[NBC New York] A wild scene unfolded on New York's Staten Island Wednesday when a zebra and a pony were spotted running along a busy roadway after they apparently beat feet from a Christmas tree seller. I already seen dis movie...
Part of their journey was captured on video by Zachary Osher, who was busy at work when he looked out the window of his shop and saw the animals on Victory Boulevard.
"Is this actually happening to me, am I finally losing my mind. This can't be happening," Osher told NBC 4 New York he remembered thinking. "This is a zebra on Staten Island. On the street!"
Osher used his phone to film the pair as they dodged traffic just after 9 a.m.
They had apparently beat feet from a nearby Christmas tree business, where they were used as an attraction, according to Giovanni Schirripa, the owner of the business.
The animals were later returned to the property, he said.
Both the pony and the zebra, a 4-month-old male named Rozzy, are doing fine, he said. They will be sent to live in a barn in New Jersey after the holidays.
When are foals weaned? A little googling suggests four to six months. The guy bought this zebra when it was two months old. I hope he's taking good care of it. Next Christmas, it won't be so cute and adorable; what will happen to it then?
[National Journal] The U.S. birth rate dropped to its lowest level since the beginning of the Great Depression, led by a drop among immigrants, according to a report data released Thursday by the Pew Research Center.
In 2011, the overall birth rate was 63.2 per 1,000 women of childbearing age, the lowest since at least 1920, Pew reported, citing numbers from the National Center for Health Statistics. The birth rate reached 122.7 in 1957, the peak of the Baby Boom. After the mid-1970s, the birth rate stabilized at about 65 to 70 births per 1,000 women annually, until the beginning of the Great Recession.
Since 2007, both the U.S. birth rate (the number of live births per 1,000 women ages 15-44) and the number of births have dropped significantly, according to the report.
Overall, the birth rate declined 8 percent from 2007 to 2010. Among U.S.-born women, the birth rate dropped 6 percent. The decline among foreign-born women was 14 percent. Among Mexican women, the birth rate fell even more, to 23 percent.
In modern America the role of men has become almost insignificant - government has replaced them as the family provider, enforcement of any kind of family discipline is illegal, and turkey basters or the medical equivalent remove their biological necessity (except for a few breeding bulls in a pen somewhere.) Further, their percieved tendency towards violence makes them untrustworthy around civilized society, except for the metrosoxuals and other pseudo-castrati (perhaps female hormones in so much of the food supply contributes to the increase in such semi-men.)
Add to the above 1) the belief that humans are the cause of world problems and really should exterminate themselves, 2) the delay in starting families until one can 'afford it', 3) the focus of the breeding generation on 'me, me, me', and 4) the harmful effect of @bortions on ferti1ity and it should be no surprise at the birth rate reduction.
[Iran Press TV] Libyan veterans of last year's revolution, which ousted dictator Muammar Qadaffy ...a proud Arab institution for 42 years, now among the dear departed, though not the dearest... , have once again gathered outside the Zawiya Oil Refining Company in Tripoli ...a confusing city, one end of thich is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn... to protest against the government, calling on authorities to send them abroad for medical treatment.
According to reports, a large crowd of maimed veterans attended the demonstration on Thursday.
The protesters also forced Zawiya's officials to shut down operations at the refinery.
"We are in a state of total shutdown...the demonstrators are preventing employees from entering the refinery and fuel trucks are unable to leave," said refinery front man Essam al-Muntasir.
"Many of them (the veterans) want the government to send them abroad to receive treatment or they want to get more money from the government as compensation for their efforts," he noted.
On November 5, a similar protest was held in the same region where angry veterans prevented the employees from entering the company.
According to Libya's Deputy Oil Minister Omar Shakmak, the protest outside the refinery can cause fuel shortage in the North African country.
"We have enough fuel stored in Tripoli to last us 25 days, but the problem is that protesters are not allowing trucks in or out of the fuel storage areas of the refinery, which could cause a shortage," he said.
[An Nahar] The case against a young Tunisian woman allegedly raped by two coppers has been dropped, her lawyer said on Thursday.
The case was dismissed "against the woman and her boyfriend," lawyer Emna Zahrouni said.
The 27-year-old rape victim faced possible indecency charges with her fiance based on the testimony of the alleged rapists, coppers who say they took the couple by surprise in an "immoral position" just before the attack purportedly took place.
The case sparked a storm of protest in Tunisia, with NGOs, media and opposition figures saying the proceedings had transformed the victim into the accused and reflected the Islamist-led government's policy towards women.
Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali, from the ruling Islamist party Ennahda, said in October that the coppers, enjugged Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'! shortly after the incident, would be "severely judged."
But he also said there may be a case of indecency to answer.
However, if you can't say something nice about a person some juicy gossip will go well... Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki in October offered a state apology to the woman.
"The Tunisian president received the young woman raped by the coppers... and after listening to the details of this painful case... he expressed total sympathy (with the woman) and offered a state apology," a statement from his office said.
[KCNA] Archaeologists of the History Institute of the DPRK Academy of Social Sciences have recently reconfirmed a lair of the unicorn rode by King Tongmyong, founder of the Koguryo Kingdom (B.C. 277-A.D. 668).
The lair is located 200 meters from the Yongmyong Temple in Moran Hill in Pyongyang City. A rectangular rock carved with words "Unicorn Lair" stands in front of the lair. The carved words are believed to date back to the period of Koryo Kingdom (918-1392).
Jo Hui Sung, director of the Institute, told KCNA:
"Korea's history books deal with the unicorn, considered to be ridden by King Tongmyong, and its lair.
