Sen. Hassan Goes Off on Trumps Disgusting Claim That NH Is a Drug-Infested Den

Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH) fired back Thursday at President Trump for saying he won New Hampshire in the presidential election because the state is a drug-infested den, labeling his leaked phone-call comments as a slap in the face to efforts to fight the opioid epidemic. They are disgusting comments, and instead of insulting people who are in the throes of addiction, we need action, Hassan told The Daily Beast. We really would appreciate actions and resources from the administration, rather than insults. Hassan said the Trump administrations budget plans are deeply harmful and have set us back in our efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. Trump made the comments during a phone call with Mexican President Enrique Pea Nieto in January. The Washington Post obtained a transcript of the call and published it Thursday.

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Top Official Resigns From Trump EPA With Scathing Letter

In her 40 years working in environmental protection, Elizabeth Betsy Southerland has confronted all manner of environmental threats.

But even she has her limits. Faced with the stark new environmental policies ushered in byPresident Donald Trump andEnvironmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, Southerland resigned from the agency Monday, whered shed been working as the director of science and technology in the Office of Water.

Southerland explained her decision in a farewellletter published TuesdaybyPublic Employees for Environmental Responsibility(PEER), a non-profit group for federal resource professionals.

Today the environmental field is suffering from the temporary triumph of myth over truth, she wrote. The truth is there is NO war on coal, there is NO economic crisis caused by environmental protection, and climate change IS caused by mans activities.

Southerland joins several other dissenting federal environmental officialswho have publicly chastised the Trump administrations environmental approach, which has been defined thus far largely by reducing federal oversight and overturning landmark Obama-era EPA rulings.

The truth is there is NO war on coal, there is NO economic crisis caused by environmental protection, and climate change IS caused by mans activities.

Southerland questioned Pruitts belief that the EPA and federal environmental standards were guilty ofrunning roughshod over states rights.

Under the new administrations proposals, she noted, states will be forced to take on roles historically performed by the EPA, and theyll have to shoulder that burden just as Trumps proposed budget would cut state funding. Instead of liberating state budgets, Trump is doing the opposite and restricting how they can spend their tax dollars, she said.

The Presidents FY18 budget proposes cuts to state and tribal funding as draconian as the cuts to EPA, Southerland wrote, while at the same time reassigning a number of EPA responsibilities to the states and tribes.

If they want to maintain their current level of monitoring, permitting, inspections, and enforcement, states will have to increase taxes and establish new user fees.

Rather than simply rail against Pruitts leadership, however, Southerlands letter describes what she believes are the major shortcomings in the Trump administrations logic.

For instance, speaking of the Trump regulation trading policy requiring thattwo regulations be repealed for every new one enacted, Southerland said its more likely to paralyze government than make it more efficient, as Trump believes.

In addition to prompting costly litigation brought by citizen groups angered that the EPA is ignoring laws, Southerland said regulation tradingalso unnecessarily creates impossible Sophies choice scenarios, where the best choice is often no choice at all.

Should EPA repeal two existing rules protecting infants from neurotoxins in order to promulgate a new rule protecting adults from a newly discovered liver toxin?

Should EPA repeal two existing rules protecting infants from neurotoxins in order to promulgate a new rule protecting adults from a newly discovered liver toxin? she asked.

Faced with such painful choices, the best possible outcome for the American people would be regulatory paralysis where no new rules are released so that existing protections remain in place.

Despite her discouragement,Southerland said she still has hope for the future and ultimately still trusts in the system:

It may take a few years and even an environmental disaster, but I am confident that Congress and the courts will eventually restore all the environmental protections repealed by this administration because the majority of the American people recognize that this protection of public health and safety is right and it is just.

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Bill Gates and Richard Branson Back Startup That Grows Clean Meat

Cargill Inc., one of the largest global agricultural companies, has joined Bill Gates and other business giants to invest in a nascent technology to make meat from self-producing animal cells amid rising consumer demand for protein that’s less reliant on feed, land and water.

