Long Overdue Visitation
Earlier this week, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he plans to take a trip to Pearl Harbor later this month with President Obama. This means he’ll be the first Japanese leader to visit since Japan attacked the US Navy base in 1941. This year is the 75th anniversary of the attack, which killed thousands of Americans and led the US to join WWII. Abe’s trip comes after Obama visited the Japanese city of Hiroshima earlier this year. He was the first US president to go to the city, where the US dropped one of two atomic bombs in 1945 at the end of WWII. (Washington Post)
The Postal Service is projecting nearly 16 billion cards and letters will be delivered between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. Other facts include:
- Busiest MAILING day for greeting cards and packages is Monday, December 19th.
- Busiest DELIVERY day for greeting cards and packages is Thursday, December 22nd.
- More than 611 million pieces of mail will be processed on December 19th, the busiest mailing day.
- Average daily volume is 508 million. During the holidays, it’s 525 million.
- Last year, more than 660 million packages were delivered between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.
- More than 3 million customers will skip the trip to the Post Office this year and use Click-N-Ship to mail packages.
- More than 208,000 delivery vehicles will be used to deliver cheer this holiday season.
- More than 5 million packages are expected to be delivered each Sunday in December.
LIVE from Facebook, it’s…FAKE NEWS!!
Facebook has finally admitted it has a problem with fake news — and some responsibility to stop the spread of misinformation and propaganda on its platform. So the social media giant is rolling out a new feature that shifts the work of flagging false stories to you, the Facebook user. Surveys have started popping up below stories on Facebook, asking users to evaluate how misleading an article’s language is or whether it leaves out “key details.” The feature doesn’t seem to be widespread yet. (Forbes)
A Muslim-owned restaurant in London is offering a three-course meal to homeless and elderly people on Christmas Day
The Christmas spirit can move anyone to perform kind acts, even if they do not celebrate themselves. One restaurant owner in London is definitely getting into the holiday — and helping out others in the process. Muslim-owned eatery “Shish Restaurant” announced that they will give out free meals to the homeless on Christmas. The reason is simple and sweet: so that “no one eats alone”. The Shish Restaurant has put up posters saying, “We are here to sit with you” on Christmas day. (AOL)
Money To Burn
According to interviews and confidential memos obtained by the Washington Post, the Pentagon last year produced — and quickly suppressed — a study that, according to one person familiar with the report, revealed a $125 billion in waste in its administrative bureaucracy. The Pentagon ordered the Defense Business Board to analyze and report on the agency’s business operations. The report was completed in January 2015 and showed, for the first time, “the Pentagon was spending almost a quarter of its $580 billion budget on overhead and core business operations such as accounting, human resources, logistics and property management.” It further identified a “clear path” for the Defense Department to save $125 billion in five years. (Washington Post)
Woman pens Washington Post op-ed blaming Trump for ruining her love life
A writer wrote an op-ed piece published in the Washington Post to blame President-elect Donald Trump for stealing her desire to date. Stephanie Land of Missoula, Montana, said that her love life had been going well over the last few months and that she had been on the verge of a new relationship. She wrote “But two weeks later, the election happened. Once it was clear that Donald Trump would be president instead of Hillary Clinton, I felt sick to my stomach. I wanted to gather my children in bed with me and cling to them like we would if thunder and lightning were raging outside, with winds high enough that they power might go out. The world felt that precarious to me.” She added that she has “lost the desire to attempt the courtship phase. The future is uncertain. I am not the optimistic person I was on the morning of Nov. 8, wearing a T-shirt with “Nasty Woman” written inside a red heart. It makes me want to cry thinking of that. Of seeing my oldest in the shirt I bought her in Washington, D.C., that says ‘Future President.’ There is no room for dating in this place of grief. Dating means hope. I’ve lost that hope in seeing the words ‘President-elect Trump,’” Land concluded. (Washington Post)
Shaving pubic hair related to STIs: study
A new study done at the University of California—San Francisco reports that people who regularly groom their pubic hair are 75% more likely to develop a sexually transmitted infection than non-groomers. As reported earlier this year, STIs are on the rise. The survey, reported in the journal “Sexually Transmitted Infections,” included U.S. residents 18-65, asking their grooming habits, sexual behaviors, and STI history. One of the reasons for the corellation between STIs and shaving? The act of shaving may create “epidermal microtears” that might allow transmission of bacteria or viruses like HPV. But it’s not all bad news because according to the study, removing pubic hair does eliminate certain other sexually transmitted problems, like pubic lice. Other fun facts from the study: Men use electric razors more than women, a similar percentage of men and women use scissors, and laser hair removal or use of tweezers was rare among both. (NY Daily News)
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