Adam Victor Brandizzi
LOUISVILLE, KY—At first glance, high school senior Lucas Faber, 18, seems like any ordinary gay teen. He's a member of his school's swing choir, enjoys shopping at the mall, and has sex with other males his age. But lately, a growing worry has begun to plague this young gay man. A gnawing feeling that, deep down, he may be a fundamentalist, right-wing Christian.
"I don't know what's happening to me," Faber admitted to reporters Monday. "It's like I get these weird urges sometimes, and suddenly I'm tempted to go behind my friends' backs and attend a megachurch service, or censor books in the school library in some way. Even just the thought of organizing a CD-burning turns me on."
Added Faber, "I feel so confused."
The openly gay teen, who came out to his parents at age 14 and has had a steady boyfriend for the past seven months, said he first began to suspect he might be different last year, when he started feeling an odd stirring within himself every time he passed a church. The more conservative the church, Faber claimed, the stronger his desire was to enter it.
"It's like I don't even know who I am anymore," the frightened teenager said. "Keeping this secret obsession with radical right-wing dogma hidden away from my parents, teachers, and schoolmates is tearing me apart."
According to Faber, his first experience with evangelical Christianity was not all that different from other gays his age.
"Sure, I looked at the Book of Leviticus once or twice—everybody has," Faber said. "We all experiment a little bit with that stuff when we're growing up. But I was just a kid. I didn't think it meant anything."
Faber's instinct was to deny these early emotions. But recently, the Louisville teen admitted, the feelings have grown stronger, making him wonder more and more what life as a born-again right-wing fundamentalist would be like.
"The other week, I was this close to picketing in front of an abortion clinic," the mortified teenager said, his eyes welling up with tears. "I know it's wrong, but I wanted so badly to do it anyway. I even made one of those signs with photos of dead fetuses and hid it in my closet. I felt so ashamed, yet, at the same time, it was all strangely titillating."
Faber's parents, although concerned, said they're convinced their otherwise typical gay son is merely going through a conservative Christian phase.
"I caught him watching The 700 Club once when he thought he was alone in the house, and last week, I found some paperbacks from the Left Behind series hidden in his sock drawer," his mother, Eileen Faber, said. "I'm sure he'll grow out of it, but even if he doesn't, I will love and accept my son no matter what."
Faber's father was far less tolerant in his comments.
"No son of mine is going to try to get intelligent design into school textbooks," Geoffrey Faber said. "And I absolutely refuse to pay his tuition if he decides to go to one of those colleges like Oral Roberts University where they're just going to fill his head with a lot of crazy conservative ideas."
He added, "I just want my normal gay son back."
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Adam Victor Brandizzi
O presidente da Confederação Nacional dos Municípios (CNM), Paulo Ziulkoski, avalia que o governo Dilma Rousseff toma o caminho errado ao optar pelo retorno da CPMF, mesmo com a promessa de repartir parte da arrecadação com governadores e prefeitos. Em entrevista exclusiva ao blog, Ziulkoski afirmou que foi procurado na quinta-feira para falar sobre o assunto com o governador do Rio, Luiz Fernando Pezão (PMDB), e com o ministro da Saúde, Arthur Chioro. Mas, para ele, o caminho deveria ser outro para aumentar a arrecadação da União, Estados e municípios.
Para Ziulkoski, o governo deveria restituir a cobrança de Imposto de Renda (IR) sobre os lucros e dividendos das empresas. “Uma alíquota menor, de 15% de IR, renderia cerca de R$ 50 bilhões, partindo da base de dados da própria Receita. Esse dinheiro viria de forma muito mais justa socialmente do que a CPMF e passaria mais facilmente no Congresso, porque seria lei ordinária e não uma emenda constitucional“, disse Ziulkoski.
A arrecadação com IR é repartida com Estados e municípios por meio dos fundos de participação (FPE e FPM, respectivamente), compostos com 23,5% do que é obtido com o imposto. Até 1995, o governo cobrava 15% de IR sobre lucros e dividendos distribuídos pelas empresas a pessoas físicas. Depois, uma lei isentou a cobrança.
Ziulkoski citou dados levantados pelos economistas do Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada (Ipea), Rodrigo Orair e Sérgio Gobetti, com base em dados da Receita para dizer que, mesmo que fosse mantida uma isenção do IR para sócios ou titulares das empresas enquadradas no regime Super Simples, o potencial de arrecadação da medida seria de R$ 40 bilhões no curso de um ano.
“A medida também seria um incentivo para as empresas reinvestirem seu lucro“, reforçou o presidente da CNM. Ao tributar a distribuição de lucros e dividendos, o governo poderia incentivar, de forma indireta, que o dinheiro fosse usado pelas empresas para investimentos, o que reduziria a arrecadação, mas produziria efeito econômico positivo. “Seria bom para todo mundo“, resumiu Ziulkoski.
