Ontario women get free access to abortion pill starting August 10th

❝ The Ontario government says it is giving women in the province more choice over their reproductive health by covering the cost of Mifegymiso, commonly referred to as an abortion pill, starting on Aug.10.

Mifegymiso, also known by the name RU-486, is a two-drug combination of mifepristone and misoprostol that can be used to terminate a pregnancy up to 49 days.

❝ It was approved in July 2015 after a lengthy study by Health Canada. It has slowly become available for distribution in Canada since then…

❝ The executive director for Planned Parenthood Toronto was also quoted in the announcement, applauding the government’s commitment.

In over 60 countries, for nearly 30 years, Mifegymiso has been a safe and accessible abortion option. Provincial funding for reliable medical abortion is the right decision,” said Sarah Hobbs-Blyth…

❝ New Brunswick and Alberta also cover Mifegymiso, and the Quebec government has said it plans to do so by this fall.

New Brunswick was first – in April. Province by Province, the nation of Canada lives up to their government’s promise for equal opportunity for Canadian women to run their own lives. One of these decades, I imagine the United States will figure out that democracy applies equally.

Depending on whether you have health insurance – and if this is covered – you pay as little as $0 in the United States – plus the cost of your insurance, of course. Can’t leave the poor insurance companies out of the transaction. You may also have to pay as much as $800. Reproductive rights are allowed by federal law. Congress hasn’t decided to protect them in all states.

Amazon’s Job Fairs Roll Out — Hiring Thousands


Romeoville, IllinoisLyndon French/NYTimes

❝ Brandon Williams arrived at an Amazon fulfillment center here, about an hour outside of Chicago, around 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, one of thousands across the country who turned up for the company’s first Jobs Day. While he appeared to wilt slightly during the five hours he waited before an M.C. summoned him for a tour, his enthusiasm did not wane.

“What’s not great about a company that keeps building?” he said, seated in a huge tent the company erected in the parking lot as a kind of makeshift waiting room.

❝ The event was a vivid illustration of the ascendance of Amazon, the online retail company that, to a far greater extent than others in the tech industry, has a seemingly insatiable need for human labor to fuel its explosive growth.

Like other tech giants, Amazon is recruiting thousands of people with engineering and business degrees for high-paying jobs. But the vast majority of Amazon’s hiring is for what the company calls its “fulfillment network” — the armies of people who pick and pack orders in warehouses and unload and drive delivery trucks, and who take home considerably smaller incomes.

❝ The event on Wednesday, held at a dozen locations including Romeoville, Ill., was intended to help fill 50,000 of those lower-paying positions, 40,000 of them full-time jobs.

Those high-low distinctions did not seem to bother the attendees of the jobs fair, many of them united in the conviction that Amazon represented untapped opportunity — that a foot in the door could lead to a career of better-compensated, more satisfying work, whether in fulfillment, I.T., marketing or even fashion.

RTFA for extended analysis and detail. I admit I find this interesting for two reasons: the first is history – now that I’m a retired geezer even though my brain still thinks I’m 26. Over the years, I could always find a job in logistics. Let me pick up and move anywhere in the country – or abroad – and get a job that had at least decent pay and opportunity to move up.

The second is still operative. Though retired and enjoying the superlative benefits of SSA and Medicare as governed by thoughtful and caring politicians in Washington, DC – there’s always the risk of catastrophic illness screwing up the plan. In the US, that means finding some sort of part-time gig to supplement what I’ve already paid for in dollar$ and sweat equity from a life of mostly full employment.

Remember, I’m white and reasonably well-educated.

Given that disaster I hope to avoid, I’d probably seek work as a CSR, customer service representative, utilizing our home-based computing capacity to plug into a system like Amazon or any one of a number of other endeavors that utilize service employees to implement problem-solving. If need be.

I’d rather be outdoors, walking, enjoying everything that is lifestyle in northern New Mexico.

Oh yeah – anyone expect the Hypocrite-in-Chief to claim credit for Amazon’s growth? Don’t know why Trump hates Jeff Bezos; but, I imagine he’d rather not acknowledge Amazon’s continued success.

Scream for your lives!


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The Tingler is a 1959 horror-thriller film produced and directed by William Castle…starring Vincent Price, Darryl Hickman, Patricia Cutts, Pamela Lincoln, Philip Coolidge, and Judith Evelyn.

The film tells the story of a scientist who discovers a parasite in human beings, called a “Tingler”, which feeds on fear. The creature earned its name by making the spine of its host “tingle” when the host is frightened…Castle used gimmicks to sell the film. The Tingler remains most well known for a gimmick called “Percepto!”, vibrating devices in some theater chairs which activated with the onscreen action.

Har!