October 4th, 2010

Utah women may face murder charges after miscarriages

A proposed Utah law that would open women who suffer a miscarriage to possible criminal prosecution and life imprisonment has enraged feminists and civil rights activists across the United States.

Adopted overwhelmingly by both sides of the state legislature in Salt Lake City earlier this month, the draft bill is now awaiting the signature of the state's Republican Governor, Gary Herbert. It is not clear if the growing national controversy surrounding the proposed law will slow or even stay his pen.

While the main thrust of the law is to enable prosecutors in the majority-Mormon state to pursue women who seek illegal, unsupervised forms of abortion, it includes a provision that could trigger murder charges against women found guilty of an "intentional, knowing or reckless act" that leads to a miscarriage. Some say this could include drinking one glass of wine too many, walking on an icy pavement or skiing.

Lawmakers were responding to the case of a 17-year-old pregnant Utah woman who paid a man $150 to assault her physically in the hope that the beating would cause her to miscarry. The child was born anyway and put up for adoption. And while the man involved is currently behind bars, prosecutors found they had no basis in state law to prosecute the young woman. She was in her seventh month when she tried to terminate her pregnancy.

Last-minute efforts to remove reference in the bill to "reckless" acts failed, feeding the uproar about a law that some people say would be impossible to implement and threatens basic freedoms of women. Statistics suggest that 15 to 20 per cent of recognised pregnancies end in miscarriage. "This creates a law that makes any pregnant woman who has a miscarriage potentially criminally liable for murder," said Missy Bird, director of Planned Parenthood Action Fund of Utah, part of the national organisation that champions abortion rights.

Critics also note that the bill has no exemptions for women who suffer domestic abuse or who have addiction problems. They wonder, for example, about the putative case of a woman remaining with an abusive partner and suffering a miscarriage after an episode of violence. Would remaining in that relationship constitute "reckless" behaviour, they ask?

Abortion remains deeply contentious in the United States, where, with some restrictions, it has been legal under the terms of the landmark Roe v Wade ruling by the Supreme Court of 1973. The issue returned to the front pages last month when Scott Roeder was tried and convicted for the murder in Kansas last August of one of the few doctors legally providing late-term abortions in the country.

The reaction to Utah's new initiative has verged in most quarters on disbelief, however. "For all these years the anti-choice movement has said 'we want to outlaw abortion, not put women in jail', but what this law says is 'no, we really want to put women in jail'," Lynn Paltrow, executive director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women, wrote in a blog.

Similarly astonished is the syndicated columnist Dan Savage. "Where will this insanity end?" he wrote. "If every miscarriage is a potential homicide, how does Utah avoid launching a criminal investigation every time a woman has a miscarriage? And how is Utah supposed to know when a pregnant woman has had a miscarriage? You're going to have to create some sort of pregnancy registry to keep track of all those foetuses. Perhaps you could start issuing 'conception certificates' to women who get pregnant. And then, if there isn't a baby within nine months of the issuance of a conception certificate, the woman could be hauled in for questioning."

Utah is used to criticism from some of its more liberal neighbours for its socially conservative ways that range from allowing concealed guns on its state university campus to strict limits on alcohol sales. It has not gone unnoticed that consideration of the bill, with the potentially high costs it would entail, has coincided with a debate on cancelling the last year of school for Utah children to help to save the state money.



ETA: This law has already passed...what in the actual fuck??? Read more here, thanks to popehippo 

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ONTD_Political's PotD: October 2, 2010.

Performers form a “human sculpture” on Sunday September 26, 2010 during a piece entitled “Bodies in Urban Spaces” by choreographer Willi Dorner. Starting at sunrise, the performers inched their way into different spaces throughout the Financial District in lower Manhattan.

Bryan Derballa | The Wall Street Journal
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Stewart fires more jokes back at Ex - CNN anchor

Well, that didn't take long.

Just a day after Rick Sanchez's foot-in-mouth radio rant against Jon Stewart and Jews in general, the "Daily Show" host has fired back.

Not one to shy away from a chance at payback, Stewart couldn't resist kicking off his hosting duties Saturday at Comedy Central's Night of Too Many Stars autism benefit special with a little dig at now-ex-CNNer Sanchez.

