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CNBC Reports: Pennsylvania Chipotle reopens after walkout


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A Chipotle restaurant in State College, Pennsylvania, reopened after it was closed for several hours Wednesday. A few employees had quit, locking out a majority of the other workers who were “enthusiastic” to return, a Chipotle spokesman told Thursday.

According to website Consumerist, a sign in the window of the Pennsylvania location Wednesday claimed managers and crew membersquit in protest of “borderline sweatshop conditions.”

A sign taped to a window read, “Ask our corporate offices why their employees are forced to work in borderline sweatshop conditions,” according to the sign. (see the sign below)

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Wisconsin AG says he will appeal same-sex marriage ruling to U.S. Supreme Court

Wisconsin Attorney General says he will appeal same-sex marriage ruling to U.S. Supreme Court

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen (R-Wis.)

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen (R-Wis.)

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin’s attorney general says he will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a federal appellate ruling striking down the state’s same-sex marriage ban.

Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen’s spokeswoman, Dana Brueck, said in an email to The Associated Press that Van Hollen has always believed the case will be decided in the that court.

U.S. District Judge Barbra Crabb struck down the ban as unconstitutional in June. Hundreds of gay couples married in the week between her decision and her order staying the ruling pending appeal. Van Hollen asked the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse Crabb but the court refused on Thursday, saying the ban violates the U.S. Constitution.

Brueck says the stay remains in place until all appeals are exhausted.

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An Oklahoma teenager who confessed to raping and molesting HIV-positive orphans while volunteering on a humanitarian mission trip to Kenya, is now claiming that a demon named Luke forced him to commit the horrifying sexual acts against the helpless children.


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How A Simple New Invention Seals A Gunshot Wound In 15 Seconds

I thought that this was too cool and had to be shared.  Not only does this seem to have great potential here at home, but will be essential to help save the lives of our troops fighting for our rights.  I had to re-post this from Popular Science.


When a soldier is shot on the battlefield, the emergency treatment can seem as brutal as the injury itself. A medic must pack gauze directly into the wound cavity, sometimes as deep as 5 inches into the body, to stop bleeding from an artery. It’s an agonizing process that doesn’t always work–if bleeding hasn’t stopped after three minutes of applying direct pressure, the medic must pull out all the gauze and start over again. It’s so painful, “you take the guy’s gun away first,” says former U.S. Army Special Operations medic John Steinbaugh.

Even with this emergency treatment, many soldiers still bleed to death; hemorrhage is a leading cause of death on the battlefield. “Gauze bandages just don’t work for anything serious,” says Steinbaugh, who tended to injured soldiers during more than a dozen deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. When Steinbaugh retired in April 2012 after a head injury, he joined an Oregon-based startup called RevMedx, a small group of veterans, scientists, and engineers who were working on a better way to stop bleeding.


RevMedx recently asked the FDA to approve a pocket-size invention: a modified syringe that injects specially coated sponges into wounds. Called XStat, the device could boost survival and spare injured soldiers from additional pain by plugging wounds faster and more efficiently than gauze.

The team’s early efforts were inspired by Fix-a-Flat foam for repairing tires. “That’s what we pictured as the perfect solution: something you could spray in, it would expand, and bleeding stops,” says Steinbaugh. “But we found that blood pressure is so high, blood would wash the foam right out.”

So the team tried a new idea: sponges. They bought some ordinary sponges from a hardware store and cut them into 1-centimeter circles, a size and shape they chose on a whim but later would discover were ideal for filling wounds. Then, they injected the bits of sponge into an animal injury. “The bleeding stopped,” says Steinbaugh. “Our eyes lit up. We knew we were onto something.” After seeing early prototypes, the U.S. Army gave the team $5 million to develop a finished product.

But kitchen sponges aren’t exactly safe to inject into the body. The final material would need to be sterile, biocompatible, and fast-expanding. The team settled on a sponge made from wood pulp and coated with chitosan, a blood-clotting, antimicrobial substance that comes from shrimp shells. To ensure that no sponges would be left inside the body accidentally, they added X-shaped markers that make each sponge visible on an x-ray image.

“By the time you put a bandage over the wound, the bleeding has already stopped.”

