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Trump Rally With Sheriff Joe Arpaio Will Be Single Most Anti-Immigrant Event of the Year

Trump Rally With Sheriff Joe Arpaio Will Be Single Most Anti-Immigrant Event of the Year | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Donald Trump will hold a rally in Arizona this weekend with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the Arizona Republic reports, a function that has the potential to set a new high water mark for anti-immigration sentiment verbalized at a single Republican primary event. The gathering was moved from a Phoenix...
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I ask my Latino friends to turn out at election time and help turn Arpaio and the Republican party out of office and control here in Arizona. If the Hispanic population of this state ever finds its political will, our community will be a far better place for us all.

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Autistic teen beat up by cops in the Bronx: suit

Autistic teen beat up by cops in the Bronx: suit | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Police punched an autistic teen in the face and slammed him to the ground for no legitimate reason, a new lawsuit charges.
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If Commissioner Bill Bratton's response at the end of this article is accurate, why haven't the three officers involved been identified and dealt with. Obviously, they failed their training. In the end, the city will pay, but will the police department be at all improved? My feeling is that individual police officers who behave inappropriately must be punished directly including having to bear some of the cost of any legal settlement. Then, and only then, will all cops know that they have a responsibility to behave appropriately.

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Fish oil pills: A $1.2 billion industry built, so far, on empty promises

Fish oil pills: A $1.2 billion industry built, so far, on empty promises | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The phenomenon reflects our confusion about diet and anything touted as a life-extending elixir.
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We Americans are always buying into one fad or another. Science requires replication and control for alternative explanations. However, when it comes to diet supplements and alternative medicines, the American public is willing to believe any and every one. It would be a good thing if we had a government agency responsible for evaluating scientific research and making sure that excessive claims were not being made. Instead, the government agencies that exist seem to open their own gates to the claims without due and proper evaluation. That something doesn't do harm should, IMHO, not be sufficient. That said, I will fess up, I do take one supplement about which I have no proof other than a friend's recommendation. And I do take a few vitamins, but I don''t take a lot. How about you, my friend?

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Iowa County GOP Members Resign Over Confederate Flags On Parade Float

Iowa County GOP Members Resign Over Confederate Flags On Parade Float | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Two members of the Marion County Republican committee resigned on Monday after they flew three Confederate flags from the county GOP's float in a local Independence Day parade on Saturday, the Des Moines Register reported.

Owen and Linda Golay, both members of the Marion County, Iowa, Republicans' central committee, pulled the GOP's parade float behind their truck, from which they hung three Confederate flags. Owen Golay also hung signs detailing the congressional acts that have recognized Conf
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The fascinating comment for me in this article says that the confederate soldiers were veterans. I wonder if this GOP idiot would say the same of Gestapo soldiers from WWII or perhaps Santa Anna's soldiers from the Alamo. While I understand that the owner of a float has the right to fly what he wants from it, it is up to the organizers of a parade to make it clear what is and what is not acceptable to their organization. That's why St. Patrick's Day parades have been an issue in the battle for GAY rights. At any rate, this entire debacle illustrates how the Republican party has lost sight of American history in its service to the extreme right. If it's time to take America back, let's start by getting rid of the GOP and replacing it with a party that encourages actual thinking.

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‘Navigators’ for cancer patients a growing trend, but their value is debated

‘Navigators’ for cancer patients a growing trend, but their value is debated | Upsetment | Scoop.it
They help guide patients through a complex, fragmented and confusing system, assisting them with appointments, bills, transportation and other obstacles to care.
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The greater question, the one which few are willing to discuss, is "How much assistance should society give to those who are less able to cope?" Cancer and its terror is one situation. Release from incarceration, mental illness, physical disabilities, cognitive limitations:  the list goes on. We tend in the U.S. to see a black and white separation of the "fit versus the unfit" and to offer total supervision versus total freedom. It may be time to rethink that approach and realize that people may need more supportive care. Offering such health navigators is a beginning to that awareness. Providing such assistance may also provide a new form of employment in a world that requires fewer hands-on employees.

