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  • Decline of the traditional family doctor revealed

    04/23/2014 1:19:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10:00PM BST 21 Apr 2014 | Matthew Holehouse
    England could lose the traditional family doctor, medics have warned, as new figures lay bare the steep decline in small GP practices. Patients, particularly in rural areas, are traveling further and receiving a less personal service after the disappearance of hundreds of small GP practices over the past decade. Under the last government, polyclinics—or super GP surgeries—with specialist doctors working on one site were seen as the future of the NHS. Single-doctor clinics have becoming increasingly rare as GPs try to save money on premises and administrative staff. …
  • Thousands die of thirst and poor care in NHS (UK)

    04/23/2014 1:13:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6:35AM BST 22 Apr 2014 | Padraic Flanagan and Laura Donnelly
    At least 1,000 hospital patients are dying needlessly each month from dehydration and poor care by doctors and nurses, according to a NHS study. The deaths from acute kidney injury could be prevented by simple steps such as nurses ensuring patients have enough to drink and doctors reviewing their medication, the researchers say. Between 15,000 and 40,000 patients die annually because hospital staff fail to diagnose the treatable kidney problem, a figure that dwarfs the death toll from superbugs like MRSA. The report comes less than a year after the NHS watchdog NICE was forced to issue guidelines on giving...
  • Spanish village considers changing name from 'Kill Jews'

    04/22/2014 11:07:38 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 8 replies
    UPI ^ | April 14, 2014 | Evan Bleier
    CASTRILLO MATAJUDIOS , Spain, April 14 (UPI) -- Families in a Spanish village who have been living with the name Castrillo Matajudios (Kill Jews) since the Spanish Inquisition may finally be changing their town’s name back to what it was originally, Castrillo Mota de Judios (Jews Hill). -snip-According to Haaretz, area residents often say “killing Jews” when they are referring to “the traditional drinking of lemonade spiked with alcohol at festivals held in city squares at Easter, or drinking in general.”
  • The Drugging Of The American Boy

    04/22/2014 9:24:11 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 40 replies
    Esquire ^ | March 27, 2014 | Ryan D'Agostino
    By the time they reach high school, nearly 20 percent of all American boys will be diagnosed with ADHD. Millions of those boys will be prescribed a powerful stimulant to "normalize" them. A great many of those boys will suffer serious side effects from those drugs. The shocking truth is that many of those diagnoses are wrong, and that most of those boys are being drugged for no good reason—simply for being boys. It's time we recognize this as a crisis.
  • Sotomayor accuses colleagues of trying to ‘wish away’ racial inequality

    04/22/2014 5:49:15 PM PDT · by Mandingo Conservative · 66 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 22 2014 | Robert Barnes
    Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s fierce defense of the affirmative action efforts like the ones that helped move her from a Bronx housing project to the upper echelons of American law found renewed voice Tuesday in an impassioned dissent that accused colleagues of trying to “wish away” racial inequality — and drew a tart response from Chief Justice John G. Roberts
  • A Cruel Internet Bully Called This Boy With Down Syndrome Ugly, His Mom’s Reaction is Priceless

    04/22/2014 3:24:25 PM PDT · by Morgana · 17 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Steven Ertelt
    For children growing up, there is little that cuts to the emotional core like a bully calling them “ugly.” It’s a crass attack that usually reveals more about the insecurities of the bully than the beauty of the child being bullied. But it leaves a lasting impression for young children. Self-esteem issues, the loss of self-worth and a degradation of the beauty God gave each unique human being he created. Overall, it’s a loss of the celebration of the beauty of life. quinnAlthough he’s not pro-life on abortion, Jon Bon Jovi’s lyrics to the song “Ugly” are a good reminder...
  • When the People Cheer: How Hip-Hop Failed Black America

    04/22/2014 2:57:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    This is the first in a weekly series of six essays looking at hip-hop's recent past, thinking about its distant past, and wondering about the possibility of a future. There are three famous quotes that haunt me and guide me though my days. The first is from John Bradford, the 16th-century English reformer. In prison for inciting a mob, Bradford saw a parade of prisoners on their way to being executed and said, “There but for the grace of God go I.” (Actually, he said “There but for the grace of God goes John Bradford,” but the switch to the...
  • Former Girl Scout CEO pleads guilty to embezzlement (VA)

