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

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

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


Trump administration asks Supreme Court to toss out kids’ climate change case
The Justice Department on Thursday asked the Supreme Court to halt a lawsuit filed by young activists who accuse the federal government of failing to address climate change. The 21 activists, ages 11 to 22, say that by promoting fossil fuels for decades, the government has violated their constitutional right to “a climate system capable of sustaining human life.” Both the Obama and Trump administrations have tried to get the lawsuit dismissed. Lower courts have let it head to an Oct. 29 trial. Solicitor General Noel Francisco said the lawsuit should be tossed because the activists’ “alleged injuries stem from the cumulative effects of CO2 emissions from every source in the world over decades,” with the U.S. government playing a minimal role. (NBC News, The Week)




Feds investigate sex abuse allegations against Pennsylvania priests
The Justice Department has started an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse by Catholic priests in Pennsylvania, according to Thursday news reports citing people familiar with the matter. Investigators subpoenaed Pennsylvania’s Catholic dioceses after an August grand jury report unearthed more than 1,000 allegations of abuse against more than 300 Pennsylvania priests, triggering similar probes in other states. Pennsylvania’s statute of limitations prevented further investigation into a number of the report’s allegations, but under federal law a number of sex abuse crimes, including sex abuse involving a minor, have no statute of limitations. (USA Today, The Associated Press, The Week)




 Democrats say Trump intervened in FBI HQ project to protect his hotel
A group of House Democrats on Thursday claimed that President Trump intervened in a major federal building project to protect business for his Pennsylvania Avenue hotel. Trump wants to demolish and rebuild the FBI’s headquarters rather than moving it, the Democrats said, to keep the site in government hands and keep potential rivals away from the Trump International Hotel at the Old Post Office Pavilion nearby. Democrats called Trump’s alleged involvement an abuse of power, writing in a letter to the General Services Administration that Trump should have avoided communications about the project “to prevent both real and perceived conflicts of interest.” The White House did not immediately respond, but GSA press secretary Pamela Dixon said the Democrats were wrong to blame Trump, because the FBI made the decisions on the headquarters project. (NPR, CNN, The Week)




Red Sox beat Astros to advance to World Series
The Boston Red Sox beat the Houston Astros 4-1 on Thursday to win the American League Championship Series and advance to the World Series. Rafael Devers’ three-run homer gave the Red Sox their margin of victory as they defeated the Astros, last year’s World Series champions, to take the best-of-seven series in just five games. Red Sox pitcher David Price had a playoff career-high nine strikeouts and six shutout innings. The Red Sox will play the winner of the National League Championship Series, which the Los Angeles Dodgers lead 3-2 against the Milwaukee Brewers. Game 6 of that series will be played Friday. The World Series starts Tuesday.

(The Associated Press, The Week)




Taliban attack kills two Afghan security chiefs ahead of elections
Afghanistan is delaying parliamentary elections in the southern province of Kandahar for one week after a Taliban attack killed two top provincial leaders on Thursday as they left a meeting with General Scott Miller, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, two days before the scheduled balloting. Miller was not injured. Gunfire from at least one attacker killed the region’s powerful police chief, Gen. Abdul Raziq, and the provincial intelligence chief. The provincial governor, another police commander, and three Americans also were wounded, according to Afghan officials. Raziq had survived dozens of assassination attempts and was widely considered a key ally by the U.S. military and an indispensable security chief in southern Afghanistan, a center of Taliban influence. The Taliban claimed responsibility.

(Reuters, The New York Times, The Week)




Trump threatens to close border if Mexico doesn’t stop migrant caravan
President Trump on Thursday urged Mexico “in the strongest of terms” to stop what he called an “onslaught” of illegal immigration into the United States. About 4,000 Central American migrants are heading toward the U.S. in hopes of crossing the border, and the State Department wants Mexico to stop this caravan when it reaches the border with Guatemala. Trump warned that if Mexico is unable to stop the caravan, which he said includes “MANY CRIMINALS,” he will “call up the U.S. military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!” He also suggested this could damage the recently-signed United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, as this “assault on our country” is “far more important” than trade. Mexico has dispatched police to its southern border to turn away illegal immigrants, but not asylum seekers.

