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Pizza, rifles and tension: a night inside the Oregon protest

Source: Reuters

The doorknob rattled. Two of the men occupying a federal biologist's office in a stand-off over land rights hopped from their chairs and swung rifles toward the locked door.

There was no knock - the established procedure for gaining entry to the nerve center of the siege mounted by brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy at this eastern Oregon nature center.

The Bundys’ body guard stood in silent alert but heard no voices from the snowy darkness outside.

"Should we approach the door or not?" Ryan asked, creeping toward a window.

Ammon, armed with only a cell phone, remained seated and shook off the tension, saying dryly, "Oh, it's fun to live this way."

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-oregon-militia-refuge-insight-idUSKBN0UL0DW20160107

Present Perfect



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Stepping into most any nursing home, it’s hard to ignore the sense of isolation one feels on behalf of the residents living there, and even harder to reconcile that with the fact that old age will inevitably come for us all. In our fast-paced, youth-obsessed culture, we don't want to be reminded of our own mortality. It’s easier to look away.

When I heard about the Mount and its Intergenerational Learning Center, I was struck by the simple perfection of the concept. I was further intrigued by the idea that with neither past nor future in common, the relationships between the children and the residents exist entirely in the present. Despite the difference in their years, their entire sense of time seems more closely aligned. As busy, frazzled, perpetually multi-tasking adults, we are always admonished to live ‘in the moment’. But what does that mean? And with the endless distractions provided by our smart phones and numerous other devices, how can we? I was curious to observe these two groups, occupying opposite ends of the life spectrum, to see firsthand what it meant for them to simply be present with each other.

Shooting this film and embedding myself in the nursing home environment also allowed me to see with new eyes just how generationally segregated we’ve become as a society. And getting to know so many of the amazing residents of the Mount really highlighted the tremendous loss this is- for us all. Over the course of the months I was filming at the Mount, I observed many incredible exchanges between residents and kids. Some were sweet, some awkward, some funny- all of them poignant and heartbreakingly real. One experience in particular occurred during a morning visit between the toddler classroom and several residents who had gathered to sing songs together. Everyone had just finished a rendition of “You Are My Sunshine” when one of the residents began to share a memory he had of singing that very same song late at night on a bus full of soldiers while serving overseas during World War II.

The clarity with which this gentleman recalled this era of his life so many years ago was breathtaking- the memory seeming to appear before his eyes as he spoke. And though the kids were too young to understand his words, the fact that their presence provided a catalyst for his recollection just seemed to fit in a ‘circle of life’ kind of way. I’ve reflected on that moment many times since- it was beautiful and profound, and I was grateful to have been there to witness it. Those small, quiet moments are often the ones that contain the most meaning, and sadly are also the ones that most of us are too busy and distracted in our day-to-day lives to notice.

This is a film about the very young and the very old, yes. But it’s also about something bigger, something harder to pin down, but so essential in every way. In the words of Susan Bosak, founder of the Legacy Project, “It’s the experience of life in a multigenerational, interdependent, richly complex community that, more than anything else, teaches us how to be human.”

More: http://www.presentperfectfilm.com/

You can soon buy 'meat' from America's first vegan butcher

Source: Mashable



Go to your local butcher, and you're more likely to find "dead cow" than "seasonal farro." But over in Minneapolis, Minnesota, two vegan chefs are hoping to reinvent the traditional American palette.

Aubry and Kale Walch started a Kickstarter over a year ago, hoping to open their very own local vegan butcher shop, "The Herbivorous Butcher." The two had spent years perfecting their very own meat-free meats. When the store opens on Jan. 23, the two plan to offer 35 vegan meats, cheeses, and butters.

While many in the carnivore community might pooh-pooh the idea of vegan meats, the Walches stand behind their concept.

"We even sampled our products at the Minnesota State Fair, which isn't heralded for their vegan selection with a focus on deep-fried food, so we expected a lot of opposition and skepticism, but the pattern remained the same. People that never tried a vegan meat or cheese before saw that a more ethical diet was more than possible — indeed, quite delicious," Kale told Mashable.


