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May 1, 2017
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This post is updated as of 5/1/2017 with the data from the thread up through 10/20/2016. Please scroll up to the master document to review. From my perspective, it's becoming tighter and tighter, and I've made format changes that I think help the investigative process. Once I catch up to the present day with data, I'll republish the master document. Then, when I find a new article or data set I want to add to the master document, I'll append it as a new post, with the master document below it. 

As a pamphleteer, I ideally want whole copies of this shooting around between people. 

"O ye that love mankind! Ye that dare oppose, not only the tyranny, but the tyrant, stand forth!" Thomas Paine 

May 3, 2017
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There's so much spin and hedging in the article below that I'll leave it to you to review it in bolded italics.

It feels to me like we've reached, and passed, the sick apogee of this phenomenon. 

Once the populace grasps that hard use of these devices leads to ills well beyond those created by, say, hard drinking, or smoking too much - to name only two - I believe we will see a movement back to, call it, 'shielded' technologies, such as the land line, as it will be generally admitted that, while convenient, taking a call while walking from your car to your office is simply not worth contracting cancer, or being driven to suicide, et al.

Alcohol consumption dropped globally for the first time ever, just recently. Smoking rates are dropping, and dropping. We are, in actuality, capable of figuring things out as a species - despite the best, most assiduous efforts by the folks in charge to steer us to the worst places they can via social engineering.

 

May 3, 2017 - Tim Cook says iPhone 8 rumors led to a slow-down in iPhone 7 sales

Apple’s earnings report yesterday was something of a mixed bag. While Apple impressively managed to increase year-over-year revenue and profits, quarterly iPhone sales fell ever so slightly. During the recent March quarter, Apple sold 50.7 million iPhones, representing a rather modest drop from the 51.9 million units Apple sold in the same quarter a year ago. Nonetheless, because investors like to use iPhone sales data as a barometer to measure Apple’s financial health, shares of Apple dropped quickly in the wake of the company’s recent earnings report.

When asked about the drop in iPhone sales during Apple’s earnings conference call yesterday, Tim Cook articulated that the proliferation of rumors surrounding Apple’s highly anticipated iPhone 8 helped contribute to a “pause” in iPhone sales over the past three months.

When UBS analyst Steve Milunovich asked about a recent 451 research survey which found that iPhone purchase intent is at a nine-year low, Cook addressed the question head-on.

“I only glanced at it and so I haven’t had time to study it,” Cook said. “But in general, we’re seeing what we believe to be a pause in purchases on iPhone, which we believe are due to the earlier and much more frequent reports about future iPhones. And so that part is clearly going on, and it could be what’s behind the data. I don’t know, but we are seeing that in full transparency.

Ordinarily, it would be easy to dismiss Cook’s explanation as nothing more than a well-crafted excuse cobbled together by a PR rep. The reality, though, is that the hype and interest surrounding Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 is immense. In fact, I think it’s fair to say that the excitement people have for the iPhone 8 is rivaled only by the excitement consumers had for the original iPhone in the months preceding its debut back in June of 2007.

"O ye that love mankind! Ye that dare oppose, not only the tyranny, but the tyrant, stand forth!" Thomas Paine 

May 5, 2017
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This is a pullout from the Master Document, which is several posts back, now.

I'm using the data to create text summaries, first creating the summaries at the national level, then integrating them up into the "master text summary."

 

Smart Phones as Drivers of Suicide

Of the ten lowest smart phone penetration nations, four are ranked "very low" in terms of suicide rate, two are ranked "low", two are ranked "medium", and two are ranked "high." While, of the ten highest smart phone penetration nations, none are ranked "very low" in terms of suicide rate, four are ranked "low", five are ranked "medium", and one is ranked "high".

And so, thus, forty percent of the ten lowest smart phone penetration nations have very low suicide rates, while none of the high-penetration nations have very low suicide rates. This shows a strong positive correlation between smart phone penetration and suicide rates.

There are two "medium's" and two "high's" in the low-penetration nations, in terms of suicide rates. While there are five "medium's" and one "high" in the high penetration nations.

And so, thus, forty percent of the ten-lowest smart-phone-penetration nations have medium-to-high suicide rates, while 60 percent of the ten highest smart phone penetration nations have medium to high suicide rates. This again shows a significant positive correlation between smart phone penetration and suicide rates.

Smart phone penetration in South Korea is the highest on the planet, at 88%. The nation is number three on the globe in terms of suicide rate, in the "High" category, at 29.34. The suicide rate in South Korea has tripled in 25 years. Death by intentional self-harm increased 122.0% for men and 217.4% for women since 1990. Suicide is the leading cause of death among South Korean teens.

A South Korean study of 1,601 middle and high school students showed a correlation between smartphone addiction and suicidal thoughts. Addiction to the devices had a greater influence on suicidal thoughts than other factors such as gender, family or standard of living.

The study showed female students, students with a single parent or without parents and students with low standard of living had more suicidal thoughts, but such thoughts were more frequent for students addicted to smartphones. Smartphone addiction also had a negative correlation with self control. (Phone)

Addicted students said they had difficulty quitting bad habits, that they often failed to complete tasks in a given time and that they were lazy. Smartphone-addicted students were also more likely to have trouble controlling themselves, putting them at greater risk of suicidal thoughts.

Australia has the second-highest smart phone penetration on Earth, at 77%. There has been a 26 per cent increase in the suicide rates among women there in the last five years. The overall suicide rate in Australia increased 10% from 2013 to 2014, and rose 5% from 2014 to 2015. And so rose 15% overall from 2013 to 2015. The rate rose 47% for teenage girls in Australia from 2014 to 2015 - rose fifty percent, in one year.

The suicide rate in Australia for teenage girls rose at a rate 840% higher than the rate for the population overall from 2014 to 2015. The media in Australia says only "We don't know why this is occurring."

Israel has the third-highest smart phone penetration in the world, at 74%. While they are in the "low" category, in terms of suicide rate, s of 2014, Palestinian suicides had increased four hundred percent in three years. And as of 2015, suicide rates had more than doubled among soldiers serving in the Israel Defense Forces.

The United States has the fourth-highest smart phone penetration, at 71%. The overall suicide rate in the U.S. rose by 24 percent from 1999 to 2014, with the pace of the increase greater after 2006. The suicide rate for young females in the U.S. rose 54% from 2007-2013, to the highest level since 1981, when such tracking began. And the suicide rate for white women ages 45 to 64 rose 80% during that time period. The suicide rate for girls and young women in the U.S. continues to rise at a pace far faster than for young males.

A 2012 article in the American Journal of Public Health noted that more people using the internet was positively correlated to a higher general population suicide rate. Another study in the U.S. found that Problematic Cell Phone Use was associated with suicidal tendencies among all groups of adolescents, with suicidal ideation increased by 11.74% and suicide attempts increased by 28% among problematic cell phone users, over those not so afflicted.

One story documenting the fact that suicide is now a leading cause of death for Nebraska teenagers noted that a new study had found that Internet use was among the top contributing risk factors.

In Minnesota, the suicide rate increased 6% in 2015, to the highest levels ever recorded. The suicide rate among US veterans suicide has dramatically increased - by 32% - since 2001.

In terms of what's driving the rise, an article from a website called "the Thinking Housewife" spoke of a “puzzling” rise in white suicide, while another media account called the rise "startling", and another called it a "mystery", and another said "experts don't know why". Officials in Utah are "unsure" why the youth suicide rate has nearly tripled there since 2007.

Spain is in fifth place in terms of smart phone penetration, at 71%. In terms of suicide, Spain ranks 121st in the world, with a ranking of "low". However, in 2016, suicide rates in Spain reached record highs.

The media in Spain has attributed the sudden increase to the highest suicide levels ever recorded in Spain to "economic crisis", "European austerity" and "harsh spending cuts."

The United Kingdom is seventh on the globe overall in terms of smart phone penetration, at 68%. The U.K. ranks "low" in terms of suicide. Yet student suicides have risen to their highest level there since at least 2007. And suicide rates rates among women in England have risen to their highest rate since 2005, increasing 8% in just one year, from 2014 to 2015. Most tellingly, the male suicide rate decreased 6% over that same time period.

And so the U.K. joins South Korea, Australia and the United States as nations where suicide rates are increasing at significantly higher levels for females than for males. And the media in the U.K. says only that "experts are frantically trying to understand why."

Canada is the eighth-highest nation in terms of overall Smart Phone penetration, at 67%. They rank 70th in terms of suicide, with a rating of "medium".

