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Congressman's son resigns after voter fraud video

Congressman's son resigns after voter fraud video | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Virginia Democrat Jim Moran's son Patrick steps down from field director job following James O'Keefe undercover video...

 

As reprehensible when it is a Democrat as when it is a Republican. Glad he was pushed out so quickly.

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The Write Room Blog | where friends from disparate approaches to life and writing work together and share

The Write Room Blog | where friends from disparate approaches to life and writing work together and share | Upsetment | Scoop.it

To care or not to care. Are these the options?

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Eduardo Cervino challenges us to look at our values. Check out his piece in The Write Room Blog.

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7 more trendy superfoods that are anything but

7 more trendy superfoods that are anything but | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Some of the hippest health foods make the murkiest claims about their benefits and ethical sourcing
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For my part, I like almond flour because it has so few carbs, but for the rest of these superfood, well I pass. I'll stick with a balanced diet and stay off the carbohydrates.

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The CIA wants to destroy thousands of internal emails covering spy operations and other activities

The CIA wants to destroy thousands of internal emails covering spy operations and other activities | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A CIA plan to erase tens of thousands of its internal emails, which has been tentatively approved by the National Archives, "could allow for the destruction of crucial documentary evidence regarding the CIA's activities," Senate Intelligence Committee members wrote in a letter to the archives. But agency officials shot back, calling the committee's concerns grossly overblown and ill informed.
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IMHO, why can't these emails be archived in one place and removed from the computers on which they are currently stored? This would give both the opportunity for future review and the clearing of computer caches which may be an appropriate goal. But no, the CIA wants those emails gone, and that makes me uneasy.

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Video seems to show Ferguson officer in confrontation

Video seems to show Ferguson officer in confrontation | Upsetment | Scoop.it
In a video posted to YouTube, a police officer tells a man he must stop shooting video.
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I thought police officers had to show identification. Sounds to me like once again there is a discrepancy between the goal of proper police work and the actual functioning of the Ferguson Police force, and that may have something to do with what escalated from a cop asking two young men to not jaywalk into a tragic shooting.

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Senate fails to advance legislation on NSA reform

Senate fails to advance legislation on NSA reform | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The legislation would put limits on the so-called bulk collection of Americans’ records by the NSA.
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Should the government be collecting information on us simply because we are part of society? This offends my most basic values as an American. It represents the military-industrial-espionage complex running amok. 

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San Francisco Zoo's Gorillas Grieve, Comfort Each Other After Young Ape's Tragic Death

San Francisco Zoo's Gorillas Grieve, Comfort Each Other After Young Ape's Tragic Death | Upsetment | Scoop.it

The San Francisco Zoo says its six western lowland gorillas are showing normal signs of grief and loss following the death of the group’s youngest gorilla.

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How sad.

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Competitive Edge

Competitive Edge | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The shrinking defense industrial base is bad business for the Pentagon.
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In effect the Dept of Defense and a few contractors have become a cartel and there is little room for competition. We, the taxpayers, often end up paying for systems that will never work manufactured by greedy companies that care only about getting fatter.

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Preserving an Accident, the Salton Sea in California, for the Good of Nature

Preserving an Accident, the Salton Sea in California, for the Good of Nature | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Salton Sea, a briny lake created by a mismanaged effort to divert a river, has become a key habitat for migrating birds and is now in danger of drying out.
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I have visited this region, and it is a very sad place. The drought has certainly made a bad situation worse. The use of the water for irrigation of crops in the Imperial Valley is frightening; one can only imagine the illness that will eventually cause. The best solution would obviously be to add fresh water, but we have less and less of that available. A national water management plan is essential—not just in the U.S. but in every country. We must look at the future and PLAN!

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Police Use Department Wish List When Deciding Which Assets to Seize

Police Use Department Wish List When Deciding Which Assets to Seize | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Police officers and prosecutors give tips on civil asset forfeiture, the practice allowing the government, without ever filing a criminal charge, to seize property believed to have ties to crime, in seminars across the country.
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This so subverts the intent of the "Bill of Rights" as to be unconscionable. Indeed, it amounts to criminal behavior by law enforcement. Reminds me not of justice but of the Sheriff of Nottingham—right out of the legend of Robin Hood. Shame on a country in which prosecutors can wield this kind of unfettered power.  Once again we see the destructive effect of the out-of-control War on Drugs

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Arizona Law on Immigrant Smuggling Is Struck Down

Arizona Law on Immigrant Smuggling Is Struck Down | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A federal district county judge ruled that the law, which allowed a sheriff to target immigrants, was trumped by federal statutes.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Much as I love Arizona, I detest the mean-spirited anger towards Mexican and other immigrant populations. Not just towards those who do not have proper documents and who should not be allowed to stay but towards the hardworking and decent folks who provide much of the labor we need done and even towards those who are professionals and mainstays of our community. Worse, the state has turned a blind eye to those who encourage the undocumented from coming here, the business owners who take advantage of the most needy and those most desperate to work. Stiffen the penalties for employing undocumented workers and the problem will disappear.

