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This will likely fall under the "tragic" category:




Also, this is from British Columbia, not that I live there, but as a Canadian extremely frustrated with the increasingly fucked up nature of our environment and corrupt, greedy politicians, I felt like I should share something...



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Residents also alleged that kids bang on cars and doors on their way out of the neighborhood, walk down the street peeing, leave dime bags all over the place, roll and smoke joints in the area, have sex out in the open and sell drugs.


I used to live a few blocks from here :fun: 

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”We appreciate the information,” the mayor said. “Some of the things you have just mentioned are being observed in the neighborhood right now and already some changes are being planned as to what has been brought to our attention.”



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I haven't lived in Ireland for some time, but I keep track of the politics there...  I don't know how many of you know this, but abortion was essentially illegal in Ireland under any circumstances until the Death of Savita Halappanavar in October 2012 led to the introduction of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act which commenced in January this year - a law allowing abortions in circumstances where a panel of doctors agree that the life of the mother is sufficiently under threat that termination can proceed.  The law is controversial among pro-life activists in Ireland because the threat of suicide could be considered such a threat, if a panel of three physicians concur.


Anyway, an unnamed immigrant was raped shortly before arriving in Ireland, and found out she was pregnant after arriving in the country.  The standard procedure for Irish women who desire an abortion is to travel to the UK to have the procedure, but the immigrant's visa status did not permit this.  She threatened to commit suicide.  The panel of doctors took several weeks to consider her request for a termination, then ruled that she should carry it to term.  She went on hunger strike and was given a caesarean to deliver the child very prematurely - at 25 weeks.  The child has been placed in care.


This case has been quite interesting for dividing Ireland along very clear lines, despite all the ethical issues raised.  The pro-life side are broadly pleased that a child was born, albeit very prematurely and with severe health issues being probable.  The pro-choice side are calling to amend Ireland's constitution in a referendum to allow for less restrictive legislation.

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Did they perform the operation without her permission?

Well, they won a court order to have it without her permission.  She went on hunger strike and they sought a court order to have her force fed.  At that point she consented.


holy crap, that's crazy that they can get a court order to perform surgery on someone.

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Pittsburgh Drivers Worst Among Smaller Cities
August 26, 2014 4:54 AM

(Photo Credit: KDKA Photojournalist Tim Lawson)

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA)- Allstate Insurance Company released its 10th annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report” early Tuesday morning.

Pittsburgh ranked dead last among America’s smaller cities in terms of car crash frequency.

A “smaller city” was determined to have a population of 250,000-499,999 people.

According to the report, the average driver in Pittsburgh will experience a crash every 6.6 years. Also, drivers in Pittsburgh are 51.3 percent more likely to crash than the average American.


Philadelphia has the worst drivers for cities with more than one million residents.

In the overall study, Philadelphia was ninth worst and Pittsburgh was 14th worst.

“We don’t want drivers in Pittsburgh to be discouraged by their ranking. Instead, we want the report to challenge drivers in Pittsburgh to make positive changes to their driving,” said Blair Bogdan, Pittsburgh-area Allstate agent. “Our goal with this report is to make the cities that fall on the bottom of the list safer places to live and raise families.”

This year’s top honor of “America’s Safest Driving City” is Fort Collins, Colo. People there only experience a crash every 14.2 years. That is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average.



Here and I thought I was actually a good driver.

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my cousins getting married :september:


it probably wont be in pittsburgh for real (that side of the family all lives in elizabeth) but maybe ill make it to a pirates game or some shit


nice man, great view of the chemical plant from there

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So, if you've ever seen full-length pictures of me, you probably know that I'm a fat girl.



I'm also a body image and fat positive activist, which basically means that I don't believe there is anything inherently wrong or bad about being fat. In fact, I love being fat.

Since I enjoy wearing a lot of clothing that reveals my skin and shows off my body, like crop tops, short skirts and shorts, bikinis, leggings and tight dresses, I have to deal with a lot of backlash. Because god forbid a fat woman likes the way she looks and lets the world know it.

