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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Bishnu kept his peace while the gang snatched cell phones, jewelry and cash from other riders. But then, the thugs grabbed the 18 year-old girl sitting next to him and forcefully stripped her naked. Before the bandits could rape the poor girl in front of her helpless parents, Bishnu decided he had enough.

“The girl cried for help, saying ´You are a soldier, please save a sister´,” Shrestha recalled. “I prevented her from being raped, thinking of her as my own sister.”

Here's the part of the story that makes you cheer.  He pulls out a kukri (i.e. a knife) and proceeds to kill 3 of them, injure 8 of them, and causes the rest to flee. During the battle, he suffered a severe knife injury to his left hand, from which he's now recovered.

Friday, January 28, 2011

CAIRO (Reuters) – Looters broke into the Cairo museum housing the world's greatest collection of Pharaonic treasures, smashing several statues and damaging two mummies, while police battled anti-government protesters on the streets.

in Belgium journalist Rudi Vranckx said that allegedly protesters had overpowered some looting policemen along with criminals, which confessed being freed by the police. (Source - Dutch video)

Transcript: (translated from 0:48)

Interviewer: There are lootings happening, as we saw in the report. But it isn't very clear who these looters are, right?

Journalist: You hear many stories - also from my interpreter who had to go home because they were looting in his area - in various districts of Caïro. The recrimination you hear often is that this is about criminals who are released by the police, many citizens say this. This is also the case with the National Museum, where different antiquities have been looted. There I've seen people outside saying they saw and took up 25 marauders, which subsequently confessed being freed by the police. Amongst them were several policemen who had luxuriance of the museum with them.

Interviewer: So it aren't the protesters themselves then... [...]

I don't find much other information about it, but here is one source saying

There is a growing number of reports that when these thugs are caught, they have police/interior ministry identification on them.

this could be related to the destruction of Egyptian artifacts

President Hosni Mubarak has defended the role of Egypt's security forces in suppressing anti-government protests which have rocked the country.

“Mr Mubarak also dismissed his government and said a new cabinet would be announced on Saturday.

It was his first statement since the protests - in which at least 26 have died with hundreds injured - began.

Tens of thousands took part in protests in Cairo, Suez, Alexandria and other cities.

Protesters set fire to the headquarters of the governing NDP party and besieged state TV and the foreign ministry.

At least 13 people were killed in Suez on Friday, while in Cairo, five people died, according to medical sources.

That brings the death toll to at least 26 since the protests began on Tuesday. “

Great comment from a Slashdotter that covers a whole lot of what is going on:

Rather than moderating, I'd rather write what I know.

There is a lot of misinformation here, and mainstream media coverage in the USA seems not up to par. Europe's coverage is much better, and Canada somewhere in between. The church bombing on New Year's Eve got more coverage than this history in the making period.

First, I am Egyptian, born and raised there, but living outside of Egypt for the last 2 decades. I was personally affected by the regime there for decades, but that is a story for a future blog post. I have family there, and was in Egypt for all of December 2010.

The whole region is run by military dictators, after the post-World War II upheaval. The colonial rule by European powers, or local monarchies, were ousted in military coupe d'etats. Many of the dictators were idealistic at first, and took a socialist or communist slant initially, only to become totalitarian despots, fascists, or something else other than socialist. Now the trend is to make it a dynastic rule, with Syria the first to have a nominal republic convert into a dynastic one. Tunisia's ex-despot had a son in law (Sakher El-Materi, only 30 years old) who was into politics big time and poised to take over the reigns of the country. In Algiers, the president is set to install his brother to succeed him. In Libya, a son seems earmarked for that. In Egypt it is also a son as well. I think Yemen.

Look at the statistics and cringe in horror at how long these despots are in power:

  • Libya: Qaddafi - 41 years.
  • Yemen: Saleh - 32 years.
  • Egypt: Mubarak - 29 years.
  • Tunisia: Ben Ali - 23 years.

Let us ignore the monarchies in the region for a bit, since they are not a republic and can nominally remain in power for that long.

Mubarak has been in power FOR MORE THAN ANY EGYPTIAN RULER IN MODERN HISTORY. That is since 1847 or so, NO ONE has ruled as long as Mubarak did.

All of them have had a sham parliament amend the nominal constitution to make it possible for them to run for more than the maximum of 2 or 3 terms, and then make it a lifetime thing as well.

All of them have parliaments that consist exclusively of those from the ruling party which gets 90% or more of seats via intimidation and exclusion of the opposition.

Now, the Operation Egypt thing is relatively new. I saw it today in the morning only. So it remains to be seen if they are helpful or not.

What I can say is that on Jan 25, the Egyptian Presidency [] web site was showing "under development and construction". I was checking it for a page for the list of modern rulers of Egypt and their time in power. Today, the web site seems to be under a DoS attack.

However, the stars of the show are first Kolena Khaled Saeed [] (We are all Khaled Saeed). It is a Facebook group that is named after a 20-something youth tortured and killed by the police last year. Police brutality is one of the top demands of those who are protesting. Last I checked, they had 413,000 "likes".

The second star is the Rassd News Network []. This is a grassroots citizen news organization that is very mature, professional and objective. They verify sources and rate items as either "unconfirmed" or "confirmed". They have both Arabic and English updates from various sources, including eyewitnesses from action. You can "Like" them in Facebook, ignore the Arabic messages, and read the English ones to see updates.

The path to where we are today with protests was a long one.

The parliamentary and presidential elections in 2005 and 2006 show a lot of courage from a very small number of people. They were mainly middle class or intellectuals. The rest of the public did not catch on. Those who opposed the president got the heavy hand of the regime on them. For example, Saad El Din Ibrahim (an academic, and a bit eccentric) got imprisoned on false charges, Ayman Nour (another opposition figure) was imprisoned for other false charges and only freed when Obama came to power.

The Muslim Brotherhood, who have wide support specially in poorer classes, have been systematically excluded and intimidated from politics. The regime rounds them up before elections, and keeps them behind bars and then frees them after the elections are over.

Smaller political parties were allowed to operate since they have very little following and hence not a threat on the regime (Communists, Nasserists, Ancient Egyptianists, Wafd, ...etc.)

In the 2005 parliament the Muslim Brotherhood were allowed some seats, to show the West that Egypt is democratic. In 2010, it was the Wafd party who was selected by the ruling party to be the token opposition, and the brotherhood got no seats.

