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HOWTO set up a DIY abortion clinic where abortions are illegal

Inspired by the grim news that abortions may soon be banned in South Dakota, one female blogger posts detailed instructions -- MAKE magazine style -- on DIY backalley abortions. Not a recommendation, and not reposted here with the belief that this would be safe or advisable for any woman.
In the 1960s and early 1970s, when abortions were illegal in many places and expensive to get, an organization called Jane stepped up to the plate in the Chicago area. Jane initially hired an abortion doctor, but later they did the abortions themselves. They lost only one patient in 13,000 -- a lower death rate than that of giving live birth. The biggest obstacle they had, though, was the fact that until years into the operation, they thought of abortion as something only a doctor could do, something only the most trained specialist could perform without endangering the life of the woman.

They were deceived -- much like you have probably been deceived. An abortion, especially for an early pregnancy, is a relatively easy procedure to perform. And while I know, women of South Dakota, that you never asked for this, now is the time to learn how it is done. There is no reason you should be beholden to doctors -- especially in a state where doctors have been refusing to perform them, forcing the state's only abortion clinic to fly doctors in from elsewhere.

No textbooks or guides existed at that time to help them, and the equipment was hard to find. This is no longer true. For under $2000, any person with the inclination to learn could create a fully functioning abortion setup allowing for both vacuum aspiration and dilation/curettage abortions.

Link to "For the women of South Dakota: an abortion manual." (Thanks, Siege and Happler, seen on MeFi)

Reader comment: Neurofuture says,

Here's a post that's compiled other approaches, costing less than $2K. Some nearly free. Bitch PhD features a DIY herbal abortion/miscarriage inducer requiring only parsley and vitamin C. It's generated quite a bit of attention from the academic and science community so she's updating her post to reflect some of the safety concerns around DIY abortion as well as more techniques.

It also includes a link to DIY emergency contraception, or the "morning after pill," using your regular birth control pills. Planned Parenthood provides this easy, medically safe info: Link. Information wants to be free. :)

Bitch PhD also links to feminists now organizing around this issue; personally I'd love to see an onslaught of women bloggers worldwide posting this kind of free, democratic and empowering info.

(Thanks, Andrew Gammell)

Moment of bondage couture Zen: gold Gucci handcuff clutch

Link (Thanks, Susannah Breslin!)

Jasmina Tesanovic on Mladic arrest: Less Than Human


Less than Human (The Cunt, The Gun, The State)

Jasmina Tesanovic

BELGRADE, 22 February 2006

I refuse to speak the name of the Bad Guy Who Became the Good Guy. When Milosevic was in power, for years on end, his words and face everywhere, his and his alone, while those of us, the political idiots, the victims, were so baffled and mute, I gave a vow to myself: the Word is power. I will never mention his name, privately or publicly.

This Bad Guy who became a good guy, because he pleads guilty in front of his God: he wants attention.

He gives long speeches, speeches full of himself and his new way out of prison: out of himself. He pleads for our sympathy, for compassion as though this lessens his guilt, and the victims' relatives feel disgusted. So does his boss, the number one indicted, who gave the order, who conveyed those orders from somebody else... He, who plays the game of the big Serbian hero from past centuries, and displays his grandeur saying literally:

I care for only three things in life: the Cunt, the Gun and the State.

God knows how many women he raped, whispered a relative sitting next to me...

Read the rest

"Suspect" jackets, in style of FBI/police raid jackets


Link, $35 plus shipping. (Thanks, Robb)

New comic sf story: Paris Hilton gets a conscience transplant

Futurismic has posted its latest story, "The Jiminy Device," by Lisa Mantchev and it's one of the finest comic stories they've posted to date. It's the story of a kind of hyper-Paris-Hilton who is attended by an entourage of sycophantic primpers, whose antics results in her total dispossession and the implantation of a digital conscience device. It's a sweet, short, funny little story, with lots of laugh-out-loud techno-speculation:
Shock and disbelief clouded London's brow (despite the neurotoxin injections) as she stared at her lover. Marcel only shrugged. When one of his people scribbled a note and handed it to him, he read it cold.

"We're drifting apart. It's not you, it's me." He took the cigarette out of his mouth and glared at the hapless scriptwriter. She withered visibly behind her cheap haircut. "This is what I pay you for?" He shook his head and his stylist adjusted the tousled locks with a comb.

London sniffed, trying to muster some tears. Her special effects guy produced a squirt bottle of saline when she couldn't quite manage it on her own. Her personal trainer (Tony... or was it Toby?) glared at Marcel. "You can't leave me. I'm an heiress for god's sake. I'm leaving you."

Neil and Susanna, their respective PR generals, glowered at each other. Index fingers hovered over cell phones, ready to speed-dial the Associated Press.

Link (Thanks, Jeremy!)

Choose Your Own Adventure covers photoshopping contest

This old Something Awful photoshopping contest challenged participants to remix the covers of Choose-Your-Own-Adventure books -- some of these are sheer genius, like this Schrodinger's Cat C-Y-O-A with TWO exciting endings! Link (via Neatorama)

Open forum for travelers locked out of airport electricity

WiFiNetNews has an open forum for travel-geeks to talk about which airports are dumb enough to lock travelers out of recharging their laptops on lay-overs, following on from yesterday's post about Montreal airport putting locks on its AC outlets. I've heard from a reader that London Stansted, which I use about 20 times a year, has started to lock down its electricity too. If it's true, I'm switching to Gatwick.
Frequent travellers need juice between flights, and airports that sell WiFi without providing the electricty to use it are like coffee-shops without toilets. They're missing out on the revenue they'd get from people who'd buy the WiFi if only they had the power to use it.
Link

Classic landscapes on female gluteus maximi

What could be more breathtaking than a collection of intricate, traditional landscape paintings?

