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July 22, 2013

Oakland U coach fired for hassling Muslim students, getting weird about sex

It's an incredible litany of awful behavior, excused for years because sports. Nightmare NCAA Basketball Coach Fired Over ‘No Fat Sluts’ Rule
The entire piece on her antics is worth a read if you feel like bumming yourself out on a Monday, but for the sake of brevity, time, and your internet-disabled attention span, here's a short list of some of the crap Coach Beckie Francis allegedly pulled during her tenure at Oakland. gave incoming freshman the "virginity talk," which consisted of the Coach telling her players, in no uncertain terms, that they better be hard-studying virgins while they play for her; penalized players with social lives by benching them; basically forced players to attend her weirdo Christian church, including one player who was Muslim; showed Christian-themed videos on bus trips, which is a shame because everyone knows that bus trips are for quote-along viewings of Dirty Dancing or Mean Girls; instituted an unspoken but enforced "Pray to Play" rule; constantly criticized players about their weight, forced players to diet, and refused to play players who weren't skinny enough; forced to pose for pictures in their sports bras and spandex shorts while flexing their muscles, so the coach could document their body changes and progress toward a platonic ideal of perfection that existed in Coach Francis' head; This: An assistant coach brought an infant son on a 2010 road trip to South Dakota State. With the team in a study session, the baby was sleeping in a carrier when the assistant was sent by Francis to run a short errand, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who was present on the road trip. The person said that while the assistant was gone, the baby began to cry and Francis picked up the carrier, placed it in the hallway and returned to the room. The baby was left alone in the hallway for about 10 minutes until the assistant returned. during pickup games during practice, Francis would put her hands on players' stomachs and demand players let her feel their six-packs; banned her team from socializing with the men's basketball team. Because sex. Players reported that they were afraid to speak out because Francis' husband Gary Russi was President of the University. But this summer, both were fired Russi resigned within a day of Francis' removal under a SHROUD OF MYSTERY.

July 12, 2013

Illinois illegally seizes Bees Resistant to Monsanto’s Roundup; Kills remaining Queens

Illinois illegally seizes Bees Resistant to Monsanto’s Roundup; Kills remaining Queens | Global Research
The Illinois Ag Dept. illegally seized privately owned bees from renowned naturalist, Terrence Ingram, without providing him with a search warrant and before the court hearing on the matter, reports Prairie Advocate News. Behind the obvious violations of his Constitutional rights is Monsanto. Ingram was researching Roundup’s effects on bees, which he’s raised for 58 years. “They ruined 15 years of my research,” he told Prairie Advocate, by stealing most of his stock. A certified letter from the Ag Dept.’s Apiary Inspection Supervisor, Steven D. Chard, stated: “During a routine inspection of your honeybee colonies by … Inspectors Susan Kivikko and Eleanor Balson on October 23, 2011, the bacterial disease ‘American Foulbrood’ was detected in a number of colonies located behind your house…. Presence of the disease in some of your colonies was confirmed via test results from the USDA Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland that analyzed samples collected from your apiary….” Ingram can prove his bees did not have foulbrood, and planned to do so at a hearing set in April, but the state seized his bees at the end of March. They have not returned them and no one at the Ag Dept. seems to know where his bees are.

July 03, 2013

Lawyer Who Ran BP’s Gulf Spill Fund Under Investigation For Kickbacks

Lawyer Who Ran BP’s Gulf Spill Fund Under Investigation For Kickbacks
In April 2010, the oil drilling rig Deepwater Horizon exploded off the Louisiana coast, killing 11 workers and led to millions of gallons of oil being spewed into the water. Marshes, fisheries and beaches from Louisiana to Florida were fouled by the oil until a cap was placed over the blown-out well in July 2010. BP set up a compensation fund for individuals and businesses hurt by the spill and committed $20 billion. Juneau took over the processing of claims after the settlement was reached last year. His office has determined more than $3 billion in claims are eligible for payment through the settlement agreement. BP argues Barbier and Juneau misinterpreted the settlement and have allowed thousands of businesses to receive hundreds of millions of dollars in settlement payments for fictitious and inflated claims. BP appealed Barbier’s rulings on the issue. A three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is scheduled to hear the case on Monday. Barbier said in the order that Freeh’s duties would not be confined to allegations involving the attorney, but would be a broader look at the claims settlement program. The order states that Freeh would be charged with “fact-finding as to any other possible ethical violations or other misconduct” within the settlement program. The order does not specify compensation for Freeh and his consulting company. The class-action settlement isn’t capped, but BP initially estimated it would pay $7.8 billion to resolve tens of thousands of claims by Gulf Coast businesses and residents who claim the spill cost them money. Now the London-based oil giant says it can’t reliably estimate how much the settlement will cost if the 5th Circuit doesn’t overturn Barbier’s rulings.