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Ex-NYPD cop charged with hate crime over anti-Jewish graffiti in Brooklyn

How Oklahoma's Botched Execution Affects the Death-Penalty Debate

Condoleezza Rice latest graduation speaker to back out amid protests

Three students expelled for harassment at California college: report -- Remember the incident with the bike lock around a student's neck? That's this one.

Did Floyd Mayweather Use Abortion Rumor to Punish His Ex?

Wider Hips may Suggest a more Promiscuous Woman: Study -- I suppose this is not the time to give out my measurements.

Diners believe a meal is tastier the more they have paid for it, say researchers -- Like The Dave Matthews Band once intoned, "You pay for what you get." (This may indeed be cognitive dissonance at work, where the consumer, having paid so much for the meal, convinces him- or herself that it must be worth the cost, because otherwise they would experience self-criticism for spending beyond the meal's intrinsic value.)
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U.S. Supreme Court will not hear appeal of Chancery Court confidential arbitration ruling -- Yes, a split SCOTUS deigned to leave intact a lower court's decision that secret hearings are unconstitutional.

Warning over burning aborted foetuses -- This is in the UK. Still, when I heard of this, I shrugged. Had this had happened in my life, I wouldn't have blinked. An aborted fetus is recognized quite often as superfluous. (Miscarriages are a different matter.) In any case, the woman involved should be apprised of the options of disposal.

Gwar Singer Dave Brockie, a.k.a. Oderus Urungus, Dead at 50 -- No, I was not a fan. But there were some Backtable inside jokes regarding Gwar (particularly with regards to [profile] xiombarg, IIRC). It's the passing of an era.

Creationists want equal airtime on Cosmos -- Um, no. They want to be the equivalent of trolls, disrupting conversation. Let them secure their own show & see how many people tune in.
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Republican lawmaker very sorry he said men should be able to rape women if abortion is legal

The right defends a new Jim Crow: 50 years since the Civil Rights Act, wingnuts still don't get it

Study: Racial Bias in Pain Perception Appears Among Children as Young as 7

Study shows why breastfed babies are so smart -- "[A] new study by sociologists at Brigham Young University pinpoints two parenting skills as the real source of this cognitive boost: Responding to children's emotional cues and reading to children starting at 9 months of age. Breastfeeding mothers tend to do both of those things, said lead study author Ben Gibbs."

USDA adds foods to moms and kids food program (WIC)

High-calorie diet may slow ALS progression

Researchers Identify Brain Differences Linked to Insomnia -- "The researchers found that the motor cortex in patients with chronic insomnia was more adaptable to change — more plastic — than in a group of people who slept well."

Older dads' kids more vulnerable to mental disorders -- "A child born to a father 45 or older is three and a half times more likely to be diagnosed with autism, more than 13 times more likely to have attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and almost 25 times more likely to suffer from bipolar disorder than a child born to a man in his early twenties, says a study out this week."

Baby's brain tumor contained fully grown teeth
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Chicago Student Found Dead in Dorm Room After More Than a Week

A Woman's Right to Move -- "[T]his ruling took those rights way too far, to the point of dangerousness. It treated a fetus as a child, for purposes of a custody battle. And in doing so, it threatened to limit the rights of a pregnant woman to move and travel."

Rapes are up under new FBI definition -- Not the most in-depth or informative article, but look at the picture. The signs the women hold up are very illuminating. "In the past 20 years, 0.00% of rapists have been expelled from Amherst." "Is laptop theft worse than rape? Amherst says YES."

'Boys will be boys' no excuse; feds target Montana handling of rapes -- "One clinical psychologist who treated many sexual assault survivors said that she was so put off by how local prosecutors treated her clients that when she herself was sexually assaulted, she was 'reluctant' to go to the authorities."

Unusual Iowa abortion rule has surprising result -- Governor Branstad refuses to issue reimbursements for Medicaid abortions; U of I hospitals perform them anyway

Why MSNBC's political scandal coverage is more powerful than Fox News': It comes down to credibility

15-Year-Old Girl Shot Dead For Egging Arkansas Man's Car

Noose tied on Ole Miss integration statue

Pesticide-tainted Mexican cactus can make you very ill, warns California Department of Health -- "Health officials said that a batch of tested cactus pads, also known as 'nopales' contain Monocrotophos, a pesticide that is no longer approved for use in the U.S. since 1989. The insecticide is acutely toxic and it is frequently used as a tool for committing suicide. It can also lead to permanent nerve damage."

Scientists Reach Nuclear Fusion Milestone
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Texas abortion law stands: Supreme Court splits 5-4 on hearing the case -- Oh, the five Justices who identify as Catholic decided to let a repressive abortion law be the law the land? Really? Who would have thought?

