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A Report for Busy or Napping
Students, Intellectuals, Plumbers, Vagrants
It's been a while since the OSU student presidency has made
headlines as a national embarrassment. The current batch of white male
candidates promises to change that.
Bret Barlow's Facebook page (he was an administrator, says the
Barometer) was "We Burn Homosexuals for a Living."
Left: Bret Barlow
in the Barometer
Barlow posted on the page: " do we seriously burn homosexuals for
a living or is this a joke? i need to know now since i have a fag tied up and im
holding a can of gas and a lighter."
Barlow says " it started out was it was a really bad joke". He was
counseled against running due to the page by the student advocate. He said "They
attempted to blackmail me to submit to them. I will not submit to them even if
it means I am the worst person on campus for the next week-and-a-half."
It's likely to last longer than that. For the rest of his life,
employers will be doing a search of his name on the internet and that Barometer
article will surface.
In a similar vein, 2 fraternity members are publicly arguing over
who really has the support of their fraternity. One, Taylor Sarmon, has the
"endorsement" of the OSU Republicans, which is an endorsement most sane people
would flee from, since it implies in the public mind that he is either a crook
or a sex criminal of some sort, usually of the worst sort.
But we have to admit, all the scandal has made what might have been
a dull, drab thing into something lively. In the sense that a head full of lice
on a neighbor child might be lively.
A University of Oregon law professor endowed with an unbelievable
sense of greed and grasping has embarrassed Oregon academics with a rant that
has now gone viral. Complaining of the school helping students instead of giving
him another pay raise, he complained of all the perks he could be getting if he
worked for a big Wall Street corporate law firm.
Typical was Gawker's reaction:
"Illig insists he could be making a cool million out on The Street
as an M&A lawyer, but he stays around UO because he bleeds for his students
-'Today, I spent the morning trying to get one of them a summer job at Nike.'
Illig, a tenured associate professor who attended law school
"tuition-free" in the '90s, reportedly makes more than $138,000 annually, plus a
$10,000 university bonus; the average grad at Oregon Law leaves with about
$105,000 in debt.
But he can't stand for this injustice, this iniquity, of making
only $100,000 or so more than his former students, while the school plans to
fund "a post-graduate fellowship program for new law grads, in lieu of a pay
increase for him and his colleagues.
So he sent the faculty some stern letters, and the faculty leaked 'em
to a bunch of blogs...."
The first reaction to the Gawker article was typical of the entire
"Bitch, please. You're in academia because you know
you can get away with 30 hour weeks half the year. If you wanted to put in
seventeen hour days at biglaw, you'd have the yacht already."
The proposed city inspection program for rentals has gone exactly
as the most jaded of the city's tenants expected.
Originally, the plan was that every rental would be inspected every 3 years, and
code violations would be noted and addressed. Landlords who shoulder their
responsibilities would have been given a certification. The necessary staff
would have been paid for by a fee charged landlords.
That plan protected tenants from being singled out for their
complaints, although it yet did not protect tenants from having their rents
jacked up to pay for maintenance which a landlord should have been providing all
along. Responsible municipalities have such laws working hand in glove with rent
control, but responsibility to tenants has never been a part of the City
Council's agenda, despite tenants being a majority of the city's residents for
over a century.
Now, the plan will no longer entail inspections. Instead, a tenant
complaint is required, which fingers the tenant immediately. Landlords will
still be charged the fee, without the benefit of inspection and certification,
and the program will simply be a revenue source for the city, one which only the
worst landlords, who thus escape inspection, will love. Because it is a fee
rather than a tax, no vote is necessary. That fee will be passed along to every
tenant in the city without any benefit whatsoever accruing to them. That's as cynics
expected and the Council could at least be honest in naming the policy - the
Protect All the Worst Slumlords Act.
The efforts to get Nevada's Cliven Bundy
to quit adding to the $1 million he has
stolen from Corvallis residents, as well as other Americans, has
temporarily been set back back as armed right wing militias stepped in to back
him up in his theft. He claims to have the right of grazing his cows on other
people's land - ours.
The additional issue of the endangered tortoises on the land has
only made the issue more imperative to solve. As is almost invariably the case,
the right wing is standing around with their hands in other people's pockets
spewing bullsh*t about unrelated topics (a tactic shared with strung out meth
addicts), hoping maybe we won't notice. The rich always feel entitled (and
therefore also persecuted when what they see as their prerogatives are
while thousands of honest ranchers pay the public
fees for grazing on our land.
Let's not have another Waco here, but let's also
not allow some pampered rancher to steal from the public any longer. Bundy started
stealing from the public when he quit paying grazing fees 21 years ago. That's
long enough. His claim to "deserve" it because he's done it for 2 decades is
absurd. Any other thief risked being imprisoned 21 years ago and he can count
his blessings - and his riches - that he was not.
The NSA's haters (are there others?) need to prepare
themselves. In 5 days, google will start selling the intrusive googleglassware
for any "glasshole" to record every word and movement of any citizen. There are
laws in Oregon against recording without the permission of the person
being recorded, but police have yet to enforce them with the current devices.
That will need to change, and if the the police decline to enforce the law, it
will be an interesting test should someone decide to do so him or her self:
"It is illegal for a third party to intercept, attempt to intercept, or get any
other person to intercept any wire or oral communication without the consent of
any parties to the conversation. Unless one is a party to the conversation or
has received consent from one of the parties, it is illegal to obtain any part
of a telecommunication or a radio communication. However, courts have ruled that
one cannot use a device to record a conversation unless all parties of the
conversation are informed."
The proposed parking plans for OSU and neighborhoods adjacent to campus are
addressed as separate but ultimately, they are closely linked. At present,
residents are scheduled to pay $20 for a permit for every 2500 sq. ft (with a
minimum of 2 permits discussed) and $30 for a guest permit. There is a 2 hour
limit on non-resident parking, and since walking 2 and from class would exceed
that time, it means a 1 class limit.
The university is implementing their own plan, which entails charging fees of
$330-495 in the north of campus and $100 near Reser Stadium.
The plan is available here.
The idea of shifting the costs of parking onto residents and students, rather
than holding developers responsible for providing adequate off-street parking is
not new. Neither is it fair. It's just the norm in Corvallis, where a majority
of the population rents rather than own a home and yet finds their needs only
The hearing last night in City Council on the complex work-around
for ensuring city residents can park their cars on the street near their homes
was the occasion for a flare-up from Steve Clark, OSU's "vice president for
public relations and marketing".
When Councilor Penny York introduced a resolution asking OSU to
"negotiate with OSU on paying" some of the costs of the plan, and the resolution
passed, a gazette reporter called Anderson, who was not at the meeting despite
his job title. His response was to paste the Council - as he is becoming famous
for doing - on the Council for passing "something like this in the dark of the
night", and went further to suggest it might be that York was "grand standing"
or playing gotcha".
Council meetings are ALWAYS held in the "dark of the night", and York was simply
relying upon OSU's Master Plan in an attempt to ensure the full costs are not
born by the neighborhoods.
The Council does not pretend to represent Steve Anderson. They
pretend to represent the interests of the entire city (They don't. they
represent the developers who by rights ought to be paying for the costs and are
as reluctant as other citizens to shoulder the costs although they are happy to
pocket the profits alone.).
If Anderson wants to keep his fingers on the pulse, he knows when
and where the Council's meetings are held. And we could use a little less soap
and paste, and more substance, from him in future. That's true of committee
hearings. It's true of Council meetings.
Weekly Column from Color of
COLOR US AMERICA
President Obama just nominated Atlanta federal prosecutor Leslie Abrams to a
U.S. District Court vacancy in Georgia. Though nearly one-third of the state
identifies as Black, Abrams would become the first Black woman to ever serve on
Georgia’s federal bench if confirmed.
The open secret is that Abrams’ nomination will go nowhere — just like those of
her colleagues Natasha Perdew Silas, Linda Walker, and Eleanor Ross before her1
— unless we do something about it. We're calling on Senate Judiciary chair
Patrick Leahy to drop his committee's outmoded, increasingly-abused “blue slips”
tradition, which allows just one senator to effectively veto the president’s
judicial picks without cause.
Georgia’s right-wing obstructionist senators have been withholding their “blue
slips” — or personal pre-approval of Obama nominees — for three years now.2 As
long as Sen. Leahy lets them, these good ol’ boys will keep blocking
highly-qualified Black women attorneys and sitting judges from ever seeing a
Senate vote on their nominations, potentially locking in the unacceptable
inequities in representation on Georgia’s federal bench for decades to come.
As Judiciary Committee chair, Sen. Leahy could unilaterally end reliance on blue
slips today. Can you call on Sen. Leahy to ensure President Obama’s judicial
nominees receive the full vote they’re constitutionally entitled to?
Federal judges rule on some of the most crucial civil rights issues impacting
our communities, including Stop and Frisk,3 so-called “Stand Your Ground” or
“Shoot First” laws,4 and selective voter ID. Georgia in particular has been
bombarded with attacks on voting rights since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision
to gut the federal Voting Rights Act last year; the state has since seen
aggressive elimination of polling places, adoption of discriminatory
redistricting plans, and even a proposal to move Augusta’s elections from
November to the summertime when it is believed Black voter turnout will be
We need judges committed to civil rights and ensuring equal justice for all, but
instead we have more than ten percent of federal judgeships sitting vacant —
with long-standing vacancies concentrated in those states with at least one
Republican senator who refuses to blue slip any Obama nominee.6 Worse, blue
slipping under Sen. Leahy has forced the president’s hand into unnecessary,
unreciprocated, and lopsided backroom “package” deals that ultimately give
individual, hostage-taking senators more power to make judicial appointments
than the White House itself.7
The most egregious of these current deals would serve as yet another assault on
Black Georgians. Sen. Saxby Chambliss could successfully push through three of
his own hand-picked candidates in exchange for agreeing to stop his marathon
obstruction of just one White House nominee, in limbo since January 2012.8 The
president is now in the position of having to seriously consider lifetime
appointments to the federal bench for people like Michael Boggs, who as a
Georgia legislator voted to preserve the Confederate Battle Emblem as part of
the state’s flag, and Mark Cohen, best-known for his work to uphold Georgia’s
discriminatory voter ID law.
Tell Sen. Leahy:
It’s past time to drop the indefensible blue slips policy and ensure judges
qualified to protect our civil rights have a fair shot at a full Senate vote.
