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Gun Owners Do The Funniest Things, No. 8 : Nelson Georgia City Ordinance Sort Of Requiring Gun OwnershipYou're off the hook if you're a felon!
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ALL NEW!!! Actress and comedian Geri Jewell talks to me about her career, balancing cerebral palsy, being gay, and, oh yeah, renting a closet from the late comedian Robert Schimmel to live in! Top this conversation, Oprah! Enjoy and please share liberally! http://www.mrmedia.com/2013/03/facts-of-life-to-deadwood-geri-jewell-never-let-cp-stop-her-2013-video-interview/#.UVX6gBkW9MoALL NEW!!! Actress and comedian Geri Jewell talks to me about her career, balancing... more
A Houston waiter made the news this week when he refused to serve a gentleman and his family for mocking a special needs child. Michael Garcia, who works at downtown restaurant Laurenzo’s, was attending to Kim Castillo and her 5-year-old son Milo, who has Down syndrome. Milo was apparently being a bit boisterous, and a family at a nearby table moved to the back of the restaurant. As the group walked away, Garcia could hear the father saying, “Special needs children need to be special somewhere else.” When Garcia approached the family, he told them he couldn’t wait on them, so they left. Garcia’s bosses were totally supportive of his decision, and Castillo was shocked and thrilled that someone took the time to stand up for her son
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By AnneClaire Stapleton
(CNN) – His eyes stinging with pepper spray, a developmentally disabled 21-year-old man was hit and forced to the ground before being taken into custody by California sheriff’s deputies in an incident that left his family Thursday demanding justice.
Antonio Martinez was taken to a hospital and detained for possible obstruction of justice, but there was no citation or charge filed on that or other counts, said San Diego County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Jan Caldwell.
His father is considering suing the department and the city of Vista, California, the young man’s sister, Jessica Martinez, said.
“But really, all we want is for the sheriff’s deputy who did this to my brother to get fired,” Jessica Martinez, 20, said. “That’s all we want. We want justice.”
The incident occurred Tuesday evening in Vista, where sheriff’s deputies were looking into a domestic violence incident, Caldwell said.
One of them saw Martinez cover his head with his hood and, believing he might be involved in the incident, tried to talk with him, said the spokeswoman. The 21-year-old — who weighs 158 pounds and stands 4 feet, 11 inches tall, according to a Sheriff’s Department document — didn’t respond to the commands, she added.
Martinez is well-known around the Vista neighborhood, where he lives and his family has a bakery, his sister said. He was out walking between his home and the bakery when the deputy called out to him, at which point neighborhood men explained that the young man had Down Syndrome and wasn’t doing anything wrong, according to Jessica Martinez.
The deputy didn’t back off. Instead, while trying “to gain compliance and prevent a possible escape,” he used pepper spray on Antonio Martinez, said Caldwell from the Sheriff’s Department.
Deputy Pepper Sprays, Detains Man With Down Syndrome [continued]
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It's Spilling Over Into The International Arena
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Today on my Daily Kos Blog I was asked the question: thinkingblue - help me understand ...
I am not sure how these treaties work. Does the US have to approve this treaty for it to be effective? Or does each country sign if they agree to abide by the treaty, independent of what other counties do? If some number of member nations agree does that have any bearing on countries that don't sign? If the ADA is already in effect in the US does this treaty have a real impact on the disabled in the US if we sign, or not?
A very good question deserving a good answer, so I did a search and came up with these sites: thinkingblue
RatifyNow FAQ http://www.ratifynow.org/ratifynow-faq/
"Before this convention, (treaty) disability was often regarded as a disease or illness, but now we have realized that disability is an interaction between a certain condition and society. Society must help to eliminate disabilities through accessibility, non-discrimination and protecting and enforcing the same rights to everyone.“ - Vice chair of the Ad Hoc Committee
What is a human rights convention?
A convention, or treaty, is a legally binding document between 2 or more countries. A human rights convention is a treaty that deals specifically with human rights. The International convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities is a “thematic treaty”, meaning that it defines the human rights of a particular demographic (in this case, the human rights of people with disabilities).
