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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Mental Illness or covered up Honour Killing?
Ullah, of Wembley, north-west London, pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Ullah had become obsessed with Miss Sheikh and decided she must die after she rejected him, the court had heard.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/03/2009 11:07 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Not an honour killing. It was jinns.
Posted by: Seafarious || 03/03/2009 12:41 Comments || Top||

#2  Mental Illness or covered up Honour Killing?

Oh. There's a difference?
Posted by: tu3031 || 03/03/2009 14:10 Comments || Top||

#3  the court needs to decide he must die after killing her
Posted by: Glating Sforza2920 || 03/03/2009 20:19 Comments || Top||


Father of the Year Nominee
Police say a 36-year-old township man furnished Freedom High School students with alcohol and coaxed teenage girls clad in cheerleader outfits to dance on a "stripper" pole in the basement of his home.

Steven A. Russo, of the 2400 block of 15th Street, allowed his now 17-year-old son, also a Freedom student, to invite at least eight other students, ranging in ages from 14 to 16, to his home Dec. 12, according to court papers.

The teens allegedly listened to Russo spin tales about his sexual exploits and drank vodka, rum and beer he gave them. They also mingled in the basement while he played music and shouted, "Get on that pole," according to a criminal complaint filed by Bethlehem Township police at the office of District Judge Joseph Barner.
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Posted by: Beavis || 03/03/2009 08:38 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ...calls from the Jerry Springer show went unanswered.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/03/2009 9:07 Comments || Top||

#2  Dang! Another great party I missed out on when I was 16.
Posted by: Richard of Oregon || 03/03/2009 10:29 Comments || Top||

#3  Damn, I wasted my youth at school.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles the flatulent || 03/03/2009 16:34 Comments || Top||

#4  Gromboy will be a teenager in 10 years.
Note to self: get a barrel.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/03/2009 23:18 Comments || Top||


-Short Attention Span Theater-
Happy Square Root Day
Tuesday is Square Root Day, a rare holiday that occurs when the day and the month are both the square root of the last two digits of the current year. Numerically, March 3, 2009, can be expressed as 3/3/09, or mathematically as ¡î9 = 3, or 3©÷ = 3 ¡¿ 3 = 9.

Square Root Day occurs only nine times in a century. The last one occurred on February 2, 2004, and the next will occur in seven years on April 4, 2016.
Happy Square Root Day, all you radicals out there along the Tropic of Calculus!
Posted by: Mike || 03/03/2009 14:35 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I mourn for the Upside Down Year, myself. The last time I saw one was in 1961. Flip it over and see for yourself.

The next one is in 6009.

Assuming 1, 6,8,9,0 are upside down numbers. If 5 is allowed (open to debate) then 5005 is the next. Regardless, it is out of all of our leagues with the present technology of living.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 03/03/2009 17:55 Comments || Top||


Study reveals that undersea animals fart; producing greenhouse gas
Freshly harvested mussels being processed at a farm. Humans and farm animals were known to emit harmful greenhouse gases through digestion, but German researchers said Tuesday that mussels, freshwater snails and other underwater creatures are also culprits, releasing laughing gas.

Humans and farm animals were known to emit harmful greenhouse gases through digestion, but German researchers said Tuesday that aquatic worms and bugs are also culprits, releasing laughing gas.

Scientists at the Max Planck Institut and Denmark's Aarhus University found that mussels, freshwater snails and other underwater creatures release nitrous oxide -- laughing gas -- when nitrate is present in water.

"There's nitrate in water that has been polluted by humans, so the more we pollute, the higher the production of this problematic gas will be," Fanni Aspetsberger from the institute told AFP on Tuesday.

Aspetsberger added that no quantitative data were available, but that it could be "seriously detrimental" to the climate if nitrate pollution continues to rise the way it has over recent years.

Laughing gas is one of many greenhouse gasses that has been released into the atmosphere since industrialisation. Such gasses act as a blanket around the Earth, causing temperatures to rise worldwide.

Rising temperatures have already had disastrous consequences for mankind -- including major disruptions to global weather systems -- and problems are expected to become worse in the future.

