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Sick: Actor Tom Hanks made a joke about being fisted by his older brother

Tom Hanks with a black eye. See “The ‘Black Eye’ Club

Actor Tom Hanks has this super-benign public image, but he may not be what he appears.

While in Australia, Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson were among some of the first to get COVID-19.

In a recent appearance on the CBS “Late Show” with Stephen Colbert, Hanks said he and Rita experienced very different COVID-19 symptoms (which is yet another oddity of this demon coronavirus):

“I had bones that felt like they were made of soda crackers. Every time I moved around I felt like something was cracking inside me. You ever had a really sore butt? It felt like your older brother had held you down and just kept fisting you in the buttocks until you said something like, I love Flipper! My butt was so sore.”

Fisting is an utterly depraved sexual activity — the insertion of a hand or fist into another’s vagina or rectum. From Wikipedia:

Fisting’s emergence as a popular sexual practice is commonly attributed to gay male culture…. The most famous fisting club in the world was the Catacombs, located in San Francisco, which operated during the 1970s and 1980s.[7] The Handball Express was another such club.[8] Crisco was commonly used as a lubricant, before more specialized personal lubricants became available.

In the 1980s, it was assumed that unprotected fisting—which often produces small injuries to the anus, permitting microorganisms access to the blood—was an easy route for transmission of HIV…. Fisting gradually returned as a sexual practice over the next 30 years.

Below is the horrifying fisting scene from the 1980 movie Cruising.

Now, why would Tom Hanks think fisting is funny?

Why would he even think of fisting in the first place?

If you search for “fisting” on YouTube, on the first page of results are numerous videos by women touting and giving instruction for fisting. This is how deeply perversities of the “gay” culture has penetrated (no pun intended) our society.

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A beating heart knows no race…

Grab a hanky!

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Obama-appointed judge rules women can get abortion pill without doctor visits

Apparently if pregnant women can’t get this “abortion care” pill quick enough it will cause “irreparable harm.”

From MyFoxChicago: A federal judge agreed Monday to suspend a rule that requires women during the COVID-19 pandemic to visit a hospital, clinic or medical office to obtain an abortion pill.

U.S. District Judge Theodore ChuangJ in Maryland concluded that the “in-person requirements” for patients seeking medication abortion care impose a “substantial obstacle” to abortion patients and are likely unconstitutional under the circumstances of the pandemic.

“Particularly in light of the limited timeframe during which a medication abortion or any abortion must occur, such infringement on the right to an abortion would constitute irreparable harm,” the judge wrote in his 80-page decision.

Chuang’s ruling will allow healthcare providers to arrange for mifepristone to be mailed or delivered to patients during the public health emergency declared by the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved mifepristone to be used in combination with a second drug, misoprostol, to end an early terminate pregnancy or manage a miscarriage.

“By causing certain patients to decide between forgoing or substantially delaying abortion care, or risking exposure to COVID-19 for themselves, their children, and family members, the In-Person Requirements present a serious burden to many abortion patients,” Chuang wrote.

Read the whole story here.

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Gov. Newsom shutting down California’s economy again

Newsom tweeted that he’s shutting down indoor operations in California again due to Wuhan virus cases spreading at “alarming rates.”

From Yahoo:

“California’s governor has ordered all bars to close statewide and all restaurants, movie theaters and museums to halt indoor operations, in a dramatic rolling back of reopening efforts as coronavirus cases continue to surge.

In addition to the statewide closures, the 30 counties on the state’s monitoring list must also shut down indoor operations at places of worship, fitness centers, hair salons, barbershops and malls.”

Those alarming rates include the following statistics: “The state has seen an average of 8,211 daily cases over the past week, an uptick from the 7,876 average from the week before. The positivity rate has increased to 7.4%, up from 6.1% a few weeks prior.

So a 1.3% increase in the positivity rate is “alarming?”

One would think that at least a 5 percent increase would be concerning and a doubling of the positivity rate would be alarming.

Remember that the governor allowed this to happen just three weeks ago:

But you know the demorats:

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The frustration of the Wuhan virus…from a four-year old’s perspective

Girl, I feel your pain!

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Our loved ones can hear us as they’re dying

If you’ve ever wondered if the last words we whisper to a loved one who’s unconscious and dying, this study should give us some comfort.

