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World's most endangered marine mammal could go extinct

The world's smallest porpoise is fighting for its life. Conservationists claim the numbers of critically endangered vaquita has dropped to only 50 - half what it was estimated to be just a few months ago. It is the most endangered of any of the 128 marine mammal species alive today.

The animal is found exclusively in the upper part Mexico's Gulf of California, also known as the Sea of Cortez. But it's not fishing for the vaquita that is the problem. Rather, the commission concluded illegal fishingand trading of another critically endangered species called totoaba caught using huge gill nets was the driver, resulting in "a high entanglement risk for vaquitas."
Uhlemann said that the totoaba's swim bladder is illegally exported to Asia to make soup and traditional medicine. Demand for totoaba bladders has spiked recently, and a single totoaba bladder can sell for $14,000.


Charleston cop fired for posing in Confederate flag boxers.

A North Charleston police officer who posted a photo of himself wearing Confederate Flag boxer shorts to Facebook has been fired.

The photo spread across the Internet on Thursday after the post had been online for a few days.

Police Chief Eddie Driggers issued a termination letter to the officer, Sgt. Shannon Dildine, saying the photo undermines the officer's "ability to improve trust and instill confidence when working with our citizens."

"Your posting in this manner led to you being publicly identified as a North Charleston Police officer and associated both you and the Department with an image that symbolizes hate and oppression to a significant portion of the citizens we are sworn to serve," Driggers wrote.



Yes, a pic of the guy in his boxers is at the link.

Charleston Confederate Statue Spray-Painted With 'Black Lives Matter'

Source: NBCNews.com

Police say someone spray-painted the message "Black Lives Matter" on a statue memorializing the Confederacy in Charleston several days after a shooting at a historic black church.

Police spokesman Charles Francis said city workers used a tarp to cover up the graffiti marking the stone pedestal beneath the statue. He said he didn't know when the graffiti was spray-painted there, but said it would be cleaned off.


Photos on local news websites from before the tarp was put up show the phrase written in bright red paint, along with the message "THIS IS THE PROBLEM. #RACIST." The pedestal's permanent inscription is "To the Confederate Defenders of Charleston."

Read more: http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/charleston-church-shooting/charleston-confederate-statue-spray-painted-black-lives-matter-n379376

I agree with the person who spray painted this. The inscription "To the Confederate Defenders of Charleston" is wrong on so many levels:
1. Glorifies the Confederacy.
2. Inaccurately describes what the Confederates were doing; those Confederates were not "defending" all of Charleston but seeking to keep its African American residents enslaved (and thereby implying black lives don't matter and are not actual Charleston citizens).
3. Suggests that anyone opposed to the Confederacy ought to be fought.

America’s Seniors Find Middle-Class ‘Sweet Spot’

Most Americans suffered serious losses during and after the recession, knocked off balance by layoffs, stagnant pay and the collapse of home values. But apart from the superrich, one group’s fortunes appear to have held remarkably steady: seniors.

Supported by income from Social Security, pensions and investments, as well as an increasing number of paychecks from delaying retirement, older people not only weathered the economic downturn that began in 2007 but made significant gains, a New York Times analysis of government data has found.

As a result, America’s middle class is graying.

People on the leading edge of the baby boom and those born during World War II — the 25 million Americans now between the ages of 65 and 74 — have emerged as particularly well positioned in the nation’s economic timeline. While there are plenty of individual exceptions, as a group they are better off financially than past generations and may well enjoy a more successful old age than future ones, even those merely a decade younger.


No, Jim Bob, most brothers don't molest their sisters.

It IS "cause for great concern." Indeed, you yourself said child molesters should get the death penalty.

California Senate approves assisted death law

Modeled on a law first enacted in Oregon in 1997, Senate Bill 128 would permit doctors to provide lethal drugs to patients with less than six months to live. The measure passed 23-14, over strong moral objections from Republicans.
SB 128 heads next to the Assembly, where supporters are hopeful that CMA’s neutrality will ease passage. Gov. Jerry Brown, who once trained to be a Jesuit priest, has yet to weigh in on the proposal.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article23113641.html#storylink=cpy

California Senate approves health care for undocumented immigrants

A proposal to expand health care to Californians in the country illegally cleared the Senate on Tuesday, passing on a 28-11 vote and heading to the Assembly.

Senate Bill 4 would allow undocumented immigrants to purchase health insurance on the state exchange, pending a federal waiver, and enroll eligible children under the age of 19 in Medi-Cal, the state’s insurance program for the poor. A capped number of undocumented adults would also be allowed participate, if additional funding is appropriated in the state budget.

“We are talking about our friends, we are talking about our neighbors and our families who are denied basic health care in the richest state of this union,” said Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, the measure’s author. “Ensuring that every child in California grows up healthy and with an opportunity to thrive and succeed is simply the right thing to do.”
SB 4 still faces a challenging road in the Assembly, and should it make to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk, a signature is not guaranteed. Brown has expressed skepticism over the bill because of its high cost, estimated to be as much as $135 million annually.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article22904433.html#storylink=cpy


I sure hope it passes and Brown signs it. This will save many lives, and not just the uninsured's. Right now our emergency rooms are clogged with uninsured undocumented immigrants who have no other access to healthcare. If they can get their primary care in doctor's offices, it will be much cheaper, and ease the strain on our emergency rooms. Plus, as Sen. Lara said, it's the right thing to do.
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