Stephen Colbert Makes Plea To Donald Trump To Stop Tweeting

Nation, we have a bigly problem on our hands. 

Donald Trump has the power to start a new national outrage in 140 characters or less. His tweets aren?t only concerning to the country, but also his own staff, whom he consistently contradicts. 

For example, the White House kept saying Trump?s travel ban wasn?t an actual ?travel ban,? only to be met by tweets like this:

Stephen Colbert thinks everyone?s had enough. He?s already held a Twitter-vention for the president. Now, he?s just making a desperate plea.

?First of all, thanks for watching, sir,? said Colbert in a message to Trump on his Tuesday show.

He continued, ?Second, as an honorary member of the media, please stop tweeting, especially early in the morning so we have to write about it all day long ?cause that?s a lot of material for us to have on our show. Some days we come up with too many jokes, and we have some left over for the next day, and I have to start drinking early. So please, no tweeting. None. I demand it.?

Colbert even had ?Cartoon Donald Trump? on the show to confront him about the tweets, and apparently not even a fake Donald Trump can stop himself. 

?The Late Show? airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Margaret Atwood Has Some Fixes For A Crisis That’s Slowly ‘Killing Us’

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Margaret Atwood, the author behind hit Hulu series ?The Handmaid?s Tale,is well versed in the types of hot-button issues that polarize societies. In a new op-ed, the dystopian author says she?s also keen on tackling a devastating problem that much of the world is barely talking about: plastic waste.

Atwood writes in her piece, published in The Guardian on Saturday, that she considers plastics the ?modern equivalent of a universal religion.? 

?We worship them, whether we admit it or not,? she explains. ?Their centre is whatever you happen to be doing, their circumference is everywhere; they?re as essential to our modern lives as the air we breathe, and they?re killing us. They must be stopped.?

In Atwood?s lifetime, the world went from barely using any plastic to being unable to live without it. Plastic is cheap, and can be found in pretty much everything we use ? from clothing to diapers to shopping bags. We just as readily discard these products without thinking twice, which leads to the dumping of billions of pounds of plastic waste in oceans. While the scope of the issue ? and its effect on living beings ? is difficult to calculate, environmentalists are gravely concerned.

If we don?t change our consumption habits, by 2050 there will be more plastics in the ocean than fish by weight, according to a report from the from the World Economic Forum and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Animals are mistaking plastic for food, and are getting seriously injured ? or dying ? after becoming entangled in discarded trash. 

Human health risks associated with plastics may be enormous. Scientists haven?t settled on exactly how these substances affect humans, but numerous studies suggest that chemicals in plastics may be linked to birth defects, diabetes, cancer and infertility. 

Microfibers ? which shed from synthetic clothing ? make their way from washing machines, to natural bodies of water and into the tissues of marine life. How this will affect fish, and the people who consume them, is still unknown.

Microplastic particles are affecting marine algae, which is the ?basic building block of oceanic life,? Atwood adds. Marine algae are responsible for making about 70 percent of the oxygen we breathe. Destroying them could mean killing ourselves.

Atwood outlines a three-point plan to address the issue, calling for reforms that advocacy groups and environmentalists have long promoted.

She wants organic and biodegradable replacements for plastic products. That?s a critical one, considering how long it takes for plastic items to decompose. A plastic bag, for example, often used for one shopping trip and then immediately thrown out, takes 10 to 20 years to decompose.

Atwood wants the industry to devise methods to collect plastics before they reach the oceans and filter plastics out of seawater. Such robust systems exist in developed nations like the U.S., but not as much in developing nations. 

Finally, plastic products need to be broken down into their basic parts. This is crucial, especially considering how much plastic packaging can?t be recycled. They?re often made from multiple layers of materials, and the recyclable components can?t be separated out. 

A number of activists and environmental groups are already working on some of the action items Atwood raised.

Norwegian billionaire Kjell Inge Røkke, who made his fortune in offshore drilling, is donating most of his wealth to cleaning up the oceans. In 2020, in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund Norway, he?ll be launching a massive yacht, which will collect 5 tons of plastic a day. The researchers on board will work to identify plastic alternatives and develop ways to keep plastics from entering the ocean.

