Friday, August 01, 2014

World Penis Enlargement Stats

Germany is the world’s leader in penis enlargements, with five times as many people in the country undergoing the procedure than anywhere else in the world.

Figures released by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, showed Germany performed 2,786 of the 15,000 penis enlargements across the globe in 2013. The second highest country, Venezuela, performed 473 while Iran, at the bottom of the chart, had 12.

The German Centre for Urology and Phalloplasty Surgery says it has performed more than 6,000 enlargements. They claim they can extend the organ anywhere from three to six centimetres.
"Ach du lieber!"

French Cocaine Heist

(Paris, France)
Paris police have lost 51 kilos of cocaine that were locked up in the legendary police headquarters in the city centre.
"Sacré bleu!"

Florida Teacher Gets Prison for Sex with Boy - Update

(Hernando County, Florida)
Cynthia Lynn Herr, a former Hernando County teacher accused last year of having sexual activity with a 16-year-old boy, received a six-year prison sentence Thursday in exchange for a guilty plea. Once she is released, she must serve nine years of sexual offender probation.

Standing beside her attorney, Mike Mastrogiovanni, a tearful Herr, 36, appeared before Hernando Circuit Judge Daniel B. Merritt Jr., who also required that she surrender her state teaching certificate.
The victim's family approved the plea deal.

* * * * *

Florida Teacher, 35, and Boy, 16
[Previous 9/24/13 post]
(Hernando County, Florida) A 35-year-old Exceptional Student Education teacher at John D. Floyd K-8 School, Cynthia Lynn Herr, has been accused of engaging in sex with a 16-year-old boy.

Arrested yesterday, Herr faces four counts of sexual activity with a minor.
Hernando County sheriff's officials said Herr, 35, had recently told a co-worker that she was having an intimate relationship with a minor.

The co-worker reported the information to school officials, which led to a criminal investigation.[…]

On Monday, Hernando investigators interviewed Herr, who told them that she had picked up the boy in Citrus County on Aug. 24 and taken him to a motel in Hernando County. She admitted that she and the boy had sexual contact four times during that day, sheriff's officials said.
Herr was booked into custody with bail set at $20,000.

Wyoming Teacher Pleads Not Guilty to Sex Abuse - Update

Anna-Marie Andersen

(Cheyenne, Wyoming) This week, elementary school teacher Anna-Maria Andersen pleaded not guilty to sexual abuse of a minor.
Andersen, 54, stood next to her attorney, Sean Barrett, shackled at the ankles as Laramie County District Judge Steven Sharpe read the charges against her.

“As for count one, third-degree sexual abuse of a minor, what do you plead?” Sharpe asked.

“Not guilty,” Andersen said in a hushed tone.

Andersen also entered not-guilty pleas to five counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor and one count of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor.
A trial date of August 5 has been scheduled.

* * * * *

Wyoming Teacher Accused of Nasty with Youngster
[Previous 4/12/14 post]
(Cheyenne, Wyoming) A 54-year-old teacher at Freedom Elementary School, Anna-Marie Andersen, has been accused of sexual abuse of a minor.

Andersen faces counts of first degree, second degree and third degree sexual abuse of a minor.
The victim was a boy between the ages of 13 and 15.

She was arrested by the Laramie County Sheriff’s Office on March 19th, however papers were not filed in Laramie County District Court until Friday when the information was released.

The incidents occurred between June of 2012 and March of 2014.
Details on booking are unavailable.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Women With Troubles - July 2014

Here is a compilation of women with troubles reported in news stories during July 2014. Each name is linked to an Interested-Participant blog entry displaying details.

For a more comprehensive listing, check the Women With Troubles category link.

(AL) Karen Dyan Holt, 35,
teacher - Accused of sex with male student, 15,

(CA) Cynthia Watson, 51,
neighbor - Accused of child endangerment,

(CO) Shannon Maureen Conley, 19,
neighbor - Faces federal charges for trying to provide support for terrorism,

(CT) Danielle Watkins, 32,
teacher - Accused of sex with male student,

(FL) Kelly Mae Maass, 19,
neighbor - Accused of sex with boy, 14,

(FL) Joy Leeann McCall, 36,
neighbor - Gets 10 years prison for sex with boy, 12,

(FL) Julia Orca, 50,
neighbor - Accused of sex with boy, 15,

(IA) Mindy Jo Fetters, 22,
neighbor - Accused of sex abuse of boy, 15,

(IL) Nicole L. Starman, 31,
neighbor - Gets 120 days jail for aggravated sexual abuse of boy, 14,

