Archive for September, 2007

Yet another reason to avoide Microsoft Office 2007

Sunday, September 30th, 2007

Microsoft Excel : Calculation Issue Update

Yesterday evening we were alerted to an issue in Excel 2007 (and Excel Services 2007) involving calculation of numbers around 65,535. The first example that we heard about was =77.1*850, but it became clear from our testing as well as additional reports that this was just one instance where Excel 2007 would return a value of 100,000 instead of 65,535. The majority of these additional reports were focused on multiplication (ex. =5.1*12850; =10.2*6425; =20.4*3212.5 ), but our testing showed that this really didn’t have anything do to with multiplication – it manifested itself with many but not all calculations in Excel that should have resulted in 65,535 (=65535*1 and =16383.75*4 worked for instance). Further testing showed a similar phenomenon with 65,536 as well. This issue only exists in Excel 2007, not previous versions.

High school discipline, California style

Sunday, September 30th, 2007

School Guards Break Child’s Arm And Arrest Her For Dropping Cake

School security guards in Palmdale, CA have been caught on camera assaulting a 16-year-old girl and breaking her arm after she spilled some cake during lunch and left some crumbs on the floor after cleaning it up.

Chimps on the run in Bedfordshire

Sunday, September 30th, 2007

Keepers shoot escaped chimpanzee

Keepers have shot dead a chimp who escaped from his enclosure at Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire.

The zoo was closed as staff tried to round up two chimps – called Jonnie and Coco – who escaped at about 1000 BST.

Visitors already in the park were told to stay in their cars or were taken to secure locations.

Coco was recovered unharmed, but keepers were unable to capture Jonnie safely and he was shot, said a Whipsnade Zoo spokesman.

A milestone in the quest for the transparent frog

Sunday, September 30th, 2007

Hiroshima scientists create transparent frogs

A research team led by professor Masayuki Sumida at Hiroshima University’s Institute for Amphibian Biology has created a type of transparent frog whose internal organs are visible through its skin. The researchers say the see-through frogs can help in the study of diseases and in the development of medical treatments by allowing laboratory scientists to check the status of internal organs and blood vessels while the frogs are alive and without having to dissect them.

The ultimate parasitic roommate

Saturday, September 29th, 2007

Police: Man Kept Roommate’s Body For Month

A man kept the decomposing body of his 86-year-old roommate in their house for a month while he used the dead man’s ATM card and cashed his checks, police said.

David Morse, 40, told police that he didn’t report roommate John Jones’ death because Morse had active arrest warrants for failing to pay child support and he feared he would be implicated in the death, Punta Gorda Deputy Police Chief Butch Arenal said.

The body was discovered in a bedroom of the small house on Thursday after a rent collector stopped by, smelled a foul odor and contacted authorities, Arenal said.

Sometimes you find Nazi symbols in surprising places

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

Navy To Remedy Swastika-Shaped Barracks

The U.S. Navy will spend as much as $600,000 to modify the appearance of a barracks complex in Coronado that resembles a swastika from the air.

Navy officials said the spending for changes to the four L-shaped buildings were approved after satellite images from Google Earth revealed the swastika-like shape.

“We don’t want to be associated with something as symbolic and hateful as a swastika,” Navy spokesman Scott Sutherland told the L.A. Times.

One has to wonder if anyone in authority bothered to look at the blueprints before the thing was built…

“This work will go down as one of the most important developments in the history of science.”

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

Parallel universes exist – study

Parallel universes really do exist, according to a mathematical discovery by Oxford scientists described by one expert as “one of the most important developments in the history of science”.

The parallel universe theory, first proposed in 1950 by the US physicist Hugh Everett, helps explain mysteries of quantum mechanics that have baffled scientists for decades, it is claimed.

In Everett’s “many worlds” universe, every time a new physical possibility is explored, the universe splits. Given a number of possible alternative outcomes, each one is played out – in its own universe.

A motorist who has a near miss, for instance, might feel relieved at his lucky escape. But in a parallel universe, another version of the same driver will have been killed. Yet another universe will see the motorist recover after treatment in hospital. The number of alternative scenarios is endless.

It is a bizarre idea which has been dismissed as fanciful by many experts. But the new research from Oxford shows that it offers a mathematical answer to quantum conundrums that cannot be dismissed lightly – and suggests that Dr Everett, who was a Phd student at Princeton University when he came up with the theory, was on the right track.