Is "signing" a convention the same thing as "ratifying" it?
No. A country that signs the Convention becomes a signatory, and a country that ratifies the convention becomes a States Party. Becoming a signatory qualifies the state (nation) to proceed toward ratification, and establishes an obligation to refrain from any acts that violate the principles of the Convention. Becoming a states party (ratifying nation) means that the country agrees to be legally bound by the treaty. If a nation both signs and ratifies at the same time, it is said to "ascend".
What happens if a country decides not to sign or ratify a convention?
First, a convention must be "adopted," which means it becomes open for countries to sign. It is then up to each country to decide whether it chooses to sign or ratify the convention. Like most conventions, the CRPD requires that at least 20 countries ratify it before it can "enter into force." To "enter into force" means a treaty becomes active, and the ratifying countries are required to implement it.
Once the Convention becomes international law, the core concept of equal rights for people with disability will become the norm. As has occurred with other treaties, this new recognition of basic human rights will begin to be incorporated into the national laws of nations which don’t ratify the Convention. This will benefit people with disabilities who live in those nations, and may spur additional nations to opt for ratification in the coming years as their laws begin to include the rights guaranteed under the Convention.
We have many other international human rights treaties. Why aren’t those enough to protect the rights of people with disabilities, too?
Unfortunately most of the existing human rights treaties don’t mention people with disabilities. Also, when governments monitor other treaties to ensure that they are properly implemented, they often do not report information about how these treaties affect people with disabilities. Furthermore, the few older human rights instruments that do mention people with disabilities do not address their right to participate fully in society. Over time, the international disability community came to realize that governments needed guidance in applying human rights to people with disabilities.
In the United States, we already have the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). So why do we also need to sign and ratify the CRPD?
Although the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has been very important to the daily lives of many Americans with disabilities, it does not, and cannot, fully cover all the basic human rights to which people with disabilities are entitled. The CRPD would supplement the power of the ADA to ensure that people with disabilities have stronger access to all the same human rights to which all people are entitled. Also, if the United States signs and ratifies the CRPD, it would help send a strong message to other countries that we, too, support human rights for people with disabilities. This may help inspire more countries to ratify the CRPD so that more people with disabilities around the world can enjoy its protections. MORE HERE: http://www.ratifynow.org/ratifynow-faq/It's Spilling Over Into The International Arena View Down With Tyranny Blog... more
DOLE APPEARS BUT GOP REJECTS UN DISABILITIES TREATY
Republicans' Push America Over The Fiscal Cliff, With One Hand, While Pushing the World's Disabled Under the Bus With the Other.
Happy New Year Republican Style.
WASHINGTON — Former Senator Bob Dole of Kansas sat slightly slumped in his wheelchair on the Senate floor on Tuesday, staring intently as Senator John Kerry gave his most impassioned speech all year, in defense of a United Nations treaty that would ban discrimination against people with disabilities.
Senators from both parties went to greet Mr. Dole, leaning in to hear his wispy reply, as he sat in support of the treaty, which would require that people with disabilities have the same general rights as those without disabilities. Several members took the unusual step of voting aye while seated at their desks, out of respect for Mr. Dole, 89, a Republican who was the majority leader.
Then, after Mr. Dole’s wife, Elizabeth, rolled him off the floor, Republicans quietly voted down the treaty that the ailing Mr. Dole, recently released from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, so longed to see passed. More Here: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/05/us/despite-doles-wish-gop-rejects-disabilities-treaty.html?_r=0DOLE APPEARS BUT GOP REJECTS UN DISABILITIES TREATY Republicans' Push America... more
LUCEDALE -- Austin Stokes, 14 years old and barely 100 pounds, sat in a recliner at his home Friday, his left eye swollen shut, his face cut and scratched, the inside of his mouth bruised, his lip split and a tooth chipped.
Austin is a high school freshman with disabilities. He is in his first year at George County High School. And he said a senior twice his weight hit him Thursday.
