Trump: ‘Bothersome’ that Mueller is ‘very good friends’ with Comey

(CNN)President Donald Trump said “we’re going to have to see” when asked about the future of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is reportedly investigating whether Trump attempted to obstruct justice.

“Well, he is very very good friends with (former FBI Director James) Comey, which is very bothersome,” the President said in a Fox News clip that aired Thursday. “We’re going to have to see.”
Trump fired Comey over dissatisfaction with how the FBI head was handling the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein later appointed Mueller, a former FBI director, as special counsel to oversee the investigation, including potential collusion between Trump’s campaign associates and Russian officials.
    “Look there has been no obstruction. There’s been no collusion. There has been leaking by Comey,” Trump added. “But there’s been no collusion, no obstruction, and virtually everybody agrees to that. So we’ll have to see.”
    Trump accused Mueller of hiring “all Hillary Clinton supporters” to staff the investigation. At least three members of Mueller’s legal team have given political donations almost exclusively to Democrats, CNN reported in an analysis of Federal Election Commission records.
    In other comments in the full interview on Fox, which aired Friday morning, Trump reiterated how ineffective Democrats and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have been at winning elections. His remarks came on the heels of Democrat Jon Ossoff’s loss to Republican Karen Handel in the special election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District seat Tuesday — the most expensive House race in US history.
    “I hope she doesn’t step down. It would be a very, very sad day for Republicans if she steps down,” Trump said. “I would be very, very disappointed if she did. I would like to keep her right where she is because our record is extraordinary against her, but we will see what happens.”
    “There has been a lot of talk about her stepping down,” he said. “We will have to see what happens.”
    Several Democratic lawmakers have said Pelosi’s position as a prominent face of the Democratic Party will continue to make winning elections difficult. In special elections for House seats vacated by Republicans who wound up in Trump’s Cabinet, Democrats have gone 0-for-4, losing races in Georgia, Montana, South Carolina and Kansas.
    On health care, Trump said he believes he will win over Republican lawmakers who have pledged to vote against the GOP bill to replace the Affordable Care Act.
    Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah said in a joint statement Thursday that they’re “not ready to vote for this bill.”
    “They are also four good guys and are four friends of mine,” Trump said. “I think they will probably get there. We will have to see. You know, health care is a very difficult situation.”
    “I have been here only five months, people saying, ‘Where is the health care?’ Well, I have done in five months what other people haven’t done in years,” Trump added. “People have worked on health care for many years. It’s a very complicated situation from the standpoint you do something that’s good for one group but bad for another.”

    Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/23/politics/trump-mueller-pelosi/index.html


    One third of world now overweight, with US leading the way

    (CNN)More than two billion adults and children globally are overweight or obese and suffer health problems because of their weight, a new study reports.

    This equates to one-third of the world’s population carrying excess weight, fueled by urbanization, poor diets and reduced physical activity.
    The United States has the greatest percentage of obese children and young adultcs, at 13%, while Egypt led in terms of adult obesity, with almost 35%, among the 195 countries and territories included in the study.
      While 2.2 billion people were obese or overweight in 2015, more than 710 million of them were classed as obese, with 5% of all children and 12% of adults fitting into this category.
      An increasing number globally are dying from health problems linked to being overweight, such as cardiovascular disease, said the study, which published Monday in the New England Journal of Medicine.
      Almost 40% of the 4 million dying as a result of their higher body mass index were not yet obese, highlighting that deaths are occurring almost as often in those considered overweight as those considered obese.
      Body mass index is the ratio between a person’s weight and height; a BMI of 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight, while anything over 30 is obese.
      “People who shrug off weight gain do so at their own risk — risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and other life-threatening conditions,” said Dr. Christopher Murray, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, who worked on the study.
      “Those half-serious New Year’s resolutions to lose weight should become year-round commitments to lose weight and prevent future weight gain,” he said in a statement.

