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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Trump 2020 officially starts and there's an endorsement already

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They have a robot Nautilus

Ocean and space exploration blend at URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography
swim nautilus GIFScientists with a NASA-led expedition are operating from the Inner Space Center at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography as colleagues explore the deep Pacific Ocean to prepare to search for life in deep space.

The SUBSEA (Systematic Underwater Biogeochemical Science and Exploration Analog) research program is a partnership among NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the Ocean Exploration Trust and various academic centers that blend ocean and space research to better understand if the watery worlds found on moons and planets in our solar system offer conditions that could support microbial life.

(ROV) HerculesLast year, the SUBSEA shipboard team used remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) deployed from the Ocean Exploration Trust’s E/V Nautilus to explore Lō’ihi Seamount, an underwater volcano off the southeastern coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. 

The type of hydrothermal venting at the Lō`ihi Seamount is a good representation of conditions scientists believe exist on certain moons in the outer solar system. 

I still won't ask for directions

Why Our GPS Devices Can Betray Us
By M.R. O’Connor
Image result for guys asking for directionsIt seemed like a great idea. We were two American journalists visiting London and had a dinner party to attend. Why travel underground on the Tube when we could rent a couple of bicycles and see the city? But somehow it all went wrong.

We rode our bikes past Westminster Bridge, Big Ben, and Buckingham Palace, then headed south toward Pimlico, where we were expected for dinner. 

My friend Tom decided to take a scenic route, following the River Thames’ northern bank. At a critical intersection, his phone’s turn-by-turn GPS directions gave instructions that seemed counterintuitive, but we followed them, became totally lost, and arrived two hours late at our destination, rumpled and humiliated.

The irony of our tardiness was lost on no one. I was in London to attend a conference held by the Royal Institute of Navigation on the biology of animal navigation. 

What mechanisms allow sea turtles, whales, and migratory birds find their way across thousands of miles with unerring precision? Tom and I had perfectly illustrated the gaping divide between humans and the animal kingdom when it comes to orientation and navigation.

Humans are uniquely capable of becoming lost, so over time we’ve had to create a variety of strategies for finding our way. 

Profitable lies

Rise of the Extinction Deniers
Image result for extinction deniersExtinction’s not a problem, right?

That’s actually a point made quite a bit lately by a group of “extinction deniers” — people who use the relatively low number of confirmed extinctions to say there’s no such thing as an extinction crisis.

These industry shills came out of the woodwork in the wake of the recent Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services report that predicts the world faces up to one million extinctions in the coming decades due to human activity.

We saw this misinformation most strongly on May 22 during testimony about the IPBES report for the House Committee on Natural Resources, when two “experts” invited to speak by Republican members of the committee spread messages of extinction denial.

“Fewer than 900 extinctions have been documented in the 500 years since 1500 AD,” claimed Patrick Moore, a director of a pro-fossil fuels group called the CO2 Commission who always (incorrectly) identifies himself as a cofounder of Greenpeace.

Moore, who’s also funded by the Koch brothers and others to spread climate denial (he’s a frequent guest on Fox News), tied the IPBES report to his previous rhetoric. “As with the manufactured ‘climate crisis’ they are using the specter of mass extinction as a fear tactic to scare the public into compliance,” he said. “The IBPES itself is an existential threat to sensible policy on biodiversity conservation.”

Monday, June 17, 2019

Another path to security for Social Security?

A Wall Street Boost for Social Security
By Gerald Scorse, Progressive Charlestown guest columnist

Image result for Wall Street boost for Social SecurityThe aging of America is putting the squeeze on Social Security. About 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day and the number is heading even higher. Ready or not, our retirement system faces its first major overhaul in decades.

Lawmakers should listen to Warren Buffett before they settle on any new payroll tax or benefit schedules. 

I’m a card-carrying capitalist,” Buffett says, “I believe we wouldn’t be sitting here except for the market system.”

Social Security should become a card-carrying capitalist too. It should invest part of its $2.8 trillion trust fund in the stock market, specifically in broad-based, low-cost index funds.

The only way he can win

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New recipe and news from the RI Community Food Bank

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Agencies Awardees
Agencies Share Best Practices
Every year, representatives from our member agencies – food pantries, meal sites and community partners – come together to share information and recognize best practices. This year’s focus was on providing excellent customer service to guests. Find out about this year’s presenters and see which agencies were recognized as best of the best.
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Community Kitchen Students
Community Kitchen Featured
in Providence Monthly
Reporter Robert Isenberg from Providence Monthly recently stopped by the Community Kitchen to see our culinary job training program in action. His article gives a great overview of what goes on there over the 14 weeks. We’re excited to welcome a new class of students next week!
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Pico de Gallo - credit to Oakley Originals (cropped)
Healthy Habits Recipe:
Pico de Gallo
Add some flavor to your life with this easy Pico de Gallo recipe from our Healthy Habits nutrition education program! It's great to bring to parties or just to savor on a nice summer evening with a healthy snack and drink.
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Kitty of the week

Meet Honey. 
Animal Rescue RI

Honey is a laid back 3 year old, FIV positive kitty who would love to curl up on a couch in his furever home!!

