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California Unveils Website To Combat Revenge Porn

Source: by Juliet Bennett Rylah in News on LAist

Oct 14, 2015 4:40 pm

California Attorney General Kamala Harris today unveiled a new website that will help victims of cyber exploitation and revenge porn.

Revenge porn is when someone distributes sexually explicit photos or video online without receiving permission from the people in the media with the intention of causing distress or extorting money from them. Often, the victims have little recourse but to deal with the humiliation and other ramifications that can occur from this cruel practice. California was the first state to declare this kind of cyber exploitation
illegal in 2013.

The new site, which can be found here, will contain numerous resources for those trying to eradicate revenge porn, either in their own lives or the lives of others.

"Posting intimate images online without consent is a coward crime that humiliates and belittles victims," Harris said, according to City News Service. "These new tools will assist law enforcement in combating cyber exploitation and support victims seeking justice."

The site contains information for victims as to how they can have photos and video removed from websites and search engines. The FAQ section for victims offers resources about what someone should do if they are a victim of a crime, including getting screenshots of the abuse, setting up search engine alerts to notify you when your name pops up online, and filing a police report. The site also provides information to those in law enforcement as to how to efficiently investigate and prosecute related cases. Additionally, the site gives guidance for tech companies looking to prevent people from posting revenge porn on their websites. Harris noted that companies like Facebook, Twitter, Google and Microsoft have all taken steps or have agreed to change policies in order to deal with these crimes.

Read more: http://laist.com/2015/10/14/end_cyber_exploitation.php

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Oct 15, 2015, 02:12 AM (1 replies)

And I wonder, still I wonder, who'll stop the rain.

Creedence Clearwater Revival: Who'll Stop The Rain

Uploaded on Oct 26, 2007

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Mon Oct 12, 2015, 02:37 PM (0 replies)

Efforts to roll this out nationwide are ongoing. Over 100 bills were introduced in multiple states.


CDC data show vaccine rates high but work remains

Melissa Jenco, News Content Editor

National vaccination rates are high for young children, but geographic disparities remain, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


Nationwide, the median rate of medical and nonmedical vaccine exemptions for kindergartners was 1.7%. Among the states that provided data, Mississippi had the lowest exemption rate at 0.1%, while Idaho was highest with 6.5%.


Roughly 0.8% of children received no vaccinations, according to the data.



California state Sen. Richard J. Pan, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP, who authored the state’s new law to eliminate nonmedical vaccine exemptions, will be giving a lunch and learn session from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the National Conference & Exhibition in Washington, D.C.


Oct 1, 2015

I've been wondering where the American Academy of Pediatrics had been. I hadn't seen them say much yet about mandatory vaccine laws. It's only been the CMA and the AMA so far. So, I get this email from the AAP, and my heart sunk. It's an invitation to attend a special seminar at two of the upcoming AAP national conventions this year: Come hear Dr. Pan and get an insiders view of the enactment of SB 277, "a model for achieving progress in important vaccine/public health legislation." In other words, "How to make this happen in your own state."

Wait for it.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Fri Oct 9, 2015, 01:39 PM (0 replies)

FYI: ESSENTIAL READING, IMO. Read it and think/weep/attack the messenger/reconsider ~kaleidoscope.


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September 23, 2015
Diana Dooley, Secretary
Health and Human Services Agency

Dear Secretary Dooley:

Re: Request for temporary exemption for use of thimerosal-containing vaccine

Due to delays in the delivery of preservative-free flu vaccine across the U.S., we request a temporary exemption be granted to allow health care providers in California to administer thimerosal-containing vaccine to children under three years of age and pregnant women.

The United States is experiencing a national shortage of Fluzone pediatric pre-filled syringes, manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur. This is the only preservative-free injectable vaccine that can be administered to children ages 6-35 months under California law (California Health and Safety Code Section 124172). Additionally the delivery of FluMist, the live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) that is administered intranasally, is also delayed throughout the country. FluMist has no preservative and can be administered to a two-year old child if there are no contraindications. The manufacturer reports that the vaccine is delayed due to production and shipping issues.

Physicians across California are reporting that delays of preservative-free flu vaccine are resulting in significant missed opportunities for vaccination and protection of vulnerable members of our community — hundreds of parents who desire the flu vaccine for their infants and toddlers are being turned away. Many young children and pregnant women may be at risk for serious disease and even death if providers are legally prohibited from administering flu vaccine that contains thimerosal, which is safe and effective for these groups.

California Health and Safety Code Section 124172 requires that vaccines administered to children less than 36 months of age and women who are known to be pregnant be thimerosal-free unless an exemption is provided by the Secretary of Health and Human Services and agreed to by the Governor. Existing law stipulates that such an exemption can be granted in the event of a “shortage of supply of a vaccine.” (See Chapter 837, September 28, 2004)



Kris E. Calvin
Executive Director
American Academy of Pediatrics-CA

Susan Hogeland, CAE
Executive Vice President
California Academy of Family Physicians

Erika Jenssen, MPH
California Immunization Coalition

The link for the reposted letter is above reproach and SOLID. Related references on California Health and Safety Code Section 124172 are here: http://www.aapca3.org/resources/press/fluvax0602.pdf including link to actual 2006 law.

Additional Resources

The text of the new law, California Health and Safety (H&S) Code Section 124172 is available for review at: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/displaycode?section=hsc&group=124001-125000&file=124172

The source of the link for the letter is below. Obviously, I could post the letter without risking a hide, but I strive for transparency. Hey, now.


