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  • "Rape Culture Claims Another Victim: Teen Ends Life After Photo Of Her Alleged Gang Rape Goes Viral"   1 day 13 hours ago

    11 Ways to Solve Rape Better than Nail Polish
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    However well-intentioned, there seems to be an awful lot of resources, time and energy dedicated to telling women how not to get raped, and comparatively little going to preventing men from raping in the first place. This provides women with a false sense of comfort and the illusion that a product or a precaution can actually solve the problem of rape, which it won't.

    Moreover, the more we depend on women to prevent rape, the easier it is to blame them when it happens to them. Here's a look at the well-documented ways we can actually stop rape. Maybe it's time we invest a little more time and resources into implementing them before we send gallons of nail polish to colleges across the country.

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    Four male college students have invented a new nail polish that detects date rape drugs. The nail polish called Undercover Colors, changes color when you come into contact with the date rape drug. A woman will be able to check the safety of a drink by dipping her finger in it. According to the CDC, nearly one in five women experience rape at some point in their lives, with 1/3 of those rapes occurring in college aged females.

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  • College Grads And The Student Loan Fairies   1 day 15 hours ago

    Try functioning without housing or transportation! Dyno speaks of these things as though they were luxuries we can all do without. Really, Dyno!

    When we've got this maze of debt traps attached to such things as education and healthcare, we have financial terrorism. Why? Because they aren't luxuries; they're necessities. When necessities become debt traps, debt becomes unavoidable. It's coersion and entrapment, pure and simple. And usury. And extortion. An abusive, predatory system is what's to blame, not these poor college kids.

    If we all just sat on our collective behinds over the past century or two and kept quiet, women would still be the property of their husbands, with no legal rights, and only propertied white men would have the vote.

    I'm not okay with punishing young people just starting out. All they're doing is trying to make something of their lives. For most people nowadays, and for the past few decades, that has necessitated higher education. A high school diploma used to be sufficient, but not anymore! If anything, college students should be receiving assistence rather than forced into automatic debt! Not okay by me. Never was. And to answer your question Dyno, there's my outrage.

    I get mighty tired of you conservatives preaching down to us like we're supposed to accept this abusive trend as inevitable and natural, just part of life. The hell it is, Dyno. It's the creation of kleptofascist crony capitalism. I hope I live to see the day when people aren't willing to take it anymore.

    Dyno whines about his taxes paying for "other people's" healthcare, education and so on. Just your run-of-the-mill, libertarian teatard rant: me-me-me-me-me. All about me. "Me" and "mine". Dah-dah-goo-goo... another case of arrested development. - AIW

  • Matriarchy is the future   1 day 16 hours ago

    Dr Fine notes neuroresearchers grabbed onto one test that supported their theory but ignored the two that did not, confirmation bias plain and simple. I still can't believe others were testing salmon emotions by showing them pictures*.

    *dolphins were tested for their feelings when faced with a mirror. They ended up having sex in front of the mirror, repeatedly. I wonder if they recorded their sounds? Then they could play the tape out at sea and observe reactions from other dolphins. A dolphin momma covering her pup's ears?

    Fine covers the story that came to my mind about women, maths, Larry Summers when I saw the last sentence in the first Fine quote I posted. [@25:50+/-]

    She was absolutely right on the pathetic lack of research or even concern in the neuroscience field for gender studies. Which then lead to lazy, pop books like Mars and Venus, more crapology than neurology.

  • College Grads And The Student Loan Fairies   1 day 16 hours ago

    Screw "what is", DynoDick. "What is" is unacceptable. Theft of the commons by these private tyrannies (as Noam Chomsky aptly characterizes them) is the problem behind "what is". As a consequence of this theft, a generation of young adults has been financially raped, en masse, by "what is". These people face bleak future prospects by no fault of their own. If you're okay with that, you're an asshole.

    Nothing would delight me more than to see all college students come together en masse, and start refusing to pay off those loans. If they're not given their bail-out, they oughta take it. Fuck those vulture capitalist pigs. They're nothing but parasites.

    Things like healthcare and education are not commodities and don't belong in the marketkplace. They haven't always been in the marketplace, and we need to take back what's rightfully ours as citizens of this country. Where these vital services belong is with tax-supported infrastructure. When corporations take over the affairs of the state, we have fascism. Do you know what fascism is? - AIW

  • Should our government have a “kill switch” to turn off cell phone communication?   1 day 16 hours ago

    I think we need to turn off Isis's cells and their entire communications.

    Religion is like a ship with a broken rudder sailing in circles.

