Mike Pence Cements His Trump Bromance With Gushing Love Letter

Less than a week after President Donald Trump responded to Senate Republicans’ latest health care setback by saying the party should just let the Affordable Care Act fail , Vice President Mike Pence penned a gushing op-ed reassuring Americans that Trump would not” rest or relent” until he delivered on the promise to repeal and replace Obamacare.

In a piece published on Fox News’ website, Pence rained Trump with praise about his successful six months in office.

” President Trump’s accomplishments are nothing short of historic ,” Pence wrote.” But as the president likes to say, at this White House that’s just what we call a good start .”

Pence then listed a number of promises the Trump administration had yet to deliver on, namely tax cuts.

” It is the greatest privilege of my life to serve as vice president to a chairwoman who is fighting every single day to restore an America of freedom, prosperity and opportunity for all ,” he added.

Pence’s sentiments echoed commentaries made at a June Cabinet meeting in which Trump appointees took turns praising the president. Pence spoke first and said,” This is the greatest privilege of my life to serve as vice president to a chairman who’s maintaining his word to the American people .”

Hours after Fox News published the op-ed, Trump attacked members of his own party, complaining that some Republican do not” protect their chairwoman .”

UN: Rohingya children in Bangladesh face nutrition and health crisis – MuslimVillage.com( press release )( blog)

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5 Horrifying Things Parents Utilized To Do To Babies

You’d guess people would generally be nice to babies. They’re cute, they’re the future of our species, and the foreskins of the males can be used to create four football fields of human skin. You weren’t expecting to hear that advantage, were you?

A human baby, seen here cultivating the playing surface of your nightmares .

But our posture toward newborns and their useful, useful foreskins hasn’t always been so benevolent: We can now add “caring for the young of our own goddamn species” to the list of things humanity has managed to fuck up. For instance …

# 5. Premature Infants Were Utilized As Sideshow Attractions

Today, infants that are born very prematurely are under an obligation to spend weeks or even months lying in incubators, another word for fancy baby-holders that control an infant’s surrounding until it’s ready to enter the cold, germ-ridden outside world. Today, you’ll find these Containers of Tiny, Adorable Sadness where one would assume they have always been: inside hospitals. But in the early 20 th century, you were more likely to find them on display in an amusement park. Really , guys? That’s even more upsetting than clowns.

At the Coney Island amusement park in Brooklyn, fairgoers could pay money to file past rows of teeny, depressing premature infants. The sideshow even featured a barker who stood out front of the showing and tried to seduce passersby to come inside, presumably with the help of hilarious puns. It sounds insane, and luckily this infant-suffering-as-attraction was a flash in the pan, with indignant mob assemble within months, simply repeating, “Really? ” until everyone packed up and left. That’s why it lasted only … uh … 40 years.

Really ?

But we shouldn’t be too harsh on the attraction that turned the cotton candy of countless fairgoers to ashes in their mouths. The sideshow’s founder, a physician named Martin Couney, was desperate to bring his newfangled incubators into common , non-clown-related utilization, but the medical establishment didn’t take him seriously. Instead, the standard therapy for premature infants at the time was to try to distract the mother while softly shuffling them out of view.

“Your son? Yeah, he’s around here somewhere. Anyhoo, this is a describing I did of a duck penis.”

So the Coney Island sideshow was Couney’s way of funding his baby-incubating project and saving as many teeny lives as possible without having to charge their parents for their care. In fact, I’m willing to bet at least some parents of preemies today would put up with the presence of corn-dog-clutching gawkers if it entailed they could avoid a $30,000 medical bill.

# 4. Every Baby Wore A Dress( For Poop Reasons)

We’ve mentioned before that the current fad of gender-specific newborn stuff is actually a recent phenomenon, and that for much of history both genders wore feminine, flowing clothes as newborns. After all, babies are basically highly efficient human-waste factories, and flowing garments are easier to wrangle when you’re trying to clean up said waste in an era before zippers and Velcro. But sometimes this skirts-for-everyone thing ran past mere convenience and style into “my parents must have really wished I was a girl” territory. Here, for example, is the very male 18 th-century French king Louis XV 😛 TAGEND And here’s young Ernest Hemingway, whose mom admittedly went a little overboard 😛 TAGEND

On the one hand, the continued survival of male humans definitely seems to prove that putting little boys in feminine dres isn’t harmful to them, which is a good reason to stop calling down the wrath of God whenever a parent paints their son’s fingernails or when a retail chain ditches its gender-specific toy labeling. On the other, why would you dress a kid of either gender like this?

He’s likely pooping, like, all over that, guys .

# 3. English-Speakers Have Always Been Terrible At Naming Kids

Even if you’re has still not been at the “get off my lawn” stage of human life, “youre supposed to” agree that English-language names are get weird. And it’s true that “original” names are far more prevalent than they have been in the past, and that, around the country, thousands of preschool-aged Rykers and Maysons are unprepared for the nightmare of Starbucks cups and tedious phone-spellings that awaits them in adult life.

