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Can she please stop this?

For the fourth time in recent months, Hillary Clinton was forced to halt the speech she was giving after being afflicted with a severe coughing fit.

“It’s not just cough,” the doctor said. “There’s some hoarseness, there some throat clearing, in fact there’s frequent throat clearing. When you have these trio of symptoms, you have to think of what I call throat burn reflux, which is acid reflux affecting the throat.”

Dr. Aviv says the former Secretary of State might have made a mistake by reaching for those lozenges.

If you’re caught in an attack of acid reflux and can’t stop coughing, the doctor tells us a lozenge is not the best way to go.

[T]here is an extraordinary lack of curiousity in the mainstream press over these constant coughing fits. In fact, while some mainstream media outlets dutifully report the interruptions, there is zero speculation about what is causing them, and no interest in investigating what might be a health issue that the campaign is keeping from the voters.

Lack of curiosity? How about see-no-hacking-cough, report-no-hacking-cough.

And not quite “zero speculation”:

Matt Drudge, the proprietor of the high-leverage and Trump-friendly Drudge Report, previously claimed that the media is covering up the fact that Hillary Clinton is suffering from “flaring” hypthyroidism/Hashimoto’s disease, although coughing is not included in the list of symptoms.

Although there has been no corroboration, author and Clinton foe Ed Klein claims that Hillary Clinton “has been ‘frequently plagued’ by ‘blinding headaches’ and a series of strokes over the course of the campaign, which have left her second-guessing her chances of winning in 2016,” the New York Post reported in September, 2015. Klein’s book, Unlikeable — The Problem with Hillary, also claims that Hillary Clinton suffers from insomnia, exhaustion, and depression.

If you had been pipped at the post first by a wet-behind-the-ears freshman senator, then by a septugenarian socialist, you’d be insomniac, depressed and exhausted, too.

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Apartheid State Update

I guess it depends on the meaning of the word “apartheid”:

A charity led by Israeli women and employing Israeli technologies has connected 104 villages across Africa to water and electricity.

Innovation Africa, the Israeli organization founded by Sivan Ya’ari, has sought to better the lives of rural villagers in Malawi, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa and elsewhere by mining Israeli technological innovation for solutions that fit the needs of hard-to-reach places across the vast continent.

In places with no electrical power, and thus no means for refrigerating medicine or food, or for turning on the lights in schools, Ya’ari’s organization turned to the solar panels that are a ubiquitous feature of Israeli rooftops. These new sources of power also allow villagers to recharge cellular phones without traveling outside their villages to find a working plug, expanding their access to communications and the Internet. Computers designed to be powered by solar power are being used as educational tools.

Israeli-made locks also help cut down on theft. Israeli drip irrigation systems are dramatically increasing the efficiency of agricultural water use, leading to cheaper and larger crop yields. And a manual pump that can purify water – even sewage – to make it drinkable without the use of electricity is making water safer.

Innovation Africa’s figures suggest its projects have improved living conditions for hundreds of thousands. In Malawi, 23 projects are helping 319,000, according to the group’s website; 360,000 Ugandans are impacted by 56 projects there; and 79,000 are impacted by 13 projects in Tanzania. The organization also runs projects in South Africa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Senegal and Ethiopia.

IA claims it has brought lighting, clean water, food and better medical care to nearly 1 million people since it was established in 2008.

A million people! Wow! Cool! All thanks to the Jewish State.

What has Islam done for Africa in that time?

The 2009 Boko Haram uprising was a conflict between Boko Haram, a militant Islamist group and Nigerian security forces. Violence across several states in northeastern Nigeria left over 1,000 dead, with around 700 killed in the city of Maiduguri alone, according to one military official.

Okay, sure. There’s that. (More on Islamic terrorism in Africa here.)

But what about…

In mid-October 2003, the GPEI launched what was hoped to be the final onslaught against polio, with a plan to immunize more than 15 million children in west and central Africa. The GPEI had particular concerns about the high prevalence of polio in Nigeria, which accounted for 45% of polio cases worldwide and 80% of cases reported from the African region in 2003 [12]. This high prevalence was attributed to poor vaccine coverage during the previous control campaigns. But the GPEI’s hopes were dashed by a boycott of the polio immunization campaign in three states in northern Nigeria, amidst rumours and public distrust.

