Menachem Z. Rosensaft: A neo-Nazi beauty pageant – nefarious glorification of anti-Semitism at its worst

Menachem Z. Rosensaft: A neo-Nazi beauty pageant – nefarious glorification of anti-Semitism at its worst

20 Oct 2014

The following article was first published by the ‘Huffington Post’.

One of the most insidious, and perhaps ultimately one of the most dangerous, manifestations of neo-Nazi resurgence may well be its steady subversive infiltration of contemporary popular and consumer culture.

Rabidly bigoted – anti-Semitic, anti-Roma, generally xenophobic – modern day neo-Nazi parties and movements such as Jobbik in Hungary and Golden Dawn in Greece are relatively easy to identify and fight through political, judicial and legislative means. They are the violent heirs of the Nazi Brown Shirts, the SA, who terrorized non-fascist Germans throughout much of the 1920’s and early 1930’s as part of Hitler’s rise to eventual absolute power.

Then there are the more nuanced modern-day fascists such as Marine Le Pen’s Front National in France who combine reactionary views with a calculated strategic effort to make themselves appear more palatable to the political mainstream, often with frightening success. Still, these ultra-right wing extremist movements and parties are relatively easy to identify and expose for what they are – at the end of the day they leave little to the imagination. Bigotry, after all, remains bigotry regardless of any intellectual or dialectic attempts to legitimize the preying on fears and often deep-seated prejudices.

But below the radar screen, there are nefarious attempts to legitimize Nazism and all that Nazism stood for in the popular psyche under the guise of cutting edge fashion, perverse home decoration, and even crass, prurient sexual exploitation. Among some of the more egregious recent examples are:

  • The peddling of silver ‘Swastika Rings’ on Sears’ online Marketplace that “are going to make you look beautiful at your next dinner date.” Faced with consumer outrage, Sears quickly yanked this example of what had been described as “gothic jewelry” and removed the offending vendor from its site.
  • The sale on the Walmart, Sears’ and Amazon websites of a “home decoration” poster featuring the “Arbeit Macht Frei” (“Work makes you free”) gate of the Dachau concentration camp. All three retailers pulled this item after their attention was called to it. “We were horrified to see that this item was on our site,” declared Walmart. “We sincerely apologize, and worked quickly to remove it.”
  • The Spanish retail clothing chain Zara was forced to apologize for marketing a striped concentration-camp-like tee shirt complete with a six-pointed yellow star. For what it’s worth, Zara had previously sold handbags embossed with swastikas. Lovely.

The latest, and possibly the most nausea-inducing example of this particular fad is an ever so sexy beauty pageant out of the former Soviet Union. Before it was apparently suspended by the Russian social media site Vkontakte, a page on that website solicited women who consider themselves Nazis to submit photos of themselves and statements on precisely why they admire Hitler.

To be eligible, according to the contest’s rules, a contestant had to be, among other things, “a woman Nazi” and “a woman who hates Jews.”

Among the entries are sultry Ekaterina Matveeva from St. Petersburg, Russia, who proclaims that “Adolf Hitler’s position is genius and true, that races are different not only in appearance, but also in intelligence,” and Katya Shkredova from Mogilev, Belarus, who “adores Adolf” and loves his willingness to “experiment on people.”

The winner of this revolting pageant was to be crowned Miss Ostland – the name given by the Nazis to the German occupation regime for the territory covering Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and part of what is today western Belarus – and receive a piece of jewelry featuring one of the Nordic runes that were popular with Heinrich Himmler and his SS. Second prize: a pendant with the German Iron Cross.

Granted, there is no indication that this particular beauty contest ever had a mass or even large-scale following. Nevertheless, it is a timely and potent reminder that neo-Nazism in its vilest form is enjoying a significant revival among at least some segments of society, and the Vkontakte page in question purportedly did have more than 7,000 Russian and Ukrainian followers.

In Kentucky, a white supremacist write-in candidate named Robert Edward Ransdell who is running for the US Senate is posting signs proclaiming “With Jews We Lose” that leave little to the imagination. Ransdell also took advantage of an invitation to participate in the University of Kentucky’s Constitution Week to spew his anti-Semitic bile to college and high school students.

And in Sydney, Australia, a neo-Nazi group is sending out flyers declaring that “It’s time for all White Australians to stop being blinded by political correctness and Jewish lies about equality, multiculturalism and the need for so called diversity. Diversity really means white genocide.”

