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The presence of roaches and rodents have forced the temporary closure of 16 Florida restaurants.

Rodent and roach activity caused 16 Central Florida restaurants to temporarily close in late July and August, the most recent data available — some for several days — and another one was closed permanently for unlicensed activity.

Good thing we have government run public health inspection agencies.  I wonder how the health of the public would be insured in Libertopia.

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You may want to put down any drinks, and ensure you’ve swallowed anything in your mouth:  Deepak Chopra accuses Richard Dawkins of being a bad scientist.  Yeah, I know.  Where does the King of Quantum Bullshit get off with that?

According to Salon.com, Tom Roston’s book The Quantum Prophets: Richard Dawkins, Deepak Chopra and the spooky truth about their battle over God, explains that the longstanding rivalry between the two men began at the 2002 TED Conference and culminated in a public debate in 2013. In an interview with Roston, Chopra explained that Dawkins’ “arrogance” continues to bother him.

“With Dawkins, I am just pissed off. I am pissed off by his arrogance and his pretense of being a really good scientist. He is not,” Chopra told Roston. “And he is using his scientific credentials to literally go on a rampage.”

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Dawkins has accused Chopra of being a swindler whose practice of “mind-body wellness” bilks millions of people around the world by dazzling them with “magical language” and “bullshit.”

I guess Chopra isn’t fond of the fact that Dawkins is calls his bullshit for what it is:  bullshit.  Boo hoo dude.  You’re making money off the back of a gullible public, which is dishonest and unethical.

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“Hey!  Look over there. It’s a black woman kissing a white man. She must be a prostitute!”

Danièle Watts, star of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, wrote on her Facebook page that she was handcuffed and thrown into the back of a police cruiser after failing to provide the officers with ID, according to The YBF.

In her posting, Watts wrote, “Today I was handcuffed and detained by 2 police officers from the Studio City Police Department after refusing to agree that I had done something wrong by showing affection, fully clothed, in a public place. When the officer arrived, I was standing on the sidewalk by a tree. I was talking to my father on my cell phone. I knew that I had done nothing wrong, that I wasn’t harming anyone, so I walked away. A few minutes later, I was still talking to my dad when 2 different police officers accosted me and forced me into handcuffs.”

According to Watts, she refused to show officers ID  — saying she had done nothing wrong — before being placed, crying, in the back of a police cruiser only to  eventually be released.

Writing on his own Facebook page, her boyfriend, Chef Brian James Lucas elaborated,  “Today, Daniele Watts & I were accosted by police officers after showing our affection publicly. From the questions that he asked me as D was already on her phone with her dad, I could tell that whoever called on us (including the officers), saw a tatted RAWKer white boy and a hot bootie shorted black girl and thought we were a HO (prostitute) & a TRICK (client).”

Nope, no racism to see here people. Just keep moving.

(Sadly, there are people who will likely claim this wasn’t racism.)

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Did you know that women were unable to apply for credit until 1974?

Did you know that until 1978, a woman could be fired for being pregnant?

Were you aware that it wasn’t until 1977 that a court recognized sexual harassment in the workplace?

I sure didn’t.  I need to read more.  If you didn’t know these things, so do you.

I’m thinking that in Libertopia, none of these advances would have ever happened.  No rights for the wimmin folk.

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Hey, look at something else we know thanks to the government:

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