May 3rd, 2010

Swedish doctors won't do circumcisions

GOTHENBURG, Sweden, April 29 (UPI) -- Doctors in western Sweden say they refuse to perform circumcisions, as they say they must perform other medical procedures that have greater priority.

The medical profession in the Vastra Gotaland region is obligated to provide circumcisions for approximately 300 Jewish and Muslim patients each year, the Goteborgs-Posten reported Thursday.

"Now we have to go out and find someone who is willing to perform the operations. The doctors' sector council has said 'no' to these procedures. We respect the doctors' position," said the head of the region's health care committee, Lars-Goran Moberg.

"We have deprioritized (circumcision) to help sick children, such as (by providing) surgery on tight foreskins for medical reasons. And obviously we cannot carry out these operations without sacrificing something else," pediatric surgeon John Westfelt said.

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BNP 'star' Simon Nicholson quits..to expose racist party

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A rising star of the BNP has quit the party so he can expose Nick Griffin and his cronies for what they really are... incompetent racist thugs.

Ex-soldier Simon Nicholson joined the party in 2007, believing leader Griffin's claim that the party was no longer racist and would campaign on local issues.

He was even praised by Griffin when Simon came within 16 votes of overturning a 1,000-vote Labour majority on Cumbria County Council.

But after growing disillusioned with the party's racism, Simon agreed to work with the Sunday Mirror just before and during this General Election campaign. For nearly three months he kept a diary exposing the sickening racist extremism of BNP members and the true face of the party's far-right views.

Simon, 37, got right to the heart of the B N P 's election machine, At one rally in the North West, he watched as Griffin branded women in burkhas "big, black crows".

At a meeting in Cumbria, BNP National Organiser Clive Jefferson hit out at plans for a Muslim school in Burnley, labelling the scheme "a breeding programme".

Other BNP activists criticised mixed marriages and branded an area of London which has a large black community as "C**n City".

Simon also secretly filmed senior figures admitting how Griffin had taken advantage of the generous expenses system for Euro-MPs, bragging that "we play them at their own game".

Simon told the Sunday Mirror: "What I found was a party dominated by thugs who were still obsessed by race - and Griffin was the worst of the lot.

"The British National Party is a shambles and Griffin is telling lies to voters when he says he has the answers to their problems."

A History Of Hatred

Fascist John Tyndall formed the British National Party in 1982 after a split in the farright National Front movement.

The party quickly gained a reputation for racism, anti-semitism and intimidation of opponents but won its first council seat in 1993 in London's Tower Hamlets.

Under Nick Griffin, made leader in 1999, the party has made further gains and last year won two seats in the European Parliament.

In March the BNP was forced by the courts to allow non-whites to join the party.

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The Worst-Case Economic Scenario for the Oil Spill

Over the weekend, David Kotok of Cumberland Investors, a much-watched CNBC market analyst, put out a very gloomy analysis of the economic impact of the BP offshore oil spill. Entitled “Oil Slickonomics,” the note traces out three possible scenarios, depending on how quickly the government and BP contain the spill, but Kotok reminds us, “There is no ‘good’ [scenario] here.”

In the best case, he thinks:

Containment chambers are put in place and they catch the outflow from the three ruptures that are currently pouring 200,000 gallons of oil into the Gulf every day. If this works, it will take until June to complete. The chambers are 30-foot-high steel configurations that must be placed on the ocean floor at a depth of one mile. This has never been done before. If early containment is successful, the damages from this accident will be in the tens of billions. The cleanup will take years. The economic impact will be in the five states that have frontal coastline on the Gulf of Mexico: Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.

And in the worst, he thinks:

This spew stoppage takes longer to reach a full closure; the subsequent cleanup may take a decade. The Gulf becomes a damaged sea for a generation. The oil slick leaks beyond the western Florida coast, enters the Gulfstream and reaches the eastern coast of the United States and beyond. Use your imagination for the rest of the damage. Monetary cost is now measured in the many hundreds of billions of dollars.

Moreover, he teases out the macroeconomic impact in any possible case:

Federal deficit spending will certainly rise by tens, and maybe hundreds, of billions as emergency appropriations are directed at larger and larger efforts to clean up this mess. At the same time, federal and state revenues tied to Gulf-region businesses will fall….

We expect that the Federal Reserve will extend the timeframe that we have come to know as the “extended period” in the making of its monetary policy. We do not expect the Fed to raise interest rates at all for the rest of this year, and maybe well into next year. We expect to see the deterioration of the economic statistics for the US to reveal the onset of this oil-slick crisis in May, and the negative impact will intensify during the summer months. A “double-dip” recession probably has been made more likely by this tragedy.

