Vasectomy time!

Urologists told The Washington Post that they have seen a spike in requests for the procedure in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

[Doug]Stein said that before Friday, he received four or five vasectomy requests a day. Since the court’s decision was announced, that number has spiked to 12 to 18 requests per day…

Some physicians are facing confusion and fear in a post-Roe world. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) joined several other professional organizations and medical journals in the past few days in warning that the ruling will affect health care beyond abortion, posing new risks for patients and possibly increasing maternal mortality. Doctors are concerned about the impact on situations including miscarriage and in vitro fertilization. The practice of medicine will be reshaped, the group said, or even contradicted “by laws not founded in science or based on evidence…”

There has been a push for vasectomies in anticipation of Roe being overturned and antiabortion legislation taking effect in states across the country. Stein and other vasectomy proponents have taken to the streets and child support offices to encourage people to get the procedure.

When I got my vasectomy in 1960, I lived in what was often termed “a good Catholic state” … 13 years before Roe vs Wade became the law of the land. So, if you’re wondering where this crap focus on anti-abortion regulation can lead, I should let you know that religious nutballs have no intention of stopping anywhere short of that spooky old bearded ghost that whispers in their ear when they’re high on Godspeak in their church of choice.

Vasectomies were written into that state’s anti-abortion regulations. Their Catholic God told them it was as much a sin as an abortion … and the penalties for getting that simple procedure were the same as an abortion. The urologist was liable for just as much jail time as any gynecologist performing an abortion.

Welcome to the nutball political past.

Einride driverless delivery trucks approved for US public roads testing

Freight technology company Einride announced today that it has received approval from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to operate its Autonomous Electric Transport (AET) vehicles on U.S. public roads. With this approval, Einride will conduct a public road pilot to support operational flows for customer GE Appliances, a Haier company, showcasing the Einride Pod’s purpose-built functionality for future commercialization. The autonomous and electric Einride Pod’s design does not leave room for a driver on board and is instead remotely monitored by a Remote Pod Operator, marking this pilot as an industry first for this new type of vehicle.

The Einride Pod will operate on public roads with mixed traffic while executing real life workflows. This will include the movement of goods and coordinating with teams at various warehouses for loading and unloading. A Remote Pod Operator will be remotely monitoring the vehicle at all times – a first of its kind role that Einride sees critical in safely scaling autonomous vehicles by keeping humans in the loop and creating jobs to fulfill a future way of shipping.

If I wasn’t one of the happiest retired old geezers in northern New Mexico … this is probably the sort of work I’d be waiting in line to get hired for. Just sayin’.