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Felons Now Have The Right To Vote In Virginia – Rehabilitation Made Possible

In a sweeping gesture, Virginia’s Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe signed a bill into law reinstating voting rights to felons this week. The legislation will affect 200,000 Virginia residents, giving them the right to participate in the political process and having a hand in their own future.

This is a valuable step in working to fix America’s broken criminal justice system which currently seeks to punish rather than rehabilitate felons. Taking steps like these nationwide will eventually work towards reducing recidivism and helping to rebuild the damage done by an excessively harsh criminal justice system.

Posted by womanofthehills | Fri Oct 21, 2016, 10:08 PM (3 replies)

EPA Bows to Chemical Industry in Delay of Glyphosate Cancer Review

This might have been a tough week for Monsanto Co. The Environmental Protection Agency was slated to hold four days of public meetings focused on essentially one question: Is glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide and the lynchpin to Monsanto’s fortunes, as safe as Monsanto has spent 40 years telling us it is?

But oddly, the EPA Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) meetings, called to look at potential glyphosate ties to cancer, were “postponed“ just four days before they were to begin Oct. 18, after intense lobbying by the agrichemical industry. The industry first fought to keep the meetings from being held at all, and argued that if they were held, several leading international experts should be excluded from participating, including “any person who has publicly expressed an opinion regarding the carcinogenicity of glyphosate.”

As the meetings drew near, CropLife America, which represents the interests of Monsanto and other agribusinesses, specifically took issue with at least two scientists chosen for the panel, alleging the experts might be unfavorably biased against industry interests. On Oct. 12, the group sent a letter to the EPA calling for Dr. Kenneth Portier of the American Cancer Society to be more deeply scrutinized for any “pre-formed conclusions” about glyphosate.

Posted by womanofthehills | Fri Oct 21, 2016, 10:02 PM (3 replies)

North Dakota - Fracking water - illegal dumping of radioactive toxins

Hope no DU members live in western North Dakota - total mess with radioactive dumping here and there. Radioactive filter socks found in abandoned gas stations, dumpsters, abandoned truck beds, on the prairie, on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, etc.
"There are socks throughout the country that we might never find."

Where Has the Waste Gone? Fracking Results in Illegal Dumping of Radioactive Toxins

One of those people who live less than a mile from the IHD facility is Susan Perry. One day, the local bus driver who picks up dozens of kids who live in Perry's neighborhood stopped by her house to ask if Perry would sign a petition to the North Dakota Department of Health. The petition asked the state not to increase the allowable radiation limits for oil field waste dumped in landfills. Perry was alarmed. She knew the landfill accepted oil field waste but had never heard anyone talk about radioactivity.


Posted by womanofthehills | Wed Oct 19, 2016, 02:03 AM (0 replies)

At my Saturday bookclub meeting - we were discussing "Men Explain things to Me"

by Rebecca Solnit and of course this led to a Trump discussion and Trump's sexual abuse and two of the women starting sobbing and a few others said they feel so stressed by this election. It was probably the most emotional book club meeting we have ever had and we have been meeting for many years.
Posted by womanofthehills | Tue Oct 18, 2016, 10:20 PM (9 replies)

Gary Johnson in Virginia - CLARENCE THOMAS is the type of jurist he would elect-

Once a Republican, always a Republican

Earlier Monday, Johnson told students at Liberty University that Justice Clarence Thomas is the type of jurist he would nominate to the U.S. Supreme Court as president.

“With regard to Supreme Court justices, it would be an issue of justices ruling on the basis of original intent of the Constitution,” Johnson said in a question and answer session following his remarks at the nation’s largest evangelical university.

“I think that Judge Thomas has probably been at the forefront of the kind of a judge that I would like to appoint.”


Posted by womanofthehills | Tue Oct 18, 2016, 09:49 PM (8 replies)

Health Secretary blocks planned testing of GMO maize in Kenya

Health secretary Cleopa Mailu has rejected the planned trial of genetically modified (GM) maize in Kenya, dealing a big blow to scientists and global seed companies, who have been pushing for policy change on the controversial crop science.

