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Renowned Conservation Photographer Garth Lenz: The True Cost of Oil

The impact of the Alberta Tar Sands mining project
Environment • Views: 27,560

Garth Lenz is one of the world’s most famous conservation photographers (with a perfect name for it), and here he is with a TED Talk, using his stunning photography to illustrate exactly what happens to an ecosystem when we mine its tar sands to extract oil. It’s pretty shocking to see the terrible reality behind the Keystone XL debate.

Lenz gets choked up at a couple of points in his presentation, and it isn’t hard to see why.

Onion Video: Republicans Reach Out to Women With New ‘No Punch Pretty Lady’ Bill

Their own version of the Violence Against Women Act
Humor • Views: 25,074

Indiana GOP Pushes Bill to Mandate TWO Invasive Ultrasounds

Republican “rebranding”
Politics • Views: 22,323

Republicans in Indiana are not happy with a bill that mandates an invasive transvaginal ultrasound procedure before a woman would be allowed to have an abortion.

They’re not happy because they want to force women to undergo TWO invasive transvaginal ultrasound procedures — before and after: Double Ultrasound Bill in Indiana Passes Out of Senate Committee.

The Indiana state Senate on Wednesday advanced a bill that would require women to undergo an ultrasound procedure both before and after having a medication-induced abortion during the first trimester of pregnancy.

The Senate Health and Provider Services Committee approved Senate Bill 371 on Wednesday by a vote of 7 to 5, sending it to a full vote in the state Senate. The bill, introduced by state Sen. Travis Holdman (R), imposes heavy regulations on clinics and physicians that offer medication abortions, which are generally used to end a pregnancy up to 10 weeks from a woman’s last period. It would require women to be presented with the sound and image of the fetal heartbeat before the abortion and to return for a follow-up ultrasound to ensure that she is no longer pregnant and has stopped bleeding.

Dr. Anne Davis, the consulting medical director for Physicians for Reproductive Health, said the requirement would place an undue burden on women seeking to end their pregnancies. “She can do a blood test at any local facility after an abortion to show that the hormone levels are going down as they should, there’s no medical reason to make her drive back to the abortion clinic and go through another ultrasound,” she said. “This is yet another onerous, medically unnecessary barrier.”

The director of the Indiana chapter of religious fanatic anti-choice group “Right to Life” says, “Hey, just think of it like having sex. What’s the big deal?”

Sue Swayze, the legislative director of Indiana Right to Life, told local radio station WBAA that that goal of the bill is to protect women’s safety and hold abortion clinics to higher health standards. She said she does not understand why it would be a problem to mandate transvaginal ultrasounds.

“I got pregnant vaginally,” she said. “Something else could come in my vagina for a medical test that wouldn’t be that intrusive to me. So I find that argument a little ridiculous.”

If that disgusting little talking point sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the same one used by wingnut ranter Dana Loesch.

Mocked for Pushing Fake Story, Breitbrats Go Totally Ballistic

Desperately thrashing Breitbart
Wingnuts • Views: 19,509

The now thoroughly discredited hacks at breitbart.com are in a serious rage today, lashing out at everyone who mocked them over their “Friends of Hamas” fake story and posting at least nine articles so far today attacking Chuck Hagel even more rabidly than before.

The most ridiculous one of the bunch may be “editor” Joel Pollak’s pathetic, whiny complaint that the media aren’t pushing for Hagel to prove Breitbart’s fake claims wrong. Yes, that’s right — he actually expects the media to chase after the figments of his imagination: IN ‘FRIENDS OF HAMAS’ STORY, MEDIA FAIL TO PURSUE FULL DISCLOSURE FROM HAGEL!!!

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