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Exile on Peachtree Street - Christmas Puzzle by Kenneth Weene

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A short story of Christmas, puzzles, and noir.

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Hope you enjoy this piece of my noir.

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Trump Threatens Sen. Dean Heller at Lunch, May Have Found Trumpcare Patsy

Trump Threatens Sen. Dean Heller at Lunch, May Have Found Trumpcare Patsy | Upsetment | Scoop.it
This is the president of the United States threatening his party’s most vulnerable senator up for re-election in 2018 with the loss of his job.
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Did we really need a bully-in-chief? I have the feeling that the Democrats are wishing the mid-term election were tomorrow as the GOP has Mr. Trump clearly trying to shoot them in the foot instead of dealing with his own ineptitude. America deserves more. 
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House Republicans unveil budget blueprint that boosts military spending and favors Medicare cuts

House Republicans unveil budget blueprint that boosts military spending and favors Medicare cuts | Upsetment | Scoop.it
House Republicans on Tuesday unveiled a 10-year budget blueprint that would dramatically increase military spending while putting the GOP on record favoring Medicare cuts
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Once again the GOP in the House adds smoke to the process that is government. There are three ways to balance the budget that can work politically and socially. One is to cut military and espionage spending and perhaps some cuts in the crazy wars on drugs and terror. Another is to raise taxes on the wealthy. The third is to grow the economy, which could be done by working on infrastructure and supporting research but not by tax cuts. Instead, they make believe that they are going to cut the programs that shouldn't and won't in reality be cut, those that are necessary to keep the large numbers of us at least minimally accepting of the government in order to make their own far-right fringe happy. This is not government but slight-of-hand. Can we get some real leadership in Washington? I doubt it. 
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Trump pushes ‘Made in America’ as White House defends Trump companies making products overseas

Trump pushes ‘Made in America’ as White House defends Trump companies making products overseas | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Trump wants products made in America — except his own, apparently.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
To be fair, the role of companies is to maximize profits. That's why there has to be a government that sets policies that will make it more profitable for those companies to do what is in the social interest, in this case to create jobs in America. From tax policies, setting import criteria, offering inducements, and supporting research in manufacturing: there are many things the government can do to bring jobs back to these shores. 

If Mr. Trump were smart, he would say the obvious, "Trump products, including my daughter's, should ideally be made in America. The goal of my presidency is to create the economic conditions that will bring those jobs back to our shores while making sure that the workers who hold those jobs can afford a decent, American lifestyle. Alternatively, we have to create jobs that will sell even more products to the rest of the world so that our balance of trade is better and so that our work force can have the best possible employment." 

Sadly, he cannot say that because he really doesn't get the purpose of government and because, well I hate to say it, he isn't that bright. Also, he really isn't interested in the average working person. He may talk jobs, but he really thinks about capital and land. He's an opportunist and a speculator, not a maker of things. While "Times to Try the Soul of Man" is not about him, he was doing similar things in the Upper West Side of Manhattan when the real events that inform my novel were unfolding in Alphabet City. Check out the trailer:
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China is telling India to accept changing realities

China is telling India to accept changing realities | Upsetment | Scoop.it
As technology kills the distance between the two Asian giants, the current Himalayan standoff is Beijing’s way of warning New Delhi not to trample too egregiously on China’s interests, o
Kenneth Weene's insight:
China sees India more as a block to her designs in Africa than a direct threat. Other than the Tibetan plateau, they really have little real conflict. The northeast portion of India, which juts through a small pass, is mostly composed of impoverished tribes. While they are as Chinese in ancestry as they are Indian, I doubt that Beijing really wants to take on the responsibility for their futures. And the small countries of the Himalayas are also not part of historic China and therefore are of little real interest to Beijing. They really don't need to control the climbing rights to Mount Everest or the market in yak dung. The big goal for China is quite simply to bypass India and to make sure that Delhi is never a threat in Tibet or anywhere else and to make sure that passage through the Indian Ocean is under Chinese control. With that comes domination over Western Africa and access to much needed raw materials.

