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India: Boy Kills Self in Bizarre Copycat Suicide

A Class VII student died in a bid to see what 'suicide felt like', on Wednesday. Shoaib Khan (12) hung himself from the ceiling with a dupatta, at his Upadhaya Chawl residence in Vijay Nagar, Sakinaka, asking his younger brother and sister to watch the ghastly act.

The Sakinaka police came to know there had two to three suicides in less than two months in the neighbourhood. "He did it out of curiosity to know what one gains by hanging himself," a policeman said.

Shoaib, student of an Urdu-medium civic school, made an attempt two days earlier. "He tied a dupatta to his neck, gave one end to his nine-year-old brother and the other to his seven-year-old sister and asked them to tighten it around his neck. Seeing this, his mother Sahijahan rushed to stop them and warned them not to try it again," a police officer said.

Police said the incident occurred around 11 pm, minutes after Shoaib and his family celebrated his maternal uncle Nabiullah Khan's daughter's birthday. "After dinner I asked Shoaib to go home with siblings as more relatives would come and there would be little space in the house. Everything happened in less than five minutes after they went," an inconsolable Sahijahan told TOI on Friday.

Stormtrooper

US: Police State 2011: Woman Arrested for Speaking at City Council Meeting

Quartzsite, AZ - The Mayor is challenged under a recall election beginning next month. Accusations have been made. The city council is persecuting the Mayor for giving the people a voice. The Chief of Police is also involved in the scandal. Jennifer Jones is given the floor at a city council meeting open to the public. While she is speaking the council realizes she's about to air their dirty laundry and quickly beckons their henchman to cart her off.

The Mayor steps in and says Jones has been recognized to speak and has not violated the council's rules, but the council ignores him and has the woman removed even as the Mayor continues to contest. The police officers ignore the Mayor of the city and remove the woman. It's obvious who those cops work for, and it's not the people.


Bomb

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

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© Electronic Frontier Foundation
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.

Light Saber

Huge PRO-Gaddafi Rally takes Place in Tripoli

Recorded from here.


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


USA

The American Dream - Connecting The Dots

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


Sherlock

'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.

Butterfly

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.