We are at the highest level of cash in our U.S. stock accounts that we have seen in over a year and a half. We expect a market correction will present entry points at lower stock prices. We have exited the financial sectors, including the insurance ETF. We now worry about the banks that are exposed. We do not own the major oil stocks now. Some of them face enormous liability payments.

In short, Cumberland believes that the oil spill has likely increased the chance of a double-dip recession due to the enormous economic damage to the Gulf states (already not faring too well, particularly Florida), financial and energy company exposure to the crisis, the outsize impact on small businesses and the new federal deficit spending required — all of this on top of the tremendous environmental impact.



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Journalists Must Donate To Anti-Choice Organization In Order To Cover Palin’s Speech

Today, Sarah Palin will be speaking at a fundraiser for the Austin-based Heroic Media, a “faith-based” anti-choice organization that seeks to reduce the number of abortions “by creating a Culture of Life through television, billboard and internet advertising.” As part of its anti-choice media strategy, Heroic Media airs television commercials that “encourage viewers to learn more about and rethink the Life issue.” The group’s Internet strategy tries to direct Google users to an anti-choice website:

Heroic Media utilizes an online strategy to purchase top listings on search engines, such as google, so when teens “google” the word “abortion,”… “I think I’m pregnant,” … or “terminate pregnancy,” one of the top web sites they’ll see is our partner web site http://www.teenbreaks.com

Teenbreaks.com provides information about abortion, communicating with parents, adoption, cutting and more.


As Indecision Forever notes, the fact that Teenbreaks.com provides “information” on “cutting” is a giveaway that it isn’t interested in providing women with the best possible facts about their reproductive rights: “Cutting, that’s right, because self-mutilation has everything to do with handling an unplanned pregnancy.”

But in order to cover Palin’s speech, the Austin-American Statesman reports that journalists will have to make a contribution to Heroic Media:

Restrictions: Heroic Media will try to prohibit video and audio recordings of Palin’s appearance, and news organizations wishing to cover her speech must buy a ticket, the proceeds of which will go to Heroic Media.

Denying media access has become Palin’s standard operating procedure. After the debacle that was her interview with CBS’ Katie Couric during the 2008 presidential campaign, Palin made sure she wouldn’t step into any embarrassing interviews — often demanding that reporters submit their questions “ahead of time” to guarantee a one-on-one. And as a private citizen, the former Alaska governor requires that any questions asked at her speaking engagements be pre-screened. Just last week at an event in Eugene, OR, media were “not…allowed to ask her questions and take still pictures… [or] videotape or record it in anyway.”

Earlier this year, after conservatives criticized Palin’s $100,000+ fee to speak at the Tea Party convention, she said she would donate the proceeds to “the cause.” Perhaps that’s what she is trying to get the media to do as well.

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Media watchdog group names freedom "predators"

Media watchdog group Reporters Without Borders has named the leaders of China, Russia and Rwanda as some of the world's worst "predators of freedom".

The report, marking World Press Freedom Day, lists what the Paris-based group regards as the 40 worst offenders against the freedom of the press.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-il and the head of Burma's military government Than Shwe, are also on the list.

Mexico is named as among the most dangerous countries for journalists.

Sixty-two journalists have been killed in Mexico over the last decade.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has "promoted a climate of pumped-up national pride that encourages the persecution of dissidents and freethinkers", the report contends.

The Basque separate group Eta in Spain and criminal gangs in Italy are also said to have threatened journalists.

Israeli Defence Forces have physically injured at least 33 Palestinian journalists, the report says. Palestinian militant group Hamas is also criticised.

The report accuses Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's brother, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, of condoning attacks on journalists.

To mark World Press Freedom Day, however, President Rajapaksa ordered the release of a journalist who was sentenced to 20 years in prison on terrorism charges.

Tamil journalist JS Tissainayagam had been convicted on the basis of articles he wrote which the government said incited racial hatred.

Political tension is rising in Rwanda ahead of elections due in August and investigative journalist Robert Mukomboz was thrown out of the country for criticising President Paul Kagame.

"The president's office would try to dictate what I'm supposed to write, would even want to dictate the headlines, and would go to the extent of trying to draft the story for me and include my by-line," he told the BBC's World Today programme.

Reporters Without Borders has removed several Iraqi Islamist groups from the list, arguing that, while violence remains high, journalists are no longer being singled out.

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Election 2010: Which leader's public persona do you prefer?

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One of the most fascinating sights I've witnessed thus far during the coverage of the 2010 election campaign is Gordon Brown's visit to a branch of Tesco in Hastings on 16 April, which was broadcast live and uninterrupted for about five minutes on Sky News.

