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12 Aug 14:00

Julie Chen Explains Why She Underwent “Westernizing” Surgery

by Lisa Wade, PhD

Eyelid surgery is the third most common cosmetic procedure in the world.  Some are necessary for drooping eyelids that interfere with vision, others are undertaken in order to enable people to look younger, but many people choose these surgeries to make their eyes look more Western or whiter, a characteristic often conflated with attractiveness.

Recently Julie Chen — a TV personality and news anchor — revealed that she had undergone eyelid and other surgeries almost 20 years ago in order to comply with the standards of beauty and “relatability” demanded of her bosses.  She released these photos in tandem with the story:

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Chen said that she was torn about whether to get the surgeries.  Her entire family got involved in the conversation and they split, too, arguing about whether the surgeries represented a rejection of her Chinese ancestry.

Ultimately, though, Chen was under a lot of pressure from her bosses.  One told her “you will never be on this anchor desk, because you’re Chinese.” He went on:

Let’s face it, Julie, how relatable are you to our community? How big of an Asian community do we have in Dayton? ‘On top of that, because of your heritage, because of your Asian eyes, sometimes I’ve noticed when you’re on camera and you’re interviewing someone, you look disinterested, you look bored.

Another man, a “big time agent,” told her: “I cannot represent you unless you get plastic surgery to make your eyes look bigger.”

While cosmetic surgeries are often portrayed as vanity projects, Chen’s story reveals that they are also often about looking “right” in a competitive industry. Whether it’s erotic dancers getting breast implants, waitresses getting facelifts, or aspiring news anchors getting eyelid surgery, often economic pressures — mixed with racism and sexism — drive these decisions.

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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11 Aug 19:30

Crosspost: Where’s Gamora?

by Kira Stewart-Watkins
The following is crossposted from the author's site with her permission.

After seeing Guardians of the Galaxy, my four-year-old daughter wanted a Gamora action figurine and my son wanted Star-Lord, so we went to the store. Star-Lord is everywhere, but there was not a single Gamora to be seen. Even on the Guardians of the Galaxy t-shirts, no Gamora. Hey, Marvel! She is one-fifth of the team, what the heck! Even my six-year-old son noticed and passed up a t-shirt because he wanted her on it too. I asked the store if they were out. They said they do not carry her and suggested a Rocket raccoon instead. Not. The. Same.

Other people say, “Well, just order her one online.” Okay, wait, so I get to say to my son, “Hey here is your Star-Lord action figurine, we will buy him,” and to my other child, “Oh wait, no Gamora, well, we can order her online and you will get her in 5 to 6 business days.”

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Something is very wrong here. Marvel, 44% of the opening audience of Guardians of the Galaxy were women! I know! I have seen it three times. And this is not just a problem with Gamora. We had this problem with Black Widow. We encounter this problem with my daughter's DC favorite, Wonder Woman. (I found her Wonder Woman t-shirt in a thrift store. And my daughter made the crown and bracers herself because she loves Wonder Woman so much.) I understand the politics of it, but a four-year-old does not.

So Marvel, do you know what my daughter thought after not finding yet another superheroine she loves in stores? Do you know what she said to me with her sad, green eyes?

“Maybe superheroes aren’t for girls, Mom.”

That is a problem. And it matters, Marvel. (DC, you aren’t off the hook either; you cause the same worry in my little girl.) I am so disappointed in you.

Green Lantern 


I cosplay as my DC favorite, a Green Lantern. When my daughter sees me suit up, she gets so excited to have a superhero mom that she even brags to people, “My mom is actually a Green Lantern.” I remember when I first cosplayed as my self-titled “Lantern Jovian,” I was so incredibly nervous. Because I am fat. Because of the idea that comics are “for guys.” Because a lot of people see adults dressing up as silly. Because of a million little reasons that have wormed their way into my social programming over the years.

But I was SO empowered by my children’s reaction the first time I suited up: “Mom, you are the most bravest, most beautiful Green Lantern ever!” It is not too much to say that I couldn’t have done it without them. It is amazing how your children can inspire you to be a superhero for them.

