“There’s only one published photo of the shop, which first appeared in Jazzways and was later reprinted in 78 Quarterly; it’s not even of the interior, but of the rickety wooden stairs leading to the door. The face of each step is painted with an incitement (records, hot jazz records, records 4 sale, step up save a buck, popular bands, hot jazz records), and I can only imagine the half-furious, half-wheezy sounds eager collectors made clomping up them, balls of cash wadded up in their pockets. Regardless of what the inside of the shop actually looked like—and chances are, it was fairly mundane—I like to imagine it crammed with weirdoes bickering in high-pitched voices, nostrils expanding, slowly swarming Bob and his suitcase. I like to imagine myself there, with a record or two tucked under my arm.”—From an excerpt of Amanda Petrusich’s Do Not Sell at Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78rpm Records
I’ve been called every name I can possibly think of: murderer, baby killer, “deathscort,” even a “stuck-up bitch.” I’ve been told I’m going to Hell, that I have a wicked heart, that I am an evil woman. I have even been sexually harassed by a male protester. But no matter what, I do not respond. None of us respond. We don’t even make eye contact with the protesters. We have learned to tune it out, more or less. But when these horrific insults are hurled at patients, I won’t lie: It sometimes becomes difficult to bear.
My latest at TruthOut is a firsthand depiction of what it’s like to be a clinic escort at an abortion clinic in New Jersey.
“Through its comprehensive survey of 340 trans and intersex nonprofits, charities, activist collectives, and community groups worldwide, the report makes a dramatic assertion of the limits of “inclusivity theater.” It suggests, in other words, that labeling yourself “LGBT-inclusive”—as a funder, a donor, or an organization—without meaningfully recognizing the T’s distinctions incurs hardships on the very community you have included in name only. “As we’re T-specific,” said another interviewee, “it is difficult to access LGBT funding.””—But Not a Drop to Drink: How Trans and Intersex Groups Struggle to Make Ends Meet
“I desperately have tried to find merit in these movements, and would love to invite well-reasoned arguments that support them. The fundamentals of open and cordial discussion and debate are essential.”—Wine “expert” Robert Parker's tirade on the “natural wine movement,” the “low alcohol wine movement,” and “obscure grape varieties,” among other things
An earlier CIR investigation, published in July, found that more than 100 tubal ligation surgeries took place without the required state approval from 2006 to 2010. At the time, prison documents indicated there were 148 of those surgeries. Analysis of subsequent data and documentation provided under the state Public Records Act shows there were 132 because some were double counted.
….Newly obtained state prison data indicate that more than half of those surgery referrals – 74 – were made at Valley State. More than two-thirds of those referrals came from Heinrich or a nurse on his staff, according to the prison’s medical service request records.
Heinrich previously told CIR that the money spent sterilizing inmates was minimal “compared to what you save in welfare paying for these unwanted children – as they procreated more.”
The fuller profile of Heinrich emerged from interviews and a review of hundreds of pages of court, medical and prison files and contracting and cost data.
In addition to tubal ligations, Heinrich arranged other types of sterilizations 378 times from 2006 to 2012. These included hysterectomies, removal of ovaries and a procedure called endometrial ablation, which destroys the uterus lining.
Dr. James Heinrich needs to go to prison, like now.
“This account led to me withdrawing my support and co-operation with the organisation, which had begun in 2009. I believe that V-Day has done some vital work and continues to make great progress in Congo. But there have been some very serious mistakes too, which have resulted in me and other women questioning future involvement with them.”—
Jude Wanga, who is a human rights campaigner, activist & freelance writer from Congo writes about Ensler’s account of examining the body of a Congolese woman who was undergoing a fistula operation. This is a must read piece. Also, follow Jude on Twitter. Her observations and analysis are always on point (if you cannot tell, I love Jude!).