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Undercover Investigators Got Obamacare Coverage Using Fake Identities -
Undercover Investigators Got Obamacare Coverage Using Fake Identities
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional investigators using fake identities were able to obtain taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's law, according to testimony to be delivered Wednesday. The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office says its undercover investigators were able to get subsidized health care under fake names in 11 out of 18 attempts. The GAO is still paying premiums for the policies, even as the Obama administration attempts to verify phony documentation. The agency's findings are contained in testimony to be delivered at a House Ways and Means Committee hearing Wednesday. An advance copy was provided to The Associated Press. Seto Bagdoyan, head of GAO audits and investigations, will also testify that there's still a huge backlog of applications with data discrepancies, even though the administration has resolved some 600,000 cases. The GAO tests revealed potential weaknesses in the nation's newest social program. However, in the real world, it...
'Green News Report' - July 22, 2014 -
'Green News Report' - July 22, 2014
The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Record wildfires burn a million acres in the Pacific Northwest; It's official: June 2014 was the hottest June globally on record; EPA moves to block massive Pebble Mine; California moves to block oil industry polluting groundwater; PLUS: Wanna cut your emissions? Then cut the beef... All that and more in today's Green News Report! Listen online here, or Download MP3 (6 mins)... Link: Embed: Got comments, tips, love letters, hate mail? Drop us a line at or right here at the comments link below. All GNRs are always archived at IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Study vindicates climate models accused of 'missing the pause'; Wildlife refuges ban bee-killing pesticide; Obama administration approves seismic testing for oil off Atlantic coast; NY seeks to shut down Indian Point nuclear plant to protect fish; Freedom Industries proposes $3m settlement for chemical...
In Ethiopia, Protecting Yourself Online Is a Crime -
In Ethiopia, Protecting Yourself Online Is a Crime
This post was written by PEN America's Freedom to Write Fellow Deji Olukotun. Six Ethiopian bloggers were formally charged with terrorism in Ethiopia's Lideta High Court last week, a move provoking deep concern for hackers and human rights activists in Ethiopia and around the world. Three journalists were also charged and a seventh blogger, Soleyana Gebremicheal, was charged in absentia. The seven members of the Zone 9 blogger collective, who sprung to international attention upon their arrest last April, stand accused of associating with outlawed political groups and of attending a digital security training, among other charges. The criminalization of digital security training generates particular alarm among human rights activists, including PEN, who often promote these trainings for bloggers in repressive societies as a preventative measure against exactly the kind government spying and twisting of information that can lead to bogus charges like associating with outlawed groups....
Iraq Suicide Car Bombing Kills At Least 21 In Baghdad -
Iraq Suicide Car Bombing Kills At Least 21 In Baghdad
BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide driver rammed his explosive-laden car into a police checkpoint in the Iraqi capital killing 21 people, including more than a dozen civilians en route to a Shiite shrine in the final days of the Islamic holy month. At least 13 people killed in the attack were civilians, according to police and hospital officials. At least 35 people were wounded — more than half of them civilians. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak with the media. The attack occurred at the entrance to Baghdad's Khazimiyah district, where many cars were en route to the Imam Al-Khadim Shrine in the lead up to the Eid feast commemorating the end of Ramadan. Baghdad has been on edge since the Sunni militant blitz led by the Islamic State extremist group seized the northern city of Mosul, vowing to push south to the capital. The city has seen several small scale bombings in recent weeks, but it has so far been free of the large, coordinated...
Crews Make Progress Controlling Largest Fire In Washington State's History -
Crews Make Progress Controlling Largest Fire In Washington State's History
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Firefighters made progress Tuesday in their efforts to get the largest wildfire in Washington state's history under control, with wetter weather bringing some relief but also raising concerns about flash flooding. The Carlton Complex of fires, which has burned nearly 400 square miles in the north-central part of the state, was 16 percent contained as of Tuesday, fire spokeswoman Jessica Payne said. A day earlier, the fire was just 2 percent contained. Firefighters and local authorities have been heartened by forecasts that call for cooler temperatures and higher humidity. But even though wetter weather has moved in, they worry that lightning strikes could ignite more fires. Rain also brought worries about the potential for flash flooding because so much ground vegetation has been burned away. The National Weather Service issued a flood watch from Wednesday morning through Wednesday evening due to expected heavy rainfall. "It takes as little as 10 minutes of heavy...