Elections are not free at all, and have never been so since 60 years. From intimidation, exclusion of candidates, ballot stuffing, ...etc you name it. They use all the tricks in every book.

The current president plans on running for yet another term (after completing 30 years in power) in October 2011. This was to be the next big time for protests, but what happened in Tunisia no doubt accelerated things. People suddenly saw that a dictator is not permanent and can be deposed by just the people asking for what is theirs. That is why January 25 happened. Again, it is grassroots, with no centralized leadership. Think crowd-sourcing. Thing open source. This is it in real life.

The grievances are many: no jobs to earn a decent living. No chance to get a place to live in for a youth. Hence no way to get married. Corruption in the form of bribes, nepotism and others. The ruling elite and their cronies living lavish lives, having cars that cost a million Egyptian pounds, and residence that cost many millions. Amounts that a regular Egyptian would never see in many life times. Political standstill: no way to get rid peacefully of the current president, the ruling party, the ruling elite. Police brutality (around 26 people died in police custody in recent years). The security forces are there to protect the regime, not serve the public. Prices going up on basic food stuff, and with salaries staying the same, people are suffering.

Now to the protests themselves:

No centralized leadership: this is not the Muslim Brotherhood, or El Baradei (ex-Internationl Atomic Energy Agency president and Nobel Peace Prize winner). This is true grassroots when you see it in action. People coordinating via Twitter and Facebook. No one giving marching orders.

Regular people: people from all walks of life are there. Rich actors, poor youth, lawyers, journalists, movie director, women, girls, ...etc. This is not exclusively for religious or poor people. It is everyone.

Different people: see above.

Fear barrier has been broken: Egyptians finally got over the fear they have been living with for 60 years, and starting to confront the regime. My father was afraid. I was afraid. The new generation

New media: in the 1960s to 1980s, the government could control the media, because it was all state owned, or they can ban it (newspapers). Starting in the 90s, things changed. There was satellite TV that broke borders, and the internet of course. Today, there are ways for people to communicate that the government can't control (completely at least).

Now today, Blackberry BBM (secure instant messaging) was down for a few hours today, on all three mobile network. Then it was restored.

Facebook stopped working mid-day too. Twitter was down on the first day of protests (Jan 25).

Tomorrow is set to be a big day with people heading to the streets after the Friday mid day prayer (Friday is the weekend there). The United Copts site has urged Christians to join in, so this is again an Egyptian thing, not Muslims only or whatever.

Here is another grassroots effort to document this historic event: 2011 Egyptian protests [] on Wikipedia.

If you want more, join that Facebook group above. Or email me at my username here at Google's thing. Things are happening too fast, but I will try my best.


The Catalyst: Tunisia a country in Northern Africa was ruled by a repressive and dictatorial regime led by President Ben Ali. At the end of 2010, a series of riots broke out throughout Tunisia, collectively termed the "Jasmine Revolution." The root causes are considered to be mass unemployment, widespread corruption, appalling living conditions and the governments propensity to squash free speech. This resulted in President Ben Ali dissolving the government, a victory for the revolutionaries.

Regional results: In the region, the success of the Tunisian revolution led to widespread instability. It had previously been considered axiomatic that regional dictatorships were too stable to fall. The Tunisian revolution proved otherwise and soon protests began all over the region, most strongly in Algeria, Yemen and Egypt.

Egypt: The Egyptian youth were mobilized by the example set by the Tunisian revolution. Many suggested that the upcoming 25th of January 'National Police Day' be instead used as a massive nation wide protest against corruption. Other causes for the unrest have been the widespread brutality of the Egyptian police and military (Egypt is basically a dictatorship because the country is under 'Emergency law' and has been since 1967), the crippling poverty in the country and President Mubarak himself.

The Egyptian Response: The Egyptian police and military have been very heavy handed in responding to the protests. A huge number of protestors have been beaten by police and plain clothes secret police officers. Three have been confirmed killed at the time of this writing. In an effort to stop the protestors utilizing Facebook and Twitter to organize and get their message out, Egypt shut down access to those two sites and now, basically unplugged the country from the internet entirely.

Friday: This Friday will see a pivotal moment in the Egyptian revolution as a mass protest has been called after traditional Friday prayers. The Egyptians have called for a "Million Man March" but the chaos in the country and the unpredictability of what's going on makes it difficult to even guess at what will actually transpire.

Predictions: Analysts are split as to what will happen in Egypt. There seems to be a concensus that unlike Tunisia, whose military was underpaid, had terrible morale and had little stake in the Police State, the Egyptian army is far more likely to support the Mubarak regime. If the support of the armed forces wavers (as the police support already has, on occasion) then a very real revolution is on the cards.

The U.S in the Region: If you're American and wondering, the U.S has a lot of skin in the game. Mubarak has received a huge amount of aid from the United States. Egypt is one of the only Middle Eastern countries to have something approaching a lasting peace treaty with Israel, and Mubarak is generally considered to be a 'friend of the West' by the standards of his fellow leaders in the region. Many of the protesters see the U.S as propping up Mubarak's regime. If the revolution succeeds, any popular democracy in Egypt is almost certainly going produce leaders with anti-American platforms.

Hope that helps and I really hope I didn't get too much wrong.

[Edit:] Fixed some errors kindly pointed out to me by comb_over down below. Show him some upvote love for vigilance and knowingness!

[Edit 2:] There's been a lot of good discussion down below about the Muslim Brotherhood, the nature of their role in the revolution, whether they're a terrorist group, have terrorist offshoots or are non-violent. I think it's a complex issue to which I have no easy answers so I've removed any mention of them from the above summation. I encourage everyone to read up on their own and form their own conclusions (many great links are below). I apologize to anyone who feels they've been misinformed by my earlier statements in regard to MB.

[Edit 3:] I'm going to be adding summaries of events as they happen and I read about them. Hope that doesn't break Reddiquette.

Events as of 29th of January Australian Time

Death toll: The current official death toll for the protests is 26. My heart goes out to the victims and their families.

The Egyptian Government Pulls the Communication Plug: Concerned that the protesters were using Twitter and Facebook to organize themselves and get their message out both inside and outside Egypt, the government there blocked access to those services. When this proved insufficient they ordered telecommunications companies to disable SMS services and Blackberry Communications. Finally, the Egyptian Government essentially unplugged the entire country from the Internet.

