Women share why they value birth control with #ThxBirthControl

In this August 1974 file photo, a woman holds a birth control pill dispenser in New York. America's favorite birth control method turns 50 on Sunday, May 9, 2010. The pill is now widely acknowledged as one of the most important inventions of the last century. (AP Photo/Jerry Mosey, File)
In this August 1974 file photo, a woman holds a birth control pill dispenser in New York. America’s favorite birth control method turned 50 on Sunday, May 9, 2010. The pill is now widely acknowledged as one of the most important inventions of the last century. (AP Photo/Jerry Mosey, File)

The election of Donald Trump prompted people to stock up on birth control pills or consider long-term birth control options, such as IUDs, as women weigh the possibility of birth control access becoming restricted after Trump becomes president.

While the president-elect has not pledged to restricting birth control access, he included repealing the Affordable Care Act, which requires insurers to provide birth control for free, in his 100-day plan. Women took his stance on the Affordable Care Act as a step towards restricting birth control access; hours after the election, Google searches for intrauterine devices spiked dramatically.

Through all the dialogue and worry over contraception access, people have taken to Twitter to voice their support for birth control using the hashtage #ThxBirthControl. Some have been sharing generic posts praising birth control for giving women control over their bodies:

Others shared stories of their health issues that were addressed with birth control:

And women who have or have had periods chimed in on the benefits of a regular period:

As hashtags are accessible to all, a few #ThxBirthControl posts joined the conversation with messages against contraception use.

#ThxBirthControl stems from an official event started by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. Every year, the organization celebrates birth control throughout November. This year, #ThxBirthControl day fell on Nov. 16. The National Campaign’s website explains the ability to plan and prevent pregnancies benefits all of society. Birth control is a normal part of life, the campaign argues.

“The vast majority of single, young adults say they don’t want a pregnancy right now, yet four in 10 of those who are having sex are not using contraception consistently,” the National Campaign’s website reads. “More than half of sexually active college-age women say they would be more comfortable using contraception if more people talked about it in a positive way.”

Even after the official #ThxBirthControl day, women continue to use the hashtag to share their stories and opinions.

 

Your favorite food, home and travel shows are leaving Netflix soon

No more lazy days binge-watching “House Hunters” and “Chopped,” if you’re into that kind of thing.

The shows, included in a host of Food Network, HGTV and Travel Channel shows that are currently on Netflix, will soon leave the streaming platform due to Scripps Networks Interactive ending its distribution deal with Netflix, according to Variety.

Clint Harp of Harp Design Co. has built a furniture-making business in about four years that has landed him on "Fixer Upper." Portrait of Fixer Upper hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines with clients Kelly and Clint Harp in their new living room, as seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper. (portrait)  Credit: Sarah Wilson/Getty Images
Clint Harp of Harp Design Co. has built a furniture-making business in about four years that has landed him on “Fixer Upper.”
Portrait of Fixer Upper hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines with clients Kelly and Clint Harp in their new living room, as seen on HGTV’s Fixer Upper. (portrait)
Credit: Sarah Wilson/Getty Images

The shows affected include:

  • Diners, Drive-ins and Dives
  • Food Network Star
  • Cupcake Wars
  • Chopped
  • Cutthroat Kitchen
  • House Hunters
  • Property Brothers
  • Fixer Upper
  • Love it or List it
  • Man v. Food
  • Expedition Unknown
  • Kitchen Crashers
  • The Layover with Anthony Bourdain
  • Good Eats
  • Worst Cooks in America
  • Iron Chef America
  • The Great Food Truck Race
  • Giada at Home
  • Ace of Cakes
  • Guy’s Grocery Games
  • Mystery Diners
  • Kids Baking Championship

Fox News reports the deal expires at the end of this year, so you have about six weeks to get your binge on.

Raise your hand if you feel personally victimized by Netflix.

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Maybe it’s for the best, though? No more sitting on your IKEA couch in your overpriced one-bedroom apartment, yearning for fancy houses with shiplap or farm sinks or pretending like you actually know what a coulis is when you actually don’t even know what the “broil” option on your oven does.

Signs of gratitude: We asked people at Zilker Park what they’re #thankful for

Thanksgiving is a perfect time of year to reflect and to celebrate what is special to us. With the holiday on the horizon, we went out to Zilker Park and asked people what they were thankful for.

 

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Emory, Adam and their dog Kensho were at the park visiting new friends and having a doggie play date. For Thanksgiving, they plan to visit both sides of the family and, of course, enjoy lots of delicious food.

 

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Stephany Pereira, right, from Colombia said she will be spending the holiday with her host family in Austin. This will be her first Thanksgiving in America.

 

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Carson and her three younger sisters, Blair, Avery and Tabitha, spent the day kicking the ball around and laughing together. For Thanksgiving they plan to go to Amarillo to spend time with their grandparents.

 

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Katie and Chris were practicing their handstands at the park. For Thanksgiving, they are going to Katie’s Mimi’s house to enjoy her traditional cooking.

