Monthly Archives: March 2017

The new face of suburbia: Economic woes and early death

The new face of suburbia: Economic woes and early death

By Aimee Picchi MoneyWatch March 29, 2017, 12:01 AM
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/suburbs-death-mortality-rate-county-health/
Getting lost in suburbia is taking on a grim new meaning in the U.S.
The nation’s suburbs, once the wellspring of the American Dream, now has the highest rate of premature deaths from drug overdoses, according to a new findings from the County Health Rankings, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. Just a decade ago, America’s suburbs had the lowest rate of premature death from ODs.
The spike in drug-related deaths is contributing to what County Rankings’ Marjory Givens said is setting off “alarm bells” among public health experts: More younger Americans are dying prematurely, especially those aged 15 to 44. The drug overdose epidemic is the top cause of early death among 25- to 44-year-olds, an age many people in this group traditionally buy their first homes and embark on careers.
Yet for many adults, such achievements appear unobtainable, leading to what experts call “deaths of despair.”
The data on drug-related deaths in suburbia “is absolutely an interesting and troubling finding,” Givens, the deputy director of data and science for County Health Rankings, said. “Access to affordable health care is important, but we know it’s so much more than that. Social and economic factors are so important — the ability to have a good job, having social and family supports.”

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Good jobs and the kind of social structure that propped up generations of Americans are fading in many areas of the country. Workers without college degrees have found themselves especially vulnerable to changes in the labor market. In the 1970s, Americans with only high school degrees could look forward to earning a steady, livable wage with benefits, but those days are long gone.
White Americans without college degrees are suffering from “deaths of despair” after years of weak demand for their skills and stagnant wages, according to research from Princeton economists Anne Case and Nobel Prize winner Angus Deaton. Earlier this month, they noted the phenomenon had spread across the country, touching both rural areas and cities.

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The impact of globalization, intensified by trade policy that effectively pits American workers against their lower-wage peers around the world, isn’t limited to suburbia.
Economists Peter Schott of the Yale School of Management and Justin Pierce of the Federal Reserve have found that mortality rates spiked in counties around the U.S. that suffered the greatest economic disruption after trade policy was changed to make it easier for manufacturers to ship jobs to China or for Chinese companies to do business in the U.S.
“What you see is that mortality rates rise and stay high in the most exposed counties,” Schott said, noting the spike in unemployment in those regions after the U.S. liberalized trade with China in 2000. The sharpest increase in death rates were found in communities in the Southeast and in New England where manufacturing jobs have evaporated.
“Trade policy is sometimes sold as everyone wins — that’s clearly too simple a way of picturing it,” he said.

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Economic distress is prompting some Americans to look for relief in the form of drugs, alcohol and other unhealthy behaviors. The opioid crisis appears to be exacerbating these problems.
“There’s a desire to escape from stress and anxiety and hopelessness and shame,” said Shannon Monnat, a sociologist at Pennsylvania State University. She noted that deaths from drug overdoses are highest among white men but are rising fastest among women. “Swaths of the country are doing pretty badly.”
She added, “The evidence is growing stronger every day that income inequality is bad for health.”
The problems go far beyond white adults, the County Health Rankings found. While premature deaths due to drug overdose were highest among whites and Native Americans in 2015, the overall premature mortality rate — including those due to suicide and homicide — are highest among American Indians, Alaskan natives and blacks.
The study also looked at people between 16 to 24, or what Givens calls an “invisible population.” One out of eight of this age group are considered disconnected from either the labor market or education market. Neither working nor in school, these young Americans are at higher risk for suffering from poverty and teen births, all of which can hurt their ability to become successful adults. More than one in five young adults in rural counties are considered disconnected, compared with slightly more than one in eight in the cities.
“There is some sense of urgency here,” Givens said. “The communities with higher rates of youth disconnection are those those that have struggled with economic growth.”

