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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Trouble snowballs for man who shot himself in nads
[The Wenatchee World] CASHMERE ‐ A convicted felon accidentally shot himself in the genitals last month at an apartment in Cashmere. His problems didn’t stop there.

Cameron Jeffrey Wilson, 27, had a pistol tucked into his front pocket April 5 when the gun discharged, sending a bullet through his testicles and into his thigh, according to a probable cause affidavit filed April 16 in Chelan County Superior Court.

Instead of heading directly to a hospital, Wilson instructed his girlfriend to first drive to Lincoln Park in Wenatchee, where he gave the pistol to a friend, the affidavit said. A 13-time convicted felon, it is illegal for Wilson to possess a firearm.

As doctors and nurses performed surgery at Central Washington Hospital, a balloon containing marijuana slipped out of his anus, the affidavit said.
"That's not mine!"
Chelan County sheriff’s detectives were notified that Wilson had suffered a gunshot wound and then responded to the hospital. They searched the car and found a bag of methamphetamine inside a pair of blood-stained jeans he’d taken off before entering the hospital.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/23/2019 02:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6508 views] Top|| File under:

#1  A THIRTEEN time convicted felon? At age 27? At least he won't contribute (further?) to the gene pool.
Posted by: Glenmore || 05/23/2019 8:41 Comments || Top||

#2  Snow Balls ! I see what you did there , still funny though.
Posted by: Snavimble Bucket1794 || 05/23/2019 9:31 Comments || Top||

#3  A THIRTEEN time convicted felon?

But, the question is, have his voting rights been restored?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/23/2019 15:14 Comments || Top||

Man who stole car with 6-year-old boy inside shot by boy's father, deputies say

Probably it was Lamar's serious complexion and grooming problems that drove him to a life of crime.
A man accused of stealing a car with a 6-year-old boy inside in West Palm Beach and crashing it in Lantana early Saturday was shot by the boy's father, deputies said.
"Ow! Ow! Ow!"

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Teri Barbera said Lamar Thurman, 29, drove away in the car, which was parked in front of a home on Roberts Lane, while the engine was on and the boy was inside as his father was saying goodbye to friends.
"Ahah! A car! Engine runnin' and everything! I'll just steal it! No one will ever know!"
The boy's father and friends followed the stolen car while calling 911.
"You, there! Miscreant! Halt!"
"Here, Lionel! Let us give chase!"

Thurman soon crashed the car on Loquat Tree Drive in Lantana, Barbera said.
"Ha ha! Youse'll never catch me! [SCREECH!] [CRASH!] Ow!"
As the boy's father and friends tried to rescue the child from the car, Thurman started to drive off again, Barbera said.
"Here, you! Miscreant! You cannot drive a vehicle after the airbag has popped! It is not safe!"
That's when the boy's father, armed with a handgun, shot Thurman several times "in an attempt to stop him from fleeing further with his child in the car," Barbera said.
"Stop or I'll [BANG! BANG! BANGETTY BANG!] shoot!"
Thurman crashed the car again about 200 yards away and was taken to an area hospital in critical condition.
"Aaaiiieee! I am undone!"
The boy wasn't hurt.
"Hooray! I ain't! Get 'im, Pop!"
Barbera said evidence from the scene and witness statements are consistent with the father's account of what happened.
"Ayup. Blood. Bullet holes. Airbag. Skid marks. It all adds up!"
"Barbera! How do you do it?"

"The suspect has no association with the victims," Barbera said.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 05/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under:

#1  grooming problems

Tattooed himself shaving?
Posted by: Squinty Gravick4899 || 05/23/2019 0:19 Comments || Top||

#2  Missed the "Florida Man" lead-in
Posted by: Mercutio || 05/23/2019 8:33 Comments || Top||

#3  West Palm Beach residents sleep more soundly tonight.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/23/2019 8:37 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
How tough are you?: Man in Italy walks into hospital with arrow through heart, somehow survives
As my grandaddy would have said, "Atsa prooty tough!"
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6502 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Practicing for marriage?
Posted by: gorb || 05/23/2019 4:00 Comments || Top||