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Thank goodness for every woman we meet who cosplays as a superhero or villain! They help to teach my daughter (and my son!) that the fandom is not limited by gender and that female superheroes DO exist. They counteract the message that lack of mass-market availability means superheros are “just for boys."

Previously: Want a Princess Leia Action Figure? Sorry, Disney Doesn't Sell Them
08 Aug 15:52

African Pygmy Hoglets Poke About at Oregon Zoo

by Andrew Bleiman

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Hakuna Matata, an African Pygmy Hedgehog at the Oregon Zoo, gave birth to a litter of five on July 7!  The tiny, spiny hoglets weigh just a tenth of a pound each, and when curled up in a ball they are about the size of a doughnut hole. 

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Keepers aren't completely sure of the little ones' sexes yet, but they believe there are three males and two females. Two of the hoglets resemble their mother, a black-eyed cinnicot with mostly white spines; the other three take after their father, Burundi, who is a dark gray. Their quills are actually modified hairs, which fall out and grow back throughout their lives.

"When we think of African predators, we often think of lions and cheetahs and painted dogs," said Tanya Paul, who supervises the Oregon Zoo's education program animals. "But African Pygmy Hedgehogs are a great example of a smaller predator that is also important. They are insectivores, so they help keep bug populations down. They can also tolerate a fair amount of toxins in their diet, and sometimes will even feast on scorpions."

Although hedgehogs are cute, Paul warns, people should think twice before considering one as a pet. "They're very difficult to care for because of their diet and the need for special veterinary care," she said. "Many vets don't specialize in treating exotic animals like a hedgehog."

For now the hoglets are not viewable by visitors, but staff are working on ways to let people see them once the babies are about six weeks old and have been weaned. 

See more photos below.

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08 Aug 16:17

Will Arnett confirms there will be a fifth season of Arrested Development

As if Lucille Bluth needed a reason for a martini. Will Arnett stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night to give Jimmy a bottle of rosé he found, and to confirm some expected yet still awesome news: Arrested Development will be returning to Netflix for a fifth season.

"It's gonna happen," Arnett said. "We don't know when, but it's gonna happen." While season four saw the show focusing single episodes around specific characters, partly in order to accommodate the cast's busy and varying schedules, Arnett confirmed that for season 5, scheduling just depends on when the...

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07 Aug 01:30

Public Art: Handsome New Mural Maps Skid Row

by Bianca Barragan

Downtown is home to "the last true Skid Row in America", a recent LA Weekly article proclaimed, and it's an area being affected greatly by the incredible rise in demand for property in DTLA. Skid Row might just seem like a synonym for blight to some, but it's an area with legal borders and covers 50 blocks—the perimeters have been legally established through court cases, asserts a release for a new mural in the neighborhood, and deserves recognition. The painting on San Julian between Fifth and Sixth streets is the first ever in the area to be "entirely designed, funded, and painted" by residents, without money or aid from non-profits or missions. The map shows not just the borders of Skid Row but also orients the viewer within the area.

· Breaking: Murals Are Now Legal Again in Los Angeles [Curbed LA]

05 Aug 20:00

Female Runner Who Uses Nike+ to Draw Dicks Is an American Hero

by Erin Gloria Ryan

Female Runner Who Uses Nike+ to Draw Dicks Is an American Hero

Most runners I know who are not also liars acknowledge that running sucks much (okay, most) of the time. Usually, I deal with how much I hate it by complaining about it to people who really, truly do not care. But one San Francisco woman has channeled that love-hate relationship into something beautiful: using the latest in satellite-enabled exercise tracking technology and her own running feet to draw pictures of dicks.

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05 Aug 07:55

New study finds that potato chip bags are listening to your every word

by By Catherine Garcia

Researchers at MIT, Adobe, and Microsoft joined forces to develop an algorithm that is able to recreate an audio signal by studying the tiny vibrations of objects.

