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October 21, 2008

How can the fastest time not win a marathon? Ask Nike.

At Women's Marathon, fastest time didn't win

It doesn't get much simpler than a footrace. All it takes is a starting line, a finish line and a clock. You fire the gun and the first person to the end of the course is the winner.

However, as the marathon officials said to O'Connell - not so fast.

While O'Connell had the greatest run of her life and covered the course faster than any woman, she was told she couldn't be declared the winner because she didn't run with the "elite" group who were given a 20-minute head start.

So because she didn't register as an "elite," apparently her time didn't count. What's worse is that this happened just a few weeks ago in Chicago as well to the same organizers and they still weren't prepared.

The gendered double-standard of student-teacher sex cases

Double standard may exist for teacher-student sex cases : Home : The Buffalo News

Short version: Men get the book thrown at them; women get a slap on the wrist.

James Van Valkinburgh, a former Sacred Heart Academy teacher, was ordered to serve up to nine years in prison after admitting he’d had sex with a 16-year-old student.

“Disgusting! What a nasty pig. They will never reform them either. Once a sexual predator always one!” someone wrote on topix.com, an Internet message board.

When Cara Dickey, a former South Buffalo Charter School teacher, was arrested earlier this month and accused of having sex with a 14-year-old student, the tone was different.

“[S]eriously, why weren’t the teachers like this when I was in school?” another one commented on wgrz.com. “Kids are so lucky these days.”

Why does it hurt when I tweet?

This story says to let your sweetie know you've diseased them via email, but why not a Tweet? It would be epic. ABC News | You've Got Mail ... and an STD | Study Shows Using E-postcard to Warn Past Partners Is Catching On
A public health Web site called Inspot.org has put the trend of e-cards, e-mail, and e-vites to a unique purpose: the e-postcard that notifies you that a past sexual partner came down with a sexually transmitted disease or infection. The sender can choose the STD, and whether to disclose their name, while Inspot.org will automatically send a list of local health resources to the recipient.

Older whites off themselves as hopelessness rises

It would be cruel to point out that Boomers are spoiled pussies, so I won't. FoxNews | Study: Middle-Age Whites Driving Up U.S. Suicide Rate
The rate of suicide in the United States has risen for the first time in a decade and middle-age white men and women are driving the increase, according to a study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for Injury Research and Policy. The increase in the overall suicide rate between 1999 and 2005 was due primarily to an increase in suicides among whites ages 40-64, with white middle-age women experiencing the largest annual increase, according to the study, which will be published in the December issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

October 16, 2008

What "the health of the mother" really means

Daily Kos: State of the Nation

As mentioned below.

My husband and I decided we wanted another child, and I quickly became pregnant. I am personally pro-life, while being legislatively and governmentally pro-choice. This is my choice, my decision, not the state's pure and simple and every woman should be given that choice to decide where she stands on this issue and what decisions she makes. Being that we wanted this child and did not care if the child had downs syndrome ect, we forgo any genetic testing as it would not make a difference to us.

At almost 22 weeks into the pregnancy, I began to cramp and bleed. I went to the doctor and no heartbeat was detectable. I went to the hospital and had an ultrasound that confirmed that the baby or fetus whatever term you choose to identify with, was dead. I was told that the baby, my choice, had anencephaly, with only the base of the brain being present. If he had survived the pregnancy, he would have only lived a few hours after birth. I was right on the border of what my state would allow me to do regarding my miscarriage. If I had been a few more days pregnant, I would have been required to deliver the baby dead. Yes, required by law to deliver a dead child. I still shudder.

Click through for the rest of this harrowing tale.