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When a woman chooses to have an abortion, shes often faced with two options: having an abortion inside a hospital or a clinic, or taking whats known as abortion pills.

According to Planned Parenthood, a lot of women are more comfy with abortion pill because theyre private, dont requireanesthesia and feel less invasive and more natural.

While abortion pills do have raremedical dangers hemorrhaging, partialabortion and uterine blood clots most women are able to take them safely.

But unlike emergency contraception( aka Plan B ), abortion pills are not sold in pharmacies and are only available at select abortion clinics, women health centers and hospitals.

However, a new survey, the TelAbortion Study, aims togivewomen greater access to abortion pillsby mail.These types of abortions are currently referred to as telabortions .

First off, what exactly are abortion pills? According to Live Science, abortion pills refers to mifepristone and misoprostol, two medications thatare taken to abort the pregnancy during the first 10 weeks.

Participants who want telabortions arefirst necessitated to have a video consultation with a doctor. Then, they haveblood tests and an ultrasound completed.

After completing those exams at a nearby medical facility, the pills are mailed to participants, who receivefurther tests and virtually consult with a doctor again oncetheyve finishedthe pills.

While there are some states that allow you to consult with a doctor online for access to abortion pill, they are continuing require you to visit aclinic to pick up the pills. And for a lot of women, thats the most daunt, intimidating, triggering part of the process.

Researchers are nowtesting thesafety of telabortions. Out of the 12 women who have participated in the study, 11 experienced nomedical complications after having a telabortion and 10 would even encourage others to consider the process.

Director of theJacobs Institute of Womens Health Susan Wood expressed that she supposes telabortion is a positive move for womens reproductive health, tellingThe New York Times, Itsabsolutely an important step forward to expanding access to abortion that is safe and effective and creating options for women.

This type of service could be groundbreaking for people who live in parts of the country where itsnearly impossible for women to gainaccess to safe abortions.

All too often, girls are afraid to enter an abortion clinic because they know to expect beingharassed and bullied by the opponent on their route inside.

In some cases, women are even photographed and outed by protestors in their community for their deep personal medical decision.

The thought of being attackedfor merely entering the clinic can be so traumatic, females will even opt out of it entirely.

Even accessing a clinic at all is a problem for women in several countries. There are currently five states with merely one abortion clinic, and dozens of clinics have been forced to close their doorways due to tight state limiteds and lack of funding.

With President-elect Donald Trump on a strict anti-abortion platform, its safe to presume access to abortion is not going to get easier for women anytime soon, butTelabortion is an alternative style females can still have access to their fundamental reproductive rights.

Dear Hillary Clinton

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Argot sits in the forbidden corners of speech, where ingenuity thrives, shrouded by a cloak of linguistic abandon

There are between 6,500 and 7,000 languages spoken worldwide. Include argots the characteristic language of a particular group and that number climbs ginormously.

Ginormous itself is argot, the portmanteau of gigantic and enormous to form a new blended term. Its also exaggeration: gigantic is no longer deemed huge enough, so we blend and expand.

Groups of people form their own private vocabularies because coded language is exclusive, exciting and defiant. Component of it is finding your community: the mystique of being in the in group carried over from school; the private gag you have to be in on to find funny. You find your tribe by mimicking the peculiarities of their enunciation. It generates a sense of belonging, expertise and solidarity.

But it can go beyond that. The coded nature of argot( from the French for slang) can be purposely subversive because that particular group rejects the status quo, which they find unsatisfactory, unacceptable or oppressive. It can also help conceal criminal activity or frowned-upon behaviour, inducing it a cryptolect a secretive language are applied to confuse and omit others and affirm the character of a marginalised subculture.

For all those reasons, argot is my favourite part of language: it sits in the forbidden corners, between the gaps, underneath the rigidity of all the rules of grammar. Its where ingenuity bubbles and thrives, shrouded by an enigmatic shawl of linguistic abandon.

