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Friday, March 05, 2004
New Column: The Hype Dimension - Jonathan Metcalfe
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©2004 Pierre-Paul Feyte
Yesterday, we made the following comments:
In order to wake up, one must realize that one is asleep. To further understand this core issue of waking sleep, today we present an essay by A.R. Orage from his book Psychological Exercises and Essays.
Indeed, awakening is not a process that can occur overnight. To realize we are asleep from an intellectual standpoint is certainly useful, but this cognition itself is not the final destination. In order to fully awaken, "shocks" are required. When sleeping at night, softly playing music may not wake us up, but a marching band certainly will do the trick. Upon awakening so abruptly, we will certainly not feel at ease. But it is possible, and even probable, to fall back asleep.
As a result, work on the self is required. Waking sleep consists of a myriad of programs, unconscious reactions which cause one to react instead of to act. As we purify ourselves of the 'A' influences of waking sleep, we will begin to see ourselves more objectively. Coincident with this internal purification, we will begin to see the outside world more objectively. Waking sleep is the dust, grime, and fingerprints on an individual's perceptual lens. Until the lens is cleaned, the Signs will not come into focus.
On the other hand, if one begins work on the self, information such as that presented on the Signs page can act as a mechanism to shock oneself. Simply reading the news and accompanying commentary will not magically wipe the lens clean - but it may provide a point of reference to which the reader can compare her own perceptions. This comparison may provide the individual an insight into personal bias, emotional programming, and the rest of the 'A' influences against which we must all battle.
Naturally, the path does not abruptly end. If we are to represent and live the concept of true creation, our learning and growth cannot end. We may awaken from waking sleep, but it is not enough to sit up, rub our eyes, yawn, and then fall back to sleep. Therefore, thinking we are awake when we are not can become quite a hurdle. One moment of awakening or seeing - or even a hundred thousand moments - does not mean that our work has ended.
As the state of the external world becomes increasingly gloomy, possibly placing even our very existence in jeopardy, we each have a personal opportunity to use the shocks provided for growth.
It is time to wake up.
US works very closely with
Pakistan, says Vice President Cheney
Comment: Yes indeed, the US works VERY closely with Pakistan it seems. So closely, in fact, that Pakistani intelligence chief General Mahmoud Ahmad was in the U.S. on September 11, having breakfast with Florida's senator, Bob Graham - our esteemed chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. The good General just happens to be the same man who Agence France Presse and the Times of India claim was the financier of Mohammed Atta, the 9-11 ringleader. Don't you find that strange?
Tony Blair warned of a "new type of war" from global terrorists
Britain cannot afford to "err on the side of caution" in the fight against terrorism, Tony Blair has said in one of his starkest warnings yet.
In a speech, he argued: "The threat we face is not conventional. It is a challenge of a different nature from anything the world has faced before."
The prime minister warned of the "mortal danger" of under-estimating the threat of unconventional attacks.
Mr Blair also rebutted challenges to the legality of the war in Iraq. [...]
Saddam wife says Uday,
Qusay still ''alive'' as Saddam daughter gets his
Comment: Of course both men are still alive, as is their father. Fooling the American public these days has never been easier. We offer the below exhibit, which formed a part of the actual evidence that the US presented as proof that Saddam really did have WMD. Convincing, eh? Click the picture for the full hilarious story.
Friday 05 March 2004
The president is seeking to touch raw nerves to get votes
Families of September 11 victims have reacted angrily to images of the attacks being used in the campaign commercials of US President George Bush.
"Families are enraged," Bill Doyle, who is active in several September 11 family groups, said. "What I think is distasteful is that the president is trying to use 9/11 as a springboard for his re-election."
"It's entirely wrong. He's had 3,500 deaths on his watch, including Iraq," said Doyle, whose 25-year-old son Joseph died in the attacks on the World Trade Centre.
However, Rudolph Giuliani, the Republican who was mayor of New York when the attacks occurred, issued a statement through the Bush-Cheney campaign defending the ads.
