The Retarded States of America

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Post Mortem: The Story So Far
http://www.propublica.org/article/post- ... ory-so-far


In TV crime dramas and detective novels, every suspicious death is investigated by a highly trained medical professional, equipped with sophisticated 21st century technology.

The reality in America's morgues is quite different. ProPublica, in collaboration with PBS "Frontline" and NPR, took an in-depth look at the nation's 2,300 coroner and medical examiner offices and found a deeply dysfunctional system that quite literally buries its mistakes. We discovered cases in which blunders by doctors have put innocent people in prison cells, allowed the guilty to go free and left some cases so muddled that prosecutors could do nothing.

We surveyed almost 70 of the largest coroner and medical examiner systems in the country and learned that more than one in five physicians working in the country's busiest morgues are not board certified in forensic pathology, the branch of medicine focused on the mechanics of death. Experts say such certification ensures that doctors who do autopsies have at least basic skills.

The National Academy of Sciences has raised questions about the professionalism of the country's death investigation system, releasing a 2009 report describing the shortcomings of coroner and medical examiner offices, from inadequate resources to poor scientific training to substandard facilities and technology. The academy called for the creation of uniform federal standards for death investigation, recommending that certification in forensic pathology be mandatory for doctors. Their report also recommended replacing elected coroners with medical examiners.

ProPublica, with our partners, also took a close look at the special challenges posed by unexpected deaths of babies and toddlers. Our reporting showed that medical examiner and coroner offices have repeatedly mishandled those cases, helping put innocent people behind bars. We analyzed nearly two dozen cases in the U.S. and Canada in which people have been accused of killing children based on flawed or biased work by forensic pathologists, and then later cleared.
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VS helpt alleen landen die opkomen voor homo's
Obama zet strijd tegen homofobie internationaal door

http://www.joop.nl/wereld/detail/artike ... oor_homos/

Amerika voert de druk op ontwikkelingslanden op die niets doen om discriminatie en criminalisatie van homoseksuelen en transseksuelen tegen te gaan. Wie nog hulpdollars wil ontvangen zal moeten bewijzen iets te doen tegen homofobie. Dat maakte minister Hillary Clinton (Buitenlandse Zaken) dinsdag bekend tijdens een toespraak in Genève.

De strijd tegen homofobie is één van de speerpunten van president Obama. Amerikaanse ambassades zullen regeringen stimuleren te vechten tegen de criminalisatie van homoseksuelen en transseksuelen, zo is te lezen in het rapport. Ook homoseksuele asielzoekers in de VS zullen voortaan beter beschermd worden.

Joe Solmonese, de president van de Human Rights Campain vindt dat de regering van Obama een 'gigantisch verschil' maakt met dit nieuwe beleid. "Zijn leiderschap en nieuwe strategie zal nu ook in de rest van de wereld voor hen strijden", zei hij in een verklaring.

Volkskrant: VS pakt homofobie aan: Ontwikkelingshulp afhankelijk van homorechten
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Remains of 274 Troops Reportedly Dumped in Virginia Landfill
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The Pentagon on Thursday pledged "utmost care" for the remains of fallen soldiers following a report that the remains of at least 274 troops were dumped in a Virginia landfill.

The report, in The Washington Post, revealed that the Air Force used the landfill far more frequently than had previously been acknowledged. The practice was ended three years ago.

"The secretary is aware of this media report and remains committed to the utmost care for our fallen heroes and their families," George Little, spokesman for Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, said in a statement.

Little added that Panetta supports "the current practice of placing subsequently identified remains at sea, which has been the policy of the department since 2008."

According to the Post, incinerated partial remains were dumped at a King George County landfill in Virginia. They were cremated between 2004 and 2008.

The report was based on database information at the Dover Air Base mortuary, where the remains of most war dead return. The revelations came after a four-year inquiry by the widow of Sgt. Scott Smith, who was killed in July 2006 as part of a bomb-disposal unit. She kept asking about where his remains were placed and eventually got the answer.

The families of the dead authorized the military to dispose of the remains respectfully and with dignity. They were unaware of the landfill dumping, and Air Force officials told the newspaper they have no plans now to alert the families.

