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Mass nervous breakdown: Millions of Americans on the brink as stress pandemic ravages society


The U.S. population makes up 5% of the world population, yet are prescribed 2/3rds of all psychiatric drugs used worldwide. If this is not a sign of looming mental health collapse, we don't know what is!
As a doctor, I can tell you that stress has reached pandemic levels, though many still hold back from admitting it to themselves or their peers. Our normalcy bias prevents us from taking notice that tens of millions of people in Western countries are dropping like flies from illness, depression and self-destruction. I came across this article by David Kupelian on Americans' health and agreed with some of the observations made about the dire state of affairs:
  • Fully one-third of U.S. employees suffer chronic debilitating stress, and more than half of all "millennials" (18 to 33 year olds) experience a level of stress that keeps them awake at night, including large numbers diagnosed with depression or anxiety disorder.
  • Shocking new research from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that one in five high-school-aged children in the U.S. has been diagnosed with ADHD, and likewise a large new study of New York City residents shows, sadly, that one in five preteens - children aged six to 12 - have been medically diagnosed with either ADHD, anxiety, depression or bipolar disorder.
  • New research concludes that stress renders people susceptible to serious illness, and a growing number of studies now confirm that chronic stress plays a major role in the progression of cancer, the nation's second-biggest killer. The biggest killer of all, heart disease, which causes one in four deaths in the U.S., is also known to have a huge stress component.
  • Incredibly, 11 percent of all Americans aged 12 and older are currently taking SSRI antidepressants - those highly controversial, mood-altering psychiatric drugs with the FDA's "suicidality" warning label and alarming correlation with school shooters. Women are especially prone to depression, with a stunning 23 percent of all American women in their 40s and 50s - almost one in four - now taking antidepressants, according to a major study by the CDC.
  • Add to that the tens of millions of users of all other types of psychiatric drugs, including (just to pick one) the 6.4 million American children between 4 and 17 diagnosed with ADHD and prescribed Ritalin or similar psycho-stimulants. Throw in the 28 percent of American adults with a drinking problem, that's more than 60 million, plus the 22 million using illegal drugs like marijuana, cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens and inhalants, and pretty soon a picture emerges of a nation of drug-takers, with hundreds of millions dependent on one toxic substance or another - legal or illegal - to "help" them deal with the stresses and problems of life.
Likewise, the CDC has reported that antidepressant use in the U.S. has increased nearly 400 percent in the last two decades, making antidepressants the most frequently used class of medications by Americans aged 18-44. The U.S. population makes up 5% of the world population, yet are prescribed two-thirds of all psychiatric drugs used worldwide. If this is not a sign of looming mental health collapse, I don't know what is!
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Man bites traffic cop in Siberia

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Car lovers can be willing to go to great lengths for the sake of their vehicles, but a motorist in Russia's Novosibirsk Region broke new ground when he bit a police officer to avoid being fined for having tinted windows.

The Toyota Mark II with pitch-black windows was spotted and signaled to stop by a traffic patrol in the town of Cherepanovo late Thursday, regional police reported.

The motorist ignored the signal to stop and instead reversed to the premises of a nearby warehouse, the report said.

When the two patrolmen approached his car there, he addressed them with a string of profanities and tried to flee - biting the hand of an officer who tried to stop him.
Nuke

Fracking debris considered too radioactive even for waste site

Protestors hold signs against fracking
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Protestors hold signs against fracking during a demonstration.
A truck carrying drill cuttings from a fracking site set off a radiation alarm at a landfill in Pennsylvania. Emitting gamma radiation ten times higher than the permitted level, the waste was rejected by the landfill.

After the alarm went off, the MAX Environmental Technologies truck was immediately quarantined and sent back to the Marcellus Shale fracking site it had come from in Greene County, Va. The 159-acre Pennsylvania landfill site accepts residual and hazardous waste, but the cuttings were too radioactive for the site to safely dispose.

The Pennsylvania landfill, located in South Huntingdon, rejects waste that emits more than 10 microerm per hour of radiation. The fracking materials were found to emit 96 microerm per hour of Radium 226 - a rate that is 84 times higher than the Environmental Protection Agency's air-pollution standard and ten times higher than the landfill's permitted level, Forbes reports.

Exposure to the materials taken from the fracking site can have serious health consequences, including the risk of developing cancer. The high level of radiation emitted by the materials serves as alarming news for environmentalists and residents located near hydraulic fracturing sites across the US.
Airplane

Protesting drone warfare, sanctions and the prison industrial complex

Brian Terrell
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Brian Terrell
Editor's note: Brian Terrell was arrested in April of last year for protesting drone warfare at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri and wrote the following from Yankton Federal Prison Camp, where he is nearing the end of a six month sentence.

