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

Image result for officers Justin Henry and partner Trae Cierzan who saved a woman

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.

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





Democrat Bill Nelson concedes to Republican Rick Scott in Florida Senate race


Outgoing Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, was declared the winner of Florida’s Senate race on Sunday after a manual recount. Scott held onto a razor-thin lead over the incumbent, three-term Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, who conceded after a machine recount and then a manual review of ballots. In the end, Scott beat Nelson by 10,033 votes out of 8.19 million cast, Florida election officials said. Nelson, first elected in 2000, was the latest of four Democrats to lose in midterm elections that resulted in a widened Senate majority for the GOP, although Democrats trounced Republicans to take control of the House. Nelson’s concession came shortly after fellow Democrat Andrew Gillum conceded to Republican Ron DeSantis in Florida’s tight governor’s race.

(Reuters, The Week)





McRaven repeats criticism after Trump dismisses him as ‘Hillary Clinton backer’


Retired Adm. Bill McRaven — the Navy SEAL who oversaw the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden — on Sunday stood by his August statement that President Trump’s attacks on the news media represent “the greatest threat to democracy.” McRaven’s comment came after Trump onFox News Sunday dismissed McRaven as a “Hillary Clinton backer,” adding that it would “have been nice if we got Osama bin Laden a lot sooner.” McRaven denied he was being partisan. “I did not back Hillary Clinton or anyone else,” he told CNN. “I am a fan of President Obama and President George W. Bush, both of whom I worked for. I admire all presidents, regardless of their political party, who uphold the dignity of the office.” (CNN, The Week)





Rain could help firefighters contain Camp Fire


Search crews stepped up efforts to comb through ash and debris from California’s deadly Camp Fire on Sunday ahead of rains forecast this week. The expected downpours could help firefighters contain the wildfire, which has killed at least 77 people and is the deadliest blaze in state history. More than 900 other people remain unaccounted for. Heavy rains also could present new dangers in mountainous areas that have lost their plant cover to the fire. “It’ll bring much-needed relief to the firefighters and to the air quality,” Patrick Burke of the National Weather Service told Reuters, “but there’s a potential for dangerous mudslides wherever vegetation is burned away on slopes and hills.”

(The Associated Press, Reuters, The Week)




 Broward elections supervisor reportedly submits resignation after recount


Hours after the end of recounts in Florida’s Senate and gubernatorial elections, Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes submitted her resignation, the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reported Sunday. During the recount, outgoing Gov. Rick Scott (R), who narrowly led incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, accused Snipes of incompetence and asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate possible “rampant fraud” in heavily Democratic Broward County, where Nelson picked up votes to narrow the gap after Election Day. Scott never offered any evidence of fraud committed by Snipes or anybody else. Snipes, 75, has served as Broward’s top election official for 15 years.

(Sun-Sentinel, The Week)




Bloomberg gives Johns Hopkins $1.8 billion for financial aid


Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Sunday that he was making a record gift of $1.8 billion to Johns Hopkins University for financial aid. Bloomberg’s donation, the largest such higher-education contribution in modern times, helped strengthen a movement at elite universities to broaden access for lower-income students. The gift will let Johns Hopkins in Baltimore do away with loans from financial aid packages starting with students enrolling next fall. Hopkins President Ronald J. Daniels said Bloomberg’s “extraordinary gift” will “substantially enrich the level of direct assistants” to undergraduate students. Bloomberg, a 1964 graduate, said “finances will never again factor into decisions” on who attends the school.

(The Washington Post, The Week)




New drug shows promise curbing peanut allergy effects


A year-long clinical trial of an oral immunotherapy regimen for controlling peanut allergies offered hope for reducing the severity of reactions in some people, according to the results of a study announced Sunday during the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology conference in Seattle. Two-thirds of the young participants who received gradual exposure to peanut proteins over six months were able to ingest the equivalent of two peanuts a day without any adverse reactions. Twenty percent of the children did not benefit and had to leave the trial. The treatment is intended to reduce sensitivity to peanuts to prevent a major reaction. The treatment is being developed by Aimmune Therapeutics. The study will be published Thursday in The New England Journal of Medicine.

