Pregnancy And Childbirth In U.S. Prisons: This Is Unacceptable


Excerpts from a google search give an idea of the current situation; I can't even believe how bad it is.   I feel ill.

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/feb/13/mothers-prison-illegal-shackled-while-giving-birth

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/24062-woman-gives-birth-in-solitary-confinement-as-jailers-ignore-cries-for-help

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2409166/

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/feb/13/mothers-prison-illegal-shackled-while-giving-birth

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2015/04/10/3645529/woman-births-son-on-jail-cell-toilet/

http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/23/us/texas-jail-baby-death/

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/27/opinion/sunday/the-outrageous-shackling-of-pregnant-inmates.html?_r=0

http://www.refinery29.com/2015/04/85595/prison-doulas-giving-birth-behind-bars-true-story

http://www.bostonglobe.com/magazine/2014/04/18/taking-shackles-off-pregnant-prisoners/7t7r8yNBcegB8eEy1GqJwN/story.html

http://journalofethics.ama-assn.org/2013/09/pfor2-1309.html
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Abolish Cash? Here's A Solution That Actually Benefits Everyone, Not Just The 1% (VIDEO)




 There seems to be a resurgence of cries from all quarters to abolish cash.  In fact, this is merely the effect of talking points, generated by the inexorable Agenda of the 1%.  Don't be fooled: if you think it is hard to protect privacy now, it is near impossible in a cashless society.  

Oh wait, that was supposed to be...  a good thing?

 
The "Cashless Society" And Total Monetary Surveillance
Lew Rockwell for Market Oracle

The big banks want a cashless society because it is much more profitable for them.
The big banks earn billions of dollars in fees from debit cards and they make absolutely enormous profits from credit cards.
But when people use cash the big banks do not earn anything.
So obviously the big banks and the big credit card companies are big cheerleaders for a cashless society.
Most governments around the world are eager to transition to a cashless society as well for the following reasons....
-Cash is expensive to print, inspect, move, store and guard.
-Counterfeiting is always going to be a problem as long as paper currency exists.
-Cash if favored by criminals because it does not leave a paper trail. Eliminating cash would make it much more difficult for drug dealers, prostitutes and other criminals to do business.
-Most of all, a cashless society would give governments more control. Governments would be able to track virtually all transactions and would also be able to monitor tax compliance much more closely.
When you understand the factors listed above, it becomes easier to understand why the use of cash is increasingly becoming demonized. Governments around the world are increasingly viewing the use of cash in a negative light. In fact, according to the U.S. government paying with cash in some circumstances is now considered to be "suspicious activity" that needs to be reported to the authorities.
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If it is prosperity you want, funneling more money and power to the top is no solution.  It is, in fact, the problem, and is only aided and abetted by the removal of a cash option.

I have a better idea:  tax land.

Here is an eminently watchable documentary that explains in detail the strength of the Land Tax as an alternative to austerity:




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In Hopefully Unnecessary Defense Of Wikipedia


...or, for anyone who thinks there is something scandalous about investing the profit made from pornography -- soft core -- and turning that into -- something as wonderful as Wikipedia:


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Remotely Controlled Robotic Cockroaches For Those Hard-To-Spy-Upon Urban Environments

'Iphone sold separately'
Engineers at a Texas university have developed a system to remote control cockroaches via a miniature computer, surgically wired into their nervous systems.  This concept has made it all the way to the DIY circuit:  Backyard Brains sells a kit to create one's own helpless roach robot with a minimum of un-ignorable animal cruelty (compared to previous versions of the kit).

When asked why the fuck anyone would want to remotely control a roach, the engineers stiffened, stared straight ahead, and in a strangely flat monotone they spoke in unison: "'They could be used for search and rescue missions as they can move about in tiny spaces.'"

When I told my friend Aubrey that last part, she rolled her eyes and said, "Yeah, whatever."


