September 10th, 2012

BiNet USA

BiNet USA Wins Over Google in Search Term Dispute

After a campaign by BiNet USA and bisexuals worldwide, Google has removed bisexual from its list of banned words.

BiNet USA is pleased to confirm that Google Inc. has unblocked the term bisexual from its search algorithm. Now that “bisexual” is allowed, terms such as bisexual quotes, bisexual rights, and bisexual parenting are automatically suggested to Google users.

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Pat Robertson Tells Man To Move To Saudi Arabia So He Can Beat His Wife (Legally, of Course)

This morning on the 700 Club's regular segment "Bring It On," in which horrible people ask other horrible people how to continue being horrible people, a man asked Pat Robertson how to work things out with his wife who "has no respect for [him] as head of the house." Pat Robertson responded, unblinking:

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shock-me-gray, bored, apathy

Surgeon general urges new focus on suicide prevention

By Kim Painter, Special for USA TODAY

Facts about suicide in U.S.

• More than 36,000 people kill themselves each year.
• More than 374,000 people are treated in emergency rooms for self-inflicted injuries each
year.
• Suicide is the 10th-leading cause of death and twice as common as homicide.
• Men die by suicide four times as often as women and represent 78.8% of suicides.
• Women attempt suicide two to three times as often as men.
• Suicide rates for men are highest among those ages 75 and older.
• Suicide rates for women are highest among those ages 45-54.
• Firearms are the most commonly used method of suicide among men.
• Poisoning is the most common method of suicide for women.

Source: Suicide Prevention Resource Center

Many of the 36,000 annual deaths from suicide in the United States could be prevented by making suicide prevention a part of routine health care and getting people to talk frankly about suicide in homes, schools, workplaces, the military and even on Facebook, says an updated national strategy from the surgeon general and a coalition of public and private groups.

"Preventing suicide is everyone's business," Surgeon General Regina Benjamin said at a news conference Monday introducing the plan. It updates one introduced in 2001.

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Tommy disapproves.

Ohioans confused about bin Laden’s death



What does Mitt Romney have to do with killing Osama bin Laden? According to a notable percentage of Ohio Republicans, way more than that good-for-nothing Barack Obama.

According to a PPP poll of likely Ohio voters, 15 percent of Republicans in Ohio think Romney is “more responsible” for bin Laden’s death than Obama, while 47 percent of Republicans are “not sure” whether Obama or Romney deserves more of the credit.

Six percent of the overall respondents gave Romney credit where credit is not at all due. Thirty-one percent of them weren’t sure whether the president or the candidate deserves more credit.

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Schumer: Even I Wanted To Eat The Detergent Pods That Look Like Candy

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) held a news conference Sunday calling for tighter regulations on the packaging of concentrated laundry detergent pods amid reports of children eating them after mistaking them for candy.

Schumer conceded that even he wanted to eat one.

“The incidents are skyrocketing,” the senator said, joined by medical professionals, according to the New York Daily News. “These pods were supposed to make household chores easier, not tempt our children to swallow harmful chemicals. I saw one on my staffer’s desk and I wanted to eat it.”

Schumer and medical professionals called on the Consumer Product Safety Commission to crack down on the company. He counted 200 cases of children being poisoned by eating the Tide Pods were reported as of May, and said the number spiked to 1,210 in June.

“I don’t know why they make them look so delicious,” Schumer said.

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Ugh, I'm a Democrat4lyfe but I can't help but be horrifically embarrassed when they pull ridiculous crap like this. Why not use this press conference as a PSA to remind parents to keep household chemicals out of reach of children, you know, like the packaging already says? Wouldn't that be far more helpful to circulate through the press than this? How on earth would regulations help AT ALL? Tide could make these things look like fresh clumps of poo from a litter box and kids would still try to eat them. THEY ARE CHILDREN. THEY PUT STUFF IN THEIR MOUTHS. Does this guy somehow not know what it's like to be involved in the rearing of kids? Half your damn time is spent going OH GOD WHY WOULD YOU EVEN as you pull something out of their mouth! IDGI.
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Joining the Reality-Based Community...Or How I Learned to Stop Loving the Bombs and Start Worrying

I used to be a serious Republican, moderate and business-oriented, who planned for a public-service career in Republican politics. But I am a Republican no longer.

There’s an old joke we Republicans used to tell that goes something like this: “If you’re young and not a Democrat, you’re heartless. If you grow up and you’re not a Republican, you’re stupid.” These days, my old friends and associates no doubt consider me the butt of that joke. But I look on my “stupidity” somewhat differently. After all, my real education only began when I was 30 years old.

This is the story of how in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and later in Iraq, I discovered that what I believed to be the full spectrum of reality was just a small slice of it and how that discovery knocked down my Republican worldview.

I always imagined that I was full of heart, but it turned out that I was oblivious. Like so many Republicans, I had assumed that society’s “losers” had somehow earned their desserts. As I came to recognize that poverty is not earned or chosen or deserved, and that our use of force is far less precise than I had believed, I realized with a shock that I had effectively viewed whole swaths of the country and the world as second-class people.

No longer oblivious, I couldn’t remain in today’s Republican Party, not unless I embraced an individualism that was even more heartless than the one I had previously accepted. The more I learned about reality, the more I started to care about people as people, and my values shifted. Had I always known what I know today, it would have been clear that there hasn’t been a place for me in the Republican Party since the Free Soil days of Abe Lincoln.
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Bolding didn't seem a good fit for a first-person account. I dig this because, despite growing up in a Repub stronghold, I often struggle to understand how Republicans and others on the right think.