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NYT: Turmoil in Egypt Extends Into Countryside

Posted in crisis, divisiveness, politics with tags , , , , , , , on September 25, 2013 by Qritiq

Digest of parts of the article –

Reach of Turmoil in Egypt Extends Into Countryside

The turmoil shaking Egypt has extended to the countryside, causing some division within communities. Mr. Abdel Aal from Aga, was a leader in the country’s biggest Islamist movement, the Muslim Brotherhood. He died in a clash of police and demonstrators.

Recently, the Egyptian government and news media, have called Islamist foes of the government traitors and terrorists.

After preparing for Mr. Abdel Aal’s funeral, the mosque’s staff turned off the lights and microphone for fear of what residents might do if they learned it was a funeral for an Islamist.

The Egyptian army’s Gen. Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi’s  supporters call their Islamist neighbors “sheep” for their supposed obedience to their leaders, while Islamists shout back calling neighbors “slaves” to the government and “Christians, enemies of Islam”

When thousands of Mansoura Islamists marched through the streets in mid-July, other residents attacked them with machetes, clubs and shotguns.

Signs in the streets thank security forces for fighting terrorism.

“What terrorism?” one who had marched asked. “We are your neighbors.”

At the entrance to Aga, a sign declares, “Sheep are not allowed to live in the country of the brave.”

Many of the businesses in Aga known to be owned by Muslim Brotherhood members were ransacked.

Hostility cuts so deep that those who support the government offer little sympathy for their Islamist neighbors who face violent suppression of their demonstrations.

Some in Aga said that the ousted Mr. Morsi had applauded the police for cracking down on protests opposing his rule. Over 100 demonstrators were killed on his watch, according to the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, an independent group.

The support for the military’s crackdown on Islamists, several residents said, is due to Islamist violence. A bomb went off in front of Mansoura’s police headquarters shortly after the takeover, killing one officer and reminding citizens of a decade of terror in the 1990s, when Islamist groups took up arms against the state and killed scores of citizens and police officers.

“I know what’s being done to the Islamists is wrong,” said Hassan Habeeb, a local official at the leftist pro-military movement of Al Tayar Al Shaaby. “But I’m still all for it because it’s necessary and because they wouldn’t have showed us mercy had the roles been reversed.”

In a street cafe here one recent afternoon, three residents applauded the crackdown on the Islamists, and approved of the assaults on Brotherhood-owned businesses.

Logo Muslim Brotherhood

Logo Muslim Brotherhood (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

3 dead, over 200 injured in marathon blasts

Posted in crisis, death, evil with tags on April 15, 2013 by Qritiq

2 dead, 23 injured in marathon blasts

War On Women And Children

Posted in crime, crisis, death, illegal with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 8, 2009 by Qritiq

These facts were posted by Amanda Harlech, in response to commenters on Gothamist, with regard to the horrific killings in Roslyn Heights, New York.  I really think it’s worth a read.

Fact #1: 17.6 % of women in the United States have survived a completed or attempted rape. Of these, 21.6% were younger than age 12 when they were first raped, and 32.4% were between the ages of 12 and 17. (Full Report of the Prevalence, Incidence, and Consequences of Violence Against Women, Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey, November, 2000)

Fact #2: 64% of women who reported being raped, physically assaulted, and/or stalked since age 18 were victimized by a current or former husband, cohabiting partner, boyfriend, or date. (Full Report of the Prevalence, Incidence, and Consequences of Violence Against Women, Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey, November, 2000)

Fact #3: Only about half of domestic violence incidents are reported to police. African-American women are more likely than others to report their victimization to police Lawrence A. Greenfeld et al. (1998). (Violence by Intimates: Analysis of Data on Crimes by Current or Former Spouses, Boyfriends, and Girlfriends. Bureau of Justice Statistics Factbook. Washington DC: U.S. Department of Justice. NCJ #167237. Available from National Criminal Justice Reference Service.)

Fact #4: The FBI estimates that only 37% of all rapes are reported to the police. U.S. Justice Department statistics are even lower, with only 26% of all rapes or attempted rapes being reported to law enforcement officials.

