New Study: Drugs Caused DOUBLE the Official Death Count in 2016

Just how bad is the drug crisis? A new study finds that when all direct and indirect harms of drug use are factored in, the real number of drug-related fatalities in 2016 was 141,695, 2.2 times the official tally of drug-coded deaths (63,600) published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

The study, funded by the University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University, found that by examining the increase in midlife mortality relative to the expected baseline decrease that should have continued between 2010 and 2016, one can conclude that 141,695 people aged 15-65 lost their lives early in 2016 due to drug use.

“In the absence of drug use, we estimate that the probability of dying between ages 15 and 65 would have continued to decline after 2010 among men (from 16.2% in 2010 to 15.4% in 2016) and would have remained at a low level (9.9% in 2010, 10.0% in 2016) among women,” write co-authors Dana A. Glei and Samuel H. Preston. Glei and Preston are both professors of sociology and demography at Princeton University who have written extensively about mortality trends.

While the CDC estimates 63,000 drug fatalities in 2016, those are the people found dead as the result of an immediate drug overdose, as reported by state toxicology reports. Glei and Preston write that “in addition to its direct effect on deaths from poisoning, drug use may inflate mortality resulting from infectious diseases, respiratory diseases, external causes, mental/behavioral disorders, digestive diseases, circulatory diseases, and neoplasms.” Suicide is also a big factor in many deaths that are not reported as drug-related but are indirectly caused by drug addiction.

The impetus for studying decreased life expectancy as a whole, rather than limiting the scope of research on drug deaths to toxicology reports on drug poisoning, stems from the shockingly sad government and private reports showing life expectancy sliding backward in recent years due to the drug crisis. According to a 2018 report by the National Center for Health Statistics, life expectancy declined from 78.9 years for those born in 2014 to 78.7 years in 2015, then decreased again between 2016 and 2017 to the current 78.6 years. That is simply astounding given the advancement of medical technology. It’s the first time life expectancy rates have declined since the outbreak of the influenza epidemic during World War I.

In addition to drug poisoning deaths skyrocketing, deaths due to suicide and liver disease are also on the rise, which lends credence to the premise that the rising tide of drug addiction is likely increasing other illnesses and suicide. Rises in midlife mortality rates, according to Reuters, were most acute in New Hampshire, 23.3%; West Virginia, 23.0%; Ohio, 21.6%; Maine, 20.7%; Vermont; 19.9%, Indiana; 14.8% and Kentucky, 14.7%; These are all states that top the list of drug overdose crisis states.

Using elaborate statistical modeling, the authors of this new study conclude: “In terms of life expectancy beyond age 15, we estimate that drug use cost men 1.4 years and women 0.7 years, on average. In the hardest-hit state (West Virginia), drug use cost men 3.6 and women 1.9 life years.”

The only other study that attempted to quantify drug-associated deaths, in addition to drug-coded deaths, was a Finland research paper. It concluded that total number of drug-associated deaths at ages 15–64 was actually 2.8 times the number of drug-coded deaths, an even higher ratio than what was estimated by this study.

According to this study, in one single year there are likely as many deaths in this country with drugs as a contributing factor as there are deaths from strokes, the fifth leading cause of death in America.

As I’ve reported before, the data suggests that the overwhelming number of fatalities are the result of illicit drugs brought in by the Mexican drug cartels, not from chronic pain patients overdosing on prescription drugs. Yet the entirety of the public policy response has focused on clamping down even further on prescription painkillers, often resulting in the worst of all worlds, as legitimate pain patients suffer while no progress is made against the real culprit. Meanwhile, the amalgamation of dramatically reducing penalties for drug trafficking, inviting in a massive border surge, and the advent of sanctuary cities protecting illegal alien criminals, such as drug traffickers, has aggravated the problem substantially.

