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West Nile is a “Self Interest” Plague

West Nile is a “Self Interest” Plague | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

A perfect storm: the introduction of a new microbial bad actor; no tax money for county services like vector control; and too many foreclosures on homes with swimming pools or property with too many places for water to collect.


It was just a matter of time before the West Nile Virus made the logarithmic shift toward deadly. For every life lost there are many cases of life long disability. For every reported case there are many unreported cases. The numbers of interest are only just beginning.


The joke here is that public health is about the public. We learned long ago that we can prevent plagues if we pool our resources and apply good science and common sense in preventive ways.


Tax hating, self centered, Ayn Rand wannabes think pooling resources for the public good is not in their self interest. That making the banks that cast people from their homes responsible for the mosquito breeding grounds that they now own is excessive. Some even question science.


But, just like the plantation owners who would leave the south during malaria season every summer, some will have the means to protect themselves from the consequences of their own acts of self interest. The rest of us will be acceptable collateral damage in the war on taxes: the war on the public will and ability to pool resources to solve problems equally for us all.


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State Abortion Clinic Closes

State Abortion Clinic Closes | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- A new Tennessee law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at local hospitals is being blamed for the closure of a longtime Tennessee abortion provider. The clinic had been operating for 38 years.
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2012 State Ratings Map | Polaris Project | Combating Human Trafficking and Modern-day Slavery

2012 State Ratings Map | Polaris Project | Combating Human Trafficking and Modern-day Slavery | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Polaris Project has rated all 50 states and the District of Columbia based on 10 categories of laws that are critical to a basic legal framework that combats human trafficking, punishes traffickers and supports survivors.

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British Catholic Leaders Support Marriage Equality Legislation

British Catholic Leaders Support Marriage Equality Legislation | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

"The Times of London, England, has published a letter to the editor today from 27 prominent British Catholics expressing support for the United Kingdom’s proposed legislation to legalize same-gender marriage.  (It is not possible to link to the text on the Times’website because a subscription is required to access letters to the editor.)


"The 27 signatories include James Alison (theologian & priest), Tina Beattie (theologian), Mary Grey (theologian), Bernard Lynch (priest), Martin Pendergast (Chair, Centre for the Study of Christianity & Sexuality)."

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Ryan Pick Solidifies Competing Visions in Federal Budget Debate

Ryan Pick Solidifies Competing Visions in Federal Budget Debate | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

National Priorities Project, Budget Matters Blog


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Former Cosmopolitan editor and author Helen Gurley Brown dies

Former Cosmopolitan editor and author Helen Gurley Brown dies | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

By Courtney Hazlett, TODAY


Helen Gurley Brown, one of the world's most influential magazine editors, died Monday morning at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia, The Hearst Corporation confirmed.


Gurley Brown wrote the 1962 bestseller, "Sex and the Single Girl," and then went on to edit Cosmopolitan magazine for more than three decades.


"Helen Gurley Brown was an icon. Her formula for honest and straightforward advice about relationships, career and beauty revolutionized the magazine industry," said Frank A. Bennack, Jr., CEO of Hearst Corporation, in a statement Monday afternoon. "She lived every day of her life to the fullest and will always be remembered as the quintessential 'Cosmo girl.' She will be greatly missed."


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What the...?

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[Why the denigration? Enough is enough is enough. -jkl]

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Coffee Party Nation | A Healthy a Lunch With Louden! TODAY at 12 pm PT (3 pm ET) The Politics and Practice of Food Safety

Coffee Party Nation | A Healthy a Lunch With Louden! TODAY at 12 pm PT (3 pm ET) The Politics and Practice of Food Safety | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Coffee Party USA


Food Safety at the Local Level


Today on Lunch with Louden, Debilyn Molineaux interviews Chris Hardy of Village Farm who is concerned about the impact of Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) seed farms located nearby. We’ll explore the question of why Chris’ efforts to protect Jackson County, OR from the impacts of GMOs have met with resistance from local elected officials, andwe’ll find out what he’s doing about it.


