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Julien Blanc and Dapper Laughs . . . is it better to silence or expose? Photograph: Mark Robert Milan/GC Images

Last week, Jessica Ennis-Hill took the brave step of saying she would have her name removed from a stand at Bramall Lane if Sheffield United re-signed convicted rapist Ched Evans. The inevitable consequence was a blurt of rape threats from members of Evans fanbase. One prize specimen, @RickieLambert07, replied to criticism by saying: Freedom of speech mate Ill say what I want when I want! I cannot say for sure that @RickieLambert07 isnt a lawyer but he certainly has a shaky grasp of Article 10 of the Human Rights Act.

If you believe in freedom of expression you often find yourself in terrible company. Right now, misogynists are enjoying a Voltaire moment, having been robbed of the comedic stylings of Dapper Laughs and, if the campaign to deny him a UK visa succeeds, the sinister dating advice of repulsive Californian pick-up artist Julien Blanc. Its fortunate that the penitent Daniel OReilly chose to become The Artist Formerly Known as Dapper Laughs, the Ziggy Stardust of bantz, rather than a lad martyr, but I worry that Blanc will turn a state ban to his advantage.

As a teenager, I first encountered censorship as a tool of the religious right. This was the era of Martin Scorseses The Last Temptation of Christ, Andres Serranos Piss Christ and Body Counts Cop Killer, not to mention The Satanic Verses. In each case, I saw the would-be censors as intolerant, ignorant and absurd. For one thing, many of them had only a sketchy apprehension of what it was they were trying to ban, learning about the offence second-hand. Second, they made the mistake of thinking that the artwork was a cause rather than a symptom, as if, absent Body Counts rap-metal provocations, African-Americans would have felt warmly towards the LAPD. Third, the outrage tended to have the effect of publicising and ennobling the offending work. All of this was sharply satirised by the Father Ted episode in which Ted and Dougals muddled protest against a blasphemous movie (Down with this sort of thing) ended up making it a smash hit.

I was naive to think that censorship, in its many forms, was restricted to the right wing but the effect of reading about these debates at an impressionable age was to give me an enduring suspicion of bans, wherever they come from. I felt the same reservations when, in September, the Barbican bowed to pressure to cancel Exhibit B, South African artist Brett Baileys installation about racism. Responsibility ultimately lay with the Barbican but the protesters aim, spelled out in a Change.org petition, was always cancellation of a racist exhibition that they hadnt actually seen. Consequently, nobody was allowed to find out if it was as crass and misguided as they claimed. In a prepared statement, Baileys black performers said: We welcome protest, but surely its best to have as much information beforehand, so your opinion is truly informed … And surely your right to protest should not impact another persons freedom of thought and speech.

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The fact that some people I usually agree with welcomed the Barbicans cave-in shocked me. Its illogical to condemn the Metropolitan Operas cancellation of a live transmission of John Adams opera The Death of Klinghoffer (the Met somehow deemed it not antisemitic yet inappropriate at this time of rising antisemitism) while applauding the closure of Exhibit B. If you oppose censorship then whether or not you like the thing being censored is irrelevant. In fact, the principle is only tested when you loathe the thing being censored (providing, of course, you have seen it).

Thats basic stuff, almost too obvious to spell out, but draconian censorship is becoming an increasingly common tactic among people who consider themselves liberals, from Exhibit B to the mission creep of refusing controversial speakers a platform at universities. Freedom of expression always has exceptions, for example legally proscribed hate speech, but allow too many and it suffers death by a thousand cuts. While many ideas are offensive, only a few should be deemed so unacceptable that they cant be heard.

I suspect the blurring of that line is related to the fever pitch of online discourse. The internet is so perpetually cross that its increasingly hard to make an impact with mere disapproval. In the outrage arms race, its tempting to go straight for the nuclear option. When Asian-American activist Suey Park was offended by a satirical skit on The Colbert Report in March, she started the hashtag #CancelColbert, despite neither wanting nor expecting the show to be cancelled. #CancelColbert was never literal, but it was a way to say, Hey, improve Colbert, knowing that trying to improve Colbert would never trend, knowing that it would never get heard, she told Salon.

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The fallout from the ill-conceived, poorly construed and seemingly never-ending war on terror has been decisive. Americans now hold an aversion to large-scale ground troop intervention, especially in the Middle East. According to a recent CNN poll, less than 40 percent of Americans favor sending ground troops back into Iraq to battle the Islamic State. However, 75 percent think it is likely or somewhat likely that combat troops are going to be sent into Iraq or Syria.

I have conflicting views on what policy action the U.S. government should seek. The libertarian ideologue within me does not believe in this form of formal, governmental intervention. However, I will endeavor to explain three beliefs. First, not all interventions are created equal. Second, the Islamic States systemic human rights violations and commitment to ideological repression are a travesty that is impossible to ignore. Third, I think intervention might be justified, based on limited-government principles.

