– The Kermit Gosnell verdict is in: Guilty.
– A recent Pew Research Center study found that 56% of respondents mistakenly believed that gun crime has increased in the last 20 years, while only 12% were aware that gun crimes have gone down. In other news, 56% of Americans believe that The Chevy Chase Show is still on the air.
– Virginia-based carpet cleaners Hadeed Carpet are suing Yelp in order to compel the site to reveal the identities of users who left negative reviews, as well suing the users themselves for defamation. Consumer advocacy group Public Citizen has now filed a brief on behalf of Yelp. (If Hadeed Carpet feels they have to sue unsatisfied customers, what does that say about the quality of their services?)
– In Burma, six Muslims have been charged for the murder of a Buddhist monk. Meanwhile, no charges have been filed against participants in anti-Muslim mobs, who are altogether responsible for over 40 Muslim deaths.
– Rand Paul courts the religious right: “I’m not advocating everyone go out and run around with no clothes on and smoke pot. I’m not a libertarian.” Clearly.
– The University of Minnesota plans to impose a campus-wide smoking ban.
– The religious right is threatening to pull its support for immigration reform legislation if it includes provisions granting equal rights to same-sex couples. Because the only people conservatives hate more than gays are brown gays.
– Some people are freaking out over the fact that Amazon.com is selling the drug salvia divinorum (a legal hallucinogen) on its U.K. site. Gee, if only there was some way to prevent Amazon from sending a box full of salvia to your house… (Update: Amazon.com has pulled salvia from its U.K. site in response to media pressure.)
– Why are men so obsessed with breasts? According to a pair of researchers, it may have something to do with a hormone released during nursing: “Boys don’t learn on the playground that breasts are something that they should be interested in. It’s biological and deeply engrained in our brain.”
– Amnesty International is demanding the release of a Coptic Christian teacher detained in Egypt on blasphemy charges, with a spokesperson saying, “It is not a crime to speak one’s mind on a religion, whether it is their own or that of someone else.”
– And finally, Portland, Ore., has become a prime destination for same-sex couples seeking sperm donors, egg donors or surrogates (particularly from Europe, where such procedures are restricted or prohibited altogether).