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South Africa Debuts Anti- Female Condom
Posted:Jun 27, 2010 12:00 am
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CAPE TOWN, South Africa (June 21) -- Counseling a victim more than 40 years ago, Dr. Sonnet Ehlers got an idea for an anti- female condom that South Africa is now testing during the mostly male and sometimes raucous, alcohol-fueled celebrations for the World Cup.

"It was in 1968 or 1969, and I was a young intern counseling a girl from one of South Africa's townships, who'd been . She said, 'If only I had teeth down there,'" Ehlers told AOL News. "And I thought, God, it would be great to make something that could really be useful."


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South African inventor Sonnet Ehlers, here in 2005, created an anti- female condom that works with jagged latex hooks that latch onto the skin of an attacker.
Ehlers, a 62-year-old physician, lab researcher and hematologist -- and a mother of two daughters -- spent the next four decades developing a female condom with jagged latex hooks that latch onto the skin of an attacker. Dubbed "-aXe," the condom is inserted with an applicator like a tampon, and it clenches a man's penis and causes "immense discomfort" without drawing blood. It can only be removed by medical professionals, who are being familiarized with the device in order to contact South African police when they see one.

"I'm not out for vengeance. It doesn't leave permanent damage to the penis, but there will be tiny little scars to remind him of what he's done -- something his wife or future wife might ask him about," Ehlers said.

The new condom was patented in 2007, and Ehlers hopes to begin selling it in South African pharmacies and grocery stores soon. It's being evaluated by the country's Bureau of Standards and would sell for about $2.50. Meanwhile, Ehlers has distributed samples to 100 unnamed women across South Africa this week, for initial testing during the World Cup.

South Africa has one of the world's highest crime rates outside war zones, with 50 murders and 140 reported each day, though experts believe the real number of could be many times higher. A 2009 survey by South Africa's Medical Research Council found that 28 percent of men admitted to having a woman, and 20 percent said they had done so in the past year.

After that emotional meeting with a victim in the late 1960s, Ehlers describes how she began inventing the new condom by experimenting with a household item: the safety seal found on a soda bottle. "I was playing around with the plastic strip that tightens around the bottle's neck, running my fingers over it, and then I phoned Coca-Cola," Ehlers said. One of the company's engineers joined her team, which also includes gynecologists and psychologists who've interviewed in South African prisons, she said.

Critics of Ehlers' invention say it could be too punitive for the alleged , and also worry that the device could lead to more violence against women, once a realizes that he's been branded by the device. Some also say it's unfair to put the onus of halting on women rather than on the offenders themselves.

"Women should not need to artificially alter our bodies to prevent ," Erin Matson, a vice president of the National Organization for Women, told AOL News in an e-mail interview. "Preventing requires educating women and men. ... By putting the focus on women's own anatomy, this product seems to use -- a serious crime -- to sexualize women even further."

A South African expert on gender-based violence, Lisa Vetten, said the device harks "back to the days where women were forced to wear chastity belts."

"It is a terrifying thought that women are being made to adapt to by wearing these devices," Vetten, with South Africa's Center for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, said in a 2007 statement when Ehlers obtained her patent. "Women would have to wear this every minute of their lives on the off-chance that they would be ."

Ehlers advises women to wear the anti- condom when they're walking through dimly lit neighborhoods alone at night, or even on a blind date. It can be worn for 24 hours straight, she said.

For years, Ehlers counseled victims and heard stories about how women tried to use makeshift devices similar to hers to protect themselves. She said one woman confessed to having embedded a razor blade into her contraceptive sponge, to hurt any man who might her. Ehlers said she wanted to develop a safe, medically approved device for women that wouldn't maim their , either.

"My critics say I've developed a medieval device, but I say it's a medieval device for a medieval deed," Ehlers told AOL News today in a phone interview from her office north of Cape Town.

