This month The Sun newspaper started a new campaign that attempted to set Page 3 up as a supporter of breast cancer charities. This involved a front page featuring a topless model, with a commentary of how to check breasts for potentially cancerous lumps and suggestions of what to name your breasts. If this sounds ridiculous, that’s because it is. The Sun is making a last ditch attempt to gather support for page 3 by pitting it directly against breast cancer. The message couldn’t be clearer, either you support page 3 or you support breast cancer.
Reactions to this appalling publicity stunt have ranged from laughter, to shock, to full-blown range, to pain. Some have written about their own experiences of breast cancer and the devastating effects it has had on their bodies, their minds and their families, and expressed their anger and sadness at The Sun’s exploitation of their pain. Breast cancer is not about giggling and groping your cleavage whilst wearing lacy knickers, it is about mastectomy scars, chemotherapy and finding the strength and courage to keep fighting. The Independent said the campaign was ‘sick, even by The Sun’s standards’, whilst the New Statesman emphasised that readers were being asked to pick a side: page 3 or breast cancer.
Then something wonderful happened. The No More Page 3 campaign, which had steadily been gaining support through signatures on an online petition for over a year, experienced a sudden surge in popularity and acquired over 13,000 signatures in less than 24 hours. Less than two weeks later, 35,000 more signatures have been added. Now, either it was an incredible coincidence that all of these people simultaneously realised that breasts were not news, or they were disgusted by The Sun’s apparent attempt at philanthropy and decided that enough was enough. I hate to make assumptions, but I’m going to throw caution to the wind and suggest that it was the latter of these.
A small fire broke out in an apartment at the Merwede square in South Amsterdam. Normally this would not create headlines weren’t it that this was the last address where Anne Frank lived before she and her family were forced into hiding by the Nazi regime. According to the fire deparment the fire started in furniture in the living room.
The occupant of the apartment was not at home. A neighbour tried to extinguish the fire but had to be hospitalized due to inhaling smoke. Thanks to him the damage to the building was limited.
A few years back some film footage surfaced which contained the only moving images of Anne Frank. She was leaning out of the window
Anne Frank leaning out of the window.
In 2013, the East Timorese government found that their cabinet rooms had been bugged by the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS). The incident itself had happened nine years previously.
Things got rather spicier when the domestic Australian intelligence service, ASIO, raided the office and house of lawyer Bernard Collaery, a lawyer acting for the East Timorese government. The documents seized ostensibly related to spying allegations concerning the $40 billion oil and gas treaty between the countries. The distinguished international lawyer Sir Eli Lauterpacht was beside himself, calling them “unprecedented, improper and inexplicable.” The incident landed Australia before the International Court of Justice in The Hague.
These revelations have been getting some coverage, though not enough. They got the East Timorese into a considerable state. East Timor’s foreign minister, Alfredo Pires, was adamant that sovereignty had been breached by the bargy impudence of the Australian services. Moves were then commenced to engage an arbitration process to have the Timor Sea Treaty invalidated. But the goggles of paternalism remain strong - former Australian foreign minister Senator Bob Carr spoke about the fictitious friendship that governs relationships of abuse. The bully thinks of being loved, even as the bullying is being inflicted. The victim is also expected to tag along.
The ASIO raids were deemed entirely appropriate by Canberra for matters of “national security”, and a ridiculous undertaking was given that the information seized by the agency will not be communicated to anyone other than for purposes of national security till the International Court of Justice makes an order.
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The federal government does not require state and local law enforcement agencies to report on the number of untested rape kits in their facilities. As a result, there is no comprehensive, national data on the nature and scope of the rape kit backlog.
Despite this lack of a reporting requirement, federal lawmakers have put forth several promising reforms, and various federal laws have helped to encourage rape kit testing at the state and local levels.
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“Changing the name of the square in Kiev, capital of Ukraine, from ‘independence’ to ‘euro’ is a clear sign that this movement, supported by the United States and Europe, is pushing Ukraine away from independence toward dependency,” said Maj. Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi, the chief of staff of the Iranian Armed Forces.
Last week, Kayhan newspaper, which is managed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s representative, Hossein Shariatmadari, published an editorial in which the crisis in Ukraine was described as the conflict between the Kremlin and the “enemy” of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The editorial’s author, Sadollah Zarei, a theoretician who works for the Iran Revolutionary Guard, described the enemy as “the West,” but did not elaborate.
Inside Iran, however, some say that the recent events in Ukraine represent to the hard-liners more than just a disagreement between Russia and the West, and that it has reopened an old psychological wound.
