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>> welcome to aljazeera america. six days affidavits typhoon haiyan, philippine officials are trying to figure outs how many died. the official death toll is 1800, far pure than earlier reports of 10,000 killed. another 2600 were injured. the storm left 800,000 people homeless. >> white house chief technology chief expected to testify tomorrow about the troubled rollout of former president bill clinton said president obama should make sure people keep their insurance policies if they want to. >> hawaii's legislature passed a
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bill approving gay marriage and the governor is expected to sign it. the university of hawaii said the law will boost tourism by $217 million over two years. >> new york city's one world trade at 1776 feet, it has been declared the tallest in america. that's the news at this hour. consider this is up next. you can get the latest on >> desperation is growing by the hour in the philippines five
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days after enduring the terrifying typhoon. survivors are struggling to get food and water. consider this, with so much death and destruction, what is happening with the hampered relief efforts. >> is bill clinton undermining the white house on health care? we'll look at the building tensions in the democratic party over obamacare. >> is the new face of alcoholism female? the surprising number of women who are struggling with the bottle and its terrible consequences. >> welcome to consider this. we begin with obamacare, and the issues that are happening in washington, d.c., because obamacare seems to have become obama scare for the democrats. right now, the numbers of people participating in the affordable care act are well below expectations, just over 49,000 people have signed on through the 12 state based exchanges. around 3% of the enrollment target in those states. perhaps 40,000 to 50,000 have
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signed up through the federal government. meanwhile, 440,000 signed on for medicaid through obamacare. it's a huge imbalance that tilts the program toward delivering more subsidized health care which would drive up the cast for most other americans. president obama is pressured to make changes, so americans who want to keep their current health insurance will be able to as he promised they could on the campaign trail. the latest nudge came from former president clinton. >> i permanently believe, even if it takes changing the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they've got. >> an illinois senator dick durbin agreed in part, telling cnn, we need to look at the political reality and be open to constructive changes that will make this law work better. for more, i'm joined by bill snyder.
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a a busy day on the obamacare front. bill, how unusual is it for a former president to criticize a sitting president of his own party as bill clinton today and how much has it hurt the president to have his popular predecessor call on him in effect to keep his word? >> this is embarrassing. clinton has made a few criticisms in the past, saying something about the president paying too much attention to the polls on syria, but this is, i think a great embarrassment to this administration. some people think bill clinton is trying to help or boost his wife's chances in 2016, but i think he really is trying to save this president from what could be a a very politically damaging episode. look, many americans believe this president did not keep his
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word. in fact, the latest poll indicates that for the first time ever, a majority of americans say they do not believe president obama is honest and trustworthy. that is a crisis. president clinton is trying to save him by saying you have to deliver what you promised. >> interesting take. it's also senator durbin, michael, this is the president's former senior senator in illinois, a very, very close ally of the president's. he said the president should declarify who could and couldn't keep their health plans. at the beginning, he should have been clearer back then and now he's talking about taking another look at the law. when you've got bill clinton and dick durbin taking these positions, what does the president do? >> it's hard to believe that it was just about a month ago to the shutdown happened and everybody thought it was going to be glory for the dems, obamacare was coming up it's an
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interesting point about dick durbin. now that obamacare launched and the website had problems and as bill you said, the enrollment is so much less than expected, the u.s. senators are now trying to make sure they keep the senate going into the 2014 election. they have other fish to fry, not just going after obama. this is the first time we've heard publicly the president speak about president obama since double down came out, the book last week, where there were perhaps some unflattering things said about bill clinton, alleged to have been said by president obama. there is this history. i don't think you can ignore the fact that there was hillary care before obamacare and in 2016, hillary clinton is going to run for president and this is the biggest booster. >> dianne feinstein said she'll co sponsor a bill allowing people to keep their insurance
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indefinitely. senator of west virginia working on delaying fines. we've got democrats who are endangered next year in their elections who have gone to the white house and called the approximate the to task on all this. is there something brewing within the democratic party on obamacare? >> it's called terror. what's happening i guess democrats are terrified about what could happen to them next year if they're suddenly on the defensive about the whole health care plan. there are two different, unrelated problems, one is the president is seen as not having kept his word and the departments are determined to pass some kind of law that can uphold the president's promise to let people keep their plans. the second is that the enrollments have been embarrassingly low. they need 70 times more people to sign up to this plan by next
