Student arrested after posting Snapchat threatening 'Round 2' of Florida shooting 'tomorrow'

A South Carolina student was arrested on Thursday after posting a Snapchat threatening a repeat of Wednesday’s deadly mass shooting, which took place at a Florida high school.

Spartanburg School District Three spokesperson Sherri Horton told WHNS that officials received an anonymous tip about the threat, which was made via Snapchat, from the parent of another student at Broome High School.

The alarming photo shows an unnamed ninth-grade boy wearing a partial face mask and holding what appears to be an assault rifle with the caption “Round 2 of Florida tomorrow.”

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The parent of the child who received the concerning snap alerted police and identified the student featured in the photo to responding deputies.

After authorities went to the suspect’s house, he told them that the post was “just intended as a joke and that he didn’t have any serious intentions,” according to Lt. Kevin Bobo.

Bobo said the boy’s parents allowed deputies to search the home, where they found both the mask and the weapon, which turned out to be a pellet gun.

The suspect, whose name will not be released due to his age, was charged with disturbing schools and transported to the Department of Juvenile Justice facility in Greenville, South Carolina. 

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Study Finds Numerous Life-Threatening Injuries, Hospitalizations & Deaths After Gardasil (HPV) Vaccine



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A new study published in Clinical Rheumatology exposes how vaccine manufacturers used phony placebos in clinical trials to conceal a wide range of devastating risks associated with HPV vaccines. Instead of using genuine inert placebos and comparing health impacts over a number of years, as is required for most new drug approvals, Merck and GlaxoSmithKline spiked their placebos with a neurotoxic aluminum adjuvant and cut observation periods to a matter of months.

Researchers from Mexico’s National Institute of Cardiology pored over 28 studies published through January 2017—16 randomized trials and 12 post-marketing case series—pertaining to the three human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines currently on the market globally. In their July 2017 peer-reviewed report, the authors, Manuel Martínez-Lavin and Luis Amezcua-Guerra, uncovered evidence of numerous adverse events, including life-threatening injuries, permanent disabilities, hospitalizations and deaths, reported after vaccination with GlaxoSmithKline’s bivalent Cervarix vaccine and Merck’s quadrivalent or nine-valent HPV vaccines (Gardasil and Gardasil 9). Pharmaceutical company scientists routinely dismissed, minimized or concealed those injuries using statistical gimmicks and invalid comparisonsdesigned to diminish their relative significance.

Scientific researchers view double-blind placebo trials as the gold standard for testing new drugs. To minimize bias, investigators randomly assign patients to either a “treatment” group or a “control” (placebo) group and then compare health outcomes. The standard practice is to compare a new drug against a “pharmacologically inert” placebo. To minimize opportunities for bias, neither patients nor researchers know which individuals received the drug and which the placebo. However, in clinical trials of the various HPV vaccines, pharmaceutical researchers avoided this kind of rigor and instead employed sleight-of-hand flimflams to mask the seriousness of vaccine injuries.

Of the 16 HPV vaccine randomized trials, only two used an inert saline placebo. Ten of the sixteen compared the HPV vaccine against a neurotoxic aluminum adjuvant, and four trials used an already-approved aluminum-containing vaccine as the comparison. One does not have to be a scientist to understand that using aluminum-containing placebos is likely to muddy the comparison between the treatment and control groups. Critics of the HPV vaccine have pointed to the aluminum adjuvant as the most likely cause of adverse reactions, and some researchers have questioned the safety of using aluminum adjuvants in vaccines at all, due to their probable role as a contributor to chronic illness. The aluminum-containing placebos appeared to provoke numerous adverse reactions among the presumably unwitting patients who received them, allowing the pharma researchers to mask the cascade of similar adverse reactions among the groups that received the vaccines. Although both placebo and study groups suffered numerous adverse events in these studies, there were minimal differences between the two groups. The similar adverse outcomes in both groups allowed industry researchers and government regulators to claim that the vaccines were perfectly safe, despite manifold disturbing reactions. The Mexican researchers’ meta-review confirms the difficulty of ascertaining vaccine-attributable differences from this mess; the researchers identified only a few indications of “significantly increased systemic adverse events in the HPV vaccine group vs. the control group” across the 16 pre-licensure trials.

