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This is Chiraq: 3 dead, 26 wounded in weekend shootings across Chicago

Same thing EVERY WEEKEND. And yet not ONE PEEP from the BLM crowd.

No where to be seen in Chicago...

No where to be seen in Chicago…

From MyFoxChicago: Three men were killed and at least 26 others have been wounded in shootings across the city since Friday evening, according to Chicago Police.

The weekend’s latest homicide happened Saturday afternoon in the Roseland neighborhood on the Far South Side. About 1:35 p.m., a 25-year-old man was sitting in a car parked in the 10400 block of South Wentworth when someone walked up and shot him in the head, police said. He was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he later died, police said.

Another shooting in the same neighborhood left a man dead less than a mile away Friday evening. About 6:15 p.m., a 20-year-old man was found with gunshot wounds to the head and chest in the back yard of a home in the 10700 block of South Edbrooke, police said. He was dead at the scene. Authorities have not released either of the Roseland victims’ names.

The weekend’s first fatal attack happened about 4:30 p.m. Friday in Englewood.

Ernest Hudson, 18, was shot in the head about 4:30 p.m. in the 6400 block of South Lowe, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He was taken to St. Bernard Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:55 p.m.

The most recent nonfatal attack happened about 5:30 a.m. Sunday in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the West Side. A 23-year-old man and 28-year-old woman were both wounded in a shooting about 5:30 a.m. in the 2400 block of West Chicago, police said. The man was shot in the shoulder and back and the woman suffered a gunshot wound the left arm. They later showed up at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, where they were both listed in serious condition. A police source said the man is a documented gang member.

At least 24 more people have been wounded in shootings across Chicago since 7 p.m. Friday.

Take a bow mayor/NBC photo

Take a bow mayor/NBC photo

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What libtards won’t admit: The truth about gun-free zones

A reader from Weasel Zippers shared this video with me. It demonstrates the reality of gun-free zones and how an armed woman can have the chance to save herself. Something gun-grabbers don’t want you to believe in.

The video was produced by Reel Clef Studios – a film and music studio located in Chicago – a place where one knows how well those strict gun control laws works.

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$15 minimum wage shutters old-school Brooklyn diner

#FightFor15 must be so proud.

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From NY Post: Say goodbye to the late-night fries and gravy. One of the last classic Brooklyn diners is biting the dust — and soon they’ll all die off due to the state’s minimum-wage increase and other factors, restaurateurs and economic experts predicted Friday.

The owner of the four-decade-old, 24-hour greasy spoon, Del Rio Diner in Gravesend, said his place is closing down because he can’t afford to pay cooks $15 an hour, along with rising rents and expensive Health Department inspection fees.

The minimum-wage law was the straw that broke the camel’s back. We’d need to raise the burger to $9 from $6.45. I don’t want to do that to my customers. They’ve been good to me. These are middle-class people,” said owner Larry Georgeton, 66.

“This is going to kill me to leave. But I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place,” said Georgeton — who has served everyone from movie stars to sports heroes at the fabled neighborhood hangout on Kings Highway near West 12th Street.

The Del Rio’s closing was first reported Friday by the Web site BrooklynDaily.com.

“The outlook for this business model is bleak. If you’re a diner, going automated isn’t an option. Neither is raising prices on your working-class customers — a $20 sandwich isn’t going to work,” said Michael Saltsman, research director at the Employment Policies Institute, which studies job growth. “It’s too bad because it’s these sorts of restaurants that make neighborhoods unique.”

Other old-school Brooklyn diners such as the Vegas in Dyker Heights, the Mirage in Midwood and the Floridian in Marine Park are also at risk, Saltsman said.

“I’m happy for McDonald’s workers. God bless them. I hope you get $30 an hour. But we can’t handle it,” Georgeton said.

Over the years, the Del Rio has served former Yankees star Joe Pepitone, actress Jessica Biel and late “Sopranos” star James Gandolfini, Georgeton said. It will close its doors for good Monday at 7 a.m.

Georgette Barrile, 69, who worked as a Del Rio waitress in the ’80s added, “I never thought this place would close. It’s heartbreaking.”

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Little girl whose head was three times bigger than normal receives life-changing surgery

Baby Roona before surgery

Baby Roona before surgery

From Daily Mail: Roona Begum is enjoying a new lease of life after her swollen head was reduced from 37 to 23 inches during life-changing treatment. Indian-born Roona, 3, suffers with the illness hydrocephalus, which affects up to 500,000 children worldwide. The condition stems from a blockage in the valve that drains cerebral spinal fluid to the spine – squashing the brain, restricting its development and stunting its growth.