Memphis Meats, which produces beef, chicken and duck directly from animal cells without raising and slaughtering livestock or poultry, raised $17 million from investors including Cargill, Gates and billionaire Richard Branson, according to a statement Tuesday on the San Francisco-based startup’s website. The fundraising round was led by venture-capital firm DFJ, which has previously backed several social-minded retail startups.

"I’m thrilled to have invested in Memphis Meats,” Branson said in an email in response to questions from Bloomberg News. “I believe that in 30 years or so we will no longer need to kill any animals and that all meat will either be clean or plant-based, taste the same and also be much healthier for everyone.”

This is the latest move by an agricultural giant to respond to consumers, especially Millennials, who are rapidly leaving their mark on the U.S. food world. That’s happening through surging demand for organic products, increasing focus on food that’s considered sustainable and greater attention on animal treatment. Big poultry and livestock processors have started to take up alternatives to traditional meat.

“The world loves to eat meat, and it is core to many of our cultures and traditions,” Uma Valeti, co-founder and chief executive officer of Memphis Meats, said in the statement. “The way conventional meat is produced today creates challenges for the environment, animal welfare and human health. These are problems that everyone wants to solve.”

‘Clean Meat’

To date, Memphis Meats has raised $22 million, signaling a commitment to the “clean-meat movement,” the company said.

Cargill has “taken an equity position in Memphis Meats’ first series of funding,” Sonya Roberts, the president of growth ventures at Cargill Protein, said in an email, without disclosing the investment amount.

“Our equity position with Memphis Meats gives Cargill entry into the cultured protein market and allows us to work together to further innovate and commercialize,” Roberts said. “We believe that consumers will continue to crave meat, and we aim to bring it to the table, as sustainably and cost-effectively as we can. Cultured meats and conventionally produced meats will both play a role in meeting that demand.”

The investment is just the most recent by traditional meat companies. Tyson Foods Inc., the largest U.S. meat producer, has created a venture capital fund focused on investing in companies “to sustainably feed” the world’s growing population and in December announced a stake in plant-based protein producer Beyond Meat, which counts Gates among its early funders.

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    Article Claims Boobs Are Back, But Where Did They Go?

    ave you heard, ladiesssssss? “Boobs are back in a big way” according to one seriously bored New York Post writer. You know how you’ve been hiding those bad girls away for who knows how long? Shuddering them from the world because they just weren’t in style? Well finally, those floppy nuisances can be put to good use as part of your wardrobe!

    Needless to say, women everywhere were quick to call out this article and its strange sort of sexist nature. The responses are so funny that they deserve an emoji of an Italian chef kissing her fingers, but they haven’t made that emoji yet.

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    Iceland Aims to Eradicate Every Child With Down Syndrome100% Abortion Rate Proves The Alarming Truth

    Every human life has value because it’s created in the image of God. That includes the lives of people who are born with Down syndrome. That is—unless you live in Iceland.

    According to the advocacy group Down Pride’s appeal to the United Nations, virtually every Icelandic, unborn child prenatally diagnosed with Down syndrome since 2008 has been aborted.

    Every. Single. One.

    Because of the country’s strong push for mothers to get prenatal screenings, Iceland’s abortion rate for unborn babies with Down syndrome is almost 100 percent.

    In the last nine years, an estimated TWO Icelandic children have been born with Down syndrome each year. In most cases this is because of a faulty testing result.

    The prenatal screening consists of an ultrasound, blood test and takes into consideration the mother’s age. The test, called the Combination Test, then uses those factors to determine whether the fetus will have a chromosomal abnormality. The most common result is Down syndrome.

    But as actress Patricia Heaton reminds us, “Iceland isn’t actually eliminating Down syndrome. They’re just killing everybody that has it. Big difference.”

    Down syndrome is a chromosomal disorder in which a person is born with an additional chromosome—47, when most babies are born with 46.

    There is no way to prevent a child from developing Down syndrome as it’s caused by an error in cell division rather than something within human control.

    Still, Iceland and surrounding countries—all with national healthcare systems—are pushing prenatal screenings and confusing the treatment of a chromosomal disorder with the eradication of a people group altogether.

    As a very casual and disturbing CBS News article put it, “Iceland is on pace to virtually eliminate Down syndrome through abortion.”

