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Thursday, May 18, 2006

 

Fired for having sex on his desk

`The manager of a charitable fundraising enterprise in Davenport has been fired for alleged financial mismanagement, drug use and having sex with a woman on his desk.

Chris T. Coppinger of Davenport was fired in March from Mohassan Grotto 22, where he worked as co-manager of the organization’s charitable bingo operation.

He was fired after his supervisors allegedly found $1,000 in cash and checks in his office, along with a condom and a jar of urine that appeared to have been hidden. Coppinger was subsequently accused of smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol in the building; having pornography on his work computer; having sex with another person on his desk; and ordering a 15-year-old co-worker to urinate in a jar. He also was fired for failing to deposit cash and checks the organization had collected.’


Security feature in Microsoft’s new Windows could drive users nuts

`Volunteers will test Vista Beta 2, a near-final version of the much-hyped upgrade of Windows. The testing is the last step leading up to Vista’s broad consumer release, scheduled for January.

Beta 2 testers can expect to encounter an obtrusive security feature, called User Account Control (UAC). Designed to prevent intruders from performing harmful tasks, the feature grays out the computer screen, then prods you to confirm that you really want to do certain functions.

In early test versions, the queries crop up so often that they interrupt routine tasks, such as changing the time clock or deleting shortcuts. And UAC sometimes triggers an endless loop of dialogue boxes that can be curtailed only by rebooting, says Paul Thurrott, news editor of Windows IT Pro magazine.

“Microsoft completely botched UAC,” Thurrott says. “It’s almost criminal in its insidiousness.”‘


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Great-grandma tattoos “DO NOT RESUSCITATE” on her chest

`Eighty-year-old Mary Wohlford has informed family members of her wishes should she ever become incapacitated. She also has signed a living will that hangs on the side of her refrigerator.

But the retired nurse and great-grandmother now believes she has removed all potential for confusion.

She had the words “DO NOT RESUSCITATE” tattooed on her chest.

Really.

“People might think I’m crazy, but that’s OK,” Wohlford said. “Sometimes the nuttiest ideas are the most advanced.”‘


Last chromosome in human genome sequenced

`Scientists have reached a landmark point in one of the world’s most important scientific projects by sequencing the last chromosome in the Human Genome, the so-called “book of life.”

Chromosome 1 contains nearly twice as many genes as the average chromosome and makes up eight percent of the human genetic code.

It is packed with 3,141 genes and linked to 350 illnesses including cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

“This achievement effectively closes the book on an important volume of the
Human Genome Project,” said Dr Simon Gregory who headed the sequencing project at the Sanger Institute in England.

The project was started in 1990 to identify the genes and DNA sequences that provide a blueprint for human beings.’


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Now you too can stink like a cheese

`The makers of the world-famous blue cheese stilton have launched a perfume.

Eau de Stilton aims to “recreate the earthy and fruity aroma” of stilton “in an eminently wearable perfume”.

The odour is described as “symphony of natural base notes including yarrow, angelica seed, clary sage and valerian”.

A Manchester-based aromatics company was commissioned by the Stilton Cheesemakers Association to synthesise the perfume as part of a campaign to persuade more people to eat their product.’


Doctors Operate on Injured Husband

`A Philadelphia man is recovering from an alleged attack at the hands of his wife. The assault on his private parts has become public knowledge. In an exclusive interview with Action News after his release from Einstein, the 52-year-old victim spoke of his terrifying ordeal allegedly at the hands of his wife who thought he was cheating on her.

The 52-year-old Tioga-Nicetown man, who we are identifying only by his first name of Howard, arrived home late Wednesday, hours after his wife allegedly tore off part of his genitalia with her bare hands. Surgeons at Einstein successfully managed to repair the damage.’


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This Place is Not a Place of Honor

`If you look at it just right, the universal radiation warning symbol looks a bit like an angel. The circle in the middle could indicate the head, the lower part might be the body, and the upper two arms of the trefoil could represent the wings. Looking at it another way, one might see it as a wheel, a triangular boomerang, a circular saw blade, or any number of relatively benign objects. Whatever a person’s first impression of it may be, someone unfamiliar with the symbol probably wouldn’t guess that it means “Danger! These rocks shoot death rays!”

The U.S. Department of Energy has been grappling with that problem recently, as they designed the warning markers to use at Yucca Mountain and at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) nuclear waste storage facilities. There’s no telling who might be around to exhume our radioactive sins in future centuries, but the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandates that warnings be erected which will warn away potential intruders for the next 10,000 years, whomever those intruders may be.’


Town Cracks Down On Unwed Couples

`The city council in Black Jack, Mo., has rejected a measure allowing unmarried couples with multiple children to live together. The mayor said those who fall into that category could soon face eviction.

Olivia Shelltrack and Fondrey Loving were denied an occupancy permit after moving into a home in this St. Louis suburb because they have three children and are not married.

The town’s planning and zoning commission proposed a change in the law, but the measure was rejected Tuesday by the city council in a 5-3 vote.’


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Pete’s a total bloody idiot

`Pete Doherty has sunk to a new low of disgusting behaviour.

The Babyshambles singer squirted a syringe-full of his own blood at two MTV News cameramen after injecting heroin in view of the production team.

The camera lens was splattered with Pete’s claret — leaving a horrified crew scared of infection and needing to sterilise thousands of pounds worth of filming equipment.

Doherty’s own bandmate Drew McConnell was so angry with the singer that he stormed off.

It is only a fortnight since The Sun printed pictures of Pete sticking a syringe into a young girl fan’s arm.’


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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

 

EU mulls Iran reactor incentive

`European Union states are reportedly considering reviving an offer to Iran of a light-water nuclear reactor to persuade it to halt uranium enrichment.

Britain, France and Germany will raise the idea with the US, China and Russia on Friday, an unnamed EU diplomat says.

The EU is preparing a new package of measures that it hopes will convince Iran to curb its nuclear ambitions.

The EU and the US fear that Iran – despite its denials – is actually trying to develop nuclear weapons.

Iran says its nuclear programme is aimed at meeting its energy needs only and insists on its right to enrich uranium. ‘


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Judge threat nets years in prison

`A Colorado prison inmate was sentenced today to 41 months in prison for making a death threat against a federal magistrate judge.

Derek Barringer, 28, is serving a state prison sentence for assault. He had filed a legal action in federal court that U.S. Magistrate Judge O. Edward Schlatter was handling. Schlatter dismissed the action, which angered Barringer.

The prisoner wrote the judge a letter that said, “…I wish to see you dead and as soon as I get out in 65 days I will see to it.”

He drew a stick figure of a person hanged by a rope and the inmate signed the letter.’


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Giant Smurf Arrested After Unsmurflike Behaviour

`A man dressed as a giant smurf blackened the friendly blue characters’ name after being arrested for threatening behaviour at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday.

The man, resplendent in the costume and complete with blue face paint, was watching the Army and Navy match in the stadium’s east stand when he got into an argument with his male companion.

A 25-year-old woman who was sitting on his other side put her arm round him and jokingly tried to calm him down by saying: “Don’t be like that.”
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The man, who was in his late 20s turned and speaking in very un-smurf-like terms, threatened to hit her.’


Lactic Acid Is Not Muscles’ Foe, It’s Fuel

`Everyone who has even thought about exercising has heard the warnings about lactic acid. It builds up in your muscles. It is what makes your muscles burn. Its buildup is what makes your muscles tire and give out.

Coaches and personal trainers tell athletes and exercisers that they have to learn to work out at just below their “lactic threshold,” that point of diminishing returns when lactic acid starts to accumulate. Some athletes even have blood tests to find their personal lactic thresholds.

But that, it turns out, is all wrong. Lactic acid is actually a fuel, not a caustic waste product. Muscles make it deliberately, producing it from glucose, and they burn it to obtain energy. The reason trained athletes can perform so hard and so long is because their intense training causes their muscles to adapt so they more readily and efficiently absorb lactic acid.’


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Monday, May 15, 2006

 

NASA looks for solutions to asteroid problem

‘Mark your calendar for Sunday, April 13, 2036. That’s when a 1,000-foot-wide asteroid named Apophis could hit the Earth with enough force to obliterate a small state.

The odds of a collision are 1-in-6,250. But while that’s a long shot at the racetrack, the stakes are too high for astronomers to ignore.

For now, Apophis represents the most imminent threat from the worst type of natural disaster known, one reason NASA is spending millions to detect the threat from this and other asteroids.’

Followup to It’s called Apophis. It’s 390m wide..


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Burglar gives massage to victim

`How about a little relaxation with your robbery?

A burglar gave a 35-year-old woman a shoulder massage for several hours after breaking into her apartment in central Tokyo and tying her up, police were quoted as saying Friday.

He stole 210,000 yen ($1,900) in cash and her bank cash card, though he later mailed the card to her as she requested after withdrawing 980,000 yen from her account, Kyodo news agency said.

It said Lee Jin-se, 29, a South Korean, admitted the burglary and told police he lingered in the woman’s apartment and gave her the massage “to relax her.”‘


L.A. Quake Could Be Strong, Long

`A powerful earthquake on the southern San Andreas fault, which hasn’t ruptured in over three centuries, is capable of producing prolonged periods of strong shaking in the greater Los Angeles region, a new study finds.

The study offers one of the most detailed analyses yet of what would happen if a magnitude-7.7 temblor strikes along a 125-mile stretch of the fault between San Bernardino and Imperial counties.

The southern San Andreas last snapped in 1690, unleashing a strong quake that caused relatively little damage because few people lived in the area. But as Los Angeles and neighboring cities have become populated and built up over the decades, scientists now say a Big One could be devastating.’


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First baby in Britain designed cancer-free

`A woman is pregnant with Britain’s first designer baby selected to prevent an inherited cancer, The Times can reveal.

