We've all been there. You see a heavily pregnant woman drinking or smoking. Inwardly, you seethe. Do you confront her? Do you mind your business?
It's a hard line to tow, but one man didn't hesitate. According to an article in Mommyish, after driving past an eight-month-pregnant woman in Bellingham, Washington, the 24-year-old man reacted.
“Who the heck smokes when they’re pregnant?” asked Justin Palmer, to which the 28-year-old woman allegedly and cheekily responded, “I do.”
At which point the man, incensed as he was, should have walked away. But no. Instead of driving off, Palmer apparently aimed a gun at the woman then sped off. A knee-jerk reaction when you happen to have two handguns in your trunk.
Whether he wanted to the threaten or scare the woman witless, his plan backfired. The woman called 911, and Justin Palmer was promptly arrested.
It was nutty behaviour, but you can see how her response would have enraged him. I was equally blinded with fury not long ago when I saw a heavily pregnant woman smoking. The difference: I didn't have the guts to lay into her for her actions. I figured she must be aware of the risks.
Is it anyone's business what women do with their bodies when pregnant? Do we have a duty to call them on it, or should we mind our Ps and Qs?
Have you ever confronted a pregnant woman who was smoking or drinking? Spill it.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has issued a public warning that beef products by XL Foods Inc., Edmonton, Alberta and various retailers, processors and distributors may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The CFIA has temporarily suspended XL Food's production.
The list of potentially affected foods—produced between August 24, 27, 28, 29 and September 5—is extensive. The current list is as follows:
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While there have been no reported illnesses associated with the voluntary recall, Customers are advised to check with store where the products were purchased.
The CFIA is investigating and verifying all potentially affected products. To stay informed of product updates throughout the investigation, consumers are also encouraged to subscribe to CFIA food recalls and allergy alerts.
Customers are warned that E. coli O157:H7 contaminated food may not look or smell spoiled, but may cause serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses, including permanent kidney damage and death. Symptoms include severe abdominal pain and bloody diarrhoea. Some people experience seizures or strokes and some may need blood transfusions and kidney dialysis.
For further information, the CFIA can be reached at 1-800-442-2342 /TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).
Well, it's not the first time an actor has spoken out against gay parenting. Though it's certainly surprising coming from a homosexual man. British actor Rupert Everett, who starred in such films as Shakespeare In Love and My Best Friend's Wedding, told the Sunday Times Magazine that he "can't think of anything worse than being brought up by two gay dads."
"I’m not speaking on behalf of the gay community," added Everett who is currently playing gay literary giant Oscar Wilde in "The Judas Kiss" in London. "In fact, I don’t feel like I’m part of any ‘community.' The only community I belong to is humanity and we’ve got too many children on the planet, so it’s good not to have more.”
According to an article in the Huffington Post, It's not the first time Everett has spoken out against gay parenting, which he previously labelled "egocentric and vain."
LGBT Advocacy groups aren't impressed. "Rupert should get out a little bit more to see the facts for himself," Ben Summerskill, Chief Exec of the advocacy group Stonewall, told the UK Telegraph. There is absolutely no evidence that the kids of gay parents suffer in the way they are being brought up or in how they develop."
What do you make of Everett's comments? Is he entitled to this controversial opinion because he happens to be homosexual? Would it be seen as homophobic coming from a heterosexual?