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liquid mass
08-10-2004, 08:44 AM
Study: Worry about waves, not asteroids
Tuesday, August 10, 2004 Posted: 10:43 AM EDT (1443 GMT)



A tsunami from a volcano in the Canary Islands could devestate North America.



LONDON, England (Reuters) -- The bad news is that tens of millions of people along the eastern seaboard of the United States and Canada may drown if the slow slippage of a volcano off north Africa becomes a cataclysmic collapse.

But the good news is that the world is not likely to be destroyed by an asteroid any time soon.

Scientist Bill McGuire told a news conference on natural disasters Monday that some time in the next few thousand years the western flank of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the Canary Island of La Palma will collapse, sending walls of water 300 feet high racing across the Atlantic.

A chunk of the volcano the size of a small island began to slide into the ocean in 1949. There is almost no monitoring of the volcano, giving virtually no chance of any advance warning of another eruption which could trigger the catastrophe.

"The U.S. government must be aware of the threat. I am sure they are not taking it seriously," McGuire of the Benfield Grieg Hazard Research Center told reporters. "They certainly should be worried, as should the island states of the Caribbean."

He said the giant tidal wave or Tsunami triggered by such a collapse would hit the other islands of the Spanish-owned Canaries within an hour and reach the north African coast within two hours.

Between seven and 10 hours later, waves scores of feet tall traveling at the speed of a jet plane would be swamping the Caribbean and crashing into the eastern seaboards of South and North America.

McGuire urged the governments of Spain and the United States to fund monitoring of the volcanically active La Palma -- a project he said could be achieved relatively cheaply.

He said the slow collapse -- started by an eruption in 1949 -- would almost certainly be turned catastrophic by another eruption of the volcano which erupts every 25 to 200 years.

The last eruption was in 1971, and prior to 1949, the previous eruption was in 1712.

"A future president of the United States must make a call on what to do when La Palma collapses," he said.

On a brighter note, scientist Benny Peiser of John Moores University in Liverpool told the same news conference that the threat of a cataclysmic strike on the earth by a large asteroid was fading rapidly as money was pumped into finding them.

Within ten to 30 years, all the near-earth asteroids will have been charted. Scientists believe they can find a way to steer an asteroid out of the way of the earth, as long as they have enough warning it is coming.

That leaves the field clear for Hollywood to move on to volcanic eruptions and tsunami for the next generation of apocalyptic movies.

stryfe
08-10-2004, 09:12 AM
Man Trips Over Woman; Her Family Eats Him? (http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=583&e=1&u=/nm/20040810/od_nm/crime_philippines_cannibalism_dc)
Tue Aug 10, 8:10 AM ET

MANILA (Reuters) - A man and his two sons have been arrested on suspicion of murdering a neighbor and then eating parts of his body after he tripped over a woman relative at a dance, Philippine police said on Tuesday.

The three men are suspected of stabbing neighbor Benjie Ganoy to death last month in a remote village in the southwestern island of Palawan. They ate his ears, tongue and arms after roasting the body over a fire, provincial police chief Michael Garraez said.

"They stabbed him repeatedly, cut off the man's ears, pulled out his tongue and ate it," Garraez told Reuters by telephone. He was quoting a sworn statement by a witness, who said he had been forced to eat some flesh taken from the victim's arms.

Garraez said there was no tradition of cannibalism in the area.

He said the father had apparently been angry after Ganoy accidentally tripped over his daughter during a dance party.

Police said the victim disappeared after the dance party on July 17. The witness led them to the burned body almost a week later.

kamenriderv3
08-10-2004, 04:57 PM
and i thought balut was bad....

another article on the same story. http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/asiapcf/08/10/philippines.cannibal.ap/index.html

Decadent1
08-10-2004, 05:26 PM
Crazy shit happens in the provincnnnnnce.
In the provinnnnnce.

And his tita crieeeeed.

Steven P
08-11-2004, 10:29 AM
Originally posted by kamenriderv3
and i thought balut was bad....

another article on the same story. http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/asiapcf/08/10/philippines.cannibal.ap/index.html


What the shit!? I posted this artcile before searching to see if it were alredy posted here, and I thought the same exact balut line up. Har.

But yeah, that's groddy to the max!

kamenriderv3
08-11-2004, 12:48 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/asiapcf/08/11/arroyo.kiss.ap/story.arroyo.afp.jpg
arroyo: one more kiss and i chop off your ding dong! thank you for your understanding. salamat po!


MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Annoyed by a stream of unwanted kisses, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has warned overzealous male fans and supporters that to avoid embarrassment they should not pucker up in her direction.

"First, show some respect. Secondly, I am conservative. I do not want to be kissed by any man but my husband," she told a town hall meeting in Laguna province, south of Manila.

Arroyo often receives kisses on both cheeks by unknown admirers in a practice known locally as "beso-beso" ("kiss-kiss").

....

http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/asiapcf/08/11/arroyo.kiss.ap/index.html

ocd
08-11-2004, 01:56 PM
T-Rex Lived like a Rock Star (http://quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=axr3nYiMIL0Q&refer=us)

Tyrannosaurus Rex's Size Comes in Growth Spurt, Study Says

Aug. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Tyrannosaurus rex, a meat-eating dinosaur that could weigh more than six tons, gained 70 percent of its mass in a four-year growth spurt at middle age, according to a study in the journal Nature.


The study, which appears in the Aug. 12 issue of Nature, looked at how a tyrannosaur attained its great size by measuring growth rings in ribs, fibulas and other non-weight-bearing bones as well as gauging the circumference of the thigh bone in 20 specimens.


The first dinosaurs were about 3 feet (0.9 meters) long and weighed between 50 pounds (22.7 kg) and 100 pounds. Giants such as T. rex and Albertosaurus sarcophagus, a dinosaur similar to the tyrannosaur, evolved about 150 million years later, said Greg Erickson, the lead author of the study, in an interview. One of the burning questions in paleontology has been how did dinosaurs get to be so big, he said.


``Tyrannosaurus rex lived fast and died young,'' said Erickson, a biology professor at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. His research team included scientists from Florida State, the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the Field Museum in Chicago.


Researchers studied skeletons of tyrannosaurs ranging from 2 years to 28 years and that weighted between 29.9 kilograms (65.9 pounds) and 5,654 kilograms.


The tyrannosaur's growth during a four-year period that's akin to a teenager's growth spurt in humans came at a prodigious rate of about 2.1 kilograms (4.5 pounds) a day, he said. Similar species also had a growth spurt of about four years but put on only as much as 0.48 kilogram a day, Erickson said.


The study's determination of empirical growth curves for tyrannosaurs may lead to other discoveries about dinosaurs, such as how they moved and population characteristics, that had been subject to guesswork because no actual data exists, Erickson said.


The bone studies were compared with those of modern alligators and lizards, whose growth rings are similar to those of dinosaurs, the study said.

650lex
08-11-2004, 02:18 PM
http://savemarykate.blogspot.com/

who wants pie?

shibire
08-11-2004, 03:29 PM
Originally posted by kamenriderv3
and i thought balut was bad....

another article on the same story. http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/asiapcf/08/10/philippines.cannibal.ap/index.html


I too read that article. Yuck yuck yuck! And how drunk would you have to be to eat someone? I think it'd take more than a couple of drinks to get me to eat something that was unidentifiable. It's not like they had time to flavor the dude.

kamenriderv3
08-11-2004, 03:31 PM
imagine all the guests who finally read or see the news....


*blechhhhhhh!!!!*

650lex
08-11-2004, 03:32 PM
have you heard about the Dominicans trapped on a boat for days without food. they tossed the poor woman off the boat for not sharing her breast milk with others.
no punchline - true story....

kamenriderv3
08-11-2004, 03:35 PM
they probably asked her that before the food ran out

YelloKitty
08-11-2004, 09:16 PM
Originally posted by Decadent1
Crazy shit happens in the provincnnnnnce.
In the provinnnnnce.

And his tita crieeeeed.
hahahahaha
hahahahahahahahaaaa

zachariah
08-12-2004, 07:44 AM
Bush gets soverized on the Web (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/08/11/bush_gets_soverized/) By Ashlee Vance in Chicago (ashlee.vance at theregister.co.uk)
Published Wednesday 11th August 2004 17:33 GMT

One of our favorite George Bush blunders has found a home on the Web courtesy of Democracy Now.

The web site has captured audio and video feeds of Bush answering questions in front of a Unity conference held last weekend. The gaffe of note took place when Bush was asked about his views on the tribal sovereignty of Native Americans. Bush's answer to the question resulted in an eruption of laughter from the crowd. The giggles seemed to elicit a brief grimace from Bush, but didn't stop him from continuing on and swallowing his foot whole.
Click to Visit

Reporter Mark Trahant asks Bush, "Mr. President you have been a governor and a president, so you have unique experience looking at (tribal sovereignty) from two directions. What do you think tribal sovereignty means in the 21st century?"

Here Bush gets very literal.

"Yeah. Uh, tribal sovereignty means that - it's sovereign. You are a . . . you have been given sovereignty, and you are viewed as a sovereign entity."

The laughter begins.

"And, therefore, the relationship between the federal government and the tribes is one between sovereign entities."

Indeed.

In a question and answer session after the president's speech, Jesse Jackson tried to shed more light on the discussion.

"The president explained (tribal sovereignty), you just didn't understand. Sovereignty is sovereignty. You understand? It's like in sovereignenity. If you are on a reservation, you have been soverized."

Ain't that the truth.

The video and audio feeds of the fun are available here (http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/08/10/149259). ®
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Bush's search for clean Cuban hookers goes awry (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/07/28/bush_sees_clean_cuban_hookers/)
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© Copyright 2004

stryfe
08-12-2004, 07:46 AM
Gene blocking turns monkeys into workaholics (http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/science/08/11/procrastinating.monkeys.reut/index.html)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Procrastinating monkeys were turned into workaholics using a gene treatment to block a key brain compound, U.S. researchers reported on Wednesday.

Blocking cells from receiving dopamine made the monkeys work harder at a task -- and they were better at it, too, the U.S. government researchers found.

Dr. Barry Richmond and colleagues at the National Institute of Mental Health used a new genetic technique to block the D2 gene.

"The gene makes a receptor for a key brain messenger chemical, dopamine," Richmond said in a statement. Dopamine is a message carrying chemical associated with rewards, movement and a variety of other important functions.

"The gene knockdown triggered a remarkable transformation in the simian work ethic. Like many of us, monkeys normally slack off initially in working toward a distant goal," he added.

For their study, Richmond and colleague used seven rhesus monkeys. They had to push a lever in response to visual cues on a projection screen, and got a drop of water as a reward.

"They work more efficiently -- make fewer errors -- as they get closer to being rewarded. But without the dopamine receptor, they consistently stayed on-task and made few errors, because they could no longer learn to use visual cues to predict how their work was going to get them a reward."

Writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Richmond and colleagues said they were trying to figure out how D2 is involved in a type of learning.

Humans and monkeys both use this learning, which involves looking at how much work there is, visually, and deciding how long it will take to complete it.

Monkeys and humans both tend to wait until the last possible minute to finish up the work, and become very adept at estimating how long they have.

Molecular geneticist Edward Ginns created a DNA antisense agent that tricked brain cells into turning off their D2 receptors -- which are molecular doorways used by dopamine to get into cells.

Antisense involves making a kind of mirror image molecule that looks like a strand of DNA and works to block a gene's action.

Although some employers might take a distinct interest in the work, the NIMH team said they are hoping to understand mental illness.

"In this case, it's worth noting that the ability to associate work with reward is disturbed in mental disorders, including schizophrenia, mood disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder, so our finding of the pivotal role played by this gene and circuit may be of clinical interest," Richmond said.

"For example, people who are depressed often feel nothing is worth the work. People with obsessive-compulsive disorder work incessantly; even when they get rewarded they feel they must repeat the task. In mania, people will work feverishly for rewards that aren't worth the trouble to most of us."

ocd
08-12-2004, 08:27 AM
Originally posted by zachariah
Bush gets soverized on the Web (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/08/11/bush_gets_soverized/) Ha! I've heard about this story before, but not the Jesse Jackson quote. Sometimes, just sometimes, I love that guy.

ocd
08-12-2004, 08:28 AM
Originally posted by stryfe
Gene blocking turns monkeys into workaholics (http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/science/08/11/procrastinating.monkeys.reut/index.html)I don't like this at all.

akuma
08-12-2004, 08:35 AM
480-Pound Woman Dies After Six Years On Couch


STUART, Fla. -- A 480-pound Martin County woman has died after emergency workers tried to remove her from the couch where she had remained for about six years. Gayle Laverne Grinds, 40, died Wednesday, after a failed six-hour effort to dislodge her from the couch in her home. Workers say the home was filthy, and Grinds was too large to get up from the couch to even use the bathroom.

Everyone going inside the home had to wear protective gear. The stench was so powerful they had to blast in fresh air. A preliminary autopsy on the the four-foot, ten-inch woman lists the cause of death as "morbid obesity." But officials want to know more about the circumstances inside the home.

Investigators say Grinds lived with a man named Herman Thomas, who says he tried to take care of her the best he could. He has told them he tried repeatedly to get her up, but simply couldn't. No charges have been filed, but officials are looking into negligence issues.

Emergency workers had to remove some sliding glass doors and lift the couch, with Grinds still on it, to a trailer behind a pickup truck. Removing her from the couch would be too painful, since her body was grafted to the fabric. After years of staying put, her skin had literally become one with the sofa and had to be surgically removed.

She died at Martin Memorial Hospital South, still attached to the couch.

Neighbors say they had no idea Grinds lived at the duplex, though they had seen Thomas and some children outside.


http://www.wftv.com/newsofthestrange/3643877/detail.html

ocd
08-12-2004, 08:37 AM
Fuck. That's just gross.

akuma
08-12-2004, 08:37 AM
"died... attached to a couch."


:confused:
:(

ocd
08-12-2004, 08:38 AM
*shudder*

650lex
08-12-2004, 08:39 AM
imagine what the fabric must have looked like
once they peeled it off of her.....

ocd
08-12-2004, 08:45 AM
Apparently, since it was fused to her skin, it would be covered in fat and blood. Oh shit I'm about to lose my breakfast.

Shaftoe
08-12-2004, 09:40 AM
More detail here (http://www.palmbeachpost.com/localnews/content/martin_stlucie/epaper/2004/08/12/m1a_mcbody_0812.html)

stryfe
08-12-2004, 09:51 AM
i don't understand this part "the floor and walls were matted with feces"

slackerbot
08-12-2004, 09:55 AM
i don't think i really want to try and figure that one out. :(

fmstlr
08-12-2004, 10:03 AM
my right hand is attached to the mouse, and my left... you don't wanna know.

fmstlr
08-12-2004, 10:58 AM
Gypsy Boots, original 'nature boy' and health guru, dead at 89

By Gillian Flaccus
Associated Press


Gypsy Boots, a California fitness icon, author and health guru who paved the way for generations of beatniks, hippies and health-food junkies, has died at age 89.
Boots, born Robert Bootzin, died early Sunday at a convalescent home in Camarillo after a brief illness, said his son, Daniel Bootzin.

Born Aug. 19, 1915, in San Francisco to Jewish immigrant parents, Boots defined what it meant to live close to nature decades before the nation's current obsession with organic foods, yoga and exercise.

During his life, he tried a number of careers, from author to entertainer to hay baler to trendy restaurateur -- but never shed his long hair and thick beard or his passion for natural foods and a near-Spartan existence.

"What people have a hard time understanding is that, in the early 1960s, there were no hippies and nobody had long hair, nobody had a beard," said Daniel Bootzin. "He really was that way, way before anybody had that look. As a child, I was painfully aware that he was extremely different than anybody else."

Boots' philosophy of clean living, exercise and healthy eating -- laid out in his books "Barefeet and Good Things to Eat" and "The Gypsy in Me" -- attracted thousands of fans worldwide and netted him 25 appearances on "The Steve Allen Show" in the early 1960s.

Inspired by the German "Naturmensch" movement, Boots and a "tribe" of fellow bohemians spent the 1940s living off the land in Tahquitz Canyon near Palm Springs, sleeping in caves and trees and bathing in waterfalls. Photos from that time show a robust and tan man, often shirtless and shoeless, with a shaggy beard and long hair.

His lifestyle was immortalized in the 1948 Nat King Cole hit "Nature Boy," which was composed by fellow "tribesman" Eden Ahbez, said Gordon Kennedy, a longtime friend who has written a book about Boots and other Nature Boys called "Children of the Sun."

In 1953, Boots married Lois Bloemker and settled near Griffith Park in Los Angeles to raise his three sons, Daniel, Alexander and Freddy.

In 1958, he opened the Health Hut on Beverly Boulevard and served organic foods to a host of A-list celebrities. Yet Boots never judged others by his own strict health standards, said his son.

"He said a lot that you could eat the best food in the world, but if you're not happy you have nothing. If you're not happy, you're not healthy," he said. "He was strict for himself, but he didn't really care what other people ate."

Boots eventually settled down, but continued to promote health food and exercise, going door-to-door in the 1960s and 1970s peddling organic produce and offering fitness classes. He was often spotted running barefoot in Griffith Park; on his 50th birthday, he ran 10 miles in 120-degree heat.

Beginning in 1961, Boots appeared 25 times on "The Steve Allen Show." The shows, which reached a total of 30 million viewers, made Boots into a national star. Boots would swing onto the stage on a rope, long hair flying, and persuade Allen to help him make organic juices and do exercises with him.

"It was just really zany. A lot of letters came in and they just kept having him back over and over again," said Kennedy, who in 1998 published "The Children of the Sun," a pictorial history of the "Naturmensch" movement and its impact on the United States.

Boots also appeared in 1968's "Mondo Hollywood," a cult movie starring Ram Dass and Frank Zappa, and had roles in other films such as "Swingin' Summer," "Confessions of Tom Harris" and "The Game" with Michael Douglas.

Photos on his Web site show him hobnobbing with celebrities including Marlon Brando, Jay Leno, Paul Newman and Muhammad Ali. Almost every year, Boots would host a birthday party at Paramount Studios that attracted Hollywood celebrities, said Kennedy.

In his later years, Boots was a devoted USC fan and loved attending football games carrying bells that he would ring as he dashed up and down the Coliseum steps. At his last game, several years ago, his son said he still climbed the stairs although he was in his mid-eighties.

"He was the embodiment of a positive attitude. Sometimes I couldn't understand why he was so positive. He really let nothing bring him down," Daniel Bootzin said. "He really touched people around the world. ... He had two parts to him: a health guru and a clown who loved to make people laugh."

Boots is survived by his sons Daniel and Alexander; his former wife, Lois Bootzin; three grandchildren and a sister. A third son, Freddy, died in 2001.

A public memorial will be announced later this week, Daniel Bootzin said.

ocd
08-12-2004, 11:01 AM
Originally posted by fmstlr
Gypsy Boots, original 'nature boy' and health guru, dead at 89 I heard about this yesterday. From what I hear, nobody's really sure of his real age, even his own son!

fmstlr
08-12-2004, 11:02 AM
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20040810/capt.wxs10908100503.obit_gypsy_boots_wxs109.jpg

Can't touch this.

zachariah
08-12-2004, 08:52 PM
Well now we know who's side God was on during the Gore/Bush presidential election controversy.


'Get Out' Warning as Hurricane Charley Bears Down on Florida (http://news.scotsman.com/print.cfm?id=3335606&referringtemplate=http%3A%2F%2Fnews%2Escotsman%2Ecom%2Flatest%2Ecfm&referringquerystring=id%3D3335606) Fri 13 Aug 2004

4:12am (UK)
'Get Out' Warning as Hurricane Charley Bears Down on Florida

Around a million residents and tourists have been warned to leave parts of Florida over fears that Tampa and other parts of the west coast could be submerged by the massive storm surge when Hurricane Charley strikes the state’s central gulf coast today.

It does have the potential of devastating impact. ... This is a scary, scary thing,” Florida governor Jeb Bush said yesterday.

The evacuation zone stretched along Florida’s west coast from Key West to north of Tampa.

Charlie was expected to pass west of the Keys at Florida’s tip early today before hitting the Tampa Bay area in the afternoon with winds up to 110mph, heavy rain, sporadic tornadoes and the dangerous storm surge, said Hugh Cobb, a meteorologist at the National Hurricane Centre in Miami. With winds that high, it would be a powerful category 3 hurricane.

Residents of the Tampa Bay area, where the eye is projected to hit, south to the Naples area were told to expect a storm surge of 10-13 feet. State meteorologist Ben Nelson said the surge could reach 16 feet in the Tampa area if Charley hit at 120mph.

The bulk of the evacuations were in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, which include Tampa and St Petersburg, a city that sits on a peninsula.

All residents of MacDill Air Force Base, on another peninsula in Tampa Bay, were ordered out, with only essential personnel remaining. MacDill is home to US Central Command, the nerve centre of the war in Iraq.

“MacDill Air Force Base will probably be mostly underwater and parts of downtown Tampa could be underwater if we have a Category 3,” Nelson said. “In a Category 3, you can almost get to the point where Pinellas County becomes an island.”

Heavy traffic flowed across the three Tampa Bay bridges linking Pinellas with Hillsborough and the mainland

“There will be a period of time where if you stay behind and you change your mind and you want to be rescued, no-one can help you. We aren’t going to go out on a suicide mission,” Pinellas Emergency Management Chief Gary Vickers told people in the evacuation zone.

The hurricane bore down after Tropical Storm Bonnie blew ashore yesterday on the Florida Panhandle with winds estimated near 50mph (80 kph). Bonnie failed to produce any reported flooding, but the one-two punch of tropical weather was highly unusual. Storms have not struck so close together in Florida since 1906.

About 6.5 million of Florida’s 17 million residents were in Charley’s projected path, the US Census Bureau reported.

The evacuation request was Florida’s biggest since 1999, when Hurricane Floyd brushed the state’s east coast and prompted officials to urge a record 1.3 million to evacuate.

Charley became a Caribbean hurricane on Wednesday, moving past Jamaica and over the British Cayman Islands territory. At 8pm (1am BST yesterday), it was about 90 miles south of Havana, Cuba.

Forecasters said Charley had become a Category 2 hurricane with top sustained winds of about 105mph, up from 90mph earlier. It was moving north-north west near 17mph and was expected to strengthen, meteorologists said.

Charley skirted around Cuba’s small Isle of Youth last night and was expected to turn towards the north, putting it on a straight track for the Cuban capital on its way to Florida.

Hopefully this will teach those Floridians not to mess with the election this time.

kingka
08-12-2004, 10:21 PM
http://www.titanic-fan-france.com/dicaprio/img/car.jpg

Originally posted by akuma
480-Pound Woman Dies After Six Years On Couch


STUART, Fla. -- A 480-pound Martin County woman has died after emergency workers tried to remove her from the couch where she had remained for about six years. Gayle Laverne Grinds, 40, died Wednesday, after a failed six-hour effort to dislodge her from the couch in her home. Workers say the home was filthy, and Grinds was too large to get up from the couch to even use the bathroom.

Everyone going inside the home had to wear protective gear. The stench was so powerful they had to blast in fresh air. A preliminary autopsy on the the four-foot, ten-inch woman lists the cause of death as "morbid obesity." But officials want to know more about the circumstances inside the home.

Investigators say Grinds lived with a man named Herman Thomas, who says he tried to take care of her the best he could. He has told them he tried repeatedly to get her up, but simply couldn't. No charges have been filed, but officials are looking into negligence issues.

Emergency workers had to remove some sliding glass doors and lift the couch, with Grinds still on it, to a trailer behind a pickup truck. Removing her from the couch would be too painful, since her body was grafted to the fabric. After years of staying put, her skin had literally become one with the sofa and had to be surgically removed.

She died at Martin Memorial Hospital South, still attached to the couch.

Neighbors say they had no idea Grinds lived at the duplex, though they had seen Thomas and some children outside.


http://www.wftv.com/newsofthestrange/3643877/detail.html

zachariah
08-13-2004, 08:52 AM
Originally posted by me
Well now we know who's side God was on during the Gore/Bush presidential election controversy.


'Get Out' Warning as Hurricane Charley Bears Down on Florida (http://news.scotsman.com/print.cfm?id=3335606&referringtemplate=http%3A%2F%2Fnews%2Escotsman%2Ecom%2Flatest%2Ecfm&referringquerystring=id%3D3335606)

Hopefully this will teach those Floridians not to mess with the election this time.

Charley nearing Category 3; 2 million Floridians warned to evacuate (http://www.khou.com/topstories/stories/khou040812_jt_tropicalstorms.6ce5b5eb.html)

http://maps.wunderground.com/data/640x480/2xat_ir_anim.gif






It's too bad that, in November, Texans probably won't remember that the
Shuttle was send hurdling out of the sky at them for sending their governor to Washington.

ocd
08-13-2004, 08:55 AM
Why is Ja torturing them?!

zachariah
08-13-2004, 08:59 AM
right now it actually looks like it was sent by cuba to attack us:
http://img58.exs.cx/img58/9079/2xat_ir_anim.gif

ocd
08-13-2004, 09:04 AM
It's probably because Bush misrepresented the facts about Cuba's "state sponsored sex tourism" or whatever he called it.


:sidestep:
Lately I've been wondering what would have happened to all the communist states of the world if the US just kept its nose out of their bid-nass and didn't topple them with military dictatorships and the like.

Evil Mastermind
08-13-2004, 09:04 AM
But Florida is Americas wang!

ocd
08-13-2004, 09:06 AM
Now it's got a bright red glowing herpe right on it's head.

650lex
08-13-2004, 09:14 AM
Pamela Anderson, author. The actress' novel is not about her -- so she says.

Aidin Vaziri, Chronicle Pop Music Critic
Friday, August 13, 2004



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Pamela Anderson didn't have to go on some inane reality show to become an overnight celebrity. She did it the old-school way -- by jumping into bed with Hollywood sleaze, stripping down for Playboy and even starring on a television show alongside David Hasselhoff, knowing full well his career was in the Dumpster without a talking black Trans Am by his side.

So it makes perfect sense that she has written a book about it. Not that Anderson is making any pretense of actually having come up with the words that produce her literary debut, "Star: A Novel" (That would be the work of the book's not-so-secret ghostwriter, Eric Shaw Quinn). Nor does she specifically say it is about her life, which is a little confusing.

Sitting with Quinn in a New York airport waiting for a cross-country flight, Anderson says by phone that the book is just the fictional story of a young girl named Star Wood Leigh who happens to go through a lot of the same things the 37-year-old Canadian-born actress did on her way to the top of the tabloid heap.

If some super genius computer expert took the time to scramble the letters around in their names, they might even spell the same thing. Or vice versa. Or not.

"I thought it would be more fun to write fiction," Anderson says, a glistening eruption of platinum blonde hair and pink lips. "I just thought it would give me license to be really creative and fun and do something really different. And this way, I don't hurt anybody's feelings."

Some of it is hopelessly transparent.

The shapely bombshell in the book is discovered on the Jumbotron at a Miami Dolphins game, poses for Mann magazine and gets her big break on a television show called "Lifeguards Inc."

The shapely bombshell in real life got discovered on the Jumbotron at a British Columbia Lions game, posed for Playboy magazine and got her break on a television show called "Baywatch."

But considering the genuine Anderson, whose most recent boyfriend was rocker Kid Rock, had genuine relationships with the Sunset Strip bottom- feeders like Tommy Lee, Poison singer Bret Michaels and former "Happy Days" star Scott Baio, it's easy to see why she didn't want to use any real names in print. No one in their right mind would want to immortalize sharing a bed with Chachi.

"I think this is even more revealing than writing a real biography because this way people get to know my personality better," she says.

To promote the book, Anderson is making several in-store appearances with Quinn at her side. She calls the shy author her new best friend. "Eric is really upset that he's getting spoilt this way," she says about her dumpy, decidedly un-rock 'n' roll writing partner.

The day before, the duo faced hundreds of fans at the Barnes & Noble store in Rockefeller Center. Quinn, whose previous writing credit is a book called "Say Uncle," a book about a gay man fighting for custody of his nephew,

could not stop smiling.

"This is not a usual book tour, is it?" she says to Quinn.

Beautiful and charming, Anderson undoubtedly has many talents. But even with everything she's been through, a novel like "Star" doesn't seem like the most obvious way to share her story.

An "E! Hollywood True Story"? Sure. A VH1 special interspersed with clips of the pornographic home movies? OK.

"Well, I like to live this way," she laughs. "I like to be spontaneous."

Anderson says most of the writing took place on Friday afternoons, after she dropped her two sons, Brandon and Dylan from her marriage to Lee, off at school. She would pull out a big yellow note pad and start scribbling down bits and pieces of the story, then handing off each page to Quinn so he could turn it into something readable. One suspects these original drafts are probably a thousand times more entertaining than the stuff that actually made it into the book.

Quinn, in fact, says his main job was to tone down whatever Anderson had written.

"I wanted it to be suggestive and sexy but not too sexual," Anderson says. "That was part of my thing because the editor definitely wanted more sex in the book. She said she was the only editor that had to include batteries on her expense report."

The provocative cover of the book, meanwhile, in which Anderson looks something like a discarded Barbie doll, was shot by famed photographer David LaChapelle months before the book's actual completion.

"We were talking about the cover, and I said, 'Didn't I just do a picture of me covered in stars lying on really bad shag carpet with terrible white shoes, looking out of my mind with a ghetto blaster?' " she recalls. "Because that's Star. That's me. So it worked out perfectly.

"This whole experience has been like that. Everything's fallen into place. "

Anderson says she had so much fun writing this novel that a second one is already on the way, tentatively titled "Star Struck."

"I loved it," she says. "I remember my first plane ride. I remember coming to L.A. for the first time. Reliving all that and seeing where I was and where I've come to was kind of nice. It was humbling, too. I remember being so overwhelmed by everything." She sighs.

"It was really good for me to do."


wow, i didn't know she could read! ha
actually, once you get passed the massive
silicone ass that's on her chest - she's pretty
witty.

ocd
08-13-2004, 09:18 AM
Something about her face always bugged me.

