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

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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.




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 Troops to leave border, judge blocks Trump’s asylum policy


The 5,800 U.S. troops sent to the southern border to provide assistance to Customs and Border Protection agents should all be home by Christmas, Army Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan told Politico Monday. “Our end date right now is 15 December, and I’ve got no indications from anybody that we’ll go beyond that,” Buchanan said. The troops were deployed to the border before the midterms, with President Trump saying they were there to deal with an “invasion” of migrants headed to the United States from Central America. After the deployment, Democrats accused Trump of using the troops as part of a political stunt. Trump also ordered the denial of asylum requests for any migrants illegally crossing the border outside official entry points, but a federal judge on Monday temporarily blocked the policy, saying it likely violated federal law on asylum eligibility.

(Politico, The Washington Post, The Week)




Ivanka Trump used private email to discuss government business


Ivanka Trump sent hundreds of emails through a private email account to White House aides, Cabinet officials, and her assistants last year, potentially violating federal records rules, The Washington Post reported Monday, citing several people familiar with the matter. White House ethics officials found out about the emails in a review of messages collected to respond to a public records lawsuit last fall. The emails were about official White House business, her schedule, and travel. During the 2016 presidential campaign, President Trump criticized Hillary Clinton for using a personal email server as secretary of state. A spokesman for Ivanka Trump’s attorney said she sent the emails before learning about records rules, and none of the emails included classified information.

(The Washington Post, The Week)




Senate Democrats sue to challenge Matthew Whitaker appointment


Three Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday filed a lawsuit challenging President Trump’s appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general after forcing out former Attorney General Jeff Sessions earlier this month. Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) argued in their 17-page complaint that the appointment violated the appointments clause of the constitution, which requires Senate confirmation of all top federal officers. Senators have the right to consider Whitaker’s “espoused legal views, his affiliation with a company that is under criminal investigation for defrauding consumers, and his public comments criticizing and proposing to curtail ongoing DOJ investigations that implicate the president,” the Democrats said. The state of Maryland, in an immigration case, and lawyers in a gun rights case also have challenged the appointment. (The Hill, The Week)




U.S. temporarily blocks border crossing to install new barriers


The U.S. blocked northbound traffic at the busiest crossing on the Mexican border for several hours on Monday to install new security barriers. The temporary border shutdown came the day after hundreds of Mexicans in Tijuana, across the border from San Diego, California, took to the streets to protest the arrival of a caravan of about 3,000 Central American migrants trying to seek asylum or otherwise get into the U.S. The protesters shouted “Mexico first!” and “Out! Out!” Some likened the caravan to an invasion of their Mexican border city, echoing language President Trump has used as he vowed to keep the migrants out of the U.S. The movable, wire-topped barriers threaten to complicate travel for the 110,000 people who enter the U.S. at the crossing daily, many of whom work on the U.S. side. (The Hill, The Week)




 Gunman kills police officer, 2 others at Chicago hospital


A gunman killed a Chicago police officer and two other people in an attack at a South Side hospital on Monday. Witnesses said the gunman fatally shot his girlfriend, emergency room doctor Tamara O’Neal, outside the hospital after a confrontation, apparently over a “broken engagement,” the Chicago Tribune reported. The gunman, who had a concealed carry license, then ran into the hospital, exchanging gunfire with police officers arriving on the scene. Officer Samuel Jimenez, 28, was fatally shot in the lobby. Dayna Less, a 25-year-old first-year pharmacy resident, was shot as she walked out of an elevator. The suspect was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head as hospital workers and police rushed through the halls looking for more victims.

(Chicago Tribune, The Week)




Pentagon review finds ‘little clear progress’ in Afghanistan


The U.S. and Afghanistan have made “little clear progress” with recent efforts to get the Taliban to negotiate a peace deal, according to a Pentagon assessment released Monday. “Progress toward peace remains elusive,” Glenn A. Fine, the acting Pentagon inspector general, wrote in a comprehensive review of conditions in Afghanistan in July through September. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on a July visit to Kabul that the Trump administration’s revised war strategy, announced in August 2017, was “indeed working,” but the assessment offered little evidence that the Afghan government and the Taliban were closer to reconciliation. “We’re a long way from where we could say that we’re on the right path,” Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Saturday. (The Associated Press, The Week)




 16 Democrats vow to oppose Pelosi bid for House speaker


Sixteen Democrats on Monday vowed to oppose House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s bid to become speaker when Democrats assume control of the House in the next Congress. The Democrats in a letter said that Pelosi (D-Calif.) is “a historic figure,” but added that the party won a House majority in the midterms “on the backs of candidates who said that they would support new leadership because voters in hard-won districts, and across the country, want to see real change in Washington. We promised to change the status quo, and we intend to deliver on that promise.” Pelosi has led the Democratic caucus for 16 years, and was the first woman ever to serve as House speaker. The 16 opponents present a major challenge to Pelosi. She needs 218 of the 233 seats Democrats have won to be elected speaker on Jan. 3, so she can only afford to lose 15 votes.

