Processed meats come with increased risk of heart disease, diabetes

first_imgIn a new study, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) have found that eating processed meat, such as bacon, sausage, or processed deli meats, led to a 42 percent higher risk of heart disease and a 19 percent higher risk of type 2 diabetes. In contrast, the researchers did not find any higher risk of heart disease or diabetes among individuals eating unprocessed red meat, such as from beef, pork, or lamb.This work, which appears in today’s online edition of the journal Circulation, is the first systematic review and meta-analysis of the worldwide evidence for how eating unprocessed red meat and processed meat relates to risk of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.“Although most dietary guidelines recommend reducing meat consumption, prior individual studies have shown mixed results for relationships between meat consumption and cardiovascular diseases and diabetes,” said Renata Micha, a research fellow in the Department of Epidemiology at HSPH and lead author of the study. “Most prior studies also did not separately consider the health effects of eating unprocessed red versus processed meats.”The researchers, led by Micha and HSPH colleagues Dariush Mozaffarian, assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology, and Sarah Wallace, junior research fellow in the Department of Epidemiology, systematically reviewed nearly 1,600 studies. Twenty relevant studies were identified, which included more than 1.2 million individuals from 10 countries on four continents (United States, Europe, Australia, and Asia).The researchers defined unprocessed red meat as any unprocessed meat from beef, lamb, or pork, excluding poultry. Processed meat was defined as any meatpreserved by smoking, curing, or salting, or with the addition of chemical preservatives. Examples include bacon, salami, sausages, hot dogs, or processed deli or luncheon meats. Vegetable or seafood protein sources were not evaluated in these studies.The results showed that, on average, each 50 gram (1.8 ounce) daily serving of processed meat (about one to two slices of deli meats or one hot dog) was associated with a 42 percent higher risk of developing heart disease and a 19 percent higher risk of developing diabetes. In contrast, eating unprocessed red meat was not associated with risk of developing heart disease or diabetes. Too few studies evaluated the relationship between eating meat and risk of stroke to enable the researchers to draw any conclusions.“Although cause-and-effect cannot be proven by these types of long-term observational studies, all of these studies adjusted for other risk factors, which may have been different between people who were eating more versus less meats,” said Mozaffarian. “Also, the lifestyle factors associated with eating unprocessed red meats and processed meats were similar, but only processed meats were linked to higher risk.”“When we looked at average nutrients in unprocessed red and processed meats eaten in the United States, we found that they contained similar average amounts of saturated fat and cholesterol. In contrast, processed meats contained, on average, four times more sodium and 50 percent more nitrate preservatives,” said Micha. “This suggests that differences in salt and preservatives, rather than fats, might explain the higher risk of heart disease and diabetes seen with processed meats, but not with unprocessed red meats.”Dietary sodium (salt) is known to increase blood pressure, a strong risk factor for heart disease. In animal experiments, nitrate preservatives can promote atherosclerosis and reduce glucose tolerance, effects which could increase risk of heart disease and diabetes.Given the differences in health risks seen with eating processed meats versus unprocessed red meats, these findings suggest that these types of meats should be studied separately in future research for health effects, including cancer, the authors said. For example, higher intake of total meat and processed meat has been associated with higher risk of colorectal cancer, but unprocessed red meat has not been separately evaluated. The authors also suggest that more research is needed into which factors (especially salt and other preservatives) in meats are most important for health effects.Current efforts to update the United States government’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which are often a reference for other countries around the world, make these findings particularly timely, the researchers say. They recommend that dietary and policy efforts should especially focus on reducing intake of processed meat.“To lower risk of heart attacks and diabetes, people should consider which types of meats they are eating. Processed meats such as bacon, salami, sausages, hot dogs, and processed deli meats may be the most important to avoid,” said Micha. “Based on our findings, eating one serving per week or less would be associated with relatively small risk.”last_img read more

