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Quebec Doctors Ordered to Stop Performing Virginity Tests

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Unsure if you’re still a virgin? Better get tested now because the Quebec college of physicians has issued a warning to doctors to stop performing virginity tests.

After several incidents of virginity testing, a practice linked to bridal purity and family honour, were reported in the Greater Montreal area, Quebec doctors have been warned to stop performing virginity tests and issuing “virginity certificates.”

The procedure goes against its code of ethics, the college said, and breaches patient confidentiality.

“Imagine a doctor who does a gynecological examination with the sole purpose of … it goes beyond the imagination. And it’s degrading to women,” Collège des médecins president Charles Bernard told The Gazette in an interview.

The cases came to light when two University of Montreal ethicists were contacted by health professionals who reported the incidents in four health clinics. The ethics pros were initially contacted by a clinic nurse who was asked by a young woman in her 20s during a routine medical checkup whether her hymen was still intact and if “she was still marriageable.” In other instances, young girls were forced by their families to go to clinics and have virginity tests done.

And to all those women who lost their virginity to a bike, it’s over – you’re not marriageable. Unless you find a doctor willing to provide fake proof of virginity… which do exist in Quebec.

Via: The National Post

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Republicans REALLY Don’t Want the Poor to Have Health Insurance

Poor No Health Insurance

The Republicans haven’t won the fight to kill off Obamacare (yet…) but they have managed to keep millions of Americans from getting health insurance.

Approximately 8 million Americans living in Republican-controlled states will not get health-care coverage under Obamacare because their states have refused to participate in expansion of Medicaid. 26 states have opted out of the federally funded expansion, including every state in the Deep South (minus Arkansas!).

Under Obamacare, all Americans are required to purchase health insurance. For lower and middle-income earners, there are federal subsidies on the new health exchanges to help them afford insurance. The Medicaid expansion, however, was meant to cover the poorest Americans, especially the working poor. So it’s pretty ironic stupid that the states with the highest concentrations of poverty have rejected the expansion.

And who exactly is on the losing side of the Medicaid expansion opt-out? Rich, white plantation owners! No, it’s obviously of low-income blacks and single mothers. The New York Times analysis of census data revealed that two-thirds of the poor blacks and single mothers and more than half of the low-wage workers who do not have insurance are being left without health coverage because their state opted out.

“The irony is that these states that are rejecting Medicaid expansion — many of them Southern — are the very places where the concentration of poverty and lack of health insurance are the most acute,” said Dr. H. Jack Geiger, a founder of the community health center model. “It is their populations that have the highest burden of illness and costs to the entire health care system.”

These 8 million Obamacare castaways basically have three options:

  1. Boost their income so they can qualify for federal subsidies on the new health exchanges that launched on Tuesday
  2. Become SUPER poor so they can qualify for Medicaid in its current form (and I’m talking $11 a day poor)
  3. Maintain their uninsured status and pray they don’t get hit by a car

All great options, but Option C seems the most plausible. But on the plus side, at least they don’t have to worry about getting raped by the Uncle Sam/Burger King hybrid!

Via: The New York Times

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Current Event Cat of the Day: Obamacare

Current EVent Cat - Obamacare

Despite Senator Ted Cruz’s best attempt to undermine healthcare reform and that whole “government shutdown situation”, Obamacare went live on Tuesday – glitches and all.

The Affordable Care Act, lovingly referred to as Obamacare, had a bit of a glitchy first day. As enrollment opened for those seeking affordable health care, many people quickly encountered technological problems that prevented them from getting rates, comparing health plans, or signing up. Around 2.8 million Americans visited Healthcare.gov to sign up for Obamacare, causing so much traffic that the website kept going down. In addition, 81,000 not-so-tech-savvy Americans dialed into the help center. On the plus side, it looks like America has quite a healthy appetite for Obamacare.

As the healthcare program launched, President Obama said the opportunity would be “life changing” for as many as seven million Americans who do not already have health insurance.

Tens of thousands of Americans die each year just because they don’t have health insurance,” Obama said, standing in front of a group signing up on the new online health insurance exchanges.

