Friday, May 23, 2008

Mom forced to live in car with dogs

Harvey was forced into homelessness this year after being laid off. She said that three-quarters of her income went to paying rent in Santa Barbara, where the median house in the scenic oceanfront city costs more than $1 million. She lost her condo two months ago and had little savings as backup.
There are 12 parking lots across Santa Barbara that have been set up to accommodate the growing middle-class homelessness. These lots are believed to be part of the first program of its kind in the United States, according to organizers.

The lots open at 7 p.m. and close at 7 a.m. and are run by New Beginnings Counseling Center, a homeless outreach organization.

It is illegal for people in California to sleep in their cars on streets. New Beginnings worked with the city to allow the parking lots as a safe place for the homeless to sleep in their vehicles without being harassed by people on the streets or ticketed by police.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

A brief look at the Mexican border...

Mexican police chief wants asylum in the US...The police chief of Palomas, Mexico, has requested political asylum in the United States.

Violence in Juarez continued over the weekend, when at least twenty people were killed, one of those people was a prominent businessman..."Everyone's at stake. Anyone who has any sort of position or any type of authority," she said. "It's an all out war. It is a war and it's happening right across the border."

A judge in El Paso today denied bond for a Border Patrol agent accused of helping smuggle illegal immigrants across the Mexican border...Prosecutors say Huizar was part of a ring -- working with Mexican nationals -- to smuggle at least 100 illegal immigrants across the border since 2005.

US court: Paper money discriminates against blind

The U.S. discriminates against blind people by printing paper money that makes it impossible for them to distinguish among the bills' varying values, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday...The American Council for the Blind sued for such changes but the Treasury Department has been fighting the case for about six years..."I don't think we should have to rely on people to tell us what our money is," said Mitch Pomerantz, the council's president.
The U.S. acknowledges the design hinders blind people but it argued that blind people have adapted. Some relied on store clerks to help them, some used credit cards and others folded certain corners to help distinguish between bills...The appeals court also ruled that the U.S. failed to explain why changing the money would be an undue burden. The Treasury Department has redesigned its currency several times in recent years, and adding features to aid the blind would come at a relatively small cost, the court said.

German jailed for stabbing rabbi

A German court has jailed a Muslim of Afghan origin for three and a half years for stabbing an Orthodox Jewish rabbi in the stomach in the street... The case sparked a discussion in Germany about whether there were no-go areas for Jews in some cities...Passing the sentence, Judge Klaus Drescher said there had not been enough evidence to support the original charge of attempted manslaughter.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't you usually die from a stomoch stabbing?

Russia police raid BP

Russian security services have searched the Moscow headquarters of oil giant BP - the second time in two months that that firm has been targeted...Foreign energy companies have come under increasing pressure in Russia as the government has been trying to increase its control over oil and gas assets.

Monday, May 19, 2008


Recent hurricanes and climatic issues are proof of the existence of a new chemical element. Research has led to the discovery of the heaviest element yet known to science. The new element, Governmentium (Gv), has one neutron, 25 assistant neutrons, 88 deputy neutrons & 198 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312.

These 312 particles are held together by forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons. Since Governmentium has no electrons, it is inert; however, it can be detected, because it impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact. A minute amount of Governmentium can cause a reaction (that would normally take less than a second) to be delayed any time from four days to fourteen years.

Governmentium has a normal half-life of two to six years; it does not decay, but instead undergoes a reorganization in which some of the assistant neutrons & deputy neutrons exchange places. In fact, Governmentium's mass will actually increase over time, since each reorganization will cause more morons to become neutrons, forming isodopes. This characteristic of moron promotion leads some scientists to believe that Governmentium is formed whenever morons reach a critical concentration. This hypothetical quantity is referred to as critical morass. When catalyzed with money, Governmentium becomes Administratium, an element that radiates just as much energy as Governmentium, since it has half as many peons but twice as many morons.

ticketed for walking bike while drunk on own property