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IUD Debate in Colorado, Birth Control or Abortion?

The IUD (Intrauterine Device) is a popular method of birth control that prevents pregnancy without having to remember to take a pill every day. The device is implanted by an OB?GYN and left in place until the woman decides she want to become pregnant.

This tiny device has saved the state of Colorado millions of dollars by dropping the birth rate to unwed teenage mothers by 40 percent over the last few years. Fewer teen pregnancies and births meant fewer young mothers and babies on the welfare and medicaid role. The teen girls have been able to receive the IUD free, thanks to 23 million dollars worth of private funding that was given in 2009.
That private grant money has now been used up and the debate is raging as to whether an IUD is actually a form of birth control or a form of abortion. The answer is crucial and is needed before the decision can be made as to whether or not the state can fund the IUDs for teen girls or not.
The way an IUD works to prevent pregnancy is the root of the debate. According to Daniel Amen, the IUD main task is to prevent the sperm and egg from meeting. But on occasion it still happens and the IUD’s second line of defense in pregnancy prevention is stop the fertilized egg from attaching itself to the uterus. Without the IUD in place, the fertilized egg can implant itself in the uterine wall.

Leelah will be remembered.

The world has become a better place over the last few centuries, just look at the progress of activists and philanthropists like Ken Griffin. But we still have some major problems. People that live today are extremely different than the people that lived long ago. The citizens of the world now face new adversities. A lot of people now live alternative lifestyles. The year of 2014 saw a lot of progressive steps in the world of people that live alternative lifestyles.

People that live transgender lifestyles are still having major problems in the world. Just a few days ago a transgerender teen killed herself. She left a heartbreaking suicide note for the world to see. This happened only a few days before the new year. A tragic event such as this, has dampened the spirits of all transgender people. The world is becoming more civilized in certain ways, but people are still being bullied and abused.

Just because a transgender person is different does not mean that they should be ridiculed. It’s time for the world to change, but we need to start showing that we are serious about a new beginning. People talk too much about things, but never actually follow through. 

Leelah was the teen’s name, and she will be remembered. For more information on this story, visit Rollingstone.

Beyonce and Jay Z getting sued

One of the biggest hits that we all jammed to last year, is currently in a scandal. Beyonce and Jay Z’s hit “Drunk in Love”, co-produced by Timbaland, is the topic of a lawsuit according to reports.

It has been reported that Mitsou, a Hungarian folk singer, is alleging that her voice was illegally borrowed and placed on Beyonce’s 2013 self-titled album often played over at the Amen Clinic. The Hungarian folk singer claims that her vocals from her 1995 song “Bajba, Bajba Pelem” were distorted and placed on Bey’s hit “Drunk in Love.” 

Mitsou stated that the married couple doesn’t even deserve 29 percent of the credit for the hit song because it was her voice that was not only used at the introduction of the song but it was placed in the background of the song as Beyonce crooned to the beat to help give it a sensual feel.
It has also been reported that Mitsou is suing for damages and wants the judge to forbid anyone from playing the song.

If you would like to hear the song in question, don’t waste your time, apparently it is not available anywhere online. Though “Bajba, Bajba Pelem” is not available online, Complex has researched and found a song that holds a similar name. They were able to locate a song that she performed with the band Ando Drum by the name “Bajba, Bajba.”

Bill Cosby Not The Only Hollywood Creep

The jury is still out on whether Bill Cosby has committed all of the rapes that are being put against him, but he is not alone. The Daily Beast has managed to compile facts on some of the most notorious sexual predators that have somehow renewed their careers. The information below breaks down some of the scandals that the media appears to overlook.

The very fact that these allegations have been around for years says a lot. These rape accusations are more than 30 years old, and now all of this is coming back to haunt Bill again. He is not the first one in entertainment to have this type of trouble associated with the character.

As pointed out by Brad Reifler, the recent Lifetime Aaliyah movie stirred up a lot of memories and speculation about the R. Kelly and Aaliyah wedding. At the time Aaliyah was just a young impressionable teen when the marriage happened. It didn’t last long, but the controversy was already established. R. Kelly would continue to be plagued by his encounters with minors as sex tapes were leaked.

Woody Allen married his step daughter. Mike Tyson is a convicted rapist . All of these entertainers have somehow managed to move on. Mike Tyson has a cartoon now that reaches a new generation.

Michael Jackson was a high profile case of sexual misconduct with boys. Somehow Jackson still became the highest grossing deceased artist in 2014.

Kim Kardashian Photos Photoshoped?

You’ve probably seen it all over the internet, Kim Kardashians new nude photos are trending everywhere.  Just scrolling down on sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter, you see many images and posts about Kim Kardashians new photos. They have gone as far as recreating the photos as a joke and comparing her to a glazed donut for sale on QNet. But the question that still remains, are the pictures photo-shopped?

