Category Archives: Fail!

Israeli forces escort worshipers to Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus | Maan News Agency

Muslims cannot worship in Jerusalem but… Hundreds of Jewish worshipers escorted by Israeli troops arrived overnight Thursday at Joseph’s Tomb near Balata refugee camp east of Nablus, locals said.

Local sources told Ma’an that over a dozen buses guarded by Israeli forces arrived at the tomb, who were deployed onto the rooftops of nearby homes during the visit.

Worshipers performed religious rites from midnight until the early morning hours, during which time Israeli soldiers remained stationed on the rooftops of private Palestinian homes.

via Israeli forces escort worshipers to Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus | Maan News Agency.

Thousands pray in Jerusalem streets amid new Aqsa restrictions | Maan News Agency

Restricting access to exercise religious beliefs is democracy?

Thousands of worshipers prayed in the streets of Jerusalem on Friday after Israeli authorities imposed new restrictions on Palestinians’ right to pray inside the holy Al-Aqsa compound.

The compound — which is the third holiest site in Islam — was mostly empty on Friday after Israeli authorities prohibited all Palestinians under the age of 40 from praying there and set up barricades at the compound’s entrances to limit their access.

Many worshipers prayed at the gates of the compound while others prayed at the entrances to the Old City, although a limited number were able to pray inside the Al-Aqsa compound.

via Thousands pray in Jerusalem streets amid new Aqsa restrictions | Maan News Agency.

Salmonella in Costco fruit sparks recall by Oregon food freeze dryer | OregonLive.com

Oregon Freeze Dry, Inc. in Albany sold the Kirkland Signature Real Sliced Fruit to Costco, which distributed the product to its stores in 36 states and Puerto Rico. None of the contaminated fruit was sold in Oregon or Washington even though it was produced in Albany.

The distribution list includes Costco stores in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.

The fruit was sold in a red-and-white case containing 20 pouches of freeze-dried snacks. Consumers who purchased Kirkland Signature Real Sliced Fruit with best before dates of Feb. 14, 2015 and March 11, 2015 should return the item for a full refund. The best before date is listed on the upper left corner of the front panel of the case.

via Salmonella in Costco fruit sparks recall by Oregon food freeze dryer | OregonLive.com.

Not Your Grandfather’s Disease: Youth Change the Conversation About Type 2 Diabetes | Civil Eats

Most young people consider diabetes a “grandfather’s disease,” inherited at birth. They don’t always know that there are two very different forms of the disease, and that type 2 diabetes is preventable. This lack of awareness has staggering implications—between 2000 and 2008, rates of diabetes and prediabetes among Americans ages 12 to 19 shot from 9 percent to 23 percent.

That’s where the The Bigger Picture comes in. Youth Speaks, a San Francisco based arts nonprofit that empowers teenagers through poetry, teamed up with the University of San Francisco’s Center for Vulnerable Populations in 2010 to launch a project that encourages young people to “raise their voice and change the conversation around type 2 diabetes.”

via Not Your Grandfather’s Disease: Youth Change the Conversation About Type 2 Diabetes | Civil Eats.

Second Oregon wolf killed by hunter in Idaho | OregonLive.com

The wolf was a member of the Imnaha pack, the first to breed in Oregon from wolves that migrated from Idaho after their reintroduction in the 1990s. It was fitted with a GPS tracking collar by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and turned loose in February 2012, after getting inadvertently caught in a coyote trap. A young male wolf from the pack, OR-9, was shot in Idaho in February 2012. Young wolves regularly leave their packs in search of a mate and a new territory. At last count, Oregon had 64 wolves, up from 48 in 2012. Four of the eight packs, all located in northeastern Oregon, successfully produced pups.

via Second Oregon wolf killed by hunter in Idaho | OregonLive.com.

Manufactured ignorance » Butterflies and Wheels

This is a subject that has always interested me – agnotology, the study of the cultural production of ignorance.

It’s a rich field, especially today when whole industries devote themselves to sowing public misinformation and doubt about their products and activities.