Flying on a wing and a prayer

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

Boy survives two-hour flight to Moscow hanging onto plane wing

A 15-year-old boy from the Urals suffered acute frostbite after riding the wing of a Boeing-737 plane on a two-hour flight from Perm to Moscow, Russian radio station Mayak reported on Monday.

After clinging on for the entire 1300-kilometer (808-mile) flight to Vnukovo Airport, the boy, named Andrei, collapsed onto the tarmac. His arms and legs were so severely frozen that rescuers were at first unable to remove his coat and shoes, the radio station said.

The airport did not confirm the report. “We have no information on this,” the Vnukovo press service told RIA Novosti.

However, Moscow’s air and water transport control department said the radio’s claim was true. A department spokesman said the incident occurred on Friday, and that the boy’s parents were immediately informed, and flew to the capital the same day.

We were and are still doomed!

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

Cosmic blast may have killed off megafauna

Wooly mammoths, giant sloths, saber-toothed cats, and dozens of other species of megafauna may have become extinct when a disintegrating comet or asteroid exploded over North America with the force of millions of hydrogen bombs, according to research by an international team of scientists.

The blast, which the researchers believe occurred 12,900 years ago, may have also doomed a mysterious early human culture, known as Clovis people, while triggering a planetwide cool-down that wiped out the plant species that sustained many outsize Ice Age beasts, according to research published online yesterday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Apes on the attack in S. Africa

Monday, September 24th, 2007

Locals Aren’t Laughing At Monkey Business

South Africa’s crime problem has taken a new twist.
A gang of baboons is being blamed for a series of break-ins.

The chacma baboons, which live wild in the Cape peninsula, have been raiding people’s homes for food and causing thousands of pounds in damage.

“People here are getting very angry,” Dr Peter Kirsh said, as a baboon strutted along the street beneath his balcony.

Good luck getting the truth on this one!

Sunday, September 23rd, 2007

How the Rich Hide Their Wealth

There are hundreds of people in the world whose names you might never know but who own millions — if not billions of dollars.

These wealthy individuals often go out of their way to hide their assets from scrutiny — sometimes from the public and sometimes from their own government

Russians, for instance, are reportedly pouring record amounts of cash into London monetary markets to hedge against any future political retribution.

Figuring out how much money someone has is not an easy task.

Even Forbes magazine, which just came out with its annual list of the richest 400 Americans, acknowledges that its figures are just estimates and are”deliberately conservative.”

Be careful if you cheat online!

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

Cyber cheats married… to each other

A married couple are divorcing after they chatted each other up on the Internet using fake names.

Sana Klaric and husband Adnan poured their hearts out to each other over their marriage troubles.

Using the names ‘Sweetie’ and ‘Prince of Joy’ in a online chatroom, the pair thought they had found a soulmate with whom to spend the rest of their lives.

Unarmed assaults can kill

Friday, September 21st, 2007

Armless and dangerous: Artist head-butts man who later dies

A man died of a heart attack after being head-butted by an armless man during a fight over a woman, and no felony charges will be filed, authorities said today.

Investigators said they made the determination after learning that Charles Keith Teer, 49, had heart problems long before the confrontation with William Russell Redfern, an artist who has won recognition for drawings he does with his feet.

“The autopsy revealed he had serious heart disease and blockages and they’d been there for quite awhile,” Snellville Police Chief Roy Whitehead said.

He added, however, that misdemeanor charges such as criminal trespass or simple battery against the 44-year-old Redfern were still a possibility.

Yet another Hugo Chavez classic

Thursday, September 20th, 2007

Call him cuckoo — Chavez changes time in Venezuela

President Hugo Chavez wants Venezuelan clocks turned back half an hour and he wants it done in record time — next Monday.

“I don’t care if they call me crazy, the new time will go ahead, let them call me whatever they want,” Chavez said on his weekly TV show. “I’m not to blame. I received a recommendation and said I liked the idea.”

The shift will allow children to wake up for school in daylight instead of before sunrise, Chavez said.

That may seem reasonable to many Venezuelans but ordering the change with little notice and scant public education has raised questions over how much thought was given to the plan.

Fuehrer Wine under attack in Italy

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

Wine labels with Hitler’s image seized in Italy

A prosecutor in Bolzano, northern Italy seized wine bottle labels on Wednesday bearing a portrait of Hitler and other Nazis from a winery near the Austrian border, the company said.

The 20 labels from the “Der Fuehrer” line show Hitler raising the Nazi salute and his generals, including Hermann Goering, the Reich’s economic minister, Heinrich Himmler, the head of the Gestapo, and Rudolf Hess, Hitler’s deputy.