    04/22/2014 12:18:54 PM PDT · by EDINVA · 16 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | 04/21/2014 | Bill McKelway
    Carne, 62, pleaded guilty to a single count of embezzlement Monday in Hanover Circuit Court and faces up to 20 years in prison when she is sentenced in July.
  • Cities Where Americans Don’t Feel Safe

    04/22/2014 12:17:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 04/22/2014 | By Alexander E.M. Hess, Thomas C. Frohlich and Vince Calio
    According to Gallup, 70.5% of Americans surveyed in 2012 and 2013 said they felt safe walking alone at night. This is effectively unchanged from 2011, when 71% of respondents said they felt safe. In a number of metro areas, however, far fewer residents felt safe at night. In McAllen, Texas, where Americans were least likely to feel safe, less than half of all respondents were comfortable outside of their homes after dark. Based on data gathered by the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, these are the 10 cities where Americans felt the least safe.Seven of the 10 metro areas in which residents...
  • Godwin's Law and the Real Green Nazis

    04/22/2014 10:14:26 AM PDT · by Olympiad Fisherman · 19 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 4/22/2014 | Mark Musser
    Modern greens who inappropriately and metaphorically often use the term “denier” to compare global warming skeptics to Holocaust deniers are shockingly betrayed by their very own environmental history. Modern environmentalism was largely born in the racist forests of Germany in the 1800's that was at first anti-Semitic, but later became mixed up with Social Darwinian biological science in which the very word 'ecology' was coined in 1866. Today, the green movement is no longer racist, but has evolved into anti-humanism in general ...
  • Want To Become A Billionaire? Just Solve One Of These 10 Problems

    04/22/2014 8:58:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/22/2014 | Rob Wile
    We recently gave you a list of 25 trends that would be making people billions. Most of the phenomena will end up benefiting everyone.But if you fancied yourself as someone who could be turned into a billionaire, you were arguably cheating — these were things everyone has already figured out.The real challenge, and the greater value and more lucrative pursuit, would be to come up with the solutions to problems that have befuddled engineers for decades or more.We thought of 10 of them:1. Wireless Power Digital devices have become so small that it can be cumbersome to plug them into a...
  • District Attorney Drops Charges Against Bullied Teen Who Recorded His Tormentors

    04/22/2014 3:58:11 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 20 replies
    techdirt.com ^ | 4-18-2014 | Tim Cushing
    Full Title: "Finally, Someone Acts Like An Adult: District Attorney Drops Charges Against Bullied Teen Who Recorded His Tormentors" South Fayette School in Pennsylvania, along with a complicit criminal justice system, recently made headlines with its groundbreaking anti-bullying program, which apparently deters bullying by punishing bullied students. Here's a short recap: A bullied student used an iPad to make an audio recording of other students abusing him. He brought this to school administration who a) called in a police officer (after being advised by its legal team that this might be a violation of the state's wiretapping law) and b)...
  • Man seeks green card after American husband dies

    04/21/2014 6:58:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 21, 2014 7:38 PM EDT | Amy Taxin
    An Australian man widowed by his American husband of more than three decades made a renewed pitch Monday for a green card after the Obama administration eased policies on gay marriage. Anthony Sullivan, 72, asked federal immigration authorities in Los Angeles to reopen a 1975 petition filed by his late husband Richard Adams so Sullivan can be awarded residency as the surviving spouse of a U.S. citizen, immigration attorney Lavi Soloway said. The request came decades after the couple sued and lost an early effort to win immigration benefits for same-sex married couples, and less than a year after the...
  • Waiting for the end of the World.

    04/21/2014 6:45:24 PM PDT · by Zeneta · 40 replies
    me | 04/21/14 | Zeneta
    I, like most conservative thinking people reject any and virtually all attempts to "Tell Me" what to think. We tend to have a need to find out things in a different way. Experience, and a deeper understanding of human nature then that what the "books" have to say. Those that trust the books of the elitist class have sold themselves into its slavery. The slavery of being told, the slavery of authority. They have bought into the uncertainty contained in what it means to be alive. Lost is an understatement. The lost souls of indifference are exploited by every and...
  • Defiance of Congressional Subpenas