"I've had so many e-mails from women who've been , who say 'Now we feel armed,'" Ehlers said, referring to women who've heard about her invention. "We want to get T-shirts that say, 'Try me now.'"
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Fast Food Fight
Posted:Jun 13, 2010 11:56 am
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Hamburgers, fries, punches and chairs all were thrown during a fight involving customers and employees of a fast food restaurant in Kalamazoo that ended with two arrests.

Police say four customers in a vehicle at a Wendy's drive-thru lane midday Saturday claimed their order was incorrect. Police say they hurled drinks, hamburgers and fries at an employee inside.

Police say the employee then threw food at the vehicle, hitting it with a drink, ketchup and fries, and two people from the vehicle went inside the restaurant, where they fought with employees.

Two of the customers were arrested on charges of assault. The employee had scrapes and abrasions, but didn't need medical attention.

Police say employees blamed the fight on a "communication breakdown."
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Wow...now this is crazy....
Posted:Jun 11, 2010 5:27 pm
Last Updated:Dec 4, 2021 12:6 am
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NILES An out-of-work Michigan woman shot herself in the hope she'd receive medical treatment for a shoulder injury.

Kathy Myers says she injured the shoulder a month ago while playing with her dogs.

The 41-year-old Niles resident says she's been unable to see a specialist because she can't afford health insurance.

So Myers shot herself on Thursday.

She was released from the hospital a few hours later.

Myers tells WSBT-TV in South Bend, Ind., she has "no suicide wish." She says her life isn't great "right now, but I want to live."

Myers says she wouldn't do it again and now is searching for a specialist who will accept a payment plan she can afford.

The prosecutor's office is going to decide whether Myers will face charges for firing a weapon within city limits.
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Motor City Comic Con weekend
Posted:May 17, 2010 6:18 pm
Last Updated:May 21, 2010 2:35 pm
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This past weekend was pretty fun even though I didn't do as much business as I'd have liked. But on the brighter side, I got to see a lot of old friends and met some new ones. And meeting Tia Carrere and Rekha Sharma (Tory of BSG) was a high point. And like most of my fellow creators, I had to go into fanboy mode and buy up some goodies at the show. Luckily, I didn't break the bank in doing so like a lot of other people there Oh, can't forget about the guy that hit me up for an autograph Friday. He happend to have a 13 yr old MCCC program guide which had a pin -up I did back then. I was pretty flattered and surprised, as I didn't expect anyone to come looking for me specificly. Anyway, I had a good time over the weekend, and as always, I hate to see it come to an end. Now, looking forward to Wizard World Chicago in August!!!
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SLANG EDITORIAL: The Death Of
Posted:May 11, 2010 2:40 pm
Last Updated:May 14, 2010 6:30 pm
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Has Toyota finally done what Old Spice couldn�t and killed �Swagger� for good?

Swag*ger: verb, :To walk or conduct oneself with an insolent or arrogant air; strut.

Dearly Beloved

We are gathered here today to say good-bye to a friend that gave us so much in such a short amount of time�Swagger.

Like so many other words hip-hop took a verb and made it a noun, but it worked for us.

Swagger was everybody�s friend. He gave us the means to describe the intangible. Anyone could say they had style but it meant something else to say you had �Swagger.� Swagger wasn�t linked to your paycheck. You could be dressed like a hobo and have undeniable �swagger.� When you watched the President walk up to the podium you didn�t say he looked �cool.� You said �look at his swagger!� No one can pinpoint exactly when Swagger became part of the hip-hop lexicon but the closest estimates place it to 2003�s �PSA� by Jay-Z when he bragged,

�Check out my swag� yo, I walk like a ballplayer

No matter where you go, you are what you are player�

Urban legend has it that Hov overheard Keith Murray�s �I Got My Swagger Back� in the Def Jam offices from the critically panned He�s Keith Murray and �borrowed� the phrase. No one can prove this but you know once Jay-Z puts his hands on something, it�s his.

