Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Brit Woman Drops Cat In Garbage- Caught By Cameras!

By Glenn Johnson

The woman who tossed a cat into a sealed garbage bin in Britain can’t understand why thousands of people around the world are making a “fuss” about it.

Mary Bale, a 45-year-old bank worker, told The Sun newspaper Wednesday that she put the cat in the recycle bin as “a joke.”

“It’s just a cat,” the paper quoted her as saying.

On Saturday, Bale was caught on a closed-circuit television camera caressing the cat’s head and looking around as it walked near her on a wall in Coventry.

Moments later, the woman opened the hinged lid of a large green bin, tossed the cat inside, and then walked away.

The cat, a four-year-old pet named Lola and was discovered by its owners some 15 hours later, covered in its own waste.


Claws come out for British woman who threw cat in the trash

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The couple started a Facebook page called Help Find The Woman Who Put My Cat In The Bin. As of Tuesday, there were more than 15,000 supporters. Another site calling for Bale to be jailed already has some 5,000 supporters.

Some of the comments range from anger to extreme hatred, threatening the woman with death and dismemberment.
Police officers were stationed outside Bale’s home to protect her from the animal lovers.

No charges were laid because police said no criminal act had taken place. However, local animal welfare authorities were to interview Bale.

Bale said in the interview that people were “overreacting.”

“I did it as a joke because I thought it would be funny. I never thought it would be trapped.”

Bale refused to answer many questions from the dozens of reporters outside her home, but she released a statement:

“I want to take this opportunity to apologize profusely for the upset and distress that my actions have caused. I cannot explain why I did this, it is completely out of character and I certainly did not intend to cause any distress to Lola or her owners.

“It was a split second of misjudgment that has got completely out of control.”

“I am due to meet with the RSPCA and police to discuss this matter further and will co-operate fully with their investigations.

I wish to reiterate that I am profoundly sorry for my actions and wish to resolve this matter to everyone’s satisfaction as soon as possible.”

Bale said she is afraid she’ll lose her job as a customer service assistant at the Royal Bank of Scotland after getting a call from her boss.

“I’ve had to talk to the bank’s security people about what to do if people who think I hurt the cat try to find me,” Bale told Sky News.

The owners told Reuters news agency they are dumbfounded by the incident.

“I don’t know how anyone could, you know, go to bed and sleep at night knowing that they’ve just locked a cat in a wheelie bin,” said owner Darryl Mann, who had the security camera installed after his car was vandalized.

He said the cat is fine.

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How fairy tales really end:



Snow White


Little red riding hood


Sleeping beauty


Jasmine (Aladdin)


Belle (Beauty and the beast)


The little mermaid


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BARBIE DOLL has her 50th birthday this year......


Tweety Bird is 60 years old!


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Wonder Woman (touch of menopause here I think?)


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Monday, August 23, 2010

A massive traffic jam in China has slowed vehicles to a crawl for a ninth day near Beijing

A massive traffic jam in China has slowed vehicles to a crawl for a ninth day near Beijing, local media say.

Vehicles, mostly lorries bound for Beijing, are backed up for about 100km (62 miles) because of heavy traffic, road works and break-downs.

The drivers have complained that locals are over-charging them for food and drink while they are stuck.

There has been a boom in road building in China in recent years but vehicle use has soared at the same time.

The stalled traffic stretches between Jining in Inner Mongolia and Huai'an in Hebei province, north-west of Beijing, said the Global Times.

The road works which are obstructing traffic are necessary to repair damage caused by an increase in cargo lorries using the highway, the state-run newspaper said.

They are not expected to be finished until mid-September.

The motorway, part of the Beijing-Tibet expressway, is heavily used by lorries carrying coal from Inner Mongolia.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Funny True Story From The News: Armageddon!!... the gerbil

The Corey and Jay Show's "Head Up Your Ass Headlines" has become a staple of radio listening in Arkansas, Mississippi and worldwide on the Internet.

