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Fort Lauderdale gunman was "receiving psychological treatment"

have not heard if he'd been taking antidepressants, but if he was, that could explain his actions.

Urbanisation signal detected in evolution, study shows

In a study published in 2008, researchers in France observed a rapid evolutionary change in a plant's seed size in order for it to adapt to urban life.
They found that the seeds on Crepis sancta, otherwise known as hawksbeard, were larger on specimens that lived in urban areas, when compared with the seeds from the plants growing in rural settings.
As the plant's seeds were dispersed by the wind, the researchers suggested that heavier seeds fared better because they would drop on to nearby soil, whereas the lighter seeds would be carried by the wind, resulting in them being deposited on concrete and tarmac, where it was impossible to germinate.
The speed in which this trait was expressed in the urban-dwelling plants surprised the researchers.
Professor Alberti said the changes that were observed in more than 1,600 studies were having an impact on evolution and that human activity, in the form of urbanisation, would have a lasting legacy on life on Earth.
These findings add weight to the idea that the planet is now entering an Anthropocene epoch, a geological measurement of time in which humans are having a significant global impact on the Earth's geology and ecosystems.


http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-38519299

Alternative Children's Mental Health

It is important to understand that medical doctors, particularly psychiatrists, are taught to view a child’s behaviors through their training. That training involves a checklist of symptoms and if your child has seven or more out of twenty, for example, the doctor knows to give the child the diagnosis that fits that checklist. The treatment is usually meds. Just remember, there are many other ways to look at the situation and your doctor’s way is only one.

And also remember that the medical school he/she went to was likely heavily funded by pharmaceutical companies or the doctor gets lots of benefits from these drug companies and that could bias his/her thinking. Also, realize these same drug companies teach lots of teachers and school nurses and school districts about their meds for children and the symptoms to look for because they have found this increases drug sales.
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I recall the story of a woman in a pro-psychiatry book whose daughter was put on meds for ADHD at age 13. Within a year, the girl attempted suicide so was put on stronger meds. After another year, she was diagnosed with schizophrenia and was put on stronger meds. She was still on meds in her 20s. “Thank God,” the mother wrote, “we started treating her in time.” I saw this quite differently because I have heard from so many parents and patients who were worsened by meds and were prescribed more meds as a solution. This approach has taken many people into an unnecessary hell that took years to return from.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/rethinking-mental-health/201612/alternative-childrens-mental-health

more info: http://ericmaisel.com/

Psychiatrists Must Face Possibility That Medications Hurt More Than They Help

Mental health has declined as prescriptions for antidepressants and other drugs keep surging

Reporter Sarah G. Miller notes in “1 in 6 Americans Takes a Psychiatric Drug” that prescriptions for mental illness keep surging. As of 2013, almost 17 percent of Americans were taking at least one psychiatric drug, up from 10 percent in 2011, according to a new study. Miller elaborates:
“Antidepressants were the most common type of psychiatric drug in the survey, with 12 percent of adults reporting that they filled prescriptions for these drugs… In addition, 8.3 percent of adults were prescribed drugs from a group that included sedatives, hypnotics and anti-anxiety drugs, and 1.6 percent of adults were given antipsychotics.”
This increase in medications must be boosting our mental health, right? Wrong. In “Is Mental Health Declining in the U.S.?,” Edmund S. Higgins, professor of psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina, acknowledges the “inconvenient truth” that Americans’ mental health has, according to some measures, deteriorated.

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/cross-check/psychiatrists-must-face-possibility-that-medications-hurt-more-than-they-help/?wt.mc=SA_Facebook-Share

trump's nominee for Israel ambassador calls President Obama an anti-Semite

President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for US ambassador to Israel is the head of an organization that is being sued by Palestinians for its role in the theft of their land for settlements and other Israeli war crimes.

