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Summation of comments by Eddie today -and my 2 cents
« Reply #11775 on: March 13, 2018, 03:25:04 PM »
""His problems started in high school, when he started smoking marijuana," she says. Nicholas transferred to a high school for kids with substance misuse disorder, a facility where recovery from drug addiction and alcoholism was a part of the curriculum, with support group meetings and drug testing, she says.

So...was it pot? Or was it being busted for pot by his parents ?  Or was it the "tough love"  and being dumped into rehab and alterna-school.

I happened to know two very privileged kids who OD'ed and died.

 I'll always think that it was the push into AA and rehab and "special schools" that had as much to do with their eventual early deaths as it was pot, or even alcohol, which is always a factor but almost never mentioned. This is how rich parents deal with their kid's minor experimentation. They throw the big guns at it, which is stupid and doesn't work."

Increasingly these kids have very little to live for. Their future seems unnavigable. As the US slids further and further into into a third world country, the problems will be compounded. This article is telling us that. We are collapsing as a culture and society. 




"Who needs 130K when the tabloids are offering millions. "

THE WOMEN BRAVE ENOUGH  ( and with enough evidence) TO BRING DOWN THE POTUS!


"And now let the tearful confessions begin.

Articles like this one are just more fuel to pour on the #MeToo fire. All women have been raped. All men are serial rapists. Send all the men to be sex rehab, so that they can confess their sins and be forgiven. We must re-indoctrinate the entire male population. At once!"

I'd swear this comment was written by Charelston Heston"! :)

"And now, the gay sexual predators must be punished! Looks like they're a little late on this one."

If I place myself in the shoes of these young gifted musicians, and had a teacher that abused me, I know it would be HUGE problem for me to continue with my carrer. But for some, it is just political and social justice warriors trying to look good.

"Rape-arations! "

I think castration should be the punishment for rape.

"Brave new world.

They just have the grace and ability to change with the times.

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Three arrested on gun charges are charged with Bloomington mosque bombing
« Reply #11776 on: March 13, 2018, 03:28:07 PM »
Governor called Aug. 2017 blast at Dar Al-Farooq an act of terrorism.

Three Illinois men are charged with the Aug. 2017 bombing of a Bloomington Islamic center, the U.S. Attorney’s office said Tuesday.

“Although the investigation is ongoing, it is important that the public be made aware that these individuals have been apprehended and are charged federally with the bombing in Bloomington,” said Greg Brooker, U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota, said at a Tuesday evening news conference. “That bombing that took place last summer was a tragedy for all Minnesotans, and from the beginning, it has become a top priority for federal and local law enforcement and remains so today.”

Michael McWhorter, 29; Joe Morris, 22 and Michael Hari, 47, are charged with “using an explosive device to maliciously damage and destroy” the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center in the predawn hours of Aug. 5, 2017, using a PVC pipe bomb, No one was hurt in the explosion, which heavily damaged the imam’s office, but about a dozen people were gathered in a room nearby for morning prayers. Morris and Hari made their initial appearance Tuesday on federal charges related to an attempted bombing in Champaign, Ill.

The three were charged after a confidential source alerted authorities that they were responsible for the bombing, according to the news release.

The FBI described the weapon used as an “improvised explosive device,” the remnants of which were flown to Virginia for expedited analysis at the bureau’s forensic lab.

Labeled as the FBI’s top investigative priority for its Minneapolis office, the bureau announced a $30,000 reward for more information in the weeks after the bombing as leads began to prove elusive.

It was not immediately clear Tuesday what led to a break in the case.

Gov. Mark Dayton quickly labeled the blast an act of terrorism as elected officials and other community leaders gathered to show support in the immediate aftermath of the attack. Last fall, mosque leaders released video of the explosion captured on cameras inside the center in hopes of generating tips that could lead to an arrest. But no known footage existed from outside the building because Dar Al-Farooq did not have security cameras in place outside at the time of the bombing.

