Monthly Archives: April 2019

April 7, 2019

*More 12th Graders Now Say Marijuana is Easier to Get Than Cigarettes:

A larger percentage of American 12th graders (79.7 percent) say marijuana is “fairly easy” or “very easy” to get than say the same thing about cigarettes (75.1 percent), according to an annual survey of adolescent drug use conducted by the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. Similarly, a larger percentage of 12th graders say they “disapprove” or “strongly disapprove” of people 18 or older who take one or two drinks nearly every day (74.7 percent) than disapprove or strongly disapprove of people 18 or older who smoke marijuana regularly (66.7 percent).

The survey has asked American 8th, 10th and 12th graders this question: “How difficult do you think it would be for you to get each of the following types of drugs, if you wanted some? (1) Probably impossible, (2) Very difficult, (3) Fairly difficult, (4) Fairly easy, (5) Very easy, and (6) Can’t say, drug unfamiliar.”

 *British Schools Removing Analog Clocks From Exam Halls Because Kids Can’t Read Them:

The clocks aren’t broken, the kids just can’t read them, and that’s just not right, not even twice a day.

Apparently, younger generations in Britain have been spending so much time on their digital devices that they can no longer tell time on analog clocks, reports Inspire To Change. So, rather than educate kids to properly read an analog clock, schools have elected to remove the clocks entirely from exam halls. “In the UK, many educators are phasing out analog clocks in favor of digital ones,” reports the outlet. “Students taking the GCSEand A-level exams were complaining that they couldn’t read the time. In order to make everything ‘as easy and straightforward as possible,’ they are making the switch to digital time reading.”

Not only that, the clock removals are happening in northwest London at schools like Ruislip High School, a city known for its gargantuan clock. Stephanie Keenan, Head of English at the high school, said teachers are “removing analog clocks from examination halls because teenagers are unable to tell the time.”

*Army Chief of Staff: Russia is the ‘Only Existential Threat to the United States’:

Gen. Mark Milley, the Army chief of staff, called Russia the “only existential threat to the United States” and stressed that its nuclear weapons made it the sole country on Earth “capable of destroying the United States of America.” Milley made these remarks during a hearing on the Army and Air Forcebudget before the House Armed Services Committee. In his opening statement, the four-star general asserted that Moscowposed a threat to American interests around the globe.

“Russia seeks to return to great power status and will continue to challenge the United States not only in Europe, but also in the Middle EastAsia, the ArcticAfrica, and the Western Hemisphere,” Milley said. “They continue to undermine NATOas an alliance and sow dissent throughout the Europeancontinent, as we know even our own homeland, through a variety of means.” The Army chief described Russia as “the only existential threat to the United States and predicted that it will “become increasingly opportunistic and willing to take greater risks in the near term.”

 *Poll: 31% Say Socialism ‘Fairer than Free Market Capitalism’ – But Only 10% Call Socialism ‘Fair,’ and ‘Compassionate’:

While 31% of U.S. likely voters say socialism is “fairer than free market capitalism,” only 10% think socialism is either “fair” or “compassionate,” a new national survey by McLaughlin & Associates finds. Slightly more than half (54%) of the 1,000 likely voters McLaughlin polled March 19, 2019 disagree that socialism is fairer than capitalism, with 39% “strongly” disagreeing and 15% “somewhat” disagreeing. And, while 31% of likely voters say socialism is fairer, only 12% strongly believe it is. Fifteen percent said the “don’t know.”

By political bent, 61% of self-described liberals call socialism fairer than capitalism, compared to just 25% of moderates and 12% of conservatives. However, when asked, “Which of these are true about socialism,” only 10% said socialism itself is “fair.” Nearly a quarter (23%) of liberals said it’s true that socialism is fair, but only 5% of moderates and 3% called socialism fair.

Likewise, 10% of likely voters said it’s true that socialism is “compassionate.” Again, 23% of liberals called socialism “compassionate.” Just 8% of moderates and 1% of conservatives described socialism as compassionate.

 *Former Border Patrol Chief: CBP to Release 650,000 Illegals into U.S.
This Year:

Former Border Patrol Chief Mark Morgan told the Senate Homeland Security Committee Thursday that the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) anticipates that 650,000 illegal immigrants will be released into the United States this year. Morgan cited CBP estimates that the agency anticipates apprehending 1 million illegal immigrants trying to cross the border this year. He said 60 to 65 percent of illegals entering the country are families or minors, who are typically released into the U.S.

