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Egypt: 22 killed as thousands continue Tahrir Square protest

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Protesters and police square-off during clashes near Tahrir Square in Cairo on Monday.
Egypt's Health Ministry says 22 people have been killed since Sunday in clashes between police and protesters demanding the country's military rulers quickly transfer power to a civilian government.

About 3,000 demonstrators faced off with hundreds of black-clad riot police firing tear gas and rubber bullets in Cairo's central Tahrir Square on Monday.

Egypt's Health Ministry said up to 1,750 have been wounded in the clashes since they began Saturday, The Associated Press reported.

The ministry did not specify whether the dead and wounded were protesters, or whether the figures included policemen and army soldiers.

Demonstrations were also taking place in Alexandria, Ismailia, Suez and Al Arish in Sinai, NBC News' Richard Engel reported from Cairo on Monday.

It is the longest continuous protest since the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak in February.

Arrow Down

US: Fake Dr. Injects Cement, Fix-a-Flat Into Patient's Buttocks

Oneal Ron Morris
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Oneal Ron Morris.

Ross Palombo, Tampa, Florida - An alleged fake doctor has been released from jail, after being arrested for injecting a patient with a dangerous concoction. Authorities say the injection in the backside contained, among other things, cement and a tire sealant.

Oneal Ron Morris walked out of jail stone-faced and with very little to say.

Police say it was a life-threatening mix of mineral oil, cement, super glue, even fix-a-flat. Morris allegedly posed as a doctor and promised enhancement, maybe even hips like his.

"They agreed on a price of $700 for him to enhance her buttocks," said Sgt. Bill Bamford.

Police say an unsuspecting female patient agreed to come to the Miami Gardens home to get the necessary injections.

But unknown to her, authorities say she was injected with a shocking concoction of household chemicals.

Eye 2

US: Child Sex Abuse Cover Up Going On Across The Country

The National Child Abuse Hotline: is 800-4-A-CHILD or 1(422.4453)


Heart - Black

US: Fake Doc Injected Cement in Woman's Rear

A woman who wanted to work at a nightclub started searching for someone who could perform plastic surgery at a cheap price to give her a curvier body. Police say what she found was a woman posing as a doctor who filled her buttocks with cement, mineral oil and flat-tire sealant.

The suspect - who police say was born a man and identifies as a woman - apparently performed the surgery on herself, and investigators say she may have victimized others. Oneal Ron Morris, 30, was arrested Friday after a year on the lam and has been charged with practicing medicine without a license with serious bodily injury.

Police photos show Morris as a small-framed woman with bee-stung pouty lips, arched eyebrows, oversized hoop earrings - and a large backside. She was released from jail on bond. A phone listing for Morris could not be found, and it's unclear if she has an attorney.

Cheeseburger

US Congress says: 'Pizza is a vegetable'

You know psychopaths are in charge when...


Vader

US: Family Says Police Killed Their Dogs and Slammed Grandmother to Ground

Matthew Spaulding says he and his family were terrorized at their own home by police who slammed his grandmother to the ground and shot his dogs-- missing his head by less than an inch. "Told us to get on the ground. I got on the ground they put me in handcuffs," Spaulding recalls, "Then they threw my dad to the ground and my dog Sadie was right here sniffing my head. She was next to me. They shot her. The blood got on my face and then she took off running behind me and they shot her like three more times."

Tuesday morning, Greene County Sheriffs Deputies and Perry Police officers arrived at Spaulding's Jefferson farmhouse to deliver a search warrant. The Spauldings say they were immediately ordered to the ground.. even Matthew Spauldings' disabled father, Chris. "My son hit the ground I hit the ground but I didn't make it too fast so (the officer) jumped on the middle of my back, shoved his knee in and held a gun to the back of my head and handcuffed me. After they shot my first dog my mom come out"

"They had taken me to the ground," Chris Spauldings' mother Susan Mace says, "So I was laying with my face in the ground. And I asked them why they shot the dog because the dogs weren't close to them"

Shoe

The Trial of George W. Bush and Tony Blair: Sparks Fly at the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal

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Datuk Abdul Kadir Sulaiman (centre) heading the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal yesterday. The other judges are (from left) Tunku Sofiah Jewa, Alfred L. Webre, Salleh Buang, Zakaria Yatim, Nilourfer Bhagwat and Shad Saleem Faruqi.
Today, seven judges of the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal sat to hear formal charges against former President of the United States George W. Bush and former United Kingdom Prime Minister Tony Blair for Crimes Against the Peace.

