Former PA Attorney General Kathleen Kane gets prison term

A judge sentenced former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane on Monday to 10 to 23 months in prison for committing multiple felonies stemming from a politically motivated act of retribution.

Kane, who resigned after her conviction of perjury and obstruction in August, also will be on probation for eight years following her release, according to Kim Bathgate, spokeswoman for the Office of Pennsylvania Courts.
Kane, a Democrat who was elected in 2012, faced a possible 12-24 years in prison, according to Kate Delano, a spokeswoman for the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.
Before the sentencing, Kane testified on her own behalf, asking the judge to have mercy for the sake of her two teenage children.
“I really don’t care what happens to me,” Kane, 50, said, CNN affiliate WTAE reported.
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An attorney representing Kane told CNN affiliate KYW that she has deep remorse for violating the trust of Pennsylvania residents. The attorney argued a prison sentence wouldn’t be necessary because the loss of Kane’s position and law career was punishment enough.
Prosecutors, however, said that her crimes — which they say have tarnished the attorney general’s office and ruined an activist’s life in the process — warranted time behind bars.
Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy handed down the sentence after several hours of testimony, CNN affiliate KPVI reported.
Kane was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs and taken to Montgomery County jail after her sentencing, KYW reported. She posted a $75,000 cash bail and remains free while she appeals, CNN affiliate WPVI reported.
The charges had alleged that Kane acted in anger about a local newspaper article that accused her of dropping an investigation into politicians accepting bribes. To get back at her predecessors, the complaint said Kane leaked sealed, confidential grand jury documents to the media and then lied under oath.

A political act of retribution

Four years ago, Kane, a former assistant district attorney in Lackawanna County, defeated Republican David Freed as a political rookie.
Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane arrives at the Montgomery County courthouse for her scheduled sentencing hearing in Norristown on Monday, October 24.

State Democrats quickly pegged Kane as one of the party’s rising stars. But halfway through her term, the Philadelphia Inquirer ran a story with the headline: “Sources: Kathleen Kane shut down probe of Philly Democrats.”
That’s where the trouble started. The article outlined an investigation launched by Kane’s predecessor, former Chief Deputy Attorney General Frank G. Fina, into politicians caught in a sting accepting local bribes. In emails cited in the complaint, an irate Kane vowed to wage “war” with Fina, a criminal complaint later said.
After the article, Kane leaked sealed, confidential grand jury documents conducted under Fina that looked into whether J. Wyatt Mondesire, the former leader of the NAACP’s Philadelphia chapter, misused grant money, the complaint said. Fina’s investigation never led to criminal charges against Mondesire, the complaint said.

‘No one is above the law’

In August 2015, then-Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, a Republican, filed charges against Kane. Ferman accused the then-attorney general of secretly leaking documents “in the hopes of embarrassing and harming former state prosecutors whom she believed, without evidence, had made her look bad.”
Ferman also alleged that Kane after had lied under oath to a grand jury about leaking the grand jury documents to reporters in order to cover her tracks.
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Kane, though, strongly denied the allegations ahead of the trial — even as Democrats like Gov. Tom Wolf urged her to resign.
“A resignation would be an admission of guilt and I’m not guilty,” Kane said in a statement in August ahead of her trial.
A jury found Kane guilty of felony counts of perjury and obstruction. She resigned that same week.
“It seemed that we had somebody who felt that she was above the law, and that’s not the case because no one is above the law,” Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said following the trial. “We are a very honorable profession here. We have rules that we have to abide by and there are no exceptions to that.”
Wolf nominated Bruce Beemer, a former Kane deputy who testified against her, to become attorney general.

Prosecutors: Kane should go to jail

On Monday, Judge Demchick-Alloy weighed whether Kane would serve time behind bars, remain under house arrest or simply get probation.
In Kane’s sentencing memo, her attorney argued to the judge that the former attorney general has been punished enough since she had to step down from elected office and could be disbarred given her status as a now convicted felon. In addition, prosecutors said Kane, who wants to focus on parenting her two teenage sons, was not at risk of re-offending, nor was she a threat to society.
But Steele wrote in a sentencing memo that Kane deserved prison since she eroded the public’s confidence in the attorney general’s office, according to KYW. Beyond that, Steele noted that Mondesire, who was never charged of a crime, had lost his job, saw his health decline, and died nearly two years later.
“During her tenure as attorney general, Kane behaved in a paranoid manner and repeatedly misused her official authority to advance her personal vendettas,” Steele wrote in a sentencing memo, according to the The Legal Intelligencer.

The race for the AG’s office

Pennsylvania residents will soon get a chance to decide who permanently replaces Kane when they elect a new attorney general next month.
Josh Shapiro, a Democrat who chairs the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, is running against state Sen. John Rafferty, a Republican from Montgomery.
The election will occur statewide on November 8.

Colorado is not a battleground this year; Is it the next blue state?

Denver, Colorado (CNN)These days, Colorado is less of a battleground and more of a settling ground.

