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‘Major setback’ in cliff talks

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The Republican party is marching itself off another kind of cliff.

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Relief goods for Nepal quake victims held up at customs: U.N.

Relief goods for Nepal quake victims held up at customs: U.N. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
By Frank Jack Daniel and Andrew R.C. Marshall KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Bureaucracy at Kathmandu airport was holding up vital relief supplies for survivors of the earthquake in Nepal on Saturday as the death toll from the disaster passed 6,600. U.N. Resident Representative Jamie McGoldrick said the government must loosen customs restrictions to deal with the increasing flow of relief material and avoid bottlenecks. Material was piling up at the Kathmandu airport instead of being ferried out to victi
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Meanwhile, some of what is being sent to Nepal is irrational. Why would you send the makings of tuna salad to a country where eating fish, especially ocean fish, is relatively unknown and in which there is no refrigeration? How about a little common sense on both sides. It seems so sad that bureaucratic incompetence makes the suffering of these poor people even worse.

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Witness behind Freddie Gray video briefly detained by cops

Witness behind Freddie Gray video briefly detained by cops | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The witness that recorded video of Freddie Gray’s seemingly painful arrest has been taken into custody by police, a report says.
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He was arrested after cooperating with the police and giving them a copy of the film. He was arrested at gun-point at a supposed traffic stop, but there were no charges or even a ticket. The two people with them are from Cop Watch and they are still in custody for no known reason. Can everyone say "INTIMIDATION!"? I wonder if any police spokesperson will try to defend this example of the blue wall. For my part in itself this kind of behavior justifies a thorough investigation and shakeup at the Baltimore Police Department.

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The United States’ irresponsible praise of Ethiopia’s regime

The United States’ irresponsible praise of Ethiopia’s regime | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The country has grown more repressive. So why is the Obama administration praising the regime?
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This administration, like its predecessors for years, is guided not by morality but by imagined American security. That means the U.S. willingly undermines governments that are truly democratic and supports those that are actually repressive dictatorships based on how the moment indicates they will support us in our insatiable material needs. I wonder if the day will ever come when we are able to formulate a foreign policy based on a clear vision of what is right for humanity. Of course the U.S. cannot make any country just, democratic, peaceful, and equitable. Heck, we can't even make the U.S. all those things, but we can base our support on quality of government rather than narrowly perceived American self-interest which seems to invariably go awry. Consider Vietnam, Cuba, Iraq, Iran, Congo (in all its forms and names), and the list goes on. I think this goes back to the foolishness of the State Department in the 1940s when we went with the wrong China policy, and it doesn't seem to end.

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Protesters, police clash at Ethiopian Israeli demo against police brutality - National

Protesters, police clash at Ethiopian Israeli demo against police brutality  - National | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The protest was prompted by a video of a police assault against an Ethiopian Israeli soldier; 10 protesters and three police officers receive medical treatment.
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Israel has yet to come to terms with the racism of European Judaism, which has never acknowledged the equality of African Jews. I thought this statement from one of the protesters particularly powerful and hopefully instructive for us in America. "Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat arrived at the scene and spoke to the protesters trying to lower the flames. 'Do you doubt that the prime minister, ministers, and 120 Knesset members want to embrace the Ethiopian community?' Barkat asked a young protester, who responded 'I don't want a hug. Look at me as you would look at a white person. I don't need a hugs. That is a patronizing attitude that says that I'm incapable, so let's give him a hug.'"

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Baltimore Police Won't Make Report on Freddie Gray's Death Public

Baltimore Police Won't Make Report on Freddie Gray's Death Public | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Baltimore police said Wednesday that their internal report into the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African-American man who died in police custody this...
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How does releasing a summary of findings and reasons impede  maintaining the integrity of the evidence? It is important to avoid the appearance of a coverup. Sure release of such findings might affect potential jurors if there is a trial, but no more so than in any newsworthy event. This is why investigative journalism is important. It is why the hero of my newest book, Times to Try the Soul of Man, is an investigative journalist, maybe only starting out, maybe not even a good guy, but a reporter to his core. 

