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Woman cut off from welfare payments for not reporting she was in a coma

Ohio resident Kimberly Thompson was recuperating from a month-long, medically induced coma when she was told that she'd no longer be receiving welfare payments. A letter from the county reportedly explained that because she hadn't informed them that she was in a coma, she was being kicked off of welfare.

According to NBC News, Thompson, 43, who spent years scraping by while raising a teenage daughter, applied for Medicaid earlier this year after being unable to work due to a hysterectomy she had in May. After the surgery, Thompson contracted an infection that led to gradual organ failure. She was placed in a coma while doctors worked to save her, and when she awoke she learned that she'd been cut off from $700 per month in government assistance.

"They told me I'd lost the benefits because I didn't go to class," Thompson told NBC News, referring to a job-training program she'd enrolled in when she began receiving Medicaid, welfare and food stamps. "How are you supposed to go to class when you're in a coma?"

Because she was unable to work in the first few months after her coma, Thompson resorted to sleeping on couches and spending time living with relatives. Her teenage daughter lived with her father during that time.

Thompson said she is confused as to why her Medicaid caseworker didn't inform her welfare caseworker of her condition; a problem that a county spokesperson admitted has affected others before. After a hearing officer ordered that Thompson's benefits be reinstated, she received the money that she missed out on after being cut off and is now receiving food stamps. NBC News says that the county is "still deciding whether to reinstate welfare payments in the future, since her daughter does not currently live with her."

"If I'd had that money after the coma, if I'd had it all along, I could have had a place for me and my daughter, but now because she doesn't live with me it's impossible to get us back together until I can get work again," Thompson said.

California cop is being fired for NOT using violence to resolve a situation

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Seaside, CA - A 20 year veteran of the CSU Monterey Bay police force, was given a notice of termination this week for choosing NOT to immediately resort to violent escalation during a confrontation with a suicidal student.

The unidentified officer was the first one on the scene when responding to an incident involving a suicidal college student in his CSUMB dorm room in February of this year. The officer showed an heartening level of restraint when dealing with a student, who was in his room with a knife and hammer, and was also threatening to light himself on fire.

"He was clearly a danger to himself and he was in crisis," Marina Police Chief Edmundo Rodriguez said. "We were trying to keep him from accessing the weapons or leave, to get him medical attention."

Instead of immediately resorting to violence, this officer was talking the student down and de-escalating the situation. The officer was successful in calming the student down and was going to get him a glass of water when the Marina police department showed up, and immediately began tasering the student.

The campus officer refused to taser the student, as he did not perceive a threat. Subsequently Rodriguez's department later issued a "failure to act" complaint against the campus officer, accusing him of not engaging in a "highly agitated situation."

"It defies logic and is extremely disappointing that, at a time when law enforcement is under fire for using more force than necessary, an officer is being terminated for attempting to use civilized methods to resolve a situation," the student's father said.

"Our officer did not believe he was any threat at all," said Jeff Solomon, the union's president.

Comment: Yet another sign that police brutality is not an exception -- it's official policy.


Anniversary of teen murdered by police marked by demonstrations in Athens, riots by provocateurs

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Greek police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse crowds during clashes in the capital. Athens was gripped with protests marking six years since police shot dead an unarmed teenager during an anti-austerity rally.

At least 8,000 demonstrators marched in Athens on Saturday commemorating the sixth anniversary since the police slaying of Alexandros Grigoropoulos. Grigoropoulos' murder on December 6, 2008 sparked violent clashes across Greece, with cars being burned, shops looted, and police attacked in a number of Greek cities.

The violence on Saturday began at 19:30 in the evening by a group of some 200 black-clad masked men, local media reported. They started setting on fire cars and bank ATMs and threw Molotov cocktails and other projectiles at police in the bohemian neighborhood of Exarchia, where Grigoropoulos was killed.

Comment: Of the 8 thousand people who attended the demonstrations against police brutality in Athens, only about 2.5% of them caused the fires and the destruction. That's the news.


Chlorine gas leak hospitalizing 19 at Chicago hotel deemed intentional

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Several thousand people were evacuated from a Hyatt hotel in suburban Rosemont when an "intentional" chlorine gas leak at a convention led to 19 people being hospitalized early Sunday morning.

The incident happened around 12:40 a.m. at the Hyatt, at 9300 West Bryn Mawr Avenue in Rosemont, according to a statement from the Rosemont Public Safety Department. First responders were called to investigate a noxious odor that was spreading across the ninth floor of the hotel, where a high level of chlorine gas was discovered in the air, the statement said.

Nineteen people were transported to nearby hospitals after complaining of nausea, dizziness and other medical problems, according to the statement. All people inside the building were temporarily evacuated and sheltered at nearby facilities, including the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

Comment: Interesting that someone had tweeted the day before that "The security here is pretty strict!" . Apparently, not strict enough, and one wonders why a convention of art, literature, and performance based around anthropomorphic animals would warrant such security measures unless police or hotel staff had received previous threats?


Amtrak stabbings: Man charged with 4 counts of attempted murder

One person in custody in connection with multiple stabbing incidents onboard an Amtrak train.
A man has been charged with four counts of attempted murder after a stabbing aboard an Amtrak train in Niles, Mich., police said Saturday. Police identified the man as Michael Williams, 44, of Saginaw, Mich. He is being held in the Berrien County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail.

Officers confronted Williams, who was carrying a knife, on board the train Friday evening, subduing him with a stun gun before his arrest. Police have yet to disclose a possible motive in the attack.

