Família portuguesa em Inglaterra ficou sem os cinco filhos por “risco futuro de dano emocional”

by Ana Dias Cordeiro

Dois dos cinco filhos de Carla e José Pedro foram colocados para adopção em Inglaterra, onde o casal português vive desde 2003. Os outros três estão em famílias de acolhimento até aos 21 anos. Casos como este são frequentes no Reino Unido e foram objectos de análise na Comissão das Petições do Parlamento Europeu.

Quando, em Junho de 2003, deixaram Portugal e emigraram para Inglaterra, Carla e José Pedro tinham dois filhos. Hoje, este casal de Almeirim tem cinco filhos e todos lhes foram retirados em Abril de 2013.

Vivem em Grantham e no processo em tribunal que os pôs frente a frente com os Serviços Sociais de Lincolnshire, o juiz do Tribunal de Família decretou que os três filhos mais velhos – de sete, 12 e 14 anos – ficavam em famílias de acolhimento até aos 21 anos. Os dois mais pequenos – de 3 e 5 anos – foram colocados para adopção.
A vida não era fácil para esta família a viver sob o permanente sobressalto de actos violentos do filho mais velho, que tem um atraso mental e uma hiperactividade tratada quando viviam em Portugal. Nesse dia 23 de Abril, o rapaz queixou-se à assistente social que o acompanha na escola de que o pai lhe tinha batido. A funcionária ligou para os serviços sociais e no mesmo dia as crianças foram levadas de casa.

Para Carla e José Pedro, tudo mudou naquele dia 23 de Abril, quando elementos da polícia e dos serviços sociais bateram à porta, já passava das cinco da tarde. Não tinham nenhuma ordem do tribunal. Forçaram a entrada e, sem aviso, levaram-lhes os cinco filhos. Disseram que seria por 72 horas.

“A polícia disse que tinha poderes”, conta ao PÚBLICO por telefone Carla Pedro que, na altura, perguntou se traziam uma ordem do tribunal e, hoje, só é autorizada a estar com os filhos uma vez de dois em dois meses. Em cada encontro, “eles choram, dizem que querem voltar para casa”. Em cada encontro, a mãe diz-lhes para terem calma. Não vivem todos na mesma família de acolhimento. E os serviços sociais juntam todos na mesma reunião de família. Podem ver-se, abraçar – e tudo isso em menos de uma hora. É assim desde que as crianças foram retiradas aos pais por “risco futuro de danos emocionais”…

Mas qual o interesse? Por cada adopção, as autoridades locais recebem um bónus financeiro do Governo, explica Sabine Kurjo McNeill, que acredita que a retirada das crianças das famílias “sem regras” não é alheia a esses benefícios. E denuncia: “Os serviços sociais estão acima da lei. A polícia está acima da lei.” Di-lo a propósito da maneira como as crianças são retiradas às famílias, sem qualquer ordem do tribunal, mas também da forma como o Tribunal de Família funciona no Reino Unido – à porta fechada e em total segredo e, muitas vezes, sem que os pais possam apresentar testemunhas.

“Não tivemos direito a testemunhas”, conta Carla Pedro. A portuguesa que, durante os primeiros anos em Inglaterra, trabalhou no sector fabril, e mais tarde deixou de trabalhar, diz que as famílias de acolhimento recebem até 500 libras (cerca de 600 euros) por semana e por criança. Além disso, diz que o Estado recebe entre 10 mil (cerca de 12 mil euros) e 25 mil libras (cerca de 30 mil euros) de uma família que fique com uma criança para adopção…

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University sports jerseys and key chains contaminated with toxic heavy metals that promote neurological damage

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(NaturalNews) College sports jerseys, key chains, seat cushions and other  memorabilia have been found to contain shockingly high levels of toxic heavy  metals like lead, mercury, cadmium and arsenic.
The toxic products were  sold by stores like Target, Walgreens and Wal-Mart, and they represent the  University of Michigan, the University of Minnesota, Michigan State University  and many other universities.
• Shockingly, a University of Michigan  Deluxe Key Ring was found to contain over 1,200 ppm of mercury, a potent  neurotoxin.
• A Michigan State University Seat Cushion was found to  contain over 200 ppm cadmium and 170 ppm lead. Cadmium causes kidney damage and  lead damages cognitive function.
A University of Michigan jersey  contained over 130 ppm lead in its ink print!

