Exclusive: FBI Agents In The U.S. Report Symptoms Of Mystery Syndrome kostenlos streamen | dailyme


Exclusive: FBI Agents In The U.S. Report Symptoms Of Mystery Syndrome


The issue first made headlines after American diplomats and spies in Havana experienced puzzling brain injury symptoms in 2016, including dizziness, headaches and memory loss. The government calls this mysterious syndrome "Anomalous Health Incidents." Newsy has new, exclusive details that FBI agents are also reporting these symptoms on U.S. soil.SEE MORE: U.S. May Have Suspected 'No Trace' Weapon Against Spies Decades AgoProminent national security attorney Mark Zaid represents current and former FBI personnel. He says a dozen or more incidents have been reported in Washington, D.C. and in Florida, mainly out of the bureau's Miami field office.  "There have been double digit members of the FBI, employees of the FBI, who have been injured in multiple locations inside the United States," Zaid said. "These are cases that have been brought to the attention not only of the FBI, but also the CIA and the DNI and folks on the Hill. These have not been really publicized in any way. In fact, the reality is domestic incidents are being downplayed, if not outright ignored, by the U.S. government."Zaid says the incidents have mostly occurred within the last four years. The common thread he's seen in victims across multiple agencies is work related to Russia. "The AHI investigation is like an iceberg," Zaid said. "We only see the top one-third. Most of it is beneath the surface. I've seen beneath the surface, but even I have only seen a little bit beneath the surface."Just this winter, the CIA assessed that most reports were explained by medical or environmental conditions, not a foreign adversary. But the agency still couldnt rule out a nation-state in a subset of cases.The attorneys requests for FBI records under the Freedom of Information Act have so far led to nothing. A recent letter described B7A exemptions, which withhold documents pending a criminal investigation.When Newsy described the incidents to the FBI, the bureau said the issue is a top priority and that the FBI takes all U.S. government personnel who report symptoms seriously, including messaging its workforce about how to respond if they experience an incident and where they can receive medical evaluations.Zaid is also trying to get a 150-page report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which he says theyre suddenly calling a draft.  He believes the CIA is wary of this report going public because it contradicts the agency. It hews more closely to a National Academy of Sciences report that finds pulsed electromagnetic energy the most plausible cause.



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Schools Face Massive Teacher Shortages kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Schools Face Massive Teacher Shortages

Teaching was a stressful job before COVID turned all of our lives upside down. Now it's even more stressful. "For a really long time, the to do list in education has been growing more and more demanding over time. And as soon as COVID hit, that entire to-do list was kind of like thrown into the waste basket," said Rebecca Rogers, a content creator and former teacher. In January, the National Education Association, the country's largest union, polled over 3,000 of its members.  Over half, 55%, said they were more than likely to leave or retire from teaching earlier than expected due to the pandemic.  That's almost double the number from 2 years ago.  "'Here are all these new things we need you to do instead.' And then as soon as school came back, instead of picking and choosing the most necessary items on each to do list, they're like 'okay, here's both todo lists, both of which were already pretty unmanageable for one person, have fun!'" said Rogers. Teacher burnout from the pandemic goes hand in hand with the teacher shortages. But the shortage is not new. The NEA has been tracking the trend for the last two decades.  "The reality is that not only have we had an educator shortage for a while, but the pandemic, just like everything else, worsened it. We have educators who are under more stress with less resources. More is being asked of them than ever before," said Becky Pringle, the president of the National Education Association.  Nicole Lawson is the chief human resources officer at Atlanta Public Schools. "They are expressing the need to alleviate the burnout. And the burnout comes with the amount of planning it takes to plan for this new way of teaching. Teachers are experiencing double loads so if there's a shortage that means they're taking on additional students. Compound that with planning, it feels like you can't do enough," said Lawson.  According to a Rand survey, teachers are nearly three times more likely to report symptoms of depression than other adults.  For Rebeca Rogers, leaving the classroom came down to being overworked while the administration consistently asked her to do more.  "It was so demeaning on my mental health. During online learning I was doing 18 hours a day trying to make these animated content videos for kids and it didn't matter how much extra I was doing it was almost like expected, and no matter what I did it wasn't enough, but my mental health just couldn't take it. When I left there were 3000 vacancies in the county," said Rogers.   But it's not just that teachers are leaving the classroom. Districts are also struggling because there aren't enough students who are even pursuing the career. "We have been extremely concerned that we have seen the decline in the number of our college students who are choosing to go into the profession. And then the number of our new educators who are going into the profession leaving the profession in those first 5 years. So this is something we've been following and working to address through policy and funding and training and just encouraging people to go into teaching," said Pringle.   Unfilled job openings lead to more work and stress for those who are still in the schools.   According to the NEA, caseloads for counselors and social workers have grown dramatically, just like the demands on teachers. And that has a direct link to students. Many need more support due to the pandemic. "They have to take care of themselves first so they can take care of their students. And like so many adults in the system right now they are struggling to find those additional resources and finding the time to do it. If our teachers are not doing well then our students aren't going to do well," said Pringle. The NEA says the bottom line is clear teachers are not OK. Burnout and shortages are the biggest problems that need attention. "We are working together with educators all over the country and with mental health experts to provide educators with places to go and resources to support their colleagues and their schools and the entire community so that we can all heal together and help each other to do just that," said Pringle.  

