Surpassing Overdose: Study Links Opioids to Heart-Related Deaths



The opioid epidemic has been a topic of conversation for a years now. With doctors and pharmacies being instructed to be more careful with their prescribing of the medication, and some states even asking them to look up a patient’s drug history before dispensing the drugs, it comes as no surprise that abuse and overdose are two huge issues. However, research suggests that many patients, especially those on long-term opioids, are dying not only because of overdoses, but simply because they are using them for far too long.

The study, which reviewed 45,000 patients from Tennessee from 1999 to 2012, found that those who had been prescribed opioids had a 64% increased risk of dying within 6 months of starting a regimen of the pills, compared to patients who were on other types of medications.

Although overdose and sharing medication is certainly a risk, the study claims that many doctors prescribe medication without thinking about the risk they may have for cardiovascular patients.

Patients with heart problems are the most vulnerable, as long-term opioid use can lead to slowing down of the heart, particularly when mixed with alcohol. This can lead to an accidental death. Opioids are also particularly dangerous for patients with sleep apnea, as the pills can disrupt the patients’ breathing patterns even further. This can lead to irregular heartbeat, heart attacks, and in some cases, even death.

All of the patients in this study were on Medicaid and were receiving long-term opioids for problems such as backaches, and chronic asthma and bronchitis. None had a history of abusing drugs.

Because they were on Medicaid, it is possible that they were unable to access medication that would actually treat the problem they had, thus doctors were over-prescribing opioids for temporary relief of the symptoms without curative benefits.

Dr. Magdalena Anitescu, a pain management expert at the University of Chicago, stated that there needs to be a huge change in how treatment is regulated. She states that alternative treatments can be just as effective, however, patients need to be granted access and doctors need to be educated on what else can be done besides simply prescribe opioids.

“We have a major cultural shift ahead of us,” said Dr. Chad Brummett, director of pain research at the University of Michigan Health System. (Click to Source)

The results were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).


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Utah House Passes Bill To Expand Raw Milk Sales, Reject Federal Prohibition Scheme

FEBRUARY 17, 2020

By Mike Maharrey

Last Friday, the Utah House unanimously passed a bill that would further expand raw milk sales in the state. Final passage of this bill would take another important step toward rejecting a federal prohibition scheme in effect.

Rep. Kim Coleman (R-West Jordan) filed House Bill 134 (HB134) for the 2020 legislative session. The bill would expand raw milk sales to allow permit holders to sell raw milk cream and butter. The current law only allows the sale of pure raw milk even by those holding a permit.

On Feb. 14, the House passed HB134 by a 60-0 vote.

HB134 builds on an expansion of raw milk sales Gov. Gary Herbert signed into law in 2018. Under that new law, a milk producer can sell up to 120 gallons of raw milk per month to consumers without meeting stricter requirements under the current permitting program, providing certain conditions are met.

Passage of HB134 would not only take another step toward opening up the raw milk market in the state; it would also advance efforts to nullify a federal raw milk prohibition scheme.

Impact on Federal Prohibition

FDA officials insist that unpasteurized milk poses a health risk because of its susceptibility to contamination from cow manure, a source of E. coli.

“It is the FDA’s position that raw milk should never be consumed,” agency spokeswoman Tamara N. Ward said in November 2011.

The FDA’s position represents more than a matter of opinion. In 1987, the feds implemented 21 CFR 1240.61(a), providing that, “no person shall cause to be delivered into interstate commerce or shall sell, otherwise distribute, or hold for sale or other distribution after shipment in interstate commerce any milk or milk product in final package form for direct human consumption unless the product has been pasteurized.”

Not only do the feds ban the transportation of raw milk across state lines; they also claim the authority to ban unpasteurized milk within the borders of a state.

“It is within HHS’s authority…to institute an intrastate ban [on unpasteurized milk] as well,” FDA officials wrote in response to a Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund lawsuit against the agency over the interstate ban.

