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Calls for Oversight in West Virginia Went Unheeded

Calls for Oversight in West Virginia Went Unheeded | Upsetment | Scoop.it
As chemical accidents continued in West Virginia, so did calls for increased oversight, but those recommendations went unheeded by lawmakers, federal regulators said.
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Can't be said too often: Business is important, but the first concern of good government should be the quality of life of its citizens. Sadly, GOP dominated state governments tend to forget that simple rule.

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Accused of Stealing a Backpack, High School Student Jailed for Nearly Three Years Without Trial

Accused of Stealing a Backpack, High School Student Jailed for Nearly Three Years Without Trial | Upsetment | Scoop.it
We look at the incredible story of how a 16-year-old high school sophomore from the Bronx ended up spending nearly three years locked up at the Rikers jail in New York City after he says he was falsely accused of stealing a backpack. Kalief Browder never pleaded guilty and was never convicted. Browder maintained his innocence and requested a trial, but was only offered plea deals while the trial was repeatedly delayed. Near the end of his time in jail, the judge offered to sentence him to time s
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To have robbed this young man of almost three years of his life, to have traumatized him and stigmatized him. The real question is not whether he is due compensation, but what consequences the DA, the police, the accuser, and everybody else involved will face. Sadly, my guess — none. American injustice once again sails its merry course.

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Albuquerque Police fatally shoot homeless man found camping in desert area illegally

Albuquerque Police fatally shoot homeless man found camping in desert area illegally | Upsetment | Scoop.it
This fatal shooting of James Boyd was unfortunate and apparently unnecessary.
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Shots ring out as camper turns away

The illegal camper shot by Albuquerque police this week was ...
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When my book "Tales From the Dew Drop Inne" came out, some people criticized me for describing the Albuquerque police as brutish. Well, guess what? These cops lived down to my novel. Watch the video at http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/03/24/1287167/--Albuquerque-Police-fatally-shoot-homeless-man-found-camping-in-desert-area-illegally

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NFL says Chiefs’ Husain Abdullah shouldn’t have been penalized for slide, prayer in end zone

NFL says Chiefs’ Husain Abdullah shouldn’t have been penalized for slide, prayer in end zone | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Chiefs’ Husain Abdullah returned an interception 39 yards for a touchdown Monday night, slid on his knees and bowed in prayer. His celebration drew a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, but the NFL said Tuesday that Abdullah should not have been penalized. The Council on American-Islamic Relations issued a statement asking that the NFL take steps in response to the penalty.
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While I would prefer to penalize all such religious expressions as exhibitionist and outside the proper sportsmanlike rules, I certainly oppose treating Muslims differently from Christians. That is against all American values. 

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Having more than one cat in the city is 'cruel'

Having more than one cat in the city is 'cruel' | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Dr Sarah Ellis, aresearch fellow at the University of Lincoln, examined the differences between farm cats and those in towns and cities for a BBC 2 documentary being screened next week.
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Most cat lovers seem to think that cats are happy if there is more than one in the household, but I'm not so sure about that and neither are the researchers.

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Supreme Court grants Ohio's request to shorten early-voting period

Supreme Court grants Ohio's request to shorten early-voting period | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court ordered a halt Monday to early voting in Ohio that was scheduled to begin this week, clearing the way for the state to close polls on the Sunday before election day, when African American turnout has been heaviest.
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I am of two minds on this case. On the one hand, there do reasonably have to be limits on when people can vote; it isn't possible to have the polls open all the time, and Ohio still has a large window for voting. On the other hand, it is clearly an attempt by the right to attack the voting turnout of Black Americans.   If there is one mistake that we must not make if we are to keep our body politic functional it is is the disenfranchising of Blacks and Hispanics. We need everyone to believe they have a voice.

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The Health Effects of Leaving Religion

The Health Effects of Leaving Religion | Upsetment | Scoop.it
How a loss of faith can manifest itself in the mind and body
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The mind-body connection manifests itself in many ways, the connection between faith and health, both mental and physical, is a fascinating topic. It is a topic at the core of one of my novels, "Widow's Walk".

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Westie Takes the Stand in Animal Cruelty Case

Westie Takes the Stand in Animal Cruelty Case | Upsetment | Scoop.it
An unusual sight drew extra spectators to a Maryland courtroom Friday -- seated on his owner's lap at the witness stand was a little dog named Ozzy.
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It isn't just the animal cruelty that makes this such a terrible crime but the obvious sexual-possessiveness which underlies it. Men who think they "own a woman" have a serious delusion, one which can lead to rape, murder, and other crimes. That his instance is unique makes it stand out, but don't think it is one of a kind.