Fact #5: In the National Violence Against Women Survey, approximately 25% of women and 8% of men said they were raped and/or physically assaulted by a current or former spouse, cohabiting partner, or date in their lifetimes. The survey estimates that more than 300,000 intimate partner rapes occur each year against women 18 and older. (Full Report of the Prevalence, Incidence, and Consequences of Violence Against Women, Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey, November, 2000)

Fact #6: The National College Women Sexual Victimization Study estimated that between 1 in 4 and 1 in 5 college women experience completed or attempted rape during their college years (Fisher 2000).

Fact #7: Men perpetrate the majority of violent acts against women (DeLahunta 1997).

Fact #8: Every two minutes, somewhere in America, someone is sexually assaulted. (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) calculation based on 2000 National Crime Victimization Survey. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice)

Fact #9: One out of every six American women have been the victims of an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime. (Prevalence, Incidence and Consequences of Violence Against Women Survey, National Institute of Justice and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1998)

Fact #10: Factoring in unreported rapes, about 5% – one out of twenty – of rapists will ever spend a day in jail. 19 out of 20 will walk free. (Probability statistics based on US Department of Justice Statistics)

Fact #11: Fewer than half (48%) of all rapes and sexual assaults are reported to the police (DOJ 2001).

Fact #12: Sexual violence is associated with a host of short- and long-term problems, including physical injury and illness, psychological symptoms, economic costs, and death (National Research Council 1996).

Fact #13: Rape victims often experience anxiety, guilt, nervousness, phobias, substance abuse, sleep disturbances, depression, alienation, sexual dysfunction, and aggression. They often distrust others and replay the assault in their minds, and they are at increased risk of future victimization (DeLahunta 1997).

Fact #14: According to the National Crime Victimization Survey, more than 260,000 rapes or sexual assaults occurred in 2000; 246,180 of them occurred among females and 14,770, among males (Department of Justice 2001).

Fact #15: Sexual violence victims exhibit a variety of psychological symptoms that are similar to those of victims of other types of trauma, such as war and natural disaster (National Research Council 1996). A number of long-lasting symptoms and illnesses have been associated with sexual victimization including chronic pelvic pain; premenstrual syndrome; gastrointestinal disorders; and a variety of chronic pain disorders, including headache, back pain, and facial pain (Koss 1992).Between 4% and 30% of rape victims contract sexually transmitted diseases as a result of the victimization (Resnick 1997).

Fact #16: More than half of all rapes of women occur before age 18; 22% occur before age 12. (Full Report of the Prevalance, Incidence, and Consequences of Violence Against Women, Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey, November, 2000)

Fact #17: In 2000, nearly 88,000 children in the United States experienced sexual abuse (ACF 2002).

Fact #18: About 81% of rape victims are white; 18% are black; 1% are of other races. (Violence Against Women, Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Dept. of Justice, 1994.)

Fact #19: About half of all rape victims are in the lowest third of income distribution; half are in the upper two-thirds. (Violence against Women, Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Dept. of Justice, 1994.)

Fact #20: According to the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey (YRBSS), a national survey of high school students, 7.7% of students had been forced to have sexual intercourse when they did not want to. Female students (10%) were significantly more likely than male students (5%) to have been forced to have sexual intercourse. Overall, black students (10%) were significantly more likely than white students (7%) to have been forced to have sexual intercourse (CDC 2002).

Fact #21: Females ages 12 to 24 are at the greatest risk for experiencing a rape or sexual assault (DOJ 2001).

Fact #22: Almost two-thirds of all rapes are committed by someone who is known to the victim. 73% of sexual assaults were perpetrated by a non-stranger (— 38% of perpetrators were a friend or acquaintance of the victim, 28% were an intimate and 7% were another relative.) (National Crime Victimization Survey, 2005)

Fact #23: The costs of intimate partner violence against women exceed an estimated $5.8 billion. These costs include nearly $4.1 billion in the direct costs of medical care and mental health care and nearly $1.8 billion in the indirect costs of lost productivity and present value of lifetime earnings. (Costs of Intimate Partner Violence Against Women in the United States, Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Atlanta, Georgia, March 2003).

