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In heat of legal fight, lawyer says he got a shocking phone call from Donald Trump

In heat of legal fight, lawyer says he got a shocking phone call from Donald Trump | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Interviews and documents shed new light on the eminent domain case that has become an issue in his 2016 campaign.
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Does Engineering Education Breed Terrorists?

Does Engineering Education Breed Terrorists? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Nascent terrorists seem to be drawn to engineering. Their education may further radicalize them.
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It is inevitable that there will be sociological and psychological explorations of what turns people to terrorism. Certainly felt downward mobility and relative deprivation (the sense that one's outcome is lower than one deserves) are two of the factors that can produce rage. However, there is something else that I consider even more important, the rage that results when the world's external values and one's striving towards those values is clearly in conflict with and deprecating of the person's interior values. That discrepancy produces guilt, and guilt displaced is rage incarnate. The ultimate question is how can a person be both worldly and spiritual, can obey the laws of the marketplace and the inner expectations of goodness. Given such guilt driven rage and the need to express it, the individual looks for acceptable ways to scream his pain into the world, for what I call idioms of distress. The media and current events have made the use of terrorism and mass violence the common idiom for those in such pain. And its use is rationalized not only by its commonality but because the authorities who would combat it are equally violent, indeed given the size of their weapons even more so. Perhaps others can accept that we are by nature a violent species, but for my part I think there is hope if we can work towards a more just world in which humanistic and spiritual values are given just reward and in which religious leaders—especially Islamic—help the young to find a comfortable connection between faith and materialism. Of course, that was one of the great contributions of Calvin to Christianity. 
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The Outsize Role of Brothers in Terrorist Plots

The Outsize Role of Brothers in Terrorist Plots | Upsetment | Scoop.it
In terrorist attacks around the world, pairs of brothers keep turning up as suspects.
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Imagine the sorrow of the parents of these siblings, or perhaps their pride. What is the dynamic that makes fratri-terrorism so common? My guess is it has to do with the heightened need to prove oneself that comes in families in which brothers are expected to be especially close, a misdirection of sibling rivalry. What do you think?
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Snapshot of a broken system: How a profitable company justifies laying off 1,400 people & moved their jobs to Mexico

Snapshot of a broken system: How a profitable company justifies laying off 1,400 people & moved their jobs to Mexico | Upsetment | Scoop.it
When a Carrier air conditioner factory was closed, and its jobs outsourced, it wasn't because of financial hardship VIDEO
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Marx had it wrong. It isn't that workers have become alienated from their jobs but that management and ownership have become alienated from their companies. Once the goal of corporations was to allow shared risk and shared investment towards the making of products that in turn would sell at a profit; but the current goal of capital is more capital through the Ponzi scheme that is the stock market. The actual product no longer matters, and that is the best argument for Democratic Socialism. 
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Bill Clinton Slams 'The Awful Legacy Of The Last Eight Years' (VIDEO)

Bill Clinton Slams 'The Awful Legacy Of The Last Eight Years' (VIDEO) | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Bill Clinton on Monday night took a hit at "the awful legacy of the past eight years," appearing to criticize President Obama, though an aide to the former president said that Clinton was referring to Republican members of Congress.

While pitching Hillary Clinton as the "best change-maker" during a speech in Washington state, Bill Clinton bashed the the last eight years, as well as seven years before then under former President George W. Bush.

"But if you believe we can all rise together, if you believe we’ve finally come to the point where we can put the awful legacy of the last eight years behind us and the seven years before that when we were practicing trickle-down economics and no regulation in Washington, which is what caused the crash, then you should vote for her because she’s the only person who basically has good ideas, will tell you how she’s going to pay for them, can be commander in chief, and is a proven change maker with Republicans and Democrats and independents alike," he said.
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Simply put, Bill Clinton may be the best argument for not electing Hillary. Age has taken a serious toll on him and reminds us that she, too, is no longer at her best. This is terribly sad. 
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Africa’s $700 Billion Problem Waiting to Happen

Africa’s $700 Billion Problem Waiting to Happen | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Africa’s $700 Billion Problem Waiting to Happen « | Foreign Policy | the Global Magazine of News and Ideas
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This is an incredibly important and mostly ignored area of concern in the world. And let us not forget that in this same region are vast resources of petroleum and valuable minerals. It is time for the developed countries to work together to insure African development and peace or there will surely be chaos in the region and that may well spread to the world. 
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Can Adderall Abuse Trigger Temporary Schizophrenia?

