May 25th, 2010


Tenth worker death at iPhone firm Foxconn

In China a factory worker has died after falling from a high building, the latest in a string of such deaths at the same plant.

The man, who was 19, was employed by Foxconn, a Taiwanese firm (also known as Honhai) which makes computers, games consoles and mobile phones for companies like Apple, Hewlett Packard and Sony.

Nine people have died after falling off high buildings at the factory this year. Two others were seriously injured.

Police are not saying yet whether this was a suicide attempt, a suspicious death or an accident.

It happened just one day after Foxconn started playing music to workers on the assembly line to try to ease the pressure on them.

Before this latest incident the company's founder had denied he worked his staff too hard.

But he had promised a plan to improve working conditions within a month.

Some analysts believe the factory is dealing with a suicide cluster. Once the notion of suicide spreads among a group of young people it is hard to reverse.

Others point out that the plant is huge; 420,000 people are employed there.

In a population that size the number of apparent suicides seen so far this year is in line with what might be expected.

But the company has admitted it stopped a further 30 people trying to throw themselves off high buildings in a three-week period earlier this year.

That is why one reason it is started to recruit singers, dancers and gym trainers to help off duty staff relax and it says it will employ more psychiatrists too.

It has brought in Buddhist monks to try to rid the plant of evil spirits and it is also building 3m-high fences to try to stop people jumping off the dormitories.


Charities criticise handling of child rape trial

The female victim gave evidence to the court via video link

Questions have been raised about the way children are dealt with by the criminal justice system after two young boys were convicted of attempted rape.

Michele Elliott, of charity Kidscape, said the decision to try them at the Old Bailey was "absolutely wrong".

The NSPCC also raised concerns that the eight-year-old victim was too young to cope with cross-examination.

The boys have been placed on the sex offenders register ahead of sentencing later. Both were cleared of rape.

The girl had alleged she was raped in a field near her west London home in October 2009.

The boys, who were both 10 at the time and cannot be named, had each denied two charges of rape and two of attempted rape of a child under 13.

The BBC's home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw said attempts were made to make the court environment less intimidating for the defendants.

The judge and barristers removed their wigs and gowns, and the boys were allowed to sit alongside their mothers in the well of the courtroom rather than the dock, but despite this they often appeared bewildered, our correspondent added.

Former director of public prosecutions Sir Ken MacDonald, writing in the Times, said the trial had been "a spectacle that has no place in an intelligent society".

He added: "Very young children do not belong in adult criminal courts. They rarely belong in criminal courts at all."

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Virtually all gay asylum-seekers sent back to persecution

Homophobic countries want their gay nationals in UK extradited to face prosecution over sexuality



Britain's immigration system is guilty of "institutional homophobia", according to a new report. The result is that 98 per cent of gay asylum-seekers fleeing persecution for their sexuality are returned home to a likely fate of death or persecution, says the report.

The hard-hitting study by the gay rights group Stonewall will add to pressure on the Home Secretary, Theresa May, and the new coalition government. This weekend, in a move applauded by campaigners, the Home Secretary said she would block moves by the Ugandan government to force the extradition of Ugandan gay asylum-seekers who had fled to the UK.

Proposed new laws in Uganda threaten imprisonment of anyone found "guilty" of homosexual acts. The proposals extend this to Ugandan nationals living abroad, who could face extradition back to Uganda.

The Home Office made it clear yesterday that the UK will only extradite people to their home countries if their "crime" was an offence in this country.

A spokesman for Refugee Action said: "This is a really welcome announcement and a very positive step. Obviously we will want to sit down with ministers and seek clarification over how a ban on deportations will be administered, but it is excellent news that extraditions to Uganda have been categorically ruled out."

The move follows international protests over the sentencing last week of two gay men in Malawi to 14 years' hard labour. Yesterday Andrew Mitchell, the International Development Secretary, said he would make "urgent representations" to the Malawi government over the jailing of Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza.

Despite the Home Office statement, the Stonewall report is deeply critical of Britain's record on homosexual asylum-seekers. The report says UK Border Agency staff and the judiciary show "systemic discrimination" against those claiming asylum on the basis of sexual persecution.

The report, No Going Back, found that between 2005 and 2009 almost all cases involving people claiming asylum on the basis of their sexual orientation were refused by the Home Office. During the same period the general refusal rate for asylum-seekers in the UK was 76.5 per cent.

