US Marine killed after vehicle capsizes, sinks in Oceanside Harbor, California

Saturday, January 15, 2011

An amphibious vehicle belonging to the United States Marines capsized and sank to the floor of the Del Mar boat basin, California at 1130 PST (1930 UTC) resulting in one death and three injures.

Three instructors and three students were conducting driver training when the vehicle capsized and sank, trapping them inside. Three injured individuals were transported to hospital and two were uninjured. The deceased Marine was rescued at around 1415 PST and was transported to hospital where he was pronounced dead at 1447 PST. Oxygen was being pumped into the vehicle for hours in an attempt to keep the Marine alive.

Captain Daniel J. Thomas revealed that “There will be a thorough investigation into this mishap that occurred.” He continued, “[there will be] reports that come, lessons learned in terms of preventing anything like this from happening.” Major Thomas said that training would not be stopped, but “We’re going to take a look at this and the commander will then make a decision before anything goes back into place to make sure any safety briefing that need to be given are conducted.”

The identity of the dead Marine has not yet been revealed; the family have yet to have been notified.

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byAlma Abell

Many people become confused when it comes to just what service to ask for when calling a towing company. When your car breaks down and doesn’t seem to want to start up again, you may need to ask for a tow truck. This entails hooking a wrecker to the front or rear of your vehicle, depending on whether it’s a front or rear wheel drive, and pulling it to your home, the mechanic’s shop, or another destination. This works for several situations though not all of your needs can be met with an actual tow truck. In some cases, you may need something to be hauled rather than towed, but just What are Hauling Services?

In a number of scenarios, a car that’s been involved in an accident and cannot be driven immediately afterward will need to be hauled. Perhaps the axle is broken the engine has been crushed or the frame is bent. This often warrants a haul rather than a tow to avoid the possibility of further damaging the vehicle. Of course, plenty of items besides personal vehicles can’t be towed.

Many of the tool sheds, sizable pre-assembled play houses, and large storage buildings you purchase from a home improvement store need to be hauled, but they can’t safely or easily fit in the bed of a typical pickup truck. A professional hauling service would be better equipped to do a job like this. The same is true of tractors, grading and digging equipment, and other larger-than-average types of machinery. Not only are special trailers needed to transport these heavy duty loads, but a truck with enough horsepower to carry this out without succumbing to damage is also necessary.

Purchasing a truck and trailer for heavy duty hauling can be a pricey venture and, if you only need this type of equipment on an occasional basis, buying it wouldn’t be very practical. Your best course of action would be to call a professional hauling service. You only pay for their services when you need them rather than having to make years of payments on the equipment you rarely use and investing time and money on the training you’d need to operate that equipment. What are Hauling Services? They’re a safe and cost-effective method of moving heavy loads whenever you need this done.

Visit Spankyswrecker.com for further details.

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Failure for constitutional ban on flag-burning in U.S. Senate

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

An amendment of the United States constitution banning the burning of the American flag failed by one vote in the Senate on Tuesday. The final tally was 66-34; two-thirds (67 of 100 senators) was required for the amendment to pass.

U.S. President, George W. Bush, gave a statement commending the bipartisan group of Senators for trying to pass the amendment.[1] It was sponsored by Orrin Hatch, a Republican Senator from Utah, and backed by the Republican Majority Leader Bill Frist, of Tennessee.

Even though some members of each party voted for the amendment, some on both sides strongly dissented. Daniel Inouye, a Democrat from the state of Hawaii and a World War II veteran, said — like many other Senators including Kentucky Republican Senator Mitch McConnell — the proposed amendment was against the constitutional right to free speech.

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Libricide plans on ice at University of Oslo

Saturday, September 27, 2008

The plan to incinerate over 200 years’ worth of archived newspapers at the University of Oslo was paused this week, following an article by the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten publicising the intended destruction.

The unwanted archives take up 3 kilometres of shelf space, and neither the University nor the National Library are interested in retaining and storing the years of history any more.

