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    John Esposito, using poll data from Gallup, wrote that Muslims and Americans were equally likely to reject violence against civilians. He also found that those Muslims who support violence against civilians are no more religious than Muslims who do not.[18]

    A Pew Research study from 2007 found that over 1 in 4 Muslim adults under the age of 30 in the United States, Great Britain, France, and Spain believe suicide bombing can be justified at least rarely.[19]

    In another Pew Research study, from 2006, at least 1 in 4 respondents in the Muslim nations surveyed, except Turkey, had at least some confidence in Bin Laden. Confidence in Bin Laden was 16% or less among Muslims in the four European nations surveyed.[20]

    A 2013 Pew Research Center poll asked Muslims around the world whether attacks on civilians were justified. Globally 72% of Muslims said violence against civilians is never justified, and in the US, 81% of Muslims opposed such violence. About 14% of Muslims in the nations surveyed (and 8% of Muslims in the US) said violence against civilians is "often" or "sometimes" justified. An average of 25% of Muslims among the 20 nations surveyed believe suicide bombing and other forms of violence against civilian targets is justified at least rarely.[21][22][23] The survey did not include some Muslim nations, such as Iran, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Yemen, Syria, and Libya, but did include densely populated Muslim countries such as Pakistan, Turkey, Egypt, Nigeria and Indonesia.[24]

    A Zogby poll reported that 69% of American Muslims supported stronger laws to fight terrorism

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    BG: There are several factors that are influencing young, impressionable Palestinian children to become suicidehomicide bombers. Incitement to hate and to 'martyr' themselves is coming at these children from all directions. First of all you have state-run television, radio and print media that broadcast children's programming with messages of hate and death. These programs are aimed at children as young as the pre-school age and come in the form of cartoons, music videos, talk shows, puppets, and adults dressed up as Mickey Mouse-like characters teaching children to violently kill themselves for the sake of Allah and jihad. The shows depict a fairy-tale paradise complete with amusement parks, candy and toys. Palestinian schools, as well as schools run by the UNRWA [United Nations Relief and Works Agency] hire teachers straight off the Hamas payroll, hang martyr posters on classroom walls and use textbooks that deny Israel's right to exist, as well as objectify Jews and all infidels as subhuman creatures. Itamar Marcus has examples of this on his website, Palestinian Media Watch. Often, parents have gone on record stating they encourage their children to become suicide bombers and families of those 'martyred' receive cash payments from banks such as the Arab Bank, while they are revered, celebrated and honored by their community. The culture of martyrdom is inescapable when you live in the West Bank or Gaza. Adults and children who become suicide bombers are hailed as heroes and role models for children to emulate, schools and summer camps are named in their honor.

    On top of it all, terrorist groups such as the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the Islamic Jihad and Hamas, who have each openly declared responsibility for recruiting children as suicide bombers, patrol the streets for their child victims. Children are being picked up, literally, from the classroom and sent out with explosives in under 48 hours! Some of the children that are preyed upon are those who have, for one reason or another, been marginalized. For example, Hussam Abdu, the main character of my film, was a fifteen year old, physically a dwarf, and therefore considered to be mentally handicapped child. He was convinced by the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades that he would become popular and famous if he blew himself up. Al-Aqsa used two of Hussam's fifth grade classmates— each paid 100 dollars—to recruit him. Fortunately, Hussam was smart enough to turn himself in. Unfortunately, he has been tried and convicted of attempted murder and is now serving out an eight year sentence in an Israeli prison.

    I want to make clear, that the child suicide bomber is as much a victim of a crime as are the innocent civilians killed in his or her explosive wake. This child does not have the malicious intent required to convict him of murder. These children are victims of the most egregious human right violation, the premeditated murder of ones own children. The incitement and recruitment of Palestinian children to become suicide bombers is grossly illegal, it is state sponsored mass infanticide and frankly, the practice is a form of societal suicide completely unprecedented in recorded human history.

