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Syria Rebels Bomb Government Building, Kill 31
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Africa Subsaharan
Murder of Central African Judge Sparks Deadly Clashes
[An Nahar] Two non-combatants were killed in festivities in Central African Republic sparked by the gunning down of a magistrate and his assistant Sunday by former members of the Seleka rebel group, a police source said.

"Two people were killed and others suffered gunshot wounds on Sunday as residents protested the liquidation of magistrate Modeste Martineau Bria and his aide-de-camp" in the capital Bangui, said the source, speaking on condition of anonymity
... for fear of being murdered...
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Posted by: Fred || 11/18/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [244 views] Top|| File under:

#1  For "former" these rebels appear very active.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/18/2013 1:23 Comments || Top||


Bangladesh
Khaleda's kid acquitted
[Pak Daily Times] A Bangladesh court on Sunday acquitted the influential son of the main opposition leader in a money-laundering case, boosting his chances of returning to the country after more than five years in exile.

Tarique Rahman
...the elder son of former President of Bangladesh Ziaur Rahman Bir Uttam, and Khaleda Zia, former Prime Minister of Bangladesh. He is the Senior Vice Chairperson of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). His nickname is Pino. There are allegations that Pino took a rakeoff from every foreign investment into the country while Mom was in office...
, the eldest son and designated successor of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia
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Posted by: Fred || 11/18/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [250 views] Top|| File under:


Great White North
Toronto mayor Rob Ford mocked by opposing fans at CFL playoff game
[FTW.USATODAY] As reported by the Toronto Star on Thursday:

After Rob Ford stirred further controversy Thursday while wearing a Toronto Argonauts jersey, Canadian Football League Commissioner Mark Cohon strongly suggested the embattled mayor should stay away from Sunday's playoff game between the Argos and Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

"We believe it would be better for Mr. Ford to focus on his challenges right now," Cohon said in a statement to the Star. "And the fairest thing to our athletes and fans would be to keep the focus Sunday on the game."

Apparently Ford, who reportedly appeared in the stands in the third quarter of the game, didn't agree.
Posted by: Fred || 11/18/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [361 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Cookie reset...
Posted by: ackoopmed || 11/18/2013 22:19 Comments || Top||


Government
Thousands of doctoers dropped from United Health Group
[Weasel Zippers] UnitedHealth Group dropped thousands of doctors from its networks in recent weeks, leaving many elderly patients unsure whether they need to switch plans to continue seeing their doctors, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.
Old timers [paid up investors] out, young people [future payers] in.... well not so fast.
The insurer said in October that underfunding of Medicare Advantage plans for the elderly could not be fully offset by the company’s other healthcare business. The company also reported spending more healthcare premiums on medical claims in the third quarter, due mainly to government cuts to payments for Medicare Advantage services.
That would be the money taken from Medicare to pay for the ACA.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/18/2013 07:51 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [357 views] Top|| File under:

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Posted by: junkiron || 11/18/2013 22:15 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Culture Wars
Jury finds girls, parents liable for calling teacher 'perv'
h/t instapundit
Two years after San Jose schoolgirls branded a teacher as a "perv" and "creeper" who inappropriately touched kids and peeked into their restroom, a civil jury Friday found the children and their parents financially liable for defamation in a case that pitted the rights of the accused against the aim of reporting perceived abuse.

The jury awarded $362,653 in compensatory damages to former Catholic school physical education teacher John Fischler after finding the families spread false statements about him that damaged his reputation. The 49-year-old broke into a huge smile Friday when he heard the favorable verdict, which his lawyer characterized as "complete vindication."
Another sign of return to sanity?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/18/2013 04:46 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [501 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Catholic Schoolgirls....
Posted by: CrazyFool || 11/18/2013 7:57 Comments || Top||

#2  With a tiny little moustache...
Posted by: Raj || 11/18/2013 11:29 Comments || Top||

#3  Do you know how they go?
Posted by: OldSpook || 11/18/2013 15:13 Comments || Top||

#4  This would bother me less if the opposite were also true -- but teachers are never liable no matter how poorly they act.
Posted by: Iblis || 11/18/2013 15:17 Comments || Top||

#5  Following the link this story sounds like it was written in hollywood...