Fact #24: Domestic violence occurs in approximately 25-33% of same-sex relationships. (NYC Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, October 1996.)

Fact #25: Boys who witness their fathers’ violence are 10 times more likely to engage in spouse abuse in later adulthood than boys from non-violent homes. (Family Violence Interventions for the Justice System, 1993)

Fact #26: An estimated 50,000 women and children are trafficked into the United States annually for sexual exploitation or forced labor. (U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, 2000)

Fact #27: Somewhere in America a woman is battered, usually by her intimate partner, every 15 seconds. (UN Study On The Status of Women, Year 2000)

Fact #28: A University of Pennsylvania research study found that domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to low-income, inner-city Philadelphia women between the ages of 15 to 44 – more common than automobile accidents, mugging and rapes combined. In this study domestic violence included injuries caused by street crime.

Fact #29: Following the Supreme Court’s decision in 2000 to strike down the civil-rights provision of the Federal Violence Against Women Act (ruling that only states could enact such legislation), only two states in the country (Illinois and California) have defined gender-based violence, such as rape and domestic violence, as sex discrimination, and created specific laws that survivors can use to sue their perpetrators in civil court. (Kaethe Morris Hoffer, 2004).

Fact #30: A study reported in the New York Times suggests that one in five adolescent girls become the victims of physical or sexual violence, or both, in a dating relationship. (New York Times, 8/01/01)


Fact #31: At least 60 million girls who would otherwise be expected to be alive are “missing” from various populations, mostly in Asia, as a result of sex-selective abortions, infanticide or neglect. (UN Study On The Status of Women, Year 2000)

Fact #32: Globally, at least one in three women and girls is beaten or sexually abused in her lifetime. (UN Commission on the Status of Women, 2/28/00)

Fact #33: A recent survey by the Kenyan Women Rights Awareness Program revealed that 70% of those interviewed said they knew neighbors who beat their wives. Nearly 60% said women were to blame for the beatings. Just 51% said the men should be punished. (The New York Times, 10/31/97)

Fact #34: 4 million women and girls are trafficked annually. (United Nations)

Fact #35: An estimated one million children, mostly girls, enter the sex trade each year (UNICEF)

Fact #36: A 2005 World Health Organization study reported that nearly one third of Ethiopian women had been physically forced by a partner to have sex against their will within the 12 months prior to the study. (WHO Multi-country Study on Women’s Health and Domestic Violence Against Women, 2005)

Fact #37: In a study of 475 people in prostitution from five countries (South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, USA, and Zambia):
62% reported having been raped in prostitution.
73% reported having experienced physical assault in prostitution.
92% stated that they wanted to escape prostitution immediately.
(Melissa Farley, Isin Baral, Merab Kiremire, Ufuk Sezgin, “Prostitution in Five Countries: Violence and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder” (1998) Feminism & Psychology 8 (4): 405-426)

Fact #38: The most common act of violence against women is being slapped—an experience reported by 9% of women in Japan and 52% in provincial Peru. Rates of sexual abuse also varies greatly around the world—with partner rape being reported by 6% of women from Serbia and Montenegro, 46% of women from provincial Bangladesh, and 59% of women in Ethiopia. (WHO Multi-country Study on Women’s Health and Domestic Violence Against Women, 2005)

Fact #39: So-called “honour killings” take the lives of thousands of young women every year, mainly in North Africa, Western Asia and parts of South Asia. (UNFPA)

Fact #40: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan reported that 2002 saw a 25% increase in “honor killings” of women, with 461 women murdered by family members in 2002, in 2 provinces (Sindh and Punjab) alone. (Pakistan Human Rights Commission, 2002)

Fact #41: More than 90 million African women and girls are victims of female circumcision or other forms of genital mutilation. (Heise: 1994)

Fact #42: In eastern and souther Africa, 17 to 22% of girls aged 15 to 19 are HIV-positive, compared to 3 to 7% of boys of similar age. This pattern—seen in many other regions of the world—is evidence that girls are being infected with HIV by a much older cohort of men. (UNICEF/UNAIDS 2007)

