An amazingly talented actor named Brandon Hardesty plays every role in these highly accurate movie reenactment scenes

An amazingly talented actor named Brandon Hardesty plays every role in these highly accurate movie reenactment scenes.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fjph4G4z77M

Jurassic Park

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6etg_fX1Pw

The Empire Strikes Back

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqstc4vItC4

Pulp Fiction

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVdlW-T908w

A Christmas Story

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Id5YdHkAacs

Fargo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3z7O_VZ9zN4

Lots more at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL010CCD1F6948AD17

 

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August 29, 2017. Tags: , , . Humor, Movies. Leave a comment.

Media bias: once again, a news article about a financially struggling single mother trying to raise her children makes absolutely no mention of their father

The Guardian recently published this article about a single mother who is having financial troubles as she tries to raise her two children on the salary that she gets from working at a fast food restaurant.

As is always the case with articles like this, the article makes absolutely no mention of the children’s father. (I have written about this media irresponsibility before – see here and here.)

In this particular case, the article refers to the woman as “a single mother of two.”

It doesn’t say that she is “divorced,” or that she is “widowed.”

The article makes absolutely zero mention of the children’s father.

The article does quote the woman as saying:

“At the top of America, when it comes to Trump and them, their goal is to keep us down. Between these billion-dollar companies and Trump, it’s a power trip.”

So now it’s Trump’s fault that this woman is a single mother of two.

I’d like to see the results of the DNA test for that.

If Trump is in fact the father of her children, then yes, it is Trump’s fault that she is having so much financial trouble.

Otherwise, Trump has no fault whatsoever in her situation.

The article also talks about how the woman is part of the movement to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

But in the real world, even liberals themselves do not want to pay fast food workers $15 an hour.

In December 2013, I made this blog post, which is titled “I dare liberals to buy a McDonald’s franchise, and pay the workers $15 an hour.”

More than three years later, I followed it up with this blog post, which is titled, “Hypocrite liberals have rejected my challenge for them to buy a McDonald’s franchise and pay the workers $15 an hour.”

I also made this other blog post, which is titled, “In the real world, no liberal has ever bought a McDonald’s franchise and paid the workers $15 an hour.”

So even liberals themselves are not willing to pay McDonald’s workers $15 an hour.

Here is some information that liberals never talk about:

Let’s consider two groups of people in the U.S. The first group has a poverty rate of 2%. The second group has a poverty rate of 76%.

The first group consists of people who followed all three of these steps:

1) Finish high school.

2) Get a full-time job.

3) Wait until age 21 and get married before having children.

The second group consists of people who followed zero of those three steps.

Among people who follow all three of these steps, the poverty rate is 2%.

Among people who follow zero of these steps, the poverty rate is 76%.

(My source for that information is this article, which refers to this PDF, and the relevant data is on page 15 of the PDF. The study uses data from the U.S. Census Bureau.)

Finally, here is a seven minute video with information that liberals never talk about. In my opinion, every middle school and high school in the U.S. should show this to all of their students, repeatedly, every year.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ru4SVUlNfMY

 

 

August 23, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Economics, Media bias. 1 comment.

Venezuela bans the importation of “war materials” such as first aid kits, eye drops, antacids, gauze, surgical tape, and burn cream

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/medicines-supplies-grounded-u-s-after-venezuela-tags-them-war-n767346

Medicines, Supplies Grounded in U.S. After Venezuela Tags Them ‘War Material’

June 2, 2017

MIAMI — After four years of sending monthly shipments of medicine and food for hospitals and needy people in Venezuela, Move Org, a non-profit based in Miami, abruptly stopped three weeks ago.

Move Org had been sending up to five to seven pallets of donations monthly to help alleviate the burden that the economic and political crisis gripping the South American nation has had on its people.

But recently, the Venezuelan government banned the import of a series of items they deem “war material.”

Some of the products banned are… medical products such as first aid kits, eye drops, antacids, gauze, surgical tape, and burn cream, among others.

“… how can they ban medicine?” questioned Milagros Ramirez, CEO of the nonprofit, Sanando, which means “healing” in Spanish. She founded the group in Venezuela over ten years ago.

