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*2010 : 80 books*
*2011 : 91 books*
*2012 : 196 books*
*2013 : 172 books (to date)*
I loved the book, I gave it 5 stars and wish I could've given it more. To me this series is one of my 6 favorite heroine series.*
*1.* Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter
*2.* Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
*3.* Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep
*4.* Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton
*5.* Kitty Norville series by Carrie Vaughn
*6.* Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews
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Published on Mar 13, 2014
"The Oregon owners of a 22lb housecat that trapped them in their bedroom after attacking their baby say they're not giving up on their pet and are getting it medical attention and therapy.
Two days after police arrived to subdue the four-year-old, part-Himalayan cat, owner Lee Palmer of Portland said he's taking the feline to a veterinarian. A pet psychologist also is due at the house to see the cat, named Lux.
"We're not getting rid of him right now," Palmer said. "He's been part of our family for a long time." Palmer says the animal attacked his seven-month-old child after the baby pulled its tail. The child suffered a few scratches on the forehead."* The Young Turks hosts Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian break it down.
*Read more here from AP / The Guardian:
"A California man who aimed a laser pointer at a Fresno Police helicopter two years ago has been sentenced to 14 years in prison, according to the FBI.
In December, Sergio Patrick Rodriguez, 26, and his girlfriend, Jennifer Lorraine Coleman, 23 were found guilty of using the high-powered laser pointer in an attempt to interfere with the helicopter.
The helicopter had responded to their apartment complex to investigate reports of a laser being pointed at an emergency transport helicopter, according to an FBI report."* The Young Turks hosts Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian break it down.
*Read more here from Alex Davies / Business Insider:
The danger of laser-pointers is way, way overplayed.
For a start it is almost impossible to keep a hand-held laser ponter pointed at a pilot in an aircraft. At best the pilot will get a few flashes as the beam crosses the cockpit. At night this can cause temporary loss of night-vision adaptation for a few seconds.
I don't think ANYONE has EVER been made permanently blind by a laser pointer. If such cases exist they are vastly outnumbered by other causes.
You need a high-power laser to blind someone - thousands of times more powerful than laser pointers. The extreme legislation against laser pointers has no basis in reality. For a sane perspective read:
Disclaimer: ReasonTV visited the Hershbergers in Homerville, Ohio. Amish law precludes formal interview settings, but the Hershbergers spoke with ReasonTV at length about Sarah's case and allowed us to record them.
For nearly a year, 11-year-old Sarah Hershberger has simultaneously been battling cancer and a court case. Last April, she was diagnosed with lymphoblastic lymphoma, a rare cancer. Her doctor encouraged her to immediately start chemotherapy, and she quickly began her first treatment.
The side effects took their toll, and the Hershbergers feared for Sarah's well-being. They decided to discontinue treatment. "[The chemotherapy] was really good, but stopping at that point was the best investment we did," says Andy Hershberger, Sarah's father.
"We were pretty sure we were going to lose her if we kept doing the chemo," says Anna Hershberger, Sarah's mother. The Hershbergers wanted to pursue a more natural treatment, then return to the chemotherapy if necessary.
Akron Children's Hospital was not open to discussing alternative or supplemental treatments, and officials there expressed concern that Sarah would die if she discontinued treatment. The hospital eventually went on the offensive.
"Akron Children's Hospital originally tried to have Sarah Hershberger taken away from her parents and Medina County Children Services flat out refused to do that. They said these parents are suitable parents, they are high quality parents, they're loving parents," says the Hershbergers attorney, Maurice Thompson.
The hospital continued to push the issue all the way to an appellate court, arguing that "A finding of parental 'suitability' does not end a probate court's inquiry. Parental rights, even if based upon firm belief and honest convictions can be limited in order to protect the 'best interests' of the child."
The appellate court sided with the hospital and appointed a legal guardian to make medical decisions for Sarah. The Hershbergers feared that the guardian would force Sarah back into chemotherapy, so they fled the country.
"We were in Mexico three weeks," says Sarah's uncle, Isaac Hershberger. "We had to leave because if we stayed in the U.S., any hospital in the U.S. would report right back to Akron Children's".
The Hershbergers didn't provide specifics about Sarah's "alternative" treatment, but she seems to be doing well. She may be feeling better because of the first chemotherapy treatment, or the alternative treatment, or a combination. We don't know what Sarah's future holds, but Thompson says that because the family is more than suitable, Sarah's treatment should be left entirely to their discretion.
"Having a free society means that people need to be free to take risks, including risks with their family when they are suitable and loving parents who will take those risks out of a position of love and belief," says Thompson. "It's one thing for society, government, for experts to overrule parents who are abusive, or who are neglectful or who perhaps lack the capacity to properly care for their children, and it's imperative to emphasize that none of those are the case here.
"If we could just be left alone, that's what we're asking for," says Isaac Hershberger.
It appears that this request will be fulfilled. The appellate judge recently accepted the guardian's resignation, and it looks like the Hershbergers will not have to continue this court battle. If they do, Thompson is ready to fight the "best interest of the child" standard all the way to the Supreme Court.
"Whether it's the right to refuse unwanted forced medical treatment, or whether it's the fundamental right that guarantees you to raise and bring up your child in terms of their education and their health care in the way that you see fit as a parent, it's pretty clear that the Hershbergers have strong constitutional rights that are at stake here. And that's really what we're protecting," Thompson says.
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Featuring "Syaba" from Ryosuke Sone's Root of Sorrow.
