Candid Camera/Condoms


A walk through the park for your amusement and viewing pleasure:


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Oly Squatters Confront Photojournalist Covering Eviction


Olympia- WA — A group of 8 squatters were evicted from an Olympia rental home on June 4, 2021 by the Thurston Sheriff’s Department. They were seemingly unaware that they were about to be evicted, caught off guard by a locksmith, friend of the homeowner and journalists showing up early to the scene.


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21-4-00443-34 | Guardianship of Hazel/Onawa & Raven Smith


Troxel v. Granville pocket Analysis

Selena’s Lost Key


The Swells (aka: Stokers)

Thurston County Court Nazi Indu Thomas condones kidnapping poor mom’s 3 small children from Oregon

When Parents’ Constitutional Rights & Children’s Best Interests Collide

Troxel v. Granville – Wikipedia

Troxel v. Granville, 530 U.S. 57

Case Information

21-4-00443-34 | Guardianship of HAZEL BELLE URSA SMITH, RAVEN GAIA SHENANDOAH SMITH-WELLS, ONAWA KACHINA SMITH-WELLS

Selena’s counter audio narrative: allegations she assaulted Hans Stoker

Indu Thomas Hearing: Hans & Kathryn Stoker vs Selena Smith

Selena’s counter affidavit to Kathryn Stoker’s Declaration

Selena’s Counter Affidavit to Kathryn Stoker’s Declaration

Case Number
21-4-00443-34

Court
Thurston

File Date
05/27/2021

Case Type
EMG Emergency Minor Guardianship

Case Status
Active

Party

Petitioner
STOKER, HANS

Active Attorneys

Lead Attorney

SCOTT, BRECKAN

Retained



Petitioner
STOKER, KATHRYN

Active Attorneys

Lead Attorney

SCOTT, BRECKAN

Retained



Minor
SMITH, HAZEL BELLE URSA


Minor
SMITH-WELLS, RAVEN GAIA SHENANDOAH


Minor
SMITH-WELLS, ONAWA KACHINA

Events and Hearings

1 View Document Case Notice Schedule Sheet

  • 05/27/2021 Summons 

3 View Document Summons

  • 05/27/2021 Notice of Case Schedule 

1 View Document Notice of Case Schedule

  • 05/27/2021 Petition Appointing Emergency Minor Guardian 

4 View Document Petition Appointing Emergency Minor Guardian

  • 05/28/2021 Motion Hearing 

Judicial Officer
Kortokrax, Nathan L.

Hearing Time
4:00 PM

Comment
Emergency Ex Parte Guardianship

  • 05/28/2021 Motion 

6 View Document Motion

Comment
Directing DCYF to Release CPS Information

  • 05/28/2021 Motion 

7 View Document Motion

Comment
Directing DCYF to Release CPS Information

  • 05/28/2021 Motion for Order to Show Cause 

5 View Document Motion for Order to Show Cause

  • 05/28/2021 Motion for Order to Show Cause 

8 View Document Motion for Order to Show Cause

  • 05/28/2021 Notice of Hearing 

9 View Document Notice of Hearing

Comment
Emergency Ex Parte Guardianship

  • 05/28/2021 Notice of Hearing 

10 View Document Notice of Hearing

Comment
Noted

  • 05/28/2021 Copy 

11 View Document Copy

Comment
Emergency Minor Guardianship Petition

  • 05/28/2021 Declaration Affidavit of Robert Kurtz

12 View Document Declaration Affidavit

Comment
of Robert Kurtz

  • 05/28/2021 Cover Sheet Criminal History Record 

13 View Document Cover Sheet Criminal History Record

  • 05/28/2021 Proposed Order Findings 

14 View Document Proposed Order Findings

  • 05/28/2021 Proposed Order Findings 

15 View Document Proposed Order Findings

  • 05/28/2021 Order to Show Cause 

16 View Document Order to Show Cause

Comment
Emergency Minor Guardianship and Restraining Order

  • 05/28/2021 Order Re Release of Information 

Comment
Order Directing DCYF to Release CPS Information

  • 05/28/2021 Motion Hearing 

17 View Document Motion Hearing

  • 06/01/2021 Motion Hearing 

Judicial Officer
Zinn, Rebekah

Hearing Time
4:00 PM

Comment
Emergency Minor Guardianship

  • 06/01/2021 Copy 

18 View Document Copy

Comment
Order of Protection

  • 06/01/2021 Declaration Affidavit Mira Glasser

19 View Document Declaration Affidavit

Comment
Mira Glasser

  • 06/01/2021 Declaration Affidavit 

20. View Document Declaration Affidavit Kaitlyn Dey

Comment
Kaitlyn Dey

  • 06/01/2021 Declaration Affidavit Marylou White

21. View Document Declaration Affidavit

Comment
Marylou White



06/02/2021 Declaration Affidavit-Exhibit ‘A’

29. Comment: Declaration of John Smith


  • 06/11/2021 Cover Sheet Sealed CPS Information
  • 30 06/11/2021 Motion View Document 
  • Motion Comment
    30 to Vacate
  • 31. 06/11/2021 Declaration Affidavit View Document Declaration AffidavitComment
    31 of Selena Smith
  • 32. 06/11/2021 Notice of Hearing View Document Notice of Hearing Comment
    32 Motion to Vacate
  • 33. 06/11/2021 Proposed Order Findings View Document 
  • 33 Proposed Order Findings
  • 06/15/2021 Sealed Personal Health Care Records Cover Sheet
  • 06/15/2021 Sealed Personal Health Care Records Cover Sheet
  • 06/15/2021 Sealed Personal Health Care Records Cover Sheet
  • 06/15/2021 Sealed Personal Health Care Records Cover Sheet
  • 06/15/2021 Sealed Personal Health Care Records Cover Sheet
  • 06/15/2021 Sealed Personal Health Care Records Cover Sheet
  • 34 06/15/2021 Motion in Limine View Document 
  • 34 Motion in Limine to Join (Rule 19)
  • 35 06/15/2021 Declaration of Maya Stoker (fka: Maya Smith)
  • 36 06/15/2021 Declaration of Kathryn Stoker (fka: Kathryn Smith)
  • 37 06/15/2021 Declaration of Heather Stoker (Chad’s Wife)
  • 38 06/15/2021 Declaration of Chad Stoker (fka: Chad Smith)
  • 39 06/15/2021 Declaration of Hans Stoker (Kathy’s Husband)
  • 40 06/15/2021 Declaration of Alex Stoker (Hans’ son)
  • 06/16/2021 Show Cause Judicial Officer
    Kortokrax, Nathan L.Hearing Time
    10:00 AM
  • 06/21/2021 Motion Hearing Judicial Officer
    Zinn, Rebekah
  • Hearing Time 8:00 AMComment
    to Vacate