She has been living in South Florida for the past two years and has been sending medicine and food for hospitals, orphanages, and nonprofits. Like Move Org, she also stopped the group’s weekly shipments to Venezuela three weeks ago.

“Everything you can think of is needed in Venezuela,” she said. Ramirez said something as simple as denture adhesive is important. “Without it, people who wear dentures cannot eat.” Many of the items Sanando sends are now banned. She feels terrible for the children and senior citizens who badly need them.

Courier services can be found throughout Miami and they are used to send mostly food and medicine back home to relatives. In the midst of the allegations from officials and rumors that boxes are being opened and confiscated, some Venezuelan courier companies have completely stopped shipping food and medicine over an abundance of caution.

Alcala, the Vice-President of Move Org, says she relies on acquaintances traveling from Miami to Caracas to hand-carry medicines to her mother. At 90, she suffers from Alzheimer and is diabetic. She said tear gas often seeps into her mother’s home through cracks in windows and doors. She wants to send her surgical masks to moisten with Maalox in order to protect her from the gas effects. But she says both are banned and hasn’t found a way to get them to her. “It’s not fair. It’s just not fair.”

August 22, 2017. Tags: , . Communism, Venezuela. Leave a comment.

Missouri Democratic state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal: “I hope Trump is assassinated!”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/08/18/i-hope-trump-is-assassinated-a-missouri-lawmakers-facebook-comment-leads-to-calls-for-her-resignation/?utm_term=.8e0f8ae61c7e

“I hope Trump is assassinated!”

– Missouri Democratic state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal

August 21, 2017. Tags: , , , , , . Donald Trump, Gun control, Violent crime. Leave a comment.

Tina Fey on protesting after Charlottesville

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVvpXZxXWZU

August 18, 2017. Tags: , , , . Racism. Leave a comment.

I hope the Washington Post will either confirm or debunk these statements by the Southern Poverty Law Center about Jason Kessler, the organizer of the alt-right rally in Charlottesville

Jason Kessler is the organizer of the alt-right rally that recently took place in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The Southern Poverty Law Center wrote of Kessler:

Rumors abound on white nationalist forums that Kessler’s ideological pedigree before 2016 was less than pure and seem to point to involvement in the Occupy movement and past support for President Obama.

At one recent speech in favor of Charlottesville’s status as a sanctuary city, Kessler live-streamed himself as an attendee questioned him and apologized for an undisclosed spat during Kessler’s apparent involvement with Occupy. Kessler appeared visibly perturbed by the woman’s presence and reminders of their past association.

Regardless of Kessler’s past politics, the rightward shift in his views was first put on display in November, 2016 when his tirade against Wes Bellamy began.

If this had been posted by some right wing conspiracy blog, I would dismiss it as being fake news.

But this was published by a highly reputable left wing source.

I hope the Washington Post will investigate this to either debunk it or confirm it.

If it is true, then Kessler is a left wing nut job masquerading as a right wing nut job.

 

August 16, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Racism. Leave a comment.

YouTube trying to shut down black conservative channel – Diamond and Silk

This is Diamond and Silk’s YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCug1cL7vmUvYooOjXyHjsxQ/videos

And this is Mark Dice talking about how YouTube is trying to prevent them from earning a living from their videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAeiWm1v02M

 

August 16, 2017. Tags: , , , , , . Media bias. Leave a comment.

Rachel Maddow just made this awesome commentary on racism

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmZNirYH5eU

 

August 16, 2017. Tags: , , . Racism. Leave a comment.

Archie Bunker often talked like a racist. But when the situation really mattered, he behaved the exact opposite.

On the TV show “All in the Family,” Archie Bunker often talked like a racist. But when the situation really mattered, he behaved the exact opposite.

Archie Bunker Threatens KKK

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M56XfXXhgus

All In The Family – Archie is Branded

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2O7p3hwWymM

Archie Bunker Defends His Maid

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5Wc45Tq6No

 

August 16, 2017. Tags: , , , , , . Racism, Television. Leave a comment.

