Commercial shipping is waking up to the growing threat that drones pose to the safety & security of vessels. Terrorist use of drones deploying explosives is already well documented and the potential for a drone to deliver an explosive charge through the deck of an oil/gas tanker or on a passenger ship with potentially catastrophic results is a stark reality.
The warning went on for weeks, as the CDC documented 172 cases of E. coli. Fresh supplies of lettuce, harvested in Salinas Valley, Calif, are being shipped to restaurants and stores nationwide. DAVID GREENE, HOST: So if you’ve avoided romaine lettuce due …
The U.S. has formally condemned the construction of a new bridge that connects Russia with Crimea.
Under Secretary of State Heather Nauert called the bridge an attempt to consolidate the “illegal takeover” of Crimea by Moscow, Global News Inside reported this week.
“The construction of the bridge in Russia serves as a reminder of Russia’s continued willingness to circumvent international law,” Nauert said.
The new bridge connects the peninsula of Tamán in southern Russia with the Crimean Peninsula, which was annexed by Moscow in 2014. Since then, most in the international community agrees that the annexation was illegitimate and that Crimea is still a part of Ukraine.
“The United States condemns the construction and partial opening” of the bridge, Nauert said, and that the project was carried out “without the permission of the government of Ukraine.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the inauguration of the $4 billion bridge where he led a convoy of work trucks across to the Crimean side.
Putin signed autographs and shook hands with the workers as state media documented the event.
The bridge can support up to 40,000 passenger cars per day and is now the fastest way to reach Crimea, which has become a popular tourist and vacation spot for Russians. Along with cars, the bridge will also include a railway, which is scheduled for completion at the end of 2019.
“The bridge represents not only an attempt by Russia to consolidate its illegal takeover and occupation of Crimea, but it also impedes navigation by limiting the size of ships that can transit through the Kerch Strait, the only way to reach the territorial waters of Ukraine in the Sea of Azov, “ Nauert added.
Nauert explained that the U.S. reaffirms its commitment with the “sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine” and warned that U.S. sanctions related to Crimea “will remain in force until Russia returns control of the peninsula to Ukraine.”
The Crimean peninsula was annexed by Russia in early 2014. It currently exists as two Russian federal subjects: the Republic of Crimea and the federal city of Sevastopol.
The vast majority of the international community – including the U.S. – has not formally recognized the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol as part of Russia. Most nations openly reject previous referendums and instead consider Crimea and Sevastopol to be administrative divisions of Ukraine.
Mayor de Blasio hasn’t got a clue. Hizzoner’s office may have announced that private foundations will pick up the tab to defend some undocumented immigrants facing deportation, but the mayor himself said he “literally” had “no idea how that happened …
'It's Really Not Fair': Rutgers Student Calls Out School for Aiding Illegal Immigrants.. Rutgers student and Campus Reform correspondent Aviv Khavich said he's concerned about a "lack of respect for the rule of law" at his school and at colleges across the country.
Study: Nearly 40 % of Top Liberal Arts Colleges Have No GOP Professors
Student Activists Fight to Shut Down ROTC Program at NYC College
A Rutgers University student is calling out his school for "privileging" illegal immigrants over American citizens and legal immigrants.
In February, Rutgers students started a petition opposing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) appearing at a career fair, arguing it would alienate undocumented students. The agency voluntarily withdrew from the career fair after talks with administrators.
Earlier this month, Rutgers held a training workshop designed to help students, faculty, and staff empathize with the illegal immigrant community. One administrator suggested that the program should be mandatory.
And on Wednesday, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) signed a bill that allows New Jersey college students who are in the country illegally to obtain financial aid for their education. http://insider.foxnews.com/2018/05/10/rutgers-university-student-calls-out-school-aiding-illegal-immigrants
President Calvin Coolidge’s (1872-1933) association with St. Johnsbury Academy as a post-graduate student in 1891, while preparing for Amherst College, has been well documented over the years. His posthumous presence in St. J. through estate gifts …
It was a comedy of errors all around — but the star quarterback won in the end.