The team recorded videos of aluminum foil, the surface of a glass of water, the leaves of a plant, and a potato chip bag, and then extracted audio signals. In the case of the potato chip bag, researchers filmed 15 feet away behind soundproof glass, yet were still able to recover "intelligible speech from the vibrations of the bag," MIT reports.

One of the study's authors, graduate student Abe Davis, says that when sound hits objects...

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22 Jul 23:27

Fowl Play: Drive-By Gives SPCA a Break in Palos Verdes Peafowl Killings

by Bianca Barragan

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[Peacocks via Faria! / Curbed LA flickr pool]

Whether it's the work of a lone murderer or a crazed crew, someone has been killing off the peafowl of Palos Verdes—primarily Rolling Hills Estates—with a variety of depraved methods, including arrows and poison, over the last two years. Now, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (which has been monitoring the murders) has gotten what might be a lead: they've released a sketch of a man who they say was seen shooting a peacock from his Mercedes-Benz in an area of Rancho Palos Verdes near RHE—an attack that resulted in the bird's death, according to the LA Times.

The man is described in the SCPA release as white, in his fifties or sixties, and having gray, receding hair. He was wearing a white shirt and aviator-style sunglasses at the time he was seen sitting in a Mercedes on a Rancho Palos Verdes road, drawing a pellet gun, and shooting a peacock as it stood in a driveway, being majestic.

It's not known whether this man is a one-time peafowl murderer or if he knows anything about the many peacock killings in the area. Anyone who sees the suspect or has information about him is asked to notify authorities.
· Sketch released of suspected peacock killer on Palos Verdes Peninsula [LAT]
· Eyewitness Provides Description of Alleged Peacock Killer [SCPA]
· Someone is Serial Murdering Peacocks in Rolling Hills Estates [Curbed LA]

25 Jul 19:35

Celebrity Real Estate: Pete Campbell Selling Ingenious Little Bungalow in Hollywood

by Adrian Glick Kudler

Actor Vincent Kartheiser, aka Pete Campbell on Mad Men, put a lot of time and energy and tsuris into this awesome little bungalow (603 square feet) in the heart of Hollywood (that's right: not the Hills, just straight-up Hollywood). While it was under construction and toilet-less, he used the facilities at his neighbors, and he hauled a 650-pound rock out of Topanga Canyon to use for a sink. Kartheiser bought the 1912 house back in 2004 and local firm Funn Roberts designed its "Japanese industrial" makeover, which now includes not just a toilet and boulder sink, but also a bed that descends from the ceiling with a redwood headboard that flips down to a desk; a covered courtyard with a coffee table/firepit; and a detached spa with double showers, steam room, dry sauna, laundry room, and power room. It debuted in Dwell last year and now it's up for sale asking $808,000.

· 6512 Lexington Ave [Redfin]
· Vincent Kartheiser's Hollywood Bungalow Has a Toilet Now [Curbed LA]
· Actor Vincent Kartheiser Lives "Off the Grid" in the Middle of Hollywood [Curbed LA]

24 Jul 21:41

Introducing the world's first beer pong ball-washer

by Jenn Harris
Kevespada

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When you're playing beer pong, and don't pretend you haven't, dirty ping pong balls are often a problem. Sure there's the wash cup (a cup of water you rinse the balls in before playing each turn), but what good does that do if they're all going into the same wash cup, especially after your ball...
22 Jul 18:59

Man builds 'biggest fart machine ever,' plans to aim it at France

Colin Furze, who rose to internet fame after creating Wolverine claw replicas, is on to bigger and better inventions: the "biggest fart machine ever," to be precise.

Gizmodo reports that Furze plans to aim his fart cannon at France from Dover, England. He has apparently built the "biggest valveless pulse jet machine ever" — and he plans to build a giant butt to house the fart machine.

According to Gizmodo, Furze's jet machine has the sound effects of "a furious fart from hell." Furze plans to aim the fart cannon at France on July 24, between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. local time, to see if the...

