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This is Chiraq: Four teens shot in four hours

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Year to date: 1,295 people shot in Chiraq. Rahm must be so proud.

From Chicago Tribune: Four teenage boys were shot over four hours in Chicago, including a 16-year-old killed in the South Shore neighborhood, according to police.

The 16-year-old was shot in the head around 9:20 p.m. Wednesday in the 7700 block of South Marquette Avenue on the South Side, police said. Officers responding to a call about gunfire found the boy on the ground outside, police said. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

On the West Side, two other boys, 14 and 17, were shot around 1:15 a.m. Thursday in the Little Village neighborhood, apparently with a rifle, police said. Officers responding to a call about gunfire found the boy on the ground outside, police said.

The boys were in a maroon truck near 25th Street and Trumbull Avenue when another vehicle pulled up and someone opened fire, police said.  The older teen was wounded in the back, and the other boy was wounded in the foot.  They were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where their conditions were stabilized, police said.

Rifle casings could be seen near the intersection where the shooting took place. Less than two miles away at Mount Sinai, officers surrounded the truck that was pocked with several large bullet holes.

On the West Side just before 10:50 p.m. Wednesday, another 14-year-old boy was seriously wounded in the South Austin neighborhood, police said. He was walking in the 200 block of North Lockwood Avenue when someone opened fire, hitting him in the chest. He was taken in serious condition to Stroger Hospital.

Read the rest of the story here.

h/t Drudge

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California man, 20, who drugged and raped his teenage sister gets lenient sentence of less than a year prison as judge insists the ‘stigma’ is enough

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Sex offender Nolan Bruder

Unreal.

From Daily Mail: A 20-year-old man who drugged and raped his 16-year-old sister was sentenced to less than a year in prison by a California judge on Wednesday.

Nolan Bruder pleaded guilty earlier this month and admitted that he gave his younger sister high potency marijuana to smoke until she reached a point where she no longer recognized him as her brother after she resisted his repeated sexual advances, KRCR reported.

Bruder was sentenced by Judge William Follet to serve only three years in prison with all but 240 days suspended in favor of granting probation for rape of an intoxicated person, according to the Del Norte District Attorney’s Office.

Follet said that the stigma of this conviction along with the mandatory sex offender registration requirements would ‘sufficiently deter Bruder.’ 

After the judge’s sentencing, district attorney Dale Trigg said he ‘could not disagree more with (it).’

‘The message that this sends to our community is that sexual predators who get their juvenile siblings stoned enough can have sex with them without any meaningful consequence,’ Trigg told KRCR. ‘That is not the message I want to send to our community,’

Trigg said that the judge noted in court that the victim took her own clothes off and was not unconscious.

Follet apparently also questioned if there was enough evidence for a jury to convict Bruder, despite there being a video-taped confession that the 20-year-old gave after admitting to what he did.

During the sentencing hearing, Deputy District Attorney Annamarie Padilla argued that Bruder should be sentenced to prison for six years in following the Probation Department’s recommendation.

Trigg said that since the highly-publicized rape case involving ex-Stanford swimmer Brock Turner, the California legislature changed the law to make such crimes ineligible for probation.

Turner sexually assaulted an unconscious woman after a party and was eventually spent three months in jail for the crime. Trigg said that in this case, Bruder benefited from the fact that the crimes he committed pre-dated the change in the law, which allowed Follet to sentence him to probation.

The district attorney argued that Bruder’s crime is significantly worse than Turner’s. ‘In a lot of ways, this case is more egregious than Brock Turner,’ Trigg told KRCR. ‘This defendant took advantage of a position of trust as this victim’s big brother. He knew she didn’t want to have sex with him.

‘She told him that repeatedly. So he got her stoned on dabs he gave her until she didn’t even recognize him in order get what he wanted.’

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The price tag on universal health care in California is bigger than state’s budget

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Shocker, not.

From Sacramento Bee: The pricetag is in: It would cost $400 billion to remake California’s health insurance marketplace and create a publicly funded universal health care system, according to a state financial analysis released Monday.

California would have to find an additional $200 billion per year, including in new tax revenues, to create a so-called “single-payer” system, the analysis by the Senate Appropriations committee found. The estimate assumes the state would retain the existing $200 billion in local, state and federal funding it currently receives to offset the total $400 billion price tag.

