Mississippi’s last abortion clinic fights to stay open – and out of SCOTUS – ““Mississippi physicians who provide similar or less safe surgical procedures in their offices, such as colonoscopy, hernia repair, hemorrhoidectomy, and dilation and curettage, do not need admitting privileges,” according to Jackson Women’s Health Organization’s brief to the court. “Mississippi physicians can even provide surgery with general anesthesia in their offices without having admitting privileges.” “
King County Rural Roads: How They Got So Bad – Everyone wants infrastructure, but no one wants to pay higher taxes to build/maintain it. I feel like this is a symptom of our culture of refusing to shoulder externalized costs – power companies post record profits because they don’t have to pay for their pollution. (Some) food is cheap because government subsidies distort farming markets. (I saw a commercial this week arguing that argued a gasoline tax would raise farming costs, and we couldn’t do that because paying the real cost for food would be unthinkable). We’re all in this together, and so are the future generations who can’t do anything yet… if we want there to be much of a future for them we’re going to have to start paying for it now.
Toxic Wine! A Case of Arsenic – Turns out the levels of arsenic in certain cheap wines are not as bad as originally reported. I’ll admit to buying into the initial panic (at least partly because my favorite wine was one of those named), so this bit of context/clarification is a relief.
Conservative Christians Pass the Plate for Anti-Gay Indiana Pizza Parlor, Raise $800,000 in Two Days – Maybe we’d be more likely to believe evangelicals claiming their favorite laws “aren’t about discrimination”/”won’t allow discrimination” if they weren’t so quick to do things like this. I’m all in favor of voting with your dollar (which in this case, fans of LGBT rights actually did first in response to comments by the owner), but this seems to be a case of money speaking louder than hollow rhetoric.