Deaths due to opioid overdoses have risen sharply in the past few years, partly due to a particularly potent drug called fentanyl. Fentanyl is between 50 and 100 times more powerful than another opioid, morphine, and its use seems to be on the rise in the U.S.
In Massachusetts, for example, from 2013 to 2014, 32 percent of opioid overdose deaths involved fentanyl. During the first half of 2016, the percentage of fentanyl-related opioid deaths had more than doubled, jumping to 74 percent, according to a new report.
In an effort to better understand the effects of this powerful drug, as well as educate first responders and bystanders on how to best identify and treat people who have overdosed on fentanyl, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention interviewed more than 60 people from southeastern Massachusetts, who were recruited from harm-reduction programs. [America’s Opioid-Use Epidemic: 5 Startling Facts]
All of the people in the study had either used the drug in the previous year and survived an overdose in past six months, or had witnessed an overdose between October 2014 and March 2015.The researchers asked them about their experiences, knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about opioid overdoses. In addition, the researchers gathered information from death records to track fatalities that occurred during the same time period.
The interviews shed light on the fast-acting and sometimes gruesome nature of fentanyl overdoses — as well as how widespread the drug has become — according to the report, which the CDC published today (April 13).
When the researchers asked the participants why there had been an increase in opioid overdose deaths in recent years, 88 percent of the respondents placed the blame on fentanyl. (In fact, when the CDC researchers reviewed death records for nearly 200 people who overdosed on opioids during the study period, they found that two-thirds tested positive for fentanyl.)
‘The US is ready to launch a pre-emptive strike against North Korea if Pyongyang presses ahead with another round of nuclear weapons tests, it has been reported.
Citing intelligence sources, NBC claimed that the US would be willing to use conventional weapons.
In recent weeks evidence of increased activity at its nuclear test sites has sparked fears that the North may be about to have its sixth nuclear test since 2006 at the weekend.
The threat of another American show of strength emerged as Washington confirmed that the US had dropped the biggest ever non-nuclear bomb in its history on an Islamic State tunnel in eastern Afghanistan.
Tension between Washington and Pyongyang have risen in recent days with the US navy strike group being ordered to move to the western Pacific Ocean.’
A naval officer tells us what he remembers, including seeing a huge opening in the ice in a no-fly area they were crossing with a medical emergency on board.
Then he ferried a group of scientists who had disappeared for two weeks, and has specifically been warned not to refer again to this subject. As he put it, “they looked scared.
Antarctica has long been considered one of the most mysterious places on Earth.
Therefore, it is not strange that numerous ‘conspiracy theories, claims, and accounts’ have been proposed throughout the years, trying to explain some of the many enigmatic occurrences on Earth’s most isolated continent.
For years people have claimed that Antarctica is one of the most guarded places on Earth for a good reason.
Many authors have proposed that there are many interesting things hidden beneath Antarctica that are kept away from society.
Talk about ancient civilization inhabiting Antarctica has existed for decades.
But how is this possible? The history of Antarctica emerges from early Western theories of a vast continent, known as Terra Australis, believed to exist in the far south of the globe.
The term Antarctic, referring to the opposite of the Arctic Circle, was coined by Marinus of Tyre in the 2nd century AD.
In 1820, several expeditions claimed to have been the first to have sighted the ice shelf or the continent.
Interestingly, a Russian expedition was led by Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev, a British expedition was captained by Edward Bransfield and an American sealer Nathaniel Palmer participated.
The first landing was probably just over a year later when American Captain John Davis, a sealer, set foot on the ice.
Norwegian Roald Amundsen finally reached the Pole on December 14, 1911, following a dramatic race with the Englishman Robert Falcon Scott.
But the above accounts are all relatively recent.
Here are ancient maps that date back over 500 years which already depict the continent, and some of them show Antarctica free of ice.
Thousands of miles from modern society, the strange oval-shaped structure raised numerous questions among experts.
At 400-feet across, experts analyzing the image ask whether or not this ‘structure’ could be the result of Mother Nature. The unusual shape of the structure suggests it may be man-made formation.
The above image is just one of the many odd things that have been found on Antarctica and many authors and whistleblowers claim there’s more to Antarctica than we’ve ever been told.
What is referred to as a ‘truly shocking and astonishing video on extremely strange events in the Antarctic continent’ has recently been uploaded to YouTube, causing a social network debate about Antarctica and what’s really there.
“A naval officer tells us what he remembers, including seeing a huge opening in the ice in a no-fly area they were crossing with a medical emergency on board.
“Then he ferried a group of scientists who had disappeared for two weeks, and has specifically been warned not to refer again to this subject. As he put it, “they looked scared.”