The FDA clearly wants complete prohibition of raw milk and some insiders say it’s only a matter of time before the feds try to institute an absolute ban. Armed raids by FDA agents on companies like Rawsome Foods back in 2011 and Amish farms over the last few years also indicate this scenario may not be too far off.

When states allow the sale of raw milk within their borders, it takes an important step toward nullifying this federal prohibition scheme.

We saw this demonstrated dramatically in states that legalized industrial hemp even as the federal government maintained virtual prohibition. When states authorized production, farmers began growing industrial hemp, even in the face of a federal ban. Despite facing the possibility of federal prosecution, some growers were still willing to step into the void and begin cultivating the plant once the state removed its barriers. Eventually, the pressure on the feds led to the repeal of hemp prohibition.

In the same way, removing state barriers to raw milk consumption, sale and production would undoubtedly spur the creation of new markets for unpasteurized dairy products, no matter what the feds claim the power to do.

It could ultimately nullify the interstate ban as well. If all 50 states allow raw milk, markets within the states could easily grow to the point that local sales would render the federal ban on interstate commerce pointless. And history indicates the feds do not have the resources to stop people from transporting raw milk across state lines – especially if multiple states start legalizing it. Growing markets will quickly overwhelm any federal enforcement attempts.


HB134 will not move to the Senate for further consideration. At the time of this report, it had not been assigned to a Senate committee. Once it receives a committee assignment, it must pass by a majority vote before moving forward in the legislative process. (Click to Source)


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Coronavirus pandemic exploding across the globe: South Korea surpasses 600 infections, Italy declares national emergency, Japan infections skyrocketing, nearly 2,000 non-China infections worldwide and doubling every few days

Sunday, February 23, 2020 by: Mike Adams

(Natural News) While the communist-infiltrated World Health Organization still refuses to declare the coronavirus outbreak a “pandemic” — absurdly claiming there are no sustained local outbreaks outside of China — the truth about this accelerating infectious disease outbreak is rapidly starting to emerge from nations that aren’t fudging their numbers.

Confirmed infections in South Korea have exploded over the last 96 hours from just 30 cases to 602 confirmed cases. Local residents there are scrambling to purchase preparedness supplies, stripping shelves bare and leading to a sense of urgency. Some cities in South Korea have already taken on a “ghost town” vibe, with streets emptied and nearly all community functions shut down.

In Italy, confirmed cases have skyrocketed to 155 as an outbreak continues its exponential spread there, threatening all of Western Europe. A third death has been confirmed in Italy, and the Italian government has declared a national emergency. Italian officials, notably, are far more honest than U.S. officials in reporting these cases, even though they have so far failed to identify “patient zero” there, who may never be found.

Confirmed cases are exploding in Japan, too, which is no surprise given Japan’s criminally negligent handling of the Diamond Princess fiasco that ultimately led to thousands of potentially infected cruise passengers being released onto the streets of Tokyo.

Iran is also experiencing an explosion in deaths (now 8), and if the mainstream media’s “2% mortality rate” is to be believed, that would indicate there must be over 400 infected people in Iran, most of whom haven’t yet been identified (meaning they are spreading it to others).

Around the world, non-China infections are now doubling every 4 days or so, soaring to nearly 2,000 infections outside of China.
Here’s the current official count as of Feb. 23rd:

If this rate is sustained, there will be over 40,000 infections across the globe by the end of March.

The CDC appears to be covering up over 1,000 infections in the USA

As we documented 12 hours ago in this bombshell Natural News story, this is all taking place while the U.S. CDC appears to be actively engaged in a coordinated cover-up to withhold testing kits from U.S. hospitals and clinics, resulting in a situation where only 3 U.S. states are conducting any testing at all. That means 47 states are carrying out zero coronavirus testing, and the CDC itself has only tested 414 people in the entire nation. This, despite the fact that over 250,000 Chinese students attend U.S. universities, and unknown thousands traveled back to the United States after the recent Chinese New Year lockdown in Wuhan.

