August 5th, 2011

That child is surely me...

Solution? Eat the rich. High in fiber!



SEATTLE (AP) — A healthy diet is expensive and could make it difficult for Americans to meet new U.S. nutritional guidelines, according to a study published Thursday that says the government should do more to help consumers eat healthier.

An update of what used to be known as a food pyramid in 2010 had called on Americans to eat more foods containing potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin D and calcium. But if they did that, the journal Health Affairs said, they would add hundreds more dollars to their annual grocery bill.

Inexpensive ways to add these nutrients to a person's diet include potatoes and beans for potassium and dietary fiber. But the study found introducing more potassium in a diet is likely to add $380 per year to the average consumer's food costs, said lead researcher Pablo Monsivais, an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and the School of Public Health at the University of Washington.

"We know more than ever about the science of nutrition, and yet we have not yet been able to move the needle on healthful eating," he said. The government should provide help for meeting the nutritional guidelines in an affordable way.

He criticized some of the marketing for a healthy diet — for example, the image of a plate of salmon, leafy greens and maybe some rice pilaf — and said a meal like that is not affordable for many Americans.

Food-assistance programs are helping people make healthier choices by providing coupons to buy fruits and vegetables, Monsivais said, but some also put stumbling blocks in front of the poor.

He mentioned, as an example, a Washington state policy making it difficult to buy potatoes with food assistance coupons for women with children, even though potatoes are one of the least expensive ways to add potassium to a diet.

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number one crush forever, bamf

Potential jurors shouldn't be dismissed for being gay, court told

Trial lawyers should be barred from dismissing potential jurors because of their sexual orientation, defense attorneys argued Thursday in a case that, if successful, could extend constitutional protection from discrimination to homosexuality along with race, creed and gender.
The arguments made to a panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena arose from a prosecutor's decision last year to strike a lesbian from the jury weighing assault charges brought against a gay Nigerian inmate at the federal lockup in Los Angeles.
The Obama administration has called for "heightened scrutiny" of laws and practices that target gays, and the government has lately expressed its concern about the constitutionality of differing treatment of spouses in same-sex marriages.
In Nigerian-born Daniel Osazuwa's appeal of his assault conviction before three of the most liberal judges of the 9th Circuit, attorneys with the federal public defender's office argued that gays and lesbians should be added to the classes of citizens considered vulnerable to discrimination and accorded better protection of their rights.
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i hate you all

Girl, 6, Victim of Racially Motivated Assault Outside Livonia Theater

Girl, 6, Victim of Racially Motivated Assault Outside Livonia Theater

"I (said), 'Mommy, why did they do that?'" said six-year-old Saniya. "And then mommy said we got to pray for them."

Saniya had been having a great day. She just saw "The Smurfs" at the AMC 20 in Livonia at Seven Mile and Haggerty. She was with her parents and walking to their car around 2:15 p.m. Tuesday afternoon when some guys in a faded red pickup truck drove by.

"I was looking at them and then they (threw) it in my face," Saniya said.

"She (yelled), 'Mommy,' and I look at her and her face is like covered with drink or some kind of liquid, soft drink or something like that," said Nesia, Saniya's mother.

Nesia said it must have been pop. It was sticky and stung little Saniya's eyes.

Her parents didn't know what had happened at first and then they spotted the pickup truck and the two or three men inside.

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Who the fuck does that to a little kid?!
maryqueenofscots, all-in-the-family, intrigue2, never-give-up

Cult-rescue center celebrates 25th birthday

((MODS: I didn't know how to tag this, I'm sorry and hope the tags make sense!))

Starting Friday, Wellspring Retreat and Resource Center in Albany will start celebrating its 25th anniversary. The weekend of events will feature a showing of an award-winning film, a conference on cults and a celebratory picnic.

A faith-based cult rehabilitation center, Wellspring is one of only three post-cult rehabilitation centers in the nation. Until 1999, according to information in the center's 2010 winter newsletter, it was the only such facility in the world. Former Cult members (called "survivors" by Wellspring) come to the center from all over the world.

