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Senator Bernie Sanders says he AGREES with Trump’s demands to increase stimulus checks to $2,000

Bernie Sanders has voiced his support for President Trump’s demands to increase COVID-19 stimulus checks to $2,000, as he revealed there are ‘at least five’ Republican Senators that also back the measure.

The Democratic Senator weighed in on the long-awaited relief bill on Tuesday, hours after Trump lashed out at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for blocking Democrats’ efforts to quickly pass the relief check legislation.

Sanders, who unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination in the presidential race earlier this year, admitted he was on Trump’s side when it came to distributing the highly-anticipated checks. 

‘As somebody who disagrees with Trump on everything, I’ve got to say he’s right on the need for this $2,000 check and I hope the Republican leadership listens to him,’ Sanders told CNN’s Jim Acosta.  

Senator Bernie Sanders on Tuesday said he agreed with Trump on ‘the need’ for $2,000 stimulus checks

Sanders told CNN there are 'at least five' Republican Senators that also back the $2,000 stimulus checks

Sanders told CNN there are ‘at least five’ Republican Senators that also back the $2,000 stimulus checks

Sanders earlier threatened to hold the Senate through New Year’s Day if a vote is not held on the measure to send out increased payments. With his objection he put a hold on vote to override the veto of the defense bill. 

The 79-year-old called on McConnell to bring the vote to the Senate floor soon and expressed confidence that the measure could pass as a bipartisan effort. 

‘There are at least five Republicans that have indicated support for a $2,000 check, others are indicating that they will be interested in doing it,’ Sanders added. ‘So I think there is a shot that we can win this thing.’ 

It comes after McConnell filed a bill that couples the $2,000 stimulus checks with the full repeal of section 230 and a probe of election fraud – all items desired by President Donald Trump but, together in one legislative package. 

Trump last week had suggested he would veto the $900billion relief package passed by Congress last Monday unless checks are tripled from $600 to $2,000 – a move widely supported by Democrats and some Republicans. 

However, McConnell’s new combination bill – which includes the higher payments – is being seen as a ‘poison pill’ that is doomed for failure and will subsequently continue to hold off on providing financial relief to Americans. 

Despite supporting Trump’s plans to increase the checks, Sanders made clear he opposed the decision to include the two other provisions added to the bill – both of which were desired by the president – arguing that those issues were not a priority. 

‘We can separate those issues. Do we want to take a look at Section 230? It’s an important issue. Yeah we should, there’s a way to do that. Not now,’ Sanders said. 

‘There are issues there [with voter suppression] we can discuss it. But right now, the issue on everybody’s mind is how do I survive? How do I feed my kids? How do I not get evicted?

‘So what we have got to do is just demand that McConnell bring forth a clean House bill.’ 

Followed by a staffer, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., right, leaves the Capitol for the day, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Followed by a staffer, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., right, leaves the Capitol for the day, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Senator Bernie Sanders threatened to filibuster another vote to override Trump's veto of the widely-supported National Defense Authorization Act in protest of McConnell not taking up a vote on the checks – the move would hold the Senate in session until New Year's Day

Senator Bernie Sanders threatened to filibuster another vote to override Trump’s veto of the widely-supported National Defense Authorization Act in protest of McConnell not taking up a vote on the checks – the move would hold the Senate in session until New Year’s Day

'Unless Republicans have a death wish... they must approve the $2000 payments ASAP,' Trump tweeted, adding: '$600 IS NOT ENOUGH!'

‘Unless Republicans have a death wish… they must approve the $2000 payments ASAP,’ Trump tweeted, adding: ‘$600 IS NOT ENOUGH!’

Sanders said he couldn’t guarantee Democrats will win the vote, but expressed they had a ‘damn good shot’ at winning once its brought to the Senate floor. 

‘What must happen now in the Senate, what I’m fighting for, is to make sure that clean bill – the bill that was passed in the House – comes to the Senate. And frankly between you and me, I think we have the votes to pass it. That’s what the American people want,’ Sanders added. 

Trump earlier slammed Republicans for blocking the effort, claiming they had a ‘death wish’ for opposing the measure. 

‘Unless Republicans have a death wish, and it is also the right thing to do, they must approve the $2000 payments ASAP. $600 IS NOT ENOUGH!’ the president warned on Twitter Tuesday afternoon. 

Trump lashed out at the Senate Republican Leader on Tuesday for blocking Democrats’ efforts to quickly pass the $2,000 relief check legislation, claiming Republicans in Congress have a ‘death wish’ for opposing the measure.

‘Unless Republicans have a death wish, and it is also the right thing to do, they must approve the $2000 payments ASAP. $600 IS NOT ENOUGH!’ the president warned on Twitter Tuesday afternoon.

He also said the GOP has to stop Democrats from ‘stealing’ the election and demanded, as part of his continued objection to the National Defense Authorization Act, that Congress act to toss out legal liability protections for ‘big tech.’

President Donald Trump lashed out at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday for blocking Democrats' request to quickly pass a bill increasing direct checks for Americans from $600 to $2,000

President Donald Trump lashed out at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday for blocking Democrats’ request to quickly pass a bill increasing direct checks for Americans from $600 to $2,000

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer requested unanimous consent Tuesday on the payment increase measure, which was overwhelmingly passed in the House Monday evening

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer requested unanimous consent Tuesday on the payment increase measure, which was overwhelmingly passed in the House Monday evening

‘Also, get rid of Section 230 – Don’t let Big Tech steal our Country, and don’t let the Democrats steal the Presidential Election. Get tough!’ Trump tweeted to Republicans.

McConnell stopped Schumer’s request Tuesday for unanimous consent to quickly pass sending $2,000 stimulus checks to Americans rather than the $600 already included in the recently-signed coronavirus relief bill.

Sanders threatened to hold the Senate through New Year’s Day if a vote is not held on the measure to send out increased payments. With his objection he put a hold on vote to override the veto of the defense bill.  