    Holland is expected to be “Down Syndrome free” by 2030. Denmark and Great Britain have taken on similar statistics with Down syndrome abortion rates ranging anywhere from 90-98 percent.

    What’s worse is, America doesn’t fall too far behind. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, the U.S. average for Down syndrome termination rates falls somewhere between 67 and 90 percent.

    It’s important to note that none of these countries have governments that enforce the abortion of babies with pre-diagnosed Down syndrome. But many of the countries in question—specifically Iceland—DO require doctors to inform expecting mothers of the prenatal testing option, as well as termination options, which are legal even past 16 weeks gestation, should signs of disability exist. That includes Down Syndrome.

    Their justification is sickening. A hospital in Iceland told CBS News:

    “We don’t look at abortion as murder. We look at is as a thing that we ended. We ended a possible life that may have had a huge complication…preventing suffering for the child, and for the family. And I think that is more right than seeing it as murder—that’s so black and white. Life isn’t black and white. Life is gray.”

    And what it all comes down to is this: Having fewer people with Down syndrome will save governments a lot of money. Patrick Willems, pediatrician and CEO of a Belgian lab (Gendia) that offers the Harmony Nip-test for Down syndrome, says, “A child with Down syndrome costs 1 to 2 million Euros… Preventing the birth of 50 babies with Down syndrome will offset the costs of fully implementing the Nipt (Non-invasive prenatal testing) into Dutch public healthcare.”

    What happens when governments start to realize how much money they could save if they eliminate diseases like autism, dementia, cerebral palsy and heart defects? What if a screening test for other diseases, or even mental health issues, is designed? What kind of world are we living in where some of the most jovial, kind and accepting people on this planet are not valued enough by our own governments for their lives to matter?

    The growing popularity of governments adapting such systems suggests that children—people—with Down syndrome simply aren’t worth the investment.

    But their lives DO matter.

    Every single person who lives and breathes on this earth was created in God’s image, with a purpose. That includes every single unborn baby in Iceland, Holland, Denmark, Great Britain, America and BEYOND, who deserve a fighting chance at LIFE.

    Killing the vulnerable does not progress the eradication of a disease. It merely allows governments and doctors to take the place of God, while robbing future generations of the lives that were Divinely crafted for them.

    New Report Highlights How Down Syndrome is Disappearing from I…

    “Iceland is not eradicating a disease, it’s eradicating a people, and CBS News seems to be celebrating that fact.”

    FRC President Tony Perkins joins America’s Newsroom with Shannon Bream to discuss a new report that shows Iceland is on pace to “virtually eliminate Down syndrome” through abortion.

    Posted by Family Research Council on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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    I Was Drugged And Raped At Burning Man: My Story

    Burning Man is an annual arts and culture festival that takes place in a temporary volunteer-operated city constructed in the middle of the desert. About 70,000 people attend each year, and nearly all of them are blitzed out of their minds, wandering from steampunk dragon to kaleidoscope room. The sheer number of people roving around on drugs also makes it an ideal hunting environment for a particular kind of sexual predator. In 2012, Cate Edelstein was drugged and raped in “Black Rock City.” Here’s what happened:


    A Drug-Wielding Serial Rapist Prowled 2012’s Burning Man

    2012 was Cate’s first-ever Burning Man. She was 19 and attending with her exceedingly cool-with-it mom. They were both staying at a BDSM-focused “theme camp.” Theme camps are one of the basic organizational units at Burning Man. Some of them bring art projects, while others bring bars or dance floors. Cate’s camp held classes on safe bondage — “Sexy Whipping 101,” “Safe Choking 202,” and the like.

    “So one night I went off by myself. I was totally sober. I was just drinking water. I was 19, so I couldn’t go to any of the bars anyway.” She walked down main street until she found a dance camp playing music she dug. “I stopped at a camp and talked to the guy who I thought was talking IDs for a little bit. I went and talked to the DJ for a while. I thought the DJ was pretty cute … and when I left, the guy who was checking IDs told me that his friend thought I seemed like a really cool person, and he wanted to talk to me some more, so if I wouldn’t mind, [whether I would wait] for him to finish his DJ set and talk to him.”

