What Did That Cost?

We have been bombarded in the last couple of weeks on the nominee for the Supreme Court….and more recently about the accusation of sexual misconduct….and now there is even more news on this subject…..

A former classmate of Christine Blasey Ford has changed her tune a bit after initially stating, “This incident did happen” in a Facebook post about Ford’s allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school. You can see a screenshot of Cristina King Miranda’s Wednesday post, which has since been deleted, here; in it, Miranda says she knew Ford, Kavanaugh, and Kavanaugh’s friend Mark Judge (who Ford says was in the room during the alleged assault) in high school and describes a “completely out of control” drinking environment. She says she was one of the more than 200 alumnae of Maryland’s Holton-Arms School who signed an open letter supporting Ford, and that “many of us heard about [the Ford-Kavanaugh incident] in school.” But in a new interview with NPR, Miranda denies knowing whether the assault happened.

“That it happened or not, I have no idea. I can’t say that it did or didn’t,” Miranda says. “In my [Facebook] post, I was empowered and I was sure it probably did [happen]. I had no idea that I would now have to go to the specifics and defend it before 50 cable channels and have my face spread all over MSNBC news and Twitter.” She says she played soccer with Ford and that she still supports her and believes her, but she wasn’t expecting to be contacted by staff from the Senate Judiciary Committee after posting on Facebook. She says that if the committee asks to interview her, she will decline. She also posted on Twitter (though her account appears to have since been deleted) that she does “not have first hand knowledge of the incident” Ford describes. But, she tells NPR, she remembers a “buzz” going around involving a serious incident at a party involving students from her school and Kavanaugh’s school.

When I read this story the first thing that entered my mind was…..wonder how much that cost the team?”

As I always try to say….he is accused of misconduct….this needs to play out and cut the theatrics (which is impossible in DC for theatrics is all they have)…

The GOP seems to be in a rush to confirm for the good of the court…..seriously….they allowed the court to function with a judge down for damn near a year and it is important now but not 2 years ago…..this is what I point to when I call them all hypocrites…….

Personally, I do not trust the guy…his hair looks like that of a Baptist preacher and I do not trust a preacher as far as I can toss them.

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Saturday–08Sep18

I try to make IST something for everyone and a good source of FYI…

As the weekend begins news comes that my state has the second highest incidents of sexual transmitted diseases (STDs)……another list that my state should be embarrassed of ….if it is a “Good” list we are at the bottom, if it is a “Bad” list we are at the top and it has been that way for a very long time.

http://backgroundchecks.org/these-are-the-most-sexually-diseased-states-in-the-us.html

All that comes with more terrible news about STDs…..

A record has been set in the US, but not one to celebrate: Almost 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were diagnosed last year—more than 200,000 over the record set in 2016, per the CDC in a report released Tuesday. One CDC director says there have been “steep and sustained increases” in sexually transmitted diseases over the past five years, a “very concerning” trend that hasn’t been seen in two decades. Experts suspect that with newer drugs lowering the risk of HIV infection and making the virus itself less lethal if it is contracted, condom usage has declined, leading to the rapid rise in STDs. But experts tell NBC News that other factors likely contributing include less funding for agencies focused on STD prevention, doctors failing to test patients for STDs, and a general lack of awareness about sexual health—including the need to get tested even if no symptoms are present.

These are the estimates of the number of people with new and existing cases of eight STDs in the United States. The estimates are based on 2008 data.

Another fact is the Deep Red South has 10 out of the top 15 states with the highest cases of STDs.

Sad that in the 21st century that this health issue should be in the news…..and as an aunty of mine use to always say…”keep in your pants and you will always smile”…..

As long as sex is the subject of this post…..there is another aspect of the exercise…..this study is one that I would never have considered…..some of this is not news that is uplifting….actually it is kinda sad.