Some Venezuelans have not had a full meal in days

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/hungry-venezuelans-turn-colombia-plate-food-49206924

Hungry Venezuelans turn to Colombia for a plate of food

Associated Press

CUCUTA, Colombia — Aug 14, 2017

Under a scorching sun just a short walk from Colombia’s border with Venezuela, hundreds of hungry men, women and children line up for bowls of chicken and rice — the first full meal some have eaten in days.

An estimated 25,000 Venezuelans make the trek across the Simon Bolivar International Bridge into Colombia each day. Many come for a few hours to work or trade goods on the black market, looking for household supplies they cannot find back home.

But increasingly, they are coming to eat in one of a half-dozen facilities offering struggling Venezuelans a free plate of food.

“I never thought I’d say this,” said Erick Oropeza, 29, a former worker with Venezuela’s Ministry of Education who recently began crossing the bridge each day. “But I’m more grateful for what Colombia has offered me in this short time than what I ever received from Venezuela my entire life.”

As Venezuela’s economy verges on collapse and its political upheaval worsens, cities like Cucuta along Colombia’s porous, 1,370-mile (2,200-kilometer) border with Venezuela have become firsthand witnesses to the neighboring South American nation’s escalating humanitarian crisis.

According to one recent survey, about 75 percent of Venezuelans lost an average of 19 pounds (8.7 kilograms) last year.

The Colombian government has crafted contingency plans in the event of a sudden, mass exodus, but already church groups and nonprofit organizations are stepping in, moved by images of mothers carrying starving babies and skinny men trying to make a few bucks on Cucuta’s streets to bring back home.

Paulina Toledo, 47, a Colombian hairstylist who recently helped feed lunch to 900 Venezuelans, said seeing how hungry they were “hurt my soul.”

“Those of us here on the border are seeing their pain,” she said.

People living on either side of the Colombia-Venezuela border have long had a foot in both countries: A Colombian who lives in Cucuta might cross to visit relatives in San Cristobal; a Venezuelan might make the reverse trip to work or go to school.

In the years when Venezuela’s oil industry was booming and Colombia entangled in a half-century armed conflict, an estimated 4 million Colombians migrated to Venezuela. Many started coming back as Venezuela’s economy began to implode and after President Nicolas Maduro closed the border in 2015 and expelled 20,000 Colombians overnight.

Oropeza said he earned about $70 a month working at the Ministry of Education and selling hamburgers on the side — twice Venezuela’s minimum wage but still not enough to feed a family of four. Once a month his family receives a bundle of food provided by the government, but it only lasts a week.

“So the other three weeks, like most Venezuelans, we have to make magic happen,” he said on a recent afternoon.

Desperate for money to feed his family, he left his job and traveled to the Venezuelan border town of San Antonio. He wakes up at 4 a.m. each morning to be among the first crossing the bridge into Cucuta, where he earns money selling soft drinks on the street.

He goes straight to the “Casa de Paso,” a church-run shelter that has served 60,000 meals to Venezuelans since opening two months ago. On an average day, 2,000 Venezuelans line up for meals, getting a ticket to reserve their spot and then waiting four hours for a meal served at outdoor plastic tables.

Workers stir gigantic metal pots filled with chicken and rice set on the bare dirt floor. Volunteers hand out boxes of juice to tired-looking children. Adults sit quietly, savoring their bowl of food as chickens waddle between them.

“Every day I have to remind myself why I am here,” said Oropeza, dressed in a faded striped collared shirt. “I try to repeat it to myself so that I won’t, you know, so those moments of weakness don’t affect you so much.”

When he’s not helping out or waiting in line at the shelter kitchen, Oropeza sells malted soft drinks for about 50 cents each. He’s been able to bring money back to his family and has earned enough to buy a cellphone, which he’d lacked for two years.

Jose David Canas, a priest, said his church will continue to serve food “as long as God allows.”

“Until they close the border,” he said. “Until everything is eaten or until the province tells us that they no longer have lunches to give out. And then it’s the end.”

August 16, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , . Communism, Economics, Venezuela. Leave a comment.

