It's Temperature Tuesday and How Toxic is your Job?

CHRIS SPEARS WAS ON VACATION So he's back and coming in today for a Tuesday edition of Weather Wednesday at 3!

HOW TOXIC IS YOUR WORKPLACE?  I read this story with skepticism at first, but then realized it had been so long since I'd been in a position to deal directly with customers I needed to check myself.  One-fifth of Americans say their workplace is toxic, and worker say,

they face a hostile or threatening environment at work, which can include sexual harassment and bullying. Workers who have to face customers endure a disproportionate share of abuse.

— Nearly 55 percent say they face "unpleasant and potentially hazardous" conditions.

— Nearly three quarters say they spend at least a fourth of their time on the job in "intense or repetitive physical" labor. "

This is not cool, really.  Telecommuting is also a fantasy, with a vast majority of us having to be in the office while we're working.  Is this why the number of people seeking to re enter the workplace has lagged?  This honestly makes me feel very lucky to have the job working for the people I do in the environment I'm in.  

IS IT REALLY GOING TO DO ANYTHING IF THERE ARE NO COPS WORKING ON IT?  I'm asking the question about the board which has been tasked with making changes to the Denver PD's Use of Force guidelines.  According to the Denver Post, the last member of law enforcement who was participating on the board has resigned from the board.  Why?  From his resignation letter to the Chief:

Tyson Worrell, treasurer of the Denver Police Protective Association, said in his letter that he had attempted to forge bonds with fellow committee members and keep an open mind to their opinions and ideas, but the early proposal from his work group “does not reflect the type of policy all Denver citizens expect from police.”

“Furthermore, it puts officers at risk in the performance of their duties,” Worrell’s letter said. “Therefore, I cannot continue to participate nor does the draft reflect any of the input I have provided. I cannot endorse it.”

Now I ask a legit question.  Would you want to follow rules, rules which could be potentially deadly, that someone who did not do your job came up with?  I sure as shinola wouldn't.  It will be interesting to see how this all pans out.  

ONE IN EIGHT AMERICANS HAS A PROBLEM WITH BOOZE And by "problem" I mean is an "alcoholic" by medical standards.  We are also seeing a concurrent rise in alcohol related deaths.  There are some questions you might need to answer if you think you may have a problem in this article.  I've grabbed them here. 

For a diagnosis of alcohol abuse, an individual must have exhibited at least one of the following characteristics in the past year (bulleted text is quoted directly from the National Institutes of Health):

- Recurrent use of alcohol resulting in a failure to fulfill major role obligations at work, school, or home (e.g., repeated absences or poor work performance related to alcohol use; alcohol-related absences, suspensions, or expulsions from school; neglect of children or household)

- Recurrent alcohol use in situations in which it is physically hazardous (e.g., driving an automobile or operating a machine when impaired by alcohol use)

- Recurrent alcohol-related legal problems (e.g., arrests for alcohol-related disorderly conduct)

- Continued alcohol use despite having persistent or recurrent social or interpersonal problems caused or exacerbated by the effects of alcohol (e.g., arguments with spouse about consequences of intoxication).

For a diagnosis of alcohol-dependent, an individual must experience at least three of the following seven symptoms (again, bulleted text is quoted directly from the National Institutes of Health):

- Need for markedly increased amounts of alcohol to achieve intoxication or desired effect; or markedly diminished effect with continued use of the same amount of alcohol

- The characteristic withdrawal syndrome for alcohol; or drinking (or using a closely related substance) to relieve or avoid withdrawal symptoms

- Drinking in larger amounts or over a longer period than intended.

- Persistent desire or one or more unsuccessful efforts to cut down or control drinking

- Important social, occupational, or recreational activities given up or reduced because of drinking

- A great deal of time spent in activities necessary to obtain, to use, or to recover from the effects of drinking

- Continued drinking despite knowledge of having a persistent or recurrent physical or psychological problem that is likely to be caused or exacerbated by drinking.

Meeting either of those criteria -- abuse or dependence -- would lead to an individual being characterized as having an alcohol use disorder (alcoholism)

If you need help, get it.  Alcohol is deadly. 

STUDIES SHOW THAT STUDIES ARE GARBAGE And I love this story because so much of what I read are "studies" who say whatever the author wants you to believe.  And now we have a study that shows studies are usually wrong because they can't be replicated, often by their own authors.  

DID YOU BUY YOUR ECLIPSE GLASSES FROM AMAZON?  You may want to a refund on those glasses you bought, as now Amazon says some of the glasses sold on the site don't meet industry standards.  What does that mean?  Nothing big, you can just go blind or something.  Read the whole story here

AND NOW HERE'S THE HIGH DESERT ON TIME LAPSE Just because it's really beautiful.  This isn't our deserts, this is in Oregon, and the film maker hauled giant mirrors into the desert to get this effect.  

I ADORE PATRICIA HEATON FOR THIS SO MUCH The actress is truly a rare unabashed Hollywood conservative.  She recently took to Twitter to chastise CBS News (and SO RIGHTLY so) for their namby pamby coverage of Iceland aborting any baby who MIGHT have Down's Syndrome.  Read the back and forth on Twitter here.  CBS News did a story on how, as they say in their utterly misleading headline, 

"What kind of society do you want to live in?": Inside the country where Down syndrome is disappearing

Before they shared how in Iceland, there are only three children with Down's Syndrome born per year because of the mass genocide abortions that take place when a woman is given prenatal testing.  The headline makes it seem as though people in Iceland want to live in a society free from Down's Syndrome, but that quote is actually from a mother of a seven year old with Down's who didn't find out her daughter had Down's before she was born who is now an advocate for those Iceland is trying to exterminate out of existence.  

JAKE TAPPER ADMITS WHAT WE ALREADY KNOW And that is that the media was "much more supportive" of President Obama and therefore far less likely to call him out on his blatant falsehoods ("if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor" comes to mind).  At least Jake is somewhat self aware, although he did drop this bombshell in a moment of self aggrandizement. 

COULD YOU EAT 16 PINTS OF ICE CREAM IN SIX MINUTES? The follow up question is likely, WHY??? That is the new record set by a smallish woman who is apparently fifth in the world of competitive eating.  I can't imagine what the brain freeze is like on this one. 

HOW OLD ARE YOU WHEN YOU BECOME "OLD"?  Unsurprisingly, the younger you are, the lower the number.  Millenials believe old age starts at 59, to which I say, SCREW YOU.  Millenials also think they will be young until they are 40, which is sort of hilarious for everyone who realizes youth isn't all it's cracked up to be.  More telling, Boomers and Greatest Generation types say old age starts at 70, which they are most likely past.  I do think 70 is when your body starts to let you down in ways you can't even imagine when you are younger.  

CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS SHOULD BE MOVED TO MORE APPROPRIATE LOCATIONS And this column does an extremely eloquent job of explaining why and how. 


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