Indian Guru Has The Balls To Convince 400 Men To Cut Off Their Balls

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A popular Indian guru and head of the Dera Sacha Sauda spiritual group has been accused of coaxing hundreds of men to castrate themselves in a promise for them to become closer to God.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who describes himself on Twitter as a “spiritual Saint/philanthropist/versatile singer/allrounder sportsperson/film director/art director/music director/script writer/lyricist/autobiographer/DOP” and has a reported wealth of more than $50 million, somehow convinced 400 of his estimated 50 million followers that only those who get castrated will be able to meet God. Surely there must be an easier – and less painful – way?? Apparently not.

The Indian pop-star and telepreacher is now being investigated after one of his former followers who underwent castration seven years ago spoke out against the guru and his group.

Navkiran Singh, who is the lawyer for Hans Raj Chauhan, the only castration victim so far to come forward, said his client and other victims believed they would become social outcasts if they refused to perform the “operation” demanded of them by Ram Rahim Singh.

Chauhan says the castrations began around 2000 and the painful procedures were carried out at a hospital owned by Singh in the Hanumangarh district of Rajasthan.

While the castrations didn’t bring the men any closer to God, it did stop 400 idiots from ever reproducing again, so there were some benefits. Plus, it should help India cut back on the number of rapes that occur every year day minute.

As for the guru himself, I’m willing to bet that he still has his balls – especially since he has been accused of sexual assault by female followers.

To hear more about the millionaire guru, check out his spectacular new movie, Messenger of God, in which he appears to walk on air, tear tree trunks in half and perform other miracles. Warning: you may be tempted to chop your balls off after.

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Freezing Temperatures in Edmonton May Lead to a Freezeway

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Rather than cursing the cold weather, the city of Edmonton is turning lemon into lemonade – or rather turning sub-zero temperatures into an 11-kilometre long “freezeway” which would allow residents to strap on a pair of skates and glide to work.

The Freezeway, which was proposed two years ago by UBC landscape architecture graduate Matt Gibbs, would be an 11-kilometre greenway with a “winter skating lane” that would allow Edmontonians and visitors to skate around the city. And in the summer (wait… does Edmonton have a summer?) the path could be used by pedestrians and cyclists.

Gibbs took the idea from an offhand comment made by a city councillor back in the 90s.

“Why don’t we just crack the fire hydrants open, flood the streets and let people skate to work in the winter?” Former city councillor Tooker Gomberg said in the 1990s.

Maybe because the last thing people want to do on a Monday morning is skate in below-freezing temperature with a briefcase in their hand and then have to walk the rest of the way to work carrying their skates? Or maybe because investing the money is a working LRT system might be more useful than a seven-mile ice rink?

Nevertheless, Gibbs took the idea and built a design – winning him first place in the 2013 COLDSCAPES international design competition, which focuses on maximizing the potential of cold climate cities.

The idea garnered plenty of attention and Edmonton city organizers, eager to follow in the footsteps of Ottawa’s Rideau Canal, are now planning a pilot project for as early as next winter.

Councillor Scott McKeen said the Freezeway would be a welcome addition.

“Edmonton has not exploited to any great extent one of its greatest natural resources – winter,” said Mr McKeen. “Like other North American cities in colder climates, we’ve tried to engineer our way out of it. … Even most of our hockey facilities are now indoors and heated.”

But not everyone agrees.

Councillor Mike Nickel called the Freezeway “the stupidest idea I’ve heard”.

Meh, worst case the Edmonton Oilers can use it to practice. Actually, better keep the Oilers off it – they might get in the way of people who can skate.

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Current Event Cat of the Day: Measles Mania

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Another year, another series of measles outbreaks. The World Health Organization say they are “taken aback” by more than 22,000 cases in 2014 and the first months of this year and countries must step up their measles vaccinations.

“When we consider that over the past two decades we have seen a reduction of 96% in the number of measles cases in the European region, and that we are just a step away from eliminating the disease, we are taken aback by these numbers,” Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO regional director for Europe, said.

“We must collectively respond, without further delay, to close immunization gaps.”

“It is unacceptable that, after the last 50 years’ efforts to make safe and effective vaccines available, measles continues to cost lives, money and time.”

The measles comeback is largely due to a growing number of parents who are refusing to vaccinate their children (thanks Jenny McCarthy) or are facing barriers in getting the immunizations they need. Considering measles is one of the most contagious diseases known to man and can be easily spread through coughing and sneezing, this isn’t very good. In fact, measles had the ability to turn Disneyland from the happiest place on earth into measles ground zero after hundreds of people were exposed to the virus.

U.S. health officials announced Monday that the country has had 154 measles cases thus far in 2015 – which isn’t great considering they declared measles to be eliminated in 2000 after years of vaccination efforts.

