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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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No Charges In Death Of Inmate After Forced Prison Shower

No Charges In Death Of Inmate After Forced Prison Shower | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Witnesses said Darren Rainey was cooked alive by water "hot enough to brew a cup of tea."
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The Constitution is very clear that there should not be cruel and inhuman punishment. Of course, when that document was written, it wasn't considered to apply to a black schizophrenic. So, did these guards knowingly harm Mr. Rainey or were they just trying to punish him in a reasonable way? Which version of the events do you believe? My guess: were Mr. Rainey's skin a different hue, he would not have died in that shower. But, then, if his skin were a different hue, he probably would have had a better chance in life. Instead of self-medicating on meth, he might have received treatment. Instead of being locked in a soulless prison, he might have been in a treatment center or group home. We cannot necessarily know, but cases like this remind us that there is still much that must be done to provide better care for all Americans. 
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Russia underplayed losses in recapture of Syria's Palmyra

Russia underplayed losses in recapture of Syria's Palmyra | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Russia's force in Syria has suffered losses since late January more than three times higher than the official toll, according to evidence gathered by Reuters, a tally that shows the fight in Syria is tougher and more costly than the Kremlin has disclosed.
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While the numbers of Russians dying in Syria in no way equals the number of Syrians, this story reminds us that great power interventions in the affairs of other nations always have a cost. That is why it would be best there must be such international engagement that it should be done by coalitions and with broad consensus so we all avoid the waste of life and share what costs we must face. When George H.W. Bush took us into Iraq, he understood that coalition and mutual agreement were crucial. Since then, both the US and Russia have forgotten that lesson. In the end, be it America or the Great Bear, neither country should be trying to run the Middle East. Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Libya: the list of fool's errands goes on. I think John Kerry understood the limits of power, perhaps because he served in the debacle of Vietnam. Hopefully, the Trump administration is going to figure this out soon as they are already ramping up America's boots on some bloody ground. 
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The Multibillion-Dollar U.S. Spy Agency You Haven’t Heard Of

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The Multibillion-Dollar U.S. Spy Agency You Haven’t Heard Of « | Foreign Policy | the Global Magazine of News and Ideas
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The NGA, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, is watching. Using thermal imagery, satellites, and drones, it can watch us all, not just the world abroad but Americans as well. Forget about cctv on crime shows, this is the biggest brother of them all. Nobody is talking about it, but the future of freedom is welded to the control of technology. A War on Terror can easily be morphed into a war of crime and drugs and then into a war on dissidents. Perhaps it is my paranoia, but I fear for the freedoms I love. I'm not so worried for myself; that's an advantage of older age to not have to fret so much about the future. However, I worry a great deal about what will happen to our children and grandchildren. Do you worry with me?
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Trump Refuses to Shake Hands With Angela Merkel, and It’s Very Awkward

Trump Refuses to Shake Hands With Angela Merkel, and It’s Very Awkward | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The extremely mature president never forgets a slight.
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Once again Mr. Trump insults an ally. Can America afford somebody with so little social skill as POTUS? Can the rest of the world afford to deal with us when we have such a president? Have we become the naughty ADHD boy in the classroom of the earth? For my part, I'm embarrassed by such boorish behavior but I'm willing to listen to anyone who wants to defend this. 
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US Army gets world record-setting 60-kW laser

US Army gets world record-setting 60-kW laser | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The U.S. Army is taking delivery of a 60 kilowatt-class laser from Lockheed Martin as the company wraps up demonstrations of the capability.
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While Russia is cutting her defense budget, the US military gets stronger and stronger. Of course, to hear the GOP talk about it we need new weapons because Mr. Obama allowed our military to go unfunded. So here's a nice laser to cut through that crap. Do we need more and better weapons? Possibly, but mostly what we and the rest of the world needs is more peace. How soon will it be that the Military-Espionage-Industrial complex will insist that we have to deploy these "death-ray" trucks which means we'll need a war to use them in. Someplace with good terrain for vehicles and not too much cover. I can see deployment in much of the Middle East or perhaps Iran. Yep, got to use our toys. Let's see how that goes.
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Obamacare repeal could hurt rural areas — a key Trump constituency - The Boston Globe

Obamacare repeal could hurt rural areas — a key Trump constituency - The Boston Globe | Upsetment | Scoop.it
In Nebraska, Kentucky, and even some parts of rural New England, the issues surrounding health care are unique: a lack of competition for marketplace insurance, a population that trends older and poorer, employers who are less likely to provide insurance options, and a ravaging opioid addiction epidemic.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
While the GOP sold the farmers on the idea that the free market was better for them than the "socialist" policies of the Obama administration and the Democrats, they didn't point out that that free market was not going to necessarily help them keep their health insurance, their postal deliveries, their community arts centers, their local colleges, for many their food stamps and their kids' school lunches, their country agricultural agents—a list of the things I see now at risk—or so many other things that have been funded from Washington. In the end, how many of the people who voted for the GOP are going to find out that they shot themselves in the foot? What do you think? Anybody think the average guy in the rural areas will be better off? I want to hear from you, too. 
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Trump to Lay Wreath on Andrew Jackson's Grave - Indian Country Media Network

