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December 19, 2018

*Germany Approves Third Gender, ‘Diverse’, for Official Documents:

Germany’s parliament has voted to recognize a third gender for government documents, meaning that citizens can now be recognized in the European country as male, female, or diverse. The change in law came late Thursday night and follows a 2017 court ruling which required theGerman government to either allow a third gender or to scrap gender classification altogether.

Germany is the first country in Europe, therefore, to allow parents to declare their children as ‘divers’ (diverse) from birth. The 2017 court case which brought the change was heard at the Karlsruhe constitutional court and concerned a complainant who had been proven to have no chromosomal sex from birth but was nevertheless registered female.

*Death Penalty Hit Near-Historic
Low in 2018: Report:
Fewer than 30 prisoners were executed in 2018, marking the fourth year that the controversial practice has hit a near-historic low, according to a Friday report from the Death Penalty Information Center. In the past year, only 25 inmates on death row were executed, and only 42 were sentenced. The deaths were concentrated in just eight states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Nebraska, South Dakota, Tennessee, andTexas. Texas accounted for 13 of those 25 deaths.

The sentences were concentrated in only 14 states, led by Texas and Florida, which each had seven. The report notes that for the first time in the death penalty’s modern history, no county imposed more than one death sentence. And this October, Washington became the 20th state to abolish the practice entirely.

“America continued its long-term movement away from the death penalty in 2018,” said Robert Dunham, DPIC’s executive director. “Even in the face of inflammatory political rhetoric urging its expanded use, voters showed that the death penalty is no longer a political wedge issue. The reelection of governors who imposed death penalty moratoria, the replacement of hardline pro-death-penalty prosecutors with reformers, and Washington’s court decision striking down its death penalty suggest that we will see even greater erosion of the death penalty in the years ahead.”

*Mexico Cracks Down On Illegal Immigration By Shutting Border With Guatemala:

While Democrats and Republicans battle over what to do about the United States‘ southern border — particularly over whether to fully fund President Donald Trump‘s signature project, a full-scale border wall — the newly elected Mexicangovernment is taking drastic steps to curb illegal immigration in their own country, cutting off passage across their own southern border.

In a move that will likely shock pro-immigration activists,Mexico‘s new president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, and his administration have agreed to close the border between Mexico and Guatemala, largely to prevent more migrant caravans from crossing into Mexico’s southern states. According to The Washington Times, a Mexican Interior Minister told media that border security “is no longer an issue.”

“Do you know why it is no longer an issue? Because in five days this administration solved the issue, five days,” she continued. “The United States was impressed.”

Nearly 1 in 3 US Physicians
Were Born Abroad:

At a time when immigration is a hot-button issue, the Americanhealth care system is highly dependent on professionals born in other countries, an analysis of U.S. census data shows.

In 2016, roughly 17 percent of professionals in 24 medical fields—from optometrists to chiropractors to veterinarians—were foreign-born, and almost 5 percent of them were not U.S. citizens, according to the analysis published this week in theJournal of the American Medical Association. The analysis could not distinguish between professionals trained in their country of origin and those trained in the United States.

The rates were even higher for the most educated providers. About one in five pharmacists, one in four dentists, and 29 percent of physicians—approaching one in three—were foreign-born.

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The two smartphone apps taking meditation mainstream exude a Zen vibe and trumpet nearly identical missions to increase health and happiness around the world. But behind the blissful marketing mantras, Headspace and Calm are locked in a head-to-head fight to dominate the booming $1.2 billion meditation market.
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Pollstar released its year-end report on Monday, and Ed Sheeran’s “Divide” Tour sits definitively at the top. The singer’s global tour is the most money-making jaunt in any single year of Pollstar’s 30-year history, according to the box office research group. Sheeran, who performed mostly solo onstage but had Elton John come on as a guest vocalist at select events, sold 4,860,482 tickets across 53 cities and 94 shows for an all-time record gross of $432 million.

That amount is well ahead of the money made in 2018 byTaylor Swift’s “Reputation” Tour ($345.1 million) and Jay-Zand Beyoncé’s “On the Run II” Tour ($254.1 million). WhileU2’s historic chart-topping “360” tour grossed $736.4 million, it took over two years to reach that mark.

