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December 22, 2019

*SIR ANTHONY HOPKINS ON CURRENT EVENTS: ‘I DON’T KNOW…ACTORS ARE PRETTY STUPID’

In an interview with fellow actor Brad Pitt, Academy Award winner Sir Anthony Hopkins, who has appeared in at least 80 films and dozens of television shows, said that when people ask him about current events, he replies that his opinion does not matter because “actors are pretty stupid.”  Hopkins’ interview with Pitt was published in Interview magazine on Dec. 2. During the exchange, Hopkins, 81, said, “People ask me questions about present situations in life, and I say, ‘I don’t know, I’m just an actor. I don’t have any opinions.” “Actors are pretty stupid,” said Hopkins, 81.  “My opinion is not worth anything.” “There’s no controversy for me, so don’t engage me in it,” he added,  “because I’m not going to participate.”

*WHERE DOES THIS END? – PORTLAND WANTS PRIVATE PROPERTY OWNERS TO ADD  ‘MANDATORY REST SPACES’ FOR THE HOMELESS

Portland, Oregon, like many other notably “blue” cities, is not immune to a growing homelessness problem. Like San Francisco, California, and Seattle, Washington, Portland is overrun with people sleeping rough, many of whom suffer from drug addiction and mental illness. There are humane ways to handle the homelessness problem but, it seems, a Portland city commission would rather change Portland’s building codes in order to force private property owners to accommodate members of Portland’s homeless population, according to local media.

The city’s “planning and sustainability commission,” which writes and enforces the city’s building codes, approved a change to building guidelines in November that would require new construction to feature “opportunities to rest and be welcome” for those who do not number among that building’s residents or customers. The requirement can be read a number of ways, but at least one member of the Portland planning and sustainability commission was clear to local reporters that the requirement is to the benefit of the city’s “unhoused,” who are often kicked off of private property for loitering, sleeping, or camping — as is (typically) a private property owner’s right.

“Just one of the realities of Portland right now is that we have a lot of folks who are unhoused who benefit from some of these spaces that provide weather protection,” she said when introducing the idea at a recent meeting. Business owners obviously took issue with the new requirement, badgering committee members to be more specific about the rules — particularly whether the Portland planning and sustainability commission was mandating that private property owners accommodate beds, tents, and full camps.

*JUDGE: ‘MIRACLE ON ICE’ HERO MARK PAVELICH SHOULD BE COMMITTED OVER MENTAL ILLNESS: 

  A Minnesota judge has ordered that Mark Pavelich, a member of the “Miracle on Ice” U.S. 1980 Olympic hockey team, should be committed because he’s mentally ill and dangerous. Pavelich, 61, was charged with felony assault in August for allegedly beating a friend with a metal pole after he accused the friend of spiking his beer. A judge found Pavelich incompetent to stand trial, and the criminal case was put on hold while the state sought to have Pavelich committed. According to Judge Michael Cuzzo’s order, one psychologist found Pavelich had delusions and paranoia, including a delusion that friends and family were trying to poison him.

Another psychologist found he suffered from a mild neurocognitive disorder due to traumatic brain injury, likely related to repeated head injuries. Pavelich’s family have said they believe he suffers from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a brain disorder after repeated concussions from his time in the NHL. They said they started seeing changes in him a years ago, but he was unable to get any help. Pavelich had two assists in the critical game in which the U.S. beat the loaded Soviet team 4-3. 

 *STEROID INHALERS MAY NOT BE WORKING FOR MILD ASTHMA SUFFERERS: STUDY

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that it may be time to rethink traditional treatments for mild asthma. Citing a 42-week, double-blind trial involving 295 patients over the age of 12, researchers found that the type of inflammation most synthetic corticosteroids target is not as common as earlier thought. Among the patients with mild, persistent asthma, more than half responded as well to a placebo as they did to the traditional inhaler.

“We’re suggesting that it’s time to reevaluate what the standard recommended form of treatment is for these milder patients,” said Stephen Lazarus, a pulmonologist at the University of California who led the research. “We may be giving people steroids, subjecting them to potential adverse effects and the increased costs, without a significant clinical benefit. For many years, I think we’ve attributed their poor asthma control to the fact that they weren’t taking their medicines and it may be that many of them were taking their medicines—they just weren’t working.”

 *FORMER FEMA DIRECTOR: ‘WE’VE GOT TO STOP LOOKING AT FEMA AS 911’ 

 As Hurricane Dorian leaves devastation in the Bahamas and now threatens the Southeast coast, the Federal Emergency Management Agency says its team of 4,000 people is ready to respond.But former FEMA Director Brock Long, who dealt with hundreds of emergency events, including the record flooding in Houston and the hurricane devastation in Puerto Rico in 2017, told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday, “I think FEMA faces unrealistic expectations by Congress and the American public.”