School officials confirmed Friday charges have been filed against a student in the incident.
But Superintendent Debbie Harrell said the school has to be careful about how much information it releases, because everyone involved is a minor.
Austin spent time in the emergency room Thursday, was released and slept at home Thursday night. But his mother and grandmother worried over him all night, waking him to make sure he was still responsive.
He took quite a blow to the face.
Austin's mother, Lori Ann Dees, said local law enforcement and school officials told her the boy who hit Austin has been expelled for the rest of the year, and that the school has filed charges. She said others told her he was a senior.
Officials told her the charges would be simple assault, and that, she said, was like adding insult to injury.
"There's nothing simple about what happened to Austin," she said. "He looks like a car wreck.
"Don't they have laws to protect people with special needs?" she said. "We need laws to protect the disabled."
Austin has cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder that makes it difficult for him to
walk, causes him to draw in his left hand and makes school work more difficult.
High school challenging
Dees said Austin did better in junior high. His peers knew him, and he had and still has many friends. But in the first week of high school, someone threw an apple at him, she said. The school promised then to protect Austin, she said.
"He's gotten picked on before," Dees said. "But he's never felt threatened until this year."
According to what witnesses and Austin himself told her, Dees said on Thursday he was in the breezeway, leaving the cafeteria, when a senior called him a name. Austin said he threw an empty can and the senior turned and hit him.
"I was told he got hit so hard he went airborne," Dees said. "He hit the concrete with his face and chipped a tooth."
When she arrived at the school, Austin was sitting in a wheelchair in the school nurse's bathroom with an ice pack on his face.
When they took the ice pack off, she saw his face and the knot over his eye, and she got angry.
She took him to the emergency room. George County deputies were called in.
She has posted the story on social media and calls have been coming in nonstop. Comments have been very supportive, she said.
But Austin said Friday he's afraid to go back to school.
"Schools have to be better with the bullying," said Sylvia Smith, Austin's grandmother. Smith has been helping her daughter, a single mother of three, while Dees is recuperating from shoulder surgery, so Smith was able to help with Austin's injuries.
"Austin might have thrown that can," she said, "but maybe other kids were egging him on."
Erica McCarthy, Austin's aunt, who also was helping the family Friday, said, "As big as that boy was, he should have picked up the can, put it in the trash and gone on. Nothing gives anyone the right to put their hands on another human being."
The school district's head of security confirmed charges have been filed, but deferred all calls to the superintendent.
Harrell, in an interview late Friday, said she can't release specifics about what happened or about the students because the law requires confidentiality.
She said they had a thorough investigation and have taken the appropriate action.
She said in a press release the school district is cooperating with state law enforcement, the District Attorney's Office, the county prosecutor, the sheriff and other agencies.
"We have specific guidelines for discipline," she said. "There's going to be incidents, just like at every school, and we deal with them appropriately.
"And that's what we've been attempting to do. We're very proactive on discipline. The incident with the apple they would have addressed at the high school.
"Overall, we have very good students in the school system, and I'm very proud of that."
She said, however, erroneous information has been circulating and because of confidentiality, she can't correct it at this time.
In her press release, she said, "Out of respect for our students and George County, we encourage no further gossip on social media sites."
The school staff has been sweet and sympathetic for Austin, Dees said, adding administrators said they will follow through with the charges.
On Friday, there was a huge arrangement of balloons and candy for Austin at his home. It had green for cerebral palsy awareness and purple to signify anti-bullying, Dees said. It was from the teachers.
Read more here: http://www.sunherald.com/2012/10/19/4254432/george-county-freshman-afraid.html#storylink=cpyLUCEDALE -- Austin Stokes, 14 years old and barely 100 pounds, sat in a recliner at... more
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MATAWAN, N.J. (WABC) -- Parents in New Jersey are outraged after learning their autistic son was forced to go hungry all day at school.
That's because the school denied the boy his lunch over a billing issue.
So the 5-year-old just sat there at Cliffwood Elementary in Matawan and watched others eat.
