Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wisconsin Mom Sentenced for Own-Child Porn

Jessica Bell

(Milwaukee, Wisconsin) A 25-year-old local woman, Jessica Bell, was sentenced yesterday to seven years in prison for child pornography videos depicting herself in sexual conduct with her own toddler son.

Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Stephanie Rothstein ordered Bell to have no contact with the boy for 17 years. Bell was also ordered to be on the state sex offender registry for life.

Notably, Bell faces additional charges in Racine County.

Ferguson disgrace: Violent rioting and looting erupts for second night

Despite ample warnings of violence, the authorities clearly used a softly-softly approach where a firm hand was needed.  The violence and looting should have been promptly suppressed using any means necessary -- water cannon, tear gas, rubber bullets etc -- even live fire if all else failed.  Instead political correctness meant that blacks had to be allowed to do what no white group would ever be permitted to do.

Protecting citizens from gratuitous violence and property destruction is one of the most basic functions of government.  Clearly, that function is often very poorly discharged in the USA where blacks are concerned.  There is no "right" to destroy other people's property in a civilized society so the fact that such a right seems to be conceded to blacks in the USA earmarks the USA as a civilization in decline

And irrepressible ad-man Gavin McInnes had a germane comment on Twitter:  "I'm guessing about 300 black kids were murdered by black kids in NYC so far this year. Can they get a riot too?"  The political correctness is anti-white, not pro-black

Protests in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson have erupted for a second night after charges were not laid against a white police officer over the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager.

It comes after Missouri's governor ordered National Guard reinforcements into the area following violent scenes on Monday night (local time) in which protesters fired guns at police, lit patrol cars on fire and hurled bricks into their lines.

Several shops in Ferguson were looted and about a dozen buildings burned in the immediate unrest that followed the grand jury's decision not to lay charges against officer Darren Wilson.

More than 60 people, mostly from the St Louis area, were arrested for crimes including burglary, illegal weapons possession and unlawful assembly, police said.

President Barack Obama called for calm.  "Burning buildings, torching cars, destroying property, putting people at risk - that is destructive and there's no excuse for it, there's no excuse for it," Mr Obama said.

Missouri governor Jay Nixon said he was meeting with law enforcement and bolstering the National Guard deployment to ensure that people and property are protected in the days ahead.

"Violence like we saw last night cannot be repeated," Mr Nixon said on his Twitter feed.

While news channels aired president Barack Obama's live remarks calling for restraint from the White House on one side of the screen, they showed violent scenes from Ferguson on the other.

Although no serious injuries were reported, St Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said the rioting on Monday night and early Tuesday morning was "much worse" than the disturbances that erupted in the immediate aftermath of the August shooting.


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

Chicken Protest

(Berkeley, California)
An animal rights group staged a funeral for a singular frozen chicken in the meat and deli section of a Berkeley, California, grocery store.

The group, Direct Action Everywhere (DAE), posted the event on their YouTube channel earlier this month. In the video they chant their mantra, “It’s not food, it’s violence.” The group placed a single frozen chicken into a casket big enough for a human.
Everybody has to have a hobby, eh?

Demand for Free Clinics Higher

Despite Obamacare's purported affordable care for everyone, demand for free clinics is on the rise.
“Since ACA [Affordable Care Act] was passed, there’s a real misconception that free clinics are on the way out,” said Johanna Henz, executive director for Lake County Free Clinic in Painesville. “There’s two primary things happening here. People have easier access to Medicaid, but Lake County doesn’t have a lot of providers who accept Medicaid or there’s difficulty finding a provider that is accepting new Medicaid patients. If you have the flu today but you can only be seen three months from now, that doesn’t help you.”

More common, she added, are patients who bought low-cost bronze plans on the ACA health insurance marketplace but can’t afford the $6,000 deductible.
Free clinics are generally supported by donations and grants from charitable foundations. Read more here.

Posted by Note Taker

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Cesspool Danger

(Hunan Province, China)
A cesspool filled with excrement has exploded in central China, injuring 15 people and knocking down a building, state-run media reported.

The blast was apparently sparked by a local man burning waste close to the cesspool, igniting methane gas which was emanating from the pit, the Xinhua news agency said late on Sunday.

The incident in Zhangjiajie city, in the central province of Hunan, caused a residential building to collapse and three of the injured had to be hospitalised, Xinhua said.