650lex
08-13-2004, 09:22 AM
i am sure you are the 5th person
to ever recognize her face....

ocd
08-13-2004, 09:23 AM
Meh, bad boob jobs are a dime a dozen.

650lex
08-13-2004, 09:24 AM
they had 'em out like hotcakes to 14 year olds in South America
..so I'm told...

hannabarbarella
08-13-2004, 09:36 AM
World's hairiest man has ear hair removed to hear (http://edition.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/asiapcf/08/06/ear.hair.reut/)

BEIJING, China (Reuters) -- The world's hairiest man, Chinese rock singer Yu Zhenhuan, underwent ear surgery in Shanghai on Friday to remove hair that was impairing his hearing, the Xinhua news agency said on Friday.

Doctors said Yu had complained of constant earaches and nausea and had lost one-third of his hearing, Xinhua said.

Yu was recognized in 2002 as the world's hairiest man by the Guinness Book of Records, Xinhua said.

Yu's body, save the palms of his hands and the soles of his feet, is covered with an average of 41 hairs per 1 sq cm (0.16 sq inch), a condition doctors term "atavism," it said.

The hirsute 26-year-old Yu, a rock-and-roll singer, made his entertainment debut at the age of six in a movie about "a hairy child's adventure," the state news agency said.

http://www.lupiga.com/vijesti/slike/20040809003531Yu__Zhenhuan.jpg

ocd
08-13-2004, 09:37 AM
Holy shit.

650lex
08-13-2004, 09:40 AM
wow, and he's a ROCK SINGER?

kamenriderv3
08-13-2004, 12:03 PM
maybe he will fall in love with a girl named sally

kamenriderv3
08-13-2004, 12:05 PM
Originally posted by ocd
Meh, bad boob jobs are a dime a dozen.

they cost more than that!!

ocd
08-13-2004, 12:22 PM
You don't clip coupons, do you?

650lex
08-13-2004, 12:41 PM
i like to collect the ones that saves you $5 off of lap dances at the Crazy Horse

it's nice to have options....

ocd
08-13-2004, 12:53 PM
Another Dead Zone off the Coast of Oregon (http://www.newsday.com/news/health/ny-hsdead133927892aug13,0,5535971.story?coll=ny-health-headlines)

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

August 13, 2004

NEWPORT, Ore. -- His hand on a toggle switch and his eyes on a computer screen, Oregon State University graduate student Anthony Kirincich uses an array of scientific instruments to probe the vibrant waters of the Pacific.

He is searching for the absence of life, for very low levels of oxygen, a sign of what scientists call the Dead Zone. Researchers think the appearance of such an area that cannot sustain life may be a sign of a fundamental change in the Pacific.

Two years ago when local fishermen started hauling up pots filled with dead crabs, scientists figured out that a huge mass of sub-Arctic water with very low levels of oxygen and high levels of nutrients had welled up from the ocean's depths and settled in for the summer on the Continental Shelf off central Oregon.

The Dead Zone dissipated that fall, and based on 40 years of ocean monitoring and fishing lore, many thought they would never see it again. This summer, the Dead Zone, a 50-mile by 10-mile swathe about 150 feet deep, came back.

"What I think we are seeing is a tipping of the balance of the ecosystem," said Jack Barth, a professor of oceanography at Oregon State. "We don't fully understand what the cause of that is. We have some good ideas that it is related to some fundamental changes in circulation and the source of water for the Oregon Continental Shelf."

There are more than 30 pollution-caused dead zones around the world in enclosed waters, including Hood Canal in Puget Sound, the Mississippi delta and Chesapeake Bay.

Naturally caused dead zones in open water, like the one off Oregon, are rare and less well understood. In this case, a mass of deep ocean water was transported south from the sub-Arctic region by a shift in the California Current and came to rest on the Continental Shelf. Already low in oxygen from being deep in the ocean, it lost even more when abundant plant life died and decomposed.

Jane Lubchenco, professor of marine biology at Oregon State, does not think it is related to El Niño, the warming that periodically hits the Pacific. It might, however, be related to the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, a cyclic climate condition in the northern Pacific that controls upwelling events.

Copyright © 2004, Newsday, Inc.

stryfe
08-13-2004, 12:58 PM
^ wow, cool in a scary-ish way.

650lex
08-13-2004, 01:00 PM
Late Breaking News....

Science Teacher Keeps Twinkie For 30 Years

Associated Press
Thursday, August 12, 2004


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BLUE HILL, Maine -- A Twinkie standing the test of time on the edge of a blackboard may be a retiring science teacher's lasting legacy.

Roger Bennatti developed a reputation as an innovative teacher during his 31-year career at George Stevens Academy, using new methods to introduce students to subjects he loved. But the legend of the Twinkie looms over all.

Speckled with bits of mold, the bright yellow cake still adorns his lab, but Bennatti only vaguely remembers why he kept the Twinkie so long.

"We wanted to see what the shelf life of a Twinkie was," said Bennatti. "The idea was to see how long it would take to go bad."

The Twinkie stayed on top of the board through his career -- joined in later years by a Fig Newton -- and occasionally inspired new food experiments. Bennatti estimates the ever-yellow Twinkie is about 30-years-old.

"It's rather brittle, but if you dusted it off, it's probably still edible," Bennatti said. "It never spoiled."

The fascination with the Twinkie lasted until Bennatti's retirement in June, said Libby Rosemeier, a former Bennatti student and teacher at the school.

"We had to spirit it away at the end of the year," said Rosemeier, who has volunteered to become the Twinkie's new caretaker. "The kids all wanted it."

Rosemeier said her father, a carpenter, plans to make a case for the snack, and she hopes to hang it in her new classroom next year.

Bennatti will not leave teaching altogether. He purchased a large telescope and plans to develop a small observatory at his home in Bucksport, where he hopes to bring in small classes from area schools.

"This is how I can keep my hand in it," he said.

ocd
08-13-2004, 01:00 PM
Yeah, and it moves around really unpredictably as well, which has got to have the fishes' nerves on edge.

cabbagechild
08-13-2004, 07:17 PM
i have testicles

fmstlr
08-15-2004, 12:14 PM
Venezuela Voters Turn Out in Huge Numbers

Updated 3:32 PM ET August 15, 2004
By ALEXANDRA OLSON

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - Voters turned out in huge numbers Sunday to decide whether to keep populist President Hugo Chavez in power or oust him and his social revolution that critics say has sidelined the middle class and fueled tensions between rich and poor.

Activists on both sides set off huge firecrackers and played recorded bugle songs to wake voters hours before dawn. Voters turned out in droves, waiting in line for five hours or more to cast ballots in the historic vote.

It was the first time in Venezuela's history that a referendum on cutting short a president's term in office has been held. The vote will determine whether the country continues with Chavez's social revolution, his centralizing of power in the presidency and close ties with Cuba _ policies that have deeply divided the nation.

"This is the largest turnout I have ever seen," exclaimed former President Jimmy Carter, who was helping to monitor the vote. "There are thousands of people in line, waiting patiently and without any disturbance."

Lines snaked for many blocks outside polling stations in upscale anti-Chavez neighborhoods and in slums where the president maintains a loyal following because of his social programs on behalf of the poor, including scholarships, medical care and literacy campaigns.

Many Venezuelans adore the 50-year-old former army paratrooper for his efforts to improve the lives of the impoverished majority in the nation of 25 million. But critics say his "revolutionary" rhetoric has vilified the middle class and widened the gap between rich and poor. Many fear he is gradually imposing a Cuba-style dictatorship.

"Venezuela is making history," declared Information Minister Jesse Chacon. "This is a triumph for the Venezuelan people."

Chavez, a vocal critic of Washington's economic and foreign policies, and his opponents accuse each other of trampling over democratic boundaries in a political crisis that climaxed in a failed April 2002 two-day coup that left dozens dead in street protests.

"Today we're going to have a wonderful day," beamed Jose Eduardo Lopez, a 58-year-old taxi driver, as he stood in line in a hillside slum overlooking downtown Caracas. "Chavez will not only get enough votes to win, but will have enough to share. It will be a knockout."

Across town, thousands lined up to vote in the upscale La Castellana neighborhood, where the sentiment was clearly anti-Chavez.

"I think everyone here is voting against Chavez," said Silvia Gomez, 49. "This country is a disaster."

Memories of past bloodshed raised fears that violence in the world's fifth-largest oil exporter could erupt again if the results are disputed as many were expecting a close outcome. Some pro-Chavez militants threatened attacks if any fraud was attempted, but the early polling was peaceful.

Nineteen people were killed in an anti-Chavez protest before he was ousted in a two-day April 2002 coup. Dozens more people were killed and hundreds wounded before Chavez was returned to power amid a popular uprising. Political riots last March claimed a dozen more lives.

Officials planned to release preliminary results hours after the polls close Sunday afternoon if one side has a clear lead. The election commission has ruled that only it can release polling figures. Exit polls were banned.

The referendum, with 14 million eligible voters, follows months of painstaking negotiations mediated by the Organization of American States and the nonprofit Carter Center, the gathering of millions of signatures and rulings by the National Elections Council and the Supreme Court.

Chavez pledged to respect the results "no matter what they are."

Chavez, who led a failed military coup in 1992, was elected president on an anti-corruption, anti-poverty platform in 1998. After changes to the constitution, he was re-elected to a six-year term in 2000.

For the recall to succeed, more Venezuelans must vote against Chavez than the nearly 3.8 million who voted for him four years ago. Then new presidential elections must be held within 30 days, during which time Vice President Jose Vicente Rangel would head a transitional government.

The constitution is unclear on whether Chavez could run as a candidate if a new election is held, as he has said he would do. The opposition coalition has yet to name a potential candidate.

Edginess over possible disruptions in Venezuela's oil industry, which normally provides almost 15 percent of U.S. imports, contributed this week to record high oil prices, which have reached more than $46 a barrel.

zachariah
08-16-2004, 07:25 PM
Cement shortage hits US housing boom (http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0817/p03s02-usec.html) from the August 17, 2004 edition

Construction demands in China are one factor crimping global cement supplies and affecting 29 US states.

By Daniel B. Wood | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

LOS ANGELES - Somewhere in China today, a dam is being built and it's ruining Bill Feltz's day.

"It's hurting us, no question," says Mr. Feltz, vice president of production for Anderson Concrete, a leading Central Ohio concrete firm. "The Chinese are building dams and roads and Olympic venues, so they are using more cement than they make." The extra demand is driving up the prices for the rest of the world, he says, so "here in Columbus, Ohio, a significant portion of that is coming out of our pockets."

Feltz says his company's profits may drop more than 10 to 15 percent this year, even though they try to pass extra costs - as much as 25 percent - to their customers. So far, he hasn't had to turn any customers away. From Connecticut to Florida, Texas to Michigan, and across the Southwest, shortages have become so severe that construction is being halted or slowed, leaving a growing number of roads, stadiums, and patios unfinished. The countrywide shortage of cement - the crushed limestone, calcium, and silicon powder used to bind concrete - could leave a significant pothole in the US economy.

"It's a very big deal," says Ryan Puckett, spokesman for the Portland Cement Association (PCA), a trade group that represents cement companies in the United States and Canada. The US has long imported about 25 percent of its cement, he says, much of which comes from China. With major Chinese construction projects moving ahead - from rural dams to urban skyscrapers - a fourth of the world's population is now using far more than it exports.

The worldwide shortage began to be felt across Asia first, then hit the shores of Florida last year. Since the US construction season began last spring, shortages have been declared in 29 states. Even though 114 US-based mills are running at 100 percent capacity seven days a week, they aren't keeping pace with demand. For companies who use the cement to mix the concrete they sell to customers, that means scheduling problems, layoffs, fewer profits, and concerns about the future.

"It's impacting customers, employees, company profits, and building projects all over the US," says Puckett. Delays and canceled projects are reported from retirement condo projects in Florida to housing developments in Phoenix to casino building in Las Vegas. "Everywhere there is construction, there are cement customers lined up without enough supply to keep them happy," he says.

The limited number of barges and shipping lines to bring the imported cement to US shores is adding to the problem. The demand for rebuilding in Iraq, and building projects from Hong Kong to Singapore, have significantly diverted supply ships to those countries. The supplies that are making it to US ports have been bottlenecked by transportation woes, observers say.

"One of the major issues [we] have faced this year is significant delays with the Union Pacific's system," says Lance Latham, spokesman for Ash Grove Cement Company, the fifth-largest cement manufacturer in the US, which recently announced plans to build a $250 million plant about 40 miles north of Las Vegas. "With one half of the world cement supply tied up in China, it's been difficult for the California producers to supply southern Nevada. [Union Pacific] Railroad didn't anticipate the economic growth occurring across the country and was caught shorthanded."

Mr. Latham and others say the current shortage is exposing both the shipping and US production limitations as problems that need to be addressed by public policymakers before the US economy is more deeply affected. The building of the Ash Grove plant will help alleviate a 23-million-ton gap between domestic production and consumption, but it won't be online until 2007 or 2008. The PCA estimates that a total of only 15 million tons of extra US capacity has been planned before 2010.

Some construction companies have already planned for shortages until 2005. Although raw materials needed for cement are not in short supply, both the cost and the regulations surrounding the construction of new mills to mix the cement are significant hurdles, observers say.

"The permitting process can take years because of regulations and the fact that many communities don't want a mill in their backyard," says Anderson's Feltz.

To help alleviate the problem, some contracting and homebuilding associations are pressuring the federal government to temporarily lift a ban on cement imported from Mexico. Such tariffs - now at 40 percent but recently as high as 80 percent - began 14 years ago amid US accusations that Mexico was unfairly competing with US companies by selling below cost.

Until demand abroad abates, shipping improves, or America ramps up production to alleviate dependency on foreign sources, continued shortages here are expected to sock smaller consumers and slow the US housing market - both by delays and higher prices. Completion time for a home in some key markets has increased about two months (now eight to 10 months) as cement prices have jumped home costs by $5,000 to $7,000.

"What is problematic is the unknown," says Feltz. "We make a long-term contract with someone for a given price and then, unforeseen by us, our cement prices go up. That leaves us taking the hit."

zachariah
08-19-2004, 08:55 PM
One, two, ... er, too many (http://www.guardian.co.uk/print/0,3858,4997705-103681,00.html) Tim Radford, science editor
Friday August 20, 2004

The Guardian
Researchers claim to have solved the mystery of the people who simply do not count. It could be because they are lost for words.

The Piraha of the Amazon have almost legendary status in language research. They have no words at all for number. They use only only three words to count: one, two, many. To make things confusing, the words for one and two, in Piraha, are the same syllable, pronounced with a falling or rising inflection.

And to make things really difficult, the word for one can sometimes mean "roughly one", and the word for two can sometimes mean "not many".

Peter Gordon, a behavioural scientist at Columbia University in New York, reports in Science today that the Piraha may may not be very good at counting because because they do not have the words for it.

The Piraha have puzzled anthropologists for decades. Around 200 Piraha speakers live in settlements of 10 or 20 people on the banks of the Maici river in the lowland Amazon region of Brazil, using the same pronoun for "he" and "they" and being imprecise about quantities of fish and manioc.

They provided a test for an old riddle: do words determine thought or does thought determine words?

Dr Gordon set them a series of simple numerical challenges. He asked the Piraha people to match small sets of objects by number.

The adults performed accurately with sets of two or three items, but the accuracy declined when tribespeople were asked to match sets of eight or 10 items. Their skills, he reports "were similar to those in pre-linguistic infants, monkeys, birds and rodents".

Lions have a sense of numbers. Chimpanzees and even macaque monkeys can count up to nine. But the Piraha can be inaccurate even when they use their fingers to show numbers lower than five.

"You can't get beyond the concept of three, unless you have the word for it," said Brian Butterworth, a neuroscientist at University College London. "Children of three to four can easily do the tasks the Piraha adults were unable to do. With training even some non-human species can do these tasks. Chimps can. Monkeys can in some circumstances.

"It has been known for 50 years that birds can match sets of up to about seven. So I find it very strange that these Piraha adults are unable to do these tasks.

"Maybe there is more to it than just having a language short of number words."
Guardian Unlimited © Guardian Newspapers Limited 2004

fmstlr
08-19-2004, 08:57 PM
this is is a very interesting study study.

ocd
08-20-2004, 09:03 AM
Originally posted by zachariah
One, two, ... er, too many (http://www.guardian.co.uk/print/0,3858,4997705-103681,00.html) You know, it's weird that this is all over the news now, again, since this has been a story for years now, and there's nothing new in any of the news stories I've seen on this.

ocd
08-20-2004, 09:05 AM
Originally posted by fmstlr
Venezuela Voters Turn Out in Huge Numbers
I loved the story a few months back where Chavez called Bush an "asshole" in a TV interview.

zachariah
08-20-2004, 04:27 PM
Originally posted by ocd
You know, it's weird that this is all over the news now, again, since this has been a story for years now, and there's nothing new in any of the news stories I've seen on this. Yes, but how many years?



now, back to the news...
Phone company replies to man 28 years later (http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_21-8-2004_pg9_6) A Romanian man’s had a reply from the country’s state phone company 28 years after asking them to install a phone. Gheorghe Titianu from the northern town of Suceava said he was delighted when he saw the letter. However, the letter was simply informing him there was still no phone line available with Romtelecom.

The company suggested he fill out another form they enclosed with their letter. Titianu said: “I’m honoured that the company has not forgotten me after all this time.” A Romtelecom spokeswoman said the letter was “nothing out of the ordinary”, adding applications were always followed up, no matter how long it took.

ironmonqui
08-21-2004, 11:18 AM
BUScH Sucks it!!!

Go bear!: On Thursday we mentioned a beer-chugging bear at a campground in Washington state. He used his claws and teeth to puncture the cans. Fish and Wildlife enforcement Sgt. Bill Heinck said the bear tried one can of Busch, but ignored the rest. "He didn't like that (Busch) and consumed, as near as we can tell, about 36 cans of Rainier." Then the bear passed out. However, he has been made an honorary pledge in a Cal fraternity.

http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=us&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=bear+beer+rainier

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/archive/2004/08/20/SPG6M8BCD41.DTL

By Roy Wilhelm 08/21/2004
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OPINION

I will admit that in my younger days, I sometimes felt like an old bear the morning after a few beers with the guys.

But, an Associated Press story out of Washington state put an entirely new meaning on "feeling like a bear."

Here's the tale, believe it or not:

When state Fish and Wildlife agents recently found a black bear passed out on the lawn of Baker Lake Resort, there were some clues scattered nearby -- dozens of empty cans of Rainier Beer.

The bear apparently got into campers' coolers and used his claws and teeth to puncture the cans. And not just any cans.

"He drank the Rainier and wouldn't drink the Busch beer," said Lisa Broxson, bookkeeper at the campground and cabins resort east of Mount Baker.

Fish and Wildlife enforcement Sgt. Bill Heinck said the bear did try one can of Busch, but ignored the rest. The beast then consumed about 36 cans of Rainier.

A wildlife agent tried to chase the bear from the campground but the animal just climbed a tree to sleep it off for another four hours. Agents finally herded the bear away, but it returned the next morning.

Agents then used a large, humane trap to capture it for relocation, baiting the trap with the usual: doughnuts, honey and, in this case, two open cans of Rainier.

That did the trick. ... :D :heart: ...

"This is a new one on me," Heinck said. "I've known them to get into cans, but nothing like this. And it definitely had a preference."

Beer-loving animals are not unheard of, but that guy needs help.

Truth is, we've got a "granddog," -- our daughter Emily's Rottweiler "Harley" -- who loves her beer when she gets a chance. She'll even drink out of a bottle that happens to be left in an unfortunately accessible location.

But, her owners are careful to keep it out of reach and, although she acts goofy at times -- with or without the beers, I've never seen her pass out like that old bear.



Then, follows another political statement from the animal kingdom...

But speaking off odd activity by animals, how about this tail, er tale, out of Bettendorf, Iowa:

When yellow ribbons in Bob Saskowski's yard started disappearing, he suspected evil intentions.

"Every time it disappeared, I would hang a new one," said Saskowski, who tied the ribbons with his wife, Alexis, in support of their son and other troops in Iraq.

The disappearances went on for eight months. The last straw was when three ribbons disappeared in three days.

So Bob Saskowski appealed to his neighbors, asking them to talk to their teen-agers about respect and patriotism and asked for their help.

"I indicated I needed their eyes to help them watch the trees," he said.

Neighbors responded by adding yellow ribbons to the trees in their yards.

"We all decided if this person was going to pick on Bob, they can pick on all of us. And we literally put ribbons up and down the street," said neighbor Patty Kenyon.

The ribbons kept disappearing, but only from the Saskowski yard.

Finally, the couple set up a video camera, focused on the yard. Six weeks later, they caught the culprit on tape.

The ribbons were being shimmied slowly down the trunk by a squirrel.

ironmonqui
08-24-2004, 07:33 AM
http://graphics7.nytimes.com/images/section/learning/general/onthisday/big/0823_big.gif

Aug 23, 1927 (http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/big/0823.html#article)

1884 (http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/harp/0823.html)

hannabarbarella
08-24-2004, 11:16 AM
http://image2.sina.com.cn/dy/c/2004-08-18/U50P1T1D4062209F1394DT20040818090009.jpg
http://image2.sina.com.cn/dy/c/2004-08-18/U50P1T1D4062209F23DT20040818090009.jpg
Kidnapper gets shot..... (http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/200408/18/eng20040818_153625.html)

A man armed with two kitchen knives bargains with police after he took two children hostage in a fifth-floor classroom of a children's center in Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province August 17, 2004. Patrol police, SWAT team and firefighters rushed to the site for rescue operations. After a two-hour negotiation, police had to shoot the kidnapper when he was on the verge of hurting the hostage children. The two children were rescued unhurt and the kidnapper, identified as Zhang Kailin and in his 30s, fell to the ground and was rushed to hospital for treatment. It is reported Zhang, from southwest China's Guizhou Province, asked for 2,500 yuan [US$300] as travel expenses to see his relatives in Shandong, and later demanded for a gun and took one of the hostages with him. The case is still under further investigation. (Yanzhao Metropolis Daily)

...and becomes a zombie!!! (http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,10497911%255E1702,00.html)
okay, not really:
Child kidnapper wakes up in coffin
From correspondents in Beijing
19aug04

A MAN who was shot by police after kidnapping two children and then shipped off to be cremated was found to be alive by funeral workers who heard him groan, state media and local officials said today.

Zhang Kailin, 36, was shot at point-blank range and fell to the ground from a five-storey window ledge after a tense two-hour standoff at a school in central Hebei province Tuesday, the Beijing Daily Messenger said.
He had taken two children hostage and demanded 2500 yuan ($422.5) ransom before police moved in.

The paper said his body was put in a coffin and taken to a funeral home where it was to be refrigerated before being cremated.

But funeral home workers heard a groan on opening the coffin and were shocked to find the man still alive. They rushed him to hospital.

ironmonqui
08-24-2004, 11:58 AM
:eek:

kamenriderv3
08-24-2004, 12:41 PM
yeah. horrifying how the exchange rates went down so quickly.

ironmonqui
08-24-2004, 01:30 PM
http://us.news1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20040824/i/ra1916556102.jpg

"breathing the...

sniper's...

breaf'."

fmstlr
08-25-2004, 09:29 AM
dave matthews band shit-piss stew on EBay, bid now!

shibire
08-25-2004, 12:10 PM
http://www.consumerreports.org/main/detailv4.jsp?CONTENT%3C%3Ecnt_id=472733

Credit card numbers online? Hmmmm....

ironmonqui
08-25-2004, 08:10 PM
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20040824/capt.pajh10208241757.metal_beer_bottles_pajh102.jpg
Aluminium Beer Bottles... yay


Ok, there was something actually kinda important I wanted to post. I didn't find a Darfur thread, so...

http://www.visualwebcaster.com/event.asp?id=24449

You need either RealPlayer or Windows Media...

liquid mass
08-25-2004, 08:21 PM
Originally posted by funkydrunknmonk
ATTENTION WHITEHATS:

DAVE MATTHEWS BAND SUCKS. (http://www.sun-sentinel.com/features/lifestyle/chi-0408250268aug25,0,35665.story?coll=sfla-entertainment-headlines)

thank you.
What exactly does a person hired by dave matthews being involved in an incident have to do with the dave matthews band sucking or not?

I'm sure dave did not say to the driver... "dude, why don't you. like, go spill some human waste in public.. it would be so right on"

If an employee of budweiser helps out at a homeless shelter, does that make the budweiser corporation humanitarian?

- kurt

ironmonqui
08-25-2004, 08:45 PM
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20040819/mdf662318.jpg
Hairboy aspires to be a rockstar... (http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/life_china_hairboy_dc)

Do I need to say anything other than "Harriest man in China"
and
"96% body surface covered in hair"?


and in a COMPLETELY unrelated story...

http://us.news1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20040823/i/r1447666712.jpg
Milla promotes her Res' Evil sequel in Tokyo ...is there a thread on that...?

you know what would suck worse than getting three limbs blown off?
Getting slandered in an election by Carl Rove, decades after getting your limbs blown off. Wanna know what sucks worse than that? Getting dissed by Bush staffers... :mad:
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20040825/capt.txpm10108251826.bush_cleland_txpm101.jpg
Wed Aug 25, 2:29 PM ET

Former Georgia Senator Max Cleland, left, and former Green Beret Lt. Jim Rassmann, center, approach a Secret Service Agent, right, on station at the check point to the entrance of President Bush's ranch Wednesday Aug. 25, 2004 in Crawford, Texas. Cleland tried to deliver a letter protesting ads challenging John Kerry's Vietnam service to President Bush at his Texas ranch Wednesday, but the Secret Service stopped Cleland short of his goal. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) FUCKER! Maked Bushies look bad though... :D


Know what makes me feel better...?

DOZENS (http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=582&e=1&u=/nm/20040825/wr_nm/crime_spam_dc) of SPAMMERS... gettin' ARRESTED!!!!! :) :D :D

Wed Aug 25, 4:22 PM ET
By Andy Sullivan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. law enforcers are arresting dozens of people in a nationwide crackdown on "spam" e-mail, identity theft and other fraudulent online activity, a person involved in the investigation said Wednesday.

The sweep involves roughly 100 arrests, property seizures and other enforcement actions against people who spread computer viruses, trick people into divulging bank-account numbers and send massive amounts of unsolicited commercial e-mail, the individual said.

When the crackdown began and whether it is ongoing were details expected to be announced Thursday at a Justice Department (news - web sites) news conference. Department officials declined to comment until then.

The Direct Marketing Association (DMA), which represents bulk mailers and other direct sellers, said it had helped the FBI (news - web sites) track down marketers who engage in fraudulent or abusive practices.

"The DMA ... believed it could help reduce spam and thereby help engender greater trust and comfort in legitimate commercial e-mail communications," the trade group said in a press release.

Congress outlawed many forms of unsolicited bulk e-mail last year, but spam continues to swamp Internet users with unwanted pitches for pornography, questionable medicine and suspiciously low mortgage rates.

Unsolicited bulk e-mail accounted for 65 percent of all e-mail traffic, according to computer-security company Symantec Corp (http://biz.yahoo.com/n/s/symc.html), up from 50 percent in July 2003.

Over the past year, people have used spam to spread computer viruses and craft fake notices from banks to trick recipients into giving up their credit card numbers, a tactic known as "phishing."

June saw 1,422 separate phishing attacks, up from 176 in January, according to the Anti-Phishing Working Group, a financial-services industry task force.

Internet providers like A0L have filed dozens of spam lawsuits over the past year, and the Federal Trade Commission for years has shut down marketers who send fraudulent or deceptive e-mail.

Criminal cases have been less common so far.

State prosecutors in Virginia, New York and a handful of other states have filed criminal suits against some spammers, and the Justice Department arrested four Detroit-area men for spamming activity in April.

(Additional reporting by Peter Kaplan)

now....?

http://us.news1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20040823/i/r2267567604.jpg
More from Milla's face...

hmm, I don't really give acrap myself, but isn't it just kinda weird to open an action-horror sequel on Sept 11th?? just asking...

Confusing Branding resolutions completed between ATT and Cingular:
http://wireless.newsfactor.com/ (http://wireless.newsfactor.com/story.xhtml?story_title=Cingular--AT-T-and-AT-T-Wireless-Resolve-Brand-Issues&story_id=26547)

Ok, I'll start issuing lists of demands to Cingular immedaitely. They'll have a LOTof SHITto make up for. Hey! You purchase the debts along with the goods, baby...!

zachariah
08-26-2004, 07:58 AM
Originally posted by ironmonqui
Confusing Branding resolutions completed between ATT and Cingular:
http://wireless.newsfactor.com/ (http://wireless.newsfactor.com/story.xhtml?story_title=Cingular--AT-T-and-AT-T-Wireless-Resolve-Brand-Issues&story_id=26547)

Do you know who your cell provider is? (http://www.thetimesonline.com/articles/2004/05/29/business/business/8bd2fa595674debd86256ea2006d09d8.txt) This story ran on nwitimes.com on Saturday, May 29, 2004 12:01 AM CDT

BY MIKE HOBAN
Times Business Columnist

Okay, so you've finally figured out how to read your cell phone bill, with the off-peak allowances, the anytime minutes, the Federal Universal charges, the mobile-to-mobile usage rates, and the "No special reason -- we just want you to send us more money" surcharge.

Now the puzzler for many cell phone users might be to figure out just who their cell phone carrier really is.

Here's the situation. Soon, pending regulatory approval, AT&T Wireless customers (I am one) will become Cingular Wireless customers, because Cingular bought the company for $41 billion.

Recall that AT&T Wireless is an independent company, having been spun off by AT&T several years ago.

Acquisitions happen all the time, so this seems straightforward enough. For AT&T Wireless customers, the brand name on the phone bill will change and the folks in Customer Service will answer the phone as Cingular Wireless.

It's unclear what else will change in terms of the customer experience, since the current AT&T network equipment (all those towers that have sprouted up like kudzu in the last few years) will be taken over by Cingular.