  • 41 06/16/2021 Order to Show Cause View Document 
  • Comment
    Review
  • 42 06/16/2021 Motion Hearing View Document Motion Hearing
  • 43 06/16/2021 Recusal of Judge View Document Recusal of Judge Comment
    Commissioner Kortokrax

06/30/2021 Review Hearing 

Judicial Officer
Kortokrax, Nathan L. (recused)/Rebekah Zinn

Hearing Time
9:00 AM


  • 06/21/2021 Motion Hearing Judicial Officer
    Zinn, Rebekah Hearing Time
    8:00 AM Comment
    to Vacate
  • 44. 06/21/2021 Declaration Affidavit View Document Declaration Affidavit Comment
    John Smith
  • 45. 06/21/2021 Declaration Affidavit View Document Declaration Affidavit Comment
    John Smith
  • 46. 06/21/2021 Motion View Document Motion Comment
    to Join
  • 47. 06/23/2021 Motion View Document Motion Comment
    to Join
  • 48. 06/24/2021 Motion View Document MotionComment
    to Join
  • 49. 06/24/2021 Statement View Document StatementComment
    Amy Gmazel
  • 50. 06/24/2021 Order Denying Motion Petition View Document Order Denying Motion Petition
  • 06/24/2021 Ex Parte Action With Order
  • 06/25/2021 Motion Hearing Judicial Officer
    Kortokrax, Nathan L. Hearing Time (recused)/ Zinn, Rebekah
    4:00 PM
  • 51 06/25/2021 Notice of Hearing View Document Notice of Hearing
  • 52. 06/25/2021 Notice of Hearing View Document Notice of Hearing
  • 53. 06/25/2021 Notice of Hearing View Document Notice of Hearing Comment
    Noted
  • 54. 06/25/2021 Affidavit View Document AffidavitComment
    Counter from Selena Smith
  • 55. 06/25/2021 Notice of Hearing View Document Notice of Hearing Comment
    Duplicate Set
  • 56. 06/25/2021 Order Setting View Document Order Setting
  • 57. 06/25/2021 Email View Document Email
  • 58. 06/25/2021 Motion Hearing View Document Motion Hearing
  • 59. 06/28/2021 Affidavit in Opposition View Document Affidavit in OppositionComment
    of Selena Smith
  • 60. 06/28/2021 Declaration Affidavit View Document Declaration AffidavitComment
    of Kat Stoker
  • 61. 06/29/2021 Affidavit View Document Affidavit Comment
    Selena Smith
  • 62. 06/29/2021 Affidavit View Document Affidavit Comment
    John Smith
  • 63. 06/29/2021 Copy View Document Copy Comment
    Colorado Case
  • 06/30/2021 Review Hearing Judicial Officer
    Brandt, Shelley LHearing Time
    9:00 AM
  • 06/30/2021 Motion Hearing Judicial Officer
    Brandt, Shelley L Hearing Time
    9:00 AM
  • 06/30/2021 Motion Hearing Judicial Officer
    Brandt, Shelley L Hearing Time
    9:00 AMComment
    Motion to Join; Motion to Appoint Counsel
  • 06/30/2021 Motion Hearing
  • 06/30/2021 Order Setting Comment
    Emergency Guardianship
  • 07/06/2021 Motion Hearing Judicial Officer
    Thomas, Indu Hearing Time
    9:00 AM Comment
    Emergency Guardianship

  • Hearing Time
    9:00 AM Comment
    Motion to Join; Motion to Appoint Counsel
  • 64 06/30/2021 Motion Hearing View Document Motion Hearing
  • 65 06/30/2021 Order Setting View Document Order Setting Comment
    Emergency Guardianship
  • 07/02/2021 Motion Hearing Judicial Officer
    Zinn, Rebekah Hearing Time
    4:00 PM Comment
    Serve by Publication
  • 66 07/02/2021 Notice of Hearing View Document Notice of HearingComment
    Motion to Serve by Publication
  • 67 07/02/2021 Motion to Serve by Publication View Document Motion to Serve by Publication
  • 68 07/02/2021 Notice of Hearing View Document Notice of HearingComment
    Noted
  • 69 07/02/2021 Motion to Serve by Publication View Document Motion to Serve by Publication
  • 70 07/02/2021 Proposed Order Findings View Document Proposed Order Findings
  • 07/06/2021 Motion Hearing Judicial Officer
    Thomas, Indu Hearing Time
    9:00 AM Comment
    Emergency Guardianship

