Out in the real world news is happening and here are the highlights.

Boy Scouts to Allow Transgender Children

The Boys Scouts of America have announced that transgender children that identify as boys are to be allowed into the organization so they too can get bullied at school for being members, regardless of binary gender norms. This comes after an eight year-old from New Jersey was asked to leave after their parents and leaders found out that they were transgender. Watching the Christian right lose their shit over this step towards modernity will be hilarious. – The Guardian

Trump fires acting U.S. Attorney General over Muslim ban

Calling someone a fascist is the most banal and unimaginative of political insults, one that is so overused that the term has lost all of its sting. But there is no other word that would be more appropriate for Donald Trump, after the demagogic president fired acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates for her decision to contravene his racist executive order banning a large swathe of Muslims from entry into the country. The Attorney General's job is to ensure that the constitution isn't violated by the abuse of presidential powers. Yates wanted to overrule the executive order because she wasn't convinced that it was even lawful. This sets a precedent: anyone that attempts to protect U.S. democracy by using the safe guards put in place for exactly that purpose will be terminated by the Trump regime. This is only the beginning, and it will no doubt get more terrifying yet. America, as we know it, is over. – New York Times

Ben Affleck will not direct solo Batman movie anymore

In an attempt to redeem himself after the cringeworthy mess that was Batman vs. Superman, Ben Affleck decided that he'll make his own Batman movie, which he would also star in. Affleck has, however, decided to U-turn on that decision, claiming that, "it has become clear that I can not do both jobs to the level they require." Instead, he will remain as the titular star, and a new director will take over, although maybe it's better that the whole thing is scrapped altogether. No one wants a repeat of Batman vs. Superman. – LA Times

Seattle opens first U.S. heroin injection clinic

With America's opioid epidemic showing no sign of dying down, the city of Seattle has approved the opening of a safe injection clinic where heroin users can come to jack themselves up in a clean, supervised environment. These sorts of clinics have existed in Australia, Switzerland and other parts of Europe for some 20 years now, but it's a bit of a shock that hardline America, a nation of Christian extremists, has followed suit. While moralizers will say it will encourage drug use, the idea that someone will start using heroin simply because they don't have to hide in a public toilet to do so is beyond absurd, and the move will at least keep them out of the public eye and help lower the spread of intravenous diseases. – iTech Post

Liverpool face Chelsea at Anfield tonight

A top-of-the-table clash looms between the two teams that have most impressed in England so far, as chart-topping Chelsea travel to Liverpool. Having fallen dreadfully out of form in recent weeks, Liverpool have slid down to fourth and trail the leaders by 10 points, but they're still a formidable side, particularly at home, and they tend to up their game against stronger opponents. It's very much do-or-die, with a loss definitely ruling them out of the title race. – Goal


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