Suicide rates in Canada for girls aged 10 to 14 rose 50% from 1980 to 2012. Suicide rates for female teens aged 15 to 19 went up 68%, and decreased for boys of that same age in that same time period.

And so the Canada joins the U.K., South Korea, Australia and the United States as nations where suicide rates are increasing at significantly higher levels for females than for males.

India has a smart phone penetration of just 17%, and is among the ten-lowest smart phone penetration nations. However, India ranks 12th out of 172 countries in terms of suicide rate, in the "High" category. Suicide rates in India are climbing at an alarming rate, faster than in the rest of the world, with Indian women having some of the highest rates on the planet.

And so India joins Canada, the U.K., South Korea, Australia, and the United States as nations where suicide rates are increasing at significantly higher levels for females than for males.

This is anomalous, so far, in this lowest-penetration-nation data set. Could it be that India's overall internet consumption is such that the suicide needle is moved in this way, despite the relatively low Smart Phone penetration? There are also many other influencers - social, cultural, etc. - so we're just looking for the broadest trends, here.

Japan's suicide rate has been declining steadily since 2012, and dropped 6.4% from 2014 to 2015. In 2016, suicides in Japan dropped below 25,000 for the first time there in almost twenty years.

Russia, where we recently noted a 50% drop in suicides, has a smart phone penetration of 45%, very close to Japan’s 39%.

"O ye that love mankind! Ye that dare oppose, not only the tyranny, but the tyrant, stand forth!" Thomas Paine 

May 8, 2017
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The article that follows is headlined: "Twice as many children have thoughts about suicide and self-harm as 10 years ago, study says."

The headline, and the entire article that follows are hedging, in that they talk and talk about thoughts of suicide increasing. Talk about children filling up beds in hospitals because they are suicidal. They don't talk about the fact that they're actually doing it:

April 16, 2016 - The suicide rate has risen by a quarter, to 13 per 100,000 people in 2014 from 10.5 in 1999, according to an analysis by Curtin and her colleagues that was released Friday.

That statement also hedges, by using the term "a quarter" to describe "25%". In your mind, "a quarter" is a coin, not worth very much, not very large. Saying "rose by twenty five percent" is much more impactful than saying "has risen by a quarter." 

If we're going to be all gritty about life, and say "progress has its costs", or something, I'd be cool with that, I guess. But we're living in the Mothers Against Drunk Driving world, the world where the mothers wait at the bus stops with their kids, and watch with narrowed eyes as they get on the bus. And I don't get how this issue gets a pass.

The article alludes that it's the media, "triggering" teen viewers. Isn't it funny how they use a trigger word, "triggering", to talk about triggering?

"While all age groups saw increases in hospitalizations, the biggest spike was among teen girls, the study found. In 2008, 60 percent of all suicidal teens were female, but that number increased to 66 percent in 2015."

Can you see how they tell you it's a "spike", implying that numbers have shot up, but will shoot right back down again, forming a "spike" on the graph?

That sentence has told us that suicides among teen girls increased at a rate faster than any other - in an environment where overall suicide rates are increasing dramatically for everyone. So obviously something is having a very negative impact on everyone, and on teen girls in particular.

It's not like it's complicated, if you put it that way.

I guess it has to have its process, and we're still in the "denial" stage. We'll get there, eventually. I wonder how long it's going to take?

 

 

May 6, 2017 - Twice as many children have thoughts about suicide and self-harm as 10 years ago, study says

“13 Reasons Why,” the wildly popular but controversial Netflix show about teen suicide, has touched off a debate among mental health professionals and advocates about media portrayals of suicide and what might be considered “triggering” for teen viewers.

And a new study shows that those fears are justified. According to data collected from 32 children’s hospitals across the country, the number of children and teenagers with thoughts of suicide and self-harm being admitted to hospitals is more than two times that of 2008.

That study, which will be presented Sunday at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting in San Francisco, found that the rate of patients aged 5 to 17 with suicidial thoughts increased from 0.67 percent to 1.79 percent over the past decade, according to Market Watch.

“We noticed over the last two, three years that an increasing number of our hospital beds are not being used for kids with pneumonia or diabetes; they were being used for kids awaiting placement because they were suicidal," Dr. Gregory Plemmons, one of the study’s co-authors and an associate professor of pediatrics at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, told CNN.

As a result, Plemmons decided to analyze the data to see if his observation was true around the country.

“And it confirmed what we were feeling: that the rates have doubled over the last decade,” he said.

While all age groups saw increases in hospitalizations, the biggest spike was among teen girls, the study found. In 2008, 60 percent of all suicidal teens were female, but that number increased to 66 percent in 2015. Meanwhile, the 15-to-17-year-old age group saw an increase of 0.27 percent.

The study also observed a rise and fall in the number of cases depending on the time of year. While the months of June through August saw a decrease, the spring and fall seasons saw an increase. While conventional wisdom might suggest that winter would be the worst time for the depressed and suicidal, the study’s findings are actually in line with previous research, which has found that the spring is the most common time for suicides, per Live Science.

For those suffering from thoughts of suicide or self-harm, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline or YourLifeYourVoice for a child-specific case.

"O ye that love mankind! Ye that dare oppose, not only the tyranny, but the tyrant, stand forth!" Thomas Paine 

May 11, 2017
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There's so much mind-blowing stuff in this article it's hard to know where to begin.

Here's as brief a summary as I can manage:

Millenial female yacking on phone pulls out in front of male cyclist - who, as a bonus, just left a meditation class. He says "get off your phone", and says she should apologize. She gives him the finger and tells him to "f*ck off". He kicks her car's mirror and takes off. She chases him, runs him down with her car, flees the scene, surveillance cam catches the whole thing. Tries to blame ex-boyfriend for her crime. Will give birth in prison and leave her disabled mother without care while in prison.

I'm filing this under "Smart phones as drivers of car accidents and deaths" as well as "smart phones as possible progenitors of demonic possession." I'm not kidding, as, in the case of possession, one must INVITE the entity in.

I understand that this subject is almost as out-there for most readers as discussing the reality of the Ether. 

 

May 11, 2017 - Driver who rammed cyclist in road rage revenge attack jailed for three years

A motorist who deliberately rammed into a cyclist in a road-rage revenge attack broke down in tears as she was jailed for three years today.

Justine Henshaw-Bryan, 25, mowed down cycle courier Damien Doughty, 38, after he had told her off for using her mobile phone at the wheel.

She tailgated his bike as he tried to flee down a side street, then swerved to run him off the road and into a tree before driving away.

Mr Doughty was left in a crumpled heap in agony with injuries to his liver and fractured ribs, and told the Standard today he believes Henshaw-Bryan should not be allowed to drive again.

Sentencing her to three years in prison, Judge Gregory Perrins said: "This was not an accident caused by your reckless driving, it involved an attempt to run him over, effectively using your car as a weapon."

He told her: "It is not inconceivable that your deliberate actions could have killed him.

"This was a severe piece of dangerous driving, deliberately pursuing a cyclist and taking a conscious and calculated decision to ram him off the road."

The judge said she made it worse by driving away instead of stopping to help Mr Doughty.

"Those who are unable to control their temper when driving and feel that cyclists are somehow fair game must understand the courts will deal with them seriously", he added.

Henshaw-Bryan blew kisses to her family and friends in the public gallery, calling out "I love you mummy" as she was led away to the cells.

The incident was sparked on February 10 last year when Henshaw-Bryan pulled out in front of Mr Doughty as he cycled home along Stoke Newington High Street from an evening meditation session.

The cyclist asked her to apologise but was incensed when she instead raised her middle finger and told him to "f*** off".

Mr Doughty told Wood Green crown court he cycled after Henshaw-Bryan's Ford Focus and kicked her wing mirror in "a moment of madness", but then felt the car close behind him as he continued his journey.

He pulled a sharp left turn into Victorian Grove to try to get away from the car but Henshaw-Bryan continued in hot pursuit.

Shocking CCTV then caught the moment she swerved to hit Mr Doughty before he could mount the pavement.

"I remember the car rear-ending me, letting out a scream as I realised what was happening", he said.

"I realised I had been hit, and within an instant I'm in a crumpled heap on the floor in extreme amounts of pain, fully aware that the car was long gone."

Henshaw-Bryan, who is now almost three months pregnant, tried to blame her ex-boyfriend, Aaron Hall, for the crash, claiming he had grabbed the wheel and turned the car at the cyclist.

But Mr Hall, who split from Henshaw-Bryan shortly after the incident, came to court to tell jurors although he was in the car he had not grabbed the steering wheel.