Strike up a conversation with one of the young people teeming around Denver and its suburbs and it’s easy to find a story to back up the numbers: young and educated Americans following jobs or family members or in search of a progressive environment and quality of life have migrated to Colorado. They’re here to stay and to vote.
Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has, for the most part, maintained a steady lead in the polls. Her campaign hasn’t aired TV ads in Colorado markets since July, and instead diverted its funds to more competitive states.
The state’s turn from red to purple and eventually, maybe blue, has been sudden by political and demographic standards. Colorado was squarely in the Republican column for decades, only awarding its electoral votes to Democrats twice between 1952 and 2004. The state was transformed into a hotly contested battleground when Barack Obama campaigned, and won, in 2008 and 2012.
But Clinton’s strong performance here in polls has relegated Colorado to second-tier battleground status. If she wins here, it would mark the first time in a century that Democrats carried the state in three consecutive presidential years. Woodrow Wilson was president the last time it happened.
Analysts agree It’s too early to talk of permanent political realignment. But Democrats hope Colorado is becoming the next “blue state,” thanks in larger part to an influx of new residents.
“Population on the front range is exploding — that’s where you have more of a concentration of Democrats,” said Lynn Bartels, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Secretary of State who covered state politics as a reporter for decades. “We have San Francisco-style rents here, almost. I walk by parts of the cities that used to be ghost towns and now there’s lines of young people ready to party and go out.”
Colorado has seen steady population growth this decade, and it was the second-fastest growing state last year, according to the US Census Bureau. Millennials, Latinos and people with college degrees are moving here in droves, and these are all Democratic-leaning groups. Their influence shows in the numbers: For the first time in 32 years, there are more registered Democrats than Republicans in the Centennial State.

Millennials moving in

Whether it’s because of the mountains, the microbreweries or the legal marijuana, Colorado is an attractive place to live. Denver was ranked the best place to live earlier this year by US News and World Report. Colorado Springs wasn’t far behind on the list.
Millennials, born in the 1980s and 1990s, are increasingly turning to Colorado to begin their professional careers. And these young Coloradans, many of them progressives, are engaged in the political process.
Turnout among Colorado residents ages 18 to 29 was about 14% higher than the national average for young voters in 2012, and about 13% higher in the 2014 midterms, according to information from CIRCLE, a non-partisan organization that researches youth engagement in politics.
This year, Sofia Mazo, 18, will be one of those young voters. She moved from Florida to Colorado earlier this year with her boyfriend so she could attend the University of Colorado Denver and he could pursue a career in health care. She says she’s listening to Bernie Sanders’ advice and voting for Clinton.
“I definitely feel like this is a place I could stay after graduation, mostly because I’m in love with Denver,” Mazo said. “My favorite thing about Denver is not only the diversity of the people and the cultures, but also the geography. It can take me 30 minutes to get to the mountains, 20 minutes to get downtown.”

Sofia Mazo, 18, moved to Denver from Florida and supports Hillary Clinton for president.

Beyond the economic opportunities, other Millennials see Colorado as a welcoming environment.
Blair Stapp, 28, grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, but moved to Colorado four years ago to work in the sustainability industry. She now works for New Era Colorado, a non-partisan group that promotes political engagement among young Americans. The group has registered 50,000 new voters this year.
“My job initially brought me out, and I then realized that Colorado is a much safer place for me to be LGBTQ,” Stapp said, outside of a liquor store where she was registering new voters. “You have a lot of different perspectives, but everybody, or a lot of people, are focused on moving things forward really.”
Colorado legalized civil unions for same-sex couples earlier than the rest of the country, Stapp added.

Driving up diversity

Colorado has the 8th largest Latino population in the United States, and it’s growing too.
Hispanic voters comprised 13% of the Colorado electorate in the 2008 presidential election, and 14% of the electorate in the 2014 midterms, according to exit polls. The Pew Research Center recently estimated that about 15% of all eligible voters in Colorado are Latino.
For many Latino in the Centennial State, this election is important both up and down the ballot. Democrats have razor-thin majorities in the Colorado legislature, and they’ve passed immigrant-friendly legislation, like drivers’ licenses for undocumented immigrants. But those chambers could always flip.

Angel Sanchez, 33, is a progressive activist in Longmont, Colorado.

Angel Sanchez, 33, was born and raised in Arizona. But he moved to Longmont, Colorado, in 2010 amid the national uproar over SB 1070, what he called Arizona’s “show me your papers” law.
“I got to see the climate get a little intense in terms of the treatment of immigrants,” Sanchez said. “It wasn’t a comfortable space for me to raise my daughter… she was five when I brought her here.”
Sanchez spent his weekend canvassing voters in the Denver suburbs, but not everyone is as enthusiastic about this election. In a food market downtown, Hector Torres, 23, manned the register at a butcher shop. His parents were born in Mexico, he was born in the US and he wants Clinton to win, but says he’s turned off by politics these days.
“It’s like two children fighting with each other,” Torres said. “It’s the lesser of two evils kind of a thing.”

Can Republicans turn it around?

