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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.



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Trump continues criticism of Fed over rate hikes
President Trump on Thursday continued to criticize the Federal Reserve, saying that the U.S. central bank was “out of control” and had triggered this week’s nosedive in stock prices by raising interest rates too fast. “It’s a correction that I think is caused by the Federal Reserve with interest rates,” Trump said. “We have interest rates going up at a clip that’s much faster than certainly a lot of people, including myself, would have anticipated.” Trump has slammed the Fed numerous times recently. The Fed has hiked rates three times this year under Trump’s hand-picked new chairman, Jerome Powell. Trump said he had no plans to fire Powell, but was “just disappointed” that the Fed was raising rates so fast. The Fed raises rates to keep the economy and inflation from overheating, but Trump says the hikes are unnecessary because inflation is near the Fed’s 2 percent target rate. (The Associated Press, The Week)




 Lawsuit accuses Georgia of illegally stalling voter registrations


Advocacy groups filed a lawsuit in Georgia on Thursday seeking to force the state to reinstate tens of thousands of voters whose registrations were placed in limbo due to minor differences between information on their applications and their government IDs. The lawsuit says the controversial policy used by the office of Brian Kemp, Georgia’s secretary of state and the Republican nominee for governor in November’s election, violates the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, and the First and Fourteenth Amendments. The policy has stalled applications for 53,000 people, a disproportionate number of them black. Kemp’s Democratic opponent, Stacey Abrams, is vying to become the first black woman to be elected governor in the U.S.

(The New York Times, The Week)




 Facebook purges political accounts for spamming violations


Facebook said Thursday that it had purged more than 800 accounts for flooding users with political content. Facebook said the spiked accounts and pages violated its spam policies. It said most of the accounts belonged to domestic entities that used clickbait to drive traffic to their websites so it could barrage them with ads. The accounts did not appear to be linked to Russia, Facebook officials said. One of the pages called itself “the first publication to endorse President Donald J. Trump.” The decision could prove sensitive, as some critics, including President Trump, have accused Facebook and other social media of censoring conservative content, and Facebook removed the 559 pages and 251 accounts just weeks before the midterm elections. (The Washington Post, The Week)




 Turkey to join Saudis in joint investigation of Khashoggi disappearance


Turkey said Thursday it would go along with Saudi Arabia’s request to form a joint committee to investigate the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist. He has not been seen since he went into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2 to get a document he needed to remarry. Turkish investigators believe Saudi agents killed him, which Saudi leaders deny. Saudi leaders have claimed the consulate’s security cameras did not record on the day Khashoggi disappeared, which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan found unbelievable, saying that the Saudi security system is so advanced, it could “catch a bird or a mosquito.” Turkish security officials reportedly have told the U.S. they have audio and video recordings proving Saudi agents killed Khashoggi. ( The Washington Post, The Week)




American and Russian to return to space in spring after aborted mission


The head of Russia’s space agency said Friday that American astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin would head to the International Space Station in the spring, after they safely parachuted to Earth when their rocket failed in flight Thursday. The capsule landed in a barren area in Kazakhstan after the failure triggered emergency measures that sent them on a steep, harrowing plunge. Hague and Ovchinin were supposed to join an American, a Russian, and a German already on board the space station. The three-stage Russian Soyuz rocket had a failure in its second stage, when one of its four first-stage engines didn’t jettison at the same time as the others, setting off the abort sequence. “Thank God the crew is alive,” said Dmitry Peskov, the spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Russia’s manned launches were suspended pending an investigation.

(The Associated Press, Reuters, The Week)




 Pope accepts resignation of cardinal accused of covering up abuse


The Vatican announced Friday that Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Catholic archbishop of Washington, D.C. Wuerl, who previously served as Pittsburgh’s bishop, was named in a Pennsylvania grand jury report released over the summer as among the Catholic officials who covered up sexual abuse. He also became embroiled in the abuse scandal centered around his predecessor in Washington, former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. All bishops submit their resignations when they turn 75; Wuerl turns 78 in November. The Vatican did not immediately name Wuerl’s successor.

(The Associated Press, CBS News, The Week)




 Washington state Supreme Court rules death penalty unconstitutional


Washington’s state Supreme Court on Thursday declared that the state’s death penalty was unconstitutional. The court said in the unanimous ruling that capital punishment in the state is imposed in an arbitrary and racially biased way, and serves no legitimate purpose. “All death sentences are hereby converted to life imprisonment,” the ruling said. The case centered on Allen Eugene Gregory, who was sentenced to death in 2001 for aggravated first degree murder, and commissioned a study for his appeal focusing on the role of race and county in imposing death sentences in the state. The report found death penalty decisions varied by county, and that black defendants were more than four times more likely to be sentenced to death than white ones.  (The Hill, The Week)






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.





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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