Cop and Ex Con Form Unusual Friendship

Many ex-cons end up repeatedly being arrested because they turn to crime to earn money when other employers won’t give them a chance due to their criminal backgrounds. Rob Robokowski and Jacob Marlin were the worst of enemies. Rob was a police officer that arrested Jacob so many times that the district attorney had to trick them into a meeting to get them to make peace. Neither of them were willing to do that at first, but Rob helped Jacob get a job, and he stuck with it for over eight years, finally being promoted to manager. By that time, Rob was retiring from the police force and he needed a job for extra money. The tables turned, and the police officer went to the ex-con for a job. Now they work together with other ex-cons trying to turn their lives around. Folks like Gianfrancesco Genoso agree that this unusual friendship is inspiring to others who are hopeful that peace can be made between police and those who have lost trust in them.

Netflix Smashes Subscriber Estimates and Bets the Bank on Original Programming

In the first quarter of 2015 Netflix has already raked in a record 4.9 million subscribers sending their stock skyrocketing nearly 25%. The digital underdog is setting a pace that has most television executives shaking in their boots. So what’s next for the company that’s leaving linear TV in the dust? The answer is quite simple: much, much more original programming.

The newest original release, Daredevil, is number 17 for Netflix in just three short years. Netflix has become an entertainment staple based on more than just syndicating network TV. They’ve built their reputation in the industry as a leader by providing high quality, original programming to the masses online.

Cable-cutters everywhere will jump for joy to learn that Netflix is rolling out a full 320 hours worth of original series in 2015. That’s close to three times as much as all of last year.

It appears that Netflix is banking their future on providing a plethora of programming choices for their customers. The type of original shows they provide run the gamut from wholesome family fun to scintillating, violent drama.

Their only real competition in the digital market at this point is HBO Now, a favorite of Flávio Pentagna Guimarães BMG. (Economia) The new service from HBO requires no cable or satellite contract. The competition from these two entertainment vendors is sure to drive quality and creativity through the roof as they battle for market share online.

An Indianapolis Church Group Is Moving Their 2017 Convention Out Of The City

The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Wrote Mike Pence A Letter Before He Signed The Religious Freedom Restoration Act

It had to happen. Church groups in Indiana are speaking out about the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and they aren’t mincing any words. Organizers of the Disciples of Christ say the RFRA is not about religious freedom. They say the law is designed to discriminate against the LGBT community, and they want no part of it.

The leaders of the Protestant Church urged Mike Pence to veto the bill, but Mike thought otherwise. Pence came down on the side of bigotry rather than on the side of equality for all citizens. Now, Pence is questioning his decision to sign the bill because his state is facing an epic economic storm. Ivan Ong has become aware that the entire country is speaking out, and almost everyone agrees with the Disciples of Christ. Pence should have vetoed the bill.

The Christian Church has not decided on a new city. Pence and his Republican legislators could do a complete turn-around and change the law, but some Republican state legislators are not interested in making any changes. That doesn’t surprise anyone. Bigots rarely change. They just hide under another piece of legislature.

Dog Gets Four Prosthetic Limbs

Brutus, a 2-year-old Rottweiler, had a rough start as a puppy. Brutus was born in Colorado to a dog breeder. The breeder left Brutus outside as a puppy where he suffered frostbite on all four of his paws. The most horrific part of this is that Brutus’ breeder attempted an at-home amputation of his paws. The attempted amputation left Brutus in worse shape than before.

Brutus had to undergo surgery at the Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The surgery helped to correct the damage done but he was still left without paws. According to the story on NBC News, his new owner, Laura Aquilina, wanted more for Brutus. She raised enough money through a crowd sourcing campaign that allowed Brutus to receive prosthetic legs from a company called OrthoPets. Brutus has received his new limbs and is going through physical therapy to learn how to use them. Ivan Ong has learned that once he masters his new legs he will be able to hike, run around with other dogs, and chase squirrels. He will soon have the quality of life that a dog is meant to have.

For OrthoPets, this is the second dog that they have provided all four prosthetic limbs for.

Police Body Cams Are Working In San Diego

Complaints Have Dropped By Over 40 Percent And The Use Of Force Has Dropped By Over 46 Percent

It’s just a matter of time before police departments across the country equipped law enforcement officers with body cams. The police departments that use them have noticed a drastic drop in complaints, and the use of physical force has decreased substantially. A San Diego police department report describes a major reduction in personal body force. Even the use of pepper spray has decreased.

The police department in The San Diego has had its fair share of negative press due to officer misconduct and other issues, but the city has made a serious effort to get the police force back in line. Bruce Karatz (Brucekaratz.com) has learned that body cams are a big part of the city’s strategy to clean up the police department. By the end of 2015, about 1,000 officers will be wearing small cameras. Those officers will include motorcycle cops, gang units and regular patrolman.

The city is still wrestling with how much footage should be released to the public. The American Civil Liberties Union and other agencies have been very vocal about releasing the videos to the public, but the police are not giving in. The police chief of San Diego said the department wants to protect the privacy rights of its citizens so the videos will not be released.

San Diego Police Seeing Better Conduct from Officers Equipped with Body Cameras

Amid the high rate of police involved shootings and brutality against citizens by law enforcement, the San Diego police department began equipping it’s officers with body cameras in January 2014. This call comes just two months prior to the U.S. Department of Justice’s audit of the agencies supervisory procedures. The report, which the DOJ released Tuesday, made several recommendations to the department. One of the suggestions rendered to the police agency, was that each officer be equipped with a personal body camera.