"His leadership on that day is central to his record and his continued leadership is critical to our ultimate success against world terrorism," Giuliani said.
Two ads refer to the hijacked airliner attacks that killed about 3,000 as the Bush campaign seeks to present him as a leader. One ad shows World Trade Centre ruins behind an American flag. Another shows firefighters removing the flag-draped remains of a victim.
Ron Willett of Missouri, who lost his 29-year-old son in the attacks, said he was disgusted when he saw the ads. "I would vote for Saddam Hussein before I would vote for Bush."
"It think it is an atrocity," his wife Lucy, added. "He should not be allowed to use those images at all."
The International Association of Fire Fighters, which has endorsed the campaign for Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, denounced the ads as "hypocrisy at its worst."
Comment: What more can we expect from a man who gets his orders to kill and maim directly from "God"? Bush is happy to send his loyal troops to steal the wealth and resources of another country and commit war crimes such as these (click on top file, a 5MB download). Can we be surprised then when he shamelessly uses the deaths of Americans to further his political goals?
Bomb search of French
railways: 10,000 in hunt for explosives
Experts on terrorism were studying the blackmail notes signed with the initials AZF which were sent to the government over recent weeks, as well as the components of a home-made explosive device planted on a railway viaduct in central France.
The most plausible theory was that the group, which described itself in one letter as a "pressure group of a terrorist nature linked to a secularist brotherhood," was motivated by political ideology of the far left or the far right, experts said.
But they were also looking at possible links with the AZF chemical factory which exploded in September 2001 in the southern city of Toulouse, killing 30 people and injuring more than 1,000 others. The blast, officially described as an accident, created enormous local resentment.
Ten thousand railway staff led the exhaustive task of scouring 32,500 kilometres (20,000 miles) of tracks in search of more devices that may have been laid by AZF.
The search was over by early afternoon with no trace found, though officials admitted a well-hidden bomb could have avoided detection.
Trains were running as normal, and most passengers displayed either indifference or resignation at the risk of an explosion.
"I have more chance of breaking my leg getting on the train than being blown up by a bomb - if there is one," said businessman Marc Schroder at the Gare du Nord in Paris. [...]
'Torture Lite' Takes Hold
in War on Terror
"Faced with terrorism, every democracy will resort to torture if it thinks this will prevent attacks against its civilians. The issue is whether such methods are used with deniability or accountability," said Alan Dershowitz, a Harvard University law professor. [...]
Comment: The point here is that the "terrorism" that the US is faced with, is home made. The conclusion then is that the US government simply likes to have a healthy level of torture on its watch.
North Korea's Use of Chemical Torture
The chemist said the men were tested separately in a chamber with a large window on one side — where scientists and officials observed. It was outfitted with bright lights, a speaker system that allowed the scientists to clearly hear the prisoners' screams and a nozzle to spray the chemicals. "One man was scratching desperately. He scratched his neck, his chest. He was wearing a gray prison uniform, and he tore it off. He was covered in blood…. I tried to look away," said the chemist, who said he watched with other researchers from behind the glass. "I kept trying to look away. I knew how toxic these chemicals were in even small doses." [...]
3 U.S. Citizens Guilty on
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Three American Muslims accused of undergoing paramilitary training in hopes of joining up with the Taliban were convicted Thursday of conspiring to support terrorism.
Prosecutors said the three were part of a "Virginia jihad network" that used paintball games in 2000 and 2001 to train for holy war around the globe. After the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the group allegedly focused efforts on defending the Taliban. [...]
"These convictions are a stark reminder that terrorist organizations are active in the United States," said Attorney General John Ashcroft. "We will not allow terrorist groups to exploit America's freedoms for their murderous goals. We will not stand by as United States citizens support terrorist causes." [...]
Comment: Beware of Arabs playing video games, too - they could be training for holy war against you and your family! Better yet, beware of rich men in expensive suits who appear on television. They could be implementing a police state around you and your family while blaming it on Arabs who play paintball or video games.
