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It is obviously time to re-draw the line on sexual misconduct.  What is “OK” now, and for whom?

by Stephen Ulrich – a father of two girls

We have come far as a society since the days when jokes about grabbing pussy could be dismissed as locker room banter, therefore excusable “among the guys.”  It was more than slightly ironic that Billy Bush lost his job on Today, yet the person he was nodding at while listening, went on to become the President.  As we began this discussion, I said we have come far.  We still have light years to go before we achieve equanimity in the work place or socially.

Entitlement.   It is my offering that all of this action stems from entitlement.  Young OJ is the star of USC, star of the Bills,  Hall of fame running back,  Nicole dis’ him somehow and he gets to slash her throat.  Somebody has some of his stuff in a hotel in Las Vegas so he go in and steal it.  He is an absurdly harsh example, but think of all the little ones.  Think of all of the HS and college athletes that have never been told NO by anyone.  Think  of the businessmen making decisions all the time on who gets jobs and who is promoted.  Ever heard the expression “screwed her way to the top?”

Puffy bully Billy goes to the high school dance and lil Maggie Mae says that she doesn’t want to dance, but he says “oh c’mon” and gently pulls her out on the dance floor.  If she quits protesting is that implied consent?  If she pulls away and he doesn’t follow her is it then OK?  What if Maggie Mae waits until he is the host of a TV show and then “remembers” it and comes forward?

Inertia. As with any example of crowd mentality, the memories of past offences have their own inertia.  Memories can grow and shrink with them. Think of a pushy guy in High School.  He slapped my wife’s ass in the kitchen 30 years later and we haven’t talked to him since.  If someone reads this story and remembers that he was pushy in High School,  they might remember more that he tried to force himself on them and come forth now.  Does this necessarily mean that he broke any laws?  Is the question of degree important if he went on to become a powerful man and there are lots of people who suddenly remember him being pushy?

Degree. With all the “outings” in the past few weeks it poses the question of exactly how far is too far.   It is not OK to go on a witch hunt to prosecute someone because they might have simply offended someone.  If it was, I would have spent my life in jail.

Sandusky in the locker room: obvious.   Franken making gestures supposedly during a comedy skit….?  Does the fact that she posed for Playboy make a difference?  If a girl is supposedly “loose” does that in any way legitimize unwanted advances?  What of lewd jokes in mixed settings? Coke cans?  What of the advances that were unwanted, but the guy got his signals crossed and assumed a degree of consent that wasn’t there? There is a huge difference between tacky, not skillful, and a clear violation.  The laws are on the books, and their intent is pretty clear to most adults, but young people trying to scratch their way up the ladder tend to take risks.  Perhaps this is why so many people are coming forward after so many years.  “Hey, come to think of it, that WAS NOT OK!”

Consequences.   It will end up in the courts. “We believe you Anta!” It doesn’t seem fair that someone  who has had one, or even a few what would be called minor errors in judgement, should have his life’s work and career voided. A first date where a guy continuing a kiss if “she” wasn’t also leaning in.  I think many of us have had a bumbling moment like that.   It also doesn’t seem fair that a misogynistic “mis-user” of power should become a Supreme Court Justice, or President after gloating  over Grabbing Pussy.  Are we still going to look the other way if “his father is a senator” or “they was just bein boys?”  On the other hand this could be a very useful tool to use to break someone and ruin their career. How can we stop the “good ol boys” from covering each other’s asses without turning it into  a witch hunt?

Since the current regime is doing everything they can to replace the more liberal judiciary with young eager conservatives, it is my fervent hope that they exercise skillful judgement in the application of the law, and not a liberal vs conservative issue.  This could turn into yet another tool for the “right” to punish comedians, satirists, and liberal journalists.

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Trump Claims Access Hollywood Tape is Fake

a man wearing a suit and tie holding a glass of wine© President Donald Trump now claims that the Access Hollywood tape on which he boasted of sexually assaulting women may not be genuine, according to a report in The New York Times.

On the tape, which surfaced weeks before the November 2016 presidential election, the former reality star can be heard bragging to TV presenter Billy Bush of grabbing women “by the p***y.”

Trump faced calls to step aside from the race after the tape went public, and apologized for the remarks, dismissing them as “locker room talk.”

