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Name: Steve
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Hometown: Florida
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Hello, I'm Steve and I have HelloKittyPTSD

Should I petition Skinner for a new group ? My world has crumbled.

(yes PTSD is a very serious condition, which deserves compassion and much better public funding and research)

For reference: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1018658654

TN Highway Patrol to conduct 'no refusal' enforcement Labor Day weekend


NASHVILLE, Tenn. -The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct a “no refusal” enforcement campaign this Labor Day weekend.

It goes into effect at Midnight Friday, Aug. 29 and concludes at Midnight Monday, Sept. 1.

The “no refusal” campaign means that if a driver is pulled over for suspected drinking and driving they cannot refuse to take a blood test. It allows law enforcement to seek search warrants for blood samples if they suspect someone is driving while impaired.

“Law enforcement officials have another tool to utilize to deter impaired driving and reduce fatal crashes on Tennessee roadways by conducting ‘no refusal' enforcements,” THP Colonel Tracy Trott said.

*end of excerpt*

So they can strap someone down and draw blood against their will ? I'm not a civil rights lawyer, but this seems illegal to me.

Approval for involuntary blood draws is typically attained via telephone as judge magistrates will remain on standby throughout the weekend to handle officers’ requests.
from this link: http://benswann.com/tn-cops-to-draw-blood-at-labor-day-weekend-no-refusal-dui-checkpoints/

Even with a judge's consent, this just seems pretty extreme.

Florida condo owners being forced out make plea to governor


Florida condominium owners in danger of losing their homes are making a final desperate plea, hoping that Gov. Rick Scott will intervene.

These owners are not in foreclosure, nor are they behind on their mortgages. Instead they are being threatened by a group of developers, Madison Oaks Partners, who are using a Florida state law originally designed to protect homeowners from natural disaster, to terminate the condominium agreement and force them to sell their units.

The developers seek to convert the Tampa area complex into more lucrative rental apartments. They could take over the complex at a board meeting Sept. 5.

"The governor needs to step in and halt these forced terminations immediately. We don't have much time," said Stephanie Krasowski, one of the remaining owners at the Madison Oaks complex. Krasowski, who like others, bought her unit at the peak of the last housing boom, has led the fight against the developers, starting a group that now represents more than 1,000 Florida condominium owners.

Rainbow world: the most colourful places on Earth – in pictures, just gorgeous IMHO ! PIC HEAVY


more at link above

Newsflash: Hello Kitty has never been a cat


Well, I'll BE.... I always thought she was a cat !

AAJA And MPAC Demand Action After Fox Host Advocated For Violence Against Muslims


The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) are demanding action from Fox News after a host linked all Muslims to terrorists and advocated for violence against practitioners of the faith.

In an August 27 statement, the Asian American Journalist Association condemned Fox co-host Andrea Tantaros for making blanket statements conflating all Muslims to the Islamic State and advocating for violence against them. AAJA called on the network to apologize:

AAJA calls for Tantaros and Fox News to apologize for the irresponsible, inflammatory statements. We also call on Fox News to discourage its journalists from making blanket comments that serve to perpetuate hate and Islamophobia.

Muslims and Islam are not interchangeable terms with terrorists or ISIS. We in the media know better and must be vigilant in our choice of words.

The AAJA joined the Muslim Public Affairs Council in their outrage over the offensive Fox segment. MPAC previously called for the network to fire Tantaros following her inflammatory statements.

Free time survey

When you have free time, what is your very most favorite activity ? I'm leaving out sex, just to keep this non-NSFW

Free time = you are not obligated to do anything for a few hours.

Atlantic: Hurricane Cristobal, Invest 98L ; Pacific: Tropical Storm Marie


Hurricane Cristobal

Last Updated 8/28/2014, 11:00:00 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Location 36.9N 65.9W Movement NE at 26 mph
Wind 75 MPH Pressure: 983 MB

Invest 98L

Last Updated 8/28/2014, 8:00:00 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Location 26.2 96.7W Movement W at 0 mph
Wind 30 MPH


Tropical Storm Marie

Last Updated 8/28/2014, 11:00:00 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Location 25.4N 128.9W Movement NW at 15 mph
Wind 45 MPH Pressure: 997 MB

Feminist video game critic forced to leave her home after online rape and death threats


Anita Sarkeesian, creator of an online video series analyzing problematic representations of women in video games, was forced to leave her home on Tuesday after death threats made online against herself and her family, Polygon reported.

“Some very scary threats have just been made against me and my family,” Sarkeesian posted on Tuesday. “Contacting authorities now.”

After confirming she had found a safe place to stay, Sarkeesian posted a screengrab of the threats, posted by a Twitter account calling itself “Kevin Dobson,” which identified her address and her parents, as well as several vulgar threats, including one to “ram a hot tire iron up c*nt”:

“I usually don’t share the really scary stuff,” Sarkeesian wrote on a post accompanying the image. “But it’s important for folks to know how bad it gets.”

more at link above

Wow that's really horrible.

Time Warner Cable suffers major outage; New York launches probe

Source: Reuters


The outage to all of its Internet customers across 29 states began at about 4:30 a.m. EDT, said company spokesman Bobby Amirshahi. Services were “largely restored” by 6 a.m and "a majority, if not all" were back on line as of 8 a.m., he said.

The outage came at a critical time for Time Warner, which is working to win FCC approval of a $45 billion proposed merger with Comcast Corp, the largest U.S. cable provider as market experts say that customers are frustrated by the frequency and handling of previously disclosed service disruptions.

The company said it was investigating the cause of Wednesday's disruption, which occurred as technicians conducted routine network maintenance on its Internet backbone.

"We believe it to be human error that occurred during a routine overnight maintenance window,” Amirshahi told Reuters.


Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/27/us-timewarnercable-outages-idUSKBN0GR1JT20140827

You know someone's ass is getting chewed and/or fired, if it was truly human error.
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