"In retrospect, lighting the match was my big mistake. But I was only trying to retrieve the gerbil," Eric Tomaszewski told bemused doctors in the Severe Burns Unit of Salt Lake City Hospital. Tomaszewski, and his homosexual partner Andrew "Kiki" Farnum, had been admitted for emergency treatment after a felching session had gone seriously wrong.

"I pushed a cardboard tube up his rectum and slipped Raggot, our gerbil, in," he explained. "As usual, Kiki shouted out 'Armageddon,' my cue that he'd had enough.

I tried to retrieve Raggot but he wouldn't come out again, so I peered into the tube and struck a match, thinking the light might attract him."

At a hushed press conference, a hospital spokesman described what happened next. "The match ignited a pocket of intestinal gas and a flame shot out the tube, igniting Mr. Tomaszewski's hair and severely burning his face.

It also set fire to the gerbil's fur and whiskers which in turn ignited a larger pocket of gas further up the intestine, propelling the rodent out like a cannonball."
Tomaszewski suffered second degree burns and a broken nose from the impact of the gerbil, while Farnum suffered first and second degree burns to his anus and lower intestinal tract.

The following is a true account:

A 26-year-old male arrives at the ER complaining of rectal bleeding. He is too embarrassed to provide an accurate history but provides the examing doctor a clue: "There might be something stuck in my rear end."

Examination reveals a non-tender abdomen, but a rectal exam shows blood coming from his anus. A speculum exam reveals bloody stool and a dead gerbil.

Apparently, through the cardboard tubing from a paper towel roll, the rodent had been forced into his rectum. Once the animal was in, the tube was pulled out.

The idea is that as the gerbil suffocates, it scratches and claws at the lining of the rectum, providing an intense sensation to the patient. The rodent should then have been defecated, but the swelling and bleeding had caused the retention of the animal.

The patient required pain medication and antibiotics after the animal was removed, but was then allowed to go home.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

The scope of things today...

Leo- Saturday, August 21, 2010

The pressure is on to bring up an awkward topic with someone. It’s something, you’d rather not think about, let alone talk about. You’re loath to risk upsetting someone. This is a case of a full scale putting-your-cards-on-the-table scenario. Your feelings are understandable, but it’s one of those things that mustn’t stay on the back burner any longer. The temperature is rising. Be brave and bite the bullet. What has to be done has to be done! The stars will guide you.

Scorpio- Saturday, August 21, 2010

The best way forward now is to sort out your priorities and devote your full attention to your most pressing issues. Although, you would like to be everywhere at once that ability is not normally possessed by mere mortals like ourselves. You can, though, at the very least, cover all the bases and keep a watchful eye on a certain problem. You are edging slowly but surely towards a glorious fulfilment.

Pisces- Saturday, August 21, 2010

You got a tendency put yourself on edge by worrying about over-extending yourself beyond the range of your talents. When will people find out you’re not as good as they think you are? You really need to pare away your lack of confidence from the high expectation of your abilities. Control your thoughts by steering them away from the tide of fear that rises every time you think about the task at hand. Keep your finger off the panic button. A particular problem is not as pressing as you think it is. You can and will pass all the tests in flying colours!

Taurus- Saturday, August 21, 2010

With Pluto’s sharp angle to Saturn bearing down hard on us all, it’s easy to lose hope. But this is a tendency you must battle against with every ounce of your willpower. Don’t look at what is making you worry so much. Focus your attention on the outcome you desire and start dreaming of all the exciting doors that will open with it. By putting your creative talents to work, you’ll awaken the genius within. There are not ifs, ands or buts. You are moving towards your vision in no uncertain terms.

Cancer- Saturday, August 21, 2010

Although a certain predicament you find yourself in seems hopeless and impossible, there is the kernel of an idea you are toying with that has the potential to grow into something quite promising. Do not allow someone’s morose mood or intransigent cynicism fill you with fear and trepidation. By looking at your situation from a more enlightened viewpoint, you will find that not only is it bearable, but in many ways it is quite stimulating and even enjoyable.

