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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Anti-violence activists charged in vicious attack
[THENEWSTRIBUNE] WASHINGTON, PA. -- Two "Stop the Violence" organizers allegedly beat one of their colleagues so severely that he vomited blood and was left unconscious at death's door.

Nikole Ardeno and Emanuel Velez, both 30, accused their former roommate of stealing their property, and allegedly punched and kicked him in the street until he had seizures. Arrested moments later, Ardeno was still wearing the same "Stop the Violence" T-shirt she had on the night before when she coordinated a march protesting two recent shootings, Washington Police Chief Chris Luppino said.

The victim, Joshua Magraff, also is a community organizer with the anti-violence group, and shared an apartment with the suspects until recently.

Online court records don't list lawyers for the defendants, who face a preliminary hearing Nov. 10 on charges of aggravated assault, conspiracy, simple assault and disorderly conduct.

Local "Stop the Violence" leader Suzanne Kelley said she hopes to hear from Ardeno, and insisted that "we don't promote violence at all."

"I can't believe this is going on. I don't want the community to get a negative effect from this because they back us," Kelley said.
Posted by: Fred || 10/31/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [38 views] Top||

#1  Fortunately, they hadn't joined the "No More Beheadings" and "Stop Disemboweling Now" advocacy groups.
Posted by: ed in texas || 10/31/2014 8:08 Comments || Top||

#2  bwahahahaha



sorry for the poor victim though.

Just like the Socialist Alliance. Just give it a go sometime. Take their mobile phone and say you are redistributing it to a poor person
Posted by: anon1 || 10/31/2014 10:36 Comments || Top||

Virgin Galactic Spaceship 2 Explodes. Pilot dead co-Pilot in serious danger
Posted by: 3dc || 10/31/2014 18:19 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [15 views] Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
MERS strikes: 4 dead, 9 new cases surface
After a break for the haj, MERS resumes its slow march.
[ARABNEWS] The MERS coronavirus has killed four persons and infected nine others, announced the Saudi Health Ministry on Thursday.

One of the latest victims of the deadly disease is an 84-year-old expatriate who lived in Taif.

The nine latest MERS infected patients, meanwhile, are all Saudi with the exception of a 30-year-old expat woman in Riyadh.

Three new cases were diagnosed in Riyadh, three in Taif and one in Hafr Al-Batin.

The deadly virus has killed 337 across the Kingdom since June 2012.

A total of 435 patients have made a full recovery, while 17 are currently undergoing treatment in hospitals across the Kingdom, according to ministry reports.

New cases have recently been diagnosed in several cities, including Taif, Madinah, Riyadh, Jeddah, Al-Jouf, Najran, Hofuf, Hafr Al-Batin and Jubail.
Posted by: Fred || 10/31/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [42 views] Top||

#1  I read just yesterday, the Israelis have a "vaccine booster" for MERS...hmmm
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/31/2014 1:22 Comments || Top||

#2  435 survive, 337 dead

that's only slightly better than ebola
Posted by: anon1 || 10/31/2014 10:53 Comments || Top||

Typhoid Mary defies orders to stay at home and goes for a cycle
  • Nurse Kaci Hickox, 33, and her boyfriend Ted Wilbur left their home on Thursday morning with their bikes for an hour-long ride
  • She said: 'There is nothing to stop me from going for a bike ride in my home town'
  • She spoke to the press outside the home in Fort Kent, Maine, on Wednesday night, saying she will continue to fight the Ebola quarantine
  • Hickox shook the hand of MailOnline's reporter at the scene and said: 'You could hug me. You could shake my hand. I would not give you Ebola'
  • Maine Governor said he would give up on the state's demand to keep the nurse under quarantine if she agrees to take a blood test
  • However a blood test for Ebola would only be positive if Hickox was displaying symptoms of the virus
Posted by: Fred || 10/31/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [168 views] Top||

#1  I wonder how Joshua Chamberlain, former governor of Maine, winner of the Medal of Honor, and hero of Little Round Top would have dealt with this woman.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 10/31/2014 0:39 Comments || Top||

#2  If she does come down with it they should treat it...

... with a flamethrower.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 10/31/2014 1:08 Comments || Top||

#3  Hope she sneezed on the medioids.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/31/2014 1:31 Comments || Top||

#4  The fat, loud mouth in Jersey said "go ahead, sue me" then he let her return to Maine. He also lost his tempter and lambasted a heckler in a speech last week. Not presidential material, not at all.

