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Exile on Peachtree Street - Christmas Puzzle by Kenneth Weene

Exile on Peachtree Street - Christmas Puzzle by Kenneth Weene | Upsetment | Scoop.it

A short story of Christmas, puzzles, and noir.

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Hope you enjoy this piece of my noir.

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Alleged Bemidji shooter Chad Pickering posted pics of himself toting gun on Facebook

Alleged Bemidji shooter Chad Pickering posted pics of himself toting gun on Facebook | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Yesterday, 40-year-old Bemidji resident Chad Pickering was charged with first-degree attempted murder for allegedly shooting his 17-year-old neighbor for no...
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You may ask why have gun laws, why we want to have gun controls? Now, why don't you go ask this fine example of the gun culture?

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McCain on Arizona execution: ‘That’s torture.’

McCain on Arizona execution: ‘That’s torture.’ | Upsetment | Scoop.it
McCain on Arizona execution: "That's torture."
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Not often that I agree with the senior senator from my state, but I certainly do this time. I also agree when he says: "And people who were responsible should be held responsible." The question is always who is responsible. One thing I know is that the anti-government and cost-cutting efforts of the right in this state and in the country as a whole have been a major contributing force to government dysfunction. Can we have proper functioning without support for the government?

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Deirdre Imus: More illegal immigrants 'pouring in' now than under Reagan

Deirdre Imus: More illegal immigrants 'pouring in' now than under Reagan | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The crisis of young Central Americans showing up at the border has presented pundits another opportunity to compare the records of President Barack Obama and President Ronald Reagan. We caught Deidre Imus, a Fox Business contributor, debating presidential immigration scorecards with Fox News analyst Lis Wiehl on July 23, 2014. "What has happened under President (Barack) Obama, is people thinking they can come here, especially unaccompanied minors, thinking they are getting amnesty," Imus said on her husband Don’s show Imus in the Morning. Wiehl shot back that this had been going on a long time and in fact, it was no different under Reagan. ...
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This is the kind of distorted "reporting" that makes Fox so especially ridiculous and the kind of right wing thinking that makes it so difficult to have meaningful government. What to do with people who don't bother with evidence? Certainly, it is time to demand more factual reporting.

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The Immigrant Kids Have Health Issues — But Not The Ones You'd Think

The Immigrant Kids Have Health Issues — But Not The Ones You'd Think | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Politicians charge that the nearly 60,000 unaccompanied minors who've come to the U.S. could put the nation at risk for everything from TB to mumps. Health officials tell a different story.
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While I consider these kids undocumented aliens, not immigrants, at least until they are granted asylum, that doesn't mean I support the right wing's lies. They are not bringing exotic diseases. They are not a threat to our public health. They are, however, emotionally scarred and need mental health services. Sadly, that is a concept which is often beyond the ken of the conservative mind set.

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Obama aides were warned of brewing border crisis

Obama aides were warned of brewing border crisis | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Administration officials initially saw influx of unaccompanied children as ‘local problem,’ said one expert.
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Is is always easy in hindsight to know which crises should have been attended to. It is also very easy to turn each event into a media crisis instead of recognizing it as a problem needing solution. I am not sure these kids, no matter how sad the story, represent a crisis. I am absolutely certain that their status represents a problem, actually part of a problem which must be addressed through immigration reform. The real crisis is the grid-locking of government which makes it so difficult to deal with anything and everything.

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Three Tricks for Dealing with Anxiety In the Moment

Three Tricks for Dealing with Anxiety In the Moment | Upsetment | Scoop.it

You may have prepared for a stressful situation like a job interview, an important meeting, or a presentation, but you're still likely to have some anxiety while you're in the situation. That's normal! Here are some things you can try to ease your anxiety

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Warning, some other methods such as masturbating, drinking, or taking drugs, may reduce anxiety, but they will not help you deal the realities of the situation.

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Child migrants: Does US have a moral obligation to them?