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year in order to make it work, 70 times as many people. what will happen if they don't get snit premiums are going to skyrocket and there's going to be a huge wave of protest that may be the end of his signature policy that represents his legacy. >> there was a piece on that argued that obamacare is endangered, michael. do you think that's the case? >> i think it's certainly too early. of course, it's a provocative piece for forbes to write. it's too early to say that. the senate is looking at what the white house response has been to the in efficacies of the rollout, and saying listen, the white house does not seem like they're trying to solve the problem. we have to solve the problem and we have to i had before the house. one of the most important pieces is the uptown legislation in the house. the andrews legislation is a
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response to that. so feinstein's signing on saying we don't want the republican proposal in the house, we want to make sure that the senate sticks at this is the one that comes out of congress. >> at the same time, the white house bill is making a lot of noise saying we're not going to change obamacare. >> well, they better. that's what bill clinton is saying, you to have change this. he has to do something to keep his word. if not, friday you're going to find a lot of democrats voting for the republican plan in the house. it can pass without democrats, because the republicans have the majority and almost all will vote for it. there's a danger that it could pass the senate and then the president really will be on the spot. congress will have passed the law that number one would try to keep the president's promise, but number two, open up the preexisting health care plans, which are much cheaper, to
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anyone that wants to sign up. the upton plan would allow anyone in the country to sign up for those health care plans that do not meet the requirements. >> what do you think is going to happen? did the president hurt his cause by apologizing, or did it come too late? they doubled down for a while, valerie jarrett tweeting that the promises were true and he qualified things and finally came out with a full apology. >> what have it was came too late. it didn't necessarily have to be an apology in the beginning, but i think america and the departments and americans wanted to see the president take control of the situation. it didn't happen. the website's not working, we are going to figure this out. i'm really annoyed, pissed that this isn't working. you didn't see that in the president. he had to apologize.
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bill may know better than i, but there's not a great deal of present for a president apologizing mid stream like president obama did. and its always after watergate, the bay of pigs, that i hear presidents apologize, this is in the middle of it, but not seeming like mr. fix-it there. i think that they have to get involved with the senate here and you have to see better messaging. i think democrats everywhere you ever once in a while will say i wish the people who ran the campaign would run the white house. they're able to message and this white house has been proven not to message very well. >> president's are not inclined to apologize, but in this case it was inadequate. people believed the president didn't keep his word. what he has to say is i'm going to keep my word. that is what clinton is urging
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him to do, i made a promise, i'm going to keep that promise. keep the promise, that's what he must have do. >> look forward to having you back. thanks for joining us tonight. >> we turn now to the philippines, and -- i'm sorry, we have a problem with our connection with the philippines. we'll try to get to the philippines in just a moment. right now, we will take a break and coming up, a shocking report raising concerns about ethanol. why this green energy may not be so great for the environment. >> a singer goes missing in russia for three weeks. >> drug related violence in mexico is spreading to areas once thought to be safe. i'll tell you more, coming up. what do you think? join the conversation on twitter and on our facebook and google
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>> we turn now to the typhoon ravaged philippines where more than 10,000 are feared dead and hundreds of thousands have lost their homes. as the situation gets more dire by the day, officials are on the defensive over relief efforts. the military is on the way with food, water and medicine, but general paul kennedy heading up relief efforts for the u.s. says time is running out. >> i need the rest of the world, the international donor community to mobilize to help the filipinos in their hour of need. a week from now will be too late. >> i'm joined by craig leeson in the northern philippines where relief supplies are did you meaning in. thanks for being back with us
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today. i know the improving weather has got to be helping. how desperate is the situation? >> the weather is the one ray of sunshine literally that is happening here with this relief effort. there is incredible amount of supplies coming in from the international community. the u.s. has donated $20 million to this particular effort. there are 22 countries involved. the philippines government itself is bringing in particularly here in the central part of the philippines, that was hit by the strongest part of the typhoon, they're taking supplies from here into tacloban, the capitol of the province where we've seen most of the devastation. once it reaches the ground, they are having problems coordinating the distribution of that.
