Trench’s early impressions of DC Comics’ Convergence

Convergence

I don’t think I’m dropping any spoilers but just in case you’ve been warned.

I Know it’s only the first week of DC Comics’ latest continuity crossover reboot crisis whatever but I’ve come away with two things from it so far.

The first is that the concept reminds me a lot of 2013’s Deathmatch by Boom Studios which is one of my favorite series of all time.

The other thing is that after visiting with pre-New 52 characters that we haven’t seen in 4 years maybe the New 52 isn’t so bad after all. A lot of the old characters felt just like that, old and out of date.

What to do after a car wreck

It’s not easy keeping your wits about you after a car wreck. Let this infographic help you.


Via: Los Angeles Car Accident Law Firm – Sitkoff

The FDA hates asthmatics

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For years if not decades if an asthmatic needed emergency relief they could use the over the counter inhaler Primatene Mist. Four years ago the FDA forced Primatene Mist off the market for the harm its CFC propellant was causing harm the ozone even though by environmentalist standards the actual damage was infinitesimal.

R.I.P.

R.I.P.

Then came along Asthmanefrin. While its atomizer was a piece of junk that constantly broke down it was at least an option of relief for asthmatics. That was until recently. Today I was having asthma issues and went to several pharmacies looking for the EZ Breathe Atomizer. All the store I went to had the refills but not the atomizer. There wasn’t even a place on the shelves for it.

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I went to the Asthmanefrin website and all they had listed on there was the box of refills and no atomizer. How is anyone supposed to use the medication without the atomizer? Not to mention that there has been no mention about any kind of any discontinuation or recent recall anywhere.

I went to various asthma related websites and forums and all that anybody knew were vague rumors that the FDA had the atomizer quietly pulled off the market leaving asthmatics with no over the counter relief options. While I can not verify that it does make a lot of sense.

Prescription inhalers are very expensive and the pharmaceutical companies know that they have asthmatics over a barrel. We need to pay their exorbitant prices or else we won’t be able to, you know, breathe. So they can’t have any OTC alternatives, that in my opinion are more effective, cutting into their market share and the pharmaceutical cabal can have a strong lobbying presence influencing policy at the expense of suffering patients.

Meanwhile I’m still having trouble breathing.

Auto accident avoidance tips

Seriously people, these should be common sense by now but here it is for those of you who need reminding.


Via: YAG Law of Long Beach

Adoptive parents of Erica Parsons sentenced for fraud

Erica Parsons’ missing poster

Erica Parsons’ missing poster

This past Friday the adoptive parents of Erica Parsons, Casey and Sandy Parsons, were both sentenced to federal prison time after being previously convicted on fraud charges. Casey got ten years while Sandy was sentenced to eight. They were both immediately taken into custody at the time of sentencing.

The Parsons’ were collecting government benefits for their adopted daughter Casey even though no one had seen Casey for a year before she was reported missing by her adoptive brother. Casey Parsons claimed she gave Erica to Erica’s maternal grandmother, a woman by the alleged name of Irene ‘Nan’ Goodman. The problem is no one can prove that Nan exists or that the exchange ever took place. There has also been evidence that while Erica was with her adoptive parents that she was abused horribly. Also there were other allegations of fraudulent activity by Casey Parsons against other persons as well. It seems like she was a regular grifter in the vein of Elisa Baker.

I wonder how long it takes before the Parsons turn on each other while in prison. Alive or dead Erica deserves justice and not these measly fraud sentences.

30-year-old school shooting has modern connections

A then 14-year-old James Alan Kearbey at the time of his arrest.

A then 14-year-old James Alan Kearbey at the time of his arrest.

I had never heard of the school shooting at Goddard Junior High School in Goddard, Kansas, until recently. Close friend of the site Denise sent me this article detailing the shooting 30 years later. The shooting happened on January, 21st 1985. I was 16 at the time. I don’t ever recall the news of it making it out to the East Coast of that time unlike today when we hear about events like these almost as they’re happening.

14-year-old James Alan Kearbey entered the school that morning armed with a .308 rife and a .357 Magnum. Before it was over he had shot and killed Principal James McGee and wounded three others before he surrendered to police. Much like modern-day school shootings there were claims of bullying however investigations would show that Kearbey was a tough acting loner obsessed with guns. Other students have said that he was difficult to get along with. Much like the Jonesboro shooting Kansas had no laws at the time where Kearbey could be charged as an adult. As you can see in the photo Kearbey wore a long coat and sunglasses, instead of making him look like a bad ass he looks more like a boy playing dress up in his father’s closet. Ten years after his release he found himself in trouble with the law again on firearms and domestic violence charges, not that unlike Kenny Bartley who was the Campbell County High gunman.

So it seems that even 30 years ago there were people of my generation who felt that they were entitled victims who could only cowardly solve there problems through violence. Not many as there are today but still some.

Boating accidents

Growing up near the ocean my father and uncle were involved in a serious boating accident. Use this information so it will be less likely to happen to you.


Via: El Dabe Law Firm of Los Angeles

19-year-old Backpage child pimp arrested in RI

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19-year-old Reginald Chaney was arrested in Providence, Rhode Island, for allegedly prostituting two underage girls on Backpage. Chaney allegedly turned out the girls, ages 15 and 16, from January 16th to the 28th around Rhode Island and Massachusetts. He’s also accused of tasering one of the girls to get her to comply.

Again, I have to question just how effective Backpage’s laughable screening process is when some 19-year-old kid can manage to get underage girls on their website.

Robbery suspect shot and killed in craigslist plot to steal dog

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A man was shot in killed in DeKalb County, Georgia after allegedly trying to rob a man who was selling a bulldog puppy on craigslist. The man was offered an extra $500 to deliver the dog late at night. When the man arrived at the meeting place with the dog two men were waiting for him. One produced a gun in an attempt to steal the dog. The man selling the dog brought a friend with him who happened to be legally carrying his own gun. The man’s friend shot and killed the alleged robber in self-defense. The man who was killed has been linked to other robberies in the area as well.

Even the bad guys are taking their lives in their hands on craigslist.

Arrest made in September craigslist killing in NJ.

Travis Picou

Travis Picou

Back in September 41-year-old Mamuka Chamiashvili of Brooklyn, New York, was shot and killed in Elizabeth, New Jersey, after responding to a craigslist ad for a Mercedes-Benz SUV.

Back in October 28-year-old Ali Garner and 30-year-old Keon Lewis, both of Elizabeth, were arrested in connection with Mr. Chamiashvili’s murder and recently 36-year-old Travis Picou of Paterson was also arrested. All three are being held on $2 million bond each.

I’ll say it again that using craigslist for any reason is very akin to playing Russian Roulette.