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Image inside Aug 1 - CEO who set firm's minimum wage at $70,000 hits hard times

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| By mr_underground - 8 hours ago

An American man who was criticised for raising the minimum wage of his employees is now renting out his home after his business ran into trouble

A CEO from Seattle has been forced to rent out his home after his business suffered when he raised the minimum wage to $70,000.

Dan Price, 31, made headlines in the US three months ago when he made the decision to increase the salaries of all 120 staff members at his Gravity Payments credit card processing firm.

However, the move, which included Mr Price taking a pay cut, has not ended well, with two employees resigning and several customers walking away as well as part of a backlash against the payrises.

“I’m working as hard as I ever worked to make it work,” he told the New York Times.

“I’m renting out my house right now to try and make ends meet myself.”

Mr Price lost two of his "most valued" employees when they became angry that lower-skilled workers were being paid a similar salary. Some customers left the company because they thought that raising the minimum wage was a political move that could also end up costing them more.

“There’s no perfect way to do this and no way to handle complex workplace issues that doesn’t have any downsides or trade-offs,” Mr Price said. ard-times.html


failure is the only option at this point for making such a silly move. can't believe he thought people were going to be happy about this.

let this be a lesson to the BX member crying " if the CEO takes a pay cut" " raise minimum wage" crap. this is what happens when you do that.

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12 hours ago

Image inside Aug 1 - Nobody Wants This Dome- Scorching Heat Dome Over Middle East Sees Temps Of 165F!!!

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| By ThunderThor24 - 12 hours ago


'Heat Dome' In Iran Sees Heat Index Of 165 Fahrenheit, Nearing World Record

A massive heat wave in the Middle East produced near record temperatures this week in Iran and Iraq with the countries announcing public holidays to protect people from the heat. In the city of Bandar Mahshahr, Iran, the heat index -- measuring the temperature perceived by humans by factoring in humidity -- reached 165 degrees Fahrenheit Friday, nearing the highest ever recorded heat index, which was 178F (81C) in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, July 8, 2003.

In neighboring Iraq, heat index levels above 120 degrees Fahrenheit last week prompted public officials to call a four-day public holiday as it remains too hot to work, the Telegraph reported. Officials are advising people to stay out of the sun and to drink lots water as electricity nationwide has become unstable because of the heat.

The 165 reading was recorded at 4:30 p.m., local time, Friday by weather experts who said the country was enduring some of the hottest urban temperatures ever endured by humankind. It came a day after the index soared to 159 degrees (70 Celsius) in the same location.

"That was one of the most incredible temperature observations I have ever seen, and it is one of the most extreme readings ever in the world," AccuWeather meteorologist Anthony Saglia told The Telegraph.

The city is next to the Persian Gulf in the southwestern part of Iran where the water temperature has been in the 90s, the Washington Post reported. These high water temperatures have created sweltering humidity in the region, adding to the already extreme heat on land.

The nearly record-breaking heat comes from a so-called "heat dome," a type of high pressure ridge, currently in the region, the Telegraph reported. Experts expect the "heat dome" to stay in the area for several more days.

Source: record-2034883

..and you thought it was hot in the 6ix Boy!!

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13 hours ago

Image inside Aug 1 - Is Bitcoin Dead??? Head of Failed Mt. Gox Bitcoin Exchange Arrested!!!

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| By ThunderThor24 - 13 hours ago



TOKYO — The head of the failed Japan-based bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox was arrested in Tokyo on Saturday on suspicion of inflating his cash account by $1 million, authorities said.

Mark Karpeles, 30, is suspected of accessing the exchange's computer system in February 2013 and inflating his account, Japanese police said. If found guilty, the France-born Karpeles could face up to five years in prison, or a fine of up to 500,000 yen ($4,000).

Karpeles' lawyer said his client denies wrongdoing, the Kyodo News agency reported.

Mt. Gox went offline early last year. Karpeles said then that tens of thousands of bitcoins worth several hundred million dollars were unaccounted for, and suggested they were stolen by hacking.

The relationship between the lost bitcoins and the inflated account was not immediately clear.

Japanese TV showed a T-shirt-clad Karpeles, with a baseball cap pulled low over his face, being led into a police car from his home in Tokyo.

Japanese authorities have acknowledged they were baffled by the Mt. Gox case because they had never dealt with possible crime dealing with bitcoin. Experts also said it might be difficult to take action because of the absence of laws over virtual currencies.

The bitcoin community worldwide has been outraged by Mt. Gox's apparent incompetence.

The Mt. Gox debacle served to highlight the perils of bitcoin transactions. Bitcoins are not regulated by central banks or other financial authorities. Bitcoin proponents have long said Mt. Gox is just an exception.

Legislation is in the works in California, for instance, to regulate businesses that hold bitcoin and other virtual currency in a way similar to banks. New York has also issued rules overseeing bitcoin.

SOURCE: rested-n402391
So "1,000s of bitcoins worth several hundred million dollars" were unaccounted for, and they suspect this dude of "inflating his account by a million dollars"

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14 hours ago

Image inside Aug 1 - Special Report- A Killer On The Loose: Deadly Superbug

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| By ThunderThor24 - 14 hours ago

*Superbug outbreak at UCLA, source are duodenoscopes, put down throat to prevent complications from surgery and saves lives of chronically ill patients
*Outbreak originated by patient in September who had unusually potent version of CRE, or Carbapanam-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae.
*Disease got on the scope from the ladies intestines, cleaning did not kill
*Years of antibiotic overuse has created strains immune to most treatments
*Kills up to half of those infected
*Olympus, the manufacturer, knew about similar issue in Europe but did not tell U.S.


A Killer On The Loose: Patients At UCLA Were Becoming Deathly Ill.
A Superbug Was Spreading. Could Doctors Stop It?

Doctors at UCLAÂ’s flagship hospital were baffled: A healthy 40-year-old woman had fallen deathly ill after a routine procedure.
A long black scope had been threaded down her throat to treat troublesome gallstones. Now antibiotics were powerless to stop a raging infection.
Her physicians called in Dr. Zachary Rubin, the hospitalÂ’s director of clinical epidemiology and infection prevention, and its top disease detective.

