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Mon May 04, 2015 at 05:36 AM PDT

45 years ago today

by aaraujo

The Kent State shootings (also known as the May 4 massacre or the Kent State massacre)[2][3][4] occurred at Kent State University in the US city of Kent, Ohio, and involved the shooting of unarmed college students by the Ohio National Guard on Monday, May 4, 1970. The guardsmen fired 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and wounding nine others, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis.[5][6]

Some of the students who were shot had been protesting the Cambodian Campaign, which President Richard Nixon announced during a television address on April 30. Other students who were shot had been walking nearby or observing the protest from a distance.[7][8]

There was a significant national response to the shootings: hundreds of universities, colleges, and high schools closed throughout the United States due to a student strike of four million students,[9] and the event further affected public opinion—at an already socially contentious time—over the role of the United States in the Vietnam War.[10]


Fri Mar 27, 2015 at 09:29 AM PDT

WTF, Indiana?

by aaraujo

Drug abuse combined with a spotty public health system are to blame for Indiana's public health emergency

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has identified 79 confirmed cases of HIV originating in Scott County related to the outbreak in southeastern Indiana. Typically, Scott County would see fewer than five new HIV cases in a year. All cases are linked to injection drug abuse.  This is an epidemic.

Since the outbreak was first identified in late January, ISDH has worked closely with local health officials, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drug treatment facilities, local medical providers, and other State agencies to contain the outbreak and get treatment for those who test positive for HIV. A medical team from CDC arrived in Scott County on March 23 to help with following up on contacts of HIV positive individuals and analyzing data. Additional CDC personnel will arrive next week.

Governor Pence met with the CDC on Monday and visited Scott County on Wednesday to talk with local officials, health professionals and concerned citizens and informed them that he would be declaring a public health emergency in Scott County.

The Donald has decided that he wants to be President of these United States.

Donald Trump announced plans Wednesday to form a presidential exploratory committee. "I am the only one who can make America truly great again," the Republican businessman and reality television star declared in a statement announcing the move.

Thu Jan 22, 2015 at 04:12 PM PST

What Pats Fans are Thinking

by aaraujo


He is accused of doing what you are doing this very moment.

31 year old Raif Badawi is a Saudi Arabian writer and activist and the creator of the website Free Saudi Liberals. He was arrested In 2012 on a charge of insulting Islam through electronic channels and brought to court on several charges including apostasy.

Raif Badawi, the Saudi liberal convicted of publishing a blog, has been told he will again be flogged 50 times on Friday – the second part of his 1,000-lash sentence which also includes a 10-year jail term.

The US, Britain and other western governments had all called for the punishment to be dropped but there has been no sign of any diplomatic action against Riyadh. Amnesty International on Wednesday urged the UK government to challenge Saudi Arabia, which has ignored all protests over the case.

Badawi will be given 50 more lashes outside a mosque in his home city of Jeddah unless a Saudi prison doctor determines he is not yet fit to face the punishment owing to injuries sustained last Friday. If nothing changes, he will be flogged every Friday for the next 19 weeks.
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Tue Jan 13, 2015 at 11:02 AM PST

Greenland is Melting

by aaraujo

Rivers of glacial meltwater flowing over Greenland's frozen surface may be contributing as much to global sea level rise as all other processes that drain water from the melting ice sheet combined, according to researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, and NASA. Eighty percent of Greenland, which is about the size of the United States west of the Rocky Mountains, is covered by ice, which has the potential to make a significant contribution to sea level rise as it melts.
So says NASA,

Read it before it is taken down because who now heads the congressional oversight of NASA now.

Science-denier Ted Cruz.

Cruz has been made the chair for the Senate subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness, which oversees NASA.

His counterpart at NOAA is just as bad.

Science-denier Marco Rubio.

Rubio will chair the subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard, which oversees the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

NOAA monitors the climate and records its changes.

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Hey Rubio, good luck trying to put this genie back in the bottle.

TravelZoo email pops up with subject line reading "Visit Cuba in 2015 Before the Crowds; Deals up to $2900 Off"

BOSTON--DECEMBER 18, 2014-- To celebrate yesterday’s historic diplomacy between the U.S. and Cuba, Discovery Tours by Gate 1 has dropped prices on its eight-night Cuba package to $3309 per person, including taxes.
A small number of companies hold "people-to-people licenses" issued by the U.S. government, to legally bring travelers from the States for education-based trips, making now possibly one of the last times to visit before the crowds descend.
This deal saves up to $2900 per person on competing packages and includes:
•    Roundtrip airfare (Boston to/from Miami; Miami to/from Cuba)
•    English-speaking guide throughout
•    Eight nights accommodations (one in Miami, three in Cienfuegos, four in Havana)
•    Visa to Cuba
•    Dinner with musical performance at Casa Espanola in Havana
•    Hands-on cooking class taught by a Cuban chef
•    Visit to author Ernest Hemingway's Cuban home, library and yacht
•    Evening performance by the Cienfuegos Orchestra
•    Visit to colonial Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
•    Spring departures: April 30; May 14, 28
With the new changes, visitors now will also be able to return home with $400 in goods, including $100 in Cuba’s famous cigars.
For more information and to book, click below. Select Boston as your departure city and use promo code TZWCUBA400. To book by phone, call 877-900-9777 and use the same promo code.
The sale ends at 11:59 p.m. ET Sunday
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Sun Nov 30, 2014 at 05:51 AM PST

Online White Rage (Star Wars edition)

by aaraujo

John Boyega is an actor best known for Attack the Block (2011)

The racist online (anonymous, of course) reaction has been sadly predictable.