It was John Robert Caravella's fourth day of kindergarten in a new school.
But no one, not the principal, not the teachers, and not the aides, helped this 5-year-old autistic child get his lunch Tuesday. So he sat in the cafeteria and ate nothing.
"Really, for $2, you couldn't feed the kid?" said Silvia Caravella, John Robert's mother.
John Robert left for school at 8:45 a.m. and didn't get home until 4 p.m. And all that time, all he ate was a bag of mini muffins his parents packed him for a snack.
"I was at a client dinner and I had a steak," Silvia Caravella said. "And I come home and I hear that my son didn't eat. That's a terrible."
John Robert's parents acknowledge they didn't fully understand Cliffwood Elementary School's payment system and that their lunch account was in the red.
But they wonder why someone didn't try to immediately solve the problem, instead of denying their son a two dollar lunch.
"He's in lunch, he's supposed to eat, why don't you make a phone call?" dad John Caravella said. "Can I have a credit card? Can you drop off some lunch? I would have done anything to get him some food."
Making the situation even more upsetting, John Robert is non-verbal and cannot say that he is hungry or needs food.
Wednesday night, the Matawan superintendent told Eyewitness News, "It was an unfortunate oversight that was addressed the next day. It's never happened here before and we will work to ensure that it will never happen again."
"I put him on the bus with tears in my eyes, saying hey, is it going to happen today? I put money in his folder," John Caravella said.
John Robert did eat lunch Wednesday after his parents deposited more money in the lunch account. But his parents worry that if teachers let him go hungry, could there be more going wrong there?
"Is he getting treated the right way? He's our whole life, he's our whole world," John Caravella said.
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Teal Sherer is an awesome woman.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A mother says Facebook asked her to remove pictures of her son taking part in a Special Olympics event over the weekend in Davidson County.
Diana Cornwell says the Facebook message she received mentions violating Facebook terms and asks her not to upload pictures which include hate speech, support for violent organizations or include threats to harm others.
Her account has been blocked for three days as a result.
Cornwell says the pictures show nothing more than her son having a great time.
"He struggles with Down’s Syndrome. He's seven years old and he doesn't speak,” Cornwell said about her son Cole.
Cole was all smiles Friday while taking part in his first Special Olympics at a local high school. She took pictures of him whenever she could.
"A very proud moment for him,” she said.
Full Story: http://www.wcnc.com/news/local/Facebook-forces-photos-of-7-year-old-with-Downs-Syndrome-to-be-removed-148570995.htmlCHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A mother says Facebook asked her to remove pictures of her son... more
Disabled people in Greece are furious over a plan by the Athens government to categorize pedophiles, pyromaniacs, fetishists, exhibitionists, compulsive gamblers, kleptomaniacs, sado-masochists, among others, as “disabled,” suggesting such groups may also be eligible to receive state benefits.
http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/279563/20120110/greece-disability-payments-welfare-benefits-budget-austerity.htmDisabled people in Greece are furious over a plan by the Athens government to... more
By Eric W. Dolan
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) blasted House Republicans on Tuesday as they planned to kill the Senate compromise bill to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance.
If the payroll tax cut and employment insurance is not extended, 160 million Americans will see their taxes go up by $1000 in 2012 and 2.5 million jobless workers will lose unemployment benefits.
“Don’t blame Congress for not working together,” she said on the House floor. “Blame the House Republicans — who can’t even work with each other.”
“The one and only reason this House of Representatives is not voting for the bi-partisan Senate bill to provide relief to middle class taxpayers, seniors and disabled on Medicare and jobless Americans is because it would pass That’s right. The Republican scam was to bring up the bill, supported by 90% of the Senate, and kill it.”
“On the way to this slaughter, a funny thing happened,” Schakowsky continued. “Sensible Republicans basically said, ‘You want me to vote to abandon millions of struggling middle class Americans without the help they need this holiday season? No way!’”