The CDC’s new strategy is to avoid testing anyone as a way to avoid reporting confirmed infections. In fact, the CDC has released a coronavirus testing flow chart that quite literally prohibits any testing of Americans who have been infected in the United States:

As you can see from the chart, any American showing symptoms but who didn’t travel from China and who doesn’t realize they’ve had any close contact with an infected person will NOT be tested for the coronavirus.

By definition, then, America will see zero “community outbreaks” since no testing is allowed for those who have been infected from community outbreaks.

This is what has allowed the CDC to continue claiming they see “no evidence of community outbreaks.” Of course they don’t. They’ve ruled out any testing that would reveal community outbreaks.

The actions of the CDC now border on criminal negligence, potentially costing the lives of tens of millions of Americans if the outbreaks which are already taking place in the United States are not honestly disclosed and dealt with.

U.S. government seems to be trying to “seed” coronavirus infections into Los Angeles

Meanwhile, the U.S. government just tried to transfer up to 50 confirmed infected patients to the Fairview Development Center in Costa Mesa, California, a kind of residential community with zero controls for level-4 bioweapons or infectious diseases. This center is right next to Huntington Beach / Newport Beach in California, just south of Los Angeles where over 10 million people could spread the disease if containment fails. See this map:

If the U.S. government were literally trying to cause a nationwide outbreak, they couldn’t have picked a better place to release the virus and watch it spread across Los Angeles, then the entire nation.

We are either dealing with unprecedented criminal negligence here or a deliberate campaign to spread the virus across America. Either way, the infections are mounting across America but the CDC refuses to test anyone who got infected in America.

As a result, this epidemic is exploding across the USA entirely unseen and unreported by the disastrously dishonest fake news media and the criminally-run Big Tech speech police that protect the “official” narrative.

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Listen to one of my podcasts from the Health Ranger Report channel on, describing how the CDC is warning U.S. hospitals to prepare for a “surge” in coronavirus patients: (Click to Source)


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There is so Much Snow in Iran Right Now That Farmers Have to Free Their Sheep Buried in Meters of Snow

Some parts of Iran have received up to six meters of snow in the last few days.

The unprecedented amounts of snow buried people, houses, cars and even herds of sheep in the northern parts of the country.


As already introduced lately, the province of Gilan in Iran was engulfed by an unprecedented snowstorm that buried towns, blocked highways and cut off hundreds of villages from the outer world since about a week now.

In some secluded regions, surprised farmers even had to free herds of sheep that had been buried in meters of snow during the blizzard-like storm.

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Luckily, all animals survived.

But it seems to me that those extreme storms are so sudden and powerful that people have not enough time to prepare and to protect their animals.

A similar event occurred about one month ago in Iceland, when a extravagant blizzard engulfed the island – and those bomb cyclones seem to become a new normal in the North Atlantic – and buried horses in meters of snow.

These rescuers are wonderful human-beings! Honestly, I had no idea it snowed that much there. Can we say weather modification warfare. (Click to Source)


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What Christian conservatives need to know about Mike Bloomberg

When it comes to areas of great concern to Christian conservatives, Bloomberg has been anything but moderate.


February 21, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — It is ironic that former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg is presenting himself as the balanced alternative to extreme socialists like Senator Bernie Sanders. In reality, when it comes to areas of great concern to Christian conservatives, Bloomberg has been anything but moderate.

As noted by Catholic activist Bill Donohue with references to his tenure as mayor, “on two key social issues — abortion and religious liberty — the presidential candidate was a total bomb.”

Donohue actually claims that “Bloomberg is one of the most radical pro-abortion politicians in American history.”

Among the former mayor’s accomplishments is this: “Bloomberg’s passion for abortion allowed him to appropriate $15 million from a civic facility revenue bond transaction that benefited Planned Parenthood.”

Would you want someone like this in the White House?