At three-years-old Roona’s head reached 37 inches in diameter – more than triple the average size for her age.

Her parents, Fatima Khatun and Abdul Rahman, were unaware of the severity of her condition for a long time because they could not afford routine medical care. Abdul said: ‘This all feels like a bad dream. We did notice her head getting bigger and bigger, people in our village would come see our baby. Children would come to our village to play with her and there were some children who would get scared looking at her head.

Following an MRI, doctors warned Roona’s parents that she could die if the fluid from her brain was not drained as soon as possible. Fatima said: ‘We were worried about the baby and how to provide her with better medical care as we were helpless with our financial condition.’

Roona’s neurosurgeon Dr. Sandeep Vaishya, was the first to asses her at Fortis Memorial Hospital in New Delhi. He said: ‘I thought it would just be a routine hydrocephalus. When I saw her for the first time my first reaction was ‘oh my god’ – it is stupendously big.’

Roona’s family, who lived in a single room hut with no running water or electricity in India’s remote Tripura state, could not afford treatment on their own – but several charities intervened and raised the money for her surgery.

Roona after surgery

Roona after surgery

Sadly Fatima and Abdul’s unwavering love for Roona was not always matched by those around them. Abdul said: ‘A lot of people said a lot of things in our village, some thought she was a deity and some suggested that we should give her away to an orphanage or an ashram, but we refused. We said if she lives she will stay with us. Otherwise she will go back to him who made her like this.’

In her first surgery, Dr. Sandeep Vaishya drained fluid from her brain and applied a pressure bandage to reduce the circumference of head and remodel the bones. The operation was the first of many for little Roona and the surgeons drained nearly eight pints of fluid from her skull over three weeks. Neurosurgeons then inserted a shunt to redirect the fluid to her stomach and remodelled her skull to fit it to her new head size.

Dr. Sandeep Vaishya said: ‘Surgery itself is a major challenge in such small babies because when we remodel the skulls we have to open the whole scalp and a lot of bone cuts are done. And actually in the last remodelling surgery her blood pressure dipped so much that we had at one point in time thought we might even lose her.

But Roona surprised everyone and now six months later, she is out of the danger zone and recovering well. Her head remains larger than average, but the diameter of her head has been reduced to 23 inches – there will be no further reduction in size.

Fatima and Abdul have even welcomed a healthy little boy to the family and are hopeful that Roona will one day learn to walk and talk on her own. Roona’s mother said: ‘The doctors said she would not live, but she has lived to see more than two and a half years. For that I’m happy. She is much better now.

‘She can hold her head straight and she can move her head from side to side on her own. I would be very happy if she could become a normal child and could stand like normal kids.’

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Abdul is just as happy with Roona’s miraculous journey and is thankful for the flood of support they received from around the world. He said: ‘Roona’s case is known to the world. They are discussing it and other cases are also getting attention because of Roona. All of those who have supported Roona in the treatment and all those who were around during the tough phase – I want to thank every one of them.’

Little Roona is just one of four children whose journeys to recovery are explored in the upcoming TLC show My Baby’s Head Won’t Stop Growing.

Parker Hendrix was diagnosed with hydrocephalus in utero and at the time her brain was so crushed by fluid pressure, it was hardly visible on scans. Now seven, she has undergone three shunt replacements and has just started first grade.

In Uganda, Tumuewabze sought treatment for her baby Lyndos Tumuramye at CURE children’s hospital Talent, who are pioneering new corrective surgeries to treat hydrocephalus.

Another patient at CURE hospital, ten-year-old Vincent Kintu, underwent life saving surgery by Justin Onen to reduce the swelling on his brain – a tough operation made more complex by his age.

Roona appears in My Baby’s Head Won’t Stop Growing on TLC, Monday, July 25th.

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Kerry: Air conditioners as big a threat as ISIS

Whatever you say, Lurch.

Kerry on 9.4.13

From Fox News: Secretary of State John Kerry said in Vienna on Friday that air conditioners and refrigerators are as big of a threat to life as the threat of terrorism posed by groups like the Islamic State.

The terrible dangers to our planet...

