Society's Child

Take 2

15 minutes to start a Revolution: Chris Hedges

The Truthdig columnist speaks to a crowd in Wisconsin over the weekend about the prevailing power structure and "the abject surrender of our political class ... to cash-rich lobbying groups."


Nurse in Turkey says she's tired of treating members of ISIL

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A nurse who works at a private hospital in Mersin, a city and province on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, has told Turkish authorities and Parliament that she is sick and tired of treating members of the terrorist organization the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which now calls itself the "Islamic State."

The nurse, who was identified only by her initials, E.G., in a news story published by the Taraf daily on Wednesday, said of ISIL militants: "We treat them, and they go on to decapitate people. I am sick of treating wounded ISIL militants." E.G. has also written a letter to Parliament and the National Police Department, saying she and her colleagues are extremely disturbed by the fact that they have to treat people "who chop off heads."

Taraf reported that other health workers in Mersin and other provinces close to the Syrian border are uneasy about having to help wounded ISIL militants, who are responsible for extreme violence and bloodshed in northern Iraq and Syria.

In the letter she wrote to Parliament and the Police Department, E.G. said she has been employed at a private hospital in Mersin for a long time. She said her hospital has treated many wounded Syrians so far, who have introduced themselves as "opposition members."

However, she noted that she had found out that most of the Syrians recently admitted to the hospital were ISIL members. "I was extremely distressed about this. I am very sorry about this situation. I am disturbed by the fact that these people are being treated in our hospitals while our people are being held by them," she wrote, according to Taraf's report.

Water shortages lead to 'tanker mafia' in New Delhi, India

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In this Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 photo, residents crowd around a government tanker delivering drinking water at a slum in New Delhi, India. In a city known for its vertiginous inequalities, water shortage affects people from both upscale gated communities and dust-blown slums, as every day, supply falls more than 160 million gallons short. The city’s water agency, the Delhi Jal Board, sends 900 tankers onto the crowded roads every day. Tankers usually stop for just 15 minutes, while dozens of people crowd around waving buckets and plastic tubes, in some areas, people get just 3 liters.
Every summer, when Minoo Phakey's water runs out, she does what most people do in her middle-class neighborhood: She calls the mafia.

Within an hour, a man in a tanker arrives, carrying a load of dubious water drawn illegally from the city's groundwater. With India's capital gripped by its annual hot season water shortage, the city's so-called tanker mafia is doing a roaring trade. An estimated 2,000 illegal tankers ply New Delhi's roads every day, lifelines to millions whose taps have run dry, and symptoms of a much bigger problem - the city's desperately dysfunctional water system.

The tankers don't come cheap. But some Delhi-ites have no choice.

"You need water, you will pay anything, right?" says Phakey, a marketing executive.

State of Texas executes second woman this year

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Lisa Ann Coleman
The State of Texas executed its second female convict for the year on Wednesday after the Supreme Court declined to grant a last-minute request to halt the procedure.

Lisa Coleman, 38, was executed via lethal injection and became only the 15th woman to be put to death in the United States since 1976, when the Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment. She is the 30th inmate to be killed this year.

Coleman was originally sentenced to die after she was convicted of starving and torturing the nine-year-old son of her partner, Marcella Williams. The boy, Davontae Williams, was reportedly emaciated when his body was found by police in July 2004. Coleman and Marcella Williams both shared an apartment, where the boy suffered from starvation and 250 different injuries - cigarette burns, scars, and more.

Davontae was only 36lbs (16kg) when his body was found, shockingly light for a child of nine.

"There was not an inch on his body that not been bruised or scarred or injured," Dixie Bersano, one of Coleman's trial prosecutors, said to the Associated Press.

Coleman was declared dead at 06:24 CDT, the AP reported. Once the lethal dose of pentobarbital was administered, it took approximately 12 minutes for Coleman to pass. She took "a couple of short breaths" and told her friends and aunt in the audience, "Love you all" before she died.