MICHAEL MOORE IS A BIG FAT STUPID IDIOT

Up out of the Bunker Archives. In 2003 I was quite certain Moore was a big fat stupid idiot.  He did not grow out of it.
Present Day – “Historians in the near future (because that may be the only future we have) will mark today, March 28, 2017, as the day the extinction of human life on earth began,” …  This is a defining moment in the history of mankind. By signing these executive orders today, Trump is declaring an act of war on the planet and its inhabitants. The one silver lining here is that Trump can’t kill the planet; the planet wants to live and has a long history of wiping out any real or perceived threats.” – Michael BFSI Moore
2003 – “They are possibly the dumbest people on the planet. …We Americans suffer from an enforced ignorance. We don’t know about anything that’s happening outside our country. Our stupidity is embarrassing.” – Michael Moore in the London Mirror

It’s my general rule to not attack individuals for exercising their first amendment right to free expression.  Instead, I prefer to attack their ideas and offer an opinion of my own.  I realize that the title of this article appears to go against that general rule so allow me to explain it for you.  Big describes one who is large or great in dimension or bulk.  Moore is. Fat describes one notable for having an unusual amount of fat.  Moore does.  Stupid describes one that is slow of mind, given to unintelligent decisions or acts, acting in an unintelligent or careless manner and lacking intelligence or reason.  This is Mr. Moore’s description of “We Americans”…, showing “Our stupidity.”  We and our, are inclusive Michael.  An idiot is a foolish or stupid person. Again, this is Mr. Moore’s self-descriptive term.  So, as you can see, I am not mindlessly lashing out at Mr. Moore but, giving you an accurate physical description of him and analyzing his statement for ease of understanding.   Moore can’t decide from one sentence to the next if he is one of us or not.  He begins with “They are” then transitions to “we” and “our.”  Gee Mikie, you’d think that one who makes his living communicating could do better.  Stupidity is embarrassing at times, isn’t it?  Mr. Moore made another intelligent statement quoted in the London Mirror.  This one was about our President.  “I really do believe Bush is dumber than s@?*.  Very good Mikie, really shows us how intelligent you are.  Welcome to the stupid Americans club.
It’s unfortunate, but Mr. Moore has a slew of celebrity buds expressing the same things about Americans in general and our President in particular.  What’s odd is that most of them choose to do it while in other countries.  Johnny Dep likens America to a dumb puppy.  Mr. Dep lives in France.  Hanoi Jane told some Canadians that we are ignorant of history and reality here in America.  Jane, we know history well.  Would you like us to remind you of your role in the Vietnam War?  I have an idea Jane, why don’t you go hang out with Binnie Laden and boys like you did with the communists in Vietnam.  And, don’t forget to wear your Burkha and show them your Barbarella movie, that’ll really please them.  Her hubby Ted says that we have some of the dumbest people in the world here in the USA.  You’re likely right Ted.  If we were smarter, you wouldn’t be rich.  Martin Sheen, while in Canada, referred to America as the land of lunatics.  He also told the BBC that our President is a moron.  Of course, Martin’s never been a president, but he knows about them because he has played one on TV.  If you look around the papers and the Internet, you can find all sorts of flattering comments about America coming from so-called American celebrities.  These folks are ruining entertainment for me.  There are movies I can’t watch anymore and music I can’t listen to because the performer’s political commentary pops into my mind thus spoiling the entertainment value.  As Johnny said, I’m a dumb puppy.  Whack me on the nose enough times and I’ll eventually stop – watching your movies and listening to your music that is.  That’s my freedom of expression.
This group will argue with you about their patriotism, and I’m not ready to call them traitors, but I will call their intellect and exercise of responsibility into question and I’m just a dumb ol’ country boy from West Virginia.  A favorite expression among this group of scholars is “selected not elected” when talking of President Bush.  Obviously, our intellectual celebrity patriots lack basic knowledge of the constitution – beyond the first amendment that is.  Otherwise, they’d understand the Electoral College and how it’s used to elect our presidents.  You can find out about it by reading Article II of the Constitution guys.  Read up on it and get back to me.
There’s another real support America guy out there.  It’s little Timmy Robbins.  Mr. Robbins, a rabid anti-President Bush, anti-war person has written and directed a play.  Using his first amendment right of free expression he gives us his version of what’s happened in Iraq.