The HPV promoters found it more difficult to employ deceptive devices in the 12 post-marketing safety reviews, and the Mexican authors summarize some of the more noteworthy findings. In Spain, they found a ten-fold higher incidence of vaccine-related adverse events following HPV vaccination compared to “other types of vaccines.” In Canada, they found an astonishing one in ten rate of hospital emergency department visits among HPV-vaccinated individuals “within 42 days after immunization.” Still, the industry researchers did what they could to minimize these injuries. The Mexican reviewers criticize the authors of the various post-marketing studies for failing to ask essential questions, to evaluate the many serious adverse events, or to elaborate on their often-troubling findings.

Abbreviated Trial Times

Typically, FDA requires drug companies seeking approval for a new drug to observe health outcomes in both the placebo and study groups for 4-5 years. Vaccine manufacturers take advantage of FDA regulatory loopholes that allow fast-tracking of vaccines and cut that period down to a few weeks or even a few days. This means that injuries that manifest, or are diagnosed, later in life—most neurodevelopmental disorders, for example—will escape attention entirely.

Further Smokescreens

Martínez-Lavin and Amezcua-Guerra point to clinical trial data posted on the FDA webpagefor the quadrivalent Gardasil vaccine approved in 2006. Those clinical trials deployed a panoply of the kind of cunning deceptions used by industry and government researchers. Unlike many of the other HPV vaccine clinical trials, these clinical studies employed a true saline placebo.

Across the Gardasil clinical studies, a group of 15,706 females ages 9-45 and males ages 9-26 received the quadrivalent Gardasil vaccine. A control group of 594 individuals received an inert saline placebo. The industry researchers never explain the tiny relative size of the saline placebo group; it’s noteworthy that small size would have the effect of keeping unwanted signals weak. But a second control group of 13,023 received a so-called “spiked” placebo loaded with an aluminum adjuvant (amorphous aluminum hydroxyphosphate sulfate or AAHS). The large size of this “spiked placebo” group suggests that the decision to keep the saline placebo group small was strategic.

Putting aside the thorny ethical question of whether study participants were told that they were being injected with a neurotoxin with probable associations with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other forms of brain disease, the inclusion of both saline and aluminum placebos provided these researchers a chance to do some genuine science. But the FDA webpage shows the troubling gimmick that was then employed by the FDA and Merck, which seems deliberately designed to blur datasets in order to mask adverse effects during the clinical trials. The table showing relatively minor injection-site adverse reactions—one to five days post-vaccination—displays three distinct columns for the three groups: Gardasil recipients, the aluminum “placebo” recipients, and saline placebo recipients (see table below). In the table, “Intergroup differences are obvious,” in the words of the Mexican researchers. For example, roughly three and a half times more girls/women experienced injection site swelling in the Gardasil group compared to the saline group (25.4% vs. 7.3%). In fact, by all five measures, both the Gardasil recipients and the aluminum placebo recipients fared two to three times worse than the saline recipients.

When it came time for Merck to report on the occurrence of more serious reactions, “Systemic Adverse Reactions” and “Systemic Autoimmune Disorders,” for example, the company scientists switched to a very different format. In these tables, the third column that reported results for the saline placebo recipients disappears. Instead, Merck combined the groups receiving the spiked aluminum placebo into a single column with the group receiving the genuine saline placebo (see example below). The merger of the two control groups makes it impossible to compare results for Gardasil versus the saline placebo or the aluminum placebo versus the saline placebo. In this way, Merck’s researchers obliterated any hope of creating a meaningful safety comparison.

Risks and Benefits

Given aluminum’s known neurotoxicity and its association with debilitating autoimmune conditions, it is unsurprising that there are no observable differences between the Gardasil and AAHS/saline groups. But, despite the researchers’ efforts to paper over adverse effects, they were not able to conceal the devastating health injuries to their human guinea pigs. The bottom line of these trials reveals a shocking truth: An alarming 2.3% of both their study and control groups had indicators of autoimmune diseases! These data are even more alarming when one considers that the observation period was curtailed after only six months. With this level of risk, it would seem that no loving parents would allow their daughter to receive this vaccine—particularly given the comparatively low risk posed by HPV in countries with appropriate cervical cancer screening tests. Even in countries such as India, where cervical cancer mortality is high due to late detection, leading Indian physicians argue that comprehensive screening should be the country’s top priority rather than the “panacea” of HPV vaccination.

