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7 Kids Not Named Mohamed Who Brought Homemade Clocks to School And Didn't Get Arrested


7 Kids Not Named Mohamed Who Brought Homemade Clocks to School And Didn't Get Arrested

Andy Cush
9/16/15 12:10pm

Hoping to impress the teachers at his new school, an Irving, Texas, high school freshman named Ahmed Mohamed brought a homemade clock with him to MacArthur High Monday morning, which he’d assembled before bed the night before. When he showed it to those teachers, though, they were something other than impressed, and by Monday afternoon, Mohamed was being led out of school in handcuffs. Ahmed’s English teacher believed the device was a bomb.

Why? Could it have something to do with Ahmed Mohamed’s name, or the color of his skin? His father thinks so. “He just wants to invent good things for mankind,” Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed told the Dallas Morning News. “But because his name is Mohamed and because of Sept. 11, I think my son got mistreated.”

Mohamed’s father might be right. Below are seven students, not named Mohamed, who got off scot-free for the heinous crime of DIY timekeeping, plus a bonus kid who brought an actual inert bomb to school and wasn’t suspended. (Mohamed got three days.)

Peter Mathis of Wilmington, North Carolina


Number of Uninsured Drops 8.8 Million

Source: New York Times

New York Times Breaking News Alert
Number of Uninsured Drops 8.8 Million

Poverty Rate Holds Steady, but Number of Uninsured Drops

WASHINGTON — The number of people without health insurance dropped last year by 8.8 million, to a total of 33 million, but there was no statistically significant change in income for the typical American household, the Obama administration said Wednesday.

Median household income in the United States was $53,660 last year, the Census Bureau reported.

In addition, it said, there was no meaningful change in the official poverty rate — 14.8 percent in 2014. About 46.7 million people were in poverty, the bureau said.

This was the fourth consecutive year in which the number of people in poverty was not statistically different from the official estimate for the prior year.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/17/us/politics/census-bureau-poverty-rate-uninsured.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=first-column-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

Sanders Up 7 Points Over Clinton in Latest NH poll (Monmouth Univ.)

Source: The Hill

September 15, 2015 - 12:15 PM EDT

Sanders up 7 points over Clinton in NH poll

Bernie Sanders, Universal Healthcare
BY MARK HENSCH 9010 Shares

A new poll finds Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) leading Hillary Clinton by 7 points in New Hampshire.

Sanders commands 43 percent to Clinton’s 36 percent in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination in the Granite State, according to the latest Monmouth University sampling.

Vice President Biden, who is considering a late entry into the presidential race, trails the pair with 13 percent, while former Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-Md.) gets 2 percent.
Former Gov. Lincoln Chafee (D-R.I.), former Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) and Harvard Law School Professor Lawrence Lessig each receive 1 percent.

Sanders has an edge over Clinton in New Hampshire with both genders, leading men 44 percent to 34 percent and women 42 percent to 38 percent.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/253678-sanders-up-7-points-over-clinton-in-nh-poll

California's Sierra Nevada Snowpack Just Hit a 500-Year Low

Source: Weather.com

California's Sierra Nevada Snowpack Just Hit a 500-Year Low

By Annie Hauser
Published Sep 15 2015 12:38 PM EDT

Thanks to higher temperatures and lower precipitation levels, the Sierra Nevada snowpack in Northern California has dipped to its lowest level in the past 500 years, a new study has found.

This is just the latest in a series of studies of the declining Western snowpack, which can fuel wildfires, limit drinking water and cause agricultural irrigation systems to run dry, all symptoms of a changing climate.

In the latest paper, researchers from the University of Arizona used previously published tree-ring data, which reflects annual winter precipitation from 1405 to 2005, as well as snowpack measures since the '30s. The findings indicate a loss “unprecedented” not just for the modern era, but for the past five centuries.

"Our study really points to the extreme character of the 2014-15 winter,” Valerie Trouet, an associate professor of dendrochronology at the UA Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, said in a press release. “… We should be prepared for this type of snow drought to occur much more frequently because of rising temperatures.”

Read more: http://www.weather.com/science/environment/news/californias-sierra-nevada-snowpack-500-year-low

TOM TOMORROW: Plutocrat Pete and Tea Party Tim in 'The Breakup'

DAY KOS LINK: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/09/14/1420422/-Cartoon-The-breakup

"I'm at a loss for words."