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23 Jul 03:43

Jack White Did Not Have Fun at the Cubs Game

by Anna Silman

There's a lot of stuff Jack White likes: hand-crafted vinyl, the blues of Son House, covers of early-2000s hip-hop anthems. One thing Jack White apparently does not like? Baseball games — or that's what this jumbotron capture from Tuesday night's Cubs-Padres game at Wrigley field would suggest. Seriously, what's wrong, Jack? Cheer up! The Cubs are up 6-0! Did you see a member of the Black Keys in the crowd? Were there too many people taking photos with their cell phones? It's going to be okay, we promise.

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Filed Under: jack white ,music ,the chicago cubs ,turn that frown upside down ,candy

23 Jul 14:15

Check Out the Real-Life Better Call Saul Billboard

by Margaret Lyons

The anticipation for the Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul is officially in phase two: Growing Excitement. We know the show is set in 2002 and that Saul was then going by "Jimmy McGill," though he was still practicing law and helping out the seedy-underbelly types. Now it appears that Jimmy has a real-life billboard, just like Saul did back in the Breaking Bad glory days. This sign was spotted in Albuquerque — and the number really works! Yes, we called Saul, and you can listen to Jimmy's outgoing message below.

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Filed Under: better call saul ,coming attractions ,tv

23 Jul 02:10

The Story of Mount Lee: The Hollywood Sign sits atop Mount...

by Neal Broverman
Kevespada

fucken icarus

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20 Jul 17:45

Here’s a Flock of Lambs Getting Their Exercise for the Day

by Isha Aran

You know you need this.

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20 Jul 18:00

Dean Koontz's 5 favorite books

by By The Week Staff
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1. The Ken Burns' Guide to Hairstyles

In Sunlight and in Shadow by Mark Helprin (Mariner, $16). Mark Helprin's Winter's Tale weaves historical realities of New York City with the fantastic to profound effect, but this 1940s love story also enchants. The magic here is the intensity of Harry's love for Catherine, the purity of his code of honor. The title is from Poe's poem "Eldorado," about a gallant knight. Helprin convinces that honor in the service of love triumphs even when it appears to fail by mortal standards.

The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman (Scribner, $28). This tale of early-20th-century New York City...

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18 Jul 21:47

Jasper The Lynx Cub Struts His Stuff At Point Defiance Zoo

by Andrew Bleiman

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Meet Point Defiance Zoo's 9-week-old Canada Lynx kitten. Jasper is part of the Species Survival Plan® for Canada Lynx, which are listed as endangered in Washington state. He now weighs about 4 pounds and is being hand-reared by Point Defiance Zoo staff. Jasper will make periodic appearances around the zoo this summer as he grows into his role as an ambassador for his species.

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19 Jul 18:15

Blind Items Revealed

by ent lawyer
Kevespada

lol/shade

April 4, 2014

This B- list mostly television actress from a very hit cable show has been doing press for the new season of the show. The actress, who has had the second most scenes with this B+ list mostly television actress on the show was asked what her favorite thing about the B+ lister was. In a candid moment she said her favorite time was when she didn't have to see her any longer.

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19 Jul 00:00

Ashton Kutcher and John Cryer to Get Gay Married on Two and a Half Men

by Lindy West

Ashton Kutcher and John Cryer to Get Gay Married on Two and a Half Men

Oh, GUUUUUUUHHHHHHHHHH. Chuck Lorre has announced that Two and a Half Men's heterosexual main characters, played by Ashton Kutcher and John Cryer, will wed each other in a "hilarious" sham marriage so that Kutcher's stupid character can finally adopt the baby he's always wanted.

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19 Jul 16:23

Here's the Queen's Guard performing a cover of the Game of Thrones theme song

It's tough for Game of Thrones fans to make it through the show's hiatus (I imagine it's similar to the antsiness I'm beginning to feel for football season. I feel for you, GOT-folks, I do).

