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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Elderly Florida Diner Beaten In Cursing Dispute
[THESMOKINGGUN] When an 80-year-old Applebee's patron politely asked him to stop loudly cursing and talking about "titties and ass," a Floridian, 26, responded by punching the octogenarian in the face, according to police.

The confrontation late Sunday in the Port Orange eatery resulted in the arrest of Mikie Sawyer on a felony charge for battering a person over the age of 65.

Harry Sander told police that he was at the Applebee's bar when he heard Sawyer "talking obscenities." Sander said that he approached Sawyer "and asked him politely if he could please stop using the 'fuck' word and stop talking so loud about 'titties and ass,'" according to a police report.

After Sawyer replied that he did not have to stop cursing, Sander noted that in his home country of Germany, "you don't speak in such a manner." A witness told a Port Orange Police Department officer that Sawyer replied, "I don't care where you are from whether it be Russia or Dutch take your ass to the other side of the bar."

Sawyer then allegedly punched Sander in the face and pushed the pensioner to the Applebee's floor. Sander "stated he does not remember much after that moment." Sander's left eye was red and his left cheek was "discolored and bruised," noted Sherlocks, who added that Sawyer's knuckles "appeared discolored and bruised."

The elderly victim was treated for his injuries by emergency medical services who responded to the Applebee's.

Following the punch, Sawyer departed with two friends. When a restaurant manager followed him into the parking lot, Sawyer charged the worker in a "threatening manner" and warned that he "would also kick [the employee's] ass too."

Sawyer, who was apprehended during a traffic stop, was placed in durance vile
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
for battery and disporderly conduct, a misdemeanor.
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-Short Attention Span Theater-
Deer Struck By The Ultimate Roller Coaster In England
[BREITBART] A theme park confirmed a young deer was struck by a roller coaster, killing the animal and covering passengers in blood.

A spokeswoman for the Lightwater Valley theme park near Ripon, England, confirmed the deer wandered Saturday morning onto the track of The Ultimate, billed as Europe's longest roller coaster, and was struck by the car.

"We can confirm a young deer did unfortunately get hit by the Ultimate train yesterday and was killed instantly," the spokeswoman said. "There is a large perimeter fence surrounding the theme park but occasionally wild animals do manage to stray onto the park during the night."

The roller coaster was closed for 30 minutes before resuming normal operations.

Reports indicate passengers were sprayed with the animal's blood, but there were no human injuries from the crash.

A deer previously wandered onto The Ultimate's tracks in June 1994 and was struck by a car, resulting in the hospitalization of a 12-year-old boy.
Posted by: Fred || 10/02/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [12 views] Top||


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Second person being monitored for Ebola
[USATODAY] DALLAS -- Health officials are closely monitoring a possible second Ebola patient who had close contact with the first person to be diagnosed in the U.S., the director of Dallas County's health department said Wednesday.

All who have been in close contact with the man officially diagnosed are being monitored as a precaution, Zachary Thompson, director of Dallas County Health and Human Services, said in a morning interview with WFAA-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth.

"Let me be real frank to the Dallas County residents: The fact that we have one confirmed case, there may be another case that is a close associate with this particular patient," he said. "So this is real. There should be a concern, but it's contained to the specific family members and close friends at this moment."

The director continued to assure residents that the public isn't at risk because health officials have the virus contained.
Posted by: Fred || 10/02/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [24 views] Top||

#1  lots of speculation about the possibility that ebola will mutate into something that can be transmitted through air (like, say the flu)

remember that bubonic and black death were flea borne

HIV never became air transmitted

avian virus never became air transmitted

ebola has been around for at least 40 years now and not yet become air transmitted

it takes a virus with a pretty strong external protein surface to survive air - not just because of heat and light but also oxygen (particularly the ion of a single atom and ozone) degrade the protein coat -this doesnt mean its impossible just unlikely near term
Posted by: lord garth || 10/02/2014 0:32 Comments || Top||


In Dallas Ebola Case, Officials Are Monitoring Children Exposed to Patient
[NY Times] DALLAS -- Health officials in Dallas are monitoring at least five schoolchildren in North Texas who came into contact with a man found to have Ebola virus, after he became sick and infectious.

