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Saturday, 20 September 2014

California boy gets detention for sharing his school-prepared lunch with another student -

California boy gets detention for sharing his school-prepared lunch with another student - 

A 13-year-old California boy was reportedly placed in detention for sharing a school-prepared lunch with another student.

Kyle Bradford, a student at Weaverville Elementary School in Weaverville, Calif., was disciplined after sharing his chicken burrito with a friend who didn't like the cheese sandwich he was given by the cafeteria, KRCR-TV reported.

"It seemed like he couldn't get a normal lunch so I just wanted to give mine to him because I wasn't really that hungry and it was just going to go in the garbage if I didn't eat it," Bradford told the website.

The Trinity Alps Unified School District, however, has rules that prohibit students from sharing food -- claiming that students can have allergies their classmates may not be aware of, according to the website.

The policies set by the district say that students can have allergies that another student may not be aware of.

"We have a policy that prohibits students from exchanging meals. Of course if students are concerned about other students not having enough to eat we would definitely want to consider that, but because of safety and liability we cannot allow students to actually exchange meals," Tom Barnett, the Superintendent of the Trinity Alps Unified School District, told the website.


45 Facts That Show How Far America Has Fallen In This Generation -

45 Facts That Show How Far America Has Fallen In This Generation - 

What has happened to America?  Please show these numbers to anyone that does not believe that the United States is in decline.  It is time for all of us to humble ourselves and face the reality of what has happened to our once great nation.  For those of us that love America, it is heartbreaking to watch the foundations of our society rot and decay in thousands of different ways.  The following are 45 facts that show how far America has fallen in this generation, but the truth is that this list could have been far, far longer…

#1 According to a survey that was just conducted, only 36 percent of all Americans can name the three branches of government.

#2 Only 25 percent of all Americans know how long U.S. Senators are elected for (6 years), and only 20 percent of all Americans know how many U.S. senators there are.

#3 Even if you include same-sex couples in the numbers, the marriage rate in the United States is at a 93 year low.

#4 For the first time ever, single Americans make up more than half the U.S. population.

#5 31.1 percent of American young adults in the 18 to 34-year-old age bracket are currently living with their parents.

#6 One out of every ten teen girls in America engages in “self-harm”.  Cutting and burning are the most common forms that this “self-harm” takes.

#7 One survey found that 85 percent of all young men in America and almost half of all young women in America watch porn at least once a month.

#8 A different survey discovered that 64 percent of American men of all ages view pornography at least once per month.

#9 The Internet can be used for great good, but it can also be used for great evil.  It is being reported that 83 percent of U.S. boys and 57 percent of U.S. girls have been exposed to group sex while on the Internet.

#10 One survey discovered that 25 percent of all employees that have Internet access in the United States visit sex websites while they are at work.

#11 There is an epidemic of porn watching among federal employees.  For example, one Treasury Department worker said that he viewed 13,000 pornographic images within the span of six weeks because he did “not have enough work to do“.

#12 An astounding 30 percent of all Internet traffic now goes to adult websites.

#13 Right now, 30 million Americans are on antidepressants.

#14 Americans account for about five percent of the global population, but we buy more than 50 percent of the pharmaceutical drugs.

#15 Americans consume a whopping 80 percent of all prescription painkillers.

#16 According to a study conducted by the Mayo Clinic, nearly 70 percent of all Americans are on at least one prescription drug, and 20 percent of all Americans are on at least five prescription drugs.

#17 Approximately 60 million Americans have a problem with alcohol addiction.

#18 Heroin traffic in New York City is at a 20 year high.

#19 Of all the major industrialized nations, America is the most obese.  Mexico is #2.

#20 Back in 1962, only 13 percent of all Americans were obese, but it is being projected that 42 percent of all Americans could be obese by the year 2030.

#21 70 percent of Americans do not “feel engaged or inspired at their jobs”.

#22 40 percent of all workers in the United States actually make less than what a full-time minimum wage worker made back in 1968 after you account for inflation.

