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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Indian Wardens Bang Drums to Halt Peeing in Public
[An Nahar] Volunteers in India armed with drums and whistles are to lead a crackdown on going to the toilet in public under a new scheme in the western state of Rajasthan, a report said Monday.

"We are constructing public toilets... and people will be encouraged to use them," Ramniwas Jat, head of the state's Jhunjhunu district council, told the Times of India.

"We want to raise awareness against the practice of urinating in public, which gave birth to the idea of beating drums and blowing whistles."

The Times said that volunteers, who will be paid a small wage, would embarrass people caught urinating or defecating by standing behind them and letting loose a barrage of noise.

Guilty parties would also have their names read out on public address systems.

Defecating in the open is a serious social issue in India, touching on health, hygiene, women's rights and the clash between traditional and modern lifestyles.

Women often refuse to go to the toilet outdoors during daylight hours to preserve their modesty, so they must go before dawn or wait many hours before it is dark again.

Walking barefoot where villagers defecate every day also spreads diseases such as tapeworm, and many children play close to outdoor latrine areas.

Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh recently encouraged future brides to check their new family's home to ensure it had an indoor toilet before accepting any marriage proposal.
Posted by: Fred || 11/06/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ZOOOMG, dare to dream that India has finally discovered PORTABLES???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 11/06/2012 1:18 Comments || Top||

#2  They should have done that at "Occupy Wall Street" protests.
Posted by: gromky || 11/06/2012 2:02 Comments || Top||

#3  Does that mean you won't in future get that curry, sweet, fecal smell as you travel around India?
Posted by: tipper || 11/06/2012 2:59 Comments || Top||

#4  Walking barefoot where villagers defecate every day also spreads diseases such as tapeworm, and many children play close to outdoor latrine areas.

In 2012, who knew ???
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/06/2012 6:53 Comments || Top||

#5  A tiny cork and a hammer would work well. :p
Posted by: DarthVader || 11/06/2012 9:28 Comments || Top||

#6  These are the people(?) we gave our telecom and software industries to?
Posted by: Skidmark || 11/06/2012 12:06 Comments || Top||

#7  I foresee an entire generation of pee-shy men... or, possibly, a generation that cannot pee without percussion.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 11/06/2012 13:47 Comments || Top||

#8  Peeing against walls in India is common...everywhere. I seriously doubt that the people doing the peeing are going to give a rats backside about some a-hole banging a drum or blowing a whistle.

Most of the pissers are jhuggi wala's (illiterate slum dwellers) anyway. India, like a freak a show 24/7, never a dull moment.
Posted by: Secret Asian Man || 11/06/2012 14:30 Comments || Top||

Trial Begins for Pope Butler 'Accomplice'
[An Nahar] A Vatican computer technician accused of helping the pope's former butler leak secret memos went on trial on Monday, in a case which could expose other whistleblowers within the Holy See.

Claudio Sciarpelletti was being tried in the tiny state's 19th-century courtroom in what is expected to be a lightning trial as the Vatican rushes to wind up the embarrassing and damaging months-long scandal.

The 48-year-old is accused of aiding and abetting ex-butler Paolo Gabriele, who was sentenced to 18 months in jail last month after he admitted leaking papers alleging corruption and Machiavellian politics in the Vatican.
"The butler's accomplice did it!"
"Inspector! How do you do it?"

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Yemen Arrests Three Saudis on Prostitution Charges
The Yemeni authorities cooled for a few years
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
on Monday three Saudi nationals on charges of practicing prostitution in the western port city of Hodeida, Almasdar Online reported.

Earlier today, state media quoted officials as saying the Saudis were not kidnapped, but were cooled for a few years
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
on 'criminal charges'.

Almasdar quoted a statement by security director in Hodeida, Muhammad Al-Maqalih, as saying the Saudis were cooled for a few years
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
after the provincial Criminal Investigative Office found some people including foreigners were practicing prostitution.

