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Great Crash of 2016, third $10 trillion loss this century

Commentary: Greenspan’s ‘black box’ syndrome now handicaps Yellen

By PAUL B. FARRELL COLUMNIST

Sometime after the Great Crash of 2016, Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen will be testifying before Congress, just like Alan Greenspan was forced to do in 2008. She will be explaining why America has already had three megacrashes in the 21st Century, each draining roughly $10 trillion, each a direct result of Federal Reserve policy failures. She will be forced to explain why the Great Crash of 2016 was a clone of the bank credit crash of 2008 and the 2000 excesses.

TOWERS OF SECRECY
Stream of Foreign Wealth Flows to Elite New York Real Estate

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By LOUISE STORY and STEPHANIE SAUL
FEBRUARY 7, 2015

On the 74th floor of the Time Warner Center, Condominium 74B was purchased in 2010 for $15.65 million by a secretive entity called 25CC ST74B L.L.C. It traces to the family of Vitaly Malkin, a former Russian senator and banker who was barred from entering Canada because of suspected connections to organized crime.

Last fall, another shell company bought a condo down the hall for $21.4 million from a Greek businessman named Dimitrios Contominas, who was arrested a year ago as part of a corruption sweep in Greece.

Richest 1% of the world’s population will own more than the other 99% put together

Oxfam's executive director Winnie Byanyima

Oxfam’s executive director Winnie Byanyima

A research paper published today by Oxfam, with data from Credit Suisse, shows that the richest 1% have seen their share of global wealth rise from 44% in 2009 to 48% in 2014.

At that rate, it will be more than 50% in 2016. Members of this global elite had an average wealth of $2.7million (£1.78million) per adult in 2014.

Of the remaining 52% of global wealth, almost all (46%) is owned by the rest of the richest fifth of the world’s population.

The other 80% share just 5.5% and had an average wealth of $3,851 (£2,543) per adult – that is 1/700th of the average wealth of the 1%.Wealth: Having it all and wanting more

Ms Byanyima said: ‘Do we really want to live in a world where the one per cent own more than the rest of us combined? –By KHALEDA RAHMAN FOR MAILONLINE

 

POVERTY             FEBRUARY 5, 2015

No One Should Have to Walk 21 Miles to Work
A Detroit man’s awful commute epitomizes America’s broken policies.

Robertson’s story is also a story of job migration, the failures of public transit, and especially of poverty. His commute highlighted the fact the working poor have commuting expenses twice as high as other workers, and because poverty makes ordinarily things like getting around very, very hard.

Furthermore, the response to Robertson’s story showed a classically American kind of nearsighted problem-solving: reducing every political question to the stories of individuals, and believing that helping those individuals can substitute for addressing systemic causes. – Excerpts from Nathan J. Robinson’s article. 

 Parliament Backs GMO Opt-Out for EU Member States

Risk assessment and management

The new rules would allow member states to ban GMOs on environmental policy grounds other than the risks to health and the environment already assessed by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
Member states could also ban GMO crops on other grounds, such as town and country planning requirements, socio-economic impact, avoiding the unintended presence of GMOs in other products and farm policy objectives. Bans could also include groups of GMOs designated by crop or trait. – evolibrary

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Inside Your Herbal Supplements

What’s really in your herbal supplements? Americans spend billions on supplements. What are they getting?

A man leaves a GNC store, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 in New York. Numerous store brand supplements aren’t what their labels claim to be, an ongoing investigation of popular herbal supplements subjected to DNA testing has found, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said. (AP)

Americans love herbal supplements. They spend billions a years on all kinds, hoping for relief, remedy, cure. This week, the New York attorney general reached a deal with the country’s largest supplement retailer, GNC, to guard against selling bottles that contain nothing of the herbs. The attorney general said four out of five tests of herbal supplements from GNC, Target, Walgreens and Walmart showed none of the product advertised was actually in the bottle. Other stuff was. This hour On Point: we’re looking at the purity, safety and effectiveness of dietary supplements, in the supplement-crazy USA.

– Tom Ashbrook

Could Vitamins Do More Harm Than Good?

Don’t Take Your Vitamins


 

Ultra-conservative Brazilian priest who denounced kissing suspended for nude selfie

Brazilian priest Alfredo Rosa Borges clothed.

Rio de Janeiro: A Brazilian priest known for delivering sermons disapproving of kissing and sex outside marriage has been suspended for sending a nude selfie to an apparent mistress.

“Father Alfredo Rosa Borges has been suspended from his duties,” and faces ex-communication, a diocesan spokesman at Campos de Goytacazes, a northern town in Rio state told AFP on Tuesday.

Borges is seen posing naked in front of a mirror holding his mobile phone in pictures posted last week via smartphone service Whatsapp which have since appeared in online media.

Rio daily O Dia reported he had admitted sending suggestive messages to a woman who later posted them but denied having an intimate relationship with her. by AFP


Celebrations

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Supporters of the presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari and his All Progressive Congress hit another supporter on their motorbike during celebrations in Kano March 31, 2015. Nigeria’s opposition APC declared an election victory on Tuesday for former military ruler Buhari and said Africa’s most populous nation was witnessing history with its first democratic transfer of power. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic


 

Evolutionary Medicine: Research Shows how Vaccines Might Prompt Evolution of More Aggressive Parasites

Here’s this week’s evolution column. It also ran in Monday’s issue of the Philadelphia Inquirer:

malariaWhen Pennsylvania State University biologist Andrew Read injected mice with a component of several promising malaria vaccines, he got a disquieting result: The malaria parasites spread through the immunized mice and evolved to become more virulent.

Unvaccinated mice infected with these super-parasites got much sicker than those infected with ordinary malaria.

The findings, Read said, should not discourage research on malaria vaccines – the disease kills hundreds of thousands of African children every year, and the parasites tend to develop resistance to drugs. Between 15 and 20 vaccines are currently in clinical trials around the world, mostly in Africa. Read, who is trained as an evolutionary biologist, said he hopes his result will prompt vaccine researchers to consider how vaccines may affect the evolution of the parasites.

Read has also worked on the evolution of bacteria that resist antibiotics. In a provocative paper published last year, he suggested that typically prescribed doses of antibiotics can sometimes favor resistant strains. Smaller doses, which allow the immune system to kill resistant bacteria, could prove a better long-term approach.
Read more at Contact Faye Flam at 215-854-4977, fflam@phillynews.com, or follow on Twitter @fayeflam.

The Evolutionary Consequences of Blood-Stage Vaccination on the Rodent Malaria Plasmodium chabaudi

Abstract:

Malaria vaccine developers are concerned that antigenic escape will erode vaccine efficacy. Evolutionary theorists have raised the possibility that some types of vaccine could also create conditions favoring the evolution of more virulent pathogens. Such evolution would put unvaccinated people at greater risk of severe disease. …

Microsoft partners with USAID to help end extreme poverty by 2030

USAid-MicrosoftOn Thursday, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will announce that Microsoft is one of 30 inaugural Cornerstone Partners chosen to advance a science and technology-based approach to economic development.

The Global Development Lab’s mission is to help end the extreme poverty that affects 1.2 billion people on the planet living on just $1.25 a day by 2030. The lab will support breakthrough solutions in water, health, food security, nutrition, energy, education and climate change, reaching 200 million people in the next five years.

The business imperative? Citing Africa as an example, 50 percent of that continent’s 1 billion people are under the age of 20. Its middle class is exploding. And they are buying mobile devices. McKinsey recently reported that by 2025, Africa will be home to 600 million Internet users – many of whom will be children – contributing $300 billion to the continent’s gross domestic product. To put that into perspective, it’s double the total addressable market in the U.S.- by Posted April 3, 2014 by Anthony Salcito – Vice President, Worldwide Education, Microsoft. For more Click here.

US Congress votes down bill to unshackle ‘tied’ food aid

USAID and Microsoft join forces to export American jobs

In our exposé of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Free trade = Unemployment we pointed out this agency’s shameless outsourcing of American jobs.

Rajiv Shah - USAID Director and former Gates Foundation employee

Under director Rajiv Shah, USAID will partner with private outsourcers in Sri Lanka to teach workers there advanced IT skills like Enterprise Java programming, as well as skills in business process outsourcing and call center support—so they can replace American workers.

USAID will also partner with Armenia—a nation anxious to lure computer work from American workers—to promote the development of the country’s information technology industry.

Prior to taking over as head of USAID, Rajiv Shah was was employed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for seven long years! This reveals how the Gates Foundation really uses the U.S. government to promote Microsoft, and the outsourcing of American jobs.

Microsoft was recently in the news for paying 27¢ an hour to Chinese workers. by http://johnharding.com For More Click here.


 

WHO doctor urges lawmakers to pass laws that address non-communicable diseases

06 Mar 2015 By Richelle Agpoon-Cabang – richelle@mvariety.com – Variety News Staff

DOCTOR Cherian Varghese of the World Health Organization is hoping that CNMI lawmakers will fight non-communicable diseases by creating policies that will encourage people make healthy choices and live a healthy lifestyle.

Varghese was on island to meet with officials of the Commonwealth Health Center, the Division of Public Health, lawmakers and various health organizations on island.

He noted that the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. is actively implementing programs that combat NCDs. But he said the whole of society must participate in order for NCDs to be addressed effectively.

He recommends the implementation of tobacco control. “It needs strict implementation until such time that the CNMI reaches the global goal of reducing tobacco consumption,” he said.

His other recommendation is regulating sugar-sweetened beverages.

He said although the community is knowledgeable about health matters, the Legislature should be implementing policies that will “help the society turn knowledge into behavior.” (Click For the whole article.)

Tobacco Firms’ Strategy Limits Poorer Nations’ Smoking Laws

A cigarette display in Australia, where the tobacco industry lost a case last year. Philip Morris International has filed suit under an investment treaty. Credit Conor Ashleigh for The New York Times

Tobacco companies are pushing back against a worldwide rise in antismoking laws, using a little-noticed legal strategy to delay or block regulation. The industry is warning countries that their tobacco laws violate an expanding web of trade and investment treaties, raising the prospect of costly, prolonged legal battles, health advocates and officials said.

The strategy has gained momentum in recent years as smoking rates in rich countries have fallen and tobacco companies have sought to maintain access to fast-growing markets in developing countries. Industry officials say that there are only a few cases of active litigation, and that giving a legal opinion to governments is routine for major players whose interests will be affected. (Click For the whole article.)


Woman held 8 days in psych ward for insisting Obama follows her on Twitter:

BrockA Long Island woman’s insistence that President Obama follows her on Twitter made doctors at the Harlem Hospital psych ward think she was delusional and suffering from bipolar disorder — but she was actually telling the truth, a lawsuit charges.

Kam Brock’s frightening eight-day “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” ordeal at the mental facility included forced injections of powerful sedatives and demands she down doses of lithium, medical records obtained through her suit filed in Manhattan Federal Court show. – BY STEPHEN REX BROWN

“The Trojan Horse” – Payment for assistance in legislative drafting laws.

Gates the social engineer, has tried his best to hasten passing Uganda Biosafety Bill, all to no avail. Now, he has finally come up with a tricky plan that will allow him to infiltrate legislative branches and influence in drafting laws that are to his liking.

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His trick is telling everyone how evil Tobacco companies are, and how he could help fighting them in poor countries. The first thing as usual is show off his money and next is to dictate terms you must abide by to get that money.

One major condition to get funds for this project which he calls “Anti-Tobacco Trade Litigation Fund” is that he must be allowed to assist in legislative drafting laws, as he put it,  the Anti-Tobacco Trade Litigation Fund includes the following:

Of course he had to attach himself to another person known for heath concerns – Michael Bloomberg former New York City mayor.

This is how he is remembered as some wrote: “Bloomberg leaves office Dec. 31 with a unique record as a public health crusader who attacked cigarettes, artery-clogging fats and big sugary drinks with as much zeal as most mayors go after crack dens and graffiti.”

fat-kidsThe irony to all this is that Bill Gates heavily invests in those unhealthy companies which Bloomberg attacked when he was a mayor, such as artery-clogging fats of fast food restaurants and big sugary drinks of Coca Cola and Pepsi. No wonder Bill Gates was nowhere to be found as Bloomberg fought dearly for better lives of all the New Yorkers against those very companies that Bill Gates invests in.

You would think that the evils of tobacco were unknown to Gates until now! The truth of the matter is that if he really cared about lives lost due to tobacco smoking, he would start at home. With his money, he should lobby the congress to pass laws that he wants to be passed in other countries such as: (1) Same US Standard Cigarette Labeling Packages of all cigarette companies that are American, either made in US for export or within other countries for local consumption. (2). Universal Tobacco Victim Compensation programs.

(3). To stop inclusion of tobacco within the list of surplus crops to be distributed “to less developed or famine stricken regions of the world” through the Food For Peace program.

(4). To stop U.S. Tobacco companies petitioning the U.S. government to open markets on their behalf.e.t.c.

But instead, he wants to use his money to influence writing laws in poor countries, a job for elected officials that should never be influenced from without, especially by some private individual who has known vested interests in legislative drafting laws for GMOs, such as the so called Super Bananas.

Hopefully, such influence will be looked at for what it is. And that is “The Trojan Horse” – Payment for Technical assistance in influencing legislative drafting laws that are to his liking which will open a back door for genetically-modified crops.

As Tim Fernholz pointed out that: “The US initially released a proposal to create a specific safe harbor for anti-smoking laws in the TPP, but then walked it back to a more general public health standard that still leaves room for tobacco companies to bring disputes. While this partially reflects the still-considerable political clout of the shrinking US tobacco industry, the bigger fear in the business community is that it will open the door to safe harbors for other controversial products like alcohol, genetically-modified crops and sugary soft-drinks.

The Gates Foundation Tries to Defend Its Investment in Private Prisons

Bill Gates, Big Pharma, Bogus Philanthropy

Corporate Profit Versus Humanity on Three Fronts


World Health Organization Labels Glyphosate Probable Carcinogen

World Health Organization Labels Glyphosate Probable Carcinogen
Contact: Shannon Van Hoesen
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2015
Washington, D.C. – The Environmental Working Group today called on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to require mandatory GMO labeling after the World Health Organization’s cancer research arm designated the herbicide glyphosate, widely used on GMO crops, as “probably carcinogenic to humans.”

Health Agency Says Widely Used Herbicide Likely Carcinogenic

Glyphosate is probably carcinogenic, researchers at a WHO agency said. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG NEWS

By JACOB BUNGE
March 20, 2015 5:05 p.m. ET

Glyphosate, a herbicide widely marketed by Monsanto Co. and other companies, likely has the potential to cause cancer in humans, a World Health Organization agency said Friday.

In classifying glyphosate as potentially cancer-causing, the international research agency cited studies of occupational exposure to glyphosate in the U.S., Canada and Sweden, which they wrote showed “increased risks for non-Hodgkin lymphoma” along with a positive trend for some ailments in mice in separate studies.

The assessment followed a meeting this month among 17 experts representing 11 countries, who evaluated the cancer-causing potential of glyphosate and four other pesticides. The research agency, which hasn’t previously classified glyphosate, monitors global cancer cases while trying to identify causes and responses.- (Article Excerpts)

Autism Rates To Increase By 2025? Glyphosate Herbicide May Be Responsible For Future Half Of Children With Autism

autism-prevalenceuse-glyphosateBy 2025, half the children born in the United States will be diagnosed with autism, says Dr. Stephanie Seneff, a senior research scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

“Is there a toxic substance that is currently in our environment on the rise in step with increasing rates of autism that could explain this?”

“The answer is yes, I’m quite sure that I’m right, and the answer is glyphosate.” (Excerpts from Article by Susan Scutti)

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And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply…- Genesis 1:28

Q. Are fears around overpopulation an impediment in your day-to-day work? -EK.

bill-gatesA. “The world’s population will peak. Now, we do have huge population growth in places where we don’t want it, like Yemen and Pakistan and parts of Africa, where we don’t have the resources to really help those people.” –Bill Gates

Population Control: A Centuries Old Agenda Driven by Philanthropic Dollars 

Honest Accounts? The Real Causes of Global Poverty


Uganda: Why have aid agencies been in Karamoja for so long?

More than 4,000 children in Karamajo, north-east Uganda, received food aid from the World Food Programme in summer last year. Photograph: Marc Hofer/WFP
More than 4,000 children in Karamajo, north-east Uganda, received food aid from the World Food Programme in summer last year. Photograph: Marc Hofer/WFP

There is a fairly big “aid industry” in the Karamoja region: alongside the WFP there are organisations such as Oxfam, Mercy Corps, Caritas, Save the Children, Kopein, Warriors Squad Foundation, Karamoja Diocese Development Services, Unicef, UN OCHA, World Vision and many more. Many of these NGOs already have a sizeable budget. According to local sources Mercy Corps, a medium-sized NGO, spends more than 10bn (£3m) Ugandan shillings; Oxfam will spend more than that. So while the WFP may be cutting back, others are still spending.

There has been food support for people in Karamoja since the early 1960s. NGOs are perceived locally as more corrupt in Karamoja than anywhere else in Uganda.

And here perhaps you see the more profound questions. Namely, why have agencies been in Karamoja for so long? How do they justify their presence? And in whose interests are they working?Excerpts from article by Ben Jones


 

Warning signs: How pesticides harm the young brain

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Functional MRI reveals the effect of prenatal methylmercury exposure in three adolescents  Row B is a Control 

March 11, 2014
The Nation: Scientists have linked heavy chronic pesticide exposure to cancer and birth defects. But what about low-dose continuing exposures—for example, the micrograms that a farmworker might carry home each night on the soles of her boots?

Or for those of us who don’t work on a farm, the traces that drift from a lawn or golf course, or remain in the dust after a landlord sprays, or that cling to a piece of fruit? CHAMACOS (the Center for the Health Assessment of Mothers and Children of Salinas) has been examining these questions for 15 years. Professor Brenda Eskenazi, the study’s chief investigator, is quoted.

Mass distribution of long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (LLINs)

Another Strike Against GMOs – The Creation of (A) Superbugs and   (B) Superweeds: 

(A)-Limits Sought on GMO Corn as Pest Resistance Grows

“It is getting worse,” said Bill Jordan, the EPA’s deputy head of pesticide programs.

Corn rootworm. by Sarah Zukoff

Colvin • March 9, 2015
(WSJ) U.S. regulators for the first time are proposing limits on the planting of some genetically engineered corn to combat a voracious pest that has evolved to resist the bug-killing crops, a potential blow to makers of biotech seeds.

(Glyphosate data from USDA:NASS; Super weed data from Charles Benbrook)

(B)-Impacts of genetically engineered crops on pesticide use in the U.S. — the first sixteen years.
That was the title of the findings by Dr. Charles M Benbrook, published in Environmental Sciences Europe 2012, 24:24.

Conclusions:
Contrary to often-repeated claims that today’s genetically-engineered crops have, and are reducing pesticide use, the spread of glyphosate-resistant weeds in herbicide-resistant weed management systems has brought about substantial increases in the number and volume of herbicides applied.

Super weeds

If new genetically engineered forms of corn and soybeans tolerant of 2,4-D are approved, the volume of 2,4-D sprayed could drive herbicide usage upward by another approximate 50%.

The magnitude of increases in herbicide use on herbicide-resistant hectares has dwarfed the reduction in insecticide use on Bt crops over the past 16 years, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.



Court order means D.C. man can’t smoke in own home:


 

Judgoat-skullas knew what he was doing when he double-crossed his friend Jesus. “What will you give me if I betray him to you?” he asked the conspiring priests in the famous Bible story.
The story of the Judas Goat is more tragic. She had no idea that she was leading her friends to their deaths.                                                                                                                                              –by Virginia Hughes

Mom gets 20 years to life for poisoning son with salt

(Photo: Facebook photo)

Spears’ condition, Münchausen by proxy syndrome, caused her to crave the attention that being a mother with a sick child gave her, said acting state Supreme Court Justice Robert Neary.

Prosecutors contended Spears had shown a pattern of sickening her son to get attention for herself, calling what happened “nothing short of torture.” She had chronicled Garnett’s many illnesses — including his final one — on Facebook and a personal blog..-  by Lee Higgins, 

KARE 11 Investigates: Medical miracle or medical torture?

FORT WORTH, TX – A Texas mother is facing medical child abuse charges for allegedly treating her child with medication, and doctor shopping all the way to Minnesota to find someone to perform surgery on the boy, even though doctors in Texas say the treatment was unnecessary.- by A.J. Lagoe and Steve Eckert


5 images about being black in America shared after Walter Scott shooting 

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South Carolina Officer Is Charged With Murder in Black Man’s Death

A white police officer in North Charleston, S.C., was charged with murder on Tuesday after a video surfaced showing him shooting in the back and killing an apparently unarmed black man while the man ran away.


Black Man Shot for No Reason at South Carolina Gas Station


SC Restaurant Owner Refuses To Serve Blacks, Cites Religious Beliefs;

July 2, 2014

In South Carolina, a BBQ restaurant owner claimed that he was within his rights to refuse service to blacks based on his religious beliefs.

