Swiss police can be excused for fearing the worst. Acting on emergency calls Monday night, they hurried to a rural road in northern Switzerland where horrified motorists reported a long trail of blood what they believed was evidence of a brutal crime.
A police statement Tuesday said officers followed the blood for 12 miles to the town of Kuettigen only to find that a butcher's supply van had spilled its cargo.
A barrel of pork blood had overturned inside. The van had been headed for a local sausage factory.
WELLINGTON (Reuters) -- A New Zealand rape victim drove her rapist to a police station when he fell asleep in his car after assaulting the woman, local media reported on Wednesday. You were supposed to give HER the drug, not take it yourself...
Vipul Sharma, 22, was found guilty of abduction and two charges of rape by the Auckland District Court Tuesday, court officials told Reuters Wednesday. Good.
The New Zealand newspaper said Sharma met the woman at an Auckland bar in 2006 and later drove her first to a park where he raped her in the back seat of his car.
After the attack Sharma allowed the woman to drive and fell asleep in the passenger seat, so the woman drove him to Auckland Central police station where he was arrested, said the newspaper. If she had put a brick on the accelerator and bailed out before the car went off a bridge, I would have found her Not Guilty.
"She showed a lot of bravery and common sense. I have nothing but respect for what she has endured," police detective Simon Welsh told the newspaper. Maybe a little too trusting, but still. I hope NZ jails are as bad for rapists as US ones.
These idiot libs just don't get it. We conservatives/libertarians/constitutionalists support the institution of the presidency in hopes that the office holder does right by the people - not particularly the man who holds that office. We will not undermine that institution for political gain or leave our troops out in the breeze for the sake of political gain. Much unlike how they treated W over the past 8 yrs.
Who is this idiot that thinks gays have a Right to get married under the Constitution? Constitutional right, LOL. The Constitution makes no such assertions. Retard. Disenfranchisement my ass.
Sherri Shepard - "they said I couldn't be a comedian" *tears* - I guess her family didn't know about Richard Pryor or Red Foxx growing up. Another retard.
Elizabeth is a sweet girl but not exactly a grounded commonsense conservative.
tu, unfortunately this drivel does affect the views of women around the country - this and the daily show is how some nitwits that vote get their info. What a bunch of drooling clowns - Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg jawjacking about politics - and the avg viewer dope eats it up - another pathetic commentary on our culture.
Evidently some 30% of dem vote came from white folks. Why should we be surprised. She's a working gal, like the rest of the Hollywood liberal spinners. There will be other jumping on the gravy train, she's just one of the first.
BH6, my wife think they're a buncha fuckin idiots but her main complaint is "how do I get a high paying do nothing job yapping about shit I know nothing about like that? Do Ed Brooke? Survive on an island? Make lousy movies? What the hell did this Behar broad ever do?"
All in all, a bad election day for San Francisco local politics....
The Republican brand may have stunk on Election Night, but not enough for San Francisco voters to rename a sewage treatment plant after President George W. Bush. Proposition R would have changed the city's Oceanside Water Pollution Control Plant to the George W. Bush Sewage Plant. Too bad. Try Cheney next time...
"Proponents got together and thought it would be funny to name a sewage plant after President Bush, as their way to take a shot," said Tony Winnicker, a spokesman for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, which remained neutral on the issue. Yeah, Tony sounds neutral.
But voters apparently did not think the prank on the unpopular president was worth the $50,000 that officials estimated it would cost to not only change the name on the facilities, but also the lettering on materials and publications. The measure was soundly rejected, as 69 percent of voters laid waste to it, according to unofficial results. Yeah, that's 50 grand they could spend on a plane tickets back to Nicaragua for illegal alien crack dealers. Priorities, people!
Perhaps they didn't think the sewage plant smelled bad enough. Winnicker said 85 percent of it is underground and that there is hardly any odor. Funny guy, that Tony. What's your husband think? Oooooooooh, sorry.