The cost analysis is seen as the biggest hurdle to create a universal system, proposed by Sens. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, and Toni Atkins, D-San Diego.

It remains a longshot bid. Steep projected costs have derailed efforts over the past two decades to establish such a health care system in California. The cost is higher than the $180 billion in proposed general fund and special fund spending for the budget year beginning July 1.

Employers currently spend between $100 billion to $150 billion per year, which could be available to help offset total costs, according to the analysis. Under that scenario, total new spending to implement the system would be between $50 billion and $100 billion per year.

“Health care spending is growing faster than the overall economy…yet we do not have better health outcomes and we cover fewer people,” Lara said at Monday’s appropriations hearing. “Given this picture of increasing costs, health care inefficiencies and the uncertainty created by Congress, it is critical that California chart our own path.”

The idea behind Senate Bill 562 is to overhaul California’s insurance marketplace, reduce overall health care costs and expand coverage to everyone in the state regardless of immigration status or ability to pay. Instead of private insurers, state government would be the “single payer” for everyone’s health care through a new payroll taxing structure, similar to the way Medicare operates.

Lara and Atkins say they are driven by the belief that health care is a human right and should be guaranteed to everyone similar to public services like safe roads and clean drinking water. They seek to rein in rising health care costs by lowering administrative expenses, reducing expensive emergency room visits and eliminating insurance company profits and executive salaries.

In addition to covering undocumented people illegal aliens, Lara said the goal is to expand health access to people who, even with insurance, may skip doctor visits or stretch out medications due to high co-pays and deductibles.  “Doctors and hospitals would no longer need to negotiate rates and deal with insurance companies to seek reimbursement,” Lara said.

Insurance groups, health plans and Kaiser Permanente are against the bill. Industry representatives say California should focus on improving the Affordable Care Act. Business groups, including the California Chamber of Commerce, have deemed the bill a “job-killer.”

“A single-payer system is massively, if not prohibitively expensive,” said Nick Louizos, vice president of legislative affairs for the California Association of Health Plans. “It will cost employers and taxpayers billions of dollars and result in significant loss of jobs in the state,” the Chamber of Commerce said in its opposition letter.

Underlying the debate is uncertainty at the federal level over what President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress will do with Obamacare. The House Republican bill advanced earlier this month would dismantle it by removing its foundation – the individual mandate that requires everyone to have coverage or pay a tax penalty.

Republican-led efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare is fueling political support for the bill, Atkins said at a universal health care rally this past weekend in Sacramento hosted by the California Nurses Association, a co-sponsor.

“This is a high-ticket expense…We have to figure out how to cover everyone and work on addressing the costs in the long-term — that’s our challenge,” Atkins said. “I’m optimistic.”

The bill has to get approval on the Senate floor by June 2 to advance to the Assembly. A financing plan is underway, which could suggest diverting money employers pay for worker’s compensation insurance to a state-run coverage system.

Lara said he believes California can and should play a prominent role in improving people’s lives. “We can do better,” he said.

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Unhinged Snowflake Student Screams at a Trump Sign For Two Minutes

From YouTube:

A student melted down at Western Washington University, presumably in response to a President Donald Trump sign, according to video released Friday. The unnamed student screams and throws paint on the ground, as depicted in the video obtained by Campus Reform. “This is what happens when you don’t take your meds,” says Eric Bostrom, the preacher carrying the sign, according to Campus Reform. “This is why I don’t believe in the legalization of marijuana.”

The student’s actions were presumably in response to a sign that said “Trump, borders, laws, jobs, liberty” on one side and “Jesus judges you, repent or perish” on the other side. Bostrom asserts that the student is an art major and, at another point in the video, the student tells someone who appears to be a concerned administrator to “call the police, bitch.” The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to the university for comment, but received none in time for publication.”

h/t Twitchy

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Long-winded speech may be an early sign of Alzheimer’s

Approximately 7.7 million new cases of dementia are identified every year—which amounts to one new case every four seconds. Last year, dementia overtook heart disease as the leading cause of death in England and Wales. There are 850,000 people with dementia in Britain and this figure is expected to reach 1 million by 2025.

