Twitter blocks Republican campaign ad over claim about Planned Parenthood baby body parts

Twitter blocked a campaign ad for a Republican Senate candidate running to take Sen. Bob Corker’s seat in Tennessee that featured a false assertion that she was part of an effort that “stopped the sale of baby body parts.”

Rep. Marsha Blackburn worked on the Republican-run panel in the House of Representatives that investigated Planned Parenthood after secretly recorded videos claimed to show the women’s health organization providing fetal tissue to researchers.  

Twitter’s decision to block the ad, which the company made because it contained “an inflammatory statement,” will likely spark backlash among conservatives who already view Silicon Valley firms as hostile to their beliefs.

The videos Blackburn appears to reference were deemed to be manipulated. Planned Parenthood said the videos were deceptively edited.

Providing legal tissue to researchers is legal if no profit is made, and congressional investigations found no evidence of the organization making money off of the practice. Blackburn led a House panel that investigated the sale of fetal tissue but found it “makes a vanishingly small contribution to clinical and research efforts, if it contributes at all.” The panel recommended the federal government not fund research involving fetal tissue.

Twitter said the video was “deemed an inflammatory statement that is likely to evoke a strong negative reaction,” according to the Associated Press. The social media platform said Blackburn could run the rest of her ad if the portion of her claiming she stopped the sale of “baby body parts” were taken out of it.

The blocking by Twitter does not allow Blackburn to promote the video, but she can still share it on the social network as a normal tweet or on other platforms. Her campaign posted the video earlier on Monday. 

Blackburn responded to Twitter’s decision by calling on her supporters to join her in “standing up to Silicon Valley.”

In the ad, Blackburn shoots a gun and says she’s “100 percent pro-life,” carries a gun in her purse, and stands during the national anthem. 

Read more: https://www.dailydot.com/layer8/twitter-blackburn-video/

8fit, a health and fitness app that offers tailored workout and meal plans, closes $7M Series A

8fit, a popular health and fitness app that offers tailored workouts and meals plan, has raised $7 million in Series A funding. Backing the round are VCs Creandum and Eight Roads Ventures. It brings total funding for the Berlin-based startup to $10 million.

Separately, a source tells me that the company is generating more than $1 million in monthly recurring revenue from selling fitness and meal plan subscriptions. 8fit declined to comment on revenue or active monthly users, paying or otherwise. All the startup would say is that it has 10 million registrations to the app.

Launched in 2014 by Pablo Villalba and Pedro Solá, the 8fit app attempts to separate itself from the plethora of either fitness or recipe apps on iOS and Android, with a focus on personalisation and by recognising that a combination of exercise and nutrition or meal planning is the best path to a healthier lifestyle.

The 8fit app combines High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and yoga workouts designed to be done anywhere, anytime with “wholesome, nutritious meal plans based on real food,” customised by food group or specific ingredients. The customised plans are tailored to an individual’s current fitness level and goals, whether that goal is weight loss, muscle gain, improved endurance, or simply more confidence, says the company.

In this sense, 8fit co-founder and CEO Villalba tells me, the startup is competing against traditional and incumbent meal plan and exercise services such as Weight Watchers who, he argues, have struggled to transition to mobile, rather than other fitness or recipe apps per se. Noteworthy, despite being headquartered in Berlin, more than 50 percent of 8fit registrations are based in the U.S.

Moving forward, the company is planning to focus on the U.S. market as well as use some of this Series A to invest in more editorial content, in a move that will position 8fit as a media company as much as a tech company.

Villalba’s thinking is that it is not enough to tell users what to do, and count steps or calories etc., but that to stay motivated they need to know why they are doing it. In other words, education is key to motivation and therefore is an important element to helping people get fit and healthy.

Read more: https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/19/8fit/

GOP senator tells high school students access to food, healthcare is a ‘privilege’

BTW

In schools across America, most children are taught that food, shelter, and clothing are basic needs. But one GOP senator considers these tools for survival a “privilege,” not a right.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) spoke to high school students in his home state on Friday, and one student in the audience asked, in the face of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, if Johnson believes healthcare is a “privilege or a right.” Johnson went on to claim it’s the former, not the latter.