Laboratory tests conducted by…

Reading this, you may think these tests  were conducted by myself at the Natural  News Forensic Food Lab, because this is exactly the kind of thing we  do.
But guess what? These tests were actually organized by the non-profit  Ecology Center which published its findings on HealthyStuff.org.

I genuinely applaud the Ecology Center for achieving this stunning  research. As a food science researcher, I know how incredibly expensive, time  consuming and complex it is to conduct this sort of research. This project no  doubt cost over $100,000 to carry out, and they are releasing the results for  free in the public interest (just like we do).
This is commendable work,  and I’m ecstatic to see that I’m not alone in running laboratory tests on  everyday products and sharing the results with the world. (The Environmental  Working Group also does fantastic work in this arena, by the way.) I strongly  encourage Natural News readers to plug in to the Ecology Center and watch their  work. In fact, if they are reading this, we’d like to do a feature story on your  group and help bring more awareness to your amazing work. Great job!

Toxic college sports memorabilia

What these results reveal is that  prominent universities are openly selling toxic products to the public.  Apparently, these universities either are failing to test their own products  before selling them, or they are testing the products and don’t seem to care  what they contain.
As a result, in my opinion these university sports  products are contributing to chronic, degenerative disease in the American  people and increasing their own customers’ risks of cancer, neurological  disorders, liver damage and kidney failure, among other serious health  conditions. Even worse, some of these metals found in university products  actually lower cognitive function and damage IQs, utterly contradicting  the whole point of “higher education.” Literally, these universities are  releasing products that contribute to brain damage.

None of this  surprises me, as I’m the scientist-activist who exposed Michigan State  University selling highly  toxic surplus laboratory equipment to the public, loaded with deadly mercury  poison. In fact, Michigan State University sold me — and readily shipped me —  enough mercury to poison the entire Los Angeles water supply. The boxes arrived  via UPS, no questions asked!
So I know firsthand that universities  routinely sell and deliver extremely toxic — even deadly — products directly  to the public.

This is unacceptable!

I can’t wait for these  universities to roll out the same lame excuse being peddled by some vegan  protein manufacturers in the aftermath of my  own research exposing high levels of tungsten, lead and cadmium in rice protein  products. Some companies claimed all those metals were “naturally occurring”  and therefore not harmful.
All the scientists, biochemists and  nutritionists laughed their heads off, of course, but that didn’t stop these  companies from continuing to sell their contaminated products to an unsuspecting  public.
Click here to  watch my highly informative videos on mercury toxicity, why heavy metals are  not “naturally occurring” in foods, interviews with top metals poisoning experts  and more…
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Mazes, Monsters, Charlatans, Satan and Suicide: A Short History of the Satanic Panic

One of my favorite pieces of Satanic Panic-era propaganda has to be Jack  Chick’s “Dark Dungeons” religious tract. One of hundreds of such tracts created by Chick, “Dark Dungeons” is the story of two young women led astray by the fantasy role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons. One of them, Marcie, commits suicide after her thief character “Black Leaf” dies and the other, Debbie, is initiated into witchcraft after her cleric character Elfstar advances to eighth level. As the diabolical Dungeon Master “Ms. Frost” leads Debbie further from the loving arms of Jesus, her mysterious friend “Mike” pops up to tell her that she’s in grave danger. Following a visit to a mustachioed minister, Debbie repents and burns all of her D&D materials instead of saving them to sell on eBay in twenty years when she needs beer money.

Gamers, as well as most people with an ounce of sense, see “Dark Dungeons” for the hysterical kitsch it is, and rather than angering D&D players, it mostly amused them. I know my group loved it (“Where’s the real spells?” “No, Black Leaf!”) when we were kids. My parents didn’t buy into the Satan rumors that surrounded the game, or anything else I liked. Not all of my friends were so lucky: They had to hide fantasy novels, D&D manuals, heavy metal albums and other “Satanic” materials to keep them from being burned or thrown away by their parents. Others suffered in far worse ways: They were sent to camps for “troubled youth” or private Christian schools.