Long said FEMA’s emergency managers “bust their rear ends to serve other people.” But he also said the criteria for what constitutes a major disaster needs to change, along with people’s expectations about what FEMA can do: You know, if you look at 50 percent of the disasters that FEMA has historically declared, they’re less than $7.5 million. And, in some cases, you know, we’ve got to stop looking at FEMA as 911. This is a partnership. You know, if we want to get better and become more resilient and respond better, then we have to refocus the training upon how we ask citizens to be prepared, not just going out and having supplies for five to seven days, but be — you know, teaching them how to become more financially resilient, teaching them that insurance is the first line of defense, not FEMA, teaching them tangible skills like CPR, that when they face active shooter events. But we also have to bolster state — state and local capabilities. But, more importantly, until Congress starts to incentivize putting building codes in place, land-use planning in place, incentivizing states and locals for insuring their public infrastructure, FEMA’s job is impossible. So it wasn’t a knock on FEMA, it’s just we have to set realistic expectations for the agency and really bolster the capability from neighbor helping neighbor, all the way to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

*ACTOR GARY SINISE CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF VETERANS ADVOCACY

 Gary Sinise, the actor famous for portraying Lieutenant Dan in the movie “Forrest Gump,” is celebrating 25 years advocating for the non-profit organization Disabled American Veterans (DAV) this week. Sinise began advocating on behalf of veterans after receiving an award from DAV commending him for his performance as Lieutenant Dan, a wheelchair bound veteran who struggles with alcoholism and mental illness after coming home from Vietnam, according to a press release by the Gary Sinise Foundation.

“Your superb performance brought awareness of the lifelong sacrifice of disabled veterans back into public consciousness in a remarkable positive way,” read the award.The press release also notes that since receiving the award, Sinise has supported the DAV in a variety of capacities, including as the spokesperson when the organization was advocating to construct the Americans Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial in the nation’s capital. “The memorial honors veterans of the armed forces of the United States who were permanently disabled during the course of their national service,” the release continues.

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Robocalls are at an all-time high. On average, Americans received more than 2,000 robocalls every second in October, up 25% from the previous month. With 49 billion robocalls so far this year, all four major U.S. phone carriers now offer some form of blocking or screening service. T-Mobile, for example, uses a “Scam Likely” label. Congress and state officials passed new robocall regulations in recent months and have seen an uptick in successful cases against the scammers. Meanwhile, hundreds of tech start-ups are developing new ways to tackle the problem.

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A person who forms opinions on the basis of reason, independent of authority or tradition, especially a person whose religious opinions differ from established belief.

In this day of spin, parsing, plausible deniability and partisan media, it’s hard to, not only separate truth from lies, but it’s hard to separate precision from hyperbole. Some talking heads and television personalities are so vicious and hateful that practically every statement is over the top, not meant to inform but incite. Many of our politicians of today are little more than human tape loops, repeating the same tired rhetoric, as predictable as the sunrise and as informative as experiencing somebody having a gas attack.

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December 15, 2019

*DISGRACE – U.S. Students Trail Way Behind Chinese Counterparts in Worldwide Exam:

U.S. teens are far behind their Chinese counterparts in an exam taken by students around the world, The Wall Street Journal reports. The test, called the Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA, is given to a representative sample of about 600,000 students in 79 countries and education systems every three years. U.S. students showed an average reading score of 505 out of 1,000, a math score of 478, and a science score of 502, trailing behind Chinese students in each subject.

China had the highest scores of all nations in all three subjects, topping perennial leader Singapore with an average reading score at 555, math at 591, and science at 590. “The scores are flat. We’re struggling in math in comparison to our peers around the world,” said Peggy Carr, the associate commissioner of assessments for the National Center for Education Statistics. “We’re sliding with regard to our most struggling readers.” The results also show a widening gap between higher- and lower-performing students in the U.S. in reading and math.
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*Piers Morgan Rips BBC For Making Films That Teach Kids There Are 100 Genders :

Good Morning Britain co-host Piers Morgan wasted no time in tearing to shreds a claim that there are at least 100 genders for human beings, a position the BBC is teaching to young children in a series of educational videos.  Morgan went so far in mocking the 100-gender theory by proposing that he could identify as a “two-spirit, neutrois penguin,” and no one could, under the new gender-identity rules, argue otherwise.During the lengthy segment on Sept. 7, Piers Morgan argued that there are two genders, male and female, and that transgender people, for a variety of reasons, may identify as the gender opposite to their anatomy, either male or female.  Journalist Bejamin Butterworth, a gay man brought on to defend the the BBC films tried to argue that people may gender-identify in myriad ways.

