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June 03, 2012

NJ man sues hospital after on-staff doctor refused to give him HIV meds because he was gay

And here in one tidy anecdote is why the so-called "conscience clause" is utter horseshit. Joe. My. God.: "Against God's Will": Gay Man Sues NJ Hospital For Being Denied HIV Meds
New Jersey gay man Joao Simoes is suing his hospital after an on-staff doctor refused him his HIV medications. Dr. Susan Borga* allegedly later told his private physician what the patient had done to become infected was "against God's will." When the hospital finally permitted Simoes to call his personal physician on the third day of his stay, he learned that the doctor had already spoken with Borga about Simoes' medication, according to the complaint. Borga allegedly responded: "You must be gay, too, if you're his doctor." "Additionally, apparently realizing that plaintiff's doctor had an accent, Dr. Borga exclaimed, 'What, do you need a translator?' to which plaintiff's doctor had again responded that Dr. Borga needed to give plaintiff his HIV medication," the complaint states. "Dr. Borga responded to plaintiff's doctor by stating, 'This is what he gets for going against God's will,' and hung up the phone on plaintiff's doctor."

This is an interview with two unrepentant women who robbed a nine-year-old girl scout

The complete lack of awareness or remorse is shocking here. coketalk: Here’s the raw interview footage of...

May 23, 2012

Photo Gallery: Homophobia around the world

40 Faces Of Homophobia Around The World

May 09, 2012

Another undercover video shows breathtaking cruelty at factory farm supplying Tyson Foods

"Video shot in April at the Wyoming Premium Farms facility in Wheatland shows workers kicking living piglets like soccer balls; swinging sick piglets in circles by their hind legs; striking mother pigs with their fists; and repeatedly and forcefully kicking them as they resisted leaving their young." This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day - The Daily What

May 04, 2012

If you play Draw Something, I hope you like drawing ads

Zynga bought the fun Pictionary-esque iPhone game and the first thing they are doing is . . . drenching it with product placement for brands like KFC and Pepsi. The Escapist : News : Zynga Brings "Brand Words" to Draw Something
Advertising represents a huge slice of the social game revenue pie, and it looks like Zynga has discovered a new way to wring a few more bucks out of it. Ads in the hit doodler Draw Something were previously confined to conventional banners in the free version of the game, but now advertisers are paying Zynga to insert branded words into both the free and paid editions of the game. The National Hockey League was at the vanguard of the charge, buying hockey-related words like "puck," "Zamboni," "hat trick," "slap shot" and "Leafs suck" [I may have made that one up] and even posting some of the results on Pinterest. Dan Porter, formerly the CEO of Draw Something studio OMGPop who now serves as vice-president of mobile and general manager of Zynga's New York office, said tests of recognizable brands in the game led to the idea. "People loved to draw the Colonel and bags of Doritos," he told Ad Age.

April 24, 2012

The Republican War on Women: Florida Gov. vetoes funding for Rape Crisis Centers during Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Is there some sort of secret competition happening between Conservative politicians right now? Are they trying to see who can do the most damage to women's rights? Florida's Scott might be in the lead, but he has some fierce challengers all throughout the South. Governor Rick Scott Vetoes Funds For Rape Crisis Centers During Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) shocked the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence this week when he vetoed $1.5 million in funding for 30 rape crisis centers in the middle of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. State lawmakers allotted the money to offset an increase in need and a lack of sufficient funding for victim services. A spokesperson for Scott said he vetoed that particular line item in the state budget because the state already funds sexual violence programs, and nobody was able to make it clear to him why rape crisis centers needed the new funding. . . . "We say 'here's the need, here's the need, here's the need,' and frankly, nobody's paying any attention," she told HuffPost. "We gave them information about the number of new survivors we have and we showed them that these rape crisis centers have waiting lists. Survivors are having to wait weeks, sometimes six weeks, in some programs three months to be seen. We included quotes from the programs about the waiting lists and what services they weren't able to offer because of a lack of money. There is clearly an unmet need." As for the $6.5 million that Scott said the government provides for rape prevention and sexual assault services, a large percentage of that money is distributed to education programs, not actual crisis centers serving the victims. . . .