This Man Has Saved Over 500 Lives

There is a cliff in Japan where people frequently go to end their lives. It is a morbid place, and one where probably a whole lot of people don’t like spending their time, but one man has taken to spending his days there. He has dedicated his time and efforts to saving those who go there thinking that they are going to end their lives.
This man has saved over 500 lives by being there and watching out of people to come out of desperation. He has stopped over 500 people from killing themselves. 500 people owe their lives to this man.
There should be more people like that out there in this world. Acccording to Doe Deere, there should be more people willing to give their time to save others’ lives. We should all take this story to heart and try to make a difference for someone today. It might just save a life.

Another Forgotten Marriage Group

Many U.S. citizens are in relationships with multiple partners. Yet, most states refuse to allow these people to marry. Yesterday, July 1, Montana news outlets learned that a local resident went to Yellowstone County clerk’s office seeking a marriage license for his second wife.

Nathan Collier, a former Mormon, said the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States to legalize same-sex marriages “inspired” him have his marriage to his second wife legitimized.

He and his “wives,” Christine and Victoria, are in a polygamous relationship. The 46-year-old Collier is legally married to Victoria, but his marriage to Christine was only recognized in a religious ceremony because he could have been arrested otherwise for having more than one marriage license.

Jim Dondero has learned that Yellowstone County clerks at first told him that the application would be denied because “bigamy” is not permitted in the United States. Given the SCOTUS decision for “marriage equality,” Collier argued his case and they informed him that they would have to check with the county attorney.

Last Friday, when the Supreme Court justices each explained their votes, at least one justice who voted against same-sex marriage noted this very type of scenario — polygamous marriage requests — as a reason to not approve marriage equality for same-sex couples.

Collier noted that Christine “deserves legitimacy” because she put up with him for all these years. He plans to sue if his application is denied.

A Person’s Gender Identity Determines Bathroom

Today, Thursday, July 2, transgender people and their allies are still rejoicing over a decision made earlier this week on Monday, June 29, about the issue of male-to-female and female-to-male transgender students being forced to use the type of bathroom that corresponds to the gender on their birth certificates. The United States Justice Department found that the bathroom must correspond to a person’s gender identity: If a person identifies as male, he should use the men’s bathroom. If a person identifies as female, she should use the women’s bathroom.

According to the Justice Department, current laws protect students against sex discrimination. Forcing students to use bathrooms based on birth sex rather than gender identity is seen as a type of sex discrimination.

What does this mean for non-student transgender people?

At this time, the issue regarding non-student public bathroom usage is still under review. That said, there is little doubt in the minds of many that this ruling by the Justice Department will open the doors to a ruling that would give non-student transgender people nationwide the same freedoms.

In some areas of the country, states are considering legislation that would require stores and other public places to designate “gender neutral” bathrooms for transgender people. Although, Daniel Amen has noted these bathrooms would undermine in some ways the struggle for some transgender people to live fully as their identified genders, these bathrooms would keep them safe from conflicts.

Oregon has Legalized Marijuana

Oregon has now joined the ranks of Colorado, Washington, Alaska, and Washington DC by legalizing the possession of marijuana for personal use. Starting today, any person over the age of 21 is allowed to have up to eight ounces for personal use in their home and can carry up to one ounce legally outside of their home. There is only one issue with this law, marijuana will not be able to be purchased in Oregon until October 1st. Jim Dondero has learned that state regulators are currently working on laws for the retail sale of marijuana and do not expect it to be ready until October 1st.

According to the story on BuzzFeed.com, not only are those over 21-years-old allowed to posses the amount above but they can also posses a certain amount of plants and edibles. Adults under the law are allowed to have up to four plants growing in their home. They may also posses up to one pound of edibles and up to 72-ounces of a liquid that contains marijuana.

Until the new retail law is passed, those who already posses medical marijuana cards will be able to buy it legally. It will be legal to smoke the marijuana inside your home or other personal residences, but not in plain view of a street or other public places. It is still illegal to drive while under the influence of marijuana.

