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New York attorney general sues to dissolve Trump Foundation | TheHill

New York attorney general sues to dissolve Trump Foundation | TheHill

The complaint also notes a political contribution made by the foundation that the charity did not report. Trump Organization staffers said the failure to report the donation was an error, according to the document.

“As our investigation reveals, the Trump Foundation was little more than a checkbook for payments from Mr. Trump or his businesses to nonprofits, regardless of their purpose or legality,” Underwood said in a statement.

“This is not how private foundations should function and my office intends to hold the Foundation and its directors accountable for its misuse of charitable assets.”

via New York attorney general sues to dissolve Trump Foundation | TheHill

Sign the petition to Homeland Security: Stop targeting naturalized citizens.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is launching a major effort to find immigrants they believe cheated during their naturalization process and strip them of U.S. citizenship.

Going after immigrants’ naturalized citizenship is not a typical process in the United States. It’s so rare, in fact, that most U.S. efforts to investigate naturalized citizens have focused on war criminals, like Nazis.

This is just one of many examples of the Trump administration’s hostility towards immigrants—and with noted anti-immigrant USCIS director Lee Francis Cissna at the helm, it’s impossible to believe any claims that this new directive is in good faith.

via Sign the petition to Homeland Security: Stop targeting naturalized citizens.

It would be one thing if they went after Nazi war criminals, but it is quite another to after minorities from foreign countries where the skin color is other than white, just to try and figure out a way to kick them out due to their skin color or religion.

Gardasil: The Decision We Will Always Regret – 7 Years Later – Finding A Long and Never-ending Path to Healing

When my husband and I look back at our lives before Gardasil, it seems dreamlike.

We were living our American Dream.  We were married, had good jobs, bought a home to raise our two healthy kids in and were leading a vibrant family life.

That was until September 2, 2010, when we took our daughter to the Pediatrician and consented to the administration of a vaccine we knew nothing about.

Everything changed that day and the damage from one jab of Gardasil almost cost us every part of our American Dream including the life of our precious daughter.

The funny thing is that I am a paralegal.  I research EVERYTHING before making a purchase or before making important choices especially decisions that affect my children.

In hindsight, we can’t imagine why, but we never thought about researching a vaccine.  All we knew about vaccines was what we now recognize as well derived marketing slogans such as “vaccines are safe and effective” or “vaccines save lives.”

Every day, we wish we would have heard just one warning so that we could have saved our precious daughter from years of suffering and quite possibly a lifetime of health issues.

via VaccineImpact Gardasil: The Decision We Will Always Regret – 7 Years Later – Finding A Long and Never-ending Path to Healing

How the Corporate Media Enslave Us to a World of Illusions

How the Corporate Media Enslave Us to a World of Illusions

It is easy for me to identify my own process of awakening. It began with the dislocation of moving to Nazareth and being immersed in someone else’s narrative – that of the Palestinians. Then, I faced for the first time in my career as a journalist an impenetrable wall of opposition, even from my own former newspaper, the Guardian, as I tried to explain that counter-narrative. In fact, I found that the Palestinian narrative was invariably misrepresented as anti-semitism. These were dark years of disillusionment and the loss of a professional and ideological compass.

“The reason the Great Western Narrative persists is because it is useful – to those in power.”
It is in such a moment of bereavement – deprived of the consolation of the Great Western Narrative – that one searches for a door to enlightenment. It can be a long journey to find it. My door appeared while reading about the Propaganda Model of Ed Herman and Noam Chomsky in their book “Manufacturing Consent,” as well as stumbling across a website called Media Lens. They helped me understand that the narrative problem was not restricted to Israel-Palestine, but was a much more general one.

In fact, the Great Western Narrative has been developed and refined over centuries to preserve a tiny elite’s privileges and expand its power. The role of journalists like me was to keep feeding these illusions to readers so they would remain fearful, passive and deferential to this elite. It is not that journalists lie – or at least, not most of them – it is that they are as deeply wedded to the Great Western Narrative as everyone else

via Common Dreams How the Corporate Media Enslave Us to a World of Illusions

Embrace Your Light

Embrace Your Light | The Creator Writings

Dearest One, you have crossed a line from which there is no return.  The changes you have made, the growth you have experienced and the things you have seen make it impossible.  Now is the time to stand up and be counted as one of the many who are on the forward path.  Yes, it may be frightening…”will they look at me like I have three heads?” (Smiling)  Do not worry my love, those that resonate with you will come forward, shining their light!  And, as your light joins with theirs, it will awaken the ‘sleepers’ around you.  Yes, the time is here.  Embrace it! ~ Creator

via Embrace Your Light | The Creator Writings

Ohio’s Junk Mail Trick Led The Supreme Court To Approve Jim Crow Vote Purge – Greg Palast | Investigative Reporter