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Why right-wing Christians think they’re America’s most persecuted group

Why right-wing Christians think they’re America’s most persecuted group | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A new Pew poll reveals the extent of their complex. Its origins can be traced all the way back to the Bible
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Do evangelical Christians have a need to feel persecuted? Is a sense of persecution an integral part of dispensational thinking, the believe that we are approaching the end times? Are American Christians really that self-deluding?

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Germany's Jewish Problem

Germany's Jewish Problem | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Anti-Semitism is on the rise in Germany. But is Angela Merkel
doing anything about it?
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The world is slowly drifting back towards antisemitism tied to anti-Israel positions. The problem for contemporary Jews is how to separate Israel's behavior from Judaism without rejecting the right of Jews to have a homeland, a right based not only in ancient history but also in the realities of what the world did or allowed to be done in those horrible years of the Holocaust. There are no simple answers, but as a person of Jewish descent I can only hope that people throughout the world will decide that it is time to stop all such ethnic, racial, and religious hatred.

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South Carolina trooper charged in shooting of unarmed man

South Carolina trooper charged in shooting of unarmed man | Upsetment | Scoop.it
On Sept. 4, Levar Edward Jones was stopped by a South Carolina state trooper in Columbia, S.C., and asked to produce his driver's license.
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If Jones had been white, would that trooper, pictured here, have shot him?

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Key report in Michael Brown shooting doesn't exist, Ferguson police say

Key report in Michael Brown shooting doesn't exist, Ferguson police say | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Police in Ferguson, Mo., have violated their own standards since last month’s controversial fatal shooting of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson.
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No matter how you look at the Ferguson police and Michael Brown, he comes out the victim and they are the racists. Now how do they put that in their own incident report? Obviously they just don't write the report. 

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GAO Questions F-35 Sustainment Estimates

GAO Questions F-35 Sustainment Estimates | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Sustainment estimates for the F-35 joint strike fighter may not be realistic and require further study before a plan is finalized, the government's watchdog wrote in a new report.
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This is the great boondoggle airplane that has already generated billions in overruns. For the most part, the F-35 is the child of congress, generating profits for contributors and investment in districts. I hear people scream about bailing out GM and Chrysler, but the Lockheed-Martin connection, well that is accepted in the name of defense. Bullshit!

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Ebola epidemic more deadly than all previous combined, report says

Ebola epidemic more deadly than all previous combined, report says | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Ebola epidemic has already killed more people than all previous outbreaks combined, and an alarming new analysis by the World Health Organization suggests it already may be too late to prevent the virus from taking up permanent residence among humans in West Africa.
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There is a great divide in the world between those who trust science (and medicine) and those who see the world through the lens of tradition, religion, and superstition. Sadly, a great swath of Africa is from that second world. I wonder how many Americans actually share those same kinds of thinking, say by avoiding vaccinations and refusing medical care. It isn't poverty or even stupidity, it is a way of approaching life. Tradition and faith may be wonderful things, but they have a price.

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Turkey's role in Islamic State fight may hinge on ancient tomb

Turkey's role in Islamic State fight may hinge on ancient tomb | Upsetment | Scoop.it
By Dasha Afanasieva and Selin Bucak ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A vow to defend the 700-year-old tomb of Suleyman Shah, grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire, in a Turkish enclave in northern Syria could decide Turkey's role in the military campaign against Islamic State. Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said on Tuesday that the militants were advancing on the white stone mausoleum, guarded by several dozen Turkish soldiers and perched on a manicured lawn under a Turkish flag on the banks
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I love history and as a writer I adore symbolism, but I must admit this strikes me as weird. There are lots of good reasons for Turkey to get involved in the fight against ISIS but defending a tomb?

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Afghan soldiers who left Cape Cod for Canada tell their story - The Boston Globe

Afghan soldiers who left Cape Cod for Canada tell their story - The Boston Globe | Upsetment | Scoop.it
They watched a YouTube video to find the best way to cross the border into Canada. They made their getaway during a group outing to Walmart. And they spent more than $1,600 on taxis to travel from Cape Cod to a border checkpoint in Niagara Falls — just steps away, they hoped, from asylum and a new life.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

I came of age with the slogan, "What if they gave a war and nobody came?" I know nothing of these three men, but I do know a great deal of the foolishness of trying to force people to fight a war in which they do not believe. I have never been to Afghanistan, but I have the clear sense that many of the people there don't want to be caught in the middle. So, should these people be given asylum or not? Are they deserters or just plain shlemiels caught up in events that make no sense?

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Where Are the Hardest Places to Live in the U.S.?

Where Are the Hardest Places to Live in the U.S.? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
There are various ways to evaluate living standards, but by many of them, eastern Kentucky comes out at or near the bottom.
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It's a hard-knock life, especially in some counties of the U.S. Check out the interactive map and learn about America.

