Oh swell

USAirways is the largest carrier in Philadelphia:

Air travelers may end up losing big in a deal that would create the largest airline in the U.S., consumer advocates told The Huffington Post, after various leaks this week suggested such a merger was imminent.

Reports in the financial media Thursday and Friday noted that after months of complicated haggling, US Airways and the bankrupt parent company of American Airlines were almost ready to announce a corporate marriage.

The merger would create the largest U.S. airline by revenue, and it has been encouraged by creditors and employees in both airlines as a positive step.

But frequent flyers should be wary of the developments, according to Paul Hudson, a board member at airline consumers’ advocacy group FlyersRights.org. The deal “is unlikely to be good for consumers,” he said.

Shark tank

I watched the show for the first time the other night, and I was appalled by one segment. A nice young couple came out with a nice, attractive sippy cup that had a bendable straw that allowed your kid to get all the liquid out of the bottom of the cup, it was made with plastic that wouldn’t disrupt your kid’s hormones, and it was made in the good old U.S.A. — on purpose. This couple wanted to make an American product. Good for them!

One of the vulture capitalists was quite insistent that the product should be made in China because it was cheaper. The wife explained that moms went into children’s stores and said, “Show me what you have that isn’t made in China.”

The vulture capitalist looked annoyed. Why would they do that? he wanted to know. (Oh, I dunno, maybe their habit of lying about hazardous ingredients to make products CHEAPER FOR PEOPLE LIKE HIM?) You could tell he didn’t believe her, either.

And it never even occurred to him that some of us are willing to pay extra to keep jobs in America.

This is why we’re so fucked. Fucked, fucked, fucked.

Today in global rape news


When someone says something misogynist or hostile toward women, and you keep silent, you have contributed in some small way to the mindset that perpetuates rape culture by condoning the vision of women as “things,” and not people. So if you have a sister, a wife, a daughter, a friend, you might want to think about that. Just sayin’!

Jersey Girl

I’m posting all covers today. I heard this one a lot growing up in Philly. Bruce Springsteen (Tom Waits):

A Twitter story

From Twitter this sad story from an abortion doctor (the timeline is backwards):

1m Jane Doe, MD ‏@DrJaneChi
So eventually she asked to go home. I hugged her goodbye. “Thank you,” she said. “Call me if you need to,” I said.

I wrapped the baby in a tiny blanket hand knit by a volunteer. I told her I knew it didn’t feel that way now, but God would help her heal.

She told him she loved him & would always be his mother. Her mother, who was also young, said, “Don’t cry. Stop crying.” She didn’t stop.

My patient asked to hold him. She sobbed. I stroked her hair & told her to cry as long as she liked.

I delivered a small fetus (now baby). He didn’t cry. He didn’t breathe. He didn’t move. I took a deep breath, gently cleaned & wrapped him.

I promised her pain medicine. I asked her if she wanted to see him after. She said no, crying. I helped her push.


So I have to tell her, after that grief & pain, she has to labor & birth a dying fetus. ALL BC NO ONE IS WILLING TO DO ABORTION TRAINING.

So there I am, w/a teenager w/a doomed fetus, crying from grief & pain,& I tell her, there is no doctor who can do your surgery for 4 days.

I call another academic hospital. Same story: most of their docs aren’t trained. Only one is, & s/he is only there 2 days a week.

So. I call the nearest academic hospital. They tell me the next time an appropriately trained Dr is available is 4 days away.

(I’m a family doc. I haven’t been able to access that training. Yet, at least.)

No one at my hospital is able to do a D&E. Bc you have to do a bunch to be good, no one can do it who didn’t opt in to abortion training.

2 treatment options: 1, induce labor; 2, operative dilation & evacuation. In other words, an abortion.

So, a teenager w/a “late,” but not viable, fetus that cannot survive. After rupture, delivery will occur, and/or infection. Think Savita.

I ordered an ultrasound. It turned out there wasn’t major bleeding… but her amniotic sac had ruptured. No fluid left at all.

At noon, I got a call from my hospital. A teenage prenatal patient of mine was there. 21 weeks along. Bleeding, with pain.

Quote of the week

Stabley Times:

I’m tired of giving gun addicts a voice in the debate on gun laws, when we don’t give cocaine addicts a voice in drug laws. I’m tired of gun addicts talking about hunting and target practice as if they were valid reasons to own a gun, when in fact they’re merely sadistic behaviors aimed at simulating the the feeling of killing a fellow human, passed down from generations of abusive parents to generations of psychologically abused children. I’m tired of hearing about the second amendment as if it were an unchangeable piece of gospel, when the mere fact that it’s an amendment is a reminder that constitutions can – and should – change as humans evolve. I’m tired of hearing about how the founding fathers all owned guns; they all owned slaves too.

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