"The security authorities in Hodeida coordinated the raid on a house in the Ghalil quarter where the Saudis and three girls were found in a disgraceful, unlawful situation," the director said. But he did not identify the nationality of the girls, according to the website.
"The house belonged to a man and a woman involved in organized prostitution," he said.

The suspects are being held in the Office and after completing the investigations, they will be referred to the judicial authorities, the director continued, pointing out the Saudis arrived in the country to spend the Eid Adha vacation.

Many rich Saudi nationals arrive in Yemen a year and they exploit the situations of poor families to marry girls and leave them shortly after marriage.

Some shocking and sad stories of girls who married to Saudis revealed poverty remains the key reason for agreeing to uncertain, short marriage.

The phenomenon has recently become a concern amid increasing poverty rates due to political and economic unrest.
Posted by: Fred || 11/06/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6482 views] Top|| File under:

Suffering of Black-Skinned Continues in Yemen
[Yemen Post] A fire broke out at the residential area of the marginalized people, the black-skinned class, in Yemen's southern province of Taiz injuring two people and ravaging a number of their houses made of tinplate and polyester fabric.

Local sources in Taiz said a man and a woman were maimed in the fire but not seriously.

Many marginalized people live in the Oseifra district, Taiz, where they have started to suffer such problems in recent years.

In the past few years, a number of marginalized people were killed and many houses ravaged in fires that usually are blamed on electric problems or mistakes by the people themselves.

The problem continues and adds to the suffering of the marginalized in Yemen, who struggle to enjoy the simplest rights like other classes.

The marginalized here don't exercise good jobs and most of them are hired by the government to sweep the streets for about one hundred dollars a month.

This stratum in the Yemeni society suffers the highest rates of unemployment, poverty, illiteracy and school dropout, spread of diseases and disrespect of other classes.

The authorities don't help the marginalized as they should and this deepens their suffering in one of the poorest countries in the world.
Posted by: Fred || 11/06/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6472 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Being Muslim also is apparently not enuff for their antagonists.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 11/06/2012 1:16 Comments || Top||

Home Front: WoT
Russian Sub Skirts Coast - Russian attack sub detected near East Coast
Posted by: Uncle Phester || 11/06/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6478 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Meanwhile, the officials also said that a Russian electronic intelligence-gathering vessel was granted safe harbor in the commercial port of Jacksonville, Fla., within listening range of Kings Bay.

Who's bright idea was that?
Posted by: tu3031 || 11/06/2012 0:20 Comments || Top||

#2  Why are we TALKING about this?
Posted by: Glenmore || 11/06/2012 5:48 Comments || Top||

#3  Who's bright idea was that?

A common naval courtesy in times of distress or storms. ISTR us getting miffed when the ChiComs didn't do this for one of our ships.

The interesting question is why are we talking about this NOW?
Posted by: SteveS || 11/06/2012 9:48 Comments || Top||

#4  Does that sub captain speak Russiah with a Scottish accent?
Posted by: OldSpook || 11/06/2012 12:39 Comments || Top||

#5  One ping only, Vassili.
Posted by: SteveS || 11/06/2012 12:57 Comments || Top||

#6  Ve came to your beutiful (but nikulturni) country to observe the elections.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/06/2012 15:42 Comments || Top||

#7  So ... do they have any old albums from Led Zeppelin or Pink Floyd ?????
Posted by: Raider || 11/06/2012 18:32 Comments || Top||

Woman who attacked daughter with acid says it was her fate
A woman who killed her teenage daughter by pouring acid on her face and body after they caught her talking to a boy has told the BBC it was the girl's destiny to die in this way.

Police in Pak-administered Kashmire jugged
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
Mohammad Zafar and his wife Zaheen for the Oct 29 attack on their daughter Anusha, 16, who died in hospital two days later after suffering horrific acid burns.

The parents of the 16-year-old confessed to police in Kotli, a town in Pak-administered Kashmire, that they attacked their daughter after she had spoke to the boy outside their house, said Mohammad Jahangir, a local doctor at the hospital where she was brought.

