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12 October 2016

New eBook Helps Explain Why Millions of Voters Continue to Support Donald Trump

Moment of Truth: The 2016 Presidential Election (PRNewsFoto/Debo Ayeni)
The new eBook "Moment of Truth: Hillary ClintonDonald Trump, and the Voters Who Will Decide the Presidency" has just been released and helps explain the remarkable resiliency of Donald Trump's presidential bid by analyzing his and Hillary Clinton's policy proposals, by examining the American people's hopes and fears, and by scrutinizing President Obama's successes and failures during his time in office.
"Moment of Truth" weaves hard facts about the candidates into a fictional narrative in a way that one reviewer says "makes for an interesting and unique story centered on American politics." It was written to inform the public about the candidates' stances on various policy issues, to encourage people to vote, and to encourage the press to ask Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump specific questions that will improve the public's understanding of their beliefs, values, motivations, and policies.
Like the characters in "Moment of Truth," many Americans want to know if a vote for Hillary Clinton is a vote for four more years of marginal wage growth and an economy that is growing at historically low rates. 
Similarly, many Americans also want to know if a vote for Donald Trump is a vote for a reckless foreign policy, dangerous domestic policies, and increased racial tensions due to Mr. Trump's involvement in the birther movement, his controversial statements about immigrants, and his campaign pledge to build a wall between the United States and Mexico
The author hopes that in these final weeks leading up to the election, "Moment of Truth" will encourage the media to press the candidates on these and other important issues, so that the public has the information it needs to make an informed decision on Election Day. 
Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump (PRNewsFoto/Debo Ayeni)
"Moment of Truth: Hillary ClintonDonald Trump, and the Voters Who Will Decide the Presidency" can be found on Amazon and was written by Debo Ayeni, a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law and Maryland-based attorney.
SOURCE: Debo Ayeni

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"Common Sense" Critic Eyes Trump's Appeal

The Hegemony of Common Sense (PRNewsFoto/Looking Up Press)
It may seem that, by now, Donald Trump's presidential candidacy has been analyzed, and criticized, from every possible angle.  But many of his fans think the criticisms are unfair and that analysis is needless. They think Trump's tough talk is simply common sense.  That standpoint—the notion of "common sense"— is what Dean Wolfe Manders critiques in this lively discussion of popular sayings, proverbs, mottos, and catch-phrases—the distilled "common sense" of American working people, and the fertile seedbed of Trump's rise to national influence.
The Hegemony of Common Sense is a path-breaking synthesis, a unique contribution to the study of class and consciousness. In the flagship publication of Looking Up Press, Dean Manders brings critical theory to bear on the links between American popular sayings, ideology, and the daily dynamics of class domination. 
Displaying a rich intellectual palette, and a sharp critical agenda, The Hegemony of Common Sense explores the interior of common sense, the taken-for-granted and often contradictory ideas that saturate daily life, where they hide, in effect, in plain sight. This is the lived terrain of American democracy—the cultural grounds of Donald Trump's otherwise nearly opaque ascent.
The celebrated cultural historian and critic Howard Zinn says this about The Hegemony of Common Sense: the "book is enormously impressive, truly original as a work of political theory. I know of no other work that explores class and its relationship to popular consciousness in the thoughtful and incisive way you have done. You have clearly read widely among social theorists and drawn from them what is useful for your thesis. I welcome your book especially because there is such a mistaken idea, especially among European intellectuals, but also in this nation, about the apparent lack of class consciousness, the failure to see such consciousness manifested in many different ways. This failure has important consequences for political action, for any strategy for social change."
Dean Wolfe Manders received his BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and his MA and Ph.D. fromBrandeis University. He has previously published works in both the United States and Europe. He has taught extensively in the Boston and San Francisco Bay areas and at the International Peoples College in HelsingΓΈr,Denmark.

SOURCE: Looking Up Press

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11 October 2016

As The Most Diverse Generation In U.S. History, Millennials Are Setting A New Political Beat

The impending presidential election has already become one of the most tempestuous in history. As candidates continue to race toward the finish line in November, they are facing one of the most dynamically diverse voter groups in U.S. history, whose complexities and corresponding perspectives are important to understand in order to effectively appeal to the many unique cohorts that will sway election results.
Leading our nation's diversity, the Millennial generation consists of more than 44 percent ethnic minorities. Millennials have officially surpassed Baby Boomers as the largest generation, now comprising more than one quarter of the overall U.S. population. However, most noteworthy is the influence this now fully voting-age, ethnically diverse generation will have on upcoming elections.
A newly released study by Richards/Lerma and The University of Texas at AustinStan Richards School of Advertising & Public Relations has uncovered key differences between Millennial ethnic segments regarding their perceptions and ideals regarding U.S. issues and politics. 

The national study, "Millennials Deconstructed" was conducted among 1,000 Millennials aged 18-34 with representation across White, Black, Hispanic, and Asian ethnicities and reveals many counterintuitive assumptions that prove just how dynamic the social fabric of our nation has become.

A New Set of Ideals
As with past generations, Millennials are setting a unique drumbeat and defining their own vision of the world based on new values and ideals that are relevant to their life experiences. When presented a list of values to which they might personally relate, Millennials maintain more liberal views of the world today. The top five values Millennials believe to be of importance include:
1.      Employers should be required to pay the same salary to men and women who perform the same work
2.      Access to good healthcare should be a right granted to all Americans
3.      Good and accessible education should be a right of all U.S. citizens granted by the government
4.      The government should not be allowed to spy on communications, email, or social media
5.      There should be term limits set for members of Congress
Key differences can be noted between different ethnic groups of Millennials, however. For instance, compared with other ethnic groups, Hispanic Millennials are more likely to believe the U.S. should require labeling of genetically engineered foods; White Millennials are significantly less likely to support the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; while Asian Millennials are less apt to support the legalization of marijuana.
The top 5 values millennials find to be of Importance (PRNewsFoto/Richards/Lerma)
Shifting American Pride
Surprisingly, it's Hispanic Millennials who maintain the greatest sense of American pride compared with other ethnicities. Fifty-four percent of Hispanic Millennials state they are "very proud" of being American despite being the least likely cohort to have a long lineage of heritage in the U.S. In contrast, White Millennials, who are more likely to have generations of American heritage, have the lowest levels of national pride at only 40 percent. Meanwhile, approximately 50 percent of African-American and Asian Millennials state they are very proud.
American Pride: How would you rate your pride in being a U.S. Citizen? (PRNewsFoto/Richards/Lerma)
A More "Live and Let Live" Generation
For the most part, the issues Millennials believe are facing the country today are more liberal than those of the past. Overall, "Economy" is ranked by 50 percent of Millennials to be the leading issue facing the country today. However, this is followed by "Terrorism and National Security" (47%), "Debt and Spending" (43%), "Race Issues" (43%), and "Gun Control" (42%). Collectively, Millennials are less concerned about abortion, same-sex marriage, foreign policy, and the declining influence of Judeo-Christian values.
Not surprisingly, "Race Issues" is believed to be the top concern the U.S. is facing today by African Americans and Hispanics, while Hispanics and Asians are more concerned with immigration.
Rising Waves of Political Influence
Millennials take accountability for following U.S. politics and believe it is their responsibility to do so, with 70 percent agreeing it is somewhat, to very important. Compared with other ethnicities, Black Millennials are 10 percent more likely to be knowledgeable on current U.S. political issues and news.
How important do you believe your responsibility is to follow U.S. politics? (PRNewsFoto/Richards/Lerma)
Supporting Left of Center
As a whole, Millennials are more inclined to support the Democratic Party with 54 percent claiming the party is more representative of their beliefs. And while they may claim to support a particular party, approximately 31 percent have little to no understanding of what each political party even stands for. Hispanics have the lowest levels of understanding with more than 36 percent claiming they have little to no understanding of the key differences between parties.
