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Jilly_in_VA's Journal
Jilly_in_VA's Journal
July 17, 2024

I like Adam Schiff, but

he needs to shut up and get behind our president NOW. That is all.

July 16, 2024

I'm from Appalachia. JD Vance doesn't represent us - he only represents himself

Neema Avashia

Back in 2016, I was an Appalachian expat living in Boston, feeling homesick and displaced like I do most of the time up here. I saw a book in the Harvard Coop with the word Hillbilly on the cover and jumped at it. No one up here knew that word, or if they did, they understood it as derogatory, while I understood it as home. Here home was, I thought, staring me in the face from the front table at a major bookstore.

I barely read 30 pages before I saw the book Hillbilly Elegy for what it was: a political platform masquerading as memoir. Before I saw JD Vance for what he was: an opportunist. One willing to double down on stereotypes, to paint the people of Appalachia with a culture of poverty brush, rather than be honest about the ways in which both electoral politics and industry have failed our region.

Here’s the thing: JD Vance doesn’t represent Appalachia. JD Vance only represents himself.

To the outside world, Vance is sure to appear far more Appalachian than I do. He is white, Christian, and has longstanding generational ties to the region. I, on the other hand, am south Asian, the child of Indian immigrants who settled in Appalachia in the 1970s, because work in the chemical industry brought them there, and left in the early 2000s, because work disappeared.

We do have this in common, though: both of us left Appalachia in pursuit of higher education, and have lived away for as long as we lived within the region. But while Vance uses the story of his upbringing to perpetuate a flat, stereotyped representation of Appalachia, my identity, that of my family and community, complicates the narrative in ways that are politically inconvenient.


This is what I've been trying to tell y'all! I lived there for 35 years and J.D. is no more a "hillbilly" than an elephant is. He's purenteed white trash and doesn't know anything about the REAL Appalachia. He wasn't even raised there. He was raised in Ohio, just across the WV line.
July 15, 2024

64 People Have Died Inside This Jail -- And A Right-Winger Is Being Blamed

Jacqualyne Johnson took her son to a mental health hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, on April 19. Anthony Johnson Jr. had not slept for two days, and he suffered from schizophrenic episodes. This time it was “hot and heavy,” she said, and Anthony was trying not to harm himself.

Anthony always wanted to be a trusted man among his family, his sister Chanell said, and planned to earn college degrees. He wanted to fix his mental health issues and have a home for his family. But this was his second recent trip to a hospital; a prior manic episode spurred a visit in February.

After a 15-minute assessment, medical officials decided not to keep him at the hospital, saying it was best if he stayed with his family. When they arrived back home, Anthony got two bags of clothes and left. That was the last time Jacqualyne Johnson saw her son. Less than 24 hours later, her son called and said he had been arrested and was in the Tarrant County Jail in Fort Worth. The 31-year-old Marine veteran was held on charges of evading arrest and drug possession.

“I told him to be safe in there, and we will work on getting you out of there on Monday,” Jacqualyne Johnson remembered.

But he died on April 21 inside the jail. According to authorities, a struggle took place between Johnson and several officers as deputies were conducting a routine contraband check.


Right wing sheriff in Texas? What could go wrong with that?
July 15, 2024

As a baby bust hits rural areas, hospital labor and delivery wards are closing down

Rural regions like the one surrounding this southern Iowa town used to have a lot more babies and many more places to give birth to them.

At least 41 Iowa hospitals have shuttered their labor and delivery units since 2000. Those facilities, representing about a third of Iowa hospitals, are located mostly in rural areas where birth numbers have plummeted. In some Iowa counties, annual numbers of births have fallen by three-quarters since the height of the baby boom in the 1950s and '60s, when many rural hospitals were built or expanded, state and federal records show.

Similar trends are playing out nationwide, as hospitals struggle to maintain staff and facilities to safely handle dwindling numbers of births. More than half of rural U.S. hospitals now lack labor and delivery services.

"People just aren't having as many kids," said Addie Comegys, who lives in southern Iowa and has regularly traveled 45 minutes each way for prenatal checkups at Oskaloosa's hospital this summer. Her mother had six children, starting in the 1980s, when big families didn't seem so rare.

"Now, if you have three kids, people are like, 'Oh my gosh, are you ever going to stop?'" said Comegys, 29, who is expecting her second child in late August.


I think the header is inaccurate for the following reasons: 1. Rural populations have decreased generally., but 2. Red states like Iowa have enacted such onerous restrictions that OB/GYNs have simply pulled up stakes and left, leaving no options for rural hospitals.

July 15, 2024

Farage and Truss to attend US Republican national convention

Nigel Farage and Liz Truss are among the UK politicians set to attend the US Republican national convention this week as the British right seeks to deepen ties with its American counterparts before a predicted victory for Donald Trump in the presidential race.

