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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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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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How Catholic Insurance Companies Outsource Contraceptive Coverage

How Catholic Insurance Companies Outsource Contraceptive Coverage | Upsetment | Scoop.it
For years Catholic health plans have been arranging for independent insurance firms to provide contraceptive coverage to their enrollees.
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I do not understand how companies can, from a religious perspective, have moral choices since they have no souls to be judged. If the owners of a company have the moral responsibility for making decisions such as the coverage of birth control, how can they then avoid liability for other actions by their businesses? So, can we please have a trial of all GM stock holders, BP, and the list goes on.

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The Islamic State of Sexual Violence

The Islamic State of Sexual Violence | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The jihadists' rape campaign in Iraq and Syria is not a women's issue. It is a terror tactic and a crime against humanity. So why won't anyone in Washington talk about it?
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The real challenge is getting Islamic clerics to speak out with certainty to condemn this behavior. It is reported that "during the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammad, a rapist was punished based on only the testimony of the victim. Wa'il ibn Hujr reported that a woman publicly identified a man who had raped her. The people caught the man and brought him to the Prophet Muhammad. He told the woman to go, that she was not to be blamed, and ordered that the man be put to death." On the other hand, we have this: "Qur’an 33:50—O Prophet! surely We have made lawful to you your wives whom you have given their dowries, and those whom your right hand possesses out of those whom Allah has given to you as prisoners of war ..." which clearly gives possession of women taken in war to the fighters making it not rape but rightful possession. So it isn't clear if Islam condemns this as a crime against Allah or not. Again, how do we get the clerics to condemn the behavior?  

 

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Senate Republicans Filibuster Equal Pay For Women Bill

Senate Republicans Filibuster Equal Pay For Women Bill | Upsetment | Scoop.it
As expected, Senate Republicans filibustered legislation on Monday aimed at helping women fight for equal pay in the workplace, a vote held by Democrats to attack the GOP ahead of the 2014 midterm elections.

The vote was 52 for, 40 against, falling short of the 60 needed to defeat a filibuster.
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Is it the proper role of government to protect workers from the tyranny of employers? To protect one class of citizens from discrimination? To make sure that the sine qua non of capitalism, the free flow of information, is available to all? I think so. The Democrats in the Senate seem to think so. But there are those who will still vote for the GOP. I suppose that makes sense for some men, those who are getting the advantage, but for women and those who believe in fair play and equal opportunity?

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Glitch in health care law allows employers to offer substandard insurance

Glitch in health care law allows employers to offer substandard insurance | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Some low-cost plans qualify under the law but don’t cover basic benefits such as hospitalization.
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Sadly, there will always be those who will game the system for their own gain, and the people who designed the Affordable Care Act certainly wen about building a camel rather than a race horse. Is it better than it was? Yes. Is that good enough? Of course not. Sadly, the next congress will be more GOP and I don't see them correcting flaws.

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Fishing for shrimp, but netting jail time | Al Jazeera America

Fishing for shrimp, but netting jail time | Al Jazeera America | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A depleted marine population in Indian waters forces fishermen to illegally ply their trade in Sri Lanka
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Another example of how technology has negative consequences in the real world and how government planning has to include environmental concerns if mankind is going to survive. Sadly, in this story it is some of the poorest people on earth who are suffering and whose livelihoods are being threatened by what was thought of as progress. 

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Ted Cruz Blames Anti-Semitism After Arab Christians Boo Him Off Stage

Ted Cruz Blames Anti-Semitism After Arab Christians Boo Him Off Stage | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) walked off the stage Wednesday night after being jeered by an audience of Arab Christians he had challenged to "stand with Israel."
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Well, nobody can accuse him of trying to please the room. Being tone deaf is another matter. I didn't think he was fit for the presidency, but this incompetent? Who knew?

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How Christian fundamentalist homeschooling damages children

How Christian fundamentalist homeschooling damages children | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The religious right touts homeschooling as a viable educational alternative. Parents, grads tell a different story
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Is homeschooling educational neglect or protection of ones children from an intrusive state? Should "Biblical" based ideology be allowed as the basis of homeschooling or should there be regulation to require a full range of academics? For my part, I think many of these families have very bright kids who are being deprived of a chance to reach their full potential, especially the girls.

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Tough tax rules see expats ditch US passports

Tough tax rules see expats ditch US passports | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Expatriate Americans are renouncing their citizenship in record volumes because of increasingly onerous tax-filing requirements.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Should Americans have to pay income tax is they are living abroad? I would say yes because they continue to be eligible for American protection and services and especially yes if their incomes or the wealth which they now possess came from the states. On the other hand, the process should be simplified and the tax not unduly onerous. One thing I always thought the Soviet Union was right about was requiring repayment for education when people chose to emigrate. If a country has invested in your human and economic capital that state has a claim on you. On the other hand, the poor and those seeking refuge status, be they from the U.S. or any country have an argument against owing anything to a country that has not provided them government protection. Your thoughts?

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How Propaganda Inflates Threats Against Police Officers

How Propaganda Inflates Threats Against Police Officers | Upsetment | Scoop.it
In the wake of Ferguson protests, there’s been a concerted efforts from some commentators to defend police tactics in mainstream press, trying to win back public opinion after Ferguson Officer Darren Brown shot unarmed teen Michael Brown.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

We are often told that police have shot an unarmed young black man because of the imminent threat to their, the police's, safety. My take away line from this piece is: "There have been more incidents of police officers killing unarmed black men since July 17 of this year than there have been incidents of police officers being killed by unarmed assailants in the past three years." (By the way that is white and black unarmed assailants.) If you read the actual data, which this piece provides, it becomes clear that the police are ginning up their rational for violence and it is time to rein them in. 

