Now You Know: Deeper Look into the 7 “Muslim”-Banned Nations

Why comparing Trump’s and Obama’s immigration restrictions is flawed By Linda Qiu on Monday, January 30th, 2017 at 5:24 p.m. politifact.com
“..The seven countries on Trump’s list

While not necessarily part of this fact-check, Trump’s suggestion that he selected the seven countries as a continuation of Obama’s policy is imprecise.

According to the executive order, Trump’s action applies to “countries designated pursuant to Division O, Title II, Section 203 of the 2016 consolidated Appropriations Act.”

That refers to a 2015 act, signed into law by Obama, revising the United States’ visa waiver program. The visa waiver program allows citizens from 38 countries to enter the United States without a visa for up to 90 days. Under the legislation, citizens of those 38 countries who had traveled to Iraq, Syria, Iran, and Sudan after March 2011 were no longer eligible for the visa waiver. Libya, Yemen, and Somalia were later added to the list.

In other words, Obama’s actions dealt with people who had visited Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen, not citizens of those countries, and it did not prohibit them from entering the United States.
..”

*see Neutral Perspective: U.S.A. Should Ban and NOT Ban Particular “Muslim” Countries? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

YEMEN

Key facts about the war in Yemen Al Jazeera Middle East1 August 2016
Al Jazeera Middle East1 August 2016 aljazeera.com

The ongoing war in Yemen, which has displaced millions of people, is far more complex than a Sunni-Shia conflict.
“…Civilian casualties in Yemen are high.

As of January 2016, 2,800 civilians had been killed by the fighting in Yemen, with 8,100 casualties overall. Both sides have been accused of killing civilians: the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has estimated that Saudi-led coalition air strikes caused almost two-thirds of reported civilian deaths, while the Houthis have been accused of causing mass civilian casualties due to their siege of Taiz, Yemen’s third-largest city…

Many foreign countries are involved in Yemen’s war.

In 2015, Saudi Arabia formed a coalition of Arab states to defeat the Houthis in Yemen. The coalition now includes Qatar, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Sudan and Senegal. Several of these countries have sent troops to fight on the ground in Yemen, while others have only carried out air strikes.

The United States government regularly launches air strikes on al-Qaeda and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) targets in Yemen, and recently admitted to having deployed a small number of troops on the ground. The US, along with other western powers such as the United Kingdom and France, has also supplied the Saudi-led coalition with weapons and intelligence.

Iran has denied arming the Houthi rebels, but the US military said it intercepted arms shipments from Iran to Yemen this March, claiming it was the third time in two months that this had occurred. Iranian officials have also suggested they may send military advisers to support the Houthis…

Events in Yemen are viewed as part of Saudi Arabia’s “cold war” with Iran.

Saudi Arabia shares a long, porous border with Yemen, and it fears what it sees as Iranian expansionism through its support for Shia armed groups. Commentators in the Arab Gulf states often claim that Iran now controls four Arab capitals: Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut and Sanaa.

In Syria, Saudi-backed rebels are fighting against Bashar al-Assad’s government, which is supported by Iran. Lebanon is another arena of conflict: Iran sponsors Hezbollah, the Shia militia and political movement, while Saudi Arabia supports the predominantly Sunni Future Movement.

Tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran were ratcheted up even further earlier this year, when Saudi Arabia executed Shia Muslim leader Nimr al-Nimr and Iranian protesters attacked the Saudi embassy in Tehran.
Yemen’s war is far more complex than a Saudi-Iranian, Sunni-Shia conflict.

Yemen was ruled for a millennium by Zaydi Shia imams until 1962, and the Houthis were founded as a Zaydi Shia revivalist movement. However, the Houthis have not called for restoring the imamate in Yemen, and religious grievances have not been a major factor in the war. Rather, the Houthis’ demands have been primarily economic and political in nature…”

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(ANTIMEDIA) President Donald Trump’s decision to bar nationals from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States for 90 days prompted one of the largest protests America has seen since anti-Iraq war sentiment compelled thousands to hit U.S. streets in 2003.

Moved by the ban’s inclusion of green card holders who were suddenly left stranded at U.S. airports, protesters flooded airports nationwide, demanding U.S. officials let foreigners who were lawful residents in. On Sunday evening, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly declared “the entry of lawful permanent residents to be in the national interest,” making the “lawful permanent residence status” of foreign nationals “a dispositive factor in our case-by-case determinations.”

While many have pointed out that the precedent that allowed Trump to impose the 90-day ban came from a bill signed into law by President Barack Obama, known as the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act, others pointed out the list’s omission of countries such as Saudi Arabia, “home of 15 of the 19 terrorists involved in the 9/11 attacks.” But while these same publications claim these countries were spared because of Trump’s business ties, countries listed in the current ban mirror the list of countries present in the bill signed into law by Obama. So why did both Obama and Trump choose to spare travelers from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and United Arab Emirates from extra scrutiny?

The answer may lie somewhere in the past, long before both Obama and Trump were considering running for president.
It’s The Economy, Stupid

U.S. presidents are often judged by how the economy fares during their terms, leading many to take credit for sudden upticks while others blame everybody else for downfalls.

In a carefully written piece from 2014, founder, president, and Executive Director of the Carl Menger Center Paul-Martin Foss explains that in 1971, when President Richard Nixon “[closed] the gold window,” unilaterally canceling the convertibility of the U.S. dollar to gold, Saudi Arabia entered the picture.

Striking a deal with the Saudi Kingdom, Nixon established the oil-rich nation as its partner. From then on, Saudi Arabia became the “anchor of the petrodollar system,” making the kingdom’s demise unthinkable if the dollar were to remain a reserve currency.

