Man Says He’s Not Dead. Court Doesn’t Buy It

The Turkish government deported him in January for having expired documents, sending him back to a Romania he says he hadn’t seen since the late 1990s.

And you can imagine his surprise when, upon his return, he found out he died back in 2003. There was an official death certificate registered by his wife and everything.

…On Thursday, a court in the city of Vaslui rejected his bid to get the death certificate overturned, despite the fact that he appeared in person to plead his case. Reliu had no case to stand on, the court ruled, because his appeal was filed too late.

Man Says He’s Not Dead. Court Doesn’t Buy It : The Two-Way : NPR

Huh, whaaaaaa?


US housing department adviser quits amid questions of fraud and inflated biography

He said he was a multimillionaire – an international property developer with a plan to fix America’s cities through radical privatization.

…Jafry was contracted to work for Trump’s housing and urban development department (HUD). His government email signature said his title was senior adviser. Jafry said he used his role to advocate for “microcities”, where managers privately set their own laws and taxes away from central government control.

…Jafry, who has also been known by Jafari and Jafri, apologised for inflating his military record but denied making other false claims.

…In November 2013, a judge ordered Jafry and a fuel company he chaired to repay more than $800,000 to the family of Alfred Oglesby, a former NFL player and investor in the fuel firm, who died in 2009. Oglesby’s widow accused Jafry of fraud. Jafry has not paid the money. Debt collectors said they had been trying to locate him for years.

…Owners of gas stations that Jafry tried to buy sued him and his business associates, repeatedly accusing Jafry of fraud and breaching contracts.

…A version of Jafry’s biography on his website said he held a degree in law and alternative dispute resolution from National University in La Jolla, California. Prof Jack Hamlin, chairman of National’s department of professional studies, said: “We do not offer a ‘law degree’.”

…His former website biography said he had owned a group of safari resorts and hotels in Africa which had “merged with Marakanelo Hotels”, securing him a $7.5m windfall.

But Sibo Gumpo, the group commercial manager of Crest Hotels, which operates the Marakanelo sites, said in a series of emails that this was not the case. “We do not have a record of the transaction,” said Gumpo.

US housing department adviser quits amid questions of fraud and inflated biography | US news | The Guardian

Oh, my… Don’t they vet these people at all?!

National Walkout: Nickelodeon off air for 17 minutes recognizing Parkland

National Walkout: Nickelodeon off air for 17 minutes recognizing Parkland



Sanders Supporters Focused on Anti-Democrat Instead of Ousting Republicans

The Democratic Party, for all of its successes and failures, has made the choice to focus on “Voting Blue” to get the Republicans out and try to reverse the damage that they have done. However, it appears that the Bernie Sanders group would rather contribute to another GOP win, as their focus is simply attacking the Democrats.

…The DNC has created a newer and more enlightened platform, offering more transparency and trying to correct areas that received criticism of the past. But apparently this isn’t good enough for the Sanders supporters, as they are still hot on the trail of yelling “Bernie would have won” or “no neo-liberal shills”. Even the Unity Tour that was presented to try to bring many of the factions together was a complete disaster as Sanders took this as an opportunity to rip the Democratic Party apart while his cult followers chanted in the background. For anyone that has been monitoring this situation, you would see a group that can’t seem to let go of the 2016 Presidential election, an obsession with Hillary Clinton hate and a continued generation of the same anger that one sees on the extreme right.

Sanders Supporters Focused on Anti-Democrat Instead of Ousting Republicans



EPA withdraws regulation on ‘major sources’ of pollution

EPA withdraws regulation on ‘major sources’ of pollution – CNNPolitics

Because these asshole do not care about the world they are leaving to their own children. Money before the welfare of their own progeny!!!


Elgin residents rally outside police headquarters, demand to know why Decynthia Clements was killed

Many wanted to know why they were not being allowed see the video taken of the shooting, in which Decynthia Clements, an African-American Elgin resident, was shot by Lt. Christian Jensen, a white police officer, in an incident that took place about 2 a.m. on Interstate 90, near Route 59.

…An autopsy conducted Tuesday determined Clements had been shot multiple times. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office deemed her death a homicide, but declined to provide information on how many times she was shot or if toxicology exams will be conducted.

Elgin residents rally outside police headquarters, demand to know why Decynthia Clements was killed – Elgin Courier-News

The police’s version of this story is fishy as hell. Police departments and organization around the country have reasonable expectation of respect and cooperation if they are so willing to sling absolute bullshit to protect their officers and their ability to commit malfeasance. Policing can’t work without the community’s trust and the communities cannot trust when they are being jerked around and lied to.


There’s a single nerve that connects all of your vital organs — and it might just be the future of medicine

After months puzzling over this, he finally hit upon the idea that the brain might be using the nervous system – specifically the vagus nerve – to tell the spleen to switch off inflammation everywhere.

It was an extraordinary idea – if Tracey was right, inflammation in body tissues was being directly regulated by the brain.

Communication between the immune system’s specialist cells in our organs and bloodstream and the electrical connections of the nervous system had been considered impossible. Now Tracey was apparently discovering that the two systems were intricately linked.

…Operating far below the level of our conscious minds, the vagus nerve is vital for keeping our bodies healthy. It is an essential part of the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for calming organs after the stressed ‘fight-or-flight’ adrenaline response to danger. Not all vagus nerves are the same, however: some people have stronger vagus activity, which means their bodies can relax faster after a stress.

…Tak suspects that patients will continue to need vagal nerve stimulation for life. But unlike the drugs, which work by preventing production of immune cells and proteins such as TNF, vagal nerve stimulation seems to restore the body’s natural balance. It reduces the over-production of TNF that causes chronic inflammation but does not affect healthy immune function, so the body can respond normally to infection.

… Low vagal tone is associated with a range of health risks, whereas people with high vagal tone are not just healthier, they’re also socially and psychologically stronger – better able to concentrate and remember things, happier and less likely to be depressed, more empathetic and more likely to have close friendships.

…The implications of being able to simply and cheaply improve vagal tone, and so relieve major public health burdens such as cardiovascular conditions and diabetes, are enormous. It has the potential to completely change how we view disease.

…However the technology develops, our understanding of how the body manages disease has changed for ever. “It’s become increasingly clear that we can’t see organ systems in isolation, like we did in the past,” says Paul-Peter Tak. “We just looked at the immune system and therefore we have medicines that target the immune system.

“But it’s very clear that the human is one entity: mind and body are one. It sounds logical [or to some of us: mindblowingly obvious] but it’s not how we looked at it before. We didn’t have the science to agree with what may seem intuitive. Now we have new data and new insights.”

Vagus nerve stimulation – Business Insider