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February 04, 2010

Man pretends to be U.S. Marshall, abducts woman and has her deported to the Philipines

Man allegedly pretends to be U.S. Marshall, kidnaps woman and has her deported to the Philippines | Gadling.com
According to local Hemet, CA police, Gregory R. Denny arrived at the doorstep of a local woman, "arrested" her, and drove her to a local border patrol station asking them to take her into custody. He apparently did all of this while dressed as a U.S. Marshall wearing a law enforcement uniform, badge and a handgun. When the border patrol post could not verify the existence of a warrant for the woman, he drove her to the San Diego airport, made her buy her own ticket to the Philippines, then bypassed security to be sure she got on the plane telling the security checkpoint staff that he was deporting her. Denny has been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, false imprisonment, impersonation of a peace officer, burglary, and false arrest.

Alzheimer's Disease Causing Baby Boomers To Misremember 1960s Even More

Alzheimer's Disease Causing Baby Boomers To Misremember 1960s Even More | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
PALO ALTO, CA—Alzheimer's researchers at Stanford University published a study this week showing that the degenerative brain disease is beginning to affect the baby boomer generation, causing many to remember the 1960s even less accurately than they normally would. "We're seeing men and women who have spent so much of their lives misremembering the past grow even more detached from reality," said neuroanatomist Dr. Arthur Rothensen, who conducted the study. "This terrible disease has made thousands of boomers' memories of the 1960s almost completely unreliable and fragmented. And we're talking about people who, even before they contracted Alzheimer's, believed they single-handedly ended the war in Vietnam." Added Rothensen, "It's just sad, really." The study, which surveyed more than 1,500 baby boomers, found that Alzheimer's disease had a noticeable effect on those already suffering from "selective memory loss," and only added to the unrealistic and often romanticized nature of personal accounts from the time period.

February 01, 2010

Americans charged with child trafficking in Haiti

Americans charged with child trafficking in Haiti - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Look, Americans, just because there are children in trouble in some other nation doesn't mean you can go there and just take the kids away. Especially considering the HUGE history of child slavery in the area.
Ten Americans have been charged with child trafficking after they allegedly tried to leave Haiti with more than 30 survivors of the country's devastating earthquake. The Americans say they were trying to help orphaned children, but Haitian authorities say they had no documents to prove they had cleared the adoption of the children. The Baptists were arrested at Malpasse, Haiti's main border crossing with the Dominican Republic, after Haitian police conducted a routine search of their bus. There were 33 children, aged from two months to 12 years, on board.

Sir Terry Pratchett calls for death panels in the UK

Sir Terry Pratchett calls for euthanasia tribunals | Society | guardian.co.uk
The author Sir Terry Pratchett is calling for euthanasia tribunals to give sufferers from incurable diseases the right to medical help to end their lives. Pratchett will insist in his Dimbleby lecture, to be broadcast tonight, that "the time is really coming" for legalising assisted death. Two polls published today back his views. Of more than 1,000 people interviewed for a BBC Panorama programme, 73% believed friends or relatives should be able to assist the suicide of a terminally ill loved one. A YouGov poll of 2,053 people for the Telegraph produced even stronger support, with 80% saying that relatives should not be prosecuted, and 75% backing a change in the law. Pratchett, author of the bestselling Discworld fantasy novels, was diagnosed two years ago with a rare form of early onset Alzheimer's disease – a discovery he memorably described, when he broke the news on the Discworld News website, as "an embuggerance". In his lecture, Shaking Hands With Death, the author will volunteer to be a test case before a euthanasia tribunal himself.