He immediately suspected the scope itself — a dirty one could cause this kind of infection.
So Rubin inspected the hospitalÂ’s cleaning rooms, where workers scrub dozens of reusable medical instruments and load them in washing machines packed with powerful disinfectants. He saw no evidence to support his theory.
He considered taking the devices, known as duodenoscopes, out of service. But if his hunch was wrong, he knew there could be serious consequences.
The scopes, used several times a day at the hospital, save the lives of some critically ill patients and spare them complications from surgery. He held off to keep investigating.
But he didnÂ’t realize that the woman wasnÂ’t an isolated case. A superbug outbreak was already spreading inside UCLA on that day in mid-December.
A killer was on the loose.
The bacteria arrived at UCLA unnoticed in September, hitching a ride on a patient.
Unbeknownst to doctors, that patient — a woman being evaluated for a liver transplant — was carrying an unusually potent version of CRE, or carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae.
Some Americans carry these bacteria with no ill effects, but years of antibiotic overuse have created virulent strains immune to most treatments. By some estimates, CRE kills up to half of infected patients.
The source patient at UCLA underwent a procedure Oct. 3 known as ERCP, or endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography. During the procedure, a flexible scope is used to diagnose and treat problems in the digestive tract such as cancers and blockages in the bile duct. Nearly 700,000 such procedures are performed annually in the U.S. More than 800 are done each year at UCLA, among the most at any hospital nationwide.
The medical scope had picked up the bacteria from the womanÂ’s intestinal tract, and the standard cleaning didnÂ’t remove it.
Just two weeks later, in mid-October, Lori Smith called 911 at her modest home in a leafy section of Woodland Hills. Her 18-year-old son, Aaron Young, was doubled over in pain. He couldnÂ’t summon the strength to get dressed after his morning shower.
Young landed in the pediatric intensive-care unit at UCLA with an inflamed pancreas. Four days later, a doctor guided a slender scope down his throat to put a tiny stent deep in his gut.
It was the same scope that had been used earlier on the first CRE patient.
Within days, an infection sent Young into septic shock. As his fever hit 104, nurses piled green cooling blankets on his 140-pound body. A ventilator kept him breathing.
Doctors soon realized he was fighting an antibiotic-resistant superbug. But they had no idea where it came from.
His parents — Lori and her husband, Glenn Smith — struggled through each day, not knowing whether their son would survive another night. They took turns sleeping on a small couch pushed up against the wall of his fifth-floor room in the ICU.
On her mornings at home, Lori Smith would check her sonÂ’s latest lab results on her smartphone.
“Every day brought a new horror,” she said. The nonstop fever and the cooling blankets, set to 30 degrees, kept Young shivering uncontrollably. His body began shutting down from an untreatable nightmare.
As Rubin focused on the 40-year-old woman dying in the ICU several weeks later, he wasn’t yet aware of Young’s predicament — or the patient who first carried the superbug into the hospital.
He ordered his 10-member team to pull the chart of every CRE patient at UCLA in the previous year.
Rubin wanted to know whether infected patients had other things in common. Were they hospitalized on the same floor? Did they undergo a common procedure?
The medical records turned up 34 patients, including Young, with a CRE infection. But about half of them had CRE before coming to UCLA.
Rubin and Dr. Romney Humphries, the microbiology lab chief, agreed to search back even further and pull samples from every CRE patient since 2011. The samples were stored in a freezer at a UCLA lab a few miles from campus.
A bright orange biohazard sticker was stamped on the gray metal freezer in the back of the cramped lab. Humphries and two of her colleagues picked through long boxes covered in ice crystals that held the frozen vials.
YoungÂ’s doctors were experimenting with a cocktail of half a dozen antibiotics to fight his stubborn bacteria. One older drug appeared to work, but it posed severe side effects.
Young spent Christmas in the hospital. By New YearÂ’s Day, he had turned a corner. On Jan. 6, Young went home after 83 days in the hospital.
Rubin’s detective work dragged on. Well into January, he still had not found the source of the outbreak — or whether he even had one.
The physicians using these scopes werenÂ’t seeing a pattern either.
Dr. Raman Muthusamy, director of UCLAÂ’s endoscopy lab, performed ERCP procedures on some of the patients who developed strong drug-resistant CRE infections. But the lab reports Muthusamy saw suggested they were different strains.
Rubin, standing at his desk, stared at a spreadsheet listing dozens of facts and figures on every infected patient. Nothing jumped out.
Rubin had the training for this. The Phoenix native, 41, once worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researching surgical infections and the spread of the MRSA superbug. He had a medical degree from the University of Arizona and had done his residency at New YorkÂ’s Mount Sinai Hospital before joining UCLA a decade ago.
But his experience wasnÂ’t helping. An infection was stalking his patients and he didnÂ’t know why.
At night, after tucking in his three children, Rubin dashed out for five-mile runs in his Westside neighborhood.
He picked over the clues in his head, asking himself: “What am I missing here?”
On Jan. 25, Young was due back at the hospital for another ERCP procedure to remove his stent. He was scheduled to go home five days later.
A doctor put a duodenoscope down YoungÂ’s throat for a second time.
“They said it would be a walk in the park,” said his father, Glenn Smith, a 53-year-old cabinetmaker.
Young crashed again. His temperature spiked to 103. His blood pressure plunged to 60 over 29. His survival was back in doubt.
On the same day Young was scoped, Jan. 27, Rubin and his team started to connect the dots.
The microbiologists had obtained a detailed genetic fingerprint for one of the CRE cases, and they confirmed that several infected patients were matches. It was only the second time that strain of CRE had been found in the U.S.
More conventional testing methods, such as looking at levels of antibiotic resistance, had given doctors the false impression that patient infections were unrelated. Tiny pieces of DNA were carrying an antibiotic-resistant gene from one cell to another, creating different-looking bugs.
With a cluster of matching cases, Rubin asked a young infectious diseases doctor to look back at when those patients had undergone their scope procedures.
Quen Cheng, on a two-week rotation in infection prevention, dug through computer files at his kitchen table at night. Rubin was home nursing a bad cold the next day, Jan. 28, when his top deputy texted, telling him to check his email.
He opened a message from Cheng containing a hand-drawn diagram mapping out when every infected patient had been scoped. Cheng scribbled stars across the page showing each personÂ’s superbug encounter.
“This is it,” Rubin said, sitting up in bed and staring at his laptop.
Now he had no doubt. The bug came from dirty scopes.
The discovery unleashed a chain reaction inside and outside UCLA.
Doctors had confirmed that the transplant patient, admitted four months earlier in September, had passed the bug onto a scope made by Olympus Corp.
Sitting on the edge of his bed, Rubin called the endoscopy lab and halted ERCP procedures. Next, he alerted L.A. County public health authorities.
The hospital pulled the cleaning logs to determine what scopes were used on the infected patients. Rubin needed a list of all patients who may have been exposed, so they could be notified for testing.
One scope, labeled No. 47, was used on most of the infected patients, including the one who brought the bacteria into the hospital in September — and Young. Another dirty scope, No. 26, was used on some of them.
Both scopes had been cleaned in accordance with the manufacturerÂ’s instructions, federal and county health officials said. The $40,000 scopes were just 7 months old.
One of YoungÂ’s doctors, Jaime Deville, took his parents down the hospital hallway on Feb. 2 to tell them the news. He swallowed hard and braced himself for the yelling.
YoungÂ’s parents, overwhelmed by the information, were speechless. All they could do was return to their sonÂ’s room and pray over him at his bedside.
“The anger came later,” Lori Smith said.
The public learned of the UCLA outbreak when The Times broke the news on Feb. 18. In all, eight patients had been infected by the contaminated scopes, and three of them died. Nearly 180 other patients were exposed and advised to get tested.
The incident prompted the FDA to issue a safety alert to all U.S. hospitals the next morning, Feb. 19, warning them to take extra caution when cleaning the scopes.
That afternoon at a hastily called news conference, Rubin stepped up to the microphone in his white medical coat to address a row of TV cameras. He squinted into the afternoon sun and apologized to the superbug victims: “Our heart goes out to the people involved who passed away because of this infection.”
Reporters peppered him with questions about why it took so long to crack the case. Rubin calmly defended his work.
“We are seeing a greater number of these CRE bacteria in the community and patients coming here,” he said into the cameras. “It took additional detective work.”
Back inside the hospital, Rubin felt sick to his stomach. The chief executive of the UCLA hospitals tried to comfort him.
“This is a terrible situation for the patients,” then-CEO David Feinberg told him. “But we have actually saved lives here. We put this on the national stage. This is not just a UCLA problem.”