As demonstrated by the Vietnam and Iraq wars, intervention can do more harm than good. The fervent anti-Communism that shrouded President Lyndon Johnsons geopolitical decision-making created conditions where Johnson felt that intervention was not only inevitable, but required.

Furthermore, President George W. Bushs assertion regarding the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq proved to be largely false. In fact, Saddam Hussein did not have modern large stockpiles, as the Bush administration contended. U.S. troops did find these weapons, but they were remnants of long-abandoned programs, built in close collaboration with the West, the New York Times reported. It appears that in these two interventions, data was misconstrued and the decision to intervene was ill-conceived.

According to the Huffington Post, a video has emerged that has a suspected Islamic State fighter describing how he sold Yazidi girls, belonging to an Iraqi minority group, into the slave trade. According to representatives of the Yazidi community, 7,000 Yazidi girls have been kidnapped. On Mount Sinjar, where the Islamic State has surrounded more than 10,000 Yazidis, ISIS forces are taking over Yazidi villages near the mountain one after another, killing the men and selling the women and children into the slave trade, the Daily Beast reported. The Yazidis have also been forced to convert or be killed, Mona Siddiqui wrote in an opinions column for the Guardian this summer.

The Islamic States intentions are expansionary and oppressive and go further than other regimes to violate basic human liberties. In Jason Brennans book Libertarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know, he describes libertarianism as an ideology that promotes radical tolerance. The Islamic State promotes radical intolerance. According to an Australian government report that cited Islamic State public statements, the Islamic State promotes sectarian violence and targets those who do not agree with its interpretations as infidels and apostates.

Therefore, I believe one can justify a more forceful intervention on some form of libertarian grounds. Libertarians, or classical liberals, share a strong belief in the right to enter into consensual contracts and the right to live free from coercion. Libertarian economist Milton Friedman describes the role of government in his book Capitalism and Freedom as a forum for determining the rules of the game and as an umpire to interpret and enforce the rules decided on.

Iraqs constitution affirms individual rights. For instance, Article 23 of the Iraqi constitution affirms that personal property is protected and no property may be taken away except for the purposes of public benefit. Furthermore, Article 7 states that no entity or program, under any name, may adopt racism, terrorism (and) the calling of others infidels in Iraq.

Under the Islamic States rule, Iraq will be unable to act as an arbiter of these fundamental freedoms and aggressions that are clearly being committed. Though former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki took sectarian positions, the aspirations of the Iraqi government in the 2000s were based on liberal values of liberty and freedom. Therefore, if the Iraqi government needs assistance to facilitate its primary function as an arbiter and protector of rights, why cant external governments help it restore its duty? Is there not a moral duty to enter into a contract with the Iraqi government to help it try to restore some commitment to liberal values?

The answers to both of these questions are incredibly unclear. One could argue that an unequivocal ground troop invasion could lead to a restoration of a government founded on liberal principles and restore the nature of government as an umpire through the vehicle of a contract between the Iraqi and American governments. But if the recent history of American intervention is any indication (think Somalia and Iraq), a lack of consequential understanding of the region married with lack of substantial support within Iraq could lead to a futile enterprise that actually does more harm than good. Thus, based on this libertarian framework there is a justification for intervening to fight the Islamic State.

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Six Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Your Trip to the Doctor

We all know how frustrating it can be to feel unwell and not understand why. Sometimes it can even be difficult for your doctor to help. Your physician is obviously very smartthat’s how he got through med school, of coursebut he or she doesn’t know everything, or may not be able to diagnose your condition effectively without some help from you. Getting the help that you need from your doctor is a group project, whether you realize it or not. In order to get the best possible care, you need to come to your doctor armed with knowledge, and able to describe to your physician what problems that you are dealing with as completely as possible.

In this article, we are going to discuss some underlying issues which may be impacting your health and wellness without you fully realizing it. By understanding more about your body and what affects you negatively, you will improve your doctor’s ability to give you accurate treatment, or test for chronic conditions which may be suppressing your otherwise good health.

Most doctors focus on a particular set of questions when they assess your health, whether it is during a physical, or other assessment of your health. They will discuss your activity level, and your diet. They will ask you how much water you drink. They will also ask likely ask if you experience feelings of stress and anxiety. Because there are so many questions to ask, there’s no doubt that your doctor will skip over some questions which could seriously benefit you. The following are six questions that you should ask yourself before you go to the doctor, and if you find any of the answers unsatisfying, you should discuss them with your doctor. Most patients that suffer from chronic illness will have issues related to their answers to a few of these questions.

Am I Suffering from Digestive Issues?

Most people don’t think about it, or even look at it, but your poop says a lot about what your body is going through, and whether your body is effectively taking in nutrients through your diet. Each cell within your body thrives as a result of the calories and nutrients that you intake. For better or worse, you are completely composed of the nutrients that you take into your diet.

