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"When those who hate Jesus Christ kill a Christian, before killing him, they don't ask, 'Are you Lutheran, or Orthodox, or Evangelical or Baptist or Methodist?'" the pope said. Francis added that these killers say "'You are Christian' and they cut off their heads."
"If the enemy unites us in death, who are we to divide ourselves in life?" Francis asked rhetorically.
Pope to Christians: Put Aside Divisions Amid Persecution
 — Pope Francis appealed on Friday to faithful from all Christian churches to put divisions aside and concentrate on what unites them amid the persecution and slaying of Christians in parts of the world.
"The blood of today's martyrs makes us one," Francis told some 30,000 people in St. Peter's Square.
He cited the slaying of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians by Islamic militants in Libya in February.
"When those who hate Jesus Christ kill a Christian, before killing him, they don't ask, 'Are you Lutheran, or Orthodox, or Evangelical or Baptist or Methodist?'" the pope said. Francis added that these killers say "'You are Christian' and they cut off their heads."
"If the enemy unites us in death, who are we to divide ourselves in life?" Francis asked rhetorically.
He urged Christians to seek "unity in diversity of expression" through common prayer and practicing charity together.
Orthodox patriarchs, Anglican and Lutheran bishops and Evangelical pastors joined cardinals and other Vatican prelates in attending the spiritual renewal gathering.
With his head bowed, Francis listened as tenor Andrea Bocelli and other performers sang "Amazing Grace."

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Whole Foods apologizes for pricing problems
Weights and Pricing: A Message to Our Customers l Whole Foods Market
 Whole Foods Market is apologizing to its shoppers for incorrect pricing, a week after a New York investigation found that the natural food grocer routinely overcharged for prepackaged fruits, vegetables and deli meats.
"Straight up, we made some mistakes," said co-CEO Walter Robb, as he stood beside co-CEO John Mackey in a YouTube video posted Wednesday. "We want to own that."
Robb and Mackey said that the pricing mistakes were unintentional and that the company will increase its training at stores around the county. Going forward, Whole Foods will give items away for free if customers discover they were overcharged. "We apologize to our customers for any discrepancies that may have occurred," the company said in blog post.
Last week, New York's Department of Consumer Affairs said it was expanding its investigation after finding that Whole Foods stores in the city regularly ripped customers off, including overcharging $14.84 for a package of coconut shrimp and $4.85 for eight chicken tenders. The department tested 80 types of prepackaged items and found all of them had mislabeled weights. The investigation focused on eight stores in the city.
In a statement, Commissioner Julie Menin said that the Department of Consumer Affairs was "gratified" that Whole Foods admitted to issues with its prepackaged food labels.
In the YouTube video, Mackey said there was a "very small percentage" of weighing errors with items made in stores, including sandwiches, fresh juices and cut fruits.
"We know they are unintentional because the mistakes are both in the customer's favor and sometimes not in the customer's favor," Robb said.
Based in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market Inc. operates 422 stores around the world.
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Islamist terror attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France...
Tunisia attack: David Cameron calls for fightback against intolerance as 30 Britons confirmed dead
The Prime Minister has called for the UK to be 'intolerant' of extremist Islam as more than 30 Britons confirmed to have died in Tunisian beach massacre
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Britain must become “intolerant” of extremist Islam and “be stronger at standing up for our values” as it emerged that more than 30 Britons were killed in the Tunisian beach massacre.
Writing exclusively for The Telegraph, the Prime Minister said Britain is “united in shock and in grief” following the deaths of at least 38 tourists after a gun and grenade rampage by Isil militant Seifeddine Rezgui.
• David Cameron comment: We must be intolerant of Isil intolerance
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A police boat patrols off the beach at the Imperial Marhaba in Sousse, Tunisia (Warren Allott/The Telegraph)
Mr Cameron indicates that the Government is now preparing to take a far more hardline approach towards tackling extremism, as families across the country discover they have been affected by the worst terrorist atrocity to hit Britons in almost a decade.
In his article, the Prime Minister says that we can only defeat terrorism by promoting the British values of “peace, democracy, tolerance and freedom”.
“We must be stronger at standing up for our values – of peace, democracy, tolerance, freedom,” he says.
“We must be more intolerant of intolerance – rejecting anyone whose views condone the Islamist extremist narrative and create the conditions for it to flourish. We must strengthen our institutions that put our values into practice: our democracy, our rule of law, the rights of minorities, our free media, our law enforcements – all the things the terrorists hate.”
The Queen has sent her condolences to the families of those killed in the massacre, saying the attack had left her and the Duke of Edinburgh “shocked”.
• Tunisia gunman Seifeddine Rezgui: 'mixed a devotion for Isil with passion for Real Madrid football team'
She also sent her “deepest sympathy” to those injured in Friday’s slaughter in the popular holiday destination of Sousse. The atrocity represented the worst loss of British lives in an extremist attack since the London bombings of July 7 2005, when 52 people were killed.
Investigators have revealed they are looking for at least one accomplice, with an Interior Ministry spokesman saying they are sure that Rezgui had help.
At least a dozen Britons are still listed as missing with relatives increasingly frustrated with the failure of British and Tunisian authorities to discover what has happened to them.
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The Foreign Office said that the delays were in part because the victims were “dressed for the beach” and did not have identifying documents on them.
It came as British police mounted the biggest security operation in this country since 7/7, with more than 600 officers deployed to investigate and prevent attacks. More than 50 officials and officers have been sent to the North African country.
Lord Dannatt, the former head of the armed forces, has called for British forces to be deployed on the ground to fight Isil in Iraq and Syria.
Philip Hammond, the Foreign Secretary, said that such a move would ultimately prove “unsuccessful” because Western troops would be seen as “an army of occupation”.
• David Cameron pledges to defeat 'ruthless, senseless and barbaric' Isil killers
He said that to put it “bluntly” the next terrorist attack is just as likely to take place in a European city as it is in Tunisia, adding that there cam be “no guarantee” of safety against lone-wolf extremists.
Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, also writing for The Telegraph, warns that people must not “censor” the use of the words “Muslim” or “Islamic” when describing the terrorists responsible for extremist attacks.
“That just lets too many people off the hook,” he says. “If we deny any connection between terrorism and religion, then we are saying there is no problem in any of the mosques; that there is nothing in the religious texts that is capable of being twisted or misunderstood; that there are no religious leaders whipping up hatred of the west, no perverting of religious belief for political ends.”
The killing spree by Kalashnikov-wielding student Rezgui targeted western tourists on the beach at the RIU Imperial Marhaba hotel and the RIU Bellevue and only ended when he was shot dead by police. A bomb was found on his body.