These are the types of reforms that give Atwood hope.

?We may yet save ourselves from being plasticised to death,? she writes.

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Quinoa Salad Recipes For When You’re Feeling Extra Healthy

Of all the great ways to make quinoa ? the nutritional powerhouse seed that grows plentifully on the other side of the equator ? the quinoa salad is perhaps the most perfect. Yes, we?re saying it?s better than quinoa breakfast hash. And even better than quinoa nachos. Why? Because it?s so easy to make.

Cook up a batch of quinoa ? but make sure you give it a good rinse first ? and mix it with a handful of ingredients. Just like that, you made a delicious, healthy meal you can eat for lunch or serve as a side for dinner. Boom.

Here are some recipes to get you started: 

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Let Trump Be Trump, Kellyanne

Kellyanne Conway is right ? the media obsesses over presidential tweets from Donald Trump. What she fails to understand, though, is that there?s a very good reason for this obsession. Trump tweets make news because they are newsworthy. If Trump tweets were bland and boring repetitions of White House policy, pre-vetted by the communications team, then it?s likely nobody would pay any attention to them. But they?re not. They are, as one interviewer pointed out to Kellyanne this morning, Trump?s preferred method of communication to the American public. And what he?s got to say makes news because nobody else in the administration can speak for Trump.

The media obsesses over presidential tweets from Donald Trump. What Conway fails to understand, though, is that there?s a very good reason for this obsession.

Trump was supposed to morph, somehow, into a more presidential figure after being sworn in. That didn?t happen, obviously. Trump is still Trump. Part of being Trump is his id-fueled communications to his supporters, often via Twitter. Nobody knows what Trump?ll tweet next, which is part of the obsession Kellyanne complains about, but is also due to how many times Trump has previously made news for himself and his administration ? good or bad ? by tweeting. If there wasn?t the potential for breaking news, then there would be no media obsession (or, at the very least, Kellyanne?s disapproval of it would then be justified).

The problem stems from the inherent nature of the Trump White House. In normal times, the press can talk to any number of sources ? press secretaries, presidential advisors, cabinet members, administration experts ? and they know that these sources are speaking with the full authority of the president. They speak for the president or even with the voice of the president, which means whatever they say will be treated as the official policy emanating from the Oval Office on down. In such normal times, it would be highly abnormal for the president to ever contradict one of these aides or advisors, because any administration wants to clearly speak ?with one voice.? So a story about a president contradicting or overruling a spokesman would be big news, in normal times.

Trump?s administration is anything but normal, however. There are competing factions within the White House, making it nothing more than a glorified group of high school cliques clawing at each other for prominence. It actually matters whether a media source belongs to the Jared Kushner faction or the Steve Bannon faction, in other words. Other White Houses have experienced such power struggles, but this is usually seen as a bad thing by them. Trump, though, revels in the competition among his subordinates. It?s a feature, not a bug. Because of this, the duelling cliques can fight right out in the open, which has given the media an absolute goldmine of leaks, which are solely designed to undermine one faction or another. Contradictions abound, even within the highest ranks of the White House staff.

But it?s even worse that that, because Trump himself feels free to chart his own course on just about anything, in his early-morning Twitter sessions. This means that no media source ? no matter how prominent or official or on-the-record ? can hope to ?speak with the voice of the president.? Nothing any White House source says can be trusted in the slightest. Kellyanne says something on the morning news shows, and hours later the press office completely contradicts her, and nobody even notices any more, because that?s just how things roll in the Trump White House. The media has some sport explaining the egg on the face of whichever Trump spokesperson has just been undercut, but by now it?s a regular occurrence. Sometimes other advisors will contradict White House spokespeople, and sometimes Trump himself will shoot them down with a single tweet.

