Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Rand Paul: Republicans should be a party of “second chances” | Rare

Rand Paul: Republicans should be a party of “second chances” | Rare: "“Many of us are Christians, we believe in a second chance in our religion. Anybody here who’s not a sinner, raise their hand,” he said.

“We believe in redemption should the law allow people a second chance. I think if we’ll be more of a compassionate party who believes in that and believes that people in poverty needs a second chance, maybe we can do something for Detroit.”

“[S]how that we do care about people who are poor, who live in bad circumstances,” he added."


Detroit dad saves a whole neighborhood | Rare

Detroit dad saves a whole neighborhood | Rare: "The 50-year-old born-and-bred Detroiter has turned his block into a safe place for kids to have fun and parents to relax. In the lot next to his house, Davis has set up a place to work out, a swing set for kids to play on, and a homemade movie screen for families to watch movies at night.

In a field across the street, Davis built a go-kart track for kids where he also teaches them how to fix go-karts and mini bikes."



"The father of two wasn’t always a do-gooder. When he was younger, Davis was arrested several times on theft charges. He has since turned his life around and has even received a certificate of appreciation from his church."

Saturday, July 26, 2014

When A Restaurant Burns Down, The Owner Makes A Huge Sacrifice To Show Staff How Special They Are

When A Restaurant Burns Down, The Owner Makes A Huge Sacrifice To Show Staff How Special They Are: "With no revenue coming from his decimated restaurant and Kroll wanting his employees to remain with the company, he made a personal sacrifice – by taking the payroll from his own pocket. Khon 2 News reports:
Kroll paid the remaining four months of paychecks, almost $144,00 out of his own pocket."



"Kroll made employees promise to do one thing while he was helping them out. He asked them to volunteer their time, and pay it forward in their community. And they did."

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Western Pennsylvania father charged in deaths of young daughters killed by falling dresser | Fox News

Western Pennsylvania father charged in deaths of young daughters killed by falling dresser | Fox News: "David Beatty was charged with manslaughter because Beaver County District Attorney Anthony Berosh says he heard the furniture crash but didn't check on the girls for 10 minutes or more. Berosh believes the girls might have lived had their father responded sooner."



What was he doing something that shouldn't be interrupted during those 10 minutes? Is it bad parenting to not check out every potentially dangerous sound immediately?

Google Public Policy Blog: A step toward government transparency

Google Public Policy Blog: A step toward government transparency: "the government has chosen to disclose an estimated number of “targets” that it has surveilled, rather than the number of “accounts” at issue. This means that where the “target” is an organization composed of many people, and the government uses FISA to require disclosure of information from many different providers about the many accounts used by those people, covering a broad array of services, it may only report that there was one target. By contrast, in our methodology, and that used by other companies, we each would count the number of accounts impacted by a particular surveillance request. The government could provide more meaningful transparency by specifying the number of accounts too."


Mike Domitrz developed 'Can I Kiss You?' to promote healthy dating - CSMonitor.com

Mike Domitrz developed 'Can I Kiss You?' to promote healthy dating - CSMonitor.com: "Two young US soldiers went into a bar. As the night wore on, they noticed a man hitting on an intoxicated young woman.

When he offered to take her home, they stepped in and said they would go along to make sure she got there safely. At her house, the two refused to let the other man go inside, which prompted a fight before he stormed off. They called a cab to get home.

“They said it was worth it, because he was a risk to her,”"



"His talk, and his related 2003 book, “May I Kiss You?,” challenges people to always ask and receive consent before engaging in an intimate act, even a kiss. It goes on to show how people can intervene in problematic situations, just as the two soldiers did. And it explains how everyone can “open the door” for people they care about to confide in them if those individuals are survivors of sexual assault."

California couple faces fine for brown lawn after complying with water-saving rules | Fox News

California couple faces fine for brown lawn after complying with water-saving rules | Fox News: "On the same day the state approved mandatory outdoor watering restrictions with the threat of $500 fines, the Southern California couple received a letter from their city threatening a $500 penalty for not watering their brown lawn.

It's brown because of their conservation, which, besides a twice-a-week lawn watering regimen, includes shorter showers and larger loads of laundry.

They're encouraged by the state's new drought-busting, public service slogan: Brown is the new green.

The city of Glendora sees it differently.

"Despite the water conservation efforts, we wish to remind you that limited watering is still required to keep landscaping looking healthy and green," says the letter, which gives Korte and Whitney 60 days to restore their lawn."


Two men cleared of AIDS virus after bone marrow transplants - CNET

Two men cleared of AIDS virus after bone marrow transplants - CNET: "A 53-year-old and a 47-year-old man appear to be clear of HIV after receiving bone marrow transplants for leukaemia and lymphoma respectively at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney, Australia, in partnership with the University of New South Wales' Kirby Institute.

Moreover, the leukaemia patient is the first recorded case of clearing the virus without the presence of a rare anti-HIV gene in the donor marrow.

To date, there have been several reported cases of cleared HIV. Timothy Ray Brown, a US citizen, was treated in 2007 and 2008 for leukaemia with transplanted stem cells from a donor with the CCR5 delta32 mutation, which is resistant to HIV, and was reported clear of the virus in 2008. Brown stopped taking his antiretroviral medication and has remained HIV-free.

In 2012, two other patients in Boston had similar treatments with bone marrow cells that did not contain the mutation. They initially tested clear of the virus, but -- when they ceased taking antiretroviral medication -- the virus returned."


Texas longhorns may come to the rescue in desert lands - CSMonitor.com

Texas longhorns may come to the rescue in desert lands - CSMonitor.com: "In the desert environments that they call home, there is no better survivor than the Texas Longhorn. They eat invasive shrubs and cacti, they are resistant to the diseases rampant in hotter areas, and their namesake horns make them less vulnerable to predators, poachers, and thieves alike.



Contrast this with the European cattle now found wasting away in the deserts to which it they have no acclimation. They thrive on grass, of which there is little. Higher feed costs means less nutrition, which in turns leads to higher calf mortality rates, which remain a dismal 30 percent."