The unusual case began in 2011 when administrators at Holy Spirit school in Almaden Valley were told that teacher John Fischler had inappropriately touched their 10- and 11-year-old girls and peeked in a girls' bathroom. School officials and police cleared Fischler of sexual misconduct.

But the teacher, claiming the ordeal had indelibly stained his reputation and ruined his teaching career, declined to return to what he called a poisonous atmosphere at work and filed a lawsuit seeking nearly $1 million in damages.

The lawsuit contended he was the victim of a "conspiracy" by "classic parent bullies" and their daughters, including a popular girl he described as having a "gang-leader-like personality," to get him fired from the private Catholic school where he was an at-will employee.


And continues...

The demeanor of the "ringleader," now 14, appeared to have alienated the jury. She giggled often while testifying, and twice got off the witness stand, stood in front of the jury box and demonstrated a dance move and chant a school cheer. The jurors sat grim-faced without smiling.


I don't suppose anyone got a video...


Posted by: CrazyFool || 11/18/2013 17:26 Comments || Top||

#6  The problem with a charge like child molestation is that you are guilty until, and sometimes after, being proven innocent.

People will probably still say "Well, he must have done something for the girls to accuse him."
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 11/18/2013 17:53 Comments || Top||

#7  Still haven't learned from the McMartin pre school mess 20+ years ago.
Posted by: OldSpook || 11/18/2013 20:37 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Outgoing president hails 'happy ending' in Maldives
[Pak Daily Times] The outgoing president of the Maldives said on Sunday the election of a new head of state signalled "a happy ending" to a political crisis which began when he took power from the islands' first freely-elected leader.

In an exclusive interview with AFP in Hong Kong, Mohammed Waheed, acknowledged the Indian Ocean archipelago was still trying to find its feet as a democracy but said it could now move on after the outcome of Saturday's run-off election.

"We are going through an early stage of democratic transition. It's not easy for the Maldives," said Waheed, who has family in Hong Kong and will accompany his wife to Singapore for a medical appointment.
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Posted by: Fred || 11/18/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [230 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Everyone loves a 'happy ending'!
Posted by: SteveS || 11/18/2013 15:18 Comments || Top||


48 million Pakistanis have no loo
[Pak Daily Times] On November 19 (tomorrow) as nations around the globe observe United Nations
...a lucrative dumping ground for the relatives of dictators and party hacks...
World Toilet Day to highlight the importance of toilets and sanitation; around 48 million Paks will be defecating under the open skies.
"Good Moslems don't need no damned crappoir! That's why Allan made the ground!"
Pakistain, despite being a nuclear power, is still unable to provide basic sanitation to majority of the people.
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Posted by: Fred || 11/18/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [433 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  I relation to this crime, Pakistani police say they have nothing to go on.
Posted by: Bunyip || 11/18/2013 0:45 Comments || Top||

#2  The Sultanate of Oman recruits a good many of their garrison quality troops from Gwadur on the Pak coast. Mostly big splay toed brutes with no boots and sporting ancient Martini rifles. They stare while flies crawl across their faces and their women look like buffaloes in a big black bag.Children play on the rocky beach shoving sticks up rotting shark anuses to let out the gases. Its that kind of place.

