Source: WaPo, by Joel Achenbach
To minimize health risks, the optimal amount of alcohol someone should consume is none. Thats the simple, surprising conclusion of a massive study, co-authored by 512 researchers from 243 institutions, published Thursday in the prestigious journal the Lancet.
What has been underappreciated, whats surprising, is that no amount of drinking is good for you, said Emmanuela Gakidou, a professor of global health at the University of Washington and the senior author of the report.
People should no longer think that a drink or two a day is good for you. Whats best for you is to not drink at all, she said.
The report found that 2.8 million people across the globe died in 2016 of alcohol-related causes, which is about the same proportionally as the 2.0 million who died in 1990. For people ages 15 to 49, alcohol is the leading risk factor for experiencing a negative health outcome.
Read it all at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/safest-level-of-alcohol-consumption-is-none-worldwide-study-shows/2018/08/23/823a6bec-a62d-11e8-8fac-12e98c13528d_story.html
Source: Variety, by Ted Johnson
Bill Maher has contributed $1 million to the Senate Majority PAC, the fundraising committee aligned with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and dedicated to electing Democrats to the Senate.
Mahers contribution mirrors a $1 million donation he made in 2012 to Priorities USA Action, a super PAC backing President Barack Obamas reelection. Back then, Maher also warned of the number of well-heeled billionaires pouring money into Mitt Romneys campaign.
Other entertainment figures who have given to the PAC include Seth MacFarlane, who made a $2 million donation in April; Haim Saban, who contributed $1 million in March; Netflixs Reed Hastings, who gave $500,000 in May; and Jeffrey Katzenberg, who donated $250,000 in June.
Heres our side: Bill Gates, worth $91 billion. Jeff Bezos, worth $141 billion. [Mark] Zuckerberg, who should feel guilty for helping Russia slide Trump into the White House, hes worth $73 billion. Their contributions in 2016 were under a million.
He even called them cheap fs.
The game is being played on the million-dollar level. It wont do when you are worth $141 billion to write a check for $250,000, he said.
Read it all at: https://variety.com/2018/politics/news/bill-maher-donation-senate-majority-pac-chuck-schumer-1202915297/
September 1, ABC - Alabama/Louisville. Roll Tide!
Source: New York Times, by Michael Corkery
Could you be next?
I didnt feel like I had a prayer, said Crystal Thompson of Eight Mile, Ala., whom Walmart accused mistakenly, an employee later acknowledged of shoplifting about $70 in groceries. A lawyer for Walmart threatened a lawsuit if she didnt pay $200.
Four days after she returned home, the letters from Walmarts lawyer started to arrive. The lawyer demanded that Ms. Thompson pay the company $200 or face a possible lawsuit. She received three letters over two months in early 2016.
It is my word against this company, said Ms. Thompson, whose criminal case was dismissed after no one from Walmart appeared at a hearing to testify against her. Im nobody special. I didnt feel like I had a prayer.
Read it all at: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/17/business/falsely-accused-of-shoplifting-but-retailers-demand-they-pay.html
AP's Darlene Superville, Bloomberg
It's not just audiotapes.
Omarosa Manigault Newman has a stash of video, emails, text messages and other documentation supporting the claims in her tell-all book about her time in the Trump White House, a person with direct knowledge of the records told The Associated Press Friday.
"I will not be silenced. I will not be intimidated. I'm not going to be bullied by Donald Trump," the former Trump aide told The Associated Press this week as she seemed to dismiss a threat from Trump's campaign. She spoke to the AP hours after Trump's campaign announced it was filing an arbitration action against her alleging she'd violated a signed agreement with the campaign that prohibits her from disclosing confidential information.
She has already released several secret audio recordings, including of the meeting in which she was fired by Kelly.
In another recording, Trump's daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, is heard offering Manigault Newman $15,000 a month - after she was fired from the White House - for a campaign job requiring her to be "positive." Lara Trump is a senior adviser on Trump's re-election campaign.
Read it all at: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-17/ap-source-manigault-newman-has-more-than-audio-recordings
Lots and lots of time for TV, Twitter and obstruction of justice!
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Or a Big Wheel as the case may be?
Source: AL.com, by-line AP
The nation's first memorial to victims of lynching has drawn more than 100,000 visitors in its first three months -- far exceeding some earlier estimates.
The National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery shares stories about some of the 4,400 black people slain in lynchings and other racial killings between 1877 and 1950. The names of those killed, if they are known, are engraved on 800 steel columns, with copies to be adopted by each U.S. county where lynchings happened.
The Montgomery Advertiser reports that some visitors have been part of large groups. About 100 community leaders visited last month from Charlottesville, Virginia, where whites and blacks clashed in the streets and a woman was killed by a motorist during the "Unite the Right" rally last summer.
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