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RUNNING FOR ELECTION
US Representative for Pennsylvania District 12
Democrat
Election on November 6, 2018
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I want to thank all of you who took the time out to come to our fundraiser at North Park. I very much appreciate your support to make this campaign a reality.

I had a great time with the conversations. I really enjoyed meeting you all and getting your perspectives on various issues. I loved the curve ball questions too! Thank you for those.

I want to apologize to those who didn't get our last minute change. It was out of our power. The park closed off the roads to our pavilio...n that forced us to relocate...

Also, I'd like to thank my team. They are incredible people who work very very hard to make this campaign and the fundraiser possible. Without my team this would be impossible. I'm blessed and honored to have such talented, intelligent and determined people to help.

It's the collaboration of us all that will bring about change in our country. It will never be a single person. There is no knight in shining armor and there never will be. It will always be up to us to bring about the changes we want to see.

Thank you all. Let's keep fighting and pushing forward. Everyday we gain more ground. Every person we speak with we influence a little, sometimes a lot. Don't become overwhelmed or depressed. Great things can only come with great persistence. I will never give up as long as you all won't.

In solidarity,
Tom

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I posted about this idea last week, but I want to do a repeat. It's rare that we ever come up with a single fantastic solution for to very different and big problems.

Averting the Extinction of the human race and putting a huge dent in our coming energy needs. Brilliant!

From the article

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Magma is only eruptible when it’s sufficiently molten. If too much of it is solid, then it’s not exactly going anywhere fast. According to the report, cooling the magma down by around 35 percent would prevent a supervolcanic eruption from ever taking place.

In this case, drilling into the supervolcano’s vast magma source turned out to be the only sensible option. Icelandic scientists are already drilling into the rock just above the chilly nation’s magma chambers in order to generate clean, geothermal energy – so why not do the same to Yellowstone, extract significant amounts of heat, and chill its plumbing down?

NASA has pointed out, however, that their plan essentially pays for itself over time. All that excess heat has to go somewhere, so why not siphon it off and use it to power some of America’s electrical grid?

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Yellowstone National Park (NPS) and its famous supervolcano are in the news a lot recently, and that’s perfectly understandable: It’s been rocked by earthq
iflscience.com
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My wife, Kathy Prigg, was the chair of a committee that worked to get Pitt's parental leave. It's something that we both believe are very important to our nation and our future.

The United States is one of the only industrialized nations that does not offer paid leave to new parents. This flies in the face of extensive, long-standing research on the importance of the first thousand days of life. The single strongest factor supporting developmental progress during this time is... the existence of stable, consistent, responsive and nurturing relationships. A potent combination of neuroscience, developmental psychology, sociology, pediatrics and economics makes the case for how well-supported family leave policies have a significant payoff later — not just in terms of cognitive, academic and behavioral outcomes, but also economically. This is so notable that the United Kingdom, in its “war on child poverty,” increased leave to an astonishing nine months.

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I flat out asked someone this weekend during a debate if they believe that all the studies fabricated their data. This woman said that she is a lawyer. She was articulate and seemed intelligent, at least in a discussion type way. She said, "Yes." I repeated my question, "Wait, you believe that every study honestly makes up the data?" She shifted uncomfortablly, but stuck to her guns. "Yes I do. Of course."

US president Donald Trump's administration has disbanded a government... advisory committee intended to help the country prepare for a changing climate.

The advisory group's charter expired on 20 August, and Trump administration officials informed members late last week that it would not be renewed.

The decision to wind down the advisory committee comes as the Trump administration faces a major deadline related to the forthcoming climate assessment. On 18 August, 13 federal agencies were due to deliver their final comments on a federal report on the state of climate science — a technical prelude to the main climate assessment due out next year.

Scientists in academia and at government agencies have raised concerns that climate sceptics within the Trump administration — particularly at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) — might try to meddle with the document. But Michael Kuperberg, executive director of the US government's multi-agency Global Change Research Program, said in an e-mailed statement that the report, which is tentatively scheduled for release in November, “is on track to meet this goal”.

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Panel sought to help businesses and state and local governments prepare for effects of warming.
nature.com

I've been taking the time out to speak with people who are very ideologically different from myself. When I speak about the inherient unfairness of our system where people can work full-time and still be in poverty they lash out.

It's tough because so many people seem to simply hate the poor simply because they're poor. They don't see the institutional conditions and biases that enure poor people to be in the very position that they're hated for.

I realized over the weekend s...peaking with so many Republicans that my entire platform is dependent on this single concept more than anything.

When I'm one on one I seem to get through, but as soon as I'm outnumbered the discussion turns into a "who can speak the loudest and most constant," rather than a productive discussion.

I honestly believe the tide could change, but the question is, will it be in time? I'm not sure. I'm a bit of a nihilist in the fact that I worry the only way we'll get enough people to realize our predictament will only be after it's too late.

I'm going to keep working hard to keep that from happening.

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Fran Marion and Bridget Hughes are leading voices in Stand Up Kansas City, part of the Fight for $15 movement that aims raise the minimum wage across the US
theguardian.com

At the Somerset County Fair with my family. The kids loved the animals. Touching a real pig blew Riley's mind.

I had a good time debating with the Republicans at their booth.

Happy 6th Birthday Logan!