Following this trend, Morgan predicted that 650,000 illegals will be released into the country. “Here’s a couple false narratives quick I’d like to address: only 15 percent of those coming in… are found to have valid asylum claims, which really debunks the uniform outrage often used that immigrants are fleeing from extreme violence and persecution. In fact, recent statistics that I’ve seen have shown that the murder rate per capita has declined in the northern triangle countries. Baltimore, for example, has a higher murder rate per capita than Guatemala,” he said.

“The fact is, they’re being here for two reasons: economic equality and family reunification. Neither are valid claims under the asylum process. Nevertheless, we continue to facilitate an abuse of our laws and the generosity of this country. As a society, we cannot turn our backs and ignore the law, especially Congress. We can’t selectively enforce the laws based on political ideology or personal sense of morality,” Morgan said.

 *Palestinians Haven’t Voted in 13 Years; Now Abbas Casts Doubt on Elections
in 2019:

 The Palestinian Legislative Council has been suspended for 12 years, and Mahmoud Abbas’ own four-year mandate as “president of the State of Palestine” expired ten years ago this month, but at the weekend he presented yet another reason why elections should not take place: Jerusalem. During a visit to Egypt, Abbas said that if Israel does not allow elections in Jerusalem for Palestinians living there, then he will not allow elections to be held anywhere in the Palestinian territories.

Last month the Palestinian Constitutional Court ruled that the PLC – suspended since 2007, although lawmakers continue to be paid – should be officially dissolved and new elections held within six months.

But, Abbas said in Cairo, “if elections are not allowed in Jerusalem, I will not agree to any elections.”

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Amazon needs a little refresh at Whole Foods, which Amazon customers haven’t frequented as frequently as planned. While 65% of Prime members shop on Amazon’s website several times a month, only 11% shop at Whole Foods that often, according to a survey from Wolfe Research.

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Catfish have over 27,000 taste buds. Humans have around 7,000.

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Bob Dylan‘s artwork – displayed above in London in 2013 – and handwritten song lyrics will exhibit at a Tulsa, Oklahomaart museum beginning in May.

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No doubt hiring more and better trained police officers will have some impact on criminal and disorderly behavior — but not much unless we create a police state. The root of the problem, particularly among black Americans, is the breakdown of the family unit where fathers are absent. In 1938, 11 percent of blacks were born to unmarried women. By 1965, that number had grown to 25 percent. Now it’s about 75 percent. Even during slavery, when marriage between blacks was illegal, a higher percentage of black children were raised by their biological mothers and fathers than today. In 1940, 86 percent of black children were born inside marriage.

Today, only 35 percent of black children are born inside marriage. Having no father in the home has a serious impact. Children with no father in the home are five times more likely to be poor and commit crime, nine times more likely to drop out of school and 20 times more likely to be in prison.

Our generous welfare system, in effect, allows women to marry the government. Plus, there is shortage of marriageable black men because they’ve dropped out of school, wound up in jail and haven’t much of a future. Unfortunately, many blacks followed the advice of white liberal academics such as Johns Hopkins professor Andrew Cherlin who in the 1960s argued that “the most detrimental aspect of the absence of fathers from one-parent families is not the lack of a male presence but the lack of male income” Cherlin’s vision suggested that fathers were unimportant and if black females “married the government”; black fathers would be redundant.

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April 3, 2019

*Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’ is Set to Launch a Fashion Brand from Prison:

Fashion might have a controversial new addition to its roster after convicted drug lord “El Chapo” announced plans to launch an eponymous brand.  The brand is inspired by El Chapo’s, real name Joaquin Guzman, twin seven year-old daughters with assistance from his wife Emma Coronel Aispuro, according to the New York Daily News, via AP.

Clothing bearing the drug lord’s signature could soon be available in the US and Mexico. El Chapo, who was found guilty of drug trafficking, money laundering and firearms possession last month, signed the papers granting use of his signature from his cell in a Manhattan federal prison. His wife will head up the limited liability company, or LLC.

 *Record Low 4.5% Admitted to Harvard; Cost for Some
Is Highest Ever:

Of the 43,330 candidates who applied to Harvard College‘s class of 2023, only 1,950 were admitted, the college announced. That’s a record low 4.5 percent admission rate for the school. According to the Harvard Crimson, the college notified 1,015 students of their acceptance Thursday evening. Another 935 were admitted early decision. The Crimson also reported that it’s more expensive than ever to attend the college: The total cost of attending Harvard College — including tuition, fees, room, and board — will increase by 3 percent, to $69,607, for the 2019-2020 academic year, the College announced in a press release Thursday evening. That increase marks a $2,027 rise from the 2018-2019 school year cost of attendance of $67,580. This is the second year in a row that the cost of enrollment at the College has risen by 3 percent, outpacing the rate of inflation in both years.