David Cameron warns the British public to be prepared for the UK death toll to rise
Following the attacks, it emerged that one wounded British holidaymaker survived by playing dead to avoid being finished off by Regzui after her husband was shot down beside her. Another was murdered in front of her husband, who survived the attack unscathed.
Nine Britons are currently being treated in hospital for serious injuries, including one who is in an induced coma after being shot seven times.
Following warnings that Britain is at risk of similar terrorist atrocities, Mr Cameron makes pledges to “stand up for our way of life”.
“We will not be cowed,” the Prime Minister says. “To our shock and grief we must add another word: resolve. Unshakeable resolve. We will stand up for our way of life. So ours must be a full-spectrum response – a response at home and abroad; in the immediate aftermath and far into the future.”

The Sun Sets on the private beach of The Hotel Imperial (Warren Allott/Telegraph)
As tributes were paid to the victims by family and friends, Buckingham Palace released a statement from the Queen which said: “Prince Philip and I were shocked to learn of the attack on British tourists in Tunisia on Friday.
“We send our sincere condolences to the families of those who were killed and our deepest sympathy to the people who are still fighting for their lives in hospital, and those who have been seriously injured.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with those of all countries who have been affected by this terrible event.”
In a passionate rallying cry, the Prime Minister says that “the great British spirit” will “triumph” over the “cowards who murder defenceless people on a beach”.
“We have something the terrorists don’t,” Mr Cameron says. “We have the great British spirit that triumphs in the face of adversity. It's the spirit we have always shown when we faced threats to our nation in our history.
“It’s the spirit that saw London rebound after the 7/7 attacks, whose 10th anniversary we mark next month. It’s the spirit we saw as British tourists went to the beach in Tunisia this weekend, determined not to be cowed by the terrorists. We are the people who stand up to hatred.
“They are the cowards who murder defenceless people on a beach. They stand for oppression; we stand for freedom, and a peaceful, tolerant way of life.”
By Peter Dominiczak, Political Editor, Steven Swinford, Gordon Rayner and Ben Farmer in Sousse