Dr Mailu says in a letter to the Ministry of Environment that introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Kenya remains bound by a decision of the 16th Cabinet meeting that banned imports of biotech foods.

He says the ban remains in force until a review and evaluation of scientific information on safety of GM foods on human health is undertaken.

Dr Mailu was responding to news that local scientists have sought permits from the National Environmental Authority (Nema) to carry out GM.

Posted by womanofthehills | Tue Oct 18, 2016, 12:39 PM (7 replies)

Wikileaks: Julian Assange's internet access 'cut'

Wikileaks says an unidentified "state actor" has shut down internet access for its founder Julian Assange.

The transparency activist has been claiming asylum at London's Ecuadorean embassy since 2012 to avoid extradition over sex assault allegations.

There was no way to immediately verify if he had been knocked offline, and if so, how a state actor was suspected.

Posted by womanofthehills | Mon Oct 17, 2016, 11:57 AM (39 replies)

So disgusting - many states where Republicans are winning allow children to be beaten in school

I never would have believed this was still going on.

Study: Public Schools Legally Beating Children at Alarming Rate—Thousands of Kids Left Injured
Even animals have better protection than children in public schools.

The Society for Research in Child Development reported that more than 160,000 children were subject to corporal punishment in one year, in the 19 states which have not banned the practice. The report represents “the first-ever effort to describe the prevalence of and disparities in the use of school corporal punishment at the school and school-district levels.”

Most of this barbarity is carried out in southeastern states, and there appears to be a great deal of prejudice. In many states, children with disabilities were 50% more likely to receive corporal punishment than non-disabled children. In Alabama and Mississippi, black children were 51% more likely to be physically punished than white children in more than half of school districts.

Mississippi also has the dubious honor of being the state with the highest frequency, with 1 in 14 kids being physically struck by school personnel.

Even more disturbing, a review of 2003 data found that 10,000-20,000 children had to get medical treatment for bruises, hematomas, broken bones, and nerve and muscle damage after being struck by school authorities.

Missouri even “explicitly prevents its child protective services department from having any jurisdiction to investigate allegations of child abuse stemming from school corporal punishment.”


Posted by womanofthehills | Wed Oct 12, 2016, 12:59 AM (2 replies)

Forget the Words: Everyone’s Talking About Trump’s Hulking Body Language -- check video

In a debate as eventful and shocking as last night’s was, it’s hard to believe that the biggest story of the night comes not from what a candidate said but rather how they acted.

Donald Trump clearly should have spent a bit more time going over debate prep with his team so that he might have known where to stand in order to not appear as the creepiest, clownest man in the room.

Instead, he paced behind Clinton as she answered questions and didn’t sit back in his designated seat for the entirety of the town hall. Trump appeared visibly frustrated when Clinton was allowed to answer a question first and whenever she did give an answer, he stood just a couple steps behind her, hulking over her shorter frame with the air of an impending assault.

Posted by womanofthehills | Mon Oct 10, 2016, 11:01 AM (7 replies)

‘Call your dealer…er…doctor’: Donald Trump’s #sniffles set the entire Internet’s nerves on edge

As in the first presidential debate, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s loud, repetitive sniffing seemed louder than any of the other sounds coming out of his face-holes.

By the time the first third of the debate was over, #sniffles was trending on Twitter as users reacted with bewilderment, irritation, confusion and hilarity.

Trump Sniff Count: 65#debate #sniffles

AmerKan @AamerMKhan
Why #Donald_Trump is always given a mic laced with coke ?? #sniffles Not fair liberal media!! And make #HillaryClinton presidential #debate

Tea Pain @TeaPainUSA
If your "cold" last for two or more debates, be sure to call your dealer...er...doctor.


Posted by womanofthehills | Sun Oct 9, 2016, 11:38 PM (3 replies)
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