U.S. hospitals received new cleaning instructions for duodenoscopes a month later, in March, from the leading manufacturer, Olympus, which controls 85% of the market. The company also recommended a new cleaning brush.
Olympus had taken similar steps more than two years earlier, in Europe. The company warned European hospitals and doctors in January 2013 that lethal bacteria could become trapped at the tip of its scopes. It had issued no warning in the U.S., however.
Federal prosecutors have issued subpoenas to Olympus and two other scope makers, seeking details about when they knew about the dangers of their devices and what actions they took to safeguard patients.
After investigating previous outbreaks and receiving injury reports, U.S. health officials also were aware of an infection risk from contaminated scopes and had been working on new cleaning standards since 2011.
“It’s just shocking that so many people were affected by this without anything being done about it,” said Lori Smith, Young’s mother and herself a nurse. “Does business go on as normal and people keep getting infected?”
Food and Drug Administration officials counter that it took time to evaluate the evidence and develop a response to a complex problem.
Several UCLA patients or their families are suing Olympus for negligence and fraud in state court. Among them are Young and his parents.
Olympus declined to comment on the pending litigation. The company said it expresses “sympathy to the patients who have experienced infections and to their families. We are taking this matter extremely seriously.”
The FDA summoned Rubin to its headquarters outside Washington in May for a two-day hearing about the scope-related outbreaks.
Olympus declined to participate. A North Carolina woman who lost her husband to a contaminated Olympus scope sobbed in front of the panel of medical experts and lashed out at the company and the FDA, accusing them of letting patients die.
Rubin flipped through PowerPoint slides describing the UCLA outbreak. Young was labeled Patient B on several charts.
The doctor outlined steps UCLA had taken to prevent future infections, but there is still no consensus about how to effectively clean these instruments.
After two days of testimony, the medical experts determined that the duodenoscopes were unsafe. But they said the devices shouldnÂ’t be pulled off the market because they are used in a potentially life-saving procedure with no better alternative.
FDA officials are weighing their next steps. A redesign of the duodenoscope isn’t expected anytime soon. Meanwhile, UCLA and other hospitals have ordered more Olympus scopes — because new cleaning methods take the devices out of service longer.
In his ninth-floor office overlooking the hospital, Rubin is tracking UCLA patients who were exposed to the tainted scopes and checking for any new infections.
The outbreak makes him wonder what other medical devices touted by companies and cleared by regulators pose a similar danger.
“You realize — wait a second, what else are we missing here? These infections have been going on for years and people have known about it," he said. "My trust has been shaken.”

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18 hours ago

Image inside Aug 1 - Woman facing charges after police shoot, kill dog

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| By messy marv stan - 18 hours ago

"He just took a step back and he just shot at the dog," Smarr said. "And then he started laughing afterward."

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The puppy named 8-Ball was friendly, according to friends, and well-loved, especially by Terry's daughter

A local woman said she's still facing charges after a Clayton County police officer shot and killed her dog.

"He just shot the dog and stood there with no remorse, no regrets in front of her and her kids," neighbor Aijohli King told Channel 2's Amy Napier Viteri after she witnessed the shooting from her home across the street.

Claudette Terry told Viteri she was moving into a home on Pineglen Drive in May when officers stopped by to check on a man sitting in her driveway, a man Terry said was a friend.

"My son opened the door the dog ran out and kind of stood by me where the other officers were," she said. "He didn't bark, growl or anything."

Terry explained she was already speaking to two other officers when a third officer, Walter Dennard, walked up. In his incident report, Dennard said the family's 5-month-old lab-pit mix ran and lunged at him.

Witness Brandon Smarr said that's not true.

"He just took a step back and he just shot at the dog," Smarr said. "And then he started laughing afterward."

"The dog was shaking on the ground," Terry said. "And he walked up to the dog and shot it a second time. He walked closer and shot it a second time."

Terry said at first she wondered if anyone else was hit by the bullets.

"When the gun went off, my son went down in the yard crying. I looked thinking my son may have been shot," she said.

The puppy named 8-Ball was friendly, according to friends, and well-loved, especially by Terry's daughter.

Officer Dennard's file showed several use of force complaints, including a suspension for Tasing a suspect in the neck. But Terry is the one facing charges for not having her dog on a leash or showing rabies paperwork.

A Clayton County police spokesperson said the Office of Professional Standards is conducting an internal investigation and they cannot comment in the meantime

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18 hours ago

Aug 1 - Navy to Charge Officer Who Fired on Islamist During Chattanooga Terror Attack

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| By messy marv stan - 18 hours ago

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Navy Lt. Commander will reportedly be charged for shooting at Chattanooga terrorist

Lt Commander Timothy White and Islamist killer Muhammad Abdulazeez

A report at The Navy Times in July confirmed that one of the Marines shot during the Chattanooga terrorist attack exchanged fire with the terrorist. Navy Lt. Cmdr Timothy White also shot back at the terrorist.

But rather than being celebrated as a hero, Lt. Commander White may be charged for discharging a firearm on federal property.

Allen West reported this week that Lt. Commander Timothy White

Ladies and gents, resulting from the text message I received yesterday, I can confirm that the United States Navy is bringing charges against Lt. Cmdr Timothy White for illegally discharging a firearm on federal property.

The text message asked if it would be possible for Lt.Cmdr White to reach out to me. To wit I replied, affirmative.

What kind of freaking idiots are in charge of our Armed Forces — pardon me, our “unArmed Forces”? What would they prefer that Abdulazeez had been able to kill all the Marines and Sailors at the Naval Support Reserve Center? Let me draw an interesting contrast: Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus is more concerned about lifting the ban on transgendered Sailors. Mabus has a problem in that for the first time since 2007 the US Navy will not have a Carrier Battle Group operating in the Persian Gulf. But this knucklehead has no problem with the Navy seeking to destroy the career of a Sailor, a commander of an installation, returning fire against an Islamic jihadist attack. I do not care if it was his personal weapon, he deserves a medal for facing the enemy.

Folks, this has become the Obama military that will not implement policies for our men and women in uniform to be protected — but will punish them if they do protect themselves. What ever happened to the Navy of John Paul Jones, Farragut, Halsey, and Nimitz? What has happened in our America where we believe that our men and women in uniform — especially the commanders — are just targets for these damn Islamic jihadists?

Lt Commander Timothy White is pictured with his family.

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18 hours ago

Image inside Aug 1 - Annnddd he's dead...Cecil the lion's brother Jericho 'shot dead' in Zimbabwe park

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| By mr_underground - 18 hours ago

UPDATE: Cecil the lionÂ’s brother Jericho is not dead despite rumors, say researchers

Zimbabwe looks stupid yet again

Despite reports that Cecil the lion’s brother Jericho had been shot dead by a poacher, a field researcher at Hwange Lion Research said on Saturday: “He looks alive and well.” Another conservation worker said the lion had been seen with a female earlier in the day, “probably mating”.

Brent Stapelkamp put the collar on Jericho and was monitoring his data on Saturday. Stapelkamp told the Guardian he was confident that Jericho is “alive and well”.

“Nothing looks untoward, it looks like he’s been moving around all day and in fact he sent his last points at six minutes past eight our time,” he said.

Stapelkamp said he would be checking in on the data again at 10.06pm local time. “Certainly, I’ve been asked to go and look for him tomorrow morning so I will confirm he is alive and send pictures to the world,” Staplekamp said.

Trevor Lane of the Bhejane Trust, a wildlife conservation group that works with Hwange national park, said in an email to the Guardian that Jericho had been seen with a female, “probably mating”. Lane added that parks were investigating another lion that was shot on 2 July, though that animal was not collared or with a pride.

Drew Abrahamson, a wildlife photographer, said on Facebook Jericho had been sending out “normal collar movement” and posted an image showing the satellite information.

The Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force (ZCTF) said on Facebook earlier on Saturday that Cecil’s brother, Jericho, was shot on Saturday at 4pm. “We are absolutely heart broken,” the statement said.

“I think this type of misinformation is characteristic of that particular source,” Stapelkamp said.

Stephen Long, who also works for Bhejane Trust and lives in the western end of the Hwange national park, far from where Jericho holds territory, said in an email: “ZCTF has the same level of credibility as the National Enquirer.”

ZCTF did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Walter Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota, has been accused of illegally killing Cecil after the lion was lured outside a national reserve. He allegedly paid $50,000 for the hunting trip. Cecil, a 13-year-old lion with a distinctive black mane, was a popular tourist attraction at Hwange national park before he was killed earlier this month.