Fact #43: : A 2005 study reported that 7% of partnered Canadian women experienced violence at the hands of a spouse between 1999 and 2004. Of these battered women, nearly one-quarter (23%) reported being beaten, choked, or threatened with a knife or gun. (Family Violence in Canada: A Statistical Profile, 2005)

Fact #44: In Zimbabwe, domestic violence accounts for more than 60% of murder cases that go through the high court in Harare. (ZWRCN)

Fact #45: a study in Zaria, Nigeria found that 16 percent of hospital patients treated for sexually transmitted infections were younger than 5. (UNFPA)

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No Crossword No Peace

Posted in crisis with tags , , , on July 12, 2009 by Qritiq


Douglas Quenqua of the New York Times investigates puzzles gone missing and their up-in-arms solvers.  An excerpt:

…the loss of a crossword is the loss of a ritual. Kitty Florey, 66, a writer and editor from Hamden, Conn., said that her morning routine — a cup of tea, a single slice of toast and crosswords with her cats — was still suffering from the loss of the New York Sun crossword, and she wonders what the future will bring.

“It’s an interlude I have come to take for granted, and if it were wrenched away, I’m not sure what I would do with that hour between sleeping and showering,” she wrote in an e-mail message. “Probably stare into space wondering why I bothered to get out of bed.”

Some newspapers have resisted the temptation. The Chicago Tribune, for example, ended its Sunday magazine but preserved its puzzles, fearing the wrath of the puzzle people.

Despite the specter of unusually well-worded cancellation threats, editors who are forced to eliminate content say that puzzles make obvious targets…

The rest of the article here:


Posted in crisis, death with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 27, 2009 by Qritiq


Rumor has it that a Morningside Heights public elementary school student has died from swine flu.  The child was apparently known to be in critical condition for days before the mayor finally decided to close the school.  If the city and the media continue the news blackout on swine flu deaths, the rumors will continue to fly.

The Post has finally identified one of the dead as Danita Lee, 55, of Queens, who attended the FEGS career placement center in the Bronx.

City Councilman John C. Liu of Queens says the Bloomberg administration has failed to disclose enough information. “The cloak of secrecy is not alleviating anyone’s fears, whether they’re real or perceived,” he said.

Flu Still Spreading

Posted in crisis with tags , , , on May 11, 2009 by Qritiq


The link below brings up a map of concentrations of confirmed cases of Mexican/swine flu.  Use the slider to see how the disease has spread.  The disease has caused 5 deaths outside of Mexico.  It seems to be spreading quickly now in the midwest.  (The map shows ONLY confirmed cases; there are actually far, far more cases of flu than are depicted.)

Flu graphic

20 Things To Do In This Bad Economy

Posted in crisis with tags , , on May 11, 2009 by Qritiq
1. Don’t buy anything that doesn’t say “MADE IN USA” on it.

2. Pay off your credit cards before buying anything that is unnecessary.

3. Have 0, 1, or 2 kids instead of 3, 4, or 5 kids. (If you have more than that, heaven help you.)

4. Move closer to where you work or work closer to where you live.

5. Take public transit, ride a bike, or walk whenever possible.

6. If your income puts you above the poverty level, save at least 10% of your income.

7. Don’t panic; now is a terrible time to sell your stocks. Resist the urge to sell low.

8. If you live in a house that has two more bedrooms than residents, downsize to a smaller home.

9. Don’t vote for anyone who supported a bailout of private industry by using your tax dollars.

10. Take your vacation within the U.S. Consider the Smoky Mountains, the Finger Lakes, the Everglades, Cape Cod, Maine, and consider camping.

11. If you own an S.U.V., hey, hello, it’s time to WAKE UP

12. Go through your home and bring anything you don’t use to the Salvation Army. They may be able to pick up larger items. You can generally claim these donations on your taxes.

13. Buy staples and spend a little more time cooking instead of buying more expensive processed foods. If you are employed, invite your unemployed friends over for potlucks.