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*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman:
I have this feeling that the 2020 presidential election in theUnited States will be unlike any in my lifetime — and not only because it will likely involve Donald Trump running as an incumbent — he alone is a one-man, three-ring circus — but also because the huge issue that should have been the focus of the 2016 election will be unavoidable by 2020. That is: How do we govern the “Next America’’?

“You know William Gibson’s line, ‘The future is already here, it’s just not evenly distributed’? Well, the future is here, and now it’s starting to really get distributed. This is the Next America. But our institutions and political parties have not adapted to it,’’Gautam Mukunda, a Harvard Kennedy School Research Fellow and the author of “Indispensable: When Leaders Really Matter,’’ remarked in an interview. By 2020, it will be impossible to ignore the Next America. “The basic premises of how the economy works have shifted under our feet and the government will have to respond.’’

This Next America will raise a whole web of new intertwined policy, legal, moral, ethical and privacy issues because of changes in technology, demographics, the environment and globalization that are reaching critical mass.

*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by John Kerry:
(John Kerry was the secretary of state from 2013 to 2017)
This week is the third anniversary of the Paris climate agreement. The Trump administration marked it by working with Russia and Gulf oil nations to sideline science and undermine the accord at climate talks underway in Katowice, Poland.

While I was in New Delhi this week, where I met with solar energy advocates, a comment made thousands of miles away by the journalist Bob Woodward almost jumped off my iPad: The president, he said, “makes decisions often without a factual basis.” This isn’t a mere personality quirk of the leader of the free world. It is profoundly dangerous for the entire planet.

Scientists tell us we must act now to avoid the ravages of climate change. The collision of facts and alternative facts has hurt America’s efforts to confront this existential crisis. Ever since Mr. Trump announced that he would pull America out of the Paris accord, those of us in the fight have worked to demonstrate that the American people are still in.

But the test is not whether the nation’s cities and states can make up for Mr. Trump’s rejection of reality. They can. The test is whether the nations of the world will pull out of the mutual suicide pact that we’ve all passively joined through an inadequate response to this crisis.

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*Gun Deaths in the U.S. Hit Highest Level in Over 20 Years:

The rate of gun deaths in the U.S. has hit its highest level in more than 20 years, with almost 40,000 people killed in shootings in 2017, according to new government figures. The numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show 39,773 people in the U.S. lost their lives after being shot or shooting themselves in 2017. That represents a total of 12 deaths per 100,000 people—up from 10.1 in 2010 and the highest rate since 1996.

According to a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, that compares with rates of 0.2 gun deaths per 100,000 people in Japan, 0.3 in the U.K., 0.9 inGermany, and 2.1 in Canada.

Suicide is by far the greatest killer, accounting for about 60 percent of all gun deaths. Almost 24,000 people, or 6.9 per 100,000, killed themselves with a gun in 2014—that’s up from 6.1 in 2010 and 5.9 in 2000. Last year also saw the deadliest mass shooting by an individual to take place modern U.S. history, when 58 people died in a massacre on the Las Vegas Strip.

*Over 40 Percent of Americans Say No to Flu Vaccinations:

Have you gotten your flu shot this year? If the answer is no – and I’m not getting one! – you’re not alone. A new study finds more than 40 percent of Americans have not been vaccinated and, in fact, don’t plan on it either. This is despite the warnings, potential dangers, and last year’s record-number of flu deaths. The survey was done by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago.

People under the age of 45 were the least likely to report being vaccinated. The top three reasons why they didn’t want the shot were: bad side effects; thinking they’ll get the flu from the shot; or thinking it doesn’t work.

Some think the side effects are worse than the flu itself, but that’s just a myth. Usually the only side effect is a sore arm. It’s also a myth that getting the vaccine gives you the flu. The flu vaccine is inactive and cannot cause the infection. If you do get sick after getting the vaccine, it’s just a coincidence.

And while it is true that the vaccine doesn’t work 100 percent of the time, the benefit is that it lessens the severity. If you do still get the flu you’re 60 percent less likely to need treatment.

