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Why More Teen Girls Are Getting Genital Plastic Surgery

Why More Teen Girls Are Getting Genital Plastic Surgery | Upsetment | Scoop.it
We have ignored porn’s impact on girls’ sexual confidence—and its likely role as a culprit in the alarming increase in surgeries
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This is incredibly sad. Young women should know that they are beautiful and more importantly that they have great value beyond the image of their bodies. We need to encourage the young—male and female—to look at their bodies with knowledge and love and to reject the cartoon thinking of porn, hero movies, and video-games. 
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We didn’t need to drop the bomb — and even our WW II military icons knew it

We didn’t need to drop the bomb — and even our WW II military icons knew it | Upsetment | Scoop.it
President Obama will finally visit Hiroshima. Moral leadership suggests both sides apologize for unspeakable acts
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We cannot know what went through Truman's mind at the time the decision was made. For instance, was he determined to limit the Soviet Union's role given the disastrous events taking place in Eastern Europe? Did he want to establish a misguided and mistaken sense of American hegemony by demonstrating a weapon so powerful? Was he that enraged by the Japanese war crimes that were coming to light? Who can actually say what he thought. Certainly years later it is easy to second guess, and when we do, the use of the Atomic bombs seems a brutal and horrible mistake. Do you think Mr. Obama should apologize for America's dropping those bombs? 
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Lawsuit accuses Flint mayor of diverting water crisis donations to PAC

Lawsuit accuses Flint mayor of diverting water crisis donations to PAC | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Former city administrator Natasha Henderson claims she was fired after reporting Mayor Karen Weaver may have been telling staff to direct water crisis donation to her own personal fund.
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If this is an accurate story, a few people should not only be sent to jail but also forced, while there, to drink Flint's water. Once again we must look at the darkest of souls and the sight sickens. 
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The Other Reason Africa’s Elephants Are Dying

The Other Reason Africa’s Elephants Are Dying | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Other Reason Africa’s Elephants Are Dying « | Foreign Policy | the Global Magazine of News and Ideas
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Since it is unlikely that wild animals will learn to live with humans, it behooves us to learn how to live with them. Otherwise, we will kill off the beasts that fascinate us, that often bring tourism, and that deserve a place in our world. There must be a balance between human habitation and conservation. Of course, strangely, sometimes the problem is getting conservationists to realize that they have exceeded their goals. While Africa needs to protect its great animals, we in North America have to recognize that the grizzly population no longer requires protection. At least good news about one magnificent creature. 
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Revealing his utter ignorance, Trump threatens to default on U.S. debt and crash the global economy.

Revealing his utter ignorance, Trump threatens to default on U.S. debt and crash the global economy. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Yesterday, Donald Trump gave an interview to CSNBC in which, among other things, he described his approach to the national debt. And it’s awful. Just awful.


Trump said in a television interview Thursday that he might seek to reduce th
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What this article misses and what is essential is that a businessman who approaches his business with this attitude towards debt is basically unethical. You don't raise money with such a cavalier attitude towards your investors unless you don't give a damn about anything except money. Do we want an unethical person in the White House? Is this the best the party of "family values" can do? 
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The Last Nazi Trials

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Reinhold Hanning was a Nazi guard 70 years ago. Now he's charged with being an accessory to the murder of 170,000 people at Auschwitz.
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As a person of Jewish ancestry, I cannot forgive those who killed and tortured so many for no reason other than that ancestry I share with them. On the other hand, is it not too late to pursue the long-dead perpetrators by trying a few old men who followed the same orders as an entire nation, for didn't the German people as a whole turn a blind eye to the Holocaust? Today, as Germany struggles with the refugees who come from Syria and the rest of the third world, there is a question more important than criminal justice for the Jews, Gypsies, and others who died in the camps. Can the new Germany rise above the nationalism of the past that created the horrors of World Wars and genocides and lead a world that needs to find a way of bringing all people together in the common cause of humanity? That would be true atonement and justice for the horrors of Auschwitz. 
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“Are there no workhouses?”: Meet the nasty House Republican whose bill would make poor kids starve

