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Indiana Boy Genius Diagnosed With Autism Has IQ Higher than Einstein

Boy Genius Diagnosed With Autism Has IQ Higher than Einstein

Kristine Barnett noticed that her little boy Jacob – whom doctors had tagged as autistic – seemed to have a fascination with patterns. So she took him out of his school’s special ed program and let him study the things he’s passionate about. Now Jacob is on his way to winning a Nobel Prize.

Jacob Barnett, who was diagnosed with moderate to severe autism at 2 years old, is now studying for a master’s degree in quantum physics.

Jacob was silent for much of his childhood. But when he started to speak, he was able to communicate in four different languages.

As a child, doctors told Jacob Barnett’s parents that their autistic son would probably never know how to tie his shoes.

But experts say the 14-year-old Indiana prodigy has an IQ higher than Einstein’s and is on the road to winning a Nobel Prize. He’s given TedX talks and is working toward a master’s degree in quantum physics.

The key, according to mom Kristine Barnett, was letting Jacob be himself — by helping him study the world with wide-eyed wonder instead of focusing on a list of things he couldn’t do.

Diagnosed with moderate to severe autism at the age of 2, Jacob spent years in the clutches of a special education system that didn’t understand what he needed. His teachers at school would try to dissuade Kristine from hoping to teach Jacob any more than the most basic skills.

Jacob was struggling with that sort of instruction — withdrawing deeper into himself and refusing to speak with anyone.

But Kristine noticed that when he was not in therapy, Jacob was doing “spectacular things” on his own.

“He would create maps all over our floor using Q-tips. They would be maps of places we’ve visited and he would memorize every street,” Kristine told the BBC.

One day, his mom took him stargazing. A few months later, they visited a planetarium where a professor was giving a lecture. Whenever the teacher asked questions, Jacob’s little hand shot up and he began to answer questions — easily understanding complicated theories about physics and the movement of planets.

Jacob was just 3-1/2 years old.

His mom realized that Jacob might need something that the standard special education curriculum just wasn’t giving him.

So Kristine decided to take on the job herself.

“For a parent, it’s terrifying to fly against the advice of the professionals,” Kristine writes in her memoir, “The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing Genius.” “But I knew in my heart that if Jake stayed in special ed, he would slip away.”

His IQ rounds out to 170 — higher than that of Albert Einstein. He’s been working on his own theory of relativity. Professors at Princeton’s Institute for Advance Study were impressed.

“The theory that he’s working on involves several of the toughest problems in astrophysics and theoretical physics,” astrophysics Professor Scott Tremaine wrote to the family in an email.

“Anyone who solves these will be in line for a Nobel Prize.”

Warner Bros. has snatched up movie rights to Jacob’s story. Kristine and her son have embarked on a European book tour, but hope to have some time to rest by July.

“My goal for the summer is just to give him a few weeks off,” Kristine told the Indianapolis Monthly. “The last time he had that was when he came up with the alternative theory to the Big Bang. So who knows what he’ll create?”


Mother kept baby in drawer, fed him cough syrup ‘like juice’

Police: Mother kept baby in drawer, fed him cough syrup ‘like juice’

A mother charged with murder and neglect in the death of her young child kept the 2-month-old boy in a drawer and gave him cough syrup in lieu of juice, court documents said.

More alarmingly, family members and neighbors believed Bambi Glazebrook, 29, Indianapolis, wasn’t feeding her son and told authorities—but no one took action.

On Thursday, Nov. 8, police arrived at a home in the 1200 block of Earhart in response to a 911 call about a child who wasn’t breathing. When officers got there, they found 2-month-old Phillip Robey unresponsive. The boy went to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival.

Police interviewed Glazebrook, who told them the child seemed “fussy” about an hour before the 911 call. She said the baby “spent most of the day” in a drawer. When she checked on him at 2:30 p.m, she began to make a bottle. About a half-hour later, Glazebrook said, she changed his diaper and noticed his legs were stiff and he wasn’t breathing. She said she called 911 after waking up her father, Phillip Brahlek.

Investigators said Glazebrook’s account wasn’t true; the boy had been dead for several hours, court documents said.

Police described the conditions inside the home as “deplorable and unfit for human habitation.” They learned the baby was sleeping in a drawer located in an entertainment center in the living room. The victim was “grossly underweight and malnourished.”