The authorities also said that an early opportunity to put the patient in isolation, limiting the risk of contagion, may have been missed because of a failure to pass along critical information about his travel history.

The patient was identified by Liberian health officials and The Associated Press as Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian national. Mr. Duncan came to the United States on Sept. 20 aboard a commercial airliner and officials said that he had shown no symptoms of the disease while on the flight and that he had posed no threat to other passengers.

The body of Sonny Boy Williams, 21, hours after he was picked up alive from his home in Monrovia, Liberia. The man who flew to Dallas and was later found to have the Ebola virus, identified by Liberian officials as Thomas Eric Duncan, helped Mr. Williams carry his sister, Marthalene Williams, 19, who was stricken by Ebola, to and from a hospital last month. She died the next day.

A school official measured a pupil's temperature last week in Lagos, Nigeria, one of several countries in Africa affected by Ebola.Nigeria's Actions Seem to Contain Ebola Outbreak SEPT. 30, 2014

Mr. Duncan worked at a shipping company in Monrovia, Liberia, but had just quit his job, giving his resignation in early September, his boss said. He had gotten a visa to the United States and had decided to go, his neighbors said. He lived alone, but has family in the United States, they said.
Posted by: Fred || 10/02/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [15 views] Top||


Britain
David Cameron: schools should teach mainly in imperial measurements
[THEGUARDIAN] PM says he would 'still go for pounds and ounces' over metric system in Newsnight interview
Posted by: Fred || 10/02/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [12 views] Top||


Caribbean-Latin America
Argentina president claims US plotting to oust her
[THEGUARDIAN] Argentinian opposition politicians have accused the country's president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, of being "completely out of touch with reality" after she gave a rambling televised address in which she claimed the US may be behind a plot to overthrow her government and possibly even assassinate her.

"If something should happen to me, don't look to the Middle East, look to the North," Fernández said during the address on Tuesday night, in which she alluded to an alleged plot against her by local bankers and businessmen "with foreign help".

Fernández had previously claimed to have received death threats from Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(Isis) because of her friendship with Pope Francis. In last night's speech, however, she seemed to suggest the threats against her, received in three emails to Argentinian security officials, had come from the US.

Her claim comes in the wake of a rapid deterioration of Argentina's
...a country located on the other side of the Deep South. It is covered with Pampers and inhabited by Grouchos, who dance the Tangle. They used to have some islands called the Malvinas located where the Falklands are now. They're not supposed to cry for Evita...
already rocky relationship with the US after the country went into default in August.

Argentina has rejected paying $1.3bn (£990m) awarded by New York Judge Thomas Griesa to "vulture fund" investors who refused to accept a "haircut" on Argentinian bonds from the country's previous default in 2001.

"I'm not naive, this is not an isolated move by a senile judge in New York," said Fernández. "Because vultures look a lot like the eagles of empires," referring to the bald eagle, the national symbol of the US.

Fernández almost threw out the US embassy chief of mission Kevin Sullivan for saying "it is important Argentina get out of default" to a local newspaper. Fernández claims that despite its debt crisis, Argentina is not in real default and Sullivan was called in for a reprimand by the Argentinian foreign ministry for using the "default" word.
Posted by: Fred || 10/02/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [15 views] Top||

#1  Actually, given the current management, USA is the best friend you may have Cristina.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/02/2014 3:50 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Rooshun media inflates mass graves claim by 40x
Not even the pro Russian militia in Donetsk are claiming 400 dead bodies found. They say 40 have been found but so far only nine bodies have been exhumed. Bad enough, but not 400...

Russia™s foreign minister said on Wednesday that 400 bodies had been found in mass graves in eastern Ukraine but the claim looked highly contentious after it emerged that reports from the scene had been distorted by Russian media.
“This is obviously a war crime,” Sergei Lavrov told a press conference in Moscow. “Already more than 400 bodies have been discovered in burial sites outside Donetsk and we hope that western capitals will not hush up these facts [because] they™re horrific.”
Russian officials and separatist rebels suggested that both civilians and pro-Russian militiamen are among the dead found at several burial sites in and near Nizhnya Krynka, 20 miles east of Donetsk, the regional capital.
Posted by: badanov || 10/02/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [14 views] Top||

#1  I ween Russians been observing the Kosovo war closely.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/02/2014 3:33 Comments || Top||


Muslim sheep slaughter to be banned in Moscow during Eid al-Adha feast
[ABNA.IR] Prayers marking the Moslem holiday, Eid al-Adha, will begin at all Moscow mosques at 7 a.m. on October 4, a front man for the city's inter-regional cooperation, national policy and religious organizations department said.

