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
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Spain’s supreme court has sentenced nine Catalan leaders up to 13 years in prison on charges of sedition. A general strike brought the city to a standstill and there has been violent unrest for a week.
Earlier this week, pro-democracy leader Jimmy Sham was attacked with hammers by unknown assailants, which left him in critical condition in the hospital. After Hong Kong Police denied protesters a the right to march through an upscale shopping district, tens of thousands of protestors took to the streets.
The train would not depart the station, so frustrated working class commuters screamed at the leftists, and some climbed on the train to pull and push the activists from the train, and onto the ground.
The Mexican police released El Chapo’s son after eight law enforcement officers were taken hostage. Some officers’ families were also reportedly kidnapped by the Sinaloa gang. Seven people have been killed and more than a dozen people were injured.
Joe Biden and his campaign have spent more than $924,000 on private jets delivering the message that climate is an existential threat and, thereby, spewing one heck of a lot of CO2 into the atmosphere, when he could have made a video and posted it to Facebook.
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Jim Fetzer was sued by Lenny Pozner, father of six-year old Noah Pozner, who was reportedly shot to death. Lenny Pozner claimed Fetzer’s writing caused him to suffer from PTSD. A jury ordered Fetzer to pay $450,000 in damages to Pozner for defamation, based on accusations that Noah Pozner’s birth certificate was fake.
A secret staircase hidden behind a cupboard in the living room led to an underground living space where the family has lived for the past seven years, expecting a global catastrophe. The family fed themselves with a self-sustaining vegetable farm and needed almost no contact with the outside world.
Communist policies that already are ravaging America include a state-controlled banking monopoly, a progressive income tax, and ‘free’ government schools. Democrats now are reviving other planks of the Communist Manifesto including Bernie Sanders’ proposal for an 77% inheritance tax.
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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.