Citing an article in The Times (which is behind a paywall), Georgia Simcox reports for The Daily Mail, July 11, 2020, that a study by a team at the University of British Columbia has found that even while unconscious and close to death, a person can hear what is being said to them.

The study’s lead author Elizabeth Blundon said, “This should just give a lot of comfort to people who maybe have had this experience of being close to someone at the bedside or on the phone and having those parting words.”

The study, the first of its kind, focused on patients transitioning from life to death, when the body begins to shut down, rather than people in a coma.

Researchers measured electrical activity in the patients’s brain with a hat containing 64 electrodes. They identified brain signals generated in response to complex tonal changes by playing a series of tone patterns to a young and healthy control group before replicating the test on a small number of hospice patients.

The researchers found the brain signals when the patient was unresponsive were very similar to the signals when the patient was responsive (not dying), as well as to the signals found in the control group, which suggests that the dying patient can still hear.

What is not known is whether the patient can understand what they’re hearing. But the case of Jenny Bone would indicate unconscious patients understand the words they hear.

Bone fell into a coma after being stricken with Guillain-Barre Syndrome in 2015. While she lay in a medically-induced coma, she heard a doctor asking her husband about switching off her life-support. She said: “I was aware of conversations around me. The most frequent one was being turned in the bed. A familiar ‘ready, steady, turn’ would come from the nurses. The most alarming was between a doctor and my husband enquiring as to my wishes surrounding being kept alive on a ventilator and that they were unsure whether my mental ability had been impaired due to lack of oxygen while they were attempting to restart my heart.”

That dying patients can hear what is said could explain stories of patients “waiting” for their loved ones to arrive at their bedside before dying, as in the case of Hilary Jordan and her husband Ian, a police officer in Victoria, British Columbia.

Ian suffered a head injuruy in a crash and was comatose for almost 31 years. During all those years, Hilary would talk to Ian. She told the Canadian Press news agency that she said something to let him know it was OK if he left them. She had never said it before and shortly afterwards he passed away.

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Seattle City Councilmember will introduce legislation to create new mental health and substance addiction first-responder program

Andrew Lewis, Seattle City Council, Dist. 7

Last week Seattle City Council member Andrew Lewis proposed legislation to create and fully fund a new mental health and substance addiction first-responder program. Andrew just assumed office this past January and has spent his career in the public sector.

About Andrew’s proposed legislation, from the City’s web site:

“Councilmember Andrew J. Lewis, Chair of the Council’s Select Committee on Homelessness Strategies and Investments, announced this morning he will introduce legislation to create and fully fund a new mental health and substance addiction first-responder program, based on a Eugene, Oregon program called Crisis Assistance Helping Out On the Streets, or CAHOOTS.

CAHOOTS outreach teams are unarmed and composed of a medic and a mental health crisis worker. They are immediately dispatched by 911 to respond to people experiencing a mental health or substance abuse crisis and can offer counseling, conflict resolution, housing referrals, first aid, and immediate transportation to services.

“When a building is on fire we send the fire department. When someone has a stroke we send an ambulance. Why do we send armed police to help someone in a mental health or drug-related crisis? By the most conservative estimates one in every four people fatally shot by a police officer has a mental illness. This has to stop,” said Councilmember Lewis.

CAHOOTS has been in existence since 1989 and is operated by Eugene’s White Bird Clinic. On an annual basis, CAHOOTS responds to nearly 24,000 calls, representing almost 20 percent of all 911 calls. Out of all those calls, CAHOOTS workers only requested police assistance 150 times in 2019. More than 60 percent of CAHOOTS’ clients are experiencing homelessness. This successful program has saved Eugene on average $8.5 million a year in policing costs and $14 million a year in emergency medical response costs.

We cannot police our way out of poverty, racial inequity, homelessness and our mental health crisis. By diverting these types of calls to CAHOOTS, Seattle has the opportunity to save money and invest in a program that adequately responds to people’s essential needs,” Lewis said.”

CAHOOTs describes themselves as “critical assistance helping out on the streets.”

From the CAHOOTS web site: “We are a funny blend of idealism and realism. We are committed to being of service to the community and the clients we serve and we share a hope for a better world – we take pride in doing our part!”

Eugene Police with a homeless man

So how is CAHOOTS making Eugene (Lane County) a better place?