Rest of the article at source

Note to mods: I used the Letterman tag because he's quoted in the article as taking a shot or two at Sanchez himself during the same event Stewart was emceeing.
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Nick News with Linda Ellerbee: Sticks, Stones & Cyberslams

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TV special invites kids to talk about culture of bullying
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but despite the childhood retort, words can be just as hurtful - sometimes even deadly.

It's a subject middle-schoolers tackle in "Sticks, Stones & Cyberslams - a Nick News Special With Linda Ellerbee" that airs Sunday.

Real-life stories of bullying and the consequences prompted Emmy-winning journalist Ellerbee to create the special.

"For me, it was one week last year in which two little boys killed themselves,"
said Ellerbee, who is the creator, host and executive producer of the award-winning "Nick News," a news program for children and teens in which they discuss the issues of the world.

"And I remember reading both stories and, in my mind, trying to imagine an 11-year-old child tying a rope over something, getting up in a chair, putting the rope around his neck and standing there filled with such despair that he took a step off that chair ... and then I read where both were connected to bullying."

The introduction to the special leads off with Ellerbee reporting that, in the past 18 months, at least 10 kids "that we know of have killed themselves because of being bullied."

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EDIT: Sorry everyone, I didn't read this article until a couple of hours ago and didn't realize that the special had already aired. Did anyone catch it?
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Cynthia Nixon To Nom Pres: 'We Have No Desire To Change Marriage'

Yesterday, several panelists took the stage at the New Yorker Festival's session for "Love and Obstacles: The Case for Gay Marriage." Joining victorious Prop 8 lawyer David Boies were R. Clarke Cooper, Gene Robinson, Jeffrey Toobin and Cynthia Nixon and NOM's Brian Brown, who sat to Nixon's left.

The Sex & the City star made a very clear, coherent counter argument to Brown's view that, by seeking marriage equality, gays and lesbians wish to completely redefine marriage. Said Nixon:

"I want to say to the gentleman to my left, gay people who want to marry have no desire to redefine marriage in any way. When women got the vote they did not redefine voting. When African-Americans got the right to sit at a lunch counter alongside white people, they did not redefine eating out. They were simply invited to the table...We have no desire to change marriage. We want to be entitled to not only the same privileges, but the same responsibilities as straight people."

Brown must think this is just more gay trickery at work.


Ground Zero mosque likened to Superman’s HQ

The sketches showed a 16-story building wrapped in a honeycomb of abstract shapes.

The building was compared by some to the Fortress of Solitude, the crystalline headquarters of Superman depicted in comic books.

Others suggested that some of the shapes resembled the Jewish symbol of the Star of David. The company behind the development pointed out that the hexagram is also used in Islam, as the Seal of Solomon, as well as in Christianity and other religions.

Sharif El-Gamal, the developer, said: "We want to have a marriage between Islamic architecture and New York City. We want to do something that is green and cool."

The proposed Islamic centre, two blocks from the site of the World Trade Centre attacks, has created widespread controversy in the United States.

The designs suggest it will have four floors taken up by a sports, fitness and swimming centre.

There will also be a child care centre, a restaurant, culinary school, art studios, exhibition space and auditorium.

The prayer space for Muslims will be on two levels in the basement, and the 12th floor will have a 9/11 memorial and sanctuary open to people of all faiths.


If there are not some Superman macros up in this post, I will be DISAPPOINT.

"It Gets Better" : Spread the word.

YES: Amazing things can happen when people take the initiative to use media for forces of good. The same media used to bully one kid can be turned around and used to help loads of others. Spread the word. Dan Savage has launched a youtube channel for people to upload their own stories of survival. 

The Make It Better Project


From Dan Savage

"Billy Lucas was just 15 when he hanged himself in a barn on his grandmother's property. He reportedly endured intense bullying at the hands of his classmates—classmates who called him a fag and told him to kill himself. His mother found his body.... I wish I could have talked to this kid for five minutes. I wish I could have told Billy that it gets better. I wish I could have told him that, however bad things were, however isolated and alone he was, it gets better.

"But gay adults aren't allowed to talk to these kids. Schools and churches don't bring us in to talk to teenagers who are being bullied. Many of these kids have homophobic parents who believe that they can prevent their gay children from growing up to be gay—or from ever coming out—by depriving them of information, resources, and positive role models.