It's a Healthy LUNCH WITH LOUDEN
Thursday Aug. 9 at 12 noon PT (3 pm ET)
CLICK HERE or call 646-929-2495 to join the conversation


We'll also interview healthy food advocate Mary Closson, who created and promoted the “Down to Earth Sustainability Speaker Series” in Wilsonville, OR, about local and sustainable food. Mary will enlighten us about:


  • Local food processing
  • Farmer’s markets with vouchers for kids
  • Organic farming to supply local stores and restaurants


Mary’s program is a template that could be duplicated in your community, and in many others wishing to increase their use of locally grown, healthy foods.


Many Americans are choosing to eat more organic foods, and/or healthier foods rather than processed or fast food. But what happens when organic farms are contaminated by seeds that blow in from nearby GMO farms? Will our choices as consumers diminish or grow in coming years. And why are the elected officials, even at the local level, listening to Big Ag instead of We the People? On that one we already know the answer...


Join us for a healthy "Lunch with Louden" (Jeanene Louden is on vacation).


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Average Is Over, Part II

Average Is Over, Part II | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN, NY Times

“The entry ticket to the middle class today is a postsecondary education of some kind,” but too many kids are not coming out of K-12 prepared for that, and too many parents don’t get it, says Jon Schnur, the chairman of America Achieves, which is partnering with the O.E.C.D. on this project as part of an effort to help every American understand the connection between educational attainment at their school — for all age groups — and what will be required to perform the jobs of the future.

“Imagine, in a few years, you could sign onto a Web site and see this is how my school compares with a similar school anywhere in the world,” says Schleicher. “And then you take this information to your local superintendent and ask: ‘Why are we not doing as well as schools in China or Finland?’ ” [MORE]

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The Solution to Citizens United That No One Is Talking About

The Solution to Citizens United That No One Is Talking About | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by Frances Moore Lappe, Common Dreams


Could a narrow focus on Citizens United actually set back our drive for democracy?


That's been a real worry of mine, but my thinking has been fussy. So I was relieved to see Matt Bai, the New York Times Magazine's political correspondent, take on the challenge of deciphering what can and cannot be laid at the feet of this awful ruling.


In "How Did Political Money Get This Loud?" Bai suggests that Citizens United mainly "intensified" unintended consequences of earlier reforms. He argues that the burst of political spending in the last two years, while huge, is actually in line with the trajectory of growth in campaign spending since McCain-Feingold reforms in 2002.


He stresses that the biggest consequence of McCain-Feingold and Citizens United may not be the staggering scale of spending, but that "candidates don't really have control of their own campaigns anymore..." 


With the passage of McCain-Feingold, Bai explains, "parties could no longer tap an endless stream of soft money [unlimited contributions used in a range of party activities not directly asking for votes]." So they turned to another means: "independent groups with their own turnout and advertising campaigns limited in what they could say," emphasizes Bai, "but accountable to no candidate or party boss..."


Then, Citizens United and related Court decisions wiped out most remaining limits, so "[n]ow any outside group can use corporate money to make a direct case for who deserves your vote and why, and they can do so right up to Election Day." The big outside groups today are "social-welfare groups" (including, believe it or not, Koch brothers' Americans for Prosperity) and Super PACs, and the difference between them? Super PACs must disclose donors' identities, but social-welfare groups generally don't.


Many will likely debate Bai's analysis, but my concern is what it misses altogether:


"That there are solutions we can realize at least in part in the foreseeable future."


We can move democracy forward even before a new Supreme Court majority reversing Citizens United or victory in a long battle for a constitutional amendment.


Wonderfully, Americans are united across political divisions in our anger at big money's control of politics. Sixty-seven percent of us favor "voluntary public financing" of elections, already enabling regular citizens to run for the legislature in three states. And two-thirds of Americans also support disclosure of large contributors.