      The global obesity picture

      The IHME researchers analyzed data from 68.5 million people between 1980 and 2015 to explore trends as well as figures regarding overweight and obesity rates.
      Data was obtained from the most recent Global Burden of Disease study, which explores all major diseases, conditions and injuries globally by age, sex and population.
      The data revealed that the number of people affected by obesity has doubled since 1980 in 73 countries, and continued to rise across most other countries included in the analysis.
      Obesity levels were higher among women than men across all age groups, which correlates with previous findings on obesity.
      Percentages of children who were obese were lower than adults, but the rate at which their numbers have increased was greater, signifying more risk in the future if nothing is done to curb the problem.
      In terms of numbers, the large population sizes of China and India meant they had the highest numbers of obese children, with 15.3 million and 14.4 million, respectively.
      Despite a smaller population, the United States had the greatest number of obese adults, with 79.4 million (35% of the population), followed by China with 57.3 million.
      The lowest obesity rates were seen in Bangladesh and Vietnam, at 1%.
      “This re-emphasizes what we already know about the obesity epidemic,” said Goodarz Danaei, assistant professor or global health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “But it raises the alarm that we may be facing a wave of obesity in the coming years across high and low income countries.”
      Danaei believes that while the epidemic may have plateaued in terms of growth among certain adult populations, such as the US population, the greater rate of change among children means there will be a future cohort of people who have been exposed to a high BMI for a longer period of time, which researchers will not have faced before.
      “We don’t really know what the long-term effects will be if exposed to high BMI over 20, 30, 40 years,” said Danaei, who was not involved in the study. “It may be larger than we have already seen.”

      A rise and fall in numbers affected by disease

      In addition to highlighting the scale of the global obesity epidemic, the researchers hope to raise awareness of the diseases linked to being overweight that can prove fatal.
      Almost 70% of deaths related to an elevated BMI in the analysis were due to cardiovascular disease, killing 2.7 million people in 2015, with diabetes being the second leading cause of death.
      However, in more recent years, while rates of cardiovascular disease have risen, the number of deaths have fallen. The researchers believe this may in large part be due to better clinical interventions becoming available, such as measures to control high blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels, which all fuel heart disease.
      This is the case in countries like the United States, argues Danaei, adding that prevention services leading up to the onset of cardiovascular disease, such as blood sugar monitoring, or care after a heartattack, or stroke, have improved in developed countries.
      But these service are expensive and are not currently the norm in most low- and middle-income countries. “After a heart attack, the chance of dying is much higher in developing countries,” he said.

      Why is this happening?

      Obesity levels have risen in all countries, irrespective of their income level, meaning the issue is not simply down to wealth, the authors say in the paper.
      “Changes in the food environment and food systems are probably major drivers,” they write. “Increased availability, accessibility, and affordability of energy dense foods, along with intense marketing of such foods, could explain excess energy intake and weight gain among different populations.”
      They add that reduced levels and opportunities for physical activity that came with increased urbanization are also potential causes, but add that these are “unlikely to be major contributors.”

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      “Over the past decade, numerous interventions have been evaluated, but very little evidence exists about their long-term effectiveness,” said Dr. Ashkan Afshin, assistant professor of global health at IHME, who led the research.
      “Over the next 10 years, we will work closely with the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) in monitoring and evaluating the progress of countries in controlling overweight and obesity,” he said, adding his team will share data and findings with scientists, policymakers, and other stakeholders seeking evidence-based strategies to address this problem.
      “We need to control the consequences of obesity much better globally … and help people who are obese to lose weight,” said Danaei. “That’s where we need research and public health interventions.”

      Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/12/health/global-obesity-study/index.html


      One Cause Of The French Instagram Stars Death By Exploding Whipped Cream” Is More Common Than You Think

      Rebecca Burger, a widely popular French fitness blogger, died over the weekend after a whipped cream dispenser exploded into her chest.Citing local reportsin France, the BBC reported that shedied of cardiac arrestafter the accident, despite being attended to by medics.

      Her family announced her death on Facebook, calling it a “domestic accident.” A warning about what her family described as a faulty dispenser involved in her death has also been posted on her Instagram. The message said the canister “exploded and struck Rebecca’s chest, causing her death.”

