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"So those calls, you have to respond to, even though for the most part, when you get there you realize, they’re not even American citizens?" 

Today in Fox News heartlessness: Host Brian Kilmeade is very concerned that emergency services have to to respond to undocumented immigrants, saying,  "not only are they understaffed and lacking resources, now they’ve got to deal with illegal immigrants who have no business being here."

According to the Huffington Post:

Migrant deaths along the U.S.-Mexico border spiked 27% in 2012, reaching nearly 500. And as of May 2013, some 5,595 immigrants had died crossing the border since 1998.

The danger of border crossings was highlighted in a tragic story last month, when authorities in Texas found the decomposing body of an 11-year-old, who wore “Angry Bird” blue jeans and a white rosary around his neck. 


NYC approves apartment building with separate entrance for the poor
July 23, 2014

It would be difficult to come with a more on-the-nose metaphor for New York City’s income inequality problem than the new high-rise apartment building coming to 40 Riverside Boulevard, which will feature separate doors for regular, wealthy humans and whatever you call the scum that rents affordable housing.

Extell Development Company, the firm behind the new building, announced its intentions to segregate the rich and poor to much outrage last year. Fifty-five of the luxury complex’s 219 units would be marked for low-income renters—netting some valuable tax breaks for Extell—with the caveat that the less fortunate tenants would stick to their own entrance.

The city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development approved Extell’s Inclusionary Housing Program application for the 33-story tower this week, the New York Post reports. The status grants Extell the aforementioned tax breaks and the right to construct a larger building than would ordinarily be allowed. According to the Daily Mailaffordable housing tenants will enter through a door situated on a “back alley.”

Any of the unwashed folk who complain about such a convenient arrangement, of course, are just being ungrateful. As the Mail points out, fellow poor-door developer David Von Spreckelsenexplained as much last year:

"No one ever said that the goal was full integration of these populations," said David Von Spreckelsen, senior vice president at Toll Brothers. "So now you have politicians talking about that, saying how horrible those back doors are. I think it’s unfair to expect very high-income homeowners who paid a fortune to live in their building to have to be in the same boat as low-income renters, who are very fortunate to live in a new building in a great neighborhood."

In these economically fraught times, it’s easy to forget that the super rich earned their right to never see you, hear you, smell you, or consider your pitiful existence. Expecting them to share an entrance would be unfair.



Highly-criticized Albuquerque police further militarize with $350,000 purchase of 350 AR-15 rifles

The Albuquerque Police Department, which has drawn criticism for its use of excessive force, plans to supply officers with hundreds of military-style weapons.

The department awarded a bid to a local vendor to purchase 350 AR-15 rifles over two years, reported KOB-TV, with the option of buying quantities of 50 thereafter, as needed.

The rifles cost about $1,000 each and will be purchased with taxpayer funds.

Civil liberties groups have warned in recent months about the growing militarization of U.S. police departments which have been buying surplus military equipment for civilian purposes.

Although the AR-15 is the civilian version of the military-grade M16 rifle, “you’re asking for trouble, in my opinion,” said Peter Simonson, executive director of the ACLU of New Mexico.

A U.S. Department of Justice report cited Albuquerque police in April for engaging in a “pattern and practice” of using excessive force, and Police Chief Gorden Eden told officers the following month they could no longer carry their personal weapons – including AR-15s – in the field.

The DOJ report found officers would purchase expensive weapons they viewed as “status symbols.”

“I think it sends a contradictory message to the public, and I think it should raise concerns about how seriously they’re actually taking the DOJ reforms,” Simonson said.

A spokeswoman for the police chief said the weapons were “ordered as replacements for officers’ authorized personally-owned rifles” and did “not represent an increase in the number of rifles carried by APD officers.”

“The replacement rifles are the standard type of rifle used commonly by police departments throughout the United States and may be purchased by any person at a commercial retailer,” said spokeswoman Janet Blair.

The president of the Albuquerque police union disagreed that the weapons would militarize the department.

Union President Stephanie Lopez said about 320 Albuquerque police officers had paid for their own training to shoot rifles and requested the department pay to buy the guns after they were told to leave their own at home.

“That training shouldn’t go to waste,” Lopez said. “There is a need to have these weapons on the street and within the department.”