John Boyega's response to the haters....


This has yet to break into the English-speaking media.  So here is a rough Portuguese to English Google translation.

Cape Verde is +3 hours from US Eastern Time.

A small activity happened early in the morning, but intensified, with many crashes and earthquakes, around 10:00 am, ejecting ash and lava for the same crater where the eruption occurred in 1995. According to the geophysical, Bruno Faria, this outburst resembles 1951, which means that the risk may be higher than that of 19 years ago Volcanic activity takes place through the southern entrance of Cha das boilers, the lavas are already approaching the road and there are reports that there was a new point, right next to the first outbreak of rash. The INMG advises the immediate evacuation of the residents of Cha das Boilers, because the risk of emerging new points is great, and capable of a northern part, where is the residential area of Cha das boilers. The eruption was no surprise to the residents of Tea of boilers. With the fast and followed earthquakes that started around 20:00 Saturday, the inhabitants were ready notice. Also received the setting aside directly Saint Vincent and claim that tried to alert the local authorities, but without success. Despite the warning, many inhabitants of Cha das boilers remain in place. Residents are bags with the road borders, some insist on saving animals and personal property, but there are also those who refuse to leave the area. Institutional and private cars are giving aid, especially to children and the elderly. It is estimated that the boilers live in Cha, more than 1000 people. A team of volunteers from the Red Cross is the local path. Another civil protection of the Monasteries was sent to assist in evacuating the population. Also already in the Airport Beach elements of the National Civil Protection, ready to sail for the island of Fogo. About 30 agents also advise residents and to control the curious trying to get closer to the blast zone. Is also banned the main road that leads to the Tea boilers. According to the National Institute of Meteorology and Geophysics, since the month of October there were some abnormalities according to geophysicist, Bruno Faria. Earlier in the week it happened again some seismic activity, but returned to slow down, re last night with earthquakes. -

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Thu Nov 13, 2014 at 05:21 AM PST

Return to the Moon and go to Mars

by aaraujo

It's Space Week on the Science Channel, Interstellar is a wowing audiences in theaters and a European probe has landed on a comet.

America once sent people to the Moon.

On September 12th, 1962 at Rice University President Kennedy announced that America would go to the Moon within eight years.  On July 20th, 1969 it was done.  The last human left the Moon on December 19th, 1972.

In eight years time, 50 years would have come and gone without a single return.  

In 1972, Americans believed that humanity would have had returned to the Moon a lot sooner that it has.  It was believed that there would have been a permanent lunar colony by now.  After all, Europeans had founded permanent settlements in the New World immediately after Christopher Columbus first crossed the Atlantic Ocean.  So, it would make sense that history would have followed suit.

The next step, Mars.  

A manned mission to Mars could feasibly launch sometime in the 2030s.  It should not be a US-only mission but an international effort with public and private funds.

If China and the US can agree to a climate deal, then maybe the world could agree on a combined Mars mission?


Wed Nov 05, 2014 at 04:05 AM PST

DEMs sweep the board in RI

by aaraujo

Headlines from Rhode Island this morning

Democrat Gina Raimondo, the state treasurer who championed one of the most aggressive public-pension overhauls in the nation, has become the first woman to win election as governor in Rhode Island.
Riding huge margins from East Side precincts, Democrat Jorge O. Elorza easily won the mayor’s office Tues
Gorbea wins R.I. secretary of state seat; becomes first Latino to hold statewide office in New England
U.S. Sen. Jack Reed cruises to win over GOP challenger Mark Zaccaria
Democrats Cicilline, Langevin win re-election in U.S. House
Democrat McKee beats GOP’s Taylor in race for R.I. lieutenant governor

Seriously speaking, what are we Rhode Island Democrats doing right that your state Democrats are doing wrong?


Some right-wing Christian preachers are blaming gay marriage and abortion for Ebola as divine punishment from God.

A Baptist preacher says the biblical "End Times" are upon us thanks to a federal judge striking down a ban on gay marriage in North Carolina.

According to Ron Baity of the Berean Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, N.C., God is so angry over the decision that He's about to send something even worse than Ebola.

"You think Ebola is bad now, just wait," Baity warned during his sermon on Sunday.

However, a certain right-wing Christian preacher bares responsibility much more than any gay wedding or abortion clinic ever did.

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