Monthly Archives: September 2006

Legalizing Tyranny

I couldn’t get to sleep last night thinking about the torture/detention legislation that got scared through Congress yesterday.

We are a country ruled by a President who has seized the power to break the law in multiple ways while virtually nothing is done about it. Yesterday, we formally vested the power in the President to abduct people and put them in prisons for life without so much as charging them with any crime and by expressly proclaiming that they have no right to access any court or tribunal to prove their innocence.

Researchers Recreate Sense of ‘Being Watched’

Reported in Nature:

When the patient sat up, leaned forward and clasped her knees, she felt that the figure was also sitting, embracing her in its arms – a feeling she described as “unpleasant”.

The temporoparietal junction is known to be involved in creating the concept of ‘self’, and the distinction between ‘self’ and ‘other’. According to the researchers, stimulation of this region interfered with the patient’s ability to integrate information about her own body, leading to her experience of a ‘shadow person’.

Although the woman was aware of the similarity between her own movements and those of her doppelganger, she didn’t recognise the experience as an illusion of her own body.

Bill Clinton Chews Chris Wallace Up and Spits Him Out on FOX News and All Critics of His Conduct Re: Bin Laden, Cole Bombing and ‘Wag the Dog’

I still love Bill Clinton. Any guy that can do the New York Times crossword in record time can be in my Oval Office any day. And Clinton post-bypass is fearless. Chris Wallace asks him why he didn’t ‘do more’ to stop Bin Laden. Bill lays him out – not just in tone but completely blasts every single question or insinuation Wallace comes up with. Bill trashes ‘wag the dog,’ FOX News, the neo-cons and the whole right-wing apparatus with deft control and point-by-point articulation.

Video of Bill Clinton’s interview on FOX Sunday Morning with Chris Wallace.

God I miss well-spoken, articulate, intelligent leadership.

Notes:

Clinton thought he was appearing to talk about his Clinton Global Initiative.

Wallace prefaces his question with "I got a lot of e-mail from viewers.  And I have to say I was surprised, most of them wanted me to ask you this question.  Why didn’t you do more to put bin Laden and al-Qaeda out of business when you were president?" This is the familiar ‘some say’ tactic. I’m not asking this because I want to know but because other people want me to ask it.

Wallace says they’d asked the Bush admin about the Cole bombing but: Vice President Dick Cheney has been on Fox News Sunday 6 times. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has been on Fox News Sunday 9 times. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has been on Fox News Sunday 23 times. And none of them were asked about the Cole bombing at all.

In other news, Bush calls 2700+ American soldiers dead and thousands of Iraqi dead just a comma in the history books.

Search for Emergency Contraception in Rural Ohio

The condom broke and she goes searching for emergency contraception in rural Ohio:

Folks, the condom broke Friday night and I searched all weekend for someone who could prescribe me EC. It is now Monday and I have to report that I have been unable to find anyone who will write me a fucking prescription for EC. None of the hospitals in the surrounding counties would write it for me. I stopped my search at about 100 miles from my home because my telephone book wouldn’t take me out any further than that.

I have been asked about my sexual practices. Whether I’m ‘monogamous’ or ‘in a relationship’ if I’m married, if I have kids, how many kids I have, if I was raped or ‘traumatized’ but there wasn’t’ ONE question about my health. Not one. The few places that said that they had a doctor who would occasionally write prescriptions for EC told me that I had to ask for that doctor specifically and then they proceeded to tell me that I would be ‘interviewed’ to see if I meet that doctors ‘criteria’ and then they proceeded to ask me all the above questions before telling me that I should ‘try anyway’ and I ‘might be able to talk him into it’.

EC wil be available over-the-counter nationwide with the new year. I think personal morality should never be any kind of a barrier to a pharmacist dispensing medication that a patient has been prescribed. I think it is disgusting that a doctor could be more concerned with if a woman is 1) married or 2) raped than if she simply needs to have full access to all options of reproductive health.

Single straight sexually active girls out there: you better get a back-up prescription from your gyno – or drive how ever many hours/miles it takes to your nearest Planned Parenthood.