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MENTAL HEALTH CHAT-(U.S. suicide rates surges to a 30-year high)
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.
Hate crimes were up, significantly, in the US last year, according to just-released numbers from the FBI. Reported incidents rose 17% in 2017 compared to 2016. Of 7,106 single-bias hate crimes reported last year:
- 6% of victims were targeted because of the offenders’ race/ethnicity/ancestry bias;
- 6% were targeted because of sexual-orientation bias;
- 9% were targeted because of gender identitybias;
- 6% were targeted because of gender bias.
Of 1,679 religious hate crimes reported, 58.1% were anti-Jewish, while 18.6% were anti-Muslim. The stats are a compilation of bias-motivated incidents submitted to the FBI by some 16,000 law enforcement agencies. (CNN)
|Judges order more time, ballots in Georgia vote count
|A federal judge has barred Georgia election officials from certifying the state’s tight gubernatorial election before Friday, and ordered them to review all provisional ballots cast in the midterm elections first. Before the ruling late Monday, officials had planned to certify the result on Wednesday. Another judge ruled Tuesday that officials must count absentee ballots rejected over problems with dates of birth. Republican Brian Kemp, who as Georgia’s secretary of state had the duty of overseeing the election, leads Democrat Stacey Abrams by nearly 59,000 votes. If he keeps the lead he will have just enough to win outright, but if the race narrows enough to pull his total below 50 percent he will be forced into a runoff election against Abrams.
(USA Today, The Week)
| Trump slams Macron, blames Secret Service for missing ceremony
|President Trump on Tuesday unleashed a Twitter attack on French President Emmanuel Macron, who denounced nationalism in a veiled criticism of Trump’s “America First” policies during weekend ceremonies marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Trump said Macron was trying to change the subject from his “very low” approval rating and nearly 10 percent unemployment. “By the way,” Trump wrote, “there is no country more Nationalist than France, very proud people-and rightfully so!” Trump also responded to criticism for canceling one of two visits to cemeteries to honor U.S. war dead due to rainy weather that grounded his helicopter. Trump said he “suggested driving” but “Secret Service said NO.” The White House said a last-minute motorcade would have disrupted roadways.
(The New York Times, The Associated Press, The Week)
Death toll from California’s deadliest fire ever rises to 48
|Search crews found the remains of six more victims of Northern California’s Camp Fire on Tuesday, bringing the death toll from the blaze, already the deadliest in state history, to 48. The bodies were found in homes in or near Paradise, a town destroyed by the fire, which erupted on Thursday and rapidly became the most destructive ever recorded in California. Butte County Sheriff-Coroner Kory L. Honea said he had requested 100 National Guard troops to work with crews searching for more victims of the fire, which has burned 130,000 acres and is still just 35 percent contained. Another blaze in Southern California, the Woolsey Fire, has killed two people near Malibu and burned more than 97,100 acres. (NBC News, The Week)
|Israeli defense minister resigns, citing Hamas truce
|Israel’s hawkish defense minister, Avigdor Lieberman, announced Wednesday that he was resigning over a cease-fire that Hamas announced Tuesday night. The news came a day after the worst outbreak of violence with the Islamist militant group, which runs the Gaza Strip, since a 50-day war in 2014. Israel did not immediately confirm that it had accepted the cease-fire, but the violence appeared to be on hold. Residents in southern Israel communities targeted with 400 rockets fired from Gaza protested the truce, calling it capitulation to Hamas. Lieberman said the deal “amounts to surrendering to terror,” and said he has disagreed for weeks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over how to handle tensions in Gaza. Political analysts say Netanyahu might call early elections to boost his support. ( The Washington Post, The Week)
|Amazon officially announces new HQ split
|Amazon announced its decision to divide its new headquarters between New York City and Northern Virginia on Tuesday. The headquarters will be split between Long Island City in New York City’s borough of Queens and the Crystal City area of Arlington, Virginia, which Amazon is seemingly rebranding as “National Landing.” There will be about 25,000 employees at each site. Amazon will also open an Operations Center of Excellence in Nashville with 5,000 employees. Seeking a second headquarters equal to the one in Seattle, Amazon first started looking for a site in September 2017. Reports emerged last week revealing Amazon was planning to split its new headquarters, dubbed HQ2, between two cities.
(NBC News, The Week)
|U.K. reaches draft Brexit deal but opposition looms
|British Prime Minister Theresa May’s government reached a draft Brexit deal with the European Union on Tuesday after more than a year of tense negotiations. The British government did not immediately release details on the deal’s hundreds of pages of text, including how it would get past the sticking point of keeping people and trade flowing freely over the border between EU member Ireland and the U.K.’s Northern Ireland. May now could face a challenge tougher than negotiating the deal — getting it approved by her own Cabinet, and Parliament. Brexit supporters in May’s party have accused her of surrendering too much control to the EU. The Cabinet is scheduled to meet Wednesday to consider the draft deal.
(Reuters, The Week)
| Maryland challenges Trump’s appointment of Whitaker
|Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh (D) on Tuesday asked a federal judge to block Matthew Whitaker from serving as acting U.S. attorney general, arguing that the appointment was unconstitutional. Frosh said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has been confirmed by the Senate, should serve in the post instead of Whitaker, who has not. Trump appointed Whitaker, a critic of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, after forcing out former Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week. Whitaker was Sessions’ chief of staff. “The attorney general’s succession statute and the Constitution protect the country against exactly what President Trump has attempted to do here — pluck an unqualified and unconfirmed partisan to be the nation’s chief law enforcement officer in order to protect himself rather than the rule of law,” Frosh said.
(The Washington Post, The Week)
|Melania Trump calls for firing top national security aide
|First lady Melania Trump’s office on Tuesday called for the firing of Mira Ricardel, the top deputy to National Security Adviser John Bolton, saying she “no longer deserves the honor of serving in this White House.” The Wall Street Journal reported that President Trump had decided to force out Ricardel at the first lady’s request. The dispute came after Mrs. Trump’s staff reportedly clashed with Ricardel during her trip to Africa last month over plane seating and access to National Security Council resources. President Trump fired former Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week and reportedly plans to push out Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. He also has discussed potential replacements for White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.
(The Wall Street Journal, The Hill, The Week)
Three Trump cabinet members — Chief of Staff John Kelly, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke — could soon be gone, according to Reuters, citing sources familiar with the discussions.
CNBC has learned that a week after election night, House Democrat Nancy Pelosi quietly traveled to New York for private events with some of the nation’s biggest donors, including potential 2020 presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg.
Juul said it will stop selling most of its flavored nicotine pods for its e-cigarettes in retail stores — though only temporarily — as it tries to appease regulators who have ordered the company to help reduce “epidemic” levels of teen use. (CNBC)
Blu e-cigarette maker plans to restrict online sales amid FDA crackdown on teen use (CNBC)
Meet the neighbors who’ve helped a woman who uses a wheelchair get into bed every night — for 10 years.
Healthy You, Healthy 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.
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.
Winter is here
Send a raven, because we now know that the last season of uber-show “Game of Thrones” starts in April.
‘Who are people you’d rather not spend time with?’
Think Alex Trebek loves everybody that pops up on “Jeopardy?” Think again. These are the contestants that really irk him.
Chip and Joanna Gaines are coming back to TV, and this time it looks like they’ll be fixing up an entire network.
Passengers explain how an 11-hour Air France flight from Paris to Shanghai turned into a three-day odyssey — with a layover in Siberia.
We’ll let this one slide
A photobomber lurking in your engagement photos is not funny, unless it’s one of the funniest comics on the planet.
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