I see it everyday here in Florida. It comes up from the sea right in front of me and later in the day it goes down in the west. Some times you can't see it because of the thing called clouds. Some times it is red and some times it is orangey and in the summer it is hot as hell but in the winter its not so bad. Some people here in Florida wear shorts to show reverence to the sun and some even wear dark glasses as a veil of modesty to the sun.
Posted by: Jack is Back! ||
11/06/2008 9:54 Comments ||
How long do you have to stare at the sun before you start seeing visions?
On October 13th, 1917, in Fatima Portugal 70,000 people witnessed a miracle. No, not mass hallucination. The crowd was so big, people on one end of the mass of people had no idea what people on the other end were thinking or seeing.
Peasant people 20-50 miles away who were not familiar with what was happening saw the miracle of the sun and testified to it.
Blessed Mary had been appearing to 3 children giving them messages of warning and prophecy.
On an ugly rainy day 70,000 muddy people waited for a "sign" that was foretold by this vision to three young Catholic children, of a woman, Mary. As 70,000 people watched, the 3 children received a private revelation from the lady.
At the end of the revelation the lady pointed to the sky. The children repeated the gesture for all to see. Well, they got a sign.
All of a sudden the clouds "drew apart like curtains" to reveal the sun which appeared as a pale silver disc. The sun began to spin wildly in the sky for a couple minutes and then came to rest. Then the cycle repeated two more times. The third time the spinning ended with the sun crashing toward the earth. People fell to the ground expecting to die. Then the sun returned to its normal position. (Present day skeptics, who try to discount the miracles of Fatima by human rationalization still cannot account for the bizarre actions of the sun that day; historically documented. Nor can they explain how this event was prophesied correctly in advance.)
Everyone present at the miracle, who were wet and muddy, stood up and were clean and dry, another sign. Many crippled and afflicted people were healed. Skeptics, there to cover the story for the press or to disprove the event, witnessed the miracle, testified to it, and many were converted. The event was reported in newspapers around the world.
Carbon Monoxyde, my understanding is that this was filmed and photographed too (by journalists, notably, who were present en masse, including from secular newspapers there to deride the gullible, and reported they saw that as well), and that there was a concerted effort by the Church to get hold of all copies - I wonder if the "disk" was more akin to an Ufo?
Anyway, back to filmed marian apparitions, there's been a couple over coptic churches in egypt that were photographed by journalists and published (in the 60's) or filmed and aired on egyptian teevees in the early 2000's. Pictures I've seen are rather weird, not at all what you'd expect (IE the BVM), but rather strange lights, cross-shaped or vaguely angel-shaped. Weird. Something definitively was going on, but what? Anyway, the whole BVM apparitions issue is very interesting, from godly manifestations to demonic and/or Ufo deception, mass hysteria or folk's Catholiscism.
The Catholic Church did try to get copies of the pictures in order to investigate the authenticity of the apparitions. You can see pictures of this on the web. The Church takes this stuff very seriously and tries very hard to debunk a miracle before it declares that anything supernatural happened. For example, in Medjugorje, many people have reported apparitions but the Church has not approved of them. What is more likely, that God made the sun dance or people saw a UFO? Im betting on God. As far as being demonic, why would a demon want people to repent and turn to God? Why would a demon exhort people to pray more? Why would a demon warn the world of two world wars? Why would a demon tell people that souls were falling into hell like snowflakes and we need to turn back to God?
Carbon, care to listen to a recent C2C show about the 3rd secret? i have it somewhere in one of my filefactory folders, along with other stuff. It's here (public folder, so there's no midget pr0n, but my whole pics archive, and a few comics books scans - .cbr needed to read them, check that one with the wikipedia article, all th elinks to the freeware are over there).