    Palestinian children are not doing this of their own free will, nor are they doing this for political reasons. It was not out of desperation, but aspiration to become heroes, to become famous, to have sex with virgins, to go to paradise. For us suicide bombing is still abhorrent; for these children it's like eating french fries. They literally don't understand that you die when you blow your limbs apart, there is a mental disconnect there; death is not martyrdom. It's like becoming a rock star overnight.

    Also, this phenomenon is spreading beyond the West Bank and Gaza. We are now seeing child suicide bombing in areas such as Iraq and Afghanistan. Children are being educated in Pakistani mosques, are kidnapped, sexually and physically abused and then driven across the border by Talibani terrorists for missions in Iraq against not only American soldiers, but also Iraqi citizens, including other children. Afghan President Hamid Karzai is pardoning six year old children recruited by the Taliban for suicide missions and who are told their belt will spray flowers! Some of these children are also voluntarily turning themselves into the authorities. Al Manar network, the Hizballah-run television station, is being broadcast via satellite throughout Europe and has been named as one of the most influential factors in radicalizing European Muslim youth. How much longer will it be until we see a child suicide bomber in London?

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    In fact, it's pretty easy to find real data for the UK that completely contradict the results of the happiness index. For instance:
    •In 2011, there were over 45 million prescriptions written for antidepressants in the UK, up 9-percent from the previous year. The NHS spent over 270 million on antidepressants in 2011, a 23-percent increase from 2010.
    •Indeed, antidepressant use has gone up almost 500-percent since 1991.
    •In 2011, over 15 million prescriptions for sleeping pills were given out.
    •The NHS spent over 49 million on sleeping pills from 2010 to 2011, an increase of over 17 percent from three years earlier.
    •Eight million people in the UK suffer from anxiety disorders, at a cost of nearly 9.8 billion.
    •Hospital admissions for stress were up 7-percent in 2012.
    •Nearly one fifth of all adults in the UK suffer from depression or anxiety.

    Actions speak louder than words, and when you have 45 million instances of people making the effort to get a prescription for an antidepressant, it's hard to conclude that happiness is breaking out all over.

    And if the Office for National Statistics wants to rely on responses to survey questions, here are a few they can include in the mix:
    •Nearly 60 percent of people in the UK say their lives have become more stressful in the last five years.
    •In 2006, before the financial crisis, 36 percent of adults said they were struggling to keep up with bills and credit commitments. When asked the same question in 2013, 52 percent said they were struggling.
    •In London, 45 percent say they're worried they won't be able to make their housing payments, and 53 percent feel a fair or great amount of stress about the cost of their housing.

    The idea behind the Office for National Statistics effort is great, but why not broaden the index to include as much data as possible, especially when so much real -- and hard -- data are readily available? A true happiness index should include not only data like the use of antidepressants and sleeping pills but alcoholism rates, suicide rates, the incidence of illnesses linked to stress like diabetes and high blood pressure, health care spending for stress-related illnesses, the percentage of employers offering wellness programs and flexible work schedules and the number of work days lost to stress.

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    We really are Prozac Nation now.

    About 11 percent of people in the U.S. are taking antidepressants according to fresh figures out from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Antidepressant use has surged almost 400 percent, when you compare the figures from the three-year period ending in 2008 to the six years ending in 1994, the year the eye-opening memoir Prozac Nation was published.

    If that's not startling enough for you, consider a few more details. More than 1 in 5 women ages 40-59 are taking an antidepressant, the highest rate for any group. Overall, women and adolescent girls are 2 1/2 times more likely than men and adolescent boys to be taking one of the pills.

    But wait, there's more. Nearly 4 percent of adolescents (ages 12-17) are on an antidepressant.


    Antidepressants in America

    The proportion of people taking antidepressants in the U.S.


    A chart showing that 1 in 10 Americans take an antidepressant.


    CDC/NCHS, National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys, 2005–2008
    Antidepressants are the second most prescribed type of drug in the U.S., right behind pills for high cholesterol, according to data from IMS Health. Last year, 255 million prescriptions for antidepressants were dispensed in the U.S., a 2 percent increase from 2009.

    There's a lot more data from the CDC to chew on. But to avoid an overdose, I'll just mention a couple of the other findings. Most of the people taking antidepressants — 60 percent — have done so for at least two years. And less than one-third of people taking a single antidepressant have seen a mental health professional in the past year.

