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Re: “Men may live in fear of vasectomies, but if they get one they won't shut up about it

It didn't concern me any more than any other minor surgery. Some men though do suffer a great deal of pain, in some cases during the procedure, and in others for years afterwards, so it is hardly a joking matter.

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Posted by Dan on 11/15/2014 at 7:35 AM

Re: “Don't let the bedbugs bite — or end their reign of terror

@Emily Humphrey: You had bedbugs? Here we have PITH liberals.

Posted by yoyo moi on 10/31/2014 at 2:26 PM

Re: “Don't let the bedbugs bite — or end their reign of terror

We had bed bugs when we lived in melbourne....its a really bad problem there, apparently, although until I discovered them in my daughters room, I honestly didnt know they existed.. I thought "dont let the bedbugs bite" was just what parents say to their kids to make them too scared to kick the covers off and get up.
we had just moved into a new rental and sitting on the loungeroom floor I saw what looked like a baby cockroache......sort of. I squished it and didnt give it another thought. A week or so later my 3yo suddenly broke out ina CRAZY horrible rash all over her legs, so I changed her sheets, changed washing powder & bought sensitive soap. Nothing helped. So one night when I was reading a bed time story, I noticed she was scratching her legs, I pulled back the covers and OMG!!!!! Bugs everywhere! I contacted pest control and they told me what I had. The next 6 months were torturous. I became certain I could feel bugs on me almost all the time.
I bug bombed, sprayed, did everything I found on the net to get rid of them. Professional exterminators tried and failed. The house had so many gaps that the bugs just went outside and returned when the poisons were
Gone. When I finally investigated under the house I found a bedbug nest of horror movie proportions. It was over a metre wide and extended nearly the length of the house. It was like a hive.
After curling into the foetal position and sobbing/laughing hysterically for a long long time, I packed up my family, took most everything we owned to the dump and put everything else thru a hot wash and put it all in the dryer on high for an hour. Things melted and two dryers at the laundromat were probably damaged beyond repair, 1 when a pillow actually caught on fire, the other had half my kids synthetic-ey dress-ups melted into a single puddle of near liquid and stuck like superglue to the inside of the dryer, and melted buttons and zippers trickled into the holes on the inside of the machine. I then moved my family to northern nsw. I havent seen a bedbug since, but it took another six months before I was able to sleep through the night without waking up sure that bedbugs are crawling on me.....

Posted by Emily Humphrey on 10/31/2014 at 11:23 AM

Re: “Men may live in fear of vasectomies, but if they get one they won't shut up about it


Last year we started World Vasectomy Day to bring attention to the importance of men's role in family planning. Over 100 physicians in 25 countries did close to 1000 vasectomies and the media covered the story in over 100 countries. It is clear that engaging men in this most critical conversation resonated far and wide.

On November 7th, WVD will celebrate second year with over 200 physicians in 30 countries performing over 1000 vasectomies. But more than the numbers done are the quality of the conversations we help launch. As an organization dedicated to celebrating the role and increasing the responsibility of men in society, we are hoping you will spread the word to your members.

To learn more about what we're doing please go to our website...

We would also love to hear your stories and if you could send out the attached press release, we'd be on the moon with joy! thank you and let's join forces and make a difference.


Jonathan Stack
+1 9173643467




Media Contact: Zan Dubin Scott, ZDS CommunicationsO: (310) 392-1130 C: (310) 383-0956 @zandubinscott

New York, NY, October 16, 2014—World Vasectomy Day is asking men whose families are complete to sign up for vasectomies on Nov. 7, 2014. The World Vasectomy Day goal is to inspire 250 doctors in 30 countries to perform 1,500 vasectomies in 24 hours.

In 2013, 100 physicians in 25 countries did 1,000 vasectomies for the first World Vasectomy Day, which was headquartered in Australia.
“In helping to shoulder responsibility for family planning, men become heroes to their partners, to their families and to our future,” says World Vasectomy Day co-founder Jonathan Stack.