Often, adopters of argot have common enemies to elude or hide from: traditional conservative society; the law; the police. Defying the authority and perceived dominance of the dominant forces in society is empowering and essential to avoid detecting. Its why drug dealer and users apply female personification in their trade to euphemise and disguise. So having a dinner party with Tina, Gina and Molly would be less civilised than it voices: youd be taking, respectively, crystal meth, GHB and MDNA. Similarly, the patois used in hip-hop was originally used to defy the same foes, the argot defined by clever puns, rapid rhyming couplets, blink-and-you-miss-it wordplay and dont-give-a-toss attitude set to an insistent beat.

Youth slang is one of the most consistently refreshing of argots. The yoof want to feel cool, exclusive, quirky and not speak in the same manner as their rents, which is why theyll say things like Nek minnit I had mahoosive FOMO a combination of Jamaican patois hybrid, portmanteau, acronym and drama.

As fresh as argot can feel, it can also become redundant, incumbent or mainstream. Cockney rhyming jargon, for example, is a casualty of sweeping gentrification. Some of it has become mainstream we all know what apples and pears means. But it retains its linguistic creativity: ones Aris entails arse; an abbreviation of Aristotle, which rhymes with bottle-and-glass. Genius.

Here are some argots peculiar to their groups.


Nellyarda, zhoosh the riah, titivate, schlumph your Vera down, and palare that omee for the bevvies because Ive nanti dinarli .

( Translation: Listen, style your hair, attain yourself look pretty, drink up your gin, and talk to that human to get a drinking because Im skint .)

Polari was pugnacious, camp, and racy. The cant was whispered by gay men in big cities in 1960 s Britain( when homosexuality was illegal ). In todays more equal periods, its linguistically archaic. But theres a move from speech devotees like myself to preserve and promote Polari as a kind of linguistic artifact so the battles and resilience of those who spoke it are recollected and respected. The Polari app is fantabulosa, devoting etymologies and explanations of the full Polari lexicon as far as records exist.

Polaris weapon was camp turning on its head the idea that camp was effete and submissive, instead transforming it into something powerful and defiant. It did this by imprinting a flamboyant panache and strange panache use a complete mish-mash of words borrowed from cockney rhyming slang, backslang( when a word is pronounced backwards such as riah and emag ), Yiddish, Italian, theatre slang and naval jargon. You might have fell a Polari word into a sentence to surreptitiously depict the attractive human you were talking to that youre homosexual, or exam if he was. Or to avoid disapproval even arrest. Or simply to bitch, and get away with it.

Polari was popularised by the 1960 s BBC radio series Round the Horne, featuring two camp Polari-speakers, Julian and Sandy. Once it gained popularity, the cat was out of the suitcase. 1967 insured the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Britain, stimulating Polari redundant.


Gym-goers speak in a common language, but those who attend CrossFit take it to another level. They dont attend a gym; its a box. Acronyms abound Wod( workout of the working day) is the best known, but others include Amrap( as many reps as possible) and ATG( ass to grass ). The Wod is often given a female name. Founder Greg Glassman explains: Anything that left you flat on your back, looking at the sky asking what just happened to me? deserved a females name. Charming.

Like many argots, the unique vernacular improves CrossFits mystique and sense of being a special, exclusive community. It gets people like me used to describe it in places like this. Clever marketing, really.


Talking of clever marketing, when a corporate noun replaces the neutral noun, or a corporate word becomes a verb, the corporate genuinely has won an Orwellian victory. It means we say Kindle instead of e-reader, iPhone instead of smartphone and Play-Doh, Sellotape, Pritt Stick and Tippex instead of their generic alternatives. Hoovering, tweeting and googling show how those companies predominate their markets.


Office talk doing a Swot analysis and Smart objectives by objective of play is the kind of acronym-heavy argot that organisations develop their own version of, to build a sense of belonging, perceived expertise and perceived verbal shortcuts. Please. Just say the whole thing. Acronyms are annoying.