The instant-news media, working from press releases, not the Supreme Court’s decision itself, said that Husted, Ohio Secretary of State v. A. Philip Randolph Institute was about whether Ohio has the right to remove voters who failed to cast ballots in two federal election cycles.

Nope.

Even the Court’s right-wing majority concedes that federal law strictly forbids removing voters because they skipped some elections. The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 states that a voter purge program “shall not result in the removal of the name of any person … by reason of the person’s failure to vote.”

via

Ohio’s Junk Mail Trick Led The Supreme Court To Approve Jim Crow Vote Purge

Greg Palast | Investigative Reporter

Sessions says the Bible justifies separating immigrant families. The verses he cited are infamous. – The Washington Post

Sessions says the Bible justifies separating immigrant families. The verses he cited are infamous. – The Washington Post

The passage –“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” — has been read as an unequivocal order for Christians to obey state authority, a reading that not only justified southern slavery but authoritarian rule in Nazi Germany and South African apartheid.

But because the interpretation runs counter to so much of the Christian message, and drills right into the borderlands between church and state, the passage has also been incredibly controversial. In 1744, clergyman Elisha Williams remarked that the text was “often wrecked and tortured by such wits as were disposed to serve the designs of arbitrary power.” Sessions’s comments yesterday kicked up a similarly intense response.

via Sessions says the Bible justifies separating immigrant families. The verses he cited are infamous. – The Washington Post

Breastfeeding Mother Says Officials Took Her Baby At Immigrant Detention Center | HuffPost

Breastfeeding Mother Says Officials Took Her Baby At Immigrant Detention Center | HuffPost

An undocumented immigrant from Honduras recounted a story of federal agents separating her from her baby as she was breastfeeding, CNN reported Wednesday.

The unnamed woman said she was in an immigrant detention center awaiting prosecution for illegally entering the country when federal authorities took her daughter from her while she was trying to feed her. Attorney Natalia Cornelio, with the Texas Civil Rights Project, told CNN that in her interview with the migrant mother, the woman said she was handcuffed for resisting the separation.

via Breastfeeding Mother Says Officials Took Her Baby At Immigrant Detention Center | HuffPost

Shifting, Integrating And Success On Enlightenment Journey

Trinity Esoterics | Daily Message ~ Wednesday June 13, 2018

It can seem daunting when you are experiencing energetic shift after energetic shift. We wish for you to understand that it is a great indicator of your success on your enlightenment journey.

You are now able to navigate rapidly shifting energies better than ever before. There are several reasons for this. You have gained skill both in the areas of release and of integration. You are accepting of the fact that good self care is required and are learning to listen to your body and allow it to take the lead. Your trust is much better developed in the process which is allowing you to stay in a space of acceptance which makes shifting with far greater grace, ease, and comfort possible.

The activation of your lightbody and the embodiment of more and more of your highest self is a complex process that is intricate and intelligent. Your body and your soul know exactly what they are doing. If you are feeling overwhelmed energetically, ask for assistance. We are here to help! Also understand that there may be times where you need to isolate yourself temporarily to allow your energetic processes to occur. These times will not last one second longer than necessary and will lead you to deeper connection in the long run.

It can be very beneficial to begin a shift journal where you track your own unique symptoms and how they correlate with astrological elements, solar activity, or other energetic events. Making notes on how your body responds and what brings your comfort and relief will be very helpful to look back on, especially since when you are in the throes of energetic adjustment you enter into a shifted space which can make it difficult to remember what worked later on.

You will be able to, with your awareness, tell exactly what is happening energetically simply by listening to your body. You will get to the point where you will be so adept at knowing what is going on based on how your body is responding that you will no longer need to rely on external sources to tell you what is occurring energetically.

It is yet another way you are moving into being a willing dance partner with the universe and embracing your own mastery and connection with the whole. The more you are able to understand your own unique responses to energies, the more you will also start to see the energetic effect you have on others and different environments, as well, because you will have developed a deeper sense of knowingness and awareness within yourself and for the ever evolving energy you hold.