Fearing the dollar would lose its value due to his economic policies regarding gold reserves, Nixon made the Saudis promise to “denominate oil sales in dollars” in exchange for America’s endless military protection. Being one of the world’s top oil producers and exporters, Saudi Arabia’s promise meant that foreign nations “seeking to purchase oil on international markets needed to purchase dollars and maintain dollar reserves.” By establishing a demand for the dollar “as an international reserve currency that counteracted the desire of countries to move away from the dollar due to the [U.S.] government’s inflationary policies of the 1960s and 1970s,” Nixon was able to protect the value of the U.S. dollar despite the obliteration of the only system that had kept the currency strong all through the years: the gold standard…

In the Yemen files, the database “of more than 500 documents from the United States embassy in Sana’a, Yemen” released by WikiLeaks, the staff at the whistleblower hub writes that “Yemen is of significant strategic interest as [the country] controls a narrow choke-point to the Red Sea and the Suez Canal through which 11% of the world’s petroleum passes each day.” With Saudi Arabia seeking to “control a port in Yemen to avoid the potential constriction of its oil shipments by Iran along the Strait of Hormuz or by countries, which can control its other oil shipment path along the Red Sea,” it’s suddenly clear why America has been so invested in the Yemen war. The U.S. government must keep the promise made by President Nixon if it wants to keep the dollar strong without reforming or putting an end to the Federal Reserve’s grip on the U.S. dollar.

President Trump has only been in office for a little over a week, and he’s already following the lead of his predecessors….”
*see
Neutral Perspective: I will and NOT support Donald Trump for U.S. President!

“..Without oil-rich nations using the U.S. dollar to trade their product — and without the gold standard — there’s nothing keeping the dollar’s worth from crashing. And if that occurs, world markets would feel the boom with only America truly hurting since its currency would lose its worth, boosting other world powers.

Will there ever be a president who will challenge that? If so, reform should start first by ending the Federal Reserve…”
*see Deep Thought: Who to “blame” for the world’s corruption?

A massive crowd of Yemeni bodega owners protest Trump travel ban , from youtube.com
“..Published on Feb 2, 2017

Yemeni bodega owners protesting in Brooklyn, begin to pray
A massive crowd of Yemeni bodega owners gathered in Brooklyn after shutting down their stores to protest Trumps travel ban. Watch as they collectively begin to pray
We’re at a rally against President Trump’s travel ban being held by Yemeni business owners in Brooklyn
Hundreds of Yemeni bodega owners who gathered in Brooklyn to protest Donald Trump travel ban begin to pray
A massive crowd of Yemeni bodega owners gathered in Brooklyn after shutting down their stores to protest Trump’s travel ban. This moment, as they collectively began to pray
Thousands Of Muslims Take Over Streets Of NYC In Islamic Call To Prayer Speaker Yells ALLAHU AKBAR
Bodega workers protest Trump’s refugee ban in downtown Brooklyn
Donald Trump..”

IRAN

Why Is Iran Part of the Ban? By Noah Millman • January 31, 2017, 1:30 PM theamericanconservative.com
“…That’s it. Iran is a “hostile, jihadist government” so we should presume all Iranians are a security risk.

This is why I’m going to continue to assume that a primary reason for the ban in the first place was to provoke Iranian retaliation, with the ultimate goal that poisoned relations will eventually provide a pretext for war.

Regular readers know I was very clear in calling out the Democratic candidate’s enthusiasm for conflict with Iran. I have zero reason to trust that this administration is any less enthused, and I interpret their actions accordingly.
..”

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Iran To Ditch The Dollar In Wake Of Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’ Dominic Dudley ,
Contributor Jan 30, 2017 @ 05:40 AM forbes.com
“..The Iranian government is to stop using the US dollar in its official statements, according to a report in the local English-language daily the Financial Tribune.

The decision was announced by Central Bank of Iran governor Valiollah Seif during a television interview on the evening of January 29 and, according to the paper, is due to take effect from the start of the new fiscal year on 21 March. It will affect all official financial and foreign exchange reports.

The move is significant in the light of the recent ‘Muslim ban’ by US President Donald Trump, which prevents anyone from Iran and six other Muslim-majority countries from entering the US. The Iranian government has vowed to take “reciprocal measures” and has said it will stop issuing visas to US citizens. Some exceptions to this may be made though. Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said that it has yet to decide on whether to allow a US freestyle wrestling team into the country. The team is due to compete in the Wrestling World Cup in Kermanshah province in mid-February.
..”

Iran to take ‘reciprocal measures’ after Trump’s immigration order By Ralph Ellis and Sara Mazloumsaki, CNN Updated 4:08 AM ET, Sun January 29, 2017 cnn.com
“..The most recent travel warning, updated on the department’s website in August 2016, says Iran unjustly imprisons US citizens, especially Iranian-Americans, on charges of espionage and being a threat to national security.

Another source of friction between the United States and Iran is the future of the nuclear deal negotiated during former President Barack Obama’s administration.

Trump said during the campaign that he would renegotiate the deal, but Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said that won’t happen. “Do you think we and our nation will let him do that?” Rouhani said…”
Iran Reacts to US Trump ban on Iranian people


IRAN REACTING TO PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ACTIONS AGAINST MUSLIMS , from youtube.com

OTHERS

Iran Reacts to US Trump ban on Iranian people

Airport Trump Protestor Gives Interview REGRETS It Immediately!! from youtube.com
“Published on Jan 29, 2017

Trump protesters flock to airport to support refugees. However, they don’t know what they are in for moments later.

Any other information, comments, suggestions, etc.. on any of the 7 nations “banned”..

