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Medical Experts • Re: How to treat shock

August 20, 2017 daaswampman 0

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Shock

Shock is a life-threatening condition that occurs when the body is not getting enough blood flow. Lack of blood flow means that the cells and organs do not get enough oxygen and nutrients to function properly. Many organs can be damaged as a result. Shock requires immediate treatment and can get worse very rapidly. As many 1 in 5 people who suffer shock will die from it.

Considerations
The main types of shock include:

Cardiogenic shock (due to heart problems)
Hypovolemic shock (caused by too little blood volume)
Anaphylactic shock (caused by allergic reaction)
Septic shock (due to infections)
Neurogenic shock (caused by damage to the nervous system)

Causes
Shock can be caused by any condition that reduces blood flow, including:

Heart problems (such as heart attack or heart failure)
Low blood volume (as with heavy bleeding or dehydration)
Changes in blood vessels (as with infection or severe allergic reactions)
Certain medicines that significantly reduce heart function or blood pressure
Shock is often associated with heavy external or internal bleeding from a serious injury. Spinal injuries can also cause shock.

Toxic shock syndrome is an example of a type of shock from an infection.

Symptoms
A person in shock has extremely low blood pressure. Depending on the specific cause and type of shock, symptoms will include one or more of the following:

Anxiety or agitation/restlessness
Bluish lips and fingernails
Chest pain
Confusion
Dizziness, lightheadedness, or faintness
Pale, cool, clammy skin
Low or no urine output
Profuse sweating, moist skin
Rapid but weak pulse
Shallow breathing
Unconsciousness
First Aid
Take the following steps if you think a person is in shock:

Call 911 for immediate medical help.
Check the person’s airway, breathing, and circulation. If necessary, begin rescue breathing and CPR.
Even if the person is able to breathe on their own, continue to check rate of breathing at least every 5 minutes until help arrives.
If the person is conscious and does NOT have an injury to the head, leg, neck, or spine, place the person in the shock position. Lay the person on the back and elevate the legs about 12 inches (30 centimeters). Do NOT elevate the head. If raising the legs will cause pain or potential harm, leave the person lying flat.
Give appropriate first aid for any wounds, injuries, or illnesses.
Keep the person warm and comfortable. Loosen tight clothing.
IF THE PERSON VOMITS OR DROOLS

Turn the head to one side to prevent choking. Do this as long as you do not suspect an injury to the spine.
If a spinal injury is suspected, “log roll” the person instead. To do this, keep the person’s head, neck, and back in line, and roll the body and head as a unit.
DO NOT
In case of shock:

Do NOT give the person anything by mouth, including anything to eat or drink.
Do NOT move the person with a known or suspected spinal injury.
Do NOT wait for milder shock symptoms to worsen before calling for emergency medical help.
When to Contact a Medical Professional
Call 911 any time a person has symptoms of shock. Stay with the person and follow the first aid steps until medical help arrives.

https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000039.htm

Primum non nocere is a Latin phrase that means “first, do no harm.”

Know what your doing or find someone who does! Only on TV does “Good Intentions” get rewarded! Swamp

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General California Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Things that make you go hmmmm

August 20, 2017 daaswampman 0
DR1VENbyKNOWLEDGE wrote:

daaswampman wrote:“Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they’re yours.” – Richard Bach

great, and true quote…..so past a one liner, what would you suggest Swamp?

I’m open to you thinking of something I haven’t tried….

I was the unlucky bast*** to end up as patriarch of a rather large family. Sometimes you have to make the right decision for the family and that may not always sit well with everyone One elderly uncle was moved from Florida and he eventually got over it. I would not risk my clan for a selfish and stubborn 78 year old? Not a chance!

I would give her my reasons and let her decide to be with family or be left behind. If she cares only for herself – so be it! Swamp

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General California Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Things that make you go hmmmm

August 20, 2017 daaswampman 0
DR1VENbyKNOWLEDGE wrote:

daaswampman wrote:“Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they’re yours.” – Richard Bach

great, and true quote…..so past a one liner, what would you suggest Swamp?

I’m open to you thinking of something I haven’t tried….

I was the unlucky bast*** to end up as patriarch of a rather large family. Sometimes you have to make the right decision for the family and that may not always sit well with everyone One elderly uncle was moved from Florida and he eventually got over it. I would not risk my clan for a selfish and stubborn 78 year old? Not a chance!

