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Ambien maker responds to Roseanne Barr: 'Racism is not a known side effect'

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/may/30/roseanne-ambien-racism-tweet-side-effect-response-sanofi

The drug manufacturer Sanofi has clarified that one of its most popular medications, the sedative Ambien, does not cause racism. Sanofi tweeted: “While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication.”

The company’s statement came after Roseanne Barr partly blamed the drug for the series of racist tweets which led to her ABC sitcom being cancelled.

https://twitter.com/SanofiUS/status/1001824999496404992

People of all races, religions and nationalities work at Sanofi every day to improve the lives of people around the world. While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication.


The company’s statement came after Roseanne Barr partly blamed the drug for the series of racist tweets which led to her ABC sitcom being cancelled.

In Britain, Austerity Is Changing Everything

My dear UK DU'ers, I knew things were bad, but not THIS bad. This is a very good article.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/28/world/europe/uk-austerity-poverty.html

PRESCOT, England — A walk through this modest town in the northwest of England amounts to a tour of the casualties of Britain’s age of austerity.

The old library building has been sold and refashioned into a glass-fronted luxury home. The leisure center has been razed, eliminating the public swimming pool. The local museum has receded into town history. The police station has been shuttered.

Now, as the local government desperately seeks to turn assets into cash, Browns Field, a lush park in the center of town, may be doomed, too. At a meeting in November, the council included it on a list of 17 parks to sell to developers.

“Everybody uses this park,” says Jackie Lewis, who raised two children in a red brick house a block away. “This is probably our last piece of community space. It’s been one after the other. You just end up despondent.”

much much more at the link

Ever run into the "spitting image" of a family member ?

This guy could be my brother, easily, at age 28:



It's just uncanny. Every time I see him, he reminds me so strongly of my older brother, who is now 63.

You also ?

Mental Health Support Group: 4 days on Lithium Carbonate ER

For now, the dosage is only 300 mg at night. In a few days, the dosage goes to 300 mg twice a day. From my research on Lithium and its usage in depression treatment augmentation, the dosage can go as high as 1800 mg a day. At this point, I have no idea what my doc is going to do with my dosage. Of course, tomorrow I will go get my first lithium blood level as well as a creatinine level.

Since I'm not Bipolar I or Bipolar II, I have no idea what to expect from this med. Improvement in depressive symptoms overall and prevention of severe depressive episodes is my best idea so far. As far as *my* target symptom of "interpersonal rejection sensitivity" goes, I'm pretty pessimistic that any psychotropic med can "cure" this or substantially alleviate it, when it has very deep environmental roots for me. If Lithium, at any dosage, accomplishes this miracle, I will loudly sing my doctor's praises and those of Lithium as well. We'll see.


So far, I'm just adjusting to it with no real benefit seen so far. Then again, I'm only on 300 mg and not 1800 mg (if he goes that high).


All the best to everyone with your treatment. I highly recommend doing research, because knowledge is power and I think it helps you to cooperate with your doctor instead of being fearful or hesitant.

Kitty says "The food goes in here"



from: https://www.instagram.com/p/BjQxTP_nR7S/

Florida's ban on smokable medical marijuana ruled unconstitutional

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/political-pulse/os-smokable-medical-marijuana-ban-20180525-story.html

The Florida ban that prevents medical marijuana patients from smoking the stuff has gone up in smoke.

Leon County Circuit Court Judge Karen Gievers ruled Friday that the ban on smokable cannabis is unconstitutional. Florida’s Department of Health said in a statement it has appealed the ruling, which will impose an automatic stay.

Gievers wrote in her 22-page ruling that Floridians “have the right to use the form of medical marijuana for treatment of their debilitating medical conditions as recommended by their certified physicians, including the use of smokable marijuana in private places.”

Ben Pollara, who runs the nonprofit medical marijuana advocacy group Florida for Care, said the ruling is a big victory for patients and voters.

'We're closed!': Trump vents his anger over immigration at homeland security secretary

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/were-closed-trump-directs-his-anger-over-immigration-at-homeland-security-secretary/2018/05/24/4bd686ec-5abc-11e8-8b92-45fdd7aaef3c_story.html?utm_term=.54adbe542cf9

President Trump began berating Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in the Oval Office earlier this spring, according to administration officials, griping about her performance and blaming her for a surge in illegal border crossings.

Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, who installed her in the job, jumped in to defend her.

The two men then sparred over Nielsen as she silently watched. At one point, Trump noted the border numbers were lower under Kelly and wondered aloud why Nielsen could not perform as well, according to these officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the private meeting.

As illegal crossings are once more on the rise and Trump hears a cascade of criticism from conservative allies, Nielsen finds herself on the receiving end of the president’s visceral anger about immigration, seeing the issue as the reason he won in 2016 and a key to his politicking ahead of the midterm elections.

If you are in northwest Florida, MS, LA or Alabama, Alberto may affect you

https://www.democraticunderground.com/10142067545


Long-range forecast there, which, as well we know, could easily prove wrong. Just a friendly heads up.

eta: added two more states to be thorough

JUST IN: Subtropical Storm #Alberto has formed in the northwestern Caribbean Sea....

