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-Short Attention Span Theater-
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A student at the University of Tennessee needed emergency treatment from medical personnel for severe alcohol poisoning on Saturday. The student's blood alcohol level was thought to be well over 0.40 percent.

None of that may seem too out of the ordinary -- it is college, mind you. However, what makes this story unique is the method in which this particular student and his fraternity brothers allegedly used to get wasted. It's called "butt chugging," and it's exactly what it sounds like.

Police believe Alexander P. Broughton, 20, of Memphis ingested alcohol by inserting a tube directly into his "rectum" for "quick and potent absorption," The Knoxville News Sentinel reports.
They've got the physiology right...
"Upon extensive questioning it is believed that members of the fraternity were using rubber tubing inserted into their rectums as a conduit for alcohol as the abundance of capillaries and blood vessels present greatly heightens the level and speed of the alcohol entering the blood stream as it bypasses the filtering by the liver," Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrell DeBusk said in a Monday news release.

Broughton's fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha
my frat bro's are still having fun...
was administratively suspended for 30 days by Pi Kappa Alpha International for the stunt, pending a final decision about its permanent status, UT spokeswoman Karen Ann Simsen said in a statement.

The University of Tennessee Police Department is now leading the investigation.

More from the News Sentinel:

No criminal charges have been filed, although UTPD officers issued a number of citations early Saturday to young men at the fraternity, according to police records.

The suspension will remain in place while campus police investigate.

UT officers responded about 1:30 a.m. Saturday to the University of Tennessee Medical Center emergency room after an unresponsive Broughton was brought in by several young men, according to a UTPD incident report.

The victim appeared to be "extremely intoxicated and showed signs of physical and possible sexual assault," the report states.

Investigators determined Broughton had received the alcohol enema at the Pike house. Broughton later was transferred to the hospital's critical care unit.

WBIR has some additional details on the bizarre trend known as "butt chugging" and some reactions from UT students:
Posted by: Beavis || 09/28/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Last year, when a similar practice was reported amongst young women -- in that instance involving vodka-soaked feminine hygiene products -- an intrepid lady reporter decided to research the claim in the finest tradition, by trying it on herself.

She said it stung like the dickens. I'd think the same would apply here.
Posted by: Angie Schultz || 09/28/2012 4:43 Comments || Top||

#2  I can't wait for the butt bong.
Posted by: Perfesser || 09/28/2012 7:37 Comments || Top||

#3  That vodka experiment would likely be a very private undertaking shared with no one, except possibly, on a blog.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/28/2012 7:52 Comments || Top||

#4  This was all over the news here. What an ass.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 09/28/2012 7:56 Comments || Top||

#5  The kid had to be seriously drunk already to even consider dropping trou for his frat brothers to do - whatever - to his ...
Posted by: Glenmore || 09/28/2012 8:14 Comments || Top||

#6  A certain pop singer... coffee enemas... the economy is at a standstill...

What?
Posted by: Pappy || 09/28/2012 8:24 Comments || Top||

#7  "Hold my enema while I do this" just doesn't have the same ring to it. Seems more appropriate for assisted living facilities, then again it was a frat house.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/28/2012 8:56 Comments || Top||

#8  Pi Kappa Alpha should change their name to I Tappa Anus...
Posted by: Broadhead6 || 09/28/2012 9:06 Comments || Top||

#9  it's only a matter of time til a tragic incident with a flaming cocktail...
Posted by: Frank G || 09/28/2012 9:47 Comments || Top||

#10  Eeeeeewwwwwwww. :-(
Posted by: Barbara || 09/28/2012 14:11 Comments || Top||

#11  I'm so glad I didn't go to a 4 year collage.
Posted by: DarthVader || 09/28/2012 17:12 Comments || Top||


Africa North
Salafist Nour Party head expelled by party's supreme committee
[Al Ahram] Nour Party's supreme committee reportedly sacks Emad Abdel-Ghafour for his 'appointment as assistant to Egyptian President'; party chief fires back by dismissing committee members
Posted by: Fred || 09/28/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Outrage as Tunisian woman accused after police rape
[Al Ahram] Tunisian civil society groups expressed outrage after a young woman was accused of indecency on Wednesday by two coppers nabbed
Into the paddy wagon wit' yez!
for raping her, amid criticism of the Islamist-led government on women's rights.