The main reason for global warming though, is the release of another greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide, by the burning of fossil fuels. World leaders aim to strike a new global climate deal in Copenhagen in December.
Posted by: Speling Angains8046 || 03/03/2009 13:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under:

#1  That is why I take my blood hound with me so he can sniff out where the bass are...
Posted by: Deep Sea Fisherman || 03/03/2009 15:55 Comments || Top||

#2  Aspetsberger added that no quantitative data were available, but that it could be "seriously detrimental" to the climate if nitrate pollution continues to rise the way it has over recent years.

Hmmmmmmmmm...since no "quantitative data" appears to be available on laughing gas farting shellfish looks like you'll need more money to study laughing gas farting shellfish, eh, Fanni? Looks like you've found your niche in the grant gravy train.
And these people wonder why folks doubt them?
Posted by: tu3031 || 03/03/2009 16:15 Comments || Top||

#3  Don't laugh at Nitrous oxide, people. This is serious.
Posted by: Grunter || 03/03/2009 16:43 Comments || Top||

#4  I'll bet the Grant proposal on this one was a real hoot!
Posted by: CrazyFool || 03/03/2009 17:38 Comments || Top||

#5  "German researchers said Tuesday that mussels, freshwater snails and other underwater creatures are also culprits, releasing laughing gas."

No wonder seafood always makes me smile.
Posted by: Frozen Al || 03/03/2009 17:53 Comments || Top||

#6  Nitrous oxide. Hmmmm. That stuffs's hard to make in a chemical plant. The process has a tendency to go BOOM if not properly monitored.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 03/03/2009 18:08 Comments || Top||

#7  It also explains all the little bubbles.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 03/03/2009 18:10 Comments || Top||

#8  In unrelated news, "Obama to Tax Undersea Animals"
Posted by: DMFD || 03/03/2009 19:17 Comments || Top||

#9  Fanni Aspetsberger

oh please!
Posted by: Frank G || 03/03/2009 19:28 Comments || Top||

#10  Does it smell fishy? I need a multimillion $ bailout stimulus grant to find out.
Posted by: ed || 03/03/2009 21:44 Comments || Top||


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Floridian Called 911 Three Times Over McNugget's Shortage
Angered that her local McDonald's was out of Chicken McNuggets, a Florida woman called 911 three times to report the fast food "emergency." Latreasa Goodman, 27, last Saturday called police to complain that a cashier--citing a McDonald's all sales are final policy--would not give her a refund. When cops responded to the restaurant, Goodman told them, "This is an emergency. If I would have known they didn't have McNuggets, I wouldn't have given my money, and now she wants to give me a McDouble, but I don't want one." Goodman noted, "I called 911 because I couldn't get a refund, and I wanted my McNuggets," according to the below Fort Pierce Police Department report. That logic, however, did not keep cops from citing Goodman for misusing the 911 system. Even after being issued a misdemeanor citation, Goodman contended, "this is an emergency, my McNuggets are an emergency." The McDonald's devotee is seen at right in a mug shot snapped after a previous encounter with police. Last month, a Florida man was arrested after he called 911 to complain about his displeasure with a Burger King combo meal.
Posted by: Beavis || 03/03/2009 10:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Now who do you suppose these idiots voted for as President?
Posted by: Jack is Back! || 03/03/2009 12:59 Comments || Top||

#2  She should have called:

202-456-1414 (White House switchboard)

/sarc off....
Posted by: Uncle Phester || 03/03/2009 13:11 Comments || Top||

#3  hey, she's a negro, who woulda thunk....
Posted by: Ronald MaccyD || 03/03/2009 14:29 Comments || Top||

#4  Stupidity is one of those human universals, Ronald MaccyD. Please try not to be such an ass.

It's our multi-nymed poster from Tacoma, who goes by such nicks as 'thinkforyourself' and 'Uncle Fester'.

It's also outta here.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/03/2009 15:44 Comments || Top||

#5  The manager of that McDonald's should be fired for selling McNuggets when none existed and not giving a refund.

