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Kay Ivey (R) explained her reasoning in a statement, citing “Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God.”
But that belief is not reflected in the state’s abysmal statistics when it comes to child mortality, child poverty, food insecurity, education, child care, or paid family leave. Indeed, Ivey’s stated commitment to giving “every person the best chance for a quality life and promising future” doesn’t seem to extend beyond the womb.
Under Alabama’s total abortion ban, providers could face jail time of 10 to 99 years for providing abortions. Patients are exempt from criminal and civil charges. The only exception is if the health of the pregnant person is at serious risk. There are no exceptions for rape or incest. The law will go into effect in 2020, but is expected to be met with lawsuits before then
But the Alabama legislature has done little to tackle this problem, choosing instead to focus primarily on “fringe issues and oddball causes that don’t improve Alabamians’ lives and health,” the editorial board of a local newspaper wrote in 2018.
The same holds true of the state’s child poverty rate. A 2018 report by VOICES for Alabama Children found that there were more children living in poverty in 2018 than in 2000. About 26.5% of children in Alabama live in poverty, including about 30% of children under the age of 5.
Alabama is also one of the most food insecure states in the country, with more than 16% of the population struggling to afford food. This means that more than one in five children grow up hungry. The problem, as Hunger Free America CEO Joel Berg explained to Alabama Today, has much to do with the state’s lack of a minimum wage, instead abiding by the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
“It’s no surprise that we again found that states with higher minimum wages have less hunger among working people and states with lower minimum wages had more hunger among working people,” he said.
Exacerbating the situation are recent drops in food stamp recipients, thanks to the expiration of a federal waiver that allowed Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients to be exempt from work requirements. Now, all able-bodied SNAP recipients between the ages of 18 and 49 who aren’t raising children must have at least a part-time job to qualify for benefits. Last year, 38,000 Alabamians lost eligibility to food stamps.
education. The state’s per pupil funding of $9,497 is significantly lower than the national average of about $11,400. Similarly, Alabama has done little to enact regulations for childcare services, allowing hundreds of child care centers to claim a religious exemption from licensing, even as child injuries and deaths at unlicensed centers have garnered attention over the past few years.
The average family in Alabama has a tough time affording child care, as the cost of taking care of one infant demands 11% of a family’s income. Research by the Economic Policy Institute found that this cost is “out of reach for low-wage workers.”
Making matters worse, Alabama does not have a statewide paid family leave policy. According to the National Partnership for Women and Families, “This means Alabamians face impossible choices when new children are born or adopted and when serious personal or family health needs inevitably arise.”
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Headlines from the year 2029… *
- Japanese scientists have created a camera with such a fast shutter speed, they now can photograph a woman with her mouth shut.
(hey! Settle down, I just repeated it. I didn’t write it!)
- Ozone created by electric cars is now killing millions in the seventh largest country in the world, “Mexifornia” formally known as California. White minorities still trying to have English recognized as “Mexifornia’s” third language.
- A Spotted Owl plague threatens northwestern United States crops and livestock.
- One baby was conceived naturally, scientists are stumped.
- Couple petitions court to reinstate heterosexual marriage.
- The last remaining Fundamentalist Muslim dies in the American Territory of the Middle East (formerly known as Iran, Afghanistan, Syria and Lebanon).
- The area of Iraq is still closed off; nuclear physicists estimate it will take at least 10 more years before radioactivity decays to safe levels.
- France pleads for global help after being taken over by Jamaican Rastafarians.
- Castro Jr. finally dies at age 112; Cuban cigars can now be imported legally, but President Chelsea Clinton has banned all smoking.
- George Z. Bush, adopted son of Jeb Bush, says he will run for President in 2032.
- The United States Postal Service raises the price of a first-class stamp to
$12.89 and reduces mail delivery to Wednesdays only.
- Revealed in an 85-year, federally-funded $75.8 billion study: Diet and Exercise are the key to weight loss.
- The average weight of Americans drops to 250 lbs.
- The State of Massachusetts executes its last remaining conservative.
- The Supreme Court rules punishment of criminals violates their civil rights.
- Donald J. Trump receives another pardon from President Clinton.