#23 Small business ownership in the United States is at the lowest level that has ever been recorded.

#24 It is hard to believe, but 56 percent of all Americans now have “subprime credit”.

#25 The United States has the most lawyers per capita in the entire world.

#26 The United States has the highest incarceration rate and the largest total prison population in the entire world by a wide margin.

#27 While Barack Obama has been in the White House, the U.S. national debt has grown by more than 7 trillion dollars.

#28 During the Obama years, sexual assaults in the U.S. military have soared to an all-time high, and most of the assaults have been male on male.

#29 According to one absolutely shocking study, 22 military veterans kill themselves in the United States every single day.

#30 The top Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives is Nancy Pelosi.  The top Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives is John Boehner.  More often than not, they seem to be working together.  Is this really the best that America can do?

#31 There are more than 3 million reports of child abuse in the United States every single year.

#32 At this point, approximately one out of every three children in the United States lives in a home without a father.

#33 18 percent of all women in the United States say that they have been raped at some point in their lives.

#34 According to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately two-thirds of all Americans in the 15 to 24-year-old age bracket have engaged in oral sex.

#35 Approximately one-third of the entire population of the United States (110 million people) currently has a sexually transmitted disease according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

#36 Every single year, there are 20 million new STD cases in America.

#37 America has the highest STD infection rate in the entire industrialized world.

#38 Americans in the 15 to 24-year-old age group account for about 50 percent of all new STD cases each year.

#39 It costs our nation approximately 16 billion dollars a year to treat our sexually transmitted diseases.

#40 According to one survey, 24 percent of all U.S. teens that have STDs say that they still have unprotected sex.

#41 In the United States today, more than half of all couples “move in together” before they get married.

#42 For couples that have children that are just “living together”, two-thirds of them split up by the time they have a child turn 10 years of age.

#43 For women under the age of 30 in the United States, more than half of all babies are being born out of wedlock.

#44 It is estimated that one out of every four girls will be sexually abused before they become adults.

#45 Suicide has now actually surpassed car accidents as the number one cause of “injury death” in the United States.


Was Scottish Vote Rigging Caught On Tape? -

Was Scottish Vote Rigging Caught On Tape? - 

Given the pre-vote polls and 300 years of historical resentment, many were somewhat surprised at the overwhelming "No" vote in last night's Scottish Independence referendum. While we now know that the vote broke very cleanly between old ("no") and young ("yes") Scots, the following clip suggests the possibility that more was afoot than that. As the commentator blasts, "Busted! Absolutely busted!" You decide...

As Martin Armstrong rages, Is anything real anymore...

I have communicated directly with some Scots. I spoke to an 18 year segment to get a perspective of the youth. They used the word that they wanted a “REVOLUTION” and feel very betrayed by what they called the over “65″ crowd. This is what our model has been warning about and why this is important. Unfunded liabilities are around the global as populations enter the retirement age of the baby-boomers worldwide – post-World War II surge in births. The birth rate and marriage rate has been declining, efforts are building around the globe to encourage women to have children. In Britain, the NHS is funding a sperm bank for lesbians.Just for starters, Germany, Japan, Russia, and Taiwan are paying women to have children and the list keeps going. Why? What happened to over population? The older generation is dying off and the social programs are gauging the younger generation causing taxation to rise and the youth cannot find work.


David Cameron basically said reading between the lines – the younger generation lost and their fate is now settled “for a generation.” This degree of arrogance is not going to be helpful. Governments will not reform and that brings us only to the bring of our right civil unrest that will rip the systems apart. No one in charge will address the long-term. They are only concerned about one vote at a time.

Now the recriminations. There is a rising tide among the YES camp that view the Scottish vote was rigged. There are videos and photographs emerging calling the votes rigged. There is special focus on Dundee where photos are circulating on Twitter and Facebook demonstrating the rigging of the election. The polling stations also accused were directly in Edinburgh. This will be like Bush stealing the election in the USA and it will linger causing tremendous resentment in Britain. The whole of Europe needed the Scottish NO vote. Since Brussels rigged the Italian elections, we cannot rule out their involvement behind the scenes yet in Scotland. This has led to so many in Scotland feeling they have been cheated and reduced to second class slaves of London and Brussels.