"Why are we waiting for permission to talk to these kids? We have the ability to talk directly to them right now. We don't have to wait for permission to let them know that it gets better. We can reach these kids."

So here's what you can do, GBVWS: Make a video. Tell them it gets better.

I've launched a channel on YouTube—www .youtube.com/itgetsbetterproject—to host these videos. My normally camera-shy husband and I already posted one. We both went to Christian schools and we were both bullied—he had it a lot worse than I did—and we are living proof that it gets better. We don't dwell too much on the past. Instead, we talk mostly about all the meaningful things in our lives now—our families, our friends (gay and straight), the places we've gone and things we've experienced—that we would've missed out on if we'd killed ourselves then.

"You gotta give 'em hope," Harvey Milk said.

Today we have the power to give these kids hope. We have the tools to reach out to them and tell our stories and let them know that it does get better. Online support groups are great, GLSEN does amazing work, the Trevor Project is invaluable. But many LGBT youth can't picture what their lives might be like as openly gay adults. They can't imagine a future for themselves. So let's show them what our lives are like, let's show them what the future may hold in store for them.

The video my husband and I made is up now—all by itself. I'd like to add submissions from other gay and lesbian adults—singles and couples, with kids or without, established in careers or just starting out, urban and rural, of all races and religious backgrounds. (Go to www.youtube.com/itgetsbetterproject to find instructions for submitting your video.) If you're gay or lesbian or bi or trans and you've ever read about a kid like Billy Lucas and thought, "Fuck, I wish I could've told him that it gets better," this is your chance. We can't help Billy, but there are lots of other Billys out there—other despairing LGBT kids who are being bullied and harassed, kids who don't think they have a future—and we can help them.

They need to know that it gets better. Submit a video. Give them hope.
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Israel 'probes' W Bank mosque blaze

Israel says it has launched a 'widespread' investigation into an attack on a West Bank mosque blamed on Jewish settlers.

According to witnesses, parts of the Al-Anbiya mosque in the Palestinian town of Beit Fajjar was set ablaze by five Jewish settlers early on Monday morning. The arsonists also damaged prayer rugs and copies of the Quran, besides spraying anti-Arab graffiti on the walls.

Following the attack, Avital Leibovitch, an Israeli military spokeswoman, said authorities will bring the guilty parties to justice.

"The Israeli police ... have opened a very widespread investigation; the other security forces in Israel will be a part of [it], as well as Palestinian information that has some contribution to this investigation," she said.

"We see this incident in a very severe manner. We will do the utmost to find these lawbreakers and bring them to court."

Primary investigations, she said, showed Hebrew graffiti and burnt carpets at the mosque.

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Funny how this hasn't been in the news at all but if Palestinians had set fire to an Israeli synagogue the American media would be all over it. Wait, no, not funny, heartbreaking.

Poor Women Underserved by Government Anti-Poverty Programs

The latest poverty rate figures from the Census Bureau are abysmal. With one in seven Americans living in poverty — and that's just according to the outdated poverty line cut-off — it's no wonder women and children are faring poorly in the recession. What's even worse is that many women aren't receiving crucial benefits that would help their families stay afloat.


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What, you didn't pay the $75 "Fire Department" fee? Oh well, fuck you then.

Tennessee County’s Subscription-Based Firefighters Watch As Family Home Burns Down

As ThinkProgress has noted, there are currently two competing visions of governance in the United States. One, the conservative vision, believes in the on-your-own society, and informs a policy agenda that primarily serves the well off and privileged sectors of the country. The other vision, the progressive one, believes in an American Dream that works for all people, regardless of their racial, religious, or economic background.

The conservative vision was on full display last week in Obion County, Tennessee. In this rural section of Tennessee, Gene Cranick’s home caught on fire. As the Cranicks fled their home, their neighbors alerted the county’s firefighters, who soon arrived at the scene. Yet when the firefighters arrived, they refused to put out the fire, saying that the family failed to pay the annual subscription fee to the fire department.

Because the county’s fire services for rural residences is based on household subscription fees, the firefighters, fully equipped to help the Cranicks, stood by and watched as the home burned to the ground:
Imagine your home catches fire but the local fire department won’t respond, then watches it burn. That’s exactly what happened to a local family tonight. A local neighborhood is furious after firefighters watched as an Obion County, Tennessee, home burned to the ground.