(IN) Brooke Wilson, 27,
teacher - Accused of child seduction,

(KY) Theresa King, 42,
neighbor - Accused of molesting 5 teen boys,

(MA) Alexandra Romanos, 21,
teacher - Accused of aggravated rape of 13-year-old child,

(MD) Helene Murtha, 58,
religion teacher - Accused of sex abuse of student in 1980s,

(MN) Sondra Mae Huhn, 33,
dance teacher - Accused of sex assault of boy, 13,

(MO) Natalie K. Westefeld, 25,
neighbor - Accused of sex with 15-year-old boy,

(MS) Stephanie Adams, 34,
teacher - Arrested for gratification of lust for a minor,

(NC) Tiarra Neal, 26,
neighbor - Accused of indecent liberties with 15-year-old girl,

(NC) Amy Hogan Saffos, 42,
guidance counselor - Accused of sex with male student,

(NC) Michelle Smith White, 37,
teacher - Accused of inappropriate relations with female student, 15,

(NJ) Jaclyn Melillo, 25,
teacher - Gets 4 years prison for sex with two 16-year-old boys,

(NY) Amanda Matott , 24,
neighbor - Gets 60 days jail for sex with 13-year-old boy,

(OH) Jill Bouton, 37,
PTO president/treasurer - Gets jail for stealing $17K from Parent Teacher Council,

(OH) Julie Hautzenroeder, 37,
teacher - Gets 2-year sentence reduced to 6 months in student sex case,

(OK) Lynette Rae Sampson, 54,
neighbor - Arrested on methamphetamine charges,

(PA) Tiffany Leiseth, 26,
teacher - Accused of sex with two male students,

(PA) Lisa Marie Smith, 34,
neighbor - Accused of sex acts with 4 teen boys,

(SC) Jenna Lee Pate, 28,
neighbor - Accused of sex assault of 14-year-old boy,

(TN) April Littlepage, 40,
teacher - Accused of second public intoxication charge,

(TN) Brooke Amber Thornburg, 32,
neighbor - Accused of statutory rape of a teen boy,

(TX) Julie Ann-Priddy Bollinger, 34,
teacher - Accused of inappropriate relationship with 17-year-old student,

(TX) Alexis Botello, 17,
neighbor - Accused of participating in the death of her daughter,

(TX) Kristina Lynn Moore, 48,
teacher - Accused of 2-year sex assault relations with boy,

(TX) Tanya Ramirez, 29,
teacher - Accused of sexual conduct with male student,

(TX) Elizabeth Ramsey, 33,
neighbor - Accused of starving her stepson to death,

(TX) Shannon Richardson, 36,
actress - Gets 18 years prison for ricin threat to President Obama,

(WA) Meredith Powell, 24,
teacher - Guilty of sex with her students. Sentencing in August,

(WI) Karina Herrera, 41,
correctional worker - Gets probation for sex with inmate,

(WI) Amanda Rhyner, 27,
teacher - Accused of theft of laptop computers from school,

(WV) Gina Crawford, 33,
teacher - Arrested on drug charges,

(WV) Patricia Cullum, 26,
neighbor - Accused of sexually assaulting two boys.

Thanks to the tipsters.

Michigan Man Guilty of Sex with Boy

(Grand Rapids, Michigan)
Former Christian radio host John Balyo admitted Tuesday, July 29, that he photographed sex acts with a 12-year-old boy at a Kalamazoo County hotel.

The child was held to the bed in restraints.

“I performed a sexual act as described and I knowingly possessed the images on my camera,” Balyo, 34, of Caledonia, told U.S. Magistrate Judge Ellen Carmody.

“I knew it was wrong.”

Balyo pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a child and possession of child pornography, crimes that could put him away for up to 50 years.
Balyo was booked into custody without bond.

Fun!  With kidney stones!

AS soon as I had put up yesterday my demolition of the idiotic Warmist use of the latest kidney stone study, I tweeted a short  summary of it, with link.  Marc Morano retweeted my tweet,  as he often does.  And that generated further tweets.

One tweeter (Dennis Krupski @Dkrupski) tweeted that, instead of saying I had demolished the kidney stone claims, I should have said that  I *pulverized* the claims. That was rather witty.  Lithotripsy is the first line of defence against kidney stones and pulverizing the stones is what lithotripsy hopefully does.