Senate, House On Collision Course On Border Money -
Senate, House On Collision Course On Border Money
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats prepared Tuesday to whack $1 billion from President Barack Obama's emergency spending request for the border, while leaving out policy changes Republicans have demanded as their price for agreeing to any money. The developments pointed to a hardening stalemate over the crisis in South Texas with lawmakers preparing to leave Washington for their annual summer recess at the end of next week. Legislation being finalized by Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski would spend $2.7 billion for more immigration judges, detention facilities and other resources for the southern border, where unaccompanied kids are arriving by the tens of thousands from Central America. It also would include $225 million for Israel's Iron Dome, designed to intercept short-range rockets and mortars, as Israel battles Hamas militants, and $615 million to fight wildfires raging in the West. "The United States has an obligation to help resolve these crises but is...
The 'Seinfeld' Emoji Are Here, And They're Spectacular -
The 'Seinfeld' Emoji Are Here, And They're Spectacular
No wait for you! The "Seinfeld" emoji have arrived! Earlier this month, it was announced that the guys behind the Seinfeld2000 Twitter and Instagram accounts developed a new set of emoji inspired by the show, and now they're here and available for a free download on iTunes. Giddy up! Technically these aren't traditional emoji since they're currently available through an app rather than your iPhone’s keyboard; however, you can still write out the message you want, save it and then post to social media or text, according to Death and Taxes. Android support will reportedly be added if demand is high enough. Check out some of the emoji in the slideshow below, and yada yada yada, visit iTunes to download the app.
Illinois Among the Top 10 Worst States for Job Growth Since Recession -
Illinois Among the Top 10 Worst States for Job Growth Since Recession
It's no secret Illinois is having a rough time creating jobs, which arguably will be the foremost important issue when voters head to the polls in November. Nationally, Illinois ranks 42nd for job creation since the end of the Great Recession, according to an Associated Press report and Crain's Chicago Business. In June 2014, Illinois had 5.81 million jobs -- and increase of three percent from 5.64 million in June 2009. Illinois is the eighth-worst since the Great Recession. Here are 10 through six of the worst. See the fifth through number one worst at Reboot Illinois. 10. Vermont Tie - 9. Missouri and Virginia 8. Illinois Tie - 7. Maine and New Hampshire 6. Connecticut Spinning job numbers so they mold with one side's desired political rhetoric is a bipartisan practice, especially in an election year. For example, take a look at how each gubernatorial candidate used June's 7.1 percent unemployment rate as campaign munition against one another. Gov. Pat Quinn touted the fourth...
Vine User Blasts Employees Following Him Around Stores In Best Possible Way -
Vine User Blasts Employees Following Him Around Stores In Best Possible Way
While shopping in a series of convenience stores, Vine user Rashid Polo realized that something was up: the store employees around him were ostensibly hard at work, bending to rearrange products for sale, busying themselves with drink machines, but they kept popping up wherever he went. This phenomenon was not a new experience for Polo, and no matter where he was or what he was doing, it seemed he was guilty of only one crime: shopping while black. So he came up with the brilliant idea to catch the clerks on camera and uploaded the resulting videos to Vine. "[The employee] been following me around the store the whole time," he explains in one, but before he can continue, his camera lens catches her close behind him once again. "There she goes!" he says. "She thinks I'm stealing." A number of African-Americans have experienced the perils of shopping while black, including a few very famous folks. President Barack Obama has shared stories about being followed in department stores when...
Dropping the Needle: Disruptive Innovation and Higher Education -
Dropping the Needle: Disruptive Innovation and Higher Education
More than 30 years ago I would huddle with other music majors at our college's music library, the cords from our headphones stretching over each other's record players as we tried to cram a semester of classical music listening into a few hours at the end of the term. We know our professor would randomly "drop the needle" on records during our final exam, challenging us to identify a composition and its composer by its structure, instrumentation, motifs and harmony. The music library of our generation was a room with 12-inch records, record players, and headphones. There was some great bonding that came from roaming the small library, stretching our headphone cords all the while, comparing notes on our strategies to recognize open fifths, plagal cadences, Mozart's use of the clarinet, or Stravinsky's "Petrushka" chord. In the end, one learned to recognize the compositional attributes that made a piece a chanson, a sonata, a recitative, through-composed, atonal, and so on. You were...
