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Sexual harassment rife on Paris trains

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A Paris Metro train.
France's High Council on equality has penned a report urging the government to crack down on sexual harrassment on public transport, after a survey it carried out returned shocking responses from Parisian women.

The High Council for Equality between Women and Men (HCEfh) sent the report to France's Health Minister on Thursday asking for the issue to be addressed, and promptly.

The study found that a full 100 percent of the 600 women in Seine-Saint-Denis and Essonne, two areas in the outer suburbs of Paris, said they had experienced at least some form of gender-based sexual harrasment in their life while riding the train.

The Council defined "gender harrassment" as "the imposition of any kind of words of behaviour that are intended to created a situation that is intimidating, humiliating, degrading, or offensive". It added that these kind of actions aren't usually physical, and hence aren't punishable by law.

It added a raft of measures for how France could address the issue, including education programmes to let women know how to identify harassment, and how to react if they are a victim. It also suggested other measures like letting bus drivers stop at undesignated stops along the route to allow women to get off closer to home, and printing the number for a complaint hotline on transport tickets.

Health Minister Marisol Touraine acknowledged that the report was of a "high quality", telling French channel iTV that the government would "take action" in the coming weeks.

Pistol

Supervisors told to falsify training records of reserve deputy charged in shooting

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Robert Bates (center) turns himself in to authorities at the Tulsa Jail in Tulsa, Okla., on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Bates, 73, is charged with second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Eric Harris.
Supervisors at the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office were ordered to falsify a reserve deputy's training records, giving him credit for field training he never took and firearms certifications he should not have received, sources told the Tulsa World.

At least three of reserve deputy Robert Bates' supervisors were transferred after refusing to sign off on his state-required training, multiple sources speaking on condition of anonymity told the World.

Bates, 73, is accused of second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Eric Harris during an undercover operation on April 2.

The sources' claims are corroborated by records, including a statement by Bates after the shooting, that he was certified as an advanced reserve deputy in 2007.

An attorney for Harris' family also raised questions about the authenticity of Bates' training records.

Additionally, Sheriff Stanley Glanz told a Tulsa radio station this week that Bates had been certified to use three weapons, including a revolver he fired at Harris. However, Glanz said the Sheriff's Office has not been able to find the paperwork on those certifications.

The sheriff's deputy that certified Bates has moved on to work for the Secret Service, Glanz said during the radio interview.

"We can't find the records that she supposedly turned in," Glanz said. "So we are going to talk to her to find out if for sure he's been qualified with those (weapons)."

Undersheriff Tim Albin was unavailable for comment Wednesday but in an earlier interview, Albin said he was unaware of any concerns expressed by supervisors about Bates' training.

Comment: Who in their right mind would allow a 73 year-old man to be even a reserve member of a police force? The gifts of equipment to the department look a little suspicious too.


Sheriff

Denver cop shoves innocent man down stairs and lies about it - "punishment" is a 30 day vacation

An 11-year veteran of the Denver police department received a 30 day vacation for brutally shoving an innocent man down a flight of stairs. Officer Choice Johnson was only "disciplined" after surveillance video showed that his report on the incident was completely fabricated. The incident started during a bachelor party for the brother of Brandon Schreiber. Schreiber's brother had a bit too much to drink and had fallen asleep at the bar. For this "crime," Officer Johnson was arresting him.

According to 7 News Denver,
"The report indicated that Johnson falsely portrayed the bar patron as taking a fighting stance toward the officer, when a surveillance video showed the man was standing with his hands in his pockets as the 260-pound officer violently shoved him backward down some stairs."
Schreiber was simply asking the officer to let them take him home. Johnson claimed that Schreiber "verbally challenged him" and "pushed his chest out in a defensive manner," but the video shows these claims to be lies. Johnson wrote in his report, that this man, with his hands in his pockets, made him sense "this is going to be a fight." So, he violently shoved him down the stairs and arrested him. Luckily Schreiber wasn't killed.

Comment: Nothing new in the 'Land of the Free and Home of the Brave'.


2 + 2 = 4

Heartwrenching PSAs reveal how child sexual abuse hides in plain sight

Trigger Warning:

People who molest kids usually aren't strangers lurking in the bushes.

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We raise our kids to worry about "stranger danger": the child molester hanging out at the park who tries to lure a child away with a piece of candy or a tale of a lost puppy. But as "Some Things Are Hard to See," a campaign of gripping PSAs created for DIF Zapopan, a family development nonprofit, reminds us, when it comes to child sexual abuse, the perpetrator is usually someone that a boy or girl already knows.

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TV preacher and incessant idiot Pat Robertson: 'Smack' your children to protect them from 'evil' devil music in iPods

TV preacher Pat Robertson on Thursday advised parents to "smack" children around to protect them from the "evil" music that is often found inside of iPods.
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A woman named Marie wrote in to Robertson about her 11-year-old son, who she said had "recently started listening to music that speaks of the 'beast within' and the 'infection in people'."

"I worry for his soul," the mother told Robertson. "I know the Lord is going to save him; but what can I do to help him become a nice person and the sweet little boy I miss so much?"

The televangelist advised that the boy was going into puberty and "it doesn't hurt to smack a little 11 year old around a little bit and say, 'You behave, you're not going to listen to that garbage in my house. If you do I'm going to tear it up and break those records or CD or whatever, iPods, however you get that mess.'"

"I know he's only 11, but he's just a little twerp, and you make that little twerp behave," Robertson continued. "There's a lot of evil in the world. And you have got to protect kids, and you have got to do it any way you want to."


Comment: Yes, do protect your children:

Monotheistic religions - Playground for psychopaths


Robertson concluded by speculating that the boy was misbehaving because Marie was a single mother.

