[WSBTV] LOGANVILLE, Ga. -- A woman hiding in her attic with children shot an intruder multiple times before fleeing to safety Friday.
The incident happened at a home on Henderson Ridge Lane in Loganville around 1 p.m. The woman was working in an upstairs office when she spotted a strange man outside a window, according to Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman. He said she took her 9-year-old twins to a crawlspace before the man broke in using a crowbar.
But the man eventually found the family.
"The perpetrator opens that door. Of course, at that time he's staring at her, her two children and a .38 revolver," Chapman told Channel 2's Kerry Kavanaugh.
The woman then shot him five times, but he survived, Chapman said. He said the woman ran out of bullets but threatened to shoot the intruder if he moved.
"She's standing over him, and she realizes she's fired all six rounds. And the guy's telling her to quit shooting," Chapman said.
The woman ran to a neighbor's home with her children. The intruder attempted to flee in his car but crashed into a wooded area and collapsed in a nearby driveway, Chapman said.
Deputies arrested 32-year-old Atlanta resident Paul Slater in connection with the crime. Chapman said they found him on the ground saying, "Help me. I'm close to dying." Slater was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center for treatment. Chapman said Slater was shot in the face and neck.
In February, Slater was arrested on simple battery charges, according to the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office. He has been arrested six other times in the county since 2008.
Four women had a grand time dining on steak and potatoes and sipping drinks Wednesday night at Oscar¬'s in the Plaza at the far west end of Fremont Street. Three of them appeared to be playing the parts of grandmother, mother and granddaughter, all of them wealthy and from Beverly Hills. Wonder how many other places they'd pulled this on.
Michael Cornthwaite, who co-owns the restaurant with former Mayor Oscar Goodman, was in the back when a waiter came back holding a plate and forkful of potato ¬-- with a dried mealworm on top. One of the women said she found the worm in her potato. Dried? Surely the worm wouldn't have dried out on its way from the farm to the table.
Cornthwaite, who also operates the Downtown Cocktail Room, The Beat Coffeehouse & Records, as well as Emergency Arts, has a long history in the service industry. Take the potato off the bill and give them a free dessert, he told the waiter: ¬"I guess it¬'s not impossible," Cornthwaite reasoned, "potatoes come from the ground and we can¬'t X-ray them."
Cornthwaite came out and talked to the women, who derided the restaurant, haughtily informing Cornthwaite of their wealth. I bet this was the funnest part for them.
¬"We own property in Beverly Hills,¬" they told him. ¬"It¬'s not about the money, it¬'s the principle.¬"
Cornthwaite sensed something was going on. He told his hostess to call security; the four women suddenly disappeared into the bathroom. Vegas scammer sense: tingling!
The busser then approached having found a plastic Ziploc bag full of about 100 mealworms under the women¬'s table. Now that is just sloppy, ladies.
They came out saying they would report the restaurant to health inspectors. Cornthwaite offered to call the police, telling them that defrauding a business is a crime. Then he pulled out the bag of mealworms.
They were stunned for a moment, then collected themselves and claimed to have no idea where they came from. Should have got this part on video.
Not only was he going to insist on payment, Cornthwaite told them, he was adding a 20 percent gratuity. The three women foraged through their purses and came up with a credit card. He also got an ID card to verify that the card wasn¬'t stolen. Ha. Should have brought cash, ladies. Now he knows who at least one of you are. Gratting was a nice touch, too. I'd have added more than 20%.
The card said the woman was from Atwater, Calif. Better known as the middle of nowhere.
Nonetheless, seriously unwise. Not to mention rude.
A police officer can't pull you over and arrest you just because you gave him the finger, a federal appeals court declared Thursday.
In a 14-page opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled that the "ancient gesture of insult is not the basis for a reasonable suspicion of a traffic violation or impending criminal activity."
John Swartz and his wife Judy Mayton-Swartz had sued two police officers who arrested Swartz in May 2006 after he flipped off an officer who was using a radar device at an intersection in St. Johnsville, N.Y. Swartz was later charged with a violation of New York's disorderly conduct statute, but the charges were dismissed on speedy trial grounds.