"There were third-degree burns on her scalp, face, eyes, nostrils, both arms, chest, foot and lower part of legs. Even her scalp bone was exposed," he said, adding that the mother initially told the hospital their daughter tried to commit suicide.

So-called "honour" attacks are common in deeply conservative Pakistain.

Rights activists say more than 900 women were murdered last year after being accused of bringing shame on the family in some way.

Speaking from their police cells, the father told the BBC they had warned Anusha before about looking at boys, while the mother described how her daughter had begged for forgiveness.

"She said, 'I didn't do it on purpose, I won't do it again," the mother, whose own arm bore an injury from the acid, told the BBC.

"By then I had thrown the acid. It was her destiny to die this way."The parents waited two days to take Anusha to hospital. A doctor told AFP the teenager arrived in a "very critical condition" with almost 70 percent burns.

Almost 1,000 women bit the dust last year in so-called "honour killings" in the conservative South Asian nation, according to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistain. Activists say the actual number is much higher as most cases go unreported.
Posted by: Fred || 11/06/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under:

#1  And they claim that they are religious people. I am pretty sure the being they worship has horns and a tail.
Posted by: remoteman || 11/06/2012 14:18 Comments || Top||

#2  The Indian culture used to practice sati.

British attitudes in their later history in India are usually given in the following much-repeated quote from General Sir Charles Napier -

"This burning of widows is your custom; prepare the funeral pile. But my nation has also a custom. When men burn women alive we hang them, and confiscate all their property. My carpenters shall therefore erect gibbets on which to hang all concerned when the widow is consumed. Let us all act according to national customs." [73]
Posted by: Procopius2k || 11/06/2012 15:48 Comments || Top||

#3  Feet first into the chipper. Lower speed settings please.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/06/2012 17:42 Comments || Top||

-Election 2012
Voter Fraud Hotline Set Up For Election Day
Heading to the polls tomorrow? Be sure to take your camera phone. Voter integrity group True the Vote has set up an election integrity hotline for Election Day 2012 in order to help citizens document illegal activity inside and outside of polling places.

"If you want to make a difference on November 6th, True the Vote has a job for you," True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht said in a statement. "Election integrity captured the American conscience with a rough cell phone video of New Black Panthers intimidating voters in Pennsylvania in 2008. Intimidation and electioneering is illegal inside and outside of polls. You have the power to be America's eyes and ears."

Citizens are encouraged to submit information to the hotline by phone (1-855-444-6100), by email (freeandfair@truethevote.org) and by video. The hashtag #watchthevote is also being used on Twitter to document cases of suspected voter fraud. After submission, True the Vote will verify and submit credible reports to the appropriate authorities. Below is a training video to help citizens document activity inside and outside of the polls.
Video is at the link.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/06/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:

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Tue 2012-11-06
  Suicide bomber kills at least 27 by army base near Baghdad
Mon 2012-11-05
  Grenade attack on Kenya church kills 1, wounds 14
Sun 2012-11-04
  Two Suicide Bombers Attack Restaurant in Somali Capital
Sat 2012-11-03
  30 people shot dead in Nigeria, rights group says
Fri 2012-11-02
  US withdraws its support for Syrian National Council
Thu 2012-11-01
  Armed Islamists on Tunis streets after clashes
Wed 2012-10-31
  18 militants killed in Khyber, Orakzai
Tue 2012-10-30
  Israel Hit by 18 Rockets as Hamas Seeks Revenge
Mon 2012-10-29
  52 Dead in Syria Clashes, Air Raids after Eid Truce Collapses
Sun 2012-10-28
  Almost 150 Killed on First Day of Syria Truce
Sat 2012-10-27
  Indonesia foils plot to attack US missions
Fri 2012-10-26
  Afghanistan mosque suicide bomb attack kills at least 41
Thu 2012-10-25
  Israel says 79 rockets fired at it from Gaza
Wed 2012-10-24
  Libya fighters seize Bani Walid
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  Foreign jihadists pour into northern Mali

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