One part of Beijing's plan has been closer ties with Pakistan. Of course, this has its own perils, especially as the militant Muslims of that country reach out to their co-religionists in China. And, lord only knows what mischief Islamabad might wreak be it in Kashmir or perhaps in some exporting of terrorism to countries of Central Asia that lie to China's west. With threats from both China and Pakistan, India has little choice but to bind more closely with America and our central ally in the region, Japan. I'm sure that treaties with Australia and New Zealand will soon be added as Delhi looks for ways to feel secure so close to the Giant Panda.  
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In South Sudan, preparing young generation for young country's future

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South Sudan became an independent nation only in 2011, but civil war broke out in 2013. One of NGOs' chief challenges is healing children's scars and educational deficits, whose affects may be felt for decades.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
What a sad commentary on our world and our species articles like this are. Should we not be doing more to help people and less to kill and maim them? Should the adults of South Sudan not be providing not just homes but preparation for life for these young survivors? How can we help them. Recently, I co-authored a memoir by on of the "Lost Boys of South Sudan." We are still looking for a publisher. Meanwhile, his story might help us to better understand what is needed by these youngsters. 

Want to learn a bit about that memoir? Here's a trailer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXT7FRHInZg&t=10s
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With Possible New Sanctions, White House Gets Serious on China’s North Korea Ties

With Possible New Sanctions, White House Gets Serious on China’s North Korea Ties | Upsetment | Scoop.it
With Possible New Sanctions, White House Gets Serious on China’s North Korea Ties « | Foreign Policy | the Global Magazine of News and Ideas
Kenneth Weene's insight:
The Trump administration is certainly willing to push on China about North Korea. Mr. Trump also seems to understand that this is not a simple issue for Beijing. Obviously, the US can try for stronger sanctions, for example pushing back against Chinese goods by imposing better health and safety inspections before allowing them into this country. Given the recent change in rules governing cooked chicken, that would be something most of us would want to see anyway. At another level, we need to assure China that we don't want a regime change in North Korea just a change in leadership. Neither our friends in Seoul or our frenemies in Beijing want chaos in North Korea; and given the weapons at its army's disposal, neither should anyone else. 

Speaking of weapons, there's the real issue. North Korea is a weapons producer and seller, just like we are. They are the surrogates for Russian and Chinese weapons sales to much of the world, especially to those regimes and movements that everybody considers pariahs. Russia has been providing Kim with technology and China has been supplying his regime with materials. Let's be honest, as long as selling guns is big business for the world, there will be a place for a rogue state ready to sell bombs and missiles. Perhaps, the real solution would be to find a way to integrate Pyongyang into the world economy. Clearly, they have technical skills and could compete. Can we get China (and Russia) to agree to a surgical change in this country of  25 million, of whom only a small proportion are able to live well? 

Is anybody in Washington trying to move in that direction? And, if they are, can Kim be removed with a quick action, probably from Beijing? Here's the stuff of a good action novel. 
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Iran to US: Worry about your own domestic problems

Iran to US: Worry about your own domestic problems | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Iranian officials have criticized US Secretary of Defense James Mattis for accusing Iran of causing instability in the region and saying regime change in Tehran will have to precede renewed ties with the United States.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
If the US rejects the Iran nuclear agreement, my guess is that Russia and Europe will ignore us and continue to improve relations with Tehran. If we continue to call for regime change, that will clearly mark us as a stupid empire, since we tried that one once and it brought misery to the Iranian people and then the current regime and its antipathy towards us. Fairly quickly and surely, the current administration is proving that it knows nothing of international relationships and rules. But, at least, Mr. Trump enjoys a good parade---albeit at the expense of the American taxpayers. 
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The $10 Lifetime National Park Pass for Seniors Is About to Get a Lot More Expensive

The $10 Lifetime National Park Pass for Seniors Is About to Get a Lot More Expensive | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The National Park Service announced its lifetime senior park pass will increase from $10 to $80 in August
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We had one, but it was lost in an accident so we got another. One of the great deals for older Americans. I hate to see the price go up, but can understand the need. Still an 800% increase seems a bit excessive. Sadly, the government is no longer about serving the people. Too busy protecting and serving the rich. At any rate, do take time to see the wonderful national parks and other sites. 
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What Percentage Indian Do You Have to Be in Order to Be a Member of a Tribe or Nation? - Indian Country Media Network

