George Z goes free while Florida mom gets 20 years for firing warning shot

George Zimmerman was found not guilty while this Florida mother who fired warning shots against her allegedly abusive husband has been sentenced to 20 years in prisonflorida-mom

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Malala Yousafzai’s Courage

Malala Yousafzai is a courageous 14-year-old schoolgirl from Pakistan’s northwestern Swat Valley. The Pakistani Taliban attempted to murder her a few days ago for publicly defending her right to an education.  Adam B. Ellick followed Malala Yousafzai for six months in 2009. He filmed a two-part documentary during that time which he describes as “some of the most critical days of her life.” In his article entitled My ‘Small Video Star’ Fights for Her Life, he writes the following about Malala Yousafzai.

“In the documentary, and on the surface, Malala comes across as a steady, calming force, undeterred by anxiety or risk. She is mature beyond her years. She never displayed a mood swing and never complained about my laborious and redundant interviews.

But don’t be fooled by her gentle demeanor and soft voice. Malala is also fantastically stubborn and feisty — traits that I hope will enable her recovery.” — Adam B. Ellick

“Pink Slime” panic grows…

KSDK-TV – Treating scrap meat with ammonium hydroxide creates a pink goo that is used to extend meat products like chicken and beef and to kill bacteria. (Image)

“‘Pink slime’ is bits of meat and muscle salvaged from slaughterhouse floors (formerly used only for pet food and rendering) that are treated with a pink chemical to kill any dangerous pathogens. According to an earlier report by msnbc.com, the unappetizing pink goo is widely used in the food industry as an anti-microbial agent in meats and as a leavener in bread and cake products.”

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“An online petition urging the government to stop the use of “pink slime — the scrape and waste meat products that are treated with ammonium-hydroxide– in school food has collected almost 20,000 signatures over the last several days.

After reports that school districts around the country were serving kids hamburgers containing up to 15 percent of the processed product known in the meat industry as “Lean Finely Textured Beef’, parents and consumers poured online to express their disgust. As of Friday afternoon “pink slime” became the most searched phrase on Google Trends and Twitter users were expressing their disgust.

Breaking up is hard to do!

Cheating husband forced to pay $100,000 thousand dollars to spurned mistress

An Australian man who had an affair with a woman for 20 years while he was married has been ordered to pay the mistress more than $100,000 (£55,000) under the country’s new laws that give rights to people in de facto relationships.

The woman, who has not been named for legal reasons, said that she deserved the money, the Sunday Herald Sun reported.

“He always told me he would look after me, then he left me. I had committed myself fully to him for all those years and it just came to a dead end.

“He behaved like a gentleman toward me throughout our relationship – except at the end – and now he has been a gentleman again by doing the right thing.”

The woman argued that she provided her lover with moral and emotional support for more than two decades. [continue]

Fake bin Laden links spreading malicious software

May 04, 2011|By Doug Gross, CNN

Fake links to photos or videos of Osama bin Laden have hit Facebook and e-mail in a big way — often with malicious intent.

As news spread that the White House won’t release photos of Osama bin Laden’s body, federal authorities and security experts on Wednesday were urging Web users to be careful clicking on fake links claiming to offer images or video about his death.

Since the U.S.-led raid that killed bin Laden on Sunday, e-mail inboxes and social-media sites like Facebook have been flooded with bad links that, at best, are unwanted spam and, at worst, contain harmful computer viruses.

People in the cybersecurity industry aren’t surprised. Big news events, as well as popular public figures (think Anna Kournikova and Justin Bieber) are often used as click bait for spammers and scammer

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In Villa Rica, GA, a police officer shut down a Girl Scout troop’s cookie stand. Why? Because they didn’t have a peddler’s permit. Now, that’s what I call government regulation at its finest. Forget those boys on Wall Street and the banking industry who brought this country to its knees, let’s get the Girl Scouts off the streets.

Just because they’re cute and selling incredibly delicious cookies doesn’t mean they should be an exception. Besides, everyone knows those chocolate thin mints are nothing more than a gateway drug to crack.

Troop #7984 was selling cookies at a local strip mall. The officer approached and asked them for their permit. When they couldn’t produce it, he shut them down. Right then and there, they had to pack up their cookie booth and get out-of-town.

That’s law and order in Villa Rica, GA. Yes ma’am! Remember that next time you visit. Forget what you’ve heard about the horrors of Turkish prisons. Any place where they take down Girl Scouts, you don’t wanna be.

Can you imagine the line up? Um, officer, I think it’s the little one in the green dress, with the pigtails and the evil glint in her eyes. Don’t be fooled by the tears and intermittent sobs for her mommy.