R.I.P. Heather Heyer

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/13/us/heather-heyer-charlottesville-victim.html

Heather Heyer, Charlottesville Victim, Called ‘a Strong Woman’

August 13, 2017




Heather D. Heyer was killed on Saturday in Charlottesville, Va., after a car crashed into demonstrators protesting a white supremacy rally. Credit Heather Heyer, via Facebook, via Reuters

Heather D. Heyer, who was killed in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday when a car plowed into a crowd that was protesting a rally of white nationalists, was a passionate advocate for the disenfranchised and was often moved to tears by the world’s injustices, her supervisor said.

“Heather was a very strong woman,” said Alfred A. Wilson, manager of the bankruptcy division at the Miller Law Group in Charlottesville, where Ms. Heyer worked as a paralegal. He said she stood up against “any type of discrimination. That’s just how she’s always been.”

Mr. Wilson said in an interview on Sunday that he found her at her computer crying many times.

“Heather being Heather has seen something on Facebook or read something in the news and realized someone has been mistreated and gets upset,” he said.

A couple of years ago, she was dating someone who became agitated after learning that Mr. Wilson was black and that they were friends.

“She just didn’t like the way he was judging me as a minority male that’s doing well for myself,” Mr. Wilson said, adding that Ms. Heyer stopped seeing the man after that.

Mr. Wilson hired Ms. Heyer at the recommendation of a friend. She had a high school diploma but did not have a background in law. She was working as a bartender and waitress, but he said she had an eye for detail and was “a people person.”

“If you can get people to open up to you, that’s what I need,” he told her. “I’ll teach you everything about the law you need to know.”

Her only flaw, he said with a laugh was that she liked to sleep late. “I had to change my office work hours just to meet her schedule,” he said.

She worked to improve herself by taking classes and studying.

“If she’s going to do something, she made sure she understood it,” he said. She was so devoted that during her first two years on the job she didn’t take any vacations, he said.

“To have someone like Heather believe in you, that’s one of the best things that could happen to you as a person,” Mr. Wilson said.

She lived alone with her Chihuahua, Violet, who was named after her favorite color.

Ms. Heyer and other paralegals at the firm attended the protest in Charlottesville, where she lived. They were walking together when a car crashed into the crowd.

James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Maumee, Ohio, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and failing to stop at the scene of a crash that resulted in a death, the police said.

Charlottesville, in a statement about Ms. Heyer, said: “This senseless act of violence rips a hole in our collective hearts. While it will never make up for the loss of a member of our community, we will pursue charges against the driver of the vehicle that caused her death and are confident justice will prevail.”

August 13, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Racism, Violent crime. 1 comment.

Here are pictures of the 400-square-foot bathroom that cost New York City taxpayers $2 million

http://nypost.com/2017/07/06/councilman-cant-believe-city-spent-2m-on-this-tiny-park-bathroom/

Councilman can’t believe city spent $2M on this tiny park bathroom

July 6, 2017







A Brooklyn councilman is accusing the city of flushing $2 million down the toilet while building a public restroom at a local park.

Democrat David Greenfield told WCBS-TV on Wednesday that it took him 7½ years to get City Hall to repair the formerly run-down Gravesend Park on 18th Avenue.

But the newly refurbished park became a pyrrhic victory for Greenfield when he learned it cost $2 million to build the new, 400-square-foot bathroom facility.

“I’m frustrated that we are essentially wasting taxpayer money,” Greenfield said. “You can build a complete house in six months for $1 million.”

He pointed blame directly at Mayor Bill de Blasio, explaining, “The buck stops with the administration and at the end of the day, if the administration really made this their priority, they could figure out a way to cut the red tape.”

Republican mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis also piled on the administration, saying the project was plagued by “mismanagement.

“You get a feeling in this administration that taxpayer money grows on trees,” she said.

August 12, 2017. Tags: , , . Government waste. 1 comment.

Hypocrite liberals require audience members to show “racist” photo ID to see “Hamilton”

Liberals are always saying that it’s “racist” whenever Republicans want to require voters to show photo ID.

However, as I show below, there are plenty of examples where liberals themselves require “racist” photo ID.
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August 11, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Politics, Racism. 1 comment.