A sundog is a relatively common atmospheric optical phenomenon associated with the reflection/refraction of sunlight by the numerous small ice crystals that make up cirrus or cirrostratus clouds. A sundog is, however, a stationary phenomenon, and would not explain the reported appearance of the "dancing sun". However, there are marked problems with the sundog theory because the meteorological conditions at the time of the Miracle of the Sun were not conducive to such an occurrence. Sundogs occur in the presence of cirrus clouds, which are made out of ice, not water droplets. A sundog could have occurred prior to the rainstorm but not trailing the rainstorm, which is when the phenomenon occurred. A sundog would have to have occurred, at very least, hours prior to the storm, since cirrus clouds can precede a rainstorm by a few hours. The short and brief rain experienced before the sun event, on the other hand, indicates cumulonimbus clouds.
I went out tonight and looked up. All the stars were out. I could even see Cary Grant.
Posted by: Deacon Blues ||
11/06/2008 18:42 Comments ||
I can only think of four ways the sun could "dance":
1. The Earth made huge sudden unusual motions.
2. The Sun made huge sudden unusual motions.
3. It was an optical illusion or something other that the sun.
4. It was imagined.
1 and 2 are out because nobody more than 40 miles away saw it. I don't discount that God could have performed 3 or 4. But if it was 3, then God deceived them. If it was 4, then what was the point? To show that God can mess with the minds of crowds? And if so, why not just make them believers without the circus.
When Hasan Bulli went to school in Melbourne's western suburbs after immigrating with his family from Turkey, his mates called him "The Prince". But this boy from Broadmeadows soon got sick of his humble beginnings, lack of academic success and struggling business ventures. He decided to try and live out his childhood fantasy.
At 33, he changed his named to Omar Jihad Yusuf, gave himself an honorary title of Saudi Arabian prince, created his own stamps and even a royal seal. He then used his grandiose appearance to prey on local Muslim families and fleece more than 100 people of $7 million through a fraudulent investment scheme. Yusuf - who today pleaded guilty to 126 counts of fraud - convinced 109 people to give him up to $36,000 each to invest in his trucking company.
The Victorian Supreme Court heard the 40-year-old set himself up a prestigious Collins Street office and told potential investors he was the head of a global business empire that turned over $650 million annually. Prosecutors say the father-of-five convinced 109 people to sign over $36,000 to buy trucks for his transport company and lured them through the multitude of propaganda that he was a wealthy Saudi Arabian Prince.
Yusuf boasted that he owned a number of banks, three islands off the Australian coast, petrol refineries, a coffee plantation in Africa, a film production company and an Islamic clothing factory in Malaysia to get investors to sign up. He dummied up invoices to look like he had purchased an $8 million passenger ferry and a $27 million plane.
The 40-year-old told a Melbourne Turkish newspaper he also had fishing fleets, chemical laboratories, two private planes, two helicopters, one limousine, three Mercedes, five Ferraris and 40 company cars. Yusuf even came up with a reason why an incredibly rich prince would want to live in Melbourne's western suburbs. I have a $40 million house in Brighton, he told the Turkish newspaper. However because I want to live amongst my community I live in Greenvale.
Prosecutor Peter Rose, SC, said Yusuf had preyed on naive people. The accused targeted the Muslim community using their religious beliefs as reasons behind he was offering such high returns to investors, he said.
Mr Rose told the plea hearing that instead of investing the money into trucks, Yusuf used most of it to fund his lavish lifestyle, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on travel as well as $1 million on entertainment, clothing and jewellery. He said Yusuf paid no tax and used $45,000 to sponsor a Miss Teen Beauty contest and a kick-boxing contest to advertise his companies. The court heard that when investors got concerned about the legitimacy of the trucking business, Yusuf sold all his assets and moved to Malaysia.
Defence counsel Robert Richter, QC, said his client had been diagnosed with a narcissistic personality disorder and was of low to average intelligence. He said Yusuf had lived in a fantasy world in which he had decided to build an empire. It really does read like a television comic series, Mr Richter said. They are the deceptions of a man who really was deceiving himself.
Justice Robert Osborn remanded Yusuf in custody to be sentenced at a later date.