The attorney representing the petitioners suing Piggie Park also addressed in court the “First Amendment religious privilege claim that petitioner asserted that his religion required him” to deny service to black customers. “I’m just a fair man. I want to be known as a hard-working, Christian man that loves God and wants to further (God’s) work throughout the world as I have been doing throughout the last 25 years.” – By Manny Schewitz

Here Are Some Of the Original Ferguson Racist Emails

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Accused of Stealing a Backpack, High School Student Jailed for Nearly Three Years Without Trial

We look at the incredible story of how a 16-year-old high school sophomore from the Bronx ended up spending nearly three years locked up at the Rikers jail in New York City after he says he was falsely accused of stealing a backpack. Kalief Browder never pleaded guilty and was never convicted. Browder maintained his innocence and requested a trial, but was only offered plea deals while the trial was repeatedly delayed. Near the end of his time in jail, the judge offered to sentence him to time served if he entered a guilty plea, and warned him he could face 15 years in prison if he was convicted. But Browder still refused to accept the deal, and was only released when the case was dismissed.

Before the Law:

A boy was accused of taking a backpack. The courts took the next three years of his life.

BY JENNIFER GONNERMAN

Kalief Browder spent more than a thousand days confined on Rikers Island. CREDIT PHOTOGRAPH BY ZACH GROSS
by Zach Gross

“I didn’t rob anybody,” Browder replied. “You can check my pockets.”

The officers searched him and his friend but found nothing. As Browder recalls, one of the officers walked back to his car, where the alleged victim was, and returned with a new story: the man said that they had robbed him not that night but two weeks earlier.

The police handcuffed the teens and pressed them into the back of a squad car. “What am I being charged for?” Browder asked. “I didn’t do anything!” He remembers an officer telling them, “We’re just going to take you to the precinct. Most likely you can go home.” Browder whispered to his friend, “Are you sure you didn’t do anything?” His friend insisted that he hadn’t.

An index card in the court file explains:

June 23, 2011: People not ready, request 1 week.
August 24, 2011: People not ready, request 1 day.
November 4, 2011: People not ready, prosecutor on trial, request 2 weeks.
December 2, 2011: Prosecutor on trial, request January 3rd.


-Annie Dookan, a former Massachusetts crime lab chemist, is accused of falsifying evidence in as many as 34,000 cases.


 Instructors fired for allegedly teaching too much black history

Students walked out of a Washington, D.C., charter school on Monday to protest the treatment of three teachers they believe were punished for teaching too much black history.

All three of the social studies teachers at Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science resigned last week, and students said the principal confronted them in front of students, parents said.


US criticises govt’s plan to export medical doctors

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs early this year said the government of Trinidad and Tobago had requested Uganda to supply medical professionals to supplement its health sector. The ministry says the move would also “accelerate existing bilateral relations between the two countries.”
The ministry in July produced a shortlist of 215 specialists that are set to be interviewed and sent out. A closer analysis shows majority of the doctors are from government hospitals and health centres; 93 from Mulago and only a handful from private practice.
The Health minister in charge of General Duties, Dr Elioda Tumwesigye, told Daily Monitor that the matter is being addressed.
On the US ambassador’s concern, Dr Tumwesigye said: “Medical staff trained by the US and other partners are usually grounded in positions where they cannot easily go.”

THE contradiction
Trinidad and Tobago, a country of only 1.3 million people, has 12 times as many doctors per capita than Uganda. It is ranked in the 67th position of countries with best health systems, according to World Health Organisation (WHO). Uganda on the other hand is in the 149th position. WHO recommends a ratio of one doctor per 1,000 people.  – Verbatim excerpt from Monitor.co.ug


 


 * An Egyptian bus driver told – “Congratulations, you’re pregnant,” the BBC reported.


  Bank Whistleblower Alayne Fleischmann & Matt Taibbi on How JPMorgan Chase Helped Wreck the Economy

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Read an excerpt of “The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap,” by Matt Taibbi, who joined us to discuss his new book that “lays bare one of the greatest challenges we face in contemporary American life: surviving a system that devours the lives of the poor, turns a blind eye to the destructive crimes of the wealthy, and implicates us all.” -( Amy Goodman & Juan González)

Paul M. Barrett talked about his book, Law of the Jungle: The $19 Billion Legal Battle Over Oil in the Rain Forest and the Lawyer Who’d Stop at Nothing to Win.

He spoke in the C-SPAN 2/BookTV tent at the 2014 Texas Book Festival. The festival was held from October 25-26 at the State Capitol and surrounding grounds in Austin.

Law of the Jungle

THE MAIN PROTAGONIST FOR BETTER OR WORSE IS CHARISMATIC, ENERGETIC. HE STARTED AS THE MOST JUNIOR LAWYER IN 1993, AND ROSE TO BE THE PREDOMINANT LAWYER, HE WAS A GRADUATE OF HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, A CLASSMATE OF A GENTLEMAN NAMED BARACK OBAMA.

HE HAD WORKED FOR SEVERAL YEARS BEFORE LAW SCHOOL AS A JOURNALIST IN NICARAGUA COVERING THE NICARAGUAN CIVIL WAR. HE HAD TREMENDOUS PERSONAL INTEREST IN LATIN AMERICA, STILL SPANISH AND WHEN THIS TOOK SHAPE IN 1993 HE WAS INTRODUCED TO THE ORIGINAL LAWYER WHO BROUGHT IN BY ANOTHER LAW SCHOOL CLASSMATE WHO WAS THE SON OF THE ORIGINAL PLAINTIFFS’S LAWYER AND HE FOUND THE CAUSE HE HAD BEEN LOOKING FOR.

HE WAS IDEALISTIC, AMBITIOUS, SELF INVOLVED AND THIS CASE CAME TO CAPTURE HIS IMAGINATION. ON THE OTHER SIDE WAS FIRST TEXACO AND NOW CHEVRON, MASSIVE OIL COMPANY, CHEVRON IS THE SECOND-BIGGEST OIL COMPANY IN THIS COUNTRY REPRESENTED BY A FAILING EXECUTIVE AND LAWYERS AND THIS WAS EXACTLY THE CONFRONTATION HE WANTED TO HAVE. THE PROBLEM WAS IN TRYING TO ENFORCE THE RULE OF LAW HE UNDERMINED THE RULE OF LAW.


 

Where Africa is headed:

In African nations deaths from NCDs are projected to exceed the combined deaths of communicable and nutritional diseases and maternal and perinatal deaths as the most common causes of death by 2030. –Fact sheet WHO.


 

The Speech That Could Make Elizabeth Warren the Next President of the United States

Mr. President, I’m back on the floor to talk about a dangerous provision that was slipped into a must-pass spending bill at the last minute to benefit Wall Street. This provision would repeal a rule called, and I’m quoting the title of the rule, “PROHIBITION AGAINST FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BAILOUTS OF SWAPS ENTITIES.”

Enough is enough

Elizabeth WarrenEnough is enough.

Enough is enough with Wall Street insiders getting key position after key position and the kind of cronyism that we have seen in the executive branch.

Enough is enough with Citigroup passing 11th hour deregulatory provisions that nobody takes ownership over but everybody will come to regret. Enough is enough

Washington already works really well for the billionaires and the big corporations and the lawyers and the lobbyists.

But what about the families who lost their homes or their jobs or their retirement savings the last time Citigroup bet big on derivatives and lost? What about the families who are living paycheck to paycheck and saw their tax dollars go to bail out Citi just 6 years ago?

We were sent here to fight for those families. It is time, it is past time, for Washington to start working for them!

So let me say this to anyone who is listening at Citi[group]. I agree with you Dodd-Frank isn’t perfect. It should have broken you into pieces!

excerpts from Miles Mogulescu’s article

Dear Elizabeth Warren:

Please Run for President

The game is rigged, and the rich and powerful have lobbyists and lawyers and plenty of friends in Congress. We can whine about it, we can whimper about it, or we can fight back. I’m fighting back!

Hey! I just signed a petition asking Elizabeth Warren to run for president. Will you take a second to sign it too?
http://runwarrenrun.org/?rc=email

We really do need our best candidates to run if we’re going to win the race for president in 2016. Getting Senator Warren to run is our best chance to get a truly progressive president, and to put support for working families and the middle class at the top of the Democratic agenda. I hope you’ll join me in saying #RunWarrenRun!


 Dick Cheney: I’d Do It Again in a MinuteDick

BadThrowing a tantrum over a bag of nuts

A 40-year-old daughter misbehaves, father apologizes and says – “I failed to raise her properly.”

Solution: Hand her to Dick Cheney for a MINUTE!

 

 


 The Western Aid Lobby Is Partly to Blame

The record of Western aid to Africa is one of abysmal failure. More than $500 billion in foreign aid – the equivalent of four Marshall Aid Plans – was pumped into Africa between 1960 and 1997. Instead of increasing development, aid has created dependence.

The budgets of Ghana and Uganda, for example, are more than 50 percent aid dependent. Said President Aboulaye Wade of Senegal: “I’ve never seen a country develop itself through aid or credit. Countries that have developed — in Europe, America, Japan, Asian countries like Taiwan, Korea and Singapore — have all believed in free markets.

There is no mystery there. Africa took the wrong road after independence.  – By Thompson Ayodele, Franklin Cudjoe, Temba A. Nolutshungu & Charles K. Sunwabe


Examples of unethical trials

SOMO briefing paper on ethics in clinical trials

This briefing paper provides an overview of known examples of unethical clinical trials. It was prepared by SOMO, in collaboration with Wemos, and is based on secondary sources. Although the focus is on developing countries, it also includes a few cases from the US and Europe.
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By providing such an overview, the paper aims to illustrate problems in the ethical conduct of clinical trials. It does not provide an analysis of clinical trials in general or of the scale of ethical violations. Indeed, the scale of the problem is unknown, because it cannot be estimated how many unethical clinical trials escape public attention and therefore remain unnoticed.

U.S. apologizes for STD experiments in Guatemala


 

Inside Mama Africa’s circus school

The first in a series that meets the artists and performers in some of the world’s most unique circuses.

To kick off we head to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania to meet the people behind the ground-breaking Mama Africa.

Judge Rules That Haitians Can’t Sue the UN for Giving Them Cholera

Cholera Victim

The ongoing epidemic, which also spread to nearby countries, has left at least 8,646 people dead and hundreds of thousands infected in Haiti alone. It’s estimated that over six percent of the Haitian population has now had the disease.

The outbreak has been linked to a group of UN peacekeepers from Nepal, who brought the deadly strain of cholera to Haiti when they dumped raw sewage near a major river, according to a 2011 report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Some spent years trying to find compensation for the peacekeepers’ damages, but a judge has just ruled that Haitians killed or sickened by the epidemic cannot sue the United Nations in a US court because the UN has legal immunity that only it can waive. -By Brittany Greenquist


 

BBC correspondent blames President Jonathan for West ignoring attacks on Nigeria.

In response to why international community had not shown the same spirit and resolve about Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria as it had done after the attacks in France, BBC correspondent said- “Nigeria’s politicians appear more focused on next month’s elections and President Goodluck Jonathan has not commented on the recent violence.

West ‘ignoring’ Nigerian attacks

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau

© AP Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau

The Catholic Archbishop of Jos, in central Nigeria, has accused the West of ignoring the threat of the militant Islamist group, Boko Haram.

Ignatius Kaigama said the world had to show more determination to halt the group’s advance in Nigeria.

He said the international community had to show the same spirit and resolve it had done after the attacks in France.

‘Sadness’

Archbishop Kaigama said facing down Boko Haram required international support and unity of the type that had been shown after last week’s militant attacks in France.

“We need that spirit to be spread around,” he said. “Not just when it [an attack] happens in Europe, but when it happens in Nigeria, in Niger, in Cameroon.- BBC article Excerpts


 

Watching ‘Selma’ with 103-year-old matriarch of the movement

By Moni Basu, CNN
Updated 11:28 PM ET, Fri January 9, 2015

Amelia Boynton Robinson, 103, chats with activist Faya Rose Toure before a special screening of "Selma" at Boynton Robinson's home in Tuskegee, Alabama.
Amelia Boynton Robinson, 103, chats with activist Faya Rose Toure before a special screening of “Selma” at Boynton Robinson’s home in Tuskegee, Alabama.

Tuskegee, Alabama (CNN)She was left for dead at the foot of Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge after the county sheriff declared: “Let the buzzards eat them.”

A photograph immortalized the moment — a black, middle-aged woman beaten unconscious by white state troopers in a 1965 civil rights march that became known as Bloody Sunday.

Now, on this day in December, 103-year-old Amelia Boynton Robinson is hosting a private screening of a new movie in which her role as a civil rights matriarch immortalizes her again. – Excerpts from Moni Basu’s article -CNN


 

MLK ” Last Speech” 1968

Martin Luther King, Jr.

I’ve Been to the Mountaintop

Delivered 3 April 1968, Mason Temple (Church of God in Christ Headquarters), Memphis, Tennessee

 

ban-on-civil-asset-forfeitureHolder limits seized-asset sharing process that split billions with local, state police

By Robert O’Harrow Jr., Sari Horwitz and Steven Rich January 16 at 2:15 PM

Eric Holder

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Friday barred local and state police from using federal law to seize cash, cars and other property without warrants or criminal charges.

Holder’s action represents the most sweeping check on police power to confiscate personal property since the seizures began three decades ago as part of the war on drugs.

Since 2008, thousands of local and state police agencies have made more than 55,000 seizures of cash and property worth $3 billion under a civil asset forfeiture program at the Justice Department called Equitable Sharing.

The new policy could become one of the more notable pieces of Holder’s legacy. Holder has already announced he is leaving the department, and it is clear that he is taking steps to burnish his place in history. On Thursday, he pushed in a speech for better tracking of police use-of-force incidents.


 

What has president Obama done for African Americans?

On this day of January 15th, Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday, I struck up a conversation with a lady I had just met which started Obamawith Dr. King’s work that is rarely talked about, but soon led to another topic involving the first African American president, Mr. Barack Obama. What has president Obama done for African Americans?, I asked.

This lady explained to me what president Obama has done for African Americans convincingly.

She was very articulate in elaborating life time changing policies that he has passed which will be realized by the generations to come. Among many, she talked of how “Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act” helps women especiaThe houselly more so with African women, but the greatest of all the policies that Obama passed that will benefit African Africans, she said, was going to the heart of disenfranchisement inherent in the system and tackling head-on what some have termed as Correctional Keynesianism.

Many are already thankful for his Drug policy overhaul. If in doubt of how bad things are, ask Michelle Alexander, or check out the ‘The House I Live In’

As future African American generations reap the benefits of his work, his legacy will never be forgotten, said the brilliant lady. In addition to those achievements, if I may add, is Obama health care reform that eliminates pre-existing conditions starting 2014. African Americans are still suffering disproportionately with the problems of this country’s broken health care system, says Cord Jefferson.

Considering the above, some are convinced that despite what the media may say, president Obama will go down in history as one of the greatest leaders US ever had, especially for African Americans.

I invite you to contribute to this discussion of What president Obama has done for African Americans.

I should mention that this lady makes it categorically clear that she is not a Tavis Smiley’s fan and has joined those who have vowed never to buy or read anything that has Smiley’s name on it.

Thanks stranger for your wisdom and passion for the president.


Rosa Whitaker: Poverty to Prosperity in Africa | CTU Presents

While we support the continent with aid, she says business is what will really improve their quality of life


 

Divorce and Dividing Assets

Your half

HalfHouse-AngleThis is a “property division order.”

Right now the property appears vacant, stripped to the floorboards inside and an assessment on file with the city lists the value at an impressive $648,000 Canadian.

With a price tag like that, it is probably just as well it is only half a house whatever the reason.

Where did the rest of this house on St. Patrick Street go?

Dover Police DashCam Confessional (Shake it Off)

 Living and Dying In a Virtual World:

A UK teenager has been arrested on suspicion of carrying out cyber-attacks that crippled the PlayStation and Xbox Live networks at the end of December.

Police said that Hsieh was playing “combat computer games” at the time of his death.


 

 I cannot leave power to wolves, says Museveni

A Walk'n ATM

Little Akanyijuka kept singing ‘Museveni, Museveni’ interrupting the speaking president several times.

He was invited for a handshake. He made a dash for it but opted to hug the President’s leg instead.

The president offered the excited boy a seat but he went for the hot one, before being politely relocated to a guest seat and later seen off with a gift (brown envelope). – By Vision Reporter

Some see just a 3 year old getting lucky, but Museveni sees a voter 15 years ahead!

News you can use:

  • Martin Luther King and the race riot that never was

  • (It could have been me!) Transcript of Barack Obama’s remarks

  • A Fat MORE Dangerous than Trans Fat?; Nov.11th, 2011

    But what if there’s something even worse than trans fat? And it’s not some unique fat that is rare in the American Diet.  In fact, it’s often where trans fat often comes from…hydrogenated soybean oil… This time, though it’s not just the hydrogenated part we’re concerned with, however.  It’s the soybean oil itself.  And while you may not use soybean oil regularly to cook with, trust me, it permeates our food supply.

    January 27, 2013

    Why Hydrogenate?

    Americans consume more than 28 billion pounds of edible oils annually, and soybean oil accounts for about 65 percent of it. About half of it is hydrogenated, as soybean oil is too unstable otherwise to be used in food manufacturing. One of the primary reasons for hydrogenating oil is to prolong its shelf life. Raw butter, for example, is likely to go rancid far quicker than margarine.

    Durbin, University of Illinois announce $25 million federal grant to increase Africa’s food supply through soybean research

    Published November 1, 2013

    The people living in the poverty band in the lower latitudes of Africa struggle with low-productivity crops, isolation from markets, and access to low-cost sources of protein and oil,” said Goldsmith. “There has also been a research void in soy production among developing countries. We’ve already seen soy as an economic engine creating agro-industrial growth in developing countries. That’s the beauty of a highly productive commercial crop such as soybean.

    5 Foods That Could Become Illegal With FDA Move to Ban Trans Fats

    Nov. 7, 2013

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration just announced its preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oil is no longer generally recognized as safe for use in food. Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg said in a statement that further reduction would prevent more than 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 new cases of coronary heart disease each year.

    Soybean Farmers Respond to FDA Ban on Trans Fat

    The agency’s decision will significantly impact the vegetable oil market, including the soybean oil market. The agency has made a tentative determination to rescind the Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status for partially hydrogenated oils (PHO), including partially hydrogenated vegetable oil (PHVO). The process of partially hydrogenating vegetable oils to make them more stable for certain baking, frying, or food applications has taken place since the 1930s, a process that results in the formation of some trans fats. Due to indications that increased consumption of trans fats may negatively affect coronary health, the FDA started requiring in 2006 that food nutrition panels identify the amount of trans fat in food products.

    Not All Trans Fats Are Equally Risky

    By

    WebMD Health News
    Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

    March 7, 2008 — Trans fats have long been the bane of dietitians because they raise levels of artery-clogging LDL cholesterol and lower “good” HDL cholesterol levels — which increase the risk of heart disease. Yet two new studies show that not all trans fats are created equal, and natural trans fats don’t appear as harmful to cholesterol levels as artificial trans fats. Trans fats, or “trans fatty acids,” come in two forms:

    • Industrial trans fats are artificially created by manufacturers by adding hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils; these are called “partially hydrogenated oils.” This makes the oils more solid to give foods like cookies, pies, and french fries a rich, crispy texture.
    • Natural trans fats are found in meat (cow, sheep, goat) and dairy products. These trans fats are made naturally in the stomach of these animals.

    Most trans fats from the diet are industrial trans fat. Studies have shown that industrial trans fats contribute to heart disease by raising bad LDL cholesterol — the kind that can lead to hardening of the arteries — and by lowering good HDL cholesterol — the kind that can reduce heart disease risk.

    Drug Companies & Doctors: A Story of Corruption

    The book follows the individual struggles of these three people over many years, culminating with GlaxoSmithKline finally agreeing in 2004 to settle charges of consumer fraud for $2.5 million (a tiny fraction of the more than $2.7 billion in yearly Paxil sales about that time). Antidepressant drugs approved between 1987 and 1999—Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Celexa, Serzone, and Effexor.10 They found that on average, placebos were 80 percent as effective as the drugs. The difference between drug and placebo was so small that it was unlikely to be of any clinical significance. We are now in the midst of an apparent epidemic of bipolar disease in children (which seems to be replacing attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder as the most publicized condition in childhood), with a forty-fold increase in the diagnosis between 1994 and 2003.

    ‘Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness’

    Two Boys Suspended For Pointing Pencils Like Guns

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EFF takes on Zuma in Parliament- “We Want Our Money”Calls for accountability

 A 4-year-old Syrian refugee who was discovered alone in the middle of the desert

Mzwakhe Mbuli at Madiba’s send-off at Waterkloof:

Interview: A Hormonal Seesaw: The Atrazine and AI Connection

– See more at: http://bcaction.org/2008/04/21/interview-a-hormonal-seesaw-the-atrazine-and-ai-connection/#sthash.Ef3g9sal.0xwKyoik.dpuf

nterview: A Hormonal Seesaw: The Atrazine and AI.
nterview: A Hormonal Seesaw: The Atrazine and AI

‘Our people have lost a father’

Madiba 1918-2013, May your Soul Rest in Peace. Amandla! Awethu!

