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Heroin use spikes Up for poor unemployed White ‘s in America…

The increase drug usage seems tied to economic factors….

Heroin use in the United States has risen five-fold in the past decade and dependence on the drug has more than tripled, with the biggest jumps among whites and men with low incomes and little education, researchers said on Wednesday.

Whites aged 18 to 44 accounted for the biggest rise in heroin addiction, which has been fueled in part by the misuse of opioid prescription drugs.

The findings are troubling because the people most affected have few resources to deal with the problem, said Dr. Silvia Martins, an associate professor of epidemiology at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and her colleagues.

“We are seeing that heroin use has increased in the past 10 years,” Martins said in a phone interview. “It is more prominent among whites with lower incomes and education and young adults.”

Heroin use, which includes those who have tried the drug but not become dependent on it, and addiction also rose more among unmarried adults. Although a jump was seen among women, it as was not as prominent as for men.

The researchers found no differences in heroin use or addiction among the major regions of the country….


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Trump budget director: Feeding elderly and children has to end, it’s not ‘showing any results’…Daily Kos

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 27:  White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney speaks during a White House daily briefing at the James Brady Press Briefing Room February 27, 2017 at the White House in Washington, DC. Mulvaney answers questions regarding the budget proposal from the Trump Administration.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Mick Mulvaney has a pretty fucking warped view of compassion. 

White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told the White House press corps Thursday that popular vote loser Donald Trump’s budget cuts Meals on Wheels and after-school nutrition programs because those programs “aren’t showing any results.”

We can’t do that anymore. We can’t spend money on programs just because they sound good. Meals on Wheels sounds great. […] I can’t defend that anymore. We cannot defend that anymore. $20 trillion in debt. We’re going to spend money, we’re going to spend a lot of money but we’re not going to spend it on programs that show they deliver the promises we made to people.

As for the school children:

They’re supposed to help kids who don’t get fed at home get fed so they do better in school. Guess what? There’s no evidence they’re actually doing that. There’s no evidence they’re helping results, helping kids do better in school, which is what — when we took your money from you to say, we’re going to spend them on after-school program, we justified it by saying these kids will do better in school and get jobs. We have no proof that’s helping.

Goddammit old people and school children! Get out there and get jobs so we know that feeding you is worth our money.

No, Mulvaney says, the “compassionate” thing to do is for tax payers, to “go to them and say, look, we’re not going to ask you for your hard-earned money anymore. Single mom of two in Detroit, give us your money. We’re not going to do that anymore unless they can guarantee that money will be used in a proper function.” That, he says, “is about as compassionate as you can get.”

Because, really, wouldn’t we all rather fund a few more destroyers than see our neighbors not starve?

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Lower back Pain?…Hold off on the drugs….

Try physical therapy, exercise or other non-invasive means  first……

The new guidelines said that doctors should avoid prescribing opioid painkillers for relief of back pain and suggested that before patients try anti-inflammatories or muscle relaxants, they should try alternative therapies like exercise, acupuncture, massage therapy or yoga. Doctors should reassure their patients that they will get better no matter what treatment they try, the group said. The guidelines also said that steroid injections were not helpful, and neither was acetaminophen, like Tylenol, although other over-the-counter pain relievers like aspirin, naproxen or ibuprofen could provide some relief.

Dr. Weinstein, who was not an author of the guidelines, said patients have to stay active and wait it out. “Back pain has a natural course that does not require intervention,” he said.

In fact, for most of the people with acute back pain — defined as present for four weeks or less that does not radiate down the leg — there is no need to see a doctor at all, said Dr. Rick Deyo, a spine researcher and professor at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Ore., and an author of the new guidelines.

“For acute back pain, the analogy is to the common cold,” Dr. Deyo said. “It is very common and very annoying when it happens. But most of the time it will not result in anything major or serious. ”

Even those with chronic back pain — lasting at least 12 weeks — should start with nonpharmacological treatments, the guidelines say. If patients still want medication, they can try over-the-counter drugs like ibuprofen or aspirin….