So credit to the Queen's Guard at Buckingham Palace for offering up three delightful minutes of the show's epic opening theme song. Those lucky enough to be watching a changing of the guard ceremony earlier this week were treated to quite the cover, which you can check out in the video below. --Sarah Eberspacher

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18 Jul 15:45

New Twin Peaks box set gives the TV series a new ending

by By

After more than 20 years with no sign of a Twin Peaks revival, fans are less than two weeks away from a damn good consolation prize: a new Blu-Ray set containing nearly two hours of never-before-seen content cut from the TV show and its film adaptation, Fire Walk With Me. Though the set won't be out until later this month, a special screening of the bonus material in Los Angeles revealed a treasure trove for fans — including, most pivotally, a scene that goes beyond the TV show's now-legendary cliffhanger ending.

According to BuzzFeed, the deleted scene extends past the TV show's final shot...

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18 Jul 13:05

My 14-Hour Search for the End of TGI Friday's Endless Appetizers

by Caity Weaver on Gawker, shared by Jessica Coen to Jezebel

My 14-Hour Search for the End of TGI Friday's Endless Appetizers

What if I told you that mozzarella sticks never had to end? That for $10, you could eat for free (for $10) for the rest of your natural life? That there exists a spot in the space-time continuum in which it is always Friday? That there are free refills on all Slushes™ excluding Red Bull® branded items?http://gawker.com/endless-appeti...

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14 Jul 14:52

Precocious middle school metal band signs $1.8 million deal with Sony

by By

Unlocking the Truth are so metal their amps go up to 11 — which, as it happens, is just about how old the band members are, too.

The trio of Brooklyn middle schoolers — 13-year-old guitarist Malcolm Brickhouse, 13-year-old bassist Alec Atkins, and 12-year-old drummer Jarad Dawkins —have been turning heads with their precociously ferocious shredding over the past couple of years. After landing gigs on Coachella and Warped Tour this summer, the band has finally parlayed their talent into a mammoth five-record deal with Sony worth $1.8 million.

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15 Jul 17:33

Tommy Wiseau's new sitcom looks even weirder than The Room

by By

It's been more than a decade since the release of Tommy Wiseau's lovably awful melodrama The Room, which continues to run in sold-out midnight screenings across the country. But apart from a few short side projects, fans have had no choice but to patiently wait for a follow-up.

At long last, the wait is over. Wiseau's latest full-scale project — a fascinatingly bizarre-looking sitcom called Tommy Wiseau's The Neighbors — is on the way, and the official website says we'll be able to see the pilot as early as September 2014.

According to the official synopsis,

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17 Jul 11:00

‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

by Jerilyn Hassell Pool

TW: please read with caution if you are triggered by physically or sexually abusive situations. 

One of the hardest parts of Kate Kelly’s excommunication in the larger Mormon feminist community is seeing people who’ve done terrible, destructive things without facing this strictest form of discipline. The following are stories collected over the last few days. Others may be added in the comment section or emailed to fMhcourtreporter@gmail.com. Anonymity will be respected. 

He was arrested for having a hard drive filled with child pornography. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

He emotionally, mentally, and physically abused his wife and daughter. He bought escorts while married. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

He led a Ponzi Scheme that took millions of dollars from the families around him based on the trust they gave him as a religious leader in their community and the testimony he bore of it building God’s kingdom. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

They allegedly committed massive frauds while in public office, including bribery and obstruction of justice. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

He abducted a 13yo YW from the ward and kept her in a van as a sex slave for over a month. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

He drove gay young men away from the church with horrible homophobic “jokes,” from his position of authority as scoutmaster, that left them forever scarred. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

Bruce Jessen, who was critical in designing US torture techniques, was appointed a bishop. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

He didn’t pay the government money for decades and used women and children as a human shield. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

He had MULTIPLE, repeated, long lasting affairs and was abusive and manipulative. Was exed, rebaptized a few years later, went back to cheating, drugs, alcohol, abuse, got disfellowshiped. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

They (the bishop and his counselors) heard over and over how my father abused me and my sisters from us, yet he was and still is an important rotary member working with young at risk children and they did nothing. They STILL do nothing. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

