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Freddie deBoer • 11906 implied HN points • 12 Mar 24
  1. Medical arguments are crucial for defending trans children to ensure access to necessary healthcare.
  2. Advocating for trans rights should focus on practical strategies that work in the real world, not just theoretical ideals.
  3. Challenging societal norms and privacy laws for medical decisions of trans children may have adverse political consequences.
Astral Codex Ten • 9429 implied HN points • 10 Feb 24
  1. The ACX Grants Results for 2024 announced several innovative projects that received funding, ranging from lead-acid battery recycling in Nigeria to lobbying for changes in kidney donation laws.
  2. The grantees included projects like developing anti-mosquito drones, creating germicidal UV lightbulbs, and advocating for a specialized pandemic response team at the FDA.
  3. The ACX Grants covered a diverse range of causes, including animal welfare, educational attainment, political change, and innovative medical research like artificial kidney creation and phage therapy.
Today's Edition Newsletter • 7016 implied HN points • 10 Jan 24
  1. Efforts to hold Trump accountable through the courts are important, but defeating him at the ballot box is crucial.
  2. The DC Circuit judges were openly skeptical of Trump's claim of presidential immunity, leading to a bizarre court hearing.
  3. Speaker Mike Johnson is facing challenges within the GOP caucus, where some members are considering his removal.
Common Sense with Bari Weiss • 3162 implied HN points • 15 Feb 24
  1. Several therapists have spoken out in fear that medical treatment of minors with gender dysphoria may be harming youths.
  2. Speakers like Tamara and Jamie, despite facing challenges, continue to advocate for the importance of speaking out regarding concerns about youth gender medicine.
  3. Supportive coalitions like The LGBT Courage Coalition and advice from whistleblowers are available for those considering speaking out on topics like pediatric gender medicine.
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Erin In The Morning • 3832 implied HN points • 17 Jan 24
  1. Missouri is considering 9 anti-trans bills in a single day, making it a focal point for such legislation this year.
  2. The bills in Missouri target transgender people in various aspects of public life, from bathrooms to legal recognition.
  3. Local organizations like PROMO Missouri are mobilizing against the bills, urging people to sign petitions and testify in Jefferson City.
All in Her Head by Jessica Valenti • 2378 implied HN points • 01 Feb 24
  1. The Oregon Supreme Court ruled against ten Republican state senators who staged a walkout over abortion, disqualifying them from reelection.
  2. Kentucky and Tennessee lawmakers are working on abortion legislation, with focus on repealing bans and providing more resources for patients.
  3. The anti-abortion movement is facing backlash, including activists violating the FACE Act and attempts to repeal clinic protection laws.
Freddie deBoer • 11535 implied HN points • 14 Jun 23
  1. The American mental healthcare system needs more than vague criticisms to be fixed.
  2. Expanding access to mental healthcare requires understanding and addressing the existing stigma and challenges within the system.
  3. Advocacy for mental healthcare should focus on realistic goals and solutions, rather than relying on vague critiques and unfounded assumptions.
Weight and Healthcare • 639 implied HN points • 06 Mar 24
  1. Weight stigma in healthcare is common and can have various forms, impacting patients differently depending on many factors.
  2. There are several ways to address and respond to weight stigma in healthcare, such as addressing it in the moment, submitting a complaint, or sharing experiences on review sites and social media.
  3. Taking action against weight stigma, like lodging complaints, can lead to changes in healthcare practices even if the outcomes are not always visible.
thezvi • 1874 implied HN points • 12 Dec 23
  1. The focus of the Balsa project is on repealing the Jones Act to make a positive impact.
  2. Another area of interest for Balsa is federal housing reform, aiming to address economic issues and expand policy reform.
  3. Balsa also plans to work on initiatives related to NEPA, aiming to replace current environmental regulations with cost-benefit analysis for development projects.
Logging the World • 877 implied HN points • 21 Jan 24
  1. Perceptions of Long COVID statistics may be misleading when not considering factors like vaccination and immunity
  2. The severity of COVID infections might be linked to the likelihood of developing Long COVID
  3. Long COVID advocacy could benefit from focusing on providing treatment and research for those suffering long-term effects
Rory’s Always On Newsletter • 471 implied HN points • 10 Feb 24
  1. The podcast Movers & Shakers discusses creating a charter for better treatment for people with Parkinson’s.
  2. The charter focuses on timely access to neurologists, better information on diagnosis, and increased government investment in Parkinson’s research.