Although no one was injured in the attack, imam Waleed Meneese’s office took a direct hit from the bomb. Its windows were smashed and its floor, ceiling and walls destroyed. Shrapnel also ripped through the furniture.

In January, more than 100 people visited the center for an open house celebration of renovation work done for free by the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters. The carpenters union repaired the office using floor panels and electrical work donated by different companies.

The repairs inside and outside the office cost “thousands of dollars,” according to its executive director Mohamed Omar. The center had raised more than $98,000 through a GoFundMe campaign, with part of the funds going toward reconstruction.

Stay tuned to startribune.com for more on this developing story.

http://www.startribune.com/federal-authorities-to-announce-developments-in-bloomington-mosque-bombing-case/476716263/
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Google cofounder's flying taxi takes to the skies in New Zealand
« Reply #11777 on: March 13, 2018, 03:31:09 PM »
 Kitty Hawk, the Silicon Valley startup backed by Page, said it is building and testing "all-electric vertical take-off and landing products" in New Zealand.

It released footage of one of those vehicles in flight, billing it as a cross between the Delorean from "Back to the Future" and "The Jetsons" hovercar.

 Dubbed "Cora," the vehicle can "take off like a helicopter and transition to flying like a plane," Kitty Hawk said in a statement on Monday.

Cora is also self-piloting, can fly faster than 150 kilometers per hour (93 miles per hour) and has a range of 100 kilometers (62 miles), according to the company.

"We are offering a pollution free, emissions free vehicle that flies independently," Fred Reid, head of Kitty Hawk operations in New Zealand, said in a video posted on the company's website.

 Kitty Hawk had previously tested another flying vehicle prototype called the "Flyer" last April. It looked less like a car than a jet ski with wings.

Several other companies, including Uber and Airbus, are also racing to commercialize flying taxis. The vehicles more often look like small planes than flying cars. Like Kitty Hawk's Cora, many rely on drone technology and vertical takeoff and landing, so they don't need a runway.

Airbus' (EADSY) flying car prototype -- the Vahana -- made its maiden flight in Oregon last month. Executives said they hope to have a marketable version of Vahana ready to sell in 2020.

http://money.cnn.com/2018/03/13/technology/flying-taxi-cora-kitty-hawk-google/index.html
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2 of 3 families targeted by package bombs knew each other
« Reply #11778 on: March 13, 2018, 03:33:01 PM »
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Two of the three families targeted by package bombs left on Austin doorsteps knew each other and were connected through local activism in the black community, a civic leader said Tuesday, but it was not clear how they might be tied to a third household where a package bomb also exploded.

Investigators have said the three explosions that killed two people and wounded two others could have been hate crimes since all the victims were black or Hispanic. But they also said they have not ruled out any possible motive.

Dixon Mason, a prominent dentist in east Austin, was grandfather of 19-year-old Draylen Mason, who was killed Monday after carrying a package left at his home into the kitchen and opening it. The elder Mason was friends with Fredie Dixon, stepfather of 39-year-old Anthony House, who died in a similar attack in another part of the city on March 6, said Nelson Linder, president of the Austin chapter of the NAACP.

“I don’t believe in coincidences,” Linder said, explaining that he was concerned by the fact that the families were acquainted.

Still unknown, though, is what connection — if any — the two families had to a third household where another package bomb exploded Monday, injuring a 75-year-old Hispanic woman.

Business records indicate that Dixon was a leader of Austin’s African American Cultural Heritage District, or “Six Square,” which the city defines as 6 square miles of east Austin that was originally created as the Negro District by the Austin City Council in 1928. He also was a longtime pastor at Wesley United Methodist Church, one of the city’s oldest historically black churches.

Dixon was quoted in by the Austin American-Statesman in 2015 lamenting how Austin’s population and prosperity were effectively creating economic segregation by raising the cost of living.

“Austin is quickly becoming a city of the privileged and the non-privileged,” Dixon told the newspaper. “Is that the kind of Austin we want?”