Either way, there is exactly zero trust from both the public and the media of anything anyone (other than Trump) says in the Trump administration anymore. Nobody can guarantee that Trump will wind up agreeing with them, their policy, their stance on an issue, or even the basic facts of the case. Statements by the vice president, by cabinet members, by close advisors, and by any number of underlings have been proven to be completely false later on. Nobody can be trusted to speak for Trump but Trump. Sure, it?s soothing to hear people like Nikki Haley and Rex Tillerson professing a sober and sane outlook towards the rest of the world, but it?s become impossible to believe either one of them even knows what Donald Trump actually thinks about basic foreign policy at all. Just look at the answers to whether Trump believes in man-made global warming (which have been all over the map this weekend) for proof of this. But no matter what someone like Haley says, everyone still waits to see what Trump will tweet about it ? because nobody knows whether he?ll back up his spokespeople or totally undercut their stance.

This is why Trump tweets matter. Because he never holds back in them, and says what he truly believes. To put this another way: you can trust a Trump tweet, because it comes straight from the presidential fingers. You know that?s what he really thinks, no matter how many aides or secretaries contradict him or try to spin it later on.

This is all exacerbated by how little Trump actually talks to the press. Trump has always had a love/hate relationship with the media, in that he loves seeing his name in the news but he hates it when the news makes him look bad. A key point is that Trump thinks he himself does a perfectly wonderful job of talking to the media. But he seems to be chafing against the restrictions his own team is putting on his press access. By my count, we?ve had one single solo Trump press conference and one single major television sit-down interview from Trump in his over four months in office. That?s not a lot, by Trumpian standards. He used to enjoy sparring with the press on the campaign trail on an almost daily basis, and he even threatened a few weeks ago to abolish the daily White House press briefing entirely and instead directly give a press conference every couple of weeks.

This is what gives the lie to Kellyanne Conway complaining about the media?s obsession with Trump?s tweets. The question should be posed directly to her: ?Well, if you don?t want us paying so much attention to Trump?s Twitter account, then why doesn?t the White House staff just ?let Trump be Trump? and allow him to hold a full press conference every couple of weeks?? If the press could get direct quotes from Trump on any and all issues, his tweets would be pretty irrelevant. If Trump was breaking news in the White House press room instead of on Twitter, then there?d be no reason to obsess over his tweets. So let Trump be Trump ? he loves matching wits with reporters, so why now allow him to do so on a regular basis?

The Republican Party has reportedly hit upon a strategy for the 2018 midterm campaign ? paint the press as the enemy. It?s the press that is making Trump and the Republican agenda look bad, in other words, so vote for me because I hate the press! The press needs to push back against this by pointing out the White House is so scared of what he?ll say that they are the ones restricting the flow of information from Donald Trump to the people. In fact, it is people like Kellyanne herself who are allowing the press to obsess over tweets when they should be talking directly with Trump himself. Free Trump from his Twitter cage, and let him speak directly instead ? and the problem Kellyanne is upset about will completely go away. If Trump was making news on a regular basis with his direct quotes, then his tweets would be nothing more than an afterthought, barely worth a footnote in the reporting.

Kellyanne Conway is right. The press does obsess over Trump?s tweets. But that?s only because he makes so much news in them. When nobody can trust that a statement by a White House official won?t get contradicted by a Trump tweet hours later, then this obsession will continue. But the ones responsible for this situation are the people in the White House who are terrified to let Trump channel his inner Trump in direct contact with reporters, not the reporters themselves. Since Trump thinks he does such a great job in press conferences, why not let him do more of them, Kellyanne? Let Trump be Trump!

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The Arab American Left And Palestine: The Untold Story

President Donald Trump has twice tried to institute a travel ban on all refugees from six or seven Muslim-majority countries. During the presidential campaign, Trump called for a ?total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,? slated to last ?until our country?s representatives can figure out what is going on.? His Muslim ban has been struck down by two courts of appeals and may be headed to the Supreme Court.

With his mean-spirited bans, Trump aimed to capitalize on fear of Muslims fueled by the 9/11 terrorist attacks and exacerbated since by the U.S. government and the corporate media.

