Usually hearing about Indians or Indian origin people doing well in western countries makes me feel a bit envious for so & so being able to live and enjoy their lives in say the UK, Canada or the US. When they do well, you are happy for them. Most of the stories are positive ones and it does give you an ethnically charged sense of pride. And for the ones in showzbiz as well – you know like finding about Frieda Pinto or that Indian guy in The Big Bang Theory or Kal Penn’s latest film or Russell Peters latest comedy special.
Dharun Ravi’s case is not one of the above. Dharun, a former Rutgers University student and resident of New Jersey, was convicted on Friday on all 15 charges he had faced for using a webcam to spy on his roommate having sex with another man, a verdict poised to broaden the definition of hate crimes in an era when laws have not kept up with evolving technology. In September 2010, a then 18 year old Dharun had used his webcam to stream a video of his roommate Tyler Clementi & an older man kiss briefly in the room, along with another student. He then sent out Twitter and text messages about them. Clementi posted online that he had asked the resident assistant for a new room after having learned about the first incident and then discovering that Ravi invited his Twitter followers to watch a second sexual encounter. Clementi wrote to a friend online that he was not really bothered by what Ravi had seen in the first, brief viewing – primarily due to its extreme brevity and accidental nature – but found Ravi’s intent to view the second rendezvous as “wildly inappropriate”.
On September 22 2010 Clementi jumped off the George Washington Bridge into the Hudson river. His body was found the next day by police. On April 20, 2011, a Middlesex County grand jury indicted Ravi on 15 counts, including bias intimidation, invasion of privacy, witness tampering, and evidence tampering. he witness tampering charges are based upon text messages Ravi sent to Wei, trying to get her not to contradict what he had told police. In December 2011, Ravi rejected a plea agreement in which he would not spend any time in jail and through which the Prosecutor’s office would assist him in fighting any potential deportation orders. Ravi is a citizen of India legally living in the United States. In rejecting the plea arrangement, Ravi’s lawyer stated: “Simple answer, simple principle…He’s innocent. He’s not guilty. That’s why he rejected the plea.”
A tentative sentencing date has been set for May 21 and as a result of his convictions he could be deported back to India. He plans to appeal the convictions.
What do you think about this, termed as cyber bullying and a hate crime? And think of Tyler and his family and what they had to go through.
2011 Scientists from South Korea and Russia have signed onto a project that looks to bring back the wooly mammoth (also known as the Tundra mammoth) from extinction. Like they didn’t learn a lesson from watching the Jurassic Park movies?
Even more controversial than the storyline is the participation of a disgraced cloning expert from South Korea in the project. Hwang Woo-Suk, now with South Korea’s Sooam Biotech Research Foundation, was found to have falsified data claiming a stem cell research breakthrough and then forced to resign his post at Seoul National University in 2009. Still, Suk continues to enjoy notoriety in his native country as the first scientist to clone a dog. Now the question is can his use that expertise to reproduce a long time extinct animal and the chances may hinge on a variable entirely out of his hands.
This isn’t the first time scientists have set their sights on cloning a mammoth. Scientists in Russia researching the project have had their progress blocked by not having nuclei with undamaged mammoth genes. That changed last August when paleontologists reported discovering a well-preserved mammoth’s thigh bone in Siberia, raising the chances for a successful cloning procedure. Assuming that the researchers can find nuclei with undamaged genes, they would implant the embryos into elephant wombs for delivery. Although mammoths became extinct about 10,000 years ago, they are considered to be close enough relatives to the modern elephant.
You know what that means don’t u? Manny from the Ice Age movies will live. Will the mammoth be as cute as the one I have pictured here?
Heard this story? A three-year-old McDonald’s Chicken McNugget said to resemble George Washington has sold on eBay for $8,100, according to several news reports. Nebraska woman Rebekah Speight said in February that she was auctioning the McNugget to raise money for children at the Sioux City Family Worship Center to go to summer camp: total cost $15,000.
This is just great. There are, idiots or should I say rich idiots, who are willing to shell out money and lots of money for a small bit of meat, that they won’t be able to eat (if they do they might die, 3 year old nugget). They would then showcase that nugget in some glass case for people to see.
