Police refuse to save drowning man due to lack of training Reply

By Rob Parsons

Police officers refused to get into the water to save a man drowning in a London canal because they had not had the right training, an inquest heard.

Unemployed Panayiotis Petrou, 30, died after getting into the Grand Union canal near King’s Cross station while under the influence of the anaesthetic ketamine.

A member of the public alerted police, who found Mr Petrou, originally from Harrow, “splashing around as if in a swimming pool on holiday” and refusing to accept a life ring.

An inquest heard that despite the first officers being alerted at 8pm on April 26, his body was not found until 9.55pm after three emergency services teams ruled it would be too dangerous to enter the canal.

Police Sergeant Philip Orphanides described Mr Petrou as “in his own world” but decided against entering the water because he had not had any official water rescue training.

By the time the Met’s Marine Unit and London Fire Brigade arrived at around 9pm Mr Petrou, who had been intentionally submerging himself, had disappeared beneath the surface and not come up for half an hour.

Firefighter Neil Cash said it was because he was already submerged when they arrived that they ruled against getting into the water and instead set up lights and an inflatable boat.

More…

Mayor Bloomberg’s infant formula plan aimed at promoting breast-feeding in NYC hospitals Reply

This guy just really needs to go fuck himself.

From CBS News

First he took on big servings of soda. Next on Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s agenda is infant formula.

Going into effect on September 3, New York City’s mayor will implement his voluntary Latch On NYC initiative in which infant formula will be kept locked away at hospitals to encourage breast-feeding for new mothers.

Report: Massachusetts birth hospitals ditch free infant formula gift bags
Breast-Feeding State by State: Who’s #1?

Under the new program, reported by the New York Post, mothers who insist on bottle-feeding will still be able to do so, but nurses would have to sign out the baby formula, which would always be on hand for mothers who have difficulty breast-feeding.

The Post reports that 27 of the city’s 40 hospitals have also agreed to eliminate gift bag giveaways of infant formula and other free items like lanyards or mugs with formula-company logos.

More…

Real World Facts vs. Drug Warrior Superstitions Reply

From BrassCheckTV.Com

Drug warriors often contend that drug use would skyrocket if we were to legalize or decriminalize drugs in the United States. Fortunately, we have a real-world example of the actual effects of ending the violent, expensive War on Drugs and replacing it with a system of treatment for problem users and addicts.

Ten years ago, Portugal decriminalized all drugs. One decade after this unprecedented experiment, drug abuse is down by half.

U.S. Army Purchases Riot Gear As Fears Over Civil Unrest Grow Reply

By Paul Joseph Watson

It’s not just the Department of Homeland Security that is gearing up for the prospect of civil unrest in America. The U.S. Army also recently purchased a stock of riot gear including batons, face masks and body shields.

U.S. Army Purchases Riot Gear As Fears Over Civil Unrest Grow Kosovo fotka

As we reported last week, the DHS has put out an urgent solicitation for hundreds of items of “riot gear,” in preparation for expected unrest at the upcoming Republican National Convention, Democratic National Convention and next year’s presidential inauguration.

In a previous solicitation, the U.S. Army also put out a contract for riot gear to be delivered to the United States Military Academy at West Point in New York.

More…

Chick-Fil-A And Free Speech: New York City Council Speaker Pressures University To Punish Restaurant For Speech Reply

By Hans Bader

New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn wants to kick Chick-fil-A out of New York because its CEO said he opposed gay marriage.  She sent the head of New York University, which leases space to the one Chick-fil-A restaurant in New York City, a letter stating, “Chick-fil-A is not welcome in New York City as long as the company’s president continues to uphold and promote his discriminatory views […] I urge you to sever your relationship with the Chick-fil-A establishment that exists on your campus.”  My guess is that the university will regard this letter more as an unstated threat than as a mere statement of the Speaker’s opinion, since universities are pervasively subject to ad hoc government regulations and ordinances, making it imperative to cultivate municipal officials’ goodwill.  (For example, a university that annoys municipal officials can end up with an enrollment cap, or lose lucrative eminent domainprerogatives.  Business owners are often subject to municipal predation  that can potentially drive them out of business, forcing them to ingratiate themselves with city officials.)

More…

Do countries with the death penalty have higher homicide rates? Reply

From FullFact.Org

Since the Government launched its new ‘e-petitions’ site this week there has been a surge in debate surrounding the death penalty – one of the most popular topic areas in the site’s first few days.

Newspapers, bloggers and other commentators quickly joined the debate with both sides of the argument quoting different statistics at each other in attempts to gain the upper hand.
One of the most contentious debates surrounds the deterrent effect of the death penalty. The anti-capital punishment campaigning group ‘Reprieve’, for instance, quote figures which suggest that countries with the death penalty tend to have higher homicide rates. They claimed last year:
“The five countries in the world with the highest homicide rates that do not impose the death penalty have nearly half the number of murders per 100 000 people than the five countries with the highest homicides rates which do impose the death penalty (United Nations Development program)”
The validity of using static murder rates as a means of determining the penalty’s deterrent effect is of course open to question.
While the figures could lead one to conclude that capital punishment is ineffective given the high murder rates in countries where it is legal, it could also be the case that the countries which do practice it would have much higher homicide rates if the death penalty were not in place.
Homicide rates have, however, proven to be a common measure of deterrence in the United States, and have also been the basis of detailedresearch on the matter.
In light of this, Full Fact decided to test the claim that countries with the death penalty tend to have higher homicide rates on average, using the latest United Nations data.

FBI Agents Raid Homes in Search of “Anarchist Literature” Reply

By Will Potter

Search warrant for Northwest raids against anarchists and OccupyWhen FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force agents raided multiple activist homes in the Northwest last week, they were in search of “anti-government or anarchist literature.”

The raids were part of a multi-state operation that targeted activists in Portland, Olympia, and Seattle. At least three people were served subpoenas to appear before a federal grand jury on August 2nd in Seattle.

In addition to anarchist literature, the warrants also authorize agents to seize flags, flag-making material, cell phones, hard drives, address books, and black clothing.

The listing of black clothing and flags, along with comments made by police, indicates that the FBI may ostensibly be investigating “black bloc” tactics used during May Day protests in Seattle, which destroyed corporate property.

If that is true, how are books and literature evidence of criminal activity?

More…

Progressive Betrayals of Civil Liberties Reply

Anthony Gregory chimes in on Cathygate at the Independent Institute.

________

In the last two weeks, we have seen the weakness of many left-liberals’ support for civil liberties. Last week, progressive bloggers, activists, and politicians piled on Chick-fil-A, whose president Dan Cathy has spoken critically of and supported groups that oppose gay marriage. For his stance on this issue, which is not all that different from Obama’s stance just a year ago, many in the gay rights movement decided to boycott his fast food chain. Whatever one thinks of this, it is well within the rights of people to vote with their dollars. The Executive Director of Log Cabin Republicans argues that the boycott is poor strategy, however, because “turning a chicken sandwich into Public Gay Enemy Number One makes LGBT people look superficial, vindictive and juvenile—everything that we as a community have worked hard to overcome.”

Yet far more disturbing to anyone interested in civil liberties was the threat of a government crackdown on the basis of the business owner’s political opinions. Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel and Boston mayor Thomas Menino both indicated a willingness to keep the restaurant out of their cities, using their power as government officials to fight the culture war.

While the most consistent left-liberal voices for civil liberties, among them the ACLU, have defended Chick-fil-A’s right to open a business regardless of the proprietor’s political views, there has been far too much silence or even enthusiasm toward these threats of political coercion, which carry potentially totalitarian implications. A government that can prohibit people from engaging in peaceful commerce based on traditional cultural and conservative political values is as big a threat to civil liberties as anything the left imagines a conservative Big Brother poses. Most strikingly, left-liberals often, with a lot of justification, decry the Red Scares in American history—the private and public ostracism and at times oppression that befell communists, communist sympathizers, or anyone deemed too far radically left in America. Communism posed a real threat to world peace and liberty, and its political leaders collectively murdered close to a hundred million people in the 20th century. If Americans should have a right to pursue work despite their sympathies for such a violent ideology, surely Chick-fil-A shouldn’t be blacklisted simply for holding traditional views on marriage.