I know a 26-year-old male who was chatting with a “15-year-old girl” and drove 2 hours to have sex with her and when he got there he learned he had been talking to a cop the whole time. He spent time in jail, is on the sex offender registry and was disfellowshipped. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

He (early 30s high council member at the time) tried to convince his estranged wife to commit suicide so that he wouldn’t have to go through a divorce. Never mind their kids. After the divorce, he was sealed to a 19-year-old who he then verbally abused for many years until she got out. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

Ted Bundy kidnapped, raped, and killed over 30 women and was re-baptized after his execution. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

My stepfather spent years abusing my mother, me, and my younger siblings. Not only got people to believe that we were lying but got custody of my younger siblings in the divorce. Took my mother years to divorce him because you don’t leave a righteous Mormon man. Sexually abused me for 11 years. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

Large scale Medicare and Medicaid fraud lined his pockets with 22 million dollars and he is under investigation by the DOJ. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

For years he abused young men while a scout leader. When found out, he spent minimal time on probation and was disfellowshipped for 6 months. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

He tried to get me to marry him by pretending God had taken over his body and was speaking to me via text message, and when I reported him he still went on a mission (got sent home before even getting a week of MTC time done) and continued to stalk me with no issues. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

He beat her for years and she was blamed for the beatings. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

He was the leader of a drug ring at BYU’s Deseret Towers but only got his hand slapped and then went on a mission. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

He was verbally, physically, and mentally abusive to his wife and disabled child to the point that she moved into a battered women’s shelter. She went to the bishop for help and was told since she didn’t pay tithing the church couldn’t help. He was called as EQP a few weeks later. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

He hit her, cornered her, and broke into her apartment. He couldn’t take the sacrament or go to the temple for three weeks as informal probation. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

Repeatedly exposed himself to many, many women including me. Peeping tom, caught in the act. Served on the high council for the entire time even though it was common knowledge. Bequeathed his entire substantial fortune to BYU. Never disciplined. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

He fathered a child while married to my aunt then moved his family out of state to avoid being found and paying child support. He reunited with his daughter when she was 12 but still kept the secret from his other family, serving on high council the whole time. When his daughter 18 years later called her 1/2 siblings because he told her that he had finally told his other family, the truth came out and he was forced to confess. He served six months probation. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

He stole guns and ammunition from his employer (the government) and asked a new convert to store them in his house until they could be shipped when he left the country (not USA btw). New convert had learned to listen to his priesthood leaders and gladly helped him, not knowing they were illegally obtained. When the new convert was arrested for “terrorism” (by the equivalent of the CIA) the leader said it wasn’t his problem. Convert lost his business and freedom for several months and now the church won’t allow him to attend. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

English man sued President Monson and the church publicly calling President Monson and the church a fraud. No church discipline. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

He molested children at church as a branch president and one by one the families left to attend other wards. Stake president knew all about it but still believed his buddy. He and his wife got called on a mission instead of disciplined. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

He divorces his wife because he “can’t love her the way she wants to be loved.” She never ever asked more then I ask of my husband in fact she often settled for much much less. They take HER recommend away and practically shun her from the ward. He divorces her with no disciplinary action. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

He pushed her against a wall and raped her in front of their 12-year-old daughter. She got her temple recommend taken away for leaving him. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

He’s on the Board of Directors of a hate group that helped influence the anti-LGBT laws in Russia and Uganda. And he’s an Apostle. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

He was sexually abusing his sisters, the bishop was well aware as CPS was involved, and yet he handed me the sacrament tray each week. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

He was my college branch Bishop and my dentist. While gassed in his chair, having my tooth drilled, he started rubbing his crotch on my hand. I didn’t dare move in fear that he would put the drill through my cheek. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

He physically abused my brother and verbally assaulted all of us, had a huge porn collection at home and at work, and threatened a coworker with bodily harm. Bishop knew. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

He abandoned his wife and 10 children. Fathered 2 more children in extramarital affairs, then blamed his kids for not forgiving him. He refused to apologize and make peace with his his ex-wife as she lay dying of cancer. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

