Author Archive | Matt Staggs

Montana Man Licks Cop’s Eyeball While Resisting Arrest At ‘Pisser’s Palace’

Pic: Booking photo (PD)

Pic: Booking photo (PD)

Mistake One: Hanging out at a place called “Pisser’s Palace“.

Mistake Two: Calling the cops to report a crime when there’s a warrant out for your arrest.

Mistake Three: Licking the eyeball of the cop who responds to your call. You don’t know where that cop’s been.

Via The Smoking Gun:

Police encountered Hiatt after he called 911 to report a theft. After discovering that Hiatt had an active arrest warrant from a neighboring county, officers sought to arrest him. According to investigators, Hiatt struggled when cops sought to handcuff him.

As officers subsequently tried to stuff Hiatt (seen above) in a patrol car, he allegedly licked one of the cop’s eyes. The licking occurred in front of Pisser’s Palace in Walkerville, a Butte suburb.

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Grave-Robbing Cannibal Brothers Arrested – Again

Pic: PD

Pic: PD

Pakistani brothers Arif and Farman can’t seem to be able to control their ghoulish appetites. They were arrested in 2011 for disinterring and eating parts of 150 corpses, and after a stay in a psychiatric hospital, they’re back at it again. While it wasn’t reported in any of the press, I’ve heard that between feasts they’re doing some modeling for a promising Bostonian artist named Richard Upton Pickman

Via The Express Tribune:

BHAKKAR: Two brothers who were previously found guilty of cannibalism and detained by the police have now returned to eating human flesh and an FIR has been registered against them on the charges of terrorism, Express News reported on Monday.

Arif and Farman, who are from the small town of Darya Khan in Bhakkar district, were first arrested in April 2011 after they were found to have disinterred corpses in the local graveyard for the purpose of eating them.

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Psychiatrist Richard H. Stone On Affluenza and ‘The Poverty Of The Rich’

Watch Affluenza on PBS. See more from The Open Mind.

This interview with psychiatrist Richard H. Stone on the topic of affluenza was recorded 30 years ago, but it seems more relevant than ever.

When affluent criminals like Ethan Couch who was convicted of killing four people while driving drunk. (Also, one of the passengers in his vehicle paralyzed; Now he can only communicate by blinking) and Richard H. Roberts who was convicted of raping his three year-old daughter (and was also suspected of molesting his infant son) get probation in lieu of the lengthy prison sentences people of lesser means receive, it sends a very clear message about the nature of “justice” in America.

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Feds Back Down In Stand-Off With Militia Over Cattle

Pic: Daniel Schwin (CC)

Pic: Daniel Schwin (CC)

Hundreds of protesters and what is being called militia members have succeeded in pushing back federal forces intent on rounding up cattle on government land.

Via Yahoo:

BUNKERVILLE, Nevada (Reuters) – The U.S. government called off its attempt to round up a herd of cattle that it said was grazing illegally in Nevada after hundreds of protesters created a showdown with federal officials.

“Based on information about conditions on the ground and in consultation with law enforcement, we have made a decision to conclude the cattle gather because of our serious concern about the safety of employees and members of the public,” Neil Kornze, director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, said in a statement.

The conflict between rancher Cliven Bundy and U.S. land managers had brought a team of armed federal rangers to Nevada to seize the 1,000 head of cattle.

The unusual roundup became a flashpoint for anti-government groups, right-wing politicians and gun-rights activists.

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Physics Professor Says That Odds that Global Warming Is Due to Natural Factors Nil

There: That’ll settle that argument. Right?

Via E! Science News:

Author:  Robert A. Rohde (CC)

Author: Robert A. Rohde (CC)

An analysis of temperature data since 1500 all but rules out the possibility that global warming in the industrial era is just a natural fluctuation in the earth’s climate, according to a new study by McGill University physics professor Shaun Lovejoy. The study, published online April 6 in the journal Climate Dynamics, represents a new approach to the question of whether global warming in the industrial era has been caused largely by man-made emissions from the burning of fossil fuels. Rather than using complex computer models to estimate the effects of greenhouse-gas emissions, Lovejoy examines historical data to assess the competing hypothesis: that warming over the past century is due to natural long-term variations in temperature.