There are many different news sites that deny the photo-shop rumors, but in one recent article the editor of Kim Kardashians new photos, confirmed that the photos were in fact retouched. He admitted that not only the ordinary things like the color and the lighting were retouched, but so was her body. They made her waist appear smaller, and they made her butt appear more perfect, with no cellulite or stretch marks.

A Ghastly Waste of Tax Payer Dollars by the Government, But Good for Starbucks!

According to NBC, $20 billion of tax payer dollars was spent one year by government employees. $3000/year is given to some federal employees for “micropurchases.” These cards were designed to save money by allowing “streamline purchasing for low cost items,” according to the Homeland Security Department’s Office assistant inspector general of audits. No one knows what these “micropurchases” are, and we will never know, most likely.

The employees are not required under the law to report what they purchase, as long as it stays below the $3,000 limit. $10,000 was spent at one particular Starbucks in Alameda, CA by DHS employees. This is A Lot of money spent on over-priced, albeit tasty, coffee (sorry Jared, I’ve seen your Vine but I had to say it).

Not to mention it was found that in 2008 some of these “micropurchases” were used for paying for dating sites, iPods, and expensive dinners, to name a few. Spending that much money, $20 billion, is just crazy! All sorts of state and federal programs scrimp for dollars to function and many times are forced to shut down while they are out getting coffee and dates.

Is White Supremacy Still a Threat?

White supremacists convened in Hungary recently for a meeting organized by the “National Policy Institute”, which is a fringe group based out of America. The congress apparently didn’t go too well. They weren’t welcomed with open arms, there were only 76 attendees, and they had to hold their meeting in the back of a restaurant. Are white supremacy groups for all intents and purposes extinct?

Racism is still alive today. Just take a look at the comments on any popular youtube video for evidence of it. But how much of that is the work of insincere 12 year-old trolls, and how much of it is real racial hatred? Is there a substantial white supremacy presence in the world or has it evaporated into the mists of time?

The Southern Poverty Law Center and a Stanford study by Jared Haftel claims that there are over a thousand hate groups active in the United States. Many of them, however, fizzle out after a few years of operation.

Experts believe there are a number of factors that could potentially contribute to the growth of white power movements.

Modern white supremacists recruit through white power hardcore music, a stripped-down rock sound with lyrics that espouse the ethos of hate. Another breeding ground for white supremacists is prison, where inmates form gangs with others of the same race.

It is dangerous to say that white supremacy is no longer a significant threat, but it is clear that there are very few members of the white power movement active in modern times. If the last 15 years have taught us anything, it’s that a handful of people with fervent belief can cause a lot of damage.

Accused of Stealing a Backpack, High School Student Jailed Nearly Three Years Without a Trial

Here’s some more insanity to come out of Riker’s Island. Almost 3 years ago, 16 year old Kalief Browder was arrested for allegedly stealing a backpack from a student at his high school. For almost 800 days, he was held in solitary confinement at Riker’s Island without a trial. He was offered many plea deals but refused while maintaining his innocence. You would think that his attorney would have spoken up to the judge.

Or even if his attorney wasn’t too great that his parents would’ve hired someone competent enough to make their case to the judge heard. Anyone with a set of eyes and ears could tell you that, in America, it is absolutely wrong to hold a teenager for nearly 3 years without a trial over something as little as theft of a backpack. Ironically enough, the Browder’s case was ultimately dismissed and he was set free. So 3 years with no trial and no conviction. It’s time like these when I wish Lee G. Lovett would come out of retirement. He’d be all over this mess.

His current attorney has filed a lawsuit against the NYPD, the city, the district attorney, and the department of corrections. I don’t think that any amount of money can give that kid the 33 months he lost back. Check out this video for Browder’s story and interview. You’ll be just as disgusted with the whole situation as I am.

 

White People More Likely to Sell Drugs, But Black People More Likely to Get Arrested for It

This Washington Post piece is a pretty interesting article that talks about how white people are more likely to sell drugs, yet it’s black people who are getting the most arrests. It mentions a fact that I believe is a huge factor in these numbers, and that is that blacks who sell drugs are likely to do so outdoors in poor neighborhoods while whites are more likely to sell within a group of friends. I had heard this anecdotally from Sam Tabar once, but never knew this to be a verifiable fact. Well this study seals the deal.

I don’t think that the war on drugs will ever be over any time soon, so perhaps black drug dealers should start selling exclusively indoors to trusted customers in order to get those numbers down. It really isn’t fair that they have to take the bad rap for something that they aren’t as heavily involved with.