[An Nahar] A New York man was maimed when a toilet went kaboom! in his face after he pulled the handle to test the water pressure in his Brooklyn apartment.
Michel Pierre sustained shrapnel wounds from flying shards of porcelain that pierced his face, arms and legs, and required 30 stitches, his lawyer told Agence La Belle France Presse.
The 58-year-old information technology specialist is now so fearful that he uses a rope to flush the toilet from behind the bathroom door at a safe distance.
"Those fears are part of his damages," said his lawyer Sanford Rubenstein. "Clearly toilets are supposed to flush, not explode."
Three other tenants were also injured by what the Daily News website dubbed "the porcelain bomb."
The website said Pierre was briefly knocked unconscious and covered in blood by the kaboom on October 2 in Brooklyn, an increasingly well-heeled part of New York.
"It sounds silly but I'm still scared," Daily News quoted Pierre as saying. "Maybe someday it goes away but right now I'm in pain."
Rubenstein said a lawsuit would be filed against the management company of the building so that a jury could decide how much compensation Pierre should be paid.
The full cost of his medical bills and whether he needs plastic surgery are not yet known, Rubenstein said.
"Obviously there is a serious problem in the building," the lawyer told AFP.
The water had been turned off that day to allow for maintenace work in the 16-story building, which was built in 1964 and contains 275 apartments.
Theresa Racht, a lawyer for the co-op board, told AFP that it appeared to have been a freak accident.
"This is a horrific incident. Everybody feels terrible that such a thing could have happened," she said.
"It certainly makes me think twice about flushing the toilet when the water's been turned off."
She said four toilets in the building went kaboom! but that no particular evidence of wrongdoing had yet been found.
"It has never happened before and certainly nothing has happened since," she said.
"The only conclusion anybody has reached -- and they're still investigating -- is that there was a buildup of air pressure in the pipes so that when it came back on, the pressure was just pushed through the pipe and caused the kaboom."
"This could be very well what we call a true accident."
Clearly, this fellow has never been around engineering students in a freshman dorm.
Posted by: Frozen Al ||
10/13/2013 12:51 Comments ||
High rise buildings do not have one connection to the water. They usually have several floors together as pressure zones. That way your pressure will vary say from 30 psi to say 50 psi. The Code limits pressure to fixtures to 80 psi.
However, if someone is working on the water pipes, and has them emptied, then if they turn on the water all at once, you have a giant air spring, that when going to a toilet water tank, can instantly pressurize it with air, causing the porcelain tank to catastrophically fail.
The same thing can happen to pvc pipes, which produce shrapnel when burst if they are overpressurized with gas.
Posted by: Alaska Paul ||
10/13/2013 22:09 Comments ||
London firefighters have launched a public shaming campaign to stem the rise of locals summoning urgent help to remove foreign objects stuck on -- or inside -- their bodies, but the kinky topic is so taboo in America some top U.S. emergency workers won't discuss the behavior.
Except in Los Angeles.
L.A. Fire Department medical director Dr. Marc Eckstein acknowledges that 911 operators do receive a small number of sexually bizarre rescue pleas and do dispatch ambulances, including instances in which they must assist men with heavy steel rings lodged around their private parts.
In some of those scattered cases, Eckstein said, the firefighters, paramedics or emergency medical technicians use bolt cutters or, when necessary, the blazing torch of a plasma cutter to burn the rings off of the men's penises.
"They have to be careful because the plasma cutters cause a lot of heat and sparks," Eckstein said, adding he could not provide statistics on the number of such calls. He did emphasize, however, that the L.A. Fire Department receives high a number of other types of "inappropriate" 911 calls from local residents that tie up ambulances, fire trucks and personnel -- resources that could otherwise be used for people in actual medical trouble.
When contacted for comment, officials at other emergency agencies struggled to answer if -- as in London -- they have marked an uptick in the rate of 911 calls or ER visits from Americans with foreign objects wedged into their rectums or folks with sensitive body parts jammed into kitchen appliances or other embarrassing orifices.
"Is that a huge problem over in the U.K. with people sticking things where they don't belong?" asked Frank Dwyer, a spokesman for the New York Fire Department. "I don't have any statistics to that kind of claim or inquiry in New York City. I've got nothing to offer you, man."
A spokeswoman for the National Association of EMS Physicians simply responded to the query with: "I'm just not sure where to go with this."
