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Alaska: Dunleavy Signs Capital Budget; Vetoes more than $34.7 million - Thursday at the Associated General Contractors of Alaska office in Anchorage, Governor Michael J. Dunleavy signed into law Senate Bill 2002, capturing nearly $1 billion in federal transportation and infrastructure funding, provides necessary resources to enact public safety legislation, and reinstates funding for various programs such as the Alaska Performance Scholarship, WWAMI, and Power Cost Equalization.

Governor Dunleavy reduced the final capital budget by $34.7 M through his line-item veto authority because SB2002, as passed by the Alaska Legislature, included a number of projects of local, community or legislative interest that the state simply cannot fund under its limited financial resources.

Senate Democratic Leader Tom Begich (D-Anchorage) said among Governor Dunleavy’s 27 line-item vetoes are addiction treatment facilities, homelessness assistance, weatherization, and the Interior gas project. Senate Bill 2002 passed the Senate unanimously on July 20, 2019, and the House on July 29, 2019, on a vote of 32-6. 

In a prepared statement Sen. Begich said, “Anchorage has declared a civil emergency in part because of the reductions to homeless and behavioral health services proposed by Governor Dunleavy. These vetoes are truly antithetical to his stated desire for a safer Alaska. Homeless issues in Anchorage are statewide issues and deserve a statewide response."

“This was a bare-bones capital budget to bring in Federal dollars to help alleviate some of Alaska’s infrastructure needs and to keep Alaskans working. It was carefully crafted with the entire Legislature’s input, which is why it passed with significant support - twice. I’m disappointed in Governor Dunleavy’s actions today, and they will only hurt our economy and make Alaskans less safe," said Begich. 

Begich ended his statement saying, “Governing should be done with an intent to improve the lives of all Alaskans, not through some narrow out-of-state theory of government that has failed everywhere in the past. Alaskans deserve better. We deserve a budget that respects us, not one that diminishes and places our future at risk.” 

Governor Dunleavy called the Alaska Legislature into a second special session on July 8th to resolve outstanding issues on the Permanent Fund and later the capital budget. SB 2002 completes unfinished work of the Fiscal Year 2020 budget, signed on July 10, 2019 by providing a proper funding source. - More...
Friday AM - August 09, 2019

Alaska: Murkowski, Sullivan Lead Senate Effort to Establish Offshore Revenue Sharing for Alaska - U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-Alaska, along with Sens. Bill Cassidy, R-La., John Kennedy, R-La., Doug Jones, D-Ala., and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., recently introduced new legislation to facilitate the equitable sharing of revenues from energy production in the nation’s Outer Continental Shelf. 

The bill, entitled the Conservation of America’s Shoreline Terrain and Aquatic Life (COASTAL) Act, includes a title written by Murkowski and Sullivan to establish a revenue sharing program specific to Alaska to provide parity with other onshore and offshore development around the country. This program will provide resources to mitigate the impacts and infrastructure needs of development while providing benefits to the State, coastal political subdivisions, individual communities, and institutions of higher education.

“Revenue sharing has been a longstanding priority for many Alaskans and remains a matter of both fairness and parity for us,” Murkowski said. “We have significant offshore resources, the willingness and ability to responsibly produce them, and it is time to institute a framework that acknowledges our important role. I believe this bill is a strong starting point for a new dialogue and appreciate my colleagues’ support for including Alaska within it.”

“Considering the vast offshore resources available in Alaska, it is critical that we continue making strides towards responsible resource development while protecting the environment and the livelihoods of Alaskans,” Sullivan said. “This bill is a positive step in working towards a system where Alaskans receive their fair share of revenues and support for our coastal communities. I look forward to working with my colleagues as we seek to recognize the essential role that coastal states play in development offshore.” - More...
Friday AM - August 09, 2019


Alaska: Maine resident arraigned in 1993 murder of Sophie Sergie - Steven Harris Downs, 44-year-old Maine resident, pleaded not guilty Tuesday on charges of Murder in the First Degree and Sexual Assault in the First Degree in the 1993 killing of Sophie Sergie. 

