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Women reveal the words they’d most like to BAN from everyday language

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From Daily Mail: Have you ever been branded ‘bossy’ for speaking your mind, been labelled a ‘drama queen’ for showing passion or been called a ‘bird’? These are are just some of the words British women have deemed derogatory and would most like to ban from the English language.

‘Bird’, ‘doll’, ‘chick’, ‘babe’ and ‘queen bee’ are the top five most hated pet names while ‘hormonal’, ‘drama queen’, ‘bitchy’, ‘high maintenance’ and ‘hysterical’ are the descriptions women find most offensive.

The survey of more than 2000 16-24-year-old British women also found women feel their strength as a female is undermined four times a day. One third of women reported they have been told to ‘man up’ in the workplace.

Nicola Roberts

Nicola Roberts – a strong womyn that will not be held back…

Former Girls Aloud star Nicola Roberts, spearheading the Special K ‘Strength Is…’ campaign that commissioned the research, said: ‘It is so important for women to grow up learning that you are not a “ball breaker” if you are successful – you are simply a strong woman succeeding.’

‘It is a strange thing that in a modern society we still have room for language that holds strong women back,’ she added.

‘Hormonal’ was the word British women said they would most like to see scrapped from everyday language, with two thirds putting it top of their most hated list. ‘Ball breaker’, ‘highly strung’, ‘attention seeking’, ’emotional’ and ‘controlling’ were among other words women felt had sexist or derogatory undertones.

Words such as ‘honey’ and ‘gorgeous’ were also labelled inappropriate. Forty per cent of respondents said they felt ‘patronised’ when subjected to such remarks, especially in the workplace.

Top of the most-hated pet name list was ‘bird’, which nearly 60 percent would like to be banned from the social dictionary. 

To strike a balance, 72 per cent of women said they would like to see more women being described as ‘confident’, or ‘resilient’ (46 per cent) and ‘courageous’ (35 per cent). The study also showed that one in ten believed strong female role models were lacking in high powered jobs, with careers in the City being least well represented.

Nearly a third of British women surveyed said they had been described as a ‘flirt’ or a ‘show off’ for being confident growing up – with 30 per cent admitting this has affected their self-esteem later on in life.

Nicola said of the survey: ‘Female strength is something to be celebrated and encouraged, not diminished by unfair labels by unfair labels to undermine their passion and drive. Women are too often called ‘bossy’, ‘feisty’ or ‘attention seeking’, now is the time to change the conversation and rewrite the vocabulary we use to empower women and not let others define us,’ she added.

In an inspirational video for the campaign, Nicola speaks to real women about the demeaning language they have experienced. In the clip, the women pop the balloons emblazoned with the derogatory words.

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‘I chose “bossy”,’ says one woman featured in the clip. ‘What’s wrong with a woman really knowing what she wants, saying what she feels?’ Another says: ‘When people call me a “drama queen” I feel like you are devaluing my principles and they want me to adhere to what they are thinking. It’s a bit similar to being called “hormonal”.”

‘If there was one word one I could ban it would be “queen bee”,’ says another. ‘”Hysterical” makes me feel like I’m being irrational,’ she adds.

Emphasising the importance of positive language in the video, Nicole says: ‘These words can really undermine a person’s inner strength.’

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Cascade Mall shooter was not a U.S. citizen yet voted several times in Washington state

I’m shocked that a non-U.S. citizen was able to vote in Washington state. Just shocked…

Criminal Arcan Cretin

Criminal Arcan Cretin

From King5: The Cascade Mall shooting suspect, Arcan Cetin, may face an additional investigation related to his voting record and citizenship status.

Federal sources confirm to KING 5 that Cetin was not a U.S. citizen, meaning legally he cannot vote. However, state records show Cetin registered to vote in 2014 and participated in three election cycles, including the May presidential primary.

Cetin, who immigrated to the United States from Turkey as a child, is considered a permanent resident or green card holder. While a permanent resident can apply for U.S. citizenship after a certain period of time, sources tell KING his status had not changed from green card holder to U.S. citizen.

While voters must attest to citizenship upon registering online or registering to vote at the Department of Licensing Office, Washington state doesn’t require proof of citizenship. Therefore elections officials say the state’s elections system operates, more or less, under an honor system.

Kim Wyman

Kim Wyman

“We don’t have a provision in state law that allows us either county elections officials or the Secretary of State’s office to verify someone’s citizenship,” explained Secretary of State Kim Wyman. “So, we’re in this place where we want to make sure we’re maintaining people’s confidence in the elections and the integrity of the process, but also that we’re giving this individual, like we would any voter, his due process. We’re moving forward, and that investigation is really coming out of the investigation from the shootings.”

The penalty for voting as a non U.S. citizen could result in five years of prison time or a $10,000, according to Secretary of State’s Office. “The penalties are very serious. That’s why we want to make sure we’re very measured, and this is why we want to make sure we’re very calm and purposeful in how we move forward,” Wyman continued. “The stakes are very high on both sides. You want to keep the confidence level high, but you also want to protect the voting rights of everyone.”

