State Moved Teen to Adult Prison From Juvi Where He Was Raped and Infected With HIV-Lawsuit


Baton Rouge, LA — (RT) A Louisiana sheriff and two jail staff have been hit with a federal lawsuit after a teen inmate was moved away from the juvenile unit and subsequently raped by an adult cellmate who infected him with HIV.

The lawsuit, filed Monday, accuses East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux, prison warden Dennis Grimes, and a corrections officer by the name of Deputy Daniels of violating the teen’s constitutional rights.

The suit states that the teen met the criteria of being a “high risk sexual victim” under the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act and should have remained segregated from the jail’s general population. He was 5’10” and 125 pounds at the time of the incident and “mildly physical handicapped due to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome suffered as a child.”

Instead, the suit says the 17-year-old was transferred away from the jail’s juvenile wing and into the cell of a man who is awaiting trial on charges that he raped a woman in 2015. He is also charged with battery and burglary, local CBS affiliate WAFB reported.

On February 16, 2017, the teen was reportedly awakened by the rape and was threatened to not speak about the incident. He managed to alert jail staff by giving a deputy a note. As a result, he was separated from the cellmate and taken to the facility’s infirmary.

The young inmate suffered a fractured bone during the incident and was treated at a local hospital. He was given anti-HIV medication, and the hospital told him to follow up in six months to test if he was infected. According to the suit, the sheriff’s office did not follow up on the teen’s six-month check-up. He was ultimately diagnosed as being HIV-positive in December.

The suit states that the prison warden and corrections officer should have never placed a “high risk sexual victim” in a cell with an inmate who had been considered a high-risk sexual predator by the warden’s staff. It also says the warden should have known about the inmate’s HIV status and isolated him from the rest of the prison’s population.

The suit is seeking compensatory damages against each of the three defendants, along with attorney’s fees and punitive damages against the victim’s cellmate and the corrections officer.

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YouTube Just Moved to Crush the Little People, Will Only Monetize Large Accounts


YouTube alienated a large portion of its audience this week by demonetizing all of their smaller content creators. In an email sent out to millions of independent artists, musicians, and journalists, YouTube informed them that they were no longer eligible for advertising revenue on the site because their channels were simply not big enough.

The site now requires a minimum of 1000 subscribers and 4000 hours of viewed content, automatically disqualifying a large chunk of their creators from monetization.

Below is an email that the company sent out to up and coming Youtubers:

A statement from YouTube read:

“These higher standards will also help us prevent potentially inappropriate videos from monetizing which can hurt revenue for everyone. Though these changes will affect a significant number of channels, 99% of those affected were making less than $100 per year in the last year, with 90% earning less than $2.50 in the last month. Any of the channels who no longer meet this threshold will be paid what they’ve already earned based on our AdSense policies. After thoughtful consideration, we believe these are necessary compromises to protect our community.”

The company also said that the change in policy was intended to “prevent bad actors from harming the inspiring and original creators around the world who make their living on YouTube.”

However, having a small channel does not make someone a “bad actor,” in fact, some of the worst and most inappropriate content has come from the whales of YouTube, not the little fish. It is also important to mention that with this new policy, if a smaller channel has a video go viral overnight, and suddenly reaches the threshold, they may not be able to monetize this potentially once in a lifetime opportunity. This certainly ends up helping YouTube and hurting independent media.

But this should be expected.

As The Free Thought Project reported last year, a group of whistleblowers from YouTube claimed that the company has allowed at least 100,000 predatory accounts to leave inappropriate comments on videos with no repercussions as “YouTube’s system for reporting sexualized comments left on children’s videos has not been functioning correctly for more than a year.”

The moderators, who are referred to as YouTube’s “Trusted Flaggers,” are charged with flagging inappropriate content and reporting the users who are violating the platform’s policies. However, they claim that in many cases, the accounts they report face no consequences. These accounts have millions of subscribers and these videos have hundreds of millions of views, and many of them would be unaffected by this change.

Many smaller YouTubers are placing the blame on the likes of Logan Paul or PewDiePie who have made headlines with insensitive and racist material. Although, whales like PewDiePie have no problems with the new rules, as it wipes out some of their competition.

This is a devastating situation for may content creators, but luckily there is a solution on the blockchain. Many of the YouTubers who have become disenfranchised with the site are moving their content to DTube, which is a decentralized video hosting platform where users are paid in cryptocurrency for “likes” and comments.