Sergie, a resident of Pitkas Point and a former student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, was staying with a friend in a residence hall on the UAF campus. Sergie was last seen late in the evening of April 25, 1993 when she left her friend’s dorm room to smoke a cigarette. Custodial staff found Sergie’s body in a women’s bathroom the following afternoon. She had been stabbed multiple times and shot in the head. 

According to the charging document, Downs was identified as a possible suspect after investigators submitted DNA evidence taken from Sergie’s body to a lab that uses genealogical databases to identify possible suspects in unsolved criminal cases. The lab compared the DNA sample collected from Sergie’s body to DNA profiles included in a public DNA database and identified Downs’ aunt as a likely relative of the unidentified suspect. Downs attended UAF from 1992 to 1996 and was living in the same building where Sergie was killed at the time of her murder. - More...
Friday AM - August 09, 2019

Alaska: Lawsuit challenges Trump administration’s new land swap deal to bulldoze a road in Izembek National Wildlife Refuge - Conservation groups sued the Trump administration Wednesday by challenging a land swap deal between the Interior Department and King Cove Corporation aimed at putting a road through the heart of Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. Izembek which the conservation groups say is one of America’s most ecologically significant refuges with wetlands that support wildlife of all kinds and millions of migrating birds, fish, and caribou. 

The court threw out a previous land swap in March 2019 after successful litigation by Trustees for Alaska on behalf of the same groups. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt responded by executing a new deal on July 12 without public knowledge or input. Unlike the previous deal, the new one does not limit use of the road to health, safety, and non-commercial purposes. It is otherwise similar to the previous agreement rejected by the court. 

“The Department of Interior has attempted an end run around the recent federal court decision that halted its plans to desecrate the Izembek Refuge Wilderness and its wildlife,” said David C. Raskin, president of Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges. “This new backroom deal adds to a long series of actions by Interior to give away public lands to serve special interests at the expense of the American people. We are disappointed by this continuation of the illegal and unethical efforts of the current administration to circumvent decades of legislation and regulations enacted to protect public lands and natural areas from destructive developments and preserve them for the benefit of all Americans. We will use every means at our disposal to continue the fight to save the Izembek Refuge.” - More...
Friday AM - August 09, 2019

Alaska: Bill Reintroduced to Incentivize Homeowner Transitions to Cleaner, More Efficient Wood Heaters  – U.S. Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.), top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, reintroduced a bill  recently that would improve indoor and outdoor air quality and encourage manufacturing job growth by advancing the deployment of cleaner burning wood stoves, which are used by an estimated 11.5 million families throughout the United States.

 The Wood Heaters Emissions Reduction Act (WHERA) would establish a grant program at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that would award $75 million annually to incentivize the removal and replacement of old, inefficient residential wood heaters with efficient, clean-burning heaters. WHERA also requires that tribal and rural communities are fairly represented in funding allocations. 

Older wood stoves are a major driver of particle pollution in this country. EPA data indicates that nation-wide, inefficient residential wood heaters emit five times more particulate matter pollution than the U.S. petroleum refineries, cement manufacturers, and pulp and paper plants combined. 

“With our record-breaking summer heat it might seem like winter is a long way off, but the reality is it will be here before we know it. Unfortunately for many Alaskans, the thought of winter inevitably brings concerns about the cost of heating their homes,” Senator Murkowski said. “For many Alaskan communities, burning wood is the most affordable option to stay warm, but older heaters can contribute to local air pollution and affect public health. Our bill capitalizes on the benefits of woody biomass as an energy resource by taking important steps to help Alaskans, in a cost-effective way, transition to more efficient and cleaner-burning wood heaters. Giving Alaskans more affordable home heating options and reducing air pollution is a win for us and our environment.”

 “Many Americans in Delaware, Alaska and states in between rely on wood heaters to keep their family and property safe from harsh winter temperatures. While these appliances protect millions of families from the cold, many older wood heaters harm indoor and outdoor air quality because they emit a wide range of harmful air toxins – creating higher risks of respiratory illness and exacerbating breathing difficulties for those living with asthma,” said Senator Carper. - More...
Friday AM - August 09, 2019

Northern wheatears now on remarkable journey

Northern wheatears now on remarkable journey
A northern wheatear flies near Wales, Alaska,
with a geolocator device on its back.
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Alaska: Northern wheatears now on remarkable journey By NED ROZELL - Birds that spent their summer next to muskoxen are now leaving Alaska to spend winter with zebras.

