http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3550138/Betrayed-Pope-Lesbos-Christian-brother-sister-desperately-disappointed-told-rescued-Holy-Father-left-red-tape.html >Roula and Malek Abo fled Syria fearing ISIS would kill them for their faith
>The siblings made treacherous journey to Lesbos, where they are stuck
>Thought their luck had changed after offered passage to Rome with Pope
>But because they arrived on April 1 - 10 days after EU deal to send failed asylum applications arriving in Greece from Turkey back, they are stuck
>Spokesman for charity Sant'Egidio called the siblings' case 'regrettable'
>He added the ultimate decision over who was picked was up to the Vatican, which declined to comment
>Neither the Vatican or the charity would confirm the selection process
My 200 student 7-8th grade middle school averaged 3 pregnancy-related drop-outs a year before it was shut down after 2008. I will always remember seeing one of those animals in choir class--pregnant and flashing her breasts to another student--and thinking "WTF is wrong with these people" for the first time.
>Juvenile pranksters from 4chan have made violent threats against three different school districts in Texas, Minnesota, and Virginia using online reporting tools intended for people to anonymously report bad behavior.
>These series of threats, which are loosely nicknamed “Operation Ricardo,” began on the evening of April 24 with First Colonial High School in Virginia Beach.
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>More than 60 different threats and jokes were submitted using the First Colonial Google Form.
>I reached out to First Colonial on May 26 after the school removed the link to the form. Vice Principal David Judge was aware of the threats but declined to comment further until he discussed the matter with the school’s media official. The school was open Tuesday with an added police presence, reported ABC’s 13newsnow.
>Anonymous 4chan pranksters expanded their scope of the prank to the Spring Branch Independent School District in Texas and Chicago Lakes School District in Minnesota Tuesday.
>The threats against each district were very similar. The following is a screengrab of a threat intended for May 2 using Spring Branch’s website.
>Pranks such as these have been a cornerstone of 4chan since it launched on Oct. 1, 2003.
>In October 2015, the website was implicated in the mass shooting at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College after a thread on the site’s imageboard /r9k/ foreshadowed the incident, Salon reported.
>Other notable pranks perpetrated by anonymous 4chan users are the bikini bridge hoax, free bleeding, and “iPhone Wave,” which tried to convince people to charge their phones in a microwave.
>A federal judge gets an earful of Klingon proverbs from a language society intent on making sure that Paramount Pictures can't claim ownership.
>When Paramount and CBS ended last year with a lawsuit over a crowdfunded Star Trek fan film titled Axanar, the two studios probably had no idea that they were about to get mired in an esoteric legal debate about the protectability of the Klingon language. But that's exactly what's happened, and with the language of digital coding hanging in the background, a California federal judge's forthcoming decision could hold significance — so large, in fact, that this otherwise run-of-the-mill copyright action has now drawn an amicus brief from a language society that quotes a Klingon proverb translated as "we succeed together in a greater whole."
>To review, after the Star Trek rights holders filed their complaint, the defendant production company demanded particulars of the franchise's copyrighted elements. In response, Paramount and CBS listed a lot, but what drew most attention was claimed entitlement to the Klingon language. The defendant then reached back to a 19th century Supreme Court opinion for the proposition that Klingon is not copyrightable as a useful system.
>On April 11, that drew an entertaining response from the flummoxed plaintiffs.
>"This argument is absurd since a language is only useful if it can be used to communicate with people, and there are no Klingons with whom to communicate," stated a plaintiffs' brief authored by David Grossman at Loeb & Loeb. "The Klingon language is wholly fictitious, original and copyrightable, and Defendants' incorporation of that language in their works will be part of the Court's eventual substantial similarity analysis. Defendants' use of the Klingon language in their works is simply further evidence of their infringement of Plaintiffs' characters, since speaking this fictitious language is an aspect of their characters."
>Before U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner gets a chance to rule on a motion to dismiss, he's now being asked permission to review a friend-of-the-court brief from the Language Creation Society.
>The brief, authored by Marc Randazza, begins with background that the Klingon language was invented in 1984 by Marc Okrand for Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.
>"Before that, when actors played Klingons in Star Trek television programs or movies, they simply uttered guttural sounds or spoke in English (Federation Standard)," writes Randazza. "Given that Paramount Pictures commissioned the creation of some of the language, it is understandable that Paramount might feel some sense of ownership over the creation. But, feeling ownership and having ownership are not the same thing. The language has taken on a life of its own. Thousands of people began studying it, building upon it, and using it to communicate among themselves."
>Now, with 250,000 copies of a Klingon dictionary said to have been sold, Klingon language certification programs being offered, the Microsoft search engine Bing presenting English-to-Klingon translations, one Swedish couple performing their marriage vows in Klingon, foreign governments providing official statements in Klingon and so on, the Language Creation Society is holding up Klingon as having freed the "bounds of its textual chains."
>Ultimately, the amicus brief comes back to the theory that Klingon is not copyrightable.
>"What is a language other than a procedure, process, or system for communication?" asks the society. "What is a language's vocabulary but a collection of words? The vocabulary and grammar rules of a language provide instructions for a speaker to articulate thoughts and ideas. One cannot disregard grammatical rules and still be intelligible, and creating one's own vocabulary only worked well for the Bard. Vocabulary and grammar are no more protectable than the bookkeeping system in Baker v. Selden, 101 U.S. 99, 101 (1879)."
