Friday, January 15, 2016

I just liked the picture.

Sikh devotees take selfies on the eve of the birth anniversary of the tenth and final Sikh Guru, Gobind Singh, in Golden Temple, Sikh's holiest shrine, in Amritsar, India, on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. Gobind Singh is considered a forefather in the religion. (AP Photo/Prabhjot Gill)

The fighting is ongoing.

January 15, 2016
Mathieu Bonkoungou and Nadoun Coulibaly
Around 20 people (click here) have been killed in an attack by suspected Islamist militants on a hotel in the capital of Burkina Faso on Friday, according to the director of the university hospital who spoke to patients wounded in the attack.
"We have received around 15 wounded people. There are people with bullet wounds and people who are injured because of falls," said Robert Sangare, director of Ouagadougou's university hospital center....

Such a sweet little country and it has to be burdened with this mess. Damn bastards.

15 January 2016 By Pascaline Compaore
Following a troubled, (click here) 13-month transition period that culminated in a peaceful election on 29 November last year, Burkina Faso swore in Roch Marc Christian Kaboré as its new president on 29 December 2015.
As the new cabinet takes shape, the role of the military in the country's political and institutional landscape will be one of many challenges for the new authorities.

The military has been at the forefront of the Burkinabe political scene since 1966, when General Sangoulé Aboubacar Lamizana overthrew Maurice Yaméogo - the country's first president after independence. The 1966 coup d'état marked the beginning of military interference in the country's institutional sphere. Similar government takeovers took place in November 1980, November 1982, August 1983 and October 1987, when Captain Blaise Compaoré rose to power....

When I heard about the attack I was actually thinking about the country. There are militants in every country in the world and while more are able to cope with such violence, a little country such as Burkina Faso would not and now this.

I hadn't check to see if it is part of the African Union. (click here)

Burkino Faso is a suspended member of the AU along with the Central African Republic.

It was suspended over a coup. (click here) Sometimes a coup works out.

The country has a GDP of $11.58 billion. When hearing bout a coupe in Africa most of the time it surrounds an election. Either before because some group can't get their names on the ballot or afterward if they didn't win. They are precious people with strong feelings.

...The latest coup was orchestrated by an elite army unit loyal to deposed president Blaise Compaore who claim that interim president Michel Kafando was excluding Compaore's supporters from the upcoming October 11 polls.
"All measures taken by those who took power by force in Burkina Faso are null and void," Uganda's AU ambassador Mull Katende said....

They do not deserve this violence.

The AU needs to consider sending soldiers with UN help. If nothing else to protect the other countries from spill over of the violence. Everyone knows how bad it can get.
Oil is the same price today as before the "W" era.

The spike in 2008 occurred because Wall Street wanted to shelter their assets in commodities.

January 15, 2016
By Karl Russell

At less (click here) than $30 a barrel, crude is down more than 70 percent in the last 18 months. Over the years, the price tends to fluctuate in response to geopolitical and economic turmoil. Worries about China’s health is weighing on oil....

Standing down was the correct thing to do in Benghazi. No film is going to change that. The USA military has a responsibility to their soldiers and sending them into a dark ally is not one of them.

Military leadership sent a drone to come to understand what was occurring in Benghazi. They weren't going to send their soldiers into a circumstance they had no idea was occurring. That was correct. Save the existing and known lives before sending in the soldiers into rescue others. A rescue is not a rescue if the rescuers are dead, too.

The USA military made the right call. There was no way to save Ambassador Stevens. He died of smoke inhalation in a 'safe room.' The safe room became worthless as soon as the smoke penetrated the air he was breathing. 

...According (click here) to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), most fire deaths are the result of smoke inhalation rather than burns. NFPA notes that every 20 seconds somewhere in the United States a fire department is responding to a fire. Once a minute, a fire is occurring in a home or other building that most likely has occupants. Historically, some very famous and deadly fires have occurred in crowded, public settings such as night clubs and theaters, claiming hundreds of victims. Fortunately, that is not the norm. Fire experts find that most fires today occur in a person’s home or vehicle and generally involve one or two victims....

