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The inconvenient truth about our so-called “booming” economy
We’re living through the worst “good” economy in generations, a reality that many of the rich and powerful people who have rigged the system are desperately hoping the rest of us won’t notice. The last time rich people managed to siphon off this much of the treasure that our economy generates, handlebar mustaches were a thing, and not just in hipster coffee shops.
Corporations and investors are getting rich, but most North Carolinians are just trying to get by.
By Jessica Glenza in the Guardian
The former United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon has denounced the United States’ healthcare system as politically and morally wrong, and urged American leaders to enact publicly financed healthcare as a “human right”.
Defective Medical Devices and Dangerous Medications
Dear Equality Warrior,
Our Equality Pledge is up and running!
Let’s shine a warm, fuzzy light on the marvelous candidates who signed the Equal Means Equal Equality Pledge this week and committed to vote “yes” on ERA and equality for all Americans!
Get outside and enjoy one of the simplest, most reinvigorating hobbies there is: hiking.
If you’re new to hiking, read on to learn what you need to know before you hit the trails, whether you’re planning a stroll through the woods or a multi-day backpacking trip.
By invitation, I submitted a workshop proposal, titled “Gate of the Mysterious Female,” to a Tai Chi conference. In the Tao Te Ching, ancient writing that points to the principles of Tai Chi, the “Mysterious Female” refers to the non-dual, world-creating Source Energy that both surrounds us and abides within our body’s center.
By Petula Dvorak Washington, D.C.
Oh, come on, millennial women. Just look at us.
Frantic and apologizing, overwhelmed between staff meetings and gymnastics, shamed for bottle-feeding, booted for breast-feeding, passed over for promotions, denied on the day-care list — isn’t this what you’ve always dreamed of?
No thanks, they’re saying, to today’s lovely vision of motherhood. And in huge numbers.
Medscape – MedGenMed Ob/Gyn & Women’s Health
Jean M. Cassidy, LCSW, BCD, Virginia A. Boyle, PhD, Hal C. Lawrence, MD
Abstract and Introduction
Depression, anxiety, and somatoform disorders are 2 to 3 times more prevalent in women than in men. Since the advent of managed care and other pressures on the healthcare delivery system in the United States, there has been a notable diminishment of services and service funding for treatment of mental health conditions, whether they are temporary, transitional, or chronic. As a result of this trend, we have seen an increase in the number of patients seeking help for emotional and mental health concerns from their family doctors or, in the case of women, from their obstetrician-gynecologists. We have also found that emotional and mental health problems are often converted into physical symptomatology that carries fewer stigmas and is often viewed as easier to treat. Many women use their obstetrician-gynecologists for primary care, particularly during their reproductive years. Provision of behavioral healthcare is critical to health maintenance for many of these women. Barriers to the integration of behavioral healthcare into obstetrics and gynecology practice need to be understood and systemically addressed.
by Larry Allen
An open letter to friends and family who are shocked to discover I’m a liberal… I’ve always been a liberal, but that doesn’t mean what a lot of you apparently think it does. Let’s break it down, shall we? Because quite frankly, I’m getting a little tired of being told what I believe and what I stand for. Spoiler alert: Not every liberal is the same, though the majority of liberals I know think along roughly these same lines:
1. I believe a country should take care of its weakest members. A country cannot call itself civilized when its children, disabled, sick, and elderly are neglected. Period.
Couples Therapy Can Help Partners CommunicateBy Howard M. Turney, Ph.D., MSW and Rebecca F. Ward, MSW, LCSW
By Howard M. Turney, Ph.D., MSW and Rebecca F. Ward, MSW, LCSW
Couples really benefit from therapy. Self-help books, TV, movies and commercials are all about relationships. We are a species that needs relationships; most of the happiest folks are those who have found good friendships as well as a close emotionally intimate relationship. This is a complicated union, and a marital relationship often needs help to guide it through developmental phases so it can progress to the warm, loving comfort of a good marriage.
By Libby Brooks in the Guardian
What can a man say to a woman on the street these days without fear of prosecution? Ever since campaigners and police forces started talking about treating the public harassment of women as a hate crime, there has been an equal and opposite push to defend some bloke’s right to … what exactly? Shout a catalogue of sexually explicit demands at a stranger while following her down a street at midnight? Exchange friendly observations about the state of the weather in a shop queue in daylight?
As with #MeToo, this is far less complicated than some would like us to imagine.
The Free Clinics invites our community to join our HealthWays team and help make Henderson and Polk Counties healthier places to live, work and play. HealthWays is a new pilot site of Microclinics International that improves community health by building on the premise that healthy living is contagious. HealthWays will create a local model of “viral health” building upon existing social networks of friends, families, neighbors, and colleagues and nurturing dynamic peer-to-peer learning and support.
Sent in to SheVille.org by Roberta Madden ERA-NC Alliance Immediate Release May 30, 2018
The Supreme Court is meant to protect the rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution. Historically, however, it has repeatedly failed to live up to that promise. Can one justice change the course of the court? Erwin Chemerinsky, a Supreme Court litigator and dean of Berkeley Law School, discusses the court’s history and the threats a Justice Brett Kavanaugh could pose to our constitutional rights.
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On average, there are 276 gun homicides a week in America. There are 439 gun suicides. All told, there are, on average, nearly 1,200 incidents involving gun violence, every week, in America.
This landscape of gun violence — suicides, homicides, mass shootings, accidents — is not evenly distributed. Instead, it plays out over geographic and political dividing lines — and these may help explain why individual Americans see the issue so differently. Continue reading
For many, Friday’s vote was not just the culmination of months of campaigning, but years of pushing for change.
Three decades ago, Anne Marie Keary was threatened with jail, burdened with legal bills and grappling with abuse and threats that poured down her phone, because she had published phone numbers for British abortion clinics in a student welfare guide.
By Beth Messersmith
Hunger is a constant challenge here in the Tar Heel State. While it may not dominate every news cycle, one in 7 North Carolina families struggles to put food on the table on a daily basis. In fact, food insecurity is so omnipresent here that North Carolina has earned the heartbreaking distinction of being the 10th hungriest state in the nation.
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