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-Short Attention Span Theater-
French police unions outraged over lunchtime alcohol ban
France's police unions have expressed outrage over an official decree that suggested Compagnies R‚publicaines de S‚curit‚, or CRS officers, would no longer be served wine or beer with their meals.

As of now, it has been a tradition to serve a glass of wine or beer to these officers, even while on duty, The Guardian reports.

However, authorities were angered by pictures published on the website in October last year, which showed police drinking beer from cans on the sidelines of a sixth-formers' street-protest against pension reforms in Perreux-sur-Marne, north of Paris.

The website claimed these uniformed officers telling locals that it was very dangerous to go outside during the high-school demo before stopping for beer on a street.

Paul Le Guennec, of the biggest riot police union, Unit‚ Police SGP-FO, said the French public were not shocked at the notion of a CRS officer drinking at lunch.

"Does the fact that having a glass of wine while eating prevent any kind of worker from carrying out their job? I don't think the chief of police drinks water when he's having a meal," Le Guennec told the paper Le JDD.

The Union insisted that having a small drink with wine is not against the French labour law.
Posted by: Beavis || 04/22/2011 08:31 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [326 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Okay, on this one I side with the police. It is their culture, wine is everywhere there, and it renders something very french antiseptic. Creeping nannyism.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 04/22/2011 10:50 Comments || Top||

#2  Ok, high schoolers protesting pension reform, likely not at lunch or else they would be at lunch, police clear the street and secure public in buildings because it is dangerous then stand around drinking beer.

I heard dwi was a big time no-no in France, how does that work out?
"Do you know why I pulled you over?"

"Because...you have been drinking?"

"Thats right monseur. It is my state issued labour relation right to have a drink while on duty. Now step out of the Citroen."
Posted by: swksvolFF || 04/22/2011 18:31 Comments || Top||

#3  I remember when "no more than two beers at lunch" was standard policy.

Posted by: crosspatch || 04/22/2011 19:01 Comments || Top||


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Japan declares nuclear no-go zone
[Al Jazeera] Japan has declared a 20km area evacuated around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant a no-go zone.

Yukio Edano, the country's chief cabinet secretary, said on Thursday that the order would take effect from midnight local time on Friday (1500GMT on Thursday), and was aimed at preventing unrestricted entry into an area that has been largely deserted since an evacuation order first went out following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Under Japan's Disaster Countermeasures Basic Law, anyone who enters the zone will be subject to fines of up to 100,000 yen ($1,200) and possible arrest. Before the measure was enacted, defiance of the government's evacaution was not punishable by law.

"We beg the understanding of residents. We really want residents not to enter the areas," Edano said. "Unfortunately, there are still some people in the areas."

Edano termed the plant's condition as "not stable".

"[The declaration] reflects a growing worry from the Japanese government that people have been getting into this area much too easily and without enough caution," reported Harry Fawcett, Al Jizz's correspondent in Sendai.

"The evacuation zone has been off-limits in terms of people living in their homes ... but police around the checkpoints bordering it haven't been able to ... prevent people from coming in. All they've been able to do is take licence plate numbers and instruct people to get a radiation check when they come out."
Posted by: Fred || 04/22/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [612 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ION PEOPLE'S DAILY FORUM > BAJA CALIFORNIA: SWARM OF EARTH QUAKES IN TWO HOURS, as felt after new MAG 6.0-6.1 that just struck Japan this Guam AM.

GUAM = observed weird physical ground motions as per VARIOUS PARKED CARS.

* SAME > SOUTH KOREA ASKS CHINA TO DROP USE OF "SEA OF JAPAN", in favor of return to "East Sea" label, arguing that "Sea Of Japan" was first used by Tokyo only in 1910 while use "East Sea" is much older.

* SAME > SURPRISE! ASIANS FOUGHT IN THE US CIVIL WAR.

ARTIC = Mostly Chinese-Americans that served in the Union Navy + enlisted under Anglo-US Names, NOT their real Oriental = Asian names. Others served in the Union Army while FIVE are known to had fought for the Confederacy [ + also owned African Slaves].

* WMF > RUSSIA FEARS + OBSTRUCTS THE RETURN OF MONGOLIA TO CHINA DESPITE THE MONGOLIAN STATE "GREAT HURAL" REPEATEDLY CALLING FOR FORMAL RE-UNIFICATION WID CHINA IN FEDERAL UNION.

* WMF > CHINA MUST STRIVE TO CONSOLIDATE ITS DIPLOMATIC, MILITARY, ECONOMIC + CULTURAL TIES WID POST-03/11, FUKUSHIMA-DAMAGED JAPAN.

ARTIC read, WHAT DOES A LITTLE GLOW-IN-THE-DARK MATTER to CHINA + PLA'S DESIRE FOR "WARM-WATER" AIR, NAVAL PORTS INTO WESTPAC + SOUTH ASIA???

* WMF > THE THREE ANTIQUITOUS FLASHPOINTS OF THE KOREAN PENINSULA, TAIWAN OR TAIWAN-PHILIPPINES STRAITS, + DISPUTED SOUTH CHINA SEA ISLANDS WILL AGAIN "MAKE-OR-BREAK" THE REGIONAL NUCLEAR BALANCE OF POWER IN EAST ASIA.

* DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > CALL FOR NEW ERA IN US, SRI LANKA RELATIONS.

Yoohoo, does Rising China + PLAN know???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 04/22/2011 2:48 Comments || Top||

#2  Interesting factoids as always, Joe (re: American Civil War, etc.)

The East Sea does sound rather poetic, and it would be a nice concession by Japan. But methinks Japan is feeling rather down now -- so maybe next year...
Posted by: Pollyandrew || 04/22/2011 15:58 Comments || Top||

#3  FREEREPUBLIC > JAPAN ANNOUNCES NEW NUCLEAR EVACUATION ZONE [up to 39-kms from Fukushima #1].

FREEP POSTER - opined that...
> MELTDOWN OF FUEL ASSEMBLIES [rods] HAS OCCURRED.
> CONTAINMENT HAS BEEN BREACHED, + TEPCO etal. is seemingly having lots of trouble trying to first seal the breach + then ultimately impose new Containment.
> HENCE, TOXINS ARE CONTINUING TO SPILL OUT AT INCREASINGLY HIGH RATES INTO THE ENVIRONMENT.
Its NOT clear when or iff any of the desired outcomes as per Seal, Containment, or Shutdown, etc. will be achieved.

IIUC, THE BEST ONE CAN SAY AT THIS TIME IS THAT FUKUSHIMA IS "NOT CHERNOBYL" YET, BUT THE DANGER OF IT BECOMING A CHERNOBYL, OR WORSE, IS STILL THERE.