Linder said Austin’s minority community is on edge following the bombings.

“Given the fact these people are people of color, that definitely gets people’s attention,” he said. “And they feel vulnerable, and they should based on the nature of the incidents.”

The FBI and other federal officials continue to assist in the investigation. Austin Police Chief Brian Manley told a news conference Tuesday, “We’re not saying terrorism or hate is in play, but we certainly have to consider that.”

Tina Sherrow, a retired agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said the materials to build such bombs are commonly available at hardware stores or online, and that police have been mum on details because the perpetrators may be watching media coverage.

“I don’t look at it as terrorism, but it’s terrorism of a community for sure,” Sherrow said.

The package explosives were not delivered by the U.S. Postal Service or any private carrier but left overnight on doorsteps. Still, Manley urged Austin residents to call 911 if they receive any unwanted packages that look suspicious. Authorities responded to 250-plus calls about parcels without finding any that were explosives.

Investigators collecting evidence continued to come and go, and yellow police tape still marked off the sites of Monday’s two blasts, which occurred about 5 miles apart.

At the site of the March 2 bombing, there were no police, but the door to the red-brick house where the package exploded was still boarded up.

There was nothing obvious linking the three neighborhoods where the bombs exploded, other than all were east of Interstate 35, which divides the city. The east side has historically been more heavily minority and less wealthy than Austin’s west side, although that has changed as gentrification has raised home prices and rents everywhere.

The attacks occurred amid the South By Southwest music festival, which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to Austin each March. But the blasts happened far from the main events and concert venues.

https://apnews.com/a87f895ffe4b4d3da364e58478adc68c/2-of-3-families-targeted-by-package-bombs-knew-each-other
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The Walls Are Closing In on Trump
« Reply #11779 on: March 13, 2018, 03:41:10 PM »
Nunes’ ‘investigation’ has shown Washington at its worst. It’s been a pure exercise in protecting Trump, and a low point for the GOP’s reputation as the party of national security.

The Fox News and Trump media enterprise Monday launched into a spasm of complete ecstasy as the House Intelligence Committee declared its investigation of Russian interference in our elections and their contacts with and collaboration with the Trump campaign over, done, solved. In its alternate reality, it’s declaring the CASE CLOSED.

They might not want to get too far over their skis on this one because both the Senate and Bob Mueller are still taking this question seriously, as opposed to the clownish covering of Donald Trump’s ample ass by the Republicans on the House Intel Committee. Its chairman, Devin Nunes, and the committee itself are both hopelessly compromised. Nunes has done everything in his power to cover for the president, his staff, and their Russian contacts, and to elide Vladimir Putin’s stated intent and obvious actions.

When secret agent man Devin Nunes raced to the White House to break a phony story of illegal and inappropriate surveillance from a mysterious “whistleblower,” it turned out the super-secret intel he set his ass on fire to reveal came from… wait for it… the White House itself. Ezra Cohen-Watnick and Michael Ellis, both employees of the White House, provided Nunes with top-secret material outside the approved channels to push one of many of the White House’s endless variations on the “no collusion—no puppet, you’re the puppet” defense.

Nunes released a memo last month that tried and failed to bring the grown-ups’ investigations to a halt, and to change the facts of why Carter Page and Trump campaign officials came under the baleful glare of the FISA court. Spoiler: It wasn’t the intelligence community helping Hillary Clinton. It was Trump’s allies and family ass-deep in contacts, connections, communications, and coordination with Putin’s information-warfare operation. 

To imagine for even one moment that every intelligence agency in this nation is wrong and that Nunes, super-staffer Derek Harvey, and the other partisans are right about Putin and Trump is beyond ludicrous. Harvey, a refugee from the Trump National Security Council purge executed by H.R. McMaster and John Kelly, is now the lead agent in the coverup by Republican members of the House. Nunes, while claiming to have recused himself, has remained deeply involved at all times in the coverup.