O presidente da confederação dos prefeitos chamou de “desesperadora” a situação dos municípios neste ano, que será agravada em 2016. “Temos obrigações crescentes com educação, saúde, segurança e ninguém mais consegue cumprir a Lei de Responsabilidade Fiscal. Nós estamos pagando o pato pela crise econômica e precisamos urgentemente de recursos, mas que seja de forma justa socialmente. Assim é mais palatável para todos porque ninguém mais aguenta aumento da carga tributária“, disse ele.
Ziulkoski, no entanto, estendeu o braço ao governo para discutir a nova CPMF, mas deixou claro que o diálogo não será fácil entre a União e os prefeitos. “Se a CPMF for mesmo para a saúde, integralmente, o diálogo certamente será menos problemático porque todos precisam de recursos para arcar com as obrigações da saúde. Mas ainda assim será difícil para os parlamentares e os prefeitos confiarem. A CPMF já existiu e não servia somente para a saúde“, disse ele.
A proposta de restituir a tributação sobre lucros e dividendos tem ganhado força. Além da adesão pública da CNM, a ideia tem sido discutida pelo partido da presidente Dilma, o PT, por meio da Fundação Perseu Abramo, e conta com adeptos no Congresso – parlamentares petistas e também do PC do B e do PDT tem defendido, em maior e menor grau, a medida.
A volta da CPMF é preparada pelo governo como forma de garantir a meta fiscal de 2016, estipulada em 0,7% do Produto Interno Bruto (PIB). Ciente de que a arrecadação continuará fraca no ano que vem, dada a recessão na economia, o governo avalia ter um buraco de R$ 70 bilhões, segundo antecipou ontem o Broadcast, para fechar nas contas de 2016. A arrecadação com a nova CPMF, com alíquota de 0,38%, seria justamente essa, segundo estimativas internas da equipe econômica. A antiga CPMF, extinta em dezembro de 2007, era cobrada de todos os brasileiros, pessoas físicas ou jurídicas, em todas as movimentações financeiras. Por incidir em qualquer operação, a CPMF é considerada um tributo “em cascata” – uma empresa pagava CPMF em todas as etapas de sua produção, da compra de insumos à produção, passando pela venda e distribuição.
A Japanese paradise flycatcher feeding its baby. This migratory species is suspected to be in moderately rapid decline as a result of habitat degradation and loss on its wintering grounds.
Man buys ad time on digital billboards, displays pictures of nature.
Handwritten chalk text on a boarded-up window of the Stonewall Inn (1969)
Why did the Mafia own virtually every gay bar including the historic Stonewall Inn?
In the early 1960s the State Liquor Authority (SLA) of New York considered establishments that openly served alcohol to gay people to be “disorderly houses” as well as places where “unlawful practices are habitually carried on by the public”. Consequently, the SLA refused to issue liquor licenses to gay bars and revoked popular gay establishments’ licenses for “indecent conduct”. Sounds like a bulletproof plan to put an end to “indecent conduct”, right?
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How it became every homophobes’ nightmare:
- The Mafia realized that there was a huge, profitable, and untapped market for creating drinking establishments catered towards homosexuals. By the mid-60s, the Genovese crime family controlled the majority of the gay bars in Greenwich Village.
- The Mob owner of the famous Stonewall Inn, Tony Lauria Genovese or “Fat Tony”, made as much as $5,000 to $6,000 on the average Friday night from almost a 100% profit.
- As a result, Fat Tony had no trouble sliding the New York’s Sixth Police Precinct an envelope with $1,200 a month to turn a blind eye to his many city code violations.
- However, the payoffs did not meant that the Mafia-run establishments were exempt from state laws. Luckily, a choreographed dance routine was established between mobsters and cops so that they could each play out their appearances without threatening their mutual access to easy cash.
- For instance, police raids never occurred on the busy nights and the owners were always prepared for regular raids. And the managers made sure that there were only a few liquor bottles on the actual premise as they would be confiscated during the police raid, meaning that owners like Fat Tony could continue be open for business again from only suffering minor losses.
It could be said that the price of banning gay bars made the Mafia richer whilst allowing “indecent conducts” such as slow dancing with someone of your own sex, and realizing that you might belong to something of a minority group, to thrive. Unfortunately for the homophobes, this would eventually contribute to the outbreak of the Stonewall Riots, the catalyst for the modern LGBTQ+ movement.
Despite the benefits the new era of LGBTQ+ activism would reap, it shouldn’t be overlooked that the system was also a nightmare to the patrons of gay bars:
- The payoffs to the police also enabled Fat Tony to cut corners on hygiene. For instance, Stonewall did not have access to running water so drinks were served in dirty used glasses. The bar was accused of a breakout of hepatitis among its patrons by many Gay Rights groups.
- Safety was a serious issue at the Stonewall. The bar lacked a rear exit. which meant that the only escape in the event of a fire or emergency was the narrow front door.
