Domestic abuse without raising a hand…

Order of the White Feather has a sobering post up on using technology to continually abuse and control a partner seeking to get away from her abuser.  It is just astounding that someone could think up this sh*t (probably an abuser himself), and then be able to sell it without worry of prosecution.

The companies market the tools as “safety features” to monitor your kids….it always starts out that way–marketed for something good when it’s used for something evil.  I don’t buy mSpy’s assertion that they have no knowledge or responsibility for their product being used for abuse.

Here’s why:

MSpy has a step-by-step guide — with screenshots — on how to download the app onto an iPhone or Android device, how to activate it, and then how to delete any visible trace of it. It’ll just hang out in a hidden folder, with a nondescript name like “Android.sys.”

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Why would you need to hide it if you were using it for innocent reasons?  I don’t understand the parents-as-stalkers mindset, either.  Good Grief, the poor children with such controlling parents, monitoring every single thing they do!  Suffocating.

And the online banking thing…one of the reasons I will not do it is because of security.  I had to close my free account recently because the bank insisted on a $500 balance, or I could switch to online banking and not deal with the humans at all (putting another person out of work is not my idea of doing unto others as I would have done to me…).

This story drives that point home–no matter how much they would like to assure us that technology = security…the facts speak differently.  Paper is still more secure, with less ability of someone gaining access to information that is none of their business.

And in this case, someone’s life depends on it.

In this rape culture, women are still seen as extensions of men.  As objects to be owned and possessed.  The domestic abuse represents that sense of  entitlement.

 

 

 

 

Daniele Watts

Has claimed that she was handcuffed because of racism.   She was kissing her white boyfriend in public and was handcuffed….when she refused to give identification.

I don’t know if race is involved.  I know that this nearly happened to me in Fort Wayne when I refused to give my social security number or my birthdate to an out of control fire fighter.

She was absolutely within her Fourth Amendment rights not to give her identification if she was not being arrested.  I have paralegal training, and the attorney teaching the class on the Fourth Amendment told us that unless we were under arrest, we did not have to give out any information, and did not have to have our persons or our vehicles searched without our permission.  He said all the client had to do was ask if they were under arrest.

This Amendment was put into place to protect us from a police state–so we would not become Russia, China, or Nazi Germany.

In my case, I was the Fire Captain of my five story building.  I was the one who jumped out of bed at 2 a.m. when the fire alarm went off.  I would communicate to the fire dept and to our maintenance on-call person that everything was okay…or not.

On this particular day,  someone had set off the alarm three times that day.  I called off the fire dept each time, but for some reason, they showed up anyway at the third instance.

I was already back in my apartment when I got a knock on the door from one of the residents telling me the fire dept was here and wanted to speak with me.

The fire fighter immediately began accusing me of setting off the alarm, of making a false report, and other stuff that i can’t remember at the moment.  He said he was going to shut this building down.  Then he demanded to know my soc. sec. number.  I refused.  He then demanded my birthdate, which I also refused, as I had done before with the other fire fighters.  Alarm bells were going off in my head by this guy’s irrational behavior, and I started to walk away.

He threatens that he is going to call the police as I was walking down the hall.  He does.

Three squad cars pull up within minutes. Three.

They, too, were bullying me into giving up personal information that they had no right to.  I didn’t set off any alarm, only reported what I saw, as was required of my job.

This went on for an hour.  They intimidated me to the point I was in tears.  I finally had to give this arrogant, irrational fire fighter my birthdate…because they threatened me with jail if I did not.

Afterwards, the police officer sarcastically said, “There, was that so hard?”

I said that it was none of the firefighter’s business.

He then shot back that I should not be the Fire Captain if I did not want to give out that info.

I had been a reliable Captain. I gave up nights and weekends to be in the building when the staff was gone.  I sure the hell didn’t need this grief.

And I’m not down on the fire fighters.  They’re good guys, for  the most part.