A federal judge in the Northern District of New York granted summary judgement to the officers in July 2011, but the Court of Appeals on Thursday erased that decision and ordered the lower court to take up the case again.
Richard Insogna, the officer who stopped Swartz and his wife when they arrived at their destination, claimed he pulled the couple over because he believed Swartz was "trying to get my attention for some reason." The appeals court didn't buy that explanation, ruling that the "nearly universal recognition that this gesture is an insult deprives such an interpretation of reasonableness."
FWIW, I had 'showing the middle finger to the other driver' written up on my next to last speeding / failure to signal ticket on the Mass. pike about ten years ago. How am I supposed to signal when I'm flipping off another driver?
I had a Black Woman (No lady) give me the middle finger as she screamed past me and cut in front, when I pulled in front of her and demanded an appollogy she went Berserk, Falsely claimed to call the cops and wouldn't, then tried to make me not call either, and gave me the finger again, I grabbed get hand and bent her finger back, (Trying to dislocate it) All the while she's creaming "I've assaulted her". and trying to get away.
This went on until three Cops Pulled in behind us (Shift change at the local Sub station)and she jumped ut and screamed "I called you "(Liar)then she Lied her ass off and tried to have me arrested_(Didn't work) then sued me and showed up in court with the WRONG finger Splinted.
Well the Judge believed her, (even though I showed him the fake Splinted finger) and fiined me %400, But I don't think I was wrong.
I was released and left, haven't seen her since.
And good riddance.
Posted by: Redneck Jim ||
PS, I WAS armed, but it didn't seem to be a good time.
Posted by: Redneck Jim ||
Well the Judge believed her, (even though I showed him the fake Splinted finger) and fiined me %400, But I don't think I was wrong.
Don't get into a confrontation with black women, armed (you) or otherwise. They are DANGEROUS!
Posted by: Secret Asian Man ||
$400 to get rid of that screeching harpy? Probably worth it. The Judge also probably didn't want to deal with her as she seems the type to pursue this until you were "punished".
Posted by: Charles ||
South African President Jacob Zuma says his government is sending 400 army troops to the Central African Republic.
Zuma's office issued a statement Sunday saying that the deployment of the soldiers is part of South Africa's international obligation to the Central African Republic.
Zuma's office said the South African National Defense Force troops will help build the capacity of the CAR army and will also assist with the planning and implementation of the disarmament, demobilization and re-integration of rebel groups.
Zuma's statement said that sending soldiers to Central African Republic is part of South Africa's efforts "to bring about peace and stability in the region."
[An Nahar] Democratic Republic of the Congo ...formerly the Congo Free State, Belgian Congo, Zaire, and who knows what else, not to be confused with the Brazzaville Congo or Republic of Congo, which is much smaller and much more (for Africa) stable. DRC gave the world Patrice Lumumba and Joseph Mobutu, followed by years of tedious civil war. Its principle industry seems to be the production of corpses. With a population of about 74 million it has lots of raw material... 's M23 rebels and government delegations met separately Saturday with Ugandan mediators, a day ahead of a hoped-for resumption of direct talks, Ugandan officials said.
"The two delegations are here finally and we are hoping for a (face-to-face) session tomorrow (Sunday)," said Ugandan defense ministry front man Paddy Ankunda.
The rebels, army mutineers largely from the ethnic Tutsi community, staged a lightning advance in November through the DR Congo's mineral-rich and chronically unstable east, raising fears of a widespread conflict.
The talks' mediator, Ugandan defense minister Crispus Kiyonga, is "meeting separately with the two delegation heads for consultations," Ankunda added.
Uganda is hosting the talks despite accusations that it -- alongside Rwanda -- has backed the fighters, claims which both countries have strongly denied No, no! Certainly not! Although the M23 rebels were persuaded to withdraw from the key eastern city of Goma after a 12-day occupation, they still control large areas of territory just outside the strategic mining hub.
[VOA News] Reports from the Central African Republic say a rebel coalition has captured at least one more town just days before they are set to begin negotiations with C.A.R. government officials.
