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The Housing Bubble, Mortgage Debt As Percent Of GDP

The Housing Bubble, Mortgage Debt As Percent Of GDP

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American counterterrorism forces are active in 40 percent of the world’s countries

American counterterrorism forces are active in 40 percent of the world’s countries

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Right now, across Africa, the U.S. military is providing massive amounts of military technology, hardware, training and expertise to local African militaries and police forces.

Source: American counterterrorism forces are active in 40 percent of the world’s countries

64 percent of Americans who support pot legalization… New study finds Marijuana safer than alcohol or tobacco

64 percent of Americans who support pot legalization… New study finds Marijuana safer than alcohol or tobacco

Source: 64 percent of Americans who support pot legalization… New study finds Marijuana safer than alcohol or tobacco

Shkreli’s Bros: Drug Company Raises Everyday Vitamin Price by 800 Percent

Shkreli’s Bros: Drug Company Raises Everyday Vitamin Price by 800 Percent

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Following the lead of pharma-bro Martin Shkreli, a US drug company has hiked the price of a prescription version of vitamin B3 pills by over 800 percent. A drug used to treat respiratory ailments also got a price hike of nearly 2,500 percent.

Avondale Pharmaceuticals raised the price of Niacor, a prescription-only version of niacin (vitamin B3), by 809 percent last month. This means a bottle of 100 tablets went from costing $32.46 to $295, according to figures sent to the Financial Times.

While the drug is available over the counter, some doctors prefer to prescribe a version that has US Food and Drug Administration approval. The drug is used to lower cholesterol to reduce the chance of having a heart attack.

The company also acquired another generic, SSKI, and increased its price by 2,499 percent, taking a 30ml bottle from $11.48 to $295.

The Birmingham, Alabama-based company raised its prices shortly after acquiring the rights to the drugs in a “buy-and-raise” deal made notorious by Martin Shkreli, the hedge fund investor recently convicted of securities fraud.

Shkreli became (more…)

Neuroscientists Discover a Song That Reduces Anxiety by 65 Percent (Listen)

Neuroscientists Discover a Song That Reduces Anxiety by 65 Percent (Listen)

(TMU) Anxiety — that feeling of dread, fear, worry and panic — is certainly nothing new. Hippocrates wrote about it in the fourth century BCE. As did Søren Kierkegaard in the 1860s. And Sigmund Freud addressed the disorder in 1926.

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However, jump to the present and we’re seeing a significant uptick — especially with youth.

Pharmaceutical drugs tend to be the classic treatment for treating anxiety (as well as the biggest money maker). Cognitive therapy is a common approach as well. Those with a holistic bent often turn to meditation, yoga, massage and other relaxation techniques. Music therapy has also been used with some success. But now neuroscientists in the U.K. have zeroed in on a single song that results in a dramatic 65 percent reduction in overall anxiety…

Anxiety & Generation Y

A 2013 survey found that 57 percent of American female university students reported episodes of “overwhelming anxiety.” And in the United Kingdom, the charity YouthNet (more…)

10 Ways My Wife And I Cut Our Grocery Bill By 75 Percent

10 Ways My Wife And I Cut Our Grocery Bill By 75 Percent

10 Ways My Wife And I Cut Our Grocery Bill By 75 Percent

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My wife and I own two homes and live two lifestyles. One homesteading and one suburban. Here’s how we borrowed the best from homesteading to save money, especially on our grocery bills.

The Homesteading Life

We have a cabin in Michigan. It’s on 80 wooded acres in the Manistee National Forest on a trout stream. We heat the house with wood, hunt and fish, garden aggressively, have 50 fruit trees planted on the property, wild forage and practice a range of food preservation techniques. Our grocery food purchases are next to nothing, with the occasional purchase of coffee, flour, sugar, salt, some meats, milk and butter. I guess you could say we shop like Alaska sourdoughs putting together a grubstake.

The Suburban Life

We also have a home in the suburbs in Northern Illinois about 30 miles west of Chicago. I was an advertising consultant and my wife a nurse and soccer mom. For some reason we were walking away from the homesteading discipline when we returned to our suburban home — and the grocery bills soared. It was some time ago that I decided to do something about that and apply (more…)

US Special Operations Forces Deploy to 138 Nations, 70 Percent of the World’s Countries

US Special Operations Forces Deploy to 138 Nations, 70 Percent of the World’s Countries

They could be found on the outskirts of Sirte, Libya, supporting local militia fighters, and in Mukalla, Yemen, backing troops from the United Arab Emirates. At Saakow, a remote outpost in southern Somalia, they assisted local commandos in killing several members of the terror group al-Shabab. Around the cities of Jarabulus and Al-Rai in northern Syria, they partnered with both Turkish soldiers and Syrian militias, while also embedding with Kurdish YPG fighters and the Syrian Democratic Forces. Across the border in Iraq, still others joined the fight to liberate the city of Mosul. And in Afghanistan, they assisted indigenous forces in various missions, just as they have every year since 2001.

Source: US Special Operations Forces Deploy to 138 Nations, 70 Percent of the World’s Countries

European Commission survey: 27 percent of Europeans think sex without consent can be justified

European Commission survey: 27 percent of Europeans think sex without consent can be justified

A Eurobarometer survey has shown alarming tendencies in attitudes towards sex without consent, with about 27 percent of respondents across the EU saying sex without consent is justifiable.

 Most respondents cite reasons like being drunk or on drugs (12 percent), agreeing to go home with someone (11 percent), wearing revealing clothes, or not clearly saying no or physically fighting back (both 10 percent).

Sorted by country, those surveyed in Romania and Hungary tended to be the most likely to say each situation could justify sex without consent, while respondents in Sweden and Spain were among the least likely to say so.

Moreover, more than 40 percent of respondents in the EU believe that harassing women in the street by making sexually offensive jokes should not be illegal, with nine percent in Slovenia and eight percent each in Austria, Germany, and Lithuania saying it is not even wrong.

Source: European Commission survey: 27 percent of Europeans think sex without consent can be justified

Drowning In Debt: 35 Percent Of All Americans Have Debt That Is At Least 180 Days Past Due

Drowning In Debt: 35 Percent Of All Americans Have Debt That Is At Least 180 Days Past Due

More than a third of all Americans can’t pay their debts. I don’t know about you, but to me that is a shocking figure. As you will see below, 35 percent of the people living in this country have debt in collections. When a debt is in collections, it is at least 180 days past due. And this is happening during the “economic recovery” that the mainstream media keeps touting, although the truth is that Barack Obama is going to be the only president in United States history to never have a single year when the economy grew by at least 3 percent. But at least things are fairly stable for the moment, and if this many Americans are having trouble paying their bills right now, what are things going to look like when the economy becomes extremely unstable once again.

Source: Drowning In Debt: 35 Percent Of All Americans Have Debt That Is At Least 180 Days Past Due

Clinton leads Trump by 7 percent: New poll

Clinton leads Trump by 7 percent: New poll

A new poll shows that US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leads her Republican rival Donald Trump by 7 percent. According to a Reuters/Ipsos national opinion poll released on Friday, Clinton received 44 percent support among likely voters compared to 37 percent that Trump got. The Oct. 7-13 survey like other Reuters/Ipsos polls was conducted […]Source: Clinton leads Trump by 7 percent: New poll