Several family members said Glazebrook had a history of neglecting her children; three of her five children were adopted after Child Protective Services removed them from her home. One witness said she called CPS and police multiple times. The Department of Child Services, which oversees CPS, acknowledged receiving at least one recent complaint.

Police interviewed several witnesses who said they’d noticed the boy’s emaciated condition and a general sense of defensiveness from Glazebrook when questioned about Phillip’s health. One witness said she encountered Glazebrook and the child and was concerned because she “rubbed the back of the baby and all she felt were bones,” court documents said.

The witness also noticed dog feces on the floor of the home and described the residence as a disaster. The woman also told police Glazebrook kept the child in a drawer.

A neighbor and relative also noticed the baby’s poor condition and said something appeared to be wrong with Phillip. According to court documents, Glazebrook told her not to worry because she “would handle it.” The woman followed up a few weeks later, again expressing concern about the baby’s condition. Glazebrook told her to “mind her own business,” court documents said.

Another witness said Glazebrook rarely bathed or changed the diapers of Phillip and a 2 year old who lived in the home. That witness also said the mother gave her children liquid cough syrup to “make them go to sleep,” court documents said. Glazebrook dispensed the cough syrup “as if someone would give a child juice.”

The other child has been removed from the home.

An autopsy found that Phillip died from acute failure to thrive/starvation. He weighed less than six pounds and had “absolutely no” fat on his body.

Glazebrook is due in court Wednesday morning.


Overcoming Obstacles

Overcoming Obstacles

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by Lou Stoops

Obstacles and hardships are common to us all, some more so than others. This simple observation leads to another; far too many of us are making excuses for the lack of success in the present, based upon the pain of the past.

While it may be true that some have had a particularly difficult life, it isn’t true that that predetermines failure. On the contrary, difficulties, hardships and major obstacles can become contributors to our success.

Some years ago, a study by Victor and Mildred Goertzel entitled, Cradles of Eminence, explored the childhood experience and home environment of 300 highly successful people. Their names are easily recognizable: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Helen Keller, Winston Churchill, Albert Schweitzer, Gandhi, Einstein and Freud.

These findings are fascinating and deserve to be noted next time we’re tempted to focus on our weaknesses or past pain in an attempt to rationalize failure. Consider the following:

Three-fourths of the children studied had to contend with poverty, overbearing parents, broken homes, or rejection.

Seventy-four of the eighty-five writers of fiction and drama, as well as sixteen of twenty poets came out of home situations where tension and dysfunction between parents was the norm.

Over one-fourth had to deal with physical handicaps such as deafness, blindness or crippled limbs.

So you see, obstacles and hardships don’t have to lead to failure. William A. Ward was right when he said, “Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.

Biologists refer to this as “the adversity principle.” It seems that in their studies among plants and animals, well-being is not always an advantage to a species. Where there is no challenge, no obstacles or hardships, there is but limited growth and development. One recent survey discovered that 87% of the people questioned said “a painful event (death, illness, breakup, divorce, etc.) caused them to find a more positive meaning in life.

To become all that you can be, you must live in the present and stop making excuses. We will always have problems, but problems exist to be solved. Churchill once remarked, “Kites rise highest against the wind – not with it.” Don’t be afraid to fly!

Lou Stoops is a pastor, teacher, keynote speaker, corporate trainer, life coach, workplace coach and business owner. He has served as a newspaper and web columnist, actor, television and radio personality. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Theology and Christian Administration. He has achieved certification as a trainer in fatherhood programming with the National Center of Fathering; was accepted into and successfully completed a prestigious diversity program with the American Institute for Managing Diversity; is a certified trainer in “The Bridges Out Of Poverty” program with Aha Process; and is recognized as a Certified Training Consultant through the Center for Entrepreneurial Resources of Ball State University. He can be contacted at www.loustoops.com or [email protected]


Dangerously high radiation levels reported in Indiana!

Dangerously high radiation levels reported in Indiana

By Elliott Freeman

According to radiationnetwork.com, the United States’ radiation monitoring network, South Bend, Indiana experienced extremely high levels of radiation last night — up to 100 times higher than safe levels.

Last night, live records for a radiation monitoring station near the border of Indiana and Michigan showed radiation levels as high as 7,139 counts per minute (CPM). At 1:55 a.m., Eastern time, the radiation level was at 2,558 CPM. The level varied between 2,000 CPM and 7,000 CPM for several hours.