Henshaw-Bryan, dressed in prison-issue sweatshirt and trousers, was found guilty at trial yesterday and was remanded overnight in prison.

She sobbed throughout today's hearing, looking sorrowfully to her disabled mother in the public gallery who relies on her as a fulltime carer.

"Imprisonment is going to be a real deal for her mother, she needs her daughter for her daily basic care needs and is now going to have to make other arrangements", said defence barrister David Rhodes.

"By her own foolish actions she has now put her mother in hardship."

He added that Henshaw-Bryan, from Hackney, had asked him yesterday whether she will give birth to her child in prison or a hospital, and whether her mother will be able to be by her side for the birth.

Following the trial, Mr Doughty said he hoped the conviction sent a strong message to motorists to take care on the roads.

“I hope it acts as a message to dangerous drivers. I recognise the same behaviour from drivers every single day", he said.

“Drivers don’t understand how dangerous their behaviour can be on the road, you only realise it on a bike when there is nothing to protect you.

“So many people who are nice get into their cars and turn into absolute maniacs.”

He added that the crash had left him with a permanent hand injury and unable to return to his cycle courier job.

“If it was up to me then she wouldn’t be allowed to drive again, absolutely not. If somebody abuses the power of driving a car it should be taken away from them.

“She used it as a weapon against me. If she had a gun licence but shot me that would be taken away forever as well."

Henshaw-Bryan denied the offence but was convicted by a jury of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

She was banned from driving for four and a half years and given six points in her licence as part of the sentence

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May 18, 2017
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It was a tough call, whether this story should go in this thread, or in "Positive Changes That Are Occurring." It's tremendously, wildly uplifting, in so many ways. 

An 11-year-old boy from Austin, Texas stands up at a cybersecurity conference in the Netherlands and  exposes the malefic nature of "Smart" toys, and the technologies that underly them.

He's freaking ELEVEN. Oh, and did I mention that he's also the youngest Shaolin Kung Fu black belt in the U.S.?

The words "mystery", "baffled" and "puzzled" are memes, used, among numerous similar variants, whenever anyone in the wholly-controlled-and-coopted Political, Scientific, Academic and Media establishments wants to lie about, well, basically anything. One of those variants is "stunned".

That's why the article says "An 11-year-old “cyber ninja” has stunned an audience of security experts by hacking into their Bluetooth devices to manipulate a robotic teddy bear, showing in the process how interconnected smart toys “can be weaponised”.

I'm not a cybersecurity expert, but, as the author of this thread was not remotely "stunned" to learn it. I suggest that they know very well what he was talking about, from a technical perspective, but are "stunned", rather, that he spoke up about it in a direct way and called the audience to action.

Despite the ceaseless hype, and the wholesale addiction of a very significant portion of the populace, technology is not the greatest thing that's ever happened to us. You don't need a fridge, or a teddy bear, with remote communication ability. Unless you are neurotic, or psychotic. 

And he hasn't even reached the "wireless technology as covert Death-energy-delivery mechanism" angle, yet. Well, it's that, or "there's no such thing as the Ether", you can take your pick, I realize my thesis is pretty fashion-forward.

We're going to pull back from this, one step at a time, just like the public is dropping the five-dollar-apiece multi-blade shaving scam and going back to old-school safety razors. I did it, myself, about half a year ago or so. It takes a little more time and care, but the shave's way better with the old-school rig. Imagine that! 

Here's the closing line of the article: "Reuben also has ambitious plans for the future, aiming to study cyber-security at either CalTech or MIT universities and then use his skills for good."

Let me repeat, he's freaking ELEVEN.

I guess we may have bottomed out with the Millenials. I shouldn't even be so hard on them. My nephew and his girlfriend, in their young twenties, said to me "oh, yeah, phone addiction, Facebook addiction, that's SO our parents' thing..."

And don't forget, Joan of Arc was seventeen when she took control of the situation.

 

May 16, 2017 - Boy, 11, hacks cyber-security audience to give lesson on 'weaponisation' of toys

An 11-year-old “cyber ninja” has stunned an audience of security experts by hacking into their Bluetooth devices to manipulate a robotic teddy bear, showing in the process how interconnected smart toys “can be weaponised”.

Reuben Paul, who is in sixth grade at school in Austin, Texas, and his teddy bear Bob wowed hundreds at a cyber-security conference in the Netherlands.

“From airplanes to automobiles, from smartphones to smart homes, anything or any toy can be part of the Internet of Things (IOT),” said the small figure pacing the huge stage at the World Forum in The Hague.

“From terminators to teddy bears, anything or any toy can be weaponised.”

To demonstrate he deployed his cuddly bear, which connects to the cloud via wifi and Bluetooth to receive and transmit messages.

Plugging into his laptop a device known as a “Raspberry Pi” – a small credit-card size computer – Reuben scanned the hall for available Bluetooth devices, and to everyone’s amazement including his own, suddenly downloaded dozens of numbers, including some of top officials.

Then using a computer language called Python he hacked into his bear via one of the numbers to turn on one of its lights and record a message from the audience.

“Most internet-connected things have a Bluetooth functionality ... I basically showed how I could connect to it, and send commands to it, by recording audio and playing the light,” he told AFP later.

“IOT home appliances, things that can be used in our everyday lives, our cars, lights refrigerators, everything like this that is connected can be used and weaponised to spy on us or harm us.”

They could be used to steal private information such as passwords, as remote surveillance to spy on kids, or employ GPS to find out where a person is, he said. More chillingly, a toy could say “meet me at this location and I will pick you up”, Reuben said.

His father, information technology expert Mano Paul, told how aged about six Reuben had revealed early IT skills.

Using a simple explanation from dad on how one smartphone game worked, Reuben then figured out it was the same kind of algorithm behind the popular video game Angry Birds.

“He has always surprised us. Every moment when we teach him something he’s usually the one who ends up teaching us,” Mano Paul told AFP.

But Paul said he been “shocked” by the vulnerabilities discovered in kids’ toys, after Reuben first hacked a toy car, before moving on to more complicated things.

“It means that my kids are playing with timebombs, that over time somebody who is bad or malicious can exploit.”

Now the family has helped Reuben, who is also the youngest American to have become a Shaolin Kung Fu black belt, to set up his CyberShaolin non-profit organisation.

Its aim is “to inform kids and adults about the dangers of cyber-insecurity”, Reuben said, adding he also wants to press home the message that manufacturers, security researchers and the government have to work together.

Reuben also has ambitious plans for the future, aiming to study cyber-security at either CalTech or MIT universities and then use his skills for good.

"O ye that love mankind! Ye that dare oppose, not only the tyranny, but the tyrant, stand forth!" Thomas Paine 

May 18, 2017
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This was back in the "Positive Changes" thread, which I'm combing through for a new post, there. It's synchronous in that it's young people moving the ball, pushing the change, just as in the previous post:

 

May 23, 2013 - Student science experiment finds plants won't grow near Wi-Fi router

Five ninth-grade young women from Denmark recently created a science experiment that is causing a stir in the scientific community.

It started with an observation and a question. The girls noticed that if they slept with their mobile phones near their heads at night, they often had difficulty concentrating at school the next day. They wanted to test the effect of a cellphone's radiation on humans, but their school, Hjallerup School in Denmark, did not have the equipment to handle such an experiment. So the girls designed an experiment that would test the effect of cellphone radiation on a plant instead.

The students placed six trays filled with Lepidium sativum, a type of garden cress, into a room without radiation, and six trays of the seeds into another room next to two routers that according to the girls' calculations, emitted about the same type of radiation as an ordinary cellphone.

Over the next 12 days, the girls observed, measured, weighed and photographed their results. By the end of the experiment the results were blatantly obvious — the cress seeds placed near the router had not grown. Many of them were completely dead. Meanwhile, the cress seeds planted in the other room, away from the routers, thrived.

The experiment earned the girls top honors in a regional science competition and the interest of scientists around the world. According to Kim Horsevad, a teacher at Hjallerup Skole in Denmark where the cress experiment took place, a neuroscience professor at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, is interested in repeating the experiment in a controlled professional scientific environment.

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May 21, 2017
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Milo Perrier: What do you make of all of this, Wang?

Sidney Wang: Is confusing.

Lionel Twain: [from moose head] IT! IT is confusing! Say your goddamn pronouns!

From "Murder By Death", 1976

 

I know that the word "the" is a determiner, not a pronoun, but I couldn't resist. You'll see why later.

Whereas, the words "mystery", "baffled" and "puzzled" are memes, used, among numerous similar variants, whenever anyone in the wholly-controlled-and-ccopted Political, Academic, Scientific and Media establishments want to lie about, well, basically anything.