From October 2019: “Eugene has most homeless per capita in US”

From July 2018: For the last 30 years, Lane County’s suicide rate has exceeded the national average.

From July 2016: The Eugene area has one of the highest rates of excessive drinking in the state – 22%. Oregon as a whole has a rate of 19%. Lane County has a fatal overdose rate of 15 per 100,000 residents, resulting in 156 deaths in 2014. This ranks #12 in Oregon.

Homeless encampments in Eugene/KLCC photo

While democrats are rushing to #defundpolice, this CAHOOTS program is being pushed in the media as an effective model for prioritizing mental health over police.

While CAHOOTs may be saving the city money and de-escalating some situations, I question just how effective the program has been in “enabling people to gain control of their social, emotional, and physical well-being through direct service, education, and community.”

Saving taxpayer costs on emergency response calls may be beneficial yet how much better are the residents/taxpayers of Eugene when – overall and in the long run – homelessness, suicide and substance abuse statistics do not improve? I guess that depends upon your definition of “adequately respond” and “gain control.”

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Good News! Shops sue NY gov. Cuomo over looting; Robert De Niro’s finances ‘decimated’ by coronavirus

Amidst the depressing news, there is some good news.

Here are two. 😀

(1) Cindy Adams reports for Page Six, July 7, 2020, that NYC’s tony Madison Ave. stores are suing Gov. Andrew Cuomo for not protecting the businesses against looting.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has nipple rings. New York must be proud.

The plaintiffs, Domus Design Center aka DDC, 134 Madison Ave., have filed a class action lawsuit with the Court of Claims for an estimated $400 million, against Cuomo, NY mayor Bill de Blasio, the NYPD, Commissioner Dermot Shea, NYC, the state of New York “and others.”

The looting took place on the night of May 29, 2020, when George Floyd #BLM rioters terrorized the city, and vandalized and burglarized shops.

The plaintiffs’ lawyer Sal Strazzullo said:

“Cuomo should have worried about hospital reform instead of bail reform. Getting a free pass, some criminals were not able to be detained pending trial and now we have looters. Who’d have imagined we’d have to board up our stores? We’re not in Afghanistan. Places like Saks Fifth, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Rolex being bombed out?

Where are our tax dollars going? Rocks, bricks thrown? Glass smashed? Merchandise stolen? Thrown out? People hurt? Millions lost? Businesses destroyed? Lives crushed? Not protecting commercial properties is negligence of duty. It’s looters against New York City and state. Paying taxes that help pay the salary of the NYPD, we expect protection in return. Where was the city? The state? Officials failing to protect their residents? Government is responsible to protect its citizens and businesses against criminals who want to do bad.

Not every lawsuit is for money. This type of suit — about the city’s acts and omissions in failing to control or otherwise restrain violent protesters, which caused destruction to claimant’s retail store — is for a point. This will be a class-action lawsuit. Costly. Because the others will come on board.”

(2) Rabid anti-Trump actor Robert De Niro said the COVID-19 coronavirus had “decimated” his finances.

Priscilla DeGregory reports for Page Six, July 9, 2020, that appearing in a Skype call in his divorce case against Grace Hightower, De Niro told the court the coronavirus had “decimated” his finances.

De Niro has a thing for black women. In 2018, he filed for divorce from Hightower, with whom he had been on-and-off since 1997.

Hightower is asking for an emergency order to to raise her monthly American Express card credit limit from $50,000 to $100,000. She claims De Niro had unfairly cut the allowance, and hat she and their two children had been banned from an upstate compound where De Niro is staying during the pandemic.

De Niro’s lawyer Caroline Krauss said he cut Hightower’s credit card limit because he’s taken a huge financial hit as the restaurant chain Nobu and Greenwich Hotel, both of which he has stakes in, have been closed or partially closed for months with barely any business:

In the case of Nobu, the restaurant chain lost $3 million in April and another $1.87 million in May. That led to De Niro having to pay investors $500,000 on a capital call, for which he had to borrow money from his business partners  “because he doesn’t have the cash.”

