Three things I learned on the Internet today
1. Lithium batteries are not candy
If a kid eats a lithium button battery, it can get stuck in the esophagus,
react with the saliva, and burn a hole through the esophagus and aorta. The
parents of a 4-yo in Australia found this out the hard way. Link
2. How the USG tortures whistle-blowers
the CIA agent who blew the whistle on USG waterboarding torture techniques --
the first CIA officer ever busted for passing classified information to a
reporter -- is currently pulling time in a Fed prison in Pennsylvania. He’s
got about 2 years to go and is looking
for pen-pals. Maybe that’s because his
cell-mate is Ohio’s quintessential slime-ball politician, Frank
Russo, the crooked auditor from Cuyahoga County who is doing
decades. Russo is gay.
You want torture, try being locked up with a felonious
faggot-politician for a few years.
3. A person who is given asylum is called an "asylee."
Snowden wouldn't qualify in the US
What if the deal was different and Snowden was a Russian whistleblower asking
the US for asylum? Would he be qualified?
No. The person has to be a refugee, and there is no room in the US
definition of "refugee" for whistle-blowers:
Immigration and Nationality Act 101(a)(42) – person who is unable or
unwilling to return to his/her country of nationality because of persecution
-- or a well-founded fear of persecution -- on account of race, religion,
nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.
It's not clear to me how one qualifies on the basis of
"nationality." Seems like almost everyone in the world has
BTW: in 2012the USG granted affirmative asylum to 18 Ecuadorians, 4700
Chinese, 550 Russians, 5 Israelis, 0 Icelanders, and 0 Canadians. Link