Planned Parenthood had an annual revenue of more than $1 billion last year (note that this is revenue, not profit), raised various ways, including through payments by more affluent patients (PP charges on a sliding scale), private insurance, sales of candles, jewelry, and condoms, and federal funding. The organization is expanding, and moving into more upscale suburban areas, rather than staying in low-income areas. Last year, Planned Parenthood received more than $335 million from the government, but the money is spent on family planning and reproductive care for low-income women, not abortions. Conservative activists and politicians such as Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana believe the non-profit can do without the tax dollars since it’s so good at raising money on its own. Thoughts? [WSJ and WSJ.com] Keep reading »
The Australian man who said he was going to auction off everything in his life, including a few friends, after a bad breakup opened up bids on eBay yesterday. The reserve price was $500,000, but bidding has gone as high as $2.2 million. This guy will probably make a huge profit on his possessions, and he’s also in a new relationship. Perhaps more people should try this technique when they’re having trouble getting over a breakup and new a new lease on life. [The West Australian]
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Happy “First Day of Summer” Frisky Readers!!! I am so dying to spend the first day of the season at the beach tomorrow. However, if you live in a place where there is no beach, or you are afraid of the sunlight, or you’re stuck in bed with the flu, you should totally take some time this weekend to mosey on over to the Frisky Forums. Here’s what the peeps have been dishing about this week:
Atlgirl wants to know why Lance Armstrong is such a man-whore and has such luck with much younger women. I think that one testicle is very, very powerful.
Elle is wondering whether you’d prefer a traditional princess wedding or something more offbeat, like a destination affair, something small and simple at City Hall, or, like, a ceremony while skydiving. Well I’m wondering about that last one.
Lastly, does the thought of a guy in a bubble bath give you a giant case of the icks?
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In The Comfort Of Your Own Home:
Online video site Hulu is adding new movies and shows every day this summer. So far, the new movies are Lost in Translation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and the ultimate classic, Bring It On [Hulu's Days of Summer]
Make yourself a Crack Baby (not to be confused with a Crackberry), one of Prince William’s favorite drinks. [Alex's Cocktail Recipes]
Um, hello? Curl up with one of the awesome reads we recommended!
Out On The Town:
Amelia has admitted that she wants to see The Love Guru. While I don’t support this, you might find the movie enjoyable. [The Love Guru Official Movie Site]
The Hula Hoop celebrates its 50th birthday, so go shake your hips. [CBS News]
Live within a, say, 200 mile radius of Coney Island, New York? Get in your car and come to the Mermaid Parade! Participate in the craziest costume you can construct with a glue gun or just sit on the sidelines and giggle. [Coney Island Mermaid Parade]
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So, remember that teen pregnancy pact story we wrote about yesterday that was featured in Time? Well, one of our frequent commenters, Go-To-Girl, pointed us to a blog post she wrote where she theorizes that the pact story is actually a bit of a scam. After doing some serious number crunching and some nosing around the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy’s statistic, Go-To-Girl figured out that the percentage of teen pregnancies that the school reflects is actually lower than the lowest state pregnancy rate in the nation (North Dakota) — which she says blows a hole in the “pregnancy outbreak” story hook. Additionally, the pact aspect is also in question according to Go-To-Girl’s research. More info, after the jump… Keep reading »
Saturday is Prince William’s 26th birthday, and he is concerned about his thinning hair. One Mail on Sunday reporter said that part of the reason William has stopped going out so much is because he’s self-conscious about the back of his head. For his birthday, William will celebrate at Highgrove, the family estate, instead of going out on the town. Prince Charles is said to have given William the key to the extensive wine cellar, and William’s favorite drink, the “crack baby” will also be served. (Crack Babies are fresh passion fruit mixed with vodka and champagne and served in a little shot glass.) William, don’t worry about your thinning hair. As a prince, I’m sure people can overlook this, plus, you’re really tall. If you don’t stoop to other people’s level, no one will ever notice. Also, that beret-style hat is a good look for you. [CBS News] Keep reading »
We were unnerved by Strawberry Shortcake‘s updated look, and when we first saw an article about My Little Pony, we feared for the worst. What could they do to already unrealistic plastic ponies? Thankfully, it seems that our favorite horses are not getting a makeover, but that celebs are designing limited edition ponies. LeAnn Rimes, Deborah (Debbie) Gibson, graffiti artist/designer Claw Money, Japanese manga artist Junko Mizuno, and Spanish illustrator Catalina Estrada have all decorated 18-inch tall versions of the plastic horses, and they will be unveiled at a gallery event in New York City in September, when they’ll be auctioned. Rest easy, kids, this relic of childhood is safe…for now. [CBS News] Keep reading »
When I was in elementary school, saying you were going to sue someone was the cool thing to do. If your frenemy did something to annoy you, you would say, for example, “Steal my juice box, and I’ll sue you!” Suffice it to say no suing went on back then. Oh, how the times have changed. A 12 year old in Canada just took her dad to court, suing him after he grounded her for disobeying his orders to stay off the internet. He had banned her from going on a school trip after she used a friend’s computer to chat on websites he had blocked at home and posted pictures of herself online that Dad considered inappropriate. With the help of a public defender, she went to court and the judge ruled that the father’s punishment was too severe. Getting grounded is severe punishment? [AHN] Keep reading »