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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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How a high-profile Texas sheriff is tied to a rogue Navy unit facing a criminal probe

How a high-profile Texas sheriff is tied to a rogue Navy unit facing a criminal probe | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Prosecutors suggest a shadowy Pentagon office tried to set up a secret training center near the Mexican border.
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This is the stuff of scary movies, I don't mean zombies or foreign governments, I mean the internal destruction of America by those who think they know better than the democratic process. There are many in the military and law enforcement who serve with great distinction and loyalty to the basic tenants of this country, but sadly there are always the few, the stained,  the unhinged who have to be corralled and contained. If you enjoyed Seven Days in May, this is a story for you; except this time the nut-jobs are real law enforcement and Navy employees. 
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Phoenix Sends Cease-And-Desist Letter To Trump Over Ad Using City’s Cops

Phoenix Sends Cease-And-Desist Letter To Trump Over Ad Using City’s Cops | Upsetment | Scoop.it
City officials in Phoenix, Arizona sent a cease-and-desist letter on Thursday demanding that Donald Trump’s campaign pull an ad that they say wrongly suggests the city’s police support the Republican nominee.
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Once again the "law and order" candidate ignores the rules. How can anyone who complains about Obama issuing executive orders support a candidate who can't respect any rules at all. 
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How one easy adjustment called the Dutch Reach could save bikers' lives.

How one easy adjustment called the Dutch Reach could save bikers' lives. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
See how this simple move could prevent countless accidents.
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It really is simple. When you stop driving, use your hand closest to the curb to open the door, forcing you to look back before opening that door. (In America that's the right hand; in Britain the left.) It might also save you from having your door slammed by a passing car. 

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Police Fatally Shoot Black Man In San Diego Suburb, Sparking Protests

Police Fatally Shoot Black Man In San Diego Suburb, Sparking Protests | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The man later died after being taken to the hospital.
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Yet another instance of a Black man killed by cops not because he was a danger to anyone but because they overreact to a disturbed man's skin color. Let's be real, we have a lot of mentally challenged and ill people wandering the streets. Because  of the failure of our mental health "industry", they end up being the ambit of street cops who have no training and no understanding of the issues. If those ill people are Black, the cops are more likely to see them as malefactors then if they are whites. Sadly, this is also one of the reasons that young Black males are showing so many signs of mental illness so early. Did you know that suicide rates among Black elementary school boys have been going up? Hell, what is their self-attitude going to be when this is the world in which they live. Black Lives Matter and Black Minds Matter. 
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Jordanians protest writer’s assassination

Jordanians protest writer’s assassination | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Protesters in Jordan demanded that the government resign on Monday for its failure to protect a Christian writer shot dead outside a court where he was to stand trial after sharing on social media a cartoon image seen as insulting Islam.
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Kudos to the people of Jordan showing that their love of justice trumps their distaste for what a person might say. Now, if we can just get them to support freedom of belief  and expression. 
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For Maine restaurateur, a gun debate turns nasty - The Boston Globe

For Maine restaurateur, a gun debate turns nasty - The Boston Globe | Upsetment | Scoop.it
PORTLAND, Maine — Diners at the Grace restaurant sit under a vaulted ceiling and stained-glass windows in a former Methodist church built in the 1850s. Its cool, spiritual chic comes with a catch: No one who owns an assault rifle — or even supports the right to own one — is welcome.
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An observation: How can somebody claim to be a responsible gun owner if they engage in lying about another person's business because that person has been honest and transparent about her attitude towards guns? We are talking about being responsible adults carrying lethal weapons, so anybody making fake reservations or posting fake reviews have made it clear that they are not responsible adults. For my part, I'm with this restauranteur who doesn't want AK-47s and the like in her world. 
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How ‘if you see something, say something’ became our national motto

How ‘if you see something, say something’ became our national motto | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Is it helping us or hurting us?
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Slowly we as a country are falling into a mosh-pit of paranoia. On the one side we see terrorists and thugs everywhere and on the other we see conspiracies of the rich, the powerful, and the hidden. Growing up in Maine, I tended to find people were as they seemed—some good, some bad, and most a mixture of both. If I saw Don Jr. heading towards the dump rifle in hand, I knew he was going to shoot rats and that was kind of okay. If I saw him and a buddy drinking in that same pickup, I knew he was up to no good. Hell, I might even call his old man. 