Reports from the government and from local residents near the town of Bambari say the new seizures were in that area. The News Agency that Dare Not be Named quotes a resident of the nearby town of Alindao as saying it has been captured. If the reports are confirmed it would be the latest in a series of rebel seizures of towns and villages over the past month.
The new reports cast doubt on prospects for peace talks scheduled to start Tuesday in Libreville, Gabon.
On Friday the U.N. Security Council called on the rebels advancing on the Central African Republic's capital to stop their campaign and join negotiations to find a political solution to the impoverished country's problems.
The rebel coalition Seleka unites fighters from as many as four bad turban groups from the north that say the government went back on 2007 and 2008 peace accords that were supposed to pay rebels to disarm or integrate them into the national army. Seleka is demanding the resignation of President Francois Bozize.
Nilphamari, Jan 05 (UNB) - A pregnant housewife succumbed to her injuries after her husband and in-laws allegedly set her on fire for dowry at Haroa Mission in municipal area of the town on Saturday.
The victim was identified as Rokhsana Begum, 23, mother of a minor son and four months pregnant and wife of Janab Ali, a shop worker. Police said Rokhsana had been married to Janab Ali for two and a half years.
Al Amin, father of Rokhsana, said Janab Ali demanded Tk 40,000 from them as dowry during their marriage and out of that amount Tk 20,000 was paid as dowry to the bridegroom. As they failed to give the rest amount, Janab Ali and his family members used to torture Rokhsana.
On December 26, Janab Ali argued with Rokhsana over the issue and at one stage set her on fire, leaving her seriously injured, local sources said. Hearing her screams, neighbours rushed to the spot, rescued her and took her to Nilphamari Sadar Hospital.
As her condition deteriorated, she was shifted to Rangpur Medical College Hospital where she died on Saturday.
Janab Ali along with his family members went into hiding after Rokhsana¬'s death.
20,000 Tk is about $250 at the official exchange rate; probably more like $170 at the street exchange rate
Posted by: lord garth ||
This is not a Muslim problem, but rather an Indian subcontinent problem, just like rape.
Exactly. However, the names tend to suggest that they are indeed Muslim. This happens a lot in the subcontinent, mainly with the uneducated and lower classes. My wife prescribes impalement for the perps.
Such a gentle and caring Hindu woman my wife! /s
Posted by: Secret Asian Man ||
[Bangla Daily Star] At least seven vehicles were set on fire in the capital yesterday, as the BNP-led opposition geared up for a countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal ... a peculiarly Bangla combination of a general strike and a riot, used by both major political groups in lieu of actual governance ... today to protest the fuel price hike.
The vehicles were set ablaze at Ramna, Azimpur, Gulshan, Mirpur, Tejgaon, Dhanmondi, and Old Dhaka.
Police suspect pro-hartal activists might have torched the vehicles to create panic among the city dwellers.
Also yesterday, at least 10 cocktails were went kaboom! on the Dhaka University campus, and in Farmgate and Sabujbagh areas.
On the DU campus, Bangladesh Chhatra League ... the student wing of the Bangla Awami League ... cadres assaulted four photojournalists when the lens men were going past Salimullah Mohammedan Hall shortly after the blasts around 5:30pm.
Meanwhile, ...back at the wreckage, Captain Poindexter wished he had a cup of coffee. Even instant would do... Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday said hartal-like activities should be stopped by legal measures.
Once hartal was a tool for protest, but now it has become a means to unleash violence, he observed, adding that no one has the right to disrupt public safety.
The minister was talking to news hounds after attending a gathering of village police in Sylhet.
The BNP-led 18-party alliance announced the hartal on Friday, the day the latest fuel price hike took effect.
The hike has also triggered protests from left-leaning political parties and transport owners.
[Bangla Daily Star] Students and teachers of Ag Bikramhati Major General Mahmudul Hasan High School yesterday blocked the Dhaka-Tangail-Bangabandhu Bridge Highway demanding capital punishment of the culprits who gang-raped a teenage girl.
They blocked the highway at Rabna Bypass in Sadar upazila around 12:30pm for 10 munities. In the meantime hundreds of vehicles got stuck on both sides of the busy road.
