Pink’s ‘Push Present’ Was SO Her

The ?push present? has become a popular custom among parents. These gifts, which women receive from their partners after giving birth, can range from jewelry to flowers to massage appointments.

But Pink?s push present was extra special. 

On Friday, the singer posted an Instagram photo of herself with the postpartum gift she received from her husband, Carey Hart. 

The couple welcomed their son, Jameson, in December. Their daughter, Willow, is 6 years old.

?Thanks @hartluck for the push present,? Pink wrote in the caption for her Instagram post. ?I give you babies and you build me motorcycles. Some girls like diamonds, I like heavy metal and carbon-fiber and chrome.?

Never change, Pink!

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Addiction Advocacy Needs A Bill Gates, David Geffen, Warren Buffett, Or Tom Steyer

Addiction and drug overdoses claim one life every four minutes in America. In the time it takes to order a latte, someone dies?from an illness that is highly treatable. The addiction crisis is the result of social prejudice; criminal justice policies that incarcerate people with addiction instead of giving them treatment; health care policies that make it difficult or impossible to get medical help for substance use disorders; ignorance; and ?abstinence-only? drug policies that are ineffective and backwards.

The fact is, people who struggle with substance use disorder are treated like second-class citizens. Admitting there?s a problem can mean losing your job, home, and custody of your children. That makes addiction a civil rights issue. And, thanks to the work of advocates across the nation, it?s finally being recognized as a moral issue, as well.

Thought leaders like Tom Steyer are helping to drive this message home. I first met Tom during the Democratic National Convention. I had just shared my experience with addiction and recovery when Tom approached me. I was taken aback by the story he shared. He, too, lost someone very dear to him due to addiction: his best friend, who struggled with addiction for decades. His friend contracted HIV and Hepatitis C through drug use, and died of medical complications due to his illnesses.

A few months later, Tom joined me at the Facing Addiction in America summit in Los Angeles, where we invited him to share his story on stage with the U.S. Surgeon General. As Tom talked, tears filled my eyes. He said, ?We must embrace our shared humanity and recognize that addiction is a deadly, chronic illness, not a personal failing.? I’d lost friends, too. I was at risk, too. It was time to bridge the gap between policies and public awareness.

People like Tom Steyer and other pioneering philanthropists, who give tens of millions to progressive causes such as medical research, environmental causes, and water quality, must also step up to end the addiction crisis in America. Our fight is America?s fight. The sooner they do, the quicker we can heal this nation from our generation?s most urgent public health crisis.

Working alongside lobbyists, nonprofit groups, social organizers, and peer recovery groups, they can help fill the gaps left by policies and laws that omit or punish people with substance use disorder. As the current administration takes steps toward a health care bill that will leave people suffering from addiction without medical care, these philanthropic giants are in a unique position to help. Why? Because their involvement would not be tied to political party or personal gain. Rather, they would focus on the solution, plain and simple.

Addiction should be one of the issues on the list of social problems we urgently address, next to finding a cure for cancer and ending childhood hunger. Addiction permeates the social fabric of America. Nobody is exempt. As many people suffer from addiction as diabetes; more people use pain medications than tobacco products. For every person who?s developed full blown substance use disorder, another dozen are on the road to addiction. Substance use disorder affects every corner of society, including our collective health, family unity, the economy, workplace productivity, and our reliance on social programs. It also keeps jails full of people who may struggle to find jobs to support their families once they?re released, and will never be able to vote again.

The recovery advocacy movement has been built slowly, through the efforts of individuals and highly fragmented groups. We have an incredible grassroots movement that addresses an issue that directly impacts one in every three families in America, and indirectly touches all of us. But fundraising for recovery advocacy has been largely through family and friend donations?which, although heartfelt, aren?t sufficient to fund serious research, create desperately needed social infrastructure, or provide education about the true nature of addiction. While organizations dedicated to battling cancer, heart disease, and diabetes raise hundreds of millions of dollars annually, the ?addiction field,? such as it is, raises perhaps $25 million from private sources. This is unconscionable.