As far as Typhoid Mary goes, rubber bullets would have kept her inside of her little house, would have kept Teddy there too.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/31/2014 2:58 Comments || Top||

#5  So, if she infects somebody---can you try her for 1st degree murder (attempted, I hope)?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/31/2014 3:01 Comments || Top||

#6  She is Ebola Kaci
Posted by: 49 Pan || 10/31/2014 3:36 Comments || Top||

#7  The good news: Hickox has returned home.

The bad news: Her nursing license is now ONLY valid in Liberia
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/31/2014 4:03 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Kojo Speaking for Boskone2537 || 10/31/2014 4:44 Comments || Top||

#9  If her attitude is shared by a significant percentage of medical workers in the West then essentially all efforts at epidemiological disease control are moot.

If Ebola doesn't do significant harm to Western nations then Ebola in it's present form is just fundamentally incompatible with the epidemiological eco-system of a Western industrial society located in the temperate zone.

If we ever encounter something that's more compatible with our way of life, we're doomed.
Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660 || 10/31/2014 4:51 Comments || Top||

#10  It's an accepted judicial precedent that if an individual who has HIV bites an cop or corrections officer, the individual can be prosecuted for assault with a deadly weapon. There's multiple instances on the books, in multiple jurisdictions.
So a great deal would seem to hinge on the blood test mid next month. Now, under HIPA regulations, that should be privileged information. We'll see...
Posted by: ed in texas || 10/31/2014 8:25 Comments || Top||

#11  Worrying about Ebola is racis. Sexis, too.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 10/31/2014 11:26 Comments || Top||

#12  I mentioned this in a comment days ago, not sure if anyone read it, so I will quote it again:

Dr. Beutler, an American medical doctor and researcher, won the Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology in 2011 for his work researching the cellular subsystem of the body’s overall immune system — the part of it that defends the body from infection by other organisms, like Ebola.

He is currently the Director of the Center for the Genetics of Host Defense at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas — the first U.S. city to treat an Ebola patient and also the first to watch one die from the virus. In an exclusive interview with NJ Advance Media, Beutler reviewed Christie’s new policy of mandatory quarantine for all health care workers exposed to Ebola, and declared: “I favor it.”

“Even if someone is asymptomatic you cannot rely on people to report themselves if they get a fever,” said Dr. Beutler, adding, “You can’t just depend on the goodwill of people to confine the disease like that – even healthcare workers. They behave very irresponsibly."
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 10/31/2014 11:30 Comments || Top||

#13  Cacaa Kickox is being quite unprofessional and rude. In fact, she is acting like a drunk whose sole purpose for the bing at the bar is to see whether she can drive home without getting pulled over.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/31/2014 11:55 Comments || Top||

#14  Gettiing her 15 minutes of fame.
Posted by: Slaitch Thrusong6976 || 10/31/2014 14:28 Comments || Top||

#15  FT Kent is so far out that she's only endangering moose and Canucks.

As an American hero, Obumble should make her UN Ambassador for the next 21 days.
Posted by: regular joe || 10/31/2014 14:59 Comments || Top||

-Land of the Free
Judge scraps quarantine for Typhoid Mary, decries unscientific paranoia in US
Posted by: anon1 || 10/31/2014 18:17 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [21 views] Top||

#1  Take it up with DoD.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/31/2014 19:01 Comments || Top||

#2  sorry for double post, me and raj had the same thought about the same time
Posted by: anon1 || 10/31/2014 20:30 Comments || Top||

Typhoid Mary's room-mate in Africa has ebola, doesn't know how they got it
Posted by: anon1 || 10/31/2014 18:16 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [17 views] Top||

Interesting precedent - no pension plan is safe from bankruptcy
[NYT] Judge Approves Bankruptcy Exit for Stockton, Calif.
Some things are inevitable. Or, as the Instapundit likes to say, "That which can't go on, won't."
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/31/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [155 views] Top||

#1  It would seem a no-brainer that, once the party guaranteeing the pension goes bankrupt, there AIN'T NO MO PENSION.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 10/31/2014 0:33 Comments || Top||

#2  The employer once could use the pension as a negotiated deferred payment income strategy to offset a portion of the employee's wages. An allowable, DoL sanctioned Ponzi scheme.
Now its just wages, if you can find them.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/31/2014 1:42 Comments || Top||

#3  The headline is extremely misleading. The bankruptcy judge approved of leaving the pensions alone because medical benefits were eliminated, inasmuch as no money had been set aside by Stockton to pay for it.
Posted by: badanov || 10/31/2014 3:11 Comments || Top||

#4  Anyone remember 401k employer matching funds ?

