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Latest White House Gatecrasher a Real Fox

Source: abc NEWS

While President Obama deals with Russian President Vladimir Putin abroad, the groundskeepers and Secret Service agents who guard the White House are trying to combat an equally wily opponent at home.

The latest gatecrasher to show up at the president’s home uninvited is not a “Real Housewife” but a real, live fox.

The little red fox was first spotted on the White House grounds last fall, just before the government shutdown.

According to The Wall Street Journal, while White House staffers found themselves at home during the furlough, the fox made himself at home at the White House.

“We don’t mind that he passes through, but we don’t want him to stay,” Dale Haney, the superintendent of the White House grounds, told the newspaper. “No overnight guests.”

Though the ground that houses the First Family is one of the most highly-protected properties in the world, the fox has managed to outfox everyone, literally.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/04/latest-white-house-gatecrasher-a-real-fox/

All security can't keep the Red Fox away!!

Appeals court revives protest group lawsuit over Capitol sign tickets


A state appeals court on Thursday revived a civil rights lawsuit brought against state officials by a group of sign-carrying protesters who were ticketed at the state Capitol in 2011.

A three-judge panel of the 4th District Court of Appeals said that Dane County Circuit Judge Frank Remington made legal errors in dismissing the lawsuit brought by six people who were issued tickets for carrying signs. The judges also rejected the state's argument that the issue was moot because of changes in policies at the Capitol.

Writing for the panel, Judge Brian Blanchard wrote that Remington's errant decision may have kept him from deciding whether the lawsuit was moot because of the policy changes.

"We cannot discern what might have happened, or should have happened, in the proceedings before the circuit court absent the errors, adding to the difficulty of concluding that any issue should be treated as moot," Blanchard wrote.


In Many Cities, Rent Is Rising Out of Reach of Middle Class


MIAMI — For rent and utilities to be considered affordable, they are supposed to take up no more than 30 percent of a household’s income. But that goal is increasingly unattainable for middle-income families as a tightening market pushes up rents ever faster, outrunning modest rises in pay.

The strain is not limited to the usual high-cost cities like New York and San Francisco. An analysis for The New York Times by Zillow, the real estate website, found 90 cities where the median rent — not including utilities — was more than 30 percent of the median gross income.

In Chicago, rent as a percentage of income has risen to 31 percent, from a historical average of 21 percent. In New Orleans, it has more than doubled, to 35 percent from 14 percent. Zillow calculated the historical average using data from 1985 to 2000.

Nationally, half of all renters are now spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing, according to a comprehensive Harvard study, up from 38 percent of renters in 2000. In December, Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan declared “the worst rental affordability crisis that this country has ever known.”

Apartment vacancy rates have dropped so low that forecasters at Capital Economics, a research firm, said rents could rise, on average, as much as 4 percent this year, compared with 2.8 percent last year. But rents are rising faster than that in many cities even as overall inflation is running at little more than 1 percent annually.

Your Bra May Be Killing You – Scientists Call For Boycott Of Komen


The bra/breast cancer connection is a thing of myth, according to the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the American Cancer Society (ACS). But at least five research studies have shown that there IS a strong connection between breast cancer and bra wearing for many hours per day. Some scientists are calling for a boycott of Komen and the ACS, because they say this cover-up is costing lives.

The problem with bras, according to medical anthropologists Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer, is that they restrict the flow of lymphatic fluid, thereby retaining toxins in the breast that have nowhere to go. They compare it to the feet and ankle swelling that occurs on long flights, because the lymphatic fluid pools in the lower extremities and isn’t allowed to circulate.

Singer and Grismaijer, co-authors of Dressed To Kill: The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras, say that wearing a bra more than 12 hours a day dramatically increases the risk of getting breast cancer. A woman who wears a bra 24/7 is 125 times more likely to develop breast cancer than a woman who rarely or never wears a bra. Those who sleep in their bra, they found, have a 75% chance of developing breast cancer at some point in their lives.

Harvard did a study in 1991 that showed greatly increased incidence in breast cancer in those who wear bras over those who don’t.

This research has been shown to the Susan G. Komen Foundation as well as the American Cancer Society, and they have been aware of the research for at least 20 years. There are no studies that refute this. Yet nowhere in their information about breast cancer is there as much as a mention that taking off one’s bra at the end of the day can make a difference. That omission of information is what has Singer and Grismaijer so frustrated. It is why they are “calling for a boycott of these organizations until they stop dismissing the bra-cancer link, and begin educating doctors and women about the cancer hazards of wearing tight bras.”

Elusive 'Exotic Hadrons' Really Do Exist, CERN Research Shows

Source: HUFF POST Science

The existence of exotic hadrons — a type of matter that doesn't fit within the traditional model of particle physics — has now been confirmed, scientists say.

Hadrons are subatomic particles made up of quarks and antiquarks (which have the same mass as their quark counterparts, but opposite charge), which interact via the "strong force" that binds protons together inside the nuclei of atoms.

Researchers working on the Large Hadron Collider beauty (LHCb) collaboration at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) in Switzerland — where the elusive Higgs boson particle was discovered in 2012 — announced today (April 14) they had confirmed the existence of a new type of hadron, with an unprecedented degree of statistical certainty.