To be sure, much of the virulent present-day anti-Semitism emanates from Radical Islamic and leftist pro-Palestinian sources. But these are increasingly finding disturbing common ground with the extreme right.

Cries of “Gas the Jews” are suddenly being heard once more in demonstrations in Germany and elsewhere. “The fear is that now things are blatantly being said openly, and no one is batting an eyelid,” Jessica Frommer, who works for a nonprofit organization in Brussels, told the New York Times. “Modern Europe is based on stopping what happened in the Second World War. And now 70 years later, people standing near the European Parliament are shouting, ‘Death to Jews!’ “

As Ronald S. Lauder, the president of the World Jewish Congress, has emphasized, the prevailing atmosphere in which anti-Semitism has become acceptable empowers other equally odious manifestations of bigotry. “When hundreds of thousands of Christians – men, women and children – are killed, this isn’t war,” he declared at a recent gathering of Evangelical Christians in Jerusalem. “This is genocide. And we Jews know what happens when the world is silent to genocide.”

“Anti-Semitism has always been, historically, the inability to make space for differences among people, which is the essential foundation of a free society,” Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, emeritus chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the British Commonwealth, wrote in the Wall Street Journal. “That is why the politics of hate now assaults Christians, Bahai, Yazidis and many others, including Muslims on the wrong side of the Sunni/Shia divide, as well as Jews. To fight it, we must stand together, people of all faiths and of none. The future of freedom is at stake, and it will be the defining battle of the 21st century.”

As we approach the 70th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust and the liberation of the Nazi death and concentration camps by Allied troops, we must bear in mind that while the Third Reich was defeated at the end of World War II, the ideology that made possible the genocide of European Jewry is very much alive throughout much of the supposedly civilized world. We ignore or dismiss its presence in our midst at our peril.

Menachem Z. Rosensaft is general counsel of the World Jewish Congress and teaches about the law of genocide and war crimes trials at the laws school of Columbia and Cornell Universities. He is the editor of ‘God, Faith & Identity from the Ashes: Reflections of Children and Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors’ (Jewish Lights Publishing), available December 2014

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Fear of a Fat Planet: Nearly a Third of the World Population Is Now Overweight

r of a Fat Planet: Nearly a Third of the World Population Is Now Overweight

A new study shows the scale of the global obesity crisis.

The Global Obesity Crisis: Nearly a Third of the World Population Is Now Overweight

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May 30, 2014

There are 1.35 billion people living in China, another 1.23 billion living in India. The world’s two most populous nations are each home to a crush of humanity that’s almost impossible to comprehend. But those numbers pale next to the overweight people who live in the world today—2.1 billion, or nearly a third of the world’s population.

The numbers come from a study published yesterday in the journal The Lancet. Researchers looked at 1,700 studies from 188 countries conducted between 1988 and 2013 in order to come up with a comprehensive view of what’s a truly global obesity epidemic.

However, it wasn’t North America—where Mexico and the United States have vied for the title of the fattest nation in the world—that registered the highest obesity rate. Rather, the Middle East and North Africa are the worst; nearly 60 percent of men and 65 percent of women are too heavy. The study says the U.S. is home to 13 percent of the world’s overweight population, the highest percentage of any country.

The sky-high rates in North Africa and the Middle East may come as a shock in the West, where public health stories from the Arab-speaking world can’t break through the wall of coverage of American invasions, oil, revolution, civil war, and military coups. If anything, most of the region borders the Mediterranean, which is most famous in dieting circles as a way to eat a healthy diet heavy in plants, seafood, and the occasional glass of red wine. Even if there’s less wine consumed with dinner in these predominately Muslim countries, they still consume a whole lot of olive oil. But the red flags have been flying for decades, however, and a combination of urbanization, globalization, and regional cultural norms has created a massive public health crisis.

In 2001, a study published in The Journal of Nutrition looked at the obesity rates in Morocco and Tunisia and found that while their governments were still working to address issues of malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies, the waistlines of women in both countries were expanding at an unhealthy rate. Public health officials were doing little at the time to address the problem, according to the researchers, “especially since female fatness is viewed as a sign of social status and is a cultural symbol of beauty, fertility and prosperity.” With more people living in urban areas, where processed foods were cheap and easily accessible, issues like malnutrition were steadily being alleviated. But the study goes on to say that, “Western culinary influences lead to new consumption patterns, which affect dietary habits and even the rhythm of consumption.” The study continues, “These new dietary habits have created conditions for chronic diseases like obesity and diabetes to take hold.”