Cecil was also being studied by researchers at Oxford UniversityÂ’s Conservation Unit. ZimbabweÂ’s environment minister has called on Palmer to be extradited from the US to be put on trial for the illegal hunt. On Saturday, wildlife authorities said they had suspended the hunting of lions, leopards and elephants in the area where Cecil was killed.

ZimbabweÂ’s National Parks and Wildlife Authority also said it was investigating the killing of another lion in April that may have been illegal, and said it only received the information this week.

Palmer on Thursday wrote to to his patients to apologize for killing Cecil, saying he did not know the lion was beloved by many. Palmer also described hunting as his passion and has killed 43 different types of animals, including an elephant and polar bear, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

“I don’t often talk about hunting with my patients because it can be a divisive and emotionally charged topic,” he wrote. “I understand and respect that not everyone shares the same views on hunting.” abwe?CMP=fb_us

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21 hours ago

Video inside Aug 1 - Trump's Foreign Policy Is That Of Angry, Drunk Six-Year-Old

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22 hours ago

Image inside Aug 1 - D.A.R.E. Published an Op-ed Calling for Marijuana Legalization

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The war on drugs is over, and weed won. D.A.R.E., the organization designed to plant a deep-seated fear of drugs in the minds of every late-20th-century middle schooler, published an op-ed calling for marijuana legalization.

Written by former deputy sheriff Carlis McDerment in response to a letter in the Columbus Dispatch, the op-ed explains that it's impossible for law enforcement to control the sale of marijuana to minors. "People like me, and other advocates of marijuana legalization, are not totally blind to the harms that drugs pose to children," McDerment writes. "We just happen to know that legalizing and regulating marijuana will actually make everyone safer."

He continues:

Anyone who suggests we outlaw everything dangerous to children would also have to ban stairs, Tylenol, bleach, forks and outlet sockets and definitely alcohol. Those things harm children every day, but anyone championing that we ban them would be laughed at.

I support legalization precisely because I want to reduce youthsÂ’ drug use. Drug dealers donÂ’t care about a customerÂ’s age. The answer isnÂ’t prohibition and incarceration; the answer is regulation and education.

For a program that pioneered the questionable "just say no" policy, this is a breakthrough.

Update: D.A.R.E. appears to have removed the op-ed from its website. Here is the screenshot of the original post:

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22 hours ago

Aug 1 - July is the deadliest month of 2015 for police-related killings

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| By cm09 - 22 hours ago

Last month’s 118 fatalities – more than one in six of whom were unarmed – reversed a downward trend over the previous four months

July was the deadliest month of 2015 so far for killings by police after registering 118 fatalities, according to the GuardianÂ’s ongoing investigation The Counted, which now projects that US law enforcement is on course to kill more than 1,150 people this year.

The July figure brought an end to a steady decline in totals over the previous four months. After 113 people were killed in March, 101 died in April, 87 fatalities were recorded in May and 78 in June.

At least 20 people killed in July – more than one in six – were unarmed, including Samuel DuBose, who was shot by University of Cincinnati officer Ray Tensing in a 19 July traffic stop that has become the latest flashpoint in protests over the police’s use of deadly force.

Of the 118 people, 106 died from gunfire, making July also the first month of 2015 in which that number has exceeded 100. Two people died after officers shocked them with Tasers, two died being struck by police vehicles, and eight died after altercations in police custody.

The Counted is recording every killing by police in the US this year because the federal government does not currently publish a comprehensive database. Instead the FBI runs a voluntary program in which agencies may submit numbers of “justifiable homicides”.

Tensing had claimed DuBose dragged him with his car, but footage recorded by Tensing’s body camera refuted his account. The officer was charged with murder on Wednesday, when at a press conference the Cincinnati prosecutor Joe Deters called the shooting “senseless” and said Tensing “should never have been a police officer”

Tensing, who turned himself in on Wednesday, was arraigned on Thursday and has been released on bail. On Friday it was announced by DetersÂ’s office that two officers who appeared to reinforce TensingÂ’s false account will not be charged with any crimes.

As in the DuBose case, police in Seneca, South Carolina, who fatally shot 19-year-old Zachary Hammond said he tried to use his vehicle as a weapon. The officer who shot Hammond was assisting an undercover drugs investigation and said Hammond drove his car at the officer to evade a stop. An attorney for HammondÂ’s family has since rejected this claim, citing autopsy results that he said indicated Hammond was shot from behind and his car was not moving.

In Mississippi, investigators said 39-year-old Jonathan Sanders died from “manual asphyxiation” after an altercation with Stonewall police officer Kevin Herrington. According to the Sanders family’s attorneys, Sanders repeatedly told Herrington “I can’t breathe” while the officer applied a chokehold that witnesses said lasted more than 20 minutes. An earlier suggestion by Sanders’s own attorney that the officer used a flashlight to execute the hold, was denied by Stonewall’s police chief, who described the incident as “a fight”.

Across the state, in Olive Branch, Mississippi, 30-year-old Troy Goode died after being “hogtied” by Southaven police when he started “acting strange” while returning from a concert in Memphis. It is believed Goode was under the influence of LSD, authorities said. An attorney for Goode’s family told the Guardian that when they called the hospital to try to visit Goode, authorities told them they would be arrested if they arrived.

The GuardianÂ’s total does not include a number of other deaths in police custody that have been increasingly discussed following the death of 28-year-old Sandra Bland at a jail in Waller County, Texas. The Counted does not record deaths in custody without clear evidence or official accounting of a physical altercation or other direct action of law enforcement that could reasonably be seen to have caused the death.

In July, at least eight women, five of whom were black, died in US jails. Despite the increased attention on the issue, the phenomenon does not appear to be on the rise. The Bureau of Justice Statistics said that according to data collected from 2000 to 2012, about 10 women die in the custody of local jails every month. ngs?CMP=twt_tc

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Aug 1 - Beijing Chosen To Host 2022 Winter Olympics- Angering Human Rights Groups!!!!!

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| By ThunderThor24 - 22 hours ago


Beijing To Host 2022 Winter Olympics, Angering Human Rights Groups

Beijing will host the 2022 Winter Olympics, the International Olympic Committee announced Friday, making the Chinese capital the first city to host both a Summer and Winter Games.

Members of the IOC, meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, announced the decision after a secret ballot, dealing a potential boon to the global winter sports industry but sparking outrage among activists and human rights groups who say the committee has rewarded China's Communist Party during its strongest crackdown on dissent in decades.

The contest came down to Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan's largest city, after other contenders melted away, with citizens and politicians in democratic countries including Sweden, Norway and Poland voicing deep reservations about the cost of staging the event. That left the IOC -- which recently adopted sweeping reforms emphasizing environmental sustainability, cost-containment and human rights -- to choose between two autocratic states. China, with its rising economic and geopolitical clout, was widely considered the favored contender.

But the vote was extremely close, with 44 votes for Beijing and 40 for Almaty, with one abstention.

John J. MacAloon, a University of Chicago anthropologist and historian who has studied the Olympics extensively, described the human rights records of both countries as presenting the IOC with a “Hobson’s choice” of poor alternatives; he said that Beijing was “way worse than Almaty.”

“There is no hope that China would make any more progress on human rights than it did with the 2008 Games, and in fact things have declined radically since then under [President] Xi Jinping,” he said.

“The decision for Beijing over Almaty is the biggest mistake the IOC could make,” he added. “It makes a joke of the Agenda 2020 reforms” -- the reform package the IOC recently adopted that puts environmental sustainability, cost-containment and human rights near the top of the list in choosing host cities for the Games.

Xi, in recorded remarks to the IOC voters just before they cast their ballots, promised China would deliver a "splendid, fabulous and outstanding" Games.

