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NYPD Officer Told Innocent 13-Year-Old To ‘Stop Crying Like A Little Girl’ During Stop And Frisk: During the second week of testimony on New York City’s controversial stop-and-frisk program, an officer admitted to detaining and then mocking a 13-year-old boy when he started crying. Though the boy was innocent, he was still cuffed and brought to the station...

Foamy the Squirrel on Gay Marriage

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Shutting down for Earth Hour.

Mississippi school under fire for alleged bullying of LGBT students by staff

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“[The teacher] told me since she didn’t know what I was, I should be on a team of my own,” said Holmes at an SPLC press conference.
Holmes, now home-schooled, said she faced routine harassment from students and teachers. When she tried to report this to the school’s principal, she says she was told: “I don’t want a dyke in this school.”
The SPLC launched an investigation of the school after receiving Holmes’ letter, and said they had found widespread evidence of anti-LGBT bullying by staff and pupils. Some students reported that when they told school officials they were being bullied, they were told “Suck it up.”
"I don't want a dyke in this school."

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New York City Cop Testifies That He Was Told To Target Young Black Men
As hearings are under way to investigate New York City’s stop and frisk policy, one police officer is testifying that he was told by superiors to target young black men between the ages of 14 and 21.

Women in Healthcare Suffer Abuse Inside and Outside the Home

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Women in Healthcare Suffer Abuse Inside and Outside the Home
I remember when I was a CNA, I would report to the nurse when I was hit or even throttled by residents at the nursing home I worked at.  Most were sympathetic and allowed me to take an unscheduled break if I needed it.  One in particular told me I shouldn't have gotten that close to an unruly resident, even though the person in question desperately needed personal care.

It's a man's world

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Men are far more likely to admit to committing rape than victims are to report it.

Health Insurers Threaten To Increase Premiums, Even As Profits Soar

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Some of the nation’s largest health insurance companies are warning investors that they’ll raise insurance premiums by as much as 116 percent next year, as the coverage expansion provisions in the Affordable Care Act go into effect and millions of uninsured Americans begin purchasing coverage.

Inmate Abuse in Portland, ME

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Over the weekend the Portland Press Herald reported on and released a video of Capt. Shawn Welch at the Maine Correction Center pepper-spraying a restrained inmate in the face and leaving him in distress for more than twenty minutes while he repeatedly pleaded that he could not breath. The inmate was reportedly recovering from a self-inflicted wound and on several medications for bipolar disorder and depression at the time when officers in protective gear placed him in a restraining chair for medical personnel to examine his wounds.
After he was physically restrained in the chair, he struggled as guards pinned his head under an arm, at which point Welch used a pepper spray canister intended for multiple subjects at a 18 to 20 feet range to spray the inmate in the face at close range. Welch was initially fired by the institution’s supervisor, but reinstated with a 30-day suspension by Maine Corrections Commissioner Joseph Ponte.
It gets worse.  The concern of officials is more on how the video got out, than of the treatment of a wounded, mentally ill inmate.
"Your possession of that indicates a breach of security on our part and we absolutely do need to look into that," said Associate Commissioner Jody Breton. "We certainly will be tightening up security -- where (information) is stored, who has access."
According to them, their concern isn't because it shows the callous treatment, but rather because it reveals sensitive information about the inmate.  Ok, I get that the inmate deserves privacy, but since the inquiry did not resolve nor punish those responsible, I think that the citizens deserve to know and to act upon this knowledge. 


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India Rape Law Passes Parliament

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India Rape Law
The new law, which still requires the president’s signature before it becomes official, makes stalking, voyeurism and sexual harassment a crime. It also provides for the death penalty for repeat offenders or for rape attacks that lead to the victim’s death. The law also makes it a crime for police officers to refuse to open cases when they receive complaints of sexual attacks.

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London police officers pressured rape victims to retract to improve statistics

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The Metropolitan Police Sapphire team in Southwark, South London, had an active policy of “encouraging” victims to retract sex assault claims, allowing it to say no crime had occurred and raise its detection rates from 10 per cent to 31 per cent.
The scandal came to light after one man who the police refused to investigate for rape went on to murder his two children.
Jean Say

Esquire editor says women are "ornamental"

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The women we feature in the magazine are ornamental,” he said, speaking on a panel at the Advertising Week Europe conference in London on Tuesday. “I could lie to you if you want and say we are interested in their brains as well. We are not. They are objectified.”

Utah Schoolchildren Asked To Celebrate Fossil Fuels And Mining On Earth Day

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Earth Day is April 22, and today is the last day children in Utah can send in their submissions for the state-sponsored Earth Day poster contest lauding fossil fuel production. This year’s theme is “Where Would WE Be Without Oil, Gas and Mining?” Last year’s theme was “How Do YOU Use Oil, Gas, and Mining?"
 Winning Art from 2012 Earth Day Poster Contest

Blessed Ostara!

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My husband and I can't observe tonight due to our busy schedule, so we're celebrating tomorrow.  Until then I am cleaning the house in preparation.  Our feast will include these:

strawberry cream cheese cobbler
Strawberry Cream Cheese Cobbler

Herbes de Provence-Crusted Lamb Chops Recipe
Herbes de Provence-Crusted Lamb Chops

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Another Football Player Accused Of Rape, Another Community Blaming The Victim:
Two football player high school students in Connecticut are charged with the second-degree sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl. The allegations come amid other complaints of hazing at the school, but Torrington High School officials insist that these are individual instances and not a part of a larger cultural problem.

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Being White in Philly | Philadelphia magazine

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White Privilege: 10 Ways to be an Ally: As I have gotten deeper into anti-oppression work I find that I discover more and more subtleties and complexities than I ever considered. L...

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Samsung Puts Women in Their Place During Galaxy S IV Launch - Rebecca Greenfield - The Atlantic Wire

Denim Day 2013

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Denim Day in LA & USA is April 24, 2013.
Denim Day

13th Century Knight Found Under Scottish Parking Lot

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The knight — or possibly nobleman — was uncovered during construction work, according to The Scotsman. Also found was an intricately carved sandstone slab, several other human burial plots and a variety of artifacts researchers believe are from the 13th-century Blackfriars Monastery.
medieval knight found parking lot

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"She had a paranoia about rape."
~Agent Mulder, X-Files "Blood"
That's not paranoia, that's a reality when 1 of every 5 women is a victim of rape.