    That guy did not in fact know the DJ. He was a drug-wielding serial rapist looking for targets. “Two years later, some woman from [the rapist’s] camp contacted me … said, ‘We don’t know who did this to you, but this guy who was in our camp one year just got arrested in Portland, and it sounds like what happened to you.’ And she sent me his picture, and it matched the guy who was checking IDs.”

    This is Marlin Brandt Pohlman:

    Brent Wojahn/The Oregonian
    “Marley” or “Shithead” for short.

    When Cate saw his picture, she recognized him immediately. “The last thing I [remember] is that I was at one of those kitchen areas of his camp, and he asked me if I wanted a glass of water.” If you heard an ominous musical sting in your head just then, hold on. Cate doesn’t actually know how he dosed her. He could’ve spiked her water, but she’d later learn Marlin’s MO: He operated out of festivals, concerts, and hip West Coast cities like Portland, looking for isolated women so he could inject them in the neck using a spring-loaded medical syringe filled with scopolamine and god knows what else.

    Scopolamine is a useful little chemical that can help treat nausea. In parts of Latin America, high doses are used to drug tourists and turn them into zombies. In the States, police used to use it as a truth serum, but its horrific hallucinatory side effects were ruled too cruel. The woman Pohlman injected in Portland nearly died from it. When police investigated, they found a full drug lab at his house.

    “They found in his attic that he had all these drugs … a bunch of research chemicals, ketamine … scopolamine … he’d use that, mix it with ketamine, LSD, and research chemicals, and inject it into people’s necks.”


    What It’s Like Forcibly Tripping Through Burning Man Right After A Sex Crime

    However he delivered the drugs, Cate only recalls the aftermath: “I woke up … later in the ER tent, hooked up with IVs, not sure where I was.” Cate was too high to even talk for roughly 48 hours. The medical staff assumed she’d simply taken too many drugs on her own — which, y’know, isn’t an unfair assumption to make about a 19-year-old at Burning Man.

    “I was there with a bunch of the medical professionals who all just assumed I’d taken too many drugs and partied too hard the night before. I was so knocked out of it from the drugs the guy gave me that I didn’t know my name, I didn’t know where I was … I was tripping balls for about two days after that. Every time it would get dark outside, I’d see this freaky monster that I remember from The X-Files as a kid …

    20th Television

    But she says, “for me, the most traumatizing thing was that for two days, I didn’t know where I was. I couldn’t control my bladder or bowels — y’know, I was just so pumped full of drugs that I couldn’t see anything, my eyes were so dilated. They had to carry me for the first 24 hours because I couldn’t stand … I was seeing, like, two-inch little people living their whole lives from beginning to end flying around on bees that were trying to stab my eyes.”

    “It was pretty fucked up,” Cate adds, unnecessarily.

    Cate obviously has long-term psychological trauma from the experience. Not necessarily from memories of the rape itself, because she doesn’t remember it, but from being unexpectedly forced into three-day trip. “I do have an anxiety disorder right now … not from the rape, but from the sheer amount of drugs that were pumped into my body.”

    Not only was she too drugged to resist, but she was also completely unable to report her own rape for days. Once she sobered up enough to control her body, Cate took a shower. That’s when she saw what had been done to her: “I realized that I was covered in bruises, my throat had closed from being choked … I had a bite mark, ah, part of my labia was bit off. It was pretty brutal.”


    The Police Have A Larger Presence Now, But They Couldn’t Help Then

    Burning Man isn’t an anarchist Mad Max-style free for all. There are a ton of cops around these days. Presumably ones who are very good at dealing with nudity.

    Michael Macor/The San Francisco Chronicle
    “It’s all good, dog. I’m naked under this uniform.”

