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

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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


 Turkey demands ‘convincing explanation’ for Saudi journalist’s disappearance
Turkey on Sunday demanded that Saudi Arabia provide a “convincing explanation” for the alleged killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and commentator who disappeared after going to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Khashoggi fled the kingdom last year fearing he would be arrested, and had gone to the consulate to pick up a document that would have allowed him to get married in Turkey. Turkish officials told journalists that investigators had concluded that Khashoggi had been killed in the consulate by Saudi agents. “There is concrete information; it will not remain an unsolved case,” Yasin Aktay, an adviser to the head of Turkey’s ruling A.K.P. party, said. Saudi officials have denied killing or detaining Khashoggi. (The New York Times, The Week)




Scientists warn ‘unprecedented’ action needed to stop climate disaster
Governments around the world must take “unprecedented” action to limit global warming to “well below” 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit to avoid catastrophic climate change by as early as 2040, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned in a report released Monday. The report found that if greenhouse gas emissions continue at the current rate, by 2040 the atmosphere will heat up by as much as 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit above preindustrial levels, causing a mass die off of coral reefs, intense droughts, coastal flooding, and food shortages. Physicist Bill Hare, author of previous IPCC reports, told The New York Times the report is “quite a shock, and quite concerning. We were not aware of this just a few years ago.” (The New York Times, The Week)




South Korea says U.S., North Korea will hold second summit soon
The U.S. and North Korea have agreed to work toward holding a second summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “at the earliest possible date,” South Korean officials said Sunday. South Korean President Moon Jae-in spoke with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after the top U.S. diplomat met with Kim. Moon said he hoped the second Trump-Kim summit would lead to “irreversible, decisive progress in terms of denuclearization as well as the peace process.” Pompeo said he had “a good, productive conversation” with Kim. The Trump administration has been trying to get momentum going again after expressing frustration with Kim’s failure to follow up on the first summit in June with concrete steps toward denuclearization. “It was another step forward. So this is, I think, a good outcome for all of us,” Pompeo said.

(The Washington Post, The Week)




2 Americans win Nobel Prize for economics
American researchers William Nordhaus and Paul Romer have won the Nobel Prize for economics for their work examining the interplay of climate change and technological innovation, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced Monday. Nordhaus, of Yale University, was the first economist to create a quantitative model that “describes the global interplay between the economy and the climate,” showing that “the most efficient remedy for problems caused by greenhouse gases is a global scheme of universally imposed carbon taxes,” the academy said. Romer, of New York University’s Stern School of Business, helped provide the research that led to the endogenous growth theory, and has shed light on how economic forces steer companies’ willingness to produce new ideas and innovations.

(CNBC, The Associated Press, The Week)




Limousine crash kills 20 in deadliest accident since 2009
Twenty people died in rural upstate New York when a limousine sped through a stop sign and into a parking lot, hitting another vehicle and two pedestrians, New York State Police said Sunday. Everyone inside the limousine was killed. It reportedly was carrying four sisters and other family members, including two pairs of newlyweds, to a birthday celebration. The two pedestrians also died. The crash was the deadliest transportation accident in the U.S. since a 2009 plane crash that killed 49 people in Buffalo. “That limo was coming down that hill probably over 60 miles per hour,” said Jessica Kirby, 36, the manager of the Apple Barrel Country Store, where customers were hit near the parking lot. “All fatal … I don’t want to describe the scene.”

(Reuters, The Associated Press, The Week)




 China says Interpol chief suspected of ‘violating the law’
The Chinese Communist Party announced Sunday that missing Interpol President Meng Hongwei was under investigation on “suspicion of violating the law.” Interpol said a few hours later that it had received Meng’s resignation, which was effective immediately. The Chinese Communist Party said Meng, a Chinese national, was “under the supervision” of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, an anticorruption watchdog with links to the party. Meng was reported missing during a visit to his home country on Thursday, and Interpol had demanded information from Beijing on his whereabouts on Saturday.