“Do you consider food a right?” the senator asked the students, WISN 12 reports. “Do you consider clothing a right? Do you consider shelter a right? What we have as rights is life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Past that point, we have the right to freedom. Past that point is a limited resource that we have to use our opportunities given to us to afford those things.”

Like many Republican senators, Johnson believes engaging with (and succeeding on) the free market is the key to healthcare. Instead of making it a universal right, Johnson criticized state-funded medical care, encouraging lawmakers to improve the economy so as many people as possible can afford healthcare.

“I think it’s obviously a privilege to have food and shelter,” he said. “What we need to do as public officials is try and have our economy healthy so that we have as much prosperity as possible so that we can actually increase the resources available for as high a quality and highly accessible health care as we possibly can.”

Johnson, of course, supports repealing the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with a Republican-backed healthcare system, which could leave millions uninsured. So far, the GOP’s plans for healthcare haven’t passed the Senate, leaving the ACA in-tact for now.

H/T Splinter

Read more: https://www.dailydot.com/irl/republican-senator-health-care-privilege/

9 Painful Realities You Face Every Day When You’re Living With Lupus

As you may have heard, Selena Gomez recently posted on Instagram about the kidney transplant she received from actress and friend Francia Raisa over the summer as a result of her battle with lupus. Gomez spoke to her fans about laying low this summer despite her new music, explaining that this operation, and her healing process, were the reasons for her absence. Now, she’s ready to share what it’s been like living with lupus and, in the process, she’s providing a huge platform to educate others about the disease and the symptoms that people cope with every day. So what exactly is lupus?

Well, to give some background, lupus is an autoimmune disease for which there is not yet a cure.

Essentially, it is a chronic inflammatory disease, in which your immune system attacks the body’s organs and tissues. It’s not totally clear what causes lupus, and it can be somewhat challenging to diagnose. While some people are simply more prone to developing the condition, it can also be triggered by things like major exposure to sunlight and infections, according to Mayo Clinic.

While lupus cannot be cured, those who have the condition focus on maintaining their symptoms and cultivating a good quality of life. This means focusing on things like good self-care, including proper protection from the sun and following a nutritious diet.

Though symptoms vary from person to person depending on which parts and organs of the body are affected, here are a few common realities that people with lupus face on a daily basis.

1. Fatigue

A lack of energy and a constant feeling of being tired are just a couple of the major, everyday realities people with lupus face.

It definitely puts things in perspective when you think about what Selena Gomez’s hectic lifestyle must be like, and then add a lupus diagnosis into the mix.

2. Rash

One of the more common symptoms, a facial rash — particularly one identified as “butterfly” shaped — is one of the more tell-tale signs of lupus.

3. Fever

You know how when your body is fighting something, you get a fever? Because people with lupus have bodies that are fighting something, fevers tend to be pretty common occurrences.

Plus, a fever is often a signal of an oncoming flare-up.

4. Shortness Of Breath

About 50 percent of people who suffer from lupus experience issues with their lungs, which includes shortness of breath, chest pain, and a condition called pleurisy, which is when a membrane that covers the outside of your lungs becomes inflamed, according to the National Resource Center on Lupus.

5. Joint Pain

Stiffness, swelling, pain in the joints, and general aches are all really common symptoms because, again, it is an inflammatory illness in the body.

6. Skin Lesions

Skin conditions (of which there are a wide variety) are one of the major identifying factors of lupus. According to the Johns Hopkins Lupus Center, 50 percent of those with lupus deal with these symptoms throughout the course of the disease.

The amount of sun exposure one gets is a major consideration here, as a person with lupus can more easily develop skin lesions and severe sunburn as a result of heightened sensitivity to UV rays.

7. Raynaud’s Phenomenon

You may have heard of Raynaud’s, a condition in which the toes and fingers turn blue or white when a person is either particularly stressed, or exposed to the cold.

