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  • Declining Student Resilience: A Serious Problem for Colleges

    10/01/2015 2:18:07 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 41 replies
    Psychology Today ^ | 9-22-15 | Peter Gray
    A year ago I received an invitation from the head of Counseling Services at a major university to join faculty and administrators for discussions about how to deal with the decline in resilience among students. At the first meeting, we learned that emergency calls to Counseling had more than doubled over the past five years. Students are increasingly seeking help for, and apparently having emotional crises over, problems of everyday life. Recent examples mentioned included a student who felt traumatized because her roommate had called her a “bitch” and two students who had sought counseling because they had seen a...
  • Micromanaging Free Speech

    08/21/2015 11:12:08 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 12 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 21, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Back in the day, when bosses and CEOs got a little too attentive to detail, we would wryly note that they were “micromanaging.” Today, students actually want university administrators to micromanage free speech, putting the First Amendment at risk. “Two terms have risen quickly from obscurity into common campus parlance,” Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt write in the latest issue of The Atlantic. “Microaggressions are small actions or word choices that seem on their face to have no malicious intent but that are thought of as a kind of violence nonetheless. For example, by some campus guidelines, it is a...
  • Andy Richter Calls Me ‘F**king Creep’ For Criticizing Anti-Gun Amy Schumer

    08/06/2015 8:05:02 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies ^ | 8/5/2015 | John Nolte
    According to Conan O’Brien sidekick Andy Richter, I did a terrible thing the other day during a radio appearance; I questioned the current queen of the ruling class — Senator Chuck Schumer’s cousin, comedienne Amy Schumer, after she made a public appearance to call for more federal spending, and for more restrictions of my Second Amendment civil rights. Apparently, believing that a celebrity might exploit a tragedy in order to further their career is now off limits, or something. Because we have never seen anything like that before.
  • Tyrants and Snowflakes

    07/19/2015 6:54:37 AM PDT · by rktman · 6 replies ^ | 7/19/2015 | Clarice Feldman
    At a time when government and institutional overreach has never seemed more extreme, tyrants at the helm are using every means at their disposal to stifle free speech. Elsewhere -- on alternative media and in universities, in particular -- speech is being censored, ostensibly to protect the tender sensibilities of snowflakes -- those infantile sad sacks who need protection from normal debate and such thoughts as have not before penetrated the bubbles they inhabit.
  • When seas rise, will your home be under water? Website helps Miami...

    05/26/2015 4:43:37 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 65 replies
    Florida International University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication in conjunction with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Center have developed a web app, known as the Sea Level Rise Toolbox, which helps Miami-Dade residents visualize the possible impact of rising seas in South Florida on their neighborhoods. ...."Our goal with our app is to inform residents of South Florida about the potential impact of sea level rise where they live,”–­­ said Susan Jacobson, assistant professor of journalism at FIU and the web app project manager. “We want to help our fellow Floridians understand sea level rise and how it may affect...
  • Attention white people: Stop committing 'microagressions'!

    05/14/2015 8:36:10 AM PDT · by rktman · 55 replies ^ | 5/14/2015 | Rick Moran
    Most of us make an effort to be sensitive to other people's feelings regardless of race. But a study produced by the University of Illinois claims we shouldn't even bother. The fact that you are white causes people of color discomfort.
  • Shelton superintendent addresses concerns after students create petition against prom dress code

    05/12/2015 5:30:08 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 29 replies
    Fox Connecticut ^ | 5/11/15 | Marcus Haran, et al
    .....Shelton High School students were shocked and upset with what they heard in school on Friday. In an announcement over the school’s PA system, students were told that prom dresses with slits, open backs and revealing low cuts would not be allowed at this weekend’s junior/senior prom. Shelton’s high school headmaster Beth Smith is threatening to turn students away at the door, though students say Smith encouraged them to show her a photo of the dress they were planning to wear so that she could approve it or deny it. “I’m not showing her because I know it will be...
  • Chargers, Raiders will jointly pursue an NFL stadium in Carson