The tobacco industry was a pioneer at this. Its goal was to erode public acceptance of the scientifically proven links between smoking and disease: In the words of an internal 1969 memo legal opponents extracted from Brown & Williamson’s files, “Doubt is our product.” Big Tobacco’s method should not be to debunk the evidence, the memo’s author wrote, but to establish a “controversy.”

via Manufactured ignorance » Butterflies and Wheels.

Why New York City Streets Keep Exploding, and You Can’t Predict Where’s Next – The Wire

The explosion in Harlem on Wednesday that leveled two buildings and killed at least two people was only the latest deadly explosion in New York City in recent years. While the reason the buildings blew up isn’t yet known, there’s good reason to consider old, cast-iron gas lines a primary suspect. Those gas lines run throughout the city, and — not to be alarmist! — could fail at any time.

In 2007, 69-year-old Kunta Oza was killed when her house in Sunnyside, Queens exploded. That explosion was traced back to a break in a gas main in the street outside — as the Daily News reported,  “an 80-year-old cast-iron gas main.”

Both the age and composition of that main are significant. In a remarkable bit of timing, the Center for an Urban Future released a report this week detailing the age of various parts of New York City’s infrastructure, and it included a look at the aging natural gas network. In the area of Wednesday’s blast — 116th and Park Avenue — the gas provider is Con Edison. According to the CUF report, Con Edison’s network has a number of trouble spots.

via Why New York City Streets Keep Exploding, and You Can’t Predict Where’s Next – The Wire.

Israeli police restrict access to Aqsa compound | Maan News Agency

Israeli forces on Tuesday prevented Muslim worshipers under the age of 50 from entering the al-Aqsa mosque compound, locals said.

Israeli police closed all but three gates leading to the holy site and dozens of youths had to perform prayers in the streets after being denied access.

Israeli police detained two young men inside the compound, witnesses added.

via Israeli police restrict access to Aqsa compound | Maan News Agency.

Intolerable restraint of freedom to worship – remind anyone of how Jewish people were treated in Germany and Easter Europe and now this is how they treat Muslims?

Louisiana Inmate Likely to Be Freed After 30 Years on Death Row | Death Penalty Information Center

Glenn Ford, who has spent 30 years on Louisiana’s death row, could be freed as soon as March 12, after prosecutors filed motions to vacate his conviction and sentence. Prosecutors said they recently received “credible evidence” that Ford “was neither present at, nor a participant in, the robbery and murder” of which he was convicted in 1984. Ford, who has always maintained his innocence, was tried and sentenced to death by an all-white jury. One of the witnesses against him said at trial that police had helped her make up her story. A state “expert” who testified about the victim’s time of death had not even examined the body. Ford’s lead trial attorney had never tried a jury case before. A second attorney, two years out of law school, worked at an insurance defense firm. They failed to hire any experts to rebut the prosecution’s case because they believed they would have to pay for the experts themselves. The Louisiana Supreme Court earlier said it had “serious questions” about the outcome of the trial, but did not reverse Ford’s conviction. Ford may have been involved in trying to pawn jewelry from the victim that he received from one of the original codefendants.

via Louisiana Inmate Likely to Be Freed After 30 Years on Death Row | Death Penalty Information Center.

Too many cases like this in past 20 years. End the death penalty and at least, we will not execute by error. 30 years is a life time but he is still alive.

“They all look alike” Defense does not cut it with Jordan! Israel ‘regrets’ fatal shooting of Jordan judge | Maan News Agency

Israel expressed regret on Tuesday over the fatal shooting of a Jordanian-Palestinian judge by Israeli troops at a West Bank border crossing, a statement from the premier’s office said.

“Israel regrets the death of Judge Raed Zeiter yesterday (Monday) at the King Hussein (Allenby) bridge and expresses its sympathies to the people and government of Jordan,” the statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said.

The shooting, which took place on Monday morning, sparked the fury of both Jordan and the Palestinians, with protesters in Amman demanding the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador and the abrogation of the two countries’ 1994 peace treaty.

via Israel ‘regrets’ fatal shooting of Jordan judge | Maan News Agency.