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550,000 gallons of water dumped because of conservation efforts in San Diego Co., CA

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Hundreds of thousands of gallons of water went to waste in California at a time when water conservation efforts are more serious than ever for the drought-stricken state.

The mayor of Poway, a city in San Diego County, defended the decision to dump 550,000 gallons of drinking water into a nearby canyon, according to ABC affiliate KGTV.

"It was a perfect storm of conservation and heat," Poway Mayor Steve Vaus told KGTV.

Comment: There are so many other uses for the water that was dumped besides drinking water! What a waste of precious water. The city needs to be held accountable.


Sheeple

Are you easy prey for a psychopath?

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A sociopath is someone who lacks empathy and has no moral compunction in doing whatever is in their own interests. Estimates suggest one person in 25 exhibits sociopathic traits. Sociopaths feel no obligation to anyone else. Many sociopaths wreak havoc in a covert way. Their relationships are generally dysfunctional because they tend to protect and enhance their own self-esteem at the cost of cooperative relationships.

To see through the sociopath's ruses, you first need to open your eyes. In The Emperor's New Clothes by Hans Christian Anderson, two weavers promise the emperor a new suit of clothes that is invisible to those who are stupid and unfit for their positions. When the emperor parades before his subjects, all the adults, not wishing to be seen in a negative light, pretend they can see the clothes. The only truthful person is a child who cries "But he isn't wearing any clothes!"

Comment: The word sociopath is often used as a way of softening the more unpopular word psychopath. When dealing with this topic however, it's best if we just call a spade a spade.

The Path of The Psycho

The way of the psychopath

My husband convinced me I was insane


Robot

Wisconsin man arrested for threatening to shoot 'usurper' Obama; claims 'constitutional duty'

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A criminal complaint and arrest warrant were issued Thursday against a 55-year-old Tomah, Wisconsin man accused of threatening to kill President Barack Obama.

Brian D. Dutcher, 55, allegedly told a security guard at a La Crosse library, "the usurper is here and if I get a chance I'll take him out and I'll take the shot," referring to President Obama, who was in Wisconsin promoting his proposal for overtime pay reform. According to the warrant, Dutcher confirmed in an interview with the Secret Service that he made the remarks to the security guard.

Brian D. Dutcher, 55, allegedly told a security guard at a La Crosse library, "the usurper is here and if I get a chance I'll take him out and I'll take the shot," referring to Obama, who was in Wisconsin promoting his proposal for overtime pay reform.

According to the warrant, Dutcher confirmed in an interview with the Secret Service that he made the remarks to the security guard.

The warrant also says Dutcher posted on Facebook on June 30 "that's it! Thursday I will be in La Crosse. Hopefully I will get a clear shot at the pretend president. Killing him is our CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY!"

Dutcher also told a La Crosse detective that his threat was serious and that "he would not have said what he said if he didn't intend to carry it out."

A law enforcement official said Friday that Dutcher had been arrested and is currently being held pending initial appearance.

While threats against the White House and Obama are relatively common occurrences, Thursday's arrest warrant comes amid increased security measures leading into the July 4 holiday weekend and concerns of a terrorist threat.

Comment: It is strange how our leaders conveniently can predict the future...

Propaganda alert: House leaders warn Americans of July 4 terror threats


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Hysteria! Actor and practicing Buddhist detained, accused of terrorism for meditating on plane

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Heitor Lourenco
47-year-old Portuguese actor and practicing Buddhist, Heitor was detained by police this week, and held for 6 hours under suspicion of terrorism after he was meditating on a flight that was awaiting takeoff from Paris.

Lourenco had allegedly frightened flight attendants and other passengers when he meditated and read a sacred Tibetan text to himself just before the plane took off. The departure was delayed, and police boarded the plane and took Lourenco away for questioning.

"Police told me that I had been denounced as a terrorism suspect aboard the plane because I was reciting the Koran aloud, that I was reading a text involving words 'death' and 'bomb'," Lourenco told reporters on Thursday.

Lourenco said that he was using his tablet to read the sacred text, and the app that he was using included a timer to let him know how long he was meditating. The fact that his application had a timer was allegedly what made people think it was a bomb, but it a major stretch to assume such a thing, and an extreme overreaction.

