All Families Healthcare, the only clinic in Flathead Valley, Montana, which provides abortions as well as numerous other reproductive health surfaces to women, suffered a break-in and extensive vandalism on March 3rd.
All Families Healthcare experienced damage to its furniture, medical instruments and supplies, file cabinets, sewer line, furnace and water heater. A yellow powder also covered almost everything inside the clinic, The Missoulian newspaper reported. The clinic is run by Susan Cahill, a physician’s assistant in MT since the 1970s. In 1994, her clinic was firebombed by an anti-abortion extremist as part of a string of attacks against eight clinics that terminate pregnancies. At that time, Cahill’s clinic had to be closed for five months for repairs. Activists mobilized quickly after the most recent attack on the clinic and as of of today, an IndieGogo campaign has raised $41,000 and counting to repair the damage — and there are still 27 days left for the online fundraiser. Keep reading »
A study by Leeds Metropolitan University tested 1,500 students on their academic abilities and how they performed during their first year of university. What they found was that female students were more resilient than their male counterparts, and that students who were more resilient in their freshman year would go on to do better overall. For years now, women have outperformed men in university settings, this study helps to cement that. Read more about the study on College Candy…
Comedian Ari Teman found no humor in the state of his apartment when he returned after renting it out to a verified user on AirBNB. Tenman claims he left his keys on Friday afternoon with a man named David Carter who said he needed a place his in-laws could stay for a weekend wedding. Tenman went to dinner and when he returned, realizing he had forgotten his luggage, found a sex party in his apartment.
“The worst part of the Internet was right there in my apartment,” Teman told the New York Post. “There were all sorts of [nearly nude, overweight people] walking out of my apartment and people coming in from the back yard. It was a huge mess. [Carter] had a look of horror on his face. He didn’t expect to see me for a few days. He said, ‘They shut us down, man, they’re shutting it down.’ ”
The “it” they were shutting down, Teman later discovered, was an “XXX FREAK FEST.” Specifically, a BBW PANTY RAID PARTY. You can see the NSFW twitter invitation is after the jump. Keep reading »
The British newspaper The Independent announced yesterday that it would no longer be reviewing any book that was specifically marketed at one gender. While their announcement certainly did its job – garnering a wave of free publicity for the newspaper and allowing them to slap their own backs quite forcefully – it’s not helping the young men and women they claim to be looking out for or the authors whose books will be measured by these new standards.
Most authors have little to no say in how the books they write are marketed. Those decisions are made by highers-up at publishing companies, with the actual writer just hoping that their book will manage to somehow stand out from the pack of new releases. Choosing to boycott a book based on to whom it’s being marketed is kind of like boycotting a band based on who goes to their concerts – there is not much that the actual creator of the work can do. Keep reading »
It seems Hollywood has learned nothing from the barrage of criticism for casting straight actor Jared Leto in his (ultimately Oscar-winning) role as a transgender woman in “Dallas Buyers’ Club” or casting Johnny Depp, a white man, as the Native American Tonto in “The Lone Ranger.” Once again, an actor has been cast in a role that could have been more authentically portrayed by someone with the actual experience of the character: Entertainment Weekly confirmed last week that Rooney Mara, who is white, will be Native American princess Tiger Lily in the Peter Pan remake/prequel called “Pan.”
Of course, acting is “acting” and any actor could hypothetically play a character of any race or gender. The problem is that Mara’s casting is an example of Hollywood’s longtime problem with whitewashing — take, for instance, white, blonde Jennifer Lawrence’s casting as olive-skinned, dark-haired Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger Games.” Hollywood could have easily found a Native American actress to play Tiger Lily. There are numerous Native American actresses who have appeared in other films about Native Americans, including Q’orianka Kilcher, who starred as Pocahontas in “The New World, ” or Irene Bedard, who was in “Smoke Signals” and voiced Pocahontas in the Disney cartoon. Or, since the character of Tiger Lily is supposed to be fairly young, the role could have gone to a new, up-and-coming Native talent. Keep reading »
Earthquakes are serious business. Mother Nature does not fuck around. All that being said, I LOLed upon watching this video of these two KTLA anchors responding live as a 4.7 magnitude earthquake hit Los Angeles this morning. They straight dived under that desk. And his face! (In all seriousness, we hope everyone is a-okay out there on the West Coast. Having grown up in San Diego, I know all too well how scary earthquakes can be. Duck and cover!) [YouTube]
I want to leave the planet. In particular, I’d like to live on Mars.
Is that a strange goal? It’s my job to convince people that it’s not, because if everything goes according to plan, I could be saying goodbye to Earth as soon as 2024. As an astronaut candidate for a manned mission to Mars, I’m prepared to spend the next ten years training for a new reality. Read more on Huffington Post…
In this week’s most exciting fallacy, professional Smurf Mike Huckabee is drawing a very confused parallel between abortion and murdering the elderly. According to Talking Points Memo, Huckabee argued that “[t]he same logic that leads women to get an abortion could justify ending the life of an elderly person who has become an inconvenience.” Then he slammed us with some rhetoric:
“If we teach the generation coming after us that it’s okay to terminate a human life because it represents a financial hardship or social disruption, what are we telling them?”
I don’t know! What are we telling them? I’m trying really hard to figure out the difference between having an abortion and killing your grandmother, but now that I know they’re the same thing, I’m struggling to the find the nuance. Let’s give it a shot. Read more on The Gloss…
The Tyrannosaurus Rex is the most popular dinosaur for good reason: it was huge, ferocious, had comically tiny arms, and ate a lawyer off a toilet (LOL) in “Jurassic Park.” What’s not to love? But what if I told you that paleontologists in Alaska just discovered a new relative of T-Rex that they’ve dubbed “Pygmy T-Rex”? That would instantly be your new favorite dinosaur, right? Nanuqsaurus hoglundi is the (much less catchy) official name for this newly discovered creature, which was half as big as a full-sized T-Rex and roamed the arctic 70 million years ago. As much as I wish Pygmy T-Rex was the size of, say, a chihuahua, Nanuqsaurus was actually a huge, terrifying beast: 25 feet long, with sharp teeth and a taste for meat (no word on if it shares its larger cousin’s craving for lawyers). Still, any fearsome dinosaur with “pygmy” in its name is automatically qualified as “adorable” in my eyes. [Discover]