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On Tuesday, the Senate voted to deep-six a United Nations treaty that would have recognized the rights of the world’s disabled citizens. It’s been ratified by 126 nations including – wait for it – China, Russia, Iran, Cuba, Syria and Saudi Arabia. But because of the Republican nimrods in the Senate and their dickish cheerleaders like Rick Santorum, the United States can proudly say that we don’t give a rat’s ass about the rights of the world’s disabled. So, you might be asking yourself what fiendish reason they could have for opposing the treaty. Well, try home schooling...
http://veracitystew.com/?p=46436On Tuesday, the Senate voted to deep-six a United Nations treaty that would have... more
LUCEDALE -- Austin Stokes, 14 years old and barely 100 pounds, sat in a recliner at his home Friday, his left eye swollen shut, his face cut and scratched, the inside of his mouth bruised, his lip split and a tooth chipped.
Austin is a high school freshman with disabilities. He is in his first year at George County High School. And he said a senior twice his weight hit him Thursday.
School officials confirmed Friday charges have been filed against a student in the incident.
But Superintendent Debbie Harrell said the school has to be careful about how much information it releases, because everyone involved is a minor.
Austin spent time in the emergency room Thursday, was released and slept at home Thursday night. But his mother and grandmother worried over him all night, waking him to make sure he was still responsive.
He took quite a blow to the face.
Austin's mother, Lori Ann Dees, said local law enforcement and school officials told her the boy who hit Austin has been expelled for the rest of the year, and that the school has filed charges. She said others told her he was a senior.
Officials told her the charges would be simple assault, and that, she said, was like adding insult to injury.
"There's nothing simple about what happened to Austin," she said. "He looks like a car wreck.
"Don't they have laws to protect people with special needs?" she said. "We need laws to protect the disabled."
Austin has cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder that makes it difficult for him to
walk, causes him to draw in his left hand and makes school work more difficult.
High school challenging
Dees said Austin did better in junior high. His peers knew him, and he had and still has many friends. But in the first week of high school, someone threw an apple at him, she said. The school promised then to protect Austin, she said.
"He's gotten picked on before," Dees said. "But he's never felt threatened until this year."
According to what witnesses and Austin himself told her, Dees said on Thursday he was in the breezeway, leaving the cafeteria, when a senior called him a name. Austin said he threw an empty can and the senior turned and hit him.
"I was told he got hit so hard he went airborne," Dees said. "He hit the concrete with his face and chipped a tooth."
When she arrived at the school, Austin was sitting in a wheelchair in the school nurse's bathroom with an ice pack on his face.
When they took the ice pack off, she saw his face and the knot over his eye, and she got angry.
She took him to the emergency room. George County deputies were called in.
She has posted the story on social media and calls have been coming in nonstop. Comments have been very supportive, she said.
But Austin said Friday he's afraid to go back to school.
"Schools have to be better with the bullying," said Sylvia Smith, Austin's grandmother. Smith has been helping her daughter, a single mother of three, while Dees is recuperating from shoulder surgery, so Smith was able to help with Austin's injuries.
"Austin might have thrown that can," she said, "but maybe other kids were egging him on."
Erica McCarthy, Austin's aunt, who also was helping the family Friday, said, "As big as that boy was, he should have picked up the can, put it in the trash and gone on. Nothing gives anyone the right to put their hands on another human being."
The school district's head of security confirmed charges have been filed, but deferred all calls to the superintendent.
Harrell, in an interview late Friday, said she can't release specifics about what happened or about the students because the law requires confidentiality.
She said they had a thorough investigation and have taken the appropriate action.
She said in a press release the school district is cooperating with state law enforcement, the District Attorney's Office, the county prosecutor, the sheriff and other agencies.
"We have specific guidelines for discipline," she said. "There's going to be incidents, just like at every school, and we deal with them appropriately.
"And that's what we've been attempting to do. We're very proactive on discipline. The incident with the apple they would have addressed at the high school.
"Overall, we have very good students in the school system, and I'm very proud of that."