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Norway to send inmates abroad

Norway to send inmates abroad | Upsetment | Scoop.it
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The major reason that Norway, which has a very low incarceration rate and which treats their convicts with respect, has to send some prisoners to Holland is the need to refurbish older prisons. Holland, too, has a history of treating most prisoners with care and respect. Both countries have very low rates of crime and very, very low rates of recidivism. Their goal is a just and rehabilitative system not punishment and even worse social control.

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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.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

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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A New Way Insurers are Shifting Costs to the Sick

A New Way Insurers are Shifting Costs to the Sick | Upsetment | Scoop.it
By charging higher prices for generic drugs that treat certain illness, health insurers may be violating the spirit of the Affordable Care Act, which bans discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions.
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We should have a single-payer system like most of the advanced countries of the world. This country is so preoccupied with the myth of capitalism that we can't get out of our own way.

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Can Obama Keep His Generals in Check in the War Against ISIS?

Can Obama Keep His Generals in Check in the War Against ISIS? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The president promised no combat troops to fight ISIS, but his top general says he may recommend them. Why Obama and his commanders are not on the same page for the new war.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

We have become a nation preoccupied with war and militarism. What is more horrifying is how many of our "political" leaders share that preoccupation. It is one thing to help solve world problems; it is another to constantly intensify them and create them with the unthinking deployment of the military. If the countries of the Middle East don't want to help stabilize their own region, we can't do it. If Iran, Russia, and Turkey aren't on board, things will go badly. The only real way forward is through shared effort and mutual recognition of the legitimacy of differences and identities.

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Witnesses say Utah man killed by police was running away, attorney says

Witnesses say Utah man killed by police was running away, attorney says | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A 22-year-old black man with a sword may have been running away when Utah police fatally shot him "numerous" times from behind last week, an attorney for the man's family said over the weekend.
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Is it not time for a federal task force dedicated to police crimes against Black men? Yes, IMHO, it is about race, and it isn't getting better.

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Malala suspects held - Pakistan army

Malala suspects held - Pakistan army | Upsetment | Scoop.it

"The group involved in the attack on Malala Yousafzai has been arrested," army spokesman Gen Asim Bajwa told a news conference on Friday.

He said 10 members of a faction called "Shura", which the army says is part of the Pakistani Taliban (Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan or TTP), had been arrested in a joint operation with Pakistan's army, police and intelligence services."

Kenneth Weene's insight:

One of the saddest realities of human society is that when a people  are deprived of autonomy, liberty, and quality of life the most brutal and hateful among them often rise to leadership. While I support the creation of a modern Pashto state in Afghanistan and part of Pakistan, the brutality and repressiveness (especially towards women) of the Taliban must disgust us all. Malala is not just a symbol of the educational rights of young women but of the rights of the Pashto to proper government.

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Molotov Cocktails Thrown Through Window of Black Missouri Congressman’s Office

Molotov Cocktails Thrown Through Window of Black Missouri Congressman’s Office | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Police reported this morning that two Molotov cocktails were thrown through the window of Missouri Congressman Emanuel Cleaver's Kansas City office at approximately 2:50 a.m. From the Kansas City Star: Responding officers found a broken window on the northwest side of the building. On the ground below the window were...
Kenneth Weene's insight:

We can only hope that the perpetrators will be found and prosecuted. I only hope that they have no ties to any political party or candidate. This is the kind of home-grown terrorism that needs to be extinguished right off.

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Amazon destruction increases again

Amazon destruction increases again | Upsetment | Scoop.it
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Humans working to make the world uninhabitable one acre of trees at a time.

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Lonely sentinels keep watch over ill-fated 9/11 trial

Lonely sentinels keep watch over ill-fated 9/11 trial | Upsetment | Scoop.it
On a May morning more than two years ago, Rita Lasar and Debra Burlingame waited in silence as the lights dimmed in a movie theater on an Army base deep in Brooklyn. The hundreds of seats in the Fort Hamilton theater are, on other occasions, filled with soldiers and their families watching blockbusters. But today, the nearly empty theater has been repurposed to show close family members of 9/11 victims the opening day of the long-awaited trial of the five men accused of masterminding the attacks that killed their loved ones.
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This has truly become the theater of the absurd that is government dysfunction. In the end we can only hope that something like justice will be done.

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Wealthy Kids Are More Affected by Divorce Than Poor Kids

Wealthy Kids Are More Affected by Divorce Than Poor Kids | Upsetment | Scoop.it
And study says it's not just because they suddenly have less money
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It always seemed to me that kids from upper middle class homes and especially those who were younger felt that life was more about them, probably because there is more focus on them during family interaction. Suddenly, divorce. Not only is that focus blown away but they also feel more guilt, that they have failed.

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Ferguson city council says it plans reforms

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FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The Ferguson City Council, set to meet Tuesday for the first time since the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer, said it plans to establish a review board to help guide the police department and make other changes aimed at improving community relations.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Can we all say, "A dollar short and a day late?" Seems like these reforms are so small and were so obvious that this announcement only makes the problem in Ferguson even more obvious. Of course, the biggest problem is that the citizens of the town haven't been taking part in the voting process which has allowed the current crop of "leaders" to stay in power. Time for a community organizer and a real turn-out-the-vote effort.

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