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Monday, October 24, 2016

URI study measures health risk from “weight shaming”

Data show links between how society treats overweight people and health effects of chronic stress

Carol McCarthy

Image result for weight shamingWe all know that carrying extra pounds can be bad for your health. Now a URI professor has found that how society treats overweight people makes matters worse.

Maya Vadiveloo, assistant professor of nutrition and food sciences in the College of Health Sciences, and Josiemer Mattei, assistant professor of nutrition at Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health, analyzed weight discrimination data from the long-term national study, Midlife Development in the United States.

The researchers focused on respondents who reported regularly experiencing discrimination because of their weight. The study asked whether they were treated discourteously, called names, or made to feel inferior. 

Those who experienced weight discrimination over a 10-year period had twice the risk of high allostatic load, the cumulative dysfunction of bodily systems from chronic stress, they found. That stress can lead to heart disease, diabetes, inflammation and other disorders, increasing risk of death.

Wednesday - get your damned flu shot!

EDITOR'S NOTE: the high dose version is RECOMMENDED for those over 65. It is more effective and its protection lasts longer.

Dog of the Week

Meet Sissy!
Animal Rescue Rhode Island

Woof! I'm Sissy, a 2 year old silly Pitbull mix.

I enjoy hikes in the woods and sitting by the pond with our volunteers.

But at the end of the day, I would much rather retreat to a quiet home, rather than return to shelter life.

My friends think I'd do best in a home where I am the only pet, so that I can have all of your attention.

Ask me to sit and I'm sure to show you my sweet side.

With my own brand of surprises, life with me will keep you constantly on your toes - oh, and the fun is guaranteed!

The Best and Worst Presidents on Taxes

From Reagan to Roosevelt, tax fairness continues to fluctuate along with our elected leaders.

Image result for ronald reagan & taxesWith all the debate over Donald Trump’s tax-dodging, I’ve been wondering how taxes have played into presidential politics in the past.

For some answers, I turned to Bob McIntyre, head of the nonpartisan research and advocacy group Citizens for Tax Justice. For 40 years, McIntyre has been on the frontlines of efforts to make our tax code fairer.

When asked what American president he considers the worst on tax fairness, his initial response was “Yipes, there are so many.”

After some consideration, he bestowed that honor on Ronald Reagan, whose 1981 tax act slashed taxes on the rich.

The top marginal tax rate dropped from 70 percent to 50 percent (before being cut even further to 28 percent in 1986). And, even more harmful, according to McIntyre, was the bill’s vast expansion of corporate tax loopholes.

Ironically, though, when I asked what president has done the most to advance tax fairness, Reagan’s name came up again — not as number 1, but as the runner-up.

While Reagan is a big hero of anti-tax Tea Partiers, later in his presidency, he agreed to raise taxes several times to address mounting budget deficits.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

VIDEO: Are 3rd party candidates a good alternative?

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Debates pitch climate change shutout.

Peter Dykstra for Environmental Health News
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On October 19 during the final presidential debate of the campaign, Hell did not freeze over. 

Moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News, where climate denial plays nothing but home games, passed on the final opportunity to ask Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton about climate change.

This presidential campaign has been a catastrophe for American democracy and for American political journalism.

Amid the relentlessly tawdry campaign news, most Americans haven't even noticed the absence of virtually any high-level campaign discussion of environmental issues, let alone what many have called the biggest challenge of the 21st century.

For now.

This, despite Donald Trump

Michigan State University

Image result for empathy in societyA first-of-its-kind study that ranks nations by empathy puts the United States at No. 7, behind countries ranging from Peru to Korea to Saudi Arabia.

While a top 10 finish isn't bad, Michigan State University's William Chopik, lead author of the study, notes that the psychological states of Americans have been changing in recent decades -- leading to a larger focus on the individual and less on others.

His Bigoted Majesty

Student's odd protest of "political correctness" raises bigger issues

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Grant Strobl, now "His Majesty," chairs the far-right student group Young
Americans for Freedom, and is using this stunt to challenge
"political correctness"
A University of Michigan student has officially changed his personal pronoun to “His Majesty.”

The student, who is politically conservative, did so to call attention to and ridicule the university policy which allows students to select their own designated personal pronouns.

A personal pronoun is the term others use to refer to you when they don’t use your name: he, she, her, him, they, them, etc. The English language doesn’t offer a gender-neutral singular pronoun other than “it,” but we generally do not use the objectifying term “it” to refer to people.

Most of us are assigned a sex at birth — male or female — and we grow into the corresponding gender identity that matches our sex. That gender binary dominates our western social structure and is instilled in us from birth.

From the moment the doctors told my mom “It’s a girl,” I began to identify as a woman. It’s a privilege that I’ve never felt the categories of “man” and “woman” constrain me in any way. I embrace my womanhood. I am attracted to men.

But that’s not so for all Americans.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

VIDEO: The second most important part of the November election


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Amid all the focus on the presidential race it’s also important to keep in mind Democrats have a fighting chance to take back the Senate in November. There are at least 12 races in play. Win five, and Democrats are in control regardless of the outcome of the presidential election.

Many of the Democrats on the ballot this year are progressives who have been fighting to raise the minimum wage, expand Social Security, provide paid sick leave and paid parental leave. Many are women and people of color who will make the Senate look more like the rest of America.

Win five of these races and we’d have a chance for a Supreme Court that would prioritize the rights and needs of average Americans rather than big corporations and overturn Citizens United!

Win five of these races and we’d put Senate oversight of the government back into the hands of people who care that government actually works.

View from Trump Tower

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Trump versus Pence

Pic of the Moment

Bullying begets bullying

"Trump Effect" Increases Bullying And Harassment In Schools
By Doug Cunningham

The three million members of the National Education Association are publicizing the "Trump Effect" on students, schools and communities - the harmful effect on students they say is happening due to the inflammatory rhetoric from the GOP presidential candidate.

NEA Political Director Carrie Pugh says those effects include an increase in bullying and harassing behavior that's mirroring Trump's words and actions on the campaign trail.

That includes Montana students wearing white supremacist Trump t-shirts to school.

[Carrie Pugh]: "Two students showed up to a pep rally at a school featuring Trump-themed shirts with the words "White Pride" and "White Power" and featuring a confederate flag. 

Educators all across the country, Arizona, Colorado, Florida , they're re-telling their stories of anxious students - both immigrants , citizens - who really fear that their families will be deported if Trump is elected."

Can you cook them up in garlic butter?

Researchers use ‘robomussels’ to monitor climate change

Tiny robots have been helping researchers study how climate change affects biodiversity. Devel­oped by Northeastern University scientist Brian Helmuth, the “robomussels” have the shape, size, and color of actual mussels, with miniature built-in sensors that track temperatures inside the mussel beds.

For the past 18 years, every 10 to 15 minutes, Helmuth, professor in the College of Science and the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, and a global research team of 48 scientists have used robomussels to track internal body temperature, which is determined by the temperature of the surrounding air or water, and the amount of solar radiation the devices absorb. 

They place the robots inside mussel beds in oceans around the globe and record temperatures. The researchers have built a database of nearly two decades worth of data enabling scientists to pinpoint areas of unusual warming, intervene to help curb damage to vital marine ecosystems, and develop strate­gies that could prevent extinction of certain species.

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