Mom Kills Social Services Worker After Losing Custody of Daughter

After losing custody of her 9-year-old daughter, a Vermont woman fatally shot the child-welfare agency employee who worked her case. Jody Herring shot Lara Sobel, an employee with the Department for Children and Families, on Friday outside a Barre, Vt., office building that houses the DCF. Herring was then detained by people in and around the building, according to police. Barre City Mayor Thom Lauzan called Sobel’s death a tragedy for Vermont and praised the commitment of DCF employees for working “out of their dedication to the children and families of this great state.” He added, “To lose one of our own in the course of that duty is shocking and heartbreaking.” DCF employees were told to report … Continue reading Mom Kills Social Services Worker After Losing Custody of Daughter

Sicilian mayor: “We are witnessing a genocide caused by European selfishness”

From: dailymail.co.uk An Italian mayor has blasted European leaders for failing to prevent a string of migrant disasters in the Mediterranean. ‘We are witnessing a genocide caused by European selfishness,’ said Leoluca Orlando, the Mayor of Palermo which lies on the brink of the migrant crisis. 200 asylum seekers are feared to have drowned when a rickety fishing boat carrying 700 capsized 25 miles off the coast of Libya on Wednesday. Just one day later, hundreds of migrants needed to be rescued from an over crowded smugglers’ boat in the Mediterranean. Orlando has since pleaded with European countries to allow … Continue reading Sicilian mayor: “We are witnessing a genocide caused by European selfishness”

Walking my Way through Pain: Preparing for a Spiritual Pilgrimage.

  by Nick Meador Living with chronic illness I often cycle between gratitude for life’s hidden meanings, a subtle aching for a cure, and a spiral of despair when one fails to appear. But now I’m seeing those aren’t the only options. Muscle pain, exhaustion, and mental fog have been a daily part of my life for most of the last four years. The diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) doesn’t provide an adequate medical explanation, since the condition is still poorly understood. At the beginning, I couldn’t help but interpret this situation through a mystical lens. It had to … Continue reading Walking my Way through Pain: Preparing for a Spiritual Pilgrimage.

Did my brain make me do it? Neuroscience and Free Will (2)

by John Danaher This post was originally published on Philosophical Disquisitions. Part 1. Discoveries in neuroscience, and the science of behaviour more generally, pose a challenge to the existence of free will. But this all depends on what is meant by ‘free will’. The term means different things to different people. Philosophers focus on two conditions that seem to be necessary for free will: (i) the alternativism condition, according to which having free will requires the ability to do otherwise; and (ii) the sourcehood condition, according to which having free will requires that you (your ‘self’) be the source of … Continue reading Did my brain make me do it? Neuroscience and Free Will (2)

Quantum Perception and the Recognition of Plant Consciousness

by Joseph S. Gallwitz, Contributor, Waking Times A tree falls in the forest. If no one is there to hear it, does it still make a sound? Many reductionist scientists, and most open-minded scientists, will say yes, due to the propagation of sound waves. Some quantum researcher may argue that it does not, as the tree and forest do not really exist as such, unless it is observed to exist by conscious beings, like us, that may directly influence the reality around us. Perhaps both views are off, and when the tree falls it makes sound and produces resonances throughout the … Continue reading Quantum Perception and the Recognition of Plant Consciousness