 *Rachel Maddow’s Ratings Plummet Since Conclusion of Mueller Probe:

Rachel Maddow’s audience plummeted 19 percent since the Justice Department announced the special counsel investigation turned up no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. The MSNBC host drew an audience of 2.5 million viewers on Monday, the day after Attorney General William Barr’s announcement — down 19 percent from her average this year.

On Tuesday, her audience dwindled further to 2.3 million, the Nielsen company said. Maddow drew large numbers during her coverage of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation over the year, typically garnering the No. 1 position in cable news.

 *Getting Rid of Debt May Actually Make Your Brain Work Better:

A new study has a whole different take on what debt relief means. Getting rid of debt doesn’t just unburden finances, it takes a weight off the mind that clears up cognitive functioning, lessens anxiety and improves impulse control. The findings come from researchers at the National University of Singapore’s Social Service Research Centre, who studied almost 200 low-income people who unexpectedly had portions of their long-running mortgage, utility and municipal debts paid down by a charity.

Researchers tested participants before and after their windfalls on their ability to spot matches and mismatches. The recipients were also tested for generalized anxiety disorder and their ability to make more beneficial financial decisions.

The study found: • Average error rates in the cognitive function tests fell to 4% after the debt was paid down, compared to a 17% error rate beforehand. • The proportion of participants showing generalized anxiety disorders went from 78% to 53% after the debt relief. • Numbers of people showing so-called “present bias,” which favors instant gratification, dropped to 33% from 44%, a sign that their impulse control had improved.

 *UH OH – The First 3 Months of 2019 Had More U.S. Measles Cases
Than 2018 Total:

2019 has the second-highest number of confirmed measles cases since the disease was declared eradicated in 2000, according to new data from the CDC—and it’s only April. In the past three months alone, there have been 387 confirmed cases across fifteen states as anti-vaccine sentiment rages, toppling the 372 cases confirmed in the entirety of 2018. The only year with more measles cases since 2000 is 2014, which had 667; most other years had less than 200.

There are currently six ongoing outbreaks, defined as three or more cases: two in New York, (where one county has banned all unvaccinated minors from public places) two in California, and one in New Jersey and Washington. The Centers said that the outbreaks were sparked by travelers from Ukraine, Israel, and the Philippines.

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 A man in Ohio suffers from a condition called “auto-brewery syndrome.” One symptom of this ultra-rare disorder is that his body turns potato chips into alcohol in his stomach.

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During the Iraq War, the U.S. military attached caged chickens on top of their Humvees to act as an early detection system for chemical weapons. They dubbed their strategy Operation Kuwaiti Field Chicken, or KFC.

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The picture depicts a liberated Russian inmate pointing an identifying and accusing finger at a Nazi guard who was especially cruel towards the prisoners in Buchenwald camp. There’s something really fascinating about this picture. We can only see so much of the prisoner’s expression here, but that finger means so much. Days, maybe even hours earlier, that prisoner might have been afraid to cross paths with or even make eye contact with this man. Now he’s casting an accusatory finger that’s as well as pointing a gun at the back of the man’s head, and the defeated look on his face seems horribly aware of that.

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Shãn Sutherland, Wealth Adviser at Simple Impact LLC, Weighs in on Why People Need Financial Advisors

Do you know enough about financial management to take care of all of your investing on your own? Or do you need help from a seasoned expert? That question comes up for millions of Americans each year, and is always surrounded by a fair amount of anxiety and uneasiness. Regardless of your financial state, everyone can benefit from taking stock of what stability means for them, and oftentimes, a financial adviser can you help you find this mindset.

Shannon “Shãn” Sutherland, a wealth adviser at Simple Impact LLC, knows how difficult handling finances can be. “Embarrassment and shame often prevent people from making informed choices that will lead to better financial outcomes,” Sutherland explains, “trust and coaching can help you feel better and understand your choices more.”

For smart successful people, getting control of their finances may seem difficult or even impossible. Money flows in, then flows out just as easily. Whether someone is a recent graduate trying to figure out how to handle student loans, a retiree looking to maximize their 401(k), or anything in between, everyone should be aware of their own spending habits. 

“Financial accountability to yourself can be liberating personal growth,” concludes Sutherland, “but it’s important to start now rather than later. Financial advisors are here to help you. They’re on your side. That way I always have my client’s needs in mind.”

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