House Intelligence is now officially an oxymoron. Nunes’ “investigation” has been an example of Washington at its worst, a pure exercise in protecting Donald Trump, and a low point for the Republican Party’s reputation as the party of national security. The committee refused to interview key players in the drama, failed to seek campaign, government, intelligence-community, and corporate records that would have led to places that Team Trump doesn’t want them to go. 

In fact, this White House has refused to even recognize Putin’s global special warfare operations against us exist, much less to take a stand against them. Trump continues to behave toward Putin like a preacher caught in a whorehouse; cowed, compliant, and terrified of his prospective blackmailer. Putin’s ongoing attempts to divide and influence the American political system aren’t speculation, imagination, or some Soros-driven conspiracy. His anti-American propaganda campaign is still in full swing, and the only upside is he’s not murdering people here quite yet, though if I were Paul Manafort I’d cut the deal and get into witness protection now.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-walls-are-closing-in-on-trump
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Mike Pompeo is, of course, a climate science denier and opponent of the Paris climate deal.

President Donald Trump has officially fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and intends to nominate current CIA director Mike Pompeo in his place.

Tillerson was the former CEO of ExxonMobil, which for decades was the number one funder of climate science disinformation until they were surpassed by the Koch brothers starting in 2005. But before Pompeo became CIA Director in 2017, he had for six years been a GOP House member from Kansas — and “the #1 all time recipient of #KOCH Industries $$$,” as the nonprofit research group OpenSecrets.org tweeted at the time.

In just four election cycles, 2010 through 2016, Pompeo received: $335,000 from Koch Industries employees (including $92,000 just from the Koch family); $69,000 from the Koch Industries PAC; $417,175 from Americans for Prosperity (which is the right-wing advocacy group founded by the Koch brothers); plus another $87,532 from “Other outside groups heavily funded by the Kochs.”

That’s over $900,000 to buy one Congressman. No surprise, then, that Pompeo, who was a Tea Party member, is also a major denier of climate science. Pompeo described President Obama’s effort to cut carbon pollution at home (through the Clean Power Plan) and abroad (through the Paris climate deal) as a “perverse fixation on achieving his economically harmful environmental agenda” and as “worshiping a radical environmental agenda.”

He called the Paris Climate Accord a “costly burden” in 2015, adding that “Congress must also do all in our power to fight against this damaging climate change proposal and pursue policies that support American energy, create new jobs, and power our economy.”

In reality, the Paris Climate Accord is hardly radical given that 200 nations unanimously agreed it is vital for preserving a livable climate. Indeed, it remains an incredible deal for America, since it would avert numerous catastrophic climate impacts on this country, while requiring us to merely continue reducing carbon dioxide emissions at the pace we have been in recent years.

During his confirmation hearings for CIA director, Pompeo dodged all questions about climate change, saying “Frankly, as the director of CIA, I would prefer today not to get into the details of the climate debate and science.”

But the State Department plays a direct and key role in climate change — not just in international climate negotiations, but also in international aid and development, including choices about which energy sources developing countries should choose — so, such non-answers given as by Pompeo previously should not fly this time around.

https://thinkprogress.org/secretary-of-state-pick-pompeo-top-koch-money-recipient-e910ba9e14fd/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=tp-letters
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Resulting in what environmentalists called a "victory for everyone who breathes," a federal district court in California on Monday ruled that President Donald Trump's Environmental Protection Agency is violating the law by not implementing crucial smog protection guidelines mandated under the Clean Air Act.

According to Judge Haywood Stirling Gilliam Jr. of the federal District Court for the District of Northern California, EPA chief Scott Pruitt broke the law by not listing areas in the country that are failing to comply with air pollution standards -- a violation of "his nondiscretionary duty under" the federal law -- and gave him until April 30th to list those areas publicly.

