Study: States Might Be Undercounting Opioid Deaths by as Much as 70,000

Researchers suggest state health officials might be “greatly underestimating” the opioid crisis, finding a possible 70,000 uncounted deaths since 1999. Many opioid overdose victims are getting lost in the official count due to incomplete cause-of-death reports. Unspecified drug-overdose deaths jumped from 2,255 in 1999 to 29,383 in 2015, an increase of 220 percent. Overall, unintentional drug overdoses killed 438,607 people between 1999 and 2015. Over this period, deaths linked to opioids experienced a 401-percent increase, while non-opioid related overdose deaths increased by 150 percent. Researchers used the proportion of opioid-linked deaths among the overall population of drug deaths to estimate how many fatalities listed as “unspecified” could be tied to opioids. This as reports that global opium and cocaine production has never been higher.
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31% Think U.S. Civil War Likely Soon

Most voters fear that political violence is coming from opponents of the president’s policies, just as they did in the second year of Barack Obama’s presidency, and nearly one-in-three think a civil war is next. Thirty-one percent (31%) of Likely U.S. Voters say it’s likely that the United States will experience a second civil war sometime in the next five years, with 11% who say it’s Very Likely. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 59% consider a second civil war unlikely, but that includes only 29% who say it’s Not at All Likely. (To see survey question wording, click here.) Democrats (37%) are more fearful than Republicans (32%) and voters not affiliated with either major party (26%) that a second civil war is at hand.
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‘Crisis of Democracy’: N.Y. Times Op-Ed Supports Abusing Republicans in Public, Ignores Liberals Shooting, Beating Conservatives

Michelle Goldberg’s op ed attempts to justify the abuse Republicans and Trump administration officials have been subjected to in recent years. Goldberg falsely paints liberals as peaceful, unarmed saints who have reached the limit of their patience and are forced to confront evil Republicans. These radical leftists define “democracy” as straight majority rule–mob rule, as has been witnessed this past week in mob actions against female GOP government officials Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Pam Bondi and Kirstjen Nielsen. Other examples of liberal violence against conservatives include a Republican Congressman grievously wounded in an attempted mass shooting of Republican lawmakers, Trump supporters viciously attacked at campaign rallies, and a limo set ablaze at Trump’s inauguration. Goldberg misrepresents Antifa, the violent organized wing of liberalism that riots and attacks conservatives in public. Goldberg falsely claims that these radical activists do not carry “assault weapons,” when that has occurred many times in states that allow open carry.
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The #MeToo Revolution Puts Spotlight on U.S.— Poll shows America Ranked Among 10 Most Dangerous Countries for Women

The United States was named as the only Western nation among the 10 most dangerous countries for women in a survey of global experts, after the #MeToo campaign triggered a flood of complaints about sexual harassment and assault. The Thomson Reuters Foundation survey asked 550 experts in women’s issues which of the 193 United Nations member states they considered most dangerous on a range of issues, with India topping the list followed by Afghanistan and Syria. The United States came 10th overall, but ranked joint third with Syria when respondents were asked where women most risked sexual violence, harassment and coercion into sex, and sixth regarding non-sexual violence such as domestic and mental abuse. Experts, advocates and survivors said a rising awareness of assault against women pegged to the #Metoo movement, the country’s outsized role on the world stage and a tolerance of violence added to the perception of danger in the United States.
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Young Women are Giving up on Children: They Choose to be Unfruitful wives, Unfaithful mothers

One day in New Jersey, years ago, I was standing on a train platform waiting to catch a train into New York City. Seeing well-dressed young women waiting at the platform, on their way to work, I thought: How many of these women are committing themselves to a life of single-hearted devotion to Mammon, the god of the world, without reaping any of the benefits that would arise from a life dedicated to the true God? They are celibate, after a fashion, but they are not virgins; they make sacrifices day after day, but reap no salvation from them, and bring no immortal souls into the world. They might have sex, but no children; thus, they lose the chief glory and merit of the married woman. Once they have a child, they then frequently hand over the burden of childcare to someone else, losing the greatest opportunity and privilege of all, that of nurturing and educating their own offspring.
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Supreme Court Rules for Crisis Pregnancy Centers in Free Speech Dispute

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in favor of pro-life crisis pregnancy centers that counsel pregnant women to make choices other than abortion, invalidating a California law requiring them to prominently post information on how to obtain a state-funded abortion. The court, in a 5-4 ruling, said the state law likely violates the First Amendment. The court also cast doubts on similar laws in Hawaii and Illinois. The state regulations, targeting centers that provide counseling-related services with the goal of helping women make choices other than abortion, demanded such centers prominently post information on how to obtain abortion and contraception. If pregnancy centers fail to comply with the law, they’re fined $500 for a first offense and $1,000 for each subsequent offense, according to the law.
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The Battle for America is Nowhere Near ‘Over.’ Here Are 10 Ways to Fight

Former Republican congressional candidate Jesse Kelly recently argued “America is over,” because as the government continues to grow, our freedom diminishes. “America is heading for an eventual socialist abyss,” he writes. “You will” end up on “the reservation that the leftists have set up for you,” and you will “all die” in “communist purges” at some point in the next century or two. Kelly is probably right about one thing: if leftists achieve total power in this country, they will do what they have done in other countries where they have achieved total power: They will murder their political opponents. Elsewhere, though, Kelly is off the mark. For example, he says that to die in a communist purge would be “a good thing,” because you would at least have the satisfaction of having lived during the period before the purge began. Maybe this is akin to “end times” Christians wanting the apocalypse to occur during their lifetime. In any case, having a death wish is not a strategy for victory over the Left. It’s a sign of mental illness. Read more: