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Florida Teen Saves Cop's Life After Being Arrested

January 14, 2015 in Blogs

By David Edwards, Raw Story

Officer Franklin Foulks was processing Jamal Rutledge's arrest when he suddenly collapsed.

A Florida teenager was honored on Tuesday for helping to save the life of a Fort Lauderdale police officer who was processing his arrest for a parole violation.

Video released by the Fort Lauderdale Police Department shows Officer Franklin Foulks processing Jamal Rutledge after he was arrested for criminal mischief and burglary probation violations, according to WTVJ.

When Foulks suddenly collapsed, Rutledge “immediately began to kick the security fence and yell to alert officers in the area,” a statement from the Fort Lauderdale Police Department said.

Sgt. Todd Bunin responded by contacting police dispatch. Officers Robert Norvis and Raymond Ketchmark quickly arrived to assist Bunin. The officers administered CPR and used an Automated External Defibrillator device to attempt to restore Foulks’ heart rhythm.

“Broward Health Medical Staff noted that Rutledge’s actions and the quick response of these officers were largely responsible for Officer Foulks surviving this medical episode,” the statement noted.

Rutledge and the officers were expected to also be honored at the next Fort Lauderdale Commission Meeting on January 21st.

Watch the video below from the Fort Lauderdale Police Department.

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How French Intelligence Missed the Charlie Hebdo Terrorists

January 14, 2015 in Economics

By John Mueller, Mark G. Stewart

John Mueller and Mark G. Stewart

In the wake of the tragic shootings in Paris, French police and intelligence agencies are being asked to explain why known militants—including one who had visited an al-Qaeda affiliate in Yemen several years ago—were not subject to intense surveillance before they launched last week’s terrorist attack at the offices of a French satirical weekly.

The answer is fairly simple, if less than satisfying: it costs a lot of money to do so. A perhaps somewhat high estimate is that the full-scale surveillance of an individual for a year costs some $8 million. The costs of watching even 125 people in that way would add up to $1 billion—a sum that is one-third of the entire FBI counterterrorism budget.

French police believe that, among prisoners alone, 200 would “merit attention” and 95 would be “dangerous” once released.

Terrorism’s very high cost combined with its very low probability make stopping terrorists as difficult as finding a needle in a haystack.”

Nor is malpractice evident in the fact that the surveillance of some terrorist suspects is relaxed over time. Very often, would-be terrorists lose their enthusiasm for the enterprise. As terrorism specialist and journalist John Horgan has pointed out, walking away from terrorism is a common phenomenon. It is not that they necessarily abandon their radical views, but that they abandon violence as a means of expressing them.

Policing agencies must therefore pick and choose carefully. At any one time there could easily be thousands of plausible candidates for scrutiny, and many of them may well seem to be more threatening those who actually committed terrorist mayhem in Paris.

Under the influence of what might be called “the 9/11 Commission Syndrome,” in which all terrorism leads are supposed to be followed up on, government agencies chase more than 5,000 “threats” in the United States every day. The vast majority of this activity leads, of course, to nothing, and the massive enterprise is often called “ghostchasing” in the FBI, an agency that may have pursued well over 10 million leads since 2001.

The enterprise leads to only a very small number of productive investigations—there are only 100 or so arrests on terrorism charges in the United States each year, and most of these are of would-be terrorists who are either trivial or at most aspirational. However, in addition, there will be a considerable number—thousands or even tens of thousands—who …read more

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Why Men Fake Orgasms

January 14, 2015 in Blogs

By Nichi Hodgson, The Guardian

We assume that men are simple sexual machines, but the truth is more complicated.

Faking it, according to our hackneyed sexual folklore, is what men do on the streets and women do in the sheets. But if you’ve ever had sex as a man or with one, chances are you’ve found out that’s not entirely true. In a 2010 University of Kansas study, 25% of men surveyed were found to have faked an orgasm. On average, that means men are more likely to fake an orgasm than inflate their height on a dating site (22% according to a Cornell/WM study) or inflate their salaries in an online dating profile (most add 20%, according to OkCupid’s own stats analysis).

So what are the reasons that men give for pulling a Meg Ryan? According to the Kansas study, the primary reason men fake orgasm is actually to avoid upsetting the person with whom they are having sex when it turns out they can’t orgasm at all. Men give several reasons for why they can’t, when they can’t (which are similar to what women say when surveyed): exhaustion, stress, alcohol or other drug consumption. Throw performance anxiety and erectile dysfunction into the mix and a man’s inability to orgasm has far more to do with them than it does with you.

