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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

 

man steals toilet rolls

David Pinkham, of Massachusetts, was caught out when police spotted him leaving Lawrence City Hall with a case of unused toilet paper. Security videos were used as evidence that he had entered the building empty handed, before leaving with the case. 

A man was arrested after stealing toilet rolls from his place of work (Thinkstock)

Further investigations revealed he had even more about his person, with six rolls hidden down his pants.

A police report stated that he 'pulled six tightly folded toilet paper rolls from his buttocks and groin area' at the police station.

The 53-year-old admitted it was not the first time he had swiped loo roll from his place of work, and confessed to taking toilet paper and other items on five or six occasions.

Mr Pinkham was charged with larceny over $250.

And it seems he's not the only worker who has tried to save himself a few pounds by pilfering toilet roll.

In April, a German politician was busted after stealing over 200 toilet rolls from the city hall in Stralsund.

According to reports, Frank-Michael John stole the loo roll over a period of several months until he was caught out by the building's property manager, who hid in an empty toilet stall in order to catch the thief red handed.

Seven escape alive from house fire

On July 29th, around 6:30 in the morning, Allana Hudson, 21, claims to have woken up to the smell of smoke.

Allana then went to investigate the kitchen and discovered that a wall behind the stove was on fire.

According to the Galesburg Register Mail, Allana alerted the rest of the household but did not believe her two babies, a 2-month and a 1-year-old, could make it through the smoke.

Her cousin, George Hudson, 25, took action, escaping from an upstairs window, bouncing off a window awning to the concrete driveway below.

Allana and her friend Kristan Cooper dropped the two babies from the window. George safely caught both infants.

With her children out of danger, Allana jumped from the window, fracturing her foot.

At this time, a Templeton Roofing Truck happened to pass by. The roofer provided a ladder for Cooper to escape from the second story. According to the Central Illinois News Center, the unknown roofer then left the scene to go to work.

Meanwhile, Allana’s uncle, William Hudson, was trapped in the basement.

After securing the safety of the children, George kicked down the locked side door to free William.

However, the family was not in the clear yet. Allana’s 70-year-old grandmother, Ester Hammond, was still trapped inside the house. William then took over for George, returning to the home to rescue his mother Ester.

This all allegedly happened during the three minutes from when the Galesburg Fire Department was called to when they arrived.

The babies and the grandmother have since been released from the hospital.

The house was not insured, but the Central Illinois News Center says that Red Cross is assisting the victims.

Bon Iver LP

There’s a paradox in the lyrics of Bon Iver’s sophomore release, the self-titled Bon Iver, Bon Iver – a puzzling balance of poetry and nonsense. The very first verse of album-opener “Perth” lays that conundrum bare; with Justin Vernon’s falsetto front and center, the lyrics border on jaberwockish: “Iʼm tearing up, acrost your face/move dust through the light/to fide your name/it’s something fane/this is not a place/not yet awake, I’m raised of make.”

Those aren’t typos. A day after Bon Iver, Bon Iver leaked, Vernon’s label, Jagjaguwar, posted the lyrics to the entire album online. And therein lies the conundrum. Because although these lyrics at times seem like Bon Iver chopped up his poems, shook the lines in a hat, and formed stanzas at random, they are truly important. In an extensive interview with Grayson Currin, Vernon cited Richard Buckner’s lyrics as a corollary, finding in Buckner’s work, “lyrics that are totally heartbreaking and beautiful and heavy, but you really couldn’t say exactly what they’re about.” There is perhaps no better quote to describe Bon Iver. Songs like “Michicant” and “Wash.” slip smoothly past the ears and impart an unmistakable emotion, but deciphering the lyrics does little to illuminate the matter at hand.

As Vernon himself admits, this record is a sounds-first album, leading with the how rather than the what. While not a complete sea change, it’s a new approach for Vernon, who finds his Bon Iver project graced with both the tools and the audience for such an approach. For Emma, Forever Ago, the stark and raw album that put Bon Iver on the map, wasn’t just a solo work, it was a work of solitude. While Bon Iver, Bon Iver retains some of that album’s wintery feel, it is clear that there is more communion here. Since For Emma, Vernon has played concerts with Volcano Choir, Gayngs, Kanye West, and a reunited DeYarmond Edison; as the songs on Bon Iver, Bon Iver grew over the past years, it’s clear that Vernon had his ears perked to his surroundings.