The outcome in Benghazi was dependent on the safe room. The safe room was compromised. Unfortunately, Ambassador Steven's outcome was decided before soldiers were told to stand down. 

January 15, 2016
By Adam Goldman and Greg Miller

It is the most fateful moment (click here) in a movie that purports to present a searingly accurate account of the 2012 attacks that left four Americans dead in Benghazi, Libya: a scene in which the highest-ranking CIA operative at a secret agency compound orders his security team to “stand down” rather than rush off to rescue U.S. diplomats under siege less than a mile away.
According to the officer in charge of the CIA’s Benghazi base that night, the scene in the movie is entirely untrue.
“There never was a stand-down order,” said the base chief known as Bob, speaking publicly for the first time. “At no time did I ever second guess that the team would depart.”

Nor, he said, did he say anything that could be “interpreted as equivalent” as an order to stand down.
In a lengthy interview with reporters from The Washington Post, Bob provided new details about the attacks and his interactions with J. Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya who perished in them. He agreed to talk on the condition his last name not be used because even though he has retired, his cover has not been lifted....

Dead citizens in defense of their country mean something.

"Natural Born Citizen" comes straight out of the US Constitution for a very real reason and it is about immigration.

The Founding Fathers wanted to be sure the new country was lead by people with an invested interest. At the time the USA Constitution was written there were many people immigrating to the new country. Those folks that immigrated were born on foreign soil.

For the very real reason of protecting the interests of the country, a person born within the USA was to be President of the Country. In that reality was the fact the President was Commander and Chief. The Founding Fathers wanted the President to defend the country where he/she were born. If a French or Spanish immigrant became President there was no real reason for adhering to military use for USA sovereignty. Foreign born have rights in other country and can return even if they came to the USA to reside.

This is a concept I thought would be interesting in tossing the topic around. If the next President is President Cruz, does that mean he can also run for Canadian Prime Minister, too? 

That is what the Founding Fathers addressed in that expression, "Natural Born Citizen." There is room for skepticism with a candidate with dual citizenship.

People died during the Revolutionary War. Why bother fighting a war if a Prince or Lord or whomever can come to the USA and take over the entire country by being President only to answer to the English King again?

Natural Born Citizen is more than simply 'being a citizen.' It means there is no dual citizenship so there can be no dual ruler. Naturally born Americans would have to emigrate before they could access the power structure of a country.

It is an issue. It is a voter issue. Even if the law were completely clear that a natural born citizen included those that had a dual citizenship, it would still be a voter's issue in deciding who they choose. 

Voting on a ballot is not the same as voting on a jury where the judge sets the terms of what to ponder in deciding a verdict. Voting is personal and any ideas can be considered in that vote including whether or not a candidate is a dual citizen.

How much is 15 ml (milliliters)

About a tablespoon. 

Each teaspoon is 5 ml.

That is how careful NASA is with space scientists. 15 ml of water stopped a space walk.

I think the concern revolves around the leak into the interior of his space suit. But, an astronaut can inhale that water inadvertently because of weightlessness. That isn't good. If a water bubble goes into the lungs it compromises their 'air exchange space.' The water will block the tiny alveolars where oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange. 

That tiny bit of water if inhaled translates into a lot of air space exchange in the human lungs. That is a great picture of Major Peake.

Tim Peake prepares to leave the ISS to help repair a broken power unit (Nasa screengrab/PA)

15 January 2016
By Press Association

Tim Peake's (click here) historic first walk in space ended early after a water bubble was detected in the helmet of his colleague Tim Kopra.
The British astronaut helped complete the crew's primary task of repairing a broken voltage regulator and headed back to the International Space Station (ISS) after four hours and 43 minutes instead of the planned six-and-a-half hours.
Live footage showed them safely returning to the ISS's airlock area and the thermal cover being closed behind them....

The only US President to achieve 4 percent or more of job growth was FDR.

Truthful politics (click here) reviewed jobs statistics provided by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides the official numbers on jobs gained or lost for the U.S.

Trace Deficits with China by President: (click here)

Ronald Reagan
1985 : $6 million
1988: $3.5 billon

The trade deficit with China grew under Ronald Reagan exponentially. Job growth in the USA grew 1.43 percent in his first term. Job growth in his second term was 2.69 percent.

