I am not sure how to explain a man working all his life to be successful and then, on a whim, flushing it all down the toilet. That is exactly what Ryan Lochte did. Lochte lied to authorities in Rio. He has been formally charged with filing a false robbery report. This is a man who performed brilliantly in the Olympic pool. He was a set up to collect at least tens of thousands of dollars in sponsorships. He has lost almost all of that. Sometimes, it is extremely hard to explain human behavior.
Man, it is hot and I hope that you like hot, because the long-term outlook is for more heat!!
This is just terrible. From WaPo – In this 12th-century town, as many as 70 percent of the homes were vacant in the off-season. There were fewer people on the streets. Numerous teenagers had left for good. And that was before the earthquake. As the search through the debris continued and hopes dimmed that rescuers would find more survivors, cities and towns hit hard by Wednesday’s devastating temblor in central Italy began to process the full extent of the disaster. Churches fell. Piazzas were ruined. Neighborhoods were leveled. The body count was at least 250 and set to grow. But in many of those towns, already fighting a long battle against depopulation, a deeper anxiety began to spread.
Yuck!! EpiPen monopoly – A two-pack of the injectors, which release epinephrine to stop an allergic reaction, has risen from less than $100 in 2007 to $608 today. Mylan said the company never intended for patients to pay the full price, expecting insurers would carry the load. “We recognize the significant burden on patients from continued, rising insurance premiums and being forced increasingly to pay the full list price for medicines at the pharmacy counter,” chief executive Heather Bresch said in a statement. (Oh, and here’s the good part.) The debate is the latest to embroil Congress in the battle over increasing drug costs and their role in escalating health insurance premiums. EpiPen’s rising price is particularly notable because state and federal legislation have been key to the drug’s rapid growth. Annual prescriptions for EpiPen products have more than doubled in the past decade to $3.6 million, according to IMS Health data. Mylan benefited from factors including failed competitors, patent protections and laws requiring allergy medications in schools. Having a virtual monopoly has facilitated the rapid price hike. Mylan reached $1 billion in sales for the second time last year.
All-star running back Adrian Peterson has been embroiled in a legal battle for more than two months, leaving him sidelined. It appears that Adrian Peterson decided to discipline his young son. The discipline, according to the Houston Chronicle, consisted of grabbing a tree branch and striking his son repeatedly. At first glance, no big deal. Then again, let’s think about this. Is beating your 4-year-old really the best way to exact punishment? This is not 1965.
If some can consider Rudy Giuliani America’s mayor, then I’m positive we can qualify Bill Cosby as America’s father. Bill Cosby has been on our TVs as a constant presence for over 50 years. From I Spy to numerous appearances on the Tonight Show; from the cartoon Fat Albert to the beloved Cosby Show, we’ve always loved Bill Cosby. His humor always seems to be perfect. He isn’t too over the top. He doesn’t curse or swear (at least not in his usual routines). How can America’s father be a serial rapist? It is crazy to think about. It is crazy to comprehend. But, at last count, there are 14 women who accuse Bill Cosby of drugging them and sexually assaulting them. Unfortunately, I think it’s nearly impossible for us, as outsiders, to be able to make any intelligent decisions one way or the other. We don’t have enough information. All I can tell you is that 14 women rarely stand up and point at one guy. It is hard for me to believe that 14 women all just want to ruin Bill Cosby and take his money. I would love to believe that Bill Cosby is a smiling, Jell-O pudding eating father whom we’ve all grown to love over the years, but this may be a façade.
Slowly but surely our society is changing. Hopefully, we are changing for the better. It is not okay to beat your kids so severely that your kids have physical scars from the encounter. Adrian Peterson has been suspended for the rest of the NFL season without pay.
It is not okay to sexually assault women. As a matter fact, it’s never been okay. It’s only now that women feel empowered enough to step forward and and tell their stories. NBC has cancelled the newest Bill Cosby show and they should have done this weeks ago. For the sake of Bill Cosby and for the sake of the women, I hope we can find some resolution. I’m talking about resolution in front of a jury of his peers. Let him clear his name or be found guilty. Let these women have some resolution. Let these women have justice.
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