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Arkansas juvenile detainees locked in controversial device 'when verbal deescalation is not working'

WRAP restraint system
© Photos obtained via Freedom of Information Act
Scott Tanner, Juvenile Detention Ombudsman, experiences the WRAP restraint system in the Yell County Juvenile Detention Center in Danville, AR.
Juvenile detention facilities across the state are coming under fire for using a disturbing restraint device that some are calling "torture."

The device is known as the "WRAP" system. According to state officials, the device is used to restrain minor detainees "when verbal deescalation is not working" - sometimes for hours on end.

The system involves binding a child's arms and legs together using straps and handcuffs, and sometimes involves shrouding the child's face with a hood or a helmet. Photos from the Yell County Juvenile Detention Center in Danville, Arkansas, have raised eyebrows following their exposure through a FOIA request. Questions are being raised about whether the treatment is ethical or humane.

The Danville facility has been shown to strap detainees with a mask which appears to be covered with duct tape and decorated as a cartoonish, dehumanizing cross-eyed effigy.
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The psychopathy virus is spreading: Rape, sex offenses spike in England and Wales

© Reuters / Navesh Chitrakar
The number of recorded rapes and sexual offences has dramatically risen in the past 12 months, despite overall crime levels in the UK falling to their lowest since the 1980s.

Data recorded by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) showed a 29 percent increase in the number of recorded rape cases last year, while the number of overall crimes filed as sex offences rose by 21 percent to 22,116.

Additionally, the ONS data showed the number of rape attacks carried out at knifepoint had risen by 48 percent, from 199 to 294. Sex offences committed at knifepoint similarly rose by 22 percent, from 91 to 111.

The ONS said the rise may be due to a growing willingness among victims to report attacks to the authorities. They also said police forces may be increasingly open to investigate such cases fully.
Ambulance

Spain imposes health emergency at Madrid airport after passenger shows symptoms of Ebola

© AP Photo/ Daniel Ochoa de Olza
The pilot of the plane alerted the airport administration to the chill, headache and malaise of one of the passengers after which a doctor examined the passenger and prescribed hospital tests for possible Ebola virus contraction.
The government of Spain imposed a health emergency situation on Thursday afternoon in Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport after a passenger flying from Paris to Madrid was suspected of having contracted the Ebola virus, El Mundo reported.

The newspaper stated that the pilot of the plane alerted the airport administration to the chill, headache and malaise of one of the passengers after which a doctor examined the passenger and prescribed hospital tests for possible Ebola virus contraction.

The worst Ebola epidemic in history began in southern Guinea at the end of 2013 and soon spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

The death toll is estimated to be over 4,400. A vaccine against the disease will reportedly be available in the summer of 2015, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Recently, cases of the Ebola virus have been reported in the Unites States as well as in a number of European countries in addition to those reported in West Africa.
Bullseye

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

child at computer
© Reuters / Jorge Silva
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

© Ben Birchall/PA Wire via AP File
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'

© Homewood police
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
© Unknown
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

france airports
© Agence France-Presse/Boris Horvat
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.
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