Republican House Speaker John Boehner said Monday that his members agreed the payroll tax cut should be extended for a full year. Democrats had originally pushed for a one-year extension and a surtax on millionaires, but agreed to compromise on a short-term extension.
The House voted 229 to 193 along partisan lines to reject the compromise bill on Tuesday. The Senate is currently in recess and is not scheduled to return until January 23.
“The sanctimonious rhetoric you hear today from the Republicans is nothing but talk, baby-talk,” Schakowsky said. “If they don’t get their way exactly, they won’t play.”
“And so, Happy Chanukah to middle class Americans lighting the first candle tonight who won’t get their $1000 tax break. Happy New Year to our seniors and persons with disabilities who may lose their doctors.”
“Merry Christmas to the jobless Americans, desperate for work, looking for work, who barely survive on unemployment checks. The House Republicans are the Grinches who stole your Christmas.”
Watch video, uploaded to YouTube on December 20, below:
"I wonder if their Guilt is the reason they Hate Christmas???"By Eric W. Dolan Tuesday, December 20, 2011 Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) blasted... more
This is about using what The Economist calls artificial artificial intelligence (like Mechanical Turk, which uses people as artificial computers) to enhance (artificially intelligent) machine visionThis is about using what The Economist calls artificial artificial intelligence (like... more
STOCKTON, Calif. (CN) - A woman with a prosthetic leg sued Starbucks, claiming its employees wouldn't let her use a restroom to fix a loose screw unless she bought something first.STOCKTON, Calif. (CN) - A woman with a prosthetic leg sued Starbucks, claiming its... more
Laid-off workers and aging baby boomers are flooding Social Security's disability program with benefit claims, pushing the financially strapped system toward the brink of insolvency.
Applications are up nearly 50 percent over a decade ago as people with disabilities lose their jobs and can't find new ones in an economy that has shed nearly 7 million jobs.
The stampede for benefits is adding to a growing backlog of applicants — many wait two years or more before their cases are resolved — and worsening the financial problems of a program that's been running in the red for years.
New congressional estimates say the trust fund that supports Social Security disability will run out of money by 2017, leaving the program unable to pay full benefits, unless Congress acts. About two decades later, Social Security's much larger retirement fund is projected to run dry as well.
Much of the focus in Washington has been on fixing Social Security's retirement system. Proposals range from raising the retirement age to means-testing benefits for wealthy retirees. But the disability system is in much worse shape and its problems defy easy solutions.
The trustees who oversee Social Security are urging Congress to shore up the disability system by reallocating money from the retirement program, just as lawmakers did in 1994. That would provide only short-term relief at the expense of weakening the retirement program.
Claims for disability benefits typically increase in a bad economy because many disabled people get laid off and can't find a new job. This year, about 3.3 million people are expected to apply for federal disability benefits. That's 700,000 more than in 2008 and 1 million more than a decade ago.
"It's primarily economic desperation," Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue said in an interview. "People on the margins who get bad news in terms of a layoff and have no other place to go and they take a shot at disability,"
The disability program is also being hit by an aging population — disability rates rise as people get older — as well as a system that encourages people to apply for more generous disability benefits rather than waiting until they qualify for retirement.
Retirees can get full Social Security benefits at age 66, a threshold gradually rising to 67. Early retirees can get reduced benefits at 62. However, if you qualify for disability, you can get full benefits, based on your work history, even before 62.
Also, people who qualify for Social Security disability automatically get Medicare after two years, even if they are younger than 65, the age when other retirees qualify for the government-run health insurance program.
Congress tried to rein in the disability program in the late 1970s by making it tougher to qualify. The number of people receiving benefits declined for a few years, even during a recession in the early 1980s. Congress, however, reversed course and loosened the criteria, and the rolls were growing again by 1984.
The disability program "got into trouble first because of liberalization of eligibility standards in the 1980s," said Charles Blahous, one of the public trustees who oversee Social Security. "Then it got another shove into bigger trouble during the recent recession."
Today, about 13.6 million people receive disability benefits through Social Security or Supplemental Security Income. Social Security is for people with substantial work histories, and monthly disability payments average $927. Supplemental Security Income does not require a work history but it has strict limits on income and assets. Monthly SSI payments average $500.
