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Stuart G

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I thought I knew a lot, and I found out... how little I knew about what I know. And how much more there is to learn, if I listen and read what others have to say.

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The origins of the political terms, "Right and Left"

The idea of a political "left" and "right" originated during the French Revolution. (1789)

Simply put, those in favor of change and getting rid of the king and his structure, sat on the left side of the assembly. Those that wanted the most change were furthest left of the center..
If you were with the king's way of doing things ,and keeping things exactly the same, you sat on the right side of the assembly. Those strongest with the king, sat farthest right.

.. Also, those who were in favor of changes toward democracy allowing others to participate, vote, and have a voice in government, (like had occurred within the new United States in 1776) and having an open government, also sat on the left side of the assembly. The more in favor of change, the more left you were. That is the origin of the political terms, "left" and "right"

I am proud to be a "leftist" in favor of "open" government and inclusion in the process of the most people possible.

The more people that vote, the better. The more we know about the government, the better. No secret deals. Everyone gets treated as fair as possible. The more open the government is about what it does, the better..

Those in the government do not get any kind special treatment. All people in the country get..."fair and equal treatment" The leaders friends get the same treatment as the poorest people in the country. Big contributors and bigshots..get no special treatment.

The origins of the terms "right" and "left" in politcs. Where did the ideas come from?

The idea of a political "left" and "right" originated during the French Revolution. (1789) Simply put, those in favor of change and getting rid of the king and his structure, sat on the left side of the assembly..The stronger you were with the king's way of doing things ,and keeping things exactly the same, the more "right" you were.
.. Also, those who were in favor of changes toward democracy allowing others to rule, (like had occurred within the new United States in 1776) and having an open government, also sat on the left side of the assembly. The more in favor of change, the more left you were. That is the origin of the political terms, "left" and "right"

I am proud to be a "leftist" in favor of "open" government and inclusion in the process of the most people possible.

The more people that vote, the better. The more we know about the government, the better. No secret deals. Everyone gets treated as fair as possible.

Those in the government do not get any kind special treatment. All people in the country get..."fair and equal treatment" The leaders friends get the same treatment as the poorest people in the country...



Why Baltimore Burns...

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026580215
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It is my opinion that the Baltimore police are totally responsible for why their city burns..This thread by Ichingcarpenter from yesterday, highlights what the cops did to many people. Those who went through this are hurt and very mad in my opinion. So now there are riots. Guess who is getting back at the city for how the city treated them?? It ain't rocket science is it ?
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Ichingcarpenter (33,373 posts)

Freddie Gray not the first to come out of Baltimore police van with serious injuries

But Gray is not the first person to come out of a Baltimore police wagon with serious injuries.

Relatives of Dondi Johnson Sr., who was left a paraplegic after a 2005 police van ride, won a $7.4 million verdict against police officers. A year earlier, Jeffrey Alston was awarded $39 million by a jury after he became paralyzed from the neck down as the result of a van ride. Others have also received payouts after filing lawsuits.


For some, such injuries have been inflicted by what is known as a "rough ride" — an "unsanctioned technique" in which police vans are driven to cause "injury or pain" to unbuckled, handcuffed detainees, former city police officer Charles J. Key testified as an expert five years ago in a lawsuit over Johnson's subsequent death.



Christine Abbott, a 27-year-old assistant librarian at the Johns Hopkins University, is suing city officers in federal court, alleging that she got such a ride in 2012. According to the suit, officers cuffed Abbott's hands behind her back, threw her into a police van, left her unbuckled and "maniacally drove" her to the Northern District police station, "tossing around the interior of the police van."
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Note: in the third paragraph above, the highlighted sentence says that a former city cop testified that this went on five years ago!!!!!
How long has this been going on, why? who? How did this start, and why didn't it stop? When did it start?

I think that this will get picked up, if some of our media friends help

I do think that some media look at Democratic Underground for leads, then whoever sees a story will do more research on a problem and report it..Perhaps Thom Hartman, Ed Shultz, or Rachael sees this (or their staff) and does a report. Perhaps then it will get wider coverage......