Consider the math: According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), an estimated 2.4 women per 100,000 die of cervical cancer in the US each year. On the other hand, the FDA’s Table 2 (above) shows that 2.3 per 100 girls and women developed an “incident condition potentially indicative of a systemic autoimmune disorder” after enrolling in the Gardasil clinical trial. It is difficult to understand how any rational regulator could allow more than two in 100 girls to run the risk of acquiring a lifelong autoimmune disorder, particularly when Pap smears are already doing an effective job of identifying cervical abnormalities. The NIH notes that the incidence and death rates for cervical cancer in the US declined by more than 60% after introducing Pap smear screening.

Martínez-Lavin and Amezcua-Guerra make their own effort to illustrate the zany risk-benefit ratios associated with these vaccines when discussing the results of one of the 16 clinical trials. That study compared approximately 14,000 women who received either Gardasil 9 or the original quadrivalent Gardasil. Based on the numerical outcomes of that study, the Mexican researchers calculated the likelihood of being actually “helped or harmed by the 9-valent HPV vaccine.” Their “worrisome” finding is that the “number needed to harm” is just 140, whereas 1757 women would need to receive the vaccine for a single one of them to enjoy its projected benefits.

Implications for Aluminum Adjuvants

Merck found that astronomical casualty counts were equal among both Gardasil and aluminum “placebo” recipients. The inescapable implication is that aluminum adjuvants may be a principal culprit in the flood of injuries reported for the various HPV vaccines. This conclusion, if true, requires reevaluation of the use of aluminum adjuvants in several other vaccines, including some given to infants. Aluminum adjuvant levels have mushroomed since the 2003 removal of thimerosal from three pediatric vaccines. The following chart, prepared by Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, illustrates the stunning amount of aluminum in vaccines.

Multiple peer-reviewed studies have connected aluminum exposures to a range of autoimmune and neurological disorders, including dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, that have become epidemic coterminous with these aluminum exposures. A review in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition warns of dangerous accumulation of aluminum in the brain when, as in the case of vaccination, “protective gastrointestinal mechanisms are bypassed.” It’s time to go back to the drawing board on HPV vaccines and aluminum adjuvants. More importantly, FDA needs to start requiring the same rigorous pre-licensing safety testing for vaccines that it has long required for other drugs. All existing vaccines, particularly those containing aluminum, should be safety-reviewed according to these more stringent standards.

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Plastic pollution is threatening fish populations and the fishing industry in Central America


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Plastic pollution is posing a threat to fish populations and fishing industry in Central America as a fisherman discovered plastics and other discarded materials, such as bottle caps, bits of plastic, a mangle comb, and a cigarette lighter, in the stomach of a mahi-mahi or also known as dolphinfish.

The fisherman, who was on a trip in Costa Rica, took a video of himself cutting open the stomach of a mahi-mahi, which he thought was sick. The video was taken in early Dec. 2017, and raised concern from wildlife groups and environmentalists in Costa Rica. The video serves as evidence of the increasing pollution levels that may be a threat to fishing industries. (Related: The plastic pollution problem is wide AND deep: Study finds sea animals from the deepest parts of the ocean, 7 miles down, have plastic in their stomachs)

“This confirms that different marine animals confuse plastic with food. The plastic does not melt and can block their intestinal tract, and then they cannot feed — preventing them from consuming food, and starving [them to death],” Erick Ross, a marine scientist, told Newsflare, as cited by Lifezette.

Fish confuse plastics with food

In a study, published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, it was revealed that marine organisms confuse plastic with food. The study was carried out by a team of researchers from the University of California, Davis and the Aquarium of the Bay. In conducting the study, the research team presented schools of wild-caught anchovies with plastic debris acquired from the oceans, and with clean pieces of plastic that had never been in the ocean. The researchers compared their responses to the food and food odor presentations. Marine organisms may have thought that plastic debris in the oceans are food because these tiny plastics acquire a covering of biological material, such as algae, that imitates the smell of food.

The finding of the study revealed that the anchovies responded to the odors of the ocean debris similar to the way they reacted to the smell of the food they seek, with increased aggregation and reduced rheotaxis. This suggests that the chemical signature of plastic debris was enticing to fish. In addition, this shows that fish are eating the tiny pieces intentionally because they think of them as food, which makes it an additional threat of plastic in the ocean.

