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Today’s Lady News: Mom Pissed Her Kid’s Photo Used In Black Anti-Abortion Billboard

  • The mother of the young African-American girl whose stock image modeling photo was used in a racially contentious NYC anti-abortion billboard hung by an extremist group in New York City (which was later taken down, after pressure was put on the billboard company that put it up) is pissed off. The billboard depicting Anissa Fraser, age 6, read, “The most dangerous place for African Americans is in the womb.” Life Always said they will no longer use the photo of Anissa if her mother objects to it. [NY Daily News]
  • The number of white people and males who lead the military is problematic for the diversifying institution, according to a new report sent to President Obama and lawmakers today. [The Grio]
  • Police say Jalisa Granger, 21, of Rayne, Louisiana, died earlier this month while sheltering her toddler son from a tornado. Aww, go give your mom a hug, yes? [The Grio]

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A Real Live Flying House!


Two engineers were so taken by the scene from “Up” where the house takes flight that they tried to recreate it for a new National Geographic series “How Hard Can It Be?” The answer is that it was very hard, but possible. After inflating many, many giant balloons, the miniature yellow house did lift off. Someday, I plan to travel by flying house like Carl did, so it’s good to know it’s possible. [The Daily What] Keep reading »

The First Legit Extraterrestrial

Well, here it is folks. The first confirmed alien. It’s a strand of fossilized bacteria found in a meteor. Not what I expected ET to look like, but hey. NASA scientists now believe that there is other life out in the big, bad universe. [Buzzfeed]

UPDATE: Sigh. As excited as I was about aliens, it turns out that this little strand of bacteria is a bunch of BS. Keep reading »

Meet The Black Arrow, A Lady Superhero Who Saves Abused Pets

I love a superheroine as much as the next feminist, especially one who loves the fuzzy am-i-nals as much as I do. Meet “Black Arrow,” an anonymous British woman who fights evil in the form of people who abuse their pets. “I make sure people aren’t abusing their animals,” Black Arrow told The Sun newspaper. “I serve justice to those who deserve it. We stand for those who cannot, because we can.” (Unfortunately, the tabloid-eriffic Sun didn’t get a single detail on just how Black Arrow does this.) For six years, the London lass has stuck up for animals who are abused — presumably without crassly objectifying women in the process. You hear that, PETA? [The Sun UK, Coventry Telegraph UK] Keep reading »

Czech Beauty Queens Spanked After Sexy Handcuff Photos Surface

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Okay, false advertising. No actual Czech beauty queens actually get spanked in this story. But the lovely ladies in the Miss Czech 2011 pageant were sternly warned they could be disqualified after photos appeared of them playing with sex toys, including handcuffs. Kinky Czech beauty queens are just about the only beauty queens I can handle, frankly. The women were reportedly drunkenly celebrating at a birthday party when the sex toys and the cameras came out. Come on, ladies! Amateur move right there. Nevertheless, I think it’s totally dumb that pageants based on looks try to make the contestants adhere to some B.S. “good girls don’t!” ideal. Good girls do, duh. [The Sun UK] Keep reading »

DIY Tattoo From God, Anyone?

Chris Eckert’s Auto Ink DIY tattoo machine will grace you with some ink via divine intervention:

Auto Ink is a three axis numerically controlled sculpture. Once the main switch is triggered, the operator is assigned a religion and it’s corresponding symbol is tattooed onto the person’s arm. The operator does not have control over the assigned symbol. It is assigned either randomly or through divine intervention, depending on your personal beliefs.

I’m not going to pretend to know what that means or how the dang thing works. I’m no physicist. My personal belief is that I should choose my own tattoo. I believe in free will. So that’s a NO THANKS for me. [The Daily What] Keep reading »

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