When police arrived on the scene it should have only taken him a few seconds to explain the situation, but instead he was taken off of his flight, treated like a criminal, and detained for 6 hours. Eventually, police were able to Google his name to discover that he was a well-known actor and a practicing Buddhist, and they finally let him go.

Comment: The fear mongering is certainly working.


Cell Phone

Phone love: People think about their phones when waking up rather than significant others

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Most people check their phones in the morning; a habit they do before thinking about significant others, drinking coffee, or even brushing teeth.
Whether you're reaching for your phone in the morning to shut off the alarm or to check all those important Instagram or Facebook updates you missed over the past 8 hours, you're probably one of those millennials glued to your phone first thing in the morning. Heck, who am I to judge? We're all guilty of it.

We've become dependent on devices and social media, addicted even, and it has become second nature to constantly check our phones to see if we have a new e-mail or a notification that someone has liked a photo. And it turns out we're thinking about our phones more than we think about our significant others or even coffee first thing in the morning.

According to a new study out of the Braun Research Center and Bank of America, more people think about their phones than their significant others when they first wake up. The study "explores mobile behaviors and trends among adult consumers across the country," its website states. "This year's results demonstrate the notable impact that mobile devices increasingly have on our daily lives. For many, it's the first and last interaction of the day."

The study found that 35 percent of people thought about their smartphone first thing in the morning, followed by 17 percent who thought about coffee, and 13 percent who thought about their toothbrushes. Only 10 percent thought about their significant other (this is a tricky one, because what if your SO is lying there next to you? Or perhaps thinking about them is synonymous to thinking about your smartphone, because you reach over to text them "Good morning!" first thing).

Attention

Effects of Fukushima radiation are ongoing while media omits the news

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It has been over four years since the 9.0 magnitude Tōhoku earthquake and ensuing catastrophic tsunami leveled the Pacific coast of Japan, setting off a nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. Radiation has been pouring into the ocean, into the earth below, and into the air for over 1500 days now and there is still zero sense of urgency on the part of the government and world leaders to seriously address this blooming catastrophe. All efforts to stop the meltdown and clean up the radiation have been left in the hands of TEPCO, Japan's energy company that has been proven time and again to be inept and unprepared to confront a disaster of this sort.

The mainstream media, for its part, appears to be complicit in a cover-up of the effects that Fukushima radiation is already having on our environment and on human and animal health, and instead insists on omitting most news on the matter, or seriously dumbing down reports of the fallout.

Comment: To those reading only the mainstream press, Fukushima is 'old news'. The unprecedented rates of cancer, and the ongoing devastating effects on insects, birds and marine life have been effectively hidden from view. It's obvious those in control of the nuclear industry have done their jobs, much to our detriment.


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124 mentally ill people shot to death by police so far this year

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Police in the United States have fatally shot 124 mentally ill people so far this year, according to The Washington Post.

The Post found that the vast majority of the 124 were armed, but in most cases, the officers weren't responding to reports of a crime, but to calls from relatives, neighbors or others who said a mentally fragile person was behaving erratically, including 50 victims who said they wanted to kill themselves. And many of those who were armed didn't have firearms, but toy guns, knives or other implements that are less lethal than a gun.

The newspaper also found that more than 50% of the 124 were killed by officers whose agencies did not provide the most current training available for dealing with the mentally ill. "And in many cases, officers responded with tactics that quickly made a volatile situation even more dangerous," the Post's Wesley Lowery, Kimberly Kindy and Keith L. Alexander wrote.

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Image from police body camera of officer killing mentally ill Jason Harrison, 2014.
For instance, police are trained to take control, often through stern, shouted commands, when dealing with an armed suspect, the Post reported. But shouting and drawing weapons is "like pouring gasoline on a fire when you do that with the mentally ill," said Ron Honberg, policy director with the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, an independent research organization devoted to improving policing, said the death toll of mentally ill at the hands of police represents "a national crisis."

"We have to get American police to rethink how they handle encounters with the mentally ill. Training has to change," Wexler told the Post.

The newspaper reported that its research showed there were 462 police shootings in the first six months of 2015. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, which is supposed to keep track of such things but often has incomplete data, has never recorded 460 shootings in an entire year.