Democratic and Republican parties alike have the opportunity to more clearly articulate their values and stances on fundamental issues to help educate and guide these more than 20 million estimated Millennials, especially among Hispanics.
The political party you feel is most representative of your beliefs (PRNewsFoto/Richards/Lerma)
Minorities will Lead Millennial Voting
Seventy-seven percent of Asian, Hispanic, and Black Millennials are fairly to absolutely certain they will vote in the coming 2016 elections, while a lesser 73 percent of Whites state they will vote, further highlighting the importance minority Millennial votes will have on coming elections. Of Millennials who do not plan to vote in coming elections, approximately 16 percent, or an estimated 6 million Millennials, won't do so because they believe their vote will not make a difference.
Plan to vote in the 2016 election? (PRNewsFoto/Richards/Lerma)
Diminishing Faith in the Traditional System
Yet, while the majority of Millennials claim to be taking more responsibility for staying current about politics and plan to vote in coming elections, they are overall dissatisfied with the state of the U.S. political system today. According to the research, Millennials fail to rate the U.S. political system highly and question the integrity of the traditional two-party system.
Of all Millennial ethnic groups, Whites have the lowest perception of the current system with a mere 18 percent believing the current system is "Good" or "Excellent," compared with more than a quarter (27%) of Hispanic Millennials and one-third (33%) of Black and Asian Millennials.
How would you rate the current U.S. political system? (PRNewsFoto/Richards/Lerma)
Millennials will only continue making their mark on the social fabric of the U.S., as they become more active political participants. The generation overall maintains common values, ideals, and beliefs, but key differences exist among the various ethnic sub segments, which provide greater insights into this demographic. To more fully understand the motivating factors of this generation's political stances, these granular insights must be examined.
Insights such as Hispanic Millennials being more patriotic, yet having the lowest levels of understanding the key differences between Democratic and Republican parties, represent opportunities for politicians to help educate and direct these individuals on their party's values and stances. Values such as Hispanic Millennials being more likely to desire labeling of GMOs; White Millennials being less likely to support the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; and Asian Millennials being less likely to support marijuana legalization are all factors that must be understood by politicians in order to more fully connect with these constituents.
Perhaps the largest quandary to be addressed, however, is Millennials' overall dissatisfaction with today's traditional left/right political system. Their discontent begs the question of whether our current system can embrace and evolve with the demands that this generation and those to come will bring to the table.
To learn more about the Millennials Deconstructed research project and to download the comprehensive report, visit
1. U.S. Census Bureau. "Millennials outnumber Baby Boomers and are far more diverse." Release Number: CB15-113. June 25, 2015.
2. Goldman Sachs. "Millennials Coming of Age" Goldman Sachs Global Investment Research. Pew Research Center, Current Population Survey. 2016
3. "20 million" estimate based on assessment of total U.S. White Non-Hispanic, Black Non-Hispanic, Asian Non-Hispanic, and Hispanic Millennials between 18-34 using Experian Simmons 2015 Winter NCS/NHCS Adults Full Year.
About Richards/Lerma
Richards/Lerma is a full-service branding and creative agency dedicated to crafting insightful and relevant communications for the multicultural market. Based in Dallas, Richards/Lerma was founded by Pete Lerma and Stan Richards, creative director of the nation's largest independent branding agency, The Richards Group. 
Current clients include Avocados From Mexico, Bud Light, Budweiser Chelada, Chrysler, Clamato, Dr Pepper, MetroPCS, Mission, The Home Depot and Ram Trucks. Richards/Lerma can be found online at and on Twitter at @richardslerma.

SOURCE: Richards/Lerma

Michael Moore: 'Trump Is Not the Only Grabber Who Must Go'

The following is an email from Michael Moore that I've received a little while ago. As you probably know by now, I do like sharing his emails on here as, even if his political views are not everyone's cup of tea, his emails are usually very news related... 

Also, I have a strong feeling that it's supposed to be a kind of open letter to the Republican senators and congressmen, which definitely makes the content of Michael Moore's email a news item in its own right.


