“It’s hard to look people int eh eye and say they don’t have a job anymore — not because of anything they, or we, did in correctly or because we weren’t caring for women in a fabulous way.”
Around one dozen clinics in Texas have shut down or stopped offering abortions after Republicans in the state successfully pushed through legislation that requires doctors performing procedures to have admitting privileges at local hospitals.
Other laws in neighboring states — such as laws requiring the widening of hallways or the installation of high-tech surgical sinks — have caused abortion clinics to fire workers and shut down.
Legislation in Republican-controlled states counts for half of the 73 clinic closures since 2011. The people hardest hit by the shifting laws: Poor and minority women.
Women who live near McAllen, Texas — many of them poor — will now have to drive 150 miles to Corpus Christi if they want an abortion. Their other option: The local flea market, where illegal do-it-yourself drugs cost around $15 a pill.
Republicans have stopped challenging Roe vs. Wade. Their new tactic: Make it harder to get an abortion. So far, their strategy is working.
More: The Vanishing Abortion Clinic (Bloomberg Businessweek)
I used to have 6 cats. Now I have 4.
Feeding 6 cats a strict diet was really hard, and most often resulted in chaos and injuries, so I switched to open feeding. Predictably, they gained weight. Like, a lot of weight.
So, I decided that I should switch from the cheap walmart stuff…
The craziest part is that they installed cameras… TO WATCH THE POLICE
That ain’t right
There’s also a story today about the woman who is suing the cops for macing her genitals. Is there absolutely no oversight in any police precinct anywhere? Do police force requirements include “penchant for racially motivated violence”?
World AIDS Day, December 1st
World AIDS Day, observed on 1 December every year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. Government and health officials observe the day, often with speeches or forums on the AIDS topics.
Screenshots from Interactive World AIDS Day 2013 Infographic by CNN
Source: UK’s National AIDS Trust, WHO, UNAIDS, amfAR, CDC
EDITORIAL: BRYONY JONES
GRAPHIC: CNNI DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT
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Tenacious D perform Gene Roddenberry’s original lyrics to the Star Trek theme song.
It just occurred to me that I’d never posted this. No doubt many of you already know these lyrics, but in case you don’t—they’re pretty amazing. And amazingly terrible. Jack Black’s analysis (and critique of Roddenberry’s douchebaggery) is kind of the best part. I’m so glad that the lyrics didn’t end up in the actual show (for one thing, if they had I’d kind of hate Kirk)—and yet I’d be lying if I said I didn’t sing them—with great feeling—every time I watch an episode.