Sometimes it isn’t enough for you just to eat well, however. Sometimes, the body has issues taking in nutrients effectively because of issues related directly to how your body is digesting food, or how your stomach and intestines are absorbing nutrients. There are many symptoms that are associated with poor digestive health, including bloating, gas, cramping, diarrhea, and constipation.

It may sound a little weird, but taking the time to look to your poop after you go number two can go a long way in helping you (and your doctor) understand your digestive health. And because your food is what makes you, your digestive health can provide insight into your overall health and wellness.

There are many examples of health issues which can impact your digestive health. The following is a list of some of the more common causes:

Chronic Stress

Poor Diet

Food Sensitivity

Suppressed Digestive Enzymes

Poor Bacteria Balance

Parasites

For patients that are having issues with digestive health, this is one of the most important things to fix as soon as possible, because most digestive problems can be easily treated, and provide significant benefits to the patient.

Am I Eating the Wrong Foods?

Another important part of good nutrition is eating a good diet. Your doctor will likely talk to you about dieting with regard to your weight, but is less likely to get into the specifics of your diet. There are many food sensitivities that people suffer from without even realizing it that can negatively impact health. Some of the more common allergies and sensitivities include nuts, eggs, corn, soy, and dairy. Many people also suffer from gluten allergy as wellwhich is a reaction to wheat products.

Often, it’s difficult to find the root cause of your food problems. This is because it can take as long as a few days for foods you eat to cause problems, and by then, it’s difficult to link the cause to the effect. Also, symptoms may lead to digestive problems, but frequently, the issues can be fatigue or other problems not directly related to noticeable digestive problems. These foods may also lead to widespread or acute inflammation, limiting the optimal function of your kidneys or liver, or slowing down your healing processes.

Food sensitivities are a known health issue, but there isn’t a whole lot of implementation because the science is still relatively new. The best way to assess how your diet affects your health is through a combination of selectively eliminating foods from your diet and having your blood tested for specific allergic sensitivities.

How Well Do I Sleep?

Everyone understands that sleep is important, but most people don’t understand exactly why. Most of your body’s rejuvenative processes are functioning at their peak while you are asleep. If you aren’t sleeping well, then you are going to have issues not only with fatigue, but with your body’s ability to maintain itself. Human Growth Hormone is one of the mechanisms by which the body promotes healing, and this hormone is produced in its greatest quantities during deep sleep. If you don’t sleep steadily through the night, or you toss and turn, this inhibits your healing processes, as well as your memory and cognitive function.

When you don’t sleep well, this also leads you to take shortcuts throughout the day in order to keep yourself awake and active. Many people rely heavily on sugar and caffeine, which can both cause issues when used in excess. Too much caffeine can lead to anxiety and jitters and make it even harder to fall asleep.

By talking to a doctor about your sleeping habits, you may be able to uncover what issues are preventing you from sleeping well. Perhaps it could be chronic anxiety or even sleep apnea.

Am I Being Exposed to Chemicals in My Home or at Work?

Our bodies have some mechanisms to get rid of many toxins, but if we are exposed to too much, this can be a serious health hazard. There are many ways that you can be exposed to toxins. Not too long ago, lead was widely used in a variety of products, before we realized exactly how dangerous lead was. There are still products like thatWe may not be exposed to them as heavily and they may not be as potently toxic, but they still can lead to issues. For example, there are many forms of plastic which are not designed to be exposed to hot water, like that in a dishwasher, and leech toxic chemicals without you even realizing it.

Also, your makeup or even your soap or shampoo may contain ingredients which irritate your skin and cause adverse reactions which impact your health. The human body can metabolize or otherwise get rid of certain levels of most toxins, but if you are overexposed, this can inhibit your body’s healing processes. There are many products that put men at risk in particular. These are known as Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, and they have the ability to disrupt the body’s Testosterone Levels, which can suppress health and vitality.

Of course, other EDCs can stimulate high levels of cortisol or imbalance hormones in other ways. Many people are also very sensitive to molds. If you have been feeling chronically under the weather lately it may pay to give your house a thorough cleaning and look for ways to reduce your exposure to potentially harmful chemicals.

Do I Have a Healthy Level of Self-Esteem?

Psychological health and physical health are intricately related. If you aren’t feeling good about yourself, this can have a devastating effect upon your health and wellness. People that are down on themselves are less likely to take care of themselves, and more likely to feel stress and sadness which prevent them both from living up to their potential and being optimally healthy.

Studies have clearly shown that people with positive attitudes and positive self-worth are more likely to live longer than their pessimistic and self-defeating peers. A big aspect of negative thinking is that you make yourself feel inferior and not up to the task of living your life. As a result, you have a tendency to stress out about things way more than you should, preventing the stress from allowing you to live your life. Stress is a physiological response, largely mediated by the release of cortisol. Cortisol and other adrenal hormones activate what is known as the Fight-or-Flight Response.