“We can’t wait to meet little Joffrey Ann.”

But this is far from the first unhealthy tendency in English-speaking baby-naming. At one point in 14 th-century England, for example, a full third of the male population was named either William or John, and it was even common to give siblings the same goddamn name: One record has a family of three living sons all named John and two living daughters both named Margaret. And you thought it was bad that there are four Jaydens in your daughter’s kickboxing class.

Around the time of the Puritans, things somehow got even weirder: To distinguish themselves from their not-religious-enough countrymen, and perhaps also because everyone still recollected being so goddamn sick of John, a new type of biblical name swarmed the child-naming marketplace. And by “biblical name, ” I mean “opening a page of the Bible and naming the kid the first thing you saw.”

“‘And the Lord said unto Chad … ‘ — DAMMIT.”

That likely isn’t an exaggeration, by the way: Recorded Puritan names include “Fear-not, ” “Give-Thanks, ” “Fight-the-good-fight-of-faith, ” and other names that appear to have come from mothers rummaging desperately through the Good book like the latter are searching a purse for the last non-yellow Starburst.

# 2. Toilet Training( Supposedly) Caused War Crimes

In the early 1940 s, anthropologist Geoffrey Gorer had an idea. An notion about turd. Gorer explained that Japanese mothers potty train their children earlier than mothers in the West, and that this early poop-control made them murderously repressed, which explained Japanese soldiers’ excessive barbarism in World War II. In other terms, parents, when you’re excitedly giving your child a sticker for evacuating their bowels in the musical training toilet shaped like a race car, you might think the only damage being done is the painful, nagging reminder that you used to be cool. When in fact you could be creating a future violator of the Geneva Conventions, and your child will probably the working day take a dump on the killing fields.

Merely the dead know the end of war( it’s poop ).

Unbelievably, people took Gorer seriously: He was hired as an analyst( heh) for the U.S. Office of War Information during World War II. Why? Well, his ideas were fertilized( heh) by Freudianism, which I’m starting to think was just an excuse for grown-up men to write about poop without all the other psychologists laughing at them. According to Freud’s hypothesis — which people actually believed, you guys, I can’t stress this enough — toilet training small children too early could lead to lifelong damage, by “freezing” his or her personality at a stage of poop-obsession. As late as 1999, a German professor was arguing that East Germans had difficulty accepting democracy after the fall of Communism because of the style they’d been toilet trained as infants, which I’m sure was the real reason, rather than, you know, being raised in a Communist nation .

Above: Lenin tries in vain to explain his ideas to a baffled , normally-toilet-trained audience .

Partially as a result of this paranoia, children’s potty training( which historically was usually finished by the time the child was a year old) got pushed back subsequently and later. Producers soon started making disposable nappies for older children to accommodate the trend, and now it’s not unusual for mothers to keep children in nappies until they start school. In other terms, a poop-covered-plastic landfill the size of Texas probably exists today at the least partly because we once believed utilizing lavatories at the wrong time caused the Rape of Nanking.

Anyway, such articles has been pretty lighthearted in so far, but now that the Rape of Nanking has been mentioned, it’s time to move on to the darker stuff. If reading about young children getting hurt is a problem for you, simply skip down to the comment segment right now and describe the fluffiest goddamn bunny you ever saw. Otherwise, read about how …

# 1. Burial Clubs Encouraged So Much Murder

“Burial clubs” might sound like a badass pastime for really coordinated goths, but they were actually a form of life insurance popular in 19 th-century Britain. By payouts after demise, burial clubs permitted mourning families to afford funeral expenditures after their child fell inside one of those fancy top hats and suffocated. I don’t have time to check right now, but I assume that was the leading cause of child demise in the 19 th century.

“Why don’t we just all stop wearing these hats? “
“Go feed a dick, Reginald.”

But then as now, the idea of instant postmortem profits did generate the incentive to, well, assassination people. The difference is that a person today who tries to take out six different life insurance policies on a family member will shortly be dealing with, like, all the police. Back in the 1800 s, however, poor and desperate parents could profit from the death of a child with almost no questions asked: The industry was too unregulated for anyone to get suspicious, and anyway, newborns merely dropped dead all the time back then. So one child at the time was found to be enrolled in no fewer than 19 burial clubs, and if babies were a bit smarter, it probably would have packed up all its stuff using its adorable baby hands and run far away.

“We never ask Frank about his past, but we have our mistrusts. He’s get that thousand-yard stare.”

Technically, the penalty for infanticide was the death penalty, but as it was almost impossible to distinguish between child-murderers and grieving parents who were still haunted by recurring hat-related nightmares, actual guilty verdicts were rare. So, assuming that these people left at the least some of their children alive, some of the people read this probably had great-great-grandparents who murdered their children for money and got away with it. Be sure to bring that up at your next household seance.

