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Understanding the Opioid Epidemic

Understanding the Opioid Epidemic

David Thomas, Ph.D., health scientist administrator with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), was a pain and opioid researcher for 12 years before joining the NIDA. Regarding the opioid epidemic, Thomas said, “The rate of death from prescription opiates has been exponentially growing. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg in terms of how many lives are wrecked because of prescription opiates. It’s a huge problem.” About the opioid epidemic that has taken the U.S. by storm since the mid-1990s, the CDC says:4,5

More than 11 million Americans abused prescription opioid medications during 2016
From 1999 to 2016, more than 630,000 people died as a result of a drug overdose
About two-thirds of the more than 64,000 drug overdose deaths in 2016 involved an opioid
The number of overdose deaths involving opioids was five times higher in 2016 than it was in 1999
Drug overdoses have become the leading cause of death among Americans under age 50
About the issues related to opioids, Kolodny asserts, “The reason the U.S. is in the midst of a severe epidemic of opioid addiction is because the medical community began to prescribe opioids very aggressively. And as the prescriptions went up, rates of addiction and overdose deaths went up right along with the increase in prescribing.”

Prior to the release of the documentary, Kolodny told The New York Times, “We have roughly two groups of Americans that are getting addicted … an older group that is overdosing on pain medicine, and … a younger group that is overdosing on black market opioids.”7

via Dr Mercola Understanding the Opioid Epidemic

America’s New Revolutionaries Show How the Left Can Win

America’s New Revolutionaries Show How the Left Can Win

Even at first sight it is exhilarating. The overthrow of one of the most mainstream and senior Democrats in Congress by a 28-year-old Democratic socialist with a radical programme and one tenth of his funding is, you might think, interesting enough.

But since Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez beat Joe Crowley in the Democratic primary in New York’s 14th district (meaning she will almost certainly enter Congress in November), I’ve been interviewing some of the people who lit the fuse that caused this detonation. What has emerged is just how marginal and improbable their movement was when it began, and how quickly it is now gaining momentum. A revolution has begun in America, and it is time we understood what it means.

While the effort to find and run insurgent candidates arose from the Bernie Sanders campaign in 2016, the handful of young people who launched this movement struck out entirely on their own. They had no resources and no political standing. Neither Sanders nor any others in the old guard were prepared to support them or endorse the candidates they found.

via Common Dreams America’s New Revolutionaries Show How the Left Can Win

‘Dark Money’: New Documentary Offers Up-Close and ‘Harrowing Portrait’ of How Secret Corporate Cash Is Destroying American Democracy

‘Dark Money’: New Documentary Offers Up-Close and ‘Harrowing Portrait’ of How Secret Corporate Cash Is Destroying American Democracy

A notable departure from her deeply person debut film Prodigal Sons, Reed tells the Guardian she was inspired to make Dark Money because, “when I heard about the Citizens United decision, you could just see that if the Supreme Court gave a green light to corporations to spend unlimited money in political campaigns, you could just see political power slipping out of the hands of the average citizen and into the hands of a handful of super-rich people.”

Watch the trailer:

via Common Dreams ‘Dark Money’: New Documentary Offers Up-Close and ‘Harrowing Portrait’ of How Secret Corporate Cash Is Destroying American Democracy

At Massive London Protest, Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn Trashes Trump, Calls for ‘World of Justice Not Division’

At Massive London Protest, Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn Trashes Trump, Calls for ‘World of Justice Not Division’

Uniting the throngs gathered, Corbyn said, is “a wish to live in a world of peace not at war, a wish not to blame refugees for wars that they themselves are victims of, and a wish that we pursue the politics of unity, the politics of togetherness, the politics of recognizing the strengths and the good that is in each of us, however poor, however marginalized, however put-upon.”

Rather than politics of fear and austerity, he said, “We want human rights for the rest of the world, we want justice for the rest of the world. But above all,” he continued, “the message we give here today—in all our diversity—is one of solidarity of people, of people wanting that different and better world.”

He said that “when we divide ourselves by xenophobia … when we divide ourselves by hatred, at the end of the day we all lose. When you unite together with common objectives, we can all win.”

Watch:

via Common Dreams At Massive London Protest, Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn Trashes Trump, Calls for ‘World of Justice Not Division’

‘Carnival of Resistance’ as Hundreds of Thousands March Against Trump in UK

‘Carnival of Resistance’ as Hundreds of Thousands March Against Trump in UK

Hundreds of thousands of anti-Trump demonstrators took to the streets of London and in separate protests across the U.K. on Friday in a massive and historic show of opposition to a sitting U.S. president.

After Donald Trump was greeted with angry protesters as he arrived in London on Thursday to meet with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, a 20-foot-tall Trump baby blimp took flight over the city early on Friday as the massive “Carnival of Resistance” protests—which are slated to last through the weekend—kicked off

via Common Dreams ‘Carnival of Resistance’ as Hundreds of Thousands March Against Trump in UK

Does anyone remember massive protests like this to any other US president? I don’t.

Researchers In Norway Claim Lithium Ion Battery Breakthrough, 600 Mile Range EV Potential

Researchers In Norway Claim Lithium Ion Battery Breakthrough | CleanTechnica

Researchers at Norway’s Department of Energy Technology (IFE) in Kjeller say they have perfected a way to substitute silicon for the graphite commonly used in the anodes of lithium ion batteries.

