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Friday
Feb082013

Teen Pregnancy Rate Plummets in NYC with Access to Contraception | Catholic Bishops Reject Contraception Compromise

1. Preschoolers and Oral Sex? In an article that begs the question of where America’s sexual revolution is going, The Daily Beast reports that a California lawsuit claims that two 5-year-old girls were performing fellatio on classmates with the knowledge of teachers. The lawsuit has been filed against the First Lutheran Church of Carson School on behalf of one of six children involved in this very disturbing allegations. 

The lawyer explained that ‘“sexual encounters” between the 4- and 5-year-old tots were initiated by a 5-year-old girl in June and again in September. It wasn’t until October, when another girl of the same age was caught by a teacher with her mouth on a 4-year-old boy’s genitals that the Carson School “dealt with the incident internally,” according to a school spokesperson.” The preschool will close its doors on Friday.

2. Woman at Interior. President Obama has appointed Sally Jewell, CEO of outdoor retailer REI to the position of Secretary of the Interior. The appointment has been met with applause on both sides of the aisle.

In a brilliant twist of a nomination, Sally Jewell is described as being much closer to a community organizer than a traditional CEO. REI’s sales were more than $1.8 billion at the beginning of 2012, with 122 stores in 29 states and 11,000 employees. 

An oil industry veteran, Jewel now runs a company that is — for all practical purposes — a cooperative that is owned by its members. REI has ridden the explosion of American snowboarding and mountain-climbing. It ranked eighth on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for 15 consecutive years. 

3. Genetically Engineered Foof 101. The Atlantic attempts to clarify key facts about genetically engineered food exploring six key myths:

Myth: ‘Frankenfoods’ made with GE ingredients are harmful to eat.

Myth: FDA approves GE foods before we eat them.

Myth: Monsanto and other seed developers are the main beneficiaries of GE crops.

Myth: GE crops are environmentally sustainable.

Myth: Mandatory GE labeling would increase consumer choice.

Myth: GE is the best way to increase farm productivity and reduce world hunger. 

The article should be read accompanied by the comments, which clarify and dispute the author’s statements. This is a passionate topic to many, and 700 words can’t do it justice.

4. Female and Male Online Networks. A fascinating study of a multiplayer online game Pardus shows how females and males manage their social networks very differently. Researchers say that behavior differences studied online reflect behavior very similar to real life social systems.

Studying the patterns of 300,000 players — with an estimated 15 percent probability of gender swapping — the paper concludes:

“Females have more communication partners, engage in economic activities to a greater degree, attract positive behavior, organize in clusters, reciprocate friendships, take fewer risks than men, and show a preference for stability in local networks.

Males try to talk most often with those who talk with many, reciprocate friendships with other males much less frequently, and respond quite quickly to female friendship initiatives.” via Science Daily

5. Teen pregnancy down in NYC. The New York Daily News reports that teen pregnancy has plunged in New York by 27% over the last decade, as the numbers of young women using birth control has gone up. In addition to expanded use of contraception, teen are also delaying sexual activity, said Health Commissioner Tom Farley.

Although the decision to dispense condoms, birth control and also the morning-after pill available in the school system was controversial, the benefits are significant.

The Bronx remains the highest teen pregnancy location in the country. And in a staggering differential the pregnancy rate among black girls is 110.7 for every 1000 girls, compared to just 16 for white girls in the city.

Friday
Feb012013

Redtracker: LA Catholic Cardinal Barred from Public Ministry | Gun Control Reduces Violence Against Women 

1. Bonobo empathy innate.  “Our findings suggest that for bonobos, sensitivity to the emotions of others emerges early and does not require advanced thought processes that develop only in adults,” say researchers observing bonobo behavior in the Congo.

 

Science Daily reports that researchers also found that the minority of bonobos in the sanctuary — raised by their mothers rather than as orphans — were more likely to comfort other members of their group than orphan bonobos.

2. Vermont Senator and Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy effectively tied the Violence Against Women Act to a hearing on gun violence today. Promising to bring the Leahy-Crapo Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act to the floor soon, Leahy confirmed that 38 percent fewer women are shot by their partners partners in states that have background checks. 

Baltimore Police Chief Jim Johnson testified that when females are killed, more than 50 percent of the time, it’s by a spouse or household member. A gun in a home with a history of domestic violence increases the change that a person will be victimized by gun violence by 500 percent. via Huff Po

Politico reports that ex-NRA president Sandy Froman said that the NRA has “changed its position” on universal background checks, because it “doesn’t work”.

Rowan Barnes-Murphy for NYTimes3. As Fall 2013 fashion shows ready for launch beginning Feb. 7 with New York Fashion Week, the global flue epidemic has struck fear into the industry, reports yesterday’s New York Times Style section.

” … with this season’s flu panic, the fear is approaching hysteria. Stressed-out designers recoil in horror if someone coughs within earshot. Frail models shiver their way between fittings, terrified someone will spy their runny noses. And frenemies everywhere are reconsidering the wisdom of the double-cheek kiss, the standard greeting of the global fashion tribe. Air kissing seems safe for now.”

Cardinal Mahony removed from public church duties. 

4. Catholic Cardinal Roger Mahony — now retired — has been banned from performing any public duties in the church, while Santa Barbara Bishop Thomas J. Curry has stepped down. The announcement was made by Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez Thursday afternoon, in response to the priest abuse scandal, writes the LA Times

Gomez’s statement follows a recent release of internal Catholic church records. The records showed an unflinching look at 15 years of Mahony and Curry discussing ways to conceal the molestation of children from law enforcement. Those records are a tip of the iceberg in terms of what is to come in a public release.

