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Blind Florida Man Gets Guns Back After Shooting Friend to Death

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Even though the he said he didn't want to do it, a judge in Seminole County, Florida, was forced to return a Glock pistol and a rifle to a blind man who won immunity for killing another man under the state's "stand your ground" law.
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Rebel Leader Riek Machar Returns to South Sudan—and Brings Hopes for Peace With Him

Rebel Leader Riek Machar Returns to South Sudan—and Brings Hopes for Peace With Him | Upsetment | Scoop.it
After a two-year exile, the former vice-president of South Sudan returns to the capital and, hopefully, brings peace with him
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One man who grew up the midst of this volatile and tribally riven country, who was part of the war for independence and who then came to the US is writing a memoir, and I am helping him. You can sample a chapter from that story at The Write Room Blog. http://www.thewriteroomblog.com/?p=3728 
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Bernie’s greatest legacy: Suddenly, it’s OK to question capitalism!

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Sanders will never be president, but he unveiled an explosive political truth: Capitalism has eaten democracy
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The real problem is that we don't have capitalism in America. First and foremost, the capitalist system requires information in the marketplace, and let's be realistic, the American consumers have next to know real information.Second, it requires real competition between producers. Duh, in America? Third it requires easy flow of capital from investment to investment. Not happening here. Fourth, it can only exist when the government willingly takes on the economic tasks that do not lend themselves to profit or from which profit should not be gained, such as building roads, operating police forces, running prisons and courts. Our government has ground to a halt on many of those or is distorting them by outsourcing. The goal of capitalism was never the amassing of wealth but the best system of distribution of goods and services. To that goal, it provides a method of valuation that should be based one real utility. Clearly, in today's skewed economy, capitalism has failed. 
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VW emissions: 'US deal struck' to buy back diesel cars - BBC News

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Volkswagen will offer to buy back some of the cars affected by the emissions scandal in a deal agreed with US regulators, according to reports.
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I want to know how many managers from Volkswagen and now Mitsubishi will end up in prison. I want to know what portion of the profits from both companies will be taken away and invested in the environment. I guess what I really want to know is when will corporations and those who run them face real penalties that will disincentivize cheating and lawless behavior. And, no, the "innocent shareholders" shouldn't be protected; the larger society should be the proper concern of government. 
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The Long Divorce

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The Long Divorce « | Foreign Policy | the Global Magazine of News and Ideas
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When the US decided to become the policeman of the Middle East, it was to protect and control the oil supplies. In those days the world was a simpler place dominated by the Cold War and cowed by atomic weapons and American wealth. As I have said many times, the entire issue of human rights was raised primarily for reasons of comparing the US to the Soviets, which is why in particular we touted our defense of religious freedom. Now that bird has come home to roost because we have to deal with those who use religion as a shield and a weapon, often one aimed at us. It is certainly time to expect more from those who claim to be our friends than that they keep our oil companies flowing with wealth. Respecting the full panoply of human rights is one reasonable expectation. Respecting the religious views of others is a second. Opposing tyrannies that would be imposed in the name of god is a third. In the end, there may be many countries with which are not friends and  allies but with which we simply have to get along. Gosh, a world that doesn't love us; can America survive? 
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The Cold Medicine That's Linked to Cognitive Problems

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A common kind of drug, anticholinergic medication, is linked to poorer cognition in older adults
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A bit late to learn this now. I've relied on Benadryl for years, one of the few allergy meds that worked for me. Oh well, I didn't need a brain anyway, just ask my wife. 
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At Least 77 Dead After Powerful Earthquake Hits Ecuador

At Least 77 Dead After Powerful Earthquake Hits Ecuador | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The magnitude-7.8 quake flattened buildings and buckled highways along its Pacific coast
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It seems as if the Earth is unsettled, as if it is moving beneath our feet. Could this seismic activity be linked to human behavior or is it just that the media and electronic age make us more aware of these events so we connect them in our heads? according to the scientists, there are about 20, 000 quakes each year and about 16 of those will be major. But, it does appear that in recent years there have been more years in which the averages have been exceeded. Anyway, earthquakes like tis in Ecuador are horrific. Hopefully other countries will send rescue teams and aid to help. 
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The incredibly weird reason the North Pole is headed to England.

The incredibly weird reason the North Pole is headed to England. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Around 16 years ago, something caused a dramatic shift in the Earth's wobble. Now NASA has identified the cause.
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I wonder if Santa will take rooms at 221B Baker Street? I'm sure Mrs. Hudson will find room for the reindeer. 
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State of emergency declared over suicide epidemic in Canadian First Nation community

State of emergency declared over suicide epidemic in Canadian First Nation community | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Authorities in the Ontario community of Attawapiskat describe ‘rolling nightmare’ as 11 people attempt suicide on one day
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Looking at the photo of this place and imagining the dreams that come via that satellite dish, one can only imagine the depression that the residents must feel, their sense of exclusion from the world. Modern media and the Internet bring many blessings, but for those who live in isolation it must also be a curse. I'm not saying that't the only cause of this sad set of events, but it is what comes to my mind. 
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The Dictator of the Vatican

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Francis’s “People’s Pope” persona has always belied an autocratic temperament that is coldly efficient at achieving his aims, if not winning allies to his cause.

