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Whistle-blower revenge: Harvard doctoral student forced to undergo psychiatric exam in retaliation for claims of scientific misconduct

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At 1 a.m. on 4 June 2016, Gustavo German, a doctoral student in biomedicine at Harvard University, heard a knock at his door. It was three police officers.

They explained that a doctor with Harvard's health service had issued an order to take German to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation to see whether he should be committed, even against his will. Surprised, German said he was fine. One police officer put on black gloves. His parents, who were visiting, tried to persuade the police to stop, saying they were not concerned about their son.

The officers made German lie down on a stretcher, and an ambulance carried him to a hospital. He was back home within hours, however; a psychiatrist had found nothing out of the ordinary. But German was traumatized, he says, and "my mom was distraught." She couldn't sleep for 5 days, he says. Soon after, German says a Harvard official told him he shouldn't return to his laboratory.

Court records reveal that the police had received their order because, for months, German's mentor—prominent stem cell researcher Lee Rubin—had been voicing concerns about German's behavior. German appeared "uncharacteristically disheveled and exhausted" at times, according to an affidavit from Rubin; other members of Rubin's laboratory said they felt unsafe around German, and worried he might sabotage their experiments. Rubin's concerns deepened in late May 2016, after German—who was just months away from finishing his Ph.D.—stopped showing up at the lab. Just weeks later, German's disappearance led the health service doctor—who had never spoken to German, nor his physician—to order him to be taken from his home in the middle of the night for a psychiatric evaluation.

Airplane Paper

Andrews High student arrested after paper airplane hits teacher in eye

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An Andrews High School student could face 30 days in jail after allegedly throwing a paper airplane that struck a teacher in the eye.

On Tuesday, Jan. 10, Georgetown County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested 17-year-old David Michael Elliott after his instructor, Edward McIver, told them he was struck in the eye by a paper airplane he threw during class. He was charged with third-degree assault and battery.

Times staff requested a copy of the incident report concerning Elliott's arrest after seeing his name, mugshot and charge in the Georgetown County Detention Center booking record. In response, the sheriff's office provided the report, but redacted the name of the student who was arrested.

According to the incident report, McIver - a science teacher, who also serves on the Florence Public School District One Board of Trustees - contacted the school resource officer, Deputy Paul Glover, and told him he had been struck in the eye. In the report, Glover noted McIver's eye appeared "very red." Glover said McIver was "very upset" about being struck in the eye because of a recent ocular surgery.


Anti-Trump Activist Training Camp: How Protesters Prepare to Disrupt the Inauguration (UPDATES)

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Six days before Donald Trump takes his oath of office, a group of activists met to plan how they'll voice their opposition

Six days before Donald Trump's inauguration, dozens of people — from college students to gray-haired hippies — gathered in a classroom at American University in Washington D.C. to listen a lawyer offer tips on how to handle getting arrested.

A woman in her late 30s raised her hand. She was worried that, since she's a teacher, an arrest could get her fired and maybe hurt her chances at landing another job.

"We've had teachers get arrested," the lawyer said. "It's not the end of the world." That's likely reassuring, since for many of those in attendance, the kind of disruption that could end in arrest is the goal.

Comment: It would be interesting to know how many of these activists protested the Western-conceived and executed destruction of Libya, the U.S. proxy war being fought in Syria, the coup in Ukraine, the mobilization of NATO forces in Eastern Europe, the antagonistic acts of the US Navy in the South China Sea, and the list goes on...

More on the protests and controversies: Update: Last night, Trump offered this message to his supporters:
'I'm going to be cheering you on. You're going to cheer me on, but I'm going to cheer you on,' Trump told supporters who gathered for a pre-inaugural concert.

After defying predictions throughout his unpredictable campaign, Trump even promised a 'beautiful' swearing in when he takes the oath of office on the West Front of the Capitol Friday.

'So I'll see you tomorrow and I don't care frankly if it's going to be beautiful or if it's going to rain like crazy. Makes no difference to me,' Trump said.

'I have a feeling it's going to be beautiful. But I will see you tomorrow.'
The crazies are out in droves, however. One example:
During a live report on Thursday's "Tucker Carlson Tonight" on the Fox News Channel, a young man protesting in Washington, DC claimed to have started a fire in the street, "Because I felt like it. And because I'm just saying, 'Screw our president.'"

Bikers for Trump are there too, with a message of unity. However, they say they plan to make sure there is no violence, and they're "absolutely" prepared for physical conflicts if the anti-Trump protesters turn violent. And that has already happened. One Trump supporter (James Allsup, whose bloody head is pictured at the previous link) so far has been sucker-punched by an "anti-fascist" protester.

