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February 04, 2009

West Virginia town sues after mine destroys their watertable

Ailing W.Va. towns with bad water sue over slurry - The Herald Dispatch

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Maria Lambert says she never had clear, odorless, tasteless water. Sometimes it felt greasy or smelled of rotten eggs. But the day a blast from a nearby strip mine shook her southern West Virginia home, it got worse.

“Immediately, there was slime that ran through the ice maker. It just looked like orange Jell-O,” Lambert recalls. “It wasn’t gobs, but if you would stick your glass under the spigot to get some water, you’d see it was there.”

Now, she and 250 people with orange and black water in their taps, tubs and toilets are suing eight coal companies they believe poisoned their wells by pumping mine wastes into former underground mines.

The lawsuit filed recently in Boone County Circuit Court claims decades of surface and underground mining activities near the communities of Prenter and Seth fractured the geologic strata that had contained the slurry, a byproduct of cleaning the coal. It claims the network of cracks created a pathway for the slurry to contaminate the aquifer.

The abstinence movement focusing on masturbation

The Ex-Masturbator Campaign: Shaming idle hands since 2009 - Feministing

Does anyone else look at that picture and wish they had that shirt to wear ironically about town? No?

Apparently the Passion for Christ Movement has a bunch of these "ex" shirts, and this is just the latest. Here's the thing - you don't want to masturbate because you feel it goes against your beliefs? All good. But there's no need to shame others, and telling folks that doing something completely natural, safe and personal is sinful...well it's just wrong.

Not to mention, the shame that some people may feel after what one article calls "an illegal orgasm," (something the Passion for Christ members talk about a lot) isn't a sign that masturbation is wrong. It's an indicator that you haven't been told the truth about sexuality

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Joe "Girls Gone Wild" Francis arrested for tax evasion

Cele|bitchy -- Joe Francis arrested for tax evasion

When the adult-video entrepreneur finally appeared in court [five hours late] on Monday afternoon, he told the judge he was suffering from the flu.

Francis’ attorney Melissa Weinberger says U.S. marshals then handcuffed Francis and took him away.

Francis is accused of claiming more than $20 million in bogus business expenses on his corporate tax returns, including $3.8 million for a home in Mexico and $10.4 million in phony consulting services. He has pleaded not guilty to two counts of federal tax evasion.

The hearing was to consider a request from his tax attorneys to recuse themselves from the case based on “strategic differences of opinion.”

There is a Klingon knocking over convenience stores in Colorado

The Escapist : News : Star Trek Nerd Robs Convenience Stores

Colorado Springs police are on the lookout for a convenience store robbery suspect described by witnesses as wearing blue jeans and a black jacket, with long, unkempt hair, sharpened teeth, distinct forehead ridges and a surly disposition.

KMGH Denver reports that the suspect knocked over two 7-Eleven stores in Colorado early this morning, the first at 1:50 am and the second at roughly 2:20. And while he may not have actually been a Klingon (yes, I made that part up) he did commit his crimes using a bat'leth, a traditional Klingon sword.

The "Sword of Honor" is a crescent-shaped weapon, with hand-holds along the outer edge and spikes protruding from the bladed inner edge. The first bat'leth was forged by the Klingon hero Kahless, who placed a lock of his hair into the molten lava of the Kri'stak Volcano, then plunged it into the Lake of Lursor, twisting and forging it into a weapon. With it, he defeated the tyrant Molor and united Qo'noS, an act which would ultimately lead to the foundation of the mighty Klingon Empire. Modern bat'leths are typically forged from baakonite and although they are primarily a ceremonial weapon, many Klingon warriors are well-practiced in their use and take part in ritualized tournaments that test their prowess and skill with the blade.

February 03, 2009

Juvenile detention center caught bribing judges to convict kids

Editorial: Judges Sentenced | Philadelphia Inquirer | 01/28/2009

The setting is Pennsylvania coal country, but it's a story right out of Dickens' grim 19th-century landscape: Two of Luzerne County's most senior judges on Monday were accused of sending children to jail in return for kickbacks.

The judges, Luzerne County President Judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr., 58, and his predecessor, Senior Judge Michael T. Conahan, 56, will serve seven years in jail under a plea agreement.

They're alleged to have pocketed $2.6 million in payments from juvenile detention center operators.

When a federal judge reviews their plea, though, the question ought to be whether the punishment is adequate - along with the judges being bounced from the bench, disbarred, and losing their pensions.

February 02, 2009

International Hug-a-Jew Day nearly passes unnoticed

Consider this your vigorous and heart-felt goyish hug from your's...