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The anti-abortion extremists in the NCGA are at it again

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And as usual, Republican men are leading the charge:

House Bill 28 would ban abortions after 13 weeks unless there is a medical emergency. Current law in North Carolina bans abortions after 20 weeks.

House Bill 22 would require doctors to tell women who take the abortion pill that the process can be reversed halfway through. The bill would also require the Department of Health and Human Services to provide that information on its website.

It goes without saying the 13-week limit is not only extreme, but geared towards severely limiting a woman's choice. But the "abortion reversal" thing, especially forcing NC DHHS to sign off on such a snake-oil treatment, is fraught with both ethical and legal complications. Here's a little history about this "process":

Washington County Hospital joins ranks of NC's failing rural health care system

Another victim of privatization:

Washington County Hospital CEO Melanie Perry tells WCTI in New Bern that the facility's owner has plans to resolve several problems, including dwindling medical supplies and workers not getting paid for two weeks. Empower HMS promised 50 employees that checks would arrive Monday, but staff members said they never came. There has been no word on when or if the medical supplies will be replenished.

Perry said closing the county's only hospital would be devastating to the town of Plymouth, approximately 125 miles east of Raleigh.

Before we dig deeper into this unfortunate situation, a few words on how this could have been avoided are in order. When a public (municipal) entity provides a service, whether it's health care, transportation, water & sewer, or any other critical infrastructure issue, all considerations about turning a profit (net revenue gain, if you will) or even "breaking even" should be disregarded. Providing services to citizens is what government is for, and that's why we pay taxes. And this goes double in rural areas, where the economy simply cannot support/sustain a perpetually profitable business. Had local elected officials understood that back in 2007, they might not have sold this hospital in the first place. Because once a facility like this enters the private sector, the sharks start circling:

Teach For America's true colors show during strike

Just another cog in the school privatization machine:

The tensions came to a head this week when hundreds of Teach for America alumni criticized the educator placement program for suggesting corps members who strike in Oakland would lose thousands of dollars promised to them at the end of their two-year service commitment.

Teach for America said there was a misunderstanding on the guidance it provided about the strike that could start next week. It said it gave the same message to other members facing recent strikes, including in Los Angeles.

I have a very good friend who took the TFA route several years ago, after receiving her Bachelor's in Communication. Don't know all the details, but she is no longer teaching. Two years in an inner-city school burned her out like a short candle. Their five week "boot camp" doesn't even come close to preparing TFA members for that particular high-stress job, but it looks like that is not their goal anyway. Creating a teacher pool for charter schools has become their main function:

The War on Journalists: When truth is the enemy

Philippine strongman Duterte is out of control:

The award-winning head of a Philippine online news site that has aggressively covered President Rodrigo Duterte's policies was arrested Wednesday by government agents in a libel case.

Maria Ressa, who was selected by Time magazine as one of its Persons of the Year last year, was arrested over a libel complaint from a businessman which Amnesty International has condemned as "brazenly politically motivated." Duterte's government says the arrest was a normal step in response to the complaint.

Bolding mine, because when a civil complaint (Libel), that has yet to be even proven in a court of law, is grounds for incarceration by authorities, you are not living in anywhere that remotely resembles a democracy. You're probably thinking, "This is what happens when you've got somebody like Trump in the White House," but it may actually be the other way around. Yes, Trump was outright abusive with journalists during his 2016 Campaign, but he also got some lessons from Duterte when they met in 2017:

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You just can't fix stupid:

He produced a result, alright. And that result is an empty seat in Congress while we try to unravel this mess.

Lennon Lacy documentary wins Sundance Film Festival award

But the possible lynching itself is still mired in mystery:

I talked to Claudia Lacy in Bladenboro in December of 2014. Earlier that year, on Aug. 29, she had lost her son Lennon Lacy, who was found hanging from a playground swing. Local law officers ruled his death a suicide. Claudia Lacy did not believe that. She thought her son, who was African-American, was lynched. She told me then she would not stop her search for the truth. She considered it her duty.

This mother’s mission makes up a big part of the documentary “Always In Season,” directed by Jacqueline Olive. Lacy’s story is interwoven with the brutal, tragic history of lynching in America. On Feb. 2, the documentary won the Special Jury Award for Moral Urgency at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

When you look at the details of this case, you'd think it happened back in the 1950's:

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