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If an H-1b has an American accent, they are probably not an H-1b. It's race, not citizenship. Americans are more diverse than you think. Millions of US citizens don't look the way you might expect. This fact is very important and will help us win elections.

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Gun Control - Ultra Spiritual Life episode 61

Much of his material pokes fun at hippies but this one is about gun nuts

Thousands of Iraqis have fled Mosul, but this American family moved in

MOSUL, Iraq — The Eubank family has a guiding principle — if other families are forced to live in war zones, there should be no issue with theirs being on hand to help.

And so as Iraqi forces pushed into the last pockets of western Mosul still under Islamic State control, an American mom was home-schooling her three children in a room above a medic station deep inside the city.

Sahale, 16, and Suuzanne, 14, sat in a corner near their mother, Karen, working on their laptops and occasionally bursting into song. Peter, 11, lay on a camping mat on the floor doing math. They sleep in a house a short drive away, but spend their days at the medic station to assist and give supplies to fleeing Iraqis.

About a mile away at the front line, their father, David, who says he served for a decade in the U.S. military including in the Army’s Special Forces, evacuated families as they came under sniper fire from Islamic State militants.

It was just an average day for the Eubanks, who describe their work as a calling from God.


More at the link. This is quite a story. This family has done work in Burma for the last 20 years before heading to Iraq.

A driver was having a seizure so a good Samaritan leapt into the moving car to save him

Police in Dixon, Ill., released dashcam video showing a man stop his truck in the middle of traffic, jump out and leap through the passenger window of a moving car to save a driver who was having a seizure. (AP)
Dramatic dash cam video shows a car creep through a red traffic signal at a busy intersection in northern Illinois, forcing other vehicles to slam on the brakes and let it pass.

It approached 39-year-old Randy Tompkins, who was driving a pickup truck late last week in Dixon, about 100 miles west of Chicago. Tompkins threw his truck in reverse to avoid a head-on collision, then jumped out of his truck and leapt through the passenger-side window of the moving car, police said.

The brake lights flashed red and the car jolted to a stop.

Tompkins told the Chicago Tribune he had realized the driver was having a seizure and he knew what he needed to do.

“He had his arms up by his chest,” he told the newspaper. “I didn’t know if the guy was gonna push the gas, jerk the wheel or whatever, so I waited as long as I could to back up,” Tompkins said. “Once he got about a half-car length away from me, I parked my truck at an angle and jumped out of my vehicle.”

He put two fingers into the driver’s mouth to keep him from swallowing his tongue, according to the Chicago Tribune.

“I did that really fast, and then I stopped the car,” he said. “I was worried, but I would do that for anybody. It just happened to be I was at the right place at the right time.”


Dramatic Video at link

In case a big burning trumpster fire has got you down. There's still hope for humanity. Lots of good people still exist.

Bride Who Is A Computer Engineer Doesnt Have Any Girlfriends, So She Invites Her Bros Instead

What would you do if you wanted to have a bridal photoshoot but did not have any girlfriends? Invite your bros to have it with you. That’s exactly what 24-year-old Rebeca from Brazil did, and we must say, it was a great idea. “I came up with the idea one week before the wedding. I was looking into some “making of” pictures of brides with their gang of girls, all in robes, laughing, drinking champagne and all, and I got a bit sad because I wouldn’t be able to do anything like that” – Rebeca told Bored Panda.

“The photoshoot was super fun. Everyone was taking shots of cheap booze and sometimes we were laughing so much that we had to take some time to recover and go on with the photos.”

Rebeca studies computer engineering and is one of four women in her class of 60 students, so it’s no wonder that during her years in class she gained a few great guy friends.

Rebeca shared her bridal photoshoot images on Facebook and the internet fell in love with these witty and cute pictures. “I am very happy with the photos. Sometimes I look at then and find myself laughing like crazy. But I never imagined this would become so viral”.

more at link


I've been the one man on a team of women. It would be funny to do the opposite with a bunch of women doing manly stuff for a bachelor party.
Posted by IronLionZion | Thu Jun 8, 2017, 08:08 AM (2 replies)

Stabbed Millwall fan recounts fight with London Bridge attackers

Roy Larner, who was cut in head, chest and hands, describes how he charged into terrorists in restaurant

A football fan has spoken of how he was stabbed eight times by the London Bridge attackers as he attempted to single-handedly fight off all three of them unarmed.

Roy Larner, 47, told reporters he shouted “Fuck you, I’m Millwall” – in an allusion to the club’s association with football violence – as he charged into the attackers in the Black & Blue restaurant and bar in Borough Market.

The Peckham resident told the Sun he was knifed in the head, chest and both hands by the terrorists, now known to be Khuram Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba.

Larner was taken to St Thomas’ Hospital for surgery, where he was later pictured recovering with a Learn to Run book placed on his chest. He was taken off the critical condition list on Sunday.

“Like an idiot I shouted back at them. I thought, ‘I need to take the piss out of these bastards’. I took a few steps towards them and said, ‘Fuck you, I’m Millwall’. So they started attacking me.”


Don't mess with Millwall!

More at link
Posted by IronLionZion | Wed Jun 7, 2017, 07:25 AM (6 replies)

Secret Service relaxes marijuana policy in bid to swell ranks

(CNN)The Secret Service is relaxing its drug policy for potential hires, as its new director, Randolph Alles, laid out a plan to swell the agency's ranks by more than 3,000 in the coming years.

Speaking Thursday to reporters in his first press briefing since his appointment, Alles, 38 days into his new job, described a force of "very dedicated" agents facing near unsustainable levels of round-the-clock protective coverage.