The disappearance of James Dallas Egbert III was one of the first sparks of the bonfire that would become the eighties Satanic Panic. Egbert was a highly intelligent but troubled young man who happened to play D&D in a group at Michigan State University. He disappeared one day in 1979, leading some people to believe that he had been driven insane by the fantasy game and wandered off into the steam tunnels underneath the campus to play it in “real life.”

Did you ever hear that story? You were supposed to, and soon you’ll know why. This is where reality and fantasy started to blur, but it did so for the public and media – not for Egbert and his friends. The Satanic Panic was about to begin, and by the time it was all over, innocent people would pay the price of religious zealotry with their professional careers, freedom, and in some cases, their lives.

Here’s the truth, but you weren’t supposed to know it: Egbert had indeed entered the steam tunnels, but with the purpose of committing suicide for reasons entirely unrelated to gaming. He had started college at 16 and had crumpled under the intense pressure of his new surroundings. The academic challenges and sense of social disconnect with his peers, drug and mental health problems, along with the fact that he was gay but closeted were far more likely reasons for him to attempt to take his life. After his unsuccessful attempt in the tunnels, Egbert had left town. His parents hired a private detective, William Dear, who eventually tracked Egbert down in Louisiana, where he had once again attempted to commit suicide. Egbert turned himself over to Dear, who in turn, surrendered Egbert to an uncle.

Dear, along with the Egbert family, wanted to keep Dallas’s drug problems and sexuality out of the news, but Dear recognized the high profile case as a fantastic opportunity for self-promotion. Never shy of an opportunity to talk to the press, Dear promoted his D&D theory, and the media ate it up. So did their audiences. The D&D theory became gospel and rapidly assumed a place in urban legend. Sadly, Egbert remained suicidal, and in 1980 he died as the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound…

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Kerry’s Lonely Crusade Against Venezuela

Mark Weisbrot RINF Alternative News

Images forge reality, granting a power to television and video and even still photographs that can burrow deep into people’s consciousness without them even knowing it. With a wide variety of sources and people on the ground to talk to, I thought I was immune to the repetitious portrayals of Venezuela as a failed state in the throes of a popular rebellion. But even I was not prepared for what I saw in Caracas: how little of daily life appeared to be affected by the protests, the normality that prevailed in the vast majority of the city. I, too, had been taken in by media imagery.

Major media outlets have reported that Venezuela’s poor have not joined the right-wing opposition protests, but that is an understatement. It’s not just the poor who are abstaining – in Caracas it is almost everyone outside of a few rich areas like Altamira where small groups of protesters engage in nightly battles with security forces, throwing rocks and firebombs and running from tear gas.

Walking from the working class neighborhood of Sabana Grande to the city center, there is no sign that Venezuela is in the grip of a “crisis” that requires intervention from the Organization of American States (OAS). The metro also runs very well – much better than in Washington DC, and at a tiny fraction of the price — although I couldn’t get off at Alta Mira station, where the rebels had set up their base of operations at Alta Mira square until their eviction this week.

I got my first glimpse of the barricades in Los Palos Grandes, an upper-income area where the protesters do have popular support, and neighbors will yell at anyone trying to remove the barricades – which is a risky thing to attempt (at least four people have apparently been shot dead for doing so). But even here, some traffic is snarled but life is otherwise pretty normal. On the weekend the Parque del Este is full with families and runners sweating in the 90 degree heat – before Chávez, you had to pay to get in, and the residents here, I am told, were disappointed when the less well-to-do were allowed to enter for free. The restaurants are also crowded at night.

Travel in general provides little more than a reality check, and I went there mainly to gather data on the economy. But I came away skeptical of the idea, reported daily in the media, that increasing shortages of basic foods and consumer goods are a serious motivation for the protests. The people who are most inconvenienced by the shortages are the poor and working classes. The residents of Los Palos Grandes and Altamira have servants to stand in line and look around town for what they need, and they have the income and storage space to accumulate some inventory. These people are not hurting; in fact they are doing very well. Their income, not just that of the poor, has grown at a healthy pace since the Chávez government got control of the oil industry a decade ago. They even get an expensive handout from the government: anyone with a credit card (which excludes the poor and millions of working people) is entitled to $3000 per year at the subsidized exchange rate of 11.8 per dollar (until recently it was 6.3). They can then sell the dollars for 6 times what they paid. A multi-billion dollar annual subsidy for the privileged – yet it is they who are supplying the base and the troops of the rebellion.