Everything You Need To Know About The Conflicting Court Decisions On Obamacare -
Everything You Need To Know About The Conflicting Court Decisions On Obamacare
On Tuesday two U.S. appeals courts issued conflicting rulings on a subject that’s important to millions of people: the availability of subsidies to help purchase coverage under the health-care law. KHN’s Mary Agnes Carey answers some frequently asked questions about those court decisions and how they impact consumers. Q: What did the courts decide? A: In a blow to the health law, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the health law’s subsidies are available only to individuals in the 14 states and the District of Columbia now operating their own health insurance exchanges. The federal government now runs the exchanges in 36 states. Judge Thomas Griffith, writing the majority opinion in the 2-1 decision, said they concluded "that the ACA unambiguously restricts" the subsidies to "exchanges 'established by the state.' " In a separate ruling, a three-judge panel for the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., ruled unanimously for the Obama...
Protesting Media Control in Hungary -
Protesting Media Control in Hungary
On the surface, Hungary enjoys freedom of the press. There is a wide variety of newspapers that reflect different points of view from Nepszabadszag on the Left to Magyar Hirlap on the Right. There are some independent voices on the radio, including KlubRadio. The Internet is a veritable free-for-all displaying a full range of opinions. But if you look a little deeper, this freedom of the press is actually quite limited. Most Hungarians -- more than 70 percent -- rely on television for their news, and the government maintains a lock on public television through a variety of complex mechanisms. Several private channels, including News TV and Echo TV, also hew close to the ruling Fidesz party. Only the cable station ATV maintains its independence. KlubRadio, meanwhile, overcame various challenges to renew its broadcast license in 2013, though it faces significant financial challenges and is down from 11 provincial stations to only one. But journalist Balazs Nagy Navarro urges people to...
10 Men Tell the Reasons Why They Cheat -
10 Men Tell the Reasons Why They Cheat
Why would a man need a sidepiece anyway? I'm blessed to have a lot of male Facebook friends and I've decided to milk these friendships for as much information that I can get. And that brings me to today's installment the: Top 10 Reasons Why Men Cheat. WARNING: These explanations of why men cheat, gleaned from my male Facebook friends, will make you furious, especially if you've been in a relationship with someone who has cheated on you. Please do not read any further until you've put on your big girl panties and swallowed your pride. Ready? Let's proceed. 1. Someone was pursuing me. "I'll [sleep with] a woman to settle my curiosity. It has nothing to do with what my main girl is not doing, it's just, someone offered, and I was curious and wanted to test the water." -"Doug," 42 2. She's not freaky enough. "I want oral sex. I want anal sex. I want adventurous sex in risky places, and I don't necessarily want that from my girlfriend. In fact, I'd PREFER not to get that from the woman...
Hollywood's Dystopian View of Population: Entertaining But Not Realistic -
Hollywood's Dystopian View of Population: Entertaining But Not Realistic
Armageddon again? Hollywood continues its investment in a spate of movies and TV shows about the end of the world or some variant thereof. The latest: a Lifetime TV series called The Lottery about the ultimate birth dearth -- a world in which no one is capable of having children -- no way, no how. Obviously, these fictional shows are not meant to depict reality. Entertainment is supposed to be, well, entertaining. And fantastical diversions can be welcome relief from the day-to-day. So, if this appeals to you, enjoy it. Taking off our TV glasses for a moment, is the world heading for collapse or some sort of Armageddon? The answer is an unequivocal "yes." One may, however, have to be inordinately patient waiting for this ultimate doomsday. Scientists tell us that the sun, our favorite star, which outshines the pearly whites of Tom Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow as well as War of the Worlds, will implode in just six billion years, give or take. When that happens, it's goodbye Earth. As for...
U.S. Officials: No Evidence Of Direct Russian Link To Malaysia Plane Crash -
U.S. Officials: No Evidence Of Direct Russian Link To Malaysia Plane Crash
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday that Russia was responsible for "creating the conditions" that led to the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but they offered no evidence of direct Russian government involvement. The intelligence officials were cautious in their assessment, noting that while the Russians have been arming separatists in eastern Ukraine, the U.S. had no direct evidence that the missile used to shoot down the passenger jet came from Russia. The officials briefed reporters Tuesday under ground rules that their names not be used in discussing intelligence related to last week's air disaster, which killed 298 people. The plane was likely shot down by an SA-11 surface-to-air missile fired by Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, the intelligence officials said, citing intercepts, satellite photos and social media postings by separatists, some of which have been authenticated by U.S. experts. But the officials said they did...
