NOM Encourages People to “Void Chase” After Employee Survey On LGBT Issues Surfaces

Void Chase Campaign

Void Chase Campaign

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is boycotting another company – JP Morgan Chase. Their “Void Chase” petition has over 5,000 signatures so far, and is “urging people across the globe to ‘Void Chase’, boycotting the mega-bank because of its highly invasive and inappropriate internal survey that asked employees if they were “allies of the LGBT community.”

NOM President Brian Brown dissed the company in a blog post saying that Chase was, “clearly pushing an LGBT agenda” with the online questionnaire. This apparently creates and intimidating and threating atmosphere.

“We are demanding that the bank issue a formal apology for their offensive conduct and

pledge never again to invade the privacy of their employees by attempting to learn their private views about LGBT issues, and — until they do so — pledge to take your banking business elsewhere,” officials write on the “Void Chase” website. “Chase has refused to answer for this survey, or to apologize and reassure its employees and customers. This is a major violation of trust, the central value in any banking relationship.”

The website shows a screenshot of the question, as well as arguments against JP Morgan chase supporters that the survey was optional and anonymous.

“While Chase has claimed the survey was anonymous, we have proof that employees were required to log in with their unique ID number to take the survey, so the answers to the questions were tied to each employee’s identity,” said Joseph Grabowski, director of communications at NOM told the Christian Post.

A couple of years ago, the traditional marriage group launched the “Dump Starbucks” campaign after the company advocated for same-sex marriage legalization.

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Will the Addition of a Casino Improve Saipan’s Failing Economy?

Saipan Island

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Saipan is the largest island of the Northern Mariana Islands, a commonwealth of the U.S. in the western Pacific Ocean. However, despite choosing to be a U.S. territory in the 1970s, it has control over many of its laws including employment and immigration.

Tourism is the principal economic activity in Saipan. Most of the country’s income comes from tourist attractions and luxury hotels. This is why a lot of local developers are fighting to construct a casino in Saipan – to help improve its failing economy.

Former Governor Benigno R. Fitial showed his support in early July, saying that, “I am for casino. I’m for economic development,” when asked by the Saipan Tribune for a comment on the casino issue. He also went on to say that the local people, especially the retirees, need their money. “We need resources and casino is a very, very huge resource,” Fitial explained.

Voters have rejected two casino proposals already, but legislation to authorize a single US $2 billion casino resort was approved despite corruption allegations. Saipan gaming law gives the government a fixed $15 million annual gaming license fee over the 40-year license term, with no additional tax on the casino’s revenue.

Regardless of the potential competition and its negative impact on other gaming operations, leading developer Mega Stars says it is committed to investing in Dynasty and the island of Tinian for a prospective casino location. When asked if the development firm was granted the license despite the pushback from locals, Sean King, senior VP of Park Strategies and Mega Stars consultant told Variety, “We respect the will of the people, and we’ll cross that bridge if and when we come to it.”

Once the casino is finished, the municipality may be able to work with nearby destinations for direct flights, bringing in more tourists. Although locals are disapproving of the project, when completed, the casino has the potential to completely transform Saipan’s economy.

What are your thoughts? Will this new casino help or hurt the economy?

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Amazon Testing Out a “Netflix for Books” Service

Have you ever wanted a service that was kind of like Netflix but for books? While a couple different companies, Oyster and Scribd, have been trying this out – but it looks like Amazon might take the cake.

Amazon briefly put up a new page on its website for unlimited e-book and audiobook subscriptions called “Kindle Unlimited”, but it has since been removed.

This signup page was mentioned by several people on Twitter on Wednesday. According to a screenshot of that page, Amazon plans to offer users unlimited access to 600,000 digital books for just $9.99 a month.

The question is – will users only be able to use this service on their Kindle, or will iPad and Nook users be able to subscribe as well?

Oyster CEO Eric Stromberg said in a statement that, “We’re not surprised. They have pivoted from transactional to subscription-based in other media, and have had limited success. They really paved the way in ebooks, and it’s exciting to see them embrace the market we created as the future of books.”

Amazon’s pricing is comparable to Oyster and Scribd, which charge $9.95 a month and $8.99 a month, respectively.

What are your thoughts on Amazon’s new service? Hopefully it will be rolled out soon!

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Adam Shulman and Anne Hathaway Support Charity by Hiding Faces

Anne Hathaway & Adam Shulman

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Over the 4th of July weekend, Anne Hathaway and husband Adam Shulman sent a charitable message out to the world in an interesting way—by covering their faces with signs. As celebrities, the two are often hounded by paparazzi, so on a walk with their dogs around Brooklyn, they decided to put that frustration to good use. Photographs show Hathaway’s sign as reading: “Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield had a great idea! Please check out: www.girleffect.org, www.feedingamerica.orgwww.worldofchildren.org.”

Shulman’s message wasn’t about charity, but about being festive: it read, “Happy 4th of July!” But Shulman is no stranger to philanthropic endeavors. Last year, he partnered with World of Children Award to design a Limited Edition Key Necklace that featured the nonprofit’s signature logo. The necklace was released at the 2013 World of Children Awards Ceremony. 100% of the profits supported World of Children Award’s programs serving the needs of vulnerable children.

Stone and Garfield, most recently starring together in “The Amazing Spider-Man,” started the trend of using handmade signs to “bring attention to organizations that need and deserve it.” And with Hathaway and Shulman jumping on the bandwagon, it looks like a trend that’s here to stay.

Last month, Stone and Garfield used the same tactic to deal with a group of photographers in New York City, bringing attention to some of their favorite organizations with their signs.

“Good morning! We were eating and saw a group of guys with cameras outside. And so we thought, let’s try this again. We don’t need the attention, but these wonderful organizations do,” read Stone’s sign with an arrow pointing to Garfield’s, which listed youthmentoring.org, autismspeaks.org, and gildasclubnyc.org.

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J.K. Rowling Shares 1,500 Words of Harry Potter as a Grownup

J.K. Rowling

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J.K. Rowling has shared a 1,500-word glimpse into the Harry Potter world as an adult. At almost 34-years-old, Harry Potter is starting to get threads of silver in his hair and still wears the same round glasses.

The seven-book Harry Potter series, has sold more than 400 million copies worldwide. This story even crashed Pottermore last night, with so many fans eager to read it.

The story is written by Rita Skeeter in The Daily Prophet’s gossip column. Former Dumbledore’s Army members attend a Quidditch game, and Skeeter focuses on their reunion.

Skeeter writes: “One always hesitates to invade the privacy of young people, but the fact is that anyone closely connected with Harry Potter reaps the benefits and must pay the penalty of public interest.”

Skeeter goes on to say that Ron Weasley, has aged less well with his ginger hair “thinning slightly.” Hermione, Ginny, and all their children are featured in the story as well.

Pottermore

The story on Pottermore.

A mysterious cut is described on Harry’s cheekbone, which is most likely a result from one of his missions as a Aurors.

Since the Harry Potter series, Rowling has published a novel for adults, “The Casual Vacancy,” and two detective thrillers under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

The short Harry Potter sequel can be read on the Pottermore website, and requires a free account to read.

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