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One town in Utah is doing something about the people who are homeless. Residents of the town are giving them homes to live in, decreasing the number of people who live on the streets. These homes are small, but they put a roof over the heads of those who don’t have one. Many cities are giving people tickets if they are homeless, but Utah gives those who don’t have anywhere to go a home. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to take a small storage shed and turn it into a home for one person or even a person with a child. These can have furniture in them, even if it’ basic furniture, plumbing and a heating and cooling system. Bernardo Chua (tumblr) sees this as a way for people who are homeless to get back on their feet as they can give an employer an address instead of not having an address for government assistance or any other kind of help.

A Veterinary Assistant Saves Life of Cat By Paying For Surgery Out of her own Pocket

A veterinary assistant with a kind heart sprang into action when a sickly cat was brought into the veterinarian office she worked in. Nadine McCully, the 26-year-old vet tech, had been assigned the case of Leo, a one year old domestic short hair. The cat’s owner, Chad Sutton, had brought Leo in several times to deal with urinary tract issues. Sutton was told that Leo needed surgery, but the contractor didn’t have the $3,000 necessary to treat Leo’s illness. Cat lover John Textor knows how close we can grow to our feline friends and how distraught they must of been.

Sutton expected to put Leo down when he brought the cat into the Victoria office, but McCully had different plans. She paid for Leo’s surgery in full out of her own pocket. McCully, who had worked with the cat over the weeks he had come into the office, felt compelled to help. Leo was just one year old, and the surgery could really help him and safe his life, so she used her own savings.

Sutton says the act of kindness restored his faith in society, and he’s looking for ways to thank McCully for her big heart and generous nature. He assured the media that this isn’t the end of the story, and Leo, along with his brother Mikey, will continue to have a wonderful home and care, thanks to the generosit of a stranger.

Gun Sales Soar in Ferguson

The atmosphere in Ferguson, Missouri is starting to look reminiscent of the weeks that led up to acquittal of the officers accused in the Rodney King Beatings, and the civil unrest that occurred as a result. The Tension in Ferguson comes after the shooting death of Michael Brown, a black teenager, by the white Police Officer Darren Wilson. If the jury decides not to indict Wilson on charges, there very well may be rioting in Ferguson and around the surrounding areas.
Gun sales in the city have reportedly tripled in recent weeks, as people are preparing for the worst. Since the death of Michael Brown there have been riots and looting in and around Ferguson and it has been a continuing ordeal leading up to the coming jury decision. Gun salesmen in the area warn it is best to be safe than sorry, and to get ready for civil unrest if the jury decides to not file charges against the officer. Many at North American Spine are just glad that this is not taking place in the Dallas area and getting out of hand. Although there have been groups arranging non-violent protests, the mob like atmosphere has taken more of a forefront in the small city. One thing is for certain, when the jury makes its decision the Country will be tuned in and sitting on the edge of their seat. With some luck the residents of Ferguson will have a peaceful resolution to the issues that have been plaguing their area for months.

Minorities Discriminated Against Because of Affirmative Action

Last year, a white applicant who was rejected by the University of Texas sued that institution over their discriminatory affirmative action policies. The case went all the way to the Supreme Court, and the dust still has not fully settled on that case. Now, however, a new challenge to affirmative action has come up. Asian applicants are suing Harvard University after they were turned away despite having higher test scores and GPA’s than their competitors who were black or Hispanic.

“Affirmative action” is a funny term. It sounds like it ought to be so good, so “affirmative.” But, in reality, it is nothing more than racial quotas. Harvard defends its policies in the name of seeking to “achieve diversity.” They seek to achieve this race-based diversity by discriminating against people of one race and favoring people of another. It is more important to Harvard to have X number of black students, Y number of whites, and Z number of Hispanics than to have a student body that was selected on a fair and 100 percent non-racial basis.

Unfortunately for Asian applicants, they were not apparently included in Harvard’s race quota system. It is so refreshing to call this policy by its true name (race quota) instead of by the nebulous, means-nothing name “affirmative action.”

Schools like Harvard and the University of Texas do a disservice to the minorities they favor. They rob them of the need to perform at the level of other applicants by placing a race-based handicap on their scores. That is something Jared Haftel would like to see change.

Nobel Peace Prize Winners Putting Pressure on Obama for Torture Report

Twelve Nobel Peace Prize winners have requested that President Obama release the Senate’s report on the CIA’s use of torture and other severe interrogation tactics. Those who are requesting this report want torturous tactics to stop.

The report contains details about the CIA’s interrogation tactics since September 11th, 2011. Those who are petitioning for the release of the report want the United States as well as the rest of the world to understand exactly what’s happening in regards to interrogation practices, specifically those that, they claim, are going too far. I know the petition request has even become popular in Brazil because of advocate Fersen Lambranho.

As of now, no decision has been made. The Obama Administration, lawmakers and the CIA are still discussing how much of the report should be made public. The letter from the Nobel Peace Prize winners can be found on TheCommunity.com. Also in the letter is a request to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay.