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Read the $15k-A-Month ‘Consulting’ Offer the Trump Campaign Proposed to Omarosa in Exchange for Signing An NDA

August 12, 2018 in Blogs

By Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet

The Washington Post published the document Sunday.


Omarosa Manigault-Newman, the former reality TV star turned White House director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison said she declined a $15,000 a month offer from the Trump campaign after she was fired from the White House.

The offer, published Sunday by the Washington Post, included a non-disclosure and non-disparagement agreement the former reality star said was “an attempt to buy her silence,” according to the Post.

According to the document, labeled the “Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. Companion Agreement, Manigault-Newman would have been prohibited from demeaning or cubically disparaging Trump, Mike Pence, or any of their family members or companies. She also would no have been able to assist “any person that is a candidate or exploring candidacy for President of the United States other than Mr. Trump.”

You can read the full document below, via the Washington Post.

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Dan Rather Calls Trump's Intentionally 'Divisive' Charlottesville Tweet: 'It Makes A mockery of Our History'

August 12, 2018 in Blogs

By Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet

“It's not calming and unifying,” the veteran journalist wrote on Twitter.


Veteran journalist Dan Rather on Sunday called out Donald Trump for “using false equivalence” in his tweet addressing the Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally.

Trump on Saturday acknowledged last year’s deadly white supremacist rally that resulted in the death of counter-protestor Heather Heyer. That clash began with controversy surrounding the removal of a Robert E. Lee statues. The president has previously claimed the people who want dismantle Confederate monuments are “trying to take away our culture.”

“The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division,” Trump tweeted Saturday. “We must come together as a nation. I condemn all types of racism and acts of violence. Peace to ALL Americans!”

Trump endured extensive criticism for failing to condemn neo-Nazis after Charlottesville. Instead, he claimed “both sides” were responsible for the violence that resulted in Heyer’s death.

According to Rather, the president’s tweet on Saturday is an extension of his “both sides” equivalency.

“When Trump criticizes ‘all types of racism’ he's using false equivalence to wink at those who peddle in the distortions of white grievance,” Rather wrote. “It makes a mockery of our history and our present. It's not calming and unifying. it's provocative and divisive. And it's intentional.”

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'Paradigm of The Hysterical Woman': Doctors Are More Willing to Prescribe Pain Meds to ‘Rational’ Men Than 'Irrational' Women

August 12, 2018 in Blogs

By Emily Jordan, Salon

Why a woman’s pain isn’t her own.


Amanda Stern is anxious. A native New Yorker, she spent her childhood, adolescence, much of her adulthood (and possibly the entirety of her walk over to meet me) in a kaleidoscopic state of mild to debilitating anxiety. Yet, as we sit in Maison May, a homey, intimate café in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, eating an early lunch and chatting about her new memoir “Little Panic,” Stern is both warm yet sarcastic, unflappable yet neurotic, all while simultaneously emitting a low apprehensive buzz, like a tightly vibrating string.

Reading Stern’s book, anyone who grew up in the 1970s will recognize Etan Patz, the six-year-old boy who went for a two-block walk from which he never returned, not to mention that era’s total permissiveness, a supervision style which would later give rise to Just Say No in the Reagan '80s and then its bastard lovechild, helicopter parenting. Yet the disturbing details of the Etan Patz case incite and inform young Stern’s own childhood worries — will Patz be found, will she herself be taken, will her mother “disappear”? — as they mirror Stern’s childhood self’s unfulfilled desire to be seen and known.

“Little Panic” grips and discomfits in the best way. It is entertaining and sad and funny and relatable even as you wonder, where were all the adults of the '70s, and WTF were they doing? Were they all off punching pillows at EST or shtupping each other at Jewish resorts in the Catskills? And why didn’t anyone walk little Etan Patz to his damn bus?

“I’m the only one of my siblings I grew up with who’s anxious,” Stern informs me over an almond milk latte and a summer salad, artfully arranged on a butcher’s block. “When you have a lot of untreated, undiagnosed anxiety, it floods out of your brain and into your body and just sets up shop.”

Stern’s book is about how she navigated an undiagnosed panic disorder from childhood up to and through early adulthood, even though she was constantly undergoing rigorous diagnostic testing to uncover what was so “wrong with …read more

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Apes Have the Right Vocal Anatomy — So Why Can't They Speak?

August 12, 2018 in Blogs

By The Conversation

Here's what evolution tells us about the complex behaviour of primates.


We all know that parrots can talk. Some people may have even seen elephantsseals, or whales mimicking speech sounds. So why can’t our closest primate relatives speak like us? Our new research suggests they have the right vocal anatomy but not the brainpower to use it.

Scientists have been interested in understanding this phenomenon for centuries. Some have argued that non-human primates didn’t have the right-shaped body parts to make the same sounds as we do, and that human speech evolved after our speech organs changed. But comparative studies have shown that the form and function of the larynx and vocal tract is very similar across most primates species, including humans.

This suggests that the primate vocal tract is “speech ready” but that most species don’t have the neural control to make the complex sounds that comprise human speech. When reviewing the evidence in 1871, Charles Darwin wrote “the brain has no doubt been far more important”.

Along with Jeroen Smaers from Stony Brook University in New York, I have been investigating the relationship between the number of different calls that each primate species can make and the architecture of their brains. For example, Golden pottos have only ever been recorded using two different sounds, while chimpanzees and bonobos use around 40.

Our new study, published in Frontiers in Neuroscience, focused on two particular features of the brain. These were the cortical association areas that govern voluntary control over behaviour, and the brainstem nuclei that are involved in the neural control of muscles responsible for vocal production. Cortical association areas are found within the neocortex and are key to the higher order brain functions considered to be the foundation for the complex behaviour of primates.

The results indicate a positive correlation between the relative size of the cortical association areas and the size of the vocal repertoire of primates. In simple terms, primates with bigger cortical association areas tended to make more sounds. But, interestingly, a primate’s vocal repertoire was not linked to the overall size of its brain, just the relative size of …read more

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Donald Trump Is Now As Unpopular As Nixon Was When He Resigned

August 12, 2018 in Blogs

By Gwendolyn Smith, The New Civil Rights Movement

44 years ago this week, as President Nixon was preparing to resign the office.


A new poll released this week shows that President Donald Trump is as disliked as President Richard M. Nixon was on the day he resigned from office.

The Marist College Poll is reporting that only 20% of Americans find Donald Trump's job performance as “excellent,” with an additional 20% listing him as “pretty good.”

At the bottom of the rankings, 13% said the President's job performance is “fair,” with 45% reporting it as “poor.”

44 years ago this week, as President Nixon was preparing to resign the office, he also had a 45% majority of the country claiming he was doing a poor job, per the Harris poll.

Of course, the numbers split along party lines. A mere 2% of Democrats feel that trump is doing an excellent job, versus 49% of Republicans. At the other end of the scale, 80% of Democrats list his performance as poor, while only 6% of republicans would agree.

One major difference between Trump and Nixon's number is the intensity of feelings over Trump. Only 70% of Democrats polled in 1974 felt Nixon's performance was poor — ten points more favorable than Trump today.

The same is true for Republicans, with a mere 20% of 1974 Republicans giving Nixon an excellent rating.

The intensity of dislike by Democrats is expected to help in the polls come November's midterm elections, potentially fueling a record turnout and a sizable victory for Democratic candidates.

The last time Democrats picked up such huge midterm wins? 1974.

 

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