Lest you think these policies are a thing of the past, on February 12, Bloomberg announced, “As president, I will fiercely protect a woman’s right to choose, and I will appoint judges who will defend that right.”

He also declared, “On my first day in office, I will reverse the damage President Trump has done to women’s rights and ensure that every woman has access to reproductive health care.”

Never Trumpers who are pro-life might want to reconsider their stance should Bloomberg become the Democratic nominee. (For that matter, given the current crop of candidates, they should reconsider their stance regardless of which candidate emerges as the Democratic nominee.)

Donohue also states, “On religious liberty issues, Bloomberg’s record was similarly awful.”

To cite just one example, “[t]he courts have long ruled that religious groups have a right to use public facilities, yet Bloomberg denied the right of an inner-city Christian church to hold religious services in a public school on Sundays, setting up a court challenge. He lost in federal district court in 2005, but his censorial effort was not lost on supporters of the Bronx Household of Faith.”

I ask once again: if you are a Christian conservative (or, simply a person who cherishes our fundamental freedoms), is this the kind of man you want in the White House?

My Stream colleague John Zmirak claimed that Bloomberg is “much more profoundly evil a person … than anyone ever imagined,” even calling him an “amoral monster.”

Another Stream colleague, Rachel Alexander, has sampled some of Bloomberg’s derogatory comments about women and others, as opponents of Donald Trump have often done.

The difference is that Trump has proven himself a friend of the unborn and a friend of religious liberties. Bloomberg has proven himself to be the exact opposite.

Timothy P. Carney drew attention to several of Bloomberg’s more severe statements that confirm this. For example, he writes that “Mike Bloomberg once pointed to the in utero child of an employee and said ‘kill it, kill it,’ according to two witnesses.”

And this, according to Carney, is part of a larger, dangerous mindset: “Telling an expectant mother to kill her baby, mocking a new mother’s desire for quality child care, cursing whenever a female employee gets pregnant, and publicly denigrating marriage among professional women all reflect a clear and consistent mindset: The women who worked for him were worker bees. Their humanity, their fertility, their love, and their human attachments were all impediments to productivity. He saw these women as means to his ends of profit.”

Let the reader look at Bloomberg’s more recent, pro-abortion comments and decide whether this assessment is accurate.

Personally, what I’m sure about is what his policies have been and what he promises his policies will be. That is not the person I want leading our country.

What raises even more concerns is that Bloomberg presented himself as a champion of religious liberty as mayor. As David French noted in 2012, “at the same time that the mayor declared that ‘no neighborhood’ in New York was ‘off-limits to God’s love and mercy,’ he was enforcing a unique-in-the-nation policy that in fact declared New York City schools ‘off-limits’ to private religious use that includes worship.”

Yes, this was unique to New York.

As ADF attorney Jordan Lawrence explained, “[b]y state law, the city opens its 1,200 schools on weeknights and weekends to community groups for any use ‘pertaining to the welfare of the community.’ The public schools allow thousands of organizations — scout troops, labor unions, arts groups, etc. — to hold meetings, concerts and recitals. They’ve even allowed ‘Law and Order’ to film in the schools.

“Why single out religious groups and churches, by prohibiting them from conducting worship services in vacant schools when students are gone?”

So, under Mayor Bloomberg, everyone else had the right to rent and use the city’s 1,200 school buildings with the sole exception of religious groups and churches. Why?

The New York Daily News was not hyping things when its February 14, 2012 headline announced: “The Bloomberg administration says churches must leave school buildings now.”

Is this the administration you want running America?

Let the voter beware. (Click to Source)





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Internet SHUTDOWN begins in Wuhan, China to stop the spread of truth and hide the severity of the outbreak from the world

Saturday, February 22, 2020 by: JD Heyes

(Natural News) During an interview Friday, former U.S. Army infantry officer, combat vet, and current U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton reiterated his view that the Chinese government is not being transparent about the severity of the Wuhan coronavirus  (COVID-19) outbreak.

