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

Image result for Michael Phelps dealing with mental health and depression

Big shout out to Michael Phelps, DeMar DeRozan,  Serena Williams, Kevin Love, Steve Smith Sr. and Brian Dawkins and Brandon Marshall who recently opened up about their battles with depression and mental health. Human 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.

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. So, if you are having suicidal thoughts, PLEASE CALL 800-273-8255.




Cartoon Politics







Shutdown talks break down as Trump heads to Texas for border visit

President Trump walked out of a White House meeting with congressional Democratic leaders on Wednesday, calling the talks on ending a partial government shutdown “a total waste of time” after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Democrats would not fund Trump’s promised wall on the southern border. Trump tweeted that when Pelosi said she would oppose the wall even if Trump backed a deal to reopen the government, “I said bye-bye, nothing else works!” Democrats said Trump had thrown a “temper tantrum.” Trump on Thursday will visit the border in Texas, where he faces skepticism about the wall, even from some Republicans. Trump said in a Tuesday address the wall is “absolutely critical;” Democrats say he is manufacturing a crisis and should reopen the government. (The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Week)




House Democrats pass bill seeking to open Treasury Department

The Democrat-led House late Wednesday passed a bill seeking to reopen the Treasury Department and keep the Internal Revenue Service and Small Business Administration funded. The bill passed 240 to 188, with eight Republicans joining the Democrats and breaking with President Trump and GOP congressional leadership. The legislation is considered to have no chance in the Republican-controlled Senate; Trump has said he won’t sign any deal to end a partial government shutdown that doesn’t include the $5.7 billion he has demanded to build a wall on the Mexican border. The Republican defections in the House came on the same day Trump emerged from a meeting with Republicans on Capitol Hill declaring that his party is “totally unified” behind his demand for wall funding. (The Washington Post, Axios, The Week)




Trump says he ordered FEMA to cut fire aid to California

President Trump tweeted Wednesday that he had “ordered FEMA to send no more money” to help California deal with devastation from wildfires. Trump said he was cutting off the money because “billions of dollars are sent to the State of California for Forrest (sic) fires that, with proper Forrest Management, would never happen.” Last year’s Camp Fire ravaged an entire Northern California town, and the Woolsey Fire scorched the southern part of the state. Together, the fires destroyed at least 14,000 homes and killed 90 people. State officials disputed Trump’s suggestion the state was to blame, saying a warming climate is making wildfires worse and noting that the deadly Camp Fire is believed to have started in or near a federally managed forest. More than half of California’s forest land is federally owned. (The Mercury News, The Week)




Chinese media: Kim Jong Un affirmed commitment to second summit, denuclearization

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un committed during his visit to China this week to pursuing a second summit with President Trump “to achieve results that will be welcomed by the international community,” China’s Xinhua News Agency reported Thursday. “[North Korea] will continue sticking to the stance of denuclearization and resolving the Korean Peninsula issue through dialogue and consultation,” Xinhua quoted Kim as saying after his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Trump said last weekend that the two sides were negotiating where to hold a second summit, and that there would be an announcement about the plans “in the not-too-distant future.” Kim’s just-completed trip to Beijing this week was widely interpreted as a sign the summit plans are nearly finished. (USA Today, The Week)




Rod Rosenstein expected to depart Justice Department soon

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller and oversaw his Russia election-meddling investigation for more than a year, has told President Trump he’s stepping down in the coming weeks, according ABC News and other news organizations. NBC reported that Rosenstein plans to step down after Mueller finishes his work, which legal sources expected to happen by late February. Rosenstein and Trump have had an at-times contentious relationship, and acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker has taken oversight of the Mueller investigation despite publicly questioning it earlier. Trump has nominated fellow Mueller skeptic William Barr as attorney general, and Rosenstein has reportedly told White House officials he is leaving after Barr is confirmed by the Senate and takes office. (ABC News, NBC News, The Week)




Democrats pass resolution affirming right to defend ObamaCare in court

The Democrat-controlled House on Wednesday passed a resolution affirming the chamber’s authority to defend the Affordable Care Act in federal court. After Democrats took control of the House in the new Congress, lawmakers last week approved a rules package letting the House intervene in a lawsuit threatening to unravel the landmark health-care law, directing the House’s Office of General Counsel to defend the law against any litigation. House Republicans voted in 2017 to repeal the law. A federal judge in Texas last month ruled that the law, typically referred to as ObamaCare, is unconstitutional because Congress eliminated the individual mandate penalty, although the law remains in effect pending an appeal of the ruling. (CNN, The Week)