- The average height of NBA players is now eight feet, seven inches.
- A new federal law requires that all nail clippers, screwdrivers, fly swatters and rolled-up newspapers must be registered by January 2036.
- Congress authorizes direct deposit of formerly illegal political contributions to campaign accounts.
- A Capitol Hill intern is indicted for refusing to have sex with a congressperson.
- The IRS sets the lowest income tax rate at 55 percent.
- Florida voters are still having trouble with voting machines.
comedian from heaven
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* (Jokes originally written in 2005)
Attempts to shield children from words, ideas, and people that might cause them emotional discomfort are bad for the students. They are bad for the workplace, which will be mired in unending litigation if student expectations of safety are carried forward. They are bad for American democracy, which is already paralyzed by worsening partisanship. When the ideas, values, and speech of the other side are seen not just as wrong but as willfully aggressive toward innocent victims, it is hard to imagine the kind of mutual respect, negotiation, and compromise that are needed to make politics a positive-sum game.
Rather than trying to protect students from words and ideas that they will inevitably encounter, colleges should do all they can to equip students to thrive in a world full of words and ideas that they cannot control.
Using Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques and effective medicines can be implemented to help Generation Z overcome their anxiety.
MEDICINE (#13) and COGNITIVE BEHAVIOR THERAPY
A partial list from Robert L. Leahy, Stephen J. F. Holland, and Lata K. McGinn’s Treatment Plans and Interventions for Depression and Anxiety Disorders (2012).
- Mind reading. You assume that you know what people think without having sufficient evidence of their thoughts. “He thinks I’m a loser.”
- Fortune-telling. You predict the future negatively: things will get worse, or there is danger ahead. “I’ll fail that exam,” or “I won’t get the job.”
- Catastrophizing. You believe that what has happened or will happen will be so awful and unbearable that you won’t be able to stand it. “It would be terrible if I failed.”
- Labeling. You assign global negative traits to yourself and others. “I’m undesirable,” or “He’s a rotten person.”
- Discounting positives. You claim that the positive things you or others do are trivial. “That’s what wives are supposed to do—so it doesn’t count when she’s nice to me,” or “Those successes were easy, so they don’t matter.”
- Negative filtering. You focus almost exclusively on the negatives and seldom notice the positives. “Look at all of the people who don’t like me.”
- Overgeneralizing. You perceive a global pattern of negatives on the basis of a single incident. “This generally happens to me. I seem to fail at a lot of things.”
- Dichotomous thinking. You view events or people in all-or-nothing terms. “I get rejected by everyone,” or “It was a complete waste of time.”
- Blaming. You focus on the other person as the source of your negative feelings, and you refuse to take responsibility for changing yourself. “She’s to blame for the way I feel now,” or “My parents caused all my problems.”
- What if? You keep asking a series of questions about “what if” something happens, and you fail to be satisfied with any of the answers. “Yeah, but what if I get anxious?” or “What if I can’t catch my breath?”
- Emotional reasoning. You let your feelings guide your interpretation of reality. “I feel depressed; therefore, my marriage is not working out.sco
- Inability to disconfirm. You reject any evidence or arguments that might contradict your negative thoughts. For example, when you have the thought I’m unlovable, you reject as irrelevant any evidence that people like you.
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This week, the market has been demonstrating “corrections.” It is time to implement ideas from Shark Tank’s Mister Wonderful Dennis O’Leary.
“Never cry when the market goes down, because it’s not crying for you,” he says. “You should never get emotional about the stock market.”
Here are O’Leary’s top three tips to survive the market’s ups and downs:
- Don’t panic
“The truth about markets is that they never go straight up,” O’Leary tells CNBC.
For the last few years, the market has been less volatile, he says, so young people “are not used to major corrections, and so now we’re starting to get them,” he says. “These are normal phenomena.”
You have to think long term.
“You’ll see the markets go up and down,” says O’Leary, “but over a long period of time — and this has been consistent since the beginning of stocks in America — they grow over time because the companies and the economy grows over time.” The S&P 500 index, for example, has earned an annual average return of 9.8 percent over the past 90 years.
“You want a piece of that for your future.”