In the final weeks of a six month prison sentence for protesting remote control murder by drones, specifically from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, I can only reflect on my time of captivity in light of the crimes that brought me here. In these ominous times, it is America's officials and judges and not the anarchists who exhibit the most flagrant contempt for the rule of law and it is due to the malfeasance of these that I owe the distinction of this sabbatical.

As I share in the perspectives gained from residing in the federal prison camp in Yankton, South Dakota, it is important to disclose that as a political prisoner sent up on trumped misdemeanor charges for a few months, my situation is not the same as my fellow inmates - all nonviolent "offenders," most are prisoners of the war on drugs and most are serving sentences of many years. I also try to avoid the temptation to exaggerate the hardships and privations I've suffered here. Certainly, doing time in a minimum security camp is easier time than in most other kinds of jails. If basic necessities are barely met, they are met. I am in good company and time is passing with little drama and without fear. For me, these months have been more a test of patience than of courage.
Black Magic

Lynne Stewart's savage jail torment further proof of U.S. totalitarian state

Half a century ago this month Martin Luther King wrote his famous prison protest against racial injustice, entitled 'Letter from Birmingham Jail'. An excerpt reads: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality... Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."

Fifty years on to this very month, King's defiant cri de coeur could hardly be more apt to express the barbarous injustice being committed by the US government against one of that nation's bravest defence lawyers - Lynne Stewart.

Ms Stewart (73) is dying in a federal prison in Fort Worth, Texas, from cancer that has spread from her breast to the rest of her body. Her family has little doubt that her life-threatening illness has been induced by the vindictive conditions of her incarceration by the US authorities.

Ralph Poynter, her husband for the past 50 years, and more than 10,000 petition signatories from across the world are mobilising to face down the barbarity of the American regime. Her supporters are demanding Lynne's immediate release from her prison cell on compassionate and legally entitled grounds.

Lynne Stewart's story is not just one of personal harrowing torment. The US state's cruel persecution of this woman epitomises the general destruction of human rights and the rise of draconian police powers across America in the aftermath of 9/11 and the fraudulent "war on terror".
Pistol

Guns in every home: Colorado town considers proposal requiring all households to own assault-style rifles

The small town of Craig, Colorado, is seriously considering a proposal that would require every household in the town to own a sporting rifle equipped to hold a high-capacity magazine.

The idea, proposed by town resident Craig Rummel, is an attempt to gain the attention of state legislature. Craig believes that the Democrat-controlled state senate is overlooking the needs and desires of western and rural residents.

"For too long, the state Legislature has been hammering us," Craig said. "They're destroying our economy. Our voices are not being heard, but if we pass an ordinance, it will go viral, and then they'll be forced to listen to us."

The proposed ordinance would include exemptions for those not mentally or physically capable of operating a firearm, those who cannot afford a firearm, and those who oppose owning a firearm for personal or religious reasons.
People

U.S. academic nonprofit votes in favor of boycotting Israeli academia

© Alon Ron
Students on the campus of Tel Aviv University
Association for Asian American Studies passed vote last week during its annual conference; Ex-AAAS president Rajini Srikanth said boycott applies only to institutions, not individual.

The Association for Asian American Studies voted in favor of boycotting Israeli academic institutions.

The academic nonprofit, known by the acronym AAAS, passed the vote last week during its annual conference in Seattle, according to Inside Higher Ed.

The resolution calling for a boycott passed unanimously and accused Israeli universities of being complicit in violations of international law by the Israeli government.

In addition to other claims, the resolution also accused the universities of discriminating against Palestinian students and academics.

Former AAAS president Rajini Srikanth said the boycott applied only to Israeli institutions, not individuals.
Alarm Clock

Couple fights to get their baby boy back from authorities


A Sacramento family was torn apart after a 5-month-old baby boy was taken from his parents following a visit to the doctor.

The young couple thought their problems were behind them after their son had a scare at the hospital, but once they got home their problems got even worse.
Arrow Up

Unemployment in France hits record high

Unemployment in France has hit a new record of 3.224 million - beating the previous high set in 1997.

The number of jobseekers grew by 36,900 in March, the 23rd consecutive month of growing unemployment, and the number of long-term unemployed who have been out of work for more than a year also hit a record high of 1.89 million.

The previous unemployment record in France was 3.195 million in January 1997.
Info

Pimlico pavement explodes, narrowly missing passer by


A central London resident has released video footage of the moment when a pavement exploded in central London, narrowly missing a passer by.

The blast, which left a crater in the street, occurred at about 10:25 BST on Thursday and is thought to have been caused by a faulty power cable.

Eyewitness Charlie Brook filmed the second explosion from her window.

UK Power Networks said: "Safety is our top priority and the cause of this incident is being investigated."
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