>According to the amicus brief — which also nods to the framers of the U.S. Constitution and to Sesame Street theme-song lyrics — no court has ever addressed the issue of whether a constructed spoken language is entitled to copyright protection. Whether or not the Star Trek fan-film case provides that very opportunity is now up to he judge. He could sidestep the legal geekery by agreeing with Paramount that defendants and those interested are making too much of this, that use of Klingon is merely evidence of some larger infringement. Or he could give Klingon speakers everywhere "qapla"!
>>42020 >opinion/letters-editor These are prohibited in the sticky, OP. >>6 Have a related albeit old news link: http://www.theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2375968/lightbridge-metallic-alloy-fuel-provides-upgrade-path-for-lwrs
"They couldn't give it to me and said I'd been on the programme too long, that I was too old at the age of 25. Shane said that I should just move on and go and have a baby."
"As with all other riders on the track programme, she was subject to a performance review following the worlds (championships) and the data did not justify Jess retaining a lottery-funded place on the podium programme as an athlete with medal potential in this Olympic cycle or the next," said Sutton in a statement released by British Cycling.
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>Eight men from London have been jailed for a phone scam that defrauded UK pensioners out of more than £1m. >Police say some of the money funded travel from the UK to Syria.and had links to Islamic State >During the scam, carried out across southern England, gang members phoned elderly victims and pretended to be police officers.
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>>42663 Oh, say! can you see by the dawn's early light What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming; Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight, O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming? And the rocket's re d glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there: Oh, say! does that star-spangled banner yet wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
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Are some people just natural-born killers? Modern research raises some disturbing questions. https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/are-some-people-just-natural-born-killers-modern-research-raises-some-disturbing-questions/2016/04/28/b2878e4c-0ca6-11e6-a6b6-2e6de3695b0e_story.html
"That family’s case launched studies that didn’t bear fruit until the early 1990s, when researchers found a specific gene mutation on all of the X chromosomes of all the violent men. Some women in the family had the mutation, too, but since women have two X chromosomes,... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>42746 The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs found that women who served in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom were 10 times likelier than their male counterparts to suffer sexual trauma, and the House Armed Services Committee approved a measure that would allow women to be drafted. “A draft is there to put bodies on the front lines,” said Representative Duncan Hunter, who authored the measure and then voted against it.Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told Congress that the National Security... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>42747 >The president of Cleveland’s Police Patrolman’s Association said that the family of Tamir Rice, an unarmed 12-year-old boy who was shot by police while playing with a toy gun, should use a portion of their $6 million settlement with the city to teach kids about the dangers of fake firearms, and police in Baltimore shot a 13-year-old boy who was carrying a BB gun.A Georgia police officer fatally shot a man he claimed attacked him with a machete while holding a live chicken. “De-escalate... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>42748 >In Switzerland, a weasel chewed through a power cord at the Large Hadron Collider, forcing technicians to suspend operation of the 17-mile-long particle accelerator until mid-May.Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry predicted that climate change would cause an exodus in North Africa and the Middle East, and scientists at MIT discovered three potentially habitable planets. “Jackpot,” said an astronomer.An intoxicated man was charged with lewd exhibition and assault for having sex in a community pool and then, when parents asked him to stop, chasing their children.A mother in Texas was arrested for allowing a sex offender to tattoo her children while she was drunk; a man in Iowa was arrested for drunk driving after he crashed his car in the parking lot of a taxicab company, where he was scheduled to interview for a position as a driver; and a Russian lawyer whose client was charged with drunk driving was filmed in the case judge’s office eating an incriminating breathalyzer report.A Texas attorney threatened to sue a restaurant for charging him $2.50 for a cup of soup he didn’t receive, and a Turkish man shot and killed another man for paying for his soup.
The Columbia graduate is suing his alma mater again — over the fact the school continued to permit “Mattress Girl” Emma Sulkowicz to lug around her mattress despite him being cleared of charges that he raped her.
Nungesser’s first lawsuit for “gender-based harassment” was dismissed earlier this year. The judge, however, had left open the possibility of a future attempt.
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Firefighter Gary Walsh could hear the woman screaming for help but he couldn’t see her. Then he felt her arm reaching out through the thick, dark smoke that filled the burning apartment building early Tuesday morning. He pulled her close and realized she was holding a baby. He took off the mask connected to his air tank, held it close to their faces and led the way back outside. “I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t see. My goal was just to get them out of the building as fast as possible,” Walsh said Wednesday. “Thank God it worked out the way it did. Call it luck, or I don’t care what you call it. It worked out that she’s alive and the baby’s alive.” The two-alarm blaze broke out just after 5 a.m. Tuesday at the building in the Queen Anne’s Gate complex off of Pleasant Street. Firefighters from Quincy, Braintree and Hingham also responded. All 26 units were left uninhabitable and three were badly burned. The woman and baby and one other resident were taken to South Shore Hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. A firefighter also suffered a back injury and is recovering.
Fire Chief Keith Stark said Walsh’s actions saved the woman and baby. “It was outstanding,” Stark said. “It was courageous. He was doing his job.” Walsh said the building was on fire when his crew arrived on Ladder 2. Tenants who were already outside said others may have been trapped inside. Walsh said he and firefighters Walter Langley and Gabe Araujo first made sure no one was in the ground-floor apartments when they heard the woman scream for help. They couldn’t tell whether she was on the second or third floor. “I just had a feeling she was up on... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
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