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When Abortion Is Illegal In Your Country, This Activist Group Can Sail to You to Provide the Procedu


30, 2014  |    
A woman in Morocco looking for help is considering drinking bleach to end her pregnancy. In Poland, a rape victim says she’s thinking about hitting her stomach with a stick to induce a miscarriage. Another woman desperately emails, “I am not a monster, I just cannot have the baby.”

These are the distressed messages that  Women on Waves receive every day from women who live in countries where abortion is illegal. The organisation, an activist group famous for providing abortions on a ship in international waters, has recently been chronicled in the award-winning film,  Vessel. The movie follows the work of Dutch doctor Rebecca Gomperts and her crew as they work around various countries’ abortion laws – and sometimes just flout them – to help women end their pregnancies.

While watching the film, which  has its New York premiere next month, it’s hard not think about the current hostile climate for reproductive rights here in the US and wonder: How long until illegal abortion is the norm here, too?

Diana Whitten, the film’s director and producer who spoke with me by phone from a screening in Vermont, told me that, while it’s not in anyone’s best interest to break the law, “laws never prevent abortion.”

“They never have, and they never will. All they prevent is  safe abortion,” she said.  Women on Waves, she added, will never bring “abortion to these countries - it’s already there.” It’s just illegal.

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Fri Oct 31, 2014, 12:35 AM (6 replies)

young woman who was going to end her life on nov 1st changes her mind

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Thu Oct 30, 2014, 04:21 PM (14 replies)

bat hospital - where baby bats are cared for until ready for release. WARNING - adorable pics

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2814142/Pictures-adorable-abandoned-baby-bats-swaddled-blankets-sucking-bottles.htmlInside Australia's BAT hospital - where adorable abandoned baby creatures are wrapped in blankets and fed with bottles
Abandoned baby bats have been pictured recuperating in hospital while swaddled in colourful blankets
The Tolga Bat Hospital is a community group working for the conservation of bats and their natural habitat. 
The furry critters are grounded due to tick paralysis 
About 300 baby bats are orphaned each year due to tick paralysis or because their mother is too ill to feed them  
Tick paralysis kills hundreds of bats every year on the Atherton Tablelands 

Volunteers at the hospital spend their time caring for the bats, nursing them back to health and then release them back into the wild when they are ready.

According to the Tolga Bat Hospital's website: 'caring for sick or young animals is like caring for sick or young humans, many tasks are very repetitive but your love and respect for the animals will make it very rewarding.'

Tick paralysis is killing hundreds of flying foxes in Australia each year.

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Thu Oct 30, 2014, 03:47 PM (18 replies)

Cop Explodes & Threatens a Man With Jail For Saying “God Bless You”

The video picks up with the MacLeod telling the man in a condescending and annoyed tone,

“Have a good day, get outta my face before I decide that this might not be the best judgment that I made.”


Valdes replies, “You have a great day too.”

MacLeod then responds, “Trust me I will.”

Valdes replies back, “God bless you.”

At this point the officer becomes livid and decides to throw around his perceived authority over the citizen and threaten the man him with jail, as he obviously feels disrespected in some way.

Officer MacLeod says,

“You know what, fuck it. I’ll throw your ass in jail. You wanna be a sarcastic bitch, I’ll be fuckin a bigger bitch. You’re fuckin with the wrong dude bro. I’ve been here longer than you’ve fuckin been alive. I’ve put up with more shit than you can ever think of, so if you wanna test me again you’ll be finding Dade County jail real fuckin hunky dory tonight.”


Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Thu Oct 30, 2014, 02:40 AM (11 replies)

high percentage of blacks voting on Sunday show why GOP is trying to restrict it


voting on Sundays has been one of the biggest fronts in the voting wars of recent years. Some of this past Sunday’s early voting numbers make the reason quite clear.

Data from two states that permit Sunday early voting, Georgia and North Carolina, show that 53 percent of the 25,000 early votes cast on Sunday were from black voters, compared with 27 percent of early voters across the two states since voting began for this year’s midterm elections.