Normal radiation levels are between 5 and 60 CPM, and any readings above 100 CPM should be considered unusual and trigger an alert, according to information listed on the Radiation Network website.

The online geiger counter monitoring network operated by Black Cat Systems also reported unusually high radiation levels in the same region.

This article will be updated as more information becomes available.

: As of 2:45 a.m. Eastern Time, the radiation level for the station in Northern Indiana had risen to 3,989 CPM. Radiationnetwork.com has yet to issue a statement in response.

UPDATE: Radiationnetwork.com has issued the following alert:

Very high reading in South Bend, IN station this evening. Reason unknown. Station unresponsive to contact at this late hour. Since this same station has triggered the Alert system before, which Alerts may have been false, and because his current readings do not appear to be corroborated by nearby stations, we have disabled his station for the time being. Will report back when we know more.

UPDATE: Radionnetwork.com issued the following statement this morning:

The alert level reading last evening appears to be a false alert from an equipment malfunction. Here is the station’s report:
“out of control readings on the GeigerGraph screen from about 11:30pm local time that occurred while sleeping. My apologies to all. I have no idea what caused this. Shut down GeigerGraph and restarted. Readings from the Geiger were in the normal range (the Geiger operates on A/C). All cable connections are tight and not loose. Am speculating between the GFI and USB Adapter and some sort of voltage spikes. The uninterruptable power supply UPS had lost power and had died – a tripped GFI. I am not going to leave the system running while not at home until I can determine and fix the problem.”

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Indiana Radiation Spike Triggers Elevated Levels In Other States, Corporate Media Stays Silent

Indiana Radiation Spike Triggers Elevated Levels In Other States, Corporate Media Stays Silent

Anthony Gucciardi
Activist Post

Elevated Indiana radiation levels — specifically near the border of Indiana and Michigan — have prompted explosions, military helicopters, thousands of eyewitness accounts, but where is the mainstream media coverage?

Now independent radiation experts are reporting increased levels in some other states, with one particular station noticing an increase since just around 11:45 am Mountain Time on Thursday. This coincides with community board posts created just around the same time in a number of locations, even before the incident hit the public.

In one such posting on a law enforcement website discussing the radiation increase, an individual from Chicago states “We’ve been encountering some high readings at the labs here.”

Independent radiation monitoring station owner Joey Stanford has uploaded a video showing spiked radiation levels as far as Colorado. Some individuals are questioning the actual source of the increased radiation, stating that it could be solar-based.

Stanford created the video in response to the growing concerns over elevated radiation levels stemming from Indiana. Indiana radiation levels normally hover around 5 and 6 counts per minute (CPM), but the levels drastically increased to as much as 7,139 CPM without warning. Afterwards, the EPA disabled the online measurement tool. Here is the screenshot of the tool showing the skyrocketing levels.

You can view Joey Stanford’s video below — remember that Joey is in Colorado, not Indiana so the elevated levels are not nearly as high:

Joey’s report echoes what many stations are finding, with live Twitter updates reporting a consistently increased amount of radiation since the initial event around 11:45 AM on Thursday. Some Twitter updates from last night’s Radiation Monitor, Joey’s own station all the way in Colorado, read:

252 CPM, 2.0462 uSv/h, 1.9820 AVG uSv/h, 7 time(s) over natural radiation

324 CPM, 2.6309 uSv/h, 2.1884 AVG uSv/h, 8 time(s) over natural radiation

222 CPM, 1.8026 uSv/h, 1.7459 AVG uSv/h, 6 time(s) over natural radiation

Once again, this is nothing compared to the 7,139 CPM reported near Indiana, however it shows that there is a possibility of correlation. While the answer as to what is going on is not clear, it is clear that it has piqued the interest of government officials. Military helicopters, aircraft, and Department of Homeland Security hazmat fleets have reportedly been dispersed towards the area based on eyewitness photos and accounts.


Mensa accepts Heidi Hankins: 4-year-old from England with genius I.Q.

Mensa accepts Heidi Hankins: 4-year-old from England with genius I.Q.

Stephen Hawking, Isaac Asimov, and Albert Einstein are all members of Mensa, the standard for high I.Q.s. Famous scientist Hawking scored a 160 on his intelligence test. Mensa says the average I.Q. for adults is 100.