Child migrants: Does US have a moral obligation to them? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The child migrant crisis at the border is reviving questions about America's humanitarian obligation to vulnerable children. Some recall how the US failed to respond to Jewish refugees fleeing Hitler's Germany.
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OMG, I seem to be in agreement with Lindsey Graham. What bothers me, however, about this piece is its failure to mention the U.S.'s responsibility for the violence these children are fleeing. From the War on Drugs, to allowing corporations to use cheap labor, to the deportation of gang members back to these communities. And speaking of those gang members, is there any reason to believe that these new refugee children will not grow up to lives of crime and violence if we don't figure out how to integrate them into better lives. So they reach 18 and we say, "Time to go home." What have we actually done for them?

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Obama okays sonic cannons for offshore oil exploration

Obama okays sonic cannons for offshore oil exploration | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Obama administration has given the go-ahead for oil and gas companies to search for deposits off the east coast of the US, using sonic cannons which could harm sea life.
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And we we humans, our species filled with hubris, moves forward towards the spoliation of the earth and ultimately our own extinction. I know we need oil, but what are we doing to the seas, which we need every bit as much?

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Boehner doubtful Congress will approve border funding request before August break

Boehner doubtful Congress will approve border funding request before August break | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Speaker Boehner raises doubts amid deepending impasse on immigration policy.
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For once I will take Mr. Boehner's side. Yes, we need to take care of these kids in an humanitarian fashion. Yes, we need to change the 2008 law to make the return of those who do not meet the U.S. criteria for amnesty easier and quicker. And, yes, there has to be clarification of the status of possible Dream Act recipients. All that should be done at one time. The Democratic members of the House need to recognize the realities; we cannot provide for all these youngsters, many of who are here looking for a dream that should not come true for them. The best way out of the impasse is to provide funding, modify the 2008 law so kids can be screened and returned more quickly, and passing the Dream Act with clear boundaries so that the future policy is also set. Lastly, I strongly recommend the amendment of Amendment XIV Article 1 of the Constitution as part of that sweeping overhaul. I do not believe that the child of undocumented immigrants or amnesty recipients who are not citizens, or even of visa carrying workers should be given citizenship because of location of birth.

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8 Warning Signs Of A Relationship Gone Horribly Wrong

8 Warning Signs Of A Relationship Gone Horribly Wrong | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Things that matter. Pass 'em on.
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One way to avoid getting into an abusive relationship is to watch out for these eight warning signs. After all, life is for love and enjoyment not for being abused or abusing others.

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Arizona politician mistakes YMCA campers for migrant children

Arizona politician mistakes YMCA campers for migrant children | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Republican congressional candidate and state legislator Adam Kwasman had just raced up to Phoenix Tuesday morning from the protest in Oracle over the
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How a politician can make a total ass of himself. He is so sure of what he knows that he has no capacity to see reality. So the YMCA camp kids were obviously not happy because he needed unhappy kids to make his point. What a putz. And by the way, the problem is not abrogation of the rule of law but trying to follow a law which was passed almost unanimously and which may have some bad consequences.

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Israel's Iron Dome Gets New Funding as Gaza Fight Intensifies

Israel's Iron Dome Gets New Funding as Gaza Fight Intensifies | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile
system has kept the country safe from the hundreds of Hamas rockets flying
toward its major cities from the Gaza Strip. With fighting intensifying,
Congress seems poised to give Israel and one of the United States' largest defense
contractors a jolt of good news: $175 million in new American aid that will
help fund an expansion of the program.
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The saddest thing to me is making believe that military expenditures like this are called foreign aid. Whom are we aiding the most? Defense contractors? Hawks in our military? Certainly not the Palestinians and I'm not sure how much better off Israel is for the long run when she becomes less willing to negotiate. Why do I see the U.S. government as being a destabilizing and often terrorist entity in world affairs? Maybe because we are too committed to militarism.

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Parents Are Now Getting Arrested for Letting Their Kids Go to the Park Alone

Parents Are Now Getting Arrested for Letting Their Kids Go to the Park Alone | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Debra Harrell, 46, let her 9-year-old daughter play outside alone at the park. The South Carolina child had a cell phone she could use to call her mother in case of emergency. On the girl’s third day alone at the park, someone asked her where her mother was. The girl...
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This is bureaucracy run amok, and this in a state that so strongly holds to limiting the intrusion of government. My big question, if the woman were black, do you think she'd be in jail? Do you think her kid would be under social services?