While Pruitt submitted designations for areas in the country that were complying with smog guidelines, he has refused to list those areas which were failing to meet minimum standards -- a refusal which resulted in legal action by sixteen state attorneys general and a coalition of environmental groups.

As the San Francisco Chronicle reports:

    The lawsuits, filed against Pruitt and the EPA in December, said that areas suffering from ozone pollution and lacking the required designation include the Bay Area, Central Valley, Los Angeles and New York City area.

    One of the requirements triggered when an area does not meet the ozone standard is a mandate that new factories and power plants must have state-of-the-art pollution controls.

    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement, "The stakes are high. The smog-reducing requirements at issue will save hundreds of lives and prevent 230,000 asthma attacks among children.

    "We will closely monitor the EPA to make sure it complies with the court's order," Becerra said.

Monday's ruling, said Mary Anne Hitt, director of Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign, "is a victory for everyone who breathes, and is clear evidence that Scott Pruitt's frequent attempts to delay and obstruct federal clean air safeguards is against the law. The severity of Pruitt's attempts are a matter of life and death. Delaying the implementation of these life saving smog standards puts the health of thousands of kids at risk."

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/43821-in-ruling-called-victory-for-everyone-who-breathes-federal-judge-says-scott-pruitt-violating-clean-air-act
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The New C.I.A. Deputy Chief’s Black-Site Past
« Reply #11782 on: March 13, 2018, 03:51:11 PM »
From 2003 to 2005, Gina Haspel was a senior official overseeing a top-secret C.I.A. program that subjected dozens of suspected terrorists to savage interrogations, which included depriving them of sleep, squeezing them into coffins, and forcing water down their throats. In 2002, Haspel was among the C.I.A. officers present at the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, an Al Qaeda suspect who was tortured so brutally that at one point he appeared to be dead.

On Thursday, the Trump Administration announced that Haspel would become the C.I.A.’s new deputy director.

It appears that the debate about torture in the President’s mind, if there ever was one, is over.

Haspel, a career C.I.A. employee, took part in another of the agency’s darkest moments: the destruction, in 2005, of video tapes of the interrogation of Zubaydah and a second suspect, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, at whose torture she was present, three years before.

Because Haspel’s new job is exempt from congressional confirmation, it’s doubtful she will ever have to publicly answer questions about her role in what amounts to America’s dirty war.

John Sifton, a senior official at Human Rights Watch, said the significance of Haspel’s appointment lies in the fact that she was intimately involved in the secret C.I.A. program known by its initials, R.D.I.—rendition, detention, and interrogation. Through the program, the C.I.A. not only tortured suspects but kidnapped them from various places around the globe and often delivered them to third-party countries that tortured them.

“You are putting a person in a leadership position who was centrally involved in an illegal program,” Sifton told me. President Barack Obama ordered the closure of the secret prisons, or black sites, in 2009.

A former government official, who spoke to me on condition of anonymity, said that the promotion of Haspel amounted to the C.I.A.’s revenge. “The agency is giving the finger to anyone who was ever critical of the program,” the former official said.

Some Democrats in the Senate, like Ron Wyden, of Oregon, have sent letters of protest. It’s noble of the senators to try, but I doubt they will have much effect.

Before President Trump took office, there had been some mystery about how he viewed torture. During the campaign, Trump said repeatedly that he believed—despite all evidence—that torture works. He boasted that he would bring back waterboarding, a hideous practice of nearly drowning captives. After the Second World War, the U.S. government executed Japanese soldiers for crimes including the waterboarding of American prisoners of war.

Then Trump’s choice for Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, told him that torture was ineffective, that with a couple of beers and a pack of cigarettes he could get much further with a suspect. For a time, Trump appeared to come around. But that was a few weeks ago. Trump is endorsing torture once again.

The debate over Haspel’s appointment this week is not the first time her past has come to haunt her. In 2013, John Brennan, then the director of Central Intelligence, named Haspel the acting head of the agency’s clandestine service, which carries out covert operations around the globe. But the job ultimately went to someone else, after Senator Dianne Feinstein, of California, then the senior Democrat on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, called Brennan to protest Haspel’s promotion because of her participation in the R.D.I. program.