The homeowner, Gene Cranick, said he offered to pay whatever it would take for firefighters to put out the flames, but was told it was too late. They wouldn’t do anything to stop his house from burning. Each year, Obion County residents must pay $75 if they want fire protection from the city of South Fulton. But the Cranicks did not pay. The mayor said if homeowners don’t pay, they’re out of luck. [...]

We asked the mayor of South Fulton if the chief could have made an exception. “Anybody that’s not in the city of South Fulton, it’s a service we offer, either they accept it or they don’t,” Mayor David Crocker said.

Watch local news station Local 6’s report on the fire:
The fire reportedly continued for hours “because garden hoses just wouldn’t put it out. It wasn’t until that fire spread to a neighbor’s property, that anyone would respond” — only because the neighbor had paid the fee.

A local newspaper further pressed Mayor Crocker about the city’s policy, which has been in place since 1990. Crocker, a Republican who was elected in 2008 and serves with a county commission where every seat is also filled by a Republican, likened the policy to buying auto insurance. The paper said he told them that, after all, “if an auto owner allowed their vehicle insurance to lapse, they would not expect an insurance company to pay for an unprotected vehicle after it was wrecked.”

Ironically, in the county commission’s latest report on its fire services, which outlines which parts of the municipal area will receive fire services only through subscriptions, the commissioners and fire service officials brag that the county is “very progressive.”


Well, while some people are saying they don't blame the firefighters, I certainly do.  I can't see any firefighter worth their badge standing there with their thumbs up their asses and watching one of their neighbor's homes burn to the ground.  And I certainly do wonder what would have happened if someone had actually been left inside of the house?  Would they have let them burn to death all for lack of a $75 fee?? 

Also, if they needed so badly to charge this fee, then it should be part of the county property taxes, or something that isn't, like, OPTIONAL.

My flaming rage, let me show you it.

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What's in a name: 'Taliban': no, 'Opposing Force': OK

Playing as 'Taliban' removed from 'Medal of Honor' game

Plans to let players control Taliban fighters in the highly anticipated "Medal of Honor" video game have been scrapped amid harsh criticism from military officials and others.

Game publisher Electronic Arts said Friday that it has decided to remove the name "Taliban" from one of the forces in the multiplayer version of the game, which focuses on modern-day fighting in Afghanistan.

The game is set to be released October 12 and is expected to be one of the top video-game rollouts of the year.

Executive producer Greg Goodrich said the development team listened to feedback from friends and families of fallen soldiers who expressed concern over the game's option to let players fight as the Taliban.

"This is a voice that has earned the right to be listened to. It is a voice that we care deeply about," Goodrich said in a written statement. "Because of this, and because the heartbeat of 'Medal of Honor' has always resided in the reverence for American and Allied soldiers, we have decided to rename the opposing team."

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Mods, I wasn't sure how to tag this, so any suggestions are welcome. Can we maybe get a game or gaming tag, since there have been a fair number of posts on games, and there's likely to be more with the Schwarzenegger v. EMA case going up to the Supreme Court soon.
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Hosts on ‘hot’ seat over Karyn E. Polito comments

The producer for WRKO talk-jock duo Tom Finneran and Todd Feinburg has come under fire for on-air comments referring to GOP state treasurer candidate Karyn E. Polito’s “tight little butt.”

“That is one of the most sexist, outrageous things I have ever heard in my life,” said Christina Knowles, Bay State director of the National Organization for Women.

The eyebrow-raising banter came up yesterday when a listener named Bob called in to the morning-drive show and asked the producer, Bill Cooksey, about Polito’s appearance. “Is she hot?” he asked.

“I think she’s hot,” Cooksey said. “She’s tiny, she’s short. She’s got a banging little body on her. Facial wise, I give her about a seven. Body wise, I give her about an eight-and-a-half. Tight little butt. I endorse Karyn Polito.”

Feinburg then said: “I have never heard you as excited about a political candidate.” A laughing Finneran, the former House speaker, repeated “tight little butt.”

“She does,” Cooksey said. “When she brought that cannoli in - good-looking broad.”

A spokeswoman for Polito, currently a state lawmaker, declined comment.