That's why the article that follows is headlined "Suicide Spike among Children Leaves Experts Puzzled."

The word "spike" is deceptively used in that same headline to imply that numbers have shot up, but will shoot right back down again, forming a "spike" on the graph. I say "deceptively" because, if you've been reading this thread, you know that suicide numbers have been increasing, and increasing, for quite some time, now. They've doubled in young girls from 2008 to 2015. I guess we're to suppose they'll halve from now to 2024 - time to take Courtney to get the gold iPhone 7 for her tenth birthday. She has over six hundred Facebook friends!

The Fight Club representative quoted the article says “Honestly we don’t know. I think since this research has come out people have been looking and analyzing all the different factors and trying to figure out this increase.”

Most anytime anyone says "honestly", you know they are lying. It's like saying "believe me", or "trust me".

Did you notice how it's girls? Did you notice how they say it's girls, but won't give you the breakdown, girls-vs.-boys? And how the headline says, more generally, "children"?

The "increased awareness" canard is used tirelessly in the controlled press whenever awareness rises of any malefic agenda, and this subject is no exception:

Dr. Judy Ho says "one bright spot in all this is the increase in tracking and awareness of problem."

Well, I suppose that's correct, and maps against what I'm trying to do here in this thread. "Increase in tracking and awareness of problem."

Ah, so.

 

 

May 9, 2017 - Suicide Spike among Children Leaves Experts Puzzled

The number of children hospitalized for suicidal thoughts has doubled between 2008 and 2015. Clinical and Forensic Psychologist Dr. Judy Ho says the sharp increase is troubling – especially with all the suicide attempts live streamed on social media. Experts are trying to figure out – why?

Honestly we don’t know. I think since this research has come out people have been looking and analyzing all the different factors and trying to figure out this increase.”

Dr. Ho goes on to say that ten year olds are especially vulnerable.

”It’s most rising among – at least with attempts – among girls at that age, which is most concerning.”

Online bullying and anxiety and depression caused by scrolling through others’ updates on social media are believed to be contributing factors in the rise in the hospitalizations for suicidal thoughts.

She says one bright spot in all this is the increase in tracking and awareness of problem.

Dr. Judy Ho was a guest on McIntyre in the Morning.

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(Cue Star Wars theme music)

Thirty years ago or so, when I was in my young twenties, I bought a 1978 Saab 99 GLE station wagon for three grand. It had a fallen headliner, oxidized silver paint, and a number of dents. But it drove so beautifully, I named it "the Millennium Falcon." As I'm sure many of you know, that was the name of Han Solo's ship in the original Star Wars film. The Falcon was cosmetically and mechanically rough, but was "the fastest hunk of junk in the Galaxy", faster than anything. He'd won it from a friend of his in a game of cards.

At the end of that movie, Luke is running out of time, trying desperately, with his cohorts, to destroy the gigantic, incredibly powerful, seemingly unstoppable Death Star. On what he knew would be his last attempt, he said "I'm going to manual", and turned off his targeting computer.

That's a really important point, if you're reading this thread.

But then Darth Vader gets in behind Luke, and has him in the crosshairs, and prepares to fire...only to have Solo, unlooked for, dive down with the Falcon, scattering Vader and his henchmen. Then Luke, using the Force, takes the "one-in-a-million" shot that destroys the Death Star.

And a handful of guys (and girls), going for broke, saved everybody. 

I think that's how this story is going to end, too.

 

 

"His mind slid away into the labyrinthine world of doublethink. To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy was impossible and that the Party was the guardian of democracy, to forget, whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the moment when it was needed, and then promptly to forget it again, and above all, to apply the same process to the process itself — that was the ultimate subtlety; consciously to induce unconsciousness, and then, once again, to become unconscious of the act of hypnosis you had just performed. Even to understand the word 'doublethink' involved the use of doublethink."

George Orwell, from "1984"

 

Mar 19, 2013 - The age-adjusted death rate from Alzheimer's disease increased by 39 percent from 2000 through 2010 in the United States.

February 22, 2016 - Study: Scientists Baffled as Risk of Dementia Declining

 

February 22, 2003 - Cell Phones 'May Trigger Alzheimer's Disease'

January 6, 2010 - Can Cell Phones Help Fight Alzheimer's? - WebMD

 

 

If blood-brain barrier Leakage is the driver of Alzheimer's Disease:

2005 - "We hypothesize that BBB dysfunction may contribute to the development of overlapping and disabling cerebrovascular conditions that include microvascular hemorrhage and dementia."

 

May 31, 2016 - "Leaky blood-brain barrier linked to Alzheimer's disease."

 

And microwave radiation causes the blood-brain barrier to leak:

Dr. Leif Salford exposed over 1600 experimental animals to low level microwave radiation. Their results were consistent and worrisome: microwave radiation. . ..caused the blood-brain barrier . . .to leak.” (It was repeated in 2003 on 32 additional animals; they waited this time 8 weeks before “sacrificing them”–and found “up to two percent of the neurons in all areas of the brain were shrunken and degenerated. ”Dr. Salford, says Firstenberg, called the “potential implications ‘terrifying."

 

Then Smart Phones are driving the Alzheimer's epidemic.

 

Smart Phones are Driving the Alzheimer's Epidemic:

The rates of Alzheimer's disease and demential were flat through the 1970's, and actually declined from 1982 to 1999. But then, in 2000, something changed. the age-adjusted death rate for Alzheimer's disease increased 39% from 2000 to 2010.

Last year, Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease overtook heart disease as the leading cause of death in the United States. In the U.K., the latest figures show that dementia is now the leading cause of death there, also. Last year, more than 61,000 people died from dementia, or 11.6 percent of all recorded deaths, there.

The official explanation? "Rising awareness" - that doctors have simply gotten more skilled at diagnosing dementia. Do you think that the death rate from Alzheimer's increased 40% in ten years because doctors had just missed it before?

Two-thirds of those afflicted with Alzheimer's disease are women. Last year in the U.K., 41,283 women were found to have died from dementia-related illnesses, compared to 20,403 men last year. That's over twice as many Alzheimer's deaths among women, versus men.

The official explanation? "Because women live longer". Women do live longer than men, but not a third longer, and certainly not twice as long.

The blood brain barrier separates the blood in the circulatory system from the fluid that surrounds the brain's cells. It filters out possible neurotoxins, including bacteria, contained in the blood, and also allows nutrients that are essential to normal neurological function to pass.

That fact that leakage of the blood-brain barrier is the driver of Alzheimer's Disease has been known for over a decade, now. As has the fact that irradiation is one of the drivers of blood-brain barrier leakage. 

Microwave radiation causes the blood-brain barrier to leak, and the weakest exposure levels cause the greatest amount of leakage.

Even though the leaking blood-brain barrier has been documented as the driver of Alzheimer's disease since 2005, ruses including Amyloid beta oligomers, a gene encoding protein known as PICALM, and Herpes and Lyme disease microbes have all been put forth as possible drivers since then in an attempt to draw attention away from the real cause.

To solve the baffling mystery of Alzheimer's disease, we must answer: what did men and women start doing in 2000 - but women in particular, or moreso - that involves ongoing, low-level doses of microwave radiation?

 

 

In 1999, NTT DoCoMo started i-mode Internet service.

 

In 2001, NTT DoCoMo premiered the world's first Third Generation mobile phone service (3G), using W-CDMA technology called FOMA.

 

In 2002, KDDI started 3G service in Okinawa, using CDMA2000 technology. In the same year, J-Phone started 3G service using W-CDMA technology.