"The little kids wouldn't do that with me, I promise you," he laughed. "Big Daddy's home! Wham!"

Comment: See also:

The Hidden Evil: The Psychopathic Influence


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Department of Homeland Security to purchase up to 62 million more rounds of ammunition

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Domestic operation: 'Crush Dissent': Coming to the United States war theatre soon!
A recent posting to FedBizOpps.gov details Homeland Security's search for a company to provide 12.6 million rounds of .223 Remington ammo per year for up to five years. At the completion of the contract, DHS plans to have purchased over 62 million rounds.

The solicitation by DHS comes at a time of increased fears over a potential martial law scenario, with numerous Walmart shopping centers closing and Jade Helm 2015 on the horizon.

The purchase order claims that the bullets will go to U.S. Customs and Border Protection for training purposes, the same excuse given by DHS for their past ammo purchases which in the past three years total over 2 billion rounds. As noted by Paul Joseph Watson, that is enough, "ammo to kill around 30% of the world's population."

Comment: Whether purchases of the amounts described are to make ammo more scarce for commercial purchase among American citizens, or because the U.S. government anticipates having to cut down a very large number of American citizens, or both, this newsdoesn't bode well at all.


Megaphone

Michigan police officer with history of abuse arrests two women, holds them in jail four days without charges

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A Michigan police officer with a string of lawsuits and accusations filed against him over the years - including Tasering his partner and assaulting a disabled man — has now been accused of arresting two women and holding them in jail without ever filing any charges.

Highland Park police officer Ronald Dupuis — already under investigation for beating a suspected car hijacker — has been accused by two women of arresting them and holding them in jail for four days without every charging them with a crime, according to WXYZ.

According to Robert Morris, attorney for Rhianna Turner and her domestic partner Kera Hill, Dupuis arrested the two women when they were playfully wrestling over a set of keys in front of the old Detroit police headquarters in 2013. Despite the women's insistence that they were not assaulting each other, Dupuis took them into custody before driving them to the Highland Park station where they were held in a cell for four days before being released without charges ever being filed.

"The fact that he actually took them to Highland Park, which has no jurisdiction with anything that could have occurred in Detroit, and he was able to convince his supervisors, who were already skeptical and didn't understand why my clients were locked up - he was actually able to override their authority and keep my clients for four days," Morris explained.

Comment: Just about any encounter with the police in the U.S. has the chance of being a dangerous one for your average citizen. Police brutality is completely out of control and soaring while the alleged authorities do nothing to protect the innocent people these goons are assaulting. If more people in the country would stand up, the policing system might would be seen for what it is - a fear mongering arm of a totalitarian police state.


Dollar Gold

CEO with a conscience reduces his salary to give his employees huge wage increases

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Employees reacting to the news. The average salary at Gravity Payments had been $48,000 a year.
Dan Price, C.E.O. of Gravity Payments, surprised his 120-person staff by announcing that he planned over the next three years to raise the salary of every employee to $70,000 a year.

The idea began percolating, said Dan Price, the founder of Gravity Payments, after he read an article on happiness. It showed that, for people who earn less than about $70,000, extra money makes a big difference in their lives.

His idea bubbled into reality on Monday afternoon, when Mr. Price surprised his 120-person staff by announcing that he planned over the next three years to raise the salary of even the lowest-paid clerk, customer service representative and salesman to a minimum of $70,000.

"Is anyone else freaking out right now?" Mr. Price asked after the clapping and whooping died down into a few moments of stunned silence. "I'm kind of freaking out."

If it's a publicity stunt, it's a costly one. Mr. Price, who started the Seattle-based credit-card payment processing firm in 2004 at the age of 19, said he would pay for the wage increases by cutting his own salary from nearly $1 million to $70,000 and using 75 to 80 percent of the company's anticipated $2.2 million in profit this year.

Comment: Sadly, it is a rare gesture for an executive to show such compassion to those who make his living possible. If there were more CEO's like this man running businesses, rather than the greedy psychopaths who are at the top of most corporations, the record levels of income inequality and poverty might be alleviated.


Pills

British soldiers seek psychiatric treatment after taking "zombie drug"

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The British military is accused of failing to protect its soldier's mental health. Figures show nearly 1,000 have sought psychiatric treatment after being given the MoD's budget price anti-malarial drug Lariam.

A Freedom of Information (FoI) request revealed the figure is much higher than previously thought, with 994 service personnel being admitted to mental health clinics or psychiatric hospitals since 2008.

The figures only go back to 2007, so the true number may be much higher, as Lariam, also known as mefloquine, has been in use for much longer.

The MoD has consistently defended the drug, which is one of several it issues to troops, amid concerns that Lariam is contributing to an Armed Forces mental health epidemic. This is despite growing pressure from senior military figures, campaigners and relatives of those affected.

The drug, banned by US Special Forces two years ago, and which the UK military avoids giving to pilots or divers, is still issued to UK troops.

Comment: The ideals of the warrior are long gone in the West. If the combat stress that comes from killing civilians, devastating societies and stealing resources doesn't defeat them, let's just dope them up with homicidal, psychotic drugs!


Nuke

Once again thieves steal deadly radioactive material in Mexico

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Authorities have issued emergency warnings to five Mexican states after it was reported that thieves had stolen potentially deadly radioactive material, the latest such heist to strike the Latin American country.

The interior ministry issued an alert in the states of Tabasco, Campeche, Chiapas, Oaxaca and Veracruz that a container holding iridium-192 - a man-made radioactive element that can cause burns, acute radiation sickness and even death - was stolen on Monday from a truck in Cardenas, a town in southern Tabasco.

"This source is very dangerous to people if it is removed from its container," the statement said.

Comment: Somebody wants to procure this material really badly.