Scare us: It's nearly Holloween.

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Xmo1, Oct 19, 2017.

  1. Xmo1 Registered Senior Member

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    Seems there should be some punishment involved with unnecessarily scaring masses of people. People work all their lives to care for their families; to protect and defend mothers and children, while being kind and helpful to each other, and while building the civilization, it's buildings and roads, libraries and schools. Then you get these war mongers who brashly threaten to destroy everything and everyone. There should be a law against that. And - they shouldn't be able to destroy a city for any reason. People put sweat equity into building them with the full expectation that the resources will not be wasted. It's not that the technology is not available. It's that people make too much money as arms dealers with little consequence for the destruction caused by the arms they are selling. They should be sued for malpractice.
     
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  3. Tiassa Let us not launch the boat ... Staff Member

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    I would ask you to imagine, for a moment, an index by which we might describe the condition of a community in relation to a particular challenge, such as, say, opioid addiction. In the range of outcomes there is an abstract threshold at which a community is clearly losing ground, or underwater, or otherwise condemned to see more and worse before things get better.

    I'll have to dig up that statistic, because every county in the country that was underwater on the opioid epidemic allegedly went to Trump.

    It is a particularly poignant statistic; this is a life and death question.

    We might think that part of the story is scary enough, but these are opioids, and while we ought not actually pick bones with the term, we also need to bear in mind for our own part what that means.

    The next HIV epidemic in America is likely brewing in rural areas suffering under the nationwide opioid crisis, with many of the highest risk communities in deep red states that voted for President Donald Trump.

    Federal and state health officials say they are unprepared for such an outbreak, and don’t have the programs or the funding to deal with a surge in HIV cases. And given how little screening for HIV there is in some rural counties, they worry it may have already begun.

    Scott County, Ind., was Ground Zero for an outbreak two years ago. Nearly 200 opioid users in poor, rural Austin became infected with HIV, primarily as a result of shooting up powerful prescription opioids with contaminated needles.

    Health officials believe it’s a harbinger of things to come as opioid abuse — painkillers, heroin, fentanyl and other drugs — rages on.

    “I am very concerned about something like that happening again,” new Surgeon General Jerome Adams, who was Indiana’s health commissioner during the outbreak, told POLITICO. “It’s a tragedy and we don’t want that to happen in any other communities."

    "We are using what happened in Scott County as both a warning to folks but also an example of how to respond to an opioid epidemic, " he said.

    Late last year, the CDC identified 220 specific counties at high risk of a spike in HIV infections tied to intravenous drug use. They point to worrisome trends that reinforces their concerns: the number of fatal overdoses, and the skyrocketing number of intravenous opioid users contracting hepatitis C. That’s another blood-borne infection spread through contaminated needles, and it’s “a canary in a coal mine for HIV,” said Alana Sharp, research policy associate at the Foundation for AIDS Research.

    “The nightmare that wakes me up at 3 a.m. is a Scott County-level HIV outbreak happening here in Alaska,” said Jay Butler, director of the Division of Public Health in the state’s health department and the lead official tasked with responding to the opioid crisis.

    Those eight paragraphs from Politico are simply terrifying.
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    Ehley, Brianna. "From opioids to HIV — a public health threat in Trump country". Politico. 21 October 2017. Politico.com. 25 October 2017. http://politi.co/2h3l08w
     
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  5. Xmo1 Registered Senior Member

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    Thanks for the media link. Donny is the tip of an iceberg that is more concerned about wallets than people. He may profess otherwise, and even believe himself, but the iceberg is sinking the last boats in the ocean for us one by one. Why would they kill literally millions of people in Korea? Not only could it happen, but it is likely, because of the thousands of artillery rounds containing blood and nerve agents that no one is able to stop should the shit hit the fan over there. Midterm elections are a year away now. I privately wonder every night if there is going to be a tomorrow as sweet as today. I'm getting less hopeful.
     
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  7. Kittamaru Now nearly 40 pounds lighter. Staff Member

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    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/ent...1e4b0af27f589f1cd?ncid=tweetlnkukhpmg00000007

    *Sigh* Yes... this is what British "News" is like anymore... American news isn't any better XD
     
  8. Quantum Quack Life's a tease... Valued Senior Member

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  9. Xmo1 Registered Senior Member

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    Changing our civilian government won't change anything in NK. They're still going to be there howling like an old dog.
     
  10. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    What's the difference between Trump and Kim? One is a madman with a bad haircut; the other is Korean.

    The good news is that you could get rid of Trump if you wanted to.
     
  11. Kittamaru Now nearly 40 pounds lighter. Staff Member

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    This is a transcript of an actual NRA advertisement:
    source - http://time.com/4841051/gun-owners-nra-advertisement/



     
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