.. So, that is how the reasonably healthy prisoner Freddy Gray became the dead person Freddy Gray ....and some of the rioters probably or perhaps are survivors of such rides..sounds like a terrorizing experience..meant to be by the cops..

The cops decided to give their captor...a rough ride..turned bad...and the cops who drove that car knew what they were doing..murder.
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Madness??People are addicted to this junk food.

Yes, in my opinion, it is an addiction. ....Here is a book that proves this:

Kessler, David A. The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite (2009) ISBN 1-60529-785-2

He went in the middle of the night, long after the last employee had locked up the Chili's Grill and Bar. He'd steer his car around the back, check to make sure no one was around and then quietly approach the dumpster.


If anyone noticed the man foraging through the trash, they would have assumed he was a vagrant. Except he was wearing black dress slacks and padded gardening gloves. "I'm surprised he didn't wear a tie," his wife said dryly.

The high-octane career path of David A. Kessler, the Harvard-trained doctor, lawyer, medical school dean and former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration had come to this: nocturnal dumpster diving. Sometimes, he would just reach in. Other times, he would climb in.

It took many of these forays until Kessler emerged with his prize: ingredient labels affixed to empty cardboard boxes that spelled out the fats, salt and sugar used to make the Southwestern Eggrolls, Boneless Shanghai Wings and other dishes served by the nation's second-largest restaurant chain.

Kessler was on a mission to understand a problem that has vexed him since childhood: why he can't resist certain foo

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/26/AR2009042602711.html\

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"His 2009 book The End of Overeating (a New York Times best seller) highlights for the consumer the amount of fat, salt and sugar in their food intake. He asserts that this trio of elements in restaurant and processed foods conditions us to eat more in a manner that changes our brain circuitry and that children may develop a pattern of overeating and obesity that they might retain for life.[14] He stresses that this outcome of lifelong obesity is not genetic but environmental and avoidable."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Aaron_Kessler

"Grocery Store Wars"....Parody on Star Wars..Organic Foods vs Dark Side

&index=2&list=FLpS3JgTu2w6wR1aUxLohgmQ

Lots of Fun...about 5 min, it's Cuke Skywaker vs Darth Tater..enjoy

Too Much Sitting Raises risk of Death Even if You Exercize CBS News/ Annals of Internal Medicine

Last Updated Jan 20, 2015 10:14 AM EST

CBS Link:
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/too-much-sitting-raises-risk-of-death-even-if-you-exercise/

Beware, couch potatoes: The evidence is piling up that too much sitting can take a serious toll on your health.

A new study links sitting for prolonged periods of time to increased risk for heart disease, diabetes, cancer and early death -- even in people who get regular exercise.

"Even if you do a half an hour or an hour or of exercise every day doesn't give us the reassurance that sitting for the other 23 hours is ok. In fact, it's not," said Dr. David Alter of the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, one of the authors of the study.

The study, published Monday in Annals of Internal Medicine, is based on a review and analysis of previous research. It found that the health hazards seem to be greatest for people who sit 8 or 9 hours a day. The impact was even more pronounced in people who did not exercise regularly.

The study found sitting for prolonged periods raised the risk of cardiovascular disease by 14 percent, cancer by 13 percent, and diabetes by a whopping 91 percent. Those who sat for long stretches and got no regular exercise had a 40 percent higher risk of early death. With regular exercise, the risk was smaller but still significant: about 10 percent.


Link from Annals of Internal Medicine:

20 January 2015

Sedentary Time and Its Association With Risk for Disease Incidence, Mortality, and Hospitalization in Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

Aviroop Biswas, BSc; Paul I. Oh, MD, MSc; Guy E. Faulkner, PhD; Ravi R. Bajaj, MD; Michael A. Silver, BSc; Marc S. Mitchell, MSc; and David A. Alter, MD, PhD
http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=2091327