  • “Beige-World": Caliber of Obama’s thinking reflected in his choice of suit color.   1 day 16 hours ago

    This is sad because it means that nothing will get done. The blame game continues, as both parties point fingers, and obstructionists in the ranks of Republicans and Libertarians continue to obfuscate any legislation that would adversely affect the bottom line of polluting industries, and hold them accountable.

    When I heard the rhetoric on the right by FOX (starting with the Bush years, and continuing to the present) I realized that the right wing members of congress are simply regurgitating the same BS put out by Rupert Murdoch's infotainment.

    They have nothing new to say, and when they do mouth off, it's sickening.

  • "Rape Culture Claims Another Victim: Teen Ends Life After Photo Of Her Alleged Gang Rape Goes Viral"   1 day 16 hours ago

    I reread that post too, Rodger. It's not so obvious to me that you were kidding. Sorry... AIW

  • Oil & Gas Industry responsible for Louisiana losing nearly 2,000 square miles of coastland and allowing Katrina to flood New Orleans.   1 day 17 hours ago

    A deteriorated infrastructure, and poor planning and design by the Army Corps of Engineers also added to the problem, and the flooding was more manmade than hurricane related. Naturally the 9th Ward (mostly colored) would be left out of immediate response, by what seemed like a dismissive Bush Administration.

    Blackwater was called in to ensure "law and order," while the "Big Easy" police gunned down innocent civilians. The tragedy in the Super Dome and on the bridge will never be forgotten, along with the sick patients who seemed to be sacrificed. The bloated bodies floating in the water is an image I will always remember.

    I had the good fortune of being stationed in New Orleans from 1969 to 1972, and enjoyed the food and music. I made friends with a lot of black artists back then, and we often met at Bonaparte’s Retreat. New Orleans has always been my favorite U.S. city.

  • NEED TO REMIND PEOPLE WHY THEY NEED TO VOTE IN DEMOCRATS?   1 day 17 hours ago

    We did in 2006, and Nancy said they would not impeach Bush (who needed it more than any other president in history). Gore did not contest that farce in Florida in 2000, and therefore he is partly responsible for the outcome. I have always voted Democrat prior to 2004, but I don't feel that they have represented the values of Liberal-Progressives, most of who have been removed thanks to re-districting (gerrymandering).

    I agree that the Supreme Court is destroying this country, along with a dictatorial presidency. And yes, the Neo-Cons and their Wolfowitz Doctrine seem to have prevailed since 2000, but the Democrats are partly to blame for giving Bush all he wanted. Rather than standing up for American ideals, they instead did not want to appear unpatriotic, and along with a jingoist media supported a war of aggression in Iraq. So they pinned the flag to their lapel, and spoke in terms very similar to the Right Wing of the Republican Party.

    If I honestly thought that a Democrat controlled Senate and House would make a difference, I would vote in that direction. However, from all appearances, it seems that the Democrats like the NDAA and Patriot Acts as much if not more than the Republicans. Obama (a supposed Democrat) has persecuted more whistleblowers than any other president in history. Read Jeremy Scahills "Dirty Wars," and realize that preemptive strikes by UAV based upon a kill list (some of which are "Signature" strikes where the identity of the target isn't even known) is not only unconstitutional as some targets have been Americans, and women and children (so-called collateral damage), but is a power usually exercised by kings and dictators.

    So please, give me some better reason, as history has shown otherwise. When I listen to Dianne Feinstein, or Nancy Pelosi, I realize that they are in the same camp as John McCain, except perhaps not as vehement in speech.

  • local Fox funny   1 day 19 hours ago

    THAT'S like "when you go driving... always take a car."

  • Inequality and the USA: A Nation in Denial   1 day 19 hours ago

    They are basically implementing a form of austerity on us at a very slow almost unnoticable pace except for those of us who are "awake." They lie to us the recession is over and jobs are plentiful again (yeah, right). Of course those jobs are low paying. And then you have the $300 Denny Grand Slam breakfast on Wall Street for the elite. We should have marched on Wall Street some time ago with pitchforks and torches. The "landed gentry" Thom talks about is landing.

  • Should our government have a “kill switch” to turn off cell phone communication?   1 day 19 hours ago

    The legislation is intended to render a phone worthless if it is stolen. I am sure the government is already capable of turning off our home, cell, and business phones. Even without a "switch," all it would take is to turn out the power at some key computerized switching stations.

    Things would be dire if the government turned off our phones. People would take to the streets if they could tweet, text, or post to Facebook about their otherwise pointless and ill informed lives.

  • Thom misrepresents Freud   1 day 19 hours ago

    Its a generational thing. Hypnosis>hip gnosis.

