One social engineering experiment in our public schools that didn’t work so well.

HS bans flags on cars, then students drive in flying Old Glory. The outcome may get you saluting.

After a Minnesota high school banned all flags on vehicles, students showed up Wednesday with a big message for the administration. After meeting with the protest leaders, the administrators agreed to withdraw the flag ban. (Image source: KARE-TV video screenshot)

It seems Rocori High School in St. Cloud, Minnesota, had enough of students who adorned their vehicles with Confederate flags and parked them in the school lot last spring.

So school officials banned all flags on vehicles — and that didn’t sit well with some students and parents.

To demonstrate they weren’t taking the flag ban lying down, about 30 folks protested at the school Wednesday, KARE-TV reported.

But they didn’t do so flying Confederate flags. Instead they showed the administration that a one-size-fits-all ban on flags can have embarrassing consequences.
With that, school officials said about 25 vehicles flying American flags were parked in the school lot, the Star Tribune added.

Don Ihrke told KARE his son “came home from school and told me that they weren’t allowed to fly the American flag on their vehicles anymore.”

So Ihrke attended the protest to support his son who was “making a stand,” he told the station.

“This is his truck and he’s proud of his truck, and he’s proud of his American flag,” he added to KARE. “He has a sister who’s a sergeant in the Marine Corps and he’s proud of his sister.”

“We just didn’t think that was right,” Ihrke told the station, regarding the ban, “by no means at all.”

But Superintendent Scott Staska said the issue surrounding the ban “wasn’t with the American flag. The issue was with people being disrespectful to other people,” KARE reported.

As it happens, Staska told the station that students protested “very respectfully, were well organized, very peaceful, positive and appropriate” — and it didn’t take long for their demonstration to elicit its desired effect.

Image source: KARE-TV video screenshot
Image source: KARE-TV video screenshot

Turns out administrators met with protest leaders Wednesday and agreed to withdraw the flag ban if students agreed to approach the flag issue respectfully, the station said.

In other words, displaying disrespectful flags and symbols — including the Confederate flag and swastikas — won’t be tolerated, Staska told KARE.

Notch yet another victory for Old Glory. And the whole episode didn’t even have to go to this length.

If school officials had taken a brief look at recent history, they perhaps would’ve concluded that when the American flag is part of a school ban, American students don’t react very favorably.

Unbelievable bravery.

Kidnapped Minnesota teen girl swims over lake to flee abductors

A Minnesota teen who was kidnapped for almost a month swam across a lake Tuesday to escape her abductors, officials said.

Jasmine Block, 15, of Alexandria, Minn., made it safely across the lake before running onto a property where she received help, CBS Minnesotareported.

Authorities said Block was kidnapped on Aug. 8 by Thomas Barker, 32, who urged the teen to get into his car and drove her to a residence in Carlos. Barker, his roommate and another friend physically and sexually assaulted the teenager, officials said.

“Barker tied her up with zip ties and then he, his roommate and friend over the next several weeks assaulted her and threatened her with weapons,” Alexandria Police Chief Rick Wyffels said.

Police arrested Barker, Steven Powers, 20, and Joshua Holby, 31, in connection with the kidnapping, the New York Post reported.

Block was able to make her escape after the kidnappers left her alone Tuesday, officials said. The teen reportedly knocked on the doors of a few homes but she did not receive any answers. She then jumped into the Thompson Lake and swam across.

When she got across the lake, she ran onto a farmer’s property. The farmer identified her and took her to safety.

“When she come walking out of the grass I’m thinking, ‘oh my gosh, you got to be kidding me,’” the farmer, who did not wish to be identified, told CBS Minnesota. “When I saw her face I knew right away.”

He added: “It was just a great feeling, [I told her] ‘just get in the pickup, we’re going to help you now.’”

Block was transported to the hospital for minor injuries she sustained.

“This is an unbelievable young woman,” Wyffels said. “She has a lot of strength. We think a lot of her and her family. They’re all amazing people.”

