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New Jersey Misused $54 Million Meant to Protect Children from Lead Poisoning


A decade-old program designed to get lead out of the home lives of children in New Jersey has been routinely underfunded despite the dictates of state law.

An investigation by the Asbury Park Press found lawmakers, including Republican and Democratic governors, approved the shift of $54 million in funding from the Lead Hazard Control Assistance Fund (pdf) over a 10-year period.

“At least $77 million and up to $154 million in dedicated sales tax revenues was supposed to go into the lead fund through fiscal 2015,” journalist Todd Bates reported. “But only $23.3 million went to the fund to date.” Only once, in 2006, was the fund fully seeded with tax revenues collected from the sale of paints and surface coatings, the newspaper discovered.

Arnold Cohen, senior policy coordinator at the Trenton-based Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey, told Bates: “It's another horrible example of the governor taking money that was designated for an important purpose and putting it in the general fund.”

The decision to divert the money, which was used to pay state bills and salaries, left the lead fund nearly empty. Lawmakers have yet to approve legislation that would restore some monies into it.

Meanwhile, thousands of children have been left at risk to lead exposure and poisoning, which can result in brain damage, learning disabilities and other health problems. Every year, above-average lead contamination is found in more than 5,000 New Jersey children, most of whom are low-income minorities who live in cities where older buildings were made with lead-based materials, according to Bates.

There are more than half a million American children who have higher than normal levels of lead contamination.


Hot Tuna - Watersong


The loooooser keeps losing


by Jean Ann Esselink
January 17, 2015 12:45 PM

Appeals Court Rules Bullying A Gay Kid Is Not Free Speech

Andrew Shirvell lost his reputation, $4 million and his job as a state's assistant attorney general for bullying a gay student. Now he's been told by an appeals court that his hate speech is not protected.

Last week, a Michigan appeals court upheld a lower court ruling that said the actions of Andrew Shirvell, the former Michigan state assistant attorney general who bullied a gay college student, are not protected by the First Amendment.

Andrew Shirvell promptly announced he would appeal the decision. I suppose that announcement should not surprise anyone who has followed his homophobic exploits. A jury awarded his stalking victim four million dollars in a lawsuit Mr. Shirvell could have ended by apologizing. He's lost his prestigious job as an assistant state's attorney general. His reputation as a lawyer has been so badly damaged that he had to relocate to another state in order to earn a living. He's lost his court battles at every level. And yet the hate in him is so strong he feels compelled to fight on. .........


Are You Aware of the Ziplock Method for DUI Checkpoints? Video included


Chiefland, FL — In a video posted to youtube this week, a novel and simply astonishing example of how to deal with DUI checkpoints, was illustrated by the guys from FairDUI.org.

Sobriety checkpoints — also known as DUI checkpoints — are the most common roadblocks you might encounter. They function as a general purpose investigatory tactic where police can get a close look at passing motorists by detaining them briefly. A roadblock stop is quick, but it gives police a chance to check tags and licenses, while also giving officers a quick whiff of the driver’s breath and a chance to peer into the vehicle for a moment.

Remember that your constitutional rights still apply in a roadblock situation. Though police are permitted to stop you briefly, they may not search you or your car unless they have probable cause that you’re under the influence or you agree to the search. As such, you are not required to answer their questions or admit to breaking the law.

In the video, a man hangs his registration, insurance, and driver’s license from his rolled up window inside a ziplock freezer bag, in order to proceed through a DUI checkpoint.

Also in the bag is a flyer, which states:

I remain silent

No Searches

I want my lawyer

Please put any tickets under windshield wiper.

–CPLR §308 & Pacamor, 132 Misc.2d 269 (1986)

I have to show you my papers not hand them to you.

–VTL §312(b), §401(4), §507

Read more at http://thefreethoughtproject.com/aware-ziplock-method-dui-checkpoints-watch-learn/#QUHESy4pvTrZwt6w.99

"I Can't Breathe" 25 Year Old Michigan Man Dies After Being Suffocated To Death By 3 Security Guards

Source: World Star Hip Hop

Uploaded December 28, 2014


"A 25-year-old man is dead after he was pepper sprayed in an encounter with security at the Northland Center mall. Investigators are still awaiting the results of an autopsy following a struggle between McKenzie Cochran and security guards who used pepper spray to subdue...

Read more: http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshh2nwFhRbwuj4Xv9Hi

This is just sickening. The guard heard saying "If you can talk, you can breath." Another young black man killed by white officers/security guards. FTS. Maybe this time, since they are not real cops, they will get indicted for murder.
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