Allowing abortion only for rape or where the woman's life is in danger: a concept that may seem like a good compromise but when you dig further into it it's a disaster. Let's talk about it and why abortion should be freely available without these restrictions. #AbortionStandJA 1/
Let's start with the woman's life in danger: who makes this determination? Pregnancy and childbirth are risky and can cost a woman her life, even if it is a normal pregnancy. If she doesn't want a baby is it not inhumane to force this risk on her? 2/
Now let's think about rape. Who is to determine if a woman was raped, when it's often just her word against the alleged rapist? The police? A court? What happens if there's no proof at all she was raped other than her own word (as is so common)? Does this mean no abortion? 3/
I can't think of few things more demeaning than forcing a woman to interrupt her career to carry the child of her rapist to term and spend the next 18 years raising a child that looks like her rapist. 4/
This abortion rape requirement also creates an impediment for prosecuting real rape cases. If the rapist's lawyer can make a good argument that the sex was consensual and the woman made up the story just so she could get an abortion, it could let the rapist get off scot free! 5/
Another issue is how long all this takes: how long does it take to determine if she was raped or her health is in danger? This delay can mean that instead of a simple first-trimester abortion of a collection of cells we're stuck with a late-term abortion of a developed fetus! 6/
This delay has important medical considerations too: an early abortion can be done medically by taking pills at home or at one's doctor's office. A late-term abortion is much higher risk and may need to be done surgically in a hospital setting. 7/
In short, requiring that a woman was raped or her health is in danger may seem like a good compromise on the surface. But when we dig deeper one can see where this doesn't make sense, and why abortion should be freely available without these restrictions. #AbortionStandJA 8/8

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22 Feb
Let's dig a bit deeper into this screen shot posted by @zackwhittaker and talk about why the JamCOVID app's architecture is FUNDAMENTALLY FLAWED. This flaw goes way beyond Amber Group forgetting to secure the S3 bucket. It seems security was just not a consideration at all! 1/
When we look at this ACL we see two things: the "Everyone" group having FULL_CONTROL (this is what was fixed last Monday), but we also see an account "opmjmmobile" having FULL_CONTROL as well, with no other accounts defined. This account seems likely the one used by the app. 2/
For an app like this it needs a way to communicate with the server; it typically does this with a user account (opmjmmobile in this case) and a fixed password. This password can either be hard-coded and compiled with the app, or can be fetched from another server location. 3/
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19 Feb
Happy to be back at @UHWI_JA for my 4th #ConvalescentPlasma donation; a full 6 months since I had COVID19 my antibody titer is still very high and I am still able to donate. Image
Couple more pics of the Convalescent Plasma donation process. ImageImage
For anyone wondering what they're seeing in this picture the machine on the left is a cardiac ultrasound machine, which was used to place the access line (the one higher up my arm, which uses a larger bore cannula). The machine on the right is the apheresis machine. 1/
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24 Dec 19
One area the US has been very short-sighted in its efforts over the years is in the Jamaican banking system. Their legitimate concern is a significant volume of illegitimate transactions but their solution, enhanced Know-Your-Customer (KYC) requirements is an abject failure. 1/
Because of these KYC requirements, it is very difficult to open a bank account in Jamaica. One typically needs a job letter, multiple references, proof of address, etc., small independent business owners often can't meet all that and just do without a bank account. 2/
The result is that over 30% of Jamaicans are "unbanked", having no relationship with a bank at all. The net effect of this fosters a parallel cash-based financial system for the "average Joe", one in which #MoneyLaundering is very easy because cash is untraceable. 3/
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19 Nov 19
A newly appointed CEO arrives at work on his first day and notices three envelopes in his desk drawer along with a hand-written note from his predecessor: "if you have any difficulties managing the company you can't handle, open these envelopes one at a time." 1/
After a few months in his new role the CEO finds himself embroiled in a big labour dispute, so he opens the first envelope: "Blame your predecessor." the note inside read. The new CEO thought this was great, laid all the blame at the foot of his predecessor and quelled unrest. 2/
Two years later the CEO finds himself in a big product design scandal so he opens the second envelope: "Hire a consultant." So the CEO brings in a big consulting firm and promises investors and his board that the issues are in good hands. 3/
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3 Aug 19
A thread with some tips on how to make the most out of business travel: speaking as a guy who's clocked a million miles in my career, had "platinum" status on 3 different airlines, and done business in dozens of countries. Others will disagree with me but these are my tricks 1/
Tip 1: travel light. Pack just a standard 9 inch roll-aboard suitcase. This can be hard but you need to be disciplined:
- travel with two pairs of shoes, one on your feet, one in the bag
- stuff shoes with underwear and socks so they're not taking up empty space. 2/
- only pack one type of clothes: if you're traveling for business, don't pack casual clothes, if you're traveling for vacation don't pack business clothes
- pack clothes you can mix-and-match so you can wear each outer garment 2x without looking like you wore the same outfit 3/
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