Seems a Florida high school student happened upon a Jacksonville Beach house party Wednesday night and decided to help himself to an unlocked-with-the-wallet-and-keys-inside Ford F-150, police told WJXT-TV.
But it wasn’t just any house party. The residence is owned by Jacksonville Jaguars’ center Brandon Linder, ESPN reported.
And the pickup truck’s owner? None other than the man who stands right behind Linder on the field — Jaguars’ quarterback Blake Bortles.
Let the incompetence commence
Police said Joseph Horton, 18, entered Bortles’ new Ford F-150 and rummaged through the interior, WJXT reported. Witnesses told police that home surveillance video documented the act, the station added.
Apparently the video also showed Horton removing Bortles’ wallet from his truck, the station noted, adding that the wallet later found on the ground.
But witnesses told police that Horton’s attempts to drive off in Bortles’ truck were thwarted by other cars boxing in the vehicle, WJXT said.
When life gives you lemons…
With his first plan having bitten the dust, police said Horton actually made his way into the house party, the station said, citing witnesses.
Not only that — he went upstairs.
Horton likely failed to give off that I’m-an-NFL-player-too vibe, and indeed neither Linder nor his party guests recognized him — and police were duly notified, WJXT noted.
But the kid made some new friends
When officers arrived on scene, they found Horton being held by Bortles and two of the quarterback’s buddies, ESPN reported.
Horton told police he was at the party looking for a former girlfriend, WJXT said.
What happened to Horton?
Horton was arrested and charged with burglary, trespassing, and grand theft, the station said, adding that he’s since been released on bond.
The best part?
Oh, and after Horton gave police his address, a little research indicated that the residence is a multimillion-dollar home on the Intracoastal Waterway just a few blocks down the street, WJXT added.
Neighbors said Horton lives there with his parents, the station noted.
As iconic cultural commentator David Lee Roth once put it, “His folks are overjoyed.”
A disgruntled former Yukon Government bureaucrat, who was let go after catching colleagues on tape making disparaging comments about Indigenous education in a government staff meeting, is fighting in court to get his job back.
Andrew Schaer claims he secretly recorded two co-workers, both of them senior business development advisers in the Yukon Government’s department of economic development, during a staff meeting in September.
On the recording, a male voice can be heard laughing. He seems to call the Yukon College’s Institute for Indigenous Self-Determination “b——t.”
Minutes later, while discussing a program aimed at improving post-secondary outcomes for First Nations students, the same man asks, “Shouldn’t they get them out of high school first? It’s a 50 per cent grad rate.”
“Yeah, minor technicality,” a female voice replies, laughing.
According to the Yukon Government’s statistics, the high school graduation rate for First Nations students last year was 62 per cent, not 50. The territorial average was 75 per cent.
The female voice is then heard suggesting it would be better to “just mail them their certificates” rather than fund programs to improve Indigenous students’ college and university performances.
“That would be way cheaper,” she said.
Two sources The Star spoke to confirmed the meeting took place and the recording is real. A transcript of the recording, filed in court by the Yukon Government, also matches the tape. A government spokesperson confirmed the recording but would not identify the employees in question.
The government said in a statement it would not confirm whether the employees in question faced any disciplinary action because of privacy legislation barring it from disclosing employees’ work history.
Schaer claims the voices on the tape belong to Ian Young and Erin Deacon.
Reached by phone, both Young and Deacon refused to comment. Emails to both people were not returned.
Schaer was let go five days after coming forward with the tape in November. He is now suing the government and his former bosses for wrongful dismissal, claiming protection under the territory’s whistleblower legislation.
“They messed with the wrong marine,” Schaer told the Star. “They didn’t count on me being 12 steps ahead of them.”
Government documents filed in court, however, claim Schaer’s abrasive and confrontational attitude with colleagues and clients as reasons for his termination.
Schaer forwarded the recordings to Yukon College president Karen Barnes in February, who was concerned enough to send them on to the government herself.
