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An actor on ABC Family series “The Fosters” blasted YouTube for placing an age restriction, which has since been removed, on a video that shows he and another “Fosters” actor kissing in a scene from the show.
“WHAT?! YouTube blocking #jonnor scene w/ age restrictions?” Gavin MacIntosh, who plays Connor on “The Fosters,” tweeted on Sunday. “100% discrimination & homophobia! SO innocent compared to what’s on YouTube!”
MacIntosh’s tweets have since been deleted. The video in question is not on an official ABC Family account and was posted by a third party.
The video was age restricted for at least most of Sunday. Shortly after Variety contacted YouTube for statement on Sunday afternoon, the age restriction was removed.
“When it’s brought to our attention that a video or channel was age-gated incorrectly, we act quickly to fix it,” said a YouTube spokesperson.
When asked why the video was originally restricted and why that restriction was lifted, the spokesperson declined to comment.
The scene is from an episode that aired March 2, showing Jude, played by Hayden Byerly, confronting MacIntosh’s character about their relationship. The two argue, then share a short kiss at the end of the scene.
The scene did draw controversy after it aired, though much of it focused on the age of the boys. Byerly is 14 and MacIntosh is 15, and both play 13 year olds. The show’s co-creator, Peter Paige, tweeted about it the day the episode aired, writing, “Youngest same-sex kiss in US television history? #Jonnor”
When an age restriction is placed on a video, viewers are unable to see it unless they have a registered Google account with an age of 18+. Google, which owns YouTube, said on a support page that “some videos don’t violate our policies, but may not be appropriate for all audiences.”
Reasons listed for an age restriction include “vulgar language, violence and disturbing imagery, nudity and sexually aggressive content and portrayal of harmful or dangerous activities.”
YouTube users typically identify videos that may violate policies by flagging them, and the Google team reviews the videos after they’re reported to make the decision. Account owners may also restrict their own videos.
When asked for comment, an ABC Family spokesperson said, “We are very proud of the Jude and Connor storyline” and referred questions to YouTube. MacIntosh has not yet responded to request for comment.
The United States Army has announced they will be conducting a simulated training exercise over the summer in which they plan to simulate battles and insurgent attacks throughout Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah and Colorado. According to recently unclassified documents, the exercise, which categorizes Texas and Utah as “Hostile” States, will run from July 15 through September 15th.
Multiple branches of the military are expected to take part in the massive drill including Navy Seals, Green Berets and the 82nd airborne division.
What to Expect during the Drill
While a number of liberal news organizations are doing everything they can to defend the drills, smearing anyone who dares question why the military is conducting large-scale drills that look like preparation for the implementation of Martial Law,the fact is we have the right to ask questions. Imagine if this drill happened under the last president; these same people would be up in arms crying about Martial Law and begging the ACLU to do something about it.
Military offers official response.
While the U.S. military has confirmed the drill, they say the public has nothing to worry about. They claim that the drill is just “a regular training exercise.” But that hasn’t stopped many from wondering why their documents list Texas and Utah as Hostile zones.
The Army says Jade Helm is a real exercise and will take place in the Southwest, as the slides indicate. But USASOC spokesman Lt. Col. Mark Lastoria said that’s the extent of the reports’ accuracy.
“It’s a training exercise. Just a regular training exercise,” Lastoria said of Jade Helm, which USASOC documentation references as a training exercise in at least one previous year as well.
Documentation showing where Drill will Take Place
JADE Military Drill
Why are so many of these drills looking at American Citizens as a Threat?
Back in 2012, an army report about the future use of the military as a police force within the United States caused a huge controversy. The report included theoretical situations where the U.S. Army could be sent into U.S. cities that have been taken over by Tea Party “insurrectionists.” The report titled, Full Spectrum Operations in the Homeland: A “Vision” of the Future, was written by a retired Army Colonel and described how future warfare could be conducted on American soil. It also described tea party members and “immigrant-bashing by right-wing demagogues.”
In 2013, the Ohio Army National Guard 52nd Civil Support Unit conducted a training drill where Second Amendment supporters with “anti-government” opinions were portrayed as domestic terrorists.
Make no mistake, I believe most of the Military is very Patriotic. In fact, many of them have also expressed concerns over these exercises, and concerns over why the most patriotic among them seem to be being forced out of the military. A number of them have emailed us about this administration’s attempts to demonize anyone with patriotic views, and warn that our country is being fundamentally transformed into something that our founders never intended.
John 12:12-26 (Good News Translation)
God's Prayerful Word
John 12:12-26: Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem is compared to that of a humble king as described in Zechariah 9:9 and quoted in verse 15. The crowd greets him with palm branches and with praises. Some Greeks were also in Jerusalem at the time and ask to see Jesus.
Today’s Scripture: John 12:13b
“Praise God! God bless him who comes in the name of the Lord! God bless the King of Israel!”
The Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem
(Matthew 21.1-11; Mark 11.1-11; Luke 19.28-40)
12The next day the large crowd that had come to the Passover Festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem.13 So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, shouting, “Praise God! God bless him who comes in the name of the Lord! God bless the King of Israel!”
14Jesus found a donkey and rode on it, just as the scripture says,
15 “Do not be afraid, city of Zion!