In 2002, according to people I spoke to, Haspel was present at a C.I.A. black site in Thailand when Zubaydah and al-Nashiri were being tortured. It’s not clear whether she took part in the interrogations themselves. Abu Zubaydah’s interrogation, which is recounted in the Intelligence Committee’s landmark investigation, was particularly gruesome. According to the report, he was waterboarded eighty-three times; at one point, he became non-responsive, with water bubbling up from his lungs. Doctors had to revive him. During his confinement, Zubaydah lost sight in his left eye.

In 2003, Haspel became the chief of staff to Jose Rodriguez, then the director of the C.I.A.’s Counterterrorism Center. Later, when Rodriguez became the director of operations—that is, of covert operations—Haspel became his chief of staff. In 2005, Haspel was involved in the decision to destroy the videotapes of the interrogations of Zubaydah and al-Nashiri. The decision, which was made with no apparent outside consultation, enraged members of Congress, who are legally obliged to oversee the C.I.A.

Sifton, of Human Rights Watch, said the order to destroy the tapes was made by two people: Rodriguez and Hapsel.

When Obama took office, in 2009, he declared that he would not prosecute anyone involved in the C.I.A.’s interrogation programs, not even senior officers, among whom Haspel was one. At the time, Obama said he wanted to look forward and not back. But the past, as Obama well knows, never goes away. With the prospect of American torture looming again, I wonder if Obama regrets his decision. After all, people like Haspel, quite plausibly, could have gone to prison.

https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/the-new-c-i-a-deputy-chiefs-black-site-past?mbid=social_twitter
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The stress of a bad economy is literally killing us
« Reply #11783 on: March 13, 2018, 03:55:30 PM »
A new study found that the Great Recession correlated with upticks in blood glucose and blood pressure.

The Great Recession wiped out the real estate holdings and retirement accounts of untold Americans during the late 2000s — and, according to new research, the stress associated with the downturn may have also led to an uptick in endemic heart disease.

In a new paper, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers at UCLA looked at the blood pressure and glucose of 4,600 U.S. adults during the years spanning 2000 and 2012. When the recession kicked in, the researchers found, both figures, which are also both major contributors to heart disease, spiked.

More striking still, the most dire increases were seen in the groups hit hardest by the recession: adults still in the labor force and older homeowners. It’s long been known that psychological stress can lead to a cross section of physical symptoms, but the UCLA research offers strong evidence that an economic crisis can have specific public health implications.

The link between the health of the economy and the health of the people who participate in it is longstanding and bidirectional: the poor or newly uninsured are less likely to seek out robust medical treatment, but the stress of a crashing economy can also cause ill health among previously healthy people.

When the USSR dissolved and the economy in Russia tanked, for instance, the life expectancy of men in Moscow fell by eight entire years in a phenomenon that experts termed a “mortality crisis.”

https://theoutline.com/post/3715/the-stress-of-a-bad-economy-is-literally-killing-us?zd=1&zi=eghkair2
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Re: Summation of comments by Eddie today -and my 2 cents
« Reply #11784 on: March 13, 2018, 04:33:22 PM »
""His problems started in high school, when he started smoking marijuana," she says. Nicholas transferred to a high school for kids with substance misuse disorder, a facility where recovery from drug addiction and alcoholism was a part of the curriculum, with support group meetings and drug testing, she says.

So...was it pot? Or was it being busted for pot by his parents ?  Or was it the "tough love"  and being dumped into rehab and alterna-school.

I happened to know two very privileged kids who OD'ed and died.

 I'll always think that it was the push into AA and rehab and "special schools" that had as much to do with their eventual early deaths as it was pot, or even alcohol, which is always a factor but almost never mentioned. This is how rich parents deal with their kid's minor experimentation. They throw the big guns at it, which is stupid and doesn't work."