LONDON (Reuters) - The U.S. presidential election will be largely fought over Iraq and the economy, but if royal genes have anything to do with the result, Democrat John Kerry is destined to dethrone George W. Bush this November.
According to a theory its British proponents say has proved surprisingly accurate over the past century, the candidate with the bluest blood in his veins will win the White House. In 2000 it was Bush. This time, it's Kerry.
"Our research is not yet complete but my bet is that Kerry has more royal connections and that he is more noble than President Bush ," said Harold Brooks-Baker, publishing director of Burke's Peerage, a guide to the aristocracy.
"But both candidates have a remarkable number of royal connections and both are related to (Britain's) Queen Elizabeth," he added.
Kerry, a Yale-educated war hero from Massachusetts, has all but wrapped up the Democratic nomination and is preparing to take on Republican Bush in what many believe will be the most bitterly fought presidential campaign in history.
The 60-year-old can trace his roots back to the first Massachusetts governor, John Winthrop, to every great family in Boston and to a host of royals in Europe, but has worked hard to dispel the notion he is a Northern liberal elitist.
"Kerry can almost certainly be traced back to King James I and to the bloodlines straight through the Windsor and Hanover families," Brooks-Baker said.[...]
SUZANNE GAMBOA, Associated
The Bush administration backed off plans to require that millions of visa-carrying Mexicans who make short visits to America and stay close to the border be fingerprinted and photographed to get into the country.
Asa Hutchinson, the Homeland Security department's undersecretary for border and transportation, was to publicly announce the policy change at a Capitol Hill hearing Thursday, a congressional official who was briefed on the plan told The Associated Press.
The move, a concession to Mexican President Vicente Fox, comes on the eve of his visit to President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas. [...]
Afghanistan Opium Production Levels
Comment: US counterdrug efforts? One of the main reasons for the US attack on Afghanistan was to RESTART the opium production in that country, which had been greatly reduced under the Taleban. This is surely one of the most nauseating LIES we have come across in a long time.
But US envoy says investigation would be a waste of time
Aristide claimed that he was virtually kidnapped and forced into exile, prompting the initial call by the Caribbean Community (Caricom) for a UN-led probe into the affair. The US has denied the claim. [...]
In a radio interview last night, Cobb also said she was "offended by the inflammatory language" used by Prime Minister P J Patterson on Wednesday to describe some of America's behaviour in the Haiti affair. [...]
Russia Presidential Candidate Rybkin Quits,
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian presidential candidate Ivan Rybkin, who last month came to prominence by mysteriously disappearing for four days, said Friday he was pulling out of the March 14 election, Interfax news agency said.
"I am withdrawing my candidacy and will not take part in this farce," Interfax quoted Rybkin, a fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin, as saying. Rybkin was among six rivals of Putin, who is forecast to win the polls by a landslide.
Mikhail Fradkov, a former tax police chief, is to be sworn in as Russia's new Prime Minister after parliament backed a vote to elect him.[...]
His choice of Fradkov, a 53-year-old technocrat, raised eyebrows in Russia. But political analysts have seen the appointment as an indicatation that Putin intends to strengthen his already nearly absolute powers.
Fradkov is widely seen as Putin's lieutenant rather than a political player in his own right like his predecessor Kasyanov. [...]
Russian Navy Squadrons to Go on
JERUSALEM, March 4 — A 22-year-old Israeli man has been arrested on suspicion of planting nine bombs directed against Arab citizens in northern Israel over the last three years, the police said Thursday.
Eliran Golan, a former soldier, has been cooperating with the police since his arrest on Wednesday, and his motive for the attacks was a "hatred of Arabs," according to Yaacov Borovsky, the police chief in charge of the northern city of Haifa, where Mr. Golan lives. [...]
China will strengthen its military and build up its arsenal of high-tech weaponry, Prime Minister Wen Jiabao said at the opening of the annual session of parliament.
"Stepping up efforts to modernize our national defense and armed forces is an important guarantee for safeguarding national security and building a moderately prosperous society in all respects," Wen said in his annual address to the nation. [...]
