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Delaware earthquake registers at 4.1

by on Nov.30, 2017, under 2017 Year

A preliminary magnitude-4.1 earthquake struck Thursday afternoon near Dover, Delaware, the US Geological Survey reported.

The rare mid-Atlantic earthquake was about 6 miles east-northeast of Dover and was registered at a depth of 5 miles.

“We definitely felt it here,” said Master Cpl. Gary Fournier of Delaware State Police. “We have not received any reports of damage at this time. (My) house shook and you could hear thing rattle. It sounded like a train and lasted about a second.”

Roland Balik, a spokesman for the 436th Airlift Wing at Dover Air Force Base, said he did not feel it but said people on base were talking about it.

The quake’s epicenter was about 50 miles from Philadelphia, 66 miles from Baltimore, 90 miles from Washington and 125 miles from New York City.

A spokesman for New Jersey State Police, Sgt. Lawrence Peele, said: “We haven’t gotten any calls or reports of damage or anything like that. I didn’t feel anything.”

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries in Philadelphia or New York, the cities tweeted.

Developing story – more to come
CNN’s Dave Alsup and Rob Frehse contributed to this report.

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Suicide rates jump 24 percent, but why?

by on Oct.22, 2017, under 2017 Year, Shemitah Cycle

ATLANTA – It’s a troubling trend.

More and more Americans, especially young people, are dying from suicide. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says suicides are now the second leading cause of death in younger Americans between the ages of 15 and 34. From 1999 to 2014, the number of Americans dying from suicide rose 24%, the Atlanta-based health agency reports. The two groups with the highest jump in suicides: girls ages 10 to 14 and middle-aged men.

“It really troubles me,” psychiatrist Dr. Raymond Kotwicki, says. He is the Chief Medical Officer of Skyland Trail, a non-profit mental health treatment facility in Atlanta.Dr. Kotwicki believes there two keys factors playing into the jump in suicide deaths.

“One is having a mental illness, for which you don’t receive treatment,” Kotwicki says. “That is a real risk factor for suicide completion.”

Experts estimate up to 90 percent of people who attempt suicide suffer from a mental illness like major depression. Dr. Kotwicki says there are scientifically-proven, very effective treatments for depression and other mental illnesses, like medication, talk therapy, and support programs.

“But, my concern is that the stigma that goes with saying, ‘Yes. I am someone who has a mental illness,’ prevents people from engaging and getting that treatment,” Kotwicki says.

Another key factor driving the increase in suicides? Kotwicki believes Americans, especially younger people, are feeling more disconnected from the world around them. He says we know strong social connections and a sense of community are both protective against mental illness. But, he believes, we’re texting more and talking less than we ever have, driving that disconnect.

“Having somebody looking a computer screen typing doesn’t provide the social connectivity that I think is heartfelt, and something that a lot of young people, especially, can use to say, ‘You know, I’m having a hard time. But I know there are people. who have my back, who care for me and I know I’ll be okay,'” Kotwicki explains.

Substance abuse may also be driving the jump in suicide deaths. The CDC reports most people who die from suicide were intoxicated at or around the time of their deaths, either with alcohol, opioid pain medications, or other drugs. And, Dr. Kotwicki is concerned that the rise in opioid addiction will only fuel the problem.If you’re concerned about someone you care about, ask them if they’re thinking about suicide, he says. If they are, Dr. Kotwicki says, take it seriously, and get help immediately.

“Call 911 or take the person to the closest emergency room.” Suicide, he says, is a medical emergency, just like a heart attack.

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Endtimes : 45-foot tall nude sculpture may be coming to the National Mall

by on Sep.30, 2017, under 2017 Year, Endtimes

An artists rendering of what R-Evolution would look like on the National Mall, not to scale or showing the correct positioning.(Photo: Vladimir Herrera)

If you walk along the National Mall this November, you’ll see the Smithsonian Museums, the Washington Monument, Capitol Hill, and, possibly, something else: a 45-foot tall nude sculpture of a woman.

The Amazonian figure would tower over the National Mall next to the Washington Monument, directly facing the White House until March 7 to promote women’s equality.