 

 

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Skylar Smith and Dmytro Ivanyna came out to watch the sunset. Ivanyna, who is from Ukraine, has been in Austin for two years. This will be his second Thanksgiving in America but his first celebrating with Smith and their friends and family.

 

 

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Peter spent the day playing with his two pups. Peter plans to spend the holiday taking some time to himself and relaxing at home.

 

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Ryan Tyrell and Melanie Weinberger brought their dog Mary out to Zilker. An injured leg couldn’t keep Tyrell inside on this beautiful day. For Thanksgiving, Weinberger says she plans to volunteer with Travis County Victim Services. She said the best way to give thanks is to give back.

 

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Katie Fingerhut gave thanks to her three cats, Todd, Kimba and Charlie. She said she will be going back home to Arkansas for Thanksgiving to visit family.

 

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For the holiday, Edwin De Angel has planned a special family getaway at La Cantera Resort and Spa in San Antonio. After having a baby (not pictured) less than three months ago, the family is ready for a vacation.

National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day should be celebrated by all

Still have old Kerbey queso tucked in the back of your fridge? Did you forget about that half-finished smoothie you promised yourself you would drink? Today’s the day to throw it away and start fresh.

According to National Day Calendar, a website dedicated to honoring every possibly holiday on the calendar, Nov. 15 is National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day. The day originated in 1999 from Whirlpool Home Appliances’ home economists, the website said.

“It is said that they created the holiday to encourage people to clean out their refrigerator in advance of the upcoming holidays,” the site reads. “At that time, the company even had a toll-free hotline that people could call into for cleaning tips.”

Observing the holiday can be done as thoroughly or easily as you want. Take the time to care for your overworked refrigerator. Empty the entire thing, wipe down the sides and the shelves, and toss any moldy or expired food. If you’re feeling really fired up, try vacuuming under the fridge too and clean out all those crumbs you surreptitiously kicked under there.

Or you can give your extra food to this guy:

Happy cleaning and organizing! Here’s to a fresh start in the kitchen.

Evil Kermit meme allows your dark side to have a voice

What’s the devil on your shoulder telling you?

There’s always some sort of internet joke that everyone can get on. This year, memes have taken on a political role. Pepe the Frog was co-opted by the alt-right movement for their own purposes, and the original creator of Pepe fired back with positive memes.

In this undated photo provided by Disney Enterprises, Kermit the Frog realizes that he is short one last act to fill the time for the live and televised Muppet Telethon in a scene from "The Muppets," opening in theaters on Nov. 23. (AP Photo/Disney Enterprises, Scott Garfield)
In this undated photo provided by Disney Enterprises, Kermit the Frog realizes that he is short one last act to fill the time for the live and televised Muppet Telethon in a scene from “The Muppets,” opening in theaters on Nov. 23. (AP Photo/Disney Enterprises, Scott Garfield)

Right now, people are venting their frustrations with last Tuesday’s election results with some excellent imagined conversations between Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama. But others are using Kermit talking to evil Kermit (i.e. Kermit wearing a black hood) to show their inner conflicts, in an internet version of the classic angel on your shoulder vs. devil on your shoulder battle.

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A few people used evil Kermit to be the voice that tells you to indulge yourself:

and to poke fun at our weakness for fast food:

Others used the meme for some light-hearted political commentary:

While others got real serious.

A twist on the meme showed the real sides of one Twitter user:

Though the meme has been around for a few days now, not everyone is ready to say goodbye.

Thanks for helping our dark sides see the light, evil Kermit.

The Internet is reacting to the election with Joe Biden memes

As the Internet is wont to do, it isn’t too long until a big cultural event is turned into a meme.

As for this year’s election results, one Twitter user has turned his frustration about Donald Trump’s win into an opportunity to communicate his frustration through Joe Biden memes.

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The memes, which you may have seen pop up on your Facebook and Twitter timelines this week, involve President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. They often portray Biden plotting some sort of prank for president-elect Donald Trump, while Obama jumps in as the voice of reason and rebukes him.

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As of three days ago, the posts now have their own community on Reddit: r/bidenbro.

Many of them appear to be the work of one man, Josh Billinson, who started tweeting the memes Nov. 10. The first one is an homage to “Step Brothers,” the 2008 Will Ferrell comedy.

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Since that tweet, Billinson has created several Biden-related memes, an activity that he said was a great honor for him.

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Biden, who decided to not run for president in 2016 after the 2015 death of his son Beau Biden, has often been the subject of Internet fandom. His hot mic moment where he called the Affordable Care Act “a big f—ing deal” and a recent interview where he said he was “not a big fan” of former congressman Anthony Weiner are just two such moments.

 

Wall Street Journal praises Austin breakfast tacos, limits list to five taco places

Photo by Matthew Odam
From Rosita’s Al Pastor. Photo by Matthew Odam

It’s always interesting to get an outsider perspective on Austin classics.

