December 1st, 2013
In a nation where abortions are performed with Liberal regularity, the authorities in this case apparently ripped the baby from the Mother's womb and against the Mother's will so that the child would "remain safe."
The question, naturally occurs however, what if the Mother had not wanted the child? Our readers can take the logical thought process from there.....
( Wild Card: The Mother was not a British National )
The UK Telegraph
A pregnant woman has had her baby forcibly removed by caesarean section by social workers.
Essex social services obtained a High Court order against the woman that allowed her to be forcibly sedated and her child to be taken from her womb.
The council said it was acting in the best interests of the woman, an Italian who was in Britain on a work trip, because she had suffered a mental breakdown.
The baby girl, now 15 months old, is still in the care of social services, who are refusing to give her back to the mother, even though she claims to have made a full recovery.
The case has developed into an international legal row, with lawyers for the woman describing it as “unprecedented”.
They claim that even if the council had been acting in the woman’s best interests, officials should have consulted her family beforehand and also involved Italian social services, who would be better-placed to look after the child.
Brendan Fleming, the woman’s British lawyer, told The Sunday Telegraph: “I have never heard of anything like this in all my 40 years in the job.
“I can understand if someone is very ill that they may not be able to consent to a medical procedure, but a forced caesarean is unprecedented.
“If there were concerns about the care of this child by an Italian mother, then the better plan would have been for the authorities here to have notified social services in Italy and for the child to have been taken back there.”
The case, reported by Christopher Booker in his column in The Sunday Telegraph, raises fresh questions about the extent of social workers’ powers.
It will be raised in Parliament this week by John Hemming, a Liberal Democrat MP. He chairs the Public Family Law Reform Coordinating Campaign, which wants reform and greater openness in court proceedings involving family matters.
He said: “I have seen a number of cases of abuses of people’s rights in the family courts, but this has to be one of the more extreme.
“It involves the Court of Protection authorising a caesarean section without the person concerned being made aware of what was proposed. I worry about the way these decisions about a person’s mental capacity are being taken without any apparent concern as to the effect on the individual being affected.”
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is an Italian national who come to Britain in July last year to attend a training course with an airline at Stansted Airport in Essex.
She suffered a panic attack, which her relations believe was due to her failure to take regular medication for an existing bipolar condition.
She called the police, who became concerned for her well-being and took her to a hospital, which she then realised was a psychiatric facility.
She has told her lawyers that when she said she wanted to return to her hotel, she was restrained and sectioned under the Mental Health Act.
Meanwhile, Essex social services obtained a High Court order in August 2012 for the birth “to be enforced by way of caesarean section”, according to legal documents seen by this newspaper.
The woman, who says she was kept in the dark about the proceedings, says that after five weeks in the ward she was forcibly sedated. When she woke up she was told that the child had been delivered by C-section and taken into care.
In February, the mother, who had gone back to Italy, returned to Britain to request the return of her daughter at a hearing at Chelmsford Crown Court.
Her lawyers say that she had since resumed taking her medication, and that the judge formed a favourable opinion of her. But he ruled that the child should be placed for adoption because of the risk that she might suffer a relapse.
The cause has also been raised before a judge in the High Court in Rome, which has questioned why British care proceedings had been applied to the child of an Italian citizen “habitually resident” in Italy. The Italian judge accepted, though, that the British courts had jurisdiction over the woman, who was deemed to have had no “capacity” to instruct lawyers.
Lawyers for the woman are demanding to know why Essex social services appear not have contacted next of kin in Italy to consult them on the case.
They are also upset that social workers insisted on placing the child in care in Britain, when there had been an offer from a family friend in America to look after her.
An expert on social care proceedings, who asked not to be named because she was not fully acquainted with the details of the case, described it as “highly unusual”.
She said the council would first have to find “that she was basically unfit to make any decision herself” and then shown there was an acute risk to the mother if a natural birth was attempted.