Can Adderall Abuse Trigger Temporary Schizophrenia? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
25 million people take Adderall to help them focus. But when used recreationally, the drug can be harmful—even deadly.
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Just think about the military giving stimulants to soldiers to keep them awake at their duties. About cops using them to work extra hours. About doctors and nurses doing those incredibly long shifts with next to no sleep. About long-distance truck drivers hauling large loads in the night. There is a great danger to be found in the stimulants market, great danger for us all. Maybe some of our notions of productivity need to be rethought.
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Cleared by DNA in Murder, Prosecuted Again Anyway

Cleared by DNA in Murder, Prosecuted Again Anyway | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Anthony Wright spent 23 years in prison before new evidence revealed another man raped the woman he was accused of killing. Now he’s been put on trial again.
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If Anthony Wright is found innocent, there should be an investigation of the police and District Attorney's office and it should be conducted by an outside agency. If that shows malfeasance, those involved should pay the highest price possible. No wonder the DA's office is so determined to railroad him again. 
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Prayer Dispute Between Somalis and Plant Reshapes a Colorado Town, Again

Prayer Dispute Between Somalis and Plant Reshapes a Colorado Town, Again | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The conflict offers a case study on what happens when matters of religious accommodation knock heads with the demands of the American assembly line.
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There are no easy answers to the balancing of religion and business. If a large group leaves in the middle of a shift to worship, does that mean that the line has to close down—an unreasonable cost for the company? On the other hand, obviously we in America believe that workers should have the right to pray. Everybody loses in this story, especially the town. 
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See an American town that's about to be completely lost to climate change.

See an American town that's about to be completely lost to climate change. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Jean Charles band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw lived in the same place for more than 200 years. But now it's almost entirely washed away.
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Good to see that the federal government is helping these folks, but it is sad to know that the people of the Louisiana coast are facing such problems. 
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Ted Cruz Says He Would Pardon Anti-Abortion Sting Video Activist (VIDEO)

Ted Cruz Says He Would Pardon Anti-Abortion Sting Video Activist (VIDEO) | Upsetment | Scoop.it
During a town hall with Fox News' Megyn Kelly on Wednesday night, Sen. Ted Cruz said he would pardon David Daleiden, one of the activists who faces a felony charge after creating "sting" videos about Planned Parenthood.

An audience member asked the Texas senator if he would pardon Daleiden if his case became a federal one.

"The answer is yes," Cruz responded.
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Good to know that his values are clear, bearing false witness is alright as long as it serves his goals. Let us not talk about "Christian" or "Godly" concerns but rather playing to your base and being as base in doing so as you can. 

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Brazilian Legislators Look to Increase Abortion Penalties in the Wake of Zika Outbreak

Brazilian Legislators Look to Increase Abortion Penalties in the Wake of Zika Outbreak | Upsetment | Scoop.it
While critics at the UN have called on Brazil to liberalize abortion laws because of Zika, some in the government want to toughen them
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We have here choices between two evils—abortion is not a good thing but neither is the birth of s microcephalic child. For the poor, the problem is only magnified; isn't that always the way? What do you think? If the mother knows from ultrasound or other testing that an infant will be born with such a horrible disability and with such unmeetable needs, should she have the option of abortion? If not, how should society prepare for such infants, especially if there is an epidemic of them? I invite your views. 

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Umberto Eco, literary giant, dead at 84

Umberto Eco, literary giant, dead at 84 | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Eco was best known in the U.S. for his literary debut, the historical novel The Name of the Rose. The book dealt with a murder at a 14th century monastery.
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The emoticons of the world are in mourning for this genius of both literature and semiotics. 

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New photos of Oregon wildlife refuge reveal damage done by Bundy standoff

New photos of Oregon wildlife refuge reveal damage done by Bundy standoff | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Photos released by Fish and Wildlife Service show protesters trashed buildings and damaged facilities, with the occupation’s overall costs running at least $6m
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I hope that those on the far right who saw these buffoons as heroes will now send contributions to pay for the damages. But they won't they'll leave that to the government they so despise. 
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The Hero Muslim Cadet Who Puts Donald Trump and Ted Cruz to Shame

The Hero Muslim Cadet Who Puts Donald Trump and Ted Cruz to Shame | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Salman Hamdani rushed into the burning towers on 9/11—and when he didn’t come out, he was called a terrorist, just as Trump is slandering Muslims today.
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There are many Americans of Islamic faith who serve and protect. Let us not allow the haters and bigots to defame the contributions of such fine men and women. As an American I can never accept my country's going backward into segregating and judging based on race, religion, sexual orientation, or ethnic background. I hope you join me in denouncing the call of those who would divide us. 
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5 robots you should be keeping your eye on. For the sake of humanity.