    02/20/2015 6:25:03 AM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies
    LA Times ^ | February 20, 2015 | Sam Farmer
    On the field, the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders have had as bitter a rivalry as any in the NFL but in a sense, they’re now partners. The teams will officially announce Friday that, while they work on stadium deals in their current cities, they will jointly pursue a shared, $1.7-billion NFL stadium in Carson as an alternative. While theirs might seem to be an unlikely pairing -- the Silver & Black and the Powder Blue -- the Raiders and Chargers have actually been closer over the years than many people might think.
  • So, That Happened: The Podcast Barack Obama Does Not Want You To Hear

    01/31/2015 8:02:40 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 1/31/15 | Linkins, Delaney, Carter
    So, that happened: This week, we learned that President Barack Obama is really upset with our coverage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. So he's not gonna like what we're about to do, which is talk about the fact that the one part of his agenda Congress might sign on to is the trade deal every liberal hates.
  • Ex-players react: Brady‘s cluelessness ‘unbelievable’

    01/23/2015 12:52:58 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 233 replies ^ | January 22, 2015 | Howie Kussoy
    For more than a decade, Tom Brady has established himself as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time, one of the sport’s most popular and respected players. On Wednesday, Brady may have jeopardized his credibility for good. Like Patriots coach Bill Belichick, Brady denied having anything to do with footballs being deflated in the AFC Championship Game and denied knowing it had occurred until the next day, but to the quarterback’s former peers, the NFL’s golden boy lost some of the luster he had earned in his 15-year career. “I did not believe what Tom had to say,” former quarterback...
  • NFL investigating if Patriots used deflated footballs in AFC Championship game

    01/19/2015 7:48:57 AM PST · by servo1969 · 221 replies ^ | 1-19-2015 | Fox News
    The NFL has confirmed it is looking into charges the New England Patriots cheated Sunday night when they clinched a trip to the Super Bowl Sunday night by using deflated footballs. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy confirmed the probe Monday, following the AFC championship game, in which the Patriots demolished the Indianapolis Colts, 45-7. The charge was first made Sunday night, when an Indianapolis reporter that the NFL had seized at least one game ball from the AFC championship game to examine whether pigskins were intentionally deflated to make them easier to throw and catch. “The NFL is investigating the possibility,”...
  • Five Ways to Spot a Problem Employee

    08/13/2014 7:11:30 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 16 replies
    Salary.Com for Business ^ | 13 August 2014 | No Byline
    Find Them Before They Spoil the Bunch As a business owner and/or manager, you work hard and spend a considerable amount of time and money on hiring the right people. Prior experience, references and whether or not the person will fit into your company's culture are all things that must be carefully examined. If you're thorough and do your homework, chances are the person will likely work out. But what happens six months, a year, or 5 years down the road when things take a turn for the worse? Employees—especially those on the fast track—work hard to stand out and...
  • Leading Dem calls those who lost healthcare coverage ‘whiners’

    08/02/2014 8:24:14 PM PDT · by GilGil · 26 replies
    HumanEvents ^ | 7/30/2014 | Staff
    Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA) labeled people who have lost their healthcare coverage as a result of Obamacare “whiners.” Reps. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) rebuked Eshoo’s comments today, and offered support for an Employee Healthcare Protection Act:
  • Redskins and thin skins

    06/11/2014 7:04:46 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies ^ | 6/11/2014 | Burt Prelutsky
    The U.S. Senate under the guidance – or, if you prefer, the thumb – of Harry Reid isn’t interested in getting to the bottom of scandals involving the IRS, Benghazi or the Veterans Administration. But half the Senate—50 members, count ‘em, 50 – decided that the worst problem facing us was that their hometown football team continues to call itself the Washington Redskins. Even though a poll has shown that 80 percent of actual Native Americans have no problem with the name, Harry Reid and his coven of chowderheads have decided that something must be done. The very idea that...
  • Pelosi: We Won't Be Sending Democrats to Benghazi Select Committee Because Fairness

