Dollar$ given to homeless. Here are the results…

Eideard

Tent City in Vancouver, BC

You’ve heard this refrain before — giving money to homeless people is not the best way to help them because it might be squandered, or spent on harmful habits. But a new Canadian study makes a powerful case to the contrary…

Researchers gave 50 recently homeless people a lump sum of 7,500 Canadian dollars (nearly $5,700). They followed the cash recipients’ life over 12-18 months and compared their outcomes to that of a control group who didn’t receive the payment.

People who received cash were able to access the food they needed to live faster. Nearly 70% did after one month, and maintained greater food security throughout the year.

The recipients spent more on food, clothing and rent, while there was a 39% decrease in spending on goods like alcohol, cigarettes or drugs.

Have we finally reached a point of understanding by the body politic…

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Ruined Lives: Big Pharma, Psychiatry and Overdiagnosis

The Most Revolutionary Act

Bipolarized: Rethinking Mental Illness

Directed by Rita Kotzia (2014)

Film Review

This documentary tells the tragic story of a man with presumptive PTSD who was misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 17 and spent the next 16 years drugged up with lithium carbonate. In 2010, after two attempts to stop the lithium caused incapacitating depression, he admitted himself to a specialist clinic in Costa Rica that helped him gradually taper and discontinue the lithium.

Although family and friends noticed an immense improvement in his functioning (he was less depressed and more alert, energetic, and focused), without the medication he continued to experience disabling spells of anxiety.

He tried numerous alternative treatment options:

  • He saw a naturapath who gave him 20+ intravenous chelation treatments for toxic blood levels of lead and mercury.
  • He saw a shaman in Colombia who treated him with psychic surgery.*
  • Yoga (partially effective)
  • Acupuncture
  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation**

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Israel: Tens of thousands call for PM Benjamin Netanyahu to resign

The Stringer

Tens of thousands of Israelis calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resign demonstrated across the country Saturday evening, saying he is unfit to rule while on trial for corruption charges and accusing him of mismanaging the nation’s coronavirus crisis.

Protesters calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Tel Aviv’s Habima Square, October 10, 2020 Tomer Appelbaum

Activists protest against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Dizengoff Square Tel Aviv on October 10, 2020 (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

Protesters gathered at hundreds of locations across the country due to a nationwide lockdown that has barred them from protesting at the usual site outside Netanyahu’s official residence in Jerusalem.

The current lockdown regulations allow people only to gather within one kilometer (less than a mile) of their home.

The largest gathering at Habima Square in central Tel Aviv drew thousands of protesters, who blew horns and pounded on drums and tambourines.

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