The black and white labels are imprinted with the mottoes “Ein volk, ein Reich, ein Fuehrer” (one people, one empire, one Fuehrer) and “Sieg heil”, a slogan proclaimed by Hitler as a greeting or in front of the masses.

The incriminating labels constitute a glorification of the perpetrators of crimes against humanity, according to state prosecutor Cuno Tarfusser.

Idiot snake collector of the week

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

Man Bitten After Putting Snake in Mouth

Snake collector Matt Wilkinson of Portland grabbed a 20-inch rattler from the highway near Maupin, and three weeks later, to impress his ex-girlfriend, he stuck the serpent in his mouth.

He was soon near death with a swollen tongue that blocked his throat. Trauma doctors at the Oregon Health and Science University saved his life.

“You can assume alcohol was involved,” he said. Actually, not just beer. It was something he called a “mixture of stupid stuff.”

‘That is not rum’

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

Sis recalls murdered brother’s dying words: ‘That is not rum’

The sister of a man murdered for his insurance policy testified yesterday that he spent his last minutes in agony after swallowing a cyanide-laced cocktail.

Hardeo Sewnananhad been drinking white rum at a bar in Guyana, when a hit man spiked his drink in 1999.

“‘That is not rum,’” Sewnanan said before collapsing on the floor, his sister Nita Sewnanan said in Brooklyn Federal Court.

Bears on the attack in Washington state

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

“It was life or death” for man attacked by bear on park trail
…”He came up the trail and came right at me,” said Blasioli. “I stepped back … and fell. Then he came up to me and started eating.”

Time’s almost up for Mugabe

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

Beijing turns its back on embattled Robert Mugabe

China has bowed to economic reality and political expediency by calling a halt to aid to Zimbabwe.

One of the few remaining friends to President Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s embattled leader, China has been quietly allowing the relationship to cool over the past few months. But Li Guijin, China’s special envoy for Africa, confirmed yesterday that Beijing had halted development aid. “China’s assistance is mainly humanitarian. In terms of development assistance, we have some difficulties,” he said.

“China in the past provided substantial development assistance but owing to the dramatic currency revaluations and rapid deterioration of economic conditions, the economic outcomes of these projects have not been so good.”

The decision deals a heavy blow to a country where unemployment is 80 per cent, inflation hit 7,600 per cent in July and the value of the Zimbabwean dollar on the black market recently fell to 500,000 to the pound.

German Cannibal Update!

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

Cannibal’s grisly freezer secrets finally revealed

Five years ago he was called in to pick through the freezer of a German cannibal and identify the carefully labelled meat as human.

Now forensic scientist Manfred Risse is revealing the inside story of Armin Meiwes, in a book about the case that caused a global sensation when it broke in 2002.

The book, Last Supper of the Murderers, is an adults-only insight into the grim pact between Meiwes and his victim, a man he met over the internet who agree to be killed and eaten.

Britney faces impossible tests

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

Britney Must Undergo Biweekly Drug Tests

Britney Spears has been ordered to undergo random drug and alcohol testing twice a week, according to court documents in her custody dispute with ex-husband Kevin Federline.

The order was issued Monday by a judge who required both parents to refrain from drinking and using drugs around their two young children and 12 hours before either cares for them. Only Spears was ordered to submit to testing.

“Based on the evidence presented, the court finds that there is a habitual, frequent and continuous use of controlled substances and alcohol” by Spears, Superior Court Judge Scott M. Gordon said in court documents.

It came from outer space

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

Mystery illness strikes after meteorite hits village

Villagers in southern Peru were struck by a mysterious illness after a meteorite made a fiery crash to Earth in their area, regional authorities said today.

Around midday Saturday, villagers were startled by an explosion and a fireball that many were convinced was an airplane crashing near their remote village, located in the high Andes department of Puno in the Desaguadero region, near the border with Bolivia.

Residents complained of headaches and vomiting brought on by a “strange odor,” local health department official Jorge Lopez told Peruvian radio RPP.

The juice is no longer on the loose

Monday, September 17th, 2007

O.J. Faces Felony Charges in Robbery

O.J. Simpson was arrested Sunday and faces multiple felony charges in an alleged armed robbery of collectors involving the former football great’s sports memorabilia, authorities said.

Simpson was arrested shortly after 11 a.m., Capt. James Dillon said.

The charges against Simpson will include robbery with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery and burglary with a firearm, all felonies, Dillon said. More charges could be brought against him, he said.

Simpson was being held at Las Vegas police offices pending the arrival of his lawyer, who was expected later Sunday, Dillon said.