  • Move To Amend has ALWAYS needed a Plan B... is this it?   1 day 20 hours ago
    Quote Phaedrus76:The quicker way to kill corporate personhood is to elect a Democratic President in 2016, she or he appoints replacements for Kennedy, RBG, Thomas and Scalia, then you have a court 7 reliable liberals. Bring a suit that challenges Citizen United then, it gets over turned.
    Quote chilidog:

    The decision in Citizens United is that speech may not be regulated based on who is speaking.

    MTA is trying to deal with two separate but connected questions... corporate personhood, and the right to free speech.

    The constitutional problems with corporate personhood are obvious... the 14th Amendment clearly is only about natural persons. But Citizens United is tougher since the First Amendment is clear

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Given it's wording, one can make a case that Congress can't make ANY laws... including for corporations that are stripped of personhood.

    In this case it would seem an amendment might be needed to add qualifications to the First if we're even going to salvage what's left of an already defective system. Maybe it can be justfied under other clauses in the Constitution.

  • Has anyone else been having problems with RT (no video)?   1 day 20 hours ago

    I would go with the last one.

    I've been having similar problems every since the new FCC guy took a break from feelating the major ISP sellers to issue a statement on blah...blah...blah...sorry.....

    It also affects some of the DN & FSTV broadcasts - and even this site now and then - although lately it's harder to tell if it's the site changes here or something else.

    It it surprising how often the feed gets interrupted at key points (which I discover later when I watch the rerun to see what I missed).

    Our tax dollars at work...

  • President F**k Up, F**ks Up again.   1 day 20 hours ago

    The S.H.A.M. - B.H.O.M. principle.

    (Sure He's A Monster - But He's Our Monster)

  • Is Being A Fanatical Gun Nut A Psychiatric Disorder?   1 day 20 hours ago

    And about two months later there is this (from Mashable website):

    A 9-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed a shooting instructor with an automatic Uzi in White Hills, Arizona, authorities said in a statement Tuesday.

    The girl, who was unidentified, shot 39-year-old instructor Charles Vacca in the head on Monday, Mohave County Sherriff's deputies said in a release. She was learning how to use the weapon. The shooting took place around 10 a.m. local time at Last Stop, a business with a shooting range that's located in the ghost town. The girl, who police did not identify, was accompanied by her parents.

    Bullets & Burgers is the marketing name of their tourism promotion.

  • Is Being A Fanatical Gun Nut A Psychiatric Disorder?   1 day 21 hours ago

    Here's an article from June this year:

    Inside Report: Gun program aims to stop child deaths

    Ryan Broussard| rybroussard@theadvocate.com June 13, 2014

    Louisiana ranks second in the nation in accidental gun deaths, behind only Alaska, so Baton Rouge law enforcement officials are trying to combat the problem by providing children with information about guns and by using an unusual prop, a watermelon.

    Officers use a Shoot Tank, and it’s been hauled all over the state to fairs, schools and community events for almost a year, for live-fire demonstrations on the damage one bullet can do.

    For the demonstration, an instructor places a watermelon inside a tank made of bulletproof glass and iron and shoots the fruit with a revolver affixed on the opposite side of the tank.

    The impact of the small-caliber shell, splits the watermelon in two, sending small chunks flying and leaving red smears on the glass.

    “It’s a very solemn moment,” said Capt. John Lawton, of the Baton Rouge Constable’s Office, on when they fire the shot. “The kids during the presentation are very active, very happy-go-lucky and we cut up and play, but when we shoot the watermelon, it’s usually just silence.”

    Lawton said he feels the program is making a difference because he’s noticed fewer reports of accidental shootings in the areas where officers have destroyed watermelons since the program began.

    Lawton is one of the program’s primary instructors, along with others in the Baton Rouge Police Department, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Attorney’s Office in Baton Rouge, to name a few.

    “We’re not pro-gun; we’re not anti-gun,” Lawton said. “Our point is that guns are in our society, and our children have a lot more knowledge than we may realize they do about guns, where they are at, even how they function.”

    One of the first things instructors explain to the children is that people cannot duck and dodge bullets like in the movies, bullets travel extremely fast — some can go about three football fields in one second — and there is no reset button with the guns, Lawton said.

    In the roughly 30-minute presentation, the instructors work to dispel several incorrect theories children have about guns. They touch on how hard it is to differentiate a real gun from a fake gun and how it’s virtually impossible to tell if a gun is loaded just by looking at it.

    “Children are very fascinated with them and tend to have a lot of bad information,” Lawton said. The demonstration “puts good information out there in a very realistic manner.”

    The target audience is children from kindergarten to fifth grade, Lawton said. Gun accidents rank as the third highest cause of childhood death in the country, the Constable’s Office reports.

    Parents also are allowed to watch the presentation and Lawton said many are stunned at how much their children know about guns, including how easily guns can be found.

