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10 Hilarious End of the World Signs

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Great news! If you are reading this article, then the world didn't end.
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Supreme Court grants Ohio's request to shorten early-voting period

Supreme Court grants Ohio's request to shorten early-voting period | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court ordered a halt Monday to early voting in Ohio that was scheduled to begin this week, clearing the way for the state to close polls on the Sunday before election day, when African American turnout has been heaviest.
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I am of two minds on this case. On the one hand, there do reasonably have to be limits on when people can vote; it isn't possible to have the polls open all the time, and Ohio still has a large window for voting. On the other hand, it is clearly an attempt by the right to attack the voting turnout of Black Americans.   If there is one mistake that we must not make if we are to keep our body politic functional it is is the disenfranchising of Blacks and Hispanics. We need everyone to believe they have a voice.

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The Health Effects of Leaving Religion

The Health Effects of Leaving Religion | Upsetment | Scoop.it
How a loss of faith can manifest itself in the mind and body
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The mind-body connection manifests itself in many ways, the connection between faith and health, both mental and physical, is a fascinating topic. It is a topic at the core of one of my novels, "Widow's Walk".

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Westie Takes the Stand in Animal Cruelty Case

Westie Takes the Stand in Animal Cruelty Case | Upsetment | Scoop.it
An unusual sight drew extra spectators to a Maryland courtroom Friday -- seated on his owner's lap at the witness stand was a little dog named Ozzy.
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It isn't just the animal cruelty that makes this such a terrible crime but the obvious sexual-possessiveness which underlies it. Men who think they "own a woman" have a serious delusion, one which can lead to rape, murder, and other crimes. That his instance is unique makes it stand out, but don't think it is one of a kind.

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Why right-wing Christians think they’re America’s most persecuted group

Why right-wing Christians think they’re America’s most persecuted group | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A new Pew poll reveals the extent of their complex. Its origins can be traced all the way back to the Bible
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Do evangelical Christians have a need to feel persecuted? Is a sense of persecution an integral part of dispensational thinking, the believe that we are approaching the end times? Are American Christians really that self-deluding?

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Germany's Jewish Problem

Germany's Jewish Problem | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Anti-Semitism is on the rise in Germany. But is Angela Merkel
doing anything about it?
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The world is slowly drifting back towards antisemitism tied to anti-Israel positions. The problem for contemporary Jews is how to separate Israel's behavior from Judaism without rejecting the right of Jews to have a homeland, a right based not only in ancient history but also in the realities of what the world did or allowed to be done in those horrible years of the Holocaust. There are no simple answers, but as a person of Jewish descent I can only hope that people throughout the world will decide that it is time to stop all such ethnic, racial, and religious hatred.

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South Carolina trooper charged in shooting of unarmed man

South Carolina trooper charged in shooting of unarmed man | Upsetment | Scoop.it
On Sept. 4, Levar Edward Jones was stopped by a South Carolina state trooper in Columbia, S.C., and asked to produce his driver's license.
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If Jones had been white, would that trooper, pictured here, have shot him?

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Key report in Michael Brown shooting doesn't exist, Ferguson police say

Key report in Michael Brown shooting doesn't exist, Ferguson police say | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Police in Ferguson, Mo., have violated their own standards since last month’s controversial fatal shooting of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson.
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No matter how you look at the Ferguson police and Michael Brown, he comes out the victim and they are the racists. Now how do they put that in their own incident report? Obviously they just don't write the report. 

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GAO Questions F-35 Sustainment Estimates

GAO Questions F-35 Sustainment Estimates | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Sustainment estimates for the F-35 joint strike fighter may not be realistic and require further study before a plan is finalized, the government's watchdog wrote in a new report.
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This is the great boondoggle airplane that has already generated billions in overruns. For the most part, the F-35 is the child of congress, generating profits for contributors and investment in districts. I hear people scream about bailing out GM and Chrysler, but the Lockheed-Martin connection, well that is accepted in the name of defense. Bullshit!

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Ebola epidemic more deadly than all previous combined, report says

Ebola epidemic more deadly than all previous combined, report says | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Ebola epidemic has already killed more people than all previous outbreaks combined, and an alarming new analysis by the World Health Organization suggests it already may be too late to prevent the virus from taking up permanent residence among humans in West Africa.
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There is a great divide in the world between those who trust science (and medicine) and those who see the world through the lens of tradition, religion, and superstition. Sadly, a great swath of Africa is from that second world. I wonder how many Americans actually share those same kinds of thinking, say by avoiding vaccinations and refusing medical care. It isn't poverty or even stupidity, it is a way of approaching life. Tradition and faith may be wonderful things, but they have a price.