The woman and her fiance were summoned by a magistrate to face the two coppers, both found guilty of rape and nabbed
Into the paddy wagon wit' yez!
, who accuse her of "indecency," a group of Tunisian NGOs said. The crime is punishable by six months in prison.

The hearing was adjourned until next Tuesday, according to the NGOs, which urged rights activists to stand in solidarity with the accused, as social media networks called for a demonstration outside the court in Tunis on that day.

The interior ministry said the woman and her boyfriend were apprehended by three coppers on September 3, when they were found in an "immoral position."

Two coppers then raped her, while the third held the fiance handcuffed. All three coppers were imprisoned.

The justice ministry said both sides might have broken the law.

"The crime committed by the two police agents does not rule out the possibility that she was doing something illegal" with her boyfriend, said a source at the ministry.

The NGOs, including the Tunisian Association of Democratic Women and the Tunisian League of Human Rights, slammed the summons for indecency, which they described as a procedure that "transforms the victim into the accused."

It "is designed to frighten and to force her and her fiance to waive their rights," they added.

They also questioned "the seriousness of the government's commitment to applying the national plan to combat violence against women."

A coalition of leftwing opposition parties also condemned the actions of the police.

"Rape as a means of repression is still practised in Tunisia," they said, calling for a law to protect "Tunisian men and women against all forms of physical, moral and sexual violence."

MP Karima Souid, who belongs to Ettakatol, a centre-left group that partners the Islamist party Ennahda in Tunisia's ruling coalition, denounced her party's support for the government in protest at the proceedings against the rape victim.

"I completely dissociate myself from this government. The rape case and the summoning of the victim this morning is the last straw," she wrote on Facebook.

Interior ministry front man Khaled Tarrouche told AFP that the ministry "had nothing to do with" the proceedings against the young woman, emphasising that the decision to summon her was taken by the magistrate.

"In this case, we acted as was required of us. What had to be done was done, and the three police agents were enjugged
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
straight away," he said, insisting that cases of police assaulting women were "isolated."

"We shouldn't read into this anything organised, or generalised," he added. "The police are also citizens first and foremost, and when they commit crimes, the law is applied unequivocally."

The Tunisian NGOs dismissed Tarrouch's comments, accusing him of trying to "justify" the crimes of the police.

"We consider unacceptable the statements by the interior ministry front man justifying the violence, and believe they have multiplied the violence suffered by the victim, which breaches the most basic human rights
...which are usually open to widely divergent definitions...

Since the Islamists' rise to power after last year's revolution, feminist groups have accused police of regularly harassing women, by challenging them over their clothing or if they go out at night unaccompanied by family members.

Ennahda also provoked a storm of protest for proposing an article in the new constitution that referred to the "complementarity" of men to women rather than their equality.

Many saw the proposed article, which was abandoned on Monday, as a ploy by Islamists to reverse the principle of gender equality that made Tunisia a beacon of modernity in the Arab world when it was introduced six decades ago.
Posted by: Fred || 09/28/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Arabia
Liberal Muslims in Austria Ask Saudi Arabia to Build Church
[An Nahar] A prominent Mohammedan group in Austria called Wednesday on Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in their national face...
to allow a church to be built there, arguing that Riyadh supported mosques in Catholic countries.
"And just think: it'll give you something to set fire to when cartoons are published."
"The liberal Mohammedans hereby request the construction of a church in Saudi Arabia," the group said in a letter to Saudi ambassador Mohammed al-Salloum, asking him to pass this demand on to the "appropriate authorities" in Riyadh.

Countless diplomats, business people and workers in Saudi Arabia were Christians and unable to practise their faith, Amer Albayati, president of the Initiative of Liberal Mohammedans in Austria (ILMOe), said in the letter.

"Saudi Arabia supports the construction of many mosques and thousands of prayer rooms in Christian countries like in Europe, both financially and organizationally," the Iraq-born journalist said.

"The principle of reciprocity should also obviously allow the appearance of non-Mohammedan sacred buildings in their country," it added.

The ILMOe added it would be happy to offer ideas on how to do so, as well as financial support.
Posted by: Fred || 09/28/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under:

#1  'Liberal Muslims' and "Saudi Arabi' in the same sentence just does not compute.
Posted by: Glenmore || 09/28/2012 8:16 Comments || Top||

#2  This is from the onion right?!?