The lady who called 911 should be thrown in jail overnight for abusing an emergency system.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 03/03/2009 15:52 Comments || Top||

#6  Yeah, after a tough day at med school, I'm sure Latreasa really needed them Chicken McNuggets to take the edge off...
Posted by: tu3031 || 03/03/2009 16:19 Comments || Top||

#7  I could understand if the call was for a McRib.
Posted by: ed || 03/03/2009 22:02 Comments || Top||


Global Warming Climate Change Protest Frozen Out by Massive Snowfall
Global warming activists stormed Washington Monday for what was billed as the nation's largest act of civil disobedience to fight climate change -- only to see the nation's capital virtually shut down by a major winter storm.

Schools and businesses were shuttered, lawmakers cancelled numerous appearances and the city came to a virtual standstill as Washington was blasted with its heaviest snowfall of the winter.

It spelled about six inches of trouble for global warming activists who had hoped to swarm the Capitol by the thousands in an effort to force the government to close the Capitol Power Plant, which heats and cools a number of government buildings, including the Supreme Court and the Capitol.

The snowy scene, with temperatures in the mid-20s, was reminiscent of a day in January 2004, when Al Gore made a major address on global warming in New York -- on one of the coldest days in the city's history.

Protest organizers said about 2,500 people braved the blizzard to oppose greenhouse gas emissions, but the shroud of snow wasn't the only wet blanket in the nation's capital Monday.
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 03/03/2009 02:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Proof that God indeed does have a sense of humor. Kind of a warped one, but a sense of humor - and excellent timing.
Posted by: Sgt. Mom || 03/03/2009 8:17 Comments || Top||

#2  True confession. Sorry shovelers, I pray for devine interventions such as this.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/03/2009 8:20 Comments || Top||

#3  shoveler - I prefer to be called a 'chevalier'
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 03/03/2009 11:46 Comments || Top||

#4  Now, shutting down the Capitol Power Plant and freezing the asses of the current Congress and staff, isn't such a bad idea. How come we didn't think of that?
Posted by: Jack is Back! || 03/03/2009 13:01 Comments || Top||

#5  Wonder what thermostat was set at in the Oval Office yesterday?
Posted by: tu3031 || 03/03/2009 14:15 Comments || Top||

#6  God does irony pretty much exclusively.
Posted by: mojo || 03/03/2009 16:36 Comments || Top||

#7  Gaia can shrug just as well as atlas...
Posted by: Bright Pebbles the flatulent || 03/03/2009 17:14 Comments || Top||

#8  Ummmm, was Algore present?
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 03/03/2009 17:22 Comments || Top||

#9  Pfft. The eastern seaboard's all Obama voters. We didn't get so much as a flake here in the heart of Pennsyltucky.

Give 'em another four nor'easters before the season's out, Lord!
Posted by: Mitch H. || 03/03/2009 18:11 Comments || Top||


Snoop Dogg joins Cat Stevens, Nation of Islam
Is it *possible* to be a Muslim named Dogg?
Posted by: Seafarious || 03/03/2009 01:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Cat Stevens became an orthodox Muslim, Snoop is joining some cult that would be considered kafirs by most.
Posted by: Cherelet and Tenille1095 || 03/03/2009 5:32 Comments || Top||

#2  Hmm possibly the only thing that could make snoop dog's "girls gone wild" video selection more enticing would be "girls gone burka"
Posted by: flash91 || 03/03/2009 11:39 Comments || Top||

#3  Wonder if they've explained to Snoop about the no booze, no drugs proscriptions.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 03/03/2009 13:00 Comments || Top||

#4  Snoop believes the 72 virgins horse shit.
Posted by: Jack is Back! || 03/03/2009 13:02 Comments || Top||

#5  The talentless preaching to the clueless.
Posted by: Zammo || 03/03/2009 15:37 Comments || Top||

#6  Snoop's become a hip hop caricature. This only helps to move the process along...
Posted by: tu3031 || 03/03/2009 16:22 Comments || Top||

#7  Who?
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 03/03/2009 16:28 Comments || Top||

#8  Snoop was just looking for a religion that honors a murderer like himself.
Posted by: BrerRabbit || 03/03/2009 17:02 Comments || Top||

#9  Trying to get back on the UK tour.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/03/2009 17:34 Comments || Top||