The collection consists of both Nordic and non-Nordic newspapers, including Manchester Guardian, New York Times, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Le Figaro.

A planned incineration of them in 2002 was avoided by moving them into a warehouse owned by Nils Christian Bang at Follum Grend, near Ringerike. Edgar Learn Borg, retired supervisor of the collection, continues to be involved in the preservation of the collection which hasn’t been accessed by researchers since its move.

The order came again to clean up the store. Frode Meinich, technical director of the University, says that the collection is not unique, and indicated that the University needs temporary storage for some antiquarian furniture during renovation of a music facility of the University.

In 2007, Frode Meinich told Aftenposten that a national program of infrastructure modernization was desperately needed. “For the time being we are managing to keep the ship afloat, but if something serious isn’t done in the next few years we have a major problem”.

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BDSM as business: An interview with the owners of a dungeon

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Torture proliferates American headlines today: whether its use is defensible in certain contexts and the morality of the practice. Wikinews reporter David Shankbone was curious about torture in American popular culture. This is the first of a two part series examining the BDSM business. This interview focuses on the owners of a dungeon, what they charge, what the clients are like and how they handle their needs.

When Shankbone rings the bell of “HC & Co.” he has no idea what to expect. A BDSM (Bondage Discipline Sadism Masochism) dungeon is a legal enterprise in New York City, and there are more than a few businesses that cater to a clientèle that wants an enema, a spanking, to be dressed like a baby or to wear women’s clothing. Shankbone went to find out what these businesses are like, who runs them, who works at them, and who frequents them. He spent three hours one night in what is considered one of the more upscale establishments in Manhattan, Rebecca’s Hidden Chamber, where according to The Village Voice, “you can take your girlfriend or wife, and have them treated with respect—unless they hope to be treated with something other than respect!”

When Shankbone arrived on the sixth floor of a midtown office building, the elevator opened up to a hallway where a smiling Rebecca greeted him. She is a beautiful forty-ish Long Island mother of three who is dressed in smart black pants and a black turtleneck that reaches up to her blond-streaked hair pulled back in a bushy ponytail. “Are you David Shankbone? We’re so excited to meet you!” she says, and leads him down the hall to a living room area with a sofa, a television playing an action-thriller, an open supply cabinet stocked with enema kits, and her husband Bill sitting at the computer trying to find where the re-release of Blade Runner is playing at the local theater. “I don’t like that movie,” says Rebecca.

Perhaps the most poignant moment came at the end of the night when Shankbone was waiting to be escorted out (to avoid running into a client). Rebecca came into the room and sat on the sofa. “You know, a lot of people out there would like to see me burn for what I do,” she says. Rebecca is a woman who has faced challenges in her life, and dealt with them the best she could given her circumstances. She sees herself as providing a service to people who have needs, no matter how debauched the outside world deems them. They sat talking mutual challenges they have faced and politics (she’s supporting Hillary); Rebecca reflected upon the irony that many of the people who supported the torture at Abu Ghraib would want her closed down. It was in this conversation that Shankbone saw that humanity can be found anywhere, including in places that appear on the surface to cater to the inhumanity some people in our society feel towards themselves, or others.

“The best way to describe it,” says Bill, “is if you had a kink, and you had a wife and you had two kids, and every time you had sex with your wife it just didn’t hit the nail on the head. What would you do about it? How would you handle it? You might go through life feeling unfulfilled. Or you might say, ‘No, my kink is I really need to dress in women’s clothing.’ We’re that outlet. We’re not the evil devil out here, plucking people off the street, keeping them chained up for days on end.”

Below is David Shankbone’s interview with Bill & Rebecca, owners of Rebecca’s Hidden Chamber, a BDSM dungeon.


