i haven’t done a roundup in a while

Posted on May 9, 2011

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So first on my list is this story about a guy who got a face transplant. It’s a feel-good story and awe-inspiring.. the things they can do with technology and medicine is crazy.

Second, Microsoft is buying Skype.  This bummed me out.. I recently read that Microsoft was a huge donor to GOP campaigns in the last elections.  Lame.

here’s a quiz on water. i love NatGeo.

How are insurance company lobbyists affecting current policy? Check it:

But insurance company lobbyists know the media are not paying much attention. And so they are able to influence what the regulations actually look like–and how the law will be enforced–with little awareness, much less scrutiny….

It gives examples of how the Affordable Healthcare act was supposed to regulate practices/protect consumers (aka: the people):

…Well, surprise, insurers don’t like being told what to do by regulators. So they’re pushing back hard. Consumer advocates who have been in meetings at the White House in recent weeks say they believe the administration is bending over backward to accommodate the insurers.

and how the Family Research Council is total and utter (patriarchal) bullshit, via ethecofem:

5. Evidence suggests children raised by homosexuals are more likely to experience gender and sexual disorders.
Although the evidence on child outcomes is sketchy, it does suggest that children raised by lesbians or homosexual men are more likely to experience gender and sexual disorders. Judith Stacey– a sociologist and an advocate for same-sex civil marriage–reviewed the literature on child outcomes and found the following: “lesbian parenting may free daughters and sons from a broad but uneven range of traditional gender prescriptions.” Her conclusion here is based on studies that show that sons of lesbians are less masculine and that daughters of lesbians are more masculine. 
In my eyes, that’s a reason FOR queer couples raising kids, maybe then our dysfunctional society can learn how to talk across polarized genders and have real respect for each other, and then maybe women wouldn’t be at such a high risk for victimization.
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