In northern Nigeria in 2003, the political and religious leaders of Kano, Zamfara, and Kaduna states brought the immunization campaign to a halt by calling on parents not to allow their children to be immunized. These leaders argued that the vaccine could be contaminated with anti-fertility agents (estradiol hormone), HIV, and cancerous agents.

In an article reported by, a South African online news Web site, Sule Ya’u Sule, speaking for the governor of Kano, is quoted as saying: “Since September 11, the Muslim world is beginning to be suspicious of any move from the Western world…Our people have become really concerned about polio vaccine” [14]. In the same article, Datti Ahmed, a Kano-based physician who heads a prominent Muslim group, the Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria (SCSN), is quoted as saying that polio vaccines were “corrupted and tainted by evildoers from America and their Western allies.” Ahmed went on to say: “We believe that modern-day Hitlers have deliberately adulterated the oral polio vaccines with anti-fertility drugs and…viruses which are known to cause HIV and AIDS”.

Hey, that predates 2008! No fair. Besides, they did eff up the vaccines later:

A recent polio outbreak in Nigeria revealed another potential problem: the vaccine commonly used against it. Last week, the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control reported that since 2005, 69 Nigerian children have been paralyzed by a polio virus derived from the oral vaccine. Two other cases made it to Niger.

Such cases are not unknown, but the continuing Nigerian outbreak is the biggest ever, and follows a boycott of the vaccination campaign in Africa’s most populous country because of unfounded fears the vaccine was a Western plot to sterilize Muslims.

“Unfounded” to whom? One may not be technically sterile when crippled by polio, but one is hardly equipped to do the full Osmond.

Oh, and the World Health Organization is a UN agency, by the way. Just sayin’.

I leave it to my African friends to decide which is better for them: Jewish philanthropy or Islamic paranoia. Throw in UN incompetence and indifference while we’re at it.

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Gay Black Lives Matter

I always knew AIDS was racist:

One in two gay and bisexual black men in the US will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

However, the overall odds of an average American developing HIV is just one in 99.

That overall rate is declining, but the risk of HIV infection varies heavily among different groups.

For instance, while the projection for gay black men is one in two, it is less than one in 2,500 for heterosexual white men.

Gay white men face around a one in 11 risk, which is significantly smaller than the estimate for blacks and Hispanics.

Snark that I am, I am tempted to suggest that gay black men go straight and go white (they’re already male). But that’s unkind.

They should go to North Dakota:

The chances of being diagnosed with HIV is highest in the District of Columbia, as well as in Southern states, such as Georgia, Florida, Louisiana and Maryland.

In contrast, the risk of HIV infection is lowest in North Dakota.

Pierre’s not such a bad place. Beats being dead. Or does it?


Drug Rationing Here And Now

Patients are never told that they are being denied drugs

…At medical institutions across the country, choices about who gets drugs have often been made in ad hoc ways that have resulted in contradictory conclusions, murky ethical reasoning and medically questionable practices, according to interviews with dozens of doctors, hospital officials and government regulators.

Some institutions have formal committees that include ethicists and patient representatives; in other places, individual physicians, pharmacists and even drug company executives decide which patients receive a needed drug — and which do not.

An international group of pediatric cancer specialists was so troubled about the profession’s unsystematic approach to distributing scarce medicine that it developed rationing guidelines that are being released Friday in The Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

“It was painful,” said Dr. Yoram Unguru, an oncologist at the Children’s Hospital at Sinai in Baltimore and a faculty member at the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University. “We kept coming back to wow, we’ve got that tragic choice: two kids in front of you, you only have enough for one. How do you choose?”

Hmm, how do you choose? One way would be to check the voting patterns of the parents. I am not kidding. There was a case in Philadelphia a few years ago which smelled a lot like rationing against conservative parents. An 11 year old girl with mouthy parents needed a lung transplant and was denied by the government. A judge finally ordered that she receive the surgery, when she had something like 20% lung capacity, but he had to go against the government to do so.