One of them even quietly thanked me for standing up to this creep.

And, no, racism wasn’t involved in this–I am white, the fire fighter and all of the police man were white.  It’s a civil rights issue,  for sure.

The fallout in Ferguson

When I saw the video on MSNBC Friday of Michael Brown stealing from a store, and shoving the clerk by the throat…and then threatening him with more of it…I had to take a step back.  I knew that if I came on here, I would say something I’d regret because I feel that I was played for a chump.

And then I hear on the news yesterday morning that they trashed the convenience store that Michael stole cigars from.

Outrageous.  Now the owner of the store has been victimized again.  Does he/she deserve that?

I watched Melissa Harris-Perry this morning, and got upset again.  I know this is close to home for her, but to deny Michael’s criminal behavior and how that played a roll in what happened is disingenuous. She insisted that people’s rights were being violated by the curfew.  Don’t the people who own businesses there also deserve to be protected?  They are not saying folks cannot protest at all–they are protesting during the day.  With the looting, I feel the curfew is justified.  No matter how angry you are, that does not give you the right to steal.  Nor is being poor give you a right to steal.  I can speak to that because I’m poor and been on food stamps, so I’ve felt the sting of people’s prejudice.

It upsets me…especially because of what happened to me in Fort Wayne.  Flashbacks of how I was essentially shunned by the black folk in the building after reporting the harassment of one of the black men.  He was evicted.  Others came forward after I filed my report–other women….black women–were also intimidated and harassed by him.  Some of them just accepted it as “just the way things are” and refused to file a report (probably afraid she would be shunned).  Another black lady whom had run the cafeteria reduced cost meal program was intimidated by him so much that she just gave him free food.  I suspect that the other black folk came down on her for speaking out–she left not six months after the guy was evicted.  The others didn’t care what this guy had done–and that disturbs me to this day.

I now question the validity of Michael’s friend who was with him when he robbed the convenience store…he should have come forward with this information from the start.  The fact that he and everyone else kept it hidden speaks volumes.

Do I think the officer was justified in shooting Michael multiple times? Hell no.

We have yet to hear what happened, but if the officer was in fear of his life, that is the only justification.   The convenience store video lends credibility to the officer stating that Michael struck him, causing his face to swell.  And perhaps he was trying to get the officer’s gun…I’m not as inclined to believe Michael’s friend’s account of what happened.

I’m hoping that in the coming weeks, we get at the truth.

 

 

 

 

 

A rabbi condemns Carter for defending Palestinians

This piece is so slanted I nearly fell off my chair reading it….

Rabbi Shmuley chooses to ignore President Carter’s monumental act of getting Egypt and Israel to broker a peace deal…a peace that has lasted decades. And the hostages deal is a cheap shot.  They were deliberately held so that Reagan could claim victory…a piece of history that strangely is never reported by the brain-dead media.

Rabbi Shmuley chooses to ignore the interference of food, water, jobs, paychecks, and the ability to earn a living that Israel has imposed on the Palestinians…leaving them little choice.  He also ignores Israelis’ own bloody history of killing innocents to gain control of what was once Palestinian land.  And he ignores Palestinian wishes for a two-state solution.

Carter states in the video that he does not agree with bad things Hamas has done.

 

 

 

Sirota is back…

Woot.  

(hat tip Diane Ravitch)

A voice that was silenced by those proclaiming to be progressive and open-minded weren’t quite so much when put to the test.  It’s not hard to see why when you read this article blasting Hillary Clinton.  There’s a powerful push to get her into office, despite the coy “I haven’t decided” b.s. that she is spewing.  I’ve said it before, but I’m sick of Clintons and Bushes in the White House.  Time for a real change for a politician that actually speaks up for the “little people” who don’t have big lobbyists, big PACs, nor big money to influence Washington.

A Jewish voice on Gaza

DN! interviewed Henry Siegman, a rabbi that represents strong Jewish organizations and what he had to say regarding the bombing of Gaza will blow you away.