Military policy or regulations did not formally authorize the practice. The mortuary has handled the remains of more than 6,300 troops since 2001.

Fox News' Jennifer Griffin and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Number of dead U.S. soldiers' remains dumped in landfill sites is revealed by Army... and it's much higher than expected

274 soldiers' remains were thrown in Virginia dump site
Total comprised 976 'body fragments', says mortuary records

By Gavin Allen

Last updated at 2:24 PM on 8th December 2011
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... ds-newsxml


The number of dead U.S. soldiers whose remains were dumped in landfill has been revealed and it is much higher than the military originally admitted.

The Army had initially said it was unable to tell how many of the soldiers' bodies, repatriated from Iraq and Afghanistan, had been part of the process that has been a national scandal for America.

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But it has now been revealed that the remains of at least 274 troops - comprising 976 body fragments - that could not be identified or were later recovered from the battlefield were incinerated and sent to a landfill site in Virginia, operated by Waste Management Inc.

The families of the dead had authorized the military to dispose of the remains respectfully and with dignity.

However, the relatives were completely unaware that the remains were being dumped in landfill while the landfill site was not informed what was being thrown away. The Dover mortuary changed its policy to burying the parts at sea in June 2008.

The figures come from a report based on information from a database at the mortuary, where the remains of most war dead return.

According to The Washington Post, Air Force officials claim they don't know when the practice began but that its first record of such a procedure was on February 23, 2004.

The secretive practice which ran for five years, between 2003 and 2008, when the remains of some 6,300 dead soldiers passed through Dover Air Base mortuary.

The scandal is the latest to hit the military base which receives all America's war dead and prepares them for burial.

It was earlier revealed that body parts belonging to deceased soldiers were lost or sawed off without the family’s permission.

A damning report found that an arm bone belonging to a dead marine was hacked off without asking his parents by staff at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

An ankle and some soft tissue went unaccounted for due to ‘gross mismanagement’ and may have been mixed in with the remains of other soldiers.

Whistleblowers also claimed that the fetal remains of dependents of military personnel were shipped from Germany back to the U.S. in cardboard boxes that had already been used.

The scandal at Dover Air Force base began after complaints by three whistleblowers - civilians who worked as embalmers or technicians - who sparked an 18-month investigation by the Air Force Inspector General.

A separate probe was carried out by the Office of Special Counsel, an independent federal investigative agency which looks into claims by whistleblowers.

Among the most egregious instances was when the family of one marine asked to see his dead body one more time - and staff at Dover had hacked his arm bone off.

The heat from a bomb attack in Afghanistan had caused the soldier’s arm to fuse at 90 degrees to his body so he was unable to fit into his uniform or his casket.

But instead of speaking to his family to see what was for the best, staff went ahead and trimmed it anyway.

The investigation found the two body parts that went missing were a piece of an ankle belonging to a soldier killed by a bomb in Afghanistan in April 2009.

The investigation found two body parts went missing entirely, including a piece of an ankle belonging to a soldier killed by a bomb in Afghainstan and a small piece of flesh belonging to an airman who died in plane crash in Afghanistan

The second was a small piece of flesh belonging to an airman who died in plane crash in Afghanistan in July 2009.

The investigation did not discover what happened to them - but raised the possibility they fell out of the plastic bags where they were being stored in the morgue refrigerator and got mixed in with the remains of others.

The whistleblowers also drew attention to shipping of fetal remains belonging to relatives of military personnel back to the U.S.

Instead of being transported in the more dignified aluminium cases they were shipped in re-used cardboard boxes.

In a statement accompanying her report Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner said the findings were ‘deeply troubling’.

She said: ‘The mortuary for the United States military should boast the best conditions and best practices of any mortuary.’

The report added that there was a ‘pattern of the Air Force’s failure to acknowledge culpability for wrongdoing relating to the treatment of remains of service members and their dependents.

The Dover scandal comes months after it was revealed Arlington National Cemetery had 211 graves either mislabelled or containing the wrong person's remains

There were also cases of remains being moved without families' consent or graves left empty when they should have remains in them.

The cemetery is considered sacred ground and has been the final resting place of the nation's veterans since 1864.