Northern wheatears are robin-size songbirds with tan bodies and handsome black eye bands. Wheatears are now gobbling insects in the rocky hills above Wales, Alaska. The birds will soon fly into the moist air just after sunset, maybe tonight, and cross the Bering Strait.

From Wales, the birds will travel the length of Russia and then Kazakhstan before crossing the Arabian Desert and then the Red Sea. The trip of 9,000 miles — perhaps the longest migration of any songbird — will take three months, until the birds stop for the winter months in eastern Africa: Sudan, Uganda or Kenya.

Franz Bairlein is a German biologist and director of the Institute of Avian Research in Wilhelmshaven who helped discover the wheatear’s migration route. In June 2009, his team members captured 30 of the birds at Eagle Summit north of Fairbanks. They fitted them with backpack geolocators, lightweight devices that record the time and whether it is light or dark outside.

The next summer, the scientists recaptured three of the birds at Eagle Summit and retrieved the geolocators. From the information recorded on the tiny devices, they teased out the wheatears’ incredible journey from Alaska to Africa, and then back again the next spring.

At the same time, the scientists performed an identical experiment with another population of northern wheatears that spends summers on Baffin Island in Arctic Canada. The one bird whose geolocator they were able to recover on Baffin Island spent its winter in Mauritania, in western Africa. That bird traveled southeast on its fall journey to Africa, starting its trip with a 2,000-mile Atlantic Ocean crossing, from Baffin Island to the British Isles.

The Alaska and Baffin Island populations of wheatears probably never meet, either on the tundra or on the savanna. The scientists determined this by examining their feathers using isotope analysis, to determine the water sources from which the birds drank.

Scientists don’t know for sure how the two groups of wheatears developed those parallel life strategies on different halves of the globe. Bairlein said that during the last great glacial period, in which much of the far north was ice-covered, wheatears may have been holed up in the Middle East. When the glaciers shrank from the continents, one group of wheatears may have expanded to the northeast, reaching Alaska, while the other drifted northwest, reaching Canada via Europe and Greenland. Somehow, they lost touch. - More...
Friday AM - August 09, 2019



RICH MANIERI: Self-Examination Would Be a Good Start in Response to Mass Shootings - IF the circumstances weren't so awful, the predictability of the response would almost be laughable.

Every mass shooting inspires new calls for gun control, as politicians and pundits retreat to their partisan bunkers and lob blame where they believe it will do the most damage. 

I believe in the Constitution, though I don't view every piece of legislation designed to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals or the unstable as a slippery slope toward repeal of the Second Amendment.

It seems pretty naive to think that someone bent on mass murder is going to forget the whole thing because he can't get his hands on a particular weapon. Criminals tend to be resourceful. Timothy McVeigh killed 168 people in Oklahoma City and never fired a shot.

"Assault weapon" is a made-up political term designed to expand the list of firearms that gun control proponents believe should be banned. The AR-15, which is a hunting rifle, falls into this category. It fires one round at a time, like a pistol or a revolver. It can fire about 50 rounds in a minute as opposed to a fully automatic, military issue carbine which fires about 1,000 rounds per minute. The U.S. banned the sale of new, fully automatic weapons in 1986.

You want to ban the AR-15? Fine. There are tens of millions of legally-owned AR-15s in the U.S. And keep in the mind that the man responsible for the deadliest school shooting in American history - Virginia Tech in 2007 - used two handguns. - More...
Friday AM - August 09, 2019


WILL DURST: The Best Words - Nobody knows what the earliest word used by humans was. The general consensus is the Sumerians developed the first written language around 3500 BC, using wedge-shaped symbols called cuneiform. Scholars hypothesize that the first word was either "ouch" or "me," although "pie" had to have been up there since the shapes surely reminded the Sumerians of it.

For the last 5,500 years humans have spent lifetimes searching for the best words to communicate. The precise word can make the difference between understanding and confusing people to the point of banging their heads against metal railings until blood drips out their ears. It doesn't help that individual words can have many definitions, such as "gross," which can mean... icky, large, 144 or the thought of Mitch McConnell naked.

