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Lawsuit: Jail denied Texas woman with HIV life-saving drugs, medical care for months before death

TEXARKANA, Texas — Holly Barlow-Austin was reasonably healthy, her HIV under control with medication, when she was booked into a for-profit jail in Texas in April 2019 on a probation violation.

Barlow-Austin, 46, of Texarkana, died 10 weeks later, blind, malnourished, dehydrated and septic after being denied vital medication and nourishment while she pleaded, day after day, for help, a federal lawsuit filed by her family alleges.

“Her last 48 hours (in custody) were tantamount to torture,” Erik J. Heipt, the attorney representing Barlow-Austin’s family, told The Washington Post on Friday. “She was beyond saving by the time they took her to the hospital.”

Barlow-Austin’s drastic health deterioration is illustrated by video footage of her final two days in jail, in which she can be seen crawling weakly around a filthy medical observation cell, emaciated and too frail to stand or walk.

“Holly is unrecognizable. It’s haunting,” Barlow-Austin’s husband, Michael Austin, told the Post through Heipt. “Losing her has left me heartbroken.”

Despite the obvious signs of trouble, including bloodwork and increasingly alarming vital signs, jailers at Bi-State Jail in Texarkana accused Barlow-Austin of feigning symptoms, saying she “knows how to play the sickly role,” according to the lawsuit.

The federal filing accuses LaSalle Corrections, which runs Bi-State Jail and 17 other correctional facilities in Louisiana, Texas and Georgia, of neglect, abuse and the disregard of inmates' constitutional rights. Bi-State Jail, as its name suggests, straddles the Texas-Arkansas border.

“So long as the corporation continues to profit, nothing changes,” the lawsuit states. “This case goes the very heart of everything that’s wrong with the privatization of America’s county jails.”
https://www.fox23.com/news/trending/law ... 4BVSW6NZA/
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US ambassador under fire for hosting Dutch far-right bash

Embassy and MP Thierry Baudet deny claims that event was a fundraiser.

The U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands has been accused of interfering in national politics after hosting an event for the far-right Forum for Democracy party.

The event, held at the American Embassy in Wassenaar on September 10, featured between 30 and 40 "party officials and wealthy entrepreneurs," according to Dutch magazine De Groene Amsterdammer. Ambassador Pete Hoekstra spoke at the event. Hoekstra, who was born in the Netherlands but raised in Michigan, was appointed by Donald Trump in 2017.

Other political parties, including Prime Minister Mark Rutte's VVD, have raised questions about the event and whether it should have been allowed. "Of course this should not have happened," MP Bram van Ojik from the Greens told broadcaster NOS. "This is interference in our elections."

A lawmaker from the social-liberal D66 party said the event may have even violated the Vienna Convention, which states foreign diplomats should not interfere in a host nation's politics. "Text and explanation are needed here," Sjoerd Sjoerdsma said.

Dutch Trade Minister Sigrid Kaag said the government had contacted the U.S. Embassy and was told that invitations had been sent to all political parties. Kaag added that the foreign ministry had requested a meeting between Hoekstra and Foreign Minister Stef Blok to discuss the matter further.

One unnamed entrepreneur who was present at the event told De Groene Amsterdammer it was "certainly not a town hall meeting ... it was more of an informal kick-off for the election campaign." The next Dutch national election is scheduled for March 2021.
https://www.politico.eu/article/pete-ho ... ight-bash/
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More Than 17,000 Rare Nevada Wildflowers Destroyed

Tiehm’s Buckwheat, Under Review for Federal Protection, Loses up to 40% of Population

LAS VEGAS— Conservationists discovered over the weekend that someone had dug up and destroyed more than 17,000 Tiehm’s buckwheat plants, a rare Nevada wildflower the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said this summer may warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act.

As much as 40% of the flower’s global population, which exists on just 21 acres in western Nevada, may have been destroyed.

“This is an absolute tragedy,” said Patrick Donnelly, Nevada state director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “Tiehm’s buckwheat is one of the beautiful gems of Nevada’s biodiversity and some monster destroyed thousands of these irreplaceable flowering plants.”

A routine visit to the site by Center staff revealed substantial impacts to all six subpopulations of the flower, with some subpopulations nearly wiped out. Plants were dug up or mangled with shovels, with taproots cut and most of the dead buckwheats hauled off-site.

Tiehm’s buckwheat has been the subject of recent controversy. An Australian mining company, Ioneer Corp., has proposed an open-pit lithium mine that would destroy the vast majority of Tiehm’s buckwheat’s habitat. This spring Ioneer Corp.’s biological consulting firm placed a “missing” poster for the buckwheat at the general store in the nearby town of Dyer, offering a $5,000 reward to anyone who locates a new population of the rare flower.

After a whistleblower revealed mismanagement of the species by the Bureau of Land Management, the Center submitted an emergency petition to protect the plant under the Endangered Species Act in 2019. In response the Fish and Wildlife Service said in July the plant’s protection “may be warranted” and initiated a year-long review.

After the initial discovery of the incident, a field survey conducted by Donnelly and Dr. Naomi Fraga, director of conservation at the California Botanic Garden, revealed approximately 40% mortality to the species across all subpopulations, due to removal or destruction.

“This appears to have been a premeditated, somewhat organized, large-scale operation aimed at wiping out one of the rarest plants on Earth, one that was already in the pipeline for protection,” said Donnelly. “It’s despicable and heartless.”
https://biologicaldiversity.org/w/news/ ... 020-09-16/
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Bipartisan bill proposed to give Israel veto on US arms sales to Middle East

Legislation would require US president to consult with Jerusalem to ensure qualitative military edge concerns are settled; proposal comes ahead of planned sale of F-35s to UAE

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A bipartisan bill introduced in the House of Representatives would enhance protections for Israel’s qualitative military edge to include an effective Israeli veto on US arms sales to the Middle East.

The bill “would require the President to consult with the Israeli government to ensure [qualitative military edge] concerns are settled” when it comes to arms sales to Middle Eastern countries, said the news release Friday announcing its introduction the previous day. The release came from the office of the bill’s lead sponsor, Illinois Democrat Rep. Brad Schneider.

Existing law already guarantees Israel a qualitative military edge in the Middle East, but Congress — not Israel — is the arbiter of whether an arms sale meets QME standards.
https://www.timesofisrael.com/bipartisa ... ddle-east/
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Goddammit how the fuck are we supposed to bring Jesus back without a red heffer and Jews as crazy as fuck?
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Reality killed satire. :mrgreen:
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Losers.
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Richard Nixon gifting Leonid Brezhnev a Lincoln Continental, Camp David, June 19, 1973

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Somebody was born in a barn.
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No wolves?
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Well then! I'm going to be living in the state of 2208 black bear observations. Wish me luck!
Jim Gaffigan wrote:Last time I went I got this pamphlet that said if a bear approaches you're supposed to play dead. Really, we're going to rely on my acting skills? Play dead? Who came up with that - maybe the bears? 'Play dead, cover yourself in honey, climb on a large white plate. Don't try to run away from us, I mean the bears.'"
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Rural America 2020 billboard outside the Des Moines Airport where Trump will hold his hangar rally
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https://www.news5cleveland.com/news/loc ... e-of-jesus
A priest in Bay Village says someone called police to report a homeless person. Turns out, it was actually a statue of Jesus.

Within 20 minutes of the sculpture being installed at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, police were called, according to Alex Martin, the pastor at St. Barnabas.
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Seem that that was suppose to be the point?

His brother Thomas told him to take a hike.

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A cynical person might think that they installed the sculpture with full expectation that someone would do exactly what that law-abiding citizen did, thereby getting the church's name and the associated appeal for donations into the news.
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Well, he does look like a child molester.

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Vermont First State Requiring Secondary Schools To Give Out Free Condoms

Vermont will become the first state in the nation to make free condoms available in public middle and high schools next year after Gov. Scott signed a bill last week that expands access to contraceptives across the state.

Some of the country's largest school districts have free condoms available, but no other state requires its secondary schools to have them according to the National Coalition of STD Directors.

Barre Republican Representative Topper McFaun introduced the bill, and says if teenagers have more access to contraceptives and health education; it might lead to a reduction in the number of abortions that are performed.

Vermont's abortion rate for teens ages 15-19 is about seven per 1,000, slightly lower than the national average.
https://www.vpr.org/post/vermont-first- ... s#stream/0
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Kindergarten teacher Helen Hulick, who was a witness to a burglary, was given a five-day sentence and sent to jail because she wore pants to her courtroom testimony in Los Angeles, 1938.

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I think there is reasonable suspicion she wasn't wearing a bra either.

Quite the rebel.
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Wrong.

Funny but wrong.
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US, Saudi Arabia and Uganda join forces to declare women have no intrinsic right to abortion

Ten of world’s 20 worst countries for women sign declaration organised by Trump administration

The Trump administration has joined 32 illiberal or authoritarian countries in declaring that women have no intrinsic right to abortion.

The Geneva Consensus Declaration, which received no support from America’s liberal allies, calls on states to protect the health and “inalienable rights” of women, but appears largely aimed at curbing global abortion rights and promoting heterosexual family units.

It was co-sponsored by Brazil, Egypt, Hungary, Indonesia, Uganda and the US, and was also signed by a host of autocratic countries including Saudi Arabia, Belarus and the United Arab Emirates.

“In no case should abortion be promoted as a method of family planning,” states the declaration, which was signed during a virtual gathering of countries in Washington DC on Thursday.

It adds: “There is no international right to abortion, nor any international obligation on the part of states to finance or facilitate abortion.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/worl ... 50419.html
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Most Nebraskans voted to abolish slavery as criminal punishment. But 32% voted to keep it

The good news: Nebraskans voted this week to eradicate from the state’s Constitution the provision that slavery could be used as punishment for crimes.

The bad: An electorate the size of Lincoln said they were OK with punitive slavery.

