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Mom: Ice Bucket Challenge turned into sick joke against son with autism

http://fox8.com/2014/09/06/drew-carey-weighs-in-on-ice-bucket-challenge-prank-offers-to-donate-10k/


Carey tweeted after seeing the story Friday. He called it “horrendous” and said “These kids should be arrested and expelled.”

He also tweeted that he would donate $10,000 to start a reward fund or give the money to the Autism Speaks organization.

https://twitter.com/DrewFromTV/status/508147818809139200

https://twitter.com/DrewFromTV/status/508148760245854208

https://twitter.com/DrewFromTV/status/508149707789459456

 

Bucket of bodily fluids poured on teen with autism during Ice Bucket Challenge

Bucket of bodily fluids poured on teen with autism during Ice Bucket Challenge

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**Important note: The family asked that we show the video to make other parents aware of bullying.**

BAY VILLAGE, Ohio – Police are investigating an alleged case of bullying involving a teenager with autism who took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

“Once we found out about it, we were just horrified,” said Diane, the mother of the Bay High School student.  She claimed her youngest son was videotaped as feces, urine, spit and cigarette butts were dumped on his head by a group of juveniles.

“I want these kids held accountable for what they did to him and they targeted somebody who just didn’t really understand what was going on,” she said.

FOX 8 News is not identifying the family by last name to help protect their son.

According to the victim’s mom, Diane, the video was discovered on her 15-year-old son’s cell phone. She, along with…

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Top Rappers Join Forces For #MikeBrown On ‘Don’t Shoot’

The Game is joined on the powerful track by such A-listers as Sean “Diddy” Combs, 2 Chainz, Fabolous, Wale, Rick Ross, Swizz Beats, Yo Gotti, Curren$y, Problem, King Pharaoh, and TGT (consisting of Tyrese, Ginuwine, and Tank).

Brown’s death spawned protests and vigils not only in Ferguson but in cities throughout the nation as people called for justice and an end to senseless police killings. The Game, whose actual name is Jayceon Taylor, reportedly wants to bring awareness to mind-numbing killings like Brown’s, telling Rolling Stone, “I am a Black man with kids of my own that I love more than anything, and I cannot fathom a horrific tragedy like Michael Brown’s happening to them. This possibility has shaken me to my core. That is why this song must be made and why it was so easy for so many of my friends to come together and unite against the injustice.”

“Don’t Shoot” is available on iTunes and its proceeds are going to the Michael Brown Memorial Fund.
#DONTSHOOT #JusticeForMichaelBrown

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The Valley

The Valley


There is nothing more disheartening than the images of war. Especially when that war is sparked by nations feuding over ancestral claim to lands. Whether a man believes in God, a higher power or not, one would like to think that as we have ventured into more modern times there would be a universal understanding that the earth belongs to all its inhabitants. No one nation, religion, race, gender or species has more or less right than any other to inhabit this earth.

As Christians we must give reverence to the covenant that God made with Abraham in the book of Genesis. —

18 On the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying:

“To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates— 19 the Kenites, the Kenezzites, the Kadmonites, 20 the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim, 21 the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.”

Genesis 15:18-21 New King James Version (NKJV) – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+15%3A18-21&version=NKJV

This is the land of Israel. In my heart I believe that no matter where we as people, God’s creation, may live on this earth God has blessed us all to inhabit this earth.

Nonetheless, these wars are real and one in particular will be etched in the hearts, minds and history of the people of Kosovo. There is a disputed border territory between Serbia and Albania that is known as Kosovo. Of the two million people that live in Kosovo, an estimated 90% are Kosovo Albanians also known as Kosovars. The Albanians are believed to be descendents of the ancient Dardanians or Illyrians. History suggests that these ancient peoples inhabited the western Balkans quite some time before Slavs settled there in the 6th to 8th centuries A.D. After the medieval Serbian Orthodox Church had established in Kosovo in 1297 the medieval kingdom of Serbia proclaimed itself. In the minds of Serbian Nationalists Kosovo’s many Orthodox monasteries, the blood and the relics of those who died defending them have ‘eternally sanctified’ Serbian claims to Kosovo. Serbs even go so far as to dispute Albanian’s direct descending from ancient Dardanians. I personally don’t care who came from who or who, in ancient times, was there first. Nothing can justify or excuse the atrocities that the Kosovars experienced under Serbian rule. – http://www.historytoday.com/robert-bideleux/kosovos-conflict