The sponges work fast: In just 15 seconds, they expand to fill the entire wound cavity, creating enough pressure to stop heavy bleeding. And because the sponges cling to moist surfaces, they aren’t pushed back out of the body by gushing blood. “By the time you even put a bandage over the wound, the bleeding has already stopped,” Steinbaugh says.

Getting the sponges into a wound, however, proved to be tricky. On the battlefield, medics must carry all their gear with them, along with heavy body armor. RevMedx needed a lightweight, compact way to get the sponges deep into an injury. The team designed a 30 millimeter-diameter, polycarbonate syringe that stores with the handle inside to save space. To use the applicator, a medic pulls out the handle, inserts the cylinder into the wound, and then pushes the plunger back down to inject the sponges as close to the artery as possible.

Three single-use XStat applicators would replace five bulky rolls of gauze in a medic’s kit. RevMedx also designed a smaller version of the applicator, with a diameter of 12 millimeters, for narrower injuries. Each XStat will likely cost about $100, Steinbaugh says, but the price may go down as RevMedx boosts manufacturing.

If the FDA approves XStat, it will be the first battlefield dressing created specifically for deep, narrow wounds. Gauze, the standard treatment for gunshot and shrapnel injuries, is only approved by the FDA for external use, but “everyone knows that if you get shot, you have to pack gauze into the wound,” says Steinbaugh. When RevMedx submitted its application to the FDA, the U.S. Army attached a cover letter requesting expedited approval. According to Steinbaugh, RevMedx and the military are now in final discussions with the FDA.

Last summer, RevMedx and Oregon Health and Science University won a seed grant, sponsored by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to develop a version of XStat to stop postpartum bleeding. In the future, RevMedx hopes to create biodegradable sponges that don’t have to be removed from the body. To cover large injuries, like those caused by land mines, the team is working on an expanding gauze made of the same material as XStat sponges.

“I spent the whole war on terror in the Middle East, so I know what a medic needs when someone has been shot, ” Steinbaugh says. “I’ve treated lots of guys who would have benefitted from this product. That’s what drives me.”

Rose Pastore is an assistant editor at Popular Science. Follow her on Twitter at @RosePastore.

News: Giraffe dies after hitting head on highway overpass


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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Those responsible for the death of a giraffe whose head struck a South African highway overpass while it was being transported in a truck will likely be prosecuted under animal protection laws, an official said Friday.

The accident on a highway between Pretoria and Johannesburg on Thursday was very unsettling because it could easily have been avoided, said Rick Allan, an animal welfare officer.

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BitCoin, I think it might be the inevitable. Ebay, PayPal, Overstock and BitCoin ATMS

Entrepreneur Magazine reports:

When it comes to major retailers accepting payment in Bitcoin, Overstock and TigerDirect are only the beginning.


This revelation came in testimony by Fred Ehrsam, co-founder of the Bitcoin exchange and wallet service Coinbase, during the second day of hearings organized by New York state’s top banking regulator to discuss the promise and peril of cryptocurrencies.

Ehrsam described how the Bitcoin economy has been going through a speculative phase, with people around the world driving up the digital currency’s value enormously in terms of U.S. dollars, euros, Japanese yen and other national currencies. But now, he said, the market is beginning to shift away from speculation and toward spending.

“One great beacon here is major retailers like Overstock  — and there have been others — hopping onboard,” said Ehrsam, whose startup’s service makes it possible for Overstock to accept bitcoins in exchange for its products. “There are others of similar stature in the pipeline.”

Related: Bitcoin ATMs Are Spreading Across the World

Already, 21,000 merchants are using Coinbase to accept Bitcoin from customers. Overstock, for one, is reaping the benefits of opening itself to the new form of money. Since announcing its acceptance of Bitcoin on Jan. 9, the retailer has received nearly 3,000 orders in Bitcoin, with a total value of more than $600,000.

TigerDirect, a Fountainbleau, Fla.-based online and brick-and-mortar retailer of electronics, experienced similar results when it began accepting bitcoins on Jan. 23. Within three days of the company’s announcement, it reportedly processed more than $500,000 in Bitcoin payments.

Jonathan Johnson, the executive vice chairman of Overstock’s board of directors, testified Wednesday before members of the New York Department of Financial Services that Overstock uses Coinbase to immediately translate any bitcoins it receives into U.S. dollars. Because of this instant exchange, said Johnson, the company is not exposed to the ups and downs of the Bitcoin market, which has seen wild price fluctuations over time. “Our Bitcoin currency risk is nearly nonexistent,” he told regulators.

