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MENTAL HEALTH CHAT-(U.S. suicide rates surges to a 30-year high)

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Special shout out to the Beer deliveryman who prevents suicide on a bridge by offering a cold one and channeling Denzel Washington (Podcast)!!!

Many research shows that mental health condition isn’t the result of one event. It suggests multiple linking causes. Lifestyle, genetics and your environment can influence whether someone develops a mental condition. A stressful home life, stressful job or stressful school environment makes some people more susceptible, as do traumatic life events like being the victim of a crime. Basic brain structure, biochemical processes and circuits may play a role too.

Remember that you important and loved by many. Why? Because you are a living soul and you matter to us. So, if you are having suicidal thoughts, PLEASE CALL 800-273-8255.

 

Cartoon Politics

 

800,000+
The number of people who registered to vote on National Voter Registration Day. That’s a new record.

 

 

New York Times: Trump made millions from ‘dubious’ tax schemes
President Trump used “dubious” and in some cases fraudulent tax schemes in the 1990s that significantly increased the fortune he got from his parents, The New York Times reported Tuesday, citing its own investigation. Trump said in his campaign that he was a self-made billionaire, but the Times reported that tax returns and financial records indicated that he received the equivalent of at least $413 million in 2018 dollars from his father’s real estate empire. Trump and his siblings allegedly set up a sham corporation to evade taxes on millions in gifts from their parents, according to the Times. Trump declined to comment, but one of his lawyers, Charles Harder, said the Times‘ “allegations of fraud and tax evasion are 100 percent false.” New York launched a state tax investigation after the report.

(The New York Times, Marketwatch, The Week)

 

 

 

 Four white supremacists arrested in connection with Charlottesville rally
Federal authorities in Virginia on Tuesday arrested four California men who belong to a hate group on charges that they violated a federal rioting law during the violent 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. The U.S. attorney’s office in Charlottesville identified the men as Benjamin D. Daley, 25; Thomas W. Gillen, 34; Michael P. Miselis, 29; and Cole E. White, 34. Prosecutors said the men traveled to Charlottesville from California “with the intent to … commit violent acts in furtherance of a riot.” The so-called Unite the Right rally erupted in violent clashes between white supremacists and counterprotesters. Police say a self-professed neo-Nazi drove through a crowded street, leaving 35 people injured and one, counterprotester Heather Heyer, dead.

(The Washington Post, The Week)

 

 

 

DHS inspectors find violations at private immigration jail
A team from the Department of Homeland Security’s office of inspector general found major violations in a surprise May visit to a private, for-profit immigration jail in California that holds about 2,000 immigrants under contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to a report released Tuesday. The findings included “nooses” dangling from air vents in 15 of 20 cells they visited, one detainee left in his wheelchair for nine days straight, and immigrants who had teeth fall out while they waited years for fillings, among other major violations of federal detention standards. The jail, in Adelanto, is one of 71 federal detention centers operated by GEO Group. ICE said it takes the report’s findings “seriously” and has “agreed to conduct a full and immediate review of the center.”

(The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Week)

 

 

 

WNBA president steps down to run Time’s Up
WNBA president Lisa Borders said Tuesday she is stepping down to become the first CEO and president of Time’s Up, the legal defense organization that seeks to combat sexual harassment against women. Borders had led the WNBA since 2016. Time’s Up, founded by celebrities who were responding to the “#MeToo” movement in Hollywood, raises money to fight “systemic inequality and injustice in the workplace” for women. Borders said she is “thrilled” to lead Time’s Up, and that she will seek to “shift the paradigm of workplace culture.” NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum will oversee the WNBA until Borders is replaced.(The Hollywood Reporter, ESPN, The Week)

 

 

 

Scientists win chemistry Nobel for harnessing evolution to solve problems
Scientists Frances Arnold, George Smith, and Gregory Winter won the 2018 Nobel Prize for Chemistry on Wednesday for research using directed evolution to produce enzymes for new chemicals and pharmaceuticals. Arnold, based at Caltech, harnessed evolution to make enzymes more effective at catalyzing chemical reactions. Her work has been applied in brain imaging, biofuels, pharmaceuticals, and the chemical industry. She will split the $1 million prize with Smith of the University of Missouri and Winter of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in the U.K. They developed ways to make therapeutic antibodies now used to treat autoimmune diseases, anthrax, and cancer. One committee member said the scientists have “applied the principles of Darwin in the test tube” to solve some of the world’s chemical problems.

(Reuters, New Scientist, The Week)

 

 

 

 Iraqi lawmakers elect moderate Kurd to mostly ceremonial presidency
Iraq’s Parliament elected Barham Salih, a moderate Kurdish politician, as the country’s president on Tuesday. Under a power-sharing arrangement, top government positions are divided among Iraq’s ethnic groups, and the president’s job is largely ceremonial. Since 2003, Iraq’s president has been a Kurd while the prime minister’s post has gone to a Shia Muslim, while the parliamentary speaker has been a Sunni Arab. Salih, who belongs to the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, trounced his main rival, Fuad Hussein of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, 219 votes to 22. “I promise to safeguard Iraq’s unity and safety,” said Salih. (BBC News, The Week)

 

 

 