“Millions more live with the fear that they’ll go broke if they get sick. And today, we begin to free millions of our fellow Americans from that fear.”

As for the glitches, Obama pointed to the high demand for health coverage that “exceeds anything that we had expected.”

“We found out that there have been times this morning where the site has been running more slowly than it normally will.”

“The reason is because more than one million people visited healthcare.gov before 7:00 in the morning,” the President explained.

Despite the already high enrollment for Obamacare, the Republicans still won’t back down.  After trying to defund, delay and eliminate portions of the health care law, they’ve now taken to blaming the Democrats for the shutdown, insisting they are unwilling to give in to their demands.

But while the Republicans are busy blaming others for the shutdown, Generation Opportunity, a Koch Foundation-funded anti-Obamacare group, is helping them out by trying to discourage young healthy Americans from signing up for Obamacare.

With intelligent, not at all creepy ads such as this one (below), it’s only a matter of time before everyone opts out of health care insurance… or gets raped by an Uncle Sam/Burger King hybrid.

Via: New York Times & Current Event Cats

The Porn Moratorium (Pornoratorium?) is Over

Porn Moratorium

Porn addicts rejoice! An adult film industry trade group announced that porn shooting can resume Friday after a two-week moratorium prompted by three new HIV cases in the community.

The adult film industry’s trade association originally called for a moratorium in August after a 28-year-old female performer, Cameron Bay, tested positive for HIV, effectively putting an end to her once promising career that included scenes with Xander Corvus — the man who starred as scandal-laden politician Anthony Weiner in Sydney Leathers’ just released porn debut “Weiner and Me.”

“As difficult as this news is for me today, I am hopeful that no other performers have been affected,” Bay said in a statement, “I plan on doing everything possible to assist the medical professionals and my fellow performers. Following that, my long term plan is to take care of myself and my health.”

Shortly after that moratorium was lifted, Rod Daily, another porn actor who is Bay’s real-life boyfriend, announced on Twitter (why not?) that he also had HIV. Then a third adult actor tested positive, prompting the latest porn freeze.

However, the coalition says all three appear to have contracted the virus in private life and all of their on-screen partners have tested negative. Therefore, porn is totally safe.

The HIV scare did have some effect on the porn industry though. The industry said it would revise its rules on testing for sexually transmitted diseases, requiring porn starts to be tested every 14 days instead of every 28, and all actors will have to be tested on or before Thursday to be cleared for work.

Our industry protocols are designed to be conservative and our doctors support a conservative approach, for the health and well-being of the performers,” said Diane Duke, the porn coalition’s CEO.

Nothing says conservative approach like porn without protection. Now get back to work!

Via: The Los Angeles Times

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Stephen Hawking: Pro Assisted Suicide

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking is out and about (on his motorized wheelchair) hawking assisted suicide for people with terminal illnesses. So… himself?

Professor Hawking, 71, who suffers from motor neurone disease and was given just three years to live when he was diagnosed with the condition at age 21, has lent his support to the legalization of assisted suicide.

According to the British cosmologist, “We don’t let animals suffer, so why humans?”

Hawking believes that those who help family members die should be free from prosecution if they were suffering from a terminal illness and in pain. Is this Hawking’s subtle request for his family to kill him? Possibly.

But that doesn’t mean we should be killing people left right and centre:

“There must be safeguards that the person concerned genuinely wants to end their life and they are not being pressurised into it or have it done without their knowledge or consent as would have been the case with me,” he said, referring to an incident in 1985 when he was placed on a life support machine which his wife was given the option of switching off.

Spoiler alert: she didn’t.

Probably a good choice considering after he recovered from the pneumonia bout he went on to complete his popular science book, A Brief History of Time, which sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. And, more importantly, if his wife had pulled the plug back in the eighties, he wouldn’t have been able to creep out all the patrons at those California sex clubs.

Via: BBC News

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India: Free School Meals Gone (Horribly) Wrong

Free Meals Gone Wrong

Free school meals in India! The only catch? Your children might die.

Twenty-two schoolchildren are dead and dozens more fell sick after eating tainted food as part of a free lunch program in India’s eastern state of Bihar.

