Another example of drones in the mining industry. Their efficiency rapidly outweighs their cost.

via Berkwood Plans UAV Drone Survey on Cobalt Ford Project

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“Study the intersection of mental health and criminality”??? Making fudge. why not make a decision NOW??? You have the power!!?? This makes the Trump Administration nothing but a blob of spineless jelly. How many more children have to die before a national, conclusive law is put into force???

Vice President Mike Pence talked about school safety during a speech in Houston, but didn’t give specifics. In a speech Saturday, he said the Justice Department is working with other agencies to “study the intersection of mental health and criminality.” He said that when Presidents Trump meets with governors in a few weeks, he will…

via Mike Pence Talks About School Safety, But Doesn’t Give Specifics — TIME

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PTSD: Symptoms and Treatment

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can be very debilitating, but treatable.

There can be many symptoms, including:

  1. flashbacks
  2. insomnia
  3. anxiety
  4. depression
  5. social withdrawal
  6. problems with memory and attention
  7. sexual dysfunction
  8. nightmares
  9. hearing voices
  10. personality changes
  11. diminished responsiveness to the external world
  12. psychological ‘numbness’
  13. an exaggerated startle resonse
  14. somatization (bodily feelings, aches, pains)
  15. obsessive-compulsive disorder (persistent thoughts or ideas, stereotyped acts performed in response to an obsession)


  1. Humanistic, Group, and Family Therapies
  2. Cognitive-Behavioural Therapies
  3. Psychodynamic Therapies
  4. Biological Treatments (Medications: psychotropic, antidepressant, antianxiety, antipsychotic, electroconvulsive)

Source: Psychology:Mind, Brain & Culture, 2nd edn. Drew Westen. 1999. Wiley & Sons

People who refuse treatment may suffer longer and more intensely. It is recognized that professional help should be sought as soon as possible after symptoms start appearing. Presence of a positive and nurturing environment (family, friends) is a powerful antidote to relapses.



via PTSD Symptoms

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Strange: If she was on a nude beach wearing just this, she would attract much more attention than if she was nude. If she was on a clothed beach wearing just this, she would attract much more attention than if she was nude. Any ideas why the difference? Ask the fashion industry, then a nudist.

Kim Kardashian Posts Selfie Wearing Nothing but Crystal Underwear Billboard Kim Kardashian Reminds You She’s A Total MILF With New Topless Selfie! Kim Kardashian West slams ‘fake news’ baby rumours Independent Online Full coverage from Entertainment – Google News

via Kim Kardashian Posts Selfie Wearing Nothing but Crystal Underwear — Tiffany

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Some Days You Feel Very Small

Corporate executive, bus driver, systems analyst, lawyer, janitor, waitress, plumber – it matters not. We all have our “down” days, from the Queen, to Donald Trump (dare I say it).

Life brings us bouqets of joy and prosperity, and bric-a-bracs of frustration and despair. Social class means nothing when it comes to how human psychology takes hold amidst turmoil and uncertainty. Yet somehow we rise above and get beyond it…most of the time. But for some of us the ruts get deeper and deeper, and seem to last forever. We may eventually become fatalistic about life in general, and feel we have no power.

A down day or week is not so bad, but a down month or much worse, a down year, can alter every aspect of our daily lives. Our relationships with family, colleagues and friends may suffer, as well as our diet, personal hygiene, finances, and usual forms of recreation. We may have become depressed, exhibiting a lack of confidence, self-esteem and motivation. This personal experience may make us feel very small indeed.

Luckily, there are ways out of our “smallness”. I call them “Ways Out of Our Smallness”. These ways consist of at least the following:

  1. realizing that all events have an explainable cause;
  2. agreeing that help is only a phone-call, email, or text away;
  3. believing in yourself as an agent of your life trajectory;
  4. admitting to yourself that other people may have worse problems than you;
  5. tell your problems to your dog or cat;
  6. understanding that if necessary, professional therapies (psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural, humanistic, group, family, biological) are available;
  7. put a poster beside your bathroom mirror that says “I’m in control”;
  8. walk, and often;
  9. eat a balanced diet;
  10. meet with your friends regularly over coffee (or milk);
  11. talk to your partner/wife/husband about how you are feeling, and why;
  12. avoid obnoxious people.

