American teacher prevents massacre with basketball, not with gun


This video from the USA says about itself:

Teacher Jason Seaman called a hero for stopping school shooter

25 May 2018

The mother of the teacher credited with helping to stop a school shooting at Noblesville West Middle School says her son, Jason Seaman, was shot three times. Seaman is a science teacher at the school.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Shooting at American school stopped quickly by heroic teacher

A shooting yesterday at a school in the American town of Noblesville [in Indiana], which injured two people, was so ‘small’ that quite a few media in the US did not even pay attention to it. The Washington Post notes in a distressed tone how ‘normal’ it has become apparently that students open fire on classmates. Bizarre detail: without the heroic actions of the 29-year-old teacher Jason Seaman, the shooting probably would have been a massacre. …

How did this heroic teacher prevent a bloodbath? Surely, because he had a gun; like President Trump and the National Rifle Association want to be mandatory for teachers.

Not so soon. If the teacher would have had a gun, then there would have been a panic causing crossfire which might have killed and/or injured far more people than the two persons injured now.

Teacher Jason Seaman prevented mass murder with an object far less lethal, but maybe even more ‘American’ than a gun.

[According to] students of the Noblesville West Middle School, physics and chemistry teacher Seaman challenged the attacker. He threw a basketball at the boy, ran towards him, knocked a gun from his hand and tackled him, says a classmate of the shooter to ABC News. One of the pupils was injured, but without Seaman’s actions it would certainly have been more, according to his statement.

Teacher Seaman was struck three times during his intervention, his mother wrote on Facebook. According to the police, he is out of danger. The student who was struck, a girl, is in worse shape. She is in a critical condition in the hospital.

The shooting follows a week after a student at a high school in Texas killed eight fellow students and two teachers. Last February, seventeen people were shot dead at a school in Parkland, Florida. It unleashed an international student protest against armed violence: MarchForOurLives.

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Baby barred owl born, video


This video from the USA says about itself:

On April 6th around 9 P.M., the Barred Owl female left the nest box and revealed the first Barred Owl hatchling! The young chick, covered in white natal down, can be seen moving around the bottom of the nest box while the adults caterwaul in the distance. Assuming this was the egg that was laid on March 5th (the first of the clutch), it took 32 days for the chick to hatch—on the long side of a typical Barred Owl incubation period that ranges between 28–33 days. Keep watch as Egg #2 could hatch at any moment!

There are three eggs in the nest, expected to begin hatching around April 5. Thanks for watching!

Watch live here.

Jim Carpenter, President and CEO of Wild Birds Unlimited, has hosted a camera-equipped owl box in his wooded backyard in Zionsville, Indiana, since 1999. Set more than 30 feet high against the trunk of a pignut hickory tree, this Barred Owl box was first occupied in 2006. Since then, the box has hosted several nests, including successful attempts since 2013.

Indiana, USA barred owl nest webcam


This April 2016 video shows there were owlets in the Indiana, USA barred owl nest then.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA today:

Deep in the suburban wilds of central Indiana, the Wild Birds Unlimited Barred Owls have returned for a fourth year on cam. Nestled beneath the down feathers of the female owl are three white eggs, with hatching likely to happen around the end of the first week of April. For the last three years, the owls have had great success raising their young, fledging a total of eight owlets from eight eggs. Watch cam.

What to watch for: During the day you can listen to the sounds of spring arrive to the forests as the female incubates her eggs. At night, watch as the male owl delivers a steady stream of interesting prey items (like this crayfish) to the nest box and listen for the owls’ classic “whoo-cooks-for-you?” hooting duets. After hatching, it takes only 4 to 5 weeks for the owlets to transform from close-eyed, downy fluffballs to fierce, sometimes clumsy youngsters before setting out to explore the world.

Share what you see and hear with us on the cam‘s Twitter feed, @WBU_Owls, and join us in learning more about these secretive and adaptable predators.

Jewish graves vandalized in Indiana, USA


Jewish gravestone, with the German word 'Jude' daubed on it

From the Jewish Telegraph Agency in the USA:

3 suspects arrested in vandalism of Jewish grandparents’ gravestone in Indiana

January 5, 2017 9:33am

Three people have been arrested in connection with the vandalism of the headstone of a Jewish couple buried in the cemetery of a small Indiana town.

An anonymous tip to police led to the arrests on Tuesday night, according to local news reports in Scottsburg.

Angeliquca Tompkins, 19, and Matthew Terry, 20, are charged with criminal mischief and criminal trespassing; they are being held in the county jail. The third suspect was a female juvenile who was released to the custody of her parents.

The words “F***ing Jew” were spray-painted in white across the back of the double headstone, on top of the large Jewish star, in the Scottsburg Cemetery, one of the few headstones with a Jewish name on it. Two other headstones in the cemetery were later discovered vandalized.

On Monday, a grandson of the couple posted a photo of the headstone on Facebook and offered a cash reward for any information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the attack. The photo has been liked more than 16,000 times and shared more than 40,000 times.

Jarin Gladstein told a local news station: “The fact that words spread fast, obviously from Facebook, but it’s awesome that we got together and somebody obviously spilled the guts and said who it was, which I appreciate because I feel like that should pay for what they’ve done.”

