[Content Note: War on agency] Two new restrictive abortion laws went into effect this week in Mississippi and Florida: "Mississippi law now bans abortion 20 weeks after a [pregnant person]'s last menstrual period, about 18 weeks gestation -beforefetal viability. ...The Mississippi law makes no exceptions for cases of rape or incest and includes only a narrow exception for medical emergencies or fatal fetal abnormalities." And in Florida, a new law bans abortion "at any point in the pregnancy once a fetus is deemed viable unless two doctors certify in writing that it is necessary to protect the health and life of the [pregnant person]. ...The law also further limits abortions after 24 weeks—allowed if the pregnant person's life or health is threatened—by removing mental health conditions as a reason to allow a late abortion." FUCK.
[CN: War on agency] In better news: Democratic Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation that would have enacted a 72-hour abortion waiting period, calling it "insulting to women." Right on.
[CN: Extreme weather] And thus begins hurricane season in this part of the world: "The first hurricane of the Atlantic season gained strength on Thursday as its outer bands reached North Carolina, where thousands of vacationers scrubbed their July Fourth holiday beach plans and evacuated low-lying barrier islands in the storm's path. ...Tourists and some residents packed ferries and crowded the only highway off Ocracoke and Hatteras islands, where voluntary and mandatory evacuations were in effect in anticipation of worsening weather conditions." I hope everyone will be safe, and there won't be significant damage to property or infrastructure. Damn.
[CN: Class warfare] More Americans Are Stuck in Part-Time Work: "The number of people in part-time jobs jumped by more than 1 million in June to 27 million, according to the government's data, making it one of the corners of the labor market that has been slowest to heal. That has led to worries that the workforce may be becoming permanently polarized, with part-timers stuck on one side and full-time workers on the other." Many companies are taking full advantage of the law allowing them to employ people for 35 hours a week without providing them the benefits, i.e. healthcare coverage, that many full-time positions require. Also: No overtime pay if you hire two people to work a combined 70 hours.
Welp: "The Vatican has formally recognised the International Association of Exorcists, a group of 250 priests in 30 countries who liberate the faithful from demons."
Oof: This portrait of Prince William is pretty awful.
And finally! No one is willing to claim credit for the "Draft Mitt" campaign. I don't know why not, since it's obvious a very smart and terrific campaign! I for one would love to see Mitt Romney run again. One, it would save me SO MUCH Photoshopping time, as I have a vast file of existing imagery, and, two, I'd love to see him lose one more time.
SORRY, MITT, BUT IT'S TRUE! Nice flag, though. Aces!