June 9, 2011
[Jenny Brightly, US Crime News Contributor]
What’s On Xiamen: American pediatrician
, Dr. Earl Bradley, who practised in the state of Delaware
is now on trial for allegedly raping
86 toddlers over a period of more than 10 years. All were his patients and of his victims, only one was not female. He has entered a plea of not guilty to all 24 charges against him.
The families of the victims who were shown the doctor’s stash of videos recording the rapes were horrified and a forensic computer engineer testifying said: “They were beyond anything I had ever witnessed. Nothing prepared me for it”.
Bradley, a married doctor with four children was practising from 1994 up to his arrest in 2009.
He is expected to get life imprisonment.
June 9, 2011
[Tom Hopper, US News Contributor]
Spiegel Online International: With more than 3000 American death row inmates in the 34 US states that employ the death penalty not-so-eagerly awaiting their killing by lethal injection, America is running out of the lethal injection drugs to despatch the prisoners as US firms stop producing the deadly drug.
America’s desperate attempts to import the drugs though are not proving to be successful as country after country is refusing to supply the deadly drugs. The latest slap in the face for US executioners was from Germany which point-blank refused to supply the drug. Recently, India, UK and Denmark have done the same.
As a result, many executions have had to be delayed and the US is currently considering the employment of more primitive methods to cull its waiting list for executions.
Not a good time to be on death row in the USA it would seem. Perhaps the USA should be looking to get the lethal drugs from countries more amenable to killing their citizens which include Libya, China, Syria, Yemen, DRC as it is unlikely then that it would face any opposition for the importation of the necessary drugs.
In America, offences that carry the death penalty include:
- Use of weapon of mass destruction resulting in death
- Espionage, terrorism, certain violations of the Geneva Conventions that result in the death of one or more persons,
- Aggravated rape in Louisiana, Florida and Oklahoma;
- Extortionate kidnapping in Oklahoma;
- Aggravated kidnapping in Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky and South Carolina;
- Robbery and and aircraft hijacking in Alabama;
- Drug trafficking resulting in a person’s death in Connecticut and Florida;
- Train wrecking which leads to a person’s death and perjury which leads to a person’s death in California.
In addition, under the US Uniform Code of Military Justice, execution can be ordered for many more offences including: desertion, mutiny, spying, and misbehaviour before the enemy.
Many of those executed in the USA have received posthumous pardons.
June 9, 2011
[Jenna Klimes, Technology News Contributor]
Out in Autumn this year, Apple‘s new iOS 5 promises to delight even the most unimpressionable by its stunning display of features designed to uprate the iPhone into a never-seen-before must-have communications marvel.
Practically all the functionality of the existing iPhone OS infrastructure has been upgraded and refined, from notifications, text and photo editing to messaging and media management.
Check it out and give your iPhone a treat…
June 9, 2011
[Kathy Tomlins, Fashion Contributor]
According to MailOnline, Hudson Jeans wants smoking hot Pippa Middleton to be their next signature model as it seems that the Pippa-crazy designers have been putting out lots of photos of her wearing the tightest of jeans.
Georgia May Jagger, daughter of the wrinkled, but talented, Mick Jagger, is the brand’s current ‘mascot’ model, but since the Pippa phenomenon, the brand is on course to ditch protocol to get Pippa’s bum into their jeans come what May.
AND isn’t there a rumour about that Pippa is to replace Cheryl Cole at US X Factor and may run for President whilst at it?
Pippa, ‘Oh yes, you can!’
June 8, 2011
[Renate Von Kuznig, Health Contributor]
Wall Street Journal: Not cucumbers, not sprouts, not tomatoes – what then is responsible for the ongoing deaths (up to 28 or so) and the thousands being made ill by the e.coli infections hitting Germany and frightening the world? The culprit it seems is to be none other than an evolved and extremely toxic version of a bug first identified in Münster, Germany, way back in 2001 say scientists.
According to Alexander Mellmann at the University Hospital of Munster: “Everything we know so far indicates it is an evolved strain…if it was completely unknown, we’d struggle a lot more in our effort to fight it.”
Researchers at BGI and University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf researchers who seem to agree with Dr. Mellmann after looking at material belonging to the 2001 and 2011 strains of the bug and found that seven genes crucial to both bugs’ existence are the same as well as 12 others.
The 2001 outbreak had affected around five identified people world-wide and had never really been identified and eradicated and the scientists’ genetic analysis has shown up that as the earlier bug has interacted with the newer one, it has become stronger and is practically drug-resistant.
Nearly all the 2700, or so cases of the bug infection and associated deaths can be traced back to Germany.
June 7, 2011
[Frightened iToD Daily News Contributor]
UK’s movie raters have refused to classify Centipede 2, the newest horror film which sequels, Centipede, the first showing. The raters say that their decision is based on their concern that people watching the film will be permanently damaged by viewing it.
The movies‘ theme about a mad scientist and a ‘not so sane’ copycat, who decide to make a human centipede by joining mouths and anus’ of a string of unsuspecting (until the last moment, that is) victims.
The sequel is about a man who sees the first film and then gets so worked up about it, that he decides to play it out in practice – not a good idea for the victims.