The showdown over the $2,000 checks has thrown Congress into a chaotic year-end session just days before new lawmakers are set to be sworn into office for the new year. 

It’s preventing action on another priority – overturning Trump’s veto on a sweeping defense bill that has been approved every year for 60 years.

Saying little, McConnell signaled an alternative approach to Trump’s checks that may not divide his party so badly, but may result in no action at all.

The GOP leader filed new legislation late Tuesday linking the president’s demand for bigger checks with two other Trump priorities – repealing protections for tech companies like Facebook or Twitter that the president complained are unfair to conservatives as well the establishment of a bipartisan commission to review the 2020 presidential election he lost to President-elect Joe Biden.

‘The Senate will begin a process,’ the GOP leader said. He said little more, only that he would bring the president’s demand for the $2,000 checks and other remaining issues ‘into focus.’

The president’s last-minute push for bigger checks leaves Republicans deeply split between those who align with Trump’s populist instincts and those who adhere to what had been more traditional conservative views against government spending. 

Congress had settled on smaller $600 payments in a compromise over the big, year-end relief bill Trump reluctantly signed into law.

Liberal senators led by Sanders who support the relief aid are blocking action on the defense bill until a vote can be taken on Trump’s demand for $2,000 for most Americans.

‘The working class of this country today faces more economic desperation than at any time since the Great Depression of the 1930s,’ Sanders said as he also tried to force a vote on the relief checks. ‘Working families need help now.’ But McConnell objected a second time.

The GOP blockade is causing turmoil for some as the virus crisis worsens nationwide and Trump amplifies his unexpected demands. 

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COVID-19 Cases Increase Slightly in New York | The State

NY.- The state of NY continued to show a sustained increase in the pandemic. New coronavirus cases increased 4.3% in the last week, as the state added 76,437 cases.

The increase is 3,131 compared to the previous week, which had 73,306 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19. Meanwhile, New York was ranked 20th among states where the coronavirus was spreading the fastest per person, an analysis from the Johns Hopkins University.

“As we approach the end of the Christmas season, New York remains caught in a foot race between rapid vaccine distribution and the continued spread of COVID-19,” the governor said. Andrew Cuomo, during statements to the media this Sunday.

According to figures provided by the Governor’s office, until this Sunday there were 7,183 hospitalizations of patients throughout the state, 1,187 patients in the ICU; 687 Intubated, 115 deaths from COVID-19, totaling 29,511 deaths across New York State.

“It has been a difficult year and we still have several difficult months ahead of us, but we can see the light at the end of the tunnel and we will get there if we all do our part to stop the spread. New York is working closely with the medical community not only to administer the vaccine, but also to continue to increase capacity, “the state president added.

In the last week, 1.3 million reported cases of coronavirus were added nationally, a decrease of 12.3% compared to the previous week. However, across the country, six states had more cases in the past week than in the prior week, including New York.

New York screened 201,000 people on Christmas Day, the state reported, representing a drop of about 25,000 since Christmas Eve. But the number of tests dropped to 130,000 on Saturday.

State authorities interpret these variations due to holidays, making comparisons across the country difficult. Laboratories and testing sites were closed. People traveled or stayed at home instead of getting tested. Some counties and states did not report data as quickly.

No truce in the city

Meanwhile, at the New York City level, the evolution of the pandemic also could not be recorded due to the Christmas break. On Christmas Day, 2,384 people were in the hospital fighting COVID-19; approximately 29% of the city’s hospital beds are still available, according to the Health Department of the state.

The city’s overall positivity rate on December 25 was 4.46%, and Staten Island still has the highest overall rate of the five boroughs (5.67%). Follow him The bronx (5.39%), Queens (5.37%), Brooklyn (4.66%) and Manhattan (2.64%).

Thirty-five of the 122 New York state residents who died from COVID-19 on Friday came from the city: 12 from Brooklyn, eight from Queens, six from Staten Island, five from the Bronx and four from Manhattan.

The deaths occurred while nationally two versions of the COVID-19 vaccine are administered. He Mayor Bill de Blasio reported over the weekend that more than 50,000 healthcare workers, nursing home staff and residents, emergency medical technicians and other essential workers in New York City have already received the first doses.

“We continue to vaccinate as many New Yorkers against COVID-19 as possible. We have a long way to go, but we are on our way to the end of this crisis, ”De Blasio wrote on Twitter.


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Foods That May Increase Your Risk of Death | The State

Food has a direct impact on our health. A healthy nutrition can contribute to reduce the risk of diseases and promote a long life.

On the contrary, research reveals that eating little of the “good” foods and preferring high consumption of unhealthy foods is associated with increased risk of death from type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

Eating too much of the following foods increases your risk of death:

1. Sodium – salt

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The Harvard Nutrition Source shares that a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that people with the highest sodium intake had a 20% higher risk of death for any cause than people with the lowest sodium intake.

People who ate diets high in sodium and low in potassium had twice the risk of dying in one heart attack than people with the lowest ratio, and had a 50% higher risk of death from any cause.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends adults consume less than 2 grams of sodium per day. The proper amount would be equivalent 5 grams of salt daily, a little less than a teaspoon.

The saltiest foods according to the American Heart Association are: breads, muffins, cookies, pizza, sandwiches, cold cuts and sausages, instant soups and burritos.

2. Processed meat and red meat

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Colorectal cancer

The World Health Organization stated in 2015 that processed meat was classified as carcinogenic to humans. The experts concluded that each serving of 50 grams of processed meat that is consumed by day increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%. “This risk increases with the amount of meat consumed,” the statement read.

A meta-analysis of 29 studies on meat consumption and colon cancer concluded that a high consumption of red meat increases risk by 28% and a high consumption of processed meat increases the risk by 20%.

Diabetes and heart disease

Researchers from the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) found that a daily serving of 50 grams of processed meat (about 1-2 slices of cold cuts or 1 hot dog) was associated with a 42% higher risk of developing heart disease and a 19% risk of developing diabetes.

