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Osama Bin Laden’s Death Sets A Tweets-Per-Second Record

So obviously, the big news of the week is that on Sunday night, Navy SEALS found and killed Osama bin Laden. And this may go down in history as the first major news event to unravel on Twitter. Not only did news of the kill leak out on the site a full hour before President Obama’s 11:30 p.m. address to the nation, but the event also set a record for the most tweets. From 10:45 p.m. to 2:20 a.m. on Sunday, there was an average of 3,000 tweets per second, which is apparently abbreviated “TPS” and immediately makes me think of “Office Space.” That peaked at 11 p.m. when there was an astonishing 5,106 TPS. Keep reading »

Oscar Mayer Wienermobile Makes Prom Dream Come True

When Dallas high school senior, Ben Ross, was in a serious motorcycle accident, he revealed his one wish to his mom from his hospital bed. Ben wanted to go to prom in the Oscar Mayer Wienernobile. He may have been kidding, but mothers tend to take those things kind of seriously when their children survive a near-fatal accident. But that’s not important. What is important is that while he was recovering, his mother launched an online campaign to convince Oscar Mayer to play chauffeur for Ben and his crew on prom night. Sure enough, this past Saturday evening, a hot dog on wheels showed up to whisk Ben, his girlfriend Molly, and a few of their closest friends off to prom in style. A true prom miracle. I wish I had considered such a genius idea for my own prom. [The Daily What] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Girl Scouts Help Develop A Prosthetic Hand For 3-Year-Old Girl

  • A Girl Scout troop in Iowa, who calls themselves the Flying Monkeys, helped develop a prosthetic hand for a disabled three-year-old girl named Danielle. Geez, I wonder what kind of badge they earned for that! [The Mary Sue]
  • A straight Republican by the name of Madeleine Koch, age 24, spoke out on against Minnesota’s impending gay marriage ban in this touching video. [Buzzfeed]
  • Osama bin Laden hid behind women — i.e. a female body shield — in the firefight that eventually took his life because he’s classy like that. Really, why not newborn babies? [Reuters]

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Lara Logan Speaks Out On “60 Minutes” About Her Sexual Assault In Egypt’s Tahrir Square

Last night on “60 Minutes,” reporter Lara Logan shared with the world the horrific beating and sexual assault she suffered in Egypt‘s Tahrir Square while reporting on the country’s revolution. Since the incident on February 11, the world knew Logan had been separated from her producer, cameramen and bodyguards and assaulted by a mob of angry men. Logan was eventually rescued first by Egyptian women who protected her until Egyptian soldiers plucked her from the angry mob. In a 13-minute long segment on “60 Minutes,” Logan gave a firsthand account of being at first molested and then raped “with their hands” by hordes of men for approximately half an hour; her clothing was torn from her body, some of her hair was ripped out, and her limbs were pulled with such force so that her muscles were sore for days. Logan said she is speaking out now to put a public face and a story to the sexual assaults and rapes endured by women (and surely some men) in the news media while reporting. Many are reluctant to speak up about their assaults, lest it be used against them in advancing their careers — but not Lara Logan. She is a hero and a survivor. [CBS News] Keep reading »

Twitter Scoops Media On Osama Bin Laden’s Death

Last night, at around 10 p.m. EST, I was lamenting the lack of incestuous sex on this week’s episode of “Game of Thrones” on my Twitter, when I saw something interesting come across my feed. A retweet of a message from the White House’s press secretary, saying the President would be making a statement at around 10:30 p.m. EST. No information was given on the subject matter, and further investigation on the various news outlets online showed that not only did the press not know what the Prez was going to discuss, but they hadn’t even updated their sites to indicate he would be giving a televised statement. Clearly, this was unplanned and the press got as much of a heads up about it as the rest of us. Keep reading »

Breaking News: President Obama To Announce Osama Bin Laden Has Been Killed By U.S. Forces


I’ll keep this brief. At any moment now, President Obama, in a unplanned, last minute statement broadcast to the world, will announce that U.S. forces have killed Osama bin Laden, mastermind of the 9/11 attacks. The White House has confirmed that bin Laden has been killed. His body is in U.S. custody. Once the President gives his statement and the video is available online, I’ll post it here. [NY Times]

UPDATE: The President’s address is above. Keep reading »

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