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the reason for that is most of the government officials, police and services that usually you work in these local municipals were victims themselves. it's having to be done from manila with a central command unite here, so what we're hearing, they're saying they're just flying sorties and wherever they see survivors waving with, they drop in and drop supplies. some say that it's becoming too dangerous, as soon as they drop on to the ground, they're enveloped by people desperate to get some food, creating a problem for those who are actually delivering the raid. >> we heard reports that convoys on the ground have had issues with people jumping them and sauling they will. ing tacloban, a teacher spoke
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about how some students are liesing their minds from hunger, from losing their families. the food and distribution situation is so bad that even at the airport where supplies are coming in, they don't have water and food. >> well, weapon at the airport for most of the day yesterday, watching and talking to survivors, as they came in. there are three philippine air force c130 working on a rotational basis, while they can, while there's date hours. there's no tower in tacloban, they can't light the airport there. they're being in the as i could, survivors traveling straight to the military hospital on the base there. they are filling the circulars with rice, sanitation devices, a with body bag.
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also, a group of people, most survivors from tacloban trying to get back on those c130's to go back. this is courageous, because may not have been traumatized but what they've seen and witnessed. they are saying that their families are without food and water and becoming so desperate that the only way for them to survive is if they had back here, gather their own supplies and take them back in. that's a remarkable situation, given we're hearing so much about how much relieve is actually supposedly going on goethites terrible to see these pictures and hear the stories. the filipino president said the death toll officially is 2,000. hages it will rise. have rescue workers and doctors made much headway into getting into the worst-hit areas?
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>> well, what you have to reeled is that a lot of the injuries down there are not only just what occurred in the typhoon and many concerns are that those who sustained injuries then, that's six days ago, those injuries are going to start causing major problems. they have to do with lacerations, mainly of the limbs, breaking of the legs, and the tibia, and those sorts of things are going to cause infection, which is going to be very difficult to treat, because they don't have tetanus injections and those sorts of vaccines that they need. we spoke to a doctor yesterday, who flew back here to sabu to collect suit yours and bandages to take in himself. he's operating from his own house, patching up people on his own. his house has no roof. it was lost during the typhoon.
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he is there all by himself. up until yesterday, he was using flyers from his tool box, because he didn't have the necessary medical equipment to do that. we hear those who are going into the correct plagues with medical designations, but we are talking many thousands of people in need. >> it's just terrible. i'm sure there are a lot of heroic efforts and the big u.s. effort is probably still a day away. we thank you for joining us with that report. >> back in the u.s., a bombshell report released today is raising serious questions about the ethanol we're pitching into our cars and the damage producing that he got national is causing the environment.