Perhaps the best example of Vernon’s growth comes on the album’s third track, “Holocene.” The song’s introduction bears strong resemblance to an earlier Vernon track, “Hazelton,” off of a 2006 EP, but gone is the wounded sharpness in his voice. Instead, the song thrives on subtlety, tying together three disparate tableaus – an alcoholic Halloween in Milwaukee, Vernon’s years in Eau Claire, and a shared joint on Christmas night – with a deft touch that was only hinted at on Vernon’s earlier releases.

Indeed, if there is one coup on Bon Iver that stands above the others, it is Vernon’s ability to fluidly evolve his sound without losing himself in the process. So many variables have shifted since For Emma, and yet Vernon has managed to keep himself grounded. More paradoxes – the coexistence of cocksure fame and endearing humility. Vernon records with Kanye West and Rick Ross in Hawaii, and, at the end of the day, flies home to his small apartment in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. It’s no mistake that most of the tracks on Bon Iver, Bon Iver are named after locations; neither is it a mistake that at least three of those places are fictional. If a guy who recorded a solo album in a cabin in Wisconsin can share festival stages with the world’s hottest rapper a few years later, why can’t Minnesota, WI be a place? The world is falling apart, but Bon Iver is holding it together at the center.

 

  1. 01 “Perth”
  2. “Minnesota, WI”
  3. “Holocene”
  4. “Towers”
  5. “Michicant”
  6. “Hinnom, TX”
  7. “Wash.”
  8. “Calgary”
  9. “Lisbon, OH”
  10. “Beth/Rest”

 

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This is the first case of its kind in Malaysia and Mr. Ng Swee Hock, aged 65, remains unconscious and on a ventilator in the critical care unit at the Seberang Jaya Hospital.

Doctors pronounced him dead shortly after he was admitted to the hospital after performing CPR on him for more than 45 minutes. Some 21/2 hours later, he began breathing on his own in what is known as the rare  “Lazarus Phenomenon.” This unusual occurrence involves a spontaneous return of circulation after attempts at resuscitation fail.

This syndrome has reported only 39 cases in the entire world and its roots are not understood. It is believed that pressure builds in the chest after CPR and the relaxation of that pressure may allow the heart to expand, which in turn triggers the heart’s electrical impulses. However plausible, this remains an unproved theory. High does of adrenaline may also spark the unexpected return to life.

Perhaps Edgar Alan Poe’s vivid and bizarre imagination about premature burial weren’t so far out after all.

‘Dead’ Man Woke Up at his Funeral

An 87-year-old man gave his relatives a shock in Taiwan – when he woke up at his own funeral.

pict354 Dead Man Woke Up at his Funeral pictureThe man’s relatives were in a Buddhist mourning hall, reciting prayers over the dead body, when it gasped and woke up.

The family had been told by the hospital which had been treating the man that the only thing keeping him alive were oxygen hoses, and that he would die quickly if they were removed.

The family opted to take him out of the hospital so that he could die at home.

They removed the oxygen hoses, dressed him in funeral clothes, and placed him in the mourning hall – until he started breathing heavily.

The family sent him back to the hospital. Doctors are reportedly baffled as to his impressive recovery.

 

Dead Man’s Heart Still Beating at Funeral Home

The grieving relatives of construction worker, Zhang Houming, aged forty-six, got the surprise of their lives when they discovered that the heart of their loved one was still beating when he was sent to the funeral home!

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Sounding like it came straight out of the tortured mind of Edgar Alan Poe and his tales of premature burial and telltale hearts, the medics responsible for this terrible error that occurred at a hospital in Neijiang, Sichuan province have been severely chastised.

Pronounced dead for the first time after his motorcycle smashed into  a bus in a terrible collision when Zhang was returning home from work. His son, Haibo, was with him as they both worked at the same construction site. The son was knocked unconscious as a result of the impact. The ambulance took two hours to arrive on the scene, the driver citing traffic for the crucial delay.

According to a friend named You, who lives nearby and works in the same place, commuting via an electric bike, the trip to the work site, which is located in the heart of the city, usually takes less than an hour.

“I can’t believe an ambulance drives slower than my bike,” he said.

A doctor, after examining Zhang Houming, wrote in her report that the older victim had died.

“He stopped breathing and his heart was not beating”, said the doctor.

The medics put Zhang in a body bag inside an iced coffin, while his son was rushed to the hospital in the ambulance. When the ambulance arrived, waiting relatives were informed that Zhang had died and that the body was transported to a funeral home. They rushed there and when one of the man’s brothers was asked to make an identification, he put his ear to his sibling’s chest and to his horror discovered that the heart was still beating!