    05/09/2014 4:30:52 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 104 replies ^ | May 9, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to Speaker John Boehner this afternoon saying she would not be sending any Democrats to sit on the Benghazi select committee because it "isn't fair," or something. More from the Washington Examiner: Democrats say they are concerned it will not allow their party to participate fairly in the investigation, which will involve subpoenas and viewing of classified materials related to the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. According to a Democratic leadership aide, Pelosi rejects a rule that will not prevent chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., from issuing unilateral subpoenas...
  • Tired of Whining Homosexuals

    04/22/2014 6:15:18 PM PDT · by kathsua · 25 replies
    Lawrence Journal World ^ | April 22, 2014 | Reasonmclucus
    I feel sorry for homosexuals because they are afflicted with a birth defect they seem unable to understand. However, I'm tired of them and their supporters harassing those who don't accept their peculiar social views. A growing body of scientific research indicates that homosexuals are born with the brain of one sex and the body of the other. A homosexual male's brain is similar to a heterosexual female's brain. A homosexual female's brain is similar to a heterosexual male's brain. In other words the people who think they are homosexuals are really transsexuals. Thus, homosexuality might be treatable with a...
  • Mysterious audio device found inside FIU room [Muslim Prayer Room Brugged?]

    03/14/2014 6:24:57 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 23 replies
    WSVN-TV ^ | 3/14/14
    It is a case that has some Florida International University students concerned after an audio device was found inside one of the rooms where Muslim students use for prayer.
  • An Obamacare supporter recounts his misadventures dealing with

    01/14/2014 4:12:40 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 144 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 14, 2014 | Steve Frieez
    As we hoisted champagne flutes in the first seconds of 2014, my partner and I toasted all the usual things people do as they look ahead to the coming year. Health. Happiness. Love. Optimism. Hope. To that traditional list, we added one more: Obamacare. My husband, Miles, was enrolled in what appeared to be an excellent, affordable plan at the stroke of midnight. Celebration seemed in order. It had been a tough slog, of course. We’d worried the GOP would succeed in defunding it or undermining it in some other way that would put affordable coverage further out of our...
  • Ex-Vikings punter: Coach made anti-gay remarks

    01/02/2014 5:23:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 2, 2014 7:57 PM EST | Jon Krawczynski
    Former Minnesota punter Chris Kluwe says his special teams coordinator made anti-gay comments while Kluwe was with the Vikings, an allegation the coach “vehemently denies.” In an article posted Thursday on the website Deadspin, Kluwe wrote that coach Mike Priefer made several anti-gay comments in objection to Kluwe’s outspoken support of a gay marriage amendment in Minnesota. Kluwe also says former Vikings coach Leslie Frazier and current general manager Rick Spielman encouraged him to tone down his rhetoric in an effort to reduce distractions to the team. At the same time, Kluwe said, Vikings owner Zygi Wilf expressed support for...
  • Gay Activists Demand Phil Robertson Look Gays “In The Eyes And Listen To How He’s Hurt Them”

    12/30/2013 12:20:33 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 104 replies
    Mr. Conservative ^ | 12/30/13 | Robert Rich
    After the long awaited and highly approved reversal of Phil Robertson’s suspension, it seems that not everyone is happy. Members of a gay rights group are demanding the Phil Robertson speak to the people he’s “hurt” and look them in the eye. (See also: Official: Phil Robertson To Be Put Back On Duck Dynasty) The country of America is a magical place full of people ready to be offended and members of GLAAD (Gay & Lesbians Alliance Against Defamation) are setting out to prove just that. In the land of double standards, members of the homosexual organization are making it...
  • UCLA Accused of Racial “Micro-Aggression”