    Burning Man is a generally peaceful place now. Every year, around 40-60 people are arrested at the festival, mostly for nonviolent drug charges. In 2015 there were no reported rapes. But 2012 was noted as “more rapey” than previous burns:

    In a thread Cate’s mom posted about the rape, other women came forward to talk about their experiences being raped on the playa:

    And in 2013, the year after Cate’s rape, 12 people were arrested for sexual assault. And there were fewer cops there in 2012, so Cate didn’t exactly get John Law’s A-Team assigned to her case. “It was these two cops who were, like, retired. They said, ‘OK, well, we can send you out to Reno.’ I asked them if I could have a ride back, because I was staying with my mom for the summer … I was told that they’d just kinda dump me off there …”

    Weirdly, Cate, the 19-year-old still-kinda-tripping rape victim, didn’t relish the idea of being stranded alone in Reno. And so, “I was told that they couldn’t help me. And that was the last I heard from them. In Nevada, if you’re assaulted, you’re supposed to get at least three free counseling sessions … I wanted to do that, but I kept calling — probably for three months — Pershing county, asking for the report, because I needed [a copy] to prove that I had made one … and they kept telling me that they had no such paperwork.”

    She would later learn that at least two other women were raped at Burning Man that year under similar circumstances, “and knowing that this guy was arrested a year later, it’s kind of frustrating that that wasn’t followed up either.”

    Cate pointed out that thanks to the publicity around her rape, “Burning Man’s really had to respond about the importance of consent.” And since the event seems to be significantly “less rapey” these days, it’s likely that her story has helped protect other women. But that has come at the cost of her turning into a living cautionary tale. “I’ll hear people talking about it — ‘Oh, that girl who got raped in 2012.’ And I’ll say, ‘Yeah, that was me it happened to.’ It’s kinda weird to be used as an allegory … for the worst thing that can happen to you out there. But it makes people aware that that’s something they do have to watch out for.”


    Misinformation About The Rape Wound Up Hurting Innocent People

    “Afterwards, when I got home, my mother was very upset about what had happened, so she posted something on the Burning Man website. Mentioning, y’know, this huge rape happened on the playa … She named the camp that the police thought it might’ve happened at, even though I did not think it had happened there. I thought it had happened at the camp next door.”

    The comments eventually filled with death threats against her rapist and the misidentified camp. “It was weird, because it went from ‘I was just assaulted in the desert’ to people making all these assumptions. That I was gang-raped … that this guy was stalking me around the playa for days and came after me in the dead of night … all these things that had never happened. [Other people said] that I had made it up. That I’d just wanted sex, and didn’t want to tell my mom or my boyfriend about it … it kinda just spread out from there … the camp that everyone thought this happened at … ended up getting shut down over it. There were so many people sending them, like, hate mail, saying they were like a rape camp … they ended up not even coming back the year afterwards because of it.”

    Cate tried to correct these rumors: “I made comments too, on a couple of articles, blogs I was able to find … I did try to set the record straight …” But the internet wasn’t through twisting things around. Some even started accusing Cate’s camp of being the Rape Camp. Cate found those accusations on a random woman’s website: “She had a beef with our camp because our camp is BDSM-themed. I’m part of a camp that is, y’know, into that. And she felt that because she was not into that thing herself, ‘Well you know you can’t trust this camp. I heard that somebody got raped there. She was like brutally assaulted by this camp, and I heard that they were in on it.’ And I was like, whoa, that is totally not the case …”

    That lady eventually deleted her post, but not before a bunch of strangers on the internet saw it and started threatening Cate’s friends with violence. And not before another completely innocent camp had their hobby tainted.


    But At Least The Other Burners Were Incredibly Supportive

    After being caught in Portland, Marlin was sentenced to six and a half years in prison and a lifetime on the sex offender registry. But the damage was done, and Cate will never enjoy another festival aga-

    “I [still] go [to Burning Man] every year. Yeah, every year.”

    Oh. Alright, then. Marlin didn’t get to ruin shit, and leaves no legacy whatsoever. Die and turn to dust, utterly inconsequential to the world, Marlin. Cate doesn’t hold a single bizarre hallucinogen-themed serial rapist against the festival itself. “I live in San Francisco. I can get raped walking outside any fucking day here. It’s just, a bad guy was out there.”

    And it turns out that an event based around being open-minded is a pretty good place to find emotional support. “I tell people all the time, I love Burning Man. I had so much support from everyone there. The rangers were amazing. My camp was amazing. People were so supportive of me there, more than they would be in a city.”