So let's get on with building a bipartisan uprising of voters with the guts to insist that candidates we support in November pledge to back DISCLOSE Act and Fair Elections legislation.... [MORE]


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Cybersecurity Bill Dies in Part Due to D.C. 20 Week Abortion Ban

Cybersecurity Bill Dies in Part Due to D.C. 20 Week Abortion Ban | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by ROBIN MARTY,  RH Reality Check


Another day, another attempt to pass an unconstitutional abortion ban. Senator Joe Lieberman's (I-CT) "cyber-security" bill failed to garner enough votes to overcome a filibuster. Initially a bipartisan effort, the bill died amidst partisan bickering, in part thanks to amendments suggested by the GOP, such as one repealing the Affordable Care Act and another by Utah Republican Mike Lee that would ban abortion in D.C. after 20 weeks.


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Ninth Circuit Comes Through for Arizona Women

Ninth Circuit Comes Through for Arizona Women | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

On August 1, 2012 the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a preliminary injunction, stopping the extreme pre-viability ban in Arizona from going into effect pending consideration of the case.

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We Are Woman: Rally Details, Specifics, and Guidelines

We Are Woman: Rally Details, Specifics, and Guidelines | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

We Are Woman is organizing a national rally for women’s rights which will take place on the West Front Lawn of the United States Capitol on Saturday, August 18th, 2012. The rally will be starting at 10:30 a.m. rather than 11:00 a.m. The change has been made in order to accommodate the tremendous number of speakers and entertainers who will be in attendance. We are expecting thousands of women, men, and children from across America to join us for inspiring speakers, musical performances, and entertainment as we tell our legislators: women are watching!


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We're Asking for Your Support....

We're Asking for Your Support.... | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it


Have you ever asked yourself this question?


If Rush Limbaugh really has his talent on loan from God,

then why the hell didn’t he ask for a bigger loan?


Well, now's your chance to find out, and support the Coffee Party at the same time.


Michael Charney, author and co-host of The Middle Ground, has agreed to DONATE 50% of all the profits from books sold between now and Labor Day to the Coffee Party in support of our ACTIVE CITIZEN efforts.

(Labor Day seems particularly appropriate for the 99%!)


Michael's book,


Chasing Glenn Beck: A Personal Experiment in Reclaiming our Hijacked Political Conversation


is a funny, touching and very personal account of what it takes to cut through the extremism and actually have a voice.

 

If you've ever wondered what it looks like inside the mind of a moderate Republican, now's your chance.  You'll laugh. You'll cry.  You'll be astonished!  (Okay, so you probably won't cry... We made that part up.)


And you'll be helping the Coffee Party!


 

The Coffee Party USA is dedicated to providing a political voice for YOU. Through our “Be The Media” program and our upcoming move into television, there is now an unprecedented opportunity for all of our voices to heard.

 

But we need your help. We are funded entirely by you, the ACTIVE CITIZEN. It is your commitment to our mission that keeps us going.


 

Thanks! We look forward to all of you becoming ACTIVE CITIZENS!


 

Buy Chasing Glenn Beck and support the Coffee Party USA today!


Available as a trade paperback, for the Kindle, and for the Nook.

(And don't forget, you can always contribute directly through our donation page.)

 

Donation contribution courtesy of Riddle Brook Publishing LLC.


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Attempts at Voter Suppression in Pennsylvania, Florida prove need for bipartisan voting reform

Attempts at Voter Suppression in Pennsylvania, Florida prove need for bipartisan voting reform | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

A Détente Before the Election


by RICHARD L. HASEN, NY Times | Opinion


Does voter fraud sometimes happen in the United States? You bet. But we are dealing with this relatively small problem in an irrational and partisan way.


In a 1996 primary in Dodge County, Ga., rival camps for county commissioner set up tables at opposite ends of the county courthouse and bid for voters’ absentee votes in what a county magistrate later called a “flea market” atmosphere.

 

Recently, officials in Cudahy, Calif., admitted intercepting absentee ballots and throwing out ballots not cast for incumbents. Every year we see convictions for absentee ballot fraud. Not a lot, but enough to know it’s a problem.