- Buy for value
If you “buy companies that are profitable and that have good balance sheets that pay
dividends,” says O’Leary, “you can sustain yourself through these massive corrections.”
You can still do this, he says, “even if you only have $50 to invest or $100.”
O’Leary, who owns O’Shares ETFs, recommends exchange traded funds because they are inexpensive and tax efficient. These ETFs are buckets of securities that track an index.
Similarly, other experts, including O’Leary’s fellow Shark Mark Cuban and investor Warren Buffett, recommend index funds, which you can think of as low-risk, low-cost baskets of stocks.
You may also consider using an app that allows you to buy fractional shares, says O’Leary. His app, Beanstox, and others like Stockpile do this.
“You shouldn’t have all of your money invested in stocks — that’s too risky,” says O’Leary. “You also need some fixed-income like bonds.”
And “Keep some cash around,” he says. “You feel much better if you have cash, even though your portfolio may be [temporarily] down 20 percent.”
“Diversification is the only free lunch,” adds O’Leary.
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Volume VII, Issue 24 10 – 24 – 2018 ***** Edition
What Has Been Happening in America
This issue is a tribute to my dear daughter and birthday girl.
October 24th also happens to be the annual anniversary of United Nations Day.
Along the North Atlantic Coast . . .
Dateline: Norfolk, Virginia
A woman reports to police that a man broke into her home, made them breakfast, took a shower, and washed his clothes.
Dateline: Washington, D.C.
The Trump Administration announces plans to reduce taxes for middle-class, build the Mexican Wall with Saudi Arabian blood money, give Ivanka Trump designed and Chinese-made goods to African Americans, and not to ever lie or mislead Americans.
Dateline: Greenville, S.C.
Police caught a student with a knife that she used to snort cocaine before class.
Dateline: Greenville, N.C.
Police sought treatment for a pit bull who dug up a loaded .38-caliber pistol.
Dateline: Lehigh Acres, Florida
Senior found dead with his head stuck in an electric car window.
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In the North American Wild West . . .
Dateline: Gunnison, Utah
School district brushed aside a claim of sexual abuse as a case of “boys being boys.”
Dateline: Los Angeles, California
A former Republican congressional aide, Michael Kimbrew, has received a sentence of 18 months in prison for accepting a $5,000 bribe.
Dateline: Laramie, Wyoming
“The World Needs More Cowboys” is the battle cry of the University of Wyoming’s half a million-dollar marketing campaign.
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Remembering the “Witch Hunt”
This Halloween Week
In the American Heartland . . .
Dateline: Willard, Ohio
Two men who hopped a freight train were arrested after they phoned 911 to report that their train was moving too fast.
Dateline: Marquette, Michigan
The county accepted a $65K grant to keep an eye on the U.S. – Canada border.
Dateline: Peru, Indiana
State Police busts have netted what they call “Donald J. Trump-shaped” ecstasy pills.
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Elsewhere in the United States of America . . .
Dateline: Kansas City, Missouri
Over 70 community and religious leaders are requesting that all politicians stop vilifying immigrants.
Debate continues about the deep meaning of the president’s chosen vocabulary particularly during his rallies. The Washington Post and others have lost track of how many instances of misinformation, falsehoods, and lies have been promoted.
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On Friday, the US attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia unsealed a criminal complaint accusing a Russian national named Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova of conspiring to interfere in the US political system. The document maintains that as a financial officer, Khusyaynova was part of the effort mounted by the Internet Research Agency, a troll farm in St. Petersburg funded by a Russian oligarch close to Vladimir Putin, to use Facebook and Twitter accounts to influence politics in the United States. The IRA’s role in Putin’s attack on the 2016 election—a scheme that was part of what’s known as “Project Lakhta”—has already been revealed. But the complaint highlights a less-known fact: that the Russian attack “continues to this day” and is partially aimed at the 2018 midterm campaign. That is, the United States, as it heads toward a crucial election, remains under assault by the Kremlin.