    11/27/2013 5:03:37 AM PST · by SJackson · 21 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | November 27, 2013 | Mark Tapson
    - FrontPage Magazine - - UCLA Accused of Racial “Micro-Aggression”Posted By Mark Tapson On November 27, 2013 @ 12:50 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 3 Comments About 25 graduate students “of color” staged a sit-in in professor Val Rust’s UCLA classroom recently, alleging that there is a “toxic” racial climate in the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. As partial evidence of that poisonous climate, they complained that the grammar and spelling corrections he made on their dissertation proposals are a form of racial “micro-aggression.”The demonstration stemmed from a new report stating that UCLA’s policies and procedures don’t...
  • Stop demonizing Hillary Clinton

    11/02/2013 5:09:53 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 55 replies
    Stop demonizing Hillary Clinton By Kathleen Parker, Published: November 1 Ms. Know-It-All, the anonymous political advice columnist whose identity remains a popular Georgetown cocktail party guessing game, is known to live up to her title now and then. Herewith a correspondence worth sharing. Dear Ms. Know-It-All: It appears the witch Hillary Rodham Clinton is going to run for president. It makes my skin crawl to think of her and that husband of hers back in our White House, not to mention that they are Marxists like Obama and want to turn us into Sweden, for God’s sake. It’s not too...
  • Al Sharpton Rejects Criticisms Of Jay Z's Barneys Collection [Too Much $ to care about "racism"]

    10/28/2013 5:02:31 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 1 replies
    Hip Hop DX ^ | 10/27/13 | Jay Balfour
    The high-end department store Barneys New York has recently come under fire amidst separate accusations of racial profiling and discrimination at its Madison Avenue location. The news brought with it criticisms of and protests against Jay Z’s planned holiday collection collaboration with the store. The collection, called “A New York Holiday,” was announced in September and is scheduled to include limited edition clothing and accessories. Famed Civil Rights leader Reverend Al Sharpton recently commented on the requests for protesting Jay Z’s collection with a call to redirect attention on the department store itself. “Some people want to make this about...
  • Where Are the Arrests Over the World War II Memorial Protest?

    10/14/2013 5:09:44 PM PDT · by kristinn · 99 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Monday, October 14, 2013 | Colbert I. King
    A crowd of demonstrators converge upon U.S. government property closed to the public. The demonstrators know that they are prohibited from entering the property. Nonetheless, they push through the metal barricades, chanting, “Tear down these walls.” That incident occurred yesterday at the World War II Memorial on the National Mall. Not confining their protest to the World War II Memorial, some of the protesters then picked up the government’s metal barricades and carried them blocks away to the White House, where the barricades were deposited outside the gates. Television recorded police struggling to keep the protesters away from the White...
  • Native Americans incensed over pro-gun rights billboard in Colorado (Great Billboard tho)

    04/30/2013 4:35:09 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 121 replies
    f/AP ^ | 4/30/2013
    Two billboards in which images of Native Americans are used to make a gun rights argument are causing a stir with some Colorado residents who say the image is offensive and insensitive. The billboards in this northern Colorado city show three men dressed in traditional Native American attire and the words "Turn in your arms. The government will take care of you." Matt Wells, an account executive with Lamar Advertising in Denver, said Monday that a group of local residents purchased the space. "They have asked to remain anonymous," he said. He also refused to disclose the cost but said...
  • Right blasts RNC 'autopsy' as power grab

    03/18/2013 5:04:54 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 79 replies
    Right blasts RNC 'autopsy' as power grab By: Jonathan Martin and Maggie Haberman March 18, 2013 12:21 PM EDT The GOP’s prescription to cure the ills that helped bring on yet another disastrous presidential cycle would revamp its presidential nominating rules in ways to benefit well-funded candidates and hamper insurgents - a move that quickly heated up the already smoldering feud between the Republican establishment and the tea party-inspired base. Tucked in near the end of the 97-page report, formally known as The Growth and Opportunity Project, are less than four pages that amount to a political bombshell: the five-member...
  • MI:Ken Braun: A gun control proposal that everyone should support

