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Video shows Arizona sheriff and congressional candidate bragging about abusive discipline of special needs children

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Paul Babeu
After repeatedly denying knowledge of rampant child abuse, a video recently surfaced depicting the sheriff bragging about abusing and psychologically torturing children with special needs. Instead of confessing to his participation in the mistreatment of vulnerable children, the sheriff blames his sister for releasing the video and is currently running for Congress.

While serving as Headmaster and Executive Director at DeSisto Private Boarding School in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, from 1999 to 2001, Pinal County Sheriff and Congressional Candidate Paul Babeu attended a Christmas dinner with his family in 1999. In a video recorded that night, Babeu callously endorsed and bragged about using abusive methods and psychological torture to discipline his special needs students at DeSisto. Referring to his students as "absolutely bonkers," Babeu explained his reasons for placing the children in isolation for days at a time.

"Because they are hopeless," Babeu rationalized. "Because they're hopeless. They need to get through, this is why. They need to feel hopeless and feel depression and complete failure."

Comment: More eyebrow-raising information on Paul Babeu from a 2012 HuffPost article:
Disgraced Arizona congressional candidate and GOP sheriff Paul Babeu is facing yet another round of unseemly charges.

The Pinal County sheriff, who stepped down as Arizona's co-chair for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign amidst allegations he threatened a gay ex-lover with deportation, reportedly served as headmaster for the now-defunct DeSisto School in Stockbridge, Mass. from 1999 to 2001. When Babeu -- a retired major in the Army National Guard and an ex-police officer -- was in charge, the Massachusetts Office of Child Care Services launched an investigation into repeated claims of physical and sexual abuse from students at the private boarding school, ABC15 is reporting.

More questionable still: Babeu's older sister Lucy told the news station that she confronted her brother after finding a 17-year-old student from the school, which services troubled teens, living with him. She noted: "I said what is this student from Desisto doing here? He says, 'Lucy, he's my boyfriend. I love him.'"

Lucy claims her brother, once considered one of his state's rising Republican stars, was clearly having a relationship with the student, who has not been identified: "I said, 'Paul, get a hold of yourself here,'" said Lucy. "You were his teacher! You were his Executive Director! You can't do this."

At age 17, the student would have been the legal age of consent in Massachusetts.

Babeu, 43, has denied claims that he threatened former lover Jose Orozco with deportation back to Mexico, but has acknowledged that he is gay. "I'm here to say that all these allegations ... are absolutely completely false except for the issues that refer to me as being gay," he is quoted by the Associated Press is saying. "Because that's the truth."



Whistle

'The king can do no wrong': Flint residents cannot sue over water contamination

"There's real danger that the injury is going to be permanent and lifelong in them," Dr. Philip Landrigan, Dean of Global Health at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, said of the residents exposed to the water crisis in Flint.

"The problem here is, no level of lead is safe," Landrigan says. "Even low levels of lead — especially if exposure to low levels continues over many months — is going to cause some degree of brain damage to at least some of the children who have been exposed — that's a big deal. Exposed children are at risk for a number of problems, including lower IQ scores, developmental delays, and behavioral issues such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Even after lead exposure stops, the effects can last for years or even be permanent."

For the rest of their lives, the residents of Flint will watch their health deteriorate over time, and they will know exactly who is responsible — but will have no course of action to right their wrongs.

In any other instance in which an individual or group of individuals is harmed by another person or group, those individuals could seek damages. However, thanks to what is called the doctrine of sovereign immunity in the United States, the government cannot be sued unless it has waived its immunity or consented to the suit.

Airplane

Air Canada flight plummets 25,000 feet - Second massive altitude drop for airline in a month

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A passenger on board an Air Canada flight from New Jersey to Vancouver captured the terrifying moment when the plane suddenly dropped in altitude and its oxygen masks were deployed. The emergency was prompted by a loss in pressure.

Graphs from online flight monitoring software showed AC549 plummeting from more than 35,000 feet (10,000 meters) to just above 10,000 feet (3,000 meters).


Business advisor and self-described frequent flyer Milun Tesovic did not lose his nerve, however, and snapped a photo of the scene, showing oxygen masks hanging all across the salon.

"#AC549 @aircanada that sucked. Lost pressure at 36k feet, rapid descend to 10k with masks on," Tesovic tweeted with a picture.

Comment: Last month an Air Canada flight encountered freak turbulence in the skies above Alaska, injuring over 20 people on the Shanghai - Toronto route. Although the cause of the turbulence remains unclear, one Canadian specialist theorized that breaking "gravity waves" were a likely culprit.

Meanwhile, last week an American Airlines plane had to divert to Canada from its Europe-bound flight after encountering severe turbulence over the Atlantic.


Dollars

Bigpharma wins, more people die: CDC delays revision of painkiller prescription guidelines

In an effort to cut prescription painkiller addiction and overdose deaths, the CDC created prescribing guidelines. But it looks like Big Pharma is delaying those guidelines, likely to protect drug sales.

Under the proposed guidelines, doctors would prescribe patients non-opioid painkillers first for chronic pain, and only prescribe opioids, like OxyContin, if the non-opioid drugs don't work. The agency also wants physicians to prescribe the smallest amount of the drugs possible, typically 3 days or less for acute pain. Doctors would only continue prescribing the drugs if patients show significant improvement. [1]

Those guidelines were set to go into effect this month, but last month, the agency abandoned its January release date amid harsh criticism from drug-makers, industry-funded organizations, and public health officials.

A federal panel - the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (IPRCC) - has been one of the guidelines' most vocal opponents. The panel, consisting of federal scientists, outside academics, and patient representatives, has a lot to lose from the release of the directive.