The three men were booked and all face assault, kidnapping and false imprisonment charges.

Your tax dollars hard at work. How progressive.

UMN offers ‘nonbinary gender pronouns’ writing guide

Mitchell Gunter

Mitchell GunterSouth Carolina Campus Correspondent

  • The University of Minnesota is offering students a resource guide to help them utilize “nonbinary gender pronouns” in their writing.
  • The guide includes a chart listing examples of such pronouns, encouraging students to “practice using nonbinary gender pronouns so that they become more automatic.”

The University of Minnesota’s “nonbinary gender pronouns” resource guide.

Students at the University of Minnesota (UMN) have a resource guide to help them utilize nonbinary gender pronouns in their writing.

The Campus Climate UMN Twitter account recently promoted the guide in a tweetdepicting the pronouns, calling the guide a “terrific resource for understanding nonbinary pronouns.”

“Even when they know the pronouns…they can struggle to incorporate those pronouns in their writing.”   

The resource guide takes the form of a gender pronouns chart on the UMN Center for Writing’s website.

“Many people understand the existence of gender pronouns beyond the binary (she/her/hers or he/him/his). However, they may not be familiar with how to use those pronouns in sentences,” the problem statement reads.

“As a result, even when they know the pronouns of reference for a person, they can struggle to incorporate those pronouns in their writing,” the problem statement concludes, listing a possible solution as, “learn the typical forms that nonbinary gender pronouns can take.”

“The following chart provides examples of some nonbinary gender pronouns in a variety of forms,” the website continues, listing pronouns such as, “they/them/theirs,” “ey/em/eirs,” “ze/zir/zirs,” and “co/co/co’s.” The website reports that the chart was adapted from the LGBT Campus Center’s “Gender Pronouns Guide” at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, though the citation link is currently broken.

Additionally, the guide advises readers to “practice using nonbinary gender pronouns so that they become more automatic.”

Students are also referred to the “Gender Neutral Pronoun Blog” to familiarize themselves “with how nonbinary pronouns appear in context.”

Finally, the guide suggests that writers “consider adding an explanatory footnote” if the writer’s audience is not familiar with nonbinary pronouns. An example footnote reads, “in this paper, I use the nonbinary gender pronouns [name them] because the people I am citing and/or to whom I am referring use these pronouns to refer to themselves. It is important to me that I respect their identities in my writing by using the appropriate gender pronouns.”

According to an article on UMN’s Campus Climate Page, “this terrific resource to better understand gender pronouns, especially in the context of writing, was created collaboratively by Katie Levin, Co-Director, Center for Writing; and Melinda Lee, Assistant Director, Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life.”

However, the Campus Climate Page stipulates that the article is a perspective, and that, “’Perspectives’ stories are the views and opinions of their authors and do not necessarily reflect any official position of the University of Minnesota.”

Campus Reform reached out to the University of Minnesota Center for Writing, but did not receive a response in time for publication.

Follow the author of this article on Twitter: @rMitchellGunter

We’re closer every day to a dictatorship.

Minneapolis bar closes after employees learn owner donated to white supremacist David Duke

A bar in Minnesota shut down after employees and customers learned the bar’s owner had donated money to white supremacist and former KKK leader David Duke.

Shutting down Minneapolis’ Clubhouse Jager wasn’t a decision made by owner Julius DeRoma, but rather by the employees who operated the bar, according to the Star Tribune.

A number of former employees resigned after they learned of DeRoma’s support for Duke. Some quit on the spot.

The donation came to light in a story published by City Pages, which detailed DeRoma’s $500 donation to Duke’s failed 2016 campaign for U.S. Senate.

Word about the club owner’s donation circulated quickly — performers and event organizers began to cancel scheduled shows, and weekly trivia night host Rob Callahan canceled his standing gig.

Callahan told City Pages that when he was called in to a Club Jager staff meeting that “Half the people were in tears, and the other half were pretty much punching walls.”

