Tuesday Open Thread

Good Morning, Sky Dancers!!

I can’t believe Dakinikat is still without power! It has been hot there, but she’s getting meals from Chef Andres and takes some breaks from the heat at the local rec center.

I need to take a break today, but here are some links to articles you might want to check out today.

NYT: The U.S. surpasses 40 million known coronavirus cases.

Peter Hotez at The Daily Beast: The Latest COVID-19 Surge Is Just the Start of a New Nightmare.

CNN: How to protect children under 12 from Covid-19, according to Fauci.

CNN: Biden set to deliver major speech on next phase of pandemic response, sources say.

This is the idiot who could become governor of California. Raw Story: GOP’s Larry Elder shows up at anti-vaxx megachurch and declares s​ex education ‘has no role’ in schools.

NYT: A Century Ago, Miners Fought in a Bloody Uprising. Few Know About It Today. At the Battle of Blair Mountain, thousands of miners clashed with sheriff’s deputies in the largest insurrection since the Civil War.

Politico: ‘Keep your head on a swivel’: FBI analyst circulated a prescient warning of Jan. 6 violence. The analyst’s email circulated through the Bureau and to some of its state and local partners on Nov. 9, 2020.

Newsweek: Americans Emailed Pence, Officials Asking to Remove Trump From Office After Capitol Riot.

CNN: Ex-FBI official says law enforcement needs to take upcoming right-wing rally in DC ‘very seriously’

WaPo: Justice Department to protect women seeking an abortion in Texas.

WaPo: New Texas voting bill deepens growing disparities in how Americans can cast their ballots.

NBC News: Women join protests on Kabul streets in defiance of Taliban rule.

AP: The Latest: Taliban disperse Kabul rally, arrest journalists.

Have a nice day everyone!

14 Comments on “Tuesday Open Thread”

  1. quixote says:

    Thanks, bb, for the post! A week without power in New Orleans in summer = Not Good. Psychically pulling for Dak!

    Somebody explain why it’s useful that the Justice Dept says it will protect women trying to get abortions in TX. That’s very nice, but it’s still an idiotic six week limit, the doctors and nurses and everybody else can still be harassed to the max extent of the law, and the clinics are still closed.

    What’s the point? I must be missing something. To me it sounds like “yes, your house burned down, but I’ll make sure you’re safe when you’re in it.” ?? I don’t get it.

    • bostonboomer says:

      They are supposedly going to challenge the law.

    • dakinikat says:

      So we’re being promised we’ll get power tomorrow. They’re werecall kinds of bucket trucks hooking up wires in to our area when it started raining. They were still there after the rain so hopefully they can finish up.
      This is getting quite old.i am getting outings to my local Rec Center where I can charge gadgets, eat, and get supplies. I got a package of clean washcloths and was excited as a kid at her birthday party! Hard to get news. Hopefully, I’ll do Thursday!

      Take care! Miss y’all and thanks again to BB for all her hard work!!!

  2. MsMass says:

    From the wapo link-
    “We will not tolerate violence against those seeking to obtain or provide reproductive health services, physical obstruction or property damage in violation of the Face Act,” said Garland, referring to the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, a 1994 law that prohibits threats to and obstruction of a person seeking reproductive health services or of providers.

    Don’t you have to have some case to take to the Supreme Court? I’m thinking it will relate to something mentioned above.

    Good luck, DK. You can come camp in my backyard in western mass if you have wheels.
    After looking at grand isle, I don’t think the state should allow any rebuilding there. Wouldn’t a barrier island be better uninhabited?

    • quixote says:

      Yeah. I’ve seen that quote too. And all I can think is, “So? It’s illegal to harass me on my way to a nonexistent abortion clinic?” I still don’t get how this helps make abortion available to TX women?

      • bostonboomer says:

        That’s true. All of the clinics in TX are closed anyway. Garland is a huge disappointment so far.

        • quixote says:

          Hmm. So the bad news is I haven’t missed something 😦 .

          Re Garland, I don’t know what to think. I hear lawyerly types saying it’s all happening in the background. If so, good. But meanwhile all kinds of yahoos are running crazy because it sure looks like you can get away with anything.

          Plus, if all this backgrounding lasts another oodle of years and meanwhile the Dump or a clone takes over in 2024 (and the House and/or Senate in 2022), it’s not going to matter how the investigations go. I need them (JD) to explain why that’s not a concern to mitigate my anxiety attacks!

          • NW Luna says:

            Good that something’s in the works, but yes, it won’t help the woman with a long and often irregular cycle who finds out that she’s pregnant and has about 2 days left, even if a clinic was open.

        • Minkoff Minx says:

          Yes…Fuck Garland.

  3. NW Luna says:

    Mexico decriminalizes abortion, a dramatic step in world’s second-biggest Catholic country

    Ten supreme court judges ruled unconstitutional a law in northern Coahuila state that imposed up to three years of prison for women who underwent illegal abortions, or people who aided them. The eleventh judge was absent during the vote. The ruling is binding on other states.

    “Today is a watershed in the history of the rights of women and pregnant people [sic], above all the most vulnerable,” Chief Justice Arturo Zaldívar said.

    “This will not only have an impact in Mexico; it will set the agenda for the entire Latin American region,” said Melissa Ayala, coordinator of litigation for the Mexican feminist organization GIRE. Abortion won’t become widely available right away, but the ruling will “outline a route, a criteria” that states will use to change their laws, said Diego Valadés, a former supreme court judge.

    “Abortion has been effectively decriminalized in Mexico,” said Paula Avila-Guillen, executive director of the New York-based Women’s Equality Center. “And every woman currently imprisoned in the country for abortion can use this precedent to be freed.” It’s unclear how many Mexicans have been jailed on abortion charges. In a recent study, GIRE found at least 500 criminal trials were held between 2007 and 2016, but it acknowledged that it was unable to find data for many states.

  4. NW Luna says:

    BB, thanks for the post!

    Dak, hope you get power back soon. US infrastructure…

  5. NW Luna says:

    But — but — freedumb!
    Another red state has problems. Who’d a thunk it?

    Idaho moves to start rationing medical care amid surge in covid hospitalizations

    Officials activated Idaho’s “crisis standards of care” for at least 10 hospitals in two public health districts, saying in a statement that a “massive increase in patients with COVID-19 who require hospitalization” had led to a shortage of staff and beds. Idaho has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country, with less than 40 percent of the population fully vaccinated.

  6. Sorry to hear about Dakinikat! Hope they get power back soon.