The Lives

They Lived

 Remembering some of those we lost this year.

Besides being a writer and a civil rights advocate, Angelou was a dancer who studied with Martha Graham. Photograph by Chester Higgins Jr,
Besides being a writer and a civil rights advocate, Angelou was a dancer who studied with Martha Graham. Photograph by Chester Higgins Jr,

Excessive Force?

 Justice Department Finds Cleveland Police Uses Excessive Force


 


Family of Toddler Injured by SWAT ‘Grenade’ Faces $1M in Medical Bills

But that’s exactly where they found themselves when their toddler was seriously injured by a SWAT team, also leaving them with a $1 million medical bill they have no hope of paying.

“They messed up,” Alecia Phonesavanh told ABC News’ “20/20.” “They had a faulty search warrant. They raided the wrong house.”

Watch the full story on ABC News’ “20/20″ Friday, Dec. 19 at 10 p.m. ET


‘I Can’t Breathe’ – Congressman’s Incredible Tribute to Eric Garner on House Floor


Cops killed man at Walmart, then interrogated girlfriend

By Catherine E. Shoichet and Nick Valencia, CNN
updated 6:51 AM EST, Tue December 16, 2014
CNN) — After killing a man at an Ohio Walmart, police interrogated his girlfriend, accusing her of lying, threatening her with jail time and suggesting she could be on drugs, according to a video posted on The Guardian’s website.

Cops kill man in Wal-Mart carrying an air rifle


“It was Criminal”: Retired NYPD Detective Slams Eric Garner Grand Jury Decision

weatherspoon

In a Democracy Now! web exclusive, we speak with retired New York City Police Department detective Graham Weatherspoon about the grand jury decision Wednesday not to charge a white New York police officer for causing the death of Eric Garner by placing him in a chokehold on July 17, 2014. The fatal incident was caught on cellphone video and shows Garner telling officers, “I can’t breath!” at least 11 times. “We were not taught to use a chokehold in training,” Weatherspoon says. “What we saw on camera was more than unfortunate. It was criminal.” (by WPFW)

DC – Justice March Rally (Live on C-SPAN)

Match for justice


  • A raw placenta smoothie made with red berries.
  • Dried into capsules and taken as directed, usually a few times a day.
  • Made into a tincture, with drops placed in a glass of water as required.
  • As a beef substitute, i.e. in stir frys, burgers, stroganoff and bolognaise.

 “My husband was more exhausted than I was.” –bbc.co.uk


 NRM dragged to court over resolutions of delgates conference

Museveni agrees to retire Sejusa

Retired

President Museveni has accepted to retire Gen David Sejusa from the army after a meeting at State House Entebbe yesterday. He also ordered Military Police to leave Sejusa’s home in the city suburb of Naguru which they had surrounded since Friday morning. – Monitor.co.ug

Sejusa refuses to take Museveni’s phone call

When the female State House aide entered Sejusa’s house, she informed him that the President wanted to speak to him on a mobile phone she was holding.

“Go back with your phone and tell Museveni I cannot talk to him unless he retires me. He has retired himself, he retired his brother (Salim Saleh), Mugisha Muntu, Matayo Kyaligonza and so many others. Why doesn’t he let me retire?” Sejusa charged at the emissary, according to the source. – excerpts from Monitor.co.ug 

Museveni meets Sejusa

Breaking News part B:

The international angle to Museveni, Mbabazi feud

Point Blank: Amama Mbabazi, Choirmaster?

Sejusa put under house arrest

UPDF speaks out on military deployment around Gen. David Sejusa’s house

newvision

By Sam Ouga and David Lumu

The Uganda  People’s Defense Force (UPDF) have spoken out on the deployment of military police at Gen. David Sejusa’s Naguru home.

Speaking on the UPDF deployment, the army spokesman posted on Twitter: “No cause for alarm, lose no sleep. Gen Sejusa is safely under the protection of UPDF. He had expressed fears for his life.”

Military police today deployed at Gen. David Sejusa’s residence in Naguru, a Kampala Suburb. The deployment came on the day Gen. Sejusa was expected to meet President Yoweri Museveni at Rwakirura in Kiruhura district at 8:00pm.

President Yoweri Museveni reportedly summoned Gen. David Sejusa to Rwakitura, Kiruhura district, for a meeting. But the embattled General said he had no fuel and a vehicle to travel there, among other reasons……

Sejusa: I cannot act on whims and fancies of president

Military police surrounds Sejusa’s house

Publish Date: Jan 02, 2015

Sejusa-home

By Monitor reporterPosted  Friday, January 2   2015 at  12:48

Military police has surrounded the Kampala Naguru home of Gen David Sejusa.

Our reporter at the scene narrates that two trucks with military police arrived at Sejusa’s home in Naguru but did not enter the house, a few minutes after midday, one of the trucks left.

Journalists have been stopped from taking pictures or even come closer to the gate. Meanwhile the reason for the military presence is not yet known, and neither is the state of the renegade general. –By Monitor reporter

Posted  Friday, January 2   2015 at  12:48

Gen Sejusa – Uganda is a Large Prison Cell:Interview Dec 2014

Gen. David Sejusa,Straight talk Africa


DEMON CAUGHT ON CAMERA SMOKE Prophet TB Joshua SCOAN 09 Mar 2014

2014 – the year TB Joshua’s credibility died

Posted on January 1, 2015 by tbjoshuawatch
2014 was a year of spectacularly wrong prophecies from TB Joshua and a terrible tragedy that claimed the lives of 116 people and permanently injured many more. It was a year when TB Joshua’s credibility as a prophet and healer was severely undermined (how did he fail to see the SCOAN disaster?

Why were the victims not healed/raised from the dead?), and SCOAN attendance plummeted, even to the extent of having an impact on national tourism revenues. It was a year he was caught bribing journalists, and was threatened with arrest for continuously refusing to turn up to court.

“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions” 2 Timothy 4:3


 

VIDEO: Women Fight Off Plain-Clothes, Off-Duty Cop After Alleged Fender-Bender

Woman resists off-duty police officer trying to detain her after she allegedly rear-ended his car.

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A video showing a physical altercation between a man and two women in a San Jose parking lot has sparked controversy and raised questions about civilian and police behavior. After a struggle, the women manage to get away, but the man, dressed in shorts and a t-shirt, yells out that he is a police officer.
The website ‘Live Leak’ captioned the video, saying the man “never showed a badge… San Jose police are notorious for this type of behavior.” – by http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com


Newlywed Man, 95, Dies After Wife Taken Away

WASHINGTON — Dec 31, 2014, 1:28 PM ET
By BRETT ZONGKER Associated Press

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2014 file photo, 96-year-old Edith Hill and 95-year-old Eddie Harrison are seen in their home in Annandale, Va. A 95-year-old newlywed Virginia man has died just weeks after his 96-year-old wife was taken away by family members to Florida. Rebecca Wright, who was caring for the couple in their Alexandria, Virginia, home, says Eddie Harrison died Tuesday in a hospital after suffering from influenza. Wright says Harrison was distressed after his wife and longtime companion, 96-year-old Edith Hill, was taken away. Wright is Hill's daughter. (AP Photo/Matthew Barakat, File)  The Associated Press
FILE – In this Aug. 5, 2014 file photo, 96-year-old Edith Hill and 95-year-old Eddie Harrison are seen in their home in Annandale, Va. A 95-year-old newlywed Virginia man has died just weeks after his 96-year-old wife was taken away by family members to Florida. Rebecca Wright, who was caring for the couple in their Alexandria, Virginia, home, says Eddie Harrison died Tuesday in a hospital after suffering from influenza. Wright says Harrison was distressed after his wife and longtime companion, 96-year-old Edith Hill, was taken away. Wright is Hill’s daughter. (AP Photo/Matthew Barakat, File) The Associated Press

A 95-year-old newlywed Virginia man has died just weeks after his 96-year-old wife was taken away by family members to Florida. They had lived together for 10 years, before wedding.

-Heartbroken Goat was reunited with its Donkey best friend

Lonely Goat

Goat and Donkey Happy

 


 

2-year-old accidentally kills his mom in Idaho Wal-Mart

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 09:38PM

A 2-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his mother after he reached into her purse at a northern Idaho Wal-Mart and her concealed gun fired, authorities said Tuesday.

In neighboring Washington state, a 3-year-old boy was seriously injured in November when he accidentally shot himself in the face in a home in Lake Stevens, about 30 miles north of Seattle.In April, a 2-year-old boy apparently shot and killed his 11-year-old sister while they and their siblings played with a gun inside a Philadelphia home. Authorities said the gun was believed to have been brought into the home by the mother’s boyfriend. – excerpts from AP story

Diocese: Bishop Responsible in Fatal Hit-and-Run

Bishop Suffragan Heather Cook

 

(on Dec. 27, 2014) An Episcopal bishop who was the driver in a hit-and-run crash that killed a bicyclist in Baltimore was charged four years ago with drunken driving and marijuana possession, court documents show.

Court records show that a sheriff’s deputy stopped Cook on Sept. 10, 2010, in Caroline County on the Eastern Shore. The officer wrote in a report that Cook was driving on the shoulder at 29 mph in a 50 mph-zone with a shredded front tire. The deputy noted that a strong alcohol odor emanated from the vehicle and that Cook had vomit down the front of her shirt.

The officer wrote that Cook was so intoxicated that she couldn’t finish a field sobriety test because she might fall and hurt herself.

According to the report, Cook registered .27 percent blood alcohol content. The legal limit in Maryland is .08 percent.

The officer found two small bags of marijuana in the vehicle, along with paraphernalia, and a bottle of wine and a bottle of liquor.

Cook pleaded guilty to drunken driving, and the prosecution of marijuana possession charges was dropped. A judge sentenced her to a fine and probation before judgment on the DUI charge, meaning her record could be cleared if she stayed out of trouble. – excerpt from  AMANDA LEE MYERS’ article


September 7, 2011

Q&A with Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa

Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa talked about his new memoir, Becoming Dr. Q, which details his entry into the U.S. as an illegal, unemployed, homeless migrant farm worker who struggled to learn English, become a citizen, and put himself through school to eventually become a brain surgeon. He recounted the 120-hour work weeks he put in as a resident internist. He talked about his current role in battling brain cancer as the director of the Johns Hopkins University Brain Tumor Stem Cell Lab.

Africa’s Lost Billions – Illicit Flows Examined at #ADF9

“Illicit financial flows are unrecorded capital flows derived from: (a) proceeds of theft, bribery and other forms of corruption by Government officials; (b) proceeds of criminal activities, including drug trading, racketeering, counterfeiting, contraband and terrorist financing; and (c) proceeds of tax evasion and laundered commercial transactions. Estimates from various recent studies including ‘Financing Africa’s post-2015 development agenda’ reveal that, from 1970 to 2008, Africa lost $854 billion to $1.8 trillion in illicit financial flows…- UNECA.Africa illicit

The second revolution will come sooner than you think

Dr Bonke Dumisa
08 September 2014
Bonke Dumisa says the only rationale for supporting Julius Malema is “sending a thief to catch a thief”
THE SOUTH AFRICAN SECOND REVOLUTION WILL COME SOONER THAN MANY PEOPLE THINK

Dr. Bonke Dumisa

South African is in trouble; and we cannot continue deceiving ourselves that things are normal by burying our heads in the sand like ostriches. This country is facing many challenges, with many new pseudo-messiahs cropping up all over the place promising to take South Africans to a new land of milk and honey.How do you explain the psyche of many millions of South Africans who are excited about Julius Malema, a well-known corrupt politician who made millions of rands through the exploitation of dodgy tenders, being their new messiah for clean government? Can people justify this unjustifiable behaviour on grounds of sending a thief to go catch a thief?….. (note: extracts from ‘The second revolution will come sooner than you think‘ by Dr. Bonke Dumisa)

EFF takes on Zuma in Parliament- “We Want Our Money”

MalemaMalema

Calls for accountability


The Politics of Plastics: The Making and Unmaking of Bisphenol A “Safety”

Sarah A. Vogel, PhD, MPH, MEMThe meeting’s final product, the Chapel Hill Consensus Statement, concluded with certainty, on the basis of several hundred studies, that BPA at concentrations found in the human body is associated with “organizational changes in the prostate, breast, testis, mammary glands, body size, brain structure and chemistry, and behavior of laboratory animals.”67(p134)

Hand Sanitizer May Increase BPA Absorption:

An ATM receipt with blurred information, from Shutterstock

Guests
  • Frederick vom Saal
    Curators’ Professor, Division of Biological Sciences
    University of Missouri-Columbia
    Columbia, Missouri

Holding Thermal Receipt Paper and Eating Food after Using Hand Sanitizer Results in High Serum Bioactive and Urine Total Levels of Bisphenol A (BPA)

BPA

Super-Sized BPA: Why Receipts and Greasy Fingers Shouldn’t Mix

WhyAn order of French fries may be bad for your health in ways that extend well beyond the outsize calorie count. According to a new study out today by scientists at the University of Missouri, people who used hand sanitizer, touched a cash register receipt, and then ate French fries were quickly exposed to high levels of bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical widely used to coat receipt paper.
BPA has been identified as an endocrine disrupting chemical for its ability to interfere with estrogen and other hormones. In human and animal studies, BPA exposure has been linked to adverse effects on the reproductive and neurological systems as well as increased risk for obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
Some animal studies also suggest that BPA can set the stage for certain cancers, including breast and prostate cancer.


 Paralysed Man Walks Again After Cell Transplant: BREAKING NEWS


Ghetto Kids Dancing Sitya Loss New Ugandan music 2014 DjDinTV

What is BPA, and what are the concerns about BPA?


TEDxMasala – Dr Vandana Shiva – Solutions to the food and ecological crisis facing us today.

Dr Vandana Shiva

Author, Activist, Pioneer, Scientific Advisor, Mother

Dr. Vandana Shiva trained as a Physicist at the University of Punjab, and completed her Ph.D. on the ‘Hidden Variables and Non-locality in Quantum Theory’ from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. She later shifted to inter-disciplinary research in science, technology and environmental policy, which she carried out at the Indian Institute of Science and the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, India – by vandanashiva.com/

BBC – HARDtalk speaks with Dr. Vandan Shiva – Nov. 19th, 2012 (Audio)

Dr. Vandan Shiva shoots a straight forward rebuttal at the myth that Bangal’s famine took millions of Indians because of inadequate backward farming methods which GMO could have prevented. She quickly revamps that assertion which has implied connotation – that for India to feed her citizens, she needs Britain or the West; Instead, Dr. Shiva attributes the death of millions of Indians during the Bengal famine of 1943 to the British colonizer who continued to import 50% of India’s rice to feed her people, leaving poor Indians starving to death.

Navdanya

Navdanya means “nine seeds” (symbolizing protection of biological and cultural diversity) and also the “new gift” (for seed as commons, based on theright to save and share seeds In today’s context of biological and ecological destruction, seed savers are the true givers of seed. This gift or “dana” of Navadhanyas (nine seeds) is the ultimate gift – it is a gift of life, of heritage and continuity. Conserving seed is conserving biodiversity, conserving knowledge of the seed and its utilization, conserving culture, conserving sustainability. – by Navdanya

‘Bad Paper’ Explores The Underworld Of Debt Collection (Audio & Text)

In his new book, Jake Halpern looks at the industry, where having a criminal background is no barrier to entry. He explains debt buying and how little regulation gave rise to a chaotic marketplace.Copyright © 2014 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required.

Book Discussion on Bad Paper (Video)

Jake Halpern talked about his book Bad Paper: Chasing Debt From Wall Street to the Underworld.The interview took place at the 2014 BookExpo America, the publishing industry’s annual trade show, held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City – by C-Span.org


Whoopi Goldberg Goes Off on Stupid Donald Trump for Ebola Tweets

Prof. Ali Mazrui has died in the US at the age of 81

Ali Mazrui The Africans a look back into the history of Africa with scholar Ali Mazrui to examine major influences on this complex continent: indigenous heritage, Western culture, and religion. This series explores in depth Africa’s geography, history, anthropology, and religions.Discover the rich diversity of Africa and confront the problems that have resulted from different forms of government.


Five-year-old who pretended her crayon was a gun is forced to sign contract by her kindergarten promising not to kill others or herself

Angry: The girl's mother is furious that the school made her daughter sign the form without consent
Angry: The girl’s mother is furious that the school made her daughter sign the form without consent

Inappropriate: A five-year-old Alabama girl was made to sign this contract after pretending a crayon was a gun

School Has Child Sign ‘Safety Contract’

MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) A Mobile mother is not happy about a controversial Mobile County School contract her daughter signed without her consent. The contract promises that her daughter will not kill or injure herself and others.Rebecca is angry.”This isn’t right. She’s 5-years-old,” said Rebecca.


‘Just because he’s black doesn’t mean he’s here to rob a house':

My right to death with dignity at 29


Ebola virus: Pandemic should be treated ‘the same way’ as threat posed by nuclear weapons, security officials say.

The Ebola virus spreading exponentially across Africa and killing thousands of people “will get worse”, the Government has admitted, amid calls for the full involvement of the international military to contain the disease.

Monday, October 6, 2014 By: Delphine Djiraibe, Jok Madut Jok, Arif Elsaui Omer, Franklin Oduro, Daud Osman
Two months after the White House invited 50 heads of state to Washington for the first U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit on Aug. 4-6, observers on both continents are asking, “What did the summit achieve, and how will any gains made be leveraged?” USIP asked several prominent Africans who have worked with the Institute over the years for their reflectionsPresident Barack Obama delivers remarks at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Session One, U.S. Department of State on August 6, 2014 (Wikipedia)

Opinions are predictably mixed, though they lean postive.

Delphine-DjiraibeDelphine K. Djiraibe
Human Rights Lawyer
N’Djamena, Chad

For me the U.S.-Africa Leaders summit was a big storm in a little glass of water.  It has given opportunities to African head of states to be welcomed by president Obama, the leader of the world. They expected to get credit, and balance a little bit critiques of their poor record in democracy and good governance in the public opinion.In Chad it was really “un non evenement” [a non-event] as people are concerned with their daily life (access to food, to clean water, to electricity, to health care, to sanitation…). People see the participation in international summits as a waste of public funds, while the majority of people are dying of poverty.It was shocking for the Chadian population to see that a president who stayed in power for 23 years over rigged elections, and who did not hesitate to liquidate, arrest and harass opposition leaders, members of the national assembly, human rights activists and journalists, could be invited by a country known as the most democratic in the world.

7) Idriss Deby – Net Worth: $50 Million

7) Idriss Deby – Net Worth: $50 Million Country: Chad, Years in Power: 23
7) Idriss Deby – Net Worth: $50 Million

Country: Chad, Years in Power: 23Idriss Deby has been the President of Chad since 1990. His net worth is estimated to be $50 million according to Celebrity Net Worth.Population below poverty line: 80%.GNI per capita around $600Education – Schools, ‘Real of Fiction?’

In Oil-Rich Angola, Cholera Preys Upon Poorest

LUANDA, Angola, June 10 — In a nation whose multibillion-dollar oil boom should arguably make its people rich enough to drink Evian, the water that many in this capital depend on goes by a less fancy name: Bengo. –  By SHARON LaFRANIERE

1) Jose Eduardo dos Santos Angola President– Net Worth: $20 Billion
1) Jose Eduardo dos Santos Angola President– Net Worth: $20 Billion
Angolan poor kids
Mountains of rubbish near residential areas are one reason that a cholera epidemic has spread through the slums of Luanda, the Angolan capital.

Business as usual.

ANGOLA EPA- Extraordinary Progress Achieved; in other words – thanks for civilizing 1% from the jungle life to the city life with extreme haves and have not, at the expense of the 99% indigenous Angolans who still live in poverty.Angolan president, Jose Eduardo dos Santo, who has ruled Angola for 34 years, topped the list with a net worth of $20 billion. His daughter, Isabel dos Santos, has also been ranked on the Forbes Africa’s billionaires with a net worth of $3.8 billion. She’s currently Africa’s richest woman and also the world’s richest black woman. (extract from Allafrica.com)

Fighting the Poor Instead of Poverty in Angola

A quote in Louise Redvers’ piece cited above is particularly eye opening:

“I remember very clearly one very well-dressed and expensively US-educated Angolan oil worker telling me: “We can’t have these people on our streets anymore, not in the city centre next to places like Sonangol. We need to improve our image, we are a modern country, these people can’t be here like this.”