Since Beijing launched its bid in 2013, Chinese officials have boasted of the countryÂ’s experience in hosting major international events, such as last yearÂ’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, and, of course, the 2008 Summer Olympics. They have promised to build a range of sophisticated infrastructure (including a high-speed rail line), and employ 10 million people to ensure that the event runs smoothly.

Yet critics say that Beijing -- which will host the event jointly with Zhangjiakou, an industrial city 120 miles to the northwest -- is burdened by a host of major environmental and logistic issues, including air pollution, extreme water scarcity and a dearth of high mountains and natural snow.

Yet it is ChinaÂ’s human rights record that has attracted the most public scrutiny. Activists said that selecting China would send the wrong message to its ruling Communist Party which, in advance of the 2008 Olympic Games, promised to improve the countryÂ’s record on human rights, Internet censorship and press freedom.

The nongovernmental organization China Human Rights Defenders noted this week that conditions have deteriorated on all three fronts. Since March 2013, when Xi became China’s president, authorities have “arbitrarily detained” at least 1,800 people, the group reported, including more than 300 lawyers and human rights activists in a fresh crackdown that began earlier this month. Authorities have also tightened Internet controls and ratcheted up religious and cultural repression in the ethnically diverse far western areas Xinjiang and Tibet.

“To honor Beijing by awarding it another Olympic Games, even as its gross violations of the human rights of the Chinese people glare back at us, amounts to telling the victims of the Chinese government’s rights abuses that their human dignity does not count,” the organization in an open letter to the IOC on Tuesday.

Other critics of China had complained that the costly and tightly controlled 2008 Summer Games, while superficially a success, had resulted in the forcible relocation of 1.5 million people; the detention of disabled people and petitioners to “clean up” the city’s image; and only temporary relaxation of restrictions on the media.

“The 2008 Summer Olympics ... brought more humiliation than dignity and more sadness than joy to the people in China,” said an open letter penned by dozens of prominent Chinese dissidents, including Teng Biao, Hu Jia and Chen Guangcheng.

Environmentalists have questioned whether BeijingÂ’s bid was practical, given that the smoggy, water-challenged city of 22 million would have to hold many of the alpine events more than 100 miles from the city center, amid mountains that receive about 8 inches of snow annually. (Beijing officials have said that the Games will rely on man-made snow.)

Margaret M. Gold, a British academic and co-editor of “Olympic Cities: City Agendas, Planning and the World’s Games, 1986-2016,” said that Beijing was the “safe bet” -- a wealthier city with a track record of hosting that was hard for the IOC to say no to, even though Beijing just hosted an Olympics in 2008. “Now, the real problem for Beijing will be snow,” she said.

Chinese authorities have said they have the resources -- and the experience -- to organize an outstanding Olympics. At a presentation in Kuala Lumpur this week, Beijing Mayor Wang Anshun presented the city as an “athlete-centered, sustainable and economical choice.” Xu Jicheng, an official from Beijing’s bid team, said China would take steps to improve the city’s notorious air pollution before the Games. “We have seven more years to go, and it will be sunshine and white cloud,” he said.

Beijing has promised to spend $3 billion on the eventÂ’s infrastructure and organization, a fraction of the $50 billion that Russia spent on the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The city plans to cut costs by reusing many of the venues it built for the 2008 Summer Olympics, including the iconic BirdÂ’s Nest stadium and Water Cube, where American swimmer Michael Phelps won eight gold medals. Authorities also plan to build a Wi-Fi-equipped high-speed rail line linking Beijing and Zhangjiakou, reducing travel time between the two cities to 50 minutes.

According to Beijing's bidding documents, the city will build the remainder of its Olympics infrastructure -- to include 12 competition stadiums and three training venues -- with renewable energy technology and “eco-friendly design and materials.”

On Beijing's streets, excitement has been markedly muted compared with the national reverie that followed the IOCÂ’s 2001 announcement that the city had won its 2008 Olympics bid.

On Tuesday, Chinese tourists milling around the Olympic Park in northern Beijing said they knew little about BeijingÂ’s bid -- few could name the date of the impending announcement, the name of the cityÂ’s bidding rival Almaty, or even one Chinese winter sports star.

“I invited some colleagues at work to my apartment to watch the announcement [of the host city of 2008 Olympic Games] over drinks in 2001,” said Ruan Yangbin, a 35-year-old employee at a Japanese company in Shenzhen. “When Beijing won, I felt so proud of my country -- it demonstrated our nation’s power and strength. But I don’t sense such strong feelings now, with China’s continuous economic development and all the other major international events we’ve hosted.”

Officials have spun the Olympics as a way to boost interest in winter sports -- skiing and ice hockey have already started to gain traction among the countryÂ’s burgeoning middle class. "Winter sports is about to take off in China, and we have great potential," former NBA star Yao Ming told Reuters this week.

Bob Mackin, a Canada-based journalist who closely follows the Olympic movement for the website Around the Rings, said that in the IOCÂ’s deliberations, BeijingÂ’s wealth and international profile may have trumped concerns about its environment and human rights record.

He noted that China has been trying to kindle interest in winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding, which could translate into big money for international companies. With the NHL recently drafting its first Chinese player, “the NHL must be salivating" over the growing interest among Chinese viewers, he said.

Almaty may be smaller and snowier than Beijing, he said. But for many, Beijing is just “too much of an opportunity to pass up.”
Source: LA Times, ry.html#page=2 this wasn't corrupt "The real problem for Beijing is the snow"... Isn't that a MF'ing prerequisite? The ONLY other option was Borat country? WHO got Sep'd on this one? Did the U.S. get the L? Sound off BELOW...

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Aug 1 - Text reveals Subway’s Jared paid 16-year-old for sex

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| By TheWatcher - 23 hours ago


Former Subway sandwich spokesman Jared Fogle appears to admit in a text messsage to paying a 16-year-old girl $100 for sex, it was reported Friday.

The Business Insider Web site says the FBI subpoenaed an affidavit containing texts between Fogle and a former female Subway franchisee who apparently were in a relationship.

In several messages, he allegedly asks the woman to advertise herself on Craigslist for sex with other men so he could watch.

She responds to one text saying, “Is this the same website you found that 16-year-old girl that you f–ked. . . .I still can’t believe you only paid $100 for her.’’
Fogle responds, “It was amazing,’’ the story says.

BI’s source is an unidentified lawyer the woman hired after she complained to Subway, which allegedly did nothing.

Business Insider says it “independently verified’’ the authenticity of the affadavit. The age of consent in Indiana, where Fogle lives, is 16.

The franchisee also claims that Fogle asked her to set up a meeting with her underage cousin.

It was reported earlier that a Florida woman who worked as a TV journalist tipped the feds that Fogle told her he thought “middle school girls are hot.’’

Subway suspended its relationship with Fogle last month after authorities raided his home in Indiana. or-sex-report/


The FBI has subpoenaed an affidavit containing alleged texts between former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle and a former female Subway franchisee in which Fogle says he paid for sex with a 16-year-old girl, according to the former franchisee's attorney.

The former franchisee shared the texts and her concerns about Fogle with Subway management at the time, her lawyer says, but Subway did nothing. Subway says it has no record of the woman's complaint.

The woman's lawyer, who asked to remain anonymous, said the FBI recently subpoenaed his law office for the text-message conversations, which Business Insider has viewed.

In the messages, Fogle repeatedly asks the woman — a Subway franchisee at the time — to advertise herself on Craigslist for sex with other men.

He asks her if he can watch the sexual acts and tells her she can make about $500 per act.

The messages in the affidavit, which the attorney says were recorded from the woman's phone by a court reporter in 2008 and witnessed and verified by a notary-public official, span from January 2008 to June 2008. Business Insider independently verified the authenticity of the affidavit. We also verified that a phone number in the document was registered to a Jared Fogle.

