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ID: 154004
Uid: 78568
Author: 36
Category: 0
Title: The Troubled Genius of Robert Lowell: An interview with clinical psychologist Kay Redfield Jamison on her groundbreaking study of art and illness.
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Body: Click <a href="http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/167178">here</a> to read this interview.
ID: 154005
Uid: 4699
Author: 4
Category: 0
Title: The Builder of World’s ‘Eighth Wonder’ Who Died of Stress
Source: The Daily Beast
Body: <p style="line-height: 29.5px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; font-size: 17px; color: rgb(2, 20, 31); font-family: Georgia, Cambria, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif;">The Holland Tunnel, which stresses out many of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/traffic-nightmare-begins-holland-tunnel-construction-commences-article-1.441942" style="color: inherit; transition: color 0.15s ease;">35 million drivers</a>&nbsp;who pass through it annually, has nothing to do with the Dutch and everything to do with a health warning: Beware, all that stress might kill you.</p><p style="line-height: 29.5px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; font-size: 17px; color: rgb(2, 20, 31); font-family: Georgia, Cambria, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif;">The Tunnel, which opened on Nov. 13, 1927, commemorates the engineer who designed it,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.asce.org/templates/person-bio-detail.aspx?id=11176" style="color: inherit; transition: color 0.15s ease;">Clifford Holland</a>. He achieved immortality because he did not live to see his great creation. Only 41, he died on Oct. 27, 1924—crushed by the kind of tension his tunnel now mass-produces.&nbsp;</p><p style="line-height: 29.5px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; font-size: 17px; color: rgb(2, 20, 31); font-family: Georgia, Cambria, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif;">In fairness, his were the grand worries of the Master Builder, trying to engineer a new approach to an ancient problem: How can humans cross the river? Approximately 20,000 commuters ferried between New Jersey and New York daily. The trip was long—and the lines to get onto the ferries, longer. &nbsp;Moving freight was expensive and unreliable. When the river iced over, Manhattan was isolated. After New Yorkers could not&nbsp;<a href="https://books.google.com/books?id=C3AVCgAAQBAJ&amp;pg=PA51&amp;lpg=PA51&amp;dq=manhattan+ice+ferries+holland+tunnel+coal&amp;source=bl&amp;ots=hjndYUjC8I&amp;sig=4xfsJinNatWDinhTaeyKCk2uOCc&amp;hl=en&amp;sa=X&amp;ved=0ahUKEwiAxsPmhLDXAhUK04MKHfEQDs4Q6AEILzAB#v=onepage&amp;q=manhattan%2520" style="color: inherit; transition: color 0.15s ease;">get coal for heating</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;during the harsh winter of 1917 to 1918, much of the opposition to the proposed tunnel finally melted away...</p><p style="line-height: 29.5px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; font-size: 17px; color: rgb(2, 20, 31); font-family: Georgia, Cambria, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif;"><a href="https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-builder-of-worlds-eighth-wonder-who-died-of-stress">Read whole article on the Daily Beast.</a>&nbsp;</p>
ID: 154006
Uid: 31615
Author: 19
Category: 0
Title: Election 2017: Repudiation of Republicans
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Body: <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Several million Americans voted last Tuesday in the first nationwide election since Donald Trump became President. In the 4-year cycle, this year has the fewest significant election results: </span><a href="https://www.270towin.com/2017-2018-governor-election/"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">two governorships</span></a><span style="font-size: 12.0pt"> (36 next year) and </span><a href="https://ballotpedia.org/State_legislative_elections,_2018"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">three state legislative chambers</span></a><span style="font-size:12.0pt"> (87 next year) were decided. The media repeated constantly the idea that this was a referendum on Trump’s performance, which is true, but only part of the story. Every race concerned local issues and local personalities, yet we can learn much about our national mood from these statewide and local elections.