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    George Osborne changes his mind on fuel duty, Paxman unleashes the Sark-O-Tron on one of his minions:
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeJun 27th 2012 edited
    Kansas Doctor May Lose License For Refusing To Force 10 Year-Old To Give Birth

    The Kansas State Board of Healing Arts, the governing body that regulates the practice of medicine in the state, stripped the medical license of a woman who refused to force a mentally-ill 10 year old to give birth.

    As Robin Marty reports, Dr. Ann Neuhaus became the target of domestic terror group Operation Rescue after her colleague, Dr. George Tiller, was murdered. Neuhaus assisted Tiller by providing second opinions for mental health exceptions for late-term abortions.

    Operation Rescue filed a negligence complaint against Neuhaus alleging that her exams were not thorough enough to support her medical conclusions and her follow-up care was inadequate because she did not recommend counseling or hospitalization after each procedure.

    Neuhaus offered a rebuttal of her own. “To even claim that isn’t medically necessary qualifies as gross incompetence,” said Neuhaus. “Someone’s 10 years old, and they were raped by their uncle and they understand that they’ve got a baby growing in their stomach and they don’t want that. You’re going to send this girl for a brain scan and some blood work and put her in a hospital?”

    Like other states Kansas has made recent attempts to stack their medical review board with anti-choice advocates like former Operation Rescue attorney Richard Macias. When hearing the case against Dr. Neuhaus, the board offered up their own expert to determine if any breach of the standard of care occurred. Not surprisingly, the witnessed insisted that in no cases is abortion a treatment that could be seen as beneficial to a patient’s mental health, further clouding the waters as to the kind of care girls and women can expect in the state of Kansas.

    Nuehaus will appeal the ruling. If she loses she will have her license permanently revoked.
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeJun 27th 2012
    /\ That. Is. Fucked. Up.....
    • CommentTimeJun 27th 2012
    @ Wood

    I'm with Bob. When I first saw the headline, I read it as "Doctor May Lose License for Forcing 10 Year Old to Give Birth." Because, yes, that is absolutely what should happen in a sane world. Except there really shouldn't be a "may" about it. Except that no, no, the madness and horror goes so much deeper than that. Kansas is basically an anti-abortion China.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJun 27th 2012 edited
    This just in:

    The sequel to What's the Matter with Kansas? will be titled No, Really, What the Fuck IS it With Those Bible-Thumping Patriarchal Morons in Kansas?

    ADDENDUM: I'm sure there are plenty of intelligent, level-headed, fair-minded people in Kansas, and to them I extend my apologies and an offer to loan them bus fare so they can get out while they can.
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    @StephanJ - "I'm sure there are plenty of intelligent, level-headed, fair-minded people in Kansas, and to them I extend my apologies..."

    ...And if I still lived in Kansas, where I lived for 4 years just west of the Missouri state line, not only would your apology would be accepted, but you'd still find me in agreement with the consensus that Kansas is fucked up. In a number of ways, at that. I know a number of "intelligent, level-headed, fair-minded people" who live in KS, most of which seem to be in the areas surrounding Kansas City, or in the Topeka area. That's not to say that they don't exist elsewhere, but outside of those areas they're much harder to find.

    Fun fact: Once upon a time, if you go back a number of years, Kansas actually use to be... (wait for it)... somewhat progressive.

    P.S. - No offense was taken on my part by your statement. :)
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    "Lab tests detected only marijuana in the system of a Florida man shot while chewing another man's face, the medical examiner has revealed, ruling out other street drugs including the components typically found in the stimulants known as bath salts."

    Great. Stand by for reefer madness hysteria from the conservatives.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJun 27th 2012
    (But seriously: I visited rural Kansas for a model rocket launch in '92, and everyone was very friendly and helpful. I was a bit wierded out by the anti-abortion billboards and the airplane trailing an anti-abortion banner, but the actual people were nice folks. I figure the ideologues and mediocretins have come to power by the fact of never giving up, and counting on the reasonable people to get sick of it all and giving up.)
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    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeJun 28th 2012
    The Affordable Care Act's mandate provisions have been deemed constitutional by the US Supreme court.

    Now if you'll excuse me I need to go lurk on some wingnut forums and just wallow in schadenfreufe.
    • CommentTimeJun 28th 2012 edited
    @Kosmopolit: Enjoy!

    Apparently CNN called it wrongly, too. (ETA: found a screencap)

    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeJun 28th 2012
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeJun 28th 2012
    I might be the only one, but I think that kind of shit is awesome :

    Ancient text gives clue to mysterious radiation spike

    An eerie "red crucifix" seen in Britain's evening sky in ad 774 may be a previously unrecognized supernova explosion — and could explain a mysterious spike in carbon-14 levels in that year's growth rings in Japanese cedar trees. The link is suggested today in a Nature Correspondence by a US undergraduate student with a broad interdisciplinary background and a curious mind
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    Trust me, you are not. :)
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeJun 28th 2012
    US Army scientists are developing a weapon which can fire a laser-guided lightning bolt at a target.

    The Laser-Induced Plasma Channel (LIPC) is designed to hit targets that conduct electricity better than the air or ground that surrounds them.

    The weapon went through extensive testing in January.

    "Laser-Induced Plasma Channel", really? What's wrong with just "death ray"? Jesus Christ, army scientists, do we have to teach you everything?
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJun 28th 2012
    @Wood: According to the D&D rulebook, Death Rays and Lighting Bolts have a different saving throw, so there is a difference.

    Hmmm. So if you wear cork armor, you'll be OK?
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    It’s a developers’ nightmare word: vaporware – a term for hyped new software that’s never delivered. FreedomBox, an ambitious free-software project designed to embed privacy and security into netizens’ routers, seems on the verge of earning that label, risking becoming the Duke Nukem Forever of privacy-enhancing software.

    Which would be a sad fate for a project that aimed at freeing the world from the shackles of centralized communication services like Facebook, Gmail and AIM.

    Good News For Spies and Dictators: ‘FreedomBox’ Is in Danger of an Early Death