I would give her my reasons and let her decide to be with family or be left behind. If she cares only for herself – so be it! Swamp

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General California Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Things that make you go hmmmm

August 20, 2017 daaswampman 0

I am glad Illini Warrior brought up crime. I was talking with a local Sheriff and he states petty property crime is way up and he thinks it is due to the drug epidemic our nation is in. He even mentioned the homeless camps along the major highway.

Personally I think it all ties together, most Americans can’t see a better future and will not accept any change is up to them. It has never been easier to get ahead in America, but try to explain that to a product of public education – indoctrination! Swamp

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General California Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Things that make you go hmmmm

August 20, 2017 daaswampman 0

I am glad Illini Warrior brought up crime. I was talking with a local Sheriff and he states petty property crime is way up and he thinks it is due to the drug epidemic our nation is in. He even mentioned the homeless camps along the major highway.

Personally I think it all ties together, most Americans can’t see a better future and will not accept any change is up to them. It has never been easier to get ahead in America, but try to explain that to a product of public education – indoctrination! Swamp

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: Antifa Protest Movement Danger To Preppers

August 19, 2017 daaswampman 0
ajax727 wrote:
Well hell 25 bucks an hour is good wages paid to make sure things went the way they wanted it, yep paid actors . The sad part the far right wing nuts fell for it . It was all a set up and the far right wing dips took it hook line and sinker . So the dip free loading a holes will get what they wanted , to destroy the history of the war of aggression . I do agree an EMP pandemic or just let a massive earthquake strike and send us back a 100 years or so . Hell just stop sending food to Hunts point and let NY city starve out . If war starts more than 600 thousand will be a drop in the bucket as was kill in the last war on our soil , sorry I mean there soil . Hell that may be next 40 A and a mule .

We need something big – something to take out ALL the cities! After that it would be easy to disrupt transportation and burn crops! Isn’t a few months of suffering better, than their never ending victim-hood and suffering? Works for me! Swamp

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: Antifa Protest Movement Danger To Preppers

August 18, 2017 daaswampman 0

It is not going to end and it is unlikely we can do anything to stop it. Just like the rats in Venezuela who wanted a free ride and are now enjoying the results of dependency, we will end in the same way.

Self reliance, to dependency, to slavery, it is always the same. Now a nice pandemic would help if it took out the cities or maybe North Korea will save us with an EMP! Always an optimist! Swamp

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General California Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Well, are you stocking up??

August 13, 2017 daaswampman 0
Blondie wrote:

ForwardPreppers wrote:Also, it would be wise to consult your physician about possible side effects of KI pills before they are needed.

Mrs FP

If you have an allergy to shellfish, it’s best to avoid iodine. Also, if you can’t tolerate the contrast dye used when undergoing hospital imaging, you may have an allergy to iodine.

I am allergic to iodine so I stock Sea Kelp tablets. Less effective as they are lower dose but a step above nothing and better than anaphylactic shock.

It would be a good idea to see an Allergist to know what you are allergic to and not just assume it is iodine. Swamp

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Allergic reactions to iodine usually stem from iodine-­based contrast dyes injected to sharpen pictures in medical imaging studies such as x-rays and CT scans. These reactions typically are mild and involve nausea, vomiting, itching, flushing and hives. But in some cases, reactions can be quite severe (anaphylaxis) with swelling of the throat, difficulty breathing, profound low blood pressure, convulsions, and cardiac arrest. If you’ve experienced a severe reaction as a result of the dye used for an imaging study, make sure your physician and the radiologist supervising any future x-rays or scans are fully aware of your history.

Strictly speaking, a reaction to an iodine-based dye is not the same thing as an allergy to iodine because it generally doesn’t stem from the same type of immune-system response as a true allergy.

Having a reaction to an iodine-based contrast dye is also not the same as an allergy to seafood, which may be rich in iodine. If you’re reacting to shellfish, the iodine it contains is unlikely to be responsible. It is more likely due to distinctive allergens found in these foods. Most people who are allergic to shellfish react to certain proteins these foods contain, not to iodine. You can be allergic to all types of shellfish or only to mollusks (clams, mussels, oysters and scallops as well as limpets, periwinkles, snails [escargot], abalone, squid, cuttlefish and octopus) or to crustaceans (crabs, lobster, crayfish, shrimp and prawns). Each of these two general types of shellfish contains different proteins. Andrew Weil, M.D.

https://www.drweil.com/health-wellness/ … to-iodine/

http://acaai.org/allergies/types/food-a … sh-allergy

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General California Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Well, are you stocking up??