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There's nothing more fun to watch than a good cat fight, especially when the yowling critters wear cassocks. Here we have a nasty, screaming, outrage from the political right within the Catholic Church. 
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Oil Sanctions Risk Pushing North Korea Over the Edge

Oil Sanctions Risk Pushing North Korea Over the Edge | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Without oil and food, the unstable regime may take extreme steps.
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What is not commonly known is that North Korea has a major mining industry that provides gold, zinc, copper, and magnesite to the world and especially to China. Sorry human rights activists and proponents of South Korea, but the imposition of really strong sanctions has to compete with the greed of nations and corporations, and we know how that is likely to work out. 
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The Secret Origins of the Tea Party

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How Big Oil and Big Tobacco partnered with the Koch brothers to take over the GOP
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In case you haven't figured it out yet, the corruption of American life and values by the wealthy is not something new. Rather it is a recurring theme in our nation's history. There are always dupes to be played and "villains" like foreigners and government to be blamed. KKK, Know Nothings, TEA Party: they're all the same, filled with anger and ready to be pushed into blaming somebody else. By the way, if you are fascinated by the connection between wealth and corruption, you really should read "Times To Try The Soul of Man." 
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Suspected drug smugglers caught on film scaling US-Mexico border fence

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A Mexican journalist captured the video when she spotted two young men with large backpacks climbing the fence in broad daylight, then backtracking
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One thing we know, the boarder patrol was right there and did nothing. That's consistent with my view that law enforcement is often involved in the drug trade. Or possibly the entire thing was staged. One thing I know for sure is that the war on drugs is a total failure. 
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Trump supporters first pepper spray, then yell “n****r lover” to 15-year-old protester in Paul Ryan’s hometown

Trump supporters first pepper spray, then yell “n****r lover” to 15-year-old protester in Paul Ryan’s hometown | Upsetment | Scoop.it
What's the matter with Janesville? VIDEO
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Congratulations Janesville, Wisconsin, you have shown us all what is worst in America. Hatred, bigotry, sexual abuse, and stupidity: are these what your city represents? Will Paul Ryan find a voice to condemn this disgusting behavior? Will the city's leaders? Pathetic. 
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9/11 Memorial guards order kids to stop singing national anthem

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Two tone-deaf security guards at the 9/11 Memorial got tough with some wide-eyed middle school kids visiting the city for the first time from their small town in North Carolina — because they sang “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

“You have to stop. This is considered a public demonstration!” one guard barked at the patriotic teens, their Waynesville Middle School music teacher, Martha Brown, told The Post.

The guards insisted the group needed a permit to sing, according to Brown.

“Some of the students were very upset and confused. I told the children, ‘This is a place where you need to respect authority even if you don’t understand it,’ ” she said.

The choir was wrapping up a whirlwind field trip to the Big Apple with a somber visit to the 9/11 Memorial on Friday, and had launched into their lilting version of the national anthem when the two guards cut them off.

One mom was so infuriated by the way her kid was treated that she posted footage of the truncated tribute online, where it immediately went viral and now has more than 300,000 views.

“So sad this is happening everywhere. They sounded great. God Bless America!” wrote the mom, Connie Shepherd Scanlon.

Brown had hoped to add some history to their otherwise music-filled itinerary, which included singing at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and seeing “The Lion King” on Broadway.

The kids were so touched by Ground Zero, they asked to honor the site the best way they knew how, according to Brown.

“Singing was their way of paying respect,” the teacher said. “They were doing it very reverently.”

Brown said she understands the need for rules, but thinks the guard could have handled it better.

“He could have waited 30 to 45 seconds for us to finish, or he could have stopped us before we started, and it wouldn’t have gone viral,” she said.

A memorial spokeswoman admitted that the situation was mishandled.

“The guard did not respond appropriately,” she said. “We are working with our security staff to ensure that this does not happen again with future student performances.”

She did not say whether the security guard was disciplined.
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Sometimes a self-important bureaucrat can really make an ass of himself. This is really pathetic. 
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In the GOP House, Infant Lives probe accelerates while Zika funding request stalls

In the GOP House, Infant Lives probe accelerates while Zika funding request stalls | Upsetment | Scoop.it
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The implications are clear and disgusting. The GOP is not so much about protecting children or the lives of infants as it is about manipulating the Pro-Life voters. Meanwhile, failure to protect fetuses from teratogenic threats like Zika increases the potential demand for abortions.  
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Leader of Syria Rescue Group, Arriving in U.S. for Award, Is Refused Entry

Leader of Syria Rescue Group, Arriving in U.S. for Award, Is Refused Entry | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Raed Saleh, of the Syria Civil Defense group, was to accept an award from InterAction, an alliance of international aid agencies. He was stopped at Washington’s Dulles International Airport.
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Once again Washington bureaucracy demonstrates its inability to care about people. Raed Saleh represents the best of humanity in the horror that is Syria. 
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Cops Taunted Black Veteran as He Died