Now the society has recently added a new member. 4-year-old Heidi Hawkins, from Winchester, England, scored a 159 on her exam.

According to The Inquisitr, Heidi’s father Matthew said by the time she was one year old, Heidi was booting up the family computer, and she was playing chess by 18 months. Hankins said she was reading at the level of an 8-year-old by age 2.

Hankins adds, according to the Hampshire Chronicle, “She is just a little girl who likes her Barbies and Legos, but then you will find her sitting down and reading a book.”

He tested Heidi after her nursery said they had no activities that could challenge her.

According to Hankins, Heidi can add, subtract, read, draw people, and write in complete sentences, and she could count to 40, all by the time she was two.

Mensa consists of people from all walks of life, including actors Steve Martin, Geena Davis, and James Woods. Not to be outdone were porn star Asia Carrera and Playboy Playmate Julie Peterson.

Mail Online reported back in 2007 that the youngest child ever admitted to Mensa was Georgia Brown of the United Kingdom, who registered a 152 I.Q. at age 2.


Child Killer Has His Victim’s Name Tattooed on His Forehead

Child Killer Has His Victim’s Name Tattooed on His Forehead

The body of Katie Collman, a 10-year old southern Indiana girl, was found last year in a creek near Seymour, Indiana. The search for Katie had consumed the small town of Crothersville, her home town. Her body was found five days after her disappearance. Police initially believed she had been abducted and killed to keep her from telling anyone about the methamphetamine activity taking place in her neighborhood.

Officials arrested a suspect in the case, but the charges were later dropped when the investigation began pointing strongly toward Anthony Stockelman, the man who was eventually arrested and charged with Katie’s murder. When the evidence became strong enough for the case to warrant a request by the prosecution for the death penalty, Stockelman changed his plea to guilty in order to avoid trial and a possible sentence of execution.

“I think he knows all the evidence was against him, and he didn’t want to get the death penalty,”
said Katie’s father, John Neace. “In my opinion, he’s a coward.” Neace added, though, that he was happy to know Stockelman won’t be coming out of prison. “When he does, it will be on a gurney,” Neace said.

Prosecutor Stephen Pierson, during the sentencing, said that Stockelman molested Katie at her mother’s home, then tied her up and took her to Cypress Lake, where he killed her. Stockelman’s DNA matched evidence found on the child’s body.

Stockelman’s brother, Troy, said that his brother was remorseful for what he had done, and keeping him in prison would only hurt his brother’s children. “I don’t see the sense in keeping the kids from seeing their father,” Troy Stockelman said. But Stockelman’s wife, Tabitha, felt differently. “It’s really unfortunate to be married to someone for eight years and have no idea who he was,” Tabitha said. “He was a sick kid-toucher.”

While he was in court, Stockelman apologized to Katie’s family. He allegedly offered to give her father half of the money from a possible book deal. “That was a smack in the face,” Neace said. “A book deal….money…that’s not going to bring Katie back.”

Prison officials this week found Stockelman with the words “Katie’s Revenge” tattooed on his forehead. Corrections officials at the facility are investigating, because they suspect the tattoo may have been done by another inmate at the Wabash Correctional Facility where Stockelman is serving his life sentence.

Upon finding the tattoo, Stockelman was put into protective custody. State police were contacted to assist in the investigation.

Evidently someone posted the photo of Stockelman’s tattoo on a blog that focuses on news reports about crimes against children and women. The blogger said the photo was sent to her in an e-mail last Saturday, and the note claimed that a distant relative of Katie’s who is also an inmate at the prison had given Stockelman the tattoo. Although prison officials did not confirm the blogger’s story, they did say that an inmate has been identified as a suspect. Katie’s father said he believes the tattoo was a statement from the other inmates.

Two guards suspected of giving the photo of the tattoo to the crime blog have been fired. Prison spokesman Rich Larsen said the guards were fired for making “unauthorized copies of an evidence photo.”

Stockelman was separated from the general prison population after authorities discovered the tattoo last weekend.
By Buzzle Staff and Agencies


Mall giant Simon Property Group sues Indiana to tax Amazon.com sales

Mall giant sues Indiana to tax Amazon.com sales

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Shopping mall giant Simon Property Group sued the Indiana Department of Revenue on Thursday to try to force it to collect taxes from Amazon.com Inc. for all sales made in the state.

