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Violence and Protest in Iran as Currency Drops in Value
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Dog Survives Long Ride Stuck in Car's Grille
A dog who survived an 11-mile (17-kilometer) ride from Massachusetts to Rhode Island after being hit by a car and wedged into the grille has been reunited with its owners.

The owners, who weren't identified, told WPRI-TV it's a "miracle."

East Providence Animal Control supervisor William Muggle said the owners claimed "Suzie" on Tuesday after seeing news reports. Animal control tells The Providence Journal they had veterinary paperwork with the dog's microchip number.

Muggle said the female poodle mix ran in front of a car in Taunton, Massachusetts, on Sept. 20. The driver slammed on the brakes but didn't see the dog.

Muggle said another motorist noticed it when the driver reached East Providence. Animal control officers were able to free the fluffy white pooch, which suffered a concussion and minor injuries.
Posted by: Fred || 10/04/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Talk about putting a dog on the grille ....
Posted by: gorb || 10/04/2012 1:55 Comments || Top||

#2  Dog on a (car) grill - interesting merging of the Obama and Romney dog stories...
Posted by: Glenmore || 10/04/2012 9:45 Comments || Top||

#3  Suzie came out fairly well. Got to call a tie on the above comments.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/04/2012 9:55 Comments || Top||

Reports: Saudi to Curb Powers of Religious Police
[An Nahar] 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...
will curb the powers of its notorious inquisitors religious police charged with ensuring compliance with Islamic morality but often accused of abuses, a newspaper report said on Wednesday.

"The new system will set a mechanism for the field work of the committee's men which hands over some of their specializations to other state bodies, such as arrests and interrogations," Al-Hayat daily quoted inquisitors religious police chief Sheikh Abdullatiff Abdel Aziz al-Sheikh as saying.

Agents of the body known as the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice will also be banned from carrying out "searches without prior approval from the governor," he said.

Okaz daily also reported that the inquisitors religious police agents will be prohibited from "standing at the entrances of shopping malls to prevent the entry of any person," referring to attempts by agents to ban women who do not comply with the Islamic dress code and unmarried couples from entering malls.

Relatively moderate Sheikh, appointed in January as the new chief of the inquisitors religious police, has raised hopes that a more lenient force will ease draconian social constraints in the Islamic country.

Two weeks into his post, Sheikh banned volunteers from serving in the commission which enforces the kingdom's strict Islamic rules.

In April he went further, prohibiting the inquisitors religious police from "harassing people" and threatening "decisive measures against violators."

In June, Sheikh came out strongly against one of his men who ordered a woman to leave a mall because she was wearing nail polish.

The woman had defied the orders as she filmed her argument with the policeman and posted it on YouTube.

The kingdom's inquisitors religious police prevent women from driving, require them to be covered from head to foot in black, ban public entertainment and force all businesses, from supermarkets to petrol stations, to close for prayers five times a day.
Posted by: Fred || 10/04/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ...I'll believe it when I see it.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 10/04/2012 11:32 Comments || Top||

#2  That's all very well, but what will the next king decree on the subject?
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/04/2012 18:56 Comments || Top||

Caribbean-Latin America
Argentine naval vessel seized in Ghana over default
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 10/04/2012 09:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under:

#1  This may be the most bizarro world story I've seen in months.

A second rate power having it's navy seized by a 3rd world power over a private investor's complaint about being screwed by said 2nd rate power.

My mind boggles.
Posted by: AlanC || 10/04/2012 12:41 Comments || Top||

#2  The Argentinians seem willing to trade in Cristina in order to get the vessel back
Posted by: European Conservative || 10/04/2012 17:57 Comments || Top||

#3  I'll bet there are Argies who would trade Cristina & the entire navy for a decent economy, Falklands be damned.

I'd rate this story 2nd after the Somali pirates getting their swag repo'ed. Pirates, navies... I don't know who is doing it, but they must have repo superpowers.
Posted by: SteveS || 10/04/2012 20:34 Comments || Top||

Science & Technology
Mars Rover Curiosity Finds Signs of Ancient Stream
[An Nahar] The NASA rover Curiosity has beamed back pictures of bedrock that suggest a fast-moving stream, possibly waist-deep, once flowed on Mars -- a find that the mission's chief scientist called exciting.