Robbins portrays journalists as Pentagon puppets, U.S. soldiers as thieves and killers of innocent women and children, and the Bush cabinet as war mongers willing to start a war to escape the negative publicity of the Enron scandal. – William LaJeunesse, FOX News

It’s a great country, which allows people to make up the truth as they see it and present it to the public.  There’s something unfortunate here, however.  That is that there are people naïve enough to believe it – including most of the brilliant celebrities I’ve already mentioned.  I was listening to a radio program the other day.  The host has what he calls “Man in the street” interviews.  This particular day, he interviewed several professed college students.  None of them could name the Vice President or Secretary of State, however they all knew about Kobe.  Maybe Mikie is right.  Maybe we are mostly stupid.  Unfortunately, this group will watch and believe Mr. Robbins’ spin on Iraq.
I’ll finish my rant with a couple of thoughts for my celebrity friends.  Middle Eastern, Islamic fanatical terrorists attacked our country.  Fortunately, for us, our leader decided that we should respond with more than a cruise missile strike on an aspirin factory in Sudan.  We chose instead to go to Afghanistan, then to Iraq.  Note that I told you that these are Middle Eastern terrorists.  If you’ll reflect on your tremendous knowledge of history H. Jane, then you be able to see why it’s preferable to fight wars in the enemy’s cities and not ours.  I suggest you look for additional information on this topic under World War I, World War II, Germany and Japan.  Iraq is the bridgehead in the war against terror just as Normandy was the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany.  I’m sure that with your great knowledge H. Jane you were able to put that together without my help.  When Iraq is stable, and it will be, the most potent weapon in our inventory will be let loose on the Middle East.  That’s democracy in case you’re wondering Mikie.  Then the average Middle Easterner may be able to tell his countrymen and president how stupid he believes they are and not fear a beheading after saying it.
I support the right to freely express thoughts and opinions.  It’s one of the most cherished rights we have.  I served many years under oath to defend that right.  With the exercise of rights in our great democracy also comes responsibility.  Timmy, it’s just a matter of time before your play is quoted repeatedly on Al-Jazerra TV and printed in the Arab press as representing American public opinion.  What a coup that is for you, huh?  Tonight when you relax in your comfortable home with a glass of wine while listening to your favorite Streisand and Dixie Chicks music I want you to think of something.  I want you to think about American Soldiers.  I want you to see their faces.  I want you to see their families.  I want you to know that they’re where they are for you.  I want you to understand that with the responsible help that you’re providing, along with the other intellectual giants of your ilk, that they’ll likely be there in danger much longer.  Will you think about that Timmy?
Copyright © JD Pendry, 2003

Did Trump Just Unleashed a New Secret WEAPON Or Something Worse…? Patriots SHOCKED!

Gross: TSA Agent Gropes Disabled Boy In Front of His Mother At DFW Airport

It’s time to bring back profiling

https://youtu.be/6JqVLWNar0k
 

Williamson then recorded the ‘traumatizing’ incident in a video that has now been seen more than 1.5 million times.
The video shows Aaron, red-faced, being patted down slowly over the course of two minutes by a TSA officer.

Sometimes the agent appears to pat the boy on areas that he has already checked.

The video should probably be labeled NSFW, as it’s gross. The TSA agent literally rubs the kid’s inner thighs.
I don’t think anything the TSA agent did even violated protocol, but the protocols are clearly insane.
This is humiliating to both the groper and the “gropee.”
Here’s what Williamson wrote on Facebook:

We have been through hell this morning. They detained Aaron for well over an hour at DFW. (And deliberately kept us from our flight… we are now on an alternate) We were treated like dogs because I requested they attempt to screen him in other ways per TSA rules. He has SPD and I didn’t want my child given a pat down like this. Let me make something else crystal clear. He set off NO alarms. He physically did not alarm at all during screening, he passed through the detector just fine. He is still several hours later saying “I don’t know what I did. What did I do?” I am livid. Please, share… make this viral like the other children’s videos with TSA… I wish I had taped the entire interchange because it was horrifying. We had two DFW police officers that were called and flanking him on each side. Somehow these power tripping TSA agents who are traumatizing children and doing whatever they feel like without any cause, need to be reined in.

It’s time to bring back profiling. This type of madness was on the ballet in November, it lost.
 

