In 2017, life expectancy dropped and suicides rose in the US due to addiction to opioids and a rise in suicide. Johann Hari, author of Chasing the Scream and Lost Connections, explains that physical dependence on drugs is not the main source of addiction – and that depression is not due to chemical imbalance, but is the result of the way we live. He says that everyone has psychological needs and long to feel that they belong, that their lives have meaning and purpose. He says addiction increases when these deep needs are not met. He cites a study from several decades ago that showed that Americans averaged five close friends they could call on in an emergency, but now most Americans say the number is zero. This is a society of loneliness. Hari says the opposite of addiction, and the solution to addiction, is having one’s deeper psychological needs met and establishing a close connection with others. -GEG
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan has been accused of sabotage for allegedly leaking ICE to arrest thousands of migrant families who have been denied asylum in ten major cities. Trump tweeted that he is delaying the deportations for two weeks, at the request of the Democrats.
A Baptist pastor, Afhsin Yaghtin, was arrested and jailed after refusing to move across the street from the public library while exercising his right to free speech against a “Drag Queen Story Hour.” There was a strong police presence, including snipers on the rooftop.
The leaders in Ireland plan to use tax hikes, bans on fuel, and red tape to enact a new climate program that includes a scheme to force people out of their cars to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2050.
Tucker Carlson says that the Republican Party seems out of sync with conservative voters because the Koch brothers, major funders of the GOP, actually oppose most conservative policy goals. The Koch brothers support open borders. And they have now joined the left-wing campaign against free speech.
An Australian study showed that some people, especially teens, are suffering from ‘text neck,’ which is muscle weakness that causes the body makes more bone on the back of the head to compensate. The new bone spurs will be passed down to future generations through epigenetics.
An American surveillance drone was shot down by Iranian forces and Trump was set to strike three sites in Iran but he reversed course after military leaders disclosed that 150 people would likely be killed. Trump wrote that it would not be a proportionate response to downing a drone that did not have anyone on board.
In October 2018, during the senate hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Capitol Police arrested 27-year-old Jackson Cosko of DC for “allegedly posting private, identifying information (doxxing) about one or more United States Senators.” Accused ‘doxxer’
The bill was poised to pass in the Senate until Republican lawmakers scattered outside the state to avoid being rounded up by troopers to avoid the scheduled vote. The Republicans are calling for the vote to be put on a ballot for the citizens to decide.
Senator Josh Hawley authored a bill to end immunity granted to tech companies under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act that shields them from publisher liability lawsuits if the companies provide an open public forum. Unfortunately, the big tech companies have engaged in political censorship.
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New study shows that half of the men who dropped out of the workforce are on opioid painkillers. In 2015, 91.8 million Americans, roughly one in three, used opioid painkillers such as Vicodin and OxyContin.
US deaths from drug overdoses skyrocketed 21% last year, and for the second straight year dragged down American life expectancy. The government figures put drug deaths at 63,600, up from about 52,000 in 2015. For the first time, the powerful painkiller Fentanyl, and its close opioid cousins, played a bigger role in the deaths than any other legal or illegal drug, surpassing prescription pain pills and heroin. The highest drug death rates were in ages 25 to 54.