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Profound implications: Neighbor lawsuit seeks to declare autistic boy a "public nuisance"

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Hearing on discovery motions set for September 22, 2015 9am, San Jose

Dear Bay Area autism families,

We wanted to let you know about an extraordinary, unprecedented lawsuit against a local family that could have profound implications for all of us affected by autism.

In June 2014, two Sunnyvale couples, whose homes on Arlington Court flanked a home occupied by a nine year-old autistic boy and his parents, sued the autism family in Santa Clara County Superior Court, alleging a smattering of incidents that had occurred sporadically over the span of about six years. The incidents sound much like those that happen with many autistic children, and include, for example, that the boy had entered a neighbor's garage, had taken a neighbor's banana, had sought out neighbors' sweets, had kicked a car (no damage), had tossed some objects over a fence, had pulled a child's hair and had on occasion kicked at people (no injuries), and had tossed a bicycle helmet. The boy was between 3 and 9 years of age, and weighed less than 60 pounds, at the time of these alleged actions.

To us, as autism parents, caregivers, and professionals, the alleged incidents seemed relatively unremarkable, a series of minor impulsive acts of a small boy with a significant neurodevelopmental disability, resulting in little, if any, measurable damage. Indeed, no actual damages to property or person are alleged in the Complaint. Moreover, the alleged acts were not so different from those often seen in rough-and-tumble neurotypical boys his age.

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NC Republicans push to allow public schools to teach abstinence-only sex ed signed off by Christian organizations

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James Dobson
North Carolina Republicans want to change state law to allow religious fanatics to dictate public high school sex education.

Current law requires that materials must be "accepted by professionals and credentialed experts in the field of sexual health education." New language proposed by Republican representatives Chris Whitmire and Skip Stam would allow for just about anyone to sign off on the material, WRAL reports.

The bill, SB 279, will be heard Wednesday in the state House. New language only specifies "credentialed experts" have to sign off on sex education curricula materials. That means anyone with any kind of certificate can approve them.

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Sick scientists shot pigs in the head to study blood-spatter patterns

Researchers in New Zealand who secured live pigs to a surgical table and shot them in the head with a pistol as part of a study on blood-spatter patterns acted cruelly, an animal rights group has said.

The government-funded Institute of Environmental Science and Research said the pigs were sedated and treated humanely, adding that their analysis was important in understanding deaths of humans by shooting and could help in criminal cases.

The study, published in July in the International Journal of Legal Medicine, involved researchers from the institute as well as two of New Zealand's public universities. It describes how five pigs were shot from close range with a Glock semi-automatic handgun to record the back-spatter of blood, bone and brain material.

The group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said the experiment was unnecessary because pigs are fundamentally different from humans and better results could be achieved using mannequins or computer modeling.

Comment: An interesting justification. So let us get this straight, to "protect some human's liberty" a pig has to be shot in the head just to see which way the blood "spatters". And this relates to a human being how exactly? But perhaps this forensic science manager is referring to a pig-headed human? Otherwise, what kind of court would accept evidence in the form of the claim that the spatter pattern made by a bullet fired into a human head was identical to that made by a bullet fired into a pig head?

If this is the level of development of human science, then it barely reaches beyond that of the hypothetical 'science' that a group of pigs could plausibly conjure up.

But progress is always possible, and perhaps in some Utopian future time we will see such advances in human civilization and scientific knowledge that human subjects will used in this way, rather than pigs. At the very least, we look forward to the day when human cadavers might be temporarily revitalized, perhaps with a pig blood transfusion, for just such a purpose. Surely that would be more humane (if somewhat less considerate of human sensitivities) all the way round and at least put on the first rung of the ladder leading towards real civilized behavior.

Whatever the case, human beings better hope that they really are the 'top of the food chain', because if we aren't, we can be sure that those 'above' us are treating us with exactly the same level of cruel indifference as we extend to defenseless animals.

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German firms refuse to sell razor wire to Hungary for refugee fence

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Syrian migrants cross under a fence as they enter Hungary at the border with Serbia, near Roszke.
Two leading German manufacturers have turned their back on contracts worth hundreds of thousands of euros to help build up Hungary's border with Serbia. Despite the gesture, more and more countries are fencing themselves off from the flow of asylum seekers into Europe.

According to German media, Hungary, a major transit route for migrants attempting to reach Germany from Greece, put out a tender for 9,000 or 10,000 rolls of barbed wire in August. Each roll would have contained up to 10 feet of wire, and cost between €15 ($17) and €30 ($34) for an order of this size.

An improved modification of barbed wire, razor wire is lighter, and features small blades instead of barbs, meaning it cuts more easily, and is harder to break with a pair of clippers.

Mutanox, a Berlin-based manufacturer said it refused to put forward a bid on principle.

"Razor wire is designed to prevent criminal acts, like a burglary. Fleeing children and adults are not criminals," a spokesman told Die Welt


Trooper found guilty of assault for illegal roadside strip search


State Trooper Corey Alberson
Illinois State Trooper Corey Alberson has been found guilty of assault. Trooper Alberson originally faced one felony charge of aggravated battery, however, a St. Clair County judge found him guilty of the lesser charge of abuse. Trooper Alberson is scheduled to be sentenced on October 22, 2015.