Mubarak disbands cabinet: The Egyptian government is vaguely similar in structure at the top to that of the U.S in that it consists of a President and a Cabinet responsible for various portfolios. Refusing to step down himself, President Mubarak has ordered his entire Cabinet to resign, effectively firing them, and announced plans to appoint a new government. Mubarak delivered a speech in which he pledged a more open democracy going forward. Analysts seem to think this won't be nearly enough to satisfy the protesters.

Opposition Leader Mohammed ElBaradei: Mohammed ElBaradei returned to Egypt on January 27th. Dr ElBaradei has previously served as Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (the people responsible for monitoring nuclear proliferation and inspecting nuclear power plants all over the world) and holds a Noble Peace Prize. As early as 2009 he was considered a potential candidate to lead an opposition against President Mubarak in Egypt but made no truly definite moves to do so until these uprisings began. He is considered a democratic reformer and is viewed as a potent symbol for the revolution. Since arriving in Egypt, he has been placed under house arrest by the Egyptian government.

Wikileaks, Anonymous and Operation Egypt:Wikileaks has stated their intention to soon release thousands of documents relating to the Egyptian regime (this may have already happened, haven't had a chance to look). The international hacker coalition known as 'Anonymous' and mostly recently famous for their organization of cyber protests in support of Wikileaks have begun "Operation Egypt." The goal is to prevent the Egyptian government from isolating the protesters within the country and to get the word out as much as possible. How successful this will be with Egypt almost disconnected from the web is still in doubt.

The White House Weighs in: President Obama has given a short statement on the Egyptian situation. Essentially he said that these protests require an agenda of reform from the Mubarak government as a response. The language used is significant because President Obama essentially backed the Mubarak government in the short term, while pressing for reform.

"A suicide bomber's plan to detonate explosives in Central Moscow on New Year's Eve was foiled when she received an unexpected spam text message that caused her deadly payload to blow up too early. A message wishing her a happy new year came hours before the unnamed woman was to set off her suicide belt near Red Square, an act of terrorism that could have killed hundreds of people. Islamist terrorists in Russia often use mobile phones as detonators. The bomber's handler, who is usually watching his charge, sends the bomber a text message to set off the explosive belt at the moment when it is thought they can inflict maximum casualties."

Thursday, January 27, 2011

TAMPA — Four years ago, John Wade Agan told deputies he was robbed at gunpoint in his taxicab, roughed up and stuffed into the trunk of the car.

Three years ago, he drove to a fire station with a butcher knife sticking out of his chest.

Two years ago, in a news conference from his hospital bed, he told the world he'd been bitten by two different snakes at the same time, a claim experts doubted.

He told the St. Petersburg Times he might have been the unluckiest man in the world.

Now, Agan occupies another hospital bed, befallen, he said, by yet another freak calamity: lightning.

He said it happened Tuesday evening during the severe storm that hit the area. He was leaning over a metal kitchen sink, holding a corded phone up to his ear, when he heard a loud boom. He said he blacked out.

His 26-year-old daughter, Misty Agan, was standing just feet away from him and said she heard the phone drop. "Oh! Oh! Oh!" she said she heard her dad say before he crumpled to the ground and began to shake.

Agan said he awoke surrounded by paramedics, finding his right shoe off and a big hole in his sock. "It felt like it was on fire," he said.

Agan, 47, spoke with the Times on Wednesday, propped up in a bed at Tampa General Hospital, picking at a chef salad.

He knows what people say about him — what they said after reading about his snakebites, what some will say when they read this story — that he's lying or somehow hurting himself, maybe to get pain medicine.

"I don't care what people say," Agan said. "Any day of the week, I'll go take a drug test."

But not today, he said. Today, he was on pain medications.

There's no way to prove someone has or hasn't been struck by lightning, experts say. John Agan doesn't have any obvious burn marks. Most victims don't.

He was sore, he said. He had a ringing in his ear. According to a hospital spokesman, his condition was good.

Two lightning experts said a strike while using a corded phone didn't sound unusual.

"It's certainly possible," said Dr. Mary Ann Cooper, a widely cited expert in the narrow field of lightning injury research.

Agan, who plans to seek county aid as an indigent to pay his medical bills, said he didn't want to be in the hospital.

A nurse checked on him.

"I'm having some discomfort again," he told her.

"I'll see when you can have something," she said. "You want the oxycodone?"

"The last one you gave me," he said. "I feel like I've been hit by a car."

A reporter asked: Had that happened to him, too?

His response: "Don't go there."

"Dungeons and Dragons — originally Satan's Game — has now been found to encourage gang-like behavior. In a finding by a three judge panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, D&D 'can mimic the organization of gangs and lead to the actual development thereof.' From the ruling: 'during D&D games, one player is denoted the "Dungeon Master." 'The Dungeon Master is tasked with giving directions to other players, which Muraski testified mimics the organization of a gang.'"


Wednesday, January 26, 2011
"It is awful" to prosecute a 15-year-old girl who told a rape lie that got a boy arrested, says women's rights advocate

In the news story printed below at the end of this post, a 15-year-old girl's rape lie caused the boy she accused, who was just 16, to be arrested.  Yet, according to the news story: "The decision to prosecute the girl, now 16, was criticised by anti-rape campaigners. Lisa Longstaff, of the campaign group Women Against Rape, said: 'It is awful that a girl so young has been prosecuted in this way.'"

