The Raw Story – “State police have charged three Pennsylvania prison guards with organizing fights between inmates and other challenges described by one inmate as the “Retard Olympics.”
Authorities said the guards at the York County Prison encouraged inmates to drink a gallon of milk in one hour, take a punch in the arm without falling and allow themselves to be sprayed in the face with pepper foam.
In exchange, investigators said, the guards would reward them with food and coffee.
David Whitcomb, 28, Mark Haynes, 26, and Daniel Graff, 37, were charged with official oppression and placed on unpaid administrative leave, reported The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News.
State police began their investigation after video footage apparently showing Haynes grabbing an inmate by the neck turned up during their investigation of an unrelated graffiti incident at the prison.
The inmate told state police that the guards set up a wrestling match between him and another inmate in a closet.
Another inmate told state police that he agreed to do “stupid stuff for food and coffee,” including snorting crushed-up candy, drinking water with pepper foam in it and eating fruit with the peels still on them.
He also said inmates wrestled two of the guards and allowed the guards to punch them on the arms and legs until they were numb.”
Reason – “Jack Lamar Roberson was shot and killed by police in his home on Friday afternoon in Waycross, Georgia. According to local TV station First Coast News, his fiancée Alcia Herron called 911 for an ambulance after becoming worried about diabetes medication Roberson had taken. Cops claim Roberson was brandishing two weapons (not identified by police, though the mayor said he was told it was a knife) and came toward them “aggressively armed”. Police also say they were informed Roberson had attempted to commit suicide and was being combative while on their way to his residence. His mother and his fiancée both witnessed the shooting, and their 8-year-old daughter was apparently in the home too.
Roberson’s mother said the family didn’t own “two decent knives…” Full Story Here
“He didn’t have nothing in his hands at any time or period at all before they came, any time while they were here, anything. They just came in and shot him. He didn’t say nothing, the police didn’t say nothing, anything, it was like a silent movie. You couldn’t hear anything, all you could hear were the gun shots go off and I seen them going into his body and he just fell down,” cried Alcia Herron, Roberson’s fiance.
- Chief: 2 officers fired fatal shots (news4jax.com)
- Woman Says She Called 911 for an Ambulance for Her Fiancée, Cops Came and Shot Him Instead (reason.com)
- Waycross man advanced with “two items used as weapons” when officers fired fatal shots, police chief says (jacksonville.com)
- Waycross man advanced with “two items used as weapons” when officers fired fatal shots, police chief says (members.jacksonville.com)
- Woman Says She Called 911 for an Ambulance for Her Fiancée, Cops Came and Shot Him Instead (txwclp.org)
- GBI investigating police-involved shooting death in Waycross (members.jacksonville.com)
Liberty Republic – “Dana Holmes was arrested in May on a DUI charge to which she pleaded guilty. However, she never could have known what would be in store for her when she arrived at the LaSalle County Illinois jail.
Holmes is alleging that she was illegally strip searched, when officers reacted to her moving her leg during a pat down. The video shows her move her leg slightly when officers quickly react and restrain her, then they throw her to the floor. After securing her, they then carry her into a padded cell, strip off her clothes and leave her lying there naked and alone.
State law in Illinois requires that strip searches only be performed when police have a “reasonable belief” that an individual is concealing a weapon or controlled substance on their body and they must be done by officers of the sam sex only where they can’t be watched. Resisting arrest is not grounds for a strip search in Illinois. The video clearly shows three male officers and one female. Holmes is suing for unspecified damages.” Full Story + Video
This was originally posted in late August, not sure how I missed it. Just another example of an over-reaching state interfering in our private lives…
via Healthy Life – “A young mother in Maine is being threatened by the Department of Health and Human Services to have her infant child taken away and put into foster care. Her crime? Feeding him goat’s milk instead of commercial infant formula.
Alorah Gellerson was not able to breast feed her child, so she developed a formula of goat’s milk that included celery juice, and reports that the child loved it, and “grew like a weed.”