Loup Dargent 

The Email:
The rats are quickly jumping from the sinking ship of Trump. But not so fast, dear Republican senators and congressmen. Trump may have verbalized his misogyny, sexism and abuse of women into an open microphone, but over the past decades you - YOU - have LEGALIZED it. He may talk of "grabbing" sexual organs, but YOU have created laws that legally grab control over women's bodies. Trump may brag about his power over women; YOU, the Republican legislators (and your backers, the Christian Right and rich businessmen), have made sure women aren't paid the same as men, don't have paid maternity leave, or can't get easy access to birth control.

Trump has been called "disgusting" for his remarks. But you, by actually blocking women's equal rights, you've been rewarded for your misogyny with re-election, campaign cash and future lobbying jobs. You think by disowning Trump now that we, the people, are going be grateful to you. But we know that Trump is only the natural result of a Republican culture that has viciously fought the women's agenda for years. Trump hasn't destroyed your party; he's your end game, the grim reaper from the seeds you have sown, showing up now to preside over your demise. Defeating Trump, or pushing him to drop out, is NOT what will make this right for the majority of us Americans. Like any good doctor, we need to remove the cancer from its source, and that source is you.

Don't try to make Mike Pence out to be some sane, better alternative. This guy was behind the legislation to require women who have an abortion to hold an actual funeral for the fetus! The rest of you have tried to kill Planned Parenthood and many other things that make life a bit easier for women.

Trump bragged to Billy Bush about his "grabbing pussy." But those of you who are the elected officials, who have spent this weekend decrying Trump with your crocodile wails of "shame" and trying to distance yourselves from him, YOU are the ones who've been "grabbing" women the legal way by passing laws that, in effect, assault them. It is an assault to pay women less. It is an assault to block day care for all. It is an assault - and a form of gender apartheid - when only 20% of Congress is women, the majority gender.

As far as I'm concerned, there are 54 Trumps in the US Senate and 237 Trumps in the House. You can't make this look good by removing your endorsement from Trump. Yes, Trump has to go -- but so do you, all of you. Starting with the election on November 8th, we need to show up at the polls and remove as many of you as possible. This abuse of women stops now. I believe that most women and many men are going to determine their vote with this one thought, thanks to you and Trump:

And if you're against women, you're over. There's a fourth wave of feminism afoot now -- and you are going to be its first casualties.

Or, as I prefer to see it, its first victory.

Thank you for letting the American public see your true (orange) face. I'm glad you "grabbed" our attention and mobilized the masses against you. The only thing sweeter than seeing the lot of you gone would be a 50-state sweep for Hillary.


Michael Moore

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Make Halloween A Treat - Not A Trick - For The Family Pet

While some pets love to join in the Halloween fun, others may be uneasy with the holidays strange sights and sounds. (PRNewsFoto/Canine Company)
"Keep pets safe and secure from monsters, goblins and other Halloween dangers"
Halloween can be challenging night for families with pets. While some pets enjoy the festivities, the strange sights and sounds may frighten others. Cats usually hide, but dogs may run away in fear – or run after trick-or-treaters in excitement.
"Halloween can be unsettling – and even dangerous -- for family pets. To ensure it is a fun night for everyone, responsible pet parents need to take precautions," says Renee Coughlin of at-home pet care provider Canine Company. 
She offers the following advice to ensure everyone's safety and comfort:
  • Choose pet costumes with care, making sure they won't restrict movement or vision and that there are no small pieces your pet can swallow. Introduce the costume a few days in advance so she gets used to it.  Canine Company professional dog trainers recommend offering a treat and praise to help with the process.
  • Don't force your pet to wear a costume if he isn't comfortable. Instead, give your pet some Halloween flair with stencils and pet-safe paints or can create a Mohawk or punk hairdo with colored styling gels. A cute seasonal bandana is another option.
  • Bring pets indoors before dusk. Pets left alone outside – especially black cats --may fall victim to tricksters. Some pets become anxious at the children's shouts and the constantly ringing doorbell. If your pet seems nervous, confine him to a room away from the activity.
  • Keep your dog on leash to prevent him from dashing out an open door. If you have an Invisible Fence system, you won't need a leash, but be sure he is wearing his collar so he stays safely in the yard.  If you take her trick-or-treating, be sure she is wearing identification tags in case she runs off in fear or in pursuit of other children.
  • Keep candy out of reach. Chocolate is toxic for dogs: so is xylitol, the artificial sweetener used in many candies and gums. It's best to have pet-safe treats in your pocket or close at hand to distract pets from candy.  
"With a little extra planning, we can make Halloween a fun night for the entire family," says Coughlin. 