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I wanted to post this because I had a conversation with someone at the picnic on Friday.

Official FBI guidelines acknowledge that white supremacists and right-wing extremists have infiltrated U.S. law enforcement agencies, according to a classified 2015 counterterrorism policy guide obtained...
msn.com

Spending the afternoon at the Beaver Regatta.

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Stephen Bannon Out at the White House After Turbulent RunSHAREShare on FacebookPost on TwitterEmailLog in to SaveRead Laterhttps://nyti.ms/2v8kEl0Share on LinkedInShare on WhatsappShare on Google PlusShare on RedditShareCancelStephen K. Bannon, President Trump’s chief strategist, on Aug. 2 at the Wh...
nytimes.com

Another article on the opioid epidemic.

The cross culture study is interesting. I don't know how comparative the US is with these other countries. From what I've seen in other studies, it was more about the length of the first prescription that really mattered. I presume this was controled for, but then again, who knows.

I'll look it up later.

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From the article:

Physicians in Canada and England often give diamorphine (the chemical name for heroin) to persons after surgery or trauma, and sometimes for prolonged periods. Yet, the use of such powerful opiate has not resulted in high addiction rates in those countries.

A 2016 American study found that, in a group of 640,000 patients with no prior history of narcotic use who were prescribed narcotics after surgery, the incidence of chronic opioid use over the next year ranged between 0.12 percent to 1.4 percent, depending on the procedure performed. Another study of 675,000 patients undergoing urologic procedures treated post-operatively with narcotics resulted in chronic opioid use in only 1 in 1,111 persons (less than 0.1 percent).

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health - a survey of tens of thousands of Americans - found that 1 in 130 prescriptions of opiates resulted in addiction. That same survey found that less than 25% of people misusing opioid medications started with prescriptions from doctors, while more than 50 percent started with a pill given by a family member or friend.

http://www.ydr.com/…/regulating-how-doctors-pres…/572547001/

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A couple interesting articles on the Opioid epidemic.

I'm not sure if it's just these writers or if the common thought is that all blame should be on the doctors. If it's the latter, that's ridiculous. Big pharma is a major driver of the opioid epidemic.

If we want to end this problem, we need to hit Big pharma hard. We can't continue to allow people to die in the name of profits.

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The article:

New research suggests that patients leaving the hospital after surgeries or inpatient procedures are rarely the ones whose long-term opioid use started with a doctor’s prescription.

Instead, the patients who most frequently go on to use opioid medications for six months or more got their first prescription for some sort of back pain, or for pain described in medical code as “other ill-defined conditions,” according to a research letter published Wednesday in the journal JAMA Surgery.

http://www.latimes.com/…/la-sci-sn-how-opioid-use-starts-20…

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Turns out surgeries aren't the main reasons why patients start taking opioid painkillers for the first time. Instead, it's conditions for which opioids aren't called for.
latimes.com
Russia’s income gap is widening to American levels, according to a landmark new study of Moscow's post-Communist balance sheet.
huffingtonpost.com|By Alexander Charles Kaufman

This is brilliant! Two birds with one stone.

“Yellowstone currently leaks around 6GW in heat,” Wilcox says. “Through drilling in this way, it could be used to create a geothermal plant, which generates electric power at extremely competitive prices of around $0.10/kWh. You would have to give the geothermal companies incentives to drill somewhat deeper and use hotter water than they usually would, but you would pay back your initial investment, and get electricity which can power the surrounding area for a period of potentially tens of thousands of years. And the long-term benefit is that you prevent a future supervolcano eruption which would devastate humanity.”

With an eruption brewing, it may be the only way to prevent the extinction of the human race.
bbc.com

I keep getting flashes of a Kent State from headlines like this.

A U.S. congressional panel next month will hold a hearing on violent extremism, including threats from domestic militants, following a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that turned deadly.
reuters.com
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Fight for $15

At Heather Heyer's memorial, her mother delivered a speech that was as heartfelt as it was inspiring. We will not forget what happened in Charlottesville and we will continue to fight against racism, and injustice. #FightFor15

In case there weren't enough problems.

China has reportedly given India until August 19th to pull out or face "annihilation".

It could be saber rattling or maybe it will escalate.

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“Any Chinese military adventurism will get a fitting reply from the Indian military,” Dr Rajeev Ranjan Chaturvedy, a research associate at the Institute of South Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore, told the Post.

“Certainly, it will be detrimental for both, but if Beijing escalates [the conflict], it will not be limited. Perhaps, it may extend to the maritime domain as well,” he said.

Amid China-India row, Modi takes to Weibo with sympathy for Sichuan quake victims

“If China engages in a military offensive against India, New Delhi will take all necessary measures ... [and will] respond to Chinese actions in its own way. Why only a border war? It could escalate to a full-scale India-China war,” he said.

Rajeswari Rajagopalan, a defence analyst from the Observer Research Foundation think tank in New Delhi, said that “in the event of a full-scale war, definitely India’s navy will prevent the Chinese navy from moving into the Bay of Bengal or the Indian Ocean.”

China is heavily reliant on imported fuel and, according to figures published by state media, more than 80 per cent of its oil imports travel via the Indian Ocean or Strait of Malacca

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Chinese military primed for battle, military sources say; Indian troops ‘prepared for any eventuality’
scmp.com