Thursday, December 08, 2005

Thursday's News


Snippets From The Internets:

US "Isolated" At Climate Talks


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- The United States found itself isolated on Wednesday as other countries, including ally Australia, backed the early start of negotiations for deeper cuts in greenhouse gases, the fossil-fuel pollution blamed for global warming.

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UK Nobel literature laureate brands Iraq war a "US crime"

LONDON
, Dec. 8 -- Ailing British Nobel literature laureate Harold Pinter fiercely attacked the Anglo-American decision to go to war in Iraq in a pre-recorded speech aired at the Swedish Academy in Stockholm on Wednesday.

The British playwright said the Iraq war was one of a number of"US crimes" and mocked Tony Blair's Britain as "pathetic and supine", according to The Independent on Thursday.

The invasion of Iraq was "a bandit act", "an act of blatant state terrorism, demonstrating absolute contempt for the concept of international law ... an arbitrary military action inspired by a series of lies upon lies and gross manipulation of the media andtherefore of the public." he said.

Pinter, who has been treated for cancer in recent years, was supposed to have delivered the traditional Nobel lecture in person,but was forced to cancel his trip to Sweden because of poor health.

Pinter began his speech by explaining that most of his plays had been born from a single line, word or image that came into hishead. But the Nobel Prize winner interrupted his literary meanderings with an impassioned tirade against the Iraq war.

He continued: "We have brought torture, cluster bombs, depleteduranium, innumerable acts of random murder, misery, degradation and death to the Iraqi people and call it 'bringing freedom and democracy to the Middle East'... the justification for the invasion of Iraq was that Saddam Hussein possessed a highly dangerous body of weapons of mass destruction, some of which couldbe fired in 45 minutes, bringing about appalling devastation. We were assured that was true. It was not true."

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Lords ban "torture evidence"

LONDON (Reuters) - The Law Lords ruled on Thursday that information gleaned from torture anywhere in the world was unacceptable as evidence in British courts.

Rights groups immediately said the ruling sent a clear signal to governments around the world who are wrestling with accusations that they participated in, provided facilities for, or used evidence in court extracted from people detained as part of a CIA programme known as "rendition".

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Woman convicted of AOL Schiavo death threat

San Francisco. A federal jury convicted a San Francisco woman Tuesday for posting a threat on an online message board to kill the husband of Terri Schiavo, the brain-damaged Florida woman who died in March after the removal of her feeding tube.

According to FBI Special Agent Christopher Sadlowski, defendant Dera Marie Jones wrote on March 23: "If she dies I will kill Michael Schiavo and the judge. This for real!" on an America Online message board that dealt with the Schiavo case.

Jones, 32, told FBI agents that she was "just kidding" when she posted it and that she had to change her screen name because of threats she received because of her message, Sadlowski wrote in a court affidavit.

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Army To Spend $1.35 Billion In Next 5 Years To Attract Cannon Fodder

From staff and wire reports

December 8, 2005

The creator of the U.S. Army's "Army of One" advertising slogan just got discharged.

Chicago-based advertising giant Leo Burnett USA was dismissed Wednesday as the Army's advertising agency in favor of McCann Erickson New York after a formal review of the account.

The U.S. Army estimates the new contract to be worth $1.35 billion over five years.

The advertising agency shake-up comes as the Army missed its recruiting target for the budget year ended Sept. 30 for the first time since 1999.

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Straight Men Are Strange

The Olympian:

A Lacey man was arraigned Wednesday on charges that he allegedly locked his wife and 1-month-old son in their motor home before leaving for work each day.

Two Lacey police officers found a padlock on the motor home after they were dispatched to the 8900 block of Martin Way about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

They were able to talk with the 33-year-old woman through an open window. She said her husband, Donald T. Carlson, 38, locked them in for the past week before going to work, according to a police report.

The officers gained entry into the motor home after a lieutenant brought bolt cutters to the scene. Inside, they found the wife had telephone access.

They then visited Carlson at a job site in Hawks Prairie. He acknowledged locking the two inside the motor home.

He said his wife had “attention deficient disorder” and forgets his requests to not talk to some of the “drunks and drug users” living nearby, the report said.

Carlson told police they often visit the motor home, and he wanted assurances that they wouldn’t handle his child.

He said his wife could force open the door of the motor home at any time because it was secured with a padlock that cost $1.

Carlson was arrested on suspicion of two counts of unlawful imprisonment, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine, or both.

He was being held at Thurston County Jail. Bail was set at $5,000.

And from the same paper:

The principal of Olympic Elementary School in Chehalis has been charged with child rape.

Dion Labadie is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old Napavine girl he met online, according to Lewis County Prosecutor Jeremy Randolph.

Labadie, 35, resigned Nov. 20 and now is in the Lewis County Jail, where bail has been set at $50,000.

A guardian for the girl became suspicious when he discovered several hundred text messages from Labadie and found the two together at a restaurant early one morning, according to authorities.

The girl told detectives she loved Labadie and believed he was ready to leave his wife and children to be with her.

Randolph said the girl is the only suspected victim.

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