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A show to avoid: The pompous Bourdain and Travel Channel’s “Parts Unknown”

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Anthony Bourdain is a 60-year-old celebrity chef. He hosts a show called, “Parts Unknown” on the Travel Channel. He also believes his opinion is incredibly important. The celebrity chef has said that he won’t dine with Donald Trump any time this century.

From Huff Po: Anthony Bourdain is not one to beat around the bush. The man has said he’d like to see the pumpkin spice craze “drowned in its own blood,” for crying out loud.

So when the “Parts Unknown” host was asked if he’d consider breaking bread with Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump, Bourdain did not hold back. Absolutely f***ing not,” Bourdain told TheWrap.

“I’ve been a New Yorker most of my life, [and] for better or worse Mr. Trump is a New Yorker,” Bourdain continued. “We know him well here. We’ve watched how he does business and we’ve watched him say things and then we’ve seen whether or not he did those things, we have seen how he treats the people he does business with. I would give the same answer that I would have given 10 years ago, when he was just as loathsome.”

Earlier this year, Bourdain said he would like to grab a bite with Trump, just to ridicule him the entire time. “I’d like to see him struggle with chopsticks and eat a well done f―-ing steak,” Bourdain told the New York Daily News.


For what it’s worth, Bourdain, who famously dined with President Barack Obama in Vietnam for last week’s season premiere, didn’t seem particularly eager to grab a bite with Hillary Clinton, either (yet had no harsh words for her).

“Honestly, that’s not the business I’m in,” Bourdain told TheWrap. “I mean [Obama] kind of fell in our lap… it’s something I’m really grateful I did this time around but it was an extraordinary occurrence.”

Hey Bourdain, did you ever think that maybe Trump doesn’t want to dine with you? What a pompous jerk.


Baby born with DNA from 3 people, first from new technique


From Seattle Times: Scientists say the first baby has been born from a controversial new technique that combines DNA from three people — the mother, the father and an egg donor. The goal was to prevent the child from inheriting a fatal genetic disease from his mother, who had previously lost two children to the illness.

The birth of the boy is revealed in a research summary published by the journal Fertility & Sterility. Scientists are scheduled to present details at a meeting next month in Salt Lake City.

The magazine New Scientist, which first reported the birth, said the baby was born five months ago to Jordanian parents, and that they were treated in Mexico by a team led by Dr. John Zhang of the New Hope Fertility Center in New York. It’s not clear where the child was born.

Dr. John Zhang

Dr. John Zhang

The technique is not approved in the United States, but Zhang told the magazine, “To save lives is the ethical thing to do.” A spokesman for the fertility center said Zhang was not available for further comment on Tuesday. Others involved in the research referred questions to Zhang.

The mother carries DNA that could have given her child Leigh syndrome, a severe neurological disorder that usually kills within a few years of birth. Her two previous children died of the disease at 8 months and 6 years, the research summary said.

The technique involved removing some of the mother’s DNA from an egg, and leaving the disease-causing DNA behind. The healthy DNA was slipped into a donor’s egg, which was then fertilized. As a result, the baby inherited DNA from both parents and the egg donor. The technique is sometimes said to produce “three-parent babies,” but the DNA contribution from the egg donor is very small.

People carry DNA in two places, the nucleus of the cell and in features called mitochondria, which lie outside the nucleus. The technique is designed to transfer only DNA of the nucleus to the donor egg, separating it from the mother’s disease-causing mitochondrial DNA.

The research summary identified the mother as a 36-year-old woman and said her pregnancy was uneventful. One of the five eggs the researchers treated was suitable for use.

Critics question the technique’s safety, saying children would have to be tracked for decades to make sure they remain healthy. And they say it passes a fundamental scientific boundary by altering the DNA inherited by future generations. Mitochondrial DNA is passed from women to their offspring.

Still, last year, Britain became the first country in the world to allow creation of human embryos with the technique. In the U.S., a panel of government advisers said earlier this year that it’s ethical to test the approach in people if initial experiments follow certain strict safety steps. That report was requested by the Food and Drug Administration, which is currently prevented by Congress from considering applications to approve testing the technique in people.