The tainted lunches were part of India’s Mid-Day Meal Program, which provides free food to boost school attendance and promote healthy eating. The Mid-Day Meal program is known to suffer from a bit of a hygiene problem – it is India after all. Just look at their hospital above – yikes! But the program went horribly awry when twenty-eight suck primary school kids were taken to the hospital on Tuesday after ingesting the rice and soybean lunch. So much for boosting school attendance.

The doctors who provided care for the children said the smell coming off the children’s bodies indicated the food contained organo-phosphorus, a poisonous substance. Yum.

“When the children were clinically examined, we saw that there was severe congestion in the chest, and their pupils were dilated. These are symptoms of organo-phosphorus poisoning,” a doctor at the Chhapra district hospital explained.

“Organo-phosphorus is a compound also used as a pesticide for crops. It is very dangerous. Even a small quantity of it would prove fatal for small children. Looking at the critical condition in which they were brought to the hospital, it seems like there were large quantities of poison in the food that they consumed.”

The exact source responsible for the poisoning has yet to be determined but investigators are looking into it. In the meantime, families of the dead children have been offered 200,000 rupees ($3,370) in compensation.

Apparently that wasn’t enough though because violent protests broke out over the incident. Angry parents joined the hundred of villagers protesting against the school, setting at least four police vehicles on fire. That’s the spirit!

Via: BBC News

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And the Title of the World’s Most Obese Nation Goes to…. Mexico!

Mexico Obese Nation

“We’re #2, we’re #2!” Americans everywhere shouted as Mexico waddled past them to take over the title as the world’s most obese nation.

According to United Nations report released Tuesday, Mexico is now the leader in obesity rates – out of populous countries. If it were out of any old country, the South Pacific ones would definitely win. Those are some obese islanders!

Anyway, the report details how nearly 33 percent of Mexicans are now obese and 70 percent are overweight (don’t worry Americans – you’re not far behind at 32%! – just keep piling it in!) Childhood obesity is especially rough in Mexico – it has tripled within the past decade. Diabetes is also a huge problem with 70,000 deaths in each year caused by weight-related diabetes and more than 400,000 new cases diagnosed annually. The weight crisis disproportionately affects the young and the poor.

‘The same people who are malnourished are the ones who are becoming obese,’ said physician Abelardo Avila with Mexico’s National Nutrition Institute.

‘In the poor classes we have obese parents and malnourished children. The worst thing is the children are becoming programmed for obesity. It’s a very serious epidemic.’

Why do Mexicans keep eating and eating? For starters, the country’s restaurant culture promotes foods that are fried and high in calories. Fast food chains have spread rapidly since the early 1990s. Then there’s also the money issue: healthier options tend to be pricier. And of course, the Coca Cola addiction.

‘Because of a lack of money and food, people go for more energy-intense foods. These are often high in sugar or fat. People drink Coca Cola as if it was water in order to have the energy to carry on – and so many of the foods are rich in carbs, are full of cheese or are fried,” Mexican resident Sally Neiman says.

‘There is no control in schools to what kids eat this days, it is normal to see a kid having a soda for breakfast and eating ‘comida chatarra’ (junk food), it is allowed to be sold in schools.’

‘There really is no clear information on nutritional facts in this country and people with poor education are not aware of the risks. They believe the energy a Coke or a fatty food will bring to them is beneficial in order to help them get through the day.’

Mexicans do get their fill of Vitamin T though: tacos, tamales and tostadas.

Wait a minute…I think I know what’s happening here… it’s not the tacos or the tostadas, it’s that only the fit Mexicans are able to jump the barbed wire immigration fence into Arizona! All the fat Mexicans are left behind, driving up the obesity rate and all the fit Mexicans are living it up migrant worker style!

Via: CBS News

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Obamacare Employer Mandate Get Delayed

Obamacare Delayed

The Obama administration announced that it was delaying an Obamacare mandate that businesses with more than 50 employees provide health insurance.

The 2010 Affordable Care Act, affectionately known as Obamacare, requires that businesses with 50 or more employees provide health insurance that meets certain standards. But now the Obamacare empl0yer-mandate will be delayed until after the 2014 midterm elections because of the “complexity of the requirements” in the healthcare law.