As the body count continues to mount, our policymakers might want to focus more on the source of the supply problem rather than just throwing more money at rapacious NGOs for “treatment” and declaring war on pain medication, leaving some people with no option other than dangerous street heroin. (For more from the author of “New Study: Drugs Caused Double the Official Death Count in 2016” please click HERE)

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WATCH: Democrats Compare Trump to Nazi Germany, 9/11 Terrorists During Senate Trial

By Daily Wire. New York Democratic Representative Hakeem Jeffries, who is one the Democrats’ House impeachment managers, argued on Friday during President Donald Trump’s Senate impeachment trial that Trump’s impeachment was like fighting Nazi Germany during World War II and al-Qaeda after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

“Whenever America has found itself in a tough spot, we always make it to the other side,” Jeffries said. “We were in a tough spot in December of 1941 when a foreign power struck, plunging us into a great conflict with the evil empire of Nazi Germany, but America made it to the other side.”

“We were in a tough spot on September 11th when the towers were struck and young men and women like Jason Crow were sent to Afghanistan to fight the terrorists there so we didn’t have to fight the terrorists here, and we made it to the other side,” Jeffries later added. “America is a great country.”

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GOP senators turn to fidget spinners during Trump impeachment trial

By NBC News. Restless senators, sitting through endless hours of the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, now have an outlet: fidget spinners.

Richard Burr, R-N.C., handed out the toys to several of his fellow senators in the chamber before Thursday’s trial proceedings got underway.

A fidget spinner is a small toy with a ball bearing at its center that can be used to play with between the fingers. . .

Fidget spinners have become especially popular in recent years, and they have prompted a collection of YouTube videos on how to perform tricks. The fidget spinners, which are sold for a couple of dollars each, have been promoted as toys that can reduce anxiety and help users focus. (Read more from “Watch: Democrats Compare Trump to Nazi Germany, 9/11 Terrorists During Senate Trial” HERE)

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Trump: First President in History to Speak at the March for Life

By CNN. On Friday, Donald Trump became the first President to speak in person at the March for Life in Washington. This is a really big deal.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of pro-life demonstrators come together in our nation’s capital to commemorate the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s wrongly decided Roe v. Wade decision and demand political action that would protect the right to life for the unborn. Now in its 47th year, the march has become the premier event of the pro-life movement.

Trump’s historic appearance was a boon for marchers, as it helped draw increased attention to the event and highlight the pro-life movement’s considerable political success in recent years. It also presents an enormous opportunity for him to reach the many Americans who are on the fence about abortion by drawing a contrast with the extreme positions of his 2020 Democrat opponents. (Read more from “Trump: First President in History to Speak at the March for Life” HERE)

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Trump at March for Life: ‘We Are Fighting for Those Who Have No Voice and We Will Win’

By Daily Wire. President Donald Trump gave a rousing speech to tens of thousands of pro-life advocates at the March for Life on Friday in Washington, D.C., declaring that the pro-life movement is going to win in its fight to protect the lives of the unborn.

The president noted his administration’s record in defending human life, from the numerous federal judges that he has appointed to reinstating the Mexico City policy, which blocks U.S. taxpayer money from being sent to foreign organizations that promote or engage in providing abortions.

“Sadly, the far-left is actively working to erase our God-given rights, shut down faith-based charities, ban religious believers from the public square, and silenced Americans who believe in the sanctity of life,” Trump said. “They are coming after me because I am fighting for you and we are fighting for those who have no voice and we will win because we know how to win.”

“Together we are the voice for the voiceless, when it comes to abortion Democrats, and you know this, you’ve seen what’s happened, Democrats have embraced the most radical and extreme positions taken and seen in this country for years and decades and you could even say for centuries,” Trump continued. “Nearly every top Democrat in Congress now supports taxpayer-funded abortion all the way up until the moment of birth.”

“Last year lawmakers in New York cheered with the light upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb right up until delivery,” Trump continued. “Then we had the case of the Democrat governor in the state of Virginia, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and we love the Commonwealth of Virginia, but what is going on in Virginia? What is going on? The governor stated that he would execute a baby after birth, you remember that.” (Read more from “Trump at March for Life: ‘We Are Fighting for Those Who Have No Voice and We Will Win’” HERE)

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Sports Outlet Calls Trans MMA Fighter ‘Bravest Athlete in History’ for Fighting Women as a Biological Male

An opinion columnist for the LGBTQ sports media outlet Outsports called transgender mixed martial arts fighter Fallon Fox the “bravest athlete in history” in a recent article. Fox is a biological male who fights women.

Fox came out as transgender in 2013 and was predictably criticized for attempting to compete in violent physical combat with women as a biological male who only identifies as a woman. . .

One of the women Fox defeated in a fight, Tamikka Brents, said afterward that there was a noticeable difference between fighting Fox and fighting a woman. Brents suffered a concussion and suffered several broken orbital bones during the loss. . .

Fox has undergone both hormone replacement therapy and gender transition surgery. Fox said because he no longer has testicles, he has lower testosterone than most women he fights, putting him at a disadvantage. (Read more from “Sports Outlet Calls Trans MMA Fighter ‘Bravest Athlete in History’ for Fighting Women as a Biological Male” HERE)

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The Big Trump Administration Mistake That Led to Impeachment

There were literally thousands of qualified Trump-supporters eager to join his administration, yet those responsible for personnel decisions decided to retain Obama employees or hire NeverTrumps, who, collectively, either resisted or actively undermined Trump and his America First agenda.

The consequences of that neglect are now playing out in the Senate impeachment trial.

In his shocking article “Whistleblower Was Overheard in ’17 Discussing With Ally How to Remove Trump,” Paul Sperry describes a plot hatched by Obama holdovers and Democrat partisans in the White House National Security Council (NSC) to remove President Trump from office.

According to Sperry, after a staff-wide meeting called by then–national security adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, NSC co-workers Eric Ciaramella and Sean Misko, both Obama holdovers, were overheard talking about toppling Flynn and Trump.

Ciaramella said, “We need to take him out,” and Misko replied, “Yeah, we need to do everything we can to take out the president.”

That incident wasn’t the only time the pair exhibited open hostility toward the president. During the following months, both were accused of leaking negative information about Trump to the media.

Ciaramella has been unofficially identified as the “whistleblower” of the leaked Trump July 25, 2019 conversation with Ukraine’s president that provided the pretext for impeachment.

Sperry states that former NSC co-workers and congressional sources identified Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who held Ciaramella’s old position at the NSC, as the Democrat partisan who leaked the information to Ciaramella on July 26.

The same day, House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff hired Misko to head up the investigation of Trump.

Sperry also identifies another Schiff recruit believed to be part of the clandestine political operation against Trump. It is Abby Grace, who also worked closely with Ciaramella at the NSC, both before and after Trump was elected. During the Obama administration, Grace was an assistant to Obama national security aide Ben Rhodes.

It is disturbing to say the least that such opponents of the administration remained in high positions well into Trump’s tenure.

What is far more disturbing is that no action was taken against Ciaramella and Misko when their comments at the Flynn meeting were reported, or the fact that many possessing questionable loyalty remain in the Trump administration.

For example, why is James H. Baker, an Obama appointee, still director of the Office of Net Assessment at the Pentagon?

The October 24, 2019 court filing by the defense attorneys for General Flynn alleges that Baker leaked to the press copies of the transcripts from Flynn’s December 2016 telephone calls to then–Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Baker had regularly scheduled lunches with The Washington Post’s David Ignatius, who published an article about the calls in January 2017.

Over four years, the Office of Net Assessment paid alleged FBI informant Stefan Halper, linked both to the Flynn case and the Trump-Russia collusion hoax, over $1 million for research papers of dubious value.

Trump-supporters have every right to be angry, both those who applied to serve in his administration but were ignored and those who see the agenda for which they voted sabotaged by partisan moles. (For more from the author of “The Big Trump Administration Mistake That Led to Impeachment” please click HERE)

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Lawrence Sellin, Ph.D. is a retired U.S. Army Reserve colonel; trained in Arabic and Kurdish; an I.T. command and control and cyber-security subject matter expert; and a veteran of Afghanistan, Iraq, and Africa. He receives email at [email protected] and can be followed on Twitter at @LawrenceSellin.