President Donald Trump, whose election, according to a 2017 US intelligence community assessment, was one goal of the Russian plot, has refused to seriously address Russia’s covert exploitation of US social media to undermine American politics. For instance, on September 27, 2017, after Facebook revealed that Russian government operatives had secretly placed political ads on the site during the 2016 campaign, Trump dismissed the matter and tweeted that the “hoax continues, now it’s ads on Facebook.” Yet his own Justice Department now says Russia “to this day” is conducting what Project Lakhta has internally called “information warfare against the United States of America.”
The DOJ contends that the “strategic goal” of the Russian operation is to “sow division and discord in the US political system, including by creating social and political polarization, undermining faith in democratic institutions, and influencing US elections, including the upcoming 2018 midterm elections.” According to the criminal complaint, the monthly budget of Project Lakhta, which does not focus exclusively on the United States, is generally between $1 million and $2 million. In a press release, the DOJ states that “The conspirators’ alleged activities did not exclusively adopt one ideological view.” But most of the examples cited in the criminal complaint—which is full of details indicating the FBI obtained copies of the internal records of several Russian companies involved with the IRA—are actions that bolster Trump and conservatives.
As the complaint puts it, the Russian operation aimed to “inflame passions on a wide variety of topics, including immigration, gun control and the Second Amendment, the Confederate flag, race relations, LGBT issues, the Women’s March, and the NFL national anthem debate,” and that it sought to exploit specific events in the United States, including the Las Vegas mass shooting and the “Unite the Right” rally organized by white supremacists in Charlottesville.
^^^ first published by Mother Jones – October 20, 2018 ^^^
Wednesday, October 17, 2018, from Missoula
8. “And come Election Day, Americans will remember Kavanaugh and they will remember all sorts of other things, because that was a shameful act.”
Two thoughts here: a) How did Trump go from attacking the Mueller probe for looking into whether he obstructed the investigation to a big guy hugging him? b) Trump says that big, strong guys hug him and thank him for saving America outside every rally. Does this actually happen?
remember that? And then numerous people have done that. But that’s OK. But the choice could not be more clear. Democrats produce mobs. Republicans produce jobs.”
Rep. Greg Gianforte pleaded guilty to assaulting a reporter who was asking him questions. HA HA HA HA. Wait, what the actual hell?
Remembering the Loss of 1,000 Homes, the Existence Today of over 1,000 Homeless People the Days After Washington D.C. ‘Crashed and Burned’
Over 1,000 people lost their homes in beautiful Sonoma County last year and to the day after that democracy “crashed and burned” in the U.S. Senate and Supreme Court.
On October 8, 2017, the Tubbs Fire destroyed Santa Rosa, On October 6, 2018, white women senators voted along with old white men to place a man of privilege on the Supreme Court, and today over 1,000 men and women are homeless in San Francisco.
Who shares the blame?
Senator Capito of West Virginia
Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa
Senator Deb Fischer of Nebraska
Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith
“Gobsmacked I am!”
“What now, is the tactless, belligerent fool always on the pull? ”
“Or must he see a nasty man about a dog?”
“I’d wager more than a tad if his mother was alive,
she’d spank his pompous arse.”
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 Screw up = “Throw a spanner in the works”
 Idiot = Tosser; a.k.a. Daft Cow
 There you go! = “Bob’s your uncle”
 Toilet paper = Blog Roll
 Mess; Plan gone wrong = Shambles
 Proud = Chuffed
 Idiot = Wanker or Knob-Head
 Tried to devastate = Gut
 Upper Class Person = Toff
 Gone crazy = Lost the Plot
 Suspicious = Dodgy
 Stolen = Nicked
 Screwed = Shagged
 Being knowledgeable = Know your onions
 Crazy Person = Nutter
 Prostitute’s Client = Punter
 Pissed-off = Sod-off
 Two weeks = Fortnight
 Yes! = Absol-bloody-lutely!
 Cool = Ace
 Idiot = Plonker
 Going to bed = “I’m off to Bedfordshire”
 White Trash = Chav
 Amazed = Gobsmacked
 Tired = Nackered
 Fired from a job = Made redundant
 One time only = One Off
 Not Right = Wonky
 Looking for Sex = “On the Pull”
 Do a deal or take a dump = “See a man about a dog”
 Little Bit = Tad
 Rear End / Fat Buttocks = Arse
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