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Offline Dimir

Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #650 on: April 01, 2015, 07:14:01 PM »
The Governor of California imposed mandatory restrictions on residents to cut back on water usage by 25%. This is because of a drought that has been in effect since 2002.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/01/us/california-water-restrictions-drought/index.html

Aside from upgrades in water treatment technology this is one of the few things California can do. I also manage a stock portfolio so perhaps I should pick up a water stock some time.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #651 on: April 01, 2015, 09:28:00 PM »
perhaps I should pick up a water stock some time.

I just did that today too.  I went with Consolidated Water (CWCO), I think it's undervalued at the moment.

Offline Dimir

Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #652 on: April 01, 2015, 09:48:08 PM »
I just did that today too.  I went with Consolidated Water (CWCO), I think it's undervalued at the moment.

I'll PM you about water stocks soon. ^^

Back on topic, I just learned that the nation of Brazil is also going through a huge drought with reservoirs at 10-17% capacity (apparently infrastructure really is terrible there). As a result, Brazillans are being forced to curb their 12 showers a week addiction.

http://www.pri.org/stories/2015-03-13/drought-forces-brazilians-curb-their-addiction-multiple-daily-showers

Offline Blythe

Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #653 on: April 02, 2015, 02:28:06 AM »
This popped up in the news here. A Russian trawler has sunk, with many casualties. There were some people that were saved, but a lot of them had hypothermia because of the cold. The captain is confirmed to be dead.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-32157040

At the time I read the story, the search for 15 missing people from the vessel was ongoing. I hope that the survivors will have swift recoveries. And my heart goes out to the family and loved ones of those that were confirmed to have died in the cold waters.  :-\

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #654 on: April 03, 2015, 03:15:33 AM »
Apparently, the end of Israel is nigh.... not my words, but those of the ever wise Benjamin.


http://bigstory.ap.org/article/a750cee92f014ceeab88282f9534cdb9/netanyahu-tells-obama-iran-nuke-deal-threatens-israel


Wonder when that muppet will stop being so utterly pedantic and see that even the US is giving him the finger now.

Offline Zakharra

Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #655 on: April 04, 2015, 05:05:33 PM »
 http://www.digitaljournal.com/life/health/isis-fighters-hit-by-deadly-flesh-eating-disease/article/429932

 If this is real, I will laugh so hard. It couldn't happen to a better bunch of low life scum. It is sad that it's affecting others, but ISIS deserves every bit of pain and suffering they make.

 

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #656 on: April 07, 2015, 08:56:59 AM »
For those of us in the U.S., today is an election day.  Since it's an 'off' election, the kind with notoriously low turnout (they're predicting about 20% turnout around here, for instance), it's an election where extreme groups like to try to push controversial amendments and laws through.  Around here, they're trying something that even the New York Times is talking about.  Anyone who's interested in their local / state politics should research what's on the ballot in their area and head out to vote!  :)

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #657 on: April 07, 2015, 09:08:56 AM »
Greece has asked Germany for war reparations.  It's a bit old but I found myself remembering this Daily Mash article.


Offline Zakharra

Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #658 on: April 07, 2015, 03:07:37 PM »
For those of us in the U.S., today is an election day.  Since it's an 'off' election, the kind with notoriously low turnout (they're predicting about 20% turnout around here, for instance), it's an election where extreme groups like to try to push controversial amendments and laws through.  Around here, they're trying something that even the New York Times is talking about.  Anyone who's interested in their local / state politics should research what's on the ballot in their area and head out to vote!  :)

 Election day today? o.O  *checks*  Uum.. Not here in Idaho at least. The local and state and federal elections here all tend to be in November. Unless it's for an emergency election to replace someone. Or it's a primary, but other than that, the only elections or voting that is done here at this time is something like school levies and such. Any other voting/elections are done at the end of the year.
« Last Edit: April 07, 2015, 03:15:03 PM by Zakharra »

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #659 on: April 07, 2015, 03:11:37 PM »
No?  Most states seem to have something going, like spring primaries, etc.  We've got some school board elections aside from the supreme court elections and the referendum.  There's a state by state list here: http://elections.mytimetovote.com/dates/default.html

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #660 on: April 07, 2015, 03:18:48 PM »
Our last day to register before the primary isn't until the 20th.  I saw 6 states with active elections today:  Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin.  It's the first day that someone can vote by absentee ballot in Indiana, the last day that one can file an application for an absentee ballot in Arkansas, and New Jersey county clerks just published the notification of mail-in ballot availability.

Offline Zakharra

Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #661 on: April 07, 2015, 03:24:56 PM »
 Ah, it's registrations that happen this month. There are a few elections in May, but none in April.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #662 on: April 07, 2015, 03:31:07 PM »
Hm, I guess we're a little early, then.  I always thought spring elections happened very close together, with a lot of them on the same day, but hey, I've learned my new fact for the day.   ::)  And it's still usually a low turnout election, unfortunately, regardless of exactly when it happens...

Offline Dimir

Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #663 on: April 07, 2015, 10:00:37 PM »
A woman up here in Canada was convicted of pouring superglue into her seven-week old nephew's ears. The motive was jealously because she didn't have any sons herself.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/wei-wang-convicted-for-pouring-glue-in-b-c-baby-nephew-s-ears-1.3024018

I swear, some people.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #664 on: April 08, 2015, 02:19:39 PM »
Super glue Into the babie's ears..... which required surgery to remove......That mother is handling it better than I ever would have, Id end up in jail for seeking my own brand of justice against.