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Published on Mar 9, 2014
"Rather than being taken to jail, sex workers apprehended on the streets of Phoenix, Arizona are being handcuffed and brought to a church, where they can decide if they would rather be incarcerated by the state or undergo diversion therapy.
The policy, known as Project ROSE, is a Phoenix program that, according to Vice News, has aimed to help more than 350 people since it began in 2011.
Police sweep the streets and browse the internet searching for prostitution listings. They may catch dozens of women during any given sting operation but, instead of hauling them into jail, the police handcuff them and bring them to the Arizona State School of Social Work.""* The Young Turks hosts Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian break it down.
*Read more here from RT News:
Published on Mar 6, 2014
"Chipotle Inc. is warning investors that extreme weather events "associated with global climate change" might eventually affect the availability of some of its ingredients. If availability is limited, prices will rise — and Chipotle isn't sure it's willing to pay.
"Increasing weather volatility or other long-term changes in global weather patterns, including any changes associated with global climate change, could have a significant impact on the price or availability of some of our ingredients," the popular chain, whose Sofritas vegan tofu dish recently went national, said in its annual report released last month. "In the event of cost increases with respect to one or more of our raw ingredients we may choose to temporarily suspend serving menu items, such as guacamole or one or more of our salsas, rather than paying the increased cost for the ingredients."
Chipotle did say that it recognizes the pain it (and its devotees) would have to go through if it decided to suspend a menu item. "Any such changes to our available menu may negatively impact our restaurant traffic and comparable restaurant sales, and could also have an adverse impact on our brand," the filing read."* The Young Turks hosts Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian break it down.
*Read more here from Emily Atkin / Think Progress:
*Fox Business host Stuart Varney on Thursday asserted that paying overtime could stifle companies like Google, and that a proposed White House change to overtime rules was essentially "buying votes."
Bloomberg News reported this week that the Obama administration was considering directing the Labor Department to make more American workers eligible for overtime pay. The rule change was expected to target fast food and retail companies which often label workers as "supervisors" or "managers" so they do not have to be paid for more than 40 hours of work.
The Washington-based Economic Policy Institute has said it supports the rule change for workers who make less than $50,000...* The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.
*Read more here from David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Sen. Dianne Feinstein's bombshell accusation about the Central Intelligence Agency Tuesday set off a scramble on Capitol Hill — with Democrats and Republicans ignoring the usual party lines in response to her claim that the agency improperly interfered in a congressional investigation. Feinstein (D-Calif.) won immediate backing from top Democrats like Majority Leader Harry Reid and Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy while some Republicans, including Lindsey Graham and John McCain, began to echo her concerns... Have these same Senators supported the NSA spying on average Americans? The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.
*Read more here from BURGESS EVERETT and MANU RAJU / Politico:
Published on Mar 9, 2014
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1 in 10 in a survey think HTML is an STD
If you're talking tech with Americans, you may want to avoid using any jargon.
A recent study found that many Americans are lost when it comes to tech-related terms, with 11% in a survey saying that they thought HTML — a language that is used to create websites — was a sexually transmitted disease.
The study was conducted by Vouchercloud.net, a coupons website, as a way to determine how knowledgeable users are when it comes to tech terms.
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"Technology is a huge interest for our user base, and month after month we see thousands of people visiting our site to look for coupons and deals to use when purchasing their favorite tech products," a company spokeswoman said in a statement. "It seems that quite a few of us need to brush up on our tech definitions."
Besides HTML, there were some other amusing findings:
77% of respondents could not identify what SEO means. SEO stands for "Search-Engine Optimization"
27% identified "gigabyte" as an insect commonly found in South America. A gigabyte is a measurement unit for the storage capacity of an electronic device.
42% said they believed a "motherboard" was "the deck of a cruise ship." A motherboard is usually a circuit board that holds many of the key components of a computer.
23% thought an "MP3" was a "Star Wars" robot. It is actually an audio file.
18% identified "Blu-ray" as a marine animal. It is a disc format typically used to store high-definition videos.
15% said they believed "software" is comfortable clothing. Software is a general term for computer programs.
12% said "USB" is the acronym for a European country. In fact, USB is a type of connector.
Despite the incorrect answers, 61% of the respondents said it is important to have a good knowledge of technology in this day and age.
The study involved 2,392 men and women 18 years of age or older. The participants were not told that the study was specifically looking into their knowledge of tech terms. They were presented with both tech and non-tech terms and were asked to choose from three possible definitions.
"Hence why a mix of both normal and technology-related words were used," the company said in a statement.
The firm that conducted the survey, 10 Yetis Public Relations, said it stands by its work and has provided the full survey results.
Published on Mar 6, 2014
"A man known as "Dr. Mike" in Edmond, Oklahoma is being questioned by the community about the ingredients of what he calls a "Jesus shot."
The full name of "Dr. Mike" is John Michael Lonergan, and in 2005 he had his license to practice medicine revoked in Ohio after he was convicted of eight felony counts of tax evasion, mail fraud and health care fraud. After he was released from prison, "Dr. Mike" moved to Oklahoma, which granted him a license to practice medicine on a provisional, supervised basis.
According to News 9, "Dr. Mike" has been injecting local residents with something he calls the "Jesus shot," which allegedly cures all pain for life. At his clinic, he has been charging people $300 per "miracle injection.""* The Young Turks hosts Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian break it down.
*Read more here from Scott Kaufman / Raw Story:
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