- The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against Catholic bishops for denying medical care to women by refusing to provide the morning-after pill and perform abortions in their hospitals. In some counties, a Catholic hospital is the only place for a pregnant woman to receive medical care. Such was the situation for Tameska Means, the plaintiff in the lawsuit, who was exposed to dangerous infections after her water broke after only 18 weeks of pregnancy but Mercy Health Partners in Michigan did not even offer to induce labor or remove the fetus. Instead, Means suffered in pain until she miscarried, going to the hospital seeking help a total of three times. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops makes directives for medical care at Mercy Health Partners. [New York Times] Keep reading »
When I was a preteen, I made a purse out of an old pair of jeans and thought I was just too cool. Artist Ian Berry took things a big step further, using denim as a medium to make beautiful “paintings.” In a report by the BBC, Berry shows off his art. The designs look almost as if they’re paintings, but are made solely of jeans. Berry has exhibited his work worldwide, and was even commissioned by Giorgio Armani. Mind. Blown. [BBC]
A hospital lab technician in New Hampshire was sentenced today to 39 years in prison for using syringes that later infected at least 46 people with hepatitis C, ABC News reports. David Kwiatkowski, 34, admitted that he stole syringes intended for patients, injecting their anesthetic fentanyl into his arm and filling the syringes with saline. Read more on Newser…
She-Beast Zooey Deschanel Is A ‘Mean Girl’ Because She Acts Like A Boss And Makes Rules As “New Girl” Producer
The producer of a hit TV show makes rules that other people have to follow so filming doesn’t run behind. Running behind irritates this person. Time, after all, is money.
That sounds like professionalism to me.
But what if I told you that producer is a woman and she also is the star of the show? Then would you think that Zooey Deschanel is a diva? Because the gossip rag RadarOnline called her a “nasty boss.” Keep reading »
Filed under The Sweetest Thing You Will See Today: 13-year-old Duncan McAlpine Sennett spoke out in favor of marriage equality at his Bar Mitzvah last month.In preparing for his Bar Mitzvah (a religious initiation for Jewish men at age 13), he took a look at Genesis, where he noted that the concept of traditional marriage has evolved several times over since the bible was first written. Keep reading »
- Fox News has predictably idiotic things to say about a Midwestern swimming facility that will accommodate Muslim women by closing the pool to men for one-hour per day. SHARIA LAW IS COMING FOR US ALL! [Think Progress]
- MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry wrote up the consummate readers’ syllabus on Black feminism. [MSNBC]
- Also, this weekend, Harris-Perry read an open letter to Angela Corey, the Florida State Attorney responsible for putting Marissa Alexander in jail. Alexander fired a gun into the air when she was being attacked by her abusive ex-husband — for this, she was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Alexander was released on bond in time for Thanksgiving and is awaiting a new trial. [Feministing] Keep reading »
Oakland, California teenager Sasha Fleischman was the victim of a horrific hate crime last month when another teenager lit hir* skirt on fire as ou* rode home, asleep, on a city bus. The teen suffered second and third degree burns in the attack. Why was Sasha targeted? The teen identifies as agender rather than male or female and is an activist for agender Americans. Sasha has gathered 27,000 online signatures in hopes of capturing President Obama’s attention on the issue. Keep reading »
Meet Emily Graslie, the Chief Curiosity Officer of the Field Museum in Chicago. (Now that’s a job title I’d like to have!) She’s also the host of a YouTube series called The Brain Scoop which investigates cool scientific topics like how octopi have sex and the differences between moths and butterflies. Emily is one of the few women to host a STEM-related (science, technology, engineering, math) YouTube series, which is not entirely surprising, because those industries are all dominated by men.
In Graslie’s most recent Brain Scoop video, Emily asks why that might be. While she personally feels completely supported by her employers and colleagues, she pointed out how there is a larger culture that is unsupportive of women in STEM fields. So she illustrated this in the starkest way possible: by reading sexist comments. Keep reading »
These suspected drug dealers got high. Really high. But the marijuana they allegedly hoped to deliver won’t be getting anyone high. Read more on Huffington Post…
Elwood, the eight-year-old Chihuahua/Chinese crested mix who won the title of World’s Ugliest Dog in 2007, passed away this weekend. According to his owner, Karen Quigley, the perpetually unimpressed-looking pooch died unexpectedly on Thanksgiving Day. Though he has been experiencing some health problems, he was seemingly doing well. Elwood was lucky to have Quigley as his owner; she adopted him at nine-months-old, saving him from being euthanized because the breeder though he was “too ugly” to sell. Sob! After winning the coveted title of World’s Ugliest Dog, Elwood went on to become the focus of a children’s book teaching acceptance and appeared at over 200 events raising money for animal rescue groups and nonprofit organizations. ”He made people smile, he made them laugh and feel good. It was wonderful,” Quigley said. “He will truly be missed.” RIP Elwood! [NBC New York]