There Might Be A 16-Foot Anaconda Hiding In This Lake -
There Might Be A 16-Foot Anaconda Hiding In This Lake
JEFFERSON, N.J. (AP) — Reports of a 16-foot-long exotic snake — possibly an anaconda — slithering through New Jersey's largest lake have stoked fears among residents and led to searches and questions about what exactly is in the water. Traps have been set in Lake Hopatcong, while animal control officers and a private reptile expert have been hunting for the snake, first spotted earlier this month. A spokesman for the state's Department of Environmental Protection said there have been no confirmed sightings of the snake and no evidence that it's acutally there. "We've been trying to take this seriously, because if there is a dangerous creature we want to help capture it," spokesman Larry Ragonese said. "At this point, we've gone a couple weeks now with a growing story of an exotic creature roaming the lake, and there's hundreds of eyes now trained on it. If there was to be something, you would think that that someone would have seen it." Gerald Andrejcak said that he has. Andrejcak,...
Gravity Explained, In One Simple Video -
Gravity Explained, In One Simple Video
Albert Einstein once described gravity as the warping of space and time in his theory of general relativity. But what exactly does that mean? YouTube personality Edward Current attempts to simplify this theory in a new YouTube video, using a so-called "Spacetime Stretcher," built mostly out of materials from his garage and the hardware store. Check out the video above. "As a falling object's path goes increasingly in the space (down) direction, it goes a little bit less in the time direction," Current wrote in the video's YouTube description. "Gravity is effectively converting some of its travel through time into travel through space." Got that? On different social media websites, science enthusiasts have been praising the video for demystifying an otherwise mind-boggling concept. "The best explanation of gravity I have seen," YouTube user Tjaart Blignaut wrote in a comment. Still, gravity remains one of the greatest mysteries of the universe. Even though scientists can explain how it...
Oregon Will Vote On Legalizing Recreational Marijuana In 2014 -
Oregon Will Vote On Legalizing Recreational Marijuana In 2014
This November, Oregon voters will get to decide whether they want to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana. "Initiative Petition 53 has qualified for the November ballot," Tony Green, communications director for Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown, confirmed to The Huffington Post Tuesday. The petition was submitted by New Approach Oregon, a Portland-based marijuana policy reform group, earlier this month. More than 87,000 signatures have been verified by Brown's office. According to the proposed initiative text, adults 21 and over in Oregon would be able to possess up to eight ounces of marijuana at home and one ounce in public. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission would be the agency charged with regulating and monitoring the industry, similar to the regulatory model used in Washington state. Taxes collected on sales of marijuana would be distributed to schools, law enforcement and drug prevention and education programs in the state. It appears likely that the Oregon measure...
Group Tries To Make Climate Change A Winning Wedge Issue -
Group Tries To Make Climate Change A Winning Wedge Issue
WASHINGTON -- Many nonprofits and issue groups from across the political spectrum score elected officials on their voting records, evaluating whether a politician has sided with them on key votes. But a new environmental group wants to take that ranking a step farther: Disregarding votes on public lands, endangered species and groundwater protections, the group instead evaluates candidates exclusively on one issue -- their leadership on climate change. Climate Hawk Votes has put together a scorecard that rates Democratic House members on how much they've actually done to draw attention to climate change and to advance legislation to address it. The group is also organized as a super PAC, and intends to raise funds to help campaign for candidates it's christened "Climate Hawks." "I want to use it to identify the climate champions," said R.L. Miller, the group's cofounder and an environmental blogger. "I wanted to create a certain toughness that I think has been missing from...