Elsewhere in the region, especially in oil-rich countries, diet trends have followed a similar course. In Saudi Arabia, meat consumption increased by 500 percent between 1973 and 1980, according to a 2011 article in The Journal of Obesity. Changes weren’t as dramatic in less wealthy nations, but the same paper notes that people in Jordan nearly doubled how much meat they ate over the same period, and that the percentage of calories consumed as fat by children in Lebanon increased from 24 percent to 34 percent between 1963 and 1998.

Wealth and development can change diet and health by increasing the amount of meat used in regional cuisines—but American-style dining also seems to crop up in emerging markets around the world, and the Middle East in no exception. Just as global fashion brands and, more recently (and disastrously), institutions like New York University, have tried to catch some of the shimmer of the Gulf’s oil wealth, so have fast-food companies.

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“Demand for fast casual dining, which includes the more traditional fast-food chains such as McDonald’s as well as the table service brands like IHOP, is growing amid a rise in disposable income, extravagant shopping malls, and a seemingly unquenchable appetite for Western food concepts,” reads a 2012 trend story on the website Arabian Business. The article cites a study from the research firm Euromonitor that predicts the fast-casual dining in the United Arab Emirates will expand from $6.4 billion in 2011 to $8.7 billion in 2015. Burger chains are expected to propel the boom.

And just as meat consumption has increased across the region, so has the saturation of fast-food brands. The trade website Food Business Africa points out that the demographics across the Middle East and North Africa present an ideal market for fast-food companies: Huge populations of young people who have “grown up eating processed foods and dining in Western-style fast-food restaurants and coffee shops.” For the youth in this region—and around the world, for that matter—drive-through hamburgers are as much of a birthright as for kids in the U.S.

American-style fast food is no longer a foreign novelty, and neither is American-style obesity.

REDEMPTION! What You should know! Shelter killing is the leading cause of death for healthy dogs & cats in the United States!

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Join us for a documentary film about the No Kill revolution in America. Coming to a city near you. Click on the links for tickets:

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The film will be followed in most cities by a workshop on building a No Kill community and others with an after party. Check on the links for more details. Coming soon: Buffalo, NY, Cleveland, OH, Las Vegas, NV, Los Angeles, CA, Modesto, CA, Nashville, TN, New York, NY, Seattle, WA, and Tallahassee, FL.

•To watch the trailer, click here.

•For more information about the film, click here.

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P.S. 99% of the film is uplifting and while a small number of images may be difficult, they are not gratuitous. While we expect people who see it will experience a range of emotions, the primary ones they will come away with are hope, inspiration, empowerment, and well, redemption. In short, it is safe for animal lovers to watch.

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Chuck Grassley: My son drowned in police custody. Please demand a full investigation into the Missouri Water Patrol and the tragic death of Brandon Ellingson. PETITION

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My son drowned in police custody. Please demand a full investigation into the Missouri Water Patrol and the tragic death of Brandon Ellingson.

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 Chuck Grassley: My son drowned in police custody. Please demand a full investigation into the Missouri Water Patrol and the tragic death of Brandon Ellingson.

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My son drowned in police custody. Please demand a full investigation into the Missouri Water Patrol and the tragic death of Brandon Ellingson.

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I was so proud of my son, Brandon. He was going into his junior year of Business College at Arizona State University and he was planning to join our family business when he graduated. But on the night of May 31, Brandon drowned while in the custody of the Missouri Highway/Water Patrol. Now all I can think, over and over, is how did this happen? Who let this happen?

On that day, Brandon was out with his friends boating at The Lake of the Ozarks in…

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Indiana Plans to Cut Tens of Thousands Off Food Stamps

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Indiana Plans to Cut Tens of Thousands Off Food Stamps

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Indiana will soon be cutting tens of thousands of its citizens off of the food stamps program even though the state is in economic strain.

Indiana will cut tens of thousands of its poorest people off of the food stamps roles beginning next spring, the state announced. Gov. Mike Pence (R) has decided to join seven other states in reinstating work requirements for food stamps despite being eligible for a federal waiver from those rules for the coming fiscal year.