Shroukhrat Mitalipov, who has worked with the approach at the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, said that given the panel’s conclusion, “We believe it’s time to move forward with FDA-approved clinical trials in the United States.”

Henry Greely from Stanford University

Henry Greely from Stanford University

Henry Greely, who directs the Center for Law and the Biosciences at Stanford University, said Tuesday he sees nothing wrong with using the technique if it is safe and is aimed at diseases clearly caused by faulty mitochondrial DNA. But he called the research leading to the newly reported birth “unethical, unwise, immoral.” He said the approach “hasn’t been sufficiently proven safe enough to try to use to make a baby.”

Dieter Egli of the New York Stem Cell Foundation, who has done work in the area, was cautious about the implications of the new report. “I wouldn’t go out there at this point and tout the accomplishment because we don’t have enough information,” he said Tuesday. “We do not know exactly what was done. We have to wait for a fuller report,’ he said.

The child is not the first to inherit DNA from three people. In the 1990s, some children were born after researchers used a different technique. But federal regulators intervened, and the field’s interest now has passed to the new approach.


Al Sharpton’s daughter admits prancing around on hurt ankle she wants $5M for

Daddy taught her good how to hustle…

Like father, like daughter...

Like father, like daughter…

From NY Post: The Rev. Al Sharpton’s daughter admitted in a damning legal deposition that she danced, pranced and jetted around to romance her beau after supposedly suffering permanent damage to her ankle when she stumbled in a city pothole.

Dominique Sharpton gave the deposition, a transcript of which was obtained by The Post, in her $5 million lawsuit against the city — and it reveals startling new details about her escapades following the injury.

She admitted that she changed into party clothes and attended a two-hour gospel concert in honor of her father’s 60th birthday just hours after the incident at Broome Street and Broadway on Oct. 2, 2014.

“I was walking to cross the street, and my foot went into something and caused me to fall,” Dominque Sharpton, 30, testified during her July deposition, according to documents obtained this week through a Freedom of Information request. “I heard a snap,” recalled Sharpton, who said she was wearing flat boots at the time.

City lawyer Michelle Fox asked, “Were you able to attend the concert that night?” Sharpton acknowledged that she changed into a dress and “some shoes . . . probably black, flat shoes” to go to the party, before finally heading to the emergency room. She also griped during the three-hour grilling that she can no longer “dive off a diving board, go skiing . . . or go run marathons.”

But when Fox asked if she was “a runner before,” Sharpton admitted she wasn’t. “Not necessarily,” she said. “But if I, you know, if I needed to do it and exercising or something like that, I was capable of it. Now, I can’t.” Meanwhile, at the hospital, “they said nothing was broken,” she conceded.

She underwent physical therapy, wore a therapeutic boot, used crutches for a few weeks and got an injection after swelling in her ankle didn’t subside.

She eventually had surgery for ligament tears — but the injuries didn’t stop her from visiting her fiancé in Miami a dozen times a year, dancing with her dad in New Orleans, working out, touring the country in a play, and, as previously reported by The Post, hiking a mountain in Bali and dancing in heels.

Trying to explain away the heels, Sharpton claimed under oath that she “can only wear them for a short amount of time.”

“It’s really annoying,” she said.

She tried to downplay her two-hour hike in Bali, saying she was helped by two people and “had to take a lot of breaks.”

“There were times I didn’t think I was going to make it,” Sharpton said.

A city Law Department spokesman declined to comment. Sharpton’s lawyer did not return a request for comment.


Aetna ditching 70% of its ObamaCare business

Obamacare: Going as planned.

tried to warn you

Via NY Post: Insurance giant Aetna won’t be offering coverage under ObamaCare next year in 11 of the 15 states it now serves — an announcement that instantly became an issue in the presidential race.

Aetna’s decision led Donald Trump to charge that President Obama’s health care reform was “imploding.” “Aetna’s decision to leave the Affordable Care Act’s public marketplaces is the latest blow to this broken law that is slowly imploding under its regulatory red tape,” said Trump campaign deputy national policy director Dan Kowalski.