“When plastic floats at sea its surface gets colonised by algae within days or weeks, a process known as biofouling. Previous research has shown that this algae produces and emits DMS, an algal based compound that certain marine animals use to find food,” Matthew Savoca, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and lead author of the study, told The Guardian.

He further explained that the study indicates plastic may be “more deceptive to fish” than previously thought. This is because plastic both appears and smells like food, which makes it more difficult for animals, such as fish, to identify it as a non-edible item.

Plastic debris, whether microscopic or large visible pieces, continue to pollute the oceans. However, efforts by other countries only had little effect so far. Microbeads, which were widely used in cosmetics and other products, were banned in the U.S., the U.K., and other countries because they have been found to harm marine life and bring toxic chemicals into the food chain.

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Chicago Cop Faces Discipline For Insensitive and Threatening Posts on Facebook


Chicago’s police oversight agency has cited a veteran officer for more than 60 rule violations, blasting him for repeatedly posting insensitive racial and religious comments on Facebook and promoting violence against police protesters, Muslims and others.

In addition to the Facebook posts, Officer Brian J. Hansen allegedly parked his Chevrolet Equinox outside the Central District police station at 1718 S. State St. with a bumper sticker on the back windshield showing a truck running over fleeing protesters beside the words: “All lives splatter. Nobody cares about your protest.”

In a 95-page report obtained by the Chicago Tribune through an open-records request, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability used unusually strong language to condemn Hansen’s actions, leaving little doubt that it favored his firing even though it publicly declined to give its position.

In its conclusion to its findings, COPA made clear that it had no faith in Hansen carrying out “fair and impartial” law enforcement to everyone in Chicago, regardless of their ethnic and sociological backgrounds.

“There can be no doubt, based on PO Hansen’s Facebook activity and vehicle decals, that PO Hansen cannot live out this mission,” the investigators wrote.

Neither Hansen nor the lawyer representing him in the COPA proceedings returned telephone calls. But COPA said in interviews with investigators, Hansen tried to laugh off his postings as an indication of his sense of humor and insisted his off-duty comments were protected by the First Amendment.

In a footnote in its report, however, COPA said courts have routinely held that officers can be fired for bigoted speech without violating the First Amendment.

Hansen, a 25-year department veteran, has been stripped of his police powers and assigned to paid desk duty since August, according to the COPA report. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson has up to three months to decide if he will recommend Hansen’s firing to the Chicago Police Board, which would then decide his fate.

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‘I’d receive 200 messages threatening rape every day’: Online abuse of women laid bare in new report

An Amnesty poll asked 504 women aged 18 to 55 in the UK about their experiences of online abuse to “investigate this emerging violation of … human rights.” It found that one in five women said they had experienced abuse or harassment through social media.

Young women aged between 18 and 24 are particularly affected, Amnesty says, with more than one in three (37 percent) saying that they had experienced online abuse. One-third (36 percent) felt their physical safety had been threatened, while more than half (55 percent) suffered stress, anxiety or panic attacks as a result of the abuse.

Barbara Ntumy, race campaigner and executive of pro-choice charity Abortion Rights, says she has received numerous messages harassing her online. She added that she has also been abused on live TV for saying Britain should open its borders to refugees. Former British National Party (BNP) member Jack Buckby told her: “Take in a Syrian refugee. I hope you don’t get raped.”

“[The interaction with Jack Bucky on Channel 4 in February] proceeded with several tweets for several weeks implying I was too ugly as a black woman to be raped,” Ntumy told RT. She added that as a Jeremy Corbyn supporter, “that too has come with lots of online abuses along racist and sexist lines.”

Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, said when she started the project – before it had become particularly high profile – she was receiving around 200 abusive messages a day. She said those messages would include detailed, graphic and explicit descriptions of rape and domestic violence. She added that in some cases, they would post as her online and post very explicit, sexual stories.

“I found it difficult not to be scared about my safety initially. When people started talking about how they would track me down using the IP address of Everyday Sexism Project, my partner and I actually moved out of our flat for a short time. I also received a number of [threatening] messages about snipers and found it difficult to walk around the city with tall buildings without looking over my shoulder,” Bates told Amnesty.