George H. W. Bush
1989: $6.34 billion
1992: $18.3 billion

The trade deficit with China under H.W. Bush tripled. US job growth during his term was 0.62 percent.

Bill Clinton
1993: $22.78 billion
2000: $83.83 billion

The trade deficit with China increased under Bill Clinton 3.5 times. US job growth during his first term was 2.64 percent and in his second term was 2.33 percent.

George W. Bush
2001: $83.10 billion
2008: $268.04 billion

The trade deficit with China grew 3.25 times. US job growth was 0.01 percent in his first term. US job growth 0.23 percent during his second term. Basically, under "W" there was no job growth and the same was about the same under H.W.

Barack Obama
2009: $226.87 billion
2015: $337.06 billion

The trade deficit with China grew the least under President Obama than any other President at 1.5 times. President's last year has yet to be realized.  US job growth under Barack Obama was 0.25 percent during his first term. US job growth under Barack Obama was 1.99 percent so far during his second term.

I thought that was interesting. Bill Clinton was the only USA president that had significant job growth while the deficit with China grew as well. The American people did better under Clinton when it comes to jobs in the USA.

Just sayin'. How is any country going to close the trade gap if there is no job growth or income to the people of the USA to purchase domestic goods. Not only this side of the Pacific, but, the Chinese trade gap will change when the Chinese middle class develops and purchases imported products. 

The attack by Russia on Ukraine's electric grid was due to resolving issues between Ukraine and Crimea.

January 14, 2016
By Gordon Robinson and Michael Riley

It was an unseasonably warm afternoon (click here) in Ukraine on Dec. 23 when the power suddenly went out for thousands of people in the capital, Kiev, and western parts of the country. While technicians struggled for several hours to turn the lights back on, frustrated customers got nothing but busy signals at their utilities’ call centers.
Almost immediately, Ukrainian security officials made claims about the cause of the power failure that evoked futuristic concepts of cyberwar. Hackers had taken down almost a quarter of the country’s power grid, they said. Specifically, the officials blamed Russians for tampering with the utilities’ software, then jamming the power companies’ phone lines to keep customers from alerting anyone....

Russia has been practicing these tactics along with China. That is why computer technology does not provide the most secure energy.

January 14, 2016
by yalibrian

Ukraine is ready to sign (click here) a new contract to supply Crimea with electricity provided the region is recognized as part of Ukraine, President Petro Poroshenko told reporters at a news conference on Thursday.
Power supplies to the disputed Crimean peninsula, which was annexed by Russia in 2014, have been disrupted after electricity pylons were blown up by unknown saboteurs in November.
Poroshenko also said he expected inflation to be significantly slower in 2016, compared to the rate of 33.3 percent seen last year....

This is really unfortunate and a window of Russia's intentions in the region. According to Minsk II tensions between Crimea, Eastern region of Ukraine and Ukraine are to be resolved. Economic ties can be that capacity to bring about reductions of tensions. The people of Ukraine want to live in peace as was pointed out in their country's constitution. No country should stand in the way of peace, including Russia.

It isn't as though everyone but Russia is innocent of such sabotage.

January 13, 2016 
by Nilufer Tuptuk And Stephen Hailes

...Now reports released (click here) by security researchers from the SANS Industrial Control Systems team and the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team confirm their belief that a cyberattack was responsible for the power cut, making the incident one of the first significant, publicly reported cyberattacks on civil infrastructure.

This is a rare event, of which the most famous example is the Stuxnet malware used to destroy equipment in the Iranian nuclear programme. Many consider Stuxnet so sophisticated that national governments must have been involved. But as is frequently the case, attributing responsibility for Stuxnet has proved difficult, and it's likely that, despite circumstantial evidence, it will be the same in this case. While the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) and the international press were quick to blame Russian state-backed hackers, Moscow has remained silent....
Now reports released by security researchers from the SANS Industrial Control Systems team and the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team confirm their belief that a cyberattack was responsible for the power cut, making the incident one of the first significant, publicly reported cyberattacks on civil infrastructure.
This is a rare event, of which the most famous example is the Stuxnet malware used to destroy equipment in the Iranian nuclear programme. Many consider Stuxnet so sophisticated that national governments must have been involved. But as is frequently the case, attributing responsibility for Stuxnet has proved difficult, and it's likely that, despite circumstantial evidence, it will be the same in this case. While the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) and the international press were quick to blame Russian state-backed hackers, Moscow has remained silent.

