NY organ trafficker admits buying kidneys in Israel for $10,000… and selling them in U.S. for $120,000First ever U.S. federal conviction for organ traffickingHis lawyers claimed he was providing life-saving serviceBy DAILY MAIL REPORTER Lawyers for a man who pleaded guilty Thursday in the first ever federal conviction for illegal organ trafficking say he was performing life-saving services for severely ill people.Levy Izhak Rosenbaum, from New York, admitted in a Trenton federal court to brokering three illegal kidney transplants for desperate New Jersey-based customers in exchange for payments of $120,000 or more.He also pleaded guilty to a conspiracy count for brokering an illegal kidney sale.Convicted trafficker: Levy Izhak Rosenbaum , 60, before entering the courthouse in Trenton, New Jersey, on ThursdayAttorneys Ronald Kleinberg and Richard Finkel say Rosenbaum never solicited clients.He simply agreed to help desperately ill people by finding them kidney donors, they said.The lawyers claim the surgeries occurred in prestigious American hospitals and were performed by experienced transplant experts.They did not, however, name the hospitals involved, the Associated Press reports.The lawyers claimed that the donors he arranged to give up kidneys were fully aware of what they were doing. But anthropologist and organ trade expert Nancy Scheper-Hughes, who described ISRAEL as a ‘PARIAH’ in the organ transplant world, has said in the past that many of the donors were desperately poor immigrants from eastern European countries such as Moldova, Romania and Russia.They say the recipients are leading healthy lives thanks to Rosenbaum.The 60-year-old was arrested two years ago following a huge investigation into corruption in New Jersey.The probe led to 46 arrests, including several rabbis, the New York Daily News reports.’I am what you call a matchmaker … I’ve never had a failure.’He was nabbed after an FBI informant who was pretending to be a businessman told him he was looking for a new kidney for a sick uncle, Rosenbaum was caught on tape boasting that he had brokered ‘quite a lot’ of illegal transplants.He told the informant: ‘I am what you call a matchmaker.”I bring a guy what I believe, he’s suitable for your uncle … I’ve never had a failure.’Prosecutors said he bought the organs from vulnerable people in Israel for as little as $10,000, then sold them here for a minimum of $120,000.New Jersey’s U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said: ‘A black market in human organs is not only a grave threat to public health, it reserves lifesaving treatment for those who can best afford it at the expense of those who cannot. We will not tolerate such an affront to human dignity.’Caught in a sting: Rosenbaum is handcuffed and arrested after a huge probe into corruption in New Jersey Rosenbaum faces a maximum five-year prison sentence on each count, plus a fine of up to $250,000. He also agreed to forfeit $420,000 in property that came from the kidney sales.He is a member of the Orthodox Jewish community in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn, where he had told neighbors he was in the construction business.Under 1984 federal law, it is illegal for anyone to knowingly buy or sell organs for transplant. The practice is illegal just about everywhere else in the world, too.But demand for kidneys far outstrips the supply, with 4,540 people dying in the U.S. last year while waiting for a kidney, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing.Evil plan: Rosenbaum’s home in Brooklyn where the matchmaking was masterminded as a result, there is a thriving black market for kidneys around the world.Art Caplan, the director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania and a co-chairman of a United Nations task force on organ trafficking, said kidneys are the most common of all trafficked organs because they can be harvested from live donors, unlike other organs. He said Rosenbaum had pleaded guilty to one of the ‘most heinous crimes against another human being.’Mr Caplan said: ‘Internationally, about one-quarter of all kidneys appear to be trafficked. ‘But until this case, it had not been a crime recognized as reaching the United States.’
This Man Spent Decades Befriending KKK Members. Hundreds Have Left the Group Because of HimBY BENNY JOHNSON3 DAYS AGOSHAREDISCUSSScreenshot/“Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America”There are many headlines in the news today about fighting white supremacy and the Ku Klux Klan with violence.However, decades ago 58-year-old Blues musician Daryl Davis learned the most effective way to get a Klansman to give up his hood: friendship.Daryl Davis has a unique hobby.In his spare time, he befriends white supremacists. Lots of them. Hundreds. He goes to where they live. Meets them at their rallies. Dines with them in their homes. He gets to know them because, in his words, “How can you hate me when you don’t even know me? Look at me and tell me to my face why you should lynch me.”Screenshot/VimeoScreenshot/VimeoScreenshot/VimeoScreenshot/VimeoScreenshot/VimeoHe also is a collector of KKK robes. He collects them as souvenirs when KKK members decide to give up on racism because of his friendship.Davis, a Christian, has met with white supremacists for three decades. He never tries to convert the Klansmen. He simply becomes friends with them and they give up the KKK on their own. According to an interview with The Independent, Davis is “happy” to be friends with former Klansmen:It’s a wonderful thing when you see a light bulb pop on in their heads or they call you and tell you they are quitting. I never set out to convert anyone in the Klan. I just set out to get an answer to my question: “How can you hate me when you don’t even know me?” I simply gave them a chance to get to know me and treat them the way I want to be treated.They come to their own conclusion that this ideology is no longer for them.I am often the impetus for coming to that conclusion and I’m very happy that some positivity has come out of my meetings and friendships with them.Not all are fans of Davis’s tactics. The musician receives deep criticism from some African-American leaders who call him “Uncle Tom” and “Oreo.” According to an interview with The Atlantic:He also asked, “Have you ever gotten criticism from black folks?”“Of course,” Davis replied. “Absolutely. Not black people who are friends of mine, who know me and understand where I’m coming from. Some black people who have not heard me interviewed or read my book jump to conclusions and prejudge me … I’ve been called Uncle Tom. I’ve been called an Oreo.” It doesn’t sway him:I had one guy from an NAACP branch chew me up one side and down the other, saying, “you know, we’ve worked hard to get ten steps forward. Here you are sitting down with the enemy having dinner, you’re putting us twenty steps back.”I pull out my robes and hoods and say, “look, this is what I’ve done to put a dent in racism. I’ve got robes and hoods hanging in my closet by people who’ve given up that belief because of my conversations sitting down to dinner. They gave it up. How many robes and hoods have you collected?” And then they shut up.Collecting the hoods of Klansmen who give up their racist beliefs is an incredible result for Davis.Davis’s story can be seen in the film “Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America
The madness seems to have reached Spain … My heart goes out to the innocent people involved and their families …
Barbara Streisand is one of many legendary, high-profile celebrities who openly oppose Donald Trump. The multi-talented actress and singer just wrote a piece for the Huffington Post that slammed Trump into oblivion.
