Hobby Lobby Invested In Numerous Abortion And Contraception Products While Claiming Religious Objection

According to the Green family, interfering with an already fertilized egg is tantamount to abortion—an act unacceptable to the family and one they refuse to participate in no matter what the Affordable Care Act may require .

However, it turns out that the owners of Hobby Lobby do not appear to have any problem with profiting from the companies that manufacture the very products that so grievously offend their religious principles.

The following is a summation of the companies manufacturing these products that are held by the Hobby Lobby employee retirement plan, as set forth by Ms. Redden’s remarkable reporting:

These companies include Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, which makes Plan B and ParaGard, a copper IUD, and Actavis ACT +1.64%, which makes a generic version of Plan B and distributes Ella. Other holdings in the mutual funds selected by Hobby Lobby include Pfizer PFE -0.53%, the maker of Cytotec and Prostin E2, which are used to induce abortions; Bayer , which manufactures the hormonal IUDs Skyla and Mirena; AstraZeneca AZN +0.77%, which has an Indian subsidiary that manufactures Prostodin, Cerviprime, and Partocin, three drugs commonly used in abortions; and Forest Laboratories, which makes Cervidil, a drug used to induce abortions. Several funds in the Hobby Lobby retirement plan also invested in Aetna AET +0.11% and Humana, two health insurance companies that cover surgical abortions, abortion drugs, and emergency contraception in many of the health care policies they sell.

via Hobby Lobby Invested In Numerous Abortion And Contraception Products While Claiming Religious Objection.

Whirlpool pledges $5 million to Habitat for Humanity – Atlanta Business Chronicle

Whirlpool Corp. renewed its partnership with Atlanta-based Habitat for Humanity International, promising to give $5 million for a range and refrigerator in every new Habitat home built in 2014 and to build six new Habitat homes.

Since the partnership began in 1999, more than 81,000 families have received a Whirlpool (NYSE: WHR) refrigerator and range and more than 150 houses have been built around the world with the help of thousands of Whirlpool employee volunteers.

via Whirlpool pledges $5 million to Habitat for Humanity – Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Hobby Lobby’s retirement plan invests in contraception companies

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, which makes Plan B and ParaGard, a copper IUD, and Actavis, which makes a generic version of Plan B and distributes Ella. Other holdings in the mutual funds selected by Hobby Lobby include Pfizer, the maker of Cytotec and Prostin E2, which are used to induce abortions; Bayer, which manufactures the hormonal IUDs Skyla andMirena; AstraZeneca, which has an Indian subsidiary that manufactures Prostodin, Cerviprime, and Partocin, three drugs commonly used in abortions; and Forest Laboratories, which makes Cervidil, a drug used to induce abortions. Several funds in the Hobby Lobby retirement plan also invested in Aetna and Humana, two health insurance companies that cover surgical abortions, abortion drugs, and emergency contraception in many of the health care policies they sell.

via Hobby Lobby’s retirement plan invests in contraception companies.

Recalled Fish Products May Cause Botulism

Lao Thai Nam Corp. of Dallas, Texas is recalling Number One Sompa Salted Fish because it has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium that can cause life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled.

via Recalled Fish Products May Cause Botulism.

DRC logging is out of control as Chatham House study lays bare | Greenpeace International

DRC logging is out of control as Chatham House study lays bare | Greenpeace International.

On top of everything else, continued logging and deforestation will induce new outbreaks of ebola and create perfect conditions for massive increase in breeding grounds for malarial carrying mosquitoes!

Vote rigging in Anti-union vote in Tennessee? Haslam Administration Linked $300M Offer To VW-UAW Process – NewsChannel5.com | Nashville News, Weather & Sports

After seeing the confidential documents, UAW organizer Gary Casteel argued that they show the Haslam administration was part of a coordinated anti-union campaign doing exactly what they had denied — using hundreds of millions of dollars from taxpayers as leverage.