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As Elliott Williams lay on the jail floor, paralyzed and begging for help, staff dropped water beyond his reach and accused him of faking an injury, a lawsuit claims.
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We must ask two questions: First, if Mr. Williams were white, would this same disgraceful sequence of events taken place? Second, assuming that Mr. Williams had been faking paralysis, did't that and the previous history suggest a need for competent mental health intervention? This is the kind of story that indicts American law enforcement and particularly the Tulsa sheriff's office. 
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On Crime Bill and the Clintons, Young Blacks Clash With Parents

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Young African-Americans are challenging Clinton-era policies on crime, diverging from their elders who enthusiastically support Hillary Clinton and the former president.
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Did the Clinton reforms work to make lives better? Not really. Like much done in Washington, the unintended consequences were seriously harmful. One reason is that laws like the Clinton Crime Bill and Welfare Reform are based on the goal of controlling abuse and misconduct rather than on the goal of inducing better, more positive conduct. Government should be helping those who need better than trying to keep them for reaching for the brass rings they can see before them. When real chances are available then we will see people give up the false promises of drugs, crime, and cheating. That's one reason that older Black Americans should be supporting Sanders even as they give the Clinton's a wave of fond farewell. 
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Remembering Joe Medicine Crow, A Native American Legend Walks On But His Shadow Remains 

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Born in 11913 Near Lodge Grass, Montana, Joseph Medicine Crow was the last living person with a direct oral history from a participant at the Battle of Little Bighorn." This winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom was a storied veteran of World War II and a leader for his people. 
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Let us mourn the passing of great men; let us burnish their names and tell their stories; lest we forget that once were heroes; lest we forget that once were the brave. 
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Hillary Clinton Has No Regrets About Libya

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Hillary Clinton Has No Regrets About Libya « | Foreign Policy | the Global Magazine of News and Ideas
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Intervention without a clear plan with includes a method of implementation was a terrible mistake. A bunch of think-tank proposals does not a realistic plan make. Ms.. Clinton seems to lack a self-critical faculty which makes me doubt her capacity to be a good POTUS. n some ways, the entire American presidential system is flawed because it is typically the grandiose who end up in office. Mr. Obama, Harry Truman, Gerry Ford, and William Howard Taft are some notable exceptions. 
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A new divide in American death: Statistics show widening urban-rural health gap

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 Map in red shows areas with rising death rates for white women; blue areas with dealing death rates. A new divide in American death: Statistics show widening urban-rural health gap and the rising death rate among middle-aged white women.

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There are many factors that contribute to changes in life expectancy, morbidity, and mortality. One factor that isn't explored in this excellent article is the differential mobility rates. Those who are capable of survival migrate away from the areas in which survival is more difficult leaving a population that is even less able to take care of itself. This leads to areas with poorer healthcare and self-care. Another is the role of feminism and its contribution to risk behaviors, such as drinking, drug use, and smoking, which are all contributors to deaths. I strongly suggest reading this article for more insights. 
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Have you had an abortion? Missouri Republicans want to know. Planned Parenthood official could be arrested for not turning over names

Have you had an abortion? Missouri Republicans want to know. Planned Parenthood official could be arrested for not turning over names | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Missouri GOP wants a list of women who've had abortions in the state and is using the threat of jail to get it
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One clear reason that the GOP, and especially its religious right wing, has to be removed from any office and authority. They have no respect for privacy or for women. In what possible way is a list of patients the proper concern of government. 
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Lawsuit: Mormons Sexually Abused Navajo Foster Children

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Two Navajo siblings say a foster program that placed Native American children with white Mormon families failed to intervene and stop years of alleged abuse.
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When you sin against others in the name of your own righteousness, your are no less a sinner and certainly no more righteous. It is time for the religious of the world to recognize their capacity to sin in the name of their god. 
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Panama Papers: Mossack Fonseca leak reveals elite's tax havens - BBC News

Panama Papers: Mossack Fonseca leak reveals elite's tax havens - BBC News | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A huge leak of confidential documents from a Panamanian law firm reveals how the rich and powerful launder money, dodge sanctions and evade tax.
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We all know that such shananigans go on, but every now and again it's good to see the perps get outed. Meanwhile, it's nice to see that non of our American pols made this list. Of course, there's always another similar scandal down the tracks. If you like stories of corruption, you should read my novel, Times to Try the Soul of Man, which is based on a true story. 
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Panama Papers: If they can do it, why can't we? http://goo.gl/YzqkZ9
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Iraqis kept in the dark about Mosul Dam emergency plans

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Employees work at strengthening the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq, in this file picture taken February 3
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The saddest part of this is that if the dam does fail and if thousands and thousands of people die and billions of dollars worth of property are lost, the entire political focus will be on who's to blame not on how to help, which goes to show of how little importance people are to political leaders. No wonder, countries like Iraq, Syria, and all over Africa are falling apart. 
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