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The Hole in Holder’s Legacy

The Hole in Holder’s Legacy | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Justice Department under Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. failed to prosecute cases related to the financial crisis.
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The bottom line so often seems to be the bottom line. Our government no longer seems to be a balance between business and the public but is rather primarily a servant of corporations and the wealthy. We have moved back to the late nineteenth century. We need another Teddy Roosevelt to lead the charge up the hill of money.

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Obama’s Foreign Fighters Campaign Is a Gift to the World’s Police States

Obama’s Foreign Fighters Campaign Is a Gift to the World’s Police States | Upsetment | Scoop.it
China is not signing up for the U.S.-led fight against the self-proclaimed Islamic State. But the Middle Kingdom has found a lot to cheer for in President Barack Obama's growing push to rally international support for a crackdown on the Islamic extremists flocking to Syria and Iraq to expand the group's self-proclaimed caliphate there.
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This may well be the biggest foreign policy blunder of the Obama presidency. We have given repressive countries like China, Russia, and the kingdoms of the Middle East a way to legitimize their behavior and worse to push the U.S. and Europe into collaborating in their repression.

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Iowa shakes fist, tells Tesla to get off its property

Iowa shakes fist, tells Tesla to get off its property | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Iowa has told Tesla to hit the road – and not in the good way. The Iowa Department of Transportation cut short a planned series of test drives in West Des Moines earlier this month.
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Automobile dealers all over America hate Tesla because they don't offer dealerships as such. Perhaps that will come. But in Iowa there is another issue, corn based ethanol. One of the last things Iowa corn growers want is a car that won't use ethanol (or other fuel).

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U.S. carbon emissions tick higher; Obama tells U.N.: ‘We have to do more’

U.S. carbon emissions tick higher; Obama tells U.N.: ‘We have to do more’ | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A growing economy produced more greenhouse gases, defying efforts to battle a major cause of climate chage.
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What are you personally doing to lower your carbon footprint? Will our individual efforts matter if business and government don't follow suit? What about all the military activity; doesn't that cause emissions and lots of them? Well, today I'll turn the temp on the air conditioner up another degree and try to avoid driving to the store. At least I'll try.

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Police make arrests in Ferguson after chief's apology

Police make arrests in Ferguson after chief's apology | Upsetment | Scoop.it
FERGUSON, Mo. — Hours after the city's police chief issued an apology to Michael Brown's family, tensions flared in the street outside of City Hall.
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When you use a public relations firm to issue your apology, people aren't going to believe you. When it is timed to coincide with a public event, like the parents being in Washington, people aren't going to believe you. It thin it can be safely said that the police chief of Ferguson is not just a symptom of the problem in that city but is an active participant in creating the problem. Maybe he is a decent man in his heart, but his thinking is  just not up to the task.

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Wounded Warrior Project Under Fire

Wounded Warrior Project Under Fire | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Over the past decade, it has become one of the celebrated charities in the country but is this veterans group everything it says it is?
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Lately I've seen a Wells Fargo Bank commercial about a group of wounded vets climbing a mountain together. It all sounds so nice, but nowhere in the ad is there a mention of anything Wells Fargo is doing to actually help vets. It is so easy to wrap marketing in the flag. I have met a couple people who have been connected in some way to WWP, and they told me it was a scam. I think we Americans can be very naive when somebody invokes patriotism.

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L.A. Unified oversight panel rejects $42 million for computers

L.A. Unified oversight panel rejects $42 million for computers | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Los Angeles school district's bond oversight panel rejected a move Thursday by officials to spend an additional $42 million on new computers, including purchases under a controversial — and recently suspended — technology contract.
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While I am a strong advocate of public schools, this is an example of how they can become the victim of bureaucratization. The building of the fiefdom takes precedence over proper use of resources. In this case they don't have an inventory of the equipment on hand, but they want more. Americans have come to distrust government in general because of such bureaucratic thinking, and rightly so.

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Unleashing An Epidemic To Kill The Tumbleweeds

Unleashing An Epidemic To Kill The Tumbleweeds | Upsetment | Scoop.it
U.S. Agricultural Research Service scientists have applied to release exotic Eurasian fungi to kill invasive tumbleweeds in the American West.
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As we should always ask when we try to change nature, even nature that has been changed: "What could possibly go wrong?" Now say "Cane Toads in Australia."

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Incest a 'fundamental right', German committee says - Telegraph

Incest a 'fundamental right', German committee says - Telegraph | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Anti-incest laws in Germany could be scraped after a government-backed group said relationships between brothers and sisters should be legal
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This is one of those topics I just love. What do you think? Should incest be against the law? By the way, what is incest? First cousins? Brother and sister? How about Aunt and nephew or ever father and daughter? What are the appropriate guidelines? Let's read your thoughts.

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