Organizers are trying to raise funds to transport the R-Evolution sculpture from San Francisco to Washington. They’ve gotten conditional approval from the National Park Service to have the structure on the grounds of the National Mall.

Event organizers have raised more than $21,000 in four days to transport the sculpture across the country and assemble it, although they still have a long way to go to meet their 30-day fundraising goal of $90,000.

The organizers have also put out a nationwide call for volunteers. After the event ends, the sculpture can remain on the Mall for four months, if it is guarded by volunteers at all times.

The sculpture was created by artist Marco Cochrane as part of The Bliss Project. He said the sculpture was meant to combat a culture that increasingly dehumanizes women and sexualizes the female form.

R-Evolution is just one of three giant nude female sculptures Cochrane created with his model and collaborator Deja Solis.

He said the series spawned from an idea of feminine safety that he says he’s been wrestling with since the age of seven, when he learned that a friend had been sexually assaulted.

“These sculptures are about expressing what it would be like if women were safe,” Cochrane said. “To me this sculpture answers that question . . . She’s absolutely fearless and accepting and being able to do that is a really powerful thing.”

Julia Whitelaw, Cochrane’s creative partner, said his early sculptures were often so life-like that people felt uncomfortable looking at them, until he scaled them up — way up.

“There was such this taboo that was happening,” she said. “Men would walk in, look at the sculpture, and they would have to avert their eyes.”

Cochrane was inspired to take his art to new heights by the burning effigies at Burning Man. Instead of working in bronze or clay, he created massive sculptures out of steel rods, tubing, mesh and LED lights.

“It made it okay to look at them,” Whitelaw said. “People feel emotionally connected to these sculptures, they don’t focus on the physical.”

In 2015, the series debuted where it was born, at Burning Man. The other two pieces, Bliss Dance and Truth is Beauty, have found homes on the Las Vegas Strip and the San Leandro Tech Campus in California.

The sculpture is being brought to Washington, D.C. by the organizers of Catharsis on the Mall, an annual three-day event that features 24-hour activities, music and an effigy burn. The theme of the event this year is “Nurturing the Heart.”

“This year’s theme is in response to a lot of the social disconnect and politics going on in our community right now,” said Sanam Emami, an activist and community organizer.

“We felt that R-Evolution represented that,” she said. “That’s why we’ve placed it in America’s front lawn.”

The four-month long vigil is also intended to raise awareness of the Equal Rights Amendment. The constitutional amendment, proposed in 1972, would outlaw discrimination based on sex, but it has yet to be ratified.

The sculptures will inevitably produce some controversy wherever they go, but Whitelaw said she’s confident that there are plenty of people excited to have art “supporting the end of violence against women and equal rights for women right there in the heart of the nation.”

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Protecting The Lambs – Nurses removed from duty after posting images, videos of black babies dancing to rap music

by on Sep.19, 2017, under 2017 Year, Protecting the lambs

Two nurses at a naval hospital in Jacksonville, Florida were removed from duty and reassigned after they recorded Snapchat videos of black babies dancing to rap music. The newborns in the video were just hours old, according to Fox 30.

One nurse flipped her middle finger in an image of a black baby with the caption: “How I currently feel about these mini Satans.”

In a second photo, a nurse holds a newborn baby by both arms and makes the child dance to 50 Cent’s hit rap song “In Da Club”.

The person recording the unprofessional scene can be heard saying “we’re going to hell”.

The images and videos were taken from Snapchat and posted on Facebook.com, where they were shared by hundreds of thousands of people before the hospital administration was notified.

It is a violation of hospital policy to record or photograph patients without authorization or permission.

The Navy Hospital in Jacksonville issued a statement on Monday.

“We are aware of a video / photo posted online. It’s outrageous, unacceptable, incredibly unprofessional, and cannot be tolerated,” the statement reads. “We have identified the staff members involved. They have been removed from patient care and they will be handled by the legal system and military justice.”

The hospital has notified the parents of the newborns in the photos/videos.

Among the irate Facebook users was one nurse from Tennessee, who wrote: “They need to have their nursing license revoked. I am totally disgusted. How juvenile. Grow up.”

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