LIVE: Deep State Attack Of Trump Fails To Slow #PedoGate Round Up

Pedophile crackdown spreads across the country

Sex trafficking busts continue to increase as Trump fulfills promise to go after pedophiles.

https://youtu.be/1amKxpZASiw
 
https://www.facebook.com/AlexanderEmerickJones/videos/10155202833543459/

ALWAYS FOLLOW THE MONEY

According to the Open Secrets website, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, insures over 80 million Americans and has a Federal Government contract to review and process Medicare claims.  During the 2016 election cycle, they made $6,346,640 in campaign contributions and spent $25,006,109 on lobbying efforts.
The top organization recipient was the Cleveland 2016 Host Committee (Republican Convention) receiving $1,000,000.  They were followed by the National Republican Congressional Committee at $187,800, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee at $121,830, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee at $119,431, the National Republican Senatorial Committee at $111,000, and the DNC Services Corp (a Political Action Committee (PAC) extension of the Democrat National Committee) at $102,845.
This is redefining spreading the wealth around.
The top political candidates receiving Blue Cross/Blue Shield money were Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at $256,101 (they thought she’d win too) followed second by House of Representatives candidate and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan at $60,850.  Way down the list, but there just the same, is Presidential candidate Donald Trump at $12,235.  The list of House Republican candidates receiving Blue Cross/Blue Shield money either through PACs or from individuals is long. Actually longer than the Democrat list and certainly, in my view, long enough to make suspect any potential Republican crafted health care legislation or vote.  You will also find “Republican Freedom Caucus” names on the list including past Chairman Jim Jordan (OH) and new Chairman Mark Meadows (NC), my very own Congressman Alex Mooney (WV) among others: Mick Mulvaney (SC), Ron Desantis (FL), Jim Birdenstine (OK), Trent Franks (AZ), Dave Brat (VA), Keith Rothfus (PA), Gary Palmer (AL), Jeff Duncan (SC), and probably some I missed, and the topper former Representative and now Health and Human Services Secretary, Tom Price.  Perceptions are hell, but it appears to me that insurance cash runs deep in Washington even through the “Freedom Caucus.”  Freedom from what?  In the words of that great philosopher Kris Kristofferson:

Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose,
And nothin’ ain’t worth nothin’ but it’s free,

Oh, the tangled web we weave.
I certainly do not have a problem with legal campaign contributions, but I get concerned when an insurance carrier as large a Blue Cross/Blue Shield spreads around this much cash and even more concerned when this many politicians elected and sworn to fix our looming health care disaster are recipients of it.  When that happens, what real chance does average Middle Class America have at getting legislation that favors them?
Well Mr. Trump, you were going to repeal and replace Obamacare.  That is one big reason why you were elected and why you have a Republican House and Republican Senate.  It appears however, that before you can do any of that, you need to drain the swamp. And another great philosopher once told me:

When you are up to your ass in alligators, it is hard to remember that the mission was to drain the swamp.

Mr. President, you were elected because Americans have tired of Washington as usual.  The Washington establishment is largely bought and paid for by corporate donors (Paul Ryan Major Donors 2016) (Mitch McConnell Major Donors). The two men most needed to accomplish your promised bold agenda are beholden to health insurance companies, investment companies, big banks, and Koch industries.
As your Rolling Stones campaign music says:

“you can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you can get what you need.”

You are going to have to beat off a heck of a lot of alligators before you can pull the plug that drains that swamp.  To get “what you need” is going to require a coalition of decent men and women regardless of political persuasion willing to solve problems and serve the people before they serve their donors or their rigid ideology.  Only you can put out the call for these people to come forward and serve America.  That is why we elected you.  And to paraphrase the words of another Stones hit, time ain’t on your side brother.
© 2017 J. D. Pendry

Here They Come!

