More and more we are self-segregating as far as where and how we get information. It is very easy now for people to get the majority of the information they receive about the world around them from media and websites that reinforce pre-existing opinions and beliefs. This is true in particular of our friends on the Right, who recent studies show are more and more encased in a self-contained information universe that has its own internal consistency, but which often deviates wildly from the world at large. It does not help that the massive amount of money that is now flowing into our elections largely from anonymous conservative donors, is being used in part to hunt down and target these voters based on where they go on the internet. This article raises several troubling questions about privacy online and the echo chamber that is now in place for so many potential voters.
The Alliance for Progressive Values strongly objects to Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s refusal to certify the new health clinic regulations passed by the Virginia Board of Health in June.
The Board adopted an amendment to exempt existing clinics from the proposed, burdensome architectural requirements for hallways to be a specific width and ceilings to be a specific height. Renovations such as these in TRAP laws are only intended to deter health care professionals from being able to provide safe and legal abortion care for women in Virginia.
The Alliance for Progressive Values is troubled by Cuccinelli’s behavior, particularly the unprecedented and unethical ways he is going about promoting his personal and radical anti-choice agenda. His refusal to certify these new health clinic regulations despite the Virginia Board of Health’s recommendation is not only unusual for an Attorney General but also clear political pandering.
The Attorney General is not interested in helping Virginia women gain access to a safe and legal medical procedure simply for his own career gain. This latest move demonstrates Cuccinelli’s willingness to jeopardize the health and human rights of women throughout the Commonwealth to appease the radically anti-abortion minority groups he has affiliated himself with.
APV urges the Board of Health to stands its ground and reject the Attorney General’s attempts to meddle with the reasonable compromise regulations it passed in June.
Deputy Policy Director
Alliance for Progressive Values
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I think it’s terrible the way people don’t share things in this country. The least a government could do, it seems to me, is to divide things up fairly among the babies. There’s plenty for everybody in this country, if we’d only share more.
“And just what do you think that would do to incentive?”
You mean fright about not getting enough to eat, about not being able to pay the doctor, about not being able to give your family nice clothes, a safe, cheerful, comfortable place to live, a decent education, and a few good times? You mean shame about not knowing where the Money River is?
The Money River, where the wealth of the nation flows. We were born on the banks of it. We can slurp from that mighty river to our hearts’ content. And we even take slurping lessons, so we can slurp more efficiently.
From lawyers! From tax consultants! We’re born close enough to the river to drown ourselves and the next ten generations in wealth, simply using dippers and buckets. But we still hire the experts to teach us the use of aqueducts, dams, reservoirs, siphons, bucket brigades, and the Archimedes’ screw. And our teachers in turn become rich, and their children become buyers of lessons in slurping.
“It’s still possible for an American to make a fortune on his own.”
Sure—provided somebody tells him when he’s young enough that there is a Money River, that there’s nothing fair about it, that he had damn well better forget about hard work and the merit system and honesty and all that crap, and get to where the river is. ‘Go where the rich and powerful are,’ I’d tell him, ‘and learn their ways. They can be flattered and they can be scared. Please them enormously or scare them enormously, and one moonless night they will put their fingers to their lips, warning you not to make a sound. And they will lead you through the dark to the widest, deepest river of wealth ever known to man. You’ll be shown your place on the riverbank, and handed a bucket all your own. Slurp as much as you want, but try to keep the racket of your slurping down. A poor man might hear.’
(h/t) APV member Doug Dobey: “Vonnegut got it right, 47 years ago.”