Announcing the nomination, the Trump transition team said that David Friedman would serve from Jerusalem, “Israel’s eternal capital” – signaling that the new administration intends to move the US embassy to the city from its current location in Tel Aviv.
Friedman is being described as “more extreme” even than the Israeli government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

As the Tel Aviv newspaper Haaretz reports, Friedman has called President Barack Obama an “anti-Semite” and labeled supporters of the liberal Zionist lobby group J Street as “kapos” – a term used to describe Jews who collaborated with the Nazis in the death camps.

https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/group-headed-trumps-israel-envoy-pick-sued-war-crimes

how can I tell if my donation check mailed was received?

I sent it so as to become a starred member.
thx.

2500 year-old Greek city discovered

A
rchaeologists have discovered a 2,500-year-old lost city in Greece.

Researchers from the University of Gothenburg and the University of Bournemouth have begun exploring the ruins at a village called Vlochos, around 300km (190 miles) north of Athens.

The team, which also includes researchers from the Ephorate of Antiquities of Karditsa, found the remains of towers, walls and city gates on the summit and slopes of the hill.

They hope to avoid excavation and use methods such as ground-penetrating radar instead, which will allow them to leave the site in the same condition as when they found it.

During their first two weeks of field work in September, they have discovered an ancient pottery and coins dating back to around 500 BC.




http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/greece-lost-city-vlochos-university-of-gothenburg-bournemouth-a7471246.html

trump's bizarre ties to conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

If you haven't heard of Alex Jones, his website Infowars is required reading for conspiracy theorists of all stripes, from the 911 truthers to the people who think the San Bernadino shootings and Sandy Hook killings never happened to the claim that Obama is a Muslim.

Jones' claims often are trumpeted by trump the next day, and picked up by the media, but the media rarely notes the connection.

The latest is trump's claim that barring "3 million votes by illegal immigrants for Hillary" he would have won in a "landslide".
All the main steam media point out that there is zero evidence for the claim.

but what they don't point out, is that trump's story follows a story in Alex Jones' Infowars, headlined: “Report: Three Million Votes In Presidential Election Cast By Illegal Aliens,”

from the article in Media Matters:
"Trump adopting a conspiracy from Jones and Infowars is not out of the ordinary. The relationship between the politician and the conspiracy theorist has flourished for months.
Trump appeared on Jones’ radio/internet show in December of 2015 and praised him for his “amazing” reputation. Trump’s informal adviser, Republican dirty trickster Roger Stone, has been a regular contributor to Jones’ radio program for months and the two have made joint appearances at pro-Trump events.

In an October speech attacking “global financial powers” while using anti-Semitic tropes and dog whistles, Trump was parroting an argument that Jones has used for years.

After Jones said Trump should begin complaining the election was “rigged,” Trump began making similar complaints on the campaign trail.

When Trump alleged that President Obama was “the founder of ISIS,” he was echoing Jones, whose website once wrote that “the Obama administration has been backing ISIS since the beginning.”

After Trump delivered his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, Jones saw so much of his rhetoric included that he bragged on his radio show that Trump was “totally synced” with him and his conspiratorial world view. Following Trump’s victory, Jones claimed that Trump called him to “thank” Jones’ audience and promised to appear on his show in the near future.

This latest outburst shows that the two men remain in sync, and it’s time for the media to let the public know who is pulling the next president’s strings."


https://mediamatters.org/blog/2016/11/28/trump-s-fake-election-claims-came-conspiracy-theorist-alex-jones-media-isn-t-reporting/214635

and from Mother Jones:
"Trump himself has used the site's (Alex Jones') work to bolster way-out claims, including his references to Clinton's alleged poor health and his false assertion that "thousands and thousands" of American Muslims were celebrating the 9/11 attacks in New Jersey. Trump appeared on Jones' internet-based talk show in December 2015 and told him, "Your reputation is amazing. I will not let you down." Roger Stone, a longtime Trump adviser and a conspiracy theorist who claims LBJ killed JFK, has often appeared on Infowars, and he held joint events with Jones at the Republican convention in Cleveland in July. At that convention, Jones had "special guest" credentials."

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/11/trump-alex-jones-conspiracy-illegal-votes

This is kinda like the So Korean Pres. and her swami girlfriend, except worse!

no more "good reads" forum? I liked that. nt

since the hack, and my new password-all but 4 of my posts are gone.

anyway I can reclaim them?

thanks.
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