#2  When I worked at SFGH, the radiology doc kept a file of unbelievable xrays. One showed a man with a 10 inch kitchen knife stuck completely thru his neck - side to side - and he was standing for the xray. Sometimes you get lucky.
Posted by: Mercutio || 05/23/2019 8:31 Comments || Top||

#3  Here, hold my Grappa.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/23/2019 8:43 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Swiss men have among the lowest sperm counts in Europe: Scientists warn semen is in a 'critical state' which could damage fertility and raise cancer risk
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6498 views] Top|| File under:

#1  High altitude+solar radiation? Be interesting to compare with High country Peruvian Indians...
Posted by: Mercutio || 05/23/2019 8:25 Comments || Top||

#2  Poss due to AFG immigrants.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/23/2019 15:57 Comments || Top||

#3  Stupid-ass headline. Looking at the bar chart in the article, the Swiss in are the middle of the pack and about par with Finland. Mommas, don't let your babies grow up to be journos.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/23/2019 16:31 Comments || Top||

#4  Journo-Barbie: "Math and statistics is are hard"

Think Alysyn Camerota with long division
Posted by: Frank G || 05/23/2019 18:59 Comments || Top||

Dramatic video shows a woman being rescued from floodwaters as 22 million people in the central states brace for hail and heavy rain after 22 tornadoes ripped through the Southern Plains, while Colorado sees its latest May SNOW in 44 years
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6523 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Daily Mail wins the "Longest Headline" award, every day!
Posted by: Bobby || 05/23/2019 0:09 Comments || Top||

#2  AND they are often difficult to parse.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/23/2019 2:15 Comments || Top||

#4  The headline is wrong for Colorado. On May 19th, 1990 we got 7 inches dumped on us during our prom. There have been times it has snowed in June as well.
Posted by: DarthVader || 05/23/2019 5:11 Comments || Top||

#5  One weekend in April we got 5 feet of snow in Evergreen CO. Light powdery stuff. The truck would drive fine (until the radiator packed) but we had to climb in and out of the windows as the doors wouldn't open.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/23/2019 10:01 Comments || Top||

#6  It has been interesting; another round today.

Agriculture has been affected badly by the stormy weather. Missouri only has 62 percent of its corn planted, compared to 95 percent a year ago through May 19, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture

Soybean planting is also delayed, with only 9 percent of fields planted versus 58 percent a year ago.

In Arkansas, only 31 percent of soybeans have been planted compared to 78 percent a year ago.

Wait until the wheat reports come in.

The headline is wrong for Colorado. On May 19th, 1990 we got 7 inches dumped on us during our prom. There have been times it has snowed in June as well.

Yeah, and mountains. Eisenhower tunnel area had a whollop of a crash as I understand it.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/23/2019 11:43 Comments || Top||

#7  Why plant if the Chinese are not going to buy?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/23/2019 12:36 Comments || Top||

#8  So we can have Brexit popcorn.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/23/2019 15:59 Comments || Top||

#9  The deli. A beard and a commie:
"A kilo of vegan salami!"
"The ruby chard Reuben...
wait, make that a Cuban...
green tea... butter-free Poppamame."
Posted by: Cremp Hatrack8738 || 05/23/2019 17:32 Comments || Top||


Man made global something or other. ManBearPig Gore must be going apoplectic.
Posted by: Woodrow || 05/23/2019 17:38 Comments || Top||

#11  Maybe I don't travel all the circles, but I found that when Nebraska got (and is still getting) wholloped there was hardly any coverage.

Theory is, is that by ignoring the devastation, there is little 'public sympathy' for the flyovers. Same with last year's Oklahoma fires, and with the 2017 fire outbreak where locally our fire burned 500,000 is less than 24 hours, and some 700,000 over the five days. But shit a helicopter lands in Oprah's back yards because there is mud in her driveway, its on everything to TMZ.

I heard that the Nebraska relief bill got tied into another Puerto Rico relief graff payment; that was during another round of bash Trump over PR.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/23/2019 18:26 Comments || Top||

#12  Successful water rescue, not bad for a ad hoc but that was extremely dangerous. Small diameter rope, poor footing.