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Theatrical Peformance: “Newsies the Musical”

Disney’s Newsies – Chanhassen Dinner Theatres https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vNEdTA0v_I

What is Disney’s NEWSIES? | Chanhassen Dinner Theatres https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1o9nbqzESKg

-Interviews

‘Newsies’ Begins at Chanhassen Dinner Theatre

Chanhassen Dinner Theatre Hosting ‘Newsies’ Through September

Film

Newsies Broadway Movie: ‘The Making Of’ Fan Film

True Story

Newsies: the real story | Calling Extra callingextra.com

“..The major differences between the movie and the acutal events have much to do with the basis of Hollywood movie-making and I do not fault the screenwriters or producers in their modification.

Below are a few false portrayals of the history and some clarification:

1. Jack Kelly was not the leader of the strike – and falsely, as other websites and books report who relate the real history of the newsboys strike, Kid Blink wasn’t either. There was a “Jack” Sullivan and he is mentioned in one newspaper as someone who spoke before the crowd and ignited the newsies to strike. But reporting of him stops there. Kid Blink, an Irish newsboy of fifteen who was blind in one eye, is peppered throughout the papers with rousing speeches. There’s no description that he wore an eye-patch, despite how he is portrayed in my novel as well as in Newsies…”

Newsies | Based on a True Story – YouTube

A historical exploration of “Newsies” the musical Lily Dodd, Staff Writer June 4, 2015 • 4,204 views urbanlegendnews.org
“…The true fact is that Newsies is based on the 1899 Newsboys’ Revolution, which was triggered by Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst’s decision to raise the prices of their papers, The Evening World and the New York Evening Journal (which the newsies had to buy in order to sell). The protest was semi-violent, brief, and openly mocked by the New York Times, which delighted in poking fun at the the newsies’ uncouth manner of speaking. It was also completely successful…”

NEWSIES THE MOVIE: IS IT HISTORICALLY ACCURATE? January 19, 2014
whenicanbreathe.blogspot.com

“.. When Disney created the movie based on a true story of course certain facts would have to be left out as it is with any movie. How accurate is Newsies though? Were they able to keep to the basic premise and slip some clever details in or were they completely off the mark? First, let’s look at the characters themselves. Was there really a boy named Jack Kelly that led the newsies to strike along with his friend David Jacobs and went by Cowboy and wanted to move out to Sante Fe, New Mexico?
..”

Newsies: a powerful and surprising call to arms in the age of Trump theguardian.com

“..All the newsboys want is fair recompense for hard work – and if boys selling “papes” on street corners are too difficult to relate to in 2017, there are plenty of examples of exploitation among the youth, new citizens and the broader working class to inspire empathy in contemporary audiences. Think of employees suffering in major fast food chains, afraid to speak out in case they lose their livelihoods, or prisoners whose labour yields them as little as 17 cents an hour.

..”

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Spotlight Sitcom: “Little House on the Prairie”

  • Little House on the Prairie TV-PG | 1h | Drama, Family, Romance | TV Series (1974–1983) imdb.com

    Sal: I remember sharing in kindergarten class during “Share & Tell” that this was my favorite show to watch back in the days. I can’t remember when I stopped watching this show, but I do remember watching many shows on t.v.

    Little House on the Pairie Theme Song

    Episodes

    List of Little House on the Prairie episodes From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia en.wikipedia.org
    “..The following is a list of episodes for the television show Little House on the Prairie, an American Western drama about a family living on a farm in Walnut Grove, Minnesota from the 1870s to the 1890s. The show is an adaptation of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s series of Little House books.

    The regular series was preceded by the two-hour pilot movie, which first aired on March 30, 1974. The series began on the NBC network on September 11, 1974, and ended on May 10, 1982.

    The majority of the episodes run approximately 50 minutes (not counting commercials, they have since been edited for syndication to accommodate more commercial time). Expanded episodes (90 minutes to 2 hours) have been indicated as such; many of these may not currently be shown in determined areas due to their length. ..”

    Pilot

    Little House on the Prairie – Episode Guide – Season 1 littlehouseontheprairie.com
    ‘…For the first time since their original TV broadcast, all 24 season 1 episodes are now presented complete and uncut, and newly restored and remastered for optimal picture and sound quality! In this ultimate season 1 episode guide, you’ll relive all of the heartwarming adventures and learn some new facts along the way. Some of our favorite facts and tidbits came from Alison Arngrim’s autobiography and Melissa Gilbert’s memoir.

    Below is a complete index with links to the Pilot Movie and Season One episodes:..”

    Little House on the Prairie – Pilot (Part2) Highlights

    Little House on the Prairie – Pilot (Part4) Highlights

    Little House on the Prairie – Pilot Deleted Scene

    Season 1

    Season 1 Episode 1 A Harvest of Friends Preview Little House on the …

    Season 1 Episode 2 – Country Girls Preview – Little House … – YouTube

    Little house on the prairie season 1 – YouTube

    Season 1 Episode 8 Ma’s Holiday Preview Little House on the Prairie

    Little House on the Prairie Season 1 Episode 14 The Lord is my Shepherd part 2

    LHOP ~ The Lord Is My Shepherd (2) Prt 1

    LHOP ~ The Lord Is My Shepherd (2) Prt 2

    Little House On The Prairie — Season One Deluxe … – YouTube

    LHOP ~ The Lord Is My Shepherd (2) prt3

    LHOP ~ The Lord Is My Shepherd (2) prt4

    *see How can we hear from God “clearer”? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

    LHOP ~ The Lord Is My Shepherd (2) prt5

    Behind the Scenes

    Little House On The Prairie – Behind The Scenes !

    filming Little House

    Little House on the Prairie – Outtakes

    (documentary) Little House on the Prairie: The American Dream by Elliot Robinson

    Interviews

    interview andrew garvey patrick labyorteaux VOSTFR

    interview matthew labyorteaux albert ingalls VOSTFR

    interview reverand alden dabbs greer VOSTFR

    Merlin Olsen Little House Interview

    Merlin Olsen (1940–2010) imdb.com
    “Merlin Olsen was born on September 15, 1940 in Logan, Utah, USA. He was an actor, known for Mitchell (1975), Little House on the Prairie (1974) and Fathers and Sons (1986). He was married to Susan Wakely. He died on March 11, 2010 in Duarte, California, USA. See full bio » ..”