“Are there no workhouses?”: Meet the nasty House Republican whose bill would make poor kids starve | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Todd Rokita's bill is called the "Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act." Naturally, it does neither
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Once again the party that talks about family values and the importance of allowing children to live shows its true colors as a party that doesn't give a damn about the quality of the lives of children. It is time for the GOP to go and for ass-holes like Todd Rosita to be taken off the public payroll where they are quick to feed themselves and the rich but never to worry about the wellbeing of the average people. 
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Lawmakers urge Obama not to send shoulder-fired missiles to Syria

Lawmakers urge Obama not to send shoulder-fired missiles to Syria | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A bipartisan group wrote a letter in opposition to arming Syrian rebels with the missiles.
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At least this small group of lawmakers seem to have learned some of the most painful lessons of Charlie Wilson's war (Afghanistan): don't give out weapons that may end up being used against yourself; Today's "freedom fighter" may well be tomorrow's dictator; Your enemy when busy fighting your good guy is possibly keeping a stasis that is better than the possible outcome. And most importantly, other great powers exist and have their areas of rightful dominance, specifically Russia.  
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Illinois GOP: If single moms can’t find the dad, their babies won’t get birth certificates

Illinois GOP: If single moms can’t find the dad, their babies won’t get birth certificates | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Being a single mom in Springfield, Illinois could get a little more difficult if certain GOP lawmakers get their way.
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So America, do you get it yet. Here we have the same GOP that says a fetus has a right to life saying that that same being once born can be deprived an identity and assistance. Isn't it time to dump the Republicans and get a party with a brain? Or perhaps they are just missing a heart. 
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3 UAlbany students indicted in CDTA bus attack

3 UAlbany students indicted in CDTA bus attack | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Three black University at Albany students were indicted for allegedly lying about an altercation on a CDTA bus in January that gained national attention and divided the school along racial lines. A subsequent criminal investigation and footage from cameras on the bus that early morning in January dispelled those claims and appeared to show that the friends were the aggressors, according to Albany County District Attorney David Soares' office. The announcement of the indictment Monday by Soares' office comes after negotiations last month broke down on a possible plea deal between prosecutors and the women's lawyers that could have resolved the high-profile case that has polarized the campus. Under the indictment, Agudio of Huntington on Long Island faces one charge of assault, three counts each of attempted assault and falsely reporting an incident, all misdemeanors, and three counts of harassment, all violations. The indictment also alleges Agudio repeatedly struck and attempted to injure a 19-year-old male passenger and attempted to hurt two other female passengers, ages 18 and 20.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Is there not enough hatred and racism in the world without these foolish girls adding their rabble-rousing idiocy to it? Shame on them and kudos to the DA who tried to offer them a deal but would not back down from justice. 
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After ‘The Biggest Loser,’ Their Bodies Fought to Regain Weight

After ‘The Biggest Loser,’ Their Bodies Fought to Regain Weight | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Contestants lost hundreds of pounds during Season 8, but a study of them helps explain why they could not keep all of that weight off.
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Over the years, many people have suggested that I diet, go to the gym, lose weight. There have been periods when for one reason or another I did thin down, and each time was followed not simply by a return to my pre-loss weight but to a heavier me. Now, at least, this study gives some notion of the whys of that unpleasant reality. Do I wish I were thin? Sure. Is that going to happen? Not likely. Which is one reason I hold my wife in such high esteem; she has been able to keep herself at a much lower weight than she once measured, and that struggle seems to be getting harder despite her best efforts. Am I the only one with this problem? I guess not. 
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The government wants your fingerprint to unlock your phone. Should that be allowed?