    04/21/2014 4:53:40 PM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 11 replies
    Vanity | 21 April, 2014 | LucianOfSamasota
    Early in Obama's first term, Attorney General Eric Holder submitted a formal, written response to Congressional inquiry into Fast & Furious. This official DOJ testimony attempted to absolve the DOJ of responsibility for F & F by fraudulently covering up information concerning who knew what and when. When information came to light which conclusively proved the Eric J Holder perjured himself, and the DOJ under his direction with malice and forethought attempted to deceive Congress, Holder simply "withdrew" this sworn, official testimony. Since this time, Holder's DOJ has stopped trying to lie its way out of compliance. Now, the DOJ...
  • Poll: Two-Thirds of Veterans Disapprove of Obama’s Job Performance

    04/21/2014 3:22:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 18, 2014 - 11:36 AM | Craig Bannister
    Two-thirds of veterans (66%) disapprove of the job Pres. Obama is doing, according to a new survey by Concerned Veterans for America (CVA). Likewise, 68% say the country is “on the wrong track.” […] About three-fourths (73%) of those polled agree with former Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen that the national debt is “the greatest threat to our national security.” …
  • Retail Store Closures Soar In 2014: At Highest Pace Since Lehman Collapse

    04/21/2014 2:52:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 04/21/2014 | Tyler Durden
    What a better way to celebrate the rigged markets that are telegraphing a "durable" recovery, than with a Credit Suisse report showing, beyond a reasonable doubt, that when it comes to traditional bricks and mortar retailers, who have now closed more stores, or over 2,400 units, so far in 2014 and well double the total amount of storefront closures in 2013, this year has been the worst year for conventional discretionary spending since the start of the great financial crisis!From Credit Suisse's Michael Exstein Since the start of 2014, retailers have announced the closure of more than 2,400 units,...
  • "It's Impossible To Work Your Way Through College Nowadays"

    04/21/2014 2:50:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 04/21/2014 | Tyler Durden
    "It's impossible to work your way through college nowadays"...is the hard-to-swallow (but not entirely surprising) conclusion of Randal Olson's research into just how extreme national tuition costs have become in the US. As The Atlantic notes, the economic cards are stacked such that today’s average college student, without support from financial aid and family resources, would need to complete at least 48 hours of minimum-wage work a week to pay for his courses. To better measure the cost of tuition, Olson links to a Reddit discussion of cost per "credit hours" - MSU calculates tuition by the "credit hour," the...
  • Should Elderly Drivers be Retested?

    04/21/2014 2:47:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    Last week, a 72-year-old New Canaan man faced vehicular manslaughter charges for allegedly striking and killing a motorcyclist last fall. In Darien, an 89-year-old man turned himself in after allegedly hitting and severely injuring 15-year-old pedestrian on Hoyt Street. He claimed he didn't know he hit anything until he saw the accident reported in the paper the next day. And on Friday an 85-year-old man sustained minor injuries after rolling his car over on West Avenue in Darien. For years, lawmakers, senior advocates and the children of elderly parents have debated the need for retesting older drivers. Now that seniors...
  • Pregnant journalist taken to hospital after pro-Kremlin leader ordered his aides to 'rape her'

    04/21/2014 1:48:08 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 23 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 21 April 2014 | Will Stewart
    A pregnant journalist was recovering in hospital last night after a pro-Kremlin political leader in Russia told two male aides to ‘violently rape’ her. Nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky launched his extraordinary tirade after reporter Stella Dubovitskaya asked him an innocuous question about sanctions against Ukraine. The 67-year-old MP’s outburst came before a deadly gunfight at a Ukraine checkpoint controlled by pro-Russian separatists tore apart an Easter truce.
  • Students Call on Washington and Lee to Apologize for Lee

    04/21/2014 1:35:40 PM PDT · by armydawg505 · 53 replies
    www.nationalreview.com ^ | April 21, 2014 | Andrew Johnson
    Black students at Washington and Lee University have demanded that the board of trustees denounce one of the two namesakes of the Virginia school, Confederate general Robert E. Lee, or face acts of civil disobedience. The students are calling for the school to apologize for Lee’s “racist and dishonorable conduct,” remove Confederate flags from the chapel, and ban Confederate reenactors from the campus on Lee-Jackson Day (a state holiday), according to the Washington Post. General Lee, who served as the school’s president after the Civil War, is buried on the school grounds beneath the campus chapel. The tension stemmed from...
  • Here's How Much Money Doctors in America Actually Make