Update: Ohio State is offering an Inauguration "safe space" for people who just can't handle democracy.
"The purpose of this event is to foster a safe space for the Ohio State campus community to connect with one another, support aspirations, and empower growth and change," organizers state.

The "I, too, am America" event is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will include three concurrent offerings from noon to 3 p.m.: a screening of the inauguration festivities in one room; another room set aside to "pause, reflect and share"; and a third swath of rooms for teach-ins by grad students, faculty and staff.
According to organizers, attending the program will teach students how to "define social justice and identify at least two social justice issues," as well as "identify at least one lesson, idea, tool, or strategy to apply to their academic and personal experiences."
In DC, the National Park Service credentialed 28 protests, expecting over 350,000 demonstrators. Typical inaugurations see only 5 or 6 demonstration requests.
Protests kicked off in the nation's capital on Wednesday night, with an LGBT dance party in front of Vice President-elect Mike Pence's temporary home. That event was hosted by DisruptJ20, a broad coalition of far-left groups.

On Thursday, the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign hosted an anti-war rally, while another group demonstrated outside the "Deploraball," a pre-inaugural party to celebrate Trump's election.

Not all protests are against Trump though. Some people are rallying to show their support for the billionaire businessman-cum-politician.
The protests will culminate on Saturday with the Women's March on Washington. That demonstration was organized hours after Trump was elected and expects at least 200,000 people. It comes 100 years after women first participated in inauguration activities, marching after the second swearing-in of President Woodrow Wilson in 1917. That women's march, which had 5,000 participants, helped mobilize support for the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, giving women the right to vote.
They're even protesting in the UK: "Build bridges not walls" says a giant banner hanging from London's Tower Bridge. Filipinos, too, 300 or so of whom chanted "Dump Trump" and burned the U.S. flag outside the embassy in Manila.

The BLM and DisruptJ20 protestors blocked Trump supporters from passing through a barricaded checkpoint in DC. The 'demonstrators' are smashing windows and throwing objects. Pepper spray is reportedly being used.

Update: An RT America reporter has been arrested covering the protests in DC:
"I was hit in the face with a flash grenade, it blinded me for a moment and my ears were ringing for a while," Rubinstein said. "By the time I was done being treated and I could see again, we were encircled by police and I was told that everybody present would be arrested. It doesn't matter that I'm press."

The National Park Police have surrounded the group, corralling them with riot shields, Rubinstein said. It's reported illegal to "cattle corral" protesters in this manner, and there is already talk of a lawsuit among the group.

"We're just waiting, the police are filming us, waiting for them to arrest us, surrounded by riot shields," he said.
Update: Politico on the media coverage of the inauguration vs. the protests:
For about an hour on Friday afternoon, TV networks' coverage turned from the inauguration of President Donald Trump to clashes between police and protesters in downtown Washington, D.C., just blocks away from the inaugural festivities.

Fox News correspondent Griff Jenkins had to abandon his live shot as riot police began charging protesters in downtown Washington in midafternoon. "We're media! We're media!" Jenkins repeated during the encounter, as his camera operator turned the lens toward the pavement. "We are OK," Jenkins assured viewers after the ordeal was over and he had crossed the police line. "Part of what that was, which was dramatic, but we just got ourselves caught."

The tense moment, which was aired on the cable news channel, was part of a largely improvised stretch of coverage for television networks and other news organizations, who rushed to cover the protests that occasionally became violent. MSNBC and NBC had correspondent Jacob Rascon on the scene to capture riot police storming protesters and setting off flash bangs and pepper spray, but a crewmember in charge of the audio was hit with pepper spray, causing problems with the audio feed, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow said on the air.

Vehicles being used by the media were affected as well. Former CNN host Larry King said on Twitter that his limo was vandalized. "Protestors in DC smashed the windows of my hired SUV & many other cars. I was working in-studio & am ok, but my driver is a bit rattled," King tweeted. A BuzzFeed livestream appeared to show a Fox News truck being vandalized as well.

All the networks were in the process of covering the inaugural festivities when the clashes between police and protesters broke out. MSNBC and NBC were among the first to switch their coverage, followed by CNN and Fox News. The other networks followed suit. Nearly 100 people were arrested in the ongoing protests.
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Man critically injured in shooting as protest at speaker Yiannopoulos event at University of Washington turns violent

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People listen as a demonstrator speaks at a march in protest to U.S. President Donald Trump's inauguration in Seattle, Washington, U.S. January 20, 2017
A shooting marked protests that turned violent at the University of Washington in Seattle on Friday. The local fire department has confirmed one adult male with a "possible life threatening injury" was taken to a hospital.

"A person with a suspected gunshot wound in the abdomen was removed from the crowd in the protest in Red Square and taken to Harborview MC," the University of Washington said in a statement.