An assassination attempt on Trump on Saturday had prompted Farage, the Reform UK party leader, to make plans to fly to the US, he said, adding that he was doing it “not just as a friend but because we have to stand up for democracy”.

The convention, which runs from Monday to Thursday, also provides Farage with an opportunity to meet influential rightwing US figures as well as leveraging his personal brand in advance of his return as a presenter on Britain’s GB News channel.

The newly elected MP, who leads a five-strong group from the populist right party in parliament, will depart after the king’s speech in the House of Commons on Wednesday, when the new Labour government’s priorities for the months ahead are set out.


Lovely. All the fascists in one spot. And their presumed interest is.....?

July 15, 2024

Focus on Bethel Park as classmates describe suspected Trump gunman

In Bethel Park, where the man who is suspected of opening fire at a Donald Trump campaign rally on Saturday lived with his mother and sister, the houses are small and built of brick, Walmart and Target form central social hubs, and moms watch over their children at a junior league baseball park next to a tributary of the Allegheny River.

The attempted assassination of the Republican former president just 45 miles north has put a focus on Bethel Park, as investigators attempt to establish the motivations of the 20-year-old shooter.

Authorities on Sunday identified the suspect as Thomas Matthew Crooks. Officials said they believe Crooks acted alone. But so far, they have not been able to uncover a motivation that drove the young man to unleash a hail of bullets at Trump, wounding the former president and killing a former fire chief who was shielding his daughters.

The FBI said it would continue to investigate the attack as an attempted assassination and an act of domestic terrorism.


More reasons I think he was put up to it,

July 15, 2024

Underground cave found on moon could be ideal base for explorers

Researchers have found evidence for a substantial underground cave on the moon that is accessible from the surface, making the spot a prime location to build a future lunar base.

The cave appears to be reachable from an open pit in the Mare Tranquillitatis (Sea of Tranquility), the ancient lava plain where the Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin first set foot on the moon more than half a century ago.

Analysis of radar data collected by Nasa’s lunar reconnaissance orbiter (LRO) revealed that the Mare Tranquillitatis pit, the deepest known pit on the moon, leads to a cave 45 metres wide and up to 80 metres long, an area equivalent to 14 tennis courts. The cave lies about 150 metres beneath the surface.

Lorenzo Bruzzone, of the University of Trento in Italy, said the cave was “probably an empty lava tube”, adding that such features could serve as human habitats for future explorers as they were “a natural shelter against the harsh lunar environment”.


Could mean a whole new era in lunar exploration. Even colonization. Watch this space.

July 14, 2024

Hw many of you had as your first, or nearly first thought, "Reichstag Fire" last night?

Be honest. And how many of you younger DUers know what "Reichstag Fire" means, or what it was?

July 11, 2024

Midwives can play key role in aiding America's maternal mortality crisis

Ashley Watts is getting ready to become a first-time mom.

“This pregnancy ride has been very fulfilling,” Watts, 32, told ABC News.

For Watts, this pregnancy journey is different. She has previously suffered five pregnancy losses, telling ABC News that she now suffers from hospital anxiety after feeling dismissed and unsupported by her doctors as she tried to navigate those losses and pursue motherhood.

When she learned of her most recent pregnancy, Watts decided she wanted to work with a midwife and dreamed of welcoming her baby into the world at a birthing center. The cost of midwifery care, however, was a barrier in allowing Watts access to the care she felt was better suited to her needs.

A 2021 study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health found that midwife-assisted home births in the United States cost an average of $4,650. In many cases, insurance does not cover these births, according to the study.


We can and must rethink the role of midwives. A properly trained and certified midwife can spot problems and refer to an OB immediately, likewise can spot postpartum problems. This is how it's done in the rest of the civilized world.

July 11, 2024

Dvontaye Mitchell died after being held down by hotel security. Here's what we know

The family of Dvontaye Mitchell wants answers and accountability for his death, more than a week after Mitchell, a Black man, died after being detained by security guards at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Milwaukee. Video footage shows that Mitchell, 43, was held on the ground by multiple people before he died.

In video from the scene, Mitchell is heard yelling “Please!” as guards hold him, shouting at him, “Stay down! Stop fighting!”

When police officers arrived, they found Mitchell unresponsive.

Attorney Ben Crump, who is representing Mitchell’s family, says the case raises questions about the use of force and how security personnel respond to mental health emergencies.

Mitchell died sometime after 3 p.m., after a struggle began with security guards outside the entrance of the Hyatt Regency Hotel at 333 W. Kilbourn Ave, according to the Milwaukee Police Department.


The four security guards responsible have been fired by Hyatt and seem likely to face murder charges, which is good news, but it won't bring Mr. Mitchell back.

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Navy brat-->University fac brat. All over-->Wisconsin-->TN-->VA. RN (ret), married, grandmother of 11. Progressive since birth. My mouth may be foul but my heart is wide open.
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