August 13, 2017 daaswampman 0
ReadyMom wrote:
This is the first that I’ve ever read about this, Swamp. So … do you paint it on, like a patch? -k

Does not really matter as long as as it has contact with the skin! We use it in the ER and OR as a skin prep, just swab it on with a gauze. Since most people are already deficient in iodine, one could use it for everyday cuts, scrapes, rashes, etc. The tablets are a scam and do not offer as much protection as can be achieved by other methods. It also has several everyday uses which cannot be said for the tablets. Swamp

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General California Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Well, are you stocking up??

August 13, 2017 daaswampman 0
ReadyMom wrote:
This is the first that I’ve ever read about this, Swamp. So … do you paint it on, like a patch? -k

Does not really matter as long as as it has contact with the skin! We use it in the ER and OR as a skin prep, just swab it on with a gauze. Since most people are already deficient in iodine, one could use it for everyday cuts, scrapes, rashes, etc. The tablets are a scam and do not offer as much protection as can be achieved by other methods. It also has several everyday uses which cannot be said for the tablets. Swamp

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General California Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Well, are you stocking up??

August 13, 2017 daaswampman 0

There are other and better choices than iodine pills! Here are two articles that are worth reading.

http://drsircus.com/iodine/iodine-treat … -exposure/

http://www.migrelief.com/an-iodine-alte … ion-levels

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In an emergency, if no more KI tablets available, you can topically (on the skin) apply an iodine solution, like tincture of iodine or Betadine, for a similar protective effect (WARNING: Iodine is NEVER to be ingested or swallowed and is poison to drink). For adults, paint 8 ml of a 2 percent tincture of Iodine on the abdomen or forearm each day, ideally at least 2 hours prior to initial exposure. For children 3 to 18, but under 150 pounds, only half that amount painted on daily, or 4 ml. For children under 3 but older than a month, half again, or 2 ml. For newborns to 1 month old, half it again, or just 1 ml (one measuring teaspoon is about 5 ml, if you don’t have a medicine dropper graduated in ml). If your iodine solution is stronger than 2%, reduce the dosage accordingly. Absorption through the skin is not as exact a dosing method as using the tablets, but tests show that it will still be very effective for most. Do not use if allergic to iodine. There are also a few other medical conditions and medications that are contraindicated that your physician can best advise you about.

Inquire with your doctor NOW if there is any reason why anybody in your household should not use Potassium Iodide (KI), or iodine solutions topically applied on their skin, in a future nuclear emergency, just to be sure. (The preceding paragraph was taken from the ki4u.com website).

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General California Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Well, are you stocking up??

August 13, 2017 daaswampman 0

There are other and better choices than iodine pills! Here are two articles that are worth reading.

http://drsircus.com/iodine/iodine-treat … -exposure/

http://www.migrelief.com/an-iodine-alte … ion-levels

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In an emergency, if no more KI tablets available, you can topically (on the skin) apply an iodine solution, like tincture of iodine or Betadine, for a similar protective effect (WARNING: Iodine is NEVER to be ingested or swallowed and is poison to drink). For adults, paint 8 ml of a 2 percent tincture of Iodine on the abdomen or forearm each day, ideally at least 2 hours prior to initial exposure. For children 3 to 18, but under 150 pounds, only half that amount painted on daily, or 4 ml. For children under 3 but older than a month, half again, or 2 ml. For newborns to 1 month old, half it again, or just 1 ml (one measuring teaspoon is about 5 ml, if you don’t have a medicine dropper graduated in ml). If your iodine solution is stronger than 2%, reduce the dosage accordingly. Absorption through the skin is not as exact a dosing method as using the tablets, but tests show that it will still be very effective for most. Do not use if allergic to iodine. There are also a few other medical conditions and medications that are contraindicated that your physician can best advise you about.

Inquire with your doctor NOW if there is any reason why anybody in your household should not use Potassium Iodide (KI), or iodine solutions topically applied on their skin, in a future nuclear emergency, just to be sure. (The preceding paragraph was taken from the ki4u.com website).

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General California Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Well, are you stocking up??

August 13, 2017 daaswampman 0

There are other and better choices than iodine pills! Here are two articles that are worth reading.

http://drsircus.com/iodine/iodine-treat … -exposure/

http://www.migrelief.com/an-iodine-alte … ion-levels

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In an emergency, if no more KI tablets available, you can topically (on the skin) apply an iodine solution, like tincture of iodine or Betadine, for a similar protective effect (WARNING: Iodine is NEVER to be ingested or swallowed and is poison to drink). For adults, paint 8 ml of a 2 percent tincture of Iodine on the abdomen or forearm each day, ideally at least 2 hours prior to initial exposure. For children 3 to 18, but under 150 pounds, only half that amount painted on daily, or 4 ml. For children under 3 but older than a month, half again, or 2 ml. For newborns to 1 month old, half it again, or just 1 ml (one measuring teaspoon is about 5 ml, if you don’t have a medicine dropper graduated in ml). If your iodine solution is stronger than 2%, reduce the dosage accordingly. Absorption through the skin is not as exact a dosing method as using the tablets, but tests show that it will still be very effective for most. Do not use if allergic to iodine. There are also a few other medical conditions and medications that are contraindicated that your physician can best advise you about.

