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Can any think of an instance when privatizing or deregulating something benefited the public?

I cannot think of one instance where a entity or business that was regulated and then privatized or deregulated benefited the general public.





"Prejudices are what fools use for reason."

-- Voltaire


[Island of] Kauai warden sexually traumatized women inmates

I feel ill....appalled, angry and sick to my stomach. From Hawaii News Now:

Two federal court lawsuits alleged that a Kauai prison warden forced female prisoners to watch violent pornography and confess their darkest sexual secrets in front of male prisoners.

The lawsuits, filed on behalf of an ex-inmate and a former prison social worker, said the Kauai warden -- Neal Wagatsuma -- used the public sexual shamings as part of a treatment program for prisoners. But experts said the alleged behavior doesn't fit into any prescribed prison rehabilitation plan.

"You have a sorta voyeuristic set of individuals running a pseudo-therapeutic intervention," said University of Hawaii criminologist and women's studies professor Meda Chesney Lind. "That's a recipe for disaster." Kat Brady, coordinator for the Community Alliance on Prisons added: "It's just unconscionable. It's not only against all best practices but it's against morality," she said. "Why would you do something like that to somebody who has been hurt?"

The complaints also allege that female inmates were filmed as they talked about how they were sexually abused in the past. Former prison social worker Carolyn Ritchie said she tried to report the abuses but was retaliated against and was forced to leave her job.

Farm Bill passed yesterday includes "Intern'l Food Aid" - WTF

They are cutting SNAP benefits and snatching school lunches from children but add tax dollars for "international food aid". No one is questioning that international food aid is needed. Food aid, however, is sorely needed here as well. WTF???

The 1st lawsuits have been filed against the Kauai Island GMO bill

RECAP: All the bill does is require the seed companies (DuPont, Monsanto, Syngenta, BSAF, Pioneer, etc) (i) disclose WHAT they are spraying; (ii) WHEN they spray with 48 hours notice prior to spraying; and (iii) have a no-spray buffer zone of 100 ft (reduced from 500 ft) from schools, business, homes, people.

All of the companies above have jointly filed a lawsuit to stop implementation of the bill. The bill is reasonable and well written. The companies have poured money into the reelection accounts of the Kauai Mayor (vetoed the bill - County counsel over-rode the veto) and the Governor (spoke against the bill) and both are Democrats.

Attorneys have agreed to defend the County of Kauai pro bono. Keep good positive thought coming. If the lawsuit gets booted up to Federal Court the Island Kauai County has no chance against the current US Supreme Court. So much for State's rights.





Has anyone seen a post from MadamSilverSpurs?

I always enjoy her posts and haven't seen anything in days. MadamSilverHeels? OMG did I get the name wrong?

OMG the Big Island Of Hawaii just passed it's GMO Bill

OMG GMO Bill 113 Passed!

SUBHEAD: OMG WE DID IT!!! GMO BILL 113 HAS PASSED! Mahalo Hawaii.

WOOHOO! WE DID IT! BILL #113 has passed the final reading by the full council. The bill will now go to our honorable Mayor Billy Kenoi who has 10 business days to uphold the will of the people and the Hawai`i County Council or to veto the bill sending it back to the
council for further consideration.

We ask for your continued support on the following two items: Write a letter to thank our councilmembers for protecting the health and preservation of our community and protection of Hawai's agricultural lands, encourage our Mayor Billy Kenoi to sign Bill 113 into law.

See livestream with Occupy Hilo (http://www.livestream.com/occupyhilo)

A slap at Eric Cantor?

Am I the only one who see the Dem victories in Virginia as a slap at Eric Cantor and his scorch the earth and bayonet the wounded policies? Forgive me if this has already been posted...I've been off line a few days.

Thought DU would like to see a friend's experience w/ ACA website

Her email....

I wanted to see what all the fuss was about as far as website was concerned. I just went to the site, got in immediately, went to sign in once from California (a state that has its own system) and once from Delaware (where one has to use the federal website) and, interestingly enough, I got all the way to "ready to enroll?" without a Single hiccup. It worked beautifully for me. Hmmmmmmmm.

Help re Ghostery

Someone on DU posted a link to Ghostery - which I really liked. Windows has somehow deleted it and I CANNOT get it re-installed or windows has blocked the re-install. The prompt says it's installed, but the "blue ghost" does not appear and ads are popping up everywhere. Arrrrrrgh....

Is there someone here who can help me?
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