    The rangers she’s referring to are a group of 700 or so volunteers who take basic training in desert survival, first aid, and interpersonal conflict. They’re like cops, but without the authority to back up any kind of power trip. They vastly outnumber the police in Black Rock City, and they were much more helpful in Cate’s case. “When I told the rangers what happened, they were there every single day. They were making sure I was OK. They helped me find my bike two months later. They found my backpack, which was empty, and they sent it back in the mail. Y’know, when I go, every year, one of the rangers who came to my camp comes just to see how I’m doing.”

    Cate is so very obviously not happy that she was raped by a comic-book-caliber villain, but she’s glad for the support she received in the immediate aftermath: “Once my theme camp learned what happened, they were there for me constantly.” And the support didn’t end when she and her mom headed home. “They’re still there, and they care.”

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    Tomi Lahren Trashes Obamacare, Then Admits She Actually Benefits From It

    Tomi Lahrensays the Affordable Care Act is a disaster thats in a death spiral, but that hasnt stopped her from benefitting from it.

    During an interviewwith comedianChelsea Handler at Politicon, the controversial 24-year-old conservative commentator trashed Obamacare for 10 minutes before admitting to the crowd that she was, in fact, still on her parents health insurance plan.

    Okay, so do you have a health care plan or no? Handler asked.

    Well, luckily Im 24, so I am still on my parents, Lahren said.

    The irony was not lost on the audience, which promptly started to boo, laugh and chant,Thanks, Obama!

    Stop, stop. Shes being honest, Handler said in Lahrens defense.

    Lahren said that there were supporters of President Donald Trump who believed in some aspects of Obamacare.

    Like what? Handler asked.

    Staying on your parents health insurance, Lahren said to more laughs.

    This was not the first time Lahren had been called out for lacking some self-awarenessin her political arguments. In May, just months after she lost her job at The Blaze, she criticized University of Notre Dame students who walked out of Vice President Mike Pences speech, tweeting Good luck holding a job!

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    The NAACP just issued a travel advisory against visiting Missouri

    The Missouri chapter of the NAACP hasissued a statewide advisory against visiting the state if you’re a woman, person of color, person with disabilities, or LGBTQ citizen because you “may not be safe,” theAtlanta Black Star reports.

    The warning comes as Senate Bill 43 was signed into law, which amends theMissouri Human Rights Act tomake housing and workplace discrimination cases significantly more difficult to prove in court. The law is slated to go into effect Aug. 28.

    NAACP delegates are also concerned with“racial” and “ethnic disparities in education, health, economic empowerment and criminal justice,” as well as a recent report that shows black drivers are 75 percent more likely to be pulled over in Missouri than white drivers.

    The NAACP also pointed to a history of “violent and dehumanizing” racial discrimination in the state, racist incidents at the University of Missouri in Columbia, and homophobic comments made by a representative in the Missouri House, who claimedthat there is a “distinction between homosexuality and just being a human being.” Missouri is also home to Ferguson, where in 2014, black teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed by a white police officer, and sparked national debate about excessive police force.

    “Our ongoing issues of racial profiling, discrimination, harassment, and excess violence towards people of color have been further exacerbated by the passage, and signing of 43,” Springfield NAACP President Cheryl Clay told the Springfield News-Leader. “Not all the communities have the desire of the will to do the right thing for people in their community. Thus, this is why Missouri has earned the travel advisory for the whole state.”

    Associated Press reports that national delegates have moved to adopt the advisoryand that the travel advisory may be officially ratified by the NAACP’s national board in October.

    H/T Atlanta Black Star

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    Ludlow Hospital refuses ‘demeaning’ fancy dress donation – BBC News

    Image copyright Mark Hiles
    Image caption The chief executive of Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust said the behaviour was “insulting”

    A hospital has turned down a £2,500 donation from a group of men dressed up as nurses after bosses said the outfits were “demeaning”.

    The group, which was supporting Ludlow Hospital in Shropshire, raised the money by pushing a bed around the town.

    Jan Ditheridge, chief executive of Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust, said the behaviour was “insulting”.

