A new study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) recently analyzed the effects of Bisphenol-A (BPA) on human eggs, and it may reveal why some couples are unable to conceive. The study, published recently online in the journal Human Reproduction, is the first of its kind to show the direct effects of BPA on egg maturation in humans… …read more
By Rob Quinn
Ariel Castro’s sentencing is today and the hearing is expected to feature horrific details of the abuse the three women he kidnapped suffered over a decade, as well as testimony from at least one victim as well as Castro himself, CNN reports. Prosecutors have revealed that the women kept diaries… …read more
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One of the things that bums us out about most post-baby body coverage is the overwhelming focus on “bouncing back,” and the lack of real-talk about what moms can expect. That’s why for many women, the most thrilling moment in all the hoopla surrounding the royal baby was when the duchess clasped her hands under her still-swollen, I-just-had-a-baby-YESTERDAY belly.
The thing is, pregnancy changes women’s bodies, sometimes forever. You grow a tiny person in there, and then your body does the incredibly hard work of ushering him or her into the world. Some of the resulting shifts are less welcome than others, but — if you won’t hate us for being too insipid — we’d argue that many are awesome in their own way. It’s high time for a frank conversation about real post-pregnancy bodies so that women, and men, can push back against the notion that moms are supposed to magically appear as though they never gave birth at all.
Without further ado, here’s what really happens to your body after baby.
Source: FULL ARTICLE at Huffington Post
On Monday, British GQ published some salacious-ish teasers from its cover story on One Direction, in which the boys affably discuss groupies and bat away softly floated questions about their sexuality.
What happened next is the stuff of mindless thinkpieces about the efficiency and sometimes inaccurate nature of social media: Hundreds, if not handfuls of thousands of 1D fans (also known as Directioners) seized upon American GQ editors, tweeting their disappointment, and, more often, rage at the magazine for daring to hint at the 1D dudes’ proclivity for women.
Many of those tweets landed in the mentions of Nate Erickson, GQ’s social media editor. On Tuesday, Erickson retweeted an endless stream of vitriolic threats and attacks by Directioners (check out his twitter feed — @Nately — for a rundown). As editors who have had our own experiences with certain fan-bases (though they’ve been more of the Madonna, Lady Gaga and Beyonce variety), our hearts went out to Erickson and his GQ compatriots. We asked how he’s doing.
Source: FULL ARTICLE at Huffington Post
The Villa of Mysteries, first excavated in 1909, is named after a large and colourful cycle of frescoes showing young women undergoing an ancient Roman marriage initiation rite. Conservators are using laser technology to restore the colours to their former glory. Pompeii officials released a statement saying this is the first time the technique has been applied to such an important cycle of works a the site and that “it constitutes a viable alternative for preserving surfaces that might be too sensitive for [traditional] mechanical and chemical methods of conservation”. The laser is able to detect and remove the different protective layers that have been applied to the frescos by previous restorers. A spokesman confirmed that the restoration work, which is scheduled to end in October, is going well so far.
Similar laser technology was used on an unusually large scale to clean the courtyard of the palace of the Roman emperor Diocletian in Split, Croatia (see link above).