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White Man Slaps Postal Worker And Calls Him a N*gger, Judge Says It's Road Rage Not Hate Crime | Black Like Moi

White Man Slaps Postal Worker And Calls Him a N*gger, Judge Says It's Road Rage Not Hate Crime | Black Like Moi | Upsetment | Scoop.it
  Luke Schreiner (left), Rene Isidore (right) Reported by Kacie Whaley A Brooklyn firefighter has been cleared of charges claiming he executed a hate
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There are no words to properly describe the idiocy of this judge. Road Rage? The vehicle was parked, illegally but parked, or more technically standing. Why would that induce road rage? This was assault, pure and simple, and the language is de facto proof of its racial basis. And this in New York? Disgusting.

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Feds equip school police agencies with military gear

Feds equip school police agencies with military gear | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Law enforcement agencies affiliated with school districts have received military surplus equipment, in some cases rifles and other weapons, through the Department of Defense 1033 program.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

If the 9/11 hijackers wanted to attack America's basic freedom, they could have no better ally than our Departments of Defense and Homeland Security. Sure we have some disturbed youngsters with guns and we need to have appropriate law enforcement to deal with them. Sure we have some drug gangs and we need to have appropriate law enforcement to deal with them, too. But, sadly the process has gone way past appropriate. I would try to dissuade my daughter or son from attending any school that saw itself in need of this kind of equipment. I certainly wouldn't want to live in such a school district or near such a college.

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Responsible Gun Owner Attempts Movie Gun Trick, Shoots Sister Dead At Her Birthday Party

Responsible Gun Owner Attempts Movie Gun Trick, Shoots Sister Dead At Her Birthday Party | Upsetment | Scoop.it
He hasn't been charged, because Florida! Just another tragic accident with another responsible gun owner.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

I share this not as an attack on gun ownership but as a reminder to my gun-owning friends (and to myself as a gun owner) that these are not toys, that we are not making movies, that if we engage in irresponsible behavior with our guns we endanger not just ourselves but others, including and especially those whom we love. The guilt this man will carry with him though the rest of his life will be horrible. The resulting tensions and estrangements within his family will be terrible. And for what? To play with his gun? To show off with his gun? How sad.

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The Sad Hidden Plight of Child Grooms

The Sad Hidden Plight of Child Grooms | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The consequences of early marriage on young girls are well known, but millions of underage boys are also married off each year—and there is little research on their fates.
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Tradition, the old ways, still hold sway in many places of the world. They worked when the options in life were limited and when everyone's life was supposed to be like everyone else's. Often rooted in religion and myth, the old ways make it difficult for people to face modernity. Be it child marriage, limiting education, or enforcing tyrannical patriarchal organization, modern humanists want such forced traditions to give way.

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Obama’s Foreign Fighters Campaign Is a Gift to the World’s Police States

Obama’s Foreign Fighters Campaign Is a Gift to the World’s Police States | Upsetment | Scoop.it
China is not signing up for the U.S.-led fight against the self-proclaimed Islamic State. But the Middle Kingdom has found a lot to cheer for in President Barack Obama's growing push to rally international support for a crackdown on the Islamic extremists flocking to Syria and Iraq to expand the group's self-proclaimed caliphate there.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

This may well be the biggest foreign policy blunder of the Obama presidency. We have given repressive countries like China, Russia, and the kingdoms of the Middle East a way to legitimize their behavior and worse to push the U.S. and Europe into collaborating in their repression.

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Iowa shakes fist, tells Tesla to get off its property

Iowa shakes fist, tells Tesla to get off its property | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Iowa has told Tesla to hit the road – and not in the good way. The Iowa Department of Transportation cut short a planned series of test drives in West Des Moines earlier this month.
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Automobile dealers all over America hate Tesla because they don't offer dealerships as such. Perhaps that will come. But in Iowa there is another issue, corn based ethanol. One of the last things Iowa corn growers want is a car that won't use ethanol (or other fuel).

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U.S. carbon emissions tick higher; Obama tells U.N.: ‘We have to do more’

U.S. carbon emissions tick higher; Obama tells U.N.: ‘We have to do more’ | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A growing economy produced more greenhouse gases, defying efforts to battle a major cause of climate chage.
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What are you personally doing to lower your carbon footprint? Will our individual efforts matter if business and government don't follow suit? What about all the military activity; doesn't that cause emissions and lots of them? Well, today I'll turn the temp on the air conditioner up another degree and try to avoid driving to the store. At least I'll try.