So again we say do not feel daunted by the waves of energies you are experiencing right now, but rather embrace them as proof positive of the work you have done, and how ready you are for even more embodiment of divine energy as an enlightening human being of divine service on the planet. ~Archangel Gabriel through Shelley Young

via Trinity Esoterics | Daily Message ~ Wednesday June 13, 2018

Tell Congress: Push Back on Trump’s Cruel Deportations & Family Separations – Action Network

Tell Congress: Push Back on Trump’s Cruel Deportations & Family Separations – Action Network

Right now, the government is spending $18 billion dollars each year, just on immigration enforcement. It’s more than all other federal law enforcement agencies’ budgets, combined. That wasteful spending isn’t just destroying families. It hurts our communities, divides families,removes hard-working people who contribute to our neighborhoods and our civic life, and ultimately undermines our democracy.

Stopping deportations is sensible and humane. It resolves a crisis thousands are facing instead of prolonging it. And the practice of separating families at the border is cruel and inhumane and needs to stop immediately.

The Trump Administration has directed Homeland Security to send “100 percent of illegal southwest border crossings” to the Justice Department to be prosecuted. When undocumented parents are criminally prosecuted, their children are automatically declared unaccompanied minors, detained and transferred into government custody—despite the fact that they have loving parents who desperately want to stay with them, parents who brought them to the United States in search of a better and safer life.

via Tell Congress: Push Back on Trump’s Cruel Deportations & Family Separations – Action Network

Trump Jr. tells Fox & Friends his dad is running a ‘cult’ — and he couldn’t be more proud

Trump Jr. tells Fox & Friends his dad is running a ‘cult’ — and he couldn’t be more proud

Donald Trump Jr. on Thursday responded to Sen. Bob Corker’s (R-TN) criticism of the Republican Party under President Donald Trump by admitting that the GOP has become a cult.

After the “Fox & Friends” hosts showed Trump Jr. footage of Corker’s criticism of the GOP, Trump Jr. initially called it “ridiculous” — but then he admitted the senator had a point.

“If it’s a cult, it’s because they like what my father’s doing,” he told the show. “You see real Americans actually winning for a change, conservatives actually getting things done.”

via Rawstory Trump Jr. tells Fox & Friends his dad is running a ‘cult’ — and he couldn’t be more proud

Republicans embrace the ‘cult’ of Trump, ignoring warning signs – The Washington Post

Republicans embrace the ‘cult’ of Trump, ignoring warning signs – The Washington Post

Fiercely and undeniably, the Republican Party this week confirmed its rebranding as the party of Trump.

Buoyed by a late Tuesday presidential tweet, voters in South Carolina cast out Rep. Mark Sanford, a firmly conservative member of Congress who had survived earlier scandal, in favor of a state legislator who had condemned Sanford for publicly criticizing the president. In Virginia, Republicans nominated for senator a Trump-like candidate with a history of embracing, as the president has, Confederate symbols and white nationalists.

via Republicans embrace the ‘cult’ of Trump, ignoring warning signs – The Washington Post

ICE Keeps Legal Asylum Seeker Refugee Children In Prison Animal Cages That Even Chickens Are Not Legally Allowed In, As Evangelicals, Republican Party, And Trump Promote MAGA, ‘Family Values’ Via Racism, Hatred, Fear | A Green Road Journal

ICE Keeps Legal Asylum Seeker Refugee Children In Prison Animal Cages That Even Chickens Are Not Legally Allowed In, As Evangelicals, Republican Party, And Trump Promote MAGA, ‘Family Values’ Via Racism, Hatred, Fear | A Green Road Journal

Republicans claim to be the political party that best represents ‘family values’. But when children seeking asylum along with parents are immediately separated from their family and then put in cages that are not even legal to house chickens in, what kind of family values are those?

via ICE Keeps Legal Asylum Seeker Refugee Children In Prison Animal Cages That Even Chickens Are Not Legally Allowed In, As Evangelicals, Republican Party, And Trump Promote MAGA, ‘Family Values’ Via Racism, Hatred, Fear | A Green Road Journal

Centrum – The World’s Most Popular Multivitamin Is “Useless”, Contains Toxic Chemicals And Artificial Colors

Centrum – The World’s Most Popular Multivitamin Is “Useless”, Contains Toxic Chemicals And Artificial Colors

