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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Cool Rumsey makes comeback bid official

Cathie Cool Rumsey Announces her Candidacy for State Senate, District 34 

Catherine Cool Rumsey has announced her intent to win back the Senate District 34  seat she held in 2013-2014. “There is still more work to be done to turn our state around and I am respectfully asking voters to send me back to the state Senate so I can continue that work.” 

Senate District 34 which includes most of Charlestown north of Route One.

She noted that her business management experience enables her to focus on the priorities and solutions needed to ensure our state departments and agencies provide better accountability for taxpayers. 

She has also pledged to continue to be a strong advocate for rebuilding Rhode Island’s economy, supporting families and protecting the environment.

During her freshman term, Cathie served on the Health and Human Services Committee and the Environment and Agriculture Committee. She was the Senate Chair of the Behavioral Health and Firearms Safety Task Force, the Senate task force on the Department of Children Youth and Families and the Family Care Networks and Vice-Chaired the joint Permanent Child Care Commission. 

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Seriously. How Donald Trump celebrated Cinco de Mayo and showed his repect to Hispanics

Not making this up!
The "presumptive nominee" of the Republican Party

Donald Trump tweet: 'Happy #CincoDeMayo! The best taco bowls are made in Trump Tower Grill. I love Hispanics! '

Don’t Bogart that bass!

New DEM rules bar “stockpiling” and illegal sale of Atlantic Striped Bass

television 90s season 2 nickelodeon pete and peteThe Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced on May 2 it has enacted new regulations to help prevent the illegal harvest and sale of Atlantic striped bass. 

The new rules, outlined in Rhode Island Marine Fisheries Regulations, Part XII Striped Bass, require recreational anglers to clip the right pectoral fin of striped bass 34 inches or larger at the time of harvest; fish with a missing right pectoral fin cannot be sold commercially in Rhode Island.

The new regulations, adopted following considerable public input, help prevent "stockpiling" - which occurs when fish are harvested on a day closed to commercial fishing and then offered for sale on an open day.

They also address fish being illegally transported and sold in neighboring states. Block Island Sound, in particular, is a well-known hotspot for large stripe bass that draws anglers from across the region.

Along with your morning coffee…

University of Birmingham

New research from the University of Birmingham has shown that flu vaccinations are more effective when administered in the morning.

The findings, published in the journal Vaccine, suggest administering vaccinations in the morning, rather than the afternoon, could induce greater, and thus more protective, antibody responses.

24 general practices in the West Midlands, UK, were analysed between 2011 and 2013 in a cluster-randomised trial during the annual UK influenza vaccination programme.

276 adults aged over 65 were vaccinated against three strains of influenza, either in morning surgeries (9-11am) or afternoon surgeries (3-5pm).

In two of the three given influenza virus strains, those in the morning cohort saw a significantly larger increase in antibody concentration one month following vaccination, when compared with those in the afternoon cohort. In the third strain, there was no significant difference between morning and afternoon.

Free freshwater fishing in Rhode Island this weekend

Local fishing holes stocked with golden and rainbow trout

The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced today it is stocking ponds around the state for this weekend's free-fishing event. On Saturday and Sunday, the public is invited to fish for any species in the state's freshwaters without a fishing license or trout conservation stamp. The event does not extend to saltwater fishing.

"This weekend is the perfect time to come out and enjoy our state's spectacular freshwater fishing," said DEM Director Janet Coit. "Whether you're a seasoned angler or a novice, reeling in a trout is a thrilling experience and a wonderful way to unwind and connect with nature. And with more than 4,000 golden trout being stocked for this event, there's a good chance to walk away with one of these beauties. Tremendous!"

For this event, 6,000 rainbow trout will be stocked in area ponds, including Peck Pond, Burrillville; Carbuncle Pond, Coventry; Browning Mill Pond, Exeter; Silver Spring Lake, North Kingstown; Barber Pond, South Kingstown; Upper Melville Pond, Portsmouth; Meadowbrook Pond, Richmond; and Carolina Trout Pond, Richmond. 