Tom Six, a Dutchman, directs both films and says: “…the original gorefest was like my Little Pony compared to part two”.
You have been warned: ‘..Oooga booga..’!
June 7, 2011
[Tonya Gillam, EU News Contributor]
Britain’s greedy EU masters in Europe have gone a tad to far this time with the British in a move that will involve British families paying more than £200 a year apiece directly into the coffers of the unelected Commissioners.
The move is part of another bid to save the troubled Euro, by imposing stealth taxes upon member states and also cutting contributions inward to those states.
, chairman of the Commons European Scrutiny committee is reported to have said: ‘This kind of attempt to stitch up the British people can only be answered by the simple word: No. The veto must be used…the Prime Minister knows he is heading for a showdown which he can only lose now that the Liberal Democrats are so weak.’
Another MP, Douglas Carswell said: “Eurocrats simply don’t get it..we have been forced this year to increase massively the amount of money we pay to the EU, both in the budget and through the bailouts of eurozone countries, and still they want more…iIf people want good public services and reasonable rates of tax, we need to decide whether it’s possible to remain members of the EU. The time has come to ask: Is it worth all this?’ He is calling , together is a significant number of other MPs, for Britain to leave the EU as a matter of priority.
Well Britain, don’t say you weren’t warned – check out UK Independence Party Leader, Nigel Farage‘s video commentary on the criminal past of the incumbent EU Commissioners – viewer discretion advised as the video is shocking.
June 7, 2011
[Jill Coughlan, Celebrities Contributor]
MailOnline: Smart and elegant Harry Potter movies star and Burberry model Emma Watson gave recently out some interesting details of her love life which her fans and peers might find truly revealing.
Despite what many of us would have thought, twenty-one-year-old Emma is far from being beleaguered by male admirers. On the contrary, according to her, every time a prospective match finds out whom he is dealing with, he quickly loses interest. ‘I ask my friends, ”Why hasn’t X called me? Why doesn’t anyone ever pursue me?” she says.
However, the star admits that another weighty reason for her being single after two breakups with financier Jay Barrymore and model George Craig, might be her own insecurity and personality problems, which are probably not very surprising in a girl whose family had split apart when she was five years old.
‘Sometimes I think I’m the worst person in the world to be in the situation I’m in. I’m shy, I”m sensitive and I’m self-critical. It’s a terrible combination.’
Well, Emma, I wish you the best of appreciation and love, undoubtedly deserved by somebody who made it to the top through great talent and hard work. Check out therapy though for the insecurity, it worked for me!
June 6, 2011
Telegraph: Beautiful, but troubled ex-royal, Sarah Ferguson, in a ‘tell all’ session for the Oprah Winfrey Show which she is taking part in to raise cash to pay off her not too insignificant debts, said that recent events in her life, including the break-up with her husband, left her feeling: “..emotionally bankrupt…worthless..unlovable… and pointless”.
The shocked Oprah Winfrey Show audience listened intently as the Duchess went on to explain how she was left scarred by the treatment she received at the hands of her mother, Susan Barrantes (now deceased): “I looked in the mirror this morning and went…well, no wonder no one loves you – you are so disgusting.'”
The Duchess’ poignant revelations are part of a six-part documentary series for US version of the Opera Winfrey Show where she is shown in a therapy session. The show, named Finding Sarah, Prince Andrew’s former wife revealed that she suffered systemic abuse at the hands of her mother, who once called her ‘the anti-Christ’.
In the show, the Duchess proclaims her love for her children and and also her deepest affection for her ex-husband, the Duke of York, who she said has always been a true friend.
The show is attracting good viewings in the USA.
As your lifelong fan, I wish you, Sarah, the very best of luck. You are beautiful, definitely not disgusting, or pointless, unlike some of the other royals whose names escape me for the moment. Best wishes for the show!
June 6, 2011
[Tammy Jones, UK Financial News Contributor]
In a gesture, breathtaking by its sheer slime-oozing texture, MailOnline reports that UK Tax Minister, George Osborne, joined the ranks of the EU slithering elite which are bringing the economy of Britain to a shuddering halt, by pronouncing that the government’s austerity measures imposed by the IMF and the EU in return for the country’s bailout loans are: ‘essential’ for Britain’s recovery.
The Tax Minister’s pronouncement spawns from the emptiness of the IMF and EU’s failure to produce any model for austerity measures (which essentially entail a dramatic cessation in public spending) ever bringing back any country in Europe from ruin to prosperity, coupled with the PIGS countries clear inability to not only sustain any kind of prolonged public expenditure cuts, but now clearly to pay back their bailouts.
And in a dramatic failure to lead from the front on public expenditure cuts, whilst the EU Commissioners are so busy championing ‘austerity measures’ to member states, they are in shopping mode with member states’ taxpayer’s contributions as the EU’s own public spending/ administration costs are set to go up by 5% in 2012.
As such, the clear-cut strategy for the EU Commissioners seems to be:-
a) transfer public spending from member states to the EU (which has never been audited)
b) EU Commissioners will then control and eventually dominate all member states
c) member states, via economic and political union, become ‘prefectures’/ ‘regions’ of the European Union.