Read that again, and let it sink in. If the girl's lie had its intended effect, the boy would have been tried as an adult and convicted of the extremely serious felony of rape.  No one -- no one -- would have said "it's awful" that a boy so young should be prosecuted. 
Why the double standard, Ms. Longstaff?  Why are you intent on treating 15-year-old young women -- who, on average, are more mature in every measurable way than 15 and even 16-year-old boys -- as if they are infants?  Why is the sexual grievance industry so intent on shielding false rape accusers from the responsibilities of their vile acts? 
When anti-rape campaigners inject themselves into cases where there was no rape and when they advocate on behalf of a rape liar, they aren't helping rape victims -- in almost every false rape case, judges and police officers bemoan the harm done to actual rape victims by false rape accusers.  It is unconscionable that these advocates conflate actual rape victims with false rape accusers, as if they were all victims. It trivializes actual rape beyond all recognition.
Why can't anti-rape campaigners understand that when they do things like this, they are enabling other false rape accusers; they are making it easier for other rape liars to diminish the integrity of the cry of rape. In short, they are hurting actual rape victims.
Somehow, it seems they don't care about that.  Then what is really going on here?  When anti-rape crusaders advocate on behalf of rape liars, they are pursuing what can only be described as a politicized, gender-divisive agenda that seems intended to announce to all that world that the victimization of our sons is not worthy of society's attention in any respect. It smells of feminist bloodlust, an ugly desire for payback for the purported past sins of the "patriarchy." Even though the 16-year-old male victim in this case had nothing to do with any past sins of the "patriarchy."
Shame on you, Lisa Longstaff. Your advocacy here is disgraceful.
I hope that Ms. Longstaff doesn't have a teenage son who someday might be falsely accused of rape. Perhaps then she will understand that the falsely accused are treated no better than flotsam, collateral damage in the "more important" war on rape. In "he said/she said" rape claims involving two teens, even though either one of the parties might be guilty of a crime (rape for him, perverting the course of justice for her) the boy alone is routinely arrested and charged, while the girl is treated as a "victim."  Boys are often subjected to indignities behind bars, inflicted either by the staff or other inmates. They are provided no counseling assistance, and even when they are exonerated, they are expected to just "take it like a man."  The experience of being falsely accused of rape is inhumane generally, but doubly so when it happens to a teenage boy.
The district judge concluded that the girl knew that claiming she had been raped would get the boy into trouble.  It was possible, the judge added, that the girl had lied because she feared she was pregnant or it could be that she had lied to "cover her tracks."
In other words, just another day in our false rape society.
(If you want to read more about how false rape claims are treated in 21st Century America, with all its supposed enlightenment, see here.)
Here is the news story (thanks to RM for the tip):
Girl convicted after making false rape allegation
Decision to prosecute 16-year-old, 15 at the time of the alleged rape, is criticised by anti-rape campaigners
A girl who claimed she was raped when she was a 15-year-old virgin was today convicted of attempting to pervert the course of justice by making a false allegation.
The girl told police that a 14-year-old boy had raped her in his bedroom and she had been "too scared" to cry out to her friends.
But after a three-day trial at a youth court in Cheltenham, a district judge decided the girl had had consensual sex with the boy and had lied to police and the court. The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, will be sentenced next month.
The decision to prosecute the girl, now 16, was criticised by anti-rape campaigners.
Lisa Longstaff, of the campaign group Women Against Rape, said: "It is awful that a girl so young has been prosecuted in this way."
The girl, from Gloucestershire, claimed she was raped by the boy in his bedroom under his bedclothes. She said she "froze" and though she told him quietly to stop, she did not call out to her friends for help.
But the prosecution said the girl's account of the alleged rape was "riddled with lies".
Julian Kesner, prosecuting, said she had changed her story, at first saying just the two of them were in the bedroom but later admitting that two other friends were also there.
Kesner said that the day after the alleged attack the girl was spotted holding hands with the boy.
Giving evidence, the girl said she went to the boy's home with a female friend and after the game of truth and dare, the boy "nagged" her to have sex with him but she had repeatedly said she did not want to.
Then when he asked her three or four times to lie down on the bed, she did so just to stop him nagging. She claimed the boy covered them both with duvets, took down her trousers and underclothes, and had sex with her even though she whispered to him to stop.
In his closing speech, the girl's solicitor, Stephen Thomas, said: "She did not consent to have sex with him and she believes that he raped her."
The district judge, Joti Bopa Rai, concluded that the girl consented to sex with the boy, who was arrested over the allegation. She knew that claiming she had been raped would get the boy into trouble, the judge said.
It was possible, the judge added, that the girl had lied because she feared she was pregnant or it could be that she had lied to "cover her tracks". "That lie grew bigger and bigger and bigger," she added.
The judge said she appreciated that the defendant was young but she came across as intelligent. "She knew the consequence of this lie," the judge said.

Monday, January 24, 2011

A bomb attack at Moscow's Domodedovo airport has killed at least 35 people and injured more than 100 - many of them critically, officials say.

35 Dead, 170 Injured

Death toll hits 35

31 Dead, 131 Wounded, 50 hospitalised (35 serious)

Video of aftermath

“According to RT's reporter at the scene (see live steam):

20 of the 131 injured are still in very serious situations. The baggage claim area, where the blast reportedly occurred, is fairly compact, about the size of quarter of a football field.”

Medvedev (Russian president) orders to step up security after deadly blast at Moscow airport

Domodedovo blast equivalent to 5 kg of TNT

Link to RIA - Russia's state-run new agency - They're saying 31 dead, 130+ injured.

Reuters now reporting 31 dead and 100+ injured.

130 injured according to reuters.

At least 23 people were killed and 100 wounded Monday in a suicide blast at Russia's busiest airport, Domodedovo, Russia's state-run news agency reported.

Unofficial sources said that the explosion occured at the international arrivals hall at Domodedovo, while other reports said the blast happened in the baggage check-in area.


Sunday, January 23, 2011

"This video contains content from UMG. It is restricted from playback on certian sites."


where you have to pirate everything just to fucking watch it


We no longer live in the era of ‘plantation-type’ movie studios or recording houses, but large private companies still have considerable power over content production, distribution and promotion.

Technology has been slowly changing this state of affairs for almost 30-40 years, however certain new technological advances, enabling systems and cost considerations WILL change the entertainment industry as we know it.”

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Researchers from Rice University have found a type of amoeba that practices a sort of "primitive farming behavior." When their bacteria food become scarce, the Dictyostelium discoideum will group together and form a "fruiting body" that will disperse bacteria spores to a new area. From the article: "The behavior falls short of the kind of 'farming' that more advanced animals do; ants, for example, nurture a single fungus species that no longer exists in the wild. But the idea that an amoeba that spends much of its life as a single-celled organism could hold short of consuming a food supply before decamping is an astonishing one. More than just a snack for the journey of dispersal, the idea is that the bacteria that travel with the spores can 'seed' a new bacterial colony, and thus a food source in case the new locale should be lacking in bacteria." It's good to know that even a single celled creature is not immune to the pull of Farmville.


