#PeriodsAreNotAnInsult Is A Thing Now
Presidential Candidate Donald Trump really opened a can of... whatever, with his intemperate comments about Fox News debate co-moderator Megyn Kelly. Just days after Trump made what many consider to be a sexist remark about Kelly's tough questioning at last week's first prime time Republican debate, suggesting her questions were influenced by her menstrual cycle, a number of women have started live tweeting their periods at the easily riled real estate mogul. The movement's hashtag, #Periodsarenotaninsult, has taken off over the past few days. Among the comments: "it is a natural bodily function," "sometimes I smear period blood on my enemies, but only when I go insane from PMS" and "You can disregard anything I say this week. I'm bleeding from my wherever."
Japan Restarts First Nuclear Reactor Since 2011 Meltdown
For the first time since the Fukushima disaster in March 2011, Japan reactivated a nuclear power plant early Tuesday morning (Aug. 11). The No. 1 reactor at Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture was charged up, five years after the country powered down its 48 nuclear reactors when a tsunami set off a massive earthquake that caused a series of meltdowns at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant. Japan has been importing more expensive natural gas and coal to meet its energy demands, which led Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to push for a return to nuclear power, which provided close to one-third of the nation's energy needs before the disaster. Polls show that the public is opposed to going back to nuclear power and a Sunday New York Times story revealed that many former residents of areas affected by the meltdown are also reluctant to return to their homes.
Zimbabwe Already Lifting Lion Hunting Ban?
Just nine days after the controversial killing of Cecil the lion caused global outrage, the African nation has reportedly lifted its ban on lion, leopard and elephant hunting in the areas around Hwange National Park. Some restrictions still exist, including ones against hunting "collared" animals, such as Cecil, who lived in a protected area. Anyone convicted of illegal hunting will now be blocked for life from getting permits.
Ohio Judges Can't Refuse Same-Sex Weddings Anymore
After a handful of judges in Ohio have refused to marry gay and lesbian couples in the wake of the Supreme Court's landmark marriage equality ruling, the state's Board of Professional Conduct issued an advisory on Monday that judges who perform weddings cannot continue to turn down same-sex couples. Even some judges who do not typically perform weddings were told that they can't refuse to preside over them for "personal, moral or religious objections" to same-sex marriage.
Click Quote: Speaking of Trump, Kelly said on Monday that she won't be baited into a war of words with the former reality TV star. "I certainly will not apologize for doing good journalism," she said. "So I’ll continue doing my job without fear or favor. And Mr. Trump, I expect, will continue with what has been a successful campaign so far."
Click Pic: The best meteor shower of the year, the Perseids, will start streaking across the sky starting tonight. With as many as 80 meteors per hour at its peak -- in the pre-dawn hours and on Wednesday -- the show should be pretty spectacular since they will come during a new moon. NASA will be live streaming the whole thing.