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State lets police take teenagers away from parents if they are left home alone

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Erica May Carey being arrested while her children are taken away
A new Illinois law is threatening parents who leave their children home alone if they are 13-years-old or younger. The new Illinois law states that parents who leave 13-year-olds home are guilty of neglect, and subject to arrest, as well as their children being taken away by police.

The new law states that "any minor under the age of 14 years whose parent or other person responsible for the minor's welfare leaves the minor without supervision for an unreasonable period of time without regard for the mental or physical health, safety, or welfare of that minor" is now considered "neglected."

This is the strictest law related to child neglect in the entire nation. Most states do not have a minimum age for leaving children home alone.

In three states, 12 is set as the minimum age. Once you are a teenager, even they say you are old enough to be left home alone.

Three other states set the bar at 8-years-old. Kansas says 6 is the minimum age. But more than 30 states say it is all very relative and the State should not define neglect based upon a sweeping generalization of age.

The Illinois law says that any child left home "without supervision" for "an unreasonable period of time" is being left "without regard for his or her mental or physical, health, safety or welfare."

The law, seemingly intentionally, neglects to define "unreasonable period of time" or "regard for the mental or physical health, safety or welfare." This way, police get to discriminate and determine who they think is being "unreasonable." Do you think they will make this call in affluent areas or poor ones?

We all know the answer to this question.

The law was written to discriminate against those communities which are already disempowered.

Furthermore, the law says that taken children away can be done by police without a warrant.

Even if a court later decides that the parents were in the right, the damage to the children and family has already been done. As well, it puts the onus on innocent parents to prove their innocence, based on police subjectively deciding that they think a 13-year-old left at home is being "neglected."

Nearly all 13-year olds are capable of being left at home while their parents are at work or run out to the store. This law disproportionally targets single-parent households, where one parent is unable to stay at home with a child in this case. As well, lower-income households in general seem to be the target of the legislation.

As this is in Illinois, it is worth noting that Chicago Public Schools have the shortest school days in the nation. This would mean that the working poor would have to fork over money for daycare for their 13-year-olds, or face arrest and having their children taken away. Put simply, this is absurd.


Pesticide poisoning likely to have caused mysterious deaths in Nigeria

Pesticide poisoning was the likely cause of the mysterious deaths of at least 18 people in a southwestern Nigerian town earlier this week, the World Health Organization said Sunday.

The "current hypothesis is cause of the event is herbicides", WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl said in a tweet.

"Tests done so far are negative for viral and bacterial infection," he added.

The victims began showing symptoms early last week in what Ondo state spokesman Kayode Akinmade called a "mysterious disease", prompting fears of a new infectious disease outbreak in a region ravaged by Ebola.

The victims, whose symptoms included headache, weight loss, blurred vision and loss of consciousness, died within a day of falling ill in the town of Ode-Irele, in southwestern Ondo state.

Comment: Despite the industry claims that such products are 'safe', the dangers posed by pesticide exposures are quite real. Some of their toxic effects include cancer, diabetes, Parkinson's, autism, infertility and birth defects, as well as nervous system damage.


Why Rod Serling still matters


Rod Serling.
I doubt there's anyone born in the age of television syndication who doesn't have a haunting, dream-intruding memory of a Twilight Zone episode. We all know them: ventriloquist dummies who talk on their own, gremlins on airplane wings, neighbors who are space aliens or -- worse still -- who accuse us of being aliens. The visuals of The Twilight Zone form a kind of collective generational nightmare.

The remarkable thing about the man who created many of these episodes from 1959 to 1964, Rod Serling, is that the writer-presenter learned his craft not in the visual era but in the age of radio drama. It has been observed that Serling, whose characters routinely launched into long (and often enrapturing) moralistic jeremiads, wrote more for the ear than the eye. And it was Serling's sense of moral outrage -- against conformity, scapegoating, war as a first resort, commercialism above quality -- that brought posterity to his scripts and stories, and that served to marry speculative writing and filmmaking, perhaps permanently, to some kind of ethical position-taking.

Heart - Black

Female psychopath: Texas veterinarian fired after bragging online about killing a cat with a bow and arrow

A veterinarian in Brenham, Texas lost her job and has allegedly received death threats after posting a picture online of herself with a cat she killed with a bow and arrow, KBTX-TV reported on Friday.
Officials at the Washington Animal Clinic terminated Kristen Lindsey's employment after the picture from her Facebook page surfaced on Thursday. Lindsey can be seen holding the arrow, which is stuck inside the animal's head.

"My first bow kill, lol," she wrote. "The only good feral tomcat is one with an arrow through it's [sic] head! Vet of the year award ... Gladly accepted."

Lindsey took down her page after criticism began flooding in, but at one point she bragged that she would not lose her job over killing the cat, stating, "Like someone would get rid of me. I'm awesome!"

Instead, her name was covered up on the facility's sign by Friday afternoon. The clinic reportedly received more than 500 phone calls denouncing Lindsey's actions.



Phoenix shooting leaves 5 dead in suspected family dispute

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Police used a megaphone to try to speak with the relatives during a standoff at the scene of a domestic shooting in Arizona
Five adults were found dead inside a north Phoenix home after a shooting Thursday in a suspected dispute about the family's business, police said.

