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Mortar bomb used as school bell in Uganda

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A file photo shows Somali government soldiers looking at an unexploded mortar shell in Mogadishu. Anti-landmine activists in western Uganda were stunned to discover a primary school using an unexploded mortar bomb as a bell, the group's coordinator told AFP on Monday
Anti-landmine activists in western Uganda were stunned to discover a primary school using an unexploded mortar bomb as a bell, the group's coordinator told AFP on Monday.

"It was a big shock. When we arrived at the school we even found one of the students striking it," Wilson Bwambale, coordinator of Anti-Mines Network Rwenzori, said.

Bwambale said his team visited the 350-pupil Ikobero Model primary school, one kilometre from Uganda's border with Democratic Republic of Congo, last week after being tipped off by a curious community leader.

"The bottom was hollow, that is why they used it as a bell, but the fuse at the top was still live," Bwambale said. "Fortunately no one hit it with enough (force) to explode the bomb."

Light Saber

Righthaven Loss: Judge Rules Reposting Entire Article Is Fair Use

internet troll
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A federal judge ruled Monday that publishing an entire article without the rights holder's authorization was a fair use of the work, in yet another blow to newspaper copyright troll Righthaven.

It's not often that republishing an entire work without permission is deemed fair use. Fair use is an infringement defense when the defendant reproduced a copyrighted work for purposes such as criticism, commentary, teaching and research. The defense is analyzed on a case-by-case basis.

Monday's ruling dismissed a lawsuit brought by Righthaven, a Las Vegas-based copyright litigation factory jointly owned with newspaper publisher Stephens Media. The venture's litigation tactics and ethics are being questioned by several judges and attorneys, a factor that also weighed in on U.S. District Judge Philip Pro's decision Monday.

Righthaven has sued more than 200 websites, bloggers and commenters for copyright infringement. More than 100 have settled out of court.

The lawsuit decided Monday targeted Wayne Hoehn, a Vietnam veteran who posted all 19 paragraphs of November editorial from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, which is owned by Stephens Media. Hoehn posted the article, and its headline, "Public Employee Pensions: We Can't Afford Them" on medjacksports.com to prompt discussion about the financial affairs of the nation's states. Hoehn was a user of the site, not an employee.

Righthaven sought up to $150,000, the maximum in damages allowed under the Copyright Act. Righthaven argued that the November posting reduced the number of eyeballs that would have visited the Review-Journal site to read the editorial.

Alarm Clock

US - Massachusetts town hit by tornado forced to cancel annual July 4th event; organizers lost their homes

Monson - An Independence Day tradition has been cancelled in a Massachusetts town devastated by a tornado last month.

Summerfest chairman Steve Slozak says there was a lot of sadness when he announced the event couldn't happen this year in Monson. But he told The Boston Globe for Saturday editions that while people were hoping Summerfest would pull the community together, the tornado has already done that.

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Huge PRO-Gaddafi Rally takes Place in Tripoli

Recorded from here.

Comment: So, remind us again, why did the UN sanction bombing Libya?


The American Dream - Connecting The Dots

"They call it 'The American Dream', because you have to be asleep to believe it" - George Carlin


'Protecting the Integrity' or Being Loyal to the Motto of Once a Marine 'Corpse', Always a Marine 'Corpse'? US: Mysterious Deaths of 2 Staten Island Marines

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U.S. Marines in Okianawa, Japan, where both Island soldiers were stationed.
New Brighton natives Duane Robert Liburd Jr. and Hamson R. Daniels McPherson never knew each other.

But the two young men wound up in the same place a half-world away -- as U.S. Marines stationed on the Japanese island of Okinawa.

And in a tragic coincidence, Liburd, 22, and Daniels McPherson, 21, both met their deaths on that Pacific island under mysterious circumstances about two months ago and within weeks of each other.

Liburd's family was told he drowned on May 14, while swimming off a beach near his barracks.

Daniels McPherson's father said the Marine Corps told him the former defensive end for the Curtis High School football team doused himself with gasoline on May 1 and set himself ablaze. He died 19 days later in a burn unit in San Antonio, Texas, where he had been transferred.
The Marine Corps' explanation of how their sons died have left the two men's kin with far more questions than answers.


Elderly Japanese volunteer for nuke cleanup

Many senior citizens take up volunteer work after retirement. But in Japan, a new civic group has formed, with a particularly urgent and hazardous mission -- senior citizens offering to take the place of younger workers at the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant.

CBS News correspondent Lucy Craft recently spoke with members of the "skilled Veterans Corps," made up of former professionals who are signing up for duty at the facility.

For seniors like Michio Itoh, who supervises a shop for the handicapped, replacing the younger men at Fukushima Dai-ichi felt like a moral obligation.

Light Saber

Libertarians Call For Arrest Of TSA Agents

Libertarians Call On Florida Sheriffs To Arrest TSA Agents

Palm Harbor, Florida - In a strongly-worded email sent today to all of Florida's 67 county sheriffs, the Libertarian Party of Florida demanded the arrest of TSA agents for violations of the U.S. and Florida Constitutions, and accused TSA agents of committing sexual battery. The letter reads as follows:

Dear Sheriff,

On this day in 1776, our forebears founded this Nation by declaring their independence from an oppressive government. This beautiful and timeless document expressed the self-evident truth that all people have certain inalienable rights, upon which no government can infringe. They asserted that governments are formed among men to secure these rights, not to impede or restrict them.

The Libertarian Party of Florida is reaching out to you, and to all of Florida's 67 Constitutional Sheriffs. We, The People of the State of Florida must turn to you as our last line of defense against a federal government that is usurping authority and ignoring the rule of law.


Fox News Twitter feed says Obama dead in apparent hack

FoxNews.com alerted the Secret Service on Monday about the apparent hacking of its Twitter feed for political news, after the feed was used to falsely report that President Obama was killed.


The first of the false tweets was posted around 2 a.m. ET. They were still up eight hours later, with no explanation of their origin.
Jeff Misenti, Fox News Digital's vice president and general manager, said in a statement that the website has also requested "a detailed investigation from Twitter about how this occurred, and measures to prevent future unauthorized access into FoxNews.com accounts."

The site took down the false tweets after several were there for hours.

Bad Guys

Mysterious Facts Surround Alleged Victim In Strauss-Kahn Case

The case against former IMF chief and once likely leading French Presidential candidate Dominique Strauss-Kahn appears to be falling apart on Friday. Investigators working for the prosecution are now saying that they have uncovered serious holes in the credibility of the accuser in the case. According to high placed sources, prosecutors now do not believe much of the woman's story, although there is unambiguous evidence that a sexual encounter between Strauss-Kahn and the Sofitel housekeeper did occur. According to one law enforcement source cited by the New York Times, the accuser has repeatedly lied since accusing the former IMF chief of attacking her in his hotel room on May 14.

The alleged victim in this case, who was originally described as a hard-working, unassuming Guinean immigrant, appears to be a bit more mysterious than was originally reported. For example, there now appear to be possible links between her and people involved in criminal activities which include drug dealing and money laundering.