"Hello, good to see you," says Gordon, shaking someone's hand. "It's great to be here," he continues, waving at a well-wisher. He looks around. "This is a good store, isn't it?" he enquires of no one in particular. He spots a young boy. "How old are you?" he asks. The boy is eight. "That's a good age," Gordon concludes. "Which football team do you support?"

As he continues walking through the supermarket, the pictures carry on moving, but the sound appears to be stuck on a loop, because Gordon's repeating the same words. "Hello, good to see you." "It's great to be here." "This is a good store, isn't it?" "How old are you?" "That's a good age." "Which football team do you support?" The same handful of phrases, over and over again, for five minutes.

When you watch the footage repeatedly, as I have, distinct patterns start to emerge. Throughout the visit, Brown looks marginally less comfortable than a horse crossing a rope bridge, and his internal dialogue tree is starkly visible. Whenever he meets a boy of eight years old or older, for instance, Gordon briefly asks which football team they support, then chuckles, whatever the answer, before moving on to say "Hello, good to see you" to someone else. That's the way he's been programmed. (He occasionally breaks up his repetitive mantra with brief statements of the obvious: at one point, he glances at a shelf full of produce and says, "There's a lot of produce here." It almost makes you wish he was being shown around an orgy instead. Almost.)

The footage is funny, yet somehow heartbreaking. Brown looks clumsy, ungainly and chronically unsure how to behave around everyday shoppers. He reminds me of me. I can scarcely look people in the eye in supermarkets either. But I've learned to survive in demanding public situations – such as standing in front of an audience of expectant strangers – by adopting a babbling, deliberately awkward, vaguely nihilistic persona that is 50% me and 50% comic construct.

It's a shield of radioactive bullshit that hopefully provides just enough entertainment value to stop the crowd physically attacking me, and just enough psychological distance to stop me crumpling to the floor and ripping my own face off at the sheer uncomfortable weirdness of it all.

Thing is, this performance wouldn't withstand five minutes of serious scrutiny. I could open a supermarket, no problem, but sit me opposite a combative Jeremy Paxman and I'd have a massive nervous breakdown within five minutes. With Brown, it's the other way around. In the supermarket, he looked so anxious I half-expected him to climb inside a freezer compartment and refuse to come out until everyone else had left. In his interview with Paxman, held in the wake of the preposterous Bigotgate storm and a widely criticised final debate, he was frighteningly confident. At times, he even seemed to be enjoying himself. Technical in the social situation, sociable in the technical situation? That's the hallmark of a nerd. And most nerds are simply too gawky – gawky, not aloof – to connect with the general public.

So he's not endearing. The press held up Brown's Bigotgate outburst as evidence that he's two-faced and contemptuous of everyday people, especially those who mention immigration, a subject so taboo in modern Britain that even fearless defenders of free speech such as the Mail and the Express only dare mention it in hushed capitals tucked away on the front page of every edition.

Two-faced contempt is the basic mode of operation for many newspapers: mindwarping shitsheets filled with selective reporting and audacious bias. The popular press is a shrill, idiotic, bullying echo chamber; a hopelessly poisoned Petri dish in which our politicians seem resigned to grow. Little wonder they develop glaringly artificial public guises. Picking a modern leader boils down to a question of which false persona you prefer. At least Brown's is almost admirably crap. It's easy to see through it and catch hints of something awkwardly, weakly human beneath.

Clegg's persona is roughly 50% daytime soap, 40% human, and 10% statesman. Cameron is 100% something. He isn't even a man; more a texture-mapped character model. There's a different kind of software at work here, some advanced alien technology projecting a passable simulation of affability; a straight-to-DVD retread of the Blair ascendancy re-enacted by androids. Like an ostensibly realistic human character in a state-of-the-art CGI cartoon, he's almost convincing – assuming you can ignore the shrieking, cavernous lack of anything approaching a soul. Which you can't.

I see the sheen, the electronic calm, those tiny, expressionless eyes . . . I glimpse the outlines of the cloaking device and I instinctively recoil, like a baby tasting mould. Don't get me wrong. I don't see a power-crazed despot either. I almost wish I did. Instead, I see an avatar. A simulated man with a simulated face. A humanoid. A replicant. An Auton. A construct. A Carlton PR man who's arrived to run the country, and currently stands before us, blinking patiently, blank yet alert, quietly awaiting commencement of phase two. At which point, presumably, his real face may finally become visible.