President Donald Trump claims he knows the best words, though while he keeps saying he's got them, curiously, we never get to see or hear them. 45 obviously realizes how precious they are and keeps them locked up in order not to waste them. Along with his best people.

The Democrats' think they have some pretty good words, too, and trotted out some superlative ones in the debates last week. As we have learned, those words can be inspirational, aspirational, confrontational, nondenominational or generational, but are definitely not necessarily connected to reality. And as predictable as finding blueberry muffins the size of aspirins at a breakfast buffet. - More...
Friday AM - August 09, 2019

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Announcing Candidacy for KGB Mayor By Sidney Hartley - I am writing to announce my candidacy for Ketchikan Gateway Borough Mayor. My name is Sidney, and I have been a Ketchikan resident since spring of 2010. I am originally from the Columbia River Gorge in Washington State. Since moving to Ketchikan as an 18-year-old, I have worked in customer service at Tongass Marine Store for six years, then spent a half year at Gateway Center for Human Services in the children s department, and I will be entering my fourth year with Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District, where I have been working as an Intensive SPED Para. I am currently a UAS student, pursuing my degree in Alaska Native Languages and Studies. I received my Associate s Degree this past spring, and am close to completing my Bachelor s Degree. My history in political affairs lie in advocating for the Linguistic Emergency declared in September of last year, my recall petition against Trevor Shaw last summer, and most recently, my efforts in assisting with the Dunleavy recall in our local area during the Blueberry Festival.

I would like to take the chance to answer why I am running for Mayor, and introduce my stance on a variety of local issues. First, I feel that an uncontested campaign for Mayor neglects the local's right to choose. Ketchikan community members deserve options to make a conscious decision of who might be a face of leadership in their town. Further, I believe Ketchikan needs a leader whom advocates for our schools, our educators, Alaska Native language immersion, and the use of our tax dollars. I do not believe those areas are currently being prioritized at the level they need to be.

As it stands, the tobacco tax is entirely going toward our education fund, when it could be supporting other areas of our community. I also feel that the marijuana tax should be going to areas of our community we can physically see. I feel that expanding tourism to Ward Cove is not a direction Ketchikan should be going, and that our community should effort to preserve its authenticity. I do not support raising property taxes, but I know that when Dunleavy addressed our community, he stated that because he lowered state taxes, he is essentially forcing municipalities to increase taxes to compensate for the state s resignation of such. I absolutely oppose all of Dunleavy's budgetary cuts throughout our state, and have signed the application to petition a recall. - More...
Friday AM - August 09, 2019

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Pioneer Home Rate Increases By Rep. Dan Ortiz - Last week, residents of Pioneer Homes across the state received a notice from the Governor’s administration of substantial rate increases starting September 1st. The cost per resident will increase by between 40% and 140%, depending on the level of service received. The notice stated that the rates will increase in order “to match the cost of providing services.”

This rate increase is an example of the ‘too much, too fast’ approach taken by the Governor that will directly – and drastically – impact the lives of our seniors. Pioneer Home residents may have to absorb a shock to their retirement plans, especially since many of them are living on fixed incomes provided by Social Security. The increased rates will result in a higher number of seniors going onto Medicaid and other public assistance. Many may choose to leave Alaska, taking their families, wisdom, and history with them.

Earlier this session, the House passed House Bill 96, which allows for a one-time rebasing of rates for Pioneer Homes, and then provides a structure for reasonable and regular rate increases to ensure that rates keep up with the cost of providing care for residents. It uses the Social Security Cost of Living adjustment as a benchmark. The rates would increase, but at a much slower and steadier pace than the rate increase proposed by Governor Dunleavy. - More...
Friday AM - August 09, 2019

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On the Budget By Rep. Dan Ortiz - As the District 36 Representative, my primary assignment now in the Legislature is to serve as the Vice-Chair on the House Finance Committee. In that duty, I traveled to Juneau, Anchorage, Wasilla, and Fairbanks between July 15-18 in order to hear Public Testimony on HB 2001, the special session budget bill. During those three days of testimony, we heard over 600 people testify in person. During the month of July, we had over 2,300 Alaskans provide testimony to the House Finance Committee. Over 85% of the testifiers were in support of restoring the budget that we had sent the Governor back in June.