But that's way too simple, so just for a minute let's play a game called confuse-the-customer and see what fun pranks we can pull to make the situation just a tad confusing.

What if we were to say that once the AT&T Wireless customers officially became Cingular customers and all the switchovers are complete, that we give the AT&T Wireless brand name back to the original AT&T to start a completely new cellular company with nothing at all to do with the former (now current) AT&T Wireless company.

Different customers, different call plans, different phones, different everything. Let's just toss the brand name back into play.

That's a good prank that will indeed confuse some customers, so let's get creative and make it even more fun.

Let's say that this new AT&T Wireless (which as part of our prank is not the current AT&T Wireless) cuts a deal with Sprint so that Sprint becomes the actual network carrier for all of the customers of this new company called AT&T Wireless, which will now be owned by AT&T.

Yes, Sprint, the same wireless company that is a major competitor of the current AT&T Wireless. It's called "reselling" of network capacity.

So let's summarize our excellent prank so far.

A year or so from now, current AT&T Wireless customers will actually be Cingular customers; a whole new group of customers will be AT&T Wireless customers, which will have been folded back into the AT&T corporate mothership, which currently doesn't offer cellular. And AT&T will actually use the Sprint network, not the current AT&T Wireless network, because that will have been taken over by Cingular. Isn't this little game of cellular three-card-Monty a hoot?

Can't you just see the priceless looks of confusion among customers? Can't you just imagine them saying "What the hey?" and scratching their heads in response to this clever identity theft by design? You've probably figured out by now that all of this is actually going to happen.

While it does sound bizarre, it's all true. But hopefully, the entry of a new competitor into the cellular marketplace will be good for us consumers, even if that new company has a recycled old name.

Mike Hoban, of Munster, is a senior consultant for an international human resources firm. Hoban's column solely represents the writer's opinions and not necessarily those of The Times. E-mail him at [email protected]

fmstlr
08-26-2004, 08:21 AM
Alberta Beef is Awesome!! Here's proof:

http://www.adn.com/24hour/weird/story/1600259p-9243571c.html

stryfe
08-26-2004, 09:01 AM
Internet Gives Teenage Bullies Weapons to Wound From Afar (http://www.nytimes.com/2004/08/26/education/26bully.html?ex=1251172800&en=75fcc217518a0daf&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland)
By AMY HARMON

Published: August 26, 2004
The fight started at school, when some eighth-grade girls stole a pencil case filled with makeup that belonged to a new classmate, Amanda Marcuson, and she reported them.

But it did not end there. As soon as Amanda got home, the instant messages started popping up on her computer screen. She was a tattletale and a liar, they said. Shaken, she typed back, "You stole my stuff!" She was a "stuck-up bitch," came the instant response in the box on the screen, followed by a series of increasingly ugly epithets.

That evening, Amanda's mother tore her away from the computer to go to a basketball game with her family. But the barrage of electronic insults did not stop. Like a lot of other teenagers, Amanda has her Internet messages automatically forwarded to her cellphone, and by the end of the game she had received 50 - the limit of its capacity.

"It seems like people can say a lot worse things to someone online than when they're actually talking to them," said Amanda, 14, of Birmingham, Mich., who transferred to the school last year. The girls never said another word to her in person, she said.

The episode reflects one of many ways that the technology lubricating the social lives of teenagers is amplifying standard adolescent cruelty. No longer confined to school grounds or daytime hours, "cyberbullies" are pursuing their quarries into their own bedrooms. Tools like e-mail messages and Web logs enable the harassment to be both less obvious to adults and more publicly humiliating, as gossip, put-downs and embarrassing pictures are circulated among a wide audience of peers with a few clicks.

The technology, which allows its users to inflict pain without being forced to see its effect, also seems to incite a deeper level of meanness. Psychologists say the distance between bully and victim on the Internet is leading to an unprecedented - and often unintentional - degree of brutality, especially when combined with a typical adolescent's lack of impulse control and underdeveloped empathy skills.
<cont'd (http://www.nytimes.com/2004/08/26/education/26bully.html?ex=1251172800&en=75fcc217518a0daf&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland)>

fmstlr
08-26-2004, 12:03 PM
hahaha idiots, just turn off the IM, problem solved.

liquid mass
08-26-2004, 02:08 PM
Originally posted by funkydrunknmonk


you dropped your hacky sack.
At least I got one.

kamenriderv3
08-26-2004, 02:41 PM
Originally posted by fmstlr
hahaha idiots, just turn off the IM, problem solved.

she could also block out non-friends.

ignorance allows abuse to continue.

stryfe
08-26-2004, 02:42 PM
but she's smart enough to bitch and whine...at least she knows who her enemies are.

kingka
08-27-2004, 07:09 PM
what happends when you press the green button?

zachariah
08-28-2004, 01:14 PM
http://www.wftv.com/news/3684494/detail.html
had more pictures, and a poll

here are the pictures:

http://img7.exs.cx/img7/2341/3684481.jpg http://img7.exs.cx/img7/5081/3684482.jpg http://img7.exs.cx/img7/4996/3684484.jpg http://img7.exs.cx/img7/1918/3684487.jpg http://img7.exs.cx/img7/9407/3684489.jpg http://img7.exs.cx/img7/2234/3684490.jpg http://img7.exs.cx/img7/7889/3684492.jpg

YelloKitty
08-30-2004, 07:29 AM
New jaw grown on patient's back (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3598710.stm)
A German man has been able to eat his first proper meal in nine years after surgeons rebuilt his face using a pioneering jaw-bone graft.

The 56-year-old man - who tucked into bread and sausages - had only been able to eat soft food and soup since part of his jaw-bone was removed due to cancer.

University of Kiel researchers "grew" a replacement jaw-bone in a muscle in the patient's back and grafted it in place.

The procedure, previously only tried on animals, was detailed in The Lancet.

The operation took place nine weeks ago, and the patient can now eat steak - but it has to be cut up for him because he has no teeth to bite through the meat.

The patient says he now wants a set of teeth fitted, so he can eat his steak before it gets cold. Doctors say he could get them next year.

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/40005000/jpg/_40005604_jawback203.jpg
The new bone was grown in a muscle on the patient's back

ironmonqui
08-30-2004, 09:02 PM
Originally posted by zachariah
[url]http://img7.exs.cx/img7/1918/3684487.jpg When I saw that on the news, I said "AWWWW!! I *WANT* ONE!!!!111"

stryfe
08-31-2004, 08:33 AM
Penis slasher put to death in China (http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=3&art_id=qw109358154232B252)
August 27 2004 at 10:07AM

Beijing - A man who killed six men in Beijing and then cut off their genitals has been executed, state media reported on Friday.

The victims had all gang-raped Li Yijiang, 25, before he went on his murderous campaign of vengeance, the Beijing Today newspaper said.

Li killed the six between late 2002 and early 2003, in all cases cutting off their genitals.

Police linked the murders by discovering that all six were regular visitors to the same pornographic website and then managed to follow the trail to Li, who was arrested in August last year, the paper said.

In his confession, Li said he first logged on to the website after moving to Beijing from remote Xinjiang region to attend university, where he had access to the Internet.

He was gang-raped after meeting the six men at a disco.

After the rape, Li lured each man separately to his death, the paper said.

China is in the midst of a "people's war" against pornography on the Internet, and has closed down hundreds of sites and arrested dozens of people.

Beijing has also launched a crackdown on adult-oriented entertainment venues and businesses surrounding schools and universities in a drive to stamp out negative influences on young people.

The blitz reflects two top concerns of the Chinese leadership - the ethical standards of the young and the subversive potential of the Internet. - Sapa-AFP

stryfe
08-31-2004, 08:37 AM
ENFORCEMENT RAISED TO FIGHT COUNTRY'S 'NEW BIG PROBLEM' (http://www.kentucky.com/mld/heraldleader/news/world/9526818.htm)
By John M. Glionna

BEIJING - The pregnant woman slices through the crowd on a busy sidewalk.

"Yellow movie," she whispers to two passing men -- the Chinese slang for pornography. Holding
her belly, she guides them to a grassy area, lifting a clump of sod to reveal several knockoff discs from the United States and Japan.

Her eyes darting for police, she makes the sale: 20 yuan, or about $2.40, for two video compact discs. Then, as quickly as she appeared, the soon-to-be mom is gone.

In cities across China, women hustle porn on pedestrian overpasses and at tunnel entrances. Many are pregnant; others carry 1-year-olds often rented for as little as a dollar a day. The babies are both props and shields: They enable buyers immediately to identify the sellers, and the women exploit a loophole in Chinese criminal law that allows for only a brief detainment of pregnant women or those with infants.

In recent years, the government had taken a comparatively lax enforcement approach to sexually explicit movies, magazines and Internet images, all of which are illegal.

This summer, however, frustrated government officials took new steps in dealing with the burgeoning pornography problem, launching a nationwide crackdown on the sale of so-called yellow discs and the operation of pornographic Web sites. President Hu Jintao, calling for a people's war against such "contaminated material," pledged to punish pornography purveyors severely.

"This is China's new big problem," said a Beijing official familiar with the anti-porn crusade. "Many people consider pornography the nation's No. 1 social ill, even more so than gambling and drugs. It's become that serious."

The crusade is the newest tactic waged by an authoritarian government frustrated by an American Summer of Love-style sexual revolution that has swept across China.

Only a generation removed from a time when writing a love letter was grounds for punishment, China's airwaves are now awash with "sex talk" radio shows. Graphic sex novels such as Breakup Dawn and Happiness That Lasts Half-Day Long have become best-sellers.

China's new sexuality has come at a price: Along with the spread of HIV and AIDS, the popularity of pornography among youths has Communist Party officials alarmed. Teens regularly surf porn at the Internet cafes that serve China's 90 million online users.

Wang Jipeng knows just how arrogant China's porn producers have become. The nation's leading private campaigner against online pornography has written scores of online articles condemning Internet pornography.

"These people live off pornography, and we threatened to break their so-called rice bowl," said Wang, who works as a manager at Blogchina. "It's like chasing a dog. If you corner the animal, it will turn and do vicious things. I've received 150 late-night calls from people threatening to cut off my fingers, beat me to death or kill my family."

kingka
08-31-2004, 06:16 PM
dayam, sounds like a movie.... and crazy gay revenge movie....

Originally posted by stryfe
Penis slasher put to death in China (http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=3&art_id=qw109358154232B252)
August 27 2004 at 10:07AM

Beijing - A man who killed six men in Beijing and then cut off their genitals has been executed, state media reported on Friday.

The victims had all gang-raped Li Yijiang, 25, before he went on his murderous campaign of vengeance, the Beijing Today newspaper said.

Li killed the six between late 2002 and early 2003, in all cases cutting off their genitals.

Police linked the murders by discovering that all six were regular visitors to the same pornographic website and then managed to follow the trail to Li, who was arrested in August last year, the paper said.

In his confession, Li said he first logged on to the website after moving to Beijing from remote Xinjiang region to attend university, where he had access to the Internet.

He was gang-raped after meeting the six men at a disco.

After the rape, Li lured each man separately to his death, the paper said.

China is in the midst of a "people's war" against pornography on the Internet, and has closed down hundreds of sites and arrested dozens of people.

Beijing has also launched a crackdown on adult-oriented entertainment venues and businesses surrounding schools and universities in a drive to stamp out negative influences on young people.

The blitz reflects two top concerns of the Chinese leadership - the ethical standards of the young and the subversive potential of the Internet. - Sapa-AFP

fmstlr
09-01-2004, 07:48 AM
Clerk Fooled by Bill With Bush's Picture

Updated 11:13 AM ET September 1, 2004


GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) - State police aren't laughing about the person who allegedly passed some funny money _ a $200 bill with President Bush's picture on it _ at a women's clothing store.

Police on Wednesday charged Deborah Trautwine, 51, with theft by deception, for allegedly passing a bogus $200 bill at the Fashion Bug store in Hempfield Plaza on Aug. 22. There is no such denomination, even without Bush's picture on it.

Police said they didn't know how the clerk was taken in by the ruse, even though several other things about the bill should have been a dead giveaway.

Among other things, the bill had a hokey serial number _ DUBYA4U2001 _ and didn't bear the signature of the secretary of the treasury. Instead, the bill was "signed" by Ronald Reagan, whose title was "Political Mentor" and by Bush's father, who is listed as "Campaign Advisor and Mentor."

The back of the bill was even goofier.

It depicted the White House with several signs erected on the lawn, including those reading "We Like Broccoli" and "USA Deserves A Tax Cut."

Trautwine's mother said she wasn't immediately available for comment Wednesday and declined to provide her work telephone number.

ocd
09-01-2004, 08:28 AM
Originally posted by fmstlr
Clerk Fooled by Bill With Bush's Picture HA! People are morons.

ocd
09-01-2004, 01:59 PM
Originally posted by funkydrunknmonk
I AM VENGEANCE. I AM THE NIGHT. I AM BATMAN. (http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-party30.html)

mysterious stranger intrudes on childrens' birthday party, declares himself batman, steals and eats cake, and drives off in 1988 cadillac.

what the double eff. :confused:

ironmonqui
09-05-2004, 04:28 PM
http://www.ananova.com/images/web/123054.jpg
http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_1086492.html (http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_1086492.html)

Fruity sweet wrappers spark complaint

A Catholic college has complained about new Haribo sweet wrappers which it claims portray fruit in sexual positions.

"We are shocked at the shameless presentation of sexual practices on the wrapping, which includes not only sexual intercourse but also fellatio and cunnilingus," wrote the St Blasien Jesuit College near Bonn.

The letter, complaining about the new packaging of Haribo's Moaom fruit chews, added: "It's irresponsible, to expose children to such pornographic representations."

The sweets wrapped in bright yellow, red and green colours show lemons, limes, strawberries, cherries and oranges playfully romping with each other.

But the college sees it differently. They were especially opposed to the lemon flavoured chews, which "undoubtedly show a green figure having sex with a lemon.

"The lemon, which from the drawing looks female, is obviously enjoying it with the greatest of pleasure."

Haribo bosses admit the new packaging is "very racy", but said in tests no complaints had been raised.

Spokesman Marco Alfter said: "The new wrapping is certainly fruitier than the old. But we have not had any other complaints. In fact until now the feedback has all been positive."
where do i get some of these candy???//!!!!111

stryfe
09-07-2004, 11:46 AM
tears of joy

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20040902/capt.mas10109021528.india_guinness_record_snake_mas101.jpg (http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&ncid=1756&e=2&u=/040902/481/mas10109021528)

C. Manoharan Snake Manu practices with a garden snake by running it through his nose and out his mouth in an attempt to create a Guinness Record in Madras, India, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2004. Manu plans to set the record by using a live cobra

stryfe
09-07-2004, 11:52 AM
Forearm skin forms new penis (http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_1092985.html?menu=news.quirkies)

A Romanian man whose penis was mistakenly severed by a surgeon will have a new organ made from skin on his forearm.

The 34-year-old from Bucharest was being operated on for a testicle problem when the incident happened three months ago.

Dr. Ioan Lascar who operated on the man after a colleague made the mistake, told Libertatea newspaper: "The patient's condition is good and evolving as we expected. He comes to medical checks once or twice a week."

The doctor said the man may need some subsequent minor operations.

The surgeon who cut the man's penis has lost the right to perform any operations and is still under investigation for malpractice.

kamenriderv3
09-07-2004, 12:19 PM
Originally posted by ironmonqui
http://www.ananova.com/images/web/123054.jpg


the teachers are not doing their job. what happened to the birds and the bees talk? fruits are only the offspring. the pollenation of the flowers is the sexual act.

the fruits are wrestling and not having sex.

kamenriderv3
09-08-2004, 04:35 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2004/SHOWBIZ/09/08/peta.anderson.reut/index.html

pam anderson supports PETA's protests of KFC's cruelty to chickens.


they should have a PETB. the people for ethical treatment of breasts.

fmstlr
09-08-2004, 04:57 PM
cruelty to chicken? as in you should never choke one?

hannabarbarella
09-09-2004, 09:59 AM
Man trying to shoot puppies shot by struggling dog (http://www.pensacolanewsjournal.com/news/html/6C7AA87A-40C5-4499-A91A-D389ED2E580A.shtml)

Sean Smith

@PensacolaNewsJournal.com

A man who told deputies he was trying to shoot his seven puppies was wounded when one of the animals caused his gun to discharge, the Escambia County Sheriff's Office reported Wednesday.

Jerry Allen Bradford, 37, of the 4700 block of Rigby Road, who was shot in the wrist by a .38-caliber revolver, faces felony animal cruelty charges in the incident that occurred Monday, the Sheriff's Office said.

Investigators have applied for an arrest warrant for Bradford, who is being treated at an undisclosed hospital for his wound, said sheriff's Sgt. Ted Roy.

Deputies found three of the shepherd-mix puppies in a shallow grave outside Bradford's home, Roy said. Escambia County Animal Control seized four of the seven puppies, estimated to be about 3 months old.

Bradford told deputies he was unable to get rid of the seven puppies, so he decided to kill them by shooting them in the head.

He was holding one of the puppies in his left hand and had another in his arms when the one in his left hand wiggled and put its paw on the trigger, causing the gun to discharge, the report stated.

Deputies seized the revolver and a rifle.

Bruce Rova, director of the Escambia County Animal Shelter, said the dogs would be made available for adoption once the State Attorney's Office gives the shelter approval, and the puppies are checked out.

"That should never have to happen. There are so many options people have," Rova said. "We'll try to find them a new home."

The puppies appear to be in good health, Rova said.

liquid mass
09-09-2004, 10:37 AM
I figured that the puppy story would end up in here, but I felt it deserved placement in the shoot this fucker thread.

kamenriderv3
09-09-2004, 02:42 PM
"puppy incites violence and killing spree that ends in death of siblings"

Asharak
09-10-2004, 11:00 AM
Chances 'slim' for survival of two-headed baby (http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,10583467%255E29677,00.html)

fmstlr
09-10-2004, 11:27 AM
Nazi Trees (http://www.fpp.co.uk/online/00/12/AP041200.html)

akuma
09-10-2004, 02:12 PM
owweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee (http://apnews.myway.com//article/20040910/D8511EH80.html)

ocd
09-10-2004, 02:20 PM
Originally posted by akuma
owweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee (http://apnews.myway.com//article/20040910/D8511EH80.html) Man, fuck that guy. He's gonna get fucked up in prison.

On a side note, I didn't know any places actually still used those kinds of prison uniforms.

ironmonqui
09-11-2004, 10:40 AM
"love for women" in the news...

http://homepage.mac.com/njenson/movies/obgyn.mov

http://www.kontrabandcontent.co.uk/1/graphics/movies/MissUniverse.mov

Did anyone post that Miss Universe *event?*

ocd
09-13-2004, 12:29 PM
Palace balcony protester removed

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/40065000/jpg/_40065706_batman.jpg

A Fathers 4 Justice campaigner dressed as Batman has been removed after staging a five-hour protest on the Buckingham Palace balcony.

Jason Hatch, 33, entered the grounds and scaled a wall at 1420 BST.

Police moved Mr Hatch onto a "cherry-picker" crane beneath the ledge at 1915 BST after hours of negotiation with the campaigner.

Met chief Sir John Stevens said police would have shot the protester if he had been judged a terror risk.

He has also described the security breach at the Palace as "unacceptable".






HOW INTRUDER REACHED ROYAL BALCONY

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/40067000/gif/_40067108_buck_palace2_inf416.gif
1 Protesters create a diversion at the front gates of the palace.
2 "Batman" and "Robin" climb over low fence at side of palace grounds while security staff are distracted.
3 "Batman" climbs up a ladder on to the roof of an adjoining building. "Robin" comes down after police threaten to shoot him.
4 "Batman" shuffles from roof along ledge to the edge of the royal balcony, where he stages his high-profile protest.





Mr Hatch, from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, is understood to have scaled a wall of the palace at one side - where it met the security fence - using a ladder, while others caused a distraction at the main gate.

He then made a unfurled a banner which read "Super dads of fathers 4 justice".

After being brought back to the ground on the crane, Mr Hatch was put into a police van and taken away from the Palace, to cheers of encouragement from a small crowd of supporters.



The latest broaching of palace security follows other incidents, including one in which a reporter got a job as a royal servant. In addition, Prince William's 21st birthday party at Windsor Castle was gatecrashed.

Home Secretary David Blunkett is due to make a statement to the House of Commons on the latest breach.

Mr Hatch was accompanied in his scaling of the walls by at least one other activist.










Dave Pyke, 48, who was dressed as Batman's sidekick Robin, is understood to have stopped climbing the ladder onto the roof, after being threatened by armed police.

He was later arrested as he gave an interview to Sky News.

Before his arrest, he told BBC News Online: "We are totally untrained, just ordinary guys and if we can get in there, anybody can get in there."

Mr Pyke added: "I thought I would be pounced on by the police. I went over to the park and put on a coat and cap and came back."

Fathers 4 Justice was set up by fathers who have either no access, or very limited access, to their children and feel they have been treated unfairly by courts.

Monday's Buckingham Palace stunt is the latest in a high-profile series by the group's costumed campaigners who have protested on the London Eye and the Church of England General Synod in York. Mr Hatch was understood to have taken part in the York protest.

It is thought he has two children, aged four and five, who he has not seen for several years.






If we can get in there, anybody can get in there
Dave Pyke
Thwarted protester


Fathers 4 Justice spokesman Matt O'Connor said the incident was to highlight Monday's court appearance of a campaigner accused of staging a flour-throwing protest in the House of Commons.

The Queen was not at the palace as she is at Balmoral in Scotland, a palace spokeswoman said.

Sir John Stevens explained police had made a split-second judgement that Mr Hatch was not a security risk because of the way he was behaving and the clothes he was wearing - and for this reason they did not open fire.

Large numbers of police were around the palace while the incident continued, with a helicopter hovering overhead.

About two dozen supporters mingled with the media scrum during the afternoon, cheering and blowing klaxons to waving from Mr Hatch.

Bemused tourists also looked on as negotiators tried to get the activist down.



Story from BBC NEWS:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/uk_news/3653462.stm

Published: 2004/09/13 19:42:59 GMT

© BBC MMIV

stryfe
09-13-2004, 02:06 PM
Why an orgasm really is all in the mind (http://news.scotsman.com/scotland.cfm?id=1024612004)

JAMES DOHERTY AND KATH GOURLAY

IT’S a scientific fact: human brains are programmed for orgasms - with or

without the actual sex act.

Perhaps nobody listening to football commentators will be surprised by the news, claimed to have been proven by one of the lecturers at this week’s Orkney International Science Festival. Dr Robert Lomas - a solid-state physicist and an internationally known author on religious symbolism - says that evolution has allowed humans to develop the sex-free orgasm.

"It’s the same reward mechanism that encourages us to share our DNA," said Dr Lomas. "But it can be achieved without the physical act of copulation."

Only humans have this power to induce mental ecstasy, and it’s a complex set of responses that can be achieved by learned behavioural patterns or triggered by hyper-arousal during peak experiences, he says.

"At times of hyper-arousal, our brains are designed to freeload on the behavioural reward that encourages us to reproduce," he said. "And that is another name for orgasm."

For those who laughed at the idea of the Barbarella-type "orgasmatron" - Jane Fonda popping pills, touching palms with her bemused boyfriend and staying three feet away from him - Dr Lomas says the film is closer to science fact than fiction. "If the orgasmic response in her brain was being triggered by a programmed release of chemically or electrically stimulated hormones, it could be done, if the programming was right," he said.

However, the days of a drug being widely available on the NHS are still a long way off.

"Artificially creating the right combination of neuropeptides is very complex," Dr Lomas explained. "Your tension and relaxation levels have to be in perfect balance before your arousal system is tripped. It’s like trying to balance a marble on the tip of a ballpoint pen."

Dr Lomas said the trigger factors leading to that elusive brain state have to be induced through repetitive behavioural patterns using ritual and posture.

"All these mystics haven’t really given up sex," said Dr Lomas. "It’s just a different form of orgasm."

This analysis forms the basis of the fifth book in the Hiram Key series, which has produced controversial theories on the mindset of man from pre- history to the present day.

Turning the Hiram Key looks like keeping to that tradition, with detailed discussion on how masonic ritual contains the elements needed for inducing mental ecstasy.

Dr Cynthia McVey, a psychologist from Glasgow Caledonian University, said that from puberty onwards, achieving orgasm without sexual contact happens in our dreams.

"With nocturnal emissions, there is no sex act involved there," she said. "That shows the power of the brain over the body. In order to propagate the species, we need sex.

"Pain provides a safety mechanism to preserve the body and, in the same way, we must be programmed to experience a sexual interlude as pleasurable - it helps to propagate the species."

zachariah
09-13-2004, 05:38 PM
Virus 'talks' to victims (http://www.theregister.com/2004/09/13/amus_worm/print.html) By John Leyden (john.leyden at theregister.co.uk)
Published Monday 13th September 2004 10:06 GMT

Virus writers have created a piece of malware that 'talks' to victims. The Amus (http://www.sophos.com/virusinfo/analyses/w32amusa.html) email worm uses Windows Speech Engine (which is built-in to Windows XP) to deliver a curious message to infected users.

The message reads: "How are you. I am back. My name is mister hamsi. I am seeing you. Haaaaaaaa. You must come to turkiye. I am cleaning your computer. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1. 0. Gule. Gule." ("Gule. Gule" is Turkish for "Bye. Bye". "Hamsi" is a small fish, like an anchovy, found in the Black Sea). Finnish anti-virus firm F-Secure has posted a sound file generated by the message here (http://www.f-secure.com/weblog/archives/amus.wav).

The worm is not widespread, and most AV vendors rate it as a low risk. Amus spreads by email, using subject lines such as "Listen and Smile". Windows users who open an infected attachment help spread the worm and trigger the launch of the sound file. The worm also changes IE settings, so users see a message in Turkish (complaining about the quality of local telecoms) instead of visiting their usual start page. ®

stryfe
09-15-2004, 11:27 AM
Film on Cat Torture Draws Protesters in Toronto (http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=598&e=2&u=/nm/20040914/film_nm/leisure_canada_cat_dc)
Tue Sep 14, 7:22 PM ET
By Ka Yan Ng

TORONTO (Reuters) - Protesters urged ticket-holders outside a Toronto cinema on Tuesday to boycott a documentary about a vicious animal cruelty case in which three friends filmed the skinning of a live cat as an alleged art project.

Freedom for Animals, a Toronto group, has organized daily protests at the Toronto International Film Festival. Nearly 100 animal lovers went to Tuesday's demonstration when "Casuistry: The Art of Killing a Cat" made its world premiere.

The 91-minute documentary contains interviews with the three cat killers -- Jesse Power, Anthony Wennekers and Matt Kaczorowski -- as well as animal activists, artists, police and journalists. It does not show the cat's mutilation and death.

Power enlisted Wennekers and Kaczorowski in May 2001 to make a video that Power, an ex-vegetarian, said was an artistic statement about the suffering of animals used for meat.

They filmed a cat as they tempted it with a mouse, then skinned and decapitated and disemboweled it, and left its body dangling from the ceiling. Power intended to eat the cat, but never got the chance. The skinned cat was found in the beer fridge of the house where he lived.

"I never got to eat this cat, but a lot of other people are feasting off it," Power said in "Casuistry" -- which means misleadingly subtle reasoning.

The three eventually pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and mischief charges. Animal rights activists were incensed when they received minimal jail time.

Leading up to the film festival, animal rights activists had demanded that "Casuistry" be pulled from the program.

"This so-called 'documentary', is again shocking people because it is giving a platform to Mr. Power," said Suzanne Lahaie, Freedom for Animals co-founder.

But festival co-director Noah Cowan rejected the calls. "Film festivals exist, in part, to generate intelligent, reasoned discussion, not to stifle it," he said in a statement before the festival began.

Organizers said the two scheduled screenings will go ahead despite a phone threat to a staff member to "skin him alive" and "shove knives in his eyes."

Passersby looked on with curiosity at Tuesday's protest, while that very curiosity convinced some to buy tickets.

Michelle Dent, a psychology student, said she wanted to see the story behind the "anti-social and violent act" even if none of the graphic footage from Power's 17-minute video is shown.

Director Zev Asher chose to show the transcript of the court text of the videotape in sections throughout the film.

He told Reuters this way would be "more effective in evoking the stark horror that these guys were involved in."

Asher said he didn't believe his documentary glorified the so-called art project, but he made the film because he was fascinated by the international media attention it caused.

stryfe
09-15-2004, 12:33 PM
Restaurant Customer Arrested For Tipping Under 18% (http://www.click2houston.com/money/3725161/detail.html)

POSTED: 8:56 am EDT September 13, 2004
LAKE GEORGE, N.Y -- A New York City man accused of leaving an inadequate tip at a restaurant was arrested, fingerprinted and photographed for a mug shot.

Humberto A. Taveras, 41, faces a misdemeanor charge of theft of services after he and his fellow diners argued with Soprano's Italian and American Grill managers over the legality of requiring an 18 percent tip for large parties.

"They chased us down like a bunch of criminals," Taveras said. "It killed our weekend."

Taveras and eight others had pizza at the restaurant in this resort village Sunday night. He told the Glens Falls Post-Star they weren't completely satisfied with the food and left a tip of under 10 percent. Taveras said they also were not told of a mandatory 18 percent gratuity for parties of six or more and did not see notice of it on their menus. Restaurant owner Joe Soprano said all the menus have the notice, and the waitress informed the group. He said he did not choose to pursue charges because of the money, but because Taveras' group was obnoxious. "It's unfortunate it has come to this, but this guy was rude and abrasive. They practically threw food at us," Soprano said. Taveras plans to fight the charge. He was issued an appearance ticket and was scheduled to appear in town court Thursday. The arrest raises the issue of whether the gratuities that restaurants automatically tack on for serving large groups are legally enforceable debts. Warren County Sheriff Larry Cleveland said he did not believe the issue had been litigated before in New York. He said the case could turn on whether the person is notified of the tip requirement beforehand. "It's not a black-and-white issue," Cleveland said. "It will be very interesting to see where it goes in court."

fmstlr
09-15-2004, 12:53 PM
Pseudo-tough

stryfe
09-15-2004, 01:22 PM
Woman rips off husband's testicles (http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_1102280.html?menu=news.quirkies)

A Romanian man had his testicles ripped off by his wife after she accused him of having an affair.