For more advice on pet health and safety, visit Speak! Good Blog!

10 October 2016

10-Year-Old Illinois Native Elected the First-Ever Toys"R"Us President of Play

10-Year-Old Ariana Gentry from Swansea, IL is named the first-ever Toys"R"Us President of Play (PRNewsFoto/Toys"R"Us, Inc.)
A Presidential Candidate Both Parties Can Support
While Hillary and Donald's colorful campaign battles will continue to unfold over the coming weeks, Toys"R"Us is thrilled to announce the results of its first-ever President of Play national election. 
Ten-year-old Ariana Gentry from Swansea, IL will be sworn into office today, kicking off her inaugural year on the job where she will play with the hottest new toys and games and provide shopping recommendations to parents and gift-givers nationwide.
Image via Toys"R"Us site
CLICK TO TWEETAriana Gentry takes office today as the first-ever @ToysRUs #PresidentofPlay! Welcome to the team, Ariana!
"Ironically enough our election was significantly less childish than the actual presidential race, and we could not be more pleased to welcome Ariana as our first President of Play," said Dave Brandon, Chairman and CEO, Toys"R"Us, Inc. "Ariana had a deep understanding of important issues - like the latest NERF products – and demonstrated a level of respect to her fellow competitors. Whether you are a Republican or a Democrat, I think we can all agree that she will be an incredible ambassador for Toys"R"Us and children all around the world."
Ariana rose to the top of the ballot in September – standing out from more than 1,000 video submissions thanks to her infectious smile and enthusiasm. She then went on to dominate during in-person interviews as one of 10 semifinalists at the Toys"R"Us headquarters in New Jersey
Ultimately, the decision was put into the hands of the public after a live Facebook debate against finalists Jessalyn Phanouvong (9) from Fresno, CA and Nate Shue (10) from Fairfax, VA. Though all three candidates went on major charm offensives, it was Ariana who ultimately won over the (tweeting) electorate and proved she was the best kid for the job.
"I can't believe I'm the first-ever President of Play! This is my dream come true and I'm so excited to play with all the new toys and work for Toys"R"Us – the biggest and best toy company in the world," said Ariana. "I also want to thank everyone that voted for me, especially my family and friends."
In addition to being the company's resident toy-tester, Ariana will also serve as a Toys"R"Us spokesperson at events, on social media and anywhere else the company needs a real kid's input.
For more information about the #PresidentofPlay, stay tuned to @ToysRUsNews, the official Twitter account of the Toys"R"Us, Inc. Corporate Communications department, and the company's newsroom blog.
Toys"R"Us Names its first-ever President of Play - Ariana Gentry (age 10) from Swansea, IL (PRNewsFoto/Toys"R"Us, Inc.)

SOURCE: Toys"R"Us, Inc.

9 October 2016

Sorry David Attenborough, We Didn't Evolve From ‘Aquatic Apes’ – Here's Why

Image via Michael Rosskothen / shutterstock
By Alice Roberts, University of Birmingham and Mark Maslin, UCL

Occasionally in science there are theories that refuse to die despite the overwhelming evidence against them. The “aquatic ape hypothesis” is one of these, now championed by Sir David Attenborough in his recent BBC Radio 4 series The Waterside Ape.