The results left the architect of the constitutional amendment — State Sen. Justin Wayne of Omaha — scratching his head. On the one hand, Nebraska didn’t need two tries to strip prison slavery from its Constitution as Colorado did, finally passing it in 2018.

On the other hand, 274,138 Nebraska voters — nearly one out of three — effectively decided they weren’t ready to eliminate slave labor from prisons.

The vote on Amendment 1 differed sharply along geographic lines and population size.

The strongest support came from the eastern part of the state, and from the largest three counties: Douglas, Lancaster and Sarpy.

The most opposition came from smaller, rural counties — especially in western Nebraska. Of the 10 least populated Nebraska counties, nine voted against Amendment 1.
https://omaha.com/news/state-and-region ... 97865.html
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Mississippians adopt new state flag after Confederate emblem flew for 126 years

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Mississippi voters, after decades of debate and a failed ballot effort 19 years ago, adopted a new state flag on Tuesday, according to NBC News and Associated Press projections.

The flag, approved by a majority of voters, features the words “In God We Trust” instead of the divisive Confederate battle emblem that previously flew for 126 years.

The Mississippi Legislature in June removed the old flag, which was adopted by racist lawmakers in 1894. It was the last in the nation to carry the divisive Confederate battle emblem. Lawmakers faced growing pressure from religious, business, sports and community leaders to remove the vestige of the state’s Jim Crow past from a flag flying over the state with the largest percentage population of Black residents.

An appointed commission reviewed about 3,000 public submissions for new flag designs over the summer and in September chose the new design with a magnolia and stars — a combination of multiple submissions.
https://mississippitoday.org/2020/11/03 ... 126-years/
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Gray wolves to be reintroduced to Colorado in unprecedented vote

Voters in the state narrowly approved a ballot initiative, Proposition 114, paving the way for gray wolves to be reintroduced into Colorado, where they were hunted to extinction by the1940s. This is the first time a state has voted to reintroduce an animal to the ecosystem.

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife department will lead the effort to establish a sustainable population of the animals in the western part of the state beginning in 2022 or 2023. The Southern Rocky Mountains contain millions of acres of suitable habitat—where wolves once thrived—land that could support several hundred wolves or more, biologists say.

Opponents of the initiative conceded they had lost on November 5, but the vote was close: As of Thursday afternoon, with 90 percent of the votes in, there were 1,495,523 votes for and 1,475,235 against. But most of the remaining uncounted votes come from urban areas that strongly support reintroduction.

“Reintroducing wolves will restore Colorado's natural balance,” says Jonathan Proctor, a conservationist with the group Defenders of Wildlife, which assisted the Rocky Mountain Wolf Action Fund in passing the measure.

Supporters say it’s especially timely, since the federal government removed Endangered Species Act protections for the animals in the contiguous U.S. in late October. (Learn more: Gray wolves taken off U.S. endangered species list in controversial move.)

The Colorado reintroduction initiative was opposed by many in rural areas, including ranchers, who worry that wolves will kill their cattle.

Many of these opponents have objected to leaving the question of reintroduction to voters, rather than state wildlife officials.
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/anim ... roduction/
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It's a noble idea. All will be well up until there is a shortage of field mice and hares. Then, they will remember why these wolves were hunted into extinction in 1940. That may be decades though.
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Yes, there are reasons why most old world folklore is about the dangers of wolves.
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Rob Lister wrote: Tue Nov 10, 2020 9:59 am All will be well up until there is a shortage of field mice and hares.
One wonders how Nature ever managed without humans. :roll:





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Witness wrote: Wed Nov 11, 2020 1:54 am
Rob Lister wrote: Tue Nov 10, 2020 9:59 am All will be well up until there is a shortage of field mice and hares.
One wonders how Nature ever managed without humans. :roll:

Savagely.
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↑ Well said, Grammy. When one looks at the details it's often just horrible… :|




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I'm not sure what the current rules are but military enlistment is not an automatic path to citizenship. Last I remember it was ten years service.
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New Alabama senator struggles with basic WWII history and says US fought ‘socialism and communism’

It’s not his only recent gaffe about history

Tommy Tuberville, the incoming Republican senator from Alabama, doubled down on his erroneous grasp of World War II history in comments on Thursday, telling a news site his father, a US soldier, fought to “free Europe of socialism.”

“I tell people, my dad fought 76 years ago in Europe to free Europe of Socialism,” he told Alabama Daily News. “Today, you look at this election, we have half this country that made some kind of movement, now they might not believe in it 100 per cent, but they made some kind of movement toward socialism.”

Last week, he made a similar remark in a speech to supporters, recounting that his father was part of “liberating Paris from socialism and communism.”

Though the full name of the Nazis was the National Socialist German Workers’ Party, they were fascists, not socialists. And the Soviet Union, a US ally during the war, was communist.

During the campaign, in which Mr Tuberville, the former football coach of Auburn University, defeated Democratic incumbent Doug Jones, the Republican had another factual mix-up, appearing not to understand what the landmark Voting Rights Act is.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/worl ... 22828.html

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