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Sunday, May 15, 2022

America's baby-formula shortage has gone from curious inconvenience to full-blown national crisis. ... Three factors are driving the U.S. baby-formula shortage: bacteria, a virus, and a trade policy.

Monday, May 09, 2022

The US supreme court draft ruling on abortion is an assault on fundamental individual freedoms. The Handmaid's Tale author reflects on the issues at stake read more

Sunday, May 08, 2022

Rebecca Traister: [A]s we teeter on the threshold of the post-Roe world, it's worth considering that the message that privileged women will be just fine is inaccurate and that its repetition, while well meaning, is counterproductive to the task of readying an unprepared public for massive and terrifying shifts on the horizon. It's worth pointing out that it is simply not true that the reproductive options of white, middle-class, and even wealthy people are going to remain the same. Because while circumstances will certainly be graver and more perilous for the already vulnerable, the reality is that everything is about to change, for everyone, in one way or another, and to muffle that alarm is an error, factually, practically, and politically.

Friday, May 06, 2022

Michelle Goldberg: [T]he demise of Roe will exacerbate America's antagonisms, creating more furious legal rifts between states than we've seen in modern times. read more

Louisiana lawmakers have advanced a bill that would abolish abortion in the state, grant constitutional rights to "all unborn children from the moment of fertilization" and classify abortion as a homicide crime. read more


If it walks like a white supremacist duck, it's a ------- white supremacist duck:

Of his political views, he wrote that he was not conservative, saying, "No, conservatism is corporatism in disguise, I want no part of it." He continued,

Are you "right wing"?
Depending on the definition, sure.

Are you "left wing"?
Depending on the definition, sure.

Are you a socialist?
Depending on the definition. Worker ownership of the means of production? It depends on who those workers are, their intentions, who currently owns the means of production, their intentions and who currently owns the state, and their intentions.

... When I was 12 I was deep into communist ideology, talk to anyone from my old highschool and ask about me and you will hear that. From age 15 to 18 however, I consistently moved farther to the right. On the political compass I fall in the mild-moderate authoritarian left category, and I would prefer to be called a populist.

He indicated he was influenced by a New Zealand mass shooter who also live streamed his attack, writing, of his key influence, "Yes and his name is Brenton Harrison Tarrant. Brenton's livestream started everything you see here. Brenton started my real research into the problems with immigration and foreigners in our White lands, without his livestream I would likely have no idea about the real problems the West is facing."

I repeat, if it walks like a white supremacist duck, it's a ------- white supremacist duck:

[Brenton Harrison] Tarrant claims to be the author of a 74-page manifesto titled The Great Replacement, a reference to the "Great Replacement" and "white genocide" conspiracy theories.[101][102]

In the manifesto, several anti-immigrant sentiments are expressed, including hate speech against migrants, white supremacist rhetoric, and calls for all non-European immigrants in Europe who he claimed to be "invading his land" to be removed.[107] The manifesto displays neo-Nazi symbols such as the Black Sun and the Odin's cross. The author denies being a Nazi,[108] describing himself instead as an "ethno-nationalist",[85][109][110] an "eco-fascist",[111] and a "kebab removalist", in reference to a meme exalting the genocide of Bosnian Muslims that occurred during the Bosnian War.[112] The author cites Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik, Dylann Roof and others as an inspiration.


For the really rich, it is true: Traveling to get an abortion and evading prosecution will more or less be a cinch. But the chasm between really rich and everyone else gets deeper every day, and it is simply not true that a suburban white mom of three in Missouri or the teenage daughter of well-off Christian conservatives in Alabama will be in a position to get the abortion she needs when she needs it with ease and without risk to herself, her family, or the people willing to help her. Even crossing to another state to obtain an abortion may entail legal jeopardy as states consider various means to prohibit and criminalize abortion travel.

It's going to be a shock. Precisely because of racial and class disparities in every area of American life, white middle-class women are used to having certain kinds of systemic support: hospitals where they can feel cared for, responsive physicians. Those supports can no longer be taken for granted. To consider even the most cynical caricature of white middle-class womanhood, the Karens who are used to calling the manager when they have a complaint, the reality is going to be that, in many places, there will no longer be a manager to call. And if there is, he might report you to authorities. The choices that people, even people of means, make about how to end pregnancies are going to require calculations they have rarely had to do before: about their own risks of criminal prosecution and about state-enforced systems that are there not to work on their behalf but to limit and punish their choices.

