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I know it's Sunday morning and you all are probably just prying your eyes open. so the last thing you want to do is read something educational. Well this is important and I have your attention. It's about how to save a life, most possibly someone you know. It's about sudden onset cardiac arrest

According the statistics from the American Heart Association, sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death among adults over the age of 40 in the United States and other countries and 90% of them will die. The good news is that with early intervention and CPR four out of 10 victims survive.

   Four out of five cardiac arrests happen at home.

    Statistically speaking, if called on to administer CPR in an emergency, the life you save is likely to be someone at home: a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend.

    African-Americans are almost twice as likely to experience cardiac arrest at home, work or in another public location than Caucasians, and their survival rates are twice as poor as for Caucasians.

Most everyone feels helpless in this situation but that is going to be corrected today, because this morning you're going to learn CPR and how to save a life. And more than that, you're going to share this with people you know. Pay it forward.

Ugh, you say, "I don't think I could do mouth to mouth." You don't have to any more. By-stander CPR is now chest compressions only, two hands on the mid-chest, on the hard bony part (the sternum) between the nipples, 100 times a minute, about 2 inches in depth. It's going to feel and sound weird the first couple of compressions. You may feel and hear cracking. Ignore it. It's OK. You most likely are not breaking anything. It's basically like cracking your knuckles. Don't be afraid, you can only make it better.

You are going to call 911 and push hard and fast.

It takes less than a minute to learn how to do this. So, here's the video on how you can save a life.

Now that you've learned how to save a life. Here's today's history lesson

Breakfast News

With Late 3-Pointer, Kentucky Edges Wisconsin to Advance to Final

ARLINGTON, Tex. — Wisconsin Coach Bo Ryan had a player once who wanted to leave college early and go to the N.B.A. It was Devin Harris, in 2004, and he was a junior.

He told this story last week, and there seemed no better way to illustrate the differences in the programs run by Ryan at Wisconsin and by John Calipari at Kentucky, differences that seemed to contrast as richly as the teams’ colors, red versus blue.

Their matchup in Saturday’s national semifinal — pitting a coach who had started four freshmen in 13 years (Ryan) against one who started five in Saturday’s game alone (Calipari) — looked, in the larger context, like nothing but a heavyweight fight between wisdom and youth. It was a fight that came down to the last moments.

nd it was youthfulness, perhaps, that enabled Aaron Harrison to forget about the five of seven shots he had already missed and to focus instead on the one in front of him. Harrison, a freshman guard, sank a 3-pointer with 5.7 seconds remaining to lift Kentucky to a 74-73 victory and into the national title game.

A Long Shot Nears Its Goal: UConn Topples Florida
ARLINGTON, Tex. — During the singing of the national anthem Saturday, Connecticut’s players stood in silence, heads down, arms around one another, lost in their thoughts. They swayed from side to side, as if at a revival — their own. All wore the same white long-sleeve T-shirt. It read, “UConn Pride.”

A year ago the Huskies, enduring the misery of a postseason ban, refused to watch the N.C.A.A. tournament. A month ago, in their regular-season finale, they were destroyed by Louisville. Three weeks ago, they drew the seventh seed in a loaded region.

Now look at UConn, conquerors of the tournament’s top overall seed, purveyors of hope to a passionate fan base, improbable entrants in the national title game. Most teams failed to defeat Florida even once this season. UConn has now done it twice, stifling the Gators for a 63-53 victory in a national semifinal at AT&T Stadium

Sorry, Armando

Delays in Effort to Refocus C.I.A. From Drone War

WASHINGTON — In the skies above Yemen, the Pentagon’s armed drones have stopped flying, a result of the ban on American military drone strikes imposed by the government there after a number of botched operations in recent years killed Yemeni civilians. But the Central Intelligence Agency’s drone war in Yemen continues.

In Pakistan, the C.I.A. remains in charge of drone operations, and may continue to be long after American troops have left Afghanistan.

And in Jordan, it is the C.I.A. rather than the Pentagon that is running a program to arm and train Syrian rebels — a concession to the Jordanian government, which will not allow an overt military presence in the country.