9:58PM BST 28 Jun 2015
The Prime Minister has called for the UK to be 'intolerant' of extremist Islam as more than 30 Britons confirmed to have died in Tunisian beach massacre
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so why arent we out there wiping them out,get going,words cheap
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Shasta supercomputer will certainly exceed China’s Tianhe-2 supercomputer which is  the fastest around the world
$200 Million Supercomputer to have 180-petaflops Peak Performance
Based on ComputerWorld, the Aurora will certainly be based upon a layout of Cray’s next-generation supercomputer code-named Shasta. There is very little learnt about Shasta yet, however something is for certain that it’ll have a quicker relate as compared with exactly what Cray presently offers supercomputers.
The Shasta supercomputer has actually been picked as the victor of an agreement worth $200 million by the Department of Energy. It was made by modern technology firm Cray.
Intel informed ComputerWorld that the supercomputer is visiting be a combo of ‘next-generation’ Intel Xeon, utilized in multi-socket web servers, as well as Xeon Phi chips, which have up to 72 cores. Intel is likewise anticipating make use of silicon photonics modern technology, from information transportation inside supercomputers occurring via rhythms of light.
The United States Division of Power has actually prepared to release a brand-new and also a lot more effective supercomputer by 2018. This supercomputer will certainly exceed China’s Tianhe-2 supercomputer which is thought about the fastest around the world.
The agreement was revealed as component of the High Performance Computing (HPC) honor. The Shasta supercomputer will certainly belong of the Aurora system, handled by the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF).
The agreements for the assimilation of the system have actually been granted to Intel as well as Cray, as well as the Aurora supercomputer will certainly be set up at the Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, Ill
There are a whole lot of innovations that are generally dripped down from supercomputers right into web servers utilized in information. Supercomputers are significant multi-processor systems.
The agreements for the combination of the system have actually been granted to Intel and also Cray, as well as the Aurora supercomputer will certainly be released at the Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, Ill
While talking with ComputerWorld, Dean McCarron, primary expert at Mercury Research claimed that the brand-new supercomputers offer an entrance for brand-new processor chip, memory, networking and also storage space innovations.
. According to ComputerWorld, the Aurora will certainly be based on a layout of Cray’s next-generation supercomputer code-named Shasta. There is not considerably recognized regarding Shasta yet, however one factor is for certain that it’ll have a quicker relate as contrasted to exactly what Cray presently gives for supercomputers.
To get to the 180 petaflops of efficiency a high-bandwidth network is the secret, as it is extremely practical in the quick transfer of information in between storage space, cpus and also memory systems inside a supercomputer.
Baseding on ComputerWorld report, on April 9, the intended Aurora supercomputer will certainly be having a peak efficiency of 180-petaflops, or over 3 times the efficiency of the fastest supercomputer today.
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THIS IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE THAT AMERICA IS A GREAT COUNTRY, but you CANNOT THROW YOUR E/S ( a new coined term "elephant SH*T)  or B**SH**T AT MEMBERS OF SOCIETY TO  PROVE YOUR POLITICALLY CORRECT SICK MIND !!! period! Can you imagine the apocalypse in lives of the students and their families?!?! AND POLICE AND FEDS  stepping in ? FOR WHAT? RUINING FRATERNITY and student future?!
Do you and your family  need to prove that YOU DID NOT KILL KENNEDY ?!?! COMEDY OR ERRORS...

