Missing Ballot Box Discovered in TX ; Men Lose Y Chromosomes as They Age ; and More Picks 12/17

Project Censored’s Top 10 News Stories Corporate Media Ignored in 2019 (Chris)

The author writes, “Project Censored was never just about the individual stories, it was about the patterns of marginalization and suppression that could be seen through the lens of connecting them. [As Andy Lee] Roth says, ‘identifying these unifying themes is one significant way to gauge the systemic blind spots, third rails, and “no go” zones in corporate news coverage.’”

Texas Secretary of State to Advise Midland Officials on Missing Ballot Box Fiasco (Chris)

From the Texas Tribune: “A proposal for a $569 million bond failed, then passed and could fail again after the discovery of missing ballot box from the November election.”

Sergei Magnitsky: Anti-Corruption Champion or Corrupt Anti-Hero? (Reader Scott)

The author writes, “On the evening of Nov. 16, 2009, Sergei Magnitsky died in a cell at Moscow’s ‘Matrosskaya Tishina’ pretrial detention center. A prison doctor had diagnosed him with an inflammation of the pancreas four and a half months prior, but shortly before Magnitsky was scheduled to undergo surgery, he was moved to another prison — one without the necessary medical equipment for such an invasive procedure. The reason given for the move was that Magnitsky’s cell needed to be renovated. Could that possibly be true?”

New Study Finds 45,000 Deaths Annually Linked to Lack of Healthcare Coverage (Mili)

From the Harvard Gazette: “The study, conducted at Harvard Medical School and Cambridge Health Alliance, found that uninsured, working-age Americans have a 40 percent higher risk of death than their privately insured counterparts, up from a 25 percent excess death rate found in 1993.”

Men Lose Y Chromosomes as They Age (Mili)

The author writes, “A new study — the largest yet of this phenomenon — estimates that 20 percent of 205,011 men in a large genetic database called the UK Biobank have lost Y chromosomes from some detectable proportion of their blood. By age 70, 43.6 percent of men had the same issue. It’s unclear exactly why, but the authors think these losses might be the most glaring sign of something else going wrong inside the bodies of these men: They are allowing mutations of all kinds to accumulate, and these other mutations could be the underlying links to cancer and heart disease.”

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