Fidel Castro dead at 90: Cuban TV - Former President Fidel Castro, who led a rebel army to improbable victory in Cuba, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 U.S. presidents during his half century rule, has died at age 90. From Nony
R.I.P. Jack Chick, comics scaremonger - Jack Chick, the prolific comics artist and publisher whose paranoid and hate-filled tracts were a subject of perverse fascination for generations of Americans, died this past Sunday, according to a Facebook post by his company. He was 92. From Nony
Evangelical leader and author Tim LaHaye dies at 90 - The Washington Post - Pastor, author and radio personality Tim LaHaye, whose â€śLeft Behindâ€ť novels spread his evangelical Christian faith to millions of readers through fiction, died Monday in California. He was 90 years old.The ministry that he founded announced his death, which the ministry said came several days after LaHaye suffered a stroke. From Nony
Billy Name (1940%u20132016) - artforum.com / news - The photographer Billy Name, best known for collaborating with Andy Warhol during the heyday of Warholâ€™s Factory, has died according to a report by Justin Harp at Digital Spy and Alex Needham in the Guardian via a Facebook post by fellow former Warhol acolyte, actor Joe Dallesandro. In his remembrance, he wrote: â€śBilly was the one who made the silver Factory silver, working with Gerard Malanga and was every bit an artist as anyone else at the Factory. Soon all of us will be gone but because of Billy most of the history is recorded on film. May his journey home be peaceful.â€ť From Nony
The Last Phone Call - The New York Times - In a five-part series, we hear from prisoners on death row who wrestle with questions about justice, guilt, punishment and atonement. They have been convicted of horrible crimes. But this series isn't about the crime; it’s about what happens after. From Nony
World’s oldest dog? Maggie the Kelpie dies aged 30 - Maggie the Kelpie, an Australian dog that was possibly the oldest canine in the world, has died.
“She was 30 years old, she was still going along nicely last week, she was walking from the dairy to the office and growling at the cats and all that sort of thing,” he told the newspaper, adding that the dog has started deteriorating two days previously. From Popper
30 Pictures Show the Different Ways We Die - These photos take you to death rituals around the world: to Ghana, where a poultry farmer is buried in a casket that looks like a chicken; to Haiti, where a dead priestessâ€™ spirit is called out of her body; and to Madagascar, where bodies are taken out of their graves every seven years. From X Isle
Woman Who Reviewed 31,000 Books on Amazon Dies - Harriet Klausner is not exactly a household name. But in the weird subculture of Amazon reviewers, she was either a legend or a legendarily bad shill. Klausner amassed more than 31,000 reviews of books under one username, seeming to sell just as many on Half.com after she finished them. Now Klausner, a former librarian and self-proclaimed speedreader, is reportedly dead at age 63. From Nony
Adrian Frutiger, 1928-2015 - Renowned Swiss type designer Adrian Frutiger died on September 12th after a lifetime of creating some of the most useful and highly regarded typefaces in the world. From Nony
How Americans Die Abroad - Bloomberg Business - Last year, Americans took 68 million international trips. The overwhelming majority of travelers returned safely to U.S. shores. An unlucky few didn't.The government doesn't keep comprehensive records of civilian deaths abroad. But the State Department is required to collect and publish information on citizens' deaths from unnatural causes, recording more than 8,000 in the past 10 years. The picture that emerges from that data tells us a little bit about risks around the globe. From Nony
4% of defendants sentenced to die are innocent - At least 4.1% of all defendants sentenced to death in the US in the modern era are innocent, according to the first major study to attempt to calculate how often states get it wrong in their wielding of the ultimate punishment.