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These Are America's 10 Most Polluted Cities

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California is well-represented on the list, but Arizona has two locations on it, one of those the Phoenix metro area. Here's a picture of morning from Piestawa Peak. 

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It is a matter of personal concern for me that Phoenix has now slipped into the bottom ten places for air quality in America. It is important that all Americans have clean air and clean water.

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The Last Time Freddie Gray Was Arrested

The Last Time Freddie Gray Was Arrested | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The bondsman who bailed him out of jail says the 25-year-old learned that staying put meant certain arrest.
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The real question isn't why didn't Freddie Gray run but why didn't he run fast enough. There is something so sadly inevitable about the lives of people like Freddie Gray, from the lead paint in their childhood homes, to their lack of educations and jobs, to their addictions, to their arrests, and ultimately to their lives in prison or deaths by violence. It is time for America to recognize the need to make the whole trajectory different.

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Police morale can wait: How the Baltimore riots should reshape Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s agenda

Police morale can wait: How the Baltimore riots should reshape Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s agenda | Upsetment | Scoop.it
As the chaos in Baltimore has shown, it's far too soon to shift our attention to the grievances of cops
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This article is right on target. In Baltimore and elsewhere the morale of the police must be balanced with the rights and needs of the people, especially the poor and those who are otherwise unheard. Of course there must be law and order, but that means behind the blue line as well as in front of it. Sadly, the police of Baltimore have a long record of abuse. Which leads us to another question, can the federal government effectively step in to find that balance or should it be a local or perhaps a state issue? In all honesty, I think it must be local and state first and the federal government should only step in under the most egregious situations. What the feds can do is stop selling military and militarizing weapons to local police; they can stop making believe that police science is perfect so there is room for juries and investigators to have doubts when appropriate, and they can work more assiduously to protect and encourage investigative journalism. Remember that our "First Amendment Rights" are way more effective and important than our "Second Amendment Remedies".

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After peaceful start, protest of Freddie Gray’s death in Baltimore turns violent

After peaceful start, protest of Freddie Gray’s death in Baltimore turns violent | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Fans at an Orioles game were briefly asked to remain inside the stadium after a protest over a police-custody death left six unoccupied police cars damaged.
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I thought this an important point in the article. "

Also rejecting the disruptive acts was Gray’s sister, Fredericka.

'My family wants to say: Can y’all please, please stop the violence? Freddie Gray would not want that,' she said at a news conference. 'Freddie’s father and mother don’t want no violence. Violence does not get justice.'” It is a sad fact of life in American cities that there are always going to be a small number who will push every demonstration towards violence. Kudos to the police department of Baltimore, which tried to avoid a confrontation, and to the thousands of peaceful demonstrators. Meanwhile, there is way too much police use of violence against relatively minor targets like Freddie Gray.

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The 5 Factors Driving Europe's Deadly Migrants Crisis

The 5 Factors Driving Europe's Deadly Migrants Crisis | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The economic and political reasons behind a humanitarian tragedy
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It is relatively easy to talk about what Europe should do, but let a few thousand flee Central America for the U.S., and we become enraged. It is easy to comment on what more Turkey could do, but we reject the Dream Act and refuse to accept young men and women who have been raised here no matter that they had no say in the coming and including those who have done nothing wrong and tried to be good Americans. So should we be lecturing the rest of the world about xenophobia or looking at the log in our own American eye?

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At Supreme Court, Eric Holder’s Justice Dept. Routinely Backs Officers’ Use of Force

At Supreme Court, Eric Holder’s Justice Dept. Routinely Backs Officers’ Use of Force | Upsetment | Scoop.it
At the Supreme Court, the attorney general’s office consistently backs officers accused of abuse, even as it pursues civil rights investigations against several local police departments.
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Mr. Holder as Attorney General and the Department of Justice have to find the best path through two often contradictory considerations, the civil rights of individuals and the right to "qualified immunity" for peace officers using force. In each actual instance, the question must be did the officer(s) in question have a reasonable knowledge that the threat to them and to others was passed or quite simply non-existent. We, reading about the far-too-frequent instances of unnecessary violence are reading about them after the fact, but what was it reasonable for the officer on the scene to think? On the other hand, and here's the biggie, was the officer's thinking incorrect because of bias or the lack of proper training? If the officer or a department has bias or inadequate training, then, INMH, no "qualified immunity" exists.