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Chinese Consumption of Rats, Wolf Pups May Be to Blame for Potential Global Pandemic; A Terrifying Graph Shows How Fast the Wuhan Coronavirus Has Spread

By Business Insider. The Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of a deadly coronavirus outbreak, has banned the trade of live animals at food markets after one location was linked to the spread of the disease

Police in the central Chinese city were conducting checks to ensure that the rule was enforced by the city’s roughly 11 million residents, the BBC said Wednesday, citing state media reports.

The move comes after the Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan was shuttered on January 1, after it was believed to be the starting point for the outbreak of 2019-nCov, also known as the Wuhan virus.

Before its closure, the market was selling an array of unusual animals for food, including young wolves and civet cats, which experts believe could play a part in the spread of disease. . .

Photos posted to social media also suggest the market was selling live wolf pups and civet cats, both of which are eaten in China.

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A Terrifying Graph Shows How Fast the Wuhan Coronavirus Has Spread so Far and How Close It Is to Becoming a Pandemic

By Business Insider. An alarming graph shows how fast the Wuhan coronavirus has spread in the past two weeks alone and highlights how soon it could become a pandemic.

The bar graph was created and posted to Twitter by Cate Cadell, the China correspondent for Reuters, on Wednesday.

It shows that in the past three days the number of infections has risen sharply, as have the number of deaths and the number of countries discovering infected people.

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GOP Rep.: Adam Schiff Communication With Ukraine Whistleblower Is the ‘Only Cover-Up’

By Washington Examiner. Republican North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows claimed on Thursday that House impeachment manager Adam Schiff and his fellow Democrats orchestrated the “only cover-up” in the impeachment process.

Democrats have been accusing Republicans of staging a “cover-up” over the last week, and Rep. Jerry Nadler went so far as to accuse them of that on the Senate floor.

“I see a lot of senators voting for a cover-up, voting to deny witnesses, an absolutely indefensible vote, obviously a treacherous vote,” Nadler said late Wednesday night.

“The House impeachment managers are actually not only making false statements, but they’re intentionally misleading the American people,” Meadows told Fox News.

“We are going to continue to hear allegations of ‘cover-up.’ The only ‘cover-up’ that I’ve seen is actually Adam Schiff and his team’s cover-up on their coordination with the whistleblower.” (Read more from “GOP Rep.: Adam Schiff Communication With Ukraine Whistleblower Is the ‘Only Cover-Up'” HERE)

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Gregg Jarrett: Under Dems’ Trump Impeachment Justification, Lincoln Would’ve Been Impeached

By Fox News. If Rep. Adam Schiff was around in 1864, he would have orchestrated the impeachment of President Abraham Lincoln.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Schiff, D-Calif., and his confederate impeachment managers demand that President Trump be removed from office because the president did something that might advantage him politically in the upcoming election. This, they claim was an impeachable “abuse of power.” . . .

History tells us that American presidents often take actions that advantage themselves politically. Indeed, one can argue that nearly all presidential decisions have some ancillary political calculation. It is the inherent nature of politics.

I recently read historian Doris Kearns Goodwin’s brilliant book “Team of Rivals.” In Chapter 24, she recounts how Republican President Lincoln utilized the powers of his office to ensure that Union soldiers in the field, who vigorously supported Lincoln’s reelection in 1864, were given the chance to cast their ballots for him. Most states permitted absentee ballots for troops. But the crucial state of Indiana did not.

So Lincoln wrote General William T. Sherman encouraging him to grant his men leave to return briefly to the northern state of Indiana. “Any thing you can safely do to let … soldiers, or any part of them, go home and vote at the State election, will be greatly in point,” wrote the president. Despite the risk that this might compromise his troop strength, Sherman consented. (Read more from “Gregg Jarrett: Under Dems’ Trump Impeachment Justification, Lincoln Would’ve Been Impeached” HERE)

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Bernie Sanders Leads Donald Trump by Widest Margin of All 2020 Candidates

Senator Bernie Sanders leads President Donald Trump by the widest margin of all the candidates in the Democratic Party’s 2020 race when Americans are asked to choose in a face-off against the Republican incumbent, according to a poll.

SurveyUSA asked 4,069 registered voters nationwide how they would vote in an election today if Trump was pitted against each of the 2020 candidates in the Democratic race. The progressive Vermont independent came out on top.