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Most results are easily predictable from previous elections, because fundamental voting patterns remain dominant. The only Congressional election, replacing Utah Republican Jason Chaffetz who had resigned to become a FOX commentator, was won by another Republican with </span><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/elections/results/utah-house-special-election"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">58% of the vote</span></a><span style="font-size:12.0pt">. In New York, Democrat Bill de Blasio won overwhelming reelection as mayor, but </span><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/elections/results/new-york-general-elections"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">lost Staten Island</span></a><span style="font-size: 12.0pt">, typically a Republican stronghold, to his Republican challenger. In elections for NY City Council, 41 of 42 incumbents won and the last incumbent was in a race too close to call. All seven NY big city mayors won re-election, including the Republican mayor of Binghamton.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Only </span><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/elections/results/new-jersey-general-elections"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">2 incumbents lost</span></a><span style="font-size: 12.0pt"> in the 40-seat New Jersey Senate. Democrats picked up one seat in the Senate and one in the NJ House.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/local/virginia-politics/governor-exit-polls/?utm_term=.923517585b01"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Exit polls in Virginia</span></a><span style="font-size:12.0pt"> show how demographic differences in voter preference stayed relatively stable. Just as in the Clinton-Trump contest, voters over 45, men, and whites were more Republican, and women, under 45, and voters of color were more Democratic. The western mountainous regions went Republican and the Washington DC suburbs went Democratic.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">But </span><a href="https://ballotpedia.org/Virginia_House_of_Delegates_elections,_2017"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">small shifts within these groups</span></a><span style="font-size:12.0pt"> had major consequences for the outcome. Democrats slightly increased their percentage of votes in all demographic groups over previous years. For example, Trump won 52% among men and 59% of whites, but the Republican candidate for Governor, Ed Gillespie, won 50% and 57%. Clinton won 56% of women’s votes, but the Democrat Ralph Northam won 61%. The biggest shifts toward Democrats were among young voters 18-29 and middle-class voters with incomes of $50-100,000. The movement toward Democrats repositioned the Virginia House of Delegates, where Republicans held a huge 66-34 seat majority and all 100 seats were in play. Democrats defeated 10 Republican incumbents and picked up at least 15 seats, with 3 Republican seats still too close to call. Control of the Virginia legislature remains in doubt. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">The deciding factor in this major legislative shift in Virginia may have been turnout. In the 15 districts that Democrats picked up, </span><a href="https://ballotpedia.org/Virginia_House_of_Delegates_elections,_2017"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">turnout increased by 26%.</span></a><span style="font-size:12.0pt"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">A different sort of small shift occurred in Washington state, where only 5 state Senate seats were up for election. Two Democratic and two Republican incumbents won </span><a href="https://results.vote.wa.gov/results/current/Legislative-All.html"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">huge victories in safe districts</span></a><span style="font-size:12.0pt">, but one open seat in a formerly Republican district was won by a Democrat, </span><a href="http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/nov/07/democrats-take-control-of-state-senate/"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">switching control of the Senate</span></a><span style="font-size:12.0pt"> from a one-vote Republican majority to a one-vote Democratic majority. Three other state legislative seats were flipped, </span><a href="https://ballotpedia.org/Washington_state_legislative_special_elections,_2017#Special_elections_throughout_the_country"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">all from Republicans to Democrats</span></a><span style="font-size:12.0pt">, in New Hampshire and Georgia.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Dissatisfaction with Trump and Republican politics since his election is certainly one reason for Democratic gains through higher turnout in these local elections. Another change that exhibited renewed liberal energy was the success of new candidates from previously under-represented groups. Trump’s sexism brought out an army of female</span><a href="https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/11/08/women-channel-political-angst-into-election-success/leDe4BTn4m6cMkET8PeJpL/story.html"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"> candidates who won historic victories</span></a><span style="font-size:12.0pt">. In Newton, MA, and Manchester, NH, the first women were elected mayors. Seattle elected its first woman mayor since the 1920s, and the number of </span><a