After 9 years of co-running a successful company, Shecky’s, known for its Girls Night Out events that combine cocktails, shopping and networking, Claudia Chan wanted more purpose in her life. Open yourself up to opportunity You can’t know where opportunity lies, if you’re not aware of what’s going on in the world. Chan became a sponge, soaking up marketplace trends until she fixated on one: women’s advancement had stagnated. Whether it is the percentage of women leading Fortune 1,000 companies, serving on their corporate boards, holding political office or raising money to scale their businesses, the numbers had stalled. “You can’t be what you can’t see,” Chan quoted Marie Wilson, an advocate of women’s issues, and founder and President of The White House Project. It’s not that women don’t have potential, but as Chan added to the quote, “you cannot become what you do not believe.” Women need to be exposed to more female role models. Seeing women like themselves who have succeeded, makes the possibility real. It’s inspiring and shows a path to follow. Know what you’re good at How could Chan inspire and encourage women to break barriers? By starting a more purposeful women’s media company that could provide ambitious women with honest advice and stories of today’s leading female role models that they normally would not have access to. And by convening these women at live events, she could help them build the networks they need to achieve their goals. While women build deep relationships with each other, to unlock our potential we need to open more doors for each other just as men do. From her past experience, Chan knows how to throw events that foster bonding. She had done this for nearly a decade with Shecky’s. Now she had a bigger purpose. Her company S.H.E. Globl Media has launched two media brands since it’s March 2012 inception. ClaudiaChan.com, a website that shares hundreds of exclusive interviews with inspirational women from Somaly Mam to Christy Turlington Burns, and S.H.E. Summit — an annual June women’s week of events that brings the content to life. The brands are designed to inspire women to dream big and do big with passion and purpose Chan evaluated the marketplace and found there was no direct competition. There were some high-end conferences, but no publication or conference connecting today’s women leaders with the masses. Since women approach their lives holistically, not separating personal from business, Chan’s content also combines leadership with lifestyle. Self funding your businesses requires creative marketing tactics Chan chose not to raise money, she funded the company herself. She bootstrapped everything, including marketing the event. She was creative in promoting her events, partnering with other brands that aimed to inspire women, from women’s organization 85 Broads to fitness chain Physique 57 to fashion brand BCBGMAXAZRIA among others. The tactic worked. Only in its second year, the S.H.E. Summit Week attracted thousands of women to its 100+ events across the U.S. and globally. Build a great culture around your team’s skill sets and passions Chan …read more
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In a recent Brand Keys survey among that most-desired of demographics (men and women, 18-49 years old), we asked about the animated TV series they watched most often, here’s how the top-10 ranked: Simpsons Archer Futurama Family Guy Bob’s Burgers Venture Brothers Aqua Teen Hunger Force South Park American Dad King of the Hill You’ll probably be hearing a lot of “D’ohs!” in the near future. Not because “The Simpsons” was #1 on our list, but because the figure of one billion dollars is being floated around as regards Twentieth Television, a unit of TV’s syndicated division, plan to market reruns of the network’s long-running animated comedy “The Simpsons.” Yes, a billion dollars! That’s $1,000,000,000.00. …read more
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Ever wondered why some women, but not all, have the “pear” shape considered by many to be desirable? Researchers might have found some answers to the mystery, after discovering that estrogen, one of the sex hormones, affects where fat is stored in a woman’s body… …read more
Today’s savvy real estate agent knows to be prepped and ready for success as the market continues to heat up across the country. Digital real estate search site, HomeFinder.com is on a mission to help both women and men agents equip themselves with the tools needed to adapt to the new normal in the industry and to stay ahead in the rapidly evolving market. Enter HomeFinder.com Agent Makeover Sweepstakes where five lucky real estate agents will win a two-night trip to Chicago on September 18 to 20th for a full fashion style and business marketing makeover. Entry deadline is August 16th. …read more
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Before leaving Singapore this past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend a BBQ with U.S. service members and their families stationed in Singapore, as well as crewmen from the USS Fitzgerald, docked in Singapore at the time. Joe and I also visited with service members, their families, and DOD employees in Hawaii, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. When Joe and I travel, we love nothing more than to meet with our men and women in uniform and their families to thank them for their service and sacrifice.
Military families face so many challenges, as spouses get deployed and families move around. When I was in Singapore, I met a woman who was in the Navy and she told me that this was her 14th move. As a military mom, I understand a bit of what these families are going through. Our son Beau was deployed for a year to Iraq as a member of the Delaware Army National Guard and our son Hunter is an Ensign in the Navy Reserves. This experience, as well as the joys and concerns we heard from military families as we traveled around the world led First Lady Michele Obama and I to start Joining Forces. It is our hope that we can rally all Americans to support our veterans and military families. Joining Forces brings together public and private resources to help with the employment, education, and wellness of our veterans, servicemen and women, and their families.
Source: FULL ARTICLE at The White House
We’ve seen it all before in real political life. Hilary Clinton stands by her man after he has engaged in oral sex with Monica Lewinsky in the Oval Office. Huma Mahmood Abedin, now the latest victim, stands by her sexting-addicted husband Anthony Weiner.
It’s like a season of CBS’s epic drama, The Good Wife. The show examines the twists and turns of a political wife who stood by her husband after torrid affairs and a corruption scandal landed him in jail. The Good Wife, Alicia Florrick, is left to pick up the pieces for her family. She re-enters the workforce as a junior associate with a prominent Chicago law firm. Four seasons later, she’s granted partnership in the firm.