    03/16/2013 1:14:30 PM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies ^ | 16 March, 2013 | Ken Braun
    Thomas Torres, age 54, was the target of a Connecticut State Police SWAT raid shortly before Christmas two years ago. The Spanish-speaking, subsidized housing resident of New Haven was living in a building infested with drug dealers and prostitutes. He kept his door closed unless given a damn good reason to do otherwise. He didn’t have the drugs the police were looking for and told them so, repeatedly, despite the language barrier, after the raiding party knocked down his door. What followed was the trashing of his apartment and a physical altercation between the unarmed middle-aged man on disability and...
  • Karl Rove Responds To Sarah Palin’s CPAC Thrasing [sic], Rips Her For Quitting As Governor

    03/17/2013 8:27:01 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 135 replies
    Mediate ^ | Sunday March 17, 2013
    Republican strategist Karl Rove responded to the harsh comments former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin had for him at CPAC on Fox News Sunday this morning. Before taking a shot at Palin for not completing her term as governor, he said that Palin was actually in agreement with him on former Senate candidate Todd Akin and that he actually works pro bono for American Crossroads. [....] Rove continued that Palin endorsed in primaries and got involved in other races around so he didn’t understand what the problem was with other people doing the same thing. He defended his work for American...
  • Gingrich ‘dumbfounded’ by Obama win

    11/12/2012 3:58:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 154 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | November 12, 2012 | Claudine Zap, The Ticket
    Add Newt Gingrich to the list of Republicans coming to terms with the loss of the presidential election. On Monday, the former speaker of the House sounded reflective on the "Today" show, saying, "We need to stop, take a deep breath and learn." He added, "The president won an extraordinary victory. And the fact is, we owe him the respect of trying to understand what they did and how they did it." Gingrich said, "But if you had said to me three weeks ago Mitt Romney would get fewer votes than John McCain and it looks like he'll be 2...
  • A RINO [Mitt] running as a yes man conservative (and losing) isn't a rejection of conservatism

    11/08/2012 7:22:08 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 68 replies
    11/8/2012 | Laissez-Faire Capitalism
    Again, a rejection of a RINO who has a Youtube video of him bashing a coal-fired power plant, all the way to articles of him flip-flopping on practically any subject you can think of running as a conservative (and then losing in the general election), isn't tantamount to conservatism being over. Let's face it - Romney had a long track record of being a RINO. There are plenty of past threads here detailing his RINO past as governor, as well as his flip-flops before, during and after the primaries. Yet the GOP-e thought that putting up someone whom they said...
  • Activists to Romney: Why Aren't You Beating Obama?

    09/16/2012 11:26:46 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 175 replies
    associated press ^ | September 16, 2012 | Kasie Hunt
    WASHINGTON - Republican activists are incredulous: Why can't Republican Mitt Romney seem to break open a tight race with President Barack Obama given the nation's sluggish economy and conservative enthusiasm to beat the Democrat? "He ought to be killing Obama, and he's clearly not doing that," said 32-year-old R.J. Robinson, one of the thousands of activists attending the annual Values Voters Summit this weekend. "He should be doing better."
  • Illegal Immigrants Disrupt North Carolina General Assembly Hearing

    03/04/2012 10:42:08 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 10 replies
    Ytube ^ | March 1, 2012 | Moonshinner_09
    Wearing bright orange t-shirts with “undocumented and unafraid” printed on the front, three Mexican illegals, disrupted legislative hearings in North Carolina this Wednesday by yelling at House lawmakers for what they felt were anti-immigration stances. They were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct, but proving their t-shirt slogans to be true true, Cynthia Lizabeth Martinez, 21, and Estephania Lizbeth Mijangos-Lopez, 20, were released from jail after the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency determined that they didn’t meet "priority criteria," according to an official statement. The third protester, Uriel Alberto, 24, remains in custody because he has a criminal record
  • Log Cabin Republicans rip Rick Perry ad