The family then phoned an emergency hotline and another ambulance soon returned Zhang to the hospital where doctors recorded Zhang’s pulse as 74 beats per minute and his breathing as 18 times per minute. Although they tried valiantly to save him, he really died about an hour later.

Although the hospital admitted to negligence, Luo Renfu, deputy chief of the city’s health bureau defended the doctor.

“The victim may have suffered from shock and his heartbeat may have revived after the minivan transporting him hit a bump,” said Luo.

Well, that bump is going to cost. The family is asking 1.5 million yuan ($220,600) in damages, but the government said it would not pay more than 200,000 yuan.

It’s too bad Edgar Alan Poe isn’t around to hear this story. He would have a field day with pits, pendulums and home sweet revenge!

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Now that's what I call awsome micro management! today he would have been a starcraft pro!

"Forced into a last stand with only 13 Korean vessels standing between the Japanese army and Seoul, Yi triumphed over a Japanese fleet numbering over 330 ships strong."

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Hes had that bike from start to finish

 

Roei Sadan maintains he will never live a normal life - or at least it will be his kind of "crazy normal".

The Israeli has spent the past week in Perth getting ready for the final leg of an around-the- world bicycle journey that has so far taken him four years and seen him cross 41 countries.

Having already travelled 58,000km, he is due to leave Perth today with plans to cross Australia and finish his nearly half-decade journey in Sydney in July.

"I needed a challenge and that is why I am here," he said yesterday.

Mr Sadan, 29, started his epic trip at the northern tip of Alaska in July 2007 and has ridden through Canada, down the west coast of the US and into central and Southern America, spending six months in the Andes.

Low points included being hit by a car in Bolivia and robbed at gunpoint in Mexico, losing everything but his trusty bike, but he has battled on.

After arriving in Argentina, Mr Sadan caught a flight to South Africa where be ventured north through Swaziland, Mozambique, Malawi and Kenya, catching malaria along the way, before completing the African leg of his journey in Ethiopia.

He has also ridden through Spain, France, Switzerland, Italy and Greece, as well as Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and China.

New Zealand was not on his original itinerary but he arrived in the south island late last year before landing in Australia.

Today he starts his trek across the final continent, setting out for Uluru, then Adelaide, Melbourne and finally the Opera House.

Mr Sadan plans to write a book about his marathon ride once he is home in Israel.

dickless

From the moment his broken body was pulled from an armored vehicle in Iraq — after an enemy grenade, dropped through a hatch, detonated inches away —Army Ranger Joseph Kapacziewski vowed to be back in the fight when offered morphine by doctors he quickly reminded them that morphine "was for pussies" and insisted that they "hurry the hell up."

Unfortunately it only does Cosmic Sands font.

Markus Kayser Builds a Solar Powered 3D Printer that Prints Glass from Sand and a Sun Powered Cutter solar power printers design

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"Industrial designer and tinkerer Markus Kayser spent the better part of a year building and experimenting with two fantastic devices that harness the sun's power in some of the world's harshest climates. The first he calls a Sun Cutter, a low-tech light cutter that uses a large ball lens to focus the sun's rays onto a surface that's moved by a cam-guided system. ... Next, Kayser began to examine the process of 3D printing. Merging two of the deserts most abundant resources, nearly unlimited quantities of sand and sun, he created the Solar Sinter, a device that melts sand to create 3D objects out of glass."

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"Today, Google announced its decisive entry into the world of social networks by introducing Google+, a social network tied around Google services. Its aim is to be different from other networks with emphasis on privacy and a different kind of social networking. Instead of connecting with your friends, Google+ aims to center connections around specific groups—colleagues, projects, or groups of friends—with the ability to use high-quality video chats and a unique and rich web-based user experience. It is currently in beta with opt-in invites."

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

NEW YORK, June 27 (UPI) -- A New York physician with a doctorate in sexuality said his pornography collection has 350,000 items dating as far back as the 13th century.

Clifford Scheiner, 61, a former emergency room doctor who now operates a mail-order erotic book business, said his collection of pornographic books, films and photos includes 13th century manuscripts in addition to every issue of Playboy magazine ever published, the New York Daily News reported Monday.

"It is certainly one of the largest collections of erotology and sexology in the world," Scheiner said.

Scheiner said he started collecting pornography and erotica in the 1960s.

"I became interested because of the mystery involved," he said. "To hear people talk about it -- nobody bought it, nobody sold it, nobody owned it, nobody printed it, nobody illustrated it and nobody bound it, but the books were there and that intrigued me.

