This is not an essay about how you should vote in the next presidential election.
I believe you should vote in a way that reflects your own personal blend of what you value and what you can stomach in a presidential candidate. If that comes down to registering your support for someone who has no real chance, writing in your ideal candidate, or even staying home on election day, I respect that. Your vote is yours, and you don’t owe anyone an explanation, let alone justification, of how you decide to use it.
Me, I intend to vote with my vagina. Unapologetically. Enthusiastically. (Metaphorically, for those concerned about ending up in line behind me.) And I intend to talk about it.
During the 2008 Democratic primaries, I supported Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama for two main reasons:
She was older, which mattered to me a small amount in terms of experience, and a large amount in terms of the difference eight years would make. President Obama is younger than two of my siblings. If he ran today, at 53, he’d still be younger than most of his opponents. Hillary Clinton is now 67—in apparently great health, and willing to go through all this bullshit again, so more power to her! But now, in addition to the usual sexism coming her way, we’re about to endure 18 months of hearing what a shriveled old crone she is—and wouldn’t she be better off staying home and dandling wee Charlotte on her wrinkled knee? I was really hoping to avoid that.
She’s a woman, and President Obama is a man.
via I Am Voting With My Vagina: Hillary Clinton For President | Dame Magazine.
Isn’t this what they were saying about ebola before the latest outbreak?
Despite the gush of cases from Egypt and the sporadic cases reported elsewhere, the H5N1 virus doesn’t appear to transmit easily among people, and the cases reported in March all occurred in countries where the virus is endemic in people, the WHO said. It added, however, that more studies are needed to understand human risk factors, whether mild cases are occurring, and if virus changes are making H5N1 more transmissible from birds to people.
Regarding H7N9, the WHO said that so far China has reported 631 cases, 253 of them fatal, since the virus first emerged about 2 years ago. The total reflects 29 more cases and 26 more deaths than the WHO’s last monthly update on Mar 3.
The agency added that H7N9 detections are still occurring in poultry in locations where human cases are detected, that no major genetic changes have been detected in recent samples, and that the virus still doesn’t transmit easily among humans.
via WHO: Several factors fueling surge of H5N1 in Egypt | CIDRAP.
She nails Allen and the delusion many have lived with!
Woody Allen is a genius. Woody Allen is a predator. He put those two sides of himself together, hand in hand, and dared us to applaud. And we did — over and over. We all have our blind spots, but after a while, we also have to admit what we have deliberately refused to see.
via “Woody Allen is a genius. Woody Allen is a predator”: Why Mariel Hemingway’s new revelation matters – Salon.com.
How do you vaccinate women and children against polio in remote areas prone to attack from Boko Haram militants? Arm the soldiers with vaccine.
This is exactly what has happened with great success in northern Cameroon.
Following a series of abductions last year by Boko Haram groups, military escorts have been joining vaccination drives in Cameroon’s Far North Region to protect both local and international humanitarian workers.
In addition to acting as a security presence, officers, who normally patrol the frontlines and at-risk border communities, are also trained to administer polio vaccines – a tactic UNICEF says has been key to the successful campaign.
via IRIN Africa | Cameroon soldiers defy Boko Haram in polio battle | Cameroon | Nigeria | Children | Education | Health & Nutrition | Refugees/IDPs.