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Putting Our Country Back Together

A largely quiet tactic to disenfranchise voters of all persuasions has become a target of reform-minded citizens in the wake of the 2014 midterm elections. While we have seen widespread pushback against voter suppression, unreliable voting machines, and unchecked spending in elections, Gerrymandering–the process of selectively re-drawing voters’ districts to ensure the outcome–has reached a critical mass in the fight for American Democracy. This is a tactic favored by incumbents of either political party, and as such this is a non-partisan issue affecting the public at large.

This short clip from my documentary PAY 2 PLAY illustrates how gerrymandering works, and how an equal number of voters can be strategically divided so as to guarantee districts that will vote a certain way. Featuring Marianne Williamson, an impassioned reformer, as well as the insight of Jerry Springer, whose previous jobs included Mayor of Cincinnati and Ohio gubernatorial candidate.

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens writes in his book Six Amendments that we even need a new amendment to the U.S.… Read the rest

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Watching Friends Recover From Addiction on Facebook

By Mr. Theklan via Flickr (CC by-sa 2.0)

By Mr. Theklan via Flickr (CC by-sa 2.0)

via The Atlantic:

Through likes and comments, I’ve watched my hometown of Perry, Ohio, disappear into and come back from heroin addiction.

The U.S. is facing a massive heroin epidemic, and nowhere is it more evident than in Ohio, where fatal drug overdoses surpassed car crashes as the leading cause of accidental death in 2007, and increased by 60 percent from 2011 to 2012. Addicts in rehabilitation say heroin is the easiest drug to find. State legislators have called for Republican Governor John Kasich to declare the prevalence of heroin a public-health emergency, and in May he agreed to an Obamacare Medicaid expansion largely because the state badly needed the federal help in funding treatment for heroin addiction.

Perry, Ohio, is a microcosm of the epidemic, which is now infiltrating upper-middle-class suburbs. Thirty minutes east of Cleveland, the town of 1,500 has a median annual income $31,000 higher than that of Ohio overall, but it also lacks opportunities for young adults to start their lives.

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Satan’s Hollow – The Portal from Ohio to Hell

This video by a YouTube channel called ‘”Believe’ A Paranormal Experience” follows two young men on a pilgrimage/road-trip across country to visit paranormal places. Their last stop requires venturing into a storm drain known as “Satan’s Hollow” which allegedly hosts/hosted devil worshipers and demonic rituals. The radio device they use to communicate with the netherworld at the end is a nice touch.

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Scientists at work: capturing beautiful millipedes in Ohio

By Derek Hennen, University of Arkansas
This article was originally published on The Conversation.
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I stumbled through the forest, attempting to find a path I knew was there. It didn’t take that long to find the decaying bridge, now being overtaken by blackberry and multiflora rose. That is where I had marked a spot for some moist leaf litter. I crouched and dug around in the litter to find an inch-long creature, chestnut-brown with pink highlights, curled up on top of the dirt. I had found my quarry.

Derek Hennen, Author provided

My three-week quest was in the state of Ohio in the US. I came to collect millipedes, the many-legged cousins of insects and spiders. My goal was to survey the state’s species, photographing and collecting as many as possible during my stay.

Ohio sits on the northwestern edge of Appalachia, a hotspot of diversity for millipedes.… Read the rest

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Ohio Firefighter Creates Device to Keep Gunmen Out of Classrooms

In recent light of all the school shootings, many have wondered how to keep the children safe. A firefighter and SWAT medic who was also concerned, designed a device to keep intruders out.

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There are three designs for three different door types.

Model DSO For Outward Swinging Doors

Model DSI For Inward Swinging Doors

Model DCS For Scissor Action Door Closers

You can check out all the features here.

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‘Sovereign Citizen’ Agrees to Plea Deal After Girlfriend Agrees to Testify Against Him

 

hamilton-county-justice-center-booking-photoOhio’s Robert Carr has agreed to a plea guilty to one count of breaking and entering as part of a plea deal in connection with his attempt to claim seven empty homes.

Via The Raw Story:

The Ohio man who identified himself as a “sovereign citizen” in defending his attempt to steal 11 homes struck a plea deal on Monday not long after his girlfriend indicated she planned to testify against him.

WLWT-TV reported that Robert Carr reluctantly pled guilty to one count of breaking and entering as part of the agreement. He faces up to a year in prison in an upcoming sentencing hearing.

Carr was indicted by a grand jury in December 2013 after “rejecting” an arrest warrant on breaking and entering charges.

He had reportedly found the empty homes in the Cincinnati area, then attempted to file “quiet titles” over them, including seven claims in one day.

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Ohio Man Arrested With Bombs and AR-15 Was Intel Analyst With Top Secret Clearance

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Picture: Tri-County Jail (PD)

In an odd twist of events an Ohio man was arrested after a traffic stop on New Year’s Day which lead an officer to uncover a slew of bombs, IED’s, a remote detonator, and an AR-15 rifle.

Andrew Scott Boguslawski, 43, of Moores Hill, Indiana was stopped by Trooper W. Scott Davis on westbound I-70 on January 1st, 2014 for speeding, Trooper Davis asked Boguslawksi if he had any weapons in the car to which Boguslawski replied “No.” at that time Trooper Davis noticed a small caliber pistol tucked between Boguslawski’s legs. Further investigation uncovered 58 small improvised initiators, 25 IED’s, a medicine bottle weighing 1.5 lb’s containing explosive materials, four incomplete improvised bombs, a remote detonator, and several loaded guns including an AR-15 rifle. Also in his possession were schematics for Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in which he was employed as a groundskeeper.

Boguslawski was trained as an Intelligence Analyst Specialist in the Army National Guard and held a Top Secret Clearance.… Read the rest

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Commit a Sex Crime in Ohio? You Could Face the Death Penalty.

CastroArrivesIf you are found guilty of a sex crime in the state of Ohio you could face the death penalty if State Representative John Becker (R-Union Township) has his way. He has introduced House Bill 244, legislation that provides prosecutors with the option of pursuing the death penalty for certain sex-related crimes.

“In light of the Ariel Castro kidnapping case of three young women in Cleveland, I wanted to give prosecutors the option to pursue the death penalty for repeat sexual offenders,” Rep. Becker said.

via WKYC.com

The crimes in the legislation include aggravated rape, aggravated rape of a child, aggravated sexual battery, aggravated sexual battery of a child, and aggravated unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

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ACLU Uncovers Illegal Debtors’ Prisons Across Ohio

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Despite being blatantly unconstitutional, citizens are commonly being jailed for their inability to pay tickets and fines, wreaking havoc on people’s lives (and costing the state far greater sums than the unpaid tickets), ACLU Ohio reveals:

The resurgence of contemporary debtors’ prisons sits squarely at this intersection of poverty and criminal justice. In towns across the state, thousands of people face the looming specter of incarceration every day, simply because they are poor.

For Ohio’s poor and working poor, an unaffordable traffic ticket or fine is just the beginning of a protracted process that may involve contempt charges, mounting fees, arrest warrants, and even jail time. The stark reality is that, in 2013, Ohioans are being repeatedly jailed simply for being too poor to pay fines.

The U.S. Constitution, the Ohio Constitution, and Ohio Revised Code all prohibit debtors’ prisons. The law requires that, before jailing anyone for unpaid fines, courts must determine whether an individual is too poor to pay.

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