Before Texas commenced with its procedure, Coleman's defense team had petitioned the Supreme Court asking for a stay of execution on the grounds that the crime was not a capital murder case. Murder committed during a kidnapping is considered to be a capital murder, but Coleman's lawyer argued that despite the fact that Davontae's hands were tied at different times, he had not been kidnapped. Therefore, Coleman should not be put to death.

Comment: As a result of psychopathic leadership and their influence on our society, when a human being devolves to the point where this sort of horrific, abhorrent behavior happens - removing them from society is the only option.


Baltimore police officer sued for millions after police brutality video surfaces

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A Baltimore Police officer is facing $5 million dollar brutality lawsuit after a video surfaced showing him repeatedly punching a man.

The video, which was released on Monday from the man's lawyers, shows Police Officer Vincent Cosom repeatedly beating Kollin Truss, while another officer holds Truss's arm as the blows are delivered to his head and torso. Officer Cosom punched Truss six times.

"Much like the public, I'm shocked, I'm outraged, I'm disgusted by what I saw by an employee of the Baltimore City Police Department," Commissioner Anthony Batts said during a press conference addressing the video.

The attack happened three months ago on June 15 when Officer Cosom had a verbal exchange with Truss outside a liquor store. The officer's report said Truss was intoxicated at the time and that he told the man to move when he was loitering in front of the shop.

Truss visited the store to make a purchase and came out sometime later, when he encountered Cosom again. The video showed Truss' female friend pushing him away from her as more words were exchanged. Eventually Truss was backed into a nearby bus stop, where the alleged act of police brutality happened, according to the attorneys.

"The thing that bothers us is that the officer writes in his statement of facts that our client assaulted his girlfriend, but in fact that never happened," Truss' attorney Ivan Bates told Fox.



Where's the public outrage? Police have a larger domestic violence problem than the NFL

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Should the National Football League suspend or ban any player caught assaulting a wife or girlfriend? That seems to be the conventional wisdom since video emerged of running back Ray Rice knocking his wife unconscious in an elevator, even as reports surface that many more NFL players have domestic-abuse records.

While I have no particular objection to a suspension of any length for such players, the public focus on NFL policy seems strange and misplaced to me. Despite my general preference for reducing the prison population, an extremely strong person rendering a much smaller, weaker person unconscious with his fists, as Rice did, is a situation where prison is particularly appropriate. More generally, clear evidence of domestic abuse is something that ought to result in legal sanction. Employers aren't a good stand in for prosecutors, juries, and judges.

Comment: It's no surprise, considering how police treat the general public, that their own homes and personal lives would be rife with abuse.
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The link between 'defending Michael Mann is defending climate science' seems to have been broken

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Michael Mann
Mark Steyn writes:

[Tuesday] marked a not unimportant court deadline in the upcoming Mann vs Steyn trial of the century, and I wouldn't want to let it pass without comment. Ever since this tedious suit was launched by Doctor Fraudpants in defense of his global-warming hockey stick, Michael Mann's supporters have insisted that it's not, as I and my fellow defendants have insisted, about free speech. Instead, as they see it, it's about science finally fighting back against a sustained assault by Koch-funded "denialists". This sub-headline encapsulates the general line:
Michael Mann is taking a stand for science.
Gotcha. Michael Mann is not doing this for Michael Mann, or even for Michael Mann's science, or even for climate science. He's doing it for science. Mann is science and science is Mann.

A few weeks ago, you'll recall, the ACLU, The Washington Post, NBC News, The Los Angeles Times and various other notorious right-wing deniers all filed amici briefs opposed to Michael Mann and his assault on free speech. They did this not because they have any great love for me, but because their antipathy to wackjob foreign blowhards is outweighed by their appreciation of the First Amendment - and an understanding of the damage a Mann victory would inflict on it. After noting the upsurge of opposition to Mann, Reuters inquired of Catherine Reilly (one of his vast legal team) whether there would be any amici filing pro-Mann briefs:
I asked Reilly if the professor would have any supporting briefs next month when he responds to the defendants in the D.C. appeals court.

