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I'm pretty sure that's a voice-over of a video but it's still funny as fuck.
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Working-age Americans dying at higher rates, especially in economically hard-hit states

A new VCU study identifies “a distinctly American phenomenon” as mortality among 25 to 64 year-olds increases and U.S. life expectancy continues to fall.

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US should recognize American Samoans as citizens, judge says

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — People born in the territory of American Samoa should be recognized as U.S. citizens, a federal judge in Utah decided Thursday in a case filed amid more than a century of legal limbo but whose eventual impact remains to be seen.

The cluster of Pacific islands southwest of Hawaii is the only place in the country without an automatic claim to citizenship. People born there are labeled U.S. nationals, meaning they pay taxes but cannot vote, run for office or apply for certain government jobs.

U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups sided with three people from American Samoa who sued to be recognized as citizens. He ruled that the Utah residents are entitled to birthright citizenship under the 14th Amendment to the Constitution and ordered the government to issue them new passports.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the ruling applies outside Utah, which has a large number of people who hail from the territory and other Pacific island communities.
https://apnews.com/75848eeba63184efc5f6dd4053ff9f1e

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It's really just historical accident that Puerto Ricans made the cut and Samoans didn't.

Meanwhile they do have the right of free travel within the USA.

I sure hope this doesn't mean we'll be paying reparations for the crimes of Margaret Mead. :BigGrin3:
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I wonder about the composition of their sample vis a vis (<---french!) the rest of the population.

Say, to use an extreme example, I constructed the same graph using the wick trimmers. Suppose the graph looked the same. That would be in the nice to know category, that wick trimmers, who now make up 1/10000 of the workforce, are earning what they earned ages ago while erstwhile wick trimmers have moved onto other jobs whose pay is unknown. For this to be anything other than a stupid jumping off point for a froth filled argument about wage inequality you would have to have far more detailed data. perhaps trends by specific job type.

All that said the graph is silent on the question of what can be bought. I would argue that the lifestyle of the people represented has improved by orders of magnitude over the period under consideration.

ETA ... why should wages for a specific job do anything other than be constant? I recall talking to a kid of mine who was contemplating marrying someone in the trades. I pointed out that you could probably use a straight edge to forecast his future earnings and that at some point they would plateau. Cuz that is the nature of a "job".
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Mississippi asks appeals court to reconsider abortion ruling

Mississippi is asking a federal appeals court to reconsider a ruling that said the state’s ban on most abortions at 15 weeks of pregnancy is unconstitutional

JACKSON, Miss. -- Mississippi is asking a federal appeals court to reconsider a ruling that said the state’s ban on most abortions at 15 weeks of pregnancy is unconstitutional.

The ruling was issued Dec. 13 by a panel of three judges on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, dealing a blow to those seeking to overturn the landmark Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. The next day, Republican Gov. Phil Bryant said he wants the state to appeal to the Supreme Court.

Papers filed Friday are an in-between step. Mississippi is asking the full 5th Circuit to toss out the panel’s decision and reconsider the case.

Attorneys for the state wrote that the panel's decision conflicted with a Supreme Court ruling in an abortion case “which requires courts to consider not only the burdens a law might impose, but the benefits that it provides.”

The 5th Circuit panel said U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves ruled correctly when he blocked the Mississippi law from taking effect in 2018.

With the addition of conservative justices to the U.S. Supreme Court in recent years, several states have been enacting laws aimed at spurring court challenges that could eventually seek to overturn the court's 1973 abortion rights ruling in Roe v. Wade.

“In an unbroken line dating to Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court’s abortion cases have established (and affirmed, and re-affirmed) a woman’s right to choose an abortion before viability,” the appeals court judges wrote Dec. 13. “States may regulate abortion procedures prior to viability so long as they do not impose an undue burden on the woman’s right but they may not ban abortions."

The only abortion clinic in Mississippi sued the state after Bryant signed the law. The clinic said it provides abortions until 16 weeks.
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U.S. government ‘retires’ (read removes) detailed pollution map from internet

The loss of the tracker, supporters say, will inhibit public access to data on environmental hazards.

Fifteen years ago, the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) launched Toxmap, a free, interactive online application that combines pollution data from at least a dozen U.S. government sources. A Toxmap user could pan and zoom across a map of the United States sprinkled with thousands of blue and red dots, with each blue dot representing a factory, coal-fired power plant, or other facility that has released certain toxic chemicals into the environment, and each red dot marking a Superfund program site—“some of the nation’s most contaminated land,” according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Toxmap allowed users to pull up detailed EPA data for each toxic release site, and to overlay other information, such as mortality statistics, onto those maps. And it’s precisely those capabilities that earned Toxmap a devoted following among researchers, students, activists, and other people keen to identify sources of pollution in their communities.

Those capabilities appear to no longer be available to the public.

Earlier this year, with little explanation, the NLM announced that it would be “retiring” the Toxmap website on Dec. 16, 2019. The library did not respond directly to queries on Monday about what was meant by “retiring,” but by Tuesday morning of that week, the Toxmap website had been taken down and visitors to the former URL were met with a message acknowledging the closure and pointing visitors to other potential sources of information. (An archived version of the old Toxmap landing page is preserved at the Internet Archive.) The decision to sunset the application has upset some of Toxmap’s most loyal users and raised concerns among environmental data advocates, who say that Toxmap’s demise would inhibit reliable public access to essential data about environmental hazards.
https://www.popsci.com/story/environmen ... overnment/

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Texas almost mandated an HPV vaccine before politics got in the way. Now, the state has one of the country's highest rates of cervical cancer.

