Barely There? Chinese Company Debuts World’s Thinnest Condom

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By By Denise Chow, Staff Writer 
2/28/14

It’s so thin it set records. A Chinese company has created the world’s thinnest latex condom, snagging the Guinness World Record for the barely-there rubber.

The so-called Aoni condom measures just 0.0014 inches (0.036 millimeters) thick, beating the previous record-holder, Okamoto of Japan,reported The Province. The ultra-thin condom was manufactured by Guangzhou Daming United Rubber Products, a China-based company that produces roughly 200 million condoms annually.

Currently, the Aoni is available only in Asia, but Victor Chan, who led the project, is eventually hoping to introduce the product to North American markets. He said the design process for the thin but durable Aoni condom was challenging. [6 (Other) Great Things Sex Can Do For You]

“It was quite tricky,” Chan told The Province. “It took a lot of work to arrange the right mix and fine-tune the ingredients to give us the right performance.”

Chan is also working on developing a vibrating condom that targets a woman’s G-spot and a sanitizing condom that is coated in silver nanoparticles, reported The Province.

Innovations in condom technology have gained traction lately. Last year, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pledged funding for research into the development of new condoms that are more pleasurable to wear. The initiative aims to lower rates of unplanned pregnancies and reduce the spread of sexually transmitted diseases bymaking improvements to condoms and encouraging more people to use them.

One such project, led by researchers at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, is attempting to use stretchy materials known as superelastomers to make condoms thinner. Another project, led by scientists at the University of Manchester in the U.K., is mixing latex with graphene — a form of carbon that has been dubbed a “super material” — to create condoms that are thinner, stronger and more elastic.

Both projects have received $100,000 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

In 2012, Planned Parenthood launched an initiative during National Condom Week to track the use of protection across western Washington state. Local Planned Parenthood chapters visited college and university campuses and distributed 55,000 condoms with QR (or Quick Response) printed on the packaging. Users were then invited to scan the codes with a smartphone after using the protection to “check in” anonymously on a map of safe sex.

In addition to more serious efforts, some innovators have taken to flexing their creative muscles when introducing new condom products. Last year, J & D’s Foods, headquartered in Seattle, unveiled its bacon condom, which is patterned to resemble a slab of bacon and is flavored with the company’s Baconlube.

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Obama Warns Russia of ‘Costs’ for Ukraine Intervention

The Russian Federation is struggling economically. It has based its economy on the hopes that the price of oil would go up. The stabilization of US relations with Iran and the quieting down of what’s happening in Syria and Egypt, has made for a more stable or oil supply which in turn means lower pricing for the barrel of oil. Without its satellites from the former Soviet Union, the Russian Federation’s economyhas many holes in it. This tug of war over Ukraine will be pivotal to Putin’s future.
Mary Bruce (@marykbruce)
Feb 28, 2014, 5:57 PM

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Obama Warns Russia Over Military Intervention in Ukraine
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Amid reports of Russian military movement in Ukraine’s Crimea region, President Obama today warned Moscow there “will be costs” if Russia intervenes in Ukraine’s affairs.

“We are now deeply concerned by reports of military movements taken by the Russian Federation inside of Ukraine,” Obama told reporters in the White House Briefing Room. “Any violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity would be deeply destabilizing, which is not in the interests of Ukraine, Russia or Europe. It would represent a profound interference in matters that must be determined by the Ukrainian people.

“It would be a clear violation of Russia’s commitment to respect the independence and sovereignty and borders of Ukraine, and of international laws,” he added. “The United States will stand with the international community in affirming that there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine.”

Making his first public comments on the crisis since Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich was pushed from power, Obama described the situation as “fluid.”

Russian military aircraft landed today at the military air base near Simferopol, Ukraine, U.S. officials told ABC News. They would not make an assessment of the flights or specify how many aircraft landed, but said the number was likely lower than the 13 reported by other media outlets.

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“We’re monitoring the situation in the Crimea,” a Pentagon official said. “We’re not prepared to offer an assessment or characterize this fluid situation.”

Vice President Biden spoke with the prime minister of Ukraine today to “assure him that in this difficult moment, the United States supports his government’s efforts and stands for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and democratic future of Ukraine,” Obama said.

