UK's National Health Service found to have prescribed antidepressant to 1yo boy and over 450 children over five-month period
Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:23 UTC
NHS Tayside in Dundee, Scotland, prescribed the medication to the child in 2014, according to figures obtained by the Dundee Evening Telegraph. The Trust prescribed anti-depressants to 450 children over a five-month period between January and May this year.
Figures reveal the most common age group to be given antidepressants were children aged between 14 and 17 and that girls are more likely to be prescribed the drug than boys.
Although very young children are sometimes prescribed antidepressants for problems including bed-wetting and chronic pain, NHS guidelines state that under 18s should not be given the drug.
The Free Thought Project
Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:16 UTC
The Free Thought Project
Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:16 UTC
Though the Lacey Township Board of Education program will be implemented purely on a "voluntary" basis for seventh and eighth graders who participate in athletic programs and extracurricular activities — and only then with parental consent — the invasiveness of the plan should sound a number of alarm bells.
"I'm a supporter for any intervention to give another reason for kids to say 'no' and that can start at any age, especially with our young teens," district superintendent Craig Wigley told NJ Advance Media following the school board's vote on August 15.
Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:32 UTC
Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:32 UTC
It had almost 45 million daily users in July, but this figure appears to have sunk by more than 12 million since the start of August, to just over 30 million said to be playing Pokémon Go. Further decline is expected, as downloads, engagement, and the time users spend on the app have all also visibly flopped, according to data provided by Sensor Tower, SurveyMonkey, and Apptopia.
Bloomberg, which saw the raw data, reported that other major apps such as Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat "can breathe a sigh of relief" that Pokémon Go is finally wobbling, as the game's popularity had apparently been costing them considerable amounts of users.
Comment: Great. We can't wait for more Pokémon idiocy.
- Woman claims to have been raped by Pokemon Go character after playing the game before bed
- Pokemon Go insanity: Man impales himself on metal fence spike while hunting Pokemon
- Pokemon Go insanity continues: Baltimore driver rams into cop car while playing mindless appTeens get lost in cave, another struck by motorcycle while playing Pokemon Go
Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:38 UTC
The Nigerian army has carried out a "most unprecedented and spectacular air raid" and "fatally wounded" Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, read a statement released early on Tuesday by Colonel and Acting Director of Nigerian Army Public Relations, Sani Kukasheka Usman, according to the media.
The strike was reportedly carried out on August 19 in the village of Taye.
"In what one could describe as the most unprecedented and spectacular air raid, we have just confirmed that as a result of the interdiction efforts of the Nigerian Air Force, some key leaders of the Boko Haram terrorists have been killed while others were fatally wounded," Usman said.
"[At the time of the strike] the terrorists were performing Friday rituals."
This is not the first time the Nigerian army has claimed to have killed Abubakar Shekau - similar reports were made in 2013 and 2014.
Comment: One wonders what makes one air raid so "unprecedented and spectacular"! More on Shakau:
- Nigeria: New Boko Haram leader identified, Shekau suddenly resurfaces
- The symbolic global allegiance of terror groups like Boko Haram to Daesh
- CIA asset Boko Haram releases videos showing masked gunman with kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls
Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:54 UTC
The notion that sexual orientation is predetermined by biology is an important part of the current LGBT discourse. If a person has no choice over whether to be gay or not, society cannot demand that he or she be straight, so the argument goes.
But regardless of its political worth, the "born this way" paradigm is not backed up by sufficient scientific data, according to a new paper published in the autumn issue of the New Atlantis, a journal focusing on political, societal and ethical ramifications of technological advances.
The study does not claim that being gay is a choice, merely that stating the opposite may be wrong.
Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:15 UTC
"It's just been so hectic... I can tell you that online on Sunday, we received 60 orders [for burkinis] - all of them non-Muslim,"Aheda Zanetti, a Lebanese-born Australian fashion designer for Muslim women who claims to have developed the burkini, told AFP, adding that she usually receives 10 to 12 orders on Sundays. The 48-year-old designer says she has received a lot of letters from women of diverse backgrounds since the "burkini issue" came under the spotlight. Some were cancer survivors and others just wanted to protect their skin from the sun.
"A lot of the correspondence... was that they are survivors of skin cancer and they've always been looking for something like this, saying, 'Thank god we've found someone like this producing such a swimsuit,'" she said.
