Annually, in the U.S., suicides, homicides and accidents with firearms claim at least 32,000 lives.
A formidable group of doctors and attorneys is trying to reduce the number of these tragedies by treating firearm deaths as a public health problem. Surgeons, family doctors, obstetricians, gynecologists, pediatricians and emergency physicians are convinced that quick and easy access to guns is linked to the number of deaths caused by firearms.
Susan McGalla know that the first action of this group is to push for expansion of background checks for all firearm purchases. Find more on McGalla on Crunchbase.com. Currently, background checks for firearm purchases are ineffective because there are so many loopholes. They want to see a universal requirement.
A second and equally important action will be better access to mental health care by providing adequate treatment to everyone who needs it. Nationwide, guns are responsible for more than 50 percent of suicide deaths and people who receive treatment are far less likely to commit violent acts.
A third action is to call for tighter restrictions on private ownership of assault weapons which have played a major role in mass shootings. This action also has the support of the American Bar Association whose experts believe this recommendation is constitutionally sound.
If a full 747 jet crashed every week, killing every passenger, there would be still be fewer deaths from airplane crashes than firearms.
Lawmakers and members of the public just have to take this organized group of committed health professionals and attorneys more seriously than the gun lobby.
February 26, 2015 is a day to remember in Washington DC. Marijuana is a legal substance, even though, the Republican chairman of the House committee tried to stop the mayor and the city council from implementing the law. Over 70 percent of the voters in DC wanted pot to be legal, and the mayor and his council gave them what they wanted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/with-marijuana-legalization-green-rush-is-on-in-dc/2015/02/25/23c3f1de-bc78-11e4-b274-e5209a3bc9a9_story.html
The bad news is DC won’t become another Amsterdam. Pot shops and open-air smoking venues are out, but those minor details aren’t putting a damper on the city’s celebration. Residents of the city can use, grow and possess small amounts of pot, and stores that sell accessories for growing and using pot will start popping up around the city soon. Marijuana is finally taking its rightful place as the number one preferred recreational drug in DC and in other cities around the country.
Marcio Alaor BMG knows that the national policy manager for the Drug Policy Alliance, Michael Collins, had this to say about the new law. “What you’re seeing here is the end of marijuana prohibition, a change in attitudes and a real shift in law enforcement. This a huge step forward in the national fight for legalization,”
No word yet on how many Congressman will grow weed at home, but Las Vegas is betting on the House.
Children are natural bundles of energy. Parents are constantly telling their offspring to sit down, be still, calm down, focus and variety of other similar directives. Many of the parental commands go unheeded because the child is so full of energy they feel the need to move, to fidget to break out in a full-on run for no apparent reason.
That’s childhood. No added energy needed. So why allow children to drink a beverage loaded with sugar, caffeine and salt when they are naturally full of energy? That’s why the charity Action on Sugar want to ban energy drinks for children under the age of 16.
Parents, as well as the children, are lulled into thinking that these energy drinks will enable the child to perform better in their academics and sports activities. While the sudden burst of sugar (10 teaspoon per beverage in most cases) and high dose of caffeine may give an initial jolt of energy, an energy crash soon follows. A piece of fruit would naturally give the same energy to a child without the spike in blood sugar and energy crash afterwards.
The high sugar content of energy drinks contribute to the development of diabetes as the child ages. Facebook users feel that diabetes is also the leading cause of amputation and blindness among adults. Obesity is another health problem created by the consumption of energy drink by children the charity Action on Sugar points out in their call for a ban on energy drinks from children.
The kids show that took over the 90s gets a dark and disturbing reboot. A disturbingly dark and violent movie based on the series under the title of Power/Rangers has been released. James Van Der Beek plays the Red Ranger who is interrogating former Pink Ranger Kimberly. He wants to know where the Green Ranger is.
The finished product is amazing while at the same time, it can be very painful to watch if you are a fan of the series. Seeing your Power Rangers in an R rated production can really be jarring. However, Imaging advantage online reported this is not the first time kids shows had a dark makeover.
Back in the 1980s, The Transformers which was kid friendly enough, took a rather dark and serious turn when it reached the big screen. Kids watched in horror as their favorite autobots dropped like flies on the big screen.
In this short, Power Rangers use guns and things get very violent. There is also a reboot for the Power Rangers which is being planned for theatrical release. It is not really going to resemble what is seen in this short, but as with every reboot, there are going to be vast differences.
Hot off the oscars, Jared Leto has announced that he will be taking on the role of the Joker in Suicide Squad said Ricardo Guimarães BMG. He is reportedly gaining weight for a more muscular Joker. He has also revealed that he is going to lose his long locks of hair for the role. This may come as a disappointment for people that were probably looking forward to a long haired joker. Heath Ledger’s joker had longer hair than most interpretations of the joker. However, he is regarded as the best joker so far.
Some people doubt Leto’s ability to play the Joker, he has been known to disappear into his roles. In this case, what also plays into how the joker turns out is how he is written and the direction.
