'Crack baby' study ends with unexpected but clear result



they found that 81 percent of the children had seen someone arrested; 74 percent had heard gunshots; 35 percent had seen someone get shot; and 19 percent had seen a dead body outside - and the kids were only 7 years old at the time. Those children who reported a high exposure to violence were likelier to show signs of depression and anxiety and to have lower self-esteem.


Deborah A. Frank, a pediatrics professor at Boston University who has tracked a similar group of children, said the “crack baby” label led to erroneous stereotyping. “You can’t walk into a classroom and tell this kid was exposed and this kid was not,” Frank said. “Unfortunately, there are so many factors that affect poor kids. They have to deal with so much stress and deprivation. We have also found that exposure to violence is a huge factor.”

I’d quibble with “unexpected”.

Meh, there are pockets of people who think the poor choose to be that way. Mapping of igrnoant world views aside, the statement of poverty having more of an impact on a child than in-utero exposure to cocaine is super powerful. If it’s confirmed in further comparative studies, AND this country gets a majority politicians that both read and respect science, then maybe we might be able to treat the problem itself, finally, and stop the unfruitful war on drugs.

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I’m having one hell of a time committing things to long term memory, and all coping failed today. It’s a pretty nightmarish scenario, when you think about it. Entire conversations about important topics with loved ones completely vanished from my experience.


I believe it’s called throwing shade, yes?

Yes, but they have no interest in hearing. Many of them are so hard-set in their efforts to control that some are willing to break rules (like changing timestamps) to get their way. They are as hard set about their way as we are about the right way, but when they can’t get it through garnered power, even, they take to cheating. When will it be that those of us aligned with the right side of history will finally launch the actions necessary to make it impossible for them to gain any power? when will we begin to do hard reboots on their follower’s belief systems? When will we finally say “No, the Earth is not actually flat, and your viewpoint is invalid”?

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The Limits of Corporate Citizenship: Why Walgreen Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Influence U.S. Politics If It Becomes Swiss


Dozens of big U.S. corporations are considering leaving the United States in order to reduce their tax bills.

But they’ll be leaving the country only on paper. They’ll still do as much business in the U.S. as they were doing before.

The only difference is they’ll no longer be “American,” and won’t have to pay U.S. taxes on the profits they make.

Okay. But if they’re no longer American citizens, they should no longer be able to spend a penny influencing American politics.

Some background: We’ve been hearing for years from CEOs that American corporations are suffering under a larger tax burden than their foreign competitors. This is mostly rubbish.

It’s true that the official corporate tax rate of 39.1 percent, including state and local taxes, is the highest among members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

But the effective rate – what corporations actually pay after all deductions, tax credits, and other maneuvers – is far lower.

Last year, the Government Accountability Office, examined corporate tax returns in detail and found that in 2010, profitable corporations headquartered in the United States paid an effective federal tax rate of 13 percent on their worldwide income, 17 percent including state and local taxes. Some pay no taxes at all.

One tax dodge often used by multi-national companies is to squirrel their earnings abroad in foreign subsidiaries located in countries where taxes are lower. The subsidiary merely charges the U.S. parent inflated costs, and gets repaid in extra-fat profits.   

Becoming a foreign company is the extreme form of this dodge. It’s a bigger accounting gimmick. The American company merges with a foreign competitor headquartered in another nation where taxes are lower, and reincorporates there.

This “expatriate” tax dodge (its official name is a “tax inversion”) is now at the early stages but is likely to spread rapidly because it pushes every American competitor to make the same move or suffer a competitive disadvantage.

For example, Walgreen, the largest drugstore chain in the United States with more than 8,700 drugstores spread across the nation, is on the verge of moving its corporate headquarters to Switzerland as part of a merger with Alliance Boots, the European drugstore chain.

Founded in Chicago in 1901, with current headquarters in the nearby suburb of Deerfield, Walgreen is about as American as apple pie — or your Main Street druggist.

Even if it becomes a Swiss corporation, Walgreen will remain your Main Street druggist. It just won’t pay nearly as much in U.S. taxes.

Which means the rest of us will have to make up the difference. Walgreen’s morph into a Swiss corporation will cost you and me and every other American taxpayer about $4 billion over five years, according to an analysis by Americans for Tax Fairness.