"We've confirmed the unambiguous observation of a very exotic state — something that looks like a particle composed of two quarks and two antiquarks," study co-leader Tomasz Skwarnicki, a high-energy physicist at Syracuse University in New York said in a statement. The discovery "may give us a new way of looking at strong- interaction physics," he added.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/15/exotic-hadrons-exist-cern_n_5153111.html

Bundy Ranch 'Militia' Considered Using Women As Human Shield


Updated 8:34 AM EDT, Tue Apr 15 2014

It appears that the anti-government activists protesting the Bureau of Land Management's actions against a Nevada cattle rancher were considering using women as a human shield if a gun battle had erupted during the standoff.

The Blaze, the conservative news site affiliated with Glenn Beck, flagged the comments made Monday by Richard Mack, identified as a former Arizona sheriff who had joined more than 1,000 other protesters alongside Cliven Bundy, who has been feuding with BLM over his use of federal land to graze his cattle.

“We were actually strategizing to put all the women up at the front,” Mack said in a Fox News clip pulled by The Blaze. “If they are going to start shooting, it’s going to be women that are going to be televised all across the world getting shot by these rogue federal officers.”

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/bundy-ranch-women-human-shield?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+tpm-news+%28TPMNews%29&utm_content=Netvibes

Mass Incarceration in the US

Published on Apr 4, 2014

Thanks to Visually (http://Visual.ly) for facilitating the creation of this video, to http://youtube.com/kurzgesagt for the animation, and to The Prison Policy Initiative for research help and fact checking. (http://www.prisonpolicy.org).

It wasn't easy to pick this topic, but I believe that America's 40-year policy of mass incarceration is deeply unethical, not very effective, and promotes the security of the few at the expense of the many.

It's hard for me, as a person who was born into privilege, to imagine the challenges convicted criminals face, often for crimes that are utterly non-violent.

If you're feeling like you want to do something about this, I'm mostly just making this video as an informational resource and to encourage people to think of felons not as bad, scary people but just as people.

The people at The Prison Policy Initiative were very helpful in the creation of this video and if you want to learn more about their work and how to get involved go to http://www.prisonpolicy.org


One Wisconsin Now on Al Jazeera to talk voter suppression

Uploaded on Apr 10, 2014

Mike Browne, Deputy Director of One Wisconsin Now, sat down with Al Jazeera to discuss Gov. Scott Walker's and the GOP's attacks on the right to vote in Wisconsin.


In "Animal Farm" of Wisconsin politics, GOP dark money stays secret, while opponent names, addresses

... go into black lists


As physicists from the University of Wisconsin and other institutions continue to scour the universe for signs of elusive, mysterious "dark matter," Republicans in our state and nationally continue to manufacture new ways to turn campaign cash into dark money.

Meanwhile, however, the lives, identities and privacy of Wisconsin residents -- particularly those who tend to vote other than Republican -- are increasingly an open book, one that's turning rapidly into a 1950s-style political Black List.

The double-standard in Wisconsin (and national) politics was made even more evident the past couple of weeks. First, the US Supreme Court's conservative majority blessed a conservative group's argument that yet another set of limits on campaign donations are unconstitutional because those limits interfere with free speech. That extended the court's earlier Citizens United ruling, in which corporations were designated people who have free speech rights -- increasingly, even more of those rights than real people! And some of those corporations also continue to insist that their privacy cannot be transgressed by the public interest in monitoring their behavior. Corporations and third-party campaign groups thus increasingly are the equivalent of secret, anonymous, wealthy super-citizens.

While these super-persons can increasingly operate in the shadows, watch out when you show up to vote in Wisconsin this fall. Thanks to a new law signed by Scott Walker, "independent" election observers will be newly able to get so legally close to the sign-in tables they'll be able to watch you pen your name into the polling book, and maybe even breathe down your neck while you do it. Because, unlike one of those corporate super-citizens, YOU are not to be trusted.

And then there's a new ruling from a Wisconsin judge who just bought into another conservative group's argument that whenever a state citizen contacts his elected representative to register a comment or opinion, his or her personal ID must be divulged upon request. A state appeals court this week ordered State Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) to make public all names and contact information for emails his public office received in 2011 regarding what was then the Republican-proposed law virtually abolishing collective bargaining for most public employees. The appeals court cited the Wisconsin open records law and said the public has a right to know who emailed Erpenbach.

Pakistan court withdraws attempted murder case against baby

Source: BBC News

Pakistani court has withdrawn the case against a nine-month-old baby who was accused of attempted murder alongside 12 members of his family.

Muhammad Musa Khan appeared in court in Lahore for a second time on charges of planning a murder, threatening police and interfering in state affairs.

But the judge said the case should never have come to court.

Embarrassed police chiefs readily agreed that it should not have happened and said an investigating officer would be disciplined. It has been suggested that poor training and pay in the police does not help. It also appears there may be more to the case than the confrontation between police and protestors that led to the attempted murder investigation - in particular a land dispute of some kind.

The case against Musa's adult relatives continues. But we can assume that when he left court in his grandmother's arms he took the spotlight on the case - and maybe the prospect of imminent reform - away with him.

Despite his young age, Muhammad Musa Khan was one of more than 30 people charged with attempting to kill police officers during a confrontation over electricity and gas supplies in the city of Lahore.

His grandfather asked journalists covering the case: "He doesn't even know how to pick up his milk bottle properly. How can he stone the police?"

Pakistan media broadcast images of the infant in his first court appearance, sitting on his grandfather's lap and clasping a bottle of milk.

Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26999823

Sheech!! I was seriously worried the Pakistani Courts would sentence this darling Baby to death by stoning!!
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