 

February 22, 2003 - Cell Phones 'May Trigger Alzheimer's Disease'

 

BLOOD-BRAIN BARRIER LEAKAGE IS THE DRIVER OF ALZHEIMER'S, AND THAT FACT HAS BEEN KNOWN FOR OVER A DECADE. AS HAS THE FACT THAT IRRADIATION IS ONE OF THE DRIVERS OF BLOOD BRAIN BARRIER LEAKAGE:

2005 - Blood-Brain Barrier and Alzheimer's

The blood-brain barrier (BBB) was discovered when dyes, injected into living animals, stained all tissues except for most of the brain and spinal cord, leading to the postulated BBB. The BBB is a physiologic matrix of tissue that is selectively permeable and protective of the central nervous system (CNS). The BBB is located within the endothelium of cerebral capillaries and the choroids plexus epithelium. The BBB preserves concentrations within the CNS through reciprocal homeostatic processes. The rate with which substances penetrate through to the brain tissue is inversely related to their molecular size and directly related to their lipid solubility. The factors that are responsible for transfer across the capillary partition include vesicular transport, diffusion, and filtration. Diffusion is quantitatively more important in terms of exchange of nutrients and waste materials. Filtration depends upon a balance of forces between hydrostatic and osmotic pressure gradients.1–7

BBB integrity can be compromised by hypertension, cerebrovascular ischemia, histologic and metabolic changes within barrier tissue cells, vascular disease, systemic metabolic disease, trauma, tumors, medications, noxious stimulation, infection, irradiation, transport and permeability alterations, and aging. Common central disease states involving BBB integrity include Binswanger's Disease, periventicular hyperintensities, ischemic cerebrovascular events, hypoxia-ischemia, septic encephalopathy, reactionary inflammatory mechanisms, HIV-induced dementia, multiple sclerosis, and Alzheimer's disease (AD).8–1

Vascular dystrophy has been shown to be involved in the deposition of the amyloid beta-protein in the brains of AD. Although the mechanism remains undiscovered, it has, however, been shown that more numerous deposits of A beta 40 and A beta 42 can be found in the brains of Alzheimer's patients than in non-demented controls. Together with evidence of no difference in the level of A beta 40 and A beta 42 in peripheral sera between AD and controls, it is suggested that a dysfunction of the BBB could induce abnormal transport of A beta from sera, and accumulation, into the CNS, playing a critical role in the development of AD.11–16

The aging of the central nervous system and the development of incapacitating neurological diseases, such as AD, is associated with a wide spectrum of histological and pathophysiological changes eventually leading to a diminished cognitive status. Various forms of cerebrovascular insufficiency, such as reduced blood supply to the brain or disrupted microvascular integrity, may occupy an initiating or intermediate position in the sequence of events ending with cognitive malfunction. Although the diverse triggers and stages of neuro-degenerative processes are incompletely defined, the contribution of cerebrovascular deficiencies has become recognized as an important, if not a necessary, antecedent.

We hypothesize that BBB dysfunction may contribute to the development of overlapping and disabling cerebrovascular conditions that include microvascular hemorrhage and dementia. This hypothesis could explain the link between ischemic cerebral small-vessel disease and several apparently clinically distinct dementia syndromes. This hypothesis is supported by pathological, epidemiological, and experimental studies in lacunar stroke and examinations of the BBB with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).17 We believe that the significance of BBB dysfunction as an early neurophysiologic cascading step leading to disabling brain diseases has been underappreciated.

 

ALZHEIMER'S RATES AND DEMENTIA RATES WERE FLAT THROUGH THE 70'S, AND DECLINED FROM 1982 TO 1999:

January, 2011 - Rorsman et al. found no increased incidence of dementia and AD between the period from 1947 through 1957 and the period from 1957 through 1972 in a Swedish population study [22]. Similarly, there were no detectable trends in the incidence of dementia or AD from 1975 to 1984 in Rochester, Minnesota [23]. By contrast, Manton et al. found a decline in prevalence of dementia in the United States using data from the National Long Term Care Study from 1982 to 1999.

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January 6, 2010 - Can Cell Phones Help Fight Alzheimer's? - WebMD

 

January 6, 2010 - Cell phones protect memory, at least in mice - Health - Mental health ...

 

TWO-THIRDS OF THOSE AFFLICTED WITH ALZHEIMER'S ARE WOMEN - THE RUSE FLOATED TO EXPLAIN IT IS 'BECAUSE WOMEN LIVE LONGER':

Short-term trends in the incidence of AD in the Chicago Health and Aging Project (CHAP): 1997 to 2008

Incidence trends were obtained using data from CHAP [36]. CHAP is a population-based study in Chicago with substantial numbers of both African-American and White participants. The study began in 1993, when all residents age 65 years or older in a defined geographic area were invited to participate. Over time, additional people are invited to participate as they turn 65 years old. In this way, the number of living subjects remains fairly constant (between 6,000 and 7,000) and the full age distribution of the population is maintained. Data are collected in 3-year cycles. Any combination of 2 or more successive cycles is methodologically similar to a standard prospective cohort study (Fig. 4). Individuals are determined to be disease-free at the first of these cycles and a stratified random sample is evaluated for incidence of disease at the second of these cycles, 3 years later [37]. There have been a total of 4 cohort intervals. Evaluations for incident disease have been done approximately continuously since the beginning of the second cycle in 1997, for a total of 11 years. The total number of people who have contributed data to the project increased over time and is presently a little over 10,000.

These analyses used data from subjects receiving clinical evaluation in the second (first incident) data collection cycle through the fifth cycle from 1997 to 2008. A total of 1,695 subjects were evaluated over this period and 360 developed incident AD. The mean age of the sample was 80.0 years (SD, 5.8). The mean education level was 12.9 years (SD, 3.5) which is similar to the community population and to the US average. Most subjects were women (61.6%) because women have a longer average survival. African-Americans represented 52.5% of the sample.

 

BLOOD-BRAIN BARRIER LEAKAGE CAUSES ALZHEIMER'S, MICROWAVE RADIATION CAUSES THE BLOOD-BRAIN BARRIER TO LEAK. AND THE WEAKEST EXPOSURE LEVELS CAUSE THE GREATEST AMOUNT OF LEAKAGE:

June 18, 2012 - Electromagnetic Fields and Leakage of the Blood Brain Barrier: Dr. Leif Salford

The following video is a presentation of Dr. Leif Salford, neurosurgeon and researcher, discussing his animal studies on radio frequency radiation and its effects on the brain. “Dr. Salford,” writes Arthur Firstenberg in his paper Silent Wireless Spring, “exposed over 1600 experimental animals to low level microwave radiation. Their results were consistent and worrisome: microwave radiation. . ..caused the blood-brain barrier . . .to leak.” (It was repeated in 2003 on 32 additional animals; they waited this time 8 weeks before “sacrificing them”–and found “up to two percent of the neurons in all areas of the brain were shrunken and degenerated.”Dr. Salford, says Firstenberg, called the “potential implications ‘terrifying.'”

An argument is sometimes made (not necessarily accurately) to those who express concern about radiation from “smart” meters, Wi Fi, etc, that the radiation emitted from these devices is at such a low level that the public needn’t worry about it. However Dr. Salford’s studies showed opening up of the blood brain barrier from very low levels of radiation. In fact, Cindy Sage and Dr. David Carpenter write in a 2008 paper (Public Health Implications of Wireless Technologies) it was “the weakest exposure level [which] showed the greatest effect in opening up the BBB [blood brain barrier].”

 

BUT THEN, IN 2000, THEY INCREASED DRAMATICALLY, AND PARTICULARLY AMONG WOMEN:

June 28, 2013 -  South Carolina has already seen a dramatic 17.9 percent increase in Alzheimer’s cases since 2000.

Both in South Carolina and around the country, reports are revealing that nearly two-thirds of those diagnosed with the disease are women.

 

THE ALZHEIMER'S DEATH RATE INCREASED 39% FROM 2000 TO 2010:

Mar 19, 2013 - The age-adjusted death rate from Alzheimer's disease increased by 39 percent from 2000 through 2010 in the United States.

 

'OLIGOMERS' ARE FLOATED AS THE DRIVER, TO DRAW ATTENTION AWAY FROM THE LEAKING BLOOD-BRAIN BARRIER:

November 29, 2013 - The oligomer cascade hypothesis, which states that oligomers are the initiating pathologic agents in Alzheimer’s disease, has all but supplanted the amyloid cascade hypothesis, which suggested that fibers were the key etiologic agents in Alzheimer’s disease.

THE RUSE IS ALREADY COLLAPSING, BUT 'FLAWED TRIAL DESIGN' IS ADVANCED TO TRY TO STOP THE COLLAPSE:

Is this paradigm shift warranted? Some would argue 'no’, based on failures of recent clinical trials. However, clinical trial design may be flawed by the selection of cohorts that are too advanced in their disease state [5]. It also is possible that metabolites of APP other than Aβ may be pathogenic [6, 7, 8]. Determining the temporal involvement of Aβ oligomers in human disease is crucial to elucidating the etiology of AD and the involvement of oligomers in it. As we shall discuss, this is very challenging.

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A RUSE:

A number of reports have pointed out that one of the most common methods for defining oligomer distributions, SDS-PAGE, may produce misleading results.

 

SO, WHAT DID WOMEN IN PARTICULAR START DOING IN EARNEST AROUND THE YEAR 2000?

