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DC Starbucks passes the cup for furloughed workers

Spare a thought for the furloughed workers of Washington. Or, you know, a cup of coffee.

Much has been made of the free meals and museum discounts for federal workers left jobless by the government shutdown.


At a @starbucks two blocks from the U.S. Capitol.

http://www.cnbc.com/id/101096613

Salmonella tied to Foster Farms chicken hospitalizes dozens, may be drug-resistant

Source: NBC

Federal food safety workers who monitor dangerous bacteria have been recalled from furlough to track an outbreak of salmonella linked to Foster Farms chicken that has hospitalized a high proportion of victims, including some with hard-to-treat infections.

Nearly 300 people in 18 states have been sickened since about July by an outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg traced to raw chicken from three sites run by the private California poultry producer, said Barbara Reynolds, a spokeswoman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

About 42 percent of patients reporting complete information have been hospitalized, about double the proportion typically expected from a salmonella outbreak, Reynolds said. Of 183 complete cases, 76 patients have been hospitalized. Among those, many infections appear to be resistant to the most common antibiotics used to them, she added.

At least seven different strains of Salmonella Heidelberg have been tied to the outbreak, which led CDC officials on Tuesday to recall 30 staffers, including nine who work for the agency’s PulseNet team, which monitors the electronic fingerprint of dangerous foodborne bugs. They’d been on furlough because of a government shutdown stretching into its second week.

Read more: http://www.nbcnews.com/health/salmonella-tied-foster-farms-chicken-hospitalizes-dozens-may-be-drug-6C11357570#

Profile of a Sociopath

Ok, So This is the latest GOP voter suppression scam

Kris Kobach laying groundwork for two-tier voting system in Kansas
With court action over the state’s proof-of-citizenship voting law looming, Secretary of State Kris Kobach is laying groundwork for a system that would allow some voters to vote in all elections while others could only vote for Congress and presidential tickets.

Rep. Jim Ward, D-Wichita, an opponent of the proof-of-citizenship law, said he received confirmation from the Department of Legislative Research this week that Kobach is moving forward with the plan to limit voters who follow federal registration rules to voting only in federal elections.

Separately, a memo to all the state’s county election officials outlines procedures for identifying and tracking voters who use the federal form and creating a separate category for them in voting databases.

“Many counties probably have had very few federal forms submitted over the years,” said the memo from state Election Director Brad Bryant, dated July 31. “Regardless of the number, beginning now you must track which voter registration applicants in your county have applied using the federal form since January 1, 2013.
http://www.kansas.com/2013/10/04/3038825_kobach-laying-groundwork-for-two.html

Arizona wants citizenship proof to vote in statewide races

Arizona officials will seek to ban residents from voting in statewide races if they can't prove citizenship - a move that critics called vindictive in light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that said the state couldn't require such documentation to cast ballots for federal offices.

The change was announced Monday by Attorney General Tom Horne and Secretary of State Ken Bennett, both Republicans.

"Because Arizona law requires a registration applicant to provide evidence of citizenship, registrants who have not provided sufficient evidence of citizenship should not be permitted to vote in state and local elections," Horne wrote in an opinion that was intended to give guidance on how to conduct the 2014 elections.

The Supreme Court in June struck down part of a 2004 voter-approved state law that required proof of legal U.S. residency to vote in any Arizona elections.

The only federal offices on Arizona ballots next year will be U.S. House seats. If Monday's change isn't overturned through legal action, residents who haven't submitted proof of citizenship won't be able vote for such offices as governor, secretary of state, attorney general and candidates for the state Legislature.

On their ballots, "they would just be getting the offices that they're eligible to cast their ballots for," Bennett spokesman Matt Roberts said.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57606434/arizona-wants-citizenship-proof-to-vote-in-statewide-races/

'Extinct' Pinocchio Lizard Sighted in Northwest Ecuador



After 50 years of believed extinction, the Pinocchio lizard has been confirmed living in the forests of northwest Ecuador.

First discovered in 1953, the lizard was only sighted on a handful of occasions during the next 15 years, according to Destination Ecuador. In 2005, a group of birdwatchers reported one crossing a road and just five years later an expedition led by Jonathan Losos, a herpetologist from Harvard, discovered the lizard.

The most recent search, conducted by ecotourism company Tropical Herping over the course of three years, found the lizard in northwest Ecuador in Mindo.

Named for a long protuberance growing out of its snout, the lizard is adept at camouflaging -- so adept that it remain hidden from human eyes for decades.

For this reason, the most recent team of researchers took to searching at night when the lizard turns a pale, whitish color.

more

http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/4350/20131007/extinct-pinocchio-lizard-sighted-northwest-ecuador-video.htm

Japan's Dolphin Slaughter Town Is Opening a Marine Park...

