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Arizona woman's murder conviction, death sentence overturned

Arizona woman's murder conviction, death sentence overturned | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A federal judge overturns an Arizona woman's murder verdict and death sentence after noting a police detective's history of "misconduct" and lying under oath.
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I wonder if the DA in this case shouldn't be in jail. Certainly sounds like the cop should be. One can only imagine one scene in that interrogation room: a horny and inappropriate cop demanding sex and then punishing the woman who said no. Even if he was just being an SOB, there is no excuse, but I can't stop imagining that scene.

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Homeopathic remedies harmed hundreds of babies, families say

Homeopathic remedies harmed hundreds of babies, families say | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Over a 10-year period, the FDA collected reports of “serious adverse events” in more than 370 children who had taken Hyland’s homeopathic teething products.
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I won't say that homeopathic treatment makes no sense since we do have vaccination, allergy shots (which I suffered with as a kid and do question), and evidence that early exposure to dirt helps later health in kids. However, I do think that products marketed as medicines should be properly tested before being put on the market, but homeopathic products and other over-the-counter meds are put out there and can only be recalled if shown to cause serious problems. Somehow, that seems very wrong-way, especially when infants and toddlers' health are concerned. 
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Mexico: We 'Do Not Have to Accept' Trump's Deportation Rules

Mexico: We 'Do Not Have to Accept' Trump's Deportation Rules | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Mexico reacted with anger to what one official called "hostile" new U.S. immigration guidelines from the Trump administration.
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Apparently the United States and Mexico are now living in parallel universes. With an uptick in emigration from the US (particularly to Canada) and stories like this one, we can see that it may be the US that has somehow found its way to a new dimension. Is this the dawning of the age of nefarious? 
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Fearing "feral hog apocalypse," Texas approves drastic measures

Fearing "feral hog apocalypse," Texas approves drastic measures | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller has approved pesticide targeting wild pigs, but the move has upset hunters, who have gathered 12,000 signatures in opposition
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Anyone who is familiar with the Texas way can understand what's happening here. In Texas more than anywhere else in the US, except perhaps Wall Street, money is the only consideration for those who have the upper hand. In this case, the money is the cattle and farming industries. When money rules, decisions are always short-term and usually stupid because they don't consider the costs down the road. Obviously, there are better options, including trapping trying to use baited birth-control, and encouraging more hunting of wild pigs. 
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Will Trump's Hostility Drive Australia Closer to Asia?

Will Trump's Hostility Drive Australia Closer to Asia? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
For many, the diplomatic debacle surrounding a phone conversation between the U.S. and Australian leaders should make Canberra sit up
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If there is one issue on which the GOP has claimed superiority over the years, it has been national security. Somehow, I don't see the deterioration of many of our closes alliances during the first Trump month as being good for national security at all. As countries drift away from Washington-based alliances, much of our power in the world will go with them. For one thing, we will no longer have their fairly automatic support in the United Nations or their support when it comes to times of actual battle, as in Iraq and Afghanistan. Evidently, Mr. Trump doesn't know how to play well with others, and we desperately need a grownup on the playground. 
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If Your Child Has This Doll, You Should Get Rid of It Now

If Your Child Has This Doll, You Should Get Rid of It Now | Upsetment | Scoop.it

Tech news sites like PC Mag and even the BBC are reporting that, in Germany, the My Friend Cayla dolls are basically illegal. And that they put any child at risk for have his or her privacy invaded, since hackers can use an unsecure bluetooth device that is embedded in the toy "to listen and talk to the child playing with it."

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I wonder if they also have video cameras built in. All I know, if somebody gives your kid one of these dolls, I'd be very suspicious. Just exactly did they want to say, to hear, and perhaps even to watch? Creepy? Yeah, I'd say so.
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Trump to roll back Obama’s climate, water rules through executive action

Trump to roll back Obama’s climate, water rules through executive action | Upsetment | Scoop.it
President Trump is preparing executive orders aimed at reversing Obama-era policies on climate and water pollution, according to individuals briefed on the matter.
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It is a very stupid bird that shits in its own nest. When did the American eagle develop dementia? 
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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.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
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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The Travel Press is Reporting the 'Trump Slump,' a Devastating Drop in Tourism to the United States | Frommer's

The Travel Press is Reporting the 'Trump Slump,' a Devastating Drop in Tourism to the United States | Frommer's | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Experts across the travel industry are warning that masses of tourists are being scared away from vi
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Already over 6% drop in tourism, which is a labor intensive industry. I guess Mr. Trump will hire all those people put out of work in places like Orlando, Washington, and New York to work on his golf courses. And, folks, it isn't just Muslims who aren't coming here. This could be a big hit on our economy. 
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South Sudan Accused of Blocking Aid, Despite Famine

South Sudan Accused of Blocking Aid, Despite Famine | Upsetment | Scoop.it
UNMISS urges South Sudan's government to ensure aid agencies can reach starving people
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Over and over we see the capacity of humans for hatred. Why do we ask such questions as these:  What race are you? What tribe? What religion? What language do you speak? If there is a god, why did he create such cruelty in humanity? If there is not a god, when will we humans recognize that each and every one of us reflected in the eyes of a starving child? 
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Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters Clean Up As Deadline Looms

Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters Clean Up As Deadline Looms | Upsetment | Scoop.it
They have until Wednesday to clean up and go home. Authorities want protesters off the land before the river thaws and floods the camp.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
When that pipeline is build and when it leaks into the water, will those who are so determined to push the Native American protestors our of their camp be equally quick to help clean up that mess, that despoiling of the land? Somehow, I think not. Somehow, I think what is left of the EPA will make a small gesture and the Native population will get a couple months of bottled water. It seems our society of greed is not ready to learn that the earth must come first. 
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Trump's travel ban could prevent hundreds of medical students from landing hospital residencies

Trump's travel ban could prevent hundreds of medical students from landing hospital residencies | Upsetment | Scoop.it

Hospitals might be unfairly rejecting qualified medical students from residencies due to concerns over how President Trump's travel ban on seven majority Muslim countries could play out,

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Not only has the Trump travel ban intimidated hospital administrators which might mean that some of the best foreign applicants for residencies may be rejected, but it means that the positive effect of having more physicians in those countries and more positive ties to the Unites States will be lost as well. So having invaded Iraq and created a failed state, the next Republican plan is to deny those of its citizens who might make a positive difference the opportunity to come here. And then there's Iran where we overthrew the government and imposed a brutal dictator. And then Afghanistan, where we've waged endless war not because of anything any Afghani did but because...well, why? Yep, and all three of those moves and this one were brought to us by our friends in the GOP.  For my part, I cannot see restricting the training of doctors, especially those from countries in which we have wreaked such havoc. 
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3 alternatives to two-state or one-state solution for Mideast peace

3 alternatives to two-state or one-state solution for Mideast peace | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Ever since Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had his meeting in Washington, Israeli efforts have intensified to develop alternatives to the single-state or two-state solutions.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Can there be an Israeli-Palestinian peace? It may require thinking outside the box. Here are some ideas. However, I don't see any of them dealing with Jerusalem, which is a major issue. How about a two state solution for the people in that city; that they could be citizens of either Israel or a Palestinian state and still be part of the city political process? How about a confederation of the two states with some federal government functions but separate voting and basic government services for each state? Well, what's your idea? Please, if you just want one or the other population to disappear or give up its identity, don't bother sharing that here. It isn't going to happen without genocide, and I have no use for that approach to any people. 
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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.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
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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