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January 15, 2016
By Christopher Ingraham

Bottles owned by Flint, Mich., residents Jessica Owens and Tonya Williams, filled with water, sit on the table outside of city council chambers as Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder speaks during a news conference on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. (Jake May/The Flint via AP)

The city of Flint, Mich., (click here) is in the midst of a water crisis several years in the making. The city (It wasn't the city, it was the emergency manager and Governor Snyder.) opted out of Detroit's water supply and began drawing water from the Flint River in April 2014, part of a cost-saving move. Eighteen months later, in the fall of 2015, researchers discovered that the proportion of children with above-average lead levels in their blood had doubled.
The city reconnected to Detroit's water system in October, but the damage was done. Water from the Flint River was found to be highly corrosive to the lead pipes still used in some parts of the city. Even though Flint River water no longer flows through the city's pipes, it's unclear how long those pipes will continue to leach unsafe levels of lead into the tap water supply. Experts currently say the water is safe for bathing, but not drinking....
The testing record (click here) to the right shows several attempts to mitigate the lead (Chemical symbol Pb).
The first column is the number assigned to the sample The second column is the zip code where the sample was taken. The third column is the "Ward" identified by Flint. (Similar structure is used in other cities, ie: New Orleans.) The fourth column is for a pure sample without mitigation. The fifth column is when the lead level was mitigated with 45 seconds of flushing. The sixth column is when the lead level of mitigated with 2 minutes of flushing.

This is the standard published by the Michigan DEQ. Reporting forms and other information is on this site.

The purpose of the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) (click here) is to protect public health by minimizing lead and copper levels in drinking water, primarily by reducing corrosivitiy. Lead and copper enter drinking water mainly from corrosion of lead and copper containing plumbing materials.  The rule establishes an action level (AL) of 0.015 milligrams per liter (mg/L) for lead and 1.3 mg/L for copper based on 90th percentile level of tap water samples.  An action level exceedance is not a violation but triggers other requirements to minimize exposure to lead and copper in drinking water, that include water quality parameter monitoring, corrosion control treatment, source water monitoring/treatment, public education, and lead service line replacement.  All community water supplies and nontransient noncommunity water supplies are subject to the LCR requirements.
Federal Levels

Lead in Water (click here)

Lead in water is regulated under both the Clean Water Act (CWA) and Safe Drinking Water Act.

The standards of flushing used in Michigan are illegal. Flushing for mitigation of these poisons is not permitted in federal standards. The 'idea' the Flint water is safe for bathing but not drinking is a direct violation of the Clean Water Act. Children do not have the sophistication to think bathing doesn't involve swallowing water.

The CWA prohibits anyone from discharging pollutants, including lead, through a point source into a water of the United States unless they have a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. NPDES permits contain limits on what you can discharge, monitoring and reporting requirements, and other provisions to ensure that the discharge does not hurt water quality or people's health. As appropriate, NPDES permits must contain:...

Flint pipes for water delivery to homes has to be shut down. That water is contaminated and should not be used for anything. The only form of lead that can be absorbed through the skin is tetramethyllead. 

The molecule structure to the right is tetramethyllead. The reason this form of lead is absorbed through the skin is because of the "methyl" compound at four places on the lead atom. Methyl is CH3. The three hydrogens attached to the carbon atom is ionicly available to human body metabolism. 

"Fight Lead Poisoning with a Healthy Diet" (click here)

I hope there is no organic lead in the Flint water supply and absorbed through the skin. (click here).

If I recall the city is providing filters for the homes in Flint. That is one answer. Replacing the pipes (click here) in the house will add value to it. A home equity loan of between $4000 to $10,000 will be necessary. But, in the long run the replacement will pay for itself in increased property values. Be sure if hiring a contractor for the work they are qualified and competent with good references. Call Angie's List (click here) or a similar reliable source.

