Women Fight For The Right To Be Topless


NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 10:  (EDITOR'S NOTE: Image contains nudity) Street Artist Andy Golub applies body paint to a topless model in the Meatpacking District on October 10, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)

If you are looking for Disneyland, then you are in the wrong state. This is New York. Times Square is a PUBLIC SPACE. And in New York City (and New York State) being topless in public is LEGAL. If businesses are upset that the law is hurting their bank accounts, then they should get the politicians to make Times Square private (which is what I presume they are trying to do). In the meantime, let’s all stop pretending that the painted women in Times Square is a violation of anything real. It is only an offense to people who come to New York City (many with kids) and want it to be an escape from reality. Well, New York City is reality, and we respect civil liberties here.

Times Square nude body paint walk.

Not only is it legal to be topless in New York City, but for the sake of art, full nudity is legal in public for both men and women. I have proven this MANY times including many times in Times Square. I recently returned to New York after producing the first Amsterdam Bodypainting Day. Following a successful NYC Bodypainting Day in July (100 fully nude models in the public streets), I thought it was a good time to take the message of artistic freedom to Europe.

I was only gone for a couple of weeks and look what happened. People started freaking out about topless women! So upon my return to New York, I went back to Times Square and began painting to reaffirm that full nudity is still legal for the sake of art.

If the city has issue with aggressive pan handling in Times Square, then they should restrict it. But they should but restrict all of it. It’s a shame that it was only when female breasts were involved that it was decided there needed to be a change (this is prime example of gender inequality-the Naked Cowboy has been topless for decades).

Some people say that the art on the “desnudas” is not good art or not art at all or that they’re just trying to make money. Please! How many times have you seen art at a gallery or a museum, and you don’t even know what it is? If it’s a painting, it’s art. And as far as making money, that’s what everyone is trying to do. In fact, it is only because some of the richest people are in danger of making less money that we are discussing this in the first place.

‘Free Candy’ Van Upsets Sacramento Residents


The sad truth is that the vans parents actually have to worry about will probably never be this conspicuous.

free-candyParents in Natomas, California, were worried earlier this week following reports of a suspicious van driving the streets of the Sacramento suburb. The white van had “Free Candy” painted in red on its side, along with handprints and smears leading to its rear doors. It also had no rear license plate.

“It just felt like they were trying to attract kids, and it just gave me a creepy feeling,” Dominique Bellow told KOVR. She said her son took a photo of the vehicle after seeing it around town.

“I didn’t know what was going on so I just wanted to get evidence in case anything happened,” 12-year-old Lawrence Bellow said.

As it turns out, the van was a joke-on-wheels bound for this year’s Burning Man arts festival. There’s a tradition of Burning Man attendees driving art cars to the weeklong party, which takes place in the Nevada desert.

The decorated vehicles can get pretty outrageous, but it appears that some people just didn’t see the dark humor in the “Free Candy” van.

Dilapidated vans with “Free Candy” painted on the side are also an Internet meme.

Bandits hit phone store located next to police station


A couple of bold bandits who planned to burglarize a mobile phone store located right next to the Pinecrest police station ended up in cuffs Wednesday morning.


Overnight a security company monitoring a live video feed of the T Mobile store at 12537 S Dixie Highway noticed someone inside the closed business and called the police.

“Police officers were here within two minutes,” said Pinecrest Police spokeswoman Michelle Hammontree.

Arriving officers noticed a suspicious van driving nearby.

“He was driving down U.S. 1 without lights and without a tag. So one of our alert patrol officers was able to apprehend him and arrest him,” said Hammontree.

The man behind the wheel turned out to the getaway driver who ditched his partner, according to Pinecrest police.

Officers at the store noticed a hole cut into the wall inside the business next door, which is under construction. The burglar had broken the locks to get inside that business, according to the general contractor working on the project.

The burglar also cut a hole into the inventory room of the T-Mobile store to gain access to the phones.

As police searched the business under construction they found burglary tools, including power tools and a bag containing approximately 70 cell phones worth an estimated $28,000 according to police.

A Miami-Dade police K9 was brought in to assist in the search but found nothing. Police thought they had lost the burglar. But after the arrest of the getaway driver one officer went back.

“A tenacious officer came to the building and found him in the drop ceiling behind the air duct,” said Hammontree.

He was taken into custody. T-Mobile got their phones back but both store are stuck with the thousands of dollars in damages the burglars left behind.

Police have arrested 26 year old Raiko Guerra Ramos and 27 year old Maidel Aguirre Menendez and charged them with burglary and vandalism to a business.

