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    In an astonishing order, the Trump administration has banned the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from using seven words — including “fetus,” “transgender,” “diversity” and “science-based” — in any documents used to prepare the agency’s budget, The Washington Post has reported.

    CDC policy analysts were reportedly informed of the forbidden words in a 90-minute meeting in Atlanta on Thursday with senior CDC officials. The other banned words are “vulnerable,” “entitlement” and “evidence-based,” according to the Post, citing an unnamed policy analyst. The meeting was led by a senior member of the CDC’s Office of Financial Services. She didn’t know why the words were forbidden and said she was merely relaying information, the Post reported.

    Instead of the words “science-based” or “evidence-based,” analysts were told they could use instead: The “CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes,” the newspaper reported.

    The Post’s source could not recall a previous time in any other administration when words were forbidden.

    Dr. Loren Schechter, director of the Center for Gender Confirmation surgery at Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago and a member of the board of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, said he was shocked by the edict.

    “I’m not sure what the ultimate rationale is for doing this aside from trying to erase certain types of people off the map,” he told HuffPost, referring to the ban on the words “transgender” and “diversity.”

    “I think walking back hard-earned civil rights is something that is, number one, quite shocking to me and, number two, quite concerning. Simply choosing to ignore reality, science, medicine, will not make these things go away and will not really advance anyone’s cause or lead to improved health outcomes.”
    Treating science as a matter of opinion rather than an objective, evidence-based reality appears to have become a hallmark of the Trump administration, particularly when it comes to climate change. So, too, is scrubbing certain words and information from discussions, documents and websites that don’t fit with Donald Trump’s vision. The Department of Health and Human Services has dropped information on its website about LGBTQ individuals.

    “Banning valid terminology from government reports is both ignorant and dangerous,” Arthur Caplan, professor of bioethics at New York University’s School of Medicine, told HuffPost in an email. “Not since Lysenko and Stalin has government made hate, malice and duplicity official policy. The Trump administration with its seven-dirty-words policy has now elevated lying to a national standard.

    “We cannot replace truth with bias — the nation cannot survive a steady diet of bullshit.”

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry...b0ff955ad3221d

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    The Silencing of a 16-Year-Old Eco-Warrior

    Topacio Reynoso was only 14 when she found a cause dear to her heart: opposing a large silver mine near her remote village in Guatemala. She formed her own anti-mining youth group, wrote protest songs and toured the country. Not everyone in town agreed with her. Her parents worried, as Latin America is the most dangerous place in the world for environmental activists. One April night in 2014, unknown gunmen opened fire on her and her father. Her story is the latest in The Times’ series on environmental warriors, following last week’s article on the deadly fight to protect elephants in Congo.


    Topacio Reynoso, 16, was outspoken in opposition to the Escobal silver mine.

    http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-e...s=mcnewsletter

    http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-e...s=mcnewsletter

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timmy View Post
    Do you have a link to this story?
    It is not a story. It is me.personally at a small city council meetings. Everything is well documented.
    Those who beat their swords into plow shares normally end up plowing for those who didnt.

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    Nancy will of course always remember her former friend, Steve Brackett who killed himself by jumping off the Scientology bridge:


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    It is sometimes said that celebrities never see the dark side of Scientology, Nancy has seen it and has chosen to pretend that it doesn't exist:

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    Nancy will of course always remember her former friend, Steve Brackett who killed himself by jumping off the Scientology bridge:

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    Top Talent Agency Cuts Ties With Danny Masterson Amid Rape Allegations
    The news comes a month after Netflix fired him from “The Ranch.”

    By Yashar Ali

    The United Talent Agency, a top Hollywood agency, has cut ties with longtime client actor Danny Masterson, who is facing multiple rape allegations. The news comes a month after Netflix fired him from “The Ranch.” Masterson co-starred in and co-produced the show with actor Ashton Kutcher, whom he previously starred alongside on the sitcom “That ’70s Show.”

    In response to a request for comment, the agency, which has represented the actor for 20 years, said, “UTA no longer represents Danny Masterson.” A source familiar with Masterson’s relationship with UTA said the decision to cut ties was made some time back. HuffPost first learned of the news from a source close to Masterson.



    The Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office have been conducting an investigation into multiple allegations of rape against Masterson for almost a year. Four women have accused Masterson of violently raping them in the early 2000s. Three of the women were members of the Church of Scientology; Masterson is a prominent Scientologist. Masterson has denied all allegations of rape and said the encounters in question were consensual.

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