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  • The next pandemic virus may be circulating on U.S. pig farms, but health officials are struggling to see past the front gate
  • Sandy McGriff, 52, was apprehended by Dallas police in the afternoon on Christmas Eve when she was spotted stuffing items belonging to Serita Agnew, a parishioner at the The Church of the Living God where McGriff is the pastor.

    McGriff, who did not immediately respond to messages left by ABCNews.com, told ABC News’ Dallas affiliate WFAA that she was checking on Agnew’s house when she caught two men breaking in.

    Asked why she didn’t just call the police rather than climbing through the window, McGriff told WFAA, “My mistake, I should have.”

    In another interview with The Dallas Morning News, McGriff, surrounded by her own collection of fur coats, told the reporter that she doesn’t “stand in need of anything.”

    Adding that she had a carload of groceries when she was arrested, McGriff told the paper, “I don’t know of a burglar that’s going to go shopping for groceries and then go commit a burglary.”

    “I thought I was helping,” McGriff said.

  • What will happen when food disruptions occur, the currency collapses or social chaos breaks out in U.S. cities? This video answers that question by revealing how everyday people can transform into crazed animals who trample other human beings in order to get what they want. A shocking video that reveals a part of human nature that society tries to keep caged.
  • June 30, 2006 – Proposition Gallery
    New York, New York United States
  • An arm of the United States Marshals Service undervalued what could amount to untold millions of dollars in assets forfeited by white-collar criminals — including some from the family of Bernard L. Madoff — and sold them for far less than they were worth, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court in Manhattan.
    As a result, the lawsuit suggests, crime victims, including some who lost fortunes in the Madoff case, may have been deprived of millions of dollars in restitution.
  • President Obama is voicing support for a U.N. resolution that could accomplish something as radical as relinquishing some U.S. sovereignty and opening a path for the return of ancient tribal lands to American Indians, including even parts of Manhattan.
  • The authorities use a two-tier system of administration. The prison officials and the guards protect the perimeter of the facilities and provide the upper layer of security, but then they elevate select prisoners to act as internal enforcers among the other prisoners. These elite prisoners receive privileges and protections in return for enforcing a brutal form of order within the prisons. Ponomarev called this a “low-risk ghetto system” for the guards. “If one of their enforcers gets killed by another, they can just promote a new one. Maybe even the one that killed the last boss.” [...]

    This system of using prisoners to enforce discipline and order was formally established by the Ministry of Justice in 2005. According to William Smirnov, a member of the President’s Council on Human Rights, the MOJ formalized a system that had long existed. Smirnov defended the system, telling us that “It was not a bad idea, but it was poorly implemented.”

  • A frustrated cabdriver unwittingly delivered a man carrying a bag that was allegedly filled with nearly a half-million dollars in drugs to officers at the Rogers Park District police station over the weekend.
    The driver, who asked not to be named, said he picked up a fare in the Lincoln Park neighborhood on Saturday afternoon and took the man to an address in Rogers Park.

    The passenger, later identified by police as Joseph Andrew Hoffman, 25, chatted on his phone for about half the trip but was unconscious by the time they arrived at the destination, the cabdriver said.

    The cabdriver said he tried to rouse the man for about 10 minutes before driving to the police station. Police searched the man’s bag and found bottles of a “clear, crystalline substance” connected by wires to a “power source,” which together apparently amounted to a miniature methamphetamine lab, according to a police report.

    The street value of the drugs in the man’s bag was nearly $450,000, the police report said.

  • “In the 1970s, paedophilia was theorised as something fully in conformity with man and even with children,” the Pope said. “It was maintained — even within the realm of Catholic theology — that there is no such thing as evil in itself or good in itself. There is only a ‘better than’ and a ‘worse than’. Nothing is good or bad in itself.”
  • You know all those doom-and-gloomers who get up before Congress and testify about how terrorists are going to attack America’s electric grid, sending blackouts toppling across the country like dominoes? Well, here’s what Seth Blumsack, a power-system expert at Pennsylvania State University, has to say about the terrifying prospect: “That’s a bunch of hooey.”
  • The “good catches,” federal officials say, have largely gone unnoticed amid the criticism that erupted over the ghostly X-rays and “enhanced” pat-downs. The Transportation Security Administration, which intensified airport screening last month, points to several successes: small amounts of marijuana wrapped in baggies, other drugs stitched inside underwear, ceramic knives concealed in shirt pockets.

    But the machines could miss something far more deadly: explosive material taped to someone’s abdomen or hidden inside a cavity. Researchers and security experts question the technology’s ability to detect chemical explosives that are odorless, far smaller than previous incarnations, and easily molded to fool machines and security screeners into thinking they are part of the human body.

  • To date, these sources have promoted two major claims regarding WikiLeaks’s relationship to Israel. One claim is that WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange “struck a deal” with Israel to withhold the cables that were “embarrassing” to Israel. This narrative about Israel negotiating with Assange may have first surfaced in Al Haqiqa, an online publication affiliated with a Syrian opposition group, which was cited as a source by other articles posted in Arabic and English, as well as select press agencies. Others furthered this claim by alleging that Israel’s “deal” with Assange either aimed to undermine the United States or sought to create an opening to attack Iran.

    Another theory circulating online is that Assange actually works for Israel as a “spy,” with the alleged evidence being the scarcity of cables related to Israel in the materials that were leaked to the public and the press.

  • Perlitz had pleaded guilty to a single charge of traveling abroad for illicit sexual purposes. But in sentencing Perlitz to 235 months in prison, Arterton said she had concluded that Perlitz victimized 16 people: the six who appeared in court and 10 others she identified from DVD interviews.
  • On Sunday, Gauthier dialed 911 first to request that a deputy bring him business cards and later, while apparently intoxicated, he called 911 and told the dispatcher he wanted the media arrested, but admitted there was no emergency, deputies said.

    Deputies said Gauthier has called the Sheriff’s Office 16 times since November to request business cards and check up on deputies.

  • When police officers arrived at 13-year-old Masha’s home, searched her room and inspected her computer, it was not because they suspected her of any crime.

    Her offence was simply to be a devoted follower of the angst-ridden punk-rock subculture known as ‘emo’, in an ex-Soviet state where pressures to conform remain strong.

  • A deranged dad took his infant son hostage and torched the family Christmas tree during a wild standoff with Brooklyn cops, police said today.
  • A woman jumped into a cab in Darwin, Australia, suggested to the driver that they have sex and when he declined, started kicking the car and then threw a bottle though the rear window, the Northern Territory News reported.The paper quoted the cabdriver, who asked to be identified only as Dean, as saying, “If you saw the girl you’d have to be pretty desperate. She was a very big fat ugly woman, she got in the car and stunk it out.” Thanks Patrick Nybakken.
  • That shit looks legit to me
  • Hockey x Techno = W00F!
  • Hurricane Creekkeeper John L. Wathen has presented a short documentary, Will Our Beaches Never Be The Same, highlighting the 8-month environmental and community damage from the Gulf of Mexico “crime of the millennium” against humanity and planet that continues. The oil keeps washing ashore. Black ops continue aerial spraying Corexit.

    To demonstrate the unprecedented and ongoing crime with impunity, Mr. Wathern highlights Dauphin Island Beach in Alabama.

  • In 1960, the American Journal of Psychiatry reported on “an unusual perversion”, in a case of a man with “the desire to be injured by an automobile operated by a woman.”

    The patient, a man in his late twenties, reported a periodic desire to be injured by a woman operating an automobile. This wish, present since adolescence, he had by dint of great ingenuity and effort, gratified hundreds of times without serious injury or detection. Satisfaction could be obtained by inhaling exhaust fumes, having a limb run over on a yielding surface to avoid appreciable damage or by being pressed against a wall by the vehicle.

    Gratification was enhanced if the woman were attractive by conventional standards. Injuries inflicted by men operating automobiles or other types of injury inflicted by women had no meaning. He experienced pleasure from the experience, thus establishing the symptom as a perversion rather than a compulsion.

  • Warheads:
    Blindfold your guy or send him into another room. Suck on the sour candy for a few seconds before running it over five unexpected hot spots on your body—like behind your knees, on your left nipple, near your collarbone. Then he has to use his sense of taste to find those areas. If he gets all five right, pass him a Warhead and ask him to challenge you.
  • ‘they look like dolphins!!!’ Thanks Baller.
  • Shops selling human excrement began operating in North Korea this year, as acute shortages of fertiliser in the sanctions-wracked country put a price on faeces, an analyst said.
  • Think those people trapped on the A train for seven hours at Aqueduct had it bad? Actress Madalyn McKay has them beat with her subway blizzard horror story. She just got back to her Borough Park home this morning…34 hours after leaving a party on the Upper West Side Sunday night. 32 of those hours were spent languishing on a stranded subway train at the ground-level Bay Parkway N station.

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