And when you do, please ask your friends and family to do the same.
Thanks and Peace,
--Rashad, Matt, Arisha, Kim, Johnny and the rest of the ColorOfChange.org team
One of the boys at the restaurant where I work met up with a dominant gay couple
in a regular bar—not a gay bar—during happy hour. They told him to go to the
bathroom and strip in a stall. Then one of the guys came in and took his
clothing from him. He didn't know when they would be back or even if they would
be back. While he was trapped there naked (and hard), other men were coming in
and out. Knowing that other people didn't know he was in his stall gave my
coworker a big thrill. My problem: This couple and my friend involved other
people—without their knowledge or consent—in their little domination game. I
say, "Not okay!" We got into a heated argument about it and decided to ask you
for a ruling.
-Coworker's Recent Escapade Entirely Perverted
Let's say a straight couple comes into your restaurant and they're seated in
your section, CREEP. They order, they eat, they tip, they leave. All good? Now
let's say that, unbeknownst to you, the man was wearing a locking male chastity
device and the woman was wearing the key on a chain around her neck. She was
dripping wet all through dinner, his cock was straining against the confines of
his chastity device, and a big part of the turn-on was being in public and
interacting with, say, a waiter who had no idea.
Is that okay? Of course it is—just like it's okay for a businessman to get a
secret thrill out of wearing panties under his suit at an important meeting or a
sneeze fetishist to get thrills during flu season. The world is full of people
deriving all sorts of secret thrills from all sorts of seemingly random shit. So
long as secret thrill derivers keep it to themselves—so long as they don't
actively involve others without their prior consent—there's nothing "Not okay!"
about secret thrill derivation.
I'm a Mexican-American with a dilemma. Why do most Mexicans respond by saying,
"¿Mande?" while most other non-Mexican Hispanics respond with, "¿Cómo?" I asked
around, and nobody has a right answer. I'm sure you will know 'cause you're a
Out of all the folk etymologies that plague Mexican Spanish—like people thinking
gringo comes from Mexicans making fun of the green coats of invading gabachos,
or that the phonological similarity of Michigan and Michoacán is proof that the
Aztecs came from the Midwest—none is more laughable than insisting the Mexican
propensity to use ¿Mande? ("Excuse me?") is a reflection on the perpetual
Mexican inferiority complex. Yes, ¿Mande? is a legacy of colonialism—Cortés used
the term in his letters—but so what? So is the word tortilla and the corrido.
All Latin American cultures keep parts of the Conquest alive in their regional
Spanish, but there is no historical evidence that conquistadors in Mexico
demanded that their Indian or mestizo servants use the formal ¿Mande? instead of
the informal ¿Que? or ¿Cómo? or ¿Perdón? (words that Mexicans also use, by the
way) to maintain racial superiority. Mexican Spanish merely follows Spanish
pronoun rules—imagine that! You want real linguistic subservience? Try su merced
(your mercy), which South Americans use in favor of ustedes. Now that's a wuss
culture right there. '-
Mr. Von Euen has been
charged with domestic violence (assault), theft and 39 counts of ID
theft. Last year,
he was charged in a case when cops said he was assaulting his
girlfriend and a neighbor came out with a cane sword to stop the beating.
Cops said Euen and 2 friends grabbed the Good Samaritan and slashed him
repeatedly with the sword.
The privately owned prison telephone racket - charging as much as
$20 for a local telephone call - has been capped at $3.75 per call. The
hedge funds who own the companies are trying to unload them as a result. Mr.
Von Euen may get his chance to try it. He won't be unfamiliar with it. He is
from Sheridan, the gazette said last year. Sheridan is where the federal
prison is located, and is the town's leading industry.
In Portland, a guy had a stash of 1000 Trimet passes he was peddling
through craigslist for $100 each, cops say.
In Washington County, a man from Florida - YIKES! people from
FLORIDA allowed here in Oregon?!! - was caught running a scam to pay tens of
thousands for stolen Nike sneakers to ship around the country.
Oracle has taken the week to spin alibis for their miserable
performance in the scam of several hundred million dollars involving the
Oregon Health Plan.
The cat who trapped an Oregon family seems to have a sympathetic
feline in California, where another cat mauled a family and trapped them
until the called 911.
Employers stealing from the wages of the lowliest of employees are
given free passes, with no prosecution.
More than 100 killers, including the recent slayer of elderly Jews
in Kansas City, have now been linked to the single site of Stormfront.org.
Kansas City cops believe they have caught the man behind 12 road
rage incidents which resulted in him shooting other drivers.
Sigma Phi Epsilon has closed the University of Mississippi chapter
after 3 members draped a Confederate flag extract over the face of the
school's first African-American student and hung a noose around his neck.
The fraternity will lose their house at the end of the semester and both the
FBI and the school are pursuing the matter.
Virginia has decided to allow owners to continue operating for 40
years the pens in which wild animals are placed and dog owners watch their
mastiffs tear the animals apart for a fee. All that's missing are porn
actresses from Texas or Florida to make money on
In south Carolina, a 6 year old son riding in the car of a gun
fetishist discovered a pistol under the car seat and shot and shot his dad's
girlfriend, killing her.
Also in South Carolina, an irate City Council grilled the town's mayor
for firing a gay police chief because, he said, "gays are worse than
A flyer which appeared in the separatist regions of Ukraine was a
fake, police say, probably distributed by Ukrainian nationalists whose
anti-Semitism has raised angry protests in Europe.
A Dutch child pornographer has been identified as the man who
cyber-bullied and tormented a 15 year old Pacific Northwesterner to her
suicide, which became an internet sensation.
Canadian cops have arrested a man in connection with the use of
Heartbleed to steal from Canada's IRS.
Another gift from Linn County, Mr. Guthrie was arrested
for heroin sales and possession, for violating his parole,being a felon with
a weapon, another weapon charge, possessing meth, etc.
We need to take a moment and memorialize one of the greatest
chroniclers of the criminal elements among us, the 1 %. Argentine writer
Gabriel García Márquez has passed today, in Mexico at age 87.
The ongoing Christian crime wave dominated crime news again today.
Left: Doug Phillips
The "uber-wholesome" image that TV's Duggar family ("19 Kids &
Counting") has tried to present of the patriarchy,and the "Quiverfull"
movements has been unraveling in the wake of the child-rape accusations
against their leader, Doug Phillips. Their patriarchal World Vision has
Court documents were filed connecting Mr. Phillips with
grooming a child for abusing her sexually. Christian blogs are referring to
the abuse as he did - as "inappropriate". However, sex abuse is as much a
crime in Texas, where his church is based, as elsewhere. Unless you're
connected, as Mr. Phillips seems to be. Training a kid "to be his sex slave"
should have brought the roof down on the preacher.
In related news, another porn star (Stephanie Hird, aka "Megan
Jones") has been arrested in Florida for making crush videos involving the
torture and killing of animals in a sexual context.
Left: Stephanie Hird ("Megan Jones")
The spokesman for the Patriarchy Association of Phillips wasn't
bashful about making a horse's ass of himself. He spent his day telling the
country that we should be worshiping the ground underneath the wealthy:
"Rather than the poor, the low income and the middle class being resentful
of these people, they should be kissing the ground on which they walk".
That's a little different from what Jesus said: "Jesus looked at him and
loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and
give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow
At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.
Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich
to enter the kingdom of God!"
And hard for Christians too, it seems.
The Christians had a little trouble swallowing the Obamas' tax
return, because they only gave $1500 to their church. They gave nothing to
the World Vison or Quiverfull, the openly patriarchal church groups in
trouble today.They did give " $59,000, or about 12 percent, to
totally God-hating causes like the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society and the Red
Cross." That doesn't count, because only the preachers are entitled to
A Christian mayor in Michigan has taken it upon himself to decide
that the Constitution's freedom of religion clause does not apply to people
who have no religion. Freedom from Christians is not covered, he says.
A Christian hate group in Iowa has asked students to tear out the
section on Islam from their history books. A local legislator has said gays
deserve to die and Moslums are threats to the the country.
In other religious news, the Jewish population has long suffered
from Ukrainians as well as from invaders (Poles, Letts, Germans). Today it's
getting worse, as Jewish people have been required to register and pay a
special tax in the separatist region.
In other crime news, a cop shot himself trying to kill a dog he
claimed was lunging for him. A local TV station later showed the small dog,
much smaller than he'd reported, playing with neighborhood kids.
In the same
sort of racket that sent Teamster official Jimmy Hoffa to prison,
New Jersey Republican governor Chris Christie has funneled state pension
money to the corporation whose CEO is a crony. No prison here.
An Iranian murderer was on the gallows, his head hooded, his arms
tied and a noose around his neck awaiting the drop when his victim's mother
approached and slapped him before commuting his sentence as permitted by
Mr. Crotsley has been
arrested 3 times in Corvallis for parole violations although he is
another Albany gift. He was charged
more than 20 years ago with forcing a 14 year old girl into an apartment,
forced her to do " several acts of deviate sexual intercourse", then raped
her. He is
charged with another parole violation.
In related news, the Christian crime wave didn't let up today. A
Minnesota preacher is being sought in 59 cases of raping young girls he
called Maidens and told that being raped is "being sacrificed to god" and is
"normal". He is thought to be hiding in the Pacific Northwest.
WANTED: Victor ArdenBarnhard, age 52
In other rape crime news, a report on the investigation of the
Florida State football player and Heisman trophy winner Jameis Winston has
found that there was no investigation at all. A freshman student who
reported the rape says "A detective cautioned her against pursuing the case,
saying Tallahassee was a big football town and the accuser would be “raked
over the coals.” That detective, Scott Angulo, has done private security
work for the Seminole Boosters organization.
In Texas, Republican governor Rick Perry cut the state office
investigating malfeasance, and he is himself the subject of such a probe
In Alabama, Auburn University is closed because someone left a
threat of a "rampage of biblical proportions". That could mean anything.
Maybe some one will turn on the hoses to try flooding the place, or try to
round up some locusts and release them.
In Missouri, it turns out the entire town of the madman who shot
murdered 3 elderly Jewish residents in a retirement home share his views.
