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Prison guards who boiled schizophrenic inmate to death will not face charges

Four prison guards who are alleged to have killed a schizophrenic inmate by effectively boiling him to death have escaped charges.

Darren Rainey was forcefully held in a scalding hot shower for hours after he smeared faeces on himself at the Dale Correctional Institution in Miami, Florida, in 2012.

Rainey, 50, had refused to stand under the shower but was told by Officer Roland Clarke that he could not leave until he washed.


Stephen Hawking will travel to space on board Richard Branson's ship, professor says

Stephen Hawking is going to go to space.

The cosmologist and physicist will leave the Earth on board Richard Branson's spaceship, he has said.

Professor Hawking told Good Morning Britain that he'd never dreamed he'd be able to head into space. But "Richard Branson has offered me a seat on Virgin Galactic, and I said yes immediately", he said.

Richard Branson's spaceflight company, Virgin Galactic, hopes soon to carry people into space on commercial missions. Mr Branson had suggested that he might be able to complete a flight in 2009, but the plan has been thrown off by a range of problems and disasters.


Ex-aide calls cops on GOP candidate in Georgia special election

Tea party activist Amy Kremer’s bid for a suburban Atlanta congressional seat is in turmoil after her campaign manager and the rest of the staff resigned Friday because he said she can’t afford to pay her bills. Another ex-staffer who was staying at her home said he called the police to help him get his valuables out after she changed the locks.

Jack Melton said she has only raised about $2,500 and couldn’t pay him and at least a half-dozen other staffers who fanned out to homes across the district, which stretches from east Cobb to north DeKalb, pushing her campaign message.

“It’s very disappointing. It broke my heart,” said Melton. “We were doing great work. But you can only treat people like that for so long.”


This Modern World Toon- So Many Distractions

Monday Toon Roundup 2- The Rest


Health care



Monday Toon Roundup 1- The White house and its orange occupant


White House

Trump Said to Have Political Aides Monitoring the Loyalty of Cabinet Secretaries

As President Trump recently reminded us, when someone has been disloyal to him he never forgets it. But now that he’s president, it’s become more difficult to keep track of those who have defied him – or may potentially defy him. That’s why, according to the Washington Post, he’s embedded political appointees in every Cabinet agency, and tasked them with keeping tabs on the secretaries’ fealty to the president. Unsurprisingly, this is not going over well with some Cabinet members.

The Post is not the first to note the existence of these monitors. Last month Politico reported that the Trump administration had created the new position of “senior White House adviser” within each agency, placing many former campaign aides in those jobs. Records obtained by ProPublica show that there are at least 16 of these advisers, with Trump loyalists stationed in all the major departments and in some smaller agencies like NASA.

There’s some disagreement on who the advisers answer to. The Post says they report to the Office of Cabinet Affairs, which is overseen by White House deputy chief of staff Rick Dearborn. An anonymous White House official said the advisers technically report to the head of each agency, but the White House would not discuss the matter on the record.

The advisers’ ostensible mission is to act as a go-between on policy issues for the White House and the agencies, but eight officials tell the Post their primary task is to make sure agency staffers are carrying out the president’s agenda. Concerns about the president’s authority over the executive branch are not unusual, but no recent president has had such an arrangement.


How Soviet of him...

Mulvaney: 'Only way to get truly universal care is to throw people in jail'

Source: The Hill

White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Sunday there is only one way to have universal healthcare in the country.

"The only way to get truly universal care is to throw people in jail if they don't have it," he said on CBS's "Face The Nation." "And we are not going to do that."

In January, President Trump said a plan to replace ObamaCare would include the goal of having "insurance for everybody."

“There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay for it, you don’t get it," Trump said during an interview with The Washington Post.

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/324699-mulvaney-the-only-way-to-get-truly-universal-care-is-to-throw-people-in

Evil Bastard

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