NFL has to react after investing in POTUS only to be repaid in body blows – Charles Robinson NFL columnist Yahoo SportsSeptember 22, 2017


POTUS criticizes NFL, calls out National Anthem protests during Alabama speech

The NFL has to say something.

The NFL has to say something because the President of the United States, carrying the loudest voice in the world, backed it into a corner.

It has to say something because President Donald Trump took an unambiguous shot at the product the league so fiercely protects. It has to say something because he encouraged fans to turn away. And more than all else, the NFL has to say something because the President of the United States profanely derided a segment of human beings – and players – who are reaching for the freedom that he was elected to protect.

The NFL has to say something because the league backed this president, and he returned the favor by using the NFL’s struggles as a form of political currency while stoking his base in Huntsville, Alabama on Friday night.

Lest anyone forget, the NFL bought part of this. It bought part of Trump. And not just a smattering of owners, either. We’re talking about the league itself.

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Blind Cave Fish Beat Back Diabetes Symptoms That Would Kill People – By Viviane Callier on September 21, 2017


The Mexican fish may have evolved strategies that could help humans survive an epidemic disease

Astyanax mexicanus, Characidae, Blind Cave Tetra Credit: By H. Zell Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)

For months fish that live in dark caves in Mexico go without food. They have gone far longer—millennia—without light, evolving to lose their eyes and skin pigments.

Now researchers have discovered these strange creatures have another oddity. To survive their food-scarce environment, the fish have evolved extreme ways of turning nutrients into energy. These features create symptoms like large blood sugar swings that, in humans, are precursors of type 2 diabetes. But in the fish these changes are adaptations, not a disease. These cave fish lead long and healthy lives.

Understanding how the fish remain healthy in spite of these ominous symptoms may lead to new therapeutic approaches for treating diabetes in people, says Cliff Tabin, a geneticist at Harvard Medical School. Tabin identified these features and described them last month at a meeting of the Pan-American Society for Evolutionary Developmental Biology in Calgary. And he and his colleagues are beginning to get clues about how cave fish pull off this feat.

In humans and other mammals one of the first signs of type 2 diabetes risk is poor control of blood sugar (glucose). This happens because cells resist insulin, the hormone that signals cells to take in glucose from the bloodstream. If the problems continue, they progress into full-blown diabetes characterized by blood glucose levels of 140 milligrams per deciliter or higher, organ failure, leaky blood vessels, damaged nerves and heightened risk of stroke and heart disease. The illness kills 3.4 million people worldwide every year. Diet, drugs and insulin injections are the current treatments and, too often, do not work. (Weight loss surgeryrecently has become another option, but it carries the risks of any major operation.)

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Why the Mexico City Earthquake Shook Up Disaster Predictions – By Erik Vance on September 21, 2017


Tuesday’s deadly quake did not come from the place many geologists thought would unleash the next “big one”

Workers cut into a building in the Roma district of Mexico City, trying to locate survivors of Tuesday’s devastating earthquake. The quake came from a different part of the country than many seismologists had expected, and this may have had an effect on which buildings took the hardest impact. Credit: Erik Vance

Mexico City is badly rattled. On Tuesday—37 years to the day after a giant earthquake killed as many as 10,000 people in this very place—seismologists and city dwellers got another major shock. A rupture in a fault that had not worried building planners or seismologists caused heavy damage throughout the city and took the lives of more than 200 people. The implications of this new quake may shake the foundations of how people prepare for temblors not just in Mexico but also throughout the world.

The first thing to understand about Tuesday’s quake is that Mexico City was built on a lakebed, which makes quakes’ effects quite extreme. The area’s original inhabitants, the Mexica, built their capital on an island in the middle of sprawling Lake Texcoco, attached to the shore by a network of dikes and bridges. Over the next 300 years the Spanish and then Mexican governments filled in the lake, turning the island into a sprawling metropolis of some 25 million people.

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Kid Rock For Senate & The Equifax Cyber Attack: VICE News Tonight Full Episode (HBO) – Published on Sep 20, 2017


September 13, 2017, FULL EPISODE of VICE News Tonight on HBO. VICE News examines the Michigan Republican Party after Trump’s upset win. Outside Michigan, all anyone is talking about is Kid Rock. What’s the conversation inside the state when it comes to 2018?

Starting last year under Obama, the army has been delaying shipping dates, and as a result many recruits have fallen out of legal visa status, after being promised citizenship by signing up to serve the U.S. military. They might face deportation once the DOD cancels their contracts. VICE News speaks with two MAVNI recruits from China as they await their fate in Indiana.

Also, inside the devastation of the Virgin Islands following Irma and a look at back-row kids and fans of New York Fashion Week

Graham-Cassidy needs to pass this final test before it can come to a vote – Dylan Scott Sep 21, 2017, 12:50pm EDT


Experts say the new Obamacare repeal bill might succeed where previous versions failed.

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In the mad dash to put the latest Obamacare repeal plan on the Senate floor for a vote, the bill will have to pass a critical test to make sure its provisions are actually permissible under the Senate’s arcane and complex rules.

It’s a test that some parts of every repeal plan so far have failed, reshaping the legislation in ways its authors didn’t intend. The new bill from Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) could fail the test too, as a core provision of their plan faces a murky future.

This test is known as the Byrd Rule — a condition of the “budget reconciliation” process that allows legislation to advance with just 51 votes, rather than the usual 60. Because Republicans only control 52 Senate seats, this is the only realistic way for them to pass Obamacare repeal legislation.

The Byrd Rule requires that any provision included in a bill that is being considered under reconciliation must directly affect federal spending or revenue.

Graham-Cassidy is about to endure that test before it comes up for a vote next week. The bill creates a block grant program, taking much of Obamacare’s funding and sending it to the states so they can set up their own health care systems.

As part of that program, states would be allowed to waive the law’s insurance regulations — a concept that has run afoul of the Byrd Rule in earlier repeal bills. Without the waivers, Graham-Cassidy could be in trouble. As a matter of politics, conservatives might balk if Obamacare’s regulations stay in place. As a matter of policy, keeping the law’s regulations while repealing its individual mandate, as Graham-Cassidy does, could send the individual insurance market into chaos.

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