Morning News Feed: Monday, Dec 1


Morning News Feed: Monday, Dec 1
World AIDS Day, ant aphrodisiac, dump doctors and British one-night stands.

Good morning, YourTango readers. Happy December first, we hope you had a great Thanksgiving. Let's get to the news.

According to The Irish World, today is World AIDS Day. Roughly 30 million people have the immunodeficiency condition worldwide and infection rates appear to be on the rise. Let's hope that the awareness generated by this recognition day helps find a cure. The bone marrow transplant thing sounds promising.


British taxi drivers are doing their best to fight STDs. The BBC reports that drivers in the town of Aberdeen are handing out condoms to passengers. A cab company called ComCab is just trying to do their part on World AIDS Day.

We're glad that someone is looking out for the sexual health of those randy Brits because they are likely to have a lot of partners. Daily Star is reporting that a survey of 14,000 people from 48 countries has the British leading the way in one-night stands. British women are also more likely to steal their boyfriends than gals from any other country.

We feel like we hardly know ya any more, Britain. First they make James Bond more vicious and less handsome. Then they start having more irresponsible sex (like Roger Moore). And now, according to the Telegraph, Brits are seeking out professional help in dealing with breakups. These so-called dump doctors are doing a rather brisk trade. So much for that vaunted stiff upper-lip. "Dry Your Eyes," indeed.

On this side of the pond, some people are still doing breakups on their own. And sometimes this goes against better advice. Per Commercial Appeal, do it yourself divorces are gaining in popularity. We suppose that not everyone can afford a good lawyer. And by "good" we mean competent.

When we think of competent attorney, we start with someone who hasn't been disbarred. According to the Zonie Report we aren't alone in that assumption but not everyone follows the policy so closely. A man in Arizona, Gary Karpin, is going to do 15 years in the slammer for bilking divorce clients out of hundreds of thousands of dollars with his Divorce with Dignity business. Karpin was disbarred back in 1992.

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