"Liberal Muslims"
"principle of reciprocity"

Fatwa incoming for them in 3,2,1.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 09/28/2012 9:56 Comments || Top||


King Starts Massive Building Projects In Mecca And Medina
Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in their national face...
is embarking on two ambitious projects in Islam's holiest cities, Mecca and Medina, including plans to build one of the world's largest mosques.

King Abdullah, Saudi's 88-year-old monarch, laid the foundation stone this week to mark the expansion of the Prophet's mosque in Medina from a current capacity of 200,000 worshipers to 1.8 million, the state news agency reported.
That's an awfully large pool of disease carriers...
While the total cost of the project has not been disclosed, Saudi officials estimate that the state may have to pay out as much as $6.6 billion in compensation alone for the expropriation of lands, which will reportedly include the demolition of 23 hotels.

But officials hope that the grandiose expansion project, which will take place in three stages starting next month, will pay off, attracting thousands more tourists, an increasingly important source of revenue, to the kingdom.
Building toward the day when the oil ceases to flow. Smart king.
At the same time, the temporarily oil-rich state has ambitious plans for Mecca, which attracts millions of Mohammedan pilgrims every year. The government is inviting bids there to build a large renewable energy plant, with a key component dedicated to solar energy, a first step towards achieving its stated ambition of becoming a solar powerhouse.
Even if it's only enough to power domestic air conditioning and seawater desalinization, that will be enough to keep Saudi Arabia liveable -- and hopefully Saudi -- after the oil runs out in the next few decades. And if they can train enough women as doctors and shopkeepers, there's a hope the economy won't collapse completely afterward as well.
With a fast-growing population's demand for electricity threatening its status as the world's largest oil exporter, Saudi is seeking to meet the country's energy needs with alternative fuels, particularly solar energy, to allow it to export more oil and gas.

Currently, domestic consumers use some 25 per cent of Saudi's crude output, with oil accounting for roughly 50 per cent of the country's electricity production.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/28/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Perhaps they should build a first rate hospital so that the Kings and princes don't have to go to Europe or (gasp) Israel for medical help. Oh, yeah, you'd still need to staff the hospital. Never mind.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 09/28/2012 0:24 Comments || Top||

#2  Its good to be King.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 09/28/2012 0:40 Comments || Top||

#3  Royal Growl
Posted by: Glinesh Craling7938 || 09/28/2012 2:42 Comments || Top||

#4  What a racket...start a religion, spread it at gunpoint, demand that adherents make a pilgrimage to your own perverted version of Disneyland, sit back and collect the money as they all come to see the Magic Rock.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 09/28/2012 13:00 Comments || Top||


Economy
Second Quarter GDP growth much worse than earlier estimated
From the US Commerce Dept
Real gross domestic product -- the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States -- increased at an annual rate of 1.3 percent in the second quarter of 2012 (that is, from the first quarter to the second quarter), according to the "third" estimate released by the Bureau of Circumlocution Economic Analysis. In the first quarter, real GDP increased 2.0 percent.

The GDP estimate released today is based on more complete source data than were available for the "second" estimate issued last month. In the second estimate, the increase in real GDP was 1.7 percent...
This information had been known about a week ago by the Federal Reserve Board. This is probably why they went to yet another quantitative easing.
Posted by: lord garth || 09/28/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Unexpectedly?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/28/2012 4:36 Comments || Top||

#2  I've got an idea. What if the Federal Reserve Board buys up all of the bad mortgages along with all failing business debt from all of the banks. As a pre-conditon, the banks will be instructed to buy US Treasury bonds from the money the Fed sends them.

The Fed can then bundle the mortgages as collarteral to buy foreign bonds and currency. That way, when the ship begins to sin, everybody goes down together and a new global monetary scheme is developed.

Oh wait!

Posted by: Besoeker || 09/28/2012 7:43 Comments || Top||

#3  If we keep wages-low and land/house prices high people will have more money for the economy...

Hey that sounds a bit wrong....
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 09/28/2012 9:59 Comments || Top||

#4  for those of you against quantitative easing, just remember that if the Fed didn't do that there would be more pressure for another Stimulus or a new 'job core' or who knows what else

the good thing about quantitative easing is that it can be unwound much quicker than a fiscal action
Posted by: lord garth || 09/28/2012 13:49 Comments || Top||

#5  Job Corpse? Sure why not.
Posted by: Shipman || 09/28/2012 15:21 Comments || Top||


Europe
The Strain in Spain Makes Eurocrats Complain
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/28/2012 02:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Nice title, g(r)om.

