Weekend updates

US opposes breast feeding, 
stunning World Health officials
NY Times
Reasons To Breast Feed— A resolution to encourage breast-feeding was expected to be approved quickly and easily by the hundreds of government delegates who gathered this spring in Geneva for the United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly.
— Based on decades of research, the resolution says that mother’s milk is healthiest for children and countries should strive to limit the inaccurate or misleading marketing of breast milk substitutes.
— Then the United States delegation, embracing the interests of infant formula manufacturers, upended the deliberations.

>>> “What happened was tantamount to blackmail, with the U.S. holding the world hostage and trying to overturn nearly 40 years of consensus on best way to protect infant and young child health.”<<<

Many thousands in US could be denied passports over tax debt
The Hill
— Hundreds of thousands of Americans stand to be denied new or renewed passports under a 2015 law requiring the IRS and State Department to deny passports to Americans with more than $51,000 in overdue tax debt.
— For now, agency officials stressed that they are just denying applications for new or renewed passports, and were not revoking passports from any Americans with outstanding debt.

Minister, and Trump cultist, finds himself on deportation list
San Diego Union-Tribune
— He supports the Republican agenda on both fiscal and social issues and still supports Trump.
— “Everything that he’s said against immigrants — it’s not that I’m in favor, but bad people don’t belong here,” Ramirez said. “In order to make America great, you have to have people contributing to this country.”
√ That’s the thing with these cultists. 

US says talks went great
N. Korea says they sucked

Inhaled formaldehyde lately? Thank the EPA
The Trump administration is suppressing an Environmental Protection Agency report that warns that most Americans inhale enough formaldehyde vapor in the course of daily life to put them at risk of developing leukemia and other ailments.

Hybrid embryos, and the prospect of saving a lost species
northern white rhino

How America’s first dogs disappeared,
and left a legacy of contagoius cancer

— Dogs were present in North and South America long before the arrival of European colonists. These dogs were widespread across the continents, varying in size and shape, and were largely the only domestic animals associated with Native American groups. They were not domesticated from North American wolves but instead padded their way into the Americas from Asia alongside humans at least 10,000 years ago.

New on the national scene, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez already starts in with the lies
tom-false“ICE is required to fill 34,000 beds with detainees every single night and that number has only been increasing since 2009.”
√ The reality is bad enough, without gross exaggerations like this. We do not need more liars in government.

US Army accused of discharging immigrant soldiers
— Some immigrant U.S. Army reservists and recruits who enlisted in the military with a promised path to citizenship are being abruptly discharged.
— The AP was unable to quantify how many men and women who enlisted through the special recruitment program have been booted from the Army, but immigration attorneys say they know of more than 40 who have been discharged or whose status has become questionable.

US once led the world in taking in refugees, but no more
Pew Research


— “911 What”s your emergency?”
— “My home is flooding and I’m trapped.”
— “Sorry, the cops are having a hurricane party right now.”
Miami Herald.


Barrett emerges as favorite of social conservatives
The Hill
Amy Coney Barrett has emerged as the favorite candidate for social conservatives in the debate over who should replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.
— Barrett — a 46-year-old appellate judge — checks multiple boxes for the right.
— Her age will allow her to influence the court for decades, she’s unabashedly conservative and deeply religious, and her gender, conservatives hope, will make it harder for critics to paint her as extreme on women’s rights and health care.
— But picking Barrett would guarantee an explosive confirmation fight in the Senate and likely spark a broader, all-out culture war months before a midterm election where Republicans are battling to keep control of Congress.

China strikes back at US tariffs, but its shoppers are wary
NY Times
— “Of course I want China to fight back,” said Cathy Yuan, 32, who was shopping at an upscale Shanghai supermarket on Friday. “We are defending our rights as a nation.”
— Other shoppers sounded warier. Fresh American beef and other high-end imports — goods that are likely to become more expensive as more tariffs are imposed — lined the shelves.
— “High-quality fresh food is already quite expensive, and with tariffs, prices will go up even further,” said Wan Yang, a 27-year-old seafood dealer who imports black cod and king crab from Alaska.
— Health and hygiene concerns have led China’s well-off shoppers to prefer food imported from the United States or elsewhere.

Texas ready for legal pot? This candidate for office says yes

Back to life: California’s Net Neutrality bill
Courthouse News Service
√ You know, the one that the corporations killed.

The Tunnel that could break New York
Politico Magazine
How politics, and Donald Trump, turned America’s most important repair job into a $30 billion grudge match.


Forget Summer Fridays. These companies offer cool summer perks
dog-pony-juggle— Summer Fridays are nothing new.
— And in a tight job market where employers are struggling to find workers, companies are getting more creative with the seasonal perks they offer in order to stand out from their competitors.

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