The demographics favoring Democrats are strong, but not inevitable.
There is a winning formula, said veteran GOP strategist Dick Wadhams. He’s managed many prominent races, including the 1998 campaign of Bill Owens, the first GOP governor elected in almost 30 years.
But after Owens’ re-election in 2002, Republicans went on a 12-year drought without a statewide win. It wasn’t until Cory Gardner unseated incumbent Sen. Mark Udall in the GOP midterm wave of 2014.
Gardner won the college-educated vote that year. Colorado has the highest percentage of white, college-educated voters in the country, according to the US Census Bureau. While they are generally supporting Clinton over Trump, this group has historically supported Republicans for president.
“I do think Colorado is still a swing state,” said Wadhams, who is supporting Trump. “It matters who we nominate. Frankly, if we had nominated one of the other Republican candidates for president, I think they would be leading Hillary Clinton by five points or more right now in Colorado.”

Before his coma he spoke English; after waking up he’s fluent in Spanish

(CNN)Life’s been full of uncertainties for Reuben Nsemoh lately.

Ever since he suffered a concussion in a soccer game, the suburban Atlanta teen’s worried about why it’s so hard for him to concentrate. He’s fretted over whether he’ll ever get to play his favorite sport.
But the biggest stumper of all: how is it that he’s suddenly speaking fluent Spanish?
Nsemoh, a 16-year-old high school sophomore, ended up in the coma last month after another player kicked him in the head during a game.
When he woke up, he did something he’d never done before: speak Spanish like a native.
His parents said he could already speak some Spanish, but he was never fluent in it until his concussion.
Slowly, his English is coming back, and he’s starting to lose his Spanish fluency.

A rare condition

Foreign accent syndrome is an extremely rare condition in which brain injuries change a person’s speech patterns, giving them a different accent. The first known case was reported in 1941, when a Norwegian woman suffered shrapnel injuries to the brain during a German bombing run — and started speaking with a German accent.
Since then there have been a few dozen reported cases.
Three years ago, police found a Navy vet unconscious in a Southern California motel. When he woke up, he had no memory of his previous life, and spoke only Swedish.
In Australia, a former bus driver got in a serious car crash that left her with a broken back and jaw. When she woke up, she was left with something completely unexpected: a French accent.
And earlier this year, a Texas woman who had surgery on her jaw, has sported a British accentever since.
“It’s an impairment of motor control,” Dr. Karen Croot, one of the few experts in foreign accent syndrome, told CNN a few years ago. “Speech is one of the most complicated things we do, and there are a lot of brain centers involved in coordinating a lot of moving parts. If one or more of them are damaged, that can affect the timing, melody and tension of their speech.”

Current Charts of Every Edible U.S. Genetically Modified Food

See all the GMOs you may already be eating
Chipotle announced Monday that the chain will no longer serve food containing genetically modified organisms (GMO), raising the bar for transparency in the United States, where there’s no requirement to indicate the presence of GMO ingredients on food labels or in restaurants. Likewise, biotechnology companies aren’t required to report which genetically modified seeds are used in production.

Yet the use of GMOs is undoubtedly widespread. Since GMOs were approved for commercial use, and then first planted into U.S. soil in 1996, their production has increased dramatically. More than 90% of all soybean cotton and corn acreage in the U.S. is used to grow genetically engineered crops. Other popular and approved food crops include sugar beets, alfalfa, canola, papaya and summer squash. More recently, apples that don’t brown and bruise-free potatoes were also approved by the FDA.

Adoption of GMO Crops in the US, 1996-2014
% Farmland Per Crop
Bt Corn
Bt Cotton
Ht Cotton
Ht Soybeans
Ht Corn
Ht: Herbicide-tolerant Bt: Insect-resistant
Source: USDA Economic Research Service
It’s also instructive to look at permits granted by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) — the American GMO gatekeepers, together with the Environmental Protection Agency – though it’s important to note that not all the issued permits are for crops that are approved for commercial use.

To produce crops commercially, biotech companies apply for “deregulated status”, the green light from the USDA to plant and distribute without restriction.

The bar chart below shows all deregulated crops, sized by the number of genetic varieties approved for each. The ten crops in green are currently produced in the United States, and described in detail in the list below.

USDA Approved Genetically Modified Crops
Produced in US Not currently produced
Cichorium Intybus
Source:USDA Animal and Health Inspection Service