The hypothesis suggests that everything from walking upright to our lack of hair, from holding our breath to eating shellfish could be because an aquatic phase in our ancestry. Since the theory was first suggested more than 55 years ago, huge advances have been made in the study of human evolution and our story is much more interesting and complicated than suggested by the catch-all aquatic ape hypothesis.

In 1960, marine biologist Alister Hardy published an article in New Scientist, titled: Was man more aquatic in the past? He re-told the familiar tale of the evolution of land animals from ancient fish, and then considered the return of various groups of reptiles, birds and mammals to an aquatic existence: ichthyosaurs and plesiosaurs, crocodiles, sea-snakes, penguins, whales, dolphins and porpoises, manatees and dugongs, and seals – as well as polar bears, otters and water voles, who hunt in water. Then he suggested that many of the unique characteristics of humans and their ancestors, marking them out as different from the other apes, could be explained as adaptations to spending time in water.

Hardy put forward all sorts of features which could be explained as “aquatic adaptations”: our swimming ability – and our enjoyment of it; loss of body hair, as well as an arrangement of body hair that he supposed may have reduced resistance in the water; curvy bodies; and the layer of fat under our skin. He even suggested that our ability to walk upright may have developed through wading, with the water helping to support body weight.

For Hardy, this aquatic phase would have occupied the gap in the fossil record that then existed – between around 4m and 7m years ago. He sensibly concluded his paper saying that this was all only speculation – a “hypothesis to be discussed and tested against further lines of evidence”.

A modern day aquatic ape. But there’s no trace of true ‘aquatic apes’ in our ancestry. dotshock/Shutterstock

In the 50-odd years since the presentation of this hypothesis, it has enjoyed a certain fame – or perhaps notoriety. The writer Elaine Morgan championed it in her book The Aquatic Ape, and developed the hypothesis further, marshalling a seemingly impressive range of characteristics to support it, including breath control and diet. It seems such a tantalising and romantic idea – but a closer look at the evidence reveals it to be little more than that.

Pouring cold water on it
All the suggested anatomical and physiological adaptations can be explained by other hypotheses, which fit much better with what we actually know about the ecology of ancient hominins. Hairlessness, for instance, is only a feature of fully aquatic mammals such as whales and dolphins. Semi-aquatic mammals such as otters and water voles are extremely furry. Sexual selection and adaptations to heat loss better explain our pattern of body hair. Sexual selection may also explain our body fat distribution, which differs between the sexes. Voluntary breath control is more likely to be related to speech than to diving.

Otters evolved from land animals but never lost their fur. Gregory , CC BY-SA

The diet of many of our ancestors certainly included marine resources – where people lived on the shores of lakes or the sea. But this was a relatively late development in human evolution, and humans can also survive and thrive on food obtained entirely on land. Compared with other animals, we are not actually that good at swimming, and our skin leaks as well, letting in water so that our fingers become prune-like after a long bath.

What about walking on two legs? That’s something all apes do a bit of – while wading in water, certainly, but also while reaching for fruit, performing aggressive displays or simply moving around in trees. If we evolved from ancestors who already stood up in trees, we don’t need an extraordinary explanation for why we ended up standing on the ground rather than running around on all fours.

Hands up if you can stand on dry land. Sergey Uryadnikov / shutterstock

Since Hardy and Morgan’s hypothesis was advanced, many of the gaps in the human fossil record have been filled, with at least 13 new species found since 1987. We have also made great strides in reconstructing the environment in which our ancestors lived. And we know that species as far as part in time as Sahelanthropus tchadensis 7m years ago and Homo erectus 2m years ago all lived in forested or open woodland environments. While some of these woods included wetland, this was just part of the mosaic of habitats that our ancestors learned to survive in, and there is absolutely no trace of a hominin ancestor as aquatic as that described by Hardy and Morgan.

We also have evidence our ancestors had to survive periods of extremely dry climate with little or no aquatic resources. Coping with these highly variable, patchwork environments required behavioural flexibility and co-operation, and our large brains and ultra-social nature likely emerged as a result. This flexibility ultimately led to the invention of culture and technology.