The young mother made a huge mistake, however. She told her pediatrician about the formula. The doctor turned her in to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), which resulted in home visits, an overnight stay in the hospital, a directive to buy “approved” commercial infant formula (most of which contain GMOs and soy) and threats to remove the baby and place him into foster care.
The local mainstream media apparently is confused by this action, and has covered the story. WABI even interviewed another family doctor in the area who said: “I’ve got plenty of kids in my practice that have been given goat’s milk, for example, and they’re growing and developing fine.”
Indeed, goat’s milk is generally considered healthier, more easily digested, and less allergenic than cow’s milk. It has been fed to infants in traditional cultures for probably many thousands of years. So why the uproar and threats? The local media tried to interview the DHHS, but they refused, and instead referred them to government websites that stated goat’s milk was not suitable for infants.
Source: Health Impact News
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Concerning Cloud Seeding Activities
Designed to Increase Precipitation
1) When did modern cloud seeding begin?
Modern cloud seeding dates back to the late 1940′s, springing from a discovery at the General Electric (GE) labs in Schenectady, New York in 1946. The GE lab discovery led to the realization, through a series of laboratory trials, that flecks of dry ice converted supercooled water droplets (those existing as water at temperatures lower than freezing) to ice crystals . These efforts also demonstrated the ice nucleating properties of various inorganic compounds in certain cold (lower than freezing) cloud conditions. Trials in the atmosphere soon followed, and operational and research cloud seeding projects began in the late 1940’s/early 1950’s.
2) In what areas are cloud seeding projects conducted?
There are two major types of project areas; mountainous areas and crop or range lands. Projects in mountainous areas are most commonly conducted to increase winter snowpack, which subsequently increases spring and summer runoff. Other projects are conducted directly over crop or range lands, typically during summertime, to provide more precipitation for agricultural crops or range land vegetation. Projects are conducted in areas which would normally benefit from additional precipitation.
3) Who typically sponsors cloud seeding projects?
The typical types of sponsors include agricultural organizations, municipalities and hydroelectric utilities. Agricultural organizations desire additional runoff for irrigated agriculture or direct precipitation on crop or range lands during the growing season. Municipalities are interested in enhancing drinking water supplies (via reservoir storage or enhanced streamflow). Hydroelectric utilities can generate additional hydroelectric power from augmented runoff which is either flowing into reservoirs or from enhanced flows in rivers which have hydroelectric generation facilities. Some government entities ranging in size from local governments up to state governments provide cost sharing support to cloud seeding projects.
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“Her husband begged the police to “put the gun away” as they fired the shotgun again and again…”
AlterNet - “SHERMAN, Texas (CN) – As her husband begged them to “put the gun away,” Texas police repeatedly shot and Tasered a demented 67-year-old woman because she wouldn’t drop a letter opener, then told the husband they had “saved his ass,” the man claims.
Seyfried says he called the Dallas Alzheimer’s Association hotline after “Dolores had become agitated with (him) and had a four [to] five-inch letter opener in her hand” at their home in Lewisville, a Dallas suburb.
The Dallas Alzheimer’s Association then contacted Lewisville police without his consent, Seyfried claims.
Defendant Lewisville Officers George Reed and Sgt. Courtney Letalien arrived as David tried to calm Delores down in their back yard, the husband says.
“Letalien immediately attempted to remove David from the back yard while holding an orange shotgun in his hand,” the complaint states. “David became very upset once he saw the shotgun and believed at that time that there was no need for such measures. David repeatedly pleaded with Letalien to ‘put the gun away’ and explained that he can calm her down and that no force would be needed.
”David did not believe that Delores posed a threat to anyone and even explained to the officer that he had not been stabbed as reported to officers by the DAA. Letalien forced David to the front of the house so he could not see what was happening with his wife.”
David says that as he argued with Letalien, Reed shot Delores with a Taser.