What Percentage Indian Do You Have to Be in Order to Be a Member of a Tribe or Nation? - Indian Country Media Network | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Sonny Skyhawk answers the question "What Percentage Indian Do You Have to Be in Order to Be Considered a True Indian?"
Kenneth Weene's insight:
I thought this a fascinating topic. As a person of Jewish ancestry, I think the idea of assigning tribal membership based on descent is somewhat scary, yet it is obviously the only way to keep the heritages of these peoples alive. I also want to point out that in none of these tribes is it acceptable to claim a past-life existence as proof of membership. While my current writing project is about a young Ho-chunk (Winnebago), this will not be my first attempt to capture something of the Native American experience in my writing. One of the great characters from Tales From the Dew Drop Inne is a Hopi.  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tales-from-the-dew-drop-inne-kenneth-weene/1108307141
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Ryan says he won't do public town halls citing concerns over possible protests

Ryan says he won't do public town halls citing concerns over possible protests | Upsetment | Scoop.it
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said on Friday he will not hold public town halls due to concerns over potential protestors coming in from outside districts
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This Broody New Englander can't help but shaking his head at this approach to town meetings. I guess Mr. Ryan is one of those politicians who's too afraid of the people for whom he works to look them in the eye. Meanwhile, if you want to know more about what town meetings should be, read Broody New Englander, three stories set in Maine and filled with a brooding sense of life. 
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South Sudan asks donors to pay for a third of national budget | Top News | Reuters

South Sudan asks donors to pay for a third of national budget | Top News | Reuters | Upsetment | Scoop.it
JUBA (Reuters) - War-ravaged South Sudan needs donors to fund more than a third of its next budget, the finance minister said, but countries are reluctant due to corruption and conflict.
Finance Minister
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Sadly, for all its natural wealth, South Sudan is a quagmire of failure. Why? Mostly corruption, politicization of every action and appointment, and tribalism. Want to learn more about this sad story. Hopefully the memoir I helped write with Deng Atem will soon be published and you can read it. In the meantime, let's all hope that this young country will find sufficient maturity and leadership to survive.  

And, here's the link for the  trailer.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXT7FRHInZg
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LOOK: Colin Kaepernick, in Ghana, tweets about finding his independence on July 4

LOOK: Colin Kaepernick, in Ghana, tweets about finding his independence on July 4 | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Kaepernick says he went home -- to the land of his ancestors -- for personal discovery
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Am I the only one who sees this story and thinks Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X? Not that Kaeprnick is as great an athlete as Ali or as great a thinker and leader as Malcolm, but because he is raising the same basic issue of the Black man's sense of belonging in America. I know that many of my friends thought I was wrong in supporting the quarterback's kneeling during the The Star-Spangled Banner. but I think we are still very much dealing with the issue of race in this country. However, I keep wondering if this guy isn't working towards a political career. If he were to run for office, I would probably not vote for him; I think he is too prone to creating controversy like our current POTUS. However, I do wish him well in his efforts to find his personal sense of independence wherever that search may take him. 
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If Trump has his way, Amtrak’s long-run trains will roll into history

If Trump has his way, Amtrak’s long-run trains will roll into history | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Amtrak trains that roll daily from the Bay Area to Chicago, Seattle and Los Angeles — as well as into the imaginations of the traveling public — might soon be rolling to the scrapyard instead. Federal budget cutters once again have their eyes on long-distance Amtrak trains — the ones with bud vases in the dining car and picture windows in the lounge. The administration said its proposed budget for 2018 would redirect federal subsidies so Amtrak could “focus resources on the parts of the passenger rail system that provide meaningful transportation options within regions.” Eliminating long-distance trains “would allow Amtrak to focus on better managing its state-supported and Northeast corridor train services,” the administration said. At the Emeryville depot, passengers awaiting the departure of the diesel-powered leviathans were wailing like locomotive whistles at a grade crossing. The California Zephyr departed 23 minutes late, to allow the dining car crew to finish loading some chickens and the porters to take on bags of linens. Paul Aubert of Mill Valley was heading to Los Angeles on the Coast Starlight, carrying his guitar, which he planned to play in the lounge car, and also carrying two large bottled beverages, which, he said, would surely have been confiscated if the Coast Starlight had been an airplane. Every year, foes complain that trains gobble up federal transportation subsidies and friends reply that roads and airports gobble up even more. In past years, particularly in 2002 and 2016, threatened Amtrak cuts were scrapped by members of Congress who realized their states could lose long-distance trains. Jim Mathews, president of the National Association of Railroad Passengers, said long-distance trains should fit in with Trump’s promised investment in the nation’s infrastructure. [...] he said, “this is a budget that treats small towns and rural communities as flyover country.”
Kenneth Weene's insight:
I'm not one who travels much by train, but it does seem to me that for those folks in small towns and cities in the middle of this country who voted for Trump, this should be pretty upsetting. More and more our country has become about the coasts and a few big cities elsewhere and the rest of America is now "flyover country." As a Broody New Englander, I don't want to see rural America disappear to be replaced by agribusiness, so I want to see passenger service continue on the trains. Besides being a great part of our culture, train travel allows people time to think, to read, even to write. Of course, who am I to stand in the way of what passes as progress.or to object to saving a few -- albeit very few-- dollars from the national budget when we need to spend that money blowing up people -- people very much like those who will no longer have trains to ride -- in paces like Afghanistan. 
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Miami boy's overdose death shows a powerful opioid's chilling potential