Coinbase, which is located in San Francisco, is one of the most prominent Bitcoin startups in the United States, allowing individuals to buy and sell Bitcoin with a U.S. bank account and allowing merchants, including Overstock, to accept the digital currency as payment.

Last month, Coinbase announced that it had raised $25 million in a Series B round led by venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz — the largest fundraise ever by a Bitcoin business. If the startup is indeed becoming the service of choice for top-flight merchants, then it’s already living up to the prediction of Andreessen Horowitz’s Chris Dixon, made at the time of the Series B, that Coinbase will “significantly accelerate Bitcoin’s proliferation.”

Asked what was the incentive for retailers to accept Bitcoin or another digital currency as payment, Johnson’s rationale was simple. “We are merchants, and we are willing to accept any practical form of exchange” that allows the company to sell goods in exchange for value, he said.

Most of the nearly 3,000 Bitcoin spenders were first-time Overstock customers, he added.

For the time being, however, there are limits to the company’s embrace of digital currency. Overstock, which is based in Salt Lake City, accepts Bitcoin only on domestic U.S. orders, and mobile orders with Bitcoin are not yet possible on the merchant’s website.

Related: These Angel Investors Want to Make Bitcoin ‘Sexy’ for Average People

As for the bugaboo of regulation, a primary concern of entrepreneurs and investors in the nascent Bitcoin market, Ehrsam admitted that further requirements for digital currency startups are both inevitable and necessary. “Once you open up a business that’s moving money around, bad stuff can happen right out of the gate,” he said.

Although new regulation is likely, the hearings held in lower Manhattan on Tuesday and Wednesday have been largely positive on the subject of digital currencies’ potential benefits to the economies of New York state and of the U.S. as a whole. Even a Wednesday morning panel of federal and state prosecutors paid lip service to Bitcoin’s legitimate uses.

Among the founders and investors who testified, some made dramatic claims about the ability of Bitcoin to revolutionize ecommerce, the payment processing and banking industries and even the exchange of stocks, bonds, contracts and property deeds. Others, including Ehrsam, were careful not to raise expectations too high for mass adoption of Bitcoin. “One should expect volatility in the near term,” he said. “We are a long way away from a world in which things just stay in Bitcoin all the time.”

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper will stop defending state’s marriage ban


Today, July 28, just hours after the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit issued its decision in Bostic v. Schaefer out of Virginia, affirming a lower court ruling in favor of the freedom to marry for same-sex couples, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said that his office would stop defending marriage discrimination in the Tarheel State.

He said:

Our attorneys have vigorously defended North Carolina’s marriage law, which is their job, but today our marriage law will almost surely be overturned as well. Simply put, it’s time to stop making arguments we will lose and instead move forward knowing that the ultimate resolution will likely come from the U.S. Supreme Court.

After reviewing the Fourth Circuit decision and consulting with attorneys here, I’ve concluded the State of North Carolina will not oppose the cases moving forward. The State of North Carolina will acknowledge the Fourth Circuit’s opinion that marriage is a fundamental right and our office believes judges in North Carolina are bound by this Fourth Circuit decision.

Cooper is now the tenth Attorney General in nine states to refuse to defend marriage discrimination, following similar moves from the Attorneys General in California (first then-AG Jerry Brown, and subsequently, current AG Kamala Harris), Illinois, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Nevada, Virginia, Oregon, and Kentucky. Each of these attorneys general refused to defend the anti-marriage laws, declaring them unconstitutional and indefensible. In several other states, including Maryland, New York, and Arkansas, Attorneys General have voiced their support for the freedom to marry for same-sex couples.

Freedom to Marry President Evan Wolfson applauded AG Cooper’s move. He said:

Attorney General Roy Cooper’s principled decision to stop spending North Carolina’s taxpayers money to defend indefensible marriage discrimination puts him in good company, alongside the U.S. Attorney General and eight of his state counterparts. The Constitution’s command is clear, as is the writing on the wall – and it’s time to end marriage discrimination and proclaim liberty throughout the land, including North Carolina and Virginia where so many loving and committed couples are eager to share in the freedom to marry.