Angola is currently one of Africa’s strongest economies and is enjoying new-found wealth coming primarily from its oil industry. However, the wealth does not trickle down to the great majority of Angolans, and the country has maintained one of the worst social inequality levels in the world. (extract from Clara Onofre’s post) 


Chemistry Nobel Given To Scientists For Work On Optical Microscope

Three scientists will share the prize for developing microscopes that can study living cells in fine detail. Working independently, they took on a problem that many had assumed couldn’t be solved.- by RICHARD HARRIS

Scientists Coax Human Embryonic Stem Cells Into Making Insulin

Insulin is produced by the green cells that are in clusters about the same size as the islets in the human pancreas. The red cells are producing another metabolic hormone, glucagon, that prevents low blood sugar.

A team of Harvard scientists said Thursday that they had finally found a way to turn human embryonic stem cells into cells that produce insulin. The long-sought advance could eventually lead to new ways to help millions of people with diabetes.

“It’s a huge landmark paper. I would say it’s bigger than the discovery of insulin,” says Jose Olberholzer, a professor of bioengineering at the University of Illinois. “The discovery of insulin was important and certainly saved millions of people, but it just allowed patients to survive but not really to have a normal life.
The finding of Doug Melton would really allow to offer them really something what I would call a functional cure. You know, they really wouldn’t feel anymore being diabetic if they got a transplant with those kind of cells.” (extracts from Rob Stein’s Article)

 Why Prophet T.B. Joshua Lost the Power To Raise The Dead -Dr. Damages Show 155

(introduction is in French, but the rest is in English. @13:35 T.B. Joshua raises the dead )

Propaganda, prophecy and prosperity

Con artists thriving within African Churches at the expense of the poor needy souls. Criminals getting away with murder in the name of Jesus! It’s high time African governments stepped in and did their duty of protecting the citizens from these greedy criminal elements across Africa!


  Mufti Shaban Mubajje denied US visa

Nephew Tommy Church Folk Gotta Laugh Too: We Want To Get Married-The Cussing Pastor

It’s time Africa started listening to our young people, instead of always telling them what to do.

Mo Ibrahim

It is their potential, after all, which will decide our continent’s future. Let’s not waste it. “Africa must ask itself why our continent appears so frightened of giving the younger generation a chance.”

Mo Ibrahim African leaders prize unclaimed again

The $5m (£3.2m) prize is supposed to be awarded each year to an elected leader who governed well, raised living standards and then left office.This is the fourth time in five years there has been no winner.


Nigerian soldier says army that would face Boko Haram is ill-equipped, underpaid

Published May 19, 2014 FoxNews.com

May 11, 2014: A soldier stands guard in front of burnt trucks following an attack by Islamic militants in Gambaru, Nigeria. (AP Photo/Jossy Ola)

“They give us just AK47s to go into the bush to fight Boko Haram,” the soldier said. “Our equipment doesn’t work and they give us just two magazines to go into the bush.” Two magazines contain approximately 60 bullets.

 

The soldier said that many in the Nigerian army have also been discontented by delays in receiving their salaries, sometimes waiting weeks or months to be paid.

“We feel so bad because we … are trying, the soldiers are trying our best,” the soldier told Sky, “but the civilians don’t realize what the Nigerian army is issued with, what they are given to go and fight the Boko Haram.”

Goodluck Jonathan gives out customised 24ct Gold iPhones:

customised-24ct gold i-phone
customised-24ct gold i-phone

President Goodluck Jonathan’s first Child, Faith married her boo, Godswill Osim Edward today in at the Abuja Ecumenical Centre.

The ceremony was broadcast live on NTA, where many state governors and other dignitaries were in attendance.

 

Guests at the wedding received customised i-phones ( Each cost £3995.00 or over US $6,620.00 per i-phone,- Goldstriker) designed by Actress Tonto Dikeh’s.

 

The phones were packed in white packs with a golden ‘thank you’ for coming note’


EFF takes on Zuma in Parliament- “We Want Our Money”

Calls for accountability

Lawmakers from the radical Economic Freedom Fighters party led by Julius Malema caused a political storm on Thursday (21.08.2014), when they hurled chants at President Jacob Zuma.

 

South Africa’s leader was being grilled over the controversial security upgrades for his private Nkandla residence which had cost the taxpayer $24 million (18 million euros).

Julius Malema: the real leader of the opposition

by Gareth van Onselen, 25 August 2014, 05:25

Zuma laughs at Malema’s remark that he is not going to leave until he gets an answer. But it’s a nervous laugh. Malema is aggressive. He points in rhythmical fashion at the table. “We want the date of when you are paying the money”. His language is powerful and demanding.

Malema

At 41m35s, interrupted by a point of order, Malema switches up a gear. His tone becomes more adamant and he points at Zuma. “These things of points of order are the ones that you are hiding behind”. It is now Malema talking down to Zuma. It is Malema doing the lecturing. Many will say the use of “you” is disrespectful. It is irrelevant.

The power dynamic is evident. President Zuma is on the back foot. Malema is dictating the terms.At 42m30s, in his reply, the president is defensive — arms folded, hands clasped.Zuma might not have taken Malema’s question seriously but he knew he was playing with fire. And the raging inferno that erupted thereafter will only fuel that hesitancy in the future.Julius Malema is the real leader of the opposition in Parliament. Maimane has a problem: he lacks the necessary gravitas. He is, as they say, “a nice guy”. And we all know where they finish.

 

Chemistry Nobel Given To Scientists For Work On Optical Microscope

Three scientists will share the prize for developing microscopes that can study living cells in fine detail. Working independently, they took on a problem that many had assumed couldn’t be solved.- by RICHARD HARRIS

Scientists Coax Human Embryonic Stem Cells Into Making Insulin

Insulin is produced by the green cells that are in clusters about the same size as the islets in the human pancreas. The red cells are producing another metabolic hormone, glucagon, that prevents low blood sugar.

A team of Harvard scientists said Thursday that they had finally found a way to turn human embryonic stem cells into cells that produce insulin. The long-sought advance could eventually lead to new ways to help millions of people with diabetes.

“It’s a huge landmark paper. I would say it’s bigger than the discovery of insulin,” says Jose Olberholzer, a professor of bioengineering at the University of Illinois. “The discovery of insulin was important and certainly saved millions of people, but it just allowed patients to survive but not really to have a normal life.
The finding of Doug Melton would really allow to offer them really something what I would call a functional cure. You know, they really wouldn’t feel anymore being diabetic if they got a transplant with those kind of cells.” (extracts from Rob Stein’s Article)

-Kofi Annan: Africa plundered by secret mining deals

 Under-pricing deprives Africa of much-needed money, the report says

The question shouldn’t be about Trade. It should be about “Fair Trade”

Under-pricing deprives Africa of much-needed money, the report says Tax avoidance, secret mining deals andfinancialtransfers are depriving Africa of the benefits of its resources boom, ex-UN chief Kofi Annan has said.

Firms that shift profits to lower tax jurisdictions cost Africa $38bn (£25bn) a year, says a report produced by a panel he heads. “Africa loses twice as much money through these loopholes as it gets from donors,” Mr Annan told the BBC.

It was like taking food off the tables of the poor, he said.

-The billion-dollar question: “Where is Angola’s oil money?

Court nullifies the Anti-Homosexuality law

The constitutional court in Kampala has declared the passing of the anti homosexuality bill into an act as null and void.

Woman strips naked to hug Mandela statue in S.Africa

Woman-strips-naked-to-hug-Mandela-statue-in-S.Africa-1A woman stripped naked in Nelson Mandela Square in Johannesburg and caressed a huge statue of the liberation hero as astonished bystanders looked on, local media reported Wednesday.

The young African woman first saluted the statue of the former president, who is revered for his role in defeating the racist apartheid system, before disrobing, witnesses said. A waitress at a nearby restaurant told The Star newspaper that the woman’s actions, at around 4.00pm on a busy Monday, had caused a frenzy. Male waiters got their orders wrong and a male customer was hit on the head by his wife for getting up to take a closer look, she said.

The fractals at the heart of African designs:

Cheikh Fall Ndiaye via Google+
The binary code used in all electronic components including computers is probably from Africa!
It is amazing to see how fractals where used in some African villages. Great talk!
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What makes the world go around:

A Supreme Court Fight For The Rights Of a frequent-flier card for “Cello Harrell.”

Delta kicked Harrell out because he always travels with his cello and pays for a separate seat for the large and very valuable instrument. Indeed, Harrell travels so much, and internationally, that he got a frequent-flier card for “Cello Harrell.”

Discuss: (a) vs. (b)

The viral image. Photo: Tumblr/Kristine Speare

(a):

“Rules for dating my daughter
1. I don’t make the rules
2. You don’t make the rules
3. She makes the rules
4. Her body, her rules
Feminist Father

(b):

“I am as broken and ashamed as a bride who is not a virgin on her wedding night,” a lieutenant colonel says.Iraqi military humiliated by retreat

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George Ayittey’s War on African Dictatorships

Alemayehu G. Mariam | June 13th, 2011

George Ayittey, the distinguished Ghanaian economist, and arguably one of the “Top 100 Public Intellectuals”

In 1996, he told African intellectuals exactly what he thought of them: “Hordes of politicians, lecturers, professionals, lawyers, and doctors sell themselves off into prostitution and voluntary bondage to serve the dictates of military vagabonds with half their intelligence. And time and time again, after being raped, abused, and defiled, they are tossed out like rubbish — or worse. Yet more intellectual prostitutes stampede to take their places…”

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Dr. Maya Angelou Memorial Service

Dr. Maya Angelou“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”― Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou’s pro-life journey

I am reproducing it below, and then I will offer what the late Paul Harvey might call the rest of the story.

When I was 16, a boy in high school evinced interest in me, so I had sex with him — just once. And after I came out of that room, I thought, Is that all there is to it? My goodness, I’ll never do that again! Then, when I found out I was pregnant, I went to the boy and asked him for help, but he said it wasn’t his baby and he didn’t want any part of it. I was scared to pieces. Back then, if you had money, there were some girls who got abortions, but I couldn’t deal with that idea. Oh, no. No. I knew there was somebody inside me. So I decided to keep the baby.

My older brother, Bailey, my confidant, told me not to tell my mother or she’d take me out of school. So I hid it the whole time with big blouses! Finally, three weeks before I was due, I left a note on my stepfather’s pillow telling him I was pregnant. He told my mother, and when she came home, she calmly asked me to run her bath.

I’ll never forget what she said: “Now tell me this — do you love the boy?” I said no. “Does he love you?” I said no. “Then there’s no point in ruining three lives. We are going to have our baby!”

What a knockout she was as a mother of teens. Very loving. Very accepting. Not one minute of recrimination. And I never felt any shame.

I’m telling you that the best decision I ever made was keeping that baby! Yes, absolutely. Guy was a delight from the start — so good, so bright, and I can’t imagine my life without him.

At 17 I got a job as a cook and later as a nightclub waitress. I found a room with cooking privileges, because I was a woman with a baby and needed my own place. My mother, who had a 14-room house, looked at me as if I was crazy! She said, “Remember this: You can always come home.” She kept that door open. And every time life kicked me in the belly, I would go home for a few weeks.

I struggled, sure. We lived hand-to-mouth, but it was really heart-to-hand. Guy had love and laughter and a lot of good reading and poetry as a child. Having my son brought out the best in me and enlarged my life. Whatever he missed, he himself is a great father today. He was once asked what it was like growing up in Maya Angelou’s shadow, and he said, “I always thought I was in her light.”

Years later, when I was married, I wanted to have more children, but I couldn’t conceive. Isn’t it wonderful that I had a child at 16? Praise God!”

This essay takes on even great poignancy if we know that over the course of her long life Ms. Angelou endured enormous hardships. She accumulated countless honors—she was nominated for a Tony Award in 1973, won three Grammys for her albums, received an honorary National Book Award for her contributions to the literary community in 2013, and a Presidential Medal of Freedom –but there was a great deal of pain and trials and tribulations as well.

The story is a long, long one but important. Angelou’s only grandson, Colin, was kidnapped in 1981 by her ex-daughter in law after she lost custody. It would take four years to find Colin and bring him back home. In the meanwhile, Guy’s physical condition deteriorated from bad to worse.

In 1962 Guy (then 17) had broken his neck in an automobile accident. The grandson had been missing for a year, according to Beverly Beyette, writing in 1986 for the Los Angeles Times, ”when Guy Johnson’s 20-year-old neck injury began to plague him; calcium deposits had attached to his spine and Johnson, tall and husky and athletic, was starting to have serious coordination problems. Soon, he was at Children’s Hospital in San Francisco, paralyzed from the neck down.”

Guy, understandably, hit an emotional low, Beyette wrote.

Angelou remembers him telling her, “Mother, I refuse to live a talking head. And though you’re my Momma and though I’m your only child, and I know you love me, I have to ask you something no one should ever ask a mother. If there’s no chance of recovery, I have to ask you to pull the plug and let me go.”

Well, Angelou said, smiling as she recalled the startled faces of the intensive-care nurses, “When I really understood what he was asking me, I mean, I started screaming–’Total recovery, that’s what I’ll accept, total! I see you walking, standing, riding. Total!’ “

Things did not turn around quickly. “His spinal column was too fragile to even blow on and there was a blood clot sitting on it that had to be removed.”

As Angelou told her story, her voice again rose to a shout: “I said, ‘I’m not asking you, I’m telling you. I’m going to somebody much higher than you, much higher. You did the best you knew to do and I have no argument with you. But now I’ve gone somewhere else.’ “

The surgeries were a success. One morning, Angelou said, the nurse awakened her and said, ” ‘Good news.’ We went in and she pulled the sheets off Guy’s feet and there was one toe (wiggling).” The joy of that moment, now relived, made Angelou once again slap her hands together and laugh.

Now, the search for Colin would intensify.

I don’t think anything else needs to be added, or could be added. A remarkable woman whose loyalty to her son and grandson—her determination in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds is incredible—is a lesson to us all.

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Maya Angelou: Poet, novelist and actress Maya Angelou: Poet, novelist and actress

One of Angelou’s most praised books was “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.”

2013: Maya Angelou discusses MLK’s dream

Maya Angelou: In her own words Maya Angelou: In her own words

1993: Angelou at Clinton’s inauguration

The memoir bore witness to the brutality of a Jim Crow South, portraying racism in stark language. Readers learned of the life of Marguerite Ann Johnson (Angelou’s birth name) up to the age of 16: how she was abandoned by her parents and raped by her mother’s boyfriend. She was homeless and became a teen mother.

Its publication was both daring and historic given the era of its debut in 1969.

“All of the writers of my generation must honor the ground broken by Dr. Maya Angelou,” author Tayari Jones posted on her Facebook page Wednesday.

By Todd Leopold, Ashley Fantz, Moni Basu and Faith Karimi, CNN

updated 8:40 AM EDT, Thu May 29, 2014

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A 4-year-old Syrian refugee who was discovered alone in the middle of the desert

Interview: A Hormonal See Saw: The Altazine and Al Connection

Stimela – Jazz Day 2013 – Hugh Masekela

*-Mzwakhe Mbuli at Madiba’s send-off at Waterkloof-*

Zahara ft. Mzwakhe Mbuli – Mandela

Rest in Peace BABA Madiba- We were all Created in God’s Image – by K. Kaunda

Ahmed Kathrada’s full speech

Rest in Peace Baba. Recap live coverage as Madiba is laid to rest in hometown of Qunu

“Who knew?” is a page that deals with unusual stories which make you stop and think or wonder about what you have just read; and hopefully learn a thing or two, or simply as a reminder to count your blessings or just for a chuckle but sometimes makes you mad and wish or want to do something about it. Disclaimer: I didn’t author any of the articles on this page. Click on colored text to go to links to get details. Go ahead – indulge:

A sign from above? Lightning strikes Vatican hours after Pope’s shock resignation

Vatican lightening

A win win relationship:

A win- Win

Parathyroid Glands and Hyperparathyroidism: Best Video! Get the Parathyroid App!

Mitt Romney Dog on Roof

MITT ROMNEY BUSTED FOR DOG ON CAR ROOF

Stuck Up 100 objects

usual-object-in-unusual-places

Resourceful information:   Statistical Data you can use

Accused of passing gas, man charged with battery

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man who police said passed gas and fanned it toward a patrolman has been charged with battery on a police officer.

BBC – HARDtalk speaks with Dr. Vandan Shiva – Nov. 19th, 2012 (Audio)

Dr. Vandan Shiva shoots a straight forward rebuttal at the myth that Bangal’s famine took millions of Indians because of inadequate backward farming methods which GMO could have prevented. She quickly revamps that assertion which has implied connotation – that for India to feed her citizens, she needs Britain or the West; Instead, Dr. Shiva attributes the death of millions of Indians during the Bengal famine of 1943 to the British colonizer who continued to import 50% of India’s rice to feed her people, leaving poor Indians starving to death.

 

Katwe Slum

quote from Queen of Katwe Tim’s latest book, The Queen of Katwe, is available now! It is the true story of Phiona Mutesi, a teenager from the poorest slums of Uganda, who — inspired by an unlikely mentor, a war refugee turned missionary — has become an international chess champion.

Let us all support this young lady by purchasing this book. For those already disappointed with the OPM’s Saga, here is part of the e-mail I got from Tim Crothers – the author’s assurance: “Phiona, her family and Robert Katende are all receiving a significant portion of the proceeds from the book contract and donations to Sports Outreach Institute, which sponsors Katende’s project”.

Coffee Made From Elephant Dung

Just one cup of this dung coffee will cost you over $25.00 and two pounds over $1,000.

TALES FROM BORNEO

Pee power! African teens create urine-fueled generator

Sydney Peace Prize winner Dr Shiva joins Lateline (video)

-When Laws take away the freedom

-Ideas you could use

-Africa: The Next Chapter

“We had to unveil an Africa that wasn’t that well known to … a number of audiences.” — Emeka Okafor

There are many stereotypes about Africa: that it’s a place of conflict, of disease, war and famine. Or that it’s a single place rather than a continent of 54 distinct countries. We’ll engage with thinkers and doers who are constructing new realities for their respective countries — and for the African continent a whole.

-warnings of Warren Buffett that were never taken serious:

In effect, our country has been behaving like an extraordinarily rich family that possesses an immense farm. In order to consume 4 percent more than we produce — that’s the trade deficit — we have, day by day, been both selling pieces of the farm and increasing the mortgage on what we still own.

For more information

-Economy-Time line

A lot to learn.

-I lost my virginity twice: Woman, 27, reveals she has TWO VAGINAS

Hazel Jones always wondered why she suffered from terrible cramps and heavy periods during puberty. But it wasn’t until she turned 18 that she was given her astonishing diagnosis – she had two vaginas.

-Crooked Bankers

Another banking scandal.  HSBC apparently laundering billions for Mexican drug cartels. How do we rein in crooked bankers?

Audio crooked bankers

-The Lessons Of MF Global
How do you misplace $1.2 billion and lose billions more? Jon Corzine and the lessons of the MF Global collapse.

-Kids-for-Cash Scheme

A federal jury has found a former Pennsylvania judge guilty of participating in a so-called “kids for cash” scheme, in which he received money in exchange for sending juvenile offenders to for-profit youth jails over the years. Former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella, Jr., was convicted Friday of accepting bribes and kickbacks for putting juveniles into detention centers operated by PA Child Care and a sister company, Western Pennsylvania Child Care. Ciavarella and another judge, Michael Conahan, are said to have received $2.6 million for their efforts.

-Republican Senate Nominee: Victims Of ‘Legitimate Rape’ Don’t Get Pregnant

Evan McMorris-Santoro August 19, 2012, 2:06 PM 895754

This post has been updated.

Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican nominee for Senate in Missouri who is running against Sen. Claire McCaskill, justified his opposition to abortion rights even in case of rape with a claim that victims of “legitimate rape” have unnamed biological defenses that prevent pregnancy.

Woman Could Be Fined $600 For Giving Children Free Lunches

A woman trying to feed the kids in her neighborhood during the summer may be fined for her good deed. Angela Prattis of Chester Township, outside Philadelphia, has spent the past few months handing out free lunches to the children in her community while they’re home from school for the summer break.

Vandana Shiva: Earth Democracy at PCC

– Hedge funds ‘grabbing land’ in Africa

Hedge funds are behind “land grabs” in Africa to boost their profits in the food and biofuel sectors, a US think-tank says.

“The same financial firms that drove us into a global recession by inflating the real estate bubble through risky financial manoeuvres are now doing the same with the world’s food supply,” the report said.

“This is creating insecurity in the global food system that could be a much bigger threat than terrorism,” the report said.

These reports, as well as briefs on other aspects of land grabs, are available at http://media.oaklandinstitute.org.

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The Oakland Institute is an independent policy think tank whose mission is to increase public participation and promote fair debate on critical social, economic, and environmental issues (www.oaklandinstitute.org).

– Are foreign investors colonising Africa?

Indian, Chinese and U.S. companies are among many inking land-investment deals in Africa, including Ethiopia, Tanzania, South Sudan, Mali, and Mozambique. According to a study by the U.S.- based Oakland Institute, foreign investors bought or leased a land area in sub-Saharan Africa about the size of France in 2009 alone.

As India, China, Saudia Arabia and South Korea all lease land in the horn, some say we are in the midst of a second ‘scramble for Africa.’

