Using Body Mechanics for Dealing with Arthritis

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Using Body Mechanics for Dealing with Arthritis


Arthritis is a top reason why many people fifteen years and older have disabilities. The good news is that there are a lot of natural and easy things that you can apply in order to live easily and pain free with the disease.

Only a few may realize this but observing the right body mechanics can help you manage arthritis. The way you handle your body greatly affects the degree of joint strain. With the right body mechanics you can conserve more energy and use your body to the utmost level. For example, when your job requires you to sit for long periods you need to have the proper table or chair height. The necessary work surface height is two inches below bent elbows. See to it that when you have established the right height you must have good foot and back…

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Monsanto’s Worst Nightmare Coming True: The Rise of GMO Labeling

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Monsanto’s Worst Nightmare Coming True: The Rise of GMO Labeling

By Christina Sarich

Activists against GMOs just might take down the biotech giants after all. GMO labeling could soon be a sweet reality.

Last week, Colorado broke a new record by bringing 16,950 signatures to a GMO labeling campaign for fall’s election, more than double the qualifying signatures needed to make sure that GMO labeling is on the ballot. This huge message to Monsanto accompanies a similar campaign in Oregon, all while the biotech industry awaits approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for more Agent Orange chemicals (2,4-D) to be used where glyphosate has failed.

Incredibly, the USDA is ignoring Americans as well as scientists who say that being carpet-bombed with 176 million pounds of toxic pesticides is not only unfathomable, but intolerable. No one wants these carcinogenic, birth-defect-causing toxins created by biotech companies and seed monopolizers anymore.
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Rick Perry’s Clown Show

Rick Perry’s Clown Show

By Jim Hightower

Trial lawyers will tell you that any good prosecutor could convince a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich.

Well, meet that ham sandwich! Here in my burg of Austin, Texas, grand jury has just indicted Gov. Rick “Rooti-Toot-Toot” Perry, a real ham — only not as smart. He’s charged with official abuse of power — specifically, threatening to veto all state funding for a public integrity unit that, among other things, was investigating corrupt favoritism in one of the governor’s pet projects. Perry was trying to muscle out of office the woman who is the duly elected head of that unit, presumably to halt its inquiry. Leave office, he publicly barked at her, or I’ll take away all your money. She didn’t, and he did.

Not smart, for that’s an illegal quid pro quo, much like linking a campaign donation to an official favor. This led to a judge, a special prosecutor, a grand jury and now the indictment of the gubernatorial ham sandwich.

Perry and his Republican operatives quickly denounced and even threatened both the special prosecutor and the jurors as partisan hacks who, in Rick’s words, “will be held to account.” Thuggish as that is, the national media have mostly swallowed Perry’s hokum that he’s the victim, indicted for nothing more than exercising his veto power. It’s crude politics, Rick howled. But political candidates should avoid getting defensive — as old-timers put it, any candidate who’s explaining, is losing.

So it’s a hoot to watch Gov. Rick “Oops” Perry try to explain away his felony indictment for abusing his gubernatorial power. His first ploy has been to try dodging real questions by turning the indictment into a circus.

He literally mugged for the cameras when getting his mug shot taken as he turned this courthouse moment into a raucous Republican political rally. Image consultants had advised him to ditch the horn-rim glasses that previous image makers had told him to wear so he’d look smarter.

Also, he wore a light-blue tie, for the consultants said that color conveys trust. Of course, he always coifs his trademark hair, but they also told him to apply skin makeup to avert any sweaty look and to put cool packs on his eyes on the morning of the shot so he wouldn’t look haggard or … well, guilty. Think pleasant thoughts as the picture is snapped, they instructed, and smile — but a humble smile, not an overconfident one.