The city library carries the book written by the shooter, "A White Man
Speaks Out" and the Mayor agrees with him that "There some things that are
going on in this country that are destroying us,” he said. “We’ve got a
false economy and it’s, some of those corporations are run by Jews because
the names are there. The fact that the Federal Reserve prints up phony money
and freely hands it out, I think that’s completely wrong. The people that
run the Federal Reserve, they’re Jewish."
In other crime news from the southland, an Alabama woman has been
charged with murder after gunning down her son’s boyfriend at a truck stop.
“We don’t see this in any way being a hate crime,” Sgt. Dale Phillips noted.
“We see this being a family having issues in this."
The bigots were out in force. An Ohio man was sentenced for beating
and starving his disabled brother to "drive the gay out".
In related news, an Oregon City teen objecting to a high school Day
of Silence for teens who died because of being gay, either by murder or
suicide made some t-shirts. "I just made it say ‘Gay Day is not OK,’ because
I don’t believe that it’s OK".
Then he fell back on the old "I have no problem with gay people,
except for all the problems I have with gay people" routine.
dude, when you are mad that people even get to BE SILENT about being
gay and you are pissed that people want to point out that gay students get
bullied, that is pretty much the textbook definition of having a problem
with the gays! Weird, huh?'
He might not want to be in India right now, where the government has
just recognized transgender people as "a third gender". "The court also
ordered the government to provide transgender people with quotas in jobs and
education in line with other minorities, as well as offer adequate health
care and separate bathroom and other facilities to them". However, the same
court in December criminalized gay sex.
Left: K-9 Sgt. Mick
A Portland police K-9 dog was shot and killed as 3 burglars decided
to shoot it out with the cops and lost, killing Mick and wounding his
partner Jeff Dorn.
The new stamp in Finland would drive this kid crazy. The late "Tom
of Finland" (Touko Laaksonen), a WWII Finnish Army officer whose art was
focused on the gay male S&M scene, is having several stamps issued with his
It might not be just the evangelicals who would have
issues with the US Postal Service issuing such stamps.
In other strange sex crimes, a Wu Tang clan rapper is said to have
cut off his penis and tried to commit suicide by jumping from a 2nd story
In other sex crime news, Louisiana has voted to keep oral sex a
crime in the state.
The state thus joins Kansas, North Carolina and Oklahoma as the only
state in the union where oral sex is a crime but necrophilia (sex with dead
bodies) is OK.
In Egypt, women are saying the nation's police have become
Montana-like in not pursuing sexual crimes.
From the subcontinent, the owner - who is also a major
political figure - of the 9 story factory which collapsed and killed more
than 1000 workers making garments for Sears, Walmart, Benetton and others
has been charged with murder in Bangladesh.
A Nebraska 3 year old whose frantic mom had been searching for him
since he had gone through an unlocked apartment door, while she was in the
bathroom, was found when a bowling alley owner reported a child had figured
how to slip into a "claw machine" to play with the toys.
U.S. citizens paid an average of $1,259 to make up for the cash
squirreled away illegally by the rich in overseas tax fraud.
Mr. Baker has been
jailed in Corvallis some 15 times in the past 3-4 years. He has been
arrested for meth, parole violations, drug traffic court offenses, etc. This
time it's for a parole violation.
In other drug crime news,
Amazon's automatic recommendations for the purchaser of a digital
drug scale ("balance") based on other buyers included "a quickstart kit for
Rolling paper and tray bundle
Bulk pure caffeine powder
An encapsulation machine and gelatin capsules
A scientific spatula
"Air Tight Odorless Medical Jar Herb Stash Medicine Container"
A tool for cleaning a gun part
A safe in the form of a Dr. Pepper can
A drug testing kit ("This kit contains the same reagent chemicals as
found in Justice Department test kits")
Beta alanine powder
An actual drug called kratom
In other crime news, the techies of Silicon Valley have now made it
a crime to sleep in your car ("it erodes their quality of life").
In Tennessee, having a bay who is born with "birth defects" can now
result in imprisonment after an automatic investigation into whether a
mother used drugs, including alcohol while pregnant.
The Missourian who gunned down elderly Jews in Kansas City yesterday
was an FBI informant inside the Klan and a star witness 25 years ago.
In Arizona, the governor signed a bill for warrantless searches of
women's clinics, which is a clear violation of the Constitution but with the
current Supreme Court and their Republican-appointed old style Catholics,
the Constitution is only what money and power determines it is.
In Boston, 2 bags detonated at the finish line contained a rice
cooker, confetti and camera equipment.
A drunk who pissed on the Alamo in private has been sentenced to a
year and a half in prison. He's ineligible for parole.
The purported "mystery man" who was an internet suspect in the
Boston Marathon bombing a year ago has now been thoroughly exonerated by a
photographer who snapped pictures before the explosion, showing the man was
having a bbq and lounging in a chair on a roof, then rushed when the
The Christian crime wave rolled on with a lawsuit filed that the
Christian Quiverfull and Vision Forum Ministries "groomed" a child as his
personal sex slave over years "so that he could use her for his sexual
gratification". The lawsuit says the married preacher "repeatedly
groped, rubbed, and touched Ms. Torres’s crotch, breasts, and other areas of
her body; rubbed his penis on her; masturbated on her; forced her to watch
him masturbate on her; and ejaculated upon
her." You can read the lawsuit
The Nigerian group Boko Haram, whose name means "western education
is forbidden" is being blamed for the kidnapping of 100 schoolgirls in Borno
The 9/11 conspiracy theorist Mike Rupport shot himself last night
after recording his radio show. He left " elaborate instructions for how to
proceed without him."
3 financial traders were accused of manipulating interest rates over
4 years in England, which is a lucrative pastime in financial circles.
vast study by scientists at Princeton and Northwestern University
has shown that the U.S. is a failed non-democratic state under the thumb of
a cartel composed of "business interests". They wrote that "our results
provide substantial support for theories of Economic Elite Domination.." Add
to the mix the wide spread flouting of the law by business interests - where
the law has not been yet "bent" to serve them - and the U.S. is beginning to
look like Juarez. And not because of immigrants.
In related news, Republicans in Oklahoma banned cities from raising
Tennessee Republicans likewise banned the construction of mass
transit anywhere in the state. That might interfere with the profits of oil
corporations and would be an implicit critique of the "dirty energy kings",
the Koch brothers.
The smuggling of cash into foreign countries to hide it is at times
not confined to the U.S. Today, German customs officials found 8,000
Euros hidden in a woman's clothes and her husband had 200,000 Euros taped to
U.S., the ratio of CEO earnings to those of workers increased
significantly in the past 3 years, being now 331 times the average worker's
salary and 774 times the average worker making minimum wage. And for little
or no work.
A team on Tax Day presented the Walton (Walmart) family with a bill
for $7.8 billion taken from the public via the federal government, for
welfare payments to underpaid employees of the corporation..
The Onondaga Iroquois are taking a court case to the Inter-American
Commission, claiming New Yorkers have stolen 2.5 million acres from them.
An Australian woman texting with 7 others as she drove before
hitting a bicyclist and injuring his spine says she cares: "I just don't
care because I've already been through a lot of bullshit and my car is like
pretty expensive and now I have to fix it..I'm kind of pissed off that the
cyclist has hit the side of my car."
Right: Wesley Ryan Jacks
Mr. Jacks is another Albany alumni,
arrested this time for theft, stealing a car, etc. In November, cops
stopped him after Walmart reported him for shoplifting, and the car
he was driving had been stolen from an Albany high school. Two years ago, he
busted for theft, forgery and drugs.
It might be funny of it weren't so serious but the hedge funds - in
this case, Bain Capital of Mitt Romney fame - who brought us the heroin
epidemic via doctors prescribing beaucoup de vicodin and oxycodone
are now promising us relief with their methadone clinics.
Mr. Jacks should be thankful this is not the Bolivian Amazon, where
2 guys accused of stealing motorbikes were tied to a tree with venomous ants
which nearly killed them. 1 was in intensive care and the other is on
dialysis for kidney failure.
In Missouri, the white supremacist who shot a dozen Jewish people at a
retirement center in Kansas was - oh, shock! - a supporter of Republican
David Duke, whose
affiliation with the Teabag Party has been noted. Frazier Miller
himself ran for office,
declaring in 2010 that "We’ve set back and allowed the Jews to take
over our government, banks, and our media. We’ve allowed tens of millions of
foreign mud-people to invade our country, steal our jobs, and our women and
destroy our children’s future. America is no longer ours. America belongs to
the Jews who rule it, and the mud-people who multiply in it. The undeniable
proof is that at davidduke. com."
That certainly sounds like a Teabagger manifesto.
Teabag Party leader Ted Cruz is again bashing Obama for not crushing
states which vote make pot legal.
In Tennessee, the Christian crime wave rolled on, with another
preacher arrested for raping a child.
Left: Rachael Elizabeth Swigert
Ms Swigert is another of Linn County's Special Gifts. She
has been busted here repeatedly. In
February, she was busted for meth, attempted escape, theft, etc. as
cops investigated her in conjunction with a stolen phone. In April
she was busted for theft and a Lebanon, Oregon child neglect charge.
This time around, she is charged with 5 counts of computer crimes, 1 of ID
theft, 5 charges of 2 counts each for credit card theft, 2 theft charges and
meth. All that's missing is killing turtles and being rich and she could be
a Teabag Party celebrity instead of just one more Linn County loser.
In related news, federal agents
backed down in order to avoid another Waco, in a confrontation with
armed right wing gangs who showed to enforce a rancher's claim to continue
grazing his cows for free on others' land - land designated for endangered
tortoises in the 21 years of trespassing to steal cattle food.
A California man has beaten to death an employer he though was
plotting to replace him. He meant to beeat him, but not kill him, says his
lawyer. "It is a very unfortunate situation that Mr. Downes lost his life,”
Kersey said. “But it is not murder".
A new study shows that over a working life of saving of retirement,
financial corporations are
skimming $40,000.00 from the retirement, in even just 1% fees.
In Oregon, the 42 year old Lake County ex-cop who was being for
questioning in the disappearance of a 17 year old girl turned
himself in but denied knowing where she is
Kansas, a right winger
sprayed 2 Jewish retirement homes, killing 3, and shouting "Heil
Hitler!" or "Hail Hitler".
In New Mexico, a new federal report validates
concerns that the city of Albuquerque is executing citizens.
In Chicago, a man is under
arrest after he did the Florida "Stand Your Ground routine, pulling
a submachine gun over the issue of a 22 cent tax on a 2 liter bottle of
In Utah, a mother gave birth to, and then
murdered, 7 babies, cops are saying. Her ex- is believed the father
and he was the discoverer of the bodies in cardboard boxes in the garage. He
was in prison for drugs, several years.
In Florida, the FBI was able to find the
source requesting serial downloads of child pornography - it was the
fire station in Miami, where one of the paramedics was arrested.
In Atlanta, famed singer Patti LaBelle is reported as having
slugged "famed-er" singer Aretha Franklin as the dual between the 2
In North Carolina, the leading Republican candidate is a crook who was found
guilty of swindling 2 investors in a "start up". He is the Teabag
Party favorite. Also in
North Carolina, a man "stood his ground" when he was told he
couldn't put his hands into a dancer's underwear and poured lead into the
Leather and Lace club.
In Texas, an African American Superman fan watching TV
dressed in his S-Man costume (hoody) ran outside when his apartment
building caught fire - just in time to catch a baby tossed by parents from
the fiery inferno. Both parents and their son are fine. All lost their
The UN released a
guide to "how to avoid being murdered" for the the world's citizens.
Staying out of the Americas and Africa is top, since the most likely place
to be murdered is Honduras (1 in1000) and the least likely is Liechenstein
(zero) and Singapore (one in 480,000). Second, is be a woman, especially a
woman who has nothing to do with men, and be over 30. Those are the least
likely demographic sectors to be murdered.
In Romania, an "Angelina Jolie lookalike"
kidnapped and raped a taxi driver at knife point then stabbed him
when he couldn't do it again.
The Netherlands' prison
problem is the dream of other nations - there are not enough
prisoners to keep open prisons where the number of guards is greater than
the number of prisons.
In Morocco, 800 very courageous women marched today to
demand that the rights of women be incorporated into the country's
laws and constitution.
Right: Megan Katherine Courtney
Ms Courtney is another Linn County sleaze
gift. She has repeatedly been arrested for car prowls,
stealing UPS deliveries from people's porches, and this
time for not showing on a mail theft charge.
Ms Courtney is a perfect example of this week's topic: now that SCOTUS has
folded the courts and the corporate into a criminal cartel, and brought the
law into contempt, we need people to look to themselves and one another for
ethical guidance instead. Ms Courtney is not one to be trusted with such an
enterprise. She seems to still be struggling with the concept of walking
upright and will need some help with discipline until she gets the hang of
The rich are
buying license frames with 11-99 on the license frame, referring to
a foundation which "supports CHP families in times of crisis". One buyer
says ""I have the ultimate speeding ticket solution.. My only goal was to
get the infamous 'get out of jail' free license plate frame." The legal
process is for sale again.
That however is small peanuts compared to the news today that the SEC - in
charge of regulating banks - was actually
colluding with them on cases of criminal wrong doing. The law?
Ka-ching! The cash register drawer opened again!
That frosty pint of beer sure looks good, and it’s headed
straight your way, but not before the bartender takes a big swig first. Hey,
is that any way to treat a libation? TransferWise, an international money
exchange service, says that’s no way to treat a customer trying to transfer
money, either. The company, co-founded by one of Skype’s first employees
Taavet Hinrikus, set up a prank video in a London pub to make a point about
big banks’ tendencies.
Senator Bernie Sanders, an Independent from Vermont
summed up the nation's perspective as "They feel the need to have
more and more and more and to take that money out of the hides of working
families, the elderly, the children, the sick, and the poor. They want more
tax breaks for billionaires, and then they want to cut Social Security,
Medicare, Medicaid, education, and every other program that is of importance
to working families." Sanders is just "kinder askin'" to get bumped off,
isn't he? Catholics are asking similar
questions about the pope: "they are going to kill him, aren't they?"
The parents of the Texas guy whose "affluenza"
legal defense allowed him to walk after killings has been ordered to pay 4%
of the costs of his monthly "treatment", with the public bearing the rest.
A store owner in Texas
kidnapped an African American couple over a $3 pair of earrings,
after the owner told them "You people always steal", even though a video
later backed their innocence.
In Maryland, a guy using his fingers in a pretend-gun inside his pocket was
laughed out of the hair salon he was trying to rob.
In Mississippi, a Republican
candidate for Senate bashed Ron Paul's Libertarian backers, saying
they're "all about hookers and crack". He asked "Do you really want to buy
cocaine at your Junior Food Mart? Do you really want to go to the 7-Eleven,
right next to the chicken on a stick, and see some crack? Is that really
what we’re looking for here with the Libertarian Party?
In Florida, a 36 year old former US
Marine sh*t upon those "Vets 'r Heroes" bumper stickers by
showing up for sex with a 14 year old girl with a gun, an ax and a
shovel. In Oregon, half the sex criminals in the penitentiary are vets. They
aren't called "walking wounded" for nothing.
There's a reason google answers "Why is Florida so-" with the suggestion of
"crazy". Over the objections of the state's sheriffs, Florida passed a
law throwing out existing gun laws in case of accidents, hurricanes,
Reports are emerging today of an unsettling
trend in the southland, of school and police officials using
tasers to torture children they regard as misbehaved.
New Jersey lawyers are calling for major constitutional changes after
embattled governor Christie decided to
reshuffle the deck with judges, refusing to re-appoint 2 Supreme
Court justices in an unprecedented move.
In law enforcement crime news, documents point now to San Diego police
covering for a cop who may have been a serial rapist.
A woman who ran over and
killed a pedestrian in her Cadillac limo on L.A.'s Skid Row is on
trial for the killing this week. Since she had claimed she was on her way to
meet her boyfriend Johnny Depp at the time, he is being called to testify he
had no clues who she was, having never even met her.
A Steubenville, Ohio
coach who helped cover up a gang rape of a high school girl by
football players has been sentenced to community service. The Anonymous
activist who exposed the rape is facing a far more serious sentence.
A star pediatrician in Delaware who was on the Oprah show has been
convicted and sentenced for waterboarding his own daughter,
"preventing the girl from bathing, suffocating her with water and denying
her access to a bathroom."
In Nevada, a militia showdown with federal agents over a Mormon
rancher who insists he has a right to graze his cattle for free on
other people's land - the public's, from whom he now has
stolen over $1 million in fees - ended peacefully as the agents
backed off, at least temporarily.
In Boston, firefighters battling a huge fire had to deal with some jerk
parking his brand new BMW in front of the hydrant. Not a problem - they
smashed the windows and ran the hose through the auto. Even then,
the hose was kinked and they moved the car to unkink the hose, rather than
fighting the fire. And cops posted a ticket on the window.
Russian citizens were
warned against going abroad today, that the U.S. government might
In Lebanon, a fugitive from Italy with Mafia connections who was an ally of
George Bush's buddy Berlusconi has been
In Argentina, 1 million
are in the streets in a general strike over issues of economic disparities
and government/ corporate unconcern.
alibis for criminal behavior are now being floated among Moslems as
a means of making Malala Youfsazi, shot in the head by Taliban bigots
opposed to girls' education, a hated figure.
Left: Michael Blane Sanders
Mr. Sanders was
extradited from Arizona on
charges of sex abuse, child sex abuse and kiddie porn. He originally
was facing an incest charge too.
In related news, the Christian crime wave has rolled on, with a preacher
arrested for raping a child who was a relative repeatedly, at his
home and at the church, and filming. A fundamentalist Catholic cleric from a
sect which rejects the modern church has been accused of
raping and sexually torturing 3 school teachers during "exorcisms"
at a religious school.
In India, where gang rape is
regarded as a hobby, an Indian politician said "They are boys, they
make mistakes", of 3 serial rapists whose last victim died of her injuries.
But sometimes, the girls strike back. A 14 year old Nigerian victim of a
confessed to poisoning her rapist husband and 3 of
his friends to death.
And sometimes it's a grown woman who
retaliates. Cops in Spain had arrested a 24 year old model for H&M,
Marica Kukucuva, for killing a millionaire boyfriend who dumped her for a 20
year old student. She took his Hummer 2,000 miles to Slovakia.
In other sex crime news, Dana McCallum, a senior Twitter engineer and
transgender woman has been
arrested for raping her wife. As a condition of her $350,000.00
bail, she has to attend AA meetings.
70% of federal drug crimes will draw lighter sentences if
Republicans don't raise roadblocks to
revision of sentencing guidelines which have housed hundreds of
thousands in prisons at public expense. The chances of that are less than
slim, since a Republican Senator from Iowa
bashed the Obama administration for not sending in soldiers to
prevent Colorado and West Coast states from legalizing pot.
Heavily edited video of a confrontation between a Nevada rancher
demanding the right to graze his cows on public lands at public
expense has drawn right wingers to his cause. The mob rammed the truck
removing his cows and surrounded the officials on land designated as habitat
for a rare tortoise.
A Ukrainian ring which
installed the infamous Zeus malware to collect passwords and user
information from personal computers were charged today with stealing
millions from banks today. 2 of the 9 have been arrested.
Electronic criminals are becoming more brazen: A rider
discovered "a credit card skimmer placed over the vending machine's
official card reader and — here's the ingenious part — a credit card camera
situated just above the vending machine. "
Andrew "weev" Auernheimer, convicted of violating the ridiculous Computer
Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), saw his sentence
vacated today by a judge. "In 2010, he and a few colleagues found a
flaw in AT&T's security that made it easy to get the personal data of more
than a hundred thousand iPad subscribers, and gave a list of victims to
Gawker in addition to alerting AT&T.
The news is not so promising for bigots today, as a raging homophobe star
detained in Canada under the country's laws regarding "hate
propaganda. In other bigot news, a racist "Run Nig*er Run!"Facebook posting
that got a
schoolteacher fired is the subject of a lawsuit.
In strange crime news, "a home caretaker faces time in
prison after it was discovered that she’d spent the past year taking
pictures of dead patients and sharing them alongside sarcastic comments via
the mobile messaging service WhatsApp."
A major snafu regarding the U.S. founding documents may
not belong in a crime column but it's legal in nature. so maybe.. Julia
Louis Dreyfuss, originally of Seinfeld fame, appears this week on the cover
of Rolling Stone with a tattoo of the U.S. Constitution on her back. At the
bottom, on her bottom, nearly, is John Hancock's signature. Mr. Hancock
actually signed the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution.
went to Twitter:
"In my defense, 'I was in a drunken stupor” #crackexcuse
cc: @RollingStone "
OMG! The Kansas zoo went into lockdown today as chimpanzees devised a bridge
escaped until a nostalgic chimp led them all back. Also in Kansas,
the Secretary of State announced he was very
suspicious that there is a widow somewhere in the state who is
casting her late husband's ballot. He will, no doubt, launch a million
dollar investigation which will employ his nephew and result in a long list
of new ways to keep non-Republicans from voting forever more.