The government wants your fingerprint to unlock your phone. Should that be allowed? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
As the world watched the FBI spar with Apple this winter in an attempt to hack into a San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, federal officials were quietly waging a
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This is a really interesting situation. Can law enforcement compel you to give up the contents of your phone or must they obtain the phone and then break into it to get those contents? If the phone is password protected, then the law is clear, they have to break into it, they have to go to that effort. But, if the phone is fingerprint protected, this case says they can force you to open it. Clearly, this is a good reason to not have fingerprint protected phones, but if you are going to break the law, it is the best plan to not use your phone to do the planning or perhaps even take pictures of the crime. Of course, without that built in camera, how will you post pics of your crime? 
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10 Things the American Family Association Has Protested (protests, boycotts, christians, right wing, gay, lgbt, afa, american family association, omm, one million moms) - ODDEE

10 Things the American Family Association Has Protested (protests, boycotts, christians, right wing, gay, lgbt, afa, american family association, omm, one million moms) - ODDEE | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The AFA is a right-wing Christian group currently in the news for boycotting Target after the store announced a trans-friendly bathroom policy. Here are some of the many things the group has protested over the years. (protests, boycotts, christians, right wing, gay, lgbt, afa, american family association, omm, one million moms)
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I'll say this for the American Family Association, they have been, like all those of little minds, consistent. Can the rest of us perhaps boycott such judgmental and destructive organizations. 
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Saudi officials were 'supporting' 9/11 hijackers, commission member says

Saudi officials were 'supporting' 9/11 hijackers, commission member says | Upsetment | Scoop.it
First serious public split revealed among commissioners over the release of the secret ‘28 pages’ that detail Saudi ties to 2001 terrorist attacks
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One benefit of fracking is the diminished concern in this country with Saudi Arabian oil. That allows us not only to be more critical of the Saudis but also to be friendly with Iran, which I support. If we were going to invade some Middle Eastern country after 9/11, it certainly should have been Saudi Arabia rather than Iraq. Of course we all know that true to their creed, Cheney and Bush were more concerned with the money and the oil than with justice or rationality. If ever there has been a disastrous American foreign policy, it was during the Bush years. 
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The Senate Is Launching An Inquiry Into Facebook's Trending News — Here's What's Going On

The Senate Is Launching An Inquiry Into Facebook's Trending News — Here's What's Going On | Upsetment | Scoop.it
On Monday, Gizmodo published a scoop where anonymous former "curators" who worked on Facebook's trending news module reported that they had suppressed trending conservative topics and outlets. Now, the Senate is launching an inquiry.
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I wonder how many people actually are interested in what's trending on Facebook rather than just looking at the current feed and specific friends and family. Secondly, since most of us have already surrounded ourselves on the social media with people who agree with us, would we really be influenced by this feed. Then, too, what is the evidence that this actually would be in Facebook's interest? Why would they want to suppress a large part other or any social mediums clientele? 
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Budweiser seeks approval to be called ‘America’ this summer

Budweiser seeks approval to be called ‘America’ this summer | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The label would also include the phrases "Land of the Free" and "Home of the Brave," among others.
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This idea honestly disgusts me. First, no one corporate entity should have a claim on our national identity. Second, if we did want to have a beer as a national symbol, I sure wouldn't pick this piss-water. In all honesty, I can't say I'd stop buying the product because I don't buy it now, but I might just stop shopping in stores that offered it or at least make it clear to the management that I found it offensive. Assuming for the moment that we were going to allow one beer to wrap itself in the flag as it were, which beer would you pick? For me, as a Broody New Englander, it would have to be Sam Adams. 
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Why Drug Rehab Is Outdated, Expensive, and Deadly

Why Drug Rehab Is Outdated, Expensive, and Deadly | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The U.S. will spend $40 billion this decade fighting addiction, yet little of it will be used on science-based treatment. Why do we deny medicine for addiction?
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This is an excellent call for a science and results driven approach to addiction. Far too much money and far too many lives have been sacrificed to the altar of the abstinence only approach. At the same time, while addiction is chemically driven and biological in nature, it also often reflects a failure of personal coping mechanisms. As with most mental health issues, the final best solution will probably include a mix of medication and interpersonal approaches. 
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Aid poured into fixing mosques while Gazans live in tents - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Aid poured into fixing mosques while Gazans live in tents - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Enormous funds are being funneled into the reconstruction of destroyed mosques in private projects that are directed by the donors themselves, with money Hamas cannot redirect toward housing displaced Gazans.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
One reason that the humanitarian crisis of Gaza is so under-addressed is that it is constantly being relabeled as a religious conflict rather than a political one. Creating mosques instead of homes is one way in which the Muslim world continues that distortion. While it may make a Muslim donor from another country feel that (s)he is serving Allah, it makes clear that the people of the strip mean nothing to him (her). Meanwhile—no when—hostilities break out again, these large, concrete structures, no matter how they are labeled, will be the natural targets for the Israeli air force thereby heightening the notion that Israel is anti-Islamic. Good sense and justice demand that the people of Gaza receive better. Places to pray are important but home, jobs, schools, and markets are crucial. 
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Kansas fundamentalist group tied to Duggars tries to force teens to get hitched