Millions of Americans have lost their health coverage under this disastrous policy, eliminating their ability to choose their doctors. Thousands of businesses have been forced to cut employment or shutter their doors in response to Obama’s signature achievement,” he added.

The company had previously warned that it expected to lose more than $300 million this year on the 900,000 patients it covers under the Affordable Care Act. Aetna said it is pulling out of ObamaCare markets in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Texas.

Aetna does not currently offer the policies in New York. It does offer other medical insurance to individuals and small businesses as well as large employers in the state, officials said. It will continue to offer policies in Delaware, Iowa, Nebraska and Virginia.

ObamaCare is credited with expanding coverage to millions of previously uninsured or under-insured people.

O laughs

But insurers have complained they have lost money on the policies. United Health Group and Humana are other insurers exiting ObamaCare plans.

Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini, in a statement, said there were not enough younger, healthier customers signing up to make ObamaCare policies sustainable. “The vast majority of payers have experienced continued financial stress within their individual public exchange business. Providing affordable, high-quality health care options to consumers is not possible without a balanced risk pool,” Bertolini said.

More than a dozen nonprofit insurance co-ops have shut down in the past couple years. The pullouts could spell trouble because competition is supposed to help control price increases.

Some states like Alaska and Oklahoma will be left with only one insurer selling ObamaCare plans to individuals in 2017. More densely populated states like New York say their ObamaCare markets remain strong.

But rates for customers are skyrocketing to maintain stability.

Obamacare Screw U

Citing increased medical costs, New York recently authorized insurers offering individual ObamaCare plans to increase premiums by an average 16.6 percent — the highest rate hike in the program’s four-year existence. New York’s small businesses will get hit with an average 8.3 percent rate hike.


Cuomo blames state legislature for chasing businesses out of NY

popcorn time

From NY Post: Gov. Andrew Cuomo blamed the state legislature for chasing businesses out of New York and giving the state a bad reputation for business — after pointing out that state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli once sat as a member of that legislature.

The criticisms, which called on lawmakers to take a good look at themselves in the mirror, came days after DiNapoli criticized Cuomo’s economic development plans in an audit claiming that unqualified businesses drew tax breaks.

Gov. Know-it-all Cuomo

Gov. Know-it-all Cuomo

“He’s dead wrong and he should educate himself,” Cuomo told reporters asking about the findings during a press conference announcing Geico would add 600 jobs in Buffalo. He then went on to criticize hometown lawmakers.

“The comptroller was in the legislature and sat in that Assembly, as did members of the Western New York delegation, where New York and Upstate and Buffalo hemorrhaged jobs, hemorrhaged jobs. We had people leaving Buffalo on a daily basis and all they did was make it worse by raising taxes and they stifled businesses and stifled New Yorkers. We’ve reversed that. Now we have to incentivize and compete with other states to get those jobs back. Frankly, the New York State Legislature should look long and hard in the mirror about what they did to Upstate New York.

While Cuomo and his economic czar Howard Zemsky have rebutted DiNapoli’s findings, the comptroller has remained steadfast about his claims that tax breaks were given to businesses that didn’t deserve them.

DiNapoli’s audit of Start-Up New York is one of many criticisms publicizing flaws in the state’s economic development programs, including the Buffalo Billion, which is under federal investigation thanks to US Attorney Preet Bharara.


ObamaCare rates set to skyrocket for most New Yorkers

tried to warn you

Via NY Post: About 350,000 New Yorkers who have individual policies under ObamaCare are going to get whacked with an average 16.6 percent premium increase next year, the state Department of Financial Services announced Friday.

That’s more than double the7 percent hike allowed by state regulators last year. Insurers had sought a 19.3 percent boost.

Some policies will skyrocket even higher. An astonishing 80 percent increase was granted to the Crystal Run Healthcare based in upstate Middletown.  Metro Plus, run by the city’s municipal-hospital system, won a 29 percent hike.

About 1 million New Yorkers in small group plans through ObamaCare were spared a double-digit increase, with an average 8.3 percent jump in their premiums. These insurers had requested a 12.3 percent rise.

