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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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China expresses displeasure with Turkey accepting Uighurs

China expresses displeasure with Turkey accepting Uighurs | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Beijing expressed displeasure with Turkey on Friday for accepting 173 ethnic Uighurs who fled China
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There is so much suffering in the world and here is a handful of women and children being given sanctuary. Why would any "great power" object to that? Why do they want to force people to stay in China, so they can persecute them? Shame on the Chinese government.

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Pro-Lifers Harass Women After Abortions

Pro-Lifers Harass Women After Abortions | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Anti-abortion groups are now masquerading as post-abortion care services, and peddling medical lies about the procedure.
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Evil done in the name of god or a religious belief is still evil. In my opinion there are many evil people in the anti-abortion crowd.

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Wave Of Attacks Kill 50 Soldiers In Egypt

Wave Of Attacks Kill 50 Soldiers In Egypt | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The death toll rises after seemingly coordinated blasts in a region of the country that has seen increasing insurgent activity.
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As the Muslim world implodes, the only possible solution for the existing Islamic countries is to come together to work for stability. Forget theological differences and recognize the threat of regional instability. The U.S. and Europe should be supporting that co-operation and encouraging historical enemies and lukewarm friends to work together to stop the violence and terror. That work, by the way, must include education and economic opportunity for all. The Islamic world includes way to many poor people, way to many people who have in effect been cut off from personal achievement and accomplishment.

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Italian mafia group linked to senior politicians, investigation reveals

Italian mafia group linked to senior politicians, investigation reveals | Upsetment | Scoop.it
An investigation uncovers links between the Calabrian Mafia — one of the world's most powerful criminal groups — and senior politicians on both sides of Australia's political fence.
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Sounds like something out of "Times to Try the Soul of Man." The role of crime and corruption in government is a real problem everywhere.

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How Iraq is Driving Itself to Hunger

How Iraq is Driving Itself to Hunger | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The fight against the Islamic State has disrupted food production in Iraq, but the Iraqi government is in no shape to fill the food gap.
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Throughout the world people are starving. Iraq, which has typically had good grain production, is slipping into a food desert as strive cuts production, displacement of people increases need, and government mismanagement hurts the market for what is grown. Soon that poor country will be suffering famine to go along with war and the pestilence of ISIS. We know what dark force has cast these plagues on the Iraq, but does anybody from the Bush administration care?

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Briar Creek Road Baptist Church Fire Ruled Arson

Briar Creek Road Baptist Church Fire Ruled Arson | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Charlotte Fire Department investigators have determined a fire that destroyed part of the Briar Creek Road Baptist Church early Wednesday morning was intentionally set.
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Why are we back in the sixties? Perhaps this is the last gasp of the crazy White supremacists, but I sadly doubt that.

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Man Wrongfully Imprisoned for Almost 25 Years Will Get $6.25 Million

Man Wrongfully Imprisoned for Almost 25 Years Will Get $6.25 Million | Upsetment | Scoop.it
"We cannot give back the time that he served"
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I commend the Comptroller of the City of New York for acting so quickly in offering recompense to this man who has suffered so egregiously. Obviously, what still needs to be done is to find those in the police and the DA's office at the time who concealed evidence of his innocence and to punish them appropriately. While the system can and will make mistakes, it should not tolerate those who for whatever reason choose to feather their careers and statistics at the expense of the rights and freedom of another.

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The shocking international crisis that proves how right (and wrong) Obama is

The shocking international crisis that proves how right (and wrong) Obama is | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A breathtaking United Nations report highlights the untenability of GOP hawkishness—and the president's optimism
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The world has been filed with refugees and the dead who didn't flee fast enough for many generations. Certainly, one solution is to have many strongmen keeping their patches under control, but is that a tenable solution or a moral one? One thing is clear, the United States cannot be the preserver and protector of the benighted peoples of the world. Indeed, our attempts to be the world's cop on the beat have produced nothing but disasters. My own reality check is that we are a disgusting species and probably ought to stop making believe we are better than we are. Maybe if we all recognize that no god has chosen us or informed us, we might decide that it's up to us what we make of our world. As for rescuing the refuges, perhaps we should try to give them one place of their own, but my guess is that they would soon set to squabbling over which group belonged and which didn't and have yet another place for a civil war. Sadness is as humans do.

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Buddhist monks seek to ban schoolgirls from wearing headscarves in Burma

Buddhist monks seek to ban schoolgirls from wearing headscarves in Burma | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Influential group of monks also plans to encourage people to vote for candidates who ‘will not let our race and religion disappear’ in this year’s elections
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Another example of how religion, all religion, clouds both human judgment and the human heart. I cannot imagine the Buddha smiling at such intolerance.