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Seven-time Grammy-winning singer Al Jarreau is gone…

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He had advised that he was retiring yesterday due to being tired…

Al Jarreau, a Grammy Award-winning singer whose versatile tenor voice and vibrant stage style blurred the lines between jazz, soul and pop music, died Feb. 12 at a Los Angeles hospital. He was 76.

His publicist, Joe Gordon, announced the death, saying the singer had been treated for exhaustion, after announcing his retirement from touring last week. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Mr. Jarreau was loosely classified as a jazz singer, but his eclectic style was entirely his own, polished through years of obscure apprenticeship in lonely nightclubs. He did not release his first album until 1975, when he was 35, but within two years, he had won the first of his seven Grammy Awards and had begun to attract a wide following.

He was dubbed the “acrobat of scat” for the way he adopted the fast, wordless syllables of bebop jazz musicians, but he did not limit himself to the musical backdrop of an earlier generation….



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There are Planned Parenthood’s de-funding protests across the nation today…

…from Vox…

Abortion rights supporters and opponents are planning hundreds of protests across the country Saturday, an opening battle in the fight over Planned Parenthood’s federal funding.

Anti-abortion protesters planned to picket outside about 200 Planned Parenthood clinics across the country to demand that Congress defund the health care provider.

Pro-choice activists then planned counter-protests. Organizers say the response was massive: Hundreds of different counter-demonstrations, large and small, have been planned across the country.

The context of these protests is a fight for Planned Parenthood’s survival. Republicans in Congress have vowed to pass legislation that bars the family planning provider from accepting hundreds of millions of dollars in federal Medicaid reimbursements. Those reimbursements allow low-income patients to use Planned Parenthood for birth control, screening for cancer or STDs, and other health services — but not for abortion.

Republicans claim that those funds would be redirected to other clinics that don’t provide abortion, but that provide some of the same services as Planned Parenthood. But Planned Parenthood plays such a pivotal role in providing family planning to low-income people that it can’t easily be replaced — and a lot of women will get less health care as a result.

A lot of protesters are gathering outside Planned Parenthood clinics — but many are demonstrating in other ways

It’s very possible that the pro-choicers will outnumber the Planned Parenthood opponents on Saturday — but you may not always be able to tell just from driving by a clinic. Planned Parenthood has asked supporters to stay away from the clinics and show their support in other ways, and not necessarily through loud rallies…..


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Dogs and Pot do NOT work….

…from the NY Times….

“I’ve had owners come in and they are stoned and they recognize some of the severity, but they just think it’s the funniest thing and they can’t stop laughing in the exam room,” said Brett Levitzke, medical director of the Veterinary Emergency and Referral Group in Brooklyn. “To the poor dog, it’s not very funny.”

Sometimes, the owner is slow to come clean about the cause of the dog’s malaise….


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Trump Administration Updated picks as of Jan. 3, 2017

List revised and updated to 8 p.m. Tuesday 3 January 2017:

Department of State 
Secretary – Rex Tillerson
Ambassador to the United Nations – Nikki Haley
Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China – Terry Branstad
Ambassador to the State of Israel – David Friedman
Special Trade Representative – Robert Lightizer
Special Representative for International Negotiatons – Jason Greenblatt

Department of the Treasury 
Secretary – Steven Mnuchin

 Department of Defense 
Secretary of Defense – Gen. James Mattis
Secretary of the Army – Vincent Viola
Secretary of the Navy – ??
Secretary of the Air Force – ??

Department of Justice 
Attorney-General of the U.S. – Jeff Sessions
Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (fixed-term) – James Comey
Director of the Drug Enforcement Administration – ??

 Department of the Interior 
Secretary – Ryan Zinke
National Park Service – ??
Bureau of Indian Affairs – ??
Bureau of Land Management – ??

Department of Agriculture 

 Department of Commerce 
Secretary – Wilbur Ross
Deputy Secretary – Todd Ricketts

Department of Labor 
Secretary – Andy Puzder

 Department of Health & Human Services 
Secretary – Tom Price
Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services – Seema Verma
Commissioner of Food and Drugs (FDA) – ??
Surgeon-General of the U.S. – ??