More than 300,000 servicemen and women are now buried there.

General Norton Schwartz, the chief of staff of the Air Force, apologised for the mistakes made at Dover.

He said: 'We understand the obligation of this work, the sanctity of this work, the need for reverence, the need for dignity and respect of our fallen, just as if these were our sons and daughters'.

An Army and FBI probe is still investigating the outrage at the nation’s most hallowed military graveyard.

Bodies fill the fields I see, hungry heroes end
No one to play soldier now, no one to pretend
Running blind through killing fields, bred to kill them all
Victim of what said should be
A servant `til I fall

Soldier boy, made of clay
Now an empty shell
Twenty one, only son
but he served us well
Bred to kill, not to care
Do just as we say
Finished here, Greeting Death
He's yours to take away

Back to the front
You will do what I say, when I say
Back to the front
You will die when I say, you must die
Back to the front
You coward
You servant
You blindman


Barking of machinegun fire, does nothing to me now
Sounding of the clock that ticks, get used to it somehow
More a man, more stripes you wear, glory seeker trends
Bodies fill the fields I see
The slaughter never ends



{Why, Am I dying?
Kill, have no fear
Lie, live off lying
Hell, Hell is here}

I was born for dying

Life planned out before my birth, nothing could I say
had no chance to see myself, molded day by day
Looking back I realize, nothing have I done
left to die with only friend
Alone I clench my gun
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Republikeinen boos over kerstkaart van de Obama's
donderdag 22 december 2011
Door: Monique Smits
http://www.welingelichtekringen.nl/1718 ... ama-s.html


Op de officiële kerstkaart van het Witte Huis komt het woord 'Christmas' niet voor. Ook een kerstboom ontbreekt. Wel staat Bo de hond van de Obama's er op. En daar zijn een aantal conservatieve uithangborden hoogst verontwaardigd over.
De propagandazender van de Republikeinen Fox News Radio bracht er zelfs een bericht over uit:

The official White House holiday card makes no mention of the word ‘Christmas’ and instead focused on Bo the First Dog based on the wishes of the First Family.

“From our family to yours, may your holidays shine with the light of the season,” read the inside of the card, featuring the presidential seal.

The front of the card features Bo the First Dog lounging by a fireplace. Holiday greenery is draped over the fireplace mantle. Holiday presents are placed on a table underneath a poinsettia – instead of a Christmas tree.

En Sarah Palin vroeg zich af waarom de hond in het middelpunt staat en niet tradities als of traditions "familie, geloof en vertrouwen".

Ze heeft blijkbaar nooit de kerstkaart van 2002 van 'born-again Christian' George W. Bush gezien. Daarop was geen herder, wijze uit het Oosten of stal te bekennen. Maar wel een piano.

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Of die van Ronald Reagan...

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Doodgereden Japanner aangeklaagd
Datum december 30th, 2011
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http://www.moetenwenietwillen.nl/2011/1 ... ngeklaagd/

Only in America. Land of the home and the free. Of supersized hamburgers and supersized people. And of the enorme aanklaagcultuur natuurlijk. Zelfs doodgaan is daar geen garantie dat je niet aangeklaagd wordt. Dat ondervond (of ondervindt – hoe vervoeg je eigenlijk bij mensen die dood zijn?) de tot voor kort nog levende Hiroyuki Joho. De onfortuinlijke 18-jarige Japanner liep in 2008 in Chicago tijdens een stortbui onder een Amtrak-trein toen hij een andere trein wilde halen. Dat is op zich al pech genoeg, maar de knal was zo hard dat zijn uit elkaar gerukte lichaamsdelen 30 meter verderop tegen de 58-jarige Gayane Zokhrabov aanknalden waardoor ze een gebroken been én een gebroken pols opliep.

Hoe Final Destination is dat? Anywaytjes, de multi-onderdelenjapanner wordt nu door Gayane aangeklaagd vanwege het toebrengen van letsel. Dood en wel. Een eerste claim werd door de rechter verworpen met het argument dat Joho de verwondingen van de vrouw niet had kunnen voorzien toen hij per ongeluk doodgereden werd, maar in hoger beroep is bepaald dat de vrouw de treinkopper mag aanklagen.
‘Ja, als je met 70 mph aangereden wordt kun je er donder op zeggen dat je lichaam alle kanten opvliegt’, aldus de jury. Eigen schuld, dikke bult dus.Ook als je helemaal niet van plan was om aangereden te worden.