The terrible dangers to our lives…

The Washington Examiner reported that Kerry was in Vienna to amend the 1987 Montreal Protocol that would phase out hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, from basic household and commercial appliances like air conditioners, refrigerators, and inhalers.

“As we were working together on the challenge of [ISIS] and terrorism,” Kerry said. “It’s hard for some people to grasp it, but what we–you–are doing here right now is of equal importance because it has the ability to literally save life on the planet itself.”

Kerry said that most of the substances banned in the Montreal Protocol have increased the use of HFCs and claimed that the coolant was thousands of times more potent than CO2. He added that the increase of HFCs has led to the trend of global climate change.

“The use of hydrofluorocarbons is unfortunately growing,” Kerry said. “Already, the HFCs use in refrigerators, air conditioners, and other items are emitting an entire gigaton of carbon dioxide-equivalent pollution into the atmosphere annually. Now, if that sounds like a lot, my friends, it’s because it is. It’s the equivalent to emissions from nearly 300 coal-fired power plants every single year.”

Members of the Montreal Protocol have met their obligations and have aided in the shrinking of the hole in the ozone, as well as created jobs and improved the quality of life, Kerry said.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy was also present at the negotiations and is serving as the lead negotiator for the United States. McCarthy has said that her goal is to enact the HFC agreement by the end of the year.

New EPA rules along with the global deal would band HFCs in the United States and push for alternative chemicals for use in appliances. The negotiations are part of President Obama’s climate agenda to combat global climate change.

One of many of the Kerry's homes

One of many of the Kerry’s homes

I wonder how many air conditioners and refrigerators are in the multiple homes that John and Teresa Kerry own in the U.S., including:

  • A five-story, twelve-room brownstone townhouse (with six fireplaces, a rooftop deck, and an elevator) in Boston’s Beacon Hill. This home is John Kerry’s main residence and was assessed at a value of $6.6 million in 2003
  • A nine-room colonial home on a 90-acre family farm in Fox Chapel near Pittsburgh. This home is Teresa Kerry’s longtime residence, where she lived while was married to John Heinz and where she raised her three children. It is valued at $3.7 million.
  • A ski/vacation home located near the banks of the Big Wood River in Ketchum, Idaho, fashioned from a reassembled barn originally built in England in 1485 and brought to Idaho by Teresa Heinz Kerry’s late husband. It was purchased for $4.9 million in 1988.
  • A three-story, five-bedroom waterfront estate near the Brant Point Lighthouse in Nantucket’s harbor, where John and Teresa Kerry were married in 1995. The beachfront property is valued at $9.1 million.
  • A 23-room townhouse in the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C., valued at $4.7 million.

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DiCaprio hops from his helicopter into a gas-guzzling private jet as he leaves Saint Tropez just hours after his celebrity eco fundraiser

Par for the course for this Hollyweird hypocrite.

Leonardo DiCaprio takes part in a march against climate change in New York

From Daily Mail: Eco warrior wannabe Leonardo DiCaprio is back doing what he does best: Fighting for the environment while simultaneously contributing to its demise.

On Wednesday, DiCaprio hosted his annual eco fundraiser gala, which saw an impressive cast of A Listers descend on St. Tropez to raise funds for various conservation projects.

‘We are the last generation that has a chance to stop climate change before it is too late,’ the Oscar winner told the crowd.

But his sentiment would be more believable had he not hopped off a helicopter to board a gas guzzling private jet two days later. And to add insult to injury, he was driven by golf buggy across the airport runway for the short distance between the two.

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DiCaprio was pictured donning a pair of camouflage shorts, a purple T Shirt and a straw hat as he made his way across the tarmac in the August heat with friends Tobey Maguire and Vincent Laresca. He was then pictured minutes later talking on the phone and sucking on a vaper, as he was carted across the runway by buggy.

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There seemed be just a handful of passengers making their way on to the private jet, whose fuel on average produces 21 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions per gallon burned. He also flew in a bevy of models for the occasion and stuck them on a luxury 300ft yacht.

Critics will be quick to note that the actor’s private jet trips undermine his moral authority to preach reducing carbon emissions.

But perhaps he is hoping this will be offset by the almost $45 million that was raised to support The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Annual Gala To Fund Climate And Biodiversity Projects. The black-tie fundraiser held in a French vineyard was attended by do-gooder Bono, famous receiver of dodgy diamonds Naomi Campbell, and a smattering of other party-hard pals.