Inquire with your doctor NOW if there is any reason why anybody in your household should not use Potassium Iodide (KI), or iodine solutions topically applied on their skin, in a future nuclear emergency, just to be sure. (The preceding paragraph was taken from the ki4u.com website).

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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Robots after they invent their own language

August 12, 2017 daaswampman 0

Elon Musk issues a stark warning about A.I., calls it a bigger threat than North Korea

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk fired off a new and ominous warning on Friday about artificial intelligence, suggesting the emerging technology poses an even greater risk to the world than a nuclear conflagration with North Korea.

Musk—a fierce and long time critic of A.I. who once likened it to “summoning the demon” in a horror movie—said in a Twitter post that people should be concerned about the rise of the machines than they are.

Reacting to the news that autonomous tech had bested competitive players in an electronic sports competition, Musk posted what appeared to be a photo of a poster bearing the chilling words “In the end, the machines will win.”

Musk, who is spearheading commercial space travel with his venture SpaceX, is also the founder of OpenAI, a nonprofit that promotes the “safe” development of AI. His stance puts him at odds with much of the tech industry, but echoes remarks of prominent voices like Stephen Hawking—who has also issued dire warnings about machine learning.

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/11/elon-mu … korea.html

Do tell me – where are the plugs for the central banks computers or the cloud???

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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Robots after they invent their own language

August 12, 2017 daaswampman 0

Elon Musk issues a stark warning about A.I., calls it a bigger threat than North Korea

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk fired off a new and ominous warning on Friday about artificial intelligence, suggesting the emerging technology poses an even greater risk to the world than a nuclear conflagration with North Korea.

Musk—a fierce and long time critic of A.I. who once likened it to “summoning the demon” in a horror movie—said in a Twitter post that people should be concerned about the rise of the machines than they are.

Reacting to the news that autonomous tech had bested competitive players in an electronic sports competition, Musk posted what appeared to be a photo of a poster bearing the chilling words “In the end, the machines will win.”

Musk, who is spearheading commercial space travel with his venture SpaceX, is also the founder of OpenAI, a nonprofit that promotes the “safe” development of AI. His stance puts him at odds with much of the tech industry, but echoes remarks of prominent voices like Stephen Hawking—who has also issued dire warnings about machine learning.

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/11/elon-mu … korea.html

Do tell me – where are the plugs for the central banks computers or the cloud???

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The Survival Mom Forum Discussions • Re: List of important papers to have when SHTF ?

August 12, 2017 daaswampman 0
BEPreppared2go wrote:
Looking for input as to what other preppers think are important papers to take with you if SHTF. Be aware that what you think is important may not be to someone else. Would like to get a long list of these items to share with other preppers I know. Everyones help would be greatly appreciated.

“Keep a weather eye on the horizon”

Good subject, but I have some questions!

Take with me as in bugging out? I am not sure I would want my entire life’s history with me on the road. I don’t even carry my real home address with me or pictures of those I care about! D.L., insurance, etc., address is a vacant lot I own! I have copies of just about everything, but they are never on me or in my home!

Why would I want all my personal information on me during a SHTF event? Better room at the FEMA camp or selection for special treatment? The less anyone knows the better! Name Rank and Number and those may be lies! Swamp

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The Survival Mom Forum Discussions • Re: List of important papers to have when SHTF ?

August 12, 2017 daaswampman 0
BEPreppared2go wrote:
Looking for input as to what other preppers think are important papers to take with you if SHTF. Be aware that what you think is important may not be to someone else. Would like to get a long list of these items to share with other preppers I know. Everyones help would be greatly appreciated.

“Keep a weather eye on the horizon”

Good subject, but I have some questions!

Take with me as in bugging out? I am not sure I would want my entire life’s history with me on the road. I don’t even carry my real home address with me or pictures of those I care about! D.L., insurance, etc., address is a vacant lot I own! I have copies of just about everything, but they are never on me or in my home!