Speight said that during a McDonald’s visit with her kids three years ago, she almost trashed the uneaten McNugget before noticing a likeness to the country’s most distinguished forefather. She says that she looked down and laughed when she saw “this portrait of George Washington staring back at me.” She then stashed the McNugget in her freezer, she said. EBay took down the nugget at first, saying it violated its rules regulating expired food, but then the woman got an email saying the company was “willing to make exceptions to help your cause.” The McNugget drew 71 bids from 23 bidders, with bidding ending Monday morning. The auction had 44,795 views, with 1,610 people actively watching the proceedings.
So where’s my chicken tikka piece that looks like Mahathma Gandhi or burger patty that looks like Jawaharlal Nehru.
And now from NASA:
NASA’s unmanned Cassini spacecraft has detected molecular oxygen ions in the atmosphere of Dione, one of Saturn’s moons. This discovery confirms the presence of a very thin atmosphere. In fact, scientists reveal that the oxygen ions around Saturn’s moon are extremely exiguous (one for every 11 cubic centimeters of space or approximately 2,550 per cubic foot). This fact highlights the thinness of Dione’s atmosphere. For a comparison that might make more sense to the average reader, scientists believe that the atmosphere at Dione’s surface would only be as dense as Earth’s atmosphere 300 miles above the surface.
Scientists believe that Dione’s oxygen comes from either solar photons or energetic particles from space assaulting the moon’s water ice surface and freeing oxygen molecules. Despite this reasoning, scientists will continue to examine data from the Cassini spacecraft to see if the presence of oxygen around Saturn’s moon can be explained by geological processes or other events.
While a number of solid solar system bodies, like Earth, Venus, Mars and Saturn’s moon Titan, have atmospheres, they are usually a lot denser than the tenuous atmosphere detected around Dione. Back in 2010, however, Cassini scientists found a thin exosphere around Saturn’s moon Rhea, one that was very similar to what has recently been discovered around Dione. In fact, the density of the oxygen at the surfaces of Dione and Rhea is approximately 5 trillion times less than the density of the atmosphere at Earth’s surface.
Scientists reckon more moons around Saturn and Jupiter could also have oxygen in their atmospheres. They also think some of the moons have liquid oceans deep below their surfaces. With the possibility of both water and oxygen, experts hope to explore the moons further to see if there are any signs of life or if humans could survive there.
A group of Iraqi and foreign archaeologists have uncovered a temple at the Sumerian city of Ur, which dates back to about 2500 B.C., the head of the Antiquities Department says. So far the scientists have uncovered one of the walls of the temple along with numerous graves from the same period, said Hussein Rashid. Ur is one of ancient Iraq’s most fascinating cities. It has given the world priceless treasures from the Sumerian civilization that flourished in southern Iraq. The Sumerians, whose ethnic and linguistic stock is still a mystery, invented writing and established a civil system of government in southern Iraq more than 5000 years ago.
“An Italian excavation team in coordination with their Iraqi counterparts have uncovered the wall of a temple dating to 2500 B.C. at Tel Abu Tabeer in the ancient city of Ur,” said Rashid. Rashid said there were three foreign excavation teams currently working in Iraq. It is the first team of foreign archaeologists to be working in the country for more than two decades. Rashid said an American team was to arrive in Iraq to excavate ancient mounds in the southern city of Nasiriya, the capital of Dhi Qar Province where the richest and most ancient Mesopotamian ruins are found. Rashid also said another Italian group will be arriving in the country to excavate the ancient Assyrian military capital, Nimrud, in the northern Province of Nineveh.
The Italian team in Ur is closely cooperating with scientist at Dhi Qar University. Rashid said Italian scientists will be lecturing on Iraq’s ancient civilizations and languages in English. Ur is the dream place for foreign scientists specialized in Near Eastern studies. It is often referred to in the literature as “the world’s Archaeological Museum” for its great number of ancient sites.
Not another one – call Bruce Willis & Ben Affleck! Scientists have detected a comet 140 meters in diameter that is due for a fly-by in 2040. There is an outside chance that it could collide with Earth. Doomsday Sayers & religious fundamentalists now have a new year to predict the destruction of earth.
The giant rock, which is called 2011 AG5 & is about 460 feet (140 meters) wide, has an elliptical orbit that will bring it within striking distance of our planet in 23 years. According to researchers the comet could be diverted towards Earth by a gravitational keyhole – an area of space subject to the gravitational pull of surrounding planets. Detlef Koschny of the European Space Agency’s Solar System Missions Division says that since they have only observed it for about half of it’s orbit, they aren’t very confident of the calculations.