Long-standing prejudice against Arabs

This anti-Muslim sentiment is a continuation of long-standing prejudice against Arabs that reached its zenith during the last third of the 20th century. In her provocative book, The Rise of the Arab American Left: Activists, Allies, and Their Fight Against Imperialism and Racism, 1960s-1980s, Pamela Pennock traces the trajectory of Arab American leftist activism in the United States over a series of key decades.

Pennock writes about the enduring portrayal of ?Arabs as variously exotic, erotic, savage, uncivilized, and incapable of autonomy.?

Indeed, media critic Jack Shaheen?s book and 2007 film, Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People, document negative stereotypes of Arabs depicted in American movies. ?All aspects of our culture project the Arab as villain,? Shaheen says in the film.

He includes lyrics from the opening music of the Disney film ?Aladdin?: ?Oh, I come from a land, from a faraway place, where the caravan camels grow, where they cut off your ear if they don?t like your face. It?s barbaric, but hey, it?s home.? ?Aladdin? has been seen by millions of children around the world.

Anti-Arab prejudice has also been fueled by Hollywood?s depictions of Arab women as ?highly sexualized belly dancer[s] ? inspired by early images of the Orient as the place of exoticism, intrigue and passion,? Shaheen notes. More recently, however, ?this image has dramatically changed: The Arab woman is now projected as a bomber, a terrorist.?

Events that politicized Arab Americans

These stereotypes are racist, sexist and patently false. Many Arabs came to the United States to study. Once here, they were moved to activism primarily by Israel?s treatment of the Palestinians.

As Pennock observes, the single biggest factor that galvanized Arab Americans was the dispossession of Palestinian Arabs occasioned by the creation of the state of Israel and its occupation of Palestinian territories.

In order to establish Israel as a Jewish state in 1948, nearly 700,000 Palestinian Arabs were expelled from their homes and their land. They call it the Nakba, which means ?catastrophe? in Arabic.

A second catalyzing event occurred in June 1967, 50 years ago this month. Israel, with help from the United States, invaded Egypt, Jordan and Syria and seized the Palestinian territories in the West Bank, Jerusalem, the Golan Heights and the Sinai Peninsula.

Later that year, the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 242, which refers to ?the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war? and calls for ?withdrawal of Israel armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict.? Nevertheless, Israel continues to occupy Palestinian territories it acquired in 1967.

In addition, the 1967 war stoked anti-Arab sentiment in the United States. ?While anti-Arab prejudice became especially pervasive and damaging after September 11, 2001, the stigmatization heightened in the aftermath of the 1967 war when many Americans increasingly grouped people of Arab heritage together, regardless of their citizenship or whether they resided in Arab nations or in the United States, and viewed them as threatening and suspicious,? Pennock writes.

The assassination of Robert F. Kennedy

One event intensified anti-Arab prejudice in the United States and made it difficult for Arab Americans to ?dissociate from stereotypes of terrorists,? according to Pennock: the 1968 assassination of Robert F. Kennedy by Palestinian American Sirhan Sirhan.

Sirhan was 4 years old when he and his family were forced by the Israeli military to flee their home in Jerusalem. That trauma informed his perception of Israel. Sirhan was disturbed by U.S. support for Israeli policies. During the presidential campaign, Kennedy vociferously backed Israel. For the 24-year-old Sirhan, who suffered from mental illness, Kennedy?s words intensified his pain.

Attorney Abdeen Jabara, a member of Sirhan?s defense team, told Pennock that this confluence of events supported a diminished-capacity defense to the murder charge. Sirhan ultimately was convicted of murdering Kennedy and condemned to death. His sentence was later converted to life without possibility of parole when the law changed in California.

The Munich Olympics murders

Four years later, in an attempt to free Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails, the Black September faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization murdered Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics.

As a result of the 1972 massacre, the Nixon administration increased surveillance and investigation of Arab Americans, in a program called ?Operation Boulder.?

?Operation Boulder?

?[B]ecause the Arab visa checks and investigations of Arab Americans were publicized in the American media as constituting the U.S. government?s reaction to the Munich massacre,? Pennock observes, ?the government had in effect stigmatized all Arabs as suspect in the public?s mind.?