Fraternity to Sue Rolling Stone for 'Reckless Reporting' 
"Clearly our fraternity and its members have been defamed, but more importantly we fear this entire episode may prompt some victims to remain in the shadows, fearful to confront their attackers."
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The University of Virginia fraternity chapter at the center of Rolling Stone's retracted article "A Rape on Campus" said on Monday that it planned to sue the magazine for what it called "reckless" reporting that hurt its reputation.
The chapter of Phi Kappa Psi said in a statement that it would pursue all available legal action. The announcement came a day after a team from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism concluded the magazine failed to follow basic journalistic safeguards in publishing the story, which accused the fraternity of hosting a gang rape.
The story sent shockwaves through the sleepy campus about 70 miles from the capital Richmond. Students held demonstrations on campus as well as in front of the fraternity house, which was vandalized after the article was published.
"Clearly our fraternity and its members have been defamed, but more importantly we fear this entire episode may prompt some victims to remain in the shadows, fearful to confront their attackers," Stephen Scipione, the president of the fraternity chapter in Charlottesville, Virginia, said in a statement.
A spokesman for the fraternity said he did not know what would be in the planned lawsuit, or when the fraternity's lawyers would file it. The fraternity said on Monday that images of its house continue to be used by news organizations as a symbol of campus sexual assault.
Rolling Stone did not immediately respond to requests from Reuters for comment.
The magazine is owned by Jann Wenner, who founded it in 1967 primarily to cover music and culture. The privately held company, Wenner Media LLC, also publishes the magazines US Weekly and Men's Journal.
Lawyers with expertise in libel and defamation law have been divided on whether Phi Kappa Psi or its members at the university were in a strong position to prevail in a lawsuit.
The article, written by contributing editor Sabrina Rubin Erdely and published in November, detailed an alleged 2012 gang rape that a first-year student identified as "Jackie" said she had endured at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house.
In December, after questions about the story's veracity, Rolling Stone apologized for "discrepancies" in the account and admitted that it never sought comment from seven men accused of the alleged rape.
Rolling Stone is represented by Davis Wright Tremaine, a law firm with a large practice representing media organizations. Elizabeth McNamara, a partner at the firm, referred questions to the magazine.
The magazine said in a statement on Sunday that it would commit itself to a series of recommendations made in the Columbia University review. Wenner, though, told the New York Times on Sunday that the editors of the article, Will Dana and Sean Woods, would not lose their jobs and that Erdely would continue to write for the magazine.
Erdely also apologized in a statement published by the New York Times on Sunday, saying "the Columbia account of the mistakes and misjudgments in my reporting was a brutal and humbling experience."
During a news conference on Monday, co-authors of the Columbia University review said it was not up to them to recommend if people should be fired over what they called an avoidable journalistic failure.
"We pointed out systemic and institutional problems and we are leaving it up to Rolling Stone to decide how to deal with these problems," said co-author Sheila Coronel, academic dean at the journalism school, in response to a question.
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Indonesian court rejects Australians' death row appeal
Jakarta State Administrative Court Chief Judge Ujang Abdullah rejects the appeals of two Australian drug smugglers on death row during a hearing in Jakarta on April 6.
Indonesian court rejects appeals from 2 Australian drug traffickers facing execution
An Indonesian court on Monday rejected appeals by two Australian drug traffickers who challenged President Joko Widodo's decision to refuse them clemency and spare their lives.
The appeals by Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan were tried separately with the same three-judge panel at the Jakarta High Administrative Court, which agreed with a lower court that the case is out of their jurisdiction because clemency is the prerogative of the president.
Australia hints at tourism boycott if Indonesia executes two citizens
"The object of the dispute is not part of the jurisdiction of the Administrative court," presiding judge Ujang Abdullah said in a statement.
Sukumaran and Chan are among 10 drug smugglers whose planned executions last month were put off due to last-minute appeals from six inmates.
The others include three Nigerians, a Filipino woman and four men from Brazil, France, Ghana and Indonesia.
Two of the foreigners -- Serge Areski Atlaoui from France and Martin Anderson of Ghana -- are still waiting for the outcome of their request for judicial reviews by the Supreme Court.

Last month, the country's highest court rejected judicial reviews by Filipino Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso.
The planned executions have soured relations between Indonesia and other countries, especially Australia and Brazil, but Widodo has vowed not to grant mercy to drug offenders because Indonesia is suffering what he called a "drug emergency."
Jakarta executed six drug convicts including five foreigners in January, brushing aside last-minute appeals from Brazil and the Netherlands.
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An Indonesian court on Monday rejected appeals by two Australian drug traffickers who challenged President Joko Widodo's decision to refuse them clemency and spare their lives.
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Anonymous woman asks pro-lifers for $1M to stop her abortion
A pregnant woman has made plans to raise money online from pro-life supporters, claiming she would not undergo a planned abortion if she raises $1M in 72 hours, starting July 7.

According to her webpage,, the anonymous 26-year-old is seven weeks pregnant and plans to have an abortion, but writes, “I’m giving you a chance to stop it.”

The woman writes that the pro-life movement “cares very little about saving lives and far more about controlling women by minimizing their choices in a wide variety of ways not the least of which is readily available reproductive health care.”

The webpage states that the woman is a graduate student in a state where strict abortion laws were recently passed that require a 72-hour delay after counseling for a woman to get an abortion. Missouri, North Carolina, South Dakota and Utah have this waiting period; Oklahoma’s waiting period of that time goes into effect in November, according to the Associated Press.

If the money is raised, the woman writes that she will have the baby, give it up for adoption and put all the money into a trust fund for the child, that he or she can access at age 21.

“I’ll keep none of the money for myself so if I am to be vilified in the process, it can’t be for that,” she writes.

“Mathematically this means that every one of the 157 million Americans that identify as pro-life needs to donate less than one cent to stop this abortion,” she continues.

If the money is not raised, she says she will go through with the abortion she has already scheduled for July 10 in her home state— where she says she feels more comfortable going to have the procedure done.

As a legal matter, the woman is within her rights to either have an abortion or not, and within her rights to go online to raise funds, as long as she’s being truthful, John H. Snyder, a lawyer and legal strategist in New York City, told

“If she’s lying about it, it’s wire fraud. She can go to jail for it,” he said.

Any funds raised over $14,000 would be taxable as income tax, Snyder added.

“She’s doing it to make a political point, which makes the whole story heartbreaking and makes people upset on both sides of the abortion debate,” Lila Rose, president of Live Action, a new media nonprofit dedicated to ending abortion and building a culture of life, told

Rose added that the message of pro-life advocates is that they’re available to help expectant mothers with confidential, pro-bono resources, including adoption services.

