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Poll Says Americans Are Some Of The Most Stressed People On Earth
Publisher:  WN
Thursday, 25 April 2019 15:08

People around the world had record levels of sadness, anger, and fear according to Gallup's annual Global State of Emotions report, making it the second year in a row for the negative emotions, according to USA Today. Though overall people reported feeling slightly less stress, the world was still in a dire state of misery for most of 2018 due to a variety of issues including war, politics, and humanitarian emergencies. The nation of Chad was the world's most negative country according to the poll, followed by Niger, Sierra Leone, and Iraq. Gallup held more than 151,000 interviews in 2018 with adults in more than 140 countries for the annual survey held since 2006. Nearly 4 in 10 people said...

Rabbi Avi Shafran: Orthodox Jews, in Israel and US, are on the upswing
Publisher:  FOXNews
Thursday, 25 April 2019 15:07

Here on our own shores, religious Jewish unity has long left the building. Personal status issues like marriage, divorce and conversion are all subject to various groups’ widely varying standards. And, as a result, the Orthodox, committed to halacha, have found themselves painfully unable to recognize the personal status pronouncements of Jewish movements that have redefined Jewish religious law for themselves or abandoned it entirely.

Former Pennsylvania governor calls Biden bid 'spectacular,' says he can beat Trump
Publisher:  FOXNews
Thursday, 25 April 2019 15:06

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell on Thursday praised Joe Biden's announcement he was seeking the Democratic presidential nomination and said he believes the Maryland politician is the first candidate who can realistically beat President Trump at the polls.

James Gunn Lists Celeb-Pedigreed Malibu Estate (EXCLUSIVE)
Publisher:  Variety
Thursday, 25 April 2019 15:02

James Gunn, reinstated last month as writer-director of the next installment of the money-minting “Guardians of the Galaxyâ€� franchise after he was fired by Disney in 2018 when a cache of old, offensive tweets resurfaced, has listed a secluded, celeb-pedigreed spread in the rolling foothills above Malibu’s Big Rock Beach for $7.395 million. Between the […]

Los Angeles now rated the nation's most polluted city. Air quality called the same as smoking a cigarette while driving behind a diesel bus during wildfire season [Scary]
Publisher:  Fark
Thursday, 25 April 2019 15:01

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CBS and Viacom Move Closer to Merger Talks
Publisher:  Variety
Thursday, 25 April 2019 15:00

The CBS Corp. board of directors is moving closer to initiating acquisition discussions with Viacom, according to multiple sources close to the situation. The move has been expected for months, although there may still be obstacles on the road to a reunion for the two sides of the Redstone media empire. Price could still be […]

Astro Gaming’s Jump From Headphones to a Gamepad
Publisher:  Variety
Thursday, 25 April 2019 15:00

More than a dozen years after launching as a premier video game peripheral company, Astro Gaming is finally getting around to the impetus for its creation: creating a game controller. The spark that inspired Astro Gaming’s creation was born out of work done by design shop Astro Studios to help to create the iconic look […]

Here’s What Happened When Gunna Was Caught Ogling Megan Thee Stallion’s ‘Real Hot Girl’ Glutes
Publisher:  Bossip
Thursday, 25 April 2019 15:00

Gunna/Megan Thee Stallion

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Megan The Stallion Gives Suprise Performance During Gunna Concert

“Wanna drive the boat?” That’s what fans are asking Gunna after he was spotted ogling Megan Thee Stallion’s sturdy cakes.

Megan brought her “real hot girl” s*** to New York this week for a surprise appearance during Gunna’s show at the Irving Plaza.

Megan who wore hot pink and some Lonzo Arnold colored green tresses twerked to “Big Ole Freak” while her 300 labelmate Gunna gleefully watched.

Gunna/Megan Thee Stallion

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Fans quickly spotted Gunna’s not so subtle staring and hilarity ensued.

Dear Gunna, WE GET IT.

Gunna/Megan Thee Stallion

Source: Gunna, Megan Thee stallion / Getty

More Houston hottie Meg on the flip.

Midday open thread: U.S. measles cases highest since 2000; Americans most stressed in the world?
Publisher:  Daily Kos
Thursday, 25 April 2019 15:00

Today’s comic by Ruben Bolling is The great and powerful Special Counsel of Oz... Revealed!

• North Korea rumored to have executed four officials after failed summit with U.S. in Hanoi: The claim came from a trade official who spoke to a reporter from Asia Press. The four officials had been accused of selling information to Washington before the summit, according to a Japanese news agency.

• Survey claims Americans most stressed people in the world: The annual Gallup poll of 150,000 people throughout the world, 1,000 of them Americans, found that the latter reported feeling stress, anger and worry at the highest levels in a decade:

In the United States, about 55 percent of adults said they had experienced stress during “a lot of the day� prior, compared with just 35 percent globally. Statistically, that put the country on par with Greece, which had led the rankings on stress since 2012. [...]

When Gallup investigated the responses more closely, it found that being under 50, earning a low income and having a dim view of President Trump’s job performance were correlated with negative experiences among adults in the United States. [...]

“We are seeing patterns that would point to a political explanation, or a polarization explanation, with the U.S. data, but can we say that definitively? No,� said [Julie Ray, Gallup’s managing editor for world news. “

• Cases of U.S. measles higher so far this year than any since the disease was declared eliminated worldwide in 2000: As of Wednesday, there were 695 cases in 22 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In most instances, those cases have occurred in unvaccinated communities. The CDC says 91.5% of US children aged 19 months to 35 months received at least one dose of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine in 2017, the most recent year data are available. The first year measles became a disease that health care providers were required to report was 1912. Over the next 10 years, an average of 6,000 people in the United States died annually from measles. Until 1963 when measles vaccinations was introduced in the U.S., 3-4 million people contracted the disease nationwide. In 2017, the most recent year with available data, the World Health Organization said measles caused nearly 110 000 deaths worldwide. Complications can mean hospitalization in up to a fourth of cases, with potential for causing brain damage, blindness and hearing loss.



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• Emperor penguins abandon second-largest breeding site because unstable ice.

• A GAO report finds tribal consultation lacking nearly two decades after executive order issued in the matter: The Government Accountability Office reported that the feds are still failing to meet their trust and treaty obligations, as has been the case for a century and a half. GAO investigators interviewed officials of 57 tribes, more than a tenth of the tribes that are federally recognized. They found numerous, serious failures in outreach and a lack of input on infrastructure and other projects. For example, the government approved a project that disturbed a known tribal burial site in South Dakota, and agency officials considered their consultations successful even though they approved an injection well that was opposed by the tribes they consulted with.

• Massachusetts officials approve state’s first offshore contracts for 800 megawatts of wind power: The deal with Vineyard Wind also requires the company to provide $15 million to help integrate battery storage in low-income communities.

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Biden is in. Greg Dworkin notes that David Waldman gives this sentence no exclamation point. Miller’s the latest to deny testimony to Congress. Trump's targeting of Hillary. Chinese influence peddling at Perv-a-Lago. More from the Mueller report. x Embedded Content

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FBI, IRS Agents Search City Hall, Homes of Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh
Publisher:  The Root
Thursday, 25 April 2019 15:00

On Thursday, federal agents executed a number of search warrants as the investigations into whether Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh illegally profited from a no-bid book deal intensified.


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