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Category: Health News

Disturbing poll shows that only 12% of Americans have appropriate sexual boundaries

It pains us to do this, but there’s some very disturbing news to report on this Friday.

A poll of one thousand nineteen (1,019) people revealed that many Americans have poor sexual boundaries.

In fact, the poll revealed that only 1 in every 8 Americans, both men and women, have appropriate sexual boundaries.

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Trump signs bill denying millions of people freedom of choice when it comes to basic health care


Washington, DC — Earlier this afternoon, Donald Trump signed a bill that denies at least four million – and as many as 50+ million – low- and middle-income women and transgender people basic health care.

And that is not all: it also denies all women the freedom to choose their health care provider by defunding Planned Parenthood via proxy – with the state governments as the proxy.

From Planned Parenthood:

Timeline of Attacks

Impact of the Bill

The White House and extremists in Congress just made it harder for women to get the essential, basic health care they need to survive and to thrive.  This dangerous bill emboldens states to prevent use of Title X funds at a health center just because it also provides safe, legal abortion.

“People are sick and tired of politicians making it even harder for them to access health care, and this bill is just the latest example. Planned Parenthood strongly opposes President Trump’s willingness to undermine millions of women’s access to birth control through the Title X family planning program. Four million people depend on the Title X family planning program, and by signing this bill, President Trump disregards their health and well-being.

—Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America

About Title X

Title X provides basic preventive health care for millions of people with low incomes or without health insurance. Title X is the only federal program dedicated solely to family planning.

Learn everything you need to know about Title X.

Take Action

In case it wasn’t clear, Pence and his allies in Congress are dead set on dismantling access to health care and protections for women wherever they can — no matter how many people they hurt, and no matter how unpopular it is. Take action to protect access to reproductive health.

Think Teen Vogue’s advice on post-abortion support is frivolous? Then you’re an idiot

“If you think an angry uterus heating pad or period underwear or a coloring book celebrating a Supreme Court Justice glorifies abortion then you are seriously an idiot.
“I was going to keep the pregnancy, but instead I’m going to pay $800 and have an unnecessary transvaginal ultrasound and take two days off work because of the mandatory 48 hour waiting period just so I can get a cool pin and a heating pad from my bestie!” If that’s what you really think, you are an idiot.  Our laws make abortion punitive and there is nothing anyone can do after the fact to erase that shit.
If you think young girls ages 12 or 13 are going to think abortion is cool because of a needlepoint then you are an idiot.”

Read more: Think Teen Vogue’s advice on post-abortion support is frivolous? Then you’re an idiot

GOP-led US Senate begins the process of killing 30 million innocent American citizens and adding $10 trillion to the national debt

Washington, DC — The Republican majority is getting ready to kill millions of innocent Americans.

All Republicans, except for Kentucky’s Rand Paul, voted to use deem and pass to kill 30 million innocent Americans, many of whom have mental health conditions, autism or other disabilities; and more than double our national debt.

One eagle-eyed Twitter user noted that the repeal of Obamacare alone would add $10 trillion to the national debt. That stands at just under $5 trillion.

Not even Joe Manchin (DINO-W.Va.) joined the GOP in this.

The GOP voted down numerous Democratic amendments that would have made a repeal and replacement to Obamacare much more platable to the Democrats in the rural Midwest and Rocky Mountain states.

As the GOP showed this morning, they have deliberately chosen to ignore the will of the people. No matter what they do, this will cost them their Senate majority in 2018.

South Carolina Republicans vow to pass unconstitutional bill prohibiting residents from accessing online porn


Columbia — The Republican Party officially hates the United States Constitution.

Out of the thousands of unconstitutional bills being floated around by the Republican Party both in Congress and in the States, a proposal in this state to outlaw the accessing of online pornography is among the worst of the proposals.

Bill Chumley, R-Spartanburg, is the chief sponsor of the so-called “Human Trafficking Prevention Act”. He wants to require all MacBooks and other computers, Windows 10 phones and other smartphones, and all smart televisions sold to residents of the state to have web filters like Barracuda installed before the sale of the computer, smart TV or smartphone to an S.C. resident is final.

The bill would fine manufacturers or sellers that sell a device without a digital blocking system installed. Buyers would be arrested if they receive a computer, phone or smart TV without the digital blocking system installed. Any manufacturer or seller that didn’t want to install the system could pay a $20 opt-out fee for each device sold.

Any buyers who want the filter lifted after purchasing a computer, smartphone or smart TV would have to pay a $20 fee, after verifying they are 18 or older.

“If an end user buys an apparatus, a computer, and they want access to that, they would have to pay to have that filter removed,” Chumley said.