Miami boy's overdose death shows a powerful opioid's chilling potential | Upsetment | Scoop.it
"We need to solve this case ... I believe this may be the youngest victim of this scourge in our community."
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While Mr. Trump worries about bags of drugs thrown over his proposed wall and hitting people in the head and his Attorney General insists we have to fight marijuana, the really dangerous drugs are coming from our pharmaceutical industry. Why aren't we allocating the necessary money to fight opioid abuse and force drug companies to be more careful in distributing their products? Well, guess which way yields more money, jobs, and opportunities to imprison people? Nah, nothing wrong in America folks, all fake news. Argh.

Just how corrupt is the system? Well, you really should read Times to Try the Soul of Man. Here's the trailer:
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Justine Damond's fiance 'heartbroken' over police shooting - BBC News

Justine Damond's fiance 'heartbroken' over police shooting - BBC News | Upsetment | Scoop.it

Australian Justine Damond was shot dead by a US police officer she called to report a disturbance. At least this time the skin color issue is reversed, an officer of color and a victim who was white. 

Kenneth Weene's insight:
One of the first things I noticed in the reports of this tragedy is the absence of mention of race. The victim of the police shooting was white and the officer a man of color. Does that matter? In some ways not, but in some very much so. What we see here is that it has become blue versus us. Cops, as much as they may reflect racial bigotry within the station house, see themselves as one blue, "On the Job" family and the rest of us as the people they have to control. While there are moments when police can be very concerned about the average citizenry, in the end "protect and serve" has been replaced with "control and fear". What this officer feared from the woman in her pajamas who came to the window of his car, we cannot know. After all, he had been sent out to investigate a possible instance of sexual violence. I'm sure his lawyer will tell us a "plausible" story. In the meantime, a caring woman who wanted to help died at the muzzle of his gun. Are you disturbed yet by the wave of police violence? I sure am. 

By the way, did you know that the captain of the precinct in which Jose's wife lived, the one who was responsible for "investigating" Jose's murder, went on to become an international expert in security. Funny how he went from that precinct in the far reaches of Queens to such a great job. Could that be connected to the murder? Read the book in figure that out for yourself. Times to Try the Soul of Man. 
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U.S. Secret Service rejects suggestion it vetted Trump son's meeting

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The U.S. Secret Service on Sunday denied a suggestion from President Donald Trump's personal lawyer that it had vetted a meeting between the president's son and Russian nationals during the 2016 campaign.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Of course it is the job of lawyers to mislead and use innuendo to defend their clients, but when the lawyers of the president decide to cast doubt on the Secret Service, then they had damn well better be right. In this case, the lawyers didn't even have the most basic fact correct. 

First fact, the meeting took place. You can argue it was okay; but I think the vast numbers of Americans think it wasn't. 

Second fact, Donald Trump Jr. and the other participants should have reported the meeting on the proper forms and they didn't. Some may think that is not a big deal, and others may want to make a bigger deal of it than it was. The way the facts came out in drips and drabs was incredibly stupid and destructive, and that is perhaps more to the point than any questions of treason. Was it against the law? Well, that I leave to the courts and congress.

Third fact, at the time Trump Jr. was not under Secret Service protection, so they would not have vetted the meeting. Also, if they had vetted it, they would be doing so only to make sure that their protectee was safe not to make sure that what he was doing was legal. There is a line between say stopping the children of a POTUS from holding up banks or dealing hard drugs and intervening in their normal decisions, such as having business meetings. In this case, however, they weren't involved at all. 

