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Monday, April 29, 2013
Report: The CIA Has Paid Tens Of Millions Of Dollars To The Afghan President's Office Over The Last Decade
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American Kids Are Wearing Bulletproof Backpacks Now
The pink bulletproof rucksack that 5-year-old Jaliyah wears to school every day reaches almost down to her knees and weighs 3lbs even when empty, but for her Colorado father, the size and solidity are part of the attraction.
"If you put it on her back, it almost covers her whole body," explains Demitric Boykin. "It was a very hard conversation to have but she knows that it's something that will keep her safe."
Lined with ballistic material that can stop a 9mm bullet travelling at 400 metres per second, the backpack is only one of a clutch of new products making their way into US schools in the wake of Newtown school massacre. As gun control legislation grinds to halt in Washington, a growing number of parents and teachers are taking matters into their own hands.
The Denver company that supplied Jaliyah's rucksack, Elite Sterling Security, has sold over 300 in the last two months and received inquiries from some 2,000 families across the US. It is also in discussion with more than a dozen schools in Colorado about equipping them with ballistic safety vests, a scaled-down version of military uniforms designed to hang in classroom cupboards for children to wear in an emergency.
Tensions are understandably high in this part of America. "I live in Aurora and the shooting here really hit home; it was a huge thing," says Boykin. The new mood, however, can be felt far from the scenes of recent gun violence.
Barry Tull, headteacher of Worcester Preparatory School in rural Maryland, has 80 ballistic shields deployed in his classrooms disguised as whiteboards and clipboards. Some teachers use them to assign homework, others lean them up against the wall, but most of Worcester's middle and high-school children know what they are for.
"Our teachers were concerned to begin with about whether they were expected to be first responders, but at least they feel they have something now as opposed to cowering in the corner with their kids," says Tull. "The former secret service trainers we had in showed us how they can deploy them; how to hold them in front of their body defensively or use them offensively where the teacher charges at someone with the shield as cover."
A spring-loaded bolt was used to show school employees what it would feel like to block a bullet with one of the shields.
The US manufacturer that supplied this equipment, Hardwire, has sold similar white boards to schools in North Dakota, Pennsylvania and California. Elite Sterling Security also sells sheets disguised as rainbow-covered posters to hang on the back of classroom doors to prevent someone trying to shoot their way in.
Scott Staska, superintendent of schools in Rocori, Minnesota, scene of another shooting in 2003, says Hardwire's ballistic shields are just one part of the precautions his schools are now taking: "We have door locks, safety cameras, and emergency procedures all designed to assist with an emergency situation and we see the marker boards as one additional tool to help in the process."
The National Rifle Association, a powerful lobby group that persuaded Congress to block gun legislation, has argued that schools should be provided with armed guards, but even those who are not going this far are hiring consultants to brush up their emergency procedures.
Abilia Security & Investigations works with schools in the Colorado Springs area to run training courses, practicing 7-10 minute drills and preparing multiple escape routes.
"The American people have traditionally viewed the classroom as a revered sanctuary that should not be sullied by any form of negative influences either of an external or internal nature," it says. "Regrettably the safeguards which were initially put into place to protect the sanctity of the classroom didn't evolve with our dramatically changing society."
Those behind this boom in school security are adamant they are not exploiting the fear, merely filling a growing need for safety.
AJ Zabadne, president of Elite Sterling Security, says his products should be seen as a routine precaution rather than something that would alarm children.
"It's like you find life jackets on ships or planes in case they go down," he says. "It's no different to having a seatbelt in a car."
Elite is the North American distributor for Michael Caballero, a Bogota-based manufacturer, who made his name (and fortune) selling bulletproof fashion jackets to customers from gun-ravaged Colombia to up-market department stories such as Harrods.
Zabadne says he is in negotiation with his Colombian supplier to bring down the cost of the child-size ballistic vests which, at $375-400 each, have so far proved too expensive for public schools looking to buy them for all pupils.
Yet surprisingly few of those buying or selling the defensive equipment will venture an opinion on other ways of curbing fatal shootings in schools.
"I don't have an opinion on gun control," says Maryland headteacher Tull. Aurora parent Boykin, who has also bought a Caballero rucksack for his three-year-old son, says he is "indifferent" on the issue.
"I can understand both sides," he explains. "People kill people and I don't believe guns are as big an issue as some are making it."
Boykin says he has a simpler motive. "My main impulse is to protect my family. As you see these children being brought into the world your natural reaction is to try to protect them. By the time the police arrive on the scene, the shooting has often finished. I want to try to protect them when I am not around."
This article originally appeared on guardian.co.uk
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Ahhh yes, more conspiracy that should be interesting to hear on the next http://noagendashow.com
The mother of the suspected Boston bombers has given an exclusive interview to Channel 4 in which she reiterates assertions that her sons were set up, and also makes the claim that her oldest son Tamerlan is still alive!
"What happened was a terrible thing. But I know that my kids have nothing to do with this. I know it. I am mother. I know my kids," Zubeidat Tsarnaeva told Channel 4 News in Makhachkala, Dagestan.
She said that Tamerlan, who apparently died in a gunfight with police on Thursday night, was being watched by the FBI before the attacks.
"They were monitoring him and I know that because I used to talk to them," she said. "They used to come to our house, like two three times. And then my son Tamerlan used to tell me that he used to talk to them too, because they called me once and they wanted his number and then at such moments."
Despite the photos that place her other son, Dzhokhar, at the scene of the second bombing, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva still believes that someone else set up the bobming of the Boston Marathon and that her son Tamerlan is not actually dead.
"It's just somebody did this, somebody set this up, not my kids," She said. "Whoever is dead over there it's not my son. The body is half of the body of my son, you know what I mean? So this is not my son."
There have been two points of speculation when it comes to the death of 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaeva, who was pronounced dead at 1:35 a.m. after suffering gunshot and shrapnel wounds as well as burn wounds.
First, a man who looks remarkably like Tamerlan was stripped naked and detained Thursday night very close to where the fatal firefight with police took place in Watertown, Mass.
Second, his body does not appear to have any wounds or burns in the picture that purportedly showed Tamerlan lying dead in the street.
Check out the interview below:
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
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The unofficial toaster of the http://noagendashow.com
Minimizing the risk of burning your fingers on piping hot toast, Arzum's new Firrin features a slide-out tray instead of the more traditional pop-up design used on most toasters. The tray allows you to stop the toasting process almost instantly when it's completely removed, and it looks a lot more efficient at collecting bread crumbs for easy disposal. More »
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With high speed downloads making it possible to download a 60 minute tv show, which is only 40 minutes due to the fact there are no commercials,in 5 minutes or less, it means you can quite easily download your entire days TV viewing choices in less then an hour and now have the ability to pause/rewind whenever you want. Did I mention no commercials!
TORONTO — The number of "tuned out" Canadians, those who don't subscribe to conventional TV, has doubled in recent years and now represents eight per cent of the population, suggests a new report.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013