"I taught myself to recognize most of the dirty words in most of the languages that use the Roman alphabet. I don't have huge language skills, but I get a pretty good idea of what is going on."

Scheiner said he has probably spent about $1 million on his collection.

"But that is over a 30-year period, so actually it's like $30,000 a year," he said. "That isn't a whole lot."

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An Eastport South Manor High School teacher suspended by the school district in April was arrested on Monday after Suffolk County Police said he inappropriately touched a female student last year and also asked her to send him pictures of herself in her underwear.
Felipe Argueta, 35, of Mount Sinai, who taught Spanish at the high school, was arrested on Monday afternoon at his Westcliffe Drive home, police said. He was charged with a single count of endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor

Sunday, June 26, 2011

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REFUGIO, Texas (AP) — Investigators said a man has died while in the act of raping an elderly South Texas woman.

The Refugio County Sheriff's Office identified the man as 53-year-old Isabel Chavelo Gutierrez. Sheriff's Sgt. Gary Wright said the incident happened June 2 after he rode two miles by bicycle from his home to that of his 77-year-old victim in the tiny coastal community of Tivoli.

Wright said the 5'-7", 230-to-250 pound man sneaked into the woman's house and raped her at knifepoint.

During the assault, he said he wasn't feeling well, rolled over, and died.

Gutierrez' body was sent to the Nueces County medical examiner in Corpus Christi for autopsy.

Gutierrez was a registered sexual offender on parole from a sentence for aggravated sexual assault and indecency with a child.

Iranians opposition supporters

Smuggled letters allege authorities are using mass rape as a weapon inside Iran's most notorious prisons

Opposition protests in 2009: political activists have accused the intelligence ministry and revolutionary guards of harassing inmates with sexual assaults. Photograph: Reuters

Prison guards in Iran are giving condoms to criminals and encouraging them to systematically rape young opposition activists locked up with them, according to accounts from inside the country's jail system.

A series of dramatic letters written by prisoners and families of imprisoned activists allege that authorities are intentionally facilitating mass rape and using it as a form of punishment.

Mehdi Mahmoudian, an outspoken member of Iran's Participation Front, a reformist political party, is among those prisoners who have succeeded in smuggling out letters revealing the extent of rape inside some of the most notorious prisons.

Mahmoudian was arrested in the aftermath of Iran's 2009 disputed presidential election for speaking to the press about the regime's suppression of the movement and is currently in Rajaeeshahr prison in Karaj, a city 12 miles (20km) to the west of the capital, Tehran.

"In various cells inside the prison, rape has become a common act and acceptable," he wrote in a letter published on Kaleme.com, the official website of opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi.

According to Mahmoudian and letters published on various opposition websites, political prisoners are locked up with some of the most dangerous criminals – murderers and ex-members of armed gangs.

Meanwhile, 26 prominent political activists who have been in jail since the 2009 election have written to an official prison monitoring body accusing the government's intelligence ministry and the revolutionary guards of harassing inmates with unlawful tactics that included sexual assaults.

Mohsen Aminzadeh, a senior deputy foreign minister, Mohsen Mirdamadi, a leader of a reformist party and Behzad Nabavi, a veteran activist are among those who put their signatures on the letter.

Speaking to Jaras, a website run by opposition activists, families of political prisoners have alleged that prison guards are failing to protect them from rape or sexual assault.

"During exercise periods, the strong ask for sex without any consideration. Criminals are repeatedly seen with condoms in hand, hunting for their victims," an unnamed family member told Jaras.

"If the inmate is not powerful enough or guards would not take care of him, he will be certainly raped. Prison guards ignore those who are seen with condoms simply because they were given out to them by the guards at first place," the family member said.

The family members say prison guards are turning a blind eye to the systematic rape and have ignored complaints made by rape victims.

Amnesty International, which has documented rape inside Iran's prisons and interviewed victims for a 2010 report, called on Iran to launch an investigation into the recent allegations.

Kristyan Benedict, Amnesty International UK's Middle East campaign manager, told the Guardian: "Rape is a terrible crime and these allegations [mentioned in the letters] should be thoroughly investigated. Amnesty International has also documented the rape of male and female detainees by security officials. Many of those detained for taking part in post-election protests were tortured and did not receive fair trials. The Iranian authorities still continue to punish and persecute those who peacefully speak up against them."