The nation’s biggest mall operator, whose Indianapolis headquarters are across the street from the Statehouse, said it was not seeking monetary damages in the lawsuit filed in Marion County courts.

“This action is being filed to benefit all of Indiana’s taxpayers and the state’s bricks-and-mortar retailers,” Simon said in a statement.

Simon, which operates 27 Indiana shopping centers, said it requested the Revenue Department begin collecting sales taxes on sales made by Amazon.com within the state’s borders as required by state law.

Amazon operates three distribution warehouses in Indiana and announced in July it plans to open a fourth in the state.

“Amazon.com is required by Indiana law to collect and remit sales and use taxes to the state, for sales made over the Internet, but has consistently refused to do so even though it is required by current Indiana laws …” Simon said. “Main Street retailers are being harmed by this unequal playing field in Indiana and their existence is being jeopardized and threatens the employment of hundreds of thousands of retail employees in our state.”

The state levies a 7 percent sales tax on most goods, giving online retailers a sizable advantage.

Revenue Department spokesman Bob Dittmer said the agency had not seen the lawsuit and had no immediate comment.

An influential lawmaker, state Sen. Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, said last month he would approach other members of the General Assembly on the need to apply the state sales tax to online retailers. He estimated taxing online sales could net the state up to $400 million annually and would put online retailers on the same playing field as traditional merchants.

A 1992 Supreme Court ruling effectively bars states from collecting taxes from most online operations. Kenley is president of the national group lobbying Congress to change the law.

A message seeking comment was left Thursday on a media telephone line at Seattle-based Amazon.com. Amazon spokeswoman Mary Osako said last month the company believed “the sales tax issue needs to be solved at the federal level.”

Indiana residents: Gasoline prices are forcing us to park our cars

Indiana residents: Gasoline prices are forcing us to park our cars

By TOM COYNE Associated Press

2:00 p.m. CDT, May 5, 2011

Indiana residents say record-high gasoline prices are forcing them to park their cars, stay home more often and ride their bicycles.

If you ran out of gas and need road assistance several tow truck dublin are available 24/7 to take you whenever you need.

They’re killing us. It’s too expensive,” said Luis Loredo, a 31-year-old painter from South Bend. “Sometimes I can only buy $5. Five dollars is nothing now. If I don’t have to go, I don’t go nowhere.

Five dollars was getting drivers a little more than a gallon of regular gasoline as prices hit record highs in Indiana. The AAA Hoosier Motor Club reports the average price of a gallon of regular gas was a record $4.25 on Wednesday, surpassing the mark of $4.19 a gallon set a day earlier. The previous record high was $4.17, set in September 2008 after Hurricane Ike disrupted some oil and gas production in the Gulf of Mexico.

“It’s shocking,
” Russell Faeges, who teaches sociology at the University of Notre Dame, said as he filled his 1991 Ford Escort with gas that cost $4.29 a gallon.

The national average for a gallon of gas reached $3.98 on Thursday, rising for a 44th consecutive day, according to AAA, Wright Express and Oil Price Information Service. While the nationwide average for a gallon of gasoline nears $4, the average price has been higher than that in Indiana since April 27.

The average price in Indiana ticked down slightly to $4.24 on Thursday. The metro area in Indiana with the highest cost for a gallon was Bloomington at $4.29. The only metro area in Indiana where gas was below $4.21 was in Evansville, where it was $3.98.

It wasn’t that long ago that gasoline in Indiana was under $3. It cost $2.96 a gallon as recently as Dec. 21. It was $2.58 on Aug. 27 and $2.93 a year ago.

Hoosier Motor Club spokesman Greg Seiter said it is unusual for prices in Indiana to be significantly higher than the national average.

“I don’t know the rationale,
” he said.

John Felmy, chief economist for the American Petroleum Institute, said part of the reason was because Indiana’s 7 percent sales tax causes escalating prices to rise even more. State Rep. Patrick Bauer, D-South Bend, last week proposed suspending taxes on gasoline this summer, but Republican negotiators never seriously considered it in the closing days of the General Assembly.

Felmy also said Indiana drivers, especially those in rural areas, hadn’t cut back on driving as much as people elsewhere.

“It seems it’s because people don’t have as much flexibility because they have to drive to work,” he said.

