November 14, 2018

*The Welfare Generation: 51.7%
Kids in 2017 Lived in Households Getting Govt Assistance:

The Census Bureau has released new data that strengthens the case for calling the current generation of American children “The Welfare Generation.”

Among American residents under 18 years of age in 2017, according to the Census Bureau, 51.7 percent lived in households in which one or more persons received benefits from a means-tested government program.

That was down slightly from the 52.1 percent of Americans under 18 in 2016 who lived in households receiving means-tested government assistance. (Also, because this new Census Bureau estimate is for 2017, it predates the significant economic and job growth the United States has seen in 2018).

But in each of the last five years on record (2013 through 2017), according to the Census Bureau, at least 51 percent of Americans under 18 have lived in households receiving means-tested government assistance.

*Underperforming Chinese workers made to drink urine, eat bugs:

Workers at a Chinese home renovation company who failed to complete their tasks had to drink urine, eat cockroaches or get whipped by a belt.

Others had to shave their heads or drink water from a toilet bowl and had their salaries withheld by a month, according to images and videos on Chinese social media cited by state media.

The punishments were all publicly meted out in the presence of other staff, state media said, citing workers who had quit the company in the southwestern province of Guizhou.

Forgetful staff who did not wear leather shoes to work or failed to turn up in formal attire were given 50 yuan (US$7.20) fines.

*Accused Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz reportedly registered to vote:

 

The Parkland gunman who allegedly shot and killed 17 people registered to vote while behind bars — a move the dad of one of the slain teens blasted as “despicable,” according to reports. Nikolas Cruz, 20, registered on July 25 while locked up at Broward County Jail, the Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale reported.

Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow was among those gunned down in the Valentine’s Day massacre, said he was “sick to my stomach” over the revelation. “[He] murdered 17 students & staff, including my daughter Meadow,” Pollack tweeted Saturday. “Yet in July, Broward Sheriff @ScottJIsraellet people into the jail to get him & other animals registered to vote.”
In another post, he wrote, “My daughter was murdered and buried. She can’t vote.” Michael Udine, the commissioner ofBroward County, also slammed Cruz’s registration as “outrageous and so hurtful” to the families of the victims.

*2018 DEA Report: Mexico Poses the ‘Greatest Criminal Drug Threat to the United States’:

Mexican Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs)“remain the greatest criminal drug threat to the United States; no other group is currently positioned to challenge them,” according to the 2018 National Drug Threat Assessment, released today by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

“The Sinaloa Cartel maintains the most expansive footprint in the United States, while Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion’s (CJNG) domestic presence has significantly expanded in the past few years.”

In speeches, in tweets and at campaign rallies, President Trump continues to warn about the danger of drugs and traffickers flowing across the unsecured Southwest border.

Among the key 2018 NDTA findings:

— Controlled prescription drugs remain responsible for the largest number of overdose deaths of any illicit drug class since 2001. These drugs are the second most commonly abused substance. Traffickers are now disguising other opioids as controlled prescription drugs to gain access to this market.

— Heroin-related drug-poisoning deaths almost doubled between 2013 and 2016. This has been exacerbated by the increased adulteration of heroin with fentanyl and other synthetic opioids. Heroin available in U.S. markets is primarily sourced from Mexico, where opium poppy cultivation and heroin production have both increased significantly in recent years.

— Of all opioids, the abuse of illicit fentanyl and other synthetic opioids has led to the greatest number of deaths in the United States. Fentanyl is increasingly available in the form of counterfeit prescription pills marketed for illicit street sales, and also sold by traffickers on its own, without the presence of other drugs.

— In 2017, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl were involved in nearly 30,000 deaths, and from 2016-2017, Mexican heroin production grew by 37 percent. Mexican cartels continue to make large quantities of cheap methamphetamine and deliver it to the United States through the Southern border. Seizures at the border increased from 8,900 pounds in 2010 to nearly 82,000 pounds thus far in 2018.

— Mexican transnational criminal organizations, including the Sinaloa Cartel and Jalisco New Generation Cartel, remain the greatest criminal drug threat in the United States. The cartels are the principal wholesale drug sources for domestic gangs responsible for street-level distribution.

