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

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Big shout out to NFL players like Everson Griffen, Joe Barksdale, Steve Smith Sr. and Brian Dawkins. Tough, powerful NFL players who recently open up about their battles with depression and mental health. Our brains are just like any other part of our body. Once injured, there are steps that you can take to bring you back to a healthy state of mind and body or close to it .

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 or will experience 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 and Obama make last-minute pitches ahead of midterms


President Trump and former President Barack Obama made rival late election pitches on Sunday, both telling voters that Tuesday’s midterm elections would be critical in determining the country’s future. “This election will decide whether we build on this extraordinary prosperity we have created,” Trump, who has rallied the Republican base with anti-immigrant rhetoric, said at a rally in Georgia. Trump said Democrats want to “take a giant wrecking ball to our economy.” Obama criticized Trump, without saying his name, and Republicans, saying they repeatedly lie and divide the nation with their policies. “The only check right now on the behavior of these Republicans is you and your vote,” Obama said at an Indiana rally for Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.).

(Reuters, The Week)




Kemp accuses Georgia Dems of hacking, Dems say he’s ‘desperate’


Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office announced Sunday that it was launching an investigation into allegations that the Democratic Party tried to hack into the state’s voter registration system. Kemp is the Republican gubernatorial candidate, facing Democrat Stacey Abrams. Democrats called the allegation “100 percent false.” Democrats have called for Kemp to relinquish his duties as the state’s top election official, but he has refused. Democrats also have complained that Kemp has held up tens of thousands of voter registrations over minor paperwork discrepancies. Abrams called the hacking investigation, announced two days before the election, a “desperate attempt on the part of my opponent to distract people from the fact that two different federal judges found him derelict in his duties.”

(Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Huffington Post, The Week)




 Polls show battle for control of Congress tightening ahead of vote


Two polls released Sunday show Democrats with a modest but narrowed lead in voter preference for which party controls Congress. A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found a 7-percentage point lead for Democrats, 50 percent to 43 percent, down from a 9-point lead in the previous poll. A Washington Post/ABC News poll recorded an 8-point lead for Democrats, 52 percent to 44 percent. That’s down from 13 points in October. Both polls indicated that Republican base voters have become more engaged and some independents have shifted to backing Republicans. Polls still show a strong likelihood that Democrats will take control of the House and Republicans will keep their majority in the Senate. Pollsters note that either side could surge to a broader victory if the polls are slightly off.

(The Wall Street Journal, ABC News, The Week)




Khashoggi’s sons appeal for return of his body


Salah and Abdullah Khashoggi, the sons of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, made an appeal Sunday for the return of their father’s body so they can bury him and grieve. Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Postcontributor critical of the Saudi government, was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2 after going there to pick up marriage documents. “It’s not a normal situation, it’s not a normal death at all,” Salah Khashoggi told CNN. “All what we want right now is to bury him in Al-Baqi (cemetery) in Medina (Saudi Arabia) with the rest of his family.” The Khashoggis said they had talked with Saudi authorities about the request, and hoped for results soon. Khashoggi’s body has not been recovered, and the Saudi government has denied suggestions that the country’s de facto leader, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, ordered the murder. (Reuters, The Week)




 Italy flooding death toll rises to 29


The death toll in Italy’s historic flooding rose to 29 after 12 fatalities were reported in Sicily, Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said Sunday. “Twelve dead in Sicily, people that were having dinner and were swept up by the water,” Salvini said. Nine of the people were members of two families who were dining together in a house that was swamped when a nearby river suddenly overflowed. Search crews also were looking for a doctor who disappeared on his way to work at a hospital Saturday night. High winds and heavy rain have caused the worst flooding in decades in Venice, and landslides in other areas have cut off access to some villages. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said Sunday he would call a Cabinet meeting to announce a state of emergency in hard-hit regions.

(CNN, The Week)




Oil prices sag as Iran sanctions start


Oil prices edged down on Monday as renewed sanctions against Iranian oil exports took effect, but the U.S. temporarily granted waivers to eight countries to keep importing Iranian crude. Futures for Brent crude and West Texas Intermediate, the U.S. benchmark, fell by 0.4 percent overnight. The sanctions, aiming to force Tehran to curb its nuclear and missile programs, could dent supply and push up prices, but news of the waivers changed things. “All eyes will be on the outcome of negotiations on possible waivers to U.S. sanctions on Iran,” ANZ bank said on Monday. “Any deals allowing oil importers to continue buying from Iran could see prices come under further pressure.” (Reuters, The Week)




New Caledonia voters reject independence from France


Voters in the French Pacific territory of New Caledonia on Sunday rejected independence, with 56.4 percent backing remaining part of France and 43.6 percent supporting breaking away. The vote was closer than widely expected, and turnout was roughly 81 percent. The vote fulfilled a promise under a 1988 deal to end a violent campaign for independence. French President Emmanuel Macron said the vote showed that New Caledonia’s inhabitants have “confidence in the French republic.” About 175,000 people were eligible to cast ballots in the remote islands east of Australia. Indigenous Kanaks make up 39.1 percent of the population. France first claimed the islands in 1853.

(BBC News, The Week)




3 Wisconsin Girl Scouts, chaperone killed by truck while picking up litter


Three Girl Scouts and an adult chaperone were killed over the weekend when they were struck by a pickup truck that veered off a rural Wisconsin highway while they were picking up litter. Another Scout remained in critical condition in a hospital. The alleged driver, 21-year-old Colten Treu, later surrendered to police and was jailed Sunday on four counts of homicide through negligent use of a vehicle. The Girl Scouts from Chippewa Falls were wearing their uniforms and lime-green safety vests when the speeding, two-ton Ford F-150 veered into the ditch where they were cleaning up the roadside. Two girls and the chaperone died at the scene. Another girl died later in a hospital.

(The Washington Post, The Week)




David Stockman believes the 40% market downturn he’s long predicted has finally arrived (CNBC)




Paul Tudor Jones: Rising rates typically cause bear markets, but it’s not at the tipping point yet (CNBC)




Three ways the US midterm elections will affect world politics (CNBC)




Tuesday’s midterm elections, in which some tightly contested races hang in the balance, could have big implications for some key provisions of “Obamacare.” Medicaid expansion is on the ballot in three states this year. (CNBC)




For the third time since Trump was elected, Chinese President Xi Jinping took to the global stage today to r epeat his rhetoric against protectionism and promote his country as an advocate for international openness and cooperation. (CNBC)


Good News


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.



Healthy You & Community

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.






Watercooler Chat


Selfie fail
Ooops! A woman in Russia tried to take a selfie with artworks by Salvador Dali and Francisco Goya. She failed miserably.

Shop (and click) without fear
Amazon is offering free shipping on all orders for the holidays. It’s more about pumping up the season’s sales than being nice to you, though.

Out for a swim
He’s spent the past five months swimming around the mainland of Great Britain, because everybody needs a hobby, we guess.

Gone but not forgotten
Rick Grimes may be done with “The Walking Dead,” but AMC is most definitely not done with him.

Price drop
Enjoying the sudden drop in gas prices? Don’t get used to it, road warriors. It probably won’t last.


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