Most of these are obvious, but it helps to see them from time to time. As we age, time speeds up and is therefore more precious (‘of the essence’). You/we can stop feeling ‘small’, but it takes effort. Those we trust enough to help can become lifelong friends, remaining a buttress against future ‘smallness’ moments. They are there to be taken advantage of, and they won’t mind. And one step out of smallness makes the next step easier.


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Bill and Melinda Gates: Trump’s Proposed Cuts to Foreign Aid Will Lead to More Deaths — TIME Life, or a Wall, Mr. Trump?

Bill and Melinda Gates used their 10th annual letter to answer tough questions about their work at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation — and to defend funding for health work and international aid, just a day after President Donald Trump’s budget proposed slashing resources to these areas. The Gates Foundation donates billions of dollars…

via Bill and Melinda Gates: Trump’s Proposed Cuts to Foreign Aid Will Lead to More Deaths — TIME

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Trump’s Week in Review—02/04/2018 — The show must go on, so grab some popcorn and a beer or soda, put your feet up, and fall asleep if you feel like it.

Edited image by hafteh7 Welcome to Trump’s Week in Review for the 4th of February, 2018. It’s now February, and with a new month of the year comes more trivial news stories about President Donald Trump. And in a week with particularly scarce happenings among the 45th President of the United States and his cohorts, […]

via Trump’s Week in Review—02/04/2018 —

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A GOP attack ad perfectly captures the new low of American politics — Quartz The “Pandora’s Box” of the Trump Administration unleashed upon Congress and Voters.

Donald Trump’s State of the Union address last week was all about unity, but in many ways, America is more fractured than ever—as a new campaign ad from the Illinois governor race amply demonstrates. The minute-long ad by Jeanne Ives, a Republican running for governor, attacks the record of Benedict Rauner, current governor of Illinois…

via A GOP attack ad perfectly captures the new low of American politics — Quartz

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Prostate cancer: New developments!

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has announced a new clinical trial using stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for treatment of recurrent prostate cancer after failure of initial prostatectomy.

via Salvage SBRT after radical prostatectomy — THE “NEW” PROSTATE CANCER INFOLINK

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Average, Fat, or Skinny: Are You Healthy?

via Body Shaming vs. Body Acceptance – where we all fit in this crazy spectrum

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Depression and Experienced Pain: Strange Bedfellows (not really)

via Why does feeling low hurt? Depressed mood increases the perception of pain

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Depression: Some Days You Feel Very Small

There are days when you just want to sit alone and suck your thumb.


Lost your job? Your dog died? Partner left you? A cancer diagnosis? Nothing left in your bank account?

These events happen every day in the Western World, and victims can get really down. Depression, despair, feelings like giving up, even a regression into childhood…these results are more common than many people realize. And we also know that a family history of depression doubles or triples a person’s risk for a mood disorder, especially from studies of monozygotic twins (bipolar disorder) involving chromosome linkages.

The neural transmission of serotonin and norepinephrine have been implicated in both depression and bipolar disorder. “This makes neurobiological sense because these same neurotransmitters are involved in the capacity to be aroused or energized and in the control of other functions affected by depression such as sleep cycles and hunger. Drugs that alter the activity of these neurotransmitters decrease the symptoms of depression (and hence are called antidepressants)” (Drew Westen, Harvard University, Psychology: Mind, Brain & Culture, 2nd ed. 1999. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. New York. p. 701).