Ferrous Fumarate – This iron supplement often causes constipation which causes an overgrowth of harmful flora. As a result, you may experience gastrointestinal issues, a compromised immune system, and problems with nutrient absorption. This is an obviously bad choice for a multivitamin. (5)

DL-Alpha Tocopherol – This is a synthetic form a vitamin E supplement. Researchers at Oregon State University found that the body excretes this artificial form three times as faster than the natural. Meaning, the benefit is decreased threefold. (6)

Nickelous Sulfate and Tin – This would be great if you had a nickel or tin deficiency. Except no one has this problem. Even so, when minerals are bound to a sulfate, this decrease their absorption ability.

Talc – This is a mineral made up of mostly magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. However, talc can contain asbestos, a substance known to cause cancers. (7)

2. Fillers and Binders

Pregelatinized Corn Starch – This is purely a binder with no benefits. It is likely to be made from genetically modified corn which creates a number of adverse reactions, especially for those who are sensitive to it.

BHT – Butylated hydroxyanisole is a preservative that science has found to be toxic to the liver, thyroid, lungs, kidneys, and can affect blood coagulation. It can also promote tumors.

via whydontyoutrythis Centrum – The World’s Most Popular Multivitamin Is “Useless”, Contains Toxic Chemicals And Artificial Colors

It is also known widely in the natural health world that artificial colors found in ingested products or foods cause behavior problems, such as ADD or ADHD.

Want your child to become aggressive, and out of control? Feed them products containing artificial colors and flavors.

Also, studies have shown that ARTIFICIAL man made vitamins such as Vitamin D actually cause harm, while the NATURAL plant based vitamins increase health, immune strength and more.

Big Pharma only makes money from artificial man made stuff, which causes harm. They demonize and try to make illegal anything natural that actually does some good.

Scientists shocked by mysterious deaths of ancient trees – BBC News

Scientists shocked by mysterious deaths of ancient trees – BBC News

Unexpectedly, they found that eight of the 13 oldest and five of the six largest baobabs had either completely died or had their oldest parts collapse.

Baobab trees have many stems and trunks, often of different ages. In some cases all the stems died suddenly.

“We suspect this is associated with increased temperature and drought,” Dr Patrut told BBC News. “It’s shocking and very sad to see them dying.”

The trees that have died or are dying are found in Zimbabwe, Namibia, South Africa, Botswana and Zambia. They are all between 1,000 and more than 2,500 years old.

via Scientists shocked by mysterious deaths of ancient trees – BBC News

Youngsters “Disabled for Life” by Israel’s Shoot-to-Cripple Policy in Gaza « Aletho News

Youngsters “Disabled for Life” by Israel’s Shoot-to-Cripple Policy in Gaza

Writing in the BMJ (British Medical Journal) the Head of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Gaza, Dr Nafiz Abu-Shaban, reports that the death and injury toll by sniper fire, as at 18 May, was 117 dead, including 13 children, and 12,271 injured, of whom 6,760 had been hospitalised, including 3,598 with bullet wounds. The numbers will be considerably higher by now.

Worse still, according to Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) who operate in Gaza, the Israelis have been using ammunition that causes fist-sized wounds of “unusual severity”.

In a press release dated 19 April MSF surgeons in Gaza report “devastating gunshot wounds among hundreds of people injured during the protests over recent weeks. The huge majority of patients – mainly young men, but also some women and children – have unusually severe wounds to the lower extremities. MSF medical teams note the injuries include an extreme level of destruction to bones and soft tissue, and large exit wounds that can be the size of a fist.

“Half of the more than 500 patients we have admitted in our clinics have injuries where the bullet has literally destroyed tissue after having pulverized the bone,” said Marie-Elisabeth Ingres, Head of Mission of MSF in Palestine. “These patients will need to have very complex surgical operations and most of them will have disabilities for life.”

She is reported saying that she hadn’t seen these kind of injuries before. The wounds appeared to be caused by ammunition with an expanding ‘butterfly’ effect.

via Youngsters “Disabled for Life” by Israel’s Shoot-to-Cripple Policy in Gaza « Aletho News

It is a war crime to shoot unarmed civilians, period.

It is a war crime to use hollow point bullets on humans, period.

If any other nation did what Israel is doing to these civilians there would be Hell to pay, but somehow Israel gets away with all of this and worse.

 

Cannabis Extract Fights ‘Incurable Form’ of Leukemia | GreenMedInfo

Cannabis Extract Fights ‘Incurable Form’ of Leukemia | GreenMedInfo

A remarkable case report documents a 14-year old girl who, after 34-months of chemo, radiation and bone marrow transplant treatments, was given up for dead. Her family discovered research on cannabis extract, and before she died of a secondary complication of her original treatment, used it successfully to put her leukemia into remission

There are plenty of anecdotal reports of the successful use of cannabis in treating cancer, but few cases occur under conventional medical supervision, and virtually none make it into a peer-reviewed biomedical journal as a case report.

Remarkably, however, just such a case was reported in Case Reports in Oncology last year, and involved a 14-year girl diagnosed with a form of cancer of the white blood cells known as acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

via Cannabis Extract Fights ‘Incurable Form’ of Leukemia | GreenMedInfo

No Resistance

Trinity Esoterics | Daily Message ~ Tuesday June 12, 2018

Dear Ones, just as you must exercise faith and trust during an energetic lull, you must also use your faith and trust during a period of acceleration in order to fully ride the wave of forward movement. This is all part of willingly moving with the ebbs and flows of the universe. If you surrender into each phase you will be harnessing the immense gifts that are inherently part of both.

So let the universe serve you behind the scenes and also allow yourself to have the full experience of tangible accelerated movement, knowing you are completely guided and supported as you do. The more you can trust the process whatever phase you find yourself in, the more you will find the joy and wonder in it all. Not resisting or restraining either allows your life to get as big and beautiful as it is intended to be. ~Archangel Gabriel through Shelley Young

via Trinity Esoterics | Daily Message ~ Tuesday June 12, 2018

Lindsey Graham Says Only Possible Outcomes From Trump-Kim Talks Are ‘Peace or War.’ He’s Wrong.

Lindsey Graham Says Only Possible Outcomes From Trump-Kim Talks Are ‘Peace or War.’ He’s Wrong.

On Sunday, Graham appeared on ABC’s This Week to try to create a false choice on North Korea that would put the United States at greater risk of military conflict with Kim’s regime. The outcome of the Trump-Kim meeting, Graham said, could be just one of two things: “Peace, where we have a win-win solution, military force where we devastate the North Korean regime and stop their program by force, or to capitulate like we’ve done in the past.”

“Donald Trump is not going to capitulate,” Graham concluded, “so there’s really only two options—peace or war.”

This is true in the strictest sense, of course, because the relationship between any two nations can be described as a state of peace or a state of war. But real life is hardly so binary, and those two outcomes exist at the extreme ends of a continuum with nearly limitless alternatives in between. Indeed, if the only two choices were “war” or “peace,” we might have to be mobilizing for a conflict with Canada after the spat that has unfolded during the past two weeks between Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. That obviously sounds absurd, and so does Graham’s assessment of international relations.

via Lindsey Graham Says Only Possible Outcomes From Trump-Kim Talks Are ‘Peace or War.’ He’s Wrong. – Hit & Run : Reason.com

A Gift for You

A Gift for You

It can also be that life holds more for you up its sleeve than you had given a thought to.

There is more than one choice of flour these days from which to bake bread, and more than you had ever heard of before. In fact, there is more under the Sun that is new than you had realized.

Your thoughts are not obliged to ramble on as if you have no say. When your life is a course for you to follow, then follow it. See where life takes you. What can you not discover when you earnestly open your heart?

Bewilderment doesn’t last forever. There is more to life than you have yet seen. There is no end to surprises before you, yet there is an end to the concept of calamity.

Go ahead, install joy into your computer. When you start up your computer in the morning, discover what life opens up before your very eyes. Be My Guest. Here is a welcome mat I lay down for you. Come. Come with Me. Here is My hand. Take it. Open up the Universe. Know My gratitude, Bright Eyes.

via A Gift for You | Heavenletters

N.Korea state media says Trump agreed to lift sanctions against North

N.Korea state media says Trump agreed to lift sanctions against North

UPDATE: SEOUL, June 13 (Reuters) – North Korean state media said on Wednesday U.S. President Donald Trump had agreed to lift sanctions against the North in addition to providing security guarantees in the summit with the North’s leader, Kim Jong Un, the previous day.