Of course, the city is going to replace the pipes in the street that bring water to homes. 

History of Lead in Plumbing

Why is lead in pipes at all? (click here) The answer goes back literally thousands of years to the first plumbing systems, which are names for the word “lead” in Latin,plumbum. Lead piping was used because of its unique ability to resist pinhole leaks, while being soft enough to form into shapes that deliver water most efficiently. Lead was used in many other common products as well until scientific advancements in the 20th century demonstrated the element’s toxicity. The plumbing industry voluntarily took significant steps to reduce lead exposure....

Exposure to occupational sources of lead. (click here)
The spending of the USA military has to be focused on REPAIRS of old vessels and jets to be sure the USA has a fighting force. THEN. Repairs and modifications to the NEW vessels and jets to ADD to the old stuff. 

If there are no parts for repair of the old vehicles, then the USA military needs to build tool and die factory to be sure the military has functioning assets. The USA military is capable of building a tool and die factory to manufacture the parts needed for repairs.

I really believe in non-proliferation, diplomacy and peace processes. War is ridiculously expensive for the USA and the other four permanent members of the UN Security Council. We know when a country spends money on it's military it inhibits the advancement of it's people.

What would education in the USA look like if the US Department of Education had the US Defense Department or the President's OCO funds.

The Communists in China and Russia are laughing,

March 2015
By Bill Sweetman

The U.S. Air Force is thinking (click here) about replacing the late-1950s- era engines on its Boeing B-52 bombers with modern ones. It should have done that a decade ago, but back then, the Air Force believed that the cost of the new engines would barely be offset by the savings in fuel. This reasoning was based on the assessment that the cost of fuel wasn’t that high, but the service forgot that B-52s are voracious users of air-to-air refuel- ing. By the time the gas comes out of a KC-135 tanker’s boom, the delivery cost has increased by a factor of 15.
This planning deficit is nothing unusual. It would be a tribute to Boeing engineers’ advance planning that the BUFF (Big Ugly Fat, er, Fella) is due to keep flying until at least 2040, when the airplanes will be octogenarians...except that the longevity has been achieved despite the best that military planners could do.
The B-52 was nearly cancelled before a sliver of metal was cut. By the fall of 1948, Boeing had designed a swept-wing, tur- boprop-powered XB-52, but in October a Boeing team at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio, was handed the bad news. Convair had just proposed hanging jet booster engines on the in-production B-36, erasing much of the XB-52’s speed advantage. But, the Air Force planners said, if Boeing could come up with an all-jet, long-range bomber....

The USA pays for the new boats and jets, but, when they aren't running right and a threat to the USA military impacting it's readiness, the people have to PAY AGAIN to repair them.

That is the exact problem with the F-35. Everyone of our allies were purchasing the F-35, now, because of the disasterous junk it is, the costs to ATTEMPT to make it servicable, the costs are in the TRILLIONS. 

Every time the USA receives incompetent vessels it sets back the readiness of the USA military. And all the Republicans want to spend more and more on the military. I don't think so.

New USA ships don't float. When critics say the USA military is deteriorating, there is a reason. It is called lousy spending.

The F-35 is a disaster and now we have Navy ships that fall in behind that failure. If the USA wants to have Iran pulling our personnel out of the water on a regular basis, keep throwing good money after bad. Go ahead, Wall Street and not far into the future a military that has lost it's readiness.

There is a reason why the B52 is still in service. It works and it was built when such jets were affordable to the country. New B52s can be built, but, costs are ridiculous.

January 14, 2016
By Anthony Capaccio
The U.S. Navy (click here) is spending millions of dollars to repair new high-speed transport ships built by Austal Ltd. because their weak bows can’t stand buffeting from high seas, according to the Pentagon’s chief weapons tester.
“The entire ship class requires reinforcing structure” to bridge the twin hulls of the all-aluminum catamarans because of a design change that the Navy adopted at Austal’s recommendation for the $2.1 billion fleet of Expeditionary Fast Transports, Michael Gilmore, the Defense Department’s director of operational test and evaluation, said in a report to Congress....

