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College instructor told students to threaten patients into vaccinations, lawsuit claims

A Shiawassee County woman is suing Baker College after she claims she was kicked out of the school's nursing program because she questioned lessons she claims encouraged students to lie to patients in order to get them vaccinated.
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Nichole Rolfe, 35, of Henderson, Mich., on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at John's Coney Island in Flint. Rolfe is suing Baker College following her dismissal from the school's nursing program. She claims she was kicked out because she questioned instruction that encouraged students to lie to patients so they would agree to vaccination.
Nichole Rolfe filed the lawsuit Monday, April 6, in Genesee Circuit Court on claims an instructor at the private school's Owosso campus told students to threaten and panic patients into immunizations. Rolfe's October 2013 dismissal from the program came 20 weeks before she was set to graduate.

"She stated that we would go in there if they declined and then we would use threats to coerce them," Rolfe said of the instructor's lesson. The threats could include, "You're going to lose your Medicaid and if you lose your Medicaid because you refuse the vaccine you will have to pay for your entire hospital stay," she claims.

Comment: Informed consent should include the following:

25 facts about vaccines and the pharmaceutical industry coverup


'United front to stop fascists': WWII veterans in plea to prevent 'rewriting of history'

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Colonel General Vladimir Grebenyuk, co-chairman of the Russian veterans’ union, at an international conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
A Second World War veteran's forum in Slovenia has called on the world to prevent the spread of a "cancer" that is attempting to rewrite history and to revive fascism.

Veteran organizations of Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and several other European countries gathered in the Slovenian capital on Friday to share their experiences.

The result of the conference dubbed "The lessons of the Second World War and contemporary society" became a memorandum that called for veteran's organizations to come out in a "united front" and preserve the national identity of Slavic cultures.

Comment: Hopefully these veterans can shine a light to the younger generations.


100,000 Italians sign petition for eurozone exit referendum

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Italy's Five Star Movement (M5S) party has collected more than 100,000 signatures on a petition calling for a law that would allow a referendum on withdrawal from the eurozone.

M5S MP Carlo Sibila says he expects a referendum to take place at the start of next year. Though the petition has already surpassed the required amount of signatures needed for the initiative, Sibila said that he hopes it will gather another 50,000 by early May in order to highlight the issue.

"Who wants to stay in euro? This is the main question," Sibila told RT. "But we don't want to get out just like this - we want a program and a discussion, and then let the citizens decide. It's really necessary today as the situation in Italy is going from bad to worse where jobs and economy are concerned."

Comment: Well, good luck with that. It's a great idea to control your own currency but you need the right kind of leadership to accomplish such a grand task. The world bankers won't have it and will create obstacles.

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Hysteria: Eighth grader charged with felony for changing teacher's desktop background

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A middle school student who said he was just trying to play a prank on a teacher he didn't like was charged with a cybercrime Wednesday after authorities said he hacked into his school's secure computer network.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office has charged Domanik Green, an eighth-grader at Paul R. Smith Middle School, with an offense against a computer system and unauthorized access, a felony. Sheriff Chris Nocco said Thursday that Green logged onto the school's network on March 31 using an administrative-level password without permission. He then changed the background image on a teacher's computer to one showing two men kissing.

One of the computers Green, 14, accessed also had encrypted 2014 FCAT questions stored on it, though the sheriff and Pasco County School District officials said Green did not view or tamper with those files.

"Even though some might say this is just a teenage prank, who knows what this teenager might have done," Nocco said.


Banksy painting seized by Gaza police after owner is tricked into selling it for $175

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The doorway of a destroyed house, which was painted by British street artist Banksy, is seen inside the gallery of a local Palestinian artist after he bought it from the house's owner, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip April 1, 2015.
Palestinian police in Gaza have seized a door with a painting on it by British graffiti artist Banksy after its original owner said he had been tricked into selling it cheap for just $175.

Banksy, a reclusive British street artist from Bristol, visited Gaza this year and is known to have authored several paintings on buildings, some of them in ruins.

The artist visited Gaza in February presumably to draw attention to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians and the humanitarian catastrophe for the latter. He also filmed an undercover documentary depicting the real life of ordinary Palestinians. It's called 'Make this the year You discover a new destination', in a satire of the travel advert format.

Comment: It's sad Dardouna was being taken advantage of. What's even sadder is that graffiti is selling for millions these days while Palestinians live in prison. Forget the art, just give Gazans the money they need!


Senator Elizabeth Warren: Every law protects the tender fannies of the rich and powerful

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) told Jon Stewart that the influence of the wealthy on Washington was so pervasive that many lawmakers had probably stopped noticing.

"The problem we've got is that there is so much money flowing into Washington, so much power (and) so many lobbyists, that it becomes the norm," she said. "I want to say it this way: The wind only blows from one direction - it only blows from the direction of those who have money."

