Category Archives: General

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Just left a Unite Atlanta meeting. Listen, if someone asks you to sign a petition so that they can get on the ballot just sign it. That doesn’t commit you to voting for them and it gives us more diverse voices in the campaign.

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More Local News Making the National Spotlight

And speaking of news stories that should be of only local interest, remember that school superintendent that was arrested for pooping repeatedly on the track of one of his high schools? Well, he’s fired his lawyer and got one to actually defend him and set the record straight.

Not everything you’ve heard about Thomas Tramaglini – the Kenilworth superintendent of schools accused of pooping on a high school track and field near his home – has been fair or true, according to his new attorney.

Source: Accused mystery pooper’s lawyer: N.J. superintendent will debunk ‘falsehoods’ | NJ.com

Either he repeatedly pooped on the track or he didn’t. I’m not sure what else there could be that I’d heard. The only defense I can think of for him, and it would be a poor one, is that he had some form of chronic diarrhea but that doesn’t excuse him from just leaving the steaming pile there.

I’m anxious to see where his attorney is going with his vigorous defense.

Well, it is a School Shooting afterall.

The top story in my Google newsfeed  is that a fifteen year old boy was wounded in the arm by a fourteen year boy with a rifle at a Palmdale, California high school.

A 14-year-old former student is in custody after allegedly shooting a current student in the arm with a rifle at Highland High School in Palmdale Friday morning.

Source: 14-Year-Old in Custody After Shooting Student in Arm With Rifle at Highland High in Palmdale: LASD | KTLA

I feel for the wounded child and the students and parents of that school. They must have been terrified when they got the news of a shooting. Still, it’s local news. Why do I need to hear about it?

My guess is because its a school shooting. Even though the injury was very minor it happened at a school and it involved a rifle.

In the mean time what does make local news and isn’t caught up in the national newsfeeds is that:

Two boys, 13 and 17, were shot Thursday night in Uptown on the North Side, among seven people hit by gunfire in Chicago over 12 hours, according to police.

Source: Two boys in Uptown among 7 hit by gunfire in Chicago over 12 hours – Chicago Tribune

Why didn’t this make national news? I guess it’s because it’s Chicago and none of the shootings happened at a school.

Amazon sheds $53 billion in market value after report on Trump threat

A loss of $53 billion? It’ll probably bounce back by morning. But he’s saying he’s worried about who?

Trump talked about changing Amazon’s tax treatment because he is worried about mom-and-pop retailers being put out of business, the Axios website reported.

Source: Amazon sheds $53 billion in market value after report on Trump threat

I see Amazon as more of a savior of the mom and pop shops than a threat to them. Amazon market place is chock full of mom and pop businesses that couldn’t otherwise compete with the big box stores operated by national and regional retail giants.

There’s never been a safer time to be a kid in America

When I was a kid my mom didn’t watch me that close when I was in the neighborhood playing. In fact, when I was two miles away from home playing in a thicket of woods I wasn’t under any adult supervision. As long as I checked in at lunch and at supper and was in for the night by sundown I was left to play.

My kids didn’t have quite that much freedom but almost. My grandkids are rarely unsupervised at all. It’s kind of a shame too because it’s never been safer to be a kid in America than today.

So where does that leave us in the debate over “free-range” children? Kids are dying less. They’re being killed less. They’re getting hit by cars less. And they’re going missing less frequently, too. The likelihood of any of these scenarios is both historically low and infinitesimally small.

Source: There’s never been a safer time to be a kid in America – The Washington Post

The article is three years old but the numbers haven’t changed that much. We think things are much more dangerous but that’s due to hearing about every child in danger across all fifty states fifteen minutes after it hits the news.

 

 

US Falls Behind Other Wealthy Countries in Infant Mortality Rates. Really?

So Common Dreams is reporting on the dismal failure of the U.S. health care system in preventing the death of infants.

A report by the United Nations’ children’s rights agency found that the United States’ infant mortality rate is below average for high-income countries, and is only slightly lower than that of less economically-stable countries including Ukraine and Sri Lanka.

Source: US Falls Behind Other Wealthy Countries in Infant Mortality Rates

How dismal is this failure, though? Howard Herrell, MD, FACOG, has a pretty good breakdown of how infant deaths are categorized and he explains it like this:

Most developed countries don’t count very low birth weight babies against their Neonatal or Infant Mortality rates (considering them miscarriages instead). For example, Germany, Austria, and Canada ignore infants born weighing less than 500 grams, but we do not in the US. Mortality in this group of small babies approaches 90%. Switzerland some other European countries don’t count births of babies under 30 cm (or about 12 inches) in the Neonatal Mortality category; these types of inconsistencies, poor data collection, and under-reporting abound all over the world and conspire to make even Russia look like it has better Infant Mortality than the United States. Walker Ray summarizes some of these points in this piece.

Source: Child Mortality

Maybe we actually should be doing better than those other countries even with the type of bias and cheating explained by Dr. Herrell but the point is that the numbers being used aren’t accurate or we aren’t comparing apples and oranges.