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Will Health Coverage Translate Into Getting Health Care? 17.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
More than 7.5 million people have signed up for new health coverage through the Affordable Care Act's state and federal health insurance marketplaces at the close of the first enrollment period. The Department of Health and Human Services reports that another 3 million people have gained health coverage through Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as of the end of February, compared to figures five months earlier. Now we're about to find out something critically important: whether having health coverage translates into receiving health care. Let's be blunt: one of the biggest problems with America's health care system is that it neglects the poorest among us. People of color suffer more and die earlier than others . The U.S. continues to have one of the highest infant mortality rates among the 14 wealthiest countries, and it's higher in communities of color. The reasons for this disproportionate suffering and dying in communities of color are rooted in economic inequality and ...
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The War on Drugs 17.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Although Richard Nixon declared war on drugs in 1971, we must look to an economic and historic analysis of anti-drug laws in the U.S. to put the "war" into context. In the late 18th and well into the 19th century, before the drug-conviction craze, the issue of addiction was dealt with as a public-health issue and not as a criminal one. Addicts received help through treatment and were seen as deserving of empathy -- or, at the very least, understanding and sympathy -- instead of punishment. At the start of the 20th century, the introduction of drug-prohibition laws seemed almost undeniably linked with ethnic minorities: Asians were associated with opium or heroin; Latinos were tied to hemp or marijuana; and later, African Americans were linked to crack cocaine while low-income whites were associated with methamphetamine. But whatever the new drug of choice was at the moment, the propaganda and rhetoric stayed the same. When exclusionary government programs (e.g., the Federal Housing Administration of the ...
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Access To Clean Water One Bag At A Time 17.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Water. It is our most precious resource, and when disaster strikes, the lack of clean drinking water poses serious health threats in communities worldwide. At the Fifth Annual Women in the World Summit held this past week, I had the opportunity to speak with one of the Toyota Mothers of Invention, Tricia Compas-Markman, founder of a company that develops innovative solutions for disaster relief and addresses the vital global need for clean water. Below is a bit of my conversation with Tricia from DayOne Response about the need to develop resources to treat and clean water following a disaster. Me: So what is the water bag and how does it work? Tricia Compas-Markman (TC): So this is the water bag. So it's a bladder system that holds 10 liters of water, and really what it does is it allows you to treat water all in a single system. So you collect water from a stream, river, creek... Me: No matter how muddy it is? TC: No matter how muddy, so up to really nasty conditions, wastewater-like conditions... Me: ...
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HUFFPOST HILL - GOP Bravely Defends America From Counting 16.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Vance McAllister owns an event production company, so maybe he can earn a little extra dough organizing his own ethics hearing. The only redeeming thing about Mary Landrieu reenacting a committee hearing for a campaign ad is that she didn't wear a flight suit while doing so. And Americans believe women are unfairly paid less but don't think legislation will fix the disparity, so we're assuming Americans want more poorly-filmed anti-harassment workplace videos from the 1980s? This is HUFFPOST HILL for Tuesday, April 15th, 2014: GOP HATING ON THE CENSUS AGAIN - This time it's more paranoid than it is outright stupid . Mike McAuliff: "Republicans who have tried for years to hamstring detailed surveys by the U.S. Census Bureau were suddenly alarmed Tuesday over news that changes to one of its surveys might in turn hamstring one of their political strategies -- attacks against Obamacare. The changes, reported by The New York Times, will alter the questions asked about Americans' health insurance coverage, ...
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A Kale of Two Cities: Cultivating Social Justice 14.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Locavoracious appetites and a back-to-the-land ethos have raised bespoke urban farming to the status of high fashion -- especially if the land sits atop an industrial building in one of Brooklyn's hipster havens. To many, growing food in the city is an exercise for gourmands, measured by the distance heirloom tomatoes, artisanal honey, and free-range eggs travel from farm to plate. Urban agriculture pioneers have repurposed vacant land, greened the city, created community space, and introduced city dwellers to fresh local food. Terroir is now measured by block and lot number. But this is not the whole story. In fact, as practiced in farms and gardens in New York and elsewhere, urban agriculture is as much about social justice as it is about the quality or proximity of produce. For some farmers and gardeners, particularly those in low-income neighborhoods -- where a bag of chips can be easier to come by than fresh vegetables, and diet-related illnesses are often rampant -- urban agriculture is a means to ...