Increasingly these kids have very little to live for. Their future seems unnavigable. As the US slids further and further into into a third world country, the problems will be compounded. This article is telling us that. We are collapsing as a culture and society. 




"Who needs 130K when the tabloids are offering millions. "

THE WOMEN BRAVE ENOUGH  ( and with enough evidence) TO BRING DOWN THE POTUS!


"And now let the tearful confessions begin.

Articles like this one are just more fuel to pour on the #MeToo fire. All women have been raped. All men are serial rapists. Send all the men to be sex rehab, so that they can confess their sins and be forgiven. We must re-indoctrinate the entire male population. At once!"

I'd swear this comment was written by Charelston Heston"! :)

"And now, the gay sexual predators must be punished! Looks like they're a little late on this one."

If I place myself in the shoes of these young gifted musicians, and had a teacher that abused me, I know it would be HUGE problem for me to continue with my carrer. But for some, it is just political and social justice warriors trying to look good.

"Rape-arations! "

I think castration should be the punishment for rape.

"Brave new world.

They just have the grace and ability to change with the times.

No problem with your POV. I respect your right to speak your mind. I would like to add one small post-script.

You said:


If I place myself in the shoes of these young gifted musicians, and had a teacher that abused me, I know it would be HUGE problem for me to continue with my carrer. But for some, it is just political and social justice warriors trying to look good.


I don't have to put myself in their shoes. I was sexually abused as a kid. I never admitted it to a soul until I was in my late 30's. And it took a lot of work to get past it, but I did.

In my opinion, living well is always the best revenge. But I know exactly what it's like, so don't think I have no feelings for those young people who have been molested, raped, seduced, or otherwise sexually taken advantage of.

But....there is a witch hunt going on in our culture. It has the exact characteristics of the Salem witch trials. These hysterical crowd-driven witch hunts do happen, and innocent people get blamed for things they didn't do. A more modern example would be the people who were accused of being Satanists and abusing children in daycare here in the 1980's. People had their lives stolen from them and went to prison, for decades.

All because a bunch of other people hysterically accused them, and the criminal justice system allowed it to happen. It happened right here, not five miles from my house. So I worry about this kind of overzealous mass movement that points the finger at some new "abuser" every day or every week, based only on unproven accusations.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oak_Hill_satanic_ritual_abuse_tria

I'm not condoning rape and/or abuse of any kind. My preferred punishment for people who sexually abuse children would be slow painful torture ending in death.



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Re: 2 of 3 families targeted by package bombs knew each other
« Reply #11785 on: March 13, 2018, 05:21:10 PM »
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Two of the three families targeted by package bombs left on Austin doorsteps knew each other and were connected through local activism in the black community, a civic leader said Tuesday, but it was not clear how they might be tied to a third household where a package bomb also exploded.

Investigators have said the three explosions that killed two people and wounded two others could have been hate crimes since all the victims were black or Hispanic. But they also said they have not ruled out any possible motive.

Dixon Mason, a prominent dentist in east Austin, was grandfather of 19-year-old Draylen Mason, who was killed Monday after carrying a package left at his home into the kitchen and opening it. The elder Mason was friends with Fredie Dixon, stepfather of 39-year-old Anthony House, who died in a similar attack in another part of the city on March 6, said Nelson Linder, president of the Austin chapter of the NAACP.

“I don’t believe in coincidences,” Linder said, explaining that he was concerned by the fact that the families were acquainted.

Still unknown, though, is what connection — if any — the two families had to a third household where another package bomb exploded Monday, injuring a 75-year-old Hispanic woman.

Business records indicate that Dixon was a leader of Austin’s African American Cultural Heritage District, or “Six Square,” which the city defines as 6 square miles of east Austin that was originally created as the Negro District by the Austin City Council in 1928. He also was a longtime pastor at Wesley United Methodist Church, one of the city’s oldest historically black churches.