Anyone remember 401k's ?

Anyone remember employers ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/31/2014 3:13 Comments || Top||

#5  Tax-free municipal bonds? Better look closely at their bottom line
Posted by: Frank G || 10/31/2014 9:14 Comments || Top||

#6  All pensions are just promises unless & until actually paid out to the beneficiaries. Lots of governmental pension plans have made promises they can't keep. As we are finding out. Governmental bonds are also simple promises of future payments.
A court which attempts to force a bankrupt governmental entity to pay out a pension, will have to levy taxes directly, I see no other options.
Bueller? Anyone?
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 10/31/2014 11:51 Comments || Top||

#7  The City in most cases hasn't made its required pension contributions in years. Oakland is in similar shape, squandering money on every loser deal it can dream up and missing 20 years worth of Policeman's and Fireman's pension payments. Now they just shrug their shoulders and want the courts to issue a retro-active haircut to pensioners. Retro-Active, I never heard of that one before!
Posted by: Jomong Gray3113 || 10/31/2014 13:03 Comments || Top||

#8  Of course no one in the higher levels of the unions ever took the time to do the economics themselves, ie income vs outlays and adjust 'demands'/expectations accordingly over the long haul. It's the same magic money tree that the Feds use for Social Security and future debt payments. And why the Fed/Tres keeps the inflation rate artificially at near zero. Lies, upon lies, upon lies.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/31/2014 16:16 Comments || Top||

#9  Unions typically don't ever learn the #1 rule of parasites:

Don't kill the host!
Posted by: CrazyFool || 10/31/2014 17:15 Comments || Top||

Africa Subsaharan
Burkina Faso army dissolves government, parliament
[Iran Press TV] The head of Burkina Faso
...The country in west Africa that they put where Upper Volta used to be. Its capital is Oogadooga, or something like that. Its president is currently Blaise Compaoré, who took office in 1987 and will leave office feet first, one way or the other...
's armed forces has announced the dissolution of the country's government and parliament following deadly anti-government protests in the West African country.

"A transitional body will be put in place in consultation with all parties. A return to the constitutional order is expected in no more than 12 months," General Honore Traore said during a news conference in the capital, Ouagadougou, on Thursday.

The military also announced a curfew from 7:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. local time (1900 GMT-0600 GMT).

Earlier in the day, Burkinabé President Blaise Compaore declared a state of emergency in the wake of violent protests at his bid to extend his 27-year rule. The protesters demanded his resignation.
Posted by: Fred || 10/31/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [45 views] Top||

#1  A return to the constitutional order is expected in no more than 12 months," General Honore Traore said during a news conference in the capital, Ouagadougou, on Thursday.

Where can we find men like General Traore ?

Posted by: Besoeker || 10/31/2014 4:05 Comments || Top||

#2  Where can we find men like General Traore ?

You have to get them before they enter modern western educational system.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/31/2014 9:42 Comments || Top||

#3  Weren't they more stable with less coups and stuff when they were Upper Volta?
Posted by: Bill Clinton || 10/31/2014 12:52 Comments || Top||

In Burkina Faso, President Declares State of Emergency After Protests
[NY Times] President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso
...The country in west Africa that they put where Upper Volta used to be. Its capital is Oogadooga, or something like that. Its president is currently Blaise Compaore, who took office in 1987 and will leave office feet first, one way or the other...
declared a state of emergency and dissolved the government on Thursday, but also offered negotiations with his adversaries after a day of fiery
...a single two-syllable word carrying connotations of both incoherence and viciousness. A fiery delivery implies an audience of rubes and yokels, preferably forming up into a mob...
protests against plans to add a further term to his 27 years in office.

The venting of rage was depicted by some analysts as the most serious challenge to his grip on power since he deposed his predecessor, Thomas Sankara, in a coup in 1987.

Throughout Thursday, demonstrators rampaged through the dusty streets of Ouagadougou, the capital, overrunning state broadcasters, setting fire to the Parliament building and torching the homes of the president's aides and relatives.
Posted by: Fred || 10/31/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [16 views] Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Russia simulated an attack on Denmark, flew there with live missiles
Posted by: anon1 || 10/31/2014 18:48 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [15 views] Top||

Russia, Ukraina sign gas deal
From English language source:

The sticking point up until today has been Russian insistence that Ukraina prepay for part of this winter's gas supplies, and repay about 60 percent of the accumulated debt for past purchases.