The Soviets at Chernobyl didn't have GLOBAL WARMING = GWCC, NOR GWCC-INDUCED ACTIVE EQ/SEISMIC ZONES + NEW FAULT LINES, ETC. TO CONTEND WITH.

Japan's status, credibility as a TOP-TIER GLOBAL ECON POWER, + ITS VERY EXISTENCE AS A JAPANESE + SOVEREIGN NATION-STATE IS AT THREAT.

The irony is that its MOTHER NATURE = NATURAL FORCES + "DIVINE/RISING SUN" [Japan flag] that may ultimately destroy Japan as a place safe for Human Habitation, NOT MAN-MADE NUCLEAR WEAPONS [Geopol = Human Warfare] OR GODZILLA.

* CHIN MILBLOGGERS > ABANDONMENT OF JAPAN BY JAPANESE DUE TO RADIATION POISONING + ENVIRON DESTRUCTION IS GOOD FOR CHINA BECUZ ....

> CHINA GETS ITS AIR-SEAPORTS FOR THE PLAN, PLAAF, + TRADE INTO WESTPAC = DEEP PACIFIC.
> CHINA GETS A NEW PROVINCE = VASSAL STATE, TO INCLUDE RECOVERY OF OKINAWA = FORMER PRO-CHIN RYUKYUS KINGDOM, espec iff Chin unilater "cleans up" Japan's poisoned environ for Japanese.
> RECOVERY + RE-UNIFICATION WID TAIWAN, DOMINATION OF TWO KOREAS = SOUTH KOREA ALL BUT GUARANTEED.
> RETREAT OF US MIL POWER BACK TOWARDS GUAM + HAWAII, BOTH OF WHICH ARE NOW SUBJECT TO PLA MILSTRIKE, NUCSTRIKE.

'Tis actually US Rollback towards HAWAII + US WEST COAST becuz any LT Chin takeover of Japan also includes takeover of JAPANESE-CONTROLLED BONIN ISLANDS NORTH OF GUAM + CNMI.

The fun for US-China relations doesn't end becuz, lest we fergit, HAWAII IS CLOSE TO SEVERAL PROJECTED POSSIBLE EARTH IMPACTS AS PER COMET APOPHIS 2029/30-2036.

IOW, PEARL HARBOR NB/JOB + US PACOM IS SAFE FOR THE US = USDOD PURPOSES UNTIL 2029/30-2036.

SUB-IOW, THE US HAS A VESTED INTEREST IN MAKING SURE THAT THE GWCC + SPACE DEFENSE PERT MATH IS ABSOLUTELY + UNDENIABLY CORRECT, CERTAIN, + "PERFECT" = "PERFECTO MUNDO/MUCHO PERFECTO" AS PER COMET APOPHIS.

Shall we bring up the YELLOWSTONE SUPER-CALDERA andor NEW MADRID???

To paraph AL PACINO again in "DEVIL'S ADVOCATE" > "THE MAN UPSTAIRS [God] IS THE GREATEST VOYEUR + CRIMINAL = POPCORN EATER, ETC. OF ALL OF US"!
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 04/22/2011 21:23 Comments || Top||

#4  RENSE > US FEARS MEGAQUAKE, TSUNAMI MAY SWAMP NW CITIES | [DailyMail.UK = Oregon State University] US FEARS OVERDUE "MEGATHRUST" EARTHQUAKE WILL TRIGGER TSUNAMIS + DESCEND ON UNPREPARED CITIES ON NW COAST [Cascadia + Juan De Fuca plates]. OSU Perts-Study think the 03/11/2011 quake in Japan ["Tohoku/Sendai" EQ]was a "Megathrust" Quake whose domino has come to now endanger the US West + NW Coasts.

and

* SAME > [Veterans Today]FUKUSHIMA = 2000 ATOMIC BOMBS [500-kts A-Bombs each equiv to 33x the power of the 1945 Hiroshima Bomb], KILLER CONTAMINATION SPREADS WORLDWIDE WITHOUT OPPOSITION.

Ala FREEREPUBLIC > the US Govt wants to schedule a NATION-WIDE EARTHQUAKE DRILL.

Cold War DUCK-N-COVER kiddie drills for NucWar = [anti-Sun/Solar]GLOBAL-WARMING-N-CLIMATE-CHANGE DRILL???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 04/22/2011 21:55 Comments || Top||

#5  ION RENSE > US MARINES TO BE MOVED FROM JAPAN [Okinawa] TO GUAM.

and

* SAME > JAPAN TRADE SURPLUS DIVES 79%.

* SAME > {Fukushima] REACTOR #2 HAS MELTED INTO DRYWELL, EXPLOSION POSSIBLE | [NYT] CORE OF STRICKEN REACTOR PROBABLY LEAKED, US SAYS.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 04/22/2011 22:37 Comments || Top||

#6  ION PEOPLE'S DAILY FORUM > CHINA'S FOOD SAFETY THREATENED AS [arable]FARMLAND SHRINKS.

* DAILY TIMES.Pk > RISING SEA LEVELS TO TRIGGER [gradual = escalatory, Coastal]] DISASTER IN CHINA, as per GWCC according to CSOA Expert LIU XEIU.

ARTIC = XEIU = China may be become one of the BIGGEST CASUALTIES OF GWCC IN COMING DECADES, CHINA'S NORTHERS REGIONS CONTINUE TO SUFFER FROM EXPANDING ENVIRO DESERTIFICATION WID VARIABLE CONSEQUENCES [low water availability, poor crop yields, increasing salinization, soil erosion or destruction, etc.].

IIUC, as complemented by "PEAK OIL/ENERGY/RESOURCES", GWCC-INDUCED EARTHQUAKES, + OTHER.

* WIRED NEWS > MAGNETIC FILAMENT [Shifts] DETERMINES WHETHER SOLAR FLARES [CMES] ERUPT OR FIZZLE.

IIUC ARTIC = IOW, BLAME THE SUN'S WILY DASTARDLY SHIFTY ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS FOR THE PLANET MERCURY, ETC. BEING DEPICTED OUT-OF-ORBIT VEE THE THIRD SECRET SECRET OF FATIMA [Riderless Winged Horse = Pegasus/Pegusae = Inner Planets].

* CHINESE MILITARY FORUM > TERMITES EAT MILYUHNS OF INDIAN RUPEES [ = US$222,000] IN BANK.