NASA has calculated that AG5 has a one in 625 chance of striking Earth in 2040. Scientists at the 49th session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space in Vienna are taking the threat in all earnest and have even begun to draw up possible deflection scenarios. They are using comet AG5 as a “desktop exercise” for the development of technologies to deflect asteroids and meteorites that stray too close to our planet. It is thought scientists will be able to better gauge the course of the comet in 2013 as it will be observable from the ground, but until then they will be keeping a close eye on the celestial giant.
I will be 64 years old in 2040 (When I’m 64 by the Beatles, ring any bells?)
When I get older losing my hair,
Many years from now.
Will you still be sending me a Valentine.
Birthday greetings bottle of wine.
If I’d been out till quarter to three.
Would you lock the door.
Will you still need me, will you still feed me,
When I’m sixty-four.
The Vatican & the pope are obsessed with sex it seems. According to the pope, artificial methods of getting pregnant, like the in-vitro fertilization (IVF), were simply “arrogance” and making babies through sex was the only way to make a baby. Speaking at the end of a three-day Vatican meet on infertility in Rome on Saturday, the Pope reiterated Vatican’s stance against artificial procreation and urged infertile couples to refrain from trying to conceive through any method other than conjugal relations. He also told the specialists in his audience to resist “the fascination of the technology of artificial fertility’, warning against “easy income, or even worse, the arrogance of taking the place of the Creator”.
Is he calling the couples who have tried to have a baby on their own and have to try IVF to start their own families, arrogant? Is that arrogant Mr.Pope? Well, you know who I think is arrogant and which religious institution is arrogant & makes a mockery of humanity arrogant! Take a look in the mirror!
In one of the most ridiculous stories that I have read online, I saw this pic in Facebook along with the information that a woman gave birth to 11 kids and allah is great, god is great. Check out the name of the Facebook account.
The hoax story started off, it seems in Nigeria, first circulated by tumfweko.com, a website that shares gossip around the world. It showed a photograph of 11 new born babies along with hospital staff claiming that they all were born to a woman in single delivery, calling it a miracle of god. This is the actual test “An Indian Woman gave birth to eleven 11 kids baby boys few days ago. Resources have been told that few of them were test tubes babies but it really seems strange at once. It was also rumored that 6 were twins. Doctors were really surprised, shocked and glad to have successful delivery. Well it’s a blessing of God who give 11 baby boys to one woman. 21st century record of 2012 year.”
Now the truth – the top part of the pic is true; I don’t know who the pregnant woman in the lower section is in the Facebook pic. The below pic is of staff of a Surat hospital (21st Century Hospital & Test Tube Baby Centre in Surat, India) and 11 babies born to different mothers on 11.11.11.
What the story, spun in the name of spreading the glory of religion did is get a bunch of believers to comment “yes god is great”! What a sorry figure god cuts if he/it needs such hoax stories to survive! The question I would ask is “What the fuck does god need with a football team?”
From Gizmodo & Science Daily:
Much like Pompeii, a 300-million-year-old tropical forest was preserved in ash when a volcano erupted in what is today northern China, under a coal mine. American and Chinese scientists are flabbergasted after discovering a giant 298-million-year-old forest buried intact under a coal mine near Wuda, in Inner Mongolia, China. It is being called the Pompeii of the Permian period because it is covered & preserved by volcanic ash, just like the Ancient Italian city. This swamp forest is so perfectly maintained that scientists know where every plant originally was, labeling it to be like a time capsule.
Standing there you will be able to find a branch with the leaves attached, and then onto the next branch and the next branch and the next branch and finally the stump of the same tree. They are in fact finding entire trees and plants exactly as they were at the time of the volcanic eruption. The researchers discovered the 10,763-square-foot (1000-square-meter) area hidden under a coal mine using heavy industrial machinery. They believe that this frozen-in-time fossilized forest was covered under gigantic amounts of ash that fell from the sky for days. During the Permian, which extends from 299 to 251 million years ago, During the Permian, which extends from 299 to 251 million years ago. This is also when the first groups of mammals, turtles, lepidosaurs and archosaurs started to roam the Earth.
Haha and the Christian fundamentalists & the bible wants you to believe that the earth is only 6000-10,000 years old! :P
A Swedish man snowed in his car survived for two months while being trapped in. The 45-year-old man, who had no food, was huddled inside a sleeping bag, emaciated, and close to death when he was discovered by people on snowmobiles on Friday. He told his rescuers that he was trapped in his car from December 19, 2011. Doctors say that this rare kind of situation, was probably because his snowed in became like an igloo, which is why he has managed to get through this cold, which went down to -30 centigrade in that area.
No-one is sure why the man, identified in the media as Peter Skyllberg, apparently chose to stay in the car at the end of a road leading off a major highway, but it has certainly attracted attention from around the world. Bertil Wallin, who has been covering the story for the local newspaper the Vasterbotten Courier, said the man had been eating snow. “Nothing else. He had food for one day and I think he had decided to stay with the car for some reason that no one knows why,” he said.
No-one has missed him during this time which sounds sad. His full story of two months with nothing but melted snow may never be told and, if his rescuers had been a little less curious, one of the most remarkable stories of all time would never have survived – and nor would he.
From MSN.com, here are a few striking photos of 2011. Ofcourse there were more events & things happening in the last 12 months but these are the ones I chose.
This sightseeing boat, Hama Yuri, was pulled 1300 feet from the coast and somehow balanced itself on a two story house during the tsunami in Japan.
Members of the national security team receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House on May 1
A University of California Davis police officer pepper-sprays students during their sit-in at an ‘Occupy UCD’ demonstration in Davis, California, one of many Occupy demonstrations.
Chile’s Puyehue volcano erupts, causing air traffic cancellations across South America, New Zealand, Australia and forcing over 3,000 people to evacuate.
On the 5th of December Astronomers confirmed the existence of an Earth-like planet around the “habitable zone” around a star not unlike our own.
The planet in question, Kepler 22-b, lies about 600 light-years away and is about 2.4 times the size of Earth, and has a temperature of about 22C. It is the closest planet that is a lot like ours – Earth 2.0 as some are calling it. However, the team does not yet know if Kepler 22-b is made mostly of rock, gas or liquid. At the conference for the announcement, the Kepler team also said that it had spotted some 1,094 new candidate planets – nearly doubling the telescope’s haul of potential far-flung worlds.
Kepler 22-b was one of 54 exoplanet candidates in habitable zones reported by the Kepler team in February, and is just the first to be formally confirmed using other telescopes. More such planets are bound to be confirmed, after reconsidering the details and bringing the possible candidates down to 48, 10 of which are Earth-sized. Kepler 22-b lies 15% closer to its sun than the Earth is to our Sun, and its year takes about 290 days. However, the planet’s host star puts out about 25% less light, keeping the planet at its balmy temperature that would support the existence of liquid water.
The results were announced at the Kepler telescope’s first science conference, alongside the staggering number of new candidate planets. The total number of candidates spotted by the telescope is now 2,326 – of which 207 are approximately Earth-sized. In total, the results suggest that planets ranging from Earth-sized to about four times Earth’s size – so-called “super-Earths” – may be more common than previously thought. As candidates for planets similar to Earth are confirmed, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (Seti) has a narrower focus for its ongoing hunt.
Can you imagine if we find sentient lifeforms on this planet or any other? What if they are humanoid and about the same stage of progress as we are? Or are they capable of quick space travel and can reach us? What we get a chance to one day, sometime in the near future, meet one of these aliens who could possibly live on Kepler 22-b? What if I was that guy and an alien from that planet approached me? What would be my first words?
“Hi! Wanna beer?”
According to a report by some conservation Muslim scholars, released yesterday, allowing women drivers in Saudi Arabia will tempt them into sex, prostitution, divorce, pornography and create more homosexuals! Not my word but theirs. Which is a load of holy bullshit; everyone knows that if you have more women drivers all you get is more accidents!!! Kidding, kidding, please do not stone me to death ladies.
The Arab country is the only nation in the world than bans women from driving cars or any other vehicles. Academics at the Majlis al-Ifta’ al-A’ala, which is Saudi Arabia’s highest religious council, said the relaxation of the rules would inevitably lead to “no more virgins”. The report pointed out that “moral decline” could already be seen in those other Muslim countries in which women are allowed to drive. Within 10 years of the ban being lifted, it claimed, there would be “no more virgins” in the Islamic kingdom.
Women caught driving in Saudi face corporal punishment. In September, Shaima Jastaniya, 34, a Saudi woman, was sentenced to 10 lashes with a whip after being caught driving in Jeddah. There has been strong protest in the country about the sentence, which was later overturned by King Abdullah, and about the law generally but resistance to reform remains strong among the traditionally conservative royal family and clerics.
The Saudi government is currently considering a proposal to ban women – already forced to cover up most of their body in public – from even displaying their eyes, if they are judged too “tempting”.