According to the Tribune, people messaged club employees on social media and accused them of being Nazi sympathizers. One server said she was called a “Nazi” on the street, and was spit at.

In response to City Pages’ report, Clubhouse Jager staff released the following statement:

“Clubhouse Jager is staffed by nearly 20 employees, who come from a diverse and inclusive background. We celebrate the diversity of our employees and we do not tolerate or endorse of any kind discrimination against anyone. Our focus remains on continuing our successful record of always providing our employees with a fun and positive work environment.

“Clubhouse Jager enjoys its positive relationship with the neighborhood and community, which includes a productive business relationship with City Pages for the past several years. Clubhouse Jager is dedicated to providing a safe and inclusive environment for all employees and customers.”

WHAT EXACTLY IS PROTECTED UNDER THE FIRST AMENDMENT?

When confronted at his home by WCCO, DeRoma said his donation was “just basically free speech,” and added that “it’s basically something that is blown up beyond what it should be.”

The bar’s doors were shuttered just as a Chinese restaurant in Santa Cruz, California, closed due to similar backlash, the Santa Cruz Sentinel reported. O’mei Szechuan closed after it was found owner Roger Grigsby also donated $500 to Duke’s 2016 campaign.

An eight minute lesson explaining why you need to do exactly what cops tell you to on a traffic stop.

VIDEO: Cop Tells Felon ‘You Reach For That Gun, I’ll Blow Your Brains Out’ – He Does So…

Kettering Police officer Jonathon McCoy gave about 30 commands to a man he eventually shot and killed who had said he wasn't going back to prison and would kill a cop to say out.

Kettering Police officer Jonathon McCoy gave about 30 commands to a man he eventually shot and killed who had said he wasn’t going back to prison and would kill a cop to stay out.

Officer Jonathon McCoy Gave Nearly 30 Commands Before Firing

Kettering, Ohio – Kettering Police officer Jonathon McCoy gave about 30 commands to the occupants of a car he pulled over before firing nine shots and killing a felon who had a gun sticking out of his pants. (Video below)

The Kettering Police released video of the Aug. 27 incident, according to The Dayton Daily News. The newspaper reported one of the commands Officer McCoy gave Jason Hoops before shooting him was,

Keep reading and watch the video here:

https://bluelivesmatter.blue/video-jonathon-mccoy-jason-hoops-shooting/

Sadly, it appears Sheriff David Clarke has resigned. I’m hoping its because he accepted a position in the Trump administration.

BREAKING: Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Resigns

Sheriff Clarke is withdrawing from the Department of Homeland Security position.

Sheriff Clarke has resigned as the Sheriff of the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Clarke Resigns

Milwaukee, WI – Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke has resigned from his position as Sheriff, according to Milwaukee County Clerk George L. Christenson.

Sheriff Clarke submitted hit letter of resignation on Thursday at 3:17 PM.

No immediate explanation was available for why Clarke resigned, or what he plans to do next.

Video of that announcement is below:

Sheriff Clarke, a democrat, is known for being an outspoken critic of Black Lives Matter and other anti-police groups. He was first appointed as sheriff in 2002 by then-Governor Scott McCallum and then elected to Sheriff ever since.

Milwaukee county supervisor Supreme Moore Omokunde called on Clarke to resign in December after an in-custody death in the Milwaukee County Jail, saying, “I think there is a counterproductive and negative culture that has been established at that jail. The creation of that culture starts at the top with Sheriff Clarke.”

There’s no evidence that Sheriff Clarke’s resignation is the result of pressure to resign or the result of any accusations of wrongdoing. It’s likely that Sheriff Clarke has another job lined up, but until he says more, we can only speculate.

This is a developing story and we will keep you updated. For all of our updates, follow us on Facebook and go to your news feed preferences under your settings, then select that you want to see more of Blue Lives Matter posts in your news feed. Otherwise, Facebook may not show you updates.

Not astounding news, compounds don’t degrade.

