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  • GOP Insists It Doesn't Engage In Identity Politics. Researchers Disagree (NPR)

    12/20/2018 2:18:54 PM PST · by Drango · 19 replies
    NPR ^ | Dec 20 '18 | ASMA KHALID
    Donald Trump has had success at using identity politics. Ohio's Mahoning Valley is a place where a conservative version of identity politics — tied to race and class — is flourishing. NOEL KING, HOST: For years, Republicans have insisted that they don't engage in identity politics. But many political science researchers disagree. And they point to Donald Trump's success as proof. NPR's Asma Khalid brought us this story. It's about the transformation of Mahoning Valley in eastern Ohio. This is a place where a conservative version of identity politics, tied to race and class, is flourishing. (SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC) ASMA...
  • U.S. Health Official Expresses Alarm at Increase in Vaping among Teens

    12/20/2018 6:19:29 AM PST · by Drango · 29 replies
    Scientific American ^ | Dec 17 '18 | Emily Willingham
    U.S. teens are turning to vaping in record numbers, with rates climbing dramatically since 2017. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has released its 2019 Monitoring the Future survey of eighth, 10th and 12th graders across the country, and the results indicate an alarming increase across all three age groups. When asked whether they had vaped in the last month, high school seniors reported about doubling their rates in the span of a year, going from 11 percent in 2017 to 20.9 percent in 2018. Moreover, 27.8 percent of teens reported “any vaping” in 2017, rising to 37.3 percent...
  • I'm selling Yellow Vests (vanity)

    12/13/2018 10:02:50 AM PST · by Drango · 33 replies
    Dec 13 '18 | Drango
    I'm going to import and sell yellow vests as I see it as a booming market. Should my first order be 1,000,000 or 5,000,000 vests? Just askin'.
  • FDA plans curbs on e-cigarette sales over concerns about surge in teen vaping

    11/10/2018 11:18:10 AM PST · by Drango · 58 replies
    WashPost ^ | November 8,'18 | Laurie McGinley
    The Food and Drug Administration, alarmed by a huge increase in vaping among minors, is expected to impose severe restrictions on the sale of e-cigarette products throughout the United States — actions that will probably have a significant impact on an industry that has grown exponentially in recent years with little government oversight. As soon as next week, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is expected to announce a ban on the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes in tens of thousands of convenience stores and gas stations across the country, according to senior agency officials. The agency will also impose such rules...
  • In US, cigarette smoking rate declines to new low

    11/08/2018 11:17:21 AM PST · by Drango · 29 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Nov 8, '18
    In US, cigarette smoking rate declines to new low Washington (AFP) - Cigarette smoking is losing popularity in the United States, where health officials Thursday announced just 14 percent of the population now smokes, the lowest level ever recorded in the country. Some 34 million US adults smoke cigarettes, according to a 2017 survey by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The 14 percent cigarette-smoker rate is down from 15.5 percent in 2016. The current rate marks a 67 percent decline since 1965, the year the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) began collecting annual data on smokers, said...
  • Transgender Boy Tells Mom 'It Shouldn't Be Scary To Be Who You Are (NPR)

    10/26/2018 12:41:06 PM PDT · by Drango · 63 replies
    NPR ^ | October 26, 2018 | NPR
    <p>Kaysen Ford was 12 years old in 2015 when he and his mother, Jennifer Sumner, sat down for a StoryCorps interview in Birmingham, Ala. The youngest of seven children, Kaysen talked to his mother about being transgender.</p> <p>Kaysen Ford had just finished 5th grade in Tuscaloosa, Ala., when he started using he/him pronouns. It was around that time he began to tell friends and family that he was transgender.</p>
  • Finding 'Common Good' Among Evangelicals In The Political Season (NPR)

    10/25/2018 10:30:15 AM PDT · by Drango · 18 replies
    NPR ^ | 10/25/18 | SARAH MCCAMMON
    On a recent evening in Houston, under the heavy branches of live oak trees, Doug Pagitt stood before a couple dozen people gathered on blue folding chairs on the Rice University campus. "You've heard it said that to be a true Christian, you must vote like a Republican," he said. "But we are here to be reminded that just ain't so." You have heard it said, 'America First,' but we are here to be reminded to 'seek first the Kingdom of God,' on behalf of all those everywhere in the world. Doug Pagitt Pagitt, 52, describes himself as a progressive...
  • How Accurate Are Online DNA Tests?