The protesters also brought out a procession and formed a human chain in the area to press home the demand. Earlier, they demonstrated on the school premises and held a protest rally there.
Headmaster of the school Abdul Hamid Miah, Assistant Headmaster Humayun Kabir, assistant teachers Nazim Uddin, Azhar Ali and Arfan Ali, among others, spoke at the rally.
The speakers condemned the gang-rape and demanded exemplary punishment of the culprits so that no-one dares to commit such crime in future.
Leaders and activists of Tangail district unit of Jatiyatabadi Mohila Dal formed a human chain at Nirala Intersection in the town demanding punishment of the culprits.
Students of different schools and colleges joined the human chain and raised their voices against the crime.
Meanwhile, ...back at the fist fight, Jake ducked another roundhouse, then parried with his left, then with his right, finally with his chin... he incarcerated You have the right to remain silent... four culprits -- Nuruzzaman alias Gada, 42, Shajahan Ali, 40, Moniruzzaman Moni, 39, and Harunur Rashid Harun, 35 -- will be hauled before the court today on completion of their three-day remand.
Bithi Akter Eva, 18, arrested on charge of abetting the gang-rape, was sent to Tangail District Jail on Friday on completion of her one-day remand.
Dr Bilkis Begum, coordinator of One-stop Crisis Centre (OCC) at Dhaka Medical College Hospital, yesterday said the gang-rape victim had some liquid food like fruit juice and water on Friday, adds our Staff Correspondent in Dhaka.
Dr Bilkis said the victim's condition had also improved slightly. She had shower and came to the OCC office room and sat there for a while. She also had little talks with the doctors and other staff.
The National Children and Women Repression Prevention Committee, Communist Party of Bangladesh and Biplabi Nari Sanghati in separate statements condemned the incident and demanded exemplary punishment of the culprits.
We've all been there: the Christmas office party that got a little out of hand, lots of booze, a few high jinks and some embarrassed, hungover faces the next day.
But few Christmas bashes will have matched up to the riotous affair thrown in the Honduran embassy in Bogota, which according to press reports resulted in the mission being ransacked and looted while diplomats cavorted with prostitutes. Someone even defecated in the ambassador's office.
The Honduran daily El Heraldo splashed details of the party in a front page story titled "Diplomatic scandal: prostitutes and drunkenness in Bogota".
According to the paper, a personal aide to the ambassador organised the party which ended with the diplomatic mission's offices in shambles, papers scattered and computers and telephones stolen.
The newspaper said there was evidence of an orgy in the building.
Ambassador Carlos Humberto Rodriguez was apparently not present at the party which was held a few days before Christmas.
When employees arrived at work the next day they found the ambassador's aide, Honduran national Jorge Mendoza, sleeping in the laundry area of the embassy and a Colombian man was found in the basement, El Heraldo reported. Employees called police who questioned Mendoza about the party and the missing equipment.
[GUARDIAN.CO.UK] The change of mood in Plaza Bolivar could hardly be more dramatic. Less than three months ago, jubilant crowds filled the main square in Caracas to celebrate another election triumph for Hugo Chavez with chants of "Oo, ah, Chavez no se va" -- Chavez won't go.
Now, however, supporters wait anxiously for any scrap of news from Havana, Cuba, where their president is fighting for his life after emergency cancer surgery.
"We are all very confused. We have no idea what to expect. I pray for his recovery but I am expecting the worst," said Joaqu√≠n Cavarcas, as he scanned the Ciudad CCS newspaper for the latest update.
Next Thursday, Chavez is supposed to be inaugurated for a further six-year term of office at a ceremony at the National Assembly, a short walk from the plaza. But the usually gregarious, publicity-loving president has not been seen or heard since his operation on 11 December, prompting speculation that he will not recover in time.
In the latest in a series of grave bulletins, the government said on Thursday that the president was suffering from complications brought on by a severe lung infection after surgery. Aides earlier described his condition as "delicate". The Bolivian president, Evo Morales, said it was painful to see his close political ally in this state. "The situation for our brother Hugo Chavez is very worrying," he said.