The discovery will lead to batteries that can power an electric car for 600 miles or more, the researchers claim. “You can say we have found the X factor we’ve been looking for. This has enormous potential and is something scientists around the world are trying to make,” says IFE research director Arve Holt, according to a report by Bergens Tidende.

via Researchers In Norway Claim Lithium Ion Battery Breakthrough | CleanTechnica

Shareholders seek injunction to halt TEPCO funds for Tokai plant

Shareholders seek injunction on TEPCO funds for Tokai plant:The Asahi Shimbun

Three shareholders of Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings Inc. (TEPCO) filed a temporary injunction request on July 12 with the Tokyo District Court to stop the utility from providing financial support for the resumption of the Tokai No. 2 nuclear plant.

The plaintiffs argued that the interests of TEPCO and its shareholders would be violated if support was provided to Japan Atomic Power Co. with little likelihood of collecting a return from that venture.

The Nuclear Regulation Authority on July 4 gave the green light regarding safety measures submitted by Japan Atomic Power for the restart of its plant in Tokai, Ibaraki Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo.

via Shareholders seek injunction on TEPCO funds for Tokai plant:The Asahi Shimbun

Tesla Delivers 101K EV’s In 2017, 86K In First Half Of 2018

Tesla Automotive Earnings Per Share (EPS) Estimate For The 2nd Quarter Of 2018 | CleanTechnica

Tesla delivered 101,312 Model S and Model X cars during the year 2017. This is a 33% increase of these two models compared to 2016. In the first two quarters of 2018, Tesla produced 83,336 cars (Model S, Model X, and Model 3 cars ). I for one believe that Tesla will produce more than this in the second half of 2018, but assuming it can only produce as many cars as it produced during the first half of 2018 for the remainder of the year, then this would represent a 64% percent increase of all cars produced in 2018 compared to cars delivered of Models S and X in 2017. I know I am comparing oranges to potatoes now, but I think you get the general idea.

via Tesla Automotive Earnings Per Share (EPS) Estimate For The 2nd Quarter Of 2018 | CleanTechnica

8minutenergy Turns On Phases 1 & 2 Of 328 Megawatt Mount Signal 3 Solar Farm | CleanTechnica

American solar PV manufacturer First Solar provided the 2.8 million Series 4 thin-film solar panels for the mammoth project, and NEXTracker supplied its NX Horizon smart solar trackers. Once fully complete, Mount Signal 3 will deliver over 770 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of clean electricity through a long-term Power Purchase Agreement with Southern California Edison, enough power to supply more than 114,000 homes each year.

via 8minutenergy Turns On Phases 1 & 2 Of 328 Megawatt Mount Signal 3 Solar Farm | CleanTechnica

Child Dies From Meningitis 2 Days Following Vaccines

Child Dies From Meningitis 2 Days Following Vaccines, Health Officials Blame Unvaccinated Child – Vaxxter

“He was so swollen and purple, and it really didn’t look like him anymore, but I still hold him to tell him how beautiful he was, and he was far more than I ever deserved to have, and I told him how hard he had fought, and that we were so proud of him,” she said.

Two days prior, the child received vaccines as part of his four-month well-visit with the family’s pediatrician.

via Child Dies From Meningitis 4 Days Following Vaccines, Health Officials Blame Unvaccinated Child – Vaxxter

Negative Self Talk?

Trinity Esoterics | Daily Message ~ Friday July 13, 2018

Self love is not about making yourself better than anyone else, or caring for yourself more than anyone else. It is about finally including yourself in the love you so easily give others. It is an act of inclusion, of fairness, of balance.

So we urge you to start to use your awareness to change your negative self talk, to replace your inner naysayer with an inner encourager, to bless yourself with your own nurturing and love. Can you be kind and gentle with yourself today?

Can you commit to doing so every day, so it becomes a new habit? For as you shift yourself into your own inclusion, you accept your place as part of the whole and this facilitates a cascade of healing that addresses low self esteem, as well as separation, worthiness, and abandonment issues. Your inner child is yearning for your love and attention, Dear Ones. What are you waiting for? ~Archangel Gabriel through Shelley Youn

via Trinity Esoterics | Daily Message ~ Friday July 13, 2018

Mueller indicts 12 Russians in 2016 DNC hack

Mueller indicts 12 Russians in 2016 DNC hack | TheHill

Special counsel Robert Mueller has indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers in the 2016 hacking of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the long-awaited indictment Friday at a press conference in Washington, D.C.

“The indictment charges 12 Russian military officers by name for conspiring to interfere with the 2016 presidential election,” Rosenstein said.

All 12 of the defendants are members of the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence agency. Eleven are charged with conspiring to hack into networks used by the DNC as well as the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).

via Mueller indicts 12 Russians in 2016 DNC hack | TheHill

Watch: GOP Congressman Jim Jordan Says He’s Never Heard Trump Lie, Fumbles When Confronted With Evidence

Trump has a long history of making false claims and misstating facts during public speeches and interviews. In November, The Washington Post published a tally of untrue claims Trump had made over a 298-day span. There were 1,628 of them, averaging 5.5 claims a day. In several instances, he made the same untrue claim between 40 and 60 times.

The New York Times also analyzed Trump’s history of falsehoods and compared it to Obama’s track record of making provably false statements. In his first 10 months in office, Trump told six times as many lies as Obama did during his entire term, according to that analysis.

via Newsweek Watch: GOP Congressman Jim Jordan Says He’s Never Heard Trump Lie, Fumbles When Confronted With Evidence

Detaining immigrant kids is now a billion-dollar industry

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Detaining immigrant children has morphed into a surging industry in the U.S. that now reaps $1 billion annually — a tenfold increase over the past decade, an Associated Press analysis finds.

