What Happens When There’s No After-School Summer Programs?

Summer is finally winning its war with a bitter Winter, and as the end of the school semester rapidly approaches many parents are already thinking about what their children will be doing over the Summer break. Unfortunately, it seems this year around 9000 students will have to miss out on having a cool environment where they can learn over the sweltering months ahead unless $20 to $40 million appears in the City budget soon.
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What Happens When There’s No After-School Summer Programs?

Summer is finally winning its war with a bitter Winter, and as the end of the school semester rapidly approaches many parents are already thinking about what their children will be doing over the Summer break. Unfortunately, it seems this year around 9000 students will have to miss out on having a cool environment where they can learn over the sweltering months ahead unless $20 to $40 million appears in the City budget soon.

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This Invention Could Change The Way We Cook On NYC Kitchen Stoves

The WokMon is more than a Made-in-America, stove-top steroid, and if you heard it from Lee he would even describe it as the Holy Grail that might be eluding America. Why the bold assertion? The WokMon addresses a common heating issue on most stoves: that the flames typically fan outward. That design creates a heat “dead spot” on most cooking instruments, but especially in the Chinese cooking Wok (and variations of it such as the Karahi). According to the WokMon website, that is exactly why “the wok can never achieve its ultimate cooking potential” on a Western burner.

Lee’s WokMon brings it all back by turning the dead spot into a “hot spot.” The WokMon’s rings redirect the flames to the center of the burner, with the potential to create a really intense (and awesome to watch) flame…

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5 Disturbing Environmental Facts About NYC

While NYC has improved remarkably in its environmental mission, Earth Day is a time to remember that plenty of opportunities lie ahead to make this City greener and more environmentally equitable.

The Big Apple has a long way to go when it comes to environmental justice.

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Why The World Shot Down The Scientific Racism of Pot Brain Damage

For how long has science been trying to empirically justify our prejudicial feelings? Perhaps since Georges Cuvier suggested that Blacks had compressed craniums and were therefore less intelligent, or as far back as Hippocrates, who suggested that dark people were naturally cowards, and had his theories reaffirmed later by Roman scientists? Clearly this is nothing new, it’s just that today’s racism justifiers need to use proxy items like marijuana to be politically and legally correct.

There’s a slippery slope ahead for drug policy informed by prejudicial researchers. Dr. Breiter admits he sought to prove that marijuana had bad effects, not that he sought to provide more information on marijuana’s effects on the brain. Indirectly though Dr. Breiter sought to reaffirm aged racist stereotypes, and to derail our society’s progress toward evidence-based drug policy ironically enough.

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Can You Be Deported For A Small Amount Of Weed?

One case of a Jamaican immigrant caught with a small amount of marijuana in the US highlights how much a simple offense could be twisted by the Fed. Gov’t as an excuse for deportation.

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3 Reasons We Should Expect NYC’s 1% To Pay +50% Of The Taxes

"Personally, I don’t see why we should note how much more the top 1% of earners pay in taxes to NYC in comparison to the nation as a whole, except to pat ourselves on the back for being marginally closer to a sane tax rate than our “friends” in Washington have allowed. And strictly from an economic perspective, we should probably be noting how much more these high earners should be paying considering the benefits our City gives them, and the externalities that profit them exclusively (and are almost exclusively toxic to average NYers)."

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How Did The Bronx Become NYC’s Pot Arrest Capital?

There is no plausible reason to believe that residents of The Bronx use or possess marijuana more or at higher rates than residents of any other borough. Research examining marijuana use and race shows pretty confidently that usage rates are virtually the same or are insignificantly different between races. Notably though, at least one study conducted in NYC found that the neighborhoods with both the highest income and worst income inequality were home to the most prevalent marijuana use.
Based only on scientific evidence, The Bronx should be the last place anyone would expect to have the highest arrest rates. Something else is up, and it may have more to do with the NYPD’s tactics, specifically Stop & Frisk, than it does with actual usage prevalence.
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How Did The Bronx Become NYC’s Pot Arrest Capital?

There is no plausible reason to believe that residents of The Bronx use or possess marijuana more or at higher rates than residents of any other borough. Research examining marijuana use and race shows pretty confidently that usage rates are virtually the same or are insignificantly different between races. Notably though, at least one study conducted in NYC found that the neighborhoods with both the highest income and worst income inequality were home to the most prevalent marijuana use.

Based only on scientific evidence, The Bronx should be the last place anyone would expect to have the highest arrest rates. Something else is up, and it may have more to do with the NYPD’s tactics, specifically Stop & Frisk, than it does with actual usage prevalence.

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Look Somewhere Else For An End To Homelessness

In 2013 the homeless population reached a new record high in NYC, something we’re reminded of today after learning that crawl spaces in the Manhattan Bridge have served as “casket sized” homes for many.

Although we know that one of the best actions we can take for the homeless is to give them housing, politicians are having trouble making even that solution work. Miscommunication or poor planning between Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio has left rent subsidies hanging in the balance and even as Federal officials try to help, they’re really just beginning to address the damage they had caused.

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The CDC Is Super Scared Of Antibiotic Overprescribing

According to the CDC, poor prescribing practices put patients at risk for allergic reactions and, “deadly diarrhea caused by Clostridium difficile.” Society in general is at risk since over-prescribing is viewed as a major contributor to the growth of antibiotic resistant infections.

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#ThrowbackThursday Immigrants Help American Employment

Contrary to popular belief, immigrants actually boost American’s wages and living standards. They do not contribute job losses for American workers either.

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