Archive for July 20th, 2011
Coverage of the NOTW hearings, Hoare death etc.
That is a nuclear epicentre of sad.
San Francisco police make about 35 arrests in protest over Harding shooting | Julia Chan | Crime | San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco police made approximately 35 arrests Tuesday night during protests over an officer-involved shooting in the Bayview district on Saturday. The protest began in Dolores Park at around 5 p.m. and the march toward the Castro area began around 6 p.m.
The fatal police shooting of 19-year-old Kenneth Harding Jr., who allegedly ran from police and fired shots after officers attempted to detain him while conducting a fare enforcement at a San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency light-rail stop in the Bayview, occured Saturday and has garnered public reaction.
The crowd, estimated at 150, marched up to the Castro, where protesters vandalized a Bank of America at 18th and Castro streets. The group went on to the Castro Muni station, where protesters vandalized and threw smoke bombs into the underground station.
One widely held belief about Einstein is that he failed math as a student, an assertion that is made, often accompanied by the phrase “as everyone knows,” by scores of books and thousands of websites designed to reassure underachieving students. A Google search of Einstein failed math turns up more than 500,000 references. The allegation even made it into the famous “Ripley’s Believe it or Not!” newspaper column.
Alas, Einstein’s childhood offers history many savory ironies, but this is not one of them. In 1935, a rabbi in Princeton showed him a clipping of the Ripley’s column with the headline “Greatest living mathematician failed in mathematics.” Einstein laughed. “I never failed in mathematics,” he replied, correctly. “Before I was fifteen I had mastered differential and integral calculus.” In primary school, he was at the top of his class and “far above the school requirements” in math. By age 12, his sister recalled, “he already had a predilection for solving complicated problems in applied arithmetic,” and he decided to see if he could jump ahead by learning geometry and algebra on his own. His parents bought him the textbooks in advance so that he could master them over summer vacation. Not only did he learn the proofs in the books, he also tackled the new theories by trying to prove them on his own. He even came up on his own with a way to prove the Pythagorean theory.
MARCH 31–A Florida woman who claimed to have mistakenly sent a photo of her private parts to men she was chatting with on the Internet was arrested last week and charged with battery for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend after he discovered her online activities.
According to an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office report, while Kizzy Campbell was away from the home they share, Johnny Lowe came across some ‘very provocative’ chat messages between his girlfriend and ”other dudes” on their computer.
Checking more closely, Lowe, 28, discovered that Campbell, 31, ‘had taken a photo of her vagina and sent it out.’ When she returned home, ‘Campbell ‘started tripping’ because she ‘hadn’t meant’ to send out the photo.’ Lowe, who told a sheriff’s deputy that he believed her claim that the image was sent out mistakenly, then gave Campbell a hug because ‘he was simply trying to be understanding.’
But his empathetic gesture did not end her ‘tripping’ and she responded by biting, scratching, and cutting his arm with a kitchen knife (during the brawl that ensued, Lowe hit Campbell in the mouth). The pair, who have lived together for seven years, were both charged with battery and taken to jail where they posed for the mug shots at left.
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The Ghost Army was a United States Army tactical deception unit during World War II officially known as the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops. The 1,100-man unit was given a unique mission within the Army to impersonate other U.S. Army units to deceive the enemy. From a few weeks after D-Day, when they landed in France, until the end of the war, they put on a traveling road show, using inflatable tanks, sound trucks, phony radio transmissions and playacting. They staged more than 20 battlefield deceptions, often operating very close to the front lines. Their mission was kept secret until 1996, and elements of it remain classified.
Charlotte Church has reached a new low after she was apparently videoed with her underwear around her ankles.
In the video, it seems the 25-year-old newly-redhead singer is leaning against the side of a van with a man, who looks like Powell, leaning on top of her.
After the incident, which took place at around 10pm on Saturday night, the woman is seen with her knickers around her ankles as she is led back to the party.
I don’t typically watch the 24-hour Big Brother feeds, partially because I believe the editors who create the thrice-weekly Big Brother episodes are idiot-savant geniuses and I don’t want to spoil my enjoyment of their work, partially because if I wanted to watch a microscopic examination of the chaotically banal meaningfulness of human existence, I could just go see The Tree of Life again.
But this news is too good to wait: Yesterday, returning fan favorite Jeff suddenly discovered, to his horror, that Professor Dumbledore from the Harry Potter franchise was gay, which led the lovable lunkhead into a delirious rant that served as a handy reminder that the problem with lovable lunkheads is that they are, ultimately, lunkheads.