Saturday, July 21, 2018

She's No Mother Teresa

For starters, she spells her name with an h:

"Harvard employee who asked neighbor if she lived in ‘affordable apartments’ now on leave" by Steve Annear Globe Staff  July 20, 2018

Officials from the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative announced that Theresa Lund, an employee who confronted a Cambridge neighbor in a video that generated outrage after it went viral this week, “will be on-leave, effective immediately.”

In a statement announcing her leave, which was posted to the initiative’s Facebook page on Thursday night, Michael VanRooyen, the organization’s director, said he wanted to make clear that the group does not condone how Lund conducted herself in the video.

“The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative is an organization that promotes and defends humanitarian principles of service, equity, and justice. Our core values of integrity, collaboration, and respect for universal human rights are the foundation of all we do,” VanRooyen wrote. “It is within this context that I have been viewing the events of July 14th involving Theresa Lund.”

Last Saturday, Cambridge resident Alyson Laliberte posted a video to Facebook that showed Lund sitting on the curb next to Laliberte and her young daughter.

The video shows Theresa Lund, executive director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, asking a neighbor if she lived in the “affordable apartments.”

Laliberte wrote in a Facebook post that Lund approached her and complained that her daughter was being too loud while the child was playing outside.

A confrontation ensued in which Lund eventually asked Laliberte, whose daughter is biracial, if she lived in the “affordable apartments,’’ Laliberte said. Laliberte called Lund’s comment “discriminating” and “racist.” 

I'll bet she would still have her job if she had only used the c-word, but since it was a racial epithet(??)..... more like, you know. Her problem is she has been hanging out with the wrong crowd (another victimized Jew!) and it is now too late to apologize.

On Monday, as the video continued to ricochet across the Internet, Lund issued an apology, which she sent to the Globe, admitting what she said was “inappropriate.”

VanRooyen wrote Thursday that in addition to Lund’s going on leave, the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative will also implement “additional trainings and programs for our staff to address implicit and explicit bias, pursue opportunities to promote diversity and inclusion within our workplace, and continue our efforts to serve those affected by war, crisis, and disaster.”


As for the sainted one:

"India orders scrutiny of Mother Teresa’s charity" AP  July 18, 2018

NEW DELHI — India’s government has ordered inspections of all centers run by Mother Teresa’s charity following the arrest of a nun and a worker at one of its shelters for unwed mothers for allegedly selling a baby.

Well, I wish I could say it comes as a surprise.

The arrest early this month followed a complaint by an Indian couple that they paid $1,760 to Anima Indwar, who worked at the shelter run by the Missionaries of Charity in Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand state.

Police said they were investigating three other complaints.

Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi ordered that child care homes run by Missionaries of Charity be inspected immediately, a government statement said Monday.

Missionaries of Charity spokeswoman Sunita Kumar declined comment on the government statement.

Soon after the arrests on July 5, Kumar said the Missionaries of Charity was investigating.

‘‘There was no question of selling any child, as the Missionaries of Charity had stopped giving children for adoption three years ago,’’ Kumar said.

Mother Teresa started the Missionaries of Charity order in Kolkata in 1950.

Is it possible, could it be, that Mother Teresa's has always operated as a child procurement ring? That's been the rumored scuttlebutt for years and it is the Catholics.


I wouldn't send them to summer camp this year if I were you.

"India’s top court calls for new law to curb mob violence" by Aijaz Hussain Associated Press  July 17, 2018

NEW DELHI — India’s highest court on Tuesday asked the federal government to consider enacting a law to deal with an increase in lynchings and mob violence fueled mostly by rumors that the victims either belonged to members of child kidnapping gangs or were beef eaters and cow slaughterers.

The Supreme Court said that ‘‘horrendous acts of mobocracy’’ cannot be allowed to become a new norm, according to the Press Trust of India news agency.

Tell it to Maxine and the Democrats.

‘‘Citizens cannot take law into their hands and cannot become law unto themselves,’’ said Chief Justice Dipak Misra and two other judges, A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud, who heard a petition related to deadly mob violence. They said the menace needs to be ‘‘curbed with iron hands,’’ the news agency reported. 

India needs an iron hand, huh? 

Where is Margaret Thatcher when you need her?

The judges asked the legislature to consider a law that specifically deals with lynchings and cow vigilante groups and provides punishment to offenders.

India has seen a series of mob attacks on minority groups since the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party won national elections in 2014. The victims have been accused of either smuggling cows for slaughter or carrying beef. Last month, two Muslims were lynched in eastern Jharkhand state on charges of cattle theft. In such mob attacks, at least 20 people have been killed by cow vigilante groups mostly believed to be tied to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party.

Indians losing confidence in him?

Most of the attacks waged by so-called cow vigilantes from Hindu groups have targeted Muslims. Cows are considered sacred by many members of India’s Hindu majority, and slaughtering cows or eating beef is illegal or restricted across much of the country.

However, most of the mob attacks this year have been fueled mainly by rumors ignited by messages circulated through social media that child-kidnapping gangs were active in villages and towns. At least 25 people have been lynched and dozens wounded in the attacks. The victims were non-locals, mostly targeted because they looked different or didn’t speak the local language.

That is where my printed article ended, and I was left wondering what India has done wrong to call this up in my pre$$. They cozying up to China? I know they bought that Russian air defense system against U.S. wishes, but they are expected to carry the ball on the front line in that sphere of WWIII.

Although Indian authorities have clarified that there was no truth to the child-lifting rumors and that the targeted people were innocent, the deadly and brutal attacks, often captured on cellphones and shared on social media, have spread across the country.

