Category Archives: Fail!

Dear CVS: A Real ‘Health-Care Company’ Guarantees In-Store Access to Birth Control

Imagine this: You had sex and the condom broke. You definitely don’t want to get pregnant. You cannot afford to have a baby. The next morning you walk into your neighborhood pharmacy to get emergency contraception. The pharmacist looks at you and says no, he won’t give it to you, that’s not something he believes in, his buddy here behind the counter doesn’t either, and you’d better go somewhere else.

Astonishingly, this scenario does not violate a corporate-level policy governing more than 7,600 CVS/pharmacy stores in the United States. Despite recent changes from the Food and Drug Administration, certain types of emergency contraception, including but not limited to brands sold as ella and Next Choice, still require a prescription or are behind the pharmacy counter and require proof of age. When the personal beliefs of all available pharmacists on duty conflict with someone’s need for emergency contraception, CVS specifies that the person seeking emergency contraception should go to another store.

via Dear CVS: A Real ‘Health-Care Company’ Guarantees In-Store Access to Birth Control.

Eurosurveillance – View Article – Import-Export of Dengue Fever

Imported dengue via travellers to currently non-endemic countries has increased steadily in recent decades, as reported by GeoSentinel, a worldwide network of travel medicine providers [8,9]. Dengue is the top cause of febrile illnesses in international travellers returning from south-east Asia [10]. Australia has seen a dramatic rise in the number of dengue cases caused by returning travellers, particularly from south-east Asia, with an increase of approximately 350% between 2004–2007 and 2008–2011 [11,12]. In Europe, various countries have also reported increased numbers of dengue in returning travellers to Europe [13-16].

via Eurosurveillance – View Article.

Makes it Pro-Japan Against Outside World! Japan struggles to keep whaling alive | Asia | DW.DE | 26.02.2014

Junichi Sato, the executive director of the Japan branch of Greenpeace, says the argument has been framed in such a way for the domestic audience that Japanese people largely remain silent, even if they do not agree with the “research whaling” program.

“It has become a cultural conflict pitting Japan against outsiders,” he said. “They have made the argument claiming that if you oppose whaling, you oppose Japanese culture. That makes it very difficult for Japanese people to speak out.

via Japan struggles to keep whaling alive | Asia | DW.DE | 26.02.2014.

No shame, do the time guy! French priest on trial for rape never heard word ‘no’ | News , International | THE DAILY STAR

Since the priest was charged with rape, the woman has been left isolated in a village community in which the priest was a popular figure, judicial sources said. “There are some who are now calling her the priest’s tart,” one said.

Her lawyer added: “Her situation has only made her isolation worse. Religion was her only outlet and she has been cut off from that. She has even had to change her telephone number.”

The priest has acknowledged having sexual relations with women during a spell spent working in New Caledonia, a French overseas territory in the South Pacific.

According to his own interpretation of Catholic doctrine, as a priest he was obliged to be celibate, ie. unmarried, but never took a vow of chastity.

via French priest on trial for rape never heard word ‘no’ | News , International | THE DAILY STAR.

Why the Plan to Dig a Canal Across Nicaragua Is So Risky – Wired Science

Isn’t this the same guy who wants to build a bridge from Miami to Havana? Kidding – but makes as much sense :> /

Under the agreement, HKND would raise the $40 billion needed to build the canal and would have the right to operate and manage it for up to 100 years before turning it over to Nicaragua. In the meantime, Nicaragua would have a controlling interest in the canal and receive income from it.

But there are many lingering questions. How HKND–apparently the only company to submit a bid–managed to land the deal, isn’t clear, leaving many Nicaraguans frustrated by their government’s lack of transparency. “Normally when you have a major infrastructure project you have to place bids, that is the law,” says Jorge Huete-Pérez, a biologist and president of Nicaraguan Academy of Sciences. “Here they overlooked the law and chose this company that has no experience building infrastructure.”

Exactly where the money to build the canal will come from is another mystery, as is the role, if any, the Chinese government will play. Wang Jing has denied that the government is involved in the project, as have government officials. But some analysts suspect otherwise.

via Why the Plan to Dig a Canal Across Nicaragua Is So Risky – Wired Science.

Separate and maybe equal sectarianism? Israeli law distinguishing Christian, Muslim Arabs draws fire | Maan News Agency

Israel’s parliament on Monday passed into law a bill expanding the equal opportunities commission from five to 10 members, and giving separate seats for the first time to representatives of Christian and Muslim Arab workers’ groups.