- Rumour has it that the alcohol served at the gay bars were stolen or bootlegged. Yet, they were watered down and sold at top-shelf prices when the majority of the patrons of gay bars belonged to the poorest group of New York city.
- The more wealthy patrons were subject to blackmail for large sums of money by the Mafia. The employees would single out affluent customers whom were not publicly open with their sexuality. This practice of extortion is said to have been the most profitable aspect of the Mafia club-management.
Overall, the system the Mafia had been established only benefited them. The real nightmare was of course the health and security risks the patrons of gay bars suffered from as the result of SLA’s unfair and homophobic treatment. Thankfully, Stonewall Riots would come out of this and pave the way for the fight towards equality for all sexualities and gender identities.
Documentaries: Stonewall Uprising directed by Kate Davis and David Heilbroner
Image: Fred W. McDarrah/Getty Images
In 1946, sociologist Mirra Komarovsky asked American undergraduate women whether they had “played dumb” on dates. Some of their responses:
In all, 60 percent said they had “concealed some academic honor, pretended ignorance of some subject, or allowed the man the last word in an intellectual discussion.” “And the funny part of it is that the man, I think, is not always so unsuspecting,” one said. “He may sense the truth and become uneasy in the relation. ‘Where do I stand? Is she laughing up her sleeve or did she mean this praise? Was she really impressed with that little speech of mine or did she only pretend to know nothing about politics?’ And once or twice I felt that the joke was on me: the boy saw through my wiles and felt contempt for me for stooping to such tricks.”
(Mirra Komarovsky, “Cultural Contradictions and Sex Roles,” American Journal of Sociology 52:3 [November 1946], 184-189.)
Adam Victor Brandizzi
And the strange kept asking aggressively: is that what you wanted your life to be?
A creepy case report in the journal Neurocase describes a man who came to believe that his reflection was another person who lived behind the mirror.
The patient, Mr. B., a 78-year-old French man, was admitted to the neurology department in Tours:
During the previous 10 days, Mr. B. reported the presence of a stranger in his home who was located behind the mirror of the bathroom and strikingly shared his physical appearance. The stranger was a double of himself: he was the same size, had the same hair, body shape, and features, wore the same clothes, and acted the same way.
Mr. B. talked with this stranger and was puzzled because he knew much about him. Mr. B. even brought food to the mirror with cutlery for two persons. Eventually, the stranger became aggressive, and Mr. B.’s daughter decided to drive her father to the hospital.
…Mr. B. was well oriented and was perfectly able to recognize the members of his family.
In the hospital, tests revealed possible Alzheimer’s disease. Mr B. was prescribed medication, including an antidepressant and an antipsychotic.
Three months later, the recovery was complete. The delusion had disappeared, and Mr. B. explained that his double had gone.
The authors, Capucine Diard-Detoeuf and colleagues, describe this as a case of “Capgras syndrome for ones own mirror image”. Capgras syndrome is the belief that someone, often a spouse or relative, has been replaced by an exact double who is not really who they appear to be. Mr B. believed that his own image was actually a double of himself.
Diard-Detoeuf et al. note that there have been two previous cases of mirror Capgras syndome, including a 1989 report of “a 77-year-old woman with right temporoparietal atrophy who had long conversations with a double of herself in the mirror.”
The mirror Capgras syndrome is distinct from “mirrored-self misidentification“, a symptom that can occur in dementia, in which the patient thinks that their own reflection is another person.
In that syndrome, the reflection may be seen as a stranger, or a relative. However, Mr B. was aware that the man in the mirror looked just like him – in other words, he didn’t misidentify his reflection as anyone else. Rather, he saw the man in the mirror as some kind of double, similar yet different.
Diard-Detoeuf, C., Desmidt, T., Mondon, K., & Graux, J. (2015). A case of Capgras syndrome with one’s own reflected image in a mirror Neurocase, 1-2 DOI: 10.1080/13554794.2015.1080847
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According to an author: “First, note the quarter placed in the images for a size reference. The board for this set was made from jointed pieces of Red Oak.”
“Individual chambers were made for each .50 caliber bullet shell chess piece. Antique watch gears and hands adorn the sides of the board. Intricate wood burning details are found all over the set. Each set will have its own unique artwork. Holes were bored into the sides and gears were set inside. You can make general requests if you like, and I will do my best to integrate them into my work. While etsy only has space for 5 images, I have shown the best angles I can.”
“Antique typewriter parts were used for the retaining rails to hold the pieces in. ( Your set may have a different part for the retaining rails, and it may have two rails per side.) The retaining rails are hinged to allow access to pieces. A custom made pin catch/ hasp locks the rail in place. The entire set is clear coated. The board has been dark weathered to give a unique rustic appearance.”
“All shell brass is tumble cleaned and individually inspected before use. Made from used/spent .50 caliber BMG bullet shells, the light side is wire brushed brass, and the dark side is weathered/ black painted brass. Cuts, bends and curls give each piece their proper designation. All pieces are then clear coated. ”