Federal rules require able-bodied, childless people who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for more than three months a year to demonstrate that they are working or attending a job training program for at least 20 hours a week. But those rules can be waived during times of high economic strain when the work requirements cannot reasonably be fulfilled. Nearly every state requested and received such a waiver during the Great Recession. But a growing number of states have begun reinstating the work rules even though the Department of Agriculture has said their unemployment rates are still high enough to justify waiving the rules.

The state estimates that 65,000 people will be affected by Pence’s change, according to the Indianapolis Star. Previous similar moves in Kansas, New Mexico, Maine, and other states have left tens of thousands of people without access to food stamps. The network of food charities that picks up the slack when hungry people are underserved by government programs is already overstretched around the country, according to the people who run those charities.

There is ample evidence that tying anti-poverty aid to work requirements renders the programs ineffective exactly when they are most needed. When the economy tightens and work becomes scarce, more people find themselves in need of safety net programs. Work requirements deprive those programs of the flexibility they need to function, and in recessions they fail to keep up with spikes in demand, leaving needy families in the lurch. The welfare reforms of the 1990s were praised by both political parties for years, but they have eroded the country’s system for helping impoverished families to the point where a record 74 percent of poor families with children did not receive federal aid from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program in 2010.

Most of the states that have retreated prematurely from food stamps waivers — Indiana, New Mexico, Ohio, Texas, and Maine — have Republican governors. (Delaware Gov. Jack Markell (D) and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) have also declined statewide waivers despite being eligible.)

Pence’s rationale for the move is that it will help push people who would otherwise collect benefits without trying to work. The administration official in charge of the relevant state agency explained Indiana’s decision in a letter to the Department of Agriculture as “an opportunity to help improve the skills of our fellow Hoosiers and advance their prospects for meaningful employment, while at the same time establishing a pool of better-prepared candidates for the Indiana workforce.” Gov. Sam Brownback (R) used a similar argument to justify ending waivers in Kansas last year when the state was still eligible.

But making it harder to fill the fridge doesn’t make it easier to find a job. There are currently two job-seekers for every job opening nationwide. Those are steep odds for people making good-faith efforts to find work, but the two-to-one ratio is also a dramatic improvement from recent years when the ratio was up around five-to-one.

The same conservative mentality toward the unemployed recently lead North Carolina to slash its unemployment insurance system so deeply that it now no longer qualifies as a valid jobless aid system under federal rules. Gov. Pat McRory (R) has claimed that the move helped the state’s economy. But the reality is that the state’s unemployment statistics improved because tens of thousands of people who had been looking for work prior to the cuts simply gave up and stopped being counted. Before the cuts, the employment rate for people between 25 and 54 years old had been rising steadily in North Carolina. It has begun a “pronounced” decline since, analysts at the Economic Policy Institute have found. (In addition to liberal think tanks, conservative economic pundit Jim Pethokoukis at the American Enterprise Institute has criticized McRory’s move and the Republican rhetoric about it.)

Indiana’s similar maneuver with food assistance funds is likely to produce a similar failure to achieve the Pence administration’s stated goals. The most recent statistics on the job market in the midwest shows that there are nearly two million unemployed people hunting for just over a million jobs across the region, to say nothing of the tens of thousands who have given up their formal job searching and are no longer counted as unemployed.

Still, Pence’s policy compares favorably with what his neighbor Gov. John Kasich (R) is doing in Ohio. Kasich retained the SNAP work waivers for 16 of the state’s 88 counties but reinstated work rules in the counties that house the majority of the state’s minority population. Food stamps recipients in the counties that continue to enjoy waivers are 94 percent white, according to a coalition of groups that filed a civil rights complaint against Kasich in August.

In one Ohio county that lost its waiver, the Star reports, more than 2,500 people lost food stamp benefits. A third of them had physical or mental health issues that make it hard for them to work, an Ohio food charity official told the newspaper.

Mountaintop Removal Linked to Cancer

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Mountaintop Removal Linked to Cancer

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Mountaintop removal is not only environmentally destructive, it is also responsible for lung cancer among coal miners and the loss of may jobs in the coal industry. This is a lot of ammunition for environmentalists to use to help end this landscape devastation.