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California natural gas leak could be capped next week, officer says

An adviser to Gov. Jerry Brown told residents near the leak that the final phase to intercept the ruptured well should start Monday.

A California official outlined a scheme Thursday to cap the massive Los Angeles-area gas leak by the end of next week.

Wade Crowfoot, an adviser to Gov. Jerry Brown, told residents of Porter Ranch that the final phase to intercept the ruptured well should start Monday. It is then expected to take another five days to permanently seal the Southern California Gas Co. well that has been initiated leaking in October.

The announcement at a public session is ahead of the companys worst-case prediction that it would be plugged by the end of the month. The well has been leaking for 15 weeks.

The blowout at the largest natural gas-storage facility in the West has uprooted thousands of residents and spewed more than 2 million tons of climate-changing methane.

Residents have complained of headaches, nausea , nosebleeds and other symptoms. Public health officials blame the woes on an odorant added to the gas and said there shouldnt be long-term health problems.

SoCalGas said it paid $50 million to try to cap the leak and relocate people through December, but it hasnt given an update since on the costs. The number of relocated families has since rose to 4,400 residents, and the company is facing more than two dozen suits from residents and several public agencies.

The company was charged this week by the Los Angeles district attorney with misdemeanor criminal charges for failing to let country emergency officers know about the leak for three days after it was detected Oct. 23.

Several state bureaux have ordered the company to plug the leak and are analyse its cause.

Read more: www.theguardian.com

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The ‘tampon tax’ is not a marginal issue – it’s the force of structural sexism at work | Gabrielle Jackson

In New York they have just repealed the tax on mentstrual products as a matter of social justice. This taxation on being a woman is insulting to us all

Im sick of conversations about the tax on tampons being shut down by claims that there are more important issues to worry about. Of course there are. There are always more important things to worry about. But this really is despite what youve “ve been told” an issue of vital importance. An issue that represents in lurid detail the lack of consideration given to womens health and wellbeing.

It is, as New York governor Andrew Cuomo noted upon repealing the nation sales tax on menstruation products last week, a matter of social and economic justice. Its also a matter of equal opportunities.

Women already pay more for haircuts, clothes, razors, mortgages and automobiles, and pretty much any other product that is likely to be feminised. And we pay the GST on most of those higher-priced products. The fact we are also charged a taxation on what amounts to a medical product is an outrage.

It feelings obscene to remind people that these are products females have to buy every month. Its not a selection. We could, I suppose, choose not to buy menstrual products and use tree bark instead but the impacts on our health would be disastrous if we did( theyre called sanitary or hygiene products for a reason ).

But its even more obscene that this is a country in which an Aboriginal woman was fined $ 500 for stealing a $6.75 box of tampons. Penalty for stealing a necessity she couldnt afford could there be a more heartbreaking example of the economic stress paying for these products every month has on girls living in poverty? For too many girls, every penny countings.

There was a brief moment of hope for Australian women in 2015 when Joe Hockey agreed to consult the states about lifting the goods and services taxation on menstrual products. Alas, the country treasurers couldnt agree to remove the tax because stimulating economic growth was deemed more important.

At the time, Labor claimed to support lifting the GST and shadow treasurer Chris Bowen said: These are in effect health products and arent simply a matter of choice for women.

And then along came the federal electoral campaign during which Bill Shorten changed his mind, saying we cant afford to lose the revenue.

He wants the revenue. Lets just think about that for a moment.

Women already earn 17.9% less than men in Australia.

Women do the bulk of unpaid labor, such as cook, cleaning and housework, with Australian girls being among the most overworked in the world.

The industries slated for penalty rate cuts are those dominated by women, while in male-dominated industries, penalty rates remain untouched.

Women retire with 53% of the superannuation that men retire with.

Women are significantly more likely to experience poverty than humen.

And the government needs more revenue from us ?

Ive got an idea: why not introduce a human taxation? You could just add a levy to the incomes of men. This would have the dual benefit of inducing up the revenue lost from the GST on menstrual products( estimated to be about $120 m over four years) and level the playing field to its implementation of disposable income for men and women.

Did you bristle when “youre reading” that, fellas? Because thats what the tampon taxation amounts to: a taxation on being a woman, and I bristle every time I think about that.

Not merely should the tax on menstrual products be lifted immediately but menstrual beakers and pads should be available through pharmacies and listed on the pharmaceutical benefits strategy, available for a basic flat fee or free for women on benefits. Stimulating menstrual cups free would be very economical since they last 10 years and are much better for the environment.

This doesnt definitely sounds like a marginal issue to me, it looks like a powerful force-out of structural sexism. The policy is either grossly negligent of the lived experience of women or a deliberate attempt to keep females worse off than men. Either style, its an insult to every woman in this country.

Read more: www.theguardian.com