Health and Human Services grants for shelters, foster care and other child welfare services for detained unaccompanied and separated children soared from $74.5 million in 2007 to $958 million in 2017. The agency is also reviewing a new round of proposals amid a growing effort by the White House to keep immigrant children in government custody.

Currently, more than 11,800 children, from a few months old to 17, are housed in nearly 90 facilities in 15 states — Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Washington.

via AP News Detaining immigrant kids is now a billion-dollar industry

Nazi Salutes and Fascist Chic Put Ukraine’s Jews on Edge

It noted that Ukraine was “glorifying Nazi collaborators and made it a criminal offense to deny their ‘heroism.’” Among those Nazi collaborators the American members of congress cited Stepan Bandera, Roman Shukhevych, and the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) for killing Jews and Poles in the years from 1941 to 1945.
In fact, all those historical figures mentioned in the letter are seen by many in Ukraine as heroes, even though today Ukraine gets more support from Washington than ever.

Washington is selling Javelin anti-tank systems to Kiev to reenforce the Ukrainian army in the war against Russia-backed rebels in Donbas. The four-year-long conflict has taken more than 10,000 Ukrainian lives.

via Daily Beast Nazi Salutes and Fascist Chic Put Ukraine’s Jews on Edge

Fintan O’Toole: Trial runs for fascism are in full flow

But when you’ve done all this, there is a crucial next step, usually the trickiest of all. You have to undermine moral boundaries, inure people to the acceptance of acts of extreme cruelty. Like hounds, people have to be blooded. They have to be given the taste for savagery. Fascism does this by building up the sense of threat from a despised out-group. This allows the members of that group to be dehumanised. Once that has been achieved, you can gradually up the ante, working through the stages from breaking windows to extermination.

People have to be given the taste for savagery. Fascism does this by building up the sense of threat from a despised out-group
It is this next step that is being test-marketed now. It is being done in Italy by the far-right leader and minister for the interior Matteo Salvini. How would it go down if we turn away boatloads of refugees? Let’s do a screening of the rough-cut of registering all the Roma and see what buttons the audience will press. And it has been trialled by Trump: let’s see how my fans feel about crying babies in cages. I wonder how it will go down with Rupert Murdoch.

via Irish Times Fintan O’Toole: Trial runs for fascism are in full flow

Germans want Donald Trump to pull US troops out of Germany, poll finds | The Independent

The cause of US withdrawal enjoys significant support from across the political spectrum in Germany but is particularly strong with the supporters of certain parties.
Voters for the left-wing Die Linke are particularly in favour of withdrawal, with 67 per cent backing it, as are supporters of the far-right AfD, on 55 per cent. Greens also back withdrawal by 48 per cent.

Less supportive of withdrawal are voters for the centre-right CDU, at 35 per cent, the SPD at 42 per cent, and the FDP at 37 per cent.

via Germans want Donald Trump to pull US troops out of Germany, poll finds | The Independent

Japan faces more frequent disasters – Japan Today

Japan risks more severe weather and must find ways to alleviate disasters, a government spokesman said on Thursday, as intense heat and water shortages raised fear of disease among survivors of last week’s floods and landslides.

“It’s an undeniable fact that this sort of disaster due to torrential, unprecedented rain is becoming more frequent in recent years,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference in Tokyo.

via Japan faces more frequent disasters – Japan Today

Representatives from 87 nations to attend Hiroshima A-bomb memorial ceremony – Japan Today

Representatives from 87 countries and the European Union are planning to take part in this year’s memorial ceremony on Aug. 6 to mark the 73rd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, city officials say.

Among the world’s nuclear powers, Britain, France and Russia will send their envoys, but China does not plan to and the United States has yet to clarify its stance, according to the officials.

via Representatives from 87 nations to attend Hiroshima A-bomb memorial ceremony – Japan Today

Trump Just Completely Lost His Mind Over The Baby Blimp Flying In London

By lashing out like a grade schooler, Trump is proving that his critics – and the 20-foot blimp – are exactly right. He is a thin-skinned baby who throws a tantrum whenever he isn’t worshipped by others the way he worships himself.

This problem is only compounded by the fact that very few people actually like Trump. Sure, he has a loyal minority base of support in the United States, but that’s about it.

In fact, a poll released last year showed that just 22 percent of people across 37 countries had confidence in Trump – a 42-point drop from how they felt about former president Barack Obama.

via Politicususa Trump Just Completely Lost His Mind Over The Baby Blimp Flying In London

Oneness; Hallowed Be Thy Name

Hallowed Be Thy Name | Heavenletters

We are a mutual offering. There is only One in the whole Universe. I have not made a dozen or a million or more of Me – just One in My completeness. I look into the mirror of Myself, and here I Am, you and I as One beautiful Being. You are ready for your Self and ready for the Oneness of Me as I display My Self in you.

What could be easier than Oneness? There isn’t much to it. You don’t have to pat Me on the back. Pat yourself on the back, even as the reality is that One and One is One. There is no doubling. The addition and multiplication and subtraction and division are awry. They are a fly in the ointment.

There is one Whole. There is no accounting or mathematics to fiddle with. Of course, I understand that you have thought otherwise. In fact, I keep telling you that Oneness Alone Is. Hunting for answers is no longer necessary, Beloved. Oneness is what is. Happiness is declared. The deal is sealed.