“Souls to the Polls” drives are a big part of the explanation. Black churches often promote voting after services, sometimes even taking church members directly to the polls. Such drives are traditionally most popular on the Sunday before an election, when black turnout might be even higher than it was on Sunday.

A good portion of these voters would have probably cast ballots anyway. But given the margins that Democrats run up on Sundays, it is not hard to see why so many Republican election officials have sought to restrict early voting on Sundays.

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Thu Oct 30, 2014, 02:20 AM (0 replies)

“Lovin’ beats hatin" Mcdonalds new slogan (not the Onion)

The Wall Street Journal’s CMO Today blog reports that the slogan — which is just an extension of, and not a replacement for, the “I’m Lovin’ It” campaign that McDonald’s has driven into the ground over and over again since 2003 — is set to make its debut on Jan. 1, giving every hungover American a good reason to go to any other fast food restaurant than one that thinks “Lovin’ Beats Hatin’.”

This lovin’ fest will apparently peak during the Super Bowl on Feb. 1, so that everyone who managed to avoid the commercials for the month leading up to that night will suddenly understand the various jokes their friends have been making on Facebook about McDonald’s.

While the “I’m lovin’ it” slogan has been dropping its “g” for more than a decade and is considered a success by some, one has to wonder about the logic of continuing — or rather, continuin’ — to beat that dead horse (which by no means goes into your Big Mac) when sales have been sagging for the fast food giant.

Additionally, while everything I learned about the advertising biz came from watching Bosom Buddies and Thirtysomething as a child, I’m pretty sure that using the word “hate” in a slogan is akin to, I dunno, running ads featuring regular consumers questioning whether or not the food you make is real.


McDonald’s Mistakenly Thinks Internet Won’t Mock “Lovin’ Beats

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Thu Oct 30, 2014, 01:42 AM (9 replies)

"We're counting on you, Kansas. You're a Republican state, for goodness sake." says Rand Paul

The Kansas Senate race is shaping up for a photo finish.

Independent Greg Orman slightly leads Republican Sen. Pat Roberts 44-42 in the latest public poll, released Tuesday from SurveyUSA for KSN-TV in Wichita -- within the poll's 4-point margin of error.

Those numbers track fairly closely with what other polls have shown in recent days. Many polls last month and in early October showed Orman with a considerable to slight advantage over the embattled incumbent. No more. An NBC News/Marist poll released Monday had Orman barely leading, and well within the margin of error. A New York Times/CBS News/YouGovIndeed poll from last week showed Roberts with a slight edge. RealClearPolitics' polling average shows it's either man's election at this stage.

Meanwhile, the big-name GOP surrogates are coming out in full force this week in Kansas as the senator continues his efforts to nationalize the race and make it about Senate control. (Orman hasn't committed to the party he'd caucus with, if elected). Mitt Romney and Bob Dole stumped for Roberts on Monday and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) appeared at three rallies Tuesday, the same day his PAC-funded ads on Roberts's behalf began airing in the state.

"You have to come together," Paul urged a crowd in Wichita Tuesday, the Wichita Eagle reported. "We're counting on you, Kansas. You're a Republican state, for goodness sake."
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Wed Oct 29, 2014, 03:20 PM (0 replies)

Dartmouth and Stanford Apologize After a Political-Science Experiment Gone Wrong

A joint letter from the presidents of Stanford University and Dartmouth College will be sent to nearly 100,000 Montana voters to apologize for an experiment by three political-science professors at the two institutions. The letter comes after voters and state officials objected to a mailer, sent by the professors, that featured the state’s official seal and offered information about the political leanings of candidates for the state’s Supreme Court as part of an attempt to see whether such information would alter how Montanans voted.

The experiment has been condemned by other researchers in the field as unwise and perhaps unethical. Theda Skocpol, a professor of government and sociology at Harvard University, told Talking Points Memo that the research struck her as a "lapse in judgment."