Because fat girls aren't supposed to take pleasure in our bodies or even consider showing other people what they look like, there is a lot of sh*t that can hit the fan. Mostly caused by other people not knowing how to handle someone as sexy as me owning it.

The good news is that the fat positive movement is starting to take off and people are starting to notice. The #fatkini hashtag has gone viral on Twitter, plus sizes are starting to be sold in the stores of hip and trendy retailers like Forever 21 and H&M, and fat is starting to lose some of it's stigma as a bad word. We're making progress.

Despite this, though, some people really need to get an education in how to treat fat girls who like to show off our curves some respect. Because I've received way too many dirty looks from strangers on the street this summer while sporting my crop tops and booty shorts.

Here are five things you need to know about interacting with fat fatshionistas:

1. You Need to Get Over It.

Seriously, take a seat. Actually, take several.

If you're offended by me showing my stomach or the way my thighs jiggle, you need to f*ck off. My body is my own and no one has the right to tell me what to do with it. Period.

Boohoo, you have to look at a fat woman's body.

You do realize that we live in a world filled with violence and oppression, right? Start getting angry about that and leave my fatness out of it.

2. Don't Stare. I'm a Person, Not Eye Candy.

The most common reaction I get from others when I wear revealing clothing are stares. Some people will sort of roll their eyes or look disgusted; others will just stare as if I'm some kind of art exhibit at a museum. Either way, there are a lot of stares.

Look, I understand that I'm challenging your views on fat womanhood and forcing you to question your beliefs and attitudes, but keep this contemplation to yourself. Yes, I do notice when you're looking. Yes, it does make me feel uncomfortable.

I'm not some sort of object to be admired; I'm a human being first and foremost. Respect my right to choose to be fabulous and move it along.

3. Keep (Most, But Especially Negative) Comments To Yourself

You might have the urge to shame me for daring to own my sexiness as a fat girl, or you may even want to compliment me for my taste. But either way, I really don't want to hear about it.

I'm just trying to get a latte at Starbucks, get to class or finish writing an article; I really don't want to engage in conversation about my identity.

Sure, positive comments can be cool, flattering even, but I notice a lot of these comments are objectifying. If you have something nice to say, find an even nicer way to say it. If you're about to tell me I have nice tits, don't. Just tell me I look nice today.

I can appreciate a good compliment, but I also don't want to hear comments about my body. Stick to my outfit; as a fatshionista, that's what I care about the most, anyway.

4. Never, EVER, Fat Shame Me

My mom has this thing she likes to do when I decide to show skin; tell me I don't look "appropriate." It's funny how everywhere I go in the summertime, I see girls wearing short-shorts, but the second I show some upper thigh, suddenly, I don't look "appropriate."

What exactly is appropriate and who invented this stupidity?

Part of being an adult means choosing my own attire. The law only requires that I cover my nipples (don't even get me started about that) and my genitalia; everything else is fair game. So since I haven't started practicing public nudity yet, I'm good.

These comments she makes stay with me and because I'm a fat girl with an eating disorder, trigger me. That's why it's even more important to me than anything that people be respectful, because if they aren't it can send me into a spiral.

If you think I'm gross or need to cover up, refer to number 1 and 3 on this list.

5. Let Me Know I'm Doing Some Good

Some days, I need encouragement, like anyone else. So seeing people like my Instagram photos of my bare belly or telling me I look beautiful in a YouTube comment makes me feel good.

More importantly, it encourages me to keep pushing boundaries.

So if you think what I'm doing is awesome, or if you even like an outfit I'm wearing, tell me. You don't have to give me a full-out compliment, but even just favoriting a picture or tweet, or sharing this article is enough.

In fact, it's the best thing you can do.


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Fuck people who think it is their right to tell other people what to wear or what's appropriate.


I think it's my right to tell other people what to wear or what's appropriate, but it has very little to do with body size and more with public decency.

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Oh, poor Moose wasn't born in the Victorian era so now he has to take it out any anyone else who isn't a sourpuss and likes to feel the sunlight on his or her skin.


There is nothing indecent about the human body. Shame is just something created by evil clothing companies to stay in business during the summer months when we shouldn't be wearing clothes at all. At least not tops.

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