An Essex county council spokesman said the local authority would not comment on ongoing cases involving vulnerable people and children.
More from the UK Telegraph
December 1st, 2013
Conservative Refocus has been continually tracking both train derailments and plant explosions which seem to be occurring with alarming regularity, in both the US and Canada.
November 27th, 2013
October 20th, 2013
August 5th, 2013
Another Unexplained US Train Derailment and Evacuation: This Time in Louisiana Carrying Lethal Chemicals
August 17th, 2013
June 14th, 2013
May 29th, 2013
April 24th, 2013
April 23rd, 2013
Four people died Sunday morning when several Metro North cars derailed in the Bronx, police sources and officials said.
New York Daily News
Two of the passengers were killed when they were ejected from the Metro-North train around 7:20 a.m. near the Spuyten Duyvil Station, sources told The News.
Up to 48 people were injured and 12 of those people are listed in critical condition, the sources also said.
The screeching accident happened around 7:20 a.m., MTA spokesman Aaron Donovan said.
Five of seven train cars derailed. The 5:54 a.m. train was coming from Poughkeepsie and headed to Manhattan's Grand Central Station. It was slated to arrive at 7:43 a.m.
Dianna Jackson, 40, of Poughkeepsie, sported spidery streams of dried blood on her face after the accident. She was in the third car, which overturned.
"We're banged up," she told the Daily News. "We left the Tarrytown stop, the next stop was 125 St. The driver was going around the curve really fast. Next thing you know (we're) in middle of a wreckage."
"I was sitting in the first seat in the front of the car facing backwards," Jackson said. "I was flung six feet. I landed on the shattered window (on the side of the train that hit the ground). I was lying on my back, gravel was flying everywhere. I was dragging along the ground...Maybe it was a minute, it felt like an eternity, I just wanted it to stop...I had gravel in my teeth, I was eating rocks. But I was grateful to be eating rocks because I'm still alive."
Nearby witnesses rushed to get help.
“I was at my desk at my computer, and I thought a plane was coming in,” Steve Kronenberg, who lives nearby, told 1010 WINS. “I jumped away. Then after the noise stopped, I looked out the window and saw the train derailment, and I called 911 right away. They put me on with the fire department. I told them what had happened, where it was, so on and so forth. … I told them there wasn’t any flames. There was a little bit of smoke coming out from one of the cars, and they got here pretty quickly.”
“Hoping people are OK, hoping nobody’s hurt,” he added.
The MTA's Donovan did not know how many people were on board. "The cars had left the track but hadn't gone into the water," Donovan added.
No criminality or foul play is suspected at this time, sources told The News.
Hudson line service between Grand Central Terminal and Croton Harmon has been suspended indefinitely.
The area was the site of another train derailment last summer. A freight train full of trash went off the rails at 8:30 p.m. on July 18 when ten of the train’s 24 cars derailed between the Spuyten Duyvil and Riverdale stations in the Bronx. The train was carrying garbage from the city.
November 30th, 2013
November 30th, 2013
If they can't even forecast only several months in advance, how in the Sam Hill can "researchers" predict global climatic changes over a score of years?
The first forecast for the six-month 2013 hurricane season came out Wednesday, and it doesn't look much different than what happened in the 2012 season.
Professor William Gray and research scientist Philip Kloztbach from Colorado State University's Department of Atmospheric Science say the Atlantic basin can expect 18 named storms, 95 named storm days, nine hurricanes, 40 hurricane days, four major hurricanes (sustained winds of 111 mph or higher) and nine major hurricane days.
Last year for the season that runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, there were 19 named storms, nine of which attained hurricane strength at some point.
But it was the seventh consecutive year a hurricane didn't make landfall in Florida, which National Hurricane Center spokesman Dennis Feltgen said is a record dating back to 1851.
The Real Story:
MIAMI, United States (AP) — The 2013 Atlantic season has delivered the fewest hurricanes since 1982, US forecasters said Monday, despite their predictions in May that it would be a busier than normal year.