She added that young women and teenage girls are experiencing online harassment as a normal part of their existence online. “Girls who dare to express opinions about politics or current events often experience a very swift, misogynistic backlash. This might be rape threats or comments telling them to get back in the kitchen. It’s an invisible issue right now, but it might be having a major impact on the future political participation of those girls and young women.”

Seyi Akiwowo, a London councillor and founder of Glitch UK, which aims to end online violence against women, has also spoken out about abuse she has received. After a video of her speaking on the refugee crisis at the European Parliament went viral earlier this year, she was “caught up in a storm of abusive comments and mob-style harassment.”

She told Amnesty researchers: “I was called several variations of the N word, N*gger, Negros, N*ggeress. They told me to ‘f*ck off back to Africa and die there you useless parasite’ and … ‘Lol kill yourself.’ They also asked me: ‘Which STD will end your miserable life? And ‘what a giant gas chamber! When will it be commissioned?’

“They hoped for: ‘the nest Ebola outbreak,’ that I ‘get lynched you stupid nog,’ and that ‘if all whites agreed that the best course of action would be to exterminate blacks, we could do it in a week.’ Throughout this experience I learned a new word – ‘misogynoir.’ It is racialized misogyny that many black women face. This word perfectly captured by horrible experience.”

Amnesty has said that online abuse against women is not just an experience of gender. Women of color, religious or ethnic-minority women, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex women, women with disabilities or non-binary individuals who do not conform to traditional gender norms of male and female will also experience online abuse.

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Philadelphia Cop Held Until Trial After Threatening Kids of Rogue Baltimore Detective


A Baltimore detective and Philadelphia patrol officer allegedly teamed up to sell heroin and cocaine seized from the streets, but their partnership turned hostile after one was arrested, prosecutors say.

Prosecutors urged a federal judge Friday to detain Philadelphia Officer Eric Troy Snell until trial after they said he threatened the children of Baltimore Detective Jemell Rayam.

Snell was recorded on the phone saying he would “keep an eye” on Rayam’s children after the Baltimore detective was arrested, prosecutors said.

“This was an explicit reference,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Derek Hines said, “that he would hurt his children, and that causes us grave concerns.”

Snell’s defense attorney argued that the phrase was “susceptible to multiple interpretations.” Still, he couldn’t persuade U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Coulson to release Snell to his mother’s home in Philadelphia.

Coulson ordered Snell held until his trial in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.

“One interpretation, as argued by the government, is extremely concerning,” Coulson said.

Hines also said Snell was a threat because federal agents who raided his home found several guns, including an assault rifle with the serial number removed. They also found drug packaging such as plastic bags with some powder, and chemical testing continues on the powder.

Defense attorney David Solomon said he hadn’t seen the evidence yet but suspected there are innocent explanations. He characterized as “far-flung” the accusations that Snell had conspired to sell heroin and cocaine Rayam seized from Baltimore’s streets.

The case was all based on Rayam, whose word couldn’t be trusted, Solomon said.

Snell was the latest police officer charged in a far-reaching drug case brought against eight members of an elite Baltimore police unit. The officers are accused of robbing people of drugs and cash, then selling some of the drugs. Two officers, including Rayam, admitted to helping convict drug dealers who sold heroin throughout the Baltimore suburbs.

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Cop Belligerently Threatening Man During Traffic Stop Shows Why People Don’t Trust Police

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Ed Edge got an unexpected apology from the Pennsylvania State Highway Patrol after video of one of their officers conducting a traffic stop harassing and threatening Edge went viral. The video, which Edge recorded using car-mounted dash cameras, depicted Patrolman Watkins giving Edge a tongue-lashing, for being rather respectful for all intents and purposes.

Edge uploaded the video to his Facebook page on October 5th, just four days after the October 1st Vegas shooting, which probably limited the number of views of his recording. Nevertheless, the video did go viral, racking up over 2 million views.

The vegan restaurant owner was pulled over by Prl. Watkins and told he was following too closely to the car in front of him. He was asked to produce his license, registration, and insurance, a request which appeared to confuse the Pittsburgh resident. He told Watkins “that might be a hard one,” as he explained he rented the car from an “online company.”

Watkins, seemingly confused by Edge’s accent, asked for clarification. “You’re supposed to have that on you,” the trooper said before asking where Edge was headed. After Edge explained he lives in Philadelphia, that’s when it happened. The officer began an attitude with the motorist, who was apparently complying with all of the trooper’s lawful requests.

