At Porter’s press conference, Lynch compared fighting ISIS terrorists to fighting legal abortion in Ohio, noted rightwingwatch.org (video below).
Lynch recalled how shocking the beheading of journalists by ISIS was, but claimed it was the same evil as abortion.
“As a nation, we are aroused to combat this evil on the other side of the world,” said Lynch. “Somehow, we’re blind and silent to the 20,000 deaths plus, 70 a day, that are occurring right here in the state of Ohio.”
There’s a lot of debate about which method of drying your hands is actually the most clean. This video explores the benefits of both and explains which one actually helps keep your hands the most clean.
@joshuafoust that's because it's from 2009 and it crashed in Nevada - http://t.co/mEEuycZiia
So, Joshua Foust caught wind of Ansar al Sharia claiming that they had captured a Predator drone that crashed in Yemen. It’s been reported by multiple outlets in the Middle East with no qualms.
Yet, Joshua was right to think something was up with the photo. Turns out that while the Predator drone indeed crashed in a nearly intact state, the photo wasn’t from a crash site in Yemen or 2014.
It’s from a 2009 crash in Nevada. That’s a US soldier in the background investigating the crash, which apparently was the result of a mechanical failure.
It took all of 30 seconds to find the origin of the photo and watching it pop up time and time again. Yet that isn’t stopping folks in the Middle East and terror groups from pilfering images and claiming them as victories for their terror groups. It’s an attempt at propaganda, but one that fails on all levels.
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Not satisfied with the suggestion that he ‘put a case on it,’ the video’s protagonist decides to take matters into his own hands and grind the thing down till it’s flush with the body. Pros: no more wobble when he sets it down on the table, or snagging on his pocket. Cons: we’re pretty sure that camera is toast. Worth it?
On Sept. 12th, Jennifer Whalen, a 39-year-old mother of three in the rural town of Washingtonville, Pa., went to jail to begin serving a 9-to-18-month sentence. Whalen’s crime was, in effect, ordering pills online that her older daughter took in the first several weeks of an unplanned pregnancy, when she was 16, to induce a miscarriage. The medication was a combination of mifepristone (formerly called RU-486) and misoprostol. The drugs have been available from a doctor with a prescription in the United States since 2000 and are used around the world to induce miscarriage.
Recent research increasingly suggests that early in a pregnancy, women can safely use mifepristone and misoprostol to miscarry at home. (Much more about this here, in a story I wrote in August). But if the medical risk of this kind of do-it-yourself abortion is relatively small, the legal risk still looms large.
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On the night before Whalen went to jail, I drove to Pennsylvania to meet her. We sat at a conference table in the office of her lawyer, who was present for the 90-minute conversation. For most of the time we spent together, she sat hunched forward, arms wrapped around herself. She was dreading the prospect of leaving her 11-year-old daughter and her husband at home, she said, as well as her older daughter, now 19, who still lives with the family. (The oldest child, a 20-year-old son, lives nearby.) “I’m scared,” Whalen said of serving her sentence. “And I’m hurt because I can’t be with my family.”
If you’ve been watching the news in the last year, and especially in the last month as the midterm elections get closer, you may have noticed the word “personhood” popping up a lot. At first glance, it seems pretty self-explanatory. You know what a person is, right? Your friends, families, significant others, school and work colleagues — all people. But what does the term mean in the political context? Why are so many legislators talking about “personhood” and what a person is? And what does that have to do with your everyday life? Personhood could actually have a huge impact on your reproductive and medical choices. Here’s why it’s so important to understand the issue.
1. Personhood is a political push to create a standard, legal definition of “person,” which would begin when an egg is fertilized by sperm and end when the last breath is taken. The anti-abortion activists who support it hope to challenge Roe v. Wade by getting the Supreme Court to rule that a person is legally defined as existing from the moment of conception. The language comes from Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, who stated that the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection clause does not refer to the unborn because they are not legally people. “If this suggestion of personhood is established, the appellant’s case, of course, collapses, for the fetus’ right to life would then be guaranteed specifically by the Amendment,” Blackmun wrote in Roe v. Wade.
2. If a personhood amendment passed, abortion would be outlawed. Because a person would be defined from fertilization to last breath, any harm caused to that “person” would be considered a crime. That obviously includes abortion, but medical professionals also worry that personhood could mean they’d have to withhold care until a patient’s life is truly in danger so they don’t accidentally do something seen as causing the death of an embryo or fetus, which could be considered murder or manslaughter.
Yet after becoming a hero to the right, Kobach is now struggling to hold onto office, trailing or tied in recent polls. And he can thank Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback for his troubles, since Brownback’s decisions to alienate moderate Republicans ended up driving Kobach’s opponent out of the party and made her determined to take Kobach down.
New estimates from the World Health Organization warn the number of Ebola cases could hit 21,000 in six weeks unless efforts to curb the outbreak are ramped up, according to an analysis published online Tuesday by the New England Journal of Medicine.
Since the first cases were reported six months ago, the tally of cases in West Africa has reached an estimated 5,800 illnesses. WHO officials say cases are continuing to increase exponentially and Ebola could sicken people for years to come without better control measures.
But the U.N. health agency has warned that tallies of recorded cases and deaths are likely to be gross underestimates. For instance, it noted Tuesday that the true death toll for Liberia, the hardest-hit country in the outbreak, may never be known, since bodies of people dying in a crowded slum in the capital have simply been thrown into rivers.
FROM PR WEEK
tate Farm has pulled an ad featuring anti-vaccine activist Rob Schneider after a social media campaign urged the insurance company to end its affiliation with the actor.
Social media pages Food Hunk, Science Babe, and Chow Babe, all of which refute pseudoscience claims, started the anti-Schneider campaign last week, questioning how a company that sells insurance could hire a celebrity spokesman so openly against vaccinations.
The activists have encouraged consumers with State Farm policies to get involved by contacting their agents and telling them that “someone who publicly states dangerous opinions should not be a spokesperson for a health insurance company.”
The technology industry’s practice of sending consumer’s cases to arbitration instead of the courts suffers a blow.
A class action lawsuit claiming Samsung’s Galaxy S4 phone isn’t as fast or high-performing as the company claims will not be sent to an arbitrator, a federal judge ruled.
U.S. District Judge James Donato denied Samsung’s motion to compel arbitration, concluding that no arbitration agreement existed between the parties after a Verizon salesperson unboxed the phone and handed it to name plaintiff Daniel Norcia without also giving him the warranty booklet, which contained the arbitration provisions.
In February Daniel Norcia sued Samsung, alleging the company “intentionally programmed the Galaxy S4 to fool benchmark apps and create false perceptions regarding the speed and performance of those devices.”
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