Courtesy of Aljazeera

CSO Monitoring 2009-2010 “Advancing African Agriculture”
(AAA): The Impact of Europe’s Policies and Practices on
African Agriculture and Food Security.

Land Grab in Africa

European direct or indirect involvement in land grabbing.

A number of different factors have increased demand for land (agrofuels, food crisis,
financial crisis). European involvement in land grabbing is first due to the policies of
both the EU and individual member States, which are directly and indirectly stimulating
these factors, and hence this increased demand for land. Moreover, in some cases,
there is a direct State involvement in the corporations acquiring the land.

The tribesman who Facebook friended me

A very interesting Article by Jonnie Hughes about Papua New Guinean tribes

(Credit: Image courtesy of the author)

Six members of the tribe came to Britain.  With every whispered observation, they left us powerless to explain the madness of our own social norms, and when they boarded the plane back to PNG, we were the ones racked with envy – envious of their joyously interdependent community, their clear understanding of what mattered in life, their rock-solid roles, simple pleasures and ample leisure time, their lack of mortgages and debts, their indisputable “goodness.”  Our world appeared an obscene and dysfunctional manifestation of human existence in comparison…..Continue Reading

(a)-A Disabled Iowa Man Fired Over 20 Cents after 25 years with the same company

Compare and contrast these two cases (a) above and (b) below

(b)-RBS bankers get £950m in bonuses despite £1.1bn loss

– Over in Africa, another former Portugese colony is booming while Lisbon is busy selling off state assets and getting bailed out by the IMF.

Louise Redvers: Portugal’s fortunes may have fallen, but Angola’s star is on the rise. Once ravaged by decades of war, it now expects 12 percent growth next year. Angolan companies, already own extensive holdings in the banking, energy and telecoms sectors. Some analysts see the changing relationship between the two countries as an intriguing role reversal.

Portugal’s prime minister seeks help in Angola
http://www.marketplace.org/node/47972/player/popout

Patricia de Melo Moreira/AFP/Getty Images

Portuguese minister of foreign affairs, Paulo Portas (right) greets his counterpart, the minister of foreign affairs of Angola, Georges

– Nigeria: One-Month Old Baby Received a Salary

Hilversum — A one-month old baby, said to hold a diploma, was on the Nigerian government payroll, officials have discovered, exposing the levels to which corruption runs in Africa’s most populous country.

– USA-The Dead Just Keep On Voting

by Thomas R. Spencer (Diary)

Isn’t modern medicine wonderful? A hundred years ago, the average life expectancy in the United States was 47 years. In 2009, the federal government recently announced that it is 78 years. And, now, in an age when NASA has machines roving Mars, many states are extending the voting life of citizens for years after they are medically pronounced dead.

– Bernie Madoff: Happiest I’ve been in 20 years

According to Walters, Madoff says he has terrible remorse and horrible nightmares over his epic fraud, but feels “safer here (in prison) than outside. I have people to talk to, no decisions to make. I know I will die in prison. I lived the last 20 years of my life in fear. Now, I have no fear because I’m no longer in control.”

From CBS News

-WOMAN MARRIES HERSELF!

-Never too late for the Blues. At 71 years of age Burt starts his music career:

-Dr. G. B. Burt

-Rape the men never saw it coming

HARARE Zimbabwean men are a proud lot, but they are slowly taking a bruising with increasing reports of women raping men, in a bizarre trend that appears driven more by superstition, and which social commentators say reflects a more serious underlying problem total moral decay of the nation. 03.09.1010:42am 4 0 (http://www.thezimbabwean.co.uk/)

by MISA
 

-“Women. They are a complete mystery.”

LONDON (Reuters) – The biggest mystery in the universe perplexing one of the world’s best known scientists is — women.

When New Scientist magazine asked “Brief History of Time” author Stephen Hawking what he thinks about most, the Cambridge University professor renowned for unraveling some of the most complex questions in modern physics answered: “Women. They are a complete mystery.”

-Getting Along!

-Some kind of unboring way to begin a new year

-European Witchcraft Trial History and Puritan Beliefs

The People Executed, as Convicted Witches, By the Salem Witch Trials

Salem Witch Trial Death Toll (credit to www.squidoo.com)

For Kenya not wanting to be left too far behind:-

-Alleged witches (all around the world! could this be sexism at work?)

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-Video of marriage proposal gone wrong at UCLA basketball game

-Trial begins against surgeon who amputated man’s penis without permission

– Woman Gets Cement Injections In Butt:

MIAMI — A woman who wanted to work at a nightclub started searching for someone who could perform plastic surgery at a cheap price to give her a curvier body. Police say what she found was a woman posing as a doctor who filled her buttocks with cement, mineral oil and flat-tire sealant

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One Company’s New Minimum Wage: $70,000 a Year

Dan Price, C.E.O. of Gravity Payments, surprised his 120-person staff by announcing that he planned over the next three years to raise the salary of every employee to $70,000 a year.

Dan Price has slashed his own salary by $930,000 from $1 million to $70K, the new minimum wage at his company.


 

UK to jail Ugandan diplomats over fraud, tax evasion:

Minister of foreign affairs Henry Okello Oryem

Minister of foreign affairs Henry Okello Oryem

Diplomats are exempt from paying duties and taxes on cars, food and electrical appliances that they bring into the country, but they are not allowed to abuse the privilege.

According to the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Okello Oryem, the Government received a guilty verdict for the two unnamed diplomats whose conduct has caused embarrassment.

“The trial of the two has been concluded and they will soon be sentenced. I have been informed that crimes of that nature carry a jail term ranging from seven to 14 years,” Oryem told lawmakers on the foreign affairs committee on Wednesday.- excerpts from new vision.co.ug

Uganda’s UK mission in Shs8b tax fraud

Uganda’s High Commissioner to the UK Rwabyomere

Uganda’s High Commissioner to the UK Rwabyomere

An audit report on the Embassy’s finances also implicates Ms Rwabyomere of not accounting for 2,500 pounds [about Shs9 million] allegedly as expenses to travel to New York to attend Commonwealth Foreign Ministers meeting.

The audit report, a copy of which this newspaper has obtained states: “It was, however, noted that there was no evidence that the trip was actually undertaken. There were no boarding passes attached or back-to-office reports explaining whether the objectives of the trip were achieved.

In another dramatic development, Ms Rwabyomere is reportedly seeking British citizenship even though according to UK immigration laws, diplomats are not allowed to change citizenship.

Efforts to have Ms Rwabyomere comment on this matters failed as she insisted that: “I would advise you to get in touch with the permanent secretary.” – Excerpts from monitor.co.ug


Gyrocopter pilot who landed on Capitol lawn explains why he did it 

“I planned it so that no one gets hurt, especially me.” – Doug Hughes 

Man taken into custody after landing single-person aircraft on Capitol grounds

Washington (CNN)U.S. Capitol Police converged Wednesday on a small manned aircraft that has landed on the west front of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. Police have taken the pilot into custody.

“The U.S. Capitol Police is investigating a gyro copter with a single occupant that has landed on the grassy area of the West Lawn of t‎he U.S. Capitol. The U.S. Capitol Police continues to investigate with one person detained and temporary street closures in the immediate area,” said Capitol Police Lt. Kimberly Schneider in a statement to CNN.


 How Western Diets Are Making The World Sick

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“Type 2 diabetes historically didn’t exist, only 70 or 80 years ago,” says Patterson. “And what’s driven it, of course, is this rise in obesity, especially the accumulation of abdominal fat. That fat induces changes in our receptors that cells have for insulin. Basically, it makes them numb to the effect of insulin.”

“No country in the world has the resources to continue to treat diabetics the way that they’re being treated now, if the prevalence rates increase at the rates that they’re increasing for much longer,” he says. “I worked in Saipan, which is in the Marianas Island in the Pacific, and there, the dialysis population was increasing at about 18 percent a year, all as a consequence of diabetes and acculturation — exactly the same process as what’s going on with the Inuit. –  Fresh Air


 

 Colin Powell: ‘I Still See’ a Dark Vein of Intolerance in the Republican Party

March 7, 1965 | Civil Rights Marchers Attacked in Selma

Library of CongressImages of civil rights marchers in Selma being beaten by Alabama police horrified many Americans, including President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Library of CongressImages of civil rights marchers in Selma being beaten by Alabama police horrified many Americans, including President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Obama, at Selma Memorial, Says, ‘We Know the March Is Not Yet Over’. March 7, 2015
Obama, at Selma Memorial, Says, ‘We Know the March Is Not Yet Over’. March 7, 2015.  Doug Mills

 

 

Racism is alive at The University of Oklahoma.

Mar. 9, 2015 -University of Oklahoma:

A video showing individuals participating in a racist chant was posted on Sunday to Twitter by Unheard, which describes itself as “an alliance of black students organized for change within campus administration and atmosphere.” The video showed young men on a bus chanting, “There will never be a n***** at SAE.”

Oklahoma’s history on race relations:

Tulsa, Oklahoma “Black Wall Street”- Survivors of infamous 1921 Tulsa race riot still hope for justice.

An African American Man Arrested 60+ Times For Trespassing At His Own Job

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Atlanta GARBAGE Man JAILED For 30 Days For Picking Up TRASH Too EARLY and ANNOYING WEALTHY Residents:

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African American Men Forced To Pay Child Support For Kids That Aren’t Theirs Or Go To Jail:

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An African American Man Sentenced To 6 months in Jail For Over-Paying Child Support


 

 DOJ finds Ferguson targeted African-Americans, used courts mainly to increase revenue (a city government that uses its police and courts as an ATM):

Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at the Justice Department in Washington on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, about the department’s findings related to two investigations in Ferguson. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at the Justice Department in Washington on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, about the department’s findings related to two investigations in Ferguson. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

In the aftermath of a scathing report showing Ferguson unfairly targeted African-Americans and preyed on its most vulnerable citizens, the Justice Department is asking the city to make more than two dozen changes to the city’s police department and municipal courts — or face a costly lawsuit.

It describes a city government that uses its police and courts as an ATM, tolerating a culture of police brutality while pressuring the police chief and court officials to increase traffic enforcement and fees without regard to public safety.

It exposes a court run by the police department that routinely violates due process and intentionally inflicts pain on the most vulnerable residents and whose supervisors circulated racially insensitive emails, one of which in 2011 depicted President Barack Obama as a chimpanzee.

DISCRIMINATORY POLICIES AND PRACTICES:

Despite making up 67 percent of the population, African-Americans have accounted for 85 percent of all traffic stops, and were the subject of 90 percent of the citations and 93 percent of the arrests made by Ferguson police over the last two years.

64238-manner-of-walkingOne of the charges where blacks are cited more often than whites: Manner of Walking,” which is issued to blacks 95 percent of the time.

 

POLICE AS DEBT COLLECTORS:

Ferguson’s municipal court revenue has shown consistent growth, year by year. In 2010, the city’s municipal court generated $1.38 million in fines and fees, the report said.

For the current year, the city’s budget anticipates fines and fees of $3.09 million.

The Justice Department’s report on Ferguson said the city used its police department as “a collection agency.” –By Stephen Deere, Chuck Raasch, Jeremy Kohler (Excerpts from the article, except the links included withnin)

9 Startling Details From The Ferguson Report By The Department Of Justice:

1. In Ferguson, the police and the municipal court worked together to drain money out of community residents through fines and petty charges……


 

VORACIOUS WORM EVOLVES TO EAT BIOTECH CORN ENGINEERED TO KILL IT

Corn rootworm. by Sarah Zukoff

Corn rootworm. by Sarah Zukoff

ONE OF AGRICULTURAL biotechnology’s great success stories may become a cautionary tale of how short-sighted mismanagement can squander the benefits of genetic modification.

There’s a lesson to be learned for future crop traits, Shields said. Rootworm resistance was expected from the outset, but the Bt seed industry, seeking to maximize short-term profits, ignored outside scientists. The next pest-fighting trait “will fall under the same pressure,” said Shields, “and the insect will win. Always bet on the insect if there is not a smart deployment of the trait.” (by RANDON KEIM SCIENCE – article excerpts)

The Post-GMO Economy:

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A Weasel weaseling himself a free ride . (Credit: Martin Le-May)

A Weasel weaseling himself a free ride . (Credit: Martin Le-May)

 

EPA Sued for Failure to Protect Monarch Butterfly:

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Monarch – By Jenna Iacurci

 

Monsanto Ad Banned in South Africa Due to Deceptive GMO Messaging

Protests have sprung up across South Africa that question the safety of GMO foods. Photo credit: March Against Monsanto South Africa Facebook Page

Protests have sprung up across South Africa that question the safety of GMO foods. Photo credit: March Against Monsanto South Africa Facebook Page

The African Centre for Biosafety lodged a complaint with the ASA following an advertisement on Radio 702 that claimed genetically engineered crops “enable [Monsanto] to produce more food sustainably whilst using fewer resources; provide a healthier environment by saving on pesticides; decrease greenhouse gas emissions and increase crop yields substantially.” by John Deike

National GMO Labeling Bill Reintroduced as U.S. Reps, Citizens Demand the Right to Know

By Nick Meyer On February 12, 2015 ·

A new bipartisan bill that would give Americans more information about what’s in their food was reintroduced on Thursday, Feb. 12 in both the U.S. Senate and House, as announced on the Center for Food Safety’s website. The bill, introduced by Sens. Barbara Boxer of California, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Rep. Peter DeFazio […]

Court stops sale of GMOs in Ghana

1.2016584An Accra Fast Track High Court has halted the production and sale of Genetically Modified cowpeas and rice in Ghana.

The court said the Agriculture Ministry cannot approve the sale of GMOs until it rules on a case brought before it by the Food Sovereignty Ghana (FSG).

According to the FSG, the government cannot go ahead to implement the process for genetically modified foods since it has failed to comply with the provisions of the main Biosafety Act. – Source: Ghana/Starrfmonline.com/103.5FM

Save The Last Dance For Me  - The Winner Gets it All

Save The Last Dance For Meeee – The Winner Takes it All. Faster than ‘Lightning  Bolt’

 Run, Warren, Run

Elizaleadbeth Warren can run for president. She should run for president. And despite her denials, she probably will.

Elizabeth Warren today told Fortune magazine that she won’t run for president. If Warren stands by that decision, she’ll do a tremendous disservice to her principles and her party.- by Charles Dharapak/AP


Mom gets 20 years to life for poisoning son with salt

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Spears’ condition, Münchausen by proxy syndrome, caused her to crave the attention that being a mother with a sick child gave her, said acting state Supreme Court Justice Robert Neary.

Prosecutors contended Spears had shown a pattern of sickening her son to get attention for herself, calling what happened “nothing short of torture.” She had chronicled Garnett’s many illnesses — including his final one — on Facebook and a personal blog..-  by Lee Higgins, 

KARE 11 Investigates: Medical miracle or medical torture?

FORT WORTH, TX – A Texas mother is facing medical child abuse charges for allegedly treating her child with medication, and doctor shopping all the way to Minnesota to find someone to perform surgery on the boy, even though doctors in Texas say the treatment was unnecessary.- by A.J. Lagoe and Steve Eckert


5 images about being black in America shared after Walter Scott shooting 

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South Carolina Officer Is Charged With Murder in Black Man’s Death

A white police officer in North Charleston, S.C., was charged with murder on Tuesday after a video surfaced showing him shooting in the back and killing an apparently unarmed black man while the man ran away.


Black Man Shot for No Reason at South Carolina Gas Station


SC Restaurant Owner Refuses To Serve Blacks, Cites Religious Beliefs;

July 2, 2014

In South Carolina, a BBQ restaurant owner claimed that he was within his rights to refuse service to blacks based on his religious beliefs.

The attorney representing the petitioners suing Piggie Park also addressed in court the “First Amendment religious privilege claim that petitioner asserted that his religion required him” to deny service to black customers. “I’m just a fair man. I want to be known as a hard-working, Christian man that loves God and wants to further (God’s) work throughout the world as I have been doing throughout the last 25 years.” – By Manny Schewitz

Here Are Some Of the Original Ferguson Racist Emails

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Accused of Stealing a Backpack, High School Student Jailed for Nearly Three Years Without Trial

We look at the incredible story of how a 16-year-old high school sophomore from the Bronx ended up spending nearly three years locked up at the Rikers jail in New York City after he says he was falsely accused of stealing a backpack. Kalief Browder never pleaded guilty and was never convicted. Browder maintained his innocence and requested a trial, but was only offered plea deals while the trial was repeatedly delayed. Near the end of his time in jail, the judge offered to sentence him to time served if he entered a guilty plea, and warned him he could face 15 years in prison if he was convicted. But Browder still refused to accept the deal, and was only released when the case was dismissed.

Before the Law:

A boy was accused of taking a backpack. The courts took the next three years of his life.

BY JENNIFER GONNERMAN

Kalief Browder spent more than a thousand days confined on Rikers Island. CREDIT PHOTOGRAPH BY ZACH GROSS

by Zach Gross

by Zach Gross

“I didn’t rob anybody,” Browder replied. “You can check my pockets.”

The officers searched him and his friend but found nothing. As Browder recalls, one of the officers walked back to his car, where the alleged victim was, and returned with a new story: the man said that they had robbed him not that night but two weeks earlier.

The police handcuffed the teens and pressed them into the back of a squad car. “What am I being charged for?” Browder asked. “I didn’t do anything!” He remembers an officer telling them, “We’re just going to take you to the precinct. Most likely you can go home.” Browder whispered to his friend, “Are you sure you didn’t do anything?” His friend insisted that he hadn’t.

An index card in the court file explains:

June 23, 2011: People not ready, request 1 week.
August 24, 2011: People not ready, request 1 day.
November 4, 2011: People not ready, prosecutor on trial, request 2 weeks.
December 2, 2011: Prosecutor on trial, request January 3rd.


-Annie Dookan, a former Massachusetts crime lab chemist, is accused of falsifying evidence in as many as 34,000 cases.


 Instructors fired for allegedly teaching too much black history

Students walked out of a Washington, D.C., charter school on Monday to protest the treatment of three teachers they believe were punished for teaching too much black history.

All three of the social studies teachers at Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science resigned last week, and students said the principal confronted them in front of students, parents said.


US criticises govt’s plan to export medical doctors

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs early this year said the government of Trinidad and Tobago had requested Uganda to supply medical professionals to supplement its health sector. The ministry says the move would also “accelerate existing bilateral relations between the two countries.”
The ministry in July produced a shortlist of 215 specialists that are set to be interviewed and sent out. A closer analysis shows majority of the doctors are from government hospitals and health centres; 93 from Mulago and only a handful from private practice.
The Health minister in charge of General Duties, Dr Elioda Tumwesigye, told Daily Monitor that the matter is being addressed.
On the US ambassador’s concern, Dr Tumwesigye said: “Medical staff trained by the US and other partners are usually grounded in positions where they cannot easily go.”

THE contradiction
Trinidad and Tobago, a country of only 1.3 million people, has 12 times as many doctors per capita than Uganda. It is ranked in the 67th position of countries with best health systems, according to World Health Organisation (WHO). Uganda on the other hand is in the 149th position. WHO recommends a ratio of one doctor per 1,000 people.  – Verbatim excerpt from Monitor.co.ug


 


 * An Egyptian bus driver told – “Congratulations, you’re pregnant,” the BBC reported.


  Bank Whistleblower Alayne Fleischmann & Matt Taibbi on How JPMorgan Chase Helped Wreck the Economy

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Read an excerpt of “The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap,” by Matt Taibbi, who joined us to discuss his new book that “lays bare one of the greatest challenges we face in contemporary American life: surviving a system that devours the lives of the poor, turns a blind eye to the destructive crimes of the wealthy, and implicates us all.” -( Amy Goodman & Juan González)

Paul M. Barrett talked about his book, Law of the Jungle: The $19 Billion Legal Battle Over Oil in the Rain Forest and the Lawyer Who’d Stop at Nothing to Win.

He spoke in the C-SPAN 2/BookTV tent at the 2014 Texas Book Festival. The festival was held from October 25-26 at the State Capitol and surrounding grounds in Austin.

Law of the Jungle

The $19 Billion Legal Battle Over Oil in the Rain Forest and the Lawyer Who’d Stop at Nothing to Win

THE MAIN PROTAGONIST FOR BETTER OR WORSE IS CHARISMATIC, ENERGETIC. HE STARTED AS THE MOST JUNIOR LAWYER IN 1993, AND ROSE TO BE THE PREDOMINANT LAWYER, HE WAS A GRADUATE OF HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, A CLASSMATE OF A GENTLEMAN NAMED BARACK OBAMA.

HE HAD WORKED FOR SEVERAL YEARS BEFORE LAW SCHOOL AS A JOURNALIST IN NICARAGUA COVERING THE NICARAGUAN CIVIL WAR. HE HAD TREMENDOUS PERSONAL INTEREST IN LATIN AMERICA, STILL SPANISH AND WHEN THIS TOOK SHAPE IN 1993 HE WAS INTRODUCED TO THE ORIGINAL LAWYER WHO BROUGHT IN BY ANOTHER LAW SCHOOL CLASSMATE WHO WAS THE SON OF THE ORIGINAL PLAINTIFFS’S LAWYER AND HE FOUND THE CAUSE HE HAD BEEN LOOKING FOR.