World Vasectomy Day organizers are working with the world’s leading practitioners to provide free, discounted or low-cost, high-quality vasectomies, although each practitioner will set his or her own pricing. Physicians sign up on the website

In the U.S., World Vasectomy Day will be headquartered in Florida at Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando ’s new Kissimmee Health Center, 610 Oak Commons Blvd., Kissimmee, FL 34741. Urologist Doug Stein, M.D., World Vasectomy Day co-founder, is offering 25 men the chance to get their vasectomies done free of charge. Men may register on Stein’s website: .

Our vasectomy-athon will be live-streamed on the World Vasectomy Day website and will include feeds from many participating doctors, interviews with family planning leaders, and live vasectomies from around the world.

World Vasectomy Day partners include Marie Stopes International, a London-based nonprofit family planning organization operating in 37 countries and several Planned Parenthood affiliates.

Currently, about half (51%) of the 6.6 million pregnancies in the United States each year (3.4 million) are unintended. Roughly four in 10 pregnancies worldwide are unintended. [1] The average woman spends about five years pregnant, postpartum or trying to become pregnant, and three decades—more than three-quarters of her reproductive life—trying to avoid an unintended pregnancy.

Dr. Doug Stein, one of the world’s most prolific providers with over 33,000 vasectomies completed and co founder of WVD, has traveled to Kenya, Haiti and the Philippines on vasectomy missions. “My inspiration are men like George Mbogah, a 38-year old Kenyan father of two, who scraped together enough money for a 20-hour bus trip for his vasectomy,” Stein says. “George told me, ‘I don’t want my wife to suffer another painful pregnancy, nor my children to suffer the bitter taste of poverty.’ I was inspired to bring this opportunity to others.”

About World Vasectomy Day: The goal of World Vasectomy Day is to heighten awareness of and dispel myths about vasectomy, increase access to the procedure, particularly for the underserved, and to inspire more men to become engaged as equal partners with women in the global family planning conversation. The annual global observance, launched in 2013, is a project of World Vasectomy Day Services, a New York-based organization with nonprofit status pending. It was created by Jonathan Stack, an Emmy Award-winning and two-time Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker, and urologist Doug Stein, M.D., who has performed over 33,000 vasectomies.

Zan Dubin Scott, ZDS Communications
O: (310) 392-1130 C: (310) 383-0956

Posted by Debbie Kay Calkins on 10/16/2014 at 2:39 PM

Re: “Life is all bunnies and Nuks when you're an adult baby

I'm impressed with the few posters who are willing to say "to each their own" the reason I say this is because in all reality who are you to judge? What right do you have to judge anyone for whatever reason, especially for living a way that makes him happy? There are a lot of people like that out there, there are also a lot of murderers and rapists, I think you can decide who deserves to be ridiculed more..

All I'm saying is its 2014, not 1914, open your mind people. LGBT, equal rights for men AND women, what's so wrong about embracing the future? Who said you HAVE to live by the "normal" rules of society? Especially if you're not causing anyone else harm. I agree with the person who commented that others don't realize how certain things you say online can really be hurtful. Especially when you are talking trash about someone else's lifestyle, you don't know who they are, what they went through, why they feel the need to do it, if they were abused as a child, if there is REASONS for the way they are. Even if there AREN'T - who made any of you God? Who gave ANY of you (referring to the rude posters) the right to judge someone else?

You don't have to agree, you don't have to do it, you don't even have to like it or read about it, but what you SHOULD be doing, is acting like the adult...And I see a lot of childish comments here, from people I can only assume are adults since they are talking so much trash about others =/

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Posted by spechulone on 09/30/2014 at 7:13 PM

Re: “Why do some in-laws treat their sons' wives like outlaws?

Does anyone ever blame the daughter IN LAW of being possessive and insecure. Ive(mother il law) have always encouraged my children to move foreward.My daughter in law makes trouble with all of my children(now adults) except for my daughter and grand daughter. I think she does it to get under my skin. I wish she would just leave me alone.