“When they returned to McMurdo, their gear was isolated and they were flown back to Christchurch, New Zealand in a special plane. He discusses what he saw and experienced in detail. This is the most provocative story about what is going on in Antarctica ever presented anywhere.”
Just recently, US President Donald Trump has stated in his Twitter that: “North Korea is looking for trouble. If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them! U.S.A.” A day later, the Japanese news agency Kyodo Tsushin released a report stating that at the beginning of April, the US State Department spokesman brought it to the attention of the Japanese government that if China did not force North Korea to pull the plug on its nuclear missile program, America would launch strikes against Pyongyang on its own.
The news provoked a massive confusion among analysts, although some of them were convinced that they were dealing with an attempt to apply pressure on China in pursuit of the recent missile attack against Syria that sought similar goals, or an attempt to “beat North Korea with its own weapons”, since to this very day Pyongyang has been portrayed as a dangerous and unpredictable force, and now Donald Trump is taking a similar posture.
Unfortunately, there is a whole range of reasons to believe that a possible US strike against the DPRK is a real threat and not just a hypothetical attempt to pressure certain states.
Such aggression will falls in line with Trump’s attempts to strengthen his position in Washington since being harassed by the media on a regular basis, with the latter claiming that he “was appointed by Putin,” which means that he’s to pursue the policies beneficial to Russia and its allies, among which one can find North Korea. In this situation, Trump is forced to take his harshest anti-Russia stance, and it’s not a matter of his personal choice, but a matter of political survival. In addition, being a populist politician, Trump is inclined to pretend to be aggressive, fighting the “outlaws” of the world. As a results, his actions are reminiscent of the steps taken by Lyndon Johnson, who sent troops to Vietnam in an attempt to strengthen America’s global image.
Moreover, for Trump, the domestic political situation in the United States and the exchange of foreign policy actions for supporting domestic political initiatives are the first thing he can consider as a profitable combination as a businessman.
There’s yet another factor that can affect the decision to launch military aggression against North Korea that can be summed up in the so-called “crisis of incompetence”. American politicians often use force when they have no other viable options, but with Trump it is much more complicated since he’s a marginal politician seen as going mainstream, so the circle of his advisers is rather narrow and is composed of peculiar people. Moreover, one can not even state that this circle is completely formed.
Moreover, the Western media has throughly demonized Pyongyang, so any form of negotiations with the Kim Jong-un government will be treated as a deal with a devil. The Trump administration can take this risk, especially in the situation it now finds itself in. If we add to this equation South Korea’s persistent claims that Pyongyang is on the verge of collapse and a clear picture of what Washington is up to emerges. At the same time, Seoul prefers to keep quiet about the fact that it has been spreading similar claims for over two decades.
With the pace that North Korean is developing its nuclear missile program over time it can completely negate the very possibility of a US strike against it. Kim Jong-un probably counts on the fact that when Pyongyang reaches a certain level of reliable nuclear deterrence, the price the United States will have to pay for an attempt at military action against it will be too high. However, for the this very reason, a delayed strike is the worst possible alternative for the sitting US administration when evaluating its options in this stand off.
At the same time, should cold strategic pragmatism be applied to the situation, the US, in order to increase the likelihood of its success in a possible conflict with Pyongyang, will act as fast as possible, since time is not working in Washington’s favor. And since in military operations, the United States has always given priority to maximum public efficiency and minimum casualties on its part, it is quite rational action could begin now, especially while large-scale maneuvers are being carried out in the South, which means that Washington will save time on the deployment of its troops.
And even in a situation if North Korea proves to be stronger than expected, from the point of view of political cynicism, the US will still be able to reap political gains, even if Pyongyang in response to an act of America’s aggression responds with massive strikes against South Korea and Japan. At this point in time, North Korea has no reliable means of delivering nukes to inflict damage to the territory of the US. Pyongyang’s actions will unequivocally expose it as an aggressor in the eyes of the international community, which will serve as a justification of further escalation, up to the potential use of nuclear weapons. Secondly, from the point of view of the “Make America great again” concept, South Korea and Japan are perceived as economic competitors of the United States. Meanwhile, in the event of a regional conflict in which North Korea takes a final stand, striving to inflict maximum damage on its opponents, the ability of Washington’s allies in the region to compete with the US will be crippled, making those states even more economically dependent on America. At the same time, formally, the US does not stomp competitors themselves, but creates a situation in which their economic aspirations are torpedoed by an American enemy.
Of course, it is possible to provide arguments to back up the claim that there’s going to be no war. The main danger here is that the situation could escalate into the second Korean War, and then the Third World War. And we should not overestimate America’s cynicism or Washington’s ability to think through complex combinations.
However, the purpose of this article is to draw attention to the high probability of such an outcome, since a new war against North Korea should be evaluated seriously, without political rhetoric interwoven.
