Yet Another Study Shows that—Surprise!—’abstinence-only’ Sex Education Just Doesn’t Work

by Meteor Blades – High teen pregnancy rates are usually associated with lower levels of education and poverty. But new research conducted by Dr. Julie DeCesare of the University of Florida’s OB-GYN residency program in Pensacola has shown that’s not all that’s going on. While national rates of teen pregnancy have fallen, they’ve fallen much less in Texas. DeCesare and her co-authors found that in the Dallas and San Antonio areas, teen pregnancy rates are 50 percent and 40 percent respectively above the national average. Federal funding for abstinence-only programs began in 1982 with a small amount of money for the Adolescent Family Life Act. But with passage of welfare reform in 1996, abstinence-only education programs exploded despite a steady stream of evidence from studies showing they are ineffective and leave out information crucial to young people’s health. The feds have poured $1.5 billion into these failed programs over the past two decades. Under an amendment to Title...

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Former Virginia Mayor Could Get 40 Years After Pleading Guilty to Trading Meth for Sex (VIDEO)

by April Hamlin – The former mayor of Fairfax City in Virginia is facing up to 40 years in prison after he pled guilty to trading crystal meth for sex. Richard “Scott” Silverthorne entered a guilty plea to one charge of distributing methamphetamine on Monday. This shocking story began in August of 2016 when Silverthorne was arrested. Police say they got a tip that he was using a website to set up casual sexual encounters and distribute meth. An undercover officer set up a fake profile on the site and Silverthorne took the bait. In just days he had responded to the undercover officer and arranged to meet him at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in McLean, Virginia. The police set up a sting operation and busted him when he gave the undercover cop two grams of meth. During the raid, police arrested Silverthorne and two other men. Silverthorne was released on his own...

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Genetically Speaking, You’re More Like Your Dad

By Mihai Andrei, ZMEScience –  You may look more like your mom or more like your dad, but technically, you inherit equal amounts of genetic information from both. However, a new study has shown that you (and all mammals for that matter,) are genetically more like their dads. If that sounds a bit confusing… well, it is. Specifically, although we inherit equal amounts of genetic mutations from both our parents, the mutations that make us who we are and not some other person actually ‘use’ more of the DNA that we inherit from our dads. The research has significant implications for treating several genetic diseases, but also for research models and some psychological studies. For instance, when conducting research on mice, scientists don’t take into consideration whether specific genetic expression originates from mothers or fathers, which may actually influence the results of the research. “This is an exceptional new research finding that opens...

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Target Bans GTA5 For Sex And Violence, Fans Demand It Ban The Bible For Exact Same Reasons

by JAMESON PARKER – Retail giant Target has cowered before Australia’s concerned moms and announced the decision to pull the popular video game “Grand Theft Auto 5″ from its shelves, citing the game’s graphic depiction of sex and violence. Fans were not pleased, and devised an ingenious way to show it: Call the store’s bluff and see if they would get rid of the Holy Bible for the very same concerns. Target Australia said “consumer feedback” led them to ban the game after a Change.org petition received tens of thousands signatures demanding Target “Withdraw Grand Theft Auto 5 – this sickening game encourages players to commit sexual violence and kill women.” According to the petition (emphasis theirs): It’s a game that encourages players to murder women for entertainment. The incentive is to commit sexual violence against women, then abuse or kill them to proceed or get ‘health’ points – and...

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Abortion: A Quick Example to Show How Easy it is to Win Even Emotionally Charged Conversations

by akadjian – Here in Cincinnati we’ve been engaged in a fight to not become the largest metropolitan region (2.1 million people) in the country without an abortion clinic. When someone posted an update about the fight to one of our local politics forums, it attracted comments like the following painting right-to-lifers as “pro baby”: With language like this, the issue is politically charged to say the least. Most people are afraid to even respond because they know they’re going to be accused of “baby killing”. What I want to demonstrate is that it’s not that difficult to win conversations on abortion (and other highly charged conversations) if you understand what the opposition is trying to do and if you’re willing to try a slightly different approach. Here’s another conservative commenter: Here, the conservative commenter goes further and names the baby killers as “cultish progressives” in an attempt to provoke. He...

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Sex Toy Sale Makes Dorothy Think It’s Not Her Kansas Anymore

“From the Desk of NickiLeaks” Dorothy had left home, feeling like a house had dropped on her. In this case, a whore house. No thanks to Gov. Sam Brownback and the Republicans cutting Kansas’ tax base by so much that the state was, for all intents and purposes, bankrupt. And Dorothy didn’t know what to make of it, what to make of the fact that the Republicans had screwed up the state’s economy so incredibly that, to raise money, Kansas was selling off fuzzy handcuffs and other sex toys seized from Larry Minkoff, the owner of Bang sex stores who owes the state $163,983 – or, in other words, the same amount of money the Kansas legislature decided not to tax one white millionaire. Well, to avoid the truth, Kansas gave the toys back to Minkoff and then ordered him to auction the toys off and give them the money that they...