    04/21/2014 1:25:04 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/21/2014 | LAUREN F FRIEDMAN
    Medscape, a subsidiary of the medical information website WebMD, has released its 2014 Physician Compensation Report. The data in the report come from more than 24,000 doctors in 25 specialties, who responded to Medscape's annual survey with information on their compensation for 2013.The infographic below shows the average earnings for each surveyed specialty. Orthopedists were the highest earners: In an explanation of their findings, Medscape notes that: "As in the past, those who perform procedures have the highest incomes compared with those who manage chronic illnesses." Some primary care practices saw a slight increase in earnings, "which could reflect early...
  • Majority of Americans doubt the Big Bang Theory

    04/21/2014 1:08:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    UPI ^ | 04/21/2014 | Brooks Hays
    In a new national poll on America's scientific acumen, more than half of respondents said they were "not too confident" or "not at all confident" that "the universe began 13.8 billion years ago with a big bang." The poll was conducted by GfK Public Affairs & Corporate Communications. Scientists were apparently dismayed by this news, which arrives only a few weeks after astrophysicists located the first hard evidence of cosmic inflation. But when compared to results from other science knowledge surveys, 51 percent isn't too shameful -- or surprising. Other polls on America's scientific beliefs have arrived at similar findings....
  • White House responds to Justin Bieber deportation petition

    04/21/2014 1:01:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    National Post ^ | 04/21/2014
    The White House has no comment on Justin Bieber. On Sunday, the White House issued a response to the official petition to deport Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber that had gathered more than 270,000 signatures, writing, “Sorry to disappoint, but we won’t be commenting on this one.” The White House instituted a 100,000-signature requirement — only so many signatories would merit an official reponse to a petition — after its website was flooded with spoof petitions, including one demanding that America build an “$850,000,000,000,000,000, Star Wars-style Death Star.” Sunday’s indirect response to the Bieber issue was “to avoid the appearance...
  • As Army shrinks, young officers being pushed out

    04/21/2014 12:34:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 21, 2014 2:46 PM EDT | Lolita C. Baldor
    After the 9/11 attacks, tens of thousands of young men and women joined the military, heading for the rugged mountains of Afghanistan and dusty deserts of Iraq. Many of them now are officers in the Army with multiple combat deployments under their belts. But as the wars wind down and Pentagon budgets shrink, a lot of them are being told they have to leave. […] Already down to about 522,000, the Army must shrink to 490,000 by October 2015, and then to 450,000 two years later. If automatic budget cuts resume, the Army will have to get down to 420,000—a...
  • Police caught off guard by huge park gathering where 2 women were shot

    04/21/2014 12:14:12 PM PDT · by armydawg505 · 23 replies
    DeKalb County Police say they were caught off-guard Sunday by the unsanctioned party at a public park that ended with two women being shot. “This came really as a surprise to us,” the county’s public safety chief Cedric Alexander told reporters on Monday. But Alexander vowed that they would be prepared in the future. “We’re going to monitor social media going forward so that we can try to get ahead of them as quickly as we can and intervene and try to make sure those illegal crowds do not converge upon a crowd and become a threat to anyone,” he...
  • Five Red Flags That Scream 'Don't Take This Job!'

    04/21/2014 11:49:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Forbes ^ | 04/21/2014 | Liz Ryan
    You can find tons of advice about how to get a job interview and how to snag a job. Most of it comes from the “Do whatever you have to do to get hired!” school of thought. The job market isn’t a job-seeker’s paradise, but it isn’t bad considering what it was like just a year or two ago. If you’re willing to step outside the velvet ropes and try something new in your job search, you can get the interview, and get the job. When you’ve been through a job-search drought for months and haven’t had much or any...
  • Controversial British model plans abortion so she can star on 'Big Brother'

