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Throughout their lives, Nubs, Snowman and A-Factor have been outcasts, but they haven’t let this stop them from achieving their dreams. Instead, they have found refuge in what makes them different and are inspiring many with their unique style and empowering lyrics. Meet the Odd Squad Family.
Nubs, which is an acronym for Normally Underestimated By Sight, was born with a rare condition which means that he has no arms or legs. Rather than let bullying get him down, he chose to put his “real life trials and tribulations into his tracks.” Snowman was also born with a rare condition – albinism. Just like Nubs, Snowman has dealt with many struggles growing up and uses hip hop to express his feelings. Though A-Factor does not have a rare condition, he has had his own battles to overcome throughout life and he tells all in his music.
Their music video entitled ‘Done Did’ is equipped with a positive message and heartfelt lyrics detailing the battles they have overcome. Not only is the chorus catchy but it’s also powerful “I done did everything they said i shouldn’t do, i done did everything they said i wouldn’t do, i done did everything i couldn’t do. And with God as my witness, I made it through.”
Watch Odd Squad Family – ‘Done Did’ video below:
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Citizens of the state of Virginia may have to start paying the government a fee in order to access adult websites. The Orwellian and unconstitutional bill is being presented under the guise of the prevention of human trafficking. Lawmakers in the state recently proposed Virginia House Bill 1592, which is also known as “The Human Trafficking Prevention Act.”
Advocates of the bill claim that locking pornographic sites behind a $20 paywall will somehow prevent human trafficking. However, the bill has created a great deal of controversy in the state, as many people rightfully see this as an invasion of privacy and an infringement of their rights. Also, there has been no real explanation from the government as to how they determined that pornography was related to human trafficking.
Many Virginia residents have said they disagree with the bill.
“I think that’s a freedom we all have as Americans, I just don’t see the relevance at all,” Grace Owens told reporters.
“It’s like a sin tax, getting cigarettes or alcohol or anything else,” said Charles Plant.
Sadly, however, there are some people who actually support this.
“If people want to view pornography, that’s their prerogative. But by having it free, it makes it too tempting for other people on the web to have access that can be influenced in a negative way,” Terrie Foss said.
Others who were interviewed by reporters about the proposed bill authored slightly less authoritarian solutions, such as only banning specific types of porn.
“I feel there are a lot of side alleys you could go down, maybe only types of porn verses other types,” a woman named Carrie said during a street interview.
Since this is only happening in one area, for now, if the law is passed it will still be possible for Virginia residents to use a VPN service so the internet service provider thinks that they are accessing the site from another state or country.
It is estimated that 28,258 users — every single second — access porn on the internet. Those numbers are staggering and allowing government access to all those identities would be a death blow to online privacy.
To people who think that this move would be far-fetched, a similar law has already been passed in the UK, forcing all UK citizens who watch porn to register with the government.
While there have been numerous campaigns by politicians and puritans to link porn with human trafficking, if anyone is complicit in this barbaric practice, it is the US government along with their international allies.
There are almost too many cases to list in which high-profile public figures or organizations were accused of pedophilia or human trafficking cases. However, they almost always dodge any prosecution or public scrutiny due to their control of the legal system and media.
There have been many cases in recent history where establishment figures have been caught up in child prostitution rings but quickly had the story swept under the rug.
One such case was on June 29, 1989, when the Washington Times’ Paul M. Rodriguez and George Archibald reported on a Washington D.C. prostitution ring that had intimate connections with the White House and President George H.W. Bush. It was suspected that this was connected with the Franklin prostitution ring that was being exposed at the same time, in a different part of the country.
That story involved the manager of the Franklin Community Federal Credit Union in Nebraska. His name was Lawrence “Larry” King and he was also a prominent politician. Various unconnected victims accused him of transporting them around the country to be used as sex slaves for politicians. When the accusations finally came to light, the victims were railroaded out of court and threatened into recanting their statements, thus making themselves guilty of perjury in the process.
The perjury was enough to drop the case and actually send some of the victims to jail. The truth of the matter didn’t come out until former Nebraska State Senator John DeCamp went back to reexamine the case and discovered that the accusations were indeed true.
Human trafficking is an industry of the ruling class, it always has been. Your average blue-collar, white-collar people aren’t buying and selling slaves. This is still very much a part of western culture, even companies with major government contracts have been accused of organizing full-scale slave rings. These companies have not only been protected by their governments, but they were also able to keep the contracts and subsidies that they had prior to the accusations.
Some of the world’s largest multinational corporations such as DynCorp and Halliburton were exposed as major players in the global human trafficking market. These companies did not work alone but cooperated with each other through various subsidiaries and had the luxury of government protection.