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9 Countries That Hate America Most 14.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
From 24/7 Wall St.: International approval of U.S. leadership improved last year, rising from of 41% in 2012 to 46% in 2013. This ended a downward trend in U.S. approval ratings, which had consistently declined since 2009. While people around the world tended to have positive opinions of U.S. leadership, residents of some countries had a negative impression of the United States. In five nations, more than two-thirds of those surveyed disapproved of the current administration, according to the latest U.S.-Global Leadership Project, a partnership between Meridian International Center and Gallup. Click here to see which countries dislike America Last year represented a major improvement for U.S. leadership, Ambassador Stuart Holliday, president and CEO of Meridian International Center, told 24/7 Wall St . There were several reasons for this, including a wind-down of America’s role in armed conflicts abroad. As a result, “The view that we are the major shapers of the world and our image as being the world’s ...
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Six Innovative Initiatives That Are Working to Strengthen Women's Empowerment in Agriculture 13.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Food Tank is also excited to announce a new collaboration with the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) . GFAR brings together all those working to strengthen and transform agricultural research for development around the world. During 2014 and the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF), GFAR is working with Food Tank to showcase and raise awareness and understanding of the challenges faced by smallholders and help identify efficient ways to support family farmers, especially women farmers. GFAR's Gender in Agriculture Partnership (GAP) is "transforming agriculture to empower women and deliver food, nutrition and income security." GAP is a "vibrant, collective movement for change," bringing together more than 150 institutions comprised of equally committed actors who work to break down gender barriers and achieve gender equality in agriculture. GAP member projects highlight the role of men and women as producers, develop participatory processes, address social norms and power relations in ...
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Africa still rising but must cut poverty, create jobs 11.4.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
By Pascal Fletcher JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - African presidents and policy makers are pushing back against pessimism to tell the world their continent's economic boom is real and sustained, but they say it must work harder to roll back poverty and create jobs for its restless youth. From Senegal to Nigeria and Rwanda, officials play down the impact on investment and capital inflows from the U.S. Fed's unwinding of its economic stimulus programme, or from signs of slowdown in China and its appetite for African commodities. "You know, some people are talking about writing an obituary for Africa Rising ... and I think it's premature," African Development Bank (AfDB) President Donald Kaberuka said in a recent interview, a message repeated during a Reuters Africa Summit held in several African capitals this week. Speakers said the drivers of Africa's headline-grabbing growth in recent years - investment in natural resources, swelling population, rapid urbanisation, an expanding middle class and mushrooming ...
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Disney is sued over new ride access policy for disabled 11.4.2014 LA Times: Business
The suit alleges that the policy put in place in October is intended to discourage guests with disabilities from visiting the parks. Disney dismisses those claims. Families of children with disabilities have sued Walt Disney Co. theme parks and resorts in Anaheim and Orlando, Fla., over a new policy allowing guests with disabilities quick access to rides and ...
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World Urban Forum Highlights Opportunities for Sustainable Cities 10.4.2014 WRI Stories
In recent months, popular protests have broken out in cities around the globe. The causes were different: soaring pollution in Beijing; violent, gender-based crime in New Delhi; and access to public services in São Paulo. But, for each, inequality was a significant underlying factor. Many cities face increasing pressure. The urban population has increased five-fold since 1950. Vehicle ownership is on course to double by 2050 , while traffic accidents lead to 1.3 million deaths each year. Cities emit approximately 70 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. All of this is even more staggering when you consider that 1.5 billion people will move into cities in the next two decades, bringing the total to 5 billion worldwide. The reality is that well-designed cities can generate jobs, innovation, and economic growth for all. But when designed poorly--with too much sprawl, waste, and inefficiency--they can divide cities and exacerbate pollution, inequality, and political instability. Moreover, poor design ...
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Pressure mounts on Louisiana congressman; aide 1 of few with access to grainy 'kiss' videotape 10.4.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
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Vance McAllister's Aide Among Few With Access To Kissing Tape 10.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
MONROE, La. (AP) — A top aide to a Louisiana congressman videotaped kissing a married woman who is not his wife was one of the few people with access to the leaked security footage that exposed the dalliance. Pressure has mounted on Republican Vance McAllister since the Monday disclosure of grainy video footage from his district headquarters. McAllister, a conservative who highlights his Christian faith and family devotion, has found few defenders among the Republican establishment he beat to win the job in a surprise special election result last year. A written statement from McAllister's office on Wednesday offered no answers to questions about his political future or private life that have arisen since a weekly newspaper, the Ouachita Citizen, released videotape of him kissing a woman identified as Melissa Peacock. Peacock resigned Monday from the congressional payroll. The statement said McAllister "is focused on earning back the trust of those he has disappointed" and wants "privacy for his family ...
