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Why Are America’s Poorest Toddlers Being Overprescribed ADHD Drugs?

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[Against all medical guidelines, children who are two and three years old are getting diagnosed with ADHD and treated with Adderall and other stimulants. It may be shocking, but it's perfectly legal. *RON*]

Josiah M. Hesse, Substance.com, 1 October 2014
Thousands of the nation’s poorest children under the age of four are being prescribed stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall for ailments they’re too young to even have. A first-ever CDC study estimates that under the Medicaid healthcare program, doctors have given some 10,000 American toddlers a diagnosis of ADHD and treated them with ADHD drugs that have not been shown to be effective or safe in children that young. The news that amphetamine-based drugs like Adderall and the methylphenidate Ritalin are being used to medicate, at a minimum, one out of every 225 toddlers nationwide outraged some medical professionals when it was first announced in May at the Georgia Mental Health Forum.

“It’s abs…

Diverse group opposes oil plans: Firefighters, doctors, neighborhood leaders write Governor Inslee

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[Physicians, firefighters, community leaders - you know, the fringe element, all those well known trouble-makers. *RON*]

By Lauren Dake, The Columbian, 21 November 2014
The latest group to go public with its opposition to new oil terminals in Washington is a diverse group including firefighters, physicians and neighborhood association leaders.

In a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday, the coalition urged the governor to stop the proposed oil terminals in Vancouver and Grays Harbor and prevent the expansion of oil refineries in Anacortes.

"We are asking you to follow through on your commitment to a clean energy future and a robust sustainable economy by denying their permitting and construction," the letter to Inslee reads.

Geoff Simpson, a firefighter with the Kent Fire Department, said the letter was a result of meeting with a variety of people from those in the fishing industry to farmers to union representatives.

"We learned a lot fr…

Republicans Finally Admit There Is No Benghazi Scandal

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[I guess we'll hear the sound of crickets over at Fox News today. It's worth clicking through to the original article just to read some of the comments, e.g.:
shooter242 Evan Grantham-Brown • 3 hours ago  Not a chance. Obama and crew manipulated the news in order to ensure re-election. We still don't know where Obama was or how the Ambassador died. This had to be the result of a deal by the Republican leadership, and I don't believe them either.This was the result of my search for "Benghazi" over at Fox News today:
Did you mean: "bengali" ?
Your Search for benghazi did not return any results.
Please try the following:
Check your spelling
Try more general words
Try using acronyms or using different words

Try using fewer words. Your search might be too specific.
*RON*]

—By Kevin Drum, Mother Jones, 22 November 2014


For two years, ever since Mitt Romney screwed up his response to the Benghazi attacks in order to score cam…

Canada Gives $300M To Help Small Countries Address Climate Change

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[This is a farce given that: a) Harper has no intention of even pretending to meet his own emission targets for Canada. b) A high proportion of adaptation projects have been shown to be completely ineffective and really involve support for cronyism in developing nations (i.e., these are taxpayer-funded corporate welfare payments intended to grease palms for Canadian foreign investors). c) Harper has a well-known history of announcing expenditures he has no intention of following through on anyhow. *RON*]
By The Canadian Press / Huffington Post, 20 November 2014


OTTAWA - Canada will contribute another $300 million to the Green Climate Fund, which helps developing countries address climate change.

Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq says the funding comes on top of $1.2 billion in Canadian contributions to what is known as the Fast-Start Financing Initiative.

That money goes to projects focused on climate-change adaptation and increasing renewable ene…