Advancing the Disability Rights Perspective on Bioethics Issues

02/21/2018 11:56
by Diane Coleman, Not Dead Yet   Months of work came to fruition on April 25-26, 2014 at the Crystal City Marriott in Arlington, VA.  Conference planning experts told us to expect a 10% no show rate, but out of our final count of 68 who signed up to attend (we had initially expected about 50), only 3 missed it.  That’s a clue about the amazing level of participation we had for the first ever Disability Rights Leadership Institute on Bioethics (DRLIB).   Before talking about the program, I first want to thank our sponsors:  National Disability Leadership Alliance, Autistic Self Advocacy Network, Disability Rights Education and...

Mainstream Media Spreading False Claim That Florida Shooter Was Trained by the NRA

02/20/2018 11:43
by Chuck Ross   “TRAINED BY THE NRA.”  That’s the bombastic and misleading headline that ran in The New York Daily News’ Saturday print edition about Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old man who confessed to murdering 17 high school students and faculty in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14. The rampage, in which Cruz used an AR-15, sparked a typical debate over gun rights, with Democrats and liberals calling for increased gun control. Part of the strategy has been to link Cruz to the National Rifle Association, the largest gun lobby in the U.S.   The Daily News cited an Associated Press report in its misleading article, but without providing additional context...

The Military Industrial Complex Strikes Again: War Spending Will Bankrupt America

02/16/2018 11:19
by John W. Whitehead   “Why throw money at defense when everything is falling down around us? Do we need to spend more money on our military (about $600 billion this year) than the next seven countries combined? Do we need 1.4 million active military personnel and 850,000 reserves when the enemy at the moment — ISIS — numbers in the low tens of thousands? If so, it seems there's something radically wrong with our strategy. Should 55% of the federal government's discretionary spending go to the military and only 3% to transportation when the toll in American lives is far greater from failing infrastructure than from terrorism? Does California need nearly as...
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Gender identity issue steering culture in concerning direction

Walgreens 1The strange circumstances leading Walgreens to announce a new bathroom policy leaves some to believe we are moving down a "slippery slope."

Walgreens is now allowing people to use the bathroom of the gender with which they claim to identify. The nationwide policy took effect in November, and according to the Los Angeles Times, its adoption follows an incident last year in which a biological female – who is not transgender – was told she could not use the women's restroom because she looked like a man.