We know what a mess mountaintop removal makes when the tops of mountains are literally blown off to access the coal inside them. Forests are stripped and debris is dumped into streams and valleys, leaving behind a ravaged landscape. It’s partly responsible for the loss of jobs in the coal industry since it requires only a handful of workers to operate the huge machines involved. Now we’re learning that the process, which has been touted by advocates as cleaner and safer than below-ground coal mining, is the direct cause of…

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Ministers urged to investigate rate of prison suicides

Ministers urged to investigate rate of prison suicides

Shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan says prisons have become dens of violence and number of deaths is a national disgrace

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 The Guardian, Saturday 18 October 2014

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Chris Grayling, the justice secretary. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

Ministers have been urged to launch an urgent inquiry into the number of suicides in prison after a Guardian investigation revealed that more than six inmates a month are taking their own life.

The shadow justice secretary, Sadiq Khan, described the situation as a “national disgrace” and said ministers should extend the ongoing Harris inquiry, which is looking into deaths in custody among 18-24-year-olds, to include the entire prison population.

“No one expects prisons to be five-star hotels but the public do expect some basic levels of decency,” said Khan. “Instead, prisons have become dens of violence, where deaths and suicide are happening far too often.”

The Guardian found that 125 people killed themselves in prisons in England and Wales between January 2013 and August 2014. A further nine have taken their own life since 1 September. It also emerged that 26% of those who died were on remand awaiting trial.

Khan said: “While the Harris inquiry into the deaths of 18- to 24-year-olds is to be welcomed, the government is making a mistake in not looking at the bigger picture. We need to learn the lessons of deaths in custody whatever the age. That’s why the government must, as a matter of urgency, widen the inquiry so we can truly get a grip on the rising numbers of people dying behind bars.”

The justice secretary, Chris Grayling, has repeatedly said there is no pattern to the rise in suicides in the last 20 months. However, the Guardian’s research identified distinct themes in many of the self-inflicted deaths, including failures in the assessment of risk in the face of obvious warning signs, a lack of training for prison staff, inadequate monitoring once risk was identified and insufficient communication with families.

Grayling has also been criticised for failing to heed reports from prison inspectors and coroners. The prison service ombudsman Nigel Newcomen told the Guardian his repeated recommendations to help save lives were being ignored, and said the scale of self-inflicted deaths was “utterly unacceptable” and reflected a “rising tide of despair”.

Newcomen said: “There is no question the prison service is more challenged now than in a generation. My job is to draw lessons from these individual human tragedies, and I don’t think that adequate heed has been taken of them. This appalling upsurge in suicides means there is an absolute need for prisons to review and reframe the approach that they take to suicide and self-harm. That must include more resources being applied. I keep saying it, and I will continue to say it, but I am yet to see serious, tangible steps taken to heed these lessons.”

Khan said it was time ministers started listening to the experts. “It should not be a surprise to ministers what has led to this surge in suicides. Time and again the chief inspector has warned that staff shortages and overcrowding are the underlying causes of violence and deaths. Yet ministers have their fingers in their ears, and carry on denying there’s a prisons crisis. …

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BRAVE MAN! DiCaprio Donates $2 Million to Protect the Oceans

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DiCaprio Donates $2 Million to Protect the Oceans

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Plastic Junk Litters our Oceans, Killing Sea Life — And it’s Getting Worse

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DiCaprio has long supported environmental causes and is now putting his money where his mouth is—Oceans 5, DiCaprio’s grant, will help develop future initiatives for marine conservation.

Oceans 5, which focuses on directing philanthropic money toward marine conservation and ocean protection projects, has announced that the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has donated $2 million to be used for a variety of ocean conservation projects. They include stopping overfishing by improving fisheries enforcement in Europe, the U.S. and Central America and establishing marine preserves in the Pacific Islands and the Arctic. It also is earmarked for protecting threatened sharks and furthering Antarctic conservation.

“Oceans 5 is an exciting new platform for marine…

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Maui, Hawaii Tries to Oust Monsanto: Vote for GMO Initiative Due Nov. 4

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Maui, Hawaii Tries to Oust Monsanto: Vote for GMO Initiative Due Nov. 4

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The proposed amendment is one that would prohibit the cultivation or reproduction of genetically engineered organisms in Maui County. Will Maui’s GMO initiative defeat Monsanto for good?

