Woman has child taken from her womb by social services - Telegraph -
This is the logical conclusion of a lack of bodily autonomy for women before and during pregnancy. This is where it leads.
i’d like to highlight the fact that she was away from her home country on a business trip (she’s italian but it was britain’s social services who did this), and she was not told they were going to do that. so basically anyone, anywhere can do this to women.
WHAT THE SHIT
Jesus Christ even the 1st sentence in the article is awful:
"Exclusive: Essex social services have obtained a court order against a woman that allowed her to be forcibly sedated and for her child to be taken from her womb by caesarean section."
Like how much more passive could that wording sound? “Allowed her to be forcibly sedated”? How about “they forcibly sedated her, performed non-consented surgery, and stole her child”?!?!?! Jesus fuck.
(Source: apoeticmindset, via generalbriefing)
The Affordable Care Act depends on richer people paying higher taxes to finance health insurance for lower-income people... -
…Starting this year, a healthcare surtax of 3.8 percent is applied to capital gains and dividend income of individuals earning more than $200,000 and a nine-tenths of 1 percent healthcare tax to wages over $200,000 or couples over $250,000. Together, the two taxes will raise an estimated $317.7…
Well, it’s about time. It used to be called “Noblesse Oblige,” and didn’t have to be legislated…
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Over 100,000 people march In Kiev against regime -
More than 100,000 demonstrators chased away police to rally in the center of Ukraine’s capital on Sunday, defying a government ban on protests on Independence Square, in the biggest show of anger over the president’s refusal to sign an agreement with the European Union. Thousands of demonstrators tried to storm the nearby presidential administration building, but were driven back by riot police using tear gas and flash grenades, which produce a loud bang but are not intended to cause injury.
Something to watch. A new crop of anti-government protests has grown in Ukraine after their highly controversial EU/Russia decision.
Stay still doggie, I can patz please! Stop moving kitty, I canz boop your nose!
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i always wanted to find you waldo
but not like this
not like this
Facebook and Twitter Sync With Police To Squash Protests Before They Start -
A convention in Philadelphia this week discussed a plan to allow law enforcement to “keep anything deemed criminal off the Internet.” This includes, among other things, stopping any form of protest deemed “illegal” including the sorts of marches and civil disobedience actions engaged in by the likes of Martin Luther King Jr.
On hand was a Chicago Police Department official who told attendees at this law enforcement conference that his department has been working directly with a “security chief at Facebook” to block certain users from the social networking site if it is determined they have posted what is deemed “criminal content.”
Kenneth Lipp, an independent journalist who attended the lecture, reported from the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference that a the unnamed CPD officer “said specifically that his agency was working with Facebook to block users’ by their individual account, IP address or device, such as a cell phone or computer.”
(Source: disciplesofmalcolm, via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)
During the riot all phone lines in the city were cut so no outside help could be called. The Mayor of that time and police commissioner turned a blind eye to the white rioters as Tulsa police were told to stand down. Ambulance and medical assistance were ordered not to offer any help to the victims. And even the National Guard aided the white rioters by providing ammunition and heavy artillery fire….they all worked together in the massacre. #BlackWallSt #Tulsa #Oklahoma #Racist #WhiteSupremacy #NeverForget
I was in a play about this. Devastating.
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I can do this all day, people!!!!
Gulf Ecosystem in Crisis Three Years After BP Spill
Monday, 21 October 2013 09:29
New Orleans - Hundreds of kilograms of oily debris on beaches, declining seafood catches, and other troubling signs point towards an ecosystem in crisis in the wake of BP’s 2010 oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
"It’s disturbing what we’re seeing," Louisiana Oyster Task Force member Brad Robin told Al Jazeera. "We don’t have any more baby crabs, which is a bad sign. We’re seeing things we’ve never seen before."
Robin, a commercial oyster fisherman who is also a member of the Louisiana Government Advisory Board, said that of the sea ground where he has harvested oysters in the past, only 30 percent of it is productive now.
"We’re seeing crabs with holes in their shells, other seafood deformities. The state of Louisiana oyster season opened on October 15, and we can’t find any production out there yet. There is no life out there."