 Pentagon investigates suspected ricin-tainted mail
The Pentagon said Tuesday it had put its mail facility under quarantine after it received mail that initially tested positive for the deadly poison ricin. At least one envelope was addressed to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. The envelopes were tested after being detected at a mail sorting facility by Pentagon police on Monday. Exposure to a tiny amount of ricin can kill within 36 to 72 hours, and there is no known antidote. Envelopes and packages laced with suspected ricin have been sent to several government offices in recent years, including in 2013, when ricin-tainted letters were addressed to the White House, a senator, and an official in Mississippi. Letters containing anthrax spores, another potentially deadly substance, were sent to New York and Washington shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. (Reuters, The Week)

 

 

 


Volcano Erupts on Indonesian Island Hit by Quake, Tsunami
Indonesia’s Sulawesi island is already struggling with the double disaster of Friday’s 7.5 magnitude earthquake and the resulting tsunami that killed at least 1,350 people. This morning, a new danger literally erupted: Mount Soputan began shooting ash nearly 20,000 feet into the air, creating a risk for aircraft bringing supplies to the ravaged island. Meanwhile, police are guarding businesses against looters in coastal Palu, which was swamped by the tsunami and has no running water or electricity, as humanitarian aid convoys begin to arrive.

(The Telegraph, BBC, OZY)

 

 

 


Veteran CBS Producer Fired Amid Harassment Claims
Former NCIS: New Orleans showrunner Brad Kern was fired following three investigations into accusations that he harassed and bullied female employees. Already demoted to consulting producer and suspended in June, Kern’s downfall is part of a “domino effect,” one former employee said, noting that if former CEO Les Moonves were still in charge, Kern wouldn’t have been held accountable. Mooves and 60 Minutes executive Jeff Fager were both forced out in recent weeks over misconduct claims. Another former employee noted, “I hope that this signals the end of the era.” (THR, OZY)

 

 

 


New Object in Outer Solar System Hints at Planet Nine
It’s out there. Scientists have discovered the second-farthest known object in the solar system, and its orbit appears to be shaped by an unseen force. The dwarf planet nicknamed “The Goblin” has an unusual elliptical path in its 40,000-Earth-year orbit. At its closest, The Goblin is twice as far as Pluto, but it strays more than 200 billion miles from the sun, suggesting it’s being influenced by a larger distant planet. Astronomers studying these remote objects call them “breadcrumbs” leading toward an undiscovered ninth planet.

(Space, Smithsonian, OZY)

 

 

 

Weekly mortgage applications flatline, along with interest rates (CNBC)

 

 

 

Chicago Fed President Charles Evans, a nonvoting member this year, reiterated today his upbeat outlook for the economy and again said the central bank will likely need to set monetary policy in a way that slows growth. (WSJ, CNBC)

 

 

 

Powell sees ‘remarkably positive outlook’ for economy that may be ‘too good to be true’ (CNBC)

 

 

 

President Trump ignited a crowd at a campaign rally in Mississippi last night by mocking Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who claimed she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh decades ago. (AP,CNBC)

 

 

 

A message will be sent to the cellphones of nearly ever American around 2 p.m. ET today. It’ll be the first trial of the “Presidential Alert” system, a way to notify Americans across of the country of national emergencies. (NBC News, CNBC)

 

 

 

Jeff Bezos explains why Blue Origin is ‘the most important work I’m doing(CNBC)

 

 

Good News- (We may be living in some strange times, but there’s still a lot of good in our communities)

Joy ride
The widow only had $3 for gas. A cop not only put $20 into her tank, but he inspired other people to help her out.

Some healthcare providers who were growing sick of the price gouging and drug shortages decided to put their resources together to create a company name Civica, Rx that is being officially launched to help patients by addressing the shortages and high prices of lifesaving medications.  This Nonprofit Drug Company will be hitting the market in 2019.

Free ride
Talk about a fun first day of school. A banker told seniors at a Wisconsin high school he’d pay their tuition if they go to a two-year technical school.

 

 

LOVE FOR SELF AND OTHERS, Remember that you are a precious gift, respect it and be respected. Love yourself and be loved. Know your value and don’t accept being treated in a way less than you deserve.

SOME VALUES TO LIVE BY, RESPECT FOR OTHERS, ACCEPTANCE AND APPRECIATION OF PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT RACIAL, ETHNIC AND RELIGIOUS GROUPS, SERVICE TO OTHERS, GENEROSITY, HONESTY, EMPATHY, INTEGRITY, COMPASSION.

 

 

WATERCOOLER CHAT,

Trip terror, Part 1
Humanity might want to hold up on that trip to Mars. A NASA-funded study says long space voyages do really bad things to human bodies.

There’s now an incentive to update your iPhone software. Apple (AAPL) revealed some of the more than 70 new emoji that will be available in iOS 12.1 and software updates for the Mac and Apple Watch. (CNBC)

Trip terror, Part 2
Taking that dream trip to New Zealand? Be prepared to cough up your smartphone’s password — or $3,200.

Emoji for everyone
Llamas. Bagels. Even mosquitoes. They’re all getting the respect they deserve, now that they’re among 70 new emoji Apple’s rolling out.

Cup confusion
Imagine the joy and ecstasy of winning the Stanley Cup. Now, imagine the absolute terror of realizing you’ve lost it in Siberia.

Way out there
While we’re all still debating whether Pluto is a planet (it is!!), scientists found an object called  “the Goblin” lurking at the edge of our solar system.

 

 

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