(NEWSER) – Taiji, the dolphin-slaughtering Japanese town documented in The Cove, has no plans to end its annual dolphin hunt ... but it is opening a super-fun-sounding amusement park, where you can swim with the dolphins and then stop by a food stand and chow down on them. "This is part of Taiji’s long-term plan of making the whole town a park, where you can enjoy watching marine mammals while tasting various marine products," an official explains to AFP. Whale meat will also be on offer.

Taiji, where hunters round up dolphins, sell some to aquariums and marine parks, and kill the rest for meat, has come under quite a bit of scrutiny following the documentary. But the 69-acre marine park, set to open within five years, will help the town to keep the controversial hunt alive by drawing in tourists, the official says. Environmental activists, not surprisingly, are calling the plan exploitative, the Telegraph reports.

http://www.newser.com/story/175473/japans-dolphin-slaughter-town-is-opening-a-marine-park.html

SCOTUS Axes Virginia's Bid to Revive Anti-Sodomy Law

– Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's attempt to revive his state's ban on oral and anal sex has been shot down by the Supreme Court, Raw Story reports. The court—which banned anti-sodomy laws in its 2003 Lawrence v. Texas decision—refused to hear an appeal of a lower court decision that declared Virginia's law unconstitutional. Cuccinelli had argued that the 2003 decision did not apply when minors were involved.

"This case was never about sexual orientation or private acts between consenting adults," a Cuccinelli spokesman tells the AP. Virginia's law "only applied to offenses committed against minors, against non-consenting or incapacitated adults, or in public," he says. An ACLU spokeswoman, however, says that while it is obvious that "sexual acts with children are not constitutionally protected and should be punished," Virginia should "not rely on an out-of-date, overly broad, unconstitutional law to prosecute those very serious crimes." Cuccinelli, who is the Republican nominee for Virginia governor, has also spoken against ObamaCare's contraception mandate.

http://www.newser.com/story/175518/va-loses-bid-to-bring-back-anti-sodomy-law.html

4 boys found in filthy home spoke in grunts, were malnourished and not toilet trained

DENVER - Four children found living in a Denver home full of flies and cat feces were severely malnourished and could only communicate with each other in grunts, according to an arrest affidavit released Monday.

The boys' parents, Wayne Sperling, 66, and Lorinda Bailey, 35, are charged with multiple counts of child abuse.

The investigation began when Bailey took her 2-year-old son to St. Joseph's Children's Hospital to be treated for a cut on his forehead on Sept. 29.

The child was non-verbal, unwashed, and smelled like cigarette smoke, according to the emergency room doctor.

more
http://www.thedenverchannel.com/web/kmgh/news/local-news/4-boys-found-in-filthy-home-spoke-in-grunts-were-malnourished-and-not-toilet-trained-per-affidavit

Family Of Man Who Set Himself On Fire Says Act Wasn't Political

by BILL CHAPPELL
October 08, 2013 9:50 AM

Officials have identified the man who died after setting fire to himself on the National Mall Friday as John Constantino, 64, of Mount Laurel, N.J. After Constantino poured gasoline on his body and ignited it while sitting on the mall Friday afternoon, passersby used their clothing to try to put out the flames. He was eventually airlifted to a hospital, where he died late Friday.

Constantino "had burns so severe that authorities needed to use DNA and dental records to identify him," the AP reports. "District of Columbia police spokesman Paul Metcalf in an emailed statement confirmed his identity."

No messages or signs stating a reason for the shocking act were visible on the mall, according to authorities and witnesses. And in a statement released last night, Constantino's family says that a clear motive may never emerge.

In a statement released through an attorney, the family said of Constantino, "his death was not a political act or statement, but the result of a long battle with mental illness." That's according to The Washington Post. The AP received the same statement, which id not specify what that illness might be; in it, his family called Constantino a "loving father and husband."

more

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/10/08/230405023/family-of-man-who-set-himself-on-fire-says-act-wasnt-political

Arizona to have two-track voting system

By Mary Jo Pitzl
The Republic | azcentral.com
Mon Oct 7, 2013 10:10 PM
Arizona elections officials are preparing to use a dual-track voting system in next year’s elections that would require the use of two different ballots, depending on how a voter was registered.

Under the system, voters who registered with federal registration forms would be allowed to vote only in federal elections, while those who used state forms and showed proof of citizenship would be allowed to vote in federal, state and local contests.

The move is expected to affect 900 people and cost an extra $250,000 in Maricopa County alone.

The shift, triggered by an opinion Monday from state Attorney General Tom Horne, was immediately labeled as a restriction on voting rights.

more

http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/articles/20131007arizona-proposition-200-ballots-horne.html
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