The Termites repor that the Rupees' STEEL CONTAINER WAS ALSO DELICIOUS, + RECOMMEND BOTH BANK + STEEL MANUFACTURER BE GIVEN MERITORIOUS FOOD AWARDS.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 04/22/2011 22:56 Comments || Top||

#7  OOOPSIES, forgot WAFF > WATER WARS? THIRSTY, ENERGY-SHORT CHINA STIRS FEAR.

Regional, that is.

* PEOPLE'S DAILY FORUM > JAPAN NEEDS A "NEW DEAL" AFTER DISASTERS.

* SAME > DO US CLIMATE WEAPONS [e.g. HAARP] WARM UP THE GLOBAL?

ARTIC = RUSS MEDIAS = US NAVY STUDY-REPORT indics that the US M-U-S-T GAIN CONTROL OF US-WORLD CLIMATE BY 2025.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 04/22/2011 23:49 Comments || Top||


Africa North
Mubarak name to be removed from public places
[Al Jazeera] An Egyptian court has ordered the names of Hosni Mubarak
...The former President-for-Life of Egypt, dumped by popular demand in early 2011...
, the country's former president, and his wife Suzanne, to be removed from all public places, including streets and parks.

Judge Mohammad Hassan Omar ordered on Thursday that Mubarak's name and picture be removed from sport fields, streets, schools, libraries and other public establishments, according to the state-run al-Ahram newspaper.

Currently, various public spaces, including squares, streets and about 500 public schools bear the names of either Hosni, Suzanne or Gamal Mubarak.

The case had been filed by Samir Sabry, a lawyer, who had requested the court to have Mubarak's name replaced with the names of protesters who died during Egypt's popular uprising.

The group of lawyers who Sabry represented also asked that the Egyptian flag be hung in state institutions and public places instead of the pictures of the former president.

Clashes between pro- and anti-Mubarak demonstrators have been reported outside the court where the case was being heard on several days of hearings, though no such festivities occured on Thursday, when the verdict was announced, Rawya Rageh, Al Jizz's correspondent in Cairo, said.
Posted by: Fred || 04/22/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [318 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Rubbed out in righteous? Old Guard indignation like PHAROAH AKHENATEN + QUEEN HATSHEPSHUT???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 04/22/2011 2:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Former President Mubarak should count himself lucky -- in the olden days they carved away the face from every image of the no-longer-beloved pharaoh, making him non-existent not only in this world, but the Hereafter.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/22/2011 11:10 Comments || Top||


Hosni Mubarak's health 'unstable'
Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak
...The former President-for-Life of Egypt, dumped by popular demand in early 2011...
's health is "unstable," the state news agency MENA reported on Thursday quoting a medical source in Sharm el-Sheikh where he is under hospital arrest.

Mubarak "is in suite 309 and his health is unstable," the source was quoted as saying by MENA.

Doctors are following up on Mubarak's health and "carrying out several medical tests to know the cause of the instability," the source added.

The report came as Egypt's public prosecutor was considering moving the 82-year-old former president to jail or to a prison hospital pending health checks, his office said.

Mubarak, who quit February 11, is being held in connection with violence against protesters during 18 days of anti-regime rallies that ended his 30-year grip on power. He is also being questioned on corruption charges.

Posted by: Fred || 04/22/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [316 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "Yep, pretty unstable...he could kick the bucket anytime..-"

"Bang!"

"See? Told ya!"

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 04/22/2011 13:58 Comments || Top||

#2  He has spent more time in medical care than in his palace in the past few years. So now, if Egypt would only get that government formed, we will be able to tell if it is friend or foe.
Posted by: newc || 04/22/2011 14:04 Comments || Top||

#3  Let me look at my crystal ball, newc. Yep, foe who will pretend to be a friend.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/22/2011 15:09 Comments || Top||


Tunisian gender-parity 'revolution' hailed
[Al Jazeera] Tunisia's ruling that men and women must feature in equal numbers as candidates in July polls is an Arab world first that builds on this year's revolt and allays fears of conservative influence, observers say.

The decision by authorities preparing the July 24 constituent assembly poll after the uprising that toppled Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, the north African nation's long-serving president, has been hailed as a regional breakthrough.

The Tunisian revolution has sparked similar revolts in other Arab countries.

"It is historic," said Sana Ben Assour, president of the Tunisian Association of Women Democrats, after international rights groups also welcomed last week's announcement.

"And it is only right in a country where men and women fought side by side for democracy."

The weeks of demonstrations that led Ben Ali to quit in January after 23 years in power opened the way for unprecedented freedoms in the secular state, including the unbanning of political parties that call for political Islam.

Many had feared this could lead to reverses in gains for women amid some calls by Islamists for women to be made to wear headscarves or claims that their place is in the home.

But the Islamist Nahda movement, allowed to register in March for the first time since it was formed in 1981, was among those that voted in favour of the new ruling.

One of its leaders, Ali Laryadh, dismissed concerns it wanted to backtrack on women's rights in Tunisia, saying such allegations came from "people who want to misguide public opinion and attack the movement".

"We were the first to call for parity between men and women for the electoral lists, and with the principal of alternating men and women on the lists," he said.

Visible presence
Women feature relatively strongly in public life in Tunisia compared to some of their more oppressive Mohammedan neighbours.

They represent 26 per cent of the working population, half of students, 29 per cent of magistrates and 24 per cent of the Tunisian diplomatic corps.

The previous parliament, dissolved after the fall of Ben Ali regime, had the most women in the region.

The gender parity ruling "is the first in the Arab and Mohammedan world, which should encourage Tunisian women to involve themselves more in political life", Laarbi Chouikha, a political analyst, said.
Posted by: Fred || 04/22/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [521 views] Top|| File under:

#1  TUNISIA + GENDER-PARITY

versus

* FREEREPUBLIC > [Bangladesh] ISLAMIC CLERIC THREATENS JIHAD IFF CHILD MARRIAGE BANNED.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 04/22/2011 22:31 Comments || Top||

#2  WAFF > TURKISH MINISTRY: STAYING SINGLE A BIGGER THREAT THAN [Fukushima = Japan] NUCLEAR PLANT CRISIS.

D *** NG IT, having lotsa newly radioactive? Japanese products is no excuse to stay a Bachelor = UN-ISLAMIC?
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 04/22/2011 23:55 Comments || Top||


Africa Subsaharan
Protests over arrest of Ugandan politician
[Al Jazeera] Ugandan police have used teargas to disperse hundreds of protesters demonstrating against the arrest of the country's main opposition leader and a rise in the price of food and fuel.

Kizza Besigye was jugged on Thursday after being jugged and charged in court over marching in a fourth round of protests against high prices.

Police fired tear gas and stones were hurled back at them in a brief clash during which Besigye was bundled into a police van.