But before the actual proceedings could get underway, Defense Counsel Team Leader Jason Kay Kit Leon charged one of the Judges with bias. Prosecutors characterized the allegation of bias and request for recusal as a "surprise" attack for which the Court had not had the opportunity to prepare.

Judge Niloufer Bhagwat, who served as a Judge with the Tokyo International Tribunal for War Crimes in Afghanistan, wrote in her decision that she found George W. Bush guilty for waging war against Afghanistan and the Afghani people. In addition, Judge Bhagwat served as a prosecutor of George W. Bush at the People's Tribunal on Iraq in 2005 in Istanbul. Defense Counsel alleged that because of Judge Bhagwat's participation in these various efforts and due to the opinions she has issued, that she cannot be fair in these Kuala Lumpur proceedings. Judge Bhagwat did find that no Head of State, including George W. Bush, can exempt himself from international treaty organizations.

Crusader

Occupy UK converges on London

Occupy London
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Members of Occupy movement celebrate the "reopening" of the UBS building as a discussion venue.
City offices of UBS bank reopened as forum for discussion by Occupy protesters arriving from across Britain

The Occupy movement continued to acquire momentum on Saturday as protesters from camps across the country converged in London to begin shaping a national campaign.

The supporters - from more than 10 Occupy sites, including Plymouth, the Isle of Wight and Edinburgh - gathered as the campaign opened an empty office building owned by the Swiss bank UBS as a venue for discussions, after taking control of it on Friday. Christened the "Bank of Ideas", the vast complex on the periphery of the City is the third London site to be occupied, following encampments at St Paul's Cathedral and Finsbury Square. Organisers said that more sites would follow as the movement grew.

The fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, 70, became the latest high-profile supporter to address protesters on Saturday, on the steps of St Paul's. She said that the global financial crisis was intrinsically linked to the world's ecological travails, and called for people to embrace culture as a means to help wean them "off the drug of consumerism".

Smoking

Antismoking Wolves

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Extremist antismokers in Japan attacking smoking while completely ignoring the Fukushima fallout (which ironically will give them lung cancer within a generation)
I've often thought that the antismokers made a political mistake when they started demonising smokers, because they created for themselves a highly numerous enemy which they didn't have before, when they were just battling the tobacco companies.

But perhaps it wasn't a mistake at all. Perhaps it was always an essential part of their strategy.

Antismoking organisations are essentially predatory in character. They survive by stealing from people. This theft is carried out largely through taxation of smokers and through things like the US Master Settlement Agreement, by which the tobacco companies pay out huge amounts of money. Those billions of dollars in pay-offs and taxes have funded the growth of the antismoking industry just like a rich diet of deer funds the growth of a wolf pack.

But if you're going to steal people's money off them in broad daylight, then it helps a lot if you can make it not seem like theft. And that's where the demonisation comes in. If you can make tobacco companies look like they're a menace to society, then it isn't theft to take huge amounts of money off them. It's money they don't deserve. And it's a noble thing to relieve them of it.

So the tobacco companies have been thoroughly demonised. And it was essential for the antismokers to demonise them in order to get away with their money, and win applause for doing so.

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Diaspora social network co-founder dead at 22

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Ilya Zhitomirskiy, R.I.P.
A 22-year-old co-founder of privacy-themed online social network Diaspora died during the weekend, the San Francisco coroner confirmed.

Local media reports indicated that Ilya Zhitomirskiy may have committed suicide, but the coroner's office said it will take several weeks to determine the cause of death.

Zhitomirskiy was one of four US college students who launched Diaspora last year in a bid to win fans as an easier, more private alternative to social networking powerhouse Facebook.

Mysteriously, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg was reportedly among those who financially backed Diaspora.

The fledgling social network's home page at diasp.org on Monday featured a picture of a giant dandelion going to seed next to an image of Zhitomirskiy seated in a classroom. Beneath the image was his name and "1989-2011."

"We'll all miss Ilya more than we can say," Diaspora co-founder Peter Schurman said in a statement released late Monday.