But measles mania isn’t just a North American problem. Over in Europe, an 18-month-old child in Berlin who had not been vaccinated against measles died of the virus this week. Berlin has seen more than 600 cases since a measles outbreak began in October, prompting a nationwide debate about whether immunizations should be made mandatory.

To sum up, VACCINATE YOUR CHILDREN – unless, of course, you don’t want them to develop autism.

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Turkish Men Show Their Balls by Wearing Miniskirts

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Men throughout Turkey and neighboring Azerbaijan are tweeting images of themselves in miniskirts to protest the death of a young woman who was murdered after fighting off a sexual assault by a minibus driver.

The brutal death Ozgecan Aslan, a 20-year-old student who fought off an attempted rape before her body was burned and dumped in a riverbed, provoked a widespread reaction on social media and spurred Turks everywhere to protest violence against women.

On Wednesday, a group of men in Azerbaijan are believed to have started the hashtag #ozgecanicinminietekgiy, which translates to “wear a miniskirt for Ozgecan.” The hashtag went viral and thousands of men from Azerbaijan and Turkey have since tweeted out images of themselves wearing skirts in honor of women’s (and Scottish men’s?) rights.

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A Facebook page supporting the campaign explains, “If a miniskirt is responsible for everything, if [wearing] a miniskirt means immorality and unchastity, if a woman who wears a miniskirt is sending an invitation about what will happen to her, then we are also sending an invitation!”

On Saturday the protest went from the internet to the streets as hundreds gathered in dresses, skirts and miniskirts to march through Istanbul in solidarity with women who have been protesting violence against women since the recent murder of Ozgecan Aslan.

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Prominent Turkish lawyer and activist Hulya Gulbahar said the skirt protest is “very effective” and the first time women’s rights have been so widely endorsed in Turkey.

“The women’s movement is trying to tell society, ‘My dress is not an excuse for your rape or sexual harassment.’ But society didn’t want to hear these voices. People try to find excuses for rapes and killing. But they didn’t find any in this case, because Aslan was very innocent, purely innocent. The protest shows that a short skirt is not an excuse for rape.”

Women’s rights in Turkey don’t exactly have a stellar rep. Reported sexual and physical violence against women in Turkey has risen 14-fold since 2002. Just last summer a Turkish court ruled that a woman who was attacked and wounded with a knife by her ex-husband had “provoked” him by wearing leggings. And President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hasn’t been much help tackling the issue, declaring last year that he doesn’t believe in men and women’s equality. So if Turkish men have to take to the streets dressed in miniskirts to drive the point home, then they might as well look good doing it:

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Gov. Scott Walker Won’t Admit Obama is Christian… But At Least He Didn’t Say Obama Hates America

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Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, an unfortunately likely contender for the 2016 Republican nomination for President, says he doesn’t know whether or not President Obama is Christian.

Side note: if you’re unfamiliar with Gov. Walker, just picture a younger George W. Bush – but without the education. Seriously, he never graduated.

In an interview at the JW Marriott hotel in Washington, where he was attending the winter meeting of the National Governors Association, Gov. Walker replied “I don’t know” when asked if he thought President Obama was a Christian.

When informed that Obama had often spoken publicly about his Christian beliefs, Walker continued to play dumb.

“I’ve actually never talked about it or I haven’t read about that,” Walker said, his voice calm and firm. “I’ve never asked him that,” he added.

A spokesman for Walker later said the governor was taking a principled stand by not answering irrelevant questions, not casting doubt on the president’s faith. Plus, he simply wanted to confirm his conservative voters suspicions that Obama is a raging Muslim.

But at least Gov. Walker didn’t come out and say Obama hates America. That gem belongs to former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

“I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America,” said the former New York mayor at an event supporting Gov. Walker. “He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up, through love of this country.”

Scott Walker could have taken the John McCain route and actively challenged conservatives attacking Obama’s patriotism and citizenship… but instead he took the Scott Walker route and pleaded ignorance, declining to condemn or condone Giuliani’s comments.

“I don’t know, I honestly don’t know, one way or the other,” Walker said about Obama’s patriotism. “I’ve said that 100 times, too.”

You could fill a book with things Gov. Walker doesn’t know: Obama’s religion, Obama’s level of patriotism, whether or not evolution is real… In retrospect it probably wasn’t a good idea for him to drop out of school.

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Bill O’Reilly May Have Pulled a Brian Williams

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Is Bill O’Reilly the new Brian Williams? Well, one is a highly respected news anchor while the other is blowhard book salesman with his own show on FOX – but both have been accused of making false claims about covering war zones.

Just two weeks after NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams was suspended for six months without pay for misrepresenting events which occurred while he was covering the Iraq War in 2003, Bill O’Reilly has been accused of making false claims about his  coverage of the Falklands War in 1982.

