Wed 3.7

US focuses on painkiller pills, 
but real killers are heroin and fentanyl
Vice News
> Centers for Disease Control notes that the dramatic increase in overdoses is “possibly related to the wide variation in the availability and potency of illicit drug products (e.g., fentanyl sold as or mixed into heroin) that increase overdose risk and drive increases in mortality.”
> That finding is starkly at odds with how the government — including the CDC itself — has tried to combat the opioid crisis thus far, by cracking down on doctors who prescribe opioids and making it much harder for people get access to pain medications.
>>> Meanwhile, the feds can’t seem to stop China from flooding the US with fentanyl VIA THE US POSTAL SERVICE. Here’s the headline from Ars Technica:
With Google, Bitcoins, and USPS, Feds realize it’s stupid easy to buy fentanyl

Appeals Court says Texas “Shocking Judge” done the defendant wrong
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
> Judges are not allowed to shock defendants in their courtrooms just because they won’t answer questions, the appeals court said. “We do not believe that trial judges can use stun belts to enforce decorum,” an appeals judge wrote.
> During the trial of Terry Lee Morris, the device was used as punishment when he refused to answer Judge George Gallagher’s questions properly during his 2014 trial on charges of soliciting sexual performance from a 15-year-old girl.
> The conviction was set aside.

Cohn’s exit leaves economic hard liners in charge at White House
Gary Cohn was regarded as one of the few political moderates close to the president. His absence will amplify voices like Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and trade adviser Peter Navarro who back the president’s impulses to buck convention and pick trade fights on a global stage.

From Bush 1 to present, our Country has lost more than 55,000 factories, 6,000,000 manufacturing jobs and accumulated Trade Deficits of more than 12 Trillion Dollars. Last year we had a Trade Deficit of almost 800 Billion Dollars. Bad Policies & Leadership. Must WIN again!
— D.J. Trump, making America great via Twitter

— Fact check: Trump’s deceptions on trade
NY Times
Is it really a surprise that the con-man who brought us Trump University has distorted and exaggerated America’s trade deficits?

After a year of Trump, trade deficits get worse, especially with China

Hapless Alabama stoner embarrasses sheriff, goes to jail —
Internet outcry sets him free

It’s all connected to the scam that allows sheriffs to pocket the money they save by feeding the prisoners crap.
qualls-sketch-2.jpg> The 20-year-old man who was arrested last month four days after published critical comments he made about Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin has been released from jail amid a public outcry over his arrest.
> Matthew Qualls accepted a plea deal last week that required him to plead guilty to first-degree marijuana possession, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to court records. He was initially arrested Feb. 22 on multiple charges including felony drug trafficking.

Boozy Coke coming to Japan
USA Today
Absolutely no plans to try this trick in US, company officials say. But were they sober when they said it?

Oakland sex shop owner wants to operate at San Francisco airport
SF Examiner
sex-shop.jpg> One businesswoman has her eyes on potential customers getting on and off planes at San Francisco International Airport — with an emphasis on getting off.
> Nenna Joiner wants to open up SFO’s first sex toy shop but is prevented from doing so by the terms of the airport’s small business program, which she said isn’t meeting its goal of helping truly small, local businesses.

2/3rds of Millennials have nothing, ZERO, saved for retirement

Madison, Boston top cities for attracting educated Millennials
City Lab
The list: Boston, Madison, San Jose, San Francisco, Washington DC, Hartford, NYC, Raleigh, Mpls-St.Paul, Denver.

Texas Dems make stronger showing in primary
The Hill
> Texas Democrats on Tuesday more than doubled their primary election turnout from four years ago, providing the party with a modest boost as it looks to take on the GOP in the conservative state during this year’s midterm elections.
> As of early Wednesday morning, more than 1 million Democrats cast ballots in the party’s primary election, compared to 1.5 million who voted in the Republican primary. That puts the Democratic share of votes cast at about 40 percent, a significant increase from the 2014 midterms, where Democrats made up less than 30 percent of the vote.
> More than 1.3 million voters backed Sen. Ted Cruz (R) in his Republican primary on Tuesday, while about 640,000 backed Rep. Beto O’Rourke(D). The two will square off in the November general election.

Invasive stinkbugs now in 43 states, decimating crops and infiltrating houses all across the country. Will we ever be able to get rid of them?
The New Yorker
brown-marmorated-stink-bug-from-side-whiteThe species is not native to this country, but in the years since it arrived it has spread to forty-three of the forty-eight continental United States, and—in patchwork, unpredictable, time-staggered ways—has overrun homes, gardens, and farms in one location after another. Four years before Stone’s encounter, a wildlife biologist in Maryland decided to count all the brown marmorated stinkbugs he killed in his own home; he stopped the experiment after six months and twenty-six thousand two hundred and five stinkbugs. Around the same time, entomologists documented thirty thousand stinkbugs living in a shed in Virginia no bigger than an outhouse, and four thousand in a container the size of a breadbox. In West Virginia, bank employees arrived at work one day to find an exterior wall of the building covered in an estimated million stinkbugs.

Australia on brink of eliminating cervical cancer
Why not America too? Well, prevention depends on a vaccine, and Americans, you know, aren’t so comfortable with all this sciencey kind of stuff. 

Travel trend
Skip housekeeping, save money, maybe help the environment?
NY Times
More hotels, more guests see the logic behind fewer housekeeping visits — or sometimes none at all.

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