Antidepressants found in fish brains in Great Lakes region

August 31, 2017 by Charlotte Hsu
Antidepressants found in fish brains in Great Lakes region
A rock bass. Researchers have detected build-ups of human antidepressants in the brains of this fish species, among others, in the Niagara River, which links Lake Erie with Lake Ontario. Credit: University at Buffalo

Human antidepressants are building up in the brains of bass, walleye and several other fish common to the Great Lakes region, scientists say.

This vital conduit connects two of the Great Lakes, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, via Niagara Falls. The discovery of antidepressants in aquatic life in the river raises serious environmental concerns, says lead scientist Diana Aga, PhD, the Henry M. Woodburn Professor of Chemistry in the University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences.

“These active ingredients from antidepressants, which are coming out from plants, are accumulating in fish brains,” Aga says. “It is a threat to biodiversity, and we should be very concerned.

“These drugs could affect fish behavior. We didn’t look at behavior in our study, but other research teams have shown that antidepressants can affect the feeding behavior of fish or their survival instincts. Some fish won’t acknowledge the presence of predators as much.”

If changes like these occur in the wild, they have the potential to disrupt the delicate balance between species that helps to keep the ecosystem stable, says study co-author Randolph Singh, PhD, a recent UB graduate from Aga’s lab.

“The levels of antidepressants found do not pose a danger to humans who eat the fish, especially in the U.S., where most people do not eat organs like the brain,” Singh says. “However, the risk that the drugs pose to biodiversity is real, and scientists are just beginning to understand what the consequences might be.”

The research team included other scientists from UB, Ramkhamhaeng University and Khon Kaen University, both in Thailand, and SUNY Buffalo State. The study was published on Aug. 16 in the journal Environmental Science and Technology.

A dangerous cocktail of antidepressants in the water

Aga has spent her career developing techniques for detecting contaminants such as pharmaceuticals, antibiotics and endocrine disrupters in the environment.

This is a field of growing concern, especially as the use of such chemicals expands. The percentage of Americans taking antidepressants, for instance, rose 65 percent between 1999-2002 and 2011-14, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.

Wastewater treatment facilities have failed to keep pace with this growth, typically ignoring these drugs, which are then released into the environment, Aga says.

Her new study looked for a variety of pharmaceutical and personal care product chemicals in the organs and muscles of 10 fish species: smallmouth , largemouth bass, rudd, rock bass, white bass, white perch, walleye, bowfin, steelhead and yellow perch.

Antidepressants stood out as a major problem: These drugs or their metabolites were found in the brains of every the scientists studied.

The highest concentration of a single compound was found in a rock bass, which had about 400 nanograms of norsertraline—a metabolite of sertraline, the in Zoloft—per gram of brain tissue. This was in addition to a cocktail of other compounds found in the same fish, including citalopram, the active ingredient in Celexa, and norfluoxetine, a metabolite of the active ingredient in Prozac and Sarafem.

More than half of the fish brain samples had norsertraline levels of 100 nanograms per gram or higher. In addition, like the rock bass, many of the fish had a medley of antidepressant drugs and metabolites in their brains.

Evidence that antidepressants can change fish behavior generally comes from laboratory studies that expose the animals to higher concentrations of drugs than what is found in the Niagara River. But the findings of the new study are still worrisome: The antidepressants that Aga’s team detected in fish brains had accumulated over time, often reaching concentrations that were several times higher than the levels in the river.

In the brains of smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, rock bass, white bass and walleye, sertraline was found at levels that were estimated to be 20 or more times higher than levels in river water. Levels of norsertraline, the ‘s breakdown product, were even greater, reaching concentrations that were often hundreds of times higher than that found in the river.

Scientists have not done enough research yet to understand what amount of poses a risk to animals, or how multiple drugs might interact synergistically to influence behavior, Aga says.

Wastewater treatment is behind the times

The study raises concerns regarding , whose operations have not kept up with the times, says Aga, a member of the UB RENEW (Research and Education in eNergy, Environment and Water) Institute.