Gates, Geffen, Buffett, Steyer, and other philanthropic giants have the potential to be visionaries in this space. They could quickly stem the addiction epidemic without waiting for policy makers to hammer out yet another law that places people?s recovery at risk. They could find the solution that keeps families intact. With their help, nobody will lose another friend to this disease or the health problems that come with it. Bob and Suzanne Wright demonstrated the power and possibility of this kind of giving when they funded Autism Speaks. Their philanthropy helped move autism front and center: why not do the same for addiction?

What will our society, our culture, be like when we finally take addiction out of the equation? For many people, and their families, the answer is coming much too slowly.

It?s time to apply our knowledge, build a coalition, and offer the solutions our country so desperately needs. It?s time to change the framework of this crisis and confront our deepest values. Instead of punishment, we need to help the people who are sick?dying from this illness. It?s time to work together and end America?s addiction crisis for good.

What we need now is for America?s philanthropic visionaries to step up to help us dramatically accelerate the pace of progress in this urgent effort. Addiction doesn?t need someone to put their name on a building, or name a research institute. Addiction desperately needs bold philanthropists who want to leverage the people power of the grassroots.

Ryan Hampton is an outreach lead and recovery advocate at Facing Addiction, a leading nonprofit dedicated to ending the addiction crisis in the United States.

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GOP Rep. Says He’s Not A Climate-Change Denier, Then Casts Doubt On Basic Fact

Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.) doesn?t deny the climate is changing, but he does deny the basic facts underpinning that conclusion.

On Tuesday, at a town hall in Graham, North Carolina, the GOP representative responded to a constituent?s question about climate change by simultaneously acknowledging it exists ? and denying humans are responsible for it:

Walker told the crowd of around 75 people he doesn?t doubt the climate is shifting, but that he is unsure ?how much of it is man-made,? and that acting to curb the causes might be too burdensome.

A broad scientific consensus, based on large amounts of data, points to human activity as the primary culprit for climate change. Put simply, as human emissions of heat-trapping gasses like carbon dioxide have spiked, so have global temperatures. 

Walker?s logic may be baffling, but it?s a common Republican refrain that appears designed to acknowledge climate change?s threats while simultaneously denying any responsibility for addressing them.

That basic premise is clearer on Walker?s 2015 campaign website, where he accused the ?secular left? of using climate change as ?a political football.?

?Much of the ?so-called? science of climate change is contested though it?s made a few politicians quite wealthy,? his position reads. ?I believe that God provided the earth to us and we have a responsibility to conserve and respect the environment. When companies damage or abuse our environment, they should be held accountable.?

Tellingly, that last sentence ? the one about holding companies accountable for damaging the environment ? no longer appears on Walker?s website.

In April, Motherboard examined Walker?s voting record and labeled the representative an outright ?climate change denier,? as opposed to merely having a ?poor climate change voting record.? 

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Thai Elephants Welcome Rescued Orphan Calf

A small herd of elephants at a Thailand sanctuary went absolutely bonkers when their handlers let them out of an enclosure so they could greet a rescued orphan calf.

The group at the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai race-walked to a small barn where the young elephant was being cared for. They then reached out their trunks to touch him and made a low, vibrating pachyderm purr, video footage shows.

The little elephant, Dok Geaw, lost his mother to an infection when he was just four months old. He was raised at another center for months until he was deemed strong enough to join the herd, and arrived at the elephant park just days ago. He?ll continue to be fed milk by his human handlers while he enjoys the company of his new elephant fan club.

Elephant Nature Park was established in the 1990s to provide a haven for sick and injured elephants and other animals.

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Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea

Arsenal win the FA Cup for a record 13th time in a thrilling final by beating 10-man Chelsea, who are denied a league and cup double.

GOP Congressman Declines To Say Whether Every American Is Entitled To Eat

Rep. Adrian Smith (R-Neb.) refused to say whether ?every American is entitled to eat? and the food stamps program is the best way to ensure that they have the food they need.

NPR?s Scott Simon interviewed Smith on Saturday about the farm bill and President Donald Trump?s proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps. In the president?s budget, the White House is seeking $193 billion in cuts to SNAP over 10 years, an amount equal to more than one-quarter of the program?s cost over that period.