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Exposing “The Other City” of HIV/AIDS

This week, at the beautiful School of Visual Arts Theater in New York, WMC President Jehmu Greene took part in the red carpet world premiere and panel discussion for The Other City – a new film on the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Washington, D.C.  After watching the film, Jehmu and her fellow panelists (including U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, amfAR Chariman Kenneth Cole, and CNN Host Roland Martin)  discussed the merits of the captivating film and concluded that The Other City is a groundbreaking work of art laudably exposing a horrific crisis in American society.

Two words – MEDIA FAIL!  AIDS is the leading cause of death for black women ages 25 to 34.  Just let that sink in for a moment.  Leading cause of death.  And the HIV/AIDS rate of our nation’s capital exceeds that of West Africa.  At least 3% of D.C. residents have HIV/AIDS – a number that blow the 1% threshold for a “generalized and severe” epidemic out of the water.  Despite this shocking reality of life in America’s own backyard, our media has failed to report on the topic.  Suffering from “AIDS fatigue,” the media has laid the HIV/AIDS crisis to the wayside with a declining number of news stories as well as US-focused stories.  And in a culture where sex education amounts to a hesitant admission that sex indeed does occur, the media’s failure to fulfill its national public education responsibilities hurts American society at large.

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Despite this media drought, Emmy & Peabody Award winning director Susan Koch, executive producer & BET co-founder Sheila C. Johnson, and writer & Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, had the insight to call attention to this pressing crisis with The Other City.  Overcoming gender barriers in the film industry, this team powerfully wielded media to demonstrate how in the shadow of the Capitol lies a whole “other city” where minorities and the underclass suffer from a deadly epidemic.

Indeed, it is disappointing that even with African Americans and African American women in particular finally reaching national leadership positions, attention has not been drawn to the issue.  ACTUP protesters at Monday’s event drew attention to this disappointment by repeatedly interrupting Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin with shouts decrying the Obama administration’s leadership failure.

But hope is not loss.  Some media powerhouses, like Director of the National Council of Negro Women’s Research, Public Policy, and Information Center and Progressive Women’s Voices participant Avis Jones-Deweever, have stepped up to righteously bring attention to the issue.  Avis has long argued the importance of increased research in microbicides – topical agents with the potential to reduce the chance of HIV infection.  Development of these products has the potential to offer women who may be in unequal or abusive relationships the ability to protect themselves after sex, instead of before.  Because, as J’Mia explains in The Other City, “if a man is going to black your eye you’re not going to insist he wear a condom.”

So thank you to Susan Koch, Sheila Johnson, and Jose Antonio Vargas for beating the odds to offer resounding media coverage of the HIV/AIDS crisis our underclass continues to suffer from.  Busy schedules aside, we all must take the time to watch this inspiring film.

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Racist Facebook Incident Highlights Lack of Diversity at Minnesota College

A racist Facebook conversation between two University of Minnesota-Duluth students has triggered an investigation by university officials and raised emotions on campus.

The wall-to-wall conversation between two white women developed as a black woman entered the study lounge they were in. The school's paper, The Statesman, posted excerpts of the conversation, which include a racial slur and statements about feeling 'unsafe' and 'dirty' in the black student's presence.

In a speech about the incident, chancellor Kathryn A. Martin said she was "deeply saddened" for the conversation's victim, and that the school will be "more vigilant" in relation to race and diversity issues. The Duluth News Tribune has more:

Martin said the university needs to work with the Student Association to address the issue. UMD -- which has 130 black students this year out of a total population of about 11,000 -- hasn't been as consistent as it should be about following up on racial incidents through the years, Martin said.

Some of the school's students say the conversation blatantly violated the university's code of conduct -- but others say that it was a joke taken out of context and proportion.

The conversation's perpetrators have met with campus officials and were given a transcript of the chat. They have until next week to respond, and then their punishment will be determined.

What do you think? What kind of punishment fits this situation?

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My brother attends UMD and brought this to my attention. These girls were in the same room as the girl they were discussing through their FACEBOOK WALLS. The conversation was c/p by a friend of the victim and promptly posted on a thread on CNN's facebook group. From what I understand the two girls have since left UMD.

Mods: Sorry if this was submitted more than once my browser doesn't care for me too much today.


Edit: The CNN FB group thread where it all started, includes the comments made in full.
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Bored Republican Passes Time Watching Naked Ladies/Pr0n During Debate About Making Women's Lives Moar Miserable. Votes Against Party About Making Women's Lives a Living Hell.

Florida GOP state senator caught looking at porn on Senate floor.

Last week, the Florida State Senate passed an anti-choice abortion measure that requires women seeking an abortion to first pay for an ultrasound out of pocket and “in most cases, view live images of the fetus.” During the floor debate on the amendment, GOP Senator Michael Bennett got caught looking at pornography on his government issued computer. The Sunshine State News reports:

Bennett defended his actions, telling Sunshine State News it was an email sent to him by a woman “who happens to be a former court administrator.”

