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If you owned your body weight in gold, what would it be worth?
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IDignity is the organization my Brother works for & my Mother volunteers for. It is a model organization, and hoping to expand. Without an ID, you do not exist.
IDignity was created to help the disadvantaged in Central Florida overcome the difficulties of obtaining the personal identification that is crucial to enabling them to become self-sufficient. The need for such a program was recognized by members of five downtown churches who were unable to find a resource that provided such a service.
The acquiring of identification continues to become more difficult as stricter regulations are regularly being implemented for Homeland Security. Since May of 2008 IDignity has hosted monthly events at the Orlando Union Rescue Mission in downtown Orlando. Each event provides service to about 225 clients and often has to turn others away due to capacity and funding limitations. Clients are individually welcomed to the event and treated with respect and compassion throughout the process. In order to implement this program, it requires the assistance of nearly 100 dedicated volunteers and the professional staff of the various agencies.
Remember, Voter ID is the de rigeuer scare tactic of the GOP, appearing as a talking point before every election. It is important to note that:
The documents that IDignity provides are required to apply for employment or school, obtain access to most shelters, vote, seek help from many social service programs, open a bank account or cash a check, secure housing or overcome many other obstacles to becoming self-sufficient.
My last visit coincided with their event. The number of volunteers & State of Florida Agency representatives was very impressive. Then I saw the line of people hoping to get in.
I watched the IDignity volunteers do their work. There is a law desk with volunteer lawyers navigating those issues, gratis. There are Social Security people who will find your birth certificate from Whoknowswhere Iowa. They will get it emailed. They will help you fill out all the Florida forms to replace your ID.
Visit their website, support if you can.
Four of Six Homeschooled Brothers Plead Guilty to Molesting Their Sister While ‘anti-School’ Parents Did Nothing
Four homeschooled brothers pleaded guilty Thursday to molesting their younger sister from the time she was 4 years old until she was almost 15 - and their parents and two other brothers still face charges related to the case.
The oldest brother confessed in December 2012 to molesting the girl after becoming a born-again Christian, and a pastor from the Baptist church in Wake Forest, North Carolina, contacted authorities the following day.
“He confided in his pastor and his pastor told him that was wrong and not the way normal families are,” said Perquimans County Sheriff Eric Tilley.
Eric Jackson, then 25, told authorities that he and all five of his brothers had sexually abused their younger sister for a decade, and authorities say their parents knew but did nothing to stop the abuse.
An elder at Hope Baptist Church, which Jackson and another brother attended, compared the pattern of abuse to other “horrible” sins such as adultery and homosexuality.
Meyer: Make the school year a full year
By Jeremy Meyer
The Denver Post
POSTED: 05/22/2015 12:28:06 PM MDT8 COMMENTS| UPDATED: ABOUT 3 HOURS AGO
Colorado’s attendance law requires districts to provide at least 1,056 hours of instructional time a year for students in sixth through 12th grade and 968 hours for first- through fifth-graders. (Anya Semenoff, Denver Post file)
Every year around this time a cry erupts from parents, education reformers and researchers about the idiocy of the summer vacation break for kids.
They all are right.
The nine to 10 weeks off every summer continues to be one of the worst policies in the American education system.
The policy is academically damaging, expensive and unnecessary in today’s society.
An Alaska Fossil of the Ancient Buzz Saw Shark, Lost for 29 Years, Goes on Display at the Alaska SeaLife Center
Courtesy Alaska SeaLife Center
Alaska Dispatch News
May 21, 2015
In 1986, Richard Glenn, a 23-year-old geology student from Barrow, spotted an odd shape in a foot-long chunk of rock near Atigun Gorge. It consisted of a series of points arranged in a spiral, like the shell of a snail.
“I don’t have much of a background in paleontology,” Glenn told this year’s meeting of the Geological Society of America in Anchorage on May 13. “I’d never seen anything like it. I didn’t know what it was. So I left it there.”
It made sense at the time. Glenn’s project involved mapping the convoluted “jelly roll” of geological formations in the Brooks Range. Fossils were part of the evidence he took under consideration, but they were not very helpful when found out of place. This thing, whatever it was, had dropped from its original location onto a steep scree slope of mixed rock.
The next day his adviser, Gil Mull, arrived from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and, hearing about the fossil, suggested they take another look.
That wasn’t easy, Glenn said. Every bit of rubble on a scree slope looks pretty much like every other bit of rubble. “But we went back and spent the day kicking rocks over.”
They found it and brought it back to camp. Mull didn’t know what it was either. He forwarded the rock to the Smithsonian Institution, where it was identified as the teeth of a Helicoprion, an extinct predatory fish that lived about 280 million years ago.
Published on May 21, 2015
democracynow.org - New cellphone video sheds light on Freddie Gray’s fatal journey in a Baltimore police van. The footage obtained by The Baltimore Sun shows Gray lying motionless as several police officers shackle his ankles and load him into the vehicle. It appears to contradict earlier police claims that Gray was “irate” and “combative.” One of the officers, Lt. Brian Rice, reportedly threatened to use his Taser on the eyewitness who was filming. We are joined by Matt Taibbi, whose latest article for Rolling Stone is “Why Baltimore Blew Up.” He writes, “Instead of using the incident to talk about a campaign of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of illegal searches and arrests across decades of discriminatory policing policies, the debate revolved around whether or not the teenagers who set fire to two West Baltimore CVS stores after Gray’s death were “thugs,” or merely wrongheaded criminals.”
Matt Taibbi: World’s Largest Banks Admit to Massive Global Financial Crimes, but Escape Jail (Again)
In an interview with Democracy Now!, Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi spoke about the recent news surrounding the five major banks - Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland and UBS - who pled guilty to rigging the price of foreign currencies and interest rates. Their fines amount up to more than $5 billion. “They were monkeying around with the prices of every currency on Earth,” Taibbi told Amy Goodman. “So, if you can imagine that anybody who has money, which basically includes anybody who’s breathing on the planet, all of those people were affected by this activity. So if you have dollars in your pocket, they were monkeying around with the prices of dollars versus euros, so you might have had more or less money fractionally, depending on all of this manipulation, every single day.”
Below is an interview with Taibbi, followed by a transcript:
Presented without comment, except to say that you should click through at the bottom and read the whole thing.
At this point, I should be used to seeing backlash against Emma Sulkowicz, but I still wasn’t fully prepared for what came this week: endless tittering of people around me in real life and in my social feeds saying they “weren’t sure” about Emma’s choice to carry her mattress to Columbia’s graduation; the insistence that Emma’s alleged assailant Paul Nungesser had been “proven innocent” by Columbia and exonerated by the NYPD; the posters someone put up around Columbia with Emma’s picture on them, calling her a “PRETTY LITTLE LIAR.”
Every time I read another version of this narrative—that Nungesser merely “picked the wrong friends,” that the complaints against him were a calculated vendetta—my stomach flopped. Don’t forget: before he appealed away the conviction, Paul Nungesser was found responsible for sexually assaulting a woman at Columbia. And I’m writing this because that woman was me.
When I filed the complaint against Paul, I didn’t know it would turn into a national event. It was over a year before Emma started carrying that weight, months before what happened at Columbia helped sparked a national dialogue about rape on college campus. I was just trying to do the right thing.
The incident happened my junior year at Columbia, when Paul followed me upstairs at a party, came into a room with me uninvited, closed the door behind us, and grabbed me. I politely said, “Hey, no, come on, let’s go back downstairs.” He didn’t listen. He held me close to him as I said no, and continued to pull me against him. I pushed him off and left the room quickly. I told a few friends and my boyfriend at the time how creepy and weird it was. I tried to find excuses for his behavior. I did a decent job of pushing it out of my mind.