“For the government, Ukraine is the symbol of the velvet revolution,” said a Green Movement activist to Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity. “A lot of people believe that the post-election demonstrations in Iran in 2009 were influenced by the Orange Revolution of 2005 in Ukraine.”
The activist said: “Certain groups in the establishment are worried that with the fall of the corrupt government in Ukraine, members of the Iranian social movement might think that if [President Hassan] Rouhani’s administration fails to push for a major improvements, they, too, can once again return to the streets.”
BuzzFeed really wants you to live in Texas, because the queso rocks.
no…really….in Texas the queso is better than sex…apparantly:
1. Queso. To be honest, the existence of queso is reason enough to live in Texas,
and, being Texas - still better than sex is number 2 on the list:
2. Blue Bell ice cream for days.
and 3? you betcha - moar food! :
3. Honey Butter Chicken Biscuits from Whataburger. AKA your new favorite thing to eat that is actually terrible for your heart, but is so good for your soul.
The reason everything is bigger in Texas, is because, they apparently eat in place of great sex. It’s not just sex either, taxes, - yep, Texas likes food better than taxes, but I’ll get to that later.
To be fair, it is not just food which buzzfeed lauds the Lone Star State for:
36. The men are true gentlemen.
Hmm… and in real terms - that puts Texas exactly where?
1. New Mexico - 93/1,000
2. Mississippi - 90/1,000
Third. Worst. I promise you, however, the gents are really really nice in Texas.
The ten states with the highest rate of females murdered by males were, as of 2010, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Louisiana, Virginia, Texas, New Mexico, Hawaii, Arizona, Georgia. In 2009, for homicides in which the victim to offender relationship could be identified, 93% of female victims were murdered by a male they knew, 63% of them in the context of an intimate relationship.
Dating violence has become a problem among young Texans. According to the Texas Council on Family Violence, more than 27% of young people have been victims of physical dating violence. However, if these figures included emotional and verbal abuse the percentage of those effected would rise to almost 50%.
Ok Ok, I know, it is not fair to dismiss a state on how it treats women comparative to its peers, lets go further down Buzzfeed’s list:
34. Southern hospitality.
I am sure Texas is a really hospitable place - I really am….however… maybe to be fair - this is only to a certain type of Texan:
In 2011, the largest percentage of hate crime reports were racial in nature. The second most commonly reported bias motivation was sexual orientation, the third most common bias motivation was ethnicity/national origin, the fourth most common form of hate crime was religious and the fifth was disability.
If you are a lesbian Hindu Lithuanian with a palsy, maybe Vermont would be better…
42. The feeling of living in a place people are proud to call home.
44. NO STATE INCOME TAX.
The Commonwealth Fund ranks the Texas healthcare system the third worst in the nation. Texas ranks close to last in access to healthcare, quality of care, avoidable hospital spending, and equity among various groups. Causes of the state’s poor rankings include politics, a high poverty rate, and the highest rate of illegal immigration in the nation. In May 2006, Texas initiated the program “code red” in response to the report that the state had 25.1 percent of the population without health insurance, the largest proportion in the nation. Texas also has controversial non-economic damages caps for medical malpractice lawsuits, set at $250,000, in an attempt to “curb rising malpractice premiums, and control escalating healthcare costs”.
The Trust for America’s Health ranked Texas 15th highest in adult obesity, with 27.2 percent of the state’s population measured as obese. The 2008 Men’s Health obesity survey ranked four Texas cities among the top 25 fattest cities in America; Houston ranked 6th, Dallas 7th, El Paso 8th, and Arlington 14th. Texas had only one city, Austin, ranked 21st, in the top 25 among the “fittest cities” in America. The same survey has evaluated the state’s obesity initiatives favorably with a “B+”.The state is ranked forty-second in the percentage of residents who engage in regular exercise.
Top 10 Least Walkable U.S. Cities
5. Oklahoma City
7. Kansas City
8. Fort Worth
9. El Paso
Texas emits the most greenhouse gases in the U.S. The state emits nearly 1.5 trillion pounds (680 billion kg) of carbon dioxide annually. As an independent nation, Texas would rank as the world’s seventh-largest producer of greenhouse gases. Causes of the state’s vast greenhouse gas emissions include the state’s large number of coal power plants and the state’s refining and manufacturing industries. In 2010, there were 2,553 “emission events” which poured 44.6 million pounds of contaminants into the Texas sky.
When the black smoke pours out of the Texan oil refinery across the road in yet another unplanned discharge, Erma Lee Ellas has just one way to try to keep the cloud of chemicals from reaching her asthmatic lungs: “I close the door.”
Port Arthur, Texas has some of the dirtiest air in the United States. Some people like to say it’s the smell of money. For residents like 78-year-old Ellas, it brings sickness and pain.
