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  • Trump’s Ignorance, Ties To Salman Troubling Last month, I was so burned out following the Trump train wreck that I unsubscribed from a few media sites in order to give myself a break. I put on hold the next book I wanted to read and kept the news at arm’s-length. I just wanted some time to rest. But I found myself trying ...
  • 7 Reasons Your Pee Smells Weird For SELF, by Amy Marturana. Your pee can tell you a lot about your health. While its color is a pretty good indicator of your hydration levels, dietary habits, and potentially, undiagnosed medical conditions, its smell can also clue you in to what’s going on inside your body. “Normal urine, if you’re fairly hydrated, generally has a ...
  • 6 Reasons To Spend More Time Naked Early on in my marriage, my husband and I used to joke about having “naked” days at home. We were young back then, so don’t judge us too much! Nakedness was still a novelty. We would joke about spending whole days in our birthday suits, making pancakes, lounging about, and doing what married couples do. Looking ...
  • In The Public Interest Gets It All Wrong On Private Water In Pittsburgh And Flint Once again, instead of engaging in a constructive conversation about America’s water infrastructure challenges, we find ourselves having to correct rampant misinformation being spread by those opposed to America’s private sector solutions. In the Public Interest’s Executive Director Donald Cohen recently made some very distorted claims about the Pittsburgh water utility and the city’s consulting arrangement ...
  • A Convicted CIA Leaker Talks WikiLeaks (And Trump, Of Course) By Emma Grey Ellis for WIRED. John Kiriakou knows a lot about leaking classified information. He went to prison for it. A former CIA agent who said too much about the Bush-era torture program, he’s also the first CIA leaker to go to jail for his trouble. Kiriakou served just under two years in federal prison, ...
  • News Roundup for March 15, 2017 This news isn’t fake. 1. Rachel Maddow of MSNBC proved nothing except that President Trump paid $38 million in taxes in 2005. He saved millions by reporting over $100m in losses. This tax report from twelve years ago has done nothing to quell fears that Trump may be compromised. More here. 2. Migrant deaths in the Mediterranean ...
  • NRA Spin Only Confirms That Gun Makers Are In Trouble Now that America’s greatest all-time gun salesman has departed from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, leave it to the NRA to try and pretend that #45 is filling his shoes. Because after ponying up $30 million for Trump television campaign ads, the last thing the boys in Fairfax will admit is that the result of spending all ...
  • Cooking Off the Cuff: The Best Way To Make Rösti Potatoes (Works For Pommes Anna Too) For reasons that no longer apply, Jackie and I used to visit Geneva at least once a year. My most vivid food memories of the place revolve around the way a lot of less-formal restaurants there serve french fries: Just when you’re finishing your portion, they bring you more, fresh out of the fryer. Like ...
  • Cooking Off the Cuff: First, Boil Your Pork Fifteen years ago, I wrote a story about poached beef tenderloin. Oddly, a story on the same subject by Mark Bittman appeared on the same day in a different newspaper. I promise there had been no collusion; I checked our e-mail conversations at the time, and nothing on the subject had arisen. It was coincidence, ...
  • Batman Broke The Internet. And Told The World It’s OK To Face Addiction Out Loud. There aren’t many people I would call a hero. Some of the bravest people I know are in recovery—not wearing a cape and fighting crime. But last night Ben Affleck got hero status in my book. The actor, who’s recently reprised his role as Batman, announced that he’d completed treatment for alcohol addiction. His statement, which ...
  • The Bus That Did Not Stop for Us: A Mother’s Take On The Headscarf Court Ruling At 5 p.m. on a normal weekday, we were already past the rush hour of schools’ dismissal time when my 10-year-old daughter and I stood alone at the bus stop. I had just picked her up from an after-school activity as we waited for the bus in our quiet Toronto neighborhood, bundled up in full ...
  • This Is Us Is For All Of Us When thirtysomething was on TV in 1987, I was 13 years old and called it one of my favorite shows. Maybe a bit age inappropriate; perhaps I should have stuck with the more candy-coated Love Boat, for its false fairytale, “wrap it up with a bow” endings or Dynasty for its hyper unrealistic familial depictions. ...
  • GOP Health Bill Draws Opposition, Lifts Concerns About Health Care The Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act has done more than generate a negative reaction. It has also boosted worries about health care to the point where it may soon rival jobs and the economy as the issue Americans select as most important. The bill that would effectively repeal the health insurance law also ...
  • Russia Hired Edelman In 2016 To Help Deal With Yukos Fallout by Ashley Balcerzak A former national security adviser was paid more than $500,000 last fall by a group linked with the Turkish government to discredit exiled preacher Fethullah Gülen, an enemy of the Turkish president. An Egyptian intelligence agency hired public relations firms Weber Shandwick and Cassidy & Associates to improve its image. Iraq sent letters ...
  • Reality Check: What Vouchers Can — And Can’t — Do Betsy DeVos’ most fervent supporters and opponents agree on one thing: that she would like to divert federal funds from existing public schools and cause a mass migration into private schools. But simple arithmetic tells us that these expectations about what she can accomplish—or destroy, depending on your point of view—are wildly inflated. The federal government ...
  • Where Free Speech Ends, Ignorance Begins At the risk of sounding like a geezer complaining about “these kids today,” back in my college days, when it came to points of view we were unhesitatingly exposed to literature, teachers and on-campus speakers covering the ideological waterfront. In one instance, the student body was addressed by civil rights activist and comedian Dick Gregory, radical ...
  • When You’re Working From Mar A Lago And Your Kids Can’t Wait… function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video;a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); By now we’re sure you’ve all seen the BBC Dad video. This is something we’re not exactly proud of, but we felt it necessary to jump on the bandwagon for this one. It may seem like we’ve hit rock bottom here at Outspeak but fear not, there is still ...
  • By 2018, Enough Americans Will Lose Health Insurance To Fill Michigan Stadium 130 Times Think 130 times more people than shown in this photo of the stadium at the University of Michigan. Think 14 times more people than than this photo of a march in Washington D.C. shows: Yesterday, the highly respected Congressional Budget Office (CBO) did what it does: It announced some numbers. The anxiously-awaited CBO report, American Health Care Act, ...
  • Rolling Back The Clean Power Plan Is A Losing Proposition For America Why put the brakes on a good thing? Over the last decade, America’s economy has grown rapidly, while its emissions have dropped . The shift is good for people’s health, business and national security. Yet, the Trump administration is now expected to release an executive order that would direct the EPA to roll back key protections ...
  • President Trump: Beware Of Saudi Snake Oil That Fuels Terror Dear President Trump, This week you are scheduled to meet with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.  As a 9/11 widow who has fought for more than 15 years for truth, justice, accountability, and transparency with regard to the murder of my husband, Ron, I have a considerable interest in your upcoming meeting with the Deputy ...