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US: Too Little, Too Late: Commissioner Kelly Tells New York Police Department to End Stop-and-Frisks That Led to Thousands of Bogus Marijuana Arrests

© Rickard Blommengren
After a decade of unjust marijuana arrests, Raymond Kelly has finally issued a memo to New York City police, ordering them to end the illegal stop-and-frisk procedures that resulted in the arrests of so many young black and Latino youths.

The memo said:
"Questions have been raised about the processing of certain marihuana arrests. At issue is whether the circumstances under which uniformed members of the service recover small amounts of marihuana ... from subjects in a public place support the charge of Criminal Possession of Marihuana in the Fifth Degree."

2 + 2 = 4

Food Emergency: How the World Bank and IMF Have Made African Famine Inevitable

Lending policies pushed by the World Bank and IMF transformed a self-sufficient, food-producing Africa into a continent vulnerable to food emergencies and famine.
"Why, in a world that produces more than enough food to feed everybody, do so many - one in seven of us - go hungry?" - Oxfam
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Famine is spreading like wildfire throughout the horn of Africa. As 12 million people battle hunger, the UN warns that 750,000 people in Somalia face imminent death from starvation over the next four months, in the absence of outside intervention. Over the course of just 90 days, an estimated 29,000 children under the age of five died in Southern Somalia, with another 640,000 children suffering from acute malnourishment.


US: Only Non-Smokers Need Apply At Baylor in Texas

Dallas - Currently there are some 14 million jobless Americans. And if you're one of the thousands of North Texans looking for work, the competition is tough.

Now, a new hiring limitation by one employer could make the job search even harder.


Pakistan: Two-Faced Baby Born in HFH

Two Faced baby
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Rawalpindi: A baby having two faces was born in Holy Family Hospital (HFH) here on Friday.

According to details, Shahida Perven was brought to HFH from Palandri, a district of Azad and Jammu Kashmir (AJK) some days ago. Shahida had already two children who were normal. Sardar Khalil Ahmed, her husband, was a labourer.

According to Dr Asma, the duty doctor at Labor Room II, the condition of Shahida Perven was stable; nevertheless, she was worried about the future of the baby.

It is an exceptional case the baby is two-faced with two noses, two pairs of lips and two pair of eyes, the doctor added. (APP)

Bad Guys

Austria: Mysterious Sniper Has Vienna Residents Running Scared

© Picture Alliance /APA/picturedesk.comSo far the sniper has injured 14 people with an air rifle.

Vienna police say a sniper has shot 17 people with an air rifle. No one has been seriously injured, but the random attacks have the residents of the Austrian capital worried.

It was meant to be a nice night out with the family. Stefan Lanzel and his mother decided to take his four-year-old daughter out to dinner in a southern district of Vienna. But as they headed home something frightening happened.

"We drove out of the parking garage. I had to stop as I waited to merge into traffic. And suddenly my head was knocked back," Lanzel said. "'There was a shot, there was a shot,' my mother said. And we immediately drove to the hospital."

There the surgeons pulled a pellet from his temple. Just a few minutes after Lanzel was shot, the next victim was shot.

"All of a sudden I felt a pain in my hand," said Roman Pfeiffer, who was walking along a main thoroughfare when he was shot. "At the exact moment I heard a bang. That means he must have driven up right next to me and shot me."

Light Saber

UK: Dale Farm Repels Eviction

It was an honour to be with the residents and activists who repelled the eviction of over 80 families from Dale Farm. The planned eviction of the Dale Farm residents is a human rights issue that everyone who cares about justice should be aware of.

Come to Dale Farm and increase the power of the people to compel justice.


Emily Post on Manners in the Digital Age

Emily Post
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Good etiquette in the brave new digital world isn't rocket science. It all comes down to common sense, consideration and communications, etiquette expert Daniel Post Senning told BusinessNewsDaily.

"Ninety-nine percent of rude behavior can be avoided by thinking before you act," Senning said. "The fundamental principles of etiquette are honesty, respect and consideration."

He should know - etiquette runs in his family. Senning is the great-great grandson of Emily Post, the doyenne of all that mattered in manners in the first half of the 20th century. He manages Web development and online content at The Emily Post Institute in Vermont, including the company's Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Next month, the 18th edition of Emily Post's Etiquette, the definitive arbiter of good behavior online and off, will be published (William Morrow, 2011). Senning is a co-author, charged with updating his great-great grandmother's venerable volume for the age of digital communications, mobile devices and social networking.

The particulars of what constitutes good etiquette vary with time and location, but the underlying principles are immutable, Senning said.


Japan: 60,000 Strong Anti-Nuke Demonstration in Tokyo

Photographs of 60,000-Strong Anti-Nuke Demonstration in Tokyo: Japanese MSMs Called It "A Parade"

Looking at this aerial photographs taken by Mainichi Shinbun (one of the better ones in terms of even coverage on nuke issues in Japan; another is Tokyo Shinbun), it sure looks more than 60,000 to me. People who actually participated in the event seemed to have the same impression as mine (on this blog comment sections, and on twitter), that it was far bigger than official number by the police (30,000).

Mainichi quotes the organizers' number of 60,000 people, and also quotes the number by the police (30,000):


US: Cops charged with murder of California man

Cops charged with murder of California man
© UnknownCops charged with murder of California man

One California cop has been charged with murder and another with manslaughter for the July 5 beating that resulted in the death of a mentally ill homeless man.

Kelly Thomas was assaulted by police officers for nearly 10 minutes earlier this summer after Fullerton, CA police officers approached him about a rash of automobile break-ins occurring in the area. The Orange County District Attorney says that the officers knew that Kelly was homeless and mentally ill when they responded to the scene, but that didn't keep them from using excessive force.

A 10-minute-long attack on Thomas left his thorax ravaged and he became unable to breathe regularly or deliver oxygen to his brain. Hospital records also show that Thomas choked on his own blood and was repeatedly shocked with two stun guns. DA Tony Rackauckas said in a conference yesterday that Thomas acted "in self-defense, in pain and in a state of panic" when officers unleashed on him. Audio recordings clearly contain screams and cries for help while Thomas is being attacked.


China Pulls The Rug From Under Europe, Halts French Bank Transactions, Makes Good On Trade War Ultimatum

A flurry of headlines out of China suggest global macro-economic volatility may be ready to take it to the next level. We discussed last week how China's oh-so-generous offer of help to Europe was merely a veiled threat playing US against Europe in a game of who-gets-the-funding. Well, tonight, it seems, they are making good on some of those threats. Aggravated by EU's lack of market economy recognition, they pull trading lines with French banks, express concern at the EUR's safety (preferring US Treasuries), and indicate a clear preference for bonds over stocks - all the while warning of growing trade tensions - consider the sabre-rattled.