The Good Wife, Alicia Florrick remains by her husband’s side. Last season, her law firm defended husband Peter Florrick and his campaign as they dealt with charges of voter fraud after he is elected Governor of Illinois. Alicia defends him along with the senior partners. Its’s ironic under the circumstances. It’s why we keep watching.
This early interview with Julianna Margulies, who plays Alicia Florrick on The Good Wife, paints the picture of the modern day political spouse –
A reporter asked why political women don’t tend to get caught in sex scandals. “Women do not have the time,” Margulies answered. “Dear Lord! Between the kids and the job and the cleaning and the cooking, we just don’t have the time!”
Margulies admits that she, too, tended to look askance at the political wives who stood by their wayward men — until she took the role. “[The part] gave tremendous respect for them — so quick to judge until I stood in Alicia’s shoes,” Margulies said. “It’s not like these are silly little women waiting for their husbands to come home. A lot of them have two degrees and are incredibly accomplished.” Read more here.
Enter Huma Abedin, wife of the Weiner (a.k.a. “Carlos Danger”). She shows a striking resemblance to The Good Wife.
In the real life saga, former Congressman Anthony Weiner, who resigned due to a “sexting” scandal in 2012, appears to be rebuilding trust in his marital relationship after the birth of the couple’s first child. After the bitterness, blame, denial, lying and cheating, Weiner decides to run for Mayor of New York; his fully supportive wife at his side. She is once again betrayed; her husband once again caught again “sexting” under the alias “Carlos Danger”.
More people are watching the Weiner-Abedin union now with greater scrutiny. What most people don’t know is this: The saga gets even juicier.
The man who asked America to define what the meaning of the word “is” is regarding sexual relationships presided over the Weiner-Abedin wedding as officiant. Weiner (a Jew) marries Abedin (a Muslim). And Bill Clinton officiates.
It doesn’t get much better than this.
If the true life episode with Weiner and Abedin wasn’t an episode of The Good Wife before, it is most likely going to play a role now.
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If it is true that conservatives (i.e. patriots) must unify to defeat Obot forces arrayed to destroy America, then the governor of New Jersey is a sellout at best, a traitor more likely. Defenders of liberty, which depends upon America’s founding principles, ought to be outraged.
Gov. Chris Christie, the latest Democrat in Lincoln clothing, last week called Sen. Rand Paul’s thinking on national security and civil rights “dangerous.” He condemned Paul and others for engaging in “esoteric, intellectual debates” critical of government surveillance and the war on terrorism.
In doing so, Christie continues his tradition of holding hands with Obama and schmoozing for position in view of 2016. If debating security versus liberty and working to strike the appropriate balance is a heady discussion confined to a small group with special knowledge (the definition of “esoteric”), then Christie must believe that most Americans are too dumb and too uninformed to participate; and Sen. Paul’s efforts to enlighten The People amounts to a misguided and dangerous endeavor. This makes Christie an arrogant elitist. No wonder his finds Obama kindred.
Strange to learn the governor sides with Obama against efforts to preserve liberty and in favor of policies that shred the Constitution, as if The People are accessories. Why? Christie makes the age-old mistake: he trusts human nature. He believes if government is given enormous power, it will use that power to protect us, not turn on us. History contradicts this illusion time and again, and the Founders made clear. This is precisely why the core of Americanism is limited government: a central government restrained by the rule of law, the consent of the governed, and three co-equal branches checking and balancing the power of each branch. Sen. Paul understands human nature and the core of Americanism.
Sen. Paul took to the floor of the Senate not long ago, filibustering for 13 hours, challenging Obama on the use of drones, and forcing the president to issue a statement promising not to kill Americans with drones on American soil. Killing Americans overseas is something Obama reserves as a presidential prerogative. Indeed, Obama has been responsible for killing civilians overseas using drones, many hundreds, perhaps thousands of men, women, and children. But you’ll never hear about that on MSNBC or from the press office of the New Jersey governor.
Sen. Paul has also challenged the Obama/Christie idea that the federal government has a right to spy on citizens. He has simply called for review and appropriate adjustments to accomplish the dual purposes of protecting American liberty and providing for national defense. Overreach by the NSA and other agencies under the control of a man like Obama are sufficient reasons for alarm, and significant majorities agree with Sen. Paul and others who work to strike the right balance.
Christie appears only interested in working to promote his political career, even if it means attacking those he should be working with in the interest of saving the country. Instead, he appears at the GOP nominating convention to egotistically engage self-promotion …read more