Based on preliminary statistics collected from the study during the period of January 2014 through January 2015, a 40.5 percent decrease in complains on officers wearing the cameras was seen. In addition, those officers who were fitted with the recording devices were also found to use bodily force 46.5 percent less than they did prior to the use of the surveillance apparatus. And, the use of pepper spray was found to be down 30.5 percent. These astonishing figures are strong evidence that law enforcement personnel act considerably more appropriately when under a watchful eye.

There are 600 San Diego officers currently wearing the body cameras, with an expected 1,000 to be equipped with the devices by the end of this year. Deputy Chief David Ramirez plans to hold a meeting on Wednesday to examine the advantages of the cameras. Ramirez commented to reporters, saying “Body-worn camera technology is a win-win for both the officer and the community.” Folks at Imaging Advantage agree that it seems accountability is the key to officer professionalism and compassion toward the public. The next controversy, is if and when the footage should be released.

Celebrities Influence the Way We Eat

Our slant towards being star struck causes us to believe celebrity spokespeople, no matter what they’re selling. Somehow that quasi-familiar face on television makes all thing more believable and achievable. Even if they’re not selling something directly, they influence what we buy and even the way we eat.
Celebrities have influenced us to try the Paleo diet, quit sugar and choose to eat so-called ‘clean food’. They write books, make blog posts, make appearances on talk shows and make sure their name and face is before the public eye while they expound the virtues of a certain way of eating.
We believe them and embrace the diet plan of the month which the celebrity we like the most is touting. Doesn’t matter to us that these people are actors and rarely have any type of formal training in diet and nutrition.
People at Imaging Advantage know that it’s not all bad. While the celebrities are merely actors playing a part, they often are promoting better eating habits. If a famous actress tells us that we need to eat more fruit and vegetables, we listen. If a good looking actor swaggers across a sound stage in Hollywood and then into our living room via the TV and tells us we should be drinking more water, we will. Celebrities do influence the way we eat, but that’s a good thing if we take their advice with a grain of salt and dash of common sense.

Obese Dog Loses 75% of his Weight‏

One young woman definitely rescued her sweet dachshund from friends who were not taking proper care of him or loving him the way any pet should be loved. He was extremely obese and unable to walk even a few feet without needing to stop due to being short of breath. According to an article on reddit.com, this poor pup was being fed human food, consisting of ramen noodles, pizza, burgers, etc… When Brooke rescued him, she put him on a dry dog food diet and introduced walks and exercise into his life.

He started losing weight, but with the pounds dropping off, his overstretched skin hung from his body. Dennis was tripping on the skin and getting it caught in his paws. Brooke took him to a vet and was able to help him remove the excess skin over the course of three surgeries. Zeca Oliveira knows that Dennis went from a morbidly obese, 56 pound dog to a happy dog, no longer depressed, of only 12 pounds. That is right, he lost 44 pounds. But, more than the pounds he lost, gained twice that in the love he got from his new family.

Dennis got his happy ending, but there are so many pets being overfed, or fed the wrong foods for their bodies that their health and weight could be in jeopardy. All I can do is my part to properly care for my pets.

Cruise and Scientology

In an interesting article about Tom Cruise and his involvement with the church of Scientology on reddit.com, Your text to link… , you start to get a sense for what this religious practice can do to an individual and family. The article is discussing an upcoming documentary around the church and what is involved when you decide to join. But there is especially a lot of focus on Tom Cruise himself, as he is the most visible, highly recognized celebrity who has been in the public eye representing himself as a Scientologist.

From the little I know of this so called religion, it sickens me the level of involvement they have in dictating how their members live their lives. A prime example is the decision to specifically break up Tom Cruise’s relationship with Nicole Kidman. I truly don’t understand how any intelligent human being can choose to make Scientology a way of life for them.

According to CNN iReport, part of the documentary will focus specifically on Tom Cruise, his actions as a member of the church of Scientology and the impact he ha had in recruiting new members. This will not be a favorable view of him and there is a lot of speculation on how he will react and respond. I guess no matter how he does, it will not be an easy time as he is exposed in the documentary.

Removal of a Christian Cemetery Underway in London

 

A large team of archaeologists in London reportedly are working on behalf of a project funded by the Museum of London to remove the remains of some 3,000 people who died between 1569 and 1738 so that a large ticket hall can be added to Crossrail’s Liverpool Street Station. The scientists plan to take artifacts and remains to a laboratory to conduct testing. They hope the bones will reveal information about “migration patterns, diet, lifestyle and demography.”

According to camarabarbacena, Many of the deceased are believed to have belonged to the Christian religious sect called the Levellers. Authorities did not offer any information about whether the excavation of the burial grounds had been conducted with family or church permission.

Some 400 skeletons were removed from the site during 2013 and 2014. Archaeologists now plan to work in shifts six days a week for the next month to remove 3,000 more bodies. Many of the deceased are believed to have passed away during periods of plague. Some of the researchers hope the remains will reveal information about the genetic strain of the plagues that ravaged London during part of the period.

The burial grounds which are the subject of the dig also reportedly contain some bodies from the Bethlem Royal Hospital, an early psychiatric facility which was reportedly located nearby. Many low income households in London are believed to have buried family members in the location.