In an attempt to smooth over the “misunderstanding,” the mayor and police chief quickly stepped into the limelight to do a little PR work, offering the girls a pizza party and a tour of the police department. No one has verified whether the police department confiscated any of the girls’ inventory. Reportedly, several officers (with guilty expressions) were seen wiping crumbs from their lips.

Next thing you know they’ll be harassing jaywalkers and charging old ladies with littering for tossing cigarette butts out their car windows, but at least the streets will be safe in Villa Rica, GA.

You knew there would be a video, didn’t you? Go “HERE.”

Note that the council member who suggests that the permit is somehow connected to safety issues, fails to explain how a peddler’s permit will prevent a child from running into the street.

Satellite Photos of Japan, Before and After the Quake and Tsunami

These are terribly sad photos of the devastation that was left in the wake of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The loss is unimaginable for the people of Japan. Please be sure to place your cursor on the slider that appears in the middle of each photo, and drag it across the photo to see the before and after image change right before your eyes. [continue…]

Tyche

Jupiter may have competition for the status as the solar system’s biggest planet.
Photo credit: Courtesy of Flickr user tonynetone
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We’ll get to the business of a BRAND NEW planet in a minute, but first about us. Our fridge broke yesterday. Instead of icy cold, my Grey Goose is merely tepid now. The freezer incident is only the latest in a long series of very weird happenings around here.

What do you call it when things stop working for no obvious reason? Light bulbs pop when you flip the switch, the DVR makes sputtering and clicking sounds, the CD player works only when it’s in the mood, phones crackle and cackle wildly when no one is using them, the iron starts spitting rusty steam, computers turn as mercurial as an adolescent girl, and the freezer portion of your two-year-old fridge stops cooling your Grey Goose.

All of those things are happening around here. There must be some supernatural, woo-hoo term for this particular brand of mayhem. Maybe it’s a poltergeist; maybe it’s because Earth will soon be in Mercury Retrograde. Maybe it’s these crazy March winds that have arrived early (our neighbors siding blew off his house yesterday). I don’t know.

Maybe it’s all about Tyche (pronounced ty-kee)!

Have you heard? There may be a newly discovered planet in our solar system. It’s still a hypotheses, but this would be our ninth planet, and it could be hanging out there on the fringes of our neighborhood – um, solar system. And get this, it’s bigger than Jupiter.

The new planet will be named after a gal – Tyche. Tyche is the Greek goddess of spirit and fortune, and she has a reputation for being quite fickle. If she’s of a mind, she can give you a fortune the next time you buy that lottery ticket, or she can just as easily wreak havoc on your life for no apparent reason.

With the exception of Earth, all of the planets in our solar system have names from Greek or Roman mythology and except for Venus, they’re all boys.  So, if this new planet is really out there, Venus (the Roman goddess of love and beauty) will no longer be the only girl on the block.

Tyche (pronounced tayh-kee) is derived from the Greek word for “providence, fortune” and the Roman “fortuna.” It also refers to the ancient Greek goddess of spirit and fortune – a tutelary deity that oversees the destiny of a city. The Greek historian Polybius believed that when no direct cause could be identified for floods, drought or frosts, the blame fell on Tyche’s shoulders. A capricious dispenser of both good and ill will, Lady Luck giveth and taketh away.

The daughter of the  Titans Oceanus and Tethys, Tyche is often depicted holding a large cornucopia from which an abundance of coins fall – representing good luck and fortune. She also holds a rudder – helping her to guide and conduct the fates of the world. Finally, a ball completes her regalia, representing the unsteadiness of any given fortune.

Get the whole enchilada at The Hot Word.

Basically, they named the latest planet after a psycho who would stalk her boyfriend after he broke up with her. Don’t let her catch you flirting with her sister. She’ll put Nair® in your shampoo, paint thinner on your car and send compromising photos to your mother. She’s estimated to be four times the size of Jupiter, who is presently the largest planet in our solar system. He must be having some ego problems just about now.

Back to my freezer…

It’s only two-years-old, and water is running out of the door where the ice usually exits. Fortunately, it’s still under warranty. The repairman has ordered the parts. They’re expected to arrive in about 5 to 7 days.

I know. Five to seven days with melting food. Lovely.

New planet named after a goddess of fortune… March winds in February… anything could happen!

I’m buying that lottery ticket! Maybe she’ll smile on me… but probably not after calling her a psycho. I take it back. She’s just eccentric.

Read more about Tyche at The Daily Weston.