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Bullseye

New legal precedent? Parents may be liable for children's defamatory social media posts

child at computer
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The parents of two children who posted defamatory comments about a fellow student in a fake Facebook account are heading to court, which will determine whether parents should be liable for their children's internet activity.

The parents of seventh-grade students Dustin Athearn and Melissa Snodgrass learned this the hard way after their children created a fake Facebook page under the name of fellow student Alexandria (Alex) Boston. Dustin and Melissa, with the help of a "Fat Face" app, distorted Alex's features, while also making offensive comments about the girl.

According to the court document, "After Dustin created the account, both Dustin and Melissa added information to the unauthorized profile, which indicated inter alia, racist viewpoints and a homosexual orientation. Dustin and Melissa also caused the persona to issue invitations to become 'Friends' to many of Alex's classmates, teachers, and extended family members," wrote the Georgia Court of Appeals in its opinion.

The court described the content on the false Facebook page as "graphically sexual, racist or otherwise offensive."

Comment: Cyber-bullying has become epidemic and is damaging to the millions of children and teens who are targeted. Perhaps if parents are held liable for their children's online activities, that might stem the tide of this behavior. However, these behaviors are merely a symptom of a society that has become infected with the disease of psychopathy. Until this underlying problem is understood and steps are taken to combat this predatory mind-set, there is little hope for change. This process of infiltration of society by psychopaths is called ponerization and is well described by Dr. Andrzej M. Łobaczewski in his book Political Ponerology: The Scientific Study of Evil Adjusted for Political Purposes. The book can be acquired here.

See also:
Psychopathy: What you probably don't know about it
Psychopaths in power: The Parasite on the Human Super-organism

Ice Cube

Corporate craziness: Apple and Facebook will pay female employees to freeze their eggs

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Embryos placed onto a CryoLeaf ready for instant freezing
Two Silicon Valley giants now offer women a game-changing perk: Apple and Facebook will pay for employees to freeze their eggs.

Facebook recently began covering egg freezing, and Apple will start in January, spokespeople for the companies told NBC News. The firms appear to be the first major employers to offer this coverage for non-medical reasons.

"Having a high-powered career and children is still a very hard thing to do," said Brigitte Adams, an egg-freezing advocate and founder of the patient forum Eggsurance.com. By offering this benefit, companies are investing in women, she said, and supporting them in carving out the lives they want.


Comment: In reality, this "perk" is really about supporting the company. By keeping women from having children, they don't have to worry about maternity leave or losing women who decide to raise their child instead of work, and also offering the carrot of job promotion over raising a family. Plus, they gain the competitive advantage over competing companies. It's not about supporting women, it's a cynical, bottom-line inspired decision from a tone-deaf corporation that doubles as a not-so-subtle message that the company would prefer its female employees to freeze their eggs instead of having a child. Because having as many wage-slaves as possible is really all that these corporations really care about.


When successful, egg freezing allows women to put their fertility on ice, so to speak, until they're ready to become parents. But the procedure comes at a steep price: Costs typically add up to at least $10,000 for every round, plus $500 or more annually for storage.

With notoriously male-dominated Silicon Valley firms competing to attract top female talent, the coverage may give Apple and Facebook a leg up among the many women who devote key childbearing years to building careers. Covering egg freezing can be viewed as a type of "payback" for women's commitment, said Philip Chenette, a fertility specialist in San Francisco.

The companies offer egg-freezing coverage under slightly different terms: Apple covers costs under its fertility benefit, and Facebook under its surrogacy benefit, both up to $20,000. Women at Facebook began taking advantage of the coverage this year.

Eye 1

Racism continues to ruin lives in Illinois: Man stabs elderly woman 'because she was black'

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Pol Danilov
Police are investigating the stabbing of an elderly woman in a Chicago-area grocery as a hate crime.

The 79-year-old victim was hospitalized after witnesses said another shopper attacked her Friday morning near the pharmacy inside Walt's Food Center in Homewood.

The assailant, identified by police as 26-year-old Pol Danilov, stabbed the woman four times in the neck and chest, puncturing her lung, with a five-inch steak knife.