Fourth fact, and this is the biggie, the Trump administration and its lawyers are beginning to look incredibly incompetent and dishonest. Instead of coming clean, they just keep making the situation worse. That troubles me. Stupidity is one thing but obstinate stupidity is another. 

Of course, power is a corrupting influence. That's one of the messages of my novel Times to Try the Soul of Man, which you can find at https://www.amazon.com/Times-Try-Soul-Kenneth-Weene-ebook/dp/B00VYSQ1VO/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 
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Globe Spotlight report: A four-star case of failure at Manchester VA - The Boston Globe

Globe Spotlight report: A four-star case of failure at Manchester VA - The Boston Globe | Upsetment | Scoop.it

The only hospital for military veterans in New Hampshire has become ground zero for an extraordinary rebellion led by doctors who say care for their patients is deteriorating fast. That doctor, pictured here, is William "Ed" Kois, and he is a true American hero.

Kenneth Weene's insight:
I hope you share my horror at this story of the mistreatment of our veterans. There is something clearly wrong in Manchester, but it is also wrong here in Phoenix and probably all over the country. As I read the article, clearly the problem is not simply administrative and budgeting but also that patient care in the VA has been taken out of the hands of the patient and their individual caring physician and placed in the robotic processes of a bureaucracy in which moving records is more important than actual care; and that includes the fiasco of outsourcing, which just means that somebody else is given the record to move about. 

Of course, were we to use a single payer system, then these veterans would be better served in the general medical arena and the VA would only be concerned with the care of those returning from battle in need of treatment. 

Meanwhile, I hope that stories like this in the Boston Globe keep reminding us that our veterans deserve care and that we have to do better than creating fly-ridden, decaying pits into which to push them.
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Uh Oh: O'Care Repeal Bill Counts The Same Pot Of Money Multiple Times

Uh Oh: O'Care Repeal Bill Counts The Same Pot Of Money Multiple Times | Upsetment | Scoop.it
GOP leaders unveiled the Senate’s revised health care bill on Thursday, and the updated legislation included a version of a controversial amendment drafte
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Lots of people complain about the new math, but I wonder if they catch this political math. At least Susan Collins, a GOP senator whom I admire—of course she comes from Maine, which helps—not only caught it but told the rest of us. Does anybody believe that the Republicans have come up with an improved plan for providing healthcare? I have one. It's called single payer. It's working in most of the developed countries of the world. Now, if Mr. Trump had discussed this with President Macron while they were watching that parade, I'd be happy. The French have one of the best single payer systems in the world. 
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Extreme Weather Takes A Toll On Wheat Harvests. Climate Change Will Make It Worse.

Extreme Weather Takes A Toll On Wheat Harvests. Climate Change Will Make It Worse. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Excessive water and heat account for 40 percent of fluctuations in yearly wheat supplies, and other crops are at risk, too.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
One of the most important threats associated with global warming is the challenge it represents for agriculture. Sporadic famines will be a big problem as variations in weather become greater. Hopefully, the pharaohs of the world will listen to the Josephs and plan on storing grains. As for cattle and other herd animals, they will become more of a luxury when it becomes more difficult to assure their nutrition. We already see the difficulty with herding in Africa where herders are invading preserves to find even momentary grass supplies. Clearly, we will need to be rethinking the human diet as our species adapts. 
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Trump official apologizes for saying most campus sexual assault accusations come after drunken sex, breakups

Trump official apologizes for saying most campus sexual assault accusations come after drunken sex, breakups | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Candice Jackson, acting head of the Office for Civil Rights, said she regretted being “flippant” about the matter.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
It's the ultimate "he said, she said" issue; not about one case but about the entire question of campus rape. What should be the criterion by which such cases are judged, a clear preponderance of evidence or beyond a reasonable doubt? 

One thing is clear to me, that whichever criterion you use, this is not a simple or superficial topic, and the idea that the administrator in charge of the topic can be flippant about it when speaking with a major newspaper is troubling.

Of course, historically, colleges have been very flippant about the issue of campus rape because they have been dedicated to  protecting their male students (and staff) who were sexual predators saying, "Boys will be boys," and of course protecting their schools' brand names. It is the failure of school  and local authorities to take action that resulted in federal involvement in this topic, just as it has been the failure of local governments to act in other areas of civil rights that has led to other federal efforts. 