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the secret dirty cost of obama's push. it has lost to millions of acres of land, polluted the drinking water of hundred was thousands of americans and may have added to greenhouse emissions. is ethanol, something that was supposed to abcornerstone moving toward green energy economy turned instead into a environmental disaster. joining us now is deanna capiletto. thank you for joining us. it's a very powerful piece. in 2007, there's the ethanol mandate that george bush signed into law and it was supposed to put more gas into our cars. he made he got national a huge part of his 2008 campaign. how did this go wrong? >> i think it went wrong because obviously within the allow was complex, these are complex requirements and what the
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administration did when they implemented the law signed by president bush, was it actually modeled for what was going to happen. the model is a prediction, we found we were wrong, whether that's the price of corner, how yields will respond to corn prices going up. we looked at what was happening in reality, six years after this mandate was greatly exponded and extended. >> let's go down some of of the things at issue here. one is because of he got nat coming in and more demand for corn, the price of corner skyrocketed, leadings to meals that the animals eat, so that has raise the prices of the livestock and the corner people consume. big problem there. >> if we focused on the environmental repercussions, we started this project, examining
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the cost of green energies. all energies come with cost with that we talk about the cost of oil, gas drilling with hydraulic fastening, coal mining and burning coal for power. people don't like to talk about the consequences of track lighting. what he got not did when it sold corner prices, when you put in place a market that is taking 40% have the corn club, that's a huge new market for corn has led to high corn prices. farmers make money to survive and they planted corner. 15 million for acres of corner since this mandate was passed in 2007. >> some of that was land
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conserved by the federal government. now, but it being farmed, it's exactly the opens. >> absolutely. we looked at land that was put into conservation through a reserve program, followed crop lands. that was cropped 10-15 years ago. we also examined virgin land or anywayive grass land. we found over the period of the mandate, the reserve program members have been come out and been cropped. is that all corn? no. we can say that corn is on some of that land and that's in part because of the ethanol mandate. we looked at virgin ambulance and analyze where there was grass in 2006 that they came
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corn, soybeans, the new cropsing into into gasoline in 2013. >> the mandate was supposed to reduce our relevance on fossil foolfuels. fertilizers are made using natural gas. ethanol production i guess adding the greenhouse admissions? >> bottom line is, you can't make the determination. the science is not there. in order to compare a farm to wheels analysis of ethanol to a cradle to grave analysis of oil is a very complex thing. we're using fertilizers made with natural gas. they are applied to crops our analysis looked at how much
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gasoline is used on farms, since they're telling and going back and forth for the crops, greene is used up. what we are saying is and there's a lot of debate on it, we really don't know whether it's better. there's a lot of scientists that says right now, current today, it's probably not. will it be better coming 2022? maybe. it's a really hard thing. >> another consequence you raised with respect to fertilizers is since there have been more use of them, we're in danger of pollution. >> we are applying less fertilizer per acre or per bushel of corner produced. the virtue of increasing corn production so much, 15 acres more in corn.
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total fertilizer use is up. we saw night traits going into public water supplies, where there's an expense, an increase for water users, water bills to if it rate out. we talked to scientists, who say it's part. obviously, this is centered on the hartline but has political implications. >> iowa is incredibly important to the electoral process. the obama administration is backing out. >> new analysis by aljazeera
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america's judith matlaw shows violence in new mexico are hitting neighborhoods once thought the to be saved. >> 13 people were killed leaving a nice club. this is a zone known for serving rich locals and foreign tourists. untile recently, most of the violence has been in the working class parts of the country, last year, the province right outside of the capital had the highest number of homicides. in the last seven years, drug violence that killed about 70,000 people in mexico, and the violence is creeping into the nation's capitol. part of the reason for this is that there's a higher demand for drugs within the country. drugs that normally would be brought over to the united states are landing in mexico city. drug sales are totaling $1 billion a year. to your reaction,alie said:
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>> you can read more at the website. back to you, antonio. >> that's an unfortunate comment. the violence has spread in mexico city. >> it's awful. >> straight ahead, a punk singer in russia vanishes for three weeks. we will ask her husband what happened when he joins us. >> a sign of feminism most want no part of. why women are closing the gender gap on alcoholism. >> the empire state building hasn't been the tallest in decades. how is the outdrawing mitch taller buildings ahead of it on the list? we'll be right back.