Hong Liang, Professor from Texas A&M University, is featured in RT's SoundCloud spot on the roaches, but it is his colleague Ben Epstein that might have more appropriately taken center stage, as he did in Bloomberg's roach report.

The cockroaches were his idea.

A vice president at OpCoast, a defense contractor in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., he has, for the last few years, been rather into the death’s head cockroach, a two-inch-long, glossy brown branch of the species. He has been conducting experiments on them -- to "create wireless networks" -- of which Joseph Mengele would have been, if not proud, certainly not disapproving. 

Intrestingly, the good people at Bloomberg do not feel the need to treat their Gentle Readers as if they are ignorant, gullible, or naïve. Of course, they do not omit the official 'reason' (more of a talking point or cliché sound bite) required of research and development in an effort to shield shadowy investors from the consequences of unwanted public scrutiny. 

In fact, they provide enough detail to inspire the very blog post you read now (and apologies to my few regular readers, for having been scarce of late):
The goal is to use the insects to communicate with people trapped in collapsed buildings, mines, and other areas rescuers can’t easily reach. The insects might also conduct surveillance.
Ah, I knew it! Hence my added emphasis.

Realize: this is just the beginning. What kind of world are we talking about here? Robot cockraches -- and other Micro-Air-Vehicles -- will be conducting surveillance.  Are.  As well as more active missions.  Compare up-and-coming technology spending between the two, search-and-rescue missions vs. surveillance operations: is it really collapsed buildings driving this line of research?

More to my point, why send in a roach

Is not the 'Internet of Things' likely going to be treasure trove enough? One would think the seemingly endless metadata, streaming with our implied consent (did you read that Terms of Service carefully?) from every little electronic device now taken for granted in our day-to-day lives, would be able to provide more than enough details to make it trivial for supercomputers to reconstruct our every move in real time. (Don't believe this?  Check out "Millions of cars tracked across US in 'massive' real-time DEA spy program:
American Civil Liberties Union warns scanning of license plates by Drug Enforcement Agency is building a repository of all drivers’ movements" at The Guardian.)

Ah, but there you have it. The reach of this ubiquitous surveillance does not extend equally into all parts of society. The average American in the upper and so-called middle classes might be hard put to go for any extended period without the, uh, protection of being monitored or recorded...

But this cockroach isn't being engineered for the average American. I suspect it is intended to be deployed somewhere else. Somewhere where the devices are all obsolete, where the technologies out of date or broken, and, most importantly, where the occasional cockroach is much more likely to conduct its business unnoticed.

Government subsidized public housing, for example.

Consider the video below, to which I have referred previously -- only look at its depiction of the urban theatre not as if it were not Iraq or Afghanistan, but instead Harlem, East Oakland, West Philadelphia, the South Bronx maybe, or South Central L.A....




video

What do you think? Leave a comment, do.

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Sources
http://on.rt.com/rkdbxp
http://www.bloomberg.com/bw/articles/2012-06-28/ben-epsteins-wi-fi-roaches
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2449562/The-app-lets-control-COCKROACH.html

'Ukrainian' Hackers Claim Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Plant Accident Way Worse Than Reported, Allege Top-Level Cover Up, Publish Documents



The Zaporizhia [alkso spelled Zaporizhzhya, Zaporozhya, Zaporizhye, etc.)
 Nuclear Power Station (Ukrainian: Запорізька АЕС) in Enerhodar, Ukraine, is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe and the fifth largest in the world.  
Wikipedia /Wikimedia.
Note Well: 
The below is excerpted from (another) blog for those who value critical thought and the scientific method, 
not for those who skim to repaste sensationalized half truths. 
So good thing all of you know to look before you leap, 
and already have your thinking caps on  --  

There will be updates.  The released files themselves will be a matter for the first update.  There is much corroborating the evidence below, even in addition to Michaël Van Brœkhoven's former research (a mirror of which material is the next thing I will br doing, given how his blog has seemingly been censored ever since, oh, the issues at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power plant began last month.) 


Update#1: The (badly edited) video appended.