When suspicion was brought upon these companies it was swept under the rug by government officials. Even high-ranking members of the establishment such as Donald Rumsfeld were implicit in covering up this scandal.
On March 11, 2005, he was questioned by Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney and he admitted on the record that the allegations did have credibility, but he pushed the blame off onto a few “rogue” employees. He used the “few bad apples” line that the government always dishes out when they are caught up in a scandal.
Although Rumsfeld and other high-ranking officials claimed that they would look into the situation, they actually prevented any serious investigations from taking place. This happens every day, even organizations like the UN and NATO have come under fire for running slave rings out of third world countries when they are on “peacekeeping missions.”
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Miami, FL — Authorities have successfully completed the school to mental health pipeline, as efficiently as they’ve done with the school to prison streamlining. A 7-year-old Miami boy was arrested, placed in handcuffs, and taken to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation after he allegedly attacked a teacher.
Mercy Alvarez—the boy’s mother—is incensed with the school and Miami-Dade Schools Police. She said:
This is police abuse; a whim of the officer, because my son was calm when they came to look for him…The principal, the counselor, and two other people tried to prevent that action and the officer took the child anyway.
It was the second time over the last few months school police were called to deal with Alvarez’ son’s behavior. On this occasion, instead of simply remanding the boy to his mother, the school resource officer transported him to the hospital where he would be forced to undergo a mental health evaluation. Such actions often result in small children being forced to take dangerous anti-depressant medicines which have been proven to cause children like Alverez’ son to kill themselves.
The incident took place at Coral Way K-8 Center in Miami. Using the Florida Mental Health Act (Baker Act), the officer was legally allowed to detain the boy. After arriving at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, he was admitted (the cost of which was undoubtedly passed on to the family) and discharged a few hours later.
Alvarez claims her son does not have emotional or behavioral problems and suggested in her comments the actions taken by the school and the police were an overreaction. Predictably, the police disagree.
He does not have a mental disorder.
Miami-Dade Schools Police Chief Ian Moffett said in a statement the actions were unusual but “was warranted to prevent his erratic and violent behavior from bringing further harm to others or himself.”
Since the video (below) of her son’s kidnapping and forced medical treatment has gone viral, Alvarez says she’s been contacted by numerous mothers who say the same thing happened to them. Alvarez is a local independent journalist. She commented:
more than 30 mothers in Miami have written to me in solidarity because their children have done the same thing.
Public schools spokeswoman Jackie Calzadilla issued a press release about the alleged incident saying Alvarez’ son, “began behaving erratically and hit a teacher. Due to a great concern for the student and to ensure his safety and that of those around him, he was restricted according to the Baker Act and transported to the hospital to be evaluated.”
The kind of actions which in the past would have resulted in discipline by the principal now involve the prison industrial system and their school enforcers. Understandably, the family is outraged and seeking legal counsel. They’re now planning to sue.
Alvarez says her son no longer wants to be a police officer when he grows up saying they’re “bad.” In more academic terms, Alvarez claims the actions of the school and its police force have now traumatized her son.
They have created a psychological trauma, and instead of fixing the problem, you are building a problem.
Professional career teachers know most behavioral problems can be solved with an effectively trained teacher. It’s unclear who the teacher is, if he/she is even certified, or if the teacher has his/her own history of being unable to control their students.
Equally disturbing is the fact the police state is now making its presence in almost every school in the United States. In the past, fights taking place on campuses were broken up by concerned teachers, the students suspended (sometimes for the semester) and order was restored to the campus.
In this new millennium, police are often the first ones called, students are then arrested and subjected to the mercy of the prison industrial system which sucks money and time from the family and often leaves the student with a criminal record. When will Americans rise up and demand schools take care of their own problems—in house. Enough is enough. Watch the video for yourself and decide if this is the America we want to live in.
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New Orleans, LA – On September 23, 2014, Officer Saulny was caught in a situation that involved a 16-year-old female. According to police, while Saulny was being processed, he told his supervisor that he had to use force when processing the girl. The supervisor obtained video surveillance of the altercation and notified the Public Integrity Bureau Force Investigation Team (FIT) to investigate further.
The next day the PIB FIT launched the investigation and reviewed the surveillance video. As a result, they immediately put Saulny on an emergency suspension without pay for the rest of the investigation.
The PIB decided that the surveillance video clearly showed Saulny using excessive force as well as vulgarity.
NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison commented saying, “There is no place in the department for officers who choose to mistreat members of the public and lie about their behavior, based on the results of the PIB investigation, we made the decision to dismiss the officer immediately.”
The IPM monitored the investigation and the disciplinary hearing and is in support of the final decision.
