Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:43 UTC
Investigators with the state fire marshal and the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives believe a fire at the Islamic Society of New Tampa's Daarus Salaam Mosque in Thonotosassa, Florida, was intentionally set, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Firefighters responded to a fire alarm at 2:10am local time, according to Hillsborough County Fire Rescue. The fire was quickly extinguished, and no injuries were reported. Only the interior of the mosque was damaged, that being from sprinkler water.
Sat, 25 Feb 2017 15:28 UTC
"He was very shook up about it. He has never been treated like this before," attorney Chris Mancini told RT. "He didn't know what was going on, and asked [immigration], 'Why are you doing this? My father is Muhammad Ali' and they just didn't seem to give a crap."
"He sat there for two hours, and then they let him go," Mancini added.
Muhammad Ali Jr., was traveling back from Jamaica with his mother, Ali's second of four wives, Khalilah, on February 7. They flew into Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport when immigration officers stopped them.
Sat, 25 Feb 2017 15:24 UTC
"She only said in general that somebody asked her to do this activity. She only said in general she met with some people who looked Japanese or Korean," Indonesia's deputy ambassador to Malaysia, Andriano Erwin, said after a 30-minute meeting with the 25-year-old, who told the diplomat that she didn't want her parents to visit her in custody. "According to her, that person gave her 400 ringgits ($90) to do this activity... She only said she was given a kind of oil, like baby oil."
Malaysian police say that the "baby oil" was in fact VX, a powerful poison classified by the UN as a weapon of mass destruction, which is prohibitively expensive and mostly manufactured in state-sponsored military facilities.
Los Angeles Times
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:17 UTC
"It's just a nightmare," said Drake, who practices in West L.A.
Drake was trained not to reveal her personal beliefs, but now will agree with clients if they say they don't support Trump.
"If this were just another session, if this weren't such a big thing, if this weren't so evil, I wouldn't," she said. "But I have to stand for what I stand for and that does cross over into politics."
Therapists nationwide say they've been overwhelmed by the strong feelings triggered by one of the most divisive figures in modern political history.
Comment: And now a bit of satire:
Sat, 25 Feb 2017 14:39 UTC
New Jersey is trying a new algorithm to fix its broken bail system, a flashpoint for criminal justice advocates who argue that court-assessed fines can discriminate against low-income and highly policed communities—most often, people of color.
Guidelines for how judges set bail vary across the country, but generally use a combination of a bail schedule, which prices out fees for specific offenses, and their own assessment of whether the defendant will appear at their hearing or commit a crime before their trial. If you can't pay up, you stay in jail until your trial date, sometimes for up to a month.
Sat, 25 Feb 2017 02:33 UTC
A letter from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Attorney Mike Feuer and City Council President Herb Wesson requested that ICE cease calling themselves police when interacting with the public to prevent alienating undocumented immigrants from the LAPD.
Inspired by a Los Angeles Times article discussing ICE officers who refer to themselves as "police" to get people to open their doors or talk to them, the letter says: "The LAPD manual states that participation by undocumented residents in police activities serves to 'increase the Department's ability to protect and serve the entire community.'"
The letter argues that ensuring undocumented immigrants feel comfortable reporting crime to police officers is integral to public safety, because it encourages "witnesses and victims of crime to come forward, irrespective of their immigration status."
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 05:25 UTC
For those who are little fuzzy on their high school U.S. history knowledge, the Tennessean explains that the U.S. Constitution can be amended in two ways. The first would require a two-thirds majority vote in both chambers of Congress, an unlikely outcome in today's hyper-partisan political arena. The second, on the other hand, requires that two-thirds of the states (34 in total) pass a resolution calling for a Constitutional Convention.
There are two ways to propose amendments to the Constitution. The first and more traditional method is through a two-thirds majority vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Then the amendment is sent to the state legislatures, where it needs ratification by three-fourths or 38 states in order to become law. Nearly all 27 amendments have followed this path.
But the Constitution also provides a second, more populist path to amending the document. If two-thirds or 34 states pass a resolution calling for a Constitutional Convention, delegates from all 50 states will meet to draft an amendment. This is what the Tennessee lawmakers are calling for in their resolution.
Comment: In order to arrive to a good solution, the people of the US have to more correctly identify the problems. With literally trillions of dollars gone missing from places like the unholy Pentagon - and no accountability - how could any new laws ever manage to shore up the economic health of the US? And this is just one (if not one of the worst) examples.
See: What would you do with 8.5 trillion and total secrecy? US government clueless about missing Pentagon cash
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:25 UTC
Great scientific and medical advances were made over the course of the 20th century, manifesting in the development of myriad medicines, sophisticated surgical techniques, and significant improvements in healthcare provision. Average life expectancy in the USA increased by almost three decades during this period, concomitant with a steep fall in infant mortality. In England and Wales, average lifespans rose from 49 (males) and 53 (females) in 1910 to 75 (males) and 80 (females) by the end of the century.
The development of antibiotics, novel vaccinations, and an ever-widening array of medicines are some of the reasons behind the virtual eradication of infectious diseases such as measles, rubella, and TB in the developed world.
Not everyone has equally benefitted from this scientific progress, however. The aforementioned diseases are still frighteningly prevalent across the developing world. The average life expectancy in some African nations is as low as the sixth decade of life, as millions succumb to diseases and die without access to vaccinations, medicines, or decent healthcare.
Comment: It's not difficult to understand why the pharmaceutical industry is so despised. While poorer countries of the world suffer from a lack of necessary medicines, those in the developed world are over-medicated with drugs that are often harmful causing needless suffering and countless deaths.
Experts calling for urgent public inquiry into drugs firms' 'murky' practices - Big Pharma greed is killing tens of thousands around the world
The Electronic Intifada
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00 UTC
shot by police while driving his vehicle, during a pre-dawn raid to destroy homes built without permits in Umm al-Hiran. The Israeli government seeks to evacuate the Palestinian Bedouin village in the south of Israel in order to build a Jewish settlement in its place. An officer was also killed and several demonstrators - including a Palestinian member of Israel's parliament - were injured by sponge-tipped bullets and other weaponry fired by police during the 18 January raid.
Eyewitnesses and the slain man's family told media that Abu al-Qiyan was attempting to leave the village and that his vehicle accelerated only after he was fired on, suggesting he became incapacitated and lost control of his car before it veered off course and drove into a group of police. But police and senior Israeli government officials wasted no time in framing Abu al-Qiyan as a terrorist immediately after his death.
Comment: Deflection with blame is an Israeli mastery.
See also: Father of slain Palestinian dies 'of shock' in Umm al-Hiran
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:51 UTC
In footage provided exclusively to DailyMail.com, Johnny Chung spills details on how he illegally funneled money from Chinese officials to Bill Clinton's 1996 re-election bid.
The Chinese-American Clinton fundraiser recorded the 'elaborate videotaped testimony' while in hiding in 2000.
He smuggled it to trusted friends and family with instructions to release it to the media in the event of his untimely death because he believed he was at risk of being assassinated.
Chung is believed to still be alive and living in China.
The video was obtained by author and historian Doug Wead for his new book Game of Thorns, which traces Hillary Clinton's unsuccessful 2016 campaign and the Chinese government's long-running operation to buy political influence in Washington.