Note about the 'hackers,' those releasing these dox. Judging from their video, they are either Anonymous affiliated, or want to be considered as such.  Anonymous makes excellent (if dramatic) videos sometimes; this is not one of them.  The video is very very bad, looks made by someone young and/or new to, if not video editing, certainly the nuclear debate.  

This is no sin, merely makes the video seem sensationalist and bad, like tabloids online and off.  But the dox exist, I have seen them, will be attempting to further verify authenticity, and linking.


All of this in future updates. 

Now, from Michaël Van Brœkhoven's blog, "Not All Alleged Is Apparent…":



"Allegedly Apparent" is the blog of © Michaël Van Broekhoven, offering opinion, reflections and art; as well as providing easy access to radiation monitors, weather and earthquake data. Content range is broad, from physical sciences and current affairs to new age ideas, fiction, and shamanic explorations. — Please do not quote or repost anything without first reading and abiding by the Disclaimer.

....According to a sensationalistically-edited YouTube video, an alleged “Ukrainian hacker”, calling himself “Cyber Riot Novorossiya“, show leaked [hacked] communications strongly suggesting a cover-up of a nuclear accident, far more serious than was reported in mainstream media.  ...
The video that alerted me of these allegations is titled “Truth about Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant accident: correspondence of the plant’s Director General Tishchenko” [= skip to supposed emails:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3P5It2zW8s#t=85] and has been mentioned on the Ulrich Hartmann Blog [in German] and by Doubt Tank / Doubting Steven Blog [English], and probably elsewhere as well.    Screenshot from [95% pathetic editing – imo] video:  
The original SOURCE of this appears to be by people describing themselves as, “We are waging information war on the fascist and puppet government of Ukraine. We intend to make public all their darkest secrets. ...