Did google just unintentionally admit that it discriminates against women?

I would like to hear google’s explanation for why women are underrepresented at the company.

By firing James Damore for saying that women are underrepresented at google due to biological differences between men and women, did google just unintentionally admit that it discriminates against women?

August 9, 2017. Tags: , , , , . Political correctness, Sexism, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

I just added items #1,343 through #1,366 to my list of Obama’s lies and lawbreaking

The complete list can be found at https://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

Here are the new entries:
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August 9, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. 2 comments.

Video: Hypocrites support affirmative action for college admissions but oppose it for basketball team

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWYwYMNnU5c

August 4, 2017. Tags: , , , , , . Political correctness, Racism, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

When measured in kwh per square foot, Al Gore’s Tennessee mansion was rated as an “energy hog,” and used more than four times as many kwh per square foot as homes that were rated as “energy efficient”

http://www.nationalcenter.org/NPA679.html

August 2017

Many Gore defenders point to the large size of his residence as an explanation for his massive energy consumption.

The facts, however, do not bear this argument out.

According to Energy Vanguard, a company devoted to making homes more energy efficient, an “efficient” home uses between 5-10 kWh of electricity per square foot each year. A house that consumes 15 kWh per square foot or more of electricity per year is categorized as “bad” due to its inefficiency and excessive electricity consumption. Homes that expend more than 20 kWh of electricity per square foot each year are labeled “energy hogs,” which is Energy Vanguard’s worst rating.

Gore’s home consumed 22.9 kWh per square foot in the past 12 months, more than quadrupling the electricity consumption of homes that are considered energy efficient, regardless of size. Based on its kWh per square foot measure, the house would easily earn an “energy hog” rating.

Even by apples-to-apples comparison, Gore’s home is extraordinarily energy inefficient and consumes an astonishing amount of electricity.

August 4, 2017. Tags: , , , . Environmentalism. 1 comment.

MGTOW: Court rules in favor of woman who committed paternity fraud, orders non-father to pay $65,000 or go to jail

In Texas, this woman falsely said that this guy was the only man who could possibly be the father of her baby. Afterward, a DNA test proved that she had lied. Nevertheless, a court ordered the non-father to pay $65,000 in child support or go to jail. And the woman who lied in order to commit paternity fraud is not being prosecuted for her fraud.

It’s horrible that this woman lied. But it’s about a trillion times worse that the court sided with this liar and against the non-father. And yet some people wonder why the MGTOW movement exists.

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August 4, 2017. Tags: , , , , , . Sexism. Leave a comment.

Australian town caves in to Islamic terrorism by banning construction of synagogue

http://www.news.com.au/national/nsw-act/news/bondi-synagogue-ban-over-terrorism-risk-leaves-jewish-community-shocked-and-furious/news-story/6ec6252d613583df7797c7cac2b25de4

Bondi synagogue ban over terrorism risk leaves Jewish community shocked and furious

August 3, 2017

A local council has banned the construction of a synagogue in Bondi because it could be a terrorist target, in a shock move that religious leaders say has caved in to Islamic extremism and created a dangerous precedent.

The decision, which has rocked the longstanding Jewish community in the iconic suburb, was upheld in court this week as the nation reeled from the alleged airline terror threat and debate raged over increased security measures at airports and other public places.

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August 4, 2017. Tags: , , , , . Islamic terrorism, Islamization, Religion. Leave a comment.

A woman who was raised by Nigerian immigrants explains why so many American blacks live in poverty

This is the best commentary on black poverty that I have heard or read in my life.

The speaker in this video is a child of Nigerian immigrants.

She spends the entire seven minutes saying one politically incorrect thing after another.

Her basic point is that black poverty is caused by bad behavior, not by racism.

And she cites numerous statistics to back this up.

For example, she points out that Nigerian-Americans have higher average incomes than whites, and she attributes this to their behavior, including strong commitments to marriage, education, and obeying the law.

She says that if Black Lives Matter truly cared about black people, it would tell them to stop having babies out of wedlock.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ru4SVUlNfMY

August 3, 2017. Tags: , , , . Black lives matter, Economics, Politics, Racism. 1 comment.

