Society's Child
Map

Bulb

Kazakhstan sleeping sickness mystery solved: Uranium mine is the culprit

© RT
A closed uranium mine was pinpointed as the culprit behind the outbreaks of a mysterious sleep-inducing disease that has plagued the residents of two villages in Kazakhstan since 2013.

"The cause of the disease... has been established. It's carbon monoxide," said Deputy Prime Minister Berdybek Saparbayev. "There used to be a uranium mine in the area, which is now closed. Occasionally it released carbon monoxide and hydrocarbon [sic, presumably methane] in high concentrations... That is when these 'sleepy disease' outbreaks happened."

Villagers at Kalachi and Krasnogorsky, which stand roughly 600 meters apart, started complaining about strange onsets of sleepiness, nausea and hallucinations in March 2013. Doctors had trouble diagnosing the disease that affected about one in 10 people.

Comment: A commenter on RT pointed out that vaccines might have caused the narcolepsy among children and adolescents, however that idea doesn't explain why adults were falling asleep too. Here is the CDC report regarding the (2009) H1N1 vaccine causing narcolepsy.

The current carbon monoxide outgassing theory seems to be a better explanation.
cpsc.gov

Carbon Monoxide Questions and Answers:

What carbon monoxide level is dangerous to my health?


The health effects of CO depend on the CO concentration and length of exposure, as well as each individual's health condition. CO concentration is measured in parts per million (ppm). Most people will not experience any symptoms from prolonged exposure to CO levels of approximately 1 to 70 ppm but some heart patients might experience an increase in chest pain. As CO levels increase and remain above 70 ppm, symptoms become more noticeable and can include headache, fatigue and nausea. At sustained CO concentrations above 150 to 200 ppm, disorientation, unconsciousness, and death are possible.
See also: Two brothers die after inhaling sewer fumes in Dublin tragedy


Book 2

How did middle America become addicted to heroin?

Image
Author of the book Dream Land: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic talks with The Fix.

Sam Quinones' Dream Land marks the timely end of heroin's romanticism. Where you once imagined the netherworld of junk through '50s jazz musicians and the literati shooting up in the Bowery, you now have cheerleaders and football players who have "shape-shifted into lying, thieving slaves to an unseen molecule," writes Quinones.

In Dream Land, a vast, ultra-modern, interdependent web of painkillers, Mexican heroin, aggressive marketing, pain, pill mills and dirty doctors, hangs in a time of cultural excess amidst economic depression, resulting in what we see today, which is a heroin revolution.

How this happened is always asked next. Some people blame doctors for overprescribing. Others blame cheap heroin infiltrating the posh suburbs where kids have time, cash, and no responsibility. But these arguments, while both valid, in isolation do not explain the obscene rise in use, abuse, and mortality prevalent in America's youth today. In Dream Land, much like the real world, everything is connected and irreducible.

Comment: Also read: A World of Hillbilly Heroin: The Hollowing Out of America, Up Close and Personal


Brick Wall

Hysteria reigns! School threatens to call DHS if parents are late picking up their kids

Do you have kids? Do you have a job that you have to commute to? More importantly, do you have to drop your kids off at school every morning? I'm sure plenty of you are raising your hands right now. We all have busy schedules, and many of you face a daily race against time to get your kids to school, and to pick them up at the end of the day; and sometimes you're either late or early. But how would you feel if a school threatened to take your kids away for being late?

That's what parents in Salem, Oregon are dealing with after the Swegle Elementary School told them that "Children must be picked up on time. If they are not picked up on time, we will call DHS [Department of Human Services] and you will then have to pick them up at court the next day," and added that "Please do not drop your children off before [7:40 am]. There will not be any supervision. If children are dropped before 7:40 the staff will call the authorities."

Comment: Surely, the parents must feel very comforted leaving their children in the charge of such sensitive and caring school staff. Homeschooling is looking better and better.


Chalkboard

Congress may expand charter school program despite high failure rate, financial mismanagement

As both the House and the Senate consider separate bills that would reauthorize and expand the quarter-billion-dollar-a-year Charter Schools Program (CSP), the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) has examined more than a decade of data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) as well as documentation from open records requests. The results are troubling.

Between 2001 and 2013, 2,486 charter schools have been forced to shutter, affecting 288,000 American children enrolled in primary and secondary schools.

Furthermore, untold millions out of the $3.3 billion expended by the federal government under CSP have been awarded as planning and implementation grants to schools that never opened to students.

Comment: It is just stunning that Congress would even consider expanding the program when faced with the overwhelming evidence of the failure rate of charter schools. It becomes even more curious knowing that the FBI has launched an investigation into this secretive, money-making scheme. One might wonder if palms are being greased to extend the life of a highly lucrative venture.


Stormtrooper

New SWAT documents confirm the brutal reality of U.S. police militarization

Image
Massachusetts SWAT teams made headlines last year when they refused to grant a public information request to the ACLU, claiming they were "private companies" and, therefore, exempt from such inquiry. The ACLU subsequently sued, and last month, it received access to the documents it requested. The documents confirm that broad overreach, unnecessary and overblown tactics, and an eagerness to attack are increasingly present in law enforcement establishments around the country.

The NEMLEC, or Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council, encompasses multiple SWAT teams across that region of the state. According to the documents it tried to suppress, NEMLEC conducted 79 SWAT raids from August 2012 to June 2014. Though the NEMLEC (along with SWAT teams around the country) claims SWAT teams are only used for "active shooters, armed barricaded subjects, hostage takers, and terrorists," the data reveals a different story.

Though the NEMLEC touts its operations as reserved for "critical" situations, only one of the 79 incidents actually involved a terrorist attack: SWAT teams were deployed to assist in the aftermath of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. In that same 2012 to 2014 time period, there were no active shooter situations, no hostage situations, and only 10 cases of barricaded subjects.