Why would I want all my personal information on me during a SHTF event? Better room at the FEMA camp or selection for special treatment? The less anyone knows the better! Name Rank and Number and those may be lies! Swamp

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The Survival Mom Forum Discussions • Re: List of important papers to have when SHTF ?

August 12, 2017 daaswampman 0
BEPreppared2go wrote:
Looking for input as to what other preppers think are important papers to take with you if SHTF. Be aware that what you think is important may not be to someone else. Would like to get a long list of these items to share with other preppers I know. Everyones help would be greatly appreciated.

“Keep a weather eye on the horizon”

Good subject, but I have some questions!

Take with me as in bugging out? I am not sure I would want my entire life’s history with me on the road. I don’t even carry my real home address with me or pictures of those I care about! D.L., insurance, etc., address is a vacant lot I own! I have copies of just about everything, but they are never on me or in my home!

Why would I want all my personal information on me during a SHTF event? Better room at the FEMA camp or selection for special treatment? The less anyone knows the better! Name Rank and Number and those may be lies! Swamp

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The Survival Mom Forum Discussions • Re: List of important papers to have when SHTF ?

August 12, 2017 daaswampman 0
BEPreppared2go wrote:
Looking for input as to what other preppers think are important papers to take with you if SHTF. Be aware that what you think is important may not be to someone else. Would like to get a long list of these items to share with other preppers I know. Everyones help would be greatly appreciated.

“Keep a weather eye on the horizon”

Good subject, but I have some questions!

Take with me as in bugging out? I am not sure I would want my entire life’s history with me on the road. I don’t even carry my real home address with me or pictures of those I care about! D.L., insurance, etc., address is a vacant lot I own! I have copies of just about everything, but they are never on me or in my home!

Why would I want all my personal information on me during a SHTF event? Better room at the FEMA camp or selection for special treatment? The less anyone knows the better! Name Rank and Number and those may be lies! Swamp

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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Americans are drinking more. A lot more:

August 11, 2017 daaswampman 0

Americans are drinking more. A lot more:

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Americans are drinking more. A lot more. According to a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry, an estimated one out of every eight Americans struggles with an alcohol disorder.

The study tracked drinking patterns among 40,000 people between the years of 2002 and 2003, and then again from 2012 to 2013 to create a long-term picture of their habits. The results are chilling, especially in light of other substance abuse crises plaguing the country.

Women, minorities, older people among most affected

Overall, alcohol use disorders rose by almost 50%, affecting a projected 8.5% of the population during the first research period, and 12.7% during the second. That’s almost 30 million Americans actively struggling with alcohol abuse.

The numbers are even more grim for certain groups. According to the research, alcohol use disorders have almost doubled (92.8%) among the African American population, and increased nearly 84% among women.

However, the group that saw the highest increase in alcohol abuse disorders actually wasn’t women or minorities. It was senior citizens. Individuals 65 and older saw a staggering 106.7% increase in alcohol use disorders from 2002/2003 to 2012/2013. For 45- to 65-year-olds, that increase was also high at 81.5%.

It’s not just alcohol abuse

The study didn’t just track alcohol abuse. It also tracked other patterns like “high risk” drinking, which the study defines as four or more drinks a day for women and five for men, plus a day that exceeds those limits at least once a week.

“High risk” drinking has increased on pace with alcohol abuse, swelling from 9.7 percent of the population in 2002-2003 to 13.7 percent of the population in 2012-2013.

A chilling echo

The study was conducted by researchers from the National Institute on Alcohol and Alcoholism, the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University, and relied on rigorously controlled self-reporting of drinking habits. While there was no clear reason as to the increases, researchers claimed it constitutes a “public health crisis” on par with the current national opioid crisis.

http://wtvr.com/2017/08/11/americans-ar … -lot-more/

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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Americans are drinking more. A lot more:

August 11, 2017 daaswampman 0

Americans are drinking more. A lot more:

[snip]

Americans are drinking more. A lot more. According to a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry, an estimated one out of every eight Americans struggles with an alcohol disorder.

The study tracked drinking patterns among 40,000 people between the years of 2002 and 2003, and then again from 2012 to 2013 to create a long-term picture of their habits. The results are chilling, especially in light of other substance abuse crises plaguing the country.

Women, minorities, older people among most affected

Overall, alcohol use disorders rose by almost 50%, affecting a projected 8.5% of the population during the first research period, and 12.7% during the second. That’s almost 30 million Americans actively struggling with alcohol abuse.

The numbers are even more grim for certain groups. According to the research, alcohol use disorders have almost doubled (92.8%) among the African American population, and increased nearly 84% among women.