The report quotes one UKBA staff member admitting: "Someone from Jamaica claiming they're gay will just automatically be disbelieved." Another said "Colleagues have said that they don't know what questions to ask; we feel rude prying and embarrassed about asking these questions."

Many cases are turned down simply on the basis that someone fleeing a country where homosexuality is punishable by death or hard labour could simply "live discreetly" – in other words, go into hiding. UKBA staff admitted this was discriminatory.

UKBA staff also showed a lack of understanding and training, the report says. One case worker asked an asylum-seeker: "Why do you choose to be homosexual when you know it is illegal in your own country?"

Another senior caseworker suggested the type of books a person read could determine if they were gay. "I would look at how they've explored their sexuality in a cultural context," he said, adding, "reading Oscar Wilde perhaps, films and music".

Stonewall's chief executive, Ben Summerskill, said: "This report provides both shocking and clear evidence of institutional homophobia in Britain's asylum system. Legitimate asylum-seekers are frequently being deported. We'll now be pressing the UK Border Agency and the Home Office urgently to implement the manifesto promises made by both partners in the new government to end this profound injustice."

A Home Office spokesman said: "The new Government is committed to stopping the deportation of asylum-seekers who have had to leave particular countries because their sexual orientation or gender identification puts them at proven risk of imprisonment, torture or execution. We are considering the best way of implementing this policy. In terms of extradition, the UK will only extradite someone if they are wanted for an offence that is also a crime in the UK. Clearly this does not apply to homosexuality."


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Too few dentists, too much pain in rural Wisconsin communities

When Rob Homerding's teeth started to crumble and ache, he tried to find a dentist who would take Medicaid.
He and his wife called 20 dentists around Monroe, where they live, but no one would treat him. By the time he saw a dentist two years later, a dozen teeth had to be pulled.
His daughter's friends made fun of his gap-ridden mouth. He stopped smiling.
"It probably wouldn't have gotten this bad if I had found a dentist earlier," said Homerding, 38, a butcher in New Glarus.
Dental care can be difficult to find in rural parts of Wisconsin and throughout the country - especially for people on Medicaid, the state-federal health plan for the poor, and those with no insurance.
Nine of 10 dentists in the state accept few or no Medicaid patients, mostly because they say the state pays too little for the care. Rural areas have only about half as many dentists per person as urban areas do, making the search for dental care even harder in small towns.
That, combined with low fluoride levels in many rural drinking water supplies, means more tooth loss and untreated decay for many rural residents, state health officials say.
"Of all of the holes (in health care), dental care is the biggest and the deepest," said Greg Nycz, executive director of the Family Health Center of Marshfield, which serves much of rural, northern Wisconsin.

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I'm on BadgerCare and have needed to go to the dentist for a while now. Quite frankly I'm ashamed of the state of dental care in Wisconsin. We're generally a very progressive state when it comes to providing access to health and social services; to see us ranked at the bottom is unacceptable.
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Muslims and the Media

“To me, appearance is…”

Every school student faces that question, but if you are a Muslim girl, there's an added dimension. 

“Regardless of race or culture, what you wear, the clothes you choose, the events you attend, and how you comport yourself, says something about you -- about your values, self respect, and beliefs,” said two Duke undergraduates in a video they produced in conjunction with six women from Raleigh's Muslim Youth Coalition. “But when you’re a Muslim American girl, there’s an added dimension. You can wear your religion. You become the face of Islam.”

The video and blog posts at emerged from a collaboration with a Duke course on Islam and the media this semester.

The idea for the class came from Phil Bennett, who as a veteran journalist and former managing editor of the Washington Post, felt something was missing from media coverage of Muslim Americans.

“American journalism has spent a lot of time portraying Muslim Americans, but Muslim American self-portraits scarcely exist in our culture in a way of understanding the moment we’re living in,” he says.

Bennett joined the faculty at Duke’s DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy this year, and decided to teach a course on Islam and the media with senior research associate Wendy Ewald.

“We wanted to do a project looking at Islam and how it was represented in the media, but also have a hands on piece,” Ewald says.

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Great Leader says 'Prepare for War'

South Koreans donate money to rebuild the naval ship Cheonan, the sinking of which Seoul has blamed on a North Korean torpedo attack. Photograph: Ahn Young-Joon/AP

North Korean military 'told to prepare for war'
Monitoring group says Kim Jong-il ordered officers to be ready for combat after S Korea blamed Pyongyang for torpedo attack
Tania Branigan in Beijing
Tuesday 25 May 2010 09.35 BST

The North Korean leader has warned his military to prepare for war in case the South attacks, a Seoul-based monitoring group reported today, as tensions remain high on the divided peninsula over accusations that Pyongyang sank a South Korean warship.