Krauss said that under the terms of their 2004 prenuptial agreement, De Niro is only required to pay Hightower $1 million a year as long as he’s making $15 million or more in income. If his income declines, his payments to her would proportionally decline as well. But Krauss said De Niro is “lucky if he makes $7.5 million this year” because:

  • Proceeds from the Netflix movie, The Irishman, have mostly already been paid out and De Niro is likely to get just $2.5 million in 2020 and 2021. (If you subscribe to Netflix, be sure to not watch The Irishman!)
  • A movie project that De Niro was scheduled to begin filming this summer in Oklahoma has been put on hold.

Krauss said that De Niro has begun “dramatically” cutting back spending, and that people like him, “in spite of his robust earnings, have always spent more than he has earned so this 76-year-old robust man couldn’t retire even if he wanted to because he can’t afford to keep up with his lifestyle expense.”

Hightower’s lawyer, Kevin McDonough, pooh-poohs the notion that De Niro’s finances are decimated and that “the idea that Mr. De Niro is tightening his belt is nonsense.”

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New study finds soda tax has very little impact on soda consumption

Soda tax is another baseless, utopian, “Nanny-State” scheme of the Left.

Like other Democrat-controlled cities, in the name of public health, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, implemented an excise tax ($ 0.015/ounce) on sugar-sweetened and diet beverages in January 2017.

A team of five researchers at the Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University, Philadelphia, undertook a study on whether the soda tax led to changes in consumption a year after. They found, alas, that “there was no major overall impact of the tax on general population-level consumption of sugar-sweetened or diet beverages, or bottled water.”

The researchers Yichen Zhong, Amy H. Auchincloss, Brian K. Lee, Ryan M. McKenna, and Brent A. Langellier published their findings in “Sugar-Sweetened and Diet Beverage Consumption in Philadelphia One Year after the Beverage Tax,” in the journal Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 202017(4), 1336.

Sample: The study conducted a random-digit-dialing landline and cell phone survey between December 2016 and February 2017 of residents aged 18–64 who lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (“Philly group”) and nearby comparison cities (Trenton, New Jersey; Camden, New Jersey; and Wilmington, Delaware, “non-Philly group”) A total of 863 participants (N = 479 in the Philly group and N = 384 in the non-Philly group) responded to the follow-up survey (33% retention). Participants were paid $20 at follow-up but were not paid at baseline.

Measures: The survey collected age, sex, race, education, income, height, weight, health status, smoking, and alcohol use. Self-reported bottled water and consumption of sugar-sweetened and diet beverages (SSDB), including regular soda, regular fruit beverage, regular energy beverage, diet soda, diet fruit beverage, and diet energy beverage, were measured.

Results:

  • “No significant changes” were found in SSDB consumption over time between the Philly and non-Philly groups.
  • Although a slightly higher proportion of Philly participants decreased their monthly SSB consumption and a slightly lower proportion increased their monthly SSB consumption, the majority of the participants (around 80% in both groups) did not change daily consumption of SSBs. After covariates adjustment, there were no differences between Philly and non-Philly in within-person change in consumption regardless of the type of beverage or operationalization (daily, continuous ounces, continuous frequency of consumption).

Although the researchers admitted that the results are based on a relatively small sample, and that the sample was slightly older and had higher median income, nevertheless the sample was roughly comparable to the general Philadelphia population on other census characteristics. Furthermore, the prevalence of SSB consumption in the study’s sample (e.g., 24% daily SSB consumption and 11% daily soda consumption) roughly aligned with the prevalence of SSBs reported in other population-based samples within Philadelphia.

Conclusions: 

Limitations notwithstanding, this study is among the first to suggest that the impact of the tax on consumption may have been more modest than anticipated. Reasons for a modest impact may be the continued low price of SSB relative to healthier beverages (such as milk and 100% vegetable juice), high availability, aggressive marketing [9,10,11,42], as well as tax avoidance (purchasing SSB from retailers within Philadelphia who chose to not raise the price of SSB or purchasing from retailers outside of Philadelphia). Taken in context with other studies, it is important to conduct further research to understand the full effects of the tax on consumption, including research in larger population-based samples across multiple cities, as well as, among high-risk sub-populations. The Philadelphia beverage tax proposal was introduced with the explicit goal of generating revenue by taxing a luxury/non-essential item that could be used to finance universal pre-kindergarten programs and improvements to parks and recreation facilities [15]. Future studies could also examine whether health benefits are detectable from these health-promoting investments.

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