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McAllister aide among few with access to kiss tape 10.4.2014 Yahoo: US National
MONROE, La. (AP) — A top aide to a Louisiana congressman videotaped kissing a married woman who is not his wife was one of the few people with access to the leaked security footage that exposed the dalliance.
Pressure mounts on congressman from La.; aide 1 of few with access to grainy 'kiss' videotape 10.4.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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World Urban Forum Highlights Opportunities for Sustainable Cities 10.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This blog post was co-written with Dario Hidalgo , director of research and practice for the World Resources Institute's EMBARQ center for sustainable transport. In recent months, popular protests have broken out in cities around the globe. The causes were different: soaring pollution in Beijing; violent, gender-based crime in New Delhi; and access to public services in São Paulo. But, for each, inequality was a significant underlying factor. Many cities face increasing pressure. The urban population has increased five-fold since 1950. Vehicle ownership is on course to double by 2050 , while traffic accidents lead to 1.3 million deaths each year. Cities emit approximately 70 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. All of this is even more staggering when you consider that 1.5 billion people will move into cities in the next two decades, bringing the total to 5 billion worldwide. The reality is that well-designed cities can generate jobs, innovation, and economic growth for all. But when designed ...
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'The Zambia Project' Follows Children Getting Access To Clean Water For First Time 9.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Instead of getting an education, Violet walks 2 miles to fetch water three times a day. Her sister and grandmother depend on her. "While I walk, I dream of going to school," the Zambian girl said in a PSA produced by World Vision , a humanitarian organization advocating for children around the globe. "I dream of becoming a doctor." Over the next year, World Vision will follow Violet and other children in "The Zambia Project." The venture will capture the experiences of those featured as they receive access to clean water for the very first time. Currently, the water Violet collects for herself and her family is not safe to consume. In impoverished Zambia, more than 1,600 children under the age of 5 die every day from diarrhea caused by unsafe drinking water -- more than AIDS and malaria combined. A recent WaterAid report found that marginalized and rural communities in Zambia have consistently been excluded from water and sanitation service provision . And, as Chelsea Clinton pointed out last month, more ...
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House DFL pushing women's pay and workplace protection 9.4.2014 MinnPost
Could there be a “fascist” angle to this as well? The Strib’s Baird Helgeson reports, “House Democrats are making a final push for a measure designed to close the general pay gap and strengthen workplace protections for women. The measure expands family leave and provides accommodations for pregnant and nursing employees. It would expand access to affordable childcare and take several steps to reduce the gender pay gap, like better enforcement of equal pay laws for state contractors. The proposal also attempts to offset financial consequences for victims of domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault.” It's expected to become law. We’re approaching peak fretting. Archie Ingersoll of the Forum News Service writes, “The minimum-wage boost that Minnesota legislators are expected to pass this week has restaurant and bar owners here wondering how the bill would affect their bottom lines in a border city already faced with tough competition from business-friendly North Dakota. At J.C. Chumley's in Moorhead, ...
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World Urban Forum highlights opportunities for sustainable cities 9.4.2014 THE CITY FIX
In recent months, popular protests have broken out in cities around the globe. The causes were different: soaring pollution in Beijing; violent gender-based crime in New Delhi; and access to public services in São Paulo. But, for each, inequality was ...
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Southwest Twin Cities light rail plan faces crucial vote 9.4.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
The Metropolitan Council is expected to approve plans Wednesday for what would be the Twin Cities' third light rail line, connecting the urban core to the southwest suburbs. Once that happens, the focus of the roughly $1.7 billion Southwest LRT project will shift to the city of Minneapolis.
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Families of autistic kids sue Disney parks over policy on lines 9.4.2014 Chicago Tribune: Nation
(Reuters) - Families with autistic children have sued Walt Disney Co, alleging the company does not provide adequate access to theme park visitors with autism who have difficulty waiting in long lines for ...
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