href="http://crosscut.com/2017/11/seattle-election-america-five-takeaways-resistance/"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">female mayors</span></a><span style="font-size:12.0pt"> in larger Washington cities rose from 11 to 27. Women increased their numbers on city councils in Massachusetts to nearly half in Boston and Newton, and doubled their numbers in Cambridge, including the first Muslim woman. In Atlantic City, NJ, 32-year-old </span><a href="http://www.philly.com/philly/news/new_jersey/shore/atlantic-city-mayor-election-result-2017-don-guardian-frank-gilliam-20171107.html"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Ashley Bennett</span></a><span style="font-size:12.0pt">, who had never held public office, defeated 58-year-old John L. Carman, well-known in local politics for 20 years, for county commissioner.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Non-whites won election firsts: the first black female mayor in Charlotte, NC, and a majority of people of color on the </span><a href="https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/was-seattles-election-a-repudiation-of-trump/"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Seattle city council</span></a><span style="font-size: 12.0pt">. At least 7 cities elected their </span><a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2017/11/09/daily-202-fresh-democratic-faces-emerge-from-anti-trump-backlash-here-are-six-stars-who-were-born-with-tuesday-s-elections/5a03ba7d30fb045a2e002eba/?utm_term=.4f190d61ac35"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">first black mayor</span></a><span style="font-size: 12.0pt">, including Wilmot Collins, a refugee from Liberia, who was elected mayor of Helena, Montana. Elizabeth Guzman, an immigrant from Peru, trounced a retired Army colonel who has served in the Virginia legislature for 15 years in a traditionally Republican-leaning DC suburb.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Openly </span><a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/11/07/winners-and-losers-from-election-day-2017/?utm_term=.1da1e713161c"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">transgender candidates</span></a><span style="font-size:12.0pt"> won unprecedented victories: first to win election to a state legislature – Danica Roem in Virginia; first to win election to city council seat in a major city – Andrea Jenkins in Minneapolis; first to win any election in Pennsylvania – Tyler Titus in Erie school board.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">The Washington Post wondered whether “the Trump era will one day be remembered as the </span><a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2017/11/09/daily-202-fresh-democratic-faces-emerge-from-anti-trump-backlash-here-are-six-stars-who-were-born-with-tuesday-s-elections/5a03ba7d30fb045a2e002eba/?utm_term=.4f190d61ac35"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">last gasp of white male privilege</span></a><span style="font-size:12.0pt">.” That will only happen if Trump continues his descent into national disapproval and the energy of liberal voters can be sustained through more election cycles.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Steve Hochstadt</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Boston MA</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Published in the Jacksonville Journal-Courier, November 14, 2017</span></p> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> 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ID: 154012
Uid: 78797
Author: 48
Category: 0
Title: Roy Moore's Systemic Danger to Our Democracy
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Body: <div style="text-align: center;"><img src="/sites/default/files/154012-moorelarge.png" alt="154012-moorelarge.png"></div><div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: smaller;">Image of supporting sign for Roy Moore’s senate campaign (<a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:I_Stand_with_Judge_Roy_Moore_19575241_646289222235979_3359518744151848572_o.png">Wikimedia commons</a>)&nbsp;</span></div><p><i><a href="http://glebtsipursky.com/about/">Dr. Gleb Tsipursky</a>&nbsp;is the author of the forthcoming&nbsp;<a href="http://glebtsipursky.com/the-truth-seekers-handbook-a-science-based-guide/">The Truth-Seeker’s Handbook: A Science-Based Guide</a>. One of the lead creators of the<a href="https://www.protruthpledge.org/">&nbsp;Pro-Truth Pledge</a>, he is a&nbsp;<a href="https://decisionsciences.osu.edu/people/tsipursky.1">professor</a>&nbsp;at Ohio State and President of the nonprofit<a href="http://intentionalinsights.org/">&nbsp;Intentional Insights</a>. Connect with Dr. Gleb Tsipursky&nbsp;on&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/Gleb_Tsipursky">Twitter</a>, on&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/Dr-Gleb-Tsipursky-468695349847623/?ref=br_tf">Facebook</a>, and on&nbsp;<a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-gleb-tsipursky-89ab4b23">LinkedIn</a>, and follow his&nbsp;<a href="http://intentionalinsights.org/rss/blog">RSS feed</a>&nbsp;and newsletter. &nbsp;</i></p><p>The front-runner candidate for Alabama Senate, Republican Roy Moore,<a href="http://time.com/5020453/roy-moore-washington-post-fake-news/"> called</a> The Washington Post “fake news” after the newspaper published a<a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/woman-says-roy-moore-initiated-sexual-encounter-when-she-was-14-he-was-32/2017/11/09/1f495878-c293-11e7-afe9-4f60b5a6c4a0_story.html?utm_term=.bfa547a87072"> thorough investigation</a> reporting on sexual encounters between Moore and multiple teenage girls, one as young as 14. Moore’s attacks on this highly-reputable newspaper are part of a recent broader pattern of prominent public figures using the label of “fake news” to denounce quality investigative journalism that reveals corruption and abuse of power. Such attacks pose an urgent and systemic danger to our democracy, as they encourage corruption and abuse of power by undermining credible media reporting on such behavior.</p><p>As a high-quality, well-respected venue, The Washington Post would not publish such a controversial story without a thorough investigation. The article was based on multiple interviews with over 30 people who knew Moore at the time the sexual encounters happened, between 1977 and 1982. The journalists were careful to paint a balanced story, including some negative facts about the women who accused Moore, such as divorces and bankruptcies.</p><p>Perhaps most telling of the high quality of reporting and credibility of the newspaper is the fact that a number of prominent Republican leaders are calling on Moore to withdraw from the race. Immediately after The Post publishes its story, Republican Senator John McCain<a href="http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/nation/2017/11/09/sen-john-mccain-moore-allegations-he-should-immediately-step-aside/851253001/"> called</a> for Moore to step aside immediately, and Montana Senator Steve Daines<a href="https://twitter.com/SteveDaines/status/929122007224127488"> withdrew</a> his endorsement,<a href="https://twitter.com/SenMikeLee/status/929121651828187141"> as did</a> Utah Senator Mike Lee. After a fifth woman<a href="https://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/fifth-woman-accuses-roy-moore-of-sexual-misconduct-1095147587917"> stepped forward</a> to accuse Moore independently of The Post’s story, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell<a href="http://www.latimes.com/politics/washington/la-na-pol-essential-washington-updates-mitch-mcconnell-says-alabama-senate-1510591844-htmlstory.html"> stated</a> that Moore “should step aside,” and<a href="https://www.npr.org/2017/11/14/564071391/ryan-sessions-add-to-gop-voices-saying-moore-accusers-are-credible"> so did</a> Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.</p><p>On the other hand, Republicans well-known for making false accusations of mainstream media outlets being “fake news” defended Moore and supported his attack on The Post. For example, former Donald Trump adviser and head of Breitbart Stephen Bannon<a href="https://www.cbsnews.com/news/steve-bannon-speaks-in-new-hampshire/"> accused</a> the The Post of being “purely part of the apparatus of the Democratic Party” for conducting its thorough investigation. Prominent Virginia Republican Corey Stewart also refused to criticize Moore and instead<a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/outspoken-republican-corey-stewart-defends-senate-candidate-roy-moore/2017/11/12/162e2104-c7bd-11e7-8712-0acf70eda2b5_story.html?utm_term=.1de281e335e4"> attacked the newspaper</a>. A number of Fox News commentators,<a href="http://www.foxnews.com/transcript/2017/11/09/hannity-stalled-watered-down-tax-plan-would-be-failure.html"> such as</a> Gregg Jarrett, also attacked The Post.</p><p>Unfortunately, these attacks on quality investigative reporting represent part of a broader trend of conservative politicians across the country<a href="http://www.100daysinappalachia.com/2017/07/11/mimicking-president-trump-politicians-cry-fake-news-try-discredit-regional-local-media-appalachia/"> adopting</a> the tactic of condemning media as “fake news” whenever there are stories unfavorable to them. As an example, Republican Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin<a href="https://twitter.com/GovMattBevin/status/868488469567467520"> tweeted</a> that the reporter Tom Loftus of the largest newspaper in Kentucky, The Courier-Journal, is “a truly sick man” for “sneaking around” Bevin’s manor. Loftus at the time<a href="http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/2017/05/27/bevin-blasts-journalist/351497001/"> was working</a> on a story about how Bevin faced an ethics complaint over an accusation of bribery for purchasing this manor for about a million dollars below market price from a local investor, Neil Ramsey. Apparently, shortly before getting a million-dollar discount on this manor, Bevin<a href="http://www.kentucky.com/opinion/editorials/article142953704.html"> appointed</a> Ramsey to the Kentucky Retirement Board, which oversees $16 billion in investments.