She said, however, erroneous information has been circulating and because of confidentiality, she can't correct it at this time.
In her press release, she said, "Out of respect for our students and George County, we encourage no further gossip on social media sites."
The school staff has been sweet and sympathetic for Austin, Dees said, adding administrators said they will follow through with the charges.
On Friday, there was a huge arrangement of balloons and candy for Austin at his home. It had green for cerebral palsy awareness and purple to signify anti-bullying, Dees said. It was from the teachers.
Read more here: http://www.sunherald.com/2012/10/19/4254432/george-county-freshman-afraid.html#storylink=cpyLUCEDALE -- Austin Stokes, 14 years old and barely 100 pounds, sat in a recliner at... more
Teal Sherer is an awesome woman.
Mayor says city took action after restaurants asked for "protection" from 13-year-old entrepreneur with disabled parents.
HOLLAND, Mich. — Several weeks after a city zoning officer shut down his hot dog business, 13-year-old Nathan Duszynski and his parents are homeless.
The family was hoping Nathan’s hot dog cart could help them through a difficult time. Nathan’s mother, Lynette Johnson, suffers from epilepsy and his stepfather, Doug Johnson, has multiple sclerosis. Their illnesses have restricted them from finding permanent, full-time work.
The family receives about $1,300 a month in disability payments, Medicaid and food assistance. The three are having a hard time staying together. MLive confirms what the Mackinac Center learned Thursday — Nathan and his mother are staying at the Holland Rescue Mission.
Full Story: http://www.mackinac.org/17372Mayor says city took action after restaurants asked for "protection" from... more
If you've served in the military, you know the mental toll a term of service can take on a soldier. In fact, you know better than anyone what kinds of psychological challenges a service member can experience while on duty.
But what if you came back from serving your country and your country refused to validate your wounds? Or worse, reversed your diagnosis?
Call on Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to continue the investigation into hundreds of military PTSD reversals.
http://www.theveteranssite.com/clickToGive/campaign.faces?siteId=10&campaign=PTSDReversals&origin=VET_FACE_FLAG_ADGROUP_TA_PTSD_4-29_CTGIf you've served in the military, you know the mental toll a term of service can... more
By Eric W. Dolan
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) blasted House Republicans on Tuesday as they planned to kill the Senate compromise bill to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance.
If the payroll tax cut and employment insurance is not extended, 160 million Americans will see their taxes go up by $1000 in 2012 and 2.5 million jobless workers will lose unemployment benefits.
“Don’t blame Congress for not working together,” she said on the House floor. “Blame the House Republicans — who can’t even work with each other.”
“The one and only reason this House of Representatives is not voting for the bi-partisan Senate bill to provide relief to middle class taxpayers, seniors and disabled on Medicare and jobless Americans is because it would pass That’s right. The Republican scam was to bring up the bill, supported by 90% of the Senate, and kill it.”
“On the way to this slaughter, a funny thing happened,” Schakowsky continued. “Sensible Republicans basically said, ‘You want me to vote to abandon millions of struggling middle class Americans without the help they need this holiday season? No way!’”
Republican House Speaker John Boehner said Monday that his members agreed the payroll tax cut should be extended for a full year. Democrats had originally pushed for a one-year extension and a surtax on millionaires, but agreed to compromise on a short-term extension.
The House voted 229 to 193 along partisan lines to reject the compromise bill on Tuesday. The Senate is currently in recess and is not scheduled to return until January 23.
“The sanctimonious rhetoric you hear today from the Republicans is nothing but talk, baby-talk,” Schakowsky said. “If they don’t get their way exactly, they won’t play.”
“And so, Happy Chanukah to middle class Americans lighting the first candle tonight who won’t get their $1000 tax break. Happy New Year to our seniors and persons with disabilities who may lose their doctors.”
“Merry Christmas to the jobless Americans, desperate for work, looking for work, who barely survive on unemployment checks. The House Republicans are the Grinches who stole your Christmas.”