According to Robin, entire sectors of the Louisiana oyster harvest areas are “dead or mostly dead”. “I got 10 boats in my fleet and only two of them are operating, because I don’t have the production to run the rest. We’re nowhere near back to whole, and I can’t tell you when or if it’ll come back.”
State of Louisiana statistics confirm that overall seafood catch numbers since the spill have declined.
Everything is down’
Robin is not the only member of the Gulf’s seafood industry to report bleak news. Kathy Birren and her husband own Hernando Beach Seafood, a wholesale seafood business, in Florida.
"I’ve seen a lot of change since the spill," Birren told Al Jazeera. "Our stone crab harvest has dropped off and not come back; the numbers are way lower. Typically you’ll see some good crabbing somewhere along the west coast of Florida, but this last year we’ve had problems everywhere."
Birren said the problems are not just with the crabs. ”We’ve also had our grouper fishing down since the spill,” she added. ”We’ve seen fish with tar balls in their stomachs from as far down as the Florida Keys. We had a grouper with tar balls in its stomach last month. Overall, everything is down.”
According to Birren, many fishermen in her area are giving up. ”People are dropping out of the fishing business, and selling out cheap because they have to. I’m in west-central Florida, but fishermen all the way down to Key West are struggling to make it. I look at my son’s future, as he’s just getting into the business, and we’re worried.”
Dean Blanchard, owner of a seafood business in Grand Isle, Louisiana, is also deeply troubled by what he is seeing. ”We have big tar mats coming up on Elmers Island, Fouchon, Grand Isle, and Grand Terre,” Blanchard told Al Jazeera. “Every time we have bad weather we get fresh tar balls and mats.”
Blanchard said his business generates only about 15 percent of what it did before the spill. ”It looks like it’s getting worse,” he said. ”I told my wife when she goes to the mall she can only spend 15 percent what she used to spend.”
Blanchard has also seen shrimp brought in with deformities, and has taken photographs of shrimp with tumours (see above). Others lack eyes. He attributes the deformities to BP’s use of toxic dispersants to sink the spilled oil.
"Everybody living down here watched them spray their dispersants day in and day out. They sprayed our bays and our beaches," he said. "We got a problem, because BP says they didn’t spray down here, but we had a priest that even saw them spraying. So either we got a lying priest, or BP is lying."
BP and the Coast Guard have told the media they have never sprayed dispersants within 10 miles of the coast, and that dispersants have never been used in bays.
A decades-long recovery
On a more sombre note, Dr Ed Cake, a biological oceanographer and a marine biologist, believes it will likely take the Gulf decades to recover from the BP disaster.
"The impacts of the Ixtoc 1 blowout in the Bay of Campeche in 1979 are still being felt," said Cake, referring to a large oil spill near the Mexican coast, "and there are bays there where the oysters have still not returned. My prediction is we will be dealing with the impacts of this spill for several decades to come and it will outlive me."
According to Cake, blue crab and shrimp catches have fallen in Mississippi and Alabama since the spill, and he also expressed worries about ongoing dolphin die-offs. But his primary concern is the slow recovery of the region’s oyster population.
"Mississippi recently opened their season, and their oyster fisherman are restricted to 12 sacks of oysters a day. But they can’t even reach six," Cake said. "Thirty sacks would be a normal day for oysters - that was the previous limit - but that is restricted now because the stocks just aren’t there."
Cake’s conclusion is grim. ”Here in the estuarine areas, where we have the oysters, I think it’ll be a decade or two before we see any recovery.”
BP previously provided Al Jazeera with a statement on this topic, a portion of which read: ”Seafood from the Gulf of Mexico is among the most tested in the world, and, according to the FDA and NOAA, it is as safe now as it was before the accident.”
BP claims that fish lesions are naturally common, and that before the spill there was documented evidence of lesions in the Gulf of Mexico caused by parasites and other agents.
More oil found
The second phase of the ongoing federal trial against BP investigates whether the company’s actions to halt the flow of oil during the blowout were adequate, and aims to determine how much oil was released.