1. Corn

Genetically modified corn turns up in many different products in the U.S. — and corn on the cob is the least of it. This crop is used to produce many different ingredients used in processed foods and drinks, including high-fructose corn syrup and corn starch. But the bulk of the GM corn grown around the world is used to feed livestock. Some is also converted into biofuels.
33 Genetically Modified Varieties
Dow 2,4-D and ACCase-Inhibitor Tolerant 9/22/14
Bayer/Genective Herbicide Tolerant 9/25/13
Monsanto Male Sterile 9/25/13
Pioneer Insect Resistant and Glufosinate Tolerant 6/20/13
Stine Seed Herbicide Tolerant 5/3/13
Syngenta Rootworm Resistant 2/27/13
Monsanto Drought Tolerant 12/27/11
Pioneer Male Sterile, Fertility Restored, Visual Marker 6/28/11
Syngenta Thermostable Alpha-amylase 2/15/11
Syngenta Moth and butterfly Resistant 4/20/10
Pioneer Herbicide & Imidazolinone Tolerant 12/9/09
Monsanto European Corn Borer Resistant 7/24/08
Syngenta Corn Rootworm Protected 3/16/07
Monsanto High Lysine 1/23/06
Monsanto Corn Rootworm Resistant 12/14/05
Dow Corn Rootworm Resistant 9/23/05
Dow Moth and butterfly Resistant & Phosphinothricin Tolerant 10/20/04
Monsanto Corn Rootworm Resistant 10/8/02
Mycogen c/o Dow & Pioneer Moth and butterfly Resistant Phosphinothricin Tolerant 6/14/01
Monsanto Herbicide Tolerant 9/29/00
AgrEvo Phosphinothricin Tolerant and Male Sterile 3/16/99
Pioneer Male Sterile and Phosphinothricin Tolerant 5/14/98
AgrEvo Phosphinothricin Tolerant and Moth and butterfly Resistant 5/8/98
Monsanto Herbicide Tolerant 11/18/97
Monsanto Herbicide Tolerant and European Corn Borer Resistant 5/27/97
DeKalb European Corn Borer Resistant 3/28/97
Northrup King European Corn Borer Resistant 7/18/96
Monsanto European Corn Borer Resistant 3/11/96
Plant Genetic Systems Male SterileMS3 2/22/96
DeKalb Glufosinate Tolerant 12/19/95
Monsanto Moth and butterfly Resistant 8/22/95
AgrEvo Glufosinate Tolerant 6/22/95
Ciba Seeds Moth and butterfly Resistant 5/17/95

2. Soybeans

The second largest U.S. crop after corn, GM soy is used primarily in animal feed and in soybean oil—which is widely used for processed foods and in restaurant chains. In fact, soybean oil accounts for 61% of Americans’ vegetable-oil consumption. It’s also often used to make an emulsifier called soy lecithin, which is present in a lot of processed foods, including dark chocolate bars and candy.
20 Genetically Modified Varieties
Monsanto Lepidopteran-Resistant SoybeanMON 87751 10/17/14
Dow 2, 4-D, Herbicide and Glufosinate Tolerant 9/22/14
Dow 2,4-D and Glufosinate Tolerant 9/22/14
Bayer/Syngenta HPPD and Glufosinate Tolerant 7/18/14
Dow Insect Resistant 4/17/14
BASF Imidazolinone Tolerant 3/18/14
Monsanto Increased Yield 11/7/13
Bayer and M.S. Technologies Herbicide and Isoxaflutole TolerantFG72 8/21/13
Monsanto Stearidonic Acid Produced 7/13/12
Monsanto Improved Fatty Acid Profile 12/16/11
Monsanto Insect Resistant 10/12/11
Pioneer High Oleic Acid 6/8/10
Pioneer Herbicide & Acetolactate Synthase Tolerant 7/24/08
Monsanto Herbicide Tolerant 7/23/07
AgrEvo Phosphinothricin Tolerant 11/23/98
AgrEvo Phosphinothricin Tolerant 6/8/98
Du Pont High Oleic Acid Oil 5/7/97
AgrEvo Glufosinate Tolerant 7/31/96
Monsanto Herbicide Tolerant 5/18/94
Monsanto Dicamba Tolerant

3. Cotton

Much of GM cotton is turned into cottonseed oil, which is used for frying in restaurants and in packaged foods like potato chips, oily spreads like margarine, even things like cans of smoked oysters. Some parts of the plant are also used in animal feed, and what’s left over can be used to create food fillers such as cellulose.
16 Genetically Modified Varieties
Monsanto Dicamba and Glufosinate Tolerant 1/20/15
Bayer Glufosinate Tolerant, Moth and butterfly Resistant 2/22/13
Bayer Glufosinate Tolerant, Moth and butterfly Resistant 10/12/11
Syngenta Moth and butterfly Resistant 9/29/11
Bayer CropScience Herbicide Tolerant 5/22/09
Syngenta Moth and butterfly Resistant 7/6/05
Monsanto Herbicide Tolerant 12/20/04
Mycogen/Dow Moth and butterfly Resistant 7/15/04
Mycogen/Dow Moth and butterfly Resistant 7/15/04
Aventis Phosphinothericin Tolerant 3/10/03
Monsanto Moth and butterfly Resistant 11/5/02
Calgene Bromoxynil Tolerant and Moth and butterfly Resistant 4/30/97
Du Pont Sulfonylurea Tolerant 1/25/96
Monsanto Herbicide Tolerant 7/11/95
Monsanto Moth and butterfly Resistant 6/22/95
Calgene Bromoxynil Tolerant 2/15/94