Besigye stood against Yoweri Museveni, the Ugandan president, in polls in February and lost.

"He was thrown in a van and taken away," Sam Mugumya, one of Besigye's aides, said. "They got him when we were in disarray."

Besigye was initially held at Wandegeya cop shoppe and then transferred to Nabweru court, Alice Alaso,
secretary-general of Besigye's Forum for Democratic Change party, said.

Anti-riot police jugged at least one other protester for throwing stones, beating him with batons as they loaded him on the back of a pick-up vehicle.

Besigye was briefly jugged on Monday and last week in similar circumstances.

Separately, two coppers and a child were killed when the protests spread for the second time to Masaka town in southwest Uganda, where police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse crowds chanting against high food and fuel prices.

"Police came in to break up the crowds and we had to use tear gas ... four people have been injured and we also had a five-year-old kid who was hit by stray bullets and died," Noah Serunjoji, the police front man in Masaka, said.

A senior police source later told Rooters news agency two officers who were stoned by the mob later died in hospital.
Posted by: Fred || 04/22/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [306 views] Top|| File under:


Britain
British teachers' union vote for strike
[Iran Press TV] The British Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) has voted for an industrial action to be taken in protest at the government's proposed plans to change pension schemes.

This is the first time ever in the UK history that the ATL delegates have overwhelmingly supported strike action during their annual conference in Liverpool, British media reported.

All delegates, excluding four, upheld the motion that urged ATL leaders to ballot the members for a national strike against the coalition government's "pension tax." Under the plan, the teachers' retirement payouts will be slashed.

Senior vice-president Alice Robinson told the delegates that the measures would represent the most swinging changes ever.

"Teachers' pension contributions would increase by half in the next three years - on average £100 a month," she said.

"Their retirement age would rise from 65 to 68 and their pension would be based on a career average instead of their final salary," added Robinson.

Robinson went on to say that the country's record budget deficit has caused the government to conspire these offers, otherwise they would have nothing to do with the state of the pension scheme.

"Our only available bargaining weapon is a resounding demonstration by the teaching profession and their opposition to the proposed changes," she said, adding that the ATL had earlier tried legal channels such as delivering a 15,000-signature petition to Downing Street but "all to no avail."

Isle of Man science teacher Andrew Shipley said the coalition was taking a "wrecking ball" to state education.

Inner London teacher Kim Knappett voiced anger at the government's claim that "we're all in this together."

"Work longer? I've already done 24 years this summer," she said.

"I expected when I started to do 14 more - hopefully less - but now I have at least another 22 years to go. "

"I've had a reduction in my pay, I lost my (rest and recreation) because my school's in deficit, I'm going to lose my child benefit, there's been a VAT increase, there's going to be a pay freeze and now you want me to pay more for my pension," she pointed out furiously.
Posted by: Fred || 04/22/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [605 views] Top|| File under:

#1  What part of "economic crisis" do all of these public employee unions not understand.

SO what's so bad about working till 68? I'm 66 and I plan to work till I'm 76 or more. Check the age of some of the MP's in parliment,check the age of some of the Congressmen and Senators, what is so sacrosanct about retiring at 65?
The biggest issue to me is intellectual and knowledge capital.
The 65-70 year olds received a better basic education and are more well rounded than the new generation of leftist propoganda filled kids graduating now and they have years of experience, advanced studies and additional training to bring to bear on their jobs that the younger ones do not have.
Wait, maybe that's the plan...dumb down the education by replacing highly qualified teachers with marginally qualified propogandists and true believers.
Posted by: Bill Clinton || 04/22/2011 10:08 Comments || Top||

#2  I think they feel that the govt is renegging on a social contract that has been in place for a very long time. Instead of trimimng obvious waste like lifelong welfare, they go after working people's pensions. I'd be pissed too.
And not everyone can work into their 70's. Construction workers, factory workers, anyone who physically toils is spent after about 25-30 years. I'm an engineer now, but spent over 10 years in the construction industry, the older guys retiring were used up, plain and simple.
Posted by: Fat Bob Chique7690 || 04/22/2011 10:15 Comments || Top||

#3  I think we'd all be a lot better if some of those old farts in Congress would retire.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 04/22/2011 11:32 Comments || Top||

#4  I think they feel that the govt is renegging on a social contract that has been in place for a very long time.

And they're quite right. The problem is that particular social contract should never have been entered into, as it was never affordable in the long run. Had the 2008 troubles not shown up, it would have been something else -- the aging of the post-war baby boom guaranteed it.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/22/2011 11:38 Comments || Top||

#5  BRIT ANTHEMS + UNION PENSIONS, VATS

versus

8CHINESE MIL FORUM > MUSLIMS PLAN TO DISRUPT ROYAL WEDDING | [Muslims agz Crusades] QUEEN ELIZABETH II + GADDAFI: TWO SIDES OF THE SAME COIN.

Comparative Points Summary, espec as per APOSTASY + ATROCITIES AGZ MUSLIMS.

ARTIC = "Muslims agz Crusades" calls for "JASMINE", LIBYUH-STYLE = ARMED? PROTESTS, UPRISING + REVOLUTION, IN CENTRAL LONDON TO OVERTHROW THE "TYRANNY OF QUEEN ELIZABTH II".

* NEWS KERALA > NEW ZEALAND CHURCH LEADERS COMPARE CLIMATE DISASTERS TO CHRIST CRUCIFIXION, proclaiming same as NOT THE WORK/HAND OF GOD.

ARTIC = XCH LEADERS = opine that God's Vision is most at threat vee Climate Change, which Science seems to argue is caused by HUMAN, NOT NATURAL ANDOR DIVINE, ACTIVITY???

Yokay, as a LOYAL DEDIC MADONNA FAN I'll say it -*** cough *** cough *** MOTHER/VIRGIN MARY'S HAND???

[GUAM TAOTAMONAS = NOT-ZENA-OR-NICOLE OLD "NZ" VISIONS here].
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 04/22/2011 23:14 Comments || Top||


Caribbean-Latin America
Martelly declared president of Haiti
[Al Jazeera] Singer Michel Martelly has officially been declared Haiti's next president.

Pierre Thibault, a front man for the electoral commission, said on Wednesday that Martelly won the presidency with 67.6 per cent of the vote, defeating rival candidate Mirlande Manigat.

The announcement ends a long, drawn-out election that began on November 28 and was marred by fraud and other irregularities, several days of rioting and numerous delays.

Martelly, who had no previous political experience before he became a presidential candidate, is scheduled to be inaugurated on May 14.

