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Fetus in Bottle: Bush Memoir Stirs Up Internet – ABC News
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 November 2010 08:04 Written by admin Wednesday, 10 November 2010 08:04
By SUSAN DONALDSON JAMES
Nov. 10, 2010
When George W. Bush revealed on national television that he had witnessed a “little brother or sister” when his mother miscarried and carried a fetus in a jar to the hospital, Americans were horrified.
It was just a passage in the former president’s memoir, so why did this detail — only five paragraphs long — get so much attention in the online sphere?
“Whoa! Just whoa,” gasped one commenter.
“We’ll never look at Barbara Bush the same way again,” wrote another.
The reaction, say psychologists, illustrates the “ick” factor when discussing miscarriage and misunderstandings about a loss that is still treated in hushed tones.
“It’s just the sight of blood and human tissue that is hard for people to see,” said Sandy Robertson, a 52-year-old Colorado professor who had six miscarriages. “Then you’re dealing with the death of a baby on top of it.
“Our society, at least in this country, is so sterile anyway,” she said. “People just aren’t used to seeing that.”
People are also uncomfortable around those who are experiencing a miscarriage and don’t want to cause further discomfort, she said.
A more level-headed online commenter opined, “While quite creepy and something I would never do, I have to remind myself that people respond to death and loss in their own way and in their own time, and I try not to judge. Is this any weirder than having your loved one cremated and keeping a box filled with their charred flesh on your mantle?”
The Internet does get things wrong.
According to the book, “Decision Points,” Barbara Bush never paraded the jar around the house, nor did she put it on her bedroom shelf as a keepsake. And taking the remains of the miscarriage to the hospital is far from barbaric.
In fact, there is nothing weird about the practice. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in their 2010 patient education pamphlet recommends:
“If you have heavy bleeding and think you have passed fetal tissue, place it in a clean container and take it to the doctor for inspection. Your doctor will want to examine you.”
Dr. Tracy W. Gaudet, an obstetrician and executive director of Duke Integrative Medicine in North Carolina, said when her mother miscarried her twin, she, too, took the remains to the hospital, just as the Bushes did.
The protocol is the same today, she said.
“If you can bring anything passed it allows us to first know if everything has passed or not, and secondly it allows us to send the fetus for genetic testing if indicated,” said Gaudet. “I do think culturally we were closer to life and death. My dad grew up on a farm for example, and these matters were more fundamentally understood.”
Buy Stun Guns From Companies Who Provide Self Defense Supplies
Last Updated on Thursday, 14 October 2010 09:22 Written by Jule C Thacks Thursday, 14 October 2010 09:22
The video showed a big man being knocked down by the stun gun of a policeman. The man fell down with only a few seconds of contact. That spurred our discussion whether we needed to have stun guns of our own or not.
With the way society is going, almost everybody said aye. For this reason, we began to look for proper stun guns from those who sell self defense supplies. We can get to them more swiftly through the internet.
Among the first ones that got our attention was the Hottie Stun Gun because some of us have girlfriends. Its color is pink, it is small in size, but it has a powerful 1 million volts of power.
There is no need to buy batteries because it has a rechargeable battery. It also has a flashlight with 6 LED lights. Surely, of all the stun guns, this will gain approval from the ladies.
The Rechargeable Stun Gun Flashlight also attracted our attention. Although made for the police and security guards, we can use them as well. Aside from the powerful 600,000 volt stun gun, it is also a heavy-duty halogen flashlight and a loud 130 db alarm. It is powered by a rechargeable battery and is 15 inches long, allowing a safe distance from the aggressor.
As we continued searching from those who sell self defense supplies, we came to another device, the Mini Stun Baton. At 1 million volts, this has the highest voltage in mini stun batons available.
It also has a rechargeable battery and is 10.5 inches long. Just 3 to 5 seconds of contact with this model is enough to knock down any aggressor.
And then we also took interest in the smallest of stun guns, the Small Fry Stun Gun – The Blackout. It is small in size only but not in its power to stop anybody. Its battery is rechargeable and its stopping power is 1 million volts.
Jule C Thacks is one of the leading experts on non-lethal self defense products. There are many choices, not limited to stun guns, pepper sprays and personal alarms. He delivers full support and instruction on how to use the products.