Recent proponents of the aquatic ape hypothesis have pointed to much later watery adaptations, including early archaeological sites where humans have been shown to be exploiting coastal resources. But these don’t have much to say about the origins of bipedalism, more than 6m years before – they just demonstrate the behavioural flexibility of later hominins.

Too extravagant and too simple
The original idea, and certainly Elaine Morgan’s elaboration of it, became an umbrella hypothesis or a “Theory of Everything”; both far too extravagant and too simple an explanation. It attempts to provide a single rationale for a huge range of adaptations - which we know arose at different times in the course of human evolution. Traits such as habitual bipedalism, big brains and language didn’t all appear at once – instead, their emergence is spread over millions of years. It’s nonsense to lump them all together as if they require a single explanation.

Despite the evidence stacked up against the theory, it is strangely tenacious. It has become very elastic, and its proponents will seize hold of any mentions of water, fish or shellfish in human evolution, and any archaeological sites found near coasts, rivers and lakes as supporting evidence. But we must always build our hypotheses on, and test them against, the hard evidence: the fossils, comparative anatomy and physiology, and genetics. In that test, the aquatic ape has failed – again and again.

It is a great shame the BBC recently indulged this implausible theory as it distracts from the emerging story of human evolution that is both more complex and more interesting. Because at the end of the day science is about evidence, not wishful thinking.

The Conversation
About Today's Contributors:
Alice Roberts, Professor of Public Engagement in Science, University of Birmingham and Mark Maslin, Professor of Palaeolimatology, UCL

This article was originally published on The Conversation.

8 October 2016

Yandel Wins Latin American Music Award For Album Of The Year With "Dangerous"

Yandel (PRNewsFoto/Roc Nation)
Yandel opens his U.S. tour this week with a bang. The acclaimed urban music singer and producer took home this Thursday his first Latin American Music Award in the "Album of the Year" category for "Dangerous". 

Earlier this week, his latest production on Sony Latin, Dangerous, earned Platinum status and his single "Encantadora" included of the same album, earned him a 5X Multi-Platinum certification by the RIAA. "Encantadora" is also, one of only three songs released and certified by the RIAA Latin Gold & Platinum Program during the past year.

After the successful start in his native Puerto Rico, Yandel continues with his 15- city with a concert on October 9 in Chicago. The tour will also hit cities such as New YorkLos AngelesHoustonDallas and Boston. 

The full list of Dangerous Tour dates is listed below. This is the first tour for Yandel as part of his newly signed exclusive touring deal with the world's leading live entertainment company, Live Nation. 
To buy tickets for Yandel's U.S. Dangerous Tour go to and
Grammy® Award-nominated Alexis y Fido, chart-topping duo Plan B and singer songwriter De La Ghetto will join Yandel on select dates. DJ Lobo and Gadiel will rock the house on every tour date.
He recently performed at the world famous Global Citizen Festival at Central Park in New York and introduced a new version of his title "Somos Uno" featuring Becky G as part of a special initiative for Hopeland.

Friday, October 7, 2016
San Juan, PR
Coliseo De Puerto Rico
Sunday, October 9, 2016
Chicago, IL
Aragon Ballroom
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Los Angeles, CA
Hollywood Palladium
Thursday, October 13, 2016
San Jose, CA
City National Civic
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Las Vegas, NV
The AXIS at Planet Hollywood
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Phoenix, AZ
Comerica Theatre
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
El Paso, TX
El Paso County Coliseum
Friday, October 21, 2016
Houston, TX
Revention Music Center
Sunday, October 23, 2016
Dallas, TX
South Side Ballroom
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Indianapolis, IN
Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
Friday, October 28, 2016
Washington, DC
DAR Constitution Hall
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Boston, MA
Orpheum Theatre
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
New York, NY
Hammerstein Ballroom
Friday, November 4, 2016
Allentown, PA
PPL Center
Sunday, November 6, 2016
Orlando, FL
House Of Blues

Itinerary subject to change 

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