He molested my mother as a child and denied it. He was accused of molesting his step-daughters and their mother stayed with him. Yet, he served a mission and had a temple recommend and my mom never did because she married a non-member. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

He was convicted for muliple child molestation and rape, ex’d twice and, in the process of third baptism, more new victims came forward. Stake President felt Satan was blocking the way of baptismal waters through victims (this is in 2010) and moved his baptism up before paperwork could get processed. Now on his merry way towards temple recommend. …but my BIL lost his recommend for supporting marriage equality on FB. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬ 

Sent via email (fMhcourtreporter@gmail.com):

He was accused of rape, then served a mission, then spent years raping his new wife. When wife went to bishop, she was told to submit to her husband “lest she cause him to sin.” When wife wanted to go to the police, stake president told her not to because it would be a public relations nightmare. #yettheyexcommunicatekate

My husband had a one night stand 2 months after our first child was born. He received a year of “probation.” Then, four years later, he left me for a 20 year old.  When he decided to return and work things out, he was put on informal probation which lasted a total of 6 months. #yettheyexcommunicatekate

Physically abused his children in chapel classrooms during church when they did not listen to him and no one called him on it. Made one of his children sleep outside in a shed during the winter for not making bed. Moved in with his high school girlfriend and left his children and his wife to fend for themselves. Put the blame on his wife for her mental illness. #yettheyexcommunicatekate

He molested my sister and a number of other young girls for a number of years. When it was finally discovered he was disfellowshipped. #yettheyexcommunicatekate

Michael Terry participated in the My Lai massacre in Vietnam in 1968. He recounts shooting wounded women and children in a ditch – They weren’t going to get any medical help, and so we shot them.” Returned to BYU and graduated. #yettheyexcommunicatekate

He cheated on his wife for twelve years, then left her and his three kids for his second, secret family. He has now returned to his ward, and they have welcomed him with open arms. #yettheyexcommunicatekate

Submitted via Facebook:

Former Stake President and husband of Thomas Monson’s niece stole property from others. No church discipline yet. #yettheyexcommunicatekate

Note: Comments that are not stories that are in line with the direction of the post or do not reflect empathy for the storytellers will be deleted and the poster put in moderation. 

14 Jul 22:00

Woman Spends $30K to Look Like Kim Kardashian, Is Now in Extreme Debt

by Mark Shrayber
Kevespada

uncanny valley

Woman Spends $30K to Look Like Kim Kardashian, Is Now in Extreme Debt

Claire Leeson is 24 years old and "up to her eyeballs" in debt. But her money problems don't come from school loans or car payments: They come from her desire (need?) to look like Kim Kardashian, whom Leeson idolizes above all others.

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12 Jul 00:00

Harry Potter Actor Found Dead from Heatstroke in Death Valley

by Lindy West
Kevespada

Don't go to Death Valley in the summer.

Here's something completely tragic: Actor and MMA fighter Dave Legeno, who played werewolf Fenrir Greyback in the Harry Potter film series, has reportedly succumbed to heatstroke while hiking in Death Valley.

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11 Jul 13:00

Glee Star Becca Tobin's Boyfriend Found Dead In Hotel Room

by ent lawyer
Kevespada

this is one of the guys i used to work with at the restaurant company last summer

When a 35 year old man dies in a hotel room after a night partying, it is never usually by natural causes. Yesterday afternoon a maid in Philadelphia found the body of Matt Bendik, a nightclub owner and the boyfriend of Glee star Becca Tobin. Apparently the two had been partying on Wednesday night and at some point on Thursday a hotel maid found the body. No one knows where Becca was when the maid found the body. Philadelphia police are calling the death "sudden," but have released no other information. This one is especially strange because Becca and Matt went back to the hotel together, but she left him? Did he do something to himself after she left? Did she do something to him? Was she scared and left? His friends say he is not much of a partier, despite owning several nightclubs. Sunday marks the one year anniversary of Cory Monteith's death.
11 Jul 17:52

Study: Smelling farts is good for your health

Kevespada

webber

The next time someone at your office lets out a "silent but deadly" emission, maybe you should thank them. A new study at the University of Exeter suggests that exposure to hydrogen sulfide — a.k.a. what your body produces as bacteria breaks down food, causing gas — could prevent mitochondria damage. Yep, the implication is what you're thinking: People are taking the research to mean that smelling farts could prevent disease and even cancer.

