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Submission + - CA County Refuses To Prosecute Criminals (sfgate.com)

IHC Navistar writes: "(04-21) 16:41 PDT MARTINEZ — Misdemeanors such as assaults, thefts and burglaries will no longer be prosecuted in Contra Costa County because of budget cuts, the county's top prosecutor said Tuesday.

  District Attorney Robert Kochly also said that beginning May 4, his office will no longer prosecute felony drug cases involving smaller amounts of narcotics. That means anyone caught with less than a gram of methamphetamine or cocaine, less than 0.5 grams of heroin and fewer than five pills of ecstasy, OxyContin or Vicodin won't be charged. People who are suspected of misdemeanor drug crimes, break minor traffic laws, shoplift, trespass or commit misdemeanor vandalism will also be in the clear. Those crimes won't be prosecuted, either."

All I have to say is: Let the disorder, destruction, and chaos..... BEGIN!

Read more at: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=%2Fc%2Fa%2F2009%2F04%2F21%2FBAK9176EGO.DTL&tsp=1


Submission + - Scotch Tape 'Can Take X-Rays' (brisbanetimes.com.au)

IHC Navistar writes: "FTA: PARIS — Scotch tape is not only see-through, it can also see through, for the product can be used to take X-rays, bemused scientists say.

Peeling tape from a roll of Scotch releases tiny bursts of X-rays that are powerful enough to take images of bones in fingers and hands, researchers have found.

The unusual discovery was made by a University of California at Los Angeles team, intrigued after hearing that Soviet scientists in the 1950s found that sticky tape, when separated at the right speed, released pulses in the X-ray part of the energy spectrum.

Reporting in Thursday's issue of the British-based science journal Nature, the investigators used a motorised peeling machine to unwind a standard roll (25.4 metres in length by 19 mm) of Photo Safe 3M Scotch tape at a speed of three centimetres (1.18 inches) a second."

The Almighty Buck

Submission + - California man losing nine homes in mortgage mess (reuters.com)

IHC Navistar writes: "A California man who has defaulted on nine homes and expects banks to foreclose on all of them, forcing him into bankruptcy, says he now considers it a mistake to have invested in the real estate market." — With the current U.S. housing crisis still claiming victims by the thousands, if not millions, and talk of a Government-bailout going around, do we want this types of homeowner (the kind who own MULTIPLE houses) to recieve government help, along with the rest of us who are struggling to own just ONE house? Aside from the fact he owns 10 houses, Mr. Forgaard knew full well that he was playing a dangerous game that he shouldn't be playing, yet still did: "I knew I was sitting on time bombs...I knew the market was going to go soft and I knew that property values would decline. But I figured that I had enough equity to survive the storm and sell or take the loss and refinance". The vast majority of homeowners caught up in the housing crisis own just one home; The one they currently live in. Should taxpayers foot the bill to bailout multiple-home owners like Mr. Forgaard as well as your average single-home owner? A "Heartbreaking Story", or "Just Desserts"?

Submission + - Man Smuggles Monkey In Hat Onto Plane (axcessnews.com)

IHC Navistar writes: "A man was arrested in Fort Lauderdale, FL, for smuggling a marmoset which he had concealed in his hat into the United States. The mad succeeded in making it into the U.S., and onto a connecting flight to Ney Your/La Guardia before being noticed. The animal, after spending considerable time inside the hat became restless and then crawled out of the hat and sat well-behaved for the duration of the flight. URL: http://www.axcessnews.com/index.php/articles/show/ id/11930"
The Courts

Submission + - Judge Takes Cleaners To The Cleaners - For $54M (komotv.com)

IHC Navistar writes: Frivolous lawsuits have reached a new low: Roy L. Pearson Jr. is suing a family owned and operated dry cleaning business in Washington, D.C. for losing a pair of his pants. The amount he is asking for: $54 million, which is down from his original asking of $67 million, and has so far rejected three attempts at a settlement. He is also seeking $15,000 for the use of a rental car so he can take his dry cleaning to a different cleaners for the next 10 years. If you are already one who is peeved by such outlandish lawsuits, their is one last twist: Roy L. Pearson is currently an Administrative Law judge for the City of Washington, D.C., and is no longer seeking damages in regards to the pants. The old adage "A lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client." couldn't be truer, especially since Pearson is representing himself.

Full Story: http://www.komotv.com/news/national/7965977.html


Submission + - How To Prepare For An Alien Invasion

IHC Navistar writes: SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) — When the aliens finally invade Earth, you may wish you had listened to Travis Taylor and Bob Boan. And if the invasion follows the plot of a typical Hollywood blockbuster, they might also be the guys called in at the last minute to save the day. After all, they have written "An Introduction to Planetary Defense", a primer on how humanity can defend itself if little green men wielding death rays show up at our cosmic doorstep. And yes, they're serious.

http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSN0 934498720070425?src=042507_1221_ARTICLE_PROMO_also _on_reuters
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Baby Sent Through X-Ray Machine At LAX

IHC Navistar writes: "A woman going through security at Los Angeles International Airport put her month-old grandson into a plastic bin intended for carry-on items and slid it into an X-ray machine. The early Saturday accident — bizarre but not unprecedented — caught airport workers by surprise, even though the security line was not busy at the time, officials said. A screener watching the machine's monitor immediately noticed the outline of a baby and pulled the bin backward on the conveyor belt. The infant was taken to Centinela Hospital, where doctors determined that he had not received a dangerous dose of radiation. Article URL: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-baby20dec2 0,0,6460373.story?coll=la-home-headlines"
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Lawmaker Aims To Allow The Blind To Hunt

IHC Navistar writes: "AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) — A Texas lawmaker is aiming to allow the blind to hunt. Texas State Representative Edmund Kuempel has introduced a measure that would allow blind people to hunt any game that sighted people can currently pursue. He hopes it will be passed after the legislature reconvenes in January though he does not expect it to come into affect until 2008. "This opens up the fun of hunting to additional people, and I think that's great," Kuempel told Reuters. The bill may find little resistance in Texas, where politicians of all stripes endorse hunting, which is wildly popular in the state. Under the bill, blind hunters would be required to have a sighted hunter with them and would be allowed to use laser sights and other devices that are currently not allowed. "A blind person can shoot a rifle by mounting an offset pistol scope on the side of the rifle instead of on top," said Terry Erwin, the Austin-based Hunter Education Coordinator with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. "This allows their companion behind them to peer over their shoulder and help them sight it, but the blind person can pull the trigger," he told Reuters. © Reuters 2006. All Rights Reserved. URL: http://today.reuters.com/news/articlenews.aspx?typ e=oddlyEnoughNews&storyid=2006-12-12T154047Z_01_N1 1175774_RTRUKOC_0_US-BLIND-HUNTERS.xml&src=rss"

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