Can't blame Putin though. I'm sure he'd love it if Western European businessmen decided the Russian climate wasn't so bad after all. Kinda like the wild, wild east with low taxes, laissez faire and opportunity. Could be a shot in the arm for Russians if they don't blow it with bad attitudes and bad borscht.
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
[Iran Press TV] Japan has reportedly dispatched fighter jets to ward off a Chinese plane flying near a chain of disputed islands claimed by both Beijing and Tokyo.
A front man for Japan's Defense Ministry said Saturday that the fighter jets were sent to the zone after a Chinese aircraft approached the northern part of the islands.
According to the front man, the Chinese plane, which was flying around 120 kilometers from the disputed territories located in the East China Sea, left the zone without violating Japan's airspace.
He added that it was the first time, this year, that Japanese fighter jets were sent to fight off a Chinese aircraft venturing near the disputed areas.
On December 31, China added a group of renovated ex-navy vessels to its maritime surveillance fleet in the East and South China Seas, amid ongoing territorial dispute with Japan.
Japanese sources also reported on the same day that Tokyo was considering plans to introduce the US Global Hawk unmanned aircraft by 2015 to boost surveillance in its waters near the uninhabited territories.
The response came as Japan decided to increase defence spending for the first time in 11 years, according to the Kyodo news agency.
Citing ¬"sources familiar with the matter¬", Kyodo said that the newly-elected Liberal Democratic Party is trying to bring defence spending for the 2013 financial year to at least 4.77 trillion yen ($53.43bn).
That compares with the 2012 budget of 4.71 trillion yen initiated by the Democratic Party of Japan, which suffered a crushing defeat in last month¬'s general election.
Again, "Post-US" wannbe Rising China wants unchallenged strategic access into WESTPAC - wid Taiwan reunification effec stalled, it wants territorial concessions + "sole" PLA base rights vee Japan. I don't see China compromising or giving up on its East China Sea claims unless it gets PERMANENT PLA BASE RIGHTS ON TAIWAN, + PROLLY ALSO DE FACTO SOVEREIGNTY + CONTROL OER THE JAPANESE SENKAKUS, TO PROTECT THE PLA ON TAIWAN + IN EXCHANGE FOR CHINA NOT CHALLENGING JAPAN'S SOVEREIGNTY OVER OKINAWA OR SUPPOR LOCAL OKINAWAN SEPARATISM. China may accept sovereign Japanese control over Yonaguni + related Japan-claimed islets just off Taiwan as long as JSDF forces are not garrisoned there - in exchange, Japan may have to give all claims to Dokkdo.
IMO IN CHINA'S VIEW, HOWEVER, IN NE ASIA IT
M-U-S-T HAVE AT MINIMA TAIWAN + PROTECTED ACCESS FROM SAME INTO WESTPAC.
Ditto in the South China Sea as per the PLA having base rights to e.g. SUBIC + FORMER CLARK USAFB, albeit likely in "joint/combined" = shared utility/use, NOT "sole", wid the USDOD + PHIL Armed Forces. THE ADVANTAGE FOR THE PHIL WOULD BE NEW SOURCES OF NATIONAL REVENUE, ECON + DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE, + HELP IN KEEPING RADICAL MUSLIM MILTANT-SEPARATIST GROUPS IN THE SOUTHERN PHIL [Regional = Indonesian, SE Asian Jihadis?] UNDER EFFEC CONTROL.
The disadvantage would be the PHIL getting rid of the USA only to have the Chinese come in.
IN THE ABSENCE OF THE ABOVE, I'M EXPECTING CHINA TO "OPEN FIRE" = INITIATE MIL CONFLICT AGZ JAPAN SOMETIME SOON. History suggests that China will one day just suddenly shockingly mysteriously open fire on the JSDF + JCG, + destroy everything + everyone in sight AMAP AFAP.
CHINA HAS STRATEGIC + TACTICAL NUCLEAR WEAPONS, JAPAN HAS NOTHING.
* CHIN MIL FORUMS/BLOGS > VARIOUS ARTICS denote that China has enough NucWeaps to effectively destroy Japan while having enuff in remainder to deal wid any incoming US intervention forces or to attack CONUS.