On the same day that Haitian officials announced the final results, Martelly met US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
... sometimes described as the Smartest Woman in the World and at other times as Mrs. Bill, never as Another Tallyrand ...
in Washington. He said he spoke with Clinton about his three priorities: education, finding homes for people living in tents since an earthquake in January last year devastated much of the country, and restarting Haiti's agricultural sector.

At a news conference, Martelly admitted he had "huge challenges'' ahead of him. He called reconstruction efforts "despairingly slow." He also stressed the need to tackle the cholera epidemic that has claimed more than 4,700 lives since October. He warned that the coming hurricane season could spread the disease countrywide.
Posted by: Fred || 04/22/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [310 views] Top|| File under:

#1  He'll be a hit on Haitian telethons.
Posted by: Zebulon Thranter9685 || 04/22/2011 6:22 Comments || Top||


China-Japan-Koreas
Mass Punishment For Monks After One Self-Immolates In Protest
Chinese security forces have detained more than 300 Tibetan monks at a besieged monastery in Sichuan, taking them away in buses and brutally beating local Tibetans who attempted to come to their rescue, exile Tibetan sources said.

Two of those attacked—an elderly man and woman—were killed, sources said.

The monks at Kirti monastery in the Ngaba Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture had resisted a forced campaign of “political re-education” following the March 17 self-immolation death of a monk protesting Beijing’s rule in the area.

“On April 21, at about 9 p.m., armed security personnel and a special police unit were deployed at the monastery,” said Kanyag Tsering and Lobsang Yeshe, monks at Kirti monastery’s branch monastery in India, citing sources in the Ngaba region.

“They went to every room and detained more than 300 monks and put them into more than 10 large buses.”

Local Tibetans said they heard that the detained monks were then taken to locations in nearby Lunggu (in Chinese, Wenchuan), Maowun (in Chinese, Mao), and Tashiling (in Chinese, Li) counties.

When the monks were taken out, about 200 local Tibetans outside the monastery gates tried to stop the buses from leaving, Tsering and Yeshe said. Chinese armed police then attacked the crowd, beating some and gagging others who were crying out.

A 60-year-old man named Donkho from Upper Thawa village and a 65-year-old woman named Sherkyi from the Rakhotsang family of Nagtsangma in the Cha township were killed, and others suffered broken arms and legs in the attack, Tsering and Yeshe said.

The protesters were loaded onto trucks, of which two were driven to a nearby military camp and another two were driven to a cemetery. All who were elderly were released at 9 a.m. on Friday morning, while “a few” of the younger protesters were still being held, Tsering and Yeshe said.

An unnamed young woman of the Nagle Losang family has been missing since the police assault on the crowd, they added.

The monks at Kirti had heard by midday on Thursday that removals were imminent, and had gathered together in a group, vowing not to allow anyone to be taken away, Tsering and Yeshe said.

A senior Chinese official ordered the monks back to their rooms at 8:30 p.m., denying that any removals were planned and warning them that they would be responsible for the consequences of any “confrontation” resulting from a refusal to disperse.

The monks returned to their rooms, and a Chinese special police unit then surrounded the residences and began the removals, Tsering and Yeshe said.

Phone lines in the area had been disabled beginning at about 4 p.m., sources said.

At about 5 p.m. on Friday, five large buses with obscured markings of the type used in the detentions on Thursday night arrived at the monastery, sparking concerns of further removals Friday night.

Attempts to reach local police and security officials for comment Friday afternoon were unsuccessful.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 04/22/2011 21:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [611 views] Top|| File under:

#1  IIRC DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS, BHARAT RAKSHAK > CHINA'S [black = covert]TERRORISM POLICIES IN THE HIMALAYAS.

ARTIC = claims that Beijing is deliber disguising select PLA MIL COMMANDOS TO FALSELY IMPERSONATE BEING RELIGIOUS MONKS + INSTIGATE MASS PROTESTS WHICH WILL THEN BE OFFICIALLY BLAMED BY BEIJING + PRO-CHIN LOCAL GOVT AUTHOR ON THE REAL CLERGY WHOM ARE THEN SUPPRESSED, GULAGGED IN THE NAME OF PUBLIC ORDER???

* ION DAILY TIMES.PK > THAI, CAMBODIAN SOLDIERS CLASH [again]IN DISPUTED BORDER [Temple plex], SIX DEAD.

Gettin' serious.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 04/22/2011 23:41 Comments || Top||


NorKs running casino in Moscow Embassy
H/T nkeconwatch.com
Apparently the North Koreans have been running an casino in an administrative building of their embassy in Moscow and a Russian company is facing charges (how can a "company" face charges?) as the operating contractor of the operation.

Posted by: crosspatch || 04/22/2011 02:59 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [323 views] Top|| File under:

#1  s'pose the odds of winning a free meal?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 04/22/2011 17:56 Comments || Top||


Europe
Cyprus: Parliament Dissolved Ahead Of May's Elections
But I think we all saw this coming.
NICOSIA, APRIL 21 - The House of Representatives decided today to dissolve the present Parliament and set Sunday May 22, 2011 as polling day, in accordance with the Constitution as CNA reported. It also decided that the first session of the new House will take place on Thursday, June 2.

Parliamentary elections take place every five years in Cyprus, for the 56 seat House.
Posted by: Steve White || 04/22/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [310 views] Top|| File under:

#1  No doubt there's a back-up plan for running the country in case life should become unusually interesting in the meantime.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/22/2011 11:47 Comments || Top||


European Commission urges budget rise
The European Commission has called for a significant increase in the annual EU budget, setting the stage for heated debates with cash-strapped member states.

The European Union's executive arm has requested for a 4.9-percent rise in the 2012 EU budget, well above EU inflation, which is about 3 percent, the state-run BBC reported on Wednesday.

This comes at a time when EU states are grappling with deep cuts in public expenditures to rein in their bloated budget deficit.

The proposed 6.2-billion-euro increase to 132.7 billion euros ($191 billion) -- which is allocated mainly for regional development, research, and measures to encourage economic growth -- has come under fire from several EU members, including Perfidious Albion.

"We want the best deal for the UK taxpayer and a 4.9 percent increase in the annual EU budget is not acceptable," a British government front man said.

"We'll be working closely with other member states to drive the hardest possible bargain," he added.

British Prime Minister David Cameron
... has stated that he is certainly a big Thatcher fan, but I don't know whether that makes me a Thatcherite, which means he's not. Since he is not deeply ideological he lacks core principles and is easily led. He has been described as certainly not a Pitt, Elder or Younger, but he does wear a nice suit so maybe he's Beau Brummel ...
has spearheaded the ongoing efforts to cap EU spending and has been joined by La Belle France, Germany, Finland and the Netherlands in pushing for a freeze from 2012.

Last year, Perfidious Albion, La Belle France and Germany proposed that the budget for the European bloc be frozen until 2020.

However,
The ever-popular However...
the European Union Budget Commissioner Janusz Lewandowski on Wednesday defended the proposal, describing it as "a delicate balancing act combining austerity and growth boosting measures for 500 million Europeans."

"The main reason for the increase is that we must pay the bills coming from projects from across Europe," he said, referring to EU infrastructure grants for poor regions as well as funds for research and innovation projects.
Posted by: Fred || 04/22/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [327 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Keeping up with the Obamas is expensive.
Posted by: Zebulon Thranter9685 || 04/22/2011 6:21 Comments || Top||

#2  European serfs reach for their pikes.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 04/22/2011 7:14 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Culture Wars
UNhappy meal - racist beat-down at McDs
Disturbing video as melanin-enhanced employees sit back to watch the show and help perpetrators escape as victim goes into seizure.
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=ec0_1303444048

P.S. Called (800) 244-6227 and left contact info requesting comment. No response to date (20:14 cst).

Will update as relevent info is received.
Posted by: Scooter McGruder || 04/22/2011 19:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [565 views] Top|| File under:

#1  This is completely sickening.
What is even more bothersome is that this event is only exceptional in the level of it's publicity. Because of that publicity there is a chance (a rather small chance) that in this case an actual investigation may occur.
This crap happens daily and nobody much notices or cares.
Posted by: abu do you love || 04/22/2011 20:21 Comments || Top||

#2  McDonald's International is under attack today.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 04/22/2011 20:26 Comments || Top||

#3  I'm guessing this is the video making the rounds. Couple observations.

First don't know how the fight started.

Second many places train their employees to not get involved on penalty of job loss, possibly getting sued, or even arrested themselves.

Third grandma tried to intervene and got shoved around herself.

Now I agree that there was a point where it became agregious, and when the victim got dragged out (when grandma stepped in) the second point should get weighed against being a human. Also, it may be time to put the fucking camera down and make sure the gal doesn't bite her tongue or hurt herself - but again what if a person helps and does damage they become liable.

I'm not defending any of this bullshit, just some points to consider. I don't know where this happened, if there are or are not samaritan laws, or what. What I do know is the two on one dog fuckers had proven their point then moved onto what should be charges other than typical brawling.

It is a symptom that there is enough interest in this stupid cousin of a snuff film that there are sites dedicated to these uploads; on the other hand there is plenty of video evidence. So the real story is the follow through by authorities IMHO.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 04/22/2011 23:02 Comments || Top||


Jury being selected for Terry Jones trial in Dearborn
Pastor Terry Jones
Who you gonna call? Koran Combuster!
is going to trial after refusing to post a peace bond this afternoon.

After a half hour of instructions, Jones and his assistant, Wayne Sapp, said they understood the charges and declined legal counsel.

The hearing was on a verified complaint filed Friday by the Wayne County prosecutor in response to Jones' plans for a protest in front of Islamic Center of America tomorrow. The permit request is for a protest against sharia and jihad. It would be in front of the largest mosque in North America in one of the most densely populated Muslim areas in the United States.

Both Jones and Sapp requested a jury trial and a total of 28 potential jurors were brought in to the courtroom. The jury will be asked to decide whether or not Jones should have to post a peace bond.

A juror who was wearing a hijab who said she speaks limited English was dismissed. Another juror related to a Dearborn police officer was dismissed as well.
See also:
Jones rally becomes free speech fracas
Posted by: ryuge || 04/22/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [503 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I hope he has lots of people in the surrounding buildings (if any) taking video of any incidents.

Because you just know how much Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 04/22/2011 0:17 Comments || Top||

#2  Dearbornistan. Good luck with that.
Posted by: OldSpook || 04/22/2011 0:52 Comments || Top||

#3  Us this the United States? When did protesting on public property become illegal?
Posted by: Zebulon Thranter9685 || 04/22/2011 6:24 Comments || Top||

#4  2008, Hope'n'Change. etc. Remember. They own the country now.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 04/22/2011 7:36 Comments || Top||

#5  Koran-Burning Pastor's Gun Discharges Outside of WJBK in Detroit after he was interviewed on television Thursday evening. Southfield Police confirmed the gun accidentally discharged. No charges were filed, and police gave the gun back to Terry Jones before sending him on his way.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 04/22/2011 7:37 Comments || Top||

#6  The Wayne County prosecutors predicted there would be gunplay, and they have been proven right.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 04/22/2011 7:39 Comments || Top||

#7  Dearborn? Is this going to be a Sharia Court? Thought Michigan had ceded Dearborn over to foreign nationals.
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/22/2011 9:08 Comments || Top||

#8  What exactly is a peace bond.

Michigan. Is this why the line imported from detroit is relevant?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 04/22/2011 11:55 Comments || Top||

#9  Me, I'm rooting for both to lose.
Posted by: mojo || 04/22/2011 12:21 Comments || Top||

#10  So heckling mourners @ a solider's funeral: Legally okey dokey.

Putting cross in a jar of urine: high art, government subsidy on its way.

Attempt to protest against sharia and jihad: Go to jail.

That's not the American I know -- that's not even Mexico -- Homer Simpson
Posted by: regular joe || 04/22/2011 14:17 Comments || Top||

#11  Terry Jones jailed for refusing to post 'peace bond.'
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 04/22/2011 19:24 Comments || Top||

#12  That sucks. Even if it is a $1 peace bond.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 04/22/2011 20:29 Comments || Top||

#13  that's smart. Escalate the publicity and notoriety. That's what he wanted to do from the beginning. He'll get a huge judgement against Detroit and the Islamo-apologists. This is prior restraint of free speech and a heckler's terrorist's veto. It will not stand
Posted by: Frank G || 04/22/2011 20:46 Comments || Top||

#14  Allahpundit nails it, for once.
Posted by: KBK || 04/22/2011 21:51 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Salon to keep tabs on Republican Islamophobia
So make sure to bookmark this page and check back frequently. (And if you see an example that belongs on the list, send an email.)
I sure hope that a fair and balanced infotainment source like Salon won't mind if I use the e-mail address every time I see an example of Democratic Ameriphobia (or Free Markephobia.)
Posted by: ryuge || 04/22/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [335 views] Top|| File under:

#1  US = GOP ISLAMOPHOBIA

versus

* CHINA DAILY FORUM > [Activist Post]DISASTER IN CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND + CHRISTIAN DIOR, FRANCE MARKS THE BEGINNING OF THE END OF CHRISTIANITY.