The study, published in the Medicinal Chemistry Communications journal, found that hydrogen sulfide gas in rotten eggs and flatulence could be...

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11 Jul 15:26

A Mormon Feminist’s Guide to Dealing With Stuff in GIFS

by Winterbuzz
Kevespada

RPDR + feminism + mormons

We’ve all been there- the passive-aggressive comments from our family, the judgment from our neighbors, the bishop trying to rein us in.   Mormons are anything but direct, we paint in more delicate mediums- dancing around the subject, passive-aggression and more often microagressions. It’s a cultural art form we’ve inherited from our pioneer forepeople. We should be proud, really. It’s our heritage!  But it’s hard to be proud because it usually hurts more than it helps and it makes you want to eat your feelings.

Next time you experience this sort of “love” from concerned friends, family and clergy, use this post as a mental guide and memorize the images below. For our health, sanity and wellness I’ve brought my lovely friend Latrice here to give us some tips on how to deal:

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WHEN SOMEONE POSTS A COMMENT ON A LINK YOU POST ON FACEBOOK SAYING YOU REALLY DON’T UNDERSTAND THE GOSPEL:

WHEN YOUR VISITING TEACHER CLAIMS THE MESSAGE FOR YOU WAS INSPIRED:

 

WHEN A MISGUIDED BISHOP TAKES AWAY YOUR TEMPLE RECOMMEND FOR SUPPORTING FEMINISTS CAUSES:

SO YOU TELL YOUR MOFEM FRIENDS AND THEY’RE LIKE:

 

 

WHEN YOU GET RELEASED FROM A GREAT CALLING AND ARE GIVEN AN “EVEN BETTER CALLING” TO KEEP THE WARD SAFE FROM YOU:

AND MAYBE A LITTLE:

WHEN YOU REMEMBER YOUR BISHOP IS JUST YOUR NEIGHBOR DOWN THE STREET WITH A BORING JOB AND SOMETIMES HE THINKS HE HAS MORE POWER IN YOUR LIFE THAN HE DOES:

 

WHEN YOU TAKE A SANITY BREAK AND PEOPLE SAY YOU SHOULDN’T:

 

WHEN YOUR PARENTS CALL AND SAY YOU ARE ON A SLIPPERY SLOPE:

 

WHEN SOMEONE ASKS YOU IF YOU ARE GOING TO BE A LESBIAN NOW:

 

 WHEN YOUR NEIGHBORS SAY THEY “LOVE” YOU BUT CAN’T AGREE WITH YOUR FEMINIST LIFESTYLE:

 

 

WHEN YOUR SISTER-IN-LAW SAYS SHE FEELS FINE AT CHURCH AND DOESN’T KNOW WHY YOU DON’T:

 

 

WHEN YOU FEEL BAD BECAUSE REJECTION AND JUDGMENT HURTS:

WHEN YOU WONDER IF BIG CHANGES IN YOUR LIFE HAVE HURT MORE THAN THEY HAVE HELPED:

WHEN YOU GO TO CHURCH AND EVERYONE WHISPERS ABOUT YOU BUT YOU’VE FOUND YOUR POWER AND KNOW YOUR VOICE:

latricepow

AND YOU THINK, “JESUS LOVES ME, WHO CARES WHAT YOU THINK:”

BUT YOU HAVEN’T BEEN PERFECT AND EVERY MISTAKE YOU MAKE GETS JUMPED ON:

WHEN YOU REALIZE THAT YOU DON’T HAVE TO APOLOGIZE FOR WANTING GENDER EQUALITY AND YOUR BISHOP AND NEIGHBORS ARE WRONG:

AND REMEMBER: