Monday, December 18, 2017

Police in Michigan can’t legally have sex with prostitutes while on duty anymore

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation last week making it illegal for police to have sex with prostitutes while on duty. There had been an exemption that blocked prosecution of police in those instances until the governor signed two bills undoing it. State Representative Gary Glenn said one reason he wanted the measure passed was to prevent people from impersonating police officers while soliciting sex from prostitutes. He added that the new law also would help protect victims of human trafficking. “Michigan will no longer have the stigma of being the last state in the country that unintentionally exempts police officers who have sex with prostitutes during an investigation from prosecution,” Glenn added, the outlet said. “This common sense legislation has received significant bipartisan support because it protects our law enforcement and victims of sex-based crimes.” (Michigan Live)


It’s Beginning to not look alot like Christmas at University of Minnesota

Some faculty and student employees at the University of Minnesota who attended a recent event to discuss religious diversity during the holiday season received a memo listing a number of items the school deems “not appropriate” for public gatherings or displays at the school. The memo specifically pointed to items and colors that are associated with Christmas and Hanukkah, such as Christmas trees, wrapped gifts, and bows. A memo was passed out with a list of “recommended” ideas titled,“Dean’s Dialogues: Respecting Religious Diversity in CFANS and at the University”. According to the event listing on the website, the students and faculty at the university represent more than 300 religious or spiritual belief systems. The list of ‘not appropriate’ items for gatherings and displays include:

  • Santa Claus
  • Angels
  • Star of Bethlehem
  • Dreidels (four-sided top played with during Hanukkah)
  • Nativity scene
  • Menorah
  • Bells
  • Doves
  • Red and green or blue and white/silver decoration themes

Other recommendations?

  • Consider neutral-themed parties such as “winter celebration.”
  • Keep the theme of any invitations neutral and non-religious and not reflective of any one religious holiday.
  • Decorations, music, and food should be general and not specific to any one religion. Also, be mindful of dietary restrictions and provide alternatives.

(The College Fix)


Trump administration forbids CDC officials from using 7 words and phrases

Trump administration officials are forbidding officials at the nation’s top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases – including “fetus” and “transgender” – in any official documents being prepared for next year’s budget. Policy analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta were told of the list of forbidden words at a meeting Thursday with senior CDC officials who oversee the budget, according to an analyst who took part in the 90-minute briefing. The forbidden words are: “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based.” (Chicago Tribune)


Your brain is a muscle

Exercise it, but also give it plenty of rest. Long hours at work increase your risk of heart disease by 40%, making it almost as dangerous as smoking. Also, the extra hours aren’t likely to help you get more done: One British survey found workers were only productive for a little under 3 hours in an 8-hour work day. You’re better off taking time to do nothing, allowing your brain to enter a resting state called the default-mode network. That precious time gives us space to develop new ideas and make connections that would otherwise go unnoticed. (Voucher Cloud)


When it comes to sexual harassment, US workers don’t have much faith in leadership

That’s according to a recent survey from branding firm Berlin Cameron. What do they have faith in? HR, training programs, and future generations. Despite the outpouring of workplace sexual harassment and assault allegations that continue to dominate headlines, only 49% of Americans  believe male business leaders need to speak out and set better examples, of over 2,000 U.S. working adults. Only a narrow majority (52%) say companies need to be the first line of defense against sexual misconduct within their own walls. That’s despite a large chunk of the American workforce appreciating the scale of the problem: 47% of respondents said they were “not surprised by how many women came out and said they have been sexually assaulted.” While more women have been unsurprised by the volume of the accusations than men (52% vs. 41%), it begs two questions: Why don’t more people believe that companies–and the men who overwhelmingly run them–need to do more? And why do so few (28% of women and 25% of men) think more women leaders will help? There’s one potential bright spot: Even though many remain unconvinced that employers and leaders have bigger roles to play, more people are optimistic about making headway with future generations. (Fast Company)


Want to be more creative? Play jazz

Researchers at Wesleyan University found that the brains of musicians — particularly those who study jazz — are more receptive to unexpected sounds. Such openness has been connected to overall creativity. Jazz music’s emphasis on improvisation may train the brain to engage with unforeseen events. As employers emphasize the importance of creativity at work, music education may help workers hone those skills. (Pacific Standard)


Man Hasn’t Bathed In 60 Years, And That’s Not Even The Most Disturbing Part

When we’re little kids, bath time can just seem like the worst—and we’ll do anything to get out of it so we can go back to playing. Thankfully, most of us grow up to appreciate the importance of personal hygiene. We learn that keeping our bodies clean can help us make good first impressions and help us form lasting friendships. However, personal hygiene just isn’t in the cards for some people. An 81 year-old-man, named Amou Haji, hasn’t taken a bath in more than 60 years, and he isn’t planning to change his ways anytime soon. His reason for not bathing? He says it’s good for his health and has helped him live a very long life! (Boredom Thereapy)


Here’s What Monday Has To Offer:

*Answer The Telephone Like Buddy The Elf Day 
*Arabic Language Day 
*Give A Wine Club Day
*International Migrants Day
*National Roast Suckling Pig Day

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