“I think since this document is public, and I appreciate you bringing it forward, that it’s obvious that the state was threatening or at least intimidating Volkswagen [that], to get the incentives, they had to change their business model,” he said.

NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked Casteel, “Is this incentive document a game changer?”

“To me,” he answered, “it puts pressure on the state to do what they should have done in the first place — and that’s give the incentives with no strings attached, just like they would any other company, union or non-union.”

The Haslam administration declined to provide anyone to go on camera to answer questions about the documents.

But we also obtained emails that show that Senator Corker’s chief of staff was in direct contact with anti-union organizers who were brought in to fight the UAW. He then shared those emails with people in the Haslam administration who were in charge of the incentives.

The union has asked the National Labor Relations Board to order new elections, citing interference by Tennessee political leaders.

via Haslam Administration Linked $300M Offer To VW-UAW Process – NewsChannel5.com | Nashville News, Weather & Sports.

The House of My Spirit

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For my mother

“When you’re young, you think everything you do is disposable. You move from now to now, crumpling time up in your hands, tossing it away. You’re your own speeding car. You think you can get rid of things, and people too—leave them behind. You don’t yet know about the habit they have, of coming back. […] You can never get away from where you’ve been.”Margaret AtwoodThe Blind Assassin

Wallpaper Girl

In a few days, I ‘ll shuttle through another birthday, another twirl around the sun. I am almost twice the age of the woman I was in the [above] photograph.

It seems impossible, but it’s true.

I look deeply into that face and wonder how it is possible she felt so useless, so small. When I look at her now, she seems impossibly and…

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It’s All About the Amor

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New Music by Shakira, Juanes, Enrique Iglesias and Wisin, Jon Pareles reports in this article for The New York Times.

March suddenly turned into Latin pop blockbuster season. By some coincidence, arena-filling stars who tend to take years between releases emerged almost simultaneously with new albums: Shakira and Juanes, who are both from Colombia, Enrique Iglesias from Spain and the reggaeton rapper Wisin from Puerto Rico. Romeo Santos, the Dominican bachata singer who was born in the Bronx and was Aventura’s lead singer for 17 years, beat the rush by releasing his second solo studio album in February.

All five albums juggle the demands and possibilities of international crossover. The singers weigh regional and cultural bonds, decide how and how much to broaden their music, and calculate what they have to say to a mass, mixed audience. Do they want to, as Shakira and Juanes have often done through…

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Humanity’s global battle with mosquitoes

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All over the world we cannot escape mosquito bites – and the diseases they carry, Lizzie Crouch and Paula McGrath  report for the BBC.

MOSQUITO FACTS

Mosquito-borne diseases result in the deaths of a million people every year
Only a few hundred of the species bite humans
The females are responsible for spreading disease during their blood-meal. The males prefer to dine on plant sugars.
In Alaska they have been known to form swarms thick enough to asphyxiate caribou.
Malaria is caused by a parasite called Plasmodium. Transmitted by mosquitoes, the parasites multiply inside the liver before infecting red blood cells
There are five different species of parasite that cause malaria in humans; Plasmodium falciparum is the most deadly.
The WHO estimates that there are 207 million malaria cases each year, leading to around 627,000 deaths.
An epidemic of chikungunya – a viral disease carried by daytime-biting mosquitoes – is…

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Do the best that you can … but be kind to yourself.

Not an April Fool, am I nor is Mickel

Sillymickel's Blog of the Obvious Unspoken Things

Do the best that you can but … aware of the better thing to do … but be kind to yourself. Part of it is realizing that you can be reckless and even screw up and make mistakes and you are always held and guided and comforted. You cannot get this wrong. You are perfection. Even thinking you are imperfect and need to change something is part of the perfection … and falling short is part of it, too.

Be caring of others, and passionately committed to changing yourself and helping the suffering … but be kind to yourself in the process.

The entire Universe is on your side. You be, too.

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