Oneness can’t be taken apart. There is nothing insular about Oneness. There is no way to slice Oneness open. In the eyes of the poet, no man is an island.

Furthermore, no God is an island unto Himself. Secrets do not exist. Love is no secret. Love abounds, and naught but love exists. What have you imagined Oneness was cooked up to be if not love?

What do you think happiness is anyway? Happiness is of the greatest simplicity, and happiness is built into the Oneness of One. There is nothing to look up. Oneness is! Naught but you and I exist as One, of course.

via Hallowed Be Thy Name | Heavenletters

Verizon Video Features Employees Explaining How They Are Ignoring “The Precautionary Principle” to Unleash Harmful 5G Technology All Over The World.

Unfortunately “The Race for 5G” allows The Telecom Industry (aka Big Wireless) to install small cell towers in front of homes and pretty much everywhere else despite the fact that decades of research has already proven that exposure to all sources of wireless WiFi radiation is harmful to people, pets, nature, and wildlife.  This includes 5G millimeter waves.

All over the world there are community leaders, elected officials, and government employees also ignoring “The Precautionary Principle” and welcoming small cell towers.

via Activist Post Verizon Video Features Employees Explaining How They Are Ignoring “The Precautionary Principle” to Unleash Harmful 5G Technology All Over The World.

Trump Beats Up NATO Members In American Protection Racket

NATO’s titular head, Jens Stoltenberg, tried to placate the bullish Trump by saying that other members of the alliance were planning to increase aggregate spending by some $266 billion over the next seven years.

Some observers noted that the behavior of Trump was like a gangster boss driving into a neighborhood, demanding that protection fees be hiked.

Christopher Black, a Canadian-based lawyer and analyst, described the proceedings as “an American shakedown” of the other 28 NATO members.

“Every American president has complained that the US is fronting the bill while its allies get a free ride. But nothing could be further from the truth… It is an aggressive military alliance created to serve mainly US interests,” wrote Black, in a commentary this week.

via Trump Beats Up NATO Members In American Protection Racket | Uprootedpalestinians’s Blog

How Tariffs Play In To Trump’s Xenophobic Agenda | OurFuture.org by People’s Action

How Tariffs Play In To Trump’s Xenophobic Agenda | OurFuture.org by People’s Action

Because of these undertones, protectionism can inadvertently promote xenophobia. It is all too short a road from treating Asian industry as a threat to treating Asian peopleas a threat. Trump already started down this road by proposing restrictions on visas for people from China as part of his “trade” fight, while Chris Wray, Trump’s FBI Director, recently all but admitted that he is racially profiling Chinese-Americans and Chinese immigrants in investigations of “economic espionage.”

History shows that this can escalate to violent extremes. In 1982, resentment against the Japanese auto industry contributed to the murder of Chinese-American Vincent Chin in a Detroit suburb. He was killed by an auto plant superintendent and a laid-off autoworker who declared, “It’s because of you little motherfuckers that we’re out of work.”

Ultimately, progressives need to think beyond the debate around tariffs. Since the tariffs are meant to create jobs, this is an opportunity to counter with our own job creation program. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrad (D-N.Y.), considered an early frontrunner in the 2020 Democratic primaries, recently came out in support of a federal jobs guarantee, an idea that is gaining momentum. This program could be underwritten by massive investment in public works. For example, a “Green New Deal” to build clean energy infrastructure would both combat climate change and create jobs in the steel industry.

via How Tariffs Play In To Trump’s Xenophobic Agenda | OurFuture.org by People’s Action

Smaller players taking over ‘social business’ | The Japan Times

Smaller players taking over ‘social business’ | The Japan Times

Small private-sector entities are gradually taking over the work of so-called social business to deal with such issues as the low birthrate and job hunting, as local governments and big companies beset by other problems turn away.

The phenomenon reflects the inability of municipalities and big enterprises to keep pace with rapid changes in society and respond swiftly to the services people seek.

There is no clear-cut definition of social business, but it is generally considered an activity devoted to socially responsible tasks and using long-lasting innovative methods.

via Smaller players taking over ‘social business’ | The Japan Times

Mio Yamamoto leads social entrepreneurship in Japan – Japan Today

“What is unique about WIT is that our members—who are recruited from the business community—pay an annual fee to be volunteers. They are then matched up with social entrepreneurs in disaster-affected areas. Members bring their experience and skills to bear and act as mentors, coaches, or advisers for each venture,” Yamamoto explains.

So, for instance, through the organization’s Cross-border Learning Journey program — involving entrepreneurs from Japan and the United States meeting at a retreat in Tohoku — members are introduced to ventures that may benefit from their support. Typically held over three days, the program allows participants — such as entrepreneurs, directors of social foundations, urban planners, business people, lawyers, journalists, and designers — to assess the vision and strategy of each venture. Participants then devise a support strategy.

Diversity has also been a hallmark of such retreats, with men and women aged 20–70 taking part.

via Mio Yamamoto leads social entrepreneurship in Japan – Japan Today

You Are Getting Somewhere In Time

You Are Getting Somewhere | Heavenletters

You may long for time, or you may wish to avoid it, yet willy-nilly, time seems to haunt you. You never get the better of it. Of course, you can’t catch up to what is made up in the first place. Of course, time may plague you – that is, you may feel plagued by time. Certainly, time gives you a run for your money.