There is room for ?very minor shifts? in SNAP that ?make sure we do not harm the most vulnerable among us,? according to Smith.

?Especially for people in need we do not want to leave our most vulnerable without nutrition,? he said. ?Looking at that, we always want to keep that in mind.?

But Simon pressed Smith on his views about the program?s underlying philosophy.

?Let me ask you this bluntly: Is every American entitled to eat?? he asked.

?Well, nutrition obviously we know is very important and I would hope that we can look to ?? Smith began.

?Well, not just important, it?s essential for life,? Simon interjected.

Smith conceded that nutrition is essential to life.

?So is every American entitled to eat and is food stamps something that ought to be that ultimate guarantor?? Simon persisted.

?I think we know that given the necessity of nutrition, there could be a number of ways that we could address that,? Smith answered.

As Smith later observed, a president?s budget is merely a set of suggestions that reflect the president?s fiscal priorities. It is up to Congress to allot the funds for federal programs. The president can then sign or veto budget legislation they craft.

Smith refused to rule out reductions in SNAP spending as part of that process, however.

?I want to look at our entire budget, look at all of the details,? he said.

Roughly 43 million low-income Americans receive SNAP benefits, which are vouchers to buy food. Enrollment has dropped significantly since 2014 due to improvement in the economy.

Mick Mulvaney, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, by claiming there are people receiving benefits who do not need them given how long ago the recession was.

The administration has not been clear about its intentions for the means-tested aid program though. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, whose department oversees SNAP, has defended SNAP?s performance and claimed that it will be up to Congress to decide how much it wants to reduce the program?s spending.

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Secretary Zinke: Please Leave Our National Monuments Alone

Today, on behalf of The Trust for Public Land and its many volunteers and supporters, I am registering our concern with President Trump?s executive order to review certain monument designations.

Our public lands and waters help define who we are as a nation by telling the story of our historical, cultural, and natural heritage. This attempt to roll back protections for national monuments is unprecedented and terribly misguided. Secretary Zinke, we strongly urge you to reject efforts to eliminate or shrink our national monuments.

The Trust for Public Land has worked over many years to protect important conservation lands at several national monuments currently under review and we have worked to ensure public land protection at other recently created monuments including California Coastal, Stonewall, Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers and Pullman. Our experience was always positive, with strong community support and engagement. In California, for example, the impetus for the Mojave Trails and Sand to Snow national monuments came from Mojave Desert residents and business leaders, who organized for years in support of them.

The Antiquities Act has been used well by Presidents throughout our history for important and lasting public land protection. This current review is clearly aimed at undermining presidential authority under the Act. Should this result lead to reversals of current protection, those steps will have a lasting negative impact and threaten many protected areas for generations to come.

Regarding the expedited review of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, we question the need for this condensed timeline but urge you, Secretary Zinke, to retain the monument?s current status. That area?s priceless historic, cultural and natural wonders are exactly the places and values which should be permanently protected. Monument status for Bears Ears protects 100,000 archaeological and cultural sites as well as stunning mesas, canyons and arches and the incredible outdoor recreation, hunting, fishing and general solitude and peace they contain ? treasures which are irreplaceable. It is clear the area has deep and important meaning to several Native American tribes, given their involvement in the long-standing protection effort and recent vocal opposition to rolling back protections. The boundaries of the monument clearly honor the voices of five sovereign tribal nations who joined together to seek protection of their shared ancestral lands and traditions.

We strongly believe rolling back the Bears Ears protections would threaten all our monument areas by setting a terrible precedent. Once that door is open, where might it stop? Such actions would discourage business investment and community growth around national monuments while also sending the signal that our history and natural wonders are negotiable. This already seems to be the case in Maine where a review of the Katahdin Woods and Waters national monument has caused uncertainty about the area?s economic future, halting positive signs of economic growth following the August 2016 designation.

National monuments are tremendous drivers of the $887 billion outdoor recreation economy. Businesses in gateway communities rely on the permanency of these protections when making decisions about local investments. Visitation has doubled at Organ Mountains National Monument since its designation. At the nearby Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, the Bureau of Land Management saw a 40% increase in visitors within a year after that land was designated a monument. A report by the Green Taos (N.M.) Chamber of Commerce said that within just a year after that designation, the town?s lodging revenue increased 21% in the second half of 2013 compared to the same period in 2012. This experience has been repeated over and over at other sites.

