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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

Shadi's take on this week's ominous climate change warnings...



The number of people who could still be missing in Indonesia after the September 28 earthquake and tsunami on the island of Sulawesi.




EU pledges support for investigation into Bulgarian journalist’s murder
Bulgarian authorities are investigating whether the rape and murder of Viktoria Marinova, a 30-year-old Bulgarian journalist, was related to her work. Marinova, who was killed Saturday in the northeastern city of Ruse, recently had become the anchor of a talk show focused on investigative reporting. She was the third reporter killed in Europe over the last year. The European Union promised to support the investigation by Bulgarian authorities. Bulgarian Interior Minister Mladen Marinov said, however, that there was no evidence yet that Marinova was killed over her work. Bulgarian national radio reported that a suspect had been arrested in connection with the slaying.

(The Washington Post, The Associated Press, The Week)




 Toll from Haiti earthquake rises as aftershock fear lingers
The death toll from the 5.9-magnitude earthquake that hit northwestern Haiti over the weekend rose to at least 15 people on Monday, according to updated official figures. Another 333 people were reported injured. Thousands of people in the region’s biggest city, Port-de-Paix, dragged mattresses out of their homes and slept outside after the quake and a 5.2-magnitude aftershock stoked panic in a country still traumatized by a deadly 7.2-magnitude earthquake that devastated the Caribbean nation’s capital, Port-au-Prince, and nearby cities in 2010. Port-de-Paix is about 10 miles from the Saturday earthquake’s epicenter. Many people in the city were afraid to return to cinderblock homes cracked by the temblors.

(The Associated Press, The Week)




Alphabet to shut down Google+
Google is shutting down its Google+ social network to consumers after data from up to 500,000 users appeared to have been exposed to external developers due to a bug, the company announced in a blog on Monday. Google said it detected the problem and patched the leak in March. The company also said there was no evidence that any developers misused user data or exploited the vulnerability. Still, shares of Google parent Alphabet dropped by more than 1 percent on the news of the latest privacy glitch to affect a major tech company. The company reportedly plans to “wind down” Google+, which has “very low usage” among consumers anyway, by August 2019. It will be kept alive for businesses.

(Reuters, The Week)




Fox hires former White House aide Hope Hicks as communications director
New Fox, the successor to Fox News parent company 21st Century Fox, on Monday named President Trump’s former White House communications director, Hope Hicks, as its head of corporate communications. Hicks, 29, will run communications for a company overseeing Fox News, the Fox broadcasting network, and other outlets under the control of Rupert Murdoch. Hicks’ hiring is the latest in a series of moves linking Fox News personnel and the White House. Bill Shine, the network’s former co-president, became White House deputy chief of staff for communications, effectively replacing Hicks. New Fox is the company emerging from 21st Century Fox’s sale of many assets to Walt Disney Co. (The Washington Post, The Week)




Erdogan demands proof from Saudi Arabia that journalist left consulate alive
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday demanded that Saudi Arabia provide proof that missing self-exiled Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi left the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on his own. Khashoggi went into the consulate on Friday to pick up a document that would have permitted him to remarry the next day, but he hasn’t been seen since. Erdogan’s statement marked an escalation in diplomatic tensions between Turkey and Saudi Arabia over the case. Turkish officials say they believe Saudi agents killed Khashoggi inside the consulate. “Do you not have cameras and everything of the sort?” Erdogan said, directing his question to Saudi officials. “They have all of them. Then why do you not prove this? You need to prove it.” (The Washington Post, The Week)




Hurricane Michael projected to hit Florida Panhandle
Hurricane Michael continued intensifying on Monday and early Tuesday, with forecasters warning it could grow into a “potentially catastrophic storm” more powerful than previously thought before making landfall in the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday. The storm reached hurricane status on Monday after its top sustained winds went from 35 miles per hour to 75 mph over 24 hours. Its top winds reached 90 mph early Tuesday. The National Hurricane Center warned Michael could make landfall as a major hurricane — a Category 3 with top sustained winds of roughly 120 mph. Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) ordered thousands of coastal residents to head inland and others to prepare to evacuate as forecasters issued a hurricane warning for the northeastern Gulf Coast from the Alabama-Florida border to Suwanee River, Florida. (USA Today, The Week)




Trump bashes Democrats as Kavanaugh promises to be impartial
President Trump used a White House ceremonial swearing-in for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh to further politicize the judge’s confirmation by calling allegations of sexual misconduct against him “a campaign of political and personal destruction based on lies and deception.” Trump apologized to Kavanaugh “on behalf of our nation” for what he earlier called a “hoax” orchestrated by Democrats. He declared that Kavanaugh had been “proven innocent” in an investigation, although it reached no conclusions. Kavanaugh, whose confirmation faced intense protests, sought to ease partisan tensions by promising to “take this office with gratitude and no bitterness,” saying the confirmation battle “did not change me.” “My approach to judging remains the same: A good judge must be an umpire, a neutral and impartial decider that favors no litigant or policy,” he said. (The Washington Post, The Week)




Online Investigators Identify Second Novichok Poisoning Suspect
The investigative website Bellingcat, cooperating with Russia’s Insider, named the second suspect arrested for poisoning a former Russian spy and his daughter in Salisbury, England. They claim Alexander Mishkin, alias “Alexander Petrov,” is a Russian military doctor and intelligence operative. Using open-source software, internet databases and social media, the site says it was able to uncover “Petrov” through his online footprint. Last month Bellingcat exposed “Ruslan Boshirov” as Russian intelligence officer Anatoliy Chepiga. British authorities have yet to comment on the “speculation,” saying the poisoning remains under investigation.