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8 Surprising Ways to Live a Longer (and Better) Life

Perhaps you are interested in expanding both the quality and quantity of your years, living a fuller, happier life for longer. The ways to go about this may surprise you by Christina Sarich – Here are 8 ways to live longer and feel better while doing it: 1. Find a Lasting Love A study by Harvard Medical School found that communities with a much higher percentage of either males or females caused the minority sex to have shorter lifespans. Sure, it’s O.K. to be single (for a certain amount of time), but not too long. Another study found that never getting married could increase risk of death over a lifetime by 32 percent. Want to live longer? You’ve got to find love! 2. Shorten Your Commute Commutes of about an hour increase stress levels and have been linked to the same negative effects as sitting too long (yes, that can shorten your life span, read on to see why). Researchers...

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Churchgoers Find Knobby Lobby Porn Store’s Rights a Bitter Pill in Abortion Fight

“From the Desk of NickiLeaks” Too many people volunteered to leave the NickiLeaks newsroom when employees of a porn store named Knobby Lobby filed their own contraception suit. It seems the sex store’s mostly female workforce was demanding contraception coverage claiming that, to them, sex was a religion. And they were very devout! And the two churches on either side of the store didn’t like it a bit. But the newsmen and women loved it. And, it seemed, God was quite willing to sit this one out. God is wise. He knows better than to get involved in religion. People, however, . . . The two selected reporters, selected for the quality of the promised bourbon, arrived at the Knobby Lobby and found a parking spot across the street from the store and a variety of protesters, two nuns from a one of the churches, a couple of women, also...

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Archbishop Claims He ‘Wasn’t Sure’ It Was Illegal For Priests To Have Sex With Children

By MBD, Political Blind Spot – Robert Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis testified last month that he just wasn’t sure whether or not it was illegal for priests to have sex with young children. This, he explained, was while he did nothing to stop, nor report such crimes while he served as chancellor of the St. Paul and Minneapolis archdiocese. Carlson, the former chancellor gave a deposition in a lawsuit that asserted that the Minnesota archdiocese and the Diocese of Winona were responsible for a public nuisance due to their keeping information on abusive priests a secret. Carlson, now 69-year-old, also faces a clergy abuse lawsuit in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. He has served as archbishop there since 2009. A document pertaining to that case shows that more than 100 priests and church employees have been accused of sexual abuse. The Missouri Supreme Court ordered the archdiocese in...

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From Bigfoot to Bacon, You Can Learn About America From Each State’s Internet Search History

America’s fifty states have a lot in common, but if their internet search histories are any indication they also have significant differences. Estately ran hundreds of search queries through Google Trends to determine which words, terms, and questions each state was searching for more than any other. The results ranged from mildly amusing to completely disturbing. No doubt this information will come in handy for anyone trying to decide which state they want to buy a home in, especially for those curious how their potential neighbors spend their time online. The results on the map above are just the tip of the online search iceberg. Check out what other search queries each state performed more of than any other in the list below… ALABAMA:  FOX News / God / Impeach Obama / Jesus / Jessica Simpson / Obama Is The Antichrist / Polka  / Satan Analysis:  It’s a fire and brimstone kind of state,...

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Global warming could make all turtles female

Rising temperatures could provide a short term boost in the numbers of turtle populations (as hotter water stimulates the growth of female offspring), but if the current trends continue for a long time, the entire population might go extinct soon. ”There’ll be a bit of a breathing space … but down the track it’ll be serious,” said Graeme Hays from Deakin University, one of the report’s authors. It’s been known for quite a while that reptile reproduction is extremely dependent on the temperature – even more so for turtles than other species. For them, just like with crocodiles for example, the temperature of the eggs decides the sex of the offspring – the balance point is at about 29 degrees – after that, more and more females start emerging At the tipping temperature of 30.5, the population is virtually entirely female – and as the last remaining males will...

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PayPal offers a “But . . . ” to porn industry

Creates “a narrow, corporate idea of what constitutes an acceptable business” OP-ED By Tasha Reign – I am not a criminal, though it’s likely that at some point I’ll be asked to have sex on a prison cell set. That’s because I’m a successful pornographic adult film actress. I’m also a model, a soon-to-be graduate from UCLA, a sister, daughter, girlfriend, business owner and cat lover. My career is legal in America, and I pay taxes on all my income. However, financial corporations such as PayPal, and more recently JPMorgan Chase, are hiding behind protective “morality clauses” in order to reject my business. It’s as though my money is stained by something worse than blood: the bodily fluids of the sex industry. Sex aside, I am just like every other small-business owner. More than a year ago, I spent a lot of money creating an online store for my fans to buy movies, signed...

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Sex, Gender, and the Fight Over Religious Exemptions

by Nina Martin ProPublica Nina Martin talks with a leading expert on the historic tension between civil rights and religious freedom. As conservatives grapple with the reality of gay marriage and the Supreme Court weighs whether companies should be forced to offer birth control to employees, it’s very clear: The conflict between religious freedom and gender/sexual equality has become “the most important civil rights issue of this time.” So says Professor Katherine Franke, director of the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School and one of the driving forces behind the school’s Public Rights/Private Conscience Project, a new initiative that seeks to shift the way people look at religious and secular values — and to bridge a divide that has come to seem insurmountable. Here, Franke talks with ProPublica’s Sex and Gender reporter, Nina Martin. NM: Let’s start with why these two things — religious belief...

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