— National and neighborhood-based street gangs and prison gangs continue to dominate the market for the street-sales and distribution of illicit drugs in their respective territories throughout the country. Struggle for control of these lucrative drug trafficking territories continues to be the largest factor fueling the street-gang violence facing local communities.

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Tito Ortiz, Legendary MMA Fight Champion, Ready to “Wage War” on Chuck Liddell

“On November 24th, I will show my fans my skill and ferocity in the cage once again,” claims Tito Ortiz.

Tito Ortiz (19-21-1), former light heavyweight champion, is preparing with an unmatched ferocity for his upcoming fight with Chuck Lidell (21-8) on November 24th, 2018. The fight will be their third fight since 2004, and a chance at redemption that Ortiz has been dying to get.

“I have been waiting a long time to get redemption against Chuck Liddell,” states Ortiz, “and now I finally have that chance. The last 12 weeks I have been working 3 times a day, 6 days a week. I have 4 more weeks to go and I can’t wait to get my chance to shine.”

In a story that seems fit for a Hollywood biopic, Ortiz and Liddell, long-time rivals, had their first match in Las Vegas, Nevada in April 2004. Liddell defeated Ortiz with a knockout punch in round two of the fight. Their second match took place again in Las Vegas, Nevada in December 2006. This time, Liddell beat Ortiz in round three with a technical knockout (TKO). The upcoming match on November 24th will be the first time Liddell steps into the ring in eight years. As for Ortiz, this will be his first fight in nearly two years, but the mixed martial arts fighter says that he feels ready for the challenge.

“This will be a war,” predicts Ortiz. “and I’m ready for anything that Chuck Liddell throws my way.”

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Restaurants are recruiting in senior centers and churches. They’re placing want ads on the website of AARP, an advocacy group for Americans over 50. Recruiters say older workers have soft skills—a friendly demeanor, punctuality—that their younger cohorts sometimes lack.

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by Nina Bahadur:

Crying is entirely normal and healthy, but many of us don’t want to cry in front of other people. When we don’t want to cry in front of other people, is there anything we can do to save face?

Ad Vingerhoets, the author of “Why Only Humans Weep: Unravelling the Mysteries of Tears,” said that there are two distinct components to crying: sounds of vocal distress and the production of tears. Dr. Vingerhoets, a professor of clinical psychology at Tilburg University in the Netherlands, said that distress calls are common among human and animal infants, a product of evolution alerting parents to their offspring’s location and discomfort. But vocal distress noises can also attract predators. Humans have a prolonged childhood compared to other animals, so perhaps as a protective mechanism, he theorized, we developed tears as a visible way to signal suffering.
When we cry, an emotional stimulus kick-starts a process in the brain and triggers tear release from the lacrimal glands right above your eyes. Dr. Vingerhoets said that our reasons for crying change as we age. Children and infants will cry from physical pain, but adults rarely do. After adolescence, human empathy matures, and adults might cry in reaction to the suffering of others (both in reality and on a screen). Strong positive emotions from a reunion, team victory or moving artistic performance might cause adults to cry, too. But according to Dr. Vingerhoets, there are two major consistent triggers for adult crying. “The first is helplessness and powerlessness,” he said. “The second, separation and loss.”

            *EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by Roni Caryn Rabin:

In recent years, many Americans have embraced vitamin D and fish oil pills, their enthusiasm fueled by a steady trickle of suggestive research studies linking higher levels of vitamin D with lower rates of cancer and other ills, and fish consumption with reduced heart disease.

Now a large and rigorous government-funded randomized trial — the only such study of omega-3 fish oils ever carried out in healthy adults, and the largest trial ever done of high-dose vitamin D — has found the supplements do not lower cancer rates in healthy adults. Nor do they reduce the rate of major cardiovascular events, a composite of heart attacks, strokes and deaths from cardiovascular disease. The trial is of the kind considered the gold standard in medicine.

“It’s disappointing, but there have always been such high expectations that vitamin D can do all these different things,” said Dr. Clifford J. Rosen of the Maine Medical Center Research Institute in Scarborough, who was a co-author of an editorial on the studies in The New England Journal of Medicine. He said doctors had engaged in “magical thinking about vitamin D,” often testing their patients’ blood levels and advising them to take supplements.

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