Tuesday, October 21, 2014

If... Where the Economy Meets Health Care 01

Some people in Congress — you know who they are — have fallen strangely silent about the Affordable Care Act  (that's pronounced Obamacare by my sneering drunk unclebecause they misled us (even if they merely served the whims of others who manufactured the lies) about what a disaster the law would be for the U.S. economy.

If I'm glad -- and quite impressed given the obstacles -- that the Affordable Care Act has so far cost less than projected by its most fervent advocates, and saved more than the most optimistic pre-calculations, then why, why, why would I vote for someone whose party wants to repeal it, or at least gut it, for reasons that confound reason?

And why wouldn't I get out on November 4th to vote for a candidate whose party is determined to protect and extend affordable, quality, health care to all Americans? 

Monday, October 20, 2014

in the wind | tweets from the space ending 10.18.14



"yes means yes" | California's new targeted consent for sex law
 jimhancock.blogspot.com

If... Health Care 01 
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Intimate Partner Violence Starts Young... 
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If... The Economy 01 jimhancock.blogspot.com

who cares | apps + websites to help kids learn empathy 
http://bit.ly/1xzPIWL @commonsense

If... Health Care 02 jimhancock.blogspot.com

don't panic | vetted facts on how Ebola spreads jimhancock.blogspot.com 

If... Public Policy 01 jimhancock.blogspot.com


If... Health Care 03

I have several family members who suffer longterm, debilitating medical conditions.

If I'm glad  -- downright relieved, to tell the truth -- that they not only can't have health coverage denied or dropped because of those conditions AND that there's no longer a lifetime cap on covering treatment for those conditions, why in the name of all that's sane and sensible would I vote for someone who wants to undo that? 

In fact, why should I not be tempted to take that intention as a sign of ill will and insult to my taxpaying, law-abiding, patriotic, medically challenged family members?

And why in the name of sense and sensibility wouldn't I get out on November 4th and vote for a candidate whose party is determined to protect and extend affordable, quality, health care to all Americans?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

If... Governance 01

If I'm glad to live in a nation governed by constitutionally shaped laws and policies enacted in a balance of power among legislative, executive and judicial branches -- and if I'm committed to preserving and improving that governance -- why would I vote for someone whose party chose, and threatens to choose again, to shut down that government without regard to the cost to justice, public health and safety, national security, and the economy in general and working Americans in particular?

And why wouldn't I get out on November 4th to vote for a candidate whose party embraces the constitutional duty to govern for the common good?

Saturday, October 18, 2014

don't panic | vetted facts on how Ebola spreads




Ebola Deeply is a pop-up journalistic site—hopefully short-lived—that deals only in vetted Ebola news. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

If... Public Policy 01

If I want the women I respect, admire, and depend on to be paid a fair wage for the value they create in the workplace, why would I vote for someone who has filibustered and otherwise obstructed measures designed to ensure that women receive equal treatment under the law?

And why wouldn't I get out on November 4th to vote for a candidate whose party is determined to defend equal treatment under the law for every American?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

If... Health Care 02

If I'm glad  -- possibly grateful -- that my family members can no longer be denied health coverage because of pre-existing medical conditions, why would I vote for someone who wants to dismantle that?

And why wouldn't I get out on November 4th and vote for a candidate whose party is determined to protect and extend affordable, quality health care for Americans?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

If... The Economy 01

If I'm glad that banks and other lenders must now tell me exactly how much I will pay for the money I'm borrowing or the credit card I'm swiping, why would I vote for someone who is determined to undo that as soon as possible?

And why wouldn't I get out on November 4th and vote for a candidate whose party passed the law that requires that disclosure and is determined to protect and extend financial transparency and fair dealing for Americans?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

If... Health Care 01

If I'm glad  -- maybe even grateful -- that my health insurance covers my under-employed son or daughter until age 26, why would I vote for someone who is determined to undo that as soon as possible?

And why wouldn't I get out on November 4th and vote for a candidate whose party is determined to protect and extend affordable, quality, health care for Americans?

That goes double if I'm the sub-26-year-old who wouldn't have health coverage if it weren't for the Affordable Care Act (what my drunk uncle refers to contemptuously as Obamacare).

Monday, October 06, 2014

Intimate Partner Violence Starts Young...

sunshine is the best disinfectant...knowledge is power...forewarned is forearmed...

Intimate partner violence starts young and often persists. 

Download the new intimate partner violence infographic as a gigantic jpg, pdf or embed code for your classroom, youth room, drop-in center, website or kitchen table here


Sources:
The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): 2010 Summary Report. Atlanta, GA. National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Prevalence and Characteristics of Sexual Violence, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence Victimization in the United States—National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, United States, 2011. MMWR 2014; 63(SS-8): 1-18.

Intimate Partner Violence in the United States — 2010. Atlanta, GA: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): 2010 Findings on Victimization by Sexual Orientation. Atlanta, GA: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

"yes means yes" | California's new targeted consent for sex law




You can read the text of the 1700 word Student Safety: Sexual Assault law right here.

The law requires California post-secondary schools:
  • to adopt policies concerning sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking that include certain elements, including an affirmative consent standard in the determination of whether consent was given by a complainant.
  • to the extent feasible, to enter into memoranda of understanding or other agreements or collaborative partnerships with on-campus and community-based organizations to refer students for assistance or make services available to students.
  • to implement comprehensive prevention and outreach programs addressing sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.
Key definitions:
  • “Affirmative consent” means affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity. It is the responsibility of each person involved in the sexual activity to ensure that he or she has the affirmative consent of the other or others to engage in the sexual activity. Lack of protest or resistance does not mean consent, nor does silence mean consent. Affirmative consent must be ongoing throughout a sexual activity and can be revoked at any time. The existence of a dating relationship between the persons involved, or the fact of past sexual relations between them, should never by itself be assumed to be an indicator of consent.
  • ...it shall not be a valid excuse that the accused believed that the complainant affirmatively consented to the sexual activity if the accused knew or reasonably should have known that the complainant was unable to consent to the sexual activity under any of the following circumstances:
(A) The complainant was asleep or unconscious.
(B) The complainant was incapacitated due to the influence of drugs, alcohol, or medication, so that the complainant could not understand the fact, nature, or extent of the sexual activity. 
(C) The complainant was unable to communicate due to a mental or physical condition.
At first glance these standards appear to be consistent with existing laws governing sexual assault. So, California's play here ties state funding, down to the level of financial aid to students in private colleges, to the adoption and implementation of campus policies regarding informed consent for sexual contact and consistent standards of information about consent, prevention of nonconsensual sexual contact,  and when necessary, aftercare for victims of sexual assault.

I see nothing here that can't or shouldn't be the subject ongoing education for teenagers and children in families, community organizations and faith-centered youth groups.

Monday, September 29, 2014

in the wind | tweets from the space ending 09.27.14


the people's business | why people like us register and vote jimhancock.blogspot.com

US 'Active Shooter Incidents' 2000-2013 | a new study jimhancock.blogspot.com

MINO vs CINO | Do you believe everyone who claims to be a Muslim is, in fact, a Muslim jimhancock.blogspot.com

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