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Chicago Priests Raped and Pillaged for 50 Years

Chicago Priests Raped and Pillaged for 50 Years | Upsetment | Scoop.it
In a disturbing document dump outlining lurid clerical abuse and a trail of coverups, retiring Cardinal Francis George tries to clear his conscience.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

As appalling as this story is, my guess is that there is far more to come, perhaps from every diocese in the world. If one believes that  heaven can only be obtained through the ministrations and sacramental acts of an organization that tolerates and even at times protects such perpetrators, then one must assume that God is an evil force. To the degree that the law allows escape from these criminals be it through plea bargain or statute of limitations the law is also evil.

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The Supreme Court Takes Up The Case Of The Missing Fish

The Supreme Court Takes Up The Case Of The Missing Fish | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Prosecutors say that when undersized fish disappeared off of captain John Yates' boat, it constituted destruction of evidence. Business and civil liberties groups say the law only applies to papers.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Too often there is a slip between the writing and and the purpose of a law; it is in that small unintended space that lawyers wiggle at the expense of justice and body politic. This is one of those instances.

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US Supreme Court to hear Jerusalem passport case | Al Jazeera America

US Supreme Court to hear Jerusalem passport case | Al Jazeera America | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Case prompted by parents of US citizen seeks to list son's place of birth as 'Israel' not 'Jerusalem' on passport
Kenneth Weene's insight:

This is one of those moments we can only hope for rationality by the Supreme Court. It may seem like a small thing, a limited personal court case, the reality is that it would pave the way for individual American citizens to force American foreign policy in some awkward and inappropriate directions. Imagine this shoe being on the other foot. A Russian child is born on the Iroquois lands in upstate NY. The child's parents ask that the child's birth certificate says Iroquois Nation instead of New York. Would the U.S. tolerate that infringement of territorial rights? That we don't formally recognize the Palestinian government doesn't mean we don't recognize that these claims exist. And, as the article points out, what about the rights of Arab-American parents whose child is born in Jerusalem? 

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Teen arrested, learns Yik Yak threat is no joke

Teen arrested, learns Yik Yak threat is no joke | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A 16-year-old Westview High School student has been arrested in connection with a threat that forced the lockdown of Canyon Crest Academy earlier this week, a source tells 10News.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

What a sad commentary on these youngsters that they think this kind of threat is a joke. Some day they will look back and realize how stupid they were, but for now I hope that people explain it to them with real consequences and exposure to the real pain that such incidents can produce.

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It's Time to Start Giving a Shit About Toilets

It's Time to Start Giving a Shit About Toilets | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Don't snicker: Open defecation is one of the world's most stubborn problems. And the inability to adopt even Victorian-era sanitation is keeping India from being a superpower.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

I assume that most of us who live in the world of the Internet also use  inside toilets or at least latrines for defecation. I share this not to make you more aware of where you shit but more aware of the millions of people who do not have or perhaps do not wish to use a "proper" place to take a crap. Be it the homeless in American, European, or other developed areas or the uneducated (to the health issues) in India or Africa: this is a problem we should be addressing on a global scale. It is just one more example of how humans in our race to explode our numbers have outgrown the natural world into which we are born and birthing.

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‘We ain’t taking no n*ggers here’: Kentucky fire chief refuses to help black family in traffic accident

‘We ain’t taking no n*ggers here’: Kentucky fire chief refuses to help black family in traffic accident | Upsetment | Scoop.it
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Amazing how once he's called on it this piece of shit backs down. Meanwhile, if I lived in Bullitt County Kentucky, I'd be embarrassed and surely wanting this guy out of town. More importantly, I'd be asking myself if my community was maybe what is wrong with America. 

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When She Was 14, Diane Guerrero Came Home To Find An Empty House. Her Story Is Like Many Others.

When She Was 14, Diane Guerrero Came Home To Find An Empty House. Her Story Is Like Many Others. | Upsetment | Scoop.it

There is no simple answer Things that matter. Pass 'em on.

