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U.S. drug deaths skyrocket - 164% increase from 1999 to 2012

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Recently, there has been much talk of various "epidemics" in America. The three most commonly mentioned are suicide, gun violence, and drug overdose. A close examination of the data, however, reveals two surprises: First, one of them is not actually an epidemic. Second, one of them is a much bigger epidemic than most people realize. (See chart.)
The "suicide epidemic" (red line) has received the most attention as of late. This is for good reason. At a rate of 12.54 deaths per 100,000 Americans, the suicide rate is at a 25-year high WISQARS) from 1999 to 2012, shows that the suicide rate over that period has increased by nearly 19.7%.

Similarly, school shootings and other mass killings result in highly partisan debates about the "gun violence epidemic." However, the CDC data does not show that this even is an epidemic. Instead, the homicide-by-firearm rate (purple line) has been declining from a high of 4.27 per 100,000 in 2006 to 3.76 per 100,000 in 2012, a roughly 12% drop. The average American is more than three times as likely to commit suicide than to be shot and killed.

The most shocking data are the deaths due to unintentional drug poisonings (green line). From 1999 to 2012, deaths by drug overdose increased from 4.00 per 100,000 to 10.54 per 100,000, a whopping 164% increase. While the suicide rate has slowly climbed over the past decade, the death rate from unintentional drug overdoses has skyrocketed. Indeed, the term "epidemic" was invented for trend lines like this. (Note: More detailed information on what exactly constitutes unintentional drug poisoning can be found in the ICD-10 under codes X40-X49.)

It should be noted that accidental drug overdoses include far more people than just celebrities and gangbangers who snort cocaine and guzzle alcohol. Indeed, a substantial proportion of overdoses are with prescription drugs, such as opioids (e.g., OxyContin, Vicodin) and benzodiazepines (e.g., Xanax, Valium, Ativan). Additionally, as reported this week in an article appropriately titled "The Great American Relapse," The Economist notes that heroin is making a comeback. Deaths from heroin overdoses have doubled from 2010 to 2012 as opioid painkiller addicts forgo expensive prescription meds for cheaper heroin from the street.

Comment: It's quite tragic that an increasing number of people feel as if they have no choice but to self medicate in order to live in this psychopathic world.

CDC: Prescription painkillers more lethal than cocaine and heroin combined

Gold Bar

Is the East cornering the West in the gold/silver markets?

It is with a deep sense of gratitude that I have had all of you as friends and associates during what has been a long war, not a good war, but a very long "financial war". As you know from these writings; this has been a war conducted by the Federal Reserve against the entire world, aided and abetted by major international banks via the manipulation of most every market on the planet. The ethics and morals our country was originally built on damned!

The events mentioned herein relative to the suppression of gold and silverusing dollar hegemony as the tool indicate a major international monetary crisis is dead ahead, this is obvious. Power in the hands of the few have made massive gains for those at the top of the economic ladder while the average man has become a debt slave to the few. There are of course the laws of Mother Nature and "unintended consequences". Those at the top who intend to "rule the world" are being challenged from the East in what I believe to be almost a winner take all "war". It did not have to be this way but the "West" has forced this.

Comment: Paul Craig Roberts has expressed much the same, noting that the East (China/Russia) can bring an end to US Dollar hegemony quickly in just this way - breaking the West's paper manipulation of the gold and silver markets.


Ebola victims in Kenema abandoned as Sierra Leone burial workers strike

The bodies have now been removed.
Burial workers in the Sierra Leonean city of Kenema have dumped bodies in public in protest at non-payment of allowances for handling Ebola victims.

The workers, who went on strike over the issue, left 15 bodies abandoned at the city's main hospital. One of the bodies was reportedly left by the hospital manager's office and two others by the hospital entrance.

The workers have now been sacked for treating the corpses in a "very, very inhumane" way, an official said.

Sierra Leone is one of the countries worst affected by this year's Ebola outbreak, with more than 1,200 deaths.

Kenema is the third largest city in Sierra Leone and the biggest in the east, where the Ebola outbreak first emerged in the country.

The burial workers told a BBC reporter they had not been paid agreed extra risk allowances for October and November.

The BBC's Umaru Fofana in Freetown says the bodies have now been taken away but the workers had refused to end their strike.

Red Flag

17-year-old girl arrested for running prostitution ring in Florida involving teenage girls

A teen girl in Sarasota, Florida was arrested Friday and charged with running a high school prostitution ring that included girls from Sarasota High School and nearby Venice High School.

