Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Personal and Politics out the . . .

I am gradually down sizing.  Have found a person who I can donate bird cages to.  Sad but good.  Check out Barbie as Ursula the Sea Witch and 1999 Fairy of the Forest Barbie on my Facebook page.  I'm considering using Etsy to sell items, as it is already established, but need to take time to check it out first.

Politics below.

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As his adult children sobbed a few feet away, Dennis McGuire suffered for 24 long
minutes while Ohio used an untested drug to execute him.
A small group of
pharmacists are keeping executions running on experimental drugs after everyone else
has refused to participate.
Let's demand that the American Pharmaceutical Association bans their members from
participating, and end these cruel executions.
Sign the Petition
Two weeks ago, the state of Ohio executed a man using a method that witnesses say
was one of the most cruel and unusual in recent history.
Dennis McGuire suffered for 24 long minutes before finally passing away
 -- because Ohio decided to use an untested drug to kill him.
With doctors, nurses, and pharmaceutical companies all refusing to participate in
a small group of pharmacists are experimenting with untested, lethal injection cocktails
 to gruesomely kill people like Dennis McGuire and keep executions happening.
If the American Pharmaceutical Association would ban their members from participating
in executions, we could stop lethal injections
 and end almost all executions in the US.
Tell the American Pharmaceutical Association: Stop your involvement in executions now.
Electric chairs, gas chambers, hangings, and firing squads have been banned by almost
all states, leaving lethal injection as the only legal method of killing left. But
lethal injection by its very nature requires medical professionals to be involved.
Doctors and nurses have long since barred themselves from participating in executions
, and they haven’t participated for decades. More recently, all major pharmaceutical
companies have banned their drugs from being used.
So states have been been forced to turn to so-called “compounding pharmacists” --
who are not regulated by the FDA -- to develop untested cocktails like the one used
to kill McGuire.
Ahead of the American Pharmaceutical Association’s annual meeting this spring, let's
tell pharmacists in the US to do something that they should have done decades ago:
ban pharmacists from executions and effectively end capital punishment in most states.
American Pharmaceutical Association: Ban your members from participating in executions.
McGuire was injected with a lethal cocktail that a federal judge conceded ahead of
time was an "experiment in lethal injection processes".
As his adult children sobbed a few feet away in a witness room, McGuire suffered
for 24 long minutes
 -- calling out to his children and struggling loudly for air. It was one of the
longest executions since Ohio resumed capital punishment in 1999.
Without medical professionals, it would be impossible for states to produce lethal
injection cocktails. Doctors and nurses in the US are already banned by their professional
associations from participating in state killings. But some
pharmacists, a profession that is meant to help and save people, are participating
in these killings for a few extra dollars.
 Let’s call on pharmacists to ban their profeession from participating in capital
Call on pharmacists to take a stand against any involvement in capital punishment.
Thank you for all you do,
Angus, Kelsey, Martin, and the rest of the team at SumOfUs
More Information:
Ohio executes inmate using untried, untested lethal injection method,
 The Guardian, 16 January 2014
Did Ohio's New Lethal-Injection Cocktail Lead to a Cruel and Unusual Death For Dennis McGuire?,
 Slate, 16 January 2014
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I'm blind and had to switch colleges because I couldn't access class materials. Sign my petition asking Congress to pass the TEACH Act so disabled students can have equal access in the classroom.
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As a blind high schooler, I couldn't just apply to my top colleges -- I had to make
sure that classes were going to be made accessible for me, and I was excited to attend
Florida State University because they had a great program for training teachers of
the blind.
But when I started classes at FSU, I quickly found out that the school didn't have
the accessible tools I needed to learn and complete all my work.
 My online classes weren't compatible with my screen reader and I couldn't access
materials in any of my math or biology classes. I struggled for three years, and
eventually decided to change schools.
I sued FSU for failing to meet state and federal disability laws,
but I don't want other blind students like me to experience what I had to go through.
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When I approached the administration at FSU about the inaccessible materials, they
suggested I try an “easier” major instead of trying to help me and other students
with disabilities. I felt like the school was punishing me instead of trying to help
me learn.
That's why I believe in the TEACH Act. While federal laws require colleges to only
deploy accessible materials, they were written before technology became part of the
classroom, so schools like FSU have no direction for how the laws apply to students
like me.
The TEACH Act creates much-needed guidelines illustrating how schools can provide
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I believe that public support of the TEACH Act through my petition will show members
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Thank you for your support.
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