The shooting occurred during a protest of Milo Yiannopoulos, a provocative conservative speaker, invited to speak at the campus, according to local Fox affiliate Q13.

Comment: The suspect in the shooting has since turned himself in to police.


Fortune teller ordered to pay nearly $1MN to client for forcing woman into prostitution by mind control

A fortune teller in Japan has been found guilty of forcing a woman into prostitution by controlling her mind. A Tokyo District Court ordered the seer to pay $815,000 worth of damages to the victim.

Tokyo's Judge Sotaro Tomuro ruled earlier this week that a woman psychic was able to control the mind of another female forcing her to work in the sex industry. Working as a prostitute the victim was forced to surrender over 100 million yen ($815,000) to the clairvoyant, local media reported.

The story began unfolding in 2008 when the victim started consulting with the fortuneteller over the phone to deal with divorce issues.

Over time the conversations grew more frequent and the victim, who by this time had so much faith in the oracle, moved into an apartment run by the fortuneteller. That same year, in 2011, the victim started working in a brothel until leaving the trade in 2013.

Che Guevara

12 things President Trump MUST do for America to be great again

By this time tomorrow a new leader will have been sworn into office (publicly, dog-and-pony style) after it has first been done in private, away from the subjects and "far from the madding crowd." A "mystical experience" then will occur, as Obama, the man who turned America into a third world nation becomes the "Ghost of Christmas Past." He will float away in his helicopter with his lovely family and his Secret Service team of bodyguards, the ones who will be assigned to protect him for the rest of his life, by his own executive order...paid for by you and me. Trump will then capture the flashbulbs and cameras as he publicly swears in.

From that point, it will all take on a new dimension. Before Trump is sworn in, the mantra is:


Grassroots demonstration: Women's March on Washington poised to greet Trump's first full day in office

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A day after President Donald Trump's inauguration, more than 200,000 people are expected to march from the US Capitol to the White House as part of the Women's March on Washington, a grassroots demonstration in support of women's rights.

On Saturday, January 21, the Women's March on Washington will begin near the US Capitol at 10am local time and head west on the National Mall before turning north to the White House.

Held in tandem with hundreds of smaller sister marches across the US, the demonstration is not explicitly anti-Trump, according to organizers. However, its message is based around announcing to "our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women's rights are human rights."

"We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us," the march's official website says, adding that "ending violence," reproductive rights, LGBTQIA rights, worker's rights, civil rights, disability rights, immigrant rights and environmental justice are all "unity principles" behind the march.


Rocket attack hits Istanbul police headquarters and AKP offices

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Members of police special forces take part in an operation near the police headquaters after an attack in Istanbul, Turkey, January 20, 2017.
Unidentified assailants attacked Istanbul's police headquarters and an office of the ruling AK Party with improvised rocket launchers on Friday, officials said, the latest acts of violence in a city which has seen a string of bombings and shootings.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks and there were no reports of casualties. Islamic State, Kurdish militants and far-leftist groups have all claimed or been blamed for attacks in the city in the recent past.

The first attack on the police headquarters in Fatih, a district on the European side of the city, damaged a wall, according to Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin. There were no casualties, he said in a statement.

President Tayyip Erdogan had been informed about the attack on the police headquarters and the second one on the AK Party offices in the nearby Sutlucu neighborhood, his office said.


CNN banned at Indiana YMCA over complaints about constant barrage of "Fake News"

Last Friday night, the Valparaiso Family YMCA in Indiana abruptly stopped airing CNN on its televisions in the facility's wellness and exercise area. According the the Chicago Tribune, the decision was made by the Y's CEO, Robert Wanek, after dozens of complaints were lodged from guests regarding CNN's obvious "political bias" and constant reporting of "fake news."
"It's the No. 1 problem we have in the wellness area," Koeppen told me. "Trying to please everyone, which I'm sure you can appreciate."

On Monday morning, she said YMCA officials had a meeting about the complaints. It culminated with a press release statement later that day from Robert Wanek, CEO of the Valpo Y.

"In order to eliminate perceived political bias associated with national news outlets, the Valparaiso Family YMCA will only be showing local news channels in the future," he said.

I asked Wanek to better explain exactly what happened last Friday night to prompt this change in TV viewing which, as far as I know, has been the same for many years.

"I cannot pinpoint the change origins, only to add that we get dozens of requests to change channels every day from numerous interest groups," he replied.


200+ protesters arrested, windows shattered, cars burned at inauguration Day protests

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Activists race after being hit by a stun grenade while protesting against U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on the sidelines of the inauguration in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017.

Protests surrounding the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump have reached fever pitch as demonstrators turn violent, smashing windows and throwing objects around DC. More than 200 people were arrested, according to police.