Man, 22, ‘posed as police officer and threatened a dozen women with arrest if they didn’t have unprotected sex with him’


2BB9042500000578-3213630-Arrest_Mark_Rose_pictured_in_his_mug_shot_22_has_been_charged_af-a-4_1440728883384A 22-year-old man has been charged after allegedly posing as a police officer and threatening around a dozen women with arrest if they did not agree to have sex with him without a condom.

Mark Rose, from Lauderdale Lakes, South Florida, reportedly pretended to a cop in a bid to convince 12 or so women – mostly, prostitutes in the area – to engage in intercourse with him.

Three of the females – who cannot be identified for legal reasons – conceded to sex.

When the other women refused, however, Rose allegedly threatened them with arrest – and even drove six of them to a Broward Sheriff’s Office building so that they would believe his claims.

But one prostitute did not fall for his ploy – and instead, alerted real cops to his behavior.

Now, Rose has been arrested and charged with impersonating a police officer in the commission of a felony and false imprisonment, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

He is being held on $10,000 bail.

The suspect reportedly admitted to arresting deputies that he had used the fake officer bluff around a dozen times to persuade women in Broward County to engage in sexual intercourse with him.

However, his lawyer has refuted the false imprisonment charge.

‘That’s a ruse, but it’s not forcibly or by threat confining her … this is not the first time a man has lied to a woman to have sex,’ lawyer Michael Weinstein said in reference to the unnamed prostitute.

He added that Rose was not wearing any police uniform, so the woman did not have to believe him.

According to the prostitute’s testimony, Rose recently solicited her for sex and she agreed.

This “Drinkable Book” Make Contaminated Water Drinkable


book‘The Drinkable Book’ is a new invention that could potentially save millions of lives around the world. Its pages are made of treated paper that can purify water when passed through, killing over 99% of bacteria.

The book is the result of postdoctoral researcher Theresa Dankovich’s hard work. For several years, she developed and tested the technology, working at McGill University in Canada and at the University of Virginia. The pages of the book contain nanoparticles of silver or copper, which are responsible for killing bacteria. The microscopic organisms absorb the silver or copper ions as they percolate through the page.

“Ions come off the surface of the nanoparticles, and those are absorbed by the microbes,” Dr. Dankovich said. “All you need to do is tear out a paper, put it in a simple filter holder and pour water into it from rivers, streams, wells, etc. and out comes clean water – and dead bacteria as well,” she explained.

Her idea is not entirely new – silver and other metals have been used to purify water for centuries – but no one has ever thought of putting them into paper before. She stumbled upon the idea during her stint at McGill University, when she found that sheets of thick filter paper embedded with nanoparticles could eliminate a wide variety of microorganisms. Soon, she extended the technology to include copper, which is less expensive than silver.

According to tests conducted in the lab, each page is able to clean up to 100 liters of water. So a single book could filter one person’s water supply for about four years. Which makes the Drinkable Book highly useful and relevant, given that 663 million people around the world do not have access to clean drinking water. Trials were also conducted at 25 sources of contaminated water in South Africa, Ghana, and Bangladesh, proving that the paper could successfully eliminate 99% of all waterborne germs.

“Greater than 90% of the samples had basically no visible bacteria in them, after we filtered the water through the paper,” Dr. Dankovich said. “It’s really exciting to see that not only can this paper work in lab models, but but it also has show success with real water sources that people are using.” She proudly spoke about a particular site where the water was so contaminated that the paper’s efficacy was doubtful.

“There was one site where there was literally raw sewage being dumped into the stream, which had very high levels of bacteria,” she said. “”But we were really impressed with the performance of the paper; it was able to kill the bacteria almost completely in those samples. And they were pretty gross to start with, so we thought – if it can do this, it can probably do a lot.”

Now that the Drinkable Book is a success, Dr. Dankovich and her team are stepping up efforts to produce more copies. They currently make the books by hand, but they hope to get into mass production pretty soon. “We need to get it into people’s hands to see more of what the effects are going to be. There’s only so much you can do when you’re a scientist on your own,” she said.

Environmental engineer Dr. Daniele Lantagne told BBC News that while the trials showed promise, she wasn’t sure if it could remove disease causing organisms other than bacteria. “I would want to see results for protozoa and viruses,” she said. “This is promising but it’s not going to save the world tomorrow. They’ve completed an important step and there are more to go through.” She added that Dr. Dankovich and her team will need a “commercialisable, scalable, product design” to take things further.