Fifty-year-old Aurica Marinescu from Constanta managed to call an ambulance before he passed out.

Doctors at a local hospital managed to re-attach his scrotum after a ten hour operation.

But despite his injuries, Marinescu says he won't press charges against his wife, according to the local daily Libertatea.

He said: "We were at home when we started to fight over a so-called relationship I had with another woman. She got so angry that she grabbed my scrotum and ripped it off.

"I wouldn't have said she was a strong woman but she was furious and she seemed to have superhuman strength in her anger. The pain was incredible."

The man said his wife was very passionate and added he still loved her, which was why he did not want to cause her any problems by pressing charges.



Man chops off wife's tongue (http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_1100989.html?menu=news.quirkies)

Police in eastern India have arrested a man who chopped off his wife's tongue to stop her constant nagging.

Enadul Mullick dragged his wife Halima by the hair to the kitchen where he used a cleaver to cut off her tongue.

The 30-year-old victim has been admitted to a hospital at Barasat near Calcutta and is reportedly fighting for her life but it's not known whether doctors managed to reattach her tongue.

It's reported her 40-year-old husband, who runs a grocery store, was fed up with the wife's complaints over his meagre income.

Hindustan Times reports police spokesman Parveen Kumar telling the Indo Asian News Service: "The couple were not on good terms. The husband has confessed to his crime."

zachariah
09-15-2004, 08:41 PM
California releases castrated paedophile

From Chris Ayres in Los Angeles

THE judge’s final comment said it all: “Good luck, Mr DeVries, and for God’s sake don’t prove me wrong.”

With that, Brian DeVries, a serial child molester who was castrated while in custody, was released back into society. He is the first “graduate” of a risky and experimental Californian treatment programme for violent sexual predators.

As part of his rehabilitation, DeVries, whose victims include as many as 50 young boys, underwent voluntary chemical and surgical castration, along with group and individual therapy, drug-testing, random searches and constant surveillance. His movements have even been tracked by a global positioning satellite. There was only one condition to his release: that he must register as a sex offender wherever he lives.

“If an offender hits bottom and says that he wants to change, and he really never wants to hurt another kid, he can succeed,” DeVries, 45, told a swell of reporters outside the courtroom.

“You have to check and balance your thoughts all the time. I’m going to live that way now and in the future.”

DeVries added that he often used a chaperone to keep himself away from children at his local church, where all members are told about his predatory history.

If successful, the Californian programme, which was introduced nearly a decade ago but had produced no graduates until DeVries, could be adopted around the world.

The scheme was part of a 1996 law, which said that child molesters and rapists who had completed jail sentences but who were still considered too dangerous to be released could be held indefinitely in mental hospitals. A clause in the law, however, said that they could win release if they underwent the new, radical, treatment.

The treatment was given at Atascadero State Hospital, an all-male, maximum-security, forensic mental facility on California’s central coast, midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

However, experts could not agree over whether the serial child abuser, who had been enrolled in the experimental scheme since 1997, was ready to be freed into society.

One psychologist, who has spent the past year treating DeVries, said that his patient needed more therapy. “He definitely needs some kind of mandated therapy at least for another year,” Stewart Nixon said in court. “His risk of reoffending, even with the castration, is high.” Although DeVries says that his castration, which took place in August 2001, has taken away his ability for sexual arousal, experts testified that he could take male hormone supplements to rekindle the urge to molest young boys.

A therapist, who spent eight hours interviewing and testing the patient, said that DeVries was ready for unsupervised release. “I think we have to allow people to change,” Charlene Steen said. “He has clearly changed his behaviour. He’s done everything in his power not to reoffend.”

DeVries’s victims were young boys living as far apart as New Hampshire, Florida and California.

The sex offender, who said that he would continue treatment, asked for release so that he could move to Washington State, where he plans to live with his father and stepmother for a month before moving to a caravan park, on land owned by his father.

“It’s a rural area with very few children anywhere near by,” Brian Matthews, the public defender representing DeVries, said. “He’s very happy to be going home to his family.” The attorney-general’s office in Washington State was not so pleased and it has asked for an appeal.

The judge in the case, Robert Baines, agreed with those experts who said that DeVries is “is not likely to reoffend in a sexually violent way”.

stryfe
09-16-2004, 03:19 PM
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20040915/capt.sge.jvk04.150904191911.photo00.default-380x289.jpg

Lovelorn frogs hop into the gene pool (http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/science_animals_frogs)
Wed Sep 15, 3:20 PM ET

PARIS (AFP) - Spanish zoologists have discovered that male frogs who are losers in love get their revenge by spreading their sperm over eggs that have been left by a pair of romancing amphibians.

The sneaky manoeuvre is dubbed "clutch piracy" by the researchers, who say it sheds intriguing light on the principle of mate selection among frogs and helps explain the creatures' wide genetic diversity.

Until now, the species in question -- the common frog (Rana temporaria) -- was believed to have a rather humdrum sex life.

The female chose a mate, who would then grasp her and, as she shed a spherical batch of eggs, shed his sperm over the clutch.

After a frantic froggy coupling, the couple would then separate, leaving the eggs to develop into tadpoles and then into frogs.

But observations made from the undergrowth surrounding a Pyrenean pond by University of Vigo frog-watcher David Vieities and colleagues show that, once the blissful pair are out of sight, a pirate often moves in, shedding his own sperm over the egg clutch.

"Clutch piracy" was seen in 84 percent of the clutches they observed.

The findings are interesting because they weaken the Darwinian idea of mate selection -- that the female chooses a single male with the best genetic selection and mates only with him in order to reproduce.

In this case, the big winner is the pirate frog, who gets the chance of fertilising some eggs even though he lost out in the mating competition.

But the female, too, is also a beneficiary, because her eggs get a better chance of being fertilised, the researchers say.

The study is published on Thursday in Nature, the British weekly scientific journal.

hannabarbarella
09-16-2004, 03:33 PM
Originally posted by zachariah
California releases castrated paedophile

From Chris Ayres in Los Angeles

THE judge’s final comment said it all: “Good luck, Mr DeVries, and for God’s sake don’t prove me wrong.”

With that, Brian DeVries, a serial child molester who was castrated while in custody, was released back into society. He is the first “graduate” of a risky and experimental Californian treatment programme for violent sexual predators.

As part of his rehabilitation, DeVries, whose victims include as many as 50 young boys, underwent voluntary chemical and surgical castration, along with group and individual therapy, drug-testing, random searches and constant surveillance. His movements have even been tracked by a global positioning satellite. There was only one condition to his release: that he must register as a sex offender wherever he lives.

“If an offender hits bottom and says that he wants to change, and he really never wants to hurt another kid, he can succeed,” DeVries, 45, told a swell of reporters outside the courtroom.

“You have to check and balance your thoughts all the time. I’m going to live that way now and in the future.”

DeVries added that he often used a chaperone to keep himself away from children at his local church, where all members are told about his predatory history.

If successful, the Californian programme, which was introduced nearly a decade ago but had produced no graduates until DeVries, could be adopted around the world.

The scheme was part of a 1996 law, which said that child molesters and rapists who had completed jail sentences but who were still considered too dangerous to be released could be held indefinitely in mental hospitals. A clause in the law, however, said that they could win release if they underwent the new, radical, treatment.

The treatment was given at Atascadero State Hospital, an all-male, maximum-security, forensic mental facility on California’s central coast, midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

However, experts could not agree over whether the serial child abuser, who had been enrolled in the experimental scheme since 1997, was ready to be freed into society.

One psychologist, who has spent the past year treating DeVries, said that his patient needed more therapy. “He definitely needs some kind of mandated therapy at least for another year,” Stewart Nixon said in court. “His risk of reoffending, even with the castration, is high.” Although DeVries says that his castration, which took place in August 2001, has taken away his ability for sexual arousal, experts testified that he could take male hormone supplements to rekindle the urge to molest young boys.

A therapist, who spent eight hours interviewing and testing the patient, said that DeVries was ready for unsupervised release. “I think we have to allow people to change,” Charlene Steen said. “He has clearly changed his behaviour. He’s done everything in his power not to reoffend.”

DeVries’s victims were young boys living as far apart as New Hampshire, Florida and California.

The sex offender, who said that he would continue treatment, asked for release so that he could move to Washington State, where he plans to live with his father and stepmother for a month before moving to a caravan park, on land owned by his father.

“It’s a rural area with very few children anywhere near by,” Brian Matthews, the public defender representing DeVries, said. “He’s very happy to be going home to his family.” The attorney-general’s office in Washington State was not so pleased and it has asked for an appeal.

The judge in the case, Robert Baines, agreed with those experts who said that DeVries is “is not likely to reoffend in a sexually violent way”.

His only condition of release is a to register as a sex offender??!!
Do you know how many of those shitheads go AWOL? They should've detached his balls rather than his dick. It's nice though that the judge believes that he's not likely to reoffend in a sexually "violent" way - what fuckheads.

kamenriderv3
09-16-2004, 03:46 PM
Originally posted by stryfe
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20040915/capt.sge.jvk04.150904191911.photo00.default-380x289.jpg

Lovelorn frogs hop into the gene pool (http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/science_animals_frogs)
Wed Sep 15, 3:20 PM ET

PARIS (AFP) - Spanish zoologists have discovered that male frogs who are losers in love get their revenge by spreading their sperm over eggs that have been left by a pair of romancing amphibians.

The sneaky manoeuvre is dubbed "clutch piracy" by the researchers, who say it sheds intriguing light on the principle of mate selection among frogs and helps explain the creatures' wide genetic diversity.

Until now, the species in question -- the common frog (Rana temporaria) -- was believed to have a rather humdrum sex life.

The female chose a mate, who would then grasp her and, as she shed a spherical batch of eggs, shed his sperm over the clutch.

After a frantic froggy coupling, the couple would then separate, leaving the eggs to develop into tadpoles and then into frogs.

But observations made from the undergrowth surrounding a Pyrenean pond by University of Vigo frog-watcher David Vieities and colleagues show that, once the blissful pair are out of sight, a pirate often moves in, shedding his own sperm over the egg clutch.

"Clutch piracy" was seen in 84 percent of the clutches they observed.

The findings are interesting because they weaken the Darwinian idea of mate selection -- that the female chooses a single male with the best genetic selection and mates only with him in order to reproduce.

In this case, the big winner is the pirate frog, who gets the chance of fertilising some eggs even though he lost out in the mating competition.

But the female, too, is also a beneficiary, because her eggs get a better chance of being fertilised, the researchers say.

The study is published on Thursday in Nature, the British weekly scientific journal.

masturbation + bukake + revenge. the pirate frog still ain't getting any.

but he could still stick the landing and win a gold medal....

fmstlr
09-16-2004, 08:03 PM
sloppee sekunds

zachariah
09-20-2004, 09:40 AM
Web's most famous hooker kills blog (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/09/17/belle_exits_blogs/print.html) By Ashlee Vance in Chicago (ashlee.vance at theregister.co.uk)
Published Friday 17th September 2004 20:10 GMT

"Don't ever turn down pleasure because you were afraid of what other people might say," writes Belle de Jour on her blog (http://belledejour-uk.blogspot.com/).

The London call-girl this week delivered that parting wisdom, as she put an end to her famous online diary. No more whips, no more chains, no more homemade S&M devices. A tragedy? Probably so.

Belle's last message didn't bring the public any closer to knowing exactly who the whore is. Register reporter Andrew Orlowski had once been fingered - pardon the pun - by papers as the possible blogger (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/03/21/did_register_staffer_mastermind_callgirl/). At the time, Orlowski said, "It is true that a photographer from The Times staked out The Register this week. I'm shocked. To be accused of being a whore is one thing, but to be accused of being a weblogger is actionable." Orlowski could not be reached for comment this afternoon - being a media tart and off keynoting something or other.

Before that, his loving lass Sarah Champion (http://www.sarahchampion.info/) had been accused of blogging for cash as well.

Now, however, it seems that Belle will finally reveal her true identity in the coming months. The Internet strumpet makes mention of a well-publicized book deal and even upcoming TV appearances.

"Doors have opened and I'd like to see where they go," it writes. "As book and telly projects progress, I'll come back to link - and I will let you know if the site is going to be moved."

It's hoped that Belle's TV appearances won't be marred by a blurry square over her no doubt pristine face. Plenty of fans must also be hoping to catch a glimpse of some fierce rug burn running down her arms or perhaps evidence of a whip crack on thigh.

To be sure, Belle will be missed, as she did more for blogging than drooping pundit Joe Trippi could ever hope to. Are bloggers changing the face of politics and challenging the old guard media like never before? No. But they are helping move a few more Segways.

Belle did what most of the waste can never accomplish simply because she actually had something to write about or at least something to pretend about. The real-world musings of a call-girl, participating with the hopefully washed masses, are fair more gripping than an Emergent Insomniac intoxicated by sloth, riddled with Diet Coke driven anxiety and climaxing over his latest "scoop" on the intricacies of Microsoft Word. Run, Dan Rather, run.

ocd
09-20-2004, 09:48 AM
^Hahaha

"I'm shocked. To be accused of being a whore is one thing, but to be accused of being a weblogger is actionable."

ohsoquiet
09-20-2004, 10:18 AM
Waitress at a nightspot ordered the killings of men she accused of harassment

from L.A. Times:

A 20-year-old waitress at a Vietnamese nightclub has been arrested on suspicion of ordering the slayings of two customers who allegedly made rude remarks and tried to grab her as she served them drinks, police said Thursday.

Ngan Thi Bich Vo was arrested at her Westminster home Tuesday as she was preparing to flee to Vietnam, police said. The woman's boyfriend, wanted for questioning in connection with the Aug. 16 killings, is thought to have left the country. Two men who police say were in the shooter's getaway car were arrested Wednesday.

The point-blank shooting of the two customers stunned the Monday late-night crowd at the Hawaii Cafe, which emptied quickly. Those still milling inside by the time police arrived provided only sketchy details of the incident.

Vo, accused of ordering the slayings, was among three people named in a murder complaint stemming from the shooting of Tri Thanh Phan, 38, of Fountain Valley and Kurt Martinsen, 29, of Lake Forest. The victims were regulars at the Brookhurst Street nightspot in Garden Grove on the outskirts of Little Saigon.

Police said the waitress, who had worked at the cafe for several weeks and might be a Vietnamese exchange student, called her boyfriend and asked him to intervene. She told her boyfriend, who was at another nightclub, that she felt the two customers had insulted her by tugging on her skirt and trying to flirt with her, said Garden Grove Police Lt. Mike Handfield.

"She was highly upset, and that may have been the anger that caused this," Handfield said. "She called and facilitated the murders. There is evidence that suggested that she took part in a message to 'take care of business.' "

Less than two hours later, at about 1 a.m., a lone gunman walked into the crowded restaurant, strode past four tables and opened fire.

Police said the gunman then ran out of the restaurant and jumped into a car in which two men were waiting.

Phan and Martinsen, who had reportedly bought the waitress a rose as a gesture of apology shortly before they were shot, died at the scene.

Full Article Here. (http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-cafe17sep17,1,7921713.story)

liquid mass
09-20-2004, 12:47 PM
Kalashnikov launches liquid weapon
Monday, September 20, 2004 Posted: 12:57 PM EDT (1657 GMT)

LONDON, England (Reuters) -- The creator of one of the world's most famous guns, the AK-47 assault rifle, has launched another weapon in Britain -- Kalashnikov vodka.

Lt. Gen. Mikhail Kalashnikov, who invented the AK-47 after being shot by German soldiers during World War II, said Monday he wanted to continue "the good name" of his gun.

"I've always wanted to improve and expand on the good name of my weapon by doing good things," he told Reuters Television.

"So we decided to create a vodka under my name. And we wanted that vodka to be better than anything made, up until now, in both Russia and England."

The Kalashnikov rifle has become the weapon of choice for guerrillas and gangsters across the world. But Kalashnikov said his original intentions for the gun were purely patriotic.

"I did not create the gun for international conflicts, I created it to protect the borders of my country," he said.

"It is not my fault that it has been spread all over the world. It is its reliability and its simplicity that have taken it all over the world."

Promoters of Kalashnikov vodka, which is 82 proof, say it is "made from grain harvested in Russia and water drawn from Lake Ladoga north of St. Petersburg" and is best drunk with friends.


I wonder, will it make you act the motherfucking fool?

stryfe
09-21-2004, 02:52 PM
Half-Ton Man Seeks Gastric Surgery (http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20040921/ap_on_he_me/fit_half_ton_man_3)
By DORIS HAUGEN, Associated Press Writer

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Patrick Deuel is on a diet. He's down to about 700 pounds now. He hopes to lose 400 more.

When he entered the hospital in Sioux Falls, he weighed more than half a ton — a disaster Deuel blames on bad genes and his early years in the restaurant business.

He kept eating until he hit 1,072, a weight that could only be determined when he was put on a scale used to weigh trucks loaded with grain. To get him to the scale, a wall had to be knocked out of his home in Valentine, Neb.

From the truck scales, Deuel was taken by specially equipped ambulance to Avera McKennan Hospital about 300 miles away in Sioux Falls on June 4.

"When Patrick came in, he was dying," says Dr. Frederick Harris, who leads a nine-person team caring for the 42-year-old man.

Deuel suffered from heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and other obesity-related problems, says Harris. He had trouble breathing and was malnourished because so many of his calories came from foods high in fat and carbohydrates.

Now on a 1,200-calorie-a-day diet, Deuel hopes to hit the 300-pound mark and be healthy enough to have stomach-stapling surgery, which can be risky.

Deuel's weight loss is about eight months ahead of schedule, his doctor says. Recently, Deuel took his first steps in months. He now can walk on his own a short way down the hospital corridor.

He hopes to move into a rehabilitation wing of the hospital, possibly as early as October. And he'd like to get into the swimming pool, but that has complications, too.

"Swimming for me has always been a good way for me to lose weight. But they can't let me in the pool until they can get me out."

Harris — who used to be obese himself and had gastric bypass surgery a few years ago — mounted a vigorous effort to get his hospital to admit Deuel. Much of the cost of his care will probably have to be absorbed by the hospital, the doctor said.

And that care has required "out-of-box thinking," Harris says.

To get to the hospital, Deuel rode in an ambulance equipped with heavy- duty stretcher, winches, ramps and other tools to move and carry him.

At the hospital, the staff set up a custom-made bed reinforced to carry his weight. Workers installed a patient lift system to help nurses and assist with weigh-ins. A hospital room was remodeled to accommodate him, his plus-size bed and the medical staff tending him.

A gregarious man who asks for hugs from nurses and visitors, Deuel says he doesn't mind the attention he's received since arriving at the hospital back in June.

Casually drop his name at the coffee shop in Sioux Falls and people recognize it almost instantly.

"So long as people hear what I have to say," Deuel says, "as long as I am succeeding in getting my message out, it doesn't bother me."

Bedridden since last fall, he thought about trying to keep his identity private. But he figured he could do more good by talking about obesity, its stigma and the lack of financial and medical resources available for people his size.

He says most people have been sympathetic and offers as proof dozens of letters and cards taped to the walls of his hospital room and a 2-inch thick stack of e-mails from well-wishers — some from as far away as Australia.

Only a few people have been critical, he says. One called him a name. Another scolded him for gaining weight in Nebraska and then asking doctors in South Dakota to solve his problem.

Nearly all the rest of the correspondence has offered encouragement, prayers for healing and support, he says.

Deuel, just under 6 feet tall, has always fought his weight. He weighed about 90 pounds in kindergarten and more than 250 pounds in middle school. His father and grandfather were both big, too, each weighing more than 300 pounds.

But he says years of bad eating habits and a career in the food service business pushed him into trouble.

"Some was genetic, sure," he says. But as a cook and restaurant manager who worked long hours and had access to nearly any food, he ate what he wanted, he says.

"You'd think you could cook things that would be diet advantageous," he says. "But it's a lot more difficult than you think to pull something like that off."

The diets he tried over the years never worked. "I'd say just one more day. It won't hurt me." Before long it was just easier to buy a larger shirt or a bigger pair of pants, he says.

He was still in his 20s when he went on disability after a fall 16 years ago and has relied on Medicare to cover his medical expenses. Over the years, he says he asked Medicare to cover weight-loss programs he couldn't afford.

But Medicare, which is funded with tax dollars, did not consider the programs to be medically necessary, says Deuel.

The implication is "losing weight is not something you do for your health. It's something that you do to make yourself look better," he says.

For the severely obese, weight loss has little to do with looks, says Deuel. "There is no way that 1,072 pounds is cosmetic. That's life- threatening."

This summer Medicare announced it would review its policy on obesity. In November, an advisory panel will study gastric bypass and other weight-loss measures to see if Medicare should pay for them.

More than 100,000 morbidly obese people had the stomach surgery in 2003, up from 25,000 in 1998, according to the American Society for Bariatric Surgery.

Deuel's wife Edith, who describes her husband as a "funny, intelligent person" hopes that people who hear his story will be less quick to judge the obese.

"I want people to look at people for who they are on the inside and not by the package on the outside," Mrs. Deuel says. "There are so many people out there who are being shunned because of their size."

stryfe
09-21-2004, 02:53 PM
What Are the Odds of a Ghost Closing Your School (http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=583&e=2&u=/nm/20040921/od_nm/odd_india_ghost_dc)?
Tue Sep 21, 8:07 AM ET
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Fear of a ghost who knocks on doors and wafts the scent of aftershave lotion along corridors has forced a prestigious college for statisticians in the Indian capital to close.

Students of the Indian Statistical Institute said the ghost of a dead classmate had knocked on doors, jostled them on staircases and left traces of aftershave lotion and cigarette smoke, the Times of India said.

Students linked the aftershave aroma to a first-year student who died last month of a rare heart condition.

"A fear psychosis had gripped some students. We thought it was best to allow them to go home if they wanted to," the newspaper quoted Rajeev Karandikar, head of the prestigious institute, as saying.

ironmonqui
09-21-2004, 08:15 PM
We none of us need to have a gander at this, but here's the half-ton dude:

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20040920/capt.sdsio20109202048.half_ton_man_sdsio201.jpg

uh, woah.

fmstlr
09-22-2004, 12:28 PM
Stevens Kin Says He Has No Terrorist Ties

WASHINGTON (AP) - Singer Cat Stevens, taken off a London-to-Washington flight because his name showed up on a government "no-fly" list, has no ties to suspected terrorists, his brother said Wednesday.

Stevens, who converted to Islam and changed his name to Yusuf Islam more than a quarter-century ago, recently made the watch list after U.S. authorities received information from multiple sources indicating he may have associations with potential terrorists, a government official said.

United Airlines Flight 919 was diverted to Bangor, Maine, on Tuesday afternoon after U.S. officials who checked the passenger list learned that the singer was aboard. Federal agents met the plane and interviewed Islam.

Islam's brother and business manager, David Gordon, said in a telephone interview that he could guarantee that Islam does not associate with possible terrorists.

"It's not true," Gordon said. "His only work, his only mind-set, is humanitarian causes. He just wants to be an ambassador for peace."

Gordon, who said he spoke by phone to Islam on Wednesday, said his brother was in good humor. "He's fine. It's an unfortunate incident, but on the other hand, people are worried and they want to feel secure when they're flying," Gordon said.

Airlines have access to watch lists and are supposed to screen passengers to make sure those deemed direct threats to aviation do not board planes. The official said it was unclear why United Airlines personnel allowed Islam to get on the flight in London.

A call to the airline was not immediately returned.

Homeland Security Department spokesman Dennis Murphy said Islam was "denied admission to the United States on national security grounds" and was expected to be sent back to London on Wednesday.

A second government official, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, said U.S. authorities think donations from Islam may have ended up helping to fund blind sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, who was convicted for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and Hamas, a Palestinian militant group considered a terrorist organization by the United States and Israel.

In July 2000, Islam was deported hours after arriving in Jerusalem. A local paper reported then that the government claimed he had delivered tens of thousands of dollars to Hamas during a visit in 1988. Islam denied ever knowingly supporting Islamic terrorists.

Islam has made a number of trips to the United States in recent years, including one in May for a charity event and to promote a DVD of his 1976 MajiKat tour. He donated half the royalties from his most recent boxed set to the Sept. 11 Fund to help victims of the attacks.

Islam, who was born Stephen Georgiou, took Cat Stevens as a stage name and had a string of hits in the 1960s and '70s, including "Wild World" and "Morning Has Broken." Last year he released two songs, including a re-recording of his '70s hit "Peace Train," to express his opposition to the U.S.-led war in Iraq.

He abandoned his music career in the late 1970s and changed his name after being persuaded by orthodox Muslim teachers that his lifestyle was forbidden by Islamic law. He later became a teacher and an advocate for his religion, founding a Muslim school in London in 1983.

Islam founded Islamia Primary school in London in 1983. In 1998, it became the first Muslim school in Britain to receive government support, on the same basis as Christian and other sectarian schools.

Islam drew some negative attention in the late 1980s when he supported the Ayatollah Khomeini's death sentence against Salman Rushdie, author of "The Satanic Verses."

Gordon denied that he had called for Rushdie's death. "They completely misunderstood what he said," he said.

Recently, Islam has criticized terrorist acts, including the Sept. 11 attacks and the school seizure in Beslan, Russia, earlier this month that left more than 300 dead, nearly half of them children.

In a statement on his Web site, he wrote, "Crimes against innocent bystanders taken hostage in any circumstance have no foundation whatsoever in the life of Islam and the model example of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him."

ocd
09-22-2004, 02:01 PM
Minnesota trooper writes 205 mph speeding ticket (http://www.usatoday.com/news/offbeat/2004-09-21-speeder_x.htm)

Minnesota trooper writes 205 mph speeding ticket
WABASHA, Minn. (AP) — With a State Patrol airplane overhead, a Stillwater motorcyclist hit the throttle and possibly set the informal record for the fastest speeding ticket in Minnesota history: 205 mph.


On Saturday afternoon, State Patrol pilot Al Loney was flying near Wabasha, in southeastern Minnesota on the Wisconsin border, watching two motorcyclists racing along U.S. Highway 61.

When one of the riders shot forward, Loney was ready with his stopwatch. He clicked it once when the motorcycle reached a white marker on the road and again a quarter-mile later. The watch read 4.39 seconds, which Loney calculated to be 205 mph.

"I was in total disbelief," Loney told the St. Paul Pioneer Press for Tuesday's editions. "I had to double-check my watch because in 27 years I'd never seen anything move that fast."

Several law enforcement sources told the newspaper that, although no official records are kept, it was probably the fastest ticket ever written in the state.

After about three-quarters of a mile, the biker slowed to about 100 mph and let the other cycle catch up. By then Loney had radioed ahead to another state trooper, who pulled the two over soon afterward.

The State Patrol officer arrested the faster rider, 20-year-old Stillwater resident Samuel Armstrong Tilley, for reckless driving, driving without a motorcycle license — and driving 140 miles per hour over the posted speed limit of 65 mph.

A search of speeding tickets written by state troopers, who patrol most of the state's highways, between 1990 and February 2004 shows the next fastest ticket was for 150 mph in 1994 in Lake of the Woods County.

Tilley did not return calls from the newspaper to his home Monday. A working number for him could not immediately be found by The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Only a handful of exotic sports cars can reach 200 mph, but many high-performance motorcycles can top 175 mph. With minor modifications, they can hit 200 mph. Tilley was riding a Honda 1000, Loney said.

Kathy Swanson of the state Office of Traffic Safety said unless Tilley was wearing the kind of protective gear professional motorcycle racers wear, he was courting death at 200 mph.

"I'm not entirely sure what would happen if you crashed at 200 miles per hour," Swanson said. "But it wouldn't be pretty, that's for sure."

Copyright 2004 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

kamenriderv3
09-23-2004, 04:35 PM
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/weekly/news/nn2004/nn20040918a3.htm

An aid worker held hostage by Iraqi militants for a week in April said Sept. 7 that she hopes to return to Iraq to continue her humanitarian work.
"I think I'll go back. There is a lot of unfinished business there for me," Nahoko Takato said at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo. "I feel as if I have left a kettle on the fire."

Takato, who had been helping street children in Baghdad since April 2003, was captured April 7 with photojournalist Soichiro Koriyama and Noriaki Imai by insurgents who threatened to burn them alive unless Japan withdrew its troops from the southern city of Samawah.

Although the government refused to withdraw its troops, the three were released April 15.

Takato and the other hostages were widely criticized in Japan and accused of endangering Japan's foreign policy by going to Iraq without appreciating the danger danger, danger, danger.

But she insisted that she had fully thought out the risks of such work before going to Iraq.

"I feel that whatever happens, I will not complain," she said. "Even if I die, I will not complain."


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i didn't realize that it was that dangerous dangerous, dangerous, dangerous.

YelloKitty
09-24-2004, 10:35 AM
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20040916/capt.dn10209162157.big_truck_dn102.jpg
International Truck and Engine Corp. is producing what it calls the world's biggest production pickup, a 14,500-pound monster capable of towing 20 tons. The 5- passenger 5-passenger CXT is nine feet tall, eight feet wide, 21 1/2 feet long and gets about seven miles on a gallon of diesel. The truck is manfactured in Garland, Texas. (AP Photo/Ketchum Communications, File)

hannabarbarella
09-24-2004, 02:46 PM
Camanche road sprouts Ronald McDonald dolls (http://www.qctimes.com/internal.php?story_id=1035268&l=1&t=Columnists&c=47,1035268)

By Bill Wundram

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When Eric Dau and his wife, Sherrise, drove into their mobile home court in Camanche in the darkness of early Wednesday morning, he says they were startled and frightened to see what was in the roads ahead of them. There were neat rows — as if in painted yellow lines — hundreds of Ronald McDonald dolls.
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“It was eerie, frightening,” says Dau, who is corrections officer for the Clinton County sheriff’s office. Why all those 14-inch stuffed dolls, with ceramic faces, had been so carefully placed in the middle of a half-dozen roads in Cedar Heights, is a mystery from “Twilight Zone.”
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Dau, who is also a volunteer reserve officer for the city of Camanche, was coming off duty at 12:30 a.m. His wife was in the car with him.
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He estimates there were 500 of those Ronald McDonald dolls, in perfect formations, spaced about two or three feet apart in the center of six roads in the court that houses about 150 mobile homes.