Perry did all of the above, except the humble smile, giving his usual arrogant smirk instead. The day before his courthouse circus opened, Ringmaster Rick brought in the clowns — a whole troupe of $450-an-hour, hotshot lawyers wearing red power ties, came blustering onstage with Perry from out of a back room, as though tumbling out of a tiny clown car. Introduced as the indictee’s legal dream team, each tried to outdo the other in a slapstick show of resumes, puffing themselves up as junkyard-tough lawyers who would shred this prosecutor and his flimsy case. Meant to show how strong Perry is, the pack of lawyers only raised another question for Perry in the public mind: If the charges against you are nothing, as you keep saying, why do you need so many heavyweight, extremely pricey lawyers?

Perry has hornswoggled the pundits, but don’t let them fool you — Perry clearly abused his power as governor. Again, the issue is not Perry’s veto, but his linking of a veto threat to his effort to oust an elected public official. As for his hamming it up about being a poor victim of Democrats, the judge who appointed the prosecutor is a Republican, and the prosecutor himself was nominated to federal office by President Bush I, and endorsed by the Texas’ Republican senators. This indictment is not a show. It’s way more serious than Perry is, and the real explaining he’ll have to do will be in a somber courthouse — under oath. To keep up with Perry’s circus, go to Texans for Public Justice at

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Calendar of events for World Day 2014

Calendar of events for World Day 2014

Article by World Coalition Against the Death Penalty published on August 19th, 2014

On 10 October 2014, the 12th World Day Against the Death Penalty is drawing attention to people with mental health problems who are at risk of a death sentence or execution. Browse the schedule and the map to prepare and promote the events planned around the world on the big day.


“s´ist Krieg! ´s ist Krieg!” Kriegslied Matthias Claudius

Schrecken des Krieges von Goya

Kriegslied (Matthias Claudius)

‘s ist Krieg! ‘s ist Krieg!
O Gottes Engel wehre,
Und rede Du darein!
‘s ist leider Krieg –
und ich begehre
Nicht schuld daran zu sein!

Was sollt ich machen, wenn im Schlaf mit Grämen
Und blutig, bleich und blaß,
Die Geister der Erschlagenen zu mir kämen,
Und vor mir weinten, was?

Wenn wackre Männer, die sich Ehre suchten,
Verstümmelt und halb tot
Im Staub sich vor mir wälzten und mir fluchten
In ihrer Todesnot?

Wenn tausend tausend Väter, Mütter, Bräute,
So glücklich vor dem Krieg,
Nun alle elend, alle arme Leute,
Wehklagten über mich?

Wenn Hunger, böse Seuch und ihre Nöten
Freund, Freund und Feind ins Grab
Versammelten und mir zu Ehren krähten
Von einer Leich herab?

Was hülf mir Kron und Land und Gold und Ehre?
Die könnten mich nicht freun!
‘s ist leider Krieg – und ich begehre
Nicht schuld daran zu sein!


Das Kriegslied mit den berühmten Anfangsworten „’s ist Krieg!“ ist ein Gedicht von Matthias Claudius aus dem Jahr 1774. Es erschien im vierten Band des ASMUS omnia sua SECUM portans.

Young Souls in Prison

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Juvenile In Justice

The [Justice] Short List 8-22-14

[Highlights from the week's juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time.]

ROOM FOR DEBATE: Young Souls, Dark Deeds

The New York Times has a new topic in their excellent Room for Debate section: whether or not it is justifiable to try preteens as adults. We hear from voices we may be more familiar with—big players from the Sentencing Project and the Campaign for Youth Justice—as well as others our advocacy may limit us from hearing as clearly, specifically leaders of the National Organization of Victims of Juvenile Murderers.


The Horrific Risk Of Gun Violence For Black Kids In America, In 4 Charts

You need to read this article: “Black children and teens are twice as likely to be killed by guns as by cars, while…

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“SYMPATHY” P.L. Sunbar

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I know what the caged bird feels, alas!