Of course, life back then was much simpler than it is now. For one thing, most everyone looked alike, which made it easier to let life slide by. I've grown up; I know the world isn't that simple. I've seen my share of prejudice and felt my own share of fear. 

The thing is, we have to make a choice about who we are. I choose to live in a condo community that is un-gated and diverse. I have friends who don't look like me and some who do. Some have different political views and sexual desires; do I care? A  few have done time and a few have been in mental institutions; I don't care about that either. Some have more money than I and some less. Again, not important. Life goes on and there will be risk.

 If we become so risk-adverse that we want to build walls to protect ourselves, we lose the richness of life and the good. The ironic thing is that in the end who has ever build a wall that actually kept evil out? 
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Hillary Clinton: My Plan for Helping America’s Poor

Hillary Clinton: My Plan for Helping America’s Poor | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Good jobs, affordable housing and a focus on communities in need.
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What is missing from this policy statement is as important as what is present. What about all those who don't have the skills to work these "new jobs" and those kids who have no chance to go up the educational and vocational ladder because they have neither the support at home or the motivation in school. Fighting poverty is about helping people and Mrs. Clinton once again shows her more "Republican" side by talking institutions. Where, for example, is the program that would help college kids pay for school if they mentored those in need? Where is the program that would provide good nutrition for those who currently get most of their healthy eating done at school lunch? Where is the program that would reward parents whose kids do well in school so that there is a family investment in the child? Where is the support of teachers who devote themselves to working with the kids most in need? Where is the help for those kids to get school supplies and clothes? My list goes on and on and she is talking investing in businesses. Now some of my suggestions could and perhaps should be implemented by out-sourced providers, but let's get those human needs addressed first. 
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Pence Can’t Identify Single Error In New WaPo Report On Trump Foundation

Pence Can’t Identify Single Error In New WaPo Report On Trump Foundation | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Pressed to identify a specific “factual error” in a new Washington Post report on the Trump Foundation that the Trump campaign has claimed was “peppered with inaccuracies,” Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) came up short.
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My question for Mr. Pence: Why don't you do the right thing and call the ganev what he is, a thief and a con man?
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Oklahoma Officer Fatally Shoots Unarmed Black Man In Alarming Video

Oklahoma Officer Fatally Shoots Unarmed Black Man In Alarming Video | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The man appears to be walking with his hands above his head.
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Yep, that sure looks like "Murder By Cop." I guess he violated a cardinal rule that Black people aren't allowed to have car trouble. I hope the good people of Tulsa will be as outraged by this as they would be were he a white man. As for the cops involved? Well, unless there's some very different evidence of be seen, it sure sounds looks like they deserve prison.
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The F-35 Stealth Fighter May Never Be Ready for Combat

The F-35 Stealth Fighter May Never Be Ready for Combat | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Testing report contradicts the U.S. Air Force’s rosy pronouncements
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One of the most important functions of a President is to make sure that the government constantly monitors itself and its own progress. Nowhere is that monitoring more important than in the military-industrial-espionage complex which not only eats huge amounts of government money but is tasked with protecting our country from enemies. Of course, that giant maw doesn't take well to monitoring. At least at the Pentagon, there is supposed to be an independent monitoring function run by the director,Operational Test & Evaluation. At this time, that director is a good man named Michael Gilmore. His views about one of the Air Force's pet projects, as summarized here, are devastating. Of course, the real problem is not just that obviously the F-35 has been a boondoggle but also that the next POTUS will get to appointed a new director, one who perhaps will be more willing to lie to the White House, Congress, and us. I give Mr Obama credit for appointing an honest forthright person to this position and hope that the next POTUS will have the same determination to at least try to keep the Pentagon and its supporters in check.

Now, can we just stop Congress from putting district jobs ahead of real national security? Can we, perhaps, require everyone who serves on the Appropriations and Defense committees of both houses to regularly watch a performance of All My Sons? 
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Heinz Ketchup proves that Donald Trump is out of his mind

Heinz Ketchup proves that Donald Trump is out of his mind | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Trump wants to end food safety regulation. Seriously.
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I'm not a big ketchup user, but I do prefer that the processed foods I do eat be properly prepared and that the producers avoid unsanitary procedures. When there are contaminated batches, I want the government to be able to identify them and require a recall rather than having people playing "Russian Food Roulette." So on this issue as on many others, I reject the libertarian mindset and the madness that is Trump.  
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12 best U.S. museum exhibits to see this fall