He told Fox News host Laura Ingraham that Beijing’s Communist leaders were not updating the rest of the world on what Chinese doctors and scientists were seeing regarding the virus.

“I don’t disagree that China’s scientists and doctors can, in some cases, be world-class, and they can be professional,” he said. “However, they have sitting next to them at every level of government a minder from the Chinese Communist Party,” said Harvard Law-educated Cotton, as reported by Breitbart News. 

“And I do not have any confidence in those party apparatchiks allowing China’s scientists or their doctors to speak freely to anyone outside of China, especially officials in the United States government,” he added.

Cotton is a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence committees, so you could say that when it comes to data on China, he’s pretty much up to speed.

And while he’s certainly trustworthy enough, there are other sources making similar claims about Chinese government opaqueness regarding details about the virus.

The Epoch Times reported this week, for instance, that Chinese authorities have begun shutting down the Internet, which, of course, makes it even more difficult for any information to get out.

“The Internet connection in my home was cut off for several days. I kept on calling the mayor’s hotline, but nobody is taking care of us,” said one resident of Wuhan City, the epicenter of the virus, according to the Times. (Related: U.S. now admitting coronavirus has broken containment beyond China.)

The paper added: 

Since Feb. 11, more and more Wuhan residents reported that their home internet connections were down. Wuhan authorities have issued strict quarantine measures to contain the outbreak, including allowing only one person per household to leave their homes.

The Chinese-language Epoch Times (CET) spoke with several Wuhan residents and found that some neighborhoods, where there are large numbers of reported COVID-19 virus infections, have had their internet cut off.

This happens all the time in China

Analysts and commentators say they believe Chinese authorities are doing this in order to restrict Netizens’ ability to freely discuss what’s going on with the outbreak in their own country — especially in the city of 11 million where the virus began. 

Thus far, the Times reported, since the outbreak began in December some 70 percent of officially reported cases are from Wuhan City.

A number of people interviewed by the CET said their residential areas began broadcasting messages over loudspeakers that were installed on lamp posts that Internet connections would be cut off beginning the evening of Feb. 10.

“Where I am, it’s close to the makeshift hospital at the Wuhan International Expo Center,” said one resident whose connection was shut off Feb. 11, along with neighbors who live nearby. 

“It looks like everyone in our community lost their Internet connection,” he added.

Others confirmed that their connections were shut off around the same time and, as of February 21, had yet to be restored by the government. 

Such tactics are used very often by the Chinese Communist government to hide the severity of information about emergencies from citizens and the world, Gu He, an observer of Beijing’s censorship, told CET.

“As early as 2009, the Chinese government cut off the Internet in the whole Xinjiang region, [and confined it] to a local area network for 312 days,” Gu said. “It uses this method to control people’s speech.”

Cotton also noted on his Senate website that the Chinese government has also expelled journalists.

“The Chinese Communist Party is complaining about newspaper headlines while the Chinese people suffer and die from coronavirus,” he said recently in response to a Wall Street Journal report that China booted three of its reporters. (Click to Source)

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Extreme weather disasters could trigger the next recession

Feb 18, 2020

OPINION (ETH) – In case you haven’t noticed lately, we are witnessing unprecedented weather disasters around the world including the United States. Tornadoes, Historic flooding, Earthquakes, Fires, and the list goes on. When these disasters take place our first initial response is the safety of people and their well being. after all, material things can be replaced but lives cannot. Most people don’t really think about the economic strain that these mounting disasters have upon Countries that are impacted. The total costs of Hurricane Katrina alone amounted to 161 billion U.S. dollars, which makes it the most expensive natural disaster to occur in the U.S. as of January 2019. Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Maria followed behind at 125 billion U.S. dollars.

