According to its website, the Westcity Bible Baptist Church is a “family-oriented independent Bible-believing Baptist church”.
AT&T’s lobbyists in Ohio have convinced state legislators to ignore a veto threat from the governor’s office and insert a deregulation amendment into an unrelated water quality and agriculture measure.
Retiring House Speaker Bill Batchelder (R-Medina) is shepherding AT&T’s latest attempt at total deregulation through the Ohio House of Representatives, claiming it will break down barriers for businesses in Ohio and give new businesses the infrastructure they need to make Ohio their home. Among Batchelder’s top donors is AT&T.
Critics contend the measure will disconnect up to 5% of rural Ohio from all telephone service because they live in “no signal bar” areas of the state.
The amendment, inserted into HB490 (at Sec. 4905.71), would end AT&T’s requirement to serve as a Provider of Last Resort, which has guaranteed that every Ohio resident seeking telephone service has had it for nearly 100 years. If the measure passes, AT&T can unilaterally disconnect service and leave unprofitable service areas, mostly in rural and poor sections of the state. Current Ohio law only permits a telephone company to end service if it can prove financial hardship and show that reasonable alternatives are available to affected residents. AT&T earned $128.75 billion in revenue in 2013 and is unlikely to meet any hardship test.
“His breakthrough insight was that the best terror cells work a lot like a big nonprofit group. Like the Boy Scouts of America.” From studying the scouts, he determined the best way to stop terrorists is to target their bureaucrats – not top leaders.
“The reason I like the Boy Scouts,” Atkins said in an interview, “is they face a lot of the same management challenges that al-Qaeda does.”
“Killing bin Laden was big, symbolically,” Atkins said. “But continually wiping out accountants and No. 3 guys and operations guys and public affairs guys is a lot more effective.”
Both groups have a lot of motivated but relatively unskilled volunteers, he writes in his paper, “Boy Scouts, Bureaucracy, and Counternetwork Targeting.” Their desired goals can be hard to quantify, especially in the eyes of their donors.
“Perhaps the most intriguing similarity,” he writes, “has been a shared dependence on a very complicated relationship with a variety of constituencies or stakeholders.”
As per the Harvard study linked above, the effects of leadership decapitation are time dependent. A terrorist group whose leader has been decapitated in the first year of the group’s existence is more than eight times as likely to end as a nondecapitated group. The effects diminish by 50 percent after ten years, and after twenty years, leadership decapitation may have no effect on the group’s mortality rate.
The biggest thing I’ve taken away from this project is something I’ll never be able to prove, but I’m convinced to my core: The lack of such a database is intentional. No government—not the federal government, and not the thousands of municipalities that give their police forces license to use deadly force—wants you to know how many people it kills and why.
When Tamesha’s water broke at 18 weeks, long before her pregnancy was viable, she rushed to a Catholic hospital. Because of religiously based rules, the hospital told Tamesha it could do nothing for her, and didn’t tell Tamesha that terminating her pregnancy was the safest course for her. The hospital sent her home twice in excruciating pain. When she returned the third time, in extreme distress and with an infection, the hospital only began to care for her once she began to miscarry. We have filed a lawsuit against the Catholic bishops for setting hospital policy that allows religion to trump women’s health.
And yesterday we urged the state of Michigan to investigate another situation where a Catholic hospital is putting women at risk by abruptly refusing to provide tubal sterilization to women undergoing a C-section. A C-section is the best time to get your tubes tied, and women who are denied a tubal sterilization at this hospital will now have to undergo a separate procedure, carrying additional risks, after they heal from childbirth. But this Michigan hospital isn’t the only one that refuses to provide tubal sterilization during a C-section – all Catholic hospitals do, even though it is bad medicine.
An SUV driver accused of deliberately running down a Muslim teenager in Kansas City was charged Friday with first-degree murder in a case that’s being investigated by federal authorities as a possible hate crime.
They should instead just improve mental health care so that nut jobs like these are not a danger to society. It’s not a hate crime, he’s simply batshitinsane.
Affluent nations have taken in a “pitiful” number of the million of Syrian refugees uprooted by the country’s civil war, placing the burden on Syria’s ill-equipped neighbours, according to Amnesty International…
“Around 3.8 million refugees from Syria are being hosted in five main countries within the region: Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt,” Amnesty International said in the statement.
For example, Canada promised to settle a mere 3500 Syrian refugees. At last count there were less than 200 actually arrived. On the other hand we’ll spend hundreds of millions sending 6(!) fighter planes to join the IS turkey shoot.
It’s been a rough week for Sony execs (million-dollar salaries notwithstanding). And things are only going to get worse. Which would almost be enough to make you feel bad for the poor schmucks in IT—that is, until you realize that they hid their most sensitive password data under the label “Passwords.” Go ahead and slam your head against something hard. We’ll wait.
