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Well the bastards are really showing their true colors now

Oklahoma Anti-Abortion Lawmaker Says Women Are Merely ‘Hosts’
By Lisa Ryan

Sperm storage device Justin Humphrey. Photo: Oklahoma State Legislature

On Tuesday, the Oklahoma state legislature will hold a hearing on a bill that would require a woman seeking an abortion to first get written permission from her male sexual partner. In an interview, the Republican lawmaker who authored the bill explained that a woman’s body, well, simply isn’t her own. Instead, a woman’s body is merely a “host.”

The Intercept has a detailed report about the bill, known as HB 1441, as well as another bill that would block women from aborting fetuses with genetic anomalies, called HB 1559. In a surprising move (as Oklahoma has passed 20 strict abortion regulations since 2011), the latter failed to pass last Wednesday while the former was tabled without comment. However, by Thursday, both measures were put back on House Public Health Committee’s agenda, with a vote slated for February 14.


Pollution Has Worked Its Way Down To The World's Deepest Waters

The Mariana Trench in the northern Pacific is the deepest part of the world's oceans. You might think a place that remote would be untouched by human activity.

But the Mariana Trench is polluted.

At its deepest — about 7 miles down — the water in the trench is near freezing. The pressure would crush a human like a bug. Scientists have only recently explored it.

Among them is biologist Alan Jamieson of Newcastle University in England. His team dropped what they call a mechanical "lander" down into the trench. It had cameras and water samplers and some baited traps. They didn't really know what they'd find.

When the lander surfaced, the traps contained amphipods — shrimplike crustaceans. That wasn't terribly surprising, as amphipods are known to live at great depths. But bringing them back from the Mariana Trench was a rarity, and Jamieson thought there might be something to learn from them. He took the creatures to an environmental scientist.


Disney drops YouTube star PewDiePie over anti-Semitism

Disney has cut ties with the world's highest paid YouTube star PewDiePie over allegations of anti-Semitism.

The decision came after several videos he released over the past few months were found to contain Nazi references or anti-Semitic imagery.

PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, accepted the material was offensive, but said he did not support "any kind of hateful attitudes".

The Swede is reported to have made $15m through YouTube in 2016.


Antisemitism is no joke, asshole.

Republican America, in a nutshell

Valley woman gets loan with 209% interest rate

The loan Joanne Halsey took out was for $2,000, but with her interest rate, she will have paid back $6,000 over the course of two years, putting her even deeper into a financial hole.

"I'm scared, I'm scared we're going to lose our home," Joanne said.

Joanne and her husband Gary are in a tough spot.

"He has no health insurance," Joanne said.

Gary has numerous health issues, and Joanne says they're doing everything they can to get him better.

"I know I'm going to lose him," Joanne said.



Welcome to Paul Ryan and Donald Trumps world.....Coming soon for the rest of America.

Donald Trump should be arrested over Michael Flynn's talks with Russia, Michael Moore says

Donald Trump should be arrested over his former national security adviser’s potentially illegal discussions with Russia, Michael Moore has said.

General Mike Flynn resigned late on Monday night after it was revealed he had held conversations with senior Russian diplomats before he was appointed to the administration and before Mr Trump took office. It is illegal for private citizens to conduct diplomatic conversations on behalf of the US.

The retired general had reportedly discussed the possibility of dropping sanctions against Russia with Sergei Kislyak, the Kremlin’s ambassador to the US. Mr Flynn, who had initially told Vice President Mike Pence that the topic had not been discussed, admitted in his resignation letter that he “inadvertently briefed the Vice-President-elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian ambassador".



Scientists find a 'super-Earth' that could harbour life and 60 more planets

Astronomers have found 60 new planets near our own – and many of them could hold life.

A team of international scientists found a further 54 potential planets, meaning that in all the researchers might have discovered a full 114 planets.

And at least some of those might be like Earth, and able to support life, the researchers have said.

One of the exoplanets was a hot "super-Earth" that has a rocky surface and is found in the fourth nearest star system to our own. That planet, known as Gliese 411-b, could suggest that all the stars near our own sun have planets orbiting them – and as such that those too might be like Earth and have the conditions for supporting alien life.


Man who pulled gun on BLM crowd found guilty

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A judge has convicted the man who pulled a gun on a crowd of people during a Black Lives Matter rally outside the Multnomah County Justice Center.

