8:16 P.M. NHL’s Gary Bettman vs U.S. senator over concussion !!! …

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has brushed aside the latest swipes from U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal over the league’s stance on concussions. Bettman responded Wednesday to attacks earlier this week from Blumenthal, who said that the NHL, and Bettman in particular, were on the wrong side of history regarding the connection between concussions and long-term brain damage. “Obviously the senator has his opinions and we have ours,” Bettman said in an interview. While suggesting that he wouldn’t get into a “public debate about this,” Bettman said he believes “medical and scientific decisions should be made by scientists and physicians.”

That was the essence of his 23-page response to questions from Blumenthal regarding the NHL’s stance on concussions and CTE. Bettman suggested that based on the “consensus” of medical experts, no definitive link had been made between the two. He denied any suggestion that the NHL was “dismissiveness of the evidence” on Wednesday. “If you’ve read the letter you could hardly suggest that a 23-page, single-spaced letter is dismissive,” Bettman said.

The senator rebuked that earlier response, stating Monday that common sense as well as mounting scientific evidence demonstrate “clear links” between brain trauma and brain disease later in life, including CTE. He called on the NHL to fund research studying the issue, describing it as imperative that the NHL take the lead on this issue. Blumenthal first reached out to Bettman a day before the NHL draft, requesting clarification over the NHL’s stance on the link between head trauma and CTE. That request came after emails between league officials were made public in an ongoing class-action lawsuit the NHL is facing over its’ handling of concussions.

Some of those emails exposed internal concerns on the subject. One email sent from Bettman to then-league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan in December 2011 asked: “Any more concussions?” “Not so far,” Shanahan responded. “Night is young!” Bettman said, replying from his iPhone. Blumenthal cited the emails, including those among league officials which raised questions about the future of fighting in hockey.

He asked Bettman nine questions, wondering how head trauma in hockey differed from football, what changes the NHL could make to protect the long-term health of players, and whether the NHL had considered eliminating fighting, among other queries related to the matter.

Up for re-election in Connecticut this November, Blumenthal was inquiring as the ranking member of the Senate subcommittee on consumer protection, product safety, insurance and data security, which he said had jurisdiction over sports.

In his response, Bettman included expansive detail on why the science was not yet definitive, why hockey was different from football, while also explaining the NHL and NHL Players’ Association’s various education and testing programs. The NHL, Bettman noted, was the first professional sports league with a “Concussion Program”, which mandated neuropsychological testing. The program was established in 1997. “Thus, while we agree that the ongoing research is very important, it is particularly unfair to criticize the NHL when we have followed the medical consensus of experts examining the science,” Bettman wrote. “If that consensus changes, so, too, will my answers.”

Speaking Wednesday after a World Cup-related announcement in Toronto’s Distillery District, Bettman disputed the notion that Blumenthal’s attacks were striking a chord in the public sphere. “It hasn’t gained any traction,” he said. “In fact, we haven’t heard from very many people about it all.”

MORBNOTE ; Typical lawyer !!!  …

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Source: NHL’s Gary Bettman brushes off attack from U.S. senator over concussion | Toronto Star

4:21 P.M. Florida mom , 62 , charged after son ‘pummels’ newborn to death …

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Florida mom, 62, charged after son ‘pummels’ newborn to death 62-year-old mother arrested after infant dies 62-year-old mother arrested after infant dies   Police in Florida say a 6-year-old boy beat his baby sister to death in a car while their mother was inside a store. A 62-year-old Florida woman has been charged in the death of her newborn at the hands of her six-year-old son, after she allegedly left the children unattended in a van, police say. Kathleen Marie Steele faces a charge of aggravated manslaughter in connection with the death of her daughter, who was 13 days old. The incident happened on Monday afternoon in St. Petersburg, Fla., when Steele left her three children locked in a van for more than 30 minutes while running an errand, police said. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office says Steele’s six-year-old repeatedly slammed the newborn around the interior of the van, “pummelling” her and turning her head to “mush.” Steele’s three-year-old son was also in the vehicle at the time.  All three of the 62-year-old’s children were conceived through in vitro fertilization, police said.

Sheriff Bob Gualtieri says the six-year-old described the attack to police in detail. The boy became annoyed with his sister when she started crying, so he unbuckled her from her seat and “began flipping her multiple times back and forth, dropping her on the floor, slamming her head against the ceiling, striking her in the face and causing severe, severe trauma to the baby’s head and face,” Gualtieri said at a press conference on Thursday. Gualtieri said the six-year-old, who will not be charged, was co-operative in showing police how the attack occurred. “He was very demonstrative in what he did. We had him show us with a doll and it was very violent. He was slamming that doll. It was terrible.” Police found forensic evidence in the van consistent with the boy’s story, the sheriff said. The boy placed the infant back in her car seat after the attack, and informed his mother that the girl’s condition was “serious” when she returned to the van, Gualtieri said.

Police say Steele drove to another business before returning home, then called a neighbour who is a nurse when she saw the baby’s condition. The nurse contacted 911 but by that point it was too late, Gualtieri said. “The baby had likely been dead since they left the cellphone store.” He described the mother as “aloof” when emergency responders showed up at her home to attend to the child. Gualtieri says when paramedics started trying to revive the baby, “she turns around and goes to the kitchen and starts putting groceries away. Who does that?” …

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Source: Florida mom, 62, charged after son ‘pummels’ newborn to death | CTV News

2:35 P.M. Hudak … What a LOAD OF BULLSHIT !!!

 

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Tim Hudak, former leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives is leaving politics. Hudak’s last day as the MPP for Niagara West-Glanbrook will be September 16. He will take on the role of CEO of the Ontario Real Estate Association in October.

 Hudak was first elected to the provincial legislature in 1995, serving as a cabinet minister in the Mike Harris government. Hudak was tapped to lead the PCs in 2009 and resigned his leadership after the party’s abysmal showing in the 2014 provincial election.

Hudak will continue to host ‘The Tim Hudak Show’ on NEWSTALK 1010 Sundays at 5 p.m. Tim Hudak’s full resignation statement is below “When a really good opportunity comes along, you grab it….

That’s how I got into the world of public service. And, now, it’s why I’m taking my leave. In 1995, I had the opportunity to run for the PC Party in Niagara South. I ran because I believed the province desperately needed change and I wanted to make a difference. Every step along the way, I have been guided by a clear sense of purpose: smaller, more focused government, a strong economy and greater opportunity for all. It was an honour to serve in the Cabinet of Premier Mike Harris, the most courageous and effective Premier Canada has seen in a lifetime. We made the long overdue decisions to balance the budget; we paid down debt and we lowered taxes. As a result, Ontario led North America in private sector job creation. In 2009, I was thrilled to be chosen by PC members to lead our great party and I promised leadership founded on those same principles. I’m proud that we put forward an honest, bold plan that would right-size government, spur our economy and help the most vulnerable among us. Now I have an exciting new opportunity before me and a renewed purpose…

I have been asked to be the next CEO of the Ontario Real Estate Association, Canada’s largest provincial industry association with more than 64,000 members and 40 local associations. There is a lot of work ahead of us to help make home ownership more affordable and to increase housing supply and choices, but I look forward to the challenge. These past 21 years have been tremendously rewarding and I will miss my colleagues in all three parties. Our parliamentary democracy exists to emphasize our differences, but our common commitment to building a better Ontario is what truly unites us. I want to thank all of them, past and present, for their friendship, leadership and advice. The secret of success in politics is loyal and smart staff. After 21 years that adds up to a lot of people! I thank them all. Most importantly, I want to thank the people of Niagara who have given me the honour to serve in six consecutive elections. There is no greater joy in this business than to be chosen to be the voice of the most beautiful part of the province filled with generous, hard working people who have an infectious streak of independence. I entered public life as a young, single 27 year old. And while I am immensely proud of that, the best part of Queen’s Park was meeting my wife, Debbie. Twenty-one years later, I leave as an incredibly fortunate father of two beautiful girls, Miller and Maitland. I cannot thank my family enough for their support and love. I will be resigning my seat on September 16. My last official duty will be to say thank you to local residents for their trust in me at my favourite local event, my Annual Chicken and Ribs Community BBQ on September 15. I now look forward to the exciting new mission ahead.”