PICALM IS FLOATED TO COVER THE LEAKY BLOOD-BRAIN BARRIER DRIVER:

July 22, 2015 - New Insights Into the Blood Brain Barrier

"In May, Zlokovic discovered the mechanism of action for an Alzheimer’s-implicated gene encoding protein known as PICALM. The PICALM-Alzheimer’s connection had been studied previously by Cure Alzheimer’s Research Consortium Chair Rudy Tanzi, Ph.D., and Zlokovic in a Cure Alzheimer’s Fund-supported study. Zlokovic, publishing his research in Nature Neuroscience, showed that PICALM is crucial for clearing Abeta across the BBB. PICALM variants associated with increased risk for Alzheimer’s lead to diminished expression of PICALM and faulty clearance of Abeta from the brain, leading to its accumulation both in the human brain and animal models of the disease. This suggests that, while Abeta is crucial in the subsequent cascade that leads to Alzheimer’s disease, the compromise of the BBB may happen earlier in the process, and may contribute directly to the destructive excess of Abeta in the brain.

 

'AGING' IS PUT FORTH AS THE DRIVER OF BLOOD-BRAIN BARRIER LEAKING:

August 20, 2015 - Blood-Brain Barrier Permeability in Aging and Alzheimer's Disease

With aging there are alterations in the BBB that are thought to contribute to the pathological processes in VCI and possibly also in AD (10). Studies of the effect of aging on the BBB, while not conclusive, suggest an increase in NVU permeability occurs over time.

 

THE LEAKING BLOOD-BRAIN BARRIER IS THE DRIVER:

May 31, 2016 - Leaky blood-brain barrier linked to Alzheimer's disease

Source:

Radiological Society of North America

Summary:

Researchers using contrast-enhanced MRI have identified leakages in the blood-brain barrier of people with early Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study. The results suggest that increased BBB permeability may represent a key mechanism in the early stages of the disease.

 

'MICROBES' ARE FLOATED TO DRAW ATTENTION AWAY FROM THE BLOOD-BRAIN BARRIER DRIVER:

May 21, 2016 - Controversial New Push to Tie Microbes to Alzheimer's Disease ...

A journal article says herpes virus and Lyme disease bacteria are behind the mind-robbing illness, but not all researchers are convinced

 

June 16, 2016 - The blood brain barrier is, as the name implies, a membrane that separates the blood in the circulatory system from the fluid that surrounds the brain cells. Its purpose is to filter out possible neurotoxins, including bacteria, contained in the blood. At the same time it allows to pass those nutrients that are essential to normal neurological function. Because of this selective screening system infections of the brain are rare. Conversely, when they do occur they can be extremely difficult to treat. The barrier also blocks many drugs from entering the brain from the bloodstream, including most antibiotics.

 

November 20th, 2016 - As Alzheimers and Dementia become number one killer it follows the increase in microwave radiation

Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease overtake heart disease as the leading cause of death in America

Sunday, November 20, 2016 by: J. D. Heyes

(NaturalNews) When you see a substantial shift in what is causing most humans to die, there are many questions scientists and researchers should be asking – about changes in the environment, changes in the food and changes in the way we treat illnesses (Big Pharma comes to mind).

So it’s likely researchers are now asking questions about why dementia and Alzheimer’s disease have taken over heart disease as the world’s leading cause of death. Hint: They may want to start with the fact that our wired world is having a really negative effect on our brains.

In any event, the BBC reports that in England and Wales, the latest figures show that dementia is now the leading cause of death. Last year, figures show that more than 61,000 people died from dementia, or 11.6 percent of all recorded deaths.

As per the Office for National Statistics, the change from heart disease to dementia as the primary killer is likely due to an aging population. But that doesn’t jibe, considering that heart disease – especially in the West – is tied to aging and several other lifestyle choices (like bad diets) that have not changed much.

‘Dementia is not an inevitable part of aging’

Still, the office said, people are living longer, and so deaths from other causes, including heart disease, have declined. And officials say that doctors have gotten more skilled at diagnosing dementia, so the condition is now given much more weight in death statistics.

The BBC noted that dementia deaths were seen in higher numbers in women than in men. In all, 41,283 women were found to have died from dementia-related illnesses, compared to 20,403 men last year.

 

The words "mystery", "baffled" and "puzzled" are memes, used, among numerous similar variants, whenever anyone in the wholly-controlled-and-coopted Political, Academic, Scientific and Media establishments wants to lie about, well, basically anything:

 

January 30, 2000 - Alzheimer's Unlocking The Mystery - Newsweek

July 29, 2010 - Inside the Brain: Unraveling the Mystery of Alzheimer's Disease 

 February 11, 2013 - The Only Predictable Aspect of Alzheimer's Is Its Baffling Unpredictability! 

August 28, 2014 - NIH grant may help unlock Alzheimer's mystery - Florida State ...

February 22, 2016 - Study: Scientists Baffled as Risk of Dementia Declining

September 26, 2016 - 6 Big Mysteries of Alzheimer's Disease - Live Science

November 28, 2016 - Plaques, tangles and the mystery of Alzheimer's disease

April 21, 2017 - Are oligomers the missing piece of the amyloid puzzle to open a path for Alzheimer’s drugs?

May 5, 2017 - Medical Researchers Still Puzzled On Alzheimer's « CBS Philly

 May 5, 2017 - Alzheimer's disease continues to baffle neuroscientists around the world.

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"The power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them....To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just so long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies — all this is indispensably necessary. Even in using the word doublethink it is necessary to exercise doublethink. For by using the word one admits that one is tampering with reality; by a fresh act of doublethink one erases this knowledge; and so on indefinitely, with the lie always one leap ahead of the truth."

George Orwell, from "1984"

 

February 9, 2017 - Americans Have Been Driving Less, But Now They're Just Sitting at Home

Is a recent drop in auto fatalities linked to people becoming shut-ins?

 

May 2, 2017 - In Los Angeles, traffic deaths soared last year by 43 percent over the year before.

The 260 people killed included pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers. Although more driving — spurred by lower gas prices — plays a part, officials there see attention-diverting phones as a major culprit

 

 

 

 

In the first quote above, an article from mid-2017 cherry-picks data that goes up to 2014 - right before accident numbers skyrocketed - to throw chaff against the massive increases we're seeing in accidents and deaths.

In the second quote, they lie baldfacedly and claim that people are driving more, when they are definitively not - to try to water down the fact that it's the smart phones, stupid. The phones are a major culprit? That implies that there are other major culprits. Why are they unmentioned? They said "a" vs. "the" as another defensive hedge.

And officials there only see phones as a major culprit. That clearly states it's just a matter of their opinion, their "point of view". More hedging, softening, defraying.

There are a ton of other great examples, below, which also show a wholly-controlled-and-coopted press doing its best to lie, and hedge, and stonewall against rising awareness of the problem:

"The average car insurance premium spiked by 16 percent last year, to an average of $926 nationwide. Much of it, the industry says, reflects the havoc unleashed by drivers engrossed in their gadgets."

Where "spiked" implies numbers have shot up, but will shoot right back down again, forming a "spike" in the graph. The word "gadgets" is used because it's forbidden to speak directly against "smart phones".

"The Phones We Love Too Much". Which is hilarious defensive spin against "are addicted to". 

"This is apparently a real addiction."

Where "apparently" hedges, softens, implying it may, or may not be a real addiction.

"Sometimes it’s the driver whose mind is elsewhere, sometimes the pedestrian." That tries to take the onus off the texting drivers. Ever read a "lucid driver strikes texting pedestrian" story? Me neither.

But, all of those propaganda gymnastics aside, many other articles below show that slowly, dimly, the populace is awakening to what's going on. They say the hardest part of a solving problem is admitting that you have one, and I think we may be turning the corner, here:

"March 31, 2017 - Cell Phone Addiction: How You and Your Family Can Unplug"

A story from just this month talks of "How CEOs Tackle Smart Phone Addiction". It exists, it's a business issue, and they're tackling it. And we're going to tackle it.

We've gotten past slave auctions, telling women they can't vote, and drinking three Martini's at lunch and going back to our desk and having a cigarette there.

Just as we're going to get past this.

 

 

 

 

January 13, 2017 - America's Smartphone Addiction Is Now An Epidemic - Forbes

 

February 9, 2017 - Americans Have Been Driving Less, But Now They're Just Sitting at Home

Is a recent drop in auto fatalities linked to people becoming shut-ins?

