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March 06, 2013

Alex Rodriguez Only Gave $5,090 Of The $403,862 He Raised For Charity To Charity

Alex Rodriguez Only Gave $5,090 Of The $403,862 He Raised For Charity To Charity
A foundation started by New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez gave only 1 percent of proceeds to charity during its first year of operation in 2006, then stopped submitting mandatory financial reports to the IRS and was stripped of its tax-exempt status. Yet the group's website still tells visitors the A-Rod Family Foundation is a nonprofit organization. Rodriguez talked openly about his desire to reverse bad publicity in 2006 after being exposed as a member of an underground poker club. He started a foundation and teamed with rapper Jay-Z to host a celebrity poker tournament for charity. "I got in some trouble for poker last year, so why not turn it around and raise some money for the children?" Rodriguez said in an interview with MLB.com at the time. The event helped the A-Rod Family Foundation raise $403,862 in 2006, but little found its way to charity, according to IRS records. The foundation gave $5,000 to Jay-Z's Shawn Carter Scholarship Fund and $90 to a Little League Baseball club in Miami.

February 16, 2013

Before you put down new carpet, why not do this to your floor?

Smash! Smash! SUH-MASH!

February 15, 2013

Stay classy, Delta passengers

Delta Passenger Accused Of Slapping 19-Month-Old Across The Face, Using Racial Slur – The Consumerist
According to the agent, a 60-year-old male passenger became so upset with a crying infant seated next to him on the plane that he allegedly told the mother to “shut that ni**er baby up,” and then slapped the child across the face. The child’s mother told the FBI that her son had begun crying as the plane began its descent. She attempted to calm the child, but could not. This is when the alleged assault occurred. Her story is corroborated in the affidavit by a male passenger on the plane, who told the FBI that he heard derogatory language coming from further back in the plane. He says he got up out of his seat to investigate and witnessed the baby being slapped. However, the passenger tells TSG that he didn’t strike the child nor did he use any racial slurs. He did admit to asking the mother to “quiet the child.” He also says he was not intoxicated and only had one alcoholic drink during the flight. The mother of the child counters this man’s claims of sobriety, telling TSG that he “reeked of alcohol” when boarding the plane and was “stumbling around wasted.” She also says he consumed several double vodkas during the short flight.

January 28, 2013

Israel has been quietly sterilizing African immigrants against their will

Israel gave birth control to Ethiopian Jews without their consent - Middle East - World - The Independent
Israel has admitted for the first time that it has been giving Ethiopian Jewish immigrants birth-control injections, often without their knowledge or consent. The government had previously denied the practice but the Israeli Health Ministry’s director-general has now ordered gynaecologists to stop administering the drugs. According a report in Haaretz, suspicions were first raised by an investigative journalist, Gal Gabbay, who interviewed more than 30 women from Ethiopia in an attempt to discover why birth rates in the community had fallen dramatically. One of the Ethiopian women who was interviewed is quoted as saying: “They [medical staff] told us they are inoculations. We took it every three months. We said we didn’t want to.” It is alleged that some of the women were forced or coerced to take the drug while in transit camps in Ethiopia. The drug in question is thought to be Depo-Provera, which is injected every three months and is considered to be a highly effective, long-lasting contraceptive. Nearly 100,000 Ethiopian Jews have moved to Israel under the Law of Return since the 1980s, but their Jewishness has been questioned by some rabbis. Last year, the Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who also holds the health portfolio, warned that illegal immigrants from Africa “threaten our existence as a Jewish and democratic state”.

Rebels in Mali have burned Africa's oldest library destroying priceless antiquities

Retreating rebels burn Timbuktu's science manuscripts - science-in-society - 28 January 2013 - New Scientist
It is what conservators, archivists and researchers have feared. As Malian troops, supported by the French military, advanced on the fabled city of Timbuktu in northern Mali, retreating Islamist rebels have set fire to the Ahmed Baba Institute and a warehouse containing valuable scientific manuscripts dating back to medieval times. The Ahmed Baba Institute housed an estimated 30,000 manuscripts. The texts include documents on astronomy, medicine, botany, mathematics and biology, evidence that science was under way in Africa before European settlers arrived. They were not only from scholars working in Timbuktu, once a centre for learning, but also from all over Mali and as far as the borders of Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Guinea, Niger, Algeria and the Ivory Coast. It is unclear at this stage how many of the texts have been destroyed. The rebel group Ansar al Dine wrestled control of Timbuktu from Tuareg separatists in April last year, and since have been using the Institute as their base. The rebels had earlier looted the building of its vehicles, computers and other equipment.