Hong Kong pro-democracy legislator Martin Lee is to meet Secretary of State Colin Powell during a controversial trip to the US to promote democracy in the former British colony. [...]
By STEVE LOHR
The Bush administration stepped up its pressure on China this week to back off its plan to impose a software encryption standard for wireless computers that American technology companies regard as an unfair trade barrier. [...]
Friday March 5, 09:31 AM
MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine police and soldiers have seized explosives and firearms from a man who said he planned to deliver the weapons to a buyer in a Muslim neighbourhood of the capital.
The arrest comes amid heightened security ahead of national elections on May 10 and an investigation into claims, scorned by the government, that the Abu Sayyaf group of Muslim rebels was responsible for a deadly fire on a Manila ferry a week ago. [...]
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard in Arlon
The Belgian judge who saved two young girls from Marc Dutroux's paedophile dungeon broke down in the witness box yesterday, alleging high-level murder plots to stop his investigation into a child-sex mafia.
Jean-Marc Connerotte choked in tears on the fourth day of the trial, describing the bullet-proof vehicles and armed guards needed to protect him against shadowy figures determined to stop the full truth coming out.
"Never before in Belgium has an investigating judge at the service of the king been subjected to such pressure," he said.
"We were told by police that [murder] contracts had been taken out against the magistrates. As the danger mounted, emergency measures were taken."
He then froze in silence and the court was adjourned until he recovered.
He alleged that "organised crime methods" were used to discredit his work and ensure that his investigation ended in "judicial failure".
A hero to millions of Belgians, Judge Connerotte was stripped of the Dutroux case after he had dinner with families of the victims in October 1996, which was deemed a conflict of interest.
The move resulted in workers going on strike and 300,000 people marching silently through Brussels in mass protest.
Seven years later, some of the families are boycotting the trial, describing it as a "circus" and saying that the inquiry effectively shut down the moment Judge Connerotte departed.
Addressing the jury of 12 at the Arlon Palais de Justice yesterday, Judge Connerotte relived the moment in August 1996 when his team rescued the two girls, Sabine Dardenne, 12, and Laetitia Delhez, 14, from the cage beneath Dutroux's house in the slums of Charleroi. [...]
Thursday, 2 May, 2002
The case of abduction and murder against Belgium's infamous paedophile Marc Dutroux remains unresolved. He has not been brought to book for these heinous crimes.
There appears to be a steel veil drawn over the facts at the highest level and no one is prepared to expose those involved in this blatant cover-up. [...]
ANGELA K. BROWN
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Emergency workers repaired downed power lines and assessed other damage early Friday after line of severe thunderstorms bore down on northern Texas and Oklahoma with heavy rain, high winds and twisters.
The storms overturned mobile homes, ripped roofs off other buildings and snarled airport and freeway traffic across the area Thursday. Three traffic deaths were blamed on the storm in Oklahoma.
Several twisters were reported in Texas, where straight-line gusts of up to 80 mph overturned tractor-trailer rigs. A number of homes were damaged or destroyed in East Texas and minor injuries were reported. [...]
Children in a nursery were shocked when they spotted a three-headed frog hopping in their garden.
The creature - which has six legs - has stunned BBC wildlife experts who warned it could be an early warning of environmental problems. [...]
March 4, 2004
Small, unidentified low-flying, slow-moving aircraft have been reported in the area north of the Scioto County line in the A-plant area. Several ideas about the purpose of the aircraft have been offered.
Are the aircraft small patrol planes from Homeland Security watching for Al-Quaida intrusions at the A-plant? Or perhaps the craft are alien space ships that are flying close to the nuclear plant to recharge their batteries before zooming off to Mars, Pluto, Uranus, or other strange and unusual places such as Cleveland, San Francisco or DisneyWorld.
One sighting was in the area of the Southbound Flea Market on U.S. 23. Pike County residents said the craft was moving silently from the direction of the A-plant just at dusk with lights flashing. Are these aircraft something more sinister than mere interplanetary cruise ships? Could these aircraft be attack planes carrying weapons of mass deception? Or are they possibly reconnaisance craft from an earthly nation? Or, are they merely tourists gathering, practicing and preparing for a flying visit to busy, vibrant, downtown Portsmouth?