    04/21/2014 11:34:37 AM PDT · by Morgana · 28 replies
    NY daily news ^ | David Harding
    23-year-old Josie Cunningham said producers of the UK version ‘suddenly turned cold’ when they found out she was pregnant — either by a soccer player or one of her clients, as she works as a call girl. Figuring that was preventing her from becoming famous, the 18-weeks-pregnant Cunningham plans to have an abortion this week before once again trying to get on the show. A wannabe celebrity plans to have an abortion just so she can appear on a reality television program. Josie Cunningham, who got pregnant either working as a prostitute or through having sex with a soccer player,...
  • Nevada Republicans Drop Pro-Life, Traditional Marriage Stands From Party Platform

    The state’s GOP chairman said dropping opposition to abortion and the redefinition of marriage is ‘where the party is going.’.......
  • Boys turning to action-packed video games because books are ‘too girly’ for them, says…

    04/21/2014 8:01:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 93 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 19:32 EST, 20 April 2014 | Andrew Levy
    Boys are being put off reading because of the influence women have on children’s literature, says an award-winning children’s author. Jonathan Emmett warned that children’s books were too girly because of the influence of mostly female panels of editors, publishers, reviewers and judges. One publishing company’s research suggested women bought 95 percent of picture books for children, he added. The writer believes boys are being starved of what they enjoy in books, such as swashbuckling pirates, battles, or technical details about spaceships, and so are driven to more action-packed video games instead. …
  • Calif. moves to ban judges affiliated with Boy Scouts

    04/21/2014 7:26:06 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 34 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 04/21/2014 | Patrick Howley
    In a move with major legal implications, The California Supreme Court Advisory Committee on The Code of Judicial Ethics has proposed to classify the Boy Scouts as practicing “invidious discrimination” against gays, which would end the group’s exemption to anti-discriminatory ethics rules and would prohibit judges from being affiliated with the group. “The Committee’s invitation ignores the fact that the change also encompasses other youth organizations whose membership is limited on the basis of gender, e.g., the Girl Scouts, as well as the military, which continues to practice ‘discrimination’ on the basis of gender,” wrote Catherine Short, legal director of...
  • The "New" SATs (Summed Up In One Cartoon)

    04/21/2014 7:10:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 04/20/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Presented with no snark or ironic comment whatsoever...
  • FR Contest: Guess the name of Chelsea's baby?

    04/21/2014 5:37:43 AM PDT · by ken5050 · 82 replies
    one man's opinion...
    OK. Chelsea's preggers. Congratulations to her and Mark.(And BTW..depending on how long they waited to be sure, before making the announcement, there's a chance that the kid could be born on Election Day. The math works) OK..but now to the challenge at hand. Guessing the name of the Clintonian rug-rat? As with all things Clinton, it ain't easy..there are complications....heck, there are ALWAYS complications.
  • Get Ready for Powdered Alcohol to Hit Liquor Stores This Fall

    04/21/2014 3:18:24 AM PDT · by markomalley · 31 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 4/20/2014 | Josh Feldman
    Powdered. Alcohol. Putting aside whether you think it sounds like a good idea, does it not seem like an intriguing concept? Well, Palcohol has officially been approved by the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, so expect this alcoholic version of the Kool-Aid powder to be in liquor stores soon enough!Here’s the pitch for Palcohol on its website: “Wouldn’t it be great to have alcohol in powder form so all one had to do is add water? Since powder is light and compact, it wouldn’t be a burden to carry.”They expect to be selling it starting this fall,...
  • Vanity: what is it with the Mentalist?

    04/20/2014 7:21:23 PM PDT · by discipler · 103 replies
    What is it with the Mentalist show two weeks in a row targeting Texas? Anyone else notice this? Last week it was the death penalty and this week it's an all male country club, also sprinkling in lesbianism. CBS
  • Why "The Hurricane" Is Hot Air (Flashback: The Real Hurricane Carter)

    04/20/2014 5:36:24 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 19 replies
    FrontPageMag ^ | 02/11/2000 | Paul Mulshine
    ---SNIP-- After almost two decades of judge-shopping, Carter's defense team finally had the good fortune to come up before federal Judge Lee Sarokin, the most criminal-friendly judge in the nation. Sarokin ordered a new trial on the grounds that the prosecution should not have been permitted to argue that racial revenge was the motive. "For the state to contend that an accused has the motive to commit murder solely because of his membership in a racial group is an argument which should never be permitted to sway a jury or provide the basis of a conviction." Sarokin wrote. By that...
  • Hollywood plays to the faithful, finds hits with God