  • 71 07/06/2021 Motion Hearing View Document Motion Hearing
  • 72 07/08/2021 Attachment View Document Attachment Comment
    Exhibit F for Preliminary Objection
  • 73 07/08/2021 Notice of Hearing View Document Notice of HearingComment
    Reconsideration – Calendar Full – Party Notified by Email
  • 74 07/08/2021 Motion for Reconsideration View Document Motion for Reconsideration
  • 75 07/08/2021 Affidavit View Document Affidavit Comment
    Amended Counter – John Smith
  • 76 07/08/2021 Attachment View Document AttachmentComment
    Exhibit G for Preliminary Objection
  • 77 07/08/2021 Attachment View Document AttachmentComment
    Exhibit F for Preliminary Objection
  • 78 07/09/2021 Notice of Hearing View Document Notice of Hearing
  • 79 07/09/2021 Motion for Reconsideration View Document Motion for Reconsideration
  • 80 07/09/2021 Declaration Affidavit View Document Declaration AffidavitComment
    John Smith – Amended
  • 81 07/09/2021 Memorandum View Document Memorandum
  • 82 07/09/2021 Objection Opposition View Document Objection OppositionComment
    Exhibit F
  • 83 07/09/2021 Objection Opposition View Document Objection Opposition Comment Exhibit G
  • 84 07/12/2021 Notice of Hearing View Document Notice Comment
    Calendar Full – Party Notified
  • 85 07/12/2021 Notice of Hearing View Document Notice
  • 86 07/12/2021 Motion for Revision View Document Motion for Revision
  • 87 07/12/2021 Memorandum View Document Memorandum
  • 88 07/16/2021 Motion for Revision View Document Motion for Revision
  • 89 07/16/2021 Notice of Hearing View Document Notice of Hearing Comment
    Incorrect Set
  • 90 07/16/2021 Memorandum View Document Memorandum
  • 91 07/19/2021 Notice of Hearing View Document Notice of HearingComment
    Not Timely
  • 92 07/19/2021 Proposed Order Findings View Document Proposed Order Findings
  • 93 07/19/2021 Notice of Hearing View Document Notice of HearingComment
    Calendar Full – Party Notified
  • 94 07/20/2021 Copy View Document Copy Comment
    of Declaration of Probable Cause #21-1-00676-34
  • 95 07/20/2021 Declaration Affidavit View Document Declaration Affidavit Comment of Petitioner
  • 96 07/20/2021 Proposed Order Findings View Document Proposed Order Findings
  • 97 07/22/2021 Notice of Hearing View Document Notice of Hearing Comment
    Incorrect Set – Attorney Notified
  • 07/26/2021 Presentation of Order Judicial Officer
    Thomas, Indu Hearing Time
    9:00 AM Cancel Reason
    Stricken Comment
    & Review Hearing
  • 98 07/27/2021 Notice of Change of Address View Document Notice of Change of Address
  • 07/29/2021 Motion Hearing Judicial Officer
    Thomas, Indu Hearing Time
    10:30 AM Cancel Reason
    Stricken Comment
    for Reconsideration
  • 07/29/2021 Presentation of Order Judicial Officer
    Thomas, Indu Hearing Time
    10:30 AM Comment
    & Review Hearing
  • 99 07/29/2021 Review Hearing View Document Review Hearing
  • 100 07/29/2021 Order on Review Hearing View Document Order on Review Hearing
  • 101 07/29/2021 Subpoena Duces Tecum View Document Subpoena Duces Tecum
  • 102 07/29/2021 Subpoena Duces Tecum View Document Subpoena Duces Tecum
  • 103 07/29/2021 Praecipe View Document Subpoena Duces Tecum
  • 104 07/29/2021 Subpoena Duces Tecum View Document Subpoena Duces Tecum
  • 105 07/29/2021 Affidavit View Document Affidavit Comment
    Selena Smith
  • 106 08/05/2021 Notice of Hearing View Document Notice of Hearing Comment Untimely
  • 08/05/2021 Sealed Financial Source Documents Comment
    Checks
  • 107 08/05/2021 Praecipe View Document Praecipe Comment
    for Subpoenas Duces Tecum

Case # 21-4-00443-34 MOTION TO REVISE (RECORD)

124 21.8.10 Order Consolidating
  • 08/10/2021 Sealed Personal Health Care Records Cover Sheet
  • 08/10/2021 Sealed Personal Health Care Records Cover Sheet
  • 108 08/10/2021 Attachment View Document Attachment Comment
    Exhibits B-E
  • 08/10/2021 Sealed Personal Health Care Records Cover Sheet
  • 109 08/10/2021 Reply View Document ReplyComment
    Declaration of Kat Stoker
  • 110 08/10/2021 Notice of Hearing View Document Notice of HearingComment
    Date Requested in Past
  • 111 08/10/2021 Proposed Order Findings View Document Proposed Order Findings
  • 112 08/10/2021 Declaration Affidavit View Document Declaration AffidavitComment
    and Exhibit A of John Smith
  • 113 08/10/2021 Notice of Hearing View Document Notice of HearingComment
    Date Requested in Past
  • 114 08/10/2021 Notice of Hearing View Document Notice of HearingComment
    No Date Listed
  • 115 08/10/2021 Motion for Revision View Document Motion for Revision
  • 08/10/2021 Sealed Personal Health Care Records Cover Sheet
  • 116 08/10/2021 Proposed Order Findings View Document Proposed Order Findings
  • 117 08/10/2021 Declaration Affidavit View Document Declaration AffidavitComment
    of Kat Stoker
  • 08/10/2021 Sealed Personal Health Care Records Cover Sheet
  • 118 08/10/2021 Attachment View Document AttachmentComment
    Exhibit C of Selena Smith
  • 119 08/10/2021 Notice of Hearing View Document Notice of HearingComment
    Motion to Revise
  • 120 08/10/2021 Motion in Limine View Document Motion in Limine
  • 08/10/2021 Sealed Personal Health Care Records Cover Sheet
  • 121 08/10/2021 Motion in Limine View Document Motion in Limine
  • 122 08/10/2021 Copy View Document CopyComment
    of Colorado Order
  • 123 08/10/2021 Attachment View Document AttachmentComment
    of Exhibits B-E
  • 124 08/10/2021 Order Consolidating Cases View Document Order Consolidating Cases
  • 08/10/2021 Ex Parte Action With Order
  • 08/10/2021 Note Comment
    CONSOLIDATED INTO 21-4-00577-34
  • 08/10/2021 Case Resolution Consolidated Case
  • 09/17/2021 Revision Judicial Officer
    Schaller, ChristineHearing Time
    10:00 AM


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Can SARS-CoV-2 genes integrate with human DNA?


Illustration of the ultrastructure of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. It is an enveloped RNA (ribonucleic acid, blue) virus. Within the membrane are spike proteins (red), membrane proteins (orange) and envelope proteins (yellow). Spike proteins allow the virus to bind to the host cell. Membrane proteins and envelope proteins play a role in virus assembly. SARS-CoV-2 causes the respiratory infection Covid-19, which can lead to fatal pneumonia.

Further evidence supports controversial claim that SARS-CoV-2 genes can integrate with human DNA

By Jon CohenMay. 6, 2021


A team of prominent scientists has doubled down on its controversial hypothesis that genetic bits of the pandemic coronavirus can integrate into our chromosomes and stick around long after the infection is over. If they are right—skeptics have argued that their results are likely lab artifacts—the insertions could explain the rare finding that people can recover from COVID-19 but then test positive for SARS-CoV-2 again months later.


