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Germany Debates Paying Stay-at-Home Moms

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Germany's conservative coalition, led by Chancellor Angela Merkel, is planning to pay mothers who stay at home to care for their children.

The draft law has touched off debate between those who see this as offering more people the option of staying at home and those who see it as a missed opportunity to expand access to affordable child care outside the home.

Private daycare or nannies are uncommon in Germany, and most often only chosen if government-funded or church-funded daycare is not available.

But the government system struggles to handle the demand, especially in large cities like Berlin, Munich, or Hamburg, where parents scramble to register for daycare even before their child is born. Private daycare for little children is on the rise, but expensive.

The proposed law, which is scheduled to be debated for a second time in parliament at the end of August, might ease some of the burden on the system. Women would receive 150 euros per month (about $190) if they decide to look after their children ages 1 to 3 at home rather than sending the child to government-funded daycare.

Comment: While the debate rages about what is best for the mothers and their children, it would be nice for mothers to have a choice, rather than be forced into the workplace. There are studies confirming that children raised in the home are healthier:
Study: Working moms have unheathier kids
Mother's Employment Increases Children's Health Risks

Heart - Black

Weirdo Pat Robertson: Don't adopt sexually abused children that could grow up 'weird'

Pat Robertson
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Televangelist Pat Robertson on Thursday cautioned his viewers to think twice before adopting disadvantaged children that had been sexually abused or deprived of food because they could grow up "weird."

During Thursday's edition of The 700 Club co-host Kristi Watts read a letter from a woman who wanted to know why men stopped dating her when they learned that she had adopted three daughters from three different countries.

"Can I answer?" Watts asked. "I was going to say because they're dogs. ... That's just wrong on every level."

"No, it's not wrong," Robertson disagreed. "A man doesn't want to take on the United Nations, and this woman's got all these various children and blended family. What is it?"


Racism: Parents in Israeli city of Eilat don't want Sudanese in their schools

Parents in southern city threatening to hold strike if district court does not revise decision to integrate illegal migrants' children in local school system

Less than a week before the new school year is set to begin, parents in Israel's southern city of Eilat are threatening to hold a strike in the city's schools. The reason: A Beersheba District Court decision on the integration of illegal migrants' children in the city education system.

The migrants called the threat insulting and racist.

Sudanese migrants
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Yinrot with her two children

Comment: The things some countries will do to protect their xenophobic and racist identities. See:

Israel falsifies documents to deport Sudanese migrants - reports


Jewish Settler Attacks on Palestinians Named 'Terrorist Incidents' for First Time by US

Palestinian taxi burned
© Israeli Police. Source: Haaretz
Palestinian Taxi burnt as a result of settler attack by fire bomb Thursday near Hebron.
A recent US State Department terrorism report listed violence by Jewish settlers on Palestinians in the West Bank as "terrorist incidents," for the first time, following a recent upsurge in such attacks.

"Attacks by extremist Israeli settlers against Palestinian residents, property and places of worship in the West Bank continued," said the Country Reports on Terrorism 2011.

According to the UN, violent attacks by settlers on Palestinians and their property, mosques and farmland has increased by almost 150% since 2009.

Comment: Words which are not followed by actions are only that: words; particularly if they come from governments notorious for their history of state terrorism and which have done all in their power to stimulate violence against the innocent as described in the article. Israeli officials are the major hypocrits, since Jewish settlements were always intended by the government as a weapon to fragment and destroy Palestinian society and steal their land, or to "change the facts on the ground", as they call it. The fact that they are now using the 't' word on the settlers may simply be an indication that the public is not buying the usual lies anymore. Change of rhetoric, but don't expect anything else. We are not holding our breath for a "war on terror" against the real terrorists.


Woman sues City Hall for $1.7billion after radiation from parking meters' WiFi signals 'made her sick'

A Santa Monica, California, woman claims that the city's new parking meters are causing her to have ear infections and tightness in her neck - so she wants the city to pay her billions for the inconvenience. Denise Barton has demanded the city pay her $1.7billion for the damage done since the new meters were installed in April and $1.7million every month thereafter.

The city has denied the meters emit dangerous levels of radiation, saying the WiFi 's range is only five to eight feet and is on par with other consumer electronics. 'I know it seems a little big,' said Barton, a well-known local activist, to the Santa Monica Daily Press. 'But they can't do things that affect people's health without their consent. I think that's wrong.'

She says the city began rolling out the new meters in April and her problems started shortly thereafter. The smart meters use wireless signals to process credit cards and monitor when a car arrives or departs. A month after the devices were installed, Barton went to a doctor for an ear infection and needed antibiotics. Barton believes that the radiation emitted by the smart meters is harming her health.