”When Delores did not fall, Letalien immediately shot Delores with the less lethal shotgun at her thigh,” the complaint states. “When once again Delores did not fall or release the letter opener, Letalien shot Delores once again in the other thigh. The second round did knock Delores to the ground but she was able to get back on her feet. Defendants allege that Delores maintained her hand on the letter opener during this time. When Delores turned to walk away from the officers, Letalien shot Delores a third time in the left buttocks with the shotgun. When the third round did not cause Delores to fall, Letalien switched to his Taser and deployed a cartridge with one probe hitting Delores in the back and the other hitting her on her right buttocks. Letalien found this force to be ‘effective’ when she fell to the ground.”
Reed then tried to step on her wrist to handcuff her, David says, and thinking she was resisting, Reed Tasered her again…”
“I can’t believe an Illinois judge, or any American for that matter, would think it’s OK to imprison and bankrupt a person for doing his or her job well,” he said. “That’s something I would expect in a third-world country, not here. SPJ will not stand by passively and let a judge trample over democracy. Neither should the people of Illinois.”
Excerpts, Mint Press News – “For refusing to reveal the identify of his sources, Judge Gerald Kinney of Illinois’s Will County Circuit Court has fined editor Joseph Hosey a one-time $1,000 fine, plus an additional $300 penalty for every day he does not disclose to the court who gave him the police reports related to a double murder in Illinois earlier this year.
Hosey is the editor of the hyperlocal news site Orland Park Patch, part of the Patch Media Network, which is owned by AOL. The $300 daily fine will be charged to Hosey for 180 days, and began Aug. 29, 2013. If Hosey does not disclose his source before the 180 days are up, he is expected to serve jail time.
According to his bio page on the Patch website, Hosey has been a reporter in the Chicago area since 1999 and covered the Drew Peterson case, which he later wrote about in his book, “Fatal Vows: The Tragic Wives of Sergeant Drew Peterson.” That book was later made into a movie for the cable network Lifetime.
Hosey has been an editor for the Orland Park Patch since 2010.
In Illinois, journalists are protected under a state media shield law, which says that a journalist has the right to protect the identity of a confidential source. However, the law has an exception: if a petitioner can show that the identity of a confidential source is relevant to the proceedings and that public interest would be “adversely affected” if the information is not disclosed, they are not longer able to claim “reporter’s privilege.”
Though freedom of speech, which includes the printed word, is protected under the First Amendment, media shield laws are supposed to go above and beyond in terms of protecting a journalist from being forced to disclose confidential information and sources.
Hosey was ordered to hand over the police reports on Aug. 30, which he used to describe the details of the Hickory Street murders that occurred in Joliet, Ill. in January. Judge Kinney said that if the identity of the source could not be determined solely by the documents, Hosey would have to disclose the identity of his source to the court…
The Society of Professional Journalists, which represents 8,000 journalists nationwide, has expressed support for Hosey, saying the ruling is not just a violation on the freedoms of the press but to citizens who have a right to know what is going on with their government.
Dave Cuillier is the president of SPJ. He said the charges against Hosey are outrageous and “cannot be tolerated.”
“I can’t believe an Illinois judge, or any American for that matter, would think it’s OK to imprison and bankrupt a person for doing his or her job well,” he said. “That’s something I would expect in a third-world country, not here. SPJ will not stand by passively and let a judge trample over democracy. Neither should the people of Illinois.”
Linda Petersen, SPJ’s national FOI committee chair, agreed and said the case against Hosey is “a witch hunt to discover who leaked documents to Joey Hosey who is just doing his job as a reporter.
“That Judge Kinney feels justified under the law is appalling,” she said. “Illinois’ shield law clearly protects Joey Hosey in this situation and Kinney’s manipulative interpretation of that law is a farce.”
The Chicago Headline Club, the largest SPJ chapter in the U.S., also released a statementcondemning the contempt of court charges filed against Hosey, and have asked Kinney to withdraw his orders to Hosey.