Stem cell biologist Rudolf Jaenisch and gene regulation specialist Richard Young of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who led the work, triggered a Twitter storm in December 2020, when their team first presented the idea in a preprint on bioRxiv. The researchers emphasized that viral integration did not mean people who recovered from COVID-19 remain infectious. But critics charged them with stoking unfounded fears that COVID-19 vaccines based on messenger RNA (mRNA) might somehow alter human DNA. (Janesich and Young stress that their results, both original and new, in no way imply that those vaccines integrate their sequences into our DNA.)


Researchers also presented a brace of scientific criticisms, some of which the team addresses in a paper released online today by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). “We now have unambiguous evidence that coronavirus sequences can integrate into the genome,” Jaenisch says.


SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has genes composed of RNA, and Jaenisch, Young, and co-authors contend that on rare occasions an enzyme in human cells may copy the viral sequences into DNA and slip them into our chromosomes. The enzyme, reverse transcriptase, is encoded by LINE-1 elements, sequences that litter 17% of the human genome and represent artifacts of ancient infections by retroviruses. In their original preprint, the researchers presented test tube evidence that when human cells spiked with extra LINE-1 elements were infected with the coronavirus, DNA versions of SARS-CoV-2’s sequences nestled into the cells’ chromosomes.


Many researchers who specialize in LINE-1 elements and other “retrotransposons” thought the data were too thin to support the claim. “If I would have had this data, I would have not submitted to any publication at that point,” says Cornell University’s Cedric Feschotte, who studies endogenous retrovirus chunks in the human genome. He and others also said they expected higher quality work coming from scientists of the caliber of Jaenisch and Young. In two subsequent studies, both posted on bioRxiv, critics presented evidence that the supposed chimeras of human and viral DNA traces are routinely created by the very technique the group used to scan for them in chromosomes. As one report concluded, the human-virus sequences “are more likely to be a methodological product, [sic] than the result of genuine reverse transcription, integration and expression.”


In their new paper, Jaenisch, Young, and colleagues acknowledge that the technique they used accidentally creates human-viral chimeras. “I think it’s a valid point,” Jaenisch says. He adds that when they first submitted the paper to a journal, they knew it needed stronger data, which they hoped to add during the review process. But the journal, like many, requires authors to immediately post all COVID-19 results to a preprint server. “I probably should have said screw you, I won’t put it on bioRxiv. It was a misjudgment,” Jaenisch says.


In the new PNAS paper, the team provides evidence that artifacts alone can’t explain the detected levels of virus-human chimeric DNA. The scientists also show that portions of LINE-1 elements flank the integrated viral genetic sequence, further supporting their hypothesis. And they have collaborated with one of the original skeptics, Stephen Hughes of the National Cancer Institute, who suggested an experiment to clarify whether the integration was real or noise, based on the orientation of the integrated viral sequences relative to the human ones. The results support the original hypothesis, says Hughes, a co-author of the new paper. “That analysis has turned out to be important,” he says.


“The integration data in cell culture is much more convincing than what was presented in the preprint, but it’s still not totally clean,” says Feschotte, who now calls Jaenisch’s and Young’s hypothesis “plausible.” (SARS-CoV-2, he notes, can also persist in a person for months without integrating its genes.)


The real question is whether the cell culture data have any relevance to human health or diagnostics. “In the absence of evidence of integration in patients, the most I can take away from these data is that it is possible to detect SARS-CoV-2 RNA retroposition events in infected cell lines where L1 is overexpressed,” Feschotte says. “The clinical or biological significance of these observations, if any, is a matter of pure speculation at this point.”


Jaenisch’s and Young’s team do report hints of SARS-CoV-2 integration in tissue from living and autopsied COVID-19 patients. Specifically, the researchers found high levels of a type of RNA that is only produced by integrated viral DNA as the cell reads its sequence to make proteins. But, Young acknowledges, “We do not have direct evidence for that yet.”


Harmit Malik, a specialist in ancient viruses in the human genome at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, says it’s a “legitimate question” to ask why people who should have cleared the virus sometimes have positive polymerase chain Reaction tests for its sequences. But he also remains unconvinced that the explanation is integrated virus. “Under normal circumstances, there is so little reverse transcription machinery available” in human cells, Malik says.


The controversy has grown decidedly more civil since December. Both Young and Jaenisch say they received more intense criticism for their preprint than any studies in their careers, in part because some researchers worried it played into the hands of vaccine skeptics spreading false claims about the newly authorized mRNA vaccines. “If there ever was a preprint that should be deleted, it is this one! It was irresponsible to even put it up as a preprint, considering the complete lack of relevant evidence. This is now being used by some to spread doubts about the new vaccines,” Marie-Louise Hammarskjöld, a microbiologist at the University of Virginia, posted in a comment on bioRxiv at the time.



And what of the original journal submission? “They rejected it,” Jaenisch says.


Jon Cohen is a staff writer for Science.

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Shelton Talks! Admin Backgrounds Review


This FaceBook community chat group (Shelton Talks!) is so notorious for its egregiously obnoxious censorship habits, it has all but reduced unwitting forum participants to the status of children–prompting this investigation of the four’s (Cassandra Rhoades, Jessica Christine? Renecker, Kevin Richard, Sarah Meyer) bonafides in the belief from the acorn comes the tree and not far at that. It is anticipated the review will stir controversy, the kind (not even close) that isn’t permitted on ‘Shelton Talks!’, but with the distinction of being applied according to the arc of cronyism and the weak excuse FaceBook makes them do it as well as write bad checks and be mean to their dog.


JESSICA Christine(?) RENECKER — dob:8-1-93

120 Foxglove Ave, SE, Shelton, WA 98584. (360)426-4471

Shelton School Dist. para-educator, pool@sheltonschools.org

3737 N Shelton Springs Rd, Shelton, WA 98584, USA

Admin @ Shelton Talks!
Member of Mason County Community Bulletin Board and Crime & Mason County News and EventsMason County, Wa. Rants and Raves!