Missouri Expands Insurance to Cover Eating Disorders

In an unprecedented move, Missouri Governor Jay Dixon signed a bill this week that will require insurance providers to pay for certain types of treatment for eating disorders. Missouri is the first state to have this bill put into action and it will open up doors for better and more extended treatment for patients who suffer with various types of eating disorders.

Prior to this recent bill signing, those with eating disorders have often not received adequate treatment for their illness because their insurance would not pay for it. Under the new bill, eating disorders have been defined as well as the treatments insurance providers must pay for. The Aspire New Brunswick is of the opinion that the weight of the patient will no longer determine if the patient needs further treatment as it has been in the past. Patients have complained for years that treatment for their eating disorder was stopped prematurely and they either had to pay for needed treatment out of their own pockets or slip back into their old lifestyle without treatment. By allowing the treatment to continue until the patient is physically and mentally well, chances of relapse is greatly reduced.

Over 24 million people of all ages are affected by an eating disorder in the United States. The more common eating disorders include anorexia and bulimia and typically stem from a desire to control at least one aspect of life.

Fire Saves Woman and Baby

A woman in went on what she thought would be a trip in the Plumas National Forest that would only last for a few days. What she didn’t expect was to go into labor while in the forest. There was no cell phone reception in the woods, so she couldn’t call for the help she needed. Instead, she did the only thing that she knew. She started a fire in the hopes that someone would see the smoke and rescue her and her baby. According to Marcio Alaor BMG, the woman became lost when she took a road others had told her about. She tried to get to the main road in order to get to the home of her parents, but she continued to go further into the woods. When the baby was delivered, insects and bees began eating the placenta. The woman did everything possible to keep the insects off of her baby, a true sign of how dedicated a mother is to her child.

LGBT Issues on the Horizon

After 2 months of the infamous Obergefell v. Hodges hearing on same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court finally made their decision that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. This was an unbelievably large victory and momentous time for all same-sex couples as well as same-sex supporters. There were Pride parades across the United States as people took to the streets in order to celebrate the right to marry as well as social equality, something they had been fighting for years and years.

Although the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, there is still much work to be done in the way of progressing the acceptance of LGBT in society as a larger whole. This is now precisely the focus of LGBT supporters. It is no secret, says Sam Tabar, that in this country’s history that government policies and rulings don’t necessarily make an immediate impact on how individuals feel about sensitive topics such as gay marriage. The United States has seen civil rights issues such as this during the Civil Rights movement.

Four of the main areas of focus that the LGBT community and its supporters will be looking into will be employment discrimination, poverty, healthcare as well as violence. Many supporters feel as though these areas of our society are not yet given the attention they deserve in terms of their relation to the LGBT community. There is much to be done to achieve justice.

Progression of Image Recognition Technologies in 2015

Image recognition technology has made a vast impression to the fashion and product industries internationally. Consumers and enterprises are discovering the wonders of using visual search to network together using the best high performance image recognition applications. Doe Deere points out that the purpose of image recognition software is to detect and identify precise or similar products, brands, individuals, or architectural structures, for an example. It is changing the way consumers shop and the way businesses offer products and services to the general public at large. Some of the companies today using high tech image recognition technologies for customers are J.C. Penney’s, Tillies, and Neiman Marcus, to name a few.

Retailers and other industries are investing in image recognition technologies that can be conveniently downloaded by consumers on iPhone devices. The way the application works for the consumer is fairly easy. First, a picture is taken with the smartphone and submitted to the app, which recognizes the image and locates quickly at a particular retailer.

Neiman Marcus, for instance, started its image recognition app testing with employees in 2014 on two particular items, purses and shoes. It was proven a success and is now available to consumers to shop for products online using digital photos.