      The canistersshoot gas into a metal capsuleto maintain their pressure. A French consumer group had warned readers for years about faulty connectors that could break and permit the gas capsules to be ejected at high speed,the BBC reported, adding that faulty canisters were involved in enough accidents that the French government issued a warning and said the accidents stretched back as far as 2010.

      Cardiac arrest is more common than you think

      It is unclear precisely how the canister explosion triggered Burger’s cardiac arrest, but the condition is more common than you might think.

      In the US, some325,000 peopleexperiencesudden cardiac arresteach year, when the heart stops suddenly as the result of a malfunction. A surprising number of people who suffer from cardiac arrest are in good health with no prior indications of heart disease, though the exact figure remainshotlydebated.

      About90%of them die.

      Cardiac arrest is different from a heart attack, which involves a blocked artery that causes the heart to stop. It also affects a different set of people middle-aged men and women, a surprising number of whom exercise regularly and eat right. You can think of a heart attack as a “plumbing problem,” according to theSudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, while you can think of sudden cardiac arrest as an “electrical problem.”

      Why survival rates are so low

      Survival rates for sudden cardiac arrest vary immensely by state and even by county in America. In an ER in Seattle and King County, a story inThe New York Times noted, your average chances of surviving it are nearly 20%. In Detroit, your chances are 3%.

      It all comes down to the tools and protocol applied by the people who receive you. Depending on which hospital or ER you end up in, you may get some treatments but not others.

      “It’s all sort of voluntary it’s a patchwork. And it’s created the situation we’re in today where survival is very variable depending on where you live,” Ben Abella, the Clinical Research Director of the Center for Resuscitation Science at the University of Pennsylvania,told Business Insiderin 2015. “I think a lot of people think you dial 9-1-1 and you get the same care, but no, it’s vastly different.”

      Survival rates aredismal.

      According to a 2015report from the Institute of Medicine, the average rate of surviving cardiac arrest outside a hospital is 6%. When a patient is treated by first responders, therate rises to 12%, according to a 2016 report from the American Heart Association.

      The problem comes down to time and a lack of standards.

      Beating the clock

      The most common phrase doctors use to describe what it looks like when someone is having cardiac arrest is “they drop.” After that moment, each minute is critical to their survival.

      “The biggest thing we can do … is control what happens outside of the hospital before they get in, because those are some of the most critical minutes a patient has,” John Greenwood, the Medical Director of the Emergency Department Critical Care Resuscitation Unit at the University of Pennsylvania, told Business Insider in 2015.

      Burger had 160,000 Instagram followers and shared thousands ofphotos of her life.

      During that time, a person’s blood isn’t circulating. Their brain isn’t getting the oxygen it needs. The more time that passes, the less chances a person will have a full recovery.

      But the US has no standards, either for training people to apply the necessary life-saving procedures or for requiring the machinery that could help to be installed in public places like restaurants or shopping malls. A2016 report from the American Heart Associationagain urged for the implementation of these standards.

      “We’re faced with a problem of implementation,” said Abella. “We don’t know how many Americans have been trained in CPR. You’d think that would be a number we should know, but we don’t. We also don’t know cardiac arrest incidence and survival. There’s no national mechanism to look at that.”

      The IM report estimates that less than 3% of Americans get CPR training. And they found that defibrillators the heart-jump starting machines popularized by medical soap operas are used by bystanders in just 4% of non-hospital cardiac arrests.

      “Not all buildings require defibrillators. So even though these have been proven as life-saving devices, we’re sort of at the mercy of local businesses. You’d think, well, we havefire alarmsthat are hardwired into building codes. But defibrillators are not,” Abella said.

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      Gwyneth Paltrow’s ‘Goop’ criticized by ex-NASA scientist for bogus healing stickers

      A NASA scientist is criticizing Gwyneth Paltrows lifestyle and wellness website for promoting bogus $120 stickers that allegedly contain materials used in spacesuits. 

      Body Vibes stickers, according to tech website Gizmodo, are the latest product promoted by the actress’s website “Goop” to come under fire. The stickers, sold for $120 for a pack of 24, are said to be made from NASA spacesuit material to rebalance energy frequency in our bodies, according to the website.