4. Potatoes

A new kid on the block, the very recently approved GM crop is resistant to bruising and may produce less of a cancer-causing chemical, called acrylamide, when exposed to high heat. It has not yet seen adoption in the food supply, but is expected to be.
6 Genetically Modified Varieties
J.R. Simplot Low-Acrylamide Potential, Reduced Black Spot BruiseE12, E24, F10, F37, J3, J55, J78, G11, H37, H50 11/10/14
Monsanto Potato Leafroll Virus & Colorado Potato Beetle Resistant 7/17/00
Monsanto Colorado Potato Beetle and Potato Virus Y Resistant 2/25/99
Monsanto Potato Leafroll Virus & Colorado Potato Beetle Resistant 12/3/98
Monsanto Colorado Potato Beetle Resistant 5/3/96
Monsanto Coleopteran Resistant 3/2/95

5. Papaya

Bred to withstand ringspot virus, which can destroy papaya plants, these genetically engineered ‘Rainbow Papayas’ were first commercially produced in the late 1990s. Much of the yield is grown in Hawaii.
2 Genetically Modified Varieties
University of Florida Papaya Ringspot Virus Resistant 9/1/09
Cornell U Papaya Ringspot Virus Resistant 9/5/96

6. Squash

Zucchini and yellow summer squash have been commercially available in the U.S. since the mid- to late-’90s, though GM squash accounts for just 25,000 acres of farmland, by some estimates.
2 Genetically Modified Varieties
Asgrow Cucumber Mosaic Virus, Watermelon Mosaic Virus 2, and Zucchini Yellow Mosaic Virus Resistant 6/14/96
Upjohn Watermelon Mosaic Virus and Zucchini Yellow Mosaic Virus Resistant 12/7/94

7. Canola

GM canola is used to make oil for cooking, as well as margarine. It’s also used to produce emulsifiers that are used in packaged foods. By some estimates, 90% of canola grown in the U.S. and Canada is GM.
2 Genetically Modified Varieties
Monsanto Herbicide Tolerant 9/25/13
Pioneer Herbicide Tolerant 7/18/13

8. Alfalfa

In a controversial decision in 2011, the FDA approved the commercial use of GM alfalfa that contains a gene making it resistant to herbicide. The crop is used mainly as hay for cattle.
2 Genetically Modified Varieties
Monsanto/Forage Genetics Reduced Lignin 11/10/14
Monsanto & Forage Genetics Herbicide Tolerant 1/28/11, 6/14/05

9. Apples

Another newly approved crop, this apple from a Canadian biotech company does not brown even after it’s been sliced. It recently received FDA approval. The agency said it is safe to eat, which means they may appear on supermarket shelves.
1 Genetically Modified Variety
Okanagan Non-Browning 2/18/15

10. Sugar Beets

More than half the granulated sugar in the United States comes from GM sugar beets, which have been in production since 2008. Though their use was temporarily halted due to safety concerns, production resumed in 2011.
1 Genetically Modified Variety
Monsanto and KWS SAAT AG Herbicide Tolerant July 20, 2012, February 8, 2011 (Partial), March 4, 2005


GM crops produced in the U.S. are listed at the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech. Deregulated crops are tracked at the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

10 Health Conditions that Cause Bad Breath

Many causes of bad breath can be easily addressed. Sometimes, however, bad breath reflects a more serious underlying condition. It could also be a side effect of certain medical treatments or therapies. Whatever the cause, chronic bad breath is not something to be lived with… or ignored. The following 10 health conditions have been found to cause bad breath. A few of them relate directly to disorders of the mouth, while others may cause bad breath as a side effect.
1. Gum Disease
Gum disease causes bad breath. One 2012 study found a direct relationship between periodontis and gingivitis to bad breath. [1] This halitosis resulted from the bacteria inhabiting the mouths of the suffering patients.
2. Cancer
Don’t freak out and think because your mouth is unpleasant that you have cancer. But, cancers of the mouth do create many complications for quality of one’s breath. In others, bad breath may actually help reveal an early stage cancer. A director at the Cleveland Clinic’s respiratory center has tested a device designed to recognize lung cancer in 80% of patients – based on a test of the patient’s breath. [2] As bad as it is, a symptom such as chronic bad breath could be a life-saver.

Chemo therapy and radiation therapy can lead to dry mouth by affecting saliva production. Without adequate saliva flow, unwelcome bacteria can build up releasing the unpleasant sulfuric gas that makes breath so awful.

3. Allergies
If you suffer from allergies, bad breath may afflict you in addition to the scratchy throat, stuffy nose and watery eyes. Mucus and nasal drip provide a fertile breeding ground for the nasty germs that cause bad breath. Often when eliminating allergy symptoms, you experience dry mouth. This too causes bad breath. While it may appear a no-win situation, eliminating the nasal drip and keeping your mouth clean and fresh can offer a degree of freedom from both allergies and bad breath.

4. Diabetes
Diabetics suffer from inadequate insulin production. This leads the body to burn fat, a condition known as ketoacidosis. [3] Which in turn leads to an increase in ketones, which the body attempts to eliminate through urine and the lungs. This leads to a breath that has a fruit like odor or odor like acetone. (Acetone is a by-product of ketone production. Ketones are created when the body burns fatty acids).