(Donald J. Trump, The Washington Post, The Week)




Trump praises GOP congressman for body-slamming reporter
President Trump on Thursday praised Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.), who assaulted a journalist shortly before his special election victory last year, saying at a Montana rally that, “Any guy that can do a body-slam … he’s my guy.” Trump called Gianforte a “tough cookie.” In May 2017, Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs asked Gianforte about the Republican health-care plan. Gianforte then body-slammed Jacobs, who was treated for an elbow injury. Gianforte pleaded guilty to a charge of assault and apologized to Jacobs during his acceptance speech. Guardian U.S. editor John Mulholland said Trump’s remarks, coming after the apparent murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, risked “inviting other assaults on journalists both here and across the world where they often face far greater threats.” (The Associated Press, CNN, The Week)




Trump says he believes Khashoggi is dead
President Trump said Thursday that he believes Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi journalist who disappeared Oct. 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, is dead. Trump also said credible intelligence reports suggest involvement by high-level Saudi leaders, although he stopped short of blaming Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Some of the Saudi agents Turkey has said appear to have killed Khashoggi, a Washington Postcolumnist, reportedly were linked to the crown prince. Trump acknowledged that the case had raised troubling questions about America’s alliance with Saudi Arabia. Trump, who previously cautioned against a rush to judgment, added that his administration might consider “very severe” action against the Saudi government if it is directly implicated.

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




 Mnuchin withdraws from Saudi financial conference
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday decided to withdraw from next week’s Future Investment Initiative conference in Saudi Arabia, following the lead of corporate and media executives who pulled out over the disappearance of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Mnuchin had faced bipartisan criticism for previously planning to attend despite evidence linking Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Saudi officials suspected of killing Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. Mnuchin had been scheduled to speak at the conference during a six-country tour of the Middle East, but reversed course after meeting with President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. It was unclear whether Mnuchin would still visit Riyadh at all as part of his tour. (The New York Times, The Week)




EU Signals Support for Post-Brexit Cushion
Yesterday European Council President Donald Tusk said the bloc would accept Prime Minister Theresa May’s request for an extended post-Brexit transition period. But the extension, aimed at buying time for negotiating a trade deal, would keep the U.K. economically tied to the bloc — without having any influence over it — until 2021, drawing anger from MPs on both sides of the debate. EU leaders said they would back May in seeking support beyond her own party and building a “coalition of the reasonable” in Parliament to avoid a no-deal Brexit.

(The Guardian, FT (SUB), OZY)




Chinese Growth Slows Amid Trade Tensions
Clocking a third-quarter growth rate of just 6.5 percent, China posted its slowest pace of economic expansion since the global financial crisis. Both factory output and consumption weakened, prompting Chinese financial authorities to soothe investor concerns by claiming recent “abnormal fluctuations” in the country’s stock markets don’t reflect China’s otherwise “stable” economy. The ongoing trade war between Beijing and Washington has led to sell-offs in domestic stocks, though Vice Premier Liu He has insisted “the psychological impact is bigger than the actual impact.”

(WSJ (SUB), Reuters, OZY)




Tesla (TSLA) unveiled a new $45,000 version of its Model 3 sedan, featuring a battery with a range of about 260 miles, 50 miles less than the more expensive version of the vehicle. On Twitter, Elon Musk wrote, “Costs $35k after federal & state tax rebates in California.” (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.


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 nanny
A reboot of “The Nanny,” with Fran Drescher and … Cardi B? Hey, in 2018, anything is possible.

Nothing to sneeze at
Goodbye “mansize,” hello “extra large.” Kleenex changes the name of its larger tissues after 62 years because of complaints of sexism.

Bait and switch
Elle tweeted Kim K. and Kanye West broke up. Turns out it was just a ploy to get people to register to vote. The good folks of the internet were not amused.

‘Margaret’ makes a movie
Yes, it’s really happening. Judy Blume has given her blessing for a movie based on her iconic book, “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.”


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