Report: US Life Expectancy Drops Again

The life expectancy rate in the US has declined again according to the CDC.

The life expectancy rate in the US has declined again according to the CDC.

By Free Radical

New data has revealed that the US population has declined from 2016 to 2017. The rate dropped from 78.7 years to 78.6 years during that period according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It continues a downward slope that has occurred since 2014 when life expectancy in the nation reached an all time high of 78.9 years.

This consistent decline in life expectancy is the most sustained span since World War I.

CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said in a statement. “These sobering statistics are a wakeup call that we are losing too many Americans, too early and too often, to conditions that are preventable.”

The age adjusted death rate for non-Hispanic White males and females increased by 0.6% and 0.9% respectively from 2016 to 2017. This means that they lived less longer during this span. While the death rate for non-Hispanic Black men did not change significantly, it decreased for Black women by 0.8% which means that they lived longer.

Drug overdose deaths is one cause for the lower national life expectancy rates. Drug overdoses reached a new national high in 2017 at 70,237, up from the 2016 mark of 63,632. Controlled substances such as fentanyl, heroin, and prescribed narcotics largely account for this.

Suicide rates also increased by a third from 1999 to 2017.

Other major causes of death were the flu, chronic lower respiratory diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, and strokes.

Black Folks Invented Civility, and it Takes More than a Smile

By S. Christopher Emerson

At the risk of picking the low-hanging fruit, I just wanted to issue this reminder to the good people that just because wight folks, especially wight politicians, speak in even, humble tones and occasionally smile while exacting deviltry on the people, that doesn’t make them “civil.” Too often recently I have seen people apply the term “civil” to describe the now-fortunately dead, and hopefully burning in wight people hell George HW Bush who was a hellion for people of color. How Sway? When you blithely cause even more pain, fear and loss for people who are in need of security and shelter and resources, “civil” ain’t what you call that.

In reference to a theroot.com article entitled “Civility is for White Folks,” an opinion that attempts to capture the “good riddance” sentiments of Black folks and people of color toward the life and death of former US president George HW Bush, but with the perspective of “civility” rather askew. Let’s not get ahistorically carried away here with colonized language.

Black folks, the first people ever, born of Africa, taught the world how to be civil out of the need to preserve and advance humanity. People of color are famous for being civil, and infamous for being civil when white folks were not, and next thing you know… Colonialism and slavery. We have been historically taken advantage of by white folks in the act of being civil for anywhere from seven centuries to a couple millennia. And y’all want to form your mouth to say “civility” is for white folks.

Why do you think the O’Jays would go through all that trouble to sing that wondrous 3-minute mother wit cautionary tale “Backstabbers?”

*singing* “What they do? Smilin’ in yo’ face…”

“All the time, they hate yo’ race…”

Some argue that the very fact the white folks still occupy positions of power when surrounded by the people of color that they have enslaved, raped, colonized and assimilated is civility run amok.

I feel the author diminished the foulness and impact of GHW Bush’s dealings in service of an inherently racist nation. George HW Bush himself exacted some hellish oppression against people of color as the Director of Central Intelligence, navigating Iran-Contra devilment and the War on Drugs as the US VP, vetoed the Civil Rights Act of 1990, helmed the Gulf War for oil and more, dealing death in our communities shipping drugs and guns in our neighborhoods as tools of destruction. See, cuz’ the devil will pee on your head and tell you it’s raining.

Now this nuanced notion of “civility,” which the writer is attributing to white folks, again lacks depth. If anything, the aforementioned “civility” is being mistaken for the disposition and antics of the genteel at best. This includes whites who smile in your face, stab you in the back, take your home, deny you for a loan, tell your manager, try to get you fired, lie on you and get you lynched or call the cops on you (same thing) and sprinkle crack on you, malign you name and say you deserved it after you’re dead.

That ain’t civil.

Designing Phenom Charles Henry Harrison Transitions

Chuck Henry Harrison with his patented View-Master device.

Chuck Henry Harrison with his patented View-Master device.

By Free Radical

African-American inventing marvel Charles “Chuck” Harrison passed on Wednesday. Harrison is credited with designing a number of modern day conveniences and even toys that have become commonplace in the United States and around the world.

Harrison’s list of inventions is extensive and include the plastic trash can, electronic sewing machine, riding lawnmower, and the View-Master toy among other devices.

Harrison is a native of Louisiana. His father was a professor of industrial arts at Prairie View A&M, an HBCU in Texas. Despite having dyslexia, Charles entered the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Upon graduating, he developed an impressive resume as an industrial engineer. And while working for Robert Podall Associates, he gave the View-Master its sleek design and signature orange color.

In 1961, he became the first ever Black executive in the history of Sears. Ironically, he was denied a position at the company just years later because of his race.

According to Black Enterprise, while at Sears he developed power tools, sewing machines, steam irons, the see-through measuring cup, televisions, toys, baby cribs, radios, and kitchen appliances, including the electric mixer. It was at Sears that he designed the plastic trash can as an alternative to more noisy metal containers. This is his most popular and widely used creation.

Harrison retired from Sears in 1993. Altogether, he worked on more than 700 products for the company. In retirement, he taught courses at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Columbia College in Chicago.

In 2008, he became the first Black professional to be awarded a Lifetime Achievement National Design Award by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

Harrison is survived by his son Charles and two grandsons. His wife, Janet Eleanor Simpson passed in 1999.

What do Himalayan Pink Salt Lamps do?

By Swahili Scientists

Himalayan pink salt lamps are reported to have several health benefits.

Himalayan pink salt lamps are reported to have several health benefits.

Himalayan pink salt lamps are growing in popularity. The decorative light fixtures made out of Himalayan pink salt can enable a person to benefit from powerful healing properties and realize health benefits. This is a short list that includes some of the possible benefits of having a Himalayan pink salt lamp in your home:

  1. Purifies the air.

Proponents of Himalayan salt lamps boast that these salt rocks have the ability to remove pollen, dust, smoke, and many other types of contaminants.

  1. Eases allergy and asthma symptoms.

Himalayan salt rock lamps may help provide some relief to people suffering from respiratory ailments by counteracting the negative effects of positive ions in the atmosphere. Furthermore, Himalayan salt rock lamps have helped remove the symptom-causing contaminants from the air, purifying the room and clearing their airways.

  1. Increases energy levels and reduces stress.

Another bold claim regarding Himalayan salt rock crystal lamps is their ability to help re-energize and revitalize the body.

It has been said that positive ions can drain your body of energy while negative ions help rejuvenate the body and mind. Once negative ions reach the bloodstream, they are said to produce biochemical reactions that increase serotonin, a chemical that is released by the pineal gland during the day, which helps to alleviate depression, relieve stress, and boost daytime energy. Negative ions have also been shown to help in the treatment of seasonal depression.

  1. Helps you sleep better.

Not only do positive ions drain energy levels, they can also stop you from replenishing them because of lost sleep. Positively charged particles can reduce the supply of blood and oxygen to the brain, which can lead to irregular sleep patterns.

Along with helping to rejuvenate energy and mood, natural negative ions in the air can reverse sleep deprivation problems.

  1. Reduces electromagnetic radiation.

Like it or not, we live in an electrical word. And while the many devices and tools we use each day can help simplify our lives, they also leave behind electromagnetic radiation. Everything from your smartphone to your television can leave traces of this radiation.