Americans (Millennials, in particular) drove an average of 600 miles less each year from 2004 to 2014, according to the paper’s author, Noreen McDonald, a city planning specialist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. That same period saw a significant drop in road fatalities, which could be attributed to safer vehicles and better driving, or to less time spent behind the wheel. Data analyses suggest the latter.

 

March 21, 2017 - Are You Addicted To Your Smartphone? 

 

March 26, 2017 - Is Your Cell Phone Killing Your Productivity At Work? - Forbes

 

March 31, 2017 - Cell Phone Addiction: How You and Your Family Can Unplug – UP ...

 

April 9, 2017 - Hooked on your phone? Anderson Cooper can relate - CBS News

 

April 13, 2013 - Are you a phone addict? - Electronics Weekly

 

April 17, 2017 - Children treated for phone addiction - Sky News

Children as young as 13 are checking in to a US treatment centre to try and break their phone addiction.

 

April 25, 2017 - The lowdown on phone addiction and how to get over it | Globalnews.ca

 

May 2, 2017 - The Phones We Love Too Much

We have an intimate relationship with our phones. We sleep with them, eat with them and carry them in our pockets. We check them, on average, 47 times a day — 82 times if you’re between 18 and 24 years old, according to recent data.

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In a 2016 study published in the journal Psychology of Popular Media Culture, 70 percent of women revealed that smartphones were negatively affecting their primary relationship. More than one-third of the 143 women in the study said their partner responded to notifications mid-conversation; one out of four said their partner texted during conversations. The women who reported high levels of technoference in interactions with their partners were less happy with their relationships and with their lives overall.

 

May 2, 2017 - Phone addiction has unleashed a deadly toll

It was a horrific scene. The pickup truck had smashed head-on into a bus taking elderly church members on an outing. Thirteen died. The 20-year-old truck driver said he had been texting when he swerved across the center line in Texas Hill Country. Moments before, a good citizen following the truck had called the police to report a truck driving erratically, as though there were no center line or even road.

Many Americans are so hooked on the flashing pleasures of smartphone use that they barely register the risks their distraction poses to themselves and others. Between 2010 and 2015, pedestrian deaths jumped an astounding 25 percent, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. Cellphone use took much of the blame.

In Los Angeles, traffic deaths soared last year by 43 percent over the year before. The 260 people killed included pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers. Although more driving — spurred by lower gas prices — plays a part, officials there see attention-diverting phones as a major culprit.

Sometimes it’s the driver whose mind is elsewhere, sometimes the pedestrian. But whoever is at fault, when a car collides with a human, the human usually loses. That’s why pedestrians account for nearly half the traffic deaths.

Driving through a college neighborhood at night, I often find myself veering around students lost in phone conversations as they dart from between parked cars while wearing black. Bicyclists are on cellphones.

I recently observed a woman charging past a don’t-walk sign and into oncoming traffic while chatting on a phone. She caught the situation in time and jumped back to the curb. What struck me was that she continued talking as though nothing had happened. The person on the other end probably had no idea how close that call came to being tragically ended.

The problem has several parts. One is that we don’t see walking as an activity requiring attention. Thus, we don’t see communicating via smartphone and walking as multitasking. But for pedestrians, the task is not just walking. It’s also negotiating traffic.

Another factor may simply be the accelerated pace of life. Concentrating on one thing seems a waste of our limited time, especially when that one thing involves waiting.

In this, your writer is no model of rectitude. Standing or even walking without earbuds or some riveting screen action often seems excruciating. In any line, I’m checking Twitter, messages and email, sometimes Facebook. And so are half the other people waiting.

This is apparently a real addiction. Phoning, Googling, emailing, texting — “each of these things tweaks the novelty-seeking, reward-seeking centers of the brain,” writes neuroscientist Daniel Levitin, “causing a burst of endogenous opioids (no wonder it feels so good!), all to the detriment of our staying on task.”

Texting is the worst. A study by the Washington (state) Traffic Safety Commission found that texting raised a driver’s risk of causing an accident by 23 times. Last year, 20 percent of the deadly accidents in the state were tied to distracted driving.

Insurance companies are very concerned. The average car insurance premium spiked by 16 percent last year, to an average of $926 nationwide. Much of it, the industry says, reflects the havoc unleashed by drivers engrossed in their gadgets.

The tragedy in Texas was remarkable for the high death count and the mind-blowing recklessness of the texting driver. But the national toll from distracted behavior continues to rise daily at a shocking rate. Laws governing what one may do under the influence of smartphones may help. Obviously, though, the problem goes deeper than that.

May 2, 2017 - How CEOs Tackle Smart Phone Addiction - Fortune

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The first article below tells us “The U.S. suicide rate is up 27.3 percent since 2000 while most of the world has had a decline.

The official reason for a near-30% rise in suicide in the U.S. in 17 years: "people stopped taking their antidepressants." Which, by the way, have a black box warning on them letting you know they may make you want to kill yourself.

What, they stopped taking them here, because of the warning, but kept gobbling them in the rest of the world? Any comparison on antidepressant consumption and suicide rate by nation? (crickets chirping)

I guess you'll have to use your personal discernment on that one.

"The second, tortuously-long article says "The percentage of younger children and teens hospitalized for suicidal thoughts or actions in the United States doubled over nearly a decade...,the children studied were between the ages of 5 and 17, and although all age groups showed increases, the largest uptick was seen among teen girls."

The word "uptick" means "a small increase." Would you call a suicide rate that doubled "a small increase"? I wouldn't. Why do you think a reporter writing about it would do so?

That second article mentions everything but the kitchen sink as possible drivers, but doesn't even mention antidepressants until the very, very, very end of the article:

"Tishler also said that with 'an estimated 12 to 15 million children on psychotropic medications,' any time doses begin or get increased or decreased, 'it may cause a change in emotional state which may reduce impulse control.' This could contribute to suicidal urges."

So the top, quoted expert in the first article, which covers a conference specifically dedicated to suicide, says definitively: "a decrease in antidepressant use". While the second article says "a decrease or increase in antidepressant use"...along with a host of other reasons unmentioned by the first expert. The author of that first article allows "though researchers believe there are reasons beyond medication issues", but, curiously, does not mention what they are.

Why do you think they don't they tell you what any of them are? 

The second article lets us know that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that suicides had tripled in girls, ages 10 through 14, between 1999 and 2014.

"Females are more likely to attempt, but males in general are more likely to succeed," said Plemmons. Plemmons noted one "really interesting" finding he has not seen elsewhere. When we looked at the number of kids awaiting placement or admitted at one time, month by month, there is a huge difference in the months," he said. "Certainly, the month of the year that is the lowest for suicidal thoughts and ideation is July. And we see those numbers creep back up right when school starts. Peaks can be seen in the fall and the spring, with a lull in the summer."

Can you see how he positioned males in there, to take your eye off the tripling among teenage girls? And how he didn't compare attempt percentages between the groups? And how he then went on to prattle on at length about how the "months" really interested him, but the tripling among one particular subgroup did not interest him?

Remember, earlier in that same article, we learned that "the largest uptick was seen among teen girls." So "tripling" is also "a small increase."

"The reason children think about or attempt suicide is the 'million-dollar question,' Plemmons said."

No. No. Why suicide tripled in one particular group is the 'million-dollar question." Can you see how he spun it away to generalities, versus focusing on that specific, as a scientist trying to solve a serious problem would?

"Additionally, girls are entering puberty about a year earlier "than they historically have, and puberty in itself is a risk factor for suicide."

So I'm to believe that puberty coming one year earlier is driving a tripling of suicide incidence? Yes, they think you are that stupid. Remember, he's a Medical Doctor, who studies this subject for a living. 

David Palmiter, a professor of psychology at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania, said "there's kind of a deeper issue here that most of the kids that need mental health care don't get it."

Dr. Palmiter - did teen girls, in particular, get 300% less health care, starting in 1999? Can you see how he took it to a queasy generality, and avoided the specific question that I asked?

He goes on to say "Even though the percentage of suicidal kids may be "alarming," the study doesn't prove that rates of suicidality are on the rise, Palmiter said."

Read it again with me: "the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that suicides had tripled in girls, ages 10 through 14, between 1999 and 2014."

Remember, he's a professor of Psychology at a major University. And, yes, he, too, thinks you are that stupid. What he's doing is called "stonewalling."

The article then goes on a hand-waving spree, paragraph after paragraph, focusing in the most emotional way on the youngest children, and pointedly ignoring the group where the increase was greatest. The author trying to distract you like a rodeo clown.

I don't know about you, but I'm not getting a really good feeling about these people.

