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  1. Jun 2017
    1. Several Warriors players, including stars Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, have also been vocal about their distaste for President Fuck Face.
    1. EC aerosol can contain some of the toxicants present in tobacco smoke, but at levels which are much lower. Long-term health effects of EC use are unknown but compared with cigarettes, EC are likely to be much less, if at all, harmful to users or bystanders.
    1. E-cigarettes may contain harmful substances. However, the types or concentrations of chemicals, including nicotine, vary based on the brand. Because e-cigarettes have only been readily available in the United States since 2006, there is limited research on their health risks.
  2. ostaustria.org ostaustria.org
    1. "the children of Mad Cow disease." This group of siblings includes the EFSA,
    1. Not even the US Food and Drug Administration enjoys that degree of potential freedom from interference: it uses advisory panels of outside experts, but is ultimately part of a government department.
  3. Apr 2017
    1. Most climatologists agree that, while the warming to date is already causing environmental problems, another 0.4 degree Fahrenheit rise in temperature, representing a global average atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) of 450 parts per million (ppm), could set in motion unprecedented changes in global climate and a significant increase in the severity of natural disasters—and as such could represent the dreaded point of no return.
  4. paa2015.princeton.edu paa2015.princeton.edu
    1. Parents will decide to continue investingin human capital if they havehighexpectations about this likelihood.
    2. havinghighorlowexpectations about the teenager’s likelihoodof attending Higher Education, translates intohighorlowperceived opportunity costsofthose alternatives not related to schooling (such as early motherhood or early employment).9This mechanism directly impacts teenagers’ behaviour.
    3. Using the Longitudinal Study of YoungPeople in England (LSYPE) and the National Pupil Data (NPD), I model the likelihood ofbecoming pregnant and having a child conditional on several socio-demographic factors andparental expectations.
    1. A child diagnosed with thyroid cancer after the Fukushima nuclear accident is missing from government checkup records, an aid group said Friday, raising questions about the thoroughness and transparency of the screenings.
    1. The monthly Sea Ice Index provides a quick look at Arctic-wide changes in sea ice. It is a source for consistently processed ice extent and concentration images and data values since 1979.
  5. Feb 2017
    1. Most of the characteristics in Britt's list are not specific to fascism but are shared by many conservative governments: nationalism, militarism, scapegoating of enemies, "rampant" sexism, obsession with national security and with crime, protecting the power of corporations and suppressing the power of labor, and close ties between religion and the ruling elite. Other features seem at first to be more specific to fascism, or at least a dictatorship of some kind: disdain for human rights and intellectual freedom, controlled mass media, corruption and cronyism, and fraudulent elections. But even these characteristics are defined so broadly as to blur all major differences between classic fascism and the U.S. political system today
    1. Free Inquiry is a bi-monthly journal of secular humanist opinion and commentary published by the Council for Secular Humanism,
    1. For example, 65% of transgender 14- to 18-year olds seriously considered suicide in the past year compared with 13% in the British Columbia Adolescent Health Survey, and only a quarter of participants reported their mental health was good or excellent.
    1. Our findings provide evidence that social inclusion (social support, gender-specific support from parents, identity documents), protection from transphobia (interpersonal, violence), and undergoing medical transition have the potential for sizeable effects on the high rates of suicide ideation and attempts in trans communities. In contrast, we did not find statistically significant effects for social transition, gender support from sources other than parents, or religiosity/spirituality, other than an unexpected finding regarding strong gender support from leaders.
    2. Among trans Ontarians, 35.1 % (95 % CI: 27.6, 42.5) seriously considered, and 11.2 % (95 % CI: 6.0, 16.4) attempted, suicide in the past year.
    1. In the study by researchers at Western University in London, Ont., 35% of trans people seriously considered suicide over 12 months and 11% tried to kill themselves.