“We are appalled, dismayed and angered by Judge Kinney’s decision,” said Fernando Diaz, president of the Chicago Headline Club. “Kinney’s actions are unwarranted as Mr. Hosey was working within the ethical framework of professional journalism.”
“The SPJ code of ethics starts with ‘seek truth and report it,’” Diaz said, “and that’s exactly what Mr. Hosey has been doing. Kinney’s action does little more than keep information from the public.”
Restricted freedoms of the press
Hosey is far from the only journalist who has been targeted recently by a government entity for refusing to share where he obtained his information. As Mint Press News previously reported, after it was discovered earlier this summer that several media organizations had been spied on, including the Associated Press and FOX News, President Obama told the Justice Department to develop guidelines to protect journalists.”
“Defense lawyers are appealing the twenty year sentence for Mr. Ladd, but the hundreds of thousands of marijuana arrests continue each year. This insanity must be stopped.”
AlterNet – “While Colorado and Washington have de-criminalized recreational use of marijuana and twenty states allow use for medical purposes, a Louisiana man was sentenced to twenty years in prison in New Orleans criminal court for possessing 15 grams, .529 of an ounce, of marijuana.
Corey Ladd, 27, had prior drug convictions and was sentenced September 4, 2013 as a “multiple offender to 20 years hard labor at the Department of Corrections.”
Marijuana use still remains a ticket to jail in most of the country and prohibition is enforced in a highly racially discriminatory manner. A recent report of the ACLU, “The War on Marijuana in Black and White,” documents millions of arrests for marijuana and shows the “staggeringly disproportionate impact on African Americans.”
Nationwide, the latest numbers from the FBI report that over 762,000 arrests per year are for marijuana, almost exactly half of all drug arrests.
Even though blacks and whites use marijuana at similar rates, black people are 3.73 times more likely to be arrested for possession of marijuana than white people.
For example, Louisiana arrests about 13,000 people per year for marijuana, 60% of them African Americans. Over 84 percent were for possession only. While Louisiana’s population is 32 percent black, 60 percent of arrests for marijuana are African American making it the 9th most discriminatory state nationwide. In Tangipahoa Parish, blacks are 11.8 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana than whites and in St. Landry Parish the rate of black arrests for marijuana is 10.7 times as likely as whites, landing both parishes in the worst 15 in the country.
In Louisiana, a person can get up to six months in jail for first marijuana conviction, up to five years in prison for the second conviction and up to twenty years in prison for the third. In fact, the Louisiana Supreme Court recently overturned a sentence of five years as too lenient for a fourth possession of marijuana and ordered the person sentenced to at least 13 years.
Jack Cole of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) argues that “the “war on drugs” has been, is, and forever will be, a total and abject failure. This is not a war on drugs, this is a war on people, our own people, our children, our parents, ourselves.” LEAP, which is made up of thousands of current and former members of the law enforcement and criminal justice communities, has been advocating for the de-criminalization of drugs and replacing it with regulation and control since 2002.” Full Story
“Summer should be a time for fishing, boating and swimming with family on our nation’s lakes. Yet instead of fresh clear waters, many are encountering mats of thick blue-green harmful algal blooms (HABs)—also known as toxic algae.
A new, first-of-its-kind national online map by the communications firm Resource Media shows that 21 states across the U.S. have issued health advisories and warnings related to harmful algal blooms at 147 different locations on lakes, rivers and ponds this summer.
In partnership with the National Wildlife Federation’s Great Lakes Regional Center, Resource Media is also releasing a report, Toxic Algae: Coming Soon to a Lake Near You? The report provides a look at how extreme weather and an increase in nonpoint source pollution from agriculture and failing septic systems are spurring its spread. Health impacts and economic costs are also reviewed.
The scourge continues to fly beneath the radar of national attention, in part because:
- No federal agency currently tracks lake closures or health warnings nationally.
