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Big Sugar Buried Studies About Health Risks

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:29:58 -0500

Back in the 1960s, the fact that our diets influence the risk of heart disease was still a new idea. And there was a debate about the role of fats and the role of sugar. The sugar industry got involved in efforts to influence this debate. "What the sugar industry successively did," argues Stanton Glantz of the University of California, San Francisco, "is they shifted all of the blame onto fats." The industry's strategies were sophisticated, Glantz says, and are similar to those of the tobacco industry. For instance, in 1965 an industry group, the Sugar Research Foundation, secretly funded a scientific review that downplayed the evidence that linked sugar consumption to blood fat levels. The review was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Now, what's come to light in an investigation published Tuesday in the journal PLOS Biology is that the industry funded its own research project, but never disclosed the findings.(image)



'You're the President ... Why Don't You Act Like It?'

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:00:17 -0500

Fox News host Neil Cavuto is calling out President Donald Trump over his latest Twitter attacks. Over the weekend, in separate tweets, Trump went after Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and LaVar Ball, the father of one of three UCLA basketball players arrested in China on shoplifting charges. Trump took credit for the players' release, and when Ball refused to thank him, he tweeted that he "should have left them in jail." Cavuto wasn't having it. ... "Last time I checked, you are the president of the United States," he said. "Why don't you act like it?"(image)



Reich: The Poor Are Being Barred from Voting

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:30:04 -0500

Robert Reich: Hundreds of thousands of Americans are being denied the right to vote because they are poor. In nine states, Republican legislators have enacted laws that disenfranchise anyone with outstanding legal fees or court fines. For example, in Alabama more than 100,000 people who owe money -- roughly 3 percent of the state's voting-age population -- have been struck from voting rolls. This is unconstitutional. In 1964, the 24th amendment abolished the poll tax, a Jim Crow tactic used to bar poor blacks from voting. These new laws are a modern reincarnation of that unconstitutional system, disproportionately disenfranchising people of color.(image)



Anti-First Amendment Sheriff Gets His Own Sticker

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:30:49 -0500

On Sunday, the Fort Bend, Texas, woman who went from headlines to handcuffs, due to the attention brought about by her "--- Trump" bumper sticker, shared a photo of a new decal she'd placed on her truck that takes aim at her local sheriff. Now to the very right of Karen Fonseca's "--- Trump and --- you for voting for him" sticker on the back window of her husband's white truck is the slightly smaller message, "--- Troy Nehls and --- you for voting for him," KHOU reports.(image)



Why Millennials Are the Way They Are

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 23:33:39 -0500

Criticisms of millennials are notoriously broad in their scope. We have ruined everything, from golf to soap to the diamond industry. We're shitty novelists. We give babies weird names. We don't like boobs enough. We're bad with money and don't use napkins. We've already killed lunch and the Olympics, we're in the process of killing Buffalo Wild Wings, oil production, and beer companies. We have never seen a cow. We love Christmas music. We made sex worse. We got Trump elected. We're lazy, spoiled, tech-addicted. And we're never going to make anything of ourselves until we quit frittering away our savings on sandwiches and avocados and develop a serious work ethic. (I am grateful to Luke Savage for compiling these into a list, albeit only a partial one.)(image)



Trump's Long Winter of Investigation

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 22:33:32 -0500

Six months into a special counsel's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, White House aides and others in President Trump's close orbit are increasingly divided in their assessments of the expanding probe and how worried administration officials and campaign aides should be about their potential legal peril, according to numerous people familiar with the debate. Mueller's investigators are also still actively mapping out all the attempts by Russian nationals and people with ties to Russian President Vladi­mir Putin's government to connect with and possibly infiltrate the Trump campaign. So far, at least nine people in Trump's orbit had contact with Russians during the campaign or the transition to the White House, according to Mueller's charging documents and interviews and records obtained by the Washington Post.(image)



Singer-Actor David Cassidy Dies

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 22:00:26 -0500

David Cassidy, who came to fame as a '70s teen heartthrob and lead singer on The Partridge Family, has died, according to his publicist Jo-Ann Geffen. He was 67. The singer-actor had recently been admitted to the intensive care unit of a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, area hospital. Cassidy was in critical condition and suffering from organ failure before his death Tuesday, Geffen said. ... In 1970, Cassidy began playing the role of Keith Partridge on the musical sitcom The Partridge Family. His stepmother, [Shirley] Jones, portrayed his mother, a widow with five children. ... The single "I Think I Love You," featuring Cassidy on lead vocals, hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts in 1970 and sold more than 5 million copies. The songs "Doesn't Somebody Want To Be Wanted" and "I'll Meet You Halfway" also cracked the top 10 the next year.(image)