(The  New York Times, The Week)




Trump talks Cabinet shake-ups, Khashoggi killing, and more in Fox interview


President Trump said in a Fox News Sunday interview that he was considering several changes to his Cabinet. Trump also discussed the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and more in the interview with host Chris Wallace. “I have three or four or five positions that I’m thinking about [changing],” Trump said of his Cabinet lineup. “Of that, maybe it’s going to end up being two. But I need flexibility.” He suggested dissatisfaction with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in particular. On Khashoggi’s death, Trump maintained skepticism despite Friday’s report that the CIA has concluded Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder. Asked by Wallace to grade his own presidency, Trump gave himself an A+.

(Fox News, The Hill, The Week)





 Protesters call for Central American migrants to leave Tijuana


Hundreds of people in Tijuana, a Mexican city on the U.S. border south of California, on Sunday protested the arrival of thousands Central American migrants trying to get into the U.S. “We don’t want them in Tijuana,” some of the protesters shouted. About 3,000 of the migrants from a controversial caravan arrived in Tijuana in recent days after a month on the road. President Trump repeatedly vowed to stop the caravan in what was widely interpreted as a bid to rally the conservative base ahead of the midterm elections two weeks ago. Protesters echoed Trump’s attacks on the caravan as an “invasion.”

(The Associated Press, The Asahi Shimbum, The Week)




Tim Cook explains why Apple accepts billions from Google despite privacy concerns (CNBC)




Germany and other EU states told Britain today their draft Brexit agreementcould not be renegoitated. British Prime Minister Theresa May is battling at home to keep the deal alive and push it through the British Parliament. (Reuters, CNBC)




The Wall Street Journal reported Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s new aggressive approach is causing unprecedented turmoil at the company, driving out several key executives and creating tensions with COO Sheryl Sandberg.




Diddy Breaks Silence Over Kim Porter’s Death


“I miss you so much.” So wrote the hip-hop icon yesterday in a tribute to his former partner and mother of his children. The 47-year-old actress and model was found dead at her home Thursday. “For the last three days I’ve been trying to wake up out of this nightmare,” Diddy wrote in an Instagram post, which also featured video footage from the couple’s 2006 maternity shoot for Essence. The pair officially split in 2007 but continued to co-parent their three children, D’Lila Star, Jessie James and Christian.






Global Talks Take Aim at Short-Term Rentals


Hotel industry representatives and city officials from around the world will gather in New York City today to discuss how to regulate the “commonality of negative outcomes” they face from companies like Airbnb. The booming home rental business — Airbnb posted $1 billion in revenue last quarter, while Expedia’s HomeAway earned $410 million — has stoked concern among affordable housing advocates, hoteliers and city officials who say the trend exacerbates local housing crunches. But regulation could affect Airbnb’s plans for an IPO, prompting the company to plan protests outside Monday’s conference.







Stolen Picasso Resurfaces … Under a Romanian Tree?


Six years after Pablo Picasso’s Tête d’Arlequin was snatched from Rotterdam’s Kunsthal museum, officials are investigating the strange circumstances that may have led two Dutch citizens — reportedly alerted by an anonymous tip — to find it under a tree in southeastern Romania. The painting, along with six other stolen works, was thought to have been incinerated by the mother of the heist’s ringleader. He and three other Romanians were convicted and ordered to reimburse about $20 million. Officials are determining whether the painting, delivered to the Dutch Embassy in Bucharest, is authentic.







Good News


Heartwarming Photo of Man Holding Stranger’s Baby While She Does Paperwork Blows Up Internet


Muslims Surround Toronto Synagogues With Protective ‘Rings Of Peace’


Good neighbors
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.





Watercooler Chat


Man who yelled ‘Heil Hitler! Heil Trump!’ in crowded theater apologizes, says it came out wrong.
Uh, yeah, if by ‘came out wrong’ you mean ‘came out at all.’

Condoleezza Rice shrugs off report that the Cleveland Browns want to interview her for head coach position. 
Seriously, sometimes it’s like someone is playing Mad Libs with the news.

Coca-Cola wants to make a Coke-branded energy drink
For when the regular Coca-Cola jitters just AREN’T enough.

A 3D printer is headed to the International Space Station 
It’s called the ‘Refabricator,” which is actually a genius name for a 3D printer.

J. Crew’s CEO is stepping down after very short tenure 
Guess you could say it…………………………wasn’t a good fit.




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