Your DNA Can Now Be Used Against You In Court Without Your Consent

Here’s the thing:  If a criminal court can use your DNA against you, what other court, government agency, corporation, or insurance company can do the same?

Brainy quotes on Sin

“I am good, but not an angel. I do sin, but I am not the devil. I am just a small girl in a big world trying to find someone to love.”  Marilyn Monroe

“I would rather die than do something which I know to be a sin, or to be against God’s will.”  Joan of Arc

“Failing to be there when a man wants her is a woman’s greatest sin, except to be there when he doesn’t want her.”  Pope Paul VI

“Knowing that you are completely forgiven destroys the power of sin in your life.”  Joseph Prince

“To sin offers repentance and forgiveness; not to sin offers only punishment.”  Jose Bergamin

“Eskimo: ‘If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?’ Priest: ‘No, not if you did not know.’ Eskimo: ‘Then why did you tell me?'”  Annie Dillard

“Sometimes we look at gay being a bigger sin than being proud or not telling the truth. I don’t think God categorizes sins.”  Joel Osteen

“The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that’s the essence of inhumanity.”  George Bernard Shaw

“Competition is a sin.”  John D. Rockefeller

“What do you think Jesus would twitter, ‘Let he who is without sin cast the first stone’ or ‘Has anyone seen Judas? He was here a minute ago.'”  Chris Cornell

Body-camera maker has financial ties to police chiefs

A no-bid contract in Albuquerque and Taser’s relationship with the police chief prompted an investigation by the city’s inspector general.

City Council members demanded the inquiry after learning that Chief Ray Schultz, who had supported the $1.9 million contract for Taser cameras and storage, became a company consultant shortly after stepping down. A U.S. Justice Department investigation last year blasted Albuquerque’s rollout of the body cameras, saying it had been so hasty that officers had not been properly trained.

Today, Schultz speaks in an online promotional video about Albuquerque’s experience with Although he has recently been hired as assistant chief in the Houston suburb of Memorial Villages, Schultz said he will be paid by Taser to speak at the international conferences in March…

How America’s Overmedicating Low-Income and Foster Kids

Kentucky is hardly alone in overprescribing psychotropics, a class of drugs that ranges from stimulants to antidepressants and antipsychotics. Between 1997 and 2006, American prescriptions for antipsychotics increased somewhere between sevenfold and twelvefold, according to a report by the University of Maryland…

“We’re medicating poverty.” …

Brenzel and others suspect that many of Kentucky’s prescriptions come from primary care physicians who haven’t performed comprehensive assessments to prove the drugs are appropriate.

Experts say the same thing about opioids. So why can PCPs prescribe anti-depressants and anti-psychotics to kids?  I would have thought only psychiatrists could prescribe that level of drug.

So he has been meeting regularly with University of Louisville pediatricians and the state’s privately run Medicaid organizations to develop a unified strategy to ensure that doctors prescribe psychotropics only when necessary…

To address the problem, they’re not going to stop primary care doctors from prescribing anti-psychotics and only allow psychiatrists to prescribe these drugs.  And yet for opioids, pain patients have to pay to see a “specialist.”

The depth of Kentucky’s problem really came into focus in 2012. A researcher at the University of Kentucky found that antipsychotic prescriptions for Medicaid children had increased 270 percent from 2000 to 2010, compared with 53 percent among adults…

There is no FDA approval for the use of antipsychotics for children…

Doctors complain that the FDA hasn’t approved marijuana as a medicine, yet they have no trouble with off-label prescribing of Big Pharma products, like anti-psychotics for kids.

In Connecticut, for instance, data emerged last year from a children’s mental health task force showing that the percentage of youths on Medicaid who had been prescribed antipsychotics had doubled just since 2008. The report also showed a threefold increase in amphetamine prescriptions and a fourfold increase in antidepressants. Some of the children receiving prescriptions were as young as 3 years old

A simple test can find lead poisoning in children

Lead poisoning is a serious risk for children living in older homes with lead-based paint and in urban areas with high levels of air pollution. It can cause a lifetime of learning problems…

Only children are at risk?

The signs and symptoms of lead poisoning in children may include:

Developmental delay;
Learning difficulties;
Loss of appetite;
Weight loss;
Sluggishness and fatigue;
Abdominal pain;
Constipation; and
Hearing loss