Feinburg said, “I thought it was delightful and humorous and it’s a form of social commentary. And why do we need to be appropriate?”

“He also has a crush on Jill Stein,” Feinburg added, referring to the Green Rainbow gubernatorial candidate.

Judy Neufeld of Emerge Massachusetts, which recruits and trains Democratic women to run for office, said people across Massachusetts should be “calling them out” for such “egregious” comments.

“Democrat or Republican, women should not be standing for this kind of treatment,” Neufeld said. “No woman across the board should be treated this way.”

Polito, who has been on the pair’s show before, is scheduled to call in Thursday. Cooksey couldn’t be reached. Neither Finneran nor WRKO program director Jason Wolfe responded to a request for comment.


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Sleazebag Wisconsin DA resigns, Wisconsin rejoices

Embattled Calumet County, Wisconsin, District Attorney Ken Kratz has resigned amid a texting scandal, according to the office of Gov. Jim Doyle.
Two weeks ago, at a news conference, Kratz apologized for sending personal texts to a domestic abuse victim while prosecuting her former boyfriend. At the time, he said he wouldn't step down from office.
Wisconsin Department of Justice officials said some of Kratz's texts "cross the line and can be construed as sexual harassment."
They cited a specific text that refers to the woman as a "tall, young, hot nymph," and another that says, "You are beautiful and would make a great partner someday."
E-mails from November 2009 between Kratz and the Wisconsin Department of Justice show Kratz denied wrongdoing for weeks before finally saying, "My behavior was inappropriate."
Kratz also recently went on medical leave.
In recent months, several local and state domestic violence organizations have called on Kratz to resign as district attorney.

Good riddance, asshole. 
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'Just Resist The Temptation': The Anti-Love Approach To Homosexuality

These days, every Christian who is "against homosexuality" (whatever in the name of Monstro's blowhole that actually means) presents the same argument. That argument is ... well, this, taken directly from an email sent me this morning:

Would you support a serial adulterer who loves his wife, but is just attracted to other women because that's who he is and how he was born? How about an alcoholic who just can't help himself? Would you support him as he leaves his wife for alcohol? A glutton? A man of extreme pride? Why does homosexuality get a pass, and not any other sin? A person with homosexual desires who resists temptation is exactly the same as a married man who resists temptation to carry on affairs with other women---which is to say, a human being battling the temptation to sin. The most compassionate thing that we could tell someone struggling with homosexuality (or any other sin for that matter) is to keep resisting temptation. Keep battling. Don't give in. This is your badge as a Christian, that you fight temptation
Um ... for the record, I do not make this stuff up.

By "these days," I mean that the Christian argument against homosexuality has changed. It used to be, "Gays are really only messed-up straight people. They should let Jesus make them straight, so that they can stop acting all gay and not go to hell."

Nowadays, the Christian refrain isn't, "Stop being gay." Now it is, "Stop acting gay." They've given up trying to argue that the homosexual can change his or her sexual orientation: the complete failure of Christian Fix-a-Gay and Homo No' Mo! programs---not to mention a universe of anecdotal and empirical evidence---have left them little choice. So they've changed their approach. Now the argument is ... well, just like my emailer said: A homosexual struggling against the temptation to act homosexual is no different from anyone else struggling to resist a sinful temptation.

Christians love this new argument. If I've heard it once, I've heard it ten thousand times. We all have. You whisper "gay" into the ear of a sleeping Christian, and there's an excellent chance they'll just start saying it in their sleep. "Just like any other sinful temptation. We're all sinners. Must resist."

And putting your brain to sleep before you say that is the very best way to say it, too. Because it could only make sense to a brain-dead person. It's just . . . too stupid for words.

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Lithuanian blonde island plan raises eyebrows


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A Lithuanian company plans to set up a holiday island in the Maldives run entirely by blondes - the latest project in a growing blonde movement in the Baltics. But how legitimate is this latest sign of Baltic blonde ambition?

What do you call a blonde who runs a business? A dab hand at marketing, if she comes from Lithuania.

Blondes in the Baltics have had enough of the jokes about being dumb. Now they want to show they are smarter than the gags make out, with a growing blonde business empire.

The Lithuanian company Olialia, pronounced "ooh-la-la", is planning a holiday resort in the Maldive islands.