HE WAS IDEALISTIC, AMBITIOUS, SELF INVOLVED AND THIS CASE CAME TO CAPTURE HIS IMAGINATION. ON THE OTHER SIDE WAS FIRST TEXACO AND NOW CHEVRON, MASSIVE OIL COMPANY, CHEVRON IS THE SECOND-BIGGEST OIL COMPANY IN THIS COUNTRY REPRESENTED BY A FAILING EXECUTIVE AND LAWYERS AND THIS WAS EXACTLY THE CONFRONTATION HE WANTED TO HAVE. THE PROBLEM WAS IN TRYING TO ENFORCE THE RULE OF LAW HE UNDERMINED THE RULE OF LAW.


 

Where Africa is headed:

In African nations deaths from NCDs are projected to exceed the combined deaths of communicable and nutritional diseases and maternal and perinatal deaths as the most common causes of death by 2030. –Fact sheet WHO.


 

The Speech That Could Make Elizabeth Warren the Next President of the United States

Mr. President, I’m back on the floor to talk about a dangerous provision that was slipped into a must-pass spending bill at the last minute to benefit Wall Street. This provision would repeal a rule called, and I’m quoting the title of the rule, “PROHIBITION AGAINST FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BAILOUTS OF SWAPS ENTITIES.”

Enough is enough

Elizabeth WarrenEnough is enough.

Enough is enough with Wall Street insiders getting key position after key position and the kind of cronyism that we have seen in the executive branch.

Enough is enough with Citigroup passing 11th hour deregulatory provisions that nobody takes ownership over but everybody will come to regret. Enough is enough

Washington already works really well for the billionaires and the big corporations and the lawyers and the lobbyists.

But what about the families who lost their homes or their jobs or their retirement savings the last time Citigroup bet big on derivatives and lost? What about the families who are living paycheck to paycheck and saw their tax dollars go to bail out Citi just 6 years ago?

We were sent here to fight for those families. It is time, it is past time, for Washington to start working for them!

So let me say this to anyone who is listening at Citi[group]. I agree with you Dodd-Frank isn’t perfect. It should have broken you into pieces!

excerpts from Miles Mogulescu’s article

Dear Elizabeth Warren:

Please Run for President

The game is rigged, and the rich and powerful have lobbyists and lawyers and plenty of friends in Congress. We can whine about it, we can whimper about it, or we can fight back. I’m fighting back!

Hey! I just signed a petition asking Elizabeth Warren to run for president. Will you take a second to sign it too?
http://runwarrenrun.org/?rc=email

We really do need our best candidates to run if we’re going to win the race for president in 2016. Getting Senator Warren to run is our best chance to get a truly progressive president, and to put support for working families and the middle class at the top of the Democratic agenda. I hope you’ll join me in saying #RunWarrenRun!


 Dick Cheney: I’d Do It Again in a MinuteDick

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A 40-year-old daughter misbehaves, father apologizes and says – “I failed to raise her properly.”

Solution: Hand her to Dick Cheney for a MINUTE!

 

 


 The Western Aid Lobby Is Partly to Blame

The record of Western aid to Africa is one of abysmal failure. More than $500 billion in foreign aid – the equivalent of four Marshall Aid Plans – was pumped into Africa between 1960 and 1997. Instead of increasing development, aid has created dependence.

The budgets of Ghana and Uganda, for example, are more than 50 percent aid dependent. Said President Aboulaye Wade of Senegal: “I’ve never seen a country develop itself through aid or credit. Countries that have developed — in Europe, America, Japan, Asian countries like Taiwan, Korea and Singapore — have all believed in free markets.

There is no mystery there. Africa took the wrong road after independence.  – By Thompson Ayodele, Franklin Cudjoe, Temba A. Nolutshungu & Charles K. Sunwabe


Examples of unethical trials

SOMO briefing paper on ethics in clinical trials

This briefing paper provides an overview of known examples of unethical clinical trials. It was prepared by SOMO, in collaboration with Wemos, and is based on secondary sources. Although the focus is on developing countries, it also includes a few cases from the US and Europe.
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By providing such an overview, the paper aims to illustrate problems in the ethical conduct of clinical trials. It does not provide an analysis of clinical trials in general or of the scale of ethical violations. Indeed, the scale of the problem is unknown, because it cannot be estimated how many unethical clinical trials escape public attention and therefore remain unnoticed.

U.S. apologizes for STD experiments in Guatemala


 

Inside Mama Africa’s circus school

The first in a series that meets the artists and performers in some of the world’s most unique circuses.

To kick off we head to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania to meet the people behind the ground-breaking Mama Africa.

Judge Rules That Haitians Can’t Sue the UN for Giving Them Cholera

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The ongoing epidemic, which also spread to nearby countries, has left at least 8,646 people dead and hundreds of thousands infected in Haiti alone. It’s estimated that over six percent of the Haitian population has now had the disease.

The outbreak has been linked to a group of UN peacekeepers from Nepal, who brought the deadly strain of cholera to Haiti when they dumped raw sewage near a major river, according to a 2011 report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Some spent years trying to find compensation for the peacekeepers’ damages, but a judge has just ruled that Haitians killed or sickened by the epidemic cannot sue the United Nations in a US court because the UN has legal immunity that only it can waive. -By Brittany Greenquist


 

BBC correspondent blames President Jonathan for West ignoring attacks on Nigeria.

In response to why international community had not shown the same spirit and resolve about Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria as it had done after the attacks in France, BBC correspondent said- “Nigeria’s politicians appear more focused on next month’s elections and President Goodluck Jonathan has not commented on the recent violence.

West ‘ignoring’ Nigerian attacks

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau

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The Catholic Archbishop of Jos, in central Nigeria, has accused the West of ignoring the threat of the militant Islamist group, Boko Haram.

Ignatius Kaigama said the world had to show more determination to halt the group’s advance in Nigeria.

He said the international community had to show the same spirit and resolve it had done after the attacks in France.

‘Sadness’

Archbishop Kaigama said facing down Boko Haram required international support and unity of the type that had been shown after last week’s militant attacks in France.

“We need that spirit to be spread around,” he said. “Not just when it [an attack] happens in Europe, but when it happens in Nigeria, in Niger, in Cameroon.- BBC article Excerpts


 

Watching ‘Selma’ with 103-year-old matriarch of the movement

By Moni Basu, CNN
Updated 11:28 PM ET, Fri January 9, 2015

Amelia Boynton Robinson, 103, chats with activist Faya Rose Toure before a special screening of "Selma" at Boynton Robinson's home in Tuskegee, Alabama.
Amelia Boynton Robinson, 103, chats with activist Faya Rose Toure before a special screening of “Selma” at Boynton Robinson’s home in Tuskegee, Alabama.

Tuskegee, Alabama (CNN)She was left for dead at the foot of Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge after the county sheriff declared: “Let the buzzards eat them.”

A photograph immortalized the moment — a black, middle-aged woman beaten unconscious by white state troopers in a 1965 civil rights march that became known as Bloody Sunday.

Now, on this day in December, 103-year-old Amelia Boynton Robinson is hosting a private screening of a new movie in which her role as a civil rights matriarch immortalizes her again. – Excerpts from Moni Basu’s article -CNN


 

MLK ” Last Speech” 1968

Martin Luther King, Jr.

I’ve Been to the Mountaintop

Delivered 3 April 1968, Mason Temple (Church of God in Christ Headquarters), Memphis, Tennessee

 

ban-on-civil-asset-forfeitureHolder limits seized-asset sharing process that split billions with local, state police

By Robert O’Harrow Jr., Sari Horwitz and Steven Rich January 16 at 2:15 PM

Eric Holder

Attorney General Eric Holder

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Friday barred local and state police from using federal law to seize cash, cars and other property without warrants or criminal charges.

Holder’s action represents the most sweeping check on police power to confiscate personal property since the seizures began three decades ago as part of the war on drugs.

Since 2008, thousands of local and state police agencies have made more than 55,000 seizures of cash and property worth $3 billion under a civil asset forfeiture program at the Justice Department called Equitable Sharing.

The new policy could become one of the more notable pieces of Holder’s legacy. Holder has already announced he is leaving the department, and it is clear that he is taking steps to burnish his place in history. On Thursday, he pushed in a speech for better tracking of police use-of-force incidents.


 

What has president Obama done for African Americans?

On this day of January 15th, Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday, I struck up a conversation with a lady I had just met which started Obamawith Dr. King’s work that is rarely talked about, but soon led to another topic involving the first African American president, Mr. Barack Obama. What has president Obama done for African Americans?, I asked.

This lady explained to me what president Obama has done for African Americans convincingly.

She was very articulate in elaborating life time changing policies that he has passed which will be realized by the generations to come. Among many, she talked of how “Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act” helps women especiaThe houselly more so with African women, but the greatest of all the policies that Obama passed that will benefit African Africans, she said, was going to the heart of disenfranchisement inherent in the system and tackling head-on what some have termed as Correctional Keynesianism.

Many are already thankful for his Drug policy overhaul. If in doubt of how bad things are, ask Michelle Alexander, or check out the ‘The House I Live In’

As future African American generations reap the benefits of his work, his legacy will never be forgotten, said the brilliant lady. In addition to those achievements, if I may add, is Obama health care reform that eliminates pre-existing conditions starting 2014. African Americans are still suffering disproportionately with the problems of this country’s broken health care system, says Cord Jefferson.

Considering the above, some are convinced that despite what the media may say, president Obama will go down in history as one of the greatest leaders US ever had, especially for African Americans.

I invite you to contribute to this discussion of What president Obama has done for African Americans.

I should mention that this lady makes it categorically clear that she is not a Tavis Smiley’s fan and has joined those who have vowed never to buy or read anything that has Smiley’s name on it.

Thanks stranger for your wisdom and passion for the president.


Rosa Whitaker: Poverty to Prosperity in Africa | CTU Presents

While we support the continent with aid, she says business is what will really improve their quality of life


 

Divorce and Dividing Assets

Your half

Your half

HalfHouse-AngleThis is a “property division order.”

Right now the property appears vacant, stripped to the floorboards inside and an assessment on file with the city lists the value at an impressive $648,000 Canadian.

With a price tag like that, it is probably just as well it is only half a house whatever the reason.

Where did the rest of this house on St. Patrick Street go?

Dover Police DashCam Confessional (Shake it Off)

 

 Living and Dying In a Virtual World:

A UK teenager has been arrested on suspicion of carrying out cyber-attacks that crippled the PlayStation and Xbox Live networks at the end of December.

Police said that Hsieh was playing “combat computer games” at the time of his death.


 

 I cannot leave power to wolves, says Museveni

A Walk'n ATM

A Walk’n ATM?

Little Akanyijuka kept singing ‘Museveni, Museveni’ interrupting the speaking president several times.

He was invited for a handshake. He made a dash for it but opted to hug the President’s leg instead.

The president offered the excited boy a seat but he went for the hot one, before being politely relocated to a guest seat and later seen off with a gift (brown envelope). – By Vision Reporter

Some see just a 3 year old getting lucky, but Museveni sees a voter 15 years ahead!

News you can use:

  • Martin Luther King and the race riot that never was

  • (It could have been me!) Transcript of Barack Obama’s remarks

  • A Fat MORE Dangerous than Trans Fat?; Nov.11th, 2011

    But what if there’s something even worse than trans fat? And it’s not some unique fat that is rare in the American Diet.  In fact, it’s often where trans fat often comes from…hydrogenated soybean oil… This time, though it’s not just the hydrogenated part we’re concerned with, however.  It’s the soybean oil itself.  And while you may not use soybean oil regularly to cook with, trust me, it permeates our food supply.

    January 27, 2013

    Why Hydrogenate?

    Americans consume more than 28 billion pounds of edible oils annually, and soybean oil accounts for about 65 percent of it. About half of it is hydrogenated, as soybean oil is too unstable otherwise to be used in food manufacturing. One of the primary reasons for hydrogenating oil is to prolong its shelf life. Raw butter, for example, is likely to go rancid far quicker than margarine.

    Durbin, University of Illinois announce $25 million federal grant to increase Africa’s food supply through soybean research

    Published November 1, 2013

    The people living in the poverty band in the lower latitudes of Africa struggle with low-productivity crops, isolation from markets, and access to low-cost sources of protein and oil,” said Goldsmith. “There has also been a research void in soy production among developing countries. We’ve already seen soy as an economic engine creating agro-industrial growth in developing countries. That’s the beauty of a highly productive commercial crop such as soybean.

    5 Foods That Could Become Illegal With FDA Move to Ban Trans Fats

    Nov. 7, 2013

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration just announced its preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oil is no longer generally recognized as safe for use in food. Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg said in a statement that further reduction would prevent more than 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 new cases of coronary heart disease each year.

    Soybean Farmers Respond to FDA Ban on Trans Fat

    The agency’s decision will significantly impact the vegetable oil market, including the soybean oil market. The agency has made a tentative determination to rescind the Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status for partially hydrogenated oils (PHO), including partially hydrogenated vegetable oil (PHVO). The process of partially hydrogenating vegetable oils to make them more stable for certain baking, frying, or food applications has taken place since the 1930s, a process that results in the formation of some trans fats. Due to indications that increased consumption of trans fats may negatively affect coronary health, the FDA started requiring in 2006 that food nutrition panels identify the amount of trans fat in food products.

    Not All Trans Fats Are Equally Risky

    By

    WebMD Health News
    Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

    March 7, 2008 — Trans fats have long been the bane of dietitians because they raise levels of artery-clogging LDL cholesterol and lower “good” HDL cholesterol levels — which increase the risk of heart disease. Yet two new studies show that not all trans fats are created equal, and natural trans fats don’t appear as harmful to cholesterol levels as artificial trans fats. Trans fats, or “trans fatty acids,” come in two forms:

    • Industrial trans fats are artificially created by manufacturers by adding hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils; these are called “partially hydrogenated oils.” This makes the oils more solid to give foods like cookies, pies, and french fries a rich, crispy texture.
    • Natural trans fats are found in meat (cow, sheep, goat) and dairy products. These trans fats are made naturally in the stomach of these animals.

    Most trans fats from the diet are industrial trans fat. Studies have shown that industrial trans fats contribute to heart disease by raising bad LDL cholesterol — the kind that can lead to hardening of the arteries — and by lowering good HDL cholesterol — the kind that can reduce heart disease risk.

    Drug Companies & Doctors: A Story of Corruption

    The book follows the individual struggles of these three people over many years, culminating with GlaxoSmithKline finally agreeing in 2004 to settle charges of consumer fraud for $2.5 million (a tiny fraction of the more than $2.7 billion in yearly Paxil sales about that time). Antidepressant drugs approved between 1987 and 1999—Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Celexa, Serzone, and Effexor.10 They found that on average, placebos were 80 percent as effective as the drugs. The difference between drug and placebo was so small that it was unlikely to be of any clinical significance. We are now in the midst of an apparent epidemic of bipolar disease in children (which seems to be replacing attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder as the most publicized condition in childhood), with a forty-fold increase in the diagnosis between 1994 and 2003.

    ‘Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness’

    Two Boys Suspended For Pointing Pencils Like Guns

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EFF takes on Zuma in Parliament- “We Want Our Money”Calls for accountability

Mzwakhe Mbuli at Madiba’s send-off at Waterkloof:

Interview: A Hormonal Seesaw: The Atrazine and AI Connection

– See more at: http://bcaction.org/2008/04/21/interview-a-hormonal-seesaw-the-atrazine-and-ai-connection/#sthash.Ef3g9sal.0xwKyoik.dpuf

nterview: A Hormonal Seesaw: The Atrazine and AI.
nterview: A Hormonal Seesaw: The Atrazine and AI

‘Our people have lost a father’

Madiba 1918-2013, May your Soul Rest in Peace. Amandla! Awethu!

Madiba 1918-2013, May your Soul Rest in Peace.
Amandla! Awethu!

The Lives

They Lived

 Remembering some of those we lost this year.

Besides being a writer and a civil rights advocate, Angelou was a dancer who studied with Martha Graham. Photograph by Chester Higgins Jr,
Besides being a writer and a civil rights advocate, Angelou was a dancer who studied with Martha Graham. Photograph by Chester Higgins Jr,

Excessive Force?

Excessive Force?

 Justice Department Finds Cleveland Police Uses Excessive Force


 


Family of Toddler Injured by SWAT ‘Grenade’ Faces $1M in Medical Bills

But that’s exactly where they found themselves when their toddler was seriously injured by a SWAT team, also leaving them with a $1 million medical bill they have no hope of paying.

“They messed up,” Alecia Phonesavanh told ABC News’ “20/20.” “They had a faulty search warrant. They raided the wrong house.”

Watch the full story on ABC News’ “20/20″ Friday, Dec. 19 at 10 p.m. ET


‘I Can’t Breathe’ – Congressman’s Incredible Tribute to Eric Garner on House Floor


Cops killed man at Walmart, then interrogated girlfriend

By Catherine E. Shoichet and Nick Valencia, CNN
updated 6:51 AM EST, Tue December 16, 2014
CNN) — After killing a man at an Ohio Walmart, police interrogated his girlfriend, accusing her of lying, threatening her with jail time and suggesting she could be on drugs, according to a video posted on The Guardian’s website.

Cops kill man in Wal-Mart carrying an air rifle


“It was Criminal”: Retired NYPD Detective Slams Eric Garner Grand Jury Decision

weatherspoon

In a Democracy Now! web exclusive, we speak with retired New York City Police Department detective Graham Weatherspoon about the grand jury decision Wednesday not to charge a white New York police officer for causing the death of Eric Garner by placing him in a chokehold on July 17, 2014. The fatal incident was caught on cellphone video and shows Garner telling officers, “I can’t breath!” at least 11 times. “We were not taught to use a chokehold in training,” Weatherspoon says. “What we saw on camera was more than unfortunate. It was criminal.” (by WPFW)

DC – Justice March Rally (Live on C-SPAN)

Match for justice


  • A raw placenta smoothie made with red berries.
  • Dried into capsules and taken as directed, usually a few times a day.
  • Made into a tincture, with drops placed in a glass of water as required.
  • As a beef substitute, i.e. in stir frys, burgers, stroganoff and bolognaise.

 “My husband was more exhausted than I was.” –bbc.co.uk


 NRM dragged to court over resolutions of delgates conference

Museveni agrees to retire Sejusa

Retired

President Museveni has accepted to retire Gen David Sejusa from the army after a meeting at State House Entebbe yesterday. He also ordered Military Police to leave Sejusa’s home in the city suburb of Naguru which they had surrounded since Friday morning. – Monitor.co.ug

Sejusa refuses to take Museveni’s phone call

When the female State House aide entered Sejusa’s house, she informed him that the President wanted to speak to him on a mobile phone she was holding.

“Go back with your phone and tell Museveni I cannot talk to him unless he retires me. He has retired himself, he retired his brother (Salim Saleh), Mugisha Muntu, Matayo Kyaligonza and so many others. Why doesn’t he let me retire?” Sejusa charged at the emissary, according to the source. – excerpts from Monitor.co.ug 

Museveni meets Sejusa

Breaking News part B:

The international angle to Museveni, Mbabazi feud

Point Blank: Amama Mbabazi, Choirmaster?

 

Sejusa put under house arrest

UPDF speaks out on military deployment around Gen. David Sejusa’s house

newvision

By Sam Ouga and David Lumu

The Uganda  People’s Defense Force (UPDF) have spoken out on the deployment of military police at Gen. David Sejusa’s Naguru home.

Speaking on the UPDF deployment, the army spokesman posted on Twitter: “No cause for alarm, lose no sleep. Gen Sejusa is safely under the protection of UPDF. He had expressed fears for his life.”

Military police today deployed at Gen. David Sejusa’s residence in Naguru, a Kampala Suburb. The deployment came on the day Gen. Sejusa was expected to meet President Yoweri Museveni at Rwakirura in Kiruhura district at 8:00pm.

President Yoweri Museveni reportedly summoned Gen. David Sejusa to Rwakitura, Kiruhura district, for a meeting. But the embattled General said he had no fuel and a vehicle to travel there, among other reasons……

Sejusa: I cannot act on whims and fancies of president

Military police surrounds Sejusa’s house

Publish Date: Jan 02, 2015

Sejusa-home

By Monitor reporterPosted  Friday, January 2   2015 at  12:48

Military police has surrounded the Kampala Naguru home of Gen David Sejusa.

Our reporter at the scene narrates that two trucks with military police arrived at Sejusa’s home in Naguru but did not enter the house, a few minutes after midday, one of the trucks left.