Cassandra Cleo Rhoades DOB:2-15-88

Cassandra Cleo Rhoades DOB:2-15-88
60 Cardigan Court, E, Shelton, WA 98584
Certified Peer Counselor at
Catholic Community Services of Western Washington
Engaged to
Keith Garlinghouse Lives in Olympia, studies @ TESC

Cassandra Cleo Rhoades

Cassandra Cleo Rhoades

Cassandra Cleo Rhoades

Cassandra Cleo Rhoades

Sarah Marie Meyer/(Cummings) dob: 8-9-86, 303 Pine St, W, McCleary, WA 98557, PO Box 444

Sarah Marie Meyer/(Cummings) dob: 8-9-86, 303 Pine St, W, McCleary, WA 98557, PO Box 444

Sarah Marie Meyer/(Cummings) dob: 8-9-86, 303 Pine St, W, McCleary, WA 98557, PO Box 444

Photos can be deceiving and these are undated. Presumably these lions of FB censorship have reached puberty. I’ve never met the girls. But the courts have.


04-8-00191-4 | STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA Cleo

Case Number
04-8-00191-4

Court
Mason

File Date
10/08/2004

Case Type
JUV Juvenile Offender

Case Status
Completed/Re-Completed

Party

Probation Counselor (Participant)
PETERSON, DOROTHY


Plaintiff (Criminal)
STATE OF WASHINGTON, NFN

Active Attorneys

Lead Attorney

LOMBARDO, EDWARD P

Court Appointed



Juvenile Respondent (WIP)
RHOADES, CASSANDRA C

DOB
02/15/1988

Active Attorneys

Lead Attorney

Hack, Karl Alan

Court Appointed


Charge

Charges
RHOADES, CASSANDRA C

  DescriptionStatuteLevelDate
1THEFT-39A.56.050Gross Misdemeanor03/31/2004

Disposition Events

02/22/2005 Disposition

1THEFT-3Guilty

02/22/2005 SCOMIS Judgment and Sentence 

1THEFT-3SCOMIS Judgment and Sentence

Comment

Comment (Sentenced By: TONI A. SHELDON; Community Supervision: Y; Restitution: TBD; Court Costs: 100 CVF; Sentence Description: 02-22-2005 DISPOSITION: 12 MOS SUPERVISION; 30 HR COM SERVICE; 6 DAYS DETENTION; WITH CREDIT; ART; UA’S; NO CONTACT WITH SARA HARTMAN; KAYLA GUILLO; DANIELLE; DUGGER OR WALMART, $100 CVF; RESTITUTION TBD; PARENT PAY TBD; 06-28-2005 MODIFIED: 12 ADDITIONAL HRS COMMUNITY SERVICE; 08-02-2005 MODIFIED: NO SANCATIONS; )

Comment

Comment (SCOMIS JUDGMENT BASIC INFORMATION: Judgment Type: CRI; Date Signed: ; Signed By: ; Date Filed: 2005-02-22; Effective Date: 2005-02-22; Judgments This Case: 1; Judgment Status: SAT; Date: 2008-04-14; )

Comment

Comment (SCOMIS JUDGMENT EVENTS: 2005-02-22 ORD ORDER OF DISPOSITION ; 2006-04-13 JD JUDGMENT OFFENDER HAS REACHED THE AGE OF 18 100.00; 2008-04-14 STFJG SATISFACTION OF JUDGMENT ; )


Events and Hearings

  • 10/08/2004 Motion for Arrest Detention Probable Cause 

View Document MOTION FOR ARREST_DETENT PROB CAUSE

1 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, MotArrProbCse CASSANDRA C

Comment
1: MOTION FOR ARREST/DETENT PROB CAUSE;

  • 10/08/2004 Order Determining Probable Cause 

View Document ORD DETERMINE PROBABLE CAUSE

2 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA C XOrdOC

Comment
2: ORD DETERMINE PROBABLE CAUSE;

  • 10/08/2004 Ex Parte Action With Order 

Comment
-: EX-PARTE ACTION WITH ORDER; COMMISSIONER RICHARD ADAMSON;

  • 10/12/2004 Information 

View Document INFORMATION SPD 04-03011

3 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA C Info

Comment
3: INFORMATION SPD 04-03011;

  • 10/12/2004 Notice and Summons 

View Document NOTICE AND SUMMONS

4 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA C NotSum

Comment
4: NOTICE AND SUMMONS; 10-26-2004JA; ARRAIGNMENT AT 9:00 A.M.;

  • 10/13/2004 Declaration of Mailing 

View Document DECLARATION OF MAILING

5 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA C DecMil

Comment
5: DECLARATION OF MAILING;

  • 10/26/2004 JA Offender Arraignments 

Hearing Time
8:00 AM

Comment
ARRAIGNMENT AT 9:00 A.M.

  • 10/26/2004 Order for Warrant 

View Document ORDER FOR WARRANT

6 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA C OrdWarr

Comment
6: ORDER FOR WARRANT;

  • 10/26/2004 Warrant Issued 

Comment
-: WARRANT ISSUED $500;

  • 10/26/2004 Motion Hearing 

View Document MOTION HEARING

7 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA C MotHRG

Comment
7: MOTION HEARING;

  • 01/13/2005 Order Quashing Warrant Of Arrest 

View Document ORDER QUASHING WARRANT OF ARREST

8 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA C OrdQshWarr

Comment
8: ORDER QUASHING WARRANT OF ARREST; 02-15-2005JA; ARRAIGNMENT AT 9:00 A.M.;

  • 01/21/2005 Sheriff’s Return on Warrant of Arrest 

View Document SHERIFF’S RETURN WARRANT OF ARREST

9 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA C RTS_Warr

Comment
9: SHERIFF’S RETURN WARRANT OF ARREST;

  • 02/15/2005 JA Offender Arraignments 

Hearing Time
8:00 AM

Comment
ARRAIGNMENT AT 9:00 A.M.

  • 02/15/2005 Order for Warrant 

View Document ORDER FOR WARRANT

10 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA C OrdWarr

Comment
10: ORDER FOR WARRANT;

  • 02/15/2005 Warrant Issued 

Comment
-: WARRANT ISSUED $500 BAIL;

  • 02/15/2005 Motion Hearing 

View Document MOTION HEARING

11 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA C MotHRG

Comment
11: MOTION HEARING;

  • 02/17/2005 JO Offender Reviews, Misc. Motions 

Hearing Time
8:00 AM

Comment
DETENTION HEARING @ 9:00 A.M.