Daniel Noah Halpern checks in on the state of the world’s sperm in a lengthy piece for GQ, and the upshot at its worst is that there is “the possibility that we will become extinct.” That line comes from Hagai Levine, who co-authored a 2017 Hebrew University/Mount Sinai meta-analysis of 185 studies that involved more than 40,000 men’s sperm and found a worsening picture, and sharply so: In 1973, sperm counts were about 99 million sperm per milliliter of semen; by 2011, that count was down to 47 million per milliliter, and it’s still dropping. “We are producing half the sperm our grandfathers did. We are half as fertile,” writes Halpern, and the numbers prod him to ask: “Would 40 more years—or fewer—bring us all the way to zero?”

Halpern explores a number of other questions, among them, why haven’t we noticed such a drastic change, and what’s the cause? In his view, the answer to the latter question is clear, and “the scientists I talked to were less cautious about embracing this explanation than I expected”: chemicals, which we’ve been ingesting since the industrial revolution but even more so since WWII. He offers a primer on endocrine disruptors like phthalates and BPA, which are found in more obvious places like water bottles, less obvious places like grocery store receipts, and far, far less obvious places like pasta and eggs. He also talks about the significance of a man’s anogenital distance (that’s the distance between the genitals and anus) and how it interrelates with those endocrine disruptors. What’s the solution? IVF, perhaps ultimately. Read his full piece for more.

The “Anogenital” distance?

chuq is out….I will relax today and tomorrow…..there is a “honey do” list waiting…..a really long list……have a good day.

Those Sex Dolls

I have been writing this blog daily since 2006 my most popular posts have been ones about sex….the post that has the most hits of all times is the one I wrote entitled “Watermelon Makes You Horny” (I just wish some of my more serious posts were that popular)….and since it is the weekend and I must post something that has nothing to do with a trial or a “tell all” book or some sand box pissing contest….I will go to an old reliable…..SEX!

It seems that there may be a problem brewing for Japan when it comes to sex………

As Japanese birth rates plummet amid a generational fertility crisis, experts have fingered an explosion in sex dolls as an emerging threat to the country’s already-dire population problem – with some even saying they will lead to the “extinction” of the Japanese race.

According to the RT documentary “Substitutes,” industry insiders say that around 2,000 life-like sex dolls – with adjustable fingers, removable head and customizable genitals are sold annually in Japan. Assuming costs come down and the Japanese workforce continues to put in 14-hour days, there could be tens of thousands of sex dolls floating around the island nation within a decade. Maybe don’t look in random closets when visiting friends in Japan.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-07-24/explosion-sex-dolls-threatens-japanese-race-extinction

Will this post become as popular as “Watermelon Makes You Horny”?

My day will be limited by strong Summer afternoon thunder showers…..but at least the weather will cool down a bit after the rain….it may go from 100 to 95……

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and thank you for your visits this past week and I hope to see everyone in the coming week……

Peace Out my friends!

Closing Thought–19Jul18

Hey let’s talk about the Nobel Peace Prize.  There is a steady beat of those that think Our Dear Leader should get the Peace Prize because of the NK meeting and then the Russian meeting……

No I am not going to go off on some rant about why Trump does not deserve the prize…though I can see why you might think that…..nope this post is about the co-founder of a youth charity who was nominated for the prize in 2015……..

The 22-year-old co-founder of a charity that advocates for victims of sexual violence was arrested on Tuesday in New York for possession of child pornography and for working to arrange sexual encounters with children as young as two years old. Joel Davis — who helped found Youth to End Sexual Violence, and chaired the UN’s International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict — has been charged with several counts, including attempted sexual exploitation of a minor and enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity, after exchanging messages with undercover federal agents earlier this month.

During those text message exchanges, Davis had told undercover law enforcement officers that he was sexually interested in children of all ages, including infants, and had sent the officers explicit photographs of infants and toddlers. Some of the photos showed the minors engaged in sexual activity with adults.