In addition to providing residential treatment to ex-cult members, Wellspring is a resource center and has provided cult-related information to major news networks such as CNN and MSNBC.

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shock-me-gray, bored, apathy

Reporting on Suicide And How To Raise Prevention Awareness

In the wake of a public suicide in Havre de Grace last week, columnist Amber Woods discusses the media's unwritten rules of suicide coverage and how more awareness could save lives.

By Amber Woods
August 3, 2011

Covering suicides has been considered a touchy subject among TV network decision-makers and newspaper editors—and long before I became a journalist.

Most news organizations follow similar guidelines with some variations suggesting reporters and editors treat the subject carefully. Among the reasons for sensitive treatment is that suicide coverage is thought to sometimes provoke something known in the psychiatric field as the Werther effect, or copycat suicide.

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ontd → glasses!rdj

Air France will only use male stewards when Strauss-Kahn flies

Air France have ordered that only male stewards work in their first class cabin when former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn flies with them, a French newspaper claims.

The instructions were reportedly given as lawyers for the New York hotel maid, Nafissatou Diallo - who said Mr Strauss-Kahn tried to rape raped her in May - sought to talk to Air France staff about their experiences with the once globetrotting international banker.

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Huh?  From cail

FAA Shutdown demonstrates Republican priorities

 Sen. Hutchison only Republican who backed Democrats on FAA

WASHINGTON — In the impasse over funding the Federal Aviation Administration, which had idled more than 4,000 FAA employees and 70,000 construction workers for nearly two weeks, only one Republican sided with the Democrats: Texas' Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.

And in the end, Hutchison, the ranking member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, was given credit for helping to work out a deal, announced Thursday, that will settle the dispute.

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Among Hutchison's reasons for pushing the bill: The FAA stood to lose more than $1 billion in ticket taxes that weren't being collected for the airport trust fund at a time that Congress had just ended a bruising debate on fiscal responsibility.

"I am a fiscal conservative, and I am trying to make the cuts that are necessary, trying to do the things that are right," she said. "But I have to question those who are saying we are going to not be for essential air service, which has a total budget of about $200 million, but we are going to waste $1 billion to not let a bill go through that keeps the aviation trust fund and the FAA going. That just doesn't add up."

Source.   So, to summarize:  The Republicans were willing to lose 704,000 jobs, and $800M in real revenue ($1B in taxes minus the $200M that the employees get), in order to attack unionization.  Yes, this is the government we have.  Is it the one we deserve?
shock-me-gray, bored, apathy

Court to investigate Lagarde for abuse of authority

((MODS: There's no IMF tag?))

Latest update: 05/08/2011

A French court announced Thursday that it will investigate IMF chief Christine Lagarde over alleged abuse of authority when she was France's finance minister in 2008. Lagarde has consistently denied the charges.

By News Wires (text)

REUTERS - A French court ordered an investigation on Thursday into possible misconduct by IMF head Christine Lagarde when, as finance minister, she approved a settlement to a businessman friend of President Nicolas Sarkozy.

The investigation will get underway at once into Lagarde’s alleged complicity in the misuse of public funds in her approval of a 285-million-euro ($407-million) arbitration payout to Bernard Tapie in 2008, the court’s prosecutor said.

Lagarde has denied any misconduct and the Washington-based International Monetary Fund, where she started as managing director last month, said its board was confident she would be able to effectively carry out her duties despite the investigation.

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Bow Down Bitches

In business, a woman's place is in the boardroom

In business, a woman's place is in the boardroom
Source - Reuters
By Jane Merriman
LONDON | Thu Aug 4, 2011 11:02am EDT

LONDON (Reuters) - If your company strives to have a board with a well-rounded view of the world, staffed with pragmatic directors who do their homework and aren't afraid to ask the tough questions, then it's probably looking for a few good women right now.

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"One of the biggest development issues of our time"

Child marriage a scourge for millions of girls
Source - TrustLaw
Lisa Anderson
04 Aug 2011 08:00

This story is part of a TrustLaw special report on child marriage.

* A child is married every three seconds

* Millions condemned to poverty and poor health

* Children of child brides also at risk

NEW YORK, Aug 4 (TrustLaw) - Child marriage, which steals the innocence of millions of girls worldwide and often condemns them to lives of poverty, ignorance and poor health, is one of the biggest obstacles to development, rights groups say.

A girl under the age of 18 is married every three seconds -- that's 10 million each year -- often without her consent and sometimes to a much older man, according to the children's charity Plan UK. Most of those marriages take place in Africa, the Middle East or South Asia.

"This is one of the biggest development issues of our time and we're committed to raising the voices of millions of girls married against their will," Plan UK head Marie Staunton said in her introduction to "Breaking Vows", a recent global report on child marriage.

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Edison's Light by ParkeHarrison

On Privacy and Requiring Real Names in Social Networking

Why Facebook and Google's Concept of 'Real Names' Is Revolutionary
Should you have to use your real name online? It's an issue that's long simmered among social media critics and supporters alike. On one end of the spectrum, there's 4chan, where everything is anonymous. On the other, there are Facebook and Google Plus. Both have drawn fire from for categorically preventing people from using pseudonyms. This week, a new site, My Name Is Me, launched to make the case to allow anyone to use any name they choose.

This has seemed like a niche battle to me: a tiny group of activists complaining about some edge cases while the real-name policies benefited most people by raising the civility of online discourse. On a strictly utilitarian basis, it seemed like their arguments could be ignored.

But this week's discussions have made me rethink my intuition about names on social networks. My instincts had strongly pointed to requiring real names; my experience in the comment trenches of different websites has led me to believe that pure anonymity online creates a short-circuiting of our social software. It seemed natural to believe that attaching a persistent, real name to one's online identity more accurately modeled our real-world social space.

I've changed my mind. The kind of naming policy that Facebook and Google Plus have is actually a radical departure from the way identity and speech interact in the real world. They attach identity more strongly to every act of online speech than almost any real world situation does.

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I think this is relevant to a lot of us here in _p, and I think this guy's take on it is very interesting. Also, I recommend people check out the site mentioned in the story, My Name Is Me.
jeeves is omnipotent. (bitch.)

Iron Bowl sting catches alleged deadbeat parents

Their dreams of the Iron Bowl turned into a reality behind iron bars.

What were supposed to be coveted tickets to the 2011 Alabama-Auburn football matchup turned out to be a trip to jail for at least a dozen deadbeat parents arrested Friday by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office as part of operation Iron Snare.

One by one, suspects who were wanted by authorities for a total of more than $270,000 worth of unpaid child support were arrested after arriving at a festive, football-themed location on Second Avenue in Opelika, complete with balloons, streamers and highlights of the 2010 Iron Bowl being shown.

The suspects were transported to the Lee County Detention Facility to await a hearing at which bail will be set, said Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones.

“They’re going to need to come up with some money,” Jones said.

Iron Snare was the first of its kind conducted by the LCSO, but may not be the last time such a method is used to serve warrants for unpaid child support, Jones said.

“That’s just the nature of the game, but if it will help us bring these people in and emphasize to them that they need to take some responsibility, we’re going to do that,” the sheriff said.

Friday’s operation marked the culmination of several months of planning by the sheriff’s office, beginning in April with the mailing of letters to individuals from Auburn, Opelika, Smiths Station, Camp Hill and Columbus, Ga. The correspondence came from a service organization law enforcement officials dubbed the Charter Club of Lee County.

Suspects were told they had won tickets to the 2011 Iron Bowl and that the tickets could be claimed in Opelika, but that winners must bring the letter they were mailed and a photo ID of themselves to pick them up, said LCSO Maj. Tommy Carter.

More than 140 letters were mailed out, many of which were returned undeliverable based on the last known addresses given by those for whom deputies had arrest warrants, Jones said.

“Everyone on the list we are seeking for unpaid child support is at least $30,000 and up to $75,000 behind in child support payments,” Carter said.

Some of those arrested as part of Iron Snare stopped in on their lunch breaks to claim what they thought were football tickets, only to be handcuffed and escorted out to a waiting bus as tunes like “Walk This Way” and “Another One Bites the Dust” were piped over a sound system.

“Do I still get my tickets?” asked one suspect as he was handcuffed.

No tickets were actually awarded.

Two suspects arrested Friday were also charged with drug violations, and one suspect charged with not making child support payments had several hundred dollars on his person, Jones said.

“We want to send the message that if you haven’t paid your child support, we’re coming after you and we’re going to get you one way or another,” Carter said.

misc. | Black Superwoman

PRIDE PotD: August 5, 2011 (California, Part II).

May - July 2011 Pride Festivities photo highlights from California:
Long Beach | West Hollywood/Los Angeles | San Francisco | San Diego

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Gallery source:
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PRIDE PotD: August 5, 2011 (California, Part I).

May - July 2011 Pride Festivities photo highlights from California:
Long Beach | West Hollywood/Los Angeles | San Francisco | San Diego

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Gallery source:

Well, shit...

U.S. loses AAA credit rating from S&P

By Walter Brandimarte | Reuters – 12 mins ago

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States lost its top-notch AAA credit rating from Standard & Poor's on Friday, in a dramatic reversal of fortune for the world's largest economy.

S&P cut the long-term U.S. credit rating by one notch to AA-plus on concerns about growing budget deficits.

U.S. Treasuries, once undisputedly seen as the safest investment in the world, are now rated lower than bonds issued by countries such as the UK, Germany, France or Canada.

The outlook on the new U.S. credit rating is negative, S&P said in a statement, a sign that another downgrade is possible in the next 12 to 18 months.

(Reporting by Walter Brandimarte; Editing by Jan Paschal)




Edited for title.
Suzumiya Haruhi

New law in Missouri means teachers can't 'friend' thier students

Missouri students will soon be unfriended by their teachers.

Under a new law that takes effect Aug. 28, teachers in the Show-Me State will no longer be able to “friend” students on popular social networking sites like Facebook. Instructors can still set up public pages or groups to post homework assignments or share resources, but individual friendships or communication will be illegal.

Missouri is the first state in the nation to pass such a law, which was signed into law by Gov. Jay Nixon last month. Dubbed the “Amy Hestir Student Protection Act,” it was inspired by a Missouri student who was molested and assaulted by a junior high school teacher. The bulk of the bill, sponsored by Republican state Sen. Jane Cunningham, deals with preventing sexual abuse of students, more thorough background checks of teachers and district employees and banning registered sex offenders from serving on local school boards.

While agreeing that students need the best possible protections from sexual abuse, critics believe the law will hamstring teachers who want to communicate with students on their 21st century cyberturf.
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Source: Washington Times

Honestly, I was never comfortable with the idea of facebook friending either my tutoring students or my co-workers, but I'm a suspicious git to start with. I do have former teachers as my facebook friends, but that wasn't until I was in university, so it doesn't really count. If nothing else, it reminds me to be aware of the audience I'm posting to on facebook. Also, 'facebook friending' is one hell of an awkward phrase.
Shave WHAT now?

This just in: Michele Bachmann/Reality relationship on the rocks

Bachmann: Improving economy won't take that long

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Michele Bachmann declared Friday "it won't take that long" for her to start turning the ailing economy around as president as she competed against other GOP presidential rivals to build support ahead of a key GOP straw poll in Iowa next week.Collapse )


Yes, because NOBODY has yet attempted to end the recession using deficit reduction, tax cuts, and deregulation. And certainly those three things had nothing to do with bringing on a recession.

If she ends up in the Oval Office, I am mailing myself to New Zealand.