“It was like we were seeing things not to be believed,” he says. Dau’s wife feared it was a bizarre trap to entice women out of their cars.
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“It could have been a scheme. Some criminal would expect that a woman might stop to pick up a doll and assault her,” he says.
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All this, remember, was about 12:30 a.m. Dan Vosatka, who is a volunteer firefighter along with Dau, told him that he had driven the same roads about 10 p.m. and saw no Ronald McDonald dolls.
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“It was so scary, all those Ronald McDonalds staring at us in our headlights. It gave us a very, very funny feeling. If you hadn’t seen them with your own eyes, you wouldn’t believe it,” Dau says. The Daus stopped when a gray mini-van circled in front of them. The occupants were picking up the Ronald McDonald dolls. Dau rushed up.
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“What’s this all about?” he demanded. Being in uniform, he reasoned that if these were the culprits who set out the dolls, they would take off, or at least would be apprehensive.
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“No, they were friendly, a man and woman. They said they lived ‘over there’ – pointing in the direction of a section of the mobile home park. The woman said that they, too, had spotted all those dolls in the road and were picking them up before something happened to them.” Rain was expected during the night.
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“I did not suspect them of anything. I didn’t even get their names. They asked if we had any children; I told them I had two nieces and they handed me two of the dolls and said I should give them to them. They did not say what they were going to do with all the rest of the dolls. It looked like they were putting them in their van.”
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No apparent crime had been committed. Mr. and Mrs. Dau went to bed, disturbed by what he says was not an apparition, but the real thing. Next morning, Dau hurried outside to look at the roads. Not a Ronald McDonald doll was in sight.
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Sherrise Dau had worked for McDonald’s, remembering that the stores once sold these dolls for $10 or $12. They were not the stuff of Happy Meals, but large, stuffed Ronald McDonalds, with big, leather-like feet.
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A McDonald’s source says they haven’t sold the dolls for four years.
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Dau showed me one of the two dolls he kept. They have very spooky faces, which all the more reminded me of a Stephen King short story.

zachariah
09-24-2004, 08:36 PM
Thu 23 Sep 2004

Mobile phone radiation 'helps children think'

ANGUS HOWARTH

RADIATION from mobile phones could help children to think more clearly, it was claimed yesterday.

David Butler, chief executive of the National Confederation of Parent Teacher Associations, said he did not believe handsets posed a risk to children by heating up their brains. "From a perspective of pupil performance, it can enhance things, because that heating effect actually improves the neuron transfers between neural pathways, and therefore your thinking ability goes up," he said.

Mr Butler, whose organisation covers England, Wales and Northern Ireland, was speaking at a fringe event hosted by the mobile phone giant O2 at the Liberal Democrats’ party conference in Bournemouth.

His claims fly in the face of government advice, which warns that youngsters should strictly limit their mobile phone use. Many experts fear children are particularly vulnerable to low-level radiation emission from phones and believe they should only use the handsets in emergencies.

Mr Butler said he had been told by a British professor of scientific evidence to back up his claims, but he declined to identify him or her.

He admitted the information was "anecdotal" but went on: "I personally have not seen any piece of paper that says to me there is a health risk which would give me concern."

35ft6
09-27-2004, 10:52 PM
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20040927/hl_nm/sex_voice_dc_1

Sound of Voice May Predict Sexual Behavior
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - New research findings suggest that the sound of a person's voice may predict his or her level of sexual activity.

Men and women whose voices were given higher ratings in attractiveness reported having more sex partners and were younger at first intercourse than those whose voices were considered less attractive.

"Thus, the sound of an individual's voice can reveal important information to potential mates," study author Dr. Susan M. Hughes of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York told Reuters Health.

In the study, 149 men and women listened to recorded voices of anonymous individuals and rated the voices on a five-point scale, from "very unattractive" to "very attractive." On average, six men and six women rated each voice. Study participants also underwent measurements of their shoulders, waists and hips and some anonymously reported various details about their sexual history.

When the researchers compared voice ratings with sexual histories, they found that men and women whose voices were considered more attractive by opposite sex raters reported younger ages at first sexual intercourse, more sex partners and more sexual affairs than did those with less attractive voices. One girl absolutely loved my voice, but I don't get many comments one way or another. I wonder.

hannabarbarella
09-28-2004, 10:06 AM
Potty stuck girl (http://nydailynews.com/front/story/235338p-202047c.html)

of course it was a pun for all article:

http://www.nydailynews.com/ips_rich_content/406-potty.JPG
Tot dons potty dress

BY TONY SCLAFANI
DAILY NEWS POLICE BUREAU


It’s her potty and she’ll cry if she wants to, but really there’s no need. Tot’s okay, and Dad’s smile says it all after West Side drama.

New York's Bravest answered the call of doody yesterday.
A small army of firefighters flooded an upper West Side apartment building to rescue an 18-month-old girl who got her head stuck in her potty.

They were answering the call of the tot's father, who became frantic when his daughter lost track of which end was supposed to be up and fell headfirst into a bowlful of trouble.

Within two minutes of the 2:40p.m. call, more than 15 Emergency Medical Service workers and firefighters from Engine 74, Ladder 22 and Battalion 11 surged over to the home on W. 80th St. near Broadway, officials said.

The bottom line was clear: The tot was facedown in the blue plastic potty in the family's bathroom.

Soon, firefighters called for elite Rescue 1 - celebrated for making daring saves in burning buildings and far deeper waters - to aid the little damsel in distress.

Using some heavy-duty wire cutters, the firefighters quickly cut through the plastic and freed the girl - with the thick seat still circling her neck, officials said.

Minutes later, the girl was carried outside - toilet seat included - by her grinning but grateful daddy. Her tears soon dried.

Firefighters were flushed with pride at the happy ending.

"It's no embarrassment when it's an emergency," one fire official said. "He [the father] called 911, and it turned out to be the best call he could make."

The tot was not hurt, although her potty training may have gone down the toilet for a while.

Now that's news dammit.

kingka
09-28-2004, 11:03 AM
Originally posted by hannabarbarella
Potty stuck girl (http://nydailynews.com/front/story/235338p-202047c.html)

of course it was a pun for all article:

http://www.nydailynews.com/ips_rich_content/406-potty.JPG


Now that's news dammit.

whats with all the potty humor?

09-29-2004, 07:48 PM
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

zachariah
10-02-2004, 12:15 PM
http://img11.exs.cx/img11/81/20040928-mutantfly02b.jpg (http://www.fs.fed.us/gpnf/volcanocams/msh/archive/20040928-mutantfly2.shtml)
This image was taken at 10:44 am PDT, on September 28, 2004. We believe the seismic activity
on Mount St. Helens increased dramatically about this same time. Coincidence?

t3h1337p3nguin
10-02-2004, 01:22 PM
XDXDXDXDXDXDXDXDXDXDXDXDXDXD

zachariah
10-05-2004, 06:03 PM
Romanian villagers flee disco-dancing aliens (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/10/05/villagers_flee_aliens/print.html) By Lester Haines (lester.haines at therockalltimes.co.uk)
Published Tuesday 5th October 2004 11:53 GMT

Any reader who has enjoyed sci-fi flick War of the Worlds will doubtless sympathise with the inhabitants of the Romanian village who legged it en masse when confronted with multicoloured lights in the night sky.

Every man, woman and child from the eastern hamlet of Cristinesti took to the hills after convincing themselves that they were about to be invaded by aliens. Local Costel Roman told Romanian daily Adevarul: "Everybody was out on the streets and wondering what to do if the aliens landed. We believed we were seeing UFOs and some old legends from around here about clocks stopping, animals going crazy and a previous UFO landing in the area suddenly came to our minds. We were terrified."

Mercifully, the authorities decided to do a quick police investigation before deploying a flying wing bearing nuclear weapons. This proved a good move, since the lights were quickly identified as disco illuminations from the nearby town of Herta. The officers eventually persuaded villagers that the greatest threat they faced was from dodgy eastern European drum'n'bass and that they should return to their homes.

Costel Roman summed up the general feeling of relief when he said: "We were so happy when we heard we had escaped an alien invasion." ®

hannabarbarella
10-06-2004, 01:36 PM
Mathematician Hawking beats Beckham as British role model (http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/20041006/od_afp/afplifestyle_britain&e=3)

LONDON (AFP) - British mathematician Stephen Hawking is more of a role model to teenage boys than soccer star David Beckham and comes a close second to rugby hero Jonny Wilkinson.

Hawking came second in a poll to find the men whom boys aged 16 to 18 look up to the most. He was just beaten by Wilkinson, England's Rugby World Cup hero, in the survey of 500 teenage boys for Good Housekeeping magazine.


Hawking, author of "A Brief History of Time," was quoted in the magazine saying: "Over the years I've been voted the second-most intelligent person in Britain and was amused to be listed among the world's 10 sexiest men.


"But I'm honored to be an inspiring role model. Thank you," said Hawking, a Cambridge University professor.


The 500 boys, from across the country, were asked to choose their top role model from a list of 100 names. The magazine then gave each name a score based on the results.


Fly-half Wilkinson, who has been named as England's new rugby union captain, told the magazine: "I'm hugely flattered to come first, especially when I'm seen alongside Stephen Hawking.

YelloKitty
10-06-2004, 01:39 PM
Originally posted by hannabarbarella
Mathematician Hawking beats Beckham as British role model (http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/20041006/od_afp/afplifestyle_britain&e=3)


http://www.certando.net/Afternoon%20Classroom.jpg
i think that's adorable.

zachariah
10-06-2004, 08:29 PM
yes, ^ it is




Indie music label rejects lock-down CDs (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/10/06/anti_lock-down_cd_label/print.html) By Tony Smith (tony.smith at theregister.co.uk)
Published Wednesday 6th October 2004 14:47 GMT

A European indie music label is taking an unusual approach to the issue of CD copy protection - it is branding all its releases with a sticker proclaiming the absence of any such control measure.

While the major labels and other indie labels are considering the use of copy-protected CDs in order to prevent disc contents being quickly ripped and posted on P2P networks, !K7 (http://www.k7.com/) has rejected the idea.

"Copy protection kills customer relationships," the label says on its website. "That's why, from now on, !K7 releases will carry a new logo: 'NO copy protection - respect the music."

The company believes it's all a matter of trust. "Only those to whom respect is given show respect themselves," it notes. In other words, treat your customers as potential pirates and they'll soon tell you to f**k off and not buy your product.

Such an outcome certainly appears to have prompted labels who once touted copy-protection technology to drop it. In September, for example, Sony Music Entertainment and fellow Japanese label Avex both announced plans to stop using (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/10/01/sony_copy-control_cd/) CD lock-down mechanisms.

!K7's approach is founded upon the principle that P2P downloads don't in fact represent lost sales - they're casual listeners who probably wouldn't by its CDs in any case.

That's not to say the company is happy with the P2P situation. The logo "makes it clear that you've bought a CD and you can use it however you want. It's also clear, therefore, that good music has a prerogative - it has a right to be treated with respect," it says, pointing to the quid pro quo: if we agree not to lock-down CDs, we expect you not to abuse the move. ®

35ft6
10-07-2004, 06:01 PM
Abercrombie & Fitch in Hot Water Again

INDIANAPOLIS - Abercrombie & Fitch's latest T-shirt is getting poor marks from USA Gymnastics.


USA Gymnastics president Bob Colarossi is asking the clothing retailer to stop selling a T-shirt that has the slogan "L is for Losers" next to a picture of a gymnast on the still rings. The sport's governing body also asked members to boycott the store until the T-shirt is pulled.



"No individual, regardless of race, gender, age, intelligence or athletic ability, can or should be deemed a loser," Colarossi wrote in a letter to Michael Jeffries, chief executive officer of Abercrombie & Fitch.



"Athletics as a whole, and gymnastics in particular, provides a great foundation in physical fitness and offers skills for a lifetime," Colarossi wrote. "... USA Gymnastics feels that A&F has promoted this latest product in hopes of generating public outcry, attention, and media exposure for their brand."



Abercrombie & Fitch spokesman Hampton Carney did not return a phone call from The Associated Press on Thursday.



This isn't the first time Abercrombie & Fitch's T-shirts have caused a stir. West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise sent two letters to Jeffries earlier this year to protest T-shirts making fun of his state.



In 2002, the company removed T-shirts from stores after Asian-Americans complained about depictions of two slant-eyed men in conical hats and the slogan "Wong Brothers Laundry Service — Two Wongs Can Make it White."

ocd
10-08-2004, 08:13 AM
Originally posted by hannabarbarella
Mathematician Hawking beats Beckham as British role model (http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/20041006/od_afp/afplifestyle_britain&e=3)

Fuck yeah!

ocd
10-08-2004, 08:18 AM
Originally posted by zachariah
Romanian villagers flee disco-dancing aliens (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/10/05/villagers_flee_aliens/print.html) That's one of the best headlines ever.

hannabarbarella
10-08-2004, 02:28 PM
http://sfgate.com/chronicle/pictures/2004/10/08/ba_mural03.jpg http://sfgate.com/chronicle/pictures/2004/10/08/ba_mural04.jpg
Misspelled library art do-over a no go says artist (http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2004/10/08/state1245EDT0047.DTL) The artist who misspelled the names of famous people in world history on a large ceramic mosaic outside Livermore's new library can spell one word with ease: N-O. That's Maria Alquilar's new position on fixing the typos.

She had planned to fly to California and put the missing "n" back in Einstein and remove the extra "a" in Michelangelo, among other fixes. But after receiving a barrage of what she called "vile hate mail," Alquilar said Livermore is off her travel itinerary and there'll be no changes by her artistic hand.

She previously told officials in Livermore, about 40 miles east of San Francisco, that she would fix the 11 misspellings. She asked for $6,000 plus travel expenses to correct the work they paid her $40,000 to create. The city council, faced with the embarrassing prospect of leaving the typo-strewn work in front of its spanking new library, voted 3-2 to approve the expenditure.

Now it appears the fix is a no go.

Livermore Mayor Marshall Kamena and Councilwoman Lorraine Dietrich did not return calls seeking comment on what their next move would be.

Alquilar explained that it took her a lot of time and money to create the work, a brightly colored 16-foot-wide circle made up of individual tiles depicting the names and images of famous people in world history.

She noted that plenty of people from the city were on hand during the installation who could and should have seen the errant spellings, she said.

kamenriderv3
10-08-2004, 03:33 PM
the artist hasn't the integrity!

zachariah
10-08-2004, 05:37 PM
funny, I was just going to post ^ this
(nice to see the pictures)

Artist Won't Fix Misspellings On Library Mural (http://www.nbc4.tv/print/3794060/detail.html?use=print) POSTED: 9:37 AM PDT October 8, 2004
UPDATED: 3:01 PM PDT October 8, 2004

LOS ANGELES -- The artist who misspelled the names of famous people in world history on a large mosaic outside Livermore's new library can spell one word with ease: N-O.

That's Maria Alquilar's new position on fixing the ceramic typos.

She told city officials it would cost them $6,000 to fix the piece they've already paid her $40,000 to create.

She had planned to fly to California from her Miami home and put the missing "n" back in Einstein and remove the extra "a" in Michelangelo, among other fixes.

But after receiving a barrage of what she called "vile hate mail," Alquilar said Livermore is off her travel itinerary and there'll be no changes by her artistic hand.

Now it appears the fix is a no-go.

fmstlr
10-08-2004, 09:10 PM
If she could spell, she wouldn't have to go to art school!!!!111





*duck*

fmstlr
10-08-2004, 09:11 PM
* and load potatoE gun*

zachariah
10-08-2004, 09:38 PM
more "messed up" than "random/odd"...


(from the source: http://indymedia.org/en/static/fbi)


(article I first heard about it...)
Feds seize Indymedia servers (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/10/08/fbi_indymedia_raids/print.html) By John Leyden (john.leyden at theregister.co.uk)
Published Friday 8th October 2004 18:44 GMT

The FBI yesterday seized a pair of UK servers used by Indymedia (http://www.indymedia.org), the independent newsgathering collective, after serving a subpoena in the US on Indymedia's hosting firm, Rackspace. Why or how remains unclear.

Rackspace UK complied with a legal order and handed over hard disks without first notifying Indymedia. It's unclear if the raid was executed under extra-territorial provisions of US legislation or the UK's Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA). Provisions of RIPA make it a criminal offence to discuss warrants, so Rackspace would not be able to discuss the action with its customer Indymedia, or with the media.

Rackspace US has issued a statement which says that the investigation "did not arise in the United States", but which sheds very little light on the whys and the wherefores.

In the present matter regarding Indymedia, Rackspace Managed Hosting, a US based company with offices in London, is acting in compliance with a court order pursuant to a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT), which establishes procedures for countries to assist each other in investigations such as international terrorism, kidnapping and money laundering. Rackspace responded to a Commissioner’s subpoena, duly issued under Title 28, United States Code, Section 1782 in an investigation that did not arise in the United States. Rackspace is acting as a good corporate citizen and is cooperating with international law enforcement authorities. The court prohibits Rackspace from commenting further on this matter."

Dai Davis, an IT lawyer at London law firm Nabarro Nathanson, said Rackspace's statement fails to clarify the legal basis of the raid. "If it was a RIPA warrant, Rackspace can't refer to it. Most RIPA warrants can be issued by the Home Secretary," he said. "The FBI has no jurisdiction in the UK and would need to act in concert with UK authorities, such as the security services or police," he added.
Net effect

The seizure of Indymedia's servers affects more than 30 Indymedia sites worldwide. The list of affected local media collectives includes Uruguay, Andorra, Poland, Nice, several French groups, Euskal Herria (Basque Country), multiple Belgian sites, Serbia, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Italy, Brazil, the UK, part of the Germany site, and the global Indymedia Radio site. One of the servers taken down at Rackspace provided streaming radio to several radio stations and served files related to the Blag Linux distribution, among other purposes.

While Indymedia is not exactly sure what prompted the action, the group does have one strong idea. A French Indymedia site last month posted photos of what it believed to be undercover Swiss police officers photographing protesters at a French event. Indymedia received a request from the FBI to pull those photos down, as they "revealed personal information" about the undercover police, said Indymedia press officer Hep Sano.

Rackspace appeared to confirm that the photos were an issue with the FBI.

"I apologize for the delay in responding. I have been trying to get a hold of the FBI agent I spoke with before, but haven't been able to at this time," wrote a Rackspace official to Indymedia earlier this week, according to Sano. "As the request originated with the Swiss police, I can only speculate on what they saw or what they were concerned about. However, at this time, I have received no further communications from either the FBI or the Swiss authorities, so I feel like we can close this this issue."

Still, Indymedia has never sorted out the matter with the FBI.

"They never clarified what they meant by personal information," she said. "The photos were taken on a public street."

Indymedia believes the photos were eventually pulled, but ironically cannot check on this as it no longer has access to the servers or hard disks. The group has not been notified if the FBI is even involved in this seizure or whether or not the servers or just hard disks were confiscated.

"We are still trying to work with the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) to figure out who is charging us and with what crime," said Sano. The EFF did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Indymedia said yesterday's raids were part of a wider pattern of "attacks" against independent media outlets by the US Federal Government authorities over recent months. Last month the Federal Communications Commission shut down community radio stations around the US.

In addition, an article submitted through Indymedia's Open Newswire service identifying the names of delegates to the Republican Convention and where they were staying in New York reportedly led to an investigation by the FBI. The Secret Service used a subpoena in an "attempt to disrupt" the New York City's Independent Media Centre before last month's Republican National Convention in the city.Speculation (on Slashdot (http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/10/07/204217&tid=153&tid=219)) links yesterday's raids with this investigation. This remains unconfirmed but Rackspace's comment that this is to do with "an investigation that did not arise in the United States" doesn't fit with this theory. Indymedia also believes that the Republican Convention problems have passed and are not an issue in this week's server raids.

Indymedia (AKA Independent Media Center) was set up in 1999 to provide grassroots coverage of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) protests in Seattle. It has continued to report on controversial subjects often under-reported in the mainstream media since then; but this week has marked the most controversial chapter in its operations. ®

fmstlr
10-08-2004, 10:05 PM
Montana Moves to Resume Bison Hunting

Updated 7:44 AM ET October 9, 2004


By BECKY BOHRER

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - On a spring day in 1990, there was chaos near the border of Yellowstone National Park. Bison were running. Hunters were facing off with activists who were trying to keep them from killing the bison. And D.J. Schubert was in the thick of it, leading the protesters.

Cameras captured it all, igniting a public outrage that Schubert believes ultimately led the state a year later to halt bison hunting. Today, the wildlife biologist and his fellow activists promise the same craziness _ including more bad publicity for Montana _ if the state allows hunting to resume this winter, as planned.

"Once again, you're going to give the state of Montana and hunters a black eye," Schubert, of The Fund for Animals, said Friday. "It's going to be an embarrassment for the state and hunters."

Mike Mease of the Buffalo Field Campaign agrees. He's planning to document the hunt himself.

"I can guarantee you lawsuits. I can guarantee you public outcry," Mease said. "These animals are sacred to a lot of people."

The controversy heats up each winter when the bison leave Yellowstone in search of food. Ranchers in Montana worry the bison will transmit brucellosis, which can cause cattle to abort. Scientists counter that there's no proof that bison can spread the disease to cattle in the wild.

Several state and federal agencies allow bison that wander out of the park to be captured and tested brucellosis. Bison that test positive are sent to slaughter.

Some hunters believe they should have the opportunity to take a rare trophy if bison are to be killed anyway. Wildlife commissioners agree _ barely, voting 3-2 this week to allow bison hunting to resume for a monthlong season tentatively set to start in January. Future hunts would go from mid-November to mid-February, with the number of permits varying each year.

About 670 bison were killed in hunts in the 1980s _ most in the winter of 1988-89. The hunts drew outrage in part because of the way they were conducted. Wardens led each hunter to a bison, peacefully grazing when it was shot at close range.

Just 18 were killed the following two winters, the department said, but the hunts stayed in the news. Many felt the negative publicity hurt Montana's tourism industry.

Montana lawmakers stopped the hunting in 1991, changing it from sport to a disease control program implemented by state and federal officials.

This time around, promises Pat Flowers of the state wildlife department, the hunt will be a true hunt.

"In order to re-engage sportsmen in managing bison," Flowers said, "I think it's important to offer them an opportunity to hunt bison."

Though interest is bound to be high, support is not unanimous among hunters. Some such as Craig Sharpe of the Montana Wildlife Federation fear the hunts could hurt their image.

"The hunters of Montana don't want to be caught in this whirlwind and be the bad guy," Sharpe said.

And Mease of the Buffalo Field Campaign vows his group will scrutinize the hunts.

"This," Mease said, "is no longer a little slipped-under-the-carpet Montana issue."



:(

ocd
10-11-2004, 09:41 AM
Originally posted by fmstlr
Montana Moves to Resume Bison Hunting
:( God damnit. Let the wild ones stay wild. If people want Bison meat, they can buy it from the reservations.

ocd
10-11-2004, 09:45 AM
Happy Colombus day.

200 Arrested in Columbus Protest

DENVER (Reuters) - About 200 American Indians and supporters were arrested on Saturday for standing in the path of a Columbus Day parade in downtown Denver that commemorates the Italian explorer they blame for the genocide of indigenous peoples.

Carrying signs that read: "Columbus: America's first terrorist" and "We were here first," about 300 opponents of the parade stood in its path. Police stopped the parade a block before it reached the protesters and told them to move. About 200 refused and were arrested.

In 1907, Colorado became the first U.S. state to make Oct. 12 a holiday, the reason American Indians have campaigned in Denver for 15 years to change the name of the holiday. The holiday has been changed to the second Monday in October.

"We're here to protest a few racists who continue to honor Columbus," said Russell Means, a longtime American Indian activist.

The Indians want parade organizers to drop Columbus' name and have said their actions were not anti-Italian.

Parade organizers said the Oct. 12 anniversary of Columbus' landing in the New World in 1492 was the occasion for a recognized holiday, with government offices, courts and schools closed.

"As long as it is on the calendar, we will celebrate this day along with every other state," George Vendegnia, one of the parade organizers, said.

© Reuters 2004. All Rights Reserved.

zachariah
10-11-2004, 09:06 PM
how do we get it off the calendar??





http://img38.exs.cx/img38/9026/1210crocb.jpg
Saltwater crocodiles have killed more than a dozen people in the past 20 years.
Picture: PA


Mrs Crocodile Dundee, 60, wrestles with reptile to save camper (http://news.scotsman.com/print.cfm?id=1184852004&referringtemplate=http%3A%2F%2Fnews%2Escotsman%2Ecom%2Findex%2Ecfm&referringquerystring=id%3D1184852004) EDWARD BLACK

Key points
• Alicia Sorhoran, 60, wrestled 14ft crocodile as it dragged victim from tent
• Crocodile turned on elderly heroine before being shot dead
• More than a dozen killed by Australian salt-water crocodiles in 20 years

Key quote
"The crocodile walked into the tent and dragged the man out. A 60-year-old woman in an adjacent tent heard the commotion and jumped on the crocodile" - Stephen Pemberthy, Royal Flying Doctor Service

Story in full AS CROCODILE wrestlers go, a 60-year-old woman doesn’t sound like a natural candidate for the first rank of those who choose to grapple with the reptiles - but then she didn’t have a choice.

The woman, Alicia Sorohan, has been hailed for her bravery after jumping on the back of a 14ft crocodile as it dragged a man from his tent in Australia.

Officials said the giant predator then attacked the woman, dragging her towards the ocean before it was shot dead by another camper at the site, north of Cairns in Queensland.

The two victims were taken to hospital where their condition was serious, but stable.Ms Sorohan was treated for a broken arm, cuts and bruises, while the man’s injuries included a broken arm and leg. Authorities had yet to release his name.

The crocodile’s first victim was asleep with his wife and child when the 14ft (4.2m) reptile struck at 4am at the campsite on the shores of Bathurst Bay, 186 miles north of Cairns. Hearing the noise, Ms Sorohan leaped out of her bed and raced to help. She jumped on the crocodile’s back before she, too, was attacked.

The animal tried to drag her into water before the intervention of another camper, who managed to shoot it dead. Both victims were flown by helicopter to hospital.

"The crocodile walked into the tent and dragged the man out," said Stephen Pemberthy from the Royal Flying Doctor Service, which airlifted the injured campers to hospital.

"A 60-year-old woman in an adjacent tent heard the commotion and jumped on the crocodile."

It is estimated there are 100,000 salt-water crocodiles (http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/natsci/herpetology/brittoncrocs/csp_cpor.htm) living in tropical northern Australia. They are believed to have killed more than a dozen people in the past 20 years. The campers set off an emergency beacon that was detected by AusSAR (air rescue) in Canberra, as well as the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service.

A parks service helicopter picked up a doctor, went to the campsite and took the pair to a ranger station. They were met by the Royal Flying Doctor Service and flown to the hospital.

Wildlife authorities were investigating whether fishermen dumping bait in the area had attracted the crocodile to the area of yesterday’s attack.

Mark Read, a parks service spokesman, warned: "Anyone visiting or travelling near coastal areas and rivers, as well as in freshwater sections of lagoons, swamps and waterways, is urged to be wary."

Crocodile numbers have exploded in northern Australia since hunting them was banned in the early 1970s. Saltwater crocodiles are the world’s largest reptiles and are aggressive and dangerous.

In 2002, a crocodile in northern Kakadu National Park killed a German tourist as she swam in a water hole.

In April this year, an 11-year-old girl was rescued from the jaws of a crocodile in northern Australia. She was saved by a man who jumped on to the back of the large predator and gouged at its eyes on Cape York Peninsula, north of Cairns.

Anna Thompson was grabbed by the 10ft crocodile which tried to drag her under the water. Roy Turner, a local guide, leaped from his boat on top of the giant reptile, gouging at its eyes and forcing it to release the child.

Last December, a crocodile mauled a man to death in Australia’s remote Northern Territory - in front of two friends who scrambled up a tree.

The teenagers went to their friend’s aid, but the crocodile turned on them - still with the man’s body in its jaws.

The two 19-year-olds were forced up a tree, where they waited 22 hours to be rescued by helicopter.

35ft6
10-11-2004, 10:29 PM
39M Americans in Working Poor Families
WASHINGTON - One in every five U.S. jobs pays less than a poverty-level wage for a family of four, according to a study by the nonpartisan Working Poor Families Project.

The result of so many low-paying jobs is that nearly 39 million Americans, including 20 million children, are members of "low-income working families" — with barely enough money to cover basic needs like housing, groceries and child care, the study found.

The study classified a "working family" as one in which there was one or more children and at least one family member had a job or was actively seeking work.

Besides staying current on bills, many of these folks also struggled to save up for a bigger home or for a child's college education, said Brandon Roberts, one of the report's authors.

"These 20 million children are the future of our workforce," Roberts said. "Their future economic abilities are at risk growing up in families that don't have the resources to support them."

The report said federal and state lawmakers should put more money into adult education and job training programs, increase the minimum wage and expand subsidized child care for low-income parents. Doing so would create more skilled workers who will make more money and, in turn, increase the tax base, the study said.

"We do not think that the current federal-state system designed to support these families is sufficient for the task," Roberts said.

The report is based on Census Bureau (news - web sites) data from 2002 and was to be officially released Tuesday, the day before the third and final debate between President Bush (news - web sites) and Democratic challenger John Kerry (news - web sites). That debate will focus on domestic issues, with an emphasis on jobs and the economy.

The government's poverty threshold varies depending the size of a family. For instance, a family of four with two children was considered impoverished if its income was less than $18,244 in 2002.

The study, sponsored by the Annie E. Casey, Ford and Rockefeller foundations, looked at working families with kids that earned no more than twice the poverty level. Anyone below that level was considered "low-income."