- Few economic studies have assessed the national cost of freshwater hazardous algal blooms.
- A minority of states monitor lakes and rivers for algal-related toxins.
Tracking of toxic algae showed that this summer:
- New York State led the U.S., with warnings issued at 50 different lakes and ponds.
- For the first time, Kentucky officials found toxic algae at four lakes, which collectively draw more than 5 million visitors a year. Some visitors to the lakes complained of rashes and intestinal problems.
- Western Lake Erie continues to experience a resurgence of toxic algal blooms, leading to health advisories and “do not drink” orders being issued by the state of Ohio. In contrast, the state of Michigan, which shares some of the same waters but does not currently have a formal monitoring or advisory program, issued no health advisories during that same time period.
- In southeast Florida, a massive toxic algae outbreak covered St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon with fluorescent green slime this summer, prompting warnings from health officials to not touch the water. Scores of dolphins, manatees, birds and fish have died.
“No one wants a green, sick lake,” said Andy Buchsbaum, regional executive director, National Wildlife Federation’s Great Lakes Regional Center. “And yet that’s what communities across the country are facing. Excessive runoff is feeding an explosion of toxic algae that is choking our waters, closing our beaches, and posing a threat to people, pets and wildlife…” Full Story on EcoWatch
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“It’s terrible. I won’t get the chance to go to a good college,” Khalid said. “It’s on your school record. The school said I had possession of a firearm. They aren’t going to ask me any questions. They are going to think it was a real gun and I was trying to hurt someone…”
Excerpts, NY Daily News – “A seventh-grade student was suspended from his Virginia middle school for shooting an airsoft gun — yet the 13-year-old boy was not using the “zombie hunter” on school property or even at the local bus stop, he claims.
A three-member disciplinary panel unanimously voted to suspend Larkspur Middle School student Khalid Caraballo for one year, a Virginia Beach city public schools official told the Daily News on Tuesday. However, the panel voted to hold the suspension in abeyance to allow Khalid to attend an alternative education program at Renaissance Academy Middle School.
“Because students were on their way to or at a school bus stop when they were struck by pellets, the school division has jurisdiction to take disciplinary actions against those students responsible for the disruption,” school principal Matthew Delaney said in a statement before the hearing took place. “There is an expectation that all students should be able to travel to and from school in the safest environment possible.”
A total of three students were suspended for firing the guns, according to WAVY.
Khalid’s mother is upset with her son because he played with the gun without her permission, but she is baffled that the school believes they have the right to punish him. In his statement, the principal says that “a child was only 10 feet from the bus stop” while the students were playing with the guns. The Caraballos’ home is located 70 yards away from the bus stop, according to WAVY.” Full Story Here
“My son is my private property,” Solangel Caraballo told WAVY in Virginia. “He does not become the school’s property until he goes to the bus stop, gets on the bus and goes to school…”
The initiative, which was started by Councilman Cameron Runyan, will consist of police officers — who patrol the city center — enforcing the city’s “quality of life” laws, including bans on loitering, public urination and other violations.
In addition, officers will be instructed to keep homeless people out of the city’s center. If the homeless refuse to leave, they could be arrested.
The city will partner with a local charity to keep an emergency shelter located on the outskirts of the city open 24 hours a day. The shelter in question has the capacity to hold up to 240 guests at a time. Once at the shelter homeless people won’t be allowed to leave the premises.
Officials plan to post an officer on the road leading downtown to ensure homeless people don’t walk towards the area. To leave the shelter, visitors need to set an appointment and be shuttled by a van.” Read Full Story on UPI.com
Moving homeless citizens out of city limits still may not be enough to satisfy some folks. I watched the documentary linked below earlier today. It tells the story of how after having their peaceful community camp on the edge of Nashville destroyed by flood, residents complained when the camp relocated 15 miles outside of town (on privately owned/donated property, nonetheless)…so much so that they drove them away and helped shatter what had been a tight-knit community of people trying their best to help one another….