Wednesday, January 19, 2011
"It's not two copies of the game, it's the same game"

"The goal is to give a Portal 2 customer access to their game on as many devices as possible. We introduced this notion when we launched Steam Play for Mac and PC games in the spring of last year," Lombardi explained. "Giving a PS3 owner of Portal 2 the ability to also play their game on the PC and Mac is an extension of this philosophy. From our perspective, it's not two copies of a game; it's the same game, but with Sony's help we've worked out a method to allow that Portal 2 PS3 customer to also play their game on the PC and Mac."

Playboy boss Hugh Hefner has confirmed that - despite Steve Jobs' protestations that Apple is pure and Android is for porn - an app for browsing uncensored back issues of the thinking-man's jazz mag is to launch later this year on the iPad.

The news, which is likely to generate significantly more buzz for Apple's popular tablet as a publishing device than Rupert Murdoch's delayed digital newspaper The Daily, comes courtesy of Hefner's Twitter stream, in which he proclaimed: "Big news! Playboy - both old & new - will be available on [the] iPad beginning in March."

Responding to follow-up questions from the his many followers, Hefner confirmed that the Playboy magazines in question would be complete and unexpurgated - with nary the tiniest bit of censorship in sight.

The news will come as a surprise to iOS app developers who have attempted to get their own risqué apps published on the notoriously choosy platform, only to have their creations rejected as unsuitable for Apple's audience - and doubly shocking to those who believed Steve Jobs when he proclaimed that the platform would be free from porn, with the less restrictive Android mobile platform from Google being a better place for the grot-pushers to flout their wares.

Update: Activision Blizzard has sent a cease and desist notice to YouTube in order to remove the videos showing off the mod. According to various sources, Blizzard's intention is not to stop the project itself, but to protect their properties names, whether they plan to work on a "World of Starcraft" game in the future is anyone's best guess.

A StarCraft version of Blizzard's World of Warcraft has been rumored and begged for by thousands of people. At every BlizzCon, gamers ask to see the massively multiplayer online success of World of Warcraft ported to the Starcraft universe. Is Blizzard already doing so, and if not, why not?

One group of modders got tired of all the speculation, and decided to take things into their own hands. Using StarCraft II's powerful map editor, the team created a World of StarCraft game mode, currently in "pre-alpha."


"This is a pre-alpha trailer for the unfinished Ghost class in World of Starcraft," reads the video's description. "By no means is this a finished product. This is merely a proof of concept and progression. No announced release Date. Game by RyanWin. Music by Maverlyn. Please visit for further details or inquiry. Winzen Productions is not directly affiliated with Blizzard Entertainment, we're merely using their engine and assets."

Over on the unofficial World of Starcraft forum, RyanWin posted an open letter to Blizzard. After reading it, all we can say is that we hope the company is understanding, does not take legal action, and allows the project to grow. In case it is removed at some point, we've posted it in full below (it's worth the rea

Sunday, January 16, 2011

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Outcast series- 1 The Un-Magician, 02 - Dragon Secrets, 03 – Ghostfire, 04 - Wurm War

Sleeper series - Sleeper 1 - Sleeper Code, Sleeper 2 - Sleeper Agenda

The Fallen series

The Fallen 01 - The Fallen
Aaron Corbet isn't a bad kid -- he's just a little different. archangel On the eve of his eighteenth birthday, Aaron dreams of a darkly violent landscape. He can hear the sounds of weapons clanging, the screams of the stricken, and another sound he cannot quite decipher. But gazing upward at the sky, he suddenly understands. It is the sound of great wings, angels' wings, beating the air unmercifully as hundreds of armored warriors descend on the battlefield. Orphaned since birth, Aaron is suddenly discovering newfound -- and sometimes supernatural -- talents. But not until he is approached by two men does he learn the truth about his own destiny, and his role as a liaison between angels, mortals, and Powers both good and evil, some of whom are hell-bent on his own destruction.

The Fallen 02 - Leviathan
Eighteen-year-old Aaron is on the run from the Powers that killed his foster parents and took his younger brother, Steven. With his dog, Gabriel, and Camael, a former Power, he is drawn north to a small town in Maine. Here Aaron, who still hasn't accepted his newfound heritage, finds comfort in the isolated, tight-knit community. But when Camael and Gabriel go missing, and their landlady suddenly attacks Aaron, he is forced to learn more about the War in Heaven and the many Powers that are fighting for dominance...of humankind.

The Fallen 03 - Aerie
Aaron Corbet is an eighteen-year-old Nephilim and the one who will reunite the fallen angels with Heaven. But right now Aaron isn't interested in saving anybody other than himself, his magically powered dog, and his younger, autistic foster brother, Steven, from Verchiel, the cruel leader of the Powers. Verchiel is bent on destroying Aaron, and with him all hope of angelic reconciliation.

With the help of a fallen angel, Aaron manages to arrive in the angelic refuge known as Aerie. Though he hopes to catch his breath before continuing the Good Fight, Aaron learns that the other residents of Aerie are concerned about his presence and his role in their future. But how can he win their trust when he has accidentally led the Powers straight to the sanctuary of the Fallen?

The Fallen 04 - Reckoning
The time has come for Aaron Corbet, the eighteen-year-old son of an angel and a mortal, to face his worst enemy. Verchiel, the fallen leader of the Powers, is determined to defeat the prophecy that foretold Aaron's power over all the Fallen. And to do this, he intends to kill Aaron, hoping that the removal of such a "blight" will restore Verchiel in the eyes of the Creator.

Aaron has been training for this showdown, working to understand and control the awesome force that resides deep within himself. He knows he will win. After all, Verchiel has taken away everything and everyone who ever meant anything to Aaron. He has nothing to lose...until Verchiel introduces Aaron to his long-lost father.

Outcast - 01 - The Un-Magician
The Un-Magician, the first book in the OutCast series by Christopher Golden and Thomas E. Sniegoski, is now in stores. It will be shelved in the children's department, but the target audience is actually quite wide. It is recommended for adults and teens too, especially those who enjoy fantasy series. It will certain appeal to those who enjoy books along the line of the Harry Potter series and the Pendragon series, or books by Madeleine L'Engle or Diana Wynne Jones, for example.

The world they have created in OutCast is one in which everything - fire, light, transportation, cooking, even opening doors - is run via magic. Everyone in the world is connected to magic, with mages more adept, and the most skilled running nations and congregations. Everyone can do magic - that is, except for one boy.

