Midday open thread: Native women 10x more likely to be murdered; Viagra goes generic
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Todayâs comic by Jen Sorensen isÂ Wheel of Dystopia:
â˘Â Special counsel Muellerâs team so close-mouthed they wonât even disclose their lunch orders:
Mr. Muellerâs spokesman, Peter Carr, whoseÂ âno commentâ repliesÂ have become a running dark joke among the Washington press corps, sat among the spectators and reporters. He would not even confirm Mr. Andresâs order from Shake Shack, deferring to reportorial observation.
Nor would Mr. Andres himself. Asked later whether he had in fact ordered Shake Shack, he laughed, then paused.
âI canât say,â he said, his usual response when journalists at the hotel asked him about his work as he strolled the lobby juggling half-eaten bags of Layâs potato chips, Starbucks beverages and Diet Coke, his hair tousled and tie loosened.Â
â˘ Nice work if you can get it, even if you quit:Â If CBS CEO Les Moonves decidesÂ to leave the company because of the multiple sexual harassmentÂ allegationsÂ again him, the network would owe him $174 million.Â
xJust a thought: maybe it has something to do with decades of right-wing attacks on «elites», meaning people who think they know more about a subject than you do just because they've spent their lives studying it. https://t.co/BBkkGIjBUKâ Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) August 21, 2018
â˘ Native women are 10 times more likely to be murdered than the average for all races:
Native American women across the country are being murdered and sexually assaulted on reservations and nearby towns at far higher rates than other American women. Their assailants are often white and other non-Native American men outside the jurisdiction of tribal law enforcement.
In some U.S. counties composed primarily of Native American lands, murder rates of Native American women are up to 10 times higher than the national average for all races, according to a study for the U.S. Department of Justice by sociologists at the University of Delaware and University of North Carolina, Wilmington.
â˘ How a little blue pill branded Viagra went from a medical mistake to a $3 billion industry:
The revolutionary erectile-dysfunction drug is celebrating the twentieth anniversary of its Brobdingnagian launch in a most auspicious way: by finally going generic.
The ramifications for generic sildenafil (the scientific name) are huge for your pocketbook and your health. Viagraâs high demand and cost (about seventy dollars a pill) have made it among the most bootlegged meds in the world, and one of the top sellers for Internet pharmacies. A study presented at the World Meeting on Sexual Medicine found that 77 percent of Viagra sold online was fake.
â˘ Judge tosses libel lawsuit by three Russian oligarchs against author of Steele dossier on Trump.
â˘ Ebola spreads in the Congoâ90 cases, 49 deaths.
â˘ When Rotten Tomatoes rates Netflix original movies, there are no grays:
Netflix doesnât do average.
The streaming-video behemothâs original movies are either great or abysmal, a Quartz analysis of Rotten Tomatoes scores reveals. Thereâs virtually nothing in between. Movies branded by Netflix as originals and released in the US in 2018 have Tomatometer scores of 60% or higher, meaning theyâre considered âFresh,â or worth a watch, by critics on the site, or they have âRottenâ scores of 31% or less.
On todayâs Kagro in the Morning show: Papadopoulos sentencing looms. Guess what? Someone found Steve Scalise's baggage! Anti-Antifa trolls trolled. Russians love hacking, and Rusians love Florida. So, Russians hack Florida. Study finds hate crimes increase with Facebook usage. Hmm!
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