*DHS: New Border Wall Stops ‘Violent Mob of 1,000 People’ – ‘No Breaches’:

“Walls Work,” the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) declared Wednesday, highlighting how new wall inCalifornia successfully thwarted “a violent mob of 1,000 people” on Sunday – without a single breach:

“On Sunday when a violent mob of 1,000 people stormed our Southern border, we found the newly constructed portions of the wall to be very effective.”

“All of the individuals were either apprehended or retreated intoMexico. That evening, the fence was repaired. There were no breaches along the newly constructed border wall areas.”

But, in places where wall had not yet been constructed, the outdated fencing was breached by the violent mob, which assaulted border agents, DHS reports.

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5 Richest Counties Still D.C. Suburbs; 10 of Nation’s 20 Richest Counties
in D.C. Area:

The five richest counties in the United States when measured by median household income are all still suburbs ofWashington, D.C., according to American Community Survey data released today by the Census Bureau.

In fact, ten of the top twenty richest counties in the country are suburbs of Washington, D.C., according to this new data.

The same five suburban Washington, D.C., counties that were the richest in the country according to estimates that the Census Bureau released last year are also the five richest this year. However, their rankings have changed slightly in the new data release: Fairfax County, Va., and Howard County, Md., moved ahead of Falls Church City, Va.

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A Report Card: Which States Have the Worst Infrastructure?

1. Rhode Island:
Number of Bridges Deficient: 23.2%
% of Poor Roads: 70
Grade: F

2. New Hampshire:
Number of Bridges Deficient: 10.9%
% of Poor Roads: 54
Grade: F

3. Maine:
Number of Bridges Deficient: 13.3%
% of Poor Roads: 53
Grade: D-

4. Connecticut:
Number of Bridges Deficient: 7.8%
% of Poor Roads: 73
Grade: D

5. West Virginia:
Number of Bridges Deficient: 19%
% of Poor Roads: 47
Grade: D

6. Maryland:
Number of Bridges Deficient: 5.6%
% of Poor Roads: 55
Grade: D

7. New York:
Number of Bridges Deficient: 10.5%
% of Poor Roads: 60
Grade: D

8. New Jersey:
Number of Bridges Deficient: 8.8%
% of Poor Roads: 66
Grade: D+

9. Massachusetts:
Number of Bridges Deficient: 9.3%
% of Poor Roads: 42
Grade: D+

10. Mississippi:
Number of Bridges Deficient: 11.8%
% of Poor Roads: 51
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30 percent of U.S. Medical School Graduates become primary care doctors, compared with 70 percent worldwide.

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The Weekly Standard went out of business on Friday—killed by representatives of right-wing Colorado billionaire Philip Anschutz, who purchased the respected 23-year-old conservative magazine from its original owner, Rupert Murdoch, in 2009 for a reported $1 million.

“We are done,” Stephen F. Hayes, the Standard’s editor-in-chief, told his staff of nearly 40 Friday morning, after a brief meeting with executives of Anschutz’s Clarity Media Group inWashington, D.C. The death notice was widely expected, and Hayes and the magazine’s founding editors, including Never Trump conservative pundit Bill Kristol, had spent months attempting to organize a consortium of buyers to save the publication.

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Cannabis King BigMike, Founder of Advanced Nutrients, to Marry Bulgarian Supermodel 

At sunset, November 18, on the Caribbean island of Anguilla,BigMike Straumietis presented Ceci Krasimirova with a flawless diamond ring. Among the rarest and purest on earth, fewer than two percent of all diamonds fall into the flawless category, and such gemstones were typically reserved throughout history for kings and queens alone.

BigMike and Krasimirova’s relationship began over a decade ago in Bulgaria. Upon being introduced at a mountainside restaurant, BigMike was floored by Krasimirova’s unique beauty and stunning blue eyes. The pair hit it off and began a long, private, romantic courtship. Because Krasimirova did not speak much English and BigMike had yet to begin learningBulgarian, at first the couple communicated through a translator.

Over the past decade, BigMike and Krasimirova’s courtship has transformed into true and lasting love. The power couple stands poised to propel their many business ventures to new heights, and look forward to potential collaborative endeavors in the future as well.