The crowd was never threatening Michael Strickland, police and prosecutors have maintained. Many of the people in the crowd had their hands raised, and when Strickland pulled his gun, fled the area in panic.

Police were quick to arrive and take Strickland into custody.

During his week-long trial, Strickland’s defense was that as an independent journalist, he was covering the event and felt threatened when the crowded approached him.


Put the terrorist away for a while.

Jerry Sanduskys son arrested, accused of sexually assaulting a child

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (WKRN) — Pennsylvania State Police have arrested Jeffrey Sandusky, the 41-year-old son of former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky, and charged him with sexually assaulting a child.

WTAJ reports that Jeffrey Sandusky was arraigned on charges Monday afternoon in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.

His mother, Dottie Sandusky, was also at the District Magistrate’s office.

Pennsylvania State Police began an investigation in November 2016 after a child claimed to have received text messages from Jeffrey Sandusky, including some that asked for naked photographs.


'Every Racist I Know Voted for Donald Trump'


As a hobby, the black musician Daryl Davis persuades members of the Ku Klux Klan to defect from the organization. Over the years, he has spoken with hundreds of white supremacists. And due to his work, a couple dozen people have left the organization, including at least two prominent figures in senior leadership positions.

Two years ago, after listening to his life story on Love+Radio, the peerless character-driven interview podcast, I wrote about his belief that “when you are actively learning about someone else you are passively teaching them about yourself.” In listening to his most bitter enemies, Davis heard words and ideas that chilled him to the bone—yet he found that by listening and conversing he could subvert them. Some men even handed over their Klan garb, as he reminds critics of his approach. “I pull out my robes and hoods and say, ‘This is what I've done to put a dent in racism,” he explained. “I've got robes and hoods hanging in my closet by people who've given up that belief because of my conversations sitting down to dinner. They gave it up. How many robes and hoods have you collected?”

This week, Love+Radio released a followup interview.

The show’s creator, Nick van der Kolk, felt that in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election, Americans were having a hard time conversing. “I think when people feel scared they start arguing from this place of emotionality,” he said, “which is totally understandable, but it's also not very effective in terms of converting people.” He called Davis to ask his advice—and his thoughts on Donald Trump.

“Every racist that I know—and I know a lot of racists—every racist that I know voted for Donald Trump,” Davis said near the end of the interview. “However,” he added, “that does not, and I expressly repeat it, that does not mean that everybody who voted for Donald Trump is a racist. There are plenty of people, including good friends of mine, who are not racist, and who voted for Trump. A lot of people wanted a change from what they were accustom to for the last decades … they wanted a change of the status quo, a changing of the guard. And they were willing to overlook his misogyny, his racist or bigoted comments. They just wanted that change. They were are not racist people. But every racist I know did vote for him.”


Oklahoma lawmakers want men to approve all abortions

Jordan Smith
February 13 2017, 8:23 a.m.

SOMETHING UNEXPECTED HAPPENED in the Oklahoma Legislature on February 8 that had Karo Chowning feeling pretty optimistic. That morning lawmakers in the House Public Health Committee blocked one anti-abortion bill and a second was tabled without discussion.

It was certainly unusual for a deeply conservative Republican government that over the years has distinguished itself by passing some of the strictest abortion regulations in the country — regardless of whether those measures are unconstitutional, which many certainly are. Since 2011, lawmakers in Oklahoma have passed 20 such measures, a number of which have been blocked by the courts or are tied up in litigation.

If passed as written, the two measures that were slated for consideration on February 8 would almost certainly end up in court as well.

So when the two bills on the meeting agenda didn’t sail out of committee, Chowning, past-president of the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, was pleased. Just the day before she’d walked the Capitol corridors hoping to get face time with as many of the members of the committee as possible, and in particular with its sizable contingent of freshmen, in an effort to convince them they should vote down the two measures.

But to Clowning and other members of the Coalition it was the second bill, HB 1441, that was even more disturbing, devoid of any nuance, and completely unconstitutional. Written by another of the chamber’s freshmen, Rep. Justin Humphrey, the legislation would require a woman seeking an abortion to first obtain written permission from her sexual partner. It would also require her to provide his name to her doctor and would forestall the procedure if the man wanted the opportunity to challenge paternity.

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