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she and another member of the pussy riot ban are serving terms for music. nadia issued a statement reading in part, i am going on a hunger strike. i demand that the penal colony administration acknowledge human rights. i demand that we be treated like human beings, not slaves. her husband joins us. there's a report now from russia's news agency that nadia has reappeared and is at a penal colony in siberia. what have you heard? >> we have the same information, that she has arrived to one of the penal colonies. this is why we made the search
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for her and discover that really she is in the vicinity they say she has been in. they have chosen a policy of complete isolation for her over the last few weeks. we consider that to be a punishment by the attention caused to her case inside russia domestically and internationally. >> she had been missing for self weeks while in-transit from the camp to siberia. do you have any idea where she was during that time? >> well, our sources and basically inform am leaks from the system, including fellow prisoners and other low level officers has told us that she went through an extensive move from moldovia over .500
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kilometers to get to siberia. she has only four months to serve, so we do consider this extremely long transfer to be part of punishment process that has been chosing by her by the government to show that people who raise -- to try to bring attention to problems in russia's penitentiary system will not have their ways taken easily. >> she was protesting against vladamir putin and declared a hunger strike protesting conditions in the penal colony where she had been sent. she was demanding a transfer. according to her letter, she alleged a number of terrible things about how inmates are treated in that camp, saying people were made to sew for 16 to 17 hours a day, have no more than four hours of sleep. they get one day off every six
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weeks. they would face frequent loss of bathroom, washing and food privileges, eat poor quality food. suffer officially approved beatings by fellow prisoners and face more punishment for speaking out on you. when i read that list, it sounds like we're back to the soviet gulags, how is it that nothing has changed? >> in fact, this is what the situation is. we do consider the main problem of russia's penitentiary system to be that it is in fact -- does take its legacy back from the gulag days. it has underwent several changes in the positive years, but the prison system in various regions did not have a chance to change as much as it was supposed to, to basically lift itself up to human rights standards. this is what we faced when
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nadia -- >> very powerful letter. you look at that. you talk about basic human rights, we are talking about really extreme conditions in those prisons. that's far beyond anything anybody i think would conceive that was still going on in russia. was she threatened in the camp? >> yes, she did receive several threats in the camp and we do consider that all of her problems did come out of those threats and basically this was the main difficulty that she has faced through her time, that she was -- she had to consider her legal fights to go via the process of prison officials obstructing her and attacking her. >> we have all heard over the years of just the terrible conditions in siberia at the old
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soviet prisons. how worried are you about what her situation is going to be there, especially in the dead of the russian winter as it's coming now and given the conditions she was already, you know, the other prison. if it was bad there, how bad can it be in siberia. >> we do see that a bad camp in moscow is better than a good camp in siberia. this is apart from the process she had to undergo from the last month. this has to be judged separately from what happened in the past month and we would pay a lot of attention to the conditions of the new prison and study them and obviously, i think there will be a huge scandal if it turns out that the conditions in siberia camps will be as bad as what she and other prisoner
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faced back in the camp. >> the word is certainly watching. when is the last time you had direct contact with her? >> the laugh period i had any contact, since then, i have not had any contact. the 21 was the last time. we had no contact the last few weeks. >> we have a question for you from social media. let's go to hermela for that. >> sips her protest, have you received any retaliation or threats in your day to day life? >> well, i did not receive any threats myself because obviously we certain popularity and attention that is directed toward us, so authorities are mainly well we couldn't say scared to put open physical
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psychological and even pressure on actions that have certain extent of public attention. they perfect to use more sub verse practice, starting a legal process against one as has been started then they will do that. obviously, they will not do search well, you know. >> given the pressure, there have been protests in russia against what president putin has done to nadia and to the other member of pussy riot. also, there have been recent celebrations of nadia's birthday, a lot of publicity, why do you think there has been no movement to have her released and her band member, her colleague released? >> well, russia has several