    12/07/2011 1:22:14 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 48 replies
    CBS News ^ | 12/07/2011 | By Brian Montopoli
    The Log Cabin Republicans, a gay Republican group, on Wednesday criticized a new ad from Rick Perry in which the Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate suggests "there's something wrong" when gays can serve openly in the military but kids "can't openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school." "Our nation was built upon individual liberty and individual responsibility, and open service by gay and lesbian servicemembers is directly in line with the vision of our Founding Fathers," said R. Clarke Cooper, Executive Director of the Log Cabin Republicans. "It is wrong for Governor Perry to assume being a person of...
  • Atheists launch campaign to get unbelievers to `come out’

    11/26/2011 8:06:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Religious News Service ^ | 11/26/2011 | Kimberly Winston
    The young man in the video pulls in close to his computer camera with the trappings of a typical college dorm room—a loft bed and the clutter of cast-off clothes—piled behind him. Alex Fiorentini isn’t talking about girls, beer or football. Instead, it’s a coming-out moment of sorts. “Is it acceptable to the majority of the population to be an atheist?” he asks the camera. “Nope. Are all of your friends going to accept you as an atheist? Probably not all of them. And yeah, those things are gonna suck. But the real question is, ‘Is it OK to be...
  • Workers push back against earlier holiday openings (Crybaby Alert!)

    11/22/2011 5:56:13 AM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 61 replies
    Richmond Times ^ | 11.22.11
    Count your blessings, then get to work. That may be Thanksgiving for more retail workers this year, as stores desperate to pull in buyers on the first weekend of the holiday shopping season push their openings earlier and earlier. Unhappy workers who say the earlier hours ruin their Thanksgiving celebrations are trying to persuade companies to back off, but retailers say they're stuck: It's what customers want. Reporting to work at 11 p.m. on Thanksgiving Dayruinswhat issupposed to bea day spent with family, said Anthony Hardwick, who works part time at a Target store in Omaha, Neb., corralling carts.
  • Oakland police & mayor face fresh protest over critical wounding veteran (Top Google "news" story)

    10/27/2011 3:11:45 AM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 13 replies
    Protesters have returned to downtown Oakland, California, to demand the resignation of the city's mayor and aninvestigation toexplain how anIraqi war veteran, Scott Olsen, was hit in the head by a teargas canister at close range, leaving him critically injured. About 2,000 people – half as many as Tuesday night – massed in front of City Hall on Wednesday, tearing down a steel barricade intended to keep them off the grass in Frank Ogawa Plaza.
  • Why do women still struggle to get to the very top in politics?

    10/16/2011 9:51:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | October 16, 2011 | Nick Wood
    Next month marks the 21st anniversary of Margaret Thatcher's enforced resignation as Prime Minister. It is now more than 30 years since she first gained power. She was not, of course, the first woman to lead a major country. That honour fell to Indira Gandhi in India and Golda Meir in Israel. But along with Gandhi, Thatcher's 11 years at the top make her the longest-serving woman prime minister the world has seen. The strange thing is that despite the advancement of women in business and the professions and the growing numbers of women entering politics in leading Western countries,...
  • Next up: Gay rights group

    09/29/2011 2:30:45 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 7 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 09/29/11 | JULIE MASON
    President Obama of late is making the rounds of aggrieved Democratic constituencies. Next up, a Saturday address to the Human Rights Campaign. "Some LGBT rights supporters are hoping that Obama will take advantage of the opportunity to endorse marriage equality and to denounce initiatives that would ban marriage rights for same-sex couples in Minnesota and North Carolina," reports the Washington Blade. Probably not, for at least two reasons: While Obama has said his stance opposing gay marriage is "evolving," he has given no signal it's fully evolved since he declined to endorse gay marriage in June.
  • Swedish lesbians forced to pay more for sperm

