That’s not great, but it’s probably not a huge cause for alarm. Despite a rash of anti-vaccine sentiment pumped up by debunked theories linking the MMR vaccine to autism, experts say a vaccination rate in the 90 percent to 95 percent range, is typically enough to prevent outbreaks. But that high statewide average hides much lower vaccination levels in some corners of the state. In some school districts, the vaccination rate is less than half the state average, leaving kids vulnerable to illnesses public health officials say can be deadly and should be preventable. Outbreak An outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease isn’t a theoretical fear. This year, 15 states have seen cases of measles, a highly contagious and sometimes deadly childhood disease that had been all but eradicated in the U.S. until recently. In the spring and summer of 2017, Minneapolis saw a major outbreak of measles. The disease took hold in the city’s Somali community, susceptible due to … [Read more...] about Statewide, Minnesota has a healthy measles vaccination rate. But in some school districts, the rate is much lower
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It’s no longer shocking to hear news like Google cooperating with state censors in Russia. As American companies seek entry into foreign markets, they are increasingly willing to appease societies that are hostile to western traditions of liberty. It’s a reminder that liberal values aren’t tied to capitalism alone, but to the people and cultures that believe in them. Google’s decision to work with Russia came after months of controversy over “Project Dragonfly,” the tech giant’s plan to create a censored search app for China. Google only backed down from that project following bipartisan political outcry, including from Vice President Pence and Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA).But Google is far from alone in its decision to appease an oppressive regime. Last month, Netflix attracted condemnation after it pulled an episode from one of its comedy shows following complaints from the Saudi Arabian government. The episode featured jokes about … [Read more...] about Bokhari: Free Trade Leads to Globalized Tyranny
By ERIC LIPTON, STEVE EDER and JOHN BRANCH DEC. 26, 2018 In just two years, Trump has unleashed a regulatory rollback with little parallel in the past half-century. This Is Our Reality Now BAKERSFIELD, Calif. THOMPSONS, Tex. CHARLESTON, W.Va. FORT BERTHOLD, N.D. In California, where over a third of the nation’s vegetables and two-thirds of its fruits and nuts are grown, farm workers are being sickened by a pesticide that the Obama administration tried to ban. In the heart of West Virginia’s coal country, the state’s largest inland waterway is still being contaminated with hundreds of pounds of selenium, a pollutant that can wipe out aquatic life, as well as smaller amounts of arsenic and mercury. A coal-burning power plant in the suburban sprawl of Houston, one of the country’s fastest-growing metropolises, is getting a free pass to continue spewing harmful levels of sulfur dioxide into the air. Far to the north, on the Fort … [Read more...] about President Trump’s Retreat on the Environment Is Affecting Communities Across America
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By David Alire GarciaMEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican state-run oil giant Petroleos Mexicanos will focus on existing shallow water assets and refining next year at the expense of riskier, deepwater projects under a new government that has vowed to turn around the ailing company.gi The 2019 budget blueprint presented on Saturday by officials of leftist President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador calls for some $23 billion (465 billion pesos) in discretionary spending for the company known as Pemex, up about 14 percent from this year.Almost half the Pemex budget is earmarked for exploration and production, mostly in shallow water and some onshore areas.Setting out his plans on Saturday, Pemex Chief Executive Octavio Romero said two previous governments had little to show for putting 41 percent of exploration funding into deep waters: "At best we'd have the first drop of oil by 2025," he said.Mexican crude output has fallen for 14 straight years. Pemex aims to increase production by almost 50 … [Read more...] about Pemex aims for splash in shallow waters, retreats from the deeps