According to Mahmoudian, who has been transferred to a solitary confinement after his letter attracted attention, one young prisoner was raped seven times in a single night.

"In [Rajaeeshahr] prison, those who have pretty faces and are unable to defend themselves or cannot afford to bribe others are forcibly taken to different cells each night [to be raped]," he writes.

"The situation is such that those exposed to rape even have an owner and that owner makes money by renting him out to others and after a while selling him to someone else."

Rape victims in Iran usually stay quiet in order to protect the honour of their family but at the time when journalists based in the country are facing strict restrictions, these letters have become one of the only sources of information about the situation of hundreds of imprisoned activists.

Iranian officials have ignored the allegations and have previously denied any claims of rape inside jail.

A duck that can help its owner sell newspapers recently attracted many curious pedestrians in Guangzhou’s Liwan District.

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The duck stands on a chair at a newspaper kiosk in the city’s Baohua Road. It uses its mouth to help its master, an old man surnamed Wang, collect money or pass newspapers.

Every time Wang has a nap, the duck quacks to wake him up if some one comes to the kiosk to buy a newspaper or magazine.

Wang said he has been raising the duck for more than two years and has no intention of slaughtering or selling it.

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"A device created by the University of Tokyo and Sony Laboratories called PossessedHand allows researchers to control a subject's hand via electrical stimulation. While currently being used to teach students to play the koto, a Japanese traditional stringed instruments, just imagine the possibilities! Twilight Zone anyone?"

Saturday, June 25, 2011

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In light of events that occured in the Middle East earlier this year, many worry that in the future, rogue governments could cut off access to the internet as a way to control political "threats."

Douglas Rushkoff has championed the idea that the current corporate-controlled internet is far from the open commons we pretend it is.

"If we have a dream of how social media could restore peer-to-peer commerce, culture, and government, and if the current Internet is too tightly controlled to allow for it, why not build the kind of network and mechanisms to realize it?" Rushkoff asks.

Sounds daunting. And expensive, right? Wrong.

Funded primarily by the personal savings of group members and a grant from the National Science Foundation, residents of Jalalabad have built the FabFi network: an open-source system that uses common building materials and off-the-shelf electronics to transmit wireless ethernet signals across distances of up to several miles.

Jalalabad's longest link is currently 2.41 miles, between the FabLab and the water tower at the public hospital in Jalalabad, transmitting with a real throughput of 11.5Mbps (compared to 22Mbps ideal-case for a standards compliant off-the-shelf 802.11g router transitting at a distance of only a few feet). The system works consistently through heavy rain, smog and a couple of good sized trees.

With FabFi, communities can build their own wireless networks to gain high-speed internet connectivity---thus enabling them to access online educational, medical, and other resources.

In FabLabs, technology brings people and ideas together. FabFi embraces this same principle. The public hospital, which houses the endpoint of FabFi Afghanistan's longest link, has become a shared community resource, providing downlinks to a growing number of locations in the city center.

The shared infrastructure facilitates communication between FabFi users all over the city as they collaboratively grow and maintain the network. The FabFi user group is learning valuable skills that will soon allow them to generate revenue for themselves and the Lab by building, installing and maintaining FabFi links as part of a "FabFi Club" at the FabLab.

Fast Company reports that residents can build a FabFi node out of approximately $60 worth of everyday items such as boards, wires, plastic tubs, and cans that will serve a whole community at once. While it sounds like science fiction, FabFi could have important ramifications for entire swaths of the world (including rural America) that lack conventional broadband.

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A woman has filed a complaint with federal authorities over how her elderly mother was treated at Northwest Florida Regional Airport last weekend.

Jean Weber of Destin filed a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security after her 95-year-old mother was detained and extensively searched last Saturday while trying to board a plane to fly to Michigan to be with family members during the final stages of her battle with leukemia.

Her mother, who was in a wheelchair, was asked to remove an adult diaper in order to complete a pat-down search.

“It’s something I couldn’t imagine happening on American soil,” Weber said Friday. “Here is my mother, 95 years old, 105 pounds, barely able to stand, and then this.”

Sari Koshetz, a spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration in Miami, said she could not comment on specific cases to protect the privacy of those involved.

“The TSA works with passengers to resolve any security alarms in a respectful and sensitive manner,” she said.

Weber’s mother entered the airport’s security checkpoint in a wheelchair because she was not stable enough to walk through, Weber said.

Wheelchairs trigger certain protocols, including pat-downs and possible swabbing for explosives, Koshetz said.

“During any part of the process, if there is an alarm, then we have to resolve that alarm,” she said.