"At this point, we don't know," she said.

Comment: Read more about this climate scam artist here:
  • Yes, Virginia, A Climate Cover-Up

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Wisconsin couple who let homeless people sleep on their porch threatened with daily fine

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Lockers on the front porch of Konkel's North Hancock Street house.
Brenda Konkel, a vocal Madison advocate for the homeless, and her partner, Robert Bloch, are facing potential fines of up to $300 a day if they don't stop allowing homeless people to sleep and store belongings in lockers on the porch of their North Hancock Street house.

After a complaint from a neighbor, the city of Madison's Building and Zoning departments sent the couple notices of violation about the lockers, sleeping bags and other gear stored alongside the house, and people sleeping on the porch.

"The issue with the lockers is silly because all sorts of people store things on their property outside, and this is because the people who are storing the stuff don't live here. But I don't understand how this is a zoning violation," said Konkel, a former Madison City Council member who works as executive director of the Tenant Resource Center.

People who are sleeping on the porch have nowhere else to go, she said.

"They have zoned homeless people out of everywhere. If they have no more days in shelter left or can't get in that night, there's no legal place to go," said Konkel.

She worked with members of Occupy Madison a couple of years ago as they tried without success to get city approval to erect a homeless encampment and was instrumental in the group's success in getting zoning approval for a village of "tiny houses" now under construction on the city's east side.

Madison Zoning administrator Matt Tucker said that only people who are part of a dwelling unit - who have access to and share the interior for housekeeping services - can legally elect to sleep outside of a dwelling unit in the city. A few such cases, perhaps involving people living in RVs on someone's property, come up each year, he said, and the zoning code is enforced.
Eggs Fried

Alabama, Missouri schools drop Michelle Obama's 'nasty' lunch program

New federal school food regulations promoted by First Lady Michelle Obama are becoming a massive headache for many schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program.

And many, like Missouri's Notre Dame Regional and Saxony Lutheran high schools, are taking matters into their own hands.

Those schools and numerous others across the country are ditching the federal regulations and the funding that comes with them to save their cafeteria programs, which have experienced a nose-dive in sales and skyrocketing waste since the new rules were implemented in 2012.

At Notre Dame, school officials turned to the professionals at My Daddy's Cheesecake, Papa John's, Tractors Classic American Grill and Chick-fil-A to bring in nutritious and tasty meals students enjoy for "restaurant Wednesdays," reports.

Notre Dame's lunch participation had dropped to about half of its 565 students and 65 faculty members under the federal guidelines, but jumped drastically to about 75 percent once officials did away with the tight restrictions on calories, fat, sodium, whole grains, and numerous other aspects of school meals.

"The biggest change is that you don't have to be so strict with your menus. You don't have to keep track of all the sodium and calories," Notre Dame food service director Joan Dunning told

Comment: A healthy, nutritious diet consist of low carbs and high fats. Replacing Michelle O's lunch program with food from the above restaurants is just as stupid as the lunch program.

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Russian CEO: Sanctions war over Ukraine only a pretext for West to pressure Russia

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CEO and Chairman of the Management Board of UC RUSAL Oleg Deripaska
The Ukrainian conflict was just a trigger for the sanctions, which demonstrated the failure of all previous efforts to set up healthy relations between Russia and the West, Russian tycoon and head of Rusal, Oleg Deripaska, told RT in Sochi.

"I think the sanctions have nothing to do with Ukraine. Ukraine was just a reason. [The sanctions] were a failure of any attempt which was taken in the past to build normal relations between Europe and Russia - from both sides," Deripaska told RT at the Investment Forum in Sochi.

Oleg Deripaska said the West started pressing Russia before the first sanctions were imposed - just ahead of the Sochi Olympics.

Comment: Russian businessmen understand well the economic machinations regarding the sanctions war, i.e. that the US has been pressuring Russia to gain a business advantage in Europe, and sabotage ties between the EU and Russia.

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