Harry Reid Blames House GOP's 'Crazy Ideas' For Stalled Border Bill -
Harry Reid Blames House GOP's 'Crazy Ideas' For Stalled Border Bill
WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) blamed Republicans in the House for stalling efforts of Congress to deal with the crisis of children flocking to the border, saying the representatives were hamstrung by their own "crazy ideas." "I think that if you are focusing on the House, they are going very bad over there because the Republicans can't agree what they want," Reid said. "The Democrats aren't going to support some of their crazy ideas and the Republicans can't agree which crazy idea they want to put forward. Over here, my caucus is doing just fine." Asked if the Senate could have a vote on a bill being worked up by the Senate Appropriations Committee by next week, well before Congress takes its August vacation, Reid suggested Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) would have to keep his own members in line. "I need a little help from my Republican friends," Reid said. McConnell raised no objections to proceeding to a vote, although he did raise his...
How The EU's 'Right To Be Forgotten' Rule Is Backfiring Completely -
How The EU's 'Right To Be Forgotten' Rule Is Backfiring Completely
When the European Union's so called "right to be forgotten" policy was instituted in May, news outlets worried that the ruling could have a negative impact on the media. But according to, some publishers are finding the opposite. The policy, which mandated that Google would have to delete links to articles if a person involved in the story asked it to, was instated to give people more control over the information that can be found about them online. It was celebrated as a big win for privacy rights, particularly by those who want stories about their past arrests or wrongdoings gone from the web for good. Some outlets, like the Oxford Mail, expressed concerns that the ruling might be "misused" by criminals and public figures like celebrities and politicians who "want to hide embarrassing stuff." What actually happened was a little different. The Mail saw the link to its story about a man caught shoplifting removed from Google in July. In response, the website wrote...
Apple Sold 35.2 Million iPhones In Just 3 Months -
Apple Sold 35.2 Million iPhones In Just 3 Months
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's growth prospects are looking brighter as anticipation builds for the upcoming release of the next iPhone, a model that is expected to cater to consumers yearning for a bigger screen. The latest evidence of Apple's mounting momentum emerged Tuesday with the release of the company's fiscal third-quarter report. Earnings rose at the highest rate in nearly two years as Apple Inc. sold 35.2 million iPhones during the period. The iPhone shipments climbed 13 percent increase from the same time last year, even though many people are believed to be holding off on new device purchases until the next version comes out this fall. "From an execution perspective, we did a really great job," Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri said in an interview with the Associated Press. "We have some things in the pipeline that we think people will really be excited about." Apple earned $7.7 billion, or $1.28 per share, for the three months ending June 28. That represented a...
Net Neutrality's Brain Drain and Distraction -
Net Neutrality's Brain Drain and Distraction
As a national community, we debate and think often about the impact of the Internet on our lives. The issues that emerge in those conversations are tied to real needs - for affordable connectivity, access to laptops and mobile tech for learning and business, as examples. Latino tech leaders talk about the stories of Dreamers organizing on social media via mobile devices, and how they kept up with el Mundial at work, by checking Facebook from their phones. Net neutrality doesn't even come up in conversation. Yet the outcome of the seemingly never ending debate over net neutrality or the "Open Internet" does have an important effect: it distracts us from the real issues facing the Internet and those depending on it. Latinos and their leaders understand the real issues facing the Internet. They want an ever faster Internet with even more video, more bandwidth, and next-generation technology. From a policy perspective, the community wants more school connectivity and a national focus on...
For the Love of Classroom Tech -
For the Love of Classroom Tech
Who doesn't love a gadget? Touch sensitive glass and voice commands have become commonplace in a world where the mechanical whirl of gears and levers are phasing into relic status. The western world now has the first aging generation of a digital period where vast quantities of information flow at an enormous rate. As this wave of data streams through the channels of the cyber-universe, teachers and students alike are being challenged to better understand these tools while serving their students' in the best direction possible. But how to effectively introduce and maintain this tech in the classroom is a growing concern. As with great technology there is great marketing and schools are far from exempt. Los Angeles Unified has a $1 billion education technology initiative which last year experienced an assortment of bumps with regard to its iPad experiment. As today's science affects our lifestyles exponentially, many districts now have line items in their budgets that reflect the...
Jimmy Fallon Gives Tour De France Riders Their Own High School 'Superlatives' -
Jimmy Fallon Gives Tour De France Riders Their Own High School 'Superlatives'
Remember high school superlatives? There was best smile ... cutest couple ... most likely to double in size after eating a mushroom ... you know, the usual. Well, Jimmy Fallon pointed out that these same "Superlatives" are given out during the Tour de France, and since the race is already underway, he decided to share a few of the notable awards the riders have received. "Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.