Here comes your king,
riding on a young donkey.”
16His disciples did not understand this at the time; but when Jesus had been raised to glory, they remembered that the scripture said this about him and that they had done this for him.
17The people who had been with Jesus when he called Lazarus out of the grave and raised him from death had reported what had happened.18That was why the crowd met him—because they heard that he had performed this miracle.19The Pharisees then said to one another, “You see, we are not succeeding at all! Look, the whole world is following him!”
Some Greeks Seek Jesus
20Some Greeks were among those who had gone to Jerusalem to worship during the festival.21They went to Philip (he was from Bethsaida in Galilee) and said, “Sir, we want to see Jesus.”
22Philip went and told Andrew, and the two of them went and told Jesus.23Jesus answered them, “The hour has now come for the Son of Man to receive great glory.24I am telling you the truth: a grain of wheat remains no more than a single grain unless it is dropped into the ground and dies. If it does die, then it produces many grains.25 Those who love their own life will lose it; those who hate their own life in this world will keep it for life eternal.26Whoever wants to serve me must follow me, so that my servant will be with me where I am. And my Father will honor anyone who serves me.
Palm branches were regularly used to welcome visiting rulers or famous people. What is the significance of the crowed using palm branches to greet Jesus when he arrived in Jerusalem (verse 13)? Reread verse 24. Why do you think Jesus uses the metaphor of a grain of wheat? What is at the heart of his teaching? How will you praise and honor Jesus today?
Lord Jesus, I seek to serve and follow you. You are the King of Israel! I praise you, Lord Jesus! Amen.
Those participating in Palm Sunday processions
John 12:27-50: Jesus speaks about his death.
A third of Republicans believe President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States, outranking concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
A Reuters/Ipsos online poll this month asked 2,809 Americans to rate how much of a threat a list of countries, organizations and individuals posed to the United States on a scale of 1 to 5, with one being no threat and 5 being an imminent threat.
The poll showed 34 percent of Republicans ranked Obama as an imminent threat, ahead of Putin (25 percent), who has been accused of aggression in the Ukraine, and Assad (23 percent). Western governments have alleged that Assad used chlorine gas and barrel bombs on his own citizens.
Given the level of polarization in American politics the results are not that surprising, said Barry Glassner, a sociologist and author of "The Culture of Fear: Why Americans are afraid of the wrong things."
"There tends to be a lot of demonizing of the person who is in the office," Glassner said, adding that "fear mongering" by the Republican and Democratic parties would be a mainstay of the U.S. 2016 presidential campaign.
"The TV media here, and American politics, very much trade on fears," he said.
The Ipsos survey, done between March 16 and March 24, included 1,083 Democrats and 1,059 Republicans.
Twenty-seven percent of Republicans saw the Democratic Party as an imminent threat to the United States, and 22 percent of Democrats deemed Republicans to be an imminent threat.
People who were polled were most concerned about threats related to potential terror attacks. Islamic State militants were rated an imminent threat by 58 percent of respondents, and al Qaeda by 43 percent. North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un was viewed as a threat by 34 percent, and Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei by 27 percent.
Cyber attacks were viewed as an imminent threat by 39 percent, and drug trafficking was seen as an imminent threat by a third of the respondents.
Democrats were more concerned about climate change than Republicans, with 33 percent of Democrats rating global warming an imminent threat. Among Republicans, 27 percent said climate change was not a threat at all.
The data was weighted to reflect the U.S. population and has a credibility interval, a measure of accuracy, of plus or minus 2.1 percentage points for all adults (3.4 points for Democrats and 3.4 points for Republicans.)
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a new challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law that took aim at a bureaucratic board labeled by some Republicans as a "death panel" because it was designed to cut Medicare costs.
The high court left intact a ruling by the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that threw out the lawsuit.
The court’s action in an unsigned order was a victory for Obama administration, which has faced a barrage of legal challenges to the 2010 Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare. The court is currently weighing a separate case challenging health insurance subsidies that are key to Obamacare’s implementation. A ruling is due by the end of June.
In the case that the justices rejected on Monday, Arizona-based business owner Nick Coons and Dr. Eric Novack, an orthopedic surgeon, sued in 2011 in litigation backed by a conservative legal group.
Among other things, they challenged the Independent Payment Advisory Board, or IPAB, a 15-member government panel dubbed by some Republicans as a "death panel" because of its intended role in trimming costs within Medicare, the government healthcare program for the elderly and disabled.
Lower courts threw out the lawsuit. In its August 2014 ruling, the appeals court said that the plaintiffs had not shown they had suffered any harm that they could sue over.
On the IPAB claim, the court noted that under the terms of the healthcare law, the board acts only if Medicare spending increases at a certain level. The earliest it could ever take any action that could potentially reduce Novack’s Medicare reimbursements would be in 2019.
The plaintiffs, represented by the Phoenix, Arizona-based conservative Goldwater Institute, also challenged a provision of the law, known as the individual mandate, that requires Americans to obtain health insurance. Those claims were also rejected.
The Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the individual mandate in 2012.
The case on which the court acted on is Coons v. Lew, U.S. Supreme Court, No. 14-525.
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