“I was just sitting there, bored as they were debating the abortion bill,” Bennett said.

“I opened it up and said holy [expletive]! What’s on my screen? and clicked away from it right away.”

Watch it:



To his credit, Bennett actually spoke out against the bill, accusing his GOP colleagues of wanting to make women “feel more miserable on this tough choice.” Bennett ended up voting against the measure.
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Tory Candidate tries to ''cure'' gays?



Philippa Stroud, the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Sutton and Cheam, has founded US-style evangelical churches in Bedford and in Birmingham.

A high-flying prospective Conservative MP, credited with shaping many of the party's social policies, founded a church that tried to "cure" homosexuals by driving out their "demons" through prayer.

 

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May 3rd update on the Gulf Oil Spill

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Oil Spill TRIPLED In Size In 3 Days (VIDEO)
AP/Huffington Post First Posted: 05- 3-10 10:50 AM | Updated: 05- 3-10 11:01 AM
BP is preparing a system never tried nearly a mile under water to siphon away the geyser of crude from a blown-out well a mile under Gulf of Mexico waters. However, the plan to lower 74-ton, concrete-and-metal boxes being built to capture the oil and siphon it to a barge waiting at the surface will need at least another six to eight days to get it in place.

Crews continued to lay boom in what increasingly feels like a futile effort to slow down the spill, with all ideas to contain the flow failing so far.

"I've been in Pensacola and I am very, very concerned about this filth in the Gulf of Mexico," Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said at a fundraiser for his U.S. Senate campaign Sunday night. "It's not a spill, it's a flow. Envision sort of an underground volcano of oil and it keeps spewing over 200,000 gallons every single day, if not more."

A video simulation produced by ABC News showed that the size of the slick has tripled in size in just a few days (simulation starts at 1:25):



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ISLAM WILL TAKE OVER EUROPE, OMG!

Speech Geert Wilders in New York, 25 September 2008

Dear friends,

Thank you very much for inviting me. Great to be at the Four Seasons. I come from a country that has one season only: a rainy season that starts January 1st and ends December 31st. When we have three sunny days in a row, the government declares a national emergency. So Four Seasons, that’s new to me.

It’s great to be in New York. When I see the skyscrapers and office buildings, I think of what Ayn Rand said: “The sky over New York and the will of man made visible.” Of course. Without the Dutch you would have been nowhere, still figuring out how to buy this island from the Indians. But we are glad we did it for you. And, frankly, you did a far better job than we possibly could have done.

I come to America with a mission. All is not well in the old world. There is a tremendous danger looming, and it is very difficult to be optimistic. We might be in the final stages of the Islamization of Europe. This not only is a clear and present danger to the future of Europe itself, it is a threat to America and the sheer survival of the West. The danger I see looming is the scenario of America as the last man standing. The United States as the last bastion of Western civilization, facing an Islamic Europe. In a generation or two, the US will ask itself: who lost Europe? Patriots from around Europe risk their lives every day to prevent precisely this scenario form becoming a reality.

My short lecture consists of 4 parts.

First I will describe the situation on the ground in Europe. Then, I will say a few things about Islam. Thirdly, if you are still here, I will talk a little bit about the movie you just saw. To close I will tell you about a meeting in Jerusalem.

 

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Clinton promotes women entrepreneurs in Muslim world

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday announced business initiatives to benefit women in Muslim countries as part of a broader drive this week to promote US-Muslims economic ties.

"What we're doing is trying to pry open those doors of opportunity for more people to walk through, more people in Muslim-majority countries and more women specifically," Clinton told a breakfast gathering.

"Because the fact is that women still have a harder time accessing loans and equity capital investments," Clinton said.

The chief US diplomat promised, for example, to pair women entrepreneurs in Muslim countries with US business mentors who will offer them up to six weeks of training in California's hi-tech Silicon Valley.

The projects announced here are also part of a State Department campaign to promote women entrepreneurs internationally, underscoring Clinton's views that bettering the lot of women will help lift countries out of war and poverty.

She announced the "Secretary's International Fund for Women and Girls," a public-private partnership to provide grants to non-government organizations which seek to help women make economic, social, and political gains.

The fund is designed to offer women greater economic opportunities, combat violence against them and give them greater access to education and health care.

Clinton speech at a breakfast for women entrepreneurs came after President Barack Obama on Monday laid a key plank of his strategy to mend ties with the Islamic world when he hosted a summit to boost development in Muslim nations.

The president pledged to host the meeting in a landmark speech in Cairo last June, when he also called for a "new beginning" to relations between the United States and the Muslim world which hit a low under president George W. Bush.