Been reviewing water rescue videos, because out here this is a rare event/very dangerous. Dude I've been watching basically sets the stage with,

"Most people are poor swimmers at the best of times. They are cold, in wet clothing, and having the worst moment of their entire life. They may kill both of you, so plan according, and don't forget your gd flotation." I'm paraphrasing, but not by much.

Talking to comrade this morning, was mentioning this, he says he remembers his youth swimmer rescue training. "Come at them from behind, and grab around the chest. If they are fighting, knock them out; an unconscious patient is easier to control. If you can't do that, and if its a guy, punch them in the balls. Hard." I'm not sure how that pans with a female, though I have heard a hit to the woo hoo is also attention getting.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/23/2019 18:37 Comments || Top||

#13  same thing with aid too ppl in southern Ga.. shir keeps getting messed up in other affairs
Posted by: chris || 05/23/2019 18:39 Comments || Top||

British Steel plunges into insolvency in collapse putting 25,000 jobs at risk
[Mirror] British Steel was plunged into insolvency today in a major collapse that puts thousands of jobs at risk.

Rescue talks with the government broke down in a move the GMB union warned was "devastating for thousands of workers".

The UK's second-biggest steel producer employs 4,500 people mostly in Scunthorpe, and 20,000 more depend on its supply chain.

The government's Official Receiver is set to take control of the company as part of an insolvency process, the BBC reported.

Business Secretary Greg Clark was due to address the Commons urgently this afternoon as he refused calls to nationalise the firm - insisting he could only offer help on a "commercial basis".

Jeremy Corbyn said it was an "outrage" British Steel was allowed to collapse adding: "This government has failed those people and even at this late stage, must step in to save those jobs."

Posted by: Besoeker || 05/23/2019 03:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6546 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Did the union offer any concessions? Or is that just a stupid question?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 05/23/2019 11:46 Comments || Top||

#2  Bethlehem Steel's HQ building in Allentown was imploded over the weekend. Some people never learn...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/23/2019 12:01 Comments || Top||

Anti-brexit group unmasked as set up and funded by greenpeace
Posted by: DarthVader || 05/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6493 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Or... it is the EU that employs greenpeace.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 05/23/2019 10:16 Comments || Top||

Tenfold surge in number of child slavery probes as police warn there are 'just too many predators out there'
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6512 views] Top|| File under:

#1  What do those groups have ion common?
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 05/23/2019 4:10 Comments || Top||

#2  Drug gangs led by Pakistani, Albanian and Irish families. The largest employer of children for the drug and sexual slavery trades are gangs.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 05/23/2019 9:52 Comments || Top||

#3  Child slavery is a scourge; this should not be tolerated in the U.S.
Posted by: JohnQC || 05/23/2019 10:17 Comments || Top||

#4  It's from the land Charles Dickens actually. The only child slavery in the US is Kid's Got Talent.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 05/23/2019 10:31 Comments || Top||

Oops! Ow!

Military payload.

Posted by: 3dc || 05/23/2019 13:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6518 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Chinese sky penis looks funny.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/23/2019 15:07 Comments || Top||

#2  That may be a Chinese sky vagina, or prolapsed rectum.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/23/2019 15:55 Comments || Top||

#3  well that escalated quickly
Posted by: chris || 05/23/2019 18:35 Comments || Top||

#4  Chinese of all people should know fireworks are more impressive at night.
Posted by: jpal || 05/23/2019 19:16 Comments || Top||

Ozone hole coming back because of intentional breaking of treaties by NE China
Chinese factories are using banned ozone-depleting chemicals

Scientists have solved an international environmental mystery by pinpointing the source of a troubling uptick in a dangerous, ozone-destroying chemical: factories in northeastern China.

Why it matters: The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is viewed as the most successful environmental treaty ever enacted. However, its success depends on rigorous monitoring and enforcement, particularly regarding the ban on the production and use of ozone-depleting substances from developing countries since 2010.