As the big dogs shoot themselves in the foot, a revolution in social media is happening on platforms like DTube and Steemit. The dinosaur social media platforms are losing their relevance as we expose their censorship and subservience to special interests like the advertisers who have access to all your personal data. If you truly want to be a part of the next step, we invite you to join Steemit today. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

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We Just Moved One Step Closer To Finally Detecting Dark Matter

The team’s thinking was to focus on ultralight dark matter fields that might cause variations in fundamental constants of nature, e.g., the masses of quarks, electrons, and electric charges. Such shifts in natural constants could alter atomic energy levels, which the team set out to measure by monitoring atomic frequencies. GPS satellites rely on precise timing signals provided by atomic clocks, so they were a natural fit for the investigation.

“It’s like a wall moving through a network of clocks causing a wave of atomic clock glitches propagating through the GPS system at galactic speeds,” Derevianko told Nevada Today. “The idea is that when the clump overlaps with us, it pulls on the particle masses and forces acting between the particles. Mind you this pull is really weak, otherwise we would have noticed it. However, ultra-sensitive devices like atomic clocks could be sensitive to such pulls.”

Domain wall crossing. As a domain wall sweeps through the Global Positioning System constellation at galactic velocities, v g ~ 300 km s−1, it perturbs the atomic clocks on board the satellites causing a correlated propagation of glitches through the network. The red satellites have interacted with the domain wall, and exhibit a timing bias compared with the grey satellites. Image generated using Mathematica software48 Image Credit: Nature Communications

Dark matter halos are a hypothetical part of galaxies that surround the disc and extend far beyond the edge of the visible galaxy. If the Milky Way has a dark matter halo, the Earth moves through it at a speed of 300 kilometers per second (186 miles per second), or one-one thousandth the speed of light. In their attempt at detecting dark matter, the team of scientists sought clock glitches that could emerge as the Earth and its satellites moved through the Milky Way’s halo.

They looked through 16 years worth of data from 32 satellites in the 50,000-kilometer (31,000-mile) wide GPS network as well as ground-based GPS equipment that had been updated every 30 seconds. Worldwide resources, including those of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, were put to work processing this data, and Derevianko shared the results of the team’s research with Nevada Today: “Mining these archival data, we found no evidence for domain walls of ultralight dark matter at our current sensitivity level.”

Narrowing the Field

If we understood the shape, size, and behavior of dark matter, we could unlock the secrets to how galaxies form and even learn how the universe evolved, so the UNR team’s conclusions may seem disappointing on the surface.

However, research into detecting dark matter isn’t just about reaching individual conclusions — it’s about helping shape the research that comes next, and as Derevianko noted, the UNR team’s study eliminates a number of possibilities for this type of dark matter model.

Additionally, the researchers might have been on the right track, but just using equipment that wasn’t sensitive enough for detecting dark matter.

“While there is no definitive evidence after looking at 16 years of data, it could be that the interaction is weaker or that the defects cross paths with the Earth less often,” Benjamin Roberts, lead author of team’s paper, which was published in Nature Communications, told Nevada Today. “Some markers indicate it could possibly be a smaller defect.”

Any new research into dark matter is valuable, even when all it tells us is where notto look, a point not lost of Derevianko: “We are another step closer to discovering how to detect dark matter, and ultimately to define more accurately what it is, what kind of particle it is.”

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Top South Korean official: U.S. government moved from 'strategic patience' to 'strategic confusion'

ABC News’ Martha Raddatz reports on the North Korean nuclear threat from Seoul, South Korea.

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#1917LIVE: Detained Russian tsar & his family moved to Siberia

Nicholas Romanov, his wife Alexandra and five children were placed under guard in the Alexander palace in Tsarskoye Selo on March 22, 1917 after the February Revolution deposed the centuries-old Russian monarchy.

They were only allowed to spend time outside on a small plot of land, forbidden to move further out into the spacious former Imperial gardens by soldiers on constant duty.

Once enjoying the sacred status of the Autocrat of All the Russias, now the former monarch was kept prisoner with his family under the guard of soldiers who had once pledged allegiance to the tsar.

Nicholas was permitted small pleasures: he enjoyed chopping wood during his time outside.

Inside, the guards moved freely about the palace, often acting in a disrespectful manner, sitting and smoking on sick Alexandra’s bedside, using obscene language in front of the girls.

The officers and soldiers who were by the imperial family during reign were mostly all gone at war: the Russian Empire lost nearly 2 million troops during World War I.

Chairman of the Russian Provisional Government Alexander Kerensky and Foreign Minister Pavel Milyukov made several attempts to seek asylum for the Imperial Family in reigning houses of Europe to which both Nicholas and Alexandra (Queen Victoria’s granddaughter) were related: but everyone refused, including the British Empire – the family’s greatest hope for survival.

The destination of Siberia was chosen for safety rather than severity of conditions. At first Kerensky promised the family ‘Livadia’, their Crimea palace, but the roads south were too dangerous so eventually he settled on Tobolsk – a Siberian town so remote, that the revolutionary fervor had not yet reached it.