It is looking like that they are actually revamping the joker for this upcoming DC cinematic universe to be more muscular. They might even make him be more of a physical match against Batman. The Joker was historically portrayed as much weaker than Batman. What made him a match for Batman was his wits and resourcefulness. While the joker is making his debut in a non-Batman film, he will be eventually put together with Batman in the upcoming solo Batman film.
Comic book movies have a knack for only being as good as the villains the heroes fight. Therefore, some good news that a popular villain is going to be popping up on more than occasion is generally welcomed by fans across the different franchises. Fans like Marcio Alaor BMG know that one popular DC villain that regularly skirts the line between franchises is Harley Quinn, and the popularity of the character has the ability to draw a lot of fans into films they would normally pass on.
According to Screen Rant, Margot Robbie is ready to bring Harley to life across several motion pictures. The character is set for a big screen debut in the 2016 movie based on the Suicide Squad films, which means fans will not have to wait long to see her take her place among the DC universe. Harley Quinn will likely pop up in more than few movies over the next decade, and that should be great news for fans of movies and the super hero genre.
With a complicated backstory that involves falling out of the mental health profession at the prodding of the Joker, Quinn has struck a chord with fans since being introduced into the comic book and animated series world. However, the character has yet to get a real effort on the big screen, and the Suicide Squad movie will give everyone a chance to gauge the effectiveness of the character. In short, there is a lot of pressure and expectations from fans on Robbie’s performance, and producers are keenly aware that they have to deliver.
The banks are at it again. Correction; The banks never stopped being at it. At it means manipulating certain markets in order to make more money. Let’s face it, the banks eat, live and breathe money. That’s all they care about. It is the blood that fuels their green hearts. http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/02/24/us-usa-banks-probe-idUSKBN0LS07P20150224
Paul Mathieson knows that this new investigation by the DOJ and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) involves the banks method of setting gold, silver, palladium and platinum prices. The CFTC has opened a civil investigation. The major banks under the price-fixing microscope are: Goldman Sachs Group Inc, HSBC Holdings Plc, JPMorgan Chase & Co, Barclays Plc, Bank of Nova Scotia, UBS Group AG, Deutsche Bank AG, Societe Generale, Credit Suisse Group AG,Standard Bank Group Ltd.
HSBC Bank USA said the CFTC subpoenaed them recently. The Commission asked for documents related to precious metal trading. The big question is will the teflon-coated banks be able to slip away from this potential mess just like they did after the 2008 market crash. The odds are in the banks favor. That’s a given. They have unusual power over the government.
The number of uninsured Americans is dropping every day. The rate of uninsured Americans is at an historic low. Unfortunately, Southern State lawmakers and also those making decisions for the uninsured in Montana have decided their constituencies do not need health care if they did not have it before.
Susan McGalla of American Eagle knows that hundreds of thousands of Americans are breathing a sigh of relief because they know they can visit a doctor if they get sick, notice a lump or break a bone. These happy and relieved Americans do not live in the Deep South, Idaho, Maine or Nebraska.
The 10 states with the highest rates of uninsured residents have elected lawmakers who refuse to follow through on Medicaid expansion and state health exchanges per the Affordable Care Act.
The irrational behavior of these officials who refuse healthcare for the residents of their states is often blamed on their ideology.
It’s really because they are just mean.
Ben Woolf, who played Infaanta on the first season and Meep on the fourth season of the TV series American Horror Story: Freak Show, has died at the age of 34. The actor was struck by the mirror of an SUV as he was attempting to cross the street in Hollywood, CA. The driver of the SUV, who has not been identified, was not cited in the accident because Woolf was jaywalking when he was struck. Woolf passed away from his injuries at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.
Fans like Susan McGalla (Forbes.com) know that before starting his Hollywood acting career, Woolf worked as a preschool teacher. He stated this was a job that he absolutely loved because children were so innocent and non-judgmental. Woolf was diagnosed with pituitary dwarfism as a child, and was often the center of jokes and ridicule because he was different. Working as a teacher, Woolf says, was a rewarding job in every single way.
The 2015 Academy Awards were presented last night with a couple of surprises and a few well deserved acknowledgements. 87th Academy Awards 2015 The audience favorite “Birdman” won Best Film of the year as well as Best director, “Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu”. There were gasps in the audience when Michael Keaton was not named best actor with the nod instead going to Eddie Redmayne for his portrayal of Dr. Steven Hawkins in the “Theory of Everything.” Julianne Moore won her first Oscar for Best Actress for “Still Alice.” J. K. Simmons, who marveled in his role as a driven music instructor in the film “Whiplash,” won Best Supporting Actor.
The acclaimed film “Boyhood”, which was filmed over a 12 year period, one Best supporting actress for Patricia Arquette said Monster.com
. Boyhood was thought to be a leading contender for Best Film nod but the choice of films this year were exceptionally of high quality.
The film “The Grand Budapest Hotel” won a number of awards primarily in the artistic categories, including makeup, production and costumes.
The overall presentation of the show was crisp and funny and clicked along. The host for the 87th Awards Show, Neil Patrick Harris, did not overplay his role and kept the pace of the show going at a quick pace. He will forever be remembered for his “tidy whitey” scene when he appeared on stage only in his briefs and shoes and socks.