  • 1 Meet Bill & Rebecca, owners of a BDSM dungeon
    • 1.1 Their home life
  • 2 Operating the business
    • 2.1 The costs
    • 2.2 Hiring employees
    • 2.3 The prices
  • 3 The clients
    • 3.1 What happens when a client walks through the door
    • 3.2 Motivations of the clients
    • 3.3 Typical requests
    • 3.4 What is not typical
  • 4 The environment
    • 4.1 Is an S&M dungeon dangerous?
    • 4.2 On S&M burnout
  • 5 Criticism of BDSM
  • 6 Related news
  • 7 External links
  • 8 Sources
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By Cory Bowman

An estate planning specialist claims responsibility in assisting clients with their plans for personal assets. Often referred to as ‘the science of money management,’ estate planning involves quantifying various financial options to plan and determine the size and duration of investments. These investments and plans will account for the future finances of the clients’ heirs. Estate planners must work to make sure that both the client and his successors are left financially stable and secure. Both financial management and strategic thinking come into play during this endeavor.

The estate planning process involves four major steps. First, the estate planning specialist works with his or her client to determine how much the client’s estate is worth. Estates can include everything from real estate to bank and investment accounts to automobiles and furniture. Anything owned by the client is incorporated into their estate plan. After the monetary amount is calculated, the next step is to choose who will be the heirs of the estate and what assets they will each receive. Third, the specialist and client will work together to determine the cash needs of both the estate and the calculated tax. From there, the specialist will select and implement learned techniques to achieve the determined goals for the estate plan.

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When it comes to setting goals, the overall determined outcome is to provide the client with a sufficient amount of return on their investments. A financial management degree will provide the estate planning specialist with the skill set needed to achieve the set goals. In estate planning, specifically, there are five standard goals. The first is to make sure the client, as well as their family, is provided for financially. The second goal of planning is to accurately determine who will be entitled to the assets of the estate plan. Next, the guardianship of children who are still minors must be decided in case the client and his or her spouse pass away. The fourth checkpoint is to avoid probate, which is the legal process by which an asset’s title is transferred. If it cannot be avoided, then it must be used strategically to steer clear from negative financial upset. The fifth and final goal for the specialist would be to either decrease or completely eliminate estate taxes.

After drafting the clients will and agreeing on the estate plan, the next step for the estate planning specialist is to decide which investments to include in the client’s financial portfolio. Completion of a financial management degree will allow the specialist to make the appropriate choices for the client portfolio. There are many options available to the client: stocks, bonds, mutual funds, annuities, insurance, and social security, just to name a few. The amount of return from these investments will allow the client’s family and other heirs to be financially secure when the client passes away. Since these investment performances are so important for the future, the selection of specific options is a job in itself and should be continually monitored to ensure positive profit. Successful estate planning and investment portfolios will leave the client feeling safe and sound about their family’s financial futures.

About the Author: Cory Bowman is Director of Ops at the Institute of Business Finance. IBF has helped thousands of members of the financial services industry attain designations. For more information about IBF,

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Law center helps defend open source

Wednesday, February 2, 2005

Eben Moglen, Columbia University Law Professor, will head the newSoftware Freedom Law Center (SFLC). An initial 4 million dollars has been provided by Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) to fund the project.

The law center will provide free legal service for open source projects and developers. In 2004 OSDL established a separate $10 million Linux Legal Defense Fund providing legal support for Linus Torvalds, Linux kernel creator and end user companies subjected to Linux-related litigation by the SCO Group. The new law center will not be affiliated with the OSDL.

“This is about taking care of the goose that laid the golden egg and not letting wolves come in the middle of the night and steal it away,” Moglen said during a press conference. “This is a legal firm not involved so much in litigating and defending as it will be for counseling and advising and nurturing non-profits and to prevent millions of dollars in litigation.”

Moglen will serve as chairman and director-counsel of the non-profit organization. Also on board as directors are: Lawrence Lessig, law professor at Stanford Law School; Daniel Weitzner, director of the World Wide Web Consortium‘s technology and society activities; and Diane Peters, general counsel at the OSDL. Daniel Ravicher, executive director of the Public Patent Foundation, will help manage as legal director.