Our system of national parks, many of which began as monuments, has been called ?America?s best idea? and they are enormously popular with the American people. Our public lands provide thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic impact. They ensure permanent access to America?s unique cultural and natural history. The judicious use of the Antiquities Act, by presidents of both parties, has been a key tool in protecting that legacy of special places. There should be no rollbacks of protections, at Bears Ears or other monuments.

And we urge everyone to make their views known here.

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Secretary Zinke: Please Leave Our National Monuments Alone

Today, on behalf of The Trust for Public Land and its many volunteers and supporters, I am registering our concern with President Trump?s executive order to review certain monument designations.

Our public lands and waters help define who we are as a nation by telling the story of our historical, cultural, and natural heritage. This attempt to roll back protections for national monuments is unprecedented and terribly misguided. Secretary Zinke, we strongly urge you to reject efforts to eliminate or shrink our national monuments.

The Trust for Public Land has worked over many years to protect important conservation lands at several national monuments currently under review and we have worked to ensure public land protection at other recently created monuments including California Coastal, Stonewall, Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers and Pullman. Our experience was always positive, with strong community support and engagement. In California, for example, the impetus for the the Mojave Trails and Sand to Snow national monuments began with came from Mojave Desert residents and business leaders, who organized for years in support of them.

The Antiquities Act has been used well by Presidents throughout our history for important and lasting public land protection. This current review is clearly aimed at undermining presidential authority under the Act. Should this result lead to reversals of current protection, those steps will have lasting negative impact and threaten many protected areas for generations to come.

Regarding the expedited review of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, we question the need for this condensed timeline but urge you, Secretary Zinke, to retain the monument?s current status. That area?s priceless historic, cultural and natural wonders are exactly the places and values which should be permanently protected. Monument status for Bears Ears protects 100,000 archaeological and cultural sites as well as stunning mesas, canyons and arches and the incredible outdoor recreation, hunting, fishing and general solitude and peace they contain ? treasures which are irreplaceable. It is clear the area has deep and important meaning to several Native American tribes, given their involvement in the long-standing protection effort and recent vocal opposition to rolling back protections. The boundaries of the monument clearly honor the voices of five sovereign tribal nations who joined together to seek protection of their shared ancestral lands and traditions.

We strongly believe rolling back the Bears Ears protections would threaten all our monument areas by setting a terrible precedent. Once that door is open, where might it stop? Such actions would discourage business investment and community growth around national monuments while also sending the signal that our history and natural wonders are negotiable. This already seems to be the case in Maine where review of the Katahdin Woods and Waters national monument has caused uncertainty about the area?s economic future, halting positive signs of economic growth following the August 2016 designation.

National monuments are tremendous drivers of the $887 billion outdoor recreation economy. Businesses in gateway communities rely on the permanency of these protections when making decisions about local investments. Visitation has doubled at Organ Mountains National Monument since its designation. At the nearby Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, the Bureau of Land Management saw a 40% increase in visitors within a year after that land was designated a monument. A report by the Green Taos (N.M.) Chamber of Commerce said that within just year after that designation, the town?s lodging revenue increased 21% in the second half of 2013 compared to the same period in 2012. This experience has been repeated over and over again at other sites.

Our system of national parks, many of which began as monuments, has been called ?America?s best idea? and they are enormously popular with the American people. Our public lands provide thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic impact. They ensure permanent access to America?s unique cultural and natural history. The judicious use of the Antiquities Act, by presidents of both parties, has been a key tool in protecting that legacy of special places. There should be no rollbacks of protections, at Bears Ears or other monuments.

And we urge everyone to make their views known here.

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Giant ‘Styrofoam’ Planet Could Help Scientists Find New Habitable Worlds

We?re all pretty familiar with objects made from styrofoam. Our daily lives intersect with disposable items like coffee cups, insulation, hot and cold coolers and those seemingly millions of little cushioning styrofoam-y ?things? that are put into mailing boxes to protect the more valuable contents. 