If youre French, Id argue that youre automatically cool. Surely, as Ive written before, the French have the coolest idiom. But if youre very cool in France, you use Verlan a French cant which is like animal Latin, but cooler. It was initially used by young person, drug dealers and criminals as a secret language. Unlike pig Latin, many Verlan words have travelled into mainstream French. To speak in this coded inverted tongue, you must separate the word into syllables, reverse them, then piece it back together. Verlan itself is verlan for lenvers ( backwards ). Another example is chbran , which is the Verlan of branch ( cool ).


It may be dead, but there are many benefits to learning Latin it deepens your understanding of English and other languages, and gives interesting insights into etymologies and the like. But it could be considered a cryptolect: a secretive exclusive language, designed to omit, in this case, oiks. Its mainly used to distinguish an expensive education from a country one. After all, its as arcane and defunct as Polari. It means private school kids can know that in vino veritas because their schools were acting in loco parentis .

Its especially true if you call your university your alma mater . Ugh.


Sensationalist and over abbreviated language is journalese. If you interview an everyday eyewitness without a party trick to speak of and call them talent; if you speak of peg or hooks metaphorically; or if you discuss news currency then youre chatting in journalese.

Gary Nunn is a regular contributor to Mind your speech. Twitter @garynunn1

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I’ve employed plenty of excuses to skip a workout: I’ve had a long day at work; I’m too sore from yesterday’s HIIT circuit; I have amarathon I need to catch. And with summertime in full swing, you better believe I’ve been ducking out of some of my workouts because of the sweltering heat. Seriously, sometimes it’s like my sweat is sweating.( Is that a thing ?)

I know it seems like a ridiculous excuse, but my body only feels too sluggish at times to make it through a productive sweat sesh when it’s humid AF outside.

But good ol’ science is here to back me up. Research from the University of Nebraska at Omaha suggests exercising in the summer heat may minimize the results you want from your workout.

In their study, the researchers examinedexercise’s impact on the participants’mitochondria( which are responsible for creating most of the energy this is necessary) in order to assure how high temperature outside are related to your fitness results.

Basically, the mitochondria in your body barely undergo any changes when you work out in high temperatures.

The researchers detected these findings after looking attissue samples taken from 36 participants both before and after they exercisedin hot and cold environments.

According to Dustin Silvka, analyze writer and exercising physiology laboratory director at the University of Nebraska, these results basically demonstrate the response[ in hot is] about the same as if no workout had occurred.

Well damn, what’s the point then ?!

But don’t go cancelling all your summertime workout plans just yet.

First of all, as the researchers noted to Huffington Post, their findings were only based on a single workout, and future endeavours aim to observe how people’s muscles answer after a few weeks of training in those humid temperatures.

Plus, just because working out in the summer hot may not inevitably yield the results you want, it doesn’t mean you should ditch all your fitness goals until the cold weather returns.

Otherstudies have suggestedworking out incooler surroundings can promise a multitude of benefits and improve your overall progression meaning you’re probably better off sweating it out inside with an arctic AC blast hitting you anyway.

Of course, the options for indoor workouts are practically endless you can go to a local gym, yoga studio, look for a SoulCycle class near you, or simply lay out a mat in your living room and crush an ab circuit or two.

Bottom line: When it feels like the Sahara outside, take it as your cue to spice things up and try something new in your fitness routine, like a class you’ve always was just thinking about looking into, but never have.

FromBox+ Flow( which is literally a combination ofyoga and boxing ), to underwater cycling, there’s no reason why exercise can’t be just as exciting indoors as it is outside.

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At first glance the former professional cyclists Floyd Landis and David Zabriskie–both kicked out of the game after confessing to utilizing performance-enhancing drugs–seem like imperfect( at best) advocates for the benefits ofmarijuana. Yet today theyre announcing their new business: topical creams laced with the active ingredients of weed, is targeted at athletes. The pair are selling a variety of marijuana-infused products to Colorado dispensaries under the Floyds of Leadville brand.