“I feel disappointed, but I’m not surprised,” Barnes said. “I mean, wow, as a society, have we not gone further?”
Barnes said language like that on the recording is still far too common in the Yukon.
She said countering those outdated perceptions is a big part of what the college does, in part by ensuring all staff and students take a course called First Nations 101.
So how and why did Schaer start making secret recordings in the first place?
Schaer started working for the Yukon Government on May 10, 2017, under a standard six-month probationary period. Almost immediately, he began feeling harassed and bullied, he said.
“Andy, you won’t be here very long at (the Yukon Government) if you become a liability,” Schaer claims one colleague told him early in his tenure. He claims other employees belittled his triple-honours master’s degree, saying “You can get a degree anywhere these days. You can buy them online.”
Fearing for his job, Schaer said he didn’t file any official complaints, but instead began using his phone to secretly record every interaction he had at work over a six-month period.
Meanwhile, his co-workers were growing uncomfortable. While they were not aware of his secret recording, affidavits later sworn by deputy minister of economic development Justin Ferbey and Schaer’s co-worker Denise Monkman include multiple references to Schaer’s allegedly “aggressive” communication style.
An affidavit sworn by Monkman said she never witnessed any bullying or harassment of Mr. Schaer. Instead, when she tried to explain to Schaer that his behaviour was making her and others uncomfortable, Schaer insisted that “pretty much everyone else in the office was trying to sabotage him with false complaints.”
Monkman’s affidavit says Schaer’s behaviour became so difficult to bear that she had to take time off work.
As his relationships with colleagues continued to deteriorate, Schaer said he kept the recorder rolling the whole time.
In late September, that tape picked up the meeting where the two bureaucrats, who Schaer claims are Deacon and Young, allegedly made the disparaging comments.
Schaer said the comments were especially hurtful not only because of his Métis heritage, but because his partner is Tsalagi (North Carolina Cherokee) and their children share her Indigenous heritage.
“When they were deriding First Nations youth, calling them stupid, saying it would be cheaper to mail them their certificates rather than (having) them go to school, the only thing I thought of was my daughter,” Schaer said.
Still, he said he kept his mouth shut and recorder running.
But by mid-October, things reached another boiling point. Schaer, who said he is also Francophone, claims he was speaking in French on the phone with an employee at the federal government.
During the call, according to an affidavit sworn by Schaer, Young told him to “Take that f——g French s–t someplace, else!” And still Schaer did not report the abuse, and, he said, kept recording.
At the end of October, Ferbey, who is a citizen of the Carcross Tagish First Nation, gave Schaer a letter saying his six-month probationary period was being extended for another six months “to see if these issues could be addressed successfully,” according to Ferbey’s affidavit.
By this point, Schaer said, he couldn’t wait any longer. On Nov. 3 he met privately with assistant deputy minister Stephen Rose and disclosed what he said was six months’ worth of detailed, documented instances of harassment and abuse. He also emailed a detailed list of his allegations to his bosses, and their bosses.
Five days later the government ended Schaer’s employment.
Schaer claims the decision to extend his probation in the first place was an attempt to buy time while his bosses figured out a legal way to fire him, which he claims they ultimately did.
The Yukon Government denies this, and is opposing Schaer’s attempt in court to be reinstated. It was also granted an injunction barring Schaer from publishing any more of his recordings, and a restraining order preventing him from contacting Denise Monkman.
Emails between numerous senior Yukon Government staff spanning the five days in question shed some light on the situation.
“Obviously some pretty concerning allegations from the employee as well as some alarming behaviour from the same employee,” wrote executive council office deputy minister Jim Connell on Saturday, Nov. 4, the day after Schaer’s “whistleblowing” email.
On Nov. 8, Thomas Ullyett, the acting public service commissioner, emailed Connell to tell him Schaer had been dismissed. “He was rude and demanding to the end,” Ullyett writes.
