By a 234-182 vote, the House of Representatives passed an amendment last Wednesday, sponsored by Virginia Foxx (R-NC) that would prohibit teaching hospitals from receiving federal funding if they teach doctors how to perform abortions.
Yes, you read that right. Residents would no longer learn how to "perform abortions," not if their facility wants to continue receiving federal funding for training physicians. The anti-women movement might be forced to concede exceptions for rape, incest, or danger to maternal health, but those can be safely ignored if no one knows how to perform those procedures. Read more about House bans funding of abortion training
So, as just about everyone within range of a media source knows, Chesapeake Energy had a blowout at one of its natural gas drilling sites here in Bradford County, PA. Read more about Life in the Gas Lane: Blowout! Edition
A national teach-in on "Austerity, Debt, Corporate Greed, (and what YOU can do about it)."
Back in September, I wrote a post about the surveillance of anti-drilling groups and others in Pennsylvania by a private contractor, the Institute of Terrorism Research and Response (ITRR), hired by the state Office of Homeland Security. Among the groups being spied on were supporters of Governor Rendell's education program and those who attended rallies for state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler (listed as a "moderate threat"). Read more about Life in the Gas Lane: Activists = Al-Qaeda
What do PTA moms and dads, artists, farmers, teachers, hunters, blue-collar and white-collar workers, landowners, students, and retirees around Pennsylvania have in common? If they're members of an anti-drilling group or attended an anti-drilling meeting, their activities were being "monitored."
It's been a rather hectic week here, and yet in the middle of it, I was reminded once again of why I do what I do. I was also reminded that, sometimes, what I do will not be enough for those who are supposed to be allies, but that we cannot -- or at least, I cannot -- live exclusively in outraged mode. Read more about Taking Time
This, right here, is why I will vote third-party in November:
From my mom, this morning:
"This is nuts. Our health insurance will cover the cost of "treatment for cancer." However, it will not cover the cost of incision and biopsy to determine if an apparent tumor is cancerous. We have been going round and round for over a month, and have one more appeal, but this is where we stand. Ridiculous. Why are we going thru this hell?"
My step-dad will be 55 in September. He has a past history of lung and colon cancer and now tumor has been found in his upper jaw. There is a good chance the tumor is benign, but we can't know that without a biopsy. Read more about Why, thank you, Democrats
Sorry about the long delay in posting this. Recently, things have not been going well, and I wasn't able to focus on writing. Remind me to thank Congress for not extending unemployment benefits. My 23-year-old son really appreciates that, as do I, since it was about one-half our household income. Read more about Life in the Gas Lane: Living with Drilling, Part IV
Sorry for the delay in posting. This should have appeared on Tuesday, but I've been a little busy with a research paper due next week.
Due to sheer, ridiculous length, I've broken the environmental effects into smaller sections. This one deals with traffic and the resultant problems. As I said before, although I'm covering them separately, these impacts are not segregated, but ripple into and magnify others.
(This is an expansion of my overly-long comment on gob's post, so I'm going to split it into sections in order to add a bit more detail and make it a little easier to absorb.) Read more about Life in the Gas Lane: Living with Drilling, Part I