Moglen, one of the world.s leading experts on copyright law as applied to software, will run the new Law Center from its headquarters in New York City. The Law Center will initially have two full-time intellectual property attorneys on staff and expects to expand to four attorneys later this year. Initial clients for the Law Center include the Free Software Foundation and the Samba Project.

Other services provided by the SFLC include: asset stewardship, to avoid intellectual property claim conflict; license review and compatibility analysis; legal consulting and lawyer training.

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Daughter of Yuko Ikeda kidnapped to ransom in Tokyo; freed 13 hours later

Daughter of Yuko Ikeda kidnapped to ransom in Tokyo; freed 13 hours later
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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Ikeda Kanako, a 21-year-old senior student of the Meiji Gakuin University and the first daughter of celebrity surgeon Yuko Ikeda, was kidnapped at about 1225 (UTC+9), June 26, 2006, in Shibuya, Tokyo.

A bullet was fired and one officer slightly cut when police stormed a Kawasaki apartment to rescue the girl.

Kanako was dressed in a white light half-sleeved cardigan, blue jeans with a bistre belt made of leather, a spring green camisole and carried a bag of Vuitton when she was abducted at a bus stop.

She was found unharmed 13 hours later by Japanese police at a condominium located in Nakahara-ku, Kawasaki, Kanagawa. The young woman’s make-up was not disordered; Kanako’s long brown fringe was not disheveled at all and she was wearing what she had been when she was kidnapped.

The kidnapping of Kanako was a big story in Japanese media in June, 2006. The story appeared in many newspapers as the front-page news on June 27, 2006.

Kanako and her kidnappers had been in touch with her mother using Kanako’s mobile phone. The effort to free her was helped greatly by a woman who witnessed the moment Kanako was taken; she wrote down the license plate of the van and other details.

Police traced mobile phone calls and were able to locate the van in Kawasaki where they detained two of the kidnappers as they went shopping.

One conspirator Li Yong, 29, from China, led the policemen to the apartment and tricked Kaneo Ito, 49, from Japan, to open the door. Ito managed to discharge one bullet before being restrained by an assistant police inspector, the first man in the room.

The other man involved in the kidnap of Kanako was Choi Gi Ho, 54, from South Korea. Kanato was freed unharmed.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department arrested three men on suspicion of conspiring to kidnap a woman and hold her to a reported 300 million yen ransom.

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What Are Significators In A Tarot Reading?

What Are Significators in aTarotReading? by Tanya KapoorYou can allot your Significators in the deck. Certain individuals think that when a tarot card with which they heavily identify pops up randomly in a spread, it labels that reading as particularly essential. The total spread is unexpectedly dignified. For instance, one person was involved in prevalent inner child work and had started finding himself with the eagerness of the page of wands. Whenever this image shown in a spread, he understood quickly that the prediction referred to the psychological process he was carrying out and the material he was regenerating from his childhood.When reading for a Querent, except she or he creates a point of informing the tarot predictor of the vitality of such an image, these personal ideas may be wholly overlooked.The golden dawn employs an interesting method in which the Significators is chosen (conventionally relied on astrological or physical features- even though any technique may be employed) and then mixed up back into the deck. The tarot cards are get ready for the prediction (normally all seventy eight cards were handled into the spread) and the significatior needed (while keeping the order of the cards). The place of the significatior shows one or more of the following:A group of tarot cards to be interpreted ( A pile of cards or a group in a zodiac spread after a cut)-all other groups are ignored.The beginning of the interpreting (cards past to the significatior are avoided)The present marks that separates past from future (the significatior encounters the future and away from the past, or cards dealt before to the significatior are in the past and the ones after it are in the future).In almost all spreads, selecting a significator is actually optional or, at least, not that much important. Many individuals like not to have a special important image taken off from the possibility of appearing in the reading. Some deck has additional cards that are sometimes blank, carry a design or provide the deck title. Any of these can be utilized as constant Significators. The Kazanlar tarot gives two images simply as Significators: a European garbed female and a Persian grabbed male. In the Ancestral path tarot, fool card was particularly crafted to show the inquirer. The image shows the fool with a tarot card in her hand and a mirror behind her.The significator is a mark of concentration or focus. Because all other images in a reading suggest back to the significator as the matter of the interpreting, this can be either beneficial or restricting , relying on the problem and how broad the details is that you are looking. Certain reader like to utilize a significator when it is a functional segment of the spread.Tanya Kapoor is a gifted tarot readersin all over world.Article Source: eArticlesOnline.com