Financial Services chief Maria Vullo defended the hikes as comparable to those approved in other states to cover “rising health-care and pharmaceutical costs.” She said more than half of those buying coverage will get a tax credit to offset the increases.

Rates for individuals are still 55 percent lower than before the establishment of ObamaCare, ­according to state officials.

The changes won’t affect more than 600,000 lower-income New Yorkers projected to enroll in the exchange’s “essential plan,” with monthly premiums of $20 or less, according to the agency.



New York City’s public schools join fight against ‘white power’

New York City tax dollars at work in the public indoctrination system.

Principal Darlene Cameron

Principal Darlene Cameron

Via NY Post: On the last day of school, Principal Darlene Cameron of Star Academy-PS 63 in the East Village gave her small faculty a chart defining racist and non-racist institutions and asked them to think about where their school fits in.

A non-racist institution, among other things, is conscious of and aims to wipe out a culture of “white power,” “white privilege” and “inherent white advantage.” “We fit into the category of white power and privilege!” a white teacher at the K-5 school told her colleagues. The concept that whites enjoy everyday benefits simply because of their skin color has become the rage.

Elite private schools have grappled with the notion. The Post exposed an extreme case — how the Bank Street School for Children on the Upper West Side made white kids feel guilty about their “whiteness” while heaping praise and cupcakes on kids of color. The school’s diversity director stepped down after the report.

Now public schools are jumping on the bandwagon.

Carmen Farina/AP Photo

Carmen Farina/AP Photo

After recent killings of black men by cops and murders of police officers, Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña called on educators to tackle “tough conversations” about race, violence and guns.

In addition, Fariña announced a new curriculum that emphasizes social justice. She also recommended a K-12 reading list compiled by the Southern Poverty Law Center, “Perspectives for a Diverse America,” which includes selections on race, gender and LGBTQ issues. In K-2, for instance, kids can learn the true story of Z and Vielpunk, a couple of gay male penguins rearing a chick in a German zoo.

The ninth-through-12th-grade readings include a 1990 essay, “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,” which lists 50 hidden benefits whites enjoy. No. 17: “I can talk with my mouth full and not have people put this down to my color.”

The chart handed out at Star Academy, written by an Illinois-based anti-racism ministry, angered some parents questioned by The Post. “When you start sending out things like this, it divides us,” said Robert Powell, a black dad in The Bronx who served on the city’s Panel for Educational Policy. “It’s a subtle form of racism.”

Education author Sol Stern called the chart “left-wing propaganda” and “brainwashing.” White privilege “is an argument, not a fact,” he said.

David Bloomfield

David Bloomfield

But David Bloomfield, a Brooklyn College and CUNY Graduate Center education professor, who is white, lauds the idea. “It reminds me a bit of when ‘Heather Has Two Mommies’ was recommended reading by the DOE before same-sex couples became mainstream,” he said. Greater awareness can help teachers pick books that reflect other races, he added.

It can also spur classroom discussion. “If you put the US presidents on your classroom wall, it sends a signal of who’s in charge,” Bloomfield said. “The teacher might point out to students that these are all white, except one, and all, currently, males.”

Cameron told The Post she plans to have teachers discuss the race-based issues in the fall. “We want to be sure we’re as inclusive and welcoming as possible, and that we’re all aware of the different backgrounds that come together to make up our community,” she said.

Star Academy students are 65 percent Hispanic, 20 percent black, 10 percent white and 4 percent Asian, records show.

An essay included in city high-schoolers’ reading list seeks to explain the hidden benefits supposedly enjoyed by white people. Some examples of so-called “white privilege”:

  • I have no difficulty finding neighborhoods where people approve of our household.
  • I can go shopping alone most of the time, pretty well assured that I will not be followed or harassed.
  • I do not have to educate my children to be aware of systemic racism for their own daily physical protection.
  • I can choose…bandages in “flesh” color and have them more or less match my skin.
  • I will feel welcomed and “normal” in the usual walks of public life, institutional and social.