</p><p>Republican Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie used a similar approach when caught abusing his power. He ordered a number of state-run beaches in New Jersey closed on June 30, yet<a href="https://www.cbsnews.com/news/chris-christie-defends-going-to-beach-during-government-shutdown/"> he used</a> a closed state beach in Island Beach State Park for himself and his family on July 2. Reporters for New Jersey’s largest newspaper, The Star-Ledger, secretly photographed<a href="http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/07/christie_pictured_at_island_beach_state_park_durin.html"> him and his family</a> using the beach. When asked about whether he was on the beach that day, Christie denied it. When confronted with photographic proof, Christie did not acknowledge and apologizing for his lies and his abuse of power in using a closed public beach for the benefit of himself and his family. He instead<a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/nj-gov-chris-christie-calls-beach-photos-incredible/story?id=48415715"> attacked The Star-Ledger</a> for its reporting.</p><p>Without the attacks on the media, the investigations of Christie and Bevin would have simply revealed the sordid affairs of corruption and abuse of power. Our democracy would have worked correctly with voters appropriately getting the important information from credible sources, the largest newspapers in Kentucky and New Jersey. With these accusations, Bevin and Christie distract attention from the corruption and abuse of power, and instead present themselves as fighters against supposed media bias.</p><p>In doing so, Moore, Bevin, Christie and many others are tapping the<a href="http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article154106459.html"> anti-media bias</a> of the Republican base inflamed by Trump’s<a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-launches-fresh-attack-crooked-media-phoenix-rally/story?id=49370649"> attacks</a> on the media. He has<a href="https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2017/10/25/full_lou_dobbs_interview_trump_asks_what_could_be_more_fake_than_cbs_nbc_abc_and_cnn.html"> expressed pride</a> over his branding of high-quality venues like “CBS, and NBC, and ABC, and CNN” as “fake news.” We are now reaping the whirlwind of politicians caught engaged in immoral, abusive, and corrupt behavior using Trump’s anti-media rhetoric to protect themselves and continue engaging in such activities.</p><p>Now, it doesn’t mean that Democrats will not try similar tactics. For example, the prominent film director Harvey Weinstein, a well-known and high-profile<a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/harvey-weinstein-democratic-politics-sexual-harassment-scandal-2017-10"> fundraiser for and influencer</a> in the Democratic Party,<a href="http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/harvey-weinstein-is-basically-accusing-the-new-york-times-of-publishing-fake-news/article/2636721"> accus</a>ed The New York Times of publishing fake news when they revealed his sexual harassment. However, neither the Democratic base nor prominent Democrats bought this accusation, and Weinstein was<a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/18/business/harvey-weinstein.html"> quickly ousted</a> from his leading roles.</p><p>By contrast, Bevin’s popularity in the polls<a href="http://mycn2.com/politics/bevin-hits-50-approval-rating-in-national-poll-of-governors"> was climbing</a> in Kentucky, a conservative state, at the same time that he was making his accusations. Moore has continued to be<a href="https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/11/12/alabama-slow-to-condemn-roy-moore-senate-215819"> staunchly supported</a> by the Alabama Republican Party and base, despite the accusations and the withdrawal of support from many mainstream Republicans. Only in New Jersey, a liberal-leaning state, did<a href="http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/11/did_christies_noxious_coattails_torch_the_gop_stat.html"> voters express discontent</a> over Christie’s behavior.</p><p>However, all of us – regardless of our party affiliation – will be greatly harmed if politicians are able to get away with corruption, immorality, and abuse of power through labeling of credible media sources as fake news. This tactic is posing an existential and systemic threat to our democracy, and we must do everything possible to<a href="https://cpj.org/">protect</a> quality journalism and overall <a href="https://www.protruthpledge.org/">promote truthful behavior</a>.</p><p>P.S. Want to promote truth and fight lies? Take the Pro-Truth Pledge at <a href="https://www.protruthpledge.org/">ProTruthPledge.org</a>, get your friends to take it, and call on your elected representatives to do so.</p><p><br></p></div>