Gemini- Saturday, August 21, 2010

The past, present and future seem to be merging into the same moment. Time is flying, yet when you look back just a few months to the spring it feels like light-years away. So much has happened to you since then. Life, it seems, is be taking you along a path of which you have little choice. It may not make sense now, but there is method in the madness of this crazy universe. What is essentially a positive tide is taking you to where you need to be – and at exactly the right time!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Hackers Watch: more malware in the second quarter of 2010 than ever before

Cameron Diaz ranked most dangerous web celebrity...hacker web traps 4 You!

One in 10 websites featuring the Knight and Day star contain malicious software intended to infect computers and steal data from users, according to research released Thursday by McAfee.

She may be known for her playful giggles and killer looks, but now movie star Cameron Diaz has become the most dangerous celebrity on the Internet.

Diaz, 37, is top of the list of the most dangerous celebrities to search for online, above second-placed Julia Roberts, according to computer security company McAfee, Inc. Last year’s most dangerous web celebrity, Jessica Biel, fell to third.

Creators of malicious software use celebrities as lures, baiting fans and followers to click on and download seemingly innocuous content containing programs designed to steal passwords and other private information for profit, said Dave Marcus, director of security research at McAfee Labs.

“They know that people want to have screensavers of popular individuals. They follow hot topics on the web and create their poisonous content accordingly,” Marcus said.

“This relates to a larger trend of using social engineering lures. A lot of times a cyber criminal will mine Twitter, or follow Google Trends, to poison those links. It’s very clear they will use news trends to lure,” he said.

Supermodel Gisele Bündchen came in at fourth, followed by Brad Pitt, one of only two men to be listed in the top 10.

Former Victoria’s Secret model Adriana Lima came in sixth, followed by Jennifer Love-Hewitt and Nicole Kidman, who tied for seventh. Tom Cruise ranked eighth, and Heidi Klum and Penelope Cruz tied for ninth. Anna Paquin, the star of TV hit True Blood, rounded out the top 10.

This is the fourth time McAfee published the annual list of dangerous individuals.

Marcus said he’s seeing the same types of malicious software being distributed, but in higher numbers. “We tracked more malware in the second quarter of 2010 than ever before,” Marcus said.

McAfee found 6 million unique, newly created pieces of malicious programming. “That’s about 60,000 pieces per day. It’s a big, honking, onerous number,” he said.


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

'Glenn Beck': President Obama and the Wisdom of the Ground Zero Mosque - Glenn Beck -

'Glenn Beck': President Obama and the Wisdom of the Ground Zero Mosque - Glenn Beck -

State Of Affairs World

Blagojevich jabs prosecutors after conviction on one count

Montreal Gazette - ‎1 hour ago‎
By Jeff Coen, John Chase, Bob Secter, Stacy St. Clair and Kristen Mack, Chicago Tribune August 17, 2010 8:28 PM Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich arrives at the courthouse to hear the verdict in his corruption trial on Aug. 17, 2010 in Chicago, ...
The Guardian - - Christian Science Monitor - Financial T

Blagojevich jabs prosecutors after conviction on one count

Montreal Gazette - ‎1 hour ago‎
By Jeff Coen, John Chase, Bob Secter, Stacy St. Clair and Kristen Mack, Chicago Tribune August 17, 2010 8:28 PM Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich arrives at the courthouse to hear the verdict in his corruption trial on Aug. 17, 2010 in Chicago, ...

Suicide Bomber Kills Dozens in Attack on Iraqi Army Recruits

New York Times - Stephen Farrell, Khalid D. Ali - ‎30 minutes ago‎
Men carried the coffin of one of the victims in a suicide bomb attack on Tuesday after delivering the body to the Ministry of Health's morgue in Baghdad.

Pakistan aid 'will reach victims'

BBC News - ‎31 minutes ago‎
Pakistan has sought to reassure international donors that funds to help victims of its devastating flooding will not fall into extremists' hands.