5. Liver Disease
Patients suffering from liver disease experience a bad breath known by science as fetor hepaticus. [4] This musty smell of breath has been found to indicate liver disorders, often before they manifest through other more obvious means.
6. Kidney Failure
Bad breath has also been found to indicate possible kidney failure. Researchers speculate this may be due to metabolic changes that lead to dry mouth, lack of saliva flow, and an altered sense of taste. [5] All of these contribute to halitosis as the saliva flow fails to cleanse the mouth.

7. Candida albicans
Yet another cause of bad breath may be Candida albicans. This yeast has been shown to be a common problem for those who choose tongue piercings. It has also been identified in denture wearers, or anyone who uses dental appliances such as retainers. [6]

8. Chronic Acid Reflux
Suffering from chronic acid reflux is bad enough. For those that do, keeping the mouth cleaned is imperative. A review of several studies on patients suffering from GERD (Gastroesophogeal Reflux Disease) found halitosis frequently plagues these patients. [7] The influx of acids and other partially digested material into the esophagus and mouth cavity can create problems for keeping the oral cavity clean.

9. Helicobacter pylori
H Pylori infection, typically associated with ulcers and other gastrointestinal problems, has been found to occur more highly in patients with halitosis. One study found patients suffering from gastrointestinal problems suffered from halitosis and H Pylori infection. [8] Fortunately, for these patients once the infection was addressed, the halitosis cleared up.

10. Sjögren’s Syndrome
Sometimes dry mouth is caused by autoimmune disorders – the body attacking itself. One such medical condition known as Sjögren’s syndrome occurs when the body actually attacks and inhibits exocrine glands like the salivary glands from working properly. [9] A problem like this leads to dry mouth and the many problems associated with it.

Although oral hygiene may provide slight relief in some of these instances, it’s important to note that the causes of bad breath outlined in this article may require a more comprehensive and substantial action plan to be eliminated. Have you experienced bad breath due to any of these conditions? How did you find relief? Please leave a comment below and share your experience with us.

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFMPublished on , Last Updated on

Maduro Has Staged a Coup in Venezuela

Venezuela’s Congress on Sunday declared that the government had staged a coup by blocking a drive to recall President Nicolas Maduro in a raucous legislative session that was interrupted when his supporters stormed the chamber.

Opposition lawmakers vowed to put Maduro on trial after a court friendly to his socialist administration on Thursday suspended their campaign to collect signatures to hold a referendum on removing the deeply-unpopular president.

Lawmaker Julio Borges said the opposition-led congress is now in open rebellion after a majority of its members voted that the decision constituted a coup with government participation.

“We will bring a political trial against President Nicolas Maduro to get to the bottom of his role in the break with democracy and human rights here,” Borges said.

A day of fiery speeches was briefly thrown into chaos when dozens of red-shirted protesters who had been heckling opposition lawmakers outside the capitol burst onto the floor. Lawmakers ran out of the path of protesters who chanted: “Congress will fall!”

It was not immediately clear how the protesters entered the heavily guarded building, which has been under the opposition’s control since it won legislative elections in a landslide in December. The protesters began to file out of the building after Socialist party leader Jorge Rodriguez called on them to leave, leading the opposition to charge that Rodriguez was directing the protest.

Opposition spokesman Jesus Torrealba said the protest on the floor was a perfect illustration of the opposition’s complaint that democracy has been suspended in the oil country.

“The fact that lawmakers elected by 7.5 million people were silenced by 300 thugs sums up the situation better than any speech could,” he said.

Legislators also proposed efforts to replace national elections officials and Supreme Court judges.

Amid severe shortages and the world’s highest inflation, polls suggest as much as 80 percent of voters want Maduro gone this year.

A push to take legal action against the president would throw the country further into a constitutional crisis, but would probably not prevail because the administration controls the courts and other major institutions.

The opposition is hobbled because it has been unable to make alliances with anyone in the ruling socialist party, according to Amherst College Political Science professor Javier Corrales.

“It’s important because in other constitutional crises elsewhere in Latin America, the behavior of the ruling party was crucial,” he said.

Last week’s ruling suspending the recall vote because of alleged fraud in an earlier stage of signature-collection drew condemnation from the U.S. State Department and the Organization of American States.

On Sunday, congress approved a resolution officially asking the international community to step in to “protect the people’s right to democracy by any means necessary.”

Opposition leaders are also pledging to build pressure in the streets, starting with a nationwide protest on Wednesday dubbed “the taking of Venezuela.”


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14 Signs of Psychological and Emotional Manipulation, How to spot a manipulator .



maniplatorPsychological manipulation can be defined as the exercise of undue influence through mental distortion and emotional exploitation, with the intention to seize power, control, benefits and/or privileges at the victim’s expense.

It is important to distinguish healthy social influence from psychological manipulation. Healthy social influence occurs between most people, and is part of the give and take of constructive relationships. In psychological manipulation, one person is used for the benefit of another. The manipulator deliberately creates an imbalance of power, and exploits the victim to serve his or her agenda.