Congo provisionally declares opposition candidate winner of election after delay

Election officials in the Democratic Republican of Congo “provisionally” declared opposition candidate Felix Tshisekedi winner of a long-delayed presidential election Thursday, setting up the first democratic transfer of power since Congo’s independence in 1960. According to the national election commission, Tshisekedi narrowly beat another opposition candidate, Martin Fayulu, with Emmanuel Shadary, the hand-picked successor of outgoing President Joseph Kabila, a distant third. Polls before the Dec. 30 election showed Fayulu with a commanding lead, and outside observers and institutions — notably the Catholic Church, which deployed 40,000 election observers — considered him the true victor. Just before the electoral commission named him the runner-up, Fayulu claimed it’s an “open secret” that Tshisekedi had entered a power-sharing agreement with Shadary and the Kabila government. (BBC News, The New York Times, The Week)




U.S.-supported militia reports capture of U.S. teen fighting for ISIS

A U.S.-backed force battling the Islamic State in Syria said Wednesday a 16-year-old American boy had been captured fighting for the Islamist extremist group. If the teen’s status is confirmed, he will be the first American minor caught fighting for ISIS. The arrest followed the announcement on Sunday that another American, former Texas substitute teacher Warren Christopher Clark, had been seized in the same area. The two are among as few as five American citizens captured so far during the war against ISIS. The militia that captured the boy, the Syrian Democratic Forces, said it had captured a total of eight foreign fighters this week in ISIS’s last stronghold in northern Syria, including citizens of Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan. (The New York Times, The Week)




Government shutdown forces IPO delays

The government shutdown has forced companies to postpone initial public offerings of stock they had hoped to hold in January, due to the partial closure of the Securities and Exchange Commission, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday, citing sources that included bankers and lawyers. The firms that have held off on listing shares include biotechnology firms Gossamer Bio, Alector, and Blackstone Group LP’s Alight Solutions. It now appears that no major company will hold an IPO this month. Since 1995, Dealogic data indicate that there have been IPOs in every January but three, in 2003, 2009, and 2016. Those years have been among the weakest on record for IPOs. This year is supposed to be a strong one. (The Wall Street Journal, The Week)




Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and wife are getting divorced

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, are divorcing after 25 years of marriage following a trial separation, vowing to remain “cherished friends,” according to a statement posted Wednesday on Jeff Bezos’ Twitter account. “If we had known we would separate after 25 years, we would do it all again,” they said. The Bezoses, who have four children, met in New York while they worked at hedge fund D.E. Shaw, and married after dating for six months. Jeff Bezos then quit and started the online bookstore that would become an online retail giant, with Mackenzie Bezos contributing during Amazon’s early days operating from a Seattle garage. Jeff Bezos is now the world’s wealthiest person, with a fortune estimated at $137 billion. (The Associated Press, The Week)




Vegetative state birth

Investigators in Phoenix are gathering DNA from male employees at a care facility where a woman in a vegetative state gave birth. Police have also served a search warrant as part of the sexual assault investigation, and the care facility’s CEO has resigned. The woman, who has been in a vegetative state for 14 years, gave birth to a boy on December 29. The woman’s family is “outraged, traumatized and in shock by the abuse,” their attorney said. The baby is being cared for by the woman’s family.




Big settlement
Fiat Chrysler, in a deal to be announced later this morning, will pay about $800 million in fines and penalties to settle charges its diesel vehicles violated US emissions standards. (CNN)




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.


Nice neighbors
A cotton farmer in Texas is battling cancer and couldn’t harvest his crop. So, his neighbors did the job for him.



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

Should have swiped left
She bragged online to her prospective beau about killing a deer. Too bad he was a game warden.

Can you hear me now?
Something is causing repeating short bursts of radio waves to be released into space. And it’s not the first time.

Pretty penny
Maybe it’s time to look around the house for spare change. An old penny a man kept in a safe for decades could fetch $170,000 at an auction.

All natural
If you’ve been dying to dine — nude — at a restaurant in Paris, you better make reservations quick. O’Naturel is closing next month.



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