Also this week, Clinton announced the launch of the Global Entrepreneurship Program's first pilot program, in Muslim-majority Egypt, coordinated by a team of entrepreneurs sponsored by the US Agency for International Development.

"We will soon launch our second program in Indonesia, and we plan to expand to a dozen countries within the next two years," Clinton said during meetings with entrepreneurs on Tuesday.

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Rick Perry: "You Cant Stop God When He Acts Like a Sadistic Bastard. Is all The Geys Fault Anyway"

Good News, Big Oil! Perry Considers Greatest Environmental Disaster in US an Act of God: "BP To Be Forever Blameless From Divine Act"

Speaking At Trade Association Funded By BP, Gov. Perry Claims Rig Disaster Is An ‘Act Of God’

Earlier today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which is funded by dues-paying corporations like BP and Halliburton, hosted a “Free Enterprise” conference to push deregulation and anti-tax policies. During a press availability after the morning session, a reporter raised the point that the oil rig disaster, the Massey mine disaster, and the overall financial crisis seemed to have all occurred as a result of too much free enterprise and not enough regulations. Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX), one of several governors in attendance, lashed out at the reporter and said regulations would not have prevented the economic collapse.

Later in his response, Perry said he feared a “knee-jerk reaction” to the oil spill, and said the oil spill could be just another “act of God that cannot be prevented“:

“We don’t know what the event that has allowed for this massive oil to be released,” Perry said alongside several other governors on a panel Monday. “And until we know that, I hope we don’t see a knee-jerk reaction across this country that says we’re going to shut down drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, because the cost to this country will be staggering.” Perry questioned whether the spill was “just an act of God that occurred” and said that any “politically driven” decisions could put the U.S. in further economic peril. “From time to time there are going to be things that occur that are acts of God that cannot be prevented,” Perry said.

As Climate Progress’ Joe Romm has noted, BP cut corners by violating numerous safety regulations and refused to install “a remote-control shutoff switch that two other major oil producers, Norway and Brazil, require.” In fact, the Chamber, which is one of BP’s many trade associations and lobbying fronts, has worked aggressively to oppose regulations and fight for more offshore oil drilling.

“Project No Project,” a lobbying initiative of the Chamber, fights environmental and safety regulations as job killing “red tape.” Project No Project has attacked environmental and safety concerns levied against BP’s proposed liquefied natural gas plant on Pelican Island, near Galveston, Texas.
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Kansas House votes to override abortion veto

TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas House members have voted to override Democratic Gov. Mark Parkinson's veto of a late-term abortion bill.

Monday's 86-35 vote sends the bill to the Senate. The bill needs 27 votes in the Senate to override Parkinson's veto and become law. In recent years, abortion opponents have not been able to override vetoes in the Senate.

Under the bill, patients or family members could sue doctors if they have evidence an abortion violated state law.

The measure also requires more details in doctors' reports to the state about abortions of viable fetuses after the 21st week of pregnancy. Kansas allows such abortions only to save the mother's life or prevent major damage to her health.

No doctor in Kansas is known to perform late-term abortions since last year's murder of Dr. George Tiller

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Dear Mr. President,

After the recent letter by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates recommended the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” be delayed, this is my plea to you on the behalf of the soldiers serving in silence to end this law now:

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Very respectfully,

Joseph Christopher Rocha
Former Petty Officer Third Class, U.S. Navy

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Mean Girls; if you're from Africa...

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Tory senator to women's groups: shut up

'If you push it, there'll be more backlash,' warns senator of abortion issue

Last Updated: Monday, May 3, 2010 | 5:33 PM ET
Karina Roman, CBC News

Conservative Senator Nancy Ruth told a meeting of international women's equality rights groups Monday morning that it would be best for them to "shut the f--k up" about their concerns over the government's maternal health initiative.

Ruth sponsored the meeting on Parliament Hill, in which groups such as the Association for Women's Rights in Development, Action Aid International and Action Canada for Population and Development participated in a panel discussion questioning Canada's leadership in the promotion of gender equality and women's rights.

With the recent controversy about the government's plans to omit funding for abortion from its maternal health policy for developing countries, the panelists said it was an issue they couldn't ignore at today's meeting.

However, during the question and answer period, Ruth advised the room that pushing the abortion issue was not the right strategy if they really wanted progress on the maternal health issue. Her comments were caught on tape by the Toronto Star.

"We've got five weeks or whatever left until the G8 starts. Shut the f--k up on this issue," she says. "If you push it, there'll be more backlash. This is now a political football. This is not about women's health in this country."

