Somali pirates capture 2 Yemeni boats, crew members

Somali pirates captured two Yemeni fishing boats and 22 Yemeni fishermen Wednesday in the Gulf of Aden, Yemen’s official news agency SABA said.
SABA, citing sources in Yemen’s Coast Guard, said seven other fishermen escaped on a small boat prior to the pirates’ taking control of the fishing boats.
The news agency also said that, after hijacking a different Yemeni ship last month and demanding $2 million ransom, Somali pirates freed the cargo ship and its crew without receiving ransom after local clan elders and officials pleaded with them to do so.pirates1 Somali pirates capture 2 Yemeni boats, crew members
On Tuesday, the German cruise liner MS Columbus said it would fly its 246 passengers and most of its crew over the Gulf of Aden instead of through it to avoid any pirate attack.
The number of attacks off Somalia has shot up this year, with pirates staging increasingly bolder attacks on ever-bigger targets.
So far this year, pirates have attacked almost 100 vessels off Somalia’s coast and successfully hijacked nearly 40, according to the International Maritime Bureau.

How is this still going on? They’re practically in row boats w/ an outboard motor. The gov’ts can’t put a stop to this?

‘Butt Bandit’ jailed for one bum imprint too many

A man dubbed the “Butt Bandit” for making greasy imprints of his bum on windows has been sentenced to more than a year in jail.
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Police in the city of Valentine, in Nebraska, US, caught 35-year-old Thomas Larvie in the act last month.
Larvie was sentenced to 13 and a half months in jail after being convicted of eight misdemeanour counts of public indecency and one of disturbing the peace.

I can’t decide if 13 1/2 months is ridiculously too long for prankish behavior or if this is something indicative of a more serious problem.
Oh and no, I don’t know what’s up with all this butt news.

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“No software is free and spreading that misconception is harmful.”

This blog is momentarily interrupted to bring you a snippet of recently received email.

“…observed one of my students with a group of other children gathered around his laptop. Upon looking at his computer, I saw he was giving a demonstration of some sort. The student was showing the ability of the laptop and handing out Linux disks. After confiscating the disks I called a confrence with the student and that is how I came to discover you and your organization. Mr. Starks, I am sure you strongly believe in what you are doing but I cannot either support your efforts or allow them to happen in my classroom. At this point, I am not sure what you are doing is legal. No software is free and spreading that misconception is harmful. These children look up to adults for guidance and discipline. I will research this as time allows and I want to assure you, if you are doing anything illegal, I will pursue charges as the law allows. Mr. Starks, I along with many others tried Linux during college and I assure you, the claims you make are grossly over-stated and hinge on falsehoods. I admire your attempts in getting computers in the hands of disadvantaged people but putting linux on these machines is holding our kids back.

This is a world where Windows runs on virtually every computer and putting on a carnival show for an operating system is not helping these children at all. I am sure if you contacted Microsoft, they would be more than happy to supply you with copies of an older verison of Windows and that way, your computers would actually be of service to those receiving them…”linux vs windows No software is free and spreading that misconception is harmful.

I suppose I should, before anything else, thank you…And please…investigate to your heart’s content. You are about to have your eyes opened, that is if you actually investigate anything at all. Linux is a free as-in-cost and free as-in-license operating system. It was designed specifically for those purposes. Linux is used to free people from Microsoft. The fact that you seem to believe that Microsoft is the end all and be-all is actually funny in a sad sort of way. Then again, being a good NEA member, you would spout the Union line. Microsoft has pumped tens of millions of dollars into your union. Of course you are going to “recommend” Microsoft Windows”. To do otherwise would probably get you reprimanded at the least and fired at the worst. You are only doing what you’ve been instructed to do.

I find this teacher’s attitude appaling. I wish I could say that she does not represent teachers, but she does…at least some of them. These are the ones that always ends up in administration, so they can tell other people what to do.
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Is that a baton up my butt or are you just glad to see me?

3 NYPD officers charged in subway sodomy case

A police officer warned a tattoo parlor worker that if he reported being sodomized with a baton during an arrest at a New York subway station, officers would lock him up for a felony, prosecutors said Tuesday.0070873127683124ca22d81f19b97fb3 Is that a baton up my butt or are you just glad to see me?In the most detailed narrative to date of the incident, prosecutors said Kern and Morales spotted Mineo outside the subway station smoking marijuana. When they sought to stop him, he fled into the station, jumped a turnstile, ran toward the platform and hurdled another turnstile before he was pinned down, handcuffed near a token booth and searched for drugs, they said.
With Mineo in a “helpless position” with his pants down, Kern took out a retractable baton and shoved it into the victim’s buttocks, said Assistant District Attorney Charles Guria. The baton pierced Mineo’s underwear, tore his rectum and drew blood, the prosecutor said.

