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Sunday, January 21, 2018

The cause of a 1545 epidemic dubbed 'cocoliztli' that killed 80 percent of Mexico's Aztec nation population has long been debated. The outbreak killed an estimated 15 million people within a five year period. Using a new analysis tool, scientists were able to extract salmonella enterica genomes from the ancient remains of victims. Those struck by the illness had a high fever, headaches and bleeding from the eyes, mouth and nose. Most victims likely died within three or four days after getting sick.

A doctor claimed that one of his patients had five-foot tapeworm [later in the story.th3 critter gets an additional six-inches] "wiggle out" of the man's body after eating sushi. read more

Just days after the House passed its version of the federal tax law slashing corporate tax rates, House Speaker Paul Ryan collected nearly $500,000 in campaign contributions from billionaire energy mogul Charles Koch and his wife, according to a recent campaign donor report. Koch and his brother David spent millions of dollars to get the tax law passed and are spending millions more in a public relations campaign in an attempt to boost support for the law, The Wall Street Journal reported. Koch Industries, one of the largest private corporations in the nation, operates refineries and manufactures a variety of products. The new tax law -- which slices corporate tax rates from 35 percent to 21 percent, slashes estate taxes and includes a special deduction for oil and gas investors -- is expected to save the Koch brothers and their businesses billions of dollars in taxes. read more

Friday, January 19, 2018

[Donald] Trump's path to becoming "the best jobs president that God ever created" was supposed to run straight through Indianapolis and the Carrier manufacturing plant that had for decades employed thousands of workers there. Instead, more than a year after the then-president-elect stood before a crowd of cheering workers and trumpeted a deal to save their jobs -- and months after the company's name faded from the headlines and the president himself moved on to other talking points -- more than 1,500 once-employed residents are now out of work, Indiana union officials say. More than 200 Carrier employees clocked out of their final shift at the plant just last week. Despite [Trump's] show at the Carrier plant, the company has eliminated more than 500 jobs since July. And union officials fear that the $7 million Carrier received in state incentives as part of the Trump deal to keep jobs is only going to be invested in automation -- ultimately leading to a need for even fewer employees. read more

[President] Trump upended the GOP's strategy to avert a shutdown early Thursday when he declared that an extension of a federal health insurance program for children "should be part of a long-term solution" and not a stopgap spending plan. That directly contradicts the thinking of congressional Republicans, who were eager to force Democrats to choose between a popular health care program they have pushed to renew for months and their effort to win legal protections for hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants. "CHIP should be part of a long term solution, not a 30 Day, or short term, extension!" Trump tweeted, using the acronym for the childhood health insurance program, known as the Children's Health Insurance Program. read more


Examples from the essay:

• Trump's real-estate company was sued twice by the federal government in the 1970s for discouraging the renting of apartments to African-Americans and preferring white tenants, such as "Jews and executives."

• In 1989, Trump took out ads in New York newspapers urging the death penalty for five black and Latino teenagers accused of raping a white woman in Central Park; he continued to argue that they were guilty as late as October 2016, more than 10 years after DNA evidence had exonerated them.

• He spent years claiming that the nation's first black president was born not in the United States but in Africa, an outright lie that Trump still has not acknowledged as such.

• He began his 2016 presidential campaign by disparaging Mexican immigrants as criminals and "rapists."

• He has retweeted white nationalists without apology.

• He frequently criticizes prominent African-Americans for being unpatriotic, ungrateful and disrespectful.

• He called some of those who marched alongside white supremacists in Charlottesville last August "very fine people."

• He is quick to highlight crimes committed by dark-skinned people, sometimes exaggerating or lying about it (such as a claim about growing crime from "radical Islamic terror" in Britain). He is very slow to decry hate crimes committed against dark-skinned people (such as the murder of an Indian man in Kansas last year).

• At the White House yesterday, Trump vulgarly called for less immigration from Haiti and Africa and more from Norway.

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