Study: Just 2 Hours Of Social Media Doubles Risk Of Social Isolation Feelings In Young Adults

PITTSBURGH — Young adults who use social media for at least two hours a day double their risk of feeling socially isolated, a new study finds.
The findings led lead author Brian A. Primack, M.D., Ph.D., director of Pitt’s Center for Research on Media, Technology and Health, to sound the alarm on the effect of too much social media in young people.
“This is an important issue to study because mental health problems and social isolation are at epidemic levels among young adults,” he says in a university news release.
Primack and his team examined questionnaires in 2014 from 1,787 Americans between the ages of 19 and 32. The surveys sought to see how often the participants logged onto the 11 most popular social networks and how much time a typical session would last.
The top social media platforms at the time were Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Google Plus, Instagram, Snapchat, Reddit, Tumblr, Pinterest, Vine and LinkedIn.
The data was then plugged into the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS), a tool that evaluates social and mental health in people of all ages, to measure the participants’ perceived social isolation.
Those who spent more than two hours a day on social media were twice as likely to show signs of social isolation than participants who spent no more than 30 minutes on the sites. Similarly, young adults who visited the sites at least 58 times in a week were triple the odds of feeling socially isolated than those who only logged onto social media nine times in a week. This held true even when demographic and other control factors were taken into consideration.
“We are inherently social creatures, but modern life tends to compartmentalize us instead of bringing us together,” says Primack, who is also the assistant vice chancellor for health and society in Pitt’s Schools of the Health Sciences. “While it may seem that social media presents opportunities to fill that social void, I think this study suggests that it may not be the solution people were hoping for.”
Primack and his team considered that social media use could potentially consume a person so much that there’s little time for them to enjoy personal, real-world socializing. But the amount of time spent seeing the lives of others could also spark feelings of exclusion or jealousy. Perhaps a user might see a celebration he or she wasn’t invited to; or simply viewing a person’s photos of a family vacation or other personal event could cause someone to believe their friend enjoys a happier, more fulfilled life than them.
“I don’t doubt that some people using certain platforms in specific ways may find comfort and social connectedness via social media relationships. However, the results of this study simply remind us that, on the whole, use of social media tends to be associated with increased social isolation and not decreased social isolation,” he says.
Elizabeth Miller, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pediatrics at Pitt and chief of the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, believes it’s of course possible that the feelings of isolation may have preceded the social media use, and was in fact why the participants would then turn to the sites in the first place.
“Or it could be that their increased use of social media somehow led to feeling isolated from the real world. It also could be a combination of both,” she says. “But even if the social isolation came first, it did not seem to be alleviated by spending time online, even in purportedly social situations.”
Because Primack believes feelings of social isolation are at epidemic levels, both he and Miller suggest that doctors routinely survey patients on their social media use and keep an eye out for symptoms.
The study was published earlier this month in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Donald, This I Will Tell You

Donald, This I Will Tell You

“They tried to sweeten the deal at the end by offering a more expensive bill with fewer health benefits, but alas, it wasn’t enough!” former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau slyly tweeted.

And you can jump on the phone with The Times’s Maggie Haberman and The Washington Post’s Robert Costa — ignoring that you’ve labeled them the “fake media” — and act like you’re in control. You can say that people should have waited for “Phase 2” and “Phase 3” — whatever they would have been — and that Obamacare is going to explode and that the Democrats are going to get the blame. But it doesn’t work that way. You own it now.

You’re all about flashy marketing so you didn’t notice that the bill was junk, so lame that even Republicans skittered away.

You were humiliated right out of the chute by the establishment guys who hooked you into their agenda — a massive transfer of wealth to rich people — and drew you away from your own.

You got played.

It took W. years to smash everything. You’re way ahead of schedule.

And I can say you’re doing badly, because I’m a columnist, and you’re not. Say hello to everybody, O.K.?

Sincerely, Maureen

Judge Jeanine: ‘Paul Ryan Needs to Step Down’

“This is not on President Trump”

"Paul Ryan needs to step down as speaker of the house. The reason? He failed to deliver the votes on his healthcare bill, the one trumpeted to repeal and replace Obamacare!" My Opening Statement:

Posted by Judge Jeanine Pirro on Saturday, March 25, 2017

Later, Pirro said, “I want to be clear, this is not on President Trump. No one expected a business man to completely understand the nuances, the complicated ins and outs of Washington and its legislative process. How would he know which individuals upon which he would be able to rely?”
Saturday morning, President Trump tweeted out a teaser for “Justice,” telling everyone to watch.
Donald J. Trump
@realDonaldTrump

Watch @JudgeJeanine on @FoxNews tonight at 9:00 P.M.

 

Rockville School Superintendent Says Parents’ Response to Alleged Rape Is ‘Racist’

“Far too many have crossed the line with racist, xenophobic calls and emails”