    08/15/2011 4:08:18 AM PDT · by massmike · 28 replies ^ | 08/15/2011 | n/a
    Artificial insemination costs vary widely across Sweden, forcing some same-sex couples to pay significantly more than heterosexual couples who save thousands of kronor by bringing their own sperm. “We think that it is discriminatory that there are different prices for insemination,” Ulrika Westerlund of the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights (Riksförbundet för homosexuellas, bisexuellas och transpersoners rättigheter - RFSL) said to the Aftonbladet daily. RFSL would like to see a development of uniform regulations which apply across the country. “But that would be complicated and would require the state to go in and regulate. However, we...
  • Activists Target Trader Joe's Over a Trashy, Tragic Practice

    07/11/2011 11:14:36 AM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 42 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Finance ^ | 7/7/11 | Alyce Lomax
    Lots of people adore funky grocer Trader Joe's. Its vegan pad thai is apparently so delicious that it sparked a smackdown between two women in the frozen-food aisle of a Manhattan location in January. However, the activists at want to pick a much bigger fight with Trader Joe's: They're accusing the chain of wasting food. Their campaign got a kick-start from documentary filmmaker Jeremy Seifert, who recorded Trader Joe's employees trashing huge bins full of salvageable food in his film Dive! Seifert is a self-professed "Dumpster diver," and he feeds his family with the perfectly good food retailers routinely...
  • Laid off state employees rally again at Capitol

    07/07/2011 9:43:29 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 35 replies
    MPLS star & sickle ^ | 7-6-11 | Mike Kaszuba
    For the second time in the past week, hundreds of laid off state workers rallied in the hot sun on the steps of Minnesota’s closed State Capitol to protest the state government shutdown. Wednesday’s rally again took aim at familiar theme: Taxing the state's wealthiest residents to help solve the state’s $5 billion budget deficit. One man held a sign that took his frustration a step further – he had changed it from “Tax the Rich” to “Eat the Rich.”
  • (Retiring RAT Mayor Richard) Daley: U.S. a 'country of whiners'

    03/04/2011 5:55:35 PM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 3/03/11 | Rick Pearson
    Daley: U.S. a 'country of whiners'By Rick Pearson, Tribune reporter 9:36 p.m. CST, March 3, 2011 Retiring Mayor Richard Daley on Thursday contended America is a "country of whiners" that's spent the last four decades fearing the impact of foreign governments on the nation's economy instead of showing the confidence and sacrifice to lead on a global stage. Daley also said he believed taxpayers can no longer finance the current level of government and suggested priorities need to be placed on municipal services that can be privatized or outsourced to cut costs. The comments by the veteran mayor, who is...
  • Forget Mars and Venus: men and woman are on the same planet

    01/17/2011 3:08:57 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies ^ | December 30, 2010 | Richard Alleyne
    The 20th century adage that "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus" is a myth, according to new research suggesting that our brains are wired exactly the same way when it comes to love. The self-help bestseller, published in 1992, suggested that when it came to relationships men and women thought and acted very differently -- in other words it was as if they came from different planets. But new scientific research shows we actually act very similarly when we are in love -- whether we are male, female, heterosexual or homosexual. Professor Semir Zeki and John Romaya at...
  • Ricky Gervais Was Only as Mean as We’d Hoped He'd Be [Celebs complaining about his jokes]

    01/17/2011 11:30:23 AM PST · by ejdrapes · 42 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | January 18, 2011 | Scott Ross
    Ricky Gervais Was Only as Mean as We’d Hoped He'd Be It was such a refreshing treat watching Ricky Gervais go knives out during last year's Golden Globes, attacking the likes of Mel Gibson, Angelina Jolie and Sir Paul McCartney. Honestly, he didn’t say anything any worse then what is said by millions of viewers on their couches, but Ricky was in the room, looking right at his victims. It was a rush. So when it was announced that Gervais would be coming back for more, the conversation naturally turned to, “Can he top last year’s performance?” The press (guilty)...
  • Fems and Dems Say Scalia’s Remarks Make Passing ERA Essential (title shortened)

