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Open Eyes 090 04-01-15 The American Nightmare

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Are you proud to be an American?

Is it The American Dream? Or the American Nightmare?

In this episode, we expose the illusion that is the American Dream and explain how we are lied to about it on a constant basis.

 

 

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Thirty-five-year-old Latisha Fisher, mother to young Gavriel Ortiz-Fisher, took her son into the 5 Boro Burger bathroom at around 2:25 p.m. on Monday, according to police. After Fisher had been inside the bathroom for an “unusual amount of time,” and as lines to the bathroom grew longer, an employee went in to check and was horrified by what they found.
Fisher was caught holding her hand over her son’s mouth. Foam was coming out of the toddler’s nose and mouth. Fisher said, “I put my hand over his mouth to put him to sleep.” Fisher also spoke of “hearing the devil’s voice.”
Fisher even tried to push employees away as they attempted to perform CPR on the lifeless toddler. Under normal circumstances, any mother would be distraught. One law enforcement official described Fisher to the New York Daily News as, “Soulless. She put her hand over his mouth and smothered him.”
Police authorities added, “She is a lunatic. She is crazy.”
Parents of primary school children have been warned they could be reported to police or social services if they let their children play violent or sexual video games.
A group of 15 primary schools and one secondary academy in Nantwich, Cheshire, sent the letter warning adult-themed games, such as Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto, could lead to “early sexualised behaviours”.
“Several children have reported playing or watching adults play games which are inappropriate for their age and they have described the levels of violence and sexual content they have witnessed: Call Of Duty, Grand Theft Auto, Dogs Of War and other similar games are all inappropriate for children and they should not have access to them,” the letter said.
“If your child is allowed to have inappropriate access to any game or associated product that is designated 18-plus we are advised to contact the police and children’s social care as it is neglectful.”
The letter also warned against giving young children access to social media, including Facebook or WhatsApp, because it “leaves them vulnerable to grooming for sexual exploitation or extreme violence”.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday released military aid to Egypt that was suspended after the 2013 overthrow of the government, in an effort to boost Cairo’s ability to combat the extremist threat in the region.
The White House said Obama notified Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in a phone call Tuesday that the U.S. would be sending 12 F-16 fighter jets, 20 missiles and up to 125 tank kits, while continuing to request $1.3 billion in military assistance for Egypt. The White House said Egypt will remain the second-largest recipient of U.S. foreign military financing worldwide.
 Running low on Izze sodas? Tide detergent? Olay lotion? A new Amazon product, the Dash Button, will give you a one-click way to get a fresh shipment of what you need, stat.
The Dash Button is a physical button: a highly branded device about the size of your car’s wireless key fob. It orders what’s printed on it. If you have the Gillette button, for example, it will order razor blades for you.
What if you lose the button in your junk drawer? Amazon doesn’t want you to do that, so the buttons have adhesive on them, and hanging hooks. You stick the Gillette button inside your medicine chest; the Tide button on the side of your washer; the Huggies button on your diaper pail. When you’re running low, hit the button. A white light illuminates, then turns green to indicate that your order has been placed.
If you press the button while an order is already in transit to you, Amazon does a smart thing: It does not place a duplicate order. It sends a note to your phone saying that the extra order was not processed.
 A package of police oversight bills introduced in the Colorado Legislature includes a measure that would impose up to $15,000 in civil penalties if a law enforcement officer seizes or destroys a citizen’s recording or interferes with someone trying to film them.
“Primarily, it came up as a result of the number of news reports we’ve been seeing about police officers telling people, ‘Give me your camera,’ or taking the data away, and that is unacceptable conduct,” said Rep. Joe Salazar, a Democrat from Thornton and co-sponsor of the bill.
Salazar said House Bill 15-1290 has support from both Democrats and Republicans, and is not intended to penalize police.
“It takes a very special person to be a police officer,” Salazar said. “We want to honor them, but at the same time, we have a few bad apples who need to be aware that their conduct now has major, major consequences.”
On Monday, Cupertino became the first West Coast city to offer AT&T’s GigaPower, which promises Internet speeds so fast customers can download 25 songs in less than a second.
But that speed comes at a price: $139 a month, or $110 for those who allow AT&T to monitor their browsing habits.
With its Internet Preferences program, AT&T hopes to turn customer data into extra revenue. The company plans to compile the information about online activity — what users are Googling, which sites they favor, and what products they click on — to sell higher-priced personalized advertisements.

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