Michigan Teacher Fined $50 for Sex with 3 Students - Update

(Bay City, Michigan) A 45-year-old teacher formerly at Bay City Central High School, Heidi Eastman (aka Heidi Lewis), pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sex crimes with three male students..

As a result, Eastman was sentenced yesterday to pay $50 in restitution.

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Michigan Teacher Accused of Sex with Students
[Previous 2/9/11 post]
(Midland, Michigan) Last month, a 41-year-old substitute teacher at Bay City Central High School, Heidi Lewis, was arrested for allegedly engaging in sexual intercourse with three male students.

Today, Lewis was arraigned before Bay County District Judge Dawn A. Klida on six counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.
Bay City Police officers arrested Lewis on Dec. 28 after a female student told a school administer about an alleged relationship involving Lewis and a male student. The administrator passed on the information to police, whose investigation culminated in Lewis’ arrest.

The alleged sexual encounters took place off school property, investigators have said.
Lewis is free on $100,000 bond.

Georgia Woman Gets Prison for Driving Over Her Child

(Houston County, Georgia) Yesterday, 26-year-old local woman Arkebia Albury was sentenced to nine years in prison for running over her child as she fled a mall in Centerville after she was accused of shoplifting.
Her sentence, handed down by Houston County Superior Court Judge George Nunn, was based on convictions for serious injury by vehicle and failure to stop and return to the scene of an accident.

Her son, who was 4-years-old at the time, suffered skull fractures, a lacerated liver and other injuries in the May 23, 2013 incident, the release stated.

According to the release, Albury fled the Houston County Galleria after attempts to detain her for shoplifting failed. She neglected to place her son in her vehicle and thought he had climbed inside. As she fled the scene, she struck her son with her 2001 Toyota Camry and ran over him.

She then placed the injured boy inside the car and fled the scene. She was pulled over a few miles away by Centerville police. The boy was taken to the Houston County Medical Center.
Albury was also ordered to serve 11 years of probation.

Craig Idso on facts the IPCC ignores

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

Traffic Deaths in Europe

More than two decades after the fall of Communism, Europe remains a continent divided in many respects. Traffic statistics offer one example. Eastern Europeans still own fewer cars than their Western cousins, but road fatality rates in the east remain far higher, on average, than in the West.
Travelers should be cautious.

Monday, November 24, 2014

New York Woman Gets 25 Years Prison - Update

(Warsaw, New York) Heather Castrechino was sentenced last Friday to 25 years in prison.

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New York Woman Convicted as Sexual Predator
[Previous 10/24/14 post]
(Warsaw, New York) A 38-year-old local woman, Heather Castrechino, has pleaded guilty in Wyoming County Court to performing oral sex on a 3-year-old child.
Her plea came in satisfaction of a four-count indictment filed against her, an indictment that included allegations that Castrechino videotaped the sexual assaults against the child.

Assistant District Attorney Vincent Hemming and defense attorney Adam Koch worked out a quick deal in the case against Castrechino.[…]

The indictment charged Castrechino with two counts of predatory sexual assault against a child, a class A felony punishable by 25 years to life in prison, same as a murder conviction.

Hemming said the plea, however, ensures that Castrechino will be in prison for 25 years and on post-release supervision for another 25 years. An order of protection bars her from contact with the child for 58 years.
Formal sentencing is scheduled for November 20.

Oregon Woman Accused of Sex with Boy

Stephanie Marie Kroker

(Toledo, Oregon) A 37-year-old local woman, Stephanie Marie Kroker, has been accused of engaging in sex with a boy younger than 18.

Kroker faces counts of rape, sodomy and sexual abuse.
A detective following up on a complaint about Kroker discovered that Kroker had sexual contact with the juvenile several times over a period of approximately two weeks, the sheriff's office said.
Kroker was booked into custody.

Mexico: 43 Missing Students

(Mexico City, Mexico)
A day that's supposed to celebrate the anniversary of a revolution is instead turning into one of mass protests against political corruption and outrage over violence that probably left 43 missing students dead.

"There's a feeling of being fed up that's been building for some time," said law student Esteban Santillán, 24, who marched in Mexico City last month. The case of the missing students "is the best example of the rot that there is in the country's political class."

Students, parents and supporters of the missing plan protests in Mexico City and across the country Thursday, when Mexico normally marks the anniversary of the Revolution of 1910, which resulted from discontent over a lack of democracy and farmers' desire for land and liberty.