Such decisions have real consequences. For some shortages, doctors can soon see the effects of rationing, such as increased pain or nausea when drugs typically used to control symptoms are withheld, or patients who have to undergo invasive surgery to control cancer when anti-tumor medications are delayed.

I took a couple random paragraphs to show you, but I really think that people should read the whole thing. We are already facing rationing and it will only get worse under single payer, which is definitely coming.

– Aggie


Zika Spreading Rapidly

DDT anyone???

The Zika virus “is now spreading explosively” around the Americas, the head of the World Health Organization said Thursday, calling the level of alarm over the disease “extremely high.”

“The level of concern is high, as is the level of uncertainty,” WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan told her organization’s executive board members. “We need to get some answers, quickly.”

The mosquito-borne disease is now in “23 countries and territories in the region,” according to Chan. While it’s been around in some form for decades, alarms have been raised only recently about Zika’s suspected connection with “birth malformations and neurological symptoms.”

“Arrival of the virus in some places has been associated with a steep increase in the birth of babies with abnormally small heads and in cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome,” Chan explained.

It is devastating to the unborn, particularly if the mother catches the virus in the 2nd trimester. It is carried by mosquitoes, but I saw someone from the WHO interviewed last night who explained that human to human contact is also possible, although at this point she didn’t see the need for quarantine. Hmmm, I bet that if this thing continues to grow, DDT will make a comeback.

– Aggie


How WHO Is It?

You say WHO; I say ho. Ho-ho. Ho-ho-ho-ho-ho!!!!!

Sierra Leone has reported a death from the Ebola virus — a major setback hours after global experts said the outbreak was over in West Africa.

The patient got sick at a town bordering Guinea, said Sidi Tunis, a spokesman at an Ebola response center in Sierra Leone.

Health officials are tracing anyone who may have had contact with the deceased.

The new case was confirmed Friday, hours after the World Health Organization gave the region an all-clear.

Now hang on, BTL. Laughing at hemorrhagic fevers among poor Africans is cold, even for you. But I’m not laughing at Africans, the poor dears. I’m laughing at that entity so full of itself as to call itself the “World Health Organization”, when health is the least of its concerns:

In 2014, the 67th World Health Assembly (WHA) of the World Health Organization (WHO) commissioned a “field assessment” report on the state of health in Gaza, the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and the Golan Heights. The publication, which was presented last month to the 68th WHA, unfortunately confuses politics and medicine, inappropriately advancing the former at the expense of the latter.

The “field assessment” relies heavily on data produced by unreliable, politicized non-governmental organizations (NGOs). These include B’tselem and Physicians for Human Rights- Israel, and are augmented by articles published by the anti-Israel Lancet-Palestinian Health Alliance (LPHA). These organizations employ flawed methodologies, make false legal claims, and portray events in a one-sided manner.

The report asserts that Gaza is occupied by Israel, even though Israel withdrew its military and civilian presence from that territory in 2005. This attempt to portray Israel as an “occupier” in Gaza is a form of legal warfare, or “lawfare,” reflecting the use of false and invented legal claims. Israel is then baselessly chastised for not issuing more permits allowing Palestinians from Gaza to access Israeli hospitals, even though it provides thousands of permits annually despite not being required to do so.

In the same vein, East Jerusalem residents hold Israeli residency cards and as such are entitled to Israeli medical care. Yet, East Jerusalem is categorized as part of the West Bank. The same is true for the Golan Heights and Druze residents. Their inclusion reflects a failure to grasp the nuances of the reality in Israel, as well as an underlying political agenda of finding Israel guilty.

Another major fault of the “field assessment” report is repeating the canard that Israel is denying Palestinians access to water. In fact, Israel has continuously worked to provide the Palestinians with modern water infrastructure.

And that’s not all!

The UN is once again singling out Israel for criticism. The UN Watch NGO on Friday reported that the global body adopted a draft resolution portraying Israel as violating the health rights of Syrians in the Golan.

The resolution comes even though Israeli hospitals continue their life-saving treatment for escalating numbers of wounded Syrians fleeing the civil war in their country.