The woman was apparently in a sexual relationship with Fogle at the time. She became uncomfortable with the relationship as Fogle pushed her to post listings on Craigslist and detailed other trysts, according to her lawyer.

Wendy Osborne, spokeswoman for FBI's Southern Indiana branch, would not confirm or deny that the FBI has subpoenaed the messages.

Subway suspended its relationship with Fogle, a spokesman for the brand for the last 15 years, on July 7 after federal and state authorities raided his Indiana home. It has scrubbed every mention of Fogle from its website and stores.

The raid came months after an employee of Fogle's charitable foundation was arrested on child-pornography charges, and Subway said at the time it believed the raid on Fogle's home was in relation to that case.

Fox59 and CBS also reported at the time — citing law-enforcement sources — that the raid was related to a child-pornography investigation.

Several weeks later, Fogle still hasn't been charged. In fact, the US attorney's office — which is now handling the case — won't even say if an investigation is or isn't underway.

According to the affidavit obtained by Business Insider, Fogle asked the former Subway franchisee in May 2008 to set up a meeting for him with her cousin. The cousin was underage at the time, according to the woman's lawyer.

"Any more news with your cousin?" he asks the following day. "Tell me what u think about when u think of the three of us all together???"

Earlier, in April, according to the affidavit, Fogle asked the woman, "How young would you like?... Would you want to have an adventure like that?"

On June 19, the lawyer says that Fogle again asked the woman to advertise herself on Craigslist. She responds: "Is this the same website you found that 16 year old girl you that you f*****? ...I still can't believe you only paid $100 for her."

Fogle responds: "It was amazing!!!!"

She asks: "What part of her ad made you think she was selling sex?"

He says: "U will have to read them to see."

The age of consent in Indiana, where Fogle resides, is 16 years old.

Fogle's attorney, Ron Elberger, who has been quick to respond to questions in the past, has not responded to calls and emails from Business Insider about the text messages.

The woman, who initially met Fogle at a Subway function, grew uncomfortable with the conversations over time and hired a lawyer — the same lawyer that Business Insider has interviewed — to determine whether the communication violated her franchiser-franchisee contract with Subway.

That's when the messages were extracted from her phone.

The woman reported the communications to Subway, her lawyer says. Subway determined that no violations occurred, however, due to the fact that Fogle was not an employee of Subway — even though he was hired to do marketing for the brand.

The woman also contacted Subway's corporate office regarding the issue, and she requested that Subway allow her to remove all marketing related to Fogle from her store, according to the lawyer.

She met with two levels of management, shared the messages with them, "and specifically requested not to have his imagery and merchandising related to him in her stores," the lawyer said. "She also specifically warned them that he should not be interacting with young people."

Subway continued to use Fogle in national advertising campaigns until the FBI raid on his home earlier this month.

When reached for comment, Subway said, "We have no record of this allegation."

A former journalist separately came forward earlier this month claiming that Fogle made inappropriate remarks to her about middle-school girls.

Florida ABC affiliate WWSB reported: "According to the woman, Jared would often visit schools in Sarasota County, and allegedly told her numerous times that, 'Middle school girls are hot.'"

The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, claimed Fogle also made other remarks that made her uncomfortable, but she didn't go into detail on those conversations.

"They weren't jokes. They were very serious," she told WWSB.

The woman said she contacted the FBI about the comments and was later asked to wear a wire and record conversations with Fogle, according to the report.

Responding to the claims, Fogle's attorney, Ron Elberger, previously said "the story is a fabrication that lacks credibility."

Fogle first rose to fame as Subway's spokesman 15 years ago, after losing more than 200 pounds by eating their sandwiches. He has a net worth of $15 million, according to the New York Daily News.

Subway's decision to suspend its relationship with Fogle marks an end to the chain's most lucrative endorsement deal.

The company's chief marketing officer told the Daily News that Fogle is likely responsible for one-third to one-half of Subway's growth in the past 15 years.

In addition to his work for Subway, Fogle also started the Jared Foundation, a charitable group aiming to help children develop better eating and exercise habits.

Russell Taylor, the former executive director of Fogle Foundation, was arrested two months ago in Indianapolis on federal child-pornography charges following an April 29 FBI raid of his home.

More than 400 videos of child pornography were found in his possession, according to court documents reviewed by Business Insider.
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Jul 31 - cosbys lawyer: cosby rape victims waited too long to report

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| By messy marv stan - 1 day ago

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Monique Pressley says rape accusations against Cosby can't be proven because his accusers "waited too long" to report.

Bill Cosby's attorney Monique Pressley told HuffPost Live on Friday that all women who are sexually assaulted have a "responsibility" to immediately report it to create evidence of the crime -- evidence she says does not exist in the accusations against her client. But Pressley rejected the idea that her defense of the comedian constitutes victim-blaming, a phenomenon she wrote off as a "hashtag."

Pressley spoke with host Marc Lamont Hill days after allegations of rape against Cosby reached a new crest, with 35 of his alleged victims appearing on the cover of New York magazine. The lawyer said the decades-old stories of those and other women who have accused Cosby can never be proven or disproven without evidence that would have existed had they reported the assault earlier.

"I'm not speculating, I'm not thinking, I'm not opining, I'm not waxing poetic, but what I'm saying is women have responsibility. We have responsibility for our bodies, we have responsibility for our decisions, we have responsibility for the way we conduct ourselves," Pressley said.

She insisted that though she does not blame any woman for not reporting a rape or assault, their decision not to do so is the foundation of Cosby's defense. Pressley said:

The only way for a woman to get the justice that she seeks -- and that, if her allegation is true, that she deserves -- is to come forward [soon after the crime]. And even if the reasons that the women did not do that are legitimate ones, what cannot happen -- in my opinion, in the United States -- is that 40 years later there is a persecution tantamount to a witch hunt where there was no prosecution timely and there was no civil suit timely. And there's not any testimony or any accusation from any of these women that Mr. Cosby in any way bound them, gagged them, prevented them from coming forward and saying whatever their truth was at the time. That's not what happened.

The full 50-minute HuffPost Live interview with Cosby's attorney is available here. Below, watch more highlights from the conversation.

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1 day ago

Image inside Jul 31 - Trump’s presidential bid draws scorn and bemusement in Europe

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| By RAZAH CUTS - 1 day ago


With his distressed hairstyle, voluptuous female companions and love of the media spotlight, U.S. tycoon Donald Trump is no stranger to people on this side of the Atlantic.

But his bid to become president of the United States has got people scratching their heads.

Seen by many as a kind of cartoon character despite his business successes, “The Donald” has baffled and angered in equal measure with a series of controversial comments.

His remarks that many Mexican immigrants were rapists were widely reported in Europe and generally considered beyond the pale.

TrumpÂ’s appearance on Thursday at a Scottish golf resort that he owns turned into a political circus. Instead of talking about fairways and greens, he was bombarded with questions on his Mexican comment and asked if he was a racist. He was unapologetic.

The fact that polls show him leading the race to be the Republican PartyÂ’s nominee for the U.S. presidential election in November 2016 only adds to the bafflement.

Writing in the Times, columnist Justin Webb described Trump’s presidential bid as a “madcap entry”. But he said although Trump would never become president, he could have a real impact on the contest.

Trump was not a politician but an anti-politician, Webb said.

“Americans are deeply angry with politics and politicians and Donald Trump is one of the results. He cannot be opposed successfully – he has to be carefully negotiated around, as if he were a motorway accident.”


“The fact is that this presidential election is taking place against a backdrop of utter contempt for the process from many on both left and right.”

Trump thrived on gaffes, Webb wrote, adding: “There is a real chance now that the Republican race could become properly farcical.”