The names and ages of the three men and two women weren't immediately released. But police said the three men were brothers and the dead women apparently were the men's mother and a spouse of one of the brothers.

Two other women and two children managed to escape the home unharmed, according to police.

One of those women told officers that the shooting stemmed from a family dispute gone wrong, police spokesman Sgt. Trent Crump said.

"Our dispatcher could hear shots fired in the background while that call was coming in," Crump said. "A caller had been able to escape the home at that point, get out and start to give us information."

Comment: Time will tell as more details unfold as to why this unnecessary shooting took place. Sad day in this Phoenix neighborhood for sure.

Heart - Black

Goldman Sachs banker celebrates his birthday by raping a woman

Jason Lee
A married investment banker with Goldman Sachs raped a woman because he said that he wanted to have sex on his birthday and "was going to do whatever he had to do to get it."

Jason Lee was celebrating his 37th birthday in his extravagant Hamptons, New York rental property in 2013, when according to his accuser, he forced himself into a bathroom with her, pinned her down, covered her mouth with his hand and raped her.

The woman, who was 20-years-old at the time of the assault, met the banker at a New York nightclub while visiting her brother and a friend from Ireland. The trio, along with Mr Lee, then took the party to his Hamptons mansion after the last call was made at the club.

Comment: Rape Culture in America - How the system protects the rapists and fails the victims

Heart - Black

Boy defends medical marijuana in class, cops charge his mother with possession and remove him from home

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Most Americans who attended school after the year 1983 are likely familiar with D.A.R.E., a privately and federally funded anti-drug program notorious for using exaggerated facts, falsified science, and fear tactics to scare kids into "just saying no". Not only is their approach to drug prevention laughable (at best), it is a complete and utter failure.

As if spreading misinformation to children isn't despicable enough, it would appear that they are willing to ruin lives to protect their propaganda.

Brick Wall

Texas moves to block cities from instituting local fracking bans

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The Texas state House of Representatives has passed a bill that would block cities in Texas from banning the controversial oil and gas exploration method known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

After an overwhelming vote of 122-18, the proposal - House Bill 40 - advanced to the state Senate, where lawmakers have not taken up the bill just yet. The bill featured 70 co-sponsors and had the support of the oil and gas industry.

The House vote comes just a few months after voters in a small Texas town called Denton approved a measure that banned fracking in the area. Denton was the first Texas city or county to ban the practice, the oil industry has already filed a lawsuit seeking to reverse the prohibition.

On Friday, Rep. Drew Darby (R-San Angelo), who introduced the bill, said the ban on banning fracking was needed to ensure that cities didn't implement different regulations that harm the state's economy.

"In the absence of this bill, a statewide patchwork of oil and gas regulation is likely," Darby said to the Houston Chronicle.

Comment: If there was any question as to just how much influence the Oil & Gas industry wields, this should remove all doubts. Citizens concerned about the many dangers to their health and the environment will have even fewer abilities to protect themselves. And this is what we call democracy?


Heirs of Holocaust victims sue French train company over death camp deportations

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Holocaust descendants have launched a class-action suit in a US federal court in Chicago against France's biggest national rail company SNCF, to get compensation for confiscated and sold personal property of those deported to death camps.

They also want compensation for the fact the SNCF billed the Nazis for third-class train tickets, while the Holocaust victims were taken to concentration camps in cattle cars.

"SNCF committed, conspired to commit and aided and abetted others who committed war crimes and crimes against humanity. Acting with full knowledge, SNCF was complicit in the commission of genocide," the suit launched on Thursday, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, alleges.

Comment: Getting compensation is one thing but clearly not enough to stop the continuing abuses of human rights and crimes against humanity.


How the mainstream media distorts the news about Ukraine

How Reliable Is Reuters?

People see their own nation, and foreign nations, through the filter of the press that's available to them; so, if that filter is systematically distorting (distorting in ways that most of the others similarly do), then democracy cannot function, public opinion can be manipulated and warped; and wars might even start that shouldn't — something Americans have tragically been experiencing lots of, during recent decades, such as when we invaded Iraq in 2003 (just to cite the most famous of many examples).

A typical Reuters 'news' report will be examined here, in order to determine how high the journalistic standards of the Reuters 'news' organization actually are. Reuters is an internationally respected 'news' organization, as reliable as any major 'news' organization in the U.S. and Europe — thus, it's a good source to provide a case-example.

The particular report, dated Thursday, April 16th, is titled "Russia blames U.S. for security crises and turmoil in Ukraine."

Comment: One can just imagine the head honchos at Reuters, AP, CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post and other major western news outlets instructing their staff on their company's editorial line:

"... and above all else, just repeat the charge of 'Russian aggression' folks!! Doesn't matter what Putin or his folks are saying - doesn't matter what some journalist in Italy says - and it doesn't matter what the friggin' bloggers come up with - just keep repeating 'Russian aggression, Russian aggression'! Its gotta stick in people's minds: when people think of 'Russia,' that stupid country's name has to seem incomplete without the word 'aggression' coming right after it! Got it?!"

And the press whores respond in near unison:

"Yeah, boss."