And don't be fooled: While scrutiny will be sharpest on poor and Black and brown people, women and people with uteruses of every race are going to be questioned not only about their unintended pregnancies but about the miscarriages of their wanted pregnancies. In states where post-Roe trigger bans begin at conception, various forms of birth control--including IUDs--could be considered abortifacients, and there will be strenuous attempts to make them inaccessible or illegal. For similar reasons, people undergoing IVF treatments may find that their embryos have been granted rights they did not previously have.

Those who live in states with fewer restrictions, even in states that have wisely strengthened protections in recent years, will certainly have an easier time. But their circumstances will be changed too, by the influx of patients from other parts of the country. Wait times and, with them, pressures on viability limits will increase. Moreover, resting easy on the idea of a patchwork of safer states assumes Republicans will not find a way to enact a federal legislative ban. For years, I've been told that will never happen. For years, I'd also been told that Roe would never fall.

In time, abortion's illegality is going to affect everyone: you, your friends, your loved ones, your community, your kids, and your parents. It's going to affect you if you or someone you know wants an abortion, and it's frankly going to affect you even if you don't.

If the state wants to increase the domestic supply of infants by outlawing abortion, then the state should support the mandated mother and her child with medical and child support until the child's 18th birthday:

Nobody likes abortion, even when safe and legal. It's not what any woman would choose for a happy time on Saturday night. But nobody likes women bleeding to death on the bathroom floor from illegal abortions either. What to do?

Perhaps a different way of approaching the question would be to ask: What kind of country do you want to live in? One in which every individual is free to make decisions concerning his or her health and body, or one in which half the population is free and the other half is enslaved?

Women who cannot make their own decisions about whether or not to have babies are enslaved because the state claims ownership of their bodies and the right to dictate the use to which their bodies must be put. The only similar circumstance for men is conscription into an army. In both cases there is risk to the individual's life, but an army conscript is at least provided with food, clothing, and lodging. Even criminals in prisons have a right to those things. If the state is mandating enforced childbirth, why should it not pay for prenatal care, for the birth itself, for postnatal care, and--for babies who are not sold off to richer families--for the cost of bringing up the child?

And if the state is very fond of babies, why not honour the women who have the most babies by respecting them and lifting them out of poverty? If women are providing a needed service to the state--albeit against their wills--surely they should be paid for their labour. If the goal is more babies, I am sure many women would oblige if properly recompensed. Otherwise, they are inclined to follow the natural law: placental mammals will abort in the face of resource scarcity.

I, for one, do not want to live in a country where ------ and rape victims are forced to carry their abuser's child to term. Nor do I want to live in a country that outlaws abortion in cases where the mother's life is at risk and/or in cases where the fetus has a medical condition which is certain to result in death either before or shortly after birth. And all because some people believe every pregnancy is a miraculous gift from God rather than acknowledging the cruel and unusual treatment such strategies inflict upon girls and women in this country.


The right won't be content to watch liberal states try to undermine abortion bans. As the draft of a forthcoming article in The Columbia Law Review puts it, "overturning Roe and Casey will create a novel world of complicated, interjurisdictional legal conflicts over abortion. Instead of creating stability and certainty, it will lead to profound confusion because advocates on all sides of the abortion controversy will not stop at state borders in their efforts to apply their policies as broadly as possible."

Experts don't know how these kinds of interstate battles are going to play out because there's so little precedent for them. If you're searching for close parallels, said Ziegler, "you're looking at fugitive slave cases, because there are not many times in history when states are trying to tell other states what to do in this way." The point is not that abortion bans are comparable to slavery in a moral sense, but that they create potentially irreconcilable legal frameworks.

Conservatives, of course, have a plan for reconciling clashing abortion laws--a federal abortion ban. Speaking to NBC News this week, Senator Kevin Cramer of North Dakota said he was concerned about women traveling across state lines to get abortions. "I don't find a lot of solace in that just because it didn't happen in my state," he said. "So yeah, I think you could expect that pro-life activists would push for federal protections." According to The Washington Post, Joni Ernst, a Republican senator from Iowa, plans to introduce a bill to ban abortion after six weeks.

It won't pass as long as Democrats are in control, but at some point, there will almost certainly be a Republican president and a Republican Congress. It's easy to imagine conservative activists demanding that their leaders jettison the filibuster in order to push through a national abortion ban. It's hard to imagine the Republican senators who've defended the filibuster putting procedural principle above one of their base's most cherished goals.

And this is just what will happen with regard to abortion. Just wait until the GOP, egged on by their religious right base, starts going after another one of "Satan's crown jewels": gay marriage.

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