Eat two servings of red meat or processed meat, a week was associated with an increased risk of premature death, according to a study published by Northwestern University.

3. Ultra-processed foods

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A highly processed diet has been linked to an overall higher risk of death. Studies indicate that there is an 18% percent higher risk of mortality from all causes with only a serving of ultra-processed foods a day and 62% for those who consume four servings per day.

Among the diseases associated with ultra-processed foods, the risk of cancer in general stands out.

The food ready to eat, like the cookies, the big wave and the meat of deli, are processed more intensively. The most processed foods are often the prepared meals, including frozen pizzas and microwave dinners.

4. Sugary drinks

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Harvard Health shares a study published in Circulation which, after analyzing data from 118,000 people, found that those who drink two or more per day had around one-third more likely to die from heart disease or stroke compared to people who rarely drank sugary drinks.

Popular sugar-sweetened beverages include refreshments and fruit drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks, sweetened waters, as well as drinks from coffee and tea with added sugars.

Decreasing the consumption of foods like the above and increasing the consumption of nuts and seeds, healthy fats such as omega-3, fruits, vegetables and whole grains, contributes to a healthy diet.

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Demand Stop on Subway Rate Increase After $ 4 Billion in Federal Relief Assignments to MTA | The State

The congress included $ 4.2 billion dollars to help the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), as part of the new COVID-19 economic relief package that they approved last week, and although the funds that are still awaiting the signature of President Trump would give a breathing space to the train and bus agency of the Big Apple, the same will not happen with users.

With almost 70% reduction in revenue due to the lack of passengers since the pandemic began and a deficit of more than $ 12,000 million for the transportation agency, the ‘miracle’ of thinking that there will be no increases in the MetroCard next year, as the Mexican asks Julio Monroy and thousands of New Yorkers, They seem to be out of the way, at least for now.

The MTA He warned that the funds on the way will help considerably to curb possible layoffs and cuts in routes and service, but the rate increase is scheduled to be put to a vote in January or later.

The agency clarified that the budget of the public transport service assumes increases in rates every two years, as has been the case since 2009, and he warned that the capital, fixes and modernization program of the system will remain on hold for now.

“We are relieved and grateful that Congress passes another coronavirus relief bill which includes $ 4 billion in federal relief for the MTA. This crucial funding will allow us to pass 2021 without devastating service outages and layoffs of more than 9,000 colleagues“, said Patrick J. Foye, president of the MTA, adding that the horizon remains very cloudy.

“To be clear, we still face a deficit of $ 8 billion in the years to come, but this is a promising first step that will help protect local, state and national economies in the short term. We hope that future bills will fully offset the impact of the pandemic, as there can be no recovery without a strong public transportation system to serve as the engine of progress, “the official added.

It should be noted that if finally the relief package not approved by Trump, the MTA would see the color of ant, since it is counting on the $ 4,000 that the aid plan is giving it. The fear is that Trump, who required as a requirement to stamp his signature on the law, that stimulus checks issued to Americans making up to $ 75,000 a year is $ 2,000 and not $ 600, as agreed, leave the package.

Users concerned about a blow to the pocket

The MTA’s response to go ahead with its rate increase plan for 2021 did not please the vast majority of usersMany of them who are essential workers, as they assure that in the midst of the devastation caused by the COVID-19 crisis, there is no longer room for one more blow to the pocket, in something basic such as transportation.

“It seems to me the last straw that the MTA gets money and they don’t even put us on their priority list. We are in the queue of everything, “he said. the Colombian Jairo Castro, who works in a Manhattan restaurant as a cook, and who saw his income cut since last week when his work hours were cut in half. “In the midst of a situation like this, instead of thinking about increasing the MetroCard, which is already very expensive, It would be telling us today as a Christmas gift that not only are they not going to raise prices but that they are going to leave the free service while things are sorted out ”.

Passengers demand that MetroCard rates not be increased in 2021 as a relief to the covid crisis

Liborio Mendieta, originally from Guerrero, Mexico, He also added to the complaint and assured that the poorest New Yorkers have been “bombed” everywhere.

“In the rents they don’t help us, they take our jobs from the restaurants, they don’t give us any unemployment insurance or aid for not having papers and now they want to upload our MetroCard. The truth is that they pass. We are not worth for CuomoSaid the immigrant. “They are passing the train over us. It’s good that they give us a real break ”.

The Ecuadorian Julio Saquicela he went further and said that if rates go up in January, he will not buy more MetroCards and will sneak on the train.

“They should take care of us and treat us who work all the time so that the city works. This already makes me angry and the truth is that if they do not treat us with consideration, then we should all go in without paying to that they take us into account and appreciate us. It’s an abuse“Said the father of the family, from Queens.

The president of the Transportation Committee of the Municipal Council, Ydanis Rodríguez, He assured that he understands the serious economic situation in which the MTA finds itself, but called on that agency to give users a break.

“I hope that the federal funds they are receiving, the MTA can normalize what has to do with one of the worst deficits in its history, and that they can also keep any plan to increase transportation rates protected,” said the political leader.

They demand a stop to rate increases after allocation of $ 4,000 million in federal relief

“I hope the MTA does not rush to make decisions and wait for them to take power biden and harris, which according to the Democratic leadership itself is expected to give more financial aid to the MTA. I ask you not to continue with your increase plan“Added the Dominican politician.

Activist cry out for zero raises

Transportation activists also took the same side and assured that the federal move does not solve the needs of thousands of New Yorkers who demand zero increases.

Danny Pearlstein, of the organization Riders Alliance, that watches over the passengers of the public transport system of the Big Apple, assured that with the economic boost agreed in Washington, the subway and the MTA buses are protected from immediate cuts, but acknowledged that it does not address the great concern of passengers more people in need.

