Trump’s Gag Rule Would Pressure Medical Providers to Withhold Information on Abortion and Birth Control


THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION launched its latest attack on women’s rights this week, introducing a so-called domestic gag rule for providers that receive Title X family planning funding. The rule would encourage providers to withhold potentially life-saving medical information from their patients and bar them from referring patients to an abortion provider. It also seeks to cut the single largest provider of Title X services, Planned Parenthood, from participating in the program altogether.

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Arizona state education standards see evolution deleted | Ars Technica

In Arizona, the state’s superintendent of public instruction has led a campaign to remove evolution from the state’s science education standards. Diane Douglas has taken the standards, written by educators, and selectively replaced instances of the word “evolution” with euphemisms like “change over time.” The alterations come less than a year after Douglas publicly advocated for introducing religious ideas into biology classrooms. Arizona residents still have roughly a week to submit comments on the changes.

Source: Arizona state education standards see evolution deleted | Ars Technica

Medicines were tainted with pesticides in sloppy drug facility, FDA warns | Ars Technica

A drug manufacturer used the same uncleaned equipment to make pesticides as it did several human drugs, according to a warning letter released by the Food and Drug Administration. The result was that at least two medicines were contaminated with pesticides, the agency noted.The FDA’s sternly worded letter charged that drug manufacturer Product Quest MFG, LLC of Daytona Beach, Florida, and its manufacturing facility, Ei LLC in Kannapolis, North Carolina, committed “significant violations.” It also noted that the firm’s response to the problems so far were “inadequate” and that its investigations into the extent of the problems were “not thorough and scientifically sound.” The agency levied legal threats if the issues weren’t fixed pronto.

Source: Medicines were tainted with pesticides in sloppy drug facility, FDA warns | Ars Technica

The Curious Takedown Notices of ‘Tongues of Glass’ Poet Shaun Shane – TorrentFreak

Five years ago the case first made headlines when On Press Inc. started hounding people on social media because they dared to recite the single line poem, which consists of just eighteen words.At the time, Techdirt reported on the issue, which was quickly picked up by others including BoingBoing, professor Michael Geist, and lawyer Ken White at Popehat. Needless to say, the number of poem recitals only increased.On Press Inc. wasn’t happy with the coverage. Responding to the media attention, the company asked Google to remove links to the poem from its search engine.This effort backfired in an even bigger way. Not only did it lead to more articles, Google also rejected most of the requests. Even worse, the poem was also posted in full in the Lumen database, where copies of Google’s DMCA notices are published.Fast forward five years and the Tongues Made of Glass poem is back on the radar. This time it appears to be author ‘Shaun Shane’ himself who’s sending takedown notices to Google.

Source: The Curious Takedown Notices of ‘Tongues of Glass’ Poet Shaun Shane – TorrentFreak

US Congress mulls extending copyright yet again – to 144 years • The Register


The US Congress is looking to extend copyright on some sound recordings to a staggering 144 years – making it the twelfth time copyright rules have been extended since the 1970s.

Source: US Congress mulls extending copyright yet again – to 144 years • The Register

Gazans Have the Right to Invade Israel — At Least If You Believe One of Israel’s Justifications for the Six-Day War


In a speech available on the IDF’s website, Israeli diplomat Abba Eban argued that blockades are acts of war that justify an armed response.

Source: Gazans Have the Right to Invade Israel — At Least If You Believe One of Israel’s Justifications for the Six-Day War

Check out this surreal chat with Theranos investor who says he’s “thrilled” | Ars Technica


He lost $500,000, but you wouldn’t know it from listening to him.

Source: Check out this surreal chat with Theranos investor who says he’s “thrilled” | Ars Technica

Stem cell clinics that blinded women used smallpox vaccine go to war with feds | Ars Technica


As promised, FDA got DOJ to crackdown on shady, dangerous stem cell clinics

Source: Stem cell clinics that blinded women used smallpox vaccine go to war with feds | Ars Technica

Cambridge Analytica dismantled for good? Nope: It just changed its name to Emerdata • The Register

The company formerly known as Cambridge Analytica shocked the media today when it announced an immediate shutdown and liquidation of its business.That “shutdown,” however, may be short-lived as official documents indicate those behind the controversial analytics company will be launching as a new firm with a less-toxic brand.

Source: Cambridge Analytica dismantled for good? Nope: It just changed its name to Emerdata • The Register