The tax dodge likewise means more money for Walgreen’s investors and top executives. Which is why its large investors – including Goldman Sachs — have been pushing for it.

Some Walgreen customers have complained. A few activists have rallied outside the firm’s Chicago headquarters.

But hey, this is the way the global capitalist game played. Anything to boost the bottom line.

Yet it doesn’t have to be the way American democracy is played.

Even if there’s no way to stop U.S. corporations from shedding their U.S. identities and becoming foreign corporations, there’s no reason they should retain the privileges of U.S. citizenship.  

By treaty, the U.S. government can’t (and shouldn’t) discriminate against foreign corporations offering as good if not better deals than American companies offer. So if Walgreen as a Swiss company continues to fill Medicaid and Medicare payments as well as, say, CVS, it’s likely that Walgreen will continue to earn almost a quarter of its $72 billion annual revenues directly from the U.S. government.

But as a foreign corporation, Walgreen should no longer have any say over the size of those payments, what drugs they cover, or how they’re administered.

In fact, Walgreen should no longer have any say about how the U.S. government does anything.

In 2010 it lobbied for and got a special provision in the Dodd-Frank Act, limiting the fees banks are allowed to charge merchants for credit-card transactions — resulting in a huge saving for Walgreen. If it becomes a Swiss citizen, the days of special provisions should be over. 

The Supreme Court’s “Citizens United” decision may have opened the floodgates to American corporate money in U.S. politics, but not to foreign corporate money in U.S. politics.

The Court didn’t turn foreign corporations into American citizens, entitled to seek to influence U.S. law and regulations.

Since the 2010 election cycle, Walgreen’s Political Action Committee has spent $991,030 on federal elections. If it becomes a Swiss corporation, it shouldn’t be able to spend a penny more.

Walgreen is free to become Swiss but it should no longer be free to influence U.S. politics.

It may still be the Main Street druggist, but if it’s no longer American it shouldn’t be considered a citizen on Main Street.









Post-Hobby Lobby, Religious Orgs Want Exemption From LGBT Hiring Order

This is exactly the sort of idiotic tipping point these religious extremists (no, you have no grounds to contest that) were looking for. This is but the first volley. Now the laws are seen through the lens of SCOTUS appointees who couldn’t find discrimination in the dictionary as not needing to apply evenly to all peoples, in fact they can and should be circumvented in the name of religion. And no, this is not “religious freedom”. This is in the name of religion. (you also have no ground to contest that)

Religious circumvention can now blow both ways until there is an extreme action taken by SOMEBODY. What about the great Leviticus quote (which, if you knew your theology, doesn’t apply anymore) that demands that they not be tolerated and instead be put to death? Would that see a religious leader of, say, blackwater’s newly renamed self to seek exception to murder prosecutions on the grounds of exercising religion? It could, if we keep riding this slope.

Haha, and here’s the best one, under the same banner, a powerful extremist (of ANY creed) who owns any given corp can seek the same redress based on ridding the world of infidels (yes, Christians have this, too, look for not tolerating those who worship other gods). This has created the worst precedent in the history of the world and now there is going to be open season for exceptions of everything.

What pisses me off more than the fact that these people were put in place by people of similar belief is the fact that people who were thought to be intelligent enough to deserve a seat on the SCOTUS took the road of their religious agenda over the obvious future of the country, showing once and for all they did not, in fact, deserve their seats, and were in fact simple political puppets who are simple zealot parrots.

Way to go, you religious zealots. You’ve signed the death warrant for the country you claim to love. Fuck off.





i can’t believe it’s 2014 and there’s still no gay romantic comedy about vin diesel and dwayne johnson falling in love

They raise a gaggle of kids undercover working for a gov’t agency together

*booming announcer voice*  Undercover, and under covers.  Vin Diesel pumps more than iron.   Dwayne Johnson finds something else as hard as a rock.  Together, these FBI agents discover their next assignment wasn’t covered in their training.  They raise hell, raise kids, and raise hope.  Diesel… Johnson…. in the romantic action film of the summer: ABSolute POWER.  

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