  3. The charter also aims for access to specialized teams for Parkinson's patients and the introduction of a Parkinson's Passport for easier access to benefits and services.
All-Source Intelligence Fusion • 860 HN points • 08 Dec 23
  1. There is a concerted effort to shape online discourse and silence pro-Palestinian voices by pro-Israel forces in Silicon Valley.
  2. Pro-Israel groups are heavily involved in shaping media coverage and advocating for Israel in the public discourse.
  3. Efforts to suppress pro-Palestinian speech, influence media outlets, and lobby lawmakers are prominent in the pro-Israel information war.
Weight and Healthcare • 798 implied HN points • 08 Nov 23
  1. Higher-weight patients may face challenges in accessing appropriate healthcare services, such as imaging scans like CT scans.
  2. Patients should not have to navigate through healthcare system barriers on their own and should receive accurate information about medical procedures upfront.
  3. Advocacy and education are important for challenging medical weight stigma and ensuring equitable healthcare access for all patients.
Dada Drummer Almanach • 178 implied HN points • 12 Mar 24
  1. The Living Wage for Musicians Act was introduced by Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Rep. Jamaal Bowman to address fair pay in the music industry.
  2. The bill was a collaborative effort involving UMAW, the Cyberlaw Clinic at Harvard Law School, and various legal experts and industry stakeholders.
  3. Musicians and supporters can participate by learning about the bill's goals and advocating for it to their representatives.
The Microdose • 275 implied HN points • 05 Feb 24
  1. Colorado's psilocybin program is expected to be fully operational by early 2025.
  2. Oregon's program highlighted the importance of allowing licensed professionals to participate in psilocybin services.
  3. Colorado is considering a tiered licensing model and enhanced training requirements for safe facilitation in their psilocybin program.
Rebekah’s Newsletter • 275 implied HN points • 30 Jan 24
  1. Urgent help needed for a police whistleblower in Georgia.
  2. Sign a petition, share Austin's story, and contact Georgia representatives to prevent honoring a corrupt police chief.
  3. Police whistleblower Austin Handle's experience showcases the importance of speaking up against corruption in law enforcement.
Fight to Repair • 138 implied HN points • 08 Feb 24
  1. EU has agreed on new repair laws requiring manufacturers to repair common household products and provide repair information to consumers.
  2. The new repair laws also allow consumers to borrow a device while theirs is being fixed and offer refurbished units as alternatives.
  3. Advocates are pushing for more expansive legislation beyond the new repair rules to increase repair accessibility and spare parts availability.
Cornerstone • 99 implied HN points • 19 Feb 24
  1. Zoning reform opponents want people to be confused, angry, and fearful, but reform supporters aim to inform people with the belief that information is on their side.
  2. Negative behavior and attacks from opponents persist, making it challenging to engage in positive dialogue and find common ground in housing advocacy.
  3. NIMBYism is driven by a deep fear of change, with opponents believing increased housing density will disrupt their lives, creating a generational and emotional divide in housing debates.
Cornerstone • 79 implied HN points • 01 Mar 24
  1. Male leaders should take responsibility for inclusion in the YIMBY movement instead of relying on women
  2. Men could share the burden of administrative and backend work more actively to support women in the movement
  3. It is essential to seek out and affirm the qualifications of female leaders and candidates to enhance diversity and strength in YIMBY organizations
The DisInformation Chronicle • 665 implied HN points • 07 Mar 23
  1. Pandemic reporting should prioritize seeking facts over favoring biopharma public relations.
  2. Journalists should uphold journalistic ethics and verify claims before publishing articles.
  3. Advocacy journalism threatens democracy by undermining informed decision-making and should be countered with fact-based reporting.
Hypertext • 99 implied HN points • 02 Feb 24
  1. Developing policies like the Child Tax Credit can mirror elements of Milton Friedman's negative income tax, demonstrating the challenges of passing sweeping policies.