Stress is designed to be a short term change of physiological priorities designed to help you overcome high pressure situations, but when you feel long term stress, you overload yourself and your body’s protective and rehabilitative processes go into decline.

Take stock of your life. If you experience any of the following characteristics in excess, then you need to take steps to reevaluate yourself and your life to accentuate the positive:

Self-Deprivation

Addiction

Chronic Tendency to Sell Yourself Short

Perfectionism

Beating Yourself Up Over Mistakes

Hanging on to Bad Memories

If you have severe issues with the characteristics above, you would likely benefit from therapy. There are clinical ways to overcome mood disorders, depression, and chronic anxiety, whether they be through therapeutic means, medication, or a combination of both.

How is My Social Life?

Whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, human beings thrive when they make meaningful relationships with others. If you are not fostering close relationships with those around you, you are putting both your psychological and your physical health at risk. People with close friends are more likely to live longer and be happier for a number of reasons. They tend to be less stressed because they have someone to talk to. If they are having trouble and need help, they have someone to reach out to. People with friends simply have more protection from the forces in the world which attempt to break them down.

That doesn’t mean that all relationships are healthy, however. A bad relationship with someone you are very close to can be absolutely destructive. If you have a boyfriend or girlfriend, it’s important to understand what makes a healthy relationship and understanding when its time to work to make things better and when it’s time to cut your losses and run. If you are in a rough marriage, it may be time for counseling. Sometimes people simply surround themselves with the wrong friends. Perhaps they are good and loyal, but they have a tendency to get you into bad or severely unhealthy situations. If you have trouble with drinking, for example, hanging out with your drinking buddies all the time is obviously going to be bad for your health.

Take the time to take stock of your relationships with those around you. Try to take steps to improve your relationships with those that you want to keep and work on maintaining more distance or being more honest with those that put you in an unhealthy place. By making the concerted effort to surround yourself with nurturing people, or people that can promote good in your life, you will be healthier and happier in the long run.

In Order to Stay Healthy, It’s Important to Keep Your Whole Being in Mind

The human body is incredibly complex, which is exactly why you need to work with your doctor to get the best treatment and/or health advice possible. He or she can only do so much without your input, but with just a few questions or comments from you, you could totally change and improve the quality of your healthcare.

It’s not necessarily your doctor’s intention, but he or she is primarily interested in treating the symptoms of the conditions which you are experiencing, but may not be able to figure out the root cause of your chronic problems without help from you. Being and staying healthy is both physical and mental. In order to optimize your health and wellness, you must take steps to improve your quality of life in addition to your simple physical state. By living a conscientious lifestyle, you can live a longer and happier life.







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The Effects of HGH Deficiency Upon One of a Pair of Twins

You may not be able to tell immediately, but Axel and Kyan Crossley-Coe are identical twins. They are three years old. In spite of being identical twins, Axel is much shorter than his brother, owing directly to Human Growth Hormone Deficiency. Even though Axel clearly suffers from HGH Deficiency, he is unable to get the treatment that he needs, because he is just slightly above the threshold which qualifies him for a subsidy.

In fact, he’s only three millimeters over the limit to qualify for Injectable HGH via a subsidy known as Pharmac. This means that if he were three millimeters taller, his family could get this life-changing Growth Hormone Therapy for free, but because of bureaucratic issues, they have to come up with the money for the treatment on their own.

The mother of the twins is named Kayla, and she is working to raise the funds for treatment via an online fund raising site called Givealittle.

Axel clearly isn’t producing enough Human Growth Hormone to meet his needs, but his problems go far beyond HGH Deficiency. He also has issues with jaundice, and he has severe hearing problems. With regard to HGH Deficiency, Axel is 9.25 pounds lighter than his brother and 5.5 inches shorter than his brother.

In addition to his issues getting the HGH Treatment that he needs, his physicians are having trouble pinpointing the exact root of his health problems because they are so varied. Axel’s mother had her twins at the early age of sixteen. It’s not completely surprising that the child experienced such issues, because twins and young pregnancies both have an increased risk of complications.

In fact, Kayla did not realize that she was pregnant until she was over 5 months pregnant, when she received a heart scan which revealed that she was going to have twins. Further scans showed that there was something wrong, however. Kyan was twice the size of his brother, and Axel was not getting the resources that he needed in the womb, as a result of a condition known as twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome. In this condition, one of the fetuses crowds the majority of the placenta, preventing the other twin from getting the resources it needs to thrive.