Watch video, uploaded to YouTube on December 20, below:
"I wonder if their Guilt is the reason they Hate Christmas???"By Eric W. Dolan Tuesday, December 20, 2011 Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) blasted... more
An interesting 11-minute PBS News Hour video demonstrates several bionics projects that use state-of-the-art robotics technologies to create artificial body parts capable of assisting people with disabilities. The video demonstrates a robotic exoskeleton called eLegs, an artificial arm called Luke, and glasses that provide “bionic eyesight.”
Like many advanced technology projects, eLegs is based on technology developed by a U.S. military R&D program. The military has been working on exoskeleton technologies in order to help its soldiers hike longer and faster while carrying heavier loads. The PBS video shows Amanda Boxtel, who lost her ability to walk as a result of a skiing accident, demonstrating her ability to walk using eLegs, which was developed by Berkeley Bionics.
“…I would love to be able to have the run mode working,” says Boxtel in the video. “And I would — they wouldn’t be able to catch me. I would run out of this building and keep going.”
The video also interviews Dean Kamen, who demonstrates “Luke,” an artificial arm and hand (the name comes from Star Wars). This project, which is intended to be a replacement arm for amputees, is also based on research funded by the U.S. military.
The artificial arm is attached to the amputee using “breakthrough surgery called targeted muscle reinnervation, pioneered … at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago by Dr. Todd Kuiken,” says the PBS video. The video shows Jesse Sullivan, the first person to get the surgery, demonstrating the artificial arm.
“The signal is sent down and a piece of the chest muscle contracts,” explains Kuiken, “When the chest muscle contracts, it emits a little bit of electricity called an EMG signal. And we can record that with little antennas or electrodes over the muscle…. The key thing is to be able to control even what we have got. No one has made wrist flexors until recently because we never had a way to control them.”
The video also showcases research at the University of Pittsburgh, in which a monkey feeds himself using an artificial arm.
Human trials of similar technology are underway at Brown University, the video reports. “We envision that this technology will one day go to a point where we will rewire people and cause it — and allow them to have their brain signals hooked back up to their body, controlling their own muscles,” says John Donoghue, who leads Brown University’s “BrainGate” study.
The PBS video also demonstrates a pair of specialized glasses that can provide a degree of bionic eyesight for the visually impaired. “A camera in the glasses gathers the image,” explains the video. “It gets fed into a small computer, which sends a wireless signal to tiny electrodes implanted on the retina. They stimulate the remaining nerve cells, sending the visual images to the brain.”
Finally, the video shows some prosthetic limbs that are so advanced that South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius “faces accusations he has an unfair advantage as he petitions to compete in the 2012 Olympics.”Deviceguru- An interesting 11-minute PBS News Hour video demonstrates several bionics... more
... and I'm strangely saddened by this. There needs to be more, not less, images of the disabled in superhero-dome.
It was on of the reasons why I loved "Avatar: The Last Airbender" with Toph, the blind girl who invents metal bending and Teo, the boy in the wheelchair who could fly as well as (a bit better than) Aang.
I always knew that Barbara Gordon would walk again by watching Batman: Beyond. Yet still this seems a bit sad ...
http://www.comicsalliance.com/2011/06/06/batgirl-barbara-gordon-disabled/... and I'm strangely saddened by this. There needs to be more, not less, images... more
On Sunday, April 17, Joe and his brother found abandoned. Although weak and dehydreated, Joe and his brother survived. Warning: May Cause You To Shed A TearOn Sunday, April 17, Joe and his brother found abandoned. Although weak and... more
By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger
The Republicans are poised to unveil a model budget on Tuesday that would effectively end Medicare by privatizing it, Steve Benen reports in the Washington Monthly. House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI) is touting the budget as a strategy to reduce the national debt.
Ryan’s plan would turn Medicare from a single-payer system to a “premium support” system. “Premium support” is a euphemism for the government giving up to $15,000 per person, per year, to insurance companies to defray the cost of a health insurance policy.
