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Sep 7, 2011

 the Center for Biological Diversity launched a new national campaign,7 Billion and Counting, to highlight the devastating effects of the world's exploding human population on wildlife around the globe.

The United Nations predicts that the world population will hit 7 billion by the end of October. There's never been a better moment to speak out about overpopulation, and the Center is the only environmental group making the direct connection to plant and animal species extinction.

Our new website, 
7BillionAndCounting.org, will support you in taking action online, offline and in your community. Major pieces of this campaign will include a powerful new video in New York City's Times Square, distribution of 100,000Endangered Species Condoms, an interactive map to find endangered species where you are, and a guide to hosting your own 7 Billion and Counting event.

We're looking for 1,000 volunteers to help us get our free Endangered Species Condoms out in every state across the country. Click here today to enter your current mailing address and contact information so we can get you first in line to distribute this October.

We'll have more campaign updates in the coming months, including more ways you can be involved. If you're on Facebook, our new campaign page is another great way to continue finding out more about our actions.

Thank you for your support.

Kierán Suckling
Executive Director
Center for Biological Diversity
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Posted: Sep 7, 2011 4:43pm
Feb 19, 2011

It might seem hyperbolic to say that Republicans have declared a war on women.

Sadly, it's not.

Just take a look at the top 10 shocking, crazy things Republicans have proposed in recent weeks. If you think this constitutes a war on women, please share this email far and wide—forward it, and post it on Facebook and Twitter

I wish I could say these were the only examples of the Republican war on women. But it's just a sampling, and more is sure to come—unless we raise a ruckus and call them out. So please, share this email today.

Thanks,

Kat

Top 10 Shocking Attacks from the GOP War on Women 

1) Republicans not only want to reduce women's access to abortion care, they're actually trying to redefine rape. After a major backlash, they promised to stop. But they haven't.

2) A state legislator in Georgia wants to change the legal term for victims of rape, stalking, and domestic violence to "accuser." But victims of other less gendered crimes, like burglary, would remain "victims."

3) In South Dakota, Republicans proposed a bill that could make it legal to murder a doctor who provides abortion care. (Yep, for real.)

4) Republicans want to cut nearly a billion dollars of food and other aid to low-income pregnant women, mothers, babies, and kids. 

5) In Congress, Republicans have proposed a bill that would let hospitals allow a woman to die rather than perform an abortion necessary to save her life. 

6) Maryland Republicans ended all county money for a low-income kids' preschool program. Why? No need, they said. Women should really be home with the kids, not out working. 

7) And at the federal level, Republicans want to cut that same program, Head Start, by $1 billion. That means over 200,000 kids could lose their spots in preschool.

8) Two-thirds of the elderly poor are women, and Republicans are taking aim at them too. A spending bill would cut funding for employment services, meals, and housing for senior citizens.

9) Congress voted yesterday on a Republican amendment to cut all federal funding from Planned Parenthood health centers, one of the most trusted providers of basic health care and family planning in our country. 

10) And if that wasn't enough, Republicans are pushing to eliminate all funds for the only federal family planning program. (For humans. But Republican Dan Burton has a bill to provide contraception for wild horses. You can't make this stuff up).

Please share this email today. Just click the links to post on Facebook and Twitter

Sources:

1. "'Forcible Rape' Language Remains In Bill To Restrict Abortion Funding," The Huffington Post, February 9, 2011 
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=206084&id=26180-9995082-mtTePWx&t=6

"Extreme Abortion Coverage Ban Introduced," Center for American Progress, January 20, 2011 
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=205961&id=26180-9995082-mtTePWx&t=7

2. "Georgia State Lawmaker Seeks To Redefine Rape Victims As 'Accusers,'" The Huffington Post, February 4, 2011 
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=206007&id=26180-9995082-mtTePWx&t=8

3. "South Dakota bill would legalize killing abortion doctors," Salon, February 15, 2011 
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=206102&id=26180-9995082-mtTePWx&t=9

4. "House GOP Proposes Cuts to Scores of Sacred Cows," National Journal, February 9, 2011 
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=206103&id=26180-9995082-mtTePWx&t=10

5. "New GOP Bill Would Allow Hospitals To Let Women Die Instead Of Having An Abortion," Talking Points Memo, February 4, 2011 
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=205974&id=26180-9995082-mtTePWx&t=11