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Police make arrests in Ferguson after chief's apology

Police make arrests in Ferguson after chief's apology | Upsetment | Scoop.it
FERGUSON, Mo. — Hours after the city's police chief issued an apology to Michael Brown's family, tensions flared in the street outside of City Hall.
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When you use a public relations firm to issue your apology, people aren't going to believe you. When it is timed to coincide with a public event, like the parents being in Washington, people aren't going to believe you. It thin it can be safely said that the police chief of Ferguson is not just a symptom of the problem in that city but is an active participant in creating the problem. Maybe he is a decent man in his heart, but his thinking is  just not up to the task.

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Wounded Warrior Project Under Fire

Wounded Warrior Project Under Fire | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Over the past decade, it has become one of the celebrated charities in the country but is this veterans group everything it says it is?
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Lately I've seen a Wells Fargo Bank commercial about a group of wounded vets climbing a mountain together. It all sounds so nice, but nowhere in the ad is there a mention of anything Wells Fargo is doing to actually help vets. It is so easy to wrap marketing in the flag. I have met a couple people who have been connected in some way to WWP, and they told me it was a scam. I think we Americans can be very naive when somebody invokes patriotism.

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L.A. Unified oversight panel rejects $42 million for computers

L.A. Unified oversight panel rejects $42 million for computers | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Los Angeles school district's bond oversight panel rejected a move Thursday by officials to spend an additional $42 million on new computers, including purchases under a controversial — and recently suspended — technology contract.
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While I am a strong advocate of public schools, this is an example of how they can become the victim of bureaucratization. The building of the fiefdom takes precedence over proper use of resources. In this case they don't have an inventory of the equipment on hand, but they want more. Americans have come to distrust government in general because of such bureaucratic thinking, and rightly so.

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Unleashing An Epidemic To Kill The Tumbleweeds

Unleashing An Epidemic To Kill The Tumbleweeds | Upsetment | Scoop.it
U.S. Agricultural Research Service scientists have applied to release exotic Eurasian fungi to kill invasive tumbleweeds in the American West.
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As we should always ask when we try to change nature, even nature that has been changed: "What could possibly go wrong?" Now say "Cane Toads in Australia."

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Incest a 'fundamental right', German committee says - Telegraph

Incest a 'fundamental right', German committee says - Telegraph | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Anti-incest laws in Germany could be scraped after a government-backed group said relationships between brothers and sisters should be legal
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This is one of those topics I just love. What do you think? Should incest be against the law? By the way, what is incest? First cousins? Brother and sister? How about Aunt and nephew or ever father and daughter? What are the appropriate guidelines? Let's read your thoughts.

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Exclusive: Iran seeks give and take on Islamic State militants, nuclear program

Exclusive: Iran seeks give and take on Islamic State militants, nuclear program | Upsetment | Scoop.it
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Iran is ready to work with the United States and its allies to stop Islamic State militants, but would like more flexibility on Iran's uranium enrichment program in exchange,
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This is the time for big boy diplomacy not big stick rhetoric. It is long past time that the U.S. recognize Iran as a major player even if we don't like their theocratic theory of government.

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Pakistan's Colony of Ex-slaves

Pakistan's Colony of Ex-slaves | Upsetment | Scoop.it
"Free at Last" the story of Azad Nagar, a colony of ex-slaves in Pakistan
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We must recognize that slavery still exists in the modern world. That it is often based on religious and/or ethnic difference, which makes it somehow less offensive to the perpetrators, is proof of how little sense of spiritual values those perpetrators have. That debt, even that of ancestors, can be used to justify such bondage is evidence that a just society must allow all the opportunity to succeed. These brave people deserve the respect and assistance of every person who believes that every human being is entitled to dignity and opportunity.

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Letter calls for cats to be poisoned in Mo. community

Letter calls for cats to be poisoned in Mo. community | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The letter urged residents to put out bowls of antifreeze to kill stray cats.
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In Arizona we have a simple stray cat solution, coyotes. That said, I would not want a neighbor feeding strays and as a result attracting them to my home. However, I certainly wouldn't resort to such a vile counter-measure. If you do feed feral cats, do your neighbors a favor and have those felines spayed and neutered. If you feed them, they become your responsibility. And, don't be surprised when the pack of coyotes or wild dogs come looking for their dinners, too.

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The Rise and Fall of Hindi Chini Bhai Bhai

The Rise and Fall of Hindi Chini Bhai Bhai | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The long, tricky frenemyship of Asia’s two biggest powers.
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We Americans tend to forget that there are other great countries and that other countries have their own agendas. In the long future, these two mega-populations, China and India, will assuredly have great sway in world events. While they are moving towards friendship now, the coming changes in climate and especially water availability may change that. How will they feed their billions? The hunger of Chinese and Indian people will be a key to the 2020s and 30s.

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