Posted by connie on 06/25/2014 at 5:50 AM

Re: “The Terrible Twos were child's play compared to the Torturous Threes

Their is reason for fives being fablous and until close to three and four to warn you no one in right mind would tell parent of child that juzt turned two are in for three yrs of torture. Two is lack of comunication. Three is can i get away with this and four is fearsome they will jump off something high but cling to you and scream bloody murderer if try to make them sit with santa or Easter bunny and buy ear plugs cause a four year olds scream makes you wish for the twos. Im big sister and done plenty of baby sitting and can't have kids which im partially greatful for.

Posted by Crowther Amanda-Beth on 03/03/2014 at 1:25 AM

Re: “Men may live in fear of vasectomies, but if they get one they won't shut up about it

Hahaha just had mine this morning. Ugh not feeling great but the ice-pack is helping. It's like that feeling about 30 seconds after getting hit in the nuts with a tennis ball - it's not the rolling around on the floor pain of the first 10 seconds; more like the I'm about to stand up but I need a couple of seconds pain. And it's constant... so you'll need to sit and take some painkillers.

Yes I know, it's nothing compared to labour. But there are some things that just don't go together in this world - ice-cream and fish sauce, rims on a minivan... needles and a man's soft under-groin.

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Posted by V-man on 01/13/2014 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Dad-Core Is Hard-Core

Wtf?! Highly offensive to us stay at home dads that aren't mutants. Very careless journalism. I take pride in taking great care of my daughter, and making sure she has activities to do outside of the house, but YOU are the reason it is weird. It's not weird for me. So, make your judgments with your friends, who I'm sure are just really cool people, and enjoy the disgust you feel when you see us dads alone with OUR children. I mean I really can't believe the scene let you publish this trash. I thought Nashville was supposed to be badass and progressive.......not so much. Good day, mam.

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Posted by CreepyVanDad on 10/24/2013 at 12:32 PM

Re: “When moms won't take no for an answer

When I say yes to getting our sons together the other mother insists on making it a sleepover? (I see my friends without sleeping over.) When I say no to that but yes to a day get together, she ignores me and asks my son directly when I come to pick him up: "Wouldn't you like to sleepover? Jack would love it if you could stay." Then says to me, "I can drop him off, it's no problem"

Worse, if I say no entirely because we have other plans (like a stalker boyfriend she asks for the next date when I'm picking my son up from the current one), she does the same thing: Goes around me and tries to get my son to agree without me.

Finally told the playdate stalker that no means no. She insisted she wasn't wrong to circumvent me with my own kid! What's wrong with people who don't get chain of command? (What MY kid is allowed to do is up to me!)

Her socially awkward, odd, but nice son has very few friends in his school. Our boys were in preK together over a decade ago. I kept up playdates so my son could keep all his friendships, but why does every get together have to include an overnight. For her it keeps her only child busy longer (she works at home in her own business.) But I have 3 other kids with their social/school lives to manage and also our family together: A tired brother comes back from these overnights and is more difficult to manage for me with his sisters.

She told me I should feel "complimented" but actually, no. I feel pushed around. And my popular son often wants to see his OTHER friends!

Posted by bookishmom on 08/24/2013 at 3:41 AM

Re: “Is constant Internet access a threat to our quality of life?

kind of late for that ,,,,,,,you think??