“He was very cooperative, there were no issues,” Dillon said.

Bees on the attack in Texas

Sunday, September 16th, 2007

Disabled man killed by massive bee attack | bees, campton, firefighters

When firefighters arrived, they found a man covered in bees.

“They were on him head to toe,” said Elias Saldivar, the Alton fire chief. His firefighters pulled the man away, suffering stings on their faces as they fought off attacks.

“The coat and pants only cover so much,” the chief said of his firefighters’ protective clothing.

Rescuers separated 57-year-old Paul Lee Campton from the bees, but it was too late.

Israeli Airstrike Update

Saturday, September 15th, 2007

The story gets stranger with every new twist: Israelis ‘blew apart Syrian nuclear cache’

IT was just after midnight when the 69th Squadron of Israeli F15Is crossed the Syrian coast-line. On the ground, Syria’s formidable air defences went dead. An audacious raid on a Syrian target 50 miles from the Iraqi border was under way.

At a rendezvous point on the ground, a Shaldag air force commando team was waiting to direct their laser beams at the target for the approaching jets. The team had arrived a day earlier, taking up position near a large underground depot. Soon the bunkers were in flames.

Ten days after the jets reached home, their mission was the focus of intense speculation this weekend amid claims that Israel believed it had destroyed a cache of nuclear materials from North Korea.

More proof you should never trust Pooty-Poot’s Russia

Saturday, September 15th, 2007

Putin to West: Drop ‘Silly Atlantic Solidarity,’ Cold War Attitudes

President Putin called on the West yesterday to drop its “silly Atlantic solidarity” if it wanted improved relations with Russia.

He accused America and some of the countries of the EU of harbouring outdated Cold War attitudes that led to distrust, particularly on issues such as energy security and trade. Such stereotypical positions were “absolutely inappropriate” in the economic arena, he said, insisting that one source of friction – Russia’s decision to build a pipeline bypassing Poland – was not infringing anybody’s rights.

He also warned the West to stop giving Russia blanket lectures on democracy. “We will participate in any debate with our partners, but, if they want us to do something, they must be specific. If they want us to resolve Kosovo, let’s talk Kosovo. If they are worried about nuclear programmes in Iran, let’s talk about Iran, rather than talking about democracy in Russia.”

Yet another reason not to let them do an autopsy on you!

Saturday, September 15th, 2007

Dead man wakes up under autopsy knife

A Venezuelan man who had been declared dead woke up in the morgue in excruciating pain after medical examiners began their autopsy.

Carlos Camejo, 33, was declared dead after a highway accident and taken to the morgue, where examiners began an autopsy only to realize something was amiss when he started bleeding. They quickly sought to stitch up the incision on his face.

China, Russia, India lead list of worst polluted places

Friday, September 14th, 2007

Ten ‘most polluted places’ named

A list of the world’s most polluted places has been published by a US-based independent environmental group.

The Blacksmith Institute’s top 10 towns and cities included sites in ex-Soviet republics, Russia, China and India. Peru and Zambia were also listed.

The report said an estimated 12 million people were affected by the severe pollution, which was mainly caused by chemical, metal and mining industries.

Chronic illness and premature deaths were listed as possible side-effects.

Our kilograms are drifting

Friday, September 14th, 2007

Kilo prototype mysteriously loses weight

The 118-year-old cylinder that is the international prototype for the metric mass, kept tightly under lock and key outside Paris, is mysteriously losing weight — if ever so slightly. Physicist Richard Davis of the International Bureau of Weights and Measures in Sevres, southwest of Paris, says the reference kilo appears to have lost 50 micrograms compared with the average of dozens of copies.

“The mystery is that they were all made of the same material, and many were made at the same time and kept under the same conditions, and yet the masses among them are slowly drifting apart,” he said. “We don’t really have a good hypothesis for it.”

Veggies trigger stabbing

Friday, September 14th, 2007

Argument over produce turns violent

An argument between grocery store workers over how to stack produce turned violent Wednesday, ending with one of the workers stabbed and another arrested.

Among the piles of plantains and cucumbers at La Carreta Supermarket on Chapman Avenue, the two men stacking produce began bickering about the right way and the wrong way to do their job, police said. The argument became physical and the two men took it outside, throwing punches in the store’s parking lot, said Orange police Sgt. Dan Adams.

That’s when it got ugly. Adams said Abraham Marquez, 24, pulled out a steak knife, and stabbed his co-worker in the arm. Someone driving down the street saw the brawl and called police. Even with shoppers and workers in the store, it was the only call police received about the fight.