Warren appeared Thursday night on "The Daily Show," where she said the wealthiest Americans had tilted the playing field dramatically in their favor.

"Powerful corporations (and) rich people have figured out that if you can bend the government to help you just a little bit, it's a tremendous payoff," the senator said, "and if you can bend it to help you just a little bit more and a little bit more, the playing field just gets more and more tilted, and the rich and the powerful just do better and better."

The rumored 2016 presidential candidate said their influence went far beyond campaign donations.

"They've invested in Washington in a million other ways," Warren said. "The lobbyists are there every day, every meeting that occurs. They're there in the regulatory agencies, they're all over the town to make sure that the tender fannies of the rich and the powerful are always carefully protected — in every rule that's written, every conversation, in every discussion."

Comment: Elizabeth Warren seems to be one of the few politicians who is willing to talk about what is really happening in politics. She's an anti-big business liberal who sees how Washington works for the lobbyists and pretty much no one else. It's worth watching both parts of her interview with Jon Stewart to hear her talking about fixing the enormous problem of student loans.


Prosecutors in Florida dismiss dozens of cases linked to cops who exchanged racist text messages


Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Frank Adderley (far right) speaks about three of the officers' firings at a press conference in March
More than 50 criminal cases will be dropped after four Florida police officers were fired over their racist text messages and videos.

The Broward State Attorney's Office has already dropped 12 felony cases involving charges of burglary, cocaine possession, and aggravated assault with a firearm,reported the Sun-Sentinel.

They have also dropped 19 misdemeanor cases and one juvenile case involving at least one of the Fort Lauderdale police officers.

About 20 more cases will be dismissed, prosecutors said.

"All the defendants were black," said Ron Ishoy, a spokesman for the state attorney's office. "All the cases were dropped because at least one of the officers was the principal officer involved in the arrest."

The department fired three police officers — Jason Holding, 31, James Wells, 30, and Christopher Sousa, 25 - last month, while a fourth officer, Alex Alvarez, 22, resigned in January.


Sheriffs under investigation after getting caught on video brutally beating suspect

San Bernardino County sheriff's officials are caught on tape beating 30-year-old Francis Jared Pusok after Tasing him on April 9, 2015
Sheriff's officials in San Bernardino County are under investigation after they were caught by a news helicopter swarming and mauling an unarmed man after he was on the ground, KNBC-TV reported on Thursday.

The attack on 30-year-old Francis Jared Pusok came after Pusok was hit by a Taser and fell face-first. KNBC estimated that in a two-minute span, Pusok was punched 37 times, kicked 17 times and hit four times with a baton.

"I'm disturbed by what I see in the video," Sheriff John McMahon said. "But I don't need to jump to conclusions at this point, until we do a complete and thorough investigation. If our deputy sheriffs did something wrong, they'll be put off work and they'll be dealt with appropriately, all in accordance with the law as well as our department policy."

The apparent beating came at the end of a chase that stretched across unincorporated Apple Valley and the nearby community of Hesperia. Authorities were attempting to serve Pusok with a warrant in an identity theft case when he fled his home and drove off. He later abandoned his vehicle and allegedly stole a horse, riding through rough terrain in a rural area, Bowen Ranch.


Journalist Robert Parry: Media groupthink on Ukraine crisis worst he's seen in 37 years


Robert Parry
  • Prize winning Robert Parry, who broke the Iran-Contra scandals, Editor of the excellent Consortium News, gives a great speech at the World Russia Forum, held in the Hart Senate office building, Washington DC.
  • Must see TV, especially for people interested in media criticism.
Robert Parry is an American investigative reporter best known for his role in breaking and covering the Iran-Contra story for the Associated Press (AP) and Newsweek, including breaking the Psychological Operations in Guerrilla Warfare (CIA manual provided to the Nicaraguan contras) and the CIA and Contras cocaine trafficking in the US scandal in 1985.

Currently, he is the editor of first web-based investigative magazine, Consortium News, as pointed out by Katrina vanden Heuvel, the editor and publisher of the magazine, The Nation. His latest book is America's Stolen Narrative.


College students asked to perform Common Core math

I don't believe that in engineering classes there is time to do this..."
Hundreds of high school students in the greater-Seattle area are protesting a new Common Core-aligned standardized test, prompting one local reporter to ask college students to complete math questions from the controversial education standard.

Speaking with several engineering and finance students, Kiro 7 reporter Natasha Chen explained how a simple math problem such as 175 minus 79 is no longer solved using tried-and-true methods.

"Now can I show you how they're teaching the kids now with Common Core?" Chen asked before explaining the new convoluted method.

After examining the mandatory use of arrows, dots, crosses and columns, the college students were less than impressed.

"I don't believe that in engineering classes there is time to do this..." one student argued.