Impeachment and Amnesia

If this had happened to President Obama, a lot of people would have been in jail by now.” So went President Trump’s morning-after remarks, following the GOP-controlled Senate’s acquittal vote, the denouement of the Democrat-controlled House’s approval of two thin-gruel articles of impeachment.
To say the president is defiant, that he is without remorse, understates the matter.

In a midweek speech explaining her not-guilty vote, Senator Susan Collins (R., Maine) maintained that the president had “learned his lesson.” By week’s end, she sheepishly allowed that her assessment had been “aspirational” — Collins’ aspiration, that is, not Trump’s.
The president would not pretend to be either sorry or grateful for his reprieve. This is a big part of what ardent Trump supporters love about their man. Alas, it is just as big a part of why the president’s approval numbers languish in the 40s when they ought to be in the 60s, with a humming economy, record low unemployment, and the nation at relative peace.

President Clinton was not sorry either — not really. As shown by his occasional outbursts in recent years, he internalized the storyline that he was the victim, not the villain, of the Lewinsky scandal that led to his impeachment. But 21 years ago, his peerless political instincts told him, a just-acquitted sitting president, that it was important to feign contrition. He apologized to the American people, conceding that his misdeeds were shameful and had put the country and the Congress through a painful ordeal.

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Cuban President met with relatives of kidnapped doctor

Santa Clara, Cuba, Feb 8 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel met here today with relatives of doctors Landy Rodriguez who was kidnapped in Kenya last April.

The Head of State expressed the government’s will to keep working for his safe return to the country.

‘The Cuban Revolution never abandons its children,’ the President tweeted.

Landy Rodríguez was kidnapped together with his colleague Assel Herrera Correa last April 12, while they were going in a vehicle to the Mandera hospital, close to the border with Somalia, when armed men stopped the land rover killed their guard a took them to a Somalian town.

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Ecotherapy aims to tap into nature to improve your wellbeing

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As many as one in six adults experience mental health problems like depression or anxiety every week. And not only is mental ill-health one of the most common causes of disease worldwide – it’s also on the rise. Finding ways to improve mental health is therefore essential.

One type of therapy that is starting to become more popular is “ecotherapy”; which advocates claim can improve mental and physical wellbeing. Sometimes referred to as green exercise or green care, this type of formal therapeutic treatment involves being active in natural spaces. It’s also sighted to be one of 2020’s biggest wellness trends, though the practice is far from new.

Although definitions of ecotherapy vary, most agree it’s a regular, structured activity that is:

therapist led
focuses on an activity (such as gardening), rather than a health outcome
takes place in a natural environment
involves interacting with and exploring the natural world, and
encourages social interaction.
However, the key difference between ecotherapy and recreation is the presence of a trained practitioner or therapist. The role of the therapist is often overlooked, however they are key to facilitating the clients’ interactions with both the natural and social environment and setting clinical aims for the session. Examples of ecotherapy activities might include gardening, farming, woodland walks, and nature art and crafts. Like the client, the therapist actively takes part in the ecotherapy session; in fact, it’s often difficult to distinguish between the client and therapist.

But why do people believe ecotherapy is so beneficial to mental health? The scientific basis for ecotherapy comes from past research which has shown that natural settings are good for both mental and physical health. One systematic review analysed the benefits of natural environments for health and found that interacting with natural settings – such as walking or running in a public park – can provide a range of health benefits, including reduced stress and improved mood, wellbeing, and self-esteem.

Feb 8th, 1924, First execution by lethal gas – Libertarians and Death Penalty

The first execution by lethal gas in American history was carried out in Carson City, Nevada. The executed man was Tong Lee, a member of a Chinese gang who was convicted of murdering a rival gang member. Lethal gas was adopted by Nevada in 1921 as a more humane method of carrying out its death sentences, as opposed to the traditional techniques of execution by hanging, firing squad, or electrocution.

Most Green Libertarians believe that the death penalty is a dangerous exertion of state power and is of little use in a free society while it is of great use to tyrannical regimes. There is also the fundamental problem of a possible error, or even the accused being framed. To this effect, lack of trust in the government to make decisions competently or for the best motives may confound the issue. In the libertarian philosophy, the death penalty is only justified for those whose crimes rise to enough degree of severity and must be avoided when possible.

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