Now I'll have My Fair Lady tunes rattling around my head all day.
Posted by: Bobby || 09/28/2012 6:18 Comments || Top||

#2  This column's tone is wrong. The implementation of the Euro was not a mistake if you look at it from the perspective of the unelected socialist elite at the top of the EU.

They WANTED a crisis to serve as the foundation for the total collapse of the nation state so they can have their non-democratic one sovereign Europe run by them and for them from Brussels.

The exact details of the crisis were not planned anymore than the exact location of a WWII bomb could be determined. All that could be insured was that a big boom would happen in a general area and that was good enough.

Bloodless tyranny is still tyranny.
Posted by: AlanC || 09/28/2012 9:05 Comments || Top||

#3  A related article.

"No one believes more firmly than Comrade Napoleon that all animals are equal. He would be only too happy to let you make your decisions for yourselves. But sometimes you might make the wrong decisions, comrades, and then where should we be?"

George Orwell
Animal Farm
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/28/2012 9:14 Comments || Top||

#4  >s because the political and bureaucratic constraints on Europe¬ís cumbersome policy system where power is bizarrely and opaquely scattered between and among national governments, EU commissioners, councils, parliaments, a two headed presidency and a cluster of overlapping courts

He FAILS to notice that this is because there is no DEMAND from the peoples of Europe for the EUSSR. It is PURELY a political vanity project for those in the looting sector.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 09/28/2012 11:15 Comments || Top||

#5  The title is not mine. To be candid, the main reason for the post is that I just couldn't resist the title.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/28/2012 16:25 Comments || Top||

#6  The OWG EUSSR will devol into EURABIA/EURABISTAN iff it isn't careful.

Lest we fergit, 1990's NET = Where Commies go, Radical Islam follows.

And the MSM can't deny otherwise because it is themselves whom describe how Commie-Socialist/Lefty Groups collude wid Radical Islamist.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 09/28/2012 20:41 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
EU grants Pakistan flood, unrest aid
[Dawn] The European Commission said Thursday it will release another 15 million euros in aid ($19 million) to Pakistain where tens of thousands of people are affected by flood and unrest.

The money takes the 2012 total for Pakistain to 70 million and will be targeted at help for those affected by ongoing conflict in the north of the country as well as victims of a third successive year of heavy flooding in the south.

"These two largely unreported crises in Pakistain are affecting tens of thousands of vulnerable people," said EU aid commissioner Kristalina Georgieva.

Flash floods triggered by record rains in southwestern Pakistain have affected around 700,000 people and destroyed hundreds of thousands of acres of crops, officials said.

Monsoon rains in 2010 killed almost 1,800 people and affected 21 million.
Posted by: Fred || 09/28/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Science & Technology
The next wave in US robotic war: drones on their own
Unmanned aircraft are now overseen by "pilots" on the ground but as the drones become more sophisticated, the role of remote operators will be more hands-off.

Instead of being "in the loop," humans will be "on the loop," said Maybury, explaining that operators will be able to "dial in" when needed to give a drone direction for a specific task.

"We're moving into more and more autonomous systems. That's an evolutionary arc," said Peter Singer, an expert on robotic weapons and author of "Wired for War."

"So the role moves from being sort of the operator from afar, to more like the supervisor or manager, and a manager giving more and more of a leash, more and more independence," he said.
Posted by: Water Modem || 09/28/2012 19:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under:

#1  And then one day, Virginia, we Humans invented MEGATRON + UNICRON + DEADLY CYLON BABES/SEVEN-OF-NINE + .....@etal???

Improving Humanity by [self-]annihilating it.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 09/28/2012 20:27 Comments || Top||

#2  D *** NG IT, I never told you kids Grandma was a Killer Robot - OOOOOOOOPPPPPSSS, MY BAD!
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 09/28/2012 20:29 Comments || Top||

#3  Sarah Connor to the white courtesy phone.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/28/2012 22:32 Comments || Top||



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  Iraq militants attack Tikrit prison, freeing 90 inmates
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  Clinton Sees Link to Qaeda Offshoot in Deadly Libya Attack
Wed 2012-09-26
  Damascus bombers 'hit Syria military HQ'
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  Pakistan film protests: 15 die in Karachi and Peshawar
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  Ex-Gitmo hard boy involved in consulate attack
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  Rally against sacrilege: Ten Lahore rioters injured in clash with police
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