Suicide by Guillotine

Friday, September 14th, 2007

Man Builds Guillotine to Kill Himself

The body of a 41-year-old man was found in a wooded area next to a guillotine he built and used to kill himself, police said. The man, from the Detroit suburb of Melvindale, was discovered Monday by workers from a shopping center near his home.

‘Berserk’ Llama Syndrome

Friday, September 14th, 2007

‘Berserk’ llama bites woman

Terrebonne resident Nancy Campbell was out for a neighborhood jog Monday night when her 8-year-old daughter, who was riding a bike ahead of her, warned that a brown llama was approaching from behind.

“(Nancy) had barely turned around to face it before it knocked her down,” said Campbell’s husband, Bill.

The llama stomped its feet, spit, bared its teeth and bit her. It eventually took five people to subdue the animal described by state police as brown, hairy and aggressive.

The llama suffered from a rare behavioral problem called “berserk llama syndrome,” veterinarians treating the animal said Wednesday. An Oregon State Police log said the llama escaped five days earlier from its owner’s fenced yard in north Terrebonne. With the owner’s permission, veterinarians euthanized it Tuesday.

The Latest in Sex Toy Tech

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

Vacuum screamer

A US mother-of-three has invented a sex toy that connects to a vacuum cleaner to give an orgasm in just ten seconds.

The gadget, called Vortex Vibrations, works by concentrating the air flow to create a rapid and gentle vibration, reports the Sun.

Inventor Joanne Drysdale claims it can give multiple, back-to-back orgasms lasting up to a minute a time – and it does not even touch the skin.

Monkey and Pigeon in Love

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

The abandoned monkey who has found love with a pigeon

They’re an odd couple in every sense but a monkey and a pigeon have become inseparable at an animal sanctuary in China.

The 12-week-old macaque – who was abandoned by his mother – was close to death when it was rescued on Neilingding Island, in Goangdong Province.

After being taken to an animal hospital his health began to improve but he seemed spiritless – until he developed a friendship with a white pigeon.

Hat tip to Kara!

Academia loves to live large on your tab!

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

Slade charged TSU for $100,000 bar tab

Ousted TSU President Priscilla Slade racked up a $100,000 bar tab at Scott Gertner’s Skybar and Grille during her tenure and stuck Texas Southern University with the bill, prosecutors said Wednesday.

TSU routinely paid for $100 bottles of wine for Slade and drinks for her friends and staff, despite a prohibition at that time on state monies being spent on alcohol, Assistant District Attorney Donna Goode said.

Slade’s former executive assistant, Erica Vallier, said that the rules for purchasing have since changed, but at the time, Slade told her not to worry about the prohibition. She said her boss drank bottles of Far Niente with her friends and staff at expensive bars, such as the Four Seasons bar and the Skybar.

“I’ve actually heard callers on talk radio say that this guy deserved what he got for wearing a Texas T-shirt into a bar in the middle of Sooner country”

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

Texas Football Fan Nearly Castrated in Bar Fight in Oklahoma Bar

To some Oklahoma football fans, there are things that just aren’t done in the heart of Sooner Nation, and one of them is to walk into a bar wearing a Texas Longhorns T-shirt.

That’s exactly what touched off a bloody skirmish that left a Texas-shirt-wearing fan nearly castrated and an Oklahoma fan facing aggravated assault charges that could put him in prison for up to five years.

The shocking case has set off a raging debate in this football-crazed region about the extreme passions behind a bitter rivalry. Some legal observers have even questioned whether this case could ever truly have an impartial jury.

KGB seals its grip on Russia

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

Russian government quits, opening way for Putin successor

President Vladimir Putin accepted the resignation Wednesday of his prime minister and government, paving the way for the Russian leader to handpick a successor when he steps down next year.

The resignation of Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov and the entire cabinet — shown on state-run Vesti television — came three months before parliamentary elections and less than six months ahead of a presidential poll to replace Putin.

“I accept your resignation,” Putin told Fradkov.

Officials were silent on Fradkov’s replacement, but speculation is intensifying that Putin ally and KGB veteran Sergei Ivanov, currently the first deputy premier, will get the nod and instantly become favourite for the presidency in 2008.

Israel bombs Syria, world yawns II

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

Is this the real reason for the overflights and the silence that followed?