Things were so bad that doctors estimated that he only had a five percent chance of surviving. The mother had the opportunity to abort Axel to increase the chances that Kyan would thrive, but she chose not to. After 6 months of pregnancy, she went to the hospital for a Caesarean section to save the children. The twins were of significantly different sizes. Axel was only 11.8 inches long and 1 pound, 2 ounces, whereas Kyan was 16.1 inches long and 3 pounds, 2 ounces. The mother remembers that she was not even able to hold the Axel after he was born, because of how severe his health situation was.

The problems did not resolve through early development, and after three years, Kyan is still growing and developing like a normal and healthy boy, and Axel still lags far behind. In terms of weight, Kyan is perfectly average for his age, but Axel is so far behind that normal charting techniques don’t even have his size listed.

Recently, Axel’s problems became worse, and he began quickly losing weight. The problem was so bad that he had to start using a feeding tube to get proper nutrition. Furthermore, physicians also found that Axel had lost his hearing, and are perplexed as to the reason why such a change even occurred.

Kayla is now hoping that her fund raising efforts will raise enough money to get young Axel the HGH Therapy that he needs to be more like his brother Kyan. Like elsewhere, Human Growth Hormone Injection Therapy is quite expensive for children, because they need so much. In fact, the treatment costs around ten thousand dollars each year. It may be expensive, but it provides absolutely life changing benefits.

With Injectable Bio-Identical HGH, Axel will be able to grow taller and stronger. Human Growth Hormone also stimulates the organs and causes them to grow to a normal size for his age. Growth Hormone also stimulates metabolism, so it should lead him to start eating much more readily on his own.

Human Growth Hormone Incredibly Important for Human Development

As you can see by reading about this child’s story, Human Growth Hormone is vital to the normal and healthy development of a child. Axel’s problems may be more complex than simply HGH Deficiency, but the lack of efficient Growth Hormone Production is seriously affecting his health and exacerbating other health issues that he is experiencing as a result of his prenatal condition.


Human Growth Hormone promotes cellular metabolism. That is the primary job of the hormone. During childhood and adolescence, children produce high levels of HGH, and this directly leads to their normal growth and development. Growth Hormone causes the organs to grow normally to meet the needs of the growing body. It causes the long bones, particularly those of the arms and legs, to grow longer, until the end of puberty, when the epiphyseal plates close.


HGH also plays a strong role in psychological and cognitive health, and without getting the therapy and treatment that he needs, he will lag even further cognitively behind his twin brother. Without Human Growth Hormone, it simply isn’t possible to be a normal child, and it certainly isn’t possible to grow up to be a normal adult.


If a child like Axel does not receive Growth Hormone Therapy, he will have health issues throughout his entire life. HGH promotes cellular metabolism, and if he doesn’t produce enough of the hormone, he will be more likely to be overweight or obese, and he will also suffer from significant energy issues which will impact his ability to perform daily tasks easily which others do thoughtlessly. He will also have major issues with frailty, because the muscles feed heavily off of not only Testosterone, but Human Growth Hormone, along with the bones.


This article clearly shows how important that HGH Therapy is, and hopefully, young Axel will get the treatment that he needs and deserves.





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The National Rifle Association and its fellow gun enthusiasts continue to misconstrue the founders original intent in creating the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. A recently published NRA comment stated that, Guns save lives, stop crime and protect you. This is why we arm police, why people arm themselves and why the founders put the Second Amendment in the Constitution.

The Second Amendment reads as follows: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed. A total of 27 words.

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No one gets a site penalty on purpose. Sometimes it happens through carelessness, sometimes through black-hat techniques and, sometimes, through honest SEO mistakes.

Ive watched four such mistakes happen recently. These sites were honestly attempting to follow SEO best practices, but they were penalized. Why? Ill explain all.

It is worth noting that I wrote this article based on a real-life experience, so this isnt pie-in-the-sky theory. Each point that I discuss below is tied to a real life ranking problem. Each example that I discuss is connected a to a real-life online business. (However, company details have been changed to protect their identities.)

A Disclaimer:If you find any points of connection between your site and the examples, dont panic. Millions of sites have affiliate programs. Millions of companies engage in cozy relationships. Just because you share a commonality does not mean that youre careening for a penalty.

The problem explained:Many businesses create relationships with other businesses. As a way of cementing the relationship, the businesses offer to create links to one another in order to enhance SEO and click-through traffic.

Sometimes, however, these good intentions trading links end up hurting one or both of the sites.

Example: A major online retailer of greeting cards well call them FaithCard entered into a relationship with a major brick-and-mortar retailer, AM Stores.

Every AM Store (and there are thousands of them) carried FaithCards products. FaithCards arrangement with AM Store provided a discounted product price, as long as AM Stores website would include a link to FaithCards website.

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Freddie deBoeron the you-cant-say-that moraliser who police freespeech on twitter:

It may be tempting to embrace the violent power of the state as the solution to ideas and expression you find hateful and uglyWhether the elites that so credulously embrace the notion of empowering the police state to squash harassment like it or not. And it may be tempting to embrace the coercive power of large corporations to limit speech online. But I promise you: that power will also be used against you by your antagonists, who are opportunistic and learn quickly.