Rights groups: Controversial photos are 'the norm'

Ha'aretz - Liel Kyzer, Anshel Pfeffer - ‎2 hours ago‎
The photos posted on Facebook and showing Israel Defense Forces soldiers next to handcuffed and blindfolded Palestinian detainees represent the norm, not the exception, human rights organization Breaking the Silence ...

'Israel has days to strike Bushehr'

Jerusalem Post - Hilary Leila Krieger - ‎3 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON - Israel has only mere days to launch an attack on Iran's Bushehr nuclear reactor if Russia makes good on its plan to deliver fuel there this weekend, former US ambassador to the UN John Bolton warned Tuesday.

'Glenn Beck': President Obama and the Wisdom of the Ground Zero Mosque

FOXNews - ‎7 hours ago‎
This is a rush transcript from "Glenn Beck," August 16, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

NATO soldiers among dozens killed in Afghan unrest

AFP - ‎10 hours ago‎
KABUL - Three NATO soldiers and more than two dozen other people including women and children were killed in a wave of violence across war-troubled Afghanistan Tuesday, authorities said.

Suicide Bomber Kills Dozens in Attack on Iraqi Army Recruits

New York Times - Stephen Farrell, Khalid D. Ali - ‎27 minutes ago‎
Men carried the coffin of one of the victims in a suicide bomb attack on Tuesday after delivering the body to the Ministry of Health's morgue in Baghdad.
AFP - Washington Post - The Associated Press

HST is a federal tax, BC government argues

Globe and Mail - ‎3 hours ago‎
Former British Columbia premier Bill Vander Zalm waits to board a ferry in Tsawwassen, BC, on Wednesday June 30, 2010, to deliver anti-HST petitions which contain more than 700000 signatures to Elections BC in Victoria.
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Australian Dollar Trades Near One-Week High on Stocks, BHP Bid for Potash

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The Australian dollar traded near a one-week high as US equities climbed and a takeover bid by BHP Billiton Ltd. for the world's largest fertilizer producer boosted demand for commodity-backed ...

Wondering Where The Lions Are?


Sun's up, uh huh, looks okay
The world survives into another day
And I'm thinking about eternity
Some kind of ecstasy got a hold on me

I had another dream about lions at the door
They weren't half as frightening as they were before
But I'm thinking about eternity
Some kind of ecstasy got a hold on me

Walls windows trees, waves coming through
You be in me and I'll be in you
Together in eternity
Some kind of ecstasy got a hold on me

Up among the firs where it smells so sweet
Or down in the valley where the river used to be
I got my mind on eternity
Some kind of ecstasy got a hold on me

And I'm wondering where the lions are...
I'm wondering where the lions are...

Huge orange flying boat rises off a lake
Thousand-year-old petroglyphs doing a double take
Pointing a finger at eternity
I'm sitting in the middle of this ecstasy

Young men marching, helmets shining in the sun,
Polished as precise like the brain behind the gun
(Should be!) they got me thinking about eternity
Some kind of ecstasy got a hold on me

And I'm wondering where the lions are...
I'm wondering where the lions are...

Freighters on the nod on the surface of the bay
One of these days we're going to sail away,
going to sail into eternity
some kind of ecstasy got a hold on me

And I'm wondering where the lions are...
I'm wondering where the lions are...

  • "Huge orange flying boat rises off the lake" - The lake is Sproat Lake (on Vancouver Island, BC) and the flying boats are, Mars Water Bombers, used for fighting fires. The petroglyphs are on Vancouver Island too. (Submitted by Audrey Pearson, 25 November 2002)
  • a rerun of a dream I'd had some years before in which lions roamed the streets in terrifying fashion, only this time they weren't threatening at all. When I woke up in the morning some things connected, and I wrote the beginning of this song while driving out of town along the Queensway."
    -- from "All The Diamonds" songbook, edited by Arthur McGregor, OFC Publications 1986. Submitted by Rob Caldwell.