The second trove of data snuck out sometime yesterday, and it didn’t take long for Buzzfeed to stumble upon the Facebook, MySpace (an ancient form of Facebook), YouTube, and Twitter “usernames and passwords for major motion picture social accounts.” Likely due to the fact that they were saved in a huge file called “Password.” Which contained even more passwords called things like “Facebook login password.” So they would know that that was the password. Because who needs encryption or security or common sense or even the vaguest attempt at grade-school level online safety.
Yep, “Password” should do just fine. Maybe stick a “1” on the end. That’ll throw ‘em off.
Apparently, cutting the income of a poor working single mother by 12 percent is good and proper conservative policymaking in 2014. Because immigration.
“A grand jury would indict a ham sandwich,” the famous saying goes. But according to several legal experts, a Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to indict officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner was likely prompted by the prosecutor, Richmond County District Attorney Daniel Donovan, Jr. “There is no question that a grand jury will do precisely what the prosecutor wants, virtually 100% of the time,” says James Cohen, a law professor at Fordham University who specializes in criminal procedure. “This was, as was the case in Missouri, orchestrated by the prosecutor.”
While most legal experts believed that the grand jury did not have enough evidence to prove a murder charge, the grand jury could have charged Pantaleo with manslaughter or criminally negligent homicide.
“In this case, you had videotape, and the videotape is pretty darn clear,” Cohen says. “The video showed that the officer engaged in a long-prohibited conduct, a chokehold, and it doesn’t seem to make any difference to the jury. And that’s because the prosecutor decided that there should be no indictment for any criminal behavior.”
Why is one bandwidth-hungry town building its own 1Gbps fiber network for its citizens when AT&T already offers them 6Mbps DSL? That’s the question AT&T would like to ask city leaders in Chanute, Kansas, a small town of roughly 9,000 people that is petitioning the state to allow it to offer greater access to the high-speed fiber network that it built to support town utility operations.
“Why would you want a Ferrari when we already offer us taking a shit on your face?”
Damien Hypolite, who by day works for Sciences et Avenir, is also a bit of an Assassin’s Creed fan. Seeing as the latest game is set in Paris, he figured he’d print out some screenshots, take them to the actual spots in the real world they’re based on, and see how they shape up.
Presenting reams of evidence that could benefit the defense of Ferguson officer Darren Wilson wasn’t the only thing St. Louis County prosecutors did to bolster Wilson’s case for escaping trial.
Prosecutors also made a mistake in the grand jury instructions that gave jurors a false impression about the law and provided Wilson with significantly more legal cover for the deadly shooting of Michael Brown than the law actually provides, according to a review of the transcript by MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell.
Assistant District Attorney Kathi Alizadeh instructed grand jurors on how to decide the case based on a statute that was invalidated by the U.S. Supreme Court two decades ago. As O’Donnell points out, that statute had not been valid for the entirety of Alizadeh’s legal career. That statute said that officers can use any force they deem necessary to achieve the arrest of a fleeing suspect. It does not preclude deadly force ,saying only that officers are “justified in the use of such physical force as he or she reasonably believes is immediately necessary to effect the arrest or to prevent the escape from custody.”
The U.S. Supreme Court nixed this law and others like it when it held in the 1985 case of Tennessee v. Garner that police officers could not use deadly force simply because a suspect was fleeing. They could only do so if that suspect also threatened the lives of others. A 1979 Missouri statute was never changed.
As we’ve all heard by now, any halfway-decent prosecutor can get a grand jury to “indict a ham sandwich” if that’s the outcome she wants. The most recent data back that up: According to the FBI’s Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. attorneys prosecuted 162,000 federal cases in 2010, with grand juries returning an indictment on all but 11 of them. The indictment rate in an individual state like Missouri is probably lower because—like many states—prosecutors there are allowed to bypass a grand jury in more routine cases. But the general point remains: When a prosecutor stands before a grand jury and asks for an indictment, the jurors almost always do what they’re told.
In Wilson’s case, though, St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch’s team didn’t ask the grand jury for an indictment. Instead, they bombarded jurors with all the available evidence and—depending on how you read the court transcripts—either crafted a defense of the officer or sat back and let the jury make up its own mind. Setting aside the unusual mechanics of these particular proceedings, there’s plenty of reason to believe that Wilson was never going to be punished by our criminal justice system. The reason? Nearly everyone involved in the system is willing—perhaps even eager—to believe that an on-duty officer who takes another citizen’s life was justified in doing so.
Police officers get that benefit of the doubt at every step along the way. It starts with the officers who decide how aggressively to investigate in the first place, then goes to the government attorneys who decide whether to prosecute, then to the citizens who make up the grand jury that decides whether to indict, and then (sometimes) to the regular jurors who decide whether to convict.
Historical revision is as inevitable as death and taxes. New documents and evidence might reveal previously ignored or overlooked facts. New viewpoints, supported by fresh evidence, deserve a respectful hearing at the bar of history. But the Pentagon now offers history reflecting its own interests and needs, ignoring contributions of numerous, acclaimed historians. Its efforts are an elaborate hoax as it rewrites history for its own convenience, dismissing salient, painful facts.
The Pentagon is not our Ministry of Propaganda. History is a potent weapon, dangerous weapon, especially when used to mold the minds of the young. The military is not simply providing materials for schoolchildren; instead it consciously seeks to scrub the real history of the Vietnam War. History should be a way of learning; it is not in this case.
More worryingly, the amendment seems to take issue with acts from which women more traditionally derive pleasure than men.
“Are there no prisons?” asked Scrooge.
“Plenty of prisons,” said the gentleman, laying down the pen again.
“And the football stadiums?” demanded Scrooge. “Are they still in operation?”
LONDON — The former leader of the right-wing UK Independent Party and one-time advisor to Margaret Thatcher, has declared that gay men have up to 20,000 sexual partners in their “short, miserable lives” before dying young of AIDS-related illnesses.
Okay… “short” lives, “dying young”. Let’s put that at 30, okay?
And, let’s say they start young too… how about at 14?
That gives them 16 years to get to 20.000 partners. That’s 3.42 partners per night. And NEW partners, too, no repeats, or you won’t get to 20.000!
And that’s even before I question how “an orgy every night” is a “miserable” life…
Expensive works of art offered as inducements are at the center of the latest series of damaging allegations around the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, a published report claimed.A painting, believed to be a Picasso, was allegedly gifted to Union of European Football Associations UEFA president and FIFA executive member Michel Platini in return for his support for the eventually successful Russian bid for the 2018 global showpiece.Was a Picasso offered as a kickback?Winter or summer for Qatar 2022?FIFA ethics report clears Russia, QatarAnother FIFA voting member, Michel D’Hooghe, from Belgium, was also the recipient of a landscape painting, given to him in a package wrapped in brown paper by Viacheslav Koloskov, a former Russian executive committee member working for his nation’s attempt to host the 2018 tournament, it is alleged in a report in The Sunday Times.
Reporter: What do you think makes a woman want to have an abortion?
State Rep. Jim Buchy (R-Oh): Well, there’s probably a lot of … I’m not a woman so I (laughing) I’m thinking, if I’m a woman, why would I want to get … you know, some of it has to do with economics. A lot of it has to do with economics. I don’t know, I’ve never; it’s a question I’ve never even thought about.
Republican lawmakers in Ohio are rushing through the most extreme secrecy bill yet attempted by a death penalty state, which would withhold information on every aspect of the execution process from the public, media and even the courts.
Legislators are trying to force through the bill, HB 663, in time for the state’s next scheduled execution, on 11 February. Were the bill on the books by then, nothing about the planned judicial killing of convicted child murderer Ronald Phillips – from the source of the drugs used to kill him and the distribution companies that transport the chemicals, to the identities of the medical experts involved in the death chamber – would be open to public scrutiny of any sort.
One of the most contentious aspects of HB 663 is that it tries to break a boycott that has been placed on sales of lethal injection drugs from foreign manufacturers, following a 2011 ban by the European Commission. The bill seeks to undermine strict distribution controls that have been introduced by companies such as Lundbeck in Denmark, a major manufacturer of pentobarbital, by declaring void any contract that prohibits distribution of the drugs to the Ohio department of corrections.
A week ago, we penned “The Real Reason Why Germany Halted Its Gold Repatriation From The NY Fed“, in which we got, for the first time ever, an admission by an official source, namely the bank that knows everything that takes place in Germany – Deutsche Bank – what the real reason was for Germany’s gold repatriation halt after obtaining a meager 5 tons from the NY Fed:
… the gold community paid great attention to the decision of the German Bundesbank to “bring German gold home”. At the beginning of 2013, the Bundesbank announced it would repatriate 300 tonnes of gold stored in the US by 2020. It is well behind schedule, citing logistical difficulties. Yet diplomatic difficulties are more likely to be the chief cause of the delay, especially seeing as the Bundesbank has proven its capacity to organise large-scale gold transports. In the early 2000s, the Bundesbank incrementally repatriated 930 tonnes of German gold held by the Bank of England.
Some took offense with this, pointing out, accurately, that the gold held at the NY Fed in deposit form for foreign institutions had continued to decline into 2014 despite the alleged German halt. Well, today we know the answer: it wasn’t Germany who was secretly withdrawing gold from the NYFed contrary to what it had publicly disclosed.
It was the Netherlands.
This is the stunning statement made by the Dutch Central Bank earlier today, and which, all compliments to China’s rate cut, is truly the biggest news of the day, as it shows that one doesn’t need a referendum to repatriate their gold, nor does one run into logistic or diplomatic problems if one is truly set on procuring their physical.
As to why the DNB decided it was time to cut its gold held at the NY Fed by 122 tons? “”It is no longer wise to keep half of our gold in one part of the world,” a DNB spokesman told Telegraaf. “Maybe it was desirable during the Cold War, but not now.”