In SpainÂ’s El Pais newspaper, Hector Schamis wrote that the Republican Party was now a prisoner of its own design.

TrumpÂ’s comments about the Mexicans were morally reprehensible and raised questions about his rational, Schamis said. But they also played to many core Republican supporters who were white, conservative, poor and xenophobic.

“They believe firmly that these dark-skinned Catholic immigrants who only speak Spanish are the reason for their impoverishment.”

While Trump and other Republicans would exploit these prejudices, it probably meant they would lose the election, Schamis said.

“The next election – more than ever before, will be an immigrant election,” he said.

The conservative London weekly the Spectator called Trump “a barmy billionaire with a mouth bigger than his bank balance”. The fact that he was leading the race was a sad indictment of the American political process, Tim Stanley wrote.

But he probably owed his current standing to the simple fact that he was famous, and would fade away by the end of the summer.

“Republican voters are far more rational than these early poll numbers suggest,” Stanley said.


In Scotland, some had angry words for Trump. He has in the past clashed with Scottish nationalist leader Alex Salmond, and on Thursday he called the possibility of a second referendum on independence, to follow one held last September, “ridiculous”.

The Glasgow Herald said his comments about Mexicans put at risk his Turnberry resortÂ’s status as one of the traditional hosts of golfÂ’s prestigious Open Championship as organizers were worried they would hurt the brand.

“The more we learn about this greedy, racist bully, the more ashamed we should be of letting him establish any presence at all in Scotland,” Patrick Harvie, a leader of the Scottish Greens party and member of the Scottish parliament, told the Herald.

In Germany, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper called Trump a “loudmouth”.

“Trump behaves like an egomaniac. He seeks attention. He makes racist comments. And he makes terrible mistakes like mocking the war veteran John McCain.”

The mass-circulation Bild published a list of Trump’s “craziest” quotes, and also took him to task for his criticism of McCain, a Republican senator who spent years as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War.

“The real estate mogul prefers to keep quiet about his own ‘military career’ because it shows no signs of heroism or patriotism,” it said. ent-in-europe/

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Jul 31 - goverment finally admits weed has medicinal values :mjcry:

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| By messy marv stan - 1 day ago edicinal-value

The United States government has surprisingly allowed one of its most prominent drug warriors to admit that, despite more than 40 years of pot propaganda, marijuana does actually possess medicinal qualities.

In a column published last week by the Huffington Post, Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, wrote that while many compounds of the cannabis plant are beginning to show evidence of a “range of uses in medicine,” cannabidiol, otherwise referred to as CBD, “appears to be a safe drug with no addictive side effects.”

Dr. Volkow went on to say, “the preliminary data suggest that it may have therapeutic value for a number of medical conditions,” while THC’s primary purpose appears to be simply to get users high.

Although it is discouraging to see the cannabinoids THC and CBD essentially separated into categories of good and evil, the federal governmentÂ’s latest admission is, ultimately, a giant leap forward in the realm of nationwide pot reform. Since the signing of the Controlled Substances Act in 1970, every single component of the cannabis plant has been considered a Schedule I dangerous drug with no medical value. This, of course, has stymied the scientific and medical communityÂ’s ability to research the herb for many decades, as well as prevented farmers across the nation from engaging in hemp production.

Fortunately, there appears to be some light at the end of this very long tunnel. The majority of the American population no longer buys into the governmentÂ’s side winding swill of reefer madness suggesting that marijuana is just as dangerous as heroin. Not to mention, most citizens are now convinced that cannabis could be used as an alternative to dangerous prescription drugs.

So now, Uncle Sam has no choice but to slowly and progressively backtrack on the issue of marijuana until the day when, “Eureka!,” the government “discovers” the plant has never posed a threat to civil society.

Across the country, 15 states have already legalized the possession and use of CBD, most of which is due to the viral stream of media attention surrounding the power of this cannabinoid in the treatment of seizures. Because of the Internet, it has now literally become impossible for the federal government to hide or cover up the healing capabilities of the cannabis plant. This has lead to more lawmakers, like Senators Diane Feinstein and Charles Grassley, coming out of the woodwork to demand that federal administrators open the gates to marijuana research, so that the nation can begin moving forward in the field of cannabis medicine.

There are some concerns, however, that all of the latest attention on CBD could potentially sabotage the legalization of full plant medical marijuana and, eventually, the repeal of prohibition. Although CBD has shown miraculous potential over the past several years in the treatment of cancer, the healing of bones, and the easing of anxiety disorders, people with real-life experience using this medicine, like Brian Wilson, whose daughter Vivian consumes cannabis oil for seizures, argue that CBD alone only provides “minor” relief. Wilson told Dr. Sanjay Gupta in the documentary, WEED 2, that it has been essential for the benefit of his daughter’s heath to incorporate “measurable levels of THC to the mix.”

Nevertheless, it appears the federal legalization of cannabis is destined to be a process of baby steps, with the next phase likely involving looser restrictions on CBD research.

Dr. Volkow concluded her recent article by stating, “NIDA will do what we can to address such barriers and expedite the study of this potentially valuable compound, as well as other components of the marijuana plant.”

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2 days ago

Jul 31 - Thanks To Snoop Dogg NYC Will Get Four Medical Marijuana Dispensaries.

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| By puffmypiff2k9 - 2 days ago


The NY State Department of Health announced the five companies that were given medical marijuana licenses. One of the companies will be manufacturing in Queens, with a dispensary in Manhattan, while three other companies will have dispensaries in Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx.

Here are the companies, with the counties they are doing business in:
Bloomfield Industries Inc.
Manufacturing: Queens
Dispensing: Nassau
Dispensing: New York
Dispensing: Onondaga
Dispensing: Erie
Columbia Care NY LLC
Manufacturing: Monroe
Dispensing: New York
Dispensing: Suffolk
Dispensing: Clinton
Dispensing: Monroe
Empire State Health Solutions
Manufacturing: Fulton
Dispending: Broome
Dispensing: Albany
Dispensing: Westchester
Dispensing: Queens
Etain, LLC
Manufacturing: Warren
Dispensing: Albany
Dispensing: Ulster
Dispensing: Westchester
Dispensing: Onondaga
PharmaCann LLC
Manufacturing: Orange
Dispensing: Erie
Dispensing: Onondaga
Dispensing: Albany
Dispensing: Bronx
New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said, "Today's announcement represents a major milestone in the implementation of New York State's Medical Marijuana Program and keeps us on track to have the program up and running within 18 months of passage of the Compassionate Care Act. I am proud that we are on course to provide certified patients with access to medical marijuana more quickly than any other state in the nation. The five organizations selected for registration today showed, through a rigorous and comprehensive evaluation process, they are best suited to produce and provide quality medical marijuana to eligible New Yorkers in need, and to comply with New York's strict program requirements."
The Times points out, "While New York is one of the largest states to embrace the drugÂ’s use for medical purposes, it is hardly the first: 22 other states as well as the District of Columbia allow some form of medical marijuana, according to the Drug Policy Alliance, a national drug reform group." Further, Cuomo's previous talk on medical marijuana has been laughable. _marijuana.php

The only way for new yorkers to get mmj. Is to do this though

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2 days ago

Has anyone else seen the Ron Paul commercial on tv warning people ?

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| By JustInCreadible - 2 days ago

I can't find the actual comercial right now but it was basically saying that another financial crisis is coming and too go to that website and watch that video.

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2 days ago

Video inside Jul 31 - Old Video Reveals Bernie Sanders’ Views On The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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| By RAZAH CUTS - 2 days ago


Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has so far proven himself a capable candidate for president in this election year. He is building a populist domestic front, with a heavy focus on economic opportunity and addressing class warfare which has been underway for decades. When criticism happens, it is often focused not on his socialist label, or his domestic policies, but on the tiny nation of Israel. As Sanders is Jewish, there is an expectation of support for Israel in the mass media, and any positions he takes are effectively turned into a polar argument. Either he is 100 percent for Israel, or a self-hating Jew. As for Sanders, himself, he purposefully avoids discussing the Israeli conflict beyond broad terms, as it is not a topic he is campaigning on.