However according to the Times, the president told a senator earlier this year that the tape was not genuine and repeated the claim to an adviser recently.

The president apparently sees parallels between the situation he faced after the release of the tape in 2016 and that currently faced by Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.

Moore has faced calls to step aside by senior Republicans after being accused of sexually molesting a 14-year-old girl and making sexual advances towards several teenagers in the early 1970s, when he was in his early 30s and a district attorney.

Trump told the press at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida Tuesday that Moore had denied the claims, and of the Alabama Senate race remarked “We don’t need a liberal person in there.”

 

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Activists Crash Press Conference to Challenge Trudeau on Climate Policy

Former Trudeau supporters Hayley Zacks and Jake Hubley were arrested after confronting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about his support of the Alberta tar sands and approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, despite posturing as a ‘climate crusader’


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Hayley Zacks is a student and campaigner in Vancouver, BC. Her work focuses primarily on stopping major oil and gas infrastructure from impacting the West Coast. She is currently working on a Combined Honours as a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Sustainability, and International Development, with a minor in Indigenous Studies.

Jake Hubley am 24 year old community organizer in Vancouver. Jake is from Halifax, Nova Scotia, originally named Mi’ki’maki (“MI-KI-MAGI”) as the traditional unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq (“MIG-MAWK”) peoples. He has stayed in Vancouver to devote his efforts to stopping the Kinder Morgan pipeline and Tar sands expansion threatening our future.