People with lupus are at a higher risk of developing this condition, which is not typically life-threatening, but should be taken care of with concern, because if oxygen is completely cut off from these various parts of the body for too long, it can lead to more serious problems like skin ulcers.

8. Dry Eyes

The eye is one of the most protected organs — so much so, in fact, they are referred to as “immune privileged.”

But an autoimmune disease like lupus can be strong enough to outweigh the extra work the immune system does to keep the eyes in good order.

9. Confusion And Memory Loss

Some refer to this as “lupus fog,” which can include a variety of cognitive impairments, like feeling confused, forgetting things, trouble focusing, or difficulty expressing yourself.

It’s not completely clear why this occurs, but in some cases, lupus can cause damage to brain cells. Janet Foley Orosz, PhD, who is a public policy expert with lupus, told WebMD,

When you’re a person dealing with lupus fog, you don’t worry that much about what’s causing it. What you care about is learning how to work around it. 

So, here’s to the bravery of those dealing with this condition. And thank you, Selena and Francia, for bravely sharing your experiences and continuing to be amazing inspirations to us all.

Read more: http://elitedaily.com/wellness/9-painful-realities-face-every-day-youre-living-lupus/2072083/

Donald Trump Rolls Back Rule Guaranteeing Birth Control Under Employer Health Insurance Twitter Reacts!

Donald Trump

is coming for your birth control.

It’s been almost exactly one year since Trump’s pussy-grabbing Access Hollywood tapes leaked — and fast forward to Friday, POTUS has now rolled back a mandate requiring employer health care plans to pay for birth control.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the action will allow companies and nonprofit groups to exclude coverage for contraception if it has a religious or moral objection. The rule will go into effect immediately.

Related: Trump Says Meeting With Military Commanders Is ‘The Calm Before The Storm’

There are so many problems with this — one being that “it is a huge loophole for any employer that does not want to provide birth control coverage to their employees,” according to Georgetown University’s Center on Health Insurance Reform professor Dania Palanker.

National Institute for Reproductive Health president Andrea Miller said in a statement:

“The roll back of the birth control mandate puts women’s health and lives at the mercy of their employers, insurance companies and schools. Without access to the full range of contraceptive options, women cannot ever be truly independent or equal in the United States of America. In particular, people of color, low-income individuals, youth, immigrants, rural residents, and LGBTQ populations will be disproportionately impacted by this new federal restriction on reproductive health care.”

Yup.

Ch-ch-check out the reactions to the latest Trump embarrassment (below):

Hands off, Donald.

Read more: http://perezhilton.com/2017-10-06-donald-trump-employer-birth-control-coverage

9 things you don’t know about Americas unofficial first family, The Simpsons

This calls for a collective Belcher family belch
Image: FOX

Set your grills to medium-high, Bob’s Burgers fans, because the Belcher family’s lovable antics are officially coming to the big screen.

Are your palms as slick with sweat as Tina’s while gazing longingly at Jimmy Jr.’s butt? Well they should be, because the Fox animated show not only boasts an enviable cast of comedians, but also a heart of gold — with arteries as clogged as Teddy’s, presumably. (But they’re clogged with love, so keep shoving those burgers into our hearts!)

On Twitter, creator Loren Bouchard confirmed that the team behind the animated show is developing a feature film set for release in 2020:

Bouchard then immediately got our pulses racing by responding to a fan’s request for the film to focus on “Horseplay” (a reference to a character voiced by comedian Ron Funches, from the show’s legendary “Equestranauts” episode tackling the brony phenomenon). 

“We’re still kicking around titles, but ‘Horseplay, the Horsening’ is definitely in the running,” Bouchard tweeted back

That’s a juicy enough title to sink your teeth into. Bob’s Burgers is known for its Grade A pun and spoof humor — though, to be clear, the actual restaurant still only boasts a barely passing grade from health inspector Hugo. But if episode titles like “Eat, Spray, Linda” and “Zero Larp Thirty” are anything to go on, the team will certainly be serving up some choice meats for the film.