Comment: Like a virus, or a cancer, the militarization of police in the United States has metastasized, taken a lethal hold - and is only growing. This phenomena has been conceived of, germinated, funded, nurtured and reinforced by the same interests that would have us believe that we should be mass propagandized, mass vaccinated, mass surveilled and mass incarcerated, among other things. And it's not bad enough that we should have this implosion of suffering and death foisted upon ourselves, the U.S. citizens, but this same psychopathic contagion is being projected and thrust upon the entire world. God cleanse America!

See also: In the grips of psychopaths: Ferguson is Baghdad is New York is Kabul


Handcuffs

Militarization of police: SWAT teams now used in minor drug arrests

© Reuters / Jim Bourg
Police SWAT team members.
Newly acquired documents show that over a two-year period, Massachusetts SWAT teams were mostly deployed to serve warrants and arrests for minor drug offenses, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.

Nine hundred pages of documents show how SWAT teams are being routinely deployed to carry out tasks that were previously considered ordinary police work, according to the ACLU of Massachusetts.

"The single-most reason for deployment wasn't for public safety concerns, but for drug offenses," Jessie Rossman, staff attorney with the ACLU, told the Boston Globe.

For the first time, the documents show policies, procedures and organizational charts for SWAT teams, as well as military-style equipment lists showing two armored BearCat vehicles, night vision goggles, grenades and high-tech firearms.

Comment: Now that most US police departments have an arsenal of equipment generously provided by the military, they seem to be finding more instances where they need to use their toys. If they cannot find excuses to use excessive force, they generally create a reason. The PTB are planning for something big, and want to make sure that the police forces are armed to the teeth to keep the population at bay once the chaos begins.

Militarization is more than tanks and rifles: It's a cultural disease, acclimating the citizenry to life in a police state


Eye 1

NYPD beat autistic teen in front of home without cause

© DNAinfo/Rosa Goldensohn
Troy Canales
A 17-year-old autistic boy was thrown onto the sidewalk by New York City police officers, punched in the face, arrested, hauled to the precinct for questioning and released without charges, according to a lawsuit.

Troy Canales was standing in front of his Bronx home on the night of November 12, 2014, when two officers drove up in a police car demanding to know what he was doing, according to the Manhattan federal court lawsuit.

The lawsuit claims the officers clearly had no training in how to deal with people with special needs when they began questioning Canales, who is able to talk but has a hard time making eye contact with strangers.

"[Canales] was extremely scared, but told the officers that he was just 'chilling' and was not doing anything," the suit stated.

"[The officers] each grabbed the plaintiff's arms and forcefully threw him down on the sidewalk, smashing his head against the concrete. [The officers] kneed plaintiff in the back and punched him in the face as he screamed to his family for help."

Heart - Black

No charges for Atlanta officer who fatally shot driver in back

© Photo courtesy of Cobb County sheriff's office
Nicholas Thomas
A grand jury says it won't press charges against a police officer who shot a man outside a tire store in Atlanta. Sergeant Kenneth Owens killed Nicholas Thomas as he allegedly drove a customer's car towards officers after they tried arrest him.

Thomas died from a single gunshot to his upper back on his right side on March 24, as he drove a car towards the police officers, who were trying to serve him with a parole violation.

Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds said in a statement that he had sympathies with Thomas's family and called the loss of life "unfortunate." However, he understood why the officers took the course of action outside the Goodyear tire store.
Image
© Photo courtesy of Smyrna Police Dept
Smyrna Police Sgt. Kenneth Owens
"But when he drove the vehicle toward officers in the manner he did, the officer who fired the shots was justified under the law to use lethal force," the statement says, as cited by AP. "Police officers in Georgia are authorized to fire their weapons to protect themselves or others from immediate bodily harm. That is what happened in this case."

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Cobb County Police Department had both said the shooting was "justified under the facts and the law." Owens was initially placed on administrative leave, while police say that he returned to administrative work in May.

Family

Protesters march against BBC's support of Israel's 2014 attack on Gaza

Image
© Reuters/Neil Hall
Pro-Palestinian protesters chant during a demonstration against violence in the Gaza strip outside Downing Street in London August 23, 2014
Palestine activists will highlight the BBC's pro-Israel bias in an annual protest against the occupation of Jerusalem, which coincides with the first anniversary of the Gaza War.

Activists will march from the BBC's Broadcasting House at Portland Place to the US Embassy in Grosvenor Square as part of Al Quds Day demonstrations, held annually on the last Friday of Ramadan.

The Islamic Human Rights Council (IHRC), which is organizing the protests, said the US Embassy was selected as a rallying point because of Washington's "heinous support of Israel."

Al Quds Day rallies take place across the globe, but are especially prominent in the Arab world where they can receive state support.

Speaking to RT, IHRC Communications chief Nadia Rasheed said the BBC was chosen as a starting point of the march because of its "pro-Israeli" bias.

"We're starting near the BBC in protest of what we deem to be the bias in their reporting of the situation in Palestine and their pretense of impartiality when in reality their coverage is pro-Israeli," Rasheed said.


Pistol

Tragedy: Two dead after shooting spree in southern German region of Ansbach

Image
© AFP Photo/DPA
Policemen stand at a crime scene in Tiefenthal-Leutershausen near Ansbach, southern Germany, after a gunman in a car killed a woman and a cyclist in drive-by shootings on July 10, 2015.
Two people have been killed after gunshots were fired from a car in the southern German city of Ansbach, according to local media.

The gunman initially shot and killed an 82-year-old woman in the Tiefenthal district. Shortly after, he reportedly shot a cyclist in nearby Orsteil Rammersdorf. He died at the scene.

Comment: One can only wonder why these random people were killed. Truly tragic.