However, there have also been critical e-mails, Zanetti said. One asked the designer why she wanted to cover up women, claiming that the French "prefer our women to be naked." Zanetti reportedly launched a series of swimsuits and sportswear especially for Muslim women under the trademark Ahiida back in 2004, and has sold more than 700,000 garments since 2008. Earlier on Saturday, Zanetti told the Sydney Morning Herald that 45 percent of her clients are non-Muslim women.
Comment: France is a bastion of democracy and freedom of expression! ...unless it comes to Muslims. In these times those who have been victimized and made homeless by Western governments are then further victimized by being deemed terrorists because of their dress. What rank hypocrisy from the West!
In defense of the burka: How bans do nothing to counter radicalization
Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:45 UTC
Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:45 UTC
Rapidly-improving technology could herald a revolution in the UK's sex industry which could result in reduced risk of sexually transmitted diseases and safer lives for I working girls, clients and pimps.
NUI Galway Law professor John Danaher, who has conducted research into human enhancement and artificial intelligence, said sex robots could be a good substitute for human prostitutes.
He told the Daily Star : "The cyborgs can cater for desire for sexual variety, freedom from constraint and complication and fear of lack of sexual success.
"Technology may become better at developing emotional bonds with their clients. They won't need to 'fake it' the same way as human prostitutes."
Comment: This seems to be another sign of humanity's descent into a virtual world where what's real is indistinguishable from what's virtual.
Fans of Scottish football team Celtic raise £85,000 for Palestinian charities after club was charged over flag display during match with Israel
Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:33 UTC
Palestinian flags were waved around Celtic Park during the Champions League match on Wednesday night. Uefa later charged the club over an "illicit banner" display.
Celtic fans have now launched a "#matchthefineforpalestine" campaign to raise funds for two charities.
In a Go Fund me page, Celtic fans state: "At the Champions League match with Hapoel Beer Sheva on 17 August 2016, the Green Brigade and fans throughout Celtic Park flew the flag for Palestine.
CBS SF Bay Area
Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:18 UTC
The new state law took effect July 1. Now, parents can no longer use personal or religious beliefs as a reason not to have their kids immunized. This school year, kindergartners and seventh graders must show proof of immunizations.
Monday WAS the first day of school for kids in Oakland. Hundreds of them were expected to be sent home.
"There could be a few hundred kids that are not immunized and so we'll be encouraging them as quickly as possible to get out there," said Oakland Unified School District John Sasaki. "Their parents may try to drop them off and we'll have to turn them away."
Young children who got their personal belief exemptions approved before January 2016, will be grandfathered in. According to the new law, they still must get immunized when they reach seventh grade.
Comment: Mandatory vaccinations not only violate every individual's right to control what goes in their body, it is also irrational for people with vaccinations to be worried about unvaccinated people. If you're vaccinated, you're supposedly protected from getting a disease, so why all the consternation and governmental intrusion against those who wish not to be vaccinated? Hopefully this ruling will not only be overthrown, but that the citizens of California will decide that Gov. Jerry Brown needs to be removed from office for passing this draconian law. See also:
- Man paralyzed after receiving vaccine recommended by then-physician, now-senator behind California vaccination bill, tells of senator's corruption
- California parents explain why they oppose mandatory vaccines
- Harvard trained immunologist demolishes California legislation that terminates vaccine exemptions
- California's medical tyranny: Mandatory vaccines & discrimination harm everyone
Tue, 23 Aug 2016 14:21 UTC
Ibrahim Hadidi, a UK-trained local doctor with his skills allowing him to easily leave the war-ravaged country, is still treating patients in Aleppo.
"Being here is my duty, I feel I'm among my family," he told RT's Lizzie Phelan, currently reporting from Syria's former biggest city. "My students, my patients, my relatives, my people, all of them are my family. Syria is my home and I will not leave whatever happens. And I have a great hope that this country will come back to be rebuilt, to be far better than the previous situation of these troubles."
"[The terrorists] don't want people to stay in their country and to build health authorities and health centers to give these very important and vital health centers to people," he told RT, adding that the doctors have also been targeted by extremists.
Hadidi's own hospital had been seized by the opposition forces. But he would not take his skills abroad.
Comment: Indeed, the "terrorists" (of both jihadi and American think-tanker breeds) do not want Syrians to stay in Syria. Like Operation Condor, the Contras, or any other U.S.-backed assassination or death-squad operation, the goal is to kill or displace the most talented members of a target population - the people with the ability to create and sustain a stable, sovereign nation. U.S. policy has always been to neutralize such leaders.