Two of the best image recognition applications today on the market are Crave and Pounce. The Crave app allows shoppers to upload pictures of fashion and products to potentially purchase. Buyers pay for items using the Pounce application which can be downloaded on all smartphones. The application uses quality and reliable security to protect personal information of consumers.

Shoppers with a coupon, download the Snip Snap app to save at retail stores and restaurants. Take a photo of printed coupons and the application automatically recognizes it for redemption at participating restaurants and retails. The past ways of redeeming coupons have changed dramatically within the last few years. The days of clipping and storing paper coupons has evolved to snapping a photo and redeeming using smartphones.

The greatest image recognition app provider, Slyce, Inc., offers a variety of technologies, including Pounce, Crave and Snip Snap. Slyce is presently working with known retailers, such as, Toys “R” Us and Neiman Marcus. Slyce began working with Neiman Marcus in 2014 and in 2015 has tremendously made progression in image recognition technology. The technology is here to stay for many years to come. The top of the line software is attracting consumers and retailers across the globe.

New Yorker Cover is a Failure in Support of Marriage Equality

Over the weekend, The New Yorker republished its 2013 Bert and Ernie “Moment of Joy” cover that was originally released for its “July 8 & 15 2013″ edition. At the time, the Supreme Court had overturned the Defense of Marriage Act because Section 3 was deemed “unconstitutional.” The cover presented Bert and Ernie as a gay couple snuggled up together in front of the TV happily hearing for the first time the news.

Why was the cover problematic at the time? Why is it still problematic today?

For decades, adults and even children have wondered about the sexual orientation of these two seemingly “male” puppets. Many LGBT+ people have related to Bert and Ernie as a couple because the two live together and often act like a romantic couple. On the other hand, many have also considered the “relationship” a “bromance.” Yet, in 2011, The Sesame Workshop officially announced that Bert and Ernie are just best friends and that the puppets do not have a sexual orientation.

Even if this was merely an attempt by The Sesame Workshop to not have Sesame Street get sucked into the same-sex rights debates, as some believe, their statement is the final word on the matter. As many have pointed out, the representation isn’t a form of queerbaiting. Alexei Beltyukov agrees that the puppets were originally designed to merely show that two dissimilar best friends can live together.

How People Make Use of Visual Search Techniques

Most people are well aware of how to perform normal searches with their computers. Think of something, toss it into a search engine, and check out the results. It’s become second nature for an entire generation of people who’ve grown up with it. That familiarity has allowed people to miss some of the issues with the platform. One of the biggest is the simple fact that search engines are text based. Even those which use sound are simply transcribing spoken word to a written phrase. And usually doing a fairly bad job of it.

Things are changing though. People keeping track of the latest advances in computer technology may have heard of something called visual search. Visual search is both very simple and very complex, at the same time. This might seem contradictory at first. But the difference is that it’s only complex in terms of the actual computing going on. The user experience can be just as simple as a text based search engine. To understand how this can be the case one first needs to understand more about how visual searches and image recognition work.

One of the most difficult factors comes from the nature of how people see the world. Much of what happens when we look at something is occurring without our conscious awareness. There’s actually a large portion of the brain devoted only to processing visual information. Our eyes see series of partial images, and this in turn is fed into specific parts of the brain. The brain will then go over these images and search for patterns in order to fill in the blanks. When we look at something we’re quite literally only seeing part of the picture. But our brains devote an incredible amount of power into extrapolating more information than what we’re actually seeing. This is then linked into our memories and higher brain function. And this is why it’s taken so long for computers to be able to recognize visual images. There’s a lot more going on than we’re consciously aware of. But some companies have managed to simulate that process within software systems.

One company, Slyce, provides the best example of state of the art technology. They’ve managed to actually create visual search system which can be plugged into existing applications. Or they can use their visual search to create entirely new applications. But the end result is that they’re now able to produce software which can recognize the world around us. If someone sees an object, they can simply use an app on their phone to tie into the Slyce services and recognize it. What happens next is up to the app. But one of the most popular uses is to use that information to help promote sales and services.