As per my DISCLAIMER, I cannot vouch for external information sources, ...while I cannot verify their authenticity – I’m struck by the fact that they come rather close to what I have been suspecting:  that an experiment with Westinghouse nuclear fuel rods went terribly wrong at the Zoporizhia NPP and that as a result a radiation cloud was released across Europe, and effectively covered up (except for the few rumors and small articles mentioned already (with quotes and screenshots too)).
If these are truly actual communication that occurred between the chief engineer/director of this nuclear plant and his staff, then they sure were in quite the panic over the (made-up if you believe these messages) “harmless short circuit”…
First a quick who’s-who:
!  The Allegedly Hacked Communications between Vyacheslav Tishchenko and his subordinates… 
I took some screenshots on my visit into these ‘hacked files’ and include their rough Google Translations alongside with them.  So below, I’m sharing Screenshot + Russian copy-paste + the Google-Translated English version.  The English will be poor, but good enough to get the gist.    There’s 3 files:  Nov 28,  Nov 29 & Dec 2 (2014).  You can read through them yourselves by going to the source [link below --ed]
These are excerpts that stood out for me [my emphasis]:
  • Nov 28, 2014 
Russian text:  Блядь, мне какого хрена сразу не сообщили? Ты понимаешь, чем это нам грозит? ?? Сядем все, и ты в том числе! Выезжаю, буду через пол часа
English version according to Google Translator:  Damn, what the fuck I was not informed immediately? Do you understand what it is we are facing? ?? All sit down, and you included! I leave, I’ll be half an hour
In this case the Russian text is about the same as the English version, and mentions, “The window title: Westinghouse – Nuclear | Westinghouse Electric Company> Operating Plants> Replacement Parts> Customer Service Contacts – Yandex
Clipboard: 724-771-2305
A reverse search for that phone number indeed leads to Westinghouse’s Nuclear Replacement Parts Customer Service:
  • Nov 29, 2014
Russian text:  Від Вячеслав Тищенко, Не ной, ты же понимаешь, что у меня никто ничего не спрашивал!   Від Федор Красногоров, Я еще тогда говорил, что это плохо кончится, нужно было провести испытания, там не только с уплотнителями проблема, но еще и с топливом.
English version according to Google Translator:  Od Vyacheslav Tishchenko, not Noah, you know that I have no one to ask! Od Fyodor Krasnogorov, then I have to say that it would end badly, it was necessary to test, there is not only a problem with the seals, but also with the fuel.
Russian text:  Від Вячеслав Тищенко, Федор, как там у вас дела?
Від Федор Красногоров, Дела, Вячеслав Алексеевич, у нас неважные… Уплотнители верхнего блока не справляются с нагрузками, похоже, мы доигрались с этими левыми материалами.
English version according to Google Translator:  Od Vyacheslav Tishchenko, Fedor, how are you doing?   Od Fyodor Krasnogorov, Cases, Vyacheslav A., we unimportant … Sealers upper unit does not handle the load, it looks like we finished badly with these materials left.
  • Dec. 2, 2014
Russian text:    Від Вячеслав Тищенко, Сказано молчать, будем молчать   […]  Від Василий Турбаевский, Вячеслав Алексеевич! Вы понимаете что молчать уже нельзя? Это же катастрофа! Тут на сотню километров вокруг ничего живого не останется!!! Небо, блядь, уже светится!  […]  Від Вячеслав Тищенко, Не наводи панику!  […]  Василий, меня срочно вызвали в Киев, разруливайте без меня
English version according to Google Translator:   Od Vyacheslav Tishchenko, is said to be silent, be silent  […]  Od Basil Turbaevsky, Vyacheslav A.!  You understand that we can not be silent?  This is a disaster!  Here for a hundred miles around there will be nothing alive !!! Sky, damn, already lit! […]  Od Vyacheslav Tishchenko, Do not panic!  […]  Basil, I was urgently summoned to Kiev resolves without me
Russian text:  […]  Від Василий Турбаевский, Что делать с персоналом? Людей надо эвакуировать, радиация зашкаливает!  […]  Від Василий Турбаевский, Да и местных надо предупредить, мы уже начали сбрасывать в водохранилище воду из системы охлаждения. Тут очень скоро будет второй Чернобыль.
English version according to Google Translator:  […]  Od Basil Turbaevsky what to do with the staff? People need to be evacuated, radiation rolls!  […]   Od Basil Turbaevsky, and local should be warned, we have already started to drop in the reservoir water from the cooling system. Then very soon will be the second Chernobyl.
Russian text:  Від Вячеслав Тищенко, нам теперь лучше молчать, иначе поедем на Донбас добровольцами. понял меня?
English version according to Google Translator:   Od Vyacheslav Tishchenko, we are now better to remain silent, otherwise go to the Donbas volunteers. understand me?
Russian text:  Від Вячеслав Тищенко, Дзвінок закінчено, надіслано 2 Декабрь 2014 г. 08:55:39    Від Василий Турбаевский, Вячеслав Алексеевич, у нас утечка!, надіслано 2 Декабрь 2014 г. 08:57:09
English version according to Google Translator:  From Vyacheslav Tishchenko, call finished, to 2 December 2014 8:55:39 h   Vasyl Turbaevskyy, Vyacheslav Alekseevych, We are leaking!, 2 December 2014 8:57:09
Russian text:  Від Вячеслав Тищенко, скажи, короткое замыкание или еще какая-нибудь хуйня
English version according to Google Translator:   Od Vyacheslav Tishchenko, say, a short circuit or even some kind of garbage
Russian text:  Від Вячеслав Стефанский, Вячеслав Алексеевич, как только вы уехали, сюда журналисты приперлись. […]  Від Вячеслав Стефанский, у КПП ошиваются […] Від Вячеслав Стефанский, что им сказать?
English version according to Google Translator:   Od Vyacheslav Stefano, Vyacheslav A. as soon as you left, here journalists cornered. […]   Od Vyacheslav Stefano, at Checkpoint oshivayutsya […]   Od Vyacheslav Stefano what to tell them?