All kidding aside. WTF is wrong with that cop (Kern)? At what point did he and his cohorts decide that this was a good idea and that it was perfectly fine to do this to another human being? Continue reading “Is that a baton up my butt or are you just glad to see me?”

Halliburton Accused of Supplying Rotten Food to US Forces

Kbr Halliburton Accused of Supplying Rotten Food to US Forces

Halliburton Accused of Supplying Rotten Food to US Forces « butner blogspot

He said Halliburton and KBR ’shipped ice served to U.S. forces in trucks that had been used to carry human remains and that still had traces of body fluids and putrefied remains.’

The lawsuit says the ‘defendants burned medical waste that contained human body parts on the open air burn pit. Wild dogs in the area raided the burn pit and carried off human remains. The wild dogs could be seen roaming the base with body parts in their mouths.’

Aw, man, wtf.  Seriously?  You’re going to fuck with the one group of people in the world that have been trained in multiple methods of murdering your stupid ass?

I say ‘good luck’ if any of the soldiers get wind of whoever it was that fed them rancid food from that ice truck. 

Star Trek Online MMO Maker Cryptic Acquired By Atari

stologos Star Trek Online MMO Maker Cryptic Acquired By AtariStar Trek Online MMO Maker Cryptic Acquired By Atari | TrekMovie.com

It was announced this morning that Cryptic Studios, the maker of the new Star Trek Online MMO, have been acquired by French game publisher Infogrames, the parent company of Atari. Earlier this year the license for STO transferred from Perpetual Entertainment to Crytpic Studios after Perpetual ran into trouble, however this acquisition looks like it will have little effect on the game itself.

Ugh.  all my favorite future MMOs are being hit.  I guess now we just wait till Star Wars: KOTORO is delayed.

Adults Play Video Games?

BREAKING NEWS: Adults Play Video Games!

Two
days ago, the Pew Internet and American Life Project released a report
that details the (apparently shocking) phenomenon that about half of
American adults play videogames (53%, to be exact). Sounds about right
to me, though I just skimmed through a good dozen articles from all
over the net that are making it sound like this is some big news. I
agree with this Forbes blogger in that it isn’t the numbers that are
surprising but how surprised everyone seems to be about them (must be
that other 47%). It just goes to show how little understood gaming
really is outside of itself.

Really though, anyone
around here surprised that there’s a lot of ‘gamers’ out there?  It’s
like a ‘shocking new study’ that reveals that a good portion of the US
reads books.

Gasp!

DreamWorks Animation Charging an Extra $5 to See 3D Movies?

DreamWorks Animation Charging an Extra $5 to See 3D Movies! « FirstShowing.net

Last week I attended a few presentations at the 3D Entertainment Summit, mainly in search of Avatar footage and a chance to chat with James Cameron. While I didn’t catch every discussion, Variety did, and they bring some very alarming news from a keynote chat with DreamWorks Animation’s Jeffrey Katzenberg. Since Christopher Campbell already tackled the more broad discussion on 3D, I’m going to focus on one specific issue that Katzenberg addressed. Katzenberg claims that the format “offers a premium experience and has the consumer paying a premium price.” That price – an extra $5 more to watch 3D movies. And starting with Monsters vs Aliens, that price change will be in effect around the country.

Oh gawd, as if the movie going experience wasn’t bad enough already.  Geez guys, what’s next?  No seats in the theater?  Standing room only viewing!

Full-Length Terminator Salvation Trailer

 Full Length Terminator Salvation Trailer

Full-Length Terminator Salvation Trailer Hits the Web

In the highly anticipated new installment of The Terminator film franchise, set in post-apocalyptic 2018, Christian Bale stars as John Connor, the man fated to lead the human resistance against Skynet and its army of Terminators. But the future Connor was raised to believe in is altered in part by the appearance of Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington), a stranger whose last memory is of being on death row. Connor must decide whether Marcus has been sent from the future, or rescued from the past. As Skynet prepares its final onslaught, Connor and Marcus both embark on an odyssey that takes them into the heart of Skynet’s operations, where they uncover the terrible secret behind the possible annihilation of mankind.

Oh lordy this looks awesome.  I do wonder how they’re going to manage to keep all the stories straight with the TV series that’s going on right now…