In another sighting it was reported that an aircraft was seen flying from the direction of Frasure’s Lake. Are the craft secretly harbored in the hills of the wilderness of western Scioto County? We don’t yet have the answers. If sightings continue to be reported we will ask Doug Deepe to investigate. He is an Air Force flying veteran; he will find the answer.
Several members of our staff think they have the answer. One unsteady fellow even offered up the demented idea that the aircraft are only silent hang-gliders powered by electricity. What do you think? [...]
Comment: This location is not so far away from the strange phenomena described in the Mothman Prophecies. Also in Ohio, certain individuals are discussing war in space...
DAYTON, Ohio -The military plays an important role in U.S. space exploration and should continue to partner with NASA, Air Force generals said Thursday.
The generals spoke on the second day of hearings before a commission studying President Bush's proposal for manned flights to the moon and Mars.
The generals defended the military's role in space exploration when commissioner Carleton Fiorina asked why the military is involved.
"Although we would like space to be a peaceful medium, the fact of the matter is history says that it may not always be that way," said Gen. Gregory Martin, commander of the Air Force Materiel Command. "We should be prepared for that." [...]
The Dayton hearing at the U.S. Air Force Museum is the second of five being held around the country as the President's Commission on Moon, Mars and Beyond prepares a report to be presented to Bush in June.
Former astronaut John Glenn was to speak later Thursday.
WASHINGTON [MENL] -- The U.S. Army has deployed laser weapons for urban operations in Iraq.
The army has deployed 312 Taser M26 conducted energy weapons in 2003 as part of the effort to stabilize Iraq. The Taser M16, manufactured by Taser International, based in Scottsdale, Ariz., has been used by U.S. law enforcement agencies in Arizona and Florida to confront urban violence.
The laser weapon has been part of the U.S. Army effort to procure non-lethal systems to quell civil unrest in Iraq. In 2003, U.S. soldiers employed live fire to disperse violent demonstrators in several Iraqi cities. [...]
Following revelations about bugging at the United Nations, is there any way of ensuring that your private conversations stay that way?
News that Kofi Annan and other senior UN figures may have been routinely bugged by US or British security services has caused a huge political row around the world. But it will also have caused alarm among other people in the public eye who deal with sensitive information - or anyone, indeed, who values their privacy.
If the secretary general of the United Nations cannot prevent his private conversations from being listened to by all and sundry, who can?
It seems if someone wants to listen to what you are saying badly enough, there is very little you can do to stop it.
"Technological advances, particularly in the fields of power supply and miniaturisation, mean that its now possible to bug almost anywhere and anything," says Charles Shoebridge, a former counter-terrorism intelligence officer.
"Similar advances have enormously improved anti-bugging capabilities too, and an enormous effort has gone into making communications secure - particularly those of governments and even large commercial organisations.
"However, if security is absolutely critical, it will always pay to assume that a conversation is at least capable of being monitored."
According to security experts, the most common listening device remains the electronic bug. But government agencies such as the CIA and MI5 have far more advanced systems at their disposal. Powerful uni-directional microphones can pick up conversations through open windows.
If the window is closed, radio waves or a laser beam can be bounced off the glass. The vibrations detected can be translated into speech. But potentially the most powerful tool for the modern spy is the mobile phone. Mobiles that double as listening devices can be bought over the internet.
But today's spies are also able to convert conventional phones into bugs without the owners' knowledge. Experts believe this is the most likely method used to gather information in the UN building.
Mobiles communicate with their base station on a frequency separate from the one used for talking. If you have details of the frequencies and encryption codes being used you can listen in to what is being said in the immediate vicinity of any phone in the network.
According to some reports, intelligence services do not even need to obtain permission from the networks to get their hands on the codes. So provided it is switched on, a mobile sitting on the desk of a politician or businessman can act as a powerful, undetectable bug.
The technology also exists to convert land line telephones into covert listening devices. [...]