The most dangerous boy in the world?

Timothy is a freak, a weakling, an impossibility. He's the only person in existence without magical powers and has spent his entire life hidden on a remote island. When Timothy is finally taken back to the city of his birth, he is fascinated by the current of magic that fuels the world, and mesmerized by the buildings and orbs that hang weightlessly in the sky.

But he is also marked for death.

Assassins are watching his every move, and the government wants him destroyed. Timothy can't imagine what threat he could possibly pose; after all, he wields no power in this world.

Or does he?

Pick up The Un-Magician to find out what is to become of Timothy and discover how someone rumored to be void of power can yield some of the most powerful tools of all.

Outcast - 02 - Dragon Secrets
After learning how his powerlessness can be used as a weapon in the world of magic and defeating Nicodemus's plan to overthrow the government, Timothy travels to a war-torn dimension to help the Wurm, fierce magicians and warriors descended from an ancient dragon race. But while covertly gathering information on the age-old feud between the bloodthirsty Wurm and the Parliament of Mages, Timothy discovers a very different story -- one of peaceful Wurms and a conspiracy led by the Parliament of Mages.

But that's not the only problem on Timothy's hands. The mysterious girl he spotted in SkyHaven is the granddaughter of Nicodemus, and she's challenging Leander's right to be Grandmaster of the Order of Alhazred. And despite Nicodemus's death, mages are still disappearing...and this time someone is painting Timothy as the villain.

Outcast - 03 - Ghostfire
After shunning Timothy since his arrival in Arcanum, Parliament has finally turned to him for help. Raptus, the vicious leader of the Wurm, is determined to break through the magical barrier that separates his world from Sunderland and exact vengeance upon the mages. Parliament needs Timothy's kind of magic -- the magic of invention -- to prep are for the inevitable battle with the Wurm.

Timothy sets out with Leander and an exploratory team to the site of the barrier, but over the course of the trip Leander's behavior goes from erratic to dangerous -- so much so that Cassandra is named Grandmaster of the Order of Alhazred. Can Timothy and Cassandra find the source of Leander's transformation before it destroys them all?

Outcast - 04 - Wurm War
Timothy and Cassandra may have beaten the evil sorcerer Alhazred, but their problems aren't over. Alhazred was so tied to the matrix of energy that his death caused a magical brownout, dimming all the sorcerous power there is, both in people and in lights. The brownout also caused a weakening in the dimensional barrier that kept the Wurm out of Arcanum. For the first time in decades the Wurm have the chance to exact their bloody vengeance upon the mages who sought to destroy them. Can Timothy and Cassandra end the feud before the Wurm devastate Arcanum?



Saturday, January 15, 2011

What happens when an entire country legalizes drug use?

In this Nov. 10, 2010 picture, a drug addict who identified himself as 'Joao,' held used needles to exchange for new ones in Lisbon's Casal Ventoso district. Street teams of Portugal's Institute for Drugs and Drug Addiction exchange used needles for new ones and try to direct drug addicts to treatment centers. Joao, who's 37 years old, has been consuming drugs for 22 years. Portugal decriminalized the use of all drugs in a groundbreaking law in 2000. (Armando Franca/AP Photo) In this Nov. 10, 2010 picture, a drug addict who identified himself as "Joao," held used needles to exchange for new ones in Lisbon's Casal Ventoso district. Street teams of Portugal's Institute for Drugs and Drug Addiction exchange used needles for new ones and try to direct drug addicts to treatment centers. Joao, who's 37 years old, has been consuming drugs for 22 years. Portugal decriminalized the use of all drugs in a groundbreaking law in 2000.

A recent Gallup poll found that 46 percent of Americans favored legalizing pot — the highest percentage since 1970, when Gallup first asked the question. In 2008, Massachusetts voters overwhelmingly opted to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. And last fall, California voters narrowly rejected an even more radical measure that would have allowed municipalities to approve commercial cultivation of pot and even tax the drug, like liquor. Those pushing for drug policy reform argue that Portugal’s changes prove that decriminalizing drugs won’t lead to a national calamity, but to a society where the criminal justice system can focus on real criminals and drug addicts can get counseling, not a prison cell. And those pushing back point out the holes in the new research, and the difficulty of replicating one nation’s experience in another, especially when the two nations are Portugal and the United States.

In this sense, one drug policy expert noted, the Portuguese experiment has become a sort of Rorschach test — in the dark blobs on the page, people can see whatever they want to see. But Tom McLellan, the former deputy director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy under President Obama, said he’s happy for the conversation. While not in favor of decriminalization, McLellan believes that the American debate over drug reform has become too polarized, with one side calling for incarceration and the other for legalization. “And I just don’t buy it,” McLellan said. The answer is likely somewhere in the middle, he believes, and perhaps that’s where we can learn something from Portugal, a country that at least tried something new.

“I like that approach to drug policy,” McLellan said. “Policy is really a product. And like a product, policy can be made better with experimentation and honest evaluation, rather than stupid polemic polarization of ideology.”

The modern debate over the decriminalization of drugs in the United States can be traced to the spring of 1972. That March, a commission appointed by President Nixon to review America’s drug policy and led by former Pennsylvania governor Richard P. Shafer made a shocking recommendation: Marijuana should be decriminalized. Simple possession, Shafer’s commission recommended, should no longer be an offense and the “casual distribution” of small amounts of pot for no, or little, remuneration should be decriminalized as well.

Nixon was livid. Even before the report was published, the president vowed not to loosen penalties for pot possession. “I think it was a conservative recommendation if you really think about drug policy,” said Richard Bonnie, the commission’s associate director at the time and now a professor of law and public policy at the University of Virginia. “We really needed to learn how to prevent and discourage the use of drugs, especially in adolescent years. But you should use tools appropriate to the purpose, and criminal sanctions carried a lot of costs that really weren’t appropriate.”

In the wake of the report, about a dozen states, including Oregon, California, Ohio, Maine, and Texas, didn’t decriminalize the possession of all illicit drugs, like Portugal has done, but they did significantly reduce the penalties for marijuana possession. By the late 1970s, however, marijuana use was on the rise, especially among youngsters. Public health experts began ringing alarm bells; one described marijuana as a “major and serious public health hazard.” And with the Reagan revolution gaining steam, America’s brief flirtation with drug decriminalization came to a halt.

