Tueday, November 29, 2016

A French court recently banned a pro-life ad featuring children with Down syndrome, arguing that the ad could upset women who have had abortions.

The ad, entitled “Dear Future Mom,” was created in 2014 for World Down Syndrome Day. It addresses the concerns of a mother who has recently discovered that her unborn child has Down syndrome. Earlier this month, the French Council of State upheld a previous ban barring the ad from being shown on television. The court argued that the ad is “likely to disturb the conscience of women who had lawfully made different personal life choices.” The Global Alliance for Disability in Media and Entertainment started a petition on Change.org urging the court to reconsider its decision. The petition argues that the ad has “received acceptance and acclaim worldwide” and has been viewed over seven million times on YouTube. Studies estimate that a majority of pregnancies with a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis end in abortion. It has been noted that a 2011 study found that 99 percent of people with Down syndrome say that they are happy with their life, a rate higher than that of the general public. (Catholic News Agency)

 

Boy calls 911 on Thanksgiving — and ‘melted all the hearts’ at sheriff’s office

On Thanksgiving day, a young boy named Billy hopped on the phone and dialed 911. Nope, there were no emergencies at his Florida home. All Billy wanted to do was invite Walton County sheriff’s deputies and staff over for dinner with his family. Not realizing 911 is reserved for emergency calls only, Billy’s gesture still “melted all the hearts” at the communication center, the sheriff’s office Facebook page noted. “With all the bad calls we take on a daily basis, this one was a welcomed happy call that made all of us smile,” Lead Communications Officer Monica Webster said. In response, two Deputies paid a visit to Billy’s home Thursday and gave him a sheriff’s badge and let him sit in a patrol car. His father wrote on facebook, “My son Billy is still talking about how nice the deputies were to him today, and he has his mind set on being a cop when he is older. His words, ‘Momma, I’m gonna be a cop when I get older so I can do the same thing they did for me today for another little boy or girl!’”  (ABC News)

 

Some Things Can Not Be Unseen

Bostonians who tuned into CNN to see world traveling chef Anthony Bourdain’s show “Parts Unknown,” definitely saw some unknown parts on Thanksgiving night. The viewers who tuned in did not find Bourdain showcasing different cultures, but instead found themselves watching 30 minutes of uninterrupted hardcore pornography starring a transexual pornstar at 11 pm eastern time. The incident itself was allegedly limited to the Boston area only. CNN is broadcast through the local television provider RCN, and claims that the fault for this incident lies solely with them. “The RCN cable operator in Boston aired inappropriate content for 30 minutes on CNN last night. CNN has asked for an explanation,” said the cable news network to inquirers. Jeff Carlson, senior VP and general manager of RCN told Variety that they are “in the process of researching this incident but see no evidence our CNN network feed was compromised last evening in Boston.” (The Next Web)

 

A card game you can really “dig”

The creators of Cards Against Humanity, the “party game for horrible people,” raised more than $100,000 and threw it into a hole. From 1pm easter time on Friday, Cards Against Humanity launched its Holiday Hole campaign. For every dollar donated, the company added several seconds to the “dig clock.” While the majority of folks appeared to have donated a meager $5 to the campaign, several people spent more than $1,000 for the “cause.” It is unclear if all of the $100,573 raised went into the equipment rental and labor costs or if the company has any leftover funds for use as it sees fit. The company is slated to release an update about the event soon. The company tweeted on Sunday that the “hole got dug,” signifying the end of the whole hole digging event. (CNBC)

 

Who said you can’t teach Artificial Intelligence?

Google is at it again. This time, they want you to teach their AI to identify your drawings. It’s called Quick, Draw. The game gives you a prompt to draw an image of a written word or phrase in under 20 seconds with your mouse cursor. The game isn’t just meant for entertainment — it’s an exercise in how artificial intelligence can self-learn over time in key areas like image recognition and optical character recognition. (Quick Draw With Google)

 

Woman uses plastic fork to fend off sword-wielding attacker

A woman in Scotland managed to ward off a sword-wielding attacker at a fast food restaurant armed with only a plastic fork. The 23 year-old woman chased her 20 year-old attacker with the plastic utensil after he entered Cowden’s News and Fast Food Shop with a sword and demanded she empty the cash register. She said the man entered the store brandishing a 2-foot sword and entered the store while an accomplice waited at the door. “He came towards me and pushed me and I pushed him back. I think he realised I wasn’t going to give him anything. He went out and I went out the shop after him,” she told the BBC. “I wasn’t thinking of catching him. Just seeing where he was going.” She was able to identify the weapon in court and the attacker was sentenced to four years in prison. (STV TV)

 

Discriminating Discrimination?

When San Diego police Officer Christine Garcia was spotted trying to enter an event at the city’s LGBT Community Center just after a Transgender Day of Awareness march earlier this month, Garcia was told she had to leave. Why be denied? The answer was that Garcia’s uniform could upset others in attendance. To add insult to injury, not only did Garcia help patrol the November 17th march down University Avenue in the Hillcrest neighborhood, she also helped plan the very event she was turned away from. Garcia, you see, is the police department’s first transgender officer. As you might imagine, once officials at the LGBT center got word of the faux pas, apologies were issued to Garcia and San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman. (LA Times)

 

 

Make Today Count Because It’s:

*Electronic Greetings Day
*Giving Tuesday  
(The day after Cyber Monday)
*International Day of Solidarity With The Palestinian People
*Square Dancing Day  Link

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