But a much more amusing tweet was by a Solon going by the name of "Thetracker" (@IdiotTracker).  He is evidently a Warmist so wanted to disrespect my kidney stone comments. And he did it in a classic Warmist way:  By abusing me and appealing to authority.  He made absolutely no mention of the scientific points I had made.  And even his abuse was not clever.  He accused me of writing from "Mom's basement".  Since I am a 71 year old academic with a couple of hundred published academic journal articles behind me, that little speculation was way off.

It is rather saddening how often Warmists talk about "The science" as supporting their ideas but rarely mention one single scientific fact.  Actual science clearly freaks them. Skeptics, by contrast, post scientific facts about the alleged warming all the time.

And the appeals to authority which Warmists substitute for scientific debate are logically problematic anyway.  The "argumentum ad verecundiam" (appeal to authority) is well known to logicians as one of the classic informal fallacies in logic.  It is quite simply illogical. That Warmists rely on it is therefore pathetic.  They are poor souls indeed. Their pernicious cult is founded on speculation only -- JR

Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Ebola Threat

Liberia has closed most of its borders, banned public gatherings and announced quarantines of some communities in an effort to contain an outbreak of the Ebola virus.

So far this year there have been 1,201 confirmed, suspected or probable cases of the disease in west Africa. Over 670 people have died.
Fruit bats are thought to host the virus.

Texas Teacher Accused of Inappropriate Conduct

Tanya Ramirez

(Corpus Christi, Texas) A 29-year-old teacher formerly at King High School, Tanya Ramirez, has been accused of engaging in sexual conduct with a male student.

Ramirez faces a charge of suspicion of improper relationship between educator/student.
The allegations relate to conduct that was sexual in nature, district spokeswoman Lorette Williams said in June, but declined to elaborate.
Ramirez was booked into custody at the Nueces County Jail and later released on $10,000 bail.

Mississippi Teacher Accused of Relations with Female Student

(Adams County, Mississippi) A 34-year-old teacher formerly at Adams County Christian School, Stephanie Adams, has been arrested and charged with gratification of lust of a minor.
Adams was allegedly texting a female student inappropriately when the student’s parent discovered the text messages and contacted police.

After investigating the text messages and speaking to the student and several witnesses, investigators believe the teacher and student were in a dating relationship involving inappropriate conduct that led to the teacher being charged.
Adams was booked into custody with bond set at $25,000.

Mass Teacher Accused of Sex with Student

(Somerville, Massachusetts) A 41-year-old teacher formerly at East Somerville Community School, Alexandra Romanos, has been accused of engaging inappropriately with a 13-year-old.

Romanos faces counts of aggravated rape of a child and three counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14.
Romanos was a teacher at East Somerville Community School for nearly seven years and holds a master’s degree from Lesley University from 2005, according to her LinkedIn profile.

According to authorities, at the end of June, they became aware of allegations concerning an inappropriate relationship between Romanos and the minor.

Somerville Police and the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office investigated and found that in late March the defendant had initiated a sexual relationship with the minor that occurred on and off-school grounds, they said.
Romanos was booked into custody with bail set at $50,000.
Kidney stone nonsense demolished

Warmists are chortling over a recent report that associated increased kidney stones with higher temperatures.  A close reading of the  press release that announced the findings is interesting, however.  First note the following excerpt:

"A painful condition that brings half a million patients a year to U.S. emergency rooms, kidney stones have increased markedly over the world in the past three decades. While stones remain more common in adults, the numbers of children developing kidney stones have climbed at a dramatically high rate over the last 25 years. The factors causing the increase in kidney stones are currently unknown, but may be influenced by changes in diet and fluid intake. When stones do not pass on their own, surgery may be necessary."

The study team also found that very low outdoor temperatures increased the risk of kidney stones in three cities: Atlanta, Chicago and Philadelphia. The authors suggest that as frigid weather keeps people indoors more, higher indoor temperatures, changes in diet and decreased physical activity may raise their risk of kidney stones.

Then look at the international prevalence of stones  -- in Table 1.  We find that the USA in 1988-1994 had a kidney stone prevalence of 5.2% whereas Italy has a prevalence of 1.72% in 1993-1994.  We also find that Spain had an incidence of 2.0% in 1987 and a prevalence of 10.0% in 1991.

