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Thursday, November 23, 2017

It’s all about Republican donors

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Selling the Trump-Republican tax plan should be awkward for an administration that has made patriotism its central theme.

That’s because patriotism isn't mostly about saluting the flag and standing during the national anthem. 

It’s about taking a fair share of the burden of keeping America going.

But the tax plan gives American corporations a $2 trillion tax break, at a time when they’re enjoying record profits and stashing unprecedented amounts of cash in offshore tax shelters.

And it gives America’s wealthiest citizens trillions more, when the richest 1 percent now hold a record 38.6 percent of the nation’s total wealth, up from 33.7 percent a decade ago.


Justice for all. Literally.


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RI Food Bank reports on hunger in Rhode Island


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Status Report Shows Budget Cuts Threaten Low-Income Families
2017 Status Report:
Congress Proposes Cuts to Critical Programs
Congress is prepared to make significant cuts to safety-net programs that thousands of Rhode Islanders rely on. At the same time, hunger is at a new high level in Rhode Island. The Food Bank cannot possibly provide enough food to make up for major cuts to federal nutrition programs.
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The Food Bank’s annual Holiday Open House is Saturday, December 9 from 9:00 am to noon. This free, family-friendly event will include Food Bank tours, nutrition education demos and recipe samples, live music and holiday refreshments. Attendees are encouraged to bring donations of food or funds to stock the shelves for the holiday season and winter ahead.
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Sue Sosnowski, Kathy Fogarty receive honors

Several legislators honored by RI Farm Bureau at annual meeting

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The Rhode Island Farm Bureau recently awarded several legislators with awards for their legislative work during the bureau’s annual meeting which was held at the Quonset Officers Club in North Kingstown on November 16.

The 2017 Outstanding House Environment and Natural Resources Committee Person Award was presented to Rep. Raymond A. Hull (D-Dist. 6, Providence), Rep. David A. Bennett (D-Dist. 20, Warwick, Cranston), and Rep. Alex D. Marszalkowski (D-Dist. 52, Cumberland).  

The representatives were recognized for their work on the committee where they supported the views of the RI Farm Bureau.

The bureau also awarded three legislators with the RIFB Navigator Award.  The award is given to deserving individuals or entities that are fearless in protecting the rights of Rhode Islanders and preserving agriculture in our state. 

Rep. Kathleen A. Fogarty (D-Dist. 35, South Kingstown) was recognized for sponsoring legislation (2017-H 5772) that exempts seeds and plants used to grow food and food ingredients from sales tax.


Celebrating Thanksgiving

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The best way to improve Americans' life expectancy isn't some fad diet.

It's to reduce inequality.

Related imageYou’ve heard, no doubt, of the miraculous Mediterranean diet, which is said to keep Italians and Greeks living healthy lives into their 80s and beyond. 

The Japanese diet is popular, too, as the Japanese live the longest lives in the world.

Then there’s the Nordic diet, full of fish and dairy, that helps make longevity in Sweden and Norway among the longest in the world.

Countless studies have tried to identify the critical ingredients in these diets. Should we eat grilled squid like the Greeks? Or more lingonberries like the Swedes?

But the closer you look at the link between specific diets and health, the fuzzier the link becomes.

The French live some of the longest lives on earth. The oldest known person was Jeanne Calment, a French woman who lived to 122 (and a half). And yet the French diet has become known as “the French paradox,” because it’s suspiciously high in saturated fat.

The diet-focused answer? The red wine must protect them!

Other countries, like Germany and Canada, have long lifespans, yet no one puts schnitzel and poutine on our list of health foods. What if the apparent link between a country’s diet and its health is an illusion?


Early xmas for 35,000 Rhode Islanders

First time ever in Rhode Island: Treasurer will automatically return unclaimed property  

Image result for unclaimed propertyRhode Island Treasurer Seth Magaziner announced "YOUR MONEY" a program which is mailing money to more than 35,000 Rhode Islanders who have unclaimed property with the state.
  
"It's hard for families to make ends meet, and ever harder when banks, insurance companies and other corporations fail to send you money that is rightfully yours," said Treasurer Magaziner. "I developed YOUR MONEY to make sure as many Rhode Islanders as possible get their missing money back in their pockets where it belongs."
  
About 1-in-5 Rhode Islanders have unclaimed property waiting for them. 

In the past, residents have had to check the state's database to see if they have unclaimed property and then submit a claim. 

YOUR MONEY matches unclaimed property with known addresses so money can be returned automatically.
  

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

After fleecing Central Falls, Flanders wants to be Senator so he can fleece all of us

By Bob Plain in Rhode Island’s Future

Image result for robert flanders & central fallsBob Flanders announced his campaign for a US Senate seat in Central Falls, where he was once the court-appointed receiver as the city went through bankruptcy.

The Rhode Island Democratic Party responded by pointing out how much money Flanders made in that role.

“There’s no question that the million dollars Robert Flanders and his deputies collected from city coffers placed an extraordinary burden on taxpayers and retirees during the most difficult time in Central Falls’ history,” Kevin Olasanoye, the executive director of the state Democratic Party, said in a press release sent out as Flanders made his announcement.

The Democrats were calling attention to a recent RI Future report that revealed Flanders and Gayle Corrigan’s consulting company together took more than a million dollars from Central Falls’ struggling coffers. RI Future obtained the information through an Access to Public Records request to Central Falls while looking into Corrigan.



Give thanks for what really makes America great

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Fascinating turkey facts


From Fake Science, the only source of scientific news for Donald Trump

At the Mystic Aquarium


Upcoming Events



NEW! Enjoy a breakfast buffet while sharks circle then feed our stingrays and colorful fish.



Give a time out your toddler will enjoy during the final Toddler Tuesday in November!



This open house will teach teens about the wide variety of careers available in the marine science field.






Every weekend in December, meet Rudolph and Bumble during Winterfest with Rudolph & Friends! Be sure to visit us during Winterfest's winter vacation week as well December 26 to January 1 and join in different seasonal activities each day.

Check out what else is happening at Mystic Aquarium this holiday season:



Treat your staff to a holiday party
and enjoy the company of other area businesses!

December 8  |  Mystic Yachting Center


Enjoy lunch with a view of the Mystic River and a premium cash bar. Click here to reserve your spot.

December 15  |  Mystic Aquarium


Indulge in a gourmet buffet, cash bar and music from a DJ in the Aquarium's Main Gallery. Click here to reserve your spot.



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