    01/07/2011 5:43:33 AM PST · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 1/7/2011 | Penny Starr
    Several House and Senate Democrats joined feminists at a press conference outside the U.S. Capitol on Thursday to push for the introduction and passage of a constitutional amendment guaranteeing women’s rights. The conference was timed to coincide with the reading of the U.S. Constitution on the House floor, as ordered by the newly elected Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio). “Recently, Supreme Court Justice (Antonin) Scalia stated his opinion that no provision in the Constitution, or the 14th amendment, would provide full and true equality to women and give them protection against sex discrimination,” Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) said....
  • Wimpy Republicans will pass START to go home for Christmas earlier

    12/21/2010 3:15:32 PM PST · by Windy City Conservative · 28 replies · 1+ views
    “[Senators] want to go home,” Burr said. “When you got a process that has a definitive end, you use slippage backward. That’s why all of these things were orchestrated to come up at this time of year.” Burr would have preferred to see the debate continue next session, since “there is no compelling reason that this needs to be done right now.”
  • Election losers: Homeless on the Hill

    12/02/2010 7:57:43 AM PST · by Second Amendment First · 39 replies
    Politico ^ | December 2, 2010 | Erika Lovley and Simmi Aujla
    Election losers, welcome to Office Space. Some of the most senior and respected members of Congress are among the dozens of outgoing lawmakers whose offices have been crammed into tiny basement cubicles as their old offices are emptied and refurbished. And while nobody seems to be throwing fits about missing red Swingline staplers, the basement bullpen is quite a comedown for some of the most powerful members of Congress, who virtually overnight went from comfortable congressional veterans to homeless on the Hill. Rep. James Oberstar (D-Minn.), the transportation committee chairman who championed legislation to fix America’s crowded highways, faces an...
  • What I Don't Like About Sarah Palin

    11/17/2010 12:03:13 PM PST · by Kaslin · 70 replies · 1+ views
    Irish Excaminer ^ | November 16, 2010 | Alicia Colon
    With a title like that, I'm sure I'll have every liberal pundit salivating at the idea of another diehard conservative writer taking the same route as the Wall Street Journal's Peggy Noonan. Ms. Noonan recently referred to Palin as a "nincompoop" for a remark she made about Ronald Reagan's legacy. She has made no bones about how little she thought of Sarah Palin as a V.P. pick and she has been highly critical of Palin's decision to quit as governor of Alaska. I worked with Peggy Noonan for a short while at the start of the New York Sun and...
  • SAF Sues Eric Holder, FBI Over Misdemeanor Gun Rights Denial

    10/14/2010 5:09:16 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies ^ | 13 October, 2010 | SAF
    BELLEVUE, Wash., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Acting on behalf of a Georgia resident and honorably discharged Vietnam War veteran, the Second Amendment Foundation today filed a lawsuit against Attorney General Eric Holder and the Federal Bureau of Investigation over enforcement of a federal statute that can deny gun rights to someone with a simple misdemeanor conviction on his record. The lawsuit was filed in United States District Court for the District of Columbia. SAF and co-plaintiff Jefferson Wayne Schrader of Cleveland, GA are represented by attorney Alan Gura, who successfully argued both the Heller and McDonald cases before the U.S....
  • 'Whoosh' sound of wind turbines too loud for some

    10/05/2010 3:00:48 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 46 replies
    MSNBC ^ | October 5, 2010 | Tom Zeller Jr.
    VINALHAVEN, Maine — Like nearly all of the residents on this island in Penobscot Bay, Art Lindgren and his wife, Cheryl, celebrated the arrival of three giant wind turbines late last year. That was before they were turned on. “In the first 10 minutes, our jaws dropped to the ground,” Mr. Lindgren said. “Nobody in the area could believe it. They were so loud.” Lawsuits and complaints about turbine noise, vibrations and subsequent lost property value have cropped up in Illinois, Texas, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Massachusetts, among other states. In one case in DeKalb County, Ill., at least 38 families...