Approximately 19,000 Maui residents have signed a petition to push Monsanto and biotech interest off of their land for good. The proposed amendment, which could actually send the makers of RoundUp packing, is one that would prohibit the cultivation or reproduction of genetically engineered organisms with Maui County, and requires a 2/3 vote to pass.

Though Monsanto has been up to their usual propagandizing, the proposition would not hurt small farmers, but rather help them, and would prevent further cross-contamination of non-GMO crops. The Big Island Hawaii has already suffered an 80% contamination rate of papaya…

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Victory: Judge Deprives Monsanto of GM Planting Permit in Mexico, Protects the Bees

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Monday, October 20 2014

Victory: Judge Deprives Monsanto of GM Planting Permit in Mexico, Protects the Bees

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A Mexican judge won’t be bought off by the giant biotech company, Monsanto—instead he honored the complaints of small bee-keepers and will stall the growing season for Monsanto’s GM soybeans in Yucatán.

Honoring the complaints of a small group of beekeepers in the state of Yucatán, who complained that Monsanto’s planned planting of thousands of hectares of GM soybeans made to withstand RoundUp would demolish their honey industry by decimating bees – a judge in Mexico has removed Monsanto’s planting permit. Monsanto can install Clarence Thomas on the U.S.00 Federal Judge circuit after working for their corporation, an obvious conflict of interest, but it looks like a Mexican judge won’t be bought off by biotech.

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Horrifying Video: Prison Guards Callously Laugh as Mentally Ill Man Dies in Front of Them

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Heartbreaking enough, this is not some historic footage of a Nazi death camp. This is modern day America.

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We see Mr. Lopez struggling to breath for hours, and then, finally, we have an unobstructed view as Mr. Lopez takes his last breath, dying, half-naked on the cold concrete floor of a prison cell – isolated and alone with no Defendant caring whether he lived or died”

A lawsuit has been filed in the March 17, 2013 death of Christopher Lopez at the San Carlos Correctional Facility.

Along with this lawsuit, attorney David Lane has released a horrific and heartbreaking compilation of footage from the hours leading to Lopez’ death.

The lawsuit begins-

On March 17, 2013, in full view of most of the Defendants, a shackled and stripped Christopher Lopez died alone and ignored, on the cold concrete floor of a cell at the San Carlos Correctional Facility. His death could have been easily prevented by most of the defendants had any one of them simply picked up a phone and called for medical help. Instead, the Defendants, all employees of the Colorado Department of Corrections, ultimately made what could pass as a documentary film on how to ignore the obvious and serious medical needs of a dying prisoner for hours until the very last breath of life leaves his body.

In the 47 minute long video, the prison guards laugh, joke, and mock this helpless and shackled schizophrenic man as he dies alone on the floor in front of them.

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The incident was triggered by a sodium deficiency, which may have been a reaction to the psychotropic medication he was taking.

“The first video shows Christopher Lopez lying face down on the floor of his cell, naked from the waist up, and the staff is yelling in the cuff slot.

They’re saying, ‘Come to the slot and cuff up or we’re not going to help you with your medical issue.’ But you can see Lopez is virtually unconscious. He’s trying to lift his head but he’s not strong enough to do it. Then they gear up the force team and go in. But first, they talk about pepper-spraying him because he’s not complying with their demands, even though some low-level guard says he has a medical issue. The only reason they don’t pepper-spray him is because they’re short-staffed.” Lane explained.

The guards entered the cell dressed in full riot gear and dragged him out. They told him to stop resisting, even though his dying body was entirely limp.

0“Their reports about this are all part of the cover up,” Lane continued. “They say, ‘He disobeyed our order’ to make it seem like he was obstreperous when he was actually almost unconscious.”

They move him to a restraint chair with a spit hood while Lopez has a grand mal seizure.  During this time the guards talk about Walmart and their plans for the weekend.

Eventually he is removed from the chair and left chained on the floor.  A nurse finally enters, but not to provide any kind of emergency treatment. She tells Lopez, “It’s time for your psych meds” to which she receives no response from the dying man, even as she kicks him, and then injects the very drugs that may have caused this medical emergency directly into his anus.

Twenty minutes into the video we see Lopez struggling to breathe, shackled, on the floor of his cell and the officers begin to chat.

“Is it lunch already?” the guard asks, followed by inaudible conversation.

“He could swallow his teeth, I don’t care…”

At 21:30 the guard coldly proclaims, “he didn’t even piss on himself, so he’s not seizing.”