Before long Swagger was bumping other words clear out the box. �Biting� became known as �swagger jacking.� Even a cornball like Aaron Carter cut a song called �Swagged Up� for crying out loud. But this didn�t do Swagger in. He was too strong.

Swagger reached his peak popularity in 2008 when T.I. Jay-Z, Kanye West and Lil Wayne jacked M.I.A�s �Paper Planes� for �Swagga Like Us.� He wore his best suit to The Grammys when it was nominated for Best Song and smiled like Uncle Ruckus at Sarah Palin�s pool party when it won for Best Performance by a Duo or Group. Swagger�s parents �Steez� and �Flava� were surely proud
But in that same year corporate suits caught wind of Swagger�s popularity and like his cousins �Fresh� and �Hype� he was kidnapped and sacrificed to the gods of product placement. They even recruited an icon like LL Cool J to help in his demise. Old Spice now had �Swagger.� It was pretty much over for him after this. Not only did the dude on a and Terry Crews render these ads irrelevant, but in March of this year teenaged Pop Star Justin Beiber proudly declared that he had a �Swagger Coach.� You could almost hear the moans of pain as Swagger was being ferried by Charon across the river of slang hell to meet with �Jiggy� and �Audi 5000.�

But then I saw that Akio Toyoda, in a desperate bid to make people forget about his cars brake problems, dug up Swagger�s body and threw him in the back of a minivan. The Swagger Wagon to be exact.

The Swagger Wagon� The mother-fatherin SWAGGER WAGON??? (Couldnt get the link to work here on the blog so you'll have to look up swagger wagon on the u tube, the video is to damn funny,lol) Truth be told, the rhymes on this are better than half of the crap on the radio and I think it�s a rather funny parody of music. If anyone is offended they only have Gucci, O.J. Da Juiceman and Plies to blame. If this were Young Jeezy over this beat talking about the Dodge Magnum everyone would love it.

But that�s not my beef. It�s that Swagger was dragged down the street one last time for us to laugh at him. Now that he�s been totally embarrassed again, can we finally let this word rest in peace?
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Have you heard about this...
Posted:May 5, 2010 4:48 pm
Last Updated:May 5, 2010 5:51 pm
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The FBI has arrested a Platteville Police Officer, charging her with smoking crack cocaine.

The news came as a shock to the small police department. Monday afternoon Platteville Police Chief Doug McKinley got a visit from the FBI. "They let us know that they'd had an ongoing investigation concerning a member of our department."

Officer Michelle Salentine was arrested without incident when she reported for duty. She appeared in federal court Tuesday, accused of smoking crack cocaine.

Salentine joined the Platteville Police Department in September of 2004. "Been a very good officer, but apparently had some things going on that we were unaware of," says McKinley.

According to court documents, Salentine says she's been smoking crack 4 to 6 times a week for the past year.

A confidential witness tipped off the FBI in February. Chief McKinley says Salentine is a patrol officer for the night shift. "She was working predominantly 7pm to 7am."

According to the witness, Salentine has smoked crack while on duty. On March 4th, the witness texted a law enforcement officer at 1:35 am, saying, "your girl is here smoking she has a stem and a bag, getting f***ed up here and in the squad, she's getting to go back on duty."

"People are pretty shocked and disappointed," says McKinley. "It's a violation of the public trust. From top to bottom we're all very, very disappointed."

What makes it even more shocking is the Platteville P.D. is so small. "With only 20 people you get to know everybody very well. You'd like to think that you have a good handle on what everybody is capable of and that everybody is an honorable person."

Officer Salentine has been placed on paid administrative leave.

She was detained after her court appearance and is being held in the Dane County Jail.
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10 Things Tiger Woods Should've Said
Posted:Apr 8, 2010 4:54 pm
Last Updated:Feb 9, 2021 4:02 pm
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1. The New York Post printed the salacious text messages between Tiger and sidepiece, Jamie Grubbs.

Tiger's response: "Blame it on the alcohol."

