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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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On climate change, 'not a scientist' not enough for some U.S. Republicans

On climate change, 'not a scientist' not enough for some U.S. Republicans | Upsetment | Scoop.it
By Valerie Volcovici and Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Rick Perry's farewell speech to the Texas legislature listed the accomplishments expected from an outgoing Republican governor of the country's largest oil-producing state. "We have expanded our economy while protecting our environment," said Perry, who is openly exploring a second White House run in 2016. It was a greener message than the one he delivered ahead of his last presidential campaign, when he called climate change a "contr
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Why do people trust a politician who changes positions only as the popular mind changes? Oh, wait, we are talking about politicians. Now if we wanted real leaders, we'd be looking at the people who went out on a limb to tell us what was going on before it was the popular point of view. Not too many of them around. Even better, those who changed their minds based on evidence before the public agreed but who helped to shape our commonly held view. Can we find real leaders?

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Anti-Tesla laws In AZ, MI, NJ, and TX nominated for 'Luddite Award'

Anti-Tesla laws In AZ, MI, NJ, and TX nominated for 'Luddite Award' | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A technology think tank has nominated four anti-Tesla states for its annual Luddite Award – so named after the 19th-century British artisans who protested against industrial progress. Arizona, Texas, Minnesota, and New Jersey all passed laws restricting Tesla sales last year.
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Where were these states when Amazon was putting bookstores out of business and when McDonalds and the like were destroying the local diners? Now those were businesses worth saving, but of course they didn't have all that money and organization ready to fight of innovation. I wonder how much money has been slipped under the tables in these states.

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Rand Paul’s claim that ‘over half of the people on disability are either anxious or their back hurts’

Rand Paul’s claim that ‘over half of the people on disability are either anxious or their back hurts’ | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Kentucky Republican says half of the people on disability get payments for back pain and anxiety. We check his math.
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Anecdotal comment: I have two friends on disability. One has been on it for years due to mental health issues. He has finally achieved a reasonable level of medication and reduced his anxiety. One of his first moves was to find a full-time job, which has some of us worried because he might be overdoing, but he so wants to support himself. The second has debilitating arthritis. For years I told him to stop working and go on disability, but he wouldn't think of it. Even know that he no longer can work at all, he talks about maybe someday returning to construction. These two men are far more typical of what I have seen in this world than Mr. Paul's distorted vision of a world of cheaters.

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Senate Rejects Human Role in Climate Change

Senate Rejects Human Role in Climate Change | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Senators are using the Keystone XL pipeline debate to argue over climate issues.
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When the politicians sit in judgment over science rather than drawing on it for information and counsel, we have created a true assembly of dunces. If humans survive, our great-great-grandchildren will talk about the U.S. Senate with the same scorn as we now use for Pope Urban VIII, who imprisoned Galileo. Way before that the rest of the world will have dismissed The United States as a clown, no longer a nation to follow but one to ignore.

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A Rough Childhood Can Literally Age You

A Rough Childhood Can Literally Age You | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Scientists see a link between early trauma and cellular aging
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Having been more aged fifty, it has been my goal to youthen ever since. I am now about six and quite happy to stay that age for ever and ever more. On a serious note, this is a fascinating piece that suggests our bodies at the cellular level respond in a negative way to the pressures of an adverse childhood. In case you don't know the terms telomeres are the protective caps that exist at the ends of our strands of DNA. Mitochondrial DNA is inherited from our mothers and regulates the mitochondria, small organelles within the cell that generate the power of the cell.

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Islamic State threatens to kill two Japanese hostages, demands ransom from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Islamic State threatens to kill two Japanese hostages, demands ransom from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe | Upsetment | Scoop.it
"You willingly have volunteered to take part in this crusade," an alleged militant said in a video.
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How should countries react to this kind of demand? What should the nations of the world be doing to combat the madness of ISIS and similar groups? Obviously paying ransoms and giving aid and comfort are not a solution. Equally obviously, saying "We don't care what happens to our citizens," would be political suicide for any government. What would you do if you were the leader of Japan, or of any country caught in this predicament?

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Turkey’s Proxy War in Libya

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Why did Saqr Geroushi, the commander of Operation Dignity’s Libyan air force recently announce that the forces under his command would shoot down Turkish aircraft...
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One thing the Euro-American alliance and all the non-Islamic countries of the world must keep in mind is that Islam, particularly in the Middle East, is divided not only between Shia and Sunni but also between factions as to who will hold the caliphate. Yep, that fantasied seat of power still looms as the ultimate prize just as the Holy Grail dominated the minds of Medieval Christians. To believe that our non-believer states have real allies in that region, even those like Turkey that proclaim their non-sectarian status or those like Egypt that are dominated by their military, or those like Saudi Arabia that are quick to take our money for their oil, is to build foreign policy on fools gold.