    Merlin Olsen – Player BIO | Pro Football Hall of Fame Official Site profootballhof.com
    “..As a rookie Olsen was voted into the Pro Bowl. And in the winters that followed they never played a Pro Bowl without him for 14 consecutive years. Ten times he was selected a first- or second-team All-Pro. Merlin came to the Rams as one of their two first round draft choices in 1962…”

    Katherine MacGregor Little House interview Pt. 1

    interview nels oleson richard bull VOSTFR

    interview nellie oleson alison arngrim VOSTFR

    Alison Arngrim Reveals ‘Little House On The Prairie’ Secrets | Megyn Kelly TODAY

    Little House on the Prairie – Melissa Anderson Interview 1 imdb.com

    Little House on the Prairie – Melissa Anderson Interview 1

    Little House on the Prairie – Melissa Anderson Interview 2

    interview almanzo wilder dean bulter VOSTFR

    interview caroline ingalls karen grassle 1ere part VOSTFR

    interview laura ingalls melissa gilbert VOSTFR 3emes part

    interview laura ingalls melissa gilbert VOSTFR derniere part

    Michael Landon
    Biography
    imdb.com
    “.. Michael Landon was born Eugene Maurice Orowitz, on Saturday, October 31st, 1936, in Forest Hills, Queens, New York. In 1941, he and his family moved to Collingswood, New Jersey…”
    Michael Landon
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia en.wikipedia.org
    “..Landon was born Eugene Maurice Orowitz on October 31, 1936, in Forest Hills, a neighborhood of Queens, New York.[2][3] His parents were Peggy (née O’Neill; a dancer and comedian) and Eli Maurice Orowitz. His father was Jewish.[4] Eugene was the Orowitz family’s second child; their daughter, Evelyn, was born three years earlier, in 1933. In 1941, when Landon was four years old, he and his family moved to the Philadelphia suburb of Collingswood, New Jersey. He attended and celebrated his Bar Mitzvah at Temple Beth Shalom. His family recalls that Landon “went through a lot of hassle studying for the big event, which included bicycling to a nearby town every day to learn how to read Hebrew and do the praying.”[5] He attended Collingswood High School.[2] ..”

    JOHNNY CARSON INTERVIEW MICHAEL LANDON Jul 24 1981

    JOHNNY CARSON INTERVIEW MICHAEL LANDON Mar 10 1989

    What Happened to Michael Landon?

    Michael Landon Tribute 1991 Part 1

    Remembering the Last Farewell, part 1

    The Little House on the Prairie reunion 2005 (Tombstone) 1

    Little House on the Prairie Today Show Reunion April 30 2014

    Little House Stars and Guest Stars

    Little House on the Prairie
    Published on Mar 11, 2015
    “Little House on the Prairie: The Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder” is a one-hour documentary that goes beyond the famed “Little House” books to the behind-the-scenes, true life story of one of America’s most iconic authors, Laura Ingalls Wilder. Step further into Laura’s world with 35 minutes of bonus features and travel behind the scenes with director Dean Butler to experience the making of “Little House on the Prairie: The Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder”. Available on DVD on Amazon.com.

    The Life of Laura Ingalls Wilder Tribute ( Little House on the Prairie TV Show Theme Song)

    Walnut Grove Then & Now

    Real Ingalls Family

    The Real “Little House on the Prairie” Family – YouTube

    About The Ingalls Family by Sarah S. Uthoff 111 Comments littlehouseontheprairie.com
    “..Charles Phillip Ingalls or “Pa” (1836-1902)

    Charles had a wandering foot in all his various incarnations. In real life his family had long been farmers, moving several times while he was growing up in search of a better chance. Charles followed this same pattern with his own family after marrying Caroline Quiner, always in search of better financial opportunities, specifically a successful wheat farm. After many moves and attempts, with his family’s help Charles proved up his homestead, but due to health issues he retired from farming almost immediately afterward. Together Charles and Caroline built up one final home in De Smet, South Dakota. It’s known in Laura circles as the Third Street House and is where Charles and Caroline spent the rest of their respective lives…”

    “..Laura was both a pioneer and an author. She helped her family create a homestead, worked as a seamstress and taught school before marrying Almanzo James Wilder. They set out to build their own farm. They had several failed attempts before finally making a last fresh start in Mansfield, Missouri. They were able to improve their farm slowly until they had a modestly successful farm of over 200 acres. Laura’s work sharing information to improve farm life led to a semi-regular career writing mostly magazine articles for the Missouri Ruralist. Her own ambitions and her daughter Rose’s prodding led her to write and publish a fictionalized account of her childhood in the Little House books. The process of creating the series and later answering her fan mail would be her big project for the rest of her life…”

    The Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder – Behind The Scenes

    Laura Ingalls Wilder LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE Bio | Almanzo Wilder | Rose Wilder Lane

    Lake City

    Walnut Grove

    Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum walnutgrove.org

    ” Enjoy learning the history of the Ingalls Family in Walnut Grove at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum and Gift Store. The museum’s collections are housed in a series of interesting buildings, including an 1898 depot, a chapel, an onion-domed house, dugout display, little red schoolhouse, early settler home, and covered wagon display. Also on display are memorabilia from visits by the following stars from the “Little House on the Prairie” TV series:..”