The Sogyong (Pyongyang) chapter of the old book 'Koryo History' (geographical book), said: Ulmil Pavilion is on the top of Mt. Kumsu, with Yongmyong Temple, one of Pyongyang's eight scenic spots, beneath it. The temple served as a relief palace for King Tongmyong, in which there is the lair of his unicorn.
The old book 'Sinjungdonggukyojisungnam' (Revised Handbook of Korean Geography) complied in the 16th century wrote that there is a lair west of Pubyok Pavilion in Mt. Kumsu.
The discovery of the unicorn lair, associated with legend about King Tongmyong, proves that Pyongyang was a capital city of Ancient Korea as well as Koguryo Kingdom."
[Dawn] The 18-month-old boy suffering from polio ...Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. Between 1840 and the 1950s, polio was a worldwide epidemic. Since the development of polio vaccines the disease has been largely wiped out in the civilized world. However, since the vaccine is known to make Moslem pee-pees shrink and renders females sterile, bookish, and unsubmissive it is not widely used by the turban and automatic weapons set... and living in Liaquatabad town acquired the virus from during a visit to relatives in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa ... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central... , not Bloody Karachi ...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It may be the largest city in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous... , Dawn learnt on Wednesday.
Sources in the World Health Organisation (WHO) said that after observing the genome sequence of the virus, the authorities were convinced that the polio case belonged to Mardan and not Bloody Karachi.
"Though the child is a resident of Liaqatabad's union council 11, in view of the findings of WHO it would now be counted in the tally of Mardan," said the source.
"Two polio cases have already been reported in Mardan while no cases have been reported from Bloody Karachi this year. The number of polio cases in Sindh remains at four."
The senior polio coordinator for WHO said that the polio eradication initiative confirmed that 18-month-old SLearned Elders of Islamn, son of Abdur Rehman, was the 55th polio case reported all across Pakistain till Nov 21 this year. He said that the genomic sequence of the Bloody Karachi/Mardan case showed that the virus was from Khyber Pakhtunkwa and matched viruses from Charsada and Bajaur closely.
Technology voids the Constitutional Fourth Amendment, I guess. That, and six months.
When Petraeus resigned from his post one of the more startling revelations was that the dalliance was discovered when the FBI sifted through his private Gmail account.
More alarming is that the average American could easily be subjected to the same snooping that Petraeus endured. According to current law, police can access email through a provider, like Yahoo or Gmail, without a warrant if the message is more than 180 days old.
The Senate Judiciary Committee met on Nov. 29 to consider an update to the Act which would require police to get a warrant to read email or other electronic communiques.
Citizens might be surprised to learn that their email accounts, their phones and even their houses are subject to warrant-free electronic surveillance.
"The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution was enacted in 1791," Barket says. "It was enacted at a point of time to deal with government intrusion and searches that they could possibly comprehend. Now we have government searches that nobody up until the last 10 years could even envision. Could you ever envision that the government could track every movement by simply calling up a cell provider?"
I'm linking this to provide some background to the recent events in Myanmar/Burma. It's a recent oppressive incident that happened in Burma that doesn't appear connected to anything having to do with the Rohingya, or any of Burma's other ethnic conflicts. To get a sense of the location click here.
RANGOON--Protesters demanding a complete shutdown of a Chinese-backed copper mining project near Monywa in Upper Burma were forcefully dispersed by police using tear gas and water cannons early on Thursday morning in a raid which led to dozens of people being badly burned.
In the most violent government response to civil disobedience since tentative democratic reforms were introduced last year, riot police descended on six protest camps at around 2:30 am with a raft of aggressive measures that reportedly left large areas ablaze. I'm trying to remember other incidents that involved use of "tear gas" that wind up having incendiary effects.
"At 2:30 am, the main gate of Wanbao suddenly swung open and police charged in. Ten monks at our camp stood up to protect the rest of the protesters but the monks were knocked down by water jets. Then the fire bombs came in. They set our motorcycles on fire. We had to run for our lives," said Aye Net, one of the protest leaders.
"Monks dragged me away. Otherwise, I would have been killed or arrested," she added.
"We have 10 injured protesters, including monks," said Thaw Zin, an anti-copper mine activist at another camp, adding that 15 people from his area are still missing and were likely arrested. To summarize, they're not sure how many were injured or how badly, how many were arrested, etc. The attack happened on the eve of Aung San Suu Kyi's visit to the area. One notable statement:
"When the raid started, we didn't believe that [the police] would use that kind of violence as we are no longer under military dictatorship. We were shocked," said Thaw Zin. "We weren't disturbing law and order. We were unarmed people who were just asking for our rights." There's also a heavy security cordon around the major hospital in the area.
They save the initial cause of the protests for the end of the piece.
The mining project, a joint-venture between the military-owned Union of Myanmar Economic Holdings Ltd and China's Wan Bao Company, has come under fire since August after more than 300 residents from 12 villages in the Letpadaung mountain range staged protests to demand its closure, citing environmental destruction, forced relocations and illegal land confiscation.
More than 7,800 acres of land from 26 villages under the shadow of the mountain range have been seized to make way for the project that began last year. Since mid-November, protesters have been disrupting workers by linking arms to block the path of trucks at the construction site, and erecting camps nearby.
"I feel very sad. I never thought they would respond to us like that. We are the Burmese and [the police] are Burmese too," added Aye Net. "But on witnessing that they are protecting Chinese interests by using force on their fellow Burmese, it has caused me a great deal of heartache." I think this illustrates a really bad situation the modern deindustrialization of the United States has put us in. We can buy from and support the people who committed this or we can forego any modern consumer electronics and much modern industrial equipment.
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forcefully dispersed by police using tear gas and water cannons
Reminds me of the '68 DNC in Chicago.