The apology letter, which will cost the universities around $50,000 to send out, asks voters to ignore the mailer and states that "no research study should risk disrupting an election."

Which should go without saying, but in this case apparently had to be said.

The episode is an embarrassment to the two universities, both of which say they are investigating exactly what happened. A Stanford spokeswoman said the experiment had never been approved by an institutional review board there, though reportedly an earlier version of the flier was submitted to an IRB at Dartmouth. A spokesman for Dartmouth, Justin Anderson, said officials there were still determining whether the research had undergone a proper review.

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Wed Oct 29, 2014, 03:15 PM (4 replies)

Why young homeless travelers aren't welcome in tourist cities

Joe McCabe sits on a wooden bench and calls out to two men strolling up State Street, "Have any spare change? I'm actually a traveler.".

The men continue walking, and McCabe grumbles a homophobic slur that they don't hear.

McCabe gets up from the park bench and saunters down State Street in the opposite direction. At the corner, he stretches his right arm out to a woman wearing short shorts and high heels. She grimaces and looks at her friends questioningly as she maneuvers around McCabe's hand.

McCabe continues walking as if unbothered by his encounters with these strangers.


They're vexing to tourist-dependent spots from San Francisco to San Diego, where officials complain their gritty edge and sometimes violent tendencies intimidate locals and turn visitors off.

"They can be very aggressive and very disruptive," said San Diego City Councilman Ed Harris, who represents Ocean Beach, where homeless youth congregate on the sea wall, sleep on the beach and light illegal campfires.

Cities have tried numerous strategies to control their unruly behavior, from bombarding them with citations to hiring private security guards and installing cameras on street corners. Cash-strapped communities say they don't have the money to hire more police officers, and some doubt law enforcement is the solution anyway.

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Wed Oct 29, 2014, 02:45 PM (34 replies)

The Great Kansas Tea Party Disaster

Extremist Republicans turned their government into a lab experiment of tax cuts and privatization. And now they may be losing control of one of the reddest states in the nation
By Mark Binelli | October 23, 2014

The Republican party headquarters in Wichita, Kansas, shares space in a strip mall with Best Friends Pet Clinic, a cowboy-boot repair shop and a Chinese restaurant called the Magic Wok. Inside, on a recent Wednesday afternoon, a modest gathering of party faithful mill about, I'M A BROWNBACKER stickers affixed to their blouses and lapels.

It's a terrible slogan. Four years ago, when Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback first took office, you might've wondered if these people, on some subliminal level, actually wanted to be humiliated by a filthy-minded liberal activist looking to add a new "santorum" to Urban Dictionary. As a senator and a failed presidential candidate, Brownback was already one of the nation's most prominent social conservatives, "God's Senator," in the words of a 2006 Rolling Stone profile. But Brownback turned out to be even more radical when it came to economic policy. In 2012, he enacted the largest package of tax cuts in Kansas history, essentially transforming his state into a lab experiment for extreme free-market ideology. The results (disastrous) have reduced the governor to making appearances at grim strip malls like this one in a desperate attempt to salvage his re-election bid.

Related Where the Tea Party Rules

The last time I came to Kansas, in March 2013, Brownback could often be found wandering the halls of the state Capitol, sporting one of his signature sweater vests, smiling and nodding at passing strangers or offering impromptu lectures to schoolchildren paused in front of the oil painting of John Brown, the fearsome Kansas abolitionist, that hangs outside his office. Here in Wichita, though, he looks exhausted. When he takes the stage, he squints out at the audience through puffy eyes. His Texas counterpart, Gov. Rick Perry, stands behind him, having been summoned north to help bail out Brownback's flailing campaign.

Brownback gently teases Perry about how "now we have a small-business climate in Kansas that is better than Texas." Perry flips up his palms and silently makes his oops! face.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-great-kansas-tea-party-disaster-20141023#ixzz3HYpzkE8I
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Wed Oct 29, 2014, 02:42 PM (1 replies)
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