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October 30, 2010

Russian bears treat graveyards as 'giant refrigerators'

Russian bears treat graveyards as 'giant refrigerators' | World news | The Guardian
From a distance it resembled a rather large man in a fur coat, leaning tenderly over the grave of a loved one. But when the two women in the Russian village of Vezhnya Tchova came closer they realised there was a bear in the cemetery eating a body. Russian bears have grown so desperate after a scorching summer they have started digging up and eating corpses in municipal cemetries, alarmed officials said today. Bears' traditional food – mushrooms, berries and the odd frog – has disappeared, they added. The Vezhnya Tchova incident took place on Saturday in the northern republic of Komi, near the Arctic Circle. The shocked women cried in panic, frightening the bear back into the woods, before they discovered a ghoulish scene with the clothes of the bear's already-dead victim chucked over adjacent tombstones, the Russian newspaper Moskovsky Komsomelets reported.

October 29, 2010

Gawker is still awful

deviantART: JoeJusko's Journal: RIP CHRISTOPHER JUSKO & Important Request
My 21 year old nephew and Godson Christopher Jusko, my brother's only child was murdered in New York City on Monday morning. He was ambushed in the hallway of a Lower East Side tenement building. His throat was cut and he was then stabbed in the back, stumbled down two flights of stairs and died on the sidewalk. Someone with absolutely no conscience snapped a cell phone pic of his body before the police arrived and sent it to GAWKER.com who published it, unlike every reputable news site that ran photos of the covered body. Even followers of GAWKER have posted comments questioning or outright condemning the publication of the photo. Repeated requests by me and my family to have the photo removed have been answered with only arrogantly dismissive or demeaning emails from GAWKER's Editor in Chief. . . . We are now hoping an email campaign that inundates them with enough negative feedback will result in the removal of the photo. The Editor in Chief's name is Remy Stern and the email is remy@gawker.com
*via Graeme McMillan*

October 27, 2010

Stay classy, Giants fans

Trumpeter Aims To Keep Texas Rangers Awake On Eve Of Game 1: News: SFAppeal
San Francisco Giants fans have been trumpeting their support for the team during its run to the World Series, and starting tonight a local bar is hoping an actual trumpet will keep their opponents awake the night before the series starts. Lefty O'Doul's, located near San Francisco's Union Square, will have a local musician playing a trumpet outside the bar tonight, possibly within earshot of the Texas Rangers, who are reportedly staying at the Westin St. Francis across the street, bar manager John Fair said. The musician will be playing "El Deguello," a bugle call used by the Mexican Army during the Battle of the Alamo, Fair said. He said the music is meant to represent orders to give no mercy to the enemy. Fair said the trumpeting is not necessarily to antagonize the Giants' opponents, who might not be even be able to hear it. . . .

October 25, 2010

10th baby dies to whooping cough in California

The blame is falling on a lack of vaccinated adults and children. Particularly problematic is that rural communities and migrant workers find it very difficult to get vaccinated, as most rural practices can't afford the vaccine, because the health insurers do not cover it. 10 infants dead in California whooping cough outbreak - CNN.com
(CNN) -- Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, has claimed the 10th victim in California, in what health officials are calling the worst outbreak in 60 years. Since the beginning of the year, 5,978 confirmed, probable and suspected cases of the disease have been reported in California. All of the deaths occurred in infants under the age of 3 months, says Michael Sicilia, a spokesman for the California Department of Public Health. Nine were younger than 8 weeks old, which means they were too young to have been vaccinated against this highly contagious bacterial disease.

October 23, 2010

The war on minorities with drugs

Smoke and Horrors - NYTimes.com
For instance, the report says that the City of Los Angeles “arrested blacks for marijuana possession at seven times the rate of whites.” This imbalance is not specific to California; it exists across the country. One could justify this on some level if, in fact, young blacks and Hispanics were using marijuana more than young whites, but that isn’t the case. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, young white people consistently report higher marijuana use than blacks or Hispanics. How can such a grotesquely race-biased pattern of arrests exist? Professor Levine paints a sordid picture: young police officers are funneled into low-income black and Hispanic neighborhoods where they are encouraged to aggressively stop and frisk young men. And if you look for something, you’ll find it. So they find some of these young people with small amounts of drugs. Then these young people are arrested. The officers will get experience processing arrests and will likely get to file overtime, he says, and the police chiefs will get a measure of productivity from their officers. The young men who were arrested are simply pawns.