Weber said she did not know whether her mother had triggered an alarm during the 45 minutes they were detained.

She said her mother was first pulled aside into a glass-partitioned area and patted down. Then she was taken to another room to protect her privacy during a more extensive search, Weber said.

Weber said she sat outside the room during the search.

She said security personnel then came out and told her they would need for her mother to remove her Depends diaper because it was soiled and was impeding their search.

Weber wheeled her mother into a bathroom, removed her diaper and returned. Her mother did not have another clean diaper with her, Weber said.

Weber said she wished there were less invasive search methods for an elderly person who is unable to walk through security gates.

“I don’t understand why they have to put them through that kind of procedure,” she said.

Koshetz said the procedures are the same for everyone to ensure national security.

“TSA cannot exempt any group from screening because we know from intelligence that there are terrorists out there that would then exploit that vulnerability,” she said.

Weber filed a complaint through Northwest Florida Regional’s website. She said she received a response from a Homeland Security representative at the airport on Tuesday and spoke to that person on the phone Wednesday.

The representative told her that personnel had followed procedures during the search, Weber said.

“Then I thought, if you’re just following rules and regulations, then the rules and regulations need to be changed,” she said.

Weber said she plans to file additional complaints next week.

“I’m not one to make waves, but dadgummit, this is wrong. People need to know. Next time it could be you.”

Friday, June 24, 2011

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Lawmakers voted late Friday to legalize same-sex marriage, making New York the largest state where gay and lesbian couples will be able to wed and giving the national gay-rights movement new momentum from the state where it was born.

The marriage bill, whose fate was uncertain until moments before the vote, was approved 33 to 29 in a packed but hushed Senate chamber. Four members of the Republican majority joined all but one Democrat in the Senate who supported the measure after an intense and emotional campaign aimed at the handful of lawmakers wrestling with a decision that divided their friends, their constituents and sometimes their own homes.

With his position still undeclared, Senator Mark J. Grisanti, a Republican from Buffalo who had sought office promising to oppose same-sex marriage, told his colleagues he had agonized for months before concluding he had been wrong.

“I apologize for those who feel offended,” Mr. Grisanti said, adding, “I cannot deny a person, a human being, a taxpayer, a worker, the people of my district and across this state, the State of New York, and those people who make this the great state that it is the same rights that I have with my wife.”

Senate approval was the final hurdle for the same-sex marriage legislation, which was approved last week by the Assembly. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed the measure at 11:55 p.m., and the law will go into effect in 30 days, meaning that same-sex couples could begin marrying in New York by late July.

Passage of same-sex marriage here followed a daunting run of defeats in other states where voters barred same-sex marriage by legislative action, constitutional amendment or referendum. Just five states currently permit same-sex marriage: Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, as well as the District of Columbia.

At around 10:30 p.m., moments after the vote was announced, Mr. Cuomo strode onto the Senate floor to wave at cheering supporters who had crowded into the galleries to watch. Trailed by two of his daughters, the governor greeted lawmakers, and paused to single out those Republicans who had defied the majority of their party to support the marriage bill.

“How do you feel?” he asked Senator James S. Alesi, a suburban Rochester Republican who voted against the measure in 2009 and was the first to break party ranks this year. “Feels good, doesn’t it?”

The approval of same-sex marriage represented a reversal of fortune for gay-rights advocates, who just two years ago suffered a humiliating defeat when a same-sex marriage bill was easily rejected by the Senate, which was then controlled by Democrats. This year, with the Senate controlled by Republicans, the odds against passage of same-sex marriage appeared long.

But the unexpected victory had a clear champion: Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat who pledged last year to support same-sex marriage but whose early months in office were dominated by intense battles with lawmakers and some labor unions over spending cuts.

Mr. Cuomo made same-sex marriage one of his top priorities for the year and deployed his top aide to coordinate the efforts of a half-dozen local gay-rights organizations whose feuding and disorganization had in part been blamed for the defeat two years ago.

The new coalition of same-sex marriage supporters brought in one of Mr. Cuomo’s trusted campaign operatives to supervise a $3 million television and radio campaign aimed at persuading several Republican and Democratic senators to drop their opposition.

For Senate Republicans, even bringing the measure to the floor was a freighted decision. Most of the Republicans firmly oppose same-sex marriage on moral grounds, and many of them also had political concerns, fearing that allowing same-sex marriage to pass on their watch would embitter conservative voters and cost the Republicans their one-seat majority in the Senate.