DIMITRI LASCARIS: This is Dimitri Lascaris for The Real News Network. Despite the elaborate posturing at the just concluded COP23 Climate Summit in Bonn, Germany, not everyone is buying that Canada is a climate champion. The Trudeau government continues to support the Alberta tar sands, which is not only the largest industrial project on the planet, but is also the dirtiest and most polluting. Former NASA scientist, Dr. James Hansen, has called the continued exploitation of the tar sands “game over for the planet, and necessarily for the human species.”On November 15th, to express their peaceful opposition to Justin Trudeau’s commitment to the tar sands industry, two Canadian youths were arrested in Vancouver, B.C. at a press conference where they challenged the Prime Minister on his climate policies and his government’s approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion. If that expansion is completed, Kinder Morgan’s trans mountain pipeline will carry far more highly toxic, diluted bitumen from Alberta’s tar sands to Canada’s west coast, where it will be transported by tankers to other countries, including the United States.When these two youths confronted Trudeau, they stated that this most recent election was the first national election in which they were old enough to vote, and that they voted for him because he promised climate action. But now, they said, he’s pushing through the trans-mountain pipeline expansion and betraying his commitment to protect their generation and subsequent generations.With us to discuss the Kinder Morgan pipeline controversy, Trudeau’s climate policy and their arrest are the two protestors themselves. Joining us from Vancouver is Haley Zacks, a 20 year-old climate campaigner with Stand.earth in Vancouver. Also joining us is Jake Hubley, a 24 year-old community organizer from the city of Vancouver. Thank you very much, both of you, for joining us today.HALEY ZACKS: Thank you for having us.DIMITRI LASCARIS: So Haley, I’d like to begin with you. First of all, could you tell us please what the purpose of this November 15th press conference was?HALEY ZACKS: Justin Trudeau went in Vancouver to meet with the U.N. Ministerial Defense Committee, so he was there as part of this conference. And the specific part that we were attending was a press conference to discuss the previous commitments made to the U.N. by Prime Minister Trudeau. However, he was in Vancouver and since he’s approved the pipeline about a year ago, the Kinder Morgan pipeline, he hasn’t met with the public; he’s just been doing press events or private events. So, we decided to take the public to him through this press conference.DIMITRI LASCARIS: Were you invited to this event, or did you find creative ways to get yourselves inside?HALEY ZACKS: We found creative ways to get in.DIMITRI LASCARIS: So, Haley, what did you say to the Prime Minister when you had the opportunity to speak to him?HALEY ZACKS: I said that Jake and I are youth that voted for Justin Trudeau in our first ever federal election, and we voted for him on his promise for change and those promises were real climate action and reconciliation with indigenous nations in Canada. And then he went and approved the Kinder Morgan pipeline and you cannot meet those commitments to climate action and reconciliation when approving a detrimental tar sands pipeline that’s going through indigenous territory.And I also mentioned that we’re young people and we’re scared of what climate change means for our generation and future generations. And approving a pipeline that is going to produce 8.8 million gallons of CO2 of emissions equivalent to 2.2 million cars on the road means that he’s not taking climate change seriously.DIMITRI LASCARIS: And Jake, what did the Prime Minister say, if anything, in response to these comments?JAKE HUBLEY: He gave us his nice eyes and his smile and at the end kind of when we were being dragged out, he said something along the lines of, “It’s so great to see young people fighting for what they believed in. Please continue your activism.” Which to me, if he’s really supporting activism, he wouldn’t be shoving a pipeline down our throats at the same time.DIMITRI LASCARIS: And he encouraged this activism as you were being removed from the premises?JAKE HUBLEY: That’s right, yeah.DIMITRI LASCARIS: And so, Jake, what did the police say to you? What was their explanation for arresting you, in effect?JAKE HUBLEY: So, the police removed us in interest of safety. The charges we were going to be charged with were criminal mischief and obstruction of justice. There was also a couple loose things said around using a fake ID, which we used as freelance journalists to get into the conference. And then our charges were later dropped outside.DIMITRI LASCARIS: And what explanation, Haley, did the police give to you and Jake for dropping the charges? And were you released with any conditions attached?HALEY ZACKS: We were released with the condition that if we committed any sort of, the police officer that we were dealing with said “anything as stupid” as we had done that day, that these charges would resurface. So, anything that we’re charged with in the future – if we are caught protesting or obstructing construction for the Kinder Morgan pipeline – that we could have these charges reappear on our criminal records. The charges of obstruction of justice and criminal mischief could reappear.DIMITRI LASCARIS: Now Jake, it’s emerged that Justin Trudeau was, in fact, courting the oil sector while campaigning in 2015, and he never promised to curtail oil sands and tar sands production; he was just selective in disclosing his true intentions. Does that surprise you? Were you under the impression that the Prime Minister would have a much more progressive policy on the environment?JAKE HUBLEY: Yeah, absolutely. I mean, his campaign was really to appeal to my generation; the generation who voted for him and gave him power to be leadership, and that sounded like strong climate action, real change, and renewed reconciliation with First Nations, and that’s simply not happening. He also promised to implement UNDRIP, United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. That, so far, isn’t happening. One of those, something within that is free, prior, and informed consent for First Nations, particularly around economic projects. And meanwhile, he has approved the Kinder Morgan pipeline, which goes through indigenous territory without their consent.DIMITRI LASCARIS: Now, Federal Environment Minister, Katherine McKenna, was sending out tweets from COP23 in Bonn about the pitfalls of coal. There was a lot of discussion by the Canadian delegation about coal. And according to Minister McKenna, “Burning coal is responsible for 41 percent of our global emissions.” In addition, when President Trump announced the US would pull out of the Paris Accord, the Canadian government issued a statement which said, “We are deeply disappointed that the United States federal government has decided to withdraw from the Paris agreement. Canada is unwavering in our commitment to fight climate change and support clean economic growth.”Now, this whole business about