Kim Jong-il ordered officers to be ready for combat via a broadcast made hours after Seoul blamed the North for the Cheonan disaster, according to North Korea Intellectuals Solidarity. Citing unidentified sources from the North, it said the command was read by General O Kuk Ryol, a confidant of the leader, and broadcast on loudspeakers last week.

"We do not hope for war but if South Korea, with the US and Japan on its back, tries to attack us, Kim Jong-il has ordered us to finish the task of unification left undone during the ... [Korean] war," it quoted the broadcast as saying.
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It seems things are still in a standpoint. The Great Leader did say for his people/military to prepare for war but this was from last Friday. So no new actions yet. But that means we gotta keep SK from getting happy trigger finger and causing things to spiral out of control. I'm feeling hopeful with Clinton being in Beijing but we can't be all 'demandy' in situations like this. It pisses the Chinese off and they decide to not cooperate with us.

So who thinks the talks will work? What do you think NK will demand in order to stand down?

That'll give your, bees.

Bees Escape Fatal Crash: Truck Was Carrying Up To 17 Million Bees

LAKEVILLE, Minn. — Rescue crews were using fire hoses to douse an angry swarm of bees after a fatal crash that involved a semitrailer carrying about 17 million of the insects.

Authorities say a truck hauling 7,000 bee hives was involved in the four-vehicle crash Monday on Interstate 35 near Lakeville, about 35 miles south of Minneapolis.

Minnesota State Patrol spokesman Lt. Eric Roeske says one person died and another person was airlifted to a hospital.
The hives housed roughly 17 million bees and were bound for Bauer Honey in northwestern Minnesota.

It's unclear how many bees got loose, but several emergency workers were stung. Crews tried to use fire hoses to get them to fly away.
Roeske says all lanes were open by Monday evening.


I know it's totally nine kinds of wrong, but upon originally, reading that headline, my mind immediately lept to thinking of all of the millions of tiny stretchers required for the bees at this accident site.

But seriously.....are bees regularly transported in this method and in such huge numbers??  Wow.

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What the? - Citizenship-by-birth faces challenges.

If you're born in the U.S.A., you're an American citizen. Some lawmakers, however, plan to challenge that basic assumption.

In what might be the next great flash point in the nation's ongoing debate about immigration policy, legislation has been introduced in Congress and a pair of states to deny birth certificates to babies born of illegal-immigrant parents.

"Currently, if you have a child born to two alien parents, that person is believed to be a U.S. citizen," says Randy Terrill, a Republican state representative in Oklahoma who is working on an anti-birthright bill. "When taken to its logical extreme, that would produce the absurd result that children of invading armies would be considered citizens of the U.S."

Bills to challenge the fact that citizenship is granted as a birthright in this country have been perennial nonstarters in Congress, although the current legislation has 91 co-sponsors. As with other issues surrounding immigration, however, some state legislatures still might act, if only in hopes of bringing this issue before the Supreme Court.

The 14th Amendment
Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges of immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law, nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

"That was the primary purpose of the bill, for someone to sue us in federal court, and let's resolve this issue once and for all," says Texas state Rep. Leo Berman, a Republican who has introduced a bill to deny birth certificates to the newborn children of illegal immigrants. "I believe we are giving away 350,000 citizens a year to children born to illegal aliens."

What The Constitution Says

Berman faces an uphill battle. For more than a century, courts have held that citizenship is granted to anyone born within the territory of the United States.

The 14th Amendment, which was ratified in the wake of the Civil War, overturned the Dred Scott decision, clarifying that the children of former slaves were citizens and entitled to constitutional protections: "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside."

Since then, courts have made it clear that this applies to the children of American Indians, visiting diplomats and Chinese guest workers, among other groups. The principle of birthright citizenship has never been successfully challenged, according to immigration lawyers.

But the federal courts have never specifically addressed the question of whether children born to those in the country illegally should be entitled to citizenship, says Michael M. Hethmon, general counsel of the Immigration Law Reform Institute, which favors tighter restrictions on immigration and has advised the state legislators on their efforts.