Around the 40:00 mark another disgusting conversation takes place, showing how truly sadistic these monsters in charge of people’s lives really are.

“What’s he doing now?” a female supervisor asks.

“Smells like he peed all over the place,” a man replies.

“Is he still on the floor?”

“Yeah.”

“He likes it on the floor.”

“I like him on the floor.”

“Yeah, he likes it alright when he’s on the floor.”

Laughter ensues.

“Isn’t that terrible?”

Warning- Graphic and Heartbreaking

This awful ordeal began at 3:30 in the morning, and at 9:10 a.m., Mr. Lopez took his last breath and died, shackled and face down in the intake cell with no help from the people watching him struggle.

Three employees have been fired, and five others disciplined. No criminal charges were filed.

If Fyodor Dostoyevsky was correct in stating that you can judge a society by how well it treats its prisoners, this video is a very horrific display of what our society has become.  We can do better.

Read the full lawsuit here.

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How To Survive A Broken Bone In The Wilderness

How To Survive A Broken Bone In The Wilderness

Posted By Nicholas O. On October 17, 2014 @ 10:00 am In Extreme Survival | 1 Comment

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Every survival kit should have first aid supplies, but even those supplies may not include what is needed in dealing with serious injuries when out in the wild, such as a bone fracture, dislocation or sprain.

Accidents like these can and do happen in the wilderness, so you should be well-prepared in your knowledge of what to do. Hopefully, this article will serve as a good starting point.

Fractures

There are two kinds of fractures: open fractures and closed fractures. An open fracture is where a bone can protrude through the skin (which would combine the fracture with an open, bleeding wound), and it’s sometimes called a compound fracture. A closed fracture, on the other hand, will have no open wounds.

Symptoms of a fracture include immense pain in the affected area, skin discoloration, swelling and a partial or total lack of function in the area. This can lead to numerous complications, ranging from a severed blood vessel, to numbness, shock and even internal bleeding. It is imperative that you treat the fracture immediately.

Get two branches that have a diameter of at least two inches, and make sure that they run along the length of either your arm or your leg, whichever one has the fracture. You’ll need both branches to run evenly, and pad them with whatever materials you have. Then, tie the splint around your arm or leg using whatever resources are available to you: rope, cloth, vines, etc. Tie it firmly around the ankle or the wrist, around the knee or the elbow, and then around the upper leg or the upper arm.

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Make sure that the broken leg or arm remains as long or longer than the unbroken one, and don’t perform much physical activity with it. Get some rest, drink plenty of water, and prevent the onset of headaches by wrapping a damp bandana around your head. You’ll also need to eat plenty of food to keep your energy levels up.

You also may want to elevate the site of the fracture for proper blood circulation.

Dislocations

A dislocation is the separation of bone joints that causes an entire limb to go out of alignment.  It is extremely painful, can cause immense nerve damage, and can also affect the flow of blood circulation around the body. Symptoms of dislocations include pain in the affected joints, swelling, skin discoloration, limited movement of the joints and deformity of the joints. If you have suffered a dislocation, treat it immediately, and if you have anybody with you, they should perform the action for you.

First, take any pain relievers that you have in your medical kit. Then, use manual traction to carefully pull the dislocated bone away from the joint. This will be immensely difficult, will send shooting pain throughout your body, and will most likely require several attempts. But then again, you’re not in the medical emergency room. You’re in the wilderness.

As you pull the bone away from the joint, this will give the bone more room to slip back into place. Firmly but slowly, push the bone again so that it is in line with the joint. The good news here is that the bone will naturally want to be placed in line with the joint. Immediately after the bone is in place, you’ll feel much pain relief.

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At that point, treat the dislocation as if it were a fracture. Create a splint and padding and run it up and down the fracture site, and tie it very tightly.

Sprains

A sprain is the overstretching of tendons or ligaments. Symptoms of sprains include discolored skin, tenderness and/or swelling in the affected area, and pain.

Fortunately, treating sprains is much simpler than treating fractures and dislocations, but still should not be taken lightly.

Begin by resting the injured area, then ice it for 24 hours. If you don’t have any ice with you, soak a bandana or article of clothing in cool water, and place it over the site of the sprain. You’ll then want to splint the injured area to keep it stabilized, and after splinting it, elevate the affected area to ensure proper blood circulation.

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