12 best U.S. museum exhibits to see this fall | Upsetment | Scoop.it
This from the Dali exhibit I'd love to see to in Monterey, CA.
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I love a good museum visit. I soak it in and maybe write a poem or two about it and then hunger for the next. Museums: I just love them. 
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A Florida city that’s voting with fear - The Boston Globe

A Florida city that’s voting with fear - The Boston Globe | Upsetment | Scoop.it
America on Edge: Lurking beneath Boca Raton’s sun-kissed beauty is a layer of anger directed at Muslims, the sort of fear and resentment that Donald Trump is openly exploiting in his divisive bid for president.
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If my polling place were changed to a mosque, I would ignore my right to cast an early vote by mail and go stand in that line just to support the beauty of American pluralism and the right of Americans to believe in any religion (or none) as they wished. It is fear, hatred, and suspicion that are our enemies not people who pray differently or who come from a different ethnic background. Time for Americans to honor the vision of that little phrase "all men are created equal", and of course that includes women. 
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He fought in World War II. He died in 2014. And he just registered to vote in Va.

He fought in World War II. He died in 2014. And he just registered to vote in Va. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
At least 19 dead Virginians were registered to vote in this critical swing state.
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I wonder who is attempting to register dead people to vote in Virginia. As is pointed out in the article, these fraudulent registrations were in fact caught by the system and that's a good thing. But why were they being registered at all? Assuredly nineteen votes even if cast wouldn't be likely to change the outcome of an election, but nineteen identities for the creation of frauds might be a goal. Or, perhaps, the idea was to show the need for stricter laws, in which case the attempt failed and if caught those political operatives should do time for their contempt for the system. Evidently all of these phones voters were put into the system via one agency on a college campus, but I wouldn't think this a college prank, not enough fun.For that you register Porky Pig and Donald Duck. My best guess, a polisci student or group of students thinking they were doing an experiment to show that the system was a failed one. In which case, I think a hefty fine might be sufficient. 
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Eye-tracking technology shows that preschool teachers have implicit bias against black boys

Eye-tracking technology shows that preschool teachers have implicit bias against black boys | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Using eye-tracking methods, researchers found that preschool teachers spend more time watching black boys than white students or girls. They seem to anticipate that the black boys will cause trouble.
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If you still don't get the idea that racism is alive and destructive at a systemic level in our society, perhaps you will find this article instructive. Imagine that you are a little Black boy and these are the attitudes you face in preschool, just exactly how do you cope with it? Sure there are other issues like family structure, economics, gangs, and drugs that play a part, but to face this prejudice in your preschool classroom is just sick and destructive. 
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Greenland's receding icecap to expose top-secret US nuclear project

Greenland's receding icecap to expose top-secret US nuclear project | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Camp Century – part of Project Iceworm – is an underground cold war network thought to have been buried forever
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And the U.S. military thought that nuclear reactors and nuclear missiles under the ice was a good plan? Now that is the absence of rock-solid thinking. Of course ice moves around. It is one of the great geological forces on earth. As for just walking away and leaving the installation minus the reactor chamber, well that shows America's disregard for the environment. Since World War II our military has been the biggest litterbug on the planet. Yay Greenland, tell us to cleanup our shit. 
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Our Fact Checks of the First Debate

Our Fact Checks of the First Debate | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Our team of reporters fact-checked Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump on the economy, trade and other issues.
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I know facts don't necessarily matter to people, especially those with political beliefs, but the New York Times did a pretty good job of fact-checking last night's debate. The result is pretty simple, Mr. Trump is way off and Mrs. Clinton quite accurate. Pff course, for theatrics and speaking gibberish, I do give Mr. Trump points. I mean he did a great imitation of ADP, attention deficit politician; many of his supposed sentences had no actual sense. Much better television for those who believe that the housewives of wherever are important than Mrs. Clinton's solid, in control, political warrior performance. For those of us who thing substance and rationality matter, Mrs. Clinton was the clear winner.And, more than ever, I want Trump to release his taxes.
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Chinese Jews of Ancient Lineage Huddle Under Pressure