Berman says the 14th Amendment was meant to clarify the status of freedmen and "does not apply to foreigners. The 14th Amendment, which is being used to provide citizenship, is the last thing that should be used."

Subject To What Jurisdiction?

The authors of the 14th Amendment, he argues, intended to make citizenship contingent on allegiance to the country. The congressional debate at the time makes it clear that this did not apply to foreigners, Berman says.

"There cannot be a more total or forceful denial of consent to a person's citizenship than to make the source of that person's presence in the nation illegal," Lino A. Graglia, a professor at the University of Texas law school, wrote in a law review article last year. "This would clearly settle the question of birthright citizenship for children of illegal aliens."

Opponents to granting birthright citizenship often grab hold of the phrase "subject to the jurisdiction thereof," saying that those in the country illegally are by their nature not subject to the jurisdiction in question, whether it's the U.S. or a particular state.

Many other lawyers say that's a false reading. "Of course they're under our jurisdiction," says Michele Waslin, senior policy analyst with the American Immigration Council, which works to protect the legal rights of immigrants. "If they commit a crime, they're subject to the jurisdiction of the courts."

'Who Is An American?'

Not every nation grants citizenship as a birthright. Sometimes it is an inheritance from one's parents, based more on blood than land.

But challenging the traditional expectation that anyone born within the physical territory of the U.S. is automatically a citizen represents a "major change in a bedrock principle that has lasted for decades," says Karen Tumlin, managing attorney for the National Immigration Law Center, a public interest legal group based in Los Angeles.

"It's a core American belief that those who are born here get integrated into our society, no matter where your parents are from," she says. "This would be an erosion of the core principles about who belongs in this country."

That's precisely the argument opponents of birthright citizenship want to start. If a law denying birth certificates to the children of illegal immigrants passes — and it's written in such a way that it gets argued in federal court, rather than being dismissed out of hand — it will have more of a "galvanizing effect" than the recent passage of a strict anti-immigration law in Arizona, says Hethmon, general counsel of the Immigration Law Reform Institute.

"All the interested parties, which in the case of birthright citizenship includes everyone in the country, would have to respond to it, either supporting it or opposing it," Hethmon says. "Who is an American? If that question can't be answered, it's hard to conceive of a greater constitutional crisis for a democratic republic."

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Jena Justice: Drug Bust or Racist Revenge?

Jena Justice: Drug Bust or Racist Revenge?

At four am on July 9 of last year, more than 150 officers from 10 different agencies gathered in a large barn just outside Jena, Louisiana. The day was the culmination of an investigation that Sheriff Scott Franklin said had been going on for nearly two years. Local media was invited, and a video of the Sheriff speaking to the rowdy gathering would later appear online.

The Sheriff called the mobilization “Operation Third Option,” and he said it was about fighting drugs. However, community members say that Sheriff Franklin’s actions are part of an orchestrated revenge for the local civil rights protests that won freedom for six Black high school students - known internationally as the Jena Six - who had been charged with attempted murder for a school fight.

One thing is clear: the Sheriff spent massive resources; yet officers seized no contraband. Together with District Attorney Reed Walters, Sheriff Franklin has said he is seeking maximum penalties for people charged with small-time offenses. Further, in a parish that is eighty-five percent white, his actions have almost exclusively targeted African Americans.

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There's a reason Mississippi is #1 on my list of "States to drive around rather than through." LOL this is what happens when you post when recovering from anesthesia, ahaha. I tried to change the tags, but for some reason, I can't erase a tag, wtf.

This is pretty horrifying, really, especially if this is all a scare tactic to put Black folks back in their place. Considering it's Jena...yeeeeeah. This smacks of retaliation. C'mon, mistaking broccoli for marijuana? Right.
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Deaf Workers Suing State Over No Accomodations

Deaf and hard-of-hearing state employees in California are regularly denied sign language interpreters for meetings and have been left behind during emergency evacuations because of a failure to accommodate their disability, according to a lawsuit filed Friday.

"Our investigation reveals a systemic breakdown," said Joshua Konecky, a lawyer for the plaintiffs. "Deaf employees describe a haphazard and patchwork environment for requesting and securing accommodations, if they get them at all."

The problems have resulted in workplace "isolation, exclusion, prejudice and overall pervasive discrimination," the suit says

The lawsuit filed in San Francisco Superior Court cites problems at the Department of Rehabilitation, Department of Justice, California Public Employees Retirement System and Department of Social Services.