The Obama administration has cautioned Russia not to cross a “line” in Ukraine, but declined to speculate how the U.S. would respond if Russia ignores the warning.

“I’m not going to speculate about what happens if this happens,” press secretary Jay Carney told reporters today. “We’ve made clear that the United States supports the territorial integrity of Ukraine and the sovereignty of Ukraine. And we have made clear to Russia that we believe it would be a grave mistake to intervene in any way.”

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Rainmageddon hits Los Angeles!

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I actually heard a weather forecaster on TV last night call this 2 inch rain fall the name I called is in the title. So as all of our friends across the country not worry, this is a picture from my apartment in downtown Los Angeles we are still here and have not seen any signs of Noah or an Arch.

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The Google barge gets a new California home

Wacky! No its incredibly brilliant, making people talk without having to do anything is what Google does best. AVB

BYMARIELLA MOON  
@MARIELLA_MOON  
FEBRUARY 27TH, 2014 9:48PM ET 

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Still think of the Google Barge as a wacky idea from a company that makes more money than it knows what to do with? Well, Mountain View will soon prove that a floating building has its merits: for one, when the company gets in trouble with authorities, it can get the hell out of dodge… literally. According to CNET, the vessel is slated to set sail to Stockton, California, after it was discovered in early February that it didn’t have a construction permit in San Francisco. The barge is still a work in progress (hence the need for the proper paperwork), but once it’s done, it will showcase the company’s more avant-garde creations likeGlass, autonomous cars and other projects from Google X’s lab.

Google’s moving because the 35-day window it got from the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission to secure a permit is almost up. Without the permit, Google’s liable to be fined up to $30,000. Clearly, even though 30 grand is pocket change for the tech giant, it chose to pack its bags and finish construction in friendlier waters (read: outside BCDC’s jurisdiction). A rep from the Treasure Island neighborhood (where the barge is currently moored) said the vessel could leave as soon as next week, and since Stockton’s just on the other side of the bay from SF, it’ll be there in no time. Fingers crossed that Google can now focus on finishing construction, because we can’t wait to confirm if the barge’s party deck exists.

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Federal judge strikes down Texas gay marriage ban

Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY
2/26/14 12:32 PST

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And another 1 bites the dust hey hey another 1 bites the dust!
Eric Gay, AP

Mark Phariss, left, clutches the hand of partner Victor Holmes, right, as they talk to the media outside the U.S. Federal Courthouse on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in San Antonio.

A federal judge, saying he was complying with the U.S. Constitution and not trying to defy the people of Texas, struck down Texas’ ban on gay marriage, but left it in place Wednesday pending a ruling by an appeals court later this year.

Judge Orlando Garcia issued his ruling in Austin in response to a challenge by two gay couples of the state’s 2005 constitutional amendment, which had been approved by 76 percent of voters, and a 2003 law banning gay marriage.

Garcia’s decision, however, rejected the argument by the office of Texas Attorney General said each state has the right to define marriage as best fits the traditions of its citizens. Texas also argued that traditional marraige best supports the state’s interest in the area of procreation and child rearing.

“Today’s Court decision is not made in defiance of the great people of Texas or the Texas Legislature, but in compliance with the United States Constitution and Supreme Court precedent,” Garcia wrote. “Without a rational relation to a legitimate governmental purpose, state-imposed inequality can find no refuge in our United States Constitution.”

Under federal court rules, a judge may suspend a law if he or she believes the plaintiffs have a strong case and will suffer if the law is enforced.

Lawsuits are pending in some 20 states that ban gay marriage.

Seventeen states and the District of Columbia allow same-sex marriages.

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President Obama to outline plan to fix crumbling roads, rail, bridges

My take on this is very simple, in the past fixing our country’s infrastructure was a bipartisan goal. Now the obstructionist arm of Congress seems hell bent on making sure that, heaven forbid, someone dies because a bridge or a track or a building collapses. Come on people, this is a no brainer, we are in the 21st century and we need to act like a country that is the leader of the world in the 21st century and shame on those who are stopping this. Here’s how you can take action call 1-202-224-3121 and say you want to speak to your Congressman and Senators, and tell their office we need to fund repair of infrastructure in our country. Give them your name and zip code so that they know you’re one of their constituents. Be short and concise, and when you finish store number so that you can make your voice heard some other time. Corporations have full access to these people, our vote is the only thing we have to make sure that , we the p8 are heard.  We live in a great country, speak up and make it even better.