Gayane Zokhrabov kan nu dus een claim indienen en aanspraak maken op de nalatenschap Joho de vliegjap. Had hij zijn lichaamsdelen maar beter moeten richten toen hij aan gort gereden werd. Dat de nalatenschap van een japanner van 18 waarschijnlijk bestaat uit een Itunes account met pokemonmuziekjes en 3 usb-sticks vol met mangaporn doet niet ter zake. Joho heeft geen poot om op te staan. Had hij maar na moeten denken toen hij willens en wetens zijn risico nam en iemand bezeerde. Dat hij daarbij doodstierf is irrelevant.
Man man man. Wat een debiel land.
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ma 02 jan 2012, 01:56

Obama ondertekent controversiële wet op detentie onbepaalde duur

De Amerikaanse president Barack Obama heeft zaterdag het 662 miljard dollar (509 miljard euro) hoge militaire VS-budget voor het jaar 2012 ondertekend. Die bevat een controversiële appendix, die het Amerikaanse militaire apparaat onbeperkt het recht geeft om over de gehele wereld mensen die verdacht worden van terrorisme of het steunen ervan voor onbepaalde duur vast te zetten zonder enige vorm van proces. Niet toevallig werd de wet, waartegen Obama zich zelf geruime tijd heeft verzet, ondertekend op een nieuwsluw moment: Oudejaarsavond.
De National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) bevat een controversiële appendix, de Indefinite Detention Bill, die het Amerikaanse militaire apparaat onbeperkt het recht geeft om over de gehele wereld mensen die verdacht worden van terrorisme of het steunen ervan voor onbepaalde duur vast te zetten zonder enige vorm van proces.

Aan de ondertekening voegde Obama een zogenaamd ’signing statement’ toe, een soort presidentiële bedenking waarin hij zijn 'ernstig voorbehoud' bij de door burger- en mensenrechtenorganisaties gelaakte wet maakt. 'Ik onderteken de wet hoewel ik ernstige bedenkingen heb bij bepaalde provisies zoals de arrestatie, het verhoor en strafrechterlijke vervolging van veronderstelde terroristen', schrijft Obama.

Critici hebben de Indefinite Detention-wet al bestempeld als nog veel gevaarlijker voor de burgervrijheden dan de destijds gecontesteerde, maar nog steeds van kracht zijnde Patriot Act-wetgeving van Obama’s voorganger George Bush.

Bron :http://www.nieuwsblad.be/article/detail ... 111231_083
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[quote=""koewacht" post=49220"]Obama ondertekent controversiële wet op detentie onbepaalde duur

De Amerikaanse president Barack Obama heeft zaterdag het 662 miljard dollar (509 miljard euro) hoge militaire VS-budget voor het jaar 2012 ondertekend. Die bevat een controversiële appendix, die het Amerikaanse militaire apparaat onbeperkt het recht geeft om over de gehele wereld mensen die verdacht worden van terrorisme of het steunen ervan voor onbepaalde duur vast te zetten zonder enige vorm van proces. Niet toevallig werd de wet, waartegen Obama zich zelf geruime tijd heeft verzet, ondertekend op een nieuwsluw moment: Oudejaarsavond.
De National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) bevat een controversiële appendix, de Indefinite Detention Bill, die het Amerikaanse militaire apparaat onbeperkt het recht geeft om over de gehele wereld mensen die verdacht worden van terrorisme of het steunen ervan voor onbepaalde duur vast te zetten zonder enige vorm van proces.

Aan de ondertekening voegde Obama een zogenaamd ’signing statement’ toe, een soort presidentiële bedenking waarin hij zijn 'ernstig voorbehoud' bij de door burger- en mensenrechtenorganisaties gelaakte wet maakt. 'Ik onderteken de wet hoewel ik ernstige bedenkingen heb bij bepaalde provisies zoals de arrestatie, het verhoor en strafrechterlijke vervolging van veronderstelde terroristen', schrijft Obama.