Switching on the shower while you talk in the bathroom - a favoured method of celluloid spies - is also unlikely to work, as constant volume noise can easily be filtered out.
In fact, the only way to truly guarantee privacy, according to most security experts, is to take a walk in the park.
Charles Shoebridge says: "It remains the case today as it has always been, that probably the best way to avoid being eavesdropped is to pass information during a long, unpredictable and unannounced walk in the big outdoors.
"Word of mouth is always preferable to any form of electronic communication - assuming the information's recipient is entirely trustworthy, of course."
Comment: Of course, what is omitted in the above is the fact that even outside, in the remotest part of the planet, conversations can be listened to via satellite technology. There is nowhere to run or hide. The only variable in a world that is controlled to the nth degree is the fact that the future remains "open". It all depends on knowledge, will and choice.
Can anything in the Bible be reconciled with the concept of aliens? A Jesuit astronomer mulls Mars, scripture, and more.
Guy Consolgmagno, S.J.
The successes of the recent Mars probes have rekindled interest in the religious significance of planetary exploration, especially the question of how the possible existence of alien civilizations reconciles with Christianity. [...]
Is there anything in the Bible that can be reconciled with the concept of alien civilizations? I don’t mean the kind of nonsense that attributes every miracle to an alien technology zapped from UFOs. But at several junctures, we are reminded that we’re not the only intelligent life God created.
There’s that odd and mysterious passage at the beginning of Genesis describing the sons of God taking human wives and a passing reference to “The Nephilim ... the heroes that were of old, warriors of renown.” [...]
Comment: This appears to be yet another article to familiarize the masses with the concept of extraterrestrials.
An Amazing Disturbance In Jupiter's Clouds.....
It is a very elongated, bluish streak that runs along the interface of the dark South Equatorial Belt.
The first hint that that something unusual was taking place in the cloudy Jovian atmosphere came from Spanish amateur when he reported that a small, bicolored feature was formingt in the Southern Hemisphere a little over2 weeks ago. NOW, this disturbance has stretched, what looks like, right around the planet!
At the moment it's too early to be sure of the nature of this disturbance or its potential evolution. The wide band shown on the photograph could, quite easily measure, 3-4 times the diameter of the Earth!
Although Jupiter has, in the past, produced some unusual upper cloud features, nothing like this has ever been seen before!
A meteor streaked across the skies over the Susitna River Valley on Tuesday night, producing a bluish fireball seen by people in Homer and Anchorage, according to the National Weather Service.
Two witnesses reported seeing the burn last for six or seven seconds about 10:20 p.m., said meteorologist Dave Vonderheide.
"It was unusually bright," he said.
Based on their reports, Vonderheide estimated that the object entered Earth's atmosphere somewhere over Montana Creek and moved southwest toward Skwentna before fading from sight. [...]
Comment: We missed this report on the day it occurred. There have been so many articles about meteors and the inherent dangers within the first couple of months of 2004, that we had to start a new page for our Signs Supplement.
Europe's rising temperatures
Washington - Genome experts who took on a patch of ocean for a mass gene-sequencing project said on Thursday they had discovered at least 1 800 new species of microbes and changed some of their fundamental ideas about ocean biology.
Genome pioneer Craig Venter and other scientists analysed the tiny organisms in a sample of water from the Sargasso Sea off Bermuda and then sequenced the genetic code.
They used the technique that Venter, now at his own non-profit institute, used to accelerate the sequencing of the human gene map. Called whole-genome shotgun sequencing, it uses powerful computers to re-assemble the genetic code.
They found 1,2 million new genes and, based on what they know about the genetics of existing organisms and the sample they took, guess that represents at least 1 800 new species.