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China expresses displeasure with Turkey accepting Uighurs

China expresses displeasure with Turkey accepting Uighurs | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Beijing expressed displeasure with Turkey on Friday for accepting 173 ethnic Uighurs who fled China
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There is so much suffering in the world and here is a handful of women and children being given sanctuary. Why would any "great power" object to that? Why do they want to force people to stay in China, so they can persecute them? Shame on the Chinese government.

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Pro-Lifers Harass Women After Abortions

Pro-Lifers Harass Women After Abortions | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Anti-abortion groups are now masquerading as post-abortion care services, and peddling medical lies about the procedure.
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Evil done in the name of god or a religious belief is still evil. In my opinion there are many evil people in the anti-abortion crowd.

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Wave Of Attacks Kill 50 Soldiers In Egypt

Wave Of Attacks Kill 50 Soldiers In Egypt | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The death toll rises after seemingly coordinated blasts in a region of the country that has seen increasing insurgent activity.
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As the Muslim world implodes, the only possible solution for the existing Islamic countries is to come together to work for stability. Forget theological differences and recognize the threat of regional instability. The U.S. and Europe should be supporting that co-operation and encouraging historical enemies and lukewarm friends to work together to stop the violence and terror. That work, by the way, must include education and economic opportunity for all. The Islamic world includes way to many poor people, way to many people who have in effect been cut off from personal achievement and accomplishment.

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Italian mafia group linked to senior politicians, investigation reveals

Italian mafia group linked to senior politicians, investigation reveals | Upsetment | Scoop.it
An investigation uncovers links between the Calabrian Mafia — one of the world's most powerful criminal groups — and senior politicians on both sides of Australia's political fence.
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Sounds like something out of "Times to Try the Soul of Man." The role of crime and corruption in government is a real problem everywhere.

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How Iraq is Driving Itself to Hunger

How Iraq is Driving Itself to Hunger | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The fight against the Islamic State has disrupted food production in Iraq, but the Iraqi government is in no shape to fill the food gap.
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Throughout the world people are starving. Iraq, which has typically had good grain production, is slipping into a food desert as strive cuts production, displacement of people increases need, and government mismanagement hurts the market for what is grown. Soon that poor country will be suffering famine to go along with war and the pestilence of ISIS. We know what dark force has cast these plagues on the Iraq, but does anybody from the Bush administration care?

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Briar Creek Road Baptist Church Fire Ruled Arson

Briar Creek Road Baptist Church Fire Ruled Arson | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Charlotte Fire Department investigators have determined a fire that destroyed part of the Briar Creek Road Baptist Church early Wednesday morning was intentionally set.
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Why are we back in the sixties? Perhaps this is the last gasp of the crazy White supremacists, but I sadly doubt that.

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Man Wrongfully Imprisoned for Almost 25 Years Will Get $6.25 Million

Man Wrongfully Imprisoned for Almost 25 Years Will Get $6.25 Million | Upsetment | Scoop.it
"We cannot give back the time that he served"
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I commend the Comptroller of the City of New York for acting so quickly in offering recompense to this man who has suffered so egregiously. Obviously, what still needs to be done is to find those in the police and the DA's office at the time who concealed evidence of his innocence and to punish them appropriately. While the system can and will make mistakes, it should not tolerate those who for whatever reason choose to feather their careers and statistics at the expense of the rights and freedom of another.

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The shocking international crisis that proves how right (and wrong) Obama is

The shocking international crisis that proves how right (and wrong) Obama is | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A breathtaking United Nations report highlights the untenability of GOP hawkishness—and the president's optimism
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The world has been filed with refugees and the dead who didn't flee fast enough for many generations. Certainly, one solution is to have many strongmen keeping their patches under control, but is that a tenable solution or a moral one? One thing is clear, the United States cannot be the preserver and protector of the benighted peoples of the world. Indeed, our attempts to be the world's cop on the beat have produced nothing but disasters. My own reality check is that we are a disgusting species and probably ought to stop making believe we are better than we are. Maybe if we all recognize that no god has chosen us or informed us, we might decide that it's up to us what we make of our world. As for rescuing the refuges, perhaps we should try to give them one place of their own, but my guess is that they would soon set to squabbling over which group belonged and which didn't and have yet another place for a civil war. Sadness is as humans do.