Felmy said part of the higher price was the higher cost of reformulated gasoline in northwest Indiana in the Chicago suburbs. He said he didn’t know why gas was so much less expensive in Evansville. He said the local costs of doing business and competition could be factors.

Many Indiana drivers are searching for ways to save on gas. Jason Lapadat, a 23-year-old who runs his own lawn-care service in South Bend, said he stays home more often, estimates he drives about half as much as normal.

“I just don’t go nowhere,”
he said. “I sit at home and miss out on things.

Lapadat said in recent weeks he’s raised the basic price of cutting a yard from $20 to $35 and so far he hasn’t lost any customers.

“They’ve been understanding
,” he said.

Daniel Johnson, a 28-year-old construction worker from South Bend, said he drives his Ford Expedition sport utility vehicle much less than usual, sharing a Chrysler minivan with his wife instead. He also says he, his wife and their five children ride their bikes whenever they can.

“We get on the bikes three or four times a day and go to the park around the neighborhood or wherever,
” he said. “I don’t drive unless I have to.

AP-WF-05-05-11 2146GMT


United States of Shame – What’s YOUR State Worst at?

United States of Shame – What’s YOUR State Worst at?

Whether it’s the highest rate of bestiality (We’re looking at you, Washington) or the most environmentally unfriendly (Let’s hear it for Indiana!), every state has something to be ashamed about. The full list of shameful, shameful superlatives is below.

Rationale and statistics:

Most stats taken from http://www.americashealthrankings.org/ and http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/rankings.html (unless otherwise noted)

1. Alabama: highest rate of stroke (3.8 percent) (tied with Oklahoma)

2. Alaska: highest suicide rate (23.6 suicides per 100,000 people in 2004)

3. Arizona: highest rate of alcoholism

4. Arkansas: worst average credit score (636)

5. California: most air pollution (15.2 micrograms per cubic meter)

6. Colorado: highest rate of cocaine use per capita (3.9 percent total population)

7. Connecticut: highest rate of breast cancer

8. Delaware: highest abortion rate (27 per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44)

9. Florida: highest rate of identity theft (122.3 reports per 100,000 people)

10. Georgia: sickly based on highest rate of influenza

11. Hawaii –highest cost of living (tied with California)

12. Idaho – lowest level of Congressional clout

13. Illinois: highest rate of robbery (284.7 incidences per 100,000 people)

14. Indiana: rated the most environmentally unfriendly by NMI solutions

15. Iowa: highest percentage of people age 85 and older (1.8 percent) (tied with three other states)

16. Kansas: poorest health based on highest average number of limited activity days per month (3.5 days)

17. Kentucky: most cancer deaths (227 per 100,000 people) (BONUS fact: Kentucky also has the highest rate of tobacco smokers – 25.6 percent)

18. Louisiana: highest rate of gonorrhea (264.4 reported cases per 100,000 people)

19. Maine: dumbest state claim based on lowest average SAT score (1389)

20. Maryland: highest rate of AIDS diagnosis (27.6 people per 100,000 people)

21. Massachusetts: worst drivers claim based on highest rate of auto accidents

22. Michigan: highest unemployment rate (13.6 percent)

23. Minnesota: highest number of reported tornadoes (123 in 2010)

24. Mississippi: highest rate of obesity (35.3 percent of total population)

BONUS facts: Mississippi ranks last in the most number of categories. These include highest rate of child poverty (31.9 percent), highest rate of infant mortality (10.3 percent) lowest median household income ($35,078), highest teen birth rate (71.9 per 1,000 women aged 15 to 19) and highest overall rate of STDs.

25. Missouri: highest rate of bankruptcy (700 out of every 100,000 people)

26. Montana: highest rate of drunk driving deaths (1.12 deaths per 100 million miles driven)

27. Nebraska: highest rate of women murdered annually

28. Nevada: highest rate violent crime (702.2 offenses per 100,000 people). BONUS fact: Nevada also has the highest rate of foreclosure (one in 99 houses)

