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Nearly half of American children live dangerously close to the poverty line

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Nearly half of children in the United States live dangerously close to the poverty line, according to new research from the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. Basic Facts about Low-Income Children, the center's annual series of profiles on child poverty in America, illustrates the severity of economic instability and poverty conditions faced by more than 31 million children throughout the United States. Using the latest data from the American Community Survey, NCCP researchers found that while the total number of children in the U.S. has remained about the same since 2008, more children today are likely to live in families barely able to afford their most basic needs.

"These data challenge the prevailing beliefs that many still hold about what poverty looks like and which children in this country are most likely to be at risk," said Renée Wilson-Simmons, DrPH, NCCP director. "The fact is, despite the significant gains we've made in expanding nutrition and health insurance programs to reach the children most in need, millions of children are living in families still struggling to make ends meet in our low-growth, low-wage economy."

Comment: America continues to amaze with its 'exceptionalism' which includes blatant disregard for its most vulnerable. What else can be expected from a country who is infamous for the exportation of global chaos?


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Big oil CEO, Aubrey McClendon killed in fiery single car crash less than 24 hours after being federally indicted

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Oklahoma City, OK — Aubrey McClendon, former chief executive of Chesapeake Energy Corporation, died in a fiery car crash on Wednesday — the day after being indicted on federal antitrust charges.

McClendon was known as either a pioneer of the U.S. shale oil industry boom — or derided as the King of Fracking — depending on whom you ask. But, Tuesday's indictment was not the first time he'd had trouble with the law concerning his enormously profitable business practices.

McClendon had issued a statement prior to his death, reported by Zero Hedge, in which he vowed to fight the charges:
"The charge that has been filed against me today is wrong and unprecedented. I have been singled out as the only person in the oil and gas industry in over 110 years since the Sherman Act became law to have been accused of this crime in relation to joint bidding on leasehold. Anyone who knows me, my business record and the industry in which I have worked for 35 years, knows that I could not be guilty of violating any antitrust laws. All my life I have worked to create jobs in Oklahoma, grow its economy, and to provide abundant and affordable energy to all Americans. I am proud of my track record in this industry, and I will fight to prove my innocence and to clear my name."

Comment: Dead men tell no tales.....


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Man arrested after waterboarding his girlfriend for speaking to a boy online

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Dylan VanCamp is in hot water - and jail - for using an infamous US military torture technique against his girlfriend in an attempt to find out if she was faithful.

The 22 year-old Wisconsin man is charged with six felonies and three misdemeanors, including suffocation, battery, and stalking, for a series of attacks over their seven-month relationship.

A month into the relationship, VanCamp is said to have waterboarded the anonymous woman for "speaking with a boy" on a social media site, Smoking Gun reported.

The woman told police she "could not breathe" and "felt like she was drowning" after one such attack.

The jealousy-filled boyfriend apparently dragged his then-girlfriend from the shower into the bedroom, punched her in the head, and held a knife to her face.

Comment: So this guy gets (rightfully) arrested, but Bush, Cheney, and the rest of the crooked bunch of elites roam free even though they tortured and waterboarded scores of innocent civilians.


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Possible MH370 debris discovery suggests plane fell into Indian Ocean

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The mystery around the disappearance of the passenger jet with 239 aboard may be nearing a resolution.


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Teen shoots family after they tried to get him up for school

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A 16-year old Nashville resident is accused of shooting his grandmother, sister and nephew because he did not want to leave his bed to head to school. He also tried to shoot his mother, but she managed to escape.

"There was a quarrel about getting up and getting ready for the day when (at some point) the 16-year-old ran to a closet, got a 9mm handgun and started firing," said Kris Mumford, spokeswoman for the Nashville police.

Police responded to a report of an active shooting at 7:17am on Tuesday. Six nearby schools were placed on lockdown, Metro Schools spokesman Joe Bass said.

The boy, whose name has not been released yet, shot his 67-year-old grandmother, Earline Hill, twice. He also wounded his 12-year-old sister and 6-year-old nephew.

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Baltimore suspends school police chief and two officers after video shows officer beating teen

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Video footage shows a Baltimore school police officer slapping, kicking and cursing at a high school student, prompting the chief of the police department and two of its officers to be put on administrative leave.

The short clip posted to Facebook on Tuesday was covertly filmed via smartphone by another student at Reach Partnership School, and shows an unidentified officer swearing at a young man while slapping his face three times.

"Go the f**k home!" the officer yells. A second officer can be scene behind the attacker, making no effort to stop his coworker. The officer can then be seen kicking the teen in the back, saying: "get the f**k out of here!"

Officials are investigating the case, Schools spokeswoman Edie House Foster said Wednesday. She confirmed that the officer in the video was among those placed on leave, calling his behavior "unacceptable and appalling."


Comment: The police officer should not only be fired, but criminal charges of assault should be filed. The teen's parents should sue the pants off the police officer and the city for allowing someone to treat a child so cruelly.