I am mortified by the events and opinions in relation to Serbian Nationalists. One of the most difficult things was watching the video below, “The Valley – hate and death during the Kosovo conflict.” The more disturbing part is that this is what day to day life was like for the Kosovars. Watching these men bury their family and friends who were senselessly murdered, shot and then burned in their homes by Serbian troops in 1998, was horrific. My heart aches as a Kosovar man says, “Our people are homeless.”, “Everything we’ve worked for has been destroyed.” I could feel nothing but anger and deep sympathy as I watched video of burning houses in the Drenica Valley, Central Kosovo. The chilling sounds of gunshots and explosives coming from somewhere in the distance. It is honestly hard to understand what motivates people to harbor such an intense hatred. In Bajcina, an Albanian village recently visited by Serb troops, there is footage of the ruins of a burned house. A man says, “There is blood, so he was shot.”, “He was shot before he burned.” Men sift through the rubble and bring caskets to collect the bodies of the dead. One man who found a button to a pair of jeans says, “I think it’s Mohammed’s.” Another man helping to sift through the rubble says, “It’s his foot.”, “This is his foot.” Someone says, “I reckon we’ve found a fourth body.”, “Another rib.” Another says, “I recognize his jumper.” Other men watch as they do this. Everyone appears to be very sad about what they are seeing. One man stands next to a young boy and holds him close with one arm over his shoulder. The boy is extremely saddened. They all watch as two men with scarves tied around their nose and mouth wearing long gloves for protection lift the distorted burned remains of a body into a casket. Someone believes he has identified the name of one of the corpses and says, “It’s Rahim.” Rahim was only 16 years old.

Fortunately, February 17, 2008 the Kosovo Assembly adopted the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration acknowledges years of strife and violence in Kosovo as well as deep gratitude for the 1999 world intervention’s removal of Belgrade’s governance placing Kosovo under UN interim administration. In today’s society the United States, for example, is constantly under scrutiny for choosing to become politically and militarily involved in international conflict. I can definitely appreciate the basic concerns expressed by those, including Americans, who feel that US intervention is intrusive and an infringement on the independence of nations where the US has no jurisdiction. However, I feel that the US puts a great effort into recognizing international and independent government. When people like the Kosovars are being subjugated and slaughtered it is everyone’s responsibility to take action if it is in their power to do so. The brutality and oppression that I discovered would have continued if no one had interjected. Even as recent as 2008, the Republic of Serbia insisted Kosovo remained a southern province. Serbian President Boris Tadic addressed the Security Council on February 18, 2008 and made this statement:

“The Republic of Serbia will not accept the violation of its sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Government of Serbia and the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia have declared the decision of the Pristina authorities (Declaration of Independence) null and void. Likewise, we are taking all diplomatic and political measures to prevent the secession of a part of our territory.” – Kosovo Article

This statement made just one day after the Kosovo Declaration of Independence. The Assembly of Kosovo convened on February 17, 2008, in Pristine, the capital of Kosovo. – http://www.assembly-kosova.org/?cid=2,128,1635

It is fortunate that organizations like NATO and the United Nations as well as others like them continue to work toward abolishing governments like the Serbians, the Saddam Husseins and the Muammar Gaddafis. The Kosovars have found freedom and peace. Thus, I am at peace with the images of horror that was once Kosovo, the Drenica Valley.

Uploaded on Feb 19, 2011

Kosovo 1999, The Valley shows us the face of civil war seen – uniquely – from both sides of the same front line. Filmed in the epicentre of the uprising, the Drenica Valley, over the bloodiest summer of the war, it achieves a level of intimacy with its subjects rarely seen in conflict documentaries.

In it we meet the inhabitants of a Muslim village destroyed by Serbs, a Christian Convent surrounded by hostile forces, the elite Black Tiger units of the KLA and the men of a Serbian village who have taken up arms to protect their lands from the surrounding Albanians. In these situations, grief is never far away.

The Kosovo Liberation Army contained many angry Albanians, sick and tired of a loss of rights, which had been revoked by their Serbian masters. Fighting to reclaim the land they believed to be historically theirs, they ran up against Serb forces with full of righteous indignation.

The Valley is now widely considered as the definitive Balkan war documentary. At a time when the question of Kosovo’s political status hangs in the balance The Valley is a harrowing reminder of how and where it all began.

The hate and death during the Kosovo conflict.

Award-winning documentary that focuses specifically on the conflict ( war ) in the Drenica Valley of Kosovo during the late 1990s.