“Do you have any type of attitude. What’s going on,” the trooper asked. Edge explained he’d been on a helicopter for 36 hours and shook his head no when asked if he had a problem with the officer.

“So, is that my fault,” the trooper asked as if the motorist was displaying some form of disrespect. Again the officer escalated the encounter. “So, why are you giving me an attitude,” he asked again. “Listen to me. You’re being recorded from back in my car, there’s a mic right here. I have full discretion as to what goes on out here, okay,” he said apparently flexing his legal muscles.

Watkins tone then took on a more threatening manner. “Do you think giving me an attitude, looking at me, eyeballing me is gonna go good for ya, when I have discretion out here on what happens,” he asked. “Probably not! Okay, so a little politeness with me,” the trooper said promising, “goes a long way.”

Edge told his Facebook friends:

Everything I did was slow and deliberate. I didn’t want to talk over him so I paused before I spoke. He was threatening and intimidating me and I had to work to keep my composure calm. I was looking him in the face because if I hadn’t, that would have been “disrespectful” or “suspicious”. I’m not sure how else I could have been less of a threat to him

Any reasonable observer would be lying if they said Edge was in any way giving the trooper an attitude or being disrespectful or uncooperative in any way. On the contrary, the Pennsylvania State Trooper seemed to be escalating the traffic stop to the point where he could possibly have attempted to justify some use of force against the motorist.

That fact did not escape the attention of the PA State Highway Patrol, who reportedly called the successful businessman and apologized for their trooper’s lack of decorum one would expect from a highway patrolman. Edge described the apology which also explained the disciplinary action taken against the officer:

PA State Police called (after the video got 2+ million views) and admitted fault and apologized. They said they corrected the issue by telling the trooper “that’s not how you treat people”. Guess that makes it all better -__-

Edge’s highway incident serves to illustrate the importance of recording all traffic stops by police. As with his set-up, it helps when the officers are unaware they are being recorded as they often ask motorists to stop filming. But they’re representatives of the state and are paid for by tax dollars. They’re supposed to answer to and serve at the will of the people. When they’re as guilty as sin, as Watkins was, they need to be exposed. There’s no need to be victimized by law enforcement. After all, photography is not a crime.

 

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Minneapolis Police Officer Charged With Threatening Sister-In-Law and Wife


The veteran Minneapolis police officer charged Friday with threatening to shoot his sister-in-law and accused of putting a gun to his wife’s head in another incident said Friday afternoon that he has no memory of the incidents.

“I don’t recall any of that,” a man who identified himself as officer James J. Lopez said in a phone interview. “I don’t have a memory of that.”

Asked why he did not recall the alleged incidents, Lopez answered, “Probably because of alcohol, maybe.”

Lopez, 55, of St. Paul, was charged in Ramsey County District Court with one count of threats of violence during an Oct. 16 incident at the couple’s home.

“[Lopez’s wife] said that on the night of October 16, the defendant was drinking heavily and started calling her the devil,” the complaint says. “… He was acting out of control and crazy. He yelled at her to get out of the house … She reported that about a year ago he put a gun to her head. She did not report the incident because he threatened to kill her if she ever called the police.”

Lopez said Friday that he is a patrol officer and has been with Minneapolis police force for nearly 25 years. He also said he did not know that the felony count had been filed against him.

“Nope, nope, nope,” Lopez said when asked about his knowledge of the charge. He eventually hung up and sent a text message saying the reporter had the wrong number, though the number was listed for Lopez in two different court filings.

Lopez was charged via arrest warrant, and is not in custody. No attorney was listed for his case.

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Over-prescription of antidepressants polluting oceans and threatening sea life

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Our actions can affect the environment in many ways, and some are more obvious than others. Throwing garbage into the ocean, cutting down trees, and pumping toxic chemicals into the air out of factory smokestacks are clearly harmful to our planet, but other actions are destroying the earth much more quietly. For example, did you know that the mere act of flushing your toilet could be wreaking havoc on marine life if you take medications?

In the latest study to demonstrate this disturbing connection, Portland State University researchers have found that Oregon shore crabs behave in very risky ways after being exposed to the antidepressant Prozac. This and other medications end up in the water after being flushed from toilets in homes and medical facilities and passing through the sewage system.