6. "Republican Officials Cut Head Start Funding, Saying Women Should be Married and Home with Kids," Think Progress, February 16, 2011 
http://thinkprogress.org/2011/02/16/gop-women-kids/

7. "Bye Bye, Big Bird. Hello, E. Coli," The New Republic, Feburary 12, 2011 
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=206104&id=26180-9995082-mtTePWx&t=12

8. "House GOP spending cuts will devastate women, families and economy," The Hill, February 16, 2011 
http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/economy-a-budget/144585-house-gop-spending-cuts-will-devastate-women-families-and-economy-

9. "House passes measure stripping Planned Parenthood funding," MSNBC, February 18,2011 
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=206122&id=26180-9995082-mtTePWx&t=13

"GOP Spending Plan: X-ing Out Title X Family Planning Funds," Wall Street Journal, February 9, 2011 
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=206105&id=26180-9995082-mtTePWx&t=14

10. Ibid. 

Birth Control for Horses, Not for Women," Blog for Choice, February 17, 2011 
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=206106&id=26180-9995082-mtTePWx&t=15

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Posted: Feb 19, 2011 4:42pm
Dec 16, 2010

"In a lengthy opening segment, Jon Stewart took on "birthers" last night, mocking their internal leadership and the media figures and politicians who support them. If you don't know by now (which is totally possible as a rational adult who does not engage with the lunatic fringe) "birthers" think that our president is not an American citizen, but instead a citizen of Kenya, who, through a massive government and familial conspiracy, tricked the American people into electing him."

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Posted: Dec 16, 2010 6:40pm
May 31, 2009
Name: George Tiller
Type: Memorial (for the deceased)
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Location: , Kansas United States
Planned Parenthood



I am writing today to share my deep, personal sadness and that of the entire Planned Parenthood family about the murder of Dr. George Tiller this morning in Kansas.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and those close to him who are suffering a personal tragedy. 

Dr. Tiller was the epitome of high quality medical care underscored by deep compassion for his patients. While he was not a Planned Parenthood provider, Dr. Tiller provided critical reproductive health care services, including abortion services, to women facing some of the most difficult medical circumstances. He was continually harassed by abortion opponents for much of his career - his clinic was burned down, he was shot by a health center protestor, and he was recently targeted for investigation only to be acquitted by a jury just a few months ago. 

None of this stopped George Tiller from his commitment to providing women and their families with compassionate care that others were unwilling to offer. 

His death is an enormous loss for the patients who relied on him, his dedicated staff, and the medical community. And it is also a loss for each of us for whom Dr. Tiller represented courage against unbelievable adversity. 

Sincerely, 


Cecile Richards, President
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
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Posted: May 31, 2009 4:55pm
Mar 7, 2006
The following is an actual question given on a University of Washington engineering mid-term. The answer was so "profound" that the Professor shared it with colleagues, and the sharing obviously hasn't ceased...

Bonus Question: Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or Endothermic (absorbs heat)?

Most of the students wrote Proofs of their beliefs using Boyle's Law, (gas cools off when it expands and heats when it is compressed) or some variant. One student, however, wrote the following:

"First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time. So we need to know the rate that souls are moving into Hell and the rate they are leaving.

I think that we can safely assume that once a soul gets to Hell, it will not leave. Therefore, no souls are leaving. As for how many souls are entering Hell, let us look at the different religions that exist in the world today. Some of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to Hell.

Since there are more than one of these religions and since people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all souls go to Hell. With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in Hell to increase exponentially.

Now, we look at the rate of change of the volume in Hell because Boyle's Law states that in order for the temperature and pressure in Hell to stay the same, the volume of Hell has to expand as souls are added. This gives two possibilities:

1. If Hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter Hell, then the temperature and pressure in Hell will increase until all Hell breaks loose.

2. Of course, if Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in Hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until Hell freezes over.

So which is it?

If we accept the postulate given to me by Teresa Banyan during my Freshman year, "...that it will be a cold day in Hell before I sleep with you.", and take into account the fact that I still have not succeeded in having sexual relations with her, then, #2 cannot be true, and thus I am sure that Hell is exothermic and will not freeze."

This student received the only A.


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