Member of the Secretariat of the ACWF, Secretary General of the Chinese Women’s Research Society (CWRS) and President of the Women’s Studies Institute of China Tan Lin delivers a speech at the forum. [wsic.ac.cn]
The Anti-Domestic Violence against Women Forum, co-sponsored by the All-China Women’s Federation (ACWF) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), was held in Beijing on September 28, 2014.
The forum aimed to highlight the joint achievements made by the ACWF and the UNFPA in their efforts to end domestic violence against women in China, hold discussions with attendees about hot topics in connection with family violence against women, and provide the domestic legislative departments with theoretical and practical assistance in their efforts to draft legal terms on anti-domestic violence against women.
Member of the Secretariat of the ACWF, Secretary General of the Chinese Women’s Research Society (CWRS) and President of the Women’s Studies Institute of China Tan Lin delivered an address at the forum, in which she reviewed the achievements made by China in its efforts to fight against domestic violence against women over the past two decades.
Nearly two hours into the Friday morning speeches, Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) revved up the crowd with his call to ban abortion, using himself as a reason.
Stutzman told a story about a woman—pregnant, young, and alone—who once considered having an abortion. Finally resorting to tell her mother the situation, she was encouraged to continue the pregnancy. The big reveal, of course, is that the mother who dissuaded her daughter from having the abortion was Stutzman’s grandmother; he was almost aborted, he claims.
“Let this generation be the one to stop abortion in America!” Stutzman declared, leading to a standing ovation among attendants.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) continued the personal appeals to push for criminalizing abortion. Predicted to be a Republican presidential contender in 2016, Paul said he would continue to defend the “not yet born.”
When 25-year-old Kayla Jones first realized she was pregnant, the only facility in Buffalo, New York, where she could give birth was the local women and children’s hospital. So for the first five months of her pregnancy, Jones sought services there. However, she says, its practices and policies often confused her.
“I always felt awkward at the hospital,” Jones explained to RH Reality Check. “I saw a different nurse practitioner each time I went in and I never knew if I could bring my boyfriend into the exam room with me, or if he should stay in the waiting area. I also never knew in advance what was going to be done at an appointment or even why I was there on a particular day.”
But in the spring of 2014, Buffalo Womenservices, a 31-year-old reproductive health facility in the heart of the city, opened the nation’s first birth center to be located inside an abortion clinic. As a longtime Buffalo resident, Jones was familiar with Womenservices’ treatment; it also helped that the facility accepted her Medicaid insurance plan.
Our bet is that the rest of the world will very soon know the name of Republican NC Senate District 16 candidate Jason “Molotov” Mitchell.
From the fundraising email just now:
Take your turn firing the world famous AK-47, the AR-15, the super-cool KSG pump 12 gauge and other firearms! You can even try your hand at Molotov’s own customized, short-barrel AK-47, “The Liberator!” Fun fact: every one of the firearms listed are banned in at least one other state…but not in NC!
After the range goes cold, get to know Molotov over authentic American Bulleit Kentucky Bourbon.
Arkansas Republican Attorney General candidate, Leslie Rutledge, is removed from the voting rolls due to the fact that she registered in multiple states as well as sent in an absentee ballot for the 2008 election.
Hilariously, the Republican National Lawyers Association which has been in the forefront of the whole ‘voter ID to prevent fraud’ thing is furious that the law would have the temerity to apply to one of their own.
You can’t make shit like this up.
It’s interesting watching the conservatives and right wingers attacking Obama over his assurances that Ebola was unlikely to get into the US on flights.
Let’s unpack this shall we?
1) The person who has Ebola was asymptomatic on the flight. He wasn’t feverish, wasn’t vomiting, and wasn’t showing any symptoms. How do we know that he wasn’t symptomatic? That’s based on the timeline that health officials have established.
Do we keep that person off the flight to the US, which wasn’t even a direct flight from the region?
2) How many other diseases have symptoms that mimic those of Ebola. I’ll wait. You might have to go through a lot of diseases first - including common cold or the flu (both of which can be spread by the patient even before showing symptoms) , and even malaria and other tropical diseases.