Protest organizers promise to block access to the international airport. Revolution Day parades have been canceled in parts of Guerrero and Michoacán states for security reasons. Government buildings have been burned in Guerrero state, and stores and delivery trucks have been looted since the students went missing.

"It's the most severe crisis that the country has experienced in the last 20 years, and it touches every area," said Bernardo Barranco, an academic and political analyst. "It's a sort of catharsis in which everything is rotten: government, parties, the economy, etc.
"Everything is rotten," eh?

Regin Spyware

An "extremely complex" and "stealthy" spying program has been stealing data from ISPs, energy companies, airlines and research-and-development labs, a security company has said.

With a "degree of technical competence rarely seen", Regin had probably taken years to develop, Symantec said.

And a nation state may have written it to serve its spying agencies' needs.

The program had been used in "systematic spying campaigns" over the past six years, Symantec said.

Aimed at Windows users, Regin slowly infiltrated its targets, taking care at each stage to hide its tracks, the company said.

"Many components of Regin remain undiscovered and additional functionality and versions may exist," it added.
Reportedly, it is very rare to find malware of such sophistication.

Climate Science is Settled?

Stop funding it then

Governments are running huge deficits, but still spend billions on “climate research” especially trying to model the effect of the atmosphere and its trace of carbon dioxide on surface temperature. Benefits are hard to find. It may have improved weather forecasts by a day or so, but official long-term predictions have not improved in the last fifty years. This is because carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is not the main driver of weather or climate.

“What is referred to reverently as “climate research” is mainly just grubby advocacy supporting the political war on carbon. Why are we still funding scientists who believe that “the science is settled”? If they believe that they know the answers, what are they are doing with their research funds?”

Around the world there are five official weather data-bases, about 14 weather satellites (some say there are 88 of them!), 73 climate computer models, at least 30 research groups and thousands of academics receiving grants and attending never-ending climate conferences. Much of this torrent of public money is now focussed on trying to torture a climate confession out of one normally un-noticed and totally innocent trace gas in the atmosphere – carbon dioxide.

The major determinants of surface weather are latitude, earth’s rotation, the seasons, the sun with its variable radiations and orbital changes; and nearness to the oceans which maintain the water cycle, moderate temperatures and house massive volcanic chains.

Earth’s mighty oceans cover 70% of the surface. Evaporation of water and convection in the atmosphere transfer large quantities of solar heat from the surface to the stratosphere. This process creates clouds, rain and snow and also forms low pressure zones which are the birthplace for cyclones and hurricanes. Wind direction and strength are related to sun-generated convection in the atmosphere, the transfer of solar heat from the equator to the poles, and the Coriolis effect of the rotation of the earth. Carbon dioxide plays no significant part in these processes.

Oceans also conceal most of the volcanic ring-of-fire and are home to huge numbers of volcanoes, many of which are active. The mighty weather-changing ENSO/El Nino starts with a pool of warm water in the eastern Pacific. Carbon dioxide plays no part in creating such hot-spots, but periodic eruption of undersea volcanoes may do it. We know less about the floor of the oceans and their volcanoes than we do about the surface of Mars.

The community is getting little benefit from much atmospheric research and most climate modelling, and that money should be redirected to more productive areas.

Half of “climate research” money should be spent on improving the ability of public infrastructure to survive natural disasters.

The remaining funds should be spent on real climate research - mapping the floor of the oceans, with particular reference to locating active volcanoes; and investigating how volcanism, solar variations and cycles of the sun, moon, planets and solar system impact long-term weather forecasts and future climate. This work should preferably be done by contracting private operators; and the climate models in public hands should be handed over to practising meteorologists to see if they are useful for short-term weather forecasting.


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

Burger King Germany Poor Performance

(Germany) Burger King in Germany reacts to poor performance by franchisees.
Following earlier reports of poor hygiene, the fast food giant announced Wednesday that it was terminating contracts for 89 franchised outlets because of continued poor treatment of staff.
Poor hygiene, eh?

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Camo Swedish Warship


With contemporary electronics, it would seem that a camouflaged warship would be easy to discover.


In case you were wondering ...

Taking low-dose aspirin to prevent heart disease does not help  -- even if you are in an "at risk" category.  A short excerpt from the latest research report below.  The results could not have been more negative:

Low-Dose Aspirin for Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Events in Japanese Patients 60 Years or Older With Atherosclerotic Risk Factors: A Randomized Clinical Trial

The study was terminated early by the data monitoring committee after a median follow-up of 5.02 years (interquartile range, 4.55-5.33) based on likely futility. In both the aspirin and no aspirin groups, 56 fatal events occurred.


