Daily Archives: August 30, 2011
A city councilman and former mayor of Fort Bragg, California was gunned down while investigating a report of an illegal drug farm there. This won’t help Mendocino County’s reputation as among the mellowest of narco-hubs.
The former mayor, Jere Melo, was reportedly investigating a report of an illegal pot farm on private timberland when he and a companion encountered a collection of opium poppies and then came under fire from a high caliber rifle. The other man survived; Melo, a 69 year old pillar of the community, did not. The 35 year old suspect in the case is a transient with a history of mental problems — he recently wrote to Chinese diplomats about the “Martian military” — but the drug connection could cast surrounding Mendocino County in a harsher light.
County officials estimate up to two thirds of the local economy traces back to marijuana cultivation, with many of the smaller farms perfectly legal under state medical marijuana laws yet still banned under federal law. There’s even been talk of a “marijuana bubble” there in recent years as tighter border security drove up prices. That sort of scene tend to attract not-so-chill dudes with guns; hopefully local authorities are improving their ability to keep away the ones they fail to mellow out.
Kim Robinshaw, 31, has dropped from a size 24 to a 14-16 in just 9 months! She credits her hypnotist for the miraculous weight loss after being convinced (brainwashed) into believing that she had woken up from getting the band fitted around her stomach.
Although I have been skeptical of hypnotherapists in the past, my friend has quit smoking and this primary school teacher has clearly made progress.
‘I think the results are incredible, I’ve still got a bit more weight to lose, but I just can’t get over it.
‘I didn’t tell anyone at first about the hypnotherapy. My mum and dad were supportive, so they were the only ones that knew. I didn’t want to say it was going to work.
For more about Kim and her unbelievable story, CLICK HERE
Mother ‘forced her 12-year-old adopted daughter into abortion because her 18-year-old biological son was the father’
A mother has been charged after forcing her 12-year-old adopted daughter to get an abortion due to the fact that her 18-year-old biological son had raped the young girl and gotten her pregnant.
Cynthia Greenwood, 50, of Houston, Texas had taken her special needs daughter, only 12 -years-old, to Ohio where she would receive an abortion. Unfortunately for Greenwood, the child was ‘too hysterical,’ the Houston Chronicle reported. The sad part is that the young girl wasn’t even aware she was there to get the baby removed, she was under the impression that her mother brought her there to ‘receive an operation so it wouldn’t hurt when the baby came out.’ She was already 17 weeks pregnant and well into her second trimester.
Greenwood was arrested on Friday on one count of tampering with physical evidence.
Her son Isaac Greenwood, now 19, was charged in April and indicted in July on three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14. Both are free on bail. He is due in court on September 7.
Isaac Greenwood allegedly assaulted his sister twice in March 2010 and once in May 2010 at a relative’s home.
After the incident in Ohio where the procedure could not be done, an anonymous tip was called in:
On October 15, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services received an anonymous call about a 12-year-old who was taken to an Ohio clinic for an abortion, according to the Houston Chronicle.
The caller also reported the ‘hysterical demeanour’ of the girl and that the mother refused to provide any details about how the child became pregnant.
Read more HERE
No shit?! C’mon now, this can’t be real? Well, it is. This was the title for an article posted on the Daily Mail, that I read earlier today. I was pretty damn sure everyone was aware that boxing, in general, was not a good idea… for anyone, let alone children. Look at Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali; You can barely understand what they’re saying when they do speak and I’m afraid we don’t understand because neither do they.
Shit, your brain cells are knocked about, you get black eyes, concussions, weakened lungs, gashes, and so much more. Remember that one time Mike Tyson bit Evander Holyfield’s ear off on June 28, 1997? Of course you do! Boxing is fucking legit.
The fact that children are smaller and can’t cause as much harm as the older folks, does NOT mean they should be able to get into the sport. Boxing is about strength, agility, speed, and skill. When you combine those favorable attributes, anyone could be severely damaged.
On Science Daily, they have just announced that a new drug has been designed to “identify cells that have been infected by any type of virus, then kill those cells to terminate the infection.”
This is a great feat for scientists, especially the researchers who have been working on developing this new drug.
In a paper published July 27 in the journal PLoS ONE, the researchers tested their drug against 15 viruses, and found it was effective against all of them — including rhinoviruses that cause the common cold, H1N1 influenza, a stomach virus, a polio virus, dengue fever and several other types of hemorrhagic fever.
The drug works by targeting a type of RNA produced only in cells that have been infected by viruses. “In theory, it should work against all viruses,” says Todd Rider, a senior staff scientist in Lincoln Laboratory’s Chemical, Biological, and Nanoscale Technologies Group who invented the new technology.
Seeing how effective it has been, suggests that it could possibly even be used to combat newer viruses that have been recently or will become, an issue. Luckily due to the enormous success with initial testing, they will continue to test on mice and hopefully be moving on to bigger, larger species, more quickly than is often the case.