coal, Minister McKenna at COP23 took what appeared to be a leading role in forming an anti-coal alliance, which a number of states signed on to. But in an interview with Der Spiegel in the German language, she acknowledged that even under this plan – if, in fact, it is implemented – Canada would still be generating energy powered by coal beyond 2060; for some period of time beyond 2060. When you add it all up – and my question’s really to the both of you – taking into account the initiatives in regard to coal and any other environmentally friendly initiatives that the Trudeau government has pursued, do you think that this is a government that is really pursuing a different course of action from its predecessor under Stephen Harper, or are the differences largely rhetorical and cosmetic?HALEY ZACKS: If I could start, I would say that a lot of them have been cosmetic. I think that what’s important to recognize when we’re talking about COP is that the commitments that Justin Trudeau made in Paris in his first COP as Prime Minister were actually Harper’s commitments. So, those aren’t strong promises at all if we understand what the previous government was about in terms of climate change. So, one was that Justin Trudeau is only tied to the commitments that the Harper government had made to keeping promises to COP. And then the second being that even just the Kinder Morgan pipeline alone stops us from meeting the bare minimum commitments that we made in Paris. The emissions and the impact of building this pipeline will stop us from ever being able to meet our very minimal commitments to tackle climate change. So arguably, anything else we’re doing is being outweighed by the fact that we’re emitting way beyond what we should be.DIMITRI LASCARIS: So Jake, let me sort of approach that same question in a different way by talking about another pipeline project, the Keystone XL pipeline, which was temporarily shut down after it was detected that it was leaking on Thursday morning. 210,000 gallons of oil spilled in South Dakota from a leak in the pipeline near the town of Amherst, and this came right before the Nebraska Public Service Commission made 3 to 2 decision on Monday to approve a more costly alternative route for Keystone XL. People like President Trump and some people within Canada that are promoting the interests of the tar sands industry say that these pipelines create jobs and that they’re safer than transporting oil by train. How would you respond to those arguments, Jake?JAKE HUBLEY: I think there’s a lot of things, and I think with that spill, first of all, I think the upped the amount that was spilled; it was closer to 900,000 barrels. I’m pretty sure. Haley, you can correct me if I’m wrong.HALEY ZACKS: 900,000 liters, 800,000 liters. Sorry.JAKE HUBLEY: 800. But you know, the first thing I wrote after that was a post on Facebook, “My mouth is getting tired from all the I-told-you-so’s.” And I think that’s echoed in all the indigenous communities, especially at Standing Rock, who said this is going to happen again. It’s happened so many times, not only in our history of fossil fuel use, but especially with the trans-mountain and Kinder Morgan here. Over 80 tons in their history, and here we go again. It spilled and people’s water tables are at risk. What was the second part of that question?DIMITRI LASCARIS: My first part of it was about job creation. I suppose one cynic could argue that the jobs being created are in the oil spill cleanup business. But the second part of my question was whether this is, in fact, safer than transporting oil by train. And I think, in light of the statistics you’ve cited, there’s good reason to question that particular assumption or claim. But in terms of jobs, do you think there’s any merit at all that sort of permanent, good jobs are being created by the construction of these pipelines?JAKE HUBLEY: Yeah. In terms of jobs, what we’re seeing with Kinder Morgan is they give you these big job numbers and they’re based on really crappy economics, saying “for every one worker on the pipeline, we might have three to five workers in various Tim Horton’s there, the copy shops,” that kind of thing, and really it’s 50 permanent jobs for that whole project. And those jobs are temporary, they’re insecure especially with the fluctuating oil market, and they take people out of the communities and away from their families, which at the same time not only are they taking them away from their families, but a lot of oil workers aren’t super proud of what they’re doing.I mean, everyone has to make a living. There’s groups like Iron and Earth, who’ve been doing an amazing job at trying to advocate for the retraining and repurposing of oil workers for renewable energy so that they can have jobs in their communities and jobs that they can be proud of. And there are many statistics already that show that even in the solar industry alone there’s over 200,000 jobs, and with climate leadership in Canada there could be that many in the solar industry. Meanwhile, there are only about 23,000 jobs in the tar sands.So frankly, investing more into fossil fuels – which is a very fluctuating and dying industry, and one which has to die if we’re not to have catastrophic global warming take us – it’s actually investing in more insecure jobs for people that take them out of their families when we could be investing in long term, secure jobs in people’s communities in renewable energies for the long term. So it’s actually it’s an investment against oil workers, ironically enough, in my opinion.DIMITRI LASCARIS: And Haley, do you have anything to add to Jake’s thoughts on the job creation potential and the safety of pipelines, tar sands pipelines?HALEY ZACKS: Yeah. I think that Jake summed it up really nicely, and I think the one thing I’ll add is also all the jobs that are risked when you build a pipeline through a community. So it’s been assessed in Vancouver that the number of jobs that could be risked by a potential oil spill are in industries ranging from travel and tourism, to banking jobs that rely on having buildings directly on the water, to small businesses and restaurants. Like, the amount of jobs that would be risked in any area that is impacted by the pipeline if there is an oil spill. And as we’ve seen, it’s not if but when, like we saw with Keystone. There’s bound to be an oil spill and it’s risking way more jobs than it’s creating.JAKE HUBLEY: If I could just add, the fisheries industry is a huge one there as well. The salmon industry alone, as far as I know, is a $900 million industry a year for B.C., while also being a sacred food source for indigenous folks here who aren’t consenting to the pipeline in our community, and which are very crucial for our forests.DIMITRI LASCARIS: Well, this has been Dimitri Lascaris speaking to Vancouver based climate campaigners, Haley Zacks and Jake Hubley, who were arrested for peacefully dissenting from the Trudeau government’s climate policies at a press conference on November 15th. Thank you very much for joining us today.HALEY ZACKS: Thank you.JAKE HUBLEY: Thank you.DIMITRI LASCARIS: And this is Dimitri Lascaris for The Real News Network.