Intricate, traditional landscapes painted on a female model's posterior.
Link to Flickr user Wallace's photo set, translated from the Chinese tags as "Human Body Art." (Thanks, Mark Mauer)

HOWTO build a humane mousetrap out of a toilet paper tube

A great HOWTO explains an ingenious method for creating a homebrew humane mousetrap out of common household objects:
1. Get a toilet paper tube and crease two lines to form a flat sided tunnel.
2. Put a treat on one end of the tube: A cracker and dab of peanut butter works great.
3. Get a tall (at least 20 inches) bucket. A trash can works well.
4. Balance the tube precariously on the edge of a table or counter with the treat hanging directly over the tall sided receptacle...
Link (via Make Blog)

Bird flu warning in Vietnam: "Cook the crap out of all poultry"

These unappetizing, government-issued warning posters in Hanoi read, more or less -- "To minimize the risk of contracting bird flu, please boil the absolute living fuck out of all poultry before you eat it."

Stickyrice blog says, "These billboards have been erected outside markets in the capital in the past week or so. The WHO and the Ministry of Culture and Information are corroborating on this 'no-pink-bird-meat-decree.'"
Link (Thanks, Armand)

HOWTO repurpose old phones as an intercom

Here's a HOWTO explaining the best ways to rewire the old phone lines and phones in your house or office to use them as an intercom. I haven't had a landline I used regularly since 1999, but every place I've lived has had tons of landline wiring, and old style phones are cheap like borscht. Once you've got this rigged, you can pick up that bat-phone on your desk, ring your loved one in the next room, and bark, "Schweetheart, get me rewrite!"
Talking over the phones is easy. You put DC current through the phone and it transmits and receives audio. So two phones and a current source (about 25mA) all in series will give you a talking circuit. A suitable current source can be as simple as a 9V battery and a series resistor whose value is adjusted (with both phones offhook) till about 25mA flows. You can then bypass the battery and the resistor with a capacitor to couple the audio straight across and get a loud and clear connection.

What is much harder is signaling the other end. To ring the bell you need to put 90V (RMS) 20Hz AC into the phone (nominally). Lower voltages will work (down to about 40V) but different frequencies won't. You can't ring the phone at 60Hz. I have a ringing circuit in a PBX I built but it consists of a 20Hz sinewave generator, a push-pull power booster and a big transformer. Much too elaborate for a simple 2-phone intercom circuit, and anyway the ringing voltage could painfully zap a kid.

Link (via Negatendo0

Nebula Awards finalists announced

The 2005 Nebula ballot is out!
Air - Geoff Ryman (St. Martin's Press, Sep04)
Camouflage - Joe Haldeman (Analog, Mar-May 04, also Ace book Aug 2004)
Going Postal - Terry Pratchett (HarperCollins, Oct04)
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell - Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury, Sep04)
Polaris - Jack McDevitt (Ace, Nov04)
Orphans of Chaos - John C. Wright (Tor, Nov05)
Link (via Futurismic)

Bouncing breast simulator from sports-bra company


Shock Absorber, a UK line of sports-bras, has a Flash-based boobies-physics simulator. Plug in a cup-size and a level of activity, and it produces a 3D animation of breasts of that size bouncing free, bouncing in a regular bra, and hardly moving at all in one of their sports-bras. Extra geeky bonus points for including a 3D wireframe view, so you can see the pure physics of the jiggle. Link (via Plasticbag)

Honey, let's plan a romantic getaway for two -- on an oil rig

Two oil companies have signed on to Mohamed Al Fayed's plans to open a hotel on an oil rig off the east coast of Scotland.
The Harrods owner wants to create a 50-bedroom country-house style hotel on a platform in the Cromarty Firth (...) by 2008. If approved, the attraction would also boast a visitor centre, a shop and a restaurant. Two unidentified oil companies have approved the use of their platforms.
Link (via Better Living Through Miles)

Reader comment: Vetnoir says,

I thought it might intrest you to know that there is already a place like this down here in SE Asia. Link.

Reader comment: Cholten99 says,

Sounds a lot like Christopher Brookmyre's book "One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night".
(Thanks, David Neill, and Dave!)

HOWTO defeat Iranian censorship with Anonymizer and Voice of America

Michael sez:
The Anonymizer company has a contract with the Voice of America to provide anonymous internet access for users in a number of foreign countries, including Iran and China. Here's how an Anonymizer sysadmin describes the Iranian portion of the service: "It's based off of PrivateSurfing [...]. Added features for the Iran proxy is full time SSL, URL encryption, Farsi language support, and we switch the proxy website about once a month (every time the Iranian government blocks us). We perform checks on the service from within Iran to see if our site is actually blocked (yes, it works), and we maintain a database of all known e-mail addresses that we can detect as being located in Iran. Every time we switch the proxy site we send an e-mail informing them of the new free proxy location so the citizens of Iran can find it. The sites are also broadcast via radio and TV into Iran by the VOA. To be honest, we're usually about a day behind the blocks, due mostly to time zone differences."
Link (Thanks, Michael!)

See also: Defeat censorware