Thursday, August 21, 2014

DOD Transferred Over $4.3 Billion in Military Equipment to Local Police

August 21, 2014 - 3:57 PM

( The Department of Defense transferred over $4.3 billion worth of surplus military equipment--including 345 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles (MRAPs), 205 grenade launchers and over 12,000 bayonets--to more than 17,000 state and local law enforcement agencies across the nation since 1997.

(An MRAP Cougar HE tested in January 2007, with landmines detonating around it.)

The transfers were made under the 1033 program of the National Defense Authorization Act and administered by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), according to a report by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) entitled War Comes Home: The Excessive Militarization of American Policing.
The DLA website does not include a comprehensive list of where surplus military equipment winds up, but a spokesman for the agency told that a database found on the Detroit Free Press website that lists military equipment distributed since 2006 was accurate because the data had previously been obtained from the DLA under the Freedom of Information Act.
A review of the database found that some of the surplus items, such as binoculars and .45-caliber pistols, can easily transition to a civilian police setting.
But other equipment clearly intended for military use has also been sent to local law enforcement agencies. For example, in March, Wyoming’s Laramie County received an MRAP from the DLA. The Laramie County sheriff’s office told that there have never been any recorded instances of landmines in the rural county, which has a population of just over 91,000.
Concerns over increased militarization of the police have prompted calls from both the left and the right for an end to the 1033 program.
“Militarization unfairly impacts people of color and undermines individual liberties, and it has been allowed to happen in the absence of any meaningful public discussion,” the ACLU report stated.
“Dressing police officers as soldiers is dangerous because the mindset of a soldier is entirely inappropriate for a police officer,” writes Tim Lynch of the Cato Institute. “Soldiers fight a military enemy; police officers deal with citizens, who are protected by the Bill of Rights.”
“If the Pentagon hands local cops millions of dollars’ worth of hammers, it should be no surprise when suddenly everything looks like a nail,” Lynch added.
But Crisp County, GA Sheriff Bill Hancock disagrees that the 1033 program should be scrapped, pointing out the benefits for small local law enforcement agencies like his.
Hancock told that Crisp County also received a MRAP in February through the 1033 program, but that the sheriff’s office has removed the gun mount from the top and has not used it to date. He added that it would only be used in a hostage or shooting situation where officers’ lives could be in danger.
“It’s a good program,” Hancock told “You take that program away and somebody my size is not going to be able to equip all their SRT [Special Response Team] members with bulletproof vests. We’re not going to be able to equip them with night vision equipment. We’re not going to have some small handguns that we need because you’re gonna do away with the whole program.”
“So let’s put restrictions and guidelines on it; [but] let’s don’t just arbitrarily jump up and say, ‘Do away with the program.’"

Thank You Mr Lagarde and CNS.

The MRAPs and Grenade Launchers ought to put your ears back, . . . but what in the name of Sam Hill are civilian Police Agencies going to do with 12,000 Bayonets?
Are they expecting a massed charge of rioters after they've run out of ammunition?

ObamaCare Is A Disaster For Businesses, Philly Fed Finds

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Remember all those allegations that Obamacare would be an unmitigated disaster for businesses, especially smaller companies? Well, now we have proof.
As the Philly Fed, which mysteriously soared at the headline level even as the vast majority of its components tumbled, reported moments ago, "in special questions this month, firms were asked qualitative questions about the effects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how, if at all, they are making changes to their employment and compensation, including benefits."
What the survey found was very disturbing: not only did businesses report that as a result of Obamacare the number of workers they employ is lower than higher (18.2% vs 3.0%), that there has been an increase in part time jobs (18.2% higher vs 1.5% lower), leading to a big increase in outsourcing and most importantly, Obamacare costs are being largely passed on to customers (28.8% reporting higher vs 0.0% lower), the punchline was that while there is basically no change in the number of employees covered (17.6% higher vs 14.7% lower and 67.6% unchanged), there has been a big jump in Premiums, Deductibles, Out-of-pocket maximums, and Copays, which has been "matched" by a far greater reduction in the range of medical coverage and the size of the network.
In short a disaster.
And what's worse, this sentiment will persist long after the current subprime auto loan-driven manufacturing renaissance is long forgotten.

Thank You Mr Durden and Zero Hedge.

