SWEET DEPRESSION?

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CTVNews.ca Staff Published Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 7:00AM EST

Drinking more than four sweetened beverages a day is definitely not great for your waistline, but it also might not be good for your mood.

A new study by the U.S. National Institutes of Health finds that fruit and soft drink drinkers are more likely to be diagnosed with depression than those who didn’t regularly drink sweetened beverages.
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WHAT HAPPENED IN NEWTOWN?

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Even first shooter gamers pause to consider Newtown massacre – “There are some hints of a sneaking self-awareness creeping into the gaming community. One gamer — Antwand Pearman, editor of the website GamerFitNation — has called for other players to join in a “Day of Cease-Fire for Online Shooters” this Friday, one week after the massacre.
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TEMPLATE FOR A MASS KILLER

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First published 7/12 in response to the theater shooting in Aurora, CO

Was there an accomplice in the Aurora, Colorado, super-hero-wanna- be killing spree? Absolutely. The neurochemical, dopamine. James Holmes’s brain was inundated by dopamine, and when he opened fire in the theater, every function of his mind was under its spell.
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HAVE YOU HAD ENOUGH YET?

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First published following July, 2012 Aurora, CO shooting

How many more times will we hear about mass murders before we demand accountability – from the entertainment industry, providers of violent video games, and those who make and sell guns?

This is not a question of freedom of speech.
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WHO IS TO BLAME IN AURORA – THE DRUG OR THE PUSHER?

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Reprinted following the Aurora, CO shooting 7/25

Already emotionally unstable, James Holmes may have been pushed over the edge by external influences. Whatever the official diagnosis, it would be insightful to discover which factors may have exacerbated the underlying pathology that led to the tragedy in Aurora.
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CONSERVATIVE-LIBERAL DIFFERENCES? ALL IN OUR HEADS! Part II

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Conservatives congregate in the Left Hemisphere of the brain.  It’s the lobe that finds comfort in authority, loyalty, predictability, black/white information, and confrontation.  When the Left Brain is running the show, its owner aspires to hold on to, or grow power.
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CONSERVATIVE-LIBERAL DIFFERENCES? ALL IN OUR HEADS!

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What is it that bonds Conservatives to Romney? More precisely, what is it that bonds them together so vehemently against  President Obama?

Conservative friends describe Obama’s policies and personal traits as terrifying.  Their e-mails are angry and rancorous, predicting inevitable financial and moral ruin of the country, the loss of our dominance world-wide, and an urgency about taking back the “real” America. 
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Media Mind

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Mesmerized by the infinite novelty, and perpetually reinforced by the dose of dopamine that’s sure to come with that newness, we’re lead by our communication and entertainment devices to wherever they can take us – faster, easier, steadily absorbing more time and focus. 
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