For something that doesn’t exist, time gets lots of attention, and you get fooled right and left. You step right up as fast as you can and are always taken aback at what seems like a loss. If time doesn’t exist in the first place, why spend time worrying about where it goes?

You don’t catch up to time, and you don’t always surpass it. Time is flimsy. Indeed, time pulls the rug out from under you. You really wouldn’t give two cents for time, although you sometimes feel you would give a lot for even a little more of it.

In truth, love is on a continuum, even as you may be sure that love has passed you by, while at the same time, you weep for it.

Truth be said, time gets under your skin and seems to jiggle you around.

Timelessness goes under the full name of Infinity. In Infinity, you get your money’s worth. In Infinity, you are never charged by the hour. As silent as Infinity is, Infinity stays by your side. Yes, Infinity exists, yet you don’t quite wrap Infinity around you.

It does, indeed, seem that you are more aware of the passage of time than you are aware of Infinity.

In a sense, Infinity has no playing field. There do not seem to be edges or moments to Infinity. If you were more acquainted with Infinity, you might believe in it more. As it is, you can’t touch it and catch up to it even as Infinity is real and no fooling.

Infinity embraces you. Infinity is secure. Not that you can run off with it. Infinity must be what peace looks like. Is there really peace on Earth as it is said it is in Heaven? What is the story here?

via You Are Getting Somewhere | Heavenletters

Drugs: Burundanga: the stealth drug that cancels the victim’s willpower| EL PAÍS

Drugs: Burundanga: the stealth drug that cancels the victim’s willpower  EL PAÍS

It’s not an urban legend: there really is a drug that is sometimes slipped into a woman’s drink in order to sexually abuse her. In fact, there have also been instances of elderly people intoxicated with it in full daylight and robbed of their savings.

Spain’s emergency rooms are increasingly familiar with this type of case, and with the name that is associated with it: burundanga.

Burundanga is the popular name for scopolamine, a drug that is used in medicine to treat nausea and motion sickness, among other conditions. But its side effects include drowsiness, a loss of inhibition and memory lapses.

via Drugs: Burundanga: the stealth drug that cancels the victim’s willpower | In English | EL PAÍS

Universal Voting VS Voter Suppression by Ralph Nader – Dandelion Salad

When will the authoritarians and their political henchmen stop harassing American voters and let all citizens vote? No other Western country comes close to imposing so many obstructions for certain categories of people to keep them from the voting booth. In Canada, England, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, it is very easy to vote.

Voter suppression is real and getting worse. Voter fraud is virtually non-existent, but this spurious claim is used as the excuse for unnecessary restrictions. Voter turnout, not surprisingly, is lower than in any other Western country.

According to the New York Times, here are seven ways the state of Alabama is obstructing voters. This former plantation/slavery state doesn’t overtly keep people of color, especially black people, from voting. That would clearly violate the federal civil rights laws. No, instead of race, Alabama electoral tyrants use class as a proxy for racial bias.

via Universal Voting VS Voter Suppression by Ralph Nader – Dandelion Salad

CIA Top Secret MK-ULTRA, Project Bluebird, Mind Control/Radiation Experiments Performed On US Citizens By Nazi Like US Doctors, In 44 Colleges, 12 Hospitals, 15 Pharmaceutical Co’s, 3 Prisons, NO Informed Consent/Information, Survivor Lynne Speaks Out | A Green Road Journal

Project MKUltra, also called the CIA mind control program, is the code name given to a program of experiments on human subjects that were designed and undertaken by the United States Central Intelligence Agency—and which were, at times, illegal.[1] Experiments on humans were intended to identify and develop drugs and procedures to be used in interrogations in order to weaken the individual and force confessions through mind control. The project was organized through the Office of Scientific Intelligence of the CIA and coordinated with the U.S. Army Biological Warfare Laboratories.[2]

via CIA Top Secret MK-ULTRA, Project Bluebird, Mind Control/Radiation Experiments Performed On US Citizens By Nazi Like US Doctors, In 44 Colleges, 12 Hospitals, 15 Pharmaceutical Co’s, 3 Prisons, NO Informed Consent/Information, Survivor Lynne Speaks Out | A Green Road Journal

Frank Olsen case: CIA sued over 1950s ‘murder’ of government scientist plied with LSD | US news | The Guardian

Frank Olsen case: CIA sued over 1950s ‘murder’ of government scientist plied with LSD | US news | The Guardian

Over the years, the Olson family has uncovered evidence they believe supports their theory. Olson’s body was exhumed in 1993 and a forensic scientist, James Starrs, concluded that he had probably been struck on the head and then thrown out of the window. Later, the New York district attorney conducted an investigation into his death which was inconclusive.

Scott Gilbert, lead counsel in the lawsuit, said: “It’s unfathomable that our own government could stand by as its agents, operating on United States soil, killed an American citizen in cold blood, destroyed his family, and then allowed those directly responsible to walk away without so much as a blemish on their personnel files. Instead of putting its energy and resources into doing what is right, the United States – including this administration – has sought to bury this and hide the truth.”

via Frank Olsen case: CIA sued over 1950s ‘murder’ of government scientist plied with LSD | US news | The Guardian

Scientist Frank Olson was drugged with LSD and ‘murdered by CIA’ – Telegraph

Scientist Frank Olson was drugged with LSD and ‘murdered by CIA’ – Telegraph

The sons of Dr Frank Olson claim that their father was murdered in 1953 after he discovered that his biological research was being used to torture and kill suspects in Norway and West Germany.