Russia, Ukraine, and the European Commission have signed an agreement on gas supply and transit conditions until March 2015 during talks in Brussels.

The agreement was signed by Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak, Ukrainian Energy Minister Yury Prodan, and vice president of the EC in charge of energy, Guenther Oettinger. The signing was witnessed by European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and the EC’s new vice president in charge of energy, Marosh Shefchovich.

Ukraine will be able to receive the needed volumes of Russian gas until the end of March based on a pre-payment plan at a price of $385 per 1,000 cubic meters, Oettinger said during the press conference.

Speaking at a briefing after the signing of the deal, Oettinger assured that Ukraine said it is ready to pay $1.451 billion of its gas debt to Russia “immediately.”

According to Oettinger, Kiev will be able to pay back $3.1 billion of its gas debts before the end of the year. However, he added that the final figure will depend on the decision of the international Stockholm court of arbitration on the gas debt dispute.

Ukraine will get the money it is lacking with the help of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Union, the EC official announced. Oettinger expects that the promised financial assistance from the IMF and the EU will be used by Kiev to pay for Russian gas.
Posted by: badanov || 10/31/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [39 views] Top||

#1  Ukraine will get the money it is lacking with the help of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Shouldn't there be some war debt rebate in there somewhere?
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/31/2014 1:34 Comments || Top||

Lenovo closes deal to buy Motorola from Google
[ARABNEWS] Lenovo has announced it has completed its acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google, a move strengthening the Chinese giant's position in the smartphone market.

The $2.9 billion deal, announced in January, ends Google's brief ownership of the onetime mobile phone star.

By adding Motorola, Lenovo positions itself among the top global smartphone makers behind Samsung and Apple.

Lenovo will operate Motorola as a wholly-owned subsidiary, keeping the reliably Democrat Chicago, aka The Windy City or Mobtown
... home of Al Capone, a succession of Daleys, Barak Obama, and Rahm Emmanuel,...
-based headquarters and adding some 3,500 employees, including 2,800 in the US.

"Today, we achieved a historic milestone for Lenovo and for Motorola -- and together we are ready to compete, grow and win in the global smartphone market," Lenovo chairman and chief executive Yang Yuanqing said in a statement.

He hailed the partnership as a "perfect fit," adding that "Motorola brings a strong presence in the US and other mature markets, great carrier relationships, an iconic brand, a strong IP portfolio and an incredibly talented team."

In the same statement, Google CEO Larry Page said that "Motorola is in great hands with Lenovo, a company that's all-in on making great devices."
Posted by: Fred || 10/31/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [84 views] Top||

#1  ... home of Al Capone, a succession of Daleys, Barak Obama, and Rahm Emmanuel,...

I really need to get my eye prescription updated and get a pair of glasses. I read that as "a succession of Daleks..."
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 10/31/2014 0:32 Comments || Top||

#2  OTOH: Have you ever seen a Dalek and Obama in the same room?
Posted by: CrazyFool || 10/31/2014 1:06 Comments || Top||

#3  ends Google's brief ownership
Didn't we see earlier that Google kept a number of remarkable Motorola patents which M. couldn't afford to develop or tech wouldn't yet support?
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/31/2014 1:19 Comments || Top||

#4  Weird. Something convinced me to ditch my Motorola phone yesterday.

Pity I can't get rid of the Lenovo laptop. It's employer issued.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 10/31/2014 7:46 Comments || Top||

#5  pre-loaded with non-NSA spyware
Posted by: Frank G || 10/31/2014 9:16 Comments || Top||

#6  One of my patents stayed with Google. It kills denial of service attacks.

Another is still with the core Motorola bit in Schaumburg.

Not many I know still with the unit going to the Chicoms.
Posted by: 3dc || 10/31/2014 20:25 Comments || Top||

Italy mayor wants separate buses for Roma (ethnically Indian) people
[Canberra Times] Rome: An attempt by an Italian mayor to create a separate bus route for Roma people has sparked outrage among politicians, who compared the move to apartheid in South Africa and segregation in the United States.

Claudio Gambino, the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) mayor of Borgaro Torinese, said this week he wants separate buses because Roma people who live in a camp of around 600 inhabitants on the outskirts of the northern Italian town "have been afflicting us for over 20 years".

"To guarantee the security of our citizens we need two buses. One for citizens, the other for Roma people," he was quoted as saying by Italian media on Friday, adding that buses were plagued by theft and petty violence.