The state’s approach stands in stark contrast to that of Australia, where leaders have successfully pushed a nationwide program that has made a sizable dent in cervical cancer rates.

In 2007, two governments set into motion a massive public health experiment.

One was the state of Texas, where lawmakers rejected a mandate to vaccinate adolescent girls against human papillomavirus, or HPV, a near-ubiquitous sexually transmitted infection that causes cervical cancer. For more than a decade since, the number of Texas adolescents vaccinated against HPV has remained low.

On the other side of the globe, Australia, a country with roughly the same size population and economy as Texas, was taking a radically different approach. Public health leaders there rolled out a nationwide program that offered the HPV vaccine to girls for free at their schools. The program, though optional, proved popular, and it later expanded to boys. Vaccine coverage grew rapidly, with up to 80% of teens becoming immunized over the next decade.

Now, 12 years after Texas and Australia first veered onto wildly different courses regarding HPV prevention, their gap in health outcomes has widened demonstrably. Australia is on track to become the first country to eliminate cervical cancer, perhaps within a decade. Texas, meanwhile, has hardly made a dent in its rate of cervical cancer — which remains one of the highest in the United States, with an incidence comparable to that of some developing countries.
https://www.texastribune.org/2019/08/12 ... ates-high/

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FFRF probes government involvement in Capitol Ministries Event

The Freedom of Religion Foundation is investigating participation by numerous government officials in a recent week-long religious event at the Museum of the Bible hosted by Capitol Ministries.

Capitol Ministries is a Christian Nationalist organization whose stated mission is to “evangelize elected and appointed political leaders and lead them toward maturity in Christ.” The group is well-known for promoting its radical agenda to the Trump administration during weekly White House bible studies.

Several cabinet-level government officials, including Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, former Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta, former Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Purdue, attended and participated in a panel at this week-long religious event in December. FFRF has requested public records from each department to investigate the extent of governmental mingling in this program. See thinks to open records requests at end.

Capitol Ministries has boasted that attendees “heard from White House cabinet members, U.S. senators and representatives about the importance of teaching God’s Word to people in political power and how the Washington D.C. bible study they regularly attend impacts their lives personally and professionally.”

FFRF called it very disturbing that pious politicians appear to be spending taxpayer-bankrolled time preaching their personal religious beliefs using their public offices. Religious freedom depends on governance based on shared, secular values rather than on a lawmaker’s personal religious preference.

Capitol Ministries’ founder and president, Ralph Drollinger, teaches homophobic, misogynistic, xenophobic bible studies to politicians across the country, asserts FFRF. Drollinger’s access to high-level officials with what he calls his “para-church ministry” is concerning, especially when his draconian views are examined:

Quoting from the bible Drollinger says, “Homosexuality is a sin. It is an abomination in the eyes of God.”

Drollinger says mothers who work outside the home are sinners: “Women with children at home who either serve in public office, or are employed on the outside, pursue a path that contradicts God’s revealed design for them. It is a sin.”

Drollinger was the likely inspiration for then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions citing Romans 13 to justify the administration’s family separation policy. This same biblical passage has been used for centuries to justify otherwise indefensible laws, including slavery.

FFRF is committed to exposing the misuse of public resources to promote religion, and this recent example continues a troubling string of government officials pushing a dangerous Christian Nationalist agenda.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is a national nonprofit organization with more than 30,000 members and several chapters across the country. FFRF’s purposes are to protect the constitutional principle of separation between church and state, and to educate the public on matters relating to nontheism.
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To Produce Citizenship Data, Homeland Security To Share Records With Census

The Department of Homeland Security has agreed to share certain government records from its databases to help the Census Bureau produce data about the U.S. citizenship status of every person living in the country.

DHS quietly announced the data-sharing agreement in a regulatory document posted on its website on Dec. 27. It marks the latest development in the Trump administration's ongoing effort to carry out the executive order President Trump issued in July after courts blocked the administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

Two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year to keep the citizenship question off, President Trump said in the executive order that releasing citizenship data based on existing records would allow states to redraw voting districts using the number of eligible voters rather than all residents in an area — a method of redistricting that a prominent GOP strategist concluded would politically benefit Republicans and non-Hispanic white people.

According to the DHS document, which was first reported by Federal Computer Week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is sharing personal information about naturalized U.S. citizens and green card holders from records going back to as early as 1973.

More recent records dating to 2013 from Customs and Border Protection, as well as Immigration and Customs Enforcement, will provide the Census Bureau with data such as noncitizens' full names, birth dates, addresses, Social Security numbers and alien registration numbers. CBP is also sharing the travel histories of visitors to the U.S., including those who have overstayed their visas.

Federal law restricts the release of immigration records about survivors of human trafficking and of certain other crimes who have applied for special visas, as well as survivors of domestic abuse who have applied for immigration benefits under the Violence Against Women Act. Still, USCIS has asked for permission to release to the Census Bureau data about refugees and asylum-seekers, whose records generally cannot be shared without their consent or a waiver signed by the Homeland Security secretary.
https://www.npr.org/2020/01/04/79332577 ... ith-census