After raising concerns about the killings, Dr Olson was allegedly given LSD in a glass of brandy and then executed by the CIA, triggering what his family claims is “a multi-decade cover-up that continues to this day”.

The scientist began working with the spy agency in the 1950s and focused on biological weapons that could be transmitted through the air.

According to the lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Washington DC, he traveled to research sites in Norway, France and West Germany as well as Porton Down, a British government facility in Wiltshire.

During his travels in Europe he “witnessed extreme interrogations in which the CIA committed murder using biological agents that Dr Olson had developed”.

via Scientist Frank Olson was drugged with LSD and ‘murdered by CIA’ – Telegraph

Three arrested in Paris over ‘devil’s breath’ drug that turns victims into willing ‘zombies’ – Telegraph

Three arrested in Paris over ‘devil’s breath’ drug that turns victims into willing ‘zombies’ – Telegraph

Police have seized two Chinese women and a man in Paris suspected of using a powerful Colombian drug dubbed “the devil’s breath” that turns victims into “zombies” devoid of free will and rob them.

It is thought the three are part of an international Triad-style criminal gang running a multimillion-pound operation around the planet.

The women, aged 42 and 59, approached strangers in Paris’ 20th arrondissement and blew the substance into their faces. It is thought to contain scopolamine, a hazardous drug extracted from a South American tree related to deadly nightshade.

According to the US state department, unofficial estimates put the number of annual scopolamine incidents in Colombia at approximately 50,000.

“Scopolamine can render a victim unconscious for 24 hours or more. In large doses, it can cause respiratory failure and death,” its website warns. “It is most often administered in liquid or powder form in foods and beverages. The majority of these incidents occur in night clubs and bars, and usually men, perceived to be wealthy, are targeted by young, attractive women.”

via Three arrested in Paris over ‘devil’s breath’ drug that turns victims into willing ‘zombies’ – Telegraph

Scopolamine: Powerful drug growing in the forests of Colombia that ELIMINATES free will

Scopolamine: Powerful drug growing in the forests of Colombia that ELIMINATES free will | Daily Mail Online

The drug, he said, turns people into complete zombies and blocks memories from forming. So even after the drug wears off, victims have no recollection as to what happened.

One victim told Vice that a man approached her on the street asking her for directions. Since it was close by, she helped take the man to his destination, and they drank juice together.

‘You can guide them wherever you want. It’s like they’re a child.’

She took the man to her house and helped him gather all of her belongings, including her boyfriend’s cameras and savings.

‘It is painful to have lost money,’ the woman said,’ but I was actually quite lucky.’

According to the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, the drug – also known as hyoscine – causes the same level of memory loss as diazepam.

via Scopolamine: Powerful drug growing in the forests of Colombia that ELIMINATES free will | Daily Mail Online

‘Devil’s breath’ aka scopolamine: can it really zombify you?

‘Devil’s breath’ aka scopolamine: can it really zombify you? | Society | The Guardian

It is “horrible stuff”, says Curran. “When I used to give it to people [in experiments], they hated it – it makes your mouth really dry, it makes your pupils constrict. Certainly high doses would be completely incapacitating.” And does it remove free will? “It would completely zonk you out,” says Curran, “ but I don’t know about removing free will. It incapacitates you because you’d feel so drowsy, you wouldn’t remember what was going on..”

Scopolamine has marked amnesic effects, and is used in Alzheimer’s research. Mostly though, it is used at very low doses to treat motion sickness, usually though a transdermal patch.

It is one of those drugs with a rich backstory. It is said to be one of the first “truth serums”. In the early 20th century, it was administered by some doctors as a pain-relief drug – or rather a drug that led to the forgetting of pain – in childbirth until one obstetrician noticed how women who had been given it answered candidly to questions; he later wondered if it could be used when questioning people charged with crimes. It was used as evidence in some trials, but dubiously.

via ‘Devil’s breath’ aka scopolamine: can it really zombify you? | Society | The Guardian

America’s Addictions: Opioids, Donald Trump, and War – Astute News

America’s Addictions: Opioids, Donald Trump, and War – Astute News

And yet, much as they don’t want a bright, shiny new war (and who could blame them under the circumstances), they can’t imagine leaving the old ones behind either. And that’s America’s war addiction in a nutshell, one that has long had in its grip most of elite Washington and the rest of a national security state set up around a style of infinite-war-making that must always be fed with ever increasing numbers of taxpayer dollars. Thanks to those dollars, we, the taxpayers, could be thought of as so many street-level drug peddlers in this country’s war equivalent of the opioid epidemic. The politicians who feed those dollars into the military maw would be the doctors who prescribe opioids, understanding full-well their ability to hook patients. And the Military-Industrial Complex — the giant weapons companies and the warrior corporations that now go into action in lock-step with that military — would be the drug companies that have profited so off the opioid crisis even as they stoked it.

Returning momentarily to Donald Trump, you can feel the power of that war addiction in his inability to fulfill his promise to fight those conflicts in a winning style and, if necessary, quickly extricate the country from what he termed its “$7 trillion” Greater Middle Eastern disaster. In his own fashion, he, too, has been hooked. And when the increasingly tired and distraught generals he chose to surround himself with proved unpalatable to him, Trump notably picked as replacements civilians guaranteed to keep the ball rolling when it came to America’s wars from hell.