The class nature of this fight is stark and inescapable. Walking past a crowd of tens of thousands of people who showed up for the ceremonies on March 5 to mark the anniversary of Chávez’s death, it was a sea of working class Venezuelans. There were no expensive clothing or $300 shoes. What a contrast to the disgruntled masses of Los Palos Grandes, with $40,000 Grand Cherokee Jeeps bearing the slogan “SOS Venezuela.”…

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PETA Accuses Top Horse Trainer Of Animal Cruelty Following Undercover Investigation

After a four-month undercover investigation, an animal rights group has accused a prominent horse trainer of giving his horses unnecessary amounts of performance-enhancing drugs and using illegal electric shock devices to make them run faster.

The investigation, conducted by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), used hidden cameras and microphones to document the staff of Steve Asmussen, a top thoroughbred racehorse trainer who holds multiple horse racing records and has won millions of dollars in horse race purses.

The probe took place at both Churchill Downs in Kentucky and Saratoga Race Track in New York from April through August of last year.

Released on Thursday, the video appears to show Asmussen’s workers discussing a top-performing horse’s feet being worn down to “nubs.” One says they had to use superglue to keep its hooves together.

That horse, who was named Nehro, died of colic — “a term used to describe a symptom of abdominal (belly) pain” — in the back of a van on the day of the 2013 Kentucky Derby.

The man can also be heard discussing how he had a jockey use an illegal shocking tool on a horse. (“I’d tell [jockey Ricardo Santana Jr.], ‘You got the máquina?'” he says.) He’s also heard talking about employing undocumented workers and having them lie to the IRS.

PETA’s video also purports to show prominent veterinarian Dr. James Hunt Jr. saying all of Asmussen’s horses are given Lasix, or furosemide, a controversial drug that’s banned in many countries but legal in the United States.

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Here’s How Much Money People Are Wasting On Illegal Drugs (INFOGRAPHIC)

Buying illegal drugs isn’t just terrible for you, it’s also no good for your wallet.

Online black markets like Silk Road — which the FBI shut down in October — bring buyers just a few clicks away from illegal substances, but a drug rehab center is proving that going online is even more bank-busting than buying on the street.

Clarity Way created the infographic below to show that “the expensiveness factor with the emotional, health, and career costs of substance abuse [creates] a recipe for a very unhappy life,” a representative told The Huffington Post. The center used stats from news sources including The Washington Post and the International Business Times.

Indeed, the buying price of a gram of heroin on Silk Road was nearly two times greater than heroin’s average street price, according to the graphic. But whether you’re buying online or on the street, you’re wasting a lot of money:

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Is this fusion cuisine of the future? New fork features scent strips to trick the mind into tasting unique combinations of flavors

Perfect bite: The Aromaforks are intended to give an added element to a variety of dishes

By Misty White Sidell

A techy new fork boasts a special panel that can be infused with scents.

The Aromafork has a built-in spot for strips whose scents, when paired with actual food, can be registered by the brain as a new flavor combination.

The strips are made of materials not unlike facial blotting papers, and can be loaded with scents including chocolate, banana, basil, coconut and wasabi, among others.

It will allow at-home and professional chefs  alike to experiment more easily with flavor combinations.

The company has illustrated how the device  can be utilized in a variety of ways with photos, one which uses the scent of  ginger to enhance seared tuna, and another that depicts a tiny fruit salad  scented with lychee.

Out later this year the device is the  creation of a Montreal-based molecular gastronomy company called Molecule  R.

Company president Jonathan Coutu said of the  creation in a statement: ‘The idea behind the Aromafork came to me during a wine  and food pairing class.

‘I immediately thought of a device that would  provide a flow of aroma upon inspiration.’…

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2585626/Is-fusion-cuisine-future-New-fork-features-scent-strips-trick-mind-tasting-unique-combinations-flavors.html#ixzz2wcFSVFhr

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