It seeks class action status and includes seven named plaintiffs, including a woman who works in the Office of Deaf Access for the Department of Social Services.

There are about 1,500 state workers who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.
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I hope they win, or at least the state settles with a promise of making real concessions. ~Audism rulz kids~. It's hard enough being deaf as is.

Palin Speech In Vegas Panned By Realtors

One of the ways that sometime-Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has been maximizing her celebrity to stack the tall dollars is through all the various speaking engagements she's lined up, which keeps the peripatetic Palin on the road and appearing before a diverse array of audiences. It's been great business for Palin, who gets paid six figures to show up and spit her patented brand of snowbilly wisdom. It's not been great, however, for her occasional captive audiences at various expos, who typically have to endure a speech that has nothing to do with their industry.

Palin's latest foray happened this past weekend at the ICSC RECon Conference in Las Vegas, where she was among an array of touted speakers that included Robert Reich and Virginia Postrel. Business Insider's Joe Weisenthal notes that it's pretty standard for figures to game out their remarks in advance and "tailor their speech a little bit to the crowd" -- in this case, a massive gathering of retail real estate industry professionals. But guess what? That didn't happen! And attendees didn't seem to be too happy about it. A few took to their blogs to register their complaints:

From The Dirt Lawyer's Blog:
Speaking of disappontement, let's talk about the keynote address from Sarah Palin. In short, it was a standard stump speech with a few superficial comments about shopping centers and retail real estate. It was awful and a borderline train wreck in my opinion. All Palin had to do was add in a paragraph about the pending disaster of carried interest and she would have not only won over the crowd but gotten significant fundraiser cash from the industry if she runs in 2012. As it stands, I do not know if she knows what carried interest is.
David Bodamner, at Retail Traffic:
Lastly, most people I spoke with were massively disappointed with Sarah Palin's keynote. She made a few mentions of malls and shopping, but largely gave a standard stump speech. The notes that connected most with the audience were a few choice digs at President Barack Obama, warnings against excessive regulation and some pro-business and pro-free market remarks. However many felt disappointed that Palin didn't make more of an effort to talk about issues important to the industry. She did not, for example, say anything about the tax treatments of carried interest-a topic that surely would have resonated with the audience. And it wasn't like she didn't talk about taxation at all. She talked about higher taxes when making comments about the recent health care reform.
While the RECon audience is more generically predisposed to Palin's side of the political spectrum, it's striking how similar these reviews are to those that emerged from her keynote at the Wine And Spirits Wholesalers' Expo earlier this year: bad puns (WSWA got "going rosé," RECon got "Obama is addicted to OPM), canned stump oratory, and an inability to hew to topics of interest to the audience.

As the attendee who provided the Huffington Post with the audio of her WSWA speech told me, "A person is supposed be smarter coming out an industry keynote." Looks like the REConners are left feeling the same way.

This is the part where I remind you that we are just a little more than a month away from Palin's super-important speech to the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America International Bowl Expo 2010. The potential for terrible puns is basically off the charts.

Sarah Palin Gives Disastrous Speech At Commercial Real Estate Conference, Calls Obama An "Opium" Addict [Business Insider]
Palin gives 'disastrous speech' at real estate conference, doesn't bother talking about real estate [ThinkProgress]

Sarah Palin Spoke At A Wine Wholesalers Expo, For Some Reason [UPDATE] [AUDIO]
Sarah Palin Bowling Expo Keynote Speaker 



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We all saw this coming with Arizona's new law

OP: MEA CULPA - I saw a paragraph in the article that mentioned the Arizona law and my brain read it as happening in Arizona. I apologize for the confusion. My only defense is that the original article (and hell, even the article at NBC Chicago) was not clear as to where the incident took place.

Eduardo Caraballo, a U.S. citizen born in the United States, was detained for over three days on suspicion of being an illegal immigrant.

Despite presenting identifying documents and even his birth certificate, Caraballo was held by federal immigration authorities over the weekend and threatened with deportation, according to an NBC Chicago report. He was only released when his congressman, Luis Gutierrez -- a vocal supporter of immigration reform -- intervened on his behalf.

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Many Faiths, One Truth By TENZIN GYATSO

WHEN I was a boy in Tibet, I felt that my own Buddhist religion must be the best — and that other faiths were somehow inferior. Now I see how naïve I was, and how dangerous the extremes of religious intolerance can be today.