For one thing, he doesn’t believe Hamas is any more a terrorist organization than Israeli fighters were when they fought to take the land away from the Palestinians to form their own state.  They killed innocents to take the land away.

And now they want to deny the Palestinians that same right to a land they can call their own without interference by Israel.

While I’m watching this segment, I’m thinking of my continuing studies on religions–just for the record–every single major religion:  Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, has blood on their hands for killing innocents.

“Kill them all, and let God sort them out…”  seems to be a common theme throughout history.

Only, “do unto others as you wish to be done to you” doesn’t quite fit into that thinking.

Self-defense, in my view, is the only legitimate excuse for killing another.  And that is only after all other avenues have been taken–such as diplomacy.  Or poking the stick to keep one at arm’s length.   Trying self-defense without intent to kill (like martial arts).

But diplomacy is becoming a lost art.  It’s easy to just drop a bomb and believe that will end it, but in reality, it just creates more problems.  Peace isn’t easy–compromise and humility are key factors in creating and sustaining Peace.  Being humble isn’t valued in this society–it’s seen as weakness or worse–low self-esteem, when in reality, it is a recognition that we are part of Creation, and even though we are all important in that we bring our own uniqueness to the world, we are also a small part of that world and it takes all of us to make the world go ’round.

 

More on Gaza and what it’s like to be Palestinian

DN! has another good piece on life in Gaza….if you can call it that. Existence is more apt a word…

Israel targeted yet another hospital…and yet another playground with children.

I just can’t wrap my brain around anyone justifying this–only a mentally ill person would rationalize killing children and innocent people whom have nothing to do with Hamas.

And the cruel mind games Israel is playing—calling people and telling them to leave because they are about to be bombed…when there is clearly nowhere else to go.  As the piece illustrates–a man who left to go to “safety” was bombed there, too.  Where are they to go?

Another segment the other day said that Israel is also playing mind games by calling people up and telling them they are in their crosshairs.  And there are drones overhead all the time….even when there was supposedly a cease-fire that Israel claimed to uphold.  Who would trust someone like that?

DN also had this up yesterday of a Palestinian’s account of his own personal tragedy.  It’s hard to watch–he clearly is heartbroken over losing so many members of his family.

