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Meet Nick Jones – Mr Instrumentalist

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When I hear talent, I just sit up and take notice. This is a sound you will want to hear and hear again.

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A great talent. I am really looking forward to having Nick as a guest on It Matters Radio.

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Native History: Scalping of 10 Abenaki Celebrated; Where Did it Begin? - Indian Country Media Network

On February 20, 1725, a group of 88 scalp hunters led by John Lovewell attacked a band of Abenaki Indians living in a wigwam near Wakefield, N.H.
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What do you think? Was scalping already a Native American customs or did it take the European idea of paying bounties for proof of death to create this barbaric practice? Can you imagine surviving being scalped? What a sense of horror, violation, helplessness and rage that must have produced. 
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How jails extort the poor

How jails extort the poor | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Why do we jail people for being poor? Today, half a million Americans are in jail only because they can't afford to post bail, and still more are locked up because they can't pay their debt to the court, sometimes for things as minor as unpaid parking tickets. Salil Dudani shares stories from individuals who have experienced debtors' prison in Ferguson, Missouri, challenging us to think differently about how we punish the poor and marginalized.
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How much justice  is there in the criminal justice system? Often none. There is something so wrong in places such as Ferguson. It is time for America to reevaluate. 
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Oceans Are Losing Oxygen. Here’s Why That’s a Big Problem

Oceans Are Losing Oxygen. Here’s Why That’s a Big Problem | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Oceans across the globe are slowly losing oxygen, a new study has found. That poses a major problem for every living marine animal.
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Slowly but surely, earth is becoming less inhabitable, and we humans are a big part of the cause. We tell ourselves that we have a god-given right to go forth and multiply and rule the world when in fact we have an inherent responsibility to be part of the whole, to play a positive role in the bio system. 
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Migrants Choose Arrest In Canada Over Staying In The U.S.

Migrants Choose Arrest In Canada Over Staying In The U.S. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A rural road in northern New York has become a magnet for migrants who no longer want to stay in the U.S. Growing numbers are stepping into Canada, knowing Mounties immediately will arrest them.
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My take: people like these refugees from American anti-Hispanic prejudice will make great contributions for our neighbor to the north. How sad that they have to flee this way to find the simple security that every human deserves. 
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Cummings: ‘No idea why President Trump would make up a story about me like he did today’

Cummings: ‘No idea why President Trump would make up a story about me like he did today’ | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Democratic congressman from Baltimore emphatically denied he canceled a meeting with President Trump for political reasons.
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Not to worry Congressman Cummings, the rest of us have nod idea why Mr. Trump says what he does about anything, and it is getting a bit confusing. Also, don't keep jacket on waiting for his call to a meeting; I don't see him interested in meeting with anyone who isn't syntonwc with his delusional set, whatever that may be. Are we getting scared yet? 
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Analysis | Trump’s claim that there’s ‘tremendous amount of increase’ in autism cases

Analysis | Trump’s claim that there’s ‘tremendous amount of increase’ in autism cases | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Trump characterized autism as an increasingly common disorder, but there’s not enough research and no medical consensus to determine that.
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There are a few factors at play here. First, more parents (and educators) are looking for diagnoses so that kids can receive special help, even some kids who probably don't need that extra assistance. Second, the criteria for the diagnosis of autism (or at least the spectrum) have become much broader in part due to greater awareness of the problems of children but also in part due to the pressure of those parents and educators. Third, whenever a kid has difficulties of any kind there is now a propensity to see this as a mental health issue when those same kids used to be seen as behavioral problems. Take Mr. Trump as an example. As a kid, he was sent off to a military school because he had some issues. Today, he would be given a diagnosis, pills, and have a plan drawn up to meet his special needs. 