Here are seven questions that I asked wikipedia moderators right before I got permanently banned. They never answered any of my questions.

The following is one of wikipedia’s most important rules:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Neutral_point_of_view

Wikipedia:Neutral point of view

All encyclopedic content on Wikipedia must be written from a neutral point of view (NPOV), which means representing fairly, proportionately, and, as far as possible, without editorial bias, all of the significant views that have been published by reliable sources on a topic.

NPOV is a fundamental principle of Wikipedia and of other Wikimedia projects. It is also one of Wikipedia’s three core content policies; the other two are “Verifiability” and “No original research”. These policies jointly determine the type and quality of material that is acceptable in Wikipedia articles, and, because they work in harmony, they should not be interpreted in isolation from one another. Editors are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with all three.

This policy is non-negotiable, and the principles upon which it is based cannot be superseded by other policies or guidelines, nor by editor consensus.

I myself was permanently banned from wikipedia because I followed this rule.
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August 2, 2017. Tags: , , , , . Barack Obama, Media bias, Wikipedia. 3 comments.

Amazon took down my Obama book and did not tell me why (Update: the book is now available)

Amazon took down my Obama book and did not tell me why.

Before the book was removed, I had added some search terms that were the titles and authors of other political books, because I thought people who searched for those other political books might like to read my book. Afterward, I received en email saying that these new search terms had been approved, and that my book was available.

However, quite a few days later, I received another email email saying that those new search terms were in violation of their policy, and that if I did not remove them within 72 hours, the book would be taken down. I immediately removed those search terms. And they even sent me another email saying that my changes had been approved, and that the book was available. But then a few days later, they took the book down anyway.

When they took the book down, they never explained why. I have since contacted them requesting an explanation, but the person who wrote back said they are sending my question to someone else who is better equipped to answer. I am still awaiting their reply.

Here is the dead link:

amazon.com/dp/B01E4U36NE

And here is the internet archive of the same link:

https://web.archive.org/web/20170212170528/https://www.amazon.com/examples-lawbreaking-corruption-cronyism-hypocrisy-ebook/dp/B01E4U36NE

Update: amazon sent me an email which said my book will be available within 24 hours. However, they have still not explained why they took it down in the first place.

Update: the book is now available. But they still haven’t told me why they removed it.

August 2, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Books, Media bias, Politics. 6 comments.

Study: E-cigarettes might help smokers quit

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/blowing-smoke-cigarettes-smokers-quit-48872459

Blowing smoke? E-cigarettes might help smokers quit

July 26, 2017

People who used e-cigarettes were more likely to kick the habit than those who didn’t, a new study found.

Nicotine patches, gums and medications are known to aid smoking cessation, but there’s no consensus on whether vaping devices can help anti-smoking efforts. The U.S. research is the largest look yet at electronic cigarette users and it found e-cigarettes played a role in helping people quit.

“It’s absolutely clear that e-cigarettes help smokers replace cigarettes,” said Peter Hajek, director of the health and lifestyle research unit at Queen Mary University in London, who wasn’t part of the study.

Smoking rates have been generally declining for decades. Health experts have credited taxes on tobacco products and anti-smoking ads for the drop.

E-cigarettes have been sold in the U.S. since 2007. Most devices heat a liquid nicotine solution into vapor and were promoted to smokers as a less dangerous alternative since they don’t contain all the chemicals, tar or odor of regular cigarettes.

Researchers analyzed and compared data collected by the U.S. Census from 2001 to 2015, including the number of adult e-cigarette users from the most recent survey.

About two-thirds of e-cigarette users tried to quit smoking compared to 40 percent of non-users, the study found. E-cigarette users were more likely to succeed in quitting for at least three months than non-users — 8 percent versus 5 percent.

The research was published online Wednesday in the journal, BMJ. It was funded by the National Institutes of Health.

The rate of people quitting smoking in the U.S. has remained steady at about 4.5 percent for years. It jumped to 5.6 percent in 2014-2015, representing about 350,000 fewer smokers. It was the first recorded rise in the smoking cessation rate in 15 years.

