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Progressive Commentary Hour – 10.31.17

Dr. Lori Handrahan has over twenty years of humanitarian and human rights work in Central Asia, Africa and the Balkans. Her focus is gender-based violence, conflict/post-conflict environments, UN reform, and ending child sex abuse. Working with UNHCR — the UN’s Refugee agency — she was its  first Gender Expert in emergency operations during the Darfur genocide, its Regional Gender Advisor …

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Adil E. Shamoo – America Should Look in the Mirror

Esteban Santiago, the Ft. Lauderdale airport shooter, is an Iraq war veteran. Prior to executing five innocent people and wounding seven, he told the FBI that voices were telling him to watch ISIS videos. Although clearly exhibiting the possible symptoms of a thought disorder, the authorities were not able to connect him with mental health treatment. Santiago was able to …

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Warrior Connection-09.18.16

The September 18 edition of Warrior Connection as a discussion  with retired US Marine captain  Roy Fish on using carpentry to help vets heal and to thrive.  www.triplehcarpenry.com OUR MISSION Triple H Carpentry (Healing, Helping, Honoring) was founded by a Combat Veteran on a mission to provide a conduit of healing for other Combat Veterans suffering from PTSD and other combat …

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Ten Degrees Above Average, Alaska is Having Its Hottest Year Since Records Began

Like the rest of the world, Alaska has been unusually hot this year—and it’s about to get hotter. That’s according to the most recent data released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as Climate Central reported. Between March and May of this year, the meteorological spring, the entire state has been about 10 degrees hotter than normal, with an average temperature …

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Forget Nutraloaf—Prisoners Are Growing Their Own Food –

Scanning a prison menu is a bleak task. Common food items range from nutraloaf—a mishmash of ingredients baked into a tasteless beige block—to, rumor has it, road kill. The substandard quality of food at some correctional facilities has led to protests and hunger strikes, as in summer 2013 when nearly 30,000 California state prisoners refused food to demand, among other …

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Research shows how reading for pleasure can improve your life

Research by the University of Liverpool’s Centre for Research into Reading, Literature and Society (CRILS) has found that people who read are more likely to be satisfied with their lives. The study, headed by Dr Josie Billington, explored the emotional, social and psychological benefits to adults of regular reading for pleasure. Commissioned by Galaxy chocolate on behalf of Quick Reads, a programme …

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Peter Van Buren – Police are Calculating Your ‘Threat Score’ to Decide How to Treat You

I watched a documentary about North Korea which explained how the government there assigns a score to each citizen, based on how large a threat to the regime s/he is perceived to be. When I lived in Taiwan under a military government years ago, such a number was encoded into every national ID card. Those citizens every interaction with the …

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EDWARD WONG – Chinese Glacier’s Retreat Signals Trouble for Asian Water Supply

MENGKE GLACIER, China — Over the years, Qin Xiang and his fellow scientists at a high and lonely research station in the Qilian Mountains of northwest China have tracked the inexorable effects of rising temperatures on one of China’s most important water sources. “The thing most sensitive to climate change is a glacier,” said Dr. Qin, 42, as he slowly trod across an icy …

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Expat Files – 11.22.15

-The scoop on how lazy, corrupt, fat-ass Latin politicians and their malignant Latin Governments are now trying to levy a new kind of tax on high earners. It’s meant to finance a new “public security” bureaucracy that “promises” to make citizens more secure and safer.
Such a law has just been passed in El Salvador. Its a 5% tax on high earners ostensibly to shore up the country’s failed law enforcement branch and broken judicial system. Well now…even an idiot could predict where those new tax dollars will end up… in SUV’s, private planes, yachts, beach houses, mistresses and trips to Mijami.
But don’t worry, as you’ll see, Expats will not be paying that tax.

-Though fluoride’s being touted by pinheads and clueless government talking heads, it has not been added to Latin water supplies. True, have been a few failed experiments and they were abandoned.
But look out! Certain clueless food companies have stepped up to the plate. They’re not only putting fluoride in table salt, they’re spiking milk and dairy products with it too…buyer beware!

-More on doing business and the high cost of opening bank accounts in Chile

-Today an email from a Canadian expat (non-US citizen) explaining how the long sweaty arm of the USA tax system and the IRS is making his life miserable even though he has no US bank or brokerage accounts and has nothing to do with the USA at all.

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Catherine J Frompovich – Are Female Vaginas “Glyphosate-Ready”?

According to Organ(y)c online, Well, most [pads and tampons] are not made of cotton. Many well-known, nationally-advertised brands of tampons, pads and panty liners are made of mostly synthetics. Like rayon. Feminine pads from many of the best known brands also contain something called SAPs, which stands for Super Absorbent Powders.  While doing their job to absorb better, SAPs are …