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Thousands gather in Jantar Mantar and other cities to protest against mob violence

Thousands gather in Jantar Mantar and other cities to protest against mob violence
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Friday, June 30, 2017

On Wednesday, thousands of citizens gathered in New Delhi’s Jantar Mantar and other cities across India to protest against mob violence against minority communities of Muslims and Dalits, which has increased in recent years. Documentary film-maker Saba Dewan asked for “protest against the lynchings” via a Facebook post on June 24, after a teenage Muslim boy, Junaid Khan, and his brothers were reportedly racially abused, and Junaid allegedly stabbed and killed by a mob, after a dispute last week in Haryana.

About 2000 people gathered for the protest — Not in my Name — in the Indian capital, while several others protested in Bombay, Allahabad, Lucknow, Patna, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram, Chandigarh, Kochi, and Jaipur. There were protests held in London as well. The protests came after several instances where people were killed due to mob violence, the victims mostly from the minority communities of Muslims and Dalits. Protesters held placards with messages such as “No Place for Islamophobia”, “Break the Silence”, and “Shed Hate not Blood”. Saba Dewan said, “the protest is against this systematic violence against Muslims and Dalits that is going on in our country at the moment”. The protesters presented poems, songs and danced on stage on the Jantar Manter to express their views. Manish Sisodia, New Delhi’s deputy chief minister, also took part in the protest. In Bombay, protesters were permitted till 7 PM.

“Shouldn’t there be protests against the lynchings especially after the murder yesterday in Delhi NCR by a mob of a 16 year old Muslim boy? If not now then when? Why wait for political formations to organize a demonstration ? Why can’t all of us as citizens repulsed by the violence get together in protest at the earliest next week at Jantar Mantar under the banner – Not in my Name”, Dewan posted on Facebook.

Junaid’s brother Hasseem said the people “were pointing at a packet which had food and saying we should not be allowed to sit since we were carrying beef” even though he told they were not carrying beef. The mob, reportedly threw Junaid’s skull cap, and called them “beef eaters” and “anti-nationalists”. About twenty people were involved in the violence. One man, who was held for the violence told NDTV he was “told by his friends to attack the Muslim boys because they ate beef”. Police arrested four people on Wednesday accused for the violence, police superintendent Kamaldeep Goel told the Press Trust of India.

There have been several instances where people were harassed or killed due to mob violence. At least ten Muslims have been reported victims of the mob violence in the past two years, for beef consumption or transporting cows. Cow is considered sacred in Hinduism and many Hindus in the country view cow as a god or mother. Beef is banned in several states of India and a person found guilty for killing a cow can face a prison term up to ten years. But often, the “gau rakshaks” (cow protectors) have taken the law in their hands and lynched the accused. Some of the claims turned out to be false.

Though India is a secular state, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which shares Hindu nationalist views, vowed to ban beef across India. In 2015, ex-Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said, “Do I assault everyone who eats pork or alcohol?” after Rashid Ahmed was beaten by BJP members for serving beef in a private party. Pork and alcohol are considered haram and hence, their consumption is prohibited in Islam.

“Killing people in the name of ‘gau bhakti’ [cow devotion] is not acceptable”, Modi said yesterday.

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