Increased Risk of Bone Fracture From SSRI Antidepressants


August 21, 2014
“Evidence from longitudinal, cross-sectional, and prospective cohort studies suggests that the use of antidepressants at therapeutic doses is associated with decreased bone mineral density and increased fracture risk,” reported researchers in a mini-review of the scientific literature published in Endocrine.
The Belgian University of Liège researchers expressed concern that SSRIs are often prescribed to older adults at high risk for bone fractures. The level of risk differs “depending on dose, exposure duration, time of exposure, age, or sex,” they wrote. “However, the risk of fracture declined rapidly after discontinuation of use of SSRIs. The evidence now seems sufficient to consider adding SSRIs to the list of medications that contribute to osteoporosis.”
Osteoporosis in patients taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors: a focus on fracture outcome(Bruyère, Olivier and Reginster, Jean-Yves. Endocrine. August 5, 2014. DOI 10.1007/s12020-014-0357-0)

California Patient Tested For Ebola

Oh Great.

No word on where the patient came into contact with the Ebola virus.
A patient admitted to the Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center is undergoing tests for the Ebola virus, hospital officials said Tuesday evening.
Kaiser Permanente took a blood sample from the patient that was subsequently sent by the Sacramento County Public Health Lab to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
It is expected to take several days to determine whether the patient, who may have been exposed to Ebola, has the virus, according to a statement from the Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services.
In a statement, Dr. Stephen M. Parodi, infectious diseases specialist at Kaiser, said the patient is being kept in isolation in a specially equipped negative pressure room, and staff is using protective equipment. [...]
The CDC says the risk of a traveler bringing Ebola into the U.S. is small, but there have been other patients tested around the country. A teacher in New Mexico is currently being kept in isolation as the CDC processes her blood test.
Thank You Fresno Bee and Dapandico.
We've had civil rights, tax, and other economic plagues to rival any Moses visited upon Pharoah since 2008. 
Obama's Legacy. 2 more years. Open Borders.
An Ebola epidemic.

Judge Orders Obama Team To Reveal Operation Fast And Furious Documents

Holder didn’t see that coming. Previous story.
A federal judge ordered President Obama’s team to hand over some documents pertaining to Operation Fast and Furious and to provide a list of withheld documents.
Once House Republicans see the list of withheld documents, they will have a chance to challenge the withholding of particular documents.
“This Administration has been so intent on hiding the contents of these documents that it allowed Attorney General Holder to be held in contempt instead of just turning them over to Congress,” House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) said of the ruling. “The privilege log will bring us closer to finding out why the Justice Department hid behind false denials in the wake of reckless conduct that contributed to the violent deaths of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and countless Mexican citizens.”
Thank You NRO and Dapandico.
And the only person more chagrinned than the Attorney General himself is going to be us, when and if, his people actually comply with this Judge's order.

Raising the Minimum Wage to The "Living Wage" Is (Literally) Killing Children. New Study

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Job Losses Among Youth Linked To Increased Suicidal Behaviors

August 20, 2014

A state’s rate of job losses is linked to its rates of suicidal ideation, suicide attempts, and suicide plans in young people of African American descent and in young women, according to research published in the American Journal of Public Health. “Job losses among 1% of a state’s working-age population increased the probability of girls and Blacks reporting suicide-related behaviors by 2 to 3 percentage points,” wrote the researchers.
A press release summarized that, “The study investigated self-reported data from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey from 1997 through 2009, reviewing a sample of 403,457 adolescents from 45 states. The survey responses were reviewed alongside the data from the Mass Layoff Statistics program, which captures the number of people who lost their jobs due to mass closings or layoffs from all states and the District of Columbia.”
The reseachers concluded in their abstract, “Our findings show that statewide job loss increases adolescent girls’ and non-Hispanic Blacks’ suicide-related behaviors.” The same correlations were not seen among boys, non-Hispanic Whites, or Hispanics.
Effects of Statewide Job Losses on Adolescent Suicide-Related Behaviors (Gassman-Pines, Anna et al. American Journal of Public Health. Published online ahead of print August 14, 2014. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2014.302081)
Job Losses and Teen Suicide-Related Behaviors, Online Weight Loss Sites, LGB Students and At-School Adult Connections (American Public Health Association Press Release on Newswise, August 14, 2014)