The change to the drug policy, which went into effect in the past month, is an acknowledgment that marijuana is more prevalent in today's society, officials said, and will allow for a younger generation of applicants, many of whom have experimented with the drug when they were teenagers, access to the hiring process.

Following a "whole-person concept" in hiring, the Secret Service will no longer disqualify an applicant who has used marijuana more than a certain number of times, instead potentially allowing a candidate who admits to using the drug, taking into consideration the time between his or her last use and their application to the agency.

It's a shift that puts the force in line with other federal law enforcement agencies, the agency said.


I knew it! the Secret Service is hard up to get recruits. I see the ads here on DU. If any Democrat were in the white house, I might consider applying for the financial crimes division. But it sounds like they need more agents to protect the President. Every day they get 6-8 threats, which was similar for Obama.
Posted by IronLionZion | Mon Jun 5, 2017, 01:29 PM (5 replies)

Trump notes lack of guns in London attacks to make a point about gun control


Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump pointed out on Twitter that the Saturday evening attacks in London had not spurred an immediate debate about gun control because the attackers did not use guns.

After several tweets, including one offering US support to the United Kingdom and another criticizing London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Trump tweeted Sunday morning: "Do you notice we are not having a gun debate right now? That's because they used knives and a truck!"

The suspects in the attacks wore fake suicide belts, and mowed people down with a van on London Bridge before getting out and stabbing others. Police said they used an "unprecedented" number of bullets to take down the attackers. Guns are heavily restricted in the United Kingdom.

Before Trump's tweet, a Fox News host made a similar point, saying, "Notice we're not having a gun debate right now, because they didn't kill with guns. They killed with knives. They killed with an ideology."


I'm glad they didn't have guns or it would have been much worse.

There is a political party in the US that wants dangerous people to have guns. Are you sick of winning yet? Does it make your head spin?

Maybe some untrained civilian conservative hero would whip out their open carry long gun and make America safe from trucks and knives?
Posted by IronLionZion | Mon Jun 5, 2017, 10:17 AM (5 replies)

Why the highly coveted visa that changed my life is now reviled in America

(CNN)I did not arrive in America as a refugee or to join family already here. I owe the start to my life in this country to two things: my father's brilliant mind and a very special document.

Daddy was a statistician renowned in his field of probability theory, and in 1975, Florida State University offered him a teaching position. We flew across the globe on Indian passports and gained entry into America with a visa called H-1, reserved for people such as my father who possessed distinctive skills.

We later applied for permanent residency, my father went on to become a professor emeritus at FSU and in 2008, I proudly became a US citizen.

The H-1 visa was designed to attract smart people who were considered the best and the brightest of global talent to fill the gaps in the US workforce. I am a direct beneficiary of that program. Without it, my own trajectory would have been very different.

In 1990, the visa was reinvented as H-1B, and it boomed alongside the rise of Silicon Valley. Most H-1Bs are awarded to technology workers, though other fields such as science and medicine also benefit. And these days, almost 70% of the visas are awarded to Indian nationals.

Without the H-1B program, argue its supporters, innovation is sure to suffer and America stands to lose its competitive edge. Look at any number of start-ups, and you're sure to find talented folks who reached America on an H-1B. Among that elite group is Mike Krieger, one of the founders of Instagram.


What's the solution? What's the best way to reform it? These Trumped up times offer the opportunity for something to get through congress and be signed into law.

Posted by IronLionZion | Mon Jun 5, 2017, 07:57 AM (2 replies)

President Obama destroys Republicans over Climate Change!!

I miss him

One short letter's huge impact on the opioid epidemic

(CNN)Every day, 91 Americans die from an opioid overdose. Drug overdoses overall -- most of them from opioid painkillers and heroin -- are the leading cause of accidental death in the US, killing more people than guns or car accidents. In fact, while Americans represent only about 5% of the global population, they consume about 80% of the world's opioid painkillers. But how did we get to this point?

Many public health experts point to a simple five-sentence letter to the editor published in a 1980 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. The 101-word letter, titled "Addiction Rare in Patients Treated with Narcotics," was signed by Jane Porter and Dr. Hershel Jick of Boston University, who said that of their 11,000-plus patients treated with narcotics, there were only four cases of addiction.

And although this letter provided no further evidence and was not a peer-reviewed study, it has often been cited as proof of the safety of prescribing long-term narcotics for chronic pain.

This week, the journal published yet another letter to the editor, this one an analysis from researchers at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences of how frequently Porter and Jick's letter has been cited by other researchers and physicians in studies and journals since its publication. The analysis found 608 citations of the initial letter as of May 30, 72% of them pointing to it as proof that addiction was rare among long-term narcotic users.

Dr. David Juurlink, one of the researchers involved in the analysis, wrote in an email that the "5-sentence letter to the editor in medicine's most prestigious journal was leveraged as proof that opioids could be used safely over the long term, even though it offered no evidence to support that claim. It's clear that many of the authors who cited it hadn't actually read it."


Some assholes need alternative facts to sell drugs. Hook em while they're young and find new ones to replace the dead.

Ohio is suing 5 drug companies. Kentucky and other states have done so in recent years. Rush Limbaugh and other prominent conservative blowhards have been high on drugs. Someone should test our president.

No matter how many small rural towns across red states have heroin addictions and overdoses and people catching HIV from sharing dirty needles in rural parts of Indiana while Mike Pence was governor, too many still believe it is an "urban" problem.

Trump country is heavily medicated.
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