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More Than 100 Million Americans Are On Welfare

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© Activist Post
A new chart set to be released later today by the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee details a startling statistic: "Over 100 Million People in U.S. Now Receiving Some Form Of Federal Welfare."

"The federal government administers nearly 80 different overlapping federal means-tested welfare programs," the Senate Budget Committee notes. However, the committee states, the figures used in the chart do not include those who are only benefiting from Social Security and/or Medicare.

Food stamps and Medicaid make up a large--and growing--chunk of the more than 100 million recipients. "Among the major means tested welfare programs, since 2000 Medicaid has increased from 34 million people to 54 million in 2011 and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps) from 17 million to 45 million in 2011," says the Senate Budget Committee. "Spending on food stamps alone is projected to reach $800 billion over the next decade."

Wine

Intoxicated Homeland Security employee caught naked in ocean

Around 4 a.m. Saturday, Myrtle Beach police arrested Michael Worth Calfee, 35, of North Carolina after officers found him nude in the ocean near 29th Ave. North, according to a police report. Once officers arrived and told Worth to get out of the water, he found his clothes and got dressed, according to the report.

Police say Worth had slurred speech, red-glossy eyes and was unsteady on his feet. In the report, officers said they noticed a strong smell of alcohol coming from Worth's body.

Worth was charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct (nudity).

The police report states Worth is employed with Homeland Security.

Eye 2

Psychopathology may have had role in Penn State pedophile scandal

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Jerry Sandusky, pedophile. Psychopath too?
Now that Jerry Sandusky has been found guilty of over 50 and crimes against children over the course of many years at Penn State University and the NCAA has announced its sanctions on Penn State, several huge questions remain.

Two such questions are how and why. For Penn State and the rest of the world, the question of how something like this can take place and be concealed without proper intervention for so long still lingers. In addition, the question of why did these crimes take place and why did seemingly good men cover them up also remain a mystery. Many people have their theories; was it greed, reputation, good ol' boys or even naiveté. Here is one more theory to consider.

Let me tell you a story about a group of people estimated to make up to 1 percent to 4 percent of the population. They are called psychopaths. The term psychopath is very controversial and complicated; however, in a nutshell, it is thought that psychopaths are characterized by the inability to care about others, no concerns whatsoever with any other person's wants, needs, goals or dreams. Psychopaths don't feel shame, guilt or remorse for their actions, and thoughts of morality, honesty, honor, respect and ethical practices are replaced with words like collateral damage, deception and the ends justify the means. They have no problem placing money, success or even winning over human life. People are tools to them and their only value lies in how they can be used.

Phoenix

Large fire in London as Olympics come to a close


More than 200 firefighters have tackled a blaze described by London Fire Brigade as the biggest seen in the capital for several years.

The brigade was called at about 13:15 BST when flames took hold at a recycling centre in Dagenham, east London.

Smoke was visible for miles as the single-storey building burned, but there were no injuries.

The brigade said fire cover at Olympic venues had not been affected.

There were initial reports that people could see the smoke from the Olympic Park, approximately six miles away.

Arrow Down

Revealed: Shocking Figures Show one Scottish Child in 10 is Living with an Alcoholic Parent

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© Daily Record and Sunday Mail
Little girl cuddles into drunken dad in doorway.
One youngster in 10 is living with an alcoholic parent in Scotland, shocking figures reveal. The research shows that up to 93,000 youngsters under the age of 16 are living with one or more parents with a drinkproblem.

Experts warned yesterday that kids were being raised in unstable, chaotic homes plagued by emotional and physical abuse.

Yesterday, kids' protection charity Children 1st said more needed to be done to protect youngsters from abuse, violence or neglect caused by their parents' boozing.

Anne Houston, the charity's chief executive, said: "Up to 93,000 children in Scotland - or one in 10 - could be bearing the brunt of our nation's attitude to alcohol. That should give us all cause for concern.

"From our work helping children recover from the trauma of violence fuelled by alcohol misuse, we know that many of them feel those negative effects for years, with some suffering from depression, anxiety and low self-esteem.

"Too many children are missing out on their childhoods because of their parents' drinking and we all have a responsibility to stop this from happening."

The latest figures were calculated from Scottish Government health surveys. They reveal that between 72,000 and 93,000children at are risk of harm from their parents' drinking.

SNP MSP Marco Biagi said: "We've known for some time that children often bear the brunt of our nation's attitude to alcohol but these figures reveal the scale of the problem.

"Key to addressing the issue is reducing the amount of alcohol adults consume.

"That is exactly what the Scottish Government is focused on doing, through its framework for action on alcohol, investment in health interventions and, most recently, in introducing a minimum price for alcohol. All these measures give us a real chance of changing the culture around alcohol and ensuring that children get the best start in life."