Comment:


Arrow Down

Sold down the river: Navajo activists protest Utah water rights as a bad deal

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The Colorado River in southern Utah
Critics of a new "settlement" on water rights between the ancient Navajo Nation and Utah's government are calling it a "bad deal" that is "giving away" a precious resource.

Activist Ed Becenti has questioned the quick pace of negotiations, the result of which waives any future claim by the Navajo Nation to water rights from the upper Colorado River in Utah.

"The deal was rushed through in less than a month with no community education," Becenti said. "If this is a good deal for the Navajo Nation, why are they rushing it through?"

Navajo citizens have called on their president Russell Begaye to veto the settlement which was approved by the Navajo Nation Council on Tuesday.

Comment: Native Americans have been "given" a bad deal all the way around from the US government.


Vader

No surprise: Research study proves police inflicted injuries much more serious than those caused by civilians

People hospitalized due to an encounter with a law enforcement officer are more likely to have a mental illness, have longer hospitalizations, more injuries to the back and spine, and greater need for extended care than those hospitalized due to altercations with other civilians. The findings, based on 10 years of Illinois hospitalization data, are published in the journal Injury Epidemiology.

Lee Friedman, associate professor of environmental and occupational health sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health and senior author on the paper, and his colleagues wanted to find out how many and what kinds of encounters with police led to hospital admissions for civilians in Illinois.

They identified 836 people injured by contact with law enforcement officers after reviewing the medical records of all patients admitted to Illinois hospitals or treated in emergency rooms between 2000 and 2009. They compared those patients to 836 civilians of the same age and sex who were were treated in hospitals over the same period for injuries due to physical altercations with other civilians.

Comment: It's gratifying to read a scientific study that proves what we have been witnessing for years, despite official denial and protection of these sadists. Police have become ruthless thugs and are now far more dangerous to people than ordinary criminals.


Handcuffs

Two Danish aid workers arrested in Greece for saving refugees from drowning, charged with human trafficking

Co-founders of Team Humanity were arrested on the island of Lesbos after helping refugees from a sinking boat

Two Danish aid workers from the non-profit organisation Team Humanity were on Wednesday arrested on human trafficking charges on the Greek island of Lesbos, reports Information.

According to the organisation's chairman Walle El Ghorba, the two men, aged 26 and 33, are now sitting in custody awaiting a trial that could possibly see them get four years in prison.

El Ghorba told Information the men were saving refugees from a sinking boat in the Aegean Sea.

Comment: Clearly the order from Brussels to 'let them all drown in the sea' is taking effect. And apparently anyone who defies this order will be charged with causing the crisis.


Cheeseburger

Ridiculous! Hungry Wisconsin high schooler fined $200 by law enforcement for 'stealing' second lunch

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Hayward High School
Officials in the Hayward school district are struggling to justify a $200 fine levied on a student who took a second lunch without asking that's ignited concern and outrage from parents.

A Circuit Court brief published in the Sawyer County Record Jan. 20 provided the spark. "The brief was regarding a student who was fined by law enforcement for taking a second lunch at the high school because he was not given permission to take it without paying, after being warned in the past not to do this," the Record reports.

"Comments on the news brief escalated quickly over the weekend via social media, with people voicing concern that students in the district are not getting fed enough." NNC Now reports the brief, headlined "THEFT," stated a 16-year-old boy forfeited $200.50 for the Dec. 14 incident. It claims the criminal charge was sought by the head cook, which school officials disputed.

"The student told the school resource officer that he receives one free lunch per day, but the one lunch was not enough and he is still hungry," the brief read. "The officer advised him that he understood, but instead of stealing a second lunch, he needs to speak with an administrator ..." The issue prompted inquiries from NNC Now, ABC 13, and other news outlets, and a defensive reaction from school officials.

"Whether it be our head cook, whether it be a teacher's aid, whether it be a teacher or a superintendent of a school. The process is when someone sees something going wrong with any sort of discipline issue the first thing is that's a sign to the administrator," Hayward superintendent Craig Olson said. "Then the administrator who is in charge of that element and goes through the investigation and there's some cases referrals to police happen and then police make decision off statutes and whatnot," he said.

Heart - Black

Five cops furiously beat an unarmed man; none of them sentenced

In August of 2014, multiple deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's office conducted a drug bust. During the bust, Derrick Price ran from deputies Jesse Terrell, Trevor Fitzgerald, James Amideo, Cody Hoppel and Adam Crawford. However, once he realized he could not outrun the pickup truck, he quickly stopped, put his hands up, and laid face down on the ground — completely surrendering.

Upon reaching the unarmed, nonviolent, completely compliant, and prostrate man, the deputies proceeded to unleash a furious beating composed of kicks to the head, knees to the body, and countless blows from fists.

Price was left severely beaten and bloodied in the parking lot after the assault. The deputies would go on to lie and claim that Price was combative and resisting. Luckily for Price, however, the entire gang beating was captured on video.

The court documents describe the beating:

Red Flag

US Naval officer pleads guilty in massive corruption scandal involving classified intelligence

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Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz
Commander Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz is the latest US Navy officer to plead guilty in a massive corruption scandal involving a defense contractor and dozens of naval personnel.

Standing before the in US District Court in San Diego on bribery charges, Misiewicz admitted providing classified information to businessman Leonard Francis in exchange for various treats, including paid travel, luxury hotel stays, sex with prostitutes and Lady Gaga concert tickets.

Francis, known as 'Fat Leonard' in the navy circles, was CEO of Singapore-based firm Glenn Davis Marine Asia, which overcharged for services rendered to the US Navy's warships deployed to Asia. He pled guilty to charges stemming from the same Justice Department investigation earlier in January.

The classified intelligence Francis received from Misiewicz included ship movements, which helped organize visits of American warships to ports where Glenn Davis Marine Asia operated.