Comment: The stories behind these deaths are absolutely horrific. The Washington Post is such the propaganda rag. If you can stomach it, do read the original 'blaming the victim' article and some of the readers comments. It's disgusting to see the propaganda so effective. Such blatant disregard for victims or the real problem of escalating violence against innocent people in the U.S.

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Attention

Seattle: School-based clinics offer young girls access to birth control implants without parental consent

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Middle and high school students can't get a Coca-Cola or a candy bar at 13 Seattle public schools, but they can get a taxpayer-funded intrauterine device (IUD) implanted without their parents' consent.

School-based health clinics in at least 13 Seattle-area public high schools and middle schools offer long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs), including IUDs and hormonal implants, to students in sixth-grade and above at no cost, according to Washington State officials.

LARCs are associated with serious side effects, such as uterine perforation and infection. IUDs, specifically, can also act as abortifacients by preventing the implantation of a fertilized egg.

Comment: Since when do tween and teenaged girls have the ability to give informed consent regarding medical procedures?
Consent is a voluntary agreement with an action proposed by another. Consent is an act of reason; the person giving consent must be of sufficient mental capacity and be in possession of all essential information in order to give valid consent. A person who is an infant, is mentally incompetent, or is under the influence of drugs is incapable of giving consent. Consent must also be free of coercion or fraud. Informed consent of a patient or other recipient of services is based on the principles of autonomy and privacy; this has become the requirement at the center of morally valid decision making in health care and research. Seven criteria define informed consent: (1) competence to understand and to decide, (2) voluntary decision making, (3) disclosure of material information, (4) recommendation of a plan, (5) comprehension of terms (3) and (4), (6) decision in favor of a plan, and (7) authorization of the plan. A person gives informed consent only if all of these criteria are met. If all of the criteria are met except that the person rejects the plan, that person makes an informed refusal.
It seems the powers that be would like nothing better than to remove all parental influence regarding the care of their children. How accommodating will these clinics be when side effects and complications arise?


USA

Independence Day, twice removed

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Magazine and cannonballs at Battery Rodgers, Alexandria 1863.
I hardly ever go out in the morning, the first 7-8 hours of every single day are taken up by reading and writing. But today I did, to feel the mood in the city. Not sure I got it, though. Everything's quiet. It may not help that I'm staying smack in the middle of the Acropolis tourist area (still haven't figured out why 90% of them are American).

Not sure if many Greeks even really understand what is going on, and who can blame them, they have every reason to be scared more than anything else.

And I'm still trying to wrap my head around the trouble just about everyone seems to have with the simplest and most basic exercise in direct democracy that's taking place right now. The referendum here today has been called manipulative, opaque, some say there's not enough time, others claim Tsipras is merely trying to save face in the face of defeat, courts have been called in to rule on its legality.

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Becoming truly independent is the ultimate act of insurrection

It's Independence Day! The 4th of July! Burgers! Picnics! Fireworks!

That's what it's all about, right? Go, America!

Actually, no, there probably weren't any hotdogs cooking on the grill on Independence Day in 1776. When the founding fathers of our nation signed the Declaration of Independence, they probably weren't wondering if the beer was cold yet, if Ben was going to burn the burgers again, or whether Thomas remembered the lighter for the fireworks.

They were thinking about freedom.

The whole purpose of the gesture was that these men were tired of bowing down to someone who did not have their best interests at heart. They were determined to no longer be the subjects of a King who looked at them as a way to make himself wealthy.

And, sadly, here we are a couple hundred years later, dependent yet again.

Our culture is just so incredibly dependent. Freedom is terrifying to most people because it means that they and they alone, are responsible for the actions that they take. An independent person succeeds or fails on his or her own merit. Independence by its very nature means that the possibility of failure exists. It requires a sense of adventure, confidence, and the ability to fail and get right back up again, and it seems like these things are being bred out of the American people.

Comment: The first step towards independence is recognizing that we have been brainwashed since infancy into believing a maelstrom of lies promulgated primarily to enslave us completely. While lifting the veil of these lies can be a long painful process, the rewards are priceless. If we consider the fact that the earth has entered a time of planetary chaos, and that many of the things we take for granted may soon vanish, the sooner we begin the process of trying to see reality as it is and take steps to think and act independently, the better equipped we will be to not only survive the chaos but to thrive and perhaps one day to actually be free.