Daily Archives: October 17, 2016

Do Blind People Know What They Look Like?

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Erasing the nipple from Instagram

sasha-frolova-02Note: if you’re browsing at work, there are photos below that are probably NSFW even though they are artistic and making a political point. The project itself suggests that the idea of NSFW is dumb, which makes me uncomfortable about calling it out like this, but you know, pragmatism…not everyone can afford to have a conversation with their boss about why viewing art during the workday is a good idea.

Posting photos of full frontal nudity on Instagram is against their terms of service.

No nipples, no pubic hair and certainly no vaginas or penises.

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Prehistoric Wingless Wasp—Now Extinct—Is One of a Kind

This ancient wasp without wings lived at the base of trees while dinosaurs wondered around above it, and is the only known specimen in a newly-created family of Hymenoptera. Source: Photo by George Poinar, Jr., courtesy of Oregon State University

Researchers have identified a bizarre, parasitic wasp without wings preserved in 100-million-year-old amber, which seems to borrow parts of its anatomy from a range of other insects but actually belongs to no other family ever identified on Earth.

The specimen, which is spectacularly well preserved, probably crawled along the ground at the base of trees trying to find other insects and a place to lay its eggs. While dinosaurs strolled around above it, it looked for an insect grub of some kind it could sting.

But for reasons unknown – maybe because it couldn’t fly, maybe because it died off from pathogens or habitat loss – it eventually disappeared and is now extinct.

After considerable debate, citing first one body part and then another, researchers created a new family for the specimen, called Aptenoperissidae, as part of the larger Order of Hymenoptera, which includes modern bees and wasps. Within that family, this insect, named Aptenoperissus burmanicus, is now the only known specimen.

continue http://www.rdmag.com/news/2016/10/prehistoric-wingless-wasp-now-extinct-one-kind

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Sioux Falls Doctor Arrested For Human Trafficking of Native American Women


A 36-year-old doctor in Sioux Falls, South Dakota was arrested on Oct. 11, 2016, for what authorities have called human trafficking.

Jonathan David Cohen was taken into custody after a 911 call was placed from his house. When police arrived, they found a 16-year-old runaway girl in Cohen’s home. Allegedly, Cohen arranged for the girl to come to Sioux Falls from her home in Georgia.

The hospital where Cohen works, Sanford Health, has placed him on administrative leave after he was charged with soliciting a minor, sexual exploitation of a minor, and engaging in prostitution.

Bail has been set for Cohen at $1 million cash only. Cohen already has an attorney who claims Cohen thought the girl was 20 years old. However, Cohen bought the girl a plane ticket using her birth date, which implies he knew the girl’s real age.

Cohen’s attorney claims the two met on a “sugar daddy” website and that sex was never explicitly discussed, but authorities claim to have evidence that Cohen had already had sex with the girl at the time of his arrest.

In South Dakota, the age of consent is 16 years old. Cohen may have been able to avoid serious criminal charges, as the girl was legally able to consent to sex. Prosecutors for this case are expected to argue that Cohen coerced the girl into interstate travel without the consent of her parents and that he coerced her into having sex with him by promising her a plane ticket home and giving her money to go shopping.

continue http://countercurrentnews.com/2016/10/sioux-falls-doctor-arrested-human-trafficking-native-american-women/

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Filmmaker Faces 45 Years in Prison for Reporting on Dakota Access Protests

Deia Schlosberg accepting an Emmy in 2014. (Photo: Danny Moloshok/AP)Deia Schlosberg accepting an Emmy in 2014. (Photo: Danny Moloshok/AP)
In an ominous sign for press freedom, documentary filmmaker and journalist Deia Schlosberg was arrested and charged with felonies carrying a whopping maximum sentence of up to 45 years in prison—simply for reporting on the ongoing Indigenous protests against fossil fuel infrastructure.

Schlosberg was arrested in Walhalla, North Dakota on Tuesday for filming activists shutting down a tar sands pipeline, part of a nationwide solidarity action organized on behalf of those battling the Dakota Access Pipeline.

“The actions of the North Dakota Police force are not just a violation of the climate, but a violation of the constitution.”
—Josh Fox, Gasland filmmaker

The filmmaker was held without access to a lawyer for 48 hours, her colleague Josh Fox wrote in the Nation, and her footage was confiscated by the police.

Schlosberg was then charged Friday with three felonies, the Huffington Post reported: “conspiracy to theft of property, conspiracy to theft of services and conspiracy to tampering with or damaging a public service. Together, the charges carry 45 years in maximum prison sentences.”

continue http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/10/15/filmmaker-faces-45-years-prison-reporting-dakota-access-protests

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