Sacrificial sheep will be slaughtered on farms and in slaughter houses in individual villages of the Moscow Region, the front man said.

Eid al-Adha, the feast of the sacrifice, honors the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him) to sacrifice his promised son, Ismail, as an act of submission to Allah's command, before Allah intervened to provide Abraham with a lamb to sacrifice instead.

While celebrating the feat of Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him), Moslems slaughter animals (sheep, goats, cows or camels).
Posted by: Fred || 10/02/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [9 views] Top||


Economy
New York Times Plans Cutbacks in Newsroom Staff

[NY Times] The New York Times
...which still proudly displays Walter Duranty's Pulitzer prize...
plans to eliminate about 100 newsroom jobs, as well as a smaller number of positions from its editorial and business operations, offering buyouts and resorting to layoffs if enough people do not leave voluntarily, the newspaper announced on Wednesday.

Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the newspaper's publisher, and Mark Thompson, its chief executive, said that in addition to the job cuts, NYT Opinion, a new mobile app dedicated to opinion content, was shutting down because it was not attracting enough subscribers.

The reductions, they said, were intended to safeguard the newspaper's long-term profitability.
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Government
New Secret Service Head Joe Clancy Personally Led Obama Security
[NBCNEWS] Joe Clancy, the man in charge of cleaning up the Secret Service after a series of embarrassing security gaffes, is the ideal person to lead the agency through troubled waters, Washington insiders said Wednesday.

The Department of Homeland Security named Clancy, director of corporate security for Comcast Corp., as interim acting director of the Secret Service after Julia Pierson resigned Wednesday. He retired from the agency in July 2011 as special agent in charge of the Presidential Protective Division, a role for which he was well-regarded. "I'm very pleased," Rep. Elijah Cummings
...Representative-for-life from Maryland, representing half of Baltimore City, which makes his district ultra-safe, and most of Howard County, which is out-populated by the city. Cummings' politix are so liberal they're tedious...
, D-Maryland, the ranking Democrat on the House Government Oversight Committee, told NBC News. "He is a person the president has utmost confidence in -- he will take a bullet for him."

Because of the nature of the agency, not a great deal is known about Clancy's Secret Service career, but his face should be familiar to the American people -- he's the balding man walking behind the president and his family in hundreds of pictures of the First Family during the first 2½ years of the B.O. regime. "I knew Joe Clancy when he led the presidential detail," David Axelrod
...a Chicago-based political hack, political adviser to Barack B.O. Obama since 2004. Following the 2008 election, he was appointed as Senior Advisor to Obama and we all see how well that worked out....
, one of Obama's oldest friends and longest-serving advisers, said on Twitter. "You could not find a better person to repair the Secret Service."
Posted by: Fred || 10/02/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [14 views] Top||


Home Front: Politix
Pierson Resigns
Secret Service Director Julia Pierson offered her resignation Wednesday after several security breaches affecting the White House and President Obama became public, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced Wednesday.

"Today Julia Pierson, the Director of the United States Secret Service, offered her resignation, and I accepted it. I salute her 30 years of distinguished service to the Secret Service and the Nation," Johnson said in a statement. "As an interim Acting Director of the Secret Service, I am appointing Joseph Clancy, formerly Special Agent in Charge of the Presidential Protective Division of the Secret Service. Mr. Clancy retired from the Secret Service in 2011. I appreciate his willingness to leave his position in the private sector on very short notice and return to public service for a period."
Buh By!
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 10/02/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [7 views] Top||


India-Pakistan
Woman seeks case against alleged rapists
[DAWN] SIALKOT: A woman alleged on Tuesday police were reluctant to register a case against fi ve people who allegedly gang-raped her a week ago.