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Video Shows Islamic State Blowing Up Iraq's Tomb Of Jonah

Video Shows Islamic State Blowing Up Iraq's Tomb Of Jonah | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The destruction of the holy site has drawn criticism from the Sunni allies of the so-called Islamic State and may cause a rift between the Sunni groups.
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When a group feels free to defile history (to say nothing of the faith of others), it clearly has placed itself outside the human community. I would love to see the Iraqi government, along with other nations, create a safe corridor for the escape of all those who wish to be followed by a siege of this rogue would-be state's territory. It is time that the Iraqi people in places like Mosul got to vote on something meaningful even if it requires them to use their feet as part of that process.

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Democrats stand by senator accused of plagiarism in academic paper

Democrats stand by senator accused of plagiarism in academic paper | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee said the party "absolutely" stands by Sen. John Walsh (D-Mont.) despite a report that he plagiarized substantial portions of an academic paper seven years ago.
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While I am certainly upset that this man plagiarized and it would impact my decision if he were running in my state, I can't help wondering why the "Ware College" is offering degrees and to what extent this kind of "deceptive" practice permeates the place. We aren't talking about an academic environment but a military one. Perhaps all the academic papers and degrees presented there should be vetted for their academic quality before this is over.

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Facebook soars as Zuckerberg’s cash-machine kicks into gear

Facebook soars as Zuckerberg’s cash-machine kicks into gear | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Facebook shares are bounding higher this morning after the company posted its fifth straight better-than-expected quarter. The metrics were beyond reproach
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I know it's just business and I hope the social media help me to sell my books, but somehow the idea that people are making money off our all to human need to connect upsets. How do you feel?

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Why a Gaza cease-fire could reinforce long-term conflict | Al Jazeera America

Why a Gaza cease-fire could reinforce long-term conflict | Al Jazeera America | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Analysis: Everyone wants the fighting to stop but not necessarily to reintegrate Gaza into a wider peace process
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A thoughtful analysis. In the end for all the words we may offer, the suffering of the Palestinian people is as great a humanitarian crisis as has occurred in modern times. Israel is working its way into pariah status, and those who shoot rockets and kill dumb teenagers will ultimately have their own crazy victory, a reign of evil. 

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Jury Awards $23.6 Billion in Florida Smoking Case

Jury Awards $23.6 Billion in Florida Smoking Case | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A jury in Florida awarded a staggering $23 billion judgment against R. J. Reynolds, the country’s second-largest tobacco company, for causing the death of a smoker who died of lung cancer at the age of 36.
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While these individual suits against the tobacco companies should go forward since in fact there was a history of deadly deception, the granting of such excessive punitive amounts really does little good. Obviously, the appeals courts will not allow that amount, so this becomes another delay in justice as that issue winds its way forward. I hope that the company will offer a reasonable settlement with some punitive damage as well as the full compensatory award. The other thing, is while I believe that people were being deceived, after 1964 there was a warning on every pack. At what point do we have to say people knew the risk?

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WASHINGTON: Judges rebuff Obama over Chinese firm's purchase of wind farms | DC Declassified | McClatchy DC

WASHINGTON: Judges rebuff Obama over Chinese firm's purchase of wind farms | DC Declassified | McClatchy DC | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A federal appeals court Tuesday issued a landmark ruling that weakened President Barack Obama's ability to block foreign firms' purchase of American companies on national security grounds.
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In case nobody noticed, the underlying rationale of this decision is that corporations are persons. So this corporation, which is wholly owned by Chinese businessmen, has protection because it is a person. Does that mean that foreign countries can create corporations in this country and then use them to take part in the political process as in Citizens United? Does it mean that they can work to take possession of vital interests and resources because they are now persons in this country? This is the real threat of a New World Order, that corporations become the rulers of the earth.