A Nevada man is suing the city of Henderson and its police under the rarely-used Third Amendment, claiming that they unconstitutionally arrested him for obstruction of justice when he refused to let them commandeer his home.
Courthouse News Service – July 03, 2013- ”LAS VEGAS (CN) – Henderson police arrested a family for refusing to let officers use their homes as lookouts for a domestic violence investigation of their neighbors, the family claims in court.
Anthony Mitchell and his parents Michael and Linda Mitchell sued the City of Henderson, its Police Chief Jutta Chambers, Officers Garret Poiner, Ronald Feola, Ramona Walls, Angela Walker, and Christopher Worley, and City of North Las Vegas and its Police Chief Joseph Chronister, in Federal Court.
Henderson, pop. 257,000, is a suburb of Las Vegas.
The Mitchell family’s claim includes Third Amendment violations, a rare claim in the United States. The Third Amendment prohibits quartering soldiers in citizens’ homes in times of peace without the consent of the owner.
“On the morning of July 10th, 2011, officers from the Henderson Police Department responded to a domestic violence call at a neighbor’s residence,” the Mitchells say in the complaint.
It continues: “At 10:45 a.m. defendant Officer Christopher Worley (HPD) contacted plaintiff Anthony Mitchell via his telephone. Worley told plaintiff that police needed to occupy his home in order to gain a ‘tactical advantage’ against the occupant of the neighboring house. Anthony Mitchell told the officer that he did not want to become involved and that he did not want police to enter his residence. Although Worley continued to insist that plaintiff should leave his residence, plaintiff clearly explained that he did not intend to leave his home or to allow police to occupy his home. Worley then ended the phone call.
Mitchell claims that defendant officers, including Cawthorn and Worley and Sgt. Michael Waller then “conspired among themselves to force Anthony Mitchell out of his residence and to occupy his home for their own use.” (Waller is identified as a defendant in the body of the complaint, but not in the heading of it.)
The complaint continues: “Defendant Officer David Cawthorn outlined the defendants’ plan in his official report: ‘It was determined to move to 367 Evening Side and attempt to contact Mitchell. If Mitchell answered the door he would be asked to leave. If he refused to leave he would be arrested for Obstructing a Police Officer. If Mitchell refused to answer the door, force entry would be made and Mitchell would be arrested.’”
At a few minutes before noon, at least five defendant officers “arrayed themselves in front of plaintiff Anthony Mitchell’s house and prepared to execute their plan,” the complaint states.
It continues: “The officers banged forcefully on the door and loudly commanded Anthony Mitchell to open the door to his residence.
“Surprised and perturbed, plaintiff Anthony Mitchell immediately called his mother (plaintiff Linda Mitchell) on the phone, exclaiming to her that the police were beating on his front door.
“Seconds later, officers, including Officer Rockwell, smashed open plaintiff Anthony Mitchell’s front door with a metal ram as plaintiff stood in his living room.
“As plaintiff Anthony Mitchell stood in shock, the officers aimed their weapons at Anthony Mitchell and shouted obscenities at him and ordered him to lie down on the floor.
“Fearing for his life, plaintiff Anthony Mitchell dropped his phone and prostrated himself onto the floor of his living room, covering his face and hands.
“Addressing plaintiff as ‘asshole’, officers, including Officer Snyder, shouted conflicting orders at Anthony Mitchell, commanding him to both shut off his phone, which was on the floor in front of his head, and simultaneously commanding him to ‘crawl’ toward the officers.
“Confused and terrified, plaintiff Anthony Mitchell remained curled on the floor of his living room, with his hands over his face, and made no movement.
“Although plaintiff Anthony Mitchell was lying motionless on the ground and posed no threat, officers, including Officer David Cawthorn, then fired multiple ‘pepperball’ rounds at plaintiff as he lay defenseless on the floor of his living room. Anthony Mitchell was struck at least three times by shots fired from close range, injuring him and causing him severe pain.” (Parentheses in complaint.)