While Tuesday’s ruling calls for stringent measures by both the central and state governments, Indian government has looked somewhere else. It recently blamed the Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp for failing to stop false information and called on it to take ‘‘immediate action’’ to prevent the social media platform from being misused to spread rumors and irresponsible statements leading to mob violence.

The Supreme Court advocated setting up special or fast-track courts to hear cases of lynching and mob violence and asked the state governments to prepare compensation schemes for the victims. It also directed that the victims’ families be given free legal aid.

The top court also directed authorities to take action against police or administrative officials who fail to comply with the court’s directive on pursuing such cases.

Widespread distrust of the police and the courts prevails in India, both of which are burdened by corruption and poor training. Despite repeated protests, courts are still notoriously slow, and it often takes years or even decades for a case to go to trial.

Seems to be a problem with authority wherever you go.


You need a good Jewish mother to lead you:

"Opioid protest at Harvard art museum" by Graham Ambrose Globe Correspondent  July 21, 2018

CAMBRIDGE — Anti-opioid activists called on the Harvard Art Museums to cut its ties to the Sackler family in a protest on Friday at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum. The protest, led by noted photographer Nan Goldin, was organized by students at Harvard Medical School and activists at the Opioid Network, a national coalition of some 45 advocacy groups.

A few minutes after 4 p.m., around 70 protesters poured into the Harvard Art Museums’ courtyard to chants of “Sacklers lie, people die, fund harm reduction now,” “People over profit,” and “Shame on Sackler.”

Protesters — who came from Greater Boston and New York City — marched in a circle with signs: “Sacklers must pay,” “More deaths than the Vietnam war — no more,” “Oxy kills.” Some three dozen museum patrons looked on from the upper floors.

The museum’s benefactor and namesake was a psychiatrist, art collector, and revolutionary drug marketer who in 1952 helped his brothers finance the purchase of the company that would become Purdue Pharma. In 1996, Purdue Pharma — based in Stamford, Conn. — launched OxyContin, an oxycodone-based drug that has generated tens of billions in sales and been widely accused of fueling the opioid epidemic.

The Harvard Art Museums comprise the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Sackler museums.

In the courtyard at the Harvard Art Museums, activists scattered orange pill bottles with white labels: “OxyContin. Extremely addictive. Will kill. Side effect: death.” They also handed out pamphlets listing their demands, which include that Harvard Art Museums refuse future funding from the Sacklers and that Purdue Pharma invest “at least 50% of their profits toward solutions to the opioid crisis.”

The activists then staged a “die-in,” in which they fell to the ground as a group to commemorate the deaths due to opioids.

Arthur Sackler died in 1987, nine years before the distribution of OxyContin. According to The Guardian, Arthur’s branch of the family is estranged from the descendants of his brothers.

Sackler made his fortune marketing drugs like Librium and Valium. He pioneered clever and ethically dubious techniques to market addictive drugs directly to doctors. His techniques were later used by his brothers to market OxyContin. In February, Purdue Pharma announced it would stop marketing opioids to doctors.

According to organizer Leo Eisenstein, a fourth-year student at Harvard Medical School, the protesters want the Sackler family to use its resources to improve access to naloxone, to medication-assisted treatments like methadone, and to harm reduction strategies, such as needle exchanges.

Goldin, a photographer known for her depictions of drug use and transgressive subjects, grew up in Lexington and has some four dozen photos in the Harvard collections. She recently recovered from a three-year OxyContin addiction, for which she sought treatment at a Massachusetts rehab facility.

Activists said that this was the fourth protest of its kind targeting an art gallery or school named after the Sackler family. The Sacklers have their names on spaces at the Louvre, the Royal Academy of Arts, the Smithsonian, and the Guggenheim in New York, among others. The Center for Popular Democracy, the nonprofit that supports the Opioid Network, also participated in Goldin’s protest at the Smithsonian Institution’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in April.

A spokesperson for the Harvard Art Museums declined to comment.....


State Senate was listening, especially Senator Cindy F. Friedman, chairwoman of the Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery.

"Federal judge denies gay Ugandan woman’s plea for release, stay of removal" by Maria Cramer Globe Staff  July 20, 2018

A Massachusetts federal court judge ruled late Thursday that he has no jurisdiction to delay deportation proceedings of a gay Ugandan woman who has said she believes she could be persecuted, and even killed, if she returns to Uganda, where homosexuality is illegal and punishable by life in prison.

Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV said that by law, the decision of whether to stay the removal of the woman while government officials weigh her claim for asylum based on her sexuality rests with immigration authorities, not the federal district court.

“The Court is unwilling to ignore or defy the law, even in highly sympathetic circumstances,” he wrote in a 21-page ruling. “To do so would be a fundamental violation of its most basic responsibilities.”

The Globe is withholding the woman’s name at her attorneys’ request because they fear her sexual status could put her in danger if she is deported back to Uganda.

Harvey Kaplan, one of the woman’s attorneys, said he was “shocked” by Saylor’s decision.

Melanie Shapiro, another attorney for the woman, said an official at the BIA told her she may know by next week whether a stay would be issued. Meanwhile, Shapiro said, the woman’s 9-year-old daughter, a US citizen, is missing “precious time” with her mother, who is being held in a Suffolk County jail.

“Now she doesn’t know if and when her mom will come home,” Shapiro said.....

It's the “Real ID Act” that created the problem!



Gay Ugandan woman, fearing imprisonment or worse if deported, pleads to stay in US

Call Trump what you want, but you can no longer call him a racist.