“We and the Christians have a lot in common. They’re our natural allies, a counterweight to the Muslims who want to destroy the country from within,” Haaretz daily quoted the bill’s sponsor, Yariv Levin, of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, as saying.

It also sets aside seats for Druze, ultra-Orthodox Jews and families of Jewish immigrants from Ethiopia, all groups which have higher than average unemployment.

via Israeli law distinguishing Christian, Muslim Arabs draws fire | Maan News Agency.

INDIAN AFFAIRS: LAWS AND TREATIES. Vol. IV, Laws

From 1918 – Example of running the lives of Native Americans by occupiers.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the Interior be, and he is hereby authorized to set aside and reserve for town-site purposes a tract of land within the Fort Hall Indian Reservation, Idaho, as in his opinion may be required for the future public interests, and he may cause the same to be surveyed into suitable lots and blocks and to dedicate the streets and alleys thereof to public uses; and he is hereby authorized to set apart and reserve for school, park, and other public purposes not more than ten acres in such town site; and patents shall issue for the lands so set apart and reserved for school, park, and other public purposes to the municipality legally charged with the care and custody of lands donated for such purposes on condition that Indian children shall be permitted to attend the public schools of such town under the same conditions as white children.

SEC. 2.

That the Secretary of the Interior is further authorized to cause the lots within such town site as may be established hereunder to be appraised and disposed of under such rules and regulations as he may prescribe and any and all expenses in connection with the survey, appraisement, and sale of such town site shall be reimbursed from the sales of town lots, and the net proceeds derived therefrom shall be placed in the Treasury of the United States to the credit of the Indians of the Fort Hall Reservation and shall be subject to appropriation by Congress for their benefit: Provided, however, That any lands disposed of hereunder shall be subject to all the laws of the United States prohibiting the introduction of intoxicants into the Indian country until otherwise provided by Congress.

Approved, May 31, 1918.

via INDIAN AFFAIRS: LAWS AND TREATIES. Vol. IV, Laws.

Adidas markets World Cup t-shirts that play off stereotypes of sexy Brazilians

Get it? Because Brazilian women are oh-so-sexy and obviously exist for your viewing pleasure. In fact, you can go ahead and think of the entire country as–literally–one big piece of ass.

And it’s not just that these tees play on sexist, racist stereotypes of exotic Latina women. “Looking to score?” is not just a hypothetical play on words here. While there’s little evidence to support the oft-repeated myth that sex trafficking increases around large sporting events, sex tourism is popular in Brazil and there are concerns that the flood of tourist that the World Cup attracts will exacerbate the problem of child sex trafficking in the country. The head of the Brazilian Tourism Board Flávio Dino was not pleased. “We don’t accept that the World Cup be used for illegal practices, like so-called sexual tourism,” he told O Globo. “We ask that Adidas put a stop to the sale of these products.”

Thankfully, they promptly did.

via Adidas markets World Cup t-shirts that play off stereotypes of sexy Brazilians.

Self-delusion started Japan going wrong and is happening again! Japan may revise ‘comfort women’ apology | Asia | DW.DE | 25.02.2014

Conservative groups in Japan insist that claims of hundreds of thousands of Asian women being forced into sexual slavery during World War II are “fabricated.” They demand a retraction of the 1993 Kono Statement.

Tomoko Tsujimura says she is motivated by the desire to “protect the honor of Japan and my forebears, namely my grandfather, my father and my uncles.” It is a stain on the good name of her relatives and the country, she says, for them to still be accused of forcing some 200,000 young women from Japan’s former colonies and the other parts of Asia under its occupation to become the “sex slaves” of Japanese troops fighting World War II.

via Japan may revise ‘comfort women’ apology | Asia | DW.DE | 25.02.2014.

Walmart “Respects” Customers’ Rights to Legally Carry a Firearm in States Where it’s Permitted | Native News Online

Kill an Indian with gun in parking lot cause you were losing a fight you started is OK with Sheriff and Walmart?

In an inquiry into Walmart’s policy on having guns inside their stores by its customers, Gee responded:

“Walmart respects our customers’ rights to legally carry a firearm in states where it is permitted.”

Given this policy and Quadlin’s quick use of his firearm, how safe is it to shop at a Walmart?

Quadlin was not arrested and remains free. The investigation by the Chandler Police Department continues.

via Walmart Respects Customers’ Rights to Legally Carry a Firearm in States Where it’s Permitted | Native News Online.