In cops and crime news, the LAPD
gunned down a Tosh.o production assistant after mistaking him for a
"Detroit police looking for a meth lab instead
stumbled upon a well-run, multi-million dollar shoplifting ring
housed in a large warehouse ".
In Brazil today, where the FIFA World Cup is to be played, a reporter
interviewed as woman about the epidemic of street crime. A kid
rushed up and stole her necklace and the reporter helped the cops
catch the thief.
Right: Kyle Stephen Jones
Mr. Jones is another Albany
gift. He was
busted there in 2012 in a "drug deal gone sour", cops said, which
ended in a robbery. He had a gun, the victim said and his partner, Kyle Jaco
had " a loaded AK-47 and AR-15" when busted, cops said. He also had heroin
with him and was arrested for that. He was
arrested for assault in Corvallis last year. He has been
arrested again for heroin, for a parole/probation violation on a sex
assault charge, and for not showing up on a strangulation charge, etc.
We've said it before: if we want to put a crimp into 80% of the crime in
Corvallis, we need to re-introduce toll bridges coming from Linn County and
Philomath. We charge $500 to cross into the city, which can be applied to
bail when the inevitable occurs.
In other sex crime news, a schoolteacher has filed a lawsuit claiming she
was fired after
refusing a sex threesome with her boss and the boss's boyfriend.
And the "Christian values" congressman
caught in the soft porn film on the internet is doing the same as
the "Christian values" football team in Steubenville, Ohio did, as well as
the culprits in Wikileaks files, and Edward Snowden files. And the IRS
questioned whether the Teabagger Party and the Occupy groups qualify
as "non-political" organizations. He asking for an FBI investigation - of
how the video got out, not of how he got himself into the mess. And the
public of course will be
paying for that investigation. He has, once again, his hand out, for
"An heir to the DuPont chemical fortune who was convicted of
raping his daughter did not attend the court-mandated sex offender
treatment program that enabled him to avoid jail time." The rich rule.
Except sometimes. A gang that
kidnapped a Chinese dive tour member in the Philippines says hier
parents can have her back. For $11 million. In other Asian news, a strange
craze has emerged in Thailand, where mild mannered Thai men are
dressing up like Mexican gangsters. "During the day, I work in an
office," says one. "At night, I'm a Mexican gangster. I'm a gangster at
heart." To him, that means tattoos and dressing in jeans and a t-shirt.
Banks are skirting the law, forbidden to charge outrageous debit card fees
but making it up in
overdraft fees, raking in $32 billion last year.
In other news for right wingers, Iraq plans on
legalizing marriage of girls as young as nine and marital rape "to
appease the nation’s conservatives ahead of parliamentary elections".
In other robbery news, since the Republican appointees to the Supreme Court
have made their
policy of Money Rules, the vote of someone rich is now worth
15 times that of the average citizen, a new study shows. And today was a big
day for Republicans -
shoving service workers, women, gays and miners all under the bus
within 8 hours.
In fact, the Jesuits today
said that the new pope's message is that Catholics need to confront
Republican principles of callousness about justice, and is specifically "is
almost a direct refutation of
In other Christian news, a Louisiana church school teacher who called a 12
year old a "sassy slut" in front of her classmates was given a 1 day leave
until the girl's mom went
ballistic. Now, it's 6 days' leave.
And tests have
proven now that the "Gospel of Jesus' Wife" is not a modern forgery,
but dates to the time of Jesus.
In news of pseudo-thuggery, the Sergeant Major of the US Marine Corps today
urged Congress to cut his solder's pay (but not HIS, for god's
sake): "I truly believe it will raise discipline. You'll have better
spending habits. You won't be so wasteful." The soldiers don't care about
money he said. "They want to know into whose neck do we put a boot next".
"Three Michigan residents were
arrested on charges of child abuse after they posted a video of a
child being beaten on Facebook. The mother of the child, Demitria Powell, as
well as Stefon Felton and Uteas Taylor were arrested and charged with third
degree child abuse, conspiracy to commit child abuse in the third degree,
and third degree child abuse committed in the presence of another child."
A "sociopathic" neurosurgeon who maimed and killed patients is finding the
Texas Attorney General
rushing to his defense.
It's rare to see
sushi in the crime column. "Sushi shouldn’t be served in a bento
box. If restaurants were honest about it, the fish would come stuffed in a
cartoon burglar’s black sack—with a contraband sand dollar glued to its
Between a fifth and a third of the wild-caught seafood imported into the
United States was caught or trafficked illegally, according to the findings
of an exhaustive study. Billions of dollars worth of shrimp, salmon, crab,
and other marine life is sold in America after being harvested illegally,
sold sans paperwork, or traded without required government oversight. It is
effectively stolen away from ecosystems and law-abiding fishing fleets".
A woman who was outbid on a California house she wanted,
started sending religious missionaries to the new owners, hoping
they'd leave. From there, she posted craigslist invitations claiming to be
the woman having rape fantasies ."I love to be surprised and have a man just
show up at my door and force his way in the door and on me, totally taking
me while I say no." Men showed up at the new owner's door. The culprit says
it was all just a "prank".
And speaking of religion, a Polish court has
granted "the Flying Spaghetti Monster official status as a religion.
Pastafarians stood outside the court and shouted a celebratory "Pasta,
Speaking of sadsacks, perennial small time thief Dusty Risland has at long
last earned himself a trip to prison, a reader has informed us.
Right: Dusty Risland, busted 1115 16
times since November.
About the Risland Rehab Clinic
Dusty Risland, for whom the Risland Rehab Clinic (see above) is named, is back
in jail. Mr. Risland was recently busted for criminal trespassing, criminal
possession of a forged instrument (counterfeit $20), felon in possession of a
weapon and meth. The Dusty Risland Clinic mentioned in this column is strictly
online, consisting of repetitive viewing of the video below, until the technique
is mastered. The assumption of the Clinic is that there is a small subset
labeled criminals who actually just do not know how to change their adult
diapers when they full and are showing up, bewildered, seeking police
assistance. That is the only possible explanation a rational person could come
to. NOBODY could POSSIBLY be so stupid and inept, as criminals, as people like
Mr. Risland pretend to be.
Note: there are several sleazy websites across the country posting mugshots,
utilizing photos owned by the public, in the public domain, all run by
Portlander Kyle Ritter, which will remove your mugshot for $39 or such from
their sites. This is not one of them. Do not send in cash trying to have a
mugshot removed. It would just be a waste of your time and your money. Instead,
put your time into turning your life around. And your money into your kids.
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Noted AI guru Steve Omohundro published a warning today that a
"robot apocalypse" is coming unless steps are taken immediately. Google is
scaring everyone knowledgable as the new and much more insidious Evil
A moment please, of silence, for one of the most respected editors
of Wikipedia. Adrianne Wadewitz, an expert in 19th century English
literature - especially women's literature, died recently while rock
Meshnet is the
name for a new, totally encrypted and net separate from the
established internet and its increasing control by corporations.
corporation's plan to brighten the moon with huge swaths of
reflective material to save streetlight costs is being floated.
The tech industry's experts are rushing technology into the pot industry as legalization
The woman who was denied a 8THEIST license plate as "offensive" in
New Jersey tested to see if BAPTIST would be let through. It was, no
problem, as the Christians who are always whimpering, that they're
"persecuted", keep their foot on the neck of the rest of the population.
LocalBitcoins, an exchange, is reporting a breach and theft of the
increasingly troubled coins.
Verge, one of the tech industry's most prolific sites is, ironically, a
buggy site with major technical issues in even accessing it, say local web
Lady Gaga's new tour is a partnership with the
computer generated hologram, Hatsune Miko:
The Portuguese firm Ynvisible has launched 3D printing for
electronics, including super flexible solar cells.
The former CEO of Yahoo who was fired for being so incompetent
walked away with almost $100 million. That's more than the current and
equally incompetent CEO is making: "Where do the rest of us sign up?"
As google's glass sold out available supplies, the first pictures
from the stalkers who the glass is designed for were posted on the web.
In related news, Facebook released an app which will allow you to
track the precise locations of those you know, using their cell phones' GPS.
Above: A Korean text message from a child trapped on the
submerged ferry to a mother using Kakao Talk, a Korean app: 9:27 a.m. - Mom, I’m sending this message now in
case I don’t get to say it later: I love you. 9:34 a.m. - Why..? I was wondering why you weren’t checking your
9:36 a.m. - Me too, son.. I love you..
Chinese authorities opted to use drones to capture, rather than
assassinate a major Burmese drugpin with a private army who had murdered
In old style media, it took someone little time to figure out how to
hack the names of web sites and newspapers who nominated themselves for
Pulitzers/ Buzzfeed and the Daily Beast submitted themselves.
Uber is adding $1 for "safe rides" to start doing criminal checks of
drivers. The idea of serial killers driving people around didn't sit well
Peoria cops raided the house of a woman who had mocked the mayor and
asked her about the account, before seizing her computer.
Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements with digital clauses are
increasingly common, with the example of figure skater Johnny Weir serving
as an example. He and his ex- are specifically forbidden to be sexting after
The simulator pilot featured in CNN's somehow-still-ongoing coverage
of the search for missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 has been fired from
his day job for "dressing like a teenager" and "shaming Canadians." After
Rob Ford and Stephen Harper, Canadians still have shame?
Apache OpenOffice has now reached the 100 million mark for
downloading the free software alternative to Microsoft Office.
The silly stock prices and over-valuations at IPO of apps which are
reminiscent of the Dot Com collapse 35 years ago, are echoed in the equally
memory-jolting deflation of the past month: "As of Wednesday, Twitter was
down 39 percent, Facebook was down 17 percent, and Netflix was down 27
percent. King.com, the makers of Candy Crush, was down almost 20 percent
since it's IPO in March."
threatened not to take part in next year's auction of spectrum on
the 600 mHz band unless the FCC rescinds a decision to reserve a small
number of licenses for small carriers. AT&T is not likely to generate any
sympathy from the public for anything, and would be only shooting themseves.