5. Women & IQ. It’s only six months now that IQ tests have come down on the feminine side of the argument, finding that women now score higher on IQ tests than men. New Zealand researcher and IQ testing expert James Flynn has tracked the evolution of the rise of female test scores against those of men, the closing of what was once a five-point gap and now the move ahead by women in IQ testing.

“Over the last 100 years, everyone in the developing world has been gaining about three IQ points, but women have been gaining faster,” Flynn told ABC News. “This is the result of modernity. In every country where women have an equal chance of modernity, women have caught men [in IQ testing].”

Business Insider shares 5 Easy Ways To Feel More Intelligent. There’s much good advice in this article, although I’ve taken comment exception to the argument that smoking increases IQ. 

Shop Valentine’s Day online at GlamTribale Freja collection and in Philadlephia at Giant Steps Gallery; 229 S 20th Street, one block off Rittenhouse Square park. Read more about Giant Steps here.  

Friday
Sep282012

Majority of Obama's Catholic Voters Will Burn in Hell Counsels Bishop | Todd Akin Opposes Pay Equity Laws

Missouri Rep Todd Akins explains at a town hall meeting why he doesn’t support pay equity laws. It’s about freedom, says Akins. The government shouldn’t be telling employers that they have to pay women and men the same for the same job. If a woman doesn’t like being paid less, she can find another job.

French Roast News

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Akin vs Koresh

Kellyanne Conway, a consultant for the embattled Senate candidate Todd Akin told the Family Research Council that the Republican pressure on him to resign compared to the 1993 federal siege of religious cult leader David Koresh. St. Louis Today writes:

“I’ve expressed this to Todd as my client for a while now, I’ve expressed it to him directly,” Akin consultant Kellyanne Conway said in interview released today by the conservative Family Research Council. “The first day or two where it was like the Waco with the David Koresh situation where they’re trying to smoke him out with the SWAT teams and the helicopters and the bad Nancy Sinatra records. Then here comes day two and you realize the guy’s not coming out of the bunker. Listen, Todd has shown his principle to the voters.”

Koresh was the leader of the Branch Davidians religious sect, whose standoff with federal agents in Waco, Texas, in 1993 resulted in a fire that killed Koresh and 81 others, including 28 children.

Related Reading: Ladylikeness: An Inquiry Slate

Akin didn’t outright call McCaskill unladylike; he simply said she had been more ladylike in the past.

To Hell With Obama Voters

Bishop Thomas John Paprocki says a vote for Obama puts your soul in grave trouble. Bishop Thomas John Paprocki has advised his flock in a written message and video that a vote for Obama could put their soul in “serious jeopardy” because of “intrinsically evil and gravely sinful” Democratic policies.

Being pro-choice and pro-gay marriage condemns Catholics to an eternal life in hell.

This latest volley from a Catholic bishop comes as a new Pew Research poll found that Catholics are now heavily behind the president, with Romney losing 54 to 39 percentage points. Any bounce with Catholics Romney expected by choosing devout Catholic Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate is headed not in the direction of heaven.

On June 17, Pew showed President Obama with only a slight lead over Romney (49-47). Jon O’Brien, of Catholics for Choice, argues that the new poll results confirms that the Catholic Bishops’ Fortnight for Freedom has backfired.

Among Catholics who know about the bishops’ protest and legal crusade against the Obama administration over the contraception mandate compromise, 78 percent support President Obama.

AOC Sexual Politics

Witchita’s George Tiller Clinic to Reopen

The Wichita-based non-profit group Trust Women Foundation Inc., founded by a former employee of the murdered abortion doctor George Tiller, has purchased the clinic and intends to reopen it. Julie Burkhart says the new clinic won’t perform later-term abortions which are now illegal in Kansas and will offer a wide range of obstetrical and family care.

Burkhart acknowledged the building’s past was an issue in the search for a new clinic site but said the good that can come from reopening it as a medical center “outweighs any stigma that people might see.”

“We want to work to take the abortion piece of health care out of the corner and normalize it,” Burkhart said. “Women should not be ashamed. Women should not be intimidated.” via U.S News

Planned Parenthood Colorado

The Planned Parenthood Action Fund announced on Friday that it will launch a multimedia campaign in Colorado leading up to the first presidential debate in Denver next Wednesday, Oct. 3. Huff Po writes:

PPAF has scheduled a rally in Denver for Tuesday, as well as airing a 30-second ad on local Colorado television stations and launching two 15-second mobile/tablet ads. The Colorado campaign, part of PPAF’s national voter engagement effort called “Ask Mitt,” has also bought ads in the politics section of the Denver Post online all day Tuesday and Wednesday.

In an innovative move, the campaign will place an “Ask Mitt mobile chalkboard” aorund Denver, on which pedestrians can post direct questions for Mitt Romney about his positions on birth control access, family planning and women’s health care.

Women Political Donors

OpenSecrets.org reports that WomenVote!, the super PAC of Emily’s List took in $1.9 million in the month of August, topping it’s cumulative fund raising for the entire year. Emily’s List is focused on opposing Republican candidates like former Gov. Tommy Thompson and supporting progressive women candidates, typically Democrats.

Just in from Planned Parenthood Advocates of Kansas and Mid-Missouri: See Facebook page