Early on, Morgan asked Butterworth to describe his, Morgan’s gender. Butterworth said he assumed Morgan was a “cis-man,” which apparently means a biological male who identifies as a man. “Listen, I’m not a cis-man, you keep calling me a cis-man, I’m a man,” said Morgan. “Well that’s fine!” said Butterworth. “And that’s how you can identify.”“Stop calling me it!” replied Morgan.  “I feel insulted and offended that you keep calling me a cis-man when actually I’m a man. You see how this works? When you get into the offence business right, when you get into the offence business when everyone is offended by all these terminology, I’m offended by you calling me a cis-man.”

A little later in the segment, Morgan said, “Can I identify as a a penguin at the Sealife Aquarium in London, that is currently being reared as gender neutral, apparently has gay parents.  Let me just say this, can I under this new world of self-identification, can I identify as a two-spirit, neutrois penguin

*DISGRACE – Federal Debt Up $1 Trillion in FY19

As of Sept. 4, the federal debt had already increased by more than a trillion dollars in fiscal 2019 with more than three weeks to go in the fiscal year, according to data released by the U.S. Treasury. At the close of business on Sept. 28, 2018, the last business day of fiscal 2018, the total federal debt was $21,516,058,183,180.23, according to the Treasury. At the close of business on Sept. 4, 2019, it was $22,517,297,955,639.18.

At that point, the federal debt had increased by $1,001,239,772,458.95 in fiscal 2019.As of Sept. 6, 2019, the latest day for which federal debt numbers have been reported by the Treasury, the debt had risen to $22,532,757,499,591.39.
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*Lonely Lives: Alarming Number Of Seniors Go Entire Week Without Talking To Anyone

 For most of us, the older we get, the more we slow down physically. But for some, growing old also means slowing down socially — so much to the point that some home-bodied seniors go days with little to no human interaction. A new survey of British elders sheds light on this sad, but true effect of aging, noting that hundreds of thousands of people often go a week without speaking to a single person. According to the survey of 1,896 seniors over 65 in the United Kingdom, more than one in five (22%) will have a conversation with no more than just three people over the span of an entire week! That translates to nearly 2.6 million elderly folks who don’t enjoy regular human contact on a daily basis. Perhaps most alarming though is researchers say an alarming 225,000 individuals will go a week without talking to anyone face-to-face.

“A friendly ‘hello’ or ‘how are you?’ is something most of us take for granted – it’s just part of every day life, but these latest figures show that hundreds of thousands of older people in the UK will spend today and the rest of this week alone, with no one to share even a few simple words with,” says Caroline Abrahams, charity director at Age UK, which partnered with Cadbury Dairy Milk to commission the research, in a statement. The survey also revealed that 38% of seniors admit to feeling lonely at times as they’ve aged, with 12%, or about one in eight, agreeing that loneliness has kept them from leaving their home.

*Man Calls Police Department to Demand Cops Return His ‘Really Fucking Good Weed’

“I want my motherfucking weed back,” an Ohio man told cops at the Sharonville Police Department when he called to report that two police officers had “stolen” 4 grams of his “prestige weed.” The department posted an audio clip of the phone call on its Facebook page as a reminder that recreational marijuana is not actually legal in the state. “I need to do a complaint about two Sharonville cops. They stole my fucking weed last night,” said the caller, whose name was redacted to protect his identity. “It was only like 4 grams but it was prestige fucking weed. And from what I know 100 grams is cool right?” “You are wrong,” replied the sergeant, who managed to keep his cool during the call.

“Dude where have you been the past two months?” the caller then asked the cop, “two months ago it passed that 100 grams you guys don’t take it, no ticket!” The sergeant informed the man that weed is not, in fact, legal in the county, but the caller insists, “I’m allowed to have up to 100 grams, I know the law, I know my fucking rights!” The man spelled out his full name to the cops, but when he realized his mistake, he told the cops his wife’s name is Marilyn Manson. Sharonville police posted the audio with a caption reminding people that “recreational marijuana is still ILLEGAL.”

*Marianne Williamson: ‘I Didn’t Think the Left Lied like This’

Presidential candidate Marianne Williamson (D) revealed that she did not think the left was “so mean” and “lied like this” until she ran for president as an outsider candidate. “I know this sounds naive. I didn’t think the left was so mean. I didn’t think the left lied like this,” Williamson told the New Yorker’s David Remnick in an interview. “I thought the right did that. I thought we were better.” Williamson accused the left of lying about her use of crystals and “crystal gazing,” telling Remnick that there has “never been a crystal on stage” at any of her events and “there is no crystal” in her home.

She accused those on the left of also falsely accusing her of having told AIDS patients not to take their medicines or implying that “lovelessness” causes diseases and “love” is “enough to cure their diseases.”“I’m Jewish, I go to the doctor,” Williamson said, ripping those on the left for labeling her as an anti-science candidate who does not believe in modern medicine. 

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