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A Columbia University senior is protesting the lack of disciplinary action against the student she accused of raping her by carrying a mattress around campus to symbolize the attack, the Columbia Daily Spectator reported.

“The thing about beds is, we keep them in our bedroom, which is this intimate space, our private space, where we can retreat if we don’t want to deal with anyone at that moment,” Emma Sulkowicz said in an interview posted online. “The past year or so of my life has been marked with telling people what happened in that most intimate, private space and bringing it out into the light.”

New York Magazine reported that Sulkowicz, a visual arts major, is one of 23 students who filed a federal Title XI lawsuit this past April accusing school officials of pressuring them not to report attacks against them. The suit also argues that disciplinary hearings related to sexual assault are conducted by personnel lacking the proper training on the issue.

A month after joining the federal lawsuit, Sulkowicz filed a police report accusing a man identified as Jean-Paul Nungesser of raping her in August 2012.

"It was a shock," he said. "I was living my life and enjoying being young. To find out you have a 6-year-old? It’s unexplainable. It freaked me out."

He said he panicked, ignored the legal documents and never got the required paternity test. The state eventually tracked him down.

Olivas said he owes about $15,000 in back child support and medical bills going back to the child’s birth, plus 10 percent interest. The state seized money from his bank account and is garnisheeing his wages at $380 a month.

The most well-known case was of a Kansas boy who, at age 13, impregnated his 17-year-old baby-sitter. Under Kansas law, a child under the age of 15 is legally unable to consent to sex. The Kansas Supreme Court in 1993 ruled that he was liable for child support.

California issued a similar state court ruling a few years later in the case of a 15-year-old boy who had sex with a 34-year-old neighbor. In that case, the woman had been convicted of statutory rape.

In both cases, it was the state social-services agency that pursued the case after the mother sought public assistance.

"The Kansas court determined that the rape was irrelevant and that the child support was not owed to the rapist but rather to the child,"

There is no such thing as *Quitting* in our lives! We simply enjoy something, until we don’t anymore. The idea of “quitting” is a judgement made by someone else who feels that we should have taken part in something longer than we chose to.
Dayna Martin

CIA Secret Weapon Of Assassination Heart Attack Gun, Declassified 1975

A CIA secret weapon used for assassination shoots a small poison dart to cause a heart attack, as explained in Congressional testimony in the short video below. By educating ourselves and others on vitally important matters like this, we can build a brighter future for us all.

The dart from this secret CIA weapon can penetrate clothing and leave nothing but a tiny red dot on the skin. On penetration of the deadly dart, the individual targeted for assassination may feel as if bitten by a mosquito, or they may not feel anything at all. The poisonous dart completely disintegrates upon entering the target.

The lethal poison then rapidly enters the bloodstream causing a heart attack. Once the damage is done, the poison denatures quickly, so that an autopsy is very unlikely to detect that the heart attack resulted from anything other than natural causes. Sounds like the perfect James Bond weapon, doesn’t it? Yet this is all verifiable in Congressional testimony.

The astonishing information about this secret weapon of the CIA comes from U.S. Senate testimony in 1975 on rogue activities of the CIA. This weapon is only one of many James Bond-like discoveries of the Church Committee hearings, officially known as the United States Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities.

The US government’s web of surveillance is vast and interconnected. Now we know just how opaque, inefficient and discriminatory it can be.

As we were reminded again just this week, you can be pulled into the National Security Agency’s database quietly and quickly, and the consequences can be long and enduring. Through ICREACH, a Google-style search engine created for the intelligence community, the NSA provides data on private communications to 23 government agencies. More than 1,000 analysts had access to that information.

This kind of data sharing, however, isn’t limited to the latest from Edward Snowden’s NSA files. It was confirmed earlier this month that the FBI shares its master watchlist, the Terrorist Screening Database, with at least 22 foreign governments, countless federal agencies, state and local law enforcement, plus private contractors.

The watchlist tracks “known” and “suspected” terrorists and includes both foreigners and Americans. It’s also based on loose standards and secret evidence, which ensnares innocent people. Indeed, the standards are so low that the US government’s guidelines specifically allow for a single, uncorroborated source of information – including a Facebook or Twitter post – to serve as the basis for placing you on its master watchlist.

Of the 680,000 individuals on that FBI master list, roughly 40% have “no recognized terrorist group affiliation”, according to the Intercept. These individuals don’t even have a connection – as the government loosely defines it – to a designated terrorist group, but they are still branded as suspected terrorists.

If I begin to feel judgment towards others, that is my indicator that I have some inner work and self-love to focus on. Never attempt to self-sooth internal pain through external judgement. It’s a cop out. True acceptance of others comes from accepting ourselves in all of our perfect imperfections and healing from our past.
Dayna Martin

More Than 30 Teens Escape From Tennessee Detention Center

Dozens of juveniles escaped a Tennessee detention center Monday, authorities said, with many of the teens still on the run.

The Labor Day escape happened at about 11 p.m. at the Woodland Hills Youth Development Center, said Rob Johnson, communications director for the Tennessee Department of Child Services.

The teens made their way into the yard area of the detention center that has an “anti-climb chain-linked fence,” Johnson said.

One juvenile eventually turned himself in, while authorities have captured others in the surrounding neighborhoods, Johnson added.

Seventeen of the escapees were still at large as of early this morning.

The escaped teens range in age from 14 to 17 and have at least three felonies, Johnson said, including a history of running away, burglary and theft, violent crimes, drug-related crimes, foster care problems and mental health needs.

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