Dawn of a revolution

first_imgMicrosoft founder Bill Gates, who attended Harvard, returns to campus this weekend for a question-and-answer session as part of the launch of The Harvard Campaign. Below, author Walter Isaacson, who is writing a book about the great inventors of the digital age, recalls Gates’ formative years at Harvard.It may have been the most momentous purchase of a magazine in the history of the Out of Town News stand in Harvard Square. Paul Allen, a college dropout from Seattle, wandered into the cluttered kiosk one snowy day in December 1974 and saw that the new issue of Popular Electronics featured a home computer for hobbyists, called the Altair, that was just coming on the market. He was both exhilarated and dismayed. Although thrilled that the era of the “personal” computer seemed to have arrived, he was afraid that he was going to miss the party. Slapping down 75 cents, he grabbed the issue and trotted through the slush to the Currier House room of Bill Gates, a Harvard sophomore and fellow computer fanatic from Lakeside High School in Seattle, who had convinced Allen to drop out of college and move to Cambridge. “Hey, this thing is happening without us,” Allen declared. Gates began to rock back and forth, as he often did during moments of intensity. When he finished the article, he realized that Allen was right. For the next eight weeks, the two of them embarked on a frenzy of code writing that would change the nature of the computer business.What Gates and Allen set out to do, during the Christmas break of 1974 and the subsequent January reading period when Gates was supposed to be studying for exams, was to create the software for personal computers. “When Paul showed me that magazine, there was no such thing as a software industry,” Gates recalled. “We had the insight that you could create one. And we did.” Years later, reflecting on his innovations, he said, “That was the most important idea that I ever had.”In high school, Gates had formed the Lakeside Programming Group, which made money writing computer code for companies in the Pacific Northwest. As a senior, he applied only to three colleges — Harvard, Yale, and Princeton — and he took different approaches to each. “I was born to apply for college,” he said, fully aware of his ability to ace meritocratic processes. For Yale he cast himself as an aspiring political type and emphasized the month he had spent in Washington as a congressional page. For Princeton, he focused only on his desire to be a computer engineer. And for Harvard, he said his passion was math. He had also considered MIT, but at the last moment blew off the interview to play pinball. He was accepted to all three, and chose Harvard. “There are going to be some guys at Harvard who are smarter than you,” Allen warned him. Gates replied, “ ‘No way! No way!’ ”When he was asked to describe the types of roommates he preferred, Gates asked for an African American and an international student. He was assigned to Wigglesworth Hall with Sam Znaimer, a science geek from a family of poor Jewish refugees in Montreal, and Jim Jenkins, a black student from Chattanooga, Tenn. Znaimer, who had never known a privileged WASP before, found Gates friendly but weirdly fascinating. He marveled as Gates spent several nights filling out various federal and state tax forms for the revenues of his high school programming firm, and was astounded by the intensity of his study schedule. “His habit was to do 36 hours or more at a stretch, collapse for 10 hours, then go out, get a pizza, and go back at it,” he recalled. “And if that meant he was starting again at 3 in the morning, so be it.” When working hard, Gates would rock back and forth. Then he would grab Znaimer for a frenzy of playing Pong, the Atari video game, in the dorm lounge, or Spacewar!, a legendary game invented at MIT, on one of the mainframes in Harvard’s computer lab.After their freshman year, Bill Gates and Andy Braiterman, who was better at math than Gates, decided to room together. They were assigned to Currier House, which Gates loved. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe lab was named after Harvard’s computer science pioneer Howard Aiken, who had invented an electromechanical computer known as the Mark I, which now sits in the lobby of the Science Center. The Aiken Lab housed one of Gates’s favorite machines: a PDP-10 from Digital Equipment Co. It had been destined for use in Vietnam but was reassigned to Harvard to assist military-funded research there. To avoid sparking an antiwar protest, it was smuggled into the lab early one Sunday morning in 1969. There were also a slew of PDP-1 computers on which to play Spacewar! For his freshman computer project, Gates linked the PDP-10 and a PDP-1 to create a video baseball game. “The logic was on the PDP-10, but I sent it down to the PDP-1 because I used the same display as Spacewar!, a line-drawing display which you don’t see anymore,” said Gates.Allen’s warning to Gates that he would not always be the smartest kid in class turned out to be true. There was a freshman who lived upstairs from him in Wigglesworth who was better at math, Andy Braiterman from Baltimore. They would wrestle with Math 55 problem sets all night in Braiterman’s room, eating pizza. “Bill was intense,” Braiterman remembered, both about math and poker. He was also “a good arguer.” Gates was particularly forceful in asserting that soon everyone would have a home computer that could be used for calling up books and other information. He and Braiterman decided to room together, and they were assigned to Currier House, which Gates loved.Gates decided to major in applied math rather than pure math. “I met several people in the math department who were quite a bit better than I was in math,” he said. “It changed my mind about going into math.” He was able to make a small mark on the field of applied math. In a class taught by computer scientist Harry Lewis, he was introduced to a classic problem:The chef in our place is sloppy, and