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Protected Wild Horses Dying for Ranchers’ Profit

Protected Wild Horses Dying for Ranchers’ Profit | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Utah suit wants to eliminate 1,350 horses from public land with the same practices that are killing horses in Wyoming.
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Sadly, American life has become all about the profit.

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Rural fire districts feel budget burn

Rural fire districts feel budget burn | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Arizona's 156 rural fire districts are working with smaller budgets this year under a new state law limiting property valuations.
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How will the people who are saving on taxes feel when there isn't sufficient money to save their property from one of the fires that are inevitable this summer? The GOP dominated legislature of Arizona is incredibly shortsighted.

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Community remembers slain Fulton County police officer

Community remembers slain Fulton County police officer | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Police continue to investigate what sparked a shooting in south Fulton County that killed veteran officer.
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A fine police officer is dead, lost to the senseless violence of a man who should not have had guns in his possession, a man who had repeated issues with anger, violence, and guns, a man who suffered from PTSD from military service, and a man whose guns should have been confiscated. But the NRA says guns don't kill people so everybody should be allowed to have guns. To me that's like saying that since cars don't cause accidents every drunk should be allowed to drive. Let's protect our good police by taking away the weapons of those people who should not have them.

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Foreign Lives Matter

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American racism at home and abroad only highlights the hypocrisy of U.S. foreign policy. And the rest of the world isn't buying America's message anymore.
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I hope that everybody in the state department, the White House, and on the foreign affairs committees of Congress reads this article; but I doubt they will. It might make them think about how what happens inside the (dis)United States actually plays on the world stage.

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U.S. Navy warns Congress that piecemeal cruiser upgrades costly

U.S. Navy warns Congress that piecemeal cruiser upgrades costly | Upsetment | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON, April 30 (Reuters) - U.S. Navy Secretary RayMabus on Thursday warned that congressional plans for apiecemeal modernization of 11 cruisers would cost billions ofdollars more than the Navy's
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Why are the members of congress mucking in and trying to  micromanage the Navy. If you read "Queen of the Dew Drop Inne," you might get an idea of how incompetent a bunch this house of representatives really is. That's chapter 3 of the book, and (IMHO) is one of the funnies of the Tales. Meanwhile, as usual the GOP led house is going to cost us hundreds of millions for less result.

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Houthis clash with Saudi forces on Yemen border, dozens killed

Houthis clash with Saudi forces on Yemen border, dozens killed | Upsetment | Scoop.it
ADEN (Reuters) - Dozens of Houthi fighters were killed in clashes with Saudi forces on Yemen's northern border, Riyadh said on Thursday, while air strikes and artillery fire rocked the southern city of
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Of all the plagues God created in the Bible, the worst was clearly mankind. What an abominable species we can be. Of all the curses God created, the worst was clearly religion; oh the killing that is justified in the name of faith. And of all the madness of religious based barbarism the worst is clearly that of sect against sect. This proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia has all the insanity of a Mad Comic Book but sadly none of the humor.

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People love chickens that are “vegetarian fed.” Here’s why that’s bad for the birds.

People love chickens that are “vegetarian fed.” Here’s why that’s bad for the birds. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Food companies advertise that their hens get vegetarian diets, but chickens are omnivores, and their nutrition depends on proteins often unavailable in vegetarian sources.
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Chickens are by nature carnivores. Not only do their need protein from insects, but their eggs do better if they eat shells from eggs or sea creatures. I'm no chicken expert, but I studied up enough to write Broody New Englander and I know that vegetarian chickens are not a good idea. How about a little common sense people; farming is not about political worldviews but nature.