A GoPro project involving the homeless suggests that San Francisco
is indeed becoming a more heartless place as tech expands.
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Bill Gates today submitted a patent for detecting and blurring any
image recording devices in a location, just as "glassholes" were free to buy
up the latest google intrusion.
Apple, Google, Samsung, HTC and others have signed an agreement to
install the "kill switch" in stolen phones, a technology long available but
resisted by providers, who make a fortune replacing the phones. The provider
resistance kept the market in stolen phones active.
Despite 20 years of payments from New Jersey, Verizon has made clear
they have no intention of fulfilling a commitment to provide high speed
broadband. Instead, they've organized a phony campaign of "emails" from
senders supporting the corporate dawdling. Senders contacted said they had
never sent such emails.
Coverity's analysis of open source and proprietary code for errors
has shown open source to be the least error prone.
Kids are going into schools with the ability to swipe screens but
unable to use toy blocks, an English teachers' conference was told today.
Google is getting nastier by the day, today announcing that they are
designing intrusive contact lenses which will function much as google glass
A small printing robot, designed to fit in the pocket has been
developed, its primary limitation being that it is Israeli. That will limit
its ability to sell outside of the Middle East due to boycotts in Europe and
Intel says that "80-90%" of the tablet processors the firm sold were
for Android devices, not Windows.
An appeals court today decided that a secure mail provider cannot
refuse to turn over private keys in the face of vague subpoenas.
Apr 15 The Brightest Flashlightapp secretly installed malware on the
phones of 50 million Android users so the developers could track the users
and sell the GPS information to advertisers, says Gigaom.
Galaxy S5's fingerprint scanner "has already been hacked, leaving
Galaxy S5 owners’ devices and their PayPal accounts at risk".
"Successful startup CEO and Bitcoin community hero Tony Gallippi
[head of the Bitpay corporation] testified before Congress on behalf of the
oft-maligned crypto-libertarian dream currency". He didn't mention that 10
years ago his company was Soopermodels, with "galleries included lad-mag-style
strategically covered nudity, and teenagers. Some were identified as being
as young as 13". The site offered models for "private photo shoots" and "a
members-only section that promised hotter images for paying customers".
A lawsuit against Apple by 33 states over price fixing on e-books
may cost the company $1 billion.
Toyota is replacing robots with humans because humans are capable of
innovations in factory lines, the firm says.
The Electronic Freedom Foundation says the FBI is building facial
recognition software to build a file on you even if you've never committed a
crime. Sounds like Facebook.
Netflix speeds have increased since paying Comcast a ransom, proving
that Comcast "can essentially hold a service like Netflix hostage until a
check is cut."
Microsoft will cease issuing patches for Windows 8.1 and will
instead demand an update, although the update itself has been beset by
Twitter feed #failedintellectual has done more for philosophy
than any other, with sites rushing trying unsuccessfully to hire the poster.
A humor article on all EU babies to be micro chipped was taken
seriously and drew an amusing Apocalypse reaction from Christians in the
U.S. In related news, the
lunar eclipse was hailed by megachurch pastor John Magee as proof
the world is ending soon.
Up to 11
ships, 14 aircraft and 1 submersible were again deployed today in
the search for a missing Malaysian airline
US Postal Service is exploring competition with Amazon and others
for delivery of consumer items, including groceries.
Hackers are trying to create a world wide network of sensors to
track the health of honeybees in hives.
A woman complained that a NYC taxi driver tried to throw her out of
the cab so he could pick up a more lucrative uber fare instead. She
complained and Uber turned the resulting scandal into a public relations
Turkey wants Facebook and Twitter to pay Turkish taxes since each
draws revenue from their operations in Turkey.
The Democratic Senator Diane Feinstein is launching into an
investigation of the leaking of documents attesting to the secret torture of
Oregonians "should be able to watch the beginning of the upcoming
total lunar eclipse tonight at 10:20 pm. The entirety of the moon surface
will be in Earth's shadow and start to glow red a couple hours later, a
little after midnight."
Banksy grafitti appeared in London, showing 3 spies with recording
equipment surrounding a pay-telephone.
Google admitted it is
searching people's email to profile us for ads.
44% of all Tweet users have never posted a single tweet. Of the rest,
43% haven't posted in more than a year and only 13% in the past month.
editors in the r/technology subreddit have been censoring any news about
the NSA, about NSA critic Oregon Senator Ron Wyden and Bitcoin.
A stupid teen who tweeted a bomb threat to American Airlines has been
arrested in the Netherlands. She has triggered a barrage of responses including
"Ah the Netherlands, the Florida of Europe! We raise a toast to your new queen."
The Post and the Guardian won Pulitzers today for covering Edward
Snowden's releases on NSA spying.
Chinese scientists have shown that dragging droplets of salt water
across graphene produces electricity.
A tiny galaxy near us looks to be a fossil left over from the earliest
days of our universe.
Google is considering weighting sites that use encryption, to make the
NSA's job harder. That of course doesn't impact google's spying on you.
The government has indicted Bitcoin operator Charlie Shrem for money
Researchers in Singapore have devised nano-processors which are tens of
thousands of times faster.
Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has said he'd rather
live in North Korea becaus ethey have more freedom than Americans, and
wonkette.com has started a kickstarter campaign to help him get there to live.
New apps are showing the cheapest parking garages available at a desired
New York's hookers are increasingly relying on Airbnb for use as
brothels and even "quickies". "“It’s more discreet and much cheaper than The
Waldorf, said one hooker., "Hotels have doormen and cameras. They ask questions.
Apartments are usually buzz-in."
NASA will go ahead with a re-supply mission for the space station
despite a computer failure associated with the robot arm.
A new Debian Linux project leader has been chosen,
using the Condorcet election method, when one ranks several candidates by
preference order and the winner is chosen when one receives a majority of
Researchers are using Stampede and other super computers supported by
the National Science Foundation to scan the skies and predict black hole
Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian
says that at most 6-8 U.S. Senators even understand the internet and are
making decisions allowing cable companies to "fu*ck up" everything."They don’t
want the Internet to be flat; they want it to look like your cable. They want
you to have a basic package, right? Where you get Bing search for free, because
they’ve made a deal with Microsoft. If you want Google, it’s an extra $10 a
month, but it’s a really good search engine, so you’ll pay for it, right?"
Powering 30% of the web: "Akamai is now reissuing all SSL (Secure
Sockets Layer) certificates and security keys used to create encrypted
connections between its customer's websites and visitors to those site."
As we all probably suspected, when it comes to "thinking out of the
box", children can solve problems more quickly than adults.
Imagine: "The end of civilization has occurred, zombies have taken over
the Earth and all access to modern technology has ended. The few survivors
suddenly need to know the value of pi and, being a mathematician, they turn to
you. What do you do? According to a couple of Canadian mathematicians, the
answer is to repeatedly fire a Mossberg 500 pump action shotgun at a square
aluminum target about 20 meters away. Then imagine that the square is inscribed
with an arc drawn between opposite corners that maps out a quarter circle. If
the sides of the square are equal to 1, then the area of the quarter circle is
pi/4. Next, count the number of pellet holes that fall inside the area of the
quarter circle as well as the total number of holes. The ratio between these is
an estimate of the ratio between the area of the quarter circle and the area of
a square, or in other words pi/4. So multiplying this number by 4 will give you
an estimate of pi. That's a process known as a Monte Carlo approximation.
35% of all internet traffic is now porn, and most of it is pirated via
Mindgeek, though no one in the porn industry wants to talk about it.
The die-hard Republican reactionary Shel Adelson is waging a bitter
campaign against legitimizing online gambling, and he's likely to lose.
Germany says the country's space program has been the victim of a
cyber-spy campaign over months.
Turbotax has organized another phony "grass roots" campaign to keep free
e-filing of taxes out of play.
A submersible is scheduled to be released within hours to search for a
missing Malaysian plane as a new phase has been entered.
The Ganjoji cherry trees which went into space with Japanese astronauts
as seeds are now not only sprouting 6 years too early, but their flowers have 5
petals rather than the usual 30.
Using the rare earth erbium, researchers have
created a new semiconductor that manipulates light in the mid infrared range,
for efficiency, less risk and better resolution.
2 casinos are suing - one
suing leading world poker player Phil Ivey, and 1 suing the
manufacturer of the cards, claiming that defective card design led to
multimillion dollar losses.
Glow in the dark
streets have replaced some streetlights in the Netherlands.
Here are the plans
for a 3D human robot, to be used with 3D printers.
A new study shows that pc gaming is not only alive but crushingly dominant in
games of any right to that title.
A new site, crowdemand, is like kickstarter for fashion designers. Customers
pre-order from designs
they see and if enough demand is generated, the clothes go to production.
OSU students should drag out their designs and submit them before the site is
One of the
dumbest, semi-literate teen girls in the country tweeted a bomb
threat to American Airlines for June 1 ("hello my name's Ibrahim and I'm from
Afghanistan. I'm part of Al Qaida and on June 1st I'm gonna do something really
big bye"). An exchange with AA followed in which she first claimed she'd been
hacked, then that a friend had done it, then that it was a joke, then.... that
she was scared her parents would find out and make her delete her twitter
account. Poor child. That should be the LEAST of your worries.
Now that the EU courts have
overthrown data retention laws, 4 Swedish telcos have stopped
retaining customer data.
The latest wearer of google glass to be
assaulted in San Francisco has expressed some understanding of the
issues and has asked the city's residents to being to talk about real issues -
with "rising housing costs and gentrification in the city - people on all sides
are being forced from their homes and made to feel unsafe on the streets and on
their commutes to and from work."
Renren, the Chinese
courier service powered by a cell phone app - like Uber - is now
being used by 1.2 million as a 2nd job in China, where the app includes police
verification of carriers.
The Ubuntu Edge
phone seems to still be on track, with releases in the U.S. expected
in the near future.
The battery of the black box in the missing Malaysian airliner now appears
In every metric, iTunes is in decline and
radical measures are being contemplated, including Android devices
having an iTunes store.
GNOME, which was important in the birth of the Open Software
movement, may have outlived its usefulness and has run out of money.
The Japanese Central railway is
offering the use of maglev technology for fast speed trains in the
U.S. without license fees.