Animal Rescuer in Georgia Killed by Own Dogs

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A Georgia college student who cared for abandoned animals for nearly a decade was attacked and killed by a dog, police said.

Rebecca Carey, 23, was killed at her Decatur home sometime over the weekend, MyFoxAtlanta.com reports.

Authorities said Carey, who worked with dogs since she was a young teenager, had five dogs living with her at the time of her death. They included a pit bull, which she had owned for six years, a boxer mix and a Presa, a large Spanish breed. She was also dogsitting another Presa for a friend.

Carey's body was discovered Sunday afternoon after she failed to show up for work at Alpharetta's Loving Hands Animal Clinic. The dogs that she was caring for in her home were euthanized on Wednesday. It was unclear which dog killed Carey.

Life Preserver

Massachusetts couple drowns trying to rescue dog from lake

A Massachusetts couple boating on a pond drowned Monday trying to rescue their dog, The Associated Press reported.

Authorities said Daniel Cyr, 64, and his wife, Patricia, 61, were on their pontoon boat at Hampton Ponds State Park when their female terrier dog ended up in the water around 6:25 p.m.

The Westfield News reported that Daniel Cyr jumped in after the dog and became distressed, prompting Patricia to go in after him and she then ran into trouble herself. Boaters in the area heard screams and came to assist the couple.

Witnesses said a boat pulled Patricia out of the water while a jet skier pulled Daniel to the surface so a second boater could take him to shore.


South African Official Defends Police Massacre of 34 Miners During Protest

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A protest on Friday near the mine where 34 miners were killed by the police
South Africa's police commissioner on Friday defended the actions of officers who opened fire on miners a day earlier during a wildcat strike at a platinum mine. She said the episode left 34 people dead and 78 wounded, a sharply higher toll than initially reported.

The commissioner, Riah Phiyega, described a desperate struggle by the police to contain the machete-wielding crowd of thousands of angry miners who broke through two lines of defense, leaving officers with no choice but to open fire with live ammunition.

"The militant group stormed toward the police firing shots and wielding dangerous weapons," Ms. Phiyega said at an emotional news conference here, using an extensive array of aerial photographs and video to demonstrate how the violence unfolded. Previous attempts by the 500-strong police force to repel the crowd with rubber bullets, water cannons and stun grenades had failed, she said.

Arrow Up

Outcry After Military Veteran Detained for Anti-Government Facebook Posts

Brandon J. Raub
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Former marine Brandon J. Raub has been detained for psychiatric testing.
A former Marine involuntarily detained for psychiatric evaluation for posting strident anti-government messages on Facebook has received an outpouring of support from people who say authorities are trampling on his First Amendment rights.

Brandon J. Raub, 26, has been in custody since FBI, Secret Service agents and police in Virginia's Chesterfield County questioned him Thursday evening about what they said were ominous posts talking about a coming revolution. In one message earlier this month according to authorities, Raub wrote: "Sharpen my axe; I'm here to sever heads."

Police -- acting under a state law that allows emergency, temporary psychiatric commitments upon the recommendation of a mental health professional -- took Raub to the John Randolph Medical Center in Hopewell. He was not charged with any crime.

A Virginia-based civil liberties group, The Rutherford Institute, dispatched one of its attorneys to the hospital to represent Raub at a hearing Monday. A judge ordered Raub detained for another month, Rutherford executive director John Whitehead said.

"For government officials to not only arrest Brandon Raub for doing nothing more than exercising his First Amendment rights but to actually force him to undergo psychological evaluations and detain him against his will goes against every constitutional principle this country was founded upon," Whitehead said.

Raub's mother, Cathleen Thomas, said by telephone that the government had overstepped its bounds.

"The bottom line is his freedom of speech has been violated," she said.


Mystery surrounds Tony Scott suicide leap from Los Angeles bridge as reports that the 'Top Gun' director had inoperable brain cancer are shot down

 Tony Scott
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Director Tony Scott arrives at the premiere of Unstoppable in Los Angeles in 2010
On Sunday afternoon Scott, 68, parked his car at the crest of the Vincent Thomas suspension bridge in San Pedro, scaled a towering 18-foot barrier fence and - as witnesses looked on in horror - jumped some 185 feet to his death in Los Angeles Harbor.

An element of mystery surrounded Tony Scott's suicidal leap from a Los Angeles bridge as authorities Monday shot down a report that the action movie maestro had suffered from inoperable brain cancer.

"Through a family spokesperson, we have been advised that Mr. Scott did not have brain cancer or (an) inoperable tumor," Chief Coroner Investigator Craig Harvey told the Daily News late Monday.

ABC News had reported the dire health diagnosis earlier in the day, citing a source close to the famed director of Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop II and Crimson Tide.

An autopsy was begun Monday. "We will look at any medical history," Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter told The News. "We don't have anything medically confirmed at this time."