3) A person is only capable of spreading Ebola when the person is symptomatic. That’s according to the CDC and WHO, both of which have been studying the disease since it was first identified in 1976 and the ongoing outbreak intensively. They have a list of what to look for, and how to stop the spread of the outbreak - contact tracing is integral to the strategy.
4) It appears that the hospital screwed up - they released him even though he apparently told the intake nurse he’d been in Liberia. That’s a huge problem. That failure allowed additional potential and actual exposures.
Those persons are now being monitored for symptoms. That includes family members, who would have been exposed in any event.
5) Shutting down airline travel to the region will have only minimal impacts in the US since there are few direct flights.
Stopping even indirect flights will actually have a net negative effect because vital personnel going in-out of the region, let alone food and supplies, to say nothing of Ebola-related containment equipment, testing gear, and samples for further examination would be delayed or detained indefinitely.
The best way to stop the spread of the disease by air means addressing this at the source. I’m spitballing here, but a quarantine period of 3 weeks before leaving the country might be a good idea - that’d give a chance for authorities to definitively clear someone for travel. The problem, as I’ve mentioned before is that there’s so few doctors in the region and the authorities are stretched so thin that it’s tough to get those rules in place.
There’s also a real concern about how waste from Ebola isolation treatment here in the US is being disposed of. The CDC and hospitals are working on setting up a protocol for sterilizing the medical wastes, some of which can contain highly infectious bodily fluids. That includes the use of autoclaves and incineration.
As for point (4) above, there’s a bit more to evaluate here.
The intake apparently included the patient divulging that he had been in West Africa, but that wasn’t passed along to the right people, and he was released without further examination.
“A travel history was taken, but it wasn’t communicated to the people who were making the decision. … It was a mistake. They dropped the ball,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
“You don’t want to pile on them, but hopefully this will never happen again. … The CDC has been vigorously emphasizing the need for a travel history,” Fauci told CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper.”
Hospital officials have acknowledged that the patient’s travel history wasn’t “fully communicated” to doctors, but also said in a statement Wednesday that based on his symptoms, there was no reason to admit him when he first came to the emergency room last Thursday night.
“At that time, the patient presented with low-grade fever and abdominal pain. His condition did not warrant admission. He also was not exhibiting symptoms specific to Ebola,” Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas said.
If it can be shown that the issue was insurance, then the hospital broke federal law - Emergency Medical and Treatment Labor Act (EMTLA). EMTLA, passed way back in 1986, prohibits the denial of care to indigent or uninsured patients based on a lack of ability to pay. Hospitals can’t use unnecessary transfers while care is administered, and prevents suspension of care once initiated.
If it can be shown that the hospital basically engaged in patient dumping, then they could be on the hook for some serious liability - civil and criminal.
Still, it is disturbing that the patient notified the nurse he’d been in West Africa, but that didn’t raise red flags to any of the doctors in the hospital that this was a potential case warranting further examination.
It also highlights the problems that medical experts across the world have to deal with since the initial symptoms of Ebola are so similar to those of common ailments and this is a disease few people in the world have had direct exposure to - there are more cases in the current outbreak than in all the other outbreaks in the world until this point. Doctors are trained to not look for zebras when identifying a particular ailment - they’re looking for the common first and by ruling those out, you are left with the proper diagnosis.
Here, that can have potentially disastrous results, which means proper intake by the doctors is critical and communication with other staff is essential. Persons who identify as having been in West Africa or have come into close contact with someone from West Africa may have to be triaged differently going forward when they come in with these kinds of symptoms.
It’s not like this was the first time someone came to a hospital and was identified as being a potential Ebola victim. Dozens of other cases have popped up during the past few months where people were screened for Ebola and kept in isolation until the results came back negative. The CDC has taken at least 90 calls about potential Ebola cases before the Texas case was confirmed as Ebola. That included a patient who was admitted to Mt. Sinai hospital in New York City. Isolation and safety protocols should have been the proper course of action in Texas, but that did not happen.