    Laura Ingalls Wilder – Walnut Grove, MN – YouTube

    Walnut Grove, MN: Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum part 1, Video 8

    Book

    The gritty true story behind ‘Little House on the Prairie’ businessinsider.com
    “.. Since then, this first-hand account of life in the US in the 19th century has become a surprise publishing hit in the US. ..”

    -Pepin Wisconsin

    Little House on the Prairie Audiobook – YouTube

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  • Deep Thought: What can be done to “stop” lives being taken away due to Drug -Alcohol Overdose?

    Stats

    Overdoses now leading cause of death of Americans under … – YouTube

    Drug Overdose Deaths: Let’s Get Specific ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
    “..In the United States, a total of 38,329 drug overdose deaths were reported via death certificates in 2010, for an age-adjusted rate of 12.3/100,000 population.1 In 16,651 of these deaths, an opioid analgesic (or a combination of opioid analgesics) was listed as contributing to the overdose death (5.4/100,000 population). However, an additional 9,429 drug overdose deaths (3.0/100,000 population) were associated only with “other and unspecified drugs.” Previous work has shown that about 25% of U.S. overdose deaths had no drugs specified on the death certificate, so it is likely that national statistics underestimate by a substantial fraction the number of opioid analgesic- and heroin-related deaths.2 Furthermore, the degree of underestimation varied depending on the type of death certification system the state had in place. States with centralized state medical examiner systems had on average a higher percentage (92%) of drug overdose death certificates listing specific drugs than states with other types of systems, such as a decentralized coroner system, in which 62% of death certificates had a drug-specified, hybrid system—county coroner and medical examiners (73%)—or decentralized county or district medical examiner system (71%).2..”

    Alcohol

    How to be “not” in the world, but a “light” to the world? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

    Alcoholism – causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment … – YouTube

    *see Health-Neutral Perspective: Alcohol: Good and Bad? goodnewshealthandfitness.wordpress.com/

    Opioids

    This Is What Happens to Your Brain on Opioids | Short Film … – YouTube

    Causes

    What Causes a Drug Overdose? tpaddictiontreatment.com
    “..Overdoses can be subtle, and without proper attention, can go unnoticed. Users that have overdosed may just be told to “sleep it off”— leaving severe medical consequences to follow. When left untreated, drug and alcohol overdose can cause memory problems, cognitive difficulties, tremors, coma, and death…”

    Tragic Stories

    Musicians

    Top 10 Musicians Who Tragically Died Due to Drugs and Alcohol …

    WatchMojo.com
    Published on Aug 13, 2016
    Top 10 Musicians Who Died Due to Drugs and Alcohol
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    Drugs and alcohol have taken away some truly great musicians over the years. This list looks at some revered, talented artists who died from an overdose, whether intentionally or unintentionally.

    List entries and rank:
    #10: Whitney Houston
    #9: John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
    #8: Sid Vicious (The Sex Pistols)
    #7: Keith Moon (The Who)
    #6: Michael Jackson
    #5: Elvis Presley
    #4: Amy Winehouse
    #3, #2 & #1: ?

    Treatment

    Top 10 Musicians Who Surprisingly Didn’t Die From Drugs

    What 11 Now-Sober Celebrities Want You to Know About Addiction elementsbehavioralhealth.com
    “..Here are 11 celebrities who have lived to share hard lessons and hope, and some of what they say…

    “When you’re having a bad day, the best thing you can do is call somebody and ask them how they’re doing, and actually pay attention and listen to the answer to get out of your own head.”

    “A woman came up to me after the meeting and said, ‘You’ve just taken away my last excuse to have a drink.’ I asked her what she meant. She said, ‘I’ve always had this little corner of my mind which held the excuse that, if anything were to happen to my kids, then I’d be justified in getting drunk. You’ve shown me that’s not true.’ I was suddenly aware that maybe I had found a way to turn this dreadful tragedy into something positive. I really was in the position to say, ‘Well, if I can go through this and stay sober, then anyone can.’ There was no better way to honor the memory of my son.”…

    “I was living in constant fear of who I’d meet, what I might have said to them, what I might have done with them, so I’d stay in my apartment for days and drink alone. I was a recluse at 20. It was pathetic — it wasn’t me. I’m a fun, polite person and it turned me into a rude bore. For a long time people were saying to me, ‘We think you have a problem,’ but in the end I had to come to the realization myself.”..

    Testimonies

    -Alcohol

    Shanna’s Story of Recovery from Alcohol Addiction – Truly … – YouTube

    Your Inspiration: Overcoming drug and alcohol addiction – YouTube

    My Addiction Story | Drugs + Alcohol | Total Transparency – YouTube

    How I overcame alcoholism | Claudia Christian | TEDxLondonBusinessSchool

    -Fight Demons
    *see How to “fight” your personal demons? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

    Korn – Love & Meth – YouTube

    Testimony–Choosing Faith – Brian Welch quits Korn and kicks drugs with God’s help

    Former Korn Guitar Player Faces Addiction addiction-intervention.com
    “..From heavy metal to heavy recovery, Brian “Head” Welch, the former guitarist for multi-award winning hard rock band Korn, has come through an addiction battle with methamphetamine and alcohol that is leading even his own fans to give up their addictions…”

    Brian Welch: From Korn to Jesus – YouTube

    Brian ‘Head’ Welch: God Used My Daughter to Save Me From Drug Addiction churchleaders.com
    “..Welch describes two positive feelings he experienced before he came to Christ: the high of performing in front of thousands of people who loved his music and the “euphoric feeling” he had when his daughter was born. ..”