  • "How many of you find petroglyph to be a strange word? I don't know, I mean, I didn't go to any special trouble to learn the word petroglyph in my life but it just sort of came, you know, like other words like 'don't' and 'okay' and 'frankincense' and you know, whatever. 'Victorian', 'novella.' Petroglyph. Petroglyph is a rock painting, for those who haven't run across the word, and in the context of the song in which that word appears, which I'm about to do it makes sense, to me at least.


    "I have a relative who is involved in one of those kinds of government jobs where they can't say what they do. The part you can say involves monitoring other people's radio transmissions and breaking codes. At that time China and the Soviet Union were almost at war on their mutual border. And both of them had nuclear capabilities. I had dinner with this relative of mine and he said, "We could wake up tomorrow to a nuclear war." Coming from him, it was a serious statement. So I woke up the next morning and it wasn't a nuclear war. [Laughs] It was a real nice day and there was all this good stuff going on and I had a dream that night which is the dream that is referred to in the first verse of the song, where there were lions at the door, but they weren't threatening, it was kind of a peaceful thing. And it reflected a previous dream that was a real nightmare where the lions were threatening."
    -- from "Closer to the Light with Bruce Cockburn" by Paul Zollo, SongTalk, vol. 4, issue 2, 1994. Submitted by Rob Caldwell.

    A couple of people have done different versions of this song -- once in a while somebody other than me records one of my songs -- and in both cases that I'm aware of, they were not aware of the meaning of petroglyph, apparently. Back in the early '80s Leo Sayer -- remember Leo Sayer? [falsetto] 'You make me feel like dancing' -- he did a version of this song and when he came to the word petroglyph he substituted 'dinosaur.' He was being more candid than we thought, maybe, I suppose, but I thought it was really strange, though, and when you hear the verse it appears in it's going to seem even stranger, like 'WHY?' Why if he's going to substitute anything is he going to substitute dinosaur? I think it's 'cause it started with P and had a few syllables and looked kind of Greek-like and so petroglyph, pterodactyl, you know it's all the same shit.

    And then not too long ago, a couple years ago, a younger band, who I admire very much actually, a band called Vigilantes of Love did a version of the song for a compilation record and they changed the words too. They changed it to something about a big bird flying around. Which at least didn't conflict as much with the rest of the verse as dinosaur, but it didn't suggest to me that, even though I came by the word petroglyph without going to any special effort, other people perhaps had not run across it. You can judge for yourself whether it makes sense or not, I guess."
    -- from a concert transcription of the 22 March 2002 Seattle, WA show. Submitted by Jeff McCloud.


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    Monday, August 16, 2010

    All charges dropped in Toronto Humane Society case

    All charges dropped in Toronto Humane Society case

    August 16, 2010

    Daniel Dale


    Charges against former Toronto Humane Society president Tim Trow (pictured in 2009) were dropped on Aug. 16, 2010.


    The Crown dropped all charges against former Toronto Humane Society president Tim Trow and other former THS leaders on Monday morning.

    Crown attorney Christine McGoey told an Old City Hall court that the search warrant obtained by the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for its November 2009 raid on the THS, and the manner in which the OSPCA executed it, involved “several serious breaches” of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms’ protections against unreasonable search and seizure.

    The breaches, she said, included:

    the fact that a justice of the peace had not included an end date on the warrant;

    the OSPCA’s improper use of a Criminal Code section to conduct veterinary checks on THS animals after the raid;

    the “overbreadth” of material seized from the THS shelter on River St. and Trow’s house, which included personnel records, payroll records, adoption records, newspaper articles, thank-you letters and employees’ doctor’s notes;

    the fact that the OSPCA tipped off the media about the raid.

    Trow and the other four men charged at the time were handcuffed and led into police cars in view of reporters and photographers.

    “The media attendance created additional and unnecessary intrusions and, as a result, is likely to be treated by the court as a serious breach of section 8 of the Charter,” McGoey said.

    “There are significant issues related to the good faith exhibited by the OSPCA in the context of the nature, timing and execution of the warrant,” she concluded.

    McGoey said the problems with the warrant and the raid would have rendered inadmissible all evidence gathered in the subsequent search.