Gladstein prior to the arrests had told the local media that he was “livid, upset, sick,” over the desecration.

The vandalized Gladstein gravestone

Law enforcement officials announced Friday that they seized 83 guns, 10,000 rounds of ammunition, and a helmet with a Nazi insignia from the home of a Lexington, Massachusetts man facing civil rights charges, the Boston Globe reported: here.

Bomb Threats Reported at Jewish Centers in Four U.S. States: here.

A score of Jewish centers in the Eastern U.S. faced false bomb threats Monday.

JEWISH CENTERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE RECEIVING BOMB THREATS More than 20 were reported on Wednesday alone. [Willa Frej and Andy Campbell, HuffPost]

JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY HIT WITH ANOTHER WAVE OF BOMB THREATS Forcing evacuations in ten states Monday. There have been 67 incidents at 56 Jewish community centers in 27 states and one Canadian province since the start of 2017. Vandals also toppled over 100 headstones at a prominent Jewish cemetery in St. Louis. Ivanka Trump, who converted to Judaism, tweeted about the incidents Monday, and not all of Twitter was pleased. [HuffPost]

Poisoned water in the USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

5 January 2017

TYT EXCLUSIVE: Lead Tests From East Chicago Are In.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Indiana Woman Was Healthy…Until Moving Into Lead Haven

5 January 2017

TYT Politics Reporter Jordan Chariton spoke with Akeesha Daniels, an East Chicago, Indiana resident and single mother, about her struggles trying to find new housing after her and other residents were told they would have to leave the West Calumet Complex.

This video from the USA says about itself:

5 January 2017

TYT Politics Reporter Jordan Chariton spoke with Byron Duke Florence, a former NFL wide receiver and kick returner, who was diagnosed with bone cancer in February, 2016—several months after it was revealed there was lead contamination in his hometown of East Chicago, Indiana.

‘Sanders more electable anti-Trump candidate than Hillary Clinton’


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Is Sanders the Better Candidate to Defeat Trump?

4 May 2016

Robert McChesney analyses the Indiana primary outcomes and the election trajectory for the candidates and the voters.

DONALD TRUMP’S ATTACK LINES FOR HILLARY CLINTON From Bill Clinton’s infidelities to Benghazi, Trump will attempt to portray Hillary Clinton as “fundamentally corrupt.” The New York Times takes a look at his “psychological warfare tactics.” [NYT]

The emergence of Donald Trump as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee marks a dangerous watershed for US and world politics. The selection of a fascistic demagogue as the candidate of one of the two major capitalist parties is indisputable proof of the advanced stage of the putrefaction of American democracy. The impending nomination of Trump means that a substantial section of the American ruling class has concluded that the defense of its interests requires massive political repression within the United States and war against competitors and enemies beyond its borders: here.

Why do millennials like Bernie Sanders so much? I love that this is a mystery to Washington. It’s the authenticity, stupid. You can’t fake a 40 year record. This is a generation that grew up in a time when entertainment and media is based on authenticity and not the fakeness of television. Like Diogenes, when millennials went on their pursuit to find the one honest man in politics, it was obvious that man was Bernie Sanders: here.

When 25-year-old Cassandra McWade got in a car accident on a highway in Asheville, North Carolina, on Monday, Ken Shupe drove his tow truck to the scene. But when he saw that McWade, who has disabilities, had Bernie Sanders signs on her Toyota Camry, he decided he wouldn’t help…. Shupe said he initially supported Republican presidential contenders Ben Carson and Mike Huckabee. But now that Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Shupe is going to support him “110 percent,” he said: here.

Trump and women: here.

Trump wins Republican primary, Cruz gives up


This video from the USA says about itself:

3 May 2016

After his loss in the Indiana primary, Ted Cruz is bowing out of the 2016 race. It has become mathematically impossible for him to win, and now Donald Trump will be the nominee. Ana Kasparian, John Iadarola, and Jimmy Dore, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Down Goes Ted Cruz!

This 3 May 2016 video from the USA says about itself:

Republicans Will Nominate National Embarrassment Donald Trump

Donald Trump Just Won Indiana — And The Republican Nomination: here.

Billionaire Donald Trump and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won the Republican and Democratic primaries in Indiana Tuesday. The Trump victory was particularly significant, since it effectively clinches the Republican nomination for a fascistic candidate who has campaigned on a program of racist attacks on immigrants and Muslims, extreme nationalism and militarism, including supporting torture and mass killing of civilians: here.

Ted Cruz Accidentally Punches And Elbows His Wife In The Face After Dropping Out. The clumsy blows followed Cruz’ announcement: here.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Glenn Beck Keeps Saying God Chose Ted Cruz

3 May 2016

If you ever wanted a reason to NOT vote for Ted Cruz, you have only to…well, look at him yeah, but listen to him. And listen to his supporters, who are as vile in their own way as Trump’s. Look at Glenn Beck, who says in no uncertain terms that Cruz has been sent by his God to rule over us…

Read more here.

John Kasich To Drop Out Of 2016 Republican Presidential Race: Reports. And then there was one: here.