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Empirical Magazine: From the Empirical Archives: The City of the Future by Dan O'Brien

Empirical Magazine: From the Empirical Archives: The City of the Future by Dan O'Brien | Upsetment | Scoop.it
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Offer Israeli Arabs money to move to Palestinian state: Lieberman

Offer Israeli Arabs money to move to Palestinian state: Lieberman | Upsetment | Scoop.it
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman proposed on Friday that Arab citizens of Israel be offered financial incentives to leave the country and relocate to a future Palestinian
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Just when I think Israel has hit rock bottom, they come up with an even more reprehensible plan. Buying people out of their citizenship and rights? And to settle exactly where? How about creating a two state solution first and then asking if people want to leave.

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In Arizona, a Textbook Fuels a Broader Dispute Over Sex Education

In Arizona, a Textbook Fuels a Broader Dispute Over Sex Education | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The board in Gilbert, Ariz., said two pages in a biology textbook that discuss sexually transmitted diseases and contraception violated a state law passed in 2012.
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Boy, do I resent those who want to force their religious agendas on the rest of us. That is a sin to me. So I want the history books to redact all mention of those who oppose abortion and those who oppose a woman's right to choose. Seems like the same logic as these idiots wanting to censor science books. Meanwhile, I keep wanting to know how many of these religious extremists supported wars, how many oppose foreign aid, and how many are against taxes to provide welfare. In my opinion, Jesus will have a special place for them — in the hell of continuous judgement. And no, I don't like abortions; nobody does. Of course if we deny good science and sex education to our children, we are going to have more unwanted and dangerous pregnancies, but do these self-righteous idiots really care about that?

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Cops Beat Man & 7-Month Pregnant Wife then Deleted the Video, But it Survived on the Cloud

Cops Beat Man & 7-Month Pregnant Wife then Deleted the Video, But it Survived on the Cloud | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Denver, CO -- The Denver police department has been accused of using excessive force after a video, which they allegedly deleted, survived on the cloud and was turned into FOX 31.  The incident started as two officers approached David Nelson Flores, who was in his vehicle with his seven-and-a-half-months pregnant wife and their child, to…
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Whatever you may think of the drug involvement of these two people, I see more victims of the war on drugs. I also see more extreme police behavior. I want to hear what some of our 'right to life" friends have to say about this and I hope this will become one more reason why police must wear working cameras.

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Unorthodox police procedures emerge in grand jury documents

Unorthodox police procedures emerge in grand jury documents | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Among the unusual procedures: Darren Wilson placed his gun in an evidence bag himself and the medical examiner didn’t take photos of the scene.
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This is so irresponsible and inept as defy comprehension or else it was intentional to insure that a proper investigation could not take place. I cannot imagine that the people of Ferguson will not take revenge; hopefully not through riots but through court cases and especially elections. Meanwhile, were I a resident, I would be putting my taxes in escrow and file a suit to protect myself and I would do as much of my shopping as possible outside of town to in effect starve the beast. If the current city government knew that it could not govern because of lack of revenue, it might actually motivate them to take proper action. At the very least the police chief has to go and the department be reorganized and the medical examiner, well he should face some kind of disciplinary action. 

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Police: Video clearly shows shooting of Ohio boy, 12

Police: Video clearly shows shooting of Ohio boy, 12 | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The father of a 12-year-old boy fatally shot by police after wielding a replica gun questioned Sunday why police did not use a stun gun to subdue him.
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911 calls have become a real issue for public safety. Would you call 911 if you saw this kid on the playground?

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Officer shoots boy holding fake gun at rec center

Officer shoots boy holding fake gun at rec center | Upsetment | Scoop.it
CLEVELAND (AP) — Police say a 12-year-old boy brandishing what turned out to be a fake gun at a Cleveland recreation center was shot and wounded by a responding officer.
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What a tragic story. Note the last line. If you have a kid who likes toy guns, make sure those orange tips are in place. I feel for the family, but I also feel for the police officer who must have had one awful moment making that decision.

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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.
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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.
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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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New antimicrobial edible films that increase the lifespan of cheese

New antimicrobial edible films that increase the lifespan of cheese | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Researchers at the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) have developed new coatings to apply to soft cheese. These coatings are totally edible and have an antimicrobial capacity, which increases the lifespan of the cheese. These films incorporate oregano and rosemary essential oils as antimicrobial ...
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There are few things I love more than cheese; I will travel miles for a good fromagerie. On the one hand this news should make me happy; I will be able to get great cheeses shipped that are not available in the dairy-desert that is Arizona. BUT, I am terribly allergic to lobster and wonder if I will be able to tolerate this coating. BUT, will it change even one iota the taste and texture of some wonderful cheese? BUT, well, heck, when it comes to cheese, I represent the far right, the don't tread on me conservative. Anyway, I have to go buy crackers; a true curse to have more brie than crackers.

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Remember the Sand Creek Massacre

Remember the Sand Creek Massacre | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The 1864 murder of 200 innocent Indians is still largely forgotten.
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Tomorrow will mark the hundred and fiftieth anniversary of a great American travesty, one of many acts of aggression towards Native American communities. We don't like to think of ourselves as perpetrators of massacres against innocents, but that was how we approached the Indians all over this continent. The very least we can do is to have a remembrance and recognition day and to offer education about the real stories in our schools. Meanwhile, please join with me tomorrow in remembering these martyrs to the Euro-American's greed and racism.

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Sovereign Citizens Are America’s Top Cop-Killers

Sovereign Citizens Are America’s Top Cop-Killers | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Just last week an anti-government extremist ambushed and killed a police officer after setting his own house on fire. One ex-police chief is telling local law enforcement how to spot the greatest threat to their lives.
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It amazes me how few people oppose or are even aware of these "sovereign citizens". Reality is they are dedicated to killing police, but of course many who are shouting about how the police need to protect themselves don't notice this real threat because the vast majority of these self-styled libertarians are white, and we all know it's black or brown skinned people who are the danger  — right? Time for America to re-evaluate herself.

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'A national embarrassment': U.S. infrastructure suffers from bipartisan failure

'A national embarrassment': U.S. infrastructure suffers from bipartisan failure | Upsetment | Scoop.it
America's infrastructure is crumbling and nobody in Washington seems to care or have the political will to do something about it.
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What happened? By doing away with pork, the members of congress are no longer willing to just support infrastructure. What's in it for my reelection has become the only consideration. What a shame for us all.

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Plague kills 40 people in Madagascar

Plague kills 40 people in Madagascar | Upsetment | Scoop.it
World Health Organisation is concerned about risk of disease spreading in the capital where two cases have been recorded
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One of the world's poorest and least-well governed countries but home to some of the rarest species and of the best vanilla, Madagascar is an island nation that goes largely unnoticed and un-thoughtabout except when we see a picture of a lemur. It should be as much a concern to us as any nation in Africa.

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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

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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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