How do vaccines fit into this? Minimally at best. There is little to no evidence that they create mental health or developmental issues and a heck of a lot of evidence that they prevent a lot of health problems. 
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Russia Deploys Missile, Violating Treaty and Challenging Trump

Russia Deploys Missile, Violating Treaty and Challenging Trump | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Moscow is believed to have two battalions of the ground-based missile, and it has moved forward despite U.S. protests, administration officials say.
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This is certainly a serious matter. I have long hoped that Russia and the United States could reach a mutually beneficial agreement, one that recognized Russia as a major power with its own areas of influence and as a partner in creating a peaceful world order. I'm not sure what Mr. Putin's goals are, but my guess is he feels the same way about the United States's intentions—wary and uncertain. After all, we have pursued a policy of building missile defenses around Russia for years and that has to threaten Moscow. I may seem naive, but I honestly think that the US and Russia have more reason to find common ground than to go back to the Cold War and waste our nations' resources that could be used for good. 
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The United States Used Depleted Uranium in Syria

The United States Used Depleted Uranium in Syria | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The United States Used Depleted Uranium in Syria « | Foreign Policy | the Global Magazine of News and Ideas
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In effect we used a dangrous chemical weapon even while we were condemning the use of other such weapons, chlorine gas for one, by the Syrian government. It's time for the American military to clean up its act or we will become the pariah of the world, assuming we aren't already. (Sorry if you can't open this article, but you can sign in using Facebook or other social media accounts.) Is this a war crime? I think it is. 
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Oklahoma lawmakers debate bill requiring men's permission for abortion (+video)

Oklahoma lawmakers debate bill requiring men's permission for abortion (+video) | Upsetment | Scoop.it
HB 1441 would require a woman seeking an abortion to obtain written permission from her sexual partner.
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And exactly what responsibilities will the man have if the child is born? Will he have to notify sexual partners that he has had a child "against the wishes of the woman"? Will he be required to provide for the child materially and also emotionally? If we equate the sperm not just with the egg but the entire gestational, birthing, and raising contribution of the mother, then we surely had best punish any many who wastes something so valuable. Or, we could perhaps start respect the fact that women should control their own lives even if some women may make decisions we wish they didn't. 
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Desperate Chinese Snap Up Dubious 'Anti-Pollution' Products

Desperate Chinese Snap Up Dubious 'Anti-Pollution' Products | Upsetment | Scoop.it
From antismog tea to water cannons designed to blast particles out of the air, there's a buck to be made from China's pollution
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I want to burn anti-smog incense and drink kumquat and red date tea before I go out hunting smokies with my water cannon. Meanwhile, what the smog of China is doing to the people there, well that is a horrible thought. What the greedy are trying to sell them, well that is a study in human nature.
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The Blackwater of Jihad

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The Blackwater of Jihad « | Foreign Policy | the Global Magazine of News and Ideas
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Good to see that the call for mercenaries is increasing. (Sarcasm intended there.) Not surprisingly, as countries like Russia and the U.S. insist on training special ops, there will be those who go on into the private sector. I wonder if the US could hire Malhama Tactical to fight against ISIS instead of for them. On the other hand, will American ex-soldiers be attracted to work for MT in places like Libya and Yemen? Maybe training jihadists in America. A new scary reality in our world. 
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Largest Elm Tree in Northeast to be “Recycled”

Largest Elm Tree in Northeast to be “Recycled” | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A tree regarded as the largest of its kind in the Northeast was removed from a Vermont property Tuesday, and its wood will be used to raise money for conservation efforts.
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I have always loved Elm trees. Dutch Elm Disease was one of the great pains of my childhood. So many beautiful trees died. Just a reminiscence for this Broody New Englander. 
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Federal agents conduct immigration enforcement raids in at least six states