“The COVID aid package it won’t make all New Yorkers recover. Paying the transit fare will continue to be a struggle for too many, especially essential workers and low-income people who have no other way to get around, ”warned Pearlstein, who urged Governor Cuomo to order a halt to fare increases for the 2021.

Governor Cuomo must stop the regressive rate hike and finding new progressive funding sources for the MTA rather than trying to balance its budget at the expense of public transportation passengers, ”he added.

The executive director of the organization ‘Transportation Alternatives’, Danny Harris, warned that public transportation is “the engine that drives the economy” of New York City and recovery from the pandemic will depend on a fully funded MTA.

“Securing $ 4 billion for the MTA is a significant victory for bus riders, subway riders, and the future of the region,” the transportation activist said, warning that the next government urgently reaches into its pocket.

“There is still more to do, and we stand ready to work with elected officials and partners to secure the billions more needed for #Save Transit and fully fund the MTA. This also includes the passage of the congestion tax in Manhattan, and we strongly urge the incoming Biden administration to green light this funding measure without delay. “

The New York senator, Chuck schumerSenate Democratic Minority Leader applauded the approved funding for the MTA in the federal relief package, saying they will make the Subway vitally important to keep the Big Apple moving amid its bid to get out there. side.

“This (aid) should keep our subway and our buses running without the kinds of cuts that people worry about,” said the politician, who made no reference to the fare hike.

They demand a brake on rate increases after allocation of $ 4,000 million in federal relief

Despite money on the way, the MTA insists it will still need an additional $ 8 billion to avoid cuts in bus and train services by up to 40%.

The office of Governor Andrew Cuomo He did not comment on the matter and did not respond directly to the demand that he intervene so that the MTA does not increase the rates.

Funding for the MTA in numbers:

  • $ 4.2 billion would be the funds allocated to the MTA by the federal government
  • $ 12 billion is the current deficit facing the MTA
  • $ 8,000 million would be the deficit after receiving federal aid
  • 70% of ticket revenues fell amid the pandemic


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6 foods nutritionists hate, because they deteriorate health and increase body weight | The State

Today follow a healthy nutrition is the foundation of any trend focused on Health wellness and of course in the weightloss. In such a way that in recent months, all kinds of recommendations have come to light about best super-foods, which shine for their nutrient density and medicinal power. Integrating them into the daily diet is basic medical recommendation, today we know that the offer of healthy and therapeutic products is sufficient, and we have been able to learn about the importance of consume them as much as we can and with the higher frequency possible.

But as in everything there is always a counterpart, in such a way that renowned nutritionists from around the world agree that just as we have within our reach whole-grain foods and seasonal which are wonderful for health; there are others that are so bad what to call them “foods” result incorrect and misleading. We invite you to know the 6 most harmful and worrying foods to health.

1. Any product based primarily on sugar

It’s simple, some food they are just bad and it is important to classify them as such, let’s stop finding justifications. Without a doubt number one on the list of most dangerous foods for health, is the added sugar. Consuming large amounts of sugar is related to the obesity, heart diseases, type 2 diabetes, chronic inflammation and mental health problems. It has numerous scientific references that endorse its devastating effects on the body, among the most prominent negative factors and that makes sugar much worse; is that it is highly addictive. It is so addictive that it should be regulated by the FDA, however sugar has become a routine addition in the food industry, even in foods classified as “Healthy” and, it often comes with “aliases” such as:

  • Fructose
  • High fructose corn syrup
  • Saccharose
  • Beet sugar
  • Coconut sugar
  • Dextrose
  • Maltodextrin

The substances mentioned above are the more typical forms in which it usually manifests added sugar, a good recommendation is to avoid at all costs products that contain any of these components among the first ingredients in a nutrition facts label. It will just be better to say “no.”

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2. All soft drinks

Exists a rule recommended by various nutritionists and based on promote good balance between healthy and unhealthy foods, especially in people who love some harmful products to health. Is about the 80-20 rule, which allows you to enjoy some “bad” foods as long as he 80% of the diet come from healthy sources. In a specific way, soft drinks are one of the main tastes that many people want to keep, however it is very important to emphasize that they are drinks that do not have no nutritional merit. In general all sodas are despicable and they will never relate to positive aspects, however those who come in bright colors they attract the attention of nutritionists in a special way. Not only are loaded with sugar or chemical sugar substitutes, which are related to metabolic problems, but also get their intense tones of the artificial colors, which have come to be related to neurological problems.As if that were not enough his excessive consumption is related to all kinds of chronic health conditionsd, from dental problems, overweight, obesity, digestive, cardiovascular, liver, kidney problems and more.

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3. Flavored creams for coffee

Coffee is one of the most consumed beverages in the world, It’s one of the natural stimulants most consumed and when consumed in correct proportions and shapes offers big benefits to health. However we have a bad news for you: If you usually add flavored creams to your morning coffee and the one you consume throughout the day, you are getting rid of all the therapeutic properties and the powerful antioxidants found naturally in coffee. The coffee creamers is it so full of fake ingredients What do they do much more damage of the flavor that they can bring. To be more specific we are talking about trans fats, artificial sweeteners, carrageenan and artificial colorsTherefore, over time, it is possible that its consumption will lead to negative consequences such as: levels of dangerously high LDL cholesterolyes and a increased risk of cardiovascular disease, they also cause a significant weight gain. If you can’t resist this delicious creamy touch, a good recommendation is add half milk and half cream, and of course not every day. You can also choose to add natural flavors in coffee, certain spices like cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, and cardamom, they go great.

Coffee cream
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4. French fries, of any kind

Yes we know, French fries are certainly irresistibleThey are a very accessible snack and it is difficult to eat just one. The problem with potato chips, is that despite being made with potatoes due to their fried way of preparation, they provide a content of negligible fiber and lots Trans fat. When it comes to French fries they don’t exist better or worse options since it is about products highly processed; without a doubt what is deadly is the combination of fat and salt … In particular these two factors combine to stimulate addiction center of the brain providing sensations of pleasure. Of In fact, it has a relevant study, in which it is verified that the potato chips are part of the most addictive and harmful foods. While eating them from time to time is a great guilty pleasure, never make them part of your daily diet or you will suffer serious consequences.