Fruit Recalled Nationwide For Possible Listeria Contamination -
Fruit Recalled Nationwide For Possible Listeria Contamination
If you feasted on fresh fruit recently, you may want to be on the lookout for symptoms of listeria. California-based Wawona Packing Co. issued a voluntary recall on July 19 for certain types of peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots that were packaged and shipped between June 1 and July 12. The fruit is being recalled for possible listeria contamination, though no illnesses have been reported to date, the company said on its website. "We are aware of no illnesses related to the consumption of these products," Brent Smittcamp, president of Wawona Packing, said in the statement. "By taking the precautionary step of recalling product, we will minimize even the slightest risk to public health, and that is our priority." The packing company is calling for a nationwide recall since the products -- which may contain the bacterium listeria monocytogenes -- were shipped to retailers and wholesalers that resell the fruits. Though Wawona does not have a list of specific stores where the...
Eliot Spitzer Is Back With New Website To Hold Financial Analysts Accountable -
Eliot Spitzer Is Back With New Website To Hold Financial Analysts Accountable
Following a failed bid for New York City comptroller last fall, Eliot Spitzer is returning to the spotlight with a new project that aims to hold Wall Street analysts accountable. The disgraced former governor, who was forced to resign from office amid a prostitution scandal in 2008, revealed his latest venture during an appearance Tuesday on CNBC. DealBook reports TipRanks is an Israeli startup that recently secured $3 million in funding. Spitzer has actually been involved with the website since 2012, but is now an "active" board member and "lead investor," according to The Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch. During his CNBC appearance, Spitzer said the site is supported by 19 "wizards back in Israel" who analyze the records of professionals making stock recommendations in an attempt to provide investors with transparent, data-driven information. When TipRanks CEO Uri Gruenbaum was asked why he would want Spitzer on the company's board, he answered, "Well, obviously he knows a lot and...
Selfish Cat Will Not Share Her Yogurt, Not Even A Lil' Bit -
Selfish Cat Will Not Share Her Yogurt, Not Even A Lil' Bit
When Dice the cat and her so-called friend were given yogurt to share, Dice revealed her true colors. This video might be a perfect example of a jerk cat, but it's also a good example of a responsible owner since the yogurt is nonfat and plain. Giving a cat unsweetened yogurt in moderation can be a great treat. Via Tastefully Offensive
Sketches Of Homeless Vets Combatting Addiction Reveal Struggles No Photo Could Capture -
Sketches Of Homeless Vets Combatting Addiction Reveal Struggles No Photo Could Capture
Some just made one slip. Other members of this group of veterans never stood a chance against the soothe of drugs and alcohol. Fort Lyon, a military base 200 miles southeast of Denver that once served as a hospital, now houses up to 300 recovering homeless people, focusing particularly closely on veterans, according to the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless’ website. Richard Johnson, a writer and illustrator who has covered the lives of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, recently spent three nights with the facility's residents, learning the details that led them to battle, the bottle, the streets and, finally, to a recovery plan. He sketched a dozen such stories with the kind of painful precision that won’t let you label these hurting men. Rather, these drawings will push you to read the revealing lines of each vet’s face to get the full picture of what it means to serve and to struggle to safely find your way home. Spc. Joshua Aaron Smart, Army medic, 32 "I used to save lives and now...
Sears Security Guard Fired After Posting Security Footage Of Breastfeeding Moms On Twitter -
Sears Security Guard Fired After Posting Security Footage Of Breastfeeding Moms On Twitter
Many mothers, even celebrity moms, make the personal decision to share photos of themselves breastfeeding -- emphasis on personal decision. But recently, one Sears security guard took that choice away from mothers shopping at the store. This week, a teenager named Nick Carrington posted images of women breastfeeding at a Sears department store to his Twitter account. The photos were zoomed-in screenshots from the store's security camera footage. Carrington's account @Flex_To_Death has since disappeared, but the cached version shows that his profile description read, "Catching thieves day by day at a sears near you." was able to capture the photos before they were deleted, and posted them on Twitter, adding black circles for the moms' privacy: @sears Posting pics of #breastfeeding moms is NOT ok! What's your action? #searsbfingshaming — We're Parents (@WereParents) July 21, 2014 The photos sparked outrage online, as...
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