29. New Hampshire: highest rate of corporate taxes

30. New Jersey: highest rate of citizen taxation (11.8 percent)

31. New Mexico: antisocial claim based on lowest ranking in social heath policies

32. New York: longest average daily commute (30.6 minutes)

33. North Carolina: lowest average teacher salary

34. North Dakota: ranked last in ugliest residents report as chosen by The Daily Beast

35. Ohio: nerdiest state claim based on highest number of library visits per capita (6.9)

36. Oklahoma: highest rate of female incarceration

37. Oregon: highest rate of long-term homeless people

38. Pennsylvania: highest rate of arson deaths (55.56 annually)

39. Rhode Island: highest rate of illicit drug use (12.5 percent of population)

40. South Carolina: highest percentage of mobile homes (18.8 percent)

41. South Dakota: highest rate of forcible rape 76.5 per 100,000

42. Tennessee: chosen most corrupt state by The Daily Beast

43. Texas: lowest high school graduation rate (78.3 percent)

44. Utah: highest rate of of online porn subscriptions

45. Vermont: infertility claim based on lowest birth rate of any state (10.6 births per 1,000) (tied with Maine

46. Virginia: highest number of alcohol-related motorcyle deaths

47. Washington: most cases of bestiality (4 reported in 2010

48. West Virginia: highest rate of heart attack (6.5 percent of population)

49. Wisconsin: highest rate of binge drinking (23.2 percent of population)

50. Wyoming: highest rate of deadly car crashes (24.6 deaths per 100,000)

Thanks to Pleated Jeans for the best darn detective work about the worst damn things in our country.

Warning of Serious Earthquakes to come – Obama cuts emergency funding!

An earthquake in Indiana? How does that happen?

The 3.8-magnitude earthquake in Indiana that rattled residents – OK, maybe some teacups – hit one of the seismically quietest parts of the country.

United States Geological Survey (http://bit.ly/ewgzDp)

By Elizabeth Fuller, Correspondent / December 30, 2010

The magnitude 3.8 earthquake in Indiana this morning came as a surprise to many people, including geologists.

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“This is an area that’s had very little seismic activity, even looking at the historical record,” says Michael Hamburger, program director of the Princeton Earth Physics Project at Indiana University. “It’s a little bit of a surprise.”

This region “is one of the quietest areas in this part of the country,” says Dr. Hamburger. The best-known Midwestern earthquakes come from the New Madrid Seismic Zone, located well south and west of this quake.

Earthquakes happen every day, but the vast majority are concentrated along the boundaries between tectonic plates. But since Indiana is about as far as you can get from any plate boundary – the nearest ones are at the California coast, the mid-Atlantic, and the Gulf of Mexico – what gives?

Though far from any boundary, this quake was probably triggered by plate movement, says Hamburger. “The motion was typical of earthquakes in this part of the country – compression – as though the continent is being squashed together from east to west,” he explains.

One hypothesis is that the earthquake is related to a push from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge – the spreading zone beneath the Atlantic that is pushing Europe and America farther apart and shoving North America against the Pacific plate.

An earthquake of this magnitude happens “once every year or so somewhere in the Midwest, most commonly down in the New Madrid Seismic Zone or Wabash valley.” The lower the magnitude, the more common. “A magnitude 3.0 earthquake happens about 10 times each year – once every month or couple months. They tend to happen at the small magnitudes pretty frequently, but in this area it’s very rare.”


The last rumble felt in the area was in April 2008, when a magnitude 5.4 earthquake near Mount Carmel, Ill., shook much of the eastern half of the country.

The immediate report for Thursday’s quake estimated the depth of this strike-slip earthquake as three miles below the surface, which is relatively shallow. “There’s another estimate that places it much deeper, about 14 kilometers [nine miles],” says Hamburger. “The jury’s still out on how deep it is. We may have a revised depth estimate before the day is over.”

The Last Capitalist – Richard Mourdock

EXCLUSIVE Interview With Richard Mourdock
Moments before I went into the White House briefing on Friday (May 29) and listened to Press Secretary Robert Gibbs field questions about the future of Chrysler, I spoke to the man who  is behind the lone intervention in the Administration-orchestrated bankruptcy deal for the auto giant:  Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, who has filed suit in  a New York’s federal court against the arrangement.

“The Chrysler deal is a clear violation of the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution and more than 150 years of bankruptcy law,” Mourdock told me.  Under the Fifth Amendment, he noted, private property cannot “be taken without due process of law.  That clearly has not happened in this case.  There has been no process of law consistent with long-standing precedent whatsoever.”