Advanced Russian Air Defense Missile Cannot Protect Syrian and Iranian Skies

Western intelligence circles stress that information on Russian missile consignments to Syria or Iran is vital to any US calculation of whether to attack Iran over its nuclear program. They assume that the “absolute jamming immunity” which the Russian manufactures promised for the improved Pantsyr missiles was immobilized by superior electronic capabilities exercised by the jets before they were “forced to leave.”

Syria took delivery in mid-August of 10 batteries of sophisticated Russian Pantsyr-S1E Air Defense Missile fire control systems with advanced radar, those sources report. They have just been installed in Syria.

Understanding that the Pantsyr-S1E had failed in its mission to bring down trespassing aircraft, Moscow hastened Thursday, Sept 6, to officially deny selling these systems to Syria or Iran and called on Israel to respect international law. This was diplomatic-speak for a warning against attacking the Russian-made missiles batteries stations where Russian instructors are working alongside Syrian teams.

Western intelligence circles maintain that it is vital for the US and Israel to establish the location and gauge the effectiveness of Pantsyr-S1E air defenses in Syrian and Iranian hands, as well as discovering how many each received.

Israel bombs Syria, world yawns

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

US confirms Israeli air strike on Syria

A US official has confirmed that Israeli warplanes carried out an air strike “deep inside” Syria, escalating tensions between the two countries.

The target of the strike last Thursday remained unclear but Israeli media reported that a shipment of Iranian arms crossing Syria for use by the Iranian-backed Hezbollah militia in Lebanon was attacked.

Syria first reported the incident on the day, saying its air defences had engaged five Israeli planes, but did not say what their target was. Israel remained uncharacteristically silent, pointedly refusing to deny that its warplanes were involved in an operation. The closest it came to acknowledging the affair happened was when it made an undertaking to Turkey to investigate how an Israeli long-range fuel tank was dropped on Turkish territory near the Syrian border.

It’s only a matter of time before they set the oceans aflame…

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

Radio Frequencies Help Burn Salt Water

An Erie cancer researcher has found a way to burn salt water, a novel invention that is being touted by one chemist as the “most remarkable” water science discovery in a century.

John Kanzius happened upon the discovery accidentally when he tried to desalinate seawater with a radio-frequency generator he developed to treat cancer. He discovered that as long as the salt water was exposed to the radio frequencies, it would burn.

The discovery has scientists excited by the prospect of using salt water, the most abundant resource on earth, as a fuel.

Rustum Roy, a Penn State University chemist, has held demonstrations at his State College lab to confirm his own observations.

The radio frequencies act to weaken the bonds between the elements that make up salt water, releasing the hydrogen, Roy said. Once ignited, the hydrogen will burn as long as it is exposed to the frequencies, he said.

Politically Incorrect in Germany

Monday, September 10th, 2007

‘Nazi’ row sinks German TV star

The German television network NDR has sacked a prominent talk show host after she praised the family model promoted by the Nazis.

NDR said Eva Herman, 48, was fired after confirming quotes printed by the newspaper Bild am Sonntag.

She said “values like the family, children and motherhood, which were promoted in the Third Reich too, were later scrapped by the 68ers”.

Outbreak!

Monday, September 10th, 2007

Congo Officials Confirm Ebola Outbreak
Lab results have confirmed a deadly illness outbreak in southeastern Congo as Ebola fever, officials said Monday.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and another lab in Gabon confirmed the disease as a hemorrhagic fever, and specifically as Ebola, Health Minister Makwenge Kaput said on national television. More than 100 people have died of illness in the affected region since late August.

Makwenge did not say whether the outbreak had been contained.

Medical inspectors had previously said that people began dying after high-profile funerals of two village chiefs in the region where relatives usually wash the bodies of the deceased by hand.

Politically Incorrect(!!!) in Israel

Monday, September 10th, 2007

Police crack first neo Nazi cell ever discovered in Israel

It seems almost unthinkable in the homeland created by the Jews after the terrors of fascism.

But Israel has a cell of neo-Nazis, accused of a string of attacks on foreign workers, orthodox Jews, drug addicts and gays.

The immigrants from the former Soviet Union are all Israeli citizens and have been arrested in connection with 15 assaults.

The anti-semitic group attacked at least 15 jews

News of the arrests has shocked Israel, which was founded nearly 60 years ago in the wake of the Holocaust.

The discovery of anti-Semitism within its own borders has dominated Israeli newspapers and TV and radio news shows.

The Spirit of Nixon rules in New York

Monday, September 10th, 2007

SPITZER AIDES IN MYSTERY MEETINGS

Gov. Spitzer’s aides have been holding late-night “black car” meetings to prevent the creation of e-mails or telephone records that could be subpoenaed in the state dirty-tricks scandal, The Post has learned.