14. If you are a talented cook or knitter, make gifts that will be appreciated, like chocolate truffles or a bedspread, instead of buying gifts made abroad.

15. If you have access to a sewing machine, make curtains, tablecloths and other simple things, instead of buying goods made in foreign countries.

16. If you have money to invest, now is a great time to invest in American real estate.

17. Be proactive to avoid health costs. Get a flu shot, make sure your vaccinations are up to date (when’s the last time you had a tetanus booster?), get a dental checkup and cleaning, sweat for 45 minutes 5 days a week, get your cholesterol levels and blood pressure checked, have a multi-vitamin daily, have some protein with every meal, choose complex carbohydrates, etc.

18. Consider cancelling your landline and your cable tv. Do you really use them?

19. Only give gifts that are either edible or attractive and truly useful.

20. If you have some savings, but no job, this is a good time to go to back to school.

Maria’s Story

Posted in crisis, video with tags , on April 9, 2009 by Qritiq





A Story

Posted in crisis on December 29, 2008 by Qritiq
I want to tell you a story. You take your 8-year-old to Sbarro’s for pizza. Terrorists blow the place up and your child dies. For years, the terrorists continue to bomb your city and your people. Most of the people in the world believe that you and your country should not defend yourselves. Instead, they tell you to give much of your land, homes and businesses to the terrorists. Some leaders make veiled threats warning your country that it should not defend itself (or you!) People who claim to be sympathetic, mount campaigns against your attempts at defending yourself and your family. They say their campaigns are in the name of peace. Meanwhile, these people (who say they are your friends) sit in their houses in the U.S. and Europe, under no threat at all. They are free to take their kids out for pizza at any time without the expectation that they might be killed.
The only problem with this story is that it’s true.
tiny Israel surrounded by large countries

tags: Israel Hamas Gaza Strip ground troops Israeli


Posted in crisis, Doh!, solutions with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 13, 2008 by Qritiq

The Clintons asked GM to build a green car SIXTEEN FRIGGIN YEARS AGO.  Instead, GM chose to build SUV’s that not only guzzle gas, but also tip over! I don’t think they should be privy to one penny of my tax money.  F ‘EM!  They’ve had 16 years to do the right thing for America and they’ve chosen not to.

Let’s take that bailout money and invest in a greencar company or at least an American smartcar.  Set one up in Detroit overseen by U Michigan engineers.  They know a little something about cars.

The whole point of capitalism, is that it rewards those with foresight and good ideas, and punishes short-sighted dimwits.  If we continue to bailout the dimwitted, the cream will never have a chance to rise.


In A Nutshell

Posted in crisis, spin with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 8, 2008 by Qritiq
Last night’s presidential debate: Without the finger-pointing, tangents, and canned stump speech fragments, it’s quite a short transcript.  Here, ONLY the answers that the candidates gave to the questions that were actually posed:
Question: With retired and older citizens and workers losing their incomes, what’s the fastest, most positive solution to bail these people out of the economic ruin?
Obama: Make sure the bailout that was passed last week works properly. That means strong oversight, making sure that taxpayers are getting their money back and treated as investors. Make sure CEO’s are not getting bonuses or golden parachutes from this bailout. The Treasury should demand that money back and those executives should be fired.  Also, tax cuts for the middle-class.  Help homeowners so that they can stay in their homes.  Help state and local governments set up road projects and bridge projects that keep people in their jobs.  Fix our health care system and our energy system
McCain: Stop sending $700 billion a year to countries that don’t like us very much.  Keep taxes low.  Stop spending.  Order the secretary of the treasury to immediately buy up the bad home loan mortgages and renegotiate at the diminished value of those homes and let people be able to make those lower payments instead of what they actually owe. Taxpayers will pay the difference.
Q: Who will you appoint to be treasury secretary?
McCain: Warren Buffett [chairman of Berkshire Hathaway] or Meg Whitman [former CEO of eBay].
Obama: I won’t answer the question.
Q: How will the bailout package help people?
McCain: Taxpayers will be the first to be paid back when our economy recovers.  It will stabilize markets and shore up Fannie and Freddie.
Obama: It will help free up credit.  It can bailout homeowners who made bad loans.
Q: Is the economy going to get much worse before it gets better?
Obama: No.
McCain: Not if taxpayers buy up these bad loans, so that the people who bought more house than they can afford, can keep their houses.