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Outrage has become the signature emotion of American public life. People are so used to it—the noise, the flying spittle—that they were pleasantly surprised when Rep.-elect Dan Crenshaw of Texas declined to be incensed. He is the formerNavy SEAL who lost an eye in Afghanistan and was mocked—more stupidly than viciously—for his eyepatch by a performer on “Saturday Night Live.”

The insult called for outrage, in the usual tit-for-tat. But instead Mr. Crenshaw took it in good humor. He went on “SNL” to accept the performer’s apology. Not everything needs to be treated as an outrage, he said—a grown-up in a moment of grace.

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The Clinton’s pathological need to be relevant in America is belied by a Canadian arena, where stretches of empty seats bear witness to the passing of their relevance. It’s a pity.
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December 12, 2018

*U.S. Ends Reliance On Foreign Oil For First Time In 75 Years:

For the first time in 75 years, the United States exported more oil than it imported, carrying out a pledge fromPresident Trump that America can achieve “energy independence.”

While the U.S. has been a net oil importer since 1949, over the final week of November, U.S. net imports of crude oil and petroleum products fell to minus 211,000 barrels per day (bpd) — which means America exported more than it imported, according to data from U.S. Energy Information and Administration.

Oil production has been booming in the U.S. as the shale revolution swept the nation. America is now the world’s largest producer of petroleum, passing Russia and Saudi Arabia. As the U.S. oil boom spread, the power of OPECwas reduced and gas prices in the U.S. have dropped from the $4+ highs under former President Barack Obama.

Net imports peaked in 2005, topping 14 million bpd, but in the last few months, the U.S. has imported an average of 2 million bpd. U.S. production has more than doubled since 2012 because of the new technologies for extracting oil.

*Several Brands of Dog Food Recalled Over Toxic Levels of Vitamin D:

The Food and Drug Administration is alerting dog owners over eight dry dog food brands recalled for potentially deadly levels of vitamin D.

FDA scientists found that samples of the recalled brands contained as much as 70 times the intended amount of vitamin D, an essential nutrient that, when too much is ingested, can lead to vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst and urination, as well as kidney failure, weight loss and death in dogs.

The brands affected by the recall as of Monday includedNutrisca, Natural Life Pet Products, Sunshine Mills, ANF, Lidl, Kroger, ELM Pet Products and Ahold Delhaize. All of them were sold nationwide, according to FDA officials.

*YIKES-Snowflakes Explode Over
Disney Song:

An all-male a cappella group at a prestigious university will no longer sing one well-known Disney song because some audience members — and one sophomore who wrote an article about it for the student newspaper — found it to be “uncomfortable.”

Of course, this is all happening at an Ivy League college:Princeton University.

One of the school’s all-male a cappella groups, the Princeton Tigertones, will no longer perform its popular rendition of “Kiss the Girl” from The Little Mermaid after the complaints. During their performance, the group invites a woman from the audience to join them as they sing and “playfully dance with her for a bit,” according to Inside Higher Ed. As the song reaches a close, the group invites a male audience member, pretend to groom him, and then put the two together, asking that they kiss, as the song suggests. The random couple complies, “sometimes on with a peck on the cheek, sometimes briefly on the lips,” Inside Higher Ed reported.

The entire scene is harmless and done in good fun, which of course does not sit well with the modern outrage crowd.

*Census Bureau: South Gains From ‘Internal Migration’ in U.S.; West, Midwest and Northeast Lose:

The South saw a net population gain from what the Census Bureau calls “internal migration” within the U.S. in the last year, according to data released this week, but the West, Midwestand Northeast saw net losses.

When “movers from abroad” were added to the equation, the West and Midwest ended up having positive net migration, but the Northeast was still in the negative.

At the same time, a record low 10.1 percent of Americanresidents moved from one place to another in the last year, according to new data released by the Census Bureau.

“It is correct to say that the 2018 mover rate of 10.1 percent is a new historical low,” the Census Bureau said.

Lindsey Graham: ‘Zero Chance’ Khashoggi’s Death ‘Happened in Such an Organized Fashion Without the Crown Prince’:

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has no doubt that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is responsible for the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Turkey.

Speaking to reporters after a CIA briefing on Tuesday, Graham said there was “zero chance” that Khashoggi’s death “happened in such an organized fashion without the crown prince.”

