WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Sunday that if he becomes president in 2016, he will bring “a real political shake-up” that lifts the nation’s poorest while stemming the proliferation of millionaires and billionaires.
In other words, he said he wants to make America look more like Scandinavia.
During an interview on ABC’s “This Week,” host George Stephanopoulos asked the 73-year-old Vermont senator if it’s really possible for someone like him to be elected president. Sanders, who identifies as a democratic socialist, announced his White House run last week.
“Well, so long as we know what democratic socialism is,” he said. “And if we know that in countries, in Scandinavia, like Denmark, Norway, Sweden, they are very democratic countries, obviously. The voter turnout is a lot higher than it is in the United States. In those countries, health care is the right of all people. And in those countries, college education, graduate school is free.”
This is a delayed post since I missed this important article when it first appeared. It’s about a study confirming that reductions in air pollution improve children’s health. Of the things moms worry about in our modern society their efforts are still best focused on reducing water and air pollution.
For the first time, researchers have shown that reducing air pollution leads to improved respiratory function in children ages 11 to 15, a critical period of lung development.
Scientists have long known that air pollution is linked to smaller lung capacity and compromised breathing in children. But it had not been clear whether, and to what extent, a reduction in air pollution over the years might prevent these problems.
Environmentalists have maintained that federal emission standards are not stringent enough to safeguard health, while some conservatives criticize the regulations as overly restrictive and expensive. The new study, conducted in Southern California and published on Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine, provides evidence that better air quality, a result of stricter regulation, improved health among children, experts said.
The larger implication, he said, was that the latest group of children may have a jump-start on longevity compared with children who grew up breathing more polluted air. Absent factors such as smoking or asthma, normal lung function slowly begins to decrease in early adulthood.Morton Lippmann, a professor of environmental medicine at New York University School of Medicine, said the research would be influential and predicted that within the next few years, when federal emission standards are due for review, “this kind of information will play a major role.”
Bryan details not just the Williams debacle and susequent mishandling, but also the series of missteps taken post Comcast mmerger. This is a recommended long read for you this Sunday — you could read this instead of watching “Meet the Chuck” with John Boehner or something…
It had been a tumultuous period for NBC’s news division, as had the entire four years since the Philadelphia cable/phone/Internet giant, Comcast, took over NBCUniversal, as the company is officially known. There was Ann Curry’s tearful flameout on Today; David Gregory’s long slide to his exit from Meet the Press; the strange firing after less than three months on the job of Jamie Horowitz, an ESPN executive brought in to fix Today; not to mention ratings declines at several of the division’s centerpiece shows, including Today and Meet the Press.
But that afternoon, after a long presentation to 200 NBC advertising salespeople, Turness was feeling better than she had in months. When she had been hired she knew she was stepping onto a troubled ship; finally, she felt, the organizational changes she had made were showing results. Meet the Press’s ratings were edging up; Nightly News seemed to be stabilizing. “Things,” she told Fili, “feel like they’re in a really good place.”
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Her sense of relief, however, lasted mere minutes. As she left Fili’s office around 3:30, Turness learned the startling news: the most important person at the network, the face of NBC News, its anchorman Brian Williams, had apparently been exaggerating an anecdote about coming under fire in a U.S. Army helicopter during the Iraq war in 2003. A reporter from the military newspaper Stars and Stripes had called about it that morning. Williams was supposed to talk to him off the record in an effort to determine what the reporter planned to write. Instead, to the dismay of NBC’s P.R. staff, Williams had gone on the record and admitted he hadn’t been telling the truth, not only on a Nightly News broadcast the previous week but also over the years at public appearances and on talk shows.
While this is a puff piece for a line of Steelcase furniture some true facts lie herein. In tech businesses where the workforce is paid a living wage they cut costs elsewhere, but remain tied to past paradigms. Juxtaposing a communal team environment with the need for individual focus and isolation to get things done will probably drive some changes. The most likely outcome I see will be team on site communal days coupled with work at home days - teams will be at the office some days, but working from home (or anywhere) most others.
Innovations in the world of office furniture design have tended to serve one of two purposes. Some are designed to help the corporations who pay for them — open-plan offices are supposed to make workers more collaborative, for example, and cubicles or “hotel” desks help save on real estate costs. Then others are designed to help improve workers’ health — like ergonomically designed office seating, balance ball chairs and the current obsession with standing desks.
Yet increasingly, companies and furniture designers are considering a third purpose: helping workers concentrate and focus in the cavernous, noise-filled open offices that have become practically de rigeur in today’s workplace.
With roughly 70 percent of U.S. workplaces adopting an open-office environment, while in the meantime research piles up on how ineffective and stressful open plans can be, there’s a growing recognition that workers need some sort of refuge to concentrate at work (beyond putting on headphones and hoping for the best).
A plainclothes New York City police officer was recovering from surgery Sunday after being shot in the head after questioning a man he saw acting suspiciously.
Officer Brian Moore, 25, was seated in an unmarked police car with his partner Officer Erik Jansen in the Queens Village when he saw the man walking and adjusting something in his waistband, police Commissioner William Bratton said.
Officer Moore inquired about the man’s actions and the suspect removed a firearm from his waistband, turned to the officers and fired into the vehicle, hitting Officer Moore in the head, Bratton said, speaking at a news conference at Jamaica Hospital in Queens, where Officer Moore was undergoing treatment Saturday night.
A group of 275 children and women rescued from Boko Haram extremists by Nigeria’s military have arrived at a refugee camp after a three-day journey to safety.
They came from the Sambisa Forest, the last stronghold of the Islamic extremists, where the military said it has rescued more than 677 girls and women and destroyed more than a dozen insurgent camps in the past week.
Two newborns were among the first arrivals.
“Boko Haram killed the father of this child,” Lami Musa told The Associated Press, cradling a four-day-old girl with black curls glistening with sweat in the 40C (104F) heat.
A police team from Nepal has pulled out the bodies of about 50 people, including some foreign trekkers, from an avalanche-hit area, officials say, as the death toll from last month’s devastating earthquake climbed to more than 7,000.
None of the bodies have been identified, deputy superintendent of police in the northern district of Rasuwa, Pravin Pokharel, said.
Mr Pokharel, who led the police team, said the bodies were pulled out on Saturday (local time), a week after the earthquake, and rescuers would return to the remote area on Sunday.
Sunitha Krishnan: “It Is in Our Silence That We Encourage Perpetrators to Flourish” - Women in the World in Association With the
Gang-raped at the age of 15, Sunitha Krishnan’s passion for fighting sex crime is deeply personal. “I, for the first time, understood what it is to be shamed and traumatized for a crime you had not committed,” said Krishnan, as she re-counted the experience during an interview with journalist Zain Verjee at the Women in the World Summit in New York City… …
I’ve been waiting to see what would happen since the note below was posted almost a month ago, but there’s been no change. GigaOm might be gone forever.
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