Comment: See:

Umbrella

U.S. response to Ebola: In idiocy we trust

Phoenix Air has released a statement explaining why the now infamous non-HazMat-wearing 'clipboard man' seen in close proximity to Dallas Ebola patient Amber Vinson (while the rest of the members of staff are fully protected) was unprotected... and it will blow your mind.
Dallas ebola victim transport
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Why is "Clipboard Man" not wearing protective gear?

Phoenix Air responds (via ABC News)...
The airline confirmed to ABC News that the man was their medical protocol supervisor who was purposefully not wearing protective gear.

"Our medical professionals in the biohazard suits have limited vision and mobility and it is the protocol supervisor's job to watch each person carefully and give them verbal directions to insure no close contact protocols are violated," a spokesperson from Phoenix Air told ABC News said.

"There is absolutely no problem with this and in fact insures an even higher level of safety for all involved," the spokesperson said.
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So - in summary - due to the restrictive vision when wearing an Ebola-protective suit, one member of staff must be sacrificed/exposed to ensure no one trips?

And these are who we are supposed to trust?

Comment: So maximum safety for all involved except for the guy who pulled the shortest straw. With that level of stupidity at display, the virus has all the chances in the world to make it a real depopulation pandemic, which has been the desire for a long time by the Powers that Be.

Better Earth

Video: The moment Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai left Jon Stewart speechless

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Malala Yousafzai, 17, won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday along with the Indian children's rights activist Kailash Satyarthi, 60, for "their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education."

Yousafzai first caught the media's attention at age 14, after she was shot in the head by a Taliban fighter for criticizing the organization's tactics. The young campaigner for women's rights, who was favored to win the peace prize last year, memorably left Jon Stewart speechless during an interview on the Daily Show, a few days before the 2013 awards were announced.

At the time, former Business Insider reporter Brian Jones noted that Yousafzai gave a remarkable answer when asked by Stewart how she reacted to learning that the Taliban wanted her dead.
Sheriff

Ohio cops not happy about Anonymous' #OpJohnCrawford

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An anonymous activist at #OpJohnCrawford
John Crawford was gunned down by Beavercreek Police officer Sean William while Crawford shopped in Wal-Mart. He was holding a BB gun from the store's shelves and talking on the phone when he was ambushed and killed by who were responding to a bogus 911 call. During the one-sided gunfight, Beavercreek PD killed another innocent person who suffered a heart attack during the commotion.

Weeks of protests and occupations followed from citizens of all political beliefs, and the department has decided to do nothing. The killer won't stand trial. He won't be punished by the department. The caller who made the bogus call won't be brought up on charges. They won't even be reviewing the policies that led to the deaths of two innocent people.

Anonymous launched #OpJohnCrawford with the demands to correct the situation or face cyberattacks and real world protests. The first real world protest for the campaign is on October 25th at the Beavercreek Wal-Mart where Crawford was killed at 1pm. Through the organization's Facebook page The Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio called the operation,
"a very serious threat"
They then went on to ask their subscribers to
"Imagine what happens to our legal system if a mob could overrule the rule of law."
Please do that. Imagine a legal system where the citizens could demand that killers be held accountable for their actions. In the comments section of the post, the Fraternal Order's posters let their feelings about anyone who questions their right to kill innocent people be known.
"Bring back the night stick and use it judiciously."
And
"Justice / law enforcement ... is best left in the hands of qualified individuals . In my opinion has zero place in civilian setting ."
In essence, the idea of civilian oversight of a department that is killing innocent civilians is just plain silly; time to beat them so they know their place.

Comment: Everyday those of us who edit and post articles on Sott read a new story about the police murdering/beating or otherwise harassing a civilian innocent of any wrong doing. Lobaczewski said that one of the major signs of pathocracy was when a state began to attack and kill its own people.

Health

Ebola outbreak: France announces health checks on travelers at airports

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France is to start screening for Ebola at its airports.
France has stepped up efforts to prevent an outbreak of the Ebola disease in the country after announcing that it would carry out health checks on travelers at airports.

France announced on Wednesday it would begin carrying out health checks on travellers arriving by plane from Ebola-hit nations.

"France will put in place a system of controls for planes arriving from the zone affected by the virus," the presidency said in a statement.

The announcement was made after President Francois Hollande held a video conference with US counterpart Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Italian premier Matteo Renzi to discuss the virus.