 

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This viral tweet about Thanksgiving and Native Americans deserves our attention.

A tweet that’s gone viral days before Thanksgiving shows exactly why the indigenous communities of South Dakota didn’t want oil pipelines on their lands.

“Just a reminder last year on Thanksgiving that Natives were being tortured with dogs, illegal scare tactics, being run over by angry white [people] all to protect our water,” the tweet reads. “And this year on Thanksgiving they are now cleaning up 200,000 gallon oil spill on a South Dakota reservation.”

Just a reminder last year on Thanksgiving that Natives were being tortured with dogs, illegal scare tactics, being run over by angry white ppl all to protect our water and this year on Thanksgiving they are now cleaning up 200,000 gallon oil spill on a South Dakota reservation

The tweet, published on Nov. 16 by user @lilnativeboy, has amassed over 100,000 likes and tens of thousands of retweets because of its powerful — and entirely sobering — message.

The tweet is referencing 2016 protests on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation that turned violent.

Last fall, indigenous demonstrators — or self-identified “water protectors” — rallied to protect the local land and water from construction on the 1,172-mile-long Dakota Access Pipeline. In November that year, when officials became agitated with their ongoing presence, the demonstrators were sprayed with water and tear gas in freezing cold weather. That same fall, security dogs reportedly bit protesters on multiple occasions.

Police spray Dakota Access Pipeline protesters with water and tear gas in freezing temperatures http://smithmag.co/99EDvs 

Between then and now, a lot has changed; most notably, an oil-friendly Trump administration took the reins in Washington, approving the final pipeline construction permit needed in February 2017.

Trump has opened the floodgates (so to speak) on a number of oil infrastructure projects; among them is the also controversial Keystone Pipeline, which is disrupting much of the same upper Midwest region as the Dakota Access.

One year later and with Thanksgiving upon us, demonstrators’ fears and predictions have come true as the viral tweet alludes to.

Over 200,000 gallons of oil has leaked in South Dakota, Keystone pipeline creator TransCanada confirmed on Nov. 17. The leak, the largest in the state to date, follows another leak in April from the Dakota Access Pipeline that tainted the land with nearly 17,000 gallons.

“It is a below-ground pipeline, but some oil has surfaced above ground to the grass,” Walsh said of the most recent environmental setback. “It will be a few days until they can excavate and get in borings to see if there is groundwater contamination.”

 

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Charles Manson dead at 83; here’s why his health crisis was shrouded in secrecy

The 83-year-old cult leader died at 8:13 p.m., according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Michele Hanisee, president of the Assn. of Deputy District Attorneys, issued a statement Sunday saying that Vincent Bugliosi, the deputy district attorney who prosecuted Manson, “provided the most accurate summation: ‘Manson was an evil, sophisticated con man with twisted and warped moral values.’

“Today, Manson’s victims are the ones who should be remembered and mourned on the occasion of his death,” Hanisee said.

Why was so little information released?

Local law enforcement in Bakersfield confirmed Wednesday that he had been hospitalized, but state prison officials had declined to comment on his condition, citing federal and state medical privacy laws that preclude the agency “from commenting on protected health information for any inmate in our custody.”

This marked the second time Manson, an inmate at Corcoran State Prison, was hospitalized this year. In January, he spent several days in a Bakersfield hospital. The prison system would not comment on his condition, but sources at the time said he had a “serious” illness.

The most recent image of Manson, taken in August, 2017

How does California deal with sick inmates?

Though officials did not comment on where specifically Manson was being treated or why, the corrections department’s regulations provide a glimpse of how tightly coordinated the process must be.

