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Do concealed-weapon laws result in less crime?

Do concealed-weapon laws result in less crime? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
FACT CHECKER | Some lawmakers argue more guns always bring the crime rate down. We investigate.
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The facts are in and there is no clear evidence to support the claim.

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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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Witnesses to New Jersey Shooting Say Police Failed to Stop Fellow Officer From Firing at Wife

Witnesses to New Jersey Shooting Say Police Failed to Stop Fellow Officer From Firing at Wife | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A Neptune Township, New Jersey police officer named Phillip Seidle allegedly shot and killed his estranged wife in the presence of their seven-year-old daughter on Wednesday—and reports say that other law enforcement agents on the scene took no action to stop Seidle from firing shots at the victim in their presence,...
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There is something so wrong with the police actions in this incident that one can only wonder if any of the cops on the scene should be allowed to continue in law enforcement. It highlights one of the real issues in police work. Of course, we want cops to care about one another and support one another, but not at the expense of what is right, not at the expense of law and order, and not at the expense of innocent victims.

 

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House Republicans rebuff D.C. on budget; reproductive law under threat

House Republicans rebuff D.C. on budget; reproductive law under threat | Upsetment | Scoop.it
House GOP on Wednesday could upend many policies prized by D.C. Democrats.
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In Republican-Land corporations have religious freedom, but individual humans don't have freedom of conscience. And people ask me why I stopped voting for Republicans. I'll make it simple, because—as you know if you read my books—I believe in the importance of human choice and personal freedom.

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Video: White Cop Grabs Black Tween by Her Neck—And Slams Her Against His Squad Car

Video: White Cop Grabs Black Tween by Her Neck—And Slams Her Against His Squad Car | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The police say they were just doing their jobs—and besides, the 12-year-old attacked them. But a 911 call by a pool employee reveals concerns over race.
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If the manager of a public pool can't deal with a kid jumping into the pool with clothes on without calling the police, if the police can't deal with such a situation without it escalating into this kind of excessive force, then there is something very wrong. So when the original call is a 911 and mentions race, I think that should worry us. Clearly, this wasn't about one kid acting like a jerky kid. Clearly, it wasn't about an adult who perhaps didn't offer the correct amount of supervision to the kids she brought to the pool. It was about somebody overreacting and the police getting caught up in that reaction instead of providing the kind of leveling wisdom we'd like our cops to provide.

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This is so disturbing and worrisome... A full grown man arm twisting a pre-teenager in the name of law enforcement...

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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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Video: Chicago cop opens fire on black teens in car

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A retired Cook County judge says that a Chicago police officer’s actions in December 2013 are the most disturbing he has seen in his long career.
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This is the kind of abuse of power and common sense by police that make it impossible for me as a caring person to stop trying to raise the awareness of others. If you read Tales From the Dew Drop Inne, you will find both my concern about this kind of abuse and my appreciation of good policing. We cannot do with out the one, but we must get rid of the other.

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Defense Contractors Dominate List of Top 10 PAC Contributors in 2015 | MapLight - Money and Politics

Defense Contractors Dominate List of Top 10 PAC Contributors in 2015 | MapLight - Money and Politics | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Master Sgt. Ken Hammond/Wikimedia Commons June 11, 2015 -- The Senate is currently debating the National Defense Authorization Act, which sets the annual spending limit for the Department of Defense. Some of the bill's provisions are strongly supported by companies that have contributed heavily to the campaigns of federal candidates. Which 10 corporate PACS contributed the most money to federal candidates during the first few months of 2015?
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While there are Republican fools who think corporations are people and should be free to spend this money lobbying (but of course not pay taxes), I imagine that Eisenhower is writhing in his grave at this report.

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Palestinian Government Is Expected to Resign

Palestinian Government Is Expected to Resign | Upsetment | Scoop.it
President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority told leaders of his political party on Tuesday that the government would resign within 24 hours.
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The worst of all political conditions is to be at war with yourself. The Palestinian people deserve more. Meanwhile, if you like Middle Eastern politics and conspiracy theories, you want to read "Times to Try the Soul of Man."

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More trouble from within for Palestine...