By Chris Lane
By Jeff Balke
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Facebook v. Leaky Boob
Houston mom in a FB face-off
By Richard Connelly
We think Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich said it best: "NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE HEART OF A LEAKY BOOB!!!!"
Facebook has learned that harsh lesson. Houston blogger/tweeter/Facebooker Jessica Martin-Weber, the founder of the Web site theleakyboob.com, appears to have won her battle against the social-media giant.
FB recently took down her Leaky Boob page, saying it violated its terms of service. In other words, it showed boobs. (Leaky ones, we assume.) After howls of protest, they've reinstated it, although Martin-Weber is not yet satisfied.
She wants to be assured the reinstatement is permanent.
"The main issue is that Facebook appears to have no way of differentiating between spring break pictures and breast health content," she says. "I don't want to see pictures with sexual content on Facebook, and I'm glad they work hard to keep that content off their site. But, there is a clear difference between photos and information about breastfeeding and breast cancer awareness and girls gone crazy."
Breastfeeding Girls Gone Crazy? Gotta be a niche market for that.
"This isn't just about breastfeeding," she says. "A breast cancer awareness page is in just as much jeopardy if they say the wrong thing. I'm asking Facebook to set up some way for those of us who work for women's health issues and talk about breasts to apply for an exemption to this obscenity discrimination."
So far the page has been taken down, reinstated, taken down again and reinstated again. A page calling for putting it back was also blocked, Martin-Weber says.
We know who wins this one in the end, and it ain't Facebook.
PETA Takes on Galveston's UTMB
By Richard Connelly
PETA, fresh off claiming a victory over NASA about monkey experiments, has a new target in its sights: The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.
PETA has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture alleging "abuse and neglect of animals housed and used in experiments at UTMB facilities."
"Being burned and cut open in experiments is upsetting enough, but if animals are also being denied basic care and pain relief, UTMB must answer to the law," PETA Vice President Kathy Guillermo said."We're calling on the USDA to launch an immediate investigation, protect the animals and hold UTMB accountable if these very serious allegations of animal abuse are borne out."
The group says a whistleblower has reported several incidents:
• [An experimenter] subjected sheep, pigs and mice to third-degree burns on up to 40 percent of their bodies using a Bunsen burner or scorching-hot metal rod and forced the animals to inhale smoke.
• UTMB faculty members cut open dogs and surgically implanted tubes into their colons. One dog died during surgery, and another suffered in pain following surgery when staff didn't provide painkillers. The dog later died.
• UTMB experimenters induced spinal cord and nerve damage in sheep. One sheep couldn't stand for three days following the surgery and was given no pain relief.
• One sheep suffered a broken leg and trauma so severe that it caused the animal's intestines to penetrate her chest cavity.
• A highly social macaque monkey was kept alone in a steel cage and denied contact with other nonhuman primates in violation of the law.
• Mice died of dehydration after staff failed to notice that the animals did not have access to water.
We asked UTMB for reaction and they issued this statement:
As a leading research institution committed to advancing the treatment and prevention of illness and injury, UTMB strives to adhere to the highest ethical standards and to follow all federal, state and campus regulations in every aspect of its research enterprise. Our animal facilities are regularly inspected and approved by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, the US Department of Agriculture and the institution's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.
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Theres tons of stuff each day on the Houston Press blogs; youre only getting a taste of it here in the print edition. Head to blogs.houstonpress.com/hairballs (or /rocks or /eating or /artattack)
The Texans kept Gary Kubiak and hired Wade Phillips, and our Sean Pendergast hilariously imagined how that job interview went. (We also plotted the ensuing marketing campaign.) Jeff Bagwell was denied the Hall of Fame, and we figured it was due to steroid suspicions. And the voice of the Luv Ya Blue Oilers was fired by ESPN for being a sexist schmuck.
We offered a sobering look at one man's torrid but mercifully brief obsession with Angry Birds. Jesus, or at least the Houston-area man who has followers believing he's Jesus, pledged retribution upon Wells Fargo for shutting down his checking account. We also discovered seven very odd bits of information as we researched New Year's-resolution diet tips.
We offered our eyewitness account of the New Year's Day "Funeral Party for the Living," a performance art event in which folks eulogized themselves and burned stuff to shake off 2010. We investigated the meaning of "cool" and a local musician's take on a classic Miles Davis record. We offered our New Year's resolutions to three Houston arts organizations. And we made our predictions of what are sure to be the worst movies of 2011.