In a speech that heralded the start of the lavish affair, he told the star-studded crowd: ‘While we are the first generation that has the technology, the scientific knowledge and the global will to build a truly sustainable economic future for all of humanity—we are the last generation that has a chance to stop climate change before it is too late.’ 

His intentions may be good, but his unashamed weakness for luxury travel does him little favors if he genuinely wishes to be the savior of Planet Earth.

DiCaprio took a private jet twice in May to pick up an environmental award in New York – before flying back to a glitzy gala in France. The actor and environmentalist, 41, was spotted this week in Cannes during the Film Festival.

But he left the French Riviera for a brief trip to New York City, where he collected an honor at the Riverkeeper Fishermen’s Ball on Wednesday, Page Six reported. He then hopped back on another private jet to attend the amfAR gala in Antibes, about eight miles from Cannes, just 24 hours later. 

The actor, who turned his Oscars speech into a pressing warning against climate change in February, accumulated more than 8,000 of air travel in just a couple of days.

DiCaprio was slammed last year by RadarOnline, which reported he had taken six private jets in just six weeks in 2014. Emails leaked from Sony at the time stated DiCaprio had accumulated more than $200,000 worth of private jet travel between April and May, taking two round trips from Los Angeles to New York, then one from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.

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School bans clapping and allows students ‘silent cheers’ or air punching but only when teachers agree

Children (6-13) in school auditorium giving standing ovation, portrait

Via new.com.au: Clapping has been banned at a Sydney primary school which has introduced “silent cheering”, “pulling excited faces” and “punching the air” to respect students who are “sensitive to noise”. The school now only allows its pupils “to conduct a silent cheer” when prompted by teachers and says the practice “reduces fidgeting”.

Elanora Heights Public School, which is on Sydney’s northern beaches, announced its new “silent cheer” policy in its latest school newsletter.

The ban on clapping at Elanora Heights Primary School emerged on the same day that an exclusive girls school banned teachers from calling “ladies” or “women” in favour of “gender-neutral” terms.

In its July 18 newsletter, the Elanora school has published an item under the headline “Did you know” that “our school has adopted silent cheers at assembly’s” (sic). “If you’ve been to a school assembly recently, you may have noticed our students doing silent cheers,” the item reads. “Instead of clapping, the students are free to punch the air, pull excited faces and wriggle about on the spot. The practice has been adopted to respect members of our school community who are sensitive to noise.”

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“When you attend an assembly, teachers will prompt the audience to conduct a silent cheer if it is needed. Teachers have also found the silent cheers to be a great way to expend children’s energy and reduce fidgeting.

The ban follows a direction at exclusive Cheltenham Girls High School in northwest Sydney for teachers to avoid discrimination and support LGBTI students by avoiding the words “girls”, “ladies” or “women”.

The measure followed the introduction of the Safe Schools anti-bullying program and teachers were told at a meeting if they did not comply they could be deemed homophobic and breaking the law.

The school also has a “Queer-Straight alliance” club and holds gender equality events such as Wear it Purple Day. Last month, it lowered the Aboriginal flag to raise the rainbow flag at half-mast following the attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

Local MP Damien Tudehope told the Daily Telegraph that parents feared their daughters might be ostracised if they didn’t comply with Rainbow Day and Purple Day.

Elanora Heights Public School’s ban on clapping in favour of silent cheering comes after several schools have banned hugging. In April, hugging was banned at a Geelong primary school and children were told to find other ways to show affection. St. Patrick’s Primary School principal John Grant said “nothing in particular” had caused hugging to be replaced by high fiving or “a knuckle handshake”. “But in this current day and age we are really conscious about protecting kids and teaching them from a young age that you have to be cautious,” Mr Grant said.

He said he had spoken to teachers about his decision to ban hugging and then the teachers had spoken to classes, instructing the children on different methods of showing affection. He had not sent any correspondence home to parents but said there would now be a letter going home on Monday.

“There’s a range of methods including a high five or a particular knuckle handshake where they clunk knuckles as a simple way of saying ‘well done’,” Mr. Grant said. “There are also verbal affirmations and acknowledgments.”

Children at the school have been enthusiastic huggers, he said, with hugs given out to teachers and other children. “We have a lot of kids who walk up and hug each other and we’re trying to encourage all of us to respect personal space,” Mr Grant said. “It really comes back to not everyone is comfortable in being hugged.”

Comment from Elanora Heights Public School about the clapping ban has been sought by news.com.au.

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