As Benen points out, privatizing Medicare does nothing to contain health care costs. On the contrary, as insurance customers weary of double-digit premium increases can attest, private insurers have a miserable track record of containing costs. They excel at denying care and coverage, but that’s not the same thing.
The only way the government would save money under Ryan’s proposal is by paying a flat rate in vouchers. Medicare covers the full cost of medical treatments, but private insurers are typically much less generous. So, after paying into Medicare all their working lives, Americans currently 55 and younger would get vouchers for part of their health insurance and still have to pay out-of-pocket to approach the level of benefits that Medicare currently provides.
Taking aim at Medicaid
The poor are easy targets for Republican budget-slashing, Jamelle Bouie writes on TAPPED. Ryan’s proposal would also cut $1 trillion over the next 10 years from Medicaid, the joint federal-state health insurance program for the poor, by eliminating federal matching and providing all state funding through block grants. Most of this money would come from repealing the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion, which is slated to add 15 million people to Medicaid.
Block grants are cuts in disguise. Currently, Medicaid is an entitlement program, which means that states have to enroll everyone who is eligible, regardless of the state’s ability to pay. In return, the states get federal matching funds for each person in the program. Ryan and the Republicans want to change Medicaid into a block grant program where the federal government simply gives each state a lump sum to spend on Medicaid. The states want to use this new found “flexibility” to cut benefits, narrow eligibility criteria, and generally gut the program.
This is incredibly short-sighted. The current structure of Medicaid ensures extra federal funding for every new patient. So when unemployment rises and large numbers of new patients become eligible for Medicaid, the states get extra federal money for each of them. But with a block grant, the states would just have to stretch the existing block grants or find money from somewhere else in their budgets. Medicaid rolls surge during bad economic times, so a block grant system could make state budget crises even worse.
Ryan’s proposal has no chance of becoming law as long as Democrats control the Senate. The main purpose of the document is to lay out a platform for the 2012 elections.
Fake debt crisis
In The Nation, sociologist and activist Frances Fox Piven argues that the Republicans are hyping the debt threat to justify cuts to social programs:
Corporate America’s unprovoked assault on working people has been carried out by manufacturing a need for fiscal austerity. We are told that there is no more money for essential human services, for the care of children, or better public schools, or to help lower the cost of a college education. The fact is that big banks and large corporations are hoarding trillions in cash and using tax loopholes to bankrupt our communities.
She notes that Republican-backed tax cuts for the wealthy are a major contributor to the debt.
Jesus was a non-union carpenter?
Josh Harkinson of Mother Jones reports on the religious right’s crusade against unions. He notes that James Dobson of the socially conservative Family Research Council tweeted: “Pro-family voters should celebrate WI victory b/c public & private sector union bosses have marched lock-step w/liberal social agenda.”
Harkinson reports that the Family Research Council is backing the Republican incumbent, David Prosser, in today’s Wisconsin Supreme Court election–a battle that has become a proxy fight over Gov. Scott Walker’s anti-collective bargaining bill:
The FRC’s new political action committee, the Faith, Family, Freedom Fund, is airing ads on 34 Wisconsin radio stations in an effort to influence the April 5 judicial election that could ultimately decide the fate of the law. The ads target Wisconsin Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg, who’s running against a conservative incumbent, David Prosser, for a seat on the state Supreme Court. If elected, Kloppenburg would alter the balance on the court in favor of Democrats, giving them the ability to invalidate the recently enacted ban on public-employee collective bargaining. “Liberals see her as their best hope to advance their political agenda and strike down laws passed by a legislature and governor elected by the people,” say the ads. “A vote for Prosser is a vote to keep politics out of the Supreme Court.”
Roger Bybee of Working In These Times argues that recalling Republican state senators in Wisconsin is not enough to defend workers’ rights from Gov. Scott Walker’s anti-union onslaught.