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Leader of group cited in 'Dylann Roof manifesto' donated to top Republicans

Leader of group cited in 'Dylann Roof manifesto' donated to top Republicans | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Ted Cruz will return donation from Council of Conservative Citizens president Earl Holt, who FEC shows also gave to 2016 hopefuls Santorum, Paul and more
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While I am glad to see that Republicans are willing to return money from such an avowed racist, it bothers me that they don't seem to be wondering why racists are donating to their campaigns. Perhaps the question that really needs addressing is, "has the Republican party become the party of racism and division in America?" What a sad commentary on the party of Lincoln, TR, and Eisenhower.

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Charleston Shooting Families Proved Grace Wins Out Over Hate

Charleston Shooting Families Proved Grace Wins Out Over Hate | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Appearing in court to address the shooter, family members gave testimonials of forgiveness that stunned a nation with their power and faith.
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These are the voices of real Americans and fine people. They remind us that our heritage must be one of love and forgiveness for the alternative is darkness.

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Bloodsport

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From cockfighting to buzkashi, Afghanistan’s pastimes are as brutal as the country’s history.
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When we in the U.S. and Europe talk of Afghanistan and the development of democracy and government there, we tend to ignore the reality of its ferocious culture. Often the true nature of a society can be found in its sports; these vignettes of Afghan "competitive athletics" help us to understand the gulf between the war lord and tribal realities and the fantasies of Washington, London, and the like.

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Why South Carolina’s Confederate Flag Is Still Flying at Full Staff

Why South Carolina’s Confederate Flag Is Still Flying at Full Staff | Upsetment | Scoop.it
If you’re the governor of a state that suffers a tragedy, the common sign of respect is to fly all the state’s flags at half-staff. It’s what Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy did in 2013, after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. It’s what Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper did in 2012...
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Despicable

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Welcome to Basrastan

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Iraq’s oil-rich southern province is pulling away from Baghdad's central government. And it's not alone.
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When Saddam was toppled, there was an opportunity to make Iraq a better place. If the U.S. was going to pursue nation building—an idiotic goal, but the one that was at hand—that was the moment to develop a new model that would allow the creation of meaningful coalition of regions or states with a federal government. Alternatively, Iraq could have been broken up into three (or more) sections, Shia, Sunni, and Kurd (The Joe Biden suggestion) and that might have been stable. But no, the Bush administration sent incompetents and backed dishonest politicians. Yeah, GOP and neo-cons, the blame is still yours. Sadly, blaming doesn't help the people of Iraq. Still, anybody have some shoes we can throw?

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Drug cops took a college kid’s savings and now 13 police departments want a cut

Drug cops took a college kid’s savings and now 13 police departments want a cut | Upsetment | Scoop.it

Charles Clarke lost $11,000 because his luggage smelled like weed.

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I don't know how Mr. Clarke amassed this small amount of money. That's the point, we don't know. It could have been from some illegal activity, but that hasn't been proven. The "war on drugs" has become a way on people fueled by the greed of bureaucracies. Forget due process and the principle of innocent until proven guilty. Meanwhile, I have to ask myself, if this young man's skin were a lighter shade would anybody have bothered to look at him or his baggage. Can we be honest and admit that much of the "war on drugs" has really been a race war?

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ISIL 'beheads women for the first time in Syria'

ISIL 'beheads women for the first time in Syria' | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Monitor says ISIL killed two women and their husbands in Syria's Deir Ezzor province after they sought health remedies.
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Religious extremism at its sickest. ISIS (or ISIL as some call it) is a cancer in the human culture pool. But the same could be said of most extreme religious groups regardless of the faith that they are distorting.

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The Republican war on vegetables: How new dietary guidelines brought out the GOP’s inner petulant child

The Republican war on vegetables: How new dietary guidelines brought out the GOP’s inner petulant child | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Experts say to cut down on meat for the sake of our health and the environment. Republicans react like 3-year-olds
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That diet is the issue in this report misses the real point. Of course science supports eating less meat and more fruits and vegetables. Of course science supports cutting down on meat production to reduce CO2 emissions. Of course science...Ah, wait, there's the rub, Republicans don't like science, not even when the Pope, who happens to have a science background, talks about it. The GOP is the curia of the new Dark Ages, a time when Galileo must repent because his words are not in the Bible. The GOP has become the party of faith, and that faith is the whack-a-do faith of dispensationalism, of end times and "we're gonna get you" not a faith in a rational god who created a world that works by the wonders of science. So let's just eat our steaks and ignore reality because the horsemen are coming on the morrow.