Chinese Jews of Ancient Lineage Huddle Under Pressure | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A campaign against unapproved religion and foreign influence has turned to a small group of Jews with ancestors who settled in Kaifeng more than 1,000 years ago.
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In China diversity is the enemy; freedom is prescribed and those who are different have to avoid notice.. In America diversity and difference are sources of strength. Sadly, many Americans now feel threatened by the reality of our diversity.They yell, "Don't speak Spanish. Don't have black skin. Don't be sexually different. Don't believe in a different god." Hopefully, as a nation we will continue to treasure the differences among us. Like a bag of Skittles or my preferred M&Ms, we create a lovely mosaic even as we share that one common thread—no not chocolate—being Americans. 
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Feds: Prison Guards Beat Black Inmate, Took His Dreadlocks as a ‘Trophy’

Feds: Prison Guards Beat Black Inmate, Took His Dreadlocks as a ‘Trophy’ | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Three New York correctional officers have been charged with torturing an inmate, using his hair as decorations, and then faking their own injuries to justify the assault.
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Once again we see the criminality and injustice of the criminal justice system. I'm not saying that there isn't danger in being a corrections officer, but often there is greater danger being a prisoner in their charge, especially if you are a Black prisoner. Just another reason why I keep yelling Black Lives Matter. 
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Elizabeth Warren slams ‘gutless leadership’ at Wells Fargo during Senate committee hearing - The Boston Globe

Elizabeth Warren slams ‘gutless leadership’ at Wells Fargo during Senate committee hearing - The Boston Globe | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren called the situation at Wells Fargo “gutless leadership” as she grilled CEO John Stumpf.
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What is clear to me from this report is the incredible importance of a free, investigative press. It was the L.A. Times that brought this entire mess to light and that allowed the government to step in. But without that newspaper, there would most likely have been nothing.I try to read at least four papers a day plus using bundling sources. Anything less and I would feel uninformed. Hell, I still feel uninformed. Let's remember to support the real heroes of America, the people who give us the facts. 
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Charlotte protests: Police injured after black man shot - BBC News

Charlotte protests: Police injured after black man shot - BBC News | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Violent demonstrations in the North Carolina city of Charlotte leave 12 police officers injured after a black man said to be armed is shot dead by police.
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Once again we have a Black man killed by police. They do not question that he was waiting for his child. They do not question that he was not the suspect for whom they were looking. They're defense: he had a gun. Did he really? Why would he have a gun while he's waiting for his kid? And, even if he did have a gun, in that place it would have been legal for him to do so. Maybe this time the Black victim of the police murder will actually get justice, but somehow I question that. What I do want to know is who is going to actually take possession of that gun and that age of drugs from Tulsa and make sure that the cops didn't just plant some evidence to help themselves out. If I were Black, I assuredly would want a person of color doing that evidence analysis, and not somebody from the local police. I know there are lots of good cops and  I understand the stress of the job, but let's be real—this kind of thing happens too often. 
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Manhunt underway for NY bombing suspect

Manhunt underway for NY bombing suspect | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Ahmad Khan Rahmani is a suspect in the attacks in NY and NJ.
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I like the way law enforcement is progressing on these bombings. This is the way to do it. Hopefully, they will have not only Rahami in for questioning but that they will also find the entire "cell" if there is one. No rush to judgment but a rush to quietly investigate and apprehend. This link includes video..
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Obama: It will be 'personal insult' if black community doesn't turn out for Clinton

Obama: It will be 'personal insult' if black community doesn't turn out for Clinton | Upsetment | Scoop.it
"My name may not be on the ballot, but our progress is on the ballot."
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Yes, I understand that he sees his legacy on the line, but I am saddened that Mr. Obama has resorted to such a race oriented push for Clinton.The real problem is that he made a deal with Hillary in 2008 and has to support somebody who is doing a poor job of campaigning at best. While I will most likely vote for her, I would have preferred a better candidate. I think that deep in his heart so would Mr. Obama. 
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Trump is right: Clinton’s child-care plan doesn’t exist

Trump is right: Clinton’s child-care plan doesn’t exist | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Despite the widespread praise, the Democrat’s plan is surprisingly short on specifics.
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I don't question that Hillary Clinton wants to have a better federal child-care policy than Donald Trump's. however, she has yet to tall us exactly what her plan is. Therein lies my biggest problem with Hillary. After all this time preparing to be POTUS she has yet to come up with a clear and compelling plan of action. I know she is a pragmatist and wants to say, "Hey, I'll get it done." But, we should be getting some clear vision of her vision instead of the sense that she's running a campaign of smoke and mirrors. 
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