Potato chips
Potato chips. / Photo: Pixabay

5. Microwave patties

These little delicacies conveniently packaged, relatively tasty and above all very easy to consume, they are full of fat, sodium, processed meats, and processed cheeses. What happens with these foods is that they are completely processed, null in nutritional intake and with a considerable caloric intake that deteriorates health. For example: an empanada filled with of sausage, egg and cheese provides 280 calories. In addition, they stand out for being having a high in saturated fat (8 grams), they are also products with a high carbohydrate intake (41 grams). In summary: there is nothing that can be redeemed in these frozen fat bombs, to such a degree that they are part of the list of worst foods in America.

Empanadas. / Photo: La Nación.

6. Pre-baked sweet cakes

We cannot lie: there is nothing more delicious than a Pop-Tart fresh from the toaster, if we add to this his wide range of flavors, it is very easy to get addicted. However, they are also on the list of the worst foods on the planet, the truth is that lPop-tarts taste so good because they are designed that way: all that sugar, high fructose corn syrup, fat and sodium a delicious sandwich that illuminates the body’s pleasure center and always makes we want more and more. Including their packaging go completely against health: With two pieces in a package, what are the odds that you will only eat one? Impossible, opening a package means eating everything. So the result is a completely caloric food, without nutrients, highly addictive, rich in sugars and harmful fats, and that is related to all kinds of general well-being conditions. Of course eat them in excessNot only will you be the main person responsible for those extra kilos; are foods that are very harmful to heart health and brain function.

Pop tarts
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Donald Trump threatens to VETO relief bill demanding Congress increase checks from $600 to $2,000

President Donald Trump seemed to threaten Tuesday to veto the COVID-19 stimulus package that Congress passed almost 24 hours earlier, telling lawmakers to boost checks for Americans to $2,000 and make other modifications after sitting out talks for months. 

Trump said ‘it’s taken forever’ to get a package and the bill passed ‘is much different than anticipated.’

‘It really is a disgrace,’ he added.

‘Send me a suitable bill or else the next administration will have to deliver a COVID relief package and maybe that administration will be me and we will get it done,’ Trump also said, as he continues to refuse to concede the election to President-elect Joe Biden.

The demands came minutes after the White House released a list of Trump’s latest pardons, including former GOP lawmakers Duncan Hunter and Chris Collins.  

Both houses easily had passed the bill – 359-53 in the House and 91-7 in the Senate – both far above the two-thirds which would be needed  to override a veto. 

‘It’s a disgrace.’ Trump tweeted an address from the White House to rail against a bill passed by both parties in both chambers with overwhelming support

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi helped lead negotiations over the $900billion relief package that will send $600 to most Americans

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi helped lead negotiations over the $900billion relief package that will send $600 to most Americans

The package also easily passed the Senate, led by Republican majority leader Mitch McConnell. It now goes to President Trump for his signature

After releasing his video message, Trump went after members of his own party including Sen. John Thune and also Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who have both publicly said that Joe Biden is the winner of the 2020 presidential election

After releasing his video message, Trump went after members of his own party including Sen. John Thune and also Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who have both publicly said that Joe Biden is the winner of the 2020 presidential election 

Trump went after one of the top Republican senators in a tweet after he dropped his video bombshell in an indication he was out for vengeance as he’s turned the final weeks of his presidency into a loyalty test for lawmakers in his party.

The president threatened to primary Senator John Thune, a member of the GOP leadership, in the senator’s next re-election campaign after Thune said Republican senators would not support an effort by House conservatives to overturn the result from the electoral college.

The president wants Congress to refuse to certify the electoral college results as part of his attempt to overthrow the election. 

Joe Biden won the with 306 votes to Trump’s 232.

Trump derisively referred to Thune, a longtime Republican senator, as ‘Mitch’s boy,’ a reference to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has publicly recognized Biden as the president-elect and quietly urged GOP senators not to support the move to block the Electoral College certification.

‘Republicans in the Senate so quickly forget. Right now they would be down 8 seats without my backing them in the last Election. RINO John Thune, “Mitch’s boy”, should just let it play out. South Dakota doesn’t like weakness. He will be primaried in 2022, political career over!!!,’ Trump tweeted.

A group of House Republican lawmakers met privately with Trump and Vice President Mike Pence at the White House on Monday to discuss a long shot bid to challenge the electoral college results when Congress meets to certify them on January 6th.

Pence presides over the session, which requires an objection from a member of the House and the Senate for the results to be challenged.

Thune warned the effort will get no where with the upper chamber.

‘They’ve got to remember is,’ Thune warned the House lawmakers in remarks to reporters on Capitol Hill Monday, ‘it’s just not going anywhere. It’s going down like a shot dog. And I just don’t think it makes a lot of sense to put everybody through this when you know what the ultimate outcome is going to be.’ 

Trump complained about Thune shortly after he released a brief video address where he ran through a laundry list of complaints about the appropriations bill, which is attached to COVID relief.   

He ran through periodic pet peeves of individual programs that are often targets in floor debates – though some have justifications that he glossed over.

He called out $40 million dollars for the Kennedy Center ‘in Washington, DC, which is not even open for business.’ The venue, like others is struggling in part due to the fact that it is closed due to the coronavirus.

Hours earlier, Trump named his senior adviser, Hope Hicks, to serve on the Kennedy Center’s board.

Trump also railed against funding to research ‘downed trees’ – although earlier in his term, he blasted California for allegedly failing to properly manage forests within its borders.

He also called out $1 billion for the Smithsonian and funds for the National Gallery of Art, noting the facilities are ‘essentially not open.’

