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These College Students Are Making A Nail Polish That Changes Color When Exposed To Date-Rape Drugs

These College Students Are Making A Nail Polish That Changes Color When Exposed To Date-Rape Drugs.

Now this is something I can fully support. I’ll be switching over to their nail polish for sure! Not because I’m worried (I’m a married mother that never goes out), but because I want my dollars going to support this. Well done!

Check out their Facebook Page for more information.

Carl Sagan’s “Pale Blue Dot”

I know that this may not seem like something that affects thoughts and ideas in criminal justice but I see how it does.  We hope to do something good and this helps put an amazing perspective on our lives. Regardless of your faith or creed, this speech is relevant. Please take a moment to hear what may be some of the most amazing three and half minutes ever spoken by a human being. (transcript below video)

From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any particular interest. But for us, it’s different. Consider again that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity – in all this vastness – there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known, so far, to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment, the Earth is where we make our stand. It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.

Carl SaganPale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space, 1997 reprint, pp. xv–xvi
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pale_Blue_Dot

*featured image from http://www.space.com/21627-earth-from-space-pictures-gallery.html
This rare image taken on July 19, 2013, by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has shows Saturn’s rings and our planet Earth and its moon in the same frame. At the time, Cassini was 2013 from a distance of about 898.414 million miles (1.445858 billion kilometers) from Earth. It is only one footprint in a mosaic of 33 footprints covering the entire Saturn ring system (including Saturn itself) taken by Cassini’s wide-angle camera.

Man charged for speaking Irish to police – UTV Live News

Yeah. I got nothing. You?

Man charged for speaking Irish to police

Published Monday, 07 April 2014

A man has appeared in court on anti-terrorism charges after he gave his name and address to police in Irish.

Man charged for speaking Irish to police
The case was adjourned until May. (© UTV)

Dermot Douglas of Mellows Park in Dublin appeared in Londonderry Magistrates’ Court last week charged with not giving his details to the best of his ability under the Justice and Security Act on 6 March.

Defence solicitor Brian Stelfox told the court his client had come out of a house in the Creggan area of the city and had been stopped by police and gave his details in Irish.

District Judge Barney McElholm asked: “Is the sum total of this case that he gave his name in Irish?”

Mr Stelfox said the 49-year-old had “quite happily” allowed the police to search him and then had given his name and address in Irish before he was arrested.

He said while in the Strand Road police station he was offered a caution but refused to accept it “on principle” as he felt he had complied with the law.

A prosecution lawyer asked for the case to be adjourned for four weeks for further investigation, however, Mr Stelfox said he was “at a loss to see how there could be any further investigation”.

Judge McElholm said: “One wonders what would have happened if Mr Douglas had been Romanian or Chinese.”

The defence solicitor said his client felt he was entitled to have the case heard in Irish.

The judge confirmed that it could be heard in Irish as long as there was “due consideration for the public purse”.

The case was adjourned and Douglas will appear again on 1 May in order to see, as Judge McElholm put it, “if we can get this resolved”.

via Man charged for speaking Irish to police – UTV Live News.

 

Family of Executed Man Plans to Sue State – ABC News

I would be interested in hearing your thoughts on the attached article. I am against the death penalty for many reasons and this is one of them – there is no humane way to kill someone.

I’m not sure why it is okay for the government to do things that you and I would be imprisoned (or even executed) for doing. Revenge is not justice, so why are people condoning state-sponsored revenge?

What are your thoughts?

via Family of Executed Man Plans to Sue State – ABC News.

“On Death Row”

I’m currently watching On Death Row on Netflix and find it to be pretty compelling so far.

Werner Herzog On Death Row
Werner Herzog – filmmaker and narrator of “On Death Row”

I’m hoping to do a paper on capital punishment but to sum it up, I’m against it. There are many reasons why including it’s existence for retribution (as it is not an effective deterrent), innocent people being on death row, and the fact that, as a Christian, I cannot accept the Old Testament declaration of “eye for an eye” at a human level. God wants revenge, fine. He can have it. As humans capable of mistakes, I don’t find it’s within my power to declare who should live and who should not. There are other issues and I will cover them later. Take a moment to watch On Death Row and see if it challenges what you know of the death penalty in the United States.

Man Accused Of Skinning, Baking Pet Cat With Onions « CBS Minnesota

Man Accused Of Skinning, Baking Pet Cat With Onions « CBS Minnesota.

So basically according to this article, a man kills, skins, and roasts his own cat and then was arrested for animal cruelty. I really don’t see how this is going to hold up in court. What’s next? Arresting farmers? How about hunters? I don’t eat cats but others do. Others eat dogs. Others eat horses. The list goes on. Cats are not an endangered species so this charge is weak at best. Also if they try to claim torture because he killed and skinned it, then they need to start arresting factory farmers that mistreat animals their entire lives and give them a torturous death. This is the perfect case for jury nullification if it goes to court. I have yet to introduce that concept on this site and will work on that this weekend.

via Man Accused Of Skinning, Baking Pet Cat With Onions « CBS Minnesota.

Here Are the Rights You Have When Interacting With a Police Officer in One Detailed Infographic | TheBlaze.com

Here Are the Rights You Have When Interacting With a Police Officer in One Detailed Infographic | TheBlaze.com.

The linked article is awesome! I love this! Everyone should know their rights, especially when it comes to interactions with the law enforcement and criminal justice systems. Check it out, save it to your phone or print it and keep it available for any time you may need it. I am interested to see if indeed in my state (South Carolina) that refusing a breathalyzer is an automatic suspension of license. That is ridiculous because, as the infographic points out, there are legitimate reasons for a false positive. My husband is a diabetic whose sugar levels quickly get out of control and are hard to manage. I would NOT be a happy person if he were jailed basically for being a diabetic…

via Here Are the Rights You Have When Interacting With a Police Officer in One Detailed Infographic | TheBlaze.com.