It may seem redundant after yesterday's announcement of a .gop domain name,
but today a
.moe domain was announced. The former seems reserved for party
organizations; the latter is for party leaders only.
If you're concerned about whether a site is protecting your data from
Heartbleed and choose to use one of the many DIY tools
for checking, understand that the CFAA rigged by U.S. corporations makes it
a crime to do so.
The wearables everyone is
discarding will soon be chargeable from body heat generators people
will discard too, developed in Korea.
The extra power consumed for processing may make it a questionable
investment, but ever larger number
of pixils for cell phones are emerging. AU Optronics has unveiled its
newest, at roughly twice the number of pixils the human eye can distinguish.
NASA has sent a plant growth pod into the ISS for growing
lettuce to eat, using a special pillow to overcome problems in the
absence of gravity.
LinkedIn say they are about to launch
yet another app for cell phone users. Yaaawwwwn.
Staples is about to offer
3D printing in-store as well as 3D printers.
After being regularly shoved and tripped, and nearly burned with a cigarette
lighter, a tormented special-needs student in Pennsylvania.. secretly recorded
the abuse on his school-issued iPad, and his mother eventually
submitted the evidence but administrators decided to call the
police, who threatened the 15-year-old boy with felony wiretapping. Recording
requires notifying the recorded person, and there is no indication why that was
not done. The anger of the bullies would be the same, at worst.
If you're looking for privacy or
security, you can forget Dropbox, tech insiders say, now that
they've brought on the biggest fan of government eavesdropping, spying and
prevarication - not to say torture and war crimes - in the person of Condoleeza
Rice. Dropbox is now part and parcel of a criminal cartel.
Al Franken is now waging a
repeat of the fight he made as a comic against Comcast buying NBC,
this time with Comcast-TW, and this time as a Senator.
A google lawyer who is reported to be
forcing dozens from a property he owns to develop it is the subject
of today's anger from crowds in San Francisco.
The major headline in Korea's business news is
concerns a rash of workers contracting fatal leukemia.
KATSU, a grafitti
artist has attached spray cans to a quadcopter to create the world's
first grafitti drone.
Every U.S. Senator "examining" Comcast's
desire to monopolize internet cable has been on the company payola
warning that batteries from their now-sold VAIO computers have a
risk of burning users.
Also reported in the crime section: A Ukrainian ring which
installed the infamous Zeus malware to collect passwords and user
information from personal computers were charged today with stealing millions
from banks today. 2 of the 9 have been arrested.
Also reported in the crime section: Andrew "weev" Auernheimer, convicted of
violating the ridiculous Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), saw his sentence
vacated today by a judge. "In 2010, he and a few colleagues found a
flaw in AT&T's security that made it easy to get the personal data of more than
a hundred thousand iPad subscribers, and gave a list of victims to Gawker in
addition to alerting AT&T.
The google researcher who discovered the Heartbleed bug has
donated his $15,000 reward to a Freedom of the Press
fundraiser to support "encryption tools that journalists and others can use to
protect digital communications",
A new 3D pen is coming to kickstarter and is light and
draws power only from a laptop.
Google will start
scanning apps from google play for malware.
The bubble continued to deflate
for tech stocks today. The NASDAQ is now down 6.5% than a month ago. Bitcoin
fell below the $400 mark, down 60% from Dec.1, 2013.
Courageous "journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura
returning to the United States for the first time since they first
reported on the top-secret National Security Agency documents leaked by Edward
Snowden some 10 months ago,"
It was a huge day for Pablo Soto of Blubster ("the Spanish Napster") as a
ruled the P2P software legal. However, a similar court
decision in the Netherlands has been overturned by an EU court.
group of alleged hackers has been charged with breaking into the
computer systems of the U.S Army, Microsoft, and several other firms to steal
pre-release copies of popular video games like “Call of Duty,” simulation
software for Apache attack helicopter pilots, and confidential data that was
used to create counterfeit versions of the Xbox gaming system."
It was just
overwork: "Heartbleed, a 'catastrophic' security flaw in the OpenSSL
cryptographic protocol that has affected two-thirds of the entire Internet’s
communications, was committed at 10:59 pm on New Year’s Eve by [Robin]
Seggelmann, a 31-year-old Münster, Germany-based programmer. That night, he made
an error that has been compared to the misspelling of Mississippi."
mayor of Seattle today promised not to turn his back on the need for
faster, more affordable internet for the city. "Seattle would never leave the
construction of roads up to a private monopoly, nor should we allow the City's
internet access to be constructed and managed by a private monopoly" Let's bring
this guy in to manage Corvallis.
The CEO of Comcast was among friends as he
grinned his way through a Congressional hearing on a planned merger
with the company's largest competitor.
Samsung and Apple are heavily censoring material for the jury in a lawsuit.
For example, blacked out is a
comment on the site by one user: "i smell another stupid lawsuit by
Social psychiatrists are now saying that selfie
addiction is real and addicts have a "very high suicide rate". And a
new study of social networking at the job
shows that it has either a neutral or negative impact on work and
the authors recommend it be banned altogether, although it fails to take into
account employees' sense of well-being when feeling connected.
components for the much sought quantum computer were announced
testing total immersion systems for cooling which could cut server
power bills by 90%.
The Cuban government says the U.S. has
launched a new campaign to take down the island's servers using spam
as the weapon. A few of us in the U.S. might make the same charge.
vulnerability has existed for 2 years and there are indications that
the NSA has been exploiting it in that time period.
A new app from
Mailbox, which vastly simplified email previously, is being released
today. Incidentally, email related to work is
banned in France from 6 PM until 9 AM., as of today.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, there has been a 500% increase in
malware invading a computer, encrypting files and holding them for
ransom. But developers are fighting back when their own computers
3 billion years ago, a huge meteor hit the earth, with an impact far greater
than that which wiped the dinosaurs out, geologists
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prints have been found in Roman tiles made 2000 years ago. "It is lovely
to imagine some irate person chasing a dog or some other animal away from their
freshly made tiles", said the archaeologist.
4 new insect species found in a Brazilian cave have a unique feature of
females with penises that receive sperm when deposited in a male's vagina.
Further, the male cannot resist with damaging himself fatally.
Pregnant women taking anti-depressants appear more likely to have
children with autistic disorders.
The Vermont Senate has voted to require all GMO products to be labeled
and to make it illegal to call GMO products "all-natural".
Oklahomans who install solar cells or small wind turbines will face
electric surcharges in another bid by Republicans to ensure the nation stays
dependent upon the oil corporations.
The sushi industry and invasive species are wiping out Atlantic sea
urchins, a delicacy for sushi lovers.
solar loans from neighbors is funding new solar power for homeowners
through the Mosaic startup app.
A new Boston ordinance allowing people to grow and sell produce is
generating a new generation of urban farmers, especially among the urban poor,
A new childhood study suggests that half of all kids diagnosed with ADHD
may not have it at all. The research suggests an alternative diagnosis, and the
research is funded by Big Pharma, which is making many suspicious.
Argentina's latest device is not going to win any
PETA fans, but it promises to use fanny packs to capture the methane produced by
cows, a major source of global warming:
Portlandis flushing millions of gallons of water through a reservoir
after some lowlife teen was videotaped urinating in it. The teen was charged with public urination.
has now evolved resistance to GM (genetically modified) produced corn
A tiny marmoset holding his dying mate and grieving has provided proof
of an old question about primates and mourning.
Refined carbohydrates at only half the intake of the average U.S. women
disturb the ovarian cycle, West Coast researchers announced today.
MIT researchers have found a way to store heat in molecules easily,
which will further development of solar power.
Republicans often have fetishes involving children but Alaska Republican
Shelley Hughes' campaign regarding breastfeeding kids as "smart and sexy" raised
a few eyebrows.
A rare reproduction of the Siku Quanshu, an encyclopedia withh only 7 copies
made, compiled by nearly 4,000 scribes and considered to be an encyclopedia of
all the knowledge extant concerning philosophy, medicine, literature, and
history within China at the the time of the American revolution has been
released for public view.
Paul Walker, who died in an insane car crash last year, will be played
by his brothers in Fast and Furious 7.
Apr 15 Winter storms
in the Pacific Northwest are becoming fiercer due to pollution from developing
countries in Asia, according to a study by Yuan Wang in the National Academy of
Tax Day. Think yours are high? Wait until you see the taxes paid by the
rich. Ooohhhh. Sorry. No, theirs are lower:
1. Pepco Holdings -33.0%
2. PG&E Corp. -16.7%
3. NiSource -13.6%
4. Wisconsin Energy -13.5%
5. General Electric -11.1%
6. CenterPoint Energy -8.5%
7. Integrys Energy Group -8.2%
8. Atmos Energy -7.7%
9. Tenet Healthcare -6.0%
10. American Electric Power -5.8%
11. Ryder System -4.7%
12. Con-way -3.5%
13. Duke Energy -3.3%
14. Priceline.com -3.0%
15. FirstEnergy -3.0%
16. Apache -2.4%
17. Interpublic Group -2.1%
18. Verizon Communications -1.8%
19. NextEra Energy -1.6%
20. Consolidated Edison -.1%
21. CMS Energy -1.1%
22. Boeing -1.0%
23. Northeast Utilities -0.7%
24. Corning -0.3%
25. Paccar Rate -0.1%
26. MetroPCS Comms -0.1%
GAS, or Group A β-hemolytic streptococcus, or "flesh eating bacteria,
causes 500,000 deaths a year now, but arose from a virus passing genes into an
innocuous bacteria only 35 years ago, a new genetic study says.
Nanocrystals in solar cells using environmentally benign inks are
promising advances in solar cell fabrication.
Re-enacting myths, scientists have determined that crows have the same
level of intelligence as a human 7 year old.
Brad Pitt is going to play an Army general who was the star of an
unflattering report in the Operators, by a Rolling Stone reporter.
Individual bacteria will usually not become virulent except in the
presence of others like themselves, and preventing the communication may open up
new sources of treatment for disease.
The U.S. biomedical science system is producing too many new researchers
and forcing them to compete for a stagnating pool of funding, 4 researchers said
today in releasing a study of the problems.
The NIH and England's Welcome Trust have now - after years of coaxing -
begun to penalize researchers not adhering to open source standards.
Gas drilling operations in Pennsylvania actually
released 1000 times the federal estimates of the most serious of global
warming gases. methane.