Texas has a reputation of harsh criminal punishment for criminal offenses. It is one of the 32 states that practice capital punishment, and since the US Supreme Court allowed capital punishment to resume in 1976, 40% of all US executions have taken place in Texas. As of 2008, Texas had the 4th highest incarceration rate in the US. Texas also has strong self defense laws, allowing citizens to use lethal force to defend themselves, their families, or their property
As of 2010, Texas had a gross state product (GSP) of $1.207 trillion, the second highest in the U.S. Its GSP is comparable to the GDP of India or Canada, which are the world’s 12th- and 11th-largest economies, respectively. Texas’ economy is the fourth-largest of any country subdivision globally, behind England (as part of the UK), California, and Tokyo Prefecture. Its Per Capita personal income in 2009 was $36,484, ranking 29th in the nation.
In 2010, there were 346,000 millionaires in Texas, constituting the second-largest population of millionaires in the nation.
Nationally, the Dallas-Fort Worth area, home to the second shopping mall in the United States, has the most shopping malls per capita of any American metropolitan area.
Texas ranked 29th in the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Report Card on American Education. Texas students ranked higher than average in mathematics, but lower in reading.
Between 2006-2007, Texas spent $7,275 per pupil ranking it below the national average of $9,389.
The pupil/teacher ratio was 14.9, below the national average of 15.3.
Texas paid instructors $41,744, below the national average of $46,593.
Hey, don’t let all that get you down :
100. Living in the state with the most state pride.
101. And finally, knowing for a fact that everything is actually bigger and better in Texas!
The conflict in Syria has taken on many shapes as it mutated from a popular mass movement for political change into a proxy civil war with sectarian undertones. Each region of this land, a diverse tapestry with intricately interwoven social, ethnic and religious ties bound together with the strings of a shared history, has experienced the conflict in distinct ways.
Aleppo is perhaps unique in this respect, deviating from the standard Syrian model in that the conflict here follows the stratification of society along class and clan lines, rather than the general sectarian rift that delineates the conflict elsewhere. A large number of Sunnis from all backgrounds, including the working and rural classes, fight alongside the regime in militias or as willing conscripts. In other provinces, however, the split could be more or less described as halves of a once coherent social order split along purely confessional lines.
In Aleppo, the splits are more blurred. Needless to say, the entirety of the rebel forces — except for the foreigners fighting with the al-Qaeda affiliates — fighting under Islamist or mainstream groups are composed of poorer Sunnis from the countryside.
UPDATED: THANK YOU KIM WORTHY —100 Serial Rapists Identified After Rape Kits From Detroit Crime Lab Are Finally Processed
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Over 11,000 sexual assault kits, some dating back to the 1980’s, were found abandoned in a Detroit Police storage facility back in 2009.
Not long after the rape kits were discovered, Worthy pushed to start the processing with Michigan State Police.
So far, 1,600 rape kits have been processed, resulting in the identification of about 100 serial rapists and ten convicted rapists, according to Worthy.
Credit where Credit is Due: Kim Worthy
“If we compare the discovery of DNA 50 years ago to the discovery of language over 10,000 years prior, we are currently at the printing press in genetics. That’s an incredible rate of progress and an exciting place to be in history.” So says Kishan Bhoopalam, the CEO of Genetic Ink,. a New York-based startup that plans to make unique pieces of art based on peoples’ DNA.
We’re all going to die, and you better get used to that. With the art created by Genetic Ink, a representation of your specific DNA structure could outlive you. The art/product is created by taking a cheek swab with a kit sent to you by the company, which is then processed in a CLIA-certified lab and turned into an original piece of art. That’s the basic idea anyhow.
The reddit poster also claimed that Horner blocked the clinic driveway with his truck, called the police four times because “the babykillers are on the public sidewalk,” and brought his two children out inadequately dressed for a day with a 35-degree windchill.
The video shows paternalism at its best, so to speak. Invoking his benevolent authority as a father, the man huddles with his children as if in a bunker to prepare them for a lifelong war. “That woman over there” is the enemy, whose personhood is entirely separate from, and inferior to, that of any pregnancy she may have. “That woman over there” is advocating sin (which the toddler probably doesn’t understand the meaning of yet) because life begins at conception (definitely doesn’t get that one) and wants to kill babies (this much she might begin to grasp).
It’s a reminder of how infantile the anti-choice rhetoric can be. If there were a Right to Life Style Guide, it would say, “Whether referring to infants, fetuses, or embryos, always use the term ‘precious little babies.’” Fetus dolls turn playtime into something more sinister. Sex is a scary abstraction, worthy of punishment much worse than a time-out.