    1. The National Comorbity Survey, a nationally representative survey, found that probing for intent to die through in-person interviews reduced the prevalence of lifetime suicide attempts from 4.6 percent to 2.7 percent of the adult sample (Kessler et al., 1999; Nock & Kessler, 2006).
    2. Further, the survey’s focus on discrimination may have resulted in wider participation by persons who had suffered negative life experiences due to anti-transgender bias.1 As the relationship between minority stress and mental health would suggest (Meyer, 2003), this may have contributed to a higher prevalence of negative outcomes, including lifetime suicide attempts,
    3. While the NTDS provides a wealth of information about the experiences of transgender and gender non-conforming people, the survey instrument and methodology posed some limitations for this study. First, the NTDS questionnaire included only a single item about suicidal behavior that asked, “Have you ever attempted suicide?” with dichotomized responses of Yes/No. Researchers have found that using this question alone in surveys can inflate the percentage of affirmative responses, since some respondents may use it to communicate self-harm behavior that is not a “suicide attempt,” such as seriously considering suicide, planning for suicide, or engaging in self-harm behavior without the intent to die (Bongiovi-Garcia et al., 2009). The National Comorbity Survey, a nationally representative survey, found that probing for intent to die through in-person interviews reduced the prevalence of lifetime suicide attempts from 4.6 percent to 2.7 percent of the adult sample (Kessler et al., 1999; Nock & Kessler, 2006). Without such probes, we were unable to determine the extent to which the 41 percent of NTDS participants who reported ever attempting suicide may overestimate the actual prevalence of attempts in the sample. In addition, the analysis was limited due to a lack of follow-up questions asked of respondents who reported having attempted suicide about such things as age and transgender/gender non-conforming status at the time of the attempt.
    4. Analysis of other demographic variables found prevalence of suicide attempts was highest among those who are younger (18 to 24: 45%),
    1. In his 2010 decision striking down California’s Proposition 8, U.S. district judge Vaughn R. Walker said that one purported scholar and anti–gay marriage figure’s testimony amounted to “inadmissible opinion testimony that should be given essentially no weight.” Meanwhile, Walker cited Williams research more than 30 times in his 136-page opinion. And in a July court brief arguing why the Defense of Marriage Act should be struck down as unconstitutional, the Justice Department cited the institute’s exhaustive report on the history of discrimination against LGBT individuals in state employment (Williams Institute executive director Brad Sears presented the findings at a 2009 House hearing).
    1. Beyond the overall number of suicide attempts, the rates are consistently high from respondents ages 18 to 65, when they begin to recede. Trans men are the most impacted, with 46 percent reporting an attempt in their lifetime. Trans women are close behind at 42 percent, and female-assigned cross-dressers report rates of 44 percent.
    1. Suicide attempts are alarmingly common among transgender individuals such as Lampe; 41% try to kill themselves at some point in their lives, compared with 4.6% of the general public.
    1. An oft-cited 2014 joint study by the American Society for Suicide Prevention and UCLA Law School’s Williams Institute estimated that over 40 percent of us have attempted suicide at least once.
    1. Cox also cited troubling statistics, namely that 77% of trans children experience bullying or harassment in schools while nearly 50% attempt suicide, in highlighting why it is so important to offer trans students the support they need.
  6. Jan 2017
    1. Research indicates that children from low-SES households and communities develop academic skills more slowly compared to children from higher SES groups (Morgan, Farkas, Hillemeier, & Maczuga, 2009). Initial academic skills are correlated with the home environment, where low literacy environments and chronic stress negatively affect a child’s preacademic skills. The school systems in low-SES communities are often underresourced, negatively affecting students’ academic progress (Aikens & Barbarin, 2008). Inadequate education and increased dropout rates affect children’s academic achievement, perpetuating the low-SES status of the community. Improving school systems and early intervention programs may help to reduce these risk factors, and thus increased research on the correlation between SES and education is essential.
  7. Dec 2016