Lefty Twitter might be obsessed with policing language. But they wont actually get to do the policing themselves. Instead, they will hand that work off to the same broken institutions and corrupt authorities that they themselves have diagnosed as broken and corrupt. And that is one of these fundamental, existential paradoxes within contemporary left-wing orthodoxy today: simultaneously recognizing that we live within structures of intrinsic, intentional inequality and injustice, and yet forever ready to abandon that skepticism towards those structures when it seems convenient to do so.

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If not for its consequences, ADHD screening might seem funny, as theres hardly a child alive who would fail to register on an ADD or ADHD assessment scale.

After working with journalist Ray Richmond on the October 2014 Freedom Magazine feature ‘The Attention-Deficit Fraud,’ editor Jennifer Johnson was curious just how easy it is for a kid to get an ADD/ADHD diagnosis.

A mom herself, Johnson knows the parental M.O., the first place parents turn with concerns about their kids: the Internet. So she Googled “Does my kid have ADHD” and completed an assessment based on DSM-V criteria and other screening measures for ADD/ADHD.

I figured my 12-year-old daughter an excellent test subject, she writes as never has there been a child so NOT afflicted with ADD or ADHD. The kid can focus. She reads 900-page books over a long weekend, is teaching herself Japaneseyou get the idea.

Yet, based on her answers, Johnsons daughter registered in the high range of Moderate ADHD on the test scale, well above the threshold indicating her child should see a mental health professional for diagnosis and treatment of ADHD.

This exercise confirms the view of Dr. Allen Frances, professor emeritus of psychiatry at Duke University, who was interviewed for the Freedom story. Weve taken normal development and turned it into a mental disorder, Francis said. The drug companies are getting wealthy on the backs of millions of vulnerable kids who have no business being diagnosed with anything. Its pure greed. Theyre conducting an uncontrolled experiment without informed consent on a vast army of kids who have no clue what these powerful medicines are doing to their young brain.

The Freedom feature also includes the poignant, personal account of another parent who medicated his son to regulate the childs behavior, with frightening results, in I Wont Take Them.

It also reveals:

Long neglected by the media, the article states, many journalists today question whether attention deficit is anything more than a spurious label concocted by the psychiatric industry as an underhanded and imminently dangerous marketing tactic.

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The Founding Fathers of the United States believed that the rights of the people were granted by God and not by government. These basic God given rights were embodied in the United States Constitution and, the most basic of these rights, were set out in the First Amendment. Our most basic rights are the right of speech, the right of religion and the right of free assembly.

Over the past 25 years, there has been a war waged on religion and that war is being waged, primarily, against Christians and the Christian church. In the most recent attack, the elected officials in the city of Houston, Texas, violated the First Amendment rights of several Houston churches, pastors and congregations because these pastors, churches and congregations disagreed with a new Houston ordinance requiring that all restrooms in all businesses in the city of Houston be gender-neutral. Apparently, the Houston mayor and city council believe that pastors, churches and congregations can speak freely so long as they agree with the city council.

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Love the outdoors and being Minnesotan pilotnews@pilotindependent.com The Pilot Independent

I received a mailing urging me to vote for Stewart Mills because he loves the outdoors and respects the Second Amendment. I, too, love the outdoors and respect the Second Amendment.

I have a conceal/carry permit. I hunt deer and small game. I manage our 260 acres of woodlands for healthy habitat for game animals and other wildlife, including the golden wing warbler. Fortunately, our private right to bear arms already has been secured by the decision of the US Supreme Court.

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The criminal action taken by South Korean prosecutors against a former Seoul bureau chief of Japans Sankei Shimbun daily on the charge that his column posted online in August defamed President Park Geun-hye raises serious questions about the countrys commitment to freedom of the press. It could border on abuse of power if the South Korean investigators are using the charge of libel against a public figure like the president selectively on members of the media that are critical of her administration.

The column in question quoted rumors originally reported in the South Korean media and circulating in the financial industry that Park was with a man during the seven hours when her whereabouts was unconfirmed on April 16 the day the passenger ferry Sewol sank and killed more than 300 people, mostly teenagers on a school trip. The writer, Tatsuya Kato, was indicted Oct. 8 without being detained. He had been questioned three times by the prosecutors and banned from leaving the country since early August even though he was relieved of his position as bureau chief as of Oct. 1.

The Seoul prosecutors charge that Katos column defamed Parks reputation by carrying information without the minimum backup reporting necessary to support its validity.

The presidents office says Park was inside the presidential compound during the hours in question. The prosecutors were acting on a criminal complaint filed by a local conservative civic group against the article, but it would be safe to assume that the administration was behind the push for the indictment, given that a senior official of the presidents office said earlier that the South Korean authorities would pursue civil and criminal charges against the journalist.

