Daily Archives: May 6, 2017

It Is Becoming Illegal To Be Homeless In America As Houston, Dallas And Dozens Of Other Cities Pass Draconian Laws

Should we make homelessness against the law and simply throw all homeless people into prison so that we don’t have to deal with them?  Incredibly, this is actually starting to happen in dozens of major cities all across the United States.  It may be difficult to believe, but in many large urban areas today, if you are found guilty of “public camping” you can be taken directly to jail.  In some cities, activities such as “blocking a walkway” or creating any sort of “temporary structure for human habitation” are also considered to be serious crimes.  And there are some communities that have even made it illegal to feed the homeless without an official permit.  Unfortunately, as the U.S. economy continues to slow down the number of homeless people will continue to grow, and so this is a crisis that is only going to grow in size and scope.Of course the goal of many of these laws is to get the homeless to go somewhere else.  But as these laws start to multiply all across the nation, pretty soon there won’t be too many places left where it is actually legal to be homeless.

Source: It Is Becoming Illegal To Be Homeless In America As Houston, Dallas And Dozens Of Other Cities Pass Draconian Laws | American Everyman

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Eating bogies is good for teeth and overall health, scientists conclude

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It might be wise to look away now if you are eating or have a weak stomach, but scientists have discovered that ingesting bogies is good for teeth, and overall health.

Scientists at a number of universities including Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) say parents should not discourage their children from picking their noses because they contain ‘a rich reservoir of good bacteria.’

Eating snot can also prevent bacteria from sticking to teeth, according to the article published in the journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

continue http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/05/05/eating-bogies-good-teeth-overall-health-scientists-conclude/

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Experience: my dog rescues cats

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Molly is the world’s first trained cat detection dog. Her job is to rescue missing moggies. We had been looking for a dog with a particular temperament and intelligence to join our team of pet detectives for 18 months. We had scouts out and had spoken to the country’s top breeders.

We needed a quick learner; one small enough to fit into the nooks and crannies cats hide in. Mostly, we needed a dog with no desire whatsoever to chase cats.

I came up with the idea in 2014. I had been doing the job for 20 years and my business, Pet Detectives, was getting around 30 calls a week about missing cats. When cats go to ground, they go into a comatose-like state and if they are not found quickly, within a fortnight, they often don’t survive after being rescued.

continue https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/may/05/experience-my-dog-rescues-cats

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Macron hacked emails: French media ordered by electoral commission not to publish content

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France’s electoral commission has ordered media not to publish contents of Emmanuel Macron‘s leaked campaign emails to avoid influencing the election.

It warned news outlets in France that journalists could face criminal charges for publishing or republishing the material, under laws that came into effect at midnight forbidding any commentary liable to affect the presidential race.

There were fears the hack could swing Sunday’s final vote, where Mr Macron was expected to comfortably beat far-right candidate Marine Le Pen.

continue http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/emmanuel-macron-email-hack-leaks-election-marine-le-pen-russia-media-ordered-not-publish-commission-a7721111.html

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‘Camp John Waters’ Is Exactly What It Sounds Like

Baby boomers with cash and a campy bucket list take note: Movie director John Waters is hosting a summer camp for grown-ups in Connecticut. While the first iteration, slated for the third weekend in September, is already marked “sold out” (there were 300 slots) on the Camp John Waters page, dreamers of a follow-up will note that the $499 price of admission grants attendees access to a one-man show by Waters, a Q&A, a marathon viewing of his films, Bloody Mary Bingo, Hairspray Karaoke, and more, reports Dazed.Guests also receive an autographed copy of his book Make Trouble, which costs less than $10 on Amazon and may be some consolation for the fact that alcohol is not included. Waters, who just turned 71, is known for such cult classics as Pink Flamingos, Cecil B. Demented, and Polyester. His camp marries what Art News calls “two of the more absurd developments in contemporary leisure”—celebrity-based getaways and “a sort of developmental purgatory” that finds adults signing up for nostalgic recreation such as kickball leagues. Even so, there are at least 300 adults who thought this was a great idea. (Millennials can also sign up for adulting classes.)

Source: ‘Camp John Waters’ Is Exactly What It Sounds Like

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Anger as Five Transgender Convicts Are Moved to a Women’s Prison

Five transgender convicts who were born male have been transferred to a women’s jail, raising questions about the safety of female prisoners.Four of the group have not fully transitioned and it’s been claimed their arrival has left women inmates and some prison staff feeling ‘anxious and vulnerable’.The transgender criminals have been relocated to New Hall prison near Wakefield in Yorkshire, northern England, which has a population of 425 female prisoners.A source told the Sun newspaper: “Two or three of the transgender prisoners are in the general population. They are physically male and one is in for ABH [Actual Bodily Harm]. Staff and prisoners are feeling threatened. Some say they feel they could be beaten up, although the transgender prisoners have not misbehaved. But there are a lot of vulnerable women in there.”The newspaper reported that in 2014 one of the transgender inmates had their home stormed by police who specialize in terrorism. Officers found grenades, bullets and explosives.In March Heat Street reported that a double rapist who is in line for a publicly-funded sex change operation had been moved to a women’s jail.

Source: Anger as Five Transgender Convicts Are Moved to a Women’s Prison | Heat Street

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