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-Lurid Crime Tales-
12 wounded in Chicago shootings
[Iran Press TV] At least 12 people were wounded in shootings across Chicago between Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, according to authorities.

The most recent shooting left a 43-year-old man wounded in the South Chicago neighborhood about 6:05 a.m. Sunday. He was shot in the 8000 block of South Merrill Avenue. The man sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in serious condition, police said.
Posted by: Fred || 09/01/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10 views] Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Experimental Ebola Drug Heals All Monkeys
An experimental Ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study, boosting hopes that the treatment might help fight the outbreak raging through West Africa Â-- once more of it can be made.

The monkeys were given the drug, ZMapp, three to five days after they were infected with the virus and when most were showing symptoms. That is several days later than any other experimental Ebola treatment tested so far.

The drug also completely protected six other monkeys given a slightly different version of it three days after infection in a pilot test. These two studies are the first monkey tests ever done on ZMapp.

"The level of improvement was utterly beyond my honest expectation," said one study leader, Gary Kobinger of the Public Health Agency of Canada in Winnipeg.

"For animal data, it's extremely impressive," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which had a role in the work.

It's not known how well the drug would work in people, who can take up to 21 days to show symptoms and are not infected the way these monkeys were in a lab.

Several experts said it's not possible to estimate a window of opportunity for treating people, but that it was encouraging that the animals recovered when treated even after advanced disease developed.
Posted by: Ebbomosh Hupemp2664 || 09/01/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [15 views] Top||

8 Year Old Girl Married Off to 12 Year Old Boy
[Tolo News] In the district of Sholgara of Balkh province, a man named Momen gave away his eight-year-old daughter Meena to wed a 12-year old boy because he could not support having his daughter live with him.

Momen defends his actions by explaining that his living circumstances forced him to wed his daughter off in exchange for a bride price--110,000 AFS--that he will use to re-marry.

"I asked the opinions of the holy mans and shared with them the story of my miserable life," Momen explains in attempts to defend his actions. "I asked them if I should give away my daughter to a husband and they said yes, because you have a miserable life and you need money and then your life will improve. So I married her off."

Meena was five when she lost her mother. Not only was she too young to understand that she had lost her mother, but too young to understand why she lost her father's support and love.

The boy, who is now pronounced as Meena's husband, is named Sardar, a 12-year-old who, along with Meena, had no idea what marriage is let alone that the two have become one.

Confused of what was happening, Sardar was asked how he felt about the marriage and his response: "I just want to have a happy life."

Sardar's mother, whose name was not given, supports the marriage in defense claiming that the young girl was left on the streets.

"She was outside on the streets with no one to care for her, so I took her in for my son so she can live with us comfortably," Sardar's mother explained as she covered her face from the camera knowing what society thinks of child marriages.

The union of these children has left the residents of the district and women's rights activists stunned and appalled at the actions and explanations of the family and the holy man who performed the nuptial.

"Sharia law permits the girl who is a minor to be represented by her father and if her father agrees she can be married off," Mawlawi Qiyamuddin, holy man of the Hazrat Hamza Mosque in Sholgara, said.

Child marriages are, technically, against the law and the teachings of Islam and lawfully a sign of violence against the child.

Such incidents have occurred several times in Afghanistan and unfortunately numerous children have been sacrificed in the name of tradition and honor of the family. These unions tend to happen in far regions of the country that are unreachable, resulting in a number of unknown cases. Such traditions are far more practiced than the law of the nation.

Meena and Sardar are lost in their childhood fantasies not knowing and understanding what has just taken place. They must have believed they were playing dress-up with their family members as Meena was adorned with a red colored traditional afghan dress embellished with silver sequins and a black scarf embroidered with shiny silver beads that drowned her little body and Sardar in a glittery black suit jacket over a white tunic.

The two held hands as they walked out of the house together toward an unknown future and shattered childhood.
Posted by: Fred || 09/01/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [23 views] Top||

#1  Child marriages are, technically, against the law and the teachings of Islam

Technically, maybe. Practcally, not so much.
Posted by: gorb || 09/01/2014 2:00 Comments || Top||

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Ottoman palace in Benghazi collapses
[Libya Herald] The Al-Berka Palace in Benghazi has partially collapsed apparently as a result of long neglect, locals have said.

One Benghazi resident living in the Berka district, near to the palace, told the Libya Herald that the 19th Century building had been in need of repair for more than ten years. She added that both the Qadaffy regime and the revolutionary authorities had showed little interest in the structure.

There had been some speculation that the palace had been destroyed by shelling or bombing. However residents said the only fighting near the building had taken place early in the revolution. Qadaffy loyalists were driven from the nearby Al-Fadel Abu Amar base during the liberation of Benghazi and no other group has taken up positions there.

Skirmishes at that time in the vicinity of the palace may have contributed to the collapse but were not the cause of the destruction.
Posted by: Fred || 09/01/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [27 views] Top||

#1  Libya only improved when was an Italian colony.
Posted by: Zorba Fleresh4606 || 09/01/2014 1:05 Comments || Top||

Paris tragedy: At least 4 dead following explosion at four-story apartment building
[NYDAILYNEWS] Eleven others were injured and four are believed to be trapped by rubble following the Sunday morning explosion in Rosny-sous-Bois, an eastern Paris suburb.
Blamed on a gas leak. I used to live in a house that had gas. It never blew up like that.
I'll bet you never smoked unfiltered Gauloises cigarettes, either.
Posted by: Fred || 09/01/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [16 views] Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
Liberalism is Killing Time and CNN
Excellent explication of at least some of the problems at Time and CNN

In March of this year Forbes reported on the giant media company’s decision to spin off it’s magazine publishing empire, saying “Time Warner’s publishing unit revenues have steadily declined for the past few years. From about $4.6 billion in 2008, these revenues came down to close to $3.3 billion in 2013.”

This follows the effective death of Time’s one-time competitor Newsweek, which was sold for a dollar to Sidney Harman. Is the media business a tough deal? Particularly for print in the day and age of cyberspace? Sure. But CNN is a cable news network - in fact, the nation’s first. How could Time and CNN ever have gotten to the point where spin-offs and layoffs are the order of the day? (And not that long ago the liberal Washington Post, unable to make a profit, was sold to Amazon’s Jeff Bezos.)

In a phrase? Why is this happening to Time and CNN? To borrow from ex-Bill Clinton strategist James Carville’s telling description of the central issue of the 1992 election? It’s the liberalism, stupid.

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Posted by: badanov || 09/01/2014 03:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [2 views] Top||

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