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political things going on. all of them are quite prominent and raise questions, a lot of international attention, colliding the jail of green piece activists. these things do not change the situation. president putin has to resist pressure from the west. this is part of his policy, part of his image and what he wants russia to look like. this is another problem we to have face here. >> i know nadia is supposed to be released in march. i'm sure you hope that will happen. how is your little daughter doing. she has been away from her mother for so long. in the end, given everything that happened, was this all worth it? >> she misses her a lot. there have been cases where she has been sending prison escape
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plans. she is five years old, and her drawings have been so realistic and natural, that prison censorship service has banned them, saying that child pictures are ok, but images that are this close to prison escape plans not acceptable, even though they come from a small child, so basically, this is the level that she cares about her mother. >> was it all worth it? >> well, you know, it's not like you can speak in those terms. obviously any political activist in russia has to do what he feels should be done. the government makes him pay a certain. you know the price beforehand and you can choose your actions knowing that price. we do what we think must be done to change this country and then the government makes us pay this price. >> we wish you and your daughter
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the best and hope nadia's ok and gets out soon. please keep us posted. i appreciate you joining us tonight. >> women's growing problems with alcohol and the author of "drink" will join me next. coming up this week on techknow. san francisco's bay bridge, an engineering marvel but this is earthquake country. >> how close are we to one of those faultlines? >> now inovation, that might change everything. >> how safe is this building? >> earthquake inovations, >> where would you wanna be if a big quake hits? >> techknow sunday 7:30 eastern on al jazeera america
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temporary are structure or spire. if aspire, would count toward the height. the decision was up to the council on tall buildings and urban habitat, based in chicago, but ruled against its hometown, saying the new york tower is the tallest, because the spire is permanent. size matters in what's become a worldwide race into the sky. one world trade jumps ahead of taipei 101 to become the third highest building in the world. >> chicago's 40 year rain as home to america's tallest building is over but is the birth place of sky scapes. the first, the world insurance building opened in 1885, a mossive 10 stories high. the empire state building held the title for four decades. its observation deck still attracts 4 million visitors a
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year, making more for the owners than 100 stories of offices. construction of the empire state building took 18 months in the 1930's. the royal clock tower in mecca has nine world class restaurants. the clock helps announce daily prayers to the muslim payingful. the bridge in dubai is the world's tallest, housing 37 floors of office space and 3,000 underground parking spaces. good luck finding your car. it won't have the title for long, the kingdom tower in saudi arabia is set to open in 2019, close to 3300 feet tall, incredibly more than two and a half times the size of the empire state building. >> coming up, alcohol always seemed like a major issue for men, but are women catching up?
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>> from our headquarters in new york, here
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>> when you think of an alcoholic, you're likely to think of a man. do women have a drinking problem? >> from 1999 to 2008, the number of women admitted into emergency rooms dangerously intoxicated shot up. the number of women drunk driving soared. the problem reaches women of all ages. 24% of women who binge drink are college aiming, but 10% of hard-drinking women are 45-64. what is causing the big boost? the new book, drink, takes an in-depth and personal look at the issue. the book's author is a five time national magazine award winner. the unit chief in the haven and retreat at new york press about her apresbyteriancollege.
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thank you very much for both being with us. a fascinating book. you obviously do not fit the profile of what people would normally think of as an alcoholic. you've been a successful magazine brighter, vice principle at the top university in canada. how common was your story? did you see other people like you? >> my story's very common. i'm probably sadly the poster girl for the new female alcoholic, professional, high bottom, high functioning, very well educated, not like my mother, who mixed valium and alcohol during the day, very different profile. the gender gap is closing. >> why? >> three reasons, i think. a lot of self mid indicating of depression and anxiety.