IFF SHTF BETWEEN CHINA + JAPAN, ANDOR US + IRAN, IN 2013, WILL OBAMA FIGHT, I.E. USE US MIL POWER TO PROTECT OUR ALLIES; OR WILL HE NOT + PCORRECTLY CLAIM "HE KEPT OUT OF [nuclear]WAR", ALA WW1 POTUS WOOODROW WILSON + PRE-WW2 BRIT PM NELVILLE CHAMBERLAIN.
Whether the Bammer intervenes or not, IMO CHINA WILL DEMAND TERRITORIES + BASES, OR IT WILL OPEN FIRE.
* CHINESE MILITARY FORUM > [Japan Today = Old, 10/18/2012]"FOOD TERRORISM" A NEW CONCERN IN CHINA-JAPAN RIFT, as Japan imports nearly 60% of its Veggies, Sea Foods, + other semi-processed + frozen foods from mainland China.
* SAME > [Market Watch]SHINZO ABE PROMISES MUCH, BUT CAN HE DELIVER?
* TOPIX > [SCMP.com] RESOLUTION OF DIAOYUS/ SENKAKUS DISPUTE OUT OF ABE'S HANDS. ACTIONS OF CHINA'S LEADERS WILL SHAPE [Final?] OUTCOME.
* SAME > [Korea Herald] 70% OF JAPANESE SEE DOKDO AS THIER LAND: SURVEY.
* SAME > JAPAN SCRAMBLES JETS [8 ea. JASDF fighters] TO HEAD OFF CHINESE PLANE FLYING [again] NEAR DISPUTED ISLANDS.
* RELATED TOPIX > JAPAN TO EXTEND AIR DEFENSE ZONE OVER DISPUTED ISLANDS.
Basically, China + PLA, CMS-SOA will be encountering more JASDF Fighter-Interceptors + JMSDF AA-capable ships in, over, + around the Senkakus/Diaoyus.
Lest we fergit, Chinese State Medias + Netters are increasingly calling for "tit-for-tat" retaliation + escalation by the PLA.
Cold War-style "Managed Escalation/Response"???
* WORLD MILITARY FORUM > POSSIBLE SINO-JAPAN WAR OVER DISPUTED EAST CHINA SEA ISLANDS COULD BEGIN CIRCA APRIL 2013. JAPAN NEEDS AN ABSOLUTE MINIMUM OF ONE MONTH TO HOLD SERIOUS PARLIAMENTARY DEBATE + VOTE ON AMENDING ITS ANTI-WAR, POST-1945 CONSTITUTION INCLUD PROVISIONS BANNING JAPAN FROM DEVELOPING NUCLEAR WEAPONS.
CHINA'S NEED TO PERMANENTLY SETTLE EAST CHINA ISLAND DISPUTES BEFORE JAPAN CAN DEVELOP ITS OWN NUCLEAR ARSENAL.
* SAME > POPULAR CCTV COMMENTATOR ZHANG
ZHAOZHONG: CHINA + PLA CAN IMMEDIATELY STRIKE AND DESTROY JAPAN WID OVERWHELMING CONVENTIONAL OR NUCLEAR FORCES ATTACK IFF JAPAN'S ASDF SHOOT DOWN ANY CHINESE CMS OR SOA PLANES RECONNOITERING OVER THE JAPAN-CLAIMED DAOYUS, US WILL NEED SIX MONTHS OR MORE TO PROPERLY MOBILIZE AND DEPLOY US FORCES FOR INTERVENTION IN SINO-JAPAN CRISIS.
* SAME > PLAN RADM YIN ZHOU: CHINA WILL STICK TO ITS "NO FIRST SHOT" POLICY AGZ JAPAN OVER DISPUTED ISLANDS. IFF JAPAN IS FOOLISH ENOUGH TO OPEN FIRE ON CHINESE SHIPS OR AIRCRAFT, CHINA WILL MILITARILY FIGHT TO THE BITTER END NO MATTER IFF THE US CHOOSES TO INTERVENE OR NOT.