December 14, 2015
The Navy's newest ship, (click here) the littoral combat ship USS Milwaukee, broke down on Friday and had to be towed to a base in Virginia, the Navy Times reports.
The $360-million ship was commissioned last month in Milwaukee and was on its way to its home port of San Diego. The long journey took it through the Great Lakes and to Halifax, Canada.
The ship was on its next leg, from Halifax to Florida, when it "suffered an engineering casualty," the Navy Times reports.
The ship had to be towed more than 40 nautical miles to the naval base in Little Creek, Virginia.
The Navy Times reported that the initial indication is that metal debris collected in an oil filter, causing the system to shut down, though the source of the fine metal debris was not known....

There was a reason the bottle didn't break. The ship is a disaster,

22 percent of mass murderers have mental illness issues.

If all a society focuses on is mental illness in regard to murder, it will miss the real problem.

December 15, 2015
By The Editorial Board

...But mass shootings (click here) represent a small percentage of all gun violence, and mental illness is not a factor in most violent acts. According to one epidemiological estimate, entirely eliminating the effects of mental illness would reduce all violence by only 4 percent. Over all, less than 5 percent of gun homicides between 2001 and 2010 were committed by people with diagnoses of mental illness, according to a public health study published this year.

Blaming mental health problems for gun violence in America gives the public the false impression that most people with mental illness are dangerous, when in fact a vast majority will never commit violence. Still, some legal changes should be made to reduce access to firearms among the small percentage of people with mental illness who are dangerous to themselves or others.

Estimates of the percentage of mass shooters who are mentally ill vary widely, as both “mass shooting” and “mental illness” can be difficult to define. One recent analysis of murderers who killed or intended to kill four or more people found that 22 percent of male killers exhibited evidence of mental illness (the share was higher among women, but the sample was much smaller). Another analysis, by the group Everytown For Gun Safety, found that in about 11 percent of shootings between January 2009 and July 2015 in which four or more people were killed, concerns about the killer’s mental health had been reported to a doctor or other authority before the crime took place....

October 27, 2015
By Mark Follman

...What's most troubling (click here) about these results and the question that prompted them is that they perpetuate a dangerous stigmatization. The vast majority of mentally ill people are not violent. I wrote about this in my recent Mother Jones cover story othreat assessment, a growing strategy for stopping mass shooters that relies on collaboration between mental health and law enforcement experts:...

There are a lot of guns on the street of the USA. They are there because citizens purchased them. Start there. Who bought them and why?

Sandy Hook would not have been averted because of mental health checks. The murderer of small children received guns, including a Bush Master, from his mother's willingness to allow them in the house. 

The mother, now deceased, was a straw purchaser. Her mentally ill son was allowed to practice gun shooting by his parent. Nothing the USA has as laws or background checks would have stopped those murders. 

We also know that a police officer on a school campus does not prevent mass murderers. The murderers are smart enough to know they have to follow the police officer in the school to find an opportune time to carry out their crime. Having armed police officers does not guarantee the prevention of gun violence.

January 27, 2015
By The Chicago Defender

...There is a minimum (click here) of two Chicago police officers assigned to each high school.
And like Shields, who spent 23 years with CPD, Ron Huberman, chief executive officer for CPS, is also a former Chicago cop.
But CPS does not rely solely on police assistance when it comes to security for its 408,000 students, said Shields. It relies more on the 2,000 security guards on CPS payroll – with a starting salary of $26,000 – and the 6,200 cameras installed throughout the school district. There are an average of seven security guards at each high school.
And while the bulk of its security budget is spent on personnel costs, Shields, who earns $150,000 a year, said long term plans include using more cameras.
“Video surveillance is a lot more useful because security guards can only be in one place at a time. Cameras are helping us immensely. Plus, cameras can capture activity in the community, which is where most school incidents occur,” he said.
J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. awarded CPS a $2.5 million grant, which will be used to purchase more cameras.
“J.P. Morgan is the first major corporation to step for security at CPS and we thank them,” Shields said. “We are also reaching out to other corporations for help.”
Huberman said its security efforts are paying off....
We also know from Columbine video cameras don't stop the murderers. Cameras are intelligence, not a defense. Video cameras are valuable after the fact. Video cameras have not been known to be a deterrent.
The only VALID measure to end gun violence in the USA and our schools is the removal of military style weapons from the gun shop's shelves. That is the truth and no matter how the USA dances around the issue it won't stop the murderers until the lethality of the American society is addressed.