The dreaded Alzheimer’s disease is a severe form of dementia which affects as many as 1 in 8 people 65 and older, or an estimated 5.2 million Americans in 2013.

Alzheimer’s causes nerve cell death and tissue loss throughout the brain. As the disease gets worse, brain tissue shrinks and areas that contain cerebrospinal fluid become larger. The damage harms memory, speech, and comprehension.

On left is a diagram of the brain of a person with Alzheimer’s Disease

Hannah Devlin reports for The Guardian, Feb. 21, 2017, on the disappointing news that drugs designed to treat Alzheimer’s have shown to be ineffective. Between 2002 and 2012, 99.6% of drugs studies aimed at preventing, curing or improving Alzheimer’s symptoms were either halted or discontinued.

Some believe that these failures may be, in part, because by the time Alzheimer’s is diagnosed, the disease has already caused irreparable damage to the brain, making it too late for treatment to help. That is why scientists now try to push the detection period back to the very subtle, early changes in Alzheimer’s disease.

Speaking at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) on February 19, 2017 in Boston, Dr. Janet Cohen Sherman, clinical director of the Psychology Assessment Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, said: “With the growth in the aging population and the concomitant rise in the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease, the need to define changes in cognitive functioning at the earliest stages, prior to disease onset, when treatments are likely to be most effective, has become increasingly important.”

Dementia is accompanied by not just memory loss, but characteristic language deficits. New research suggests that an early sign of Alzheimer’s may be rambling and long-winded anecdotes — subtle changes in speech style from Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), a known precursor of Alzheimer’s in which there is evidence of cognitive decline years before dementia takes hold. The scientists behind the work say it may be possible to detect these speech changes and predict if someone is at risk more than a decade before meeting the clinical threshold for an Alzheimer’s diagnosis.

At the AAAS meeting, Dr. Sherman presented new findings on distinctive language deficits in people with MCI, a precursor to dementia:

  • Studies of novelist Iris Murdoch’s later works found that her vocabulary showed signs of Alzheimer’s years before her diagnosis.
  • The final novels of famous crime writer Agatha Christie display increasingly repetitive and vague phrasing that suggests she was suffering from Alzheimer’s.
  • A study of White House press conference transcripts found striking changes in President Ronald Reagan’s speech over the course of his presidency, whereas George H.W. Bush, who was a similar age when president, showed no such decline. Dr. Sherman said, “Ronald Reagan started to have a decline in the number of unique words with repetitions of statements over time. He started using more fillers, more empty phrases, like ‘thing’ or ‘something’ or things like ‘basically’ or ‘actually’ or ‘well’.”
  • Sherman points out that the key is not long-winded, because many people without dementia are long-winded or verbose. The subtle change in speech style that indicates mild cognitive impairment is worsening mental imprecision.

So what’s an example of the kind of long-winded speech that is indicative of early Alzheimer’s?

In a study, the scientists compared the language abilities of 22 healthy young individuals, 24 healthy older individuals, and 22 people with MCI — the precursor to Alzheimer’s.

In one test, the subjects had to join up three words, for instance “pen”, “ink” and “paper”, the healthy volunteers typically joined the three in a simple sentence, while the MCI group gave circuitous accounts of going to the shop and buying a pen. Dr. Sherman explains that they MCI group “were much less concise in conveying information, the sentences they produced were much longer, they had a hard time staying on point and I guess you could say they were much more roundabout in getting their point across. It was a very significant difference.”

In another test, people were asked to repeat phrases read out by the investigator. Complex vocabulary or grammar was not a problem, but those with MCI appeared to have a mental block when they were given phrases involving ambiguous pronouns, such as “Fred visited Bob after his graduation”, which the scientists said required more mental agility to assign a meaning.

As Dr. Sherman summarizes the research findings:

“Our findings suggest that individuals with MCI may have more difficulty integrating syntax and semantics, impacting their ability to precisely and effectively convey meaning. Our findings suggest that the language changes cannot be accounted for by a decline in memory.”

Dr. Sherman hopes that in the next five years, researchers will develop a linguistic test for pre-Alzheimer’s mild cognitive impairment, as well as a determination whether engaging in language-based activities, including reading, writing and social activities, may serve as protective factors for dementia.

