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MIAMI (AP) — A South Florida woman posing as a doctor was arrested Thursday and charged in the death of a woman who died after authorities said her body was pumped with unknown toxic substances during a buttocks-enhancement surgery.

Shatarka Nuby, a 31-year-old mother, paid a woman known as "Dutchess" hundreds of dollars to come to her house and inject her buttocks, hips, thighs and breasts with an unknown substance. The Dutchess, whose real name is Oneal Morris, sometimes wore medical scrubs and a stethoscope. She allegedly sealed Nuby's injections with super glue and cotton balls, according to Broward County Sheriff's deputies.

Nuby told friends the injections became hard and hot and that her skin turned black. She wrote a letter to Department of Health investigators before her death in March in Tallahassee. An assistant medical examiner said she suffered "massive systemic silicone migration" from the injections, according to a release from the sheriff's office.

Authorities said Nuby was one of several victims who sought out 32-year-old Morris for cosmetic procedures. Some of the victims developed complications and infections after the injections, which included bathroom caulk, cement, Super Glue, Fix-A-Flat and mineral oil into the bodies of his victims, deputies said.


The 44 Senators Who Believe The Rich Pay Too Much And The Poor Pay Too Little In Taxes

Yesterday the Senate passed legislation to end the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, but extend them for annual income below $250,000. This passed with only Democratic votes, as Republicans for once decided not to filibuster.

The agreement not to filibuster included the opportunity for Senators to vote on a Republican alternative: which literally cut taxes for the wealthy (by extending the Bush tax cuts) while raising taxes on the poor and middle class (by refusing to extend Obama tax cuts for college tuition and for working familes).

The Republican bill lost on the floor 45-54.
But how many Senators voted to raise taxes on the poor and the middle class, while cutting them for the wealthy ... and then refused to back the Democratic bill extending the Bush tax cuts to the middle class only?

In other words, how many Senators believe the problem is the rich pay too much and the poor pay too little in taxes?

44 of 'em. Here they are.


Prominent Republicans Worried Romney May Squander Presidency

Republican strategists are increasingly distressed by the state of the presidential race and wonder if Mitt Romney is missing a golden opportunity to recapture the White House.

Such second-guessing is common when a candidate is lagging behind and seems on the defensive—and both are true with Romney, the presumptive GOP nominee, He is narrowly trailing President Barack Obama in many national polls and is losing by bigger margins in some battleground states, such as Michigan and Colorado.

"There's still a lot of disquiet" in the GOP, says a top conservative strategist. "He's just running a general campaign based on Obama's poor economy. Let's face it, Romney is not a strong candidate. He could still win but he needs to do things differently." Among those second-guessing him have been conservative commentators, including William Kristol and Charles Krauthammer, conservative media owner Rupert Murdoch, and veteran GOP strategists who have been instrumental in past presidential campaigns.


817,000 ...

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There have been more than 817,000 lightning strikes across the continental U.S. over the past 24 hours

Down the rabbit hole go the gunners ...

Right-Wing Gun Group: Was Aurora an Inside Job?

Here's the first right-wing conspiracy theory about the shootings that killed 12 people and injured dozens more at a midnight screening of the latest Batman movie in Aurora, Colorado, over the weekend.

All indications from the Aurora Police Department are that Batman gunman James Holmes acted alone, for reasons that have yet to be established. But Larry Pratt—the president of Gun Owners of America, a far-right Second Amendment group that's backed by prominent people like Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)—has a different theory. Pratt believes the timing of Holmes' rampage, which left 12 people dead and 58 wounded, seemed designed to coincide with the upcoming negotiation of the United Nations Small Arms Treaty. A press release sent out to radio bookers on Tuesday advertising Pratt's availability noted that, "In an article posted at The New American…one expert even outlined a theory that Holmes didn't act alone, but was possibly 'enlisted' to carry out his violent act." Pratt, the publicist stated, was free for interviews on Holmes' "impeccable" timing.

The email sources the claim to a blog post by a writer for the New American, the official publication of the John Birch Society—which, in turn, directs readers further down the rabbit hole to a website called Natural News, which breaks it down:


Studies of Substance Abuse with Interventions for the Youth of Native American Indian Communities #4