Luckiest cyclist in Russia - his guardian angel saved him -

Friday, 19 September 2014

Tiny Implants Could Give Humans Self-Healing Powers... -

Tiny Implants Could Give Humans Self-Healing Powers... - 

Wolverine, Ghost Rider, the Incredible Hulk — all of these characters have at least one awesome trait in common: the ability to heal themselves. And now, the Pentagon wants to give ordinary people this superhuman capability.

A new military-sponsored program aims to develop a tiny device that can be implanted in the body, where it will use electrical impulses to monitor the body's organs, healing these crucial parts when they become infected or injured.

Known as Electrical Prescriptions, or ElectRx, the program could reduce dependence on pharmaceutical drugs and offer a new way to treat illnesses, according to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the branch of the U.S. Department of Defense responsible for developing the program.

"The technology DARPA plans to develop through the ElectRx program could fundamentally change the manner in which doctors diagnose, monitor and treat injury and illness," Doug Weber, program manager for DARPA's biological technologies office, said in a statement.

The implant that DARPA hopes to develop is something akin to a tiny, intelligent pacemaker, Weber said. The device would be implanted into the body, where it would continually assess a person's condition and provide any necessary stimulus to the nerves to help maintain healthy organ function, he added.

The idea for the technology is based on a biological process known as neuromodulation, in which the peripheral nervous system (the nerves that connect every other part of the body to the brain and spinal cord) monitors the status of internal organs and regulate the body's responses to infection and disease. When a person is sick or injured, this natural process can sometimes be thrown off, according to DARPA. Instead of making a person feel better, neuromodulation can actually exacerbate a condition, causing pain, inflammation and a weakened immune system.

But with the help of an electrically charged implant, DARPA says it can keep neuromodulation under control. Electric impulses from the device will stimulate the nerve patterns that help the body heal itself and keep the out-of-whack nerve stimulus patterns that cause a sick person even greater harm from doing damage.

DARPA hopes to develop a device so tinythat it can be implanted using only a needle. Such a small implant would be a huge improvement over similar neuromodulation devices already in use today, most of which are about the size of a deck of cards and require invasive surgery to implant, according to DARPA.

And the miniature size of the device has another advantage: It can be placed exactly where it is needed at nerve endings. An implant as small as a nerve fiber could minimize the side effects caused by implants whose electric impulses aren't sent directly into nerve channels, DARPA officials said.

The device could help treat a host of painful, inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic inflammatory response syndrome (a condition that causes inflammation throughout the body) and inflammatory bowel disease. And if the ElectRx program is a success, it could also lead to the development of implants that help treat brain and mental-health disorders, such as epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression, according to DARPA.


Super-rich rush to buy 'Italian Job' style gold bars - up 243% so far this year -

Super-rich rush to buy 'Italian Job' style gold bars - up 243% so far this year - 

The super-rich are looking to protect their wealth through buying record numbers of "Italian job" style gold bars, according to bullion experts.
The number of 12.5kg gold bars being bought by wealthy customers has increased 243pc so far this year, when compared to the same period last year, said Rob Halliday-Stein founder of BullionByPost.
"These gold bars are usually stored in the vaults of central banks and are the same ones you see in the film 'The Italian Job'," added David Cousins, bullion executive from London based ATS Bullion.

The bars which are made from pure gold and are worth more than £300,000 each at today's prices of $1,223 (£760) an ounce.

The sales of 1kg gold bars, worth about £25,000 each, has doubled during the three months ended August, when compared to the same period last year, according to ATS Bullion sales figures.
Sales of the more popular gold coins such as the quarter ounce sovereign and one ounce Krugerrand have also doubled this year, according to figures from BullionByPost.
Mr Halliday-Stein said that while most customers arrange for secure storage of the larger bars in secret vaults operated by Brinks, some customers have taken physical delivery of the 12.5kg bars. The small coins can also be sent in the post.

