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Baltimore passes bill requiring crisis pregnancy centers to post signs warning people they will not discuss abortion

Baltimore City Hall Pregnancy Center Bill Passes - wjz.com Crisis Pregnancy Centers (or CPCs) are designed to look like a Planned Parenthood type establishment where women can come and get some honest information about reproductive matters but actually they are religious facilities cloaked in secular trappings. CPCs will not give out any info on abortion and many won't give out birth control information either. They exist to fool women, to pressure them into not thinking they have any choices. They are misinformation centers at best. This bill would require a small sign go up saying basically that the CPCs will not give you any information about abortion (which is true, they absolutely won't, their entire reason for existence is to NOT tell people about a thing). So of course the Catholic church is crying religious discrimination.
Just three councilmembers voted "no" to the limited pregnancy center bill. It requires all pregnancy centers that do not offer abortion information to post signs in English and Spanish to that effect. If the mayor signs the legislation, they'd be required to put up a sign in the waiting room making it clear they don't offer the service. For weeks, the centers and the Catholic Church have called the bill harassment. "It's aimed at one particular group of people, that is mostly volunteer, non-profit groups --most of them are not Catholic-- who are seeking to help women bring their babies to term. That should not be a crime. That should not be suspect," said Archbishop Edwin O'Brien.

November 20, 2009

Hey America, why don't *we* have a museum of Story and Storytelling?

Museum 'of story and storytelling' planned for Oxford | Books | guardian.co.uk
From Lewis Carroll's Wonderland to JRR Tolkien's Middle-earth, CS Lewis's Narnia and the parallel universes of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials, Oxford has played host to some of the UK's most enduring literary creations. Now a �2.5m donation from an anonymous private benefactor means the first steps have been taken towards the creation of a museum dedicated to storytelling in the city. The Story Museum has existed online for the past four years, holding events across Oxfordshire and running storytelling pilots in schools, but the donation enables it to start constructing a permanent home in Oxford. It has just signed a lease on Rochester House, a Victorian building a stone's throw from Christ Church College – where many scenes in the Harry Potter movies are filmed – on Pembroke Street. It now needs to raise a further �11m to transform the building into a museum, which will aim to attract 100,000 visitors a year when it opens in 2014. Children will be able to listen to stories at the museum, to "walk through" them, to create stories of their own and to "open windows and go through doorways into other worlds", according to the team behind the museum, described as a cathedral to the children's story by trustee and children's publisher David Fickling.

Clients From Hell: Lost in translation

Clients From Hell : Lost in translation
I once had a client call me in a panic from their annual holiday in France: CLIENT: I have an urgent problem… ME: Ok, what’s up and I’ll see if I can try and fix it CLIENT: Well there’s something up with my site and I need you to fix it immediately. I’ve just gone onto my website from the villa and the whole site is coming up in English not French. ME: That’s correct, it’s an English website. CLIENT (at this point very irate) : I know, but I’m in France!!! Shouldn’t it be in French when I log on from France so that French people can read what I do?

Peruvian gang murdered people, sold their body fat to cosmetics firms

Gang 'killed victims to extract their fat' | World news | guardian.co.uk
Peruvian police have arrested a gang which allegedly killed scores of peasants, drained their bodies of fat and sold the liquid abroad as an anti-wrinkle cosmetic. Three suspects have confessed to killing five people for their fat, said Colonel Jorge Mejia, chief of Peru's anti-kidnapping police, but the number of victims was believed to be much higher and to date back decades. Two of the suspects were arrested at a bus station in the capital, Lima, carrying bottles of liquid fat which they claimed were worth up to �36,000 a gallon. At a news conference police displayed two bottles of fat, which laboratory tests confirmed were human. "The fat was extracted from the thorax and thighs," said Eusebio Felix Murga, chief of police of Dirincri district. Police also showed a photo of the rotting head of a 27-year-old male victim discovered last month in a coca-growing valley.

November 19, 2009

Clients From Hell

Clients From Hell A tumblr blog devoted to quotes from designers dealing with awful clients.
"I don’t want to use the word ‘improved’ in the copy because it will make our new product look better than our old product." . . . "Can you please remove the iStockPhoto watermark on the photos? I don’t think it adds anything visually." . . . "Can you bill your design time in 6 minute increments"