      Goop posted a blog post praising the product.

      Human bodies operate at an ideal energetic frequency, but everyday stresses and anxiety can throw off our internal balance, depleting our energy reserves and weakening our immune systems, Paltrows website said. “Body Vibes stickers come pre-programmed to an ideal frequency, allowing them to target imbalances.”

      Mark Shelhamer, former chief scientist at NASAs human research division, told Gizmodo of the product: Wow. What a load of BS this is.

      Shelhamer said the stickers claim to have carbon material from NASA spacesuits is false. He said the suits contained synthetic polymers, spandex and other materials, not carbon.

      Not only is the whole premise like snake oil, the logic doesnt even hold up, Shelhamer said. If they promote healing, why do they leave marks on the skin when they are removed?

      Later, Goop pulled the products mention of containing the NASA material from the website and issued a statement to media outlets.


      As we have always explained, advice and recommendations included on goop are not formal endorsements and the opinions expressed by the experts and companies we profile do not necessarily represent the views of goop,” the company said.

      “Based on the statement from NASA, weve gone back to the company to inquire about the claim and removed the claim from our site until we get additional verification, the statement concluded.

      This is not the first time Paltrows website has come under fire.

      Multiple doctors have come out and criticized Goop for promoting jade eggs and vaginal steaming, both of which can be dangerous for women. The jade eggs, which supposedly cleanse and improve a womans sex life, are said to be made with a porous material and can cause bacterial infections, according to the Washington Post.  

      Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/2017/06/23/gwyneth-paltrows-goop-criticized-by-ex-nasa-scientist-for-bogus-healing-stickers.html


      Hillary Clinton: GOP is ‘death party’ if health care bill passes

      Washington (CNN)Hillary Clinton has a new name for the Republican Party if Congress manages to pass the Senate health care bill: “death party.”

      The Democratic presidential nominee’s Twitter account shared a study Friday afternoon from a progressive think tank, the Center for American Progress, predicting that the Senate bill could lead to between 18,000 and 27,000 additional deaths in 2026 if those people have no coverage.
      “Forget death panels. If Republicans pass this bill, they’re the death party,” she tweeted.
        “Death panels” is a reference to a line of attack that that was used by some Republicans amid debate on the Affordable Care Act in 2009, suggesting that Obamacare would have the government determine whether elderly people or people with special needs “deserve” care.
        The discussion surrounded a provision that would have used Medicare funds to pay for doctors to discuss end-of-life options with patients — but that proposal did not end up becoming part of the ACA.
        This is Clinton’s fourth tweet about health care since the Senate bill was released Thursday morning. She encouraged people to call their senators about “Trumpcare,” and she retweeted a former adviser to her campaign who shared a graphic showing possible effects of proposed Medicaid cuts on children.
        Earlier Friday, her Twitter account shared a Facebook post from former President Barack Obama denouncing the bill.
        So far, Republicans in the Senate have expressed some reservations with the bill, and most of them are still reviewng the text, according to CNN’s whip count.
        But several have pointed out that the Republican bill improves on Obamacare, which they say was a large-government approach to health care that does not deliver the benefits it promised for patients.
        Sen. David Perdue of Georgia said: “After reviewing the initial working draft, I believe it includes many substantial fixes to our broken health care system…Obviously, this will not be the final bill, but I’m hopeful that we can resolve the remaining disagreements and deliver a consensus bill that is a vast improvement over Obamacare.”
        Former Vice President Joe Biden also tweeted criticism of the Senate measure.
        “The Senate health bill isn’t about health care at all — it’s a wealth transfer: slashes care to fund tax cuts for the wealthy & corporations.”
        His tweet echoed Obama’s message the day before: “The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill,” Obama’s Facebook post read. “It’s a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America.”

        Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/23/politics/hillary-clinton-gop-death-party-health-care/index.html


        The Resistance Now: activists say ‘hell no’ to Republican healthcare bill

        Progressives sprung into action with dozens protesting outside the Senate majority leaders office, while Democrats took stock after Ossoffs loss

        So about that healthcare bill…

        Dozens of people were arrested after protesting outside Senate majority leader Mitch McConnells office on Thursday including some in wheelchairs as Republicans unveiled Republicans unveiled Trumpcare 2.0 (or are we on 3.0 now?).