Leaders of the state’s Conservative Party, whose support many Republican lawmakers depend on to win election, warned that they would oppose in legislative elections next year any Republican senator who voted for same-sex marriage.

But after days of contentious discussion capped by a marathon nine-hour closed-door debate on Friday, Republicans came to a fateful decision: The full Senate would be allowed to vote on the bill, the majority leader, Dean G. Skelos, said Friday afternoon, and each member would be left to vote according to his or her conscience.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

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As gas prices continue to skyrocket, the importance of fuel-efficient vehicles can’t be emphasized enough. Luckily, the Cambridge Design Partnership just unveiled a hypermiling concept car that can travel an astonishing 1,325 miles on a single gallon of diesel! While most green vehicles are tested through a series of intense trials, this concept car was put through its paces by an 11 year old Cambridgeshire girl at the annual Mileage Marathon Challenge at Mallory Park.

 

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The vehicle was designed to promote engineering and technology and to educate school and college students about the benefits of eco-friendly vehicle concepts. Test driver Kitty Foster, 11, of Kings School, Ely said of the test drive, “When I told my parents how far this car could go on a gallon of fuel they were absolutely amazed! It wasn’t too hard. The Go system helped me use as little fuel as possible. It monitored the car’s performance, which helped us know when to stop the engine and start coasting.”

“The GPS information made a big difference and added 150 mpg. The whole car was great fun to drive. It’s good to see cars getting more environmentally friendly, and I’m really pleased we’ve done so well in the challenge’.

Cambridge Design Partnership used elements from its own lightweight oxygen concentrator, as well as other in-house technologies, to create the unique car. The oxygen generator system was originially developed to treat injured soldiers, but in the car it is powered by an innovative micro-diesel-engine. The car also features low-friction tires to increase mileage.

The car also uses a unique ‘Go’ real-time tracking service that allows the Cambridge team to optimise the car’s systems. The Go technology has previously been used to track the Tour of Britain cycle race. Stephen Lamb, the MoD project leader from CDP added: “This is about more than just an ultra-eco-friendly car. This supports what our technologies can achieve.”

“We quickly realized that our R & D work for the MoD, creating an oxygen generator, was highly applicable to the Mileage Marathon Challenge. Both required an extremely efficient system that used very low power and could run off diesel. Now I just need to figure out how to make my own car get the same kind of mileage!”

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First they let kids fly business class, now men are allowed to fly scantily-clad in women’s underwear? What is the world coming to?

Passengers on a US Airways flight were shocked when a man wearing only a set of skimpy women’s underwear, stockings and heels boarded their flight on June 9th in Phoenix.

"It was unbelievable”, said Jill Tarlow, a passenger onboard who among others complained to the airline staff about the spectacle. However, she was not too rattled to get the man to pose for a picture.

Mrs. Tarlow claims that she grabbed the snap because "No one would believe me if I didn't take his picture".

Despite the complaints of the other passengers the man was allowed to board the flight because, according to US Airways spokesperson Valerie Wunder, "We don't have a dress code policy".

What makes this story all the more incredulous is that this man flew just days before a man was not only thrown off a plane, but arrested for not having his pants pulled up high enough on the same airline.

DeShon Marman was thrown off a US airways flight in San Francisco on June 15th and arrested for indecent exposure. DeShon’s lawyer claims there is security footage to prove that his client was not exposing any body parts and that the he has been a victim of racial discrimination.

Wunder has justified the actions of staff on both flights, claiming "Obviously, if their private parts are exposed, that's not appropriate... So if they're not exposing their private parts, they're allowed to fly."

Some believe this sequence of events highlights how ridiculous the technicalities over what is and isn’t appropriate to wear on a flight, others claim it is an example of how racism remains rife in today’s society.

DeShon’s lawyer fuelled this argument with his statement "A white man is allowed to fly in underwear without question, but my client was asked to pull up his pajama pants because they hung below his waist."

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Charged: Erin Baynard Stewart has pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexual misconduct with a minor

Charged: Erin Baynard Stewart has pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexual misconduct with a minor

Yet another female teacher has been caught allegedly having sex with an under age student.

Married Erin Baynard Stewart, 30, was yesterday fired from her social studies teaching job at Chauncey Rose Middle School, in Terre Haute, Indiana, after being accused of having relations with a 14-year-old boy.

Stewart, who had worked at the school for six years, allegedly had four sexual encounters with the boy.

She had oral sex with the student in her classroom in December 2009, while other encounters took place in Stewart's home, according to court documents.