Anglers who catch a golden trout are encouraged to take a picture of their catch and post it to the DEM Facebook page at and email for a free golden trout pin.

Americans live longer but with disabilities or health issues, study shows

University of Southern California
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Americans are living longer but in poorer health, according to a new study.

The USC-led study examined life expectancy trends and disability rates in a 40-year period, from 1970 to 2010. 

The analysis of U.S. vital statistics found that the average total lifespan increased for men and women in those 40 years, but so did the proportion of time spent living with a disability.

The study found increased longevity is not necessarily indicative of good health. Most age groups live longer with a disability or other health problem.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

What Rhode Islanders care about

By Bob Plain in Rhode Island’s Future
Lost in Rhode Island’s Presidential primary election were some other promising poll numbers for progressives.

Public Policy Polling survey found 3 of 4 Rhode Islanders would be more likely to support a candidate who would drastically decrease our dependence on fossil fuels and a Brown University Taubman Center poll found 55 percent of Rhode Islanders want to legalize recreational marijuana.

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Seasonal migration patterns of bottlenose dolphins -- what we know for sure? 

With the changing of the seasons comes the urge to migrate for many animals of the world, whether they be furred, feathered, or even finned. 

One finned animal in particular, the common bottlenose dolphin, undertakes seasonal migrations each spring and fall, but how the dolphins know when to migrate has not always been clear. 

It was usually assumed that their southern migration begins when the ocean waters drop in temperature. 

However, until now there was little evidence to support this and it was largely unknown what factors influence the initiation of dolphin migration. 

A new study from the online journal Animal Migration, has discovered some of the factors that influence these seasonal migrations.

The Good Food Movement Needs Science, Too

Big Ag is hurting animals and the environment.

Perhaps you’ve heard some organic food advocates say, “We should just roll back the clock and farm the way we used to” — before modern science gave us factory farms and genetically modified ingredients.

Others disagree, saying that we’d all starve if we didn’t use science and technology in farming.

It’s a big debate. But maybe the turning of a clock isn’t the right metaphor.

Instead, I thought recently of an old Chinese saying: “Draw snake, add legs.” It refers to when someone gets so carried away in doing something that they carry it too far, ruining it by adding extra, useless things.

Rooftop solar energy could provide almost 40 percent of US electricity

DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Analysts at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have used detailed light detection and ranging (LiDAR) data for 128 cities nationwide, along with improved data analysis methods and simulation tools, to update its estimate of total U.S. technical potential for rooftop photovoltaic (PV) systems. 

The analysis reveals a technical potential of 1,118 gigawatts (GW) of capacity and 1,432 terawatt-hours (TWh) of annual energy generation, equivalent to 39 percent of the nation's electricity sales.

This current estimate is significantly greater than that of a previous NREL analysis, which estimated 664 GW of installed capacity and 800 TWh of annual energy generation. 

Analysts attribute the new findings to increases in module power density, improved estimation of building suitability, higher estimates of the total number of buildings, and improvements in PV performance simulation tools.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

We Live in a Democracy, Not a Theocracy

The free exercise of religion doesn't include a right to discriminate.

It wasn’t so long ago when one of the most powerful justifications wielded in support of segregation was religious belief.

Throughout the American South, state-sanctioned Jim Crow laws legally separated blacks from whites. 

Schools were segregated. 

Restaurants were segregated. 

Blacks and whites couldn’t legally marry. Even water fountains were designated by race.

Defenders of these racist policies employed a variety of arguments to support the institution of discrimination, including — as one lower court justice actually argued in a landmark civil rights case — that God “separated the races” because “he did not intend for the races to mix.”

Today, so-called religious freedom bills are cropping up around the nation that would turn back the clock on American progress against legal discrimination.

Till the end of time

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