#10  I loved the way he used to hop off the doghouse roof and dance, with his lil black nose in the air, and tail a-wagging
Posted by: Frank G || 03/03/2009 19:24 Comments || Top||

#11  I think he is going to find out sobriety isn't what it's cracked up to be.
Posted by: ed || 03/03/2009 21:02 Comments || Top||

#12  Not going to bring up that hundreds of years of Muslim trans-Sahara slave trade that predates the discovery of America? /rhetorical question.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/03/2009 23:12 Comments || Top||


5.7 quake hits off Indonesia
A MODERATE 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck off Indonesia's Sulawesi island Monday, seismologists said, but there was no immediate report of casualties or damage and no tsunami warning.

The quake, which hit at 7.03 am (8.03am Singapore time), was centred 24 kilometres (15 miles) southwest of Palu in Central Sulawesi and at a depth of 30 kilometres under the seabed, the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said.
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#1  GUAM also had a good shaker yesterday.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 03/03/2009 18:14 Comments || Top||


China-Japan-Koreas
Be kind to visitors but keep yuan in famery.
Beijing (AsiaNews/Agencies) -- Just in Shenzhen, 370 firms defaulted in 2008 on paying 102 million yuan (US$ 13 million) in wages to some 39,200 workers. The government for its part seems more interested in teaching public officials how to manage social unrest caused by the default than in protecting workers' rights.

In the past it was not unusual for companies to shut their doors without paying their workers, but the current global crisis has made it worse.

In Shenzhen between October and December of last year, 48 companies went bust and their bosses absconded without paying wages for a total of 30 million yuan. An estimated 5.6 migrant workers are in the city. Street protests are very likely if job losses and wage pilfering continue.

The city's Labour and Social Security Bureau has begun monitoring firms with operational problems that are a month behind in paying workers. Baoan District Labour Bureau has demanded firms submit detailed payroll records online and pay wages through banks, which notify the bureau two days after funds are transferred. The bureau can then compare the two sets of records to check whether firms have paid workers properly.

Firms that do not pay employees, or delay payments, are then excluded from government tenders.

At the same time plans are underway in Beijing to train more than 3,000 public security directors by mid-June to improve responses to threats to public security in the provinces. This is especially pressing since more than 20 million rural migrant workers have lost their jobs and many have few immediate prospects of finding another.

Layoffs have already led workers in some cities to take to the streets in protest at factory shutdowns.

These training sessions are "urgently needed for the heavy and difficult task of maintaining stability this year," Public Security Minister Meng Jianzhu was quoted as saying on the Ministry website. Public security officials should work proactively to "explore new solutions to solving the people's grievances [and] be deeply involved with the people," he added.

Beijing also does not want public protests to be settled summarily by local authorities resorting to police intervention. Pundits doubt however that warmth and courtesy will do much for people who need a job to earn a living.
Hildebeast road tour or not, appears they may JUST SAY NO to Obama Bonds.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/03/2009 10:48 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I think as long as the PRC accepts Obamabucks, they'll have to buy Obamabonds. Where else will they put the money? Switzerland?
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 03/03/2009 12:10 Comments || Top||


Science & Technology
Imagine The Intelligence Issues In THIS Technical Environment... (Microsoft via KZero)
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/03/2009 11:56 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under:

#1  My (our?)grandkids will probably be speaking Manderin more as a cultural and political requirement than a fun or self-actualizative pursuit....
Posted by: Uncle Phester || 03/03/2009 13:29 Comments || Top||

#2  Looks very cool but if history tells us anything at all then Microsoft will ruin it by concentrating more on trying to kill their competition than on creating real value. They'll copy other peoples' ideas then use their cash and the leading position they now have in the market to get out ahead of everybody else. Then they'll start erecting obstacles to any further progress or innovation. That's what they've always done.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 03/03/2009 16:11 Comments || Top||