“This study will be a blow to any remaining climate-change deniers,” Lovejoy says. “Their two most convincing arguments – that the warming is natural in origin, and that the computer models are wrong – are either directly contradicted by this analysis, or simply do not apply to it.”

Lovejoy’s study applies statistical methodology to determine the probability that global warming since 1880 is due to natural variability.

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Court Clears Baby On Murder Charges

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Pic: zscout730 (CC)

A Pakistani court has cleared a nine month-old or charges that he planned a murder and threatened the police. Kids today!

Via NPR:

Weeks after he was fingerprinted and appeared in court on an attempted murder charge, baby Mohammad Musa Khan is no longer living under the shadow of a criminal conviction. His case has been termed absurd, ridiculous and a sign of a justice system in need of reform.

A Pakistani court ruled Saturday that charges against the boy, who was reportedly 9 months old when he was charged, will not be pursued. The case began when police faced resistance as officials tried to cut off gas service in the neighborhood. Police said .

Musa and his family were charged with “planning a murder, threatening police and interfering in state affairs,” says.

The case sparked widespread disbelief and ridicule, after a video showed Musa in court holding his milk bottle as he sat on his grandfather’s lap.

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US Navy Develops Technology to Turn Sea Water Into Fuel: Death Knell For Big Oil?

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PIC: PD

Apparently the Navy has developed the capacity to convert sea water into fuel. They say that it can power a number of different vehicles. (But probably not your car until the petrol companies have sucked each and every drop of oil out of the Earth. Then they’ll probably monetize sea water…)

The US Navy believes it has finally worked out the solution to a problem that has intrigued scientists for decades: how to take seawater and use it as fuel.

The development of a liquid hydrocarbon fuel is being hailed as “a game-changer” because it would signficantly [SIC] shorten the supply chain, a weak link that makes any force easier to attack.

The US has a fleet of 15 military oil tankers, and only aircraft carriers and some submarines are equipped with nuclear propulsion.

All other vessels must frequently abandon their mission for a few hours to navigate in parallel with the tanker, a delicate operation, especially in bad weather.

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Why Can’t God Get Any Credit?

PIC: Equifax Logo

PIC: Equifax Logo

God Gazarov, a Russian native living in Brooklyn, is having trouble with credit reporting agency Equifax. The agency’s computers won’t accept “God” as a first name.

Via New York Post:

A Brooklyn businessman is ­suing the credit-reporting agency Equifax for falsely reporting him as having no financial history ­because their system rejects his first name — God.

God Gazarov — a Russian native who was named after his grand­father — claims that the company has stubbornly refused to correct the glitch after more than two years of anguished calls and correspondence, according to a Brooklyn federal lawsuit to be filed Friday.

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NSA Exploited Heartbleed Bug for Years

PROBLEM?

PROBLEM?

Bloomberg reports that the NSA used the heartbleed bug to capture sensitive data for at least a couple of years.

Via Bloomberg:

The U.S. National Security Agency knew for at least two years about a flaw in the way that many websites send sensitive information, now dubbed the Heartbleed bug, and regularly used it to gather critical intelligence, two people familiar with the matter said.

The NSA’s decision to keep the bug secret in pursuit of national security interests threatens to renew the rancorous debate over the role of the government’s top computer experts.

Heartbleed appears to be one of the biggest glitches in the Internet’s history, a flaw in the basic security of as many as two-thirds of the world’s websites. Its discovery and the creation of a fix by researchers five days ago prompted consumers to change their passwords, the Canadian government to suspend electronic tax filing and computer companies including Cisco Systems Inc.

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