"It was a busted forecast," said Chris Landsea, a forecaster at the National Hurricane Centre. "We did not anticipate it to be a quiet year."
Forecasters had predicted 13 to 20 named Atlantic storms, seven to 11 that strengthen into hurricanes and three to six that become major hurricanes.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said there was a 70 per cent chance that this year was going to be more active than an average hurricane season. NOAA only put the chance of a quiet year at 5 per cent.
There were 13 named storms — right on target — but only two, Ingrid and Humberto, became hurricanes. Neither was considered "major", which is a storm that reaches Category 3 strength with winds from 111 to 129 mph that can cause devastating damage.
Forecasters say that a combination of factors, including drier-than-expected air and persistent conditions in the atmosphere over the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, and tropical Atlantic Ocean, led to the weaker season, which starts June 1 and ends on Saturday. A normal year has 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major storms with winds over 110 mph.
NOAA says 2013 will rank as the sixth least-active year since 1950, in terms of the collective strength and duration of tropical storms and hurricanes.
Only one storm, Tropical Storm Andrea, made landfall in the United States. It brought tornadoes, heavy rain, and minor flooding to portions of Florida, eastern Georgia and eastern South Carolina, causing one death, NOAA said.
Unlike the US, Mexico was battered by eight storms, including three from the Atlantic basin and five from the eastern North Pacific.
Landsea said that in the Atlantic, hurricane activity tends to come in cycles, with the US being in an active cycle that began in 1995. The cycles last from 25 to 40 years, so it's unclear whether 2013 will be harbinger of things to come.
"It may be that we'll jump right back to a busy hurricane season, a lot of impacts, or it could be that we're, you know, changing to a quiet regime again. We really don't know," Landsea said.
The relative calm in the Atlantic has no relationship to hurricane activity elsewhere, pointing to the storms that hit Mexico and Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines November 8, killing more than 5,200.
Last year was the third-busiest on record with 19 named storms. Ten became hurricanes and two were major storms, including Sandy.
November 30th, 2013
Well, this article would explain much with regard to our ongoingly exacerbated "Inner Beltway" problems...
By SUSAN DONALDSON JAMES
Good Morning America
Fallon, a professor of psychiatry and human behavior at theUniversity of California Irvine, accidentally discovered whatfriends and family have suspected for years -- he has all the genetic traits and brain scan patterns of a psychopath.
"When somebody gets mad at me, I never show it -- they can't read it on my face," Fallon, 66, told ABCNews.com. "I never get even immediately, but four years down the road, I get them with revenge."
"I don't have special emotional bonds with those who are close to me -- I treat everyone the same," he said. "I am involved in a lot of charities and good works, and my intentions are good for the world. But I don't have the sense of romance or love I am supposed to have for my wife. It's not there."
But Fallon is not a mass murderer and in his new book, "The Psychopath Inside: A Neuroscientist's Personal Journey Into the Dark Side of the Brain," he tries to understand why.
For years Fallon has worked with criminologists and other legal experts to evaluate the brain for abnormalities. But while volunteering with his own family for a study of Alzheimer's disease, Fallon learned on his PET scan that he has all the features of a psychopath.
"The last scan in the pile was strikingly odd," he writes about the 2005 discovery. "In fact it looked exactly like the most abnormal of the scans I had just been writing about, suggesting that the poor individual it belonged to was a psychopath -- or at least shared an uncomfortable amount of traits with one. ... When I found out who the scan belonged to, I had to believe there was a mistake. ... But there had been no mistake. The scan was mine."
Fallon, who has three children and five grandchildren, analyzes why he is a law-abiding, though impulse-driven, citizen, and yet other psychopaths with the same genetic predisposition, go on to kill.