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Insurers Flout Rule Covering Birth Control, Studies Find

Insurers Flout Rule Covering Birth Control, Studies Find | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Two reports say that failure to follow provisions of the Affordable Care Act had left some women with significant cost barriers to birth control.
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If the proper goal is to reduce the number of abortions and reduce the number of unwanted children, then contraception and education are essential. Insurers cutting corners for short-term financial gain is unacceptable and a good example of the kind of thinking that makes me still support national healthcare. What the insurers are counting on is that if a woman becomes pregnant and has an unwanted child, she is likely to end up leaving her work and therefore her insurance plan and going on Medicaid or at least somebody else's dime.

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UN aid worker suspended for leaking report on child abuse by French troops

UN aid worker suspended for leaking report on child abuse by French troops | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Anders Kompass said to have passed confidential document to French authorities because of UN’s failure to stop abuse of children in Central African Republic
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It boggles my mind that the UN would place secrecy over the protection of children. It is amazing how some organizations lose their moral compasses and become about maintaining and expanding themselves rather than caring about the rights of the downtrodden. I wonder if the French government really prefers that this report be kept secret rather than doing something about the abuse involved.

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GOP, Pentagon tussle over East Coast shield

GOP, Pentagon tussle over East Coast shield | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Pentagon has repeatedly said it doesn’t need — nor can it afford — a third anti-missile battery on American territory to defend against a possible attack from North Korea or Iran. But that hasn’t stopped congressional Republicans, ideologically predisposed to a more comprehensive missile shield than Democrats, from pushing...
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They are cloning the ghost of Ronald Reagan and his star wars defense boondoggle. Then they complain about spending money to help those in real need to escape the cycle of poverty and to have a real piece of the American pie. Wait, you say, those missile defense systems will create jobs; sure but most of tax dollars will end up in the hands of corporations and not in communities. Besides which, and this is the real icing on the cake, these missile defense systems don't work. If you really want to defend the East Coast of America, spend some money getting the inner cities, like Baltimore, Trenton, and Philadelphia, brought up to code—the code of the human heart.

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Federally-run Indian schools are in rough shape because of a broken bureaucracy

Federally-run Indian schools are in rough shape because of a broken bureaucracy | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Bureau of Indian Education has struggled to staff, manage and repair its schools because of "management challenges," according to federal auditors.
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With the absence of any accountability to the end users, in this case the local Native American communities, no federal bureaucracy can fulfill its mandate. Contacts made in Washington are more about greed and corruption than about outcomes. The Bureau of Indian Affairs has been a stink hole of corruption and failure from the very first. And our nation's policy towards Native Americans is somehow symbolized by giving these young people huge bags of candy for their homecoming; is that really what Native Americans, who have higher than normal rates of diabetes and obesity, need? Who the heck is minding that train-wreck?

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Where the Grave Isn't Free: One Afghan Interpreter's Trials of US Resettlement

Where the Grave Isn't Free: One Afghan Interpreter's Trials of US Resettlement | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Day and night, amid the relentless din of interstate traffic, Aimal tries to take solace in this nondescript low-income housing unit alongside the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.

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Once again the United States demonstrates its lack of commitment to those who have fought for us, especially those from other countries. To this day the grown children of Filipinos who served with the U.S. in World War II are unable to get visas to come here. How many Vietnamese were left behind? Now we have these proud Afghan translators and other helpers facing poverty with no assistance in finding the employment, not the welfare, they want. A nation that is as non-humanitarian as ours doesn't deserve the approbation of other countries.

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Double the N.I.H. Budget

Double the N.I.H. Budget | Upsetment | Scoop.it
It’s insane that we spend so much on health care and so little on research.
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Unheard of you say, but it's true there are some things on which I agree with Newt Gingrich, and this is one of them. Of course, there are those who don't want medical research either from some bizarre political philosophy or because government sponsored research might get in the way of their making money, but I bet most of us agree that this is a reasonable way for the government to help all Americans. And, if in the process, the cost of healthcare falls thereby cutting future costs of government, that would be a wonderful added boon for the taxpayers. 

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Watch: U.S. Marshal Crushes Camera

Watch: U.S. Marshal Crushes Camera | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Torn from woman's hands.
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We must make sure that the police at all levels are open to the scrutiny of the public. Hopefully, this U.S. marshal will soon be looking for new employment or at the very least will be assigned to a desk.

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