He also ridiculed $7 million for reef fish management and $25 million to combat Asian carp.

According to Trump’s own Agriculture Department, Asian carp, which are not native to the U.S., ‘are causing issues in the Mississippi river and surrounding waters. Asian carp are fast-growing and prolific feeders that out-compete native fish and leave a trail of environmental destruction in their wake.’

He also blasted $566 million for construction projects at the FBI – which has been seeking to relocate from its downtown Washington DC offices, located across from Trump’s hotel.

He blasted ‘wasteful spending – and much more.’

He complained the package gave ‘hardworking taxpayers with only $600 each in relief payments’ – despite his own allies raising concerns about the impact on the debt of the bill. 

Trump also said ‘not enough money is given to small businesses and in particular restaurants whose owners have suffered so grievously.’  

The Trump administration had pushed for what’s being dubbed the ‘three martini lunch’ provision to be added to the bill. ‘

Now Trump complained that the deduction lasted for only two years.     

There were Republicans and Democrats pushing for larger $1,200 checks. He called the $600 amount ‘ridiculously low.’

He called on Congress to nix ‘wasteful and unnecessary items’ from the legislation.

Trump said he wanted Congress to give individual Americans $2,000 and couples $4,000 in a revised version of the package.  

The speech had echoes of the one high-profile attack on it in Congress, when Senator Rand Paul had attacked his own party for voting for it saying they are ‘no better than Democrats’. 

He told the Senate Monday afternoon: ‘To so-called conservatives who are quick to identify the socialism of Democrats: If you vote for this spending monstrosity, you are no better.’ 

Lawmakers tacked on a $1.4 trillion catchall spending bill and thousands of pages of other end-of-session business in a massive bundle of bipartisan legislation as Capitol Hill prepared to close the books on the year.  

Paul added: ‘If free money was the answer, if money really did grow on trees, why not give more free money? Why not give it out all the time? Why stop at $600 a person? Why not $1,000? Why not $2,000? 

‘Maybe these new Free-Money Republicans should join the Everybody-Gets-A-Guaranteed-Income Caucus? Why not $20,000 a year for everybody, why not $30,000? If we can print out money with impunity, why not do it?’  

Senator Rand Paul had attacked his own party for voting for the relief package saying they are 'no better than Democrats'. He said: 'To so-called conservatives who are quick to identify the socialism of Democrats: If you vote for this spending monstrosity, you are no better'

Senator Rand Paul had attacked his own party for voting for the relief package saying they are ‘no better than Democrats’. He said: ‘To so-called conservatives who are quick to identify the socialism of Democrats: If you vote for this spending monstrosity, you are no better’

The lopsided 359-53 House vote and 91-7 Senate tally was a bipartisan coda to months of partisanship and politicking as lawmakers wrangled over the relief question, a logjam that broke after President-elect Joe Biden urged his party to accept a compromise with top Republicans that is smaller than many Democrats would have liked.

Paul was joined by Sens. Rick Scott, Mike Lee, Marsha Blackburn, Ted Cruz and Ron Johnson in voting against the package.  

He said: ‘When you vote to pass out free money, you lose your soul and you abandon forever any semblance of moral or fiscal integrity.’ 

The relief package, unveiled Monday afternoon, sped through Congress in a matter of hours.

When to Expect Your Relief Check – if Trump Signs

 Direct checks to Americans could start hitting accounts shortly after Jan. 1, now that Congress has passed the relief package. 

Additionally, the relief could come quicker than it did in the first round earlier this year, as millions have verified their information on the IRS’s ‘Get My Payment’ site.

Those receiving paper checks would get their money in the coming weeks.

The bill combines coronavirus-fighting funds with financial relief for individuals and businesses. 

It would establish a temporary $300 per week supplemental jobless benefit and a $600 direct stimulus payment to most Americans, along with a new round of subsidies for hard-hit businesses, restaurants, and theaters and money for schools, health care providers and renters facing eviction.

The 5,593-page legislation – by far the longest bill ever – came together Sunday after months of battling, posturing and postelection negotiating that reined in a number of Democratic demands as the end of the congressional session approached. 

Biden was eager for a deal to deliver long-awaited help to suffering people and a boost to the economy, even though it was less than half the size that Democrats wanted in the fall.

‘This deal is not everything I want – not by a long shot,’ said Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern, D-Mass., a longstanding voice in the party´s old-school liberal wing. 

‘The choice before us is simple. It´s about whether we help families or not. It´s about whether we help small businesses and restaurants or not. It´s about whether we boost (food stamp) benefits and strengthen anti-hunger programs or not. And whether we help those dealing with a job loss or not. To me, this is not a tough call.’

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, a key negotiator, said on CNBC Monday morning that the direct payments would begin arriving in bank accounts next week.

Democrats promised more aid to come once Biden takes office, but Republicans were signaling a wait-and-see approach.

COVID Stimulus Bill Breakdown 

 The $900billion stimulus plan Congress approved Monday would provide direct aid to citizens as well as aid to businesses.

Provisions include:

  • Direct payments of $600 to most adults and $600 per child. The check amount decreases for those who earned more than $75,000 in the 2019 tax year, and will not go out at all to those who made more than 99,000
  • A $300 unemployment supplement while retaining pandemic-era programs that expanded unemployment insurance eligibility. The benefit could kick in by Dec. 27 and run through March 14
  • $284 billion for government payroll loans, including expanded eligibility for nonprofits and local newspapers and TV and radio broadcasters. This includes $15 billion for live venues, independent movie theaters, and cultural institutions and $20 billion for targeted disaster grants
  • $82 billion for colleges and schools, including support for heating-and-cooling systems upgrades to mitigate virus transmission and reopen classrooms, and $10 billion for child care assistance
  • $45 billion for transportation assistance, including $15 billion to U.S. passenger airlines for payroll assistance, $14 billion for transit systems, $10 billion for state highway funding and $1 billion for Amtrak passenger railroad
  • $25 billion for rental assistance for families struggling to stay in their homes, and an extension of the eviction moratorium.
  • $26 billion for food/farm assistance. Increases food stamp benefits by 15% and provides funding to food banks, Meals on Wheels and other food aid. Provides an equal amount ($13 billion) in aid to farmers and ranchers.
  • Expanded Pell Grants for college tuition, which would reach 500,000 new recipients and provide the maximum benefit for more than 1.5 million students
  • Provides $10 billion to the Child Care Development Block Grant to help families with child care costs and help providers cover increased operating costs.
  • $7 billion for broadband internet access, including $1.9 billion to replace telecom network equipment that poses national security risks
  • $4 billion for an international vaccine alliance
  • Forgives a $10 billion loan to the Postal Service provided in earlier relief legislation
  • Contains bipartisan legislation to protect consumers from huge surprise medical bills after receiving treatment from out-of-network providers
  • Extends a variety of expiring tax breaks, including lower excise taxes of crafter brewers and distillers. Renewable energy sources would see tax breaks extended, as would motorsport facilities, and people making charitable contributions. Business meals would be 100% deductible through 2022


The measure would fund the government through September, wrapping a year’s worth of action on annual spending bills into a single package that never saw Senate committee or floor debate.

The legislation followed a tortured path. Democrats played hardball up until Election Day, amid accusations that they wanted to deny Trump a victory that might help him prevail. 

Democrats denied that, but their demands indeed became more realistic after Trump’s loss and as Biden made it clear that half a loaf was better than none.

The final bill bore ample resemblance to a $1 trillion package put together by Senate Republican leaders in July, a proposal that at the time was scoffed at by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., as way too little.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., took a victory lap after blocking far more ambitious legislation from reaching the Senate floor. He said the pragmatic approach of Biden was key.

‘A few days ago, with a new president-elect of their own party, everything changed. Democrats suddenly came around to our position that we should find consensus, make law where we agree, and get urgent help out the door,’ McConnell said.

On direct payments, the bill provides $600 to individuals making up to $75,000 per year and $1,200 to couples making up to $150,000, with payments phased out for higher incomes. An additional $600 payment will be made per dependent child, similar to the last round of relief payments in the spring.

The $300 per week bonus jobless benefit was half the supplemental federal unemployment benefit provided under the $1.8 billion CARES Act in March. That more generous benefit and would be limited to 11 weeks instead of 16 weeks. The direct $600 stimulus payment was also half the March payment.

The CARES Act was credited with keeping the economy from falling off a cliff during widespread lockdowns in the spring, but Republicans controlling the Senate cited debt concerns in pushing against Democratic demands.

‘Anyone who thinks this bill is enough hasn´t heard the desperation in the voices of their constituents, has not looked into the eyes of the small-business owner on the brink of ruin,’ said Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, a lifelong New Yorker who pushed hard for money helping his city’s transit systems, renters, theaters and restaurants.

Progress came after a bipartisan group of pragmatists and moderates devised a $908 billion plan that built a middle-ground position that the top four leaders of Congress – the GOP and Democratic leaders of both the House and Senate – used as the basis for their talks. The lawmakers urged leaders on both sides to back off of hardline positions.

‘At times we felt like we were in the wilderness because people on all sides of the aisle didn´t want to give, in order to give the other side a win,’ said freshman Rep. Elssa Slotkin, D-Mich. ‘And it was gross to watch, frankly.’

Republicans were most intent on reviving the Paycheck Protection Program with $284 billion, which would cover a second round of PPP grants to especially hard-hit businesses. Democrats won set-asides for low-income and minority communities.

The sweeping bill also contains $25 billion in rental assistance, $15 billion for theaters and other live venues, $82 billion for local schools, colleges and universities, and $10 billion for child care.

The House easily passed a COVID-19 relief bill Monday as dusk fell over the Capitol in Washington. The Senate followed soon after

The House easily passed a COVID-19 relief bill Monday as dusk fell over the Capitol in Washington. The Senate followed soon after

The governmentwide appropriations bill was likely to provide a last $1.4 billion installment for Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall as a condition of winning his signature. The Pentagon would receive $696 billion.

Democrats and Senate Republicans prevailed in a bid to use bookkeeping maneuvers to squeeze $12.5 billion more for domestic programs into the legislation.

The bill was an engine to carry much of Capitol Hill’s unfinished business, including an almost 400-page water resources bill that targets $10 billion for 46 Army Corps of Engineers flood control, environmental and coastal protection projects. Another addition would extend a batch of soon-to-expire tax breaks, such as one for craft brewers, wineries and distillers.

It also would carry numerous clean-energy provisions sought by Democrats with fossil fuel incentives favored by Republicans, $7 billion to increase access to broadband, $4 billion to help other nations vaccinate their people, $14 billion for cash-starved transit systems, $1 billion for Amtrak and $2 billion for airports and concessionaires. Food stamp benefits would temporarily be increased by 15%.

The Senate Historical Office said the previous record for the length of legislation was the 2,847-page tax reform bill of 1986 – about one-half the size of Monday’s behemoth.

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Apple to Temporarily Close All California Stores Due to Increase in COVID-19 Cases | The State

Apple has 53 branches in California.

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Manzana announced that will temporarily close all its stores of California due to the recent increase in cases of COVID-19.

Stores will remain open to perform some services, including picking up existing online orders, meeting customer appointments, Genius Bar that are previously scheduled and the reservations of individual purchases that are reserved until this Tuesday.

Cupertino-based Apple operates around 53 stores in California and about half of them are located in the south of the state. The company had initially planned to close stores in the Los Angeles area but later expanded the decision to the entire state.

Messages posted on the stores’ websites read: “We will be temporarily closed soon but are open to pick up existing orders, scheduled store support appointments, and pre-booked individual shopping sessions with a specialist until Tuesday, December 22“.