“Open source reports show that he had been focusing on Mr. Khashoggi for a very long time. It is zero chance, zero that this happened in such an organized fashion without the crown prince,” the senator said.

Furthermore, Graham also criticized Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis’ assessment that there was “no direct link” connecting the crown prince to Khashoggi’s murder.

The senator said if the secretaries worked for a Democraticadministration he would have accused them of “being in the pocket of Saudi Arabia,” but instead he chooses to believe they’re just “being good soldiers” and using “technical” language in their statement.

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Michael J. Snyder — known for being the first franchisee of theRed Robin restaurant chain, who later became CEO — has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Yakima County Chief Deputy Coroner Marshall Slight tells us … “Snyder committed suicide with a high-powered gun last week in Washington state. We’re told he shot himself on a bench in the front yard of his home.”

Slight says police responded to a 911 call and found Snyder’s body … no suicide note was left behind.

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Tito Ortiz, MMA Superstar, Considers
Rematch With Chael Sonnen

MMA superstar Tito Ortiz, who recently knocked out Chuck Lidell in the first round of their bout on November 24th, 2018, stated that he was considering retirement after finally besting his rival. However, it seems that he might not be ready to hang up his gloves quite yet.

The 43-year-old Ortiz is now teasing a potential rematch withChael Sonnen, who he originally defeated in just 2 minutes with a rear-naked choke back in January of 2017.

“[Chael Sonnen], so you want me to kick your a** again?” Ortiz stated on Twitter, “This time I’m not going to choke you out. I’m going to beat you down. Or are you just infatuated by the way I live?”

Although his fight on November 24th was expected to be a sellout when walk-ups were included, ticket sales were less than expected, and pay-per-view buys were around 40,000. If a rematch between Ortiz and Sonnen was to take place, it would most likely happen in the Bellator promotion.

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We’re enjoying one of the best economies of our lifetime. TheG.D.P. is growing at about 3.5 percent a year, which is about a point faster than many experts thought possible. We’re in the middle of the second-longest recovery in American history, and if it lasts for another eight months it will be the longest ever. If you were born in 1975, you’ve seen the U.S. economy triple in size over the course of your lifetime.

The gains are finally being widely shared, even by the least skilled. As Michael Strain of the American Enterprise Institute recently noted, the median usual weekly earnings for workers who didn’t complete high school shot up by 6.5 percent over the past year. Thanks mostly to government transfer programs, incomes for the bottom fifth of society have increased by about 80 percent over the past four decades.

And yet are we happy?

About 60 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the way things are going in this country. Researchers with the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index interviewed 160,000 adults in 2017 to ask about their financial security, social relationships, sense of purpose and connectedness to community. Last year turned out to be the worst year for well-being of any since the study began 10 years ago.

*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY  by Whitson Gordon:

“You don’t need much to clean a computer,” said Jolie Kerr,New York Times contributor, cleaning expert and host of the podcast “Ask a Clean Person.” “I use exactly four things to keep my laptop clean: Rubbing alcohol, microfiber cloths, cotton swabs and canned air.” Ninety percent or higher isopropyl alcohol is ideal, since it won’t damage the internal components. And if you have some particularly tough grime or oil, a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser (or other melamine sponge) can also work wonders, though it should be a last resort since it’s abrasive.

Don’t bother with specialty cleaners you see at big box electronics stores — they’ll work fine, but they’re probably overpriced compared with what you have at home. “Some people like having them, or they feel better about using anOfficially Sanctioned Product,” Ms. Kerr said. “That is fine! They also make nice add-on gifts for people who are getting a new computer/tablet/phone for a special occasion.” But don’t feel like you need them.

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*EXAMINER–OVERHEARD:

Actress Dame Joan Collins says she believes that her late sister Jackie has been reincarnated — as a fly. The 85-year-old “Dynasty” legend told The Observer that one of the insects appears next to her “all the time” and that she suspects it’s her romance-author sibling, who died in 2015 after a seven-year battle with breast cancer.

“I have this little fly that comes near me all the time. It’s really strange,” Collins told the paper. “I think it might be my sister.”

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