Even with extra irrigation, peanut farmers were short 10 to 12 inches of water this year, and the crops are suffering. Plants that appeared healthy at first are turning out to have no peanuts under them. Jimbo Grissom grows peanuts south of Lubbock.
Given that he is less than a quarter of the way through his first term, Obama has had quite a few big moments already the economic stimulus bill, foreign speeches and summits, the auto bailout and more. But tonight’s address to Congress represents the most crucial hour yet in Obama’s fight for his signature legislative initiative. The Los Angeles Times dubs this “a crucial moment” that could allow Obama “to reassert his grip on a political apparatus that soon will determine whether his agenda succeeds or fails.” The Boston Globe says tonight’s speech is one “the president and his advisers see as crucial to regaining influence over a debate that in recent weeks has been defined largely by the president’s critics.” And Politico writes that “one of the main pillars of Obama’s reputation that his gift for healing words would combine with the power of his biography to transcend the rancor of modern politics has never looked more wobbly.”.
First off the blocks was The Voice (BBC One). The Beeb megabucks singing contest has a clever gimmick: “blind” auditions in which the celebrity coaches sit with their backs to the stage, so they judge singers on vocal talent alone. If they like what they hear, they press a button and their chair spins round in a sinister Bond villain style.
In time, the stress can start killing off neurons and especially in young children wreaking dramatic and long term damage, both psychologically and to the physical structure of the brain.”The effect is catastrophic,” said Charles Nelson, a pediatrics professor at Harvard Medical School. “There’s so much research on this that if people paid attention at all to the science, they would never do this.”That research on child parent separation is driving pediatricians, psychologists and other health experts to vehemently oppose the Trump administration’s new border crossing policy, which has separated more than 2,000 immigrant children from their parents in recent weeks.The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Physicians and the American Psychiatric Association have all issued statements against it representing more than 250,000 doctors in the United States. Nearly 7,700 mental health professionals and 142 organizations have also signed a petition urging President Trump to end the policy.”To pretend that separated children do not grow up with the shrapnel of this traumatic experience embedded in their minds is to disregard everything we know about child development, the brain, and trauma,” the petition reads.Nelson has studied the neurological damage from child parent separation work that he said has often reduced him to tears.In 2000, the Romanian government invited Nelson and a team of researchers into its state orphanages to advise them on a humanitarian crisis that the country’s previous policies had created.For decades, Romania’s communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu had banned birth control and abortions, and imposed a “celibacy tax” on families with fewer than five children.