The Wall Street Journal gave Austin a shout-out in a piece titled “Breakfast Tacos: The 5 Best Places to Find Them in Austin, Texas.” The five places? Veracruz All Natural, Tamale House East, Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ, Delicious and Rosita Al Pastor.

Because we take tacos very seriously in Austin, none of these discoveries are new to us. This is the city that birthed Torchy’s Tacos (which did not make the Wall Street Journal’s list, unfortunately). This is a place where newspaper staff eats Tacodeli instead of pizza on Election Night.

From Austin’s perspective:

  • Veracruz All Natural has made our critics’ picks list two years in a row, and even was named the nation’s No. 11 best taco spot. The Statesman’s food critic Matthew Odam praised the tacos for their delicious tortillas and perfect blend of salt and pepper, writing, “If there’s a better trailer taco in Austin than the migas taco ($2.50) from Veracruz All Natural, I’ve yet to come across it.”
  • Tamale House East is an extended legacy; the owners’ grandparents owned the original Tamale House that fed Austinites in 1958. The restaurant recently added 16 beer taps, and even offer advice on which beer to pair with which tamale. Tamale House East is the only remaining Tamale House branch still operating; Bobby Vasquez opened another branch of Tamale House on Airport Boulevard in 1977, but the restaurant closed after his death in 2014.
  • Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ does have killer brisket tacos, and the Violet Taco (the owner’s second food truck) has the same great style, just dedicated to tacos.
  • Rosita’s Al Pastor holds its own in a town full of al pastor tacos.
  • And Fact Check: though Delicious is, well, delicious, calling it a taco joint is a bit of a stretch. The majority of the menu is “sandos” (sandwiches) and brunch items.

Please don’t limit yourself to only five breakfast taco places. Try every Austin taco you encounter. If that sounds intimidating, take this comprehensive list of the best breakfast tacos in Austin as a guide.

Li’l Sebastian from ‘Parks and Recreation’ would be proud of this Conroe miniature horse

This is at least 1,000 times better than “5,000 Candles in the Wind.”

On Tuesday afternoon, while the rest of the country was held rapt by the election, a miniature horse not unlike “Parks and Recreation”‘s Li’l Sebastian was on the loose in downtown Conroe.

The Houston Chronicle reported that at least four Conroe police officers helped capture the tiny white steed around 3 p.m. yesterday near some train tracks.

The horse eventually made its way into a pen near Clayton Lee Plumbing, where some employees assumed a suspect was on the loose after seeing the police officers running after the miniature beast.

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Later, officers on scene said the Precinct 5 Constable’s Office took the horse into custody with its livestock unit.

You can see the video here, which shows the horse in all its renegade glory.

Just call it Li’l Conroe.

Take a break from post-election stress with these cute animals

This election has been exhausting, for those of us covering it and those of us just observing, and it was a late night for everyone as we watched election results roll in. Your Facebook feed is probably full of election-related content, from your friends complaining and celebrating to media outlets sharing updates. So instead, I’m bringing you some of the cutest animal videos and GIFs that the internet has to offer, because everyone could use a little brain break from this madness.

Here are the five best animal Vines the Statesman web team could find on this post-election Wednesday:

 

 

 

 

And 10 of the best GIFs that the Giphy gods could bestow upon us today (I tried to stop at five but I couldn’t, LOOK AT HOW CUTE):

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I hope this brought you some zen on this cloudy fall day.

As votes roll in for Donald Trump, Canada’s immigration website crashes

Well, guys, we did it.

We crashed Canada’s immigration website.

File- This June 11, 2016 file photo shows Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gesturing during a campaign speech in Tampa, Fla. Trump plans Monday to further address the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history in a campaign speech originally intended to attack the presumptive Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton. The switch comes a day after Trump called for Clinton to drop out of the race for president if she didn’t use the words “radical Islam” to describe the Florida nightclub massacre. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
File- This June 11, 2016 file photo shows Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gesturing during a campaign speech in Tampa, Fla. Trump plans Monday to further address the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history in a campaign speech originally intended to attack the presumptive Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton. The switch comes a day after Trump called for Clinton to drop out of the race for president if she didn’t use the words “radical Islam” to describe the Florida nightclub massacre. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara, File)

As of this writing, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are neck-and-neck for the presidency. No, really — early Tuesday, Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight projection model had Clinton at a 71 percent chance to be the nation’s next leader, but as of this writing just after 10 p.m. on Election Night, Silver has Trump with a 61 percent chance of winning. The race has been back and forth all night, with swing states steering the vote in either candidates favor on a minute-by-minute basis.

And, well, this has a lot of people in a tizzy.

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So much so, in fact, that people have been thinking about moving to Canada. Like, a LOT of people. Canada’s immigration services website crashed Tuesday night, and although there’s no way to know exactly why it crashed, demand is a highly possible explanation.

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After all, people were searching for how to move to Canada on Google:

And it’s possible Canada may have subtweeted the United States in the midst of a very important night:

We hear Canada is great this time of year, eh?