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Ganja Granny http://www.greenribbonworld.com sez LETS GET IT ON! The time is ripe with possibilities and we all have to keep up the momentum. Tuesday Night 12/14... I was a guest on " Let Them Talk" on channel 56 in NYC, along with Ken Unger calling in from Missouri. Paul DeRienzo and Joan Marie Moossy are the charming duo hosting this show. Their calming and reassuring attitude makes everyone feel at home.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NgAVdWxVC0Ganja Granny http://www.greenribbonworld.com sez LETS GET IT ON! The time is ripe with... more
Fairfield, Conn. - Don't try this at home! Motorists on I-95 in Fairfield may have noticed a strange sight Thursday afternoon as a man in an electric wheelchair buzzed down the highway.Fairfield, Conn. - Don't try this at home! Motorists on I-95 in Fairfield may... more
MONTEREY PARK, Calif. — Authorities have identified two of the suspects recorded in sexual assaults of profoundly disabled women, officials said Friday.
Los Angeles police officers recognized the men after detectives went public with artist sketches and photos of four men on Thursday, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Dan Scott said. As many as 10 suspects could have been involved in the assaults.
One of the suspects was a worker at a Los Angeles care facility and had already been prosecuted by police for two felony sex counts and two abuse counts. He is currently imprisoned at Tehachapi State Prison and scheduled for release in 2012, Scott said.
The images were gleaned from over 100 hours of video delivered to sheriff's headquarters in suburban Monterey Park last March. It took months for investigators to digitally enhance the grainy footage and produce pictures and artist sketches of four of the suspects.
The videos show the men sexually assaulting physically and mentally disabled women, some of them in diapers.
Full Story: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40968443/40975244MONTEREY PARK, Calif. — Authorities have identified two of the suspects recorded... more
Graphic video footage obtained by the sheriff's department shows several men sexually assaulting at least 10 profoundly disabled women, some of them in diapers, officials said Thursday.
The assaults came to light when an unknown man dumped a bundle of 11 DVDs at the Los Angeles County sheriff's station in March. Attached to the videos was a note saying he had pulled them from a computer hard drive that another man had asked him to clean.
Some of the assaults were carried out in what appeared to be a residential care facility and one of the suspects seemed himself to be disabled.
Detectives have spent the last several months trying to pull clues from the grainy videos. After the footage was enhanced, they were able to capture the images of four men who carried out assaults, though there could be as many as 10 suspects total.
Full Story: http://www.santamariatimes.com/news/state-and-regional/article_cd6e4e51-ad53-540e-96b5-84356d6888fe.htmlGraphic video footage obtained by the sheriff's department shows several men... more
Man Falls Out Of His Wheelchair While Shooting Water At Tourists' Crotches (VIDEO) - The Daily BlenderThis is really strange footage, but it doesn t surprise me considering the locale (Gastown area). This was recorded earlier this week in Vancouver. A wheelchair-bound man with a potty mouth had a super-soaker and was shooting water at people s crotches.This is really strange footage, but it doesn t surprise me considering the locale... more
A Japanese company has created a robotic exoskeleton that is designed to help make disabled people mobile again, enabling them to stand up, walk and even climb stairs.A Japanese company has created a robotic exoskeleton that is designed to help make... more
Antivirus programs are a boon to the PC user. Sometimes though, you might want to turn them off. You might want to troubleshoot something. Or you're playing your favorite games on a mid-end PC that's struggling to run the game. Squeeze out your PC's performance by reading this guide on how Avast 5.0 antivirus can be temporarily disabled in five easy steps.Antivirus programs are a boon to the PC user. Sometimes though, you might want to turn... more
Just what kind of person can get away with saying whatever comes to mind? What kind of man or human can say the single darkest, unholy, controversial, racist, and vulgar sentence imaginable and still get his or her friends, family and neighbours to turn the other cheek? What kind of person can attain diplomatic immunity, without filing any paper work? What kind of person is literally untouchable? And no, I’m not referring to the dude responsible for Wikileaks. Allow me to perform a character sketch...
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and don't forget to check us out on twitter & Facebook: (@ForgetTheBox)Just what kind of person can get away with saying whatever comes to mind? What kind of... more
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