Q: How can we trust either of you with our money when both parties got us into this global economic crisis?
Obama: Democrat Bill Clinton built up surpluses, so you can trust me because I’m a Democrat.
McCain: I have taken on special interests in the past. I have reached across the aisle to work on campaign finance reform and climate change. I have taken on the leaders of my party. Go to some watchdog organizations and look at the voting records.

Q: Health care, energy, and Social Security/Medicare reform. In what order would you prioritize them?
McCain: I would not prioritize them.
Obama: Energy then Health Care 

Q: As president, what sacrifices will you ask Americans to make?
McCain: Accept the elimination of programs that aren’t working, like in defense spending. Accept that spending is going to have to be cut and frozen except for defense, Veterans Affairs, and some other vital programs.
Obama: I’ll ask them to think about how to save energy. I’ll double the Peace Corps and create a domestic volunteer corps.

Q: How would you break the bad habits of too much debt and too much easy credit, not just at the federal level, but as a model for citizens, as well? 
Obama: Lead by example by not letting the federal government run up trillion dollar debts. Cut some spending
McCain: By not raising taxes, by doubling the tax exemption for every child, and by giving a $5,000 tax credit for health insurance.

Q: Would you give Congress a date certain to reform Social Security and Medicare within two years after you take office?
Obama: No.
McCain: I won’t answer this question.

Q: What would you do within the first two years to make sure that Congress moves fast on environmental issues?
McCain: Nuclear power.
Obama: Make investments in solar, wind, geothermal and nuclear power.

Q: Should we fund one big Manhattan-like project to deal with alternative energy or should we fund 100,000 garages across America?
McCain: Manhattan Project.
Q: Do you believe health care should be treated as a commodity?
Obama: I won’t answer this question.
McCain: I won’t answer this question.
Q: Is health care a privilege, a right, or a responsibility?
McCain: A responsibility.
Obama: A right.
Q: How will the recent economic stress affect our nation’s ability to act as a peacemaker?
McCain: I won’t answer this question.
Obama: I won’t answer this question.
Q: What would be your policy for the use of force that the U.S. would send when we don’t have national security issues at stake?
Obama: In cases of genocide we should intervene where possible such as, by providing logistical support and no-fly zones.
McCain: We should do whatever we can to prevent genocide, but temper decisions to act by examining our ability to beneficially affect the situation.

Q: Should the United States pursue al Qaeda terrorists in Pakistani bases? 
Obama: Yes
McCain: Yes

Q: Will you reorganize the Afghanistan strategy and, if so, how?
Obama: Put additional troops in Afghanistan. Work with Karzai.
McCain: Double the size of the Afghan army. Streamline the NATO command structure. Work with the Pakistanis. Surge, secure, and hold.
Q: How can we apply pressure to Russia for humanitarian issues without starting another Cold War?
McCain: Show moral support for Georgia and Ukraine. Advocate for their membership in NATO. Bring international pressures to bear on Russia. Use leverage: economic, diplomatic and others, in unison, with our allies.
Obama: Provide former Soviet satellites with financial and concrete assistance. Be more strategic. Reduce our energy consumption, so Russia has fewer petro-dollars to work with, and we are relatively stronger.
Q: Do you think that Russia under Vladimir Putin is an evil empire?
Obama: Pretty much yes.
McCain: Maybe.
Q: If Iran attacks Israel, would you be willing to commit U.S. troops in support and defense of Israel?
McCain: Yes.
Obama: I will not answer this question.
Q: What don’t you know and how will you learn it?
Obama: I will not answer this question.
McCain: I don’t know what the unexpected will be.

Just Say Nay

Posted in crisis, spin with tags , , , , on October 3, 2008 by Qritiq

A rose is a rose is a rose.

A “rescue” is a bailout + pork.