Read more-- (All referenced materials hyperlinked at source):
Ukrainian Hackers Claim Zaporizhia Nuclear Accident Communications, 
mentioning Radiation Leak, warn of “Second Chernobyl” – Не наводи панику

He adds in an update, for contrast, the 'official story:'

According to mainstream news wire, like TASS, the latest (dec 26, 2014) is that, “Ukraine to repair two units of Zaporizhia NPP in February” (unit 2 & 5) and about unit 3: “On December 5, the Zaporizhia NPP finished the repairs at unit 3.” 



NOTE: THIS IS NOT A FULL MIRROR OF QUOTED POST. 
FOR FULL TEXT, PRIMARY SOURCES, AND OTHER SUPPORTING MATERIAL 
LIKE LINKS WHERE YOU CAN 
DOWNLOAD LEAKED DOX,  

And if you can, download everything just in case.


Update #1:

The Video -- 


Not exactly up to Anonymous' usual snuff;
do yourself a favor, start at t=85.


Also uploaded, by these same hackers presumably, to Youtube, by иберОполчение |Новороссия|, translated by Google as Russian for CyberMilitia | Novorossia.

This is their channel page, as in, this is all they have uploaded:



As I do not want to make a hasty judgement, I will confine myself to collecting all the source materials in this case, over the next day or so.










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POLICE LIED:
BROWN WAS KILLED
***148 FEET***
FROM WILSON'S SUV
(NOT 35)



Pretty big difference.  

Here's an excerpt, with the referenced video:


Where the Lie Began

On August 10, 2014, St. Louis County Police Chief John Belmar held his first press conference on the shooting of Mike Brown by Officer Darren Wilson of the nearby Ferguson Police Department. His force had been called in to take over the investigation for the much smaller local department. The shooting had occurred less than 24 hours earlier, and the tensions on the ground in Ferguson were already red hot and boiling over.

Six different witnesses on the scene claimed that Mike Brown was shot at repeatedly from behind before he turned around, faced Darren Wilson, verbally surrendered, and put his hands in the air. Wilson, having already shot at Mike Brown at least six times while he fled, then fired off a barrage of four quick shots at the surrendered Brown he was looking at face to face, killing him on the spot. With his lifeless body face down on the road, Mike Brown’s blood literally flowed down Canfield Drive for more than four hours. The shooting and the aftermath that evening, which included bringing police dogs to the scene, infuriated residents as never before, and the anger was spreading rapidly across St. Louis and into the nation.
When Chief Belmar sat down the next day to brief the press on his summary of the facts, he stated at 1:13 (and then even more emphatically at 6:01) in the video below, "The entire scene, from approximately the car door (of Officer Wilson) to the shooting, is, uh, about 35 feet."
See his video below and pay attention to the statements at 1:13 & 6:01.
At that time, when the chief said the "entire scene" was just 35 feet in distance from the "car door to the shooting," every observer accepted it as a negligible fact and thought little about it, instead zeroing in on why Darren Wilson stopped Mike Brown in the first place and why a police officer would shoot a young man who was surrendering with his hands up.
It turns, out, though, that the distance Mike Brown fled was not 35 feet, as was stated in the press conference and cited in hundreds of articles since. Nor was it 45 feet, or 75 feet, or even 95 feet, but approximately 148 feet away from Darren Wilson’s SUV. Below, you will find photos from the day of the murder, maps, infographics, and more to confirm for you that the distance was more 500 percent farther away than originally claimed by Chief Belmar and subsequently quoted as fact in almost every narrative of the case.

While the initial reporting of this distance from the chief could have been an error, albeit an egregious one, it seems clear now, after over 100 days of requests for the police to clarify this discrepancy have only produced silence, that it wasn’t an oversight, but a deliberate misrepresentation of the facts.

What reason would the chief have for so seriously understating the distance by more than 110 feet? Well, how far Mike Brown fled matters greatly, and the St. Louis County Police Department could have many reasons for purposely understating it. One doubts, though, that they expected to be caught telling this lie. When it was first told, while matters were tense in St. Louis and spreading on social media, nobody had any idea that this case would grip the nation and the world.