2. The seventh chick linked to Tiger was a porn star. The Tiger went wild, indeed.

Tiger's response: "I'm gonna take the liberty of quoting a great American poet here, Snoop Dogg: 'I don't love them hoes.'"

3. In December 2009, Tiger said he was taking in indefinite leave from golf.

Tiger's response: "Don't hate the player, hate the game."

4. Tiger told the world he was oh-so-sorry back in February.

Tiger's response: "Yeah, I'm sorry I got caught, but that's about all I'm sorry for."

5. Holly Sampson, another porn star, gave Tiger props for his, ahem... stroke.

Tiger's response: "Call me Tiger Flintstone; I can make your bed rock."

6. Joslyn James -- yes, another porn star -- alleges she was knocked up by Mr. Woods, twice.

Tiger's response: "To quote Maury Povich: 'I am NOT the father.'" [Then breaks out in celebratory dance]

7. Word is Tiger is forking over mucho dinero too keep his wifey by his side.

Tiger's response: "My wife? I ain't sayin' she's a gold digger but she ain't messin' with no broke... "

8. Back in June 2009, at the U.S. Open some drunkards were jeering Tiger.

Tiger's Response: "Y'all should grow the f--k up, come here let me coach you."

9. Tiger has enough mistresses to form a basketball team , at least.

Tiger's response: "I'm shutting s--t down in the mall, and telling every girl she's the one for me, and I ain't even planning to call, I want this s--t forever, man."

10. Lastly, despite all the distractions, Tiger is still favored to win the Masters.

Tiger's response: "I'm Tiger Woods!"
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Fortune Cookie of the day
Posted:Feb 22, 2010 5:38 pm
Last Updated:Mar 14, 2010 6:45 pm
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The first step to better times is to imagine them.
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The crazy things people do....
Posted:Feb 4, 2010 7:43 pm
Last Updated:Dec 4, 2021 12:6 am
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Driver faces $135 fine for mannequin in HOV lane ISLANDIA, N.Y. The tipoff was the sunglasses. A New Yorker faces a $135 traffic fine for using a mannequin as her plus-one in the high-occupancy lane of the Long Island Expressway. An alert sheriff's deputy on Long Island became suspicious when he saw the "passenger" wearing sunglasses and using the visor. The only problem: The sky was overcast.

When he stopped the vehicle, he found the mannequin, fully dressed with a long dark wig, blazer, shirt and scarf.

The 61-year-old driver left with a summons.
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Needs
Posted:Dec 29, 2009 7:15 pm
Last Updated:Jun 2, 2010 4:01 pm
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Husband and wife are getting all snugly in bed. The passion is heating up.

But then the wife stops and says, "I don' t feel like it. I just want you to hold me."

The husband says " WHAT???" The wife explains that he must not be in tune with her emotional needs as a woman.

The husband realizes that nothing is going to happen tonight and he might as well deal with it.

So the next day the husband takes her shopping at a big dept. store. He walks around and had her try on three very expensive outfits. And then tells his wife, We 'll take all three of them. Then goes over and gets matching shoes worth $200 each.

And then goes to the jewelry Dept. and gets a set of diamond earrings. The wife is so excited (she thinks her husband has flipped out, but she does not care). She goes for the tennis bracelet.

The husband says "but you don 't even play tennis, but OK if you like it then lets get it.'

The wife is jumping up and down. So excited she cannot even believe what is going on. She says " I am ready to go, lets go to the cash register. "

The husband says, " no no no, honey we're not going to buy all this stuff." The wife face goes blank.

" No honey - I just want you to HOLD this stuff for a while."

Her face gets really red she is about to explode and then the husband says " You must not be in tune with my financial needs as a MAN!"
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New Years Eve plans
Posted:Dec 28, 2009 11:35 am
Last Updated:Jun 24, 2010 1:48 pm
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On vacation and less than two days to go and I still have no idea of what I want to do. Correction, I have a few ideas, but who to spend it with and where are the two biggest things I have yet to decide on. Decisions,decisions....
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