The victim, Anthony Campbell, was stopped based on an informant's tip about possible drugs on Campbell. Trooper Alberson came up empty on the initial search and refused to leave empty-handed. That's when he forced Campbell to pull his pants and underwear down, while the trooper examined his 'buttocks and genitals'.

Prosecutors say Trooper Alberson pulled down Campbell's pants without the man's consent. Campbell said that the experience was humiliating and that he felt insulted and disrespected by the encounter.


One 'identified terrorist' detained on border, Hungarian Prime Minister admits: "We demonized Assad."

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Refugees cover their faces from tear gas during clashes with Hungarian riot police at the Hungarian border with Serbia near the town of Horgos.
Hungary detained 29 asylum seekers in clashes at the Hungarian-Serbian border on Wednesday. Among them was "an identified terrorist," according to a PM security aide.

Gyorgy Bakondi, a security adviser to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, said that 20 police officers were injured in the violence after refugees and migrants broke through a razor wire fence on the border between the Hungarian town of Roszke and Horgos in Serbia on Wednesday.

Twenty-nine people were detained, said Bakondi who added that "police also captured an identified terrorist."

Comment: Hungarian media highlights:

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Police chief forced to resign after Black Lives Matter rant calling for officers to shoot first and ask questions later


Former Surf City, NC Police Chief Mike Halstead
The police chief of Surf City, North Carolina was abruptly forced into retirement on Tuesday after an emergency meeting with city commissioners regarding an angry Facebook rant the chief posted about the Black Lives Matter movement.

According to WECT Channel 6, Chief Mike Halstead wrote that BLM is "nothing more than an American born terrorist group" that was "brought on by the government, the President and his cronies Al Sharpton, who is a criminal tax evader (but has the support of our so called President), Jessi Jackson, Eric Holder and that ignorant S.O.B. Farrakhan who should be charged with solicitation for murder."

Surf City Mayor Zander Guy called Tuesday's emergency meeting after Halstead posted the densely-typed, erratically punctuated and spelled screed to Facebook on Sep. 3.

Halstead, like many people who watch Fox News, is laboring under the false impression that there is a "War on Cops" happening in the U.S. because Black Lives Matter and other activists have spoken up over the last several months about police slayings of unarmed black civilians.

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People fighting back? Officer finds Black Lives Matter message written on restroom door, unreported by business

An police officer was taking a report at a convenience store in south Austin, Texas, on Tuesday and discovered a message written on the store's bathroom door:

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"Shoot the Cops/Oink Oink Bang Bang/Black Lives Matter," the message read.

"I'm pretty disappointed that it was not reported by the actual business itself, and it's unfortunate to have an officer uncover that," Austin Police Association President Ken Casady told KXAN-TV. "People are certainly allowed to give their opinion, but when you call for the death of people, that is absolutely not acceptable." A criminal mischief report has now been filed, KXAN reported.

A photo of the message was posted to the Austin Police Association's Facebook page on Tuesday with a cautionary caption: "Found in south Austin. Watch your backs."

"Sometimes police departments do deserve criticism," Casady added. "I'm not saying we're perfect, but you should never, ever call for someone's death or assassination."

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Two married Minnesota lawmakers admit to smearing ranger who caught them cheating

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Minnesota State Reps. Tim Kelly (R) and Tara Mack (R)
Two more married midwestern Republicans have apologized for sneaking around behind their spouses' backs and having a fling, with both lawmakers being forced to step down from spots on the Ethics Committee, according to the Killeeen Daily Herald.

Minnesota State Reps. Tara Mack and Tim Kelly apologized to "law enforcement" but not the park ranger they claimed lied about them making out in a car in Lebanon Hills Regional Park, where Kelly was discovered with his pants unzipped and pulled down three weeks ago.

Initially, the two asserted they met to swap documents — and not spit — relating to a health insurance company at the park and vowed to lodge a formal complaint against the ranger.

"Last week, I received a citation for a nuisance. Subsequently, I have been told the officer wrote in his notes — information that I've requested, but has not yet been made public to me — statements that are completely false and inappropriate (and apparently were obtained illegally). I will be filing a complaint with the sheriff's office regarding the officer's egregious and false statements," Mack said in a statement.


Cop fired for arresting elderly man using golf club as a crutch


70-year-old William Wingate shortly before his arrest for allegedly threatening an officer with his golf club in July 2014
A Seattle police officer was fired on Tuesday over her arrest of an elderly black man last year who refused to drop a golf club he was using as a cane to help him walk, the police department announced.

"Officer Cynthia Whitlatch was served today with a termination notice for sustained policy violations involving bias, abuse of police discretion, and escalation of a contact on July 9, 2014," Seattle police said in a statement.

Whitlatch stopped William Wingate, now 70, as he walked down a city sidewalk leaning on the golf club, according to court documents.

In dashboard video of the incident, Wingate can be seen standing on a sidewalk, casually leaning on the club before the officer approaches and yells at him to drop his weapon. He refused for several minutes before he was arrested.