When South Korea was under the rule of a succession of military dictators until the 1980s, people could be punished for defamation of the state by criticizing those in power.

Although such a law was abolished in the countrys subsequent democratization, certain restrictions linger on freedom of thought and expression, such as a national security law that can subject people to penalties for praising North Korea, which Seoul deems as illegally occupying the northern half of the peninsula.

There is reportedly criticism that the Park administration is also using the libel charge as a tool not only against members of the media but also against opposition lawmakers and lawyers that are critical of the government.

That no criminal action has been taken against or investigations made of Chosun Ilbo, a leading conservative South Korean newspaper that originally reported the rumors, has raised the question of whether the investigators selectively targeted the Japanese daily, which takes a position critical of the Park administration on many of the disputes between Japan and South Korea.

Sankei, which strongly protested and called for retraction of the action by the Seoul prosecutors, has said that the column was not meant to defame the president but to serve the publics interest by reporting on the developments in South Korea concerning the top government leaders whereabouts on the day the major accident took place.

Maximum restraint is urged on the use of defamation charges by those in power since such an action can be considered discretionary as a way of intimidating the people and organizations that criticize them.

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HAVANA — Former Cuban President Fidel Castro has jumped to the defense of Russia, comparing the new NATO chief to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in an article penned Monday evening.

Reacting to statements made Sunday by the new NATO secretary-general, former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, Castro wrote: “How much hate in the face! What an incredible determination to promote a war of extermination against the Russian Federation!”

Stoltenberg spoke in Poland saying the Western alliance could deploy its forces wherever it wants. His statements were generally seen as a reaction to Russia’s recent behavior in Crimea and Ukraine and as intended to reassure Poland, a NATO member, that it would be protected in the event of any Russian moves against it.

New North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg of Norway speaks at his first press conference at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on October 1, 2014.

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Castro, however, described the NATO chief’s remarks as fanaticism comparable to that of ISIS.

“Who turns out to be more extremist than the very fanatics of the Islamic State?” he wrote in the article published by the Cuban media Tuesday. “What religion do they practice? After this, is it possible to enjoy eternal life on the right side of the Lord?”

Although a NATO summit a month ago turned down appeals from Eastern European NATO members to station thousands of troops there permanently, Stoltenberg, who as Castro points out became NATO chief just six days ago, appeared to take a harder line in Poland.

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Ankara: The NATO alliance has drawn up a strategy to defend Turkey if it is attacked along its border with Syria, a Turkish official says.

Defence Minister Ismet Yilmaz, whose country is a NATO member, said the alliance did that at his government’s request as Islamic State militants, who have captured a large swath of Iraq and Syria, are trying to take the Syrian town of Kobane near the Turkish border.

“If there is an attack, NATO’s joint defence mechanisms will be activated,” Mr Yilmaz told reporters.

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“From the moment the incidents relating to Syria first started, we asked NATO to prepare for possibilities to make plans. NATO prepared a plan taking various alternatives into account.

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“Therefore, if there is an attack on Turkey, NATO will bring about the provisions of Article 5 of the Washington Convention.”

Article 5 states that an attack against one NATO member shall be considered an attack against all members.

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Careful keyword research is a time-consuming, often overlooked, but yet foundational aspect of creating a fantastic SEO strategy. Not until we comprehensively understand what people are using to find our clients products or services in search engines, can we begin identifying issues and focusing on high-opportunity areas. Your SEO strategy is only as good as the keyword research that went into it.

This article will focus on the following aspects of keyword research, the first of a multipart series on Fast SEO Competitive Analysis.

Its not necessary to begin keyword research with competitors, but its easy! Especially if you have access to third-party tools like BrightEdge, SEOClarity, SearchMetrics, or SEMrush with massive ranking databases. It also increases understanding of the space. For example, many brand keywords would seem to be non-brand if youre not familiar with competitor names or offerings.

Google describes its Sites product as a, “…free and easy way to create and share webpages.” Based on that and for the purpose of this tutorial, lets just grab the top competitors in the results for the Google search “free website creation.”

Googles Ranking URL: https://sites.google.com/

#1 – http://www.wix.com/

#2 – http://www.weebly.com/

#3 – https://www.yola.com/

Now while this strategy seems very focused on a single keyword, its representative of the general space free website creation.

Now using SEMrush, well grab lists of the search terms for the Google and competitor pages listed above.

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Checkpoints occupy a unique position in the American justice system. Atthese roadside stations, where police question drivers in search of the inebriated or illegal, anyone can be stopped and questioned, regardless of probable cause, violating theFourth Amendments protection against general warrants that do not specify the who/what/where/why of a search or seizure. Though the Supreme Court agrees that checkpoints skirt the FourthAmendment, the Court has been clear that the special needs checkpoints serve, like traffic safety andimmigration enforcement, trump the slight intrusions on motorists rights.