So what is going on?  It's hard to know where to start.  But let me draw attention to the statements highlighted in red.  They first admit that they DON'T know what causes stones.  Climate  change is simply a speculation.  Then they admit that LOW temperatures go with more stones in some cities.  Global warming does not affect Atlanta, Chicago and Philadelphia??  It's not very global in that case is it?

And, going to the statistics, why should the USA have a prevalence that is 3 times higher than Italy?  Is the USA 3 times warmer than Italy?  Obviously not.  And, finally, the Spanish statistics suggest that the whole thing is basically a mystery.  So the careful scientific conclusion by the authors that "The factors causing the increase in kidney stones are currently unknown" is well justified.  The Warmists have however ignored that scientific conclusion and hopped on to the speculations attached to it. -- JR


Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Wisconsin Teacher Accused of Theft

Amanda Rhyner

(New Berlin, Wisconsin) A 27-year-old teacher formerly at New Berlin Eisenhower High School, Amanda Rhyner, has been accused of stealing several laptop computers from her school.
According to a criminal complaint filed Monday, Rhyner is charged with four misdemeanor counts of theft, accused of stealing three laptops and reselling another.

Prosecutors said surveillance video, which they have not released, shows Rhyner in the school on a Sunday in October stopping in various classrooms. She then leaves the school carrying a "laptop bag and a blue Rubbermaid-type bin."

The case came to light when a man Rhyner allegedly sold one computer to contacted Dell to register the machine in his name.

When Dell traced it, it discovered the laptop belonged to the school district. The buyer said he bought it from Rhyner on Craigslist for $100.
Details on booking not reported.

Plane Ugly

Passengers on a Delta Airlines flight from Beijing to Detroit last week were horrified when a Chinese child squatted on his seat and proceeded to defecate, World News, a U.S.-based, Chinese-language news site, reports. The child’s parents spread newspaper on the seat to catch the waste.

Passengers reportedly asked the parents to bring the child to the restroom, but the child’s grandfather insisted that his grandson finish his business at his seat.

Passenger Luolan Gang Wang told Chinese Sina News that an odor filled the plane and passengers were complaining and outraged.
Social media users in China claim that disgrace has been "thrown into the sky."

Facebook sides with Nazis

A Facebook page calling for the death of Israeli Jews does not violate the social network's "community standards," according to multiple messages sent by Facebook in response to user complaints.

The page in question, is named, "Death to zionst baby killer israeli jews." The page, which spells "Zionist" incorrectly, features an Image of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a vampire with blood dripping down his chin as he feasts on a child. It was started on July 25.

Individuals complaining about the page were greeted with the following message (screen captured below):

"We reviewed your report of Death to zionst baby killer israeli jews. Thank you for taking the time to report something that you feel may violate our Community Standards. Reports like yours are an important part of making Facebook a safe and welcoming environment. We reviewed the Page you reported for containing hate speech or symbols and found it doesn't violate our Community Standards."

Last Thursday, a mob of more than a dozen men assaulted a Jew in his suburban Paris home who had been identified through a French Facebook page that listed the faces and identities of Jews to be attacked. The social network declined to remove the page until after the assault had taken place.

UPDATE: After a social media outcry,  Facebook has since removed the page.


Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).

New Jersey Teacher Gets Prison for Sex with Two Boys - Update

(Sayreville, New Jersey)
A former New Jersey high school teacher who sexually assaulted two 16-year-old male students is now headed to prison.

Middlesex County prosecutors say 25-year-old Jaclyn Melillo of Sayreville received a four-year state prison term when she was sentenced Monday.

She also has forfeited her teaching certificate, will have to register as a sex offender and will be on lifetime parole supervision once she's freed from prison.
Man, she really screwed up her life. One must wonder who paid for her education to become a teacher. Surely they are pissed. Thousands of dollars into the crapper, eh?

* * * * *

New Jersey Teacher Guilty of Sex with Two Boys - Update
[Previous 3/13/14 post]
(Sayreville, New Jersey) This week, Sayreville War Memorial High School teacher Jaclyn Melillo pleaded guilty to two counts of sexually assaulting two high school boys.
Under an agreement reached with Middlesex County Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor Christie L. Bevacqua, Melillo will be sentenced to serve four years in a New Jersey state prison.

Additionally, Melillo will forfeit her teaching certificate, will be banned from holding a public job, must register as a Megan’s Law sex offender and will be subjected to parole supervision for life.
Sentencing is scheduled for May 19.