But the investigations ?never detected a single case of terrorist or espionage activity among Arabs living in the United States,? she reports. Operation Boulder, which officially ended in 1975, lasted only two years. But the U.S. government continued to monitor Arab Americans for many years thereafter.

Many leaders in the Arab American community thought the real aim of Operation Boulder was ?to suppress Arab Americans? legal political expression, particularly their pro-Palestinian activism ? it was a program of political intimidation? that ?also sought to ?divide and conquer? Arab American communities by making them suspicious of one another,? Pennock writes.

Jabara, one of those investigated during Operation Boulder, later wrote that the program could ?only be understood against the background of the definite pressure that [has] been brought to bear by Israel and its supporters in the U.S.?

Jabara told Truthdig, ?The matrix of the prejudice was part and parcel of the ?unswerving commitment? by the U.S. and its allies to Israel despite its gross violation of Palestinian rights. In short, there was an organic connection between the prejudice that was promoted in American popular culture as a support mechanism to a foreign policy that enabled Israeli aggression and colonization. Both the Americans and Israelis wanted to crush any resistance, regardless of what forms it took.?

In the wake of 9/11, in another racist operation, the Bush administration rounded up and incarcerated hundreds of Arab Americans who had committed no crime. Bush also instituted his Terrorist Surveillance Program to spy on people without judicial review. That program was codified by Congress and continued during the Obama administration.

In 2011, Wired uncovered FBI training materials that described how agents were taught to consider ?mainstream? Muslims as supporters of terrorism.

The Intercept reported in 2014 that documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that the FBI and the National Security Agency covertly read emails of prominent Muslim Americans, including lawyers, academics, civil rights activists and a political candidate.

Arab American activism

Jabara was a founder and past president of the Association of Arab American University Graduates (AAUG), the first national organization of Arab American peace and civil rights activists. Founded in 1967, AAUG was the most visible and active Arab American organization in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It had chapters in most U.S. cities and universities.

AAUG was ?a select group of Arab Americans [college graduates] who formulated a sense of ethnic identity, fostered community solidarity, and practiced progressive and transnational politics,? Pennock writes.

This group was committed ?to an anti-racist, anti-imperialist analysis of Arab world problems? and was ideologically aligned with the global left. It aimed to demonstrate to Americans that ?Zionism was a form of colonialism rather than a legitimate expression of Jewish nationalism.?

Significantly, AAUG ?helped elevate the Palestinian struggle to the status of a premier universal human rights issue,? AAUG member Ghada Hasem Talhami later observed.

AAUG?s scholarly analysis, published in the Arab Studies Quarterly and other papers and monographs, ?was usually critical not only of Israel and U.S. policy in the Middle East but also of conservative Arab states,? Pennock notes. Following the 1967 war, Egypt and Syria had ?demonstrably retreated from their commitment to pan-Arabism and Palestinian independence,? she adds.

Thus, Jabara notes, AAUG provided a forum for Arab intellectuals, artists, activists and political figures who may not have had such opportunities to meet in their home countries.

Jabara saw a natural alliance between the issues facing Arab Americans and the struggles of ?Black Americans, Chicanos, Oriental Americans, young people and civil libertarians,? all of whom were ?excluded from any meaningful participation in the American decision process.?

Most in the African-American community had traditionally formed alliances with Jews. But by the 1980s, many became increasingly critical of Israel?s treatment of the Palestinians, which they equated with South African apartheid.

The most significant factor driving U.S. foreign policy, according to Jabara, was not the Zionist lobby, but rather ?America?s definition and pursuit of its economic interests in the region.?

Arab students, many of them members of the Organization of Arab Students (OAS), likened the struggle of the Palestinians to the Vietnamese fight for self-determination.

By the 1980s, the Muslim Student Organization supplanted OAS as the leading organization of Arab American students, who were increasingly becoming Muslims.