But it kind of attains sense? After all, Landis and Zabriskie certainly know what its like to use small amounts of a chemical substance to improve performance, recover faster after a hard attempt, or reduce the pain of exertion or crashes. Our market is athletes who want to relax or feel good after a workout, says Landis, who won the 2006 Tour de France and then was stripped of the title after he tested positive for testosterone a few days after the race ended. Some people say it helps with their focus and attention. For me, its for afterwards to help mitigate pain.

The Floyd’s of Leadville creams contain both THC and cannabidiol, but Landis says theyre similar to the testosterone creams he sometimes used during his five Tour de France rides in the early 2000 s. We take a transdermal substrate, a base thats designed for administering hormones, he says. We add oil extracts of THC or CBD. It absorbs rapidly into the bloodstream. Its a lot faster than eating.

Zabriskie, a former teammate of Landis who briefly wore the Tour de Frances yellow jersey in 2005, is the companys creative director. He started using medical marijuana products about six months ago to combat ache from all his accidents over the years. The more I learned the more I have come to respect its benefits ,” he says,” especially given that it seems to be a safer alternative for many people who are suffering .”

Whether or not it actually runs, its not crazy as a business model. Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia let marijuana to be used for a variety of medical conditions. Fifteen additional countries have enacted laws intended to allow access to CBD oil and/ or high-CBD stress of marijuana, according to the National Institutes of Health.

So a few pro athletes are to intervene in the pro-marijuana bandwagon. Former Baltimore Raven tackle Eugene Monroe said he wants the NFL to look at pot as an alternative to opioid pain relievers.Monroe donated $80,000 to medical marijuana research, and he recently invested in a Maryland medical pot company called Green Thumb Industries. And Tennessee Titans linebacker Derrick Morgan said this week that he wants the NFL to look at the possibility that CBD may protect the brain from injury hits.

If those ideas seem confounding, that might be because society holds athletes to a strange double-standard when it comes to drugs and performance. We have completely normalized doping in everyday American life, says Mark Johnson, author of Spitting in the Soup: Inside the Dirty Game of Doping in Sports . Theres Viagra for adult men, Adderall for toddlers, but at the same hour, we are saying to athletes that we are going to hold you up to a different define of standards than everyone else. Thats a contradiction that fascinated me.

Its the morality of athletes taking drugs that bothers us, according to Johnson. Sports doping has overtones of moral failure and corruption, even though taking EPO[ erythropoietin, a blood oxygen-booster] under a doctors supervision is pretty safe compared to riding on a road with texting drivers.

Johnson isnt advocating a drug free-for-all in sports. But he notes that history continues to repeat itself. Recent revelations that the World Anti-Doping Agency failed to do anything for years when given evidence about Russia running a doping program for its Olympic team are similar to the warns Landis dedicated US cycling officers. Federal researchers eventually picked up the occurrence. Floyd went to USA Cycling and said the athletic is rotten to the core, Johnson says. But you have these national govern bodies who are torn because their job is to build the sport. Exposing dopers is antithetical to their objective.

Landis long strange cycling trip-up might have a finale of kinds next month. Hes headed to France for the Tour kick-off on July 1, his first time back since he wore the race leaders yellow jersey on the cobbles of the Champs DElysees in 2006. This time, hell simply has become a tourist. I never started out racing bicycles guessing I was going to use drugs, Landis says. It was a decision I attained, and a bad decision. If I could undo it, I would. This is something different. This is something that benefits a lot of people. Sometimes it takes an imperfect advocate to deliver a complicated message.

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This narrative originally appeared on CityLab and is part of the Climate Desk cooperation .

Paris has inaugurated its first motorcycle highway. Opening last May, the 0.5 -milestretch of freshly paved roadalongside the Bassin de lArsenal is part of theRseau express vlo( REVe) , an initiative to construct fast-track motorcycle lanes free of motorized vehicles. Its merely the first section of the soon-to-be 28-mile network of motorcycle roads that will cross the city by 2020.

