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Can You Guess Which State Is The Happiest?

Can You Guess Which State Is The Happiest?

For years, Hawaii was the happiest place in the country, but this time around, another state has ranked at #1. According to Gallup’s Well-Being Index, 2013′s happiest state was — drumroll — North Dakota. The Well-Being Index factors in various aspects of life, like work environments, health, and basic access to food, water and medical care. The closer to 100 a state’s score is, the higher its residents’ quality of life. North Dakota scored a 70.4, followed by South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota and Montana. I’m just as surprised as you are. States in the Midwest and West fared best on the wellbeing scale, while the South scored the lowest. The most sadface of states, weighing in with a score of 61.4, is West Virginia — for the fifth year in a row. Bummer. Keep reading »

North Dakota Governor Signs “Fetal Heartbeat” Abortion Bill

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  • Abortions are banned in North Dakota as soon as a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks, after Governor Jack Dalrymple signed the nation’s most restrictive abortion ban into law. This bill is one of several restrictive abortion bills that ND has passed through its legislature recently. [Bismark Tribune, The Week]
  • A male student at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill who is accused of raping fellow student Landen Gambill claims that she has created a “intimidating” environment on campus for him. He was cleared of a sexual assault charge by a campus board, but was found guilty by that same board of harassing Gambill. Still, he faces no criminal charges. Gambill is one of five students who asked the federal government to look into UNC’s handling of sexual violence cases at the school. [WRAL]
  • Eight edgy post-feminist pitches for the traffic-hungry editor, like “I Don’t Have To Know You To Know You Were Asking For It.” [Feministing] Keep reading »

North Dakota Passes Anti-Abortion Law Saying Life Begins At Conception

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  • North Dakota passed the nation’s most restrictive ban on abortion today: the ND House of Representatives advanced a “fetal personhood” measure which declares a fertilized egg a human, thereby criminalizing all abortion. The bill now heads to the Republican governor’s desk.  [Huffington Post]
  • Smith College, a well-regarded women’s college which graduated the likes of Gloria Steinem, has rejected a trans woman as a student because Calliope Wong was born a male. (It’s actually the second time Smith has rejected Wong as a student for this very reason.) [Newser]
  • But in some good news, on her blog, Callio mentions a friend of hers, who is also a trans woman, has been admitted to Simmons College, another women’s college. Simmons even gave her friend a $20,000 scholarship! [CallioWong.Tumblr.com]
  • On Adria Richards, “Donglegate” and the ethics of public shaming. [Feminist Philosophers]
  • Speaking of Donglegate, Men’s rights activists (MRAs), AKA the scum of the universe, are raising money for the man who got fired.  [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

North Dakota Advances Anti-Abortion “Fetal Personhood” Ballot Measure

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  • North Dakota’s state Senate has approved a “fetal personhood” voter initiative which would allow citizens  to vote on whether to amend the state constitution to read that life begins at conception, thereby criminalizing all abortion. It now must pass North Dakota’s House of Representatives before it ends up on the 2014 ballot. [Feminist.org, Huffington Post]
  • Also: aborted babies go to Hell, says some politician.  Glad we cleared that one up. [Raw Story]
  • On invisible women and the real history of domestic workers in America. [Mother Jones]
  • The U.S. has one of the worst gender gaps in math skills in the developed world. [Slate] Keep reading »

This Woman Doesn’t Understand How Deer Crossing Signs Work

No more deer crossings

Deer crossing signs exists in semi-rural areas to let drivers know to watch out for deer on the road. But Donna, who called in to a radio station in Fargo, North Dakota, doesn’t seem to understand this. She thinks that the deer are purposely crossing where the deer crossing signs are. Because deer can read.

Style-a-saurus!

Finally animal-print lovers can look forward to a sexy new pattern: dinosaur! Researchers in North Dakota have uncovered a mummified Edmontosaurus in a rock tomb. The Badlands’ find gives paleontologists and fashionistas a close look at real greenish-black dino flesh. The discovery is especially exciting because it’s an extremely rare specimen of preserved skin — which is hard as iron, but hopefully won’t be hard to iron in knock-off garments. Although it will take a year to fully uncover the discoveries, there are already books and a National Geographic kids show in the works. As far as the runway goes, with vintage being so popular, we’re sure this 65 million-year old dino print will be all the rage! [CNN]
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