Trump to Lay Wreath on Andrew Jackson's Grave - Indian Country Media Network | Upsetment | Scoop.it
President Donald J. Trump is slated to lay a wreath on the gravesite of Andrew Jackson in honor of the late president's birthday.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
I wonder if he'll next visit the Little Big Horn and declare it a US Army victory. Clearly, between this and Trump's position on the Dakota pipeline our Native American brothers and sisters do not have a friend in this White House. 
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A European court's ruling about religious clothing could have unfortunate results.

A European court's ruling about religious clothing could have unfortunate results. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Should an employer be allowed to ban an employee from wearing a hijab?
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While this is actually a story from the European Union, it still hits home here in America. If the hijab is banned, what about the Jewish men who wear kippas or Christians who wear crosses. Quite simply is it wrong for companies to take away the right to dress according to or reflective of ones faith or are companies above the right of the individual? What I know is that were I to learn that a company I dealt with insisted on Muslim women not wearing their head scarves, I would no longer do business with them. What is your take? 
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A Glimpse Into the Life of a Slave Sold to Save Georgetown

A Glimpse Into the Life of a Slave Sold to Save Georgetown | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Rare, century-old photographs help illustrate the story of 272 slaves sold by Jesuit priests to secure the future of Georgetown University.
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I guess it's time for Georgetown to add Campbell Hall to the growing list of rooms that commemorate the slaves that were sold. To remember the cancer that was slavery and the suffering it represented is the least that we as a nation can do.   
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New Ferguson Video Adds Wrinkle to Michael Brown Case

New Ferguson Video Adds Wrinkle to Michael Brown Case | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A documentary says security footage suggests that the young man may not have been stealing from a Ferguson, Mo., convenience store before he was shot by the police.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Ferguson revisited and maybe, just maybe there's more to the story. Not that Michael Brown was some innocent but that there was something more to his visit to that convenience store. Was it a pot deal? Possibly. If so or if not, that still leaves him dead in the street shortly after and that reveals the underbelly of America, the questionable treatment of Blacks by police and government in general. I get the backlash that is White racism, but fear of Blacks and what they may want in reparations doesn't make what has gone on right. Race matters.
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Trump Economic Advisor Ducks Big Time When Coal Miner Hammers Him on His Healthcare: ‘I Don’t Know All the Facts’

Trump Economic Advisor Ducks Big Time When Coal Miner Hammers Him on His Healthcare: ‘I Don’t Know All the Facts’ | Upsetment | Scoop.it
"Do you, sir, think that the U.S. government should honor the promises that were made?" Retired coal miner John Leach received a frustrating letter this week, informing him that his family's heath benefits would soon be terminated should the U.S. Congress fail to act by the end of April. "I've been a United Mine Worker member for over 30 years," he told CNN's Van Jones on "The Messy Truth" late Thursday. Jones was also joined by Wall Street Journal writer and former Donald Trump adviser Stephen Moore. 
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Golly, gosh, you mean folks in coal country are beginning to get it? Lots of Americans are going to be a hell of a lot worse off with the GOP and Trump in charge, people who have done their best to make America great. People who have done their best to care for one another. We're talking not just health issues but consumer protections and the environment. We're talking about greater concentration of wealth and less for essential services for the rest of us. We're talking about cutting FEMA and the Coast Guard in order to spend more on bombs and munitions. We're talking spending less on protecting the rights of everyone in order to keep out those who are in need and those who would contribute.  And I can't help wondering how many of the folks who will be hardest hit voted for the very people who will be pushing us into the slaughterhouse. I don't know whom Mr. Leach voted for, but I know a lot of people in coal country voted for the unfulfillable promise of resurrecting king coal instead of looking for the future of renewable energy. Some mornings, I want to weep for America. 
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Trump's EPA Chief Says Carbon Dioxide Isn't a Top Cause of Climate Change - Science Disagrees

Trump's EPA Chief Says Carbon Dioxide Isn't a Top Cause of Climate Change - Science Disagrees | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Head of the EPA, Scott Pruitt, a man with no scientific background, doesn't think carbon dioxide is the prime cause of global warming and climate change.
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There is something terribly wrong when political ideology trumps science. We are living in dangerous times, which happens to be the name of the movie script I'm co-writing based on my novel Times to Try the Soul of Man. Hey, if I don't plug my books, how do I get you to read them? 
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‘Is that not correct?’: Male GOP lawmaker asks why men should pay for prenatal coverage