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By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) –  2/26/14
President Barack Obama will fly to St. Paul, Minnesota, on Wednesday to propose a four-year, $302 billion plan to create jobs by fixing the nation’s crumbling roads, bridges, rail and transportation infrastructure. Congress faces a September 30 deadline to renew federal funding for transportation programs, a deadline that has made state governors concerned about planning projects that typically run through September and into the fall months. Obama will propose ending some tax breaks to provide a one-time $150 billion infusion of cash into transportation funding, the White House said. “This vision will show how we can invest in the things we need to grow and create jobs by closing unfair tax loopholes, lowering tax rates, and making the system more fair,” the White House said in a statement previewing his speech, set for 3:05 p.m. EST (2005 GMT).

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Arizona may lose the Superbowl due to anti-gay bill awaiting Governor’s signature

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The 2015 Super Bowl that was set to be played in Arizona is now in question. The NFL committee the host committee in various Chamber of Commerce’s are asking the governor to veto the bill. This bill would make it legal for anyone to discriminate in their business is against the LGBT community. NFL stated that its closely watching whether or not this bill goes into effect and we’ll make decisions upon its outcome.
The NFL has moved to a Super Bowl game from Arizona before to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena due
to a bill that was going to be discriminating against groups.

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Governors Trash Talk Each Other in Front of White House

How did they expect to be bipartisan with Jan Brewer in the brew, and was the play on words was intentional.

By Jonathan Karl
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Feb 24, 2014 2:06pm
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It started as a Kumbaya moment of bi-partisanship: A group of Democratic and Republican governors gathered at the White House talking to reporters about “common goals” and “working together.”

And then possible Republican presidential candidate Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La., stepped to the microphones.

Jindal blasted President Obama for slow-walking a decision on the Keystone Pipeline and trashed his proposal to raise the minimum wage.

“This president and the White House seems to be waving the white flag of surrender,” Jindal said, flanked by several Democratic governors. “The Obama economy is now the minimum wage economy. I think we can do better than that. I think America can do better than that.”

With the gauntlet thrown down, the claws came out.

“That’s the most insane statement I’ve ever heard,” retorted Gov. Dan Malloy, D-Conn., who elbowed his way to the microphones to say he disagreed with Jindal on the minimum wage and the Keystone Pipeline.

“You just heard what I think just ended up being the partisan statement we heard all weekend,” Malloy said of Jindal’s comments.

That prompted Jindal to come back to the microphones to further criticize the president on health care. A few minutes later Gov. Martin O’Malley, D-Md., reminded reporters that Jindal had failed to pay his dues to the National Governor’s Association.

Kumbaya no more.

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Arizona businesses want veto of bill that is angering gays

This is a no brainer, LGBT money doesn’t speak it roars. And I promise to find a more flattering picture of the Governor if she does this horrible legislation.
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Associated Press 2/24/14
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona’s biggest business advocacy group is calling on Gov. Jan Brewer to veto a bill allowing business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to refuse service to gays.

The legislation passed last week has triggered a national backlash from supporters of gay rights, and the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry is among business groups requesting a veto.

The chamber said Monday the bill could hurt tourism, make it hard to recruit new businesses and open the door to lawsuits against businesses.

But conservative groups supporting the legislation are pushing back and hoping Brewer signs it in to law.

The state Senate is expected to formally send the already approved bill to Brewer as early as Monday afternoon. She would then have five days to act.

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Sochi final Olympic medal count

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The host country, the Russian Federation, got the most medals. This has been true for many other Olympic Games as the host country gets acpush for having the events in their home land. Unfortunately , tonight I feel the same way I did when George Bush beat Al Gore. Many of the team sports judges tables were packed with people from the Russian Federation, some of which had been banned in Vancouver. This is not sour grapes, just the way I feel.

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