    Three Drug Addicts Saved by Jesus

    *see Deep Thought: How to Overcome your own addictions? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

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    Deep Thought: Did you know “Yeshua” was “mentioned” in the “Torah”-“Old Testament”?

    Jesus in the Old Testament

    Jesus’ References to Old Testament Scriptures by Rich Robinson | May 16, 2017 jewsforjesus.org
    “..his article lists many references to the Old Testament found on the lips of Jesus in the Gospels. They have been organized by the three divisions of the Old Testament: Torah (Five Books of Moses), Prophets (or Nevi’im), and Writings (or Ketuvim)…

    The two greatest commandments

    In the next instance, Jesus replies to an inquiry by citing the two greatest of all the 613 commandments of the Torah. Why are they the greatest? Because all the others can be placed under one or the other of these. Note that while the Torah has “all your might,” in Matthew Jesus says “all your mind.” Variations like that were common (the Greek translation of the Torah has “all your strength”) and all the more in verbal conversation. Perhaps Jesus wanted his inquirer to think more deeply about things!

    And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37–39, cf. Mark 12:28-34)..

    You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. (Deuteronomy 6:5, cf. Leviticus 19:18)..”..


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    Jesus Christ in the Torah (The Books of Moses)

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    Who Was Melchizedek and Why Was He So Important? Chara Donahue ibelieve.com
    “Genesis introduces Melchizedek – a “priest of God most High,” as he blesses Abram. He is mentioned again in Psalms, but we aren’t alerted to how much attention we should give him until we see his name again in the book of Hebrews. For as much mention the author of Hebrews gives to Melchizedek we know it is worth our time to discover who he is and what he was about. Each word of the Bible should be held with reverence because we know each one was inspired by the Holy Spirit.

    Psalm 110: is talking about Jesus, “’You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.’” The Matthew Henry Concise Commentary said this about the Psalm:

    “[Jesus] is the Priest of the order of Melchizedek, which was before that of Aaron, and on many accounts superior to it, and a more lively representation of Christ’s priesthood.”

    So who is this man who was an imperfect foreshadow to Jesus and why should we care?..”

    Did Jesus Appear in the Old Testament? (Melchizedek Mystery REVEALED!)

    AoC Network
    Published on Apr 25, 2017
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    “.. Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, and he blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. ..”-Genesis 14

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    Movie Reflection: “Wonder”

    Wonder – Official Movie Site – Now on Blu-ray DVD and Digital wonder.movie

    WONDER Trailer (2017)

    Behind the Scenes

    Choose Kind: Author R.J. Palacio Discusses Wonder

    Julia Roberts on How the Movie “Wonder” Changed Her Life

    “…You don’t have to be mean to hurt someone.

    The idea for Wonder grew in R.J. after she and her younger son, then 3, were at an ice cream shop next to a child who had severe craniofacial differences — and her son cried in fear. Wanting to avoid hurting the little girl’s feelings, R.J. rushed to leave, spilling milkshakes and unintentionally creating a scene as she did so. “As I pushed the stroller away, I heard the mom say in as sweet and calm a voice as you can imagine, ‘Okay, guys, I think it’s time to go,’ ” R.J. says. “And that just got to me … what could I be teaching my children so they could understand how to respond better next time? I was disappointed in myself. I started writing Wonder that very night.”..

    Nothing is stronger than gentleness.

    “My mom gave me unconditional love,” says R.J. “I think that’s the one thing we can really do for our kids. Not to say that we have to be blind to their little quirks and faults, but it helps you in life.” Julia agrees, but adds, “I think some people confuse unconditional love with spoiling. None of my kids would think I have a problem with that distinction. I do love them unconditionally, and I try, when they do something wrong, to say, ‘This doesn’t change the amount of love in this house for you, but you’ve got to do your homework.’ Because I think that also makes a child feel safe.” The lesson is clear: Put kindness first, and the rest will follow…”

    Wonder | Behind-the-Scenes Interviews – YouTube

    Wonder Behind the Scenes – An Important Message (2018) | Movieclips Extras

    Wonder [A Child’s Sense of Wonder]

    True Stories

    ‘Wonder’ is real life for these two families By Jacqueline Howard, CNN Updated 8:39 PM ET, Sun November 19, 2017 cnn.com
    “…Although Auggie’s face and everyday experiences are imaginary, the lives of the some 600,000 individuals who have been diagnosed with a craniofacial condition in the United States are very much real — and 7-year-old Shane Vysocky and 13-year-old Emily Merrill are among them…

    There’s beauty in everybody’
    All in all, “Wonder” might shed light on how for children with craniofacial conditions and their families, social and emotional support have become an important part of medical treatment…”

    I am Auggie Pullman by CCA Kids – YouTube

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    Bringing ‘Wonder’ to Cleft and Craniofacial Patients and … – YouTube

    Event helps kids with facial deformities feel ‘normal’ – YouTube

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    My philosophy for a happy life | Sam Berns | TEDxMidAtlantic

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    Just before his passing on January 10, 2014, Sam Berns was a Junior at Foxboro High School in Foxboro, Massachusetts, where he achieved highest honors and was a percussion section leader in the high school marching band. He also achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. Sam was diagnosed with Progeria, a rare, rapid aging disease, at the age of 2. He is featured in the Emmy award-winning documentary Life According to Sam, which premiered on HBO on October 21, 2013, 2 days before his 17th birthday.