Davis, who had previously been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015 and had served as the U.S.’ Youth Ambassador on Sexual Violence in Conflict, also told the officers of his intention to engage in sexual activities with an undercover officer’s nine-year-old daughter and the two-year-old daughter of the officer’s girlfriend. He is alleged to have gone into great detail about the sexual activities he wished to perform with the children.

http://theantimedia.com/joel-davis-arrested-child-sex/

What is it about sports doctors and sexual abuse?  This type of thing is becoming all too common in our society…..I mean look at the GOP representative that is involved in a sexual abuse case

What can I say…..if he is a perv then he needs to be fried….you may interpret that any way you like…..any money made off the nomination should be returned and then a hefty fine for being a perv……

Closing Thought–10Jul18

Since 2010 I have been leery of the Tea Party and especially their so-called caucus in Congress, the Freedom Caucus……ever noticed the more extremist the group the more patriotic their names are?

Any way one of their “leaders’ is Rep. Jordan of Ohio and he is having his problems with the time before his Congressional days….

A team doctor who allegedly molested athletes; coaches who reportedly knew but turned a blind eye. It’s not the story of Michigan State University and Larry Nassar but that of Ohio State—and the allegations are touching a “powerful” Republican congressman. NBC News on Tuesday reported on claims from three former wrestlers who say the late Dr. Richard Strauss molested players during his tenure with the team from the mid-’70s to late ’90s—and that Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, the team’s assistant wrestling coach for the 1986 to 1994 period, knew. Jordan denied being aware of the abuse claims several months ago (the university said in April it was investigating) and repeated that denial Tuesday. But those NBC News spoke with say that just isn’t so. More:

  • Former wrestler Dunyasha Yetts says he went straight to Jordan after Strauss began to remove his wrestling shorts when he sought help for a thumb injury. He said Jordan and then-head coach Russ Hellickson spoke with Strauss, who the New York Times reports committed suicide in 2005. Yetts says it was far from the only discussion players had with Jordan, and that it was commonly known Strauss showered with players though he didn’t work out.
  • Mike DiSabato, another player who spoke with NBC News, got detailed in an interview with CNN: “I never saw Doc Strauss … where he didn’t ask me to—where I went to see him for medicine or whatever, finger injury, shoulder, knee—where he did not want to examine my testicles. He groped. Every time. If you wanted your meds, if you wanted to stay healthy … so that you could stay on scholarship, you grinned and beared it, so to speak.”
  • CNN says male members from 14 of the university’s sports teams—among them baseball, fencing, football, swimming, and track—have levied allegations against Strauss per Ohio State. Some 150 people have been interviewed as part of the probe.
  • What a rep for Jordan had to say after NBC News published its article: “Congressman Jordan never saw any abuse, never heard about any abuse and never had any abuse reported to him during his time as a coach at Ohio State. He has not been contacted by investigators about the matter but will assist them in any way they ask because, if what is alleged is true, the victims deserve a full investigation and justice.”
  • The Columbus Dispatch quotes a written statement from Porter Wright Morris & Arthur attorney Kathleen Trafford as saying Jordan was contacted by phone and email but did not respond to the interview requests. Jordan’s rep countered this, demanding “that they send us the supposed communication” and noting Jordan remains “willing to assist.”

The Times gives context to Jordan’s position in the House, describing the Freedom Caucus member as being floated as a potential successor to Paul Ryan as speaker. Though the Times sees that outcome as “unlikely,” it believes he’ll exert influence over the selection.

Of course he is denying an knowledge of the abuse….as we would expect……I say if guilty he needs to be a BBQ…..and as we would expect he is blaming his enemies and the media for his problems…..let the case go where it must…..

While writing this draft more news on the Jordan front has come to light…..

The number of Ohio State wrestlers who’ve come forward to say Rep. Jim Jordan knew about abuse at the hands of their team doctor is rising, despite Jordan’s adamant denials. After an initial report on three former wrestlers, NBC News interviews a fourth accuser, Shawn Dailey, who says he was groped several times by Dr. Richard Strauss in the mid-’90s, when Jordan was the team’s assistant coach. “It was very common knowledge in the locker room that if you went to Dr. Strauss for anything, you would have to pull your pants down,” Dailey, now 43, says, adding he never approached Jordan about his own abuse but took part in locker room discussions about Strauss with Jordan. Dailey specifically backs up the account of former teammate Dunyasha Yetts, saying Jordan’s reply to Yetts after Yetts complained about Strauss was: “If he tried that with me, I would kill him.”