Yet, while Bouchard is committed to writing a film for Bob’s Burgers regulars, he also sees it as an opportunity for a grand re-re-re opening that brings new customers into the family comedy.

“We also know it has to fill every inch of the screen with the colors and the sounds and the ever so slightly greasy texture of the world of Bob’s – but most of all it has to take our characters on an epic adventure. In other words, it has to be the best movie ever made. But no pressure, right?!” Bouchard said in a statement, first reported by Deadline. 

It’s been a big year for Bob’s Burgers. While it may not be the cultural phenomenon that The Simpsons has become, the quirky step-sister of the Fox animated comedy lineup still took home its second Emmy Award for Best Animated Series last month.

We’re hoping the film will take Bob’s Burgers from being a secret menu item and raise it to entree status in the public’s eyes (or, uh, tummies.)

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/10/04/bobs-burgers-movie-release-date-2020/

Here Are Your Weekend Horoscopes For October 6-8th

It’s Friday, and you know what that means: It’s the freakin’ weekend. But how should you spend the weekend? Should you spend it sippin’ on Coke and rum, screaming “so what I’m drunk” to anyone who dares question you? Should you spend it asleep? Read your weekend horoscope to find out, and then get drunk anyway because we know that’s what you’re gonna do no matter what the stars say. 

Aries

Work got you down, Aries? Like, more than usual? After a summer of easy living and minimal office hours, it can be hard to get back into the swing of things. But you also don’t want to be that lazy asshole who is very obviously sitting at her desk taking Buzzfeed quizzes all day. What’s a girl to do? Use this weekend to decompress as much as humanly possible. You need to walk into work fresh-faced, bushy-tailed, and ready to do work on Monday, which means Saturday and Sunday need to be as tranquil as humanly possible. In general, make any off time an oasis to motivate yourself to get through the day.

Taurus

You know the saying work hard, play hard, Taurus? Well, it only applies if you keep up both ends of the bargain. Your work has left a little to be desired these past few weeks, which isn’t really being aided by the amount of playing you’re doing. Let this weekend serve as a detox of sorts: Cut the alcohol, maybe start sleeping again, see how a book treats you. You know, fun, peaceful stuff. Feel free to go hard on the partying once you get your work balance back to where it used to be.

Gemini

Things aren’t always going to go your way, Gemini. I know that can be hard to hear, seeing as how you demand almost the exact opposite, but this is going to be a weekend of tough truths. Our advice? Roll with the punches, and supplement with vodka when necessary. If it gets to be too much, just remove yourself from the equation and hide yourself away. There’s no shame in bowing out when you’ve had too much.

Cancer

Your life has been a whirlwind of movement and activity these past few weeks, Cancer, but it’s time to get back into the swing of things. Step one of resuming a normal life: Reconnect with your friends. It’s been long enough that you may have some difficulty recognizing each other, but it’s nothing an extended happy hour can’t fix. Once you’re back with your people and feeling grounded, it’ll be easier to move on to righting the rest of your life.

Leo

This weekend you’ll be presented with the opportunity to widen your circle and interact with some people that you typically wouldn’t. Sure, this sounds like a recipe for disaster on about 100 different levels, but armed with some solid allies and a little alcohol, there’s no harm in moving outside your comfort zone. It’s nice to branch out every once in a while, if anything to remind ourselves why we steadfastly avoid it every other weekend of the year.

Virgo

This is a weekend to take things easy, Virgo. While you’re not necessarily in hot water at the moment, one wrong step could put you into a very precarious situation with more than one person in your life. Your best bet is navigating this weekend carefully, opting to stay under the radar when possible. Things will ease up in the next couple weeks, but it would behoove you to tread lightly until then.

Libra

It’s birthday season, Libra! Congrats on making it to the most important time of the year. Your only job this weekend, and for the next couple weeks tbh, is to be as extra as possible. None of your friends can be mad, because those bitches will do the exact same thing when it’s their turn. Let the “treat yo’self” mentality start this weekend, as if you don’t live the rest of the year in the exact same way.