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Source: NEWSTALK 1010 – IN-DEPTH RADIO :: Former Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak leaving politics :: News – Article

71 years later… HEY You didn’t know when to quit !!!! …

 

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Inside the dimly lit exhibit halls of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum amidst piles of rubble stand wax figures of burnt human beings with skin melting off their arms. Waxy keloid scars lie imprisoned in glass cases along the walls like flesh-colored leeches. Many displays contain singed children’s uniforms, each belonging to one of the roughly 1,400 primary school students who perished on August 6, 1945. At 8:15 am that day, an American B-29 bomber dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima. The warhead exploded with a force equivalent to 15 kilotons of TNT, creating surface temperatures at the hypocenter that rivaled the sun. Approximately 80,000 people—30 percent of the city’s population—died from the blast and subsequent firestorm. Roughly 60,000 more would die from bomb-related health complications. Today, a message of peace is ubiquitous throughout Hiroshima. In the center of the city lies Peace Memorial Park. To honor the dead, visitors leave behind long strands of origami paper cranes, which workers bind together in vibrant bushels. In the middle of the park stands a saddle-shaped concrete cenotaph. Gazing through its parabolic opening, you can see the skeletal structure of the A-Bomb dome, one of the only buildings to have survived the blast. Directly behind the cenotaph flickers an eternal flame, the peace flame, which will only be extinguished on the day when the last nuclear weapon has been destroyed …

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Source: After 71 Years, Hiroshima’s Message Of Peace Faces New Challenge

7:38 P.M. ‘ Everyone has their hair done, don’t they? ‘ …

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And  , of course , they all spend thousands of dollars every time they do !!! …

Cutting remarks are being made about the high cost of the French president’s personal hairdresser. François Hollande may be the most unpopular president in the history of modern France, but he is certainly among the most impeccably groomed. In a season that has seen his disapproval ratings approach 90 percent of French voters, even more gleeful ridicule was heaped on Hollande this week, when Le Canard Enchaîné, the satirical newspaper, exposed that his personal hair stylist has been paid 9,985 euros (about $14,400) per month since Hollande was elected in 2012.

Typical of the French … TOTAL  BULLSHIT !!! …

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Source: France pays $14,400 a month for President Hollande’s haircuts: ‘Everyone has their hair done, don’t they?’ | National Post

7:42 P.M. Absolute BULLSHIT that never ends !!! …

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The American celebrations of Independence Day on July 4 included exciting and colourful two-hour evening events held at famous public parks with fireworks, professional dancers performing beautifully, as well as military units and thousands of spectators — all recorded on television nationwide. Many were wearing shirts or vests with American flags. The joyful event in Washington, held next to the United States Congress was recorded on television and beamed nationwide. But for a small group of Arab-Americans at the celebration, they all wondered when the Palestinians would have a similar opportunity to celebrate their independence, promised by the United Nations in 1948. The disappointing view here, and most likely elsewhere, has been that the potential for a two-state solution to decades of conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is “steadily eroding”, according to a Washington Post report the following day …

I’m tired of hearing about these pagans argue !!! …

 BOMB THEM !!! …

Put them out of OUR misery !!! … I’m sick of hearing about it !!! …

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Source: What’s next for Palestinians and Israelis? | GulfNews.com

6:54 P.M. Nancy Pelosi shops for shoes !!! …

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The St. Helena Police Department has received similar complaints in the past, and on occasion we come across a scenario like what is mentioned in the complaint. Unfortunately local law enforcement has no authority to prevent this type of activity. The U.S. Capitol Police and the U.S. Secret Service provide dignitary protection for certain high-ranking members of the Federal Government, and this protection comes with the discretion to violate some state and local laws (illegal U-turns, parking in a red zone) under the guise of providing the best possible protection to the dignitary. In the case of Congresswoman Pelosi, she receives her protection detail from the Capitol Police. As the Chief of Police in St. Helena I can assure you we don’t like or condone their behavior, but I can tell you from personal experience that while they sympathize with the position they put us in, they will not alter their tactics to appease us …

We pay these asswipes too much money … Hillary is right up there  !!! … GO DONALD !!! …

At least he swindled all his money in the private sector !!! …

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Source: Nancy Pelosi blows off traffic laws – to shop at shoe store! – The American MirrorThe American Mirror