“We don’t know the authenticity of this story; that’s one of the reasons why people on both sides are upset. It comes across as a stunt,” Rose said. “If there is a life here at stake, the message to this woman is to give the child a chance. There are better options than abortion for both you and your baby.”

According to the webpage, the woman wishes to remain anonymous during this process, “as what I aim to prove has nothing to do with me personally,” she states.

“I hope to give the American public a concrete example that the conservative right in America doesn’t actually care about the life of a child, they care about controlling the lives and choices to women. We have to acknowledge this and we have to stop it,” she writes.
A pregnant woman has made plans to raise money online from pro-life supporters, claiming she would not undergo a planned abortion if she raises $1M in 72 hours, starting July 7.
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The Next Culture War
Christianity is in decline in the United States. The share of Americans who describe themselves as Christians and attend church is dropping. Evangelical voters make up a smaller share of the electorate. Members of the millennial generation are detaching themselves from religious institutions in droves.
Christianity’s gravest setbacks are in the realm of values. American culture is shifting away from orthodox Christian positions on homosexuality, premarital sex, contraception, out-of-wedlock childbearing, divorce and a range of other social issues. More and more Christians feel estranged from mainstream culture. They fear they will soon be treated as social pariahs, the moral equivalent of segregationists because of their adherence to scriptural teaching on gay marriage. They fear their colleges will be decertified, their religious institutions will lose their tax-exempt status, their religious liberty will come under greater assault.
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The Supreme Court’s gay marriage decision landed like some sort of culminating body blow onto this beleaguered climate. Rod Dreher, author of the truly outstanding book “How Dante Can Save Your Life,” wrote an essay in Time in which he argued that it was time for Christians to strategically retreat into their own communities, where they could keep “the light of faith burning through the surrounding cultural darkness.”
He continued: “We have to accept that we really are living in a culturally post-Christian nation. The fundamental norms Christians have long been able to depend on no longer exist.”
Most Christian commentary has opted for another strategy: fight on. Several contributors to a symposium in the journal First Things about the court’s Obergefell decision last week called the ruling the Roe v. Wade of marriage. It must be resisted and resisted again. Robert P. George, probably the most brilliant social conservative theorist in the country, argued that just as Lincoln persistently rejected the Dred Scott decision, so “we must reject and resist an egregious act of judicial usurpation.”
These conservatives are enmeshed in a decades-long culture war that has been fought over issues arising from the sexual revolution. Most of the conservative commentators I’ve read over the past few days are resolved to keep fighting that war.
I am to the left of the people I have been describing on almost all of these social issues. But I hope they regard me as a friend and admirer. And from that vantage point, I would just ask them to consider a change in course.
Consider putting aside, in the current climate, the culture war oriented around the sexual revolution.
Put aside a culture war that has alienated large parts of three generations from any consideration of religion or belief. Put aside an effort that has been a communications disaster, reducing a rich, complex and beautiful faith into a public obsession with sex. Put aside a culture war that, at least over the near term, you are destined to lose.
Consider a different culture war, one just as central to your faith and far more powerful in its persuasive witness.
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We live in a society plagued by formlessness and radical flux, in which bonds, social structures and commitments are strained and frayed. Millions of kids live in stressed and fluid living arrangements. Many communities have suffered a loss of social capital. Many young people grow up in a sexual and social environment rendered barbaric because there are no common norms. Many adults hunger for meaning and goodness, but lack a spiritual vocabulary to think things through.
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Social conservatives could be the people who help reweave the sinews of society. They already subscribe to a faith built on selfless love. They can serve as examples of commitment. They are equipped with a vocabulary to distinguish right from wrong, what dignifies and what demeans. They already, but in private, tithe to the poor and nurture the lonely.
The defining face of social conservatism could be this: Those are the people who go into underprivileged areas and form organizations to help nurture stable families. Those are the people who build community institutions in places where they are sparse. Those are the people who can help us think about how economic joblessness and spiritual poverty reinforce each other. Those are the people who converse with us about the transcendent in everyday life.