Mother Jones’s David Corn reports that O’Reilly’s stories don’t add up with the facts from the war. O’Reilly has said on multiple occasions that he had spent time in a “war zone” while covering the Falklands conflict as a reporter for CBS News, but CBS News’s chief Washington correspondent Bob Schieffer says that the only “war zone” was in and around the islands, and “nobody from CBS got to the Falklands.”

For example, in his 2001 book, The No Spin Zone: Confrontations With the Powerful and Famous in America, O’Reilly stated, “You know that I am not easily shocked. I’ve reported on the ground in active war zones from El Salvador to the Falklands.” And in a 2004 column about US soldiers fighting in Iraq, O’Reilly noted, “Having survived a combat situation in Argentina during the Falklands war, I know that life-and-death decisions are made in a flash.”

Turns out O’Reilly’s dramatic stories from his time in the Falklands combat zone were actually from Buenos Aires – a thousand miles from where the fighting was. Schieffer, who was the network’s lead correspondent covering the war at the time, said he “came close” to reaching the Falklands, but the task proved “impossible.” He, O’Reilly and other CBS reporters were based in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Shortly after the Mother Jones report was published, O’Reilly went on an angry tirade, calling the story a “giant piece of defamation,” “a lie,” and a smear.

“I was not on the Falkland Islands and I never said I was!” O’Reilly told Politico.

He went on to call one of the writers, David Corn, a “disgusting piece of garbage,” a “guttersnipe liar,” and a “far-left assassin.”

While Brian Williams got a hefty suspension for padding his war reporting, Bill O’Reilly will continue on with the O’Reilly Factor. Makes sense. If FOX News got rid of every anchor who lied or exaggerated, there wouldn’t be anyone left. The whole “Paris No Go Zone” fiasco alone would have cost them half their staff.

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ISIS Threatens to Come to Rome… Traffic Permitting

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The Italian government is on high alert after the Islamic State threatened to conquer Rome – with Allah’s permission, of course.

A recent video that appeared to show the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya included balaclava-clad extremists armed with an ominous message.

“Today we are south of Rome,” one masked militant said. “We will conquer Rome with Allah’s permission.”

Since Libya is just a stone’s throw across the Mediterranean Sea from Italy, Italian authorities are playing it safe by deploying 5,000 troops to guard embassies and monuments across the country. I mean, if thousands of refugees can make it across every year (minus a few drownings…), how hard can it be? Which is exactly why Italy’s Interior Minister Angelino Alfano urged NATO to intervene “for the future of the Western world,” adding “ISIS is at the door. There is no time to waste.”

But the Italian people aren’t too worried about the impending threat – because they know how bad Italian traffic is.

Using the Twitter hashtag “#We_are_coming_o_Rome”, Italians have responded to the Islamic State with warnings about traffic, bureaucratic corruption, and a few restaurant recommendations – because why not?

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Besides, could ISIS really do more damage in Rome than Dutch football fans?

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Strauss-Kahn: My Orgies Were Legal… And They Only Happened 12 Times

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Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is firmly denying charges of aggravated pimping at a trial in northern France.

Strauss-Kahn, best known for firmly denying raping a New York City hotel maid in 2011, is facing pimping charges along with 13 others, including a former police commissioner and a brothel owner nicknamed “Dodo the Pimp.” The once French presidential hopeful, whose career pretty much unraveled amid allegations he raped a hotel maid, is accused of helping procure sex workers for a prostitution ring based at a hotel in Lille. Paying for sex with anyone over 18 is not illegal in France, but it is against the law to procure prostitutes for others or to run a prostitution business.

But Strauss-Kahn insists he is innocent, arguing that he did not organize the orgy parties and he didn’t know the women engaging in anal orgies were prostitutes.

“I committed no crime, no offence,” Strauss-Kahn said when he took the stand Tuesday.

While the ex-IMF head admitted to participating in a few rare sex orgies organized by businessman David Roque in Lille, he said prosecutors had greatly exaggerated the frequency of his “licentious evenings”.

“The prosecution gives the impression of unbridled activity,” he told the court. But, he added: “There were only 12 parties in total – that is four per year over three years.”

Only 12? What a prude.

On the second day if his trial, it was revealed that in addition to sex parties, Strauss-Kahn allegedly brought a prostitute with him to IMF headquarters in Washington, D.C. Once again, Strauss-Kahn denied knowing she was a prostitute – he was simply under the impression that hot young girls dig orgies with fat grey bankers.

If convicted, Strauss-Kahn and 13 other defendants face 10 years in prison and a $1.7 million dollar fine.

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It’s Business As Usual in Saudi Arabia… And Other News

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The King of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah, has died at the age of 90, weeks after being admitted to hospital with a lung infection.