 Department of Housing & Urban Development 
Secretary – Dr Ben Carson

 Department of Transportation 
Secretary – Elaine Chao

 Department of Energy 
Secretary – Rick Perry

 Department of Education 
Secretary – Betsy DeVos

Department of Veterans’ Affairs 

 Department of Homeland Security 
Secretary – Gen. James Kelley
Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency – ??

 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 

Office of the President 
Chief of Staff – Reince Priebus
Chief Strategist – Steve Bannon
Counsel to the President – Donald F. McGahn II
Counselor to the President – Kellyanne Conway
Special Advisor on Regulatory Reform – Carl Icahn

Presidential communications staff 
Press Secretary – Sean Spicer
Director of Strategic Communicatons – Hope Hicks
Director of Communications – Jason Miller
Director of Social Media – Dan Scavino

 National Security Council 
National Security Advisor – Gen. Michael Flynn
Deputy National Security Advisor – Kathleen T. McFarland
Chief of Staff – Lt Gen. Keith Kellogg
Senior Director of Strategic Communications – Monica Crowley

 Homeland Security & Counterterrorism Advisor
Special Assistant to the President – Thomas Bossert

Director of National Intelligence 
Director – ??
Director of the Central Intelligence Agency – Mike Pompeo

 Office of Management & Budget 
Director – Mick Mulvaney

 National Economic Council 
Chairman – Gary Cohn

National Trade Council (new)
Chairman – Peter Navarro

 Council of Economic Advisors 
Chairman – ??

 Environmental Protection Agency 
Administrator – Scott Pruitt

 Small Business Administration 
Administrator – Linda McMahon


Cabinet Secretaries and some others will need US Senate confirmation …..

Courtesy of DSD…..

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Update on Legal Marijuana in Colorado and Washington State…

The studies on use are similar…

But do NOT come to same conclusions…

The nation’s first recreational marijuana shop opened nearly three years ago in Colorado. Since then, a growing body of research has shown that the availability of recreational marijuana — in Colorado and elsewhere — is having little to no effect on teens’ propensity to smoke weed.

That’s the conclusion, at least, of the official statistics out of Colorado through 2015. It’s what federal data shows nationwide through this year. And it’s also backed up by other federal surveys of drug use in the states where marijuana is legal.

The data on this point has been consistent enough that longtime skeptics of the merits of marijuana legalization, like Nora Volkow of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, are expressing surprise at the findings. “We had predicted based on the changes in legalization, culture in the U.S. as well as decreasing perceptions among teenagers that marijuana was harmful that [accessibility and use] would go up,” Volkow told U.S. News and World Report earlier this month. “But it hasn’t gone up.”

However, a study out Tuesday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics flies somewhat in the face of the new conventional marijuana wisdom. Examining marijuana use among high school students in Washington state two years before and after the vote to legalize in 2012, it finds that rates of marijuana use increased by about 3 percent among 8th- and 10th-graders over that period.

The authors posit that reduced stigma about marijuana use is one factor leading to the results that they observed.

“Our study suggests that legalization of marijuana in Washington reduced stigma and perceived risk of use,” said lead author Magdalena Cerdá of the University of California in Davis in a news release, “which could explain why younger adolescents are using more marijuana after legalization.”

The findings are something of a puzzle….


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Merry Christmas from Politicaldog101……

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Originally posted in 2010 and that’s good enough for 2016!….


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First American Earth Orbit Astronaut John Gleenn has is gone….

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He was 95 and had also been a US Senator from Ohio….

John Glenn, who became an American hero as the first U.S. citizen to orbit the Earth and then relived that glory 36 years later as the oldest man to go into space, has died. He was 95.

Glenn, who also served for 24 years as a U.S. senator from Ohio, died after being hospitalized in Ohio on Wednesday.

Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake confirmed his death, releasing a statement Thursday.