The union president cited the October shooting rampage led by suspect Christopher Chase, who was dressed in body armor and targeted officers during a lengthy pursuit through the city.

Chase was shot to death buy officers with weapons similar to AR-15s, she said, adding that standard-issue handguns and shotguns would not have been effective.

Officers also used AR-15 rifles to shoot and kill ”illegal” camper James Boyd in March.

Watch this video report posted online by KOB-TV


"We all lose when American workers are underpaid. It’s a myth that small businesses can’t pay a higher minimum wage, as proven already in the states that have raised theirs. When businesses don’t pay a living wage all society pays. We pay through poverty and needless disease, disability and death from inadequate health care. We pay as women struggle to put food on the table. We pay as businesses and communities suffer economic decline." .. (Margot Dorfman, CEO, U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce)


  • (Tom Baker, Mary Tamm, and Susan Engel on the Stones of Blood commentary talking about Beatrix Lehmann.)

  • Susan:

    Did she tell you about the ferret that she kept that went up people's legs? Up their trousers?

  • Tom:

    What do you mean? She still had it up her...

  • Susan:

    Did she have it with her?

  • Tom:

    Well, she used to have it down her tights.

  • Mary:

    That's what kept her warm on location, isn't it?

  • Susan:

    I never saw it.

  • Tom:

    Yes. I mean, all the old actresses had ferrets down their tights in those days on location.

  • Mary:

    I've got one with me now, darling, just in case it gets nippy in the studio!

  • Tom:


  • Mary:

    It was cold though, wasn't it, on that location? Do you remember? We had hot water bottles at one point strapped to our middles-

  • Tom:

    To keep the ferrets warm!

Secret Lives of Flower Hat Jellyfish Revealed

For decades, flower hat jellyfish managed to keep their early lives a secret.

In adulthood, the jellyfish are striking, with a nest of fluorescent tentacles that look like party streamers, but pack a nasty sting. In infancy, well, scientists didn’t know. Aquarists tried, unsuccessfully, to raise the animals in tanks to understand what happens before the jellyfish are fully grown.

"They just aren’t like other jellies," said Wyatt Patry, senior aquarist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California.

Now, Patry and colleagues report they’ve finally raised the jellyfish in captivity. In a new paper, the researchers describe the elusive species’ life cycle, from egg to larva to single-tentacled polyp to juvenile to adult.

Scientists at the aquarium first bought a group of flower hat jellies back from Japan in 2002 for an exhibit on jellyfish. At the time, aquarists tried to mate and culture the species (scientifically named Olindias formosus), but they just couldn’t seem to get the jellies to release any sperm or eggs.

Patry said the researchers tried performing in vitro fertilization and exposing the jellies to stresses that might make them release sex cells. The creatures produced some larvae, but they didn’t grow much larger than that stage. Ultimately, it seemed that the scientists were missing some cue the jellyfish needed for reproduction.

When it came time for another jellyfish show in 2012, the team tried again. They kept groups of flower hat jellies in small tanks with mesh netting to keep the creatures off the bottom, where detritus and rotting pieces of half-eaten fish settled. The scientists don’t exactly know what they did right the second time around, but during routine maintenance, they discovered fluorescent jellyfish polyps attached to the wire mesh and glowing under a blue light.

Jellyfish larvae attach themselves to a solid surface and become stalklike polyps, which then bud into juvenile “medusae” — what jellyfish are called when they reach their most recognizable, umbrella-shaped form. Jellyfish polyps persist for an unknown amount of time. The polyps of flower hat jellies were unusual in that they had a single, highly active tentacle.

"They just look like little sea anemones," Patry told Live Science. "They seem to use the tentacle to sweep around their position to capture food."

Patry hopes the new information might help scientists and wildlife managers look for the species in the wild — and predict when and where “blooms” of the jellyfish could affect beachgoers.

Flower hat jellies kill and eat entire fish, and their venom is powerful enough to inflict a painful rash on humans. The mark looks like a burn, said Patry. (Take it from him. He said he usually gets stung a couple of times a year.) A 2007 review of jellyfish incidents recorded around the world found one death associated with flower hat jellies, in Japan in the 1970s.

The findings on young flower hat jellies were published in June in the Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom.

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