Friday, February 17, 2012

Our Country At A Glance...


San Francisco students practice how to put on condoms wearing goggles that simulate being drunk.

"At one table, health teacher Raina Meyers put goggles on students that made their vision slightly blurry, simulating a drunken state. She then told them to put a condom on a wooden penis.

Most of the students left air in the condom tip, which could lead to breakage, and that prompted an instructional rebuke from Meyers.

"You're pregnant!" Meyers told one girl who failed the drunk-goggle test, and to a boy, "You have gonorrhea.""


In Philadelphia, a man was killed because he dared ask his neighbor to clean up after his two dogs

"A 27-year-old man was arrested this morning and charged with shooting and killing a neighbor over dog droppings Tuesday afternoon in Tacony.

Police said Tyrirk Harris fired his 9mm pistol at least six times, killing Franklin Manuel Santana, 47.

Both men lived just doors apart on the 6500 block of Torresdale Avenue.

Neighbors said Harris allowed his Chihuahua and a German shepherd to defecate on lawns on the street and did not clean up after his pets."


Big Google has been watching...and tracking you.

"Google and other advertising companies have been bypassing the privacy settings of millions of people using Apple's Web browser on their iPhones and computers—tracking the Web-browsing habits of people who intended for that kind of monitoring to be blocked.

The companies used special computer code that tricks Apple's Safari Web-browsing software into letting them monitor many users. Safari, the most widely used browser on mobile devices, is designed to block such tracking by default.

Google disabled its code after being contacted by The Wall Street Journal."


Soldiers Wear fake Breasts and Bellies to understand Pregnant PT.

"The Army is ordering its hardened combat veterans to wear fake breasts and empathy bellies so they can better understand how pregnant soldiers feel during physical training.

This week, 14 noncommissioned officers at Camp Zama took turns wearing the “pregnancy simulators” as they stretched, twisted and exercised during a three-day class that teaches them to serve as fitness instructors for pregnant soldiers and new mothers.

Army enlisted leaders all over the world are being ordered to take the Pregnancy Postpartum Physical Training Exercise Leaders Course, or PPPT, according to U.S. Army Medical Activity Japan health promotion educator Jana York."


NC School Confiscated Student's Turkey Sandwich and Replaced it With Chicken Nuggets.

"A school lunch controversy in North Carolina is getting national attention.

A grandmother claims a state agent took away a homemade turkey sandwich, saying it wasn’t nutritious and didn’t meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines. The girl’s meal was then replaced with fried food.

The grandmother of a 5-year-old pre-kindergarten student at West Hoke Elementary has asked to remain anonymous. She said a few weeks ago that a state agent inspected her granddaughter’s lunch and forced her to eat chicken nuggets from the school’s cafeteria.

The woman said the lunch consisted of a turkey and cheese sandwich on white bread, potato chips, a banana and apple juice. The student also brought home a bill for the cost of the school lunch she had to eat instead.

“It is very healthy. She had her dairy, she had her protein and she had her grains,” the grandmother said.

School officials agreed the lunch was healthy, but said it was missing milk, which is considered a key part of a healthy meal under state guidelines."


Media Matters: In Business to Vilify the Right

"One memo from 2009 written to the founder and president [of Media Matters] reads quote, "Simply put, the progressive movement is in need of an enemy. George W. Bush is gone. We really don't have John McCain to kick around anymore. Filling the lack of leadership on the right, Fox News has emerged as the central enemy and antagonist of the Obama administration, our Congressional majorities and the progressive movement as a whole."

Now, the same memo also suggested that it would be a good idea to do opposition research on the people that work at this network. It reads, quote, "We should also hire a team of trackers to stake out private and public events with Fox News anchors, hosts, reporters, prominent contributors and senior network corporate staff."

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