(The New York Times, The Week)




 Venom and A Star Is Born combine for record October weekend
The comic-book movie Venom shattered the October box-office record with an $80 million debut weekend, despite bad reviews. Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born was lifted to a $41.3 million haul by Oscar buzz and a wave of positive publicity. The film marks Cooper’s directorial debut and Lady Gaga’s first leading performance on the big screen. “We knew we had a hit,” said Warner Bros. distribution chief Jeffrey Goldstein of A Star Is Born. “We also knew that every time people saw the movie, they felt it, they cried, they loved it. People just like the movie.” The two hits contributed to a total of $174.5 million in ticket sales, easily the best October weekend ever. (The Associated Press, The Week)




Tropical Storm Michael threatens to hit Gulf Coast as hurricane
Tropical Storm Michael formed rapidly off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula on Sunday and is gaining strength as it heads north, threatening to hit the Florida Panhandle as a Category 2 hurricane around midweek, forecasters said. The storm’s top sustained winds went from 50 miles per hour to 60 mph within hours, and it strengthened further overnight, nearing hurricane status with top winds of roughly 70 mph. It was expected to officially become a hurricane on Monday. Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) declared a state of emergency for 26 counties in the Florida Panhandle and the Big Bend area, freeing up state resources to prepare. “This storm will be life-threatening and extremely dangerous,” Scott said.

(CBS News, The Week)




5.2-magnitude aftershock stokes fear in Haiti
Northern Haiti was rattled by a magnitude 5.2 aftershock on Sunday, a day after a 5.9-magnitude quake killed at least 12 people and injured more than 180. The second temblor hit as survivors sifted through the rubble of the first quake, which damaged dozens of homes and businesses. The Sunday tremors sparked panic and threatened to drive the death toll higher. “I feel like my life is not safe here,” said nun Maryse Alsaint, director of the San Gabriel National School in Gros-Morne, where several classrooms were badly damaged. The first quake was felt lightly 140 miles away in the capital city of Port-au-Prince, which was devastated by a 7.1-magnitude earthquake in 2010. (The Associated Press, The Week)




Jair Bolsonaro Wins First Round in Brazil’s Presidential Election
The far-right former army captain resoundingly beat Fernando Haddad of the ruling Worker’s Party 46 percent to 29 percent in yesterday’s vote. But Bolsonaro didn’t make the 50 percent needed to avoid a runoff. The tough-on-crime candidate, who’s praised Brazil’s past military dictatorship, saw a surge in support after being stabbed at a rally in early September. He claimed fraud and faulty electronic voting systems robbed him of an outright victory. Meanwhile, Haddad hinted at a coalition with other rival candidates for the Oct. 28 runoff. (The Guardian, AP, OZY)




Trade War, Looser Bank Rules Alarm Chinese Investors
Both the Shanghai Composite and the Shenzhen Composite fell more than 3.7 percent today, with investors concerned over news that the People’s Bank of China had deeply cut commercial banks’ required cash reserves for the fourth time this year. The central bank’s move to spur growth is seen as a hedge against economic collateral damage from President Trump’s trade war with Beijing. Experts predict further easing of banking requirements as the Chinese government speeds up its program of infrastructure investment in another effort to soften the blow of escalating tariffs. (Reuters, CNBC, OZY)




Banksy Painting Self Destructs at Auction
“It appears we just got Banksy-ed,” said Alex Branczik, head of contemporary art at Sotheby’s in London, as stunned onlookers witnessed a paper version of the elusive street artist’s Girl With Balloon shred itself into strips as the hammer fell on its $1.4 million sale. Claiming it was a fail-safe in case the piece ever went to auction, Banksy later posted a video on Instagram explaining how he built a bladed machine into its oversize frame. The auction house called it art history, meaning the shredded art is likely now even more valuable.

(SKY News, Rolling Stone, OZY)




Mushrooms May ‘Bee’ a Savior for Collapsing Colonies
Bee extinction could have a devastating effect on society, as over a third of our food supply depends on pollinators — but a mushroom grower’s casual observation could hold the cure. Noticing bees fighting to feed on his mushrooms, Paul Stamets realized they might be self-medicating. He collaborated with Washington State University researchers to test the immune-boosting properties of mushroom mycelia, and their studies revealed a dramatic reduction in two viruses linked to colony collapse. Stamets has now designed mycelia extract dispensers, due to hit the market next year.

(Newsweek, Mother Jones, OZY)




Pompeo: North Korea ready to let inspectors into missile and nuclear sites(Reuters, CNBC)




Wall Street is booming under Trump, but many of its donors are embracing Democrats (NY Times, CNBC)




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

Good neighbors
Meet the neighbors who’ve helped a woman who uses a wheelchair get into bed every night — for 10 years.

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.




In a weekend of Hollywood counterprogramming , the comic-book movie “Venom” shrugged off bad reviews to shatter the October box-office record with an $80 million debut, while Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s “A Star Is Born” remake soared to $41.3 million. (USA Today)

The Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots total an estimated $752 million for this week’s drawings on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, respectively. The breakdown is $470 million on Mega Millions and $282 million on Powerball. (CNBC)



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