The Gun Report: July 23, 2013 – NYTimes.com

Paul Franklin Dart, 48, was shot in the head and killed after urinating on someone’s property during a float trip in Steelville, Mo., Saturday. James Robert Crocker, 59, confronted the victim, an Army veteran, and his family with a 9mm handgun, and an altercation over property rights rapidly escalated to gunfire. Crocker told police he shot the person closest to him after someone from the group began throwing rocks. He was charged with second-degree murder.

via The Gun Report: July 23, 2013 – NYTimes.com.

The Gun Report: July 23, 2013 – NYTimes.com

A 3-year-old boy is dead after being shot at a home in Cabot, Ark., Sunday afternoon. The toddler, who was a friend of the family, reportedly picked up a 9mm automatic handgun and it went off. “You never dream it’s going to happen to you, but it can,” Sheriff John Staley said, urging gun owners to secure their weapons. No word on charges.

via The Gun Report: July 23, 2013 – NYTimes.com.

Women at Forefront Of Egypt’s Revolutionary Wave

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This piece initially published in  Al-Monitor

On June 30, the thunderous chanting of Egyptian women protesting against Mohammed Morsi, demanding that he leave office, echoed through the streets. Their voices were louder than their fellow men, adopting a collective firm, assertive tone that asserted their determination. Some female protesters carried very telling signs, expressing phrases such as “We are the coup,” their way of emphasizing their frustration with what many of them perceive as Morsi’s regressive policies.

In March 2013, despite the mounting opposition, the Muslim Brotherhood decided to shun half the society by releasing a strong statement condemning a United Nations declaration draft calling for an end to all forms of violence against women, claiming that it would lead to the “complete disintegration of society.” Such overtly regressive views have reaffirmed what many Egyptian women feared: The Muslim Brotherhood’s modern, progressive image is as hollow as its…

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Bicyclist pleads guilty to manslaughter in Calif – Wire Nation/World – The Sacramento Bee

A bicyclist has pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter after running down a 71-year-old pedestrian in a San Francisco crosswalk, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Under the unusual plea deal last week, Chris Bucchere, 37, would not serve any jail time and instead be sentenced to three years of probation and sentenced to 1,000 hours of community service in the death of Sutchi Hui of San Bruno on March 29, 2012, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon said.

via Bicyclist pleads guilty to manslaughter in Calif – Wire Nation/World – The Sacramento Bee.

This is just, fair…? Not in my book.

Women at Forefront Of Egypt’s Revolutionary Wave

Nervana

This piece initially published in  Al-Monitor

On June 30, the thunderous chanting of Egyptian women protesting against Mohammed Morsi, demanding that he leave office, echoed through the streets. Their voices were louder than their fellow men, adopting a collective firm, assertive tone that asserted their determination. Some female protesters carried very telling signs, expressing phrases such as “We are the coup,” their way of emphasizing their frustration with what many of them perceive as Morsi’s regressive policies.

In March 2013, despite the mounting opposition, the Muslim Brotherhood decided to shun half the society by releasing a strong statement condemning a United Nations declaration draft calling for an end to all forms of violence against women, claiming that it would lead to the “complete disintegration of society.” Such overtly regressive views have reaffirmed what many Egyptian women feared: The Muslim Brotherhood’s modern, progressive image is as hollow as its…

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Upcoming talk: Uncloaking the Haze

Cannot be happening to the Singapore I remember so well. What a shame and think what it is doing to the land in Indonesia – killing it.

The haze is the most vivid and longest-running environmental disaster facing Singapore.
Tan Yi Han has organised a session to share all about his eye-opening 5 weeks in Malaysia & Indonesia and the personal stories about the haze and fires that most people don’t know about. He has also invited 2 experts to give different perspectives on the issue.
Just a few weeks ago, Singapore endured its worst haze on record. Why after so many years, is the haze problem still so bad? Are we, the people of Singapore, really so helpless?

We warmly invite all who are concerned about the haze and want to do something about it to join us! We will present 3 different perspectives on what causes the haze and discuss what we can do to stop it!

Date: 29th July, Monday
Venue: NTUC Centre (One Marina Boulevard), Level 9, Room 903
 
7pm    …

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Boil berries? Hepatitis A outbreak spreads to Ireland; tracking global trail of frozen berries | barfblog

Water contaminated with human sewage, or night soil as the source in all these outbreaks?

via Boil berries? Hepatitis A outbreak spreads to Ireland; tracking global trail of frozen berries | barfblog.

Likely suspect and hard to fix other than to not accept berries in global trade that have not passed muster for water safety.