As policymakers work to improve the disability system, they are faced with two major issues: Legitimate applicants often have to wait years to get benefits while many others get payments they don't deserve.
Last year, Social Security detected $1.4 billion in overpayments to disability beneficiaries, mostly to people who got jobs and no longer qualified, according to a recent report by the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress.
Congress is targeting overpayments.
The deficit reduction package enacted this month would allow Congress to boost Social Security's budget by about $4 billion over the next decade to invest in programs that identify people who no longer qualify for disability benefits. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that increased enforcement would save nearly $12 billion over the next decade.
At the same time, the application process can be a nightmare for legitimate applicants. About two-thirds of initial applications are rejected. Most of these people drop their claims, but for those willing go through an appeals process that can take two years or more, chances are good they eventually will get benefits.
Astrue has pledged to reduce processing times for applicants' appeals, and he has had some success, even as the number of claims skyrockets. The number of people waiting for decisions has increased, but their wait times are going down.
"It's ludicrous to say that the backlog problem is getting worse," Astrue said. "The backlog problem has gotten dramatically better."
Patricia L. Foster said she was working as a nurse in a hospital in Columbia, S.C., in 2005 when she was attacked by a patient who was suffering from a mental illness. Foster, 64, said she injured her neck so bad she had a plate inserted. She said she also suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Foster was turned down twice for Social Security disability benefits before finally getting them in 2009, after hiring an Illinois-based company, Allsup, to represent her. She said she was awarded retroactive benefits, though the process was demeaning.
"I have to tell you, when you're told you cannot return to nursing because of your disability, you don't know how long I cried about that," Foster said. "And then Social Security says, 'Oh no, you don't qualify.' You don't know what that does to you emotionally. You have no idea."
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29-year old Drew Mandy was recently harassed by TSA agents at metro Detroit's McNamera Terminal while on his way to board a plane to Disney. Mandy has intellectual disabilities and has limited cognitive ability. He and his parents were going through security when two TSA agents singled out Mandy for a more extensive check.
http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/dpp/news/taryn_asher/dad-special-needs-son-harassed-by-tsa-at-detroit-metropolitan-airport-20110608-wpms29-year old Drew Mandy was recently harassed by TSA agents at metro Detroit's... more
Our Ability was founded by John Robinson, a congenital amputee. His goal in starting Our Ability was to create a web portal for young people to mentor, view, listen to, read and interact with successful People with Disabilities in the education and business world. When John was a young person he had no role model to look towards for his path to success. He attended Syracuse University aspiring to be a broadcaster like Bob Costas, not creating or running a business. Robinson sees this web portal as a means for giving young People with Disabilities the opportunity to make connections with the leaders of today and tomorrow, something that was not available to him. Young people today look to the internet and video stories to formulate their opinion. Our Ability will provide great success stories about People with Disabilities forging a new path in the business world. At its core, Our Ability is a story telling community on the web.Our Ability was founded by John Robinson, a congenital amputee. His goal in starting... more
By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger
This week marks the final edition of the Weekly Pulse. I have been writing the newsletter since 2008 and it has certainly been an exciting time to be covering health care in the United States. Thanks to all the Media Consortium journalists whose work I’ve featured over the years, and thanks to our loyal readers, tipsters, Tweeters, and Facebook fans.
As the Pulse winds down, we look ahead to some of the most pressing health care issues facing the nation: The Republican war on Medicare and Medicaid and the anti-choice onslaught.
89 arrested over Ryan plan
Eighty-nine disability activists were arrested following their occupation of the Cannon House Office Building rotunda, Alison Kilkenny reports in The Nation:
The disability rights group ADAPT staged the event to protest Representative Paul Ryan’s Medicaid cuts, which would force people with disabilities to live in nursing homes rather than in their own houses.
Additionally, the House-passed budget resolution would turn Medicaid into block grants and reduce the program’s spending by more than $700 billion over ten years.