She went on to say, "Canada is still a country with free and accessible abortion. Leave it there. Don't make this an election issue."

Afterward, Ruth was asked about her comments. "I'm not going to repeat them in front of microphones. You gotta be crazy."

She explained that people are more worried about jobs and mortgages. "To deal with more altruistic things, even though I think we should, is perhaps not relative and not a seller right now."

"I think it is a mistake to make a public debate about abortion for the G8."

'Time to speak out is now'
Liberal MP Dr. Carolyn Bennett said Ruth's comments shocked the room. Bennett said she thinks Ruth's advice exposes something the government has denied — that for those who speak out against the government, there will be repercussions.

Funding cuts are one example of a repercussion the groups fear.

But the activists say they won't be taking Ruth up on her suggestion to keep quiet. Katherine McDonald is executive director of Action Canada for Populations and Development.

"The time to speak out is now. If we hadn't spoken out over the last three months, contraception would not be part of this initiative."

McDonald is referring to the government's reversal on its initial announcement that family planning would not be part of the maternal health plan.

Bennett echoed another panelist at the meeting, saying that women in the world didn't achieve what they have over the years by "shutting up."

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German man say the hell with the law. My cat and I are in love!



A German man has unofficially married his cat after the animal fell ill and vets told him it might not live much longer, Bild newspaper reports.

It says Uwe Mitzscherlich, 39, paid an actress 300 euros (£260,$395) to officiate at the ceremony, as marrying an animal is illegal in Germany.

Mr Mitzscherlich said he had wanted to tie the knot before his asthmatic cat Cecilia died.

The cat and groom have lived together for 10 years.

"Cecilia is such a trusting creature. We cuddle all the time and she has always slept in my bed," Mr Mitzscherlich, a postman from the eastern town of Possendorf, told Bild.

Actress Christin-Maria Lohri, who officiated the ceremony, was quoted as saying: "At first I thought it was a joke. But for Mr Mitzscherlich it's a dream come true".

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Finding an effective treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder has been a top Pentagon priority for years. And with an estimated one in five veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan suffering from PTSD, the military’s been willing to consider anything and everything, including yoga, dog therapy and acupuncture, to alleviate symptoms.

But a small new study out of Walter Reed Army Medical Center might offer more than temporary relief — with nothing more than a quick jab to the neck.

It’s a procedure called stellate ganglion block (STB), and involves injecting local anesthetic into a bundle of nerves located in the neck. The bundle are a locus for the sympathetic nervous system, which regulates the body’s “fight-or-flight” stress response.

Led by Lieutenant Colonel Sean Mulvaney, Pentagon scientists gave STB injections to two soldiers, one on active duty and another who’d been suffering from PTSD symptoms since serving in the Gulf War nearly two decades ago. Their study reports that both men “experienced immediate, significant and durable relief” after the 10-minute procedure, and no longer exhibit symptoms that would qualify them for a PTSD diagnosis.

Seven months later, both had successfully stopped using antidepressant and antipsychotic medications with the guidance of a psychiatrist.

While the research out of Walter Reed only tested two patients, a Chicago-based doctor named Eugene Lipov is already conducting his own double-blind trial on war-vet volunteers. One of his patients, 28-year-old John Sullivan, found little relief with prescription anti-anxiety meds. But the former Marine Corps Sergeant told ABC News that the STB injection completely eliminated his nightmares, flashbacks and ongoing anxiety.

“[It was] not painful and the results were within five minutes — I felt more relaxed and calmed down. It’s been great.”

Lipov has also conducted before-and-after brain scans on patients. Those suffering from PTSD usually exhibit characteristic “hot spots” that light up when a patient is exposed to violent imagery. After an STB treatment, the brains of PTSD patients no longer displayed the abnormal reactions.

But STB treatments, which have been used for decades to treat a handful of illnesses, including Raynaud’s Syndrome, aren’t without risks. Injuries to the nervous or vascular system are the most common, usually from a misplaced needle. Still, STB is likely to be met with more enthusiasm from the Pentagon than another potential PTSD treatment. MDMA, the key ingredient in ecstasy, was in the spotlight last week after successful results of a study on 21 veterans. But according to the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, who sponsored the study, the Department of Veterans Affairs has thus far refused to collaborate on future research.

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Emergency News: Brown Illegals Now Passing as White Americans! Mexico Haz Shapeshifter Technology !!