"By taking relatively small samples of water or soil and using the tools and techniques of shotgun sequence analysis, we are able to identify and characterise the vast legions of unseen organisms living in the environment," Venter, head of the Maryland-based Institute for Biological Energy Alternatives, said in a statement.[...]
a rather strange incident occurred that Charles Fort describes in Lo!:
[...] In attempting to rationalize various details that we have come upon, or to assimilate them, or to digest them, the toughest meal is swallowing statements upon mysterious appearances in closed rooms, or passages of objects and substances through walls of houses, without disturbing the material of the walls. Oh, yes, I have heard of the "fourth dimension," but I am going to do myself some credit by not lugging in that particular way of showing that I don't know what I'm writing about. There's a story in the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, Jan. 27, 1888 -- large stones that were appearing and "falling slowly" in closed rooms in the home of Mr. P.C. Martin, Caldwell County, North Carolina. (31) Madras (India) Mail, March 5, 1888 -- pieces of brick that, in the presence of many investigators, were falling in a schoolroom, in Pondicherry. (32)
I can understand this phenomenon, or alleged phenomenon, of appearances in closed rooms, no more than I can understand the passage of a magnetic field [46/47] of force through the wall of a house, without disturbing the material. But lines of this force do not transport objects through a dense material. Then I think of X-rays, which do something like this, if it be accepted that X-rays are aggregations of very small objects, or particles. X-rays do, or sometimes do, disturb materials penetrated by them, but this disturbance is not evident until after long continuance.[...]
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - A dispute at the salad bar turned into a food fracas at an upscale retirement home, with a man taking a bite out of another's arm and other residents suffering minor injuries. [...]
The government amplified concern Thursday about rising gasoline prices and repeated a warning of possible shortages, but it didn't offer relief for either. [...]
Driver: I wasn't reaching for gun
A man admitted in a Johannesburg court on Thursday that he killed his girlfriend by hanging her from a metal structure with an electrical cord around her neck and then left her body on a train line to be mutilated.
"I realised that if she was found I would be the first suspect and so decided to put the body across the railway lines so that it would seem like suicide," Aubrey Ngwenya said in a written plea of guilty to murder.
His girlfriend, Lindiwe Josephine Madonsela, died in the early hours of October 10, 2002 in Kliptown in Soweto.
It took some weeks for her identity to be established after the body was run over by a train.[...]
A traditional nurse appeared briefly in the east London regional court on Thursday in connection with allegations of sodomy, the Eastern Cape health department said in a statement.
It was alleged that the 60-year-old man sodomised two initiates while looking after them during the last initiation season in the province.
He was not asked to plead and was remanded to April 28.
During the season, the province recorded twelve deaths from botched circumcisions and assaults at initiations schools
Kampala - A Ugandan king is demanding a £1-trillion in compensation from the British monarchy for decimating the population of his kingdom in the late 1890s, a spokesperson for the king said on Thursday.
Solomon Gafabusa Iguru, head of Uganda's Bunyoro kingdom, also accuses British soldiers of plundering property, cattle and crops from his land during the British occupation between 1894-1990.
In a lawsuit, to be filed with the Hague-based International Court of Justice this month, and with the British Commission in Kampala, he claims that British colonial forces wiped out Bunyoro's two million strong population in just six years.
"We are seriously suing the Queen of England and the British government for atrocities committed and the genocide carried out during the invasion of Bunyoro Kitara. Our grandfathers never took it up because they were dehumanised, lost glory and pride," the king's spokesperson, Ernest Kiiza told the Deutsche Presse Agentur, dpa.[...]
Washington - Two 13-year-old boys charged with first-degree murder in the beating and stabbing death of a playmate will be tried as adults, a judge ruled.
In a 42-page decision issued on Thursday, Grant County Superior Court Judge John Antosz wrote that there were no programmes or services in the juvenile court system that would likely rehabilitate the youngsters.
The boys were 12 in February 2003, when they are accused of attacking 13-year-old Craig Sorger at a recreational vehicle park in Ephrata, central Washington.
A medical examiner said Craig, who had mental and physical disabilities, had been beaten and repeatedly stabbed so severely that the tip of a knife was left in his skull.
The boys have maintained their innocence.
Doug Anderson, the lawyer for one of the boys, said he would appeal. He said he had never heard of anyone that young tried as an adult in Washington state. [...]
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