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported that Alexa Nicole De Armas was charged with a felony count of human trafficking of a person under the age of 18.

One client was arrested, 21-year-old John Michael Mosher, who paid $40 and a bottle of liquor to have sex with a 15-year-old girl.

The scheme came to light when four girls at Venice High School confessed to a school administrator that they had been approached about joining the prostitution ring.

Venice Police Department Captain Tom Mattmuller told the Herald-Tribune that a third person will be arrested on Tuesday, but declined to comment further, saying the department's investigation is ongoing.

De Armas is believed to have concocted the scheme over the summer as a way of making money and getting access to alcohol and drugs. She ran the business via Facebook private chat.


High school teacher arrested after attempting to bribe student with good grades in exchange for keeping quiet about sexual relationship

A Richardson High School English teacher remained in custody Saturday on a charge of having an improper relationship with a student.

James Quigley, who was arrested Thursday night, also has been charged with sexual assault.

Police say a 16-year-old female student reported that Quigley, 34, had harassed her after he obtained her email address and cellphone number in March. According to an affidavit, investigators have copies of messages she received.

The student said Quigley had threatened her and parked in front of her house "on multiple occasions for no reason," according to the affidavit.

He tried to persuade her to sign a contract that promised her good grades if she would keep the messages secret, the affidavit stated. The student said Quigley did not want his wife, who is also a Richardson High teacher, to find out about the messages.

Black Magic

Naked man falls through ceiling of woman's bathroom at airport, attacks and bites elderly man

Two suspects were arrested and charged with assault in separate incidents at Logan International Airport Saturday, State Police said, while a brief security scare was touched off when a son of former baseball player Curt Schilling left a toy grenade in his carry-on luggage.

At around noon, a woman using the ladies' restroom in Terminal C reported that a naked man had fallen through the ceiling into the stall area before running out of the bathroom, State Police spokesman Dave Procopio said.

The man, later identified as a 26-year-old Cameron Shenk of Boston, then assaulted an elderly man he encountered upon fleeing from the restroom, according to Procopio.

"He assaulted the elderly man, bit the man on the ear causing laceration to ear, and then began choking the man with [the elderly man's] own cane," Procopio said.

After a brief struggle with troopers, Shenk was taken into State Police custody. Charges against him include attempted murder, assault and battery on a police officer, assault and battery on a person over 60, and a lewd and lascivious act, Procopio said.


Children strip-searched at Philadelphia's Family Court

Artist’s rendering of the new Philadelphia Family Court building, at 15th and Arch Streets.
Multiple sources involved in cases in Philadelphia Family Court say sheriff's deputies improperly strip-searched juveniles in both criminal and DHS custody cases who were appearing at the court for hearings earlier this week.

And once court administrators discovered what was going on, they put a stop to it.

According to multiple sources, juveniles in county custody for both criminal and non-criminal matters who were making courtroom appearances at the new Family Courthouse, at 15th and Arch Streets, were first strip-searched by sheriff's deputies as a security measure all day Monday of this week and possible part of Tuesday.

These sources say the searches occurred individually and in small groups, and that the juveniles were asked to remove all their clothes, to squat, and to cough.

Multiple sources tell KYW Newsradio that the juveniles complained about the practice and, when court administration learned what was going on, administrative judge Kevin Dougherty put a stop to it.

The new courthouse officially opened on Monday.

A spokesman for Philadelphia Family Court issued a statement today that said, "On Tuesday morning of this week, in response to concerns raised by child advocates over allegations of strip searches of juveniles, the leadership of Philadelphia Family Court directed the Sheriff's Office to cease and desist all strip searches pending further notice. Today, Family Court issued new rules governing the screening and detention of juveniles that the Court developed in collaboration with the Sheriff's Office."

Our sources were unable to say how many juveniles were searched and/or whether any practice of this sort was in place at the old courthouse.


Police State USA: Supreme Court rules in favor of strip searches, Regardless of reason for your arrest

Metropolitan police strip searched more than 4,500 children in five years

Arrow Down

America the beautiful - A rape culture: Brutal assault and struggle for justice at UVA

Jackie was just starting her freshman year at the University of Virginia when she was brutally assaulted by seven men at a frat party. When she tried to hold them accountable, a whole new kind of abuse began.
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Sipping from a plastic cup, Jackie grimaced, then discreetly spilled her spiked punch onto the sludgy fraternity-house floor. The University of Virginia freshman wasn't a drinker, but she didn't want to seem like a goody-goody at her very first frat party - and she especially wanted to impress her date, the handsome Phi Kappa Psi brother who'd brought her here. Jackie was sober but giddy with discovery as she looked around the room crammed with rowdy strangers guzzling beer and dancing to loud music. She smiled at her date, whom we'll call Drew, a good-looking junior - or in UVA parlance, a third-year - and he smiled enticingly back.