Critici hebben de Indefinite Detention-wet al bestempeld als nog veel gevaarlijker voor de burgervrijheden dan de destijds gecontesteerde, maar nog steeds van kracht zijnde Patriot Act-wetgeving van Obama’s voorganger George Bush.

Bron :http://www.nieuwsblad.be/article/detail ... 111231_083[/quote]

Kom op jongen & meiden! Dan gaan we vanaf nu massaal ons zéér verdacht gedragen!
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:( IK heb er stukken uit geknipt en plakt want het is nogal lang (triest) verhaal. geheel is te lezen : http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/ja ... ce-schools

The US schools with their own police

More and more US schools have police patrolling the corridors. Pupils are being arrested for throwing paper planes and failing to pick up crumbs from the canteen floor. Why is the state criminalising normal childhood behaviour?


" Each day, hundreds of schoolchildren appear before courts in Texas charged with offences such as swearing, misbehaving on the school bus or getting in to a punch-up in the playground. Children have been arrested for possessing cigarettes, wearing "inappropriate" clothes and being late for school.

In 2010, the police gave close to 300,000 "Class C misdemeanour" tickets to children as young as six in Texas for offences in and out of school, which result in fines, community service and even prison time. What was once handled with a telling-off by the teacher or a call to parents can now result in arrest and a record that may cost a young person a place in college or a job years later.

"We've taken childhood behaviour and made it criminal," said Kady Simpkins, a lawyer who represented Sarah Bustamantes. "They're kids. Disruption of class? Every time I look at this law I think: good lord, I never would have made it in school in the US. I grew up in Australia and it's just rowdy there. I don't know how these kids do it, how they go to school every day without breaking these laws."

The US schools with their own police

More and more US schools have police patrolling the corridors. Pupils are being arrested for throwing paper planes and failing to pick up crumbs from the canteen floor. Why is the state criminalising normal childhood behaviour?

Male police officers supervise and keep an eye on students in South Texas high school
A policeman on the beat in a school in southern Texas. Photograph: Bob Daemmrich/Alamy

The charge on the police docket was "disrupting class". But that's not how 12-year-old Sarah Bustamantes saw her arrest for spraying two bursts of perfume on her neck in class because other children were bullying her with taunts of "you smell".

"I'm weird. Other kids don't like me," said Sarah, who has been diagnosed with attention-deficit and bipolar disorders and who is conscious of being overweight. "They were saying a lot of rude things to me. Just picking on me. So I sprayed myself with perfume. Then they said: 'Put that away, that's the most terrible smell I've ever smelled.' Then the teacher called the police."

The policeman didn't have far to come. He patrols the corridors of Sarah's school, Fulmore Middle in Austin, Texas. Like hundreds of schools in the state, and across large parts of the rest of the US, Fulmore Middle has its own police force with officers in uniform who carry guns to keep order in the canteens, playgrounds and lessons. Sarah was taken from class, charged with a criminal misdemeanour and ordered to appear in court.

Each day, hundreds of schoolchildren appear before courts in Texas charged with offences such as swearing, misbehaving on the school bus or getting in to a punch-up in the playground. Children have been arrested for possessing cigarettes, wearing "inappropriate" clothes and being late for school.

In 2010, the police gave close to 300,000 "Class C misdemeanour" tickets to children as young as six in Texas for offences in and out of school, which result in fines, community service and even prison time. What was once handled with a telling-off by the teacher or a call to parents can now result in arrest and a record that may cost a young person a place in college or a job years later.

"We've taken childhood behaviour and made it criminal," said Kady Simpkins, a lawyer who represented Sarah Bustamantes. "They're kids. Disruption of class? Every time I look at this law I think: good lord, I never would have made it in school in the US. I grew up in Australia and it's just rowdy there. I don't know how these kids do it, how they go to school every day without breaking these laws."

The British government is studying the American experience in dealing with gangs, unruly young people and juvenile justice in the wake of the riots in England. The UK's justice minister, Crispin Blunt, visited Texas last September to study juvenile courts and prisons, youth gangs and police outreach in schools, among other things. But his trip came at a time when Texas is reassessing its own reaction to fears of feral youth that critics say has created a "school-to-prison pipeline". The Texas supreme court chief justice, Wallace Jefferson, has warned that "charging kids with criminal offences for low-level behavioural issues" is helping to drive many of them to a life in jail.