Apparently many businesses complained that the reporting requirements were too complicated and they needed more time to prepare for the changes. Since counting employees and giving them insurance was too much to handle, the Obama administration decided it was easier to delay the law, thus giving the administration more time to simplify it, rather than explain it to employers.

So now employers now have until 2015 to extend healthcare benefits to their employees. The good news is that most employers already provide the coverage that the law requires. The bad news is that those who don’t probably treat their employees like crap and they need it the most.

The even worse news is that Republicans (and crazy Fox hosts) are now claiming this delay is the proof America needs to repeal Obamacare.

“The White House seems to slowly be admitting what Americans already know,” said Republican Senator Mitch McConnell, “Obamacare needs to be repealed and replaced with common-sense reforms that actually lower costs for Americans.”

Fox News host and bow-tie enthusiast Tucker Carlson has just the common-sense reform needed! While guest hosting Sean Hannity’s Fox News show, Carlson suggested that not only should the individual insurance mandate in Obamacare also be delayed, but that a black market system where Americans pay cash for healthcare services would be “far more efficient” than insurance.

Tucker with Bowtie

“For people who just want to be covered against catastrophic illness and don’t want to pay for other people’s hair transplants or sex changes, they’re out of luck… I keep hearing Democrats saying, the implementation of Obamacare at the end of the year is going to be a disaster — I can’t even use the profanities — a disaster,” Tucker said.

The National Review‘s John Fund agreed that Obamacare would be a disaster (a jobs disaster!) and that a black market heathcare system could potentially emerge.

“Which would be a far more efficient system, by the way,” Carlson declared.

Not sure what kind of moron would suggest a black market for healthcare, especially considering America already pays the highest cost per person, but it does seem apparent that his years of bow-tie wearing may have cut the oxygen supply to his brain.

Via: BBC News

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World’s Oldest Man, Jiroemon Kimura, Dies… And Other News

Jiroemon Kimura

The world’s oldest man, Jiroemon Kimura, is…dead.

116 year-old Jiroemon Kimura wasn’t just the world’s oldest person – he was the oldest man to have ever lived! Jiroemon Kimura, who was born in 1897, died of natural causes on Wednesday in a hospital in Kyotango, Kyoto. He leaves behind a sh*tload of relatives: 7 children, 14 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, and 14 great-great grandchildren. His secret to a long life? “Eat light and live long.” He never smoked and made it a habit to eat until he was only 80 percent full. I guess Americans are screwed. Telegraph

Gay LobbyThere is a “gay lobby” inside the Vatican and Pope Francis is very worried about it. Pope Francis acknowledged the existence of a ‘gay lobby’ in the Roman Curia during a private meeting with a group of Latin American Catholic clerics. He also suggested that he was considering taking action on it. The Vatican would have to “see what we can do” about the “gay lobby” operating in the bureaucracy, he said. “It is true, it is there,” a report quotes him as saying. Apparently gay Vatican clergymen had been working together to advance their personal interests. And just how gay is this gay lobby? So gay that it is speculated to have influenced then-Pope Benedict XVI decision to retire. BBC News

Joselyn-Martinez-Justo-SantosAspiring actress one-ups the NYPD: Joselyn Martinez solved her father’s cold case murder 26 years later. The 36-year-old star of the upcoming Web series Wives in the Heights tracked down the man who allegedly murdered her father in 1986 and delivered his phone number and address to the NYPD. How did she do it? Well, her family knew the killer’s name so she did some research, paid about $300 in fees for Internet background-check sites and gave police the info. Justo Santos was then arrested and confessed to the killing. He will be brought to New York later this week to face charges. CNN

Baggy PantsBad news for Beiber and his diaper pants: A beach town in the US state of New Jersey is passing a ban on the wearing of low-slung pants, jeans or shorts on its boardwalk. Wildwood Mayor Ernest Troiano is sick and tired of exposed skin and underwear so he has introduced a new dress code prohibiting pants that hang more than 3 inches below the hips. Mayor Troiano said: “When you have good families who call you up and say, ‘I’ve been coming here 20 years, 30 years, 40 years and I’m not going to any longer because I’m not going to subject my children or my parents or grandparents to seeing some kid walk down the boardwalk with their butt hanging out,’ you have to do something.” BBC News