In 2015, the city voted unanimously to expend 150 million ($ 164.5 million) on expanding and improving its biking infrastructure, including REVe( which translates to dream in French ). Cyclists will benefit from more bike-friendly rulesincluding the freedom to turn without waiting for a green light at every intersectionas well as new motorcycle stands and two-way motorcycle lanes on one-way streets.

Sandrine Gbaguidi, a local biking blogger, rarely leaves home without her motorcycle, using it to run errands, get to work, or just find a nearby park. But that wasnt always the case. When Gbaguidi moved to Paris from Dakarsix years ago, she first employed public transit to get around because she was too afraid to motorcycle. She bought a motorcycle after three years in Parisand, as she feared, there was a steep learn curve. Youre constantly on your guard and riled or irritated, tells Gbaguidi. Biking is supposed to be fun and relaxing.

Gbaguidis initial anxieties are not unique. In 2014, bikes amounted for only 5 percent of daily traffic in the city, accounting for about 225,000 trip-ups. Although that number is growing annually, it stilldoesnt compare to the 15.5 million daily trips by vehicle, tallied in 2012. Meanwhile, other European cities like Copenhagen and Amsterdam report 55 and 43 percentage, respectively, of their daily traffic happens in bikes.

Charles Maguin, chairwoman and co-founder of Paris en Selle, a biking association, tells one reason people dont bike in Frances capital is that they don’t feel safe vying with motorized vehicles on the road. Paris en Selle was founded in 2015 when Maguin noted the absence of biking groups advocating for the cyclists safety in terms of laws and infrastructure. Parisians would rather take the Metro for a short commute than motorcycle to run, tells Maguin.

But Metro, while popular, is not valued for comfort or cleanliness, especially during rush hour. Commuters breathe in more pollution using Metro than while riding a motorcycle, according to a study conducted in 2009 by Airparif, an association monitoring atmospheric pollution in the greater Paris area.

Above ground, Maguin says that since the automobile became popular in the 20 th century, the city has continued to prioritize cars over bicycles and pedestrians. To this day, theres a prevail stereotype of an average cyclist as a Parisian bobo, or hipster, biking in the city with a baguette in their front basket. But Maguin stresses that this clich is outdated as more people consider biking for get around the city. All thats missing is the right infrastructure to encourage more riders.

Riding a motorcycle in Paris is as much a mental workout as it is a physical one. Although there are bike lanes on most roads in the city today, cyclists are still being pushed out by other vehicles that share the same lane. Sharing the road with motorized vehicles makes a sense of insecurity, tells Maguin.

The new REVe network aims to counter that. With these new motorcycle lanes, the city hopes to see daily biketripsincrease from 5 to 15 percentage by 2020. The initiative will not only construct roads for bikes, but it will also double the number of motorcycle lanes from 435 to 870 miles, building the organizations of the system most effective and inclusive. And with the creation of 7,000 more advanced stop lines at red lights( with priority given to bikes at every intersection ), cyclists wont be as restricted by vehicle traffic.

Parismayor Anne Hidalgos initiative to create a more motorcycle and pedestrian-friendly city is part of a multi-year plan to stimulate the city greener, including goals to reduce vehicle traffic on its roads and the air pollution it creates. One of Hidalgos projects even involves turning major boulevards like the Champs lyses into pedestrian streets.

Paris en Selle salutes the mayors effort to incorporate cyclists into city planning, but wants to push these initiatives even further. I hope that biking gets to be considered as a viable alternative means to get around the city, and not only a project run by green parties for the Parisian hipster, tells Maguin.

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For the last decade, it seems that every day has resulted in an awesome new invention.

Not only are new contraptions being created constantly, but other incredible discoveries are occurring, as well. Deep brain stimulation could help people with Parkinson’s live normal lives. Advancements in virtual reality could help people explore places they never supposed possible.