    1. Here in the United States, acts perpetrated by violent extremists can have far-reaching consequences. Countering violent extremism (CVE) has therefore become a key focus of DHS’s work to secure the homeland. CVE aims to address the root causes of violent extremism by providing resources to communities to build and sustain local prevention efforts and promote the use of counter-narratives to confront violent extremist messaging online.  Building relationships based on trust with communities is essential to this effort.
    1. The Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, Sarah Sewall, leads State Department efforts to prevent and counter threats to civilian security, such as violent extremism, mass atrocities, and weak governance and the rule of law. The seven bureaus and offices reporting to the Under Secretary advance the security of the American people by assisting countries around the world to build more democratic, secure, stable, and just societies.
    1. U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's transition team has asked two Cabinet departments for the names of government officials working on programs to counter violent extremism, according to a document seen by Reuters and U.S. officials.
    1. Just how California's electric power system broke and how it may get fixed are being watched closely by some two dozen states moving toward various forms of deregulation of their power industries. States such as Iowa and Nebraska are taking a wait-and-see attitude.
    1. Gas prices in cities across the United States soared by as much as 40 cents a gallon from Tuesday to Wednesday, a surge blamed on disruptions by Hurricane Katrina in Gulf of Mexico oil production.
    1. As rocky as it was in '05 after Katrina and in '08 with the gas price run-up
    2. Wood grew up in Port Arthur, where his grandfather
    3. After Bush became president, he named Wood the chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
    4. Pat Wood, then chairman of the Public Utility Commission,
    1. Perry became the state’s first Republican lieutenant governor since Reconstruction but served only two years, ascending to the governorship when Bush resigned to become president, in December 2000.
    1. Press Release - Statement From Ray Sullivan, Communications Director
    1. proving once again that being even quasi-smart is not a requirement for getting a high political job -- Perry has been hired by Trump to be our next secretary of energy.
    1. As the Ranking Member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Congressman Pallone deals with many issues of great importance to the people of New Jersey, including health care, energy, and the environment.
    1. Perry is famous for forgetting the department’s name after saying in a debate with Republican opponents during his failed 2012 presidential campaign that it was one of three agencies he wanted to close.
    1. Perry issued his so-called fast-tracking order Oct. 27, 2005, "to encourage diversity of energy supply." The order told the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, which is responsible for judging requests for permits to pollute the air, to "prioritize and expedite the processing of environmental permit applications that are protective of the public health and environment and propose to use Texas' natural resources to generate electrical power."
    1. Back in 2005, Dallas-based TXU Corporation wanted to build 11 new coal-fired power plants in Texas. To speed up the delivery of coal pollution into our air, then-Gov. Perry signed an executive order fast-tracking the permits, reducing a process that would normally require between one and four years to a mere six months.
    1. The state’s wind power sector hardly existed when Perry took his oath of office, but Texas became the nation’s leader in wind energy generation during his tenure — and he helped steer that boom.
    2. Environmentalists and others question Perry's qualifications to lead the massive federal agency, particularly because he called for its elimination during his first unsuccessful presidential bid five years ago.
    1. Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science.
    1. Former Gov. Rick Perry is President-elect Donald Trump's choice to lead the Energy Department, according to an announcement Wednesday that confirmed earlier reports. 
    1. President-elect Donald Trump picked Rick Perry to head the Energy Department on Wednesday, seeking to put the former Texas governor in control of an agency whose name he forgot during a presidential debate even as he vowed to abolish it.
    1. Donald Trump intends to nominate former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to be secretary of energy, the president-elect’s transition team announced Wednesday morning.
    1. A source in Texas passed The Huffington Post Perry’s transcripts from his years at Texas A&M University.

