An ad for Samsung's Smart TV is creating quite a furor on the Internet.
The video, "Evolutionary Husband?", which was uploaded to the brand's YouTube page on May 14th, shows a woman fantasizing about what would happen if she could upgrade her husband as easily as she can upgrade her television.
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Links to reddit/youtbue stuff is at the source. NHFT shit so I didn't link it. Also here is an argument on my facebook because I posted a male tears gif along with the video. It continued long after that... such an agonizing discussion.
By Andrea Peterson
A Florida honor student who was expelled and faced possible felony charges for a science experiment gone awry has not only been cleared of charges, she’s heading to space campthanks to a former NASA employee.
Sixteen-year-old Kiera Wilmot combined household cleaner and aluminum foil in an eight-ounce water bottle on school grounds on April 22, curious to see what would happen. The chemical reaction “created a pop that sounds like a firecracker and smoke,” but no students were injured nor does there appear to have been property damage. At the suggestion of Florida Assistant State Attorney Tammy Glotfelty and after her science teacher said she had not sanctioned the experiment, the responding officer arrested Wilmot and charged her with possessing or discharging weapons or firearms at a school sponsored event or on school property and possessing any destructive devices — both felonies she would have been tried for as an adult. Pursuant to her school’s zero tolerance policy, Wilmot was also expelled at the time of the incident.
But last week the criminal charges against Wilmot were dropped following significant media coverage and an online petition that attracted nearly 200,000 signatures, upset that the arrest was the equivalent of criminalizing curiosity. She remains banned from her school, but her family is in discussions with the administration about a possible reinstatement.
Wilmot’s story caught the eye of Homer Hickman, an 18-year NASA veteran and author of the memoir “Rocket Boys,” later adapted into the film “October Sky.” Hickman had his own brush with law enforcement during his teens. Hickman and several friends were led away from his high school in handcuffs for allegedly starting a forest fire, but his physics teacher and principal cleared him of wrongdoing.
Hickman said he “couldn’t let this go without doing something,” and while he’s not a lawyer, he could at least “give her something that would encourage her” and settled on purchasing her a scholarship to the United States Space Academy, a five-day college accredited course offered through the University of Alabama-Huntsville. After learning Wilmot has a twin sister, he raised additional funds so they could attend together in July.
While Hickman attended school long before the advent of zero tolerance policies, since then kids who make mistakes have increasingly faced criminal charges for what amount to disciplinary violations, particularly minority students like Wilmot.
The four-lane bridge over the Skagit River collapsed about 7 p.m., Trooper Mark Francis said. There was no confirmation how many people were in the water, but Skagit County Sheriff's Department said three people have been rescued from the water and were being transported to hospitals. Two were transported to Skagit Valley Hospital and were reportedly in stable condition.
State authorities tell the Associated Press there were no fatalities.
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station's Facebook page (up to the minute photos are being posted)
By Michael Pearson and David Mattingly, CNN
(CNN) -- Items taken from Trayvon Martin's cell phone -- including a text-message discussion of drug use and pictures of a gun and marijuana plants -- are among new details released Thursday by attorneys for the neighborhood watch volunteer accused of killing him without provocation 14 months ago.
The evidence, George Zimmerman's attorneys say, paints a different picture of the 17-year-old than the one portrayed by his family and supporters. Lead defense attorney Mark O'Mara says he will try to use the evidence if prosecutors attempt to attack Zimmerman's character during his trial on second-degree murder charges, set to begin next month.
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Ugh. I thought that smoking weed was cool and that people who carried guns were real American patriots? Oh wait, that's only white people.
- Current Mood:annoyed
Senate Bill 900, which re-allocates family planning funds to public providers and hospitals instead of private providers like Planned Parenthood, passed by a vote of 33 to 8. The state Senate was able to pass the bill somewhat under the radar because it was not posted on Wednesday's legislative agenda.
Planned Parenthood operates five clinics in Oklahoma and serves about 8,400 men and women there a year. The family planning provider has faced scrutiny from Republicans in recent years because it provides abortions, even though it cannot use public family planning funding to pay for abortion services.
State Rep. Doug Cox (R), a family physician, said he will vote against the legislation when the House takes it up on Thursday. "To defund a program like Planned Parenthood would be a mistake," he told The Huffington Post in a phone interview. "They perform a valuable service as far as breast cancer screenings, cervical cancer screenings, parenting classes, many things that benefit our state that we're sorely in need of."
Cox said he believes that some of his Republican colleagues in the House also support Planned Parenthood, but they still feel pressured to vote for bills that would defund it. "I have people who tell me they feel the way I do, but are afraid to vote the way I do," he said.
Penny Dickey, chief operating officer of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, said the Oklahoma state legislature's priorities are off.
“This is not what Oklahomans want the Legislature to be focusing on as session winds down," she said in a statement. "This bill does nothing to provide Oklahoma women with health care. Instead, it shifts family planning money away from specialists in reproductive health care to other agencies that don’t have the capacity or the expertise to serve the women who come to us."
Source. The source has a link for the text of Senate Bill 900, but I couldn't get the link to copy into this.
ETA: Shit. Shit. Shit.
I swear I emailed myself the pictures I took of the progress of my brother's wedding present (daily progress pics over a week give or take!) and they're not at my Gmail, and they're not at the iCloud email thingy and damn damn damn.
This entry was originally posted here at my DW journal. You can comment here or there. :)
- Current Location:New York
When she says "like the good people of Texas," it is paired with Bobby on the patio.