The top-secret rendezvous have taken place on a regular basis since Attorney General Andrew Cuomo issued his bombshell report on July 23 outlining a plot by top Spitzer aides to use the State Police to gather supposedly damaging information on Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno (R-Rensselaer), an individual close to the scandal said.

“There are a lot of big black cars driving through neighborhoods lying in wait for people so that messages can be delivered personally and after dark,” said the source, an experienced public employee who demanded anonymity.

“This is being done to avoid any phone, e-mail, or snail-mail trails. “Many people have heard about some of these late-night drive-bys,” the source added.

“Sex toys are becoming a commodity – who would have thought?”

Sunday, September 9th, 2007

Competition has shaken Good Vibrations

Good Vibrations, the woman-friendly sex toy retailer, is used to a lot of shaking and grinding.

But not in its financials.

Reeling from a sharp drop in Internet sales, the three-decade-old San Francisco company posted a letter on its Web site last week pleading with friends to throw it a lifeline of capital.

“Today, having almost completed our 30th year, we face the need to raise capital quickly in order to ensure that our business survives in its traditional form,” board members Charlie Glickman and Carol Queen wrote in the letter.

Company officials blamed the precipitous drop partly on the entry of numerous price-slashing sellers into the online sex toy market. Some were big companies like Amazon and Drugstore.com that could underprice Good Vibrations due to economies of scale and purchasing clout. Others were kitchen-table Web businesses that could underprice Good Vibrations because they had almost no overhead.

Humans still evolving

Sunday, September 9th, 2007

Time changes modern human’s face

Researchers have found that the shape of the human skull has changed significantly over the past 650 years.

Modern people possess less prominent features but higher foreheads than our medieval ancestors.

Writing in the British Dental Journal, the team took careful measurements of groups of skulls spanning across 30 generations.

The scientists said the differences between past and present skull shapes were “striking”.

Wannabe teen terrorists in Tampa stopped

Saturday, September 8th, 2007

Three students accused of plot to blow up Tampa high school

Police arrested three Freedom High School students Thursday after learning of a plan to blow up the school by igniting gas from Bunsen burners in a science lab.

School officials say that plan was unlikely to work, but police say the students’ remarks were reason enough to charge them with felonies. Meanwhile, one boy’s grandmother said the incident has been overblown.

“I don’t know how real the threat was,” said Hillsborough schools spokesman Stephen Hegarty. “We’re in an environment where we have to take these things seriously.”

Yet another idiot criminal of the week

Saturday, September 8th, 2007

Woman Accused of Setting Fire Over Keys

A woman was arrested and charged with arson and burglary after police say she set fire to the home of a neighbor she thought had stolen her keys.

Sgt. Clint Riley of the Lane County Sheriff’s Office said the 23-year-old woman later found her keys hanging from her pants pocket.

The woman was being held in the Lane County Jail in lieu of $350,000 bail.

Snapping Turtles hatch invasion force in woman’s yard

Saturday, September 8th, 2007

Woman Has Yard Full of Snapping Turtles

Earlier this summer, Betty Kratzke noticed that something was disturbing the ground near the flowers that line her driveway. Solving the mystery this week proved to be a snap _ when baby snapping turtles started crawling around her yard.

“They just keep popping up out of the hole,” said Cliff Hanson, Kratzke’s brother-in-law.

The turtles had recently hatched and were no bigger than a half dollar coin, said Darrell Perry, another brother-in-law.

Family members scooped up 44 turtles in all. They were put in a cardboard box and taken to the nearby James River.

Subprime Update: Regulators going after Moody’s and S&P

Saturday, September 8th, 2007

U.S. regulators to probe credit rating agencies

Federal regulators said Friday they are reviewing the role credit-rating agencies played in the mortgage market debacle for borrowers with weak credit.

The Securities and Exchange Commission “has begun a review of credit rating agency policies and procedures,” SEC spokesman John Nester said Friday.

That review, he said, will include what ratings mean and whether conflicts of interest were created if rating agencies gave advice to issuers of mortgage debt and originators.

Reconnecting with the “journey from farm to fork”

Saturday, September 8th, 2007

| Fury over BBC plan to screen the slaughter of lambs and piglets

Farmers and vegetarians have criticised the BBC’s decision to show the slaughter of piglets, lambs and veal calves on TV.

Their deaths will be screened as part of the series Kill It, Cook It, Eat It on BBC3.

