U.S. News Round-up: Canadaville, Prozac linked to school shootings, the most recent corruption and scandal, and more


What Do You Know Of War? (CounterPunch)

Monica Benderman is the wife of Sgt. Kevin Benderman, a ten-year Army veteran who served a combat tour in Iraq and a year in prison for his public protest of war and the destruction it causes to civilians and to American military personnel. Please visit their website, www.BendermanDefense.org to learn more.

EXCERPT: “Men and women volunteered to put their lives on the line to defend the peace our laws were meant to give. Their service has been abused by everyone who has stood and watched this travesty of war unfold; offering words of help only to turn and look in another direction when more than words were needed.  People will write and say, “They volunteered. They got what they deserved.”

The war is coming home and if Americans are not willing to stand together to fix what we are all responsible for breaking, they will know firsthand what it means to “get what is deserved.”  It’s time to stare into the eyes of what we have allowed to happen.

Peace is not simply a word, and war does not go away when you look in a different direction.  What do you know of war?”

The ‘atypical’ dilemma: kids on legal drugs (St. Petersburg FL Times)

“Skyrocketing numbers of kids are prescribed powerful antipsychotic drugs. Is it safe? Nobody knows.”

Yes they do.  

Prozac, Paxil, Ritalin and others cause psychiatric problems, including suicide and homicide (InfoWars)

EXCERPT: “Antidepressant drugs have never been tested on children nor approved by the FDA for use on children, however, Scientific studies proving that prozac encourages suicidal tendencies in young people are voluminous and span back nearly a decade.

In 2005, it was revealed that Eli Lilly had full knowledge of a 1200% increase in suicide risk for takers of their Prozac. This evidence came in the wake of findings published in the British Medical Journal a year previously.

In 2006 a report was published outlining the fact that anti-depressant drug Paxil doubles the risk of violent behavior. Another study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry revealed that teens taking antidepressant drugs are more likely to commit suicide.  However, prescriptions of antidepressants and other mind-altering drugs among schoolchildren has more than quadrupled in that time, while use of behaviour-altering drugs, including Ritalin, for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and Modafinil, for daytime sleepiness, has soared ten-fold.

It is a well known fact among the makers of these drugs that they are directly linked to behavioural disturbances including agitation, panic attacks and extreme aggression, yet their use is so commonplace that they have now even found their way into our drinking water.”

School shootings linked to psychotropic drugs – Prozac, Paxil, Ritalin and more (AntiDepressantFacts)

The list includes Columbine, but doesn’t include links on the Red Lake Indian Reservation, the Amish School Shooting, the Unabomber, Mark David Chapman, Virginia Tech or the recent Nebraska mall rampage. 

Canadaville: Canadian car magnate does more for Katrina survivors than America (East Ottowa)

EXCERPT: “Canadaville, with its goats and chickens, gardens and fishing holes, is the brainchild of Frank Stronach, chairman of Canadian autoparts maker Magna International. After Katrina hit in August 2005, Magna sheltered hundreds of evacuees at its Palm Meadows thoroughbred training centre in Florida. But Stronach also wanted to set up a place outside the hurricane zone where families could start over and build their futures. “It’s a hand up, not a handout,” Magna spokesman Dan Donovan said. Stronach, who was not made available for an interview, bought 365 hectares in rural Louisiana in September 2005, and Canadaville opened three months later. Total initial investment was estimated at US$7.5 million. Officially named Magnaville, the site has been dubbed Canadaville. Canadian and U.S. flags fly side by side at the welcome centre. “This is just neighbour helping neighbour,” Magnaville president Dennis Mills said.

“People can live at Canadaville rent-free for five years if they follow a “charter of conduct.” Among other things, they must work or go to school, volunteer at least eight hours a week, participate in the community council and stay away from drugs, project manager Shane Carmichael said.  There are after-school and tutoring programs for children, computer and job-training classes for adults and plans to operate an organic farm. While Magna provides housing and other activities, residents do not receive cash payments.”

Former Alaska Republican House Speaker Pete Kott was sentenced to six years in prison on Friday for receiving gifts from an oil services company in exchange of votes on a crucial oil tax bill. (All Headline News)

Katrina Survivors Storm City Hall Meeting Over Destruction of Public Housing (AP via Raw Story)

Prominent local civil rights attorney Bill Quigley was handcuffed, arrested, removed and later released after a charge of ‘disturbing the peace’.  His response: “We live in a system where if you cheer or chant in the City Council you get arrested, but you can demolish 4,500 people’s apartments and everybody’s supposed to go along with that? That’s not going to happen,” Quigley said. “There’s going to be a lot more disturbing the peace before this is all over, I’m afraid.”

Watchdog says CIA is mishandling de-classified documents, re-classifying them (Raw Story) 

Psychoanalyst: Bush is a sociopath (via MParent)

EXCERPT:  Mike Malloy, Nova M Radio, interviews Dr. Justin Frank, the author of “Bush on the Couch”. Dr. Frank is a practicing psychoanalyst in Washington, and is on the faculty of the George Washington University Medical School. This is part one of an hour interview from Malloy’s radio show. Three additional parts are forthcoming.” 

How To Really Love Your Country: 5 Objectives for True Patriots (Alternet)

FBI’s Gun Ban List Swells With ‘Mental Defects’ (Washington Post)

Bush’s Travel Entourage (BoingBoing)

CNN – Corrupt News Network (LA Times)

ABC Investigates: Soldiers Hooked on Drugs (Raw Story) 

Fox Refuses to Run Pro-Constitution Ad (Media Matters) 

California refusing to let volunteers clean oily beaches; threatening with arrest (Dvorak) 

USDA loophole means your meat could have E. coli (Treehugger) 

Alaskan Corruption Scandal Widens ( Washington Post)

EXCERPT: “On another tape, Pete Kott, the former Republican speaker of the Alaska House of Representatives, crowed as he described beating back a tax bill opposed by oil companies. “I had to cheat, steal, beg, borrow and lie,” Kott said. “Exxon’s happy. BP’s happy. I’ll sell my soul to the devil.”

They should all go to prison.


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