Source: ABC News

https://twitter.com/ABC/status/1000018824924626944

JUST IN: Subtropical Storm #Alberto has formed in the northwestern Caribbean Sea, National Hurricane Center says. 2018 hurricane season officially kicks off on June 1. https://abcn.ws/2IKxG47



Read more: https://twitter.com/ABC/status/1000018824924626944



https://twitter.com/NHC_Atlantic/status/1000024699479429123


https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIATCPAT1+shtml/251443.shtml


000
WTNT31 KNHC 251443
TCPAT1

BULLETIN
Subtropical Storm Alberto Advisory Number 1
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL012018
1000 AM CDT Fri May 25 2018

...PRE-SEASON SUBTROPICAL STORM ALBERTO FORMS OVER THE NORTHWESTERN
CARIBBEAN SEA...
...HEAVY RAINFALL EXPECTED TO AFFECT THE YUCATAN PENINSULA...WESTERN
CUBA...FLORIDA...AND THE NORTHEASTERN GULF COAST THROUGH THE
WEEKEND...


SUMMARY OF 1000 AM CDT...1500 UTC...INFORMATION
-----------------------------------------------
LOCATION...19.7N 86.8W
ABOUT 55 MI...90 KM S OF COZUMEL MEXICO
ABOUT 195 MI...315 KM SW OF THE WESTERN TIP OF CUBA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...40 MPH...65 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...NNE OR 20 DEGREES AT 6 MPH...9 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1005 MB...29.68 INCHES


WATCHES AND WARNINGS
--------------------
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:

The Government of Mexico has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for the
east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula from Tulum to Cabo Catoche.

The Government of Cuba has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for the
western Cuban province of Pinar del Rio.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for...
* Tulum to Cabo Catoche Mexico
* Cuban province of Pinar del Rio

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are
possible within the watch area, in this case within the next 24
hours.

Interests along the central and eastern U.S. Gulf Coast should
monitor the progress of Alberto. Tropical storm and storm surge
watches could be required for portions of this area later today or
tonight.

For storm information specific to your area, please monitor
products issued by your national meteorological service.


DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK
----------------------
At 1000 AM CDT (1500 UTC), the center of Subtropical Storm Alberto
was located near latitude 19.7 North, longitude 86.8 West. The storm
is moving toward the north-northeast near 6 mph (9 km/h). A general
slow motion toward the north is expected through the weekend,
followed by a northwest turn by Monday. On the foreast track,
Alberto is expected to pass near the eastern coast of the Yucatan
peninsula tonight, be near the western tip of Cuba Saturday morning,
emerge over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico by Saturday night, and
approach the north-central Gulf Coast on Monday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts.
Gradual strengthening is forecast for the next 72 hours.

Winds of 40 mph extend outward up to 115 miles (185 km) from the
center.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1005 mb (29.68 inches).


HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
----------------------
RAINFALL: Alberto is expected to produce total rain accumulations
of 10 to 15 inches with isolated totals of 25 inches across the
northeastern portions of the Yucatan Peninsula and western Cuba.
These rains could produce life-threatening flash floods and
mudslides. Rainfall accmumulations of 4 to 8 inches with maximum
amounts of 12 inches are possible across the Florida Keys and
southern and southwestern Florida. Heavy rain will likely begin
to affect the central Gulf Coast region and the southeastern Untied
States later this weekend and continue into early next week.
Flooding potential will increase across this region early next
week as Alberto is forecast to slow down after it moves inland.

WIND: Tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch
area through Saturday.

SURF: Swells generated by Alberto are affecting portions of
the coast of eastern Yucatan Peninsula and western Cuba. These
swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current
conditions. Hazardous surf conditions are likely to develop along
much of the central and eastern U.S. Gulf Coast this weekend. For
more information, consult products from your local weather office.


NEXT ADVISORY
-------------
Next intermediate advisory at 100 PM CDT.
Next complete advisory at 400 PM CDT.

$$
Forecaster Stewart

Mental Health support group: anxiety about our country

This is the Mental Health Support group. Nasty, unkind, abrasive, and uncalled-for comments are not welcome here.

I'm putting this here instead of GD because, well, GD is GD. Always at least one person has to get nasty.

Am I the only one who worries a bit that either 1) Mueller find no smoking guns or 2) Mueller will find a smoking gun, either indict Trump (unlikely ?) or at least make a full report to Congress on his finding a smoking gun of Trump's treason and illegal behavior, and that Trump will NOT be impeached and convicted and refuse to leave office ? I am still convinced that Trump will fire Mueller via someone at DOJ, but I think whoever replaces Rosenstein would appoint someone very competent in his place (or at least I damn sure hope so). I think he would have to fire Rosenstein and maybe a few others to finally get someone willing to be a tool of injustice.

Worst case scenario, this nightmare continues until November 2020 and he's tossed out of office. An even WORSE case scenario is that, god forbid, he is re-elected AGAIN. I really don't want to cope with the Liar and Narcissistic-Sociopath-in-Chief until 2024, ugh ugh ugh.

When the Republicans go after Mueller, it does cause me a bit of angst. This was not the case, generally, with Watergate in 1972-1974. There was more respect for the legal process back then by Republicans, but of course there was no internet back then or 24 hour news cycle.

Sigh. If you don't have these anxieties, that's fine. I just wanted to compare notes, so to speak. All the best to all of you.

eta: Added important text, sorry.

eta2: added more text to be more accurate

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