There have been previous signs that water existed on the red planet long ago, but the images released Thursday showing pebbles rounded off, likely by water, offered the most convincing evidence so far of an ancient streambed.

There was "a vigorous flow on the surface of Mars," said chief scientist John Grotzinger of the Caliphornia Institute of Technology. "We're really excited about this."

The discovery did not come as a complete surprise. NASA decided to plunk Curiosity down inside Gale Crater near the Martian equator because photos from space hinted that the spot possessed a watery past. The six-wheeled rover safely landed Aug. 5 after a nail-biting plunge through the Martian atmosphere. It's on a two-year, $2.5 billion mission to study whether the Martian environment could have been favorable for microbial life.

Present day Mars is a frozen desert with no hint of water on its radiation-scarred surface, but geological studies of rocks by previous missions suggest the planet was warmer and wetter once upon a time.

The latest evidence came from photos that Curiosity took revealing rounded pebbles and gravel -- a sign that the rocks were transported long distances by water and smoothed out.

The size of the rocks -- ranging from a sand grain to a golf ball -- indicates that they could not have been carried by wind, said mission scientist Rebecca Williams of the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Ariz.

Though Curiosity did not use its high-tech instruments to drill into the rocks or analyze their chemical makeup, Grotzinger said scientists were sure that water played a role based on just studying the pictures.
Posted by: Fred || 10/04/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under:

#1  As per HISTORY CHANNEL, or FREEREPUBLIC > D *** NG IT, I don't wanna say it was Aliens, but it was Aliens.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 10/04/2012 0:07 Comments || Top||

#2  I have wondered how Marines would far in battle against the Thark hordes on the dust plains of dying Barsoom.
Posted by: Tars Tarkas || 10/04/2012 0:45 Comments || Top||

#3  I meant "fare". Hey, its hard to type with four arms.
Posted by: Tars Tarkas || 10/04/2012 0:47 Comments || Top||

#4  The size of the rocks -- ranging from a sand grain to a golf ball -- indicates that they could not have been carried by wind, said mission scientist Rebecca Williams of the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Ariz.

Wind blown sand, how novel. Thank you Rebecca.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/04/2012 2:04 Comments || Top||

#5  Waist deep water? On who? How tall were the original inhabitants?
Posted by: Bobby || 10/04/2012 6:49 Comments || Top||

#6  Unfortunately, these days we'd probably get Jimmy Carter of Mars.
Posted by: Eric Jablow || 10/04/2012 7:42 Comments || Top||

#7  Jimmy Carter of Mars.

Heh. Have you seen what Mars looks like lately? The whole planet is positively Carteresque.

But never mind the geology. Where's the scantily clad Martian princesses?
Posted by: SteveS || 10/04/2012 14:09 Comments || Top||

#8  from: John Carter of Mars (1964)
Call number: PS 3503 U687 J65 1964

When Carter was not occupied saving Mars, he was busy pursuing Dejah Thoris, the beautiful and scantily clad Martian Princess of Helium. The attraction was mutual and they eventually married, although Carter first had to rescue her repeatedly from various enemies who threatened to dishonor her.

Carter also encountered Tars Tarkas, a Green Martian warrior who became the earth man’s ally and friend. Carter helped Tars become a Jeddak (king) of the Tharks, a warlike tribe that inhabited ancient cities left behind by an extinct advanced civilization.
Posted by: Bob McCoy9112 || 10/04/2012 16:40 Comments || Top||

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  Violence and Protest in Iran as Currency Drops in Value
Wed 2012-10-03
  Syria shells kill five inside Turkey
Tue 2012-10-02
  More Than 130 Dead in Syria amid Clashes in Aleppo Souk
Mon 2012-10-01
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  Thousands rally in Karachi against anti-Islam film
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  Iraq militants attack Tikrit prison, freeing 90 inmates
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