‘Is that not correct?’: Male GOP lawmaker asks why men should pay for prenatal coverage | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The moment took place during a committee hearing on Republicans' plan to revise Obamacare.
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This may go down as one of the stupidest comments made by a GOP politician in the war on women. I can only hope that his wife gives him reason for an emergency visit to the urologist. This is a guy who wants to ban abortion, defend Planned Parenthood, and now cut insurance coverage for prenatal care. I guess the resulting damage to those fetuses doesn't matter to him. I suppose he won't want to fund the care they may require if they are born with problems. Does this idiot has a brain, it is wedged up his rectum. At least that's my opinion. What's yours? 
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Here’s Why the U.S. Is Banning Larger Electronics on Some Overseas Flights

Here’s Why the U.S. Is Banning Larger Electronics on Some Overseas Flights | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The new U.S. ban on carry-on electronic devices on some international flights has raised many questions. Here's what you need to know
Kenneth Weene's insight:
First, detonating a bomb in the baggage hold of a plane is not that difficult. Second, the screening in airports requires competent and motivated screeners; is the US government telling us that in these "dangerous" places there will be great difficulty in finding somebody to slip contraband onboard a plane? PLEASE! Let me offer a different reason for this strange new travel restriction. 

     It has to do with the travelers and with getting them to fly on American carriers. Most of those who will be affected by this rule are business people, many of whom flying First or Business Class. Most of whom using their computers to make money and certainly unhappy at the thought of all that down-time. Also unhappy at the thought that their personal and especially business data might be out of sight and vulnerable. 

     What are they to do? They want to get to the US and England for business, but how to get there with computers in hand? Of course, they can fly to say Amsterdam or Frankfurt and change planes to the US. Then they can carry those precious computers on both flights. And, it just happens that the major American and British carriers offer just such connecting services while the national carriers of the countries that were named—many of them long-standing allies—do not. 

     Would the US government do something so blatant to assist American airlines? You bet it would. 
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How a Christian movement is growing rapidly in the midst of religious decline

How a Christian movement is growing rapidly in the midst of religious decline | Upsetment | Scoop.it
INC Christianity aims for nothing less than transforming all sectors of society
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For some time I have been talking about Reconstructionist Theology and its threat to America. Here we go again. Same shit, different name. Religious freedom doesn't mean the same thing as religious values at the heart of government. Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Hindu: I don't care what faith it is, I have no wish to live in a theocracy. Do you? 
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Tillerson rejects talks with North Korea on nuclear program - The Boston Globe

Tillerson rejects talks with North Korea on nuclear program - The Boston Globe | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The secretary of state ruled out opening negotiation with North Korea to freeze its nuclear and missile programs.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Should we try to negotiate with Pyongyang? Can we insist that N. Korea give up its nuclear weapons, especially given our history of overthrowing regimes we don't like? How much of Kim Jong-un's weapons development is bluster and how much is his major international business? Selling guns, missiles, and the like aren't just an American industry. And, of course, in the end, we have the question that has dogged us since Truman first dealt with the North's invasion of the South and MacArthur overstepped the clear boundaries that Beijing had set in a message sent via the Indian government: What will China accept without getting militarily involved? 

What would I do? Certainly not rule out discussion and diplomacy. I would, however, tie economic deals with China to North Korean behavior. Quite simply by upping the cost of Chinese goods in the states and lowering the prices for goods from India, we can bring pressure on Beijing. The economy of China has been slowing and that of India booming. Vietnam is another competitor for the Chinese with whom we can possibly work. How to raise those prices? Well, for one by pressuring American businesses like Walmart to do so by offering them other options. Another method would be to utilize banking fees. Perhaps even raise the cost of docking ships that come from China bearing goods but are not going back with equal amounts to sell there. Once China decides that N. Korea is too expensive, we may see a real change. At least that's where I would start. How about you, any ideas? 
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The Harmless-Sounding Phrase That Is Terrible for All Women

The Harmless-Sounding Phrase That Is Terrible for All Women | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Find out why Karen Rinaldi thinks calling men "good guys" reveals sexism and is damaging to women.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
I found this piece very thought provoking. Do we too often excuse the bad behavior of men because we think that underneath they are good guys while holding women to a higher standard? Do I too often excuse my own moments of nasty behind that same kind of rationalization? Does testosterone give men an excuse that women are denied? What do you think? 
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The Increasing Significance of the Decline of Men