    The hospital’s friends group said it was a “sad day for public support for our health services”.

    See more stories from across Shropshire here

    A letter to Peter Corfield, chair of Ludlow Hospital League of Friends, from Ms Ditheridge and chair of the trust Mike Ridley, said: “The presentation of men dressed as female nurses in a highly-sexualised and demeaning way is wrong, very outdated and insulting to the profession.”

    Mr Corfield said the bed-push fundraiser had taken place every summer for decades involving men from the local community and was “light-hearted”.

    He said proceeds from this year’s event had been earmarked to provide ECG machines for the outpatients and minor injuries departments at Ludlow.

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    Image caption The money had been earmarked to provide ECG machines for the outpatients and minor injuries departments

    “We have therefore now had to withdraw the funding for those items,” he added.

    Alison Hiles, whose husband took part in the event, said: “Nobody’s complained, everybody seems to enter into the spirit of it, locals know that it’s going on, those that aren’t local really enjoy the event and always have a chat with the lads and willingly give money, nobody forces them.

    “I really don’t know why all of a sudden that it’s a problem.”

    Ms Ditheridge said: “We have previously asked that this doesn’t happen and therefore don’t think it’s right to accept any money associated with this activity.”

    Many people, including nurses, have taken to social media to voice their support for the fundraisers.

    Tracy Morgan Jones wrote on Facebook: “It’s money raised in a fun way in a costume meant to draw attention to the worthy cause not insult the hard-working doctors and nurses.”

    Gemma Davies said: “I’m a nurse and am not at all insulted. How stupid!”, while Hannah Holt added: “Refusing the money is an insult to the profession. I love being a nurse and I love people dressing up as nurses…. it’s a sign of admiration.”

    Others suggested the money would be welcome elsewhere, including Ann Lanham who said: “I’m sure there are plenty of other good causes in the area who will be willing to accept the money.”

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    You Dont Miss Him, You Just Miss Being In Love


    You don’t miss him. You just think you do. You think you miss his hands, his lips, his hugs, his face, his touch and his heart.

    But in all honestly? You just miss the feeling. The feeling of holding someone’s hands. Of kissing someone’s lips. Of hugging someone’s body. Of touching someone’s soul. And of having a piece of someone’s heart.

    You miss the warmth. The feeling of safety. The feeling of being loved. The feeling of knowing that they will never leave you. The feeling of knowing that your heart is home.

    And I know you think it’s only him. That it’s only him who is going to calm you. That it’s only him who is going to nourish your heart and your soul and your mind. And I know you think that he is the only human being on this earth who will ever make you feel better.

    But that’s not the truth.

    There are millions of people in this world who can make you feel like this one person did. There are millions of people who have the ability to love you as this person once did.

    You just miss love.

    You miss the stability. The comfort. The feeling of being whole. And right now you feel empty. You feel like a half person. You feel like you will never be the same. You feel like this person completed you and made you full. And now this void is telling you that the only way to fix this is to get back with him. To be with him. To let him love you.

    But you need to realize that you can be whole on your own. You can be happy on your own. You don’t need this person. You don’t need his hands or lips or touches. You don’t need anyone to be complete.

    Fill yourself up with your friendships. With your family and with your loved ones. Realize that you don’t need your ex or the one that got away. You don’t need their appreciation or their heart.

    Focus on self love. Focus on your mind. Focus on your mental state. Focus on your physical health. Fill your heart up with self love. With the people that never left. With the people that you know 100% will always have your back.

    You don’t need that guy or that girl or that ex. You don’t need someone else who already left to make you feel good. You don’t need his love. You don’t need his heart or his soul or his mind. You do not need their guidance.

    You just need love. Love found in other places. In nature. Inside yourself. With your friends. With your family. With your coworkers and job. You can have love without this person who broke you. You can find love without their goodbyes.

    So please realize that someday, you’ll understand that what you are missing now is not him or her. It’s not their love. It’s just love within yourself that you never had when you were with that person.

    And right now? You need to love your own heart in order to feel whole and in order to take care of yourself. So be kind to your mind and body. Fill yourself up with your own heart, and let that person go. 

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