Michigan police take on ‘disgruntled veteran’ in hostage drill

Michigan police trained to shoot and kill a disgruntled military veteran at the state’s Fed­eral Correctional Institution this week as part of a multi-agency hostage drill By Mikael Thalen | Storyleak According to the training scenario, a disgruntled prison employee who served two tours in Afghanistan had shot five prison guards before taking the warden’s wife and son hostage. Joined by the U.S

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Future Doctors Organize For Patients, Not Profits

Chanting, “This system – let’s stop it! Our health is not for profit!” and “What do we want? Single payer! When do we want it

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Man Gets Life In Prison For Loaning His Car

“Several years ago I read a piece in The New York Times by Adam Liptak about Ryan Holle. Ryan, who had no prior record, is serving a life sentence with no chance of parole in Florida.

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*TOMORROW* Thursday, April 17 … Move to Amend Northern Michigan monthly meetin…

*TOMORROW* Thursday, April 17 …

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Woman leads police on high-speed chase with daughter in lap
Woman leads police on high-speed chase with daughter in lap Woman leads police on high-speed chase with daughter in lap

It all started with a kidnapping and some cocaine. Aubrey Coy, a Michigan woman, led police on a high-speed chase after kidnapping her 5-year-old daughter during a supervised visit on Sunday

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The movement needs to keep moving

Can we stop the tipping point?

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The Debt Crisis: America’s Budget Mess & What To Do About It – History of Fiscal Policy (1994)

The history of the United States public debt started with debt incurred during the American Revolutionary War by the federal government of the United States, after its formation in 1789. The United States has continuously held public debt since then, except for about a year during 1835–1836. To allow comparisons over the years, public debt is often expressed as a ratio to gross domestic product (GDP).

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The Good Stuff, Episode 11: Girl Scout Cookies, Orangutans and Palm Oil

In 2007, two kids in Michigan set out to earn their Girl Scout Bronze Award by raising awareness about the endangered orangutan. They learned that the orangutans’ habitat is being destroyed to plant oil palm plantations. After making the shocking discovery that palm oil was an ingredient in Girl Scout cookies, they launched a campaign to make Girl Scout cookies rainforest-safe.

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If You Can ‘Speak’ with Your Money, Then Why Is It Illegal to Ask For It?

McCutcheon bolsters the conservative ideal of money-as-speech, so why don’t our laws protect the poor for asking for pocket change? Money may be protected speech but apparently, speech that asks for money is not

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rjs: fracking related news for April 14, 2014

Fracking or injection well induced earthquakes brought national media attention to fracking twice this week; first, when central Oklahoma was hit by a number of quakes last weekend that brought  their 30 day total of large-enough-to-feel quakes to 133 ; it’s only April, but Oklahoma has already topped the record they set for most large earthquakes in one state in one year last year, and they have topped California as the most seismically active state in the nation, possibly the most seismically active area in the world…yet amazingly, as one reads the comments, we sense that they’re still in denial that oil & gas drilling has something to do with it….at least officials in Ohio had the presence of mind to put two and two together and try to head off any further serious earthquakes as new regulations call for a network of seismic monitors around fracking operations in areas with known activity…to my thinking, that should make it more difficult (expensive) for fracking operations to set up in northern Geauga or around the Akron magnetic lineament, which runs from western Ashtabula to Summit county… A selection of the hundreds of articles that crossed the wires on Ohio’s move follows the Oklahoma earthquake related synopses below, in approximate chronological order…included immediately below are a few links that are Ohio specific; then the rest come from my regular aggregator blog…i’ve noticed that a number of commenters are out with the advice that small quakes prevent large ones in the future, so we should just bring ‘em on; that’s not true; USGS found that it was a 5.0 injection well quake that caused the 5.7 quake that caused extensive damage in Oklahoma a few years back…on one occasion this week, while commenting on the obvious relationship between shale ops and the quakes in Oklahoma, someone called me a “hair-on-fire opponent who’s sure to dismiss the scientists as bought out by the oil and gas industry”, and “like anti-vaxxers, 911 Truthers, and anti-GMO activists,” we’re simply the “climate denialists of the Left

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