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Why The Unfollow Button Should be Your Best Friend

(Reuters) – Twitter Inc and Facebook Inc will transfer control of the @POTUS account to the Joe Biden administration on Jan. 20, the social media companies said on Saturday.

The @POTUS account on both platforms is the official account of the President of the United States. It is separate from the @realDonaldTrump Twitter account and the @DonaldTrump Facebook page that U.S. President Donald Trump mostly uses to write his posts. 

“Twitter is actively preparing to support the transition of White House institutional Twitter accounts on January 20th, 2021. As we did for the presidential transition in 2017, this process is being done in close consultation with the National Archives and Records,” the company confirmed to Reuters on Saturday. 

The social media giants will also hand over other institutional handles – for the White House, vice president and first lady of the United States – on inauguration day.

This is sad, so many people that had quit now back to smoking. This pandemic has done so much damage to our health, mental and physical. How many have skipped doctors appointments, routine physicals, elective procedures. The toll it’s taken on lives worldwide is staggering.

“When I get on a call, I walk with the phone, and I smoke cigarettes. That’s what I do,” she said in a phone interview from Columbus, Ohio.She’s not the only one. Thousands of miles away in Brussels, photographer Olivier Truyman says that pre-COVID, he was smoking less than three-quarters of a pack a day. Nowadays, he says, he paces in his apartment “like a panther in a cage.” And he’s lighting up more than a pack a day.

In homes across the world, people like Eddy and Truyman are giving Big Tobacco a boost during the pandemic, despite public health advice that smoking increases the risk of severe illness from COVID-19. A combination of anxiety, boredom, stress, and the unexpected freedoms of social isolation are among reasons they give.

In recent weeks, tobacco companies Philip Morris International Inc, Japan Tobacco Inc (JT), Imperial Brands Plc and Altria Group Inc all raised their sales or profit targets, saying the industry had done better than expected, mostly in the United States and Europe. Imperial said staying home in the pandemic gave people more chances to smoke and more cash to spend.

Source: Big Tobacco gets a pandemic pick-me-up | Reuters

Bye bye Don

The only winning strategy Donald Trump has lived by. Thankfully it didn’t work this time. January 20, 2021 can’t come soon enough!

A Halloween Pirate Ship

Tongass National Forest

This is a sad day for our country.

President Trump will open up more than half of Alaska’s Tongass National Forest to logging and other forms of development, according to a notice posted Wednesday, stripping protections that had safeguarded one of the world’s largest intact temperate rainforests for nearly two decades.

As of Thursday, it will be legal for logging companies to build roads and cut and remove timber throughout more than 9.3 million acres of forest — featuring old-growth stands of red and yellow cedar, Sitka spruce and Western hemlock. The relatively pristine expanse is also home to plentiful salmon runs and imposing fjords. The decision, which will be published in the Federal Register, reverses protections President Bill Clinton put in place in 2001 and is one of the most sweeping public lands rollbacks Trump has enacted.

For years, federal and academic scientists have identified Tongass as an ecological oasis that serves as a massive carbon sink while providing key habitat for wild Pacific salmon and trout, Sitka black-tailed deer and myriad other species. It boasts the highest density of brown bears in North America, and its trees — some of which are between 300 and 1,000 years old — absorb at least 8 percent of all the carbon stored in the entire Lower 48′s forests combined.

“While tropical rainforests are the lungs of the planet, the Tongass is the lungs of North America,” Dominick DellaSala, chief scientist with the Earth Island Institute’s Wild Heritage project, said in an interview. “It’s America’s last climate sanctuary.”


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Rush Limbaugh’s jarring announcement that he suffers from terminal lung cancer and may soon have to end his long-running political radio talk show, sparked nationwide news coverage this week. Limbaugh’s illness is being treated as news because the broadcaster is seen as being important and influential in American politics. But news coverage of the announcement, and of Limbaugh’s pending retirement, needs to detail why he’s influential and important to American politics.

The coverage needs to be upfront and honest about the damage Limbaugh’s career has done to this country and to the democratic process — the vile degradation of our public discourse. It needs to be transparent about the endless litany of lies and heartless smears Limbaugh has gleefully trafficked in for decades, as he stuffed his pockets with millions and wallowed in the misfortune of others.

So far, the press is glossing over the substance of Limbaugh’s regrettable career. CNN described him this week as simply a "conservative talk show radio host" and a "Republican icon," while the New York Times similarly provided a bare-bones description — a ""conservative talk radio host" who is "popular among grass-roots conservatives." We saw the same whitewash coverage of the hateful talker when Trump tarnished the Presidential Medal of Freedom by awarding one to Limbaugh in May. Disappeared by the press was the host’s signature misogynistic and race-baiting rants.

Before birtherism there was Rush. Before InfoWars and QAnon, there was Rush, purposefully polluting American minds for three decades via his increasingly shrinking AM radio base, as station owners have become turned off by the show’s hefty price tag, sagging ratings, and vanishing advertisers.