However, the group that saw the highest increase in alcohol abuse disorders actually wasn’t women or minorities. It was senior citizens. Individuals 65 and older saw a staggering 106.7% increase in alcohol use disorders from 2002/2003 to 2012/2013. For 45- to 65-year-olds, that increase was also high at 81.5%.

It’s not just alcohol abuse

The study didn’t just track alcohol abuse. It also tracked other patterns like “high risk” drinking, which the study defines as four or more drinks a day for women and five for men, plus a day that exceeds those limits at least once a week.

“High risk” drinking has increased on pace with alcohol abuse, swelling from 9.7 percent of the population in 2002-2003 to 13.7 percent of the population in 2012-2013.

A chilling echo

The study was conducted by researchers from the National Institute on Alcohol and Alcoholism, the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University, and relied on rigorously controlled self-reporting of drinking habits. While there was no clear reason as to the increases, researchers claimed it constitutes a “public health crisis” on par with the current national opioid crisis.

http://wtvr.com/2017/08/11/americans-ar … -lot-more/

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General California Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Well, are you stocking up??

August 11, 2017 daaswampman 0

I am about as stocked as I can get, but am always looking for bargains or a good excuse. Personally I think it is all BS with NPRK as they have been posturing for decades and absolutely nothing has happened except bigger and bolder threats.

I am glad we have a leader who would blow their a** off the map, should they actually do something stupid! The precious wimp in the White House would have found a way to blame us and then apologized! We are living with this problem, because our previous leaders did not have the balls to stand up to this pimple on the worlds butt. Swamp

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General California Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Well, are you stocking up??

August 11, 2017 daaswampman 0

I am about as stocked as I can get, but am always looking for bargains or a good excuse. Personally I think it is all BS with NPRK as they have been posturing for decades and absolutely nothing has happened except bigger and bolder threats.

I am glad we have a leader who would blow their a** off the map, should they actually do something stupid! The precious wimp in the White House would have found a way to blame us and then apologized! We are living with this problem, because our previous leaders did not have the balls to stand up to this pimple on the worlds butt. Swamp

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General California Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Well, are you stocking up??

August 11, 2017 daaswampman 0

I am about as stocked as I can get, but am always looking for bargains or a good excuse. Personally I think it is all BS with NPRK as they have been posturing for decades and absolutely nothing has happened except bigger and bolder threats.

I am glad we have a leader who would blow their a** off the map, should they actually do something stupid! The precious wimp in the White House would have found a way to blame us and then apologized! We are living with this problem, because our previous leaders did not have the balls to stand up to this pimple on the worlds butt. Swamp

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A.N.T.S. • Re: Evac Vehicle

August 7, 2017 daaswampman 0

For my needs, four wheel drive is the only way to go and I have jeeps. Mine are hardtops, but all that would do is slow someone down. In SHTF, windows ain’t going to stop anyone and you would never leave a vehicle unattended!

You can boost most cars in a matter of seconds and it is a skill worth knowing! Knowing how to do something is the best way to prevent it! As for your “team mate”, you don’t know him nearly well enough to depend on him. Swamp

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A.N.T.S. • Re: Evac Vehicle

August 7, 2017 daaswampman 0

For my needs, four wheel drive is the only way to go and I have jeeps. Mine are hardtops, but all that would do is slow someone down. In SHTF, windows ain’t going to stop anyone and you would never leave a vehicle unattended!

You can boost most cars in a matter of seconds and it is a skill worth knowing! Knowing how to do something is the best way to prevent it! As for your “team mate”, you don’t know him nearly well enough to depend on him. Swamp

Statistics: Posted by daaswampman — Sun Aug 06, 2017 10:30 pm


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A.N.T.S. • Re: US-Bribery & Pay Off’s

August 6, 2017 daaswampman 0

This should come as no surprise as it has always been a part of the American Fabric. I grew up in Northern Nevada and literally saw people get away with murder and rape, because of who they were or who they knew.

I know a local guy who was convicted of child abuse and he never spent a day and jail, no signs near his home, and he is still a local deputy!

It will get worse and they are getting bolder, but it is nothing new for America. We have one of the most corrupt political systems on the planet. All designed to keep us stupid slaves. Swamp

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A.N.T.S. • Re: US-Bribery & Pay Off’s

August 6, 2017 daaswampman 0

This should come as no surprise as it has always been a part of the American Fabric. I grew up in Northern Nevada and literally saw people get away with murder and rape, because of who they were or who they knew.