Complaints, Scams Rising In The High-Priced Consumer Market kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Complaints, Scams Rising In The High-Priced Consumer Market

Between soaring prices and low stock, consumers have been through a lot over the past couple years."Its just becoming a tough market, real estate wise, auto wise, and with interest rates going up, its just going to continue to get tough for us all really," said Robert Blount, a car shopper. Nowhere is this more evident than the auto industry. In fact, auto sales and repairs were the number one category of complaints for 2021.The Consumer Federation of America says the car industry has taken the top spot for six years now, adding, "It is clear that auto sales and repairs are a longstanding problem.The nations hot housing market and tight rental scene also led to lots of complaints."He told me to get gift cards," said Joseph Veras, a housing scam victim. "He wanted me to send the money. He told me to take a picture of the front and the back of the card and the receipt and send it to him. In south Florida, Veras sent a phony landlord $4,000 to secure a three-bedroom, two bath home for rent. His interpreter tried to help."I called the business, no longer in service," said Amy Hair, an ASL interpreter. "I called the other cell phone number; that was out of service.Other top categories on the complaint list include home improvement repairs, retail purchases and consumer debt and credit.In total, consumer advocacy groups collected 208,000 complaints in 2021 a small decrease from the prior year.They secured over $119 million in relief for consumers also less than in 2020.

Mermaids Aren't Just Entertainers. Many Are Environmental Advocates kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Mermaids Aren't Just Entertainers. Many Are Environmental Advocates

Water, fins and a sense of adventure the fantasy is real in Sacramento, California.  "The community is great, but for me, it was kind of like an escape, you know?" merman Onyx said. "So, don a tail, and you can go anywhere."Merfolk of all kinds gather from across the country to the California Mermaid Convention in Sacramento to swim and celebrate all things under the sea.Mermaid Echo hails from the Great Lakes."All mermaids that you meet will love aquatic ecosystems and animals," Echo said.Outside their mermaid form, Echo is a wildlife specialist and a communications assistant for Wisconsins Department of Natural Resources.Echos other identity is as an edu-tainer, or educator and entertainer, who started her own business of professional "mermaiding.""In Wisconsin, you have to have like a 20-minute conversation with somebody to explain like, 'No, it's not crazy. I'm not a crazy person. I don't actually think I'm a real mermaid. This is a tool I use to teach kids,'" Echo said. The price of being a mermaid can range. A fabric tail can cost between $60 to $200. Silicon tails like Echos can cost between $1,300 to $5,000."I think anybody can be a mermaid," Echo said. "It's just a matter of mentality. Know you can just believe in the ocean and for caring for it, and you can be a mermaid."The merfolk say what they do is more than playing dress-up. It's also advocating for clean water."Mermaids have a really unique opportunity as educators because we look approachable and friendly and fun and people want to ask questions," said mermaid Rachel, co-organizer of the California Mermaid Convention. "Then we have a platform to talk about all of these ongoing issues."Some merfolk are just in it for the fun of the fins, but some aim to educate others. They organize clean-up projects, raise money for environmental efforts  and teach water conservation."The flashy costumes draws people's attention and makes them think, 'Wow, what's going on over here, and how can I be a part of it?" said Teresa Henry, of Nerdtistic Park.Echo teaches other educators fun ways to engage children and adults young at heart about the environment."A really easy thing that people can do is turn that water off when you're brushing your teeth, or you can also bring reusable bags to the grocery store," Echo said. "But more importantly than anything, remember that it's not an individual issue. It's a corporations issue."Nearly two-thirds of global carbon emissions can be traced to 90 major companies, says a 2017 study from the University of Oxford. The increase of carbon emissions has contributed to climate change and a rise in sea levels."Oceans are obviously very important, and we need to protect our coral reefs and all of our endangered animals," Echo said. "But the number one most endangered aquatic system on the planet is freshwater ecosystems."For Echo, who has a science background, mermaiding is about combining environmentalism and fun and inspiring future generations to keep swimming forward.