And so a week-long journey in a train disguised as the Japanese Red Cross mission had begun.

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Why A Former Facebook Executive Quit The Tech Industry, Moved To The Woods and Bought Guns and Ammo

When I think of workers at social media behemoths Google and Facebook, I get a mental image of people who are far Left on the political spectrum, very politically correct, and more interested in being social justice warriors than just about anything else.

I don’t get a mental image of someone who is into prepping, has a realistic point of view about culture and society, and is getting ready for some sort of major collapse in the future. And yet, that’s what one former Facebook employee is doing.

As reported by the UK’s Daily Mail, Antonio Garcia Martinez, a former product manager for Facebook, says the rise of robots and artificial intelligence has motivated him to seek refuge in a remote, wooded hideaway because he believes the development of both portends the end of the civil society.

“You may not believe it but it’s coming, and it’s coming in the form of a self-driving truck that’s going to run you over,” he said during an upcoming two-part documentary by theBBC called “Secrets of Silicon Valley.”

So he now lives life using a bucket toilet, protected by a semi-automatic rifle and lots of ammunition.

As for Martinez, while many see AI and robotic development as a potential boon for Humankind, he thinks the worst: They are being developed as replacements for human labor, not as compliments, and that will lead to major unrest in the near future.

“Within 30 years, half of humanity won’t have a job,” he said. “It could get ugly — there could be a revolution.”

He’s not the only one to predict or believe that. Others have made similar dire predictions, and for the same reasons: Tech is advancing so rapidly that it’s hard to see which jobs aren’t going to be replaced by a machine in the very near future.

As the Daily Mail reports further:

Martinez claims this will lead to revolt, mass chaos, and armed conflict, also adding that bullets will become the currency of America.

“You don’t realize it but we’re in a race between technology and politics, and technologists are winning. They’re way ahead,” he says.

“They will destroy jobs and disrupt economies before we even react to them and we really should be thinking about that,” he added.

A 2011 book by Gallup polling firm chairman and CEO Jim Clifton called “The Coming Jobs War” makes a similar case.

“Leaders of countries and cities, Clifton says, should focus on creating good jobs because as jobs go, so does the fate of nations. Jobs bring prosperity, peace, and human development — but long-term unemployment ruins lives, cities, and countries,” says a summary of the book (which this reporter has read, by the way). “A global jobs war is coming, and there’s no time to waste. Cities are crumbling for lack of good jobs. Nations are in revolt because their people can’t get good jobs. The cities and countries that act first — that focus everything they have on creating good jobs — are the ones that will win.”

Given that companies are always looking for ways to trim one of their biggest costs (and headaches) — labor — Martinez’s prediction rings true. Before working for Twitter and Facebook, Martinez was a strategist for financial firm Goldman Sachs.

“I’ve seen what the world will look like in five to 10 years,” he said.

The BBC documentary also features interviews with AI pioneer Jeremy Howard, who said that “people aren’t scared enough” about what’s coming down the pipeline.

“They’re saying ‘Don’t worry about it, there will always be more jobs,’” he said, noting that such statements are based on the fact that even after the Industrial Revolution, which automated factory processes and reduced the need for so many human laborers, “there were still enough jobs.”

But the new AI and robotic revolution will be much different. “It’s a ludicrously short-sighted, meaningless argument which incredibly smart people are making,” said Howard, who is also predicting “massive social unrest.”

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FOIA request on Susan Rice’s unmaskings rejected because “records were moved to Obama library”

Back in April, Judicial Watch filed a FOIA request for documents related to the unmasking of “the identities of any U.S. citizens associated with the Trump presidential campaign or transition team” by Obama’s National Security Advisor Susan Rice.  Unfortunately, and quite conveniently for members of the Obama administration, Judicial Watch has been informed by the National Security Council that records related to their request can not be shared because they ” have been transferred to the Barack Obama Presidential Library” and will “remain closed to the public for five years.” 

Here is the full letter received from the National Security Council:

“Documents from the Obama administration have been transferred to the Barack Obama Presidential Library.  You may send your request to the Obama Library.  However, you should be aware that under the Presidential Records Act, Presidential records remain closed to the public for five years after an administration has left office.”

Here was Judicial Watch’s full request:

1.) Any and all requests for information, analyses, summaries, assessments, transcripts, or similar records submitted to any Intelligence Community member agency or any official, employee, or representative thereof by former National Security Advisor Susan Rice regarding, concerning, or related to the following:

  • Any actual or suspected effort by the Russian government or any individual acting on behalf of the Russian government to influence or otherwise interfere with the 2016 presidential election.
  • The alleged hacking of computer systems utilized by the Democratic National Committee and/or the Clinton presidential campaign.
  • Any actual or suspected communication between any member of the Trump presidential campaign or transition team and any official or employee of the Russian government or any individual acting on behalf of the Russian government.
  • The identities of U.S. citizens associated with the Trump presidential campaign or transition team who were identified pursuant to intelligence collection activities.