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Gloria Steinem says women being forced to have babies causes global warming

“A man at 50 has the face he deserves.” -George Orwell

83-year-old Gloria Steinem must have senile dementia.

In an interview with a fawning blogger, Refinery29‘s Lindsey Stanbury, who calls Steinem a “feminist unicorn” (whatever that means), Steinem fumes against the “patriarchy” and says forcing women to have babies by outlawing and restricting access to abortion, is a fundamental reason for “climate degradation” — the Left’s new synonym for climate change and global warming.

Stanbury asks Steinem if climate change is a feminist issue, to which Steinem replies:

“Are you kidding me? Listen, what causes climate deprivation is population. If we had not been systematically forcing women to have children they don’t want or can’t care for over the 500 years of patriarchy, we wouldn’t have the climate problems that we have. That’s the fundamental cause of climate change. Even if the Vatican doesn’t tell us that.”

Steinem also admitted to Stanbury that although she’s made a career of speaking up for women, her life has been very different from those of many people for whom she advocates because “she’s never really had a job.”

Born to a Jewish father and a rebellious Scotch Presbyterian mother, Steinem was baptized in a Congregational church at the age of ten but raised in occultic Theosophy. She lost what little interest she had in religion when she became a feminist and started “wondering why God always looks like the ruling class” (source: Jewish Women’s Archive).

Steinem’s view of God is redolent of Obama’s intellectual mentor, satanist Saul Alinsky‘s admiration of Lucifer for being, as Alinsky put it in dedicating his book Rules for Radicals to Satan, “the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment”.

Gloria Steinem makes the Illuminati hand sign

Meanwhile, European researchers unveiled a scientific model showing that, instead of warming, the Earth is likely to experience a “mini ice age” from 2030 to 2040 as a result of decreased solar activity.

Their findings have infuriated environmental activists who claim that by 2030 we could be facing increased sea levels and flooding due to glacial melt at the poles. (Express)

H/t NewsBusters

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German judge uses multiculturalism to acquit Muslim Turk of violent rape

Germany is reaping the harvest of multiculturalism: moral relativism.

A female judge in Brandenburg, one of the 16 federated states of Germany, acquitted a Muslim man of raping a non-consenting woman for four hours, on the grounds that according to the defendant’s Turkish culture, it was not rape, but merely “wild sex”.

According to a Google Translation of Jürgen Lauterbach’s report, “Sex mit Gewalt, aber keine Vergewaltigung (Sex with violence, but no rape),” for the April 20, 2017 edition of the German-language Brandenburg daily newspaper Märkische Allgemeine, on the night of August 18, 2016, the victim — a young woman from the town of Plaue in central Germany — went to the 23-year-old defendant’s apartment in downtown Potsdam, the capital of Brandenburg, to buy drugs.

After the man and woman took the drug methamphetamine or speed, the defendant indicated he wanted to have sex with the woman. The woman testified in court that she refused, saying that he was “not her type”.

The defendant then dragged the woman by her arm, “threw her on the bed” and pushed her head between the metal bars of the headboard. The woman cried “stop!” and resisted the man by scratching him on his back. But she told the court that “at some point,” she “gave up”.

The man “entered her” several times. The whole ordeal ended after four hours when the man received a phone call and “suddenly had to leave”. The woman was so disabled by the “violent sex” that she “could not run properly for the next two weeks”.

Saying that “I believe [defendant] Mrs. G’s every word” — that the woman did not give her consent to the defendant who had “taken her by force” — the judge nevertheless acquitted the defendant of rape because she believed the accused when he said the wild sex was amicable, and that he “probably did not know what he was doing to her”. 

In court, the decisive question that determined the judge’s ruling was asked of the victim: “Could it be that the defendant thought you agreed to the sex?”

The victim replied that it could be because, given “the mentality” of the defendant’s “Turkish culture,” she could not tell whether he viewed the rape that she was experiencing to be rape, or whether he saw it as just “wild sex”.

The defendant had denied from the beginning that he raped the woman, insisting that he would not do such a thing since he himself has a mother and a sister.

And so the judge ruled that no conviction is possible because the prosecution had not demonstrated an intention to rape.

Reporter Jürgen Lauterbach points out that a study in 2014 by the Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony found that German courts have convicted only 8.4% of rape cases.

H/t PJMedia

~Eowyn