Oct 6


This happens every year, but usually not until all the mercury-free flu vaccines run out.

In case you didn't know, there is a CA law which prohibits the use of mercury flu vaccines in pregnant women and kids under three. BUT, by November or December all the mercury-free formulations are used up, and the Secretary of HHSA in CA has to get the governor to temporarily suspend the law so that the distribution and administration of flu vaccines to this vulnerable population can continue without interruption. This goes on year after year.

Now, it seems that there is a shortage in the initial supply of mercury-free doses, so the AAP, CAFP, and the California Immunization Coalition have sent a letter to the Secretary of HHSA to get the ok NOW for babies and their mommies to get mercury-containing flu vaccines - before they all die of the flu.

Dr. Pan was asked about this during the Assembly Health hearings on SB 277. He was asked point blank: "Is there still mercury in vaccines?"

Instead of answering directly, he said "There is a law which prohibits the use of mercury in vaccines in pregnant women and infants." The quotes are mine, but his answer was very close to that. I waited for someone to call him out on it, but no one did. Technically, what Dr. Pan said was accurate - there is such a law.

AND, each year that law gets suspended. I don't know if the HHSA Secretary has responded to this letter yet. We will see.

Dr. Bob

Here is a link to the letter: http://aap-ca.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/ExemptionRequest-InfluenzaVaccine09-252015cm.pdf
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Oct 8, 2015, 07:37 PM (3 replies)

I look forward to the day you will reconsider your views. I guarantee that you will. (nt)

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Wed Sep 30, 2015, 02:30 PM (1 replies)

Huffington Post: My Son Has the Kind of Autism No One Talks About


My Son Has the Kind of Autism No One Talks About

Posted: 09/25/2015 1:55 pm EDT Updated: 09/28/2015 9:59 am EDT
By Bonnie Zampino

Link from: https://twitter.com/AutismMedia
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Wed Sep 30, 2015, 02:29 AM (0 replies)

Stephanie Kirchgaessner: "Here is the full section of text that was omitted from the speech."


1h ago11:33

Stephanie Kirchgaessner:

There was a notable omission in the pope’s speech before Congress, reports Stephanie Kirchgaessner.

According to the prepared text, Pope Francis was to issue a powerful commentary on how politicians can be led astray, saying that “If politics must truly be at the service of the human person, it follows that it cannot be a slave to the economy and finance.”

But Francis left out those words, which would have been particularly stinging before a group of lawmakers - Democrats and Republicans alike - who raise hundreds of millions of dollars from corporate interests, particularly banks, to finance their campaigns.

Furthermore, the failure to act on global warming, or finance various social programs that benefit the poor, are often excused for economic reasons. Reasons the pope clearly would not agree with - though he stopped short of making that point today.

Here is the full section of the text that was omitted from the speech.

"Here I think of the political history of the United States, where democracy is deeply rooted in the mind of the American people. All political activity must serve and promote the good of the human person and be based on respect for his or her dignity. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” (Declaration of Independence, 4 July 1776). If politics must truly be at the service of the human person, it follows that it cannot be a slave to the economy and finance."

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Sep 24, 2015, 01:20 PM (0 replies)



September 15, 2015

Executive Order -- Using Behavioral Science Insights to Better Serve the American People

A growing body of evidence demonstrates that behavioral science insights -- research findings from fields such as behavioral economics and psychology about how people make decisions and act on them -- can be used to design government policies to better serve the American people.

Where Federal policies have been designed to reflect behavioral science insights, they have substantially improved outcomes for the individuals, families, communities, and businesses those policies serve. For example, automatic enrollment and automatic escalation in retirement savings plans have made it easier to save for the future, and have helped Americans accumulate billions of dollars in additional retirement savings. Similarly, streamlining the application process for Federal financial aid has made college more financially accessible for millions of students.

To more fully realize the benefits of behavioral insights and deliver better results at a lower cost for the American people, the Federal Government should design its policies and programs to reflect our best understanding of how people engage with, participate in, use, and respond to those policies and programs. By improving the effectiveness and efficiency of Government, behavioral science insights can support a range of national priorities, including helping workers to find better jobs; enabling Americans to lead longer, healthier lives; improving access to educational opportunities and support for success in school; and accelerating the transition to a low-carbon economy.

NOW, THEREFORE, by the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, I hereby direct the following:



Posted by proverbialwisdom | Tue Sep 22, 2015, 02:55 PM (0 replies)

Remarks in 2014 by Dr Tom Insel, Director of National Institute of Mental Health & head of IACC.


"...the burden of proof is upon anybody who feels that there is NOT a real increase here in the number of kids affected."
- Dr. Thomas Insel, Director of National Institute of Mental Health and head of Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC)

10:02 AM - 27 Mar 2014


“The increase could be a growing number of children with autism or better screening or a combination of both,” said Dr. Coleen Boyle, the CDC’s director of the national center of birth defects and developmental disabilities.

Related: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014766480

MORE: http://www.democraticunderground.com/101697149

Dr Insel joins GOOGLE Life Sciences, September 2015:

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Sep 17, 2015, 03:04 PM (3 replies)

That's a lie, not to mention an ad hominem argument. Is that marketing, PR, advertising or branding?

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Sep 17, 2015, 11:37 AM (1 replies)
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