The Daily Populous

Wednesday March 22nd, 2023 day edition

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More than 30 African countries, including Uganda, already ban same-sex relations.

The new law appears to be the first to outlaw merely identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ), according to rights group Human Rights Watch.

Supporters of the new law say it is needed to punish a broader array of LGBTQ activities, which they say threaten traditional values in the conservative and religious East African nation.

In addition to same-sex intercourse, the law bans promoting and abetting homosexuality as well as conspiracy to engage in homosexuality.

I support the bill to protect the future of our children," lawmaker David Bahati said during debate on the bill.

"This law is very extreme and draconian ... it criminalises being an LGBTQ person, but also they are trying to erase the entire existence of any LGBTQ Ugandan," he said.

In recent weeks, Uganda authorities have cracked down on LGBTQ people after religious leaders and politicians alleged students were being recruited into homosexuality in schools. »

‘Don’t Say Gay’ lawmaker pleads guilty to COVID relief fraud

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The former Florida lawmaker who sponsored the controversial law critics call “Don’t Say Gay” pleaded guilty Tuesday to committing $150,000 in COVID-19 relief fraud.

Joseph Harding, a 35-year-old Republican, pleaded guilty in Gainesville federal court to wire fraud, money laundering, and making false statements in connection with COVID-19 relief fraud, according to court records.

The Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program is designed to provide economic relief to small businesses that are experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. »

Experimental pill breakthrough sees cancer vanish in a third of leukaemia patients

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This drug has completely eliminated cancer in a third of the participants in a long-awaited clinical trial in the United States.

Such transplants require that patients have no cancer or only very low levels of cancer in their blood - and revumenib helped them get there.

"That is the most likely strategy to get us to cures where patients don't have to see leukaemia doctors after that and don't need treatments for leukaemia". »

AI-faked images of Donald Trump’s imagined arrest swirl on Twitter

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In a tweet, Higgins confirmed that he used the impressively realistic AI engine Midjourney v5 to generate the fake images.

Ars couldn’t immediately reach Higgins for comment on the images, some of which have been viewed 2.2 million times on Twitter as of this writing.

Anyone who clicks through Higgins’ thread of AI-generated images faking Trump's arrest would likely realize that the images are not real. »