8 Month ErectionAnd while we’re on the topic of New Jersey, a New Jersey man has sued his doctor over an 8-month erection. Yes, 8 months. 44-year-old Daniel Metzgar,  is suing the Delaware-based urologist who gave him a botched penile implant. The procedure involved inserting a three-piece implant in his groin, including a scrotum pump, inflatable cylinders inside the shaft of his penis, and a reservoir for fluid under his abdominal wall. But Metzgar experienced  volleyball-sized swelling on his scrotum after the procedure and was advised to have it removed. Although he said at the time he couldn’t afford it, it later had to be removed after the tubing punctured his scrotum during a family vacation. Metzgar got the implant to boost his confidence but things did not go as planned. “I could hardly dance, with an erection poking my partner,” Metzgar complained to jurors. “It’s not something you want to bring out at parties and show to friends.” Raw Story

The publishers of a controversial colouring book are angry at the White House for allegedly sending them an email laced with profanity, asking that Bill Ayers (a one-time associate of Obama) be removed from its “The True Faces of Evil – Terror” list. Despite having no evidence to back the email up, the publishers claim the White House disapproved of ‘The True Faces of Evil – Terror” colouring book.

true faces of evil IIHIH

First of all, who makes terrorist colouring books for kids? ‘Here’s your new colouring book Jimmy – ‘The True Faces of Evil – Terror.’ Remember to colour inside the lines of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s face… or it’s off to Guantanamo!’ But don’t worry – if your kids aren’t into terror, there are other options: “Tea Party Coloring Book for Kids” and “We Shall Never Forget 9/11: The Kids Book of Freedom”. Raw Story

Dunkin Donut NutAfter much public prodding, Dunkin’ Donuts has said they will honor two employees who endured a racist nutcase’s rant. The donut nut, 27-year-old Taylor Chapman berated the minimum-wage workers and demanded free food after, she claims, a worker failed to give her a receipt the day before. Chapman, who despite not being in high school still takes car selfies (see picture), videotaped the whole thing thinking she would come across as a hero for demanding receipt justice. Instead she came across as a lunatic and went on a Arab-phobic rant, threatening to “to nuke your whole planet from Mars.” The two workers who endured the harassment handled the situation calmly and both have been invited to an internal company event in Boca Raton later this month for further recognition. Gawker

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Does Your Partner Have STDs? There’s an App for That.

STDs? Qpid.me

STDs have never been so easy to share! The Los Angeles Unified School District has just announced plans to start using the Qpid.me app as part of its sexual education curriculum.

Schools in the Los Angeles area will begin sharing the STD-tracking app with seventh and ninth grade health teachers for them to discuss with students. Apparently these kids are STD magnets: A 2011 study by the Los Angeles County Health Department found that city residents between the ages of 13 to 19 accounted for 16 percent of all gonorrhea and 25 percent of all chlamydia in the county.

The free app, first launched for users aged 18+ in 2010, shows users where to get STD tests at clinics that will release the results online. After taking the test, their results, positive or negative, will be posted on Qpid.me’s servers. Users can then share the results confidentially with a partner via a text message. When shared, the results can be viewed just once in a Snapchat-like fashion. Users can also opt to use a pseudonym instead of their real name to avoid potential public embarrassment. The app also reminds people to get their STDs checked out yearly.

Company founder Ramin Bastani came up with the idea of the STD app after “a girl slapped me in the face after I asked if she’d been ‘tested.'” Not sure if asking to see her test results online would do him much better but Bastani just wants to “make STD testing suck less.” The only catch (besides the embarrassment of your gonorrhea being public knowledge)? Althought the app is “free” it costs $9.99 to see the results.

Well, it’s still a better idea than the one the Brits are working on. British health officials are working on a new app that will allow users to pee into their cell phones and find out within minutes if they have an STD.

Via: The Huffington Post

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