In general, wastewater treatment focuses narrowly on killing disease-causing bacteria and on extracting solid matter such as human excrement. Antidepressants, which are found in the urine of people who use the drugs, are largely ignored, along with other chemicals of concern that have become commonplace, Aga says.

“These plants are focused on removing nitrogen, phosphorus, and dissolved organic carbon but there are so many other chemicals that are not prioritized that impact our environment,” she says. “As a result, wildlife is exposed to all of these chemicals. Fish are receiving this cocktail of drugs 24 hours a day, and we are now finding these drugs in their brains.”

The problem is exacerbated, Singh says, by sewage overflows that funnel large quantities of untreated water into rivers and lakes. In August, for example, The Buffalo News reported that since May of 2017, a half billion gallons of combined sewage and storm water had flowed into local waterways, including the Niagara River.

Explore further: Climate change, species invasions harming popular native fish in Ontario lakes

More information: Prapha Arnnok et al. Selective Uptake and Bioaccumulation of Antidepressants in Fish from Effluent-Impacted Niagara River, Environmental Science & Technology (2017). DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.7b02912

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-08-antidepressants-fish-brains-great-lakes.html#jCp

Anyone with half a brain would realize this was a sarcastic response to an overreaction.

Georgia police officer at DUI stop: ‘We only kill black people’

A lieutenant from a police department in Georgia is under investigation after a dash-cam video obtained by Channel 2 Action News appears to show the officer telling a driver during a DUI stop, “Remember, we only kill black people.”

Lt. Greg Abbott of the Cobb County Police Department reportedly asked the driver to grab her cell phone, but she replied she’s afraid to move her hands because she has “just seen way too many videos of cops … ”

Abbott responds, “But, you’re not black. Remember, we only shoot black people. We only kill black people, right? All the videos you’ve seen, have you seen the black people get killed?”

The incident occurred in July 2016, and it was brought to light Wednesday after Channel 2 Action News’ open-records request on Friday.

Police Chief Mike Register said Abbott has been placed on administrative duties until the investigation is complete.

Lance LoRusso, Abbott’s attorney, told the station in a statement that the 28-year veteran is cooperating with the investigation, and that “his comments must be observed in their totality to understand their context.”

“He was attempting to de-escalate a situation involving an uncooperative passenger. In context, his comments were clearly aimed at attempting to gain compliance by using the passenger’s own statements and reasoning to avoid making an arrest,” LoRusso said.

Suri Chadha Jimenez, a representative of the driver, said she believes the officer’s response was sarcastic because the woman, “gave him some lip,” but nonetheless said, “it makes you cringe when you hear it. It’s unacceptable.”

Register, who was not police chief during the time of the occurence, told Channel 2 that Abbott was a good officer and never had any racial complaints. He added “no matter what context it was said, it shouldn’t have been said,” and that it is being dealt with “head-on.”

The hate for trump and love of Nobama continue to astound me.

Trump-Haters Fall For And Push Fake Pic Of Obama Serving Food To ‘Hurricane Victims’

So dumb. And obviously fake.

Via Biz Pac Review:

When it comes to the gullibility of the average social media user, it’s not surprising to see fake news spread like the wind.

A recent example of this was a photo of former President Barack Obama allegedly serving food in Texas, which continues to feel the catastrophic effects of Hurricane Harvey.

The caption stated, “Something you’ll never see trump do: Obama is in Texas serving meals!”

Keep reading…

Presidential pardons.

I’ve been reading various articles critical of President Trump’s recent pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and just for grins, looked up the list of folks pardoned by the most recent liar in chief, Barrack Hussien Obama.  If any of you are interested, Obama gave clemency to 1,927 federally convicted criminals, more than any president since Truman.  I’lve looked at the list and Obama pardoned folks convicted for crimes including drug crimes, (lots of them), bank fraud, tax evasion, and worse.  Sheriff Joe was convicted of Contempt of Court.  Whoopie.  

Don’t believe me, do your own research.  Here’s a link to save you time:

https://www.justice.gov/pardon/obama-pardons