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Israel: At it nonstop! More Palestinian homes demolished in Jerusalem, Nablus, Area C West Bank

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© www.el-saha.comIsrael demolishes Palestinian-owned commercial building in north Jerusalem.
Israeli authorities Wednesday demolished a Palestinian-owned building in Jerusalem, as well as demolished residential structures and animal barns near Nablus, local sources said.

In Jerusalem, Israeli police accompanied by bulldozers broke into at-Tour neighborhood in the city, where they demolished a three-story building under the pretext of construction without a permit. The demolished building comprised six apartments, WAFA reported. Israeli authorities had not issued a notification regarding their intent to demolish the building.

Meanwhile, Israeli troops stormed the village of Tana, East of Nablus, and proceeded to demolish a number of Palestinian-owned residential structures and animal barns, also for being built without an Israeli permit. The village is located in Area C in the West Bank, under complete Israeli control.

Issuance of construction permits by Israeli authorities for Palestinians in Area C and in Jerusalem, unlike for Israeli settlers, requires unreasonable fees that most Palestinians cannot afford to pay. Over the course of 2015, Israel demolished 521 structures in Area C as well as in East Jerusalem, displacing 636 people, according to the UN monitoring group OCHA.

The vast majority of these demolitions were carried out on the grounds of construction without a permit. Between 2010 and 2014, only 1.5 percent of applications for building permits in Area C were approved by Israeli occupation authorities, OCHA adds.

Comment: They demolish commercial buildings, homes and barns for not having a permit. Do they have a permit to demolish??? Approving only 1.5% of building applications gives Israel a go-ahead to randomly eliminate 98.5% of construction projects...or should we say de-construction projects?


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SodaStream bows to BDS pressure - closes West Bank factory

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Arab-Israeli women greet a colleague, right, being one of the last Palestinian employees of the Israeli SodaStream drinks firm leaving after they were laid off following a work permit battle Monday before they leave SodaStream’s plant in the Israeli city of Rahat in the Negev desert.
Hundreds of Palestinian workers have lost their jobs following a boycott campaign against SodaStream, an Israeli company that manufactures home kitchen fizzy drink machines once promoted by Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson.

SodaStream was a prominent target of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Campaign and CODEPINK, because it operated a factory in the West Bank, territory that Palestinians claim as theirs.


Comment: It's not a "claim", but a legal reality. The West bank is Palestinian land and always has been. Israel has illegally annexed and occupied it.


An Agence France-Presse photographer captured images Monday of the laid-off Palestinian workers sobbing as they said goodbye to their Israeli colleagues following a decision by the company to move its factory out of the West Bank.

"We're heartened by all the support that everyone has shown us, but in the end, when I get up tomorrow, I won't have a job to go to," Yasin Abu Ateek, a 29-year-old father of two who worked for SodaStream for six years told the Jerusalem Post.

Comment: True enough, the plant closure is bad for the employees and their families. Notice though, the article spins on sympathy for the individuals while disparaging the goal of BDS supporters. This obfuscates the larger picture, which is that:
  1. An Israeli company should never have been able to open a facility on illegally occupied land
  2. If Palestinians were allowed to conduct business for themselves instead of being blocked by Israel at every turn, you can bet there would be plenty of employment for Palestinians.
  3. The BDS movement is working.



Crusader

Bigots on parade: Far-right Britain First stages cringe-worthy picket outside London Mosque

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Britain First's latest 'Christian intervention' attracted no more than 10 supporters as the far-right group staged a picket outside a major mosque in East London.

Footage captured by a passerby shows a soggy protest outside the East London Mosque in Whitechapel.

The group was led by Deputy Leader Jayda Franken and arrived outside the mosque at 11am, but left shortly after police intervened.

A Britain First banner was held aloft while Franken waved a white cross in a protest that lasted only 20 minutes.

"I'm out here doing God's work peacefully. I'm saying to you 'turn away from the false prophet and embrace the savior Jesus Christ," Franken told passersby.


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The Nanny State strikes again! Mom arrested and placed in shackles over son's three school absences

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Mothers with young children who are named Student of the Month and are known for their high grades aren't typically what you think of when you imagine criminals, yet that is what one mother in Georgia currently is because of her son's three unexcused absences.

Julie Scott Giles and her son Sam live in Georgia, where Sam attends public school in Screven County. His school has a policy that allows students to have up to 6 unexcused absences per year, and Sam was reported to have 12 at the time of arrest. However, Julie explained via Facebook that while Sam was 6 absences over the limit, 3 of those ended up being excused because Sam's doctor reissued 3 notes that Sam had never turned in. This means that Julie's arrest was over just 3 unexcused absences.

Giles explained that her son is often sick and that she can't always take him to the doctor's each time to obtain an official note because of the costly fees. Her son reportedly has 4 A's and 4 B's, showing that although he may be absent more than others, he still manages to excel in school. He also was named Student of the Month and his teacher stated that Sam was chosen because of his willingness to help others and participate in their activities, even if it wasn't his first choice.