Mother Nature just absolutely hates/abhors Environ-destroying Christians, + so M-U-S-T VIOLENTLY RETALIATE + DESTROY SAME WHERE FOUND IN THE WORLD.

SUB-READ, MOTHER NATURE LIKES ISLAM???

["DAY AFTER TOMORROW" Terran Planet angst here].
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 04/22/2011 2:01 Comments || Top||

#2  Wonder is Salon will also have a page for attempted and successful Muslim terrorist acts? I know. How about a body count page of every American murdered by Muslim fanatics. You can even show photos and read their names on the evening news, on a takeoff of PBS.
Posted by: Zebulon Thranter9685 || 04/22/2011 6:29 Comments || Top||

#3  1. 3000+ murders at Ground Zero, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania,
2. Blowing up the Marine barracks in Lebanon,
3. Lockerbie bombing,
4. Ft. Hood shootings,
5. Scores of other murders across the world in the name of Islam.
6. Scores of other attempts.

If it's real, it's not paranoia or some damned ginned up propagandistic pyschobabble phobia.

Part of my list for a 2012 Presidential candidate qualifications:

1. Opposed to "ground zero mosque"
2. For anti-sharia legislation,
3. Questions whether Obama is a Muslim.
4. Doesn't have any problem defining terrorism,
5. Doesn't think little old ladies and small children are causing terrorism problems,
4. Is serious about islamicist problem,
5. Recognizes islamicist 5th column activities in the U.S.
6. Looks across the military for a modern day Patton to head up the military.

I got lost in that moment of reverie and fantasy. Oh well, on to my next cup of coffee.
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/22/2011 9:32 Comments || Top||

#4  Wow, it's like a conversation with 1999. What the hell keeps Salon in operation? Existential inertia?
Posted by: Mitch H. || 04/22/2011 9:55 Comments || Top||

#5  Salon has always been a POS media spam organization. I want to see them live under sharia law for a week. In fact, just become citizens of Saudi Arabia and forget being a journalist.
Posted by: newc || 04/22/2011 10:27 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Woes of marriage between cousins
[Dawn] A young couple in capital city is grieving because they lost their second child to congenital heart disease.

Their 11-year-old son Ahsan Hussain died in 2007 of heart attack caused by high cholesterol. Last week, his sister Areeba Amjad, 13, died of the same cause.

Both were under treatment to lower their cholesterol level since they attained the age of three.

Their father Amjad Hussain told Dawn: "I have lost my children because both of them were suffering from high cholesterol and
the doctor has recommended us for a liver transplant."

The doctors said what the couple really needed to rid of their hereditary condition was liver transplant which is not available in Pakistain.

"It's too costly to have a liver transplant from outside Pakistain," said Mr Hussain. He said doctors had told him it was a family disease caused by inter-marriages. Mr Hussain is married to his cousin, both of them hailing from a Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...

tribe.

"We were not aware of the disease of Ahsan till he was three-year-old and within a span of few days chickenpox developed on his arms. We consulted a pediatrician who recommended a few tests. Later, it was revealed that he had high cholesterol level,"
he said.

The doctors, he said, recommended the couple to lessen the fatty food and use of oil in Ahsan's diet. And my daughter was later also diagnosed with the same disease in almost the same age of three.

"We had no option but to keep a close eye on both the kids giving them dry food with less oil till Ahsan died in 2007," he added. Areeba, he said, also passed through the same stage till she died last week. Mr Hussain is now left with his only daughter, Tehreem, 2.

He said most of his elder family members died of heart attack and high cholesterol level.

Prof Mehmood Jamal, a leading pediatrician and executive director of the Pakistain Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims), when approached for comments, said: "Inherited diseases are generally very serious and in case of Mr Amjad's kids, genetic disease had led to the death of his two kids."

He said both the children were suffering from hyperlipidimia, which occurs when you have too many fatty substances, including cholesterol, in your blood.

"We have to go through their medical history before making a final opinion but it is evident from the statement of Mr Hussain that high cholesterol level of a genetic disorder in their family has led to the death of the children," said the professor.

He said genetic diseases were common and high among siblings of those families where inter-marriages rate was high.

He said in western countries pre-marriage disease screening was a routine to save the next generation from a genetic disease.

Rof Jamal said a liver transplant unit was being established at Pims on the directive of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.
Posted by: Fred || 04/22/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [627 views] Top|| File under:

#1  We have seen a lot of things of this nature in some Alaska villages, where the gene pool was limited for a number of years.

The cure, of course, is to stop procreating children between cousins (sort of incest lite), but that is a hurdle that will have to overcome the culture. Good luck with that one.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 04/22/2011 3:19 Comments || Top||

#2  The problem is not so much one generation of first cousin marriage. It is generation after generation of first cousin marriage.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 04/22/2011 7:41 Comments || Top||

#3  The problem is a refusal to understand cause & effect. Most other human cultures figured this out millennia ago.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 04/22/2011 7:50 Comments || Top||

#4  when the family tree looks like a stick....
Posted by: Frank G || 04/22/2011 8:29 Comments || Top||

#5  He said in western countries pre-marriage disease screening was a routine to save the next generation from a genetic disease.

IOW: "Are you first cousins or closer? Yes? Then get over your social fears and find someone else to marry."
Posted by: gorb || 04/22/2011 9:57 Comments || Top||

#6  just let them alone to continue with their aniamlistic mating practices. Its suites them fine and is yet another reminder of the power of karma.
Posted by: 746 || 04/22/2011 12:17 Comments || Top||

#7  The case of Charles II of Spain (1661-1700) illustrates the consequences of about a century of inbreeding:
"Dating to approximately the year 1550, outbreeding in Charles II's lineage had ceased. From then on, all his ancestors were in one way or another descendants of Joanna the Mad and Philip I of Castile, and among these just the royal houses of Spain, Austria and Bavaria. Charles II's genome was actually more homozygous than that of an average child whose parents are siblings.[2] He was born physically and mentally disabled, and disfigured." link

In all likelihood cousin marriage has been a cultural tradition of this 'Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa tribe' for far longer than a century. I wouldn't be surprised if, like Charles II, all the members of this tribe were more homozygous than the offspring of siblings in the general gene pool.
Posted by: Gremp Fillmore4930 || 04/22/2011 14:47 Comments || Top||

#8  Woes of marriage between cousins

"His family tree don't fork."
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 04/22/2011 15:12 Comments || Top||

#9  One of the unexpected benefits of 19th Century railroad expansion was the ability to move to pools beyond the 20 miles that most people spent their lifetimes around for most of human history. Even a hundred years ago, most people lived in towns, villages, and in the rural countryside. Urbanization which we take for granted is only something very recent except for those rare points in history of the rise and fall of empires.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 04/22/2011 15:49 Comments || Top||

#10  Hybrid vigor. That's the USA.
Posted by: KBK || 04/22/2011 21:15 Comments || Top||

#11  Mongrels do have advantages, y'know.
Posted by: Pappy || 04/22/2011 21:34 Comments || Top||


Accused killed outside court
[Dawn] An under trial prisoner was rubbed out at Judicial Complex here on Wednesday.