But in London, fire officials aren't holding their tongues about how they must perform tasks like freeing a man's penis from a vacuum cleaner.
The London Fire Brigade has launched a public campaign dubbed "Fifty Shades of Red," theorizing that an increase in such randy rescue calls in that city is perhaps propelled by the popularity of the erotic romance novel "Fifty Shades of Grey."
The campaign simply urges people in London -- especially guys -- to exercise more common sense before inserting their manhood into gadgets made for cooking or cleaning. The brigade reports that it responded to 416 stuck-body-part calls in 2010-11, another 441 in 2011-12 and 453 in 2012-13. Among those emergency requests for assistance, 79 people were wearing handcuffs they could not remove.
To help fuel the agency's gentle request to just stop doing these things, the brigade has added a dose of public shaming, often taking to Twitter to share some of these ambulance requests from people who have become oddly entangled.
Jeez, a woman's a freak unless she's got a shelf-foot of Betty Dodson and a "Femme Nikita" secret closet of antique eggbeaters and whatnot, but let a dude flirt with a crawfish hole or cozy up in a dark booth with a vacuum cleaner and they go all Fahrenheit 451 on him. This is equity?
From Weasel Zippers: Some funny sh*t
Phil Griffin, president of MSNBC, says there's something fishy about Tuesday's ratings for the Fox News Channel, which were up significantly from a day earlier when Fox News debuted its new schedule. And he wants an investigation. Fishy? Yes! Like rotten fish you suck! He should have cheese and crackers to go with his whine...
"Monday we had a really good day with our three viewers On the night that Fox News debuted their three shows, we either tied or beat them in those hours," Griffin said at a briefing, according to TVNewser.
"Tuesday -- you guys should call the waahmbulance ; I have never seen it in all my years of cable -- same overnight, same everything. And they doubled their ratings in a day? It is impossible." Griffin continued, "I have never seen it. They did election-night numbers in the demo Tuesday." Very revealing: Election night numbers
Take note, this is part of the Left's mind, a total incomprehension that somebody, anybody could have a belief system other than their own. It will never enter their minds that maybe their numbers are the artificially manipulated ones.
FTA: At 9 p.m. on Monday, MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show beat Fox News' new The Kelly File, hosted by Megyn Kelly, by a slim 10,000 viewers in the key demo.
So it was a pretty small value of 'beat'. How to explain the Tuesday bump in numbers? Consider:
1) Monday is sports night, which will suck viewers away.
2) The Fox shows debuted Monday, so they probably benefited on Tuesday from some water-cooler buzz.
3) No comment on the appeal Rachel Madow's boyish good looks (heh!) vs Megyn Kelly's hotness, or the actual content of either station
[Al Ahram] A 5.1 magnitude earthquake struck southwest Pakistain Saturday, meteorological officials said, with tremors felt in some of the areas ravaged by a deadly quake last month.
The earthquake struck at a depth of 10 kilometres (six miles), and its epicentre was 80 kilometres (50 miles) southwest of Khuzdar in Balochistan ...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it... province, senior meteorologist Tauseef Alam said.
Another meteorlogist, Shahid Mehmood, said that the tremors were felt in Khuzdar, and towns in Awaran and Kharan.
No loss of life or property was immediately reported.
The 7.7 magnitude earthquake last month devastated several areas, including Awaran. It killed at least 376 people and left some 100,000 others homeless.
The population of Awaran is scattered over more than 21,000 square kilometres (8,000 square miles) of remote and rugged terrain. Infrastructure is extremely limited, with few medical facilities or even roads.
A possible glitch in a computer system upgrade was causing major problems nationwide with the Electronic Benefits Transfer System on Saturday, as a countless number of shoppers found themselves stranded at the register.
Reports from around the country began pouring in around 9 a.m. on Saturday that customers' EBT cards were not working in stores.
The glitch, however, did not appear to be part of the government shutdown. At 2 p.m., an EBT customer service representative told CBS Boston that the system was currently down for a computer system upgrade.
The representative said the glitch is affecting people nationwide. She could not say when officials expected the system to be restored.
when the EBT cards start flashing "ERROR" the politicians' asreholes should pucker. They are the ONLY thing holding this country from total chaos. 50 Million hungry people, many of them "lifers" in the system and unable to feed themselves should scare the hell out of any public official.