Robert Krentz Murder Suspect Is American, Not Illegal Immigrant


Robert Krentz, an Arizona cattle rancher whose killing became a "flashpoint" in the state's immigration debate, may have been killed by an American -- not an illegal immigrant, according to a new report.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that a "American suspect" is the focus of the Krentz murder investigation:
High-ranking government officials with credible information spoke to the Star, citing a desire to quell the fury over illegal immigration and drug smuggling set off by the shooting death of longtime rancher Robert Krentz on March 27. They said Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever is investigating a person in the United States, not in Mexico, in connection with the shooting.
On March 27, Krentz was found shot to death in an ATV on his property in Cochise County, Arizona. A single set of footprints leading from the crime scene to the Mexican border sparked speculation that Krentz was killed by by an illegal immigrant.

Supporters of SB1070, Arizona's strict new immigration law, pointed to Krentz's slaying in arguing for the legislation.


SB1070 makes it a crime to not carry immigration documents and allows Arizona law enforcement to detain anyone who is suspected to be an illegal immigrant.

At an April 2 committee meeting in the Arizona Legislature, SB1070 supporters used Kretnz's death to justify the bill. Feet In 2 Worlds reports:
On Wednesday, supporters of SB 1070 wore black ribbons on their shirts in remembrance of Krentz as they attended a hearing on the bill by the Committee on Military Affairs and Public Safety.
"Enough is enough. Rob Krentz's death it's just one more example of government's failure to stand for it's citizens and the rule of law and protects citizens while we continue to harbor criminals and those that violate our sovereignty in our borders," said Sen. Russell Pearce (R-Mesa) author of the bill.
State Rep. David Gowan (R-Sierra Vista) told Feet In 2 Worlds that because of Krentz's murder, people from his area were "hammering and clamoring" for the passage of SB1070.

The bill was signed into law April 23 by Republican Governor Jan Brewer.

If Krentz's murder turns out to be unrelated to Mexican border violence, many people could be proven wrong.

Last month, during testimony before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, the Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever called Krentz's death an "exclamation point" on the discussion about Mexican violence spilling across the border.

Republican Senate candidate J.D. Hayworth, has made similar comments, and described Krentz as a "martyr" for border control. Hayworth even used Krentz's murder to "pound" incumbent Sen. John McCain over his immigration stance.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (R-AZ) also pointed to Krentz's slaying when she asked for National Guard troops to be deployed along Arizona's border just three days after his death.

Krentz's family has blamed his death on U.S. political forces and their "disregard" of warnings about violence. They support the deployment of National Guard forces along the border:

We hold no malice towards the Mexican people for this senseless act but do hold the political forces in this country and Mexico accountable for what has happened. Their disregard of our repeated pleas and warnings of impending violence towards our community fell on deaf ears shrouded in political correctness. As a result, we have paid the ultimate price for their negligence in credibly securing our Borderlands.

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Big Oil Latest Victim of Obama's Communist Socialist Evil Plan

Senior Arabian Horse Judge, Natural/Environmental Disaster Coordinator, and Fashion Whore Expert "Heck of a Jub" Brownie Suspects Foul Play: "Obama Doesnt Care About Rich White People"

Michael Brown: Obama Wanted Oil Spill (VIDEO)

Bush-era FEMA head Michael Brown accused President Obama Monday of "playing politics" with the Gulf Coast oil spill, claiming that Obama waited for the spill to worsen in order to turn public opinion against offshore drilling.

Brown, most infamous for his response to Hurricane Katrina, told Neil Cavuto that Obama and his administration are thrilled by the current disaster in the Gulf. "This is exactly what they want, because now he can pander to the environmentalists and say, 'I'm gonna shut it down because it's too dangerous,'" Brown said. "This president has never supported big oil, he's never supported offshore drilling, and now he has an excuse to shut it back down."

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How We Became White People

I came across this on CNN, and I thought I'd continue this racefailtastic jump into summer that we seem to be having here on ontd_p. Interesting opinion piece that covers white privilege, the new immigrant laws in Arizona, and there are a ton of comments I'm going to suggest that you don't read at the source, which kinda proves a point he's trying to make, but I digress. I'm not going to bold anything because you need to read it all. Enjoy!


I am white. I know that's a terribly big surprise, considering that I write a blog called Stuff White People Like, but I mean it, I'm white.

Like really white.

I'm not attempting to assert some sort of superiority through my whiteness; quite the opposite actually. Thanks to my liberal upbringing, I am imbued with the appropriate amount of guilt and shame about my ancestors and their actions in the New World.

Even in my home, I can't offer a blanket to a nonwhite friend without the fear that they will look at me and say "no smallpox on this right?" A joke, but I still want to apologize.

I'm a white male. I belong to a group that pretty much always been able to own land and to vote. I'm more or less from the kind that grabbed power somewhere after the fall of Rome and never let go. In other words, I'm the kind of white guy that has never experienced any real oppression.

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