It is clear that peace requires commitment from both sides, since the North Korean nuclear test or the launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile can trigger US military action in short order, especially if it is spiced up with a false flag event, like a chemical attack or claims that Kim Jong-un is building a doomsday machine in an underground lair.
Konstantin Asmolov, PhD in History, Leading Research Fellow at the Center for Korean Studies of the Institute of Far Eastern Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook.”
When the White House’s top spokesman, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said this week that President Bashar al-Assad had committed atrocities worse than Nazi leader Adolf Hitler… Hitler, as the rest of the world knows, gassed 6 million Jews in WWII… And a CEO of a top world airline company claimed one of “his” customers acted “disruptive and belligerent” as he was dragged helplessly, screaming and bloodied by 4 airline thugs, down the aisle of a jet after refusing to give up his seat voluntarily, why should he anyway? He paid for it! Or when world leaders are threatening to nuke each other, not each other personally you understand but the millions of poor innocent people who are governed by these people, well it gives us all an idea, just where the state of our global union is at the moment. Not surprising then, suicide has reached epidemic levels around the world…
As our world appears to head to a mutual assured destruction (MAD) our leaders appear to be lacking in intelligence, commonsense or are just too corrupt to fix anything. Some of you will agree and some of you will say it’s always been like this and you would be correct.
However, it’s when you put the current geopolitics in the same basket as the current geophysics together, we begin to see a very disturbing picture of a disaster coming our way that is unprecedented in its magnitude and size, a disaster which will destroy the planet, very soon and not one politician or world leader can stop it from happening because we have already crossed the point of no return years ago, we as a planet are on death row waiting for sentence to be carried out.
Let us indulge…
WWF: Wild animals living on Earth is set to fall by two-thirds by 2020
It’s already over for many animal species: In just three years’ time the World will have lost two-thirds of all wild animals.
This amazing statistic from The Living Planet Index goes on: The number of wild animals living on Earth is set to fall by two-thirds by 2020, according to a new report, part of a mass extinction that is destroying the natural world upon which humanity depends.
By 2050 they will all be gone but don’t worry the world we know won’t be here to witness the event.
The analysis, the most comprehensive to date, indicates that animal populations plummeted by 58% between 1970 and 2012, with losses on track to reach 67% by 2020. Researchers from WWF and the Zoological Society of London compiled the report from scientific data and found that the destruction of wild habitats, hunting and pollution were to blame.
Oceans just as bad
Our oceans are in a similar condition, with the Fukushima accident poisoning the Pacific and the stricken nuclear plant sinking deeper into the ground and no known way to fix the problem, the only option is to wait and see what happens in the next 50 years! It really is that bad.
Warming seas are causing toxic dead zones all over the world’s oceans killing billions of fish, tropical barrier reefs around the world are dying due to the warmth and with massive over fishing we are causing too much stress on the fish which are left, without doubt, we are too far down the line to save our oceans, they too, soon will die just like the fish inside them and the animals on land.
A study by Boris Worm, PhD, of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, — with colleagues in the U.K., U.S., Sweden, and Panama claims all ocean life will be extinct within the next 25 years. Once again the world we know won’t be here to witness the event
Major quakes up by more than 400% since 1900
Major earthquakes have risen more than 400% since 1900 despite USGS telling us otherwise, in the first 16 years of the 20th century 97 major quakes were recorded on Earth compared to 2, 697 in the first 16 years of the 21st century.
Volcano activity shows a similar spike to the quakes.
Droughts and floods
Ethiopia, South Sudan, Somalia, Niger, Kenya and Cameroon are enduring their worst drought in 50 years with millions suffering severe hunger.
In a new phenomenon ”the weather bomb” which drops incredible amounts of water in an area very quickly has wiped out other crippling droughts around the world more or less overnight…
Peru, Colombia, California, Zimbabwe, New Zealand and Madagascar, Namibia and Angola, all have had yearlong droughts virtually wiped out this year, overnight, by massive amounts of rainfall often bringing many casualties and damage with it.
With nearly half a billion dead trees in California and Colorado it’s not surprising wildfires are accelerating in the U.S. However, it’s not just America it is a global phenomenon which is rising at an alarming rate just in the last year.
In Florida the first three months of 2017 saw a 250% increase in wild-fires but the new “super fire” are not only destroying millions of acres of bush but appear to be cable of destroying entire cities.
Recently, Christchurch, New Zealand was hit hard by wild-fires with thousands evacuated; Chile had its biggest ever wild-fire with a whole town destroyed.
Wildfires across several states in central U.S. in March, consumed an incredible one million acres killing thousands of calving cattle causing evacuation of thousands.
The monster ‘Blue Cut’ and Sand Canyon fire’s last summer caused the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people and caused devastation on a Biblical scale.