The "thunder god vine", or - in Mandarin -lei gong teng - works better
than the most widely prescribed drug for rheumatoid arthritis, according to an
English study published today.
In other airline news, U.S. Airways tweeted a porn shot of a woman with
the nose of an airplane in her vagina.A woman had twitted that the
airline "ruined my spring break. I want some free stuff" and the airline
replied, with the same photo, that "We don't like to hear this Alex. Please
provide feedback to our Customer Relations Team". With the same photo. NSFW
photo on link at Gawker's gossip site. In response, a tweeter user
"Either someone at US Airways is terrible at doing their job or incredible at
quitting their job."
Norway has found a copy of Pan Si Dong (Cave of the Silk Web), a classic
Chinese film long thought lost, and will give it to China.
Stanfordresearchers have found a copper catalyst that creates ethanol
at room temperatures from carbon dioxide.
Republicansare pushing to end social science research, just as in the
time of Ronald Reagan they ended social science networks, pushing the mentally
ill into prisons instead.
A new treatment for
hepatitus C has cured 90% of those with the disease within 12 weeks.
combinationof viruses and anti-mimetics has proven 10,000 more potent in
combating cancer, in Canadian studies.
Utilising construction waste, 10 houses have been 3D printed in
Shanghai within 24 hours.
Nirvana'sKrist Novoselic is spending his time on trying to ensure
voting is once again a guaranteed right of Americans.
invasive microchip, doctors will now be able to see 3D real-time images of blood
A South Africancarpenter who accidentally cut off his fingers is now in
the business of 3D printing prosthetics.
new reportestimates that U.S. taxpayers spend more than $6 billion each
year to provide government benefits to low-paid Walmart workers."
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suggesting that for maximum effectiveness, it is important to "Set
realistic, attainable goals. Rather than trying to lose 10 pounds in one day, go
eat a couple handfuls of shredded cheese or watch some television instead."
The mudslide in Washington has
ruined the salmon and steelhead spawning areas which drew many of the
residents there in the first place.
The sperm of traumatized mice has been
shown to be genetically affected for generations, inducing depression in
A movie based upon the resurrected surreal "Sandman"
comic book is in planning now.
Vermont is on the
verge of passing a labeling law for the GM "Franken Foods" of the food
industry, with 80% favoring the law.
Greenland ice cores are
showing the success of the 1970 U.S. Clean Air Act.
extract, which improves working memory, is the latest simple remedy
being proposed for dementia.
The oldest known cardio-vascular system, in a half billion year old shrimp, has
unearthed in Yunnan, China.
officials have ordered the killing of 112,000 chickens to halt the
further spread of "bird flu".
residents were advised that the benzene levels found in the city tap
water is now gone and the water is safe to drink again. "Crude oil leak from a
petrochemical pipeline poisoned the water source for a local water plant and
brought hazardous levels of benzene into the city's tap water on Friday morning,
affecting 2.4 million people."
Creationists are going
berserk over the latest PBS documentary, Your Inner Fish, on the
emergence of fish to dry land as they did with Cosmos.
Aquaculture has now reached "peak fish", where the
supply of wild fish food exceeds supply for the prawn industry, so an
Australian discovery of non-fish food is being heralded by the industry.
Since 1977, a series of laboratory escapes of deadly viruses being studied to
ensure human survival in the case they appeared naturally, and these are only
inspectors performed inspection at 25000 plants and found pollution
violations at 2100. The government plans on providing an additional 40 billion
yuan for inspections next year. Lanzhou has has seen a
rush on bottled water after reports of benzene levels deemed unsafe.
A New York outbreak of measles has been
traced to a fully vaccinated theater employee.
A new and very complete statistical
analysis has shown that the chances of climate change being due to
natural rather than human made factors is slim to none.
Scientists comparing extinct and living
lions have identified 5 geographical groups within the species
100 Harvard faculty have issued a
call for the university to divest itself of stocks in fossil fuel
In a unique fundraising event, Willie Nelson has offered to do a backyard bbq
for the winning
bidder in an auction on behalf of Wendy Davis, the Democratic candidate
for governor who faced down a reactionary Republican legislature trying to pass
anti-choice legislation against women.
Another group of NHL players is
suing over concussions.
Scientists at the University of Washington are using very high speed
cameras to study the banks and rolls of fruit flies and believe they can
come up with a new generation of drones from the results.
Contrary to common sense, marathon
runners are most apt to have arterial plaque build up.
Northwest sea otters have joined the list of those
animals subject to the H1N1 flu virus.
Consumer products with added
nanoparticles - cosmetics, clothing, sunscreens - can seriously damage
human DNA, MIT says.
Surgeons in Switzerland have
grown cartilage from a patient's own body and used it to repair noses
damaged by cancer.
A new species
of crayfish discovered in Australia is tiny but burrows 3 feet to ensure its
burrow reaches the water table. It moves crazily, and is a cannibal.
A Kingston University study has found that an unmade bed is incapable
of supporting the mites which cause allergies. OSU students should tuck that
away for the next parental visit.
Keeping a dog in a kennel literally drives the animal crazy, a new study has
SF Quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been
named in an investigation that also lists pot, alcohol, a woman and with
maybe even a "date rape" drug implied.
discovery of a fossil "daddy long legs" spider with 4 legs but twice as
many eyes as modern species fills a gap in the evolutionary history of the
planning to put the local growers out of the organic market business in
the near future.
4 young women born without vaginas were implanted
with versions grown from their own tissue, and the new ones are "virtually
indistinguishable" from those they would have had if abnormalities had not crept
Navajos seduced by the promise of jobs in uranium mining years ago today are
suffering from strange cancers and other sickness from the now-shuttered
A new solar plane as large as a Boeing 747 is about to
circumnavigate the globe.
Deaf people are beginning to become aware that cochlear transplants are making
"deaf culture" rarer daily. A few are unsettled.
The feared "death panels" have now arrived, and they've arrived
in Republican states where the governors have refused federal aid for health
care. The most
recent was of a single mom with 2 kids and a heart condition.
Tamiflu, once touted
as a drug to ameliorate flu virus has been shown to be a billion dollar waste of
Polar bears are not
facing global warming alone. "Researchers in New England say that warmer
weather caused by climate change has allowed ticks to thrive, and devastated the
moose population by literally draining them of blood."
Oregon State University researches have
discovered a means of turning wood cellulose into electric storage
supercapacitors. "These supercapacitors are extraordinary, high-power energy
devices with a wide range of industrial applications, in everything from
electronics to automobiles and aviation."
After a seagull and a crow killed the pope's "peace doves" while a horrified
crowd watched a few months ago, the Vatican has hired a bodyguard for the
pigeons - a trained
In sad news, the little girl suffering from a rare and fatal cancer who became a
Michigan State mascot in their NCAA run, and enjoyed a special bond with MSU's
Adreain Payne, has died.
Above: Lacey "Princess" Holsworth and Adreian Payne.
A Kansas Republican at the whistle of Monsanto is pushing a bill
to prevent states from requiring labels for GM Franken foods. Guess what he's
calling it? The "Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act". Hawhawhaw. It's
the same bill Oregon's Kitzhaber rolled over for Monsanto on - banning counties
from such action.
Vermont is taking a
page from Sasketchawan and introducing single-payer health care.
Triclosan, the active ingredient in anti-bacterial soaps,
boosts staph infections in the nose, a new study shows.
Relying only upon shape and material and the ways they interact, Warka Towers
supply 25 gallons of water a day just from the ambient air.
Home run king Hank Aaron says the
difference between Republicans and the men who sent him death threats as
he was chasing the record is "back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties
and starched shirts."
The Federal Reserve has
ordered a set of banks who claim to be "too big to fail" to raise the
amounts of cash on hand to try to stave off a recurrence of the 2008 recession
under George Bush.
Entamoeba histolytica is "an amoeba about a tenth the size of a dust
mite—infects 50 million people worldwide and
kills as many as 100,000 each year. Now, a new report reveals how the
microbe does its deadly damage: by eating cells alive, piece by piece." That
gives hope for treatment.
researcher has devised a miscroscope which costs a mere 50 cents, and
folds together like an origami exercise.
Christopher Beam has posted a comic, almost heartbreaking
account of playing football in China with the Chongqing Dockers, against
the Beijing Cyclones. The mover and shaker of the Dockers is inept and named Fat Baby and
his wife supports his passion hoping he'll lose weight.
The carbon dioxide
level "has exceeded 402 parts per million (ppm) during the past two days
of observations, which is higher than at any time in at least the past 800,000
A living organ - specifically the thymus - has been regenerated into a
youthful stage for the first time.
7 clothing factories in Bangladesh have now been
ordered shuttered. Thousands are out of work but alive.
Glucosamine, an over the counter supplement, has extended the average
mouse life by 10% - that's 8 in human years.
In basketball news, Derrick Gordon, a Massachusetts starter,
became the first openly gay men's basketballer in the NCAA. Via
A Scottish researcher has for the first time
induced cells to repair an organ inside the human body.
Lipids from common items like cosmetics and medicines can affect
prenatal development and cause autism, says a ground breaking York University
The Large Hadron Collider beauty (LHCb) has
provided "an unambiguous observation of an exotic particle – the Z(4430)
– that does not fit the quark model."
PETA plans to open a vegan eatery
in the home of serial killer and cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer. The cafe will be called Eat for Life.
Temporary tattoos capable of storing and reading a patient's medical history,
and of injecting medicines were demonstrated today in TexasAustin.
resurrected old dreams and arranged for paralyzed patients to move their
arms and legs using electric impulses.
opponents of stem cell research have succeeded in shutting down the
National Institute of Health's sole remaining project designed to address
macular degeneration of the eyes, heart issues, Parkinson's and cancer are going
by the wayside, it seems.
Site Dedicated to the Memory of Eric McKinley, d. Iraq, 2002
Eric McKinley was our local connoisseur of ska music and cafe denizen whose unit
was activated and sent to Iraq to patrol with inadequately armored vehicles.
When Congressional funds for armoring the vehicles were diverted by the
notorious Republican Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska (later convicted on
corruption charges), Eric's unit was reduced to using plywood to give their
vehicles some additional protection. When an insurgent's IED hit Eric's vehicle,
his horrified teammates were forced to watch as the heat of the burning plywood
began exploding the grenades strapped to Eric's body. Eric, you are not
forgotten and will live forever in our hearts.