Weekly News Round-Up
Questions are the Answer – The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has put together an online guide for patients to questions to ask of healthcare providers. Includes a checklist. I love checklists.
On the Rachel Maddow show the other week, a clip in which an infectious disease expert rates various reactions to swine flu on a scale from “prudent” to “hysterical,” and another in which Matthew Shepard’s mom offers a clear explanation of the difference between hate crimes and other crimes. Judy Shepard was on the show in part to react to North Carolina Representative Virginia Foxx’s (erroneous and evil) claim that the idea that Shepard was murdered because he was gay “a hoax.”
Shelby Knox writes about funding for abstinence-only sex ed at RHRealityCheck.
RHRC also has coverage of the President’s budget, including effects on ab only funding.
I’m gunshy about linking to HuffPo lately because I think they’re giving voice to some dangerously inaccurate talk about vaccines. That said, here’s a piece there from Lynn Paltrow on abortion, c-section, and coercion that is worth a read. Paltrow is of the very important National Advocates for Pregnant Women.
Speaking of pregnant women, Aunt B of Tiny Cat Pants had some excellent points and discussion about women and babies, stemming from media reports that a baby was born with drugs in its system, died two weeks later, and the mother was charged a year or so later with “reckless homicide and aggravated assault.” None of the media reports actually provided any indication that the baby was proven to have died from drug exposure, and some of the menfolk in the local blogosphere (including one in the employ of an actual paper) apparently decided that the causation was obvious and unquestionable, demonstrating a general lack of curiosity about stories that lack important details, and specific lack of knowledge about how mistaken assumptions about drug use and pregnancy have been used against women in the criminal justice system over the past decades. Gentlemen, NAPW would be happy to help you on that topic.
More commentary on how the advice to stay home if sick (as a preventive measure re: swine flu) depends upon responsibility from employers, not just employees.
At Womanist Musings, a good piece on pageant competitor/Miss California Carrie Prejean and the difference in reaction when she’s in a swimsuit for a pageant vs. (seriously? pretty tame.) photos taken outside of the pageant.
Renee also has a new installment of her weekly link round-up, Drop it Like it’s Hot.
Scarleteen has a piece in response to a reader question, How do I deal with the results of a medical trauma or abuse?
Dear Texas: Please do not charge rape victims for their forensic rape kits. Unless you are also going to directly charge murder, robbery, and other crime victims for collecting and processing evidence, you need to change this sh*t or just go on and secede.
[I’m picking on Texas, but some other states are apparently full of assholes, too.]
A nod to South Korean feminists, via Bitch magazine.
Amelia at Female Impersonator on big boobs and bra prices – apparently there has been a campaign against a particular store that was charging more for larger bras, and just recently reversed policy.
–Funding to Florida libraries was restored! Huge thanks to all of you who passed info on the situation along and made your voices heard!
–The Louisville Free Public Library has an Amazon wishlist with lots of children’s books they need, so you might as well buy them something. 🙂
–Merck Makes Phony Peer-Review Journal. Grrr. The “journal” in question was the “Australasian Journal of Bone and Joint Medicine.” Elsevier apparently published 6 fake journals, so far as we know. I kind of feel sorry for the poor Elsevier booth jockeys who will be at the upcoming MLA conference, but not sorry enough to not try to recruit LSW people with a video camera to help me make a LSW Cod Smack! video. (If you don’t know what that means, you’ll have to ask, so I can recruit you into the merry band of libraryland mischief-makers)
The Tennessee Files:
-Not specifically on Tennessee, but a report on coal ash risks and the government’s handling of that issue, with coal ash being something we’ve had a problem with here in the state. From the Environmental Integrity Project and Earthjustice, I haven’t read it yet but wanted to pass it along.
–The Nation has more coverage of the TN spill.
–Out & About has updates on TN legislation related to voter registration, hate crimes, and adoption.