Ullyett then emailed Justin Ferbey. “I’d recommend that you have a conversation with Cheryl about how the (Respectful Workplace Office) would help the branch in question. If there’s any truth to Schaer’s recordings, it appears to be a dysfunctional workplace.”
On Nov. 8, the day Schaer was let go, he said he and Ferbey got into a confrontation. Schaer was told to leave the building immediately. He refused, arguing with Ferbey about why he was being let go. And, as he had done for months, Schaer was recording.
During a recording of this confrontation, a male voice can be heard saying, “Andrew, you need to read the letter. You are being terminated because you are taping people.”
Schaer asks to return to his desk to collect his belongings. The male voice at first refuses, then agrees to escort Schaer to his desk. When Schaer tries to leave with a backpack, the male voice insists the backpack must be searched to ensure Schaer isn’t leaving with sensitive government information. Schaer refuses and the stand-off continues.
On the recording Schaer can be heard picking up his desk phone and calling the RCMP. He claims he is being held against his will, and asks the police to come and investigate. With the police on their way, Schaer is allowed to leave with his bag unsearched before police arrive.
While the case goes to court this month, it won’t be the first time Schaer’s picked a legal fight following his removal from an organization.
In the early 2000s, Schaer was a member of the Barrie, Ont. yacht club. After a similar falling out – where club members accused him of being impossible to work with, and he accused the club’s executive of orchestrating an illegal ouster – Schaer sued the club and several of its executives.
Court documents show he served each member with his statements of claim himself, in person. During several of those interactions, the police were called. One of those members was Ian White.
On July 12, 2001, White returned home from a late dinner with his wife to find Schaer’s statement of claim shoved under his front door.
“He also saw a liquid puddle on the front stoop which he identified by smell as urine,” wrote Justice Spyros Loukidelis, who authored the decision.
Schaer admitted to leaving the documents but denied peeing on White’s porch.
Two days later Schaer appeared at White’s door at 9:15 p.m. White armed himself with a 40-centimetre fibreglass baton, opened the door, “and in no uncertain terms told (Schaer) to “Get the f–k off my property,” Loukidelis wrote.
What happened next is a matter of some dispute. Schaer claimed White attacked him with the club, striking a smashing blow to his head and leaving him to collapse in a neighbour’s driveway.
A hospital report showed only minor swelling and a superficial cut to his left temple.
White claimed that after he opened the door, Schaer jumped back, “struck a karate-style pose” and continued to taunt White with claims that they would see each other in court.
White was found not guilty in a separate criminal trial. Loukidelis dismissed Schaer’s civil claim.
Schaer also lost his broader suit against the yacht club over his removal from its membership, though not before he appealed all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada, which declined to hear the case.
“In hindsight, the battle that I picked with the Barrie Yacht Club probably wasn’t the right battle to pick,” Schaer said.
“This battle I’m picking (with the Yukon Government) is the battle I was born to pick,” he said.
“I believe that I was chosen for this,” Schaer said. “I think that God knew I would have the conviction, at my own peril, to stand up and speak truth to power, to shine a light and blow the whistle because what they are doing is wrong.”
Life springs eternal with the advent of spring! Frisbees fly around city parks. Girls wear short-shorts. Dogs sprint across the yard. Butterflies grace the colorful flowers while hummingbirds zip around like crazed fighter pilots. Grasses turn the landscape green while trees bud into full foliage. Ah, yes, the promise of spring inspires everyone in America.
But what about those dandelions along your sidewalk and growing in the cracks of your driveway? What about those weeds making a mess of your golf-course smooth lawn?
What do you do? You poison them with Monsanto’s Roundup.
But there’s a problem growing across the United States with Roundup weed killer. Today, after years of usage, that herbicide finds its way into women’s breast milk, fine wines and the ground water. Scientists find it lodged in cereals we feed our children. It’s even in the air we breathe. It drips into the water systems where we take our daily drink.
