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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.

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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)
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