In what must be one of the craziest kind of crimes that I have ever heard of being committed, 3 women were arrested in Zimbabwe for raping men and harvesting their semen! I’ll let that shock sink in before you read the rest.
Apparently these 3 Zimbabwean women prey on male hitchhikers, raping the men in order to steal their semen for ritualistic purposes. Their trial began on Monday, 28th November. The cops say that there have been dozens of attacks reported and who knows how many unreported cases out there. The typical modus operandi of the women is to pick up male hitchhikers and force them to have sex after injecting them with a “sex drug,” sometimes at gunpoint. The three women were caught following a road accident when 31 used condoms filled with semen were found in the car. The women claim that they are prostitutes who were too busy to dispose of the condoms. The women are charged with aggravated sexual assault rather than rape, as Zimbabwean law does not recognize the act of women raping men.
One alleged victim, according to BBC News , released a statement on national television saying, one of the women threw water in his face, injected him with something that gave him “a strong sexual desire” and made him have sex with each women several times while using condoms. He was then abandoned in a bush, totally naked and help by some people who were gathering grass nearby and they called the police. The man says that he was taken to hospital to deal with the effects of this drug that he had been given, as the urge to have sex was still there!
Police have said they believe the three accused are just part of a nationwide syndicate of women sexually assaulting men to profit from their semen. Possible motives have included suggestions that the semen is being sold abroad, used to bring business success, or sold to faith-healers in South Africa for rituals that are conducted to make one wealthy!
When I read this, after my initial shock of the rapes being done, I have only one question in mind? Why rape the men when surely they would be easily able to find ready & willing volunteers?
Ok, so reading the news and not really concentrating. Drinking coffee. And then bam! I read it, read it again twice and then once more to make sure. But I still can’t comprehend it. A British guy, rugby player & who also was working in a bank, suffered a stroke during a training exercise and was taken to the hospital. When he recovered he realized that he had woken up……..GAY!
I swear that I am not making this up. You can’t make up shit like this, it’s true. Chris Birch, who weighed at 19 stone before the stroke, attempted a back flip on the grounds and broke his neck and suffering a stroke. The 26 year old was rushed to the hospital where for days his fiance and parents waited by his bedside to recover. When he did wake up, as he says he “woke up gay”! Before the stroke he was never interested in men before or had gay friends, according to him. He spent his weekends drinking beer and watching sports but now is not interested in sports or women! Chris broke up with his fiance after this astonishing change.
He ditched is bank job, lost some weight (he is now 11 stone) and trained as a hairdresser and now lives with a 19 year old boyfriend in South Wales. Birch sought advice from his neurologist and was told it could all be down to the stroke opening up a different part of his brain. So he has embraced his new lifestyle and says that he is extremely happy.
What the fuck??
Today a potentially hazardous asteroid will approach the Earth’s atmosphere. The asteroid 2005 YU55, which is about 1,300 feet (400 meters) across, will make its closest approach to Earth at 6:28 p.m. EST (2328 GMT) today.
Fortunately for us, Asteroid 2005 YU55 will miss an Earthly encounter by 0.85 lunar distance, or approximately 208,000 miles (335,000 kilometers). In space standards, that is a close shave. At that point, the space rock will be traveling at about 29,000 mph and be closer than the moon, which orbits 238,864 miles (384,499 km) from us on average.
With a diameter of 400 meters, the approach will mark the closest a known object this large has ever gotten to a collision with Earth and will continue to hold that record until Asteroid 2001 WN5 gets within 0.6 lunar distance in 2028. 2005 YU55 was only discovered 6 years ago, so there is still the possibility that Space Watch may find other monstrous floating rocks in the run-up to 2028. The approach will be closest at around 7:30 p.m. ET and viewable in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres with a visual brightness of the 11th magnitude, but will not be easily spotted according to Robert McMillan of the Space Watch Program in Tucson, Ariz.
Researchers are excited about 2005 YU55’s close approach, because it gives them a chance to study the space rock as never before. The asteroid was discovered in 2005 by astronomer Robert McMillan of the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory.
I do a daily check on Wikipedia’s Recent Death’s link. I started doing this frequently and then daily from mid 2009 onwards when it seemed that lots of famous people were dying. Unfortunately that has continued onto 2011 and I always check to see if someone I like/admire/know is on the list. But on the 23rd, yesterday, they made a slight mistake in noting the death of Henk Pleket twice in the same date.