Below is a list of fourteen “tricks” manipulative people often use to coerce others into a position of disadvantage, excerpted from by book (click on link): “How to Successfully Handle Manipulative People”. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list, but rather a compilation of subtle as well as strident examples of coercion. Not everyone who acts in the following manners may be deliberately trying to manipulate you. Some people simply have very poor habits. Regardless, it’s important to recognize these behaviors in situations where your rights, interests and safety are at stake.

1.  Home Court Advantage  

A manipulative individual may insist on you meeting and interacting in a physical space where he or she can exercise more dominance and control. This can be the manipulator’s office, home, car, or other spaces where he feels ownership and familiarity (and where you lack them).

2.  Let You Speak First to Establish Your Baseline and Look for Weaknesses

Many sales people do this when they prospect you. By asking you general and probing questions, they establish a baseline about your thinking and behavior, from which they can then evaluate your strengths and weaknesses. This type of questioning with hidden agenda can also occur at the workplace or in personal relationships.

3.  Manipulation of Facts

Examples: Lying. Excuse making. Two faced. Blaming the victim for causing their own victimization. Deformation of the truth. Strategic disclosure or withholding of key information. Exaggeration. Understatement. One-sided bias of issue.

4.  Overwhelm You with Facts and Statistics

Some individuals enjoy “intellectual bullying” by presuming to be the expert and most knowledgeable in certain areas. They take advantage of you by imposing alleged facts, statistics, and other data you may know little about. This can happen in sales and financial situations, in professional discussions and negotiations, as well as in social and relational arguments. By presuming expert power over you, the manipulator hopes to push through her or his agenda more convincingly. Some people use this technique for no other reason than to feel a sense of intellectual superiority.

5.  Overwhelm You with Procedures and Red Tape

Certain people use bureaucracy – paperwork, procedures, laws and by-laws, committees, and other roadblocks to maintain their position and power, while making your life more difficult. This technique can also be used to delay fact finding and truth seeking, hide flaws and weaknesses, and evade scrutiny.


6.  Raising Their Voice and Displaying Negative Emotions

Some individuals raise their voice during discussions as a form of aggressive manipulation. The assumption may be that if they project their voice loudly enough, or display negative emotions, you’ll submit to their coercion and give them what they want.  The aggressive voice is frequently combined with strong body language such as standing or excited gestures to increase impact.

7.  Negative Surprises

Some people use negative surprises to put you off balance and gain a psychological advantage. This can range from low balling in a negotiation situation, to a sudden profession that she or he will not be able to come through and deliver in some way. Typically, the unexpected negative information comes without warning, so you have little time to prepare and counter their move. The manipulator may ask for additional concessions from you in order to continue working with you.

8.  Giving You Little or No Time to Decide

This is a common sales and negotiation tactic, where the manipulator puts pressure on you to make a decision before you’re ready. By applying tension and control onto you, it is hoped that you will “crack” and give in to the aggressor’s demands.

9.  Negative Humor Designed to Poke at Your Weaknesses and Disempower You

Some manipulators like to make critical remarks, often disguised as humor or sarcasm, to make you seem inferior and less secure. Examples can include any variety of comments ranging from your appearance, to your older model smart phone, to your background and credentials, to the fact that you walked in two minutes late and out of breath. By making you look bad, and getting you to feel bad, the aggressor hopes to impose psychological superiority over you.

10.  Consistently Judge and Criticize You to Make You Feel Inadequate

Distinct from the previous behavior where negative humor is used as a cover, here the manipulator outright picks on you. By constantly marginalizing, ridiculing, and dismissing you, she or he keeps you off-balance and maintains her superiority. The aggressor deliberately fosters the impression that there’s always something wrong with you, and that no matter how hard you try, you are inadequate and will never be good enough. Significantly, the manipulator focuses on the negative without providing genuine and constructive solutions, or offering meaningful ways to help.

11.  The Silent Treatment

By deliberately not responding to your reasonable calls, text messages, emails, or other inquiries, the manipulator presumes power by making you wait, and intends to place doubt and uncertainty in your mind. The silent treatment is a head game where silence is used as a form of leverage.

12.  Pretend Ignorance 

This is the classic “playing dumb” tactic. By pretending she or he doesn’t understand what you want, or what you want her to do, the manipulator/passive-aggressive makes you take on what is her responsibility, and gets you to break a sweat. Some children use this tactic in order to delay, stall, and manipulate adults into doing for them what they don’t want to do. Some grown-ups use this tactic as well when they have something to hide, or obligation they wish to avoid.

13.  Guilt-Baiting 

Examples: Unreasonable blaming. Targeting recipient’s soft spot. Holding another responsible for the manipulator’s happiness and success, or unhappiness and failures.

By targeting the recipient’s emotional weaknesses and vulnerability, the manipulator coerces the recipient into ceding unreasonable requests and demands.

14.  Victimhood 

Examples: Exaggerated or imagined personal issues. Exaggerated or imagined healthissues. Dependency. Co-dependency. Deliberate frailty to elicit sympathy and favor.  Playing weak, powerless, or martyr.