    10/16/2018 6:27:59 AM PDT · by Drango · 60 replies
    Scientific America ^ | 10/15/18 | Adam Rutherford
    Blah, blah, blah...DNA stuff...~snip (This is in the conclusion) But to say that you are 20 percent Irish, 4 percent Native American or 12 percent Scandinavian is fun, trivial and has very little scientific meaning.
  • ‘Trump … blinked, Seattle won,’ Durkan says as police get federal funds (trun)

    10/15/2018 1:25:19 PM PDT · by Drango · 26 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | October 15, 2018 | Daniel Beekman
    The Trump administration, after threatening to withhold funds for Seattle in retaliation for the city’s immigration policies, has agreed to hand over the money, according to Mayor Jenny Durkan and City Attorney Pete Holmes. Seattle and nearby jurisdictions have been approved for $657,975 in Justice Assistance Grant funds, the U.S. Department of Justice said in an Oct. 10 letter to the city. Durkan and Holmes are declaring the news a victory for Seattle and its policies, ... ~snip “Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions blinked, Seattle won and public safety prevailed,” Durkan said in a statement over the weekend. The Trump...
  • Trump approves Labor–HHS support for CPB, interconnection, Ready To Learn

    09/28/2018 4:05:23 PM PDT · by Drango · 2 replies
    CURRENT ^ | Sept 28 | Dru Sefton
    President Trump signed the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Bill for fiscal 2019 Friday, securing forward funding for CPB and annual support for two other public broadcasting budget items. The legislation gives CPB flat funding of $445 million for FY21. The rebuilding of public broadcasting’s interconnection infrastructure gets $20 million for FY19, the full amount public broadcasters had requested. Ready To Learn, the public TV early-childhood education project, gets $27.7 million of a $30 million request. Pat Butler, president of America’s Public Television Stations, said in an announcement that Trump’s signature marks “the culmination of the Appropriations...
  • Lexington-area tourism group beefs up marketing in wake of RED Hen controversy

    09/03/2018 4:21:17 AM PDT · by Drango · 73 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | Sept 3 2018 | Alison Graham
    LEXINGTON — Rockbridge Regional Tourism approved a recovery plan to boost its marketing after The Red Hen restaurant controversy brought a slew of negative national media coverage this summer. The regional tourism board, with members from Lexington, Buena Vista and Rockbridge County, met with the Lexington City Council on Thursday for an update on tourism initiatives and numbers. The board had initially approved the recovery plan soon after news of The Red Hen controversy was spreading across the country. At the end of June, the restaurant’s owner declined to serve presidential press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders when she visited the...
  • A New Smoking Ban In Public Housing Roils Some Residents

    08/24/2018 2:24:14 PM PDT · by Drango · 52 replies
    Huffington ^ | 08/20/2018 | Wiltz
    ATLANTA — It’s August here, which means things are hot, verging on swampy. And it’s cigarette break time, which means the denizens of the Barge Road Highrise senior housing complex are both hot and cranky. Really cranky...So yeah, they’re mad. Excerpt...See link
  • 'Adjusting Appropriately' To Words That Hurt (NPR-"Sherpa" or "spook,")

    08/09/2018 4:35:17 PM PDT · by Drango · 42 replies
    NPR ^ | Aug 8 '18 | Jeanine Santucci
    In recent weeks, the Ombudsman's Office received complaints from listeners and readers about a handful of specific words used by the newsroom. These listeners and readers argued that the words have racial histories that made them inappropriate. This is an ongoing concern of NPR audience members: words that are in common usage, but that a growing number of people now understand have racial or ethnic roots that make them offensive to some, at least in some situations. What is NPR's obligation here, when language that may seem innocuous to some, or is being used by people in the news, also...
  • Opinion: Calling The Press The Enemy Of The People Is A Menacing Move (NPR)