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This powerful image perfectly captures how divided America was when MLK died

This powerful image perfectly captures how divided America was when MLK died | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A Chilean artist highlighted the number of whites vs. blacks in the sea of people following King’s coffin.
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Most men live and die without changing much. King changed a great deal. Hopefully we have not lost our way and continue to move our society in the direction to which he gave his life, towards justice, equality, and a system that judges people on the content of their character and not the color of their skin. Hopefully, but let's not fool ourselves into believing it has been easy or will be easy in the years to come.

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Police Use African-American Mug Shots For Target Practice

Police Use African-American Mug Shots For Target Practice | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Officers from a South Florida police department are drawing fire after getting caught using photos of real-life suspects for target practice.

Critics told NBC South Florida, which first reported the controversy, that the North Miami Beach cops ar...
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The issue is not race; they actually have white and Latino targets as well. The issue is training the police to kill rather than to apprehend. Of course there are times that law enforcement needs to use deadly force, but it shouldn't be their first instinct.

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White people are more racist than they realize

White people are more racist than they realize | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Whites don't deserve the benefit of the doubt. Research suggests most harbor "implicit bias" when it comes to race
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While I try to not see color, I wrestle every day with the need to police my built-in prejudices. For us to make believe that we can live in a world that doesn't recognize "race" is as foolish as to make believe that "race" actually matters when it comes to judging a person's character, intelligence, or worth. Without real integration, we can never hope to have a society without prejudice. When we live with people who are different than us, we come to understand that they and we share the most basic of human qualities and should have the same standing and rights regardless of externals.

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U.S. Sending 400 Troops to Train Moderate Syrian Opposition

U.S. Sending 400 Troops to Train Moderate Syrian Opposition | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The U.S. will send 400 troops to train moderate Syrian rebels in the spring.
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The madness of sending troops to Syria for whatever purpose. We should be encouraging Russia and Iran to go into this quagmire instead of making it so easy for them to simply watch us sink beneath the quicksand of another instance of Middle East civil turmoil.

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Top War Crimes Diplomat Stepping Down

Top War Crimes Diplomat Stepping Down | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Stephen J. Rapp, the U.S. ambassador-at-large for war crimes, is stepping down after five-and-a-half years as the Obama administration's point man for global prosecutions of…
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When did America go from being the best hope for freedom in the world to also being a perpetrator and defender of crimes against humanity and against freedom? We defend the crimes of Israeli leadership and we prosecute our delusional "War on Terror" while the world looks at us with justifiable contempt. There is more to freedom than carrying guns and believing in Jesus. Lots more!

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Russia Cannot Fix Syria Alone

Russia Cannot Fix Syria Alone | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The chances of success for the much-discussed Russian initiative to end the war in Syria seem slim at best—because Moscow has called a peace meeting with only one of the warring parties in attendance.
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If the Euro-American alliance would work with the Russians instead of seeing it as us or them, there might be a real opportunity for movement.

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The Fight to Save Japan’s Young Shut-Ins

The Fight to Save Japan’s Young Shut-Ins | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A city reaches out to its ‘hikikomori’ population. Some sufferers stay inside their homes for years.
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It is interesting that nowhere in this article is the difference between a shame based culture (Japan) and a more guilt based one (U.S.) discussed. Indeed, the DSM tradition has been to move away from those kinds of concern and look only at behavior, to do away with the notion of neurosis. Here we see a shame based neuroses the successful treatment of which will require understanding not only the triggering event but the underlying propensity to feel shame.

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Low-income boys fare worse in wealth's shadow

Low-income boys fare worse in wealth's shadow | Upsetment | Scoop.it

I wonder how many of the guys who hang at The Dew Drop Inne grew up feeling poorer than their neighbors? An important social issue.

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If there is one thing we know about boys it is that they compare themselves to others, play a constant mental game of king of the mountain. So, if your family is poorer, if you clothes are shabbier, etc., it has got to take a toll. Here's the study that shows the effect of coming from a poorer home in an affluent neighborhood, but what about the girls?

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Cop Doesn't Understand How Law Works, Arrests Guy Who Does For Something Totally Legal

Cop Doesn't Understand How Law Works, Arrests Guy Who Does For Something Totally Legal | Upsetment | Scoop.it
You'd think not breaking the law was not illegal. And yet here we are.
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The real problem is that the cop once aware that the musician was not breaking the law couldn't back down because the crowd took sides. My guess is he would have walked away if they hadn't cheered. It is sad that in his effort to save face, this officer walked into a trap. Clearly, once it was established that the musician was not breaking the law any arrest was going to be thrown out. Because there is a public record of the cop reading the law and knowing it, his behavior becomes suspect and personal, which may lead to punitive action against him and a cause of action by the musician against both the individual officer and the force. If I were the judge, I would probably order the cop be taken into custody and order the DA to prepare charges, and all the time I'd feel as badly for that officer as I do for the musician.