Again, Israel has a lot of fire power because of the United States giving them billions every single year.  I do not support my tax dollars going towards killing innocent people…innocent children playing on a playground…people in hospitals that have already been greatly harmed…

~~~More of this segment also explores the overreach of the NSA, CIA, et al, and how the Fourth Amendment is ignored.  Brian Ross has stated that he now begins telephone conversations with “I’m an American citizen, are you?”  because he says they are not supposed to be listening in on American citizens’ conversations.  This is a protective measure.  It is incredible how paranoia has become so extreme that journalists now feel like criminals and have to act like they’re mafia or something in order to develop contacts and be able to investigate the very people who are trying to usurp the press’ ability to investigate them.

Meanwhile, the petition for Freedom of the Press and Whistleblowers has now reached over 100,000 like-minded folks who believe in the First Amendment and Fourth Amendment which a healthy democracy needs to survive.

First Amendment:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. – See more at: http://constitution.findlaw.com/amendment1/amendment.html#sthash.8k4V7g5s.dpuf
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Fourth Amendment:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. – See more at: http://constitution.findlaw.com/amendment4/amendment.html#sthash.Ihw0OGGC.dpuf
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It’s worse than we thought–the NSA has nothing on this Ford exec

Wow.  Just wow.  Someone in the comments thought that she was using the recording devices to record meetings and then have them transcribed.  If you believe that, I have some oceanfront property in Indiana I want to sell you….

First of all, it’s illegal.

Second, it’s just paranoia to the extreme.

Is it just me, or has paranoia become an epidemic?  What happened to us?

Why have we lost our sense of right and wrong and boundaries?

Have we become that insecure? Why?

 

 

More on Big Pharma, drug deaths/reactions

I continued to look around for prescription drug deaths, and found a few helpful articles.  Not surprisingly, they come from the natural medicine aspect, with Mercola leading the way:

Prescription drug deaths/reactions.

Total number of prescription drugs, per state. THREE BILLION.  Incredible.  We are a drug nation, with California leading the way.  Good God.

Patient harm in medical care.  Government report here.

The 6 Top Thugs of the Drug world.

I had not seen the vaccine Freedom Wall.  Interesting read of people’s stories.  Why are they not being represented in the media?  Oh, right…every other commercial is a prescription drug…media supported by drug manufacturers is not about to tell the other side of the story….or at least give it much credibility if they do.

I found this compelling story:

Posted: Jun 23, 2014
This is one of 4 vaccine related events I have encountered. I hope to share others in subsequent postings. 2006 my 5 year old received his last recommended vaccines. He is my third child. I had my other two children vaccinated as recommended, but noticed over the years the number of vaccines increasing as well as the popularity of the combo vax. I respected my pediatrician at that time, but felt bamboozled as a throng of papers explaining the vaccines were given to me at the same time the injections were ready to be given. I scanned them quickly, but really had no idea of the true consequences. 12 hours later, he broke out with measles and low grade temp. Ok, not too worried because it can be expected according to doctor and pamphlets. The real surprise was the hives. All of this started at the injection site and rapidly spread to his entire body. I started benadryl and called doctor. I was told “it couldn’t be the vaccine since that would’ve happened at the office”. Luckily, no respiratory compromise occurred. Three days of benadryl. The doctor refused to report this as an adverse reaction. I’ve never vaccinated again. I am a RN, 21 years experience in ER, ICU and PACU. Never had I seen such a bizarre event, but I know it was vaccine related. Fifteen years ago, I would’ve thought blaming vaccines was crazy. After what myself and others have witnessed I don’t believe BIG PHARM is doing what’s best for patients. Please be your own advocate. Educate yourself.
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Note that this is an RN– a medical professional trained to recognize medical issues. The doctor refused to report the adverse reaction.  This, folks, should be a red flag at the scope of the problem–if physicians are not reporting them (there is no penalty for not reporting adverse events).
Another RN speaks out:
Jun 18, 2014
My story isn’t harassment but an assertion about the administration of vaccines. I am a registered nurse and have worked in many roles, school nurse, staff nurse, research nurse (at a top cancer center), telephonic nursing and case management. When I graduated from nursing in the 90’s, I was taught to “aspirate” when giving an IM injection like a vaccine. This means the needle is inserted into the muscle and the plunger is pulled back slightly to insure the needle tip has not entered a vein, This practice is no longer followed. you can google or bing “how to give an IM injection” and you will see that even the cdc does not instruct to aspirate. This is significant because of an experience I had when giving vaccinations to high schools students. To the best of my recollection, i vaccinated 30-40 students that day. I was vaccinating one of the last students, and when I aspirated, i got a surge of blood back in the syringe. Had I not aspirated first, and administered the vaccine, it would have entered his blood stream. I was in the correct anatomical location to administer an IM injection. The blood brain barrier is vulnerable to penetration by some elements, and intramuscular injections are NOT supposed to be given directly into the bloodstream. Today, with so many vaccines given at the same time, the practice of aspiration has been discarded, and I question the consequences of this action and the high rates of autism.
