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Daily Digest 9/2 - America's Overlooked Addiction Crisis, Harvey’s Public-Health Nightmare

Saturday, September 2, 2017, 10:08 AM

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America's Overlooked Addiction Crisis (jdargis)

Yet there has been a strange reluctance to fight back with the weapons known to work: restrictions on alcohol sales and advertising and, even more effective, higher taxes on alcohol. The federal tax on spirits (about 21 cents per ounce of alcohol; taxes on beer and wine are less than half that) has not changed since 1991, and over the past few decades the inflation-adjusted cost of drinking has fallen considerably. Many states have likewise neglected to index their alcohol taxes to inflation.

Abandoned States: Places In Idyllic 1960s Postcards Have Transformed Into Scenes Of Abandonment (jdargis)

They have a surreal quality. Ephemeral, disposable, they served only one purpose—to let someone know "I'm here. I'm thinking of you." It feels a bit like social media does sometimes, where you'll snap a photo of some vista, sometimes to bring those you care about a bit closer to you. And like social media, the postcards manage to be a little impersonal: "I didn't quite care enough to write a letter." It's analog Foursquare, a non-digital check-in.

Houston mayor to immigrants: If you face deportation for seeking safety, I'll represent you (jdargis)

Turner said all individuals affected by the storm should take advantage of the services offered to them.

“If you are in a stressful situation, I don’t care who you are, I don’t care what you’re religion is, I don’t care what your language is, you come and take advantage of every service that we have,” he said.

Before Harvey, Houston Sought Funding to Mitigate Floods - But Congress Refused (Suzie G.)

The federal funds provided in the bill could have jump-started flood mitigation projects in Houston that had already been approved by the Army Corps of Engineers. Those projects had languished for years, even decades, because the federal share of their budgets was never appropriated by Congress.

“What I can tell you is that if it would have allocated funds, we would have tried to use those to our best ability,” said Nicholas Laskowski, the Corps’ Galveston District project manager, who declined to comment specifically on Green’s legislation.

Stealing From Taxpayers Won’t Help Harvey Victims (Tiffany D.)

For days, the nation has focused on the frightening destruction wreaked by Hurricane Harvey. While the unprecedented flooding and suffering in Texas deserves our attention and help, there is a real and dangerous analogous threat: the perfect storm brewing within the U.S. financial system.

Hurricane Harvey’s Public-Health Nightmare (jdargis)

Those challenges are already taxing the city’s health infrastructure. According to Bill Gentry, a professor at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health and a former emergency management official, one key public-health issue that attends the early stages of any disaster is the set of risks facing people who are disabled or elderly and face special health needs. “With our push towards home health-care and taking care of more Americans in the home,” Gentry said, “it quickly turns into 'can we get their home health-care needs taken care of,’ with everything from oxygen to prescription meds to getting them clinical access, especially for dialysis. Those types of clinical worries compound as many days as the water stays up.”

The Incarcerated Women Who Fight California’s Wildfires (jdargis)

This part of Southern California, inland from the Pacific Coast Highway, is full of ravines and dry brush. Season after season, its protected lands are prone to landslides, flash floods and wildfires. The women scrambled over a slope that was full of loose soil and rocks, which made digging the containment line — a trench of sorts — even more challenging. ‘‘It was very steep,’’ Tyquesha Brown, a member of the crew who was there, told me. ‘‘The fire was jumping.’’ As the crew moved toward the flames, tools in hand, the firefighters kept a distance of 10 feet between each other and called out conditions.

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Overlooked addiction crisis?

The" overlooked addiction crisis" has been staring mankind in the face for centuries. Whether you want to recognize the problem that Luther or Jefferson or Marx identified as a loss of personal control to a perceived oppressor, the facts remain that imposed controls bring on a level of stress or pain that we humans seek to mollify. Some may have strong opinions as to his theories,but Dr. Gabor Mate pretty much has nailed this issue and its root cause.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Bw1k-xsTbc 

Hearkens back to Clarence Darrow's old adage: " Your parents ruin the first half of your life and your children ruin the second half". Talk about a lack of control?

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Overlooked Addiction Crisis

I found the news story completely misguided.  Alcoholism is not overlooked.  Granted the US Government has no solution for alcoholism and, to my knowledge, isn't working on one.

Unlike the news stories writer, however, I hope the government stays out of it.  

First, look at the war on drugs.  I'd have to say that we've lost the war on drugs despite spending scads of billions, and done irreperable damage in the process.  

Second, what, if anything, is the US Government doing right these days?  Do you seriously want to have them take on a problem that has been around since before recorded history?  I don't!

Raising the tax on alcohol will probably reduce alcohol consumption for price sensitive non alcoholics.

Alcoholics are not price sensitive when it comes to alcohol consumption.  Raising the tax on alcohol will impact their financial security, perhaps making more of them homeless and making already homeless drumks work harder for their booze.

Our prison population has increased 500% in the last 40 years, due, at least in part, to the war on drugs.  I wonder what the impact of a war on alcohol will have on homeless population growth?

 

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Addiction

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Apparent Nuke Test in North Korea

North Korea appears to have conducted sixth nuclear test (CNN)

 

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Brilliant explanation

and then at 14.45 he drops the truth bomb! 

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Key thoughts on addiction from JHK?

But some people do hit bottom and find a way to bounce up. So what we’ve got, since I haven’t been involved in the twelve-step program, I do know a little bit about enabling behavior. And I think what we’ve got is enabling behavior that is combined with racketeering, which gives a tremendous amount of incentive to the enabling behaviors that you're describing in, for example, the pharmaceutical industry. So, those two dynamics form a kind of nexus of pervasive dishonestly in culture that can’t tell itself the truth about where it’s at.

Does not the discussion between Chris and JHK only confirm and demonstrate the addictive behavior of a society addicted to oil? Why do we think can continue to inject liquid BTU's into an economy that avoids the inconvenience of labor and a system that continues to inject cash into the same economy to enable the habit. T2H's contribution on this only echos this basic condition of the American psyche and the solution to kick the habit.

We do have the choice to go cold turkey and work through the withdrawals or wean ourselves gradually and come to an honest evaluation of our predicament. PP's efforts continues to point us in the right direction. 

 

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I do not vote....but then again!

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Expert opinion on the NK nuke test...

I found this linked somewhere.. it about says it all;

Here is the brief, LinkedIn CV of the guy who make the comment on twitter;

I work as a research geophysicist within the programme for Array Seismology and Test-Ban-Treaty Verification at NORSAR. My primary research interests are array processing for seismic signals and full waveform methods for improving the detection capability in the seismic monitoring of nuclear explosions.

Specialties: Signal processing, array processing, development of numerical and signal processing algorithms, analysis of seismic and infrasonic data.

https://no.linkedin.com/in/steven-j-gibbons-9319017

And here's his now famous tweet;

oh fuck


  1. 17h17 hours ago

     

 

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expecting premiums for 2018 to rival a mortgage payment

Frustration mounts over premiums for individual health plans

ABC News-10 hours ago
Some are expecting premiums for 2018 to rival a mortgage payment. What they pay is tied to the price of coverage on the health insurance markets created by ...

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 5:40 pm EDT

KSL.com-21 minutes ago
Some are expecting premiums for 2018 to rival a mortgage payment. Their costs are tied to the price of coverage on the insurance markets created by the law.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 3:40 pm EDT

KSL.com-2 hours ago
Some are expecting premiums for 2018 to rival a mortgage payment. Their costs are tied to the price of coverage on the insurance markets created by the law.

 

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The Saker is enthusiastic and bullish on cryptos

Crypto Currencies: The Internet of Money

And quite entertaining.

 

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