      Validity of transcript

    1. Although there have been several estimates over the years, the number that helped fuel the congressional response -- 50,000 victims a year -- was an unscientific estimate by a CIA analyst who relied mainly on clippings from foreign newspapers, according to government sources who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the agency's methods. Former attorney general Alberto R. Gonzales told Congress last year that a much lower estimate in 2004 -- 14,500 to 17,500 a year -- might also have been overstated.

      Common number on sex-trafficking largely a fiction.

    1. In the 1998 reissuance, EPA Region 6 authorized new discharges of seawater and freshwater to which treatment chemicals, such as biocides and corrosion inhibitors, have been added. The maximum discharge rate limit for produced water was removed and the critical dilutions required to be met for the produced water toxicity limit were updated based on the new discharge rates and more current models. To account for advances in drilling fluid technology, the permit was modified on December 18, 2001 (66 FR 65209), to authorize discharges associated with the use of synthetic based drilling fluids.

      This suggests that there is indeed no limit on discharges "associated with use of synthetic drilling fluids."

    2. Section 301(a) of the Clean Water Act (CWA or the Act), 33 USC 1311(a), renders it unlawful to discharge pollutants to waters of the United States in the absence of authorizing permits.
    1. the group estimates companies in 2014 were allowed to release more than 76 billion gallons of waste fluid into the ocean based on an analysis of federal wastewater discharge permits.
    1. Defendant has failed to meet continuing nondiscretionary duties under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) to review and revise regulations and guidelines to keep up with this growing source of wastes and the threats these wastes pose to human health and the environment

      Nothing specific to fracking or the Gulf of Mexico here.

    1. Some scientists, including Dr Gavin Schmidt, head of Nasa’s climate division, have claimed that the recent highs were mainly the result of long-term global warming.Others have argued that the records were caused by El Nino, a complex natural phenomenon that takes place every few years, and has nothing to do with greenhouse gas emissions by humans.The new fall in temperatures suggests they were right.
    1. Pinpointing exactly how often guns are used to settle road-rage disputes, however, is a difficult proposition. The National Highway Traffic Safety Foundation does not keep road-rage-specific statistics in its database of fatal traffic accidents, and if it did, altercations like the one that killed Lomax would not be counted, as his death did not occur in a crash.

      No official stats on road rage are kept.

    1. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2013, there were 73,505 nonfatal firearm injuries (23.23 per 100,000 U.S. citizens);[2] 11,208 homicides (3.5 per 100,000);[3] 21,175 suicides;[4] 505 deaths due to accidental/negligent discharge of a firearm; and 281 deaths due to firearms-use with "undetermined intent",[4] included in a total of 33,636 deaths due to "Injury by firearms",[4] or 10.6 deaths per 100,000 people.[4] Of the 2,596,993 total deaths in the US in 2013, 1.3% were related to firearms.[1][5]

      In 2013, there were 11,208 gun-based homicides, approximately 31 per day.

    1. The incident happened around 11:15 p.m. Thursday in the parking lot outside the food court area on the south side of the shopping center. Witnesses say the suspect fired several shots then drove off in a red Ford Mustang. Police initially believed no one was injured but a victim later showed up with a gunshot wound at Baptist Memorial Hospital. The 21-year-old victim is listed in non-critical condition.

      In Tennessee one person was injured in a shooting outside a mall in Tennessee, but the motive of the shooting is not known.

    1. The incident started about 6:05 p.m. at the Walmart at 2425 E 2nd St., Shaw said. There was apparently a dispute over a parking spot. The homicide happened in the driveway leaving the Walmart going to East Second Street. Several agencies responded and the westbound lane East Second Street will remain closed until late Thanksgiving night for the investigation. One person died, Shaw said.

      In Reno, there appears to have been Black Friday 2016 violence related to the stress of shopping, A road rage incident over a parking spot escalated into a fatal shooting.

    1. Cottman, 21, of Atlantic City, was fatally shot in the parking lot of the Hamilton Mall outside Macy’s department store about 1 a.m. Friday morning. His brother, Shadi Cottman, 26, of Clayton, was wounded in the leg, said acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Diane Ruberton.

      One man was shot and another injured in a parking lot outside of Macy's on Black Friday 2016. The motive of this shooting is not clear.

    1. Several hours later in New Jersey, two brothers, ages 20 and 26, were outside a Black Friday sale at the Macy’s in New Jersey’s Hamilton Mall around 1 a.m. on Friday when someone opened fire on them, killing one and wounding the other. The unnamed 20-year-old was shot to death in the Macy’s parking lot, while his brother is in stable condition at a nearby hospital after being shot in the leg, the Press of Atlantic City reported. Police have yet to release the victims’ names, or any information on the shooter’s motives.

      The shooter's motives in the New Jersey slaying are not known, and likely have little to do with Black Friday.

    1. The 21-year-old allegedly fired multiple shots, one of which struck another woman who was near the scene. She was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries.Juarez then fled the scene and attempted to evade police, but a helicopter followed him for about 15 miles before he was stopped and arrested. 

      The San Antonio Black Friday shooter injured one woman in addition to killing a man intervening in a domestic abuse incident.

    2. A Good Samaritan who tried to break up a domestic violence incident outside a shopping center has been shot dead during Black Friday madness, in the latest incident of shoppers turning violent across the country during the record-breaking sales day.The unidentified man was killed when a gunman opened fire on fire while sat in his car in the parking lot of a Walmart in San Antonio, Texas, about 4pm local time.Telles Juarez, 21, allegedly was grabbing a woman by the hair and punching her inside his car, when the Good Samaritan shouted from his car to let the woman go.