"BP is mounting an aggressive legal and public relations campaign to shield itself from liability and minimise the amount of oil spilled in the Gulf, as well as the ongoing impacts from the disaster," said Jonathan Henderson, an organiser for the Gulf Restoration Network, an environmental group.
Even Louisiana’s Republican Governor Bobby Jindal agrees. Jindal recently said, ”Three and a half years later, BP is spending more money - I want you to hear this - they are spending more money on television commercials than they have on actually restoring the natural resources they impacted.”
As far away from the blowout site as Florida, researchers continue to find oil in both Tampa Bay and Sarasota Bay.
In Louisiana, according to the LA Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), more than 200 miles of shoreline have ”some degree of oiling”, including 14 miles that are moderately or heavily oiled. From March through August of this year, over three million pounds of oiled material have been collected in Louisiana, more than double the amount over the same time period last year.
In addition, the CPRA reports that “investigations into the chemical composition of MC252 [BP’s Macondo well] oil samples demonstrate that submerged oil is NOT substantially weathered or depleted of most PAH’s [polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons],” and “disputes…findings relied on by the USCG [US Coast Guard] that Deepwater Horizon oil is non-toxic”.
The agency also expresses concerns that “submerged oil may continue to pose long term risk to nearshore ecosystems”.
"New impacts to the Gulf’s ecosystem and creatures also continue to emerge," Henderson told Al Jazeera. "This year alone, the National Marine Fisheries Service has recorded 212 dolphins and other marine mammal standings in the northern Gulf. A new scientific study conducted by NOAA, BP and university researchers also shows significant negative impacts on tiny organisms that live on the sea floor in a 57 square mile area around the Deepwater Horizon well site.”
Numerous other impacts have been documented since the disaster began, including genetic disruptions for Gulf killifish, harm to deepwater corals,, and the die-off of tiny foraminifera that are an important part of the Gulf’s food chain.
Ongoing studies continue to reveal toxins from BP’s spill in water, soil, and seafood samples.
Meanwhile, fishermen in BP’s impact zone wonder if things will ever return to normal. ”Our future is very, very dim, and there are no sponge crabs out there, which is the future,” Robin concluded. “I’ve never seen this in my lifespan. I’m not seeing a future, because everything out there is dead.”
Dahr Jamail, a journalist for Al Jazeera’s Human Rights Department, is the author of “The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan,” (Haymarket Books, 2009), and “Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches From an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq,” (Haymarket Books, 2007). Jamail reported from Iraq for more than a year, as well as from Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Turkey over the last ten years, and has won the Martha Gellhorn Award for Investigative Journalism, among other awards.
Lengthy piece but worth the read.
Mr. Fleischer has the right to say what he thinks.
The good news is so does everyone else.
There are a few possible reasons why market forces are different for roses and frozen turkeys on their respective holidays. For one, the loss-leader strategy really only works if you’re a multiproduct retailer, says Chevalier. Florists sell only flowers; they’re not willing to take a loss on the one thing they sell in the hope that you’ll buy a bunch of other stuff, since you’re not likely to buy anything else.
More important, roses — like airline seats or World Series tickets — are what economists refer to as “supply inelastic.” It’s costly to ramp up rose production in time for peak demand, since the roses must all be picked (and for the most part, flown in from Colombia and Ecuador) in the single week preceding Valentine’s Day.
Meanwhile, turkey sellers start putting frozen birds into cold storage as early as January, so they can stockpile turkeys well ahead of the holiday surge. Fresh turkeys, on the other hand, are killed just in time for peak demand — like roses — which is part of the reason fresh birds are so much more expensive. Roses might resemble fresh turkeys for demand-side reasons too, as both are probably purchased disproportionately by higher-income, less price-sensitive shoppers.
They say sharing is the cornerstone of Thanksgiving. As long as enough of us share the same tastes and buying habits — particularly those of us who prefer low price-point, supply-elastic goods — perhaps most of us will continue to get pretty good deals on our holiday dinners. —
Why Is Turkey Cheaper When Demand Is Higher? - NYTimes.com (via dendroica)
Turkeys are also cheaper because companies like Butterball abuse the fuck out of them.