Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Mars Simulation Ends

One year after living in isolation to simulate a mock mission to Mars, six crew members emerged this past Sunday from their 1,200-square-foot solar-powered dome. The three men and three women lived in the bare, rocky slopes of Mauna Loa on the island of Hawaii. They had limited contact with the outside world, including email contact that had a 20-minute delay to simulate communications from deep space. Food and other necessities also were limited. The mock astronauts could leave their habitat in puffy, heavy space suits with limited oxygen. (USA Today)


Anthony Weiner caught in another sext scandal….AGAIN!

Anthony Weiner, the Congressman who resigned from office after pursuing women on Twitter and sending lewd photographs of himself a few years ago, is in the spotlight again for all the wrong reasons. While his wife, Huma Abedin, is off campaigning for former secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the New York Post reported Weiner has been sexting another woman — at one point posting a raunchy selfie with his 4-year-old son in the background. The Post published the selfie, which shows Weiner  wearing only white boxer briefs. His son is lying next to him in a green blanket. This time, Weiner didn’t deny the relationship with the woman. Instead, he admitted they “have been friends for some time.” Weiner told The Post, “she has asked me not to comment except to say that our conversations were private, often included pictures of her nieces and nephews and my son and were always appropriate.” (NY Post)


Running Woman

An 18-year-old girl who had escaped from an Australian correction center responded to police after her mug shot was posted on Facebook. She was mortified to find that the police and media had been circulating her mugshot around in their appeals for help from the public. She asked them to please use a better picture of her. She even provided the picture for them. (Metro)


A family has been left in shock after their 2-year-old son died after being removed from life support against their wishes

2-year-old Israel Stinson was removed from a breathing ventilator at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles after a judge upheld the hospital’s decision to remove life support. Now, the toddler’s parents are left “devastated,” as expressed by an attorney with the Life Legal Defense Foundation, a pro-life group representing Israel’s family pro bono. “I was on the phone with his mother when the doctors disconnected him,” according to the attorney “They were in such a hurry to do it, they didn’t even sit down and explain what was going on.” This tragic battle started in April, when Israel suffered a brain injury following an asthma-related cardiac arrest at UC Davis Medical Center. While doctors were able to restart his heart, he reportedly went about an hour without oxygen and doctors determined he was brain dead. Doctors at the Sacramento hospital advised that Israel be removed from life support and to perform operations to insert feeding and breathing tubes, but Israel’s parents reportedly refused to comply. They went to court and asked to keep their son on life support and – hopefully – recover. (LA Times)


She Works Hard For Her Money

The White House announced Friday that 29 new private sector companies ― including Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Target, Visa and General Motors ― have signed a pledge committing to closing the gender pay gap for their employees. Women working full time in the United States earn an average of 79 cents for every dollar men earn, according to the most recent Census Bureau data. The gap is much worse for African American women, who are paid only 63 cents for every dollar paid to white men. (Huffington Post)


Transgender Bathroom Law at North Carolina?

A federal judge has temporarily ruled that the University of North Carolina can’t block two transgender students and an employee from using bathrooms that match their gender identity. U.S. District Judge partially granted a preliminary injunction to the students and the employee in response to their lawsuit challenging a state law limiting protections for LGBT people. The injunction only applies to the plaintiffs, but said he also expects them to succeed in their claim that the law known as H.B. 2 violates the federal Title IX law, which bars sex discrimination in schools. His decision represents a win for the ACLU and Justice Department, which had sued to block the law. However the final decision on the law won’t come until after a November trial. (Time)


Making Today Count Because It’s:

*International Cabernet Sauvignon Day Link
*International Day of The Victims of Enforced Disappearances Link
*International Whale Shark Day  Link
*National Grief Awareness Day

*National Holistic Pet Day
*National Toasted Marshmallow Day Link 

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