Federal agents conduct immigration enforcement raids in at least six states | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The raids mark the first large-scale immigration action since President Trump’s Jan. 26 order to crack down on the estimated 11 million immigrants living here illegally.
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Under Obama more people were deported than ever before, and this was done while making sure that the relatively innocent had little to fear and that the processes of justice were respected. I have never felt good about letting the bureaucrats and enforcers of the world get too much power. So, when I looked at this photo, I took a moment to look at the officers' faces. Do you see brown or black faces? I don't. There is something very much wrong waiting to happen here. Sure, let's keep getting rid of the thugs, the serious criminals, and the domestic abusers, but let's not build an American gestapo or home guard. And, by the way, if we want to stop terrorism, this is quite simply the wrong population with which to start. Not many suicide bombers to be found among Hispanic Catholics. I'm going to say that the real motivation behind this stuff is not keeping us safe but keeping us white. In the end, white Americans are going to be outnumbered; and at some point—some fearful point—we will have that "slave rebellion," the fear of which has been a cornerstone of American policy since before the revolution. IMO, we will have it not because people of other colors are violent or filled with hate but because we have been too foolish and too self-serving to work towards reconciliation. 
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Donald Trump's Demands on NATO Defense Spending Are Driving a Wedge Into Europe

Donald Trump's Demands on NATO Defense Spending Are Driving a Wedge Into Europe | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Under pressure from the Trump administration to fulfil NATO's spending targets on defense or face the consequences, Europe turned inward
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Will the American position move us closer to a third world war and to the breaking up of alliances? Would a Nato commitment to helping avoid war in Africa and the Middle East be worth more in the end than buying more munitions, enriching the military-industrial complex, and creating a stockpile of weapons that can only be justified by fighting someone---anyone? Sure there are times when military actions are justifiable and can lead to good ends. Sadly, looking back at Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Nicaragua, and other American adventurism of the past 70 years, I'm not sure that Washington can tell the difference between real need and a simple readiness to fight.  
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What happened when these restaurants lost their immigrant workers for real

What happened when these restaurants lost their immigrant workers for real | Upsetment | Scoop.it
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Obviously, if you look at the chart in this article, you will see how important immigrant workers are to the restaurant and food industries. For some companies, this means exploiting those who are desperate; for others it means finding the workers that are needed from the people willing to do the jobs. Perhaps the real solution  is to allow aliens, including those living here illegally now, to get work permits. Then they can work, get paid, pay taxes, and have some security without being allowed to expect citizenship. My guess is that a lot of relatively innocent people would happily register for such work permits, and those permits should be independent of the employers so we don't create a serf system. 
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Child’s Play: Team Trump Rewrites a Department of Energy Website for Kids

Child’s Play: Team Trump Rewrites a Department of Energy Website for Kids | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Effort meant to inform younger generations about energy and the environment sees sentences reworked and pie charts eliminated.
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Not all of the changes are terrible. Obviously, the previous owners of the website had overused the word impact. However, the overall effect is to tell kids that using coal is just fine and using fossil fuels is not an issue. While the administration would try to tell us that such changes are neither political nor a problem, I think this quote from the article reminds us otherwise.

"Since Trump took office, various government websites have been changed or taken down — such as climate change information on the Environmental Protection Agency’s site and an entire page dedicated to LGBT issues on whitehouse.gov."
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Can crunchy caterpillars help tackle malnutrition in Burkina Faso?

Can crunchy caterpillars help tackle malnutrition in Burkina Faso? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
With acute malnutrition affecting more than 10% of people in Burkina Faso, an innovative startup is mass-producing dried shea caterpillars high in protein
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I wonder if they are coming out with chocolate covered caterpillars for us spoiled westerners. I also wonder how the birds of Burkina Faso feel about this. With just about 17 million people, this landlocked country has been suffering drought which has affected both nutrition and export earnings. Over 10% of the populations suffers from serious malnutrition. At least these caterpillars are a small step towards feeding them. 
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Will Raqqa be site for clash of titan generals?