To gain insight into the effects of the drug on sea life, the researchers exposed the crabs to trace amounts of fluoxetine, which is the active ingredient found in Prozac. They kept them in tanks over a period of nine weeks, feeding them regularly and providing them with pebbles and sand for burrowing. They then conducted trials, with predators and without them, at day and night in order to study their behavior.

Under normal circumstances, Oregon shore crabs tend to forage at night, eating a diet that consist mostly of algae, carrion, and any other meat they happen to find. They spend most of their time near or underneath rocks found in fine sediment substrate and gravel. They burrow quickly into the sediment or hide under rocks and camouflage themselves while remaining very still to escape predators.

The researchers found that following exposure to fluoxetine, the crabs increased their foraging behavior. The amount of concern that they normally show for predators dropped dramatically, and they even started foraging during the daytime, which is a time they typically hide.

On top of that, they started fighting more with their fellow crabs from the same species, sometimes resulting in them killing or being killed by their foe. Their findings were published in the Ecology and Evolution journal.

Medications in water an ongoing problem for sea life

The seawater near places inhabited by humans has long shown trace amounts of heavy metals from pesticides as well as caffeine and prescription drugs. Such contaminants affect the behavior of the animals living in the water in unpredictable ways, often changing their migration patterns and habitat preferences or spurring negative interactions.

Another recent study discovered high concentrations of antidepressants in Niagara River fish, including four types of bass, two types of perch, and several other species.

A 2010 study found that shrimp who were exposed to fluoxetine were a staggering five times more likely to swim toward light than away from it, which makes them more likely to be eaten by birds or fish. Over time, this could have a big impact on the shrimp population, which would throw off the entire ecosystem’s natural balance. The levels they were exposed to in the study mimicked those seen in actual waste water flowing in estuaries and rivers.

This issue is only likely to get worse as the number of Americans who take antidepressants continues to climb and wastewater facilities struggle to stay on top of it. Most are chiefly concerned with killing bacteria rather than removing antidepressants.

If you think this problem doesn’t really affect you, here’s some food for thought: Not only are these antidepressants getting into the bodies of marine life, but they could be making their way to your plate as well if you eat these fish, crabs and shrimp.

Sources include:

ScienceDaily.com

DailyMail.co.uk

NaturalNews.com

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Tennessee Titans Player Has One Word For Fans Threatening To Boycott NFL: ‘Bye’

The NFL’s Tennessee Titans tight-end Delanie Walker has a one-word response for NFL fans who want to boycott the league, furious at the national anthem protests conducted by NFL players: “Bye.”

The Titans skipped the national anthem altogether before their game with the Seattle Seahawks last Sunday; the Titans and the Seahawks stayed in the locker room at Nissan Stadium.

According to The Tennessean, Walker stated:

First off, I’m going to say this: We’re not disrespecting the military, the men and women that serve in the Army. That’s not what it’s all about. If you look at most of the guys in here – I’ve been in the USO. I support the troops. This is not about that. It’s about equal rights, and that’s all everyone is trying to show, is that we all care about each other. And the fans that don’t want to come to the game? I mean, OK. Bye. I mean, if you feel that’s something, we’re disrespecting you, don’t come to the game. You don’t have to. No one’s telling you to come to the game. It’s your freedom of choice to do that.

Titans cornerback Logan Ryan echoed: “That’s their choice. That’s the beauty of this country, Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and everyone’s opinion is equal. So right, wrong or indifferent, that’s the beauty of this country — that everyone should have equal rights and equal opinions on what they want. If they don’t want to watch, that’s their choice. That’s perfect.”

The Titans have not announced what they will do this Sunday when they play the Houston Texans in Houston. Three of their next four games will be played on the road; the lone exception will be the nationally-televised Monday Night Football game against the Colts on October 16 at Nissan Stadium.

Titans defensive lineman Jurrell Casey and linebacker Wesley Woodyard have been raising their fists above their heads after the playing of the anthem since former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began protesting before the 2016-17 regular season.

Titans coach Mike Mularkey won’t answer questions from the media about the protests, only allowing, “I know you have to ask, and I don’t have to answer. Again, I’m sticking to my statement. I’m going to leave it at that. And I appreciate you not asking again.”

 

via:

dailywire.com

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