Taken collectively, it looks like the Bammer may have both CHINA-JAPAN + IRAN MILITARY CRISES TO DEAL WITH COME SUMMER 2013, EITHER ONE OR BOTH OF WHICH COULD EASILY EXPLODE INTO REGIONAL, MULTI-REGIONAL, + "GREAT POWER" WAR, + WITH US, GLOBAL ECON + "FISCAL CLIFF", DEBT "BUBBLES, ETC. NOTWITHSTANDING.
[GUARDIAN.CO.UK] A Connecticut community is to hold an amnesty of violent video games in the wake of last month's mass shooting in Newtown.
Organisers Southington SOS plan to offer gift certificates in exchange for donated games, which will be burned. The group, a coalition of local organisations, says its actions do not assert that video games were the cause of the killings in nearby Newtown, but argues that violent games and films desensitize children to "acts of violence". I agree with them that violent -- sometimes hideously violent -- video games are bad for children. I have a hard time with the idea of public burnings. They're too much like book burnings for my taste.
Pupils from Sandy Hook elementary school, where 26 people were killed on 17 December, returned to classes for the first time on Thursday in the neighbouring town of Monroe. Sandy Hook elementary is still being treated as a crime scene and it is unclear if it will ever reopen.
The video game amnesty will take place on 12 January in Southington, a 30-minute drive east from Newtown. The town of Southington has provided a dumpster, organisers said, where violent video games, CDs or DVDs will be collected.
"As people arrive in their cars to turn in their games of violence, they will be offered a gift certificate donated by a member of the Greater Southington Chamber of Commerce as a token of appreciation for their action of responsible citizenship," the group said in a statement.
"Violent games turned in will be destroyed and placed in the town dumpster for appropriate permanent disposal."
John Myers, chairman of Southington YMCA and member of Southington SOS, was not immediately available to speak to the Guardian, but tech website Polygon reported that the works would be incinerated by town employees.
The press release accompanying the announcement said that Southington SOS's action should not be "construed as statement declaring that violent video games were the cause of the shocking violence in Newtown on December 14".
"Rather, Southington SOS is saying is that there is ample evidence that violent video games, along with violent media of all kinds, including TV and movies portraying story after story showing a continuous stream of violence and killing, has contributed to increasing aggressiveness, fear, anxiety and is desensitizing our children to acts of violence including bullying.
Some video games are inapproprate for children (or mentally ill). The ratings system is a joke.
Public burnings is going a bit far (and since a lot of games are distributed over the net - there's nothing to burn...)
CF, the rating system isn't a joke. It's parental responsibility that demands other do the parenting for them that's the sad cultural joke. Back when I was a wee tot, they were blaming comic books. Got to find someone/something to demonize for the ritual burning ceremony. Human nature hasn't changed from the first recordings of history.
[An Nahar] The Food and Drug Administration says its new guidelines would make the food Americans eat safer and help prevent the kinds of foodborne disease outbreaks that sicken or kill thousands of consumers each year.
The rules, the most sweeping food safety guidelines in decades, would require farmers to take new precautions against contamination, to include making sure workers' hands are washed, irrigation water is clean, and that animals stay out of fields. Food manufacturers will have to submit food safety plans to the government to show they are keeping their operations clean.
The long-overdue regulations could cost businesses close to half a billion dollars a year to implement, but are expected to reduce the estimated 3,000 deaths a year from foodborne illness. The new guidelines were announced Friday. That works out to $166,666.66 per theoretical death. If it reduces the number of deaths -- it doesn't say they're gonna get them all -- by half it'll be $333,333.33 per death. If course there is no other possible way to reduce those theoretical deaths, is there?
Just since last summer, outbreaks of listeria in cheese and salmonella in peanut butter, mangoes and cantaloupe have been linked to more than 400 illnesses and as many as seven deaths, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The actual number of those sickened is likely much higher.
Unfortunately, new rules won't make food any safer. We've gotten about as good as we are going to get unless all food is irradiated and processed and eaten in sterile conditions. More red tape and government ain't gonna help.
Of course... helping isn't the actual goal of the government. It is control.
Posted by: Redneck Jim ||
From a Purdue Extension report. "Q: Where did the Salmonella come from? How did it get on the cantaloupes?
