Skreened booth. Skreened, a national print-on-demand outlet for ethically-made t-shirts, centers its production here in Columbus, Ohio and not only features t-shirts for local LGBT organizer Stonewall Columbus but also is participating in [...]

April Runs Hot And Cold

Last month, state weather did not predict national climate which did not predict global climate. [...]

Barack Obama News Conference Watchathon and LiveBlog Reaction (4-29-09)

At 8:00 PM, you can watch could have watched the Barack Obama news conference right here, live, thanks to Hulu.

I’ll be liveblogging the news conference by updates to this post. Feel free to join me in reflection through the comments.

What I’m looking for:

discussion of U.S. torture policy and the role of [...]

If March 6 Tea Party Vs. Columbus Was About the Stock Market…

With a focus on money, money, money and mine, mine, mine, people met outside the Aladdin Shrine Center in Columbus, Ohio on March 6, 2009 in a “tea party” protest against the presidency of Barack Obama. When I asked protesters to explain their opposition to Barack Obama, they either refused or cited the stock market [...]

Political Issue Salience in CafePress Searches (3-18 to 3-23 2009)

When a shopkeeper uploads an image to CafePress to place on a t-shirt, a bumper sticker or a button, she or he is encouraged to add “tags” that describe an item. To assist in tagging decisions, CafePress will indicate how many people searched a particular tag the day before in their website’s “Marketplace” search.

I’ve [...]