Scorpio

What’s good, Scorpio? Certainly not your luck. There’s just been something about the start of this month that has truly fucked with you, and you haven’t been able to catch a break all week. The good news: It’ll pass. The bad news: Not before the end of this weekend. We all have off-periods from time to time, it’s nothing to freak out about. But maybe try and avoid any high-stress situations this weekend in the hopes of flying under the radar until things turn around for you.

Sagittarius

Looking for a change, Sagittarius? It’s obvious you’re feeling restless, but the question is what are you trying to accomplish here? Fall is a great time for new starts, so if you’re looking to turn over a new leaf, this would be the perfect weekend to start. Use the next two days to get introspective af. Drink some tea, take some walks, sit on rocks and gaze into the distance. Whatever it takes to get you into decision-making mode, do it. You’re going to be making some big moves, be sure to take it seriously.

Capricorn

It’s time to start taking better care of yourself, Capricorn, in literally every sense of the world. You’ve taken a bit of a tumble off the self-care wagon, and this is the weekend you dive back on. Maybe you want to start eating healthier—spend the next two days recipe researching and meal prepping for the week ahead. Not feeling active enough? Get out there and enjoy the last of this weather before winter hits. Or take a mental health approach and spend your time adjusting your mindset. All that matters is that, come Monday, you feel like you’ve taken a real step to a happier, healthier you.

Aquarius

This is a big weekend for you, Aquarius. Some long-term plans are falling into place and you’re finally making real progress. Congrats! However, we know that you’re doing anything but celebrating. While some would be relieved by this by the idea of moving forward, you’re already knee-deep in analyzing and planning phase two. This weekend, give yourself a bit of a break from coordinating your life and let loose a little. It may be your last chance to blow off some steam for the foreseeable future, so kick back with a bottle of wine and leave the frantic shit for next Monday.

Pisces

October holds some real opportunity for you, Pisces. The planets are aligning for a productive month, but that doesn’t mean you can just sit back and coast. Doesn’t matter how generous Mercury is feeling if you spend the next three weeks on your ass. This weekend, take some time to establish a game plan for the things you want to get after this month. You’ll feel better knowing you’ve put some thought into something other than the season premiere of next week, and you’ll feel empowered Monday knowing you’ve got a plan moving forward.

 

Read more: http://www.betches.com/weekend-horoscopes-10-6-17

Kasich hints at leaving GOP if it’s not ‘fixed’

Washington (CNN)Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday that a time could come when he no longer supports the Republican Party.

“If the party can’t be fixed, Jake, then I’m not going to be able to support the party. Period. That’s the end of it.” Kasich said in an interview with anchor Jake Tapper.
Asked what that meant for his future in the GOP, Kasich said he was committed to the party and intended to win it over from the surging nationalist wing.
    “I want this party to be straightened out,” Kasich said.
    Kasich repeatedly pointed to public dissatisfaction with the Republican and Democratic parties, and referenced the strength of independent political identities. He said both parties needed to grapple with ideological currents pulling them away from the center, adding that he had “no idea what the Democrats are for.”
    “What I’m trying to do is struggle for the soul of the Republican Party the way that I see it,” Kasich said. “And I have a right to define it, but I’m not going to support people who are dividers.”
    Kasich made clear he did not support former Judge Roy Moore, the far-right Republican nominee for Alabama’s Senate seat with a history of incendiary comments on race, sexuality and religion. As for whether the Republican Party should continue to support Moore in the December special election, Kasich demurred and returned to his broader desire to reshape the party.
    “I don’t run the party,” Kasich said. “I can tell you, for me, I don’t support that. I couldn’t vote for that.”
    Kasich ran for president last year and became a frequent critic of President Donald Trump throughout the race. He has continued to criticize Trump since the inauguration and expressed his dissatisfaction with the right wing of the party as well as some of its major initiatives, like its attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare.
    Despite a public alliance with Colorado Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper on major policy issues, such as health care reform and immigration, Kasich denied in August that the two would launch a White House bid in 2020 as independents on a unity ticket.

    Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/01/politics/john-kasich-republican-party-cnntv/index.html

    John McCain pretty much killed Trumpcare and the bill’s sponsor tweeted a surprising response

    Sorry, Lindsey.
    Image: Getty Images

    The latest trainwreck of a GOP health care plan looks likely to die — and, once again, John McCain could be the dude who killed it. 

    On Friday, the Republican senator announced he would vote against the Graham-Cassidy bill. With zero support likely from Democrats, and Republicans Rand Paul and Susan Collins against it, that pretty much dooms the measure. 

    One of the men behind the bill — Sen. Lindsey Graham — was likely frustrated. But he still had some kind words for his colleague and longtime friend. 

    McCain, Graham, and Joe Lieberman are known as the “three amigos” of the senate. Apparently, that’s a sacred bond that can’t be broken by torpedoing your friend’s terrible health care bill.

    Remember, it was McCain who dramatically killed the last GOP effort to repeal Obamacare. His heroics the second time around are being praised by people across the political spectrum. 

    The Arizona senator’s decision was met with support from Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has proposed his own “Medicare for all” plan, at a rally in San Francisco.

    Jimmy Kimmel was pretty happy too, after absolutely slamming the plan on his show. 

    Don’t relax yet, though. It’s possible that before the Sept. 30 deadline, Republicans somehow get the necessary votes for a bill that would — according to the Brookings Institution — cause 21 million people to lose their health insurance every year from 2020 to 2026. 

    Thank you McCain and Collins (and I guess Paul, even though he’s not supporting the bill because it’s not draconian enough) for hopefully saving the country from this monstrosity. 

    Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/09/22/john-mccain-tweet-graham-cassidy-healthcare-bill/

    Trump Officials Dispute the Benefits of Birth Control to Justify Rules

    When the Trump administration elected to stop requiring many employers to offer birth-control coverage in their health plans, it devoted nine of its new rule’s 163 pages to questioning the links between contraception and preventing unplanned pregnancies.

    In the rule released Friday, officials attacked a 2011 report that recommended mandatory birth-control coverage to help women avoid unintended pregnancies. That report, requested by the Department of Health and Human Services, was done by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine — then the Institute of Medicine — an expert group that serves as the nation’s scientific adviser.

    “The rates of, and reasons for, unintended pregnancy are notoriously difficult to measure,” according to the Trump administration’s interim final rule. “In particular, association and causality can be hard to disentangle.”

    Multiple studies have found that access or use of contraception reduced unintended pregnancies. 

    Claims in the report that link increased contraceptive use by unmarried women and teens to decreases in unintended pregnancies “rely on association rather than causation,” according to the rule. The rule references another study that found increased access to contraception decreased teen pregnancies short-term but led to an increase in the long run.

    “We know that safe contraception — and contraception is incredibly safe — leads to a reduction in pregnancies,” said Michele Bratcher Goodwin, director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy at the University of California, Irvine, School of Law. “This has been data that we’ve had for decades.”

    Riskier Behavior

    The rules were released as part of a broader package of protections for religious freedom that the administration announced Friday.

    The government also said imposing a coverage mandate could “affect risky sexual behavior in a negative way” though it didn’t point to any particular studies to support its point. A 2014 study by the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found providing no-cost contraception did not lead to riskier sexual behavior.

    The rule asserts that positive health effects associated with birth control “might also be partially offset by an association with negative health effects.” The rule connects the claim of negative health effects to a call by the National Institutes of Health in 2013 for the development of new contraceptives that stated current options can have “many undesirable side effects.” 

    The rule also describes an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality review that found oral contraceptives increased users’ risk of breast cancer and vascular events, making the drugs’ use in preventing ovarian cancer uncertain.

    Federal officials used all of these assertions to determine the government “need not take a position on these empirical questions.”

    “Our review is sufficient to lead us to conclude that significantly more uncertainty and ambiguity exists in the record than the Departments previously acknowledged.”

      Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-06/trump-officials-dispute-birth-control-benefits-to-justify-rules