So, addiction? If you don’t think this country has an addiction crisis (other than opioids), think again.

via America’s Addictions: Opioids, Donald Trump, and War – Astute News

How To Spot A Sociopath Or Psychopath – 10 Red Flags That Could Save You From Being Swept Under The Influence Of A Charismatic Nut Job; 35 Warning Signs That You Are In A Cult, 10 Warning Signs Of A Narcissistic Cult Leader; What Is An Empath? | A Green Road Journal

There are many people in this world that can feel no empathy for others pain or suffering. On the other hand, there are empaths, who feel EVERYONE’S pain, suffering, depression, sadness; everything. Let’s explore both sides.. What is an empath, and what is a sociopath?

How does one recognize a sociopath, who can feel no ‘real’ love and have no ‘real’ compassion?

First, let’s define and explore what an empath is, and how an empath’s seeming weakness is actually a huge blessing, a strength and a power.

via How To Spot A Sociopath Or Psychopath – 10 Red Flags That Could Save You From Being Swept Under The Influence Of A Charismatic Nut Job; 35 Warning Signs That You Are In A Cult, 10 Warning Signs Of A Narcissistic Cult Leader; What Is An Empath? | A Green Road Journal

9 Tips for Family Members to Stop Enabling an Addict | The Recovery Village

9 Tips for Family Members to Stop Enabling an Addict | The Recovery Village

It’s a subtle shift, but it can have dangerous consequences. After all, when a family becomes efficient at enabling, that family makes an addiction easier to maintain. There are no consequences, and there is no discomfort. The family’s work makes the addicted person’s life easier. That addicted person may have no reason to change, as a result.

Enabling is a habit, and like most habits, it can be broken. Here are nine steps families can take to break the enabling cycle.

1. Gain support from peers
Peer support groups like Al-Anon can put family members in touch with others who know a great deal about addiction, and the information shared in these meetings can be transformative. In fact, according to a 2012 Al-Anon membership survey, 88 percent of people who came to meetings for the first time reported understanding the seriousness of the addiction only after they’d attended several meetings. In other words, people who go to these meetings may not know very much about the challenges their families are facing, but if they keep going to meetings, they’ll learn.

More at; 9 Tips for Family Members to Stop Enabling an Addict | The Recovery Village

Are You Empowering or Enabling? | Psychology Today

Are You Empowering or Enabling? | Psychology Today

Those who habitually enable dysfunctional behavior are often referred to as co-dependent. It’s a telling word, because an enabler’s self-esteem is often dependent on his or her ability and willingness to “help” in inappropriate ways. This “help” allows the enabler to feel in control of an unmanageable situation. The reality, though, is that enabling not only doesn’t help, but it actively causes harm and makes the situation worse.

By stepping in to “solve” the addict’s problems, the enabler takes away any motivation for the addict to take responsibility for his or her own actions. Without that motivation, there is little reason for the addict to change. Enablers help addicts dig themselves deeper into trouble.

via Are You Empowering or Enabling? | Psychology Today

Be grateful for all of the blessings, count them

Trinity Esoterics | Daily Message ~ Wednesday July 11, 2018

Dear Ones, you are entering a period of energetic intensity. We wish to offer you some tips to help you navigate this time with the greatest amount of ease possible.

If you find yourself uncomfortable, the first step is to simply stop and consciously direct love at your body and your being. Imagine wrapping yourself up in the most wonderful energetic hug. Sit and breathe and enjoying being present in the love that you are. If you need extra support, ask your angels and masters to also wrap you up in their love and simply enjoy being in that alignment.

Play “In This Right Now Moment”. Look around and see everything that is working for you. See that you are absolutely fine and absolutely safe. Don’t worry about what is coming next, simply anchor in the Now moment. As you connect with the present, look for things to be grateful for and give thanks both to the universe and to yourself for the creation of all the blessings in your life.

Breathe. If you are in discomfort you are also in resistance. Breathe out that resistance and breathe in acceptance. Ask spirit to assist you in adjusting your energy to move through the shifting energies with more comfort. Utilize the divine combination of surrender, faith, flow, and trust. Know that the discomfort is temporary but the energetic transformation you are going through is permanent.

Last, have compassion for others, as well. Be the love. Understand others are uncomfortable, too, and may not have the skills to navigate the intensity with grace and ease. Don’t take things personally if people are reactive, merely see it as a declaration of their own personal discomfort.

We understand that intensity seems to be your new normal. That is true for where you are right now, but it will level out in time. Your planet and her inhabitants are going through a phase of accelerated growth. These are the exact times you couldn’t wait to experience, and you are all doing a remarkably fine job!

You are all getting better at shifting and integrating energies, as it is a skill set like any other. These are exciting and transformative times, and you get to be part of the ground crew to witness them first hand. This is a great honour for your soul, and part of your gift to humanity. As always, we love, honour, and celebrate you for your courage and service as the pioneers of an ascending planet. ~Archangel Gabriel through Shelley Young

via Trinity Esoterics | Daily Message ~ Wednesday July 11, 2018

Top Trump Evangelical Advisor Ruthlessly Mocked for Bashing Immigrants by Claiming Jesus Didn’t Break the Law | Alternet

Top Trump Evangelical Advisor Ruthlessly Mocked for Bashing Immigrants by Claiming Jesus Didn’t Break the Law | Alternet

Pentecostal televangelist pastor Paula White is the chair of Donald Trump’s White House Evangelical Advisory Board, and she’s being mocked by actual faith leaders for her claim that Jesus never broke the law. “Yes, he did live in Egypt for three-and-a-half years,” Pastor White told Pat Robertson’s CBN News. “But it was not illegal.” “If he had broken the law, then he would have been sinful and he would not have been our Messiah,” White insisted.