  • 02/17/2005 Notice of Hearing 

View Document NOTICE OF HEARING

12 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA C NotHRG

Comment
12: NOTICE OF HEARING; 02-17-2005JO; DETENTION HEARING @ 9:00 A.M.;

  • 02/17/2005 Order Appointing Attorney 

View Document ORDER APPOINTING ATTORNEY

13 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA C OrdApptAtty

Comment
13: ORDER APPOINTING ATTORNEY;

  • 02/17/2005 Order of Detention 

View Document ORDER OF DETENTION

14 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA C OrdDetArr

Comment
14: ORDER OF DETENTION; 02-22-2005JA; ARRAIGNMENT AT 9:00 A.M.; BAIL SET $500;

  • 02/17/2005 Warrant Identification Hearing 

View Document WARRANT IDENTIFICATION HEARING

15 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA C WarrID)HRG

Comment
15: WARRANT IDENTIFICATION HEARING;

  • 02/18/2005 Sheriff’s Return on Warrant of Arrest 

View Document SHERIFF’S RETRN ON WARRNT OF ARREST

16 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA C RTS_Arr

Comment
16: SHERIFF’S RETRN ON WARRNT OF ARREST;

  • 02/22/2005 JA Offender Arraignments 

Hearing Time
8:00 AM

Comment
ARRAIGNMENT AT 9:00 A.M. BAIL SET $500

  • 02/22/2005 Case Resolution Guilty Plea Before Trial Commencement
  • 02/22/2005 Order Setting 
17 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA C OrdSetPretrl

View Document ORDER SETTING

Comment
17: ORDER SETTING; 03-08-2005JO; PLED 2-22-05; PRE-TRIAL AT 9:00 A.M.;

  • 02/22/2005 Order Setting 

Comment
-: ORDER SETTING; 03-22-2005JF; PLED 2-22-05; FACT FINDING AT 1:30 P.M.;

  • 02/22/2005 Statement of Juvenile Offender on Plea of Guilty 

View Document STMNT OF JUV OFFNDR_PLEA OF GUILTY

18 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA C DecJV_Glty

Comment
18: STMNT OF JUV OFFNDR/PLEA OF GUILTY;

  • 02/22/2005 Order of Disposition 

View Document ORDER OF DISPOSITION

19 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA C OrdDisp

Comment
19: ORDER OF DISPOSITION; 03-22-2005JO; RESTITUTION HEARING AT 9:00 A.M.; PARENT PAY HEARING @ 9:00 A.M.;

  • 02/22/2005 Guilty Plea and Sentencing Hearing 

View Document GUILTY PLEA AND SENTENCING HEARING

20 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA C GltyPleaSentHRG

Comment
20: GUILTY PLEA AND SENTENCING HEARING;

  • 02/23/2005 Acounts Receivable Created 

Comment
-: ACCOUNT(S) RECEIVABLE CREATED;

  • 03/08/2005 JO Offender Reviews, Misc. Motions 

Hearing Time
8:00 AM

Comment
PLED 2-22-05 PRE-TRIAL AT 9:00 A.M.

  • 03/08/2005 Hearing Stricken In Court Other Reason 

View Document HEARING STRICKEN_ IN COURT OTHER

21 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA C StrkHRG

Comment
21: HEARING STRICKEN: IN COURT OTHER;

  • 03/09/2005 Costs Assessed 

Comment
-: COSTS/CRT-APPT CNSL/HACK;

  • 03/22/2005 JF Offender Trials 

Hearing Time
8:00 AM

Comment
PLED 2-22-05 FACT FINDING AT 1:30 P.M.

  • 03/22/2005 JO Offender Reviews, Misc. Motions 

Hearing Time
8:00 AM

Comment
RESTITUTION HEARING AT 9:00 A.M. PARENT PAY HEARING @ 9:00 A.M.

  • 03/22/2005 Financial Statement 

View Document FINANCIAL STATEMENT

22 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA C FinStat

Comment
22: FINANCIAL STATEMENT;

  • 03/22/2005 Judgment Requiring Parent to Reimburse 

View Document JUDGMENT REQUIRING PARENT TO REIMB.

23 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA C JdgRest

Comment
23: JUDGMENT REQUIRING PARENT TO REIMB.; PARENT PAY WAIVED;

  • 03/22/2005 Motion Hearing 

View Document MOTION HEARING

24 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA C MotHRG

Comment
24: MOTION HEARING;

  • 04/12/2005 Motion for Order to Show Cause 

View Document MOTION FOR ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE

25 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA C MotSC

Comment
25: MOTION FOR ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE;

  • 04/12/2005 Order to Show Cause 

View Document ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE

26 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA C OrdSC

Comment
26: ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE; 04-26-2005JC; SHOW CAUSE AT 9:00;

  • 04/12/2005 Ex Parte Action With Order 

Comment
-: EX-PARTE ACTION WITH ORDER; JUDGE TONI A. SHELDON;

  • 04/13/2005 Affidavit Declaration Certificate Confirmation of Service 

View Document AFFIDAVIT_DECLARATION OF SERVICE

27 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA C RTS

Comment
27: AFFIDAVIT/DECLARATION OF SERVICE;

  • 04/26/2005 JC Offender Show Cause 

Hearing Time
8:00 AM

Comment
SHOW CAUSE AT 9:00

  • 04/26/2005 Order of Continuance 

View Document ORDER OF CONTINUANCE

28 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA C OrdCont

Comment
28: ORDER OF CONTINUANCE; 05-03-2005JC; SHOW CAUSE AT 9:00 A.M.;

  • 04/26/2005 Motion Hearing 

View Document MOTION HEARING

29 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA C MotHRG

Comment
29: MOTION HEARING;

  • 04/29/2005 Affidavit Declaration Certificate Confirmation of Service 

View Document AFFIDAVIT_DECLARATION OF SERVICE

30 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA C RTS

Comment
30: AFFIDAVIT/DECLARATION OF SERVICE;

  • 05/03/2005 JC Offender Show Cause 

Hearing Time
8:00 AM

Comment
SHOW CAUSE AT 9:00 A.M.