The bill also would prohibit access to any online hub that facilities sex work and would require manufacturers, sellers and buyers to block any websites that engage in consensual sex work, Chumley said.

Web pages such as eBay, Amazon, Craigslist and Spencers would all be permanently blocked and inaccessible by South Carolina residents should this bill become law, regardless of what manufacturers, sellers or buyers do.

What that means is that this blatantly political “Human Trafficking Prevention Act” bill is undoubtedly unconstitutional and a violation of the First Amendment, no matter what cause Chumley or anyone else believes to be noble. I hope the American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Free Speech Coalition are paying attention to this action by the South Carolina Republican Party, a state political party that has a notorious history of violating our Constitution.

Contact the state House here, and state Senators here, and tell them to kill this bill!

Contact Chumley here and demand he drops the bill!

Spartanburg Herald-Journal

UPDATE Tuesday @ 1:43: It gets worse. According to OnMSFT, any smartphone or smart television sold to a resident of the state must have the web filtering software installed as well before the purchase can proceed. This post has been updated to reflect this new information. You know what to do, readers.

#MentalIllnessIceBreakers is a shameful hashtag that mocks mental illness


San Francisco — Just when you thought social media could not get any lower, it does.

Trending (disgracefully) right now, is an ableist hashtag that literally stigmatizes mental illness like no other health condition.

Here’s the embedded source:

This is very revolting and disgusting. Imagine if this hashtag was #BreastCancerIceBreakers, #ParkinsonsIceBreakers or even #AutismIceBreakers.

Would you still think the hashtag be funny or even acceptable?

This is just another reason why we need organizations like the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and the Blurt Foundation. Stigmatic hashtags like this one, even if done in jest, are very harmful to someone like me, who suffer from numerous mental illnesses (schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and depression just to name a few).

I just pray that no one who are making jokes on the hashtag has someone close to them who suffer from a debilitating illness such as depression.

Five things to know about breastfeeding


For some, today is the last day of World Breastfeeding Week. For others (including the US), this is the first day of the aforementioned week.

You can thank the Gregorian calendar for why Breastfeeding Week is split this year. Had the month started on Sunday rather than Monday, every nation would have observed this week at the same time.

Additionally, August is National Breastfeeding Month.

With that in mind, most people are left in the dark about breastfeeding. Below the fold, are five things to know about breastfeeding:

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Planned Parenthood finally sues criminal enterprise CMP


NEW YORK CITY — Planned Parenthood, like every other patriotic American, has had more than enough of the professional liars in the violent anti-choice movement.

On Thursday afternoon, January 14, Planned Parenthood fought back, filing a lawsuit more than a decade in the making, charging the Center for Medical Progress for racketeering, and many, many other state and federal crimes – many of which are listed above in the infographic.

The lawsuit was filed on the six-month anniversary of the release of the first of the slanderous videos, which combined had 4,022 deceptive edits. Those edits propelled the terrorist attack against the Colorado Springs, Colo. Planned Parenthood affiliate on November 27, 2015, which killed two patients and a Colorado Springs Police Office deputy.

The RICO filing is especially important, as the CMP has already unsuccessfully challenged the National Abortion Federation in a lawsuit that’s not nearly as far-reaching as Planned Parenthood’s.

Under RICO, if defendants are found guilty, the winners – in this case, Planned Parenthood – can legally seize all of the CMP’s assets and that’s in addition to the monetary damages.

The CMP aren’t the only defendants here: BioMax, David Daleiden, Troy Newman and Sandra Merritt are also co-defendants. Their assets can also be seized if they lose.

The lawsuit is against known anti-abortion extremists, including Daleiden, Troy Newman, Albin Rhomberg, and Sandra Merritt, as well as the front organizations they created to commit their crimes: CMP and BioMax.

  • The lawsuit charges that CMP, its leaders, and other co-conspirators:
    • Violated the Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act;
    • Violated the federal eavesdropping statute;
    • Engaged in wire fraud, mail fraud, invasion of privacy, illegal secret recording, and trespassing; and
    • Used a complex criminal enterprise to defraud Planned Parenthood and prevent it from providing health care.
  • The lawsuit asks for restitution of compensatory and punitive damages and triple damages for violation of the RICO Act, as well as attorney’s fees.


Over the course of nearly three years, CMP operatives including Daleiden and Newman:

  • Created fake identities (and fake government IDs);
  • Obtained a credit card using a fake name;
  • Used their aliases to form another front organization: a fake tissue procurement company called BioMax;
  • Wormed their way into private medical conferences and trespassed onto private property (like health care centers); and
  • Illegally recorded private professional conversations of doctors and other medical providers without consent.

When CMP’s illegally recorded videos, trespassing, and other efforts didn’t turn up anything bad, they spliced together shards of lengthy conversations to create short, deceptive, and distorted videos. In the summer of 2015, CMP started releasing these videos, which claimed that Planned Parenthood health centers profited from fetal tissue donation. Since then, CMP’s smear campaign has continued to push more lies and outrageous accusations.

And with most of the footage coming from California, the violations of Statute 632 comes into play here and Kamala Harris, the Attorney General of the CMP’s home state, is still mulling over whether criminal charges can be filed.  The Golden State is also thinking about filing a lawsuit of their own against the CMP.

There is a very high likelihood – greater than a 95% chance – that Planned Parenthood will win this lawsuit.


Dis-Kynect-ed: Bevin unilaterally ends health care for 420,000 Kentuckians while saving absolutely nothing

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DRAKESBORO, Ky. — It’s the day low-income Kentuckians feared the most.

Matt Bevin, who took over as governor of the State of Kentucky after Steve Beshear was term-limited on December 8, 2015, has notified President Obama and the US Health and Human Services department in a nine-minute video that he’s ending Kynect sometime between January 27 and 31.

The latter date is the deadline for people to sign up for health insurance without facing penalties.  That means 420,000 residents of the state must now scramble and beat the deadline, which is in eighteen days.

In a Dec. 30 letter to Sylvia Burwell, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Bevin said he plans to wind down the state health exchange and transition Kentuckians to the federal site,, to shop for insurance under the law also known as Obamacare.

…But the move is sure to disappoint some health consumer advocates who had urged Bevin to keep the site, praised for its accessibility and ease of use. The advocates have said it helped hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians sign up for health coverage.

Bevin, a Republican, had pledged to dismantle the health exchange authorized by executive order of his predecessor, Steve Beshear, a Democrat. Bevin’s letter said he wants the transition to the federal site to occur “as soon as is practicable.”

And for those who think this will save money: it won’t. In fact, taxpayers in Kentucky will not only pay a steep price tag for ending Kynect, they’re also likely to pay for the uninsured – including those who will lose their current health care due to Bevin’s unilateral action – to get health care, something that the federal Obamacare law sought to end after 24 years back in 2010.

Can’t say we didn’t warn you in November 2015.

ACA Signups


These nine businesses are in collusion with Coalfire and the Center for Medical Progress to destroy and deny women reproductive health care in the US!


LOS ANGELES — About one hour 15 minutes ago, one Disqus commenter on the Hill let slip a small list of businesses that have joined the Center for Medical Progress and Coalfire to promote the anti-abortion agenda of destroying and denying women basic reproductive health care in the US.

As you may well know from other sites, the videos the Center for Medical Progress recorded from 2012 to June of this year had no less than 4,022 deceptive edits total.

Now, anti-abortion radicals are trying desperately to promote a ‘forensics analysis’ from an anti-abortion propaganda arm called Coalfire to take the heat off David Daleiden and the CMP.

Ladies and gents, these are the nine companies that are supporting the anti-abortion agenda to deny women basic health care in the United States:

Pro-Choice activists, you know what to do. Tweet them relentlessly until they disassociate themselves from the Center for Medical Progress and Coalfire. If that fails, boycott every one of these businesses, including Amazon.

Senior dies from meningitis just weeks before graduation

18-year-old pupil originally complained of headache


ASHBURN, Va. — An eighteen-year-old pupil just weeks from graduation passed away on Tuesday after she originally complained of a headache.

The Loudoun County Coroner’s Office revealed on Friday that Madison Small, 18, died from a rare infection, which inflames brain and spinal cord tissues, can be spread through respiratory and throat excretions, including kissing and sharing food.

It is highly contagious, the coroner’s office added.

“Our thoughts are with the family during this very difficult time,” said Dr. David Goodfriend, director of the Loudoun County Health Department.

Ms. Small’s surviving father, Tim, told the crowd at the vigil for his daughter to live every day like its their last, to appreciate their lives and that tomorrow is not promised.

Ms. Small was set to graduate in June and attend Virginia Tech in August.

New York Daily News
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Abortion bans, nudity bans must go — and equal pay must be made law

Today is the official Women’s Equality Day, although all of the events took place on Sunday.

From Asheville to New York, gender and lifestyle discrimination was at the forefront in most areas.

Today, I am reminded all to well at how bad discrimination is against women in society and how hypocritical society’s attitudes towards women — and especially nudist and naturist women — are.

This is a very long post that necessitates the more tag as there are five major issues women in America face that I’m dividing into three parts: the right to abortion whenever it is needed, the right to equal pay for equal work, the right to breastfeed in public, the right to be nude in public, and the right to be topless in public.
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