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George Zimmerman feels "lucky to be alive”

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Thu May 14, 2015, 03:07 PM (5 replies)


Source: abc1@

When 81-year-old Clarence Blackmon returned home Tuesday after spending months in the hospital for cancer treatments and rehab, his refrigerator was empty.

He had nothing to eat and no way to get to the store. Hungry and desperate, he called 911. He asked the operator if someone could go to the store for him and buy some groceries.

He told the operator whatever she could do would help.

"I can't do anything. I can't go anywhere. I can't get out of my damn chair," Blackmon said in his 911 call.

Blackmon told Hinson that all he wanted was a head of cabbage, some cans of beans and beets, some popcorn, tomato juice, and soft drinks.

Read more: http://abc11.com/society/elderly-cancer-patient-calls-911-because-he-has-no-food-/718448/
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Wed May 13, 2015, 08:35 PM (72 replies)

Hidden Cost of Convenience: an Amazon delivery truck passes homes every 11 seconds

watch the video to see just how close the trucks come to homes near the warehouses

Hidden Cost of Convenience: How Online Purchases Are Costing SoCal Communities

To make same-day or next-day delivery possible, developers are building more and more massive warehouses for major retailers — mainly in the Inland Empire — often right next to neighborhoods.

From the warehouses, an endless parade of diesel-belching semi trucks deliver online orders that end up at homes across Southern California and points beyond.

And that’s a big problem for residents.

"You’re scared to even take a deep breath in," mother Ashley Saragosa told the NBC4 I-Team.

Saragosa lives down the street from a huge Amazon Fulfillment Center in San Bernardino and says her 2-year-old son often needs an inhaler to breathe because of the toxic exhaust from trucks that pass her house every few seconds.

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Wed May 13, 2015, 07:59 PM (0 replies)

musician sparks backlash for requesting her violin from crashed Amtrak train

Musician sparks outrage after sending ill-judged tweet demanding her violin back from derailed Amtrak train where at least seven died
Train 188 traveling from Washington DC to New York City Tuesday night derailed in Philadelphia
Washington National Opera violinist Jennifer Kim was among the 238 passengers
Kim tweeted at @AmtrakNEC and @Amtrak: 'thanks a lot for derailing my train. Can I please get my violin back from the 2nd car of the train?'
Message has been condemned by other Twitter users as insensitive and in poor taste
Kim has since deleted tweet along with her Twitter account
Wreck killed at least seven and injured 140, six of them critically

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3079851/Musician-sparks-outrage-sending-ill-judged-tweet-demanding-violin-derailed-Amtrak-train-six-died.html#ixzz3a35oOLC6

outcome of the pizza equality fundraiser

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Wed May 13, 2015, 02:17 PM (0 replies)

"Airbnb is just like Uber. It's Desperation Capitalism"

Comment following article in la times. Sums up my suspicions about the growth in these types of companies
I can understand folks wanting to rent rooms in their homes for extra money but the thing is, Airbnb is just like Uber. It's Desperation Capitalism.

Things like this one would hope would make people think. Think about why people need to rent out rooms in their homes to strangers or haul strangers around in their car. Think about what has brought us to this point.

It's not innovation, it's simply desperation and to say otherwise is to ignore the economics of America today.

The banks, aided and abetted by politicians of both parties wrecked the middle class. It's the same reason demand is still weak in the economy. The wealthy have too large a share of the pie anymore and that's the problem. It's not the wealthy's fault that it's the way it is, it's the fault of politicians who let the banks loose to loot and at the same time cut taxes for the wealthy at the expense of everyone else.

The Airbnb thing is not the solution, it like Uber is a symptom of a much greater problem...

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Tue May 12, 2015, 08:04 PM (70 replies)

ugh. Harding prep school students dance with dead cats in anatomy class. post video online


PETA shared the video, which purportedly shows nine students playing with dead cats.

In the video, students are seen dancing with the dead cats to the ‘Meow Mix’ theme song.

According to PETA, the dance was performed in a classroom at Harding Charter Preparatory High School in Oklahoma City.

NewsChannel 4 has reached out to Harding Charter Preparatory High School, but has not heard back from the school.

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Tue May 12, 2015, 07:53 PM (7 replies)

dad doesn't book adjacent seats and whines cuz he has to pay $88 to sit next to daughter

he is not getting much pity online


dad named Frank Strong is outraged that he paid $88 to sit next to his 4-year-old daughter on a flight.

The single dad was flying with his daughter on Delta Airlines last month from Raleigh, N.C., to Montgomery, Ala., to visit his mother.

When Strong booked the tickets online, he couldn’t find two seats together and he decided to wait for assignments until arriving at the airport.

At the check-in counter, Strong learned he was seated 11 rows away from his daughter. Strong asked staff if they could be seated together and they said he could pay $88 to immediately secure adjacent seats or try to get better seats at the gate for free.

Strong begrudgingly paid $88 and wrote about it on his blog Sword and the Script:

Faced with a dilemma of handing over ransom money to Delta in exchange for certainty, or taking a risk that an agent might fix the problem at the gate, I opted to pay.
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Tue May 12, 2015, 03:21 PM (58 replies)

Georgia Army veteran arrested for smashing window to save dog from hot car

This is broken windows policing at its finest.

Police in Georgia arrested an Army veteran Saturday after he smashed the glass on a Mustang convertible to rescue a trapped dog from a sweltering car.

Michael Hammons said he couldn't stand by while the Yorkshire terrier was in distress in the Athens strip mall parking lot.

"I've got PTSD, and I've seen enough death and destruction," Hammons told 11Alive, noting his service in Desert Storm. "And I didn't want anything else to happen if I could prevent it."

No good deed goes unpunished, and so this veteran could be facing a stiff fine or even some jail time.

When Hammons saw a group of onlookers waiting for police to free the panting pooch, which did not appear to have water, he grabbed the foot rest of his wife's wheelchair and busted the window, My Fox Atlanta reported.
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Tue May 12, 2015, 03:05 PM (14 replies)

Seattle U study finds laws pile up against homeless

Rankin said cities across the state have been adopting more and more laws that effectively make being homeless a crime by outlawing behaviors that are part of surviving on the streets — sleeping on a sidewalk or in a car, or relieving one’s self outdoors. There are things people have to do, like sleep or use the bathroom, which are hard to do if you don’t have a bedroom or a bathroom.

The report, released last week, is the first of its scope, Rankin told me Thursday. It consists of four policy briefs — a survey of ordinances and enforcement, a look at costs, the demographics of homelessness, and a comparative history of laws that affect selective groups.
The researchers found that most communities have ordinances that police public behavior and are aimed primarily at controlling or removing people who are homeless from places where they aren’t wanted.

Auburn has 14 such laws, the most in the state. Seattle has six, which is average, but Seattle issues by far the most citations because it has the largest population of homeless people.
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sun May 10, 2015, 10:59 PM (5 replies)
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