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Published on: January 30, 2017 | Last Updated: January 30, 2017 10:19 AM EST

 Police officers respond to a shooting in a mosque at a Quebec City mosque on Ste-Foy St. on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017.
Police officers respond to a shooting in a mosque at a Quebec City mosque on Ste-Foy St. on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. ALICE CHICHE / AFP/Getty Images

Six people have been killed and eight others were injured after at least two gunmen opened fire in a Quebec City mosque Sunday night.

At a press conference early Monday morning, Premier Philippe Couillard said he was “horrified” by the attack.

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BREAKING: Muslim Arrested Plotting Nice-Style Attack In NYCAndrew Renneisen / StringerBY: ROBERT KRAYCHIK NOVEMBER 21, 2016

A 37-year-old Brooklyn resident named Mohamed Rafik Naji was arrested for allegedly attempting to execute Islamic terrorism on behalf of ISIS, reported left-wing CBS News on Monday. A citizen of Yemen, Naji was legally present in the US as a permanent resident.

Prosecutors say Naji has been expressing support of ISIS on social media since September 2014. Left-wing NBC reported that Naji traveled to Yemen in 2015 in an attempt to join ISIS, returning to the US after failing to do so. Left-wing CNBC reported that authorities have charges Naji with attempting to support ISIS by carrying out a mass murder attack in Times Square. Russia’s English language propaganda arm RT reported that Naji intended for the attack to be reminiscent of June’s mass murder Islamic terrorist attack in Nice, France.

The attack left 86 dead and 434 injured. President-elect Donald Trump has called for restricting the flow of foreign Muslims into the US as immigrants, refugees, students, workers, or visitors. Democrats and the broader left oppose such proposals, calling for a maintenance of or increase in volume of Muslims admitted to enter the US. H/T Robert Spencer at Jihad WatchFollow Robert Kraychik on Twitter.

Source: BREAKING: Muslim Arrested Plotting Nice-Style Attack In NYC | Daily Wire


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Despair over Clinton’s loss prompts ‘cry-in’ at Cornell; Play-Doh for the distraught People protest on the University of Connecticut campus against the election of Republican Donald Trump as president on Wednesday in Storrs, Conn.

Dozens of students at Cornell University gathered on a major campus thoroughfare for a “cry-in” to mourn the results of the 2016 presidential election Wednesday, with school staff providing tissues and hot chocolate.An event planned for the day after the election at Tufts University as a way for students to express themselves about the election turned into what one student called a “self-care” event.And the University of Kansas reminded students via social media of the therapy dogs available for comfort every other Wednesday.

Colleges nationwide scrambled to help students process Republican Donald Trump’s stunning election victory. They’re acknowledging that many students were up late watching results and so may not be at their sharpest in early-morning lectures. More so, they’re responding to a widespread sense of shock and despair on campuses to the victory of a candidate who offended Mexicans, Gold Star mothers, Muslims and the disabled during the course of the campaign.The touchy-feely approach won some catty comments from skeptics, calling students “snow-flakes” for their inability to handle the result. But schools said the concerns were real for many students.“People are frustrated, people are just really sad and shocked,” said Trey Boynton, the director of multi-ethnic student affairs at the University of Michigan. “A lot of people are feeling like there has been a loss.

We talked about grief today and about the loss of hope that this election would solidify the progress that was being made.”There was a steady flow of students entering Ms. Boynton’s office Wednesday. They spent the day sprawled around the center, playing with Play-Doh and coloring in coloring books, as they sought comfort and distraction.MORE IN ELECTION 2016Financial Adviser Wins WSJ’s 2016 Election Map ContestAmericans Are Optimistic But Fear Election Damaged Country, Poll ShowsCapital Journal Daybreak: Pence Ousts Lobbyists From Transition Team, MoreHigh-School Students Stage Anti-Trump Protest in WashingtonHillary Clinton’s Experience Was Her Undoing, Top Adviser SaysAfter Another Round of Election Losses, Will Democrats Replace House Leadership?“There is unspeakable shock at the manifestation of hate and bigotry that is on par with how people felt when Orlando happened, when Charleston happened,” she said. “This feels different from those events, but there is the same sort of heaviness today on campus today.

Everyone is very quiet. It looks like grief.”There were also celebrations on campuses by supporters of Mr. Trump.Ben Kaplan, head of Tufts Democrats, said that as some supporters of Hillary Clinton cried, portions of a campus center erupted in cheers as each state was called for Mr. Trump Tuesday night.At the event Wednesday, students were provided materials to write or draw about how they felt about the election.Alex Walker, son of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and chairman of the College Republicans of University of Wisconsin-Madison, which endorsed Mr. Trump, said that despite early shock, students “seemed to have accepted the results and were getting back to their normal routines.”The school tweeted around midday that the multicultural student center’s lounge was open all day for drop-ins, noting “all are welcome.”Mr. Walker said concerns about Mr. Trump’s heated rhetoric on immigration and other issues were “overblown,” adding that the president-elect’s acceptance speech had “a very calm and unifying message.”Still, Alan Peel, an astronomy lecturer at the University of Maryland canceled a test scheduled for Wednesday morning, writing to students that he worried some of their performances may be affected by “the monumental effort necessary to accept what must be a personally threatening election result.