Once-daily, low-dose aspirin did not significantly reduce the risk of the composite outcome of cardiovascular death, nonfatal stroke, and nonfatal myocardial infarction among Japanese patients 60 years or older with atherosclerotic risk factors.

JAMA, Nov. 17

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

Carolina Woman Acts to Kill Her Husband

(Pickens, South Carolina) A 35-year-old local woman, Crystal Williams, has been convicted of murder and conspiracy in the killing of her husband.

Williams pleaded guilty in Pickens County Court and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Thirteenth Circuit Solicitor Walt Wilkins told the judge that Williams called 911 in the early morning hours of Jan. 26, telling a dispatcher that she had heard gunshots and found her husband in the floor of their home at 117 Devon Court, Easley.

She had asked her husband of 14 years to get up to put wood in their stove heater and had made arrangements for Marcus Channing Johnson to gun him down when he got out of bed, Wilkins said.

The two had been texting and chatting by phone to plan the murder, he said.

The couple’s 10-year-old son was at home during the shooting, Wilkins said. There was no sign of forced entry.
Details on incarceration not reported.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

NJ Teacher Accused of Sex with Student

Linda Hardan

(Wayne, New Jersey) A 21-year-old substitute teacher at Manchester Regional High School, Linda Hardan, has been accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old student.

Hardan faces counts of sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal sexual contact.
The alleged sexual assault occurred in Wayne on Thursday, Valdes said. Hardan, who worked as a substitute teacher at Manchester Regional High School, was charged the next day following an investigation by the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office Special Victims Unit, she said.

Manchester Regional High School Principal Richard Ney said Hardan was an employee of the Passaic County Education Services Commission, not the school district. Hardan worked at MRHS about a half dozen times and was serving as a substitute this past week for one the school's science teachers, he said.
Hardan was booked into custody at the Passaic County Jail with bail set at $250,000.

Good news: Leftist newspaper says the Australian government's climate change credentials have been battered

And see below that it includes some surprising claims, such as:  "The size of the Reef has halved in the past 30 years".  I have been following the barrier reef scares for around 60 years (long before global warming was invented) but that was a newie on me.

But I have traced the claim, and one amusing thing that we read there is:  "The exhaustive AIMS investigation reveals coral loss is uneven along the 2300km-long reef, with the far north still relatively healthy." So the WARMEST parts of the reef are doing best! How pesky can you get?

And what the research showed is NOT that the reef has shrunk by 50% but that the CORAL has shrunk by 50%.  The reef is of course an ancient and relatively permanent structure of dead coral skeletons.

 We also read:  "Storm damage accounted for 48 per cent of the coral loss in the past 27 years, crown-of-thorns starfish were responsible for 42 per cent, and bleaching caused 10 per cent of the coral to die".  No mention of global warming! Though no doubt they would claim that the storms were caused by global warming.  Since severe weather events worldwide  have been FEWER in recent years that however would be a rubbish claim, having no regard to the actual statistics.

Warmists have also been known to link starfish plagues with warming but again we read: "The study says the causes of the plagues were still not fully known".

And I won't mention that the period covered by the research was 27 years, not 30.

And I won't mention that the source paper for the research is no longer where it was.  Has it been taken down due to inaccuracy?

I could go on but the lesson is clear: As soon as we get into the details of the research findings, the sweeping claims made of the research by Warmists are extensively falsified.  So the appeals to authority below are junk.  It is the facts that matter, not authorities, and the facts are very pesky indeed for Warmists.

My habit of going back to the detailed research findings behind Green/Left claims once again shows what crooks and crazies they are

Prime Minister Tony Abbott's apparent, if modest, conversion to the idea that climate change was an "important subject"  following talks with French president Francois Hollande on Wednesday was greeted with no small measure of cynicism.

This was, after all, a politician who had built a political career on climate scepticism, with his famous remark in 2010 that it was "absolute crap" to assert the science was settled.

It took only two days, but the doubters can claim vindication after revelations that the government sent a briefing note to Barack Obama to dissuade him that the Great Barrier Reef was under threat by climate change.

In an interview with Fairfax Media's Latika Bourke in New York, Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop said the Reef was "not under threat from climate change because its biggest threat is the nutrient runoffs agricultural land, the second biggest threat is natural disasters, but this has been for 200 years".