    “If you were trying to design a course at police college on how not to conduct an investigation and search and seizure, this would be it,” said Frank Addario, lawyer for the former THS board members.

    Trow’s lawyer, Andras Schreck, said his client is “obviously greatly relieved that these allegations against him have been withdrawn.

    “It’s always been and remains Mr. Trow’s position that he’s done absolutely nothing wrong.”

    A lawyer for the OSPCA said the organization would comment later Monday.

    The charges against Trow and the other senior managers were dismissed in part because the Crown believed the evidence gathered after the raid would be inadmissible. But the Crown also relied in part on the judgment of a little-known provincial body called the Animal Care Review Board, which oversees the OSPCA.

    The ACRB reviewed a June 2009 OSPCA inspection of THS animals. The Crown said that the ACRB’s final decision, which concluded that cages were clean, ventilation was adequate, and animals were being fed, would have made it “difficult for the Crown to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that senior officers of the THS willfully permitted animal suffering by failing to exercise reasonable care.”

    Trow, former business manager Romeo Bernardino, former operations manager Gary McCracken, and former shelter supervisor Andrew Bechtel were charged with criminal animal cruelty, conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, and obstruction of a peace officer. Former chief veterinarian Stephen Sheridan was charged with animal cruelty and conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.

    “Dr. Sheridan is relieved that this has finally come to an end,” said his lawyer, Marie Henein. “Unfortunately it took nine months to get here, and in the course of that, a good man, a veterinarian committed to shelter medicine for 30 years has been vilified, was taken out in handcuffs and paraded. It took him nine months to be vindicated. There is nothing that could take him back to the position he was in nine months ago . . . he has been devastated by this, as has his family.”

    A sixth former THS leader, Vijay Kumar, was charged with animal cruelty months later. In addition, the charity’s entire board of directors was charged with non-criminal animal cruelty offences. The charity itself faced criminal charges as a corporation.

    “When you look at the way the investigation was conducted, it is a smorgasbord of unconstitutionality, and I don’t think I have ever heard the Crown say ‘serious Charter breach’ so many times when withdrawing a set of charges,” said Scott Hutchison, the lawyer for McCracken.

    The charges followed a series of newspaper articles that suggested THS animals were suffering because of Trow’s reluctance to euthanize them, his alleged micromanagement of veterinary decisions, and an alleged shortage of food, medication and staff.

    The articles set in motion a chain of events that resulted in the May 2010 election of the current THS board of directors, a group of Trow critics which ran under the name “Faces of Change.” The Crown noted that the flawed investigation produced “positive changes at the THS” that made it unlikely that the conditions that existed under Trow would reoccur.

    Outraged animal lovers responded to the articles by demanding an investigation by the OSPCA, a charity empowered by the province to enforce animal cruelty laws. To obtain the search warrant, the OSPCA submitted more than 75 pages of testimony from THS veterinarians, animal care workers and volunteers.

    In its statement, the Crown acknowledged problems at the THS under Trow’s leadership. McGoey said there was “evidence to suggest that Mr. Trow was a controlling and dominating president,” that he required staff to check with him before conducting euthanizations, that the shelter was overcrowded under his tenure and that “the treatment, cleaning, feedings, and appropriate decisions to euthanize were often delayed and there ay have been shortages of some medications.”

    However, she said, “this evidence would be highly contested.” In addition, she said, a challenge to the charges on “abuse of process” grounds would have made prosecution additionally difficult.

    The Crown’s move is likely to intensify public criticism of the OSPCA, which became embroiled in a controversy of its own in May when it euthanized 99 animals after an outbreak of ringworm at its York Region shelter in Newmarket. Last week, it announced that former Ontario Veterinary College dean Alan Meek and former Ontario Superior Court chief justice Patrick LeSage would lead a review of its handling of that case.

    Progressive Conservative MPP Frank Klees has tabled a legislative motion seeking to increase government authority over the OSPCA. He also wants the OSPCA’s animal care functions separated into a separate entity from its animal cruelty enforcement functions.

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