        Activists from disability rights organization Adapt gathered outside McConnells office to demonstrate against the bill, which would dramatically cut Medicaid and strip funding from Planned Parenthood, to name just two measures.

        A protester is led away by police on Thursday. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

        Progressive organizations sprung into action to try to defeat it.

        Our Revolution set up a page on its website urging people to take action to stop AHCA [the Senate bill is called the Better Care Reconciliation Act but many of the principles are the same as the AHCA House bill] and prevent millions from losing their healthcare.

        The organization has provided a number which will connect people to their Senators office, and has also provided some talking points.

        AHCA would leave 23 million Americans without healthcare.

        The bill would allow insurance companies to discriminate against patients and deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions.

        A majority of voters strongly oppose repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare).

        Americans want to expand healthcare, not gut it. In fact, two-thirds of Americans support Medicare for all.

        Indivisible has its own page too, where people can submit amendments to their senator. This is about applying your constituent power directly to the process, Indivisibles website says. They also have an extensive list of reading material and a script people can use when talking to their representatives.

        Ossoff: doomed from the start?

        Thats what a number of progressives told the Guardian, after the 30-year-old lost to Republican Karen Handel in Tuesdays special election.

        Jon Ossoff ran on a centrist, Clinton-esque platform that focussed on rather beige, uncontroversial issues like government waste. There was no talk of universal healthcare and little of welfare issues. He ran in what has traditionally been a Republican stronghold, and lost by only five points, but Ossoff was basically the opposite of the kind of populist candidate the left believes is the way forward.

        Hes not in favour of single-payer healthcare, hes not outspoken on campaign finance reform, said Moumita Ahmed, founder of Millennials for Revolution. Why would I as a Republican vote for someone who isnt a Republican, but still has the same values as a Republican?

        Ossoff plus balloons. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

        Winnie Wong, from People for Bernie, said Ossoffs run the election was the most expensive House race in history, by the way was a massive failure of Democratic party leadership.

        He didnt have a core progressive message and that ultimately is why he lost. The Democratic party could spend $100m and he would still lose. Because he didnt stand for anything.

        but there is hope for a Brand New Congress

        Thats the name of a group that selects, trains, supports and promotes progressives who want to run for Congress.

        Brand New Congress (BNC), formed in April 2016, currently has 14 candidates who have announced their 2018 mid-term campaigns, including several who are running against incumbent Democrats.

        We essentially provide full service campaign service, BNCs Corbin Trent told the Guardian this week. Brand New Congress manages press request, helps with events and ballot access, does opposition research on incumbents, and can even help with speechwriting.

        Brand New Congress has organized a weekend canvassing kick off for its candidates (who are from across America) on Sunday. Each of the candidates all of whom are running on progressive platforms are holding events to boost their campaigns.

        Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is running against incumbent Democrat Joseph Crowley in New Yorks 14th congressional district, organized for the Bernie Sanders campaign in 2016.

        We have the capacity and opportunity to be ambitious in legislation, Ocasio-Cortez told the Guardian. Because the world is changing in ways weve never seen before.

        What were reading

        • Were in the midst of an all-hands-on-deck emergency, writes Rebecca Solnit, in which new groups and coalitions are emerging along with unforeseen capacities in many people who didnt previously think they were activists. Solnit says there are extraordinary things happening in this moment, in an uplifting survey of the activist land.
        • Progressives should try to speak conservative to score victories, historian and LGBTQ strategist Nathaniel Frank writes in the LA Times. He says the successes of the LGBTQ movement came when activists learned to speak the language of those they most needed to enlist rather than those who already agreed with them.

        Ron Swanson reimagined as Berniecrat progressive

        Parks and Recreations Ron Swanson … an eerie doppelganger for a Democratic candidate whos making headlines. Photograph: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank

        Randy Bryce, known as @IronStache on Twitter, sprung to fame this week when he announced his challenge to Republican house speaker Paul Ryan. In his favour? An evocative campaign advert, a leftwing message, and the mustache, denim and workboots of an all-American.

