Sarah Palin Rants On Facebook • What Your Hair Color Says About You


• Everyone’s favorite political commentator has returned to Facebook to publish her disapproval of an Illinois high school that decided not to fly their girls’ basketball team to Arizona because of recent immigration laws. Palin writes:

“Apparently the school has no problem sending kids on trips to China, which has a population control policy that is anti-girl in practice — contributing to female infanticide and abandonment and sex-selective abortions. So, is China — with its many serious human rights violations (too many to list here) — ‘aligned’ with the ‘values and beliefs’ of the school? But our sister-state of Arizona is not? Really?” How Seth and Amy of you, Sarah. Really. • Researchers in Australia have found that women can identify only a little more than a third of their fetus’s movements. “You have got lots of things happening in a stomach and it can be a bit tricky to figure out what’s what,” explained one of the authors of the study. They hope to use this information to calm stressed mothers, who often express fears that their baby has stopped moving. • The IAAF president Lamine Diack said today that they expect to announce their decision in the case of Caster Semenya by the end of June. They still have not decided whether Semenya is eligible to compete in international races, but she has said that she plans to start running again, even without their approval. • A lesbian couple from the UK says that they were forced out of their church after other members of the congregation saw them holding hands in the pews during a service. Although other couples hold hands during mass, their church does not accept “practicing” homosexuals. Kersten Pegden says she told the vicar that “all we do is hold hands… It’s no more sexual than if a straight couple did it. These people who are watching us, instead of worshiping, are the ones dishonoring God.” • With bees dying out at unprecedented rates, many have stepped up to help save the insects by taking on a new hobby: beekeeping. The Daily Mail reports that membership to the British Beekeeper’s Association has risen close to 50% in the past year. They also include some very cute pictures of young apiarists Honey and Kayleigh. • The Council of State has once again concluded that the proposed burqa ban in France would, if passed, threaten rights guaranteed under the European Convention on Human Rights and the French constitution. They advise Sarkozy to reconsider his position. • According to federal health officials, one in three homicides of American women are committed by a partner, but only 5% of male homicides are by lovers. They came to these figures after analyzing data on homicides and suicides from 16 states from 2007. • Prosecutors have revealed their reasons for seeking the death penalty for Casey Anthony. Among other legal reasons, they say that Caylee’s death was especially “heinous, atrocious, or cruel” and was committed in a “cold, calculated and premeditated manor.” • 16-year-old sailor Jessica Watson is nearing the end of her global journey. She is expected to arrive in Sydney in the next day or so, and thousands are expected to line the harbor and welcome her home. Although her journey may not be awarded a “record breaking” title, she has accomplished her goal to sail around the world. • Some rabbis are looking to redefine what makes a child Jewish. While in most cases, it is pretty easy to determine whether or not the mother is Jewish, when there is an egg donor involved things get a little more complicated. Some rabbis believe that the donor must also be Jewish, which could likely lead to an increased demand for Jewish eggs in the U.S. and Israel. • The Washington state father charged with branding his teenage children has been acquitted of second-degree assault charges. His two sons testified that they wanted the brands, which read “SK” for Seamands’ Kids, and Mark Seamand explained that he did it to bring the family closer together. • And now, for the most horrifying thing you will read all day: A man in India has been charged with stitching his wife’s genitals with iron wire. Sannimar Munda was reportedly angry with his wife and suspected her of having an affair. After he assaulted her with wire, he locked her in a room. She escaped, and eventually made it to the hospital. • 15-year-old Alex Moore committed suicide on Wednesday by jumping off an overpass near her Alabama home. There have been reports that Moore was bullied at school, and investigators are trying to determine what role that may have played in her death. • A group of nine women have become the first blind beauticians in Jordan. They owe their new skills to Maram Nawas, who started the project to train disabled women. Nawas hopes that she can get her students officially licensed within the next year. • No-shit study of the day: couples are less likely to divorce if the husband helps with housework. • An Australian director’s plan to auction off virgins in Nevada may run afoul of US human trafficking laws — namely the Mann Act, which prohibits taking women across state lines for “immoral purposes.” • According to psychotherapist Heather Turgeon, hair changes can often signify a life transition. Women often dye their hair when going through something big, she says, and it can be a way of asserting control into your life. •

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