As the independence vote takes place, Scottish investment in physical gold has surged by 42pc in the past fortnight – on top of the traditional rise in gold demand at this time of the year.
The figure, which comes from Bullionvault.com, the world's biggest online platform for private investors who want to trade physical gold and silver, suggests that anxious Scotland-based investors are turning to gold as a means of insuring against the uncertainties posed by a Yes vote in Thursday's referendum.

Bullionvault analysed customer data over the year, stripping out those of 50,000 customers who lived in the UK and then dividing this group further into postcodes north and south of the border.
It then averaged the proportion of transactions typically undertaken by Scotland-based traders out of the whole of the UK over the past year. That figure was then compared to the proportion of Scottish transactions undertaken in the first half of September.


Prince Harry sweeps a 5-year-old off her feet -

Prince Harry sweeps a 5-year-old off her feet - 

It's not always easy being five. You have to hold someone's hand before you cross the street, you can't reach the cookie jar on the counter and if you're in a crowd you certainly can't see over the heads of adults.

Five-year-old Isabelle Nixon was suffering from a serious case of being too small when her view of the stage was blocked by grown-ups at the Invictus Games.

Lucky for her a certain royal was nearby to lend a helping hand. None other than Prince Harry scooped up a crying Isabelle and put her on his shoulders to get a better view. His Royal Highness proceeded to hang out and dance to the Foo Fighters who were performing -- with Isabelle hoisted up.

Regarding the incident, Kensington Palace released a statement saying:

'Prince Harry was keen to enjoy the closing concert and celebrate the Games with the competitors. The little girl's father was the captain of the wheelchair basketball team, who Prince Harry met on several occasions throughout the course of the Games.'

'He recognized her from earlier in the day and saw she was getting upset because she couldn't see the band,' Isabelle's father Adam Nixon told The Daily Mail. 'He approached us and smiled at me and just literally picked her up and just started to dance so she could see the stage.'

Isabelle doesn't seem to be intimidated by her brush with royalty. Her mom Taryn says her daughter is telling people she's now a princess and got to dance with her Uncle Harry.


SNAP: Bat-wielding woman in her underwear storms an elementary school... -

SNAP: Bat-wielding woman in her underwear storms an elementary school... - 

Parents of Westside Elementary School in Memphis are demanding answers after a scantily clad woman wielding a baseball bat made her way into the school cafeteria.

“For one thing, how did she even get into the building without being noticed?” one parent asked WMC Action News 5.

A Shelby County Schools spokeswoman told the news site “all exterior doors are designed to lock automatically when pulled shut, however, it appears someone who used the door accidentally failed to shut it completely.”

Clesie Lawton, 23, was charged with criminal trespass and jailed on a $100 bond after she entered the school in her bra and underwear with a baseball bat in hand and began screaming and acting frantically. Others in the neighborhood, who recorded the woman’s frantic behavior, told police Lawton broke out the window of a nearby house before heading to the school, according to media reports.

“I’ve been seeing her around here, you know, but didn’t think she’d do something like that,” neighbor Monprel Franklin said.

School officials managed to remove the woman and from the cafeteria shortly before more than 100 students filed in for lunch, then trapped her in an office until police arrived, Fox reports. 

 “According to the incident report, ‘officers opened the door and the female tried to get away. The female was yelling and acting out. She was nervous and squirming all over the place,’” Action News 5 reports.

Lawton allegedly told police she had issues with diabetes. She was also wanted on a warrant from nearby Millington. Parents of students at the elementary school said they were unimpressed with how the school handled the situation, according to media reports.

“The school didn’t notify any parents,” Toni Fink said. “No way, form or fashion.”

“I understand they had it all under control,” she said. “But I still wanted to know.”