 

So you might think that Republicans, newly obsessed with voter fraud, would call for eliminating absentee ballots, or at least requiring that voters who use them show some need, like a medical condition. But Republicans don’t talk much about reining in absentee ballots. Eliminating them would inconvenience some voters and would likely cut back on voting by loyal Republican voters, especially elderly and military voters.

 

If only Republicans would apply that same logic to voter-identification laws. The only kind of fraud such ID laws prevent is impersonation: a person registered under a false name or claiming to be someone else on the voter rolls. [MORE]

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Presidential debate moderators announced: Crowley is first woman in 20 years

Presidential debate moderators announced: Crowley is first woman in 20 years | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by Aaron Blake, Washington Post


PBS’s Jim Lehrer, CBS’s Bob Schieffer and CNN’s Candy Crowley will moderate the three presidential debates... [MORE]

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Paul Ryan’s Extreme Abortion Views

Paul Ryan’s Extreme Abortion Views | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

By Michelle Goldberg, The Daily Beast


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Indeed, Ryan exemplifies a strange sort of ideological hybrid that now dominates the GOP. On economic issues, he’s a hardcore libertarian who once said, "[T]he reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker...it would be Ayn Rand. And the fight we are in here, make no mistake about it, is a fight of individualism versus collectivism." Yet when it comes to women’s control of their bodies, he quickly turns into a statist. "In the state of nature - the 'law of the jungle' - the determination of who 'qualifies' as a human being is left to private individuals or chosen groups," he wrote in a 2010 essay titled "The Cause of Life Can't Be Severed From the Cause of Freedom." "In a justly organized community, however, government exists to secure the right to life and the other human rights that follow from that primary right."


For anyone who wants to know how Ryan thinks, that essay is worth reading. It’s about 1,500 words long, but the word "woman" doesn’t appear in it once. Nor does the word "mother." To him, a woman's claim to bodily autonomy or self-determination doesn't merit even cursory consideration....


This disregard for the exigencies of women’s lives - the dismissal of their choices as amoral exercises of "arbitrary will" - was thrown into high relief during his 1998 run for congress against Democrat Lydia Spottswood. Both candidates backed a ban on so-called partial-birth abortion, but Spottswood believed there should be exceptions in cases where a woman's life or health is endangered."Ryan said he opposes abortion, period," reported the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "He said any exceptions to a 'partial-birth' abortion ban would make that ban meaningless."


During that campaign, Ryan also expressed his willingness to let states criminally prosecute women who have abortions. According to another Journal Sentinel article, he "would let states decide what criminal penalties would be attached to abortions. Ryan said he has never specifically advocated jailing women who have abortions or doctors who perform them, but added, 'If it's illegal, it's illegal.'"


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Obama issues exec order to protect women | UPI

Obama issues exec order to protect women | UPI | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama issued an executive order Friday on preventing violence against women and girls and promoting gender equality.


The order was made to "further enhance the administration's efforts to advance the rights and status of women and girls, to promote gender equality in U.S. foreign policy, and to bring about a world in which all individuals can pursue their aspirations without the threat of violence," the White House said in a release.


One in three women worldwide have been beaten, forced into sex or otherwise abused, the White House said, adding the scale of violence is "tremendous, the scope is vast, and the consequences for individuals, families, communities and countries are devastating."


The executive order directs U.S. departments and agencies to implement the Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-based Violence Globally by cracking down on human trafficking, sexual violence, early and forced marriage, female genital mutilation and so-called honor killings.


The order also mandates an interagency working group to update the strategy after three years.


