Trump Ignores Commission’s Advice, Says More Cops are Solution to Opioid Crisis

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by Tony Wyman I live in the Opioid Capitol of America, Dayton, Ohio. Per capita, more people will die in my city from overdosing on opioids, drugs like fentanyl, oxycodone, morphine, tramadol, than any place in America.   “We’re on a pace to to have 800 people die this year from overdose,” Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer told reporters at NBC News. He said the county is trying to fight the crisis by giving officers Narcan, a nasal spray emergency treatment that counteracts the effects of opioids and reverses the…

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Water Quality – Has It Improved Since Flint Michigan And How Can You Know If Your Water Is Safe?

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by Richard Cameron Water quality in the post Flint, Michigan era Much discussion and concern has arisen since the Flint, Michigan water crisis 3 years ago and in addition to the civil lawsuits that are still winding their way through the courts, last month 5 public officials were indicted on charges of involuntary manslaughter. Involuntary manslaughter in layman’s terms is essentially negligence on steroids. And the Flint, Michigan situation is the heart of the matter of what we’re discussing here, because the whole catastrophe started in April of 2014 when…

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They Just Want to Live Like An Amputee – BIID: The Disorder of Desiring to Remove Healthy Limbs

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By Janice Barlow As I began to research this very odd condition, it became so strange to fathom that any sane person would want to remove an arm or a leg that is fully functional. After all, there are literally hundreds of thousands of amputees in our nation who would give anything to have their missing limb or limbs back again. Why would anyone want to chop one off? It’s sacrilegious. And yet, there is a bastion of information and Internet groups, among the weird disorders spreading throughout our country,…

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Is Spirituality Irrational?

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  By Ron Garret Spirituality and rationality seem completely opposed. But are they really? To get at this question, let’s start with a little thought experiment. Consider the following two questions: 1. If you were given a choice between reading a physical book (or an e-book) or listening to an audiobook, which would you prefer? 2. If you were given a choice between listening to music, or looking at the grooves of a phonograph record through a microscope, which would you prefer? But I am more interested in the answer…

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How To Advance Rational Thinking In Your Community

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  by Gleb Tsipursky Why don’t they teach this in high school?!? Or even college, for that matter. That’s the reaction that my wife and I had after attending Columbus Rationality meetings. This subgroup of the Humanist Community of Central Ohio, an affiliate of the American Humanist Association, hosts a wide variety of events devoted to advancing rational thinking strategies.   My wife and I aren’t alone in our reactions – many attendees report having similar experiences. After an event focused on effective decision-making, one participant reported in feedback sheets distributed afterwards that “this was…

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How To Avoid Giving Regret – Understanding The Influence of Attentional Bias

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by Gleb Tsipursky I want to share my story to help you avoid the kind of regret I experienced as a deep churning in my stomach when I found out what bad decisions I made by giving to my favorite charity for many years. Make-A-Wish Foundation helps kids with terminal diseases achieve a grand wish. For example, it could take the child and her family to Disneyland. It then shares the stories of these kids through their marketing materials. These stories are truly heartwarming. I fell for it, and donated every…

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The Healing Effects Of Laughter And The Science Behind It – Endorphins

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by J. Lee The healing effects of laughter have been near and dear to my heart for a long time now. In my college psychology class I wrote about it. In my speech class I spoke about it. I am happy to say I got a letter grade of ‘A’ in both classes. Years later after my graduation a wonderful movie came out about laughter called ‘Patch Adams‘. The lead role was played by comedian Robin Williams. It was about a doctor who had difficulty in medical school, because he…

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“Vaccine Court” Avoids Our Criminal Justice System With Billions Of Your Tax Dollars

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By Janice Barlow Since President Trump has continued to falsely claim that vaccines cause autism, the anti-vax movements have ramped up their efforts to lay blame on the medical field for the condition. The groups also rail on about how the “Vaccine Court” (Actually known as the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program), has awarded families and individuals billions of dollars for their claims that vaccines caused harm or death to a family member. What is the problem with that? First of all, there is no actual Court. The NVICP is…

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The Brave New World Of Productivity Maximized Robot Workforces & Trump’s False Narrative

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by Tony Wyman Editor’s Note:  This review of productivity maximized robot workforces, is the second part in a series examining the challenge of the rapid incorporation of automation and mechanization displacing American workers.  In part One, the author examined the plans for automated transportation (the trucking industry) and increased mechanization of coal mining. Productivity Increases What entices managers to increase their reliance on robots is obvious: greater productivity at lower costs.  Robots are increasing American manufacturing productivity dramatically, up 32% from 1998 to 2012. Today, thanks to automation, there are…

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