Related: Apple announces the arrival of the AirPods Max at a price of $ 549.

So far the company has not announced when the branches could reopen.

In California it has been allowed retail stores stay open under the stay-at-home order, but they have been required to operating with limited capacity, in addition to following the protocols for the use of masks and social distancing.

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Mushrooms in your coffee? yes, to increase concentration | The State

Powdered mushrooms can make your coffee a more stimulating drink.

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Coffee is a drink stimulating which can increase the state of Alertness, energy and ability to concentrate. But if you want to give a greater boost to your brain, you can make coffee more powerful and add medicinal mushrooms.

These mushrooms are full of antioxidants, among their variety of benefits, they are anti-inflammatory, they stimulate the brain, support the nervous system. You can buy them in powder and not just add them to your cymbals favorites, also you coffee.

Medicinal mushrooms have been in use for thousands of years in the oriental medicine. Interest in these mushrooms has grown in West, mainly because of the functional medicine. They are considered within the trends for 2021 therefore, its general consumption is expected to increase.

Well & Good notes that functional fungi such as reishi and the lion’s mane help to fight mint confusionl, increase concentration and also serve as support for prevent cognitive diseases. Adaptogenic mushrooms also help boost immunity and improve intestinal health.

Lion’s mane

Medical News Today notes that health food stores sell lion’s mane extract (Hericium erinaceus) in supplement form, and both the mushroom and its extracts appear to be beneficial.

Refering to cognitive health could increase cognitive functionStudies in animals supplemented with lion’s mane had better object recognition and recognition memory.

In a study with Japanese adults with cognitive impairment, daily consumption of mushroom extract for 16 weeks showed improvements in their cognitive function.

Other research suggests that fungi may have the potential to treat or prevent diseases that cause a decline in cognitive health, such as Parkinson’s and the disease of Alzheimer’s. Although more research is still required.


The reishi mushroom has been used to help improve the immune system, reduce stress, improve sleep and decrease fatigue.

Some research shows that reishi mushroom may decrease anxiety and depression. One study found that fatigue was reduced and quality of life improved after 4 weeks of taking reishi powder in a group of 48 breast cancer survivors.

The high doses of reishi mushroom can increase the likelihood of bleeding in people who have a very low platelet count.

WebMD warns that taking reishi mushroom can be risky if you have disorders, low blood pressure or you are taking therapy to increase your blood pressure, diabetes medications, or immune system.

Lion’s Mane and Reishi are part of a wide variety of medicinal mushrooms to which health benefits are attributed.


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Foods That Increase Your Risk of Alzheimer’s | The State

Foods with added sugar are not healthy for your heart or brain.

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The number of Americans with Alzheimer’s is growing rapidly. Alzheimer’s is a progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. It is not a normal part of aging.

According to data presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and Hispanics are about one and a half times more likely to have this disease or other dementias than older whites.

More than 5 million in the United States are living with Alzheimer’s. By 2050, this number is projected to grow to about 14 million. At New York State there are 410 thousand people over 65 with Alzheimer’s.

It is time to review what you are eating and drinking, what we eat has an impact on health and the risk of diseases.

What foods increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease?

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Mixing sugary snacks, starchy foods, and processed meat (ham, hot dogs, salami, etc.) can significantly increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. According to the findings of a study published in Neurology by the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

It was not the amount of “unhealthy” foods that seemed to increase the risk of dementia, but the absence of other healthier foods.

Those people analyzed in the study who did not develop dementia were more likely to have a lot diversity in your diet, including healthier food, such as fruits and vegetables, seafood, poultry, or meats.

Can a diet prevent Alzheimer’s and cognitive decline?

Researchers developed the MIND diet (Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) to prevent dementia and loss of brain function as we age. The MIND diet is not a modern diet combining the Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet.

How to follow simple recommendations of the MIND diet

According to the characteristics of the diet shared by Mayo Clinic, it is suggested:

Eat lots of vegetables

Green leaves like kale, cabbage, spinach, and lettuce, reduce risk of suffering from dementia and cognitive impairment.

They are packed with nutrients related to better brain health such as folate, vitamin E, carotenoids, and flavonoids. One serving per day of green leaves slows brain aging.

Eat berries (blackberries, strawberries, blueberries)

Berries have high levels of flavonoids. The brain also requires antioxidants and these fruits are, they have effects neuron protectors and improve communication between them. Enjoy at least two or more servings of berries a week.

Eat nuts for a snack

Walnuts are packed with heart-healthy fats and vitamin E known for its brain-protective qualities. Enjoy a handful a day instead of eating processed snacks.

Cook with olive oil

Olive oil is a staple of the Mediterranean diet. It is recommended to prefer this healthy oil and avoid butter and margarine.

More beans, lentils, and soy

Eat legumes such as beans, lentils and soybeans, they are nutritious, they are a good source of protein and fiber; They also provide folic acid, B vitamins, and iron. Soy offers a complete protein. The meat is consumed in a way moderate, least four times a week.

Mayo Clinic reports studies that reveal that older adults with the lower consumption of legumes have greater cognitive impairment than those who consumed more.

Eat fish once a week

Research has found that fish, followed by vegetables in the diet, contribute to reduce the risk of cognitive decline like Alzheimer’s disease.

He fatty fish (salmon, mackerel, herring, lake trout, sardines and tuna) is the best source of Omega-3.

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COVID-19 in Quebec: 1,741 new cases and 39 additional deaths, sharp increase in hospitalizations

Quebec reports 1,741 additional cases and 39 deaths, bringing the total to 167,276 infected people and 39 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

Yesterday, the province recorded 1,620 cases and 25 deaths.


  • 167,276 people infected (+1741)
  • 7571 deaths (+39)
  • 959 people hospitalized (+69)
  • 125 people in intensive care (+3)
  • The samples taken on December 13 totaled 24,200, for a total of 4,369,504
  • 298 doses of vaccine were administered yesterday