The poll found that 52 percent of voters would choose Sanders and 43 percent Trump, giving the veteran senator a nine-point lead. Next was former vice president Joe Biden at 50 percent to Trump’s 43 percent, a seven-point lead.

Michael Bloomberg, the media and financial data billionaire, also led Trump by seven points at 49 percent to 42 percent. Democratic Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren leads Trump 48 percent to 45 percent, a three-point advantage. (Read more from “Bernie Sanders Leads Donald Trump by Widest Margin of All 2020 Candidates” HERE)

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Geraldo Rivera: Donald Trump Is a ‘Civil-Rights Leader’ (VIDEO)

Fox News correspondent-at-large Geraldo Rivera on Tuesday insisted that President Donald Trump is a “civil-rights leader,” pointing to low African-American unemployment to make his case.

The morning after Martin Luther King Day, the former Celebrity Apprentice star reacted to Trump’s arrival at the economic summit in Davos, telling the hosts of Fox & Friends that he feels “awful” for the president because he’s dealing with impeachment during his trip.

“This is an economic summit, the American economy is the envy of the world,” he declared. “I call him, to great controversy, a civil-rights leader, especially yesterday on Martin Luther King Day.”

“Because why?” Rivera continued. “African American unemployment—lowest it’s ever been. Latino unemployment—lowest it’s ever been. The rising tide, the rising tide is lifting all boats, we should be celebrating, instead he’s fighting this—this, you know, cage match.”

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Mass of Giant Sloths Died Together, and Scientists Can’t Figure out Why

Paleontologists Dig Into a Giant Sloth Boneyard

By Scientific American. . .Fossilization is a fairly rare occurrence to start with. Most lives that ever have been lived left no record of their existence or passing. So when paleontologists come across dense pockets of bone, representing not just one animal but many, how such an ancient treasure trove was assembled is one of the core threads that we can pull on to unravel the mystery of a time long gone. So it is with a massive accumulation of sloths found in Santa Elena, Ecuador.

The site, called Tanque Loma, has just gotten a detailed description from paleontologist Emily Lindsey and colleagues. It’s a fantastically-rich Ice Age bonebed, containing the remains of at least 22 individual Eremotherium laurillardi – one of the largest of the giant ground sloths. What’s more, the bones are entombed in sediment rich in asphalt and the mashed-up plant material found at the site are the sloth’s feces, gut contents, or both. So how did so many sloths wind up buried in the same spot?

First, the asphalt is something of a red herring. This place wasn’t a sticky trap like the famous La Brea asphalt seeps in Los Angeles. Instead, the bonebed was created in a watery environment that was later infiltrated by asphalt. Digging deeper, Lindsey and coauthors write, Tanque Loma was “a low-energy, anoxic, marshy aquatic environment” that sometimes went dry for long enough to let terrestrial plants to grow there. And this backdrop may hold the key to what befell the sloths. . .

But why at this place, and why so many? There are other bonebeds near Tanque Loma, but none contain Eremotherium in such great abundance. And bonebeds like this can form in very different ways. Perhaps the sloths stuck around a dried-up watering hole too long. Maybe some local catastrophe killed a whole bunch of the sloths at once. Maybe this place took victims over time, with mud or some other trapping mechanism preventing sloth after sloth from escaping. Or perhaps ancient humans with a hunger for sloths created this site. (Read more from “Paleontologists Dig Into a Giant Sloth Boneyard” HERE)

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A Bone Bed Reveals Mass Death of Herd of Giant Ground Sloths

By Nature. . .The team found that the animals ranged from juveniles to full-grown adults, hinting that these Ice Age behemoths might have travelled in herds. The site, which has been carbon dated to roughly 18,000 to 23,000 years ago, features copious remains of the beasts’ digested food.

Ground sloths found at other fossil sites died after becoming mired in asphalt seeps. But the authors hypothesize that the Tanque Loma animals might have been gathered in a drying waterhole — as modern-day hippopotamuses do — when they perished of thirst or disease. (Read more from “A Bone Bed Reveals Mass Death of Herd of Giant Ground Sloths” HERE)

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