When the pressure is on to meet an impossible standard of beauty, what do we do?

I wrote a rhetorical analysis of this column for my class, and I think it is worth reading by everyone. Hollywood creates an impossible and ever-changing standard of beauty. When people make changes to meet that standard, why are they ridiculed?

The face and body we associated with her for all these years was, in her words, a byproduct of having “a schedule that is not realistically sustainable and didn’t allow for taking care of myself.” Makes sense to me. I can’t tell you how many former NFL players I have come across who look nothing like the men I saw on the field—significant weight loss, clean-shaven, hell, just being clean for a change. And dare I say healthier.

via Are we hypocrites over Renee Zellweger?(Opinion) –


Is the CDC handling the Ebola situation correctly? Congress says no

Asked outside of Friday’s hearing whether the CDC’s response has been appropriate, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) told The Huffington Post: “If you believe, as I do, part of the role of the CDC is to provide accurate, timely, complete, thorough information to the public, the answer would be no. Their information hasn’t been all that much better than what I could have provided, and I didn’t go to medical school for four years.”

via Congress Says The CDC Can’t Be Trusted On Ebola.


Independent autopsy on Vonderrit Myers conflicts with police reports

Vonderrit D. Myers Jr. was shot eight times, mostly on the back of the legs and one fatal shot to the side of the head, according to a private autopsy report.

Myers’ family hired pathologist Dr. Cyril H. Wecht to conduct a study of the gun wounds from Oct. 8, when Myers was shot and killed by an off-duty St. Louis Metropolitan Police officer.

Six bullets struck Myers on the rear part of his body and the other two were “not directly frontal,” Wecht said. One shot hit him on the right side of the face, between the eyebrow and the ear. Another shot struck him on the side of his left thigh.

via Vonderrit Myers’ family releases autopsy, lawyers say findings conflict with police reports – St. Louis American: Local News.


BREAKING: First diagnosed case of Ebola in New York City

A doctor in New York City who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea tested positive for the Ebola virus Thursday, becoming the city’s first diagnosed case.

The doctor, Craig Spencer, was rushed to Bellevue Hospital Center on Thursday and placed in isolation while health care workers spread out across the city to trace anyone he might have come into contact with in recent days. A further test will be conducted by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to confirm the initial test.

via Doctor in New York City Tests Positive for Ebola –

St Louis police officer fatally shoots Vonderrit Myers

Vonderrit Myers fatally shot by police officer

All of the information coming from St Louis regarding this shooting seems to be comprised mostly of buzzwords and devoid of any type of real information. I’m beginning an outline of questions I have regarding this, and I think we all deserve the answers to them.

The shooting happened about 7:30 p.m. in the 4100 block of Shaw Boulevard in south St. Louis when the officer attempted a “pedestrian check,” St. Louis police spokeswoman Schron Jackson said in an email. Police did not elaborate on what a pedestrian check is or why it is done.

Jackson said the officer was working a department-approved security job and wearing his uniform when he confronted the pedestrian.

“The male suspect fled on foot,” Jackson said. “The officer pursued the suspect. The suspect turned and fired a gun at the officer. Fearing for his safety, the officer returned fire, striking the suspect, fatally wounding him. The officer was not injured.”

via Tensions rise as white St. Louis police officer shoots black man dead

What is a “pedestrian check”?

I know most departments have a rule against officers moonlighting elsewhere, so I need a clearer definition of what a “department-approved security job” means. Was he acting as a police officer providing security for someone/something, or was his second job department-approved?

When they say he was wearing a uniform, what type of uniform was he wearing? Was he wearing a police uniform, or was he wearing a security guard uniform?

If a security guard were to try to detain me as I was minding my own business walking down the street with my sandwich, I’d probably tell him to go fuck himself, especially after the last “neighborhood watch guard” who made the news did so by killing his supposed suspect.

Some of the earlier statements published last night indicated that Myers was with a group of friends. Where are they? Have they been detained? Have they been questioned? Were they even stopped?

The headline on this St Louis Post-Dispatch article says that the officer was off-duty, but also states he was wearing a uniform. Again, we need clarification — police uniform or security guard uniform? And if he was off-duty, why was he performing a “pedestrian check”?

The article also states that there were a total of four people that the officer supposedly stopped to talk to. Again, why did he stop them? If he was on his second job working for a private security company, why did he suddenly switch gears back into police officer mode? Is that even legal?

There are more questions than answers in this situation, and with what already happened in Ferguson with the Mike Brown shooting, I don’t know if we will ever get any real answers.


Cell phone companies throttle users to drive them to higher-priced data plans

AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile all say they have the ability to selectively throttle users in times and places of congestion. But instead of throttling solely to prevent network overload, they’ve designed throttling policies to affect only certain users that they want to push onto pricier plans. Even former wireless industry lobbyist Tom Wheeler, now the FCC chairman, says it’s true.Wheeler and others have objected to carriers throttling only those users who had been grandfathered into unlimited data plans that are no longer offered to new customers. When ordered to justify its throttling policies, Verizon Wireless told the FCC that users without monthly limits are the only ones who need to be throttled because their plans don’t provide incentives for limiting use.In reality, Verizon and other carriers let customers on limited plans use far more unthrottled data than “unlimited” customers as long as they pay overage charges or buy more expensive plans. Rather than throttling solely to prevent congestion, carriers throttle to push customers onto plans with data caps.

via Analysis: Wireless data caps more about profit than congestion | Ars Technica.


A federal agent created a fake social media profile of a real person

The Justice Department is claiming, in a little-noticed court filing, that a federal agent had the right to impersonate a young woman online by creating a Facebook page in her name without her knowledge. Government lawyers also are defending the agent’s right to scour the woman’s seized cell phone and to post photographs — including racy pictures of her and even one of her young son and niece — to the phony social media account, which the agent was using to communicate with suspected criminals.

via Government Set Up A Fake Facebook Page In This Woman’s Name.

This sets a dangerous precedent. Even if we allow that they were justified in co-opting her social media identity as part of an ongoing investigation, how is it kosher to include her innocent child in the mix?


‘Tougher’ screening coming to U.S. airports – The Washington Post

“It’s not clear what specific changes the federal government will announce. President Obama said Monday that the government would increase passenger screenings for Ebola in the United States and Africa. The White House said Tuesday that the new measures will be released in “the coming days.”

Schumer said federal officials are grappling with logistical challenges as they move toward implementing new safeguards.”

via ‘Tougher’ screening coming to U.S. airports – The Washington Post.

This article doesn’t really provide many details other than the fact that an announcement is forthcoming, so these thoughts are based purely on supposition and conjecture, but what type of additional screening are they planning to do? Are we soon to be donating DNA as soon as we reach the airport? I’m not sure how you can do additional screening for Ebola unless the plan is to simply ask questions of those coming from countries known to have a presence of the disease.

Jennifer Lawrence Vanity Fair cover by Patrick Demarchelier

Jennifer Lawrence in Vanity Fair: The publication of nude photos a sex crime, not a scandal.

Lawrence responds to critics who scolded that she should have never taken the photographs at all: “I started to write an apology, but I don’t have anything to say I’m sorry for. I was in a loving, healthy, great relationship for four years.”

via Jennifer Lawrence in Vanity Fair: The publication of nude photos a sex crime, not a scandal..

Brava, JLaw. Victim shaming and blaming continues to be a huge problem in our rape culture society. I am happy that Miss Lawrence tells it like it is; she has nothing to apologize for. Those were private photos that she did not publish on the Internet. A personal moment made public, and all many can think is, “well why did she take them in the first place?” My question is, why not?