The Increasing Significance of the Decline of Men | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Lower-income men in America are in a bad way. Would better child-care policies make a difference? The Trump family thinks so.
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What do you think will help American men to find their way? Does the capacity to grow, adjust, and thrive start in the family? If so, what do we need to do to help our young men find themselves?
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More Than Half of People Who Got Obamacare Tax Credits Are Represented by GOP

More Than Half of People Who Got Obamacare Tax Credits Are Represented by GOP | Upsetment | Scoop.it
As House Republicans debate how to replace the Affordable Care Act, IRS data shows that many of their constituents benefit from tax credits.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
One of the great mysteries of American politics is why do people so often vote against their own interests. Nowhere has that question been written more glaringly than in the last election, when working class whites and especially those approaching retirement voted strongly for the GOP, not just in the POTUS election but for the congress and local legislatures. This included many who were benefiting from Obamacare and other Democratic supported programs. Why? I think people were so afraid of what might come and who might get the advantage over them that they voted to protect themselves from those mythical strangers be they black, Hispanic, or Muslim. Sorry guys, you have met the enemy and he is standing in your mirror. 
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Gaza doctor sues Israel for killing his family

Gaza doctor sues Israel for killing his family | Upsetment | Scoop.it
IDF: Soldiers thought they were shooting at Hamas lookout.
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What is the moral and legal responsibility of a country to those who have been "accidentally" killed by its military forces? How much responsibility does the Israeli army or any such force have to substantiate a determination of threat before firing on what might be innocent civilians? These are questions that require some real consideration and which should not be swept under the tank by the combat activities exception, under which a country does not need to pay damages for civilians killed as collateral damage in a war zone if the mistaken killing of civilians was not unusual for a war zone. That would simply mean if an army just kills enough of those pesky civilians it become a non-issue because it is now usual. Whether we are talking the IDF in Palestinian territory or the US in Yemen, Afghanistan, or wherever, of some other country's military, this is a question that deserves discussion. 
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Immigration crackdown strains farms nationwide - The Boston Globe

Immigration crackdown strains farms nationwide - The Boston Globe | Upsetment | Scoop.it
President Trump’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants has dropped a blanket of fear and worry on farmers.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
I know Upstate New York isn't part of New England, but the same thing is happening in Vermont and elsewhere. As a kid, our place in Maine was across the lake from a small dairy farm. I could see how hard that family worked;  how their lives were dictated not by the clock or calendar but the animals. Today, the American dairy industry—especially the small guys—depends on workers from Central America, and those workers are getting scared (and for good reason). Just one more threat from the Trump administration to our economy. As a Broody New Englander, it truly makes me sad to see the pain that is coming down the pike, not just to these hard-working immigrants but to the rest of us when we can't get cream for our coffee, milk for our kids, or ice cream to go on our apple pie. 
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Steve King Won't Back Down From His Tweet About 'Somebody Else's Babies'

Steve King Won't Back Down From His Tweet About 'Somebody Else's Babies' | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Rep. Steve King (R-IA) on Monday morning doubled down on his Sunday tweet saying that "civilization" will not be restored with "somebody else's babies."

During an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo, King said that he "meant exactly what I said" in the tweet.
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What do you think? Is American culture in danger because of the numbers of immigrants coming here and having children while those who live here already (by which I think he means Whites even though he tries to say that isn't it) are having fewer children? Is American culture somehow superior? Is Steve King the voice of hate, of objectifying and demonizing others, or is he a clarion call for America to wake up and protect herself? I really want to hear your views and would love to have somebody who wants to discuss this with me on It Matters Radio. (Message me for that.)
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What Happened When A Man Signed Work Emails Using A Female Name For 2 Weeks

What Happened When A Man Signed Work Emails Using A Female Name For 2 Weeks | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Boy, was he shocked.
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Don't believe that we need a feminist movement in this country? Maybe this will get you thinking. 
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Scientists confirm: Time crystals definitely exist

Scientists confirm: Time crystals definitely exist | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Two teams have created a new form of matter, opening up a whole new realm of physics.
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I love science, especially when it calls, "scifi story here!" So here he is, trapped on a nitrogen bubble in a crystal and moving at half the speed of the surrounding universe. Can he escape to find his true love without having the universe shatter. Yep, that's the premise that comes to my mind. How about you? Read the article and share your story idea. 
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The poor 'just don't want healthcare': Republican congressman faces backlash over comments

The poor 'just don't want healthcare': Republican congressman faces backlash over comments | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The first-term congressman spent three decades as a physician and is now part of a group of Republican doctors trying to roll back Obamacare.
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Even in Sydney Australia people are reading about it. The GOP is making war on the people. There is no other way to explain such an incredibly stupid and hateful comment from this Kansas congressman. That he is a physician, an obstetrician to be exact, makes his comment all the more egregious and stupid. Seriously, America, is this what we want in our government? 
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