Improvements On The BlackBerry Curve 3G Over Previous Models
Last Updated on Thursday, 14 October 2010 09:21 Written by Carol Winesburger Thursday, 14 October 2010 09:21
Blackberry Curve is a smart phone that has been on the market for several years. Each year, manufacturers make improvements to the Blackberry Curve. Now we have a phone from BlackBerry in the name of the Curve 3G. Consumers may enjoy new accessories, cases, chargers and/or covers. Belt clips, holsters, mobile mounting kits and specialized cleaners are available for individuals. Customers will even enjoy an anti-glare screen for their new Blackberry Curve. The enhancements create a more user friendly product. And most of the accessories are available though the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) or many of the online third party vendors.
Owners of the new Blackberry Curve 3G will enjoy technical enhancements such as an upgraded MP3 player and increase Internet bandwidth on the phone. The phone also has enhanced Bluetooth connectivity to allow for new Bluetooth devices, such as ear pieces, to connect easily. New applications are also available. Improved and extra memory capacity is now available for purchase through select stores. Blackberry Curve customers benefit from the improved technological enhancements.
The BlackBerry Curve 3G accessories are plentiful and are also compatible with many of BlackBerry phones. To avoid scratches or wear and tear, individuals may purchase a screen protector. Blackberry providers everywhere supply this necessity to owners. In an environment where many of your friends and co-workers possess Blackberries, you may desire to have an accessory distinguishes your phone from the crowd. Charms have been designed, along with custom covers to give each phone a unique and personal touch. Mini buds may also allow individuals to enjoy their MP3 tunes or conversations without constantly holding the device. From cases to charms, each Curve 3G accessory is a unique expression of the owner’s personality.
Owners of the BlackBerry Curve may appreciate the sleek look of Curve 3G cases. BlackBerry Curve 3G owners may enjoy a leather case, leather pouch or a rubber skin for protection. Individuals who drop their BlackBerry Curves or use the smart phones in a slightly more abrasive environment than the average user will appreciate the Armor Cover. This Curve 3G case is made of aircraft grade aluminum metal to protect from falls and emission of excessive radiation. Velvet pouches are provided for people who store their phone in a purse or bag. These will keep your phone from becoming scratched whenever the phone comes into contact with other items in your purse or bag.
Curve 3G chargers are available in a variety of forms. The BlackBerry Curve Power Station is available for individuals who desire to charge their phones at their desk or the comfort of their homes. This device contains an extra battery so that one is always fully charged and on standby. Car chargers are also available. The chargers possess various adapters depending upon your vehicle’s power source. There’s also wall chargers also available for your phone too. A variety of lengths and several types of power sources are offered to suit the needs of the consumer. Depending upon the country of operation, there are several adapters available to accommodate Blackberry Curve users. European to American adapters and American to European adapters are essential when traveling abroad.
The New Gamers: Mom, Dad, Gran
Last Updated on Thursday, 14 October 2010 09:11 Written by Mark Van Diggelen Thursday, 14 October 2010 09:11
The PC gaming market used to be the realm of the under 20 age group. Over time this moved to under 30, which made sense. It got a little weird with the under 40, but quickly this moved to under 50 and now even under 60. When you had to face people from the under 40 group when playing games it was okay, because they were easy to beat. It just becomes a little to creepy when you run into your mom or dad when playing a MMORPG.
Parents earn an income to support the PC gaming habits of their children, not their own. The balance of the world is in jeopardy. It is a horror playing online against your parents and it might soon be your grandparents! Please make the pain stop. It hurts us.
The hope is that this is just not true or a passing phase. Just a bad dream. Now lets take it a few steps further. The over 65 gaming crowd is growing. This can not be. What are they doing where I am playing?
The latest statistics show that over 26% of all gamers are over the age of 50. That’s 50 years not months. Please, settle down, don’t get nervous. Put the light saber away. Because of the entry of the over 50 crowd into the PC gaming market, the average age of a typical gamer is 34. STOP IT! It’s our domain. Go find something else to do. We heard bingo was cool. Or try bowling please! I thought PC gaming was for kids, or grown-ups who thought they were a kid, or grown-ups who missed out on their first childhood.
If the fact that they take up a quarter of the market isn’t enough, what comes next? Are they going to be eating kids cereal now as well. Many adults are starting to do this as well. So this means that the old guy you are seeing in the store buying those games is probably not buying it for his kids. But there is another fun little fact. Now that is great news, so you mean it gets worse than this?
According to the latest projections the gamers over 50 and 60, as if they can actually be called gamers, will increase a lot in the coming decade. This is because now even nursing homes and senior centers are getting video games incorporated into senior’s activities. The reason being that there are some benefits for improving and stimulating brain activity, which might be a good thing in the end. But still.