Sunday Reads: Railway’s Opinion

Good morning, this is a railway car here in Cornelia…with graffiti that says, “Fuck Trump” …and I fully agree with it!

Important dates:

To explain some of the political cartoon below:

Cartoons via Cagle:

If you missed this:

Ugh…these assholes.

In Hollywood news:

I vividly remember being a kid and watching her win that Oscar…and signing to her parents.

That was from July…

Speaking of storms:

Ian 5 day forecast…5am advisory

This is an open thread…be careful today.


Sunday Reads: Maybe we should call it, Embryonic Cardiac Activity?

Hello…and good morning.

Quoted below:

…as I’ve watched media coverage of abortion rights in America after the demise of Roe v. Wade, and as I’ve watched conservative politicians and interest groups pen anti-abortion legislation, it’s became clear that the American anti-abortion movement has been at the forefront of redefining reality — and that they’ve succeeded in radically reshaping our understanding of human life, pregnancy, and parenthood to be far outside of the bounds of scientific consensus, of common sense, and of anything human beings have believed for most of human history.

Read the rest of the thread at the link above…but here’s some more thoughts on the “heartbeat” laws. Here in Georgia, many Abortion Activists are referring to these draconian laws as “Fetal Cardiac Activity” Laws, but I think even that is a bit too friendly. It should be called out for what they are…Embryonic Cardiac Activity Laws! because embryos don’t have hearts.

Quoted below:

…obstetricians say the term “fetal heartbeat” is misleading, and that this scientific misunderstanding, among countless others, may contribute to negative public opinion toward abortion.

To wit: though pulsing cells can be detected in embryos as early as six weeks, this rhythm — detected by a doctor, via ultrasound — cannot be called a “heartbeat,” because embryos don’t have hearts. What is detectable at or around six weeks can more accurately be called “cardiac activity,” says Robyn Schickler, OB/GYN and fellow with Physicians for Reproductive Health. The difference between “cardiac activity” and “heartbeat” may seem linguistically minimal, but Schickler and others argue otherwise. At this stage, she says, what doctors can detect is essentially communication between a group of what will eventually become cardiac cells.

“From very early on, different cells are programmed to do different things for what is eventually a fully functioning human body,” says Jennifer Kerns, an OB/GYN and professor at the University of California in San Francisco. “These are cells that are programmed with electrical activity, which will eventually control the heart rate — they send a signal telling the heart to contract, once there is a heart.” It is this early activity which ultrasounds detect — not a heartbeat.

Quoted below:

In fact, “fetus” isn’t technically accurate at six weeks of gestation either, says Kerns, since “embryo” is the scientific term for that stage of development. Obstetricians don’t usually start using the term “fetus” until at least eight weeks into the pregnancy.

But “fetus” may have an appeal that the word “embryo” does not, Kern says: “The term ‘fetus’ certainly evokes images of a well-formed baby, so it’s advantageous to use that term instead of ’embryo’ — which may not be as easy for the public to feel strongly about, since embryos don’t look like a baby,” she explains. “So those terms are very purposefully used [in these laws] — and are also misleading.”

Quoted below:

“It is very common to use non-medical language to publicly talk about a medical procedure,” said David Cohen, professor of law at Drexel University’s Kline School of Law.“The law needs precision in order to know exactly what is being regulated,” Cohen said. “So in medicine it would be by using medical terminology.”

Cackovic, the fetal medicine specialist, said the current “heartbeat laws,” are based only on “our amazing technological advances” that allow detection of the earliest signs of embryonic cardiac activity, “and nothing else.”

On to the cartoons:

Yes, I know it is a bit heavy on Georgia stuff…

So this is the actual cover:

Oh boy….

One last link, and yes it’s a Georgia one:

That’s all for today, this is an open thread.


Wednesday Reads: 4/20 again?

Good morning!

What a fucking asshole. Anyway, another year, another meme:

Cartoons via Cagle website:

Grab her by the pussy:

And let’s end with this powerful speech:

This is an open thread.


Sunday Reads: History

History…will teach us nothing.- Sting

Something has been wrong with the WordPress editing app, so hopefully you can see the images from the Cagle website. This one above keeps on giving me problems as I try to embed the image..I don’t know why?

Now for some tweets and stuff:

Remember I mentioned the song Russians by Sting?

On Republicans:

Also this:

Meanwhile:

Here is another Sting song to close this thread:

If we seek solace in the prisons of the distant past 
Security in human systems we’re told will always always last 
Emotions are the sail and blind faith is the mast 
Without the breath of real freedom we’re getting nowhere fast 

If God is dead and an actor plays his part 
His words of fear will find a place in your heart 
Without the voice of reason every faith is its own curse 
Without freedom from the past things can only get worse 

Sooner or later just like the world first day 
Sooner or later we learn to throw the past away 
Sooner or later just like the world first day 
Sooner or later we learn to throw the past away 
Sooner or later we learn to throw the past away 

History will teach us nothing 
History will teach us nothing 

Our written history is a catalog of crime 
The sordid and the powerful, the architects of time 
The mother of invention, the oppression of the mild 
The constant fear of scarcity, aggression as its child 

Sooner or later 
Sooner or later 
Sooner or later 
Sooner or later 

Convince an enemy, convince him that he’s wrong 
Is to win a bloodless battle where victory is long 
A simple act of faith 
In reason over might 
To blow up his children will only prove him right 
History will teach us nothing 
Sooner or later just like the world first day 
Sooner or later we learn to throw the past away 
Sooner or later just like the world first day 
Sooner or later we learn to throw the past away 
Sooner or later we learn to throw the past away 

History will teach us nothing 
History will teach us nothing 

Know your human rights
Be what you come here for
Know your human rights
Be what you come here for
Know your human rights
Be what you come here for
Know your human rights
Be what you come here for

This is an open thread.


Wednesday Reads: Mr. Sandman

Happy St. Patrick’s Day…

Last night:

I believe they have since released the information that it is 6 Asian women, 1 white woman and 1 man.

In other news…

Some updates:

You may remember I posted a link to part one of these series…

Here are a few more for you to catch up with…

Make two more points…

And,

Here’s to better times….

Take it easy today.