Suzy Khimm of Mother Jones reports that the Republicans in Congress are putting forward some “kinder, gentler” proposed Medicaid cuts in the hopes that these less extreme proposals will have a better chance of passing that the more extreme cuts Ryan has been touting.
Kinder and gentler by Republican standards is still pretty radical. Republicans in both houses of Congress introduced bills that would make it easier for states to kick people off of Medicaid or erect new barriers to entry. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) claims that “only” 300,000 patients would be kicked off Medicaid rolls under his proposal, many fewer than those would be under the Ryan plan. Gingrey, however, admitted that he didn’t have an independent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score to back up his claim.
The war on choice
Sadie Doyle of In These Times takes a closer look at proposed legislation in Ohio that bans abortion as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detectable:
Ohio’s “Heartbeat Bill” is part of a barrage of anti-choice legislation designed to circumvent the fact that abortion is legal by making it nearly impossible to obtain one. But, whereas other bills focus on cutting funding or creating obstacles to abortion, H.B. 125 takes a relatively new tactic: It aims to ban abortions outright if the fetus has a detectable heartbeat—which happens at around six weeks, before many women even realize they’re pregnant.
This bill is one of hundreds of pieces of anti-choice legislation percolating at the state level. Many of these bills seem deliberately engineered to provoke a challenge to Roe v. Wade. Anti-choicers seem eager to get their challenge to the Supreme Court as soon as possible, before Obama can appoint any more justices.
Meet the H.R. 3 ten
At RH Reality Check, Sarah Jaffe introduces us to another one of the 10 Democrats who co-sponsored the so-called “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV). The bill, H.R. 3 would effectively end private abortion insurance coverage in the United States by imposing such onerous bureaucratic regulations on insurers that they would more likely to drop abortion coverage altogether rather than comply.
Michigan vs. teen moms
Pregnant teenagers are bearing the brunt of Michigan’s draconian new “fiscal martial law” bill that authorizes cities to appoint emergency managers with sweeping powers to take over cash-strapped cities, towns, and school boards. Students at the Catherine Ferguson Academy, a high school for expectant mothers, were arrested and manhandled by police as they protested the impending closure of their school.
Amanda Marcotte writes in AlterNet that the move to close the academy epitomizes the contemptuous attitude that so many conservative anti-choicers have toward teen girls who choose to give birth:
The imminent shut down of Catherine Ferguson demonstrates the emptiness of Republican claims that they oppose reproductive rights because they value life. Instead, Republican policies are rooted in a sadistic desire to punish and control, and to deprive women—especially young women, poor women, and women of color—of any opportunities whatsoever.
Archives from The Weekly Pulse can be found here and will remain posted at this site. If you’d like see more top news and headlines from independent media outlets, please follow us on Twitter, or fan The Media Consortium on Facebook.By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger This week marks the final edition... more
VANCOUVER - B.C. will soon become the first jurisdiction in Canada to recognize alcohol addiction as a chronic medical condition.
Health Minister Colin Hansen said the change, to take effect April 1, will put the emphasis on preventive measures and give family doctors more time and resources to treat patients with alcohol addiction.
"It's saying to family physicians that if they identify somebody that has a chronic alcohol problem, they can treat them in the same way they would treat complex illnesses," he said.
"They get to spend more time with their patient, as opposed to the standard doctor's visit [where] they've got however many minutes to fill a prescription."
The move follows a 2009 B.C. Medical Association report on improving addiction care that recommended addiction be recognized as a chronic, treatable disease.
Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/health/first+Canada+treat+alcoholism+medical+condition/4422268/story.html#ixzz1IkLzNV16VANCOUVER - B.C. will soon become the first jurisdiction in Canada to recognize... more
Zheng Guigui, a 19-year-old girl from Henan Province in China, was born with no fingers on her right hand, but can play the piano like a badass. Apparently, she only started playing piano three years ago.
Source: BuzzfeedZheng Guigui, a 19-year-old girl from Henan Province in China, was born with no... more