5 robots you should be keeping your eye on. For the sake of humanity. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Right now we're living in the origin story of a dystopian future.
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It is time to think about the future of robots. Will they take over the world from humans? When do we consider them having status of s sentient being or even of beings equal in worth to ourselves? Yes, humans, before we play god, we had best think about a better source of morality than a pseudo-history of creation. Ultimately the creation of thinking robots demands that we also think about the role of a god and the meaning of life. 
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Life Is Hell After Narcan, Heroin’s Miracle Cure

Life Is Hell After Narcan, Heroin’s Miracle Cure | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The media is hooked on stories of overdoses being magically reversed by wonder drug naloxone, but what follows is arrests, pain, and more addiction.
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I feel for those who suffer addiction, but to suggest that we should worry about their dignity and the pain of being saved by Narcan is, to put it mildly, a bit ludicrous. This article is like the man who says we shouldn't see movies that depict slavery as it really was because that is humiliating to the Black men and women descended from the slave. Hey, it's real and our job is to recognize the pain and the danger. Our responsibility is to make it clear that there are bad consequences. 
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By retiring a seal, Harvard wages war on the dead — but to what end?

By retiring a seal, Harvard wages war on the dead — but to what end? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Rather than censuring the legacies of our ancestors, we should work to make our descendants proud.
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The first question I ask when considering the tarnished heroes of the past and their symbols is where would they stand today. Would, for instance, Woodrow Wilson, who was the president of my alma mater, still be a bigot, would he still look down on African Americans. or would he—given his intellect, personality, and core beliefs—recognize the equality of Americans? The second question, specific to things like seals and endowments is what has that specific seal or endowment come to represent in the world. Sometimes an institution has so adapted and changed the meaning of such bequests and symbols as to give them new and better value. There is no value in witch hunts, and witch hunts into history are just foolishness. Obviously those symbols that have no redeeming quality should go, but history has its place. Even the Confederate Flag, while it shouldn't be used as a state flag, has its place in the hearts of many people who do not see it as a symbol of race but of region and I have no problem with singing Dixie. Let's keep our eyes on the real goal, making this a more just and equal society.
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Europe Doesn’t Owe Migrants Fairness

Europe Doesn’t Owe Migrants Fairness | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Europe Doesn’t Owe Migrants Fairness « | Foreign Policy | the Global Magazine of News and Ideas
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A well written and thoughtful view of the humanitarian crisis in Europe. Can the world actually provide a secure and positive future for all the migrants who want it, or even all the true refugees? Assuredly, flooding Europe with people who want out of Africa and the Middle East is not the answer. 
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Almost everything you buy, from cereal to mascara, is killing the rain forest

Almost everything you buy, from cereal to mascara, is killing the rain forest | Upsetment | Scoop.it
So I tried to give it all up. It was almost impossible.
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Let's keep asking the companies from whom we purchase products to make a difference in their policies. Let's cut down on waste and do our best to recycle. Plant trees and encourage tree farming. Remember that the trees of the rain forests are a precious world resource. Most of all: HONOR NATURE!
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Why This Palestinian Clown is Being Jailed Without Trial

Why This Palestinian Clown is Being Jailed Without Trial | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The detention of a Palestinian performer has highlighted Israel's policy of detention without trial
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We must never forget that laughter is the strongest weapon against oppression and tyranny. That is why dictators fear mimes and clowns and why I feel so strongly that we need a mime at the Downtown Phoenix Open Mic—next on March 30.
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How You Could Get Hit With a Surprise Medical Bill

How You Could Get Hit With a Surprise Medical Bill | Upsetment | Scoop.it
An estimated 1 in 3 American adults with private health insurance falls victim to a surprise medical bill every two years.
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We need single payer  insurance in this country. Obamacare is an improvement, but it is not sufficient—ESPECIALLY if you need emergency room care. The last thing you want at those times is to have to worry about finding in-network providers. 
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The Senator Holding Flint Aid Hostage

The Senator Holding Flint Aid Hostage | Upsetment | Scoop.it
As residents deal with the effects of utter government failure, Sen. Mike Lee is secretly preventing them from receiving federal assistance—all on a technicality.
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Once again we see a reason why no working class or poor person or young person or person who cares should be voting for a Republican. This is simply unconscionable. 
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‘It’s a death sentence': Facing eviction, 97-year-old woman may wind up on streets

‘It’s a death sentence': Facing eviction, 97-year-old woman may wind up on streets | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Marie Hatch has lived in her Northern California home for 66 years. She may be out on the streets in a matter of days.
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There is no good solution to this dilemma. Nobody is clearly in the right or clearly in the wrong. The best that can be hoped is some kind of help for these two elderly women in finding a new place to live, but that will probably kill them, at least shorten their lives. On the other hand, does this man have an obligation to give up the sale of his property until they pass? And what happens to the second woman if the 97-year-old dies? Nope, no easy solutions at all. Another reason getting old sucks. 

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This Vet Filmed Himself Trying To Get A Doctor's Appointment At VA. It Wasn't Pretty.

This Vet Filmed Himself Trying To Get A Doctor's Appointment At VA. It Wasn't Pretty. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A Massachusetts congressman has a bill that could fix this.
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It is unconscionable that government bureaucracies have become so totally their own world. There should be a clear effort made to declutter government, which is different from dismantling it. Let's insist on proper functioning and accountability. 

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