”He opened the message, “Given that the nation in which you currently reside decided last night to elect a president whose own words have painted him a moral and possibly physical hazard to many of us…,” according to a copy reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.Julia Abraham, a 19-year-old student in the class, said she was relieved by the news and supported her professor’s decision. “Our class is very diverse,” she said, including “many who are directly targeted by Mr. Trump.” She said she thought “a bit of grieving time” would allow students to perform better on the test down the line.Morgan Polikoff, a professor at the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education, also canceled his Wednesday class. He told the 11 students in his Ph.D. statistics course on election night that they didn’t have to come if they didn’t want to; by the time he woke up, six said they weren’t up

Source: Colleges Try to Comfort Students Upset by Trump Victory – Washington Wire – WSJ


A trio of Saskatchewan women are determined to do what they can to preserve and protect the water in North America not only by supporting those in Standing Rock, N.D. – but by raising awareness locally.Naomi Ryder-Sioux, one of the founders of Keepers of the Water, said things are at important juncture and everyone needs to start standing up to preserve and protect the water and the land for future generations.She along with Danna Henderson and Sherrie Bellegarde, the other two founders of Keepers of the Water travelled to Standing Rock and returned more determined to support the efforts in North Dakota — where the tribe and supporters are opposing the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline that will go underneath the Missouri River — and raise awareness about the situation in Saskatchewan.On Tuesday the water protectors from Standing Rock are calling for an International Day of Solidarity.Ryder-Sioux said the group is asking for people around the world to take a closer look at their own communities and look at ways to preserve and protect their own lands and water from further destruction.She said with the recent U.S. election, things have become more urgent.“Things have gotten much more critical,” said Ryder-Sioux. “People are not sure what is going to happen.”When they were in Standing Rock last month, there was already a high military presence and the water protectors are calling for more people to join them.She may not be able to answer the call for bodies, but can do other things to raise awareness and support for those south of the border.On Tuesday, starting at 6 p.m. the group plans to gather at the site of Andrew Scheer’s constituency office located at 160 C Broadway Ave. W. in Fort Qu’Appelle even though it is closed.“We want to do it in a peaceful way,” said Ryder-Sioux. “We are going to start off with a pipe ceremony. Then we are going to get up and speak about our concerns.”Mission Lake, near Fort Qu’Appelle, LORI COOLICAN / SASKATOONScheer and Premier Brad Wall are pro-pipeline and the group is concerned about what kind of impact that will ultimately have on the environment, she said.In addition to the peaceful protest, the group has sent Scheer a letter that outlines their main concerns.“We wanted to ask him some questions on his pro-pipeline stance,” said Ryder-Sioux. “We were wondering why he was supporting short, temporary jobs. Sure there will be jobs, but what about the future?”Some of the other questions they are asking are why is the province not looking at renewable energy options like solar and wind power, will First Nations be included in the consultation process when it comes to pipeline projects and are there plans in place to deal with possible pipeline

Source: Sask. residents hosting Day of Solidarity for Standing Rock | Regina Leader-Post


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The Real ‘X-Files’?


Depression is a scary, dark, and seemingly uncontrollable beast many of us have experienced in our lifetimes. Some of us have even found the length and depth of our depression to be so overwhelming we seek medical advice that often leads to prescription pills.

Prescription pills have their downfalls, however, including side effects like weight gain, loss of libido, and, according to a new study, the potential to actually double the risk of suicide and violence.

And while depression is typically treated as a mental disorder, new research says that, perhaps, that’s not always the case. What if depression also has a physical cause that requires eliminating inflammation in the body to alleviate symptoms?

Research has recently linked depression to chronic inflammation. A 2012 study in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology noted:

Elevated biomarkers of inflammation, including inflammatory cytokines and acute-phase proteins, have been found in depressed patients, and administration of inflammatory stimuli has been associated with the development of depressive symptoms. Data also have demonstrated that inflammatory cytokines can interact with multiple pathways known to be involved in the development of depression, including monoamine metabolism, neuroendocrine function, synaptic plasticity, and neurocircuits relevant to mood regulation. . . .

Psychosocial stress, diet, obesity, a leaky gut, and an imbalance between regulatory and pro-inflammatory T cells also contribute to inflammation and may serve as a focus for preventative strategies relevant to both the development of depression and its recurrence.

In this respect, depression is the result of your body trying to shield itself from an inflammatory response. Some of the biggest symptoms of depression associated with bodily inflammation involve flat mood, slow thinking, avoidance, changes in perception, and metabolic changes. Evolutionary psychology suggests that this once protected us, keeping us holed up in our caves since we felt too low to go out during a time when illness made us vulnerable to attack, and at risk of passing infection on to others.

In 2013, investigators at Denmark’s Aarhus University analyzed the health records of about 3.6 million people and concluded that those with inflammation caused by autoimmune conditions had a 45% greater chance of suffering from depression. And those who had ever been in the hospital for a life-threatening inflammatory infection were 62% more likely to suffer from depression.

