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Georgia public school teachers humiliate kids for not praying to ‘God our Father’: lawsuit

Source: Raw Story

The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a lawsuit against the Emanuel County School System in Swainsboro, Georgia after a teacher insisted that the children of atheists participate in daily prayers.

According to the lawsuit, teacher Kaytrene Bright and Cel Thompson forced the children of anonymous plaintiffs Jane and John Doe to join their classmates in prayer or leave the classroom.

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When John and Jane Doe learned of this, they contacted Swainsboro Primary School Principal Valorie Watkins, who told them that it they didn’t want their children to pray, their only recourse would be to have their children leave the classroom while the other children offered thanks to God.

Once this policy was initiated, Jamie told her parents that she began being teased by other students. Jesse said that his teacher, Kaytrene Bright, “used her mean voice” when she sent Jesse into the hallway, and pressured Jesse to pray.

Bright told Jesse that Jane Doe was a “bad person” for not believing in God, and eventually wore Jesse down to the point where Jesse joined in the classroom prayers.


Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/02/georgia-public-school-teachers-humiliate-kids-for-not-praying-to-god-our-father-lawsuit/

New Urban Outfitters Tapestry Resembles Concentration Camp Uniform

Source: TPM


(Image via Business Insider)

Urban Outfitters came under fire on Monday for selling a tapestry that resembles the uniform gay male prisoners were forced to wear in Nazi concentration camps.

The Anti-Defamation League slammed the store for selling the tapestry and urged Urban Outfitters to remove the item from stores.

"Whether intentional or not, this gray and white stripped pattern and pink triangle combination is deeply offensive and should not be mainstreamed into popular culture," ADL National Director Abraham Foxman said in a Monday statement. "We urge Urban Outfitters to immediately remove the product eerily reminiscent of clothing forced upon the victims of the Holocaust from their stores and online."

The tapestry was available in stores on Tuesday morning, according to Bloomberg News, but it is not available online.

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/urban-outfitters-concentration-camp-uniform

I hesitate to give them more publicity, but I would hope that this kind of negative attention affects their bottom line.

July 1970: Harlem, full of life

Source: Mashable

In the 1960s, large numbers of residents left Harlem for neighborhoods in Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx, seeking better schools, improved housing and a stronger sense of safety. Left in Harlem were the people who couldn't afford to or chose not to move.

Despite massive federal investment throughout the 1970s, in 1978 the New York Times would publish an article titled "Harlem's Dreams Have Died in Last Decade, Leaders Say."

Yet, as these pictures show, that didn't mean Harlem in 1970 was lacking in vibrancy. In the words of Camilo José Vergara, another photographer documenting Harlem during the decade: "There was something vital going on in Harlem in the '70s."




Image: Jack Garofalo/Paris Match via Getty Images




Inside the African-American bookstore.

Image: Jack Garofalo/Paris Match via Getty Images




Billy, a butcher, his wife and children in their two-room apartment on 8th Avenue.

Image: Jack Garofalo/Paris Match via Getty Images




Image: Jack Garofalo/Paris Match via Getty Images




Image: Jack Garofalo/Paris Match via Getty Images


More: http://mashable.com/2015/02/10/harlem-1970s/?utm_cid=hp-hh-pri

Tiny Hamster's Tiny Date (Ep. 5)



Anti-Vaxxers Launch Children’s Book To Convince Kids That ‘Measles Is Marvelous’

Source: Addicting Info



While a measles outbreak grips the US and health professionals seek to stem the tide, anti-vaxxers have published a book to convince children that the deadly disease is “marvelous.”

Melanie’s Marvelous Measles is available on Amazon, and sets out to persuade 4-10-year-old children that the measles is actually pretty fun, has no serious possible side-effects, and is something kids should look forward to getting.

The book includes such inspired medical advice as :

* measles is easily avoided by drinking melon juice
* vaccines weaken the human immune system,
* getting measles strengthens it (as does melon juice).


Read more: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/02/05/anti-vaxxers-launch-childrens-book-to-convince-kids-that-measles-is-marvelous-images/

* Note: the book was published in 2012.


Be sure to check out the top comment:



Swiss Cable-Car Transformed into Hotel at 9,000 ft. in the Air

How does a night in a bubble at 9,000ft sound? On the night of March 6th, AirBnB will be sliding the doors open to a fully equipped cable car. From the suite, travelers can admire La Saulire, the highest point in the Courchevel resort in the Swiss Alps, and, in the morning, they will be first in line to ski the pristine slopes.

The Hotel suite at 9,000ft is fully equipped with 2 beds and magnificent views..









http://www.wherecoolthingshappen.com/swiss-cable-car-transformed-into-hotel-at-9000ft-in-the-air/

:sigh:

Faces of Vaccine Denialism (pic)

Dangerous Deniers...

Dorothy and the kittens of Oz is a magically adorable livestream



Dorothy was thrown to the curb when she was sick and pregnant, but she found her way to Oz and developed a second family among its citizens.

That might not be exactly how the classic book and technicolor movie went, but it is the story of a cat who was rescued and is living in a foster home in British Columbia with her newborn kittens — and you can watch them grow up via livestream.

http://new.livestream.com/tinykittens/oz


Via: http://mashable.com/2015/02/04/kittens-livestream/

Louisville cop arrested for punching one teen, putting another in chokehold at school

Source: Raw Story



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The 31-year-old Hardin is accused of striking a teenage boy in the face with his closed fist Jan. 22 after he saw the student cut in line at the cafeteria of Olmstead Academy North.

He then cited the boy for menacing and resisting arrest, which police said Hardin had no probable cause to do.

Hardin was accused five days later of putting another teen in a chokehold until he lost consciousness and then handcuffed the boy instead of seeking medical treatment.

The officer drove the teen home and dropped him off without telling the boy’s parents what had happened.

Doctors determined this week that the boy had suffered a brain injury due to loss of blood flow during the incident, and they said the officer’s actions could have killed the teen.

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/02/louisville-cop-arrested-for-punching-one-teen-putting-another-in-chokehold-at-school/
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