Her decision to use controversial genetic-screening technology will ensure that she does not pass on to her child the hereditary form of eye cancer from which she suffers.

Although they did not have fertility problems, the woman and her partner created embryos by IVF. This allowed doctors to remove a cell and test it for the cancer gene, so only unaffected embryos were transferred to her womb.’


Transferring music ruled legal

`Transferring music from CDS onto iPods and other MP3 players will no longer be illegal after federal cabinet agreed to make sweeping changes to copyright laws.

But beware the trap of downloading from the internet. The Government will increase surveillance and fines on internet piracy in a package to be announced by Attorney-General Philip Ruddock today.

Once the new laws are passed, “format shifting” of music, newspapers and books from personal collections onto MP3 players will become legal. The new laws will also make it legal for people to tape television and radio programs for playback later, a practice currently prohibited although millions of people regularly do it.’


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2 charged with rape of newborn

`McKenzie police have charged two Carroll County parents with raping their child.

Jonathan Wayne Goodrum, 19, and Kristina Louise Sawyer, 18, are charged with raping their 1-day-old girl before she was taken home from McKenzie Regional Hospital about six weeks ago, said McKenzie Police Lt. Tim Nanney.

While both parents have been charged, Sawyer’s bond was reduced because police still are investigating what role, if any, she played in the possible rape of her child, Nanney said. She was charged because “I could not exclude her from being part of it, so I had to charge her also,” he said. “I could not exclude her at the time from being a participant of it.” ‘


Girl, 11, will be Britain’s youngest mother

`A girl is to become Britain’s youngest mother after becoming pregnant at 11.

The girl smokes 20 cigarettes a day despite being eight months’ pregnant. She conceived aged 11 when she lost her virginity to a boy of 15 on a drunken night out with friends.

The 15-year-old has since been charged with rape by police, and is due to appear again at Edinburgh sheriff court on July 10.

Her 34-year-old mother, who gave birth to her youngest child eight months ago, said she was ‘proud’ of her daughter.’


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Sunday, May 14, 2006

 

Have 200,000 AK47s Fallen Into The Hands Of Iraq Terrorists?

`Some 200,000 guns the US sent to Iraqi security forces may have been smuggled to terrorists, it was feared yesterday.

The 99-tonne cache of AK47s was to have been secretly flown out from a US base in Bosnia. But the four planeloads of arms have vanished.

Orders for the deal to go ahead were given by the US Department of Defense. But the work was contracted out via a complex web of private arms traders.

And the Moldovan airline used to transport the shipment was blasted by the UN in 2003 for smuggling arms to Liberia, human rights group Amnesty has discovered.’


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Saturday, May 13, 2006

 

Mini Machines Photo Gallery

Images of some tiny machines.


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Plane Loses Wing During Flight

‘I still dont know what happened in this clip. A plane does a full flip and while it is flying level suddenly loses both of its wings obviously causing it to crash.’

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Scores die in Nigeria fuel blast

`More than 150 people have been killed in an explosion at a petrol pipeline near Nigeria’s largest city, Lagos.

Police and Red Cross officials at the scene of the blast, on Atlas Creek Island, said many of the bodies had been burnt beyond recognition.

Reports suggest the blast may have been caused by an attempt to tap illegally into the high pressure pipeline.

Almost 2,000 people have died in a number of similar incidents in the country in recent years.’


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Lesbians’ brains respond like straight men

`Lesbians’ brains react differently to sex hormones than those of heterosexual women, new research indicates.

That’s in line with an earlier study that had indicated gay men’s brain responses were different from straight men — though the difference for men was more pronounced than has now been found in women.’


Doctors puzzled over bizarre infection surfacing in South Texas

`If diseases like AIDS and bird flu scare you, wait until you hear what’s next. Doctors are trying to find out what is causing a bizarre and mysterious infection that’s surfaced in South Texas.

Morgellons disease is not yet known to kill, but if you were to get it, you might wish you were dead, as the symptoms are horrible.

“These people will have like beads of sweat but it’s black, black and tarry,” said Ginger Savely, a nurse practioner in Austin who treats a majority of these patients.

Patients get lesions that never heal.

“Sometimes little black specks that come out of the lesions and sometimes little fibers,” said Stephanie Bailey, Morgellons patient.

Patients say that’s the worst symptom — strange fibers that pop out of your skin in different colors.’


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Snake Bite on Tongue

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Girl is accused of sexual assualt of boy, 6, on bus

`A girl in the eighth grade has been suspended from school as authorities investigate allegations that she fondled and bit the penis of a 6-year-old boy while on a school bus.

The incident occurred about 4 p.m. Tuesday on a bus returning children home from school, according to the boy’s mother, of Caseyville.

She said in an interview Thursday that she will now take her son and his 9-year-old sister to and from their school, Edgemont Elementary School.

“When you send your kid to school or put them on a school bus, you don’t expect to hear this,” the mother said. “He doesn’t want to take a bath or pull his clothes off now.”‘


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