• Politics
    Scary Mommy

    How To Cope When A Family Member Says They’re Voting For Trump

    So here’s the reality you’re – that we’re – currently facing: someone we love is supporting Trump. So what the hell do we do about it?

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  • Health
    Eat This, Not That!

    Dr. Fauci Says This Is the Biggest COVID Mistake You're Making

    This week, as the United States passed the grim milestone of 200,000 coronavirus deaths, the number of infections spiked in at least 22 states. Health experts maintain that one of the reasons the country is experiencing an increase in the number of cases in recent weeks has to do with young people—especially college aged students—returning to school. And, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, there is one major mistake they are making that is contributing to the surge of cases—and inevitably, an increase in deaths. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. Young People Are "Innocently" Spreading the VirusSpeaking with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy on Thursday, Dr. Fauci explained how young people are "unintentionally" and "innocently" infected and killing their elders by attending parties and other social gatherings without masks. He explained that some people "feel that it doesn't matter if they get infected because they're young, which is a really bad mistake because you're propagating the outbreak." "Right now, the infections in the country are driven more by young people 19 to 25," he pointed out. While it may be innocent, he pleads with young people to look beyond the statistics that "the rate of hospitalizations per a hundred thousand in young people is infinitely less than the elderly and those with underlying conditions," explaining how a simple mistake can ultimately lead to deaths. "It's understandable if I'm a young person, 20 years old, I'm getting cabin fever about what we've had to do. And I say, "you know, if I get infected, it doesn't really make any difference to me, cause the chances are, I'm not going to have any symptoms. That's a bad thing, because what you're doing is that you are inadvertently propagating the outbreak," he continued. "Even though you may not get any symptoms, as you have a house party with a lot of drinking and no mask indoors, what's going to happen is that you're going to inadvertently—not deliberately—and I would say innocently, you're going to infect someone else who infects someone else who then will infect someone's grandparent, parent, someone's wife who's on chemotherapy for cancer, an immune deficient child," he points out. "And then you're going to see the hospitalization rate and the death rate go up."RELATED: COVID Mistakes You Should Never Make A New CDC Report Confirms This to be True"As millennials mingled in bars and restaurants over the summer, and students returned to college campuses, coronavirus infections surged among young adults," reports the New York Times. "From June through August, the incidence of Covid-19 was highest among adults aged 20 to 29 years old, according to research published on Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Young adults accounted for more than 20 percent of all confirmed cases. But the infections didn't stop with them, the researchers found: Young adults also seeded waves of new infections among the middle-aged, and then in older Americans. The new data show that outbreaks linked to parties, bars, dormitories and other crowded venues are hazardous not just to the twenty-somethings who are present, but to more vulnerable Americans with whom they are likely to come into contact."RELATED: I'm an Infectious Disease Doctor and Would Never Touch This Fauci Begs Young People to Consider Two ThingsThe first, is the "responsibility to yourself," he reveals, pointing out that young people are not immune to the virus, especially because about 30 to 40% of our population has an underlying condition—including diabetes, hypertension, obesity—"you know, 30% of the population has a BMI of 30 or more, which means they're obese," he points out. The second is social responsibility. "The only way we're going to end this is if everybody pulls together," he says, adding that wearing a mask should not be a political statement but a life or death choice. "If you don't wear a mask, that is so destructive," he says. "We are all in this together and we're going to end it together. And when we end this, then you can get back to your normal life, but you gotta end it first." To keep yourself and others free from COVID-19, no matter your age, do as Dr. Fauci advises: wear a mask, avoid crowds, wash your hands and don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

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  • Celebrity
    E!

    Kristin Cavallari Proves Summer Isn’t Over Yet With a Racy Topless Photo

    Recently divorced Very Cavallari star Kristin Cavallari shared a steamy semi-nude photo from Catalina Island after revealing, "I'm just feeling the best I've felt in a really long time."

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  • Politics
    The Guardian

