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Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Everything old is new again?

Image result for klinger mashI just read an article that said the military would allow trans-gendered recruits to serve "openly" in the future!

Didn't they already do that way back in the 50's with Corporal Klinger from M.A.S.H?


Here's a woman who had a disease I never even heard of before, but that doesn't mean it was any less dangerous than some better known ailments!

A young Englishwoman has died from overeating and may not have been properly treated for her unusual eating disorder, Fox News reports. Kirsty Derry lived at an assisted living home that had alarms on the fridge and cupboards to stop her from gorging. But the alarms were taken away in January 2013, and seven months later, Derry was dead at the age of 23, the Telegraph reports. 

"Of course I wanted her to stay at home with me, it's a mother's instinct—but I wanted her to be happy and have what she wanted," her mother, 50-year-old Julie Fallows, said at an inquest into her daughter's death. "I thought she'd be safe and happy in a supported living environment." 

Doctors diagnosed Derry at age 2 with Prader Willi Syndrome, which gave her a constantly strong appetite. She developed diabetes and was later sent to the facility, Victoria Mews, in 2012. But the fridge and cupboard alarms there were removed for periods after Derry complained about them, according to testimony at the inquest, the Sentinel reports. 

Image result for really fat woman clipartAt Victoria Mews, the 4-foot-8 woman's weight ballooned from 175 pounds to 266 pounds as she gorged on food including ice cream and chocolate. Her official cause of death: pulmonary edema, or lung fluid that stopped her from breathing. "Hopefully appropriate lessons have been learned," says a coroner who concluded her that her condition was not properly addressed.


Well folks, your normally tolerant reporter hates to say it, but we are going to have to keep dildos out of the hands of females. 
 Here's the story of two ladies that were caught both coming and going! Or was it going and coming?
A Florida woman is facing a domestic battery charge after allegedly using a dildo to batter her female domestic partner during a fight. 
The confrontation Saturday evening occurred while a Clearwater Police Department officer was inside the home of Annette Kielhurn and Gamze Capaner-Ridley, both 58. 
The cop was present to oversee Capaner-Ridley's removal of personal belongings from the house.  After the women tussled over possession of a dress, Officer Eric Blomgren directed Kielhurn not to touch Capaner-Ridley when she hit her former partner over the head with the dildo.


Then there's the case of  a female driver who smashed into the back of a van - while pleasuring herself with a sex toy.
The woman, described as in her 30s, was static in traffic when her Mini suddenly lurched forward and hit the back of the stationary fish van.
 An M&J Seafood van
She swapped details with the van driver whose bosses proceeded to check footage from the vehicle's rear camera.
To M&J Seafood's surprise, the video showed a woman holding a Rampant Rabbit-style sex toy and doing up her trousers.
The firm, which refused to ID the driver or release the video, added: "The matter is in the hands of our insurers."


An aide to Donald Trump said on Monday the FBI is investigating threatening tweets to the U.S. Republican presidential candidate purported to have originated from Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, a notorious Mexican drug lord who escaped from prison on Saturday.
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Trump, a real estate billionaire who has generated controversy by saying many illegal immigrants from Mexico are criminals and rapists, said in a statement on Sunday that "corrupt Mexican officials" had let Guzman escape.
A Twitter account made out in the kingpin's name, Joaquin Guzman Loera, that on Sunday had celebrated his escape sent a message threatening Trump if he continued to speak out.
"Keep screwing (with us) and I'm going to make you eat your fucking words you lousy white faggot," said the Twitter account with the user name @ElChap0Guzman.
Image result for joaquin el chapo guzman     Four Mexican government officials said they could not say whether the account, as well as several others in the name of some of Guzman's children that were linked to it, were genuine.
"I am told they are apocryphal," said Mexican Deputy Interior Minister Roberto Campa.
A Trump aide said in a statement: "The FBI is fully aware of the situation and is actively investigating this threat against Mr. Trump."


Folks, I've done my fair share of United States bashing, but I'm not the only one who has good and bad things to say about the States!"

 By Neil Macdonald, CBC News

A couple of weeks ago, my mother was trawling the Apple e-book website for some good beach reading.
I suggested she try the Game of Thrones fantasy potboilers, which, my iPad informed me, could be downloaded for $19.99 — not bad for five books.
No, Mom replied, they're $45.99. No they aren't, I insisted, holding up my device. Yes they are, she snapped, holding up hers.
She was right, of course. I'd forgotten we were sitting in her living room in Ottawa.
My iPad is wired to the U.S. Apple site. Mom's tablet forces her into Apple's Canadian corral for the customary fleecing everyone "up there" seems to endure with such fatalism.
This is pure gouging; there are no customs inspections or shipping complications or other cost escalators associated with delivering an e-book. It's just a burst of ones and zeroes.
Apple hoses Canadians because it can. To the corporate world, Canada is a protected enclave of sheep.
And now, 17 years after I left, I'm moving back to the enclave and rejoining the flock.