Data Synthesis: Forty-seven articles met our eligibility criteria. Meta-analyses were performed on outcomes for cardiovascular disease and diabetes (14 studies), cancer (14 studies), and all-cause mortality (13 studies). Prospective cohort designs were used in all but 3 studies; sedentary times were quantified using self-report in all but 1 study. Significant hazard ratio (HR) associations were found with all-cause mortality (HR, 1.240 [95% CI, 1.090 to 1.410]), cardiovascular disease mortality (HR, 1.179 [CI, 1.106 to 1.257]), cardiovascular disease incidence (HR, 1.143 [CI, 1.002 to 1.729]), cancer mortality (HR, 1.173 [CI, 1.108 to 1.242]), cancer incidence (HR, 1.130 [CI, 1.053 to 1.213]), and type 2 diabetes incidence (HR, 1.910 [CI, 1.642 to 2.222]). Hazard ratios associated with sedentary time and outcomes were generally more pronounced at lower levels of physical activity than at higher levels.

Limitation: There was marked heterogeneity in research designs and the assessment of sedentary time and physical activity.

Conclusion: Prolonged sedentary time was independently associated with deleterious health outcomes regardless of physical activity.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

I guess this means for me, that I will sit at the computer less. Perhaps I will rearrange it, so I got to stand and use it. The CBS short clip shows the lady standing...but, I sit to damn much..and that is the truth.

Homeless Man Reunited With Long-Lost Bank Account..South Tampa-Hyde Park Patch:

http://patch.com/florida/southtampa/homeless-man-reunited-long-lost-bank-account
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The man lived on downtown Tampa’s streets for about three years until a cop and a case worker stepped in to help.
by Sherri Lonon (Patch Staff) updated April 16, 2015



John Helinski, 62, was once a member of Tampa’s “invisible” population.

Homeless for about three years, his address was a cardboard box placed near a downtown Tampa bus stop. “(I was) sleeping underneath the benches there and no one would see me,” he explained to ABC news.

Life was hard, but he managed to scrape by.

Those scraping by days came to an end recently when Helinski met DACCO case manager Charles Inman and Tampa Police Officer Dan McDonald. The two pooled their resources to help get Helinski the proper identification needed to secure services on his behalf – a birth certificate, Social Security card, driver’s license. His identification had been stolen from him at some point, McDonald said.

As they began navigating the system to restore the Polish-born American citizen’s identification papers, they came across a bank account in his name. That bank account was opened by Helinski long before at the former Landmark Bank. By the time the branch became a Bank of America location, Helinski had forgotten about the account and the Social Security benefits that had been stacking up in his name.
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A really nice story about a homeless man, and two nice people who helped him get out of living in that cardboard box that he had been in for three years. This one brightened up my day.. worth linking to

On Dec 4, 1969..I saw the results of police murder..murder of Fred Hampton, Mark Clark in Chicago.

The link below, explains that the apartment where the police shooting took place, "was left open" and people went through to take a look at what had happened. Tours were being given. Hampton was the leader of the Black Panther Party in Chicago. He was killed that morning, and I was teaching in a high school not far from the location of the shooting. I played the devils advocate in class and said basically, that the news this morning said that Hampton and Clark were firing at police and the police were protecting themselves. Two students mentioned during class that the apartment was still open, and I could see for myself. I was kinda scared to walk over there on my lunch break, but these students said they would walk with me, and I had nothing to be scared of. So, I walked with them to take the tour..(keep in mind, these 17 year olds are now 62 years old).
....So they were correct, it looked like the cops killed them while they were sleeping.. If you read the links, you will find that eventually it was proven, the two were murdered, and a settlement was made to the family. I was a young white history teacher in a all black high school.. Yet, it is a clear memory walking through the apartment and seeing the blood in the bed and splattered against the walls. No policeman was ever charged, even though much later it was proven to be a pre-planned murder... Several Links Below:. Oh, it is pretty ugly reading. ....from the 1st link below..about the 15th paragraph:

"After the murder, the apartment was left open for two weeks, and many people went through there--not only Blacks but suburban whites--and saw how it had to be murder. The Congressional Black Caucus, at that time led by Adam Clayton Powell, came here and examined the apartment and called it murder themselves."


http://socialistworker.org/2012/03/02/the-murder-of-fred-hampton

from Democracy Now:
http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/4/the_assassination_of_fred_hampton_how

http://peopleslawoffice.com/issues-and-cases/panthers/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Clark_(Black_Panther)

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