France joins Britain, the United States and Canada in carrying out passenger screenings, as the United Nations warned Ebola was outpacing efforts to combat the disease.
Stop

Wait for it! Ebola hysteria in the U.K.: Sierra Leone student denied lodgings, boy banned from attending school

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Amara Bangura is a radio presenter from Freetown, Sierra Leone and a student at the University of East Anglia
A student from Sierra Leone was denied accommodation when he arrived to study at the University of East Anglia because landlords thought he may be infected with Ebola.

Amara Bangura, 35, told the BBC he was initially accepted but then was refused a place to stay by two separate landlords in Norwich when they saw his passport and found he originated from one of the worst-hit Ebola countries.

"It's very unreasonable," he told the BBC. "And if you think everybody coming from Sierra Leone is affected, then that's just completely unfair."

Bangura is a radio presenter from Sierra Leone's capital Freetown. In his radio show he dispels myths about Ebola.

In a letter, one landlord told him: "Under normal circumstance [sic] your profile would be a great profile to be one of our lodgers. However, given that the world is about to probably experience an Ebola epidemic, we have decided not to accept anyone that has been anywhere near the outbreak within the last two months, or is likely to visit those areas in the near future."

Comment: Educate yourself! Applied knowledge protects and it helps to keep your cool:
In any such epidemic, however, the real cost comes not from the cure, but treating the consequences of human fear, WHO director general Margaret Chan said. According to Chan, 90 percent of the economic costs incurred from any such outbreak "come from irrational and disorganized efforts of the public to avoid infection.
5 things about Ebola you should know

Ebola and the five stages of collapse - what sort of world will it leave in its wake?

This bears repeating:

Stock up on Vitamin C
Prep your diet

Water

Our water, our right: UN to investigate Detroit for 'violating human rights'

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Community groups say the government's hard-line approach to water bills is violating human rights
The United Nations has previously warned widespread water cuts in Detroit could violate residents' human rights.

Two United Nations human rights experts will visit Detroit over the weekend to assess the impact of water cuts on residents, the U.N. announced on Wednesday.

According to a U.N. press release, the two experts will visit the city to "learn more about the impact of large scale water disconnections on low income, marginalized and vulnerable groups and their human rights to water and sanitation and to adequate housing."

The two human rights experts are the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, Leilani Farha, and the Special Rapporteur on the human right to water and sanitation, Catarina de Albuquerque.

The U.N. stated Farha and Albuquerque will visit communities affected by water disconnections, and speak with local government figures and community groups.

"A response by local and federal authorities to the water shut-offs which is aligned with international human rights standards is crucial and would serve as inspiration to other cities around the world that are faced with similar challenges," the pair said in a joint statement.

Comment: Now listen to what President Evo Morales of a so-called third world country, Bolivia, had to say about water and other basic necessities:

"'I hope that nobody will have the childhood I had: without electricity, telecommunications, drinking water', said Morales, adding that he often drank water from a pond when he was a child."

Yet, the same is happening in the U.S. One of the main political purposes of Bolivia will be fighting poverty. The U.S. could do the same, if they stopped spending insane amounts of money on wars that will alienate them even further from the rest of the world and cause tremendous suffering at home and abroad.

Family

24-hr public strike grips UK - 200,000 protest pay freeze

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Striking public sector workers protest in Trafalgar Square in central London July 10, 2014.
Striking public sector workers have caused widespread disruption to UK services including museums, courts and job centers, as a 24-hour national walk-out grips the nation.

Around 200,000 members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) are taking part in the nationwide action, held in response to ongoing pay freezes and government cuts to the public sector.

The union said many of its members have faced a 20 percent real terms pay cut since 2010, due to the government's pay freeze and a 1 percent raise cap. It further claimed that low-paid public sector workers are forced to claim in-work benefits in order to make ends meet.

The strikes come as a study for the Institute of Policy Research notes a fall in real term wages since 2008, which means workers are now on average £5,000 a year worse off.

The PCS feels the government is using the pay freezes to bolster tax-cuts, and that they are "trying to slash public spending in order to pay for their millionaire friends."

"We're dealing with a lot of hardship cases. People are having real difficulties in getting through the month. We are just trying to attempt to avoid a pay cut," Russell Carr, a PCS branch organizer, told RT on a picket line in London.
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