More: http://mashable.com/2016/01/06/vegan-butcher/#SmSIDraXGSqf

What does this militant have tattooed on his eyelids?



A member of the group occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters, talks to visiting news organizations Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, near Burns, Ore. The group calls itself Citizens for Constitutional Freedom and has sent a "demand for redress" to local, state and federal officials. Photo by Mark Graves, The Oregonian/OregonLive.com


Via: http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2016/01/oregon_militants_what_you_need.html#incart_big-photo

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In Memoriam 2015 (DU)



http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=inmemoriam

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The U.S. Map Redrawn as 50 States With Equal Population

Source: Mental Floss



Neil Freeman redrew the state borders to get a visual sense of what it would take for the electoral college votes to match the popular vote. That is to say, for each state to be weighted evenly.

"The largest state is 66 times as populous as the smallest," Freeman explains on his site, "and has 18 times as many electoral votes."

His map is based on 2010 Census data, which records a population of 308,745,538 for the United States. Divided up among 50 states, that's a population of a little over six million people per state. The names of new states are mostly taken from geographical features.


http://mentalfloss.com/article/58809/us-map-redrawn-50-states-equal-population

First on CNN: Secret Service agent's gun, badge stolen near White House

Source: CNN

Honolulu, Hawaii (CNN)A Secret Service agent's gun, badge, radio, handcuffs and flash drive were stolen in broad daylight Monday near the agency's headquarters in Washington, according to a police report and sources briefed on the incident.

The agent's belongings were taken from his personal vehicle while it was parked on G Place in downtown Washington around 4 p.m. ET.

A report filed with the Metropolitan Police Department several hours later describes the agent returning to his car and noticing the back rear window of his car had been "unzipped." The report says the agent noticed "a bag with the listed property was taken out of the vehicle."

The report lists a black Sig Sauer handgun, an APX6000 radio, handcuffs, a USB flash drive, a black Patagonia bag and a Secret Service badge, number 1266, as the stolen items.

The agent, who isn't named in the report but who a source said works in the Presidential Protective Division, saw a person reaching into the vehicle, the report states, "but didn't see him take anything out."

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/22/politics/secret-service-gun-badge-stolen-dc/

The incompetence is mind-boggling.

Nursing Home Workers Share Explicit Photos of Residents on Snapchat

Source: ProPublica

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The incidents illustrate the emerging threat that social media poses to patient privacy and, at the same time, its powerful potential for capturing transgressions that previously might have gone unrecorded. Abusive treatment is not new at nursing homes. Workers have been accused of sexually assaulting residents, sedating them with antipsychotic drugs and failing to change urine-soaked bed sheets. But the posting of explicit photos is a new type of mistreatment — one that sometimes leaves its own digital trail.

In February 2014, a nursing assistant at Prestige Post-Acute and Rehab Center in Centralia, Wash., sent a co-worker a Snapchat video of a resident sitting on a bedside portable toilet with her pants below her knees while laughing and singing.

The following month, one nursing home assistant at Rosewood Care Center in St. Charles, Ill., recorded another using a nylon strap to lightly slap the face of a 97-year-old woman with dementia. On the video, the woman could be heard crying out, “Don’t! Don’t!” as she was being struck. The employees laughed.

And this February at Autumn Care Center in Newark, Ohio, a nursing assistant recorded a video of residents lying in bed as they were coached to say, “I’m in love with the coco,” the lyrics of a gangster rap song (“coco” is slang for cocaine). Across a female resident’s chest was a banner that read, “Got these hoes trained.” It was shared on Snapchat.

The woman’s son told government inspectors that his mother, who had worked as a church secretary for 30 years, would have been mortified by the video. Days after the incident, the home changed hands and is now known as Price Road Health and Rehabilitation Center. Greystone Healthcare Management, its new owner, said it “provides extensive, on-going training, support and oversight to insure that we provide patient centered care.” (The prior owner, Steve Hitchens, said the incident happened days before the home was sold and he does not recall details.)

Read more: https://www.propublica.org/article/nursing-home-workers-share-explicit-photos-of-residents-on-snapchat

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