By a vote of 104 to 4, with 6 abstentions and 65 absent, the Jewish state was the only country in the world to be singled out on Wednesday by the annual assembly of the UN’s World Health Organization. The decision was ratified Friday in Geneva in a final reading by the plenary, noted UN Watch.

Oh, it’s the UN’s World Health Organization—now it all makes sense! Anything attached to the UN actually has nothing to do with its nominal purpose. UNRWA has nothing to do with settling refugees (and not any refugees, solely Arabs who fled Israel), but rather with perpetuating their stateless status indefinitely; UNESCO has nothing to do with culture, but with denying Israel’s claim to any; UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) exerts no force in Lebanon; MONUSCO (United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo)… well, one hardly needs to go on, does one? The only “mission” those rogues were on was one of booty not duty.

Spare a thought for those pitiable West Africans suffering unimaginably. Not just from ebola, which is no one’s idea of fun, but from the incompetence and obscenity of the World “Health” Organization. It wouldn’t surprise me in the least to learn that WHO itself was responsible for the reemergence of ebola, just as UN “relief” efforts brought cholera to Haiti after its devestating earthquake—by relieving themselves in the water supply of the refugee camps. It would take a heart of stone not to laugh.

PS: The Jew-haters in the UN would do well to learn that hyperbolically lopside votes like the 104-4 vote condeming Israel are less persuasive than something more realistic. Only autocratic dictators win by such margins, which is very telling about the UN.


Dispatches From the Front Lines of Socialized Medicine

Like bell bottoms and sideburns, tofu and granny glasses, everything old is new again!

Josie Garrett seems like a healthy and happy 24-year-old when we meet her in between classes at University College London where she is studying for a master’s degree.

But Garrett is making a tough recovery from a potentially deadly strain of tuberculosis — a disease she, along with many people, thought was a thing of the past.

“I think there is a general sense in this country, at least for me — which is incorrect — that infectious diseases are completely eradicated, or that we found some way to get rid of them and that they are ‘Victorian’ illnesses,” she says. “The reality is that’s just not the case. It’s definitely something people need to be aware of.”

Recent studies for Britain’s National Health Service found that other diseases, widespread in the 19th and early 20th centuries, are making a comeback.

“There has been a huge rise in scarlet fever — 14,000 [suspected] cases in the last year, the highest since the 1960s,” says Dr. Nuria Martinez-Alier, a London immunologist. “We have seen a rise in the cases of tuberculosis, we’ve seen a rise in cases of whooping cough, we have seen more measles in the last 10 years than in the last 10 years before that,” she warns.

Over the past five years in England, hospital admissions for scarlet fever have risen 136%, scurvy by 38% and cholera by 300%, though the number of scurvy and cholera cases is very small.

What’s with all the Nigels and Prunellas coming down with scurvy and cholera?

Modern factors like migration are contributing to the resurgence, as well as age-old afflictions: malnutrition, poverty and lack of access to health care.

It’s a terrible shame when universal access to health care leads to lack of access to health care.

Britain’s present is our future. If liberals were honest (and unicorns grazed on four-leaf clover), they’d admit that scarlet fever and tuberculosis were just as much a product of mass immigration as cheap tamales and plentiful tabouleh.

PS: Clever of CNN to choose a pretty young white woman as their subject, though. No need to demonize swarthy “migrants”. Of course, if you infer that no one is safe from rare and insidious infectious diseases, no matter who, you’re a racist.


Settled Science

No, not that Settled Science

With the release of the eighth edition of the U.S. government’s Dietary Guidelines expected by year’s end, it seems reasonable to consider—with the “obesity plague” upon us and Americans arguably less healthy than ever before—whether the guidelines are to be trusted and even whether they have done more harm than good.

Many Americans have lost trust in the science behind the guidelines since they seem to change dramatically every five years. In February, for example, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee declared that certain fats and eggs are no longer the enemy and that cholesterol is “not considered a nutrient of concern for overconsumption.” This, after decades of advising Americans to “watch their cholesterol.”

Well, I’m sure you can see where this is going:

There is no debate that, since 1980, sugar intake in the U.S. has increased. What is rarely discussed is the likelihood that the original Dietary Guidelines were, in part, if not largely, responsible for that increase. Two unintended consequences of the emphasis on restricting dietary fat were an increased use of sugar in many food items, and the precipitous decline in milk intake and parallel increase in sugar-containing beverages such as soda pop and juice.

One hardly knows whether to laugh or cry. So let’s laugh:

When asked in the hearing if the Dietary Guidelines had failed, Ms. Burwell suggested that Americans’ waistlines might well have been greater without them—an opinion not a fact. Mr. Vilsack’s reply to the same question was closer to the truth: “This is really about well-informed opinion,” he said. “I wish there were scientific facts. But the reality is stuff changes, right? Stuff changes.”

Hmmm, I wonder if, in thirty years, stuff will change regarding climate change? And we’ll look back at our silly old selves and chuckle?

– Aggie


“Safe Spaces” to Smoke?

If you’re black, you’d better stop buying cartons, and downsize to packs or “loosies” (if any dealers are still in the business).

They’re coming for your smokes:

The government is seeking to ban smoking in all of the nation’s 1.2 million public housing units, the latest step in a decades-long crackdown on tobacco products that help kill hundreds of thousands of Americans each year.

In its proposed rule, announced Thursday, the Department of Housing and Urban Development would require more than 3,100 public housing agencies to go smoke-free within several years. The agencies must design policies prohibiting lit tobacco products in all living units, indoor common areas, administrative offices and in all outdoor areas near housing and administrative office buildings, HUD officials said.

“We have a responsibility to protect public housing residents from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke, especially the elderly and children who suffer from asthma and other respiratory diseases,” HUD Secretary Julián Castro said in a statement announcing the measure. “This proposed rule will help improve the health of more than 760,000 children and help public housing agencies save $153 million every year in healthcare, repairs and preventable fires.”

I checked: according to HUD’s own numbers, 48% of the nation’s public housing residents are black, 23% are Hispanic. It varies from city to city, with Detroit being 99% black.

And you’re going to tell these people they have to quit smoking. That’s what “prohibiting lit tobacco products in all living units, indoor common areas, administrative offices and in all outdoor areas near housing and administrative office buildings” means.

Which is fine with me. Public housing means publicly funded. He who pays the rent calls the tune. I’m being only a little facetious when I ask if you’re going to also demand they give up pot, coke, smack, crack, crystal, XTC, Oxy, and other narcotic scourges of public housing—most of which are easier to quit than tobacco? After all, it’s for the children.

By the time police are putting choke holds on black residents for smoking Marlboros in the privacy of their own homes (well, our own homes), Obama will be long gone. And no one will blame his fascistic regime.

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Via Mark Steyn:

German hospitals are increasing security to protect doctors and nurses from violent attacks by migrants who are unhappy with the medical treatment they are receiving.

Critics are warning that German taxpayers will end up paying billions of euros to provide healthcare for a never-ending wave of asylum seekers. This is in addition to the billions of euros already being spent to provide newcomers with food, clothing and shelter.

In addition to the massive economic and social costs, as well as the burden of increased crime, including a rape epidemic, Germans are now facing the risk of being exposed to exotic diseases — and tuberculosis.

Roughly 5% of asylum seekers are carrying resistant germs. In real numbers, this works out to around 75,000 newcomers with highly infectious diseases. — Dr. Jan-Thorsten Gräsner, director of the Institute for Rescue and Emergency Medicine.

Twenty types of vaccines are now in short supply, and 16 others are no longer available at all. Because of production bottlenecks, some vaccines will not become available until 2017.

Muslim women refuse to be treated by male doctors, and many Muslim men refuse to be treated by females. — Max Kaplan, director of the Bavarian Medical Board.

German media outlets are downplaying the extent of the healthcare problem, apparently to avoid spreading fear or provoking anti-immigrant sentiments.

Doctor, I’m short of breath and my eyes are watering. My sides ache, too. Is it drug-resistant TB?

Well, yes, I was laughing. Guffawing, really. Are you sure it’s not Crimean Congo hemorrhagic fever?