Just over a year ago John O. Brennan, the C.I.A.’s newly nominated director, said at his confirmation hearing that it was time to refocus an agency that had become largely a paramilitary organization after the Sept. 11 attacks toward more traditional roles carrying out espionage, intelligence collection and analysis. And in a speech last May in which he sought to redefine American policy toward terrorism, President Obama expanded on that theme, announcing new procedures for drone operations, which White House officials said would gradually become the responsibility of the Pentagon.

Revealed: how the FBI coordinated the crackdown on Occupy
New documents prove what was once dismissed as paranoid fantasy: totally integrated corporate-state repression of dissent

It was more sophisticated than we had imagined: new documents show that the violent crackdown on Occupy last fall – so mystifying at the time – was not just coordinated at the level of the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and local police. The crackdown, which involved, as you may recall, violent arrests, group disruption, canister missiles to the skulls of protesters, people held in handcuffs so tight they were injured, people held in bondage till they were forced to wet or soil themselves –was coordinated with the big banks themselves.

The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, in a groundbreaking scoop that should once more shame major US media outlets (why are nonprofits now some of the only entities in America left breaking major civil liberties news?), filed this request. The document – reproduced here in an easily searchable format – shows a terrifying network of coordinated DHS, FBI, police, regional fusion center, and private-sector activity so completely merged into one another that the monstrous whole is, in fact, one entity: in some cases, bearing a single name, the Domestic Security Alliance Council. And it reveals this merged entity to have one centrally planned, locally executed mission. The documents, in short, show the cops and DHS working for and with banks to target, arrest, and politically disable peaceful American citizens.

Study: Ketamine can alleviate treatment-resistant depression
Ketamine, a hallucinogenic party drug originally intended as an anesthetic, could be used to help people with treatment-resistant depression, according to a new study.

Scientists at Oxford University found that in a study of 28 patients who had failed to respond to talk therapy and multiple antidepressants, once- or twice-weekly injections of the drug over a three-week period provided immediate and substantial results for some of the cases.

“We've seen remarkable changes in people who've had severe depression for many years that no other treatment has touched. It's very moving to witness,” said Dr. Rupert McShane, a consulting psychiatrist and researcher at the university’s department of psychiatry. “Patients often comment that the flow of their thinking seems suddenly freer. For some, even a brief experience of response helps them to realize that they can get better, and this gives hope.”

FDA approves prescription of overdose antidote for heroin
Device could be prescribed to family members and caregivers of those taking certain drugs or struggling with abuse

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved an easy-to-use device that automatically injects the right dose of an overdose antidote for heroin or other powerful painkillers in a class called opioids. The antidote has previously been administered by syringe in ambulances or emergency rooms, but doctors can now prescribe Evzio, a device containing naloxone, to family members or caregivers of those taking certain drugs or struggling with abuse.

Opioids include legal prescription painkillers, such as OxyContin and Vicodin, as well as illegal street drugs like heroin. With the rise in drug overdose deaths, there has been a growing push to equip more people with protection.

The FDA said Evzio's design makes it easy for anyone to administer. Once Evzio is turned on, it provides verbal instructions, much like defibrillators that laymen frequently use to help people who collapse with cardiac arrest. It is about the size of a credit card or small cellphone.

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Occupy Sandy and the Future of Socialism by By Sam Knight, Truthout

At St. Margaret Mary's Church in the Midland Beach neighborhood of Staten Island, Matthew 5:3 adorns the back of the congregation, declaring the poor blessed in spirit, "for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." The locals, however, seemed to think that Her Majesty's Spirit was plagued by pangs of torturous anxiety roughly two weeks after Superstorm Sandy - donations of clothing and blankets flooded the church's pews.

But whatever one makes of the promise of posthumous bliss as a reward for pious poverty, the scene portrayed a less controversial tenet of Christianity - being one's brother's keeper. The impromptu relief effort at the church and beyond - as in every crisis - quashed the notions that humans are inherently selfish and that they believe profit-maximizing produces the optimal social outcome.

Breakfast Tunes

Stupid Shit by LaEscapee

I read this thing, written by a big brain

Cross posted at The Stars Hollow Gazette, Docudharma and Voices on the Square

Originally posted to That Group on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 07:31 AM PDT.

Also republished by The Rebel Alliance.

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