Memo to media: Tell the truth about Limbaugh. Tell the truth about his history of racist tirades and how he used to refer to then-presidential candidate Barack Obama as a “Hafrican American,” and played the  mocking song called “Barack the Magic Negro.” Tell the truth about how he made fun of actor Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s disease after Fox endorsed Democratic candidates. ("He is moving all around and shaking. And it’s purely an act.")

Note that I would be making the exact same points today if Limbaugh were soon retiring in perfectly good health. His cancer has nothing to do with the underlying fact that the press has spent years whitewashing his hate programming, just as the D.C. press whitewashes the GOP’s racism. In truth, I suspect that trend of timidity will become more pronounced in coming weeks and months considering Limbaugh is sick and journalists will likely shy away from providing an honest and accurate review of his career.

Looking back over the last 30 years, Limbaugh and Rupert Murdoch have probably done more damage to this country than any other media players. Fiercely committed to blatant lies and to tearing apart the nation’s fabric by pitting groups against each other in the name of political pursuit, Limbaugh, 69, and Murdoch, 89, will both leave ugly legacies when they go.

With the Covid-19 pandemic, both men are responsible for the deaths of thousands of Americans. Murdoch, by allowing Fox News to gorge on rancid public health misinformation all through 2020, and Limbaugh by lying about the virus’s effects for most of this year. "The common cold," is how the radio host has repeatedly described the deadly virus, which will soon claim 250,000 lives in the U.S., and no end in sight for the death count. We’ll never know how many of Limbaugh’s loyal, elderly listeners have died from the virus this year, in part because he assured them the infection was essentially harmless.

But Limbaugh has never shied away from putting his listeners in danger in the pursuit of a political cause. In 2017, he urged them to dismiss the safety warnings from government officials about Hurricane Irma because the warnings were all part of a government plot to promote the dangers of climate change.

Limbaugh’s career never recovered from his 2012 implosion when he castigated and insulted a Georgetown University graduate student, Sandra Fluke, who testified before Congress about health care and access to contraception. Limbaugh called her out by name, labeling her a “slut” and a "prostitute," insulted her parents on the air, and suggested Fluke post videos of herself having sex on the Internet. The astonishing monologues and the Fluke saga went on for weeks and were supplemented by right-wing media attacks on her boyfriend and her his Jewish heritage, as well as the loopy conspiracies about the White House’s alleged role in the story. It all sparked an unprecedented advertiser exodus from Limbaugh’s show.

During that same campaign cycle, Limbaugh set his bullying sights on a 13-year-old boy, and even likened him to to a Nazi storm trooper. The boy’s crime? His mother came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against then-Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain. The boy had urged his mother to go public, so Limbaugh used the power of his AM radio show to wage war on a middle school student.

Rush Limbaugh is an awful, awful person. Tell the truth about him.



Words Matter

Just like a Chameleon changes its colors the Republicans change their words to suit their audience. It does not matter if the spoken words are true or if they believe they are. Speak truth my fellow resisters, words and actions will be judged long after this election is over.

Pope Francis called for the passage of civil union laws for same-sex couples in a documentary that aired in Rome on Wednesday, in a major departure from the position held by the Vatican’s doctrinal office.“Homosexuals have a right to be part of the family,” the Pontiff said in “Francesco,” a documentary about his life, according to the Catholic News Agency. “They’re children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out, or be made miserable because of it.”“What we have to create is a civil union law,” he added. “That way, they are legally covered. I stood up for that.”

While serving as archbishop of Buenos Aires, Francis endorsed civil unions for gay couples as an alternative to same-sex marriages. However, he had never come out publicly in favor of civil unions as pope.

Source: Pope calls for civil unions for same-sex couples, in major departure from Vatican doctrine

Throughout the pandemic, people who never had the coronavirus have been reporting a host of seemingly unrelated symptoms: excruciating headaches, episodes of hair loss, upset stomach for weeks on end, sudden outbreaks of shingles and flare-ups of autoimmune disorders. The disparate symptoms, often in otherwise healthy individuals, have puzzled doctors and patients alike, sometimes resulting in a series of visits to specialists with few answers.

But it turns out there’s a common thread among many of these conditions, one that has been months in the making: chronic stress

.Although people often underestimate the influence of the mind on the body, a growing catalog of research shows that high levels of stress over an extended period of time can drastically alter physical function and affect nearly every organ system.

Now at least eight months into the pandemic, alongside a divisive election cycle and racial unrest, those effects are showing up in a variety of symptoms.

“The mental health component of COVID is starting to come like a tsunami,” says Dr. Jennifer Love, a California-based psychiatrist.Source: Stress Of The Pandemic Can Cause Health Issues. Here’s How To Cope : Shots – Health News : NPR