    Antidepressant use would probably be even higher, if there weren't worries about stigma and drug side effects, another study found recently. A common side effect of drugs like Prozac is a reduction in sexual desire and satisfaction. In a survey of more than a thousand Californians, the majority of whom had a history of depression, found nearly half said they wouldn't tell their family doctor about symptoms of depression. The No. 1 reason: 23 percent said they feared that they would be prescribed antidepressants.

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    chemistry, personality, and life events.

    Anxiety and Depression

    It's not uncommon for someone with an anxiety disorder to also suffer from depression or vice versa. Nearly one-half of those diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.

    Find out more about depression.

    Facts

    Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
    GAD affects 6.8 million adults, or 3.1% of the U.S. population.
    Women are twice as likely to be affected as men.

    Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
    2.2 million, 1.0%
    Equally common among men and women.
    The median age of onset is 19, with 25 percent of cases occurring by age 14. One-third of affected adults first experienced symptoms in childhood.
    •Hoarding is the compulsive purchasing, acquiring, searching, and saving of items that have little or no value.

    Panic Disorder
    6 million, 2.7%
    Women are twice as likely to be affected as men.
    Very high comorbidity rate with major depression.

    Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    7.7 million, 3.5%
    Women are more likely to be affected than men.
    Rape is the most likely trigger of PTSD: 65% of men and 45.9% of women who are raped will develop the disorder.
    Childhood sexual abuse is a strong predictor of lifetime likelihood for developing PTSD.

    Social Anxiety Disorder
    15 million, 6.8%
    Equally common among men and women, typically beginning around age 13.
    According to a 2007 ADAA survey, 36% of people with social anxiety disorder report experiencing symptoms for 10 or more years before seeking help.

    Specific Phobias
    19 million, 8.7%
    Women are twice as likely to be affected as men.
    Typically begins in childhood; the median age of onset is 7.

    Major Depressive Disorder
    The leading cause of disability in the U.S. for ages 15 to 44.3
    Affects approximately 14.8 million American adults, or about 6.7 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year.
    While major depressive disorder can develop at any age, the median age at onset is 32.5
    More prevalent in women than in men.

    Dysthymic Disorder (chronic, mild depression)
    Symptoms must persist for at least two years in adults (one year in children) to meet criteria for the diagnosis.
    Affects approximately 1.5 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year. (about 3.3 million American adults).
    The median age of onset is 31.1

    Related Illnesses
    Many people with an anxiety disorder also have a co-occurring disorder or physical illness, which can make their symptoms worse and recovery more difficult. It’s essential to be treated for both disorders.

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    At least twenty percent of people, regardless of where they live, are nuts. Good that many of them are taking medications, instead of self-medicating.

    None of this has anything at all to do with the state by state comparisons. The states where the poor are being treated like they are less than human, in other words, bashed and slandered by their Republican Governors, and Republicans all over this country, particularly the Rand Paul's, Paul Ryan's, Mitch Romney, Huckabee, Cruz, Issa, all of the Republicans, would certainly explain why they are so unhappy.

    There is also the health impacts of pollution, whichh\ is linked to more developmental problems, and health problems, particularly learning disabilities among new borns, also adding stress for their parents, and what could make a person more unhappy than to bring a child into thie world which will suffer throughout their life, even after you are gone, and unable to take care of them.

    I still maintain that your example of the Mulsim Mother, is not fair nor rational. One person does not provide an example of an entire ethnic population around the world, and Christians are just as approvoing of violence as any other religion, proof nin The Bible of that, and in the Repiglican Party's irrational love of guns, rediculous religious beliefs, rejection of their fellow human beings, all of which provides us ample, obvious proof of just how miserable they are in the Southern States, where we also have the most obesity, the most divorce, and the most redically religious.