This culture war is more Albert Schweitzer and Dorothy Day than Jerry Falwell and Franklin Graham; more Salvation Army than Moral Majority. It’s doing purposefully in public what social conservatives already do in private.
I don’t expect social conservatives to change their positions on sex, and of course fights about the definition of marriage are meant as efforts to reweave society. But the sexual revolution will not be undone anytime soon. The more practical struggle is to repair a society rendered atomized, unforgiving and inhospitable. Social conservatives are well equipped to repair this fabric, and to serve as messengers of love, dignity, commitment, communion and grace.
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Woman on first diamond hunt finds gem in first 20 minutes
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Bobbie Oskarson holds the 8.52-carat diamond she found at Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds State Park at Murfreesboro. (Picture: Crater of Diamonds State Park via AP)
There be diamonds in them thar hills!
We have all heard the tales about the 19th century prospectors heading out in to the American west to make their fortunes in gold and diamonds.
Well back here in the 21st century a woman has found one hell of a rock… and it took her just 20 minutes.
This 8.52 carat gem was dug up by Bobbie Oskarson at the Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds State Park at Murfreesboro.
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And it took her just 20 minutes to find. (Picture: Crater of Diamonds State Park via AP)
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It is the fifth largest diamond to ever be discovered in the park’s 37.5 acre search field. The largest was 16.37-carats and was discovered in 1975.
And is this diamond going to be Bobbie’s new best friend?
Of course! She has named Esperanza after her niece and the Spanish word for ‘hope’ and plans to keep it.
It  is the fifth largest diamond found since the park was established in 1972.  (Picture: Crater of Diamonds State Park via AP)
Park interpreter Waymon Cox said: ‘It was hot and sunny at the park, but Ms Oskarson was staying cool by searching in a tree-shaded area when she found her diamond.
‘Ms Oskarson’s 8.5-carat diamond is absolutely stunning, sparkling with a metallic shine, and appears to be an unbroken, capsule-shaped crystal.
‘It features smooth, curved facets, a characteristic shared by all unbroken diamonds from the Crater of Diamonds.’
Sounds lovely.
So if you happen to be in Arkansas what’s the chances of finding your own rock?
Well pretty good actually.
Bobbie’s find is the 227th diamond certified by Crater of Diamonds State Park staff this year and about 75,000 have been found since the crater was discovered open in 1906.
Bobbie found the 8.25 carat gem in a park in Arkansas
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"History is full of examples where the inevitable frontrunner was inevitable right up until she was no longer or he was no longer inevitable."Martin O'Malley told reporters in Iowa on Friday that inevitability -- a term bandied about regarding Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton -- is not unbreakable.
"I've seen it before," the former governor of Maryland and possible presidential contender said. "History is full of examples where the inevitable frontrunner was inevitable right up until she was no longer or he was no longer inevitable."
Clinton was considered inevitable to win the nomination in 2008 but ended up losing to Barack Obama.
O'Malley had previously dropped the inevitability comment in a television interview last month.
The former governor, who capped off his two-day trip to the first-in-the-nation caucus state with a speech to the Polk County Democrats in Des Moines, said that although Clinton is an "eminently qualified candidate," the Democratic Party is full of "good leaders."
"History is full of examples where people who are not very well known nationally can be very well known once they are willing to make their case to the people of Iowa," O'Malley said.
In some polls, he has scored in the low single digits in the state.
In a March CNN/ORC poll of national Democrats, only 1% picked O'Malley. In a January poll by Bloomberg Politics and the Des Moines Register, O'Malley was also at 1% among Iowa Democrats.
Clinton, who leads most polls by upwards of 40 points, is planning to launch her presidential candidacy on Sunday through a video message on social media, a person close to her campaign-in-waiting told CNN on Friday.
While he wouldn't say much about Clinton, when asked about her candidacy, O'Malley said, "if leaders believe that they have the experience and the framework to move our country forward, they should run. And they should engage with voters and our country would be the better for it."
O'Malley, like other Democrats, appears to refrain from directly attacking Clinton. Although last month on ABC, he said that the presidency is "not some crown to be passed between two families," he has not focused on her.
He has, however, openly teased a presidential run.
"I know that, as Democrats, we expect -- and I have heard this all over the country -- the Democrats expect a robust conversation about the issues we face as a nation and the challenges we face," he said. "They believe that that conversation needs to take place in something as important as a presidential primary."
He concluded: "It would be an extreme poverty indeed if there was only one person willing to compete for our party's nomination for President."

Martin O'Malley told reporters in Iowa on Friday that inevitability -- a term bandied about regarding Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton -- is not unbreakable.
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`The explosion that happen in the City of Baltimore was inevitable. (O'Malley former Mayor to Baltimore City)  O'malley had a major contribution to this exposure. 

Well, it’s about time this is the direct result of Kirk Smoke taking the funds away from the Recreation Center when he was Mayor of Baltimore City. I grew up in Cherry Hill, and we had five Recreation Centers there (163, Community Building, Multipurpose Building, 160, and 164). While Kirk Smoke was in office, he removed them all. He claimed; the city had a lack of funds, which was not the truth.

A former NFL Player (BEAN) fought hard to keep the ONE that he was in charge off (163). Thank God he was successful in his fight because I may be dead by now.
The point is; we need the Recreation Centers back open with little league football, basketball, baseball soccer, “WORKSHOP PROGRAMS” and “EDUCATION PROGRAM” put in place. These are some of the activities that kept me off the streets and push me to quarterback in High School.

Guns and Drugs found the streets of Baltimore I wonder how they got there. That’s right, the thugs bought them there right Stephanie Rawlings? Sure, we need to feel that a black person life is of high value. If you value Black lives, it will help prevent blacks killing blacks—Freddie Gray’s death has brought gangs and Black People together as a whole. We can feed on this and uplift our culture, getting rid of the enculturation that lives in our City. Everyone seems to believe that black lives do not matter. Those that do not value black lives are under a great misconception—if anything we matter more. Someone always have to die to see change, Jesus, Martin Luther King, President Kennedy, Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey now Freddie Gray. That’s right, make the comparison, a sacrifice for better living. Stop police brutality, or we will fight! Make a change or we will change something into nothing!

The people that are in power only understand violence. That is sad, but a true statement; ask the American Indians. Now, hopefully, they have gotten the picture; however, we must continue to understand our value. Black lives matter, we built this country on the back of “BLACKS”, therefore, let us stop killing each other and build up the community for the next generation. Put the guns down and go back to handling disputes with them hands, like we did when we were youth. If you were not tough enough to fight, you were not tough enough to be on the streets. Go back to this way of living, killing does not solve anything, when you fight with them hands, you end up making friends afterwards. You also become a tougher "MAN." Stop filling up the jails, the owners of these jails are making a lot of money when you get sent there. The Government pays big money to those that own the jails while you are in their custody. (locked-up)

West Baltimore has not been rebuilt in over 50 years. You cannot leave the very people that built this country, went to war for this country in world war two, behind. Leaving us behind will not happen, so it should not be tried, we want a clean, working, and educated community.