We presume that men are simpler sexual machines than women, and that it’s more straightforward to tell if men are faking it because we – and many men – conflate orgasm and ejaculation. That may explain why 66% of men think their partners can tell that they’re on the make-believe-heave, while only 25% of women believe their partners know they fake it, according to Hugo Mialon’s 2010 survey, The Economics of Faking Ecstasy.

And yet it turns out there are some pretty creative ways that a man can faux-gasm. According to Richard Herring’s 2002 book, Talking Cock, they include secretly spitting on your partner while doing it doggy-style and whipping off a dry condom before your partner had a chance to inspect its salubrious contents. …read more


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Father and Son in Arkansas Turned Away from Gun Range for Maybe, Possibly looking Muslim

January 14, 2015 in Blogs

By Jen Hayden, Daily Kos

The son was born in the US.

A Hot Springs, Arkansas gun range declared last fall that they would be a Muslim-free zone:

Pointing to various acts of violence carried out by Muslims – the recent beheading in Oklahoma, the Boston Marathon bombing, and the World Trade Center attacks in 2001 – the owner of the Gun Cave Indoor Firing Range in Hot Springs, Arkansas, announced this week that she was making the facility a “Muslim Free Zone.”

In a statement on her website, owner Jan Morgan said:

“This is not a coffee and donut shop. This is a live fire indoor shooting range,” she wrote. “In the range, people are shooting guns in close proximity to each other, so my patrons depend on me and my discretion regarding who I allow to shoot beside them. One mistake in judgment on my part could cost innocent people their lives.”

How does one determine who is Muslim and who isn't? One father and son duo in Arkansas found out this week:

“My dad and I used to go to this gun range,” said the young man, who asked not to be identified by name, “but we haven’t had as much of a chance to go in recent years since I've been at college. It's changed ownership recently.”

“When we went in, a woman asked, ‘Where are you guys from?’ We told her we were from Hot Springs. She said, “this is a Muslim free shooting range,” so if we are [Muslim] and if we don’t like the rule, then leave. We said that we’re not Muslim, but my dad asked, ‘Why is it Muslim free?’ and they started having a conversation. Then, all of a sudden, I don’t know what went wrong, but she stopped us from filling out the paperwork and said ‘I don’t think you guys should be here.’ She told us to leave or she’d call the cops on us.”

Although the young man didn't want to be identified, he went on to say:

“We’re brown; I don’t know if she assumed we were Muslim,” he continued. “When she first asked us, she said, …read more


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'NY Times' Columnist Laments the Woes of Rich Kids

January 14, 2015 in Blogs

By Daily Kos Staff, Daily Kos

In another column, Ron Lieber tells readers how to avoid living near black people.

Are you sick and tired of the poors getting all the attention and sympathy? Are you afraid that you might end up living near scary, thuggish brown people? Then don't miss New York Times columnist Ron Lieber's work!

Let's start with the travails of those woe-begotten rich people and their kids, using the murder case of Thomas Gilbert, the 30-year-old trust-fund baby and Princeton grad who murdered his father when his father cut his allowance.

Twitter responded as Twitter does. He was a “trust fund kid.” The “most spoiled brat.” The whole affair was “morbidly disgusting.”

But at the same time, parents all over my own social media feeds and in out-loud discussions throughout the week were having a more searching conversation.

So uncouth Twitter was making fun of the situation, but his rich fuck friends were like, “woah, that's just like us!”

Before you roll your eyes and mime the playing of violins, let us dispense with the nasty term “rich people problems.” The well-off are human, too, and if some of their children are hurting, it’s indecent to mock or ignore them.

Ha ha ha, no it's not. Fuck you. When your 30-year-old ivy-league grad is living off mommy and daddy and getting an allowance, that's perfectly mockable, no matter how much that asshole moocher and his idiot-enabling parents are “hurting.” Ignoring them would be too kind.

Using a variety of data that included families with median household incomes of about $150,000, she found that the adolescents in higher-income families had higher rates of substance abuse of all kinds than those in lower-income ones.  

Yeah, more substance abuse. Because they have more money to buy drugs. And oh, by the way, how many of these rich fuck, substance-abusing rich kids go to jail? How many of their poor peers go to jail? Let's compare that stat, why don't we?

The more affluent suburban youth stole from their parents more often than city youth with less money …

Because those affluent suburban families have money. You can't steal what you don't have.