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While going through youtube scoping out videos of people doing stupid shit during Hurricane Irene, I came across this:
They are lucky as all hell that the ‘Hurricane Irene’ was suddenly ‘Tropical Storm Irene’. There have been plenty of nice days, when people are thrown over freeways (obviously located close to the water) only to barely survive. And then you have these ‘dare-devils’ who go out during a fucking storm?! Yet, they made it out alive, and now fame is slowly creeping their way. Don’t you just love how stupidity pays the bills nowadays?
MANKATO, Minn. — Everything went according to plan for two pajama-clad stepsisters who took a goat they’d freed from a Minnesota zoo for a late-night walk.
Until they told the Mankato police officer who stopped them about 11:30 p.m. Saturday that the animal lived in their bedroom closet.
The unconvinced officer walked the girls home, where their parents explained they’d attended a birthday party at the Sibley Park Zoo earlier that day. That’s when they hatched a plan to take one of the goats home.
I must admit how impressed I am. The fact that two young girls, under the age of 8, were able to sneak a goat out of a zoo with no one stopping them, is impressive. And the fact that they can easily stroll out of the house with said goat at around midnight, well, that’s just insane. If I hadn’t read the story I would have naturally assumed that the sisters were much older and had done much more planning, but no. Maybe their parents should consider a puppy, one who gets taken on walks during normal hours.
A clinic is trying to track down hundreds of patients after a nurse apparently spent years improperly using diabetic injection devices on them, potentially exposing them to blood-borne diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis.
Officials from Dean Clinic, in Wisconsin, began trying to contact by phone and letter 2,345 patients who saw the nurse between 2006 and when she left her job two weeks ago.
They want the patients to come in for testing for HIV as well as hepatitis B and C.
State and local health officials said they’re monitoring the situation, but no one had detected any diseases connected to the nurse as of late Monday afternoon.
The clinic’s chief medical officer, Dr Mark Kaufman, said the nurse is a certified diabetic educator.
Her job called for her to train newly-diagnosed diabetics on how to inject insulin and test their blood sugar levels.
Clinic officials declined to identify the nurse.
Earlier this month, another clinic employee reported that the nurse was improperly using a device known as an insulin demonstration pen, which resembles a large hypodermic needle and injects insulin into the bloodstream, as well as a more widely-known finger prick device for blood tests, Dr Kaufman said.
The nurse was supposed to demonstrate how to use the pen on pillows and oranges, not on the patients themselves, he said.
But an internal investigation showed she was using the same pen on people. She used clean needles each time, but using the pen on a person could allow a microscopic backwash of blood to flow back into the pen’s reservoir, potentially contaminating it and putting the next patient at risk.
The finger prick device is supposed to be used on people, but the entire device should be used only once per patient, Dr Kaufman said.
The nurse changed needles but used the same handle from patient to patient, creating a risk that blood could get onto it, dry and infect the next fresh needle and patient.
The nurse left her job on August 10, the same week the other clinic employee came forward about her practices, said Dr Craig Samitt, the clinic’s chief executive officer.
He declined to say whether she resigned or was terminated.
Dr Samitt said the nurse was experienced, noting her certification as a diabetic educator, but it’s unclear why she didn’t follow the devices’ guidelines or clinic protocols.
He said: ‘This is a very difficult situation for us at Dean. I’d like to apologize for the concern this has caused patients and their families. We’ll do whatever it takes to care for affected patients.’
Dr Kaufman said the nurse’s actions probably pose little danger to the patients. The HIV virus degrades in a matter of days, and the hepatitis strains can’t survive for more than a month, he noted.
It’s unclear just how many of the nurse’s patients underwent an insulin pen or finger prick demonstration or even if anyone who did was infected with a blood disease and could have passed it on.
‘The risk is minimal, but remains a theoretical risk,’ Dr Kaufman said.
Dean Clinic includes about 720 health care providers located throughout southern Wisconsin. Dr Samitt declined to say where the nurse worked.
Stephanie Smiley, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Health Services, said agency officials learned of the potential exposures on Monday morning and have been in contact with the clinic.
They also have notified the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, she said.
‘This is a very serious situation and it appears that Dean Clinic is taking the appropriate steps to notify patients of possible exposure and performing follow-up testing as necessary.’
Abigail Tumpey, a spokesperson for the federal Centers for Disease Control and Protection, said Dean has consulted with that agency about the incident.
‘We would agree that the risk is small,’ said Ms Tumpey. Regardless, she added, most people in such education programmes expect no risk.
She said the CDC works with clinics in such situations to make sure patients are notified and that their needs and concerns are met.
‘The goal is more health care transparency. It is a very scary time for many of these patients.’
Although none of the wounds were deep enough to require her to be taken to the hospital, she did have numerous wounds and was obviously upset. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the first time Ms. Lee had abused her daughter; She once hit her for bringing her masking tape when she asked for cellotape. She has explained to police that she has an anger problem, which is what led to the abuse.
The only thing that doesn’t make much sense with her anger excuse is the fact that she stabbed herself with the screwdriver to anticipate what type on injury would be inflicted. This seems more like an orchestrated attack, not one of a mother who got o angry she couldn’t control her actions.
Forunately, the doctor from Emerson, New Jersey, may be losing her job and license after such a vicious attack. In the meantime, she has been released on $200,000 bail while her daughter has been placed with another family.
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