In Act of Anti-Competitive Protectionism, Massachusetts Will Tax Ride-Hailing Apps to Subsidize Taxi Industry

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A driver displays Uber and Lyft ride sharing signs in his car windscreen in Santa Monica, California, U.S.

A driver displays Uber and Lyft ride sharing signs in his car windscreen in Santa Monica, California

Massachusetts to Tax Ride-Hailing Apps, Give the Money to Taxis:
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-massachusetts-uber-idUSKCN10U1ST

(David IngramMassachusetts is preparing to levy a 5-cent fee per trip on ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Lyft and spend the money on the traditional taxi industry, a subsidy that appears to be the first of its kind in the United States.

Republican Governor Charlie Baker signed the nickel fee into law this month as part of a sweeping package of regulations for the industry.

Ride services are not enthusiastic about the fee.

(Read entire article here…)

My Commentary: Pathetic…

Torture Constitutes “Treatment” at the Judge Rotenberg Center

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While a student at the Judge Rotenberg Center, Andre McCollins is strapped down to a gurney and electrically shocked 31 times after refusing to comply with staff requests that he remove his jacket. His ordeal endures for SEVEN HOURS

While a student at the Judge Rotenberg Center, Andre McCollins is strapped down to a gurney and electrically shocked 31 times after refusing to comply with staff requests that he remove his jacket. His ordeal endures for SEVEN HOURS

JRC Expert Admits Shocks Didn’t Work, But Says Damage Was Minimal:
http://www.myfoxboston.com/story/17630245/2012/04/20/jrc-expert-admits-shocks-didnt-work-but-says-damage-was-minimal

(MyFoxBoston.com) There were tough questions in court Friday for an expert who suggested that a teenager shocked and restrained for hours was treated appropriately.

Psychiatrist Lloyd Price, testifying on behalf of the Judge Rotenberg Center, tried to portray former JRC student Andre McCollins as a violent and angry young man who needed to be restrained.

McCollins was 18 at the time and a client of JRC in 2002 when he was shocked 31 times inside a classroom, mostly while restrained face-down on a restraint board. The treatment was inappropriate and unneeded and is causing damage to this day, his lawyers contend.

(Read entire article here…)

My Commentary: “Pain compliance” does not constitute ‘treatment.” It is basic conditioning, such as is done on lab rats… This pseudo-scientific attempt to control the very being of a human is not only in complete violation with our natural born rights, it just so happens to cause brain damage in victims, directly and through trauma. It is just another in a long list of disgraceful and barbaric practices committed against humanity in the name of “medicine.”

Check out a few of these informative videos from the Citizens Commision on Human Rights (CCHR):

Man – Redefined:
http://www.cchr.org/museum.html%23/museum/intro#/museum/mantheanimal

Electro-Shock “Therapy”:
http://www.cchr.org/museum.html%23/museum/intro#/museum/ect
(disclaimer: ECT scenes are graphic)

Asylums and Restraints:
http://www.cchr.org/museum.html%23/museum/intro#/museum/asylum

Special Needs Students at Judge Rotenberg Center Are Being Regularly Tortured!

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Andre McCollins, an 18-year-old special needs student attending the Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) in Canton, Massachusetts

Andre McCollins, an 18-year-old special needs student attending the Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) in Canton, Massachusetts

Video Reveals Teen’s Electro-Shock Torture at Massachusetts School:
http://www.rawstory.com/2012/04/video-reveals-teens-electro-shock-torture-at-massachusetts-school/

() A video that a school in Massachusetts has fought in court for years to keep under wraps was played in public for the first time this week, revealing the torture of a disabled boy through the use of repeated electric shocks.

The Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) in Caton, Massachusetts has for years been pushing back against allegations of flippant use of electric shocks and other abuses against its special-needs students, and it had managed to keep video central to a case brought by one former student’s mother under wraps.

Now, the public knows why.

(Read entire article here…)

My Commentary: Andre McCollins, an 18-year-old special needs student attending the Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) in Canton, Massachusetts, is confined and tortured with 31 electric shocks over a 7-hour span as “therapy” for the “crime” of not complying with a school official’s request that he remove his jacket…

Peace Activist Cindy Sheehan Heads to Martha’s Vineyard to Confront Obama on the War

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Peace activist, Cindy Sheehan

Peace activist, Cindy Sheehan

Cindy Sheehan Heads to Martha’s Vineyard to Confront Obama on the War:
http://cindysheehanssoapbox.blogspot.com/2009/08/cindy-sheehan-heads-to-marthas-vineyard.html

For immediate release:

Next week, Cindy Sheehan will join other like-minded peace activists to have a presence near the expensive resort on Martha’s Vineyard where President Obama will be vacationing the week of August 23-30.

(Read entire press release here…)

My Commentary: While most Americans voted President Obama into the Whitehouse with the “hope” that he would effect real “change,” by putting an end to the previous administration’s falsely-premised, highly illegal wars of aggression & occupation in the Middle East, very few individuals have been willing to take him to task for his blatant failure to make any sort of true “progress.” Then, there’s peace activist, Cindy Sheehan. Unfazed by the “right” and “left” of American politics, she bodly chooses, rather, to focus on what is “right” vs. “wrong.” With the loss of her son, Casey, to the senseless war in Iraq, she honors his memory by making it her personal mission to end our Imperial Adventures overseas, period.

During the week of August 23-30, while Obama’s vacationing @ an expensive resort on Martha’s Vineyard, Cindy will join other activists in letting him know that there’s no relaxing when peole are still dying in our wars! She’s a courageous American, a real Humanitarian & a true patriot!