Officers then arrested him for obstructing a police officer, searched the house and moved furniture without his permission and set up a place in his home for a lookout, Mitchell says in the complaint.
He says they also hurt his pet dog for no reason whatsoever: “Plaintiff Anthony Mitchell’s pet, a female dog named ‘Sam,’ was cowering in the corner when officers smashed through the front door. Although the terrified animal posed no threat to officers, they gratuitously shot it with one or more pepperball rounds. The panicked animal howled in fear and pain and fled from the residence. Sam was subsequently left trapped outside in a fenced alcove without access to water, food, or shelter from the sun for much of the day, while temperatures outside soared to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.” Full Story Here
A feral pig ransacked a campsite and drank at least 18 cans of beer before getting into an altercation with a cow in Australia…
Nature World News – “The incident, which happened in a remote area of Western Australia at the DeGray River rest area, prompted officials to warn campers to keep their food and alcohol secure.
One camper who reportedly spoke with the affected campers told ABC that the pig got into 18 beers, ransacked the campsite’s garbage bins and got into a fight with a cow.
The camper, who was only identified as Merida, said “there was some other people camped right on the river and they saw him running around their vehicle being chased by a cow.
“It was going around and around and then it went into the river and swam across to the middle of the river.”
Findley told ABC that that her crews are not equipped to deal with wild pigs, especially if they are drunk.
The Independent “A parasite which causes a deadly “brain-eating” infection has been found in Louisiana’s mains water supply after the death of a four-year-old boy in his own back garden.
Residents in the parish of St Bernard, near New Orleans, have been issued with a warning along with a list of precautions that must be taken before they can drink water from the tap.
The southern state’s Department for Health and Hospitals issued a statement confirming that “the encephalitis death of a child that had visited St. Bernard Parish was connected to the rare amoeba, which testing confirmed was present at the home”.
The amoeba – Naegleria fowleri – enters the brain via contaminated water which is inhaled through the nose, leading to an infection which destroys brain tissue.
The US’s centre for disease control said the initial symptoms include headache, fever, nausea, vomiting, and stiff neck. Later symptoms include confusion, lack of attention to people and surroundings, loss of balance, seizures, and hallucinations. After the start of symptoms, the disease progresses rapidly and usually causes death in “one to 12 days”.
The amoeba cannot reach the brain if people only drink the water, and it is killed off by boiling or chlorinating liquids before drinking. The child who died in Louisiana is believed to have been infected after playing on a “slip and slide” in the garden.” Full Story Here
How is a book like the one quoted below considered educational? What would my high school daughter gain if she were forced to read a book like this for class? She’s currently (voluntarily) reading “Brave New World” maybe I should go interrupt her and give her some guv’rmint approved reading material like “Dreaming In Cuban” so that she doesn’t end up being the one kid that gets left behind, eh?
And while we cannot teach sex-education/pregnancy prevention in schools…we can assign kids to read books like this that amount to soft-porn? SERIOUSLY?? Am I the only one who thinks that might not be the best of plans..?
Excerpts, The Daily Caller – “The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a project that attempts to standardize various K-12 curricula around the country. By design, American students subject to the Common Core will experience a reading regime that focuses heavily on nonfiction.
There will be a slice of fiction here and there, though. One such slice for sophomores at Buena High School in Sierra Vista, Ariz. is an utterly minor 1992 novel called “Dreaming in Cuban” by Cristina Garcia, reports Eagnews.org.
An unidentified parent claimed in an email to Eagnews that “Dreaming in Cuban” was assigned to everyone in one of her son’s 10th-grade classes. In addition, students read the book out loud during class.
And what a book for high schoolers to read out loud!
“Hugo and Felicia stripped in their room, dissolving easily into one another, and made love against the whitewashed walls. Hugo bit Felicia’s breast and left purplish bands of bruises on her upper thighs. He knelt before her in the tub and massaged black Spanish soap between her legs. He entered her repeatedly from behind.”
