Oct 8


Monday Morning Read

Data shows that living in a red state is bad for your health. And the "ticking time bomb" at the other end of the Great Lakes.

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Health policies in red states are contributing to higher premature death rates among its citizens, The Washington Post reports. To help make its point, The Post compared data from three neighboring counties in New York (Chautauqua), Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Reported The Post:

State lawmakers gained autonomy over how to spend federal safety net dollars following Republican President Ronald Reagan’s push to empower the states in the 1980s. Those investments began to diverge sharply along red and blue lines, with conservative lawmakers often balking at public health initiatives they said cost too much or overstepped. Today, people in the South and Midwest, regions largely controlled by Republican state legislators, have increasingly higher chances of dying prematurely compared with those in the more Democratic Northeast and West, according to The Post’s analysis of death rates.

The Guardian reports that a battered 70-year-old oil pipeline at the intersection of lakes Huron and Michigan is a ticking time bomb” that threatens all of the Great Lakes.

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The corporate subsidy watchdogs at Good Jobs First have a report out with a title that says it all: How Economic Development Subsidies Transfer Public Wealth to White Men. Meanwhile, Reinvent Albany examines the waste involved with giving handouts to microchip manufacturers, including the planned Micron plant north of Syracuse.

Bloomberg details why child care can be expensive and hard to come by.

It’s pretty clear – and very scary – what Donald Trump intends to do if elected president again. The Bulwak lays it all out. Meanwhile, John Kelly, Trump’s former chief of staff, gave CNN an unsettling inside view of the president’s behavior while in office, including his disdain for those injured in the line of duty.

The trajectory of Sly Stone’s career was tragic. From superstar in the ‘60s and early ‘70s fronting Sly and the Family Stone to decades as a washed up junkie. The Guardian recounts his rise, fall and, of late, recovery. The Atlantic told the tale a couple of weeks ago, too. Oh, and here’s a video to remind you of what once was.

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