On the show, a live studio audience watches the footage and gives an immediate reaction to the slaughter process.

The BBC said the series would “reconnect” the public with meat’s journey from farm to fork.

Polar bears still doomed

Saturday, September 8th, 2007

Most polar bears could die out by 2050

Two-thirds of the world’s polar bears will be killed off by 2050 — and the entire population gone from Alaska — because of thinning sea ice from global warming in the Arctic, government scientists forecast Friday.

Only in the northern Canadian Arctic islands and the west coast of Greenland are any of the world’s 16,000 polar bears expected to survive through the end of the century, said the U.S. Geological Survey, which is the scientific arm of the Interior Department.

There’s still hope for Mankind – but for how much longer?

Saturday, September 8th, 2007

Shock: kids smarter than chimps

IN another case of researchers reporting the bleeding obvious, European scientists have found that children are smarter than chimpanzees.

A unique study comparing the abilities of human toddlers to chimpanzees and orang-utans found that two-year-old children have social learning skills superior to the apes, the researchers said.

In one social learning test, a researcher showed the children and apes how to pop open a plastic tube to get food or a toy contained inside. The children observed and imitated the solution.

Chimpanzees and orang-utans, however, tried to smash open the tube or yank out the contents with their teeth.

Yet another reason to take out those beer cans!

Saturday, September 8th, 2007

Beer cans block Ohio man’s escape from burning house

A Cincinnati area man who died in a house fire early Wednesday morning may have survived if his escape had not been blocked by a large pile of beer cans.
Fire crews were called to the home near Cincinnati before 6 a.m. and found heavy smoke and fire coming from the structure.

“My daughter woke me up because her bedroom is over in the front of the house and she seen the flames on her window,” Wayne Kendrick said

Firefighters initially said no one was hurt, but one person, Robert McCarty, 37, was unaccounted for.

Crews working inside the home found McCarty’s body shortly after 10 a.m., and investigators said his exit was blocked by a 5-foot tall stack of beer cans.

Idiot criminal of the week

Friday, September 7th, 2007

Mississippi Man Mistakenly Calls 911

A man trying to call a news station to complain about not getting a FEMA trailer after Hurricane Katrina accidentally dialed 911 and was charged with making methamphetamine after police arrived, authorities said.

Curtiss Randall Coleman was trying to get the number for Biloxi’s WLOX-TV on Wednesday just before the 6 p.m. newscast, investigators said. He misdialed when trying to reach directory information and called 911 instead of 411.

When he hung up on the emergency dispatcher, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department was sent to the home to see if anyone was in need of assistance.

Deputies said that when they arrived at Coleman’s house, no one answered the door. Officers broke in and allegedly found a methamphetamine lab.

On vacation

Monday, September 3rd, 2007

Hi All – Just a quick note to let you know that I am on vacation for the next few days, so there will be no new posts until I return. Regular blogging will resume on Friday.

Czechs Love Kiddie Porn

Monday, September 3rd, 2007

Czech Bill On Child Porn Faces Resistance

When Austrian authorities announced in February that they had uncovered an online child pornography ring, pedophiles around the world suddenly became potential targets of criminal investigations — but not the ring’s 63 customers in the Czech Republic, where downloading and possessing such images is not a crime.

The videos, which show at least one girl who appears to be 5 years old and include on-camera scenes of girls being raped, are characterized by Austrian police as “the most brutal form of sexual abuse.”

Anarchists on the attack in Denmark

Sunday, September 2nd, 2007

Danish police clash with youths

Danish police have clashed with hundreds of rioting youths in the capital, Copenhagen.

Protesters threw stones and set cars ablaze. About 25 people were detained as police used tear gas to disperse the rioters in the Noerrebro district.

The unrest came as youths demonstrated to mark the six-month anniversary of the closure of a local youth centre.

Cokehead cat

Saturday, September 1st, 2007

Eastern suburbs cat high on cocaine

A cat in Sydney’s eastern suburbs was taken to a vet high on cocaine and benzodiazepines.

The eight-month-old Himalayan cat arrived at the Double Bay clinic on Monday morning with dilated pupils and a racing heart after being accidentally locked in a cupboard overnight, Fairfax newspapers reported.

It was having trouble walking, was easily startled, paced incessantly and was too anxious to have a thermometer inserted into its rectum, said a report in this month’s edition of Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery.

The owner was adamant the cat had not been exposed to drugs, mouldy food or toxic plants.

But when the vet phoned the owner’s wife, she admitted the cat could have licked “plates of cocaine” which had been served at a dinner party two days earlier.