According to the new study, published Wednesday in Nature, many factories in northeastern China have flouted the ban when it comes to a compound known as trichlorofluoromethane (CFC-11), which is an efficient destroyer of Earth's protective ozone layer and a far more powerful — albeit less abundant — global warming pollutant than carbon dioxide.

CFC-11 is used to produce foam insulation for refrigerators, air conditioners and buildings, among other uses.
Context: Using data from Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, a 2018 study found that the global concentrations of CFC-11 were not declining at the predicted rate. It also found an uptick in emissions of the synthetic compound and suggested that East Asia was a possible source region.

Subsequent research by the New York Times and the Environmental Investigations Agency (EIA) blamed illicit CFC-11 production and use on the growing Chinese polyurethane market.
However, observational data was too sparse to conclusively show where in East Asia the source was.
What they did: For the new study, researchers utilized high-frequency environmental observations from South Korea, Japan and other areas to investigate CFC-11 emissions patterns.

They also used multiple computer models to trace weather patterns that corresponded to spikes in CFC-11 levels at particular stations, which showed that air blowing from two provinces in northeastern China — Shandong and Hebei —were tied to spikes in CFC-11 concentrations.
What they found: Emissions of CFC-11 from eastern mainland China were about 7 million kilograms per year higher from 2014 to 2017 when compared to 2008 to 2012, the study finds.

This amounts to at least 40%–60% of the global increase in CFC-11 emissions observed from previous research, but this may be an underestimate, the study says.
The study shows the emissions are most likely coming from new production, rather than slow emissions from prior stockpiles.
The big picture: New production and emissions of CFC-11 could delay the healing of the stratospheric ozone layer, which protects us from harmful ultraviolet radiation from the sun, by at least a decade.

Stratospheric ozone loss can lead to increased skin cancer rates and harm wildlife, particularly in high latitudes.
The threat: Each molecule of CFC-11 stays in the atmosphere for 52 years, according to the study. "With no emissions, it still lingers on and on and on," says co-author Ron Prinn of MIT.

What they're saying: Avipsa Mahapatra of the EIA tells Axios the new study is "critical because it provides precise scientific measurements that a large magnitude of the global emissions of CFC-11 that were detected before are indeed coming from China and even pinpoints specific provinces in China." Mahapatra was not involved in the new study.

But, but, but: The lack of observing stations to sift through the air for evidence of banned CFCs in China, parts of Africa and elsewhere blinds scientists to possible emissions sources that could also harm the ozone layer.

What's next: It's now up to China to crack down on producers and users of this banned substance, experts tell Axios. "It's up to the Chinese government to fulfill their requirements under the Montreal Protocol," Prinn says.
Posted by: 3dc || 05/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6507 views] Top|| File under:

#1  China has shown its dishonest attitude towards contract, treaties and agreements for a very long time. They cheat steal and lie and we keep doing business with them and suddenly Trump actually confronts it and everyone seems shocked. They won’t change so we need to in how we interact commercially. They are the main threat so it’s time to face it.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 05/23/2019 12:55 Comments || Top||

Explanation sought from jailer over torture of prisoner
[DAWN] An anti-terrorism court has sought an explanation from the Kot Lakhpat jail superintendent regarding alleged physical torture on a Christian prisoner facing trial for vandalism and damaging public property following the 2015 suicide kabooms on churches in Youhannabad.

A medical examination report submitted before the court revealed marks of torture on the body of Vikram Masih.

Masih told the court that he was hung upside down before other prisoners in the jail’s lockup for several hours. He claimed that the jail doctor did not perform a complete check up of his injuries. The Lahore High Court granted bail to Masih four years ago, however, he could not come out of the jail for not furnishing two surety bonds of Rs100,000 each.

The lawyer asked the court to order a complete inquiry and registration of cases against the jail staff involved in the torture.

The judge asked the jail superintendent to submit an explanation about the torture incident and also conduct an inquiry in another matter of non-provision of adequate medical facility to Chand Hameed, facing trial in lynching of two Moslem people outside the Youhannabad. Jail’s deputy superintendent appeared and sought time to submit the required reports.