Her assessment of Trump’s presidency couldn’t have been more spot on. She wrote:
“There’s a narcissistic fraud in the White House. An angry, hollow, vindictive man is running the country. What bottomless emotional need does he have for acclaim? It is hard to know where his rampant narcissism ends and serious mental problems ensue. He lies prodigiously and for no reason except he obviously has an unclear vision of what the truth is.”
After her epic opener, she continued:
“Is his narcissism the driving force behind his lies? Look no further than the lobbies at seven of his golf courses, where he has hung fake Time Magazine covers with made-up headlines of effusive praise for himself.
What a bizarre intersection between vanity and fraud. That is a president whose cabinet officials obsequiously offer tribute to his greatness while cameras roll. What is next, Dear Leader… a new haircut?”
Streisand added, “Keith Olbermann has taken to calling our Commander in Chief, #FakePresident. One could almost hear his unrequited search for legitimacy when he said, “I’m president and you’re not” to the media. You can hear the singsong of a child saying, “lalalalala!” There was also his stunt forWWE when he faked a body slam, which of course was later repurposed into a tweet he shared with a CNN logo over his opponent’s face. While he fit quite nicely into this WWE world of fake entertainment, what case of arrested development is it to retweet this? Is he 12?”
The legendary actress concluded:
“This is the Trump presidency. He will not grow in the office. Does his vindictiveness stem from Obama teasing him at the White House Correspondents Dinner over the “birther” insanity? As Charles Blow so perfectly put it, “Trump wants to be Obama — held in high esteem. But, alas, Trump is Trump.” His approval rating is underwater. A full 20 percent of his first five months in office has been spent golfing instead of learning about policy. He watches cable TV and then tweets in a rage. He lacks the temperament to fulfill his role. For all his ranting about fake news and fake media… the truth is, he is the fake president.”
WOW MAURICE YOU SURE YOU LOVE TRUMP?
…Barcelona van crash: Two feared dead in apparent ‘terror attack’ after van plows into a crowd of pedestrians in Las Ramblas Yahoo News UK 59 minutes ago Reactions Like Reblog on Tumblr Share Tweet EmailPolice officers tell members of the public to leave the scene in Barcelona. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)Two people have reportedly been killed and many more are injured after a van ploughed into a crowd of people in the centre of Barcelona in a terror attack.Police on the ground have asked people to evacuate the popular Las Ramblas tourist area.Police have confirmed the incident is a terror attack.Pictures from the scene showed police helping people injured in what has been described as a ‘massive crash’.At least one person thought to be an attacker has fled on foot to a nearby Turkish restaurant close to the incident.Reuters news agency is reporting two people are dead, although only one person has so far been confirmed killed.People are now taking shelter in local shops and cafes, according to local reports.Video of the scene shows police officers evacuated the area.Reports say that a Spanish passport was found inside the van.The area has now been cordoned off and local metro stations are closed.One eyewitness said: “We have seen people lying on the ground, the police told us to leave quickly.”Eyewitness Ethan Spibey told Sky News: ‘It was real chaos, people started running, screaming. There was a loud bang.’Another witness, Aamer Anwar said: “All of a sudden, I just sort of heard a crashing noise and the whole street just started to run, screaming. I saw a woman right next to me screaming for her kids.“Police were very, very quickly there, police officers with guns, batons, everywhere. Then the whole street started getting pushed back.”Photos posted online show emergency services helping victims.In recent weeks, threatening graffiti against tourists has appeared in Barcelona, which draws at least 11 million visitors a year.In one video released under the slogan “tourism kills neighbourhoods”, several hooded individuals stopped a tourist bus in Barcelona, slashed the tyres and spray-painted the windscreen.Since July 2016 a number of vehicles have been driven into crowds in a series of attacks across Europe, killing well over 100 people in Nice, Berlin, London and Stockholm.Las Ramblas is a popular shopping street in the centre of Barcelona and one of the city’s most popular tourist destinations.