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Party Recon's comment, August 15, 2012 12:01 PM
A nice gesture, but not enough! Years ago, my dojo partner and I came up with a concept. We called it operation Angel. The idea was centered around two initiatives. First, to get all owners of martial arts studios to offer free self defense classes for women of all ages. Second, was to get school boards to set aside two weeks per year where self defesnse was taught in Physical Education classes. If anyone is interested in revitalizing this idea, I would be happy to discuss it with them.
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Congress rejects bill in vote to protect food and food labeling

Congress rejects bill in vote to protect food and food labeling | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by KENNETH SCHORTGEN JR, Examiner


In a new bill in Congress that was brought to the Senate floor for a vote on June 21, lawmakers rejected a provision that would have allowed states to force producers to label food products appropriately in the cases of GMO, and other genetically engineered methods. Those in opposition to the provision killed the bill with a 73-26 marginal vote...


...The FDA regulates what can be used in food processing, and imposes an extensive list of what must be on product labels. However, in the cases of labeling GMO or genetically engineered products, their track record has been absent. Perhaps it is because a former Monsanto executive now runs the FDA for the Obama administration...[MORE]

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Americans for Prosperity Begins $25 Million Anti-Obama Ad Campaign

Americans for Prosperity Begins $25 Million Anti-Obama Ad Campaign | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JEREMY W. PETERS, New York Times


Americans for Prosperity, the Tea Party organization backed by the Koch brothers, is set to begin a $25 million advertising assault aimed at President Obama, its largest effort to date.


The ad is the clear evidence of how the financial muscle of a few wealthy donors is having a powerful impact on the airwaves in key swing states as they use “Super PACSs” and other groups not officially linked to the campaigns to make multimillion-dollar ad purchases as the general election campaign heats up. In addition to the Koch brothers, Mitt Romney’s presidential bid is also being helped by financial clout of the casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who has already given tens of millions of dollars to Super PACs supporting Republican candidates this election cycle...[MORE]

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In Missouri Senate Race, Ads Beset Incumbent Democrat

In Missouri Senate Race, Ads Beset Incumbent Democrat | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JONATHAN WEISMAN, New York Times


...The sustained campaign could become a textbook for future efforts in a new era of anything-goes campaign financing, both Ms. McCaskill and her opponents say.


Most of the spending is coming from tax-exempt 501(c)(4) organizations like Crossroads GPS, which may accept large corporate and individual donations without disclosing donors’ identities. And the outcome could show that third-party advertising from these organizations and from “super PACs” — like Now or Never, which works on behalf of Sarah Steelman, one of the Republican candidates — could tip the balance to a larger degree in a statewide or Congressional race than in the presidential contest...[MORE]

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More Olympic Joy

More Olympic Joy | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

U.S. rowers from the women's eight team kiss their gold medals after winning the women's rowing eight.

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Not A Feminist? Caitlin Moran Wants To Know Why Not : NPR

Not A Feminist? Caitlin Moran Wants To Know Why Not : NPR | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

excerpt Fresh Air from WHYY


LISTEN TO THE STORY


On becoming a woman


"The feminine role models I had were the cast of Dynasty and Dallas, and I just found that terrifying. I just remember sitting there sadly going, 'I'm just not gonna make it.' Literally, it was like being a woman was a boat that was leaving a dock and it was already too far away for me to jump. I mean how could I — this fat girl from Wolverhampton, you know, who had no clothes, I didn't have a coat, I was wearing a dressing gown for a coat, a tartan dressing gown — look like Alexis [Carrington Colby on Dynasty] or beautiful Cybill Shepherd in Moonlighting?


"I would cling to people like Doris in Fame and it was kind of like, 'But it's OK, her personality will get her through. I know what, I'll have a personality instead, that'll be useful.' ... I just wanted to be smooth and thin and have beautiful glossy hair and lovely clothes, and be able to walk in heels. And I thought once I did all that stuff that my life would begin."


On pop culture, clothing and women


"In the early '90s, it was grunge, everybody was fully clothed. Alanis Morissette was one of the biggest artists in the world, never wore makeup, wearing Doc Marten boots, and then the Spice Girls turn up, and suddenly it all looks a bit burlesque, suddenly they're the biggest band in the world. ... And as you go all the way through the '90s, the clothes just fall off the women until you get to the year 2000, and Britney Spears is just wearing a snake." [MORE]

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