Directed and Produced by: Dan Reed
Length: 70 mins
Produced by Mentorn and Suspect Device

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The Highway of Tears

Reminds me of the historic slaughter of many of my ancestors, the Native American Cherokee Tribe, as they were mercilessly marched along what came to be known as the Trail of Tears. Tragically senseless depravity.

“At the beginning of the 1830s, nearly 125,000 Native Americans lived on millions of acres of land in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina and Florida–land their ancestors had occupied and cultivated for generations. By the end of the decade, very few natives remained anywhere in the southeastern United States. Working on behalf of white settlers who wanted to grow cotton on the Indians’ land, the federal government forced them to leave their homelands and walk thousands of miles to a specially designated “Indian territory” across the Mississippi River. This difficult and sometimes deadly journey is known as the Trail of Tears.” – http://www.history.com/topics/native-american-history/trail-of-tears

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They really have no voice.

In the northern region of British Columbia, Canada, there is a highway that has become known as the Highway of Tears.

If you drive there, and you forget the high trees, dense forest, and majestic mountains peaks that you can see in a distance, you will realize that you are driving on a strip of road that, since1962, has seen the disappearance  of 582 women and girls.

The missing women and girls are all indigenous.

Almost forty percent of them disappeared after the year 2000. No one knows why; the Government of Canada does not investigate. They have just vanished, evaporated into the thin air of this isolated part of Canada.

We have committed so many crimes against the indigenous population. We have killed them. Ignored them. Stolen from them. Humiliated them. They have indeed became a marginalized footnote in history. Just like these 582…

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The Russian Mafia

[ A secret criminal society known as the Thieves World or in Russian, Vorovskoy Mir ]


Given the history of Russia, I have a hard time feeling sympathetic to the notion that the citizens of Russia and the Near Abroad were victims of circumstance. It has always been my opinion that one of, if not the worst, atrocities to befall humanity was the Holocaust. History is plagued with economic, political, ethnic and geographical crisis. Since the beginning of time man has been challenged to survive against all odds. The point that I am trying to make is that there are a number of other ethnic groups and nations who have faced similar, even worse, conditions without resorting to the treachery of the Russian Mafia. What concerns me is that research lends itself to the suggestion that due to circumstance corruption was the only option for Russia and the Near Abroad.

In the USSR power changed hands thirteen times, beginning with Vladimir Lenin and ending with the current Russian President, Vladimir Putin. Lenin was a Russian revolutionary and the founder of Bolshevism. He came to power as the major force behind the Revolution of 1917 (infoplease.com). In 1917, Russia finally reached the end of centuries of imperial rule. Political and social changes erupted that would lead to the formation of the Soviet Union. Nicholas II reigned as emperor from 1894-1918, and he would be the last Russian czar. Civil unrest and constant food shortages flared into open revolt, forcing the abdication of Nicholas II. The newly installed provisional government, within a few short months, was then itself overthrown by the more radical Bolsheviks under the charge of Vladimir Lenin (History.com). From the death of imperial czarism, Bolshevism or Soviet communism was born. To the naked eye it would seem that the former Soviet Union’s communist regime was destined to collapse, throwing the Russian Republics to the wolves, the Russian Mafia. However, the collapse of the Soviet Union is but a contribution and catalyst to the surfacing of an Old World secret society.

The roots of the Underworld can be traced back centuries to a secret criminal culture that survived both czarist terror and Soviet treachery, the Thieves World. In 1991 after more than 70 years of communist rule the Soviet Union collapsed. The world’s most heavily armed police-state looked as though it had given birth to the Red Mafia. The collapse of the Soviet Union was not the cause of the organization of the Russian Mafia, nor is the history of its roots an excuse for criminal activity. From my standpoint, most actions for any man are a personal choice. Countless other nations suffered under imperialism, poverty and despair. For example, the African Slave Trade is a brutal side of African-American and African native history alike. After many years slavery was abolished and replaced with segregation in America. For the African natives there was the apartheid. Certainly the physical geographies, state policy of regional development, natural history and circumstances of past regional development are similar to the conditions and history of Russia. No one can deny the crime that flourishes in the African-American community, however, it simply can not compare to the wide-scale treachery and exploitations of organized crime groups such as the Russian Mafia.