Southeast Asia
Hun Sen's testimony sought
Attorneys have asked the UN-backed Khmer Rouge genocide tribunal for permission to interview Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and former King Norodom Sihanouk, according to confidential documents obtained on Monday.
Bubbles is still alive? He must be 189 or so...
The request was made by the defense team for Nuon Chea, the main ideologist of the regime whose 1975-1979 rule left an estimated 1.7 million Cambodians dead.
I think Bubbles was in Gay Paree and/or Beijing subsequent to the Khmer Rouge takeover. Hun Sen was in Vietnam. I imagine any testimony they could give would be minimally relevant to procedings against Mr. Ideologue of Mass Murder.
The long-delayed tribunal begins its first trial later this month, while the trial for Nuon Chea - charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity and facing life imprisonment - is expected to begin later this year.
Life imprisonment doesn't last as long as being dead, especially when you've been allowed to grow old in relative comfort waiting for your trial to start.
The confidential court documents obtained by The Associated Press also request testimony from current senate president Chean Sim and assembly president Heng Samrin. Both men, along with Hun Sen, were members of the Khmer Rouge regime but defected to Vietnam before it was ousted.
Hun Sen and Heng Samrin were Vietnam-style commies at the time, both members of the Indochina Communist Party. I've always thought it was much to both men's credit that they were too good to get involved with the Khmer Rouge approach to good government.
'They are likely in possession of much relevant information to the pending judicial investigation,' one of the documents said. All have denied any role in atrocities.
... the atrocities being the reason, presumably, they left for Vietnam.
Hun Sen, who has ruled Cambodia for more than two decades, was a former Khmer Rouge soldier who fled to Vietnam in 1977 and became prime minister of a Vietnamese-installed communist government after the regime's fall.
I said that.
Son Arun, Nuon Chea's Cambodian attorney, confirmed the authenticity of the documents but said he had not personally filed the request, an apparent effort to distance himself from the move to put Cambodia's strongman on the stand.
Hun Sen is still in charge, and will remain that way...
The defense team said that the 86-year-old former King Sihanouk,
Bubbles lies about his age. He's at least a hundred years older than that.
who briefly served as a symbolic head of state after the Khmer Rouge took power, had 'rare access to the Khmer Rouge leadership, their strategies and policies' and was 'privy to a range of sensitive information.'
He was a figurehead and he's got the physical courage of a sparrow. I think he was in China when he was annointed "king." Prior to that he had possessed a bit more power as Prince Sihanouk. I think he was dethroned by the Cambodian regime in 1971 or thereabouts, which was why he left for Paris. Or maybe just stayed there, since I think he spent most of his time there...
The tribunal's first trial, scheduled to begin March 30, is for 65-year-old Kaing Guek Eav, better known as Duch, who headed the Khmer Rouge's largest torture center.
In a world with any justice in it that trial would last about five minutes, followed by a quick but maximally painful execution. It also would have taken place at least 25 years ago.
Later trials will be held for Khieu Samphan, the group's former head of state; Ieng Sary, its foreign minister; and his wife Ieng Thirith, who was minister for social affairs.
Kill them all, just like they did their countrymen. They're vermin.
Posted by: Fred || 03/03/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under:


Thailand: 'Every means' for Toxin's extradition
THAI Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva vowed Monday that his government would use 'every means we can' to extradite fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra to serve a two-year jail term.
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Brunei defends caning
BRUNEI has defended its tough penalties against illegal immigrants after revealing that nearly 400 foreigners were whipped in the past five years for settling unlawfully in this oil-rich sultanate, a news report said on Monday.
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Tue 2009-03-03
  Lanka cricketers shot up in Lahore
Mon 2009-03-02
  Hariri tribunal gets underway in The Hague
Sun 2009-03-01
  Mighty Pak Army claims famous victory in Bajaur
Sat 2009-02-28
  Bangla sepoy mutiny: Mass grave horror stuns nation
Fri 2009-02-27
  Paleofactions agree to form unity govt
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  Bangla: At least 50 feared dead in sepoy mutiny
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  Lanka: Troops enter last Tamil Tiger-controlled town
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  Mulla Omar orders halt to attacks on Pak troops
Mon 2009-02-23
  100 rounded up in Nineveh
Sun 2009-02-22
  1 European killed, 9 others wounded in Egypt blast
Sat 2009-02-21
  Handcuffed JMB man pops grenade at press meet
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  Four killed, 18 injured in Peshawar car bombing
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