You never make these people Officers, you hire officers in other places. One of the problems ( there are several ) with Paki soldiers is they sh** on the barracks stairs because its convenient. They don't know what a toilet is.
They also are not great heroes. One sniper can hold up an entire column of trucks loaded with Pakis. They are good at hiding but not at fighting. You have to motivate them with a felching stick.
They understand that. They may have invented the felching stick.
Posted by: Spereting Tingle4064 || 11/18/2013 6:55 Comments || Top||

#3  Everything I had to say I'll leave unsaid.
ST has it covered.
Posted by: Skidmark || 11/18/2013 9:04 Comments || Top||

#4  I always thought it was a shitty country.
Posted by: DarthVader || 11/18/2013 12:06 Comments || Top||

#5  I've been pricing toilets, $300 goddamn Dollars each, too damn high.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 11/18/2013 15:09 Comments || Top||

#6  It's not the toilets, it's the plumbing.
Posted by: Fred || 11/18/2013 17:12 Comments || Top||


Science & Technology
Tesla-Inspired Metamaterial Converts 900 MHz Microwaves to Power
But wait, you say, didn't Tesla transmit wireless power over miles, not feet? Indeed, but here recent technology is breaking through barriers installed by years of disappointments. This new research is showing that power transfer via microwaves and radio waves is not only possible -- but can be extremely efficient if properly tuned.

Duke University Electrical Engineering Professor Steven A. Cummer and his students Alexander ("Alex") Katko (a Ph.D. candidate) and Allen Hawkes (an undergraduate) have published a new paper in the peer-reviewed journal Applied Physics Letters detailing a device that can harvest power from microwave signals.

Mr. Katko comments:

It’s possible to use this design for a lot of different frequencies and types of energy, including vibration and sound energy harvesting. Until now, a lot of work with metamaterials has been theoretical. We are showing that with a little work, these materials can be useful for consumer applications.

The properties of metamaterials allow for design flexibility not possible with ordinary devices like antennas. When traditional antennas are close to each other in space they talk to each other and interfere with each other’s operation. The design process used to create our metamaterial array takes these effects into account, allowing the cells to work together.
Posted by: Au Auric || 11/18/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [519 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Waldo.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/18/2013 1:25 Comments || Top||

#2  Meh, welcome to the 1980's.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 11/18/2013 2:00 Comments || Top||

#3  I've heard this kind of stuff for a loooooong time. Wake me when cold fusion really does work.

I'm just skeptical about these early announcements.
Posted by: AlanC || 11/18/2013 14:54 Comments || Top||

#4  Meh, welcome to the 1980's.

You mean the 1800's.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 11/18/2013 15:18 Comments || Top||

#5  Headline should be 900GHz to be classified as microwave not 900MHz.
Posted by: Chunky Oppressor of the French9216 || 11/18/2013 19:19 Comments || Top||

#6  From Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microwave):
Microwaves are a form of electromagnetic radiation with wavelengths ranging from as long as one meter to as short as one millimeter, or equivalently, with frequencies between 300 MHz (0.3 GHz) and 300 GHz.

So 900MHz is in the microwave band as well as UHF.
Posted by: Chuck || 11/18/2013 23:44 Comments || Top||



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Mon 2013-11-18
  Syria Rebels Bomb Government Building, Kill 31
Sun 2013-11-17
  Hezbollah commander killed in Syria
Sat 2013-11-16
  Militias attack Libyan protesters, killing 31
Fri 2013-11-15
  Iraq Bombers Kill 43 as Millions Mark Shiite Holiday
Thu 2013-11-14
  Bomb blasts outside Karachi imambargahs wound 14
Wed 2013-11-13
  Syria Kurds Announce Transitional Autonomous Government
Tue 2013-11-12
  Gunmen gun down 'chief financier' of Haqqani network in Islamabad
Mon 2013-11-11
  Syria army retakes key base near Aleppo: State TV
Sun 2013-11-10
  Imambargah attacks leave three dead, spark outrage
Sat 2013-11-09
  Zawahiri Disbands Main Qaida Faction in Syria
Fri 2013-11-08
  'Mullah Radio' takes overTTP, terms talks 'waste of time'
Thu 2013-11-07
  Nigeria president seeks state of emergency extension
Wed 2013-11-06
  Mortar round hits Vatican embassy in Damascus
Tue 2013-11-05
  152 soldiers sentenced to die for mutiny in Bangladesh
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  Blast inside Quetta seminary leaves two injured

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