Trump was cited by North Korea’s official KCNA news agency as saying he made the promise after pledging to end joint military exercises with South Korea.

via Reuters N.Korea state media says Trump agreed to lift sanctions against North

‘Peace Is Bad for Business’: War Profiteer Stocks Plummet After Diplomatic Progress With North Korea

‘Peace Is Bad for Business’: War Profiteer Stocks Plummet After Diplomatic Progress With North Korea

American defense contractors were practically drooling over the prospect of all-out war with North Korea as President Donald Trump was recklessly flinging “fire and fury” last year, but Tuesday’s summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un appears to have dampened war profiteers’ dreams of yet another catastrophic U.S.-led military conflict—at least for now.

“If weapons are used they need to be replaced. That makes war a growth story for these stocks. What the agreement does, at least for a while, is take military conflict off the table.”
—Brad McMillan, financial analyst
Demonstrating that even the slightest whiff of peace is enough to scare investors in America’s most profitable military contractors, USA Today reported on Tuesday that shares of Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Boeing, and General Dynamics all “took a dive” as Trump and Kim signed a vague, non-binding agreement that is merely the first step toward a lasting diplomatic solution.

“Peace is bad for business,” noted writer Ajit Singh in response to the new report.

via ‘Peace Is Bad for Business’: War Profiteer Stocks Plummet After Diplomatic Progress With North Korea

Questionable Tactics Used in Vaccine Safety Testing

An eight-month investigation revealed shocking flaws in Merck’s clinical trial design, which effectively prevented assessment of safety. Serious adverse events arising outside of a two-week period post-vaccination were simply marked down as “medical history”
A systematic review of pre- and post-licensure trials of the HPV vaccine concluded its effectiveness is both overstated and unproven. Merck’s own research reveals you increase your risk of precancerous lesions if you’ve been exposed to HPV strains 16 or 18 prior to vaccination
Reported side effects of Gardasil vaccination include immune-based inflammatory neurodegenerative disorders, suggesting something is causing the immune system to overreact in a detrimental way, sometimes fatally
One Gardasil 9 trial reported nearly 10 percent of subjects experienced “severe systemic adverse events” affecting multiple system organ classes, and over 3 percent suffered “severe vaccine-related adverse events”
HPV infection is spread through sexual contact and research has demonstrated that using condoms can reduce risk of HPV infection by 70 percent, which is far more effective than the HPV vaccine

via Dr. Mercola Questionable Tactics Used in Vaccine Safety Testing

Study: Vitamin D Effective in Preventing Flu Only Among Non-vaccinated Population

Numerous peer-reviewed published studies have linked an increase in Vitamin D uptake with a decrease in influenza infection during the flu seasons. The logic is easy to understand: winter brings shorter days with less sunlight, when influenza is most prevalent, while influenza outbreaks are rare during the summer months with increased exposure to sunlight, the most common source of Vitamin D.

One of those studies, a meta-study that looked at 25 separate studies involving over 11,000 people, was published in the British Medical Journal last year (2017), and published by Dr. Mercola. (See: Study: Vitamin D Is More Effective Than Flu Vaccine.)

A study published from researchers in Japan may have unraveled this seeming paradox, which is exactly what they set out to study:

In their conclusion, they admit that overall the statistics did not significantly lower the risk of influenza through Vitamin D supplementation, except for one sub-group – those who had NOT received a flu vaccine.

They wrote:

In a subgroup of participants without vaccination, vitamin D sufficiency (≥30 ng/mL) was associated with a significantly lower risk of influenza (odds ratio 0.14; 95% confidence interval 0.03-0.74).

via Study: Vitamin D Effective in Preventing Flu Only Among Non-vaccinated Population

What you need to know about the Trump-Kim agreement

After months of acrimony and a few weeks of weird uncertainty, President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a denuclearization agreement on Tuesday that essentially did nothing more but affirm the April 27 Panmunjom Declaration signed by North and South Korea in April.

As with the Panmunjom Declaration, there’s nothing in the agreement — a joint letter, really — that actually defines any of the goals or how they will be achieved, just a commitment, on both sides, to “to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

There was no mention of sanctions, long-range missiles, a peace treaty, or a time frame in what the president called a “pretty comprehensive” agreement that is less than one and a half pages long.

via What you need to know about the Trump-Kim agreement – ThinkProgress

In other words, Trump is stealing the credit of work done previously  by South Korea.