“The Ohio State University community deeply mourns the loss of John Glenn, Ohio’s consummate public servant and a true American hero. He leaves an undiminished legacy as one of the great people of our time,” he wrote.

In his first historic flight, Glenn circled the Earth for nearly five hours in a tiny spaceship on Feb. 20, 1962. To return to space on a nine-day mission aboard the shuttle Discovery in 1998, he had sold himself as a human guinea pig who — at 77 — would demonstrate the effects of space travel on the elderly…..


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Next!…Trump complains about Drug prices….

Trump turns his ‘jawboning’ arrow at Drug prices….

Biotech and pharmaceutical stocks rose after the election, reflecting investor optimism that a Trump presidency would mean less focus on drug prices. Not so fast, president-elect Trump said in his interview for Time ‘Person of the Year.’

“I’m going to bring down drug prices,” Trump told Time in an interview in his dining room after the election. “I don’t like what has happened with drug prices.”

No additional detail about what Trump would do to lower drug prices was available, and his transition team did not immediately respond to requests for more information.

But Adam Fein, president of Pembroke Consulting, a firm focused on pharmaceutical economics, said that what Trump may be doing is sending a signal to the industry.

“Historically, a lot of manufacturers have increased the prices of their products at the beginning of the year,” Fein said. “I think that president-elect Trump is trying to send a message to sort of encourage manufacturers to not take their usual price increases. . . . He may be trying to use his bully pulpit to signal, ‘you should change the system’ — without necessarily saying how he’s going to change the system, or what should be done.”…


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People are smoking cigarettes less…

…from the NY Times…

For the first time since record keeping began 50 years ago, the number of Americans who smoke cigarettes has dropped below 40 million.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that between 2005 and 2015, the percentage of cigarette smokers declined to 15 percent from 21 percent. There were significant reductions in smoking across all ages, races and ethnicities, socioeconomic levels and regions of the country.

In 2005, there were 45.1 million smokers in the country. By 2015 there were 36.5 million.

Sixteen percent of men and 14 percent of women smoked in 2015, down from 24 percent and 17 percent in 2005.

Smoking declined most sharply in the youngest age groups. But 13 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds, 18 percent of 25- to 44-year-olds, 17 percent of 45- to 64-year-olds, and 9 percent of those over 65 were still smoking….


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Judge’s ruling in Texas free’s hundreds of Immigrants Mother’s with Children in Texas….

The Texas State judge cited overcrowded facilities and resources as the reason for the actions as the Government is unable to handle the number of mothers and children detained humanely….

There are numerous feeder suits in the works against the conditions in holding facilities also….

Hundreds of women and children were released from two family detention centers over the weekend, after a Texas state judge sided with critics who say the facilities more closely resemble jails than child care centers.

The mass releases were a victory for immigrant rights advocates, who argue that it’s unnecessary and inhumane to lock up undocumented mothers and kids seeking asylum in the U.S.

The state lawsuit focused narrowly on emergency rules designed to allow the detention facilities to meet Texas’ child care licensing standards. But the state case arises out of ongoing federal litigation, which has put Immigration and Customs Enforcement on notice that these facilities are not acceptable places to house kids.

“This may not be the end of our legal battles,” said Bob Libal, executive director of Grassroots Leadership, which brought the state lawsuit. “But for now, if these facilities want to apply to operate as child care facilities, they have to do it like any other child care facility ― rather than the state designing a rule that fits prisons.”

Mothers and kids, most of them from Central American countries, can languish at the detention centers for months while their cases move forward in immigration court. The lucky ones are released to sponsors, often family members, so ICE knows where they are.

But they usually trickle out just a few at a time….



Even while Trump & Co. gear up to tramp down in illegal Immigration?

They will become responsible to HOW people are treated in the  system….

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Apple watch Sales keep dropping….

Apple needs to concentrate more on fixing it’s iPhones and upgrading it’s computers….

And stop with the watches and driverless cars…..

While the Apple Watch remains the world’s best selling smartwatch, the latest data from market research firm IDC reveals basic wearables “reign supreme” as consumers gravitate towards simple, dedicated fitness devices—which also typically cost less than the Apple Watch and other smartwatches.