Dailey notes he’s a Republican, like Jordan, whom he calls a “close friend” and “good guy” whose campaign he donated to in 1994. Still, “what happened drove me out of the sport,” he says. “So I was surprised to hear Jim say that he knew nothing about it. … That’s kind of hurtful.” Former UFC champ Mark Coleman also speaks out, telling the Wall Street Journal “there’s no way unless [Jordan’s] got dementia or something that he’s got no recollection of what was going on at Ohio State. … I have nothing but respect for this man, I love this man, but he knew as far as I’m concerned.” Meanwhile, President Trump has weighed in, telling reporters Thursday that he believes Jordan “100%, no question in my mind.” “Jim Jordan is one of the most outstanding people I’ve met since I’ve been in Washington,” Trump said, adding he doesn’t believe the allegations against him “at all.”

Of course the president will not believe the allegations…Jordan is his butt boy in the House with Nunes……birds of a feather sort of thing.

No secret that I would like to see Rep. Jordan run out of Washington….but not like this…..I prefer that he be beat at the polls.

Closing Thought–28Jun18

………….Flying to your destination……not in this lifetime…..for when I left the service of my country I had an airplane removed from my ass (that is a joke about all the travel I had to do, in case you missed it)….

It is bad enough that if something goes wrong in-flight I cannot flap my arms enough to save my life….and then I read a report that is just goddamn disturbing…..

“Sexual assault on an aircraft is a federal crime,” the FBI warns in its new Be Air Aware campaign—and it’s a crime that the agency says has increased “at an alarming rate” in recent years. The bureau says there has been a steady rise in reported mid-air incidents, with the 38 investigations it opened in 2014 rising to 63 last year; the true number of incidents could be much higher, reports CNN. The FBI says it’s not sure what’s behind the increase, but it urges passengers to “hit that call button” and notify the flight crew immediately when there is an incident. Too often, passengers either fail to report the assault or only report it long after the flight, when it is harder to investigate and prosecute offenders, the bureau says.

The FBI says sexual assault is more common on long-haul, overnight flights and often happens when a passenger is asleep. Brian Nadeau, assistant special agent in charge of the Baltimore division, tells the Washington Post that alcohol is often involved, and it is common for victims to be in either the middle or window seats. “We find offenders will often test their victims, sometimes brushing up against them to see how they will react or if they will wake up,” Nadeau says. “Do not give these offenders the benefit of the doubt.” (This airline has created a service to help women flying alone.)

Seriously?  Women cannot be safe even on a metal tube flying through the atmosphere?  What a great time in which we live (sarcasm in case that was missed also)…..

That is it for me for the day…..if you fly take precautions……

Doctors Without Borders

Or as they are known by most of the world, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)……..that great charity where medical types go around the world helping people that need their help and the rest of the world ignores…..places like Mali, South Sudan, etc.

But first I need to report that my medical procedure was a success…at least for now will know more next week when I go in for a follow-up….as long as I am writing about doctors……

Disturbing news has come to light about this charity……

Aid workers at charity Medecins Sans Frontieres used local prostitutes while working in Africa, whistleblowers have told the Victoria Derbyshire programme.

Female former employees said the behaviour was widespread.

One said a senior colleague said it was possible to barter medication in exchange for sex.

The charity said it does not tolerate “abuse, harassment or exploitation”. The use of prostitutes is banned by MSF under its strict code of conduct.

The women spoke anonymously for fear of being blacklisted by foreign aid agencies, among which there can be a large crossover of staff.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-44523086

This is sad news……the UN has been plagued with similar problems……just sad that those there to help eventually take advantage of the people they are there to help.