 

 

May 2, 2017 - Rising suicide rates alarm researchers attending Pittsburgh conference

But while these veteran researchers have all had success in creating new suicide risk diagnostic or assessment tools or therapies or treatments, they have all watched with dismay over the last decade as the youth suicide rate — and the overall rate — in the U.S. has steadily crept up after nearly two decades of steady decline.

“It is a concern,” said John Mann, a professor of translational neuroscience at Columbia University in New York, who will present on his work mapping the brains of people at-risk of suicide. “The U.S. suicide rate is up 27.3 percent since 2000 while most of the world has had a decline.

“Forty-four thousand people a year [of any age in the U.S.] are now dying [from suicide] so we have a sense of urgency” to make progress with research, he said.

Dr. Brent shares that concern.

When he started the STAR Center in 1986, he said he “had a 10-year plan, and I think things went pretty much according to plan until the ‘black box’ warning.”

In 2004, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration placed stricter warnings on packaging on some of the anti-depression drugs prescribed to youths after some studies found that they led to a slightly higher risk of suicide.

Dr. Brent and many researchers and clinicians believe those drugs helped reduce the suicide rate until then. But as more doctors prescribed fewer of those anti-depressants, the suicide rate began rising, though researchers believe there are reasons beyond medication issues.

According to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, after reaching a recent low of 3.87 deaths per 100,000 people in 2007, the suicide rate for 10-19-year-olds has risen every year since, reaching 5.92 deaths per 100,000 people in 2015, the last year data is available. That is the highest suicide rate for that age group since 1995.

That’s despite the fact that suicide is more deeply researched than it has ever been, said Dr. Mann, who recently completed a review of all the published research on suicide prevention methods.

 

May 5, 2017 - 'Alarming' rise in children hospitalized with suicidal thoughts or actions

(CNN)The percentage of younger children and teens hospitalized for suicidal thoughts or actions in the United States doubled over nearly a decade, according to new research that will be presented Sunday at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting.

A steady increase in admissions due to suicidality and serious self-harm occurred at 32 children's hospitals across the nation from 2008 through 2015, the researchers found. The children studied were between the ages of 5 and 17, and although all age groups showed increases, the largest uptick was seen among teen girls.

"We noticed over the last two, three years that an increasing number of our hospital beds are not being used for kids with pneumonia or diabetes; they were being used for kids awaiting placement because they were suicidal," said Dr. Gregory Plemmons, presenter of the study and an associate professor of pediatrics at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Sensing a trend, Plemmons and his colleagues conducted the research to see what was happening across the country, he said. "And it confirmed what we were feeling: that the rates have doubled over the last decade."

Peaks in fall and spring

Plemmons looked at administrative data from 32 children's hospitals to identify the total number of emergency department and inpatient visits over eight years ending in 2015. He found 118,363 children between the ages of 5 and 17 with a discharge diagnosis of suicidality or serious self-harm.

"We didn't look at completed suicides, and we didn't look at actual numbers of total suicides. All we actually could look at were those kids that were admitted to a children's hospital with a diagnosis of suicide ideation or a suicide attempt," Plemmons said.

Slightly more than half, 59,631 children, were between the ages 15 and 17, and nearly 37% were between 12 and 14. Children 5 through 11 -- a total of 15,050 kids -- represented nearly 13% of the total.

Increasing suicide rates among children mirror adult numbers, Plemmons said. Children's numbers more than doubled over the study period, increasing from 0.67% of children admitted to hospitals in 2008 to 1.79% in 2015. Annually, the 15-to-17 age group averaged an increase of 0.27%, the 12-to-14 age group averaged 0.25%, and the-5 to-11 age group averaged 0.02%.

In 2008, about 60% of all children and teens hospitalized as a result of suicidal thoughts or attempts were girls, and, by 2015, that number had increased to 66%, said Plemmons. While he did not break down age groups, he said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that suicides had tripled in girls, ages 10 through 14, between 1999 and 2014.

"Females are more likely to attempt, but males in general are more likely to succeed," said Plemmons.

Plemmons noted one "really interesting" finding he has not seen elsewhere.

"When we looked at the number of kids awaiting placement or admitted at one time, month by month, there is a huge difference in the months," he said.

"Certainly, the month of the year that is the lowest for suicidal thoughts and ideation is July. And we see those numbers creep back up right when school starts."
Peaks can be seen in the fall and the spring, with a lull in the summer.

The reason children think about or attempt suicide is the "million-dollar question," Plemmons said. "Family history of depression or suicide, family violence, child abuse, gay and lesbian youth, history of bullying -- those are all risk factors that have been reported. We didn't look at any of those specific factors in our study."

School drives a lot of this behavior, he said, and he wonders whether it might represent the overall influence of "social media and socialization in general. ... We know that school's a stress just like a job is a stress, so it may just be that removal of that situation allows some kids to cope a little bit better."
One of the predominant theories behind teen suicide is cyberbullying, Plemmons said. "It's anonymous today, I think that's a big difference. Years ago, you knew who (the bullies) were."

Additionally, girls are entering puberty about a year earlier "than they historically have, and puberty in itself is a risk factor for suicide."

A lack of coping skills?

Avital K. Cohen, a licensed psychologist who was not involved in the research, believes that a variety of factors contribute to the rising trend seen in this study.
"Our expectations of children have changed pretty significantly in the last several decades," Cohen said, although she doesn't have research to support her opinion.

"Many parents try to protect their children from experiencing failure when they are young; thus, when they experience it later in life, they may not have developed the resources and/or coping skills they need to manage it," she said. A bigger emotional response is triggered, which "might contribute to increases in suicidal expression."

She also believes that social media contributes to an increase in anxiety and depression, and cyberbullying is a phenomenon "that I don't know that any of us fully understand." It's unclear what the long-term implications might be when kids have grown up in a world of social media that begins when their parents post pictures and videos of them as infants and toddlers, she said.

David Palmiter, a professor of psychology at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania, said "there's kind of a deeper issue here that most of the kids that need mental health care don't get it."

"Approximately 20% to a third of the kids who need care get it, but the large share don't," said Palmiter, who also was not involved in the research. "And those who do get care, usually they have had to suffer for a few years before they get it, and often, the care is not necessarily evidence-based."

Even though the percentage of suicidal kids may be "alarming," the study doesn't prove that rates of suicidality are on the rise, Palmiter said. "To do that, you need more research."

Still, he believes the research is important in that it suggests that efforts to educate the public about identifying problems are paying off, with parents and teachers recognizing kids who need help.

"If anything, parents have to get better at recognizing the symptoms of depression, the lack of joy, the concentration problems, the isolating behaviors that occur," Palmiter said.

"Historically, we've wrongfully thought that suicidality becomes an issue in adolescence, and we haven't really looked at younger children so much," he said. "And we now know that's not right. You can have kids under the age of 12, under the age of 10, thinking about attempting or even completing suicide."

The youngest suicides

Carl Tishler, an adjunct associate professor of psychology and psychiatry at The Ohio State University, said that when it comes to suicidality, there are significant differences between teens and those younger than 11.

"The younger the child, typically, the more disturbed the child is," said Tishler, who did not participate in the research. "With these little kids, a lot of times, they come into the emergency room, and it looks like an accident."

Children under 6 who complete or attempt suicide are "pretty damaged kids," he said, explaining that the "one thing that jumps out" in case studies of these young children is how "they've been dramatically exposed to domestic violence."

"They will do things like jump out of window; they will jump off a balcony; they will run into traffic. One of the cases actually was a little kid who dressed up and was playing Superboy or Superman and managed to hang himself on a window cord." Among children between 7 and 11, hangings or suffocations are more likely, he said.

"When you look at it on the outside, it looks like a normal child playing and jumped off his bed and he hurt himself," he said. Dig a little deeper, and "you find out the kid's father died of suicide" or that some other serious family trauma occurred. "It was definitely a suicide attempt, and the kid wasn't able to verbalize that they wanted to die."

"Some of these little kids will verbalize they want to die, that they don't want to live anymore, or they want to go to sleep and not wake up and stuff like that," he said.

Health care providers staffing emergency departments are more sophisticated now, Tishler said, so they are asking questions and looking for chidlren who are attempting suicide.

"You just don't know. You have to be pretty tuned in to what you're dealing with and not say, 'Oh, a child under age 6 doesn't understand the permanence of death,' " he said, paraphrasing an "old theory" that children never attempt suicide.

Tishler also said that with "an estimated 12 to 15 million children on psychotropic medications," any time doses begin or get increased or decreased, "it may cause a change in emotional state which may reduce impulse control." This could contribute to suicidal urges

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