While national anti-smoking campaigns likely helped, the results show e-cigarette use also played an important role, said lead author Shu-Hong Zhu of the University of California, San Diego.

Hajek, who wasn’t part of the research, said vaping devices shouldn’t be strictly regulated, but instead be allowed to compete directly with cigarettes. “That way, smokers can get what they want without killing themselves,” he said.

Earlier this month, a House panel renewed its efforts to prevent the Food and Drug Administration from requiring retroactive safety reviews of e-cigarettes already on the market.

Others warned that the long-term side effects of e-cigarettes are unknown.

“We just don’t know if moving to e-cigarettes is good enough to reduce the harm,” said Aruni Bhatnagar, director of the American Heart Association’s Tobacco Research and Addiction Center.

Chris Bullen, who authored an accompanying editorial , said although the long-term safety of e-cigarettes is unclear, any ill effects are “likely to be rare compared with the harms of continuing to smoke.”

The latest results strongly suggest that more lenient control of e-cigarettes could improve population health, said Bullen, a professor of public health at the University of Auckland.

“If every smoker was to change over to e-cigarettes completely, there would be a dramatic and almost immediate public health benefit,” he said in an email.

July 26, 2017. Tags: , , , . Health care, Smoking. 1 comment.

Yet another update on the House Democrats who knowingly allowed Muslim spies to commit crimes because the Democrats did not want to be accused of “Islamophobia”

First, some background information.
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July 26, 2017. Tags: , , , . Politics. 1 comment.

Video shows Justine Damond rescuing eight baby ducks from storm drain three weeks before she was killed

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPKxIR1xZHk

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/19/justine-damond-video-shows-australian-rescuing-ducklings-near-minneapolis-home

Justine Damond: video shows Australian rescuing ducklings near Minneapolis home

Weeks before she was shot dead by Minneapolis police the Australian, also known as Justine Ruszczyk, was filmed reuniting a family of stranded ducks

July 19, 2017

When reporters asked friends and family for stories about Justine Damond, many of them asked: “Have you heard about the ducks?”

Three weeks before she was shot dead by police Damond, a 40-year-old Australian who had changed her surname from Ruszczyk in anticipation of her wedding, climbed into a storm drain and rescued a group of ducklings near her home in Minneapolis by gathering them in the folds of her skirt. The way her friends tell it, this incident was special but not atypical.

By chance, the rescue happened at a corner in the Linden Hills neighbourhood, outside the home of photojournalist Angela Jimenez, who filmed it. After Damond died Jimenez sought and received permission from Damond’s family to release the footage and this has been shared by the Guardian.

Damond, originally from Sydney, was on her way to teach a meditation class at the Lake Harriet Spiritual Centre when she saw the trapped ducklings. Jimenez remembers that two teenage boys had spotted the ducks first, but that Damond was the first to jump in the sewer, less than two minutes after she arrived.

On the video she is shown gathering the ducklings and persuading the mother of the ducklings to walk over the road for a family reunion. She can be heard telling neighbours: “She might just need to chill a bit … I’m going to let you guys be the duck rescuers, are you guys OK with them?”

And then she heads off to work, with the family of ducks reunited.

“That was beautiful,” says a neighbour.

“Guess what, I just rescued eight ducklings,” Damond later texted the centre’s administrator, Nancy Coune. “The mother duke was distraught and I climbed and pulled them all in my skirt … There was this moment when I think they realised I was there to help and they just started jumping to my lap, I was in bliss!”

On 15 July Damond called police, fearing that a sexual assault was taking place in an alley near her home. Police said the partner of the officer who reportedly killed Damond, Mohamed Noor, was startled by a “loud sound”. Damond died in her pyjamas. A mobile phone was found nearby.

After her death Coune said: “We’ve come together. We’re teetering back and forth between tragic heartsick to outrage, to trying to understand it, to really knowing that there is a greater purpose and that at some point we will come to terms with this … people are struggling here.”

Damond’s partner Don Damond said: “Our hearts are broken and we are utterly devastated by the loss of Justine. It is difficult to fathom how to go forward without her in my life.”

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