When the sun is bright on the upland slopes;

When the wind stirs soft through springing grass,

And the river flows like a stream of glass;

When the first bird sings and the first bud opes,

And the faint perfume from its chalice steals –

I know what the caged bird feels!

I know why the caged bird beats his wing,

Till its blood is red on the cruel bars;

For he must fly back to his perch and cling

When he fain would be on the bough a-swing;

And a pain still throbs in the old, old scars

And they pulse again with a keener sting –

I know why he beats his wing!

I know why the caged bird sings, ah me,

When  his wing is bruised and his bosom sere –

When he beats his bars and he would be free;

It is not a carol  of joy or glee,

But a prayer that he sends from his heart´s deep core,

But a plea, that upward to heaven he flings –

I know why the caged bird sings!


Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906)

Son of two runaway slaves

A Look Inside Nevada’s Death Row with a Federal Defense/Nevada’s Death Row

1. A look inside Nevada’s death row with a federal defense

Fri Aug 22, 2014 17:27;article=58500
By Ana Ley
Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 | 2 a.m.

For decades, Michael Pescetta has sought to help dozens of defendants facing Nevada’s often imposed yet seldom used death penalty.

And in a state with a per capita death penalty rate that ranks fourth in the country — topping states like Texas and California, according to the nonprofit Death Penalty Information Center — he keeps busy.

Pescetta, an assistant federal public defender in Las Vegas who specializes in capital punishment cases, is often a final resort for inmates who have exhausted their options at the state level to appeal a death penalty conviction. Today, his office represents more than half of the 83 men sitting on death row.

Capital punishment has faced scrutiny nationwide in recent months after drug experimentation apparently led to a series of botched executions in three states. The topic should gain even more traction in the Silver State as officials scramble to assemble a mandated legislative audit of the state death penalty by Jan. 31, 2015.

Pescetta chatted with the Sun this week about the death penalty. His answers have been edited for brevity and clarity.

Q. How many inmates has Nevada executed since it began carrying out the death penalty in 1976?

A. One person was involuntarily executed in 1996. His name was Richard Moran — he was a client of mine. He had multiple murders during a period in which he was heavily under the influence of alcohol and drugs, and his case went very quickly through the system.

Another 11 were all volunteers — that is, people who gave up any further appeals and asked to be executed.

The first person executed in Nevada was Jesse Bishop — he was executed in 1979, and he was a volunteer. He committed the offenses in 1977, and he was executed in under two years from the date of the offenses.

Why do people volunteer for the death penalty?

People often start out suicidal. They ask the police to shoot them. It’s like a slow version of suicide by cop.

And most people on death row have mental health issues.

What does death row in Nevada physically look like? How does it differ from a normal prison setting in the state?

Nevada’s death row is at Ely State Prison, a maximum security facility.

In the general population at Ely, there are two to a cell, at most, unless someone is being disciplined.

Capital punishment inmates are all put into single cells.

In these maximum security institutions, contact with other inmates is limited. Most people in there spend 23 hours a day in a cell. This is not like being out in the yard with other inmates.

It’s much more controlled, regimented.

Nevada hasn’t executed anyone since 2006, and the issue of botched executions in Ohio, Oklahoma and Arizona in recent months could lead to more scrutiny about the process locally. How prepared is the state to execute someone again?

The execution protocol in effect in 2006 was what they call a three-drug “cocktail.”

It’s sodium thiopental, which is an anaesthetic; pancuronium bromide, which is a paralytic; and potassium chloride, which is what stops the heart.

All of those drugs, if the state has them at the time, have a shelf life that we would be past now. And as I understand, the execution protocol in effect at the time was that the state got the drugs for the execution when the execution was pending. They did not keep those drugs on hand.

Sodium thiopental is no longer readily available for executions. And that’s why in the recent executions in Arizona and Ohio and Oklahoma, they have been using different drugs — sometimes one drug, sometimes two drugs — but they’re essentially experimenting.

The number of drugs available for this purpose and the willingness of manufacturers and suppliers to supply them is very different now than it used to be.