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Last Days in Vietnam Receives Academy Award® Nomination

January 14, 2015 in History

January 14, 2015 1:21 p.m.

American Experience announced today that its production Last Days in Vietnam, directed and produced by Rory Kennedy, has been nominated for the Academy Award

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Students Learning How They Learn and How They Don't

January 14, 2015 in Economics

By Nat Hentoff

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At Pittsfield Middle High School in southeastern New Hampshire, the students are individually and actively involved in their own learning. This enlivening approach to education, which I’ve been advocating for years, is beginning in an evolving number of schools around the country.

Here, Emily Richmond of the Hechinger Report, an education news site, writes, “student-led discussions, small-group work and individual projects dominate” (“Putting students in charge to close the achievement gap,” Emily Richmond, The Hechinger Report, Oct. 24, 2014).

As Noah Manteau, a senior at Pittsfield, tells Richmond: “There used to be a lot more of teachers talking at you — it didn’t matter if you were ready to move on. When the teacher was done with the topic that was it. This is so much better.”

Richmond adds: “Educators, researchers and policymakers at the state and national level are keeping close tabs on Pittsfield, which has become an incubator for a critical experiment in school reform. The goal: a stronger connection between academic learning and the kind of real-world experience that advocates say can translate into postsecondary success.”

This kind of goal could turn future generations of Americans into more knowledgeable participants of what our nation began as: a self-governing republic whose Bill of Rights guaranteed each American individual constitutional liberties.

For years, educational reformers have too often just glibly emphasized “critical thinking” as a key goal of education. But students who are mainly talked at by teachers and then graded by collective standardized tests don’t get to do much critical thinking in school.

By contrast, here is some of Richmond’s report of a class she observed:

“In an 11th-grade English class … Jenny Wellington’s students were gathered in a circle debating Henry David Thoreau’s positions on personal responsibility.”

One student asked: “Do you think Thoreau really was about ‘every man for himself’?”

To this, another student responded: “He lived alone in the woods and didn’t want to pay taxes. So yeah!”

“Sitting off to the side,” writes Richmond, “Wellington took rapid notes. When she noticed the conversation being dominated by a couple of voices, she politely suggested someone else chime in. Otherwise, she stayed out of the way and let the discussion take shape.”

So how, at Pittsfield, are these individual learners being graded?

Richmond answers: “The traditional grading system has been replaced with a matrix of ‘competencies,’ detailing the skills and knowledge students are expected to master in each class.

“Students are graded on a scale of 1 …read more

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How Obamacare Is 'Working'

January 14, 2015 in Economics

By Michael D. Tanner

Michael D. Tanner

No matter how badly you want something to be true, simply wishing will not make it so. This is a lesson that Obamacare supporters need to learn, as they tell us yet again that the Affordable Care Act “is working.”

The latest claims stem in part from evidence that the number of uninsured Americans has been steadily declining. It is true that the most recent poll from Gallup found that the uninsured rate fell to 12.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014, down from 16.3 percent before the ACA passed.

Of course, it would be a mistake to attribute all of that improvement to the ACA. A large portion may be due to falling unemployment as the economy finally emerges from the recession. Since most Americans get their health insurance through their jobs, lower unemployment should naturally reduce the number of uninsured.

Still, the ACA can rightly be credited with some of the gains. If you subsidize something, you should expect to get more of it. And Obamacare heavily subsidizes health insurance.

Increased insurance coverage does not mean increased access to medical care.”

The problem is, that statement uses the term “insurance” very loosely. In actuality, roughly 60 percent of those newly “insured” through Obamacare are actually being enrolled in Medicaid. And Medicaid is hardly the same as real insurance.

While Medicaid costs taxpayers a lot of money, it pays doctors little. As a result, many doctors limit the number of Medicaid patients they serve, or refuse to take them at all.

An analysis published in Health Affairs found that only 69 percent of physicians accept Medicaid patients. Another study, in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that Medicaid recipients were six times more likely to be denied an appointment than people with private insurance. And, according to a third study, when they do get an appointment, they wait an average of 42 days to see a doctor, twice as long as the privately insured.

Just last month HHS’s Office of Inspector General released a report showing how difficult it was for Medicaid patients to gain access to care through Medicaid managed-care programs. IG inspectors posed as Medicaid patients and called designated Medicaid managed-care providers. More than half of listed providers could not be found at the location listed. Others were found but were not participating in the plan, while still others were no longer taking new Medicaid patients. When the investigators were able …read more

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