Kenneth Weene
Jury to decide if Tsarnaev friend was liar or high
See on Scoop.it - Upsetment

BOSTON (AP) — A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told a string of lies to investigators, a prosecutor told a jury Tuesday, but a defense lawyer said the defendant was a frightened 19-year-old who couldn’t remember certain details because he had smoked marijuana for at least 12 hours straight.

Kenneth Weene's insight:

How do we spell pathetic? How about Robel Phillipos? What a great defense: I was too stoned to know anything. He probably didn’t have the mens rea necessary for conviction, but he sure has the mind stupid. My guess is that his best career choice will be a substance abuse counselor since nobody would ever hire him to do anything else that would require a brain.


See on news.yahoo.com
Report: Brown’s blood found in Mo. cop’s car
See on Scoop.it - Upsetment

Forensic tests just released in the Ferguson, Mo., police shooting of an unarmed black teenager more than two months ago are shedding new light on the incident.

Kenneth Weene's insight:

If ever evidence sounded planted this is it. This major scuffle should have been obvious right off. For example, where were the fight marks on Brown? They had this ferocious scuffle and there was no bruise or cut? How about on Wilson; Brown attacked him but where are his bruises? Then shot Brown ran; where is the blood trail? This just stinks of lies.


See on usatoday.com
More Jewish Settlers Move Into East Jerusalem Neighborhood
See on Scoop.it - Upsetment

An earlier influx of settlers to the Silwan area had been condemned by the Obama administration as “provocative.”

Kenneth Weene's insight:

This gets really messy. They bought the buildings, which makes it their property and they have every legal right to turn them into Jewish buildings. BUT! My first but is about the people who sold the buildings, presumably Palestinians themselves. Were I an Arab, I’d want their heads on a platter for this betrayal. My second but is about the people moving there. Clearly, they are expecting this to lead to trouble and the eventual use of Israeli military and police force to expand their presence, and that is disgusting. I don’t know which group makes me angrier; it seems that there are always those who want to fan the flames of rage in Jerusalem.


See on nytimes.com
Hong Kong Leader: We Can’t Let Poor People Dominate Elections!
See on Scoop.it - Upsetment

The chief executive of Hong Kong on Monday dismissed protesters’ demand to allow the public to directly nominate candidates for the city’s top post as unacceptable because it would allow poor people to dominate elections.

Kenneth Weene's insight:

This is the clearest statement I have seen of the reality that China has given up the illusion of democracy that underlay the peasants’ support of the revolution. It is time for the people there to retake possession of their country and their lives. This should also be a warning to Americans (and Europeans) that the wealthy and powerful are almost always looking to take control of everything. Democracy may not be perfect, but it is better than oligarchy.


See on talkingpointsmemo.com
Parkinson’s Drugs Linked to Sex and Gambling Addictions
See on Scoop.it - Upsetment

Scientists have new clues to what causes behaviors like pathological gambling, hypersexuality and compulsive shopping after a new study shows these behaviors may occur as the side effects of taking certain drugs, that affect dopamine in the brain.

Kenneth Weene's insight:

Anyone who works with mental illness knows that dopamine is the neurotransmitter most likely to be involved in issues of impulse control and hallucination. Amphetamines are dopamine mimetic drugs, and we know what that using them does for many people. Clinical trials for any drug that acts within the brain should include careful attention to behavioral side effects.


See on livescience.com
Voyeur Case Spurs Rabbis to Add Post for Women
See on Scoop.it - Upsetment

After a prominent modern Orthodox rabbi was charged with videotaping women as they disrobed for ritual baths, the council said it would add ombudswomen.

Kenneth Weene's insight:

That a commentator, the rabbinical council, and now the chief rabbinate even considered the question if these conversions were valid clearly raises  another question: Can Judaism ever get over its misogynism? Even more importantly, can these “leaders,” men all, ever understand that a woman’s faith is every bit as important as a man’s. If a faith has any meaning it comes not from its rituals but from its congregants’ belief.


See on nytimes.com
12 best meat cities in America
See on Scoop.it - enjoy yourself

With the possible exception of smartphone technology, nothing’s seen more practical advances this millennium than food.

Kenneth Weene's insight:

I must admit I eat a lot less red meat than I used to, but I found this article interesting enough to share.


See on abc15.com
10 Weirdest Home Remedies That Actually Work (home remedies, homemade remedies) - ODDEE
See on Scoop.it - enjoy yourself

The strange cures for everything from bad breath to hiccups can be found in your cupboards right now. (home remedies, homemade remedies)

Kenneth Weene's insight:

Now can I find a home remedy for getting older?


See on oddee.com
Pentagon plans Ebola domestic-response team of medical experts to aid doctors
See on Scoop.it - Upsetment

The group of 30 medical experts would provide support for civilian doctors dealing with new cases.

Kenneth Weene's insight:

I find this very troubling. The military should not be leading this effort, the CDC under the leadership of the Surgeon General should be carrying the ball. Of course, the Republican party pushed by the NRA have refused to confirm a Surgeon General leaving a gap, and the CDC, like most of the civil service, has become a bit creaky and overly bureaucratized, especially after all these years of out-sourcing and thereby making civil service reform hinge on the destruction of the unions instead of finding better ways. The result, that we need the military to take on such a major role in a domestic health situation implies that we are moving towards a military-dominated society, which may make the right wing happy but which certainly offends me and I hope you. I see this as a very real call to think about our government and how it is run. Your thoughts?


See on washingtonpost.com
A Tiny Alaskan Island Halfway To Russia Could Decide Control Of The Senate
See on Scoop.it - Upsetment

Russian fur traders came to Alaska’s St. Paul Island, about 300 miles west of the Alaskan mainland and about 500 miles from Russia’s easternmost coast, in the late 18th century. They enslaved the Aleut people, who lived in Siberia and on nearby islands, to hunt the fur seals that populate the island by the thousands. That is the only reason that this volcanic, treeless scrap of tundra in the middle of the Bering Sea became a permanent home for humans.

It was brought under U.S. control in 1870.

Kenneth Weene's insight:

Far too many Americans only bother to vote when it is a presidential election. Far too many Americans don’t realize that it does matter if they vote, that elections can hang on a very few votes. Many Americans don’t take time to think about politics — the parties and the process — so they don’t think it matters. Many Americans don’t care except to complain that the system isn’t working. Well, if you want it to change, get off your duff and do something. Get to the polls, but also take part in the process. Join one of the parties or an organization like Emily’s List. Go to those local meetings and help shape events. Be active in your democracy or you will lose it to those willing to spend money on ads and to pass laws restricting your right to take part.


See on talkingpointsmemo.com