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Saturday, July 21, 2018

President Donald Trump has endured one of the most controversial weeks of a tumultuous presidency, experiencing bipartisan condemnation for his struggles to take a tough stance with Russian President Vladimir Putin ... In the 24 hours since Trump's widely panned press conference with Putin in Helsinki Monday, Irish bookmaker Paddy Power cut the odds on Trump becoming just the third president in history to be impeached to 2/1, the equivalent of a 33 percent chance. read more

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are worried that Russian President Vladimir Putin may use his one-on-one meeting with President Trump in Helsinki to drive a wedge between NATO allies by claiming secret side deals with the United States. read more

Friday, July 20, 2018

Only a dozen men have walked on the surface of the moon, and this Friday marks the 49th anniversary of the groundbreaking Apollo 11 moon landing mission. Of the 12 Americans who have set foot on the moon, only four are still alive. From Apollo 11, the first lunar mission on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took that giant leap for mankind. read more

The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer, at least in the United States. The top 1 percent of families took home an average of 26.3 times as much income as the bottom 99 percent in 2015, according to a new paper released by the Economic Policy Institute, a non-profit, nonpartisan think tank in Washington, D.C. This has increased since 2013, showing that income inequality has risen in nearly every state. read more

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Young adults suffered the greatest increase in deaths over recent years due to cirrhosis, according to a new study that blames alcohol consumption for the surge in fatalities ... Researchers at the University of Michigan found that people ages 25 to 34 experienced a more than 10 percent spike in deaths due to cirrhosis, an irreversible scarring of the liver, between 2009 and 2016 -- the highest of any age group in the study. The cases were "driven entirely" by alcohol-related liver disease, researchers concluded ... Between 1999 and 2016, overall deaths in the U.S. caused by cirrhosis surged 65 percent, according to the study. read more


Per the link at the top of the thread ...

Where do sports go from here? I asked one baseball executive, who told me his sport promotes the military not out of patriotism but out of fear -- the fear of being called unpatriotic. Nearly 20 years after 9/11, Bill Astore believes these rituals have served their purpose.

"We sing 'God Bless America' during the seventh-inning stretch, because, well, that's what we do now," Astore says. "We have a huge flag and military flyovers because that's what we do. We celebrate a military person after the fourth inning because that's what we do. And we've come to expect it.

"I think we as Americans need to come together and recognize that all of this needs to be ratcheted back, that we need to return to a simpler time -- when you played the national anthem, you respected our country and then you play ball. And you just enjoy the game the way it was meant to be enjoyed."

If MLB truly thinks this, that MLB is afraid of being called "unpatriotic", then MLB should reach out to the NFL and see if a collaboration between the two giant sports conglomerates could mutually benefit each other by ratcheting back the commercialism that passes for patriotism -- no more 'God Bless America' during the 7th inning stretch, no more military oriented sports swag, no more military flyovers.

And with the NFL's case, it would stop Donald Trump's meddling in the internal affairs of a private industry -- two giant sporting leagues with a combined 2 1/2 centuries worth of general public goodwill can together withstand the short term negative effects of the fallout.

Charles "Pete" Conrad Jr. (June 2, 1930 – July 8, 1999)

Nancy (Crane) Conrad (born September 25, 1942)

Following Pete Conrad's death after a motorcycle accident in 1999,[9]

Nancy Conrad shared Pete's story with global audiences and in the Discovery Channel documentary Surfing the Healthcare Tsunami: Bring Your Best Board.[10]

When Nancy Conrad learned that her husband's death was preventable, she co-founded the Community Emergency Healthcare Initiative through the Texas Medical Institute of Technology, to assist small and rural hospital emergency services.[11]

The Pete Conrad National Patient Safety Award was established by Nancy Conrad, which is awarded to extraordinary health care leaders and institutions that bring life saving solutions into frontline healthcare use.[11]

I encourage everyone to checkout Nancy Conrad's powerful 9 minute video.

You can learn more about the Patient Safety Movement here ...


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