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    Sal: While watching the movie, I was personally touched and started reflecting my own “personal challenges” growing-up as a kid. I was teased and bullied at times just because of being “different” in various ways. For example, I was “bullied” and teased because I look “oriental” . Peers would start pretending to do “karate” . I would get teased because of my “chubby cheeks” (one of the reasons to start “working out” and still to this day). I had a surgical line on my tummy and would be asked “what’s that?” (still being ask to this day!). I decided to do a blog , so I don’t have to constantly explain my appendicitis surgery that went “wrong” 😦 => Medical: Natural Alternatives to Appendicitis Removal? goodnewshealthandfitness.wordpress.com . I even started to search on ways on how to “hide” (e.g. would apply scar cream) or “get rid of this ” mark. Some people I met online explained to me just “own it” (as I watch the video above) as “scars” look “sexy” or it’s a reminder of how God got me through this “life challenge”.

    -Bullying
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    Neutral Perspective: Athletes or Anyone Else “Should” or “Should NOT” be required to Stand during U.S.A. Anthem ?

    Should NOT

    African Americans

    -Football

    Colin Kaepernick explains why he won’t stand during National Anthem …

    KTVU
    Published on Aug 29, 2016
    Raw Video – 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick explains why he is refusing to stand during the National Anthem.

    A timeline of Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest and the athletes who joined him By Mark Sandritter Updated Sep 25, 2017, 10:28am EDT sbnation.com
    “…Initially, Kaepernick was alone in his protest. And unnoticed. His protest didn’t come to light and gain national attention until the third preseason game. Since then, he’s continued on with his protest while being joined by several other NFL players, other professional, college and high school athletes.

    Here is a complete timeline of Kaepernick’s protest and the other athletes who has followed suit.
    Aug. 14 and Aug. 20 — Kaepernick goes unnoticed while sitting during the anthem

    Kaepernick made headlines when he sat during the 49ers third preseason game, but he also sat during the first two games, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network. Kaepernick wasn’t in uniform and didn’t play during the first two games…”

    Eric Reid: Why Colin Kaepernick and I Decided to Take a Knee By Eric Reid Sept. 25, 2017 nytimes.com
    “In early 2016, I began paying attention to reports about the incredible number of unarmed black people being killed by the police. The posts on social media deeply disturbed me, but one in particular brought me to tears: the killing of Alton Sterling in my hometown Baton Rouge, La. This could have happened to any of my family members who still live in the area. I felt furious, hurt and hopeless. I wanted to do something, but didn’t know what or how to do it. All I knew for sure is that I wanted it to be as respectful as possible.

    A few weeks later, during preseason, my teammate Colin Kaepernick chose to sit on the bench during the national anthem to protest police brutality. To be honest, I didn’t notice at the time, and neither did the news media. It wasn’t until after our third preseason game on Aug. 26, 2016, that his protest gained national attention, and the backlash against him began…”

    Devin McCourty explains why Patriots knelt during national anthem Dan Ventura Sunday, September 24, 2017 bostonherald.com
    “..Fueled by comments by President Donald J. Trump aimed at NFL players not standing for the national anthem, McCourty and at least 15 Patriots teammates took a knee during the anthem prior to playing the Texans Sunday. Many fans booed the players in response and called for them to “stand up.” ..”
    Everything you need to know about NFL protests during the national anthem By Adam Stites Updated Oct 19, 2017, 11:37am EDT sbnation.com
    “..”This stand wasn’t for me. This is because I’m seeing things happen to people that don’t have a voice, people that don’t have a platform to talk and have their voices heard, and effect change. So I’m in the position where I can do that and I’m going to do that for people that can’t.”

    His decision to sit during the national anthem drew criticism, though. Many felt and still feel it was disrespectful to the United States, its flag, and its military.

    “I have great respect for the men and women that have fought for this country,” Kaepernick said. “I have family, I have friends that have gone and fought for this country. And they fight for freedom, they fight for the people, they fight for liberty and justice, for everyone. That’s not happening.

    “People are dying in vain because this country isn’t holding their end of the bargain up, as far as giving freedom and justice, liberty to everybody. That’s something that’s not happening. I’ve seen videos, I’ve seen circumstances where men and women that have been in the military have come back and been treated unjustly by the country they fought have for, and have been murdered by the country they fought for, on our land. That’s not right.”..”

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    Hansen Unplugged: Anthem protests not about disrespecting the flag

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    Published on Sep 25, 2017
    “Our forefathers made freedom of speech the First Amendment. They listed 10, and not one of them says you have to stand during the national anthem.”

    Randy Moss describes hate mail he received after wearing controversial tie at HOF induction Tom Schad, USA TODAY Published 12:15 p.m. ET Aug. 9, 2018 usatoday.com
    “..In an interview with the website that published Thursday, Moss said more than 20 NBA and NFL athletes have reached out privately to thank or applaud him after he wore a tie that listed the names of a dozen black men and women who have been killed by police. But Moss also said he’s gotten “probably 150 to 200 messages” that amounted to hate mail.

    “The black community praised me and thanked me for shedding light on African-Americans dying,” Moss told The Undefeated. “Then on the flip side, you’ve got sites where people are slamming me, saying, ‘Hey, (racial epithet), stay in your place.’

    “All of this hate mail I’m getting for wearing a tie and talking about the truth. But I can handle it because I’ve been dealing with racism my whole life.”..”

    Natives

    My decision and my right’ — teen has sat out Pledge of Allegiance for years By Mayra Cuevas, CNN Updated 7:45 PM ET, Fri September 16, 2016 cnn.com
    “… (CNN)Long before Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem, sparking a national dialogue, there was Leilani Thomas.
    Leilani, now 14, has sat out the Pledge of Allegiance since the second grade.
    “Most of my teachers, they respected my decision and my right and belief. So they never said anything about it,” she told CNN during a phone interview Friday. “I think the pledge is a lie to me and it’s a lie to my people.”