This is disingenuous, and factually wrong.

To be sure, the government believes the world is warming, and that human factors play a part.

But when it comes to acknowledging the urgency of the problem, how climate change will impact on the world, and what must be done to avert a catastrophic four-degree rise in global temperature, the Abbott government offers obfuscation and excuses.

So it was with the response to Obama's speech in Brisbane last week, when the US leader called on Australia's youth to rise up and demand more action to combat climate change, remarking that "incredible natural glory of the Great Barrier Reef is threatened".

The US leader's speech might have been undiplomatic and rude to his hosts - but his analysis of the impact of climate change on the Reef was spot on.

Just ask the federal government agencies charged with monitoring and protecting the Reef.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority said in its 2014: "Climate change remains the most serious threat to the Great Barrier Reef. It is already affecting the reef and is likely to have far-reaching consequences in the decades to come."

Averting further degradation of the Reef can "only be successful if climatic conditions are stabilised" reported the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), another government body.

The size of the Reef has halved in the past 30 years. Outbreaks of crown of thorn starfish which consume soft corals -  along with cyclones -  have contributed to about 90 per cent of that decline, says AIMS.

Coral bleaching is responsible for the remaining 10 per cent.

Coral bleaching is the direct result of rising sea temperatures caused by global warming. The acceleration of crown of thorn starfish infestations - which spawn in warmer months - is also driven, at least in part, by hotter weather.

And, warns the government's marine scientists, cyclone activity will only increase as the planet heats up.  

Bishop's personal political stocks have soared in recent months due to some forceful international diplomacy on the MH17 disaster and the rise of the Islamic State terrorist group.

Her intervention on the Reef is unlikely to faze Obama, or harm relations. But some of the gloss has come of Bishop's credentials as a moderate alternative to Abbott.

And, the government's climate change credentials, once again, have been battered.


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

Florida Woman, 37, and Boy, 15

(Gainesville, Florida) A 37-year-old local woman, Jessica Runae Brooker, has been accused of engaging in sex with a 15-year-old boy on May 5.

Brooker faces a charge of lewd and lascivious battery on a person under the age of 16.
An arrest report states the incident occurred between 3:30 and 5 p.m. The boy was 15 and the meeting was coordinated via text messages. The report did not say how the two knew each other.

The incident was initially reported to GPD by the boy’s stepmother after it came out in a conversation between the teen and the stepmother, said GPD officer Ben Tobias, the agency’s spokesman.
Details on booking are unavailable.

Iowa Teacher Gets Probation for Sex with Student - Update

Mandy Lynn Davenport

(Des Moines, Iowa)
Mandy Davenport, a former teacher in Ankeny, was sentenced Friday morning for having sexual contact with a student.

Davenport received a suspended sentence, 2 years of probation and will be put on state's Sex Offender Registry.
So, no jail.

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Iowa Teacher Guilty of Sex with Student
[Previous 9/27/14 post]
(Ankeny, Iowa) A language arts teacher formerly at Ankeny Centennial High School, Mandy Lynn Davenport, has admitted to sexual contact with a 17-year-old student.

Davenport pleaded guilty yesterday to sexual exploitation by a school employee in January 2012.

Sentencing is scheduled for November 17.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Ohio Attorney Hypnotized Female Clients

(Sheffield, Ohio) A 57-year-old attorney, Michael Fine, has been accused of performing sex acts on female clients after they were secretly hypnotized.

Police launched an investigation.
Fine, who has not been charged with any crime, is accused of posing “a substantial threat of serious harm to the public" by the Lorain County Bar Association after police say they busted one of his lurid sessions with a client earlier this month.

That woman, only identified as "Jane Doe," contacted Sheffield police after numerous meetings with Fine left her with "strange memories and feelings," according to the affidavit obtained by the Smoking Gun.

"She would be unable to recall substantial portions of the meetings, and afterwards she would realize her clothes and bra were out of place and moved, and her vagina was wet," stated investigator Richard Thomas with the Lorain County prosecutor's office.
Fine has been called "a substantial threat of serious harm to the public" by his bar association.

Utah Woman Gets 20 Years for Sex with Boy - Update

(St. George, Utah) Local woman Jaime Renee Tactay, 37, was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 5th District Court Thursday for sexual exploitation and unlawful sexual activity with of a 15-year-old boy.

