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About that journalist Bro' thing...

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 10:54
The vile hypocrisy on Parliament Hill with regard to explicitly shielding some politicians from public opprobrium, is nauseating.

This happened:

Except for Frank Magazine, there was a reverent hush from all journalists assigned to the House of Commons and Canadian politics beat, though some bienséants guys muttered about Matt Millar's flouting the rules of an implicit gentlemen's agreement around protecting politicians' *personal* lives.

You may recall the histrionic, outraged shriEEEking tirades expressed by Moore when the Museum of Science and Technology hosted a sex-positive and informative exhibit?

PatRiotChick aka @PatOndabak created and promoted the #RideMeWilfred hashtag on Twitter. The cone of silence around James Moore's sexting, from established PPG reporters, just solidified.

The PPG Bros won't address the CPC unofficial "Do as we preach not as we do" modus operandi when Harper Cons' purported christian family values are transgressed by the ongoing sex libertarianism of Vic Toews, Peter MacKay, Bruce Carson, Patrick Brazeau, Pierre-Hughes Boisvenu, Don Meredith (and likely many others) until, in the latter's case, there's a witness/complainant courageous enough to denounce the predatory aspects of power.

Someone whined about violating the *privacy* of the government employee's BlackBerry that contained the self-incriminating sexting between VanGirl & Moore. 

My co-blogger asked:

My response:

Juxtapose how Harper Con MPs reacted when they learned Vikileaks tweets had been posted from a government IPS provider.

Yet not one peep from the CPC benches on this very *personal* exploitation of a taxpayer-funded BlackBerry for non-governmental use.

A journalist that I greatly admire for his rigorous writing disappointingly displayed his complicity with the Brotherhood, exhibiting deference for Moore's recent resignation to spend more time with his family.

Fortunately, Frank Magazine did not obey the Bro's code, and wrapped-up the whole typically disingenuous CPC act, thus.

Seems to me, in light of the commitment that's required to care for a child with special needs, Mrs Moore is the one who could have benefitted from an adventure on the side, to restore and sustain her energies.  But I suspect the Brotherhood would NOT have expressed the same depth of compassion for an outside-the-conjugal-bed idyll she might have pursued, as they overtly did for Mr Moore.

The Down Side: Prenatal Testing and Its Consequences

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 13:30
As a long-time observer of the totally insane USian anti-abortion scene, I really really thought there was nothing left they could do that would shock me.

Of course I was wrong.
A bill banning abortions in cases where a test or diagnosis indicates Down Syndrome has cleared an Ohio House panel.

The House Community and Family Advancement Committee passed the measure Tuesday. Its next stop would be the House floor.

It's part of Ohio Right to Life's legislative agenda this session, as the anti-abortion group tries to continue a streak of legislative successes in Ohio's Republican-led Legislature.

The bill prohibits a person from performing, inducing or attempting an abortion on a pregnant woman because Down Syndrome is indicated.Let that sink in a minute.

Caught your breath?

The state would force a woman to carry a defective pregnancy to term.

I took crap on Twitter the other day for calling Down Syndrome a defect, admonished rather to use the term "different."

Well, let's have a look at some facts.
Down syndrome (DS or DNS) or Down's syndrome, also known as trisomy 21, is a genetic disorder caused by the presence of all or part of a third copy of chromosome 21. It is typically associated with physical growth delays, characteristic facial features, and mild to moderate intellectual disability. The average IQ of a young adult with Down syndrome is 50, equivalent to the mental age of an 8- or 9-year-old child, but this varies widely.Go to the link for a long list of what else Down Syndrome entails: heart, hearing, vision, and thyroid problems, just to hit the highlights.

Of course I understand that all pregnancies pose various risks -- to the parent's health and life, ditto on the fetus.

And the Big Question: What sort of child will this pregnancy produce?

But pregnancy and child-rearing also represent huge investments.

Human beings are wired to try to minimize risk. So, of course there are all kinds of prenatal tests for things parents would like NOT to pass on to offspring.

Down Syndrome, being genetic, has had a lot of attention from scientists* trying to devise good tests. And they've been pretty successful.

Cell-free fetal DNA is non-invasive, can be done quite early, and has few false positives.

From Wiki: "Guidelines recommend screening for Down syndrome to be offered to all pregnant women, regardless of age."

So what happens when women get bad news?

They opt for termination.
About 92% of pregnancies in Europe with a diagnosis of Down syndrome are terminated. In the United States, termination rates are around 67%, but this varies significantly depending upon the population evaluated. When nonpregnant people are asked if they would have a termination if their fetus tested positive, 23–33% said yes, when high-risk pregnant women were asked, 46–86% said yes, and when women who screened positive are asked, 89–97% say yes.Those numbers are pretty clear evidence that most people faced with this diagnosis say: No fucking way am I going through with this.

Here's a recent story from Britain:
More women than ever are choosing to abort babies with genetic abnormalities after the introduction of new blood tests that allow the conditions to be more easily detected during pregnancy.

An investigation into figures published by the Department of Health reveals the number of abortions carried out because babies were found to have Down’s syndrome or other serious disabilities has increased by 34 per cent in just three years since 2011.This, of course, is what is prompting the SHRIEEEKING and the proposed law in Ohio.