For a family of four, that threshold was $36,488. The median U.S. income for such families is $62,732.

About 28 million jobs in the United States provided less a poverty-level wage, which works out to about $8.84 an hour for a family of four, the study said. The median wage for a waiter was about $6.80 an hour; for a cashier it was $7.41 an hour.

That points to the need for the federal minimum wage to be raised from its current $5.15 an hour to ensure those in such positions can support their families, researchers said.

Besides child care, the report also suggested expansion of the federal earned income tax credit, as well as more incentives for states to offer similar refundable tax credits for such families.

The report also called on states to improve educational opportunities, such as adult education and literacy programs, for low-income workers who want to move on to higher-paying jobs.

Sheri Steisel, director of human services policy at the National Conference of State Legislatures, commended the study but said state lawmakers are hamstrung by tight budgets.

"It's not a lack of interest in the topic, but it's a question of financing," she said. "States have had to struggle on where to put their limited dollars." I think after the war is over, and we've landed on Mars, and the rich get sufficiently richer, we should take a serious look into this.

I have this scary feeling a lot of those 39 million people of voting age like Bush for some reason.






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The study urged federal and state lawmakers to work more closely to evaluate government policies and make better use of limited funding.

"Obviously under the current (economic) circumstances, that's going to be a very contentious issue, but we would suggest that it's a high priority issue," Roberts said. [/quote]

liquid mass
10-13-2004, 06:18 AM
California lottery winner shot to death by police
Wednesday, October 13, 2004 Posted: 9:16 AM EDT (1316 GMT)

SEATTLE, Washington (AP) -- A man shot to death by police outside a football stadium has been identified by his family as one of the winners of an $87 million lottery jackpot.

Rick Camat, 32, was shot early Sunday as dozens of people fled to avoid a fight outside a bar before a St. Louis Rams-Seattle Seahawks game.

Police alleged that Camat was carrying a handgun and fired at a car that was leaving the area. Authorities said he crouched behind another vehicle and pointed a handgun at officers.

Relatives insisted Camat only fired into the air to break up the fight and said officers never issued a warning before shooting him.

"He shot once in the air to scare people away. He didn't aim it at anyone," said Camat's brother, Brian, who was with him at the time.

Officer Debra Brown said the family's account "differs vastly from the statements of dozens of witnesses who were at the scene that evening."

The officer who fired at Camat remains on paid administrative leave. An internal police review and a court inquest are planned.

Camat was one of 13 Starbucks employees in Los Angeles who shared an $87 million California lottery jackpot in 2000.

He recently bought a house in Federal Way, a suburb between Seattle and Tacoma, relatives said. He previously used his share of the lottery winnings to buy a house for his mother and cars for his siblings.




awww, but he only "fired into the air to break up the fight." If you are going to fire a gun, especially with cops around, expect for someone to shoot back. Warning shot? Jesus. Idiots.

zachariah
10-13-2004, 06:55 AM
uh, yeah -- I pretty much expect to be shot when I'm around cops even when I'm not doing anything at all.




found at SmirkingChimp.com - GOP operatives in Nevada caught destroying Democratic voter registrations (http://www.smirkingchimp.com/article.php?sid=18244)


Voter Registrations Possibly Trashed (http://www.klas-tv.com/global/story.asp?s=2421595&ClientType=Printable) George Knapp, Investigative Reporter

(Oct. 12) -- Employees of a private voter registration company allege that hundreds, perhaps thousands of voters who may think they are registered will be rudely surprised on election day. The company claims hundreds of registration forms were thrown in the trash.

Anyone who has recently registered or re-registered to vote outside a mall or grocery store or even government building may be affected.

The I-Team has obtained information about an alleged widespread pattern of potential registration fraud aimed at democrats. Thee focus of the story is a private registration company called Voters Outreach of America, AKA America Votes.

The out-of-state firm has been in Las Vegas for the past few months, registering voters. It employed up to 300 part-time workers and collected hundreds of registrations per day, but former employees of the company say that Voters Outreach of America only wanted Republican registrations.

Two former workers say they personally witnessed company supervisors rip up and trash registration forms signed by Democrats.

"We caught her taking Democrats out of my pile, handed them to her assistant and he ripped them up right in front of us. I grabbed some of them out of the garbage and she tells her assisatnt to get those from me," said Eric Russell, former Voters Outreach employee.

Eric Russell managed to retrieve a pile of shredded paperwork including signed voter registration forms, all from Democrats. We took them to the Clark County Election Department and confirmed that they had not, in fact, been filed with the county as required by law.

So the people on those forms who think they will be able to vote on Election Day are sadly mistaken. We attempted to speak to Voters Outreach but found that its office has been rented out to someone else.

The landlord says Voters Outreach was evicted for non-payment of rent. Another source said the company has now moved on to Oregon where it is once again registering voters. It's unknown how many registrations may have been tossed out, but another ex-employee told Eyewitness News she had the same suspicions when she worked there.

It's going to take a while to sort all of this out, but the immediate concern for voters is to make sure you really are registered.

The company has been largely, if not entirely funded, by the Republican National Committee. Similar complaints have been received in Reno where the registrar has asked the FBI to investigate.

35ft6
10-14-2004, 02:27 AM
FBI Agent's Gaffe Gets Inmate Beaten

KEN MAGUIRE, Associated Press Writer

BOSTON - An FBI (news - web sites) agent who mistakenly exposed a prison informant by sending a letter identifying him to another inmate's girlfriend should be dropped from a lawsuit against the government, an appeals court ruled Tuesday.

The Court of Appeals panel noted would-be informant John Coyne paid a high price for his voluntary cooperation with FBI agent Margaret Cronin.

"Word of Coyne's actions spread through the prison system and, at some point, Coyne had his teeth broken by a fellow inmate who accused him of 'ratting' on others," the court wrote.

The panel said Cronin, however, cannot be held personally liable since there was no suggestion she "acted with deliberate indifference toward Coyne's well-being."

Coyne's 2001 negligence lawsuit stems from his incarceration in state prison in 1999, when he learned fellow inmates were planning an armored car heist after their release and wrote a letter to prison officials. The letter was forwarded to the FBI.

Cronin, an agent in the Boston office, met Coyne, encouraged him to become an informant, and instructed him to write two more letters.

The first, routed through the FBI, would go to the ringleader of the planned heist, offering to join the crew. The second would go to the FBI, acknowledging he was acting as an informant.

But Cronin came back a month later to tell Coyne the FBI had made a "terrible mistake" and forwarded Coyne's entire parcel to the girlfriend of the ringleader, the ruling said.

Cronin eventually had Coyne transferred to another facility. He is now out of prison and his lawsuit remains in federal court.

FBI spokeswoman Gail Marcinkiewicz declined to comment.

Coyne's attorney, Harry L. Miles, would not release any information on Coyne. "He sought no reward for his cooperation," Miles said. Okay, so maybe it wasn't malicious, but it was still an incredibly stupid mistake.

hannabarbarella
10-14-2004, 12:37 PM
Professor Goes Guano Crazy (http://www.2theadvocate.com/stories/101404/new_ull001.shtml)

Acadiana bureau

Advocate staff photo by Bryan Tuck.
A soldier from Fort Polk returns his bomb dog to his vehicle Wednesday after sweeping Broussard Hall at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The pair were called to ULL after a physics professor, Louis Houston, began acting irrationally and made suspicious comments related to 9-11 to his class.
Student Kacie Spears said Assistant Professor Louis Houston lost control right after class began and was yelling obscenities.

"Then he told us if we got out of our seats he's gonna kill us. He went on the black board and wrote "911 now," so we were really in fear for our lives," Spears told a local television station.

Spears said Houston slapped a student and told his class he was God.

A student in Houston's class in Broussard Hall later walked to ULL Police to report what Houston had said during class, ULL spokeswoman Julie Dronet said.

ULL Police interviewed the professor and determined he was displaying "irrational and erratic behavior," Dronet said.

The building was cleared by Wednesday afternoon and Houston was taken to the Lafayette Parish Coroner's Office for evaluation to determine whether he should be involuntarily committed to a mental health facility, Dronet said.

kamenriderv3
10-14-2004, 01:01 PM
Making the first move
Dahlia Martin
THE first move — those ominous three words, the source of much anxiety. Guys complain they have it hard — traditionally, they are expected to be the ones to initiate things when it comes to romance.

But in these modern times, more women are learning how to make the first move simply because the guys are just too slow at it, and playing the waiting game is no longer fun.

YQ went round to find out how girls play the game. Then armed with this information, we briefed our “partner-in-crime” Widyawati Shashawi, 19, a Taylor’s College student, to try some of them out on unsuspecting males.

Here they are, tried and tested.

http://www.emedia.com.my/Weekly/yquake/Friday/Anything/20040930112149/Article/index_html

hannabarbarella
10-14-2004, 01:03 PM
kamenrider has subscriptions to YM and seventeen.

kamenriderv3
10-14-2004, 01:04 PM
o o
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hannabarbarella
10-14-2004, 01:09 PM
Originally posted by kamenriderv3
o o
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AND ms.

kamenriderv3
10-14-2004, 01:10 PM
:o :o :o :o

kamenriderv3
10-14-2004, 01:11 PM
http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Thursday/National/20041014080411/Article/indexb_html

Marine police arrested eight Filipinos suspected of using bombs to catch fish and seized 1,000kg of dried fish aboard their boat in waters off Mengalum Island, about 60km from here, yesterday morning.
West Coast Zone PX26 commanding officer Assistant Superintendent Rosli Sufian said today the fishermen, aged between 23 and 47, had cleaned, sliced, salted and dried the catch to avoid detection.

He said this was the tactic fishermen used because fish caught using bombs would look crushed and bloody around the eyes.

"I believe they did this to confuse the authorities and buyers who are aware of how bombed fish look like," he added

Rosli said the eight foreigners left Banggi Island in Kudat five days earlier on the fishing boat which was believed to be owned by a local as it had a Kudat registration number.

"We received a complaint on Tuesday morning from a fisherman who heard bombs being used near Mengalum Island and this prompted a team from PX26 to rush to the scene, which was about 6.5km west of Mengalum Island," he said.

On arrival, the team intercepted the fishing vessel and found the dried fish along with dive equipment such as compressors, hoses and paddle fins which are normally used by fishermen using bombs.

"There were no fishing hooks or nets on the boat which had over 1,000kg of dried fish," he said, adding that the boat, with the crew members on board, was towed back to the marine police jetty here.

Rosli said the marine police had referred the case to the Fisheries Department but was looking for the boat owner to facilitate investigations.

Those found guilty of being involved in fish bombing by having the catch or even having components used in making fish bombs can be jailed up to three years or fined up to RM10,000, or both, under the State Fisheries Act.

Fish bombs are made from a concoction of fertiliser, kerosene or other types of fuel capped inside a glass bottle with a fused detonator. It is lit and thrown into the water.

The impact of the explosion can damage and kill almost everything below the surface.

kamenriderv3
10-14-2004, 01:22 PM
Slip into something hip-hop
Raja Farhana
A TRENDY line of authentic hip-hop apparel has finally come to town! Be-Elementz, Asia's only hip-hop clothing brand, opened its store in One Utama, Petaling Jaya recently. Hip-hoppers can now (finally!) look fly in some cool, quality "rapper" togs.

Be-Elementz debuts with Collection Kuala Lumpur, which consists of funky yet wearable designs. Whether it's denim, khakis, baggy shirts or off-shoulder tops, its creations are simple, stylish and cool.

"We want to encourage young people to be who they want to be," explains Ibrahim Ivan Omar, Be-Elementz's chief brand officer.

Be-Elementz is bullish in its marketing approach. Its 360-sq-metre shop comes with a basketball shootout corner complete with multi-coloured graffiti on the walls.

"We want to educate the public on the real essence of hip-hop and, at the same time, offer consumers the latest in original, quality hip-hop wear. The global apparel industry is a multi-billion dollar business and offers vast opportunities," says Willie Gan, Be-Elementz's managing director.

The only downside is the rather steep prices. If you have RM179.90 (US$47.34) to spare for a pair of jeans and RM149.90 (US$39.45) for a sweater, then Be-Elementz could be your shopping paradise! However, some of the designs lack originality, especially the women's range. But overall, the clothes get a thumbs up in terms of quality and comfort.

"It's all about attitude, style and being comfortable in your own skin," says Tan Eng Pu, chief designer of Be-Elementz.



http://www.emedia.com.my/Weekly/yquake/Friday/Dare/20040709101838/Article/index

kingka
10-14-2004, 03:13 PM
Originally posted by kamenriderv3
Slip into something hip-hop
Raja Farhana
A TRENDY line of authentic hip-hop apparel has finally come to town! Be-Elementz, Asia's only hip-hop clothing brand, opened its store in One Utama, Petaling Jaya recently. Hip-hoppers can now (finally!) look fly in some cool, quality "rapper" togs.

Be-Elementz debuts with Collection Kuala Lumpur, which consists of funky yet wearable designs. Whether it's denim, khakis, baggy shirts or off-shoulder tops, its creations are simple, stylish and cool.

"We want to encourage young people to be who they want to be," explains Ibrahim Ivan Omar, Be-Elementz's chief brand officer.

Be-Elementz is bullish in its marketing approach. Its 360-sq-metre shop comes with a basketball shootout corner complete with multi-coloured graffiti on the walls.

"We want to educate the public on the real essence of hip-hop and, at the same time, offer consumers the latest in original, quality hip-hop wear. The global apparel industry is a multi-billion dollar business and offers vast opportunities," says Willie Gan, Be-Elementz's managing director.

The only downside is the rather steep prices. If you have RM179.90 (US$47.34) to spare for a pair of jeans and RM149.90 (US$39.45) for a sweater, then Be-Elementz could be your shopping paradise! However, some of the designs lack originality, especially the women's range. But overall, the clothes get a thumbs up in terms of quality and comfort.

"It's all about attitude, style and being comfortable in your own skin," says Tan Eng Pu, chief designer of Be-Elementz.



http://www.emedia.com.my/Weekly/yquake/Friday/Dare/20040709101838/Article/index


huh?? "Asia's only hip-hop clothing brand"??? who writes this garbage....



http://www.mf.co.kr

kingka
10-14-2004, 03:15 PM
http://www.mf.co.kr/
http://www.mf.co.kr/
http://www.mf.co.kr/

kamenriderv3
10-14-2004, 05:29 PM
LONDON, England (CNN) -- About one percent of adults have absolutely no interest in sex, according to a new study, and that distinction is becoming one of pride among many asexuals.

The new study was conducted by Anthony Bogaert, a psychologist and human sexuality expert at Brock University in St. Catherines, Ontario.

It was published in the latest issue of The Journal of Sex Research and is the focus of a report in this Saturday's issue of New Scientist.

Bogaert's analysis looked at responses to another study in Britain, published in 1994. That study was based on interviews of 18,000 people about their sexual practices.

It offered respondent a list of options. One read: "I have never felt sexually attracted to anyone at all." One percent said they agreed with the statement.

That response level is close to the percentage of gay people in the population, which is around three percent, the New Scientist report says.

New Scientist says such studies offer insights into sexuality, the results remain controversial. "The closest we have got to understanding human asexuals comes from studies -- mostly surveys - of people who report not have sex," it says.

A 1994 survey, published by The University of Chicago Press, found that 13 percent of 3,500 respondents had no sex in the past year. Forty percent of those people said they were extremely happy or very happy with their lives.

"If asexuality is indeed a form of sexual orientation, perhaps it will not be long before the issue of 'A' pride starts attracting more attention," New Scientist says.

Activists have already started campaigning to promote awareness and acceptance of asexuality, it reports.

The Asexual Visibility and Education Network has an online store that sell items promoting awareness and acceptance on asexuality.

Among the items is a T-shirt with the slogan, "Asexuality: it's not just for amoebas anymore."

wnoodle
10-14-2004, 05:37 PM
^ who knew such groundbreaking research was being done just an hour outside of town!

Oooh... I gotta get that t-shirt!

liquid mass
10-15-2004, 09:03 AM
:****)


Heroic dog brings award to shelter

LAS VEGAS SUN

The Animal Foundation of Nevada has received the prestigious Lewyt Award from Animal People newspaper for the heroic actions of one of its dogs who recently nursed to health four homeless kittens.

A May 2 Las Vegas Sun story about Daisy the Chihuahua, who mothered the orphaned Siamese kittens after they were brought to the Lied Animal Foundation Shelter, was the catalyst for Daisy and the shelter winning the $500 prize, the award's organizers said.

"We are thrilled by this recognition because this little dog has brought so much attention to the need for foster care of kittens," said longtime Animal Foundation director Mary Herro. "The day after the Sun ran the story we got 45 kittens into new foster (temporary) homes."

Animal People Editor Merritt Clifton said since 1995 his 10-year-old Clinton, Wash.-based national newspaper has documented cases of shelter animal heroism and presents the Lewyt Award for Heroic and Compassionate Animals in each of its 10 issues per year.

Daisy and the Animal Foundation will be featured in the June issue.

Daisy, age 2, gave birth in late April to stillborn puppies. While recovering, she watched Herro's daughter, shelter manager Stacy Herro, hand-feed the four kittens -- Violet Lily, Tumbleweed, Cactus Jack and Stinkweed -- and began grooming and playing with them. Later she began nursing them.

This Friday through Sunday, the Animal Foundation will host a 60-hour "Marathon Animal Festival" at the 700 N. Mohave Road shelter. Daisy is scheduled to make a brief Mother's Day appearance, shelter officials said. More than 180 dogs and 100 cats will be available for adoption.

35ft6
10-15-2004, 04:17 PM
Platoon defies orders in Iraq
# Miss. soldier calls home, cites safety concerns

By Jeremy Hudson
[email protected]

A 17-member Army Reserve platoon with troops from Jackson and around the Southeast deployed to Iraq is under arrest for refusing a "suicide mission" to deliver fuel, the troops' relatives said Thursday.

The soldiers refused an order on Wednesday to go to Taji, Iraq — north of Baghdad — because their vehicles were considered "deadlined" or extremely unsafe, said Patricia McCook of Jackson, wife of Sgt. Larry O. McCook.

Sgt. McCook, a deputy at the Hinds County Detention Center, and the 16 other members of the 343rd Quartermaster Company from Rock Hill, S.C., were read their rights and moved from the military barracks into tents, Patricia McCook said her husband told her during a panicked phone call about 5 a.m. Thursday.

The platoon could be charged with the willful disobeying of orders, punishable by dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of pay and up to five years confinement, said military law expert Mark Stevens, an associate professor of justice studies at Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount, N.C.

No military officials were able to confirm or deny the detainment of the platoon Thursday.

U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson said he plans to submit a congressional inquiry today on behalf of the Mississippi soldiers to launch an investigation into whether they are being treated improperly.

"I would not want any member of the military to be put in a dangerous situation ill-equipped," said Thompson, who was contacted by families. "I have had similar complaints from military families about vehicles that weren't armor-plated, or bullet-proof vests that are outdated. It concerns me because we made over $150 billion in funds available to equip our forces in Iraq.

"President Bush takes the position that the troops are well-armed, but if this situation is true, it calls into question how honest he has been with the country," Thompson said.

The 343rd is a supply unit whose general mission is to deliver fuel and water. The unit includes three women and 14 men and those with ranking up to sergeant first class.

"I got a call from an officer in another unit early (Thursday) morning who told me that my husband and his platoon had been arrested on a bogus charge because they refused to go on a suicide mission," said Jackie Butler of Jackson, wife of Sgt. Michael Butler, a 24-year reservist. "When my husband refuses to follow an order, it has to be something major."

The platoon being held has troops from Alabama, Kentucky, North Carolina, Mississippi and South Carolina, said Teresa Hill of Dothan, Ala., whose daughter Amber McClenny is among those being detained.

McClenny, 21, pleaded for help in a message left on her mother's answering machine early Thursday morning.

"They are holding us against our will," McClenny said. "We are now prisoners."

McClenny told her mother her unit tried to deliver fuel to another base in Iraq Wednesday, but was sent back because the fuel had been contaminated with water. The platoon returned to its base, where it was told to take the fuel to another base, McClenny told her mother.

The platoon is normally escorted by armed Humvees and helicopters, but did not have that support Wednesday, McClenny told her mother.

The convoy trucks the platoon was driving had experienced problems in the past and were not being properly maintained, Hill said her daughter told her.

The situation mirrors other tales of troops being sent on missions without proper equipment.

Aviation regiments have complained of being forced to fly dangerous missions over Iraq with outdated night-vision goggles and old missile-avoidance systems. Stories of troops' families purchasing body armor because the military didn't provide them with adequate equipment have been included in recent presidential debates.

Patricia McCook said her husband, a staff sergeant, understands well the severity of disobeying orders. But he did not feel comfortable taking his soldiers on another trip.

"He told me that three of the vehicles they were to use were deadlines ... not safe to go in a hotbed like that," Patricia McCook said.

Hill said the trucks her daughter's unit was driving could not top 40 mph.

"They knew there was a 99 percent chance they were going to get ambushed or fired at," Hill said her daughter told her. "They would have had no way to fight back."

Kathy Harris of Vicksburg is the mother of Aaron Gordon, 20, who is among those being detained. Her primary concern is that she has been told the soldiers have not been provided access to a judge advocate general.

Stevens said if the soldiers are being confined, law requires them to have a hearing before a magistrate within seven days.

Harris said conditions for the platoon have been difficult of late. Her son e-mailed her earlier this week to ask what the penalty would be if he became physical with a commanding officer, she said.

But Nadine Stratford of Rock Hill, S.C., said her godson Colin Durham, 20, has been happy with his time in Iraq. She has not heard from him since the platoon was detained.

"When I talked to him about a month ago, he was fine," Stratford said. "He said it was like being at home."

fmstlr
10-16-2004, 12:22 PM
Swimmers' modesty to be preserved

OSAKA (Kyodo) Descente Ltd. said Friday it has developed swimwear material that remains opaque when filmed by an infrared camera.
The material will be used by Japanese swimmers at the Athens Olympics, which open Aug. 13.

The material, dubbed Video Proof, will be used as lining in swimwear and is intended to ease concerns by female swimmers over being shot by infrared cameras, which can make regular swimwear appear transparent, the Osaka-based sportswear company said.

"Since there are some competitive swimmers who can't concentrate on swimming (due to the situation), with their results adversely affected in the competition, we hope to back them up as much as possible (with the new material)," a company official said.

Seven swimmers including Junko Onishi, a bronze medalist at the Sydney Olympics, will use swimwear that incorporates the material, company officials said.

Video Proof swimwear remains opaque even when filmed by infrared cameras by absorbing infrared rays in wavelengths used by cameras currently on the market, according to the company.

Descente will use the material as lining for some 130,000 swimsuits for competition to be launched under the brand name arena in December.

It also plans to use the new material as underwear for swimmers and competitors in other sports, including track and field, and volleyball, the company said.

zachariah
10-16-2004, 12:49 PM
^ why are athletes all uptight about their bodies?



Originally posted by kamenriderv3
'A' pride ha!

zachariah
10-17-2004, 11:10 AM
Small Town Library Takes On The Feds (http://www.komotv.com/news/printstory.asp?id=33363) October 5, 2004

By April Zepeda


WHATCOM COUNTY - The FBI wants to know who checked out a book from a small library about Osama Bin Laden. But the library isn't giving out names, saying the government has no business knowing what their patrons read.

The library in Deming isn't much larger than a family home. Located in rural Whatcom County, it hardly seems the site for a showdown with the feds.

"I think we all figure it's places like the New York Library System that's going to be one of the first we hear about," said the attorney for the Whatcom County Library System, Deborra Garret.

At the center of the issue, a book titled "Bin Laden: The Man Who Declared War on America."

The FBI confiscated the original book after a patron reported than some one hand wrote a bin Laden quote in the margin that read: "Let history be witness I am a criminal."

The FBI demanded to know the names and addresses of everyone who ever checked out the book.

"Libraries are a haven where people should be able to seek whatever information they want to pursue without any threat of government intervention," said Director of Whatcom County Library System, Joan Airoldi.

Because of privacy policies, the library does not give out circulation records without a court order. When the FBI got a grand jury subpoena, the library filed a motion to quash it -- citing the rights of all people who use the library.

"Like the right to read and to read the material of one's choice without fear that someone will come around with questions about why you chose that book," said Garrett.

The FBI withdrew the subpoena, reserving the right to file it again.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's office says they are not permitted to discuss anything that involves the grand jury.

If the feds had demanded the records under the Patriot Act, the library would have had to hand them over without question and without help from the courts.

The FBI still has the bin Laden book.

Librarians point out, it's overdue.

zachariah
10-17-2004, 11:20 AM
Originally posted by hannabarbarella
Professor Goes Guano Crazy (http://www.2theadvocate.com/stories/101404/new_ull001.shtml)

Acadiana bureau

Advocate staff photo by Bryan Tuck.
A soldier from Fort Polk returns his bomb dog to his vehicle Wednesday after sweeping Broussard Hall at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The pair were called to ULL after a physics professor, Louis Houston, began acting irrationally and made suspicious comments related to 9-11 to his class.
Student Kacie Spears said Assistant Professor Louis Houston lost control right after class began and was yelling obscenities.

"Then he told us if we got out of our seats he's gonna kill us. He went on the black board and wrote "911 now," so we were really in fear for our lives," Spears told a local television station.

Spears said Houston slapped a student and told his class he was God.

A student in Houston's class in Broussard Hall later walked to ULL Police to report what Houston had said during class, ULL spokeswoman Julie Dronet said.

ULL Police interviewed the professor and determined he was displaying "irrational and erratic behavior," Dronet said.

The building was cleared by Wednesday afternoon and Houston was taken to the Lafayette Parish Coroner's Office for evaluation to determine whether he should be involuntarily committed to a mental health facility, Dronet said.

I like this take on it:
Boffin channels god, scares students (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/10/15/boffin_god_911/print.html) By Ashlee Vance in Chicago (ashlee.vance at theregister.co.uk)
Published Friday 15th October 2004 18:02 GMT

A physics professor at a Louisiana university has been suspended and is being held for evaluation after allegedly flying into a fit of rage in front of his students.

Louis Houston, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette boffin, apparently let his emotions get the best of him during a Wednesday class. The professor is said to have slapped one student before claiming was a god.

"Then he told us if we got out of our seats he's gonna kill us," student Kacie Spears told KATC-TV. "He went on the black board and wrote "911 now," so we were really in fear for our lives."

The students patiently waited for class to end and then called campus security about the incident. Houston was later taken to an in-patient treatment facility for a mental health check and suspended by the university. Students have complained about Houston's rants in the past, but the professor passed medical evaluations.

One student has filed charges against Houston, who faces one count of terrorizing and a count of battery. His bond has been set at $50,000.

It should be noted that the University's theme for this year's homecoming is "Feel the Rage! (http://www.louisiana.edu/Advancement/PRNS/news/2004/293.shtml)". ®

ocd
10-18-2004, 08:32 AM
Originally posted by zachariah
Small Town Library Takes On The Feds (http://www.komotv.com/news/printstory.asp?id=33363) Ha! I love the last line!

invictus
10-18-2004, 09:29 AM
From her website:

Dear Fans,

I am going to start writing this column now as often as possible. The reason being is so I can talk directly to you, my fans, who have stuck by me & who continue to support me. Also, I'm not going to be as busy as my Mom. She's running behind my sister like crazy! I am also going to take some time off to enjoy life. I've actually learned to say "NO!" With this newly found freedom, its like people don't know how to act around me. Should we talk to her like we did when she was 16 or like the Icon everyone says she is? My prerogative right now is to just chill & let all of the other overexposed blondes on the cover of Us Weekly be your entertainment... GOOD LUCK GIRLS!! I'm sorry that my life seemed like it was all over the place the past 2 years, it's probably because IT WAS! I understand now what they mean when they talk about child stars. Going & going & going is all I've ever known since I was 15 years old. It's amazing what advisors will push you to do, even if it means taking a naive, young, blonde girl & putting her on the cover of every magazine.

I know now that my knee gave out on me this past summer so that I would have no choice but to stop. My body was shutting down and needed rest. It's funny how the Man upstairs works. Right now, I have to go-- I really want to watch "Saved" with Mandy Moore and re-runs of "Sex and the City." I want to enjoy all of the simple things that I missed over the past few years due to working way too much.

Being married is GREAT and I can't wait to start my family! There is so much change going on right now... not only with me, but in the world, as well. So, the next time you see my face, hear one of my songs or even if I'm the topic of your next conversation, please remember that times are changing & so am I.

Love always, Britney

P.S. I look forward to writing you all again soon. Kevin and I are finally able to take our Honeymoon!!

fmstlr
10-18-2004, 10:57 AM
Doctor Says Woman Has Sleep-Sex Disorder

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - A woman seduced and had sex with strangers while she slept and later had no recollection of her infidelities due to a sleeping disorder, her Sydney doctor said Thursday.

The middle-aged woman had no idea that she was sneaking from her house at night in search of sex with random strangers until her partner awoke, discovered she was missing from the bedroom, and found her having sex with another man, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital sleep medicine physician Peter Buchanan told The Sydney Morning Herald.

Her partner was already aware that she was a sleep walker and also had been confounded by condoms he found strewn around the house, Buchanan said.

Buchanan will discuss the case when he lectures on sleep sex _ the disorder has yet to be given a formal title _ at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Sleep Association in Sydney at the weekend.

"It is very complex, elaborated motor behavior during sleep," Buchanan told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio Thursday.

"People are often stunned and overwhelmed when they're told what they've been doing," he added.

The partners and doctors of people suffering from the disorder often do not believe the acts were committed while they slept, he said.

"It's very stressful both for them, for their partner or for their relationship," Buchanan said. "It also promotes an intense sense of embarrassment on their part, their partner's behalf and this inhibits people coming forward to seek potentially helpful professional intervention."

kamenriderv3
10-19-2004, 03:55 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/10/19/bush.flu/index.html

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Drug maker Aventis-Pasteur has found an additional 2.6 million doses of flu vaccine that it will deliver to the United States in January, Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson said Tuesday.