Then, a year later, a friend approached me and asked if we could speak privately. She told me she’d heard that Paul had apparently raped someone, and that the story had reminded her of what he had done to me a year before. (At the time, I didn’t know that the woman he had allegedly raped was Emma, although I eventually found out: several friends who didn’t know about my incident with Paul told me as word spread and the weeks went on.)
My friend gave me the name and number of someone at Columbia I could talk to if I wanted to file a complaint. I wondered if what had happened between me and Paul was really sexual assault: there was no penetration, I had no bruises, I got away. But Columbia defines “Sexual Assault—Non-Consensual Sexual Contact” as “Any intentional sexual touching, however slight, with any object without a person’s consent.” That is exactly what happened to me, and so I decided to file a complaint.
There is a narrative spreading that pins me as “Friend of Mattress Girl,” filing a sexual assault complaint as part of a weird collusion among girlfriends. This narrative is entirely false. At the time, Emma and I were friendly; however, we were never friends. We had never hung out one-on-one and I’d never had her number in my phone. I also never knew the identity of Paul’s ex-girlfriend, who also filed a complaint against him, until two separate reporters let her name slip while interviewing me—assuming, maybe, that I knew her. But I didn’t. I still don’t even know what she looks like or what her last name is.
Really a shame only two companies stood up on this. Anyway Brian Leber is a man I know. We did great biz together for many years. He walks thewalk on sustainable practices, using only post consumer precious metals and the cleanest sources for gems.
A link to his advocacy page.
He was the guy that had the first scientific analysis done on Chinese pet food out of his own pocket. Then he went to Senator Durbin’s staff and got him behind the first big public pushback on that product scandal. IIRC that was truly a trailblazing report, so many product issues followed of Chinese manufacture. Most recently Lumber Liquidators found out the hard way how deceptive practices are over there, and how hazardous it is to play the game like that. It’s telling a guy paid himself where the import officials failed so badly right here in the US.
Brian Leber of Leber Jeweler Inc. in Chicago, one of two companies in the jewelry industry that signed on to a statement asking the Angolan government to drop the charges against the journalist, said that he’s known de Morais for years and that they were pleased to hear that the charges have been dropped.
“It can be seen as a tacit acknowledgment that his reports of human rights abuses in the diamond fields of Angola have merit. This should strongly encourage the jewelry and diamond industry, who have largely remained mute throughout the entire trial, to seriously reflect on any role they may have played, either directly or indirectly, in the documented violence,” Leber said, adding that “In light of Rafael’s reporting, our industry needs to collectively admit the diamond trade has a long way to go before the phrase ‘conflict free’ truly lives up to its claims.”
The other jewelry company that signed that statement supporting de Morais was Tiffany & Co.
De Morais’s trial began in March but was pushed back twice, first to give his lawyers time to review additional charges brought against him on his first day in court.
Why We’re Here
In Texas, a person under the age of 18 cannot access a legal abortion without the consent of a parent or legal guardian. The vast majority of teens who seek abortion care in Texas do so with the knowledge and consent of their parents.
A small number—between 200 and 300 per year—cannot. That’s who we’re here for. Those are the Janes.
Janes are pregnant Texans under the age of 18 who cannot even consider the option of legal abortion care without the approval of a judge, because they do not have a parent or guardian who can or will, under the law, grant consent for the procedure.
Welcome to Jane’s Due Process! We are a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring legal representation for pregnant minors in Texas. If you are a pregnant teen and have questions about your pregnancy options, how to get confidential birth control, where to find an abortion clinic, emancipation, or staying in school while pregnant, CALL our 24/7 confidential hotline at 1-866-WWW-JANE (999-5263) or TEXT[no phone numbers allowed] M-F 7:00 am - 4:00 pm . Our services are entirely cost-free and judgment-free - we are here for you no matter what pregnancy option you choose!
People in Louisiana are also working to help women obtain their full rights: Louisiana Judicial Bypass Project.