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Sunday, October 28, 2012

AP poll: Majority harbor prejudice against blacks

JENNIFER AGIESTA, Associated Press|SONYA ROSS Updated 10:21 a.m., Saturday, October 27, 2012 WASHINGTON (AP) — Racial attitudes have not improved in the four years since the United States elected its first black president, an Associated Press poll finds, as a slight majority of Americans now express prejudice toward blacks whether they recognize those feelings or not. Those views could cost President Barack Obama votes as he tries for re-election, the survey found, though the effects are mitigated by some people's more favorable views of blacks. Racial prejudice has increased slightly since 2008 whether those feelings were measured using questions that explicitly asked respondents about racist attitudes, or through an experimental test that measured implicit views toward race without asking questions about that topic directly. In all, 51 percent of Americans now express explicit anti-black attitudes, compared with 48 percent in a similar 2008 survey. When measured by an implicit racial attitudes test, the number of Americans with anti-black sentiments jumped to 56 percent, up from 49 percent during the last presidential election. In both tests, the share of Americans expressing pro-black attitudes fell. "As much as we'd hope the impact of race would decline over time ... it appears the impact of anti-black sentiment on voting is about the same as it was four years ago," said Jon Krosnick, a Stanford University professor who worked with AP to develop the survey. Most Americans expressed anti-Hispanic sentiments, too. In an AP survey done in 2011, 52 percent of non-Hispanic whites expressed anti-Hispanic attitudes. That figure rose to 57 percent in the implicit test. The survey on Hispanics had no past data for comparison. The AP surveys were conducted with researchers from Stanford University, the University of Michigan and NORC at the University of Chicago. Experts on race said they were not surprised by the findings. "We have this false idea that there is uniformity in progress and that things change in one big step. That is not the way history has worked," said Jelani Cobb, professor of history and director of the Institute for African-American Studies at the University of Connecticut. "When we've seen progress, we've also seen backlash." Obama has tread cautiously on the subject of race, but many African-Americans have talked openly about perceived antagonism toward them since Obama took office. As evidence, they point to events involving police brutality or cite bumper stickers, cartoons and protest posters that mock the president as a lion or a monkey, or lynch him in effigy. "Part of it is growing polarization within American society," said Fredrick Harris, director of the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University. "The last Democrat in the White House said we had to have a national discussion about race. There's been total silence around issues of race with this president. But, as you see, whether there is silence, or an elevation of the discussion of race, you still have polarization. It will take more generations, I suspect, before we eliminate these deep feelings." Overall, the survey found that by virtue of racial prejudice, Obama could lose 5 percentage points off his share of the popular vote in his Nov. 6 contest against Republican challenger Mitt Romney. But Obama also stands to benefit from a 3 percentage point gain due to pro-black sentiment, researchers said. Overall, that means an estimated net loss of 2 percentage points due to anti-black attitudes. Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/AP-poll-Majority-harbor-prejudice-against-blacks-3986183.php#ixzz2AblC4zEB Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/AP-poll-Majority-harbor-prejudice-against-blacks-3986183.php#ixzz2Abky16Vb

Friday, October 19, 2012

Need Help with Restless Nights Part Two....Lemon Balm

What other names is Lemon Balm known by? Balm, Bálsamo de Limón, Cure-All, Dropsy Plant, Honey Plant, Melisa, Melissa, Melissa officinalis, Melissae Folium, Mélisse, Mélisse Citronnelle, Mélisse Officinale, Melissenblatt, Monarde, Sweet Balm, Sweet Mary, Toronjil. What is Lemon Balm? Lemon balm is a plant. The leaves are used to make medicine. Possibly Effective for... Alzheimer's disease. Cold sores. Colic in breast-fed infants. Improving the quality of sleep, when taken with valerian. Upset stomach (dyspepsia), when a combination of lemon balm and several other herbs is used. Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for... Loss of appetite, stomach and intestinal discomfort with bloating and gas, anxiety, sleeping disorders, restlessness, spasms, a thyroid condition called Graves' disease, promoting menstrual flow, female discomforts, cramps, headache, toothache, sores, tumors, insect bites, nervous stomach, hysteria, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and other conditions.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

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Monday, October 1, 2012

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