    04/20/2014 5:32:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04/20/2014 | Ronald Grover and Chris Michaud
    (Reuters) - Hollywood has embraced God in a big - and lucrative - way. The movie "Heaven is for Real," which depicts the story of a young boy who claims to have visited heaven during a near death experience, is the fourth faith-based film this year to stir movie-going audiences with impressive box office numbers. Made for $12 million, the film, which stars Greg Kinnear, collected $21.5 million over the Easter weekend in U.S. and Canadian theaters, finishing third at the box office behind bigger budget films "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" from Walt Disney and "Rio 2" from Fox....
  • Barclays Latest To Exit Commodity Trading, Layoff Several Thousand Staff

    04/20/2014 4:28:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 04/20/2014 | Tyler Durden
    With JPMorgan and Deutsche Bank having exited the commodities business (and numerous other banks discussing it ahead of the Fed and regulators' decisions over banking rules of ownership), it appears a few short months of regulatory scrutiny is enough to warrant more broad-based cuts across bulge-bracket banks historically most manipulated and profitable business units. As The FT reports, Barclays, one of the world’s biggest commodities traders, is planning to exit large parts of its metals, agricultural and energy business in a move expected to be announced this week. This comes on the heels of Barclays shuttering its power-trading operations...
  • Why did Russia sell Alaska to the United States?

    04/20/2014 4:23:48 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Russia Beyond the Headlines ^ | 04/20/2014 | Georgy Manaev, RBTH
    <p>In 1867, Russia sold the territory of Alaska to the U.S. for $7.2 million. A mere 50 years later, the Americans had earned that amount back 100 times over. How could the imperial officials have given up such a choice parcel? RBTH sorts out the muddled story of the sale of Alaska.</p>
  • Gosnell Movie crowdfunding push crosses the million-dollar mark

    04/20/2014 8:14:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/20/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    I’m taking Easter off, but it’s still a good time for an update on the efforts by our friends Phelim McAleer and Ann McIlhenny, filmmakers of Not Evil Just Wrong and Frack Nation. They want to tell the story of Kermit Gosnell, whom they describe as “the worst serial killer in American history,” but they need to raise funds to shoot the TV movie. Phelim and Ann are halfway through their IndieGoGo crowdfunding push for their Gosnell Movie project, and passed the $1 million level in fundraising yesterday: Dear Supporters,We have just passed $1,000,000 and want to say very special...
  • Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter Dead

    04/20/2014 8:01:56 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 43 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | April 20, 2014
    Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the boxer who infamously served 19 years in jail after he was wrongly convicted for a triple murder, passed away Sunday in Toronto at the age of 76. Immortalized in a Bob Dylan song and a 1999 feature film, Carter was jailed in 1966 for a fatal shooting at a bar in New Jersey. Although he and his acquaintance John Artis passed a lie detector test and professed their innocence, the all-white jury convicted them. After multiple legal efforts, in 1985 a federal judge ruled that the convictions of Carter and Artis were based "upon an appeal...
  • I Wanna Marry Harry First Look: Fox Dupes 12 Women Into Competing for a Fake Prince Harry...

    04/19/2014 5:28:07 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 29 replies
    E Online ^ | Apr. 16, 2014 | Tierney Bricker
    -snip- Fact: I Wanna Marry Harry is going to be the summer TV season's most-talked about new show. How do we know this? Well, just listen to the premise: 12 women compete for Prince Harry's love. The catch? It's not Prince Harry! Matthew Hicks, a normal English bloke, is pretending to be Prince William's red-headed brother. Cruel? Maybe. Entertaining? Hell yes. -snip-
  • Moore Man Accused Of Child Sex Crimes During Game Of Truth Or Dare

    04/19/2014 1:31:15 PM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    news9 ^ | Lacie Lowry
    MOORE, Oklahoma - A game of truth or dare lead to rape charges against a Moore man, according to court documents. Investigators said 20-year-old Danny Hilton played the game with a 14-year-old girl and 15-year-old girl, then one of them told her mom. An arrest affidavit said Hilton encouraged a game of truth or dare with the girls in February in his bedroom. The affidavit said Hilton's dares involved sexual acts. It stated Hilton watched and encouraged the juvenile victims to perform sex acts with him and with each other. Hilton's father told News 9 his son played the game...
  • Animals with Human Rights Make Researchers Run Scared