In February, United States Attorney General Eric Holder, who famously refused to defend the so-called Defense of Marriage Act two years before its core was struck down by the United States Supreme Court,indicated that Attorneys General are not required to defend laws that they believe to be unconstitutional. He explained, “”Engaging in that process and making that determination is something that’s appropriate for an attorney general to do,” adding, “If I were attorney general in Kansas in 1953, I would not have defended a Kansas statute that put in place separate-but-equal facilities.”

Freedom to Marry celebrates Attorney General Cooper’s refusal to defend marriage discrimination in North Carolina. As more and more state officials come to the shared understanding that there is no good reason to deny the freedom to marry to same-sex couples, we can continue to advance marriage for all.

Read more about this morning’s ruling by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Original Post: By Adam Polaski  Jul 28, 2014 at 04:00 pm

Sorry, George W. Bush, but this whole Iraqi mess is still your fault

GOP wants to pin Iraq on Barack Obama. Perhaps they need a simple refresher in the real history of the last decade by 


Like clockwork, the Republican noise machine is blaming Barack Obama for the crisis in Iraq. And like clockwork, they’ve got everything wrong again.

The man to blame for what’s happening in Iraq is not President Obama — it’s President Bush.

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Michele Bachmann: Gays Want To Let Adults ‘Freely Prey On Little Children Sexually’

I see news articles like this, and I just don’t know what to say.  I understand that there is hatred and prejudice still against many people.  African-Americans, Latinos, Gays, and more.  I get it.  But when someone of “influence” says incredibly stupid things that aren’t only homophobic but stupid as well, I just don’t know what to do.

I can’t tell if I should scream, laugh, or what.

Michele Bachmann: Gays Want To Let Adults ‘Freely Prey On Little Children Sexually’

Homophobic & Ignorant Michele Bachmann

Homophobic & Ignorant Michele Bachmann

The Minnesota Republican warned that the gay community will “abolish age of consent laws, which means we will do away with statutory rape laws so that adults will be able to freely prey on little children sexually. That’s the deviance that we’re seeing embraced in our culture today.”

She also predicted that gay rights advocates will legalize polygamy and enact “hate speech laws across the United States” in order to bring about “the rise of tyranny.”

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Florida police chief has no issue with dad who says he beat up son’s sex attacker

Florida police chief has no issue with dad who says he beat up son’s sex attacker

Photo By Volusia County Sheriff's Office/AP  This Friday, July 18, 2014 photo made available by the Volusia County Sheriff's Office, Fla. shows Raymond Frolander, 18. Police say a Daytona Beach father beat Frolander unconscious after finding him sexually abusing his son. Authorities say the father called 911 early Friday after he walked in on the alleged abuse. When officers arrived they found Frolander motionless on the living room floor. He had several knots on his face and was bleeding from the mouth.

Photo By Volusia County Sheriff’s Office/AP This Friday, July 18, 2014 photo made available by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, Fla. shows Raymond Frolander, 18. Police say a Daytona Beach father beat Frolander unconscious after finding him sexually abusing his son. Authorities say the father called 911 early Friday after he walked in on the alleged abuse. When officers arrived they found Frolander motionless on the living room floor. He had several knots on his face and was bleeding from the mouth.

(Reuters) – A Florida police chief has caused a media stir by saying he is looking the other way after a father severely beat a man he caught sexually assaulting his 11-year-old son.

The father called Daytona Beach police on Friday to report he had interrupted his son being assaulted, and could be heard telling a dispatcher he left the attacker “nice and knocked out” and “in a puddle of blood” on the floor.

Raymond Frolander, 18, faces a felony sexual battery charge on a victim under 12-years-old, according to a police charging affidavit. The father had not been charged in the beating.

“We observed the defendant laying motionless on the living room floor with several knots on his face and bleeding from his mouth,” police wrote in the affidavit.

Daytona Beach Police Chief Michael Chitwood, asked by a local CNN affiliate whether he had any issue with the father’s actions, said: “Not as a police chief and not as a father.”

Media photos show pictures of Frolander severely beaten, with bloodied lips, bruises around his swollen eyes, and scratches on his neck.

Reuters could not independently confirm Chitwood’s statement. He did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

(Reporting by Eric M. Johnson Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)

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