All the findings out there, all the scientific explanations, beg a crucial question: Are people depressed because of inflammatory illnesses? Or is there perhaps an unknown physical process that makes inflammation trigger depression?

Researchers believe that cytokines in your blood, or inflammatory messengers like CRP, interleukin-1 (IL-1), interleukin-6 (IL-6), and TNF-alpha, are linked to and predictive of depression.

In melancholic depression, for example, white blood cells called monocytes make pro-inflammatory genes that trigger the secretion of cytokines. Meanwhile, cortisol sensitivity decreases, which is known to shield against inflammation.

And another team of Danish researchers published a study that found raised levels of C-reactive protein, a substance in the body produced in response to inflammation, were linked to an “increased risk for psychological distress and depression in the general population.”

Dr. Mercola noted that inflammatory agents bring information to your nervous system by stimulating your vagus nerve — responsible for connecting your gut and brain.

“During inflammatory states, brain cells called microglia are activated. When this happens, an enzyme called indoleamine 2 3-dioxygenase (IDO) directs tryptophan away from the production of serotonin and melatonin, instructing it instead to produce an NMDA (an amino acid derivative) agonist called quinolinic acid, which can trigger anxiety and agitation,” he says.

Research also suggests anti-inflammatory drugs may be able to treat depression and would be less harmful than antidepressant pills like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

While SSRIs are said to work by boosting levels of serotonin in the brain, Peter Jones, a professor of psychiatry, believes some of the benefit of antidepressants may come from the fact that SSRI drugs seem to lessen inflammation in the body as a side effect.

Currently, the arthritis drug sirukumab is being tested on depressed patients, while researchers are also looking into creating anti-inflammatory drugs that specifically target depression.

Of course, this solution seems to simply be replacing one issue with another, and one drug with another. But the biggest breakthrough seems to be a new understanding of depression, and if inflammation is, in fact, as closely linked as research shows, you could begin by eating a ketogenic diet that is high in healthy fats and low in net carbs. This type of diet even eliminates C-reactive protein almost completely.

Even just snacking on some raw nuts could lower your levels of inflammation. A great source of healthy fat, eating just a handful of them five times per week can reduce inflammation, according to recent research reported in Reuters Health.

Below is a great interview taken from an article that was written by Dr. Joseph Mercola. You can find some more information on this link if you’re interested in listening.

Related CE article on depression: How Depression Affects Brain Structure & What You Can Do To Change It Back

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Date:September 21, 2016Source:Duke UniversitySummary:Oxytocin has been dubbed the “love hormone” for its role promoting social bonding, altruism and more. Now new research suggests the hormone may also support spirituality.


Is there a higher plane of consciousness or spirituality that binds all people? Oxytocin makes men more likely to say so.
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Oxytocin has been dubbed the “love hormone” for its role promoting social bonding, altruism and more. Now new research from Duke University suggests the hormone may also support spirituality.

In the study, men reported a greater sense of spirituality shortly after taking oxytocin and a week later. Participants who took oxytocin also experienced more positive emotions during meditation, said lead author Patty Van Cappellen, a social psychologist at Duke.

“Spirituality and meditation have each been linked to health and well-being in previous research,” Van Cappellen said. “We were interested in understanding biological factors that may enhance those spiritual experiences.

“Oxytocin appears to be part of the way our bodies support spiritual beliefs.”

The Biology of Awe

“Spirituality is complex and affected by many factors. However, oxytocin does seem to affect how we perceive the world and what we believe.”

Study participants were all male, and the findings apply only to men, said Van Cappellen, associate director of the Interdisciplinary and Behavioral Research Center at Duke’s Social Science Research Institute. In general, oxytocin operates somewhat differently in men and women, Van Cappellen added. Oxytocin’s effects on women’s spirituality still needs to be investigated.

The results appears online in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.

Oxytocin occurs naturally in the body. Produced by the hypothalamus, it acts as a hormone and as a neurotransmitter, affecting many regions of the brain. It is stimulated during sex, childbirth and breastfeeding. Recent research has highlighted oxytocin’s role in promoting empathy, trust, social bonding and altruism.

To test how oxytocin might influence spirituality, researchers administered the hormone to one group and a placebo to another. Those who received oxytocin were more likely to say afterwards that spirituality was important in their lives and that life has meaning and purpose. This was true after taking into account whether the participant reported belonging to an organized religion or not.

Participants who received oxytocin were also more inclined to view themselves as interconnected with other people and living things, giving higher ratings to statements such as “All life is interconnected” and “There is a higher plane of consciousness or spirituality that binds all people.”

Study subjects also participated in a guided meditation. Those who received oxytocin reported experiencing more positive emotions during meditation, including awe, gratitude, hope, inspiration, interest, love and serenity.

Oxytocin did not affect all participants equally, though. Its effect on spirituality was stronger among people with a particular variant of the CD38 gene, a gene that regulates the release of oxytocin from hypothalamic neurons in the brain.

Van Cappellen cautioned that the findings should not be over-generalized. First of all, there are many definitions of spirituality, she noted.

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Materials provided by Duke University. Original written by Alison Jones. Note: Content may be edited for style and length.


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