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There is no simple answer to the issue of immigration. I will say that while this is a moving personal story, the only fault I can find is with a bureaucracy that didn't follow-up to make sure a 14 year old girl was okay. In all honesty, those who live in the U.S. illegally don't get that much sympathy from me. But then again, I don't know why they were here. Were they promised an opportunity, perhaps lied to? Did they come legally and overstay because their children were born here? (By the way is her brother an American citizen?) So many questions and so much human cost. Anybody have a simple answer? I sure don't.

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Report: Students read way below level that prepares them for college, careers

Report: Students read way below level that prepares them for college, careers | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Renaissance Learning, which tracks the reading habits of some 10 million US students, has released a report that not only tallies which books kids are reading, but also analyzes the complexity of the reading material.
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If our kids don't read, they aren't prepared to grow. We need children ready to go to college, ready to learn, and ready to understand the complexities of the modern world. Love your kids? Give them books. And teach them to read by reading yourself.

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Why Schools Can’t Teach Sex Ed

Why Schools Can’t Teach Sex Ed | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Here’s what kids need to know — and how parents can tell them
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Did you know we have an It Matters Radio show coming on this very topic with a well known sex educator. Yes, he teaches in a real school and he's written a book that parents will want to read. Just one of the topics that matter so we discuss them.

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After an errant drone strike in Yemen, a trail of secret meetings and U.S. cash

After an errant drone strike in Yemen, a trail of secret meetings and U.S. cash | Upsetment | Scoop.it

 dAfter a 2012 drone strike on a village in Yemen, a Yemeni civil servant held an unusual meeting with two of President Barack Obama's national security aides, asking for compensation. Did that meeting lead to "condolence payments" in the form of a bag of cash?

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Why does the CIA so often operate like the Mob? Under the table compensation? "Well, yeah, we whacked the wrong guy, so's we're sending a little somethin' for the funeral." Maybe we should do it publicly, so the voters can see just how destructive the Military-Industrial-Espionage complex is.

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Repeated Pot Use Linked to Lower IQ

Repeated Pot Use Linked to Lower IQ | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The average marijuana user's IQ was five points lower than that of a non-user
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The reasons to not use drugs, including alcohol, tobacco, and of marijuana are clear. They are reasons of health and functioning. But we all know how Prohibition worked out in the U.S.; you can't legislate good judgment. We must educate and motivate our young people to avoid harming themselves. One of the essential ingredients in that is making sure they can see a future that is worth working towards. A sense of depression and helplessness is often the underlying cause for drug use, and that feeling comes from a world in which the young person cannot see a good future.

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Mexico Says Drug Gang Killed 43 Missing Students

Mexico Says Drug Gang Killed 43 Missing Students | Upsetment | Scoop.it
More than 70 people have been arrested in the investigation
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No wonder the Angel of Death is so important in Mexican culture. If this kind of story fascinates you, you may want to check out my short story available on Kindle, El Catrin.

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‘You wanna f*cking resist?’: NY sheriff’s deputy caught slapping man on camera

‘You wanna f*cking resist?’: NY sheriff’s deputy caught slapping man on camera | Upsetment | Scoop.it
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The only question I have is why has no criminal charge been filed. This cop is a sick puppy and should be in a cage.

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More Than 600 Reported Chemical Exposure in Iraq, Pentagon Acknowledges

More Than 600 Reported Chemical Exposure in Iraq, Pentagon Acknowledges | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Defense officials said they failed to recognize the scope of the reports from Americans who served in Iraq, or to offer them adequate care.
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This is horrifying, not because some of our troops didn't get the treatment they certainly deserved but because of what it implies about the Busch administration lies. If they believed there were weapons of mass destruction, if they believed there was a chemical and biological warfare program in Iraq, why had they not set up any data collection and treatment program for troops who were exposed? Obviously, they knew they had lied. In my opinion, no administration in history has done worse service to us than the Bush crew.

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Patients Screwed in Spine Surgery ‘Scam’

Patients Screwed in Spine Surgery ‘Scam’ | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Spinal Solutions is accused of running a multimillion-dollar scam in spinal surgery hardware that could leave thousands in pain if their shoddy materials fail.
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I cannot imagine the appropriate punishment for the bastard who was behind this scam or for those who were complicit. It certainly would start with paralysis and a great deal of pain. IMHO sometimes cruel and unusual should be the standard for punishment not the prohibition. Do you agree that there are some crimes that deserve cruelty not just prison or even death?

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