But a video from his past, when he was but a small town mayor from Vermont, shows a more frank Bernie Sanders discussing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In the 1988 video, he is discussing the candidacy of the Reverend Jesse Jackson, during which the conflict was brought up. His answers there are very revealing, especially when compared against the less candid versions he gives today.


In this, he came out in support of a Palestinian state, and against Israeli military aggression against the Palestinians. He brought up the Israeli soldiers causing crippling injuries against the unarmed Palestinians, an event which at the time had only happened weeks before, and condemned the soldiers as well as Israel itself for that action. He spoke of the need for a Palestinian state, as well as acknowledging that the Israelis also need their own ability to defend themselves.

Fast forward to today and we find the same sentiment, but in a more subdued manner. He was the first member of Congress to refuse attendance at Bibi Netanyahu’s speech earlier this year, saying “I am not a great fan of President Netanyahu.” He is solidly in the two-state solution camp, and called Israel’s attack on Gaza last year an overreaction. But his most consistent position has been, and continues to be, that he wishes to speak about solutions, and in regard to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, he just does not have one.

[i]f I had the magical solution to that problem, I would be in the presidentÂ’s office today giving it. I donÂ’t have it. But clearly the goals are two-fold: number one the Palestinian people, in my view, deserve a state of their own, they deserve an economy of their own, they deserve economic support from the people of this country. And Israel needs to be able to live in security without terrorist attacks.

Of course, people forget his history and push him for positions, or try and push their viewpoint upon him, which results in frustration for the Senator. They want him to provide a solution which he simply does not have. And when he fails to deliver, they turn on him. A sign of the flaw of the voters in the United States. They seek a simple solution for a complex problem, and when a politician admits they do not have one, they are attacked for that.

Bernie Sanders is not the Messiah, he is not a prophet, he is no miracle worker. He is but one man who knows what he does, and does not, have the answers to.

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2 days ago

Image inside Jul 31 - Cellphones, wireless devices connected to cancer - study

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| By RAZAH CUTS - 2 days ago


Radiation emitted from wireless devices can cause a metabolic imbalance in users, which can lead to various health risks including cancer and neurodegenerative disease, according to a new study.

A review article -- “Oxidative Mechanisms of Biological Activity of Low-intensity Radiofrequency Radiation" -- published this month in Electromagnetic Biology & Medicine collected available, peer-reviewed experimental data on "oxidative effects of low-intensity radiofrequency radiation (RFR) in living cells."

Such a metabolic imbalance, or oxidative stress, is “an imbalance between the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and antioxidant defense," according to co-author Dr. Igor Yakymenko.

Oxidative stress from repeated RFR exposure is linked to cancer and other ailments, the study posited.

“These data are a clear sign of the real risks this kind of radiation poses for human health,” Yakymenko said.

The study, done by American and Ukrainian scientists, "indicates that among 100 currently available peer-reviewed studies dealing with oxidative effects of low-intensity RFR, in general, 93 confirmed that RFR induces oxidative effects in biological systems."

"Ordinary wireless radiation" could trigger ROS production in cells, the study said.

Yakymenko said that cellphone use for 20 minutes a day for five years can boost the risk of one type of brain tumor by three times, while using a cellphone for an hour a day for four years and increase the risk of certain tumors by three to five times.

The National Cancer Institute in the United States estimated that about 23,400 new cases of primary malignant brain and central nervous system cancers were diagnosed in 2014 across the US.

Yakymenko also cautioned that brain and related cancers can take as many as 30 years to develop.

The "data were obtained on adults who used cell phones mostly up to 10 years as adults,” he said, according to the New York Daily News. “The situation can dramatically differ for children who use cells phone in childhood, when their biology much more sensitive to hazardous factors, and will use it over the life.”

Skeptics emphasized that the new study is a "meta-study," or one that is a compilation of many other reviews. The larger study, in turn, inherits any and all inadequacies of those evaluations, including possible inaccuracies in study-participant reporting, recall bias, and changes in technology.

Links between cellphone use and cancer have cropped up over the years, especially as cellphone use has increased. In the United States, for example, use tripled from 2000 to 2010, according to the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association.

Allegations of such links are fueled by cellphones' emission of non-ionizing radiation via radio waves and the body's absorption of this kind of energy.

In 2011, the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer said cellphone usage is "possibly carcinogenic" following a review of all available scientific evidence on the topic. The 31 IARC scientists that took part in the review said more research was needed to arrive at a more definite conclusion.

Specifically, IARC found an increased risk for glioma, a brain cancer, associated with cellphone use.

After IARC's report, Cancer Research UK pointed out that there are known "weaknesses" to studies that the likes of IARC took into account. In 2014, Cancer Research UK said "it seems unlikely that using a mobile phone can cause brain tumours, particularly as lab research hasnÂ’t shown a biological way this could happen."

The organization, though, added that there still "isnÂ’t enough good evidence to say with absolute confidence that no risk exists."

The National Cancer Institute in the US has also expressed doubts about any cancer-cellphone links.

"Although there have been some concerns that radiofrequency energy from cell phones held closely to the head may affect the brain and other tissues, to date there is no evidence from studies of cells, animals, or humans that radiofrequency energy can cause cancer," the sub-agency of the National Institutes of Health said in 2013.

"It is generally accepted that damage to DNA is necessary for cancer to develop. However, radiofrequency energy, unlike ionizing radiation, does not cause DNA damage in cells, and it has not been found to cause cancer in animals or to enhance the cancer-causing effects of known chemical carcinogens in animals."

In May, a group of nearly 200 biological and health scientists from around the world urged the World Health Organization and governments to take precautions that address cellphones' links to cancer.

“Putting it bluntly they are damaging the living cells in our bodies and killing many of us prematurely,” said Dr. Martin Blank, from the Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics at Columbia University.

“We have created something that is harming us, and it is getting out of control. Before Edison’s light bulb there was very little electromagnetic radiation in our environment. The levels today are very many times higher than natural background levels, and are growing rapidly because of all the new devices that emit this radiation.”

Next month in Berkeley, California, a Right to Know ordinance will go into effect requiring cellphone sales outlets to offer customers a handout or display a sign informing of federal guidelines regarding how much radiation cellphones can emit, as well as safety instructions for safe cellphone use. -cancer-study/

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Uber Technologies Inc has closed a new round of funding that values the online taxi-hailing company at nearly $51bn, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Uber raised close to $1bn in the round, bringing its total funding to more than $5bn, WSJ reported on Friday, citing one of the people.

Investors in the latest round include Microsoft Corp and the Indian media conglomerate Bennett Coleman & Co’s Times Internet, the report said.

However, Bloomberg, citing a person with knowledge of the matter, reported that Microsoft was considering the investment and hasn’t made a final decision.

“We filed to authorize this new funding more than two months ago,” Kristin Carvell, a spokeswoman for Uber, said in an email.

“We aren’t commenting on additional speculation,” she said.

Uber said in March that Times Internet would invest “well under” one billion rupees ($16m) as part of a “strategic partnership”.

Times Internet is the digital arm of Bennett Coleman & Co, which also runs India’s largest English language daily, Times of India.

Uber said on Thursday it would invest $1bn in India over the next nine months, as it looks to expand its services in its biggest market outside the United States.

Uber, which already has investors such as Google Inc and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, operates in 57 countries.

Times Internet couldn’t be reached for comment outside regular business hours. Microsoft declined to comment. -funding-round

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