    Leilani and her family are part of the Elem Indian Colony — a Native American tribe in Northern California, where she attends Lower Lake High School as a freshman. …

    Thomas was to join the North Dakota’s Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline when Leilani told him about the situation with the pledge and her grades. He decided to stay and stand by his daughter instead.
    But even 1,500 miles away from North Dakota, Leilani says she will find a way to make her voice heard in support of Standing Rock.
    “As they say ‘justice for all’– we think that is a lie. What they did to my people not long ago? And not so long ago. They still do it today for example with Standing Rock in North Dakota. I want people to realize what has happened and is still happening to the native people to this day. I have my rights to do so,” she said. ..”

    Veterans

    An open letter from American military veterans in support of Colin Kaepernick By Rhiannon Walker @InstantRHIplay theundefeated.com
    “..“I wanted to put something out there in the world … to say that ‘There are veterans who not only agree with Colin Kaepernick’s right to do that, but also agree with the substance of the action,’ ” Smith said. “And are willing to stand up and say Black Lives Matter and this is an important issue that we need to address in our country…”
    I’m a U.S. military veteran and sitting for the National Anthem is the most American thing ever By Revelist by Joshua M. Patton huffingtonpost.com
    “…The right we have to protest the government, refuse to participate in the national anthem or Pledge of Allegiance, to go to political events and scream nonsense obscenities at our elected leaders is a miracle.

    This list of complaints our ancestors made against the British government to the King got the entire Congress labeled as traitors and marked for the hangman’s noose. Like Kaepernick, they were a bunch of rich guys who were doing well in society-as-it-was, and they went out on a limb for those without power…and that limb snapped in two..”

    Neutral Perspective

    Debate: Colin Kaepernick

    SM East Harbinger
    Published on Sep 27, 2016
    Students of Shawnee Mission East High School sat down on Thursday, September 22nd and discussed NFL Quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Specifically, his decision to kneel during the national anthem.

    Should

    Everyone Should Stand for the National Anthem

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    Published on Nov 23, 2017
    Why should every American stand for the National Anthem? Because the Anthem and the flag represent America, and America is a free nation. That alone is worth standing for. Joy Villa, singer, songwriter, and recording artist, explains.

    Trump Criticizes NFL for Not Forcing Players to Stand for National Anthem By SCOTT RAFFERTY rollingstone.com
    President said football players are displaying “total disrespect for our great country” by protesting during “The Star-Spangled Banner”
    “..During Tuesday’s meeting with owners and players, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the league didn’t ask for a commitment from players to stand for the national anthem. Instead, Goodell explained, “We spent today talking about the issues that players have been trying to bring attention to – issues to make our communities better.”

    In response, Donald Trump criticized the NFL via Twitter for not forcing players to stand for the national anthem, writing they are displaying “total disrespect for our great country” by protesting during the national anthem…”

    Republican official who called black NFL players ‘baboons’ on Facebook resigns Tom Barnes,The Independent Mon, Sep 3 10:54 AM CDT yahoo.com
    “..A Republican official in Pennsylvania has resigned after it emerged she called black NFL players protesting the national anthem “baboons” in a Facebook rant.

    Carla Malony, who was secretary of the GOP’s Beaver County branch, apologised for the series of posts she made on the social network last year.

    Although it is unclear exactly when the comments were made, they appeared to be in reaction to players kneeling in protest as the national anthem played before NFL games.

    In one post, Ms Malony described American footballers taking part in the gesture to protest cases of police brutality in the US as “over paid ignorant blacks”, suggesting they should “go to Africa”.

    When another Facebook user commented: “Go Steelers,” in reference to the Pittsburgh Steelers NFL franchise, the GOP activist launched into another racially-charged tirade.

    “Steelers are now just as bad as the rest of the over paid baboons. You respect your flag, country and our national atnthem (sic),” she wrote.

    “Stop watching, or going to a game and paying for over priced food, water and tickets. Lets see how the baboons get paid when white people stop paying their salaries.”

    The Beaver County Republican Committee said in a statement that it had accepted Ms Maloney’s resignations from both of her roles in the party and denounced her comments.

    “The views expressed in her posts are abhorrent and have no place in reasonable public discourse,” the committee said.

    The NFL national anthem protests first began in 2016, when then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee to highlight police violence against minority groups and racial inequalities in America.

    Since then, hundreds of players have refused to observe the anthem at American football games and in a variety of other US sports.

    The protests have drawn the ire of president Donald Trump, who last year called on NFL franchise owners to fire players who refused to stand during the national anthem.

    From the beginning of the 2018 NFL season, due to start on Thursday, players will be required by league rules to observe the anthem on the field or stay in the dressing room.

    In her resignation statement, Ms Malony apologised for her remarks about the protests, which she said had been “in poor taste.”

    “I apologise for my distasteful, inappropriate and insensitive social media posts,” she added.

    “Those that know me know that I come from a diverse family that represents modern America.

    “I know my posts and comments were disrespectful to not only the people that I love, but families across the country.

    “I know I am a better person than this and, as I step away from these public positions, I will work to show everyone who I truly am.”..”

    Report: GOP official resigns after calling kneeling NFL players ‘baboons’

    CNN
    Published on Sep 2, 2018
    According to the Beaver County Times, Carla Maloney, a Republican county official in Pennsylvania, has resigned after it was revealed that she’d written Facebook posts referring to kneeling NFL players as “baboons.”

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