So, at this point the question of what kind of execution protocol the Nevada Department of Corrections would use if an execution were scheduled is unknown.

The old protocol specified these three drugs that had traditionally been used.

Where do most death penalty cases originate in Nevada? Is it significant that the state’s per capita ratio is relatively high compared with other places?

No other county in the state has as many death penalty cases as Clark County. There probably aren’t more than three or four in the entire rest of the state.

The ratio of death row inmates to lawyers is significantly high. We have such a small bar compared to bigger states — there’s less legal talent available to do criminal work. ​


2. Nevada’s Death Row

Posted: Dec 28, 2000 9:41 PM Updated: Dec 28, 2000 9:51 PM

George Knapp’s Street Talk Led by Award-winning investigative reporter George Knapp, the Eyewitness News I-TEAM is the top television investigative unit in southern Nevada. Political expert Jon Ralston provides insight into local and state government, and former Mayor Jan Jones adds an insider’s viewer of City Hall. I-TEAM photographer Eric Sorenson rounds out this first-class investigative unit.

More than 80 convicted killers live on Nevada’s death row. They’re in the state prison in Ely, called by some the toughest prison in America. George Knapp of the I-Team was allowed a rare visit inside the prison and inside death row.

There we were, wandering around in a room full of convicted killers.                                   But there was plenty of firepower behind us, and according to prison officials, the men on death row are probably the best-behaved cons in the whole joint.

The dozens of men housed on Nevada’s death row live in cells identical to those of all the other prisoners. If they have money, they can buy their own TVs. They get let out into the communal room in small groups to play cards or socialize. Their small exercise yard is the only place in the prison you’ll see free weights.

Ely Warden E. K. McDaniel says: “I don’t believe in them doing weights, giving people equipment to beat us up with.”

Of the 1,000 inmates at Ely, nearly half are kept in some sort of segregated custody.                                   A child killer like Jeremy Strohmeyer is kept separate because his crime would invite violence from other inmates.                                   Convicted killer Pat McKenna, who escaped twice from the old max prison in Carson City and once led a takeover of the Las Vegas jail, is technically a death row inmate but is kept completely isolated in the darkest bowels of supermax.

Convicts are sent to Ely for only a few reasons: either because they’ve been sentenced to death, or are doing a long stretch of time, or if they’re a behavior problem elsewhere.                                   Strangely, the death row cons are perhaps the best behaved here.

McDaniel says: “They’re the least problematic group in the facility. Most spend their time on how to get out from under the death sentence.”

When McDaniel was asked whether the death row inmates are the best behaved, he answered: “I wouldn’t say that, but they’re easier to manage. They have everything to gain, everything to lose.”

When a high profile inmate like Strohmeyer arrives in prison, the cons know about it. The typical inmate is nervous when he gets here but often puts up a front.

McDaniel says: “Put up a facade like they’re a tough guy. Most are nervous, people who’ve done a lot of time, ‘life on the installment plan,’ I call it. ‘How’s it going? I’m back from vacation.'”

Inmates who behave themselves can eventually be permitted jobs, such as making draperies. The prison isn’t really interested in rehabilitation. The higher priority is to protect the public and the staff. Inmates come third.

There has never been an escape from Ely, although Pat McKenna once plotted to bust out of death row. McDaniel credits his staff, which is constantly training.                                   The warden says an officer is much preferable to high tech whiz-bang measures.

“Nothing will replace the eyes and ears of a corrections officer sitting in a tower,” McDaniel says. “C ameras, video equipment, those are great, but I’d rather have an officer on watch 24 hours a day.”

The warden says the biggest security problem at the prison comes from visitors trying to smuggle in contraband. We found out there’s a pretty thorough search when you enter the place. But they try all sorts of ways, especially the mail.

Yes, I asked whether they allow the delivery of cakes to inmates. The answer is no.