In the end so much of the unease about the encroachment of the federal government in American life goes back to the Fourteenth Amendment. You might, at this point go re-read my essay on that topic. http://www.kennethweene.com/what-does-the-fourteenth-amendment-ancho

As for my thoughts about rape, especially date rape, you might want to read "Widow's Walk" and of course "Memoirs From the Asylum."


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Praying Mantises Are Killing Birds And Eating Their Brains Worldwide

Praying Mantises Are Killing Birds And Eating Their Brains Worldwide | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Mostly hummingbirds, based on the documented cases.
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Nature can be cruel. I wonder how many praying mantises set up shop at hummingbird feeders to wait for their unsuspecting dinners. No, don't stop feeding those lovely birds, but do realize that nature is waiting just around the corner. Now, what is going to prey on you and me? 
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Analysis | The dark side of Trump’s much-hyped China trade deal: It could literally make you sick

Analysis | The dark side of Trump’s much-hyped China trade deal: It could literally make you sick | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Chinese chicken is coming to the U.S., and experts are worried about food safety
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Since we already know that Chinese dog food is not a safe bet for our pets, we certainly don't want to be eating their cooked chicken. BUT, under the new deal, we won't know what comes from China and what doesn't--no doubt part of the brilliant plan to protect American business right?--so my plan is to eat no cooked chicken from any store unless I know they cook it themselves. 
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Fear is the precursor of tyranny. Where will fear begin?

Fear is the precursor of tyranny. Where will fear begin? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
An essay in response to Mr. Trump's challenge. 
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Fear is the precursor of tyranny. Where will fear begin? Not with gangs of thugs in the streets. No, not this time. It will begin with the pocketbooks of the wealthy and the bottom-lines of the big corporations. That is perhaps the most craven thing about us, we fear more for our material possessions than for the rights and dignity of others. Once the press is afraid to tell the truth and the social media giants are afraid to let the rest of us speak, then the takeover will be simple. Then only those who agree with the party line will have a voice. It has happened before in Germany, in Russia, in China; what makes us think it can't happen again in the USA? The current president of the United States has asked if the west has the will to survive? Against whom? Who is this horrible enemy that would destroy us? Certainly not ISIS which is slowly crumbling. Not China that needs and works towards a world of trade with more energy than it puts into building its islands in the China Sea. North Korea, hardly an existential threat to us unless they decide to blow the entire world up. So who is it? My answer is sadly the same one that Pogo recognized years ago in the comic strips. "We have met the enemy and he is us." How sad this makes me.
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What Would Happen to Seniors in Nursing Homes Under the Republican Health Care Bill?

What Would Happen to Seniors in Nursing Homes Under the Republican Health Care Bill? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Better Care Reconciliation Act Would Cut $772 billion over 10 years from Medicaid, which pays for 60% of all nursing home residents.
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Do you remember when the Republicans were talking about death panels in their opposition to Obamacare? Well, the GOP plan doesn't have any panels, it just has foreseeable deaths for the elderly, chronically ill, and impoverished. If life is so damned precious to the right, how come they are so willing to allow those in need to simply die? There is something morally wrong here. 
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Trump weighs in on case of British infant slated to be removed from life support

Trump weighs in on case of British infant slated to be removed from life support | Upsetment | Scoop.it
President says, without elaboration, that U.S. ‘would be delighted’ to help terminally ill child.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
I feel for these desperate parents. However, give then many children all over the world who are in need of and can benefit from medical treatment, to suggest that the US should spend the huge sums involved to provide a treatment that has in fact not even been tested on mice let-alone humans makes little sense. Clearly, Mr. Trump is playing to the public and ignoring the realities that this family is not going to ever be able to cure this child. Indeed, I think that making believe that treatment is possible is a cruelty beyond understanding. Then there is the entire subject of a POTUS interjecting himself into domestic issues in another country. That, too, is inappropriate. Meanwhile, how about somebody trying to reach out to these grieving parents, trying to bring them what little solace and comfort that can be found instead of playing with their understandably vulnerable feelings and hopes? 

Of course, Trump's offer makes more sense if we recognize that Britain has a single-payer system. Mr. T., is playing the death panel card here in his implicit attack on Obamacare. However, does anyone think a for-profit insurance company would agree to pick up these enormous and futile expenses?
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