More…

The murders so brutal they shocked even South Africa: Couple shot dead, then son aged 12 is drowned in scalding bath 2

From the Daily Mail.Torn apart: Amaro with his mother Geraldine and father Tony, who were shot to death by the robbers, along with Gabriela Correia, Mr Viana's daughter by his first marriage

Seriously fucked-up, but not terribly surprising…

__________

By Dan Newling

Even in a country that sees 44 murders a day, the case has left the public horrified.

A gang of robbers gunned down a father, raped and murdered his wife.

Then, in a final act of sickening brutality, they drowned the couple’s 12-year-old son in scalding bath water.

Amaro Viana was murdered to prevent him from identifying the three housebreakers who carried out the raid in suburban South Africa.

The gang included the family’s gardener and the son of a domestic servant.

It was claimed they were motivated by the way they had been treated by the Viana family.

Appearing in court yesterday, the gardener Patrick Radebe, 24, confessed to being part of the gang which broke into their home in October last year.

Vereeniging Regional Court heard that, after gaining access to the house in Walkerville, a suburb of Johannesburg, the gang lay in wait for Amaro’s engineer father Tony, 53, to arrive home.

When he walked through the front door, they attacked him with golf clubs and a machete-like knife known as a panga before tying him up and ordering him to tell them how to open the family safe.

When Mr Viana’s wife Geraldine, 43, and her son returned to the property, they too fell victim.

Mother and son were tied up in separate rooms.

Two of the men then raped Mrs Viana before both she and her husband were shot dead.

More…

Conservative Supreme Court Justice Scalia: “Second Amendment Leaves Open Possibility of Gun Control” Reply

Hopefully, this will be a lesson for those conservatives and libertarians who persist in supporting the Republicans on the grounds they’re more likely to appoint pro-2nd Amendment justices to the Supreme Court.

From FOX News
https://i0.wp.com/www.examiner.com/sites/default/files/styles/image_content_width/hash/44/eb/44eb86f4c76020c74cfdb60f01f6d45e.jpg

Foxnews

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said  Sunday the Second Amendment leaves open the possibility of gun-control legislation, adding to what has become a slow-boiling debate on the issue since the Colorado movie theater massacre earlier this month.

Scalia, one of the high court’s most conservative justices, said on “Fox News Sunday” that the majority opinion in the landmark 2008 case of District of Columbia v. Heller stated the extent of gun ownership “will have to be decided in future cases.”

“We’ll see,” he said.

More…

CopBlock founder faces 21 years in prison on “wiretapping” charges for filming police 1

From Activist Post

According to court documents, Adam “Ademo” Mueller, journalist and co-host of nationally syndicated radio talk show Free Talk Live, has been indicted on three counts of felony wiretapping. The charges are a result of a vlog Mueller posted on CopBlock.org about an incident involving alleged police misconduct, which featured recorded interviews of on-duty public officials.

Mueller’s report focused on video recorded by a student’s cell phone at Manchester’s West High School, which depicted Officer Darren Murphy slamming a 17-year-old boy into a cafeteria table in October of 2011. Although public officials told the student to delete the video, it ended up in Adam Mueller’s hands instead.

Girls With Guns: How Arming More Women Could Change America Reply

By Alessandra Ram

Female patrons are visiting shooting ranges in greater numbers, some carrying leopard-print concealment purses. Will their training really make society safer?

girl-gun.jpgIakov Filimonov/Shutterstock

It’s Ladies Night at the gun range. No longer the sacred pastime of cowboys and Indians, shooting has become a favorite pastime for more and more young women across the country. “Want a real girls’ night out?” asks an ad for the Silver Bullet Shooting Range in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, underneath an image of a shapely leg in stiletto heels. To draw in female customers, many ranges and clinics designate special days when women are encouraged to practice target shooting or participate in events or seminars for a reduced fee.

More…

Beware of God-Botherers Everywhere 4

EMEMBERING A LOST WORLD – BEFORE THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN
PHOTO: The Student Lounge at the University of Tehran in 1971.
According to the New York Times, “Until the revolution, Iran was among the most cultured, cosmopolitan countries in the region. It had a progressive movement in art and literature and a sophisticated film and television industry.”
Foreign Policy magazine notes: “When Westerners think of Iran today, images of women wearing chadors, American flags burning, and militant crowds shouting nationalistic slogans often come to mind. But those who have memories of Tehran in the 1960s and 1970s paint a very different portrait of Iranian life.