The multiple stabbings occurred on a Chicago-to-Port Huron Amtrak passenger train carrying 172 passengers Friday night in Niles, Mich., west of Battle Creek.

Four stabbing victims were taken to area hospitals - Lakeland-Niles Hospital and to the larger Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Ind., about 10 minutes away, a police dispatcher said.

The victims - whose identities were not immediately known - included the train's conductor, a female passenger and two male passengers, said Niles Mayor Michael McCauslin. All four victims were in stable condition Saturday, according to Niles Police Chief Jim Millen.

Comment: This seems to be another tragic example in a long line of recent "bizarre and suddenly violent incidents" surfacing without apparent provocation. Perhaps an investigation will reveal a motive, but logic says a trigger, such as a derogatory remark or argument, would involve only one victim, not four random people. Is there something else underlying the cause of violent attacks to which certain types of people are susceptible? If so, it is a wake-up call to stay alert and be aware of the circumstances and persons around you.

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Team America - Two hostages dead due to botched 'hostage rescue' operation

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A man, who identified himself as Luke Somers, speaks in this still image taken from video purportedly published by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

Comment: Prepare your sick bag. John Kerry and Obama shed crocodile tears for the loss of American and African hostages who were almost guaranteed to be killed in the worst "hostage rescue" operation ever.

U.S. special forces stormed a walled compound in a remote Yemeni village early on Saturday in an attempt to free Western hostages held by an al Qaeda unit, but an American journalist and a South African teacher were killed by their captors, officials said.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and a Yemeni intelligence official said Luke Somers, 33, and South African Pierre Korkie, 56, were shot by their kidnappers shortly after the raid began in the arid Wadi Abadan district of Shabwa, a province long seen as one of al Qaeda's most formidable strongholds.

It was the second U.S. attempt to free Somers in 10 days and Kerry said it had been approved because of information that Somers' life was in imminent danger. "It was our assessment that that clock would run out on Saturday," one U.S. official said.

12-year old California boy commits suicide after being bullied for being a cheerleader

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A 12-year-old boy took his own life. And tonight, that boy's family and friends, including the staff and students at Folsom Middle School, are searching for answers.

Those close to Ronin Shimizu say he could not take the bullying anymore.

The district confirms they did get a number of complaints from the parents of the boy. They say they followed protocol, but friends say it just wouldn't stop. Shimizu had a bright smile, but apparently there was a lot of pain.

"He was a really great friend," said a friend.

It was an unimaginable loss, as friends and family gathered around the Shimizu home Thursday night for a quiet candle light vigil.

Shimizu had previously attended Folsom Middle School, but was only recently being home schooled. He killed himself yesterday.

"I didn't see why people would tease him because he was so nice," said a fellow cheerleader.

Those who knew Shimizu say he was the only male cheerleader with the Vista Junior Eagles Cheer Team.

"I heard that people called him gay because he was a cheerleader," said.

"It's a shocking and saddening incident," said.

Comment: Violence and brutality have become the new normal and are epidemic. The disease starts with our leaders and infects the rest of society.


Video shows cop sarcastically waving to cameraman after choking Eric Garner

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Nearly everyone knows about the infamous video of a New York City police officer choking Eric Garner. But there is a second video, in the aftermath of the more well-known Eric Garner video.

The second video shows the choking while one officer grabbed Garner around his neck, and threw him to the ground. It also, however, shows the seven minute long aftermath, where a disgusted bystander films the lifeless body of Eric Garner left on the sidewalk with police officers shuffling around him and seeming relatively undisturbed by the fact that they had just killed an unarmed man for not paying a few pennies of tax on cigarettes.

Watch video below of NYPD officers and EMT standing around, and failing to give aid to Eric Garner, who was lifeless on the ground, but technically did not die until he was on the way to the hospital.


U.S. plane from Tel Aviv makes emergency stop in Italy - crew and passengers suffer vomiting, red eyes

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A US Airways plane makes an emergency landing in Rome after two passengers and 11 members of the crew are taken ill, Italian media report.
A US Airways plane made an emergency landing in Rome on Saturday after two passengers and 11 members of the crew were taken ill, Italian media reported.

The plane, which set off from Tel Aviv in Israel for Philadelphia in the United States, landed at the Fiumicino airport in the Italian capital and requested medical assistance for 13 people suffering from red eyes and vomiting.

The passengers and crew affected were checked by airport emergency doctors before being taken to the G.B Grassi di Ostia hospital near Rome.

A malfunction in the Airbus A330's ventilation system could be to blame, the reports said.

Comment: Carbon monoxide poisoning?

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French authorities backtrack on scheme forcing homeless to wear yellow triangles revealing their illnesses

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French authorities in Marseille have abandoned requiring homeless people to wear yellow triangle ID cards that identify their suspected illnesses, The Local reported on Friday.

The original intention of the initiative, a procedural streamlining for health workers in emergency situations, was slammed by human rights groups and government ministers, equating it to the Nazi-era Star of David, which the Jewish people had to wear.

"It's finished. There won't be any more cards," Rene Giancarli, head of local medical emergency services said to the Local, adding that the cards had been stopped. "We just wanted good to come out of this, but I made a mistake. I admit that and I can accept when I'm wrong."

Authorities and human rights groups alike were outraged, with Social Affairs Minister Marisol Touraine saying to Le Parisien "Forcing homeless people to carry a yellow triangle indicating illnesses they might have is outrageous. You don't point the finger at the poorest."