Pennsylvania pastor who performed son’s gay marriage suspended for 30 days by Methodist jury

Hate message painted on Lunenburg, Massachusetts teen's home -- It's exactly what you fear and/or suspect.

Researchers identify new type of boredom -- "Researchers identified the new type of tedium as 'apathetic boredom', an especially unpleasant form of the emotion that resembles learned helplessness or depression."
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Reinstatement of Texas abortion law leaves few options for many poor pregnant women -- Make no mistake. The wealthy will always have the ability to have an abortion if they so wish.

Food stamp cuts take effect, hurting families

A War on the Poor (NYT)

University of Connecticut is sued over handling of sexual assaults

Stop-and-frisk: Bloomberg hails ruling, but victory likely short-lived -- "'I mean, for the court to issue a stay of the remedy, that's one thing,' says Randolph McLaughlin, co-chair of the civil rights practice group at Newman Ferrara LLP in New York. 'But for the court to, without being asked, to remove a sitting federal judge from a landmark case like this, which she has spent so many years shepherding, I think it, well, certainly it's unprecedented, and I think what's most troubling here is that no one asked for that relief.'"

Kraft removing artificial dyes from some mac and cheese

Germany allows 'indeterminate' gender at birth -- "Germany has become Europe's first country to allow babies with characteristics of both sexes to be registered as neither male nor female."

Lay's announces chocolate-covered potato chips to go on sale next week -- My first reaction was one of disgust.

BYU Study: Texting Can Harm Relationships | abstract of study
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Court strikes down Arizona 20-week abortion ban

Peace Corps will accept same-sex couples

Florida Student, 18, Arrested for Sex with Teammate, 14 -- "Kaitlyn Hunt's parents insist that their daughter, a Central Florida high school senior, is being prosecuted for sex crimes only because her lover was another girl. The state attorney says that gender makes no difference; the age of the two girls is at the crux of the case." (NYT)

Solving a Riddle of Primes (NYT) | Unknown Mathematician Proves Elusive Property of Prime Numbers

Abrupt climate shifts spurred Stone Age innovation in Africa
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Stephen Hawking: Furore deepens over Israel boycott

Why Women Went to Gosnell for Abortions -- "Who would go to Kermit Gosnell to get an abortion? Someone who didn't have any other choice, that's who."

Cleveland abductions: Do white victims get more attention? -- This is the BBC, on the outside looking in.
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Part of the text from my most recently posted poem comes from this: House Bill 1: By Representative Franklin of the 43rd (PDF)

The author is a state representative from Georgia. The proposed bill would make fetuses persons, which would make every miscarriage suspicious of "prenatal murder".

Thanks to [community profile] talk_politics for the heads-up.
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Utah House and Senate pass bill that would criminalize miscarriage -- "A bill passed by the House and Senate in Utah this week could make it a crime to have a miscarriage, with penalties up to life in prison."

HB0012 -- text of the bill

In Utah, Miscarriage = Criminal Homicide -- article at Amplify

When Miscarriages Are a Crime... -- article at Slog, Seattle's Only Newspaper

If you live in Utah, please contact your governor, who is the only person standing between this bill and reality.

Thanks to folks on my friends list for the heads-up.
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Sen. Nelson unveils anti-abortion amendment -- It does not surprise me that those who continue to seek restrictions on abortion are in general white males. *sigh* I'm heartened, though, by remarks by Sen. Stabenow, who is one of my senators.
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Feds find association between drywall, corrosion -- Chinese products strike again

SC gov faces 37 charges he broke state ethics laws -- Gov. Sanford splashes back in the news

Bishops flex muscle, see opportunities -- "Emboldened by their success in inserting restrictive abortion language into the House health care bill, Roman Catholic bishops say they’ve found a lobbying model that could provide them a louder voice in future policy debates." Erm, I thought it was the idiocy of Stupak. Now I see there is a broader coalition of anti-choice opponents.

Forecast for Dem primaries: Ugly -- a problem generated by Democrats themselves
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Abortion could roil Senate health care debate: Some lawmakers want to prohibit federal dollars from paying for abortions

Even this headline is misleading. The language in the amendment would lead to all insurance companies engaged in the federal health care exchange to drop coverage for abortion (again, a legal medical procedure), even if the funds provided for such originate exclusively from private sources.

Rachael Maddow from MSNBC devoted an hour of excellent reporting and analysis this evening (unlike her colleague Chris Matthews).

I suggest you contact your representative and/or Sen. Harry Reid to urge removal of such language from the ultimate bill.

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