At 33, he changed his named to Omar Jihad Yusuf, gave himself an honorary title of Saudi Arabian prince, created his own stamps and even a royal seal. He then used his "grandiose appearance" to prey on local Muslim families and fleece more than 100 people of $7 million through a fraudulent investment scheme. Yusuf - who today pleaded guilty to 126 counts of fraud - convinced 109 people to give him up to $36,000 each to invest in his trucking company.
And postage stamps in his likeness as well? Surely must be a position in the new administration for a lad with talents such as this.
Updated: Nov 6, 2008 10:47 AM EST
Indianapolis - Lines were long and tempers flared Wednesday not to vote but to get paid for canvassing for Barack Obama. Several hundred people are still waiting to get their pay for last-minute campaigning. Police were called to the Obama campaign office on North Meridian Street downtown to control the crowd. The line was long and the crowd was angry at times. There was an un-easy rustle down the line as if something was about to happen. The birds had stopped chirping.
"I want my money today! It's my money. I want it right now!" yelled one former campaign worker. Been watchin too many TV adds.
A former spokesman for the Obama campaign said 375 people were hired as part of the Vote Corps program and said people signed up to work three-hour shifts at a time. Three hours of canvassing got workers a $30 pre-paid Visa card.
The workers showed up to get their cards Wednesday morning at 10:00 am. "There was a note on the door saying 1:00 pm and then at 1:20 pm everybody was like why is nobody here. They just got here and they're trying to get it organized," said Heather Richards, a former campaign worker.
The large gathering of around 375 people prompted police to call in extra officers and set up temporary barricades. The barricades helped keep the crowd from spilling out onto Meridian Street. Police say the several hundred people in line were for the most part orderly. "No arrests. Some of the people were upset at first because the line wasn't moving as fast as they thought it should. But we really haven't had any problems," said Major Darryl Pierce, Metro Police.
Eventually people did start getting paid, but some said they were missing hours and told to fill in paperwork making their claim and that eventually they would get a check in the mail.
"Still that's not right. I'm disappointed. I'm glad for the president, but I'm disappointed in this system," said Diane Jefferson, temporary campaign worker.
"It should have been $480. It's $230," said Imani Sankofa. Did you forget about taxes?
"They gave us $10 an hour. So we added it. I added up all the hours so it was supposed to be at least $120. All I get is $90," said Charles Martin. Welcome to Obama's "Spread the Wealth".
"I worked nine hours a day for 4 days and got paid half of what I should have earned," said Randall Waldon. Welcome to the Obamaworld.
Some people weren't satisfied with filling out a claim form for money they felt was still due to them. "Where the heck is my Instant Gratification? Just gimmie what I say I earned. NOW!!""They say that they gonna call you or they going to mail it to you, but I don't know. We'll see what happens," said Antron Grose. If ya can't trust Obama, Bub, why'd ya work for him?
"Talking about they'll mail it to us. I ain't worried about that, man. They're not going to mail nothin'," said Martin. Don't dis The One, man, yer gonna have trouble.
Posted by: Deacon Blues ||
11/06/2008 11:55 ||
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"It should have been $480. It's $230," said Imani Sankofa.
So that higher tax bracket thingy is now down to $480?
I don't think this is the "change" they had in mind. My advice? Get used to it.
God love these kids!
Forget dashing to Spec's for a six-pack. Head instead to a science lab at Rice University. On second thought, maybe you shouldn't. The brew in the second-floor lab in Keck Hall isn't exactly ready for prime time. Unless, that is, you're interested in bits of DNA, genetic sequencing and scientific breakthroughs, with the ultimate goal of creating a beer that might fight cancer, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.
It started, as so many great ideas do, as a joke. "But then we found that we'd be able to do it," said Thomas Segall-Shapiro, 20, a junior biochemistry and bioengineering major at Rice. "That's when we got sold on the idea."