The Russian Underworld dates back centuries to a secret criminal society. The organization managed to outlive the czars and outlast the communists. It is known as the Thieves World or in Russian, Vorovskoy Mir. The origins have been traced to Imperial Russia at a time when most of the population were peasants living in obscure poverty. In Imperial Russia, since everything in the country was the property of the czar, stealing was more than criminal it was a means of rebellion against the State. The people praised these popular heroes and dubbed them Russian Robin Hoods. Rebel criminals were even immortalized in songs and stories. Eventually, criminals themselves started to band together. Developing their own outlaw culture and along with it a strict code of conduct. Membership was based on loyalty to one another and opposition to the czar. Rule number one: do not inform on any member of the gang. Rule number two: you do not cooperate with the government. Rule number three: share all the profits made among everybody.

It would soon become very apparent, by the time of the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, the Vorovskoy Mir was well established. It is said that Vladimir Lenin experienced this first hand. Within months of seizing power Lenin was robbed by a gang of highway men. Lenin’s reaction was swift and fierce. A brutal new police force was created and given orders that all bandits be executed on sight. Although, It would be Joseph Stalin who would try to eradicate the Thieves World for good. Sadly, Stalin and his habitual backstabbing only succeeded in adding fuel to the fire and ultimately caused chaos in the ranks of the Vorovskoy Mir. Stalin had shattered the honor and loyalty of the Thieves World code of conduct. It may seem miniscule, but for an already embittered and vicious group of criminals the breakdown of the honor and loyalty within the code of conduct made them a force to be reckoned with. Essentially, wild beasts capable of any and everything.

Joseph Stalin seized power after Vladimir Lenin’s death in 1924. It would only be fair to assume that this new government would somehow take part in the new enterprise of organized crime, welcoming it. However, it was not until the 1960s and 1970s under the regime of Premier Leonid I. Brezhnev would corruption become a way of life within the Soviet system. Communist Party bureaucrats eagerly trafficked in whatever they could make a profit from. As for Stalin, he happily locked the Soviet Union in his iron grip. The Russian Police executed hundreds of thousands. Millions more criminals, dissidents, political enemies and Jews disappeared into a wide range of prisons and gulags. Even within the walls of prisons like the one on the outskirts of St. Petersburg, Russia’s criminal underworld thrived. High ranking powerful thieves who are known as vory v zakone or thieves in law (“thieves of the code”) quickly lorded over the prison hierarchy with ease.

Adolf Hitler invaded the Soviet Union in June 1941. Stalin became desperate for reinforcements so he offered freedom to prisoners who enlisted. Oddly enough, many of these extreme anarchist criminals took Stalin at his word. Members of the Thieves World joined, even though, working with the government was synonymous with treason in the Underworld. Stalin did not keep his word and when the war was over they were sent right back to prison. Indeed, fighting for the country would cost them. They returned to prison and paid a huge price, falling to the bottom of the prison hierarchy. Now considered traders to the Thieves World, they became known as suki, the Russian word for bitch. In the aftermath of WWII the secret society of the thieves was almost completely wiped out by a hidden war that overwhelmed the Soviet prison system and forever changed the Russian Underworld. Those who were strong enough to survive the prison wars were now different from the old Thieves World. Approximately an estimated 8 million inmates were released from the gulags and prisons after Stalin’s death. No longer obligated to the laws of the old Thieves World, a new breed of Russian criminal was born and he looked out for himself only. Even if it meant going to the extent of cooperating with the government. Corruption began to eat away at the Soviet machine and before long the criminal bosses and the communist bosses started to look the same.

This resemblance and intermingling between bureaucrats and hardened criminals goes to support my disregard for any sympathy. When you are hungry and cold with children who don’t know when their next meal will be, this is what drives a man to commit a crime. Provided that crime will benefit him or his family. The pitiful part is that to many the Russian Mafia is powerful and deadly. In my opinion, they are weak. People all over the world suffer unspeakable atrocities, and they also feel geographically and economically imprisoned. They do not resort to crime, they endure. They rally, protest and band together. In researching, “Economic Geography of Russia”, the standard by which Russia is examined consists of three main factors. Physical geography, policy of the state and historical circumstances are the factors used to determine what shapes a nation’s economic geography (New Economic School). Which, I believe, further proves that Russia’s economic geography does not make it any more or any less vulnerable to large scale corruption, organized crime and high crime rates.

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After the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia switched to a free market economy, opening the doors for the Red Mafia to take control of an estimated 40% of the nation’s economy. As one of the most fearsome, violent, creative, and well-educated criminal organizations in the world, the Red Mafia has been difficult to locate and shut down.