And styrofoam balls are often used in arts and crafts to create models of the planets for hanging mobiles in bedrooms, classrooms and museums around the world. 

But, now, who would?ve guessed? Researchers at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, recently discovered a planet approximately 320 light-years from Earth that, according to a university statement, ?has the density of styrofoam.?

And the planet could be useful for scientists looking to discover new habitable worlds

?This ?puffy planet? outside our solar system may hold opportunities for testing atmospheres that will be useful when assessing future planets for signs of life,? the statement said.

A global effort of university researchers, observatories and amateur astronomers resulted in an online paper published in The Astronomical Journal. The paper describes initial findings of the planet dubbed KELT-11b, which orbits the bright, subgiant star, KELT-11.

?It is highly inflated, so that while it?s only a fifth as massive as Jupiter, it is nearly 40 percent larger, making it about as dense as styrofoam, with an extraordinarily large atmosphere,? said Lehigh University astronomer and team leader Joshua Pepper in the university statement.

But it?s not just the styrofoam-like similarity of the planet that intrigues scientists. The star ? KELT-11 ? that KELT-11b orbits plays an important role. The star is so bright, as seen from Earth?s southern hemisphere, that it can shed light ? literally ? on KELT-11b?s atmosphere.  The high brightness of the star shining through the atmosphere of the planet allows Earth-based equipment to better observe the planet?s atmosphere.

This, in turn, gives astronomers the ability to develop new tools to help them determine if Earth-like planets are surrounded by atmospheres that might allow life to evolve.

KELT stands for Kilodegree Extremely Little Telescope, referring to two small robotic telescopes ? one in Arizona and one in South Africa ? that scan the night sky, taking measurements of 5 million stars. Those who monitor the data searching for possible planets are looking for the type of star that becomes dimmer at regular times. This might indicate the presence and movement of a planet crossing the star, producing an eclipse effect.

If researchers want to learn more about KELT-11b, they?d better hurry.

Well, sort of.

The ?styrofoam? giant is so close to its parent sun that it takes less than five days to orbit KELT-11. KELT-11 has begun depleting its nuclear fuel as it evolves into a red giant, and at this rate, it will eventually envelop its puffy partner within the next 100 million years. 

The Lehigh research team says the KELT discovery will prove to be an important target to learn more about how atmospheres are formed in the search for habitable worlds.

What?s next to be discovered out there in the cosmos? A plastic asteroid?

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Single Dad Hosts Class For Men To Learn To Do Their Daughters’ Hair

When Darious Bland became a single father seven years ago, he was at a loss as to how to go about doing his daughter?s hair. He?s since picked up a few tricks, and now the Alabama native is sharing them with his fellow dads. 

On May 21, Bland held a hair workshop titled ?Can Daddy Do My Hair?? in Hunstsville, AL. 

The event allowed 12 dads to come with their 3- to 10-year-old daughters as Bland guided them in navigating the understated difficulty of styling black hair.

?These dads are learning a lot; not only about hair but what many moms go through,? he told WHNT. ?They didn?t understand the frustration that mothers have to go through while doing their daughters? hair.?

Videos of fathers doing their daughters? hair have made their rounds on the internet throughout the years. And an April BBC News video showed health and well-being guru Khembe Clarke hosting a similar event for black fathers in England.

As for Bland, he admits he still has a thing or two to learn.

?I?m learning how to do flat twists, bantu knots, I want to learn how to braid,? he said.

For those who couldn?t make the workshop, Bland also posts video tutorials on the event?s Facebook page. 

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News Roundup for May 25, 2017

More depressing news to start your day.

1. Trumpcare will leave 23 million people uninsured according to the CBO. Seems like a really comprehensive plan. Tremendous. More here.

2. Advertisers are pulling their ads from Sean Hannity?s Fox News show. Fake news doesn?t pay, Sean. More here.

3. Jeff Sessions omitted Russian meetings on his security clearance form. Ugh, the White House swamp is so murky these days. More here.

4. Tensions are extremely high in Brazil after anti-government protesters set a fire in the ministry of agriculture. More here.

5. UK police are investigating the Manchester bomber?s network. They have stopped sharing information with the US due to consistent leaks. More here.

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