Footprints

Mexican mayor-elect, campaign manager found shot to death

An opposition politician elected in Mexico's July 1 vote and his campaign manager were found shot to death in a truck early Sunday morning in the central state of San Luis Potosi, which has seen a spike in drug gang-related violence in the past week.

Edgar Morales, a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) who won the mayoral race in Matehuala, and Juan Hernandez were ambushed by gunmen after leaving a birthday party in the town, the state attorney general's office said in a statement.

Authorities found spent rounds from high-powered rifles at the scene, the statement said.

Hernandez's wife, who survived the ambush, did not see the gunmen, and authorities have not established a motive for the murders, said a government spokesperson who requested anonymity for security reasons.

Morales who ran on a coalition ticket between the PRI and smaller Green Party, narrowly defeated a candidate from outgoing President Felipe Calderon's National Action Party, according to state election data.

Eye 1

Psychopathic logic: Malaysian court frees pedophile bowler, citing his "bright future"

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Malaysian women's groups have questioned a court's decision to free a national bowler who pleaded guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl, reportedly citing his "bright future".

A three-judge panel at the Court of Appeal unanimously ruled on Thursday to release ten-pin bowler Noor Afizal Azizan on probation in the statutory rape case, overturning a lower court's decision to jail him.

In his decision one of the three judges agreed with Noor Afizal's lawyer that, according to national news agency Bernama, "public interest would not be served if Noor Afizal was sent to jail as he had a bright future".

The Joint Action Group For Gender Equality, which comprises six prominent women's groups, in a statement received yesterday, urged the judiciary to clarify its decision.

Heart - Black

Teen Sues California City Claiming Rape by Officer

Santa Maria, California - A teenage police Explorer Scout has sued the city of Santa Maria, claiming she was repeatedly raped by a police officer who was shot and killed by a fellow officer after a struggle to avoid arrest.

The lawsuit filed Aug. 7 in federal court claims negligence and seeks unspecified damages. City officials could not be reached for comment Sunday.

Officer Alberto Covarrubias was killed in January by another officer after he was under investigation for having sex with the 17-year-old girl.

The suit claims Covarrubias raped the girl numerous times and told her if she didn't have sex with him that he would kill her boyfriend and her family.

The suit said city officials failed to act immediately once it was alerted to the allegations.

Source: The Associated Press

Igloo

Anti-Glacier Prayer "Worked Too Well" - Vatican Approves New Ritual

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© Maxime Schmid, European Pressphoto Agency
Pilgrims from the Swiss villages of Fiesch and Fieschertal pray for glacier growth late last month.
About 50 people set out on foot from the Swiss village of Fiesch at dawn on July 31. As the sun rose over 13,000-foot (4,000-meter) Alpine peaks, the procession moved slowly up a mountainside and into the cool of a pine forest, stopping at a tiny church.

By 7:30 the group had swollen to around a hundred - too many to fit inside the chapel of Maria Heimsuchung, or Mary of the Visitation, so a makeshift altar was erected outside.

"Glacier is ice, ice is water, water is life," intoned priest Toni Wenger, before beseeching God to stop the glaciers high above them from melting.

By changing a few, crucial words in the liturgy, Father Wenger reversed a Catholic ritual that for 350 years had implored the heavens to push back the glaciers.

The Vatican had approved the change as the effects of global warming became all too tangible in the Alps.

Climate change's effects are accentuated in mountainous regions, and in the 20th century temperatures in Alpine Switzerland increased by twice the global average. Today Swiss glaciers are shrinking by nearly 33 feet (10 meters) a year, on average. What's more, alpine communities are reporting more rain and stronger winds than in centuries past.

Red Flag

Prosecutors in Seattle dragging activists into grand juries, citing their social circles and anarchist reading materials

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© Robert Ullman
On Thursday, August 2, at roughly 12:45 p.m., a small woman with long black hair and a red cardigan sweater stood on the lawn of Seattle's federal courthouse, surrounded by a few friends and around 75 protesters. On the steps behind her, a few dozen law-enforcement officers watched as she nervously spoke into a megaphone, announcing that she would not cooperate with the federal grand jury proceedings taking place inside. She said she would go into the courthouse, give the jury only her name and date of birth, and refuse to answer any further questions. "Under no circumstances," she said, speaking for herself and another recipient of a subpoena, "will we talk about other people."

The woman, a 24-year-old from Portland named Leah-Lynn Plante, was prepared to go to jail for refusing to talk about who may have been involved in the politically motivated vandalism in downtown Seattle on May Day, when activists smashed out the windows of several banks and stores - including Wells Fargo and Niketown - as well as a federal courthouse door.