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

Image result for Special shout out to officers Justin Henry and partner Trae Cierzan who saved a woman who was attempting to jump off a highway over pass, about 80 feet above the ground.

Special shout out to officers Justin Henry and partner Trae Cierzan who saved a woman who was attempting to jump off a highway over pass, about 80 feet above the ground.

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

 

Venezuela

One of the men accused of trying to assassinate Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro died under mysterious circumstances. Fernando Albán, a Maduro critic and Caracas City Council member, died after a fall from a 10th-floor window in Venezuela's top intelligence agency. Government officials call it suicide; government critics call it murder, part of a massive crackdown on opposition groups. Albán was one of several people arrested in the August 4 plot against Maduro, which included flying drones armed with explosives and setting them off while he gave a speech. Maduro was not injured in the attack. (CNN)

 

 

 

Missing Saudi journalist

If Jamal Khashoggi is indeed dead, his killing was ordered “by the highest levels" of Saudi Arabia's government, The New York Times reported. Khashoggi -- missing since entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, last week -- was killed within two hours of his arrival at the consulate and dismembered with a bone saw, a Turkish official told the newspaper. The Washington Post said before Khashoggi's disappearance, US intelligence intercepted communications of Saudi officials talking about capturing him. Saudi Arabia has denied involvement in his disappearance. Khashoggi's fiancée asked President Donald Trump for help.

(CNN)

 

 

 

Hurricane Michael strengthens into 'extremely dangerous' Category 4 storm
Hurricane Michael strengthened into a major Category 4 storm on Tuesday as it barreled through the Gulf of Mexico toward the Florida Panhandle, threatening to hammer the state on Wednesday with winds as high as 140 mph and a life-threatening storm surge of up to 13 feet. Forecasters warned it could be the most powerful storm on record to hit the Florida Panhandle. Parts of Florida started feeling tropical storm-force winds overnight, with landfall projected Wednesday afternoon. Evacuations were ordered in parts of 10 counties, with more than 100,000 people ordered to leave low-lying areas. "It will be life-threatening and extremely dangerous," Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) said. "You cannot hide from this storm." (The Washington Post, The Miami Herald, The Week)

 

 

 

 Supreme Court puts Wilbur Ross deposition on hold
The U.S. Supreme Court late Tuesday temporarily blocked an order for Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and a top Justice Department official to be questioned on the decision to add a question about citizenship to the 2020 Census. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg put the looming depositions, requested by for states that are suing over the matter, on hold while the high court reviews the government's request to shield the officials from the depositions. The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled earlier Tuesday that Ross would have to provide a court-ordered deposition. Justice Department lawyers had previously said they would appeal to the Supreme Court if lower courts approved the rare deposition of a sitting Cabinet member. (Reuters, Politico, The Week)

 

 

 

Supreme Court upholds North Dakota voter ID law challenged by Native Americans
The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that North Dakota could enforce a controversial voter ID law in the 2018 elections. A group of Native American residents challenged a new state law requiring voters to present identification with a current residential street address, arguing it would disenfranchise Native Americans, a key Democratic constituency, disproportionately because many Native American voters live on reservations without standard addresses. The Supreme Court denied an urgent request submitted to Justice Neil Gorsuch to keep the law from being implemented in November. The court denied the request without explanation. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg filed a dissenting opinion, joined by Justice Elena Kagan, citing the risk of "voter confusion." The decision was seen as a setback for Sen. Heidi Heitkamp's (D-N.D.) already uphill re-election bid. (The Hill, The Week)

 

 

 

South Korea considers lifting some sanctions against North Korea
South Korea's foreign minister, Kang Kyung-wha, said Wednesday that her country is considering lifting some of its unilateral sanctions against North Korea to improve relations with Pyongyang and boost momentum toward a deal on denuclearization. South Korea effectively shut down nearly all cross-border economic cooperation after a 2010 attack on a warship that killed 45 South Korean sailors. The 2010 "May 24 measures" also banned North Korea from using South Korean shipping lanes. South Korea's sanctions "now duplicate" some United Nations sanctions, Kang said. Lifting South Korea's measures would not affect U.S.-led international sanctions, which remain in place as denuclearization talks continue. South Korean President Moon Jae-in has called engagement between the North and South a key to resolving the nuclear standoff.

(The Associated Press, The Week)

 

 

 


EU, UK Near Deal to Avert Messy Divorce
Do open borders make good neighbors? While Britain is anxious to exit the European Union, its future relationship with the bloc hinges on one issue: Keeping the border open between Northern Ireland, which is part of the U.K., and the Republic of Ireland, an EU member. Now diplomats on both sides seem poised to solve that problem and forge new agreements on trade and other issues. Meanwhile, an unregulated Brexit is just one factor worrying the International Monetary Fund, which warns that “dangerous undercurrents” like America’s trade war could “significantly harm global growth.”