Journalists have been stopped from taking pictures or even come closer to the gate. Meanwhile the reason for the military presence is not yet known, and neither is the state of the renegade general. –By Monitor reporter

Posted  Friday, January 2   2015 at  12:48

Gen Sejusa – Uganda is a Large Prison Cell:Interview Dec 2014

Gen. David Sejusa,Straight talk Africa

 


DEMON CAUGHT ON CAMERA SMOKE Prophet TB Joshua SCOAN 09 Mar 2014

2014 – the year TB Joshua’s credibility died

Posted on January 1, 2015 by tbjoshuawatch
2014 was a year of spectacularly wrong prophecies from TB Joshua and a terrible tragedy that claimed the lives of 116 people and permanently injured many more. It was a year when TB Joshua’s credibility as a prophet and healer was severely undermined (how did he fail to see the SCOAN disaster?

Why were the victims not healed/raised from the dead?), and SCOAN attendance plummeted, even to the extent of having an impact on national tourism revenues. It was a year he was caught bribing journalists, and was threatened with arrest for continuously refusing to turn up to court.

“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions” 2 Timothy 4:3


 

VIDEO: Women Fight Off Plain-Clothes, Off-Duty Cop After Alleged Fender-Bender

Woman resists off-duty police officer trying to detain her after she allegedly rear-ended his car.

Woman resists off-duty police officer trying to detain her after she allegedly rear-ended his car.

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A video showing a physical altercation between a man and two women in a San Jose parking lot has sparked controversy and raised questions about civilian and police behavior. After a struggle, the women manage to get away, but the man, dressed in shorts and a t-shirt, yells out that he is a police officer.
The website ‘Live Leak’ captioned the video, saying the man “never showed a badge… San Jose police are notorious for this type of behavior.” – by http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com


Newlywed Man, 95, Dies After Wife Taken Away

WASHINGTON — Dec 31, 2014, 1:28 PM ET
By BRETT ZONGKER Associated Press

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2014 file photo, 96-year-old Edith Hill and 95-year-old Eddie Harrison are seen in their home in Annandale, Va. A 95-year-old newlywed Virginia man has died just weeks after his 96-year-old wife was taken away by family members to Florida. Rebecca Wright, who was caring for the couple in their Alexandria, Virginia, home, says Eddie Harrison died Tuesday in a hospital after suffering from influenza. Wright says Harrison was distressed after his wife and longtime companion, 96-year-old Edith Hill, was taken away. Wright is Hill's daughter. (AP Photo/Matthew Barakat, File)  The Associated Press
FILE – In this Aug. 5, 2014 file photo, 96-year-old Edith Hill and 95-year-old Eddie Harrison are seen in their home in Annandale, Va. A 95-year-old newlywed Virginia man has died just weeks after his 96-year-old wife was taken away by family members to Florida. Rebecca Wright, who was caring for the couple in their Alexandria, Virginia, home, says Eddie Harrison died Tuesday in a hospital after suffering from influenza. Wright says Harrison was distressed after his wife and longtime companion, 96-year-old Edith Hill, was taken away. Wright is Hill’s daughter. (AP Photo/Matthew Barakat, File) The Associated Press

A 95-year-old newlywed Virginia man has died just weeks after his 96-year-old wife was taken away by family members to Florida. They had lived together for 10 years, before wedding.

-Heartbroken Goat was reunited with its Donkey best friend

Lonely Goat

Lonely & Depressed Goat

Goat and Donkey Happy

Goat and Donkey Happy 2gether

 


 

2-year-old accidentally kills his mom in Idaho Wal-Mart

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 09:38PM

A 2-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his mother after he reached into her purse at a northern Idaho Wal-Mart and her concealed gun fired, authorities said Tuesday.

In neighboring Washington state, a 3-year-old boy was seriously injured in November when he accidentally shot himself in the face in a home in Lake Stevens, about 30 miles north of Seattle.In April, a 2-year-old boy apparently shot and killed his 11-year-old sister while they and their siblings played with a gun inside a Philadelphia home. Authorities said the gun was believed to have been brought into the home by the mother’s boyfriend. – excerpts from AP story

Diocese: Bishop Responsible in Fatal Hit-and-Run

Bishop Suffragan Heather Cook

Bishop Suffragan Heather Cook

 

(on Dec. 27, 2014) An Episcopal bishop who was the driver in a hit-and-run crash that killed a bicyclist in Baltimore was charged four years ago with drunken driving and marijuana possession, court documents show.

Court records show that a sheriff’s deputy stopped Cook on Sept. 10, 2010, in Caroline County on the Eastern Shore. The officer wrote in a report that Cook was driving on the shoulder at 29 mph in a 50 mph-zone with a shredded front tire. The deputy noted that a strong alcohol odor emanated from the vehicle and that Cook had vomit down the front of her shirt.

The officer wrote that Cook was so intoxicated that she couldn’t finish a field sobriety test because she might fall and hurt herself.

According to the report, Cook registered .27 percent blood alcohol content. The legal limit in Maryland is .08 percent.

The officer found two small bags of marijuana in the vehicle, along with paraphernalia, and a bottle of wine and a bottle of liquor.

Cook pleaded guilty to drunken driving, and the prosecution of marijuana possession charges was dropped. A judge sentenced her to a fine and probation before judgment on the DUI charge, meaning her record could be cleared if she stayed out of trouble. – excerpt from  AMANDA LEE MYERS’ article


September 7, 2011

Q&A with Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa

Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa talked about his new memoir, Becoming Dr. Q, which details his entry into the U.S. as an illegal, unemployed, homeless migrant farm worker who struggled to learn English, become a citizen, and put himself through school to eventually become a brain surgeon. He recounted the 120-hour work weeks he put in as a resident internist. He talked about his current role in battling brain cancer as the director of the Johns Hopkins University Brain Tumor Stem Cell Lab.

Africa’s Lost Billions – Illicit Flows Examined at #ADF9

“Illicit financial flows are unrecorded capital flows derived from: (a) proceeds of theft, bribery and other forms of corruption by Government officials; (b) proceeds of criminal activities, including drug trading, racketeering, counterfeiting, contraband and terrorist financing; and (c) proceeds of tax evasion and laundered commercial transactions. Estimates from various recent studies including ‘Financing Africa’s post-2015 development agenda’ reveal that, from 1970 to 2008, Africa lost $854 billion to $1.8 trillion in illicit financial flows…- UNECA.Africa illicit

The second revolution will come sooner than you think

Dr Bonke Dumisa
08 September 2014
Bonke Dumisa says the only rationale for supporting Julius Malema is “sending a thief to catch a thief”
THE SOUTH AFRICAN SECOND REVOLUTION WILL COME SOONER THAN MANY PEOPLE THINK

Dr. Bonke Dumisa

South African is in trouble; and we cannot continue deceiving ourselves that things are normal by burying our heads in the sand like ostriches. This country is facing many challenges, with many new pseudo-messiahs cropping up all over the place promising to take South Africans to a new land of milk and honey.How do you explain the psyche of many millions of South Africans who are excited about Julius Malema, a well-known corrupt politician who made millions of rands through the exploitation of dodgy tenders, being their new messiah for clean government? Can people justify this unjustifiable behaviour on grounds of sending a thief to go catch a thief?….. (note: extracts from ‘The second revolution will come sooner than you think‘ by Dr. Bonke Dumisa)

EFF takes on Zuma in Parliament- “We Want Our Money”

MalemaMalema

Calls for accountability


The Politics of Plastics: The Making and Unmaking of Bisphenol A “Safety”

Sarah A. Vogel, PhD, MPH, MEMThe meeting’s final product, the Chapel Hill Consensus Statement, concluded with certainty, on the basis of several hundred studies, that BPA at concentrations found in the human body is associated with “organizational changes in the prostate, breast, testis, mammary glands, body size, brain structure and chemistry, and behavior of laboratory animals.”67(p134)

Hand Sanitizer May Increase BPA Absorption:

An ATM receipt with blurred information, from Shutterstock

Guests
  • Frederick vom Saal
    Curators’ Professor, Division of Biological Sciences
    University of Missouri-Columbia
    Columbia, Missouri

Holding Thermal Receipt Paper and Eating Food after Using Hand Sanitizer Results in High Serum Bioactive and Urine Total Levels of Bisphenol A (BPA)

BPA

Super-Sized BPA: Why Receipts and Greasy Fingers Shouldn’t Mix

WhyAn order of French fries may be bad for your health in ways that extend well beyond the outsize calorie count. According to a new study out today by scientists at the University of Missouri, people who used hand sanitizer, touched a cash register receipt, and then ate French fries were quickly exposed to high levels of bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical widely used to coat receipt paper.
BPA has been identified as an endocrine disrupting chemical for its ability to interfere with estrogen and other hormones. In human and animal studies, BPA exposure has been linked to adverse effects on the reproductive and neurological systems as well as increased risk for obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
Some animal studies also suggest that BPA can set the stage for certain cancers, including breast and prostate cancer.


 Paralysed Man Walks Again After Cell Transplant: BREAKING NEWS


Ghetto Kids Dancing Sitya Loss New Ugandan music 2014 DjDinTV

What is BPA, and what are the concerns about BPA?


TEDxMasala – Dr Vandana Shiva – Solutions to the food and ecological crisis facing us today.

Dr Vandana Shiva

Author, Activist, Pioneer, Scientific Advisor, Mother

Dr. Vandana Shiva trained as a Physicist at the University of Punjab, and completed her Ph.D. on the ‘Hidden Variables and Non-locality in Quantum Theory’ from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. She later shifted to inter-disciplinary research in science, technology and environmental policy, which she carried out at the Indian Institute of Science and the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, India – by vandanashiva.com/

BBC – HARDtalk speaks with Dr. Vandan Shiva – Nov. 19th, 2012 (Audio)

Dr. Vandan Shiva shoots a straight forward rebuttal at the myth that Bangal’s famine took millions of Indians because of inadequate backward farming methods which GMO could have prevented. She quickly revamps that assertion which has implied connotation – that for India to feed her citizens, she needs Britain or the West; Instead, Dr. Shiva attributes the death of millions of Indians during the Bengal famine of 1943 to the British colonizer who continued to import 50% of India’s rice to feed her people, leaving poor Indians starving to death.

Navdanya

Navdanya means “nine seeds” (symbolizing protection of biological and cultural diversity) and also the “new gift” (for seed as commons, based on theright to save and share seeds In today’s context of biological and ecological destruction, seed savers are the true givers of seed. This gift or “dana” of Navadhanyas (nine seeds) is the ultimate gift – it is a gift of life, of heritage and continuity. Conserving seed is conserving biodiversity, conserving knowledge of the seed and its utilization, conserving culture, conserving sustainability. – by Navdanya

‘Bad Paper’ Explores The Underworld Of Debt Collection (Audio & Text)

In his new book, Jake Halpern looks at the industry, where having a criminal background is no barrier to entry. He explains debt buying and how little regulation gave rise to a chaotic marketplace.Copyright © 2014 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required.

Book Discussion on Bad Paper (Video)

Jake Halpern talked about his book Bad Paper: Chasing Debt From Wall Street to the Underworld.The interview took place at the 2014 BookExpo America, the publishing industry’s annual trade show, held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City – by C-Span.org


Whoopi Goldberg Goes Off on Stupid Donald Trump for Ebola Tweets

Prof. Ali Mazrui has died in the US at the age of 81

Ali Mazrui The Africans a look back into the history of Africa with scholar Ali Mazrui to examine major influences on this complex continent: indigenous heritage, Western culture, and religion. This series explores in depth Africa’s geography, history, anthropology, and religions.Discover the rich diversity of Africa and confront the problems that have resulted from different forms of government.


Five-year-old who pretended her crayon was a gun is forced to sign contract by her kindergarten promising not to kill others or herself

Angry: The girl's mother is furious that the school made her daughter sign the form without consent
Angry: The girl’s mother is furious that the school made her daughter sign the form without consent

Inappropriate: A five-year-old Alabama girl was made to sign this contract after pretending a crayon was a gun

School Has Child Sign ‘Safety Contract’

MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) A Mobile mother is not happy about a controversial Mobile County School contract her daughter signed without her consent. The contract promises that her daughter will not kill or injure herself and others.Rebecca is angry.”This isn’t right. She’s 5-years-old,” said Rebecca.


‘Just because he’s black doesn’t mean he’s here to rob a house':

My right to death with dignity at 29


Ebola virus: Pandemic should be treated ‘the same way’ as threat posed by nuclear weapons, security officials say.

The Ebola virus spreading exponentially across Africa and killing thousands of people “will get worse”, the Government has admitted, amid calls for the full involvement of the international military to contain the disease.

Monday, October 6, 2014 By: Delphine Djiraibe, Jok Madut Jok, Arif Elsaui Omer, Franklin Oduro, Daud Osman
Two months after the White House invited 50 heads of state to Washington for the first U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit on Aug. 4-6, observers on both continents are asking, “What did the summit achieve, and how will any gains made be leveraged?” USIP asked several prominent Africans who have worked with the Institute over the years for their reflectionsPresident Barack Obama delivers remarks at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Session One, U.S. Department of State on August 6, 2014 (Wikipedia)

Opinions are predictably mixed, though they lean postive.

Delphine-DjiraibeDelphine K. Djiraibe
Human Rights Lawyer
N’Djamena, Chad

For me the U.S.-Africa Leaders summit was a big storm in a little glass of water.  It has given opportunities to African head of states to be welcomed by president Obama, the leader of the world. They expected to get credit, and balance a little bit critiques of their poor record in democracy and good governance in the public opinion.In Chad it was really “un non evenement” [a non-event] as people are concerned with their daily life (access to food, to clean water, to electricity, to health care, to sanitation…). People see the participation in international summits as a waste of public funds, while the majority of people are dying of poverty.It was shocking for the Chadian population to see that a president who stayed in power for 23 years over rigged elections, and who did not hesitate to liquidate, arrest and harass opposition leaders, members of the national assembly, human rights activists and journalists, could be invited by a country known as the most democratic in the world.

7) Idriss Deby – Net Worth: $50 Million

7) Idriss Deby – Net Worth: $50 Million Country: Chad, Years in Power: 23
7) Idriss Deby – Net Worth: $50 Million

Country: Chad, Years in Power: 23Idriss Deby has been the President of Chad since 1990. His net worth is estimated to be $50 million according to Celebrity Net Worth.Population below poverty line: 80%.GNI per capita around $600Education – Schools, ‘Real of Fiction?’

In Oil-Rich Angola, Cholera Preys Upon Poorest

LUANDA, Angola, June 10 — In a nation whose multibillion-dollar oil boom should arguably make its people rich enough to drink Evian, the water that many in this capital depend on goes by a less fancy name: Bengo. –  By SHARON LaFRANIERE

1) Jose Eduardo dos Santos Angola President– Net Worth: $20 Billion
1) Jose Eduardo dos Santos Angola President– Net Worth: $20 Billion
Angolan poor kids
Mountains of rubbish near residential areas are one reason that a cholera epidemic has spread through the slums of Luanda, the Angolan capital.

Business as usual.

ANGOLA EPA- Extraordinary Progress Achieved; in other words – thanks for civilizing 1% from the jungle life to the city life with extreme haves and have not, at the expense of the 99% indigenous Angolans who still live in poverty.Angolan president, Jose Eduardo dos Santo, who has ruled Angola for 34 years, topped the list with a net worth of $20 billion. His daughter, Isabel dos Santos, has also been ranked on the Forbes Africa’s billionaires with a net worth of $3.8 billion. She’s currently Africa’s richest woman and also the world’s richest black woman. (extract from Allafrica.com)

Fighting the Poor Instead of Poverty in Angola

A quote in Louise Redvers’ piece cited above is particularly eye opening:

“I remember very clearly one very well-dressed and expensively US-educated Angolan oil worker telling me: “We can’t have these people on our streets anymore, not in the city centre next to places like Sonangol. We need to improve our image, we are a modern country, these people can’t be here like this.”

Angola is currently one of Africa’s strongest economies and is enjoying new-found wealth coming primarily from its oil industry. However, the wealth does not trickle down to the great majority of Angolans, and the country has maintained one of the worst social inequality levels in the world. (extract from Clara Onofre’s post) 


Chemistry Nobel Given To Scientists For Work On Optical Microscope

Three scientists will share the prize for developing microscopes that can study living cells in fine detail. Working independently, they took on a problem that many had assumed couldn’t be solved.- by RICHARD HARRIS

Scientists Coax Human Embryonic Stem Cells Into Making Insulin

Insulin is produced by the green cells that are in clusters about the same size as the islets in the human pancreas. The red cells are producing another metabolic hormone, glucagon, that prevents low blood sugar.

A team of Harvard scientists said Thursday that they had finally found a way to turn human embryonic stem cells into cells that produce insulin. The long-sought advance could eventually lead to new ways to help millions of people with diabetes.

“It’s a huge landmark paper. I would say it’s bigger than the discovery of insulin,” says Jose Olberholzer, a professor of bioengineering at the University of Illinois. “The discovery of insulin was important and certainly saved millions of people, but it just allowed patients to survive but not really to have a normal life.
The finding of Doug Melton would really allow to offer them really something what I would call a functional cure. You know, they really wouldn’t feel anymore being diabetic if they got a transplant with those kind of cells.” (extracts from Rob Stein’s Article)

 Why Prophet T.B. Joshua Lost the Power To Raise The Dead -Dr. Damages Show 155

(introduction is in French, but the rest is in English. @13:35 T.B. Joshua raises the dead )

Propaganda, prophecy and prosperity

Con artists thriving within African Churches at the expense of the poor needy souls. Criminals getting away with murder in the name of Jesus! It’s high time African governments stepped in and did their duty of protecting the citizens from these greedy criminal elements across Africa!


  Mufti Shaban Mubajje denied US visa

Nephew Tommy Church Folk Gotta Laugh Too: We Want To Get Married-The Cussing Pastor

It’s time Africa started listening to our young people, instead of always telling them what to do.

Mo Ibrahim

It is their potential, after all, which will decide our continent’s future. Let’s not waste it. “Africa must ask itself why our continent appears so frightened of giving the younger generation a chance.”

Mo Ibrahim African leaders prize unclaimed again

The $5m (£3.2m) prize is supposed to be awarded each year to an elected leader who governed well, raised living standards and then left office.This is the fourth time in five years there has been no winner.


Nigerian soldier says army that would face Boko Haram is ill-equipped, underpaid

Published May 19, 2014 FoxNews.com

May 11, 2014: A soldier stands guard in front of burnt trucks following an attack by Islamic militants in Gambaru, Nigeria. (AP Photo/Jossy Ola)

“They give us just AK47s to go into the bush to fight Boko Haram,” the soldier said. “Our equipment doesn’t work and they give us just two magazines to go into the bush.” Two magazines contain approximately 60 bullets.

 

The soldier said that many in the Nigerian army have also been discontented by delays in receiving their salaries, sometimes waiting weeks or months to be paid.

“We feel so bad because we … are trying, the soldiers are trying our best,” the soldier told Sky, “but the civilians don’t realize what the Nigerian army is issued with, what they are given to go and fight the Boko Haram.”

Goodluck Jonathan gives out customised 24ct Gold iPhones:

customised-24ct gold i-phone
customised-24ct gold i-phone

President Goodluck Jonathan’s first Child, Faith married her boo, Godswill Osim Edward today in at the Abuja Ecumenical Centre.

The ceremony was broadcast live on NTA, where many state governors and other dignitaries were in attendance.

 

Guests at the wedding received customised i-phones ( Each cost £3995.00 or over US $6,620.00 per i-phone,- Goldstriker) designed by Actress Tonto Dikeh’s.

 

The phones were packed in white packs with a golden ‘thank you’ for coming note’


EFF takes on Zuma in Parliament- “We Want Our Money”

Calls for accountability

Lawmakers from the radical Economic Freedom Fighters party led by Julius Malema caused a political storm on Thursday (21.08.2014), when they hurled chants at President Jacob Zuma.

 

South Africa’s leader was being grilled over the controversial security upgrades for his private Nkandla residence which had cost the taxpayer $24 million (18 million euros).

Julius Malema: the real leader of the opposition

by Gareth van Onselen, 25 August 2014, 05:25

Zuma laughs at Malema’s remark that he is not going to leave until he gets an answer. But it’s a nervous laugh. Malema is aggressive. He points in rhythmical fashion at the table. “We want the date of when you are paying the money”. His language is powerful and demanding.

Malema

At 41m35s, interrupted by a point of order, Malema switches up a gear. His tone becomes more adamant and he points at Zuma. “These things of points of order are the ones that you are hiding behind”. It is now Malema talking down to Zuma. It is Malema doing the lecturing. Many will say the use of “you” is disrespectful. It is irrelevant.

The power dynamic is evident. President Zuma is on the back foot. Malema is dictating the terms.At 42m30s, in his reply, the president is defensive — arms folded, hands clasped.Zuma might not have taken Malema’s question seriously but he knew he was playing with fire. And the raging inferno that erupted thereafter will only fuel that hesitancy in the future.Julius Malema is the real leader of the opposition in Parliament. Maimane has a problem: he lacks the necessary gravitas. He is, as they say, “a nice guy”. And we all know where they finish.