The New York Times reports that a Trump campaign aide requested an Israeli intelligence firm’s help in creating an online misinformation campaign. (The New York Times, OZY)




Apple Reassures Congress: No Chinese Spy Chips in Servers
The tech giant wrote to House and Senate committees Monday to refute a Bloomberg report claiming the Chinese government had secretly added spy chips to motherboards sold by California supplier Supermicro. The report, which British and U.S. security officials have dismissed, said those chips ended up in data systems of about 30 companies, including Amazon. Apple, Amazon and Supermicro all repudiate the claims. While Apple’s disavowal was unequivocal, some drew comparisons to the company’s denial of its involvement in secret NSA data mining that was exposed by Edward Snowden.





Chinese Immigrants Plant Roots in the Caribbean
While China’s large infrastructure projects are reaching foreign shores, there’s a softer influence by the global heavyweight being felt in the Caribbean. Small Chinese businesses are cropping up throughout the area, igniting debate on their impact on economies and societies traditionally closer to the West and Taiwan. Islanders complain that Chinese businesses don’t hire them and ignore local standards and laws. Although the entrepreneurial newcomers boost rental income, some residents don’t feel it’s worth the cost of crowding out local business as immigrants continue to pour in. (OZY)




#MeToo Movement Hits Bollywood
Actor, director and writer Rajat Kapoor apologized yesterday via Twitter after multiple women accused him of improper conduct, including asking a female journalist during an interview, “Are you as sexy as you sound?” As #MeToo embroils India’s entertainment industry, actor Nana Patekar and singer Kailash Kher have also recently denied accusations of misconduct. And an entire film company was dissolved this weekend following harassment allegations against filmmaker Vikas Bahl and complaints that his partners condoned his behavior. The Mumbai Film Festival has canceled screenings of Kapoor’s latest work in solidarity with his accusers.





CNBC reported that a super PAC funded almost entirely by billionaire and former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg has opened up its coffers to seven women running to unseat veteran Republican incumbents in the House.




Hope Hicks, one of Trump’s most trusted aides, will head to Fox to become its new chief communications officer. She served as White House communications director and director of strategic communications for Trump until she left in April. (CNBC)




A medical start-up called Heartbeat is opening up clinics all over New York.They’re hoping to reduce the rate of heart disease through a combination of digital technology, medical tests, and advice. (CNBC)





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

Uber driver stumbles into gift of new hands for his 11-year-old daughter after picking up engineering student

A stunningly serendipitous Uber meeting resulted in a college student giving a big hand to a little girl who needed it most. Back in February, University of Notre Dame student Michael Skinner called for an Uber to take him home from a parenting event. The chatty engineering major started talking to his driver—and fortunately asked about his family.

Doug Anderson talked about his 11-year-old daughter Tori. He and his wife adopted her from China when she was 5 and brought her back to their home in Indiana. She was born with only one finger on each hand, a condition that caused her a lot of embarrassment and insecurity.

He and his wife had approached different hospitals about getting Tori fitted for prosthetics, but doctors said she would quickly outgrow them—and they’re expensive. Money has been tight for the parents who have adopted two other special needs children. Doug, 58, took up Uber driving to earn extra money, and because he liked to socialize.

As fate would have it, the student in the back seat, Michael Skinner, was the perfect person to chat with.

Skinner works with an engineering group called e-Nable. The group 3D-prints robotic hands—and had been searching in vain for a child who needed one.

After several months of sizing and collaboration, Tori has been fitted with a new set of 3D-printed hands. She can now throw a baseball, write, and blow bubbles.

Her father, overwhelmed with gratitude, told the university, “I think that God absolutely had his hand in this.”


 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.


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.




New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. On Monday night, he broke Peyton Manning’s record to become the NFL’s all-time leader in passing.

Social shutdown
Breaking news: Google+ is still around. More breaking news: But Google is shutting down its social network after a data breach it reportedly never told anyone about.

Tay vs. Ye
Remember when debates about Taylor Swift and Kanye West were just about the music? Yes, those were simpler times. Now it’s all about politics.

Star power
The real star emerging from “A Star Is Born” is Charlie, director Bradley Cooper’s dog. Cooper cast the lovable pooch himself.

Water works
Elon Musk may not be the most popular person on Wall Street right now, but he’s turning into a beloved figure in Flint, Michigan’s schools.

Need a good reminder to buckle up that seat belt? Then check out this wreck in Arizona. No one was injured, because everyone buckled up.




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