We are seeing others who also understand this, coming out to give warnings of what could happen as a result of these continual disasters. “If the market doesn’t do a better job of accounting for climate, we could have a recession—the likes of which we’ve never seen before,” according to Paul Griffin, an accounting professor at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management. A recent report from PHYS.ORG is echoing the warning by saying:

“Excessive-high temperatures, like those experienced in the United States and Europe last summer, can be deadly. Not only do they disrupt agriculture, harm human health and stunt economic growth, they also can overwhelm and shut down vast parts of energy delivery, as they did in Northern California when PG&E shut down a delivery during fires and weather that could trigger a fire. Extreme weather can also threaten other services such as water delivery and transportation, which in turn affects businesses, families and entire cities and regions, sometimes permanently. All of these strains local and broader economies.

When reading the Book of James chapter five it appears that there is a cryptic warning that before the coming of the Lord there will be a major economic collapse that will take place in the earth such as we witnessed during the time of the “Great Depression” but possibly on a larger scale. This next event will directly impact the wealthy of the World:

“Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you! Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have heaped up treasure in the last days. Indeed the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. You have lived on the earth in pleasure and luxury; you have fattened your hearts as in a day of slaughter. You have condemned, you have murdered the just; he does not resist you.” – James 5:1-6

We could speculate on how and what could cause such an event that we see mentioned in the Book of James in the future but one thing is for sure if experts are correct on their assessments and projections of these disasters only increasing in the future than we are headed for turbulent times ahead! No wonder the author of the Book of James followed his warning about an economic collapse by saying this:

“7 Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.” – James 5:7-8 (Click to Source)


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Living Torah Commentary – Mishpatim (Rulings) – Attitude Check! – SCRIPTURES FOR February 22, 2020

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Mishpatim (Rulings)
Exodus 21:1-24:18
Jeremiah 34:8-22; 33:25-26
Matthew 5:38-42; 15:1-20
Acts 23:1-11
Hebrews 9:15-22; 10:28-39
Attitude Check!
We now begin to expound on the Ten Words. Before we do, we need to consider the reason we are moving on: Why do we desire to live by His Words?
This may seem like an oversimplified thought, but I believe it is much needed. Stop for a moment and ask yourself this question, “Why do I desire to obey His commandments?”
Now let’s look at some possible answers.
Many of us grew up in the days of hellfire and brimstone preaching. Some even made it to an altar to “get saved” just because that hell thing sure did not sound like a good option for us. We were given this picture of a God who is sitting up there somewhere just waiting for us to mess up so He can swat us like a little bug and send us to the hell He really wants us to be in after all. Now none of us would verbalize that this is our attitude toward our Heavenly Father or the reason we are following Him, but the question should be asked. How do the teachings of our past affect the way we live today?
We have all read the scripture which states we are saved by faith and not by our works, but do we really believe this? After all, we are told there is nothing free in life, not even a lunch. The concept of redemption being a free gift just seems to go against our very makeup. We all know ourselves. We know what we have done in our lives. We know the secrets of our closets. To think that He will forgive us of even the darkest hour of our life and make it as if we never even did it is just hard to accept. In the end, many of us give lip service to forgiveness, but still harbor the thought that there is a catch, that He won’t fully forgive us until we do something specific, even though in the end it is nothing that we do that causes that forgiveness.
Now, we would never admit to it, but this may be the easiest trap to fall into. This can become the motivation to “be right.” We have all seen the divisions through the years regarding calendars and pronunciation of The Name. Is it good for us to study? Yes. Can our study become about us showing our great knowledge and being right in all things just so we can make ourselves feel good and heal some deep rooted hurt of life? The answer, again, is yes.
I am sure there are many other things we could go into, but I will leave them for you and Father to deal with. Let’s take a look at the right reason for obedience.
Yeshua said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” John, the beloved disciple said in 2 John 1:6, “And this is love, that we walk in His commandments.” Why should we desire to walk out His commandments? The reason is given in the instructions concerning a Hebrew servant, “Because I love my master.” It is as simple and complex as that.
One final thought. Have we considered that the hangup may be that we are having a hard time loving Him because we have never come to the place of understanding that He loves us? Just how great is that love? Please read the following scriptures.
John 3:16. I know you can quote it, but open your Bible and slowly read it. Now read it again and where it says “The World,” insert your name.
Romans 5:8 Insert “me” and “I” for “us” and “we.”
The Hebrews in Egypt did not DO anything to earn His love. They did not earn redemption or a visit to The Mountain. It was all because of His love that He acted on their behalf. The same is true for us today. Question is, how will we respond? Will it be out of fear, a sense of trying to earn something, to show off to others, or will it be, “I love my Master because He first loved me?” (Click to Source)