  • 05/03/2005 Order Modifying Disposition 

View Document ORDER MODIFYING DISPOSITION

31 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA C OrdModDisp

Comment
31: ORDER MODIFYING DISPOSITION; 06-07-2005JO; HEARD 5-31-05; DISPOSITION AT 9:00 A.M.;

  • 05/03/2005 Sentence Conditions Violation Hearing 

View Document SENT. CONDITIONS VIOLATION HEARING

32 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA C SentViolHRG

Comment
32: SENT. CONDITIONS VIOLATION HEARING;

  • 05/11/2005 Motion for Order to Show Cause 

View Document MOTION FOR ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE

33 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA C MotOrdSC

Comment
33: MOTION FOR ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE;

  • 05/11/2005 Order to Show Cause 

View Document ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE

34 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA C OrdSC

Comment
34: ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE; 05-31-2005JC; SHOW CAUSE AT 9:00 A.M.;

  • 05/11/2005 Ex Parte Action With Order 

Comment
-: EX-PARTE ACTION WITH ORDER; COMMISSIONER RICHARD ADAMSON;

  • 05/31/2005 JC Offender Show Cause 

Hearing Time
8:00 AM

Comment
SHOW CAUSE AT 9:00 A.M.

  • 05/31/2005 Order Modifying Disposition 

View Document ORDER MODIFYING DISPOSITION

35 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA C OrdModDisp

Comment
35: ORDER MODIFYING DISPOSITION; 06-28-2005JO; DISPOSITION AT 9:00 A.M.;

  • 05/31/2005 Sentence Conditions Violation Hearing 

View Document SENT. CONDITIONS VIOLATION HEARING

36 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA C SentViolHRG

Comment
36: SENT. CONDITIONS VIOLATION HEARING;

  • 06/06/2005 Declaration Affidavit 

View Document DECLARATION OF TIM VANDERWAAL

36.1 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA C DecTimVanderwaal

Comment
36.1: DECLARATION OF TIM VANDERWAAL;

  • 06/07/2005 JO Offender Reviews, Misc. Motions 

Hearing Time
8:00 AM

Comment
HEARD 5-31-05 DISPOSITION AT 9:00 A.M.

  • 06/07/2005 Hearing Stricken In Court Other Reason 

View Document HEARING STRICKEN_ IN COURT OTHER

37 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA C StrkHRG

Comment
37: HEARING STRICKEN: IN COURT OTHER;

  • 06/07/2005 Affidavit Declaration Certificate Confirmation of Service 

View Document AFFIDAVIT_DECLARATION OF SERVICE

38 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA C RTS

Comment
38: AFFIDAVIT/DECLARATION OF SERVICE;

  • 06/28/2005 JO Offender Reviews, Misc. Motions 

Hearing Time
8:00 AM

Comment
DISPOSITION AT 9:00 A.M.

  • 06/28/2005 JO Offender Reviews, Misc. Motions 

Hearing Time
8:00 AM

  • 06/28/2005 Motion for Order to Show Cause 

View Document MOTION FOR ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE

39 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA C MotSC

Comment
39: MOTION FOR ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE;

  • 06/28/2005 Order to Show Cause 

View Document ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE

40 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA C OrdSC

Comment
40: ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE; 06-26-2005JO;

  • 06/28/2005 Ex Parte Action With Order 

Comment
-: EX-PARTE ACTION WITH ORDER; COMMISSIONER RICHARD ADAMSON;

  • 06/28/2005 Order Modifying Disposition 

View Document ORDER MODIFYING DISPOSITION

41 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA C OrdModDisp

Comment
41: ORDER MODIFYING DISPOSITION; 07-26-2005JO; REVIEW AT 9:00 A.M.;

  • 06/28/2005 Sentence Conditions Violation Hearing 

View Document SENT. CONDITIONS VIOLATION HEARING

42 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA C SentViolHRG

Comment
42: SENT. CONDITIONS VIOLATION HEARING;

  • 07/13/2005 Declaration Affidavit 

View Document DECLARATION OF TIM VANDERWAAL

43 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA C DecTimVanderwaal

Comment
43: DECLARATION OF TIM VANDERWAAL;

  • 07/13/2005 Declaration Affidavit 

View Document DECLARATION OF TIM VANDERWAAL

44 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA C DecTimVanderwaal

Comment
44: DECLARATION OF TIM VANDERWAAL;

  • 07/18/2005 Affidavit Declaration Certificate Confirmation of Service 

View Document AFFIDAVIT_DECLARATION OF SERVICE

45 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA C RTS

Comment
45: AFFIDAVIT/DECLARATION OF SERVICE;

  • 07/26/2005 JO Offender Reviews, Misc. Motions 

Hearing Time
8:00 AM

Comment
REVIEW AT 9:00 A.M.

  • 07/26/2005 Order of Continuance 

View Document ORDER OF CONTINUANCE

46 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA C OrdCont

Comment
46: ORDER OF CONTINUANCE; 08-02-2005JO; REVIEW;

  • 07/26/2005 Motion Hearing 

View Document MOTION HEARING

47 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA C MotHRG

Comment
47: MOTION HEARING;

  • 08/02/2005 JO Offender Reviews, Misc. Motions 

Hearing Time
8:00 AM

Comment
REVIEW

  • 08/02/2005 Order Modifying Disposition 

View Document ORDER MODIFYING DISPOSITION

48 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA C OrdModDisp

Comment
48: ORDER MODIFYING DISPOSITION;

  • 08/02/2005 Sentence Conditions Violation Hearing 

View Document SENT. CONDITIONS VIOLATION HEARING

49 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA C SentViolHRG

Comment
49: SENT. CONDITIONS VIOLATION HEARING;

  • 08/10/2005 Costs Assessed 

Comment
-: COSTS/CRT-APPT CNSL/HACK;

  • 12/28/2007 Transmittal Letter Copy Filed 

View Document TRANSMITTAL LETTER – COPY FILED-LFO

50 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA C XmitLet

Comment
50: TRANSMITTAL LETTER – COPY FILED-LFO;

  • 02/28/2008 Acounts Receivable Closed 

Comment
-: ACCOUNT(S) RECEIVABLE CLOSED;

  • 04/14/2008 Satisfaction of Judgment 
51 STATE OF WASHINGTON VS RHOADES, CASSANDRA C SatJdgmnt

View Document SATISFACTION OF JUDGMENT Comment
51: SATISFACTION OF JUDGMENT


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Nicholas W. Pouch: No Reliable Advocate for Marijuana & Why:


Nicholas W. Pouch vs. Brittany Pouch Declaration 09-3-00261-1


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Yet Another Violent State Sponsored Homicidal Thug


This video depicts why ANTIFA acolytes see cops as violent unchecked homicidal Fascists. These are not idiosyncratic rogue cops, but examples of a culture that continues to murder profiled victims because WE indicate to these thugs the lives they take/destroy don’t matter. It isn’t just a few bad cops. Racism is systemic because it is endemic. WE, even more than the cops, are the racists, We are the bigots, WE are the oppressors!