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Utah Woman Guilty of Sex with Teen - Update
[Previous 10/10/14 post]
(St. George, Utah)
A St. George woman accused of maintaining a sexual relationship with a teenager even after a court order was issued against her pleaded guilty to charges in the case Thursday.

Jaime Renee Tactay, 37, is accused of having numerous sexual encounters with a male victim when the boy was 14 and 15 years old.

The incidents were reported in June when one of the boy’s parents, and the boy, told police investigators about the situation.
Sentencing is scheduled for November 20.

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Utah Woman Accused of Sex with Teen
[Previous 9/3/14 post]
(St. George, Utah) A 36-year-old local woman, Jaime Renee Tactay, has been accused of engaging in sex with a 15-year-old.

Tactay faces counts of sexual exploitation of a minor; unlawful sexual activity with a minor between 14-15 years old; solicitation of child pornography; and evidence tampering.
The case was originally brought to the St. George Police Department’s attention on June 24.

After an investigation, officers discovered evidence that Tactay and the 15-year-old had sexual relations on at least eight occasions and shared sexually explicit photos and videos, St. George Police Officer John Manzer said in his probable cause statement supporting the arrest.
Judge John J. Walton ordered Tactay to be held without bail.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Deformed Infant Regarded as Hindu 'God Boy'

Indian God-Boy

(Baruipur, India)
A newborn baby boy in Baruipur, a city in West Bengal State, India, stirred controversy as thousands flock to the town to get a glimpse of what they called a reincarnation of a 'god'. He was born with eight limbs: four legs and four arms. He is now dubbed as the "God Boy" because multiple limbs are trademarks of Hindu deities.

Local police authorities say that it is a daunting task to control the crowd around the premises of the hospital. Thousands of bystanders are shouting and pushing guards to enter. Officials said they have not witnessed anything like this. As thousands flock to get glimpse of the baby, many of them have set camp outside the hospital.

A relative told reporters, "When he first came out we couldn't believe it, the nurses said he was badly deformed, but I could see that this was a sign from God. In fact, this is a miracle, it's God's baby."

However, medical experts say that the boy's condition is a result of the legs and arms of his twin being joined to him in the womb. As a result he has eight limbs similar to the Hindu god, Brahma.
Crowds have been 'going berserk' for the supposed son of Brahma.

Arizona Mom Accused of Felony Child Abuse

Shelby Henrickson

(Phoenix, Arizona) A local mom, Shelby Henrickson, has been accused of felony child abuse and felony endangerment for giving her baby and two toddlers an over-the-counter sleep aid meant for adults.
According to police, Shelby Henrickson's 10-month-old boy was rushed to Phoenix Children's Hospital and into intensive care on Nov. 4 after she gave him ZzzQuil.

The main ingredient in ZzzQuil is diphenhydramine. The product packaging clearly states that ZzzQuil is just a sleep aid and should not be given to children younger than 12.

According to court paperwork, Henrickson said she also gave ZzzQuil to her 2- and 3-year-old children and she gave "inconsistent accounts of how much each child was given."
Details on booking are not available.

Of mice and men

It has long been known that results from mouse research often do not generalize to humans so it is good to see an explanation for that below.

Food freaks often use the results of mouse experiments to claim that following their latest food fad will lengthen your life.  I have always argued that mice are particularly inappropriate in that application as mouse lifespans differ so markedly from human lifespans.  Making generalizations about lifespan from a short-lived species to a long-lived species is particularly absurd.

The finding below of large intrinsic differences between mouse and man should strengthen that criticism.  Food and health claims based on mouse research should be routinely disregarded.  The only occasion when mouse research could be of interest is when mouse research, human epidemiology and theory all point to the same conclusion

Mice and men are genetically far further apart than was previously thought, calling into question the important role the rodents play in medical research.

A new study has found that while mice and humans share many protein-coding genes, the way their genes are regulated is often very different.

US scientists were surprised to find that gene activity diverged wildly between the two species in some key biological pathways.

The finding may help explain why more than 90% of new medicines that pass animal tests then fail in human trials.

Laboratory mice have been a pillar of medical research for more than a century, being used by scientists investigating everything from social behaviour to obesity.

Only half of human and mouse DNA match compared with 96% of human and chimpanzee DNA.

Co-author Dr Michael Beer, from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, said: "Most of the differences between mice and humans come from regulation of gene activity, not from genes themselves. Because mice are an important model for human biology, we have to understand these differences to better interpret our results."


(Yes.  My allusion in the heading to John Steinbeck and Robert Burns was deliberate)


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