Saulny is a 25-year veteran of the NOPD. He was most recently assigned to the NOPD Juvenile Bureau
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A Colorado air force base recently came under fire as water contaminated with perfluorinated compounds (PFC) was associated with the onset of various forms of cancer among people living in close proximity to the base. A Daily Mail report noted that former soldiers, firefighters and residents near the Peterson Air Force base in Colorado Springs, Colorado, were diagnosed with thyroid, prostate, and testicular cancers following direct exposure to water containing the toxic chemicals from firefighting foam.
Just last year, the base admitted that it accidentally released up to 150,000 gallons of water containing the hazardous chemicals into the sewage system. Reports noted that the Air Force so far spent more than $4 million to provide bottled water and filtration systems to the bases. Thousands of firefighters and first responders across the U.S. inferred that exposure to the fire retardant and other firefighting equipment might play a role in the upsurge of cancer cases among the residents.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stressed that any toxins over 70 parts per trillion found in water pose great threat to the general public’s health. Data from water analysis showed that water samples taken from Colorado Springs contained more than 1,300 parts per trillion. In addition, the agency warned that up to 15 million Americans across 27 states could be exposed to PFCs in their drinking water. (Related: PFCs contaminate 67 percent of New Jersey’s public water systems.)
“What we’re saying is these still are chemicals that have potentially toxic side effects. I’ve got to rely on the Environmental Protection Agency and on the health agencies… to tell us whether or not that’s going to be a problem in the future. We’re going to treat it as if it were any other hazardous material… so that we can prevent contamination in the ground water and in the soil by cleaning it up immediately,” Mark Correll, deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for environment safety and infrastructure, said in a CBS News article.
Dennis Pinski, health risk assessment supervisor for New Hampshire’s Department of Environmental Services, confirmed that the contaminants may raise the odds of various health woes including certain types of cancer.
“Scientific studies have shown exposure to PFOA and PFOS in drinking water to be associated with … developmental effects, decreased bone formation, accelerated puberty in males, reduced newborn body weight, liver toxicity, thyroid effects, immune system effects (and) cancer. The EPA determined that there is ‘suggestive evidence of carcinogenic potential’ for both PFOA and PFOS under EPAs 2005 Guidelines for Carcinogen Risk Assessment,” Pinski told The Portsmouth Herald online.
“Human studies suggest that PFOA exposure could lead to increased risk for kidney and testicular cancer. Animal studies have indicated that PFOA exposure could result in increased risk of liver, testicular and pancreatic tumors,” Pinski added.
Health experts offer tips to prevent PFC exposure
A health information summary published by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) warned that once PFCs enter the body, it would take between two to four years to reduce those levels by half. In line with this, the data sheet listed a few ways in order to prevent PFC exposure. These tips include:
- On private wells – The agency advised that households using private wells to contact the EPA. The agency also suggested using alternative water sources if PFC levels were higher than the safety guidelines.
- On public water – The ATSDR suggested conducting routine water testing for public water sources. Likewise, the agency recommended that people contact water filtration device manufacturers to gain more information about how well the devices work on public water sources.
- On fish consumption – The agency discouraged consuming fish from certain water sources due to high levels pf PFC contamination.
“Our duty is to drown this terrorist force before it is born,” the Turkish leader said on Monday, as cited by AP.
The 30,000-srtrong army of “traitors” that Washington seeks to create will point their guns against US troops at the first threat, Erdogan warned.
On Sunday, the US-led coalition announced it is helping to create a new Border Security Force to fight terrorists in Syria. The unit, stationed along the Syrian border with Iraq and Turkey, as well as along the Euphrates River Valley, is expected to be comprised of up to 30,000 people. Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) veterans will make half of the unit, while the other half are yet to be recruited.
Washington’s role in establishing the force was branded “unacceptable” by Turkey on Sunday. A key point of discontent here is that Ankara considers the battle-hardened part of the US-backed SDF – Kurdish YPG units – to be linked to the “terrorist” Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
Military aid for the Kurds, including arms supplies, has repeatedly caused harsh criticism from Turkey, which is one of Washington’s key NATO allies.
“This is what we have to say to all our allies: don’t get between us and terrorist organizations, or we will not be responsible for the unwanted consequences,” Erdogan said, as cited by Turkish media. He added that Turkish forces will battle “until not a single terrorist remains along our borders, let alone 30,000 of them.”
Turkish troops are already deployed in Syria, as Ankara provides security across the fourth Syrian de-escalation zone in Idlib province. Despite the fact that military goals in the area have already been achieved, Erdogan vowed to launch an operation against the Kurdish-held Syrian region of Afrin in northwestern Syria. On Monday, the Turkish president reiterated the threat, saying that the operation could be imminent.