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Cat tossers caught red-handed, juvenile charged with cruelty to animals

NEW IBERIA (Humane Society of La) - On Saturday, March 11, at approximately noon, Ms. Rocky Gates, Director of Angel Paws Adoption, was leaving her facility when she noticed a truck pull over to the side of Troy Road. To Ms. Gates' horror, who has been an animal rescuer and investigator for many years, two young men got out of the vehicle and proceeded to throw two kittens into the tall grass by the edge of the road.

After tossing the kittens, the young men got back into their vehicle and sped away, little realizing that Ms. Gates was in hot pursuit. Several miles later, the young men turned into their driveway and walked toward a residence. Before entering the house, Ms. Gates confronted the pair and explained to them that releasing kittens into the wild creates a terrible hardship for the cats, as they try to find food, water and shelter and is a criminal offense.

The young men ignored Ms. Gates comments and proceeded to enter the residence. Later that day, Ms. Gates filed a criminal complaint against the two men and driver of the vehicle was issued a summons by a New Iberia Sheriff's deputy for cruelty to animals.

"I was horrified at what I saw, because as a rescuer and animal lover, I know how domesticated animals suffer in the wild. Fortunately, we were able to return to the field where they were abandoned and rescue one of them. We are leaving food and water for the second one and hope to recapture and rehome it as well," says Ms. Gates. A photo of the rescued kitten, a 12 week old male tabby now named Zahne, is attached.

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http://www.knoe.com/home/headlines/Cat-tossers-caught-red-handed-juvenile-charged-with--cruelty-to-animals--372255021.html?device=phone&c=y

Lockheed Expands Its Munitions Plants for ISIS Fight and Beyond

Lockheed Martin is expanding various munition factories to meet rising demand from the U.S. and its partners fighting the Islamic State — and to start equipping American warplanes for great-power wars at sea.

“We are seeing a lot of international demand for our product set,” Frank St. John, Lockheed’s vice president of tactical missiles, said Tuesday. “That’s causing us to do a lot of work in international partnerships and co-production and we’re very excited about those opportunities.”

In particular, U.S. and allies are burning through their stocks of Lockheed’s Hellfire missile, the signature weapon of Predator and Reaper drones. Helicopters and fixed-wing planes also carry the versatile laser-guided weapon.

“It requires a little bit of investment on our part to expand the factories, but the demand is there and we’re keeping up with it we’re staying ahead of it,” St. John said.

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http://www.defenseone.com/management/2016/03/lockheed-expands-munitions-factories-isis-future/126725/?oref=d-channeltop

Kurds to announce 'democratic federal' system across controlled Syrian territories, Turkey rejects

Source: ABC

Kurdish-controlled areas of northern Syria are expected to declare a federal system imminently, Kurdish officials say, taking matters into their own hands after being excluded from talks in Geneva to resolve Syria's civil war.

The step aims to combine three Kurdish-led autonomous areas of northern Syria into a federal arrangement and will be sure to alarm neighbouring Turkey, which fears a growing Kurdish sway in Syria is fuelling separatism among its own minority Kurds.

A conference held in the Kurdish-controlled town of Rmeilan on Wednesday discussed a "Democratic Federal System for Rojava — Northern Syria", and ended with a decision to make the announcement at a news conference on Thursday.

Rojava is the Kurdish name for northern Syria.


Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-17/syrian-kurds-set-to-announce-federal-system-in-northern-syria/7253064

Days of Revolt: Mr. Fish

In this episode of teleSUR's Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges and political cartoonist Dwayne "Mr. Fish" Booth discuss the use of art to speak truth to systems of power in an age of corporate domination of information - March 15, 2016

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http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=15879

CHRIS HEDGES: Hi, I'm Chris Hedges. Welcome to Days of Revolt.
Today we're going to talk about the nature of the political cartoon, especially in an age of corporate domination of systems of information, a timidity on the part of the left with, to my mind, perhaps the country's greatest political cartoonist, Dwayne Booth, also known as Mr. Fish. Thank you, Dwayne.
DWAYNE BOOTH: Thanks, Chris.
HEDGES: So let's just start with what it is you do, in your own, in your own mind. How you would define what you do.
BOOTH: What do I do. I try to bring humanitarian ideas into the debate about politics. And I think that there is an interesting history when it comes to artists contributing that way to the conversation. If you think of--well, let's just talk about art as a language. What does language, what does art have that, that words don't have, what words don't offer. What they have is, is images that reflect reality to people. It looks like reality. With words, you have to concoct an idea of what reality is. And when you have words and use your intellect, you can also manipulate what that reality looks like to people.
I mean, you can put it this way, too. Words are a device that people use to justify injustice, political wrongdoing. Images don't do that. Images, you can interpret them with words, and you can screw up your comprehension of things. But words look like reality, and they appeal to people's sense of reality, and also humanity, if you use, if you use people in them.
Just as an example, if you want to talk about what looking at--reading about Gaza, reading about what's going on with the Palestinians, versus looking at what Joe Sacco does.
HEDGES: You're talking about Footnotes in Gaza, the masterpiece.

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U.S. Marijuana Industry’s Economic Impact Could Hit $44B by 2020



By Marijuana Business Daily staff

The U.S. cannabis industry will pump up to $44 billion annually into the country’s economy by 2020 if current business and legalization trends continue, according to exclusive data released today in the 2016 Marijuana Business Factbook.


Published by Marijuana Business Daily, the report estimates that the industry’s annual economic impact will soar from $14 billion-$17 billion in 2016 to $24 billion-$44 billion in four years.

The projections reflect marijuana’s march towards the mainstream as it emerges from the shadows to become a respectable, above-board industry that is giving birth to scores of jobs, fostering new business opportunities and creating a broad ripple effect across the country.

“We’re witnessing the emergence of a business that is about to become a massive economic force,” said Chris Walsh, managing editor of Marijuana Business Daily. “These figures, which we deem conservative, show not only how important the industry already is to the U.S economy at large, but also how much more important it is about to become.”

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http://mjbizdaily.com/exclusive-u-s-marijuana-industrys-economic-impact-hit-44b-2020/

Bravery and Defiance

The U.S. Government's Warning to Courts That Jail The Poor

The U.S. Department of Justice has sent a rare open letter to state judges asking them to stop practices that threaten jail time for people who cannot afford to pay fines.

The letter, sent Monday, is signed by Vanita Gupta, the the top prosecutor for the Justice Department, and Lisa Foster, who runs a division focused on helping poor people gain access to legal aid. At issue in the letter is a system in which courts threaten people who haven’t paid their fines––sometimes for traffic tickets, misdemeanors, or civil offenses––with jail time. Such practices, the letter said, makes courts seem as if they’re not concerned with “addressing public safety, but rather toward raising revenue. ” In many cases those practices can be unlawful, the letter said, and in jurisdictions that take federal money, they may also violate the Civil Rights Act when courts “unnecessarily impose disparate harm on the basis of race or national origin.”

The letter listed several practices that may violate a person’s due process, like jailing people because they can’t pay fines; making fines a prerequisite for a judicial hearing; and using bail or bond practices that leave poor people in jail only because they can’t afford to pay for their release.

The letter noted that these policies can force people into debt, land them in jail despite posing no risk to the community, and capture them “in cycles of poverty that can be nearly impossible to escape.”

more

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2016/03/department-of-justice-open-letter/473742/

The U.S. Government's Warning to Courts That Jail The Poor

The U.S. Department of Justice has sent a rare open letter to state judges asking them to stop practices that threaten jail time for people who cannot afford to pay fines.

The letter, sent Monday, is signed by Vanita Gupta, the the top prosecutor for the Justice Department, and Lisa Foster, who runs a division focused on helping poor people gain access to legal aid. At issue in the letter is a system in which courts threaten people who haven’t paid their fines––sometimes for traffic tickets, misdemeanors, or civil offenses––with jail time. Such practices, the letter said, makes courts seem as if they’re not concerned with “addressing public safety, but rather toward raising revenue. ” In many cases those practices can be unlawful, the letter said, and in jurisdictions that take federal money, they may also violate the Civil Rights Act when courts “unnecessarily impose disparate harm on the basis of race or national origin.”

The letter listed several practices that may violate a person’s due process, like jailing people because they can’t pay fines; making fines a prerequisite for a judicial hearing; and using bail or bond practices that leave poor people in jail only because they can’t afford to pay for their release.

The letter noted that these policies can force people into debt, land them in jail despite posing no risk to the community, and capture them “in cycles of poverty that can be nearly impossible to escape.”

more
http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2016/03/department-of-justice-open-letter/473742/
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