Several commenters online expressed dismay that Lawton’s bond was set so low, and criticized the school’s lax security.

“$100 bond??? She’s running around in her underwear with a BASEBALL BAT and enters a school in a threatening manner, and the bond is $100???” Sheila Clifton posted to Facebook.

“That was my first thought as well,” Amanda Acosta chimed in.

Karen Baldwin asked “Why didn’t the school go on lockdown and keep the kids in class instead of bringing them into the cafeteria where the junkie was?”

“And why was a door unlocked to the school for anyone to gain access?” she continued.


Thursday, 18 September 2014

Man holds up convenience store with banana... -

Man holds up convenience store with banana... - 

 Police in Philadelphia say a man used a banana he swiped from a convenience store counter to simulate a gun while he robbed the place.

Police on Wednesday posted surveillance video (http://bit.ly/1thASUL ) of the holdup reported in the East Parkside neighborhood.

The footage shows a man entering the corner grocery store on Tuesday. He waits in line and then takes a banana from the counter by the cash register.

The suspect then sticks the banana in a front pocket of his sweatshirt and points it toward the cashier.

Police say the man demanded money and cigarettes, and made off with an undetermined amount of cash. The video shows him riding off on a bicycle.


10 things to know about Scotland’s vote for independence -

10 things to know about Scotland’s vote for independence - 

The campaigns for and against Scottish independence are racing to attract voters before an emotional national referendum Thursday, which most polls indicate is too close to call.

What will happen if Scotland decides to leave the United Kingdom and reestablish itself as a sovereign nation? Here are 10 possibilities:

1. Will Queen Elizabeth II lose her crown in Scotland?

No. The Scottish nationalist camp has said the queen will continue to reign in Scotland. However, many supporters of independence favor a republic form of government and might move someday to eliminate the monarchy.

2. What will happen to Britain’s nuclear submarines, which are based in Scotland?

Unclear. The four Trident submarines, based at Faslane near Glasgow, eventually will have to leave, say Scottish government leaders, who want a nuclear-free country. British defense officials have said that’s what’s left of the United Kingdom – England, Wales, and Northern Ireland – might have to ask the United States to provide a base.

3. Will the British pound continue to be the currency in Scotland?

Up in the air. Scottish nationalists want to use the pound, but financial officials in London are warning that this won’t work. The Scots say they might use the pound anyway, without London’s OK, similar to Panama’s use of the US dollar.

4. What about the border?

Polls suggest the outcome will be close.
There are no plans for a new Hadrian’s Wall between the two countries. The border, by most accounts, will continue to be open but any differences over immigration could complicate an agreement.

5. What happens to the North Sea oil revenues?

This is a big and lucrative question going forward. An independent Scotland conceivably could be entitled to 90 percent of future oil revenues, but the division of riches is certain to be subjected to intense, hard-headed negotiations between Edinburgh and London.

6. What would a new United Kingdom look like?

Much smaller. Scotland comprises one-third of the island’s land mass but has only 8 percent of its people. Instead of being comparable in size to New Zealand, the new UK would look more like Tunisia.

7. Would there even be a place called the United Kingdom if Scotland secedes?

Maybe not, and certainly not in the literal sense. The ancient kingdoms of Scotland and England formally united in 1707 to form the country. Without Scotland, there would be only one kingdom left. And the Scottish saltire, the diagonal cross in the Union Jack, presumably would be removed from the flag.

8. Would Scotland still be a part of the European Union and NATO?

Not initially. The new country would need to apply for membership, and acceptance is not a slam-dunk.

9. Who stands to benefit from independence, no questions asked?

Lawyers. Expect at least a decade of tough, nasty, down-in-the-weeds negotiations to untangle the countries in nearly every legal aspect of everyday life.

10. When is the vote?

The polls open nationwide at 7 a.m. Thursday and close at 10 p.m. (2 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Boston time). An astonishing 97 percent of Scotland’s eligible voters, 4.2 million people from 16 years old and up, have registered. The binding result is expected by early Friday morning.

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