Environmental factors play a role, such as in early childhood and familial experiences. Factors that have been identified include:

  1. having been raised in disruptive, hostile, and negative home environments (Brown & Harris, 1989)
  2. family deaths and divorce (Nolen-Hoeksma et al., 1992)
  3. children of depressed mothers (Hammem et al., 1991)
  4. loss of a job or significant other (Brown et al., 1998)
  5. lack of an intimate relationship, particularly in women (Brown & Harris, 1989)

Depressed persons, remarkably, tend to “seek out partners who view them negatively, and they prefer negative to positive feedback” (Giesler et al., 1996), and who verify their self-concept of negativity.

Learned helplessness theory can “relate depression to expectations of helplessness in the face of unpleasant events” (Westen). Beck (1991) observed the negative triad, in which depressed individuals interpret events unfavourably, have a poor self-concept, and are pessimistic about the future. Such a person may ignore his/her past successes, continually doubts him/herself, and generalizes and overgeneralizes about things that “don’t fit the data”. And people whose depression focuses on interpersonal issues tend to develop depression in the face of rejection and loss, whereas people whose depression focuses on autonomy and achievement issues tend to become depressed by failure to meet standards (Peselow et al., 1992).

Anxiety disorders (phobias, panic attacks, agoraphobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may develop alongside depression such that they are co-morbid in the life trajectory of the person. A reciprocal ’cause-effect’ relationship between anxiety disorders and depression has not been fully researched, but intuitively they appear to be linked.

Depressed persons, without proper treatment, may have their sexual, employment, socio-economic status and self-image, education, religious convictions, physical health and interpersonal relationships – all negatively affected. Family members and others who live with a depressed person for an extended period, may be ‘pulled down’ themselves, and experience guilt, frustration, lack of sleep, and even cynicism about the healthcare system that seems unable “to do its job”.

As conscious or unconscious defense mechanisms, depressed individuals may develop a ‘coat of armour’ of detachment, isolation, denial, rigidity, delusional thinking (grandiosity, unrealistic scenarios), fixed mental images and thought patterns, and may feel that all would be better if they could just “move away”. Their daily lives may become shallow and restricted to only a few routinized or compulsive behaviours. They may be unable to show ‘insight’ or to argue reasonably without becoming angry, frustrated or defensive. Regression into the ‘safe’, and happy mental images and experiences of their childhood, may be observable. They may reject reading novels and textbooks. They may be unable or unwilling to engage in a vigorous discussion with others about moral issues or politics. They may also regress to childhood activities, such as watching cartoons repeatedly. Or they may wander over to a theme park and sit in a big chair.



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Vice President Pence Says He ‘Knows the President’s Heart’ as He Defends Trump’s ‘Shithole Countries’ Comment — TIME Digging out of the hole (and disgrace).

(JERUSALEM) — Vice President Mike Pence is defending President Donald Trump on the president’s disparaging comments about immigrants from Africa and Haiti. Pence tells The Associated Press in an interview in Jerusalem that he “knows the president’s heart.” He says Trump is determined to implement a merit-based system that encourages immigration by those who will…

via Vice President Pence Says He ‘Knows the President’s Heart’ as He Defends Trump’s ‘Shithole Countries’ Comment — TIME

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Last Minute Luck!

Sunday marked a major celebration for fans of the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots, as both teams won their respective playoff games to clinch a spot in this year’s Super Bowl. For Eagles supporters, this chance has been a long time coming: the last time they appeared in a Super Bowl was 2004, when…

via Eagles and Patriots Fans Had a Really Wild Time Celebrating Going to the Super Bowl — TIME

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Watergate #2 in the making?

California Senator Dianne Feinstein released a transcript Tuesday of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s closed door meeting with Glenn Simpson, the co-founder of Fusion GPS which was behind the unsubstantiated dossier containing explosive allegations of President Trump’s relationship with Russia. Feinstein’s decision to release the transcript came the day after two of her Democratic colleagues, Sens.…

via Here’s the Senate Testimony of Fusion GPS’s Co-Founder on the Trump Dossier — TIME

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