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World War II Bomb Detonated in Heart of Munich


from Der Spiegel:





Authorities detonated a World War II bomb in Munich on Tuesday night after efforts to defuse it were unsuccessful. Residents across the city heard the blast as a fireball rose into the sky. Hundreds of windows in the area shattered and several small fires started on area rooftops, but no one was hurt.

Defusing leftover bombs from World War II hidden in the ground beneath German cities has long been routine. The area surrounding the dud is evacuated, experts arrive to defuse the explosive and before long, normality returns. Often, such operations hardly even warrant a mention in the back pages of local newspapers.

That, however, was not the situation in Munich on Tuesday night. Unable to defuse a 250 kilogram (550 pound) bomb found buried one meter (three feet) deep at the site of the former bar Schwabinger 7 in the heart of the Bavarian capital, authorities elected to detonate the explosive on site. The controlled blast, finally carried out just before 10 p.m., sent a fireball into the night sky, shattered windows in the vicinity and resulted in several small fires on surrounding rooftops. Nobody was hurt.

"Almost all the window panes in the immediate area were destroyed," Diethard Posorski, from the Munich bomb disposal authority, told journalists. A fire department spokesman added: "It looked quite spectacular." ...............(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/bomb-from-world-war-ii-detonated-in-munich-a-852669.html



RNC Keynote Speech (cartoon)





Bizarre dreams infiltrating Andy Murray's sleep


from Yahoo!:


Bizarre dreams infiltrating Andy Murray's sleep


Tennis star Andy Murray is ready to turn to a sports psychologist to help him combat a bizarre series of dreams in which the result of the biggest two matches of his life were reversed.

Murray revealed that during his sleeping hours he has imagined that he emerged victorious from this year's Wimbledon final against Roger Federer – a match he actually lost in four sets.

Conversely, Murray has started to dream about losing to Federer in the men's Olympic final earlier this month – a match Murray won in four sets in front of a patriotic home crowd on Wimbledon's Center Court.

"Like four days after Wimbledon, I dreamt that I won Wimbledon," said Murray, who eased through his first-round match on Monday at the U.S. Open by beating Alex Bogomolov Jr. "I woke up in the morning, I was just starting to feel better and that didn't help. ..................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/tennis--bizarre-dreams-infiltrating-andy-murray-s-sleep.html



Jason Mraz, Obama supporter




http://www.rollingstone.com/music/pictures/jason-mrazs-new-orleans-tour-diary-20120813/showing-our-support-0517114

Keiser Report: Stolen Sovereignty: IMF's grand Greek heist





Published on Aug 28, 2012 by RussiaToday

In this episode, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the sound of one monkey-hand clapping as Alan Greenspan finger-painted the markets and grand heists ensued.


NY Times: Over Loud Boos, Romney Supporters Pass New Rules


TAMPA, Fla. — Mitt Romney’s supporters passed new rules governing future primaries over the loud boos of Ron Paul supporters and other conservative activists who had objected to what they said was a power grab by the party’s establishment leaders.

The House speaker, John A. Boehner, called for a vote on the rules on Tuesday afternoon after Mr. Romney’s advisers said they had reached a compromise with activists on Monday night.

When Mr. Boehner called for the “ayes,” the crowd roared in the affirmative. But when he called for the “nays,” an even louder “no” echoed through the convention hall, led by supporters of Mr. Paul.

Mr. Boehner ignored them, pressing ahead by saying the rules would be adopted “without objection,” even as the crowd continued to roar its disapproval. Mr. Boehner announced that the rules were approved and quickly moved on to the adoption of the party’s platform. ..................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/28/over-loud-boos-romney-supporters-pass-new-rules/?hp




Born in chains: the American way of birth in prison


Born in chains: the American way of birth in prison
Thanks to its incarceration addiction, the US has the world's largest female prison population – but no plan for pregnancies

Sadhbh Walshe
guardian.co.uk, Saturday 25 August 2012


When DeShawn Balka was five-and-a-half months pregnant, she was sent to the Clayton County Jail in Atlanta, Georgia for a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession. As her pregnancy was high-risk, she was housed in the jail's infirmary. On the night of 18 April 2012 she started experiencing nausea and stomach pain and called for medical assistance. According to her attorney, Mike Mills, and her two cell mates, her cries for help were not only ignored but, she was warned to shut up or else the entire ward would be put on lockdown.

Suddenly, DeShawn was screaming and her two cellmates began banging on their cell door. When the guard in charge finally came to her aid, she was found sitting on the toilet in tears. An investigation report issued by the Clayton County Sheriff's office describes in a rather chilling manner, their version of what happened next:

"When Sergeant Mayo got to cell 3508 she saw Inmate Balka sitting on the toilet crying. Sergeant Mayo told Inmate Balka to stand up so she could help the baby. Inmate Balka refused saying it hurt too much to stand. Sergeant Mayo finally convinced Inmate Balka to stand and when she did, Sergeant Mayo observed a baby face down in the toilet. Sergeant Mayo then grabbed the baby and held its face out of the water until medical arrived. LPN Eugene Andry responded and removed the baby from the toilet and started CPR."