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More here:
May 13, 2014
My child was given the Dtap vaccine about six days ago… Four hours after receiving her third dose of the vaccine she spiked a 102 fever that lasted for five days. She had jerking like convulsions in her sleep and could barely walk for five days. Thank god the fever finally broke today. As far as long term effects I do not know yet what we are facing but I do know I will never vaccinate again..
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Being threatened with Child Services for refusing a Vitamin K shot:
 In the case of my wife and our child, not only are both mother and child not members of any risk factor categories, but my wife has been eating a diet naturally high in vitamin K and taking a prenatal supplement containing additional Vitamin K since well prior to the conception of our child. 9) I can only assume that the combination of all of these factors result in the cumulative risk of my child suffering from long term effects from intracranial hemorrhaging due to VKDB being less than 0.000946% – 0.001548%.
 At this time, based on these numbers and all of the other reasons stated above, I do not find this to be a compelling case to administer this injection to my child. Later in the day on 5/14 we were visited by two doctors who wished to discuss this decision with us.  Both doctors were professional and respectful, provided literature upon request, and were willing to engage in a constructive discussion.  At no time did either doctor indicate that we were not within our legal or medical rights to decline the Vitamin K injection, nor did either doctor indicate that there would be any repercussions taken against my wife or I for this action.  The following day however, a different doctor came to our room just a couple hours before our scheduled discharge for a final evaluation of our daughter.  His hands were visibly shaking during the examination, and he was not speaking much, until he concluded the examination and turned to my wife and I to berate us for our decision to decline the Vitamin K injection.  His scolding was unexpected and unprofessional, and concluded by him telling us we were shameful and that we would be reported to Children and Youth.  He was not interested in discussing our decision with us, or taking the time to get to know more about the patients he was criticizing and reporting to authorities for suspected neglect.  Furthermore, this was the first time we were learning that there was any possibility we would be reported to Children and Youth for declining this injection.
Upon further discussion with the original resident, a social worker, and the operations manager, we were informed of the following: 1) Other parents have also declined the Vitamin K injection for their newborns. 2) This hospital does not have a policy indicating that parents who decline the Vitamin K injection are automatically reported for suspected neglect. 3) We were reported for suspected neglect for no other reason than declining the Vitamin K injection. Based on this information, it seems to me that my wife and I were unfairly accused of being neglectful parents.
 We were subjectively reported for neglect under a non-specific policy that can apparently be invoked or not invoked depending on an individual physician’s preferences.  In other words, another physician on another day may very well not have reported us to Children and Youth for the same action.  In fact, the operations manager even indicated that if this had taken place six months ago, it would likely have not been an issue.  
Also, my wife and I declined the Vitamin K injection for our son who was born in the same room on 7/3/2012, and we were not reported at that time. Based on all of this, I feel that our following patient rights (according to the November 2013 Patient Rights & Responsibilities) may have been violated: 5. A patient has the right to know what hospital rules and regulations apply to his conduct as a patient.  (We were not told that there was any possibility that we would be reported to Children and Youth for declining this injection, until the time the we were told we were being reported.) 8. The patient has the right to full information in layman’s terms, concerning his diagnosis, treatment and prognosis, including information about alternative treatments and possible complications.  (We were told that there are no side effects, when in fact, the package insert for the Vitamin K injection indicates that the injectable form of Vitamin K can cause fatal allergic reactions.) 11. A patient has the right to refuse drugs, treatment, or procedure offered by the hospital, to the extent permitted by law.  (If this is the case, and if the Vitamin K injection is simply a precautionary measure being offered to our child for a condition for which our child was not diagnosed . . . and a condition for which both mother and child had absolutely no signs, symptoms, or risk factors . . . then it was inappropriate to report us for suspected neglect based on the declination of this injection.) 22.