  2. Advocates propose refocusing on programs like the Child Tax Credit rather than a more universal approach, citing potential benefits and fewer political obstacles.
  3. Considering alternative approaches like total income phase-out (TIP) for welfare programs could offer new paths forward without requiring immediate program repeals.
The New Urban Order • 139 implied HN points • 02 Jan 24
  1. YIMBY movement has had significant successes in housing reforms, but the impact on housing supply and affordability is uncertain.
  2. While YIMBYism appeals to various political ideologies, it may not address the need for subsidized housing for the growing number of Americans in poverty.
  3. Advocating for the expansion of project-based vouchers, which offer federally guaranteed rent and simplify affordable housing development, could be a more pragmatic and cross-over approach embraced by developers and policymakers.
Weight and Healthcare • 519 implied HN points • 28 Jun 23
  1. Recognize that higher-weight individuals deserve respect and healthcare, regardless of their size.
  2. Shift to a weight-neutral paradigm to support patients in the bodies they have, focusing on health rather than weight loss.
  3. Identify gaps in caring for higher-weight patients, work towards a healthcare system accessible to people of all sizes, and advocate for systemic change.
Weight and Healthcare • 519 implied HN points • 07 Jun 23
  1. Weight stigma in healthcare can lead to higher-weight individuals avoiding going to the doctor altogether.
  2. It's important to advocate for yourself when facing weight stigma in medical settings and not let it deter you from seeking care.
  3. Bringing along an advocate and practicing how to deal with weight stigma in advance can help improve the healthcare experience.
Weight and Healthcare • 639 implied HN points • 04 Mar 23
  1. The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) is not an advocacy group for higher-weight people, but predominantly funded by and lobbies for the priorities of the weight loss industry.
  2. OAC's priorities aim to expand Medicare coverage for weight loss interventions, revealing ties to the weight loss industry such as funding from companies producing weight loss drugs and surgical equipment.
  3. There are parallels between OAC's actions and the tactics used by pharmaceutical companies in the past, like Purdue Pharma, to influence healthcare organizations and profit from weight loss interventions.
Weight and Healthcare • 539 implied HN points • 01 Feb 23
  1. Fat people deserve access to healthcare and may need to advocate for themselves due to anti-fat attitudes and lack of proper training in medical settings.
  2. When advocating for accommodations, knowing if weight discrimination laws exist in your location or if disability laws may apply is important.
  3. Tips for advocating include asking questions about alternative tests or treatments, taking notes, having a witness, calling ahead to ensure accommodations, and advocating not just for yourself but for future fat individuals as well.
Weight and Healthcare • 499 implied HN points • 28 Jan 23
  1. Places should be set up to accommodate everyone, but this isn't always the case. People may need to ask for accommodations due to factors like size, disability, or other marginalized identities.
  2. Asking for accommodations can bring up emotional challenges like stress and shame. It's important to know that asking for accommodations is not asking for special treatment, but rather for the same access others already have.
  3. There are approaches to requesting accommodations, such as determining when to ask, who to ask, how to ask, and what to do if the request is denied. It's crucial to remember that requesting accommodations is not about seeking special favors, but ensuring equal access.
Fight to Repair • 78 implied HN points • 29 Dec 23
  1. 2023 was a significant year in the fight for Right to Repair, with more states enacting laws to support repair rights.
  2. Key victories in 2023 included the enactment of right to repair laws in New York, Minnesota, California, Colorado, and Maine, covering a wide range of electronic and mechanical devices.
  3. The push for Right to Repair gained momentum in 2023, with hearings on Capitol Hill, legal actions against manufacturers like John Deere, and support from various government bodies like the EPA and FTC.
Gotham by Susan Dyer Reynolds • 196 implied HN points • 07 Aug 23
  1. Jennifer Friedenbach is the executive director of Coalition on Homelessness and has faced criticism for her lack of qualifications and questionable financial decisions.
  2. The Coalition on Homelessness lacks transparency in their financial reports, with questionable classification of expenses and no clear demonstration of results.
  3. Friedenbach's involvement in conflicts of interest, such as granting her own nonprofit a large grant from an oversight committee she chairs, raises concerns about ethical practices in addressing homelessness issues.