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Congress in Netanyahu snub to Obama

Congress in Netanyahu snub to Obama | Upsetment | Scoop.it
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This is a stupid and politically motivated act. Netanyahu is a loose cannon and we need a working relationship with Iran. Sure a few Jewish voters will move to the GOP side because of this, but in the long run it will alienate everyone who wants fairness for the Palestinians, which includes most American Jews.

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New police radars can 'see' inside homes

New police radars can 'see' inside homes | Upsetment | Scoop.it
At least 50 U.S. law enforcement agencies have quietly equipped their officers with handheld radar devices that allow them to effectively peer through the walls of suspects' homes to see where
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Is America becoming a police state? If it is, why are we as voters allowing it? What can we do to suppress both police overreach and the growth of criminal enterprise? Assuredly, giving up our right to privacy should not be the price for security.

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Pope affirms contraception ban but encourages responsible parenting, not breeding 'like rabbits'

Pope affirms contraception ban but encourages responsible parenting, not breeding 'like rabbits' | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Speaking to reporters en route home from the Philippines, Francis said plenty of church-approved ways are available to regulate births. But he said most importantly, no outside institution should impose its views on regulating family size, blasting what he called the "ideological colonization" of the developing world.
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He said, "The woman might argue that she should trust in God. "But God gives you methods to be responsible." I guess science and modern medical techniques aren't gifts from God so women aren't allowed to use them. Now that's downright absurd. And, by the way, why is it the woman's responsibility? Does that mean he endorses the conservative Islamic view that the woman must remove the temptation from the man by hiding herself? It is only when the Catholic Church accepts the right of women to have true equality and freedom that any Pontiff will be truly worth respecting.

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Bobby Jindal Blasts Muslim 'No-Go Zones' After Fox News Retraction (VIDEO)

Bobby Jindal Blasts Muslim 'No-Go Zones' After Fox News Retraction (VIDEO) | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Monday sharply criticized so-called Muslim "no-go zones," just two days after Fox News apologized for discussing them without any evidence to prove they exist.
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If the destructiveness of his stupid comment didn't concern me, particularly its potential for creating conflict, Bobby G would be another amusing example of why the rest of the world look at American politicians and laugh. Or maybe now they cringe. That the far right does its research by watching Faux News is of course part of the dumb show that has become American government.

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Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on Judicial Campaign Contributions

Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on Judicial Campaign Contributions | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Case could undo state laws that limit judicial candidates from asking for donations.
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Should judges even be elected at all? There are so many of them and the elections are so ignored. What I do know is we don't need more advertising at election time but less. We do need more real debate and discussion and more in depth information about candidates.

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Scientists: Human activity has pushed Earth beyond four of nine ‘planetary boundaries’

Scientists: Human activity has pushed Earth beyond four of nine ‘planetary boundaries’ | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A paper contends that we have already crossed four “planetary boundaries,” including carbon dioxide levels and the extinction rate.
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Certain questions cross my mind as I read this upsetting report> First,  where is Dr. Who when we need him? Second, when will the quality of life start deteriorating for us, not just for the poor and desperate but for all of us? Third, can we stop our egocentric behavior long enough to recognize as a species what we are doing to our children and to other life; and if we do recognize it, can we care and try to do better? Fourth, can I find a Tardis?

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Mexico’s Insane Plan to Give Gangs Guns

Mexico’s Insane Plan to Give Gangs Guns | Upsetment | Scoop.it
When a drug cartel took over Michoacán, the government armed and organized vigilantes to take it down. Now they’re running rampant.
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Mexico, the land of Zapata and Pancho Vila, continues to be a place of violence and mystery. Traditional values and cultures vie with drug cartels and gangs. Then, too, there is the government, a questionable institution at best.

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Francis: Free speech has limits

Francis: Free speech has limits | Upsetment | Scoop.it
On board the papal plane from Sri Lanka to the Philippines, Francis also said that climate change is mostly man-made, and he revealed plans for new American saint.
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Obviously, we all have limits to what is acceptable humor or sarcasm or satire before we get angry. That I might get angry enough to smack somebody else in the nose doesn't make my action justified. This time the Pope has hit not just a foul ball but taken a fool's swing.

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Congress Moves Against Obama on New Iran Sanctions

Congress Moves Against Obama on New Iran Sanctions | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Lawmakers have completed a new bipartisan bill on Iran sanctions. The White House claims it is intended to derail the Geneva talks.
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Again proving that when it comes to a clash between good foreign policy and playing politics, in the U.S. Senate the fools gold of politics will always win. They have learned nothing since the League of Nations or the foolishness of forcing Mr. Obama to keep Guantanamo open. So we will never rebuild a relationship with Iran, which was squandered away by our government's propensity for supporting tyranny and working to overthrow populist leaders.

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