Dixon was quoted in by the Austin American-Statesman in 2015 lamenting how Austin’s population and prosperity were effectively creating economic segregation by raising the cost of living.

“Austin is quickly becoming a city of the privileged and the non-privileged,” Dixon told the newspaper. “Is that the kind of Austin we want?”

Linder said Austin’s minority community is on edge following the bombings.

“Given the fact these people are people of color, that definitely gets people’s attention,” he said. “And they feel vulnerable, and they should based on the nature of the incidents.”

The FBI and other federal officials continue to assist in the investigation. Austin Police Chief Brian Manley told a news conference Tuesday, “We’re not saying terrorism or hate is in play, but we certainly have to consider that.”

Tina Sherrow, a retired agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said the materials to build such bombs are commonly available at hardware stores or online, and that police have been mum on details because the perpetrators may be watching media coverage.

“I don’t look at it as terrorism, but it’s terrorism of a community for sure,” Sherrow said.

The package explosives were not delivered by the U.S. Postal Service or any private carrier but left overnight on doorsteps. Still, Manley urged Austin residents to call 911 if they receive any unwanted packages that look suspicious. Authorities responded to 250-plus calls about parcels without finding any that were explosives.

Investigators collecting evidence continued to come and go, and yellow police tape still marked off the sites of Monday’s two blasts, which occurred about 5 miles apart.

At the site of the March 2 bombing, there were no police, but the door to the red-brick house where the package exploded was still boarded up.

There was nothing obvious linking the three neighborhoods where the bombs exploded, other than all were east of Interstate 35, which divides the city. The east side has historically been more heavily minority and less wealthy than Austin’s west side, although that has changed as gentrification has raised home prices and rents everywhere.

The attacks occurred amid the South By Southwest music festival, which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to Austin each March. But the blasts happened far from the main events and concert venues.

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I read that this morning. I don't find the race attack theory persuasive, although I'm not surprised those families might jump to that conclusion. I am very sorry for their losses. As I stated earlier, the young man who died yesterday took music lessons from my daughter's husband. The families are prominent black families who attend the same church. But it's a big church, right smack dab in the middle of where this crazy guy has been delivering bombs. It could very well be coincidental, regardless of their acquaintance or their race.

I think the best clue so far is the way the locations where the bombs were placed are lined up geographically, all close to the same major traffic artery. I'd bet $20 the bomber lives somewhere in a spot that isn't too far from that street, or at a minimum, he uses that street to get to the part of town he likes to bomb.

The first bomb was set in a newer middle class neighborhood. I own a house with the same HOA, actually. It is not a heavily black neighborhood. It's new and it's near Samsung, a major employer.

The second bomb was set in a part of East Austin that has become very gentrified in recent years, although it once was a predominantly black neighborhood. It's very mixed now, and I saw the house. Unless the bomber knew the residents, there would be no reason to assume the residents were black. None at all.

The third bomb was set in a once predominantly hispanic neighborhood that has also become gentrified. My son lived a very few blocks from there when he was finishing up his last couple of years of college. That house also was a nice small older bungalow in nice condition. No reason to assume necessarily that hispanics live there now.

All I'm saying is that he could not have used race as a criteria unless he knew the people. The houses wouldn't have told him the race of the occupants. They were just houses, with a lot of similar houses all around, occupied by middle class people of various races, all of whom kept up their yards beautifully. Not the 30 blocks of squalor.
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Re: 2 of 3 families targeted by package bombs knew each other
« Reply #11786 on: March 13, 2018, 05:53:23 PM »
All I'm saying is that he could not have used race as a criteria unless he knew the people. The houses wouldn't have told him the race of the occupants. They were just houses, with a lot of similar houses all around, occupied by middle class people of various races, all of whom kept up their yards beautifully. Not the 30 blocks of squalor.

If he regularly travels the area, he wouldn't need to know them.  He could have just cased the neighborhood and watched for houses where black people went in and out of.

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