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Thousands of toxic DDT Barrels found dumped in Ocean


By Hannah Sparks (April 27, 2021) 


10’s of thousands between Catalina & LA
Marine researchers in California say they’ve unearthed an underwater dump of as many as 25,000 barrels — an estimated 350 and 700 tons — of toxic DDT.

Marine researchers in the Pacific say they’ve unearthed an underwater dump of as many as 25,000 barrels — an estimated 350 and 700 tons — of toxic DDT in what they believe to be a long-forgotten waste site dating back to World War II.


Scientists at University of California San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography used underwater “Roombas” — drones with sonar technology — to trawl more than 36,000 acres of seabed between Catalina Island and the waters off the coast of Los Angeles, a region previously known to contain high levels of DDT in the ecosystem.


Images snapped during their search show 27,345 “barrel-like” objects containing the insecticide, the Associated Press now reports, just 3,000 feet below the water’s surface.


Shipping logs dating back through the century show that Southern California’s industry had used the area of seafloor as a dumping site until 1972, when the so-called Ocean Dumping Act went into effect.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientists called the DDT motherload a “staggering” discovery.

Eric Terrill, director of the Marine Physical Laboratory at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, called the discovery “staggering.”


“It really was a surprise to everybody who’s worked with the data and who sailed at sea,” said Terrill, the excursion’s chief scientist, during a press conference on Monday.


More testing is needed to confirm the presence of DDT and whether surrounding water, sediment and sea life has been contaminated.


2015 study by Scripps oceanographer and professor of geosciences Lihini Aluwihare first identified high amounts of DDT and other synthetic chemicals stored in the fat of deceased bottlenose dolphins.


Scientists used underwater drones with sonar technology to locate the dumping site.

“These results also raise questions about the continued exposure and potential impacts on marine mammal health, especially in light of how DDT has been shown to have multi-generational impacts in humans,” said Aluwhihare, who was not involved in the recent barrel search.


First developed in the 1940s, DDT was originally used to ward off malaria, typhus and other insect-borne diseases in humans, as well as providing insect control for US crops. Bolstered by Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring,” a book that prompted widespread concern over the rampant use of manmade pesticides, the newly established Environmental Protection Agency ordered a stop to DDT in 1972 following public outcry. Since then, studies have shown its potential for damage to the environment and human health, including a risk of developing cancerous tumors at high levels of exposure.


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CODED BIAS


If systemic racism is rife, systemic bigotry is ubiquitous. Indeed, it may be incorrigibly inherent in all our institutions and democracy itself. It (profiling) preceded the advent of AI which has now amplified it to an especially pernicious form in our justice, employment, rental, financial, sentencing, romantic, and social credit scores.





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India’s Viral Holocaust (4-26-21)


by Charu Sudan Kasturi


Charu Sudan Kasturi

Funeral Pyre

I hope you’ve been well. I write this letter to you from an apartment that’s a five-minute drive from where my wife and 2-month-old daughter are living. Yet I’m too scared to visit them, let alone hold my baby anytime soon. I tested negative for COVID-19 three days ago and have no symptoms. But I was recently on a plane. And, most crucially, I’m in India.


The world’s largest democracy is battling a devastating COVID-19 wave that has left its hospitals short of oxygen, its government out of ideas and its people increasingly without any hope in sight. More than 350,000 people were infected on Sunday and more than 2,800 people died. But those numbers, like all statistics, tell only a part of the story. A severe shortage of testing kits means many Indians who are carrying the virus can’t get tested. Meanwhile, hospitals are only admitting patients who have tested positive, creating conditions where many who are dying from COVID-19 simply aren’t being counted.



Who will the pandemic take next? That’s the question I’ve been pondering as I wait for the next WhatsApp message, text or Facebook alert with a cry for oxygen or worse, news of another death. Just last week, I lost a cousin and two friends, all in their 30s. I have uncles, aunts and other friends who are battling for life. These are all people who come from backgrounds of reasonable privilege. But even money and connections can’t buy them basic health care at the moment. No one knows if their oxygen supply will be intact by the time you read this. These are the experiences of millions of Indians like me. I can’t take any risks with my wife or daughter, because right now, if you need critical care in India, you might as well start saying your final goodbyes.


So how did India, the world’s largest manufacturer of vaccines and a pharma industry giant, turn into this picture of desperation, so woefully underprepared for this wave? Over the past year, the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi failed to build oxygen plants and expand hospital facilities. Earlier this year, when cases were low, Modi’s party even declared victory over COVID-19, crediting the prime minister for his leadership. Hubris has a way of biting back — though it invariably hurts not those guilty of it, but those most vulnerable.


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Still, this isn’t only about India. Michigan’s hospitals are quickly filling up with younger patients amid a surge in infections there, even as America aggressively vaccinates its population. If this pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that the virus knows no borders. The double mutant variant of COVID-19 that’s wreaking havoc in India will, sooner or later, spread to other parts of the world. It’s already been detected in Greece.


Yet I’m also spotting a silver lining. Complete strangers are helping each other source oxygen and hospital beds on social media platforms, showcasing the best of humanity in a time of shortage that could so easily have brought out our worst instincts. Ignoring the tensions between their countries, ordinary Pakistanis are offering aid and solace to Indians in strife. In the U.S., the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin is sending oxygen concentrator machines to India. You can contribute to their efforts here.


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