This boy can live a long and happy life.

He just needs to be on a good diet and kept indoors away from illness due to his compromised immune system.

Consider adopting a less adoptable kitty today!

Free Summer Meals Now Available Statewide for those 18 and younger

Call 2-1-1 to Find Sites in Your Community 

Image result for Summer Food Service ProgramThe Summer Food Service Program is now underway at more than 220 program sites in 19 communities, where free meals will be served to Rhode Island students this summer.

“We know that healthy food fuels student success – and that remains true even when school is out,” said Angélica Infante-Green, Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education.

“That’s why this Summer Meal program is so important to us at the Department of Education. We want all our kids to have access to healthy meals this summer. I invite everyone to spread the word that the Summer Meals Program is now open and available to all children and teenagers ages 18 and under.”

Pay to Play

How Payday Lenders Spent $1 Million at a Trump Resort — and Cashed In
by Anjali Tsui, ProPublica, and Alice Wilder, WNYC

Related imageIn mid-March, the payday lending industry held its annual convention at the Trump National Doral hotel outside Miami.

Payday lenders offer loans on the order of a few hundred dollars, typically to low-income borrowers, who have to pay them back in a matter of weeks. The industry has long been reviled by critics for charging stratospheric interest rates — typically 400% on an annual basis — that leave customers trapped in cycles of debt.

The industry had felt under siege during the Obama administration, as the federal government moved to clamp down. A government study found that a majority of payday loans are made to people who pay more in interest and fees than they initially borrow. Google and Facebook refuse to take the industry’s ads.

Image result for payday lenders & Trump
On the edge of the Doral’s grounds, as the payday convention began, a group of ministers held a protest “pray-in,” denouncing the lenders for having a “feast” while their borrowers “suffer and starve.”

But inside the hotel, in a wood-paneled bar under golden chandeliers, the mood was celebratory. Payday lenders, many dressed in golf shirts and khakis, enjoyed an open bar and mingled over bites of steak and coconut shrimp.

They had plenty to be elated about. A month earlier, Kathleen Kraninger, who had just finished her second month as director of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, had delivered what the lenders consider an epochal victory: Kraninger announced a proposal to gut a crucial rule that had been passed under her Obama-era predecessor.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

'This Is Sick'

Trump plans to put migrant children at former Japanese internment camp
Image result for fort sill japaneseLending even greater significance to the parallels commentators and historians have drawn between U.S. migrant detention centers and concentration camps of the past, the Trump administration is reportedly planning to hold more than a thousand immigrant children at an Oklahoma army base that was used as an internment camp for Japanese Americans during World War II.

According to Time, Fort Sill "has been selected to detain 1,400 children until they can be given to an adult relative."

"Fort Sill, located southwest of Oklahoma City, was one of several internment camps where Japanese-Americans were held during World War II," Time reported. 

"Between 1942 and 1946, the U.S. government forcibly removed an estimated 120,000 men, women and children from their homes and incarcerated them across the country. Fort Sill was later used to hold German prisoners of war."

Fake news, right?

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Words Republicans don't want used when describing Donald Trump

Not a joke and not made up. This list was posted online by Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon. Personally, I would have added "traitor," "asshole," "dotard," etc.

URI awarded $20 million to further expand biomedical research capacity in R.I.

More than $80 million awarded to URI since program began in 2001

A University of Rhode Island-based initiative that has successfully expanded biomedical research capacity at nearly all of Rhode Island’s universities and colleges has been awarded another $20 million in federal funding to further expand the program over the next five years.

The Rhode Island IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE), which has been funded by the National Institutes of Health since 2001 with $61 million in previous grants, was established to expand statewide research capacity in the biomedical sciences, including the research disciplines of cancer, neuroscience and environmental health sciences. 

It does so by supporting early-career faculty development, providing experiential learning opportunities to students, and acquiring and maintaining high-tech equipment for use by all participating researchers.

The University of Rhode Island partners with Brown University, Rhode Island College, Providence College, Bryant University, Roger Williams University, Salve Regina University and the Community College of Rhode Island in the program.

Controversial study adds to diet confusion

Red and white meats are equally bad for cholesterol
Image result for white meat red meatContrary to popular belief, consuming red meat and white meat such as poultry, have equal effects on blood cholesterol levels, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The study, led by scientists at Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI)—the research arm of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland—surprised the researchers with the discovery that consuming high levels of red meat or white poultry resulted in higher blood cholesterol levels than consuming a comparable amount of plant proteins. 

Moreover, this effect was observed whether or not the diet contained high levels of saturated fat, which increased blood cholesterol to the same extent with all three protein sources.