Purpose of the Study

The purpose of this section is to briefly familiarize the reader with the structural world in which many Native American Indians live. As is the case with cultural variations among American Indian tribes, great diversity in such things as income and employment also exists. But when talking about poverty, social statistics that denote averages can be very illuminating. In fact, some statistical averages show that American Indians in this country suffer the entire range of harmful conditions that are present in most Third World countries. Some examples will help clarify. Statistics on life expectancy are the best testimonial to the harshness and deprivation that many American Indians tolerate. The average life span of the American Indian is about eight to ten years below the national average. Premature death occurs in many forms. The maternal mortality rate for American Indians is around 11 per 100,000 live births. This rate is approximately 40 percent higher than the U.S. average maternal mortality rate. While the infant mortality rate for American Indians has decreased by approximately 85 percent since the 1970s, infant deaths still average a rate of 11 for every 1,000 live births. Further, the post neonatal death rate, which records infant deaths that occur from 28 days to 11 months after birth, is approximately 40 percent higher for American Indians than the U.S. population in general. If an American Indian lives beyond one year of age, the probability that he or she will die prematurely from other causes is also higher than it is for the U.S. population as a whole. For example, the Indian Health Service and Centers for Disease Control estimate that Indian deaths from motor vehicle accidents are more than three times higher than the national average. Deaths from alcoholism are almost six times higher, with deaths specifically caused by chronic liver disease and cirrhosis averaging five to six times higher than the U.S. averages. Death rates from pneumonia and influenza are more than double the national rates, and deaths from tuberculosis are nearly four times as high. Death rates from homicide and suicide are almost double the national averages and can be as much as eight times higher in some reservation communities. Social and economic characteristics on average still lag behind those of the population in general. From 50 to 60 percent of all American Indian children drop out of school before completing the twelfth grade, compared to only 20 to 25 percent of all other races combined. Unemployment averages around 50 percent, with some reservations experiencing unemployment rates as high as 80 to 90 percent. Nearly one of every four American Indian families has an income below the poverty level. Let's illustrate this another way. In 1999, half of all Indian families had an annual income of less than $18,000. During that same year, half of all White families in the United States had an annual income of almost $31,000 (Snipp and Summers, 2001). In addition, one of the most visible signs of deprivation in reservation communities is reservation housing. Again, although living conditions vary considerably, running water, central heating, indoor plumbing, and electricity are not always present. In fact, approximately 20 to 30 percent of housing in some reservation communities lacks both indoor plumbing and electricity. While many of these conditions appear to be getting better, many seem to be getting worse. While a more detailed breakdown of these average characteristics would reveal conditions far worse on some tribal levels, these national averages are quite revealing indicators of the harsh reality that many Native American Indians live with.

Most Native American Indians do not reside on remote reservations, well removed from the rest of America. In reality, the majorities (63%) live in urban areas, and only 22% of Native Americans live on reservations and tribal trust lands (U.S. Census Bureau, 2001b). The American Indian population is a young one, with a median age of 28.0, 34% being under 18 years old. In contrast, the median age for the overall U.S. population is 35.3, with 26% younger than 18 (U.S. Census Bureau, 2001a). About 10,000 American Indian and Alaskan Native children today attend federal boarding schools. First started in the 1870s as a method of forcibly assimilating Indians into American society, the aim of boarding schools was to systematically “kill the Indian, save the man” (Richard Pratt, founder of the first off-reservation boarding school in 1879, as cited in Kelley, 1999, section 3, para. 1). Intergenerational historical trauma, social disorganization and grief have been the result.

The mission of federal Indian boarding schools has greatly changed, and 52 remain open today (44 on reservations and 8 in off-reservation locations). Although some similarities and commonalities among Native American groups do exist, there is significant heterogeneity among communities and individuals according to tribal-specific factors; degree of Indian ancestry or blood quantum; residential pattern; and cultural affiliation, identity, and participation. When considering the issue of substance use and misuse, it is important to take into consideration the diversity of American Indians and Alaskan Natives and the implications it has for the development and implementation of prevention efforts.

Although the official terminology as set by the federal government’s Office of Management and Budget dictates that this collective group be referred to as American Indian/Alaskan Native (Robbin, 2000), it is common practice to also use the terms American Indian, Indian, Native American, and Native. Most generally, these terms are used to identify American Indians and/or Alaskan Natives. In contrast, when Alaskan Native is used alone, it generally refers only to Indians of that region. In this study, these terms are used interchangeably, but every effort is made to distinguish between regional and cultural groups when appropriate. In working with Native American Indians, community confidentiality is often considered equal in importance to the protection provided to individuals. Therefore, in most instances individual tribes and communities are not specifically referenced, and instead more general terms are used.

Studies of Substance Abuse with Interventions for the Youth of Native American Indian Communities #3

Statement of the Problem

This project is intended as a study of the published literature on substance abuse and its violent effects and substance abuse prevention among American Indian youth, focusing on the most widely used drugs: tobacco, inhalants, alcohol, and marijuana. Past research focusing on Native Americans has had relatively little representation in conventional psychological journals, the field as a whole is largely unaware of many prominent issues.