Now, in the Portuguese data, Bonnie believes he can see what might have been had the United States continued on the path of decriminalization. Portugal, like many US states in the 1970s, didn’t legalize drugs. Instead, it opted to decriminalize possession. Those caught with drugs would no longer be sent to jail, but to Commissions for the Dissuasion of Drug Addiction, or CDTs, panels made up of lawyers, social workers, and medical professionals whose job was imposing fines, warnings, or treatment on individuals instead of criminal penalties. Meanwhile, Portuguese police have continued to pursue high-level drug traffickers, who, when caught, face prison time — a system that has not only worked, Goulão said, but has resonated in a nation where, a decade ago, nearly 1 percent of the population was hooked on heroin or some other drug.

“It touched every family,” Goulão said. “It was difficult to find a family that didn’t have problems with drug addiction. And the people they knew who were drugs addicts — they knew they weren’t criminals. They needed help, rather than to go to jail.”

Now in Portugal, Goulão said, many addicts get that help — or at least have easier access to it, which seems to be having some effect. The number of problematic drug users in the country has declined — from about 100,000 in the mid-1990s to 60,000 today, Goulão said. The proportion of drug-related offenders in the nation’s prison system has dropped from 44 percent in 1999 to 21 percent two years ago, and the number of prisoners reporting prior heroin use has also declined — from 44 to 30 percent, suggesting, in general, a criminal population less hooked on drugs.

But the numbers aren’t all positive. According to the latest report by the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction, the number of Portuguese aged 15 to 64 who have ever tried illegal drugs has climbed from 7.8 percent in 2001 to 12 percent in 2007. The percentage of people who have tried cannabis, cocaine, heroin, amphetamines, ecstasy, and LSD all increased in that time frame. Cannabis use, according to the drug report, has gone up from 7.6 to 11.7 percent. Heroin use jumped from 0.7 to 1.1 percent, and cocaine use nearly doubled — from 0.9 to 1.9 percent. In other words, said Keith Humphreys, a professor of psychiatry at Stanford University, the changes in Portugal have had a somewhat expected outcome: More people are trying drugs.

“What it says to me is that when you decriminalize, use goes up — potentially dramatically,” said Humphreys. “You can see a doubling of cocaine use, a doubling of heroin use. And because drug use carries some risk — no one disputes that — it becomes inevitable that as use goes up, more people will get hurt.”

In fact, drug-related deaths in Portugal — after falling between 1999 and 2002 — jumped considerably between 2005 and 2008. But the drug-related death data is misleading, most likely due to a “shift in measurement practices,” and an increase in the number of toxicological autopsies performed, according to Hughes’s and Stevens’s research. And Hughes also takes issue with Humphreys’s argument that drug use, in general, is increasing at a dramatic clip.

What’s most relevant, she said, is not the percentage of people reporting using drugs at some point over some course of their lifetime, but the percentage of people reporting using drugs in the past year. “That’s going to be affecting the government and communities now,” she said. And here, the increase of Portuguese reporting illicit drug use is much smaller — up from 3.4 percent in 2001 to 3.7 in 2007.

Still, there are doubts that decriminalization was the key factor in solving some of Portugal’s troubling drug use problems. Between 1998 and 2008, the number of users in treatment in Portugal jumped from over 23,000 to over 38,000 — an advance that could have potentially happened, critics say, without decriminalization. “We know Portugal decriminalized drugs,” said John Carnevale, former director of planning, budget, and research at the Office of National Drug Control Policy under presidents Reagan, Bush, and Clinton. “But we don’t know the effects of that decriminalization.”

Fox 'shoots hunter' in Belarus

Fox-hunting is popular in the picturesque farming region of northwestern Belarus Photo: ALAMY

The unnamed hunter, who had approached the fox after wounding it from a distance, was in hospital with a leg wound, while the fox made its escape, media said, citing prosecutors from the Grodno region.

"The animal fiercely resisted and in the struggle accidentally pulled the trigger with its paw," one prosecutor was quoted as saying.

Fox-hunting is popular in the picturesque farming region of northwestern Belarus which borders Poland.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali has stepped down after 23 years in power as protests over economic issues snowballed into rallies against him.

Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi has taken over as interim president, and a state of emergency has been declared.

Mr Ben Ali left Tunisia with his family, and has since arrived in Saudi Arabia, officials said.

Earlier, French media said President Nicolas Sarkozy had rejected a request for his plane to land in France.

Dozens of people have died in recent weeks as unrest has swept the country and security forces have cracked down on demonstrations over unemployment, food price rises and corruption.

A Saudi palace statement said Mr Ben Ali arrived in the country early on Saturday, according to the official SPA news agency.

"Out of concern for the exceptional circumstances facing the brotherly Tunisian people and in support of the security and stability of their country... the Saudi government has welcomed President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and his family to the kingdom," the statement said.

The protests started after an unemployed graduate set himself on fire when police tried to prevent him from selling vegetables without a permit. He died a few weeks later.

Demonstrations came to a head on Friday as thousands of people gathered outside the interior ministry, a symbol of the regime, and many climbed onto its roof. Police responded with volleys of tear-gas grenades.

President Ben Ali, who had already promised to step down in 2014, dissolved his government and the country's parliament, and declared a state of emergency.

Then, in a televised address on Friday afternoon, the prime minister announced that he would be taking over from President Ben Ali.

Mr Ghannouchi, 69, a former finance minister who has been prime minister since 1999, promised to "respect the law and to carry out the political, economic and social reforms that have been announced".

PM Mohammed Ghannouchi

“Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi: "I assume responsibilities of the president"”

Witnesses say soldiers have begun taking down portraits of Mr Ben Ali - an ubiquitous sign of his authoritarian rule - from billboards and on the walls of public buildings around the country.

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Rioters burn a policeman's hat during clashes with the police in downtown of the capital Tunis January 14, 2011. Tunisian President Zine al-Abedine Ben Ali declared a state of emergency on Friday and warned that protesters would be shot in an increasingly frantic effort to quell the worst unrest in his two decades in power. Then, he fled the country.

