OKCupid is not OK with Internet browser Mozilla Firefox’s new CEO Brendan Eich.
The popular dating site is taking a stand against Firefox after it was revealed that CEO Brendan Eich donated in support of California’s Proposition 8, which sought to ban gay marriage – six years ago. But six years isn’t long enough for OKCupid, which boasts that 8% of the matches made on the site are between same-sex couples. So now when OkCupid members navigate to the site on a Firefox browser, a message pops up saying “Mozilla’s new CEO, Brendan Eich, is an opponent of equal rights for gay couples. We would therefore prefer that our users not use Mozilla software to access OKCupid.” But no users – Firefox or no Firefox – will be blocked from the site, because that would be getting in the way of love/internet hookups. CNN
Stephen Colbert has deleted his show’s @ColbertReport Twitter account after he came under fire for a tweet about Orientals or whatever. The tweet, which was taken out of context, led to a campaign on Twitter using the hashtag #CancelColbert. Turns out the account was actually run by Comedy Central, not Stephen Colbert or the show. As for those offended by the launch of the “Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever”, they should probably watch the episode – then they’d realize the remark was mocking the Redskins inappropriately named charity. Besides, Colbert isn’t a racist: “I just want to say that I am not a racist,” he said. “I don’t even see race, not even my own. People tell me I’m white, and I believe them, because I just devoted six minutes to explaining that I’m not a racist – and that is about the whitest thing you can do.” Raw Story
Six Taliban, one bullet. Talk about efficiency! A British sniper in Afghanistan killed six Taliban insurgents with a single bullet after he hit the trigger switch of a suicide bomber whose device then exploded. The 20-year-old marksman hit his target from 850 meters away killing the suicide bomber and five others around him caught in the blast. “They were in contact and he was moving to a firing position. The sniper engaged him and the guy exploded. There was a pause on the radio and the sniper said, ‘I think I’ve just shot a suicide bomber’. The rest of them were killed in the blast,” Lt Col Richard Slack recounted. Another suicide bomb gone horribly wrong – the Taliban should really give their suicide bombers more extensive training. Oh wait… they tried that – and it went horribly wrong. The Telegraph
The Obamacare debate is “over”. 7.1 million Americans have signed up for health insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act and Obama doesn’t want to talk about it anymore. It’s over. It hit its target for enrollment and while Obama admits that “the law is not perfect”, it’s the law and the critics should just shut up. “Why are people working so hard for people not have health insurance?” Obama asked the health insurance critics who’ve been attacking the legislation for weeks and months and years. But it doesn’t matter now. “The debate over repealing this law is over,” he said.” The Affordable Care act is here to stay.” Case closed. Time to complain about something else. The budget? Immigration? There’s tons to choose from! NPR
April Fools pranks are all fun and games until you bring in the pandas. Media pranksters took April Fools Day one step too far when they published a story on the homepages of Next Media websites in Hong Kong and Taiwan claiming that one of Taiwan’s beloved pandas had been infected by parasites and could be euthanized. “Taipei Zoo officials have been discussing euthanizing her… much like Copenhagen Zoo recently did with its giraffe Marius,” the story said. This did not sit well with the mayor of Taipei, who sent officials rushing to check with zoo authorities to see whether or not it was true. Luckily the story was false and the zoo released photographs showing the energetic panda Yuan Yuan to quell the country’s fears. Raw Story