    “A lot of the parents realize that their kids know where they have the guns put up,” Lawton said. “One of the shocking things that tends to get parents rattled are when I ask the children, ‘How many of you know where guns are hidden in your neighbors house?’ It’s amazing how many children are able to raise their hand.”

    The officers have visited all the elementary and middle schools in St. Landry Parish, all schools in East Feliciana Parish and schools in Ascension Parish and Lake Charles, in addition to schools in Baton Rouge, Lawton said.

    They perform the demonstration at least once, sometimes twice a week, and are booked for the rest of the school year.

    The program has had such an impact that the Jefferson Parish School Board made the presentations mandatory for all 82 schools in the district next school year.

    There also are plans in the works to build similar tanks for use in the north Louisiana and New Orleans areas, Lawton said.

    Ryan Broussard covers public safety issues for The Advocate. He can be reached at rybroussard@theadvocate.com.

  • President F**k Up, F**ks Up again.   1 day 21 hours ago
  • “Beige-World": Caliber of Obama’s thinking reflected in his choice of suit color.   1 day 22 hours ago

    Republicans will criticise Obama no matter what he says. And the 1% owned media will be sure to report it. That is why this idiot got time on Fox (a lot of time) to spout his displeasure in the color of Obama's suit. He did not look that great with an open collar and being horribly out of shape, but that was not mentioned. The media is controlled by the 1% and reports propoganda 24/7. How much time was given to Congressmen and Senators that did like the color of his suit? They are really scraping the bottom of the barrel.

  • Why are we letting Americans go hungry?   1 day 22 hours ago

    RichardofJeffer RE:#27 You are pointing out that during the history of our nation that the ruling class has had significant control over our government.

    Quote RichardofJeffer:The fact that a fascist coup was attempted, by the most elite of the ruling class, and nobody was even sentence to jail, let alone hung, should be a telling example of the power that the ruling class have over our government

    I agree. However, I think the amount of that control over our government has varied over time. At the time of WWI and the attempted military coup the corporatists had great control. What I am saying is I think that the policies of FDR were greatly reducing that control. He had leveled the playing to such a degree that the corporatist class was becoming very concerned. I think there is significant evidence that the policies of FDR were in no way deals made with the ruling class. The key evidence I would provide are the Wagner Act, the Glass-Steagall Act and the Investment and Securities Act of 1940.

  • NEED TO REMIND PEOPLE WHY THEY NEED TO VOTE IN DEMOCRATS?   1 day 22 hours ago

    Roland, If we had a Democratic Congress and Senate you would see change. If Gore had been elected (he actually was) things would have been different. This Supreme Court is destroying this Country. This is Republican Control. Vote Democratic.

  • Now it's Burger King That Plans to Screw US Taxpayers by Moving its Headquarters out of the Country   1 day 23 hours ago

    Americans would vote for tax overhaul and simplification. But Congress will not do it. If the Republicans write a new tax bill it will be completely to the benefit of the 1% and large corporations that fund their coffers. Congress does not represent the people. Get money out of politics.

  • Now it's Burger King That Plans to Screw US Taxpayers by Moving its Headquarters out of the Country   1 day 23 hours ago
    Quote douglaslee:

    /what-could-limit-corporate-tax-inversions- Obama can do rule changes via IRS if congress fails to act aka if congress is congress.

    The senate could pass something, but if McConnell gets the ML position it would have riders on it demanding to defund ACA, defund EPA, defund the CPB, defund SEC, defund IRS, defund AirForce 1, defund the WH, defund Michelle Obama's staff, and clear up whether KY is red or blue by changing it's nickname to The -Redgrass- State

    Redgrass is also known as Chinese Bluegrass, and Mitch's wife would be honored

    Pictures of Redgrass

  • Windpower   1 day 23 hours ago

    The real culprit is Methane. When CO2 warms the climate enough methane will start releasing and it will happen much faster than we have been seeing. We are all ready seeing signs of methane being released into the atmosphere. I do not understand why you think that it would destroy the economy to switch fuels. Start by immediately shutting down old coal plants and replacing the power with wind and geothermal. Solar where it makes sense. There are jobs in building this clean energy. Diesel is burning much cleaner than it did in the 80's due to controls and it was not that hard. Tesla and Nissan make very usable electric cars. That is just a start. In China they have lots of electric scooters that could certainly be used all over the world. next start replacing the other coal plants. More jobs. Look at every form of hydro electric that you can. I read once that the navy is researching using sea water to propel the ships. Research in other methods is jobs. Whale oil was once a primary source of fuel. We outgrew that, moved on. We can do it again. If you live on the coast you might want this research and development to step up in pace. I am in my sixties and think that I will make it to the end. I am concerned about my kids and new grandchild.

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