That steamy, erotic passage comes from page 80 of “Dreaming,” in a chapter called “The Fire Between Them.” The passage continues:
“Felicia learned what pleased him. She tied his arms above his head with their underclothing and slapped him sharply when he asked.
“‘You’re my bitch,’” Hugo said, groaning.
“In the morning he left, promising to return in the summer.”
The Appendix also helpfully points teachers, students and others to the official webpage hawking the novel’s author, Cristina Garcia. There’s a huge, unavoidable advertisement for her latest novel, “King of Cuba.” You can also find out how to book Garcia for an or enroll in an expensive writers’ workshop taught by Garcia.”
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StormCloudsGathering – “The powers that be shredded the constitution and took you into a series of wars that have left countless civilians dead based on this event. You owe it to your children and grand children to take another look at it…”
Below is a link to a very disturbing animated infograph of all confirmed US drone strikes in Pakistan alone…
via Out of Sight, Out of Mind – “Because the US Government does not disclose strike information, the data must be manually collected on the ground by reporters. The challenge is that stories and estimates vary between sources. In cases where there are inconsistencies, a minimum and a maximum number of possible fatalities are recorded. We take the average whole number between these estimates for each attack. In a few instances there were fatalities confirmed, but the estimated number of fatalities was not obtainable. In these cases, we simply omitted the fatalities. The list of high-profile targets (the white squares) comes from the New America Foundation.”
ESTIMATED TOTAL FATALITIES - 3149
The full article this is excerpted from is rather lengthy but it is very interesting (& disturbing)…and well worth the time spent reading it in full. Fair warning tho – there are some rather graphic images embedded into the original article that may not be suitable for all audiences. This was reported back in February originally…if I missed it, I am surely not the only one so I thought it was still worth sharing.
Belief in black magic persists in Papua New Guinea, where communities are warping under the pressure of the mining boom’s unfulfilled expectations. Women are blamed, accused of sorcery and branded as witches — with horrific consequences.Excerpts, GlobalMail - By Jo Chandler February 15, 2013
”ON FEBRUARY 7, Papua New Guineans woke to the headline “Burnt Alive!” and pictures of a large crowd, including school children, watching as flames engulfed the body of a young woman.
It happened in the busy, mercurial hub of Mount Hagen, smack in the heart of the country. A 20-year-old mother of two, Kepari Leniata, had been stripped, tortured, trussed, doused with petrol, thrown on a rubbish tip, covered with tyres and set alight.
The killing was reportedly carried out by relatives of a six-year-old boy who had just died in the local hospital. They seized a couple of women they suspected of causing the death, among them Leniata, and soon determined that she would be the scapegoat of their grief. Witnesses claimed the crowd blocked police officers and firefighters who tried to intervene.
The news provoked a statement of “deep concern” from the UN human rights office and international media coverage. PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill condemned the killing as a “despicable” and “barbaric” act. He said he had instructed police to use all available manpower to bring the killers to justice.
“It is reprehensible that women, the old, and the weak in our society, should be targeted for alleged sorcery or wrongs that they actually have nothing to do with,” said O’Neill. Similar sentiments resounded across PNG’s always animated social media scene, and included a push for a campaign to enlist Leniata’s name and legacy to rally momentum to address endemic, epidemic violence against women.
Leniata’s death and the anguish it provoked reprised a very similar scenario only two years ago, also on a rubbish tip in Mount Hagen, when an unidentified young woman — according to some reports, possibly as young as 16 — was tied at the stake and burned. But this time there were pictures. The horror of the act, and the passivity of the watching crowd, sent shockwaves across the country.
As the Post Courier’s Rheeney editorialised, the failure of witnesses to intervene, “to stop and condemn the murderers’ actions, points to a bigger danger of ordinary Papua New Guineans accepting this callous killing as normal and this methodology of dispensing justice as acceptable.”