National Park Store Sells Trump Wines

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:09:16 -0500

A store in Virginia's Shenandoah National Park sold wine produced by the Trump Winery as recently as September. ... The wine at the Shenandoah store was spotted by Bill Snape, a senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity, a conservation group that has fought President Trump's agenda. He saw bottles of rose wine for sale at one of the stores in the park, which is about a two-hour drive from Washington, D.C. A member of his group had found the wine earlier and sent a photo of it to him, Snape said. "It absolutely raises conflict of interest concerns," Snape said.(image)



Kushner Failed to Disclose Putin/Trump Outreach

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:08:04 -0500

President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, failed to disclose what lawmakers called a "Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite" involving a banker who has been accused of links to Russian organized crime, three sources familiar with the matter told NBC News. An email chain described Aleksander Torshin, a former senator and deputy head of Russia's central bank who is close to Russian President Vladimir Putin, as wanting Trump to attend an event on the sidelines of a National Rifle Association convention in Louisville, Kentucky, in May 2016, the sources said. The email also suggests Torshin was seeking to meet with a high-level Trump campaign official during the convention, and that he may have had a message for Trump from Putin, the sources said.(image)



Trump Stands By Accused Child Molester Moore

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:36:35 -0500

Donald Trump has said effectively nothing about Alabama Roy Moore (R) and his sexual-misconduct scandal, but on the White House's South Lawn this afternoon, the president finally addressed the controversy: REPORTER: What is your message to women, sir, during this pivotal moment in our country, when we're talking about sexual misconduct -- you had your own allegations against you -- what do you say to women ... TRUMP: Let me just tell you, Roy Moore denies it. That's all I can say. He denies it. And by the way, he totally denies it. Note the disconnect between the question and the answer. Specifically on the Senate race in Alabama -- which is three weeks from today -- the president seemed pleased to note that Moore's accusers are "Trump voters," leading him to add, "All you can do is, you have to do what you have to do."(image)



FCC Plans to End Net Neutrality

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:53:16 -0500

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday unveiled plans to repeal a landmark 2015 order that barred internet service providers from blocking or slowing down consumer access to web content, and said the regulator will prevent states and cities from adopting similar protections. FCC chief Ajit Pai, a Republican appointed by President Donald Trump in January, said the commission will vote at a Dec. 14 meeting on his plan to rescind the so-called net neutrality rules championed by Democratic former President Barack Obama that treated internet service providers like public utilities. The rules barred broadband providers from blocking or slowing down access to content or charging consumers more for certain content.(image)



Madman Will Launch Self 500 Mph in Homemade Rocket

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:57:37 -0500

The countdown to launch creeps closer and there's still plenty for self-taught rocket scientist "Mad" Mike Hughes to do: Last-second modifications to his vessel. ... Hughes is a 61-year-old limo driver who's spent the last few years building a steam-powered rocket out of salvage parts in his garage. His project has cost him a total of $20,000, which includes Rust-Oleum paint to fancy it up and a motor home he bought on Craigslist that he converted into a ramp. His first test of the rocket will also be the launch date -- Saturday, when he straps into his homemade contraption and attempts to hurtle over the ghost town of Amboy, California. He will travel about a mile at a speed of roughly 500 mph.(image)



House Tax Bill Stuffed with Loopholes for Wealthy

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:54:47 -0500

Lawmakers who sped a bill through the U.S. House last week may have handed a few more goodies to Wall Street's wealthiest than they realize. Investors in billion-dollar hedge funds might be able to take advantage of a new, lower tax rate touted as a break for small businesses. Private equity fund managers might be able to sidestep a new tax on their earnings. And a combination of proposed changes might allow the children and grandchildren of the very wealthy to avoid income taxes in perpetuity. ... [Attorney Richard] Levine helps wealthy individuals with tax planning, and he said the House proposal is "very welcome for my clients." "As a matter of tax policy it's completely indefensible," he said. "It permits income that is obviously income, in a constitutional sense, to go entirely untaxed."(image)



Singer-Actress Delta Reese Dies

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:33:48 -0500

Della Reese, the vocal powerhouse who later starred as heaven-sent Tess on the television series Touched By an Angel, died Sunday evening at age 86. ... [S]he signed a deal with Jubilee Records in 1953, releasing six albums largely composed of jazz standards. National fame would come in 1957 with the release of "And That Reminds Me," a Top 20 hit and her first global seller. ... In the late '60s she began to expand her career from a jazz nightclub act to all-around entertainer by breaking into television. She became a familiar face on the small screen, securing guest spots on a host of shows, including The Mod Squad, The Love Boat, Sanford and Son, MacGyver, Night Court, and The Young and the Restless.(image)