The Texas state legislature last year changed the law to stop the issuing of tickets to 10- and 11-year-olds over classroom behaviour. (In the state, the age of criminal responsibility is 10.) But a broader bill to end the practice entirely – championed by a state senator, John Whitmire, who called the system "ridiculous" – failed to pass and cannot be considered again for another two years.

Even the federal government has waded in, with the US attorney general, Eric Holder, saying of criminal citations being used to maintain discipline in schools: "That is something that clearly has to stop."

As almost every parent of a child drawn in to the legal labyrinth by school policing observes, it wasn't this way when they were young.

The emphasis on law and order in the classroom parallels more than two decades of rapid expansion of all areas of policing in Texas in response to misplaced fears across the US in the 1980s of a looming crime wave stoked by the crack epidemic, alarmist academic studies and the media.

"It's very much tied in with some of the hyperbole around the rise in juvenile crime rate that took place back in the early 90s," said Deborah Fowler, deputy director of Texas Appleseed, an Austin legal rights group, and principal author of a 200-page study of the consequences of policing in Texas schools. "They ushered in tough, punitive policies. It was all part of the tough-on-crime movement."

Part of that included the passing of laws that made the US the only developed country to lock up children as young as 13 for life without the possibility of parole, often as accomplices to murders committed by an adult.

As the hand of law and order grew heavier across Texas, its grip also tightened on schools. The number of school districts in the state with police departments has risen more than 20-fold over the past two decades.

"Zero tolerance started out as a term that was used in combating drug trafficking and it became a term that is now used widely when you're referring to some very punitive school discipline measures. Those two policy worlds became conflated with each other," said Fowler.

In the midst of that drive came the 1999 Columbine high school massacre, in which two students in Colorado shot dead 12 other pupils and a teacher before killing themselves. Parents clamoured for someone to protect their children and police in schools seemed to many to be the answer.

But most schools do not face any serious threat of violence and police officers patrolling the corridors and canteens are largely confronted with little more than boisterous or disrespectful childhood behaviour.

"What we see often is a real overreaction to behaviour that others would generally think of as just childish misbehaviour rather than law breaking," said Fowler. Tickets are most frequently issued by school police for "disruption of class", which can mean causing problems during lessons but is also defined as disruptive behaviour within 500ft (150 metres) of school property such as shouting, which is classified as "making an unreasonable noise".

Among the more extreme cases documented by Appleseed is of a teacher who had a pupil arrested after the child responded to a question as to where a word could be found in a text by saying: "In your culo (arse)", making the other children laugh. Another pupil was arrested for throwing paper aeroplanes.

Students are also regularly fined for "disorderly behaviour", which includes playground scraps not serious enough to warrant an assault charge or for swearing or an offensive gesture. One teenage student was arrested and sent to court in Houston after he and his girlfriend poured milk on each other after they broke up. Nearly one third of tickets involve drugs or alcohol. Although a relatively high number of tickets – up to 20% in some school districts – involve charges over the use of weapons, mostly the weapons used were fists.

The very young are not spared. According to Appleseed, Texas records show more than 1,000 tickets were issued to primary schoolchildren over the past six years (although these have no legal force at that age). Appleseed said that "several districts ticketed a six-year-old at least once in the last five years".

Fines run up to $500. For poorer parents, the cost can be crippling. Some parents and students ignore the financial penalty, but that can have consequences years down the road. Schoolchildren with outstanding fines are regularly jailed in an adult prison for non-payment once they turn 17. Stumping up the fine is not an end to the offending student's problems either. A class-C misdemeanour is a criminal offence.

"Once you pay it, that's a guilty plea and that's on your record," said Simpkins. "In the US we have these astronomical college and university expenses and you go to fill out the application to get your federal aid for that and it says have you ever been arrested. And there you are, no aid."

According to the department's records, officers used force in schools more than 400 times in the five years to 2008, including incidents in which pepper spray was fired to break up a food fight in a canteen and guns were drawn on lippy students.