In 1980, Jabara helped form the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) with former Sen. James Abourezk and Arab American Institute founder James Zogby. Jabara also served as president of ADC, which is still a significant organization.

Jabara told Truthdig that the 1973 oil embargo by the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries led to an ?uptick? in prejudice against Arab Americans. ?That led to the creation of the ADC in 1980,? he added.

The National Lawyers Guild (NLG), the nation?s oldest and largest progressive bar association, was the first in the United States to be racially integrated. From the late 1960s through the mid-1970s, Jabara played the central role in convincing NLG to take up the issue of Palestine and the rights of Palestinians to self-determination. No issue has ever been as divisive in NLG. Some Jewish members left the organization, but it continues to oppose the Israeli occupation.

In 1977, Jabara led the first NLG delegation to Israel, Palestine, Syria and Jordan, and contributed to the delegation?s groundbreaking 1977 report on conditions in the occupied territories. That report was widely circulated within the then-young human rights network and is largely credited with paving the way for other organizations to break with the pro-Israeli orthodoxy and issue their own reports critical of Israeli human rights abuses.

Jabara was also a key participant in the lawsuit filed by NLG and the Center for Constitutional Rights against the FBI and the Anti-Defamation League of the B?nai B?rith for spying on NLG and other Arab American and progressive groups.

Anti-Zionism vs. anti-Semitism

In 1975, the U.N. General Assembly, by a 2-to-1 margin, passed a resolution equating Zionism with racism. It drew parallels between Israeli Zionism and apartheid South Africa. The United States voted against the resolution.

Beginning in the mid-to-late 1960s, people critical of Israel?s policies were accused of anti-Semitism, a characterization that persists to this day. Indeed, those who support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement are often labeled anti-Semitic.

Following in the tradition of the Arab American call for the United Auto Workers to divest its Israeli bonds in the early 1970s, the BDS movement was launched by representatives of Palestinian civil society in 2005. They appealed to ?international civil society organizations and people of conscience all over the world to impose broad boycotts and implement divestment initiatives against Israel similar to those applied to South Africa in the apartheid era ? [including] embargoes and sanctions against Israel.?

This call for BDS specified that ?these nonviolent punitive measures? should last until Israel fully complies with international law by 1) ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the barrier wall; 2) recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and 3) respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their land as stipulated in General Assembly Resolution 194.

Students for Justice in Palestine, which focuses predominantly on the BDS movement, has been tarred as anti-Semitic by Zionist groups on campuses throughout the country.

But Rafeef Ziadah, a spokesperson for the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee, says, ?The BDS movement is opposed, as a matter of principle, to all forms of discrimination, including anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.?

In 2014, Palestinian human rights activist Omar Barghouti wrote in The New York Times, ?Arguing that boycotting Israel is intrinsically anti-Semitic is not only false, but it also presumes that Israel and ?the Jews? are one and the same. This is as absurd and bigoted as claiming that a boycott of a self-defined Islamic state like Saudi Arabia, say, because of its horrific human rights record, would of necessity be Islamophobic.?

Any criticism of Israeli policy is labeled anti-Semitism, even though many Jews?including members of Jewish Voice for Peace, Jewish Center for Nonviolence and IfNotNow?oppose the occupation.

Israel has invaded Gaza three times in the last seven years, killing thousands of Palestinians, including large numbers of women and children. The Black Lives Matter movement sees similarities between the police killings of African-Americans in the U.S. and Israel?s oppression of Palestinians, particularly in Gaza.

As the struggle against the Israeli occupation continues, Pennock?s compelling book is a must-read for progressives and all interested in a comprehensive history of Arab American activism. The parallels it draws with current events will inform today?s activists in our struggles for freedom and equality.

This article first appeared on Truthdig.

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Bloomberg Pledges $15M For Climate, Says We Can Hit Goals Without Washington

Former New York City Mayor and publisher Michael Bloomberg has pledged up to $15 million to cover America?s financial commitment in the Paris climate accord, and insisted that the U.S. can meet its carbon-reduction goals without the cooperation of the federal government.