Posted by Raymond Mann on 11/17/2011 at 1:47 AM

Re: “Life is all bunnies and Nuks when you're an adult baby

I just stumbled across this web site and though I'd chime in. I'm a middle age wife going on thirty years of marraige. My husband has been what you would call a daddy since he was in middle school. He told me about all his experiences in babying women before we got married. I've even met a couple of them. Before we were married I kept waiting for him to want to baby me. It made me kind of nervous because I wasn't sure how I would really react. I tried wearing a diaper when he wasn't home but hated it. He never brought it up so I just kept quiet. After that we started our own family and as most people, we got very busy. Our alone time was very minimal. But one night a couple of years later we had some play time together and the subject came up. That night I got diapered, fed and rocked like a baby. He even bathed me which I did love. So the new twist in our relationship began. My husband would baby me from time to time when we were alone of course. Some of it I liked and some I just tollerated. Now that the kids are grown up and on their own our daddy- baby girl relationship has gone full time, but not without problems. My career had taken off and I became a upper management executive with my thriving company. Being in such a demanding position at work and an infant at home had me so screwed up I didn't know if I should call a meeting or wet myself. But as time went on I was able to separate the two life-styles and make both work. I got used to wearing diapers and I'm in them 24/7 now and have been for ten years. I have no responsibility at home, only at work. Everything is handed to me at home, I don't cook or clean, only play and make messes that daddy cleans up. I do have to work on the computer sometimes for my job but when daddy says stop, I stop, or its punishment time, and daddy doesn't believe in time out. I get spanked every so often. Another advantage to getting babied is daddy controls what I eat and how much I exercise. I considered myself a little overweight after our kids were born but all that extra weight went away when daddy started feeding me. All my food is mashed and my bottle milk is skim. I can fit into a large baby diaper now which I only wear outside the house. He puts cloth on me with plastic pants at home. Going out into public wearing a diaper was hard to deal with even though it was covered. You feel like everyone is staring at your mid section but I just listened to daddy and it became normal. On warm days I get to play out in the sandbox in the back yard in just a shirt and diaper and I get naps on weekends. Well this got way too long so I would be happy to hear your comments or answer questions at

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Posted by babykris on 10/30/2011 at 1:54 PM

Re: “After a tragic loss and an ugly crime, a grieving father finds bittersweet consolation in a screenplay

Pat Doughtie..what a joke. Well, he again manages to take another woman down. Don't really know much about this story, but given my past few months with that liar, I can only wonder how much of his "story" was true. I bet that new furniture you bought with your "grief" money is really comfortable. All the lies to family, to friends, to news reporters...all in a pathetic effort to make yourself look "pitiful" just so someone would send you money AGAIN and you would not have to work. How can a real "man" use his child's death to make a buck? Only Pat ! God Bless Kit Doughtie...the mother of Tyler. We pray for your peace every single day as you are a woman of grace.

Posted by FiveA's in Brentwood on 10/09/2011 at 9:33 PM

Re: “Every mommy knows the most boring pick-up line in the world—the one for car riders

used trucks

Posted by varunkarri on 06/22/2011 at 10:06 PM
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Re: “Hardcore coupon clipping is Fight Club for moms

Yes I agree coupon clipping does take a lot of time. Walmart is the cheapest most economical way to shop, I am hooked for very good reason. Here's how I'm able to BUY GROCERIES ONE TIME and then go back to the store and shop and shop and shop month after month and without clipping coupons if I don"t want too. It's awesome. Check it out it's a no-brainer. The WORD IS SPREADING and people are shopping like crazy

Posted by savvy on 05/20/2011 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Hardcore coupon clipping is Fight Club for moms

Yes I agree with you that Walmart is the cheapest most economical way to shop, I am hooked for very good reason. Here's how I'm able to BUY GROCERIES ONE TIME and then go back to the store and shop and shop and shop month after month and still use coupons if I wanted too. It's awesome. Check it out it's a no-brainer. The WORD IS SPREADING and people are shopping like crazy

Posted by savvy on 05/20/2011 at 12:37 PM

Re: “Hardcore coupon clipping is Fight Club for moms

I am not sure if any of you have heard of yet, but That Free Thing is a company that offers free things. I recently got 50,000 whole life ins as a member and 10,000 United miles for my daughter. The $25 to join pays for itself. Soon will have a mobile app and then launch this company. Great place to get free stuff, and opportunity!

Posted by Goodink on 04/01/2011 at 9:54 AM

Re: “After five whirlwind years, Nashville's snarkiest mom says goodbye to the Scene's deadline grind — and sets her sights beyond the 'burbs

always enjoy reading your articles .unlike some scene writers (walter jowers) you stay on subject and seem to report from the third person .so as to keep objectivity in the report

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Posted by jonnoh on 02/24/2011 at 9:03 AM

Re: “How will my kids ever learn about late fees and rental protection?

we're big redbox fans ourselves--i don't know how we'll ever watch the old movies since we are incapable of streaming anything at this time. my husband wanted to watch the apostle and we couldn't find it anywhere. will the old movies be lost to us forever (or at least until we can afford to stream stuff)?

Posted by melaniemm on 02/15/2011 at 10:49 AM

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