“They remain under CDCR custody and 24-hour supervision during this time,” said Vicky Waters, a department spokeswoman. “CDCR also notifies and works with hospital security and law enforcement.”

Inmates are “routinely” taken to outside hospitals for medical care ranging from scheduled surgeries to emergency trauma, she said. The department’s protocol provides up to four levels of review by a medical services committee for cases in which an inmate receives emergency care outside the prison walls.

California Correctional Health Care Services has contracted with several Central California hospitals to provide services to prisoners, including Adventist Medical Center Hanford, Bakersfield Memorial Hospital and Mercy Hospital Bakersfield.

No Bakersfield hospital would comment. But some reporters in Bakersfield last week saw a prison department van parked in front of Mercy Hospital.

What did we know about security measures for Manson?

Given Manson’s crimes and his numerous problems as a prisoner, it was likely significant security measures were employed. But officials would not comment. When Manson was hospitalized in January, several prison officials were seen at the the hospital.

Manson incurred more than 100 rules violations since 1971, when he and other members of his so-called family were convicted of killing pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six other people during a bloody rampage in the Los Angeles area during two August nights in 1969.

Over the years, he was cited for assault, repeated possession of a weapon, threatening staff, and possessing a cellphone.

Officials have said over the years that he spat in guards’ faces, threw hot coffee at a prison staffer, started fights, tried to cause a flood and set his mattress ablaze.

In 2014, Manson and Afton Elaine Burton, a 26-year-old Manson devotee, were granted a marriage license, but it expired before the two could marry. She had faithfully visited him in prison for seven years.

Manson’s next parole hearing had been scheduled for 2027.

Via. www.latimes.com

 

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Half of adults have high blood pressure in new standard

Anaheim, Calif. – New guidelines lower the threshold for high blood pressure, adding 30 million Americans to those who have the condition, which now plagues nearly half of U.S. adults.

High pressure, which for decades has been a top reading of at least 140 or a bottom one of 90, drops to 130 over 80 in advice announced Monday by a dozen medical groups.

The change means an additional 14 percent of U.S. adults have the problem, but only 2 percent of these newly added people need medication right away; the rest should try healthier lifestyles, which get much stronger emphasis in the new advice. Poor diets, lack of exercise and other bad habits cause 90 percent of high blood pressure.

“I have no doubt there will be controversy. I’m sure there will be people saying ‘We have a hard enough time getting to 140,’ ” said Dr. Paul Whelton, a Tulane University physician who led the guidelines panel.

But the risk for heart disease, stroke and other problems drops as blood pressure improves, and the new advice “is more honest” about how many people have a problem, he said.

Currently, only half of Americans with high blood pressure have it under control.

The upper threshold for high blood pressure has been 140 since 1993, but a major study two years ago found heart risks were much lower in people who aimed for 120. Canada and Australia lowered their cutoff to that; Europe is still at 140 but is due to revise its guidance next year.

The guidelines were announced Monday at an American Heart Association conference in Anaheim.

The guidelines set new categories and get rid of “prehypertension”:

Normal: Under 120 over 80

Elevated: Top number 120-129 and bottom less than 80

Stage 1: Top of 130-139 or bottom of 80-89

Stage 2: Top at least 140 or bottom at least 90

That means 46 percent of U.S. adults have high pressure (stages 1 or 2) versus 32 percent under the old levels.

How common it is will roughly triple in men under 45, to 30 percent, and double in women of that age, to 19 percent.

For people over 65, the guidelines undo a controversial tweak made three years ago to relax standards and not start medicines unless the top number was over 150. Now, everyone that old should be treated if the top number is over 130 unless they’re too frail or have conditions that make it unwise.

“The evidence with this is so solid, so convincing, that it’s hard to argue with the targets,” said Dr. Jackson Wright, a guidelines panel member from University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. Older people “have a 35-to-50-fold higher risk of dying of a heart attack or stroke compared to younger people.”

But the Cleveland Clinic’s Dr. Steven Nissen said he’s worried.

“Some more vulnerable patients who get treated very aggressively may have trouble with falls” because too-low pressure can make them faint, he said.

