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"an orgasm a day keeps the doctor away"

NHS tells school children of their "right" to "an orgasm a day" - Telegraph The NHS in Sheffield sent a pamphlet to local school administrators with slogans some cheer and some villify.
The leaflet carries the slogan "an orgasm a day keeps the doctor away". It also says: "Health promotion experts advocate five portions of fruit and veg a day and 30 minutes' physical activity three times a week. What about sex or masturbation twice a week?" Steve Slack, the director of the Centre for HIV and Sexual Health at NHS Sheffield, who is one of the leaflet's authors, says that instead of promoting teenage sex, it could encourage young people to delay losing their virginity until they are certain they will enjoy the experience. Mr Slack believes that if teenagers are fully informed about sex and are making their decisions of their own will in a loving relationship, they have an equal right as an adult to an enjoyable sex life.

The Ghost of Meth Lingers in a Home

Illnesses Afflict Homes With a Criminal Past - NYTimes.com
WINCHESTER, Tenn. — The spacious home where the newly wed Rhonda and Jason Holt began their family in 2005 was plagued by mysterious illnesses. The Holts’ three babies were ghostlike and listless, with breathing problems that called for respirators, repeated trips to the emergency room and, for the middle child, Anna, the heaviest dose of steroids a toddler can take. Ms. Holt, a nurse, developed migraines. She and her husband, a factory worker, had kidney ailments. It was not until February, more than five years after they moved in, that the couple discovered the root of their troubles: their house, across the road from a cornfield in this town some 70 miles south of Nashville, was contaminated with high levels of methamphetamine left by the previous occupant, who had been dragged from the attic by the police. The Holts’ next realization was almost as devastating: it was up to them to spend the $30,000 or more that cleanup would require.

July 13, 2009

The Cardboard Tube Fighting League Tournament Returns To San Francisc

The Cardboard Tube Fighting League Tournament Returns To San Francisco Sunday, July 19th from 4-6pm in Golden Gate Park.

July 12, 2009

Stay classy, Conservatives

Conservative Free Republic blog in free speech flap after racial slurs directed at Obama children This article from the Vancouver Sun lifts up the rock that is the Free Republic website and takes a long hard look at the comments wriggling beneath it. After the article (and similar ones at Daily Kos) exposed the Freepers, they deleted the original thread. The Free Republic is one of the more popular and vitriolic right-wing echo chambers on the internet.
This photo of U.S. President Barrack Obama's daughter Malia, wearing a peace-symbol t-shirt touched off a storm of epithet-laced comments on the conservative 'Free Republic' blog "A typical street whore." "A bunch of ghetto thugs." "Ghetto street trash." "Wonder when she will get her first abortion." These are a small selection of some of the racially-charged comments posted to the conservative 'Free Republic' blog Thursday, aimed at U.S. President Barack Obama's 11-year-old daughter Malia after she was photographed wearing a t-shirt with a peace sign on the front. The thread was accompanied by a photo of Michelle Obama speaking to Malia that featured the caption, "To entertain her daughter, Michelle Obama loves to make monkey sounds." Though this may sound like the sort of thing one might read on an Aryan Nation or white power website, they actually appeared on what is commonly considered one of the prime online locations for U.S. Conservative grassroots political discussion and organizing - and for a short time, the comments seemed to have the okay of site administrators.
The site I linked to is the Free Republic's own reposting of the Vancouver Sun article, with appropriately paranoid comments following.

July 11, 2009

MC Frontalot :: Dorknotes :: How to GM Your Own Habit Abatement Campaign

Best of luck to Front because quitting smoking sucks ass. Making it fun is an excellent idea, I just worked really hard on increasing my suffering on the second and final attempt. MC Frontalot :: Dorknotes :: How to GM Your Own Habit Abatement Campaign
I don't like to talk about Quitting Smoking. It sounds so final, and it turns the inevitable backslide into a major failure event. But I do Stop Smoking from time to time, which lasts anywhere from a few weeks to three years. I am in process of stopping right now, in fact. Usually I stop by not smoking, which is a pretty okay way to do it. This time I'm trying to make it more interesting by gradually diminishing intake with the help of a couple D&D rules. You can play too! Here's how. 1. Name your character. Mine's Breathorr Inflatagon, a level 2 Lung Elf. You don't have to roll up stats. If you're a real stickler for form, go get your lungs x-rayed. The x-ray film is your character sheet.
Of course, it just gets better from there.