The American Physiological Association can't even get their peers to diagnose mental illness.

Up to one-in-four primary care patients (click here) suffer from depression; yet, primary care doctors identify less than one-third (31 percent) of these patients. (AHRQ) (PDF, 615KB)

Among the 8.9 million adults with any mental illness and a substance use disorder, 44 percent received substance use treatment or mental health treatment in the past year, 13.5 percent received both mental health treatment and substance use treatment and 37.6 percent did not receive any treatment. (SAMHSA)

Four percent of young adults reported forgoing mental health care in the past year, despite self-reported mental health needs. (AHRQ) (PDF, 615KB)

People with psychotic disorders and bipolar disorder are 45 percent and 26 percent less likely, respectively, to have a primary care doctor than those without mental disorders. (AHRQ) (PDF, 615KB)

How are the American people ever going to receive treatment if they aren't even diagnosed?

A mental health diagnosis is similar to an HIV diagnosis. There goes the job and benefits and benefits to the family. Mental Illness diagnosis is a real problem. It can effect a person's ability to find and keep work.

A physical illness is easier to admit than a mental illness. 25% of mental illness diagnosis is depression. What is the problem? The American people can't admit they need help with depression? That is ridiculous. Treatment of depression improves the quality of life of the individual and the family. Be a good parent. Be a great spouse. Get treatment.

No one enters into a marriage expecting it to fail. (click here) Still, more than 20 percent of first marriages end in divorce within five years, and 48 percent of marriages dissolve by the 20-year mark, according to 2006-2010 data from the government’s National Survey of Family Growth.1 Separation and divorce are emotionally difficult events, but it is possible to have a healthy breakup.

Why American Divorce?

2. Lack of individual identity. (Lack of self)

Most people look at their marriage (click here) or long term relationship as a context for love, support and affirmation. Research suggests, however, that a person’s self-esteem may significantly impact this relationship potential.
How Do We Define Self-Esteem?
In psychology, self-esteem is defined as a reflection of a person's overall self-appraisal, of their own worth.
What is the self-esteem of each individual within marriage?
3. Becoming lost in the roles. 
4. Not having a shared vision of success. 
5. The intimacy disappears. 
6. Unmet expectations. 
7. Finances. 
8. Being out of touch ... literally.
9. Different priorities and interests. 
10. Inability to resolve conflicts. 
June 10, 2011
By Jim Taylor
Yes, we have a self-esteem problem in our country, (click here) but we don't recognize it because, well, we have a self-esteem problem. We need look no further than the bewildering popularity of the reality-TV show Jersey Shore and the instant celebrity garnered from its inhabitants despite their complete absence of qualifications. Though, admittedly, the bar for "success" in America these days is set scarily low; in the case of Jersey Shore (and most of the famous-for-being-famous world), dark tans (haven't they heard of melanoma?), large breasts, muscles, and 'tude seem sufficient....

There are many types of mental illness. Some are easily treated and others not so much.

Primary care physicians are not the best people to diagnosis and treat mental illness. One of the primary reasons people are not compliant with their oral medications is because of the side effects of antipsychotic medications. The basic reach of mental illness in the USA is very dysfunctional. Diagnosis does not guarantee successful treatment.
Primary care physicians (click here) treating patients with psychotic disorders are increasingly encountering a new armamentarium of antipsychotic medications. This article was written to inform primary care physicians about recent advances in the pharmacologic management of psychotic disorders. The intent is to provide an overview of “atypical” antipsychotics, their use and indications, dosing, adverse effects, and possibilities of drug interactions about which primary care physicians ought to be aware.

Psychosis refers to a number of symptoms reflecting impairments in reality testing. The psychotic patient is one who develops odd beliefs, speech, and/or behaviors interfering with functioning. Perceptual disturbances can occur, and the individual's ability to interpret events in the world can become distorted and idiosyncratic. Consequently, the individual experiences significant difficulties caring for self, relating with others, and maintaining academic and occupational demands and expectations....