Shipments in millions (Source: IDC)

Basic wearables accounted for 85% of the market and experienced double-digit growth in the third quarter, according to IDC. Fitbit remained the leader with 23% market share, up from 21.4% a year ago, on the strength of its new Charge 2 fitness tracker. Fitbit shipped an estimated 5.3 million wearables in the quarter.

Xiaomi trailed in second as its $14.99 Mi Band is priced well below any competing wearables, allowing the Chinese company to capture 16.5% market share based on an estimated 3.8 million shipments in the quarter. Xiaomi’s market share remained virtually unchanged from 16.4% a year ago.

Meanwhile, the Apple Watch captured just a 4.9% share of the broader wearables market in the quarter based on an estimated 1.1 million shipments, according to IDC. Comparatively, in the year-ago quarter, Apple had an estimated 3.9 million Apple Watch shipments for a much higher 17.5% market share….


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Trump makes fun of Hillary Clinton having pneumonia….

Proving that he has NO sense of class?

Trump wallows in the gutter….

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump mocked Democratic rival Hillary Clinton’s recent bout with pneumonia by swaying and stumbling on stage during a late-night campaign rally Saturday in Pennsylvania.

“Here’s a woman she’s supposed to fight all of these different things and she can’t make it 15 feet to her car,” Trump told supporters in Manhiem, Pennsylvania.

The real estate mogul, then swayed side to side, and took a few stumbling steps away from his podium — an attempt at mimicking Clinton’s recent departure from a Sept. 11 memorial event in lower Manhattan, where aides helped escort her into a van after she fell ill at the ceremony.

Clinton, who had been diagnosed with pneumonia two days before the memorial, took three days off from campaigning to recover. Trump at the time sent his regards to Clinton, telling Fox News “I just hope she gets well and gets back on the trail.”

Saturday night Trump questioned Clinton’s “stamina”, five days after making similar comments during their Sept. 26 debate at Hofstra University….


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The new African-American Museum….


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Washington’s National Museum of African American History and Culture that opens Sept. 24……

Tanzanian-born architect David Adjaye designed the museum’s tiered exterior to look like a bronze, filigreed crown, a shiny counterpart to the chalky marble behemoths that make up the bulk of the Smithsonian’s 19 museums on the Mall and beyond. Inside, the exhibit areas are bifurcated, with several subterranean levels offering a haunting history of slavery, segregation and African Americans’ fight for civil rights. Sweeping staircases and ramps zigzag throughout these lower levels, a move partly aimed at preventing crowds from clogging around elevator banks or getting lost in what still might feel like a cavernous expanse. Upstairs, cheerier galleries showcase the artistic, pop-culture and military accomplishments of black Americans.

In terms of scale, everything about this 400,000 square-foot museum feels outsize: Director Lonnie Bunch said the museum is bracing for 10,000 visitors a day; by contrast, New York’s Met Breuer museum got 1,600 daily visitors during its first four months earlier this year. Some of the highlights in the Smithsonian museum’s permanent collection can be touted in tonnage—from a segregated, 1920s railway car (80 tons) to a Depression-era Angola Prison watchtower (18 tons). There are two cabins in the history galleries to show how people lived before and after emancipation. And dangling over it all like a mobile is a blue-and-yellow airplane used by the Tuskegee Institute to train black pilots during World War II…

The museum can trace its roots to 1914 when black Civil War veterans first asked Congress to build a museum to chronicle the saga of African Americans. The request languished for decades until historians took up the cause in the late 1980s. In 2003, an act of Congress ordered the Smithsonian to establish the country’s only national museum dedicated to documenting African-American history and culture. It now joins the Smithsonian’s national museums for American history, Native American history, air and space and modern and contemporary art on the Mall.

Mr. Bunch said time will tell if the result measures up to global expectations. “A lot of Americans understand our history first in terms of African-American culture,” he said, “so how can we take their experiences and help everyone better understand what it means to be American?”



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