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number two, i asked if it's the modern woman's steroid, allowing women to juggle all the roles in a very stressful world. i think that's the case. number three, i think heavy marketing. the alcohol companies have pitched very heavily at women as a way for them to catch up with beer and they've done a really good job. alcapops were born and women drink vodka and tequila. >> doctor, you agree? is that what you're seeing in your practice, and in your teaching? >> i do agree. two decades ago, it was about three times more alcoholism within men than women and then the gap is definitely changing. even now, we see different patterns of alcoholism, binge
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drinking, obviously, we've seen more in women than men. i think there are multi- it's a multi-factorial culture change, women are more on the workforce, they are more powerful, in powerful positions, so a lot to be considered, and i agree with ann. >> there are a lot of different factors going into it. i thought it was interesting that men and women drink for different reasons? men typically when they get into trouble with alcohol will go to the bar and drink with friends. that may be a different kind of friend. women isolate, tend to do what i did, drink alone at home, medicate loneliness, depression. the many, many things that trouble us, and -- >> to get rid of negative feelings as opposed to a man who might be trying to feel better? >> yeah. i'm not saying men don't do
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that. while give you an example of childhood sexual abuse, it's a very big driver of people getting into alcohol problems and it happens for men and we will, but typically women drink alone, and it's no the a pretty sight. >> now, the national institutes of health say that women who drink are more likely to develop liver inflammation, more susceptible to heart disease. one women who drink one drink a day have a higher tendency to get breast cancer. that jumps with each additional drink and that is just the beginning of the health problems. >> right, there are different reasons for that. women, for instance, physiological reasons, alcohol is dispersed by water and women have less water in their body
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pound to pound. they also, there are some studies suggesting that the enzymes that breaks the alcohol in your body is less -- the concentration of it is less in women, so women get a higher blood alcohol level than men. there is definitely these alarming results. it's no the just breast cancer. it's gastric cancer, coronary artery disease and strokes and things like that. just to go back to ann's comment about how men, why men drink or what's the pattern, men also drink for diagnosing anxiety, depression. it's just that women, that's a fact, women have high
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likelihood, twice as much to be anxious and more depressed as men. >> aside from physical problems that the doctor pointed out, there's also all sorts of issues for women, real dangers. we just did a town hall a couple of weeks ago about the sexual assault epidemic on campuses and found the overwhelming number of women assaulted had been drinking. it really is an issue that spans the whole gamut of a woman's life. >> we've known for a long time that alcohol is the number one date rape drug. when i went to university -- young women i've met, i was raped when i was drunk doesn't count. i say it counts. there's shame, guilt, confusion and we've seen suicides of young women outed on facebook.
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it's alarming. >> what responsibility does the entertainment industry have? >> i don't think you can lay it all on carrie bradshaws jimmy choos. we've seen shifts in terms of entitle men. i drink because i can. i drink because men can, and i can. as the doctor was saying, democratically we're equal, but met polly and hormonally, we are not. i made myself very vulnerable. it was a big struggle to turn it around. >> ann mentioned this earlier, but historically, going back to
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the generation of our mothers, people who had problems, they referred to them as mother's little helpers. 20 million women were taking valium. why the shift from those drugs to alcohol? >> women stayed home, now they're not, and it's cool to be outside and to mingle as opposed to stay home. >> the alcohol industry has a lot to do with it. you mentioned the sweet drinks marketed to women and younger people, but it's also one thing that shocked me when i was reading your book is that one lobbyist in washington per every two members of the congress in the alcohol industry? that's amazing. >> you get an expert like at the center for alcohol marketing and he was based at johns. kins and he just shakes his head and thinks this can't be turned around. why? because the alcohol business is
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involved in social media to such a degree, they're flying under the radar. they're tweeting and that's not expensive. a young person seeks out that alcohol brand and all of a sudden that brand is communicating with them like a person, like a friend. >> a powerful personal story in this book, how are you doing now? >> i'm really proud and humbled and grateful. i am five years sober. that my life is completely different, happy, fulfilling, and i'm the most ann i've ever been and that's a wonderful feeling. >> that's great to hear. thank you very much for being with us tonight and talking about this important issue. the show may be over, but the conversation continues on our website, you can also find us on twitter.
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