The firm hopes to pull in the tourists by employing only blonde staff, and offering direct flights to the island crewed entirely by blondes, including the pilots.

Olialia is run and staffed by blonde women, and already operates in 75 different business sectors, making products from computer software and food products to pop music.

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MSNBC's new campaign wears their identity on its sleeve

Chris Matthews in an advertisement for MSNBC that will appear in train stations and other public spaces.

MSNBC, once the also-ran but now the No. 2 cable news channel, has a new tagline that embraces its progressive political identity.

The tagline, “Lean Forward,” will be publicly announced Tuesday, opening a planned two-year advertising campaign intended to raise awareness of the channel among viewers, advertisers and distributors.

The tagline “defines us and defines our competition,” said Phil Griffin, the president of MSNBC, his implication being that the Fox News Channel, which is No. 1 in cable news and a home for conservatives, is leaning backward. Fox’s best-known tagline is “Fair and Balanced.”

Some of the new MSNBC ads include shots of President Obama on his election night; others, directed by the filmmaker Spike Lee, showcase hosts like Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow preparing for their nightly programs; and still others feature quotes like “the future belongs to the fearless.”

The multimillion-dollar campaign is a long time coming for the 14-year-old MSNBC, and particularly for Mr. Griffin, who has complained for years about not having more money to market the channel. With “Lean Forward,” MSNBC is following other cable channels that have found success by building easy-to-identify brands — like Bravo, TBS, HBO or, Mr. Griffin freely acknowledges, Fox News.

“When you’re clear about who you are, you actually make money,” said Sharon Otterman, the chief marketing officer for MSNBC, who started work there one year ago.

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Government Enforcing Information Blockade

Srinagar, Oct 1: Several journalist forums including The Press Guild of Kashmir, Kashmir Press Association and Kashmir Journalist Corps Friday condemned the seizure of newspapers and beating of media persons by police. The opposition Peoples Democratic Party also condemned the act and termed it as “information blockade” by the government.

The Press Guild of Kashmir said the state government was hell bent upon impeding the distribution of local newspapers—a practice that has been going on for past almost three months.

 A meeting of KPG under the chairmanship of President, Bashir Ahmad Bashir, felt the state government has been making it virtually impossible for local newspapers to continue their publication.

 “Curfew passes issued by the district magistrate are not being honoured by the police on the ground making movement of the staffers impossible and when, anyhow, newspaper establishments manage to print their editions, copies of the newspapers are seized by police,” the meeting observed, saying the government policy tantamount to imposing ban on media.

 The meeting also condemned the attack by police on several media persons including Meraj-ud-din and Umar Me’raj of APTV and Mufti Islah and Shakeel-u-Rehman of CNN-IBN who were on their way to cover the proceedings of the state legislative assembly.

 The Kashmir Press Association and the Kashmir Journalist Corps said the seizure of newspapers not only caused huge financial loss to the proprietors of newspapers, but has also deprived the readers of day to day information.

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Source: Greater Kashmir

And because NEWS about Kashmir is always so depression, here's something that's relevant and more cheerful (when times were slightly better):

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Biggest U.S. sex survey since 1994


Sex Study By National Survey Of Sexual Health And Behavior Is Biggest Since 1994
DAVID CRARY | 10/ 4/10 06:39 AM |

NEW YORK — The male-female orgasm gap. The sex lives of 14-year-olds. An intriguing breakdown of condom usage rates, by age and ethnicity, with teens emerging as more safe-sex-conscious than boomers.

That's just a tiny sampling of the data being unveiled Monday in what the researchers say is the largest, most comprehensive national survey of Americans' sexual behavior since 1994.

Filling 130 pages of a special issue of the Journal of Sexual Medicine, the study offers detailed findings on how often Americans have sex, with whom, and how they respond. In all, 5,865 people, ranging in age from 14 to 94, participated in the survey.
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I thought we should have some good old fun and wankage on this. What do you think about the sex study? Were more people honest with their answers because of not having to do it in person? Were they making some things up? What do you think about Granny and Grandpa's sex lives since the BOOMERS seem to be the swingers and going condom free?

Are Americans finally coming out of the vanilla closet or are we still hiding some skeletons?

What do you think about pegging and use of sex toys on others not being mentioned? What about the fact that only males and females were interviewed and did not include trans and intersex individuals?