2.) Any and all records or responses received by former National Security Advisor Susan Rice and/or any member, employee, staff member, or representative of the National Security Council in response to any request described in part 1 of this request.

3.) Any and all records of communication between any official, employee, or representative of the Department of any Intelligence Community member agency and former National Security Advisor Susan Rice and/or any member, employee, staff member, or representative of the National Security Council regarding, concerning, or related to any request described in Part 1 of this request.

Via Zero Hedge

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How one American family has moved away from fossil fuels

“Being the Change” is proof that weaning oneself off fossil fuels is not only possible, but also joyful and fun for a young suburban family.

“Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution” is a book I desperately needed to read. For the past couple years, my despair for the future of our planet has been growing. The more I read about the state of the planet, the more depressed I become. Though I try to live as consciously as possible, my attempts at composting, preserving food, and riding my bicycle seem laughable in the face of problems like tar sands, fracking, and ocean plastic pollution.

This book, however, has shown me that it is worthwhile to keep fighting, and that the littlest actions can be powerful. Written by Peter Kalmus, an atmospheric scientist from Altadena, California, “Being the Change” is the story of his family’s transition to life on one-tenth of the fossil fuels used by the average American family. The story is remarkable. He writes:

“My path is straightforward: if fossil fuels cause global warming, and I don’t want global warming, then I should reduce my fossil fuel use.”

And so he does. He and his wife Sharon and their two young sons reduce their CO2 emissions to a fraction of what they were by riding bikes, growing and swapping food with neighbors, raising backyard chickens, dumpster-diving weekly, conserving electricity, buying few things, becoming vegetarian, renouncing air travel, even composting human waste, and, when they need to, driving an ancient Mercedes-Benz that has been switched over to run on waste vegetable oil.

Adding credibility to the book is Kalmus’ own scientific background. With a Ph.D. in physics from Columbia University and current employed by Caltech/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, he is well qualified to explain concepts like the greenhouse effect and greenhouse gases, Earth feedback systems, and the carbon cycle. He explains the impacts of global warming thus far, including increased heat waves, ocean acidification, destructive weather, drought and fires, biodiversity loss, rising sea levels, and human migration, and the conditions we can expect to see in coming years.

Not only a scientist, Kalmus is also a philosopher. He takes his meditation practice very seriously, sitting for two hours daily, and believes that everyone should meditate. It helps one to cope with the grief brought on by understanding the severity of climate change, he says, but is also effective at improving relationships and building community, which is crucial to fighting climate change at a grassroots level.

Kalmus is not afraid to delve into some very sticky topics. Two stood out for me: the need for global population control and our addiction to air travel. These are things that nobody wants to talk about because they are so sensitive and uncomfortable. Even Naomi Klein tiptoed around them in “This Changes Everything,” much to my disappointment.

As you can probably tell from his lifestyle choices, Kalmus believes that returning to a more land-based, local-focused way of living is more effective than waiting for ‘magical’ technological fixes to save us all. Waxing philosophical, he writes:

“Progress has become a civil religion – a non-theistic belief system that provides the physiological benefits of religion, in this case by making technology sacred. We speak of technology saving us, and we have blind faith that it will. Some of us imagine … that our salvation lies in leaving a dead Earth to colonize other planets. Is this a technological conceptualization of heaven? There’s a striking similarity between the iconic image of a fiery rocket rising into the heavens and the ascension of Christ.”

Rather than waiting for “them” – whoever they may be – to save us with fabulous technological inventions, it is smarter to focus on what we can do, here and now, to change our little corner of the world. How can we start living today in a way that’s not at odds with the wellbeing of our Earth?

This message is particularly relevant as the United States announces its exit from the Paris Climate Accord. Kalmus reminds us that government support, while helpful, is not necessary, nor has it ever really been there:

“If we keep trying what we’ve already tried – more empty diplomatic promises – we’ll keep failing. Perhaps we should try something new.”

The tone of authenticity kept me reading eagerly till the end. It is refreshing and empowering to read about real-life solutions, rather than the guilt-ridden, doom-and-gloom tales that dominate much of the environmental movement. Kalmus is positive, by contrast, bursting with practical strategies. He writes with joy, infectious curiosity, and a hopeful enthusiasm that’s hard to resist.

It was so hard to resist, in fact, that as soon as I finished the book, I called up the local hardware store to order materials for my backyard chicken coop.

“Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution” by Peter Kalmus will be published August 2017 by New Society Publishers. Available for pre-order now.

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