7 Celebrated Historical Figures Who Were Closet Scumbags


There’s no doubt that Gandhi’s peaceful protests shaped the world we live in today. But, by his own admission, he didn’t entirely practice what he preached. In his autobiography, Papa Mahatma admits to beating his wife while in South Africa. He also wrote Hitler a letter, naming the Fuhrer his friend, and looking to Adolph as a possible ally to the Indian cause. The most baffling, however, were his racist attitudes towards South Africans, which he shared openly. He was all about equality and peace and respect for his fellow man, unless of course, for his wife and Africans.

Patrick “Hat-Trick” Henry (his unofficial rapper name), is most widely known for telling the British to fuck off in the coolest way imaginable: “Give me liberty or give me death.” He also dealt with his wife’s post-partum depression in the worst way imaginable: by locking her up in the basement of their family home and ignoring her, which makes his famous quote very ironic now. I guess fighting colonial imperialists was a lot easier than trying to find a way to treat his wife’s mental illness.

Mother Teresa is a literal saint and is still renowned for her selfless pursuit of performing charitable work. However, she refused to ever have audits performed on the donations she received, and many of the locations she claimed to raise money for, never saw a dime. She also was a religious fanatic, opening 500 or so convents in her name and was heaven-bent on converting the people she was helping. There’s a whole documentary about her, too, called “Hell’s Angel.” Subtle.

American who helped craft Uganda’s ‘Kill the Gays’ bill to be tried for crimes against humanity


The anti-gay pastor will stand trial in a federal court in Massachusetts for his part in crafting Uganda’s notorious Anti-Homosexuality Act, popularly known as the “Kill the Gays” bill. The bill was largely the product of a workshop held in Uganda by Lively and two other american anti-gay activists, focused on “how to make gay people straight, how gay men often sodomized teenage boys and how ‘the gay movement is an evil institution’ whose goal is ‘to defeat the marriage-based society and replace it with a culture of sexual promiscuity.”

In spite of the pending suit and national condemnation for his actions, Lively has not backed down. Earlier this week, during an appearance on “Trunews,” he stated that homosexuality was worse than mass murder, because it was to blame for Noah’s flood.

New Font Shows What It’s Like To Read With Dyslexia


How long does it take you to decipher what this paragraph says? That’s what a dyslexic person deals with every single time they try to read…

Thanks to Britton’s work, it becomes clear why “the school drop-out rate of dyslexics [in the U.S.] can be a high as 35%, twice the national average school drop-out rate of many countries.”

“What I’ve found all through my life – and I’m sure many others are the same – when you tell someone you’re dyslexic they say ‘yeah, whatever’,” Britton told Dezeen. “They just can’t comprehend it because they haven’t experienced it…

Could your child’s cat lead to mental health problems in adulthood


That sweet little cat that purrs and sits on your lap could be carrying a disease that can facilitate miscarriages, fetal development disorders, weeks of flu-like illness, blindness, and even death. It has also been associated with mental health problems, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

The parasite toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) is one of the most commonly carried parasites. It can attach itself to, and infect, any warm-blooded species, and is often carried by cats. It is possible that you may be carrying it yourself. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than 60 million people in the U.S. may have it.

If you do have it, you may not notice it or have any symptoms, although people with weakened immune systems are much more likely to exhibit symptoms and be affected. If you are infected with T. gondii you can contract an illness called toxoplasmosis, which could lead to flu-like symptoms or miscarriages if you are pregnant. Two more studies have been published that associate it with mental health disorders…




Nearly one quarter of adults and adolescents in the United States have been infected with T. gondii…   Estimates of the incidence of congenital infection in the United States range from 400 per year to 4,000 per year, but because toxoplasmosis is not a nationally reportable disease, the true magnitude of disease is not known.

The annual economic impact of toxoplasmosis in the United States is estimated to be $7.7 billion. Most T. gondii infections among humans occur in one of three ways: 1) by eating raw or undercooked meat containing T. gondii tissue cysts or eating food that has been crosscontaminated with raw/undercooked meat; 2) by ingesting oocysts from soil (for example, through gardening, handling/eating unwashed vegetables, or changing a cat litter box); or 3) by acquiring congenital infection through the placenta. Of the estimated 750 deaths caused by toxoplasmosis in the United States each year, 375 are thought to occur from eating raw or undercooked meat; this makes toxoplasmosis the third-leading cause of US foodborne death…

Study: 50 hospitals mark-up their medical costs 1000%


They discovered 50 U.S. hospitals with what they say is the highest markup of prices over their actual costs. Their research shows these hospitals are charging out-of-network patients and the uninsured, as well as well as some insurers, more than 10 times the costs allowed by Medicare…

In other words, when a hospital paid $100 of Medicare-allowable costs, it turned around and charged $340.