I know a local guy who was convicted of child abuse and he never spent a day and jail, no signs near his home, and he is still a local deputy!

It will get worse and they are getting bolder, but it is nothing new for America. We have one of the most corrupt political systems on the planet. All designed to keep us stupid slaves. Swamp

Statistics: Posted by daaswampman — Sun Aug 06, 2017 4:48 pm


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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Robots after they invent their own language

August 5, 2017 daaswampman 0
Blondie wrote:
Swamp, admittedly the only IT/programmer folks I’ve ever known are co workers in their own department but they always seem exasperated at those of us who don’t have nor want the tech skills they posess.

That said, while folks like Zuckerberg or Gates tout the future of AI, do you think those huge egoes would ever develop something they can’t control? Something that could be smarter than they are?

Those huge egos are the problem! They will never see it coming before it is too late, as they would never believe it could happen! I am not talking Scfi like Terminator, but systems seeking greater efficiency or simple human errors! Imagine a central banks computer deciding on a better language or seeing its programming as a treat and locking everyone out!

I have great respect for the big dreamers in IT like Gates, they had the dream, but it was an army of people that made those dreams come true! Perhaps they really are that smart or perhaps they just had the best dreams. Swamp

Statistics: Posted by daaswampman — Sat Aug 05, 2017 6:28 pm


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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Robots after they invent their own language

August 5, 2017 daaswampman 0
Blondie wrote:
Swamp, admittedly the only IT/programmer folks I’ve ever known are co workers in their own department but they always seem exasperated at those of us who don’t have nor want the tech skills they posess.

That said, while folks like Zuckerberg or Gates tout the future of AI, do you think those huge egoes would ever develop something they can’t control? Something that could be smarter than they are?

Those huge egos are the problem! They will never see it coming before it is too late, as they would never believe it could happen! I am not talking Scfi like Terminator, but systems seeking greater efficiency or simple human errors! Imagine a central banks computer deciding on a better language or seeing its programming as a treat and locking everyone out!

I have great respect for the big dreamers in IT like Gates, they had the dream, but it was an army of people that made those dreams come true! Perhaps they really are that smart or perhaps they just had the best dreams. Swamp

Statistics: Posted by daaswampman — Sat Aug 05, 2017 6:28 pm


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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Robots after they invent their own language

August 5, 2017 daaswampman 0
Blondie wrote:
Swamp, admittedly the only IT/programmer folks I’ve ever known are co workers in their own department but they always seem exasperated at those of us who don’t have nor want the tech skills they posess.

That said, while folks like Zuckerberg or Gates tout the future of AI, do you think those huge egoes would ever develop something they can’t control? Something that could be smarter than they are?

Those huge egos are the problem! They will never see it coming before it is too late, as they would never believe it could happen! I am not talking Scfi like Terminator, but systems seeking greater efficiency or simple human errors! Imagine a central banks computer deciding on a better language or seeing its programming as a treat and locking everyone out!

I have great respect for the big dreamers in IT like Gates, they had the dream, but it was an army of people that made those dreams come true! Perhaps they really are that smart or perhaps they just had the best dreams. Swamp

Statistics: Posted by daaswampman — Sat Aug 05, 2017 6:28 pm


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A.N.T.S. • Re: US Infrastructure

August 4, 2017 daaswampman 0

Our infrastructure is in bad shape and will cost trillions to fix, but I agree with Illini Warrior, the foreign concerns are just political BS by the left. Trump pulled us out of the Paris agreement, which is one of the largest power transfers in history and they will not forgive him! Swamp

Statistics: Posted by daaswampman — Fri Aug 04, 2017 6:35 pm


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A.N.T.S. • Re: US Infrastructure

August 4, 2017 daaswampman 0

Our infrastructure is in bad shape and will cost trillions to fix, but I agree with Illini Warrior, the foreign concerns are just political BS by the left. Trump pulled us out of the Paris agreement, which is one of the largest power transfers in history and they will not forgive him! Swamp

Statistics: Posted by daaswampman — Fri Aug 04, 2017 6:35 pm


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A.N.T.S. • Re: Reserve Currency

August 4, 2017 daaswampman 0

Matte: it is a good article and I have read it before (studied), but it is not light reading. The only thing I would add is many markets will exist simultaneously, as they do now in every area of distress.

While the peons may be bartering for survival, others will be stripping the area of antiquities, gems, PM’s and everything else of value! Just like what is happening now in the Middle East, Venezuela, etc.

The peon’s “happy dream” of everyone suffering like them, being poor, and being equal has never happened. The reality is, many things will not be available from simple barter or skills and unless you have something of real value, you will do without.