* * * * *

New Jersey Teacher and Two Boys
[Previous 10/12/13 post]
(Sayreville, New Jersey) A 25-year-old special education and English teacher at Sayreville High School, Jaclyn P. Melillo, has been accused of sexually assaulting two 16-year-old boys,

Melillo faces two counts of sexual assault and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
Following a joint investigation by the Sayreville Police Department and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, it was determined that Melillo sexually assaulted both boys individually on multiple occasions over the summer.

The school began investigating before handing the matter over to the police.
Melillo was booked into custody at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center with bail set at $200,000.

Tennessee Woman Accused of Raping Boy

(Carter County, Tennessee) A 32-year-old Elizabethton woman, Brooke Amber Thornburg, has been accused of raping a teenage boy.

Thornburg has been charged with aggravated statutory rape.
In a press release from the EPD, Sgt. Chris Bowers said officers had been investigating Thornburg since May 18 of this year.

The juvenile said he and Thornburg had consensual sex at least five times over the course of a few days, Bowers said.
Thornburg was booked into the Carter County Jail with bond set at $10,000.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Tennessee Teacher Nets Second Intoxication Charge

(Rutherford County, Tennessee) A 40-year-old teacher at Wilson Elementary School, April Littlepage, has been accused of public intoxication … for the second time.

Littlepage was arrested at the Paddock Club Apartments swimming pool around 4:30 this past Friday afternoon.
When police arrived at the apartments, they observed Littlepage to have bloodshot eyes and she was reportedly unsteady on her feet.

The person who complained about Littlepage at the pool suggested she was annoying and she presented unwanted behavior in the pool area.
Littlepage has a court date in September.

WV Teacher Faces Drug Charges

(Sisterville, West Virginia) A 33-year-old 5th-grade teacher at Sisterville Elementary School, Gina Crawford, has been arrested on drug charges.

Details on the type of drugs and the specific charges have not been reported.
According to the Sistersville Police Department, Gina Crawford, a fifth grade teacher at Sistersville Elementary, was arrested on Saturday.

Crawford was arrested on drug charges and is currently being held at the Northern Regional Jail with bond set at $10,000.
A search of the West Virginia inmate database found no results for Crawford as of today.

What triggered the 2007-2008 financial crisis?

I have not previously heard of this but it does have explanatory power.  I should have guessed that government bungling lay behind it.  We all knew that the pricking of the housing bubble lay behind the financial collapse but what pricked the housing bubble?  The bubble peaked in 2006 and in 2007 the trouble  started, building up to the collapse of Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch, Lehman Bros. and AIG in 2008

In 2005, Americans who racked up an inconceivable amount of credit card debt realized they could file for bankruptcy to relieve themselves of any obligation to pay back debts.

There were those who exploited the system, of course, spending excessive amounts of money on credit cards, and then filing for bankruptcy the moment any bank started asking questions.

Banks wanted protection from this sort of abuse, so they lobbied for the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act which made it costly to actually file for bankruptcy.

Everything was great, and smooth sailing after that, right?  Nope.

Turns out that there were people who were actually, you know, bankrupt.   The new law made it to where a large number of people didn't have the money to even file for bankruptcy.  As a result, these people had to default on all their debts, including their mortgages, which the banks had to foreclose.

So, now we have a situation in which all the banks have a bunch of houses they can't do anything with. What are they going to do with houses?  Well, they need to sell them, of course.

As it would turn out, though, all the banks simultaneously realized that the housing market was being flooded with houses from other banks doing the same thing.  Because of supply and demand, housing prices plummeted, causing even more people to default on their mortgages.

This also meant that the value of mortgage-backed securities dropped precipitously as well,  leading to more than $40 billion of writedowns for U.S. financial institutions.

Banks lost so much money that they themselves began filing for bankruptcy, including one of the prominent banks that lobbied for the law in the first place, Washington Mutual.  Nearly everyone lobbying for the law was subsequently punished: Citigroup Chief Executive Officer Charles O. "Chuck" Prince stepped down after losing $11 billion of writedowns on top of more than $6 billion in the third quarter of that year. Stan O'Neal was ousted as CEO of Merrill Lynch & Co., the world's largest brokerage, after an $8.4 billion writedown. Morgan Stanley, the second-biggest securities firm, had subprime losses that cut fourth-quarter earnings that year by $2.5 billion...