A police official of East Cantonment cop shoppe said that an accused, Niamat Khan, facing murder charges was about to be produced in the court of an additional district and sessions judge when his rival Alam Khan opened fire.

The prisoner and two passers-by sustained bullet injuries. They were rushed to the Lady Reading Hospital where Niamat Khan pegged out.

The attacker was jugged and booked for murder.
Posted by: Fred || 04/22/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [303 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Pakistani court upholds Mukhtaran Mai gang-rape acquittals
[Al Jazeera] Five men accused of gang-raping a Pak woman in 2002 under orders from a village council have been acquitted by the supreme court of the country, their lawyer says.

Abdul Khalique, the sixth suspect in the case, had his life sentence upheld, Malik Saleem, the defence lawyer, said on Thursday.

The rape of Mukhtaran Mai in 2002 drew international attention after she decided to speak out about her ordeal, defying Pak norms.

She alleged that she had been gang-raped on the orders of a village council in the name of "honour" in Muzaffargarh district. The gang-rape was to be punishment because her brother - who was 12 years old at the time - had been judged to have offended the "honour" of a powerful clan by allegedly having an affair with one of its women.

Following the judgement, Mai said she had "lost faith" in the legal system, and she was now worried that the acquitted men would harm her.

Saleem said the five were acquitted because of the lack of eyewitness testimony.

The five men will now be freed once their paperwork is complete, he said.

The supreme court, to which Mai had appealed in 2005, was upholding a previous verdict issued by the Lahore high court. Asked if she would appeal the verdict, Mai said she would take a decision after consulting her lawyers.

"I'm disappointed. Why was I made to wait for five years if this decision was to be given?" Mai told the Rooters news agency.

Human rights activists in the country criticised the verdict shortly after it was issued.
Posted by: Fred || 04/22/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [293 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Science & Technology
Only in San Francisco

City officials are very excited about merging their spiffy new parking meters with an iPhone application that allows drivers to find available parking.

Except it is illegal to use your iPhone while driving.
Posted by: crosspatch || 04/22/2011 02:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [320 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It serves no purpose talking to stupid people.
Posted by: newc || 04/22/2011 14:05 Comments || Top||

#2  Simple.

You simply stop [in traffic], shift to Park, dial up the application to find a parking spot, find one, turn off your iPhone, start driving to the spot, wait behind someone who is parked [in traffic] while using their iPhone to find a parking spot, finally get to the spot - to find it occupied.

Rinse, Repeat.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 04/22/2011 14:52 Comments || Top||

#3  Its so much easier to park here
Posted by: Fi || 04/22/2011 14:58 Comments || Top||

#4  Or here. http://gizmodo.com/#!5794411/holy-garage-batman-this-san-francisco-house-hides-a-secret-batcave
Posted by: Fi || 04/22/2011 14:59 Comments || Top||

#5  Parking lots San Fran Style?
Posted by: Water Modem || 04/22/2011 15:38 Comments || Top||


Southeast Asia
Poco-Poco Sort Of Okay, No Word On Macarena Or The Ketchup Dance
The special meeting or muzakarah of the National Fatwa Council has decided not to put a ban on the "poco-poco" dance among Muslims in the country as long as it is practised according to the stipulated regulations.

National Fatwa Council chairman Tan Sri Dr Abdul Shukor Husin said the regulations referred to the guidelines issued by the council in 2007, which reminded the Muslims not to conduct the worshipping rituals of other religions, minding relations between men and women and wearing proper attire while dancing the "poco-poco".

"If they can adhere to the regulations...and if it can bring about positive impact to health, then we have no objection on that matter," he told reporters after chairing the special meeting, here Friday.

However, he said the National Fatwa Council would remain respectful of the decision made by the Perak Fatwa Council to ban the dance in the state as their research showed that it had elements of Christianity and soul worshipping.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 04/22/2011 10:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [393 views] Top|| File under:

#1  And Lambada, the Forbidden Dance, is still forbidden.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 04/22/2011 11:00 Comments || Top||

#2  See, ya get these questions answered so that they can get on with the proper way to poop in a space station.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 04/22/2011 12:28 Comments || Top||

#3  After reading this it occurred to me why the leftists embrace islam--both are obsessed with complete control of the individual.
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/22/2011 12:40 Comments || Top||

#4  Viddies for reference purposes only:

The Poco-Poco Dance.

The Macarena.

The ketchup song.

And, The Lambada, The Forbidden Dance
Posted by: Anonymoose || 04/22/2011 13:22 Comments || Top||

#5  Not Safe for Work:
Cheech and Chong version of Macarena

A version that will never be approved by the National Fatwa Council.
Posted by: Water Modem || 04/22/2011 15:02 Comments || Top||

#6  D *** NG IT, NO "SAFETY DANCE"!?

Of course you know this means War!
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 04/22/2011 20:29 Comments || Top||



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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.
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Fri 2011-04-22
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Thu 2011-04-21
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Wed 2011-04-20
  Syria government approves lifting state of emergency
Tue 2011-04-19
  Suicide Bomber Attacks Afghan Ministry of Defence
Mon 2011-04-18
  Five Hurt as Regime Agents Disperse Rallies in South Syria
Sun 2011-04-17
  Egypt: Justice orders the dissolution of the former ruling party
Sat 2011-04-16
  Qaddafi bombards Misrata
Fri 2011-04-15
  Pro-Hamas Italian activist hanged in Gaza
Thu 2011-04-14
  Pro-Hamas Italian Kidnapped By Salafists In Gaza
Wed 2011-04-13
  AU Libya Peace Plan Flops
Tue 2011-04-12
  Syrian soldiers shot for refusing to fire on protesters
Mon 2011-04-11
  Metro blast in Minsk kills several
Sun 2011-04-10
  Shooting erupts in seaport of Baniyas, Syria
Sat 2011-04-09
  22 Syrian protesters killed, hundreds wounded
Fri 2011-04-08
  Gulf states expect Yemen's Saleh to quit: Qatari PM

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