Town councillor Luigi Spinelli of the Left, Ecology and Freedom party (SEL) has supported the motion - to the disgust of his party's leader Nichi Vendola, who told La Stampa daily on Saturday that "giving people different rights is called apartheid".
Cheap labor can be rather expensive.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/31/2014 13:17 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [26 views] Top||

#1  Roma...that almost sounds like a reference to "gypsies"
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 10/31/2014 13:57 Comments || Top||

Do it for Danmark
h/t Danish Yank
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/31/2014 09:48 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [56 views] Top||

#1  take our ovulation discount, prove you conceived and we give you 3 years free baby stuff

Posted by: anon1 || 10/31/2014 11:16 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
Judge Reverses Typhoid Mary's 3 Foot 'Quarantine'
Unbelievable - via Hot Air.
Maine officials cannot force a quarantine on a nurse who treated West African Ebola patients, a Maine judge ruled Friday.

District Court Judge Charles C. LaVerdiere rejected a court order drawn up by Maine health officials that would have required nurse Kaci Hickox to avoid public places and keep a three-foot buffer with other people until Nov. 10, when a 21-day incubation period for the virus will end.

LaVerdiere said Hickox should continue self-monitoring for Ebola symptoms.

Hickox treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone and returned to Newark Liberty International Airport with a slight fever. She was quarantined in a tent and then allowed to return to her home in Maine.

Hickox has defied quarantine orders by Maine officials, saying she is showing no symptoms of the disease and is following self-monitoring guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Posted by: Raj || 10/31/2014 15:34 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [87 views] Top||

#1  LaVerdiere... sounds French Canadian. His reversal should come as no surprise.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/31/2014 15:48 Comments || Top||

#2  Judge LeMerdiere's decision aside, it wouldn't have had to come judgement if Lit'l Miss Caca had acted like a responsible adult. Her total disregard for proceedures and general safety behavior makes me question her effectiveness while in Africa.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/31/2014 16:19 Comments || Top||

#3  Hickox treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone

Do we know what she was actually doing over there? The only official statements I've seen were incredibly vague. If she was just a pencil-pusher, this is no big deal. If she had contact with infected patients, this is nuts.
Posted by: SteveS || 10/31/2014 16:30 Comments || Top||

#4  No candy for you tonight. Move along please.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/31/2014 16:40 Comments || Top||

#5  There was a report today that Hickox's roomate in Sierra Leone contracted ebola while there. There seems to be a good reason, authorities were concerned.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/31/2014 16:53 Comments || Top||

#6  You know - I think Typhoid Kaci would be a most excellent Halloween costume.

something like Besoeker's picture.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 10/31/2014 17:17 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660 || 10/31/2014 17:17 Comments || Top||

#8  self-monitoring - oh right.

So suppose she develops a fever over the next day or two.

Do you seriously think she will report it? Heck I doubt she'll even tell her boyfriend.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 10/31/2014 18:01 Comments || Top||

#9  JohnQC - one link to that is here.
Posted by: Raj || 10/31/2014 18:32 Comments || Top||

Typhoid Mary Ordered To Stay 3 Ft Away From Others
Kaci Hickox, the Maine nurse who treated Ebola patients and is locked in a standoff with the governor over quarantine rules, has been temporarily ordered by a court to stay at least three feet away from other people and avoid public places.

Hickox, who has tested negative for Ebola and has no symptoms, has maintained that authorities in Maine violated her rights by demanding that she stay at home for 21 days. She took a defiant bike ride on Thursday morning, and Gov. Paul LePage said that she was testing his patience.

Better than nothing, I suppose.
Posted by: Raj || 10/31/2014 12:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [56 views] Top||

#1  Funny how she gets to decide whether she's at risk of developing ebola or not, and yet our service personnel who were pointlessly sent to west Africa cannot.

These folks should just stay home until they've passed the 21 days. They should be compensated for any lost wages, and should get an aide to run errands and check for ebola symptoms every few hours.
Posted by: gorb || 10/31/2014 12:36 Comments || Top||

#2  Caca could have stayed home, shown the example, self examined, kept a log, and wrote her book.

She chose to be a toddler. Hubris could be used as well.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/31/2014 12:47 Comments || Top||

#3  So, as a known possible carrier of Ebola, if she's within sneezing distance, aren't I afraid for my life and able to respond with lethal force?
Posted by: Silentbrick || 10/31/2014 13:49 Comments || Top||

#4  No, silent masonry; you might get splattered by bodily fluids thrown from the lethal force holes, which would be at least as dangerous as the sneeze.
Posted by: Glenmore || 10/31/2014 14:28 Comments || Top||

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