“I severed my hand with a Skil saw,” actor Todd LaTourrette told KOB4. “The state of mind was a psychotic episode.”
Having sawn off his own arm and cauterized the wound, LaTourrette lied about being a war veteran and, after doing so, began receiving a number of high-profile acting jobs, starring in TV shows such as ABC’s Better Call Saul, as well receiving parts on Manhattan (2015), Longmire (2014), A Bird of the Air (2011) as well as the George Clooney film The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009).
“I was dishonorable,” LaTourrette told KOB4. “I’m killing my career by doing this, if anyone thinks this was for personal edification, that’s not the case.” read more…
The professor, Germund Hesslow, who works in neurophysiology at Lund University, was accused by a student of making “transphobic” and “anti-feminist” statements in a lecture — but he has refused to back down.
During his course on ‘Heritage and Environment’ at the leading academic institution, Hesslow cited empirical research which supports the idea that there are differences between men and women which are “biologically founded” and therefore genders cannot be regarded as “social constructs alone”.
The complainant suggested that Hesslow’s comments were at odds with the Swedish “value base” — a concept which requires all schools in Sweden to adhere to a common ethical policy, which includes upholding values like egalitarianism, individual freedom and equality of the sexes.
In an interview with RT, Hesslow said that some students, “for ideological reasons,” don’t like to hear certain scientific facts about biological differences between men and women. He said that the comments which prompted the complaint were not even necessarily part of his course material, but that they were answers to students’ questions during the course of the lecture. read more…
LumiDolls Torino, Italy’s first sex doll brothel, opens on Monday, allowing guests looking for a “totally new” experience to spend some intimate time with a silicone lover.
Rates begin at €80 (US$93) for half an hour, and guests can pick which “prostitute” they spend time with – there are seven females and one male to choose from.
Customers can even choose which position they would like to find their doll lying in. “The positions that they can take are many, almost all those of Kamasutra,” the company told Wired. Those who choose to make love with the male doll, Alexander, will be able to extend his penis anywhere from 13 to 18 centimeters.
Each customer (and their chosen doll) will receive a private room equipped with a bed, bathroom, and a TV screen for watching porn, according to reporters from Wired, who were given a sneak peek at the premises. But anyone looking for a sexual escapade in the shower is prohibited from doing so, because the dolls “are not able to stand on their own.” read more…
In preliminary data showing sexually transmitted disease trends over the last five years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that there is evidence of a “steep and sustained” increase in certain diseases.
The data reveals that there were nearly 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis last year. The CDC say gonorrhea diagnoses have jumped 67 percent in four years, while the prevalence of syphilis increased by approximately 76 percent between 2013 and 2017.
In a statement, the CDC said that the diseases are usually curable with the help of antibiotics, however, if left untreated the infection can lead to infertility, stillbirth in infants, and even an increased risk of HIV.
“We are sliding backward,” Jonathan Mermin, the CDC’s director for HIV/AIDS, Viral, STD and TB Prevention, said. “It is evident the systems that identify, treat, and ultimately prevent STDs are strained to near-breaking point.” read more...
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — Officials in a city in Ohio have removed a Ten Commandments plaque from a public park following receipt of a complaint from one of the nation’s most conspicuous Church-State separation groups.
According to reports, the Ten Commandments display in Steubenville’s Murphy Park had been placed after the Baptist church across the street adopted a section of the park. One local resident recently contacted the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) to complain.
In turn, the atheist-led organization wrote to the city manager of Steubenville to contend that the plaque, affixed to a small cement slab, is unconstitutional.
“This Ten Commandments display violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment,” the letter read. “… Given the content of the display and the fact that the Ten Commandments originally appeared as a lone display, a reasonable observer would view it as an endorsement of religion by the City.”
“By placing this display in a public park, the City of Steubenville is unmistakably sending the message that it gives the display its stamp of approval,” FFRF asserted.
It added that that even as a matter of policy, the Ten Commandments shouldn’t be displayed on government property as it prohibits the worship of other gods. read more…