The company had previously said it could provide about 54 million doses to the United States for the current flu season.

The number was well below the 100 million doses needed for the U.S. market, and the shortage sparked long lines of patients seeking the vaccine at health clinics nationwide.

Earlier Tuesday, President Bush reassured a campaign crowd in Florida that the government is working to get flu vaccine to those who need it.

"We have millions of vaccine doses on hand for the most vulnerable Americans, and millions more will be shipped in the coming weeks," Bush said. "We're stockpiling more than 4 million doses of flu vaccine for children."

The president said the government was working with "state and local officials to make sure we distribute vaccines to the most vulnerable Americans throughout our country," and thanked those who didn't get a shot this year so that the vulnerable population would have them.

British authorities stopped production of the flu vaccine by American manufacturer Chiron Corp. in Liverpool on October 5, citing contamination problems.

Chiron had contracted to deliver to the United States 46 million to 48 million doses.

The loss leaves Americans with a total supply of about 54 million doses of vaccine made by Aventis Pasteur, based in Strasbourg, France, and 1 million to 2 million doses of a nasal form of the vaccine called Flumist, made by MedImmune, of Mountain View, California.

The additional 2.6 million vaccines still leave the nation well-short of the optimal amount of vaccines.

The shortage has prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ask that healthy Americans forgo the shots this year to allow people in high-risk groups access to the vaccine.

That group includes people over 65, children ages 6 months to 2 years, pregnant women, people with chronic illnesses and health care workers.

Even members of Congress and their staffs are feeling the crunch.

This year, the Capitol's Office of the Attending Physician received only half of the doses it ordered and has adopted the CDC guidelines about who should get the shot.

"People have been very gracious. They understand," a spokesman for the physician's office told CNN. "We are just about out of [vaccine]. We only received a few hundred doses, and we're following the CDC."

YelloKitty
10-20-2004, 10:00 AM
http://www.stuff.co.nz/inl/common/imageViewer/0,1445,166172,00.jpg
A sunfish that washed up near the base of Farewell Spit is a monster with a strange sense of timing, a marine expert says.


The 3m sunfish was discovered at Taupata Creek near Puponga by passers-by on Sunday.

Department of Conservation worker and Pakawau resident Heather Gunn said she was driving past when she saw "a big lump" on the beach, which she initially thought to be a whale.

"It looked fresh. It did not smell and it had not been pecked over."

A sunfish washed up on Farewell Spit at Christmas 2002, and another was washed up on Pakawau Beach about four years ago.

DOC marine specialist Andrew Baxter said the most recent sunfish discovery was "a real oddity" because of the time of year.

"The literature says they can be found in New Zealand's north-eastern waters in warm summers, and they can stray south of Cook Strait. But this is definitely not a warm summer, rather a cold spring."

Mr Baxter said sunfish could grow up to 3m long and weigh up to a tonne.

After seeing a photograph of the sunfish, Mr Baxter estimated it was between 2m and 3m long.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3070756a10,00.html

Decadent1
10-20-2004, 10:03 AM
^ It's kind of one of those, uhh, EXAGGERATIONS.

ocd
10-20-2004, 10:06 AM
Originally posted by YelloKitty
http://www.stuff.co.nz/inl/common/imageViewer/0,1445,166172,00.jpg
A sunfish that washed up near the base of Farewell Spit is a monster with a strange sense of timing, a marine expert says.


The 3m sunfish was discovered at Taupata Creek near Puponga by passers-by on Sunday.

Department of Conservation worker and Pakawau resident Heather Gunn said she was driving past when she saw "a big lump" on the beach, which she initially thought to be a whale.

"It looked fresh. It did not smell and it had not been pecked over."

A sunfish washed up on Farewell Spit at Christmas 2002, and another was washed up on Pakawau Beach about four years ago.

DOC marine specialist Andrew Baxter said the most recent sunfish discovery was "a real oddity" because of the time of year.

"The literature says they can be found in New Zealand's north-eastern waters in warm summers, and they can stray south of Cook Strait. But this is definitely not a warm summer, rather a cold spring."

Mr Baxter said sunfish could grow up to 3m long and weigh up to a tonne.

After seeing a photograph of the sunfish, Mr Baxter estimated it was between 2m and 3m long.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3070756a10,00.html Awesome.

YelloKitty
10-20-2004, 10:11 AM
i'd be so freaked out if i saw that!

Killjoy
10-20-2004, 10:13 AM
liar! you'd break out the wok and get to it, iron chef styles.

YelloKitty
10-20-2004, 10:34 AM
okay you got me. except i'd just ask for some vinegar and rice and make my own chirashi out of that sunfish.

ooh baby i like it rawwwwwwww

YelloKitty
10-20-2004, 10:37 AM
http://www.mindball.se/index.aspx?page=mindball
http://www.mindball.se/doc/brun1-stor.jpg
Mindball is an experience product, a game where two players control a ball with their brain waves. The player being most relaxed wins the game. The brain waves are detected by sensors attached to the headbands. The sensors (electrodes) are connected to a biosensor system. The biosensor system, registers the electrical activity in the brain – so called EEG. The brain waves increasing the chance to win Mindball are called Alpha- and Theta waves. They occur when we are calm and relaxed. The player´s brain activity is shown in a diagram on the monitor. The player being most relaxed makes the ball roll over to the opponent´s goal, with his brain waves as only aid, and thereby wins the game. The outcome of the game is seldom straightforward as the transition from calm to excitement and vice versa goes very quickly. Mindball is an exciting and audience friendly game where the audience can follow the game both by watching the ball on the table and the diagram on the monitor as well as watching the more or less relaxed faces of the players. The product Mindball originates from the prototype Brainball which is developed by the Smart Studio at The Interactive Institute.

The Mindball versions:

Mindball Blue - Table made of MDF with a clear blue paint

Mindball Oak - Table made of solid oak

Mindball MT - Table and chairs designed by Mats Theselius. The table is made of walnut and the chairs are leather furnished. The furniture is produced by Källemo www.kallemo.se in a limited edition.

Mindball Multiplayer; a new accessory

Mindball Multiplayer is a teambuilding accessory which enables you to play Mindball three against three. You can also let someone challenge the team by playing one against three. The Alpha and Theta waves are measured for each one of the competitors; a mean value is calculated and compared to the result from the opponent side. The measurement, the calculations and the movement of the ball all occurs in real time just as when you play Mindball one against one.

The Multiplayer consists of two adaptors and six headbands. You connect the adaptor to the ordinary headband socket at each side of Mindball.

(who wants to play?)

fmstlr
10-20-2004, 10:40 AM
so she has balls on her mind, as far as I could tell.

Killjoy
10-20-2004, 10:40 AM
Originally posted by YelloKitty
The player being most relaxed wins the game.



pregame prep: smoke up at dan's

YelloKitty
10-20-2004, 10:40 AM
Originally posted by fmstlr
so she has balls on her mind, as far as I could tell.
BALLS ARE GREAT
and sometimes one ball hangs lower than the other, but that's okay. it's totally normal.

YelloKitty
10-20-2004, 10:41 AM
Originally posted by Killjoy


pregame prep: smoke up at dan's
waaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!

zachariah
10-21-2004, 08:58 PM
US cops taser battling granny (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/10/21/granny_spark_out/print.html) By John Oates (john.oates at theregister.co.uk)
Published Thursday 21st October 2004 11:54 GMT

A South Carolina police officer is under investigation for zapping a 75-year-old granny with a Taser. The stun gun can fire its wire-trailing darts into anyone within 20 feet and delivers an electric shock of up to 50,000 volts to the miscreant.

The police officer, a mere stripling of 35, was called to a nursing home where the woman was visiting a friend. She refused to leave because staff would not tell her where her friend was. So the police officer, Hattie Macon, took her down with a quick jolt of juice.

The zapped OAP, Margaret Kembrell, told AP she thought her end had come: "I thought I was dying, I could hear myself screaming...I didn't want to hurt her and I can't believe she would hurt me." Kembrell was handcuffed, arrested and charged with trespass and resisting arrest.

But the local police chief defended his officer's actions saying she had acted properly. Officer Macon says she only resorted to the Taser when the fiesty old-timer tried to thump her - a charge Kembrell denies.

Showing remarkable restraint, Margaret's son Jack Kembrell said: "I really don't understand why a police officer, a trained police officer, would have to use such force on a 75-year-old woman. If it was a 75-year-old man, I could maybe see it. But a 75-year-old woman? What could she do?"

In related news, a Chicago wedding came to a shocking end last month when police tasered both the pregnant bride and her father. Taser International expects sales to leap 175 per cent for 2004 compared with the year before. ®


More granny-related stories

The online guide to how to die (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2000/09/20/the_online_guide_to_how/)
Granny attempts virtual Cyberspace suicide but fails (http://www.theregister.co.uk/1999/05/12/granny_attempts_virtual_cyberspace_suicide/)
The gran who fell to earth (http://www.theregister.co.uk/1999/05/07/the_gran_who_fell/)

ocd
10-22-2004, 10:13 AM
Men Nail Conservative Ann Coulter With Pies (http://www.nbc4i.com/news/3841599/detail.html)

ohsoquiet
10-22-2004, 10:54 AM
^ Where are the pictures??

YelloKitty
10-25-2004, 11:42 AM
Rocker Lenny Kravitz is being sued for more than $300,000, after accusations he let his toilet overflow into a neighbor's apartment, causing "catastrophic water damage". The suit, filed in a New York City court, claims a commode in Kravitz's lavish Manhattan condominium "became blocked, clogged and congested with various materials" on August 1 and that his "negligence and carelessness" were solely to blame. The Amica Mutual Insurance Company is suing Kravitz to recover $333,850 it says it paid out to the Grammy-winning star's neighbor, a former insurance executive, for damage to his home. Kravitz's other neighbors in the trendy building in New York's SoHo district include rock star Courtney Love.

fmstlr
10-26-2004, 09:13 AM
Report: Buddhist Monks Fall for Beer Girls

Updated 12:17 PM ET October 26, 2004

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) - Two Buddhist monks abandoned their vows after they fell in love with a pair of teenage girls who sold beer across from their temple in central Cambodia, a newspaper reported Monday.

The two monks _ Nang Pong and Vom Vong, both 19 _ gave up their monastic lives Thursday after the chief monk at their temple accused them of secretly courting the girls in violation of Buddhist precepts, The Cambodia Daily reported.

The teenage girls earlier had been told to leave the monks alone, Deputy District Police Chief Yung Sam was quoted as saying.

Ninety percent of Cambodia's 13 million people are Buddhist. About 60,000 monks live in more than 4,000 pagodas across the country.

ocd
10-26-2004, 09:18 AM
That sounds like it was from the Onion..

ocd
10-26-2004, 09:25 AM
Non-Iraqi Told to "Go Back To Iraq!"

A 25 year old male living in Spokane, Washington was told to "Go back to Iraq!" by a white male in a white pickup truck on Friday, October 22.

"I didn't really know how to respond," the man said, prefering to be identified only as "OCD". "I'm not Iraqi at all. I'm not even an arab!"

The offender, who the victim referred to as "[Expletive] Whitehat Jock", was the passenger in a white late 80s pickup, possibly a Toyota. They were driving "well over the speed limit" south on Monroe when the incident occured.

As of yet, no police action has been requested.

liquid mass
10-26-2004, 02:13 PM
From an article on "october surprises."

In 1980, Ronald Reagan's campaign worried that President Carter would somehow engineer a last-minute release of American hostages in Iran - but they were not freed until the day Reagan was inaugurated and Carter left Washington.
This paragraph sickens, disturbs and makes me want to shoot people.

stryfe
10-27-2004, 08:17 AM
Japan, Allies on 'Team Samurai' Anti-WMD Sea Drill (http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=6605866)

ABOARD JAPAN COAST GUARD VESSEL IZU (Reuters) - Ships from Japan, the United States, Australia and France on Tuesday began Asia's first naval exercise to clamp down on weapons of mass destruction, a drill that communist North Korea has called hostile and provocative.

The drill, dubbed "Team Samurai," is the 12th in the U.S.-led Proliferation Security Initiative but the first to be held in the backyard of North Korea, a clear focus of the exercise.

Pyongyang has repeatedly criticized the U.S.-led initiative as an attempt by Washington to strangle it economically.

But Washington's main anti-proliferation point-man, John Bolton, dismissed Pyongyang's complaints.

"The only people who have anything to worry about from PSI are proliferators," Bolton, U.S. undersecretary of state for arms control, told reporters as the Izu, a Japanese Coast Guard patrol vessel, set off under cloudy skies.

"What we're trying to do is safeguard our innocent civilians from rogue states and terrorist groups trying to acquire WMD (weapons of mass destruction)," Bolton said as the ship headed for Sagami Bay southwest of Tokyo.

"We're sending a signal to everybody who wants to traffic in WMD that we have zero tolerance for that," he added.

Tuesday's exercise also coincides with a visit to the region by Secretary of State Colin Powell to try to resuscitate six-party negotiations on scrapping North Korea's nuclear arms programs.

The anti-proliferation initiative, under which ships and aircraft suspected of carrying weapons of mass destruction can be intercepted, has the support of more than 60 countries, although some legal experts say it could contravene international law.

China and South Korea, however, declined an invitation to join the drill this week, apparently to avoid offending North Korea.

During the exercise, in which nine coastguard and navy ships are taking part, a Japanese patrol aircraft will report to other countries' ships that it has spotted two suspicious ships believed to be carrying the deadly nerve gas sarin.

Anti-terrorist units will descend on the target vessels from helicopters and practice seizing weapons of mass destruction.

Another 18 countries including Britain, Canada, Italy, Spain and Russia, are attending as observers.

"These exercises provide an opportunity for countries to be able to work together to improve procedures and readiness in the prevention of the spread of weapons of mass destruction and missile-related trade," Australian Defense Minister Robert Hill said in a statement.

The first exercise was held in the Coral Sea off Australia in September 2003.

Analysts have said North Korea might retaliate against the drill by postponing talks with Japan set for next month to discuss a dispute over Japanese citizens abducted decades ago.

But Pyongyang was unlikely to abandon completely those talks with Japan or the six-party forum, they added.

Powell, who has won pledges from Japan and China to press North Korea to return to the negotiating table, was expected to seek South Korea's help as well on Tuesday.

Japan was initially reluctant to host the drill but agreed at Washington's urging.

"I am pleased that the government of Japan is hosting this drill," Bolton said. "It is a very important contribution."

Playing host allows Japanese authorities to show the public they are acting on the North Korean threat, some analysts said.

Many Japanese are suspicious of North Korea, which fired a missile over Japan in 1998 and has failed to clear up doubts about the fate of Japanese citizens abducted by Pyongyang agents.

ironmonqui
10-27-2004, 08:39 AM
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20041027/capt.sge.ajv40.271004065857.photo02.photo.default-384x267.jpg

Somebody unscramble this egg here!

ocd
10-27-2004, 08:40 AM
And'a You are'a Healed'a!

stryfe
10-27-2004, 09:02 AM
Originally posted by ironmonqui
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20041027/capt.sge.ajv40.271004065857.photo02.photo.default-384x267.jpg

"Lord deliver this child from the grip of the Evil Doers. I say unto you, please bring peace to this young kind soul and deliver her from the Devil's terrorist embrace. Free her young body from evil! Can I get an Amen?!"

it was reported afterwards that the young child was able to see again following bush's 'divine touch.'

ocd
10-27-2004, 09:04 AM
Ha!

Damnit, stryfe. Always gotta out-do me.

Decadent1
10-27-2004, 10:39 AM
Man Accused of Trying to Run Down Harris

57 minutes ago U.S. National - AP



SARASOTA, Fla. - A man was arrested Wednesday after he was accused of trying to run down Rep. Katherine Harris (news, bio, voting record) and a group of supporters with his car.


AP Photo



Witnesses said a silver Cadillac sped through an intersection and swerved onto the sidewalk. The car headed straight toward Harris before swerving at the last minute and driving off, according to police.


Harris told police she feared for her life and could not move as the vehicle sped toward her, police records show.


Witnesses gave the car's license plate number to police, and they tracked it to Barry M. Seltzer, 46. He came to the police station early Wednesday and complained to officers that Harris' supporters had impeded traffic.


"I intimidated them with my car," Seltzer told police. "I was exercising my political expression."


He was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and held without bond. He was scheduled for his first court appearance Thursday.


Calls to Seltzer's home and to Harris' campaign secretary were not immediately returned.


Harris, a Sarasota Republican, is seeking a second congressional term after serving as Florida's secretary of state during the controversial 2000 presidential recount.


She has been a rising star in the GOP and the bane of Democrats since overseeing the recount that gave Florida and the presidency to George W. Bush by 537 votes.


She used momentum from the recount to win the congressional seat in 2002 and is seeking re-election against Sarasota lawyer Jan Schneider, who lost to Harris two years ago.

Decadent1
10-27-2004, 10:39 AM
Originally posted by ironmonqui
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20041027/capt.sge.ajv40.271004065857.photo02.photo.default-384x267.jpg

Somebody unscramble this egg here!

"See?"

"Yes Mr. President, but this isn't the best way to prove that you can palm a basketball."

ocd
10-27-2004, 10:50 AM
Originally posted by Decadent1
Man Accused of Trying to Run Down Harris
Gah beat me to it!

stryfe
10-27-2004, 02:23 PM
Aftermath Of Last Week’s Editorial Endorsement (http://www.iconoclast-texas.com/Columns/Editorial/editorial40.htm)
The Iconoclast received considerable criticism this past week
after its editors endorsed John Kerry for President (http://www.iconoclast-texas.com/Columns/Editorial/editorial40.htm). Several subscriptions and advertisements were canceled after the newspaper hit the stands Tuesday morning.
The editorial, co-authored by the newspaper’s publisher, W. Leon Smith, and writers Don Fisher and Nathan Diebenow, expressed the opinion that Kerry would take the country in a better direction. There have been both positive and negative comments.
We expected that perhaps a few readers might cancel subscriptions, and maybe even ads, but have been amazed at a few of the more intense communications, some of which bordered on outright personal attacks and uncalled-for harassment.
We have been told by several avid Bush supporters that the days when newspapers publish editorials without personal repercussions are over. As publishers, we have printed editorials for decades, and have endorsed candidates, both Republican and Democrat. When Bush was endorsed four years ago, the Gore supporters did not respond with threats, nor did Democrats when we endorsed Reagan twice. Republicans did not threaten us personally or our business when we endorsed Carter and Clinton for their first terms.
In the past, when individuals disagreed with an editorial, they would write a letter to the editor politely expressing a different point of view in contrast to the views of the publishers, which we have usually published. Occasionally someone would cancel a subscription or an ad, but this was rare.
The goal of the editorial page has been to provide an arena for the expression of a variety of thoughtful opinions, some by the publishers, some by columnists, and some by our readers.
<cont'd (http://www.iconoclast-texas.com/Columns/Editorial/editorial40.htm)>

Decadent1
10-27-2004, 02:30 PM
Originally posted by ocd
Gah beat me to it!

He only tried. You can still take a shot at "exercising [your] political expression."

stryfe
10-28-2004, 01:52 PM
A fish fit for an Emperor (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,61-1318380,00.html)

AMONG his many distinctions, Emperor Akihito of Japan now has not one but two fish named after him.

A skilled ichthyologist, the Emperor has written two dozen papers on the goby, a spiny-finned fish of the Gobiidae family.

Douglas Hoese, the former chief scientist from the Australian Museum in Sydney who has corresponded with the Emperor over many years on their mutual interest in marine biology, identified the fish as a new species 20 years ago during a visit to the laboratory which the Emperor (then Prince Akihito) maintains at his Tokyo palace.

The tiny new species has subtle stripes and extravagant fins.Its preferred habitat is the dark ocean caves to be found in waters off Australia and Japan.

The Emperor also recently announced the discovery of a previously unknown fish, the redfin crested goby, Cristatogobius rubripectoralis.

In 1992, researchers at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, Washington, named another species of goby after Akihito, the Platygobiopsis akihito.

ironmonqui
10-28-2004, 07:52 PM
Originally posted by Decadent1


"See?"

"Yes Mr. President, but this isn't the best way to prove that you can palm a basketball." :D BWAAHHH HAAAHHH!!!!

that takes the cake. YOU, sir or ma'am, as the case may be, get the cee-gar!

t3h1337p3nguin
10-28-2004, 08:13 PM
Woman accused of stealing dead boyfriend's remains, beer. (http://www.startribune.com/stories/1451/5057657.html)

zachariah
10-28-2004, 08:24 PM
Originally posted by t3h1337p3nguin
Woman accused of stealing dead boyfriend's remains, beer. (http://www.startribune.com/stories/1451/5057657.html) wow, I learned a new word:

cremains (http://www.google.com/search?q=define%3Acremains): the remains of a dead body after cremation
www.cogsci.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/webwn




======

the odd thing about this is that I thought it was a bunch of nonsense for the mere fact that he did so poorly, but if NASA says so then I'll believe it

NASA photo analyst: Bush wore a device during debate (http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2004/10/29/bulge/print.html) Physicist says imaging techniques prove the president's bulge was not caused by wrinkled clothing.

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By Kevin Berger

http://img80.exs.cx/img80/4598/story1.jpg

Oct. 29, 2004 | George W. Bush tried to laugh off the bulge. "I don't know what that is," he said on "Good Morning America" on Wednesday, referring to the infamous protrusion beneath his jacket during the presidential debates. "I'm embarrassed to say it's a poorly tailored shirt."

Dr. Robert M. Nelson, however, was not laughing. He knew the president was not telling the truth. And Nelson is neither conspiracy theorist nor midnight blogger. He's a senior research scientist for NASA and for Caltech's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and an international authority on image analysis. Currently he's engrossed in analyzing digital photos of Saturn's moon Titan, determining its shape, whether it contains craters or canyons.

For the past week, while at home, using his own computers, and off the clock at Caltech and NASA, Nelson has been analyzing images of the president's back during the debates. A professional physicist and photo analyst for more than 30 years, he speaks earnestly and thoughtfully about his subject. "I am willing to stake my scientific reputation to the statement that Bush was wearing something under his jacket during the debate," he says. "This is not about a bad suit. And there's no way the bulge can be described as a wrinkled shirt."

Nelson and a scientific colleague produced the photos from a videotape, recorded by the colleague, who has chosen to remain anonymous, of the first debate. The images provide the most vivid details yet of the bulge beneath the president's suit. Amateurs have certainly had their turn at examining the bulge, but no professional with a résumé as impressive as Nelson's has ventured into public with an informed opinion. In fact, no one to date has enhanced photos of Bush's jacket to this degree of precision, and revealed what appears to be some kind of mechanical device with a wire snaking up the president's shoulder toward his neck and down his back to his waist.

Nelson stresses that he's not certain what lies beneath the president's jacket. He offers, though, "that it could be some type of electronic device -- it's consistent with the appearance of an electronic device worn in that manner." The image of lines coursing up and down the president's back, Nelson adds, is "consistent with a wire or a tube."

Nelson used the computer software program Photoshop to enhance the texture in Bush's jacket. The process in no way alters the image but sharpens its edges and accents the creases and wrinkles. You've seen the process performed a hundred times on "CSI": pixelated images are magnified to reveal a clear definition of their shape.

Bruce Hapke, professor emeritus of planetary science in the department of geology and planetary science at the University of Pittsburgh, reviewed the Bush images employed by Nelson, whom he calls "a very highly respected scientist in his field." Hapke says Nelson's process of analyzing the images are the "exact same methods we use to analyze images taken by spacecraft of planetary surfaces. It does not introduce any artifacts into the picture in any way."

How can Nelson be certain there's some kind of mechanical device beneath Bush's jacket? It's all about light and shadows, he says. The angles at which the light in the studio hit Bush's jacket expose contours that fit no one's picture of human anatomy and wrinkled shirts. And Nelson compared the images to anatomy texts. He also experimented with wrinkling shirts in various configurations, wore them under his jacket under his bathroom light, and couldn't produce anything close to the Bush bulge.

In the enhanced photo of the first debate, Nelson says, look at the horizontal white line in middle of the president's back. You'll see a shadow. "That's telling me there's definitely a bulge," he says. "In fact, it's how we measure the depths of the craters on the moon or on Mars. We look at the angle of the light and the length of shadow they leave. In this case, that's clearly a crater that's under the horizontal line -- it's clearly a rim of a bulge protruding upward, one due to forces pushing it up from beneath."

Hapke, too, agrees that the bulge is neither anatomy nor a wrinkled shirt. "I would think it's very hard to avoid the conclusion that there's something underneath his jacket," he says. "It would certainly be consistent with some kind of radio receiver and a wire."

Nelson admits that he's a Democrat and plans to vote for John Kerry. But he takes umbrage at being accused of partisanship. "Everyone wants to think my colleague and I are just a bunch of dope-crazed ravaged Democrats who are looking to insult the president at the last minute," he says. "And that's not what this is about. This is scientific analysis. If the bulge were on Bill Clinton's back and he was lying about it, I'd have to say the same thing."

"Look, he says, "I'm putting myself at risk for exposing this. But this is too important. It's not about my reputation. If they force me into an early retirement, it'll be worth it if the public knows about this. It's outrageous statements that I read that the president is wearing nothing under there. There's clearly something there."

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About the writer
Kevin Berger is a senior news editor at Salon.

ocd
10-29-2004, 08:21 AM
Whoever was on the other end of the wire wasn't doing a very god job.

filipEMO
10-29-2004, 09:18 AM
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00064CED6/ref=amb_center-2_138349_3/102-0782211-2150568

not news.. but it's news to me :eek:

zachariah
10-29-2004, 09:35 AM
Originally posted by filipEMO
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00064CED6/

not news.. but it's news to me :eek:

They have TV commericals for it, even!

filipEMO
10-29-2004, 09:39 AM
well thats where im at a disadvantage. tv doesnt exist to me. more people should follow suit apparently.

ocd
10-29-2004, 09:40 AM
I heard about that on the radio. I guess old people and people with heart troubles are being recommended to have one of them handy in their houses now. Old people will live forever!

Decadent1
11-04-2004, 03:53 PM
Elections - AP Senate
AP
Keyes Blames Media, GOP for Loss in Ill.

By NICOLE ZIEGLER DIZON, Associated Press Writer

CHICAGO - Alan Keyes (news - web sites) blamed the media and fellow Republicans on Thursday for his lopsided loss to Democrat Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate race in Illinois.

Keyes also said he did not congratulate Obama after the race was called, a tradition among politicians, because doing so would have been a "false gesture" because he believes Obama's views on issues like abortion are wicked.

"I'm supposed to make a call that represents the congratulations toward the triumph of that which I believe ultimately stands for and will stand for a culture evil enough to destroy the very soul and heart of my country," Keyes said. "I can't do this, and I will not make a false gesture."

The former diplomat and two-time presidential candidate, who lost to Obama by 43 percentage points Tuesday, gave his first post-election interview Thursday to a Christian talk show host.

Keyes said that despite the loss, he thought he did a good job spreading his message of moral values in the short time he had to campaign. Republicans drafted Keyes in August after primary winner Jack Ryan dropped out amid a scandal over sex club allegations in his divorce files. Keyes is from Maryland and had never lived in Illinois.

He also said he was disappointed in what he called the number of "Republicans in name only" in Illinois. An Associated Press exit poll showed that four in 10 Republicans voted for Obama, a liberal state senator from Chicago.

"I had counted on the fact that Republicans would come back home on Election Day rather than vote a socialist into office who stands against everything they profess to believe as Republicans," Keyes said.

Keyes noted that 1.3 million people voted for him.

But Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs pointed out that 70 percent of the vote went to Obama, more than 3.4 million votes.

"The people of Illinois rendered a very clear decision on Tuesday by handing Alan Keyes the greatest election defeat in Illinois Senate history. Barack Obama's attention is focused on the important work he now must do for all the people of Illinois."

Keyes said a major difficulty in his campaign was overcoming the "stranglehold" the media had on trying to define the issues of importance in political campaigns.

"I refused to accept their authority, and I still do," Keyes said.



And I thought he lost because he's a complete fuckead. Silly me.

zachariah
11-04-2004, 09:02 PM
Netscape/CNN site calls Bush an a--hole! (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/11/04/bush_hole_cnn/print.html) By Ashlee Vance in Chicago (ashlee.vance at theregister.co.uk)
Published Thursday 4th November 2004 22:27 GMT

The very citizen journalists who very nearly pushed John Kerry into the White House have continued with their stellar work, uncovering a shocking photo naming policy on a shared Netscape/CNN site.

Citizen journalists traveling to this page (http://cnn.netscape.cnn.com/news/election2004.jsp?feature=ne_election5) discovered a dubious name for the file of the photo showing a lovable Laura Bush holding her ape-faced hubby. Until late last night, the photo was unpleasantly called asshole.jpg. It has now been changed to the more innocuous georgelaura135.jpg. The old photo page now chucks up an error message.

http://img109.exs.cx/img109/6400/bhole3.jpg

The photo name raises some obvious questions. Does CNN or Netscape hate the President? Have these organizations allowed unbiased web monkeys into their midsts? Is W. an asshole?

CNN denies having any kinds of nefarious thoughts about the President.

"It was an image produced by an employee of another company," CNN spokesman Matt Furman told WorldNetDaily. "We didn't know anything about it and had nothing to do with it.

"Most importantly, it was never on CNN.com. … It's our picture, but it never appeared on our site."

CNN has fingered a Netscape employee as the culprit, and Netscape agrees.

"As soon as the situation was discovered, it was immediately corrected, and the employee has been terminated," said a Netscape spokesman. "CNN had nothing to do with the images, the terms, or the postings. We apologize to CNN and to anyone else offended in this matter." ®

zachariah
11-05-2004, 06:57 AM
F-16 strafes New Jersey school | The Register (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/11/05/us_bomber_school_attack/print.html)By Andrew Orlowski in San Francisco (andrew.orlowski at theregister.co.uk)
Published Friday 5th November 2004 10:00 GMT

In a night time attack, a bomber has shelled a New Jersey school - only two days after the re-election of George W Bush as US president. But warbloggers, put down your wikis. It's not the French, and not, it seems, even a foreign airforce. The US Air Force has admitted that it made the attack, and confirmed that it was an F-16 bomber that attacked Little Egg Harbor Intermediate School in southern New Jersey late last night.