The purpose of manipulative victimhood is often to exploit the recipient’s good will, guiltyconscience, sense of duty and obligation, or protective and nurturing instinct, in order to extract unreasonable benefits and concessions.

Preston Ni, M.S.B.A. is the author of (click on titles) “How to Successfully Handle Manipulative People” and “How to Communicate Effectively and Handle Difficult People”. Download free excerpts at:


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Giving third-party candidates a second thought

60 Minutes rarely profiles third-party presidential candidates. Watch a few who made the cut—and whose campaigns still resound today.

In the pantheon of American presidential hopefuls, rarely does a third-party candidate disrupt the race in such a way to make 60 Minutes stop and take notice. When it does happen, it says as much about the state of the race as it does about the candidates themselves.


Libertarian candidates Gary Johnson, left, and Bill Weld


This week, Steve Kroft sat down with the 2016 Libertarian ticket, Governors Gary Johnson and Bill Weld. It’s the first time 60 Minutes has spoken with a third-party presidential candidate and his vice-presidential running mate, and it had us curious about other presidential would-bes who caught the attention of 60 Minutes producers.

It seems 60 Minutes takes note when America does: Perot in 1992 received nearly 19 percent of the popular vote—more than any outsider candidate has received since Teddy Roosevelt in 1912. The last third-party candidate to win electoral votes was George Wallace of the American Independent Party. He sat down with 60 Minutes correspondent Mike Wallace in October 1968, merely one month after 60 Minutes’ first broadcast and just weeks before the election that ended a chaotic campaign season.

“What Americans love most of all is a maverick, an untamed cowpoke, willing to ride in and clean up the town…”

These two interviews reflect men whose outsider status—either in profession or policy—made them appealing choices to voters. In the clip above, Safer said of Perot, “What Americans love most of all is a maverick, an untamed cowpoke, willing to ride in and clean up the town, especially one who’s willing to blow $100 million to get hired for a job he says he doesn’t really want.”


Ross Perot, 1992


If a rich political interloper has echoes of this year’s presidential contest, so too does a controversial figure who knew how to use television to his advantage.

In his profile of George Wallace, excerpted in the clip below, correspondent Mike Wallace explained how the candidate profited from appearing on TV, saying, “For Wallace, television is a stage for conflict, confrontation. ‘Agree with me or not,’ he seems to say, ‘but you won’t be bored, you won’t turn me off.’”

Americans may not have turned off Wallace the candidate from their TV sets, but Wallace the man turned off many voters with his controversial positions. The politician who in 1963 famously called for “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, and segregation forever,” had been called “racist,” “fascist,” and a “demagogue” by the time he met with 60 Minutes—fighting words that have also been thrown around in this year’s election.

Clinton Says Her White Grandchildren Are Spared the Fearful Experiences Many Black Children Face

PHOTO: Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton stands with Zianna Oliphant, age 9, while speaking during a Sunday service at Little Rock AMC Zion Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, Oct. 2, 2016.BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
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Hillary Clinton told the congregation of a predominantly African-American church in North Carolina on Sunday that because her grandchildren are white, “they won’t face the kind of fear” in encounters with law enforcement as African-American children.

The Democratic presidential nominee was referring to a video she had watched showing children in Charlotte, North Carolina, testify to the city council.

“You know every child deserves the same sense of security. Every child deserves the same hope,” Clinton said at the Little Rock A.M.E. Zion Church, which she visited Sunday in the wake of recent protests in the city over the death of Keith Lamont Scott, 43, in a police-involved shooting.

“Because my grandchildren are white, because they are the grandchildren of a former president and secretary of state, let’s be honest here, they won’t face the kind of fear that we heard from the young children testifying before the city council,” Clinton said.

Clinton traveled to Charlotte on the invitation of faith leaders and also held a meeting with community leaders following her visit to the church. She had planned to go last Sunday, but postponed her trip so as to not tax the city’s resources in light of the then daily demonstrations over Scott’s death.

“It has been 12 days since Mr. Scott was shot and killed, 12 days since his wife Rakeyia Scott watched her husband die and seven children lost their father. Now, we don’t yet know all the details about the shooting, but we do know this family and this community is in pain,” Clinton said from the church’s stage.

“Too many African-American families have been in the same tragic situation that the Scott family has found themselves,” Clinton said while urging the audience to remember that violence has also touched the families of police officers.

At one point during her remarks, Clinton brought onto the stage Zianna Oliphant, a 9-year-old Charlotte resident who had tearfully addressed the city council.

“I care deeply about this because it’s not just so personal to so many of us, it’s about the kind of country we want to be and the future we want for all of our children and grandchildren. I think about that every time I see my grandchildren or every time I see a bright energetic impressive young woman like Zianna,” said Clinton.

Clinton also slammed GOP rival Donald Trump‘s response to police shootings, without mentioning his name.

“Now, there are some out there who see this as a moment to fan the flames of resentment and division, who want to exploit people’s fears even though it means tearing our nation even further apart,” Clinton said.