    Joe Biden is repeating the same mistakes that cost Hillary Clinton the election

    Biden is trying to woo unhappy Republicans, when he should be mobilizing hundreds of thousands of DemocratsJoe Biden has staked his presidential campaign on his ability to “win back” white working-class voters in midwest swing states like Michigan and Wisconsin. But he has the wrong target.In Manitowoc, Wisconsin, a city that’s 90% white, Biden recently donned his populist hat, telling an audience: “I’ve dealt with guys like Trump my whole life … Guys who inherit everything they’ve ever gotten in their life and squander it. Guys who stretch and squeeze and stiff electricians and plumbers and contractors working on their hotels and casinos and golf courses to put more bucks in their pocket.”Prior to this campaign stop, Biden amplified an endorsement from the former Michigan governor Rick Snyder, the Republican official who – let’s not forget – oversaw and attempted to cover up the Flint water crisis, which exposed an estimated 140,000 people in the majority Black city to lead and other contaminants. In an appearance in Michigan, Biden sat down with steelworkers, flanked mostly by white men, to discuss his jobs plan. And prior to that, after white vigilante Kyle Rittenhouse shot and killed two Black Lives Matter protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Biden aired a Richard Nixon-style law and order ad attacking “lawlessness” and accusing Trump of sowing discord.Biden and his advisers clearly believe that Hillary Clinton lost in 2016 because white voters in key swing states shifted from Obama to Trump. Biden’s entire campaign strategy is built on that assumption. There are two problems with that. For one, it almost entirely ignores the Black working class. For another, it may not even be true.If you look closely at the data on Wisconsin and Michigan – two of the three swing states that secured Trump’s victory – it’s apparent that a significant decline in voter turnout for the Democratic candidate cost Democrats the 2016 election, not a shift to Trump.White voter turnout in Wisconsin declined by 1%, amounting to 100,000 people who chose not to vote for either candidate. Trump only garnered 721 more votes than Mitt Romney, which could partly be explained by population increase. Across Wisconsin, the decline in votes cast for Clinton substantially exceeded the turnout for Donald Trump – from rural towns to medium-sized urban centers.Black voter turnout declined by an even higher rate, to a level unprecedented in Wisconsin’s recorded history. While 79% of Black voters participated in the 2012 general election, only 47% voted in 2016 – less than half the eligible voters. This amounted to about 88,000 less votes than in 2012. The limited academic research on turnout in Wisconsin reveals that 42% of nonvoters in the state’s two most populous counties stayed home primarily because they disliked the candidates or weren’t interested in them. Issues related to voter suppression amounted to about 5% of the respondents’ answers.But instead of trying to win over the nearly 200,000 people who stayed home in Wisconsin in 2016 (or whose votes were suppressed), Biden has opted to center his Wisconsin campaign on about 700 people, some of whom may have never voted for a Democrat for president. Instead of focusing on the approximately 50,000 voters who stayed home in Democratic-leaning Michigan counties, Biden is touting the endorsement of Snyder, whose neglect threatened the wellbeing of thousands of Flint residents.The Democratic party has embraced this message to a bizarre and troubling degree, often platforming Republicans who are barely popular with their own constituents. The Democratic national convention, for example, featured a cameo from former Ohio governor John Kasich. Yet Kasich averaged 18% support from Republican voters in the 2016 race, the lowest of the frontrunners, while Trump garnered 46.5%. There has been a clear shift in the Republican party from conservativism to an embrace of the far right, but Biden is banking on an unknown number of disaffected Republicans to help him into the White House, instead of hundreds of thousands of disaffected Democrats.This centrist Democratic obsession with “winning back” white conservatives in rural towns and suburbs is more symbolic than strategic. It’s rooted in a longstanding, mistaken archetype that conflates the working class with white workers, a tradition that reaches as far back as the 1800s Reconstruction Era.In his seminal text Black Reconstruction in America, the sociologist WEB Du Bois noted that the mostly white, Northern labor union movement comprehended “chiefly Northern skilled laborers,” but “almost none of them mentioned the Negro, or considered or welcomed him … said nothing of the greatest revolution in labor that had happened in America for a hundred years – the emancipation of slaves”.Black workers, even those emerging from centuries of brutal unpaid labor, barely registered in the mainstream consciousness at all. Instead, we became the face of the undeserving underclass, asking for “free stuff from the government”, as if a federal government that has handed out trillions to corporations and financial institutions cannot afford basic services such as healthcare, affordable housing and higher education for all of its people.It seems like we haven’t moved much past that narrative. Biden’s obsession with the white working class, for example, ignores that over half of Black men worked in Milwaukee’s manufacturing sector, more than double white workers, at the height of the city’s heavy industry. It ignores that deindustrialization hurt them more than anyone else. It ignores that Black and Asian households throughout the country were heaviest hit by the Great Recession. It ignores that a shift to lower-wage temporary warehouse work, and unemployment under Covid-19, disproportionately affects Black and Latinos. And it ignores that these material realities affect how they vote, too. But instead of swinging to Republicans, millions stay home.It’s in Biden’s political DNA to make these superficial white working-class appeals, despite undermining the working class across race. But if he wants to unjustifiably fashion himself as this generation’s Franklin Delano Roosevelt, it’s best he not repeat the same mistakes of failing the party’s Black working-class base. * Malaika Jabali is a public policy attorney, activist and Guardian US columnist

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  • Celebrity
    The Wrap

    ‘Cake Boss’ Star Buddy Valastro’s Dominant Hand Is Impaled in Home Bowling Accident

    Celebrity baker and “Cake Boss” star Buddy Valastro is facing an “uphill battle” after his dominant right hand was impaled with a metal rod in an accident while bowling with his family at their home.Valastro was rushed to a nearby hospital in New Jersey, where he had the first of two surgeries. The second took place in Manhattan and was performed by renowned surgeon Dr. Michelle Carlson, according to People. A representative for the reality star said in a statement that it’s going to be “an uphill battle” going forward and that he will need “prolonged recovery a therapy” due to the fact it’s his dominant hand.Valastro shared a photo from his hospital room on Wednesday.View this post on Instagram I was involved in a terrible accident a few days ago… 😔 What do you think of my new accessory? recoveryjourney positivevibes ironfist cakeboss buddyvalastroA post shared by Buddy Valastro (@buddyvalastro) on Sep 23, 2020 at 8:13am PDTThe accident took place at the family’s New Jersey home, where they were bowling in their personal alley. “There was a malfunction with the bowling pinsetter, a common fix in the past, but it turned into a terrible accident,” the rep said.“After trying to release the bowling pin from the cage mechanism, his right hand became lodged and compressed inside the unit. Unable to remove his hand, he can see a 1-1/2” metal rod slowly and repeatedly impale his hand three times between his ring finger and middle finger,” the rep said.After several minutes passed, Valastro’s two sons, 16-year-old Buddy Jr and 13-year-old Marco, used a saw to “to cut through the metal rod and relieve his father from the machine.”“Cake Boss” became a smash hit on TLC in 2009 and followed Valastro’s adventures and creations at the family bakery, Carlo’s Bakery. The show moved to sister network Discovery Family in 2019. Valastro has also appeared in numerous other food reality shows, including “Next Great Baker” and “Buddy vs. Duff,” which began airing new episodes in March.TheWrap has reached out to the Food Network for comment.Read original story ‘Cake Boss’ Star Buddy Valastro’s Dominant Hand Is Impaled in Home Bowling Accident At TheWrap

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