(WSJ {SUB}, BBC, OZY)

 

 

 


Solar Power No Longer a Luxury Despite Federal Rollbacks
Clean solar energy is hitting more roofs in low-income American neighborhoods thanks to dropping prices, increased private sector involvement and a plethora of public programs. A decade ago there were virtually no government initiatives providing solar power to low- and middle-income communities. Now there are at least 35 local programs nationwide, even while the federal government slashes funding for renewable energy research and slaps imported solar components with tariffs. And private sector businesses are also finding lucrative ways to expand into previously untapped markets and communities. (OZY)

 

 

 


American Music Awards Winners: 'Vote!'
Artists and presenters at last night’s politically charged ceremony made sure viewers know that midterms are coming Nov. 6. Accepting his soul/R&B male artist honors, Khalid gave a shout-out to fellow musician Rep. Beto O’Rourke, GOP Sen. Ted Cruz’s rival. Host Tracee Ellis Ross wore an “I am a voter” T-shirt. And Taylor Swift, who recently endorsed Tennessee Democrats for the Senate and House, urged the audience to “get out and vote.” Swift took home three AMAs, bringing her career total to 23 and breaking Whitney Houston’s record for the most wins by a female artist.

(USA Today, Deadline, OZY)

 

 

 


Red Sox Beat Yankees to Face Astros in ALCS
They’re king of the hill. Boston was up 4-1 entering the ninth inning, needing just three outs to advance, but proceeded to load the bases and give up two runs. The Sox were finally rescued by Eduardo Nunez, already credited with driving in two runs earlier, who made a lightning throw from third to first to end the game at 4-3. Now Boston will host Houston in ALCS Game 1 Saturday, the day after the Brewers and Dodgers begin slugging it out for the NL title.

(USA Today, ESPN, CBS, OZY)

 

 

 


Exxon Mobil Bankrolls Carbon Tax Campaign
The oil and gas giant announced Tuesday it would donate $1 million to a political campaign aiming to tax carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel production. While it seems counterintuitive to join solar, nuclear and wind energy producers in the effort, Exxon — facing lawsuits over its role in climate change — has long said it favors collecting carbon taxes instead of imposing other environmental regulations. It’s the first time a major U.S. petroleum company has financed such lobbying, which could help shift energy production away from coal toward cleaner-burning gas.

(The Hill, Bloomberg, OZY)

 

 

 


Zika Returns to India for Third Time in 2 Years
The virus has affected 22 people in Jaipur, in the western state of Rajasthan, while northeastern Bihar is also on high alert after one infected person visited. Indian scientists say this time they’ve detected Zika, first spread by Aedes mosquitoes in the Americas in 2015, in the insects themselves, not just patients. While symptoms aren’t noticeable in most victims, the disease can occasionally cause paralysis and can lead to severe birth defects. Those visiting affected areas are advised to protect themselves by covering up and using insect repellent.

(Quartz, OZY)

 

 

 

Weekly mortgage applications fall 1.7% as home loan rates move above 5% (CNBC)

 

 

 

President Donald Trump said he does not like the Fed's decision to continue to hike interest rates. He also said the U.S. economy does not have an inflation problem and the central bank is moving too quickly. (CNBC)

 

 

 

Cramer admits he's getting 'a little cautious' about the Fed's effect on the economy (CNBC)

 

 

 

CNBC has learned Dina Powell, a Goldman Sachs (GS) executive and former deputy national security advisor to President Trump, has had discussions about possibly succeeding Nikki Haley as U.S. ambassador to the U.N.

 

 

 

Trump is expected to sign two bills today that ban "gag order" clauses in contracts between pharmacies and insurance companies or pharmacy benefit managers. The two bills were passed by Congress last month. (NBC News, CNBC)

 

 

 

Income test under Trump proposal places tougher hurdles for families to get green cards (NBC News, CNBC)

 

 

 

A judge in Missouri issued a ruling yesterday prohibiting election authorities from requiring voters to present a photo identification card in order to cast a ballot. The move blocks key parts of the state's voter ID law. (Axios, 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.

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,

A star is born
The biggest star at Tuesday night's American Music Awards turned out to be -- the music. No, really. Check out the list of winners and see the red carpet pics.

Sweet song
When you're a music superstar, who should sing "Happy Birthday" to you? If you're Bruno Mars, you get Ed Sheeran, of course.

Next-level trolling
First the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees to win the ALDS. Then they blasted "New York, New York" during the locker room celebration.

Camp Met
Fashion designers may need to head to the woods for inspiration for next year's Met Gala, which will have a "camp" theme.

Perfect picture
A week ago they saved an infant's life. Then a trio of Oregon deputies reunited with her.

 

 

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