Posted by: Frank G ||
10/13/2013 10:14 Comments ||
Bread and circus's were the opiate of the roman mob. The emperors and senate learned very quickly that dependence bred very little patience in the mob. Seems our democrat self-styled overlords neglected their classics studies !
It would seem to me that these incompetent govt systems and sites are also ripe for hacking by various nefarious folks. At least on the surface, it seems that the govt does not need help in crashing their own systems.
Posted by: Alaska Paul ||
10/13/2013 12:33 Comments ||
Why does it seem to be a feature instead of a bug?
Posted by: Frozen Al ||
10/13/2013 12:56 Comments ||
[An Nahar] A few dozen Moroccans staged a symbolic "kiss-in" Saturday in support of three teenagers locked away Please don't kill me! for posting pictures on Facebook of two of them smooching.
Only around a dozen couples actually locked lips in the gathering outside parliament, but the demonstrators insisted they had defended the right to public displays of affection in Morocco's conservative society.
The kissing case has sparked uproar online, with netizens protesting against what they see as creeping conservatism in the Moslem country long known for being relatively liberal and tolerant.
More than 2,000 people had indicated they would take part in Saturday's "kiss-in" but the vast majority failed to show, indicating a gulf between online activism and actual on-the-street protests.
The demonstrators gathered outside parliament for "a symbolic kiss of love", one participant, Nizar Benamate, told Agence La Belle France Presse after the display before a group of onlookers and news hounds.
"For us, the message got through. It was a success. There were couples and single people, and the couples were not embarrassed in public," said Ibtissam Lachgar, one of the organizers.
"Our message is that they are defending love, the freedom to love and kiss freely," she said.
A small group of counter-protesters shoved some of the couples and threw chairs.
"We are an Islamic country and kissing in public is forbidden. A simple kiss can lead to other things. These are atheists who are acting against Islam," one of them said.
After the brief scuffle the two groups dispersed peacefully.
The couple at the heart of the case, a boy and a girl aged 15 and 14, and their 15-year-old male friend who took the photos outside their school in the northern town of Nador, were arrested last week, charged with "violating public decency" and held in a juvenile center.
The case lit up social media, with several young people posting similar kissing pictures on Facebook and Twitter and calling for "kiss-ins" in an online rebellion against conservatives.
[An Nahar] A Venezuelan radio journalist was enjugged Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'! by police detectives on the air just minutes after complaining to listeners that they drive around in luxury cars and wear flashy jewelry, the man's son said Friday.
Victor Hugo Donaire, 50, remained in jail Friday, a day after four officers of the national investigative police interrupted his morning show at Radio Los Morros in the Guarico state capital of San Juan.
He was being held on charges of resisting arrest and mistreating a public official, said his son, Danny Donaire, the station's vice president.
He said the officers manhandled station employees, confiscating the cellphone of its administrator so she could not take photos.
Audio of the scuffle was broadcast by various Venezuelan news media.
"We're really upset and worried," said Danny Donaire. "They didn't have a warrant." He said attorneys for his father were at the local jail on Friday trying to secure his release.
The agents who arrested Victor Hugo Donaire were from Venezuela's largest police agency, the Scientific, Penal and Criminalistic Investigations Corps.
The News Agency that Dare Not be Named called the local offices of the corps, where a detective said all inquiries were being handled by prosecutors, who could not immediately be reached.
[An Nahar] Divers on Saturday found an additional 20 bodies off the Italian island of Lampedusa, Italian media reported, bringing the still provisional corpse count from an October 3 shipwreck to 359.
Only 155 of the about 545 migrants aboard the vessel, mainly from Eritrea ...is run by the People's Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ), with about the amounts of democracy and justice you'd expect from a party with that name. National elections have been periodically scheduled and cancelled; none have ever been held in the country. The president, Isaias Afewerki, has been in office since independence in 1993 and will probably die there of old age... , survived the disaster, the worst immigration tragedy for Italia in more than a decade.
An Italian military ship, the Cassiopea, arrived Saturday at Lampedusa, Italia's southernmost island, to pick up 339 coffins bearing the first batch of victims, to transport them to Porto Empedocle, Sicily.
The coffins were loaded using a crane in a lengthy operation beginning in the early afternoon.
About 100 of the victims may be buried at the cemetery of the southern Sicilian city of Agrigento, and the others in nearby towns, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.
Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta said Wednesday that a state funeral would be held for the victims, but did not announce a date.
Down in the MinTruth memory hole are the stories of Haitians experiencing the same. Was enough with the influx into Florida and the all important upcoming election cycle for Billy Clinton to invade liberate Haiti from its Detroit style cabal.
[CSMONITOR] Extreme, neo-fascist groups in Spain are preparing for a show of force during this weekend's nationalist holiday, and Spanish authorities are keeping a close eye on the situation.
But experts worry that the real fascist concern in Spain is not from small bad turban groups, but rather from growing public displays of fascist sympathies by a small part of the conservative government's constituency -- and even among elected officials.
"Spain has not been 'de-Francoized,' as Germany has been de-Hitlerized," explains Félix Ortega, a sociology professor and expert in public opinion in the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. "There are still Franco symbols even in my university!"
An alliance of radical right groups -- including violent neo-Nazi ones -- have mobilized to travel from around the country to Barcelona to protest Catalonian nationalism on the October 12 "Día de la Hispanidad," or "Hispanic Day," holiday. Authorities said Thursday they plan to prevent violent groups from entering Catalonia.
Franco and the boys were far more nationalist reactionaries than socialist(national or international). The problem with the current wave of socialists in Spain is that they're having a hard time showing people things are getting better and other people remember that things did get better under Franco compared to the Reds/Left in the East.
[FT] Greece's neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party has penetrated the country's police force, set up caches of heavy weapons in remote locations and trained its recruits to carry out brutal attacks against immigrants and political opponents, according to the country's top security official. Nikos Dendias, minister of public order and civil protection, said in an interview with the Financial Times that Golden Dawn's cult of extreme violence was "unique" among European far-right groups.
The Second International Socialists have been calling anything that even looks like nationalism "facism" for so long that -- having marginalized all of the legitimate alternatives -- all they are left with is real, honest-to-God, facism.
Thank you all for your service.
On Sunday, protesting the barricades placed at memorials around Washington D.C. by the vindictive Obama administration, veterans removed the barricades and proceeded to take them to the White House. Multiple people tweeted photos of the barricades being removed and taken for presidential inspection. (pics at link :-D ) Video at other links. What I like best is that the marchers stacked the barry-cades neatly at the White House -- those are government property after all, and we paid for them.
I checked to see how HuffPo covered this. A ways Dow the page was a lead "Conservatives continue to obsess about WWII memorial. If you did follow that link they carried the story lead World War II Memorial Barriers Pushed Through By Crowd".
Silly rabbits. The revolution will not be televised. OT, but has anyone seen cones being stencilled? Subtle, washable black or grey, 6 inches or so. Bilingual.
O jack-o-lantern face
No you can't!
Politicized for your protection
Property of Democrat Party
Tie 'em to orange, autumn, Halloween. Great Pumpkin. Gummint cheez. Maaaaybe get "mandarin" a pencilpoint of mainstream mindspace. Let 'em eat Barack a l'orange. Canteloupe: yellow on the outside, orange on the inside. Autumn. Non-essential leaves falling: yellow, orange, red. Raking at sunset. Americana.
I went to check it out. Unfortunately, I wandered off to the Vietnam War Memorial before I could help carry the barricades to the WH. :(
The US Park Police helicopters circling barely above the treetops was as creepy as it was unnecessary, as with the mounted police and riot gear. Universities indulge in similarly inane security overkill at conservative events on campus too. Never could figure out how a few dozen kids with crew cuts, American flag lapel pins, and smiles for the police were perceived as any kind of threat.
Now that campus leftie loonies have taken over the country, I guess paranoid projection is SOP.
[Dawn] After the expiry of immunity to former President Asif Ali Ten Percent Zardari ... husband of the late Benazir Bhutto, who has been singularly lacking in curiosity about who done her in ... , an accountability court on Friday initiated proceedings against him in six corruption references.
The court issued notices to the prosecutor general of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) as well as the former president. Mr Zardari's five-year-tenure as the president ended on September 8.
Accountability judge Mohammad Bashir summoned the NAB prosecutor on October 14. The notice will be served on Mr Zardari through the NAB prosecution.
According to a court official, the accountability court initiated the proceedings against Mr Zardari in compliance to the Supreme Court judgment passed in the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) case in December 2009.
Posted by: Fred ||
10/13/2013 00:00 ||
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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.