Everyone is on a very steep learning curve, but that doesn’t mean we should freak out - those cases that may still develop here are still going to be a whole lot better off than those in West Africa, where the situation is dire and where there are a handful of doctors for entire countries coping with the disease.
The best strategy for dealing with the outbreak is containing it to its sources in West Africa, and that means spending a lot more on getting those necessary resources to the region.
But as a backup, hospitals around the country have to prepare themselves for potential cases and know to ask the right questions. And then act responsibly and properly by isolating those individuals until they can rule out Ebola as the infection.
RedState gets in on the action:
Barack Obama Bans Flights to Israel, But Not Flights From Ebola Affected Countries: http://t.co/oMHT8rTGIn
And this is more from that feed - note the usual suspects from Erick Erickson to Jim Hoft to Twitchy are in on this too.
At what point does mistakenly misinforming the public about voting become malicious, how often does that pattern need to repeat?
We talked yesterday about AFP sending out incorrect voting materials to many North Carolina households, which is apparently serious enough to warrant an investigation from the state board of elections. Zack Roth also reported on a 2011 incident in which AFP “sent out absentee ballot applications for eight Wisconsin state Senate recall elections,” giving voters the wrong deadline information.
Reader C.G. emailed me overnight to remind me of yet another incident which I’d forgotten all about. The Charleston Gazette reported in April of this year:
Voters in at least eight West Virginia counties have been mailed “misleading and confusing” material that may make them incorrectly believe they aren’t eligible to vote in next month’s election, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant said Tuesday.
The leaflets - mailed by the Americans for Prosperity Foundation - warn voters that if they do not update their voter registration, they may lose their right to vote in the upcoming primary election on May 13…. Tuesday was the last day to register to vote for the May 13 primary, and a Tennant spokesman said the mailing could convince people whose voter registrations are perfectly valid that they aren’t allowed to vote.
Mary Burke, Walker’s opponent, is running as a McKinsey moderate, the anti-politician with business savvy who will jump-start the state’s economy and heal a divided Wisconsin. She believes her pro-business message can win over those key undecided voters. In a nonpresidential year when turnout could decide the election, Burke’s strategy is a gamble—and it just might work.
A fourth-generation Wisconsinite, Burke is a former executive at Trek Bicycles, the Waterloo-based company founded by her father that rose to the top of the business by selling made-in-America quality. After graduating from Georgetown and Harvard Business School, Burke ran Trek’s European division, got talked into serving under Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle as secretary of the Commerce Department (Walker would later scrap the agency), and later devoted her time to education and philanthropy, including launching a nonprofit that helps low-income students attend college.
Normally I don’t post new equipment PR, but this is significantly new due to the hybrid wireless network functionality.
Cisco is fortifying its ISR branch routers to give users more options when accessing cloud services and backing up primary links.
Cisco is expanding its ISR 4000 series devices with four more modular platforms that support hybrid WAN capabilities - the ability to turn up Internet and wireless 3G/4G links as backups or ancillary connections to primary MPLS circuits. The company is working with Vodafone to enable that European carrier to offer a 4G plus wired managed service bundle based on the ISR 4000s, Cisco officials said at the Interop New York exhibition here this week.
As companies move more of their IT operations to the cloud, the need for branch offices to backhaul traffic to the corporate data center is decreasing. Instead, direct Internet access to the cloud would be sufficient.
+MORE ON NETWORK WORLD: Cisco rolls out second generation ISRs+
And as more traffic is sent over diverse WAN links, it becomes imperative to establish policies for which links particular applications use, and at what rate and priority. So Cisco’s Application Policy Infrastructure Controller - Enterprise Module becomes key in this regard, Cisco officials say, as well as a new intelligent WAN application for automation that will be available in the first half of 2015.
At L.L. Hotchkiss Elementary School, parents rushed to pull their children out of school after they received calls a student who may have had contact with the patient diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus.
“I’m scared,” said Kia Collins, who has four children at the school ages 5-11. “I may keep them home all week.”
It was the latest development since a man identified by multiple media organizations as Thomas Eric Duncan, tested positive for Ebola.