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Earth had a near miss with a passing asteroid this week. The space rock, labelled 2008 VM, was only discovered on Monday (3 November) at 5.49 UT as it raced towards us.
Hours later, at 22.29 UT, it skimmed by at a distance of just 28,000 miles - around an eighth as far the moon.
The find was made by a robotic telescope in Arizona, part of the Catalina Sky Survey which constantly scans the sky for potentially hazardous objects. The cosmic missile is thought to have been around 3 meters wide (10ft).
It came just a month after a similar sized space rock scored a direct hit on Earth, crashing in a remote part of the Sudan on 7 October.
Neither asteroid was large enough to do any damage, but they show once again the importance of campaigns such as Spaceguard in watching out for larger objects that could cause untold devastation. An impact with an asteroid called Apophis in 2036 has still not been ruled out, although the chances are slim.
If they discovered it only hours before it "skimmed by", then, the NASA wouldn't have had time to send Bruce Willis out there in space, and we'd be screwed up, because you don't send just a man to do Bruce Willis' work.
Oh, come now! He's already stopping the oceans' rise and healing the planet. You start loading up on him like that with a longer "To Do" list and there won't be enough hours in the day for him to get it all done . . . and so he'll have to slow the Earth's rotation on top of everything else, and then there's the whole conservation of angular momentum thing and then . . . give the man a break already!
Posted by: Abu do you love ||
11/06/2008 19:48 Comments ||
Come on, kids....
Kinetic energy is 1/2 mass x velocity SQUARED.
If you are traveling at 100 ft per second with that rock in the trailer of your semi, you have about about 16.2 million foot pounds of energy. That is the equivalent of about 11 lb of TNT.
An asteroid will travel at about 30,000 feet per second, so the energy is about half a kiloton of TNT. That will get your attention.
So many targets, so little time.
Posted by: Alaska Paul ||
11/06/2008 21:36 Comments ||
ION SPACE, RIAN > TIME TO SAY GOODBYE TO PLANET EARTH [WWF Report].
* Over 3/4's of the human population live in Ecological Debtor States, where National Consumption is less than Natural Biological capacity.
* Human Demand is 1/3 greater than Earth can sustain.
* In approxi 30 Years [Year 2038 = 2050 rounded off?], World will expereince intensive shortages of the most essential or vital resources, as affected by imminent political and economic discord.
00's of people are reportedly telling UN special Commissions that life = natural existence, etc. on Earth is becoming very difficult, and that space colonies must be established ASAP for humanity to survive.
HMMMMM, "DUNE" VERSUS "TANK GIRL" VERSUS "WATERWORLD"???
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A PYTHON has been filmed trying to swallow whole what looks like a wallaby.
In the video, posted on break.com and believed to have taken place at James Cook University, people can be heard squealing as the python clamps its jaws around the creature and begins to swallow. But the snake seems to realise it is biting off more than it can chew and is forced to back away and regurgitate the upper half of the animal's body.
The camera operator then jolts and swears as the python pulls away briefly from the animal to inspect the crowd that has gathered.
"It happened at the uni up here and unfortunately it was in a very public place," said the blogger who posted the video. "After he slunk off, we put the wallaby in the bush in a quieter place for later."
Another blogger said: "The snake was filmed in Cairns, North Queensland, last month on a road near the uni."
James Cook University spokesman Jim O'Brien said that while snakes tended to be nocturnal, he had encountered a python on the campus during the day. "There are pythons, kangaroos and wallabies that live on the campus here. But it's the security guys who tend to see more snakes during the evening," he said.
Cairns is proving to be a battleground for some of the world's deadliest animals, with locals witnessed other fascinating battle. First a giant spider was photographed eating a bird, then a python was snapped devouring a sulphur-crested cockatoo.
Artist and Clifton Beach resident Cindy Lane was painting in her studio when she heard a "couple of loud squawks" coming from the bougainvillea tree in her backyard. She found the python coiling itself tightly around the bird high in the tree's branches.
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.