The Gun Report: July 11, 2013 –

A 4-year-old girl is in critical condition after being shot by a stray bullet while watching television in Columbia, S.C., Monday night. According to preliminary reports, shots may have been fired between a group of people on foot and a silver Dodge charger near the Colony Apartments. Police have released surveillance video of the suspects.

via The Gun Report: July 11, 2013 –

Domestic Violence in Lebanon: A Law Isn’t Enough

A Separate State of Mind | A Blog by Elie Fares

Let’s call her Rachel.

Rachel is a brilliant doctor. She went to the US from a far away country, battled her way through a speciality and ended up doing a subspecialty that brought her salary to the six figures. She had what many people – not just women – around the world can only dream of: economic stability and independence, influence, power.

And yet, Rachel went to work one day with a bruise on her arm. Her secretary asked her where that bruise had come from. I bumped into a revolving door, Rachel answered. The secretary was skeptical but dismissed it because she couldn’t do otherwise. A week later, Rachel came in with a bruised eye. There was no revolving door which can cause this, so the secretary called 911 who made sure Rachel’s upcoming days were nothing short of safe, away from the monster back home who was using…

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Why I Was Arrested for Peacefully Protesting a Radical Legislative Agenda | Food & Water Watch

Denying hospice care to sick people is just wrong. Eliminating 17,500 pre-school slots for four-year-olds is just wrong. Eliminating tax credits for 64,000 military families is just wrong. The people of North Carolina deserve better. Thankfully, Moral Mondays allow us to come together and fight for what we deserve.

via Why I Was Arrested for Peacefully Protesting a Radical Legislative Agenda | Food & Water Watch.

Farming for a sustainable community: A training manual | American Friends Service Committee

“Farming for a Sustainable Community: A Training Manual” documents the knowledge of Don Bustos, lifelong New Mexican farmer and director of AFSC’s New Mexico program, and the farmer-to-farmer training program developed by AFSC to pass down the knowledge he and his ancestors have known for generations.

via Farming for a sustainable community: A training manual | American Friends Service Committee.

Volunteers get a deal!

Ohio Valley Greenmarket

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We are in need of volunteers for Ault Park on Sunday August 4

Volunteers will help direct vendors to their assigned set-up locations, direct guests to specific areas of the Greenmarket festival, pass out information in the speakers tent, set-up chairs, maybe direct some traffic, count festival attendance with one of those cool click-counters, hand out water, answer questions you may not know the answers to, and help with clean-up.

Time slots are available in two shifts on Sunday.

  • Volunteers will receive discounted tickets to the Community Dinner (save $20/person)
  • A swag bag filled with goodies from sponsors (neat stuff!)
  • A 1-year subscription to Edible Ohio Valley ($28)
  • Lunch from Chipotle + gift cards


*** Two volunteer shifts on Sunday, August 4 ***
9a-2p & 1p-6p

I want to VOLUNTEER!
Community Dinner on Saturday + Volunteer Sunday

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IRIN Asia | Pakistan’s coast – where the sea is an enemy not a friend | Pakistan | Environment

“The town of Keti Bunder has been relocated three times, having to move inwards because of the encroachment of the sea. The able-bodied young men have left looking for livelihoods elsewhere as agriculture is no more, and marine catch has been severely reduced.”

This sense of despondency exists too in other areas of Thatta, such as Kharo Chan, a `taluka’ (administrative unit) where Shamshad Bibi, the mother of four young children, lives in her village.

“The 10 acres or so of land we had is mainly destroyed. Nothing grows on it because of the salt water. Now we just keep a small herd of goats and my husband tries to fish when he can. There is no future here for my children,” she told IRIN.

via IRIN Asia | Pakistan’s coast – where the sea is an enemy not a friend | Pakistan | Environment.

AP Exclusive: The CIA and a secret vacuum cleaner – Wire Politics – The Sacramento Bee

Confined to the basement of a CIA secret prison in Romania about a decade ago, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the admitted mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, asked his jailers whether he could embark on an unusual project: Would the spy agency allow Mohammed, who had earned his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering, to design a vacuum cleaner?

The agency officer in charge of the prison called CIA headquarters and a manager approved the request, a former senior CIA official told The Associated Press.

Mohammed had endured the most brutal of the CIA’s harsh interrogation methods and had confessed to a career of atrocities. But the agency had no long-term plan for him. Someday, he might prove useful. Perhaps, he’d even stand trial one day.

And for that, he’d need to be sane.

“We didn’t want them to go nuts,” the former senior CIA official said, one of several who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk about the now-shuttered CIA prisons or Mohammed’s interest in vacuums.

via AP Exclusive: The CIA and a secret vacuum cleaner – Wire Politics – The Sacramento Bee.

Pig Virus Migrates to U.S. – Cr**!

The virus has been confirmed in about 200 hog facilities in 14 other states including Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and South Dakota, according to the American Association of Swine Veterinarians.

Dr. Lisa Becton, director of swine health information and research for the National Pork Board, an industry trade group, said the impact on the availability of pork and meat prices is difficult to estimate.

“At this point, I really don’t have any indications what that potential impact would be. Obviously, we know for individual farms the impact is severe, especially if it’s a sow farm that has baby pigs, because baby pigs do suffer the most from the disease,” she said.

According to the Iowa Pork Industry Center, an industry advocate, the ability to test for the disease is limited. It is believed to be transmitted by infected food or feces, and can be contained by quarantining infected animals and washing down trucks and production facilities.

Becton said the disease can spread quickly and has killed entire populations of pigs under 7 days old.

“As they get older, by the time they’re weaned at around 3 weeks of age, death loss can be around 80 percent or in severe cases upwards of 100 percent. Typically, after weaning mortality declines dramatically,” she said.

via Pig Virus Migrates to U.S..

So who has not been watching the importation of pigs or food for pigs and allowed the virus in. We take better care of oranges than this!

Turkey Has a Role in Egypt


Originally published in  Al-Monitor

On July 9, Egypt’s Foreign Ministry summoned the Turkish ambassador over Ankara’s calls for UN intervention in Egypt, following the controversial ouster of President Mohammed Morsi. The sharp deterioration in the relationship between the two nations could not be more different than the warmth Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan received on his visit to Cairo in September 2011. The hero’s welcome Erdogan received — which came only a few months after Egypt’s revolution against former President Hosni Mubarak — stemmed mainly from his ability to present the Egyptian public with a possible third way for politics, which was distant from the traditional fight between the generals and the Islamists. Many in Egypt viewed Erdogan as the man who stood against the military, and also offered the right balance between Islam and politics.

In post-Mubarak Egypt non-Islamist Egyptians trusted neither the ruling Supreme Council of the…

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Turkey Has a Role in Egypt – Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

It is disastrous to interpret the crisis in Egypt as a war against Islam, as the Islamists like to portray. Morsi is neither the prophet of democracy nor the Jesus of political Islam. He is a good but stubborn man who contributed deeply to his own demise. It is about time for Islamists in Egypt and their Turkish allies to understand that fact. The only way for Egypt to emerge peacefully from this crisis is by convincing the Muslim Brotherhood that rejoining the political process does not mean legitimizing the “coup.” In fact, it is the only way to save Egypt’s democracy. Most Egyptians do not want to uproot political Islam out of their country, but they want to reintegrate it in a more pluralistic, democratic system. There is still time to reconcile Egypt and heal its bleeding soul. Turkey can help, but only if it is sincerely willing to help.

via Turkey Has a Role in Egypt – Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East.