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Iced Tea Bottle Theft

(Zhejiang Province, China)
It all started when 43-year-old Zhang Hoa was scavenging for recyclable bottles around a warehouse in Wenzhou in China’s Zhejiang Province.

He noticed that the warehouse door was unlocked and, on taking a peek inside, discovered the recycler’s equivalent of the Holy Grail: 30,000 pristine plastic bottles.

The only trouble for Zhang was that all the bottles contained iced tea. So he enlisted the help of three friends who, over the next 12 hours, unscrewed every bottle and poured the iced tea into a drain outside the warehouse.

From there the plan was simplicity itself – the men called a local plastic bottle collection firm to take the loot off their hands, and made off with a tidy £11 for their work.

Split four ways over 12 hours, that’s £2.75 each, or a little under 23p an hour.

It has to be said at this point that bottles of the iced tea sold for the equivalent of 66p, so Zhang could have made more if he stole a mere 17 bottles and sold them to his friends at market price.

Fast forward to when 38-year-old Liang Feng arrived at his warehouse, planning to pick up a pallet of the iced tea to sell to a customer. It would have been one of the all-time greatest facial expressions when he discovered his ENTIRE warehouse empty.
Talk about dumb criminals!

Iowa Woman Charged with Sex Abuse of Boy

Mindy Jo Fetters

(Riceville, Iowa) A 22-year-old local woman, Mindy Jo Fetters, has been accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy.

Fetters faces counts of third-degree sexual abuse, assault with intent to commit sexual abuse and indecent exposure.

Fetters pleaded not guilty, posted bond and was released to await trial.

Detroit Gang Bust

Detroit Police Chief James Craig announces the indictment

(Detroit, Michigan)
More than 30 members of a Detroit street gang have been indicted on federal drug and firearm charges.

U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade announced Friday five of the 33 Latin Counts members were also indicted on racketeering charges, including assaults, murder, narcotics, firearms and robbery.

She says the suspects were indicted on charges involving the distribution of heroin and cocaine, as well as various firearm offenses.
The Latin Counts allegedly use violence to intimidate rivals and ordinary citizens. Reportedly, the gang members are mostly aged 20 to 30 and they operate in Detroit and downriver communities.

Hitler lives  -- in America

A Israel defends itself against rocket fire and genocidal attack, the demonization of Israel and the scourge of raw anti-Semitism reappear

As Israel continues its dangerous incursion into Gaza to suppress Hamas terrorism and unceasing rocket attacks on Israeli citizens, predictably, the UN, the world media, and intellectual elites have initiated their collective denunciation of the Jewish state. More alarming have been the pro-Palestinian demonstrations in Boston, Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, and other U.S. and European cities which quickly devolved into anti-Semitic riots, with protestors yelling such epithets at pro-Israel counter demonstrators including such vile comments as, “Jews back to Birkenau” and “Drop dead, you Zionazi whores.”

In Boston, student supporters of Israel were surrounded by angry demonstrators, physically assaulted, and called “Jesus killers,” asked how many babies they had each murdered, and told they would “burn” for supporting Israel.

During Operation Cast Lead, the 2008-09 incursion by Israel into Gaza, campus radicals rose up in a similar manner, demonizing Israel for defending itself, accusing Jewish students and other supporters of Israel of being racist oppressors and supporting the “genocide” of Palestinian Arabs, and sponsoring campus events in which Israel, Zionism, and Jews were libeled, assaulted, and attacked for simply trying to live in peace.

Facing a fall semester of radicalism and hatred

We know from history that this fall campuses will again be in turmoil as pro-Palestinian activists, radical professors, and Muslim student groups agitate for resolutions, sanctions, and aggressive censure of Israel, and will use the recent events in Gaza as a platform for their continuing campaign to demonize Israel and intimidate Jewish and non-Jewish supporters of the Jewish state.

