Not Guns, DRUGS – Specifically, SSRIs in [Market-Ticker]

The usual sycophants are screaming for more gun control immediately, of course.

They are intentionally and maliciously ignoring this:

“I know she had been having some issues with them, especially the older one. He was being a problem. I know he did have some issues and he may have been taking medication.

“Rage Monster” medication?

You know, the same general class of medication that the Columbine shooters — along with a huge, in fact ridiculously-high percentage of all school shooters between Columbine and today — were on?

They’re called SSRIs and they’re dangerous when taken by people under 25.

Why isn’t the first line of inquiry finding out if this guy was on a class of drugs — prescribed — that are known to cause this behavior in a small percentage of people under the age of 25? If he was why aren’t we holding the physician who prescribed them accountable as having prescribed a drug known to cause violence to someone in the known risk class — and charging him or her as an accessory to murder before the fact?

I have long held and written in these pages that these drugs should only be prescribed to those under the age of 25 for those in residential facilities where they can be monitored 24×7. For reasons we do not understand these drugs stop having that side effect in full-fledged adults (although they still are implicated in potentiating suicides), but in teens and young adults they are dangerous in a small but non-zero percentage of those who use them in that they turn the user into a homicidal maniac.

via Not Guns, DRUGS – Specifically, SSRIs in [Market-Ticker]

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Using LibreOffice as a PDF Editor – gHacks Tech News

LibreOffice is a powerful open source cross-platform Office suite that works in many regards just like Microsoft Office.

While you can use LibreOffice apps to edit spreadsheets or Word documents, you may use it as well to create, edit and save PDF documents.

via Using LibreOffice as a PDF Editor – gHacks Tech News

Would you take it? Medical test to determine if you’re in love or ‘faking it’ will be available by 2028 – Mirror Online

At present, the procedure for measuring the volume of nonapeptides in the brain can be done only in living laboratory animals.

But advances in medical technology means a test on the brains of people could become a reality by 2028, Dr Fred Nour, a renowned US doctor, claims.

Unlike lie detectors and other existing devices, such a scanner could not be duped and would boast an accuracy rate of between 97 and 99 per cent.

Dr Nour estimates that at least two-in-three people who undergo the procedure, which would confirm within a few hours whether they are truly in love, will do so for fun or as a romantic gesture.

But the remainder are likely to be the rich and famous who want to protect their fortunes from “fakers and gold diggers” ahead of tying the knot.

A pre-marital scan may even become a necessary – and legally admissible – element of a pre-nuptial agreement.

via Would you take it? Medical test to determine if you’re in love or ‘faking it’ will be available by 2028 – Mirror Online

Bitcoin in 16 pages (pdf) “A Short Introduction to the World of Cryptocurrencies – St. Louis Fed

In this article, we give a short introduction to cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. The focus of the introduction is on Bitcoin, but many elements are shared by other blockchain implementations and alternative cryptoassets. The article covers the original idea and motivation, the mode of operation and possible applications of cryptocurrencies, and blockchain technology. We conclude that Bitcoin has a wide range of interesting applications and that cryptoassets are well suited to become an important asset class.

(Click pdf link in abstract)

via A Short Introduction to the World of Cryptocurrencies | St. Louis Fed

DOJ National Security Division Official, David Laufman, Quits… | The Last Refuge

David Laufman was the Department of Justice, National Security Division, Deputy Asst. Attorney General in charge of counterintelligence, cyber security, counterespionage and export controls.

As most people are now aware the epicenter of the DOJ/FBI Clinton-Steele operation against candidate Trump stemmed from a collaborate “small group” effort of Main Justice officials within the National Security Division (John P Carlin – head), and officials within the FBI centered around the Counterintelligence Division (Bill Priestap – head).

via DOJ National Security Division Official, David Laufman, Quits… | The Last Refuge

‘Tough it out’: Watch Jeff Sessions recommend aspirin instead of opioids for chronic pain patients

Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week said that the solution for many people who suffer from chronic pain should be to “take aspirin and tough it out.”

The Tampa Bay Times reports Sessions, who has staunchly opposed legalizing medicinal marijuana to help people suffering from chronic pain, gave an address at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Tampa this week where he bashed doctors for giving their patients too many addictive painkillers.

“This company prescribes too many opioids,” Sessions said. “People need to take some aspirin sometimes and tough it out… you can get through these things.”

Bob Twillman, the executive director of the Academy of Integrative Pain Management, told the Tampa Bay Times that Sessions’ aspirin recommendation showed that the Trump administration is woefully ignorant about what it’s like to deal with chronic pain.

“That remark reflects a failure to recognize the severity of pain of some patients,” he said. “It’s an unconscionable remark. It further illustrates how out of touch parts of the administration are with opioids and pain management.”

via ‘Tough it out’: Watch Jeff Sessions recommend aspirin instead of opioids for chronic pain patients

FEMA Contract Called for 30 Million Meals for Puerto Ricans. 50,000 Were Delivered. – The New York Times

The mission for the Federal Emergency Management Agency was clear: Hurricane Maria had torn through Puerto Rico, and hungry people needed food. Thirty million meals needed to be delivered as soon as possible.

For this huge task, FEMA tapped Tiffany Brown, an Atlanta entrepreneur with no experience in large-scale disaster relief and at least five canceled government contracts in her past. FEMA awarded her $156 million for the job, and Ms. Brown, who is the sole owner and employee of her company, Tribute Contracting LLC, set out to find some help.

Ms. Brown, who is adept at navigating the federal contracting system, hired a wedding caterer in Atlanta with a staff of 11 to freeze-dry wild mushrooms and rice, chicken and rice, and vegetable soup. She found a nonprofit in Texas that had shipped food aid overseas and domestically, including to a Houston food bank after Hurricane Harvey.

By the time 18.5 million meals were due, Tribute had delivered only 50,000. And FEMA inspectors discovered a problem: The food had been packaged separately from the pouches used to heat them. FEMA’s solicitation required “self-heating meals.”

“Do not ship another meal. Your contract is terminated,” Carolyn Ward, the FEMA contracting officer who handled Tribute’s agreement, wrote to Ms. Brown in an email dated Oct. 19 that Ms. Brown provided to The New York Times. “This is a logistical nightmare.”

via FEMA Contract Called for 30 Million Meals for Puerto Ricans. 50,000 Were Delivered. – The New York Times