"Want to go upstairs, where it's quieter?" Drew shouted into her ear, and Jackie's heart quickened. She took his hand as he threaded them out of the crowded room and up a staircase.

Four weeks into UVA's 2012 school year, 18-year-old Jackie was crushing it at college. A chatty, straight-A achiever from a rural Virginia town, she'd initially been intimidated by UVA's aura of preppy success, where throngs of toned, tanned and overwhelmingly blond students fanned across a landscape of neoclassical brick buildings, hurrying to classes, clubs, sports, internships, part-time jobs, volunteer work and parties; Jackie's orientation leader had warned her that UVA students' schedules were so packed that "no one has time to date - people just hook up." But despite her reservations, Jackie had flung herself into campus life, attending events, joining clubs, making friends and, now, being asked on an actual date. She and Drew had met while working lifeguard shifts together at the university pool, and Jackie had been floored by Drew's invitation to dinner, followed by a "date function" at his fraternity, Phi Kappa Psi. The "upper tier" frat had a reputation of tremendous wealth, and its imposingly large house overlooked a vast manicured field, giving "Phi Psi" the undisputed best real estate along UVA's fraternity row known as Rugby Road.

Comment: American society, sick to the core! See also Sex trafficking of Americans: Business in the slave trade has never been better.
When (normal) human beings fall into a certain state: the psychopaths, like a virulent pathogen in a body, strike at their weaknesses, and the entire society is plunged into conditions that lead to horror and tragedy on a very large scale. - Andrew M. Lobaczewski, Political Ponerology: A Science on the Nature of Evil Adjusted for Political Purposes


Of Course! No indictment for Darren Wilson, Ferguson cop who killed Michael Brown

 'hands up, don't shoot'
© ustin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFPDemonstrators chant 'hands up, don't shoot' as they protest in front of the Ferguson police department on November 24, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri.
Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted on any charges for shooting and killing unarmed African American teenager Michael Brown, a St. Louis grand jury has decided.

The grand jury's decision was announced Monday evening by Bob McCulloch, the prosecuting attorney for St. Louis County. He said that "no probable cause exists" to file any charges against Wilson.

Officer Wilson potentially faced charges of first- or second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, or involuntary manslaughter. At least nine of the 12 people on the jury needed to agree to bring charges in order to indict Wilson. It's unclear exactly how that vote unfolded.

In the wake of the decision, the Brown family released a statement saying:

"We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions. While we understand that many others share our pain, we ask that you channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen."

Comment: Brown was unarmed. He taunted the cop. The cop shot him dead. That's about the height of it.

Light Saber

It's "an extortion racket:" Police Chief moved to tears after exposing corruption in his department

"Exactly like the Mafioso in New York. That's exactly how they are operating," Calexico Police Chief Mike Bostic said in regards to his own department.

Calexico, California - A border town east of San Diego fired their own police chief last month "in the interest of their own citizens," and on Oct. 13 Former Police Chief Pompeyo Tabarez was replaced with Mike Bostic.

When Bostic took over the department he found it rife with corruption. "The council members in conjunction with the police officers association and members of that association have used city funds and city resources to run what I would call an extortion racket," said the newly-appointed police chief as he publicly accused his predecessor, members of his own department and city officials of illegally trying to undermine a criminal investigation, comparing their actions to those of the New York mafia.

"Exactly like the Mafioso in New York. That's exactly how they are operating," the chief said.
According to NBC San Diego, after he was on the job for three or four days, Bostic discovered the investigations unit was not working any active cases. The same was true with the narcotics and internal affairs units.

He was unable to find any reports on an alleged kidnapping and assault of a juvenile that took place in October.

"The former chief and his investigative unit were so busy trying to save his career and his job rather than focus on that investigation, they completely botched it," Bostic alleged.
Bostic immediately placed several officers on paid leave and demoted others.

Bostic said that he even witnessed detectives using professional burglary tools, that no officer should carry, to break into cars.

"There's a thing called search warrants in the state of California," he said. "These were clearly tools for violating people's rights and we're trying to get to the bottom of that."