      A man was shot during Black Friday in San Antonio while intervening in a domestic abuse incident.

    1. Green party candidate Jill Stein explains why she is calling for a recount of votes in three states, in a Facebook video posted on Thursday. Stein says the goal is not to overthrow Donald Trump, but to establish a voting system that is secure and trustworthy.

      Jill Stein called for the rust belt recount.

    1. Jill Stein's bid to seek a vote recount in three key Rust Belt states is gaining steam as pressure builds among liberals to challenge the presidential election results.The Stein campaign said it needed to raise over $2 million by Friday to pay for recounts -- a goal it quickly met. The fundrasing goal was then upped to $4.5 million, which it also met. The current goal is $7 million.

      Jill Stein announes bid, money flows in.

    1. An attack on Monday at Ohio State University was being investigated as a possible act of terrorism after a student, an 18-year-old Somali refugee, injured eleven people, first with a car and then with a butcher's knife. The suspect "intentionally" drove drove over a curb, striking multiple pedestrians, before emerging with a knife and stabbing several people. 
    1. “He turned in 19 voters to the registrar [of] folks that were deceased,” said a source with HarrisonburgVOTES, who wished to remain anonymous to avoid connecting the accused student with any campus organizations.
    1. A day after an NYPD officer died from injuries sustained while responding to a Brooklyn fire, a pair of fearless cops rushed into another burning building Thursday to save an elderly man and a baby girl, sources said. The hero cops were then rushed to a hospital after they complained of difficulty breathing.

      Elsokary rushed into a burning building to save residents, getting them out of the building until she could no longer breathe.

    1. Her path to joining the NYPD began on September 11. As both a Muslim and a native New Yorker, she knew she needed to get involved. She sought to show people that the terrible acts of that day contradicted the teachings of Islam. And so she became a police officer. Because she wanted to demonstrate her faith through service.

      Elsokary joined the police force after 9/11 to demonstrate faith through service.

  8. www.pressandguide.com www.pressandguide.com
    1. While this page covers some news related to hijabs, it does not cover the incident alleged at Khilaf Krafts.

    1. The average home price for September was 0.1% above the July 2006 peak, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price index released Tuesday. As of the previous month’s reading of the Case-Shiller index, a widely used benchmark for U.S. housing, prices remained 0.1% below the July 2006 record.
    2. Adjusted for inflation, the index still is about 16% below the 2006 high. Home prices jumped 5.5% over the past year.
    1. The contract language is clear: “No ... elected official of the Government of the United States ... shall be admitted to any share or part of this Lease, or to any benefit that may arise therefrom...”   
    2. In almost all federal government contracts, the government reserves the right to terminate the contract “for the convenience of the government” (with appropriate compensation due to the contractor), whenever “it is in the Government’s interest.” Unfortunately, the Trump hotel lease explicitly prohibits GSA from exercising that longstanding, well-established, Congressionally-mandated right.
    1. Drabkin, the former senior procurement officer at the GSA, thinks for this reason alone, the president-elect should give up the hotel.But as far as the tool to force him to do that, Drabkin doesn't think clause 37.19 is it.
    2. David Drabkin, once the GSA's senior procurement officer, said he thinks the clause doesn't apply to Trump because it only prohibits adding elected officials to the lease after it was signed, not banning original parties to it who subsequently get elected to office. He adds, though, that a president leasing the building is "absolutely untenable" because of other conflicts of interest issues.
    1. (b) The provisions of subsection (a) shall apply in any State or in any political subdivision of a state which (1) the Attorney General determines maintained on November 1, 1964, any test or device, and with respect to which (2) the Director of the Census determines that less than 50 percentum of the persons of voting age residing therein were registered on November 1, 1964, or that less than 50 percentum of such persons voted in the presidential election of November 1964.
    1. Does the renewal of Section 5 of the Voter Rights Act under the constraints of Section 4(b) exceed Congress' authority under the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments, and therefore violate the Tenth Amendment and Article Four of the Constitution?