(Politico, The Week)




CNN drops lawsuit after White House says Jim Acosta’s credentials fully restored


CNN said Monday it had dropped its lawsuit against the White House because Trump administration officials had told the network they were fully restoring the press credentials of CNN’s White House reporter Jim Acosta. A federal judge last week sided with CNN and ordered the White House to temporarily restore Acosta’s press pass to allow him to challenge a decision to revoke it. The Trump administration stripped Acosta’s access after he had a confrontational exchange with President Trump in a news conference. “Today the White House fully restored Jim Acosta’s press pass,” CNN said in a statement. “As a result, our lawsuit is no longer necessary.” The White House issued new guidelines limiting reporters to one question, with follow-ups at the discretion of White House officials.

(CNN, NBC News, The Week)




 Stocks dive in tech-led selloff


The main U.S. stock indexes plunged on Monday, weighed down by negative news about Apple and Facebook. Facebook shares fell by nearly 6 percent in continued fallout from a New York Times report on the social network’s aggressive response to criticism over its handling of fake news and other efforts to influence public opinion. Apple shares fell by 5 percent after a Wall Street Journal report that disappointing sales had prompted the company to cut orders for its latest iPhones. Shares of Google-parent Alphabet also fell by 4 percent. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down by 1.6 percent, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite lost 3 percent and the S&P 500 dropped by 1.7 percent. Stock futures fell further early Tuesday, suggesting more tech-fueled selling.

(CNN, Fox Business, The Week)




 Biographer, not comedian, to speak at White House correspondents’ dinner


Presidential biographer Ron Chernow will headline the annual White House correspondents’ dinner next spring, the White House Correspondents’ Association announced Monday. The selection of Chernow, who has written about Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, and Ulysses S. Grant, marked a departure from tradition. For decades, the dinner’s featured speakers have been comedians who roasted the president and other political figures. Comedian Michelle Wolf last year focused harsh criticism on President Trump, who did not attend, and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, setting off a backlash. Wolf called the WHCA “cowards.” The organization’s president, Olivier Knox, said he was “delighted” that Chernow would “share his lively, deeply researched perspectives on American politics and history” at the 2019 event.

(NBC News, The Week)




Liberals and Conservatives: ‘We’ve Got an App for That’


This month’s midterms showed that political campaigns rely more than ever on peer-to-peer platforms that use data analytics to connect voters with specific causes. For example, Ragtag and the Action Network organize volunteers for progressive campaigns, while OpnSesame and RumbleUp focus on conservative contests. And i360, backed by the Koch brothers, links voter information with data from credit bureaus and previous voting records. This new technology could keep drawing a record number of voters to the polls — as long as “unsubscribe” requests stay at a minimum.






Eight Governments Want to Grill Mark Zuckerberg


He’ll have to pencil them in. The embattled Facebook founder has received three more invitations — from the Parliaments of Brazil, Latvia and Singapore — to field questions about his social network’s negative impacts on democracy. They join Ireland, Australia, Canada, Argentina and the U.K., which last week requested his presence at an “international grand committee” to be held in London on Nov. 27. Zuckerberg declined, saying he wouldn’t be able to travel to London. No problem, the committee responded: He’s been invited to offer testimony via video link instead.









Good News


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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


The Equal Rights Amendment could soon officially become law 
Great! It’s only taken … (checks calendar) … 46 years!

Scientists have finally figured out why wombat poop is cubed 
“Wombat poop researcher” sounds like the greatest job in the world.

Here’s how to tame your Thanksgiving Anxiety Disorder
What? You don’t think gorging on dry turkey and making strained conversation with distant relatives is STRESSFUL?

NASA has chosen an ancient crater on Mars for its next rover landing
Can … can we come?

Flying this holiday? Here’s (basically) everything you can and can’t pack 
Sorry, please leave that unexploded Claymore mine at home.



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