Of the 50 hospitals with the highest mark-ups, 49 are for-profit hospitals and 46 are owned by for-profit health systems. One company in particular, Community Health Systems, Inc., operates 25 of the 50 hospitals on the list. Needless to say, it’s a highly profitable publicly traded company…

The researchers blame a combination of a lack of regulation of hospital charges in the U.S. and no market competition for what they term “price-gouging” that trickles down to nearly all consumers, whether they have health insurance or not…

Why am I not surprised that most of the hospitals on this list are in Florida?

Thinking of you, Izabel Laxamana


A 13-year-old girl has committed suicide after her dad publicly shamed her in a YouTube video. Izabel Laxamana jumped from a bridge on May 29, just days after her dad Jeff cut off her hair and posted a video of the punishment online.

It has been reported locally that Izabel, from Tacoma, Washington, walked out of a car before jumping off a bridge onto Interstate 5 – the main highway on the US west coast. She was taken to a Seattle hospital, where she died on Saturday.

Speculation is now growing about whether the 15-second video – which has been removed – led to Izabel’s death.

During the video, the girl can be seen looking into the camera as the lens pans to where her long dark locks lie scattered on the floor.

A male voice can be heard saying: “The consequences of getting messed up, man, you lost all that beautiful hair.”

He then asks her: “Was it worth it?”

She replies “no” before he asks: “How many times did I warn you?”

She quietly replies: “A lot.”

It is still not clear why Izabel was in trouble with her father.

The News Tribune quotes reports on social media that the schoolgirl was upset after being banned from running for a position on the student body. A statement said the girl did not have parental permission to participate as a candidate…

(Photo taken today.)

Jeb Bush: Unwed Mothers Should Be Publicly Shamed


Public shaming would be an effective way to regulate the “irresponsible behavior” of unwed mothers, misbehaving teenagers and welfare recipients, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) argued in his 1995 book Profiles in Character.  In a chapter called “The Restoration of Shame,” the likely 2016 presidential candidate made the case that restoring the art of public humiliation could help prevent pregnancies “out of wedlock.”

One of the reasons more young women are giving birth out of wedlock and more young men are walking away from their paternal obligations is that there is no longer a stigma attached to this behavior, no reason to feel shame. Many of these young women and young men look around and see their friends engaged in the same irresponsible conduct. Their parents and neighbors have become ineffective at attaching some sense of ridicule to this behavior. There was a time when neighbors and communities would frown on out of wedlock births and when public condemnation was enough of a stimulus for one to be careful.

Bush points to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1850 novel The Scarlet Letter, in which the main character is forced to wear a large red “A” for “adulterer” on her clothes to punish her for having an extramarital affair that produced a child, as an early model for his worldview. “Infamous shotgun weddings and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Scarlet Letter are reminders that public condemnation of irresponsible sexual behavior has strong historical roots,” Bush wrote.

You know what’s coming next, don’t you?  Scarlet letters for those who suffer from mental illnesses like addiction, and for those who suffer from chronic pain.  Not that scarlet letters are needed in the technological age — a mark on your electronic health record and in a PDMP database work just the same.

As governor of Florida in 2001, Bush had the opportunity to test his theory on public shaming. He declined to veto a very controversial bill that required single mothers who did not know the identity of the father to publish their sexual histories in a newspaper before they could legally put their babies up for adoption. He later signed a repeal of the so-called “Scarlet Letter” law in 2003 after it was successfully challenged in court.

Bush’s ideas about public shaming extended beyond unwed parents. He said American schools and the welfare system could use a healthy dose of shame as well. “For many, it is more shameful to work than to take public assistance — that is how backward shame has become!” he wrote, adding that the juvenile criminal justice system also “seems to be lacking in humiliation.”

More shameful to work?  Where do ideas like this come from?  Do you know how boring it is to be unable to work?  How much shame is placed on the disabled?  And the shame of being involved in the juvenile criminal justice system follows a person for the rest of their lives.

In the context of present-day society we need to make kids feel shame before their friends rather than their family. The Miami Herald columnist Robert Steinback has a good idea. He suggests dressing these juveniles in frilly pink jumpsuits and making them sweep the streets of their own neighborhoods! Would these kids be so cavalier then?

It’s worth pointing out that the kind of public shaming Bush described has come under fire recently in response to the growing trend of parents humiliating their children on social media to punish them. A 13-year-old girl committed suicide last month after her father posted a video of himself cutting off her long hair on YouTube because she had disobeyed him…