Thursday, December 21, 2017

Net neutrality’s impact on free porn could be significant, experts say

The Federal Communications Commission decision on Thursday to kill net neutrality rules that provide for equal access online to all types of content will likely reshape the multibillion dollar porn industry in the coming years. Last year, Pornhub viewers alone watched over 91 billion videos and there were a total of 44,000 visits to the site per hour. But now that internet service providers will be able to control what users can access and charge a range of prices based on the type of content, that could change. Pornhub and similar sites have been vocal about fighting against the repeal of net neutrality. Some annalists say the changes will impact anyone’s ability to watch porn and to upload their own pornographic content. Although it’s unlikely that porn would ever disappear entirely, it may cost more. Several states, including South Dakota, Virginia and Utah, have declared porn a “public health crisis.” Despite the FCC’s 3-2 vote, several states are planning to file lawsuits to reinstate net neutrality rules. (Fox News)


Criminal Santa Does Not Have The Same Skills As The Real Deal 

Police in California arrested a “criminal Santa” who had to be rescued from the chimney of a business he allegedly intended to burgle. The Citrus Heights Police Department said officers responded with the Sacramento Metro Fire Department on Wednesday to a business where a man had called 911 from his cellphone while lodged inside the chimney. Firefighters used “specialized equipment” to hoist the man out of the chimney. Police said the man had attempted to shimmy down the chimney to gain access to the business, which was closed at the time, but found he was wedged in place and could move neither up nor down. “Fortunately, he was able to move just enough to call for help,” police said. The fake Santa was covered in soot but uninjured, as he was arrested on a burglary charge. The police department said the “criminal Santa does not have the same skills as the real deal.” (USPD Hub)


The opioid crisis is creeping further into the workplace

While still a relatively small percentage of work fatalities, on-the-job deaths from unintentional drug and alcohol overdoses rose more than 30% in 2016. They’ve nearly tripled since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking in 2011. Opioid abuse in particular continues to significantly impact the US economy, costing an estimated $78.5 billion per year, according to a 2013 CDC study. President Trump declared opioid addiction a national public health emergency back in October. (The Wall Street Journal)


Gate-crashing tiger sends wedding guests to the roof

Guests at a wedding in India fled to the roof of the venue when an uninvited guest — an adult tiger — crashed the celebration. A video filmed at the wedding on December 11th in the village of Masulkhapa shows panicked guests watching from the terrace of the home as the tiger wanders through the outdoor wedding set-up. Wedding guests can be heard screaming, while one man chants the name of a god and another shouts to make sure the door downstairs is closed. The tiger calmly tours the wedding venue before wandering back out into the woods. Forest officials said they have been keeping watch on the tiger after it was spotted visiting nearby villages and wandering through roads. Officials said the tiger is believed to have been behind an attacks on a woman and a goat. The woman survived the encounter, the goat did not. (UPI)


Mother Put Healthy Son through 323 Hospital Visits and 13 Surgeries for No Reason

We’re constantly told that parents know best and always act in the interests of their children.Except when they don’t, like Kaylene Bowen-Wright from Dallas, Texas, who subjected her son to 323 hospital visits and 13 major operations by convincing doctors that he was terminally ill. Now aged 8, Christopher has basically spent his whole life in doctors’ offices, and has undergone over a dozen surgeries that left him with several life-threatening blood infections. The cycle began days after Christopher was born and continued until 2015, when physicians at the Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston noticed that his mother’s accounts clashed with the test results and overall visible condition of the young patient. They alerted Child Protective Services (CPS) and Bowen was arrested on charges of causing injury to a child. The 34-year-old woman admitted she had lied to doctors that her son was gravely ill, which resulted in numerous medical interventions. Christopher is now in foster care and his father is seeking custody. The mother is believed to suffer from a condition known as Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, which medical experts say is a “mental health problem in which a caregiver makes up or causes an illness or injury in a person under his or her care.” The reasons for such behavior may include self-esteem issues, stress, anxiety, and need for attention or sympathy. (NBC DWF)


JetBlue flight forced to change course after man bit other passengers 

An airplane was forced to reroute after a man began biting other passengers on board. The JetBlue flight, headed from Los Angeles to New York, was diverted to Las Vegas where the man was taken into police custody. Passengers told the outlet the disturbance began as they flew over Utah. The man reportedly began biting his seatmates, whom he’s thought to have known, and hitting others aboard the plane. Doctors on the flight attempted to intervene, examining the out-of-control passenger, but were attacked. Another person aboard the plane jumped in, helping to hold the biter back. In a statement, JetBlue confirmed that after the plane landed in Sin City and the man had been removed from the aircraft, “Remaining customers resumed their scheduled flight to New York without further incident.” It’s unclear what caused the man’s outburst. (NY Daily News


FDA approves first gene therapy for an inherited disease

The Food and Drug Administration approved a gene-therapy treatment that helps cure a rare form of inherited blindness. The FDA has already approved gene therapy for certain kinds of cancer, but this marks the first time they’re letting doctors work with the genes of people who have inherited diseases. (The Washington Post)


It’s a Thirsty-Thursday! Pour it on out because it’s:

*Ann & Samantha Day (Summer & Winter Solstices) 
*Celebrate Short Fiction Day  (Always on Winter Solstice)
*Crossword Puzzle Day 
*Forefathers Day 
*Free Shipping Day (3rd Thursday at Participating Retailers)
*Global Orgasm Day (Always on Winter Solstice and Summer Solstice)
*Humbug Day 
*International Dalek Remembrance Day 
*National Flashlight Day (Shortest Day of The Year)
*National French Fried Shrimp Day
*National Homeless Persons’ Remembrance Day 
*National Maine Day
*National Re-Gifting Day (Thursday Before Christmas)
*Phileas Fogg Win A Wager Day 

*Short Girl Appreciation Day (Shortest day of the year)
*World Peace Day/Winter Solstice
*Winter (Winter Solstice) @ 11:28 AM EST



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