Familiarizing yourself with today’s technology is astonishing enough, but when you realise where it all started, it’s almost unbelievable. You’ve probably considered or use each of these everyday items, but you’ll be amazed at what the very first version looked like. WOW .

1. A baby carriage then…

These old timey strollers were invented in the 1700 s. The Duke of Devonshire asked architect William Kent to design something that would let the Duke transport his children around.

…and a baby carriage now.

Children now can ride around in both safety and style.

2. A camera then…

This is a daguerreotype camera that was built by La Maison Susse Freres in 1839.

…and a camera now.

The modern DSLR camera has so many tricks up its sleeve, it’s almost impossible to know them all.

3. An iron then…

Filling an iron with charcoal is how people used to get the job done.

…and an iron now.

Electric irons now use water and steam to press clothes.

4. A kitchen stove then…

Large, 19 th century wood burning stoves weren’t the prettiest things to look at.

…and a kitchen stove now.

Electric scopes and induction cook are becoming more popular( and look incredibly sleek ).

5. A lawn mower then…

In 1902, Ransomes created the first commercially available gasoline powered mower.

…and a lawn mower now.

Now, you are able to even ride your power lawn mower so you don’t have to do all of that pesky walking.

6. A washing machine then…

Sure, these non-electric rinse machines would clean your clothes, but they’d also give you a great workout.

…and a rinse machine now.

Thankfully, incredible progression has been made and now cleaning machines are efficient, quiet, and can keep your clothes pristine.

7. A stand mixer then…

This is what a stand KitchenAid mixer used to look like. This “Kaidette” stand mixer was developed in the 1930 s.

…and a stand mixer now.

These mixers have gotten an awesome face-lift over the years.

8. A toaster then…

This giant, scary contraption wasn’t a torture device…it was used to toast bread.

…and a toaster now.

Not only can you toast BOTH sides of a piece of bread, but you can do that to multiple slice at once!

9. A television set then…

In the 1940 s, you had to watch an itty bitty screen inside of a monster of a cabinet.

…and a television set now.

Now, TVs are enormous, lightweight, high definition, and sometimes even curved.

10. A vacuum cleaner then…

Old vacuum cleaners used to be manually powered( and would even involve two people to operate them ).

…and a vacuum cleaner now.

With the invention of the Roomba and other robotic vacuum cleaners, you don’t even need to be present to vacuum!

( via Bright Side)

Humans get a lot of flak for being self-destructive, but you have to admit, our species has created some incredible things.

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We’ve all heard horror narratives about humen wanting women to lose weight.

It’s reprehensible behaviour and no one should have to deal with that kind of harassment. What’s rarer, however, is to come across a boyfriend who wishes that his girlfriend wouldgain weight. It’s just as controlling and problematic, but it’s reasonably uncommon.

That, however, was the unfortunate case for Christina Carter, a 28 -year-old who fought with her weight and wanted to do something about it. When she talked to her boyfriend about plans to get gastric sleeve surgery, he was furious. When Carter started losing weight, he became extremely jealous, which of course led her to dump him.

Christina Carter weighed 275 pounds when she started her weight-loss journey. Her boyfriend didn’t approve, so she recognized that he was being controlling and broke up with him accordingly.

She underwent gastric sleeve surgery, which caused her to lose 50 pounds. With diet and exercising, she lost an additional 100 pounds!

She had a tummy tuck to rid herself of excess skin, and she’s now living the life she’s always wanted.

Not only did she dump extra weight, but she also dumped her nasty boyfriend. Fitness success isn’t the only inspirational aspect of Carter’s story. The fact that she removed controlling negativity from her life is perhaps the most important part of all.

( via Uproxx)

Don’t let anyone dictate what you can and can’t do with your life. If you want to do something that will attain you happier and help you reach your goals, do it. Leave anyone who doubts you or wants to hold you back in the dust.

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