 

Chemistry Nobel Given To Scientists For Work On Optical Microscope

Three scientists will share the prize for developing microscopes that can study living cells in fine detail. Working independently, they took on a problem that many had assumed couldn’t be solved.- by RICHARD HARRIS

Scientists Coax Human Embryonic Stem Cells Into Making Insulin

Insulin is produced by the green cells that are in clusters about the same size as the islets in the human pancreas. The red cells are producing another metabolic hormone, glucagon, that prevents low blood sugar.

Insulin is produced by the green cells that are in clusters about the same size as the islets in the human pancreas. The red cells are producing another metabolic hormone, glucagon, that prevents low blood sugar.

A team of Harvard scientists said Thursday that they had finally found a way to turn human embryonic stem cells into cells that produce insulin. The long-sought advance could eventually lead to new ways to help millions of people with diabetes.

“It’s a huge landmark paper. I would say it’s bigger than the discovery of insulin,” says Jose Olberholzer, a professor of bioengineering at the University of Illinois. “The discovery of insulin was important and certainly saved millions of people, but it just allowed patients to survive but not really to have a normal life.
The finding of Doug Melton would really allow to offer them really something what I would call a functional cure. You know, they really wouldn’t feel anymore being diabetic if they got a transplant with those kind of cells.” (extracts from Rob Stein’s Article)

-Kofi Annan: Africa plundered by secret mining deals

The question shouldn’t be about Trade. It should be about “Fair Trade”

Under-pricing deprives Africa of much-needed money, the report says Tax avoidance, secret mining deals andfinancialtransfers are depriving Africa of the benefits of its resources boom, ex-UN chief Kofi Annan has said.

Firms that shift profits to lower tax jurisdictions cost Africa $38bn (£25bn) a year, says a report produced by a panel he heads. “Africa loses twice as much money through these loopholes as it gets from donors,” Mr Annan told the BBC.

It was like taking food off the tables of the poor, he said.

-The billion-dollar question: “Where is Angola’s oil money?

Court nullifies the Anti-Homosexuality law

The constitutional court in Kampala has declared the passing of the anti homosexuality bill into an act as null and void.

Woman strips naked to hug Mandela statue in S.Africa

Woman-strips-naked-to-hug-Mandela-statue-in-S.Africa-1A woman stripped naked in Nelson Mandela Square in Johannesburg and caressed a huge statue of the liberation hero as astonished bystanders looked on, local media reported Wednesday.

The young African woman first saluted the statue of the former president, who is revered for his role in defeating the racist apartheid system, before disrobing, witnesses said. A waitress at a nearby restaurant told The Star newspaper that the woman’s actions, at around 4.00pm on a busy Monday, had caused a frenzy. Male waiters got their orders wrong and a male customer was hit on the head by his wife for getting up to take a closer look, she said.

The fractals at the heart of African designs:

Cheikh Fall Ndiaye via Google+
The binary code used in all electronic components including computers is probably from Africa!
It is amazing to see how fractals where used in some African villages. Great talk!
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What makes the world go around:

A Supreme Court Fight For The Rights Of a frequent-flier card for “Cello Harrell.”

Delta kicked Harrell out because he always travels with his cello and pays for a separate seat for the large and very valuable instrument. Indeed, Harrell travels so much, and internationally, that he got a frequent-flier card for “Cello Harrell.”

Discuss: (a) vs. (b)

The viral image. Photo: Tumblr/Kristine Speare

The viral image. Photo: Tumblr/Kristine Speare

(a):

“Rules for dating my daughter
1. I don’t make the rules
2. You don’t make the rules
3. She makes the rules
4. Her body, her rules
Feminist Father

(b):

“I am as broken and ashamed as a bride who is not a virgin on her wedding night,” a lieutenant colonel says.Iraqi military humiliated by retreat

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George Ayittey’s War on African Dictatorships

Alemayehu G. Mariam | June 13th, 2011

George Ayittey, the distinguished Ghanaian economist, and arguably one of the “Top 100 Public Intellectuals”

George Ayittey, the distinguished Ghanaian economist, and arguably one of the “Top 100 Public Intellectuals”

In 1996, he told African intellectuals exactly what he thought of them: “Hordes of politicians, lecturers, professionals, lawyers, and doctors sell themselves off into prostitution and voluntary bondage to serve the dictates of military vagabonds with half their intelligence. And time and time again, after being raped, abused, and defiled, they are tossed out like rubbish — or worse. Yet more intellectual prostitutes stampede to take their places…”

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Dr. Maya Angelou Memorial Service

Dr. Maya Angelou“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”― Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou’s pro-life journey

I am reproducing it below, and then I will offer what the late Paul Harvey might call the rest of the story.

When I was 16, a boy in high school evinced interest in me, so I had sex with him — just once. And after I came out of that room, I thought, Is that all there is to it? My goodness, I’ll never do that again! Then, when I found out I was pregnant, I went to the boy and asked him for help, but he said it wasn’t his baby and he didn’t want any part of it. I was scared to pieces. Back then, if you had money, there were some girls who got abortions, but I couldn’t deal with that idea. Oh, no. No. I knew there was somebody inside me. So I decided to keep the baby.

My older brother, Bailey, my confidant, told me not to tell my mother or she’d take me out of school. So I hid it the whole time with big blouses! Finally, three weeks before I was due, I left a note on my stepfather’s pillow telling him I was pregnant. He told my mother, and when she came home, she calmly asked me to run her bath.

I’ll never forget what she said: “Now tell me this — do you love the boy?” I said no. “Does he love you?” I said no. “Then there’s no point in ruining three lives. We are going to have our baby!”

What a knockout she was as a mother of teens. Very loving. Very accepting. Not one minute of recrimination. And I never felt any shame.

I’m telling you that the best decision I ever made was keeping that baby! Yes, absolutely. Guy was a delight from the start — so good, so bright, and I can’t imagine my life without him.

At 17 I got a job as a cook and later as a nightclub waitress. I found a room with cooking privileges, because I was a woman with a baby and needed my own place. My mother, who had a 14-room house, looked at me as if I was crazy! She said, “Remember this: You can always come home.” She kept that door open. And every time life kicked me in the belly, I would go home for a few weeks.

I struggled, sure. We lived hand-to-mouth, but it was really heart-to-hand. Guy had love and laughter and a lot of good reading and poetry as a child. Having my son brought out the best in me and enlarged my life. Whatever he missed, he himself is a great father today. He was once asked what it was like growing up in Maya Angelou’s shadow, and he said, “I always thought I was in her light.”

Years later, when I was married, I wanted to have more children, but I couldn’t conceive. Isn’t it wonderful that I had a child at 16? Praise God!”

This essay takes on even great poignancy if we know that over the course of her long life Ms. Angelou endured enormous hardships. She accumulated countless honors—she was nominated for a Tony Award in 1973, won three Grammys for her albums, received an honorary National Book Award for her contributions to the literary community in 2013, and a Presidential Medal of Freedom –but there was a great deal of pain and trials and tribulations as well.

The story is a long, long one but important. Angelou’s only grandson, Colin, was kidnapped in 1981 by her ex-daughter in law after she lost custody. It would take four years to find Colin and bring him back home. In the meanwhile, Guy’s physical condition deteriorated from bad to worse.

In 1962 Guy (then 17) had broken his neck in an automobile accident. The grandson had been missing for a year, according to Beverly Beyette, writing in 1986 for the Los Angeles Times, ”when Guy Johnson’s 20-year-old neck injury began to plague him; calcium deposits had attached to his spine and Johnson, tall and husky and athletic, was starting to have serious coordination problems. Soon, he was at Children’s Hospital in San Francisco, paralyzed from the neck down.”

Guy, understandably, hit an emotional low, Beyette wrote.

Angelou remembers him telling her, “Mother, I refuse to live a talking head. And though you’re my Momma and though I’m your only child, and I know you love me, I have to ask you something no one should ever ask a mother. If there’s no chance of recovery, I have to ask you to pull the plug and let me go.”

Well, Angelou said, smiling as she recalled the startled faces of the intensive-care nurses, “When I really understood what he was asking me, I mean, I started screaming–’Total recovery, that’s what I’ll accept, total! I see you walking, standing, riding. Total!’ “

Things did not turn around quickly. “His spinal column was too fragile to even blow on and there was a blood clot sitting on it that had to be removed.”

As Angelou told her story, her voice again rose to a shout: “I said, ‘I’m not asking you, I’m telling you. I’m going to somebody much higher than you, much higher. You did the best you knew to do and I have no argument with you. But now I’ve gone somewhere else.’ “

The surgeries were a success. One morning, Angelou said, the nurse awakened her and said, ” ‘Good news.’ We went in and she pulled the sheets off Guy’s feet and there was one toe (wiggling).” The joy of that moment, now relived, made Angelou once again slap her hands together and laugh.

Now, the search for Colin would intensify.

I don’t think anything else needs to be added, or could be added. A remarkable woman whose loyalty to her son and grandson—her determination in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds is incredible—is a lesson to us all.

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Maya Angelou: Poet, novelist and actress Maya Angelou: Poet, novelist and actress

One of Angelou’s most praised books was “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.”

2013: Maya Angelou discusses MLK’s dream

Maya Angelou: In her own words Maya Angelou: In her own words

1993: Angelou at Clinton’s inauguration

The memoir bore witness to the brutality of a Jim Crow South, portraying racism in stark language. Readers learned of the life of Marguerite Ann Johnson (Angelou’s birth name) up to the age of 16: how she was abandoned by her parents and raped by her mother’s boyfriend. She was homeless and became a teen mother.

Its publication was both daring and historic given the era of its debut in 1969.

“All of the writers of my generation must honor the ground broken by Dr. Maya Angelou,” author Tayari Jones posted on her Facebook page Wednesday.

By Todd Leopold, Ashley Fantz, Moni Basu and Faith Karimi, CNN

updated 8:40 AM EDT, Thu May 29, 2014

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A 4-year-old Syrian refugee who was discovered alone in the middle of the desert

A 4-year-old Syrian refugee who was discovered alone in the middle of the desert

Interview: A Hormonal See Saw: The Altazine and Al Connection

Stimela – Jazz Day 2013 – Hugh Masekela

*-Mzwakhe Mbuli at Madiba’s send-off at Waterkloof-*

Zahara ft. Mzwakhe Mbuli – Mandela

Rest in Peace BABA Madiba- We were all Created in God’s Image – by K. Kaunda

Ahmed Kathrada’s full speech

Rest in Peace Baba. Recap live coverage as Madiba is laid to rest in hometown of Qunu

“Who knew?” is a page that deals with unusual stories which make you stop and think or wonder about what you have just read; and hopefully learn a thing or two, or simply as a reminder to count your blessings or just for a chuckle but sometimes makes you mad and wish or want to do something about it. Disclaimer: I didn’t author any of the articles on this page. Click on colored text to go to links to get details. Go ahead – indulge:

A sign from above? Lightning strikes Vatican hours after Pope’s shock resignation

Vatican lightening

A win win relationship:

A win- Win

Parathyroid Glands and Hyperparathyroidism: Best Video! Get the Parathyroid App!

Mitt Romney Dog on Roof

MITT ROMNEY BUSTED FOR DOG ON CAR ROOF

Stuck Up 100 objects

usual-object-in-unusual-places

Resourceful information:   Statistical Data you can use

Accused of passing gas, man charged with battery

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man who police said passed gas and fanned it toward a patrolman has been charged with battery on a police officer.

BBC – HARDtalk speaks with Dr. Vandan Shiva – Nov. 19th, 2012 (Audio)

Dr. Vandan Shiva shoots a straight forward rebuttal at the myth that Bangal’s famine took millions of Indians because of inadequate backward farming methods which GMO could have prevented. She quickly revamps that assertion which has implied connotation – that for India to feed her citizens, she needs Britain or the West; Instead, Dr. Shiva attributes the death of millions of Indians during the Bengal famine of 1943 to the British colonizer who continued to import 50% of India’s rice to feed her people, leaving poor Indians starving to death.

 

Katwe Slum

quote from Queen of Katwe Tim’s latest book, The Queen of Katwe, is available now! It is the true story of Phiona Mutesi, a teenager from the poorest slums of Uganda, who — inspired by an unlikely mentor, a war refugee turned missionary — has become an international chess champion.

Let us all support this young lady by purchasing this book. For those already disappointed with the OPM’s Saga, here is part of the e-mail I got from Tim Crothers – the author’s assurance: “Phiona, her family and Robert Katende are all receiving a significant portion of the proceeds from the book contract and donations to Sports Outreach Institute, which sponsors Katende’s project”.

Coffee Made From Elephant Dung

Just one cup of this dung coffee will cost you over $25.00 and two pounds over $1,000.

TALES FROM BORNEO

Pee power! African teens create urine-fueled generator

Future science stars? Three of the girls who invented the pee-powered generator.
(Credit: Maker Faire Africa)

Sydney Peace Prize winner Dr Shiva joins Lateline (video)

-When Laws take away the freedom

-Ideas you could use

-Africa: The Next Chapter

“We had to unveil an Africa that wasn’t that well known to … a number of audiences.” — Emeka Okafor

There are many stereotypes about Africa: that it’s a place of conflict, of disease, war and famine. Or that it’s a single place rather than a continent of 54 distinct countries. We’ll engage with thinkers and doers who are constructing new realities for their respective countries — and for the African continent a whole.

-warnings of Warren Buffett that were never taken serious:

In effect, our country has been behaving like an extraordinarily rich family that possesses an immense farm. In order to consume 4 percent more than we produce — that’s the trade deficit — we have, day by day, been both selling pieces of the farm and increasing the mortgage on what we still own.

For more information

-Economy-Time line

A lot to learn.

-I lost my virginity twice: Woman, 27, reveals she has TWO VAGINAS

Hazel Jones always wondered why she suffered from terrible cramps and heavy periods during puberty. But it wasn’t until she turned 18 that she was given her astonishing diagnosis – she had two vaginas.

-Crooked Bankers

Another banking scandal.  HSBC apparently laundering billions for Mexican drug cartels. How do we rein in crooked bankers?

Audio crooked bankers

-The Lessons Of MF Global
How do you misplace $1.2 billion and lose billions more? Jon Corzine and the lessons of the MF Global collapse.

-Kids-for-Cash Scheme

A federal jury has found a former Pennsylvania judge guilty of participating in a so-called “kids for cash” scheme, in which he received money in exchange for sending juvenile offenders to for-profit youth jails over the years. Former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella, Jr., was convicted Friday of accepting bribes and kickbacks for putting juveniles into detention centers operated by PA Child Care and a sister company, Western Pennsylvania Child Care. Ciavarella and another judge, Michael Conahan, are said to have received $2.6 million for their efforts.

-Republican Senate Nominee: Victims Of ‘Legitimate Rape’ Don’t Get Pregnant

Evan McMorris-Santoro August 19, 2012, 2:06 PM 895754

This post has been updated.

Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican nominee for Senate in Missouri who is running against Sen. Claire McCaskill, justified his opposition to abortion rights even in case of rape with a claim that victims of “legitimate rape” have unnamed biological defenses that prevent pregnancy.

Woman Could Be Fined $600 For Giving Children Free Lunches

A woman trying to feed the kids in her neighborhood during the summer may be fined for her good deed. Angela Prattis of Chester Township, outside Philadelphia, has spent the past few months handing out free lunches to the children in her community while they’re home from school for the summer break.

Vandana Shiva: Earth Democracy at PCC

– Hedge funds ‘grabbing land’ in Africa

Hedge funds are behind “land grabs” in Africa to boost their profits in the food and biofuel sectors, a US think-tank says.

“The same financial firms that drove us into a global recession by inflating the real estate bubble through risky financial manoeuvres are now doing the same with the world’s food supply,” the report said.

“This is creating insecurity in the global food system that could be a much bigger threat than terrorism,” the report said.

These reports, as well as briefs on other aspects of land grabs, are available at http://media.oaklandinstitute.org.

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The Oakland Institute is an independent policy think tank whose mission is to increase public participation and promote fair debate on critical social, economic, and environmental issues (www.oaklandinstitute.org).

– Are foreign investors colonising Africa?

Indian, Chinese and U.S. companies are among many inking land-investment deals in Africa, including Ethiopia, Tanzania, South Sudan, Mali, and Mozambique. According to a study by the U.S.- based Oakland Institute, foreign investors bought or leased a land area in sub-Saharan Africa about the size of France in 2009 alone.

As India, China, Saudia Arabia and South Korea all lease land in the horn, some say we are in the midst of a second ‘scramble for Africa.’

Courtesy of Aljazeera

CSO Monitoring 2009-2010 “Advancing African Agriculture”
(AAA): The Impact of Europe’s Policies and Practices on
African Agriculture and Food Security.

Land Grab in Africa

European direct or indirect involvement in land grabbing.

A number of different factors have increased demand for land (agrofuels, food crisis,
financial crisis). European involvement in land grabbing is first due to the policies of
both the EU and individual member States, which are directly and indirectly stimulating
these factors, and hence this increased demand for land. Moreover, in some cases,
there is a direct State involvement in the corporations acquiring the land.

The tribesman who Facebook friended me

A very interesting Article by Jonnie Hughes about Papua New Guinean tribes

(Credit: Image courtesy of the author)

Six members of the tribe came to Britain.  With every whispered observation, they left us powerless to explain the madness of our own social norms, and when they boarded the plane back to PNG, we were the ones racked with envy – envious of their joyously interdependent community, their clear understanding of what mattered in life, their rock-solid roles, simple pleasures and ample leisure time, their lack of mortgages and debts, their indisputable “goodness.”  Our world appeared an obscene and dysfunctional manifestation of human existence in comparison…..Continue Reading

(a)-A Disabled Iowa Man Fired Over 20 Cents after 25 years with the same company

Compare and contrast these two cases (a) above and (b) below

(b)-RBS bankers get £950m in bonuses despite £1.1bn loss

– Over in Africa, another former Portugese colony is booming while Lisbon is busy selling off state assets and getting bailed out by the IMF.

Louise Redvers: Portugal’s fortunes may have fallen, but Angola’s star is on the rise. Once ravaged by decades of war, it now expects 12 percent growth next year. Angolan companies, already own extensive holdings in the banking, energy and telecoms sectors. Some analysts see the changing relationship between the two countries as an intriguing role reversal.

Portugal’s prime minister seeks help in Angola
http://www.marketplace.org/node/47972/player/popout

Patricia de Melo Moreira/AFP/Getty Images

Portuguese minister of foreign affairs, Paulo Portas (right) greets his counterpart, the minister of foreign affairs of Angola, Georges


– Nigeria: One-Month Old Baby Received a Salary

Hilversum — A one-month old baby, said to hold a diploma, was on the Nigerian government payroll, officials have discovered, exposing the levels to which corruption runs in Africa’s most populous country.

– USA-The Dead Just Keep On Voting

by Thomas R. Spencer (Diary)

Isn’t modern medicine wonderful? A hundred years ago, the average life expectancy in the United States was 47 years. In 2009, the federal government recently announced that it is 78 years. And, now, in an age when NASA has machines roving Mars, many states are extending the voting life of citizens for years after they are medically pronounced dead.

– Bernie Madoff: Happiest I’ve been in 20 years

According to Walters, Madoff says he has terrible remorse and horrible nightmares over his epic fraud, but feels “safer here (in prison) than outside. I have people to talk to, no decisions to make. I know I will die in prison. I lived the last 20 years of my life in fear. Now, I have no fear because I’m no longer in control.”

From CBS News

-WOMAN MARRIES HERSELF!

-Never too late for the Blues. At 71 years of age Burt starts his music career:

-Dr. G. B. Burt

-Rape the men never saw it coming

HARARE Zimbabwean men are a proud lot, but they are slowly taking a bruising with increasing reports of women raping men, in a bizarre trend that appears driven more by superstition, and which social commentators say reflects a more serious underlying problem total moral decay of the nation. 03.09.1010:42am 4 0 (http://www.thezimbabwean.co.uk/)

by MISA
 

-“Women. They are a complete mystery.”

LONDON (Reuters) – The biggest mystery in the universe perplexing one of the world’s best known scientists is — women.

When New Scientist magazine asked “Brief History of Time” author Stephen Hawking what he thinks about most, the Cambridge University professor renowned for unraveling some of the most complex questions in modern physics answered: “Women. They are a complete mystery.”

-Getting Along!

-Some kind of unboring way to begin a new year

-European Witchcraft Trial History and Puritan Beliefs

The People Executed, as Convicted Witches, By the Salem Witch Trials

Salem Witch Trial Death Toll (credit to www.squidoo.com)

For Kenya not wanting to be left too far behind:-

-Alleged witches (all around the world! could this be sexism at work?)

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-Video of marriage proposal gone wrong at UCLA basketball game

-Trial begins against surgeon who amputated man’s penis without permission

– Woman Gets Cement Injections In Butt:

MIAMI — A woman who wanted to work at a nightclub started searching for someone who could perform plastic surgery at a cheap price to give her a curvier body. Police say what she found was a woman posing as a doctor who filled her buttocks with cement, mineral oil and flat-tire sealant

 

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