        That masculine, blue-collar image prompted one Twitter user to suggest Bryce was genetically engineered from Bruce Springsteen songs, while several people compared the Democrat to the Parks and Recreation character Ron Swanson. Just not a libertarian.

        Randy Bryce is running for Paul Ryans seat in Congress. Photograph: YouTube

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        Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/23/resistance-now-newsletter-healthcare-jon-ossoff


        In North Carolina, Women Can’t Withdraw Consent After Sex Begins

        North Carolina is the only state in which a woman cant withdraw consent after sexual intercourse has already begun. But a state lawmaker is now trying to change that, sponsoring legislation that would upend a decades-old state Supreme Court ruling that determined it cant be rape if a woman offers her consent before penetration happens no matter what her choice may be after that.

        North Carolina is the only state in the U.S. where no doesnt mean no, state Sen. Jeff Jackson (D-Mecklenburg) told The Fayetteville Observer this week. Jackson is the sponsor of Senate Bill 553, which states that a person who continues to engage in intercourse after consent is withdrawn can be charged with rape. The bill applies specifically to vaginal intercourse.

        In 1977, Beverly Hester of North Carolina was on a first date when she was sexually assaulted. She later testified that she had willingly accompanied her date to a bedroom but that he had later forced her to have intercourse with him even though she begged him not to, per a 2004 report in the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology.

        The states Supreme Court ultimately ruled that Hesters date had not raped her.If the actual penetration is accomplished with the womans consent, the accused is not guilty of rape, although he may be guilty of another crime because of his subsequent actions, said the court decision.

        That ruling has had devastating consequences to this day.

        Jackson said state legislators are hearing more and more about women who have been raped and are being denied justice because of this crazy loophole.

        Amy Guy of Wake County is one of these victims. Guy told WCNC.com in an interview last month that her estranged husband had initially been charged with second-degree rape after continuing to have sex with her despite her pleas for him to stop.Jonathan Guy had showed up intoxicated at her apartment last year demanding sex, she said. She initially consented, but when he turned violent during the act,she begged him to stop a plea that he ignored.

        Guys second-degree rape charge was eventually reduced to a misdemeanor assault because of the Supreme Court ruling from the 1970s, reported WRAL.com.

        I was devastated. I didnt understand how that could be because I knew I had been raped, Guy told the station. I dont understand how the law can say that I wasnt.

        This week, assault victim Aaliyah Palmer, 19, also came forward with her story. Like Guy, she says she had initially consented to have sex with a man but withdrew her consent when he turned violent.

        The January assault happened at a party near Fort Bragg. I said, Youre hurting me. Stop, Palmer told the Observe, saying she repeated this demand several times, but he refused to stop.

        Four soldiers who had been present at the party and who filmed Palmers sexual assault were charged with peeping Tom counts. But the man who forced himself on her was not charged with any crime.

        Its really stupid, Palmer told the Observer, that a law allows the man to escape without consequences. If I tell you no and you kept going, thats rape.

        Palmer and Guy said they had come forward with their stories in the hopes that the law would be changed to protect victims of rape.

        Jackson said, however, that his bill, titled Revoke Consent for Intercourse, never got a hearing in the Senate and will likely be dead for the remainder of the two-year legislative session. But he told WRAL that hes undaunted and will continue to push similar bills until the law is changed.

        Theres no reason for this to be partisan, Jackson told the Observer. Its about doing whats obviously right.

        According to a report on Vices Broadly site last month, North Carolina may be the only state that has explicitly determined that consent cannot be withdrawn once sex begins, but an overwhelming majority of states consider this a gray area.Only eight states, including California, Kansas,South Dakota and Maine, affirmatively recognize that consent can be withdrawn at any time during intercourse, reports Broadly. Only one, Illinois, has codified this in law.

        Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/north-carolina-withdraw-consent-sex-law_us_594c8699e4b02734df297c7c


        Would Trump make a good royal?