That’s totally false. “In fact,” Talking Points Memo notes, “Jesus was famously crucified specifically for breaking the law by claiming to be the son of God. Before that, he was persecuted by religious leaders and the Romans for violating laws like resting on the Sabbath.” White made her remarks to support President Trump’s theft of infants and children, separating them from their parents and siblings, and losing track of them. There are currently thousands detained, some in concentration camps, where conditions have been described as horrific.

via Top Trump Evangelical Advisor Ruthlessly Mocked for Bashing Immigrants by Claiming Jesus Didn’t Break the Law | Alternet

Your Authentic Self | The Creator Writings

A gentle reminder; you are exactly where you need to be in this particular moment.  This phase of the shift is all about learning to be yourself without fear.  Souls may be sent to show you, or experiences may come that will encourage you in establishing boundaries and maintaining them.  Although some of them may be challenging, The Universe is always there to guide and support you.  As you move into becoming your most authentic self, changes will need to be made.  Do not shy away from them, my powerful child!  Embrace them knowing you always be better than you were the day before. ~ Creator

via Your Authentic Self | The Creator Writings

A Blaze of Glory We Are | Heavenletters

You sure don’t have to own glibness. It so happens, I am your Glory. This is the short and long of it.

You don’t have to have Me, for you are part and parcel of Me. You are My Beloved. We share existence, do We ever!

So One are We, in such a blaze of Glory are We, you hardly see your true existence. You may be out of sight, yet never are you out of My sight. It is a myth that you need anything. How can you who are everything in the world and beyond and lack nothing when you are already at the top of the mountain? Look up and see Vastness before you. By all means, see Vastness and embrace Vastness. Vastness wins. You are not a sliver of Vastness. You are the whole kit and kaboodle of Vastness.

You are more than a leaf on a tree. You are the whole tree. You are nature itself. You are the leaf on the tree as well as the environs of the tree. Whatever is the most you have thought of yourself, far greater than this are you.

via A Blaze of Glory We Are | Heavenletters

Two babies die minutes after receiving the MMR vaccination! … one allegedly without parental consent & in spite of the mother’s protest

The head of the Ministry of Health in Samoa has ordered the immediate recall of all measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccines after the deaths of two one-year-olds.

The children were given the MMR vaccine on Friday at Safotu Hospital on the island of Savai’i. However within minutes they were dead. One child was allegedly immunised without the mother’s consent – and despite her protesting.

Health Ministry CEO Dr Take Naseri says a full investigation is underway into the deaths. All MMR vaccines in Samoa have been ordered to be seized and the staff involved have been stood down, TV1 Samoa reports.

via Two babies die minutes after receiving the MMR vaccination! … one allegedly without parental consent & in spite of the mother’s protest | Rangitikei Enviromental Health Watch

Judge Asks ACLU for “Possible Punishment” Ideas After Trump Misses Deadline to Reunite Youngest Children With Parents

While President Donald Trump and administration officials took to social media to celebrate the news that 12 Thai children and their soccer coach will be reunited with their families after being trapped in a cave for 18 days, the White House didn’t even come close to meeting Tuesday’s court-imposed deadline to reunite 102 children under the age of five with their parents after they were separated by Trump’s cruel policies.

Federal judge Dana Sabraw—who issued the ruling that set the Tuesday deadline—asked the ACLU to “submit a proposal for possible punishment” against the Trump administration for failing to meet the target date.

via Common Dreams Judge Asks ACLU for “Possible Punishment” Ideas After Trump Misses Deadline to Reunite Youngest Children With Parents

Parents desperate as Trump admin misses migrant family reunification deadline, only 4 out of 102 children reunited with parents

The federal government on Tuesday said that only four — out of 102 — migrant children under 5 years old had been reunited with their parents before the July 10 deadline, according to a court filing from government lawyers. Another 34 could potentially be back with at least one parent by the end of the day, according to federal officials.

“Why was it so easy for them to take our children but so hard to give them back?” asked Digna, a 37-year-old Salvadoran mother who has been separated from her two children since crossing the border in May. “It was traumatic for someone to tell these children they were going to be ripped from their mother’s arms.”

via NBC Parents desperate as Trump admin misses migrant family reunification deadline

The Discovery of Central American Suffering, Caused By US Foreign Policy, CIA And Genocidal Death Squads

Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras– review their histories. You’ll be crushed by evidence revealing which values shape Washington’s conduct, which norms govern its behavior in a region where it enjoys immense influence. And you’ll begin to understand why many had to flee these countries. Start with Guatemala. Ríos Montt, the dictator the U.S. funded, armed, and encouraged, oversaw the Mayan genocide there. In one episode, on April 3, 1982, the Guatemalan army overran the village of Chel, slaughtering its residents and orphaning Pedro Pacheco Bop, whose great-grandfather, parents, and five siblings (aged two to 14) were all murdered, their blood draining into the Chel River where the troops hurled the dead. Tomas Chávez Brito was two years old when the army fell upon his village, Sajsibán, seven months later, torching his home with his mother, sisters, and other family members inside. In the mountains, where Tomas hid for the following year eating plants to survive, one can only imagine how the idea of orphanhood, his new reality, settled in his mind. Margarita Rivera Ceto de Guzmán’s family separation was quicker. Soldiers knifed her in the stomach, killing her unborn child.

via Counterpunch The Discovery of Central American Suffering