Diseases are also reappearing that have not been seen in Germany for years. German public health officials are now on the lookout for Crimean Congo hemorrhagic fever, diphtheria, Ebola, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, malaria, measles, meningitis, mumps, polio, scabies, tetanus, tuberculosis, typhus and whooping cough. As refugee shelters fill to overflowing, doctors are also on high alert for mass outbreaks of influenza and Norovirus.

Compounding the challenge, tens of thousands of migrants arriving in Germany — particularly migrant children — have not been immunized, and German doctors are finding that needed vaccines are not readily available due to a lack of supply. Some German parents are panicking that there are not enough vaccines to immunize their own children.

Oh no, here comes another seizure!


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Settled Science Update

As our president noted, if we let China have the Keystone oil, instead of using it ourselves, they’ll get stuck with the global warming, and we’ll bask in temperate climes.

And then there’s this:

Soda, candy and fast food are often blamed for the rising rates of obesity in America and, while eating any one high-calorie or high-sugar food to excess is obviously unhealthy and will not help you lose weight, a major new study found that consumption of these foods is not related to body mass index in 95 percent of the population. The report was published by the Food & Brand Lab at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. “While a diet of chocolate bars and cheeseburgers washed down with a Coke is inadvisable from a nutritional standpoint, these foods are not likely to be a leading cause of obesity,” the study said.

Underweight Americans actually consumed more soda and sweet snacks than average-weight individuals, while overweight, obese, severely obese and morbidly obese individuals consumed less soda, sweet snacks and salty snacks than average-weight individuals. Morbidly obese people (with a BMI of 44.9 or more) ate fewer sweet snacks and salty snacks. Oddly, they did eat 50 percent more French fries than average-weight individuals. The researchers say people shouldn’t deprive themselves of their favorite food because that sacrifice is unlikely to be related to their weight — unless, that is, their favorite food is French fries.

What is the ancient secret of losing weight—besides fewer fries?

Portion control is critical, says Julie Barnes, a New York-based clinical psychologist. And dining out (unless they are taking a doggy bag home) is one way Americans give up control over their portions.

Eat your dinner at home on a salad plate if you are concerned about large portions, Barnes says, but don’t obsess over food. “Over-control leads to lack of control. Just have the cookie.”

Eat a little less, and exercise a little more. Write that down so you don’t forget. And lay off the fries.


Making Health Outcomes Fair

Death rate for middle-aged whites rising

Good news from ObamaLand! You know how whites used to outlive blacks? Well, we are narrowing the gap.

The U.S. death rate has been falling for decades, but researchers have detected one group in which the rates have been steadily ticking up – middle-aged white people. Suicides and deaths from drug overdose and alcohol abuse are being blamed.

Deaths rates for other races have continued to fall, as they have for whites 65 and older. But death rates for whites 35 to 44 have been level recently, they’re beginning to turn up for whites 55 to 64, and – most strikingly – death rates for whites ages 45 to 54 have risen by half a percent per year since 1998, said the authors, Anne Case and Angus Deaton of Princeton University.

The increase started in the late 1990s and probably is related to the increased availability around that time of certain prescription painkillers, they said.

We still have our work cut out for us:

White death rates still are not nearly as bad as black rates – not even for those 45 to 54. The rate is about 415 deaths for every 100,000 white people in that age group. For blacks, it’s 582 per 100,000.

If we can zero in for certain on what is cause the increases in white death rates, perhaps we can offer more of it? Sort of move the process along? The goal here is fairness. This points to how we can tweak outcomes to even things up:

Education is also a factor. The study found among whites with a college degree, the death rates were actually quite low. But for whites who achieved no more than a high school diploma, they were a whopping 736 per 100,000.

But again, why that one age group?

It’s not clear. But that is a particularly tough time in life to suffer a serious financial setback or a debilitating health problem, noted John Phillips, who oversees some of the National Institute on Aging’s funding of research into what affects aging and health. The institute funded the study.

“You’re supposed to be heading into your prime earning years, and far from being able to collect retirement benefits,” he said. A job loss or other long-lasting hardship can be very hard to cope with, he added.

Here’s a suggestion. Let’s deny middle-aged, poorly educated whites job training opportunities, and let’s further study where poorly educated, middle-aged whites work, so we can mess with the funding in those parts of the economy. Construction would be a good place to start.

– Aggie


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