Showing posts from April 11, 2015

Teaching citizens how to shoot better video when they witness brutality

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["Video that captures violent abuse by police or a government can send shockwaves through a society, but even if it goes viral, it may not stand up in a courtroom as evidence. Hari Sreenivasan reports on how one organization is training citizens around the world to shoot better video when they witness crime, while protecting themselves from becoming targets." *RON*]

PBS New Hour, 10 April 2015

Anti-vaxx mom abandons movement — after all seven her of her kids get whooping cough

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[Then again, see this video, Anti-Vaccine Mom Would Rather Lose Baby Than Vaccinate. *RON*]
Tom Boggioni, Raw Story, 10 April 2015

Writing on The ScentificParent blog, a chagrined Canadian mom announced that she is leaving the anti-vaxx movement after all of her seven children — four of them completely unvaccinated — have come down with whooping cough.

Writing from quarantine, and surrounded by sick kids, Tara Hills wrote she is “emotionally, a bit raw. Mentally a bit taxed. Physically I’m fine,” before admitting that not only are her own kids sick, but they may have exposed her five-month-old niece who is too young to be fully vaccinated.

What began with a cold brought into her home by her brother-in-law, turned into coughing by her kids leading to full-blown whooping cough in all seven children.

“My youngest three children were coughing so hard they would gag or vomit. I’d never seen anything like this before,” she wrote. ” Watching our youngest …

QE may not have been worth the costs

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[Growth remains weak despite zero rates and asset purchases. Further proof, if it is needed, that QE has nothing to do with improving the lives of the citizenry of the nations involved: "The report calculates that US savers alone have lost $470bn in interest rate income — and that is net of lower debt costs. Central bank policies involve 'a whole host of unintended consequences; asset price bubbles, an impaired credit intermediation process and increasing economic inequality are just a few,' the report warns. *RON*]

Henny Sender, Financial Times, 10 April 2015

One of the odd things about unconventional monetary policies is the absence of a vigorous debate about the costs of these experiments, whether in the US, in Japan or now in Europe.
Instead, almost all the chatter revolves around the timing and market consequences of possible exits. Indeed, it is almost as if these initiatives had little downside, at least so far. Even when the l…

Argentine court orders arrest of Justin Bieber

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[Canada's John Dillinger - and high time, too! :-D Justin Bieber will be arrested if he ever sets foot in Argentina, following an alleged fracas outside a Buenos Aires nightclub in 2013. *RON*]

By Reuters, 10 Apr 2015

An Argentine judge has ordered the arrest of pop star Justin Bieber if he sets foot in the country, after the Canadian singer failed to face questions about an alleged assault at a Buenos Aires nightclub in 2013.

A local photographer, Diego Pesoa, accused Bieber and one of his bodyguards of lashing out at him when he tried to take a picture of the star as he left the club in the capital's trendy Palermo Hollywood neighborhood.

Entertainment website FarandulaShow posted a copy of the court ruling ordering Bieber be detained on its web page.

Soledad Nieto, court secretary and a co-signatory of the order paper, confirmed the document was authentic.

Fraternal Order of Police: Community, police need to work together

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[Don't listen to the "professional race agitators"?! Read the comments to the original article; they will make your skin crawl. *RON*]
ABC 4 News, Charleston, Carolina, 10 April 2015

Special Section: The killing of Walter Scott

HANAHAN, S.C. (WCIV) -- The president of the Tri-County Fraternal Order of Police on Friday condemned the fatal shooting of Walter Scott at the hands of a North Charleston police officer but asked the community to work with the officers still responding to calls.

John Blackmon said the community and police can move forward after the shooting by listening to one another.

"We don't want the officers to feel like the community is going to turn on them," Blackmon said. "We want the community and the law enforcement officer to work together to protect our community because the officer can't do it alone and the community can't do it alone."

In a press release Thursday, the group sai…

Harper at fault? English Bay oil crisis took 3 years to build

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[It's time for a change. Closing the Kitsilano Coast Guard station in 2013 - and the communications network it was part of - set the course towards disaster. Now it's finally happened. See also Fed's Oil Spill Response Blasted By B.C. Premier, Vancouver Mayor. And, unbelievably, see also Coast Guard calls spill response 'amazing success'. *RON*]

Warren Bell, Vancouver Observer, 10 April 2015

It takes years to create a crisis.

It takes careful planning, thoughtful analysis and dogged persistence. It takes having a clear vision of the future, and how you want to see that future unfold.

It also takes the ability to bravely tune out unnecessary and extraneous factors – elements in the world that get in the way of pursuing your goal.

Stephen Harper and his government have shown that they have the capacity to create a crisis as well as anyone else in the world.

When, at 5 PM on Wednesday, April 8, the grain ship Marathassa accidenta…