Will Raqqa be site for clash of titan generals? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Two admired military heroes of Iran and Turkey, both commanding elite military units in Iraq and Syria, could wind up confronting each other in northern Syria.
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Will Syria bring the Shiite—Sunni conflict to its head? Even on the same side, the two branches of Islam are at odds and two military leaders are primed to face off. The defeat of ISIS could be the beginning of something very bad. When I hear talk of American boots being on the ground in Styria, all I can do is shudder. 
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CNN en Español kicked off air in Venezuela

CNN en Español kicked off air in Venezuela | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Venezuelan government Wednesday ordered cable providers to take CNN en Español off the air, days after CNN aired an investigation into the alleged fraudulent issuing of Venezuelan passports and visas.
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I don't know what the truth is, but my guess is that CNN did the job correctly. Apparently, American officials have known about this practice of selling passports for over a decade. Another bigly problem for the Trump administration, one that can no longer be ignored as it was by George W and Obama administrations; for that thanks again to CNN. 
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Species’ traits influenced their response to recent climate change

Species’ traits influenced their response to recent climate change | Upsetment | Scoop.it

"The results suggest that the impact of climate change on mammals and birds in the recent past is currently greatly underappreciated: large numbers of threatened species have already been impacted in at least part of their range."

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In the face of climate change, let's think about biodiversity. This is a worrisome article, but worth reading. 
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Chaffetz asks Trump for information about Mar-a-Lago security

Chaffetz asks Trump for information about Mar-a-Lago security | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Chaffetz asked Chief of Staff Reince Priebus to describe security protocols at Mar-a-Lago, including whether guests and staff are vetted and the classification level of the documents Trump reviewed on the terrace.
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I wonder if they will ask Obama or even George W. how this situation would have been handled during their administrations, just so there is a clear standard against which judgments can be made. I'm going to guess that there was no vetting of the people on that patio; nor was there in restaurants when the Obamas would go out to eat. However, the discussion should have not taken place, just as 43 kept trying to read to the little kids on 9/11 and waited a short time before taking off. I keep asking myself, is Trump ready to do the job? Sadly, I keep answering, NO! 

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You’re more likely to die from air pollution in India than China, study says

You’re more likely to die from air pollution in India than China, study says | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A new study finds that air-pollution levels have risen dramatically across northern India and Bangladesh since 2010.
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Speaking of pollution, while the Chinese are at least trying to clean up their act, it seems that India's air is getting dirtier. I've been to New Delhi, and let me say it was hard to breathe, very hard and that was some time back. 
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Police Chiefs Say Trump’s Law Enforcement Priorities Are Out of Step

Police Chiefs Say Trump’s Law Enforcement Priorities Are Out of Step | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Police chiefs and prosecutors fear reliance on punitive tactics will erode trust and cause more problems than they solve.
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We finally got rid of Joe Arpaio here in Maricopa County, Arizona. The last thing we need is POTUS ginning up the same kind of divisive, abusive, and failed policing approaches that Arpaio pursued. One of the major criticisms: by attacking the undocumented Hispanics indiscriminately, we lose the willingness of people to work with law enforcement.  
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Bernie Sanders cries foul over canceled town hall meeting in West Virginia

Bernie Sanders cries foul over canceled town hall meeting in West Virginia | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The town hall meeting was set to be held in McDowell County, the poorest part of West Virginia, with the highest rate of drug overdose in the state and the lowest life expectancy of any county in the United States.
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Should national guard armories be open for political events, which this clearly was intended to be? If they should, who should be allowed to determine which events are okay and which are not? The holding of rallies and town halls is not just a normal part of politics but is essential to the health of the system. On the other hand, such large events can lead to uproar and action. Hmm. My view is that the benefits outweigh the negatives and government-based facilities like armories should be available to established organizations. What do you think?
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Trump insults Elizabeth Warren at 'awkward' White House meeting

Trump insults Elizabeth Warren at 'awkward' White House meeting | Upsetment | Scoop.it
As soon as journalists left the room, Trump jeered at the gathered Democrats, "Pocahontas is now the face of your party."
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This is a disgusting story and has been reported in more than one place. I would rather have Senator Warren as the face of my party than an ignorant oaf who is an embarrassment to our country. Were I one of the senators at that meeting, I would have stood up and walked out, called a press conference and made my disgust clear. And then to go on about unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud. Something is sick in the White House. We can only hope that Mr. Pence and the cabinet decide to take action and soon. 
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