SPME addressed this same anti-Israel activism last semester as well in events such as these:

* At San Francisco State University the General Union of Palestinian Students organized an event at which students sold a t-shirt lauding Palestinian terrorist Leila Khaled, and the GUPS president, Mohammad Hammad, expressed the wish for all Israelis to be killed. Students were encouraged to use a stencil bearing the image of a notorious terrorist and another that stated, "MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS KILLED COLONIZERS"

* At University of Michigan, pro-Palestinian radicals promoting a BDS resolution on campus yelled “dirty Jew” and “get off campus, kikes” at pro-Israel students

* At Vassar College, members of Students for Justice in Palestine physically blocked faculty and students, passed out fliers, and verbally assaulted them as they attempted to enter a classroom where an International Studies course was being held because the course involved a trip to Israel and the West Bank. After a school-wide meeting was called by the diversity office to discuss the “ethics” of the trip, campus radicals continued to demonize Israel, harass the two Jewish professors leading the trip, and argue for the necessity for boycotts against Israel

* The American Studies Association, the Modern Language Association, and other academic associations continue to propose resolutions to boycott Israeli academic institutions, making the claim that Israeli academic institutions-and only Israeli ones-should be targeted for a boycott that marginalizes Jewish scholars because of the policies of their government. Radical faculty within these associations hold secret meetings and enlist the support of well-known Israel-haters who seek the destruction of the Jewish state.

Email from SPME

Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Expensive New Drug Worries Government

Months before Gilead Sciences’ breakthrough hepatitis C treatment hit the market, Oregon Medicaid official Tom Burns started worrying about how the state could afford to cover every enrollee infected with the disease. He figured the cost might even reach $36,000 per patient.

Then the price for the drug was released last December: $84,000 for a 12-week treatment course.

At that price, the state would have to spend $360 million to provide its Medicaid beneficiaries with the drug called Sovaldi, just slightly less than the $377 million the Oregon Medicaid program spent on all prescription drugs for about 600,000 members in 2013. It potentially would be a backbreaker.

Faced with those steep costs, Oregon and several other states are looking to limit who has access to the drug that nearly everyone acknowledges is a revolutionary treatment for the disease affecting more than 3 million Americans.

Expensive specialty drugs aren’t new to health care. But Sovaldi stands out because it is aimed at helping millions of Americans who carry hepatitis C, and a large share of those infected are low-income and qualify for government coverage.
The revolutionary treatment is feared to be too expensive to provide without exploding health care budgets. Medicaid officials are debating how to stifle the anticipated costs.

Invertebrate populations have dropped by 45 percent in the last four decades

"Invertebrate" means "no backbone".  At that rate America has an ample supply of invertebrates -- in Congress. Seriously, though, how can anybody know how many beetles, wasps etc there are?  It's a fantasy.  They might as well have just made the number up  -- which they probably did

Much has been said about the loss of bird, mammal, reptile, and amphibian species around the world. By current estimates, at least 322 species have gone extinct in the last 500 years. And researchers estimate that 16 to 33 percent of the world’s vertebrate species — animals with developed spinal cords — are currently threatened or endangered. But a new article, published today in Science, paints an even more alarming picture, as scientists have found that the number of individual insects, crustaceans, worms, and spiders decreased by 45 percent on average over the past 40 years — a period in which the global human population doubled.

"We had strong suspicions that the problem was largely with the vertebrates," said Rodolfo Dirzo, an ecologist at Stanford University, in an email to The Verge. "But it was surprising to see this now, also, among the invertebrates," or animals without developed spines. Dirzo calls this loss of animal life "defaunation," and he blames it on humans. "The richness of the animal world of our planet is being seriously threatened by human activities," he said. Many species have gone extinct and the ones that remain — mammals, birds, and insects alike — are showing dramatic declines in their abundance.

In the article, Dirzo and his colleagues reviewed past studies, and compiled a global index of all invertebrate species over the past 40 years. Overall, they found that 67 percent of the world’s invertebrates have declined in numbers by an average of 45 percent. In the UK, for instance, there has been a 30 to 60 percent decline in the number of butterflies, bees, beetles, and wasps. This, the researchers write, is important because too often we measure animal diversity in terms of number of species, or in terms of extinctions. But an animal’s contribution is about more than the mere presence of its species on the planet — it’s also about local shifts in populations that could impact everything from agriculture to human health.


Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).

Kentucky Woman Reportedly Naughty with 5 Boys

(Walton, Kentucky) A 42-year-old local woman, Theresa King, has been arrested for allegedly molesting five teen boys.

King faces 11 counts of sodomy in the third degree and five counts of unlawful transaction with a minor in the third degree.
Police say King provided alcohol to the teens and then performed oral sex on them at various times between April and July of this year.

Four of the boys were under the age of 16 when the sex acts happened, officials said.

Authorities did not specify King's relationship with the teens.
King was booked into custody at the Boone County Detention Center with bond set at $50,000.

eXTReMe Tracker