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My friend Megan was sexually assaulted at a 24 Hour Fitness by a staff member and on camera. Instead of firing the staff member, corporate intimidated her into not pursuing legal action and terminated her fully paid membership without her consent. This staff member still works at the 24 Hour Fitness located on Cass Street of Omaha, Nebraska. What Megan wants is for this employee to be fired as a result of his behavior, for her paid membership to be reinstated, and for sexual harassment policies to be posted publicly in 24 Hour Fitness locations. 

By choosing not to punish this employee for his behavior, they are enabling him and providing him opportunities to do the same to another woman again. By choosing not to punish this employee, 24 Hour Fitness is expressing that they have no regard for the safety and well being of their patrons.

And that’s bullshit if you ask me.
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The first thing to understand is that when people don’t have insurance, it hurts other people with insurance. In fact, the uninsured affect the finances, quality of care, and availability of medical assistance to every person in a community, regardless of their insurance status. This is the fundamental issue that too many people do not understand. There seems to be this belief among some that those who are uninsured simply go off and die somewhere, thus having no impact on the medical-care-delivery system in the United States. But the opposite is true—the uninsured have some of the most dramatic effects of any group on our nation’s health-care system.
The Truth About Obamacare and How It Solves the Suffering of the Insured (via azspot)

Science Takes It Back, Says Bacon Will Help You Live Longer

Looks like those 3 extra pieces of bacon you had for breakfast this morning were actually saving your life. OK, that might be pushing it, but we’ve got good news for you pork lovers out there. Researchers at ETH Zurich just uncovered that foods packed with niacin – Vitamin B3 – are linked to a longer life. A team of researchers fed a selection of roundworms a good dose of niacin and the introduction of this new element increased their lifespan by one-tenth longer, in comparison to their Vitamin B3-deficient worm friends.



Tom Tomorrow is, of course, pitch perfect on the crisis in Washington. The plot to date, as he sees it: well-funded Tea Party Republicans have built an army of giant killer robots, which they are threatening to release on the country unless Obamacare is defunded. (“We lost in the election, we lost in the courts – what choice did we have except to build an army of giant killer robots?” “This is still a democracy, isn’t it?”) - Tom

Don’t give them ideas…



Asshole of the Day, October 7, 2013: Brenda Barton

by TeaPartyCat ()

The whining by Republicans about things that were closed during the shutdown has reached ridiculous levels. How hard is it to understand that making Obama shutdown the government would mean closing things? As I said before, YOU shut it down, Republicans, so all the closings are YOURS, not Obama’s or anyone else’s.

Well, especially not Obama’s since no bill ever reached his desk to fund the government. None. Zero. Zilch. Nada.

But that hasn’t stopped Republicans from phony grievances, such as Eric Cantor having all the doctors in the House show up in lab coats to discuss how Obama is refusing to let up to 300 kids with cancer into the NIH trials. This, while they shut the government down to stop Obamacare which would give MILLIONS OF KIDS access to healthcare, some of whom certainly have cancer. Yes, this really happened.

And then of course there was Rep. Randy Neugebauern arguing with an park ranger as though he didn’t vote for the shutdown, which he did. And the best part is that Neugebauer gets paid during the shutdown, but the park ranger does not!

And then today in Arizona, state Rep. Brenda Barton posts on Facebook:

Someone is paying the National Park Service thugs overtime for their efforts to carry out the order of De Fuhrer… where are our Constitutional Sheriffs who can revoke the Park Service Rangers authority to arrest??? Do we have any Sheriffs with a pair?

Hitler! Thugs! Overtime! If you had NO KNOWLEDGE of what’s going on, that would sound bad. Of course the government is shutdown, so how can you justify keeping open a park? How? And the rangers aren’t getting overtime— they aren’t even being paid! But don’t let facts get in the way of your smear campaign, asshole!

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Good Lord…

Well, it was only a matter of time before we heard of another gun tragedy. Thanks to the hard work of you and your NRA lobbyists and your successful shilling for gun manufacturers, it was not a matter of if, but when the next massacre would happen. Congratulations, you did it! You successfully scared so many spineless Congress members that our weak-tea gun laws are now so ineffective that a clearly mentally ill man, who claimed he was hearing voices and that a microwave machine was penetrating his body, got his hand on killing machines. The simple fact that he could buy an assault weapon and get into the Navy Yard with his still valid pass and proceed to slaughter whoever happened to be in his field of vision is a testament to how easy it is for anyone, mentally stable or not, to access a powerful weapon and point and shoot it.
An Open Letter to Wayne LaPierre (via azspot)
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