For this reason, this study focuses exclusively on this underserved/un-served and often at-risk population. Information on other ethnic groups is presented when it is useful for making relevant comparisons or providing context in terms of the general alcohol and substance use literature. It may appear that some of the research focusing on Native American Indian populations presented in this review is outdated or lacks comprehensiveness. However, it is important to bear in mind that this reflects the current state of the published research literature, emphasizing the need for more attention and resources to be directed toward the Native American Indian community.

According to U.S. population estimates, there are 2.5 million people who report their sole race to be American Indian/Alaskan Native, and 4.5 million people who report being American Indian/Alaskan Native in combination with one or more other races (U.S. Census Bureau, 2001b). Native American Indians are an incredibly diverse group, currently representing 562 federally recognized tribal nations and Alaskan Native villages and corporations that range in membership from less than 100 to more than 350,000 (Bureau of Indian Affairs, 2009b). In California we have 108 federally recognized tribes and 50 unrecognized. There are additional tribes recognized only by individual states, and numerous tribes, bands, and American Indian villages that are not formally recognized by the federal government for political reasons. Federally recognized Native American tribes are located in 35 states within 10 distinct cultural areas with 1/3 of total population in 3 states, California, Arizona, and Oklahoma. More than 200 tribal languages are currently spoken (Fleming, 1992).

Wayne LaPierre's resume

Mass Shootings in the United States Since 2005

This is page 1 of 62 pages!!

How much longer will we put the rights of gun ownership over life itself?

Aurora, CO

July 20, 2012
Twelve people were killed and 58 were injured in Aurora, Colorado during a sold-out midnight
premier of the new Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises" when 24-year-old James Holmes
unloaded four weapons' full of ammunition into the unsuspecting crowd. He detonated multiple
smoke bombs, and then began firing at viewers in the sold-out auditorium, Ten members of
"The Dark Knight Rises" audience were killed in theater, while two others died later at area
hospitals. Numerous patrons were in critical condition at six local hospitals, the Aurora police
said. (Colorado Movie Theater Shooting: 70 Victims The Largest Mass Shooting, ABC, July 20,

Tuscaloosa, AL

July 17, 2012
A gunman stood outside of a crowded downtown bar and opened fire from two different
positions early Tuesday, sending patrons running or crawling for cover. At least 17 people
were hurt. Nathan Van Wilkins, 44, surrendered about 10 hours after the shooting near the
University of Alabama campus, police said. Authorities believe one of the bar patrons was a
target of the rampage and that it was connected to an earlier shooting at a home. (Alabama
shooting suspect surrenders, SFGate, July 17 2012)

Chicago, IL

July 11, 2012
Four youngsters are among the latest victims caught in Chicago’s gun violence epidemic,
including two middle school-aged girls who were wounded in a neighborhood park on the Far
South Side. (Gun Violence Leaves 4 More Chicago Youth Wounded, CBS Chicago, July 11

Dover, DE

July 9, 2012
At a weekend soccer tournament in Delaware three people died and two were wounded. The
dead included the tournament organizer, a 16-year-old boy participating in the tournament and
one of three suspects alleged to have initiated the deadly violence Sunday afternoon at a park
near downtown Wilmington. (3 dead after gunfire at Del. soccer tournament, AP, July 9 2012)


A nation is not a business: Paul Krugman

President Obama gets this exactly right: "When some people question why I would challenge [Mitt Romney's] Bain record," he told CBS News on July 13, "the point I've made there in the past is, if you're a head of a large private equity firm or hedge fund, your job is to make money. It's not to create jobs. It's not even to create a successful business — it's to make sure that you're maximizing returns for your investor."

A country is not a company — and it's definitely not a private equity firm.

And here's the thing: Mr. Romney is running for president entirely on the basis of his business success. In a better world he could be running on the basis of his successful health reform, but now he's condemning that very achievement.

In a better world he could actually be running on the basis of coherent policy ideas, but instead he's offering nothing but a mix of tax cuts for the rich and benefit cuts for the middle class so extreme that focus groups refuse to believe that this is his actual proposal.


BREAKING: Entire city evacuated in grass fire

Authorities are evacuating the entire city of Ola as a grass fire spreads.

The fire is off Highway 7 just south of Ola and encompasses an area of 150-300 acres according to Jeff Gilkey, director of the Office of Emergency Management.

Gilkey said that he and other officials on the scene believe the fire is about 50 percent contained. Gilkey added that the greatest threat is three-quarters of a mile from Highway 10 and forestry officials have released mounted patrol to alert local residents. Gilkey said that they are attempting a voluntary evacuation.

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department also shut down part of Highway 7 between Ola and the Perry County line briefly, but it has since reopened.

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