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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The police aren't behind this one. A 10-ton space rock traveling faster than 33 thousand miles per hour blew up in the skies over Russia, causing a lot of damage and injuries.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WheelsOfConfusion wrote:
The police aren't behind this one.


THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THEY WANT YOU TO THINK!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

some extraordinary footage of the meteor

what's up with the Russians and their dashboard cameras anyway?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Feiticeira wrote:
some extraordinary footage of the meteor

what's up with the Russians and their dashboard cameras anyway?

Roads are bad, police are corrupt and sometimes brutal, and generally and life is cheap in Russia so they drive accordingly. The dangers on all sides make dashcams useful for safety and insurance purposes.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also there's a shitload of people trying to set up accidents. I've seen half-hour montages of people jumping out in front of moving cars (captured via the dashcams), in order to extort money out of the driver. Sometimes the police are in on these scams. Dashcams provide concrete evidence exposing the fraud.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bet Tat, Thy, and Mouse aren't too happy with this:

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Maureen O'Connor was a physical education teacher who won a seat on the San Diego City Council when she was only 25 years old, later winning two terms as the city's first female mayor as she charmed voters with a populist flair.

But her rapid rise was matched by her fall, culminating Thursday when she acknowledged in federal court that she took $2.1 million from her late husband's charitable foundation during a decade-long gambling spree in which she won — and lost — more than $1 billion.

O'Connor pleaded not guilty to a money laundering charge in an agreement with the Justice Department that defers prosecution for two years while she tries to repay the foundation and receives treatment for gambling. O'Connor, 66, once had a personal fortune that her attorney estimated between $40 million and $50 million, inherited from her husband of 17 years, Robert O. Peterson, founder of the Jack in the Box Inc. fast-food chain. She is now virtually broke, living with a sister.

O'Connor walked across the courtroom with a cane, appearing frail and struggling to maintain composure at one point as her attorney wrapped his arm around her shoulder and placed his hand on her head.

At a news conference, she said she always intended to repay the foundation and appeared to blame her behavior on a brain tumor that was diagnosed in 2011. "There are two Maureens — Maureen No. 1 and Maureen No. 2," said O'Connor, who declined to take questions. "Maureen No. 2 is the Maureen who did not know she had a tumor growing in her brain."

O'Connor's game of choice was video poker at casinos in San Diego, Las Vegas and Atlantic City, N.J. Her attorney, Eugene Iredale, said she played for hours at a time. She won about $1 billion from 2000 to 2009, according to winnings that casinos reported to the Internal Revenue Service, but lost even more. Iredale said her net gambling losses topped $13 million. News of O'Connor's gambling troubles and financial ruin elicited sympathy in her hometown. Magistrate Judge David Bartick told her that she left "a very strong legacy in the city of San Diego."


Full Story: http://news.yahoo.com/ex-mayors-1-billion-gambling-woes-stun-san-095015218.html
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

it is really sad. she did a good job as mayor, and then she just sort of disappeared...i guess now we know why.

by the way, mitt romney's la jolla house, the one he wants to rebuild with a car elevator? that used to be hers. the news last night said she sold it as a short sale, and it was almost immediately assessed at about twice the sales price - that, apparently, is one of the sales she was forced to make to cover gambling losses.

sad cautionary tale.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 11:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Feiticeira wrote:
some extraordinary footage of the meteor


isn't it amazing!?

in that second one, you can see a trail of flames in the sky
it's so biblical :)
the sky alight
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, yes it is Michael Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Michael wrote:
Feiticeira wrote:
some extraordinary footage of the meteor


isn't it amazing!?

in that second one, you can see a trail of flames in the sky
it's so biblical Smile
the sky alight

I'm amazed you don't hear anyone react in the video. There's a streak of flame and a brilliant light in the sky. If those were my dashcam all you'd hear is me flipping the fuck out.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Washington state fifth graders plotted to kill girl, authorities say
By Eric M. Johnson | Reuters – 11 hrs ago
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SEATTLE (Reuters) - Two fifth-grade boys are in custody in Washington state after they brought a knife and gun to school with the goal of killing a schoolmate in a foiled murder plot that shocked their rural town because of their youth, prosecutors said on Friday. The boys, accused of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder despite their tender ages of 10 and 11, also planned to harm other students by luring them away one at a time, said Tim Rasmussen, a Stevens County prosecuting attorney.

The boys are due in court next week, where a judge will determine if they had the mental capacity to carry out the attack and if they can be prosecuted in juvenile court, which in Washington is typically reserved for older defendants between ages 12 and 18.

Prosecutors said the boys had boarded a school bus on their way to an elementary school in Colville, a city of 4,600 residents in the far northeast part of the state, with the 11-year-old in possession of a knife and the 10-year-old with a functional Remington Model 1911 semi-automatic handgun. But a fourth-grade student riding the bus saw the knife and reported it to a teacher's aide, prosecutors said. School officials found the weapons before anyone was hurt, and the two boys were arrested. They are in a juvenile detention facility.

The boys sought to lure the girl away from school, where the older boy planned to stab her, prosecutors said. "I was going to kill her with the knife and (the younger boy) was supposed to use the gun to keep anyone from trying to stop me or mess up our plan," the older boy told police, according to the declaration of probable cause filed in court. They intended to kill the girl because "she's rude and always made fun of me and my friends," the younger boy told investigators, according to the documents.

Attorneys for the boys declined to comment. One of the boys had taken the gun, which originally belonged to his grandfather, from an older brother's room, according to a declaration of probable cause.

The boys also bribed another student with $80 to dissuade him from revealing what he knew about the plot, Rasmussen said. In addition to the murder conspiracy, the 10-year-old boy faces charges of being in possession of a firearm and tampering with a witness. The 11-year-old faces charges of murder conspiracy, juvenile firearm possession conspiracy and tampering with a witness.

If they are convicted of all the charges they could be sentenced to over three years in a juvenile treatment facility.
(Reporting and writing by Eric M. Johnson; Editing by Alex Dobuzinskis, Cynthia Johnston and Todd Eastham)

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Geez. I'm stunned. I probably shouldn't be, but... Geez! Premeditated, cold-blooded first degree murder in response to rudeness and name-calling? O-kay, so, they're kids; they don't exactly have a realistic sense of proportion, yet. But, hell, kid, you could plot out this murder in disgusting detail; couldn't you manage to plot that one step further and realize that afterwards she'd be dead and there's not one damned thing you can do that will ever change or fix that?!

I feel sorry for the judge in this case. Possibly the parents, too, but the judge is the one who's going to have to sort out whether these boys actually understood what they were doing (which seems sadly likely, from the effort they put into it) and what to do about it.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 6:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is really upsetting to me. You have a 10 year old who has ready access to a semi-automatic handgun, kids that age with $80 to hand and an understanding of bribery. In an odd sort of way, the idea that they would fail to understand the implications of murdering a schoolmate is the least surprising thing - kids can be really self-centered - I guess they aren't exactly psychopaths since they had empathy for their friends...but geez, their parents are beyond negligent.
You'd think in such a small town even blue-collar parents would have at least a few minutes to secure deadly weapons from their kids.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's probably a guarantee that those kids were playing video games they shouldn't be i.e. m rated games, amongst being exposed to other sorts of media they shouldn't be exposed to. I've met too many parents who think safe search on google is this magical tool that filters out any and everything not meant for younger eyes.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not gonna call this good or bad, just "news":
http://movies.yahoo.com/blogs/movie-talk/harrison-ford-reportedly-returning-han-solo-star-wars-184512556.html
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