My wife has permanent chronic pain from a spinal injury. She was paralyzed from the waist down for 2 years. She fought her way back to where she can on occasion walk short distances without her cane. On bad days she is in her wheelchair. The one thing that has never improved and likely will never improve is her pain. Excruciating pain. She takes oxy and morphine daily along with other meds. After several years of work including inpatient stays at mayo clinic she and her doctors found the right chemical cocktail to allow her to not only endure, but actually live well with her physical problems. She has a small business with 2 employees. She is not high. Without opioids she cannot get out of bed. There is no alternative. CBD oil helps her sleep but does not touch the kind of pain she has. Recent efforts to combat opioid addiction have missed the target and have actually made it more likely patients like my wife will end up on heroin. read more
"I've been trying to forget this all my life, and now I'm supposed to remember every little detail," one of those friends, Jim Gensheimer, recalled Blasey Ford saying that summer day while watching her kids participate in a Junior Lifeguard program. "They're going to be all over me." Now, literally overnight, the 51-year-old Palo Alto University psychology professor, mother of two sons, registered Democrat and avid surfer has become the intense focus of a nation gripped by a political drama over nothing less than the future of the Supreme Court.
Special counsel Robert Mueller has cleared the way for the sentencing of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, according to a court filing Monday by Mueller's team. read more
In a tell-all memoir, the pornographic actor Stormy Daniels details salacious descriptions of her time with Donald Trump, wonders if he is fit to be president and claims he offered to cheat for her in his reality TV show. A copy of the book, Full Disclosure, was obtained by the Guardian. In it, Daniels describes her mounting disbelief as Trump began to win primary contests in 2016 for the Republican presidential nomination. Former castmates whom she had not heard from in years, but who had heard her story about sleeping with Trump in 2006, would call her up to marvel at the news. "It will never happen, I would say," Daniels writes. "He doesn't even want to be president." But as Trump kept winning, Daniels writes, she began to think she might be in danger. The story she had to tell about Trump seemed more sensitive the more he won. And she had already been threatened once, years earlier, and warned never to tell the story about Trump, she has claimed.
Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is writing a book about his tumultuous tenure in the Trump administration, titled "The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump." "I wrote this book because the president's attacks on me symbolize his destructive effect on the country as a whole," McCabe said in a statement released by his publisher. "He is undermining America's safety and security, and eroding public confidence in its institutions. His attacks on the most crucial institutions of government, and on the professionals who serve within them, should make every American stand up and take notice."
'Uncles' for hire are coming to the rescue for the bullied students in Korea. The 'Uncle Service' comes in 3 different packages - the 'Uncle Package', the 'Evidence Package', and the 'Chaperone Package'. The 'Uncle Package' is a service where a big, intimidating man in their 30s-40s pretends to be a student's uncle. The 'uncle' will give a stern warning to the bullies, and accompany the student on their way to and back from school. The service is provided for 500,000 KRW (443 USD) per day. read more
As things stand today, the driverless car of the future can't handle more than a dusting of snow. It's a known problem in the field, and vaguely embarrassing when the end result is supposed to be robots sophisticated enough to navigate the uncertainties of traffic and improve on lackluster human perception.
Russ Feingold: This nation is suffering a significant breakdown of civility, bipartisanship and ethical behavior. For the Trump administration and the Republican leaders who enable it, truth is no longer a cherished value. To them, lying seems to be part of the strategy, a cynical weapon to be used against their opponents. This week, we are witnessing the full depth of that cynicism, as the White House and its supporters smear a woman who makes credible, significant accusations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. At the same time, another fact has become clear: Kavanaugh himself has a casual relationship with the truth ― and in that, he fits right in with the way President Donald Trump and his party behave. In fact, there's clear evidence showing that Kavanaugh lied under oath during the 2006 confirmation hearing for his spot on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. I should know: I was one of the senators on the Judiciary Committee who questioned him.
Top civil rights leaders are suing California for climate policies they say disproportionately harm its poorest residents, particularly Latinos and African Americans. The lawsuit alleges that "the most staggering, unlawful, and racist components of the [state's climate policies] target new housing" and are contributing to "resegregation." read more
Opinion: It's been nearly two years since Donald Trump won enough Electoral College votes to become president of the United States. On the day after, in my concession speech, I said, "We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead." I hoped that my fears for our future were overblown. They were not. read more
The US Air Force set out to return to Cold War numbers by growing nearly 25% and taking on hundreds more planes to form an additional 74 squadrons, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson announced on Monday. The US Air Force, which typically acquires aircraft only after long vetting and bidding processes, will attempt the radical change in short order to fulfill President Donald Trump's vision of a bigger military to take on Russia and China. The US Navy has announced similar plans to grow its fleet size by nearly a third and shift tactics to better challenge Russia and China. read more
Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa signed with SpaceX to fly around the moon on the company's next generation rocket, CEO Elon Musk announced on Monday.
Alexandra Petri: "If somebody can be brought down by accusations like this, then you, me, every man certainly should be worried." -- A lawyer close to the White House, speaking to Politico. Look, who among us? If, apparently, a single alleged assault at a single party decades ago is to be frowned upon, then no man is safe, right?
President Donald Trump has moved to immediately release a tranche of former FBI Director James Comey's text messages and declassify 20 pages of a surveillance application that targeted former campaign adviser Carter Page, his latest offensive against a Russia investigation that has ensnared associates and has consumed Trump's attention for much of his presidency. read more
The Trump administration has slammed the brakes on bringing refugees to the US. At the end of its first full fiscal year, new government data shows, the administration is falling way short of the expectations it set for resettling refugees -- which were, themselves, way lower than the levels set by President Barack Obama and his predecessors. read more