when he prepares a stack of pancakes they come out all different sizes. Therefore, when I deliver them to a customer, on the way to the table I rearrange them (so that the smallest winds up on top, and so on, down to the largest at the bottom) by grabbing several from the top and flipping them over, repeating this (varying the number I flip) as many times as necessary. If there are n pancakes, what is the maximum number of flips (as a function f(n) of n) that I will ever have to use to rearrange them?The answer required coming up with a good algorithm, just as any computer program did. “I posed it in class, and then I went on,” Lewis recalled. “And a day or two later, this smart sophomore comes into my office and explains that he’s got a five-thirds N algorithm.” In other words, Gates had figured out a way to do it with five-thirds flips per the number of pancakes in the stack. “It involved a complicated case analysis of what exactly the configuration of the top few pancakes might look like,” Lewis recalled. “It was quite clever.” A teaching assistant in the class, Christos Papadimitriou, later published the solution in a scholarly paper co-authored with Gates.Gates developed a rebellious academic pattern: He would not go to the lectures for any course in which he was enrolled, but he would audit classes that he was not taking. He followed this rule carefully. “By my sophomore year, I was auditing classes that met at the same time as my actual classes just to make sure I’d never make a mistake,” he recalled. “So I was this complete rejectionist.”He also took up poker with a vengeance. The games would last all night in one of the common rooms of Currier House, which became known as the Poker Room. His game of choice was Seven Card Stud, high low. A thousand dollars or more could be won or lost per night. Gates was better at assessing the cards than in reading the thoughts of his fellow players. “Bill had a monomaniacal quality,” Braiterman said. “He would focus on something and really stick with it.” At one point he gave Paul Allen his checkbook to try to stop himself from squandering more money, but he soon demanded it back. “He was getting some costly lessons in bluffing,” said Allen. “He’d win $300 one night and lose $600 the next. As Bill dropped thousands that fall, he kept telling me, ‘I’m getting better.’ ”In a graduate-level Economics 2010 class taught by Michael Spence, Gates met a student who lived down the hall from him at Currier House. Steve Ballmer was very different from Gates on the surface. He was big, boisterous, and gregarious, the type of campus enthusiast who seemed to join or lead every organization. He was in the Hasty Pudding Club, the manager of the football team, the publisher of the Advocate, and the advertising manager of the Crimson. What bound the two was their shared super-intensity. They would talk and argue and study together at high volume, each of them rocking back and forth. Then they would go see movies together. “We went and saw ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ and ‘A Clockwork Orange,’ which are only connected by the use of a common song,” said Gates. “And then we got to be super-good friends.”Such was Gates’s life at Harvard when it was suddenly changed, halfway through his sophomore year, by Allen’s arrival at his Currier House room with his newly purchased copy of Popular Electronics featuring the Altair on the cover. Allen’s rallying cry — “Hey, this thing is happening without us” — jolted Gates into action.Gates and Allen set out to write some software that would make it possible for hobbyists to create their own programs on the Altair. Specifically, they decided to write an interpreter for the programming language known as BASIC that would run on the Altair’s Intel 8080 microprocessor. It would become the first commercial native high-level programming language for a microprocessor. In other words, it would launch the personal computer software industry.They wrote a letter to MITS, the fledgling Albuquerque company that made the Altair, claiming that they had created a BASIC language interpreter that could run on the 8080. “We are interested in selling copies of this software to hobbyists through you.” In reality, they did not yet have any software. But they knew they could scramble and write it if MITS expressed interest.When they did not hear back, they decided to call. Gates suggested that Allen place the call, because he was older. “No, you should do it; you’re better at this kind of thing,” Allen argued. They came up with a compromise: Gates would call, disguising his squeaky voice, but he would use the name Paul Allen, because they knew it would be Allen who would fly out to Albuquerque if they got lucky. “I had my beard going and at least looked like an adult, while Bill still could pass for a high school sophomore,” recalled Allen.When the founder of MITS, Ed Roberts, answered the phone, Gates put on a deep voice and said, “This is Paul Allen in Boston. We’ve got a BASIC for the Altair that’s just about finished, and we’d like to come out and show it to you.” Roberts replied that he had gotten many such calls. The first person to walk through his door in Albuquerque with a working BASIC would get the contract. Gates turned to Allen and exulted, “God, we gotta get going on this!’”Because they did not have an Altair to work on, Allen had to emulate one on the PDP-10 mainframe at the Aiken Lab. So they bought a manual for the 8080 microprocessor and within weeks Allen had the simulator and other development tools ready.Meanwhile, Gates was furiously writing the BASIC interpreter code on yellow legal pads. “I can still see him alternately pacing and rocking for long periods before jotting on a yellow legal pad, his fingers stained from a rainbow of felt-tip pens,” Allen recalled. “Once my simulator was in place and he was able to use the PDP-10, Bill moved to a terminal and peered at his legal pad as he rocked. Then he’d type a flurry of code with those strange hand positions of his, and repeat. He could go like that for hours at a stretch.”One night they were having dinner at Currier House, sitting at the table with the other math geeks, and they began complaining about facing the tedious task of writing the floating-point math routines, which would give the program the ability to deal with both very small and very large numbers in scientific notation. A curly-haired kid from Milwaukee named Monte Davidoff piped up, “I’ve written those types of routines.” It was the benefit of being at Harvard. Gates and Allen began peppering him with questions about his capacity to handle floating-point code. Satisfied they knew what he was talking about, they brought him to Gates’s room and negotiated a fee of $400 for his work. He became the third member of the team, and would eventually earn a lot more.Gates ignored the exam cramming he was supposed to be doing and even stopped playing poker. For eight weeks, he, Allen, and Davidoff holed up day and night at the Aiken lab making history. Occasionally they would break for dinner at Harvard House of Pizza or at Aku Aku, an ersatz Polynesian restaurant. In the wee hours of the morning, Gates would sometimes fall asleep at the terminal. “He’d be in the middle of a line of code when he’d gradually tilt forward until his nose touched the keyboard,” Allen said. “After dozing an hour or two, he’d open his eyes, squint at the screen, blink twice, and resume precisely where he’d left off — a prodigious feat of concentration.”They would scribble away at their notepads, competing to see who could execute a subroutine in the fewest lines. “I can do it in nine,” one would shout. Another would shoot back, “Well, I can do it in five!” As Allen noted, “We knew that each byte saved would leave that much more room for users to add to their applications.” The goal was to get the program into less than the 4K of memory that an enhanced Altair would have, so there would be a little room left over for the consumer to use. (A 16GB smartphone has four million times that memory.) At night they would fan out the printouts onto the floor and search for ways to make it more elegant and compact. By late February 1975, after eight weeks of intense coding, they got it down, brilliantly, into 3.2K. “It wasn’t a question of whether I could write the program, but rather a question of whether I could squeeze it into under 4K and make it super fast,” said Gates. “It was the coolest program I ever wrote.” Gates checked it for errors one last time, then commanded the Aiken lab’s PDP-10 to spew out a punch-tape of it so Allen could take it down to Albuquerque.When Allen arrived at MITS, he toggled the switches on the Altair and then waited 10 minutes for the tape reader to load in the code. Ed Roberts and his colleagues exchanged amused glances, already suspecting that the show would be a fiasco. But then the Teletype clacked to life. “MEMORY SIZE?” it asked. “Hey, it typed something!” shouted one of the MITS team. Allen was happily flabbergasted. He typed in the answer: 7168. The Altair responded: “OK.” Allen typed in: “PRINT 2+2”. It was the simplest of all questions, but it would test not only Gates’s coding but also Davidoff’s floating-point math routines. The Altair responded: “4.”Up until then, Roberts had been watching quietly. He had taken his failing company further into debt on the wild surmise that he could create a computer that a home hobbyist could use and afford. Now he was watching as history was made. For the first time, a software program had run on a commercially viable home computer. “Oh my God,” he shouted. “It printed ‘4’!”Rogers invited Allen into his office and agreed to license the BASIC interpreter for inclusion on all Altair machines. “I couldn’t stop grinning,” Allen recalled. As soon as he got back to his hotel, Allen called Gates at Harvard. They were officially in business. When Allen arrived back in Cambridge, bringing with him a working Altair to install in Gates’s Currier House room, they went out to celebrate. Gates had his usual, a Shirley Temple: ginger ale with maraschino cherry juice.A month later, Roberts offered Allen a fulltime job at MITS as director of software. Gates decided to stay at Harvard, at least for the time being. There he endured what has become a rite of passage, amusing only in retrospect, for many of Harvard’s most successful students: being hauled before the dreaded and then-secretive Administrative Board for a disciplinary process, known as being “Ad Boarded.” Gates’s case arose when auditors from the Defense Department decided to check the use of the PDP-10 that it was funding in Harvard’s Aiken lab. They discovered that one sophomore — W.H. Gates — was using most of the time. After much fretting, Gates prepared a paper defending himself and describing how he had created a version of BASIC using the PDP-10 as a simulator. He ended up being exonerated for his use of the machine, but he was “admonished” for allowing a non-student, Allen, to log on with his password. He accepted that minor reprimand and agreed to put his early version of the BASIC interpreter (but not the refined one he and Allen were by then working on) into the public domain.By that time, Gates was focusing more on his software partnership with Allen than his coursework at Harvard. He finished his sophomore year that spring of 1975, but then flew down to Albuquerque for the summer and decided to stay there rather than returning for the first semester of his junior year that fall. He went back to Harvard for two more semesters, in the spring and fall of 1976, but then left Harvard for good, two semesters shy of graduating. In June 2007, when he returned to Harvard to get an honorary degree, he began his speech by directing a comment to his father in the audience. “I’ve been waiting more than 30 years to say this: Dad, I always told you I’d come back and get my degree.”Walter Isaacson has written biographies of Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin. He is a Harvard Overseer.last_img read more

Don’t be afraid to speak to your regulator

first_imgI’ve been receiving a lot of TRID implementation questions lately.  Yes, I know that the rule was effective a while back, and credit unions have the main portions of the rule all figured out.  Rather, the questions I’ve been receiving are related to intricate nuances that are not clearly addressed in regulation.  I’ve been asked some great questions, and it has been fun researching them and trying to interpret the spirit of the rule.  But, it is difficult, as the answers aren’t very clear.How could the CFPB spend so much time drafting this rule, and allow for such a long implementation period, yet not clearly address all situations?  It’s simple; the CFPB isn’t conducting mortgage transactions on a day-to-day basis.  And, even if they were, they wouldn’t have an opportunity to use all of the available software in the market, or address each unique operational aspect of every credit union.  Even if they could, they must make certain compromises to ensure that the regulation can be applicable to the industry as a whole.So, what happens when the regulation fails to address a unique situation that may be common for your credit union?  To assist you in completing the transactions you have closing today, talk to a consultant like me, talk to an attorney, or just talk to another colleague or compliance professional that you trust.  Get their thoughts on the issue, and if it is different than yours, discuss each of your perspectives until you’re comfortable that you’ve got the correct answer.  But then, talk to your regulator before the issue arises again. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Trump’s dead-enders organize capitol-steps rallies around the nation populated with extremists

first_imgThreats notwithstanding, however, there were only a handful of incidents of minor violence at the protests, including some involving Proud Boys. There was no shortage of incendiary rhetoric and threatening behavior, however.Even though Facebook deleted the “Stop the Steal” pages and events that were created on its platforms by Thursday, the groups nonetheless were successful in spreading the word that the protests were to occur in front of state capitol buildings around the country on Saturday. The shared theme at all of them was that the national media were lying, that Trump was the real winner of the election, and that Democrats, the “deep state,” and “fake news” were all conspiring to make the public think Biden had been elected—in other words, an alternate reality comprised entirely of groundless conspiracy theories.PHOENIX, ARIZONA - NOVEMBER 07: Supporters of President Donald Trump listen to the national anthem at a ‘Stop the Steal’ rally in front of the State Capitol on November 7, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. News outlets project that Joe Biden will be the 46th president of the United States after a victory in Pennsylvania with Kamala Harris to be the first woman and person of color to be elected Vice President. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)Trump supporters in Phoenix.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “We just want them to know we won’t let them get away with anything. We want to make sure all the legal ballots are counted, and fairly,” said Travis Fillmore, 34, a military veteran from nearby Tempe, who was toting a rifle at the protest.“Arrest the poll workers!” the crowd chanted—while fenced away from the building’s entrance in a “free speech zone” created for them by Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies.Most of the gatherings featured dozens of Trump supporters at best. They also featured some of the extremist elements—including conspiracy-fueled QAnon cultists, thuggish Proud Boys, and armed militiamen—who have become seamlessly identified with the Trump campaign this year.- Advertisement – Probably the largest of them was in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital—fittingly, since that state’s vote count provided Biden with his margin of victory on Saturday—where Proud Boys linked arms with unrepentant white nationalists to protest Trump’s loss. Christopher Mathias of HuffPost was there, and described it as a “heavily armed pity party”:Once assembled there, Rep. Dan Mueser (R-Pa.), a Trump fan widely believed to be eyeing a run for governor, took hold of a megaphone and spoke to the crowd about how the results of the election were illegitimate.He was surrounded by fascists. To his left, a man waved a flag for the anti-Semitic white nationalist movement known as America First. To his right, a man clad in black held a sign that read “Standing Back And Standing By For Our President” — a reference to when Trump, asked at a debate to condemn the Proud Boys, instead told them to “stand back and stand by.”Far-right extremists have been a fixture of Trump rallies over the last four years, but it’s still hard to overstate how many were in Harrisburg on Saturday. The place was crawling with them.This, too, was a common theme at the “Stop the Steal” rallies: As we saw with the various “Trump trains” and their overt thuggery in Texas, as well as at other “Trump caravans” throughout the campaign, the events provided an environment in which ostensibly mainstream Republicans commingled and joined arms openly with some of the most extreme elements of the radical right.  SALEM, OR - NOVEMBER 07: A Proud Boy displays a bandana with the phrase Stand Back, Stand By, a reference to President Trumps statements about the group during a "Stop the Steal" rally on November 7, 2020 in Salem, Oregon. Angry supporters of President Trump took to the streets across the country following reporting that President-elect Joe Biden had won the election. (Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty Images)A Proud Boy in Salem, Oregon.In Salem, Oregon, some of the “Save the Steal” demonstrators dressed in Proud Boys uniforms and masks as well as fighting garb were seen on video assaulting photographers and journalists while Oregon State Police stood by and did not intervene. Among the speakers at their event was Jo Rae Perkins, the QAnon cultist who was the failed Oregon Republican nominee against incumbent Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley. “This is an appeal to heaven,” Perkins said. “We need to pray for Trump, for his family and for his Cabinet.”Another Republican nominee—Michael Cross, who ran for Oregon attorney general and has lost by a similar 57-40 margin in his race as Perkins in hers—also spoke to the crowd, dressed in a leather biker jacket and spouting more conspiracism. “We don’t like what’s happening in our country and we don’t like what’s happening in our state, and we don’t like vote by mail,” Cross said.“I personally checked my own ballot status, and my ballot hasn’t even been counted yet, and Oregon is considered a blue state,” said an unidentified Trump supporter to KPTV. “Do you know how much that fears for me?”“And the amount of support Trump has everywhere you go is just overwhelming, and we didn’t see that with Biden, so it just doesn’t add up,” Carol Stewart said.In Colorado, protesters decided to move their demonstration 70 miles south from Denver down Interstate 25 to Colorado Springs because the capital city does not permit open carry, and the latter city does. Once there, news crews had no difficulty finding Trump supporters insisting that the election results were wrong.“This election’s being stolen,” one MAGA-hatted protester claimed. “It’s being hijacked, and that’s quite frustrating.”In Carson City, Nevada, there were more Proud Boys to be found causing trouble, many of them packing firearms as they chanted “Stop the Steal!” and “USA! USA!”A local reporter got an earful from a man in a camouflage hat with a yellow Gadsden-banner bandana over his face:“Why am I here,” he asked seemingly annoyed. “That’s a stupid question … I’m here because the fucking Pinkos are stealing the election … that’s what I’m doing here … it’s the Deep State in all those states where ballots for Biden showed up in a truck in the dark of the night in Philadelphia and Vegas … the whole thing is rigged, and we’re here to defend our president, that’s why I’m here.”In Boise, the camo-clad extremists again rubbed elbows with state GOP officials. “We are going to get Trump reelected,” Republican state representative Aaron von Ehlinger of Lewiston told the crowd. “It’s going to take some legal battles, but we will get it done.”Machele Hamilton, the Idaho GOP’s vice chair, echoed him, assuring attendees that “the Idaho Republican Party is 100% behind President Trump.”“We are supporting America and our Constitution,” said Diego Rodriguez, a Trump backer, told the Idaho Statesman. “All we want is a fair election.”In Lansing, Michigan—already the scene of multiple far-right protests featuring weapons and militiamen which later turned out to have been organizing grounds for would-be domestic terrorists, even before the election—an estimated 500 Trump supporters, largely mask-free, assembled on the Capitol steps and adjoining lawn to claim that the vote count in Michigan, and elsewhere, had been rigged in Biden’s favor. They offered no evidence, just baseless assertions.Decked out in stars and stripes, Genevieve Peters, 57, of Detroit told the Free Press that she doesn’t believe Trump lost the election. “We’re here to show our president we’re with him,” she said. “There’s 100% no chance he didn’t win.”Trump supporters sang a rendition of the Queen song “We Are the Champions,” the Lansing State Journal reported. They also chanted “four more years,” “lock her up,” and “stop the steal,” while sending Trump a message: “We love you!” and “We won’t stop!”A supporter of US President Donald Trump keeps a hand on his gun during a "Stop the Steal rally" in front of the residence of Minnesota Governor Tim Walz in St Paul, Minnesota, on November 7, 2020. - Democrat Joe Biden has won the White House, US media said November 7, defeating Donald Trump and ending a presidency that convulsed American politics, shocked the world and left the United States more divided than at any time in decades. (Photo by Kerem Yucel / AFP) (Photo by KEREM YUCEL/AFP via Getty Images)Trump supporters with long rifles outside the Governor’s Mansion in St. Paul, Minnesota.In Little Rock, Arkansas, heavily armed militiamen formed a crowd of about 50 demonstrators who chanted “Blue Lives Matter” and got into a shouting exchange with counter-demonstrators. However, the protest did not last long. There was a similarly short-lived protest in Des Moines, Iowa, and one in front of the governor’s mansion in St. Paul, Minnesota.The protest in Bismarck, North Dakota, attracted several hundred protesters who found no opposition. Among them were Jonathan Hallet, a western North Dakota pastor and his wife, Tyrene, who drove nearly  two hours to attend the “Stand with Trump” rally. “Democrats stole the election,” said Hallett. “Trump was cheated.”A man named Marty Beard carried a sign that read, “Give Me Trump or Give me Death.”“That’s what this means to me,” he said.There were pro-Trump rallies held in non-capital cities this weekend, including one in Vancouver, Washington. Trump fan Adam Schetler (“Donald Trump has my values and I’m ready for Donald Trump for four more years”) told KPTV that he still thinks Trump could win the presidency.“We are looking for a recount because it’s obvious there has been some fraudulent ballots come in and it’s really hard to believe a man that’s been in public office for somewhat of 50 years—who’s done nothing—now all of a sudden has overwhelming votes, the most in history ever—it’s too far-fetched,” said a Trump fan named James Hurst. At the voting-tabulation center in Phoenix, Arizona, where crowds of Trump supporters had attempted to interfere in ballot-counting procedures in the days after the election, fueled by a nonsense conspiracy theory that Republican ballots were being discarded due to the use of Sharpies, protesters lingered through Saturday evening.“This election has not been called!” shouted Jake Angeli, a regular at Trump rallies, who stood outside a tabulation center in Phoenix. “Don’t believe that lie! They got their hands caught in the cookie jar and we’re going to the Supreme Court!”“Trump always looks like he’s going to lose. And then he wins, “ Angeli said.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Man City loanee Adarabioyo: ‘Kobe Bryant is the reason I wear no. 24’

first_img Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Top 10 Female Stars Everyone Had A Crush On In The 90sThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do The Manchester City loanee made the revelation in his tribute to the LA Lakers icon who died in a helicopter crash on Sunday alongside his daughter and seven other people on board.Advertisement Bryant started his LA Lakers career wearing the no. 8 shirt and later switched to no. 24 for his final 10 years at the club – a number Adarabioyo sees as inspiration and he has been wearing it since he made his professional debut for Manchester City in 2016. Read Also:Adarabioyo focused on Derby clash  He also wore the number during his season-long loan at West Bromwich Albion last campaign and currently wears no. 24 at Blackburn. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Blackburn Rovers centre-back, Tosin Adarabioyo, has described Kobe Bryant as the reason behind the number 24 on the back of his shirt.last_img read more

Real Madrid add Nigeria midfielder to their shopping list

first_img Mundo Deportivo says Real chiefs see the Nigeria international as an alternative to Rennes youngster Eduardo Camavinga. Real are unhappy with Rennes’ €75m valuation for the teenager.Advertisement Real Madrid have added Leicester City midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi, to their summer shopping list. Instead, they’re seriously considering a move for Ndidi, who has a contract with Leicester until 2024. read also:Leicester boss targeting FA Cup glory with Ndidi, Iheanacho The youngster is viewed at Real as cover for Casemiro, though Camavinga remains their top target. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content10 Places On Our Planet Where The Most People Live11 Items You’ve Been Using Wrong Your Whole LifeTop 10 Most Populated Cities In The WorldUnusual And Unique Beauty Of Indian WomenTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeTarantino’s Latest Effort Will Probably Be His Best To DateFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?last_img read more

Celta Vigo winger flees hotel as club chiefs waited to pen contract

first_imgSisto has fallen from prominence at Celta in recent times and made headlines for all the wrong reasons earlier this year, when he broke quarantine and returned to Scandinavia with his sister via a 3,000km car journey.Born in Uganda to South Sudanese parents, Sisto moved to Denmark aged just two months and went on to prosper as a footballing talent within the nation. Read Also: JUST-IN: Lionel Messi could stay at Barcelona until 2021The winger has won 21 caps for his nation but has not appeared for Denmark since 2018.It remains unclear if Sisto will be remaining on Celta’s books next season or not, with the club actively trying to sell him.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… The details are outlined in a report from La Voz de Galicia, which claims Sisto’s intentions were to instead join his former club Midtjylland, but they cannot afford his €5m buyout clause. Celta Vigo winger Pione Sisto was on the verge of returning to Denmark and signing for FC Copenhagen, with a fee agreed between the clubs and the player set to pen his contract. However, whilst Copenhagen were waiting for the Denmark international to sign his contract at a luxury hotel in the country, the player left the premises without warning and the deal collapsed.Advertisement The result of all this means that he remains a Celta Vigo player and will return to the club’s pre-season ahead of La Liga restarting this month.He is one of a number of players who has been told they are no longer part of Celta’s plans by boss Oscar Garcia, with David Juncá, David Costas, Jozabed Sánchez, Juan Hernández, Emre Mor and Uruguayan striker Gabriel “Toro” Fernández also set to depart this summer. Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Best 1980s High Tech Gadgets5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Best Car Manufacturers In The World9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Vegan9 Most Disturbing Movie Dystopiaslast_img read more