It was too late, of course: the baby, Inyx O'Neil Balka, was never to get a shot at living, and his mother is now suing the county for neglect. The county in turn (via their investigation report) deny any wrongdoing. Whatever the outcome of the lawsuit, the case highlights the inherent dangers of placing pregnant women in prison – and the complete lack of any program or protocol to cater to their particular needs, never mind their unborn babies' welfare, once they get there.

Thanks to the war on drugs, and a general 30-year-long incarceration binge, the number of women in prison has increased by over 400%, to the point where America can now make the not-so-proud boast of having the largest female prison population in the world. The vast majority of these women are not only non-violent first-time offenders, they are frequently the victims of violence themselves, and their crimes are often crimes of addiction, either stealing to buy the substance of that addiction, or simply being caught in possession of it. Needless to mention, women of color are far more likely to end up in prison than their white counterparts. ................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/aug/26/born-in-chains-american-way-birth-prison



UnTIED Airlines


United Continental Holdings, parent of United Airlines, was having a major network problem Tuesday afternoon.

Its website was down, giving the message, "We are experiencing technical difficulties. This will temporarily affect our ability to serve you online."

FlightAware.com said United was experiencing a systemwide outage of their passenger service network since at least 2:20 p.m. The system is the technology backbone of the airline, used for reservations, ticketing and check-ins. A United spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

"It is expected to have a significant impact on United's airline this evening as flights will be delayed substantially because passengers will be unable to check in for their flights as well as the other operational roles of (the reservation system)," said the advisory from FlightAware.com. .................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-computers-down-at-united-20120828,0,7389528.story



Man killed while trying to create Bigfoot sighting


KALISPELL, Mont. — A man dressed in a military-style "ghillie" suit and apparently trying to provoke reports of a Bigfoot sighting in northwest Montana was struck by two cars and killed, authorities said.

The man was standing in the right-hand lane of U.S. Highway 93 south of Kalispell on Sunday night when he was hit by the first car, according to the Montana Highway Patrol. A second car hit the man as he lay in the roadway, authorities said.

Flathead County officials identified the man as Randy Lee Tenley, 44, of Kalispell. Trooper Jim Schneider said motives were ascertained during interviews with friends, and alcohol may have been a factor but investigators were awaiting tests. ................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://xfinity.comcast.net/articles/news-national/20120828/US.Sasquatch.Hoax.Fatal/?cid=hero_media



Born in chains: the American way of birth in prison



Born in chains: the American way of birth in prison
Thanks to its incarceration addiction, the US has the world's largest female prison population – but no plan for pregnancies

Sadhbh Walshe
guardian.co.uk, Saturday 25 August 2012


When DeShawn Balka was five-and-a-half months pregnant, she was sent to the Clayton County Jail in Atlanta, Georgia for a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession. As her pregnancy was high-risk, she was housed in the jail's infirmary. On the night of 18 April 2012 she started experiencing nausea and stomach pain and called for medical assistance. According to her attorney, Mike Mills, and her two cell mates, her cries for help were not only ignored but, she was warned to shut up or else the entire ward would be put on lockdown.

Suddenly, DeShawn was screaming and her two cellmates began banging on their cell door. When the guard in charge finally came to her aid, she was found sitting on the toilet in tears. An investigation report issued by the Clayton County Sheriff's office describes in a rather chilling manner, their version of what happened next:

"When Sergeant Mayo got to cell 3508 she saw Inmate Balka sitting on the toilet crying. Sergeant Mayo told Inmate Balka to stand up so she could help the baby. Inmate Balka refused saying it hurt too much to stand. Sergeant Mayo finally convinced Inmate Balka to stand and when she did, Sergeant Mayo observed a baby face down in the toilet. Sergeant Mayo then grabbed the baby and held its face out of the water until medical arrived. LPN Eugene Andry responded and removed the baby from the toilet and started CPR."


It was too late, of course: the baby, Inyx O'Neil Balka, was never to get a shot at living, and his mother is now suing the county for neglect. The county in turn (via their investigation report) deny any wrongdoing. Whatever the outcome of the lawsuit, the case highlights the inherent dangers of placing pregnant women in prison – and the complete lack of any program or protocol to cater to their particular needs, never mind their unborn babies' welfare, once they get there.

Thanks to the war on drugs, and a general 30-year-long incarceration binge, the number of women in prison has increased by over 400%, to the point where America can now make the not-so-proud boast of having the largest female prison population in the world. The vast majority of these women are not only non-violent first-time offenders, they are frequently the victims of violence themselves, and their crimes are often crimes of addiction, either stealing to buy the substance of that addiction, or simply being caught in possession of it. Needless to mention, women of color are far more likely to end up in prison than their white counterparts. ................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/aug/26/born-in-chains-american-way-birth-prison



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