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Hazing Girls Takes a Public Turn for the Worse re Violence

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The footage below appalled, frightened, saddened and made me more than a little hot under the collar. Hazing has gone from good fun to felonies.

From CNN:

"Nobody brings a baseball bat or a paint pellet gun to a powder puff football game."

"This was a vicious attack," Soskin said. "This was a lynching."

The tape shows several students huddled together on the ground while others threw objects at them, including large plastic buckets.

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One girl walks behind the seated girls and slaps them on the back of the head. Another girl holds up what appears to be an intestine. At least one girl reported having a pig's intestine wrapped around her neck.

Witnesses also reported that urine, feces and fish guts were thrown and others said they had been forced to eat mud.

"Basically it started out as a fun hazing like our initiation into our senior year," said a junior girl who had been injured. "About 10 minutes into it everything changed -- buckets were flying ... people were bleeding. Girls were unconscious."

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Here's the kicker: the story was filed in 2003. Eleven years later hazing has escalated. There's a component of fear, violence and criminal activity had not diminished. Au contraire ...

This is some sick shite, and a warning about actual footage, the violence is tragic and scarifying, mind your minors and environment.

 

 

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Voter Suppression Continues to Confound and Infuriate non-Republicans

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Once in a while old Tweety, aka Chris Matthews, knocks one toward the cheap seats, and Wednesday was one of those episodes of 'Hardball'.

I have the biggest crush on Fugelsang, full disclosure. I married for humor, but hotness was also included.

Here he and Joy Reid helped Matthews with a large and thorny issue,

Then to compliment the Tweety goodness, Ezra Klein subbing for Chris Hayes got the actual author, the hard hitting fellow who did the Voter ID Study that's sweeping to great acclaim. And horror.

From MSNBC:

What are voter ID laws even for?
A new investigation finds just 31 credible incidents of voter impersonation over 14 years and one billion ballot

Well that's post-Tea Party DefCon Amurrika, right thar' … we didn't think we as a country could Go Dumber than we did in 2000 for an endless, ubër-mockable, embarrassing, humiliating, eight years o' Dubbayhah.

We are SO better than this as a country. A democratic country. We supposedly monitor less worthy cow entries elections with a spyglass, but our own citizens face voter impression.

Humiliating, is what these efforts are - embarrassing and shameful also come to mind. It seems our GOP, The Tea Years, is bent on having only old white men and their Stepford Spouses count at the polls. Truly heart-sickening.

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Underground Corrupted Water in 3 Vermont Counties, Protests Commence

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Vermont is not as pristine as advertised, and when I heard about the protests and lengthy, seemingly endless lists of contaminated water in their home, business or schools. My high school, in North Clarendon, was included in the listings, as well as ski areas, stores that we've shopped at forever, nearby farms and farm families, plus nearby Mill River Union High School.

We happen to live within 4-7 miles of two of the sites that are spitting and spilling contaminatesfrom deeply buried gas storage. One is the town we border, North Clarendon, where my sister and her family live and the smallish high school I attended there are drowning in serious contaminated ground H2O water trouble.

Now we have a pretty good reputation for running a pristine state (excepting the protest-driven closing of the hideously dangerous closing of the nearby Yankee Nuclear Plant.

Time for another peck of protests to make some noise. This is a spot on display of Industrial Greed (guess these circumstances define it), and what piss poor regulation can achieve over time.

The Cleanup Fund began in 1941, and was quickly neglected with all the men and a few dedicated women shipping across the Pond after World War II got serious. Great decade for the Military Industrial Complex Generals.

Scanning the 42(!) page PDF from the state's Petroleum Clean-up Fund, I was aghast at the number of resolved situations.

And the hundreds of homes, business buildings, schools, restaurants, hospitals, shops and hair salons and gas stations. The link is above, it's a peeper popper.

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Image from the Vermont Petroleum Cleanup Fund.

For each site, a number of actual Vermonters exposed to contamination can vary. The actual users for public water supplies can be as low as 25 people per system to as high as many thousands of users. For sites with affected private water supplies, the number of contaminated wells depends on the specific conditions of the site. On average there are approximately three contaminated wells discovered per site, with an average of 3 users per household. However, one of the 161 sites listed above involved contamination to over 80 wells affecting approximately 240 users, and a site discovered in 2002 involves contamination to over 30 wells, including a public water supply, affecting hundreds of users.

Vermont has been trying to walk in the (pale) green footsteps of New Hampshire and New York to ban the additive M-T-B-E from the state's gasoline - for nine years - nine trips around the sun, and even MTBE is an additive to keep gas from leaking. Ironic much?

Surface water impact scan affect both public health and the environment. High concentrations of petroleum in a stream can cause detrimental affects to biota, and lead to an increased exposure to stream users.

Lastly, sites with indoor air impacts can lead to the greatest risk to public health. Petroleum
vapors entering a home can be at levels that are explosive. More often petroleum vapors reach
levels that pose a serious health risk. Of the 141 sites with indoor air impacts, the number of
exposed individuals varied from site to site. An average site involves three homes affected with
approximately three persons per home.

For a state that barely hits 500,00+/- population wise, and about 20% are second homes for Flatlanders.
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Fvx Nation Is ON The Presidential Lack of Feck - even early of a Saturday

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They were abuzz with where to fixate blame first … on Obama's Leading From Behind, sanz feck, in the conservative-appropriated Israel and Gaza, or the situation in the Eastern Ukraine that has Hannity et al frothing at the mouth and getting John McCain, Grampy McBombBombs, to share his 'wisdom'; as we reported earlier, yesterday, and in past months, link here for the gamut.

Earlier today, at an ungodly hour, Huckabee expounded on Obama's lack of leadership and had the whole Ick Couch backing him up in a chorale of deck-bemoaning tut-tutting and pooh-poohing.

Poster courtesy our friend Mel Neuhaus, @acehanna54 on the Twitterz

Poster courtesy our friend Mel Neuhaus, @acehanna54 on the Twitterz. Click to enlarge.

Fvx is reporting that Obama is too busy getting manscaped with Putin to be interested, no feck in sight ... so the only debates are about whether he is failing worse in the Mideast or Eastern Ukraine.

 I just don't completely understand when liberals allowed Fox Nation to appropriate Israel -- was there a memo I missed? My blood family is too dull to be Jewish, but adult family/friends have filled in ... when did defending Israel become Fox Noise's and Limpbaugh's job?? Assisted by boobs like these:

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You have to be sympathetic to the people of Gaza, the regional tragedy ... it's heartbreaking, but the politics in the U.S. have given it such obscurifying and odious undertones, I struggle with knowing how to report on it.
I suspect it all goes to the creepy religionist appropriation of Their Holy Lands for either the Rapture, salacious future ownership or rights to the mythical lands beloved of Their God or could hypothetically contain some location where Jesus slept? It's going to be touristy, if they get their sick Final Days wishes. Shudder.

The Curvy Couch of Ick was fully loaded.

Hasselbeck, Tucker Carlson, The Goodly Governor Huckabee of the evening Fox Noise lineup for failed neo-con GOPpers rescued by Murdoch or Ailes.

Here's the audio, apologies for Fvxing you early.

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'Poking bears' was actually used by Huckabee in what he pitiably felt was a modern analogy.

When they added a Fvx Nation expert, Max Boot, it didn't improve.

For sanity purposes, allow me to add some Melissa Harris-Perry takes on the events that will bring your head back around to the front … and salve some understandable phobias.

And a more global look.

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