More on the fast-moving changes in Tunisia today, and protests in which tens of thousands called for change, at this Boing Boing post. More photos follow, below. But this one, taken after Ben Ali flew out of the country, may really sum it up best.

tun003.jpg Rioters throw stones during clashes with riot police in Tunis January 14, 2011. (REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra)

tun004.jpg Rioters carry a woman crying during clashes with the police in downtown of the capital Tunis January 14, 2011. (REUTERS/Zohra Bensemr)

tun005.jpg A Tunisian soldier and rioters look at a rioter who lost consciousness after tear gas was released during clashes with the police in downtown of the capital Tunis January 14, 2011. (REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra)

tun001.jpg An unidentified fan in the audience holds a placard saying "Long live Tunisia, Long live Kasserine and Long live liberty" during the handball World Championship Group A match between France and Tunisia in Kristianstad January 14, 2011. Tunisian President Zine al-Abedine Ben Ali stepped aside on Friday after failing to quell the worst anti-government unrest in his two decades in power. (Reuters)

tun006.jpg A rioter throws a tear gas canister, from the riot police, towards the riot police during clashes in downtown of the capital Tunis January 14, 2011. (REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra)

tun007.jpg Rioters carry rocks during clashes with riot police in downtown of the capital Tunis January 14, 2011. (REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra)

tun008.jpg Rioters clash with riot police in downtown of the capital Tunis January 14, 2011. (REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A TEENAGER killed in the Toowoomba flood has been hailed a hero after he told a Good Samaritan to save his younger brother first, minutes before he and his mother were swept away.

Toowoomba flash food

The devastating flash flood in Toowoomba. Picture: Facebook Source: Supplied

Jordan Rice

Jordan Rice, 13, and his mother Donna died after they were sept away by floodwaters in Toowoomba. Jordan told a truck driver trying to save him to save his brother first. Source: Supplied



other events just to name a few

1. A four-year-old boy, was wearing a flotation jacket when he fell out of a rescue boat and was swept away:

2. Another toddler was pulled from his mothers arms due to surging water:

3. Pizzaboxpackaging of reddit said this

Saw the guy who saved the kid being interviewed on the News. Seeing him tell the story of how he just couldn't save the other 2, and how the little kid was begging him to go back and rescue his mother and other brother, despite the fact they'd already been swept away. It was the most gut retching thing I've heard.

To make you all feel better, this is a story I read yesterday about a person being saved in the Toowoomba flash floods: A lady was driving her car when it got caught in the flash floods (it was almost a literal wall of water). She crawled out and got onto the roof. Water was getting stronger and it looked like it was about to flip. A truckie saw her, got into his semi, drove it into the flood waters, parallel to her car so it would stop her car from slipping too far. He gets a rope, ties it to his truck, climbs over to her through the water, and manages to get her back into his truck.

There's just so many stories coming out of shit like this happening. I think we're up to 13 dead right now (40+ confirmed missing, and another 20 feared dead), and you just can't help but feel this number would be so much higher if it weren't for people deliberately putting their lives on the line to do shit like this.”

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Photo: Nicholas E. Curtis and Ray Martinez

It looks like any other sea slug, aside from its bright green hue. But the Elysia chlorotica is far from ordinary: it is both a plant and an animal, according to biologists who have been studying the species for two decades.

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Not only does E. chlorotica turn sunlight into energy — something only plants can do — it also appears to have swiped this ability from the algae it consumes.

Native to the salt marshes of New England and Canada, these sea slugs use contraband chlorophyll-producing genes and cell parts called chloroplasts from algae to carry out photosynthesis, says Sidney Pierce, a biologist at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

That genetic material has since been passed down to the next generation, eliminating the need to consume algae for energy.

However, the baby slugs can’t carry out photosynthesis until they’ve stolen their own chloroplasts, which they aren’t yet able to produce on their own, from their first and only meal of algae.

"We collect them and we keep them in aquaria for months," Pierce told LiveScience. "As long as we shine a light on them for 12 hours a day, they can survive [without food]."

Pierce and his colleagues used a radioactive tracer to ensure that the slugs are now producing the chlorophyll themselves and not gathering it from algal contamination in the aquaria.

Crustacean biologist Gary Martin of Occidental College in Los Angeles sums it up in one word: “Bizarre”.

“Steps in evolution can be more creative than I ever imagined,” said Martin

"As parts of the Australian state of Queensland either experience or prepare for the worst floods to ravage the state in over 100 years, Australia's techies have taken it upon themselves to keep communications services on as the crisis unfolds. One man is mirroring flood information from a faltering Brisbane City Council website, and others have opened WiFi channels in their neighbourhood whilst mobile signal gets choked. But there is major damage to telco networks — at least one major fibre link has been severed by flood waters, telephone exchanges have been knocked offline and cell towers put on battery or generator back-up (or offline altogether). On a sombre note, the floods have claimed 10 lives, including children, and 78 people are still missing after facing a torrent of water up to 8 metres (26 feet) high."

The Queensland Government has set up a disaster relief fund for donations []

Sunday, January 9, 2011


VLC iPhone App To Be Yanked From App Store—By Developers?

No sooner had Apple allowed VLC's video-playing app onto the App Store, and the developer wants to yank it, claiming Apple's "violating GNU public license under which VLC is released by applying DRM to it".

VLC's lead developer, Rémi Denis-Courmont, said that "it is to be expected that Apple will cease distribution soon," due to the "intransigently tight control Apple maintains over its mobile applications platform."

Friday, January 7, 2011
NEW YORK -- From homeless to famous in just a few days. And reunited with his mother.
Ted Williams, the man with the velvet voice, and his mom, Julia Williams, finally got to lay eyes on each other after a decade apart yesterday afternoon, and hug and hug, and cry. "Mommy, Mommy, Mommy!" Ted said as he approached her. It was all caught by "Early Show" cameras.
Both sat down with "Early Show" co-anchors Erica Hill and Chris Wragge today.
Ted said he "really can't" believe what's happened to him.
"It's just been crazy."
Seeing Ted again, Julia told Wragge and Hill, "seemed like it's all a dream. It's not true, it's all a dream."
already got a comercial

edit: he relapsed into drugs and drinking and has not returned to work

17 year old boy scared for life /sarcasm

meanwhile attractive female gets compleately different treatment in the legal systems a man would not have gotten such a light sentence specialy the part where she does not have to register as a sex offender.

Marla Gurecki-Haskins of Farmington had pleaded guilty to charges that included a case of sexual contact with a student.

Marla Gurecki-Haskins of Farmington had pleaded guilty to charges that included a case of sexual contact with a student.

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