School lunch policy ground to a halt yesterday—at least for the time being. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) issued a statement announcing that no agreement could be reached in this Congressional session on the pending Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR), which is now long overdue.
That is to say, as humans continue to reshape the state to fit our desires, we are creating the conditions for a mosquito population explosion. To make matters worse, the channel reports that species capable of carrying the West Nile virus and Zika do well in California’s human-made environment. And scientists expect it to only get worse.”Urbanization, driven by human population growth and movement, has been a major driver of environmental change during the last century and is projected to increase substantially in the future across the globe,” the study authors write. “Our results suggest that urbanization is likely to drive additional changes in mosquito communities, including the expansion of habitat for urban mosquitoes.”
An off-duty Muslim MTA employee was assaulted and harassed yesterday by a man at Grand Central who allegedly called her a “terrorist.” Soha Salama, 45, was pushed down a flight of stairs by a man who she says shouted the Islamophobic slurs at her. In a subsequent interview, Salama told the NY Post she had never experienced anything like this before, and blames the recent uptick in hate crimes on the election of Donald Trump.”I think this hate is raised after the election,” Salama told the Post. “During the Obama administration this hate wasn’t there. It’s because of the hate speeches we hear on the media. In the 20 years I live here, I didn’t experience something like that. As soon as the election and Mr. Trump spreads this hate speech around, it’s different now. He leads the people in the wrong direction.”
Pizzagate, the conspiracy theory that claims (with no evidence) that high-ranking Democratic officials and allies operate an international pedophilia ring centered around Washington, DC’s Comet Pizza, made a cameo in New York City this month when employees of Roberta’s received threatening phone calls related to the internet fixation.
Pope Francis has lambasted media organizations that focus on scandals and smears and promote fake news as a means of discrediting people in public life. Spreading disinformation was “probably the greatest damage that the media can do”, the pontiff told the Belgian Catholic weekly Tertio. It is a sin to defame people, he added.Using striking terminology, Francis said journalists and the media must avoid falling into “coprophilia” – an abnormal interest in excrement. Those reading or watching such stories risked behaving like coprophagics, people who eat faeces, he added.