Under the terms of the bankruptcy arrangement, the treasurer explained, “the secured creditors in Chrysler will get only 29 cents on the dollars for what they invested in the company.  There was $6.9 billion worth of secured credit in Chrysler at the time of the deal.  $6.6 billion was owned by banks and the remaining $300 million was owned by private pension funds, which covered thousands of retired state police officers and teachers.

“Twenty-nine cents on the dollar for people like that is not ‘just compensation’ at all, but the government says they have to abide by it,” said Mourdock, spelling out the basis for Indiana’s lawsuit, “This is the first time in the history of American bankruptcy law when secured creditors received less than unsecured creditors.  And that ain’t right!”

Special Treatment for Fiat

Indiana’s treasurer contrasted the portion of the Chrysler bankruptcy deal that impacts harshly on retired state employees with that portion in which the Italian-based Fiat Corporation will get 20% of the reorganized Chrysler.

“How do President Obama and Secretary [of the Treasury Timothy] Geitner justify pensioners taking losses, while a foreign-owned business gets 20% of the new corporation without investing a single penny in the deal?” Mourdock asked.

In charging that the Administration is “throwing away the rights of secured creditors,” Mourdock also took after the President for labeling such creditors who opposed the Chrysler deal as “greedy speculators” and “unpatriotic.”

“That’s precisely what he said at his news conference,” said the Indiana treasurer, “Indiana taxpayers, retired Hoosier state policemen and teachers are neither greedy speculators nor unpatriotic.  They are, however, secured creditors of Chrysler.  They deserve to have their funds protected under the full auspices of the law.”

The Chrysler bankruptcy is a particularly sensitive issue in Indiana.  Kokomo, Indiana and its suburbs are home to more than 7,000 Chrysler employees.  Mourdock estimates that, under the bankruptcy arrangement, there will be losses of $22 million to the state’s pension funds for the money invested in Chrysler.

The essence of Indiana’s lawsuit, Mourdock went on to say, is “that the TARP bill was, as it says in the text Congress passed, ‘to aid ailing financial institutions’–banks, credit unions, insurance companies, and the like.  An automaker is not a financial institution.  After TARP was passed, Congress tried to pass a separate auto bailout bill and it failed.   That’s when the Obama Administration said:  ‘To heck with that.  We will just say they qualify under TARP.’   If that was Congress’ intention, I ask, why did they try to pass a specific bailout bill for automakers?    Henry Paulson, the secretary of the treasury when TARP was enacted, specifically said it was not for auto companies…This stuff is egregious.”

The Indiana lawsuit is nothing short of historic, something that may stop the Obama Administration’s reorganization of one of the “Big Three” automakers and lead to a fresh judicial restatement of “just compensation.”  Although the judge in the case denied the suit’s request to halt the bankruptcy deal, Mourdock noted, “he left the door open for an appeal [to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals].  We fully expect this will go all the way to the Supreme Court.”

A two-time U.S. House hopeful and two-term local government official, the energetic Mourdock is known among his fellow Hoosier GOPers as “the hardest working man in show-biz.”  No other Republican, I was told when I was last in Indianapolis, makes more Lincoln Day dinners or other speaking dates than Mourdock.

When we spoke on Friday, Mourdock was again on the road, but this time hawking his challenge to the Obama Administration over the Chrysler bankruptcy and the Fifth Amendment.  As he told me, “I certainly never imagined I’d be the sole guy to stand up for free market capitalism against a federal administration.  But if that’s my destiny, I’ll fulfill it.”

Parting Shot:  It goes without saying that, after finishing with Mourdock, I was anxious to ask Robert Gibbs about the White House’s reaction to the lawsuit over Chrysler.  The President’s top spokesman didn’t call on me but he did address the issue of creditors in Chrysler, GM, and other auto companies that require a federal rescue.  As Gibbs told one of my colleagues, they will be part of “a restructured company in the future. Again, if you’ve got somebody who’s making an investment in a company, we think that those are people that can decide they want to be part of something that’s restructured and hopefully viable; that gives them the ability in some of these instances to do that.”

Two days after Gibbs’ briefing, Mourdock described his comment as “fascinating.”  But the truth is, he said, “is that the secured creditors of GM are being given the opportunity to participate in the “new company”… not the Chrysler secured creditors. That why he carefully parsed his statement to say, ‘that gives them the ability in some [emphasis added] of these instances to do that…’ This too shows how they’re making up the rules as they go.”

John Gizzi is Political Editor of HUMAN EVENTS.