    08/05/2018 11:11:18 AM PDT · by Drango · 134 replies
    NPR ^ | Aug 4 '18 | Scott Simon
    "Enemy of the people" is an incendiary phrase. It's been uttered by some of history's most vicious thugs — Robespierre, Goebbels, Lenin, Stalin, Mao — to vilify their opponents ... who were often murdered. President Trump must know that history by now when he calls the press "the enemy of the people." As he must also know the anti-Semitic and racist history of the America First slogan, by which the president describes many of his policies. But Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, pointedly declined the chance this week to say, as Ivanka Tump did, "I do not feel...
  • For President Trump, Life Is Just Not Fair — And What That Means For The Rest Of Us (NPR)

    08/04/2018 3:01:13 PM PDT · by Drango · 17 replies
    NPR ^ | Aug 3,'18 | DOMENICO MONTANARO
    A week after firing FBI Director James Comey in May 2017, President Trump got out of Washington to deliver the commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. He decided to give the graduating cadets some advice. "Over the course of your life, you will find that things are not always fair," Trump said. "You will find that things happen to you that you do not deserve and that are not always warranted. But you have to put your head down and fight, fight, fight. Never, ever, ever give up. Things will work out just fine." Pretty standard stuff to...
  • San Francisco Squalor: City Streets Strewn With Trash, Needles And Human Feces (NPR)

    08/02/2018 1:56:15 AM PDT · by Drango · 59 replies
    NPR ^ | Aug 1st, '18 | Samantha Raphelson
    San Francisco's streets are so filthy that at least one infectious disease expert has compared the city to some of the dirtiest slums in the world. The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit surveyed 153 blocks of the city in February, finding giant mounds of trash and food on the majority of streets. At least 100 discarded needles and more than 300 piles of human feces were also found in downtown San Francisco, according to the report. San Francisco's new mayor, London Breed, had proposed adding nearly $13 million to the city's $65 million street cleaning budget over the next two...
  • Smoking banned in public housing nationwide, effective today

    07/31/2018 3:00:59 PM PDT · by Drango · 174 replies
    CBS ^ | July 31, '18 | CAITLIN O'KANE
    Smokers can no longer light up in or near public housing facilities in the U.S. due to a new rule that went into effect July 31. The nationwide ban on smoking in public housing was implemented nearly two years after the rule was passed by the Obama administration in 2016. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) now prohibits the use of cigarettes, cigars and pipes in all public housing units and common areas, as well as any outdoor areas up to 25 feet from public housing and administrative office buildings. The ban does not apply to e-cigarettes, snuff...
  • One in Four Americans Support Total Smoking Ban (Gallup)

    07/23/2018 1:36:10 PM PDT · by Drango · 101 replies
    Gallup ^ | July 23, 2018 | Justin McCarthy
    One in Four Americans Support Total Smoking Ban by Justin McCarthy Story Highlights 25% of U.S. adults support an outright smoking ban Support remains much higher for a ban on smoking in public places (59%) Public smoking ban popular among all groups WASHINGTON, D.C. -- One in four U.S. adults say that smoking should be made totally illegal in the U.S. --
  • 72-Yr Old Veteran Curb-Stomped by "Eight African-American men" As He's Walking Home in Berkeley

    07/21/2018 1:53:54 PM PDT · by Drango · 54 replies
    KTVU ^ | Jul 21, 2018
  • Journalist Sees 'Almost No Daylight' Between Fox News And White House Agendas (NPR)

    07/16/2018 1:44:32 PM PDT · by Drango · 22 replies
    NPR ^ | July 12 '18 | TRERRY is GROSS
    TERRY GROSS, HOST: This is FRESH AIR. I'm Terry Gross. President Trump's connections to his favorite TV network, Fox News, got even stronger last week with his appointment of Bill Shine to serve as deputy chief of staff for communications. When Roger Ailes was president of Fox News, Shine served as his vice president and was considered Ailes' enforcer. When Ailes was ousted after several women at Fox alleged he'd sexually harassed them, Shine became co-president of Fox. But then he was forced out for having helped enable a climate of sexual harassment in the Ailes era. Shine was named...