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Michael Zehaf-Bibeau: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

1. An ISIS Media Account Tweeted a Picture Purporting to Be Bibeau


2. Bibeau Recently Had His Passport Seized, Just Like the Other Canadian Soldier Killer
3. He Has a Long Criminal Record
4. Nathan Cirillo Has Been Named as the Slain Soldier
5. He Was Killed by the Parliament’s Sergeant-at-Arms


BCAM: Why are Komen's pink ribbons on so many carcinogenic products?

Breast cancer giant Susan G. Komen has found its strangest bedfellow yet in one of the world's largest oilfield services corporations, Baker Hughes. The two have teamed up for a second year to distribute 1,000 pink drill bits to oil fields worldwide.

Each drill bit, which burrows thousands of feet underground to tap fossil fuel reservoirs, is "shipped to the drill site in a pink-topped container containing information packets with breast health facts, including breast cancer risk factors and screening tips," according to energy news site FuelFix.com.

These pink drill bits deliver not only barrels of oil, but also good PR and money: Baker Hughes gets to claim it cares about women's health, and Komen will receive a check from the Houston-based company for $100,000. The campaign has even come up with a cute tagline: "Doing their bit for a cure." But this partnership creates something far more insidious - a profit cycle whereby Komen raises millions of dollars each year to cure a disease that its corporate partner could be helping to cause. Baker Hughes' business includes hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a process for extracting oil and gas using a mixture of water and chemicals, including known or possible carcinogens.

This is just the latest example of "pinkwashing" - when a company or organization claims to care about breast cancer by promoting a pink-ribbon product but at the same time manufactures or sells products that are linked to the disease. Pinkwashing publicity stunts serve one purpose: They generate public goodwill and profits for corporation and nonprofit alike.


Foreign fighters flow to Syria



Man with Down's Syndrome Beheaded for 'ATHEISM' (GUESS WHO?)

‘Even animals don’t do it’: Kobani siege survivors on ISIS brutality


Bazran Halil, a Kurdish rights activist and freelance journalist briefly crossed into Turkey with his wife from Kobani for an interview. His laptop is full of graphic videos, lending credence to rumors of the Islamic State’s (IS, or ISIS, or ISIL) trademark brutality.

“There was a man with Down Syndrome,” he says. “He couldn’t understand the situation, to flee, or to run away from the frontline. When ISIS arrived they beheaded him and took photos, shared them on social media and said ‘we killed an atheist, a Kaffir’.”

BCAM: Hooters’ ‘Support Our Hooters’ campaign raises money for breast cancer awareness

Hooters wants you to help save the hooters.

The “breastaurant” chain famous for its curvy servers is trying to raise $500,000 during October for The V Foundation for Cancer Research in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“Women make up 70% of Hooters employees; and with one in eight women affected by breast cancer in their lifetime, there is no cause more relevant to our organization than the fight against this disease,” the chain said in a press release.

The “Support Our Hooters” campaign includes “pink passion” drink specials and pink bracelets (“Give a hoot and tell us who your support!”) that come with a donation of $3 or more.

One dollar from each 2015 Hooters calendar purchase will go toward the fundraising efforts, and supporters are encouraged to donate online to benefit the Kelly Jo Dowd Fund, which was named after one of the original Hooters Girls who died from the disease in 2007.


BCAM: Genetic Variant May Shield Latinas From Breast Cancer

A genetic variant that is particularly common in some Hispanic women with indigenous American ancestry appears to drastically lower the risk of breast cancer, a new study found.

About one in five Latinas in the United States carry one copy of the variant, and roughly 1 percent carry two.

The function of the gene is not entirely clear. But the authors of the study, which was led by a team at the University of California, San Francisco, and funded by the National Cancer Institute, said women who carry the variant have breast tissue that appears less dense on mammograms — a factor that is known to play a role in breast cancer risk. They suspect that the genetic variant may affect the production of estrogen receptors.

“This is a really important study,” said Marc Hurlbert, executive director of the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade, who was not involved in the study. “If we can understand how this is protective, it might help us to develop better treatments for those who do get breast cancer.”

The findings may also explain why Latinas have lower rates of breast cancer than other Americans. According to federal data, Hispanics have less than a 10 percent lifetime risk of breast cancer, compared with about 13 percent for non-Hispanic whites and 11 percent for blacks.


BCAM:Study: Bilateral mastectomies don’t improve breast cancer patients’ odds


These two divergent reactions are typical of early breast cancer patients. More and more, however, women are choosing contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM) — removing the healthy breast along with the diseased breast — instead of just removing the tumor and surrounding tissue, known as a lumpectomy. (Lumpectomies involve radiation after the surgery.)

Studies show the CPM rate has increased more than fivefold since 1998, fueled more by overestimation of potential risk than actual survival rates. The jump has caused concern in the medical community.

“It’s a very personal choice, but I think some of these decisions are being made out of fear rather than current research findings,” said Dr. Mecker G. Moller, a surgical oncologist and professor of surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. “There is only a small percentage of high-risk patients who would benefit from undergoing prophylactic mastectomies, based on genetic predisposition. But some patients don’t want to continue living with the threat. They want peace of mind.”

Peace of mind is not without a price. A double mastectomy is a potentially riskier procedure than a simple lumpectomy, in which surgeons remove the tumor and surrounding tissue but leave the breast intact. What’s more, choosing to remove both breasts to treat cancer affecting only one side does not improve survival rates for most women.

BCAM: Ex-Charger battled breast cancer


Savage, a Chargers backup from 1990 to 92 during a brief NFL career, first detected a lump on the left side of his chest in 2010. He ignored it, figuring it'd dissipate eventually. It grew instead.

A car accident several months later forced him to see a doctor. He mentioned the lump as a "by the way," leading to a mammogram that led to a biopsy and then diagnosis for stage II breast cancer.

The disease is far less common in men than women.

According to the American Cancer Society, about 1 percent of breast-cancer cases in the United States occur in men. An estimated 2,360 new cases of invasive breast cancer will have been diagnosed this year compared to about 232,670 for women. Savage said that he went through six chemotherapy treatments, the last few of which were far more brutal than any injury in his career.

Isis fighters 'crucify' 17-year-old boy in Syria (Warning...Graphic)


Isis fighters have reportedly executed a 17-year-old boy and left his body on display on a cross in Syria.

Pictures being shared online show a banner attached to the teenager’s chest saying the boy has been crucified for taking photos of Isis military bases, as well as receiving “500 Turkish lira” for any footage taken.

The message describes the ruling for the alleged crime as “apostasy” and states the teenager has been “killed and crucified for a period of three days” as the punishment.

The alleged execution comes after it emerged Isis militants had beheaded their own fighters for spying and espionage.

Islamic State Actually Has More Support In Britain Than In Arab Nations


The Islamic State group has substantially less support in Arab nations than it does in European countries, including Britain, according to a new report into attitudes towards the brutal jihadist group.

The Syria and Iraq-based group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, enjoys practically no popularity in Egypt, Lebanon, or Saudi Arabia, according to research by the Washington Institute. Saudi Arabia is one of five Arab nations which joined the US in airstrikes on Islamic State (IS) targets in Syria.

Just 3% of Egyptian expressed a positive opinion of the IS, only 5% of Saudis, and under 1% of Lebanese respondents showed any support for the group. It does not mean, the researchers point out, that there is absolutely no support for IS in those countries as the small percentages add up to around 1.5 million people in Egypt, 500,000 in Saudi Arabia, and a few thousand in Lebanon.

A British fighter has appeared in another video for Islamic State
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