From my research, Boulder, Colorado became the first city in America to ban the use and sale of Roundup and all other herbicides within the city limits. Anyone who would like to do the same in their city to protect their children may visit their website for the documents that you might utilize for your own city.
In other words, we must stop poisoning our world, our kids, our animals and our lives. Personally, I think Monsanto’s CEO and board members as well as stock holders should be tried and sent to prison for crimes against humanity and the natural world. None of us should consume GMOs.
From 1996 – 2011, the widespread use of Roundup Ready GMO crops increased herbicide in the USA by 527 million pounds—even though Monsanto claimed its GMO crops would reduce pesticide and herbicide use.
Monsanto falsified data on Roundup’s safety, and marketed it to parks departments and consumers as “environmentally friendly” and “biodegradable, to encourage its use it on roadsides, playgrounds, golf courses, schoolyards, lawns and home gardens. A French court ruled those marketing claims amounted to false advertising. Makes you wonder why an American court didn’t make the same rulings? Answer: more money to pay off the appropriate people to make sure Roundup continues its deadly legacy in America.
Do you wonder why you know a friend or relative suffering from cancer? Or, you yourself? Answer: Monsanto poisons the world 24/7 with its horrific chemicals and GMOs.
Here’s what top scientists at www.EcoWatch.org found with our flagrant use of this deadly herbicide.
ADHD: In farming communities, there’s a strong correlation between Roundup exposure and attention deficit disorder (ADHD), likely due to glyphosate’s capacity to disrupt thyroid hormone functions.
Alzheimer’s disease: In the lab, Roundup causes the same type of oxidative stress and neural cell death observed in Alzheimer’s disease.
Anencephaly (birth defect): An investigation into neural tube defects among babies born to women living within 1,000 meters of pesticide applications showed an association for glyphosate with anencephaly, the absence of a major portion of the brain, skull and scalp that forms during embryonic development.
Autism: Glyphosate has a number of known biological effects that align with the known pathologies associated with autism. One of these parallels is the gut dysbiosis observed in autistic children and the toxicity of glyphsoate to beneficial bacteria that suppress pathogenic bacteria, along with pathogenic bacteria’s high resistance to glyphosate. In addition, glyphosate’s capacity to promote aluminum accumulation in the brain may make it the principal cause of autism in the U.S.
Thirty years ago, one live birth in 20,000 suffered from autism. Today, one live birth in 88 suffers from autism.
Birth defects: Roundup and glyphosate can disrupt the Vitamin A (retinoic acid) signaling pathway, which is crucial for normal fetal development. The babies of women living within one kilometer of fields sprayed with glyphosate were more than twice as likely to have birth defects according to a study from Paraguay. Congenital defects quadrupled in the decade after Roundup Ready crops arrived in Chaco, a province in Argentina where glyphosate is used roughly eight to ten times more per acre than in the U.S. A study of one farming family in the U.S. documented elevated levels of glyphosate and birth defects in the children, including an imperforate anus, growth hormone deficiency, hypospadias (an abnormally placed urinary hole), a heart defect and a micro penis.
Brain cancer: In a study of children with brain cancer compared with healthy children, researchers found that if either parent had been exposed to Roundup during the two years before the child’s birth, the chances of the child developing brain cancer doubled.
Breast cancer: Glyphosate induces human breast cancer cells growth via estrogen receptors. The only long-term animal study of glyphosate exposure produced rats with mammary tumors and shortened life-spans.
Cancer: House-to-house surveys of 65,000 people in farming communities in Argentina where Roundup is used, known there as the fumigated towns, found cancer rates two to four times higher than the national average, with increases in breast, prostate and lung cancers. In a comparison of two villages, in the one where Roundup was sprayed, 31 percent of residents had a family member with cancer, while only 3 percent of residents in a ranching village without spraying had one. The high cancer rates among people exposed to Roundup likely stem from glyphosate’s known capacity to induce DNA damage, which has been demonstrated in numerous lab tests.