A: While it isn't yet clear how the Salmonella got on the affected cantaloupes, there are some basic things we do know about how Salmonella can get on produce. Salmonella is common in the environment. The bacteria can live in the digestive tracts of several animals, including humans, wild animals, livestock, and pets. Salmonella also is commonly found in the feces of wild and domestic birds, and often associated with
reptiles and amphibians. Salmonella can be found in soil and water sources (such as streams, rivers, and ponds).
In the field, a cantaloupe could become contaminated if it came in contact with animal
feces or soil. During or after harvest, a cantaloupe could be contaminated through
contact with contaminated people, equipment, or water. Good agricultural and sanitation
practices ¬-- such as following strict precautions with manure, ensuring all employees
wash hands, and using clean water (to irrigate, wash produce, etc.) ¬-- can minimize the
possibility of contamination."
Can't stop bird's from pooping. I suppose that the Food Safety and Inspection Service can make sure that Farm outhouses have hand sanitizers and that irrigation water is routinely checked.
Looks like zapping produce is an evolving technology.
Posted by: Mike Ramsey ||
Sounds like clean water might be helpful here, it usually is.
[Dawn] Muttahida Qaumi Movement ...English: United National Movement, generally known as MQM, is the 3rd largest political party and the largest secular political party in Pakistain with particular strength in Sindh. From 1992 to 1999, the MQM was the target of the Pak Army's Operation Cleanup leaving thousands of urdu speaking civilians dead... (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain in wee hours of Sunday asked the nation to be ready for a 'political drone attack' from him in next two to three days, DawnNews reported.
Whatever that means...
Speaking to members of the party's Rabita (coordination) Committee via telephone from London, he claimed that the announcement, which he referred as a 'drone strike,' will be unanswerable.
"No-one in the country will be able to respond to my drone attack," he said.
The MQM chief appealed the public to wait for his move and mentally prepare themselves.
With the Supreme Court set to take up contempt notice against Altaf Hussain on Monday, the party had requested the court on Friday to exempt him from personally appearing before the bench seized with the issue.
MQM leader Farooq Sattar filed the petition in the court's Bloody Karachi ...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous... registry through his council Dr Farogh Naseem.
The court had observed that in a telephonic address from London to a public gathering in Bloody Karachi on Dec 2 the MQM chief had made contemptuous and threatening remarks against the court and its judges for issuing an order about fresh delimitation of constituencies in Bloody Karachi.
[Bangla Daily Star] Mediators trying to broker a peace deal between the military and ethnic minority rebels in northern Myanmar yesterday appealed to Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to help end the bloody conflict.
The military's use of air strikes against the rebels has stoked international concerns about a civil war that has overshadowed widely praised political reforms seen since the end of junta rule in 2011.
"Aung San Suu Kyi also has responsibility to implement ethnic peace," Yup Zaw Hkaung, a local businessman and peace negotiator in the Kachin state capital Myitkyina, told AFP by telephone.
"When she came to Kachin State to campaign for votes, she talked about peace. She cannot abandon Kachin," he said, adding that neither the opposition leader nor President Thein Sein had replied to letters asking for help.
Civil war has plagued parts of the country formerly known as Burma since it won independence from Britannia in 1948.
Suu Kyi, a former political prisoner turned politician, used her maiden speech to parliament in July last year to call for greater protection of ethnic minority rights.
See also CHINESE MILITARY FORUM > BURMA BOMBS CHINESE SIDE OF BORDER | [SCMP.com] CHINA MAKES FORMAL COMPLAINT TO MYANMAR ON BOMBING RAID, FOREIGN MINSTRY IN MYANMAR TO CONFINE ITS MILITARY ACTION AGZ KACHIN TO ITS OWN TERRITORY AFTER AIR STRIKES ON THE CHINESE SIDE.
* DEFENCE.PK./FORUMS > CHINA SAYS BURMESE BOMBS LANDED IN YUNNAN | .... ...., [China] WANTS MYANMAR TO CUT THAT ****** OUT!
* DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > MYANMAR SAYS KACHIN AIR STRIKES "SELF-DEFENSE", i.e. necessary action by the Myanmar Govt-Army agz the wily dastardly Rebels.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.