    04/19/2014 11:18:55 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 15 replies
    Scientific American ^ | April 17, 2014 | Josh Fischman
    Dogs and cats, historically, have been people's property like a couch or a toaster. But as they've moved into our houses and our hearts, courts of law have begun to treat them as something more. They can inherit your estate, get an appointed lawyer if your relatives challenge that inheritance and are protected from cruel acts. Your toaster can't do any of that. As these animals inch closer to citizen's rights, the trend is being watched with worried eyes by biomedical researchers who fear judges could extend these rights to lab animals like monkeys and rats, thereby curbing experimentation.
  • College: Much Cheaper Than You Think -- Most Students Pay Less than Half the Sticker Price

    04/19/2014 10:44:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 04/19/2014 | DEREK THOMPSON
    It's a point we've made a million times. We're making it again. What's the most expensive college in America? Ask Google, Princeton Review, or the Chronicle of Higher Education, and you'll get the same answer: Sarah Lawrence University at $61,236. It's kind of crazy. No, not (just) the price. It's crazy that when we talk about price, we often only talk about tuition, a sticker shock that only 35 percent of Sarah Lawrence graduates pay in full. The Sarah Lawrence story is typical. Only a third of full-time students at four-year public and private schools pay the published price at...
  • Transcendence and Noah: Bogus Bytes -- Hollywood plays God and loses big time.

    04/19/2014 10:29:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/19/2014 | By Armond White
    Transcendence is to the sci-fi genre what Noah is to the Bible. Both are poorly conceived reboots of a literary form into pseudo-visionary garbage. Each film also exemplifies the current trend of agnostic filmmakers playing God. In Transcendence, Johnny Depp, as the obviously named Will Caster, unleashes his berserk world-dominating ambitions after he dies and is resurrected as an artificially intelligent computer program with the power to “overcome the limits of biology.” In Noah, filmmaker Darren Aronofsky reconceives the Biblical story of the Flood and God’s covenant with man through His servant (played by Russell Crowe) as a smart-ass...
  • Diamond Bar Ranch in NM Seized by US Forest Service

    Officials say that the Laney’s can redeem their 80 cattle for $40,950Southwest New Mexico – The Diamond Bar Ranch was acquired by the Laney family in 1986, and its adjacent Laney Cattle Company was allowed to utilize grazing lands since 1883. According to the US Forest Service, however, they are no longer entitled to do so, and the USFS has posted notices along the fence line of their property advising people not to attempt to enter the ranch. Lands are being seized, and the cattle removed, “one way or the other.”Now they say that the cattle may be redeemed if the Laney’s pay for the costs...
  • Viewers share joy of college-bound teen with Down syndrome

    04/19/2014 7:33:02 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 4-19-14 | Erin Richards
    Video at source. Go to the link for the story. My computer is not cooperating today and it will not allow me to copy and paste even an excerpt of this heart-warming story.
  • Now RASTAS get special treatment in (UK) prisons: Followers of religion made famous by Bob Marley…

    04/19/2014 1:29:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 20:36 EST, 18 April 2014 | Stian Alexander and Jack Doyle
    Rastafarian inmates are being handed Bob Marley CDs, drums and shakers after their religion was officially recognized by prison chiefs. New rules mean Rastafarianism is an approved religion alongside Christianity, Islam and other major faiths. The pack has been created to ensure Rastafarian prisoners can pray together in a “fulsome and harmonious way”, a faith advisor said. However, the religion’s followers have been told that one common element of their religious practice is barred: they cannot smoke cannabis in jail. …
  • Biden: Taking Grandkids on Trips ‘One of the Great Advantages of Being Vice President’

    04/19/2014 12:59:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 15, 2014 - 7:13 AM | Susan Jones
    The Obama daughters aren’t the only ones with travel privileges. Vice President Joe Biden told a gathering on Monday that he likes to bring his grandchildren with him when he travels. “I literally—at Christmastime, Mr. Ambassador, I always sit with the kids the last five or—and say, well, where do you want to go this year? Because one of the great advantages of being vice president, I’m able to take, if I’m not going into a war zone, one of my grandchildren with me. And I do take them all. They’re good kids. They don’t get in the way. And...