On Monday July 29th, Senator Stedman and myself, along with the majority of the Alaska Legislature, voted yes on our Special Session budget bills, Senate Bill 2002 and House Bill 2001. These ‘round two’ budgets include funding for programs and items that the Governor vetoed earlier. - More...
Monday PM - August 05, 2019

With Significant Challenges Facing Ketchikan, I Am Stepping Up to Run For Borough Mayor By Rodney Dial - As a Borough Assembly member, the following are my personal thoughts; however I am not representing the Borough or Assembly.

Three years ago, I ran for a Borough Assembly position after many of you asked me step up for our town.

As you probably remember, the borough budget had a nearly million dollar deficit just a few years ago. I spent the first year of my term (2016) going through every aspect of the budget for each department. I made several recommendations for reductions, offered ways to increase efficiency, submitted no expenses and turned down all travel. For more information please see my letters from 2016/17. - More...
Thursday AM - August 01, 2019

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Announcing Borough Assembly Candidacy By Austin Otos - Since the 2018 municipal elections, the community of Ketchikan has seen some dramatic transitions in our local government. Overwhelmingly, voters chose candidates that were seen in the community, individuals that participated in local events and engaged with everyday people. The elected representatives were focused on community outreach, growth, and most importantly, bring to the table a different perspective to local politics. The political landscape has gained some new issues since then that has challenged our local government’s response and activated passionate citizens to get more involved in local issues.

Tourism is at the forefront of our community’s economic and social issues. We will have to decide whether to facilitate and manage or implement heavy restrictions on the cruise ship industry. I tend to stick in the middle, avoiding hardline economic barriers like capping visitors or advocating for untamed growth without any planning. However, the Borough in conjunction with the City of Ketchikan has to formulate a comprehensive strategy to help ease the legitimate frustrations our local residents have with tourism. Both local governments must set aside their past differences and help mitigate the effects of tourism by using public transportation to diffuse people and capital to other areas of the community, use port funds to improve upon upland infrastructure, and create strategies for tourist encroachment in outlying local neighborhoods. - More...
Thursday AM - August 01, 2019

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Proposed Development Superfund Site By Yolanda Bender - Thank you, in advance, for taking the time to read and consider this email.  It is lengthy but it is the only way that I can convey the trepidation that many of us in this small community are facing.  After attending the site informational session on 7/29 I am even more concerned due to the lack of detailed information and disregard for the potential environmental impact.  I will be submitting my concerns to the EPA, Washington Post, Juneau Empire, Ketchikan Daily News and KRBD.

The purpose of this email is to inform you about a potential environmentally disastrous project that has been proposed in Ketchikan, Alaska.  It is being pushed through with minimal oversight or concern for the potential impacts.  If this project is approved it will result in Norwegian Cruise Lines, and the President of the Cruise Line Association of Alaska,  subjecting their passengers to high levels of carcinogenic chemicals.  In addition this could expose this fishing community to return to the days of high toxins in the water in, and around, Ward Cove.   - More...
Thursday AM - August 01, 2019

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The Killing of Southeast Alaska By Clement Plamondon - The Alaska Marine Highway is the lifeblood of the small communities of S.E. Alaska and small communities are the backbone of this awesome state that we are privileged to call our home. How can it possibly make any financial sense to strangle the economic future from the growing enterprises that contribute to building a sound, diverse and healthy economy for the future. Our ferries are a resource, a crucial infrastructural asset, to be used in the  building our state. If we keep throwing away all the tools that we need to grow and improve the lives of our residents then we will truly bankrupt ourselves.

 What is happening in the politics of Alaska, besides being idiotic, is absolutely criminal. You cannot simply slash budgets with no regard for the consequences to the future of our wonderful state.  We are a state rich in resources that need to be responsibly managed by competent people not used for political gamesmanship. The keys to our democratic form of government are open-minded communication and compromise, neither of which are evident in the current state of affairs.

Our education system is another vital resource that has taken years of dedication and hard work to develop. If we drive our young people out of the state to get the education necessary to become capable stewards of our vast natural bounty how can we hope for any progress toward the bright future that is within Alaska’s grasp. We need to invest in the solutions to our temporary financial problems and there is no greater hope for those solutions than the minds of our young people. - More...
Thursday AM - August 01, 2019

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PDF "Win"? By Michael Fitzgerald - It’s great that the funding for important services has been (or may be) restored. I applaud the effort, BUT.. .it was accomplished by decreasing the PFD by approx. $1,400.

So, in effect our feckless leaders have artificially created “revenue” by essentially taxing every Alaskan to the tune of $1,400 each. The same amount will be involuntary (and some say illegally) taken from me as will be taken from the hardworking Housekeepers I rub shoulders with at the Hospital.

I can’t for the life of me figure how anyone that considers themselves to be “progressive” (or just “fair minded”) could declare this to be the best way to serve those with the greatest need. - More....
Thursday AM - August 01, 2019

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Governor’s vetoes don’t reflect Alaska’s values By Diane Kaplan - Over the past month, Rasmuson Foundation’s board of directors has urged our elected leaders to compromise and seek solutions that are best for Alaska when addressing the state’s $1 billion plus budget gap.

We have stated our belief that a solution relying primarily on cuts will negatively impact critical services throughout the state, causing harm to many Alaskans. The Alaska Legislature responded with a budget that included $ 190 million of cuts, which was the largest decrease in year-on-year spending in state history, while preserving a high quality of life for our citizens.

The governor’s vetoes announced June 28 will harm Alaska’s most vulnerable citizens and have a significant and detrimental impact on our state’s economy. The impact of these decisions will carry negative consequences well beyond this year, impacting generations to come. - More...
Thursday AM - August 01, 2019

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Wolves bring tourists to Alaska By John Suter - You see in the News that the tourist are not seeing Denali wolves like they used to.

One of the reasons is that the state allows wolves to be hunted/trapped close to the Denali area and of course this brings down the number of wolves there. 

The death of these wolves does not benefit the tourist who want to take photos of these wolves and show the photos to all their friends when they go back home.  Tourist having these photos of these wolves helps make the sale to their friends to come to Alaska on vacation.  - More...
Thursday AM - August 01, 2019

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U. S. Space Exploration Program By Donald Moskowitz - The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 astronauts landing on the moon is July 20, 2019, and it brings back memories of my involvement in our space program.

I served a two year tour as the meteorology/assistant intelligence officer on an amphibious group staff. Our primary mission was to transport and land marines and army personnel on foreign beaches in support of military operations. I was responsible for forecasting the weather conditions for the transit of the naval  task force and the weather in the landing zone and on the beaches.

Additionally, the naval amphibious groups shared responsibilities with naval aviation units for recovering spacecraft and astronauts involved in the manned space flight programs of the 1960s. - More...
Thursday AM - August 01, 2019

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Electroshock By Deborah Schwartzkopff - I worked for many years at leading facilities as a level one trauma nurse. Providers at leading medical institutions are using a device and procedure that has no FDA testing for safety or effectiveness. Procedure called electroshock involves up to 450 volts to the brain and greater. In the past, only approved for use in severe depression & as a last resort, but not so any longer. Used for many conditions, and on our children, veterans, and during pregnancy.

Under the guise of help it is actually inflicting traumatic brain injuries at a minimum, now proven in a court of law. Suits being pursued around product liability, medical malpractice, and against the FDA. There are billions involved in US annually. Trusted providers criminally failing in their duty to warn, protect, and not harm. - More...
Thursday AM - August 01, 2019

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The President By Hallie Engel - I just wanted to be helpful and clarify some stuff:

Telling women of color to 'go back' to where they came from is racist. He's implying that they are less than because of their family origins, and that they are not real Americans, when they are. And if you have to come up with explanations to try and make this behavior sound acceptable, you're kidding yourself.

The Squad do love America. That's why they work hard to defend some of its most vulnerable people and make the country a better place. Sure, they have some viewpoints I might disagree with, but overall, they're a top-notch group of women.

The president is just racist and sexist in general. He was racist when he called Mexicans rapists and refused to disavow the KKK. He was racist when he defended white supremacists in Charlotte. He was racist way back in the day when he refused to rent apartments to black people. - More...
Thursday AM - August 01, 2019

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