Kansas fundamentalist group tied to Duggars tries to force teens to get hitched | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A bunch of internet activists stopped a Kansas church from a retreat meant to arrange marriages for teenagers
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Did you catch the It Matters Radio show in which we discussed Reconstructionist theology? If you did, this kind of evil dressed in the word of god doesn't surprise you. If you didn't, here's another example of why you should catch our show on Sunday's at 3 PM ET. 
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Why Turkey's Prime Minister Had No Choice But to Resign

Why Turkey's Prime Minister Had No Choice But to Resign | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu steps down, opening the way for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to seize even more authority
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We are watching the emergence of a new dictator in a country that is important both toe American foreign policy and to stability in the Middle East. If Erdoğan continues his course, the US may well want to turn to Iran as a counterbalance and may wan to support an independent Kurdistan as a way to protect against another genocide. 
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How OxyContin became one of America's most widely abused prescription drugs #InvestigatingOxy

How OxyContin became one of America's most widely abused prescription drugs #InvestigatingOxy | Upsetment | Scoop.it
OxyContin's 12-hour problem
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This can't be true. After all, OxyContin is made by a big pharmaceutical company and they would never mislead us. Take away the big phrama drugs and people might use horrible things like marijuana to relieve pain. What makes it horrible? Because big business won't make money. 
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Rick Snyder Wants Obama To Drink Flint Water

Rick Snyder Wants Obama To Drink Flint Water | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Michigan governor has been trying to get the city's residents to use their taps.
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Didn't Snyder bail on his commitment to drink the water for 30 days? I seem to remember her left on a trip after the first slurp. Meanwhile, the testing is clear, the water is still unsafe. 
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US and Syria's Kurds: Love on the rocks? - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

US and Syria's Kurds: Love on the rocks? - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East | Upsetment | Scoop.it
PKK violence is complicating US relations with Syria’s Kurds just as Turkey steps up its cooperation against the Islamic State.
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Are the Kurds the heroes or the villains of the Middle East? Obviously, they are neither, But they are a group demanding a national identity instead of their enforced dispersal across four countries, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and Syria. In the end, no matter how heroically they fight against ISIS, they will become a threat to those four countries as they strive for that national identity. Rejection of that desire will result in ongoing civil wars, but acceptance of it requires the support of the four nations that are currently in place to make room for a fifth. Will that happen? Doubtful.. Will the Kurdish people stop their struggle for a homeland? No way. This is a dilemma that American foreign policy needs to address now. It is certainly one question I hope that the presidential candidates will be asked during the campaign.
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How the ‘Green Zone’ Helped Destroy Iraq

How the ‘Green Zone’ Helped Destroy Iraq | Upsetment | Scoop.it
It was only a matter of time before ordinary Iraqis stormed the walled-in palaces of their corrupt politicians.
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This is just one example of how little thought went into America's invasion of Iraq. One mark of a failed empire is the creation of failed governmental institutions in the countries it has controlled. Congratulations Bush-Cheney and the regime changing repiglicans.
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A failed pact tells you why Trump is winning

A failed pact tells you why Trump is winning | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Like Stalin and Churchill huddled over a map of Europe in 1944, Ted Cruz and John Kasich began a very odd week by announcing — publicly, for reasons known only to them — that they were divvying up the remaining primary states in order to maintain individual spheres of influence. Cruz would get Indiana
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The question that Donald Trump is really asking: Which is more pathetic, the Republican Party or the American Electorate? Perhaps it is time for a constitutional convention and a rethinking of our national identity. What do you think? 
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