Wyman says while it’s impossible to determine an exact number, she does not believe this case points to a larger issue.  “Our hands are kind of tied, but make no mistake, we want to make sure that everybody has confidence that people casting ballots are eligible. This is certainly going to be a topic at next legislation.”

h/t Weasel Zippers

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8-year-old to be TV’s first openly transgender CHILD actor

Here’s one thing People Magazine excluded from their list of must-knows about this child: From a medical and scientific perspective, there is no such thing as a transgendered person.

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From People Magazine: On Wednesday, Jackson Millarker will break new ground by guest starring on Modern Family which will make him the first openly transgender child actor to appear on television. Before his episode airs, Millarker and his parents are opening up to PEOPLE about his journey to the small screen. Here are five things to know about the 8-year-old actor.

  1. Why did he pick Modern Family to make his big TV debut? “When we explained the role to him, he was very excited about the opportunity to portray a character that is so similar to himself,” moms Stacey and Jen tell PEOPLE. “Jackson has been a young activist in our community and he knew that Modern Family would portray the role of a transgender child in a positive light.”
  2. Millarker transitioned at 6 years old. “We followed Jackson’s lead from a very early age and supported him in every aspect of his transition,” his parents share. “He is very wise beyond his years and was able to communicate open and honestly about his feelings and what he was experiencing. He was always a very gender-neutral child, but at the age of 4 he started experiencing intense anxiety in his daily life. As his parents, we pulled together resources and support to help us through the earliest stages of his transition, while at the same time continuing to give him the freedom to express himself however he felt comfortable,” they add. “At the age of 6, he came to us with the request to use male pronouns at home. He quickly decided that he wanted to use male pronouns exclusively, because he realized that he was in fact transgender. He entered second grade as his true self, a boy. His family, friends, and school have been very supportive from the beginning. He is now a confident, happy, healthy young man.”
  3. Eric Stonestreet and the Modern Family cast made his time on set a blast! “Aubrey Anderson-Emmons [who plays Lily] and I were near her room on the set, and the two dads were walking around the corner,” Jackson tells PEOPLE. “When Eric Stonestreet walked around the corner, he stuck his tongue out at me!” The fun didn’t end there, recalls the young actor: “My favorite moment was when I got to play the game with Aubrey! We got to do it over and over again,” he says. “It was really fun! I felt welcomed from the very beginning! In the first five minutes of meeting the cast, I was already laughing.”
  4. He loves frogs! “Since I can remember, I have enjoyed performing,” he reveals. “I have always performed plays at home for my family. When I was 6, my parents finally signed me up for a theater class! I joined a musical theater troop and I was Baloo in the Jungle Book. I love being on stage and making people laugh and smile. I also absolutely love frogs!”
  5. He wants to give fellow young actors and actresses a very special message. “Be yourself!” he encourages. “Remember that you are loved and that you, too, are special!”

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‘Kill white people’ is spray-painted on a highway wall and Black Lives Matter graffiti scrawled on Trump election signs

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From Daily Mail: ‘Kill white people’ and ‘BLM’ are among graffiti that has been spray painted across highway walls, homes and election signs in a week. Workers were forced to paint over a section of wall on Gornto Lake Road in Brandon, Florida, on Wednesday to conceal the words ‘kill white people’. At a nearby home, a Trump For President election sign was defaced with the letters BLM, which stands for Black Lives Matter, abcactionews.com reports.

Tampa has played host to a number of the movement’s protests in the wake of police killings of black men.

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It is not clear who is responsible for the graffiti but it is the latest in a string of racially charged incidents in and around the city. ‘For us it’s criminal mischief, it’s definitely racial. It’s racially indicative, it’s hate speech,’ said Larry McKinnonn on behalf of the sheriff’s department.

Earlier this year hundreds gathered to march in a Black Lives Matter Tampa protest. In July a local lawmaker proposed plans for a ‘Blue Lives Matter’ law to categorise police killings as hate crimes. More than 1million people have liked a local Blue Lives Matter Facebook page which promotes merchandise emblazoned with the slogan ‘hold the line’.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department has not yet traced who is responsible for the latest graffiti.  Detectives are appealing to members of the community for information.

Read the rest of the story here.

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Samsung washing machines that Hollyweird libtards are paid to promote are exploding with 21 reported cases

Once I saw Hollyweirds Kristen Bell (an enthusiastic Planned Parenthood supporter) and her husband Dax Shepard promoting this washing machine, I vowed never to buy a Samsung product. Now I have another reason to avoid them all together.

From Digital Trends: The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a warning that several of Samsung’s top-loading washing machines have been exploding. Although the incidents seem to have taken place throughout the year, for hardware created over the past half decade, this comes at a terrible time for Samsung which has recently had to recall so many Galaxy Note 7s over explosion fears.