A patient has the right to be informed of his rights at the earliest possible moment in the course of his hospitalization.  (We were not told that there was any possibility that we would be reported to Children and Youth for declining this injection, until the time the we were told we were being reported.) 24. A patient or his or her representative (as allowed under Pennsylvania law) has the right to make informed decisions regarding his or her care . . . including be able to request or refuse treatment in accord with applicable law and regulation.  (If this is the case, and if the Vitamin K injection is simply a precautionary measure being offered to our child for a condition for which our child was not diagnosed . . . and a condition for which both mother and child had absolutely no signs, symptoms, or risk factors . . . then it was inappropriate to report us for suspected neglect based on the declination of this injection.) 40.
A patient has a right to have his or her cultural, psychosocial, spiritual and personal values, beliefs and preferences respected.  (The doctor’s communication with us was very belittling and disrespectful.) My wife and I were having an exceptional delivery experience and stay until this situation occurred.  Unfortunately, this turned what should have been one of the happiest days in the life of our family, into a day of tears and frustration for my wife and I.  
Because of that, I am requesting the following: 1) I would like to be informed as to what is being done to ensure that this doctor will not be permitted to treat ourselves or other patients in this way in the future. 2) I would like to be informed as to how the hospital’s policies, and/or their implementation, will be clarified so that the reporting of parents for suspected neglect will not be done subjectively and arbitrarily, but will be done fairly and consistently. 3) As my wife and I are hoping to have more children in the future, I would like to be informed as to how this situation can/should be handled, both by us and the hospital, in the future so that we can avoid this situation. I look forward to hearing back from you in a timely manner.  Thank you.
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And, finally (although there are plenty more)–preying on the young and vulnerable:
May 11, 2014
When I was 16 I was in for my first doctor’s appt alone. My doctor knew I had never been vaccinated and as a young adult had no interest ongoing against this upbringing. He proceeded to go on and on about it, giving me pamphlets and reiterating that he can “just go prepare the shots” After explaining several times I was NOT interested he finally looked me in the eye and said, “I know this is hard to hear but you may never carry a child to term if you are not vaccinated,” and then something along the lines of the fetus being infected and dying. I was shaking mad and horrified he would say this to me (remember I am 16 at this point) and even more so that he would use this scare tactic with ANYONE. I am healthy, unvaccinated and carried a baby girl (now almost 4 years old) to term just fine. This is fear-mongering. I never went back to that doctor. Please let us continue to make our own choices concerning our health; your body, your choice.
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This is outrageous.  I had not been vaccinated, but had natural immunity with measles, mumps, rubella, and chicken pox — and carried all three of my pregnancies to term.  I had more harm done with Rho-Gam shots containing mercury and God knows what else…
And, this from a healthcare worker who refused to be a sheep, and could not get anyone to back her up:
May 10, 2014
I worked for a hospital who also mandated the flu shot for everyone unless you had a medical condition, signed and approved by your doctor. Employees were given a meeting and a woman from disease control said our shots were to make sure no employee passed the flu to a patient. I asked if there were documented cases where this had transpired and she completely avoided the question. After the meeting was over, a higher up I knew in the hospital told me to answer the question, no, no circumstance like that had been reported. Joint Commission was behind this change in mandating the flu shot, which previously you could opt out of due to religious reasons as well. The hospital would not receive medicaid/medicare reimbursement unless 90 percent of our staff were given the flu vaccine. In the past, we hadn’t reached 60 percent so they had to make it mandatory. I was pregnant at the time and unless I wanted to lose my job and my insurance be December 14th, I had to bring a signed vaccination form from my OBGYN stating a reason I couldn’t have the shot. My OBGYN said there was no reason I shouldn’t get a flu shot, she claims the ones in her office are single vial and therefore don’t pose a threat to me or my unborn child, and wouldn’t sign any waiver. I have since left that job. I had put up with all other mandated vaccinations and tests, but the flu shot I think is unfounded and potentially dangerous for nothing. Just money for someone’s pockets and leaving even the hospital with no choice since over half our patients are medicaid payers.
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Choice and autonomy seem to be a disappearing value of our culture.  We’re treated like children instead of adults with the ability to make our own decisions impacting our lives. There is plenty of evidence of vaccine injury without a lot of evidence to support vaccine claims.  I have yet to see evidence that if I don’t get vaccinated, and I get sick, that I will infect someone whom has been vaccinated–doesn’t that fly in the face of vaccine immunity?  If someone is vaccinated, and they develop antibodies, are they not protected against getting a disease?  If not, then the vaccine doesn’t really work, does it?