‘Snapcrap’ App Asks
San Francisco Locals to
Document Poop on Streets:
Users are asked to snap a quick picture of poop they spot on the streets and then submit the photo to a local government helpline with a pre-written message requesting a clean-up. MayorLondon Breed previously said a dedicated “Poop Patrol” is being set up in order to handle the roughly 65 calls a day reporting unwanted poo.
Feds Borrowed $8,172 Per Every
American With a Job:
The total federal debt started the fiscal year at $20,244,900,016,053.51 according to the Treasury, and finished the fiscal year at $21,516,058,183,180.23.
The federal fiscal year runs from October 1 through September 30.
The $1,271,158,167,126.72 in debt accumulated in fiscal 2018 made fiscal 2018 the eighth fiscal year in the last eleven in which the debt increased by at least one trillion dollars.
The $1,271,158,167,126.72 increase in the federal debt was also the sixth largest fiscal-year debt increase in the history of the United States.
with fan attendance, again:
What does that mean for a team’s bottom line? Bloomberg Newscrunched some numbers to get a better understanding. While some clubs saw a jump in attendance, 17 of the 30 franchises sold fewer tickets than they did last year. Using average ticket prices from Team Marketing Report, that comes to about US$93.7 million in lost ticket revenue in 2018.
Teams with the largest drops include the Miami Marlins (down US$24.5 million) and the Toronto Blue Jays (down US$22.9 million). (The Marlins recently changed the way they report attendance, which could account for part of the decline.) The defending-championHouston Astros were a big winner, with a projected US$23.2 million boost in sales.
and tired, report says:
The study, featuring roughly 18,000 randomly selected participants across each of the service branches, showed that almost 66 percent of service members are considered to be either overweight or obese, based on the military’s use of body mass index as a measuring standard.
While the number of overweight service members is a cause for concern, it correlates with the obesity epidemic plaguing the United States, where, as of 2015, one in three young adults are considered too fat to enlist, creating a difficult environment for recruiters to find suitable candidates for military service.
Broken down by service, the 2018 report lists the Army as the branch accounting for the highest percentage of overweight troops, with 69.4 percent of soldiers falling under this category.
The Army was followed by the Coast Guard (67.8 percent), Navy(64.6 percent), Air Force (63.1 percent) and Marine Corps (60.9 percent).
Another glaring area of concern highlighted in the study was the inability of service members to get adequate sleep.
Nearly 9 percent of military personnel reported taking sleeping medications either “daily” or “almost daily.”
just 19% for Americans 45 and younger:
And of Americans 45 and younger, the passing rate is a tiny 19 percent, according to a survey done for the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.
Worse: The actual test only requires that 60 percent of the answers be correct. In the survey, just 36 percent passed.
Among the embarrassing errors uncovered in the survey of questions taken from the U.S. Citizenship Test and conducted by Lincoln Park Strategies:
• 72 percent of respondents either incorrectly identified or were unsure of which states were part of the 13 original states.
• 24 percent could correctly identify one thing Benjamin Franklin was famous for, with 37 percent believing he invented the light bulb.
• 12 percent incorrectly thought WWII General Dwight Eisenhowerled troops in the Civil War.
• 2 percent said the Cold War was caused by climate change.
Since 2004, 95.5 percent of contributions by Apple employees to local political action committees (PACs) went to Democrats and only 4.5 percent went to Republicans. Since 2010, 91 percent of Apple employee contributions to state PACs went to Democrats.
Since 2014, 100 percent of Apple employee gifts to partisan 527 organizations went to Democrats. Since 2004, 90.5 percent of Apple employee contributions to federal PACs went to Democrats.
The Times notes that this success is largely due to a country-wide vaccination campaign for young children, in which all three doses of the HPV vaccine were provided without cost. That campaign alone reduced the incidence of the HPV strains most likely to cause cervical cancer by 77 percent, according to the Cancer Council Australia. That program was complemented by screening programs for older women, to help them catch the disease before it worsened.
The Times notes that other countries have failed to follow Australia’s lead—the HPV vaccination rate in Japan is all but zero; in the U.S., it’s 49 percent, in part due to anti-vaccination campaigns that have attempted to link vaccines with autism. “Australia is on track to become the first country to eliminate cervical cancer,” one cancer epidemiologist told the Times. “I think this shows the way forward for other countries.”
Within the scope of his LinkedIn learning course, Dr. Pillay, who also serves as a certified master executive coach and part-time assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, will share practical techniques that can help individuals dealing with depression approach their work more effectively and reach out for the support they need.
“All of us have our off days at work. That’s not unusual,” says Dr. Pillay. “But sometimes, these off days can add up, and you start to feel sad, angry, distracted, or slowed down. How do you know when you are just having a bad day, compared to having a depression that needs clinical attention? That’s an important question I’d like to address.”
“I want to share the most recent research on depression, so that you can apply it to your everyday life,” Pillay continues.
Managing Depression in the Workplace Goals:
1. Interact with colleagues
2. Broach the subject of depression with co-workers
3. Manage your mood, as well as lead others when they are depressed
4. Manage fatigue
5. Learn how to deal with your depression
6. Maximize workplace productivity
The first test case for our movement was the Kavanaugh hearings. It’s clear that at least so far our work is a complete failure. Sixty-nine percent of Americans in one poll called the hearings a “national disgrace,” and the only shocking thing is that there are 31 percent who don’t agree.
What we saw in these hearings was the unvarnished tribalization of national life. At the heart of the hearings were two dueling narratives, one from Christine Blasey Ford and one from Brett Kavanaugh. These narratives were about what did or did not happen at a party 36 years ago. There was nothing particularly ideological about the narratives, nothing that touched on capitalism, immigration or any of the other great disputes of national life.
And yet reactions to the narratives have been determined almost entirely by partisan affiliation. Among the commentators I’ve seen and read, those who support Democrats embrace Blasey’s narrative and dismissed Kavanaugh’s. Those who support Republicans side with Kavanaugh’s narrative and see holes in Ford’s. I can think of few exceptions.
Perhaps surprisingly, the answer in many cases is yes.
The high cost of an ambulance isn’t really for the ride. It comes with emergency medical staff and equipment, and those can be very important, of course, even lifesaving.
But they are not things you always need, although you (and your insurer) pay for them with every trip.
*** A feature-length project about the life and career of legendary comic George Carlin is in the works with the Oscar-nominated “Moneyball” screenwriter Stan Chervin. Gail Berman and Joe Earley’s the Jackal Group have secured the comic’s life rights, and tapped Chervin as both writer and producer. Bruce Kaufman and his banner Wood Hollow Pictures and Jerry Hamza, the executor of Carlin’s estate and his former manager, will also produce.
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