Evidence That New Tariffs, Not Immigrants, Are Costing Jobs

Economists at the Trade Partnership have found harmful employment impacts from the Trump administration’s decision to impose tariffs of 25% on steel imports and 10% on aluminum. The administration justified the tariffs under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended, claiming the imports from mostly U.S. allies “threaten to impair the national security” of the United States. The negative impact of the tariffs may surprise anyone who thinks a protectionist trade policy should mean more jobs for Americans.

The Trade Partnership analysis concluded:

“The tariffs, quotas and retaliation would increase the annual level of U.S. steel employment and non-ferrous metals (primarily aluminum) employment by 26,280 jobs over the first one-three years, but reduce net employment by 432,747 jobs throughout the rest of the economy, for a total net loss of 400,445 jobs;
“Sixteen jobs would be lost for every steel/aluminum job gained;
“More than two thirds of the lost jobs would affect workers in production and low-skill jobs.
“Every state will experience a net loss of jobs.”
One reason for this result is that nearly 40 times more people in America work in jobs that use steel and aluminum than in jobs connected to producing steel and aluminum. “American workers making steel/aluminum: 170,000. American workers consuming steel/aluminum: 6.5 million,” notes trade attorney Scott Lincicome.

via Forbes Evidence That New Tariffs, Not Immigrants, Are Costing Jobs

The Trump Doctrine: How to lose friends and influence enemies

SINGAPORE — Over the past week, President Donald Trump alienated allies and cut a deal with a brutal dictator.

Trump praises Kim at summit, but takes aim at Justin Trudeau

U.S. officials prepare to thwart Chinese spying at Singapore summit
He praised North Korea’s Kim Jong Un as “honest, direct and productive” and lambasted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as “dishonest.”

For critics, Trump’s moves are confounding and perilous evidence of incoherence. For his allies, they’re a reminder of his no-apologies approach to foreign policy.

via The Trump Doctrine: How to lose friends and influence enemies

Trump Signs Meaningless Agreement With N. Korea, Has Been Provoking Nuclear War Via Threats, Preemptive First Strike Policy, War Games; PBS And RT Documentary Movies, N. Korea Slave Labor | A Green Road Journal

As Trump cozies up to despotic North Korea and Saudi Arabia, he is starting a trade war with former allies. The only way Trump could start this trade war is to claim that these allies are hostile security threats to the US, as Hitler was a threat to the US during WWII.

via Trump Signs Meaningless Agreement With N. Korea, Has Been Provoking Nuclear War Via Threats, Preemptive First Strike Policy, War Games; PBS And RT Documentary Movies, N. Korea Slave Labor | A Green Road Journal

North Korea is sitting on $6 trillion – $10 trillion of untapped minerals (gold, iron, rare earth metals) the world wants (Trump’s real reason for ‘peace’ treaty)

Below the nation’s mostly mountainous surface are vast mineral reserves, including iron, gold, magnesite, zinc, copper, limestone, molybdenum, graphite, and more—all told about 200 kinds of minerals. Also present are large amounts of rare earth metals, which factories in nearby countries need to make smartphones and other high-tech products.

Estimates as to the value of the nation’s mineral resources have varied greatly over the years, made difficult by secrecy and lack of access. North Korea itself has made what are likely exaggerated claims about them. According to one estimate from a South Korean state-owned mining company, they’re worth over $6 trillion. Another from a South Korean research institute puts the amount closer to $10 trillion.

via North Korea is sitting on $6 trillion-$10 trillion of untapped minerals (gold, iron, rare earth metals) the world wants — Quartz

Trump and Kim nuclear summit agreement contains no new promises, just a rehash of ‘old promises’

And in 1994, the U.S. and North Korea signed something called the “Agreed Framework,” which said Pyongyang would “consistently take steps to implement” a denuclearization pact from two years earlier.

“The declaration amounts to pretty much nothing — it’s an empty commitment,” Andrei Lankov, a professor at Kookmin University in Seoul, told NBC News.

Lankov believes Trump had achieved an accomplishment by bringing Kim to the negotiating table, but squandered the opportunity by letting the despot give nothing away while gaining a plethora of photo opportunities and good PR.

“The Americans had the opportunity to force the North Koreans to make significant concessions, but they didn’t use the advantage they had,” said Lankov, who is also director of the NK News website.

via NBC Trump and Kim nuclear summit agreement contains no new promises