Man with almost-perfect poop donates it to help patients with C-diff infection


It’s the middle of the day for Eric, a 24-year-old research assistant at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and nature is calling.

1426629352726023Eric leaves his job and hops a train. Then a bus. Then he walks some more. He passes countless toilets, and he needs to use them, but he doesn’t.

Eventually, Eric arrives at a nondescript men’s room 30 minutes away from MIT. A partition separates two toilets. There’s a square-tiled floor like in any public restroom. It’s unremarkable in every way, with one exception: A pit stop here can save lives.

Eric hangs a plastic collection bucket down inside the toilet bowl and does his business. When he’s finished, he puts a lid on the container, bags it up and walks his stool a few doors down the hall to OpenBiome, a small laboratory northwest of Boston that has developed a way to turn poop from extremely healthy people into medicine for really sick patients.

A lab technician weighs Eric’s “sample.” Over the past 2½ months, Eric has generated 10.6 pounds of poop over 29 visits, enough feces to produce 133 treatments for patients suffering from Clostridium difficile, an infection that kills 15,000 Americans a year and sickens half a million.

To donate, Eric had to pass a 109-point clinical assessment. There is a laundry list of factors that would disqualify a donor: obesity, illicit drug use, antibiotic use, travel to regions with high risk of contracting diseases, even recent tattoos. His stools and blood also had to clear a battery of laboratory screenings to make sure he didn’t have any infections.

After all that screening, only 3% of prospective donors are healthy enough to give. “I had no idea,” he says about his poop. “It turns out that it’s fairly close to perfect.”

And that, unlike most people’s poop, makes Eric’s worth money. OpenBiome pays its 22 active donors $40 per sample. They’re encouraged to donate often, every day if they can. Eric has earned about $1,000.

“It takes us a lot of time and effort to find these donors,” says OpenBiome’s research director, Mark Smith. “When we do find them, we want to keep them as engaged as possible and really want to compensate them for their time.”

Why is Eric’s poop so valuable?

A hundred trillion bacteria live inside your gut, some good, some bad. When patients take antibiotics for infections, sometimes they fail to work; good bacteria gets killed off while bad bacteria — C. difficile — grows unchecked.

The life-saving bacteria from the guts of people like Eric can help. When their healthy microbes are placed inside the intestines of a sick person they can chase out harmful C. difficile bacteria. It’s called a fecal transplant. The treatments are administered bottom-up, through a colonoscopy, or top-down, through a tube in the nose.

OpenBiome’s poop donors have created about 5,000 treatments, and the organization says the results have been stunning. Stinky human waste is an astonishingly simple cure: 90% of the patients get better.

“They’ll actually have this really transformational experience where they’ll be going to the bathroom 20 times a day and then have normal bowel movements sort of immediately or the next day,” Smith says.

The organization’s fecal transplants cost $385 to purchase and are providing a treatment to more than 350 hospitals in 47 states.

At OpenBiome’s lab, technician Christina Kim, working under a fume hood that sucks up odors, pulls the lid off Eric’s collection bucket and demonstrates how she turns poop into the life-saving treatment.

“It’s nice that this room is actually closed off because this is where the smelly part happens,” she says.

She examines the consistency of today’s offering. A nearby chart has descriptions and illustrations for seven types of stools. It was developed by a hospital in Bristol, England, as a visual guide.

Not all poop is acceptable.

Types one or two, defined by the Bristol Stool Chart as “like nuts” or “lumpy,” are too dry to process into a treatment.

If a donor’s stool is “mushy” or “watery” — that’s a type six or seven — then it can’t be used because it could be a sign the donor has a gastrointestinal infection.

The perfect poop is type three, which is “like a sausage but with cracks on its surface;” type four, which is “like a sausage or snake, smooth and soft;” or type five, “soft blobs with clear-cut edges (passed easily).”

“It’s actually an established medical chart,” Kim says with a chuckle. “It’s very important.”

Maybe it was the hot sauce he used on his quinoa and cheddar cheese casserole last night, or the banana and peanut butter he ate with a bowl of bran flakes and almond milk for breakfast, but Eric’s stool is type five, just barely acceptable for processing.

Kim scoops the feces into a clear plastic bag and adds a saline solution. For two minutes the bag sloshes around inside a machine called the “jumbo mix.” The fiber in Eric’s stool is filtered out, and what’s left behind is a liquid teaming with helpful bacteria.

With a pipette, Kim transfers the watery remnants of Eric’s poop into 250 ml plastic bottles. On average, one stool donation fills four, but today Eric’s impressive half-pound sample fills seven. One bottle equals one treatment.