Never a best price

I realize it doesn't sound terribly noble to cite crass economic self-interest as what comes to mind most quickly about returning to Canada, but there it is.
The prospect of spending more for just about everything is sort of depressing.
After 12 years in Washington, I've grown used to free delivery in a relatively borderless economy, and the ability to go online and find the best price.
My fear is that in Canada there's never a best price.
But transition really isn't all about money. Here are a few other things I'll miss about America, and a few I won't.
It's a favourite word for politicians everywhere these days, but in this country it actually means something.
Freedom of information in America is a defined public right, not a silly concept to be circumvented or ignored by smug officials and politicians.
Eric Garner Jr., son of chokehold victim Eric Garner, joins in one of the many protests against police violence that ripped across the U.S. in December and January, and which led to procedural changes and charges in some jurisdictions. (Andrew Kelly / Reuters)
Presidents and congressional leaders hold regular news conferences. They never stop answering questions.
Politicians here routinely disclose personal finances (imagine that?). Call a U.S. government department, and you'll probably find an official who's liable to call back with real information.
As my friend, the author and political scientist Jim Thurber at American University, puts it, "the American public would not tolerate any other approach."
Well, it seems pretty clear the Canadian public would, and does.
Ottawa's default setting is secret, as I've discovered on the odd occasion I've had to call across the border for information.
Officials there prefer to communicate by email, if at all, and the answers generally amount to "We're dealing with it. You don't need to know any more than that."
There is more of it in America. A lot more. (See the foregoing).
Yes, yes, I understand the corrupting power of money in U.S. politics.
But I've also come to understand the power of ordinary American voters, especially those with compelling ideas who get behind ballot initiatives or legal challenges or political movements.
An example: like Americans, most Canadians don't regard possession of cannabis as worthy of prosecution. The difference is that because of voter activism, recreational cannabis consumption is now legal in four states, and, in dozens of others, possession is treated in the same manner as a traffic offence.
In supposedly progressive Canada, meanwhile, even simple possession remains a crime nationwide, and the government actually had to be told by the Supreme Court that medical marijuana users have the right — not a government-conferred privilege — to consume the drug as they please. Even in cookies.
Another example: In this country, when you need an elective medical procedure, you can get it done in a few days, rather than a few years. Even if you're indigent or on Medicare.
Canadians can't be nearly as smug any more about health care now that the U.S. Supreme Court has given its stamp of approval to Obamacare. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
I'm afraid my co-citizens can no longer hold up health care as final evidence of our greater social compassion. Since Obamacare became law, the number of uninsured Americans has dwindled noticeably.
And why we don't have an easier movement of goods and labour across the 49th parallel is mystifying. "Free trade" has turned out to be anything but.
Doing the right thing
I have no other phrase to explain it, but it is a powerful motive in the American public mind.
Americans work harder, give more to charity — far more — than Canadians, and there is a touching reverence here for public service.
Neighbours of mine regularly go to Reagan Airport in D.C. to cheer the arrival of aging veterans, most of whom roll through the arrivals section in wheelchairs. "Honour flights," they're called.
This superpower also sometimes expends blood and treasure to end the suffering of innocents (Kosovo and Somalia), rather than to pursue a national interest.
Now, I can already hear the response to all this: What about all those other countries the U.S. invaded? And why don't you stay in America if it's so wonderful?
Well, I'm not shouting unreservedly that this nation is, as many of my American friends so declare, "the best country on Earth."
American exceptionalism remains a licence to trample through the affairs and even territory of other nations.
It also seems unfair that America's rapacious banks nearly destroyed the world's economy eight years ago, and that now its economy has recovered much more quickly than everyone else's.
As well, the tolerance for guns here, frankly, borders on insane. The economy seems to require a permanent pool of subsistence labourers, none of whom seems to be Caucasian.
And the level of Christian moralizing in political discourse, with all its spoken and unspoken implications, still makes me uncomfortable.
But this country is, ultimately, exciting. It crackles. It has places like New York City, and Americans are serious about free speech.
The best of America — its elite journalism, its universities, the risk-taking, the passion over the rule of law, the brash disregard for classist etiquette, the unrivalled transparency of its economy — may not reappear together in several more lifetimes.
The comments-section harpies on foreign websites who screech and deplore and secrete bile at any mention of America are wrong; most don't seem to know a thing about this place.
Anyway, farewell to it all. I'm going home.