His half brother and heir to the Saudi throne, Prince Salman, is 79 years old and is also in very poor health – meaning Saudi Arabia will be back in the same spot in a few years. Within hours of acceding to the throne, the newly appointed King Salman, vowed to maintain the same policies as his predecessors. “We will continue adhering to the correct policies which Saudi Arabia has followed since its establishment,” he said in a speech on state TV. So… intolerance of free speech, gender discrimination and multiple beheadings? The Guardian

Hitler MustacheFurther proof it’s never a good idea to don a Hitler mustache: the head of the German anti-Islamisation movement Pegida has stepped down after a picture of him posing as Adolf Hitler went viral. In addition to the Hitler pose, Lutz Bachmann made some disparaging anti-refugee comments on Facebook in which he reportedly described immigrants as “cattle”, “scumbags” and “trash”. Pegida spokeswoman Kathrin Oertel said the anti-refugee comments went too far but the “Hitler” photo was totally fine and that it was a “joke” and “satire, which is every citizen’s right”. Nevertheless, the German government was not pleased. Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said: “Anyone in politics who poses as Hitler is either a total idiot or a Nazi. Reasonable people do not follow idiots, and decent people don’t follow Nazis.” Fair enough. BBC News 

Annual March For Life Protests 1973 Roe v. Wade Ruling In WashingtonYesterday marked the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, in which the US Supreme Court ruled women had the freedom to terminate a pregnancy if they desired, ending once and for all America’s abortion debate – minus the four decades of passionate debate that followed. Yesterday was no exception to the ongoing abortion fight. Anti-abortion protesters marched in Washington as the US House passed a bill to tighten restrictions on abortion. Although an earlier bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks was scrapped, the Republicans did manage to pass a more limited measure to forbid the use of taxpayer money for abortions. The White House has said it will veto the legislation – arguing it “unnecessarily restricts women’s reproductive freedom and consumers’ private insurance options” – making the whole thing a fruitless endeavour. But since the US is still sharply divided on the issue of abortion, with polls suggesting Americans are about evenly split four decades after the Roe v Wade, politicians and citizens alike will continue to squabble over the issue or years to come.  New York Times

Climate Change Senate 1The US Senate passed an amendment on Wednesday saying climate change is real and not a hoax – because the only way to decide if something is a scientific fact is by having politicians vote on it. The measure, stating that “climate change is real and is not a hoax”, passed by a margin of 98-1. The lone dissenter was Senator Roger Wicker from Mississippi. Sigh… Although to Mississippi’s credit, their other state Senator, Thad Cochran, voted yes – possibly because he’s old enough to have witnessed all the cyclical trends since the last ice age. The whole climate science squabble broke out during debate over amendments to the bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. Democrats wanted Republicans to admit that climate change is real and that human activity plays a role. But while Republicans were willing to admit that climate change isn’t a hoax, many refused to admit that human activity is a factor. Two other amendments (which needed 60 votes to pass) failed: “human activity significantly contributes to climate change” failed 50-49 and “human activity contributes to climate change” failed 59-40. Still, progress…? The Hill

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Tigers Are Up, Gorillas Are Down

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After conducting numerous government campaigns to save the tiger, wild tigers in India appear to be making a comeback in the battle against extinction. Meanwhile, Ebola is wiping out chimps and gorillas left, right, and center.

India says it now has almost a third more tigers than it did four years ago, citing a number of government initiatives to streamline tiger conservation as the reason behind the increase.

“Our latest estimate today is that India has 70% of the world’s tiger population and we have now 2,226 tigers presently in 47 tiger reserves [up from 1,706 in 2011] and this is a great achievement. It is a net increase of 30% over the last estimation,” Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said in a statement Monday.

Javadekar said India was willing to donate tiger cubs to the international community and play a key role in global tiger conservation, asserting that tiger conservation practices that had proved successful in India could be adopted elsewhere.

Great job India! Now if only they could put this much effort into reducing their number of rape cases…

But for every uplifting animal story, there’s another one that will bring you back down.

Turns out the Ebola virus is not just a threat to residents of Dallas, but is also wiping out chimps and gorillas. Current estimates suggest a third of the world’s gorillas and chimpanzees have died from Ebola since the 1990s. The virus has no known cure and is as deadly for great apes as it is for humans, with mortality rates as high as 95% for gorillas and 77% for chimpanzees.

Fortunately the solution is straightforward: vaccination. The only catch? There are only experimental vaccinations available and medical research on apes is typically banned or highly restricted because of their cognitive similarity to humans. Apparently vaccinating an endangered species with an untested vaccine isn’t “ethical”. Plus, getting gorillas to wait patiently in a doctor’s office would prove “too difficult”.

But it’s great news about those tigers, eh?

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