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    Fairnuff. And komparisons kan be okish even if flawed.
    But their method iz silly anyhow.
    They tell u whether u are happy, koz u shood be (or u shoodnt be), koz your water iz pure don't u know (or knot pure).
    Its like i allways say re happyness surveys, show me someone that's happy and i will show u an ignoramus.
    Happyness and miserableness etc shood hav lots of categorys to better describe/define.
    For starters they kood measure a person's happyness at their local level -- their state level -- their country level -- and at the global level.
    And if they happen to ring sofla on hiz birthday, then he shood pass, koz sofla iz so happy on hiz birthday that he kood skew a happyness survey even at the state level i reckon.
    mac.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cushioncrawler View Post
    Fairnuff. And komparisons kan be okish even if flawed.
    But their method iz silly anyhow.
    They tell u whether u are happy, koz u shood be (or u shoodnt be), koz your water iz pure don't u know (or knot pure).
    Its like i allways say re happyness surveys, show me someone that's happy and i will show u an ignoramus.
    Happyness and miserableness etc shood hav lots of categorys to better describe/define.
    For starters they kood measure a person's happyness at their local level -- their state level -- their country level -- and at the global level.
    And if they happen to ring sofla on hiz birthday, then he shood pass, koz sofla iz so happy on hiz birthday that he kood skew a happyness survey even at the state level i reckon.
    mac.
    LOL, you couldn't pay me to live in Florida!!! A lot of my friends who retired there, have since moved, due to the crime there, the sinkholes, the radical weather, and the bugs and snakes, which are not exotic snakes that idiots have released into the wild.

    A friend of mine who lives in Naples, Florida, tells me that after a rain storm, you have to step outside and stomp on the earth to scare all of the snakes away in the yard which come up out of the marshy areas, and that you can hear them slithering quickly away.

    Don't like snakes, don't like alligators, don't like mosquitos, don't like oppressive heat for months at a time, and I don't like living in an area which is chock full of radical white Evangelical idiots!

    Florida isn't all it's cracked up to be anymore. It is chock full of empty high rise Condominiums, and loads of water front homes on the market because the flood insurance has gotten so high, people can't afford to live on the water anymore. This is just as true in most of the Southern States, annd it will get worse as the impact of Global Warming continues to create more radical weather near the coastal areas. They brag about their low taxes, but they don't have the means to take care of themselves when their recurring natural disasters come along. Got their hands out then, but then turn around and try to block Federal Aid to the same states who pay the most taxes to bail their butts out when they need help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cushioncrawler View Post
    Fairnuff. And komparisons kan be okish even if flawed.
    But their method iz silly anyhow.
    They tell u whether u are happy, koz u shood be (or u shoodnt be), koz your water iz pure don't u know (or knot pure).
    Its like i allways say re happyness surveys, show me someone that's happy and i will show u an ignoramus.
    Happyness and miserableness etc shood hav lots of categorys to better describe/define.
    For starters they kood measure a person's happyness at their local level -- their state level -- their country level -- and at the global level.
    And if they happen to ring sofla on hiz birthday, then he shood pass, koz sofla iz so happy on hiz birthday that he kood skew a happyness survey even at the state level i reckon.
    mac.
    LOL, you couldn't pay me to live in Florida!!! A lot of my friends who retired there, have since moved, due to the crime there, the sinkholes, the radical weather, and the bugs and snakes, which are now exotic snakes that Florida idiots have brought there illegally, and then released into the wild.

    A friend of mine who lives in Naples, Florida, tells me that after a rain storm, you have to step outside and stomp on the earth to scare all of the snakes away in the yard which come up out of the marshy areas, and that you can hear them slithering quickly away.

    Don't like snakes, don't like alligators, don't like mosquitos, don't like oppressive heat for months at a time, and I don't like living in an area which is chock full of radical white Evangelical idiots!

    Florida isn't all it's cracked up to be anymore. It is chock full of empty high rise Condominiums, and loads of water front homes on the market because the flood insurance has gotten so high, people can't afford to live on the water anymore. This is just as true in most of the Southern States, annd it will get worse as the impact of Global Warming continues to create more radical weather near the coastal areas. They brag about their low taxes, but they don't have the means to take care of themselves when their recurring natural disasters come along. Got their hands out then, but then turn around and try to block Federal Aid to the same states who pay the most taxes to bail their butts out when they need help!

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