Tony B.
"R.I.P. Freddie Gray"
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Pssst, that’s not breast milk you’re buying
When is breast milk not breast milk? When you order it online, apparently.
In a new study, researchers found that 10 percent of the breast milk bought over the Internet is topped off with cow’s milk. That’s one in 10. According to the study, published in the journal Pediatrics, 10 out of 100 samples tested “had a level of bovine DNA consistent with human milk mixed with at least 10 percent fluid cow’s milk.”
Obviously, giving a baby cow’s milk can cause problems for infants with allergies or lactose intolerance.
And if you think this isn’t an issue — because who buys breast milk online, right? — think again.
[Read: Breast milk at any cost?]
In 2013, the researchers in this study estimated that more than 13,000 individuals were sharing, selling and buying breast milk online. Today, it’s more than 55,000, said Sarah Keim, principal investigator in the Center for Biobehavioral Health at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and one of the study’s authors.
A push to educate parents about the health benefits of breast milk may be causing parents who can’t produce enough, or any, breast milk to obtain it by any means. “Women today just now having children are very interested in breast-feeding and have a clear sense of what the benefits are,” Keim explained. “But not everyone is able to provide enough milk …. there aren’t really any other sources other than friend/relative.”
There are very few certified milk banks that are regulated and safe. And so women have taken to sharing or selling milk, sometimes driving hours to get it. The FDA started to warn against it in 2010, because unscreened donor milk could contain contaminants or have other issues related to it.
“We wanted to study whether there really was evidence of adulteration of the milk,” Keim said. “The FDA had warned that might be an issue with milk sharing.” Ends up, the FDA’s warning was right. All samples contained human milk, Keim said. But that 10 percent that weren’t just breast milk “contained a substantial amount of cow’s milk.”
This study follows one from last year by Keim and others, also published in Pediatrics, where milk obtained via the Internet was tested for bacteria. That study found three-fourths of the samples of the milk to be tainted with dangerous bacteria, including salmonella.
“It’s pretty clear, based on the findings of this and our prior study that looked at infectious disease risks, that obtaining milk for your babies that way is not a safe practice or recommended,” Keim said.
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A new study finds breast milk bought on the Internet may not be all breast milk
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Professor Rosen, "None of those schools felt quite right. What kind of 'feel' is this? It’s feeling for a fit between discovered story and a prior—given—narrative." What if, he argued, "a single, emblematic college rape case" does not exist? "Maybe the hunt for such was ill-conceived from the start," he wrote. "Maybe that’s the wrong way for Rolling Stone to have begun." And I think he is correct that searching for confirmation of a preexisting narrative is a common problem in narrative journalism generally
If Sabrina Erdely set out to find a story that was emblematic of rape on college campuses, why did she focus on a sensational allegation that would've been unrepresentative even if true?
What went wrong in Rolling Stone's feature on rape at the University of Virginia? Many things, Columbia's journalism school reports in its post-mortem, a valuable document focused on journalistic steps that would've prevented the errors.
Press critic Jay Rosen has a sharp addendum to that report, focusing on how a debacle of this magnitude could've happened. The most consequential decision that the magazine made was "to settle on a narrative and go in search of the story that would work just right," he argues, citing several pieces of evidence for his thesis.
The magazine's managing editor told the New York Times last December that "the article stemmed from a feeling he and other senior editors had over [the] summer that the issue of unpunished campus rapes would make a compelling and important story." The author of the article, Sabrina Erdely, mentioned in the reporting notes she turned over to Rolling Stone that "she was searching for a single, emblematic college rape case," the Columbia post-mortem reports, one that would show “what it’s like to be on campus now… where not only is rape so prevalent but also that there’s this pervasive culture of sexual harassment/rape culture.”
The Washington Post reported:
So, for six weeks... Erdely interviewed students from across the country. She talked to people at Harvard, Yale, Princeton and her alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania. None of those schools felt quite right. But one did: the University of Virginia, a public school, Southern and genteel, brimming with what Erdely calls “super-smart kids” and steeped in the legacy of its founder, Thomas Jefferson.
Said Professor Rosen, "None of those schools felt quite right. What kind of 'feel' is this? It’s feeling for a fit between discovered story and a prior—given—narrative." What if, he argued, "a single, emblematic college rape case" does not exist? "Maybe the hunt for such was ill-conceived from the start," he wrote. "Maybe that’s the wrong way for Rolling Stone to have begun." And I think he is correct that searching for confirmation of a preexisting narrative is a common problem in narrative journalism generally and a factor that led Rolling Stone astray here.
Still, there is one sense in which Erdely's account of her process seems dubious to me. The story of a fraternity that used gang rape as an initiation ritual for pledges would obviously be worth exposing if it were true. But no one familiar with the reality of rape on college campuses should've construed such a story as emblematic of the problem. Gang rapes absolutely happen. As Robby Soave notes, Rolling Stone could've easily written a story about one that happened at Vanderbilt.
But according to the Justice Department's December 2014 report on the rape and sexual assault of college-aged females, fully 95 percent of rapes and sexual assaults are committed by a single perpetrator. Just 5 percent involve two or more perpetrators–and a fraction of those, if any, involve premeditated, institutionalized rape carried out as part of a formal, ostensibly recurring initiation rite. There's nothing objectionable about a journalist highlighting a highly atypical rape so long as the specific incident actually happened. But any journalist doing so should acknowledge that they're telling the story of a sensational, unrepresentative case, not a case emblematic of campus culture at large.
As for the University of Virginia "feeling right" as a setting, as opposed to elite schools in other regions, it's also worth nothing that, per the same Justice Department report, the rate of rape and sexual assault of college-aged women is highest in the Midwest (at 8.3 victims per 1,000 females aged 18-to-24), next highest in the West (5.9 victims per 1,000 females), next highest in the Northeast (5.2 victims per 1,000 females) and lowest in the South (4.7 victims per 1,000 females). Statistics around rape are notoriously difficult to assess and subject to reporting bias, but those numbers are based on the National Crime Victimization Survey, not institutional reporting, and most likely outperform gut feeling.
Had the account of gang rape been less sensational and more emblematic of sexual assault as it typically plays out on college campuses, Erdely almost certainly wouldn't have worked so hard to stick with the story even as her source stopped cooperating for long periods and failed to corroborate important details.  She was wedded to her source in part because she was a one-of-a-kind. And the original story that Rolling Stone published was sensational in form: it focused at length on the gang rape scene, using graphic details and narrative construction to play up its brutality, even as other parts of the story proceeded as if the article's intent was to convey the reality of campus culture at UVA (if not everywhere).
The narrative core and purported purpose of the story did not match.
Journalists are constantly tempted to tell sensational, unrepresentative stories as if they're emblematic of a person, an institution, or a culture. The best avoid misleading readers by acknowledging the ways in which their story is unusual. While the falseness of Erdely's article has understandably overshadowed all other questions, confusion about the distinction between what is sensational and what is emblematic played a part in her journalistic malpractice and would've been a weakness in Rolling Stone's story even if the gang rape it portrayed had happened.
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Conor Friedersdorf Apr 6 2015, 8:00 AM ET

Conor Friedersdorf is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he focuses on politics and national affairs. He lives in Venice, California, and is the founding editor of The Best of Journalism, a newsletter devoted to exceptional nonfiction.
If Sabrina Erdely set out to find a story that was emblematic of rape on college campuses, why did she focus on a sensational allegation that would've been unrepresentative even if true?
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If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

Rudyard Kipling


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