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20 Philly Cops Beat Him, Say He Injured Himself

20 Philly Cops Beat Him, Say He Injured Himself | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Video shows officers attacking Tyree Carroll and calling him a ‘piece of shit.’ The district attorney’s office says it has no plans to investigate yet.
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We can hope that the availability of video on phones will eventually change police practices. Even assuming that Mr. Carroll was carrying crack cocaine and that there was grounds to make a stop, the use of excessive force is so egregious as to be totally unacceptable. We can only hope that the federal justice department will launch an investigation. Every incident like this makes it harder for the many good cops out there to perform their duties and harder to get the cooperation of the community.

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Russia vetoes UN move to call Srebrenica 'genocide' - BBC News

Russia vetoes UN move to call Srebrenica 'genocide' - BBC News | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Russia vetoes a draft UN Security Council resolution describing the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of Muslim men and boys as "genocide".
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I do not know if this massacre can be called a genocide since it is a specific evil event rather than a series of such of events such as the genocide of the American Indians or the Jews of Europe or the Armenians of Turkey (and the list goes on). But what I do know is that it was an act of pure evil and that the Serbian government has never admitted to that simple moral reality. Like so many of the American vetoes cast to protect its client state of Israel from just moral condemnation, Russia has acted in a manner that casts doubt on its government's capacity to provide moral leadership in the world. I would have hoped for an alternative resolution that condemned the act and the ethnic-religious hatred behind it rather than leaving this scar on modern history unaddressed.

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This Is Why Pooping Is A Disaster When You Travel

This Is Why Pooping Is A Disaster When You Travel | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Pooping? No way! You're on vacation, and so is your butt.
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Well worth reading if you are planning on traveling. One added tip from me: Bring and use antiseptic hand-wipes. That extra care about getting your hands contaminated when using bathrooms is often justified, especially in places lacking in modern cleaning products.

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Kansas governor: state can’t punish religious groups over same-sex marriage objections

Kansas governor: state can’t punish religious groups over same-sex marriage objections | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Kansas governor issues executive order aimed at protecting religious liberties in wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's same-sex marriage decision.
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Once again we see a Republican politician pushing divisiveness for his own reasons. The Supreme Court order in no way would force a clergyperson to perform a gay marriage if it were against his faith. However, when it comes to that religiously affiliated hospital, there may be a legal battle in which the hospital will and should lose. In the meantime, a loving gay couple will not be able to share the trials and pain of illness or even death in the way that is one of the intended benefits marriage should provide. I will say this of Hell, anyone who would keep a loving spouse from being beside his/her dying loved one because of their sexual orientation deserves to roast there. And if Jesus reigns in Heaven as Christians believe, from what I know of his mythos, JC will be the first to kick their asses down the stairs.

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Health Insurance Companies Seek Big Rate Increases for 2016

Health Insurance Companies Seek Big Rate Increases for 2016 | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The companies say new customers under the Affordable Care Act have been sicker than expected, while federal officials say they want the requests scaled back.
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A few observations: 1) This once again makes the case for single payer healthcare. 2) The insurance company actuaries didn't understand that many people who didn't have insurance were sick—wasn't that the whole point of the discussion of medical bankruptcies? 3) How much of the "direct subscriber benefits" is waste to gin up the costs so insurance companies can make higher absolute profits? For example, why does my local insurance coordinator offer WEI bowling? 4) And this is a biggie! How do we decide on what are and are not appropriate treatments and preventative measures? Including in this, to what extent can we cut medical care costs by making sure people have proper living conditions and nutrition. 5) To what extent will the large increase in demand for services smooth out once people have access to health care for a while? For example, will giving children more preventative care lower costs for those people down the road?

Finally, and this seems to me to be the crux: Should the cost of those requiring special and extensive care, such as cancer patients, be subsidized by the government with payments to the insurance companies? Is that a legitimate expense for the government in order to keep the rest of the marketplace stable and rational?