M5.7 Turkey-Iran Earthquake Kills at Least 8 and Injures 30 – Major Infrastructure Collapse in Both Countries

At least 8 dead have been killed following a M5.7 earthquake in Turkey’s Van province on Sunday, February 23, 2020.

More than 30 others have been injured by the strong quake in Turkey as well as in neighboring Iran. Many more are believed to be still buried under collapsed buildings.

The M5.7 earthquake struck the Turkey-Iran border region at a very shallow depth of 5 kilometers (3 miles) and affected at least 43 villages in Turkey and in Iran.

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The M5.7 earthquake hits and kills at least 8 people in the eastern part of Turkey. Map via Al Jazeera


Some 1,066 buildings collapsed in the shallow tremor whose epicenter was 25km SE of Saray, Turkey, a rural and moutainous area well-known for strong earthquakes.

Although not a densely populated area, 8 dead (3 children and 5 adults), 30 injured and heavy infrastructure damages have already been reported in Turkey.

And officials suggest there will be more casualities and damages as many homes have collapsed during the early quake.

The earthquake was also widely felt in Iran. However, officials haven’t reported any deaths right now.

This could change as many injured have been brought to nearby hospitals and some villages have suffered 100% damage.

Emergency teams currently dig through rubble in nearby villages.

Although not located along the ring of fire, Iran and Turkey are among the most earthquake-prone countries in the world.

A month ago, a shallow M6.7 earthquake in eastern Turkey killed more than 40 people. (Click to Source)


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Trump administration doubles down on anti-marijuana position

FEB 21, 2020  4:34 PM


Analysts previously predicted Donald Trump might support marijuana legalization to boost his chances of re-election this year. Instead, the opposite has happened. The Trump Administration has proposed removing medical marijuana protections in the 2021 fiscal budget and leaked audio revealed the President’s belief that smoking weed makes you dumb.

Trump has done little to reverse this appearance of an anti-marijuana sentiment building in the White House. Rather, a top Trump campaign spokesman doubled down and said marijuana should remain illegal at the federal level. During an interview with Las Vegas CBS affiliate KLAS-TV, Marc Lotter, who serves as director of strategic communications for Trump’s 2020 campaign, was asked about the President’s stance on changing federal cannabis laws.

“I think the president is looking at this from a standpoint of a parent—a parent of a young person—to make sure we keep our kids away from drugs,” Lotter said. “They need to be kept illegal. That is the federal policy.”

This complicates what Trump stated during his 2016 campaign and time in the White House. Previously, Trump supported leaving marijuana legalization to the states and voiced support for the STATES Act, bipartisan legislation that would prohibit federal prosecution for those living in states with legal cannabis.

“I think the president has been pretty clear on his views on marijuana at the federal level. I know many states have taken a different path,” Lotter said.

It could also signal a change in political strategy from the president in the upcoming election. Outside candidates Joe Biden and Mike Bloomberg, the Democratic presidential nominee will support legalizing cannabis at the federal level. Trump could see it as an advantage to position himself opposite of his eventual opponent. For now, Trump appears comfortable allowing himself being seen as someone who will uphold federal cannabis prohibition.

Said Lotter, “If he changes that, obviously that would be something I wouldn’t want to get out in front of him on that.” (Click to Source)


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