A resident of Gujjar Town, the 32-year-old alleged she was kidnapped and gang-raped by fi ve people, including the driver of a pick-up when she got on a van from Noorabad-Hajipura on Sept 25 to go to Jessarwala, Daska. The suspects took her to a kiln in Bheello Mahaar in the jurisdiction of Motra police and gangraped her.

She fl ed when the captors fell unconscious under the infl uence of booze. She remained admitted to hospital for her injuries.

Later, she went to the Motra police for a case but only to be sent to the Sialkot Sadar and Hajipura cop shoppes.

She said after several visits to the three cop shoppes for a week, she remained unable to get the case registered.

"Give me justice or death," she appealed to Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif
...Pak dynastic politician, brother of PM Nawaz Sharif, chief minister of Punjab...
. She is a mother of fi ve children.
Posted by: Fred || 10/02/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6 views] Top||


Polio refusals in Islamabad
[DAWN] Parents having more faith in archaic notions than in modern healthcare refused 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...
vaccines to 129 children on the first day of the reinvigorated anti-polio campaign in the city on Monday.

Social supervisors of the United Nations
Continued on Page 49
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Bandit lynched
[DAWN] Two bandidos rubbed out a milkman when he resisted a mugging attempt at his shop before one of them was chased after, overpowered and lynched by people in Korangi on Tuesday, officials said.

They said two bandidos on a cycle of violence came at a milk shop in Zaman Town and one of them went inside the shop and held 27-year-old Yasir Qadeer at gunpoint. However,
today is that tomorrow you were thinking about yesterday...
Yasir put up resistance upon which he was maimed and he died later in hospital, said DSP Raja Mushtaq. The sound of gunshots attracted the people's attention who chased fleeing bandidos and overpowered one of them. They tortured him and he died before the police intervened, the police added.
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International-UN-NGOs
Nobel summit canceled after Dalai Lama row
[ARABNEWS] A global summit of Nobel laureates has been canceled after the event was hit by a boycott over the South African government's refusal to grant the Dalai Lama a visa, peace prize winner Jody Williams said Wednesday.

"The summit has been canceled because enough Nobel laureates refused to go," Williams said in the northern Indian town of Dharamsala, where the Dalai Lama is based.

A group of six laureates, including American activist Williams, decided late last month to boycott the peace summit in Cape Town scheduled for Oct. 13-15 because the Tibetan spiritual leader was unable to attend.

The six have accused China of putting political pressure on countries to curb interactions with the Dalai Lama, who has lived in exile in India since fleeing Tibet in 1959 after a failed uprising.

China accuses the 79-year-old of being a separatist, while he says he merely wants more autonomy for Tibet.
Posted by: Fred || 10/02/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [11 views] Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Leviathan Gas Field Group Submits $6.5b Development Plan
[Ynet] After export deals go sour, Nobel energy and Israel's Delek group finally present plan to get Israel's natural gas operation in business, with production slated to begin in 2018.

The partners in Leviathan, Israel's largest natural gas field, have submitted their initial development plan to Israeli authorities, which one source said on Tuesday envisages producing 16 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas a year.

The group, led by Texas-based Noble Energy and Israel's Delek Group, handed in its proposal after months of trying to determine the best way to develop the Mediterranean field, which lies in about 1500 meters of water about 80 miles (130 kilometers) off Israel's coast.

Talks to bring in Australia's Woodside Petroleum, a liquefied natural gas (LNG) specialist, fell through in March.

With estimated reserves of 622 bcm, Leviathan is one of the world's largest offshore discoveries of the past decade.
A spokeswoman for Israel's Energy Ministry, which must now approve the plan, confirmed it had been received, but disclosed no details.

An industry source said the first stage will see a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit passing 16 bcm of gas a year via pipelines to Israel, the Paleostinian Authority and other neighbors that decide to buy the gas.

Production is expected to begin by 2018 and initial investment could reach $6.5 billion, the source said, which was in line with previous forecasts.

The Leviathan partners are in talks with Britannia's BG Group , which wants to bring gas in to feed its Egyptian LNG export plant, and with Jordan's national electricity company.

Later development plans were not included in the proposal, and could include direct LNG exports to more distant markets, officials have said.
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