        (CNN)The power of the British monarchy has been on display during recent tragedies.

        Whether comforting victims of the Grenfell tower block fire or unveiling the priorities of her government in the state opening of Parliament, Queen Elizabeth II has demonstrated the sort of steady, dignified endurance that rises above the chaos of a divisive Brexit vote and an inconclusive general election.
        Leave it to Prince Harry to spoil it all.
          In a revealing interview with Newsweek, the Queen’s most rebellious grandson let slip the secret at the heart of his family.
          “We are involved in modernizing the British monarchy. We are not doing this for ourselves but for the greater good of the people…. Is there any one of the royal family who wants to be king or queen? I don’t think so, but we will carry out our duties at the right time,” he said.
          Prince Harry’s words are extraordinary. But he should know better than anyone if his father Charles and brother William, both groomed for the job since birth, do not even want the throne.

            Prince Harry opens up about Diana’s funeral

          Who, after all, could survive the nonstop attention and demand for selfies? Who would thrive under such scrutiny, and do it all while wearing a gold crown weighing more than three pounds?
          It would take a certain type of person. The sort of person who fills his court with relatives, perhaps, who thinks the separation of powers is a foreign concept, and who would quite fancy himself as the head of a church.
          Anyone coming to mind here?
          President Donald Trump may be struggling to navigate power in the world’s greatest democracy. But how about the top job in a smaller, dustier administration?
          There may be centuries of convention about how the monarch is supposed to relate to Parliament (keep quiet and sign the bills when they arrive), but an unwritten constitution means there is nothing to stop him doing whatever he wants.
          These days, marrying a Catholic is not even a problem, so Melania is safe.
          It is, of course, a stupid idea. A poor joke deployed by a Brit in America (yours truly) trying to make sense of Prince Harry’s comments and the truth about duty.
          Harry’s point is that nobody should want the crown. Nobody should want the awesome responsibilities that come with it. The accident of birth has rather ruled him out of contention anyway. Prince Harry now stands fifth in line to the throne.

            Prince Harry hosts Obama at Kensington Palace

          But it is easy to understand how a fun-loving 30-something would balk at the idea.
          His mother died in a car accident in a French road tunnel as she was pursued by paparazzi, photographers trying to sate the massive interest in the Royals’ real-life soap opera.
          A photo of Harry walking in his mother’s funeral cortege became the public’s defining image of the young prince.
          “My mother had just died, and I had to walk a long way behind her coffin, surrounded by thousands of people watching me while millions more did on television,” he said in the Newsweek interview.
          “I don’t think any child should be asked to do that, under any circumstances. I don’t think it would happen.”
          It got worse as Harry got older and became fair game for the tabloids. Now every girlfriend is scrutinized by a public that knows him only from a distance.
          When he dressed up as a Nazi for a fancy dress party, photographs turned up on newspaper front pages.

            UK royals talk candidly about losing Diana

          And as his brother William will one day find out, being king rather makes showing up at a Colonials and Natives themed party a bit of a no-no. (Although his choice of outfit at that notorious 2005 party — a lion costume — shows the way he has been groomed from a young age to avoid accidentally triggering outrage by dressing up as a murderous fascist.)
          We have all watched the crown and marveled at the way Princess Elizabeth blossomed into a young queen as she grappled with her new burden and the duties she learned at her father’s side.
          How much more difficult that transition would be today, in our nonstop world of Twitter, hot takes and rolling news.

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          Anyone lusting after the position of sovereign would possess not just an unhealthy masochism, but a level of narcissism at odds with the humility displayed by the Queen during this past week.
          What kind of monster would want that life?

          Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/22/opinions/prince-harry-trump-royal-opinion-crilly/index.html


          Brunch-Scented Deodorant Exists, So You Can Smell Like Fresh Mimosas All Day

          If you love brunch, you might want to take a seat for some exciting news about the midday meal that gets you out of bed on the weekends (because hangovers have nothing on cocktails and eggs).

          Get this: Youcan now buy deodorant that smells likethe drinks that give brunch all its glory.

          This ishuge news, guys.

