At the same time that the price of gasoline is rising, the US oil industry is increasing its exports of gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel.
Yes, you read that correctly.
Compared to a year ago, exports of gasoline have tripled – at a time when the price of gasoline is 42 cents a gallon more expensive at the pump. On Thursday, for example, the price of crude oil remained elevated at $107 a barrel because of fears over the Iranian nuclear situation, and the price of gasoline rose 3 cents a gallon compared to Wednesday, according to AAA.
The oil industry maintains the exports are necessary because domestic demand is weak.” —
And another one! Yeah, we’re exporting record amounts of American-made gasoline to other countries instead of lowering prices here. Obama’s fault… how exactly?
Pro-tip: If they can spend less money on their employee’s benefits, every employer will be “morally opposed” to covering birth control. Do these people seriously not understand that if there is a loophole, EVERYONE will exploit it?
Fox 5 news anchor Ross Shimabuku, on Danica Patrick’s question to a report about why female athletes must always be described as “sexy,” and imploring him for another word to describe her.
Today in casual sexism and shitty apologies. -Jess
A federal judge in Arizona has blocked a portion of the state’s crackdown immigration law that prohibited day laborers from blocking the streets when looking for work, according to the Associated Press.
Rush Limbaugh, on law student Sandra Fluke, who was denied the ability to testify before the all-male panel considering contraceptive coverage.
As ThinkProgress states: “While it’s probably not even worth engaging with Limbaugh on the facts, Fluke’s testimony was about a friend who is a lesbian and needed birth control for non-sexual medical reasons, so he’s only wrong about three times over, and offensive many more times over than that.”
Need we discuss Limbaugh getting caught with Viagra that wasn’t even his? No? How about pointing out that with birth control, it doesn’t matter how much sex you have — taking one pill is enough to prevent pregnancy?
Or how about he’s a misogynistic pig? Is that ok?
When she worked the streets, Yvette Gonzales said, she frequently saw other prostitutes working without condoms. But they were not having unprotected sex at the request of their customers.
Often, Ms. Gonzales said, the police would confiscate condoms when making a prostitution arrest so they could be used as evidence. And as soon as the prostitutes were released from jail, she said, they would go right back to work without protection; or they would refrain from carrying condoms at all, for fear of being arrested, and would hope customers would supply their own. “It breaks my heart,” said
Ms. Gonzales, who now works for a nonprofit group, the Positive Health Project, that counsels prostitutes, tests them for infection and provides them with free condoms. “The police need to understand: Don’t take their condoms. You’re taking someone’s health from them.”” —
Good article about no condoms as evidence legislation.
Two things, though (always! always with the critique):
- There’s no mention of how the collection of condoms as evidence of prostitution is an act of profiling people of color, especially trans women, who are using public spaces and may or may not be engaged in street based sex work.
- Also there’s this: ” Excluding certain types of evidence from criminal court is rare, but not unprecedented. One example is the rape shield law, which limits evidence or questions in rape trials about a complainant’s previous sexual conduct.” Mention of the rape shield law is ironic because rape shield law in NY state doesn’t apply to people who have gotten a prostitution related conviction in the last three years.