Friday, November 02, 2018


You depend on the labor of the working poor.  They take care of your children so you can work.  They plant and pick the food you eat.  They pick up your garbage so it doesn't accumulate at your house.  They build and repair your roads.  They work at jobs that enable you to eat at restaurants and buy prepared food, instead of spending your time cooking from scratch.  Etc.  And they pay social security taxes, medicare taxes, sales taxes, property taxes (indirectly for renters).  They pay a HIGHER percentage of state and local taxes than those who make more money. They clean up after natural and unnatural disasters. The keep businesses, hotels, hospitals clean, and take out the trash.
Oct. 31, 2018
Men who start families later in life should be aware of the potential health risks to their children, according to US doctors who found that babies born to older fathers tend to have more medical issues than those born to younger men.
Researchers at Stanford University in California studied health records linked to all live births in the state between 2007 and 2016, amounting to more than 40 million babies. The records showed that children born to men aged 45 and over had a 14% greater risk of premature birth, low birth weight and being admitted to neonatal intensive care compared with babies born to younger fathers.
Infants born to men aged 45 and over also scored lower on the Apgar newborn health test, and were 18% more likely to have seizures compared with infants born to fathers aged 25 to 34 years, according to the study in the British Medical Journal. For women, the risk of gestational diabetes was greater when they had children with older men.
Oct. 31, 2018
Women in North Korea are routinely subjected to sexual violence by government officials, prison guards, interrogators, police, prosecutors, and soldiers, according to a new report, with groping and unwanted advances a part of daily life for women working in the country’s burgeoning black markets.
Nov. 1, 2018
Heatwaves in the UK are lasting twice as long as they did 50 years ago, ice days are disappearing and tropical nights are starting to occur as far north as Middlesbrough, according to a Met Office report.
In line with numerous other research papers on the rise in global temperatures, it also highlights how weather patterns are being pushed off a normal path as a result of human emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.
Nov. 1, 2018
More than a year after the US Environmental Protection Agency took down information on climate change from its website for an “update”, it now seems uncertain whether it will ever reappear.
In April last year, the EPA replaced its online climate change section with a holding page that said the content was being updated to “reflect the agency’s new direction under President Donald Trump”.
Information previously found at made it clear that human activity was warming the planet, resulting in harm to Americans’ health as well as crucial ecosystems on which humans depend.
The EPA under the Trump administration has attempted to roll back all key measures designed to address climate change, such as limits on pollution from coal plants, rules to prevent methane emissions from oil and gas drilling and tighter fuel efficiency standards for cars. Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist who is now acting EPA administrator, has said “federal regulations are not necessary to drive greenhouse gas reductions”.
Enck said that EPA career staff are “frustrated” and “ashamed” about the new stance on climate change and urged her former colleagues to speak out.
Oct. 26, 2018
Billionaires around the world enjoyed their most profitable period in recorded history, increasing their wealth by around 20 percent in 2017 as the gap between the super-rich and the rest of humanity continued to widen.
The world’s richest people added $1.4 trillion to their fortunes last year, according to a new report published by Swiss bank UBS and cited by The Guardian. This represents a faster rate of growth than ever before, including the infamous uber-capitalist Gilded Age in the U.S, which produced hugely influential and wealthy family dynasties.
The globe’s richest 1 percent now own around half of the world’s entire wealth, their share having risen from 42.5 percent in 2008, according to a 2017 Credit Suisse report cited by The Guardian.
Humanity’s 3.5 billion poorest citizens, making up some 70 percent of the world’s working population, account for only 2.7 percent of global wealth.
The revelations of the Panama and Paradise Papers, leaked in 2015 and 2017 respectively, shed some light on how the globe’s richest people squirrel away their wealth. Rather than reinvesting and creating jobs as proponents of the widely discredited trickle-down economic theory argue, the super-rich often take money out of national economies and hoard it offshore using tax avoidance loopholes.
Mar. 8, 2018
A new study published in Science finds that false news online travels “farther, faster, deeper, and more broadly than the truth.” And the effect is more pronounced for false political news than for false news about terrorism, natural disasters, science, urban legends, or financial information.
Falsehoods are 70 percent more likely to be retweeted on Twitter than the truth, researchers found. And false news reached 1,500 people about six times faster than the truth.
Oct. 31, 2018
Trevor Noah Trashes Fox News: Giant Caravan Of Dangerous Extremists
“Really, an invasion? Get the fuck out of here, man,” Noah told a live audience in Miami, where he’s recording this week’s show. “What kind of invaders apply to come in and give the enemy three months’ warning?”
He then aired footage of Fox News anchor Shep Smith explaining how the rhetoric about the caravan was “all about” the upcoming midterm elections.
Aug. 30, 2018
Trump orders postal privatization plans kept secret until after midterm elections
Oct. 31, 2018
Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was strangled as soon as he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul as part of a premeditated killing, and his body was dismembered before it was removed, a top Turkish prosecutor said Wednesday.
"In accordance with plans made in advance, the victim, Jamal Khashoggi, was strangled and killed immediately after entering the Consulate General of Saudi Arabia," the prosecutor's office said.
"The victim Jamal Khashoggi's body was dismembered and destroyed following his death by suffocation, again in line with the advance plans," the two-page statement read.
Nov. 1, 2018
Three men are blaming Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric and Russian propaganda for inspiring a plot to kill Somali refugees in Kansas.
The men, Patrick Stein, Curtis Allen and Gavin Wright, who referred to themselves as “The Crusaders,” planned to bomb an apartment complex housing many Muslim Somali refugees and its mosque about two years ago.
The attorneys cited a Pew Research Centre study that revealed Mr Trump’s presidential win resulted in an exponential increase of anti-Muslim violence. They also referred to several of the president’s tweets, including one where Mr Trump – void of any evidence – claimed the migrant caravan marching towards the US contained “criminals” and “unknown Middle Easterners”.

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