Though intolerance may be as old as religion itself, we still see vigorous signs of its virulence. In Europe, there are intense debates about newcomers wearing veils or wanting to erect minarets and episodes of violence against Muslim immigrants. Radical atheists issue blanket condemnations of those who hold to religious beliefs. In the Middle East, the flames of war are fanned by hatred of those who adhere to a different faith.

Such tensions are likely to increase as the world becomes more interconnected and cultures, peoples and religions become ever more entwined. The pressure this creates tests more than our tolerance — it demands that we promote peaceful coexistence and understanding across boundaries.


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A Village Called Versailles - Independent Lens

Welcome to Versailles, New Orleans home to the densest ethnic Vietnamese population outside of Vietnam. For over 30 years, its residents lived a quiet existence on the edge of New Orleans. But then came Hurricane Katrina, the immense garbage piles and the shocking discovery of a toxic landfill planned in their neighborhood. Watch as they fight back, turning a devastating disaster into a catalyst for change and a chance to build a better future.

VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES, A premieres May 25, 2010  on Independent Lens, a weekly series airing on PBS. Hosted by Maggie Gyllenhaal, the acclaimed series showcases powerful and innovative independent films. Presented by ITVS, Independent Lens is broadcast on PBS stations nationwide.

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Wisconsin Republican Hive Mind

GOP candidates' wording on Web strikingly similar

Baldwin's challenger apologizes; others say language is their own

By Jason Stein and Diana Marrero of the Journal Sentinel
May 24, 2010


Madison — Several Republican candidates for Congress in Wisconsin and other states are using nearly identical language on their Web sites as they try to sway voters.

Presenting the ideas as their own, the candidates have posted strikingly similar passages detailing their stances on such issues as the economy, taxes and jobs, a review of their sites found. The similarity raises the question of whether some of the candidates are plagiarizing each other or whether they are all taking their language from a common source.

At least one of the candidates, Chad Lee, who is running in the GOP primary for the chance to challenge U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Madison), has dropped the quotes from his Web site and apologized.

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Pensioner jailed for sex with donkey

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Image by Follow the White Bunny via Flickr

A 66-year-old man was jailed today for having sex with a horse and a donkey.

Joseph Squires was sentenced to a total of 22 months, a Leicester crown court official confirmed today.

He previously pleaded guilty to buggery of a donkey between 2 February and 5 February 1999, and buggery with a horse between 15 and 18 March 2004.

Squires, of Leicester, also admitted charges of damaging property – relating to the two animals on the same dates.

The court spokesman said Squires had already served 126 days on remand.

Source: The Guardian
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WTF: Why do some people have to screw up a perfectly nice pranking technique for the rest of us?

'No Latinos, No Tacos' Flashes On HACKED Road Sign

No Latinos No Tacos Hacked Road Sign

High-tech hackers have moved far beyond email accounts--even cars and road signs have been hit.

As NBC Miami reports, techies in South Florida hacked into a password-protected highway sign and altered the text to display a controversial message calling attention to immigration issues.

NBC Miami writes,

A highway sign flashing "NO LATINOS NO TACOS" greeted drivers on the Palmetto Expressway in Northwest Miami-Dade, after hackers managed to alter it early Tuesday morning.
It's not the first time road signs have been cracked (Jalopnik, a car blog, notes that a password "does almost nothing to stop a determined hacker") but previous messages have been bizarre and comical, rather than politically motivated.

For example, in January 2009, a Texas road sign was changed to read "Zombies Ahead," while in Feburary 2009 an Illinois highway sign was hacked and altered to alert drivers, "DAILY LANE CLOSURES DUE TO ZOMBIES."

Reactions to the "No Latinos no tacos" sign have been mixed. One user, @MikeRiggs, tweeted, "I think "No Latinos"/"No Tacos" road sign is pro-immigration... w/o Latinos, you don't get tacos!" Another, @Emmalerner87, called the road signs an instance of discrimination, tweeting in Spanish, "No Tacos No Latinos = Discriminacion."


I love me a good highway sign prank that involves zombies, so why did some jackass have to fuck it up for the rest of us by making it all racist??  I'm even more appalled that this took place here in South FL where I live.  D:

Morons.  Someone should send zombies after them.  Mutant zombies.  With leprosy.

