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Friday, November 24, 2017

Arrrrgggg, there be corporate pirates runnin’ the ship

The Corporate Crook Conquest of the Executive Branch
By Phil Mattera for the Dirt Diggers Digest

Image result for corporate piratesIt appears that the Trump Administration will not rest until every last federal regulatory agency is under the control of a corporate surrogate. 

The reverse revolving door is swinging wildly as business foxes swarm into the rulemaking henhouses.

Among the latest predators is Alex Azar II, who was just nominated by Trump to head the Department of Health and Human Services, a position Tom Price had to vacate amid the uproar over his excessive use of chartered jets for routine government travel. 

Until earlier this year Azar was the president of the U.S. division of pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly.

Azar apparently shares Price’s abhorrence of the Affordable Care Act, but he also brings the perspective of a top executive for a drug company with a particularly sordid track record

Be sure you thank him or he will trash you on the internet

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Wag that tail

Dog ownership linked to lower mortality rate
Uppsala University

Your health is a great reason to adopt a rescue dog, like  Billy,
one of the many looking for a home at Animal Rescue RI.
Also check at our local Charlestown Animal Shelter.
A team of Swedish scientists have used national registries of more than 3.4 million Swedes aged 40 to 80 to study the association between dog ownership and cardiovascular health. 

Their study shows that dog owners had a lower risk of death due to cardiovascular disease or to other causes during the 12-year follow-up.

A total of more than 3.4 million individuals without any prior cardiovascular disease in 2001 were included in the researchers' study linking together seven different national data sources, including two dog ownership registers. 

The results are being published for the first time in Scientific Reports. The goal was to determine whether dog owners had a different risk of cardiovascular disease and death than non-dog owners.

"A very interesting finding in our study was that dog ownership was especially prominent as a protective factor in persons living alone, which is a group reported previously to be at higher risk of cardiovascular disease and death than those living in a multi-person household. Perhaps a dog may stand in as an important family member in the single households." 

The results showed that single dog owners had a 33 percent reduction in risk of death and 11 percent reduction in risk of cardiovascular disease during follow-up compared to single non-owners. 

DO Something

For women over age 65, adding 30 minutes per day of light physical activity may lower mortality risk
University of California - San Diego

vacuuming i love lucy GIF by HULUThat "to do" list of chores and errands could actually provide a variety of health benefits, according to researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. 

The study, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, found women over age 65 who engaged in regular light physical activity had a reduction in the risk of mortality.

"Every movement counts," said Andrea LaCroix, PhD, senior author of the study and professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at UC San Diego. 

Trump Lies 9 Times a Day on Average Lately

The numbers keep going up.
wrong trump GIFAs of 3 AM Eastern Standard Time on November 14, Donald Trump has told 1,628 lies since taking office. 

We know this because the Washington Post has been diligently watching the numbers, keeping tabs on Trump’s huge fibs and falsehoods. 

Over the 298 days since his inauguration, Trump has told an average of 5.5 lies every single day of the week, Monday to Sunday. While he barely works weekdays and golfs every weekend, he apparently never takes a vacation from lying.

Over the last 35 days, Trump has been even more dishonest than usual, upping his daily average to 9 lies every 24 hours. 

Thanks to the extra effort he’s put into misleading the country on a diversity of topics in recent weeks, he’s likely to reach “peak liar” status by January 20. 

“That puts the president on track to reach 1,999 claims by the end of his first year in office, though he obviously would easily exceed 2,000 if he maintained the pace of the past month,” the Post notes.

Trump tends to lie about the same things over and over again. 

Thursday, November 23, 2017

It’s all about Republican donors

For more cartoons by Mike Luckovich, CLICK HERE.
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.

For more cartoons by Jen Sorenson, CLICK HERE.

RI Food Bank reports on hunger in Rhode Island

Mark your calendar for our Holiday Open House.

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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.
The Food Bank’s free, family-friendly Holiday Open House is Sat., Dec. 9 from 9am to 12pm.
Holiday Open House:
Saturday, December 9, 9 am to Noon
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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Sen. Sue Sosnowski
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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