Louisiana Abortion Clinic Flooding With Out-Of-State Patients kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Louisiana Abortion Clinic Flooding With Out-Of-State Patients

The license plates on the cars that crowd this parking lot are all from Texas. But we're not in Texas. We're in Shreveport, Louisiana. Latricia had to drive three hours from Houston to bring her niece to Hope Medical Group for an abortion. Long wait times and transportation issues provided roadblocks that almost prevented her niece from getting care. "This was like her last resort, her last appointment. So we'll get it done here. She tried everywhere else," Latricia said. "It doesn't make sense at all, why we have to leave home to get to get care that we have the right to get."But in her home state, those rights just aren't the same anymore. A 2021 law effectively bans abortion in Texas after about six weeksand if the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion becomes the final opinion, access will become even more limited for women across the country. Before the Texas law, 18% of the patients here were from Texas. Clinic Director Kathaleen Pittman says the spillover from Texas, in conjunction with already restrictive abortion laws in Louisiana, has created an incredible backup in her clinic. Previously, most abortions were done between six and 10 weeks with a two-dose pill to end pregnancy. But because of the long wait list to get an appointment, now most women will need a surgical procedure.  "By the end of September, we were running 37% Texas. By the end of October, we were at 57% Texas. And it kept going up at one point we were like at 73%," Pittman said. "The majority of them are 10 through 13. And we've doubled the number of second trimester cases. On any given day, we have anywhere from 120 to 150 people on our waiting lists, just for us to call them and make that initial appointment."Pittman is sending women to New Mexico for the abortion medication but she's worried about the women who are timing out for care. The clinic only performs abortions through 16.5 weeks. They also must have two appointments mandated by law  one for consultation, and then after a 24-hour waiting period, one for the actual procedure.  "A lot of women do not understand," Pittman continued. "Why should I have to come twice? This is all I've thought about since I had a positive test, and you know, as with most women. So, for legislators to think that women haven't given it enough thought is, it's more than laughable. It's actually just, it's just wrong."Latricia and her niece had to get a hotel room, which is a setback that costs both of them time and money. But she recognizes if this situation had happened in another few weeks, her niece would have no easy option. Pittman is trying not to worry yet, but this clinic would be shut down if the leaked opinion stands. "Take a deep breath, reassure the staff, reassure the patients: 'You're here and now we'll take care of you now. I just don't know if we can in the future,'" Pittman said.Louisiana is one of more than a dozen states with a trigger law, meaning if Roe is overturned, abortion becomes illegal in those states overnight. Women in Louisiana will be forced to drive, on average, the furthest in the nation for care. A total ban would force the driving time from 37 miles to a clinic to a whopping 666 miles for care. The closest states for most women would be Illinois or North Carolina. That's a 1,720% increase in mileage.  "Nobody cares about the women. No, certainly not the politicians," Pittman said.Forty years ago, there were 18 abortion clinics in the state of Louisiana. Ten years later, the number stayed relatively stagnant at 17. But by 2014, decades of anti-abortion legislation had forced most facilities to close. Now there are only four operational facilities in the entire state. Jodi Burns is doing a different kind of planning. "We're set up for a post-Roe society," she said. "I believe that we are going to need to increase just again, continue to expand our services."She's the executive director at Heart of Hope, which is just about 20 minutes from the clinic. The massive property houses, educates and takes care of young girls as they navigate their pregnancy and early motherhood. The community-funded program is expanding now in preparation for the Supreme Court decision, adding care over the phone and adding more apartments on their property. "I really feel like we have really turned a corner were we are," Burns said.While Burns says abortion is free to exist in other states, if the Supreme Court sides in her favor, she doesn't want to see the option in hers. She believes education and available resources will change the minds of women needing care.  "I have never met a woman that regretted giving life, but I have met many women and I'm one of them that regretted not giving life,"

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