We have checkpoints for bicycle safety, gathering witnesses, drug trafficking, illegal immigration and traffic safety.Many states,like California, require cops to abide by neutral mathematical formulas when choosing which drivers to pull over (like 1 in every 10 cars). In reality, these decisions are left to the discretion of individual police officers, which results in a type of vehicular stop and frisk.

Thats why people in Arizona havesuedthe Department of Homeland Security for its wantondeployment of immigration checkpoints in their state.Among their complaints are racial profiling, harassment, assault and unwarranted interrogation,and detention not related to the express special need of determining peoples immigration status.

A key legal detail about checkpoints is that they cannot be used for crime control, as that would require individualized probable cause. But legal scholarsarguethat non-criminally-minded checkpoints are also illegal. They point out that the FourthAmendment protected the colonists from being searched for non-criminal wrongdoing. Doing nothing wrong at all, they argue,is not grounds to be searched or haveyour property seized.

Regardless, unlike DUI checkpoints, these immigration checkpoints, expanded by the 2006Secure Fence Act, are only allowed within 100 miles of the continental United States border. But thats abig perimeter. Nine of the countrys 10 largest cities, entire states and some two thirds of the US population reside within this constitutionallyexempt zone.

At these checkpointssome of which have becomepermanentfixtures on the highwaypeople are forced to stop when flagged down, againregardless of probable cause. But the extent to which people are legally obliged to answer officers questions isunclearand seemingly arbitrary. Not surprisingly, the militarysimmigration checkpoints havegarneredoutspoken criticism from across the political spectrum.Legalized by the Supreme Court in1976, these checkpointsseem to have taken on a newmomentum in the post-9/11era. (Private militias have eventaken tosetting uptheir own versions.)

DUI checkpoints, on the other hand,deemedconstitutional in 1990, monitor roadwaysin38 states. But they have been outlawed by12 othersthat have invoked states rights to increase federal civil liberty protections.In the Courts 1990opinion, Chief JusticeWilliam Rehnquist wrote that states interest in eradicating drunk driving is indisputable and that this interest outweighed the measure of the intrusion on motorists stopped briefly at sobriety checkpoints, which he described as slight.

In the dissent, William Brennan reminded the Court that, some level of individualized suspicion is a core component of the protection the Fourth Amendment provides against arbitrary government action. In pulling people over at random, checkpoints remove this individualized component.

Today, the practice seems to be experiencing a renaissance of sorts. With the help of local police, private government contractors have used the tactic to collect anonymous breath, saliva and blood (DNA) samples of American motorists for the federally fundedNational Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drugged Driving. Participation in the survey is voluntary, despite the confusion that may come with uniformed police asking for bodily fluids. Motorists are offered $10 for cheek swabs and $50 for blood samples. These practices have sparked considerable publicoutrage; law enforcement officials inSt. Louis, Missouriand Fort Worth, Texashavestatedtheir intent to limit their future participationin the study.

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SEZs need stable policy regime, FTP benefits

New Delhi, September 22:

Investments in Special Economic Zones (SEZs) declined as a result of introduction of Minimum Alternative Tax (MAT) and Dividend Distribution Tax (DDT) which led to negative investor sentiments, a study commissioned by the Commerce Ministry has said.

Moreover, products manufactured in the zones have become non-competitive in the domestic tariff area (rest of the country) due to high import duty structure and zero or lower tariffs due to free trade agreements, the study titled SEZs in India-Issues and Way Forward carried out by research body ICRIER highlighted.

SEZ units are rather at a disadvantageous position as they are not eligible for benefits under the Foreign Trade Policy, the study said. To make SEZs attractive again for investors, both domestic and foreign, the study, by ICRIER Professor Arpita Mukherjee, has recommended aligning the SEZ policy with the Foreign Trade Policy so that units in the zone, too, can benefit from incentives given to exporters.

It also advocated a stable policy regime, single window clearance, linking SEZs with the National Investment Manufacturing Zone policy, more focussed investments in the zones and greater accountability of development commissioners.

The Finance and Commerce Ministries are, at present, engaged in devising a package to boost SEZs which has seen a downturn following introduction of taxes in 2012. The Finance Ministry has not yet agreed to restore tax benefits as it believes that they will lead to considerable revenue loss.

Dismissing the notion of SEZs being tax havens, the study pointed out that fiscal incentives are given by all countries and not specific to Indian SEZs.

Revenue foregone due to direct tax exemptions is only 0.3 per cent of GDP (2013-14) and 12 per cent of total revenue foregone due to direct taxes. Revenue foregone due to indirect tax exemptions does not count as loss since DTA exporters also get export concession benefits, it said.

(This article was published on September 22, 2014)

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