Certain groups, such as those with diabetes, should be treated if their top number is over 130, the guidelines say. For the rest, whether to start medication will no longer be based just on the blood pressure numbers. The decision also should consider the overall risk of having a heart problem or stroke in the next 10 years, including factors such as age, gender and cholesterol, using a simple formula to estimate those odds.

Those without a high risk will be advised to improve their lifestyles — lose weight, eat healthy, exercise more, limit alcohol, avoid smoking.

“It’s not just throwing meds at something,” said one primary care doctor who praised the new approach, the Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Robert Stroebel. If people continue bad habits, “They can kind of eat and blow through the medicines,” he said.

The guidelines warn about some popular approaches, though. There’s not enough proof that consuming garlic, dark chocolate, tea or coffee helps, or that yoga, meditation or other behavior therapies lower blood pressure long-term, they say.

The government no longer writes heart guidelines, leaving it to medical groups.

 

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Best Buy Vs Target: Best ‘Black Friday’ 2017 Deals

 

 

Black Friday 2017 is racing towards us as the holiday sales season picks up pace. But where are the best deals and how do deals compare between the biggest retailers? Having sorting through masses of sales data it is time to put them to the test, starting with Best Buy BBY +1.34% Vs TargetTGT +2.5% where there are significant product and delivery pros and cons… 

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Where Best Buy Black Friday Beats Target Black Friday 2017

Thanksgiving Opening Time: Best Buy doorbusters will start on Thanksgiving at 5pm while Target’s Thanksgiving sales begin at 6pm.

Live Sales: Best Buy is still running some of the Black Friday sales it released with its ad scan right now (see live deals) while Target only had deals the day it posted its ad scan.

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Premier HDTV Deal: Best Buy is offering a Sharp 50-inch LED 2160p Smart 4K Ultra HD Roku TV for $179.99 (save $320) – product link. As I previously noted, this very well may be the best deal during the entirety of Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2017.

Samsung Smartphones Deal: Best Buy is offering a sale where you can Save $300 on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus with qualified activation – product link. Target is offering a similar deal, but its $300 savings are via a $300 Target gift card. For the shopper who might not want to spend their $300 savings at Target, I give the nod to Best Buy.

GoPro HERO5 Black 4K: Both Target and Best Buy are offering the GoPro HERO5 Black 4K (product link) for $349.99 with a free $50 gift card to each respective store. However, Best Buy’s Black Friday ad states a Wi-Fi remote is included.

 

Where Target Black Friday Beats Best Buy Black Friday 2017

Black Friday Opening Time: Both Best Buy and Target will close the night of Thanksgiving or early Black Friday morning before reopening on Black Friday. Best Buy will open up at 8am while Target will open up at 6am, giving you more time to arrange Target into your Black Friday shopping spree.

Store Credit/Debit Card: Target’s REDCard very well may be the best store credit or debit card of any merchant. Unlike Best Buy’s store card, which gives cash back, Target will give REDCard holders 5% off every purchase immediately including those made on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Target also is promising REDCard holders will receive early access to Black Friday deals at Target.com starting on November 22. (sign-up link)

Xbox One S 500GB Console: Both Target and Best Buy are offering the popular Xbox One S 500GB Console (product link) for $189.99. However, Target is also giving shoppers who make this purchase a $25 Target gift card.

Google Home Mini Smart Speaker – Chalk: Target is offering the Google Home Mini Speaker for $29 with a $10 Target gift card (product link). Best Buy is offering it for $29.99 with a $10 Best Buy gift card. While the difference is only $0.99 I am still giving Target the win here – a saving is a saving.

Apple Watch Series 1: Target has Apple Watch Series 1 prices (product link) starting at $179.99 in their Black Friday ad while Best Buy has the same item starting at $199.99

Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus: Target is offering a $250 Target gift card with the activation of an iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus (product link) while Best Buy is only offering $200 in savings.

Where Target Black Friday Ties Best Buy Black Friday 2017

Shipping: Best Buy and Target will both offer free shipping with no minimum this holiday season, including orders during Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Amazon Echo (2nd generation) – Both Target (product link) and Best Buy (product link) are offering the 2nd generation Amazon Echo for $79.99 on Black Friday.

Sony Playstation 4 1TB Console Black – Both Target (product link) and Best Buy (product link) are offering the Sony Playstation 4 1TB Console Black for $199.99.

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