How dire is the situation? One National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) climate scientist looked at the data and remarked: "I’m at a loss for words."


Summer 2015 set to be world's hottest ever as US temperatures again soar

US had its 12-hottest summer but seven of the warmer seasons were in last 15 years. With ocean temperatures rising, scientists warn: ‘It’s definitely not good’

Joanna Walters in New York
Saturday 12 September 2015 08.00 EDT Last modified on Saturday 12 September 2015 08.03 EDT

New data showing that the US had its 12th-hottest summer on record may not, at first glance, appear particularly significant or alarming.

But in announcing the news, climate scientists have pointed out that, of the 11 American summers that were recorded as warmer than 2015’s, seven have occurred in the last 15 years; the other four were all during the “Dustbowl” 1930s heatwaves that plagued the US during the Great Depression.

And, as part of the climate warming trend globally, next Thursday a federal agency is set to announce the latest worldwide figures that are likely to show that it was officially the hottest summer ever recorded on the planet, and the hottest first eight months of the year to date.

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On Thursday it’s expected officially to be confirmed that the first eight months have been the warmest on record so far and the warmest three-month period June to August, constituting the hottest summer ever logged for the northern hemisphere.

Crouch pointed out that in the first seven months of 2015, worldwide figures had shown that the globe was almost a degree warmer than average and August figures are likely to have been boosted by the strengthening El Niño pattern.

“It’s extraordinary how much of the ocean is at record warm temperatures – about 75% to 80% of the world’s oceans are at record or near record warmth,” he said.

“I’m at a loss for words. It’s definitely not good.”


Got My Order In The Mail Today:

I love car magnets.


SLOWPOKE TOON: What If Donald Trump Were A Syrian Refugee?


What if Trump were a Syrian refugee? A thought experiment

by Jen Sorensen | September 08, 2015 1:57 p.m.


Rest of comic at link...

U.S. Government Blocks Release of New CIA Torture Details

Source: Reuters

U.S. government blocks release of new CIA torture details

Thu Sep 10, 2015 | 6:46

By David Rohde

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. government officials have blocked the release of 116 pages of defense lawyers' notes detailing the torture that Guantanamo Bay detainee Abu Zubaydah says he experienced in CIA custody, defense lawyers said on Thursday.

The treatment of Zubaydah, who lost one eye and was waterboarded 83 times in a single month while held by the CIA, according to government documents, has been the focus of speculation for years.

"We submitted 116 pages in 10 separate submissions," Joe Margulies, Zubaydah’s lead defense lawyer, told Reuters. "The government declared all of it classified."

Margulies and lawyers for other detainees said that the decision showed that the Obama administration plans to continue declaring detainees’ accounts of their own torture classified. A Central Intelligence Agency spokesperson declined to comment.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN0RA2RM20150910

Mother Jones: Black Employees at a Trump Casino Were Reportedly Removed Whenever the Donald Arrived


Black Employees at a Trump Casino Were Reportedly Removed Whenever the Donald Arrived
—Inae Oh on Mon. August 31, 2015 11:03 AM PDT

It was only recently that Republican presidential candidate and front-runner Donald Trump said he'd be willing to physically fight Black Lives Matter activists if they interrupted him on stage. Now, a new report from the New Yorker relays an alarming account of how black employees at one of Donald Trump's Atlantic City properties were routinely kept from view when the real estate magnate came to town. From writer Nick Paumgarten:

I met a bus driver named Kip Brown, who worked the Port Authority route, up and back each morning, for Academy Bus Lines. He had been at Academy for fifteen years and was No. 3 in seniority, out of seventy drivers in the region. As ridership has fallen, Academy has been cutting back on its schedule. The number of visitors arriving by bus is an eighth of what it was a quarter century ago. In the spring, Brown, just forty-seven, retired.

Now he was looking for work as a livery driver. Brown also used to work in the casinos, at the Showboat, bussing tables, and at Trump’s Castle, stripping and waxing floors. "When Donald and Ivana came to the casino, the bosses would order all the black people off the floor," he said. "It was the eighties, I was a teen-ager, but I remember it: they put us all in the back."

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