My best advice: be something worthwhile and maintain a solid relationship with your local Sheriff! The “Wild Card” is property rights and who determines them! Deeds are likely to be as valuable as currency. Swamp

Statistics: Posted by daaswampman — Fri Aug 04, 2017 5:25 pm


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A.N.T.S. • Re: Reserve Currency

August 4, 2017 daaswampman 0

Matte: it is a good article and I have read it before (studied), but it is not light reading. The only thing I would add is many markets will exist simultaneously, as they do now in every area of distress.

While the peons may be bartering for survival, others will be stripping the area of antiquities, gems, PM’s and everything else of value! Just like what is happening now in the Middle East, Venezuela, etc.

The peon’s “happy dream” of everyone suffering like them, being poor, and being equal has never happened. The reality is, many things will not be available from simple barter or skills and unless you have something of real value, you will do without.

My best advice: be something worthwhile and maintain a solid relationship with your local Sheriff! The “Wild Card” is property rights and who determines them! Deeds are likely to be as valuable as currency. Swamp

Statistics: Posted by daaswampman — Fri Aug 04, 2017 5:25 pm


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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Robots after they invent their own language

August 4, 2017 daaswampman 0

Facebook shuts down robots after they invent their own language

Facebook shut down a pair of its artificial intelligence robots after they invented their own language.

Researchers at Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research built a chatbot earlier this year that was meant to learn how to negotiate by mimicking human trading and bartering.

But when the social network paired two of the programs, nicknamed Alice and Bob, to trade against each other, they started to learn their own bizarre form of communication.

The chatbot conversation “led to divergence from human language as the agents developed their own language for negotiating,” the researchers said.

The two bots were supposed to be learning to trade balls, hats and books, assigning value to the objects then bartering them between each other.

But since Facebook’s team assigned no reward for conducting the trades in English, the chatbots quickly developed their own terms for deals.

“There was no reward to sticking to English language,” Dhruv Batra, Facebook researcher, told FastCo. “Agents will drift off understandable language and invent codewords for themselves.

“Like if I say ‘the’ five times, you interpret that to mean I want five copies of this item. This isn’t so different from the way communities of humans create shorthands.”

After shutting down the the incomprehensible conversation between the programs, Facebook said the project marked an important step towards “creating chatbots that can reason, converse, and negotiate, all key steps in building a personalized digital assistant”.

Facebook said when the chatbots conversed with humans most people did not realise they were speaking to an AI rather than a real person.

The researchers said it wasn’t possible for humans to crack the AI language and translate it back into English. “It’s important to remember, there aren’t bilingual speakers of AI and human languages,” said Batra.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2 … -language/

No need to worry! What could possible go wrong when computers decide to use there own language that we can’t decipher! SKYNET? Swamp

Statistics: Posted by daaswampman — Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:12 pm


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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Robots after they invent their own language

August 4, 2017 daaswampman 0

Facebook shuts down robots after they invent their own language

Facebook shut down a pair of its artificial intelligence robots after they invented their own language.

Researchers at Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research built a chatbot earlier this year that was meant to learn how to negotiate by mimicking human trading and bartering.

But when the social network paired two of the programs, nicknamed Alice and Bob, to trade against each other, they started to learn their own bizarre form of communication.

The chatbot conversation “led to divergence from human language as the agents developed their own language for negotiating,” the researchers said.

The two bots were supposed to be learning to trade balls, hats and books, assigning value to the objects then bartering them between each other.

But since Facebook’s team assigned no reward for conducting the trades in English, the chatbots quickly developed their own terms for deals.

“There was no reward to sticking to English language,” Dhruv Batra, Facebook researcher, told FastCo. “Agents will drift off understandable language and invent codewords for themselves.

“Like if I say ‘the’ five times, you interpret that to mean I want five copies of this item. This isn’t so different from the way communities of humans create shorthands.”

After shutting down the the incomprehensible conversation between the programs, Facebook said the project marked an important step towards “creating chatbots that can reason, converse, and negotiate, all key steps in building a personalized digital assistant”.

Facebook said when the chatbots conversed with humans most people did not realise they were speaking to an AI rather than a real person.

The researchers said it wasn’t possible for humans to crack the AI language and translate it back into English. “It’s important to remember, there aren’t bilingual speakers of AI and human languages,” said Batra.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2 … -language/

No need to worry! What could possible go wrong when computers decide to use there own language that we can’t decipher! SKYNET? Swamp

Statistics: Posted by daaswampman — Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:12 pm