Saints seal deal for Elia

first_img “We also like in our style of playing fast people who can play one against one with quality.” Southampton may again have to fend off interest in midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin in January. Tottenham and Arsenal both pursued the Frenchman in the summer but the club stood firm and Koeman insists even a large bid will not prise the 25-year-old away in the transfer window. He said: “Will we sell Schneiderlin if we receive a very big bid? No, we do not sell Schneiderlin in January.” The 27-year-old will initially join Saints on loan next month in a deal until the end of the season, with the option of then making the switch from the Bundesliga outfit permanent. A statement on www.saintsfc.co.uk read: “Southampton Football Club is delighted to announce that it has reached an agreement over the signing of Eljero Elia. “The winger will officially join Saints on Saturday 3rd January, initially on loan until the end of the season with a view to a permanent transfer next summer.” Southampton boss Ronald Koeman confirmed earlier on Tuesday that they were closing in on Elia, who has won 27 caps for Holland. The Saints have been left short of attacking options with Jay Rodriguez’s recovery from a cruciate ligament injury taking longer than expected and Sadio Mane due to leave for the African Nations Cup next month. And Elia is seen as the perfect man to bolster Koeman’s front three as the club look to maintain their excellent start to the Premier League season, with the south-coast club currently fifth in the standings. Known for his blistering pace and direct forward runs, Elia established himself as one of the brightest young talents in Europe at FC Twente and was named Dutch Football Talent of the Year in 2009. He struggled to fulfil his early promise during subsequent moves to Hamburg and Juventus but has enjoyed more stability at Bremen, where he made 33 league appearances last season. Koeman said: “He was a Dutch international, he had not such a good period in Germany but I believe in the qualities of the player. “He is a wing player and we normally play with both a right winger and a left winger. Southampton have reached a deal to sign Holland winger Eljero Elia from Werder Bremen, the Barclays Premier League club have announced. Press Associationlast_img read more

PBC Charter Schools Will Not Get $20 Million from Tax Hike

first_imgThe Florida Legislature, in a sudden about-face, has decided not to allocate $20 million in voter-approved local money to charter schools in Palm Beach County.Last November, 72 percent of local voters approved a $200 million annual property tax hike. About 10 percent of that was to go to the county’s 49 charter schools.Palm Beach County School Board Chairman Frank Barbieri issued a statement on Saturday that reads, “Thanks to your advocacy efforts, lawmakers in Tallahassee ultimately decided to respect the will of the voters. We sincerely appreciate all of the community stakeholders who chose to advocate on behalf of the District, and more importantly, on behalf of voter rights.”Some of the $200 million is also earmarked for teacher raises. Another $50 million will go toward additional school and mental health measures, while the remaining $50 million will continue to fund art and physical education teachers and those who work in choice academies – a total of 650 teachers.Voters last fall approved property tax increases in order to improve education’s bottom line in numerous Florida counties, including Broward. On the Palm Beach County ballot, however, the charters’ exclusion was spelled out.Republican Senator Kelli Stargel, of Lakeland, argues that charter schools are public schools, since they receive public money but are usually run by private operators. She explains, “I’d hate for me as a taxpayer to have a referendum on the ballot, and my kids are going to a charter school, and I’m paying the taxes and those dollars do not go to my child’s public school, because someone’s picked it out and said it’s a charter school.”In response, Democratic Senator Gary Farmer, of Fort Lauderdale, says, “We keep giving more and more to the charters, and we just don’t quite keep up with what we give to the traditional public schools.”The bill, which still needs Governor DeSantis’ signature, passed in an 81-25 vote in the House and a 23-17 vote in the Senate.It is also intended to provide $121 million in tax breaks such as sales-tax “holidays” on back-to-school items and hurricane supplies.The Legislature kept open the possibility of sharing funds in future referendums across the state.last_img read more

Chihuahua drives owner’s car into busy road

first_imgWell it seems we have entered the era of the driving dog.The latest incident occurred Friday evening at a gas station on Gause Boulevard in Slidell, Louisiana.According to the report, the owner of the vehicle put the vehicle in park as she got out to pump gas. Suddenly she noticed her vehicle rolling backwards and into a busy street.The owner attempted to stop the SUV but could not get inside of it before it entered the roadway. Thankfully there was a break in traffic at the time the vehicle crossed into the street. As the vehicle rolled into another parking lot, the woman was able to gain control of the vehicle.Investigators later found that the woman’s 5-pound Chihuahua somehow managed to shift gears in the vehicle which caused it to drive in reverse.It was also reported that the vehicle has a mechanical defect that allows it to switch gears without your foot needing to be on the break.last_img read more