          I’m not sure why no one ever thought about giving deodorant a boozy spin before, but it’s genius.

          The all-natural brand behind thegenius creation, Native, is one you ought to know for so many reasons.

          First, let’s talk aboutbrunch.

          Native recently launched a limited edition 3-piece box set of Brunch Scentsthat features their bar formula fragranced with classic cocktail go-to’sthat includeNative Ros, Sangria, and Mimosa.

          The set retails for $30, andmy armpits need it.

          Courtesy of Native

          People are obviously obsessed with the idea of smelling like ros, but I personally can’t stop thinking about what it would be like to smell like a .

          Are the notes more champagne than orange juice? Or mostly OJ? I need to know!

          All scents aside, it’s time to talkabout the deodorantitself.

          Here’s a closeup of the beautiful mimosa-scented bars:

          Courtesy of Native

          Like all Native products, these bars containsoothing ingredients like shea butter and coconut oil, making them totally safe to reapply throughout the day (or when you need a little refreshing pick-me-up).

          However, you might not actually to reapply considering the natural brand promisesthat their glide-on formula lasts all freakin’ day.

          I don’t think I’dmind smelling like a mimosa for 24 hours, to be honest.

          Besides the three deodorant bars, this limited-edition seteven comes with a chicillustration of thedrinks that inspired the scents.

          I can’t help but loveeverything aboutitand don’t think I can go back to my usual deodorant after this revelation.

          Read more: http://elitedaily.com/social-news/where-can-i-buy-brunch-scented-deodorant/1999734/


          Oops! Goop Deletes Weird Health Claim After Getting Fact-Checked By NASA

          At this point, were not surprised when Goops health and wellness claims turn out to be shady. But this latest case is out-of-this-world strange.

          Gwyneth Paltrows lifestyle site pulled a claimabout energy-balancing body stickersafter Gizmodo spoke with a NASA expert who pointed out the claim was untrue. Goop initially promoted the priceyBody Vibes stickers($60 for a 10-pack)by claiming theyrebalance the energy frequency in our bodies and even treat certain ailments thanks in part to being made with the same conductive carbon material NASA uses to line space suits so they can monitor an astronauts vitals during wear.

          But GizmodosRae Paolettapublished a piece Thursdayin which aNASAexpert pointed out the agencys spacesuits dont contain conductive carbon material at all, not to mention he found the supposed science behind the product to be a load of BS. Goop subsequently pulled the spacesuit claim, though not the piece promoting the stickers.

          The original post on Goop.com claimed the stickers were made with a “material NASA uses to line space suits so they can monitor an astronaut’s vitals during wear.” 

          Meanwhile, Body Vibes website still claims its stickers use an exclusive materialoriginally developed for NASA that can hold specific frequency charges that naturally stimulate the human bodys receptors.

          Suuure they do.

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          Goop is no stranger to sticky health claims: This year alone, the brand caught fire for plugging needless products likeleaf-scented perfumeand priceyanti-mold shower heads.Then theres thepotentially dangerous health advice, like its suggestions to usevaginal eggsand consideriodine supplements, which can actually harm some healthy people.

          Through it all, Paltrow stands by her brand. She recently announced shestaking a break from actingto focus on being a female business leader, a rolethat people are not comfortable with, she said this week at theCannes Lions Festival. She also joked to Jimmy Kimmel about her sites wacky recommendations earlier this month,saying,I dont know what the fuck we talk about!

          After this latest go-round, we definitely dont either. Meanwhile, Goop is looking into NASAs comments,according to a statement sent to HuffPost:

          As we have always explained, advice and recommendations included on goop are not formal endorsements and the opinions expressed by the experts and companies we profile do not necessarily represent the views of goop. Our content is meant to highlight unique products and offerings, find open-minded alternatives, and encourage conversation. We constantly strive to improve our site for our readers, and are continuing to improve our processes for evaluating the products and companies featured. Based on the statement from NASA, weve gone back to the company to inquire about the claim and removed the claim from our site until we get additional verification.

          Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/goop-stickers-nasa_us_594c02e8e4b0a3a837be5b01