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Friday, May 20, 2016


- The Count of American Zika Cases Just Got Bigger: The CDC is now reporting that nearly 300 women in the U.S. and its territories have the virus. ... Researchers have established a causal link between Zika and microcephaly, as well as a link with the autoimmune disorder Guillain-Barré; they know it can be transmitted sexually; and there have been reports of brain and spinal-cord infections related to Zika.

- (UPDATE: Oklahoma Governor Vetoes Bill That Would Charge Abortion Doctors) Oklahoma’s Bill to Make Abortion a Felony Is a Stupid Gambit the State Can’t Afford .... Republican Governor Mary Fallin hasn’t commented on whether she will sign S.B. 1552, under which any doctor caught performing an abortion would be stripped of his or her medical license, disqualified from applying for a new one in the state, and sentenced to up to three years in prison. The bill would only make exceptions when a pregnancy endangered a woman’s life; abortions in cases of rape and incest, or to protect a woman’s health in non-life-threatening situations, would all be illegal. Fallin also has a second abortion-related bill on her desk: H.B. 3128, which would ban women from seeking abortions for reasons of fetal anomaly.

- From The Boston Globe: Face it, Bernie. It’s over ... I’ve had it with Bernie Sanders. I’ve had with it his moral preening. I’ve had it with his simplistic, one-dimensional view of American politics. I’ve had it with his labeling anyone who supports his opponent as fundamentally corrupt and a handmaiden of the 1 percent. I’ve had it with his never-ending list of excuses for why he’s not doing better. I’ve had it with the exaggerations he tells his supporters about his chances of winning. I’ve had it with his refusal to demonstrate any leadership as these same supporters crudely attack Sanders’ political opponents.

- From The Week: Bernie Sanders' campaign isn't about ideas anymore. It's about him. ... Bernie Sanders made a huge mistake this week. It's one that, if not soon corrected, could squander the sizeable influence he has over his party's platform, and, more indelibly, create for the eventual Democratic nominee, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a schism in the party that she does not have the means to reconcile.

- Whew! I need to lighten the mood! Here's something for my fellow science fiction fans :) ...


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