A caretaker at the school, who was the only person in the building, reported hearing "what sounded like someone running across the roof", according to AP. Which doesn't sound anything like Donald Rumsfeld's Shock And Awe, or the pictures that Fox News showed us during the recent demonstration of military firepower in Baghdad last year. Many of you will have run across the roof of your school, without causing damage on a scale usually associated with the visit of the United States Air Force. Shouldn't the school at least have been vaporized, vanishing in a puff of smoke? Perhaps the under-funded military, stretched by the occupation of Iraq, has got so desperate it's firing rolled-up copies of New Yorker magazine at targets instead. (You have to wonder - and tips here (mailto:[email protected]?Subject=Dumb%20cuts), please you guys in the know).

The school is close to an Air Force firing range, so "computer error" may eventually be cited. In which case, we're almost certainly interested. Earlier this year the FBI blamed computers for their own bad detective work. The Feds faith in useless social software (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/05/28/terror_technology/) and their religious belief in the naturally good, naturally digital fingerprint software systems was so strong, that shortly before the Madrid bombings, they arrested an innocent man who'd never been to Spain. Alternatively the senior staff at the USAF may blame the amphetamine-wired pilot, but that would mean opening a whole new can of worms for the service, which is unlikely.

Either way, the US military's brightest brains at DARPA are trying to create machines that look and act like humans, at the same time as trying to make their human staff behave as super machine-like (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2003/05/23/invisible_gis_to_heal_selves/) as possible. Something had to give. ®

liquid mass
11-05-2004, 12:57 PM
There are times (like right now) that I think religious persecution is a good idea. A world controlled by people that believe in fantasies. Welcome to the modern world

Books OK'd After Marriage Wording Changed

Nov 5, 4:27 PM (ET)

By NATALIE GOTT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Board of Education approved new health textbooks for the state's high school and middle school students Friday after the publishers agreed to change the wording to depict marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

The board decision could affect books sold in dozens of states because of Texas' market clout as the nation's second-largest buyer of textbooks.

On Wednesday, a board member charged that the proposed new books ran counter to a Texas law banning the recognition of gay civil unions because the texts used terms like "married partners" instead of "husband and wife."

After hearing the debate Thursday, one publisher agreed to include a definition of marriage as a "lifelong union between a husband and a wife." Another changed phrases such as "when two people marry" and "partners" to "when a man and a woman marry" and "husbands and wives."


Board member Mary Helen Berlanga, a Democrat, asked the panel to approve the books without the changes. Her proposal was rejected on a 10-4 vote.

"We're not supposed to make changes at somebody's whim," Berlanga said. "It's a political agenda, and we're not here to follow a political agenda."

Board member Terri Leo, a Republican, said she was pleased with the publisher's changes. She had led the effort to get the publishers to change the texts, objecting to what she called "asexual stealth phrases" such as "individuals who marry."

"Marriage has been defined in Texas, so it should also be defined in our health textbooks that we use as marriage between a man and a woman," Leo said.

Texas lawmakers last year passed a law that prohibits the state from recognizing same-sex civil unions. The state already had a ban on gay marriage.

A controversy arose last year in Texas when the board approved new biology textbooks that contained Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, brushing aside opposition from religious groups.

ocd
11-05-2004, 01:02 PM
Your fucking tax dollars at work...

feralmuppet
11-08-2004, 10:17 AM
Time to go to the library!

Oddly Enough - Reuters
Read a Book, Get Oral Sex?

Fri Nov 5, 2:21 PM ET

By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York officials were red-faced on Friday after they discovered that clothing ads on city buses that appeared to promote reading suggested a love of books could be rewarded with oral sex.

_

The advertisements that ran on about 200 buses across the city in recent months carried posters displaying a suggestively posed woman in hot pants kneeling among a pile of books beside the snappy slogan "Read Books, Get Brain."


What unhip, unsuspecting local transportation officials did not know was that "get brain" is street slang for oral sex.


The ads -- from hip-hop clothing maker Akademiks, which intended the double-entendre -- was stripped off New York buses on Friday after transportation officials discovered the street slang meaning.


Metropolitan Transit Authority spokesman Tom Kelly condemned the "vulgar street phrases" in the racy ads he said were "demeaning women."


"To me and I believe to everyone else, while it was done by a clothing line, it would give the impression that it was also promoting reading and literacy," Kelly told Reuters.


"It's easy enough to understand how that would get by based upon someone not knowing the expression."


A spokesman for the New York-based clothing maker noted the ad campaign had run since September and "we hadn't had any complaints at all."


New York officials may not be the only ones caught out.


Akademiks also placed the ads on buses and bus shelters in Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit, San Francisco and Philadelphia, the company spokesman said.


Kelly, who said he was his 60s, said that after he was tipped to the hidden meaning of the phrase on Thursday he ran a test among some young MTA workers.


"I went downstairs to the mailroom and showed some of the young guys a copy of the ad," he said. "I was watching their faces and they all start smirking.


"Apparently it's on all the music, in music that's how they refer to it," Kelly said. "I didn't know anything about it and I'm sure the people that approved the ad didn't."


Kelly said it was sad that "you can't take things at face value any longer," adding, "We'll have to learn from experience before we accept ads."

ohsoquiet
11-09-2004, 07:45 AM
Pharmacist refuses to give woman her birth control pills because of beliefs

from yahoo news:
For a year, Julee Lacey stopped in a CVS pharmacy near her home in a Fort Worth suburb to get refills of her birth-control pills. Then one day last March, the pharmacist refused to fill Lacey's prescription because she did not believe in birth control.

"I was shocked," says Lacey, 33, who was not able to get her prescription until the next day and missed taking one of her pills. "Their job is not to regulate what people take or do. It's just to fill the prescription that was ordered by my physician."

Some pharmacists, however, disagree and refuse on moral grounds to fill prescriptions for contraceptives. And states from Rhode Island to Washington have proposed laws that would protect such decisions.

Mississippi enacted a sweeping statute that went into effect in July that allows health care providers, including pharmacists, to not participate in procedures that go against their conscience. South Dakota and Arkansas already had laws that protect a pharmacist's right to refuse to dispense medicines. Ten other states considered similar bills this year.

The American Pharmacists Association, with 50,000 members, has a policy that says druggists can refuse to fill prescriptions if they object on moral grounds, but they must make arrangements so a patient can still get the pills. Yet some pharmacists have refused to hand the prescription to another druggist to fill.

In Madison, Wis., a pharmacist faces possible disciplinary action by the state pharmacy board for refusing to transfer a woman's prescription for birth-control pills to another druggist or to give the slip back to her. He would not refill it because of his religious views.

Some advocates for women's reproductive rights are worried that such actions by pharmacists and legislatures are gaining momentum.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a provision in September that would block federal funds from local, state and federal authorities if they make health care workers perform, pay for or make referrals for abortions.

"We have always understood that the battles about abortion were just the tip of a larger ideological iceberg, and that it's really birth control that they're after also," says Gloria Feldt, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.


:eek: :mad:

full article here (http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=710&e=2&u=/usatoday/druggistsrefusetogiveoutpill)

fmstlr
11-09-2004, 08:43 AM
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-10/27/xinsrc_2121001271457859147146.jpg

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-10/27/xinsrc_2121001271457218192244.jpg

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-10/27/xinsrc_20210012714575621423042.jpg

children's art show in Baghdad.

fmstlr
11-09-2004, 08:46 AM
3,438 Iraqis killed in past six months: paper
www.chinaview.cn 2004-11-10 01:08:36

BAGHDAD, Nov. 9 (Xinhuanet) -- The Iraqi Ministry of Healthannounced that during the past six months, 3,438 Iraqis were killedand 15,517 injured by terrorist attacks and military operations, AlSabah newspaper said Tuesday.

"The Iraqi capital recorded the highest rate of deaths, whichreached 1,217 with 7,085 injuries, while the governorate of Simawawas the least, which registered seven deaths and 40 injuries," saidIraqi Heath Minister Alaa Al Deen Alwan.

Alwan added the governorates of Anbar, Najaf, and Baqubaregistered more deaths and injuries than other Iraqi governorates.He pointed out the report of the ministry depended on the casesregistered in the official hospitals, which gave detailed reportsabout the cases of the patients.

The health minister emphasized that the majority of the deathsand injuries are among men, accounting for 90 percent of all.After the toppling of the former Saddam Hussein regime, Iraqwitnessed a rising wave of confrontations, military operations,explosions, terrorist attacks, and violence which caused thekilling and injury of thousands of Iraqis and destroyed the Iraqi infrastructure greatly.

ocd
11-09-2004, 08:47 AM
Any closeups of the art?

fmstlr
11-09-2004, 08:48 AM
It's a propaganda piece, of course there's no close up. The kids might be drawing US soldiers killing they neighbors!!

Just j/k.

zachariah
11-11-2004, 11:02 AM
WTO rules against US gambling laws (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/11/11/us_gambling_wto_rumble/print.html) By John Leyden (john.leyden at theregister.co.uk)
Published Thursday 11th November 2004 15:41 GMT

US laws banning cross-border gambling break international trade rules, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) ruled yesterday. The judgement (http://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news_e.htm) in favour of the tiny Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda (http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/ac.html), home to many online casinos, puts free trade rules on collision course with US state and federal laws. US authorities have vowed to appeal the decision. If that fails they might even change the basis of their membership of the World Trade Organisation, the BBC reports (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/4001793.stm). A three-person WTO panel decided that US federal (such as the Wire Wager Act) and state laws breached the general agreement on trade and services (GATS), international rules that came into effect in 1994. Antigua and Barbuda argued that US laws prohibiting the use of US-issued credit cards or cheques to settle gambling debts threatened the job of 3,000 workers (five per cent of its 68,000 population) that made their living from internet gambling. Antigua and Barbuda officials said they had tried and failed to negotiate a settlement with their US counterparts without success on five separate occasions. But US officials said its prohibition on offshore gambling helped prevent money laundering and protected vulnerable members of society against gambling (such as preventing kids using their parents' credit cards to gamble). These moral arguments held little sway with the WTO, much to the disappointment of US representatives. US trade representative spokesman Richard Mills described (http://www.ustr.gov/Document_Library/Spokesperson_Statements/Statement_from_USTR_Spokesman_Richard_Mills_Regarding_the_WTO_Gambling_dispute_with_Antigua_Barbuda. html) the panel's report as "deeply flawed". The argument is far from academic. In August 2000, US citizen Jay Cohen was sentenced to 21 months in jail and fined $5,000 for breaches of the Wire Wager Act in marketing an offshore sports betting company he'd set up in Antigua to fellow Americans. Estimates of the size of the online gambling market vary. Merrill Lynch, for instance, estimates the industry recorded a turnover of $6.3bn last year. This will rise to $86bn in 2005, it forecasts. ®

FDM
11-12-2004, 04:08 AM
HIGH TECH HOODIE BLASTS YOUR FAVORITE TUNES. (http://news.com.com/High-tech+hoodie+blasts+your+favorite+tunes/2100-1041_3-5448628.html)


In a sign that wearable technology is gaining greater acceptance, the Gap on Thursday introduced a fleece jacket with a built-in radio for kids.

Designed jointly by GapKids, the Gap's arm for children's clothing, and toy maker Wild Planet, the "Hoodio" will be available in stores Monday.

http://news.com.com/i/ne/p/2004/gaphoodie_400x744.jpg

yeah, worst idea ever. which kid would you jack? the one with the discman, or the one with the BUILT-IN WALKMAN IN HIS GAP HOODIE???

ocd
11-12-2004, 08:33 AM
People have been trying to integrate sound systems and clothing for years. I remember back in like 8th grade, there was this kid with a jean jacket with speakers on each side of the chest. Yeah.

650lex
11-12-2004, 10:15 AM
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2004/11/11/national2057EST0754.DTL

fmstlr
11-13-2004, 01:36 PM
Pole dancing classes for British children cancelled after uproar

Thu Nov 11,11:36 AM ET


LONDON (AFP) - A plan to teach British children the risque art of pole dancing, usually the preserve of strip bars, has been cancelled after an uproar from child welfare groups, the teacher said.



Dance teacher Sarah Davis announced pole dancing classes for children over 12 at her studio in Birmingham, arguing it was a demanding activity which would improve fitness.


The routine -- at least, the version seen in late-night joints -- usually involves a scantily-clad female draping her limbs around a pole in a sequence of highly suggestive poses.


But the children's charity Childline, which campaigns on behalf of abused and at-risk youngsters, condemned the lessons.


"At the least this is misguided, at worst it's an outrage," said its chief executive Carole Easton.


"There are hundreds and thousands of other, much more appropriate ways in which children can keep fit, enjoy sport and dance."


Davis said that because of the outcry, she had decided to restrict classes to adults only.

YelloKitty
11-13-2004, 10:40 PM
http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20041112/images/pinata.jpg
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/20041112-9999-7m12pinata.html

Inspectors at border checkpoints have seen it all: people rolled inside carpets, sewn into car seats and stuffed into washing machines, all attempting to be smuggled into the United States.

But inspectors at the Tecate Port of Entry discovered a new twist recently when they encountered a little girl meticulously sealed inside a piñata.

The child was found just before 3 p.m. Nov. 2, when two U.S. citizens attempted to drive a 1990 Acura sedan loaded with several piñatas through the border checkpoint. Suspicious customs inspectors decided to take a closer look at their cargo.

"Officers began to take the piñatas out of the back seat, and one seemed to be much heavier than the others," said Vince Bond, a spokesman for U.S. Customs & Border Protection. "This one had a little girl of approximately 4 or 5 years of age inside it."

The girl's mother also was found, curled up inside the car's trunk, and the girl's brother, who is about 9 years old, was found underneath the collapsible back seat.

The large piñata carrying the little girl appeared to be a representation of a "Powerpuff Girls" cartoon character.

meemeep
11-13-2004, 10:43 PM
:(

YelloKitty
11-13-2004, 10:43 PM
i know, the pic is pretty creepy. :(

meemeep
11-13-2004, 10:55 PM
no. it's just that I'd be pissed if I worked my arm muscles to bust open that pinata and a little girl came tumbling out instead of CANDY and PRIZES!!! she'd probably be cryin and stuff too.



j/k. that made me super sad that she was probably quiet and still as a mouse because she understood that this was a desperate attempt at an oppurtunity for a better life. :(

fmstlr
11-15-2004, 01:12 PM
Man Sets Himself on Fire Near White House

1 hour, 18 minutes ago U.S. Government - AP



WASHINGTON - A man set himself afire Monday just outside a White House gate and repeatedly yelled "Allah Allah" as a Secret Service officer held him facedown on the sidewalk.


Alan Etter, spokesman for the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services, said the man suffered burns to about 30 percent of his body.


The man had burns to his head, back, arms and face but was conscious when medics took him to Washington Hospital Center, Etter said.


White House doctors joined uniformed Secret Service personnel in administering first aid until the emergency service technicians arrived. They transported the 52-year-old man, who was not identified, to the burn unit of Washington Hospital Center.


Lorie Lewis, a Secret Service spokeswoman, said the man "set himself on fire on Pennsylvania Avenue on the north side of the White House complex."


Etter said the incident occurred about 2 p.m. next to the guard post on the north side of the White House beside a section of Pennsylvania Avenue recently reopened to pedestrians.


Witnesses reported hearing screams and seeing a man in flames. The man's right trouser leg was burned.


Afterward, he lay on the sidewalk about 10-15 feet from his partially burned raincoat, attache case and various papers. A fire extinguisher was there as well. Secret Service personnel confiscated the man's items.


A Florida couple with a video camera taped the incident. John and Beverly Beers, tourists from Palm Beach, Fla., say they turned the tape over to the Secret Service. Authorities also interviewed the couple in Lafayette Park.


Jim Clarke of Burke, Va., was walking his dog when the incident occurred. He said Secret Service agents acted quickly and used an extinguisher to put out the flames.


There was no immediate word on the man's condition or what led to the fire. There was evidence of an ignitable liquid at the scene, Etter said.


The Secret Service (news - web sites), which disclosed no additional details, is investigating the incident.

ocd
11-15-2004, 01:16 PM
I wonder if he expected to get stopped or not.

kamenriderv3
11-15-2004, 01:25 PM
maybe the guy just said "aaaaaaaahh!! aaaaaaaaahh!!"

:confused:

ocd
11-15-2004, 01:30 PM
Or maybe he was singing! "Laaalllaaaaah!! Laaalllaaaaah!!"

zachariah
11-15-2004, 04:49 PM
Originally posted by fmstlr
Man Sets Himself on Fire Near White House [/B] this is like an STD, right?

ironmonqui
11-15-2004, 06:07 PM
White House Orders CIA Shakeup to Get Rid of "Soft Leakers and Liberal Democrats" (http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/11/15/1448214)

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Reports have emerged over the weekend that the White House has ordered the new CIA director, Porter Goss, to purge the agency of officers believed to have been disloyal to President George W. Bush or of leaking damaging information to the media about the conduct of the Iraq war and the hunt for Osama bin Laden. We speak with former CIA analyst Melvin Goodman. [includes rush transcript]
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Reports have emerged over the weekend that the White House has ordered the new CIA director, Porter Goss, to purge the agency of officers believed to have been disloyal to President George W. Bush or of leaking damaging information to the media about the conduct of the Iraq war and the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

One former senior CIA official told Newsday "The agency is being purged on instructions from the White House." The official went on to say, "Goss was given instructions ... to get rid of those soft leakers and liberal Democrats. The CIA is looked on by the White House as a hotbed of liberals and people who have been obstructing the president's agenda."

One of the first casualties appears to be Stephen R. Kappes, deputy director of clandestine services, the CIA's most powerful division. The Washington Post reported yesterday that Kappes had tendered his resignation after a confrontation with Goss' new chief of staff, Patrick Murray. On Friday, the deputy director of the CIA, John McLaughlin, resigned after a series of confrontations over the past week between Murray and senior operations officials. McLaughlin is a 32-year CIA veteran who was acting director for two months this summer until Goss took over. When he resigned, McLaughlin warned that the agency risked widespread resignations. The Washington Post reports that several other senior clandestine service officers are threatening to leave.


* Melvin Goodman, former CIA and State Department analyst. He is a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy and director of the Center's National Security Project. He is the author of the book: "Bush League Diplomacy: How the Neoconservatives Are Putting the World at Risk" (Promethues)

stryfe
11-17-2004, 07:51 AM
Chinese soy sauce from human hair leaves fatal aftertaste in Japan (http://mdn.mainichi.co.jp/waiwai/index.html)

By Ryann Connell
Staff Writer
November 17, 2004

Chinese soy sauce made from human hair is cancer causing and restaurants throughout Japan could be using it, screams Asahi Geino (11/25).

From January to September last year, 653 tons of soy sauce was imported from China.

"Chinese restaurants make up the bulk of places in Japan that use Chinese soy sauce," an insider in the traditional Asian condiment industry tells Asahi Geino. "Chinese soy sauce goes better with Chinese food than the Japanese-made product does."

Fears about Chinese soy sauce were sparked by a report on Chinese TV that noted local makers were using human hair to create their condiments. Japanese soy sauce makers used to use human hair, too.

"During the Pacific War (World War II), food shortages meant that the soy beans used to make sauce instead became a foodstuff and hair was gathered from barbers and used to make ersatz soy sauce," Satoshi Noguchi, the boss of Noguchi Rihatsu barbershop in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, tells Asahi Geino.

Human hair makes an alternative to soybeans because it contains the amino acids that give the sauce its flavor. Some say Chinese soy sauce makers who use hair as an ingredient are posing a cancer risk because of the powerful chemicals they use to extract the amino acids from human hair.

Chinese soy sauce manufacturers say they want to continue making human hair sauce because it's much cheaper than using soybeans. But outrage caused the Chinese government to ban the process, although many unscrupulous soy makers continue prowling barbershops for their economic alternative.

"It's not the hair that causes cancer," the soy sauce business insider says, adding that it's possibly caused by MCP, a fluid in the body associated with the breakdown of proteins and increasingly accused of having a potential link to the disease.

China is clearly treating human hair sauce as a problem. Japan bans the use of soy sauce made from anything other than organic proteins, so the animal proteins in human hair sauce are naturally banned.

That's not to say some of the controversial sauce hasn't already been imported.

"We confirm ingredients and production methods at 31 inspection points at sea or airports throughout the country and have not had a single report of that nature since the start of this year," a spokesman for the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare says. "Perhaps this product was never imported."

Yet, most food inspections at customs are little more than a cursory glance at documents, keeping alive the possibility that some of the human hair sauce may have slipped through.

"It's just not realistic to examine all the soy sauce imported from China," a ministry spokesman tells Asahi Geino. "There's no way we could even possibly do it."

fmstlr
11-17-2004, 07:54 AM
hmmm...protein

kamenriderv3
11-17-2004, 11:10 AM
i'm switching to oyster sauce....

ocd
11-17-2004, 11:13 AM
Sooo... Japanese soy sauce is safe?

fmstlr
11-17-2004, 11:27 AM
Texas Schools Scrap 'Cross-Dressing' Day

Updated 3:06 PM ET November 17, 2004

A homecoming tradition in which boys dress like girls and vice versa in a tiny Texas school district won't be held Wednesday after a parent complained about what she regarded as the event's homosexual overtones.

As a substitute for "TWIRP Day," the schools ranging from elementary to senior high decided to hold "Camo Day" with black boots and Army camouflage to be worn by everyone who wants to participate.

TWIRP, which stands for "The Woman Is Requested to Pay," was hosted by Spurger schools for years during Homecoming Week to give boys and girls a chance to reverse social roles and let older girls invite boys on dates, open doors and pay for sodas.

Plano-based Liberty Legal Institute issued a news release Tuesday reporting that it "came to the aid of a concerned parent" over an "official cross-dressing day" in the school district 150 miles northeast of Houston.

"It is outrageous that a school in a small town in east Texas would encourage their 4-year-olds to be cross-dressers," Liberty Legal Institute attorney Hiram Sasser said in the release

Tanner T. Hunt Jr., the school district's attorney, called Sasser's statement "inflammatory and misleading." He said the district never planned or conducted a "cross-dressing day."

"They are a tiny little East Texas school district," Hunt said. "It never occurred to them that anyone could find anything morally reprehensible about TWIRP Day. I mean, they've been having it for years, probably for generations, and it's the first time anybody has complained."

Delana Davies, 33, said she complained after reading a school notice about "TWIRP Day." Davies, whose 9-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter attend Spurger Elementary, said she viewed the day not as a silly Homecoming Week activity, but rather something related to homosexuality.

"It's like experimenting with drugs," Davies said. "You just keep playing with it and it becomes customary. ... If it's OK to dress like a girl today, then why is it not OK in the future?"

ocd
11-17-2004, 12:30 PM
BBC NEWS


Superfast Nasa jet pushes Mach 10
Nasa has flown an unmanned experimental jet to a speed that preliminary data suggested was just short of 10 times the speed of sound - a record.

The X-43A - a supersonic combustion ramjet (scramjet) - made the run over a naval test range in the Pacific Ocean.

The 3.7m-long vehicle had already set a world best for an "air breathing" jet of Mach 6.83 - nearly seven times the speed of sound - on a flight in March.

The latest feat is the culmination of decades of work by many researchers.

Mach 10 is in the region of 11,000km/h or 6,800mph for the altitude at which the X-43A was being flown (33km or 111,000ft). The vehicle performed "flawlessly".

"It was about Mach 9.6," said engineer Randy Vorland after Tuesday's flight. "We performed pretty much like we expected.

He added: "I think it's easier than people think it is. We can really do this stuff. I don't mean to make it sound too easy, but it's definitely doable."

Wing trip

Scramjets are being developed in a number of countries as an alternative propulsion system to rockets.

Future applications could include hypersonic missiles and aeroplanes, and reusable single- or two-stage-to-orbit space launchers.


Subsonic engines have rotating parts to compress air
Scramjets burn hydrogen fuel in a supersonic air stream
Air is compressed by fast forward movement of vehicle
Rapid expansion of hot air out of exhaust produces thrust
Some commentators have even speculated that scramjets could one day be used on passenger airliners, dramatically cutting long-haul journey times.

"Absolutely, we're just going to have to wait a while," said Joel Sitz, the X-43A project manager.

"It took a long time from the Wright brothers to the first flight across the ocean. It might take the same amount of time before this technology can be applied to commercial aircraft, but I think some day it will be there."

Tuesday's flight went ahead as planned over the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Sea Range, which is just to the northwest of Los Angeles.

The X-43A was positioned on the nose of a Pegasus booster rocket and attached to the underside of a B-52B aircraft's wing.

The paired X-43A and booster were then lifted to an altitude of 12km (40,000ft) and released; the booster taking the scramjet higher and faster.

Separation and onward flight of the scramjet occurred at an altitude of about 33.5km (111,000ft).

The telemetry showed the X-43A was set free by the booster at a speed well in excess of Mach 9 but was able to maintain its cruising velocity under the thrust from its scramjet.

Engineers followed the X-43A as it travelled more than 1,000km (620 miles), eventually losing speed and plunging into the Pacific.

Fast flowing

The advantage of scramjets becomes apparent once they have been accelerated beyond about Mach 4. They are able to burn their fuel - in this case hydrogen - without the need to carry heavy tanks of oxidiser, as rockets must.

Instead, they scoop their oxygen from the air, which is naturally compressed by the forward speed of the vehicle and the shape of its inlet.

Conventional jet engines have rotating blades to compress the air; scramjets have no such moving parts.

The fuel is ignited in a supersonic air stream - a technical challenge that has been likened to "striking a match in a hurricane". Successful combustion relies on critical control of temperature and pressure within the engine.

The concept should allow for greater payload capacity at reduced cost - and finer control over a vehicle.

Unlike rockets which tend to produce full thrust or nearly full thrust all the time, scramjets can be throttled back and flown more like an aeroplane. This makes them potentially safer.

Future funds

Tuesday's flight was the third and final mission for the Nasa vehicle, which came out of the agency's Hyper-X programme. It is not clear where the technology fits into Nasa's future plans.

A proposal to develop a larger hypersonic vehicle - the X-43C - was scrapped following President Bush's announcement in January that America would revive manned missions to the Moon by 2015 and attempt an expedition to Mars.

All effort is now directed at finding a suitable replacement for the space shuttle, and this is to be based on conventional rocket technology.

Nasa will be reluctant, however, to give up the gains - and the successes - of the X-43A.

"We'll work our way through what we think we have learnt and see what our next step might be, and talk about some foundational technologies we might want to do," said Dr Vic Lebacqz, the head of aeronautics at Nasa, after Tuesday's flight.

For Joel Sitz, the vision is develop vehicles that can take off from a standing start and switch to different propulsion systems as they go faster and faster.

"The next step I would like to see at Nasa is to take a turbine engine and a ram-scram-jet, combine those propulsions cycles, put some hardware together and start testing it.

"Maybe in a couple of years we could then put the budget together to put an aeroplane around that technology."

Outside Nasa, a group at the University of Queensland in Australia plans to conduct two Mach 8 flights and a Mach 10 flight in September 2005.

The Queensland team will test three separate scramjet configurations designed by the UK's QinetiQ company, the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (Jaxa).

The US Air Force has a programme called HyTech, which is aimed at developing a hypersonic cruise missile.

Story from BBC NEWS:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/science/nature/4018117.stm

Published: 2004/11/16 22:34:24 GMT

© BBC MMIV

zachariah
11-19-2004, 07:49 AM
Website blamed for student suicide (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/11/18/suicide_website/print.html) By Lucy Sherriff (lucy.sherriff at theregister.co.uk)
Published Thursday 18th November 2004 13:49 GMT

A Coroner has condemmed an online suicide guide after a medical student hanged himself following directions on the site. Liverpool Coroner Andre Rebello asked Yahoo! to pull the plug on the Holland-based site, but the company refused.

Arwel Davies, 22, was found hanging from a hook on his bedroom door, the Coroners court heard. Police were called to the scene by Davies' friend, Andrew Baker, who became concerned when he couldn't reach Davies by mobile phone. He discovered the body after breaking into Davies' bedroom.

Authorities suspect messages posted on the site encouraged Davies to end his life. The police found a nine-page print-out from the site, detailing various methods of committing suicide, along with notes on preparing for death, The Sun reports.

Rebello said Davies had become obsessed with suicide and self-harm. He had been treated for depression after a failed suicide attempt earlier in the year. He had tried to overdose on paracetamol. The Coroner told the court: "It is the height of irresponsibility to publish a site which could encourage someone to be tipped over the edge. The internet is there to educate and improve life, not destroy it."

This is far from the first time the internet has been implicated in a suicide. In October this year, seven young Japanese men and women were found dead (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/10/12/net_suicide_pact/) in a car, apparently as the result of an internet suicide pact. ®

kamenriderv3
11-19-2004, 11:08 AM
(CNN) -- Lawyers for a man accused of pretending to be a plastic surgeon and disfiguring patients filed a written not guilty plea Friday in a Miami Circuit Court.

In 1999, several patients accused Reinaldo Silvestre, 64, of severely bungling cosmetic surgeries.

According to Miami Beach Police, Silvestre, who was not licensed to practice medicine, was posing as a plastic surgeon and had little medical training.

Police allege Silvestre gave patients animal tranquilizers instead of anesthesia and operated with nonsurgical instruments, such as a spatula.

One patient of his -- a former Mr. Mexico named Alexander Baez -- claimed that instead of the more muscular chest he wanted, he was given breast implants.

"When Mr. Baez finally woke up from this procedure he had two full female breasts and had to walk around like that for several months until the female breasts could be removed," Baez's attorney, Spencer Aronfeld, told CNN.

An arrest warrant was issued for Silvestre, who fled the country, police said.

He was arrested and extradited from Belize last month by the State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security, they said.

Investigators said a tip led them to Silvestre, who was teaching classes to medical students at a university, they said.