In recent months the questionable use of force has included the tasering of a 16-year-old boy at a high school in Seguin, Texas, after "he refused to cooperate" when asked why he wasn't wearing his school identification tag. He then used "abusive language". The police said that when an officer tried to arrest the boy, he attempted to bite the policeman. The youth was charged with resisting arrest and criminal trespass even though the school acknowledges he is a student and was legitimately on the grounds.
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Bij de daily show is het verkiezingsspel dagelijks in het nieuws. Als dit het niveau van de volgende president gaat worden :(

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-f ... y-already-

Hoe de media de boel even aanpast :whistle:

I Can't Believe It Got Better! Episode #17065 America's economic recovery is good news, unless you work for a media organization whose job it is to make sure Barack Obama doesn't get re-elected. (05:23

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-f ... ot-better-
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http://www.thedailyshow.com/full-episod ... asse-tyson

Bij het bovenstaande filmpje vanaf 5:18 verteld Rick Santorum dat Obama een snob is omdat hij de bevolking vraagt om wat onderwijs te nemen, je ziet dan even later dat stemvee erg hard klappen voor de republikeinse toekomst "hoe hou ik iemand dom?". :ohmy:
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http://www.colbertnation.com/full-episo ... -eisenbrey

In het bovenstaande filmpje rond 12:42 van The Colbert Report een toekomstige nog jeugdige politieke sloper die verklaart: dat hij tegen een wet gestemd heeft die er voor zorgt dat werknemers recht hebben op 30 minuten etenstijd per dag, en waarom stemt hij tegen die wet " omdat iedereen zich al houd aan die wet is die wet helemaal niet nodig" zeg maar een variant op de VVD retoriek dat er teveel wetten zijn vooral die werknemers beschermen tegen onwillige werkgevers.
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OMG omdat iedereen zich al houdt aan die wet stemt hij tegen die wet omdat die helemaal niet nodig is .....

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Het hele internet willen 'ze' afsluiten voor een paar filpjes maar :wodan:


Laptop met bedieningscodes ISS gestolen
Laatste update: 1 maart 2012 14:53
http://www.nu.nl/internet/2753501/lapto ... tolen.html


AMSTERDAM - Een laptop van de NASA met de bedieningscodes van het International Space Station (ISS) is in maart 2011 gestolen.

Dat staat in een rapport van NASA-inspecteur Paul K. Martin over digitale beveiliging.

In de periode tussen april 2009 en april 2011 zijn 48 systemen gestolen of verloren gegaan. In 2010 en 2011 waren er 5.408 beveiligingsincidenten gerapporteerd.

Het onderzoek laat zien dat het met de beveiliging bij NASA slecht gesteld is. Slechts 1 procent van de draagbare systemen en laptops zijn versleuteld. NASA krijgt veel virus- en hackaanvallen te verduren op netwerken die volgens Martin "informatie bevatten die criminelen willen hebben".

Het ISS is een internationaal ruimtestation. Een van de huidige ISS-bemanningsleden is André Kuipers.
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Richard Cebul, Opperrechter in Montana, VS heeft een e-mail doorgestuurd waarin gesuggereerd wordt dat de moeder van Obama het met een hond deed.

Richard Cebull, Montana Federal Judge, Apologizes To Obama For Racist Email

Richard Cebull, Montana's chief federal judge, apologized to Obama after admitting he forwarded an email comparing African-Americans to dogs and implying that President Barack Obama's mother had sex with animals.

"I sincerely and profusely apologize to you and your family for the email I forwarded," said Cebull's apology letter, which was dated March 1. "I accept full responsibility; I have no one to blame but myself."

Cebull said he requested that the Judicial Council of the Ninth Circuit review the situation.

"Honestly, I don't know what else I can do," Cebull wrote.

Cebull admitted to sending the email on Wednesday. In an interview with the Great Falls Tribune -- the publication that obtained the email -- Cebull agreed the email was racist, but said he personally was not.

Cebull said he did not send the email because it was racist, but because it was 'anti-Obama.'

Read Cebull's full letter to Obama below:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/0 ... 17131.html
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