Affected washing machines are said to be of the top-loading variety and were manufactured between March 2011 and April 2016. Although there does not appear to be much of a consensus on which models and age does not appear to be a factor.

ABC is reporting two incidents of different models exploding, sending nuts, bolts, plastic ,and water everywhere. In total, 21 incidents have been reported since early 2015 and two of those people are suing Samsung. Their lawyer claims a support rod within the top-loading mechanism can come loose during the spin cycle, causing the machine to tear itself apart in dramatic fashion.

For now, Samsung is not taking responsibility for anything, claiming there can be “abnormal vibrations,” when owners load the machines with bedding, bulky items or items that are water resistant. It urges anyone who uses its washing machines to use a delicate spin cycle in those cases.

It also said that it was “in active discussions with the CPSC to address potential safety issues related to certain top-load washing machines,” and pointed out that consumers had completed millions of washes safely over the past five years without incident.

To find out if your washing machine is potentially dangerous, head to this Samsung support page and input your unit’s serial code.

While we will need to wait for the CPSC’s investigation to discover what is causing these washing machines to explode, this could hardly come at a worse time for Samsung. Recent weeks have seen it recalling as many as a million Galaxy Note 7s for explosion fears in the U.S. alone. However, it may not even have helped, as there is a report of ‘safe’ Note 7 smartphones having similar exploding issues.

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Baby born with DNA from 3 people, first from new technique

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From Seattle Times: Scientists say the first baby has been born from a controversial new technique that combines DNA from three people — the mother, the father and an egg donor. The goal was to prevent the child from inheriting a fatal genetic disease from his mother, who had previously lost two children to the illness.

The birth of the boy is revealed in a research summary published by the journal Fertility & Sterility. Scientists are scheduled to present details at a meeting next month in Salt Lake City.

The magazine New Scientist, which first reported the birth, said the baby was born five months ago to Jordanian parents, and that they were treated in Mexico by a team led by Dr. John Zhang of the New Hope Fertility Center in New York. It’s not clear where the child was born.

Dr. John Zhang

Dr. John Zhang

The technique is not approved in the United States, but Zhang told the magazine, “To save lives is the ethical thing to do.” A spokesman for the fertility center said Zhang was not available for further comment on Tuesday. Others involved in the research referred questions to Zhang.

The mother carries DNA that could have given her child Leigh syndrome, a severe neurological disorder that usually kills within a few years of birth. Her two previous children died of the disease at 8 months and 6 years, the research summary said.

The technique involved removing some of the mother’s DNA from an egg, and leaving the disease-causing DNA behind. The healthy DNA was slipped into a donor’s egg, which was then fertilized. As a result, the baby inherited DNA from both parents and the egg donor. The technique is sometimes said to produce “three-parent babies,” but the DNA contribution from the egg donor is very small.

People carry DNA in two places, the nucleus of the cell and in features called mitochondria, which lie outside the nucleus. The technique is designed to transfer only DNA of the nucleus to the donor egg, separating it from the mother’s disease-causing mitochondrial DNA.

The research summary identified the mother as a 36-year-old woman and said her pregnancy was uneventful. One of the five eggs the researchers treated was suitable for use.

Critics question the technique’s safety, saying children would have to be tracked for decades to make sure they remain healthy. And they say it passes a fundamental scientific boundary by altering the DNA inherited by future generations. Mitochondrial DNA is passed from women to their offspring.

Still, last year, Britain became the first country in the world to allow creation of human embryos with the technique. In the U.S., a panel of government advisers said earlier this year that it’s ethical to test the approach in people if initial experiments follow certain strict safety steps. That report was requested by the Food and Drug Administration, which is currently prevented by Congress from considering applications to approve testing the technique in people.

Shroukhrat Mitalipov, who has worked with the approach at the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, said that given the panel’s conclusion, “We believe it’s time to move forward with FDA-approved clinical trials in the United States.”

Henry Greely from Stanford University

Henry Greely from Stanford University

Henry Greely, who directs the Center for Law and the Biosciences at Stanford University, said Tuesday he sees nothing wrong with using the technique if it is safe and is aimed at diseases clearly caused by faulty mitochondrial DNA. But he called the research leading to the newly reported birth “unethical, unwise, immoral.” He said the approach “hasn’t been sufficiently proven safe enough to try to use to make a baby.”

Dieter Egli of the New York Stem Cell Foundation, who has done work in the area, was cautious about the implications of the new report. “I wouldn’t go out there at this point and tout the accomplishment because we don’t have enough information,” he said Tuesday. “We do not know exactly what was done. We have to wait for a fuller report,’ he said.

The child is not the first to inherit DNA from three people. In the 1990s, some children were born after researchers used a different technique. But federal regulators intervened, and the field’s interest now has passed to the new approach.

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Things I trust more than Hillary…

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