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Whole Foods Is Accused of Overcharging Customers Again

Whole Foods Is Accused of Overcharging Customers Again | Upsetment | Scoop.it
After paying a settlement in California, the chain is now under fire in NYC.
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Quite simply, Whole Foods is ripping people off again. At best, their prices are high, so I seldom shop there even though we have one within walking distance. As for the quality, it's okay but nowhere near the "organic" or "natural" quality they claim.

 

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Prison Guard Allegedly Swapped Paint, Tools for Escapee's Art

Prison Guard Allegedly Swapped Paint, Tools for Escapee's Art | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Gene Palmer was arrested in the escape of Richard Matt and David Sweat from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora.
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While I am upset by this level of idiocy and the danger that it has created for the public, the author within says this could be a great story to tell. I especially like the idea that he was trading for their art, but the pictures they showed weren't that good. I'd love to see the ones that were destroyed. Any bets as to the content?

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The Enemy You Know and the Ally You Don’t

The Enemy You Know and the Ally You Don’t | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Arming Iraq's Sunni militias to fight the Islamic State may seem like a quick fix, but newly declassified documents suggest it might only add fuel…
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The rush to take down the government of Iraq has produced, as Saddam Hussein predicted, a quagmire of horrifying and unprecedented proportions. Now, there are Americans, especially from the right, demanding that we somehow have to make things there right. I have no solution to offer, but were I POTUS, I would ask Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and possibly Egypt and Russia, to join in figuring out what to do. I would tell those other countries that they, not we, are the legitimate powers in the area and that our only caveat is that our client state of Israel must survive and that all people must be treated fairly. Haven't we played the fool long enough?

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The CIA Can’t Keep Its Drone Propaganda Straight

The CIA Can’t Keep Its Drone Propaganda Straight | Upsetment | Scoop.it
This week, one government intelligence agency, after patiently and methodically tracking a terrorist leader for months through precise electronic
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Another example of the madhouse that is our American "Espionage Industry." We have given a bureaucracy control over a toy, so we had best expect that toy to be played with. Meanwhile, I prefer the intellectual powers of the other CIA, the one in Hyde Park. I figure we could win a lot more hearts and minds by creating some great new dishes than we ever will by killing people.

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Pope says weapons manufacturers can't call themselves Christian

Pope says weapons manufacturers can't call themselves Christian | Upsetment | Scoop.it
People who manufacture weapons or invest in weapons industries are hypocrites if they call themselves Christian, Pope Francis said on Sunday.Francis issued his toughest condemnation to date of the
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It is a good thing to have an international leader who talks to our morality. I know that there are many who will say, "But the Catholic Church teaches this or did that." And they will be right in many of those criticisms. Still what a breath of fresh air this man has become. He embodies the parable of the Good Samaritan and reminds us that the practice of love and care for others is the only route by which we can make this planet a true heaven for all.

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American recycling is stalling, and the big blue bin is one reason why

American recycling is stalling, and the big blue bin is one reason why | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Falling commodity prices have left U.S. cities with big bills to dispose of once-profitable products.
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Most Americans are willing to recycle, but they are not getting good training in that skill. I wonder if any schools try to teach what is and what is not good recyclable material. As for composting, there is almost no effort to encourage that at a local level, especially not in cities. The big improvement that I do see is more people are using Goodwill, the Salvation Army, and the like to recycle usable objects and clothing. Do you recycle?

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Man with towel-wrapped arm shot by LAPD in Los Feliz was unarmed

Man with towel-wrapped arm shot by LAPD in Los Feliz was unarmed | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Los Angeles police shot and critically injured a man after he raised an arm he had wrapped in a towel toward officers Friday in Los Feliz, police said.
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So now if you don't drop that imaginary gun, you'll be shot. The LAPD brings the madness of American law enforcement to its ultimate.

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Why the GOP Hates Talking About Hate: Conservatives Can’t Confront Racism in Charleston Shooting

Why the GOP Hates Talking About Hate: Conservatives Can’t Confront Racism in Charleston Shooting | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Conservatives, desperate to show they’re also victims, are rushing to define a white man’s killing of nine black people as an attack on Christianity.
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As a psychologist, I know that refusing to use words is a method of repression and that repression eventually leads to inner conflict and difficulty functioning. In effect, the refusal of the American right to discuss race and racism is a major part of the problem that is bedeviling us. If you can't call that turd a racist, then guess what, you are a racist.

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