Two of his distant relatives were notorious: One, Lizzie Borden, was acquitted of murdering her father and stepmother with a hatchet in 1892. Another, Thomas Cornell, was the first in the American colonies hanged for killing his mother in 1672.
Fallon said he escaped the same fate because of the interplay between nature and nurture. He was raised in a loving family. Still, he had some other telltale signs, such as panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive tendencies and social anxieties.
"Looking at my genetics, I had lethal combination, but I just had the happiest childhood growing up," he said. Fallon's mother had four miscarriages before his birth and, as a result, he said he was, "treated well because they didn't think I would be born."
"There were dark periods I went through, but they didn't bring me to a psychiatrist, but they told my sisters and teachers to watch out for me," he said. "My mother instinctively knew there was a problem."
Conscience and a sense of morality and impulse control lie in the limbic system and in the orbital cortex in the brain, according to Fallon.
"They connect and inhibit each other not unlike the super-ego controlling the id," he said. "It's the interface between the intellectual mind and the emotions attending to them."
Fallon's brain scans show low activity in both regions of the brain.
"No behavior is really evil or bad -- it's all contextual," he said. "There is a time for sex and a time for killing, when someone attacks the family. But it's done in context. The orbital cortex adjudicates the idea of morality and interacts with the amygdala's drive to eat, drink and screw. There would be mayhem if it didn't exist."
As a neuroscientist, Fallon said he always believed humans were ruled solely by their genes and not their environment in the nature versus nurture debate.
"I never took it seriously," he said. "I was the poster boy for genes causing everything. But I had to eat crow and say I was wrong."
His personal story was the subject of a TED talk that went viral on YouTube in 2007 and he even had a guest role on the television show, "Criminal Minds." Fallon was contacted by literary agents last year to write a book about his experience.
He blames abuse in the first three years of life, combined with biological features that turn off serotonin in the brain, leading to psychopathic violence.
"It's a loaded gun," he said, but not necessarily a "death sentence."
Fallon suggests that a child born with biological tendencies to be a psychopath can be pushed over the edge by early abuse and by bullies.
Northeastern University criminologist Jack Levin agrees environmental influences determine whether a psychopath will go on to be violent, but discredits Fallon's theory
The author of a book about mass murderers, "Extreme Killing," Levin said most serial killers are in their 30s and 40s.
"You can determine the biological roots of psychopathy, including the lack of empathy and remorse and manipulative disposition, but the problem is, that does not necessarily translate into violent behavior," he told ABCNews.com. "There are literally millions of psychopaths."
The American Psychological Association claims that as many as 3 percent of all Americans have antisocial personalities, according to Levin, "meaning they are crafty and shrewd and masters at presentation of self."
"They might sell you a bad used car, or might be womanizers or pathological liars or cheaters, but that doesn't mean they will kill anyone," he said. "Not unless you become an obstacle to their success -- and then you better watch out."
All serial killers seem to share a "feeling of profound powerlessness," said Levin.
One of the earliest signs can be animal cruelty. "If you see a 6-year-old who sadistically abuses a dog or cat that is the family pet in an up-close and personal way, in order to maximize the suffering of the animal, clearly that's a red flag and you have a problem on your hands."
Levin suggests that psychopathic killers have difficulty transitioning from adolescence into adulthood.
"If the triggers occurred in early childhood, they would start killing people when they were 9 or 12," he said. "There is some environmental factor beyond how they were raised."
"It's impossible to predict [who will be a killer] under the Fallon model," said Levin. "A lot of people have the symptoms, but don't get the disease. They have been brutalized under terrible circumstances, been sexually stimulated by their parents and yet grow up to be healthy, decent people."
Fallon said his bad biology didn't stop his professional success, even if has taken a personal toll. Throughout life, he said he has had a larger-than-life personality that attracts people, but puts those he loves at risk.
"I wouldn't want to marry me," he said. "I am a pain in the ass and competitive. I can be so manipulative and I am always on the make, but I am not going to kill anyone or rape anyone."