And reading the article the father claimed he found a needle in the babies carseat.... They would need an army to stop me from getting to her.  >:(
« Last Edit: April 08, 2015, 02:22:13 PM by Lustful Bride »

Offline Dimir

Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #665 on: April 08, 2015, 03:22:41 PM »
Super glue Into the babie's ears..... which required surgery to remove......That mother is handling it better than I ever would have, Id end up in jail for seeking my own brand of justice against.

And reading the article the father claimed he found a needle in the babies carseat.... They would need an army to stop me from getting to her.  >:(

I realize how immensely irate the mother must have been against the convicted woman in this case, however I'm appreciative that she let the court system handle justice in this case. If she had wounded or even killed the abuser, then like you said she would have gone to jail. It's not that I have any pity for the convicted woman in this case, but that child will need his mother more than ever to cope in this world, and she couldn't provide for him from prison.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #666 on: April 09, 2015, 09:03:25 AM »
Polish parliament finally tries to tackle the issue of in-vitro fertilization:

http://www.thenews.pl/1/9/Artykul/202939,Parliament-to-debate-IVF-bill

One of the bill projects, created by the Law and Justice party, proposes that the doctors conducting IVF should be punished with prison time... L&J actually tried to amend their project and change the penalty to "just" revoking the doctors' licenses, but that didn't happen due to formal complications.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #667 on: April 09, 2015, 09:29:53 AM »
China is proposing to build a railway link through/beneath the Himalayas, from Lhasa to Katmandu, where it would connect with the railway network of India. The project would likely involve a huge tunnel under the Mount Everest massive. Due to the beyond difficult terrain and the amounts of snow even at lower altitudes, train speed would be limited to about 120 km per hour/75 mph.

If the project happens it would begin somewhere in the 2020s, by which time both China and India will have populations of around 1 billion people.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #668 on: April 09, 2015, 09:49:52 PM »
Signatures for a recall election are being collected for a judge in Orange County, California. Marc Kelly gave a 19-year old man convicted of sodomizing his three-year sister a 10-year sentence when the minimum mandatory statute is 25-years. Kelly was moved by the mother's plea that her son accepted responsibility and is "sexually frustrated". The judge also expressed concerns that the sentence would be deemed as "cruel and unusual punishment" as dictated by the eighth amendent. The prosecution is trying to get an appeal for what they argue is an illegal sentence.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/09/us/california-judge-sentencing-child-sodomy-recall-effort/index.html


Thoughts? I don't feel the judge has his individual right to dictate what he deems to be appropriate sentences, especially when they don't match the statutes, otherwise for example, judges could sentence those guilty of manslaughter to death. Regardless of the state of the defendant or what the judge deemed the severity of the crime to be, doing things like this to kids causes both permenant mental and physical damage. As for the mother, was it known that her son had these problems before being left with her toddler-age daughter. If so then why was the little girl put in a vulnerable situation?
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Offline Zakharra

Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #669 on: April 10, 2015, 12:11:14 AM »
  Yeah, that guy should have, at the least, gotten the minimum 25 year sentence. Raping a 3 year old girl is is only a 10 year sentence? WTF judge?! Judges do not, or should not, have the ability to reduce any sentence below the state/federally mandated minimum limit.  This 19 year old needs to be behind bars for a damned long time. Sexually frustrated is NOT an excuse to rape anyone for any reason.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #670 on: April 10, 2015, 12:17:02 AM »
  Yeah, that guy should have, at the least, gotten the minimum 25 year sentence. Raping a 3 year old girl is is only a 10 year sentence? WTF judge?! Judges do not, or should not, have the ability to reduce any sentence below the state/federally mandated minimum limit.  This 19 year old needs to be behind bars for a damned long time. Sexually frustrated is NOT an excuse to rape anyone for any reason.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #671 on: April 10, 2015, 03:48:59 AM »
http://nypost.com/2015/04/07/cop-charged-with-murder-of-motorist-after-jarring-video-surfaces/

I know it's 'old' news but a few things...

1. Send that cop to prison for the rest of his life.
2. Give the guy who filmed it a pullitzer price.
3. Why is the police still covering for each other on this? Why can't they just say, the officer was wrong and we'll fire him on the spot. People do get fired for a lot less.

4. With all these police shootings going on in the US, I don't find it all that strange that people might run away from the police. If the only authority you have an officer is your weapon, you should find another job.

I hope the government of the US, whichever, finally makes a stand on this, power hungry, nazi police force. I for one, will not go to America for a while when I am at risk of being shot by some gestapo member and I will not advice any of my clients to go either. In India you get raped, in the US you get shot.

Best stay in Europe really. Might be bankrupt, at least you don't get shot or raped.  ::)

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #672 on: April 10, 2015, 05:52:45 AM »
I much more was afraid of police when I lived in New York City, then I am living in St Petersburg.

Not that all America police are bad, most are good. But there's still enough bad, or trigger happy, I think, that's scarey.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #673 on: April 10, 2015, 09:31:10 AM »
http://nypost.com/2015/04/07/cop-charged-with-murder-of-motorist-after-jarring-video-surfaces/


Follow-up on this one:  the cop has been fired, and his lawyer has dropped the case.

http://reverbpress.com/justice/slager-charged-murder-lawyer-dumps-case/

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Charleston attorney David Aylor told The Daily Beast that he took on Slager as a client on Saturday, the day of the shooting, and removed himself as counsel on Tuesday afternoon.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #674 on: April 10, 2015, 09:49:22 AM »
Well that's at least a start... Finger's crossed. There is hope yet :)