The money ? to be paid by Bloomberg Philanthropies ? will help cover a funding gap left by Donald Trump?s decision to yank America out of the climate pact and slash payments for the nation?s share of administration of the agreement.

?Americans are not walking away from the Paris climate agreement,? Bloomberg said in a statement.  ?Just the opposite ? we are forging ahead. Mayors, governors, and business leaders from both political parties are signing onto a statement of support that we will submit to the UN, and together, we will reach the emission reduction goals the U.S. made in Paris in 2015.?

Bloomberg, who?s a United Nations envoy on climate, added: ?Americans will honor and fulfill the Paris Agreement by leading from the bottom up ? and there isn?t anything Washington can do to stop us.?

The money will go to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) ? the UN?s climate negotiating body ? and will be used to help countries implement their Paris accord commitments, according to Bloomberg?s statement.

Governors, along with scores of  mayors, university presidents and business representatives are currently preparing a plan pledging to meet the goals of the Paris accord, and will lobby the UN to accept the document just as it would from a national government. Local and state governments can have a major impact on reducing pollution from outright caps on emissions to building transit systems.

?We?re going to do everything America would have done if it had stayed committed,? Bloomberg told The New York Times. 

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Gabrielle Union Lands Leading Role In New Drama ‘Breaking In’

Gabrielle Union has no intentions on stalling her career as an executive producer.

Union is reuniting with ?Being Mary Jane? producer, Will Packer, to executive produce the drama-thriller, ?Breaking In.? Directed by ?V for Vendetta? filmmaker, James McTeigue, and starring Union, the motion picture will chronicle a woman fighting to protect her family during a home-invasion, according to Variety.

The actress has previously produced the series, ?Being Mary Jane,? TV movie, ?With This Ring,? and the motion picture ?Almost Christmas.?

In 2016, Union told Forbes why she became interested in producing.

?There is something to be said for having talent as producers,? the actress explained. ?No one knows what it?s like to be us, so sometimes the experience that is created for talent is not always the most conducive for creating the best work environment.?

?From deciding who is hired in the hair and make-up department, to choosing who?s hired for the camera and lighting department ? there?s really something to be said about the power of creating a better experience for talent. It in turn benefits everybody, because it really just benefits the bottom line. That?s where my interest came in,? she said.

Production for ?Breaking In? begins in July in Los Angeles.

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This Is Why A Hot Drink Will Actually Cool You Down

The last thing you probably want to do on a sweltering day is sit down with a mug of hot tea, but science tells us that this in fact is the best way to cool down. It seems counter-intuitive, we know, but the explanation makes sense.

It all has to do with sweat.

Drinking a hot drink increases the body?s heat load and the body responds to that by sweating. The output of sweat is greater than the internal heat gain, and this is where it all starts to make sense ? when the sweat evaporates from the skin, it cools us down.

The sweat increases heat loss and reduces body heat storage. Good info to know, and it?s all thanks to Ollie Jay ? a researcher at University of Ottawa?s School of Human Kinetic ? and the research he published in 2012.

Our bodies sweat when we drink something hot because of nerve receptors on our tongue. When our tongue receives the information that a hot beverage is being consumed, it sends that info along to the brain, which then sets about to cool down the body by sweating. 

But, there?s a little caveat you should know about. If you?re drinking a hot drink in an environment where the sweat won?t evaporate ? like somewhere hot and humid ? that hot drink probably won?t do the trick. You might want to stick to a cold beverage if that?s the case. 

?The hot drink still does add a little heat to the body, so if the sweat?s not going to assist in evaporation, go for a cold drink,? Jay told Smithsonian.com.

We recommend iced coffee, of course.

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Nowadays, the LGBT community has had extraordinary strides towards equality. However, this does not make proposing to the person you care about any easier. Learning the right way can, of course, lead to a life time of happiness. You can learn to do this at In a company, carpets should be vacuumed and employees should also avoid sharing clothes or in this case uniforms as contact is the most efficient way of lice infestation.. After all, proposing to the person you love, gay or not is always important, so you don’t want to screw it up.