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10 Conspiracy Theories That Turned Out To Be True - ODDEE

10 Conspiracy Theories That Turned Out To Be True - ODDEE | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Don't let them fool you: conspiracy theories aren't always some wackadoodle notions without merit or evidence. In fact, sometimes they turn out to be dead on. Here are 10 you may or may not be familiar with that turned out to be true...
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Here's the thing, good and democratic government requires oversight, which in turn requires transparency or what the Russians called glasnost. Too often what we have been given instead is secrecy and manipulation. That is why a free press with good investigative reporters and protection for whistle-blowers is so important. Here are some prime examples, and they don't even mention the manufactured evidence that Colin Powell gave at the U.N.

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Endangered Florida Forest Will Be Destroyed To Make Room For Walmart And Chick-Fil-A

Endangered Florida Forest Will Be Destroyed To Make Room For Walmart And Chick-Fil-A | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A section of rare and endangered forest in Florida's Miami-Dade County will soon be a Walmart, Chick-fil-A, Chili's, 900 apartments, and an LA Fitness.
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I'm sure lots of money will be made, and that is so clearly more important than wildlife or environment, especially in Florida, where so much has already been destroyed. What does just a few hundred acres more of concrete and urban sprawl mean? Heck, who wants a livable earth anyway?

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John McCain loses his marbles: Tries, fails to contain zest for possible Russia escalation

John McCain loses his marbles: Tries, fails to contain zest for possible Russia escalation | Upsetment | Scoop.it
McCain doesn't want to speculate about the downed plane. So what he'll do is... speculate about the downed plane
Kenneth Weene's insight:

It scares me that McCain and Graham are so ready for war. It is reassuring that Mr. Obama's steady hand is on the tiller. I don't always agree with him, but I certainly agree with his calm and rational approach. I was also impressed that Mr. Boehner also showed reflection and concern rather than bellicosity.

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Virginity pledges don’t work — unless you’re super religious

Virginity pledges don’t work — unless you’re super religious | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Surprise! Morality-based abstinence education only works for people with those beliefs (and it harms everyone else)
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The real kicker: Those who take abstinence pledges are less informed about sex, so when they do become sexually active, even if it is a bit later, they are more likely to engage in riskier sexual behavior. My advice to my religious friends, don't let your kids suffer the price of ignorance. Make sure they have comprehensive sex education along with moral teaching. 

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The Cops Who Found Out the Truth About GM's Deadly Cars—in 2006

The Cops Who Found Out the Truth About GM's Deadly Cars—in 2006 | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Seven years ago, a Chevy Cobalt with a defective ignition switch killed two teenage girls. How Wisconsin police discovered the lethal flaw before it became a national scandal.
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Obviously, there are people at GM who should be tried for negligent homicide or manslaughter or some such criminal penalty. They are the ones who knew and who covered up and rationalized the danger. Equally obviously, the corporation is rightly liable for massive damages, both real and punitive. But perhaps the most important thing to realize as this story continues is that the corporation has no soul. It did what corporations do -- make money or at least try to. That differentiates corporations from people. That lack of values that is inherent in the bureaucratic and corporate model is the reason the Supreme Court of the U.S. was totally wrong in Citizens United and Hobby Lobby. To look at it from a religious perspective, quite simply, GM cannot go to Hell (or Heaven); so why do the Christian Right support the notion that corporations are people? It seems to me they should be in the forefront of the outrage against such decisions.

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Your Sunscreen Is Really Out of Date. Here's What Congress Is Doing About It.

Your Sunscreen Is Really Out of Date. Here's What Congress Is Doing About It. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A House committee advanced a bill Tuesday to streamline FDA approval of new sunscreen ingredients.
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Yes, we all remember the FDA protecting us from thalidomide, but it has still become a slow, cumbersome, and outmoded agency, like so much of the federal government bureaucracy. We truly need an overhaul of the government, not because the workers aren't good people or because the laws are ill-intended, but because bureaucratization is endemic to any large organization. If only we could get political candidates who have a real interest in management.

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