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Welcome to Basrastan

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Iraq’s oil-rich southern province is pulling away from Baghdad's central government. And it's not alone.
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When Saddam was toppled, there was an opportunity to make Iraq a better place. If the U.S. was going to pursue nation building—an idiotic goal, but the one that was at hand—that was the moment to develop a new model that would allow the creation of meaningful coalition of regions or states with a federal government. Alternatively, Iraq could have been broken up into three (or more) sections, Shia, Sunni, and Kurd (The Joe Biden suggestion) and that might have been stable. But no, the Bush administration sent incompetents and backed dishonest politicians. Yeah, GOP and neo-cons, the blame is still yours. Sadly, blaming doesn't help the people of Iraq. Still, anybody have some shoes we can throw?

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Drug cops took a college kid’s savings and now 13 police departments want a cut

Drug cops took a college kid’s savings and now 13 police departments want a cut | Upsetment | Scoop.it

Charles Clarke lost $11,000 because his luggage smelled like weed.

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I don't know how Mr. Clarke amassed this small amount of money. That's the point, we don't know. It could have been from some illegal activity, but that hasn't been proven. The "war on drugs" has become a way on people fueled by the greed of bureaucracies. Forget due process and the principle of innocent until proven guilty. Meanwhile, I have to ask myself, if this young man's skin were a lighter shade would anybody have bothered to look at him or his baggage. Can we be honest and admit that much of the "war on drugs" has really been a race war?

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ISIL 'beheads women for the first time in Syria'

ISIL 'beheads women for the first time in Syria' | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Monitor says ISIL killed two women and their husbands in Syria's Deir Ezzor province after they sought health remedies.
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Religious extremism at its sickest. ISIS (or ISIL as some call it) is a cancer in the human culture pool. But the same could be said of most extreme religious groups regardless of the faith that they are distorting.

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The Republican war on vegetables: How new dietary guidelines brought out the GOP’s inner petulant child

The Republican war on vegetables: How new dietary guidelines brought out the GOP’s inner petulant child | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Experts say to cut down on meat for the sake of our health and the environment. Republicans react like 3-year-olds
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That diet is the issue in this report misses the real point. Of course science supports eating less meat and more fruits and vegetables. Of course science supports cutting down on meat production to reduce CO2 emissions. Of course science...Ah, wait, there's the rub, Republicans don't like science, not even when the Pope, who happens to have a science background, talks about it. The GOP is the curia of the new Dark Ages, a time when Galileo must repent because his words are not in the Bible. The GOP has become the party of faith, and that faith is the whack-a-do faith of dispensationalism, of end times and "we're gonna get you" not a faith in a rational god who created a world that works by the wonders of science. So let's just eat our steaks and ignore reality because the horsemen are coming on the morrow.

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Whole Foods Is Accused of Overcharging Customers Again

Whole Foods Is Accused of Overcharging Customers Again | Upsetment | Scoop.it
After paying a settlement in California, the chain is now under fire in NYC.
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Quite simply, Whole Foods is ripping people off again. At best, their prices are high, so I seldom shop there even though we have one within walking distance. As for the quality, it's okay but nowhere near the "organic" or "natural" quality they claim.

 

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Prison Guard Allegedly Swapped Paint, Tools for Escapee's Art

Prison Guard Allegedly Swapped Paint, Tools for Escapee's Art | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Gene Palmer was arrested in the escape of Richard Matt and David Sweat from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora.
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While I am upset by this level of idiocy and the danger that it has created for the public, the author within says this could be a great story to tell. I especially like the idea that he was trading for their art, but the pictures they showed weren't that good. I'd love to see the ones that were destroyed. Any bets as to the content?

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The Enemy You Know and the Ally You Don’t

The Enemy You Know and the Ally You Don’t | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Arming Iraq's Sunni militias to fight the Islamic State may seem like a quick fix, but newly declassified documents suggest it might only add fuel…
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The rush to take down the government of Iraq has produced, as Saddam Hussein predicted, a quagmire of horrifying and unprecedented proportions. Now, there are Americans, especially from the right, demanding that we somehow have to make things there right. I have no solution to offer, but were I POTUS, I would ask Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and possibly Egypt and Russia, to join in figuring out what to do. I would tell those other countries that they, not we, are the legitimate powers in the area and that our only caveat is that our client state of Israel must survive and that all people must be treated fairly. Haven't we played the fool long enough?

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