Posted by: Fred || 05/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6518 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

Science & Technology
Amazon Is Working on a Device That Can Read Human Emotions
[Bloomberg] Amazon.com Inc. is developing a voice-activated wearable device that can recognize human emotions.

The wrist-worn gadget is described as a health and wellness product in internal documents reviewed by Bloomberg. It’s a collaboration between Lab126, the hardware development group behind Amazon’s Fire phone and Echo smart speaker, and the Alexa voice software team.

Designed to work with a smartphone app, the device has microphones paired with software that can discern the wearer’s emotional state from the sound of his or her voice, according to the documents and a person familiar with the program. Eventually the technology could be able to advise the wearer how to interact more effectively with others, the documents show.

It’s unclear how far along the project is, or if it will ever become a commercial device. Amazon gives teams wide latitude to experiment with products, some of which will never come to market. Work on the project, code-named Dylan, was ongoing recently, according to the documents and the person, who requested anonymity to discuss an internal matter. A beta testing program is underway, this person said, though it’s unclear whether the trial includes prototype hardware, the emotion-detecting software or both.

Amazon declined to comment.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/23/2019 09:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6496 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Just what I need, a smart ass watch making comments about my wife's mood.

I can see it now......

"Did that thing just say I'm in a good mood?"

"But weren't you?"

"Weren't. What's it say now? What's it say? Better not say anything or I'm gonna peel it off your cold wrist and use it to negotiate better funeral charges. Better take that trash out, and take your time doing it."
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/23/2019 18:15 Comments || Top||

#2  A timepiece to probe your emotions
And offer you coughdrops or potions!
The Future: No crying,
Just smiling and lying
And buying all Amazon's lotions.
Posted by: Clolurong B. Hayes4910 || 05/23/2019 18:28 Comments || Top||

#3  Perhaps Amazon can help with a device to make me a mindreader:

"What's wrong, honey"
"Hokay then, I'm going to the garage with a beer"
"If you loved me you'd know what's wrong"
"You said 'nothing', and I'm not gonna call you a liar"
Posted by: Frank G || 05/23/2019 19:03 Comments || Top||

#4  How about an HR department who can understand human interactions and then we'll move on to AI?
Posted by: Sherese Smith6427 || 05/23/2019 21:42 Comments || Top||

Leaked documents reveal NASA's Artemis mission will require 37 LAUNCHES as it prepares to put humans back on the surface in just five years and establish a lunar base by 2028
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6506 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Compared to SpaceX's StarShip predicted to be able to refuel and land directly on the surface and take off again without all that crap like a moon station in orbit.
Of course Sen Shelby refused to allow SpaceX to offer that Solution. This is all Shelby's fault.
Posted by: 3dc || 05/23/2019 11:49 Comments || Top||

Posted by: 3dc || 05/23/2019 11:53 Comments || Top||

#3  Link to Artemis family photo
Posted by: 3dc || 05/23/2019 19:39 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
Indonesian court sentences Frenchman to death for drug smuggling
[France24] An Indonesian court Monday sentenced Frenchman Felix Dorfin to death for drug smuggling, in a surprise verdict after prosecutors asked for a 20-year jail term.

Dorfin, 35, was arrested in September carrying the suitcase filled with about three kilograms (6.6 pounds) including ecstasy and amphetamines at the airport in Lombok, a holiday island next to Bali where foreigners are routinely arrested on drugs charges.

Indonesia has some of the world's strictest drug laws -- including death by firing squad for some drug traffickers and it has executed foreigners in the past.

While prosecutors had not asked for the death penalty, Indonesian courts have been known to go beyond their demands.

"After finding Felix Dorfin legally and convincingly guilty of importing narcotics... (he) is sentenced to the death penalty," presiding judge Isnurul Syamsul Arif told the court.

He cited Dorfin's involvement in an international drug syndicate and the amount of drugs in his possession as aggravating factors.

"The defendant's actions could potentially do damage to the younger generation," Arif added.

Indonesia has not executed anyone since 2016, but a number of foreigners are still on death row including a cocaine-smuggling British grandmother and Serge Atlaoui, a Frenchman who has been on death row since 2007.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/23/2019 09:30 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6518 views] Top|| File under:

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