The now 15-year-old, who can not be named for legal reasons, was able to describe and draw sketches of the interior of the teacher's home, Terre Haute Police Detective, Rick Decker, said.

Vigo County School Superintendent Danny Tanoos called the charges 'disappointing' 'heart-breaking' and 'tragic' at a recent news conference.

'It breaks the trust, that bond that we have and that code of ethics that we have as educators. And so once that’s broken, it’s hard to sometimes regain that trust,' he added.

Monday, June 20, 2011
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"It looks like approval to build a memorial to E. Gary Gygax has been granted in Lake Geneva City. The Gygax Memorial Fund is still taking donations for the memorial that may begin construction as early as later this year. I (like many on /.) spent many years of my youth using Gygax inspired creations as an excuse to socialize, roll dice, and eat chips at impromptu gatherings before computers intruded on the RPG realms."

Saturday, June 18, 2011
As usual comment below what you think weither you found a game to be shit or if you loved it, if the links dont work, ect. have fun playing!

Guide to installing Games and programs

You will need a torrent downloading program I use uTorrent because its basic and works well nothing extra like the others. heres links to the websites
µTorrent
bittorrent
vuze
transmission
Azureus
bitlord
bittornado

1. Unpack release (.rar)
2. Mount image or burn it (Power ISO 4.8 or Demon tools)
3. Install
4.Turn off antivirus/antispyware because they will always detect patches and keygens as a viris because of the nature of how they work
5.Copy the cracked content/Apply patch/Run keygen
6.Play the game

always check comments to see if its legitimate source if you are searching for it yourself, that the dates correct for it to be out, that there are a decent number of seeders and that the quality is reasonable enough before downloading.

Alice Madness Returns

Looks like an awesome game going to play it soon
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Amnesia: The Dark Descent

Scary ass puzzle game
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Grand Theft Auto IV

Whats not to love about running around with a chainsaw killing people getting the cops attention then getting out a bazooka and seeing how long you can hold off
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Duke nukem Forever

Its taken 12 years and its not as good as expected but at least they finally released it the graphics are okay he says the right things there are some funny weird things you can do like fling poop around and draw a penis on the white board.

5/10
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Project Zomboid

Zombie Survival game worlds turned to shit zombies everywhere your wife's leg is broken and bleeding aaaaaaaand go. what will you do? shoot her? leave her and raid the neighbours place? Bandage and splint up her leg and look after her?

 

6/10

Torrent here

Portal 2

The sexiest most awesome game you could play after portal 1 Great story, great graphics, same style of puzzles, awesome vocals and commentary.
9.9/10

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Magicka

Everyone seems to be loving this game leave the rating up to you
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Minecraft 1.6.5

Awesome fun building game. the point of minecraft is up to you do you want to make a gient castle of stone with traps all around it then turn the settings up to hard and kill everything that comes towards you? will you play casual and make a replica of a building or object (someone made a scale of the earth and scaled creation of startreak ship as well look on youtube for the crazy fun things people have done in this game)
9/10

Remove UC pre-installed, just move the .minecraft folder into appdata/roaming (start menu/run/appdata)
Make a copy of the minecraft.exe on the desktop and your good to go.
Enjoy!
(Note. If you already have a .minecraft folder, just delete the contents and replace with the new ones)
If you get this message on initial launch,
"could not find the main class: net.minecraft.LauncherFrame. Program will exit."
just disregard the message and try again (this will happen occasionally, most often after adding a new mod). You may need to try 3 or 4 times, but it will work.
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Fallout New Vegas

Great game for a beta (its not but it might as well be its obviously been rushed out without proper testing)very glitchy though. good graphics good story lots of things you can do.
7/10
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Total War Shogun 2

Haven’t played it rating is up to you

??/10
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Fable III

I found it to be a rather lame repetitive game just spam shoot fireball till everything dies. acting is okay mostly but I found fable 2 to be much better then this.
4/10
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Dungeon Siege 3

I hear its a rather shit game that the camera is at the wrong angle, the keys are stupidly arranged with no way to change it and that the voice acting is horrible.
??/10 haven’t played this game yet
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Dragon Age Intermission

Dragon Age 2 or as it actually is Dragon age Intermission waste of time to play, waste of money, they didnt even bother hiding just how shit it is you play in the same rooms enter a house bam same room leave go into another house bam same room. Fighting is exactly the same every time kil kill kill wow all done WTF a ground spawns behind you over and over and over and over and over.
1/10
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