Creepy Dominionist Mike Schouten goes Godwin at LieSite.

And here's a recent piece from the Washington Post, by Renate Lindeman, a "spokesperson for Dutch parent group Downpride."

She claims that Down Syndrome screening is about "eliminating a group of people."

No, it's not. It's individual parents and families, offered tests, given results, thinking it over, and making individual decisions based on their own desires and capacities.

In other words, people taking advantage of technological ingenuity to get information in order to make their own choices about their own families.

It doesn't get more human than this.

It's not evil, it's not genocide, and it certainly is not Nazi.

And the state has no fucking business in it. At. All.

Note to commenters: Yes. I know Down Syndrome people can be lovely, joyful people. And to people who choose to birth and bring up these children, good on you. But your saintliness gives you no right to shit on people who choose not to.

*When I was looking into prenatal testing for Down Syndrome, I found an interesting side story. Dr Jérôme Lejeune, the "discoverer" of the chromosomal anomaly, is considered by fetus freaks to be a hero. There's an institute named after him. Pope John Paul II wanted to make him president of the Pontifical Academy for Life. But sadly, Dr. Lejeune died before that could happen.

Well, funny story. Dr Lejeune actually stole the work of another researcher, a woman named Marthe Gautier.

At the time, the laboratories at the Armand-Trousseau hospital did not have a microscope capable of capturing images of the slides. Gautier entrusted her slides to Jérôme Lejeune, an intern at CNRS, who offered to take pictures in another laboratory better equipped for this task. In August 1958 the photographs identified the supernumerary chromosome in Down syndrome patients. However Lejeune did not return the slides, but instead reported the discovery as his own.
Ah, well, ç'est la vie, eh?

Small Mercies: Fetus Freaks NOT Running in 2015

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 11:07
Boo-hoo-hoo. Today, on what is the last sitting day of the 42nd Canadian Parliament, about 50 MPs who have declared they are not running in the next election are making farewell speeches.

Some, no doubt, are good people who represented their constituents honourably and responsibly. Maybe even stuck up for Canadian values and fought, however vainly, against the wholesale havoc Herr Harper has been wreaking nationally and internationally.

About 30 -- and counting -- of them are, however, Conservatives.

The list from Wiki (at the moment):
Diane Ablonczy, Calgary—Nose Hill, Alberta
Mike Allen, Tobique—Mactaquac, New Brunswick
Rob Anders, Calgary West, Alberta
Leon Benoit, Vegreville—Wainwright, Alberta
Ray Boughen, Palliser, Saskatchewan
Garry Breitkreuz, Yorkton—Melville, Saskatchewan
Rod Bruinooge, Winnipeg South, Manitoba
Patricia Davidson, Sarnia—Lambton, Ontario
Barry Devolin, Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock, Ontario
Shelly Glover, Saint Boniface, Manitoba
Peter Goldring, Edmonton East, Alberta
Dick Harris, Cariboo—Prince George, British Columbia
Laurie Hawn, Edmonton Centre, Alberta
Russ Hiebert, South Surrey—White Rock—Cloverdale, British Columbia
Randy Kamp, Pitt Meadows—Maple Ridge—Mission, British Columbia
Gerald Keddy, South Shore—St. Margaret's, Nova Scotia
Greg Kerr, West Nova, Nova Scotia
Ed Komarnicki, Souris—Moose Mountain, Saskatchewan
Peter MacKay, Central Nova, Nova Scotia
Colin Mayes, Okanagan—Shuswap, British Columbia
Rick Norlock, Northumberland—Quinte West, Ontario
Gordon O'Connor, Carleton—Mississippi Mills, Ontario
Christian Paradis, Mégantic—L'Érable, Quebec
LaVar Payne, Medicine Hat, Alberta
Joe Preston, Elgin—Middlesex—London, Ontario
James Rajotte, Edmonton—Leduc, Alberta
Gary Schellenberger, Perth—Wellington, Ontario
Joy Smith, Kildonan—St. Paul, Manitoba
Brian Storseth, Westlock—St. Paul, Alberta
Maurice Vellacott, Saskatoon—Wanuskewin, SaskatchewanI note that this list does not include fraudster and notorious weeper, Dean Del Mastro, already resigned in disgrace. Also missing is Patrick Brown, now leader of the permanently doomed Ontario Conservative Party.

Not one of them will be missed and the absence of all will be celebrated for various reasons.

Not least because just about every last one of them is at least a fellow-traveller fetus fetishist, if not a full-blown abortion- and woman-hating promoter of 1950s values.

Compare that list to anti-choice MPs here.

A few, like Benoit and Vellacott, are particularly odious in their misogyny.

Regular readers will recall that DJ! named its prestigious anti-feminist award after Maurice Vellacott for his long-standing mission to denigrate and demean women.

While we have no doubt that there are legions more zygote zealots frothing in the wannabe CON wings, for now at least, we're taking solace in the departure of so many loathsome dinosaurs.

Ya take yer jollies where ya can find them in HarperLand.