Celiac disease and gluten intolerance: Fish exposed to glyphosate develop digestive problems that are reminiscent of celiac disease. There are parallels between the characteristics of celiac disease and the known effects of glyphosate. These include imbalances in gut bacteria, impairment in enzymes involved with detoxifying environmental toxins, mineral deficiencies and amino acid depletion.
Chronic kidney disease: Increases in the use of glyphosate may explain the recent surge in kidney failure among agricultural workers in Central America, Sri Lanka and India. Scientists have concluded, “Although glyphosate alone does not cause an epidemic of chronic kidney disease, it seems to have acquired the ability to destroy the renal tissues of thousands of farmers when it forms complexes with [hard water] and nephrotoxic metals.”
Colitis: The toxicity of glyphosate to beneficial bacteria that suppress clostridia, along with clostridia’s high resistance to glyphosate, could be a significant predisposing factor in the overgrowth of clostridia. Overgrowth of clostridia, specifically C. difficile, is a well-established causal factor in colitis.
Depression: Glyphosate disrupts chemical processes that impact the production of serotonin, an important neurotransmitter that regulates mood, appetite and sleep. Serotonin impairment has been linked to depression.
Diabetes: Low levels of testosterone are a risk factor for Type 2 diabetes. Rats fed environmentally relevant doses of Roundup over a period of 30 days spanning the onset of puberty had reduced testosterone production sufficient to alter testicular cell morphology and to delay the onset of puberty.
Heart disease: Glyphosate can disrupt the body’s enzymes, causing lysosomal dysfunction, a major factor in cardiovascular disease and heart failure.
Hypothyroidism: House-to-house surveys of 65,000 people in farming communities in Argentina where Roundup is used, known there as the fumigated towns, found higher rates of hypothyroidism.
Inflammatory Bowl Disease (“Leaky Gut Syndrome”): Glyphosate can induces severe tryptophan deficiency, which can lead to an extreme inflammatory bowel disease that severely impairs the ability to absorb nutrients through the gut, due to inflammation, bleeding and diarrhea.
Liver disease: Very low doses of Roundup can disrupt human liver cell function, according to a 2009 study published in Toxicology.
Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS): Sulfate deficiency in the brain has been associated with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Glyphosate disrupts sulfate transport from the gut to the liver, and may lead over time to severe sulfate deficiency throughout all the tissues, including the brain.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS): An increased incidence of inflammatory bowel disease (IBS) has been found in association with MS. Glyphosate may be a causal factor. The hypothesis is that glyphosate-induced IBS causes gut bacteria to leak into the vasculature, triggering an immune reaction and consequently an autoimmune disorder resulting in destruction of the myelin sheath.
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma: A systematic review and a series of meta-analyses of nearly three decades worth of epidemiologic research on the relationship between non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) and occupational exposure to agricultural pesticides found that B cell lymphoma was positively associated with glyphosate.
Parkinson’s disease: The brain-damaging effects of herbicides have been recognized as the main environmental factor associated with neurodegenerative disorders, including Parkinson’s disease. The onset of Parkinson’s following exposure to glyphosate has been well documented and lab studies show that glyphosate induces the cell death characteristic of the disease.
Obesity: An experiment involving the transfer of a strain of endotoxin-producing bacteria from the gut of an obese human to the guts of mice caused the mice to become obese. Since glyphosate induces a shift in gut bacteria towards endotoxin-producers, glyphosate exposure may contribute to obesity in this way.
Reproductive problems: Studies of laboratory animals have found that male rats exposed to high levels of glyphosate, either during prenatal or pubertal development, suffer from reproductive problems, including delayed puberty, decreased sperm production, and decreased testosterone production.
Respiratory illnesses: House-to-house surveys of 65,000 people in farming communities in Argentina where Roundup is used, known there as the fumigated towns, found higher rates of chronic respiratory illnesses.
Doesn’t this make you sick that your own stores, your cities and farmers use this poison on your foods? You use it on your lawns? At what point do we take a stand against the continued use of chemicals that kill our natural world, and in the end, kill our loved ones?
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