Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Protect Yourself from Tick Bites — Borrelia miyamotoi and Powassan Viruses are New Tick-Borne Threats

Photographed at Watchung Reservation,
Union County, New Jersery
Image by James L. Occi
Heavy snow in the Northeast is of particular concern this year. Its been the snowiest ever for Boston, which received 108.6 inches. Snow insulates, so deep snow cover may have provided protection for blacklegged ticks, the deer ticks that are responsible for Lyme disease infections, from freezing. It may mean a greater number of ticks this May, June, and July.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Senator Elbert Guillory Promotes Republicans as What’s Best for Black People

Graphic originally posted on Republican Thinker
and shared by Guilorry on his FB page.
Elbert Guillory is a Louisiana State Senator. He began his political career as a Republican, became a Democrat, and became a Republican again. He received national attention by doing all he can to convince blacks to vote Republican. He claims it’s what’s best for black people.

It’s nonsense, and nothing could be further from the truth.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Dismal Fact Is the United States Hates Its Poor

On February 9, the Center for Effective Public Management at Brookings hosted Senator Sanders, the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, to discuss his economic policy ideas to spur growth and rebuild America’s middle class. ©Paul Morigi Photography

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Reason Why Republicans Reject Peace and Hope Negotiating with Iran Will Fail

From left, Head of Mission of People's Republic of China to the European Union Hailong Wu, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarifat, an unidentified Russian official, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland on April 2, 2015. 
It’s hard to fathom why anyone of good conscious would find the framework agreement reached between Iran, Russia, China, France, Germany, the European Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States, over Iran’s nuclear program and their alleged quest for nuclear weapons, not to be in our best interest and in the best interest of Israel and the Middle East.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Changing Citizen-Police Attitudes in a Police State Requires New Sets of Values and Expectations

The increasing problem with police-citizen interactions is not solved by speaking truth to power but by changing the cultural and social norms that support violence

Boston police facing activists 
during an anti-war demonstration
 at the 2004 Democratic National Convention
by Brian Corr
The Only Truly Compliant, Submissive Citizen in a Police State Is a Dead One, says Rutherford Institute’s John Whitehead. Providing anecdotal evidence of victims of police violence who were compliant and still ended up being injured or killed, Whitehead concludes that being compliant with a police directive doesn’t necessarily mean someone will come out of an interaction with a police officer unscathed.

The solution to the problem, he suggests, is to “adopt a different mindset and follow a different path if we are to alter the outcome of interactions with police.” He says, “... history shows us a different path, one that involves standing up and speaking truth to power.”

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Republican Dominated Government: No Gridlock but Hardship for Everyone Except the Wealthy Class

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) fervently spoke out against the Republican 2016 budget resolutions. His disdain is deep for Republicans who believe the deficit is so bad that it’s necessary to make cuts to Social Security, Medicare, nutrition, education, defund the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), and give tax breaks to billionaires and corporations. Yet when it comes to war deficits, it doesn’t seem to matter. “How hypocritical can you get?”

Monday, March 16, 2015

Forty-Seven Years Later: Remembering My Lai, the Day American’s Slaughtered Five Hundred South Vietnamese, Including Children and Babies

One of many photos taken by United States 
in the aftermath of the My Lai massacre 
showing mostly women and children dead on a road.
On Saturday morning, March 16, 1968, 18-year-old Truong Moi, a fisherman from the hamlet of My Lai in Quang Ngai Province, South Vietnam, went out to check the fishnets he had set in a nearby river. Troung was a member of a community of about 700 people, including the hamlet of My Khe. They lived in thatch-roofed huts and redbrick homes in the village of Son My, located on Vietnam’s South Central Coast. My Lai and My Khe were quiet and peaceful hamlets, for the most part untouched by the war. 

Friday, March 6, 2015

Chicago Police Department’s Homan Square Torture Accusations Set a Dangerous Precedent

Homan Square, once a warehouse on Chicago’s west side, is a Chicago Police Special Operations detention and interrogation center. The center is accused of abusing prisoners, holding them for hours without any official record of their detention, and preventing them from their legal right to be represented by an attorney. The center has been likened to a CIA black site, according to The Guardian.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Here We Go Again: LAPD Kill a Homeless Man

A bystander’s video of Los Angeles police officers killing a homeless man, known as Africa, should make everyone’s blood boil. But I’m sure, unfortunately, it will not. Some will support police no matter what. But I will not. It’s murder no matter what way you slice it.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

American Values Slump, Even by Engaging in Criminality like NSA’s Theft of Encryption Keys

The Great Sim Heist, an Intercept article by Jeremy Scahill and Josh Begley, reveals the extent to which the National Security Agency (NSA) will go to acquire cell phone records. Secret documents provided to the Intercept by whistleblower Edward Snowden detail how NSA and the British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) hacked Gemalto, the largest maker of SIM cards, and stole the encryption keys used to protect the privacy of mobile communications.

It’s just one more example of where the United States has failed to live up to its values.