ETA:  A commenter pointed out below, that this could have been more meant in a pro-immigration kind of way.  As in, without Latinos, you get no tacos, kind of way.  Interesting thought, anyhow.
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Author writing about Sarah Palin moves next door to her

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Sarah Palin has taken to her Facebook page to complain about her new neighbor - a writer penning a book about her.

Author Joe McGinniss has taken up residence in a house next to Palin's lakeside home in Wasilla.

McGinniss previously wrote a critical expose on Palin and her natural gas pipeline plan for the Conde Nast publication Portfolio last year, and is planning a book about the former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate. It's tentatively titled, "Sarah Palin's Year of Living Dangerously" and could be on the shelves in the fall of 2011.

"Yes, that Joe McGinniss. Here he is about 15 feet away on the neighbor's rented deck overlooking my children's play area and my kitchen window," Palin posted on Facebook late Monday, hours after returning from a trip to the Lower 48 and learning of McGinniss' presence.

"We're sure to have a doozey to look forward to with this treasure he's penning. Wonder what kind of material he'll gather while overlooking Piper's bedroom, my little garden, and the family's swimming hole?" she wrote.

McGinniss is renting the place "for the next five months or so," Palin wrote.

Neither McGinniss nor his agent were available for comment Tuesday.

However, his publishing house, Broadway Books, released a statement.

It reads, in part: "McGinniss is the author of "Going to Extremes," a classic book about Alaska, and his work-in-progress returns him to the 49th state to examine Sarah Palin's significance as both a political and cultural phenomenon and as an embodiment of the contradictory forces that shaped Alaska as it moved into its second half-century of statehood.

"Well regarded for his in-depth, up-close reporting, Mr. McGinniss will be highly respectful of his subject's privacy as he investigates her public activities," the statement says.

Palin has promised to ensure that privacy.

"And you know what they say about 'fences make for good neighbors'? Well, we'll get started on that tall fence tomorrow," she wrote on Facebook.


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And That Is Why You Don’t Wear A Tee Shirt That Says P***y On It To Court

This is the best news story of the day. From the Huffington Post:

Jennifer LaPenta did not even have to be in court the day she was held in contempt and jailed. The 20-year-old woman had left the gym and accompanied a friend to court when the judge spotted her t-shirt and flipped.

The shirt, which read “I have the p***y, so I make the rules,” was apparently too offensive for Lake County Judge Helen Rozenberg, who “singled her out from the gallery and charged her with contempt of court” in early May.

First of all, I’m already surprised that she wore a shirt that said p***y on it to the gym. Clearly you only wear that shirt to your cousin’s pool party once in 1996 after you buy it at Spencer’s Gifts. But then this woman wore it to court! And then she went to jail while wearing a shirt that says she makes the rules. What a great story.

"I'm just looking to get it off my record," she told the News Sun.

"We as a people are free to express ourselves in words and writing as long it doesn't cause harm," Kalagis told the paper. "What's interesting, too, is that she passed deputies, clerks and court personnel. Nobody told her it was inappropriate, and they're on the lookout for stuff like that."

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A Tight Election in Colombia Exposes a Generational Divide in Queens

Luis Guillermo Cano and Diana Pacheco moved to New York City from Colombia around the same time and for the same reason: to escape the drug gangs and guerrilla groups that had terrorized much of their country for decades.

But that is about all they have in common. Mr. Cano and Ms. Pacheco are 20 years apart in age, and their vastly different memories of life in Colombia set them on a political collision course on a recent Sunday over who should be their homeland’s next president.

Ms. Pacheco, 23, who lives in Elmhurst, Queens, supports Antanas Mockus, a progressive mathematician and philosopher credited with sparking the transformation of Colombia’s capital, Bogotá, during his tenure as its mayor.

Mr. Cano, 43, who lives in neighboring Jackson Heights, backs Juan Manuel Santos, a former defense minister under the current president, Álvaro Uribe, who led a bloody offensive against leftist guerrillas.

Standing on 90th Street, near Roosevelt Avenue, Mr. Cano glared at Ms. Pacheco and her college-age compatriots, who wore green shirts with campaign slogans praising Mr. Mockus, and said, “Mockus is very smart, but he doesn’t have a strong arm to govern a country at war.”

As Colombia prepares for national elections on Sunday, the close contest between Mr. Mockus and Mr. Santos has exposed a generational divide among voters thousands of miles away in Queens, which is home to most of the 120,000 or so Colombians living in the city. (There are about five million living outside Colombia.)

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