When she gets to "I have found strength in adversity," Ann walks out of the house.
UGH YOU ARE KILLING ME, SHOW.
(Also, IDEK what to do here. I let iMovie convert my mp4s of Dallas, since at least all my video will be the same quality that way -- except for the one episode I only have in avi, natch, but maybe I can get away with not using it. The mp4s add up to 7GB. The converted files are movs that add up to a whopping 91GB. That is ri-goddamn-diculous. I guess I delete them when I'm done. But seriously, my iMac only has 150GB, and only 18 of them are available. My external hard drive is 150GB, too, and it only has 25 available. Ugh. It's not like they magically become better quality by making them bigger. Some file formats, man.)
ETA: Ugh ugh ugh. Legacies didn't convert properly. The video just fecking freezes on Bobby and Christopher. PEACHY. What else didn't convert right?
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On March 14, 2009, 31 weeks into her pregnancy, Nina Buckhalter gave birth to a stillborn baby girl. She named the child Hayley Jade. Two months later, a grand jury in Lamar County, Mississippi, indicted Buckhalter for manslaughter, claiming that the then-29-year-old woman "did willfully, unlawfully, feloniously, kill Hayley Jade Buckhalter, a human being, by culpable negligence."
The district attorney argued that methamphetamine detected in Buckhalter's system caused Hayley Jade's death. The state Supreme Court, which heard oral arguments on the case on April 2, is expected to rule soon on whether the prosecution can move forward.
If prosecutors prevail in this case, the state would be setting a "dangerous precedent" that "unintentional pregnancy loss can be treated as a form of homicide," says Farah Diaz-Tello, a staff attorney with National Advocates for Pregnant Women, a nonprofit legal organization that has joined with Robert McDuff, a Mississippi civil rights lawyer, to defend Buckhalter. If Buckhalter's case goes forward, NAPW fears it could spur a wave of similar prosecutions in Mississippi and other states.
Mississippi's manslaughter laws were not intended to apply in cases of stillbirths and miscarriages. Four times between 1998 through 2002, Mississippi lawmakers rejected proposals that would have set specific penalties for damaging a fetus by using illegal drugs during pregnancy. But Mississippi prosecutors say that two other state laws allow them to charge Buckhalter. One defines of manslaughter as the "killing of a human being, by the act, procurement, or culpable negligence of another"; another includes "an unborn child at every stage of gestation from conception until live birth" in the state's definition of human beings.
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This makes me sick. I live in Mississippi and I'm starting to think that lawmakers here are batshit crazy, because the general public doesn't want these types of laws. They proved that when they voted down the personhood amendment in 2011. Where do these assholes get off thinking they're doing what their constituency wants when it obviously isn't? Do we have to beat them over the heads to make it sink in that we don't want these laws? This entire article and the comments at the source are pissing me off.
With Japan's birth rate stuck in low gear, the Abe administration has come up with a new idea to make babies: convince the women to have a child earlier rather than later.
It plans to give out notebooks to all young women - and perhaps also to young men - to get that message across.
The notebooks, to be available from next April, will indicate the most appropriate timeframes for pregnancy and childbirth.
Japan's low birth rate is said to be partly due to women opting for late marriage and delayed childbirth in recent years. In 2011, it stood at 1.39, far short of the 2.07 needed to stop the population from shrinking.
The "Women's Notebook", as it has been dubbed by the media, is the brainchild of a government task force which feels that young Japanese women need to be informed about the importance of not putting off childbirth.
Announcing the proposal earlier this month, Ms Masako Mori, the minister in charge of birth issues, said: "As (a woman) grows older, it becomes harder to become pregnant. The risk to mother and unborn child also increases. We must spread this knowledge among teenage girls and upwards to enable women to make choices and plan their lives."
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The clause is common in divorce cases in Texas and other states. It prevents a divorced parent from having a romantic partner spend the night while children are in the home. If the couple marries, they can get out from under the legal provision — but that is not an option for gay couples in Texas, where such marriages aren’t recognized.
The Dallas Morning News reported that in a divorce hearing last month for Carolyn and Joshua Compton, Collin County District Judge John Roach Jr. enforced the terms detailed in their 2011 divorce papers. He ordered Carolyn Compton’s partner, Page Price, to move out of the home they shared with the Comptons’ two daughters, ages 10 and 13. The judge gave Price 30 days to find another place to live.
Paul Key said his client, Joshua Compton, wanted the clause enforced for his kids’ benefit.
“The fact that they can’t get married in Texas is a legislative issue,” Key said. “It’s not really our issue.”
The Comptons had been married for 11 years before their split. Carolyn Compton originally filed for divorce in September 2010.
Roach said the clause doesn’t target same-sex couples, adding that the language is gender neutral.
“It’s a general provision for the benefit of the children,” the judge said.
Price and Carolyn Compton said in a statement that they believe the clause is unconstitutional. But they also said they would comply with the order “even though it will be disruptive to their family and has the potential of being harmful to the children.”
They also said in the statement that the clause “is a burden on parents, regardless of their sexual orientation, that takes away and unreasonably limits their ability to make parental decisions of whom their children may be around and unreasonably limits what the United State Supreme Court has identified as the liberty of thought, belief and expression.”
They are considering whether to file an appeal.
In Collin County, the clause is part of the standing orders that apply to every divorce case filed and remains in force while the divorce is pending. In the case of the Comptons’ divorce, the clause was also added to their final divorce decree. It has no expiration date.