Without even using this space to dive into the actual shooting of Mike Brown, it appears that some base level misconduct can be suspected when the St. Louis County Police Department has repeatedly refused to address the discrepancy in distance.

When the police came out the morning after Mike Brown was killed and deliberately included the distance between the SUV and the shooting, it successfully created a very particular narrative. The arc of their initial story, magnified in importance by the absence of even one official report, is that Darren Wilson shot and killed a young man who, in a short distance from the SUV, posed him grave harm. How far Mike Brown actually fled, how far Darren Wilson chased him, and where each of them were in relation to each other and to the SUV, are facts of paramount importance. If Mike Brown fled over 148 feet away from Darren Wilson, it clearly suggests that Brown—unarmed, shot, missing a shoe, in lounge clothes—feared for his life and not the other way around.

Furthermore, police, in many cases, use the distance in which a suspect flees and the distance between them in an encounter as evidence to prove they were reasonably afraid for their safety—which is required by law.

What follows is evidence to the contrary. Mike Brown fled at least 148 feet away from Darren Wilson's SUV. If the police will lie about this fact, what else have they openly lied about? Did they present this false distance to the grand jury?

Read more



Beware lest any try to confound the issue further by saying that this is a somehow ill-chosen battle -- and implying (or stating outright) that common sense, armed with the facts, would find that Wilson's use of undue and lethal force ending the life of Brown without cause, was in some way arguable or justified.
 

Let's not get confused here.  Have a look for yourself.  Many more photos at the above link like the one above.  To add to this excellent analysis, a few more primary documents:


Read more at Document Cloud; above archived via the Internet Archive.

And if there is any difficulty with the links, I have archived the article in several formats (including unbreakable ones) at my new blog for such resources.  I call it "-102" (pronounced "minus one oh two")...


My new effort in the war against the memory hole.

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WIPP: 'HuffPo Comedy OpEd So Stupid Its Dangerous - And Telling





Cat Urine effects on the right;



 Radiation effects, on the left. 



Any Questions?

                      



Problem is, I am so disgusted by this 'comedy' piece that I don't even want to explain.  This is a problem, as I have learned, because it is precisely the people who don't understand it that I would be hoping to reach, were I hoping to do anything useful with this post.

Perhaps it is not.  Perhaps all of you already understand why the following quote, from a recentish op-ed in the Comedy section of the Huffington Post, from one of their "signature lineup of contributors," is a problem:


from "I'm With Stupid," HuffPo (link to Google's cache)

Or perhaps you find it funny, and I am a stick in the mud.  Look at the comparison of the effects of cat urine and of ionizing radiation, above, again.  Am I? They are rather different.  Hard to compare, and not betray one's stunning lack of mirror neurons, but what do I know. 

I doubt such ignorance stems from a well coordinated effort to keep the population in the kind of ignorance that offers the least resistance to the machinations of the rich and powerful. It is, however, true that the barest amount of research provides enough information to create a healthy suspicion; a little experience with how hyperlinks, syntax, and layout signify, and with the meanings commonly signified, and a healthy resistance will be well underway.

Without a well honed critical faculty we are screwed.

One of countless illustrations of this, IMHO, below.  This merely happens to be the latest one:


from "Doctors want ban on thyroid cancer screenings — “A tsunami of thyroid cancer… Stop the diagnosis… We need to actively discourage early detection” — WSJ: Judge rules nuclear reactors causing thyroid cancers — Study: Fukushima-related tumors can spread very fast, must be closely monitored," Energy News.

Or this (uploaded by one samarabob, who uploaded this supposedly rough translation in video form, as well as the original PSA from 2011) :





Well perhaps it is time for a little of my own humour:
A Faustian Orginal Memegenerator meme featuring Dr. Shunichi "Smiling protects from Radiation" Yamashita.


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