Doesn't that make you proud to be an American? From Roddy
Police Killed More Americans In 2014 Than All U.S. Mass Shootings Combined - Again, where are the speeches? Where are the calls for mental health screenings and strict regulations for the authorities? Officers who kill don't have their three-part name plastered on front pages - no calls for their guns removed. And when they happen to use one of their "less-than-lethal" weapons - they kill. When they have only their fists, boots or their arms - they kill. From Roddy
Saudi Arabia performs 84th beheading in 2015 - A Pakistani national sentenced to death for drug smuggling has been decapitated in Saudi Arabia, AFP reports. This brings the number of executions since the start of the year to 84 â€“ almost as much as for the whole of 2014. From Nony
AirAsia flight from Indonesia to Singapore confirmed missing - AirAsia flight number QZ8501, bound from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore, has lost contact with air traffic control, the airline has confirmed. The missing flight is an Airbus A320-200 with up to 161 people on board. From Nony
AirAsia flight from Indonesia to Singapore confirmed missing - AirAsia flight number QZ8501, bound from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore, has lost contact with air traffic control, the airline has confirmed. The missing flight is an Airbus A320-200 with up to 161 people on board. From Nony
The Art of Not Dying - Given the ubiquity of the phenomenon known as death, it is no surprise that people throughout the ages have gone to great lengths not only to describe it, but also to prescribe the proper way to approach it. This was the impetus behind a host of ancient funerary texts, including the Egyptian Book of the Dead, Bardo Thodol, and the lesser known Ars Moriendi, a medieval Christian book whose Latin title translates to "the Art of Dying Well." From Nony
Farewell: Car Talk's Tom Magliozzi left laughing - The older half of the beloved National Public Radio show Car Talk's "Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers," is gone, meaning no one else is likely to make yakking and yucking it up about cars — cars, for Pete's sake! — a laugh-a-minute riot ever again, even to people who couldn't care less about cars. From cw
Yes, we're being bought by Microsoft - Yes, the deal is real. Mojang is being bought by Microsoft.It was reassuring to see how many of your opinions mirrored those of the Mojangstas when we heard the news. Change is scary, and this is a big change for all of us. Itâ€™s going to be good though. Everything is going to be OK. <3 From Nony
Actor and director Richard Attenborough dies aged 90 - Oscar-winning British film director Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90, his son has said.Lord Attenborough was one of Britain's leading actors, before becoming a highly successful director.In a career that spanned six decades, he appeared in films including Brighton Rock, World War Two prisoner of war thriller The Great Escape and later in dinosaur blockbuster Jurassic Park. From cw
Wesley Warren, Jr. - Wesley Warren, Jr. (June 23, 1963 â€“ March 14, 2014) was a resident of Las Vegas, Nevada, who attracted worldwide attention for his problems with scrotal elephantiasis, which caused his scrotum to grow to weigh more than 160 pounds (73 kg) and hang down between his ankles. After launching a campaign to raise the money for an operation to resolve the problem, he underwent surgery in April 2013 when he received an offer from a Californian surgeon to carry out the procedure for free. His struggles with his condition and his subsequent operation were filmed by a British television crew for a documentary, The Man with the 10-Stone Testicles, which aired on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom on June 24, 2013. Deborah A interviewed him for her new show Daily Deborah, airing on Channel 6 on November 16, 2013. He died of complications from diabetes on March 14, 2014. From Nony
Suicide Forest in Japan - YouTube - The Aokigahara Forest is the most popular site for suicides in Japan. After the novel Kuroi Jukai was published, in which a young lover commits suicide in the forest, people started taking their own lives there at a rate of 50 to 100 deaths a year. The site holds so many bodies that the Yakuza pays homeless people to sneak into the forest and rob the corpses. The authorities sweep for bodies only on an annual basis, as the forest sits at the base of Mt. Fuji and is too dense to patrol more frequently.
Plumes of mysterious steam rise from crippled nuclear reactor at Fukushima %u2014 RT News - Fresh plumes of most probably radioactive steam have been detected rising from the reactor 3 building at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, said the facilityâ€™s operator company.The steam has been detected by surveillance cameras and appeared to be coming from the fifth floor of the mostly-destroyed building housing crippled reactor 3, according to Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), the plantâ€™s operator. From Nony
Lou Reed, longtime influential rock star, dead at 71 - Lou Reed, the punk poet of rock n' roll who profoundly influenced generations of musicians as leader of the Velvet Underground and remained a vital solo performer for decades after, died Sunday age 71. From cw
First 3D-Printed Rifle Successfully Fires 14 Shots - A riflemaker in Canada has made and tested what he says is the world's first 3D-printed rifle. He follows gunsmith Cody Wilson who fired the first 3D-printed handgun earlier this year.When the riflemaker, known as "Matthew," first fired the .22-caliber rifle, the gun cracked after the first shot. Now, the rifle, known as the "Grizzly," is back and better than ever, according to Matthew, who furnished the rifle with a thicker barrel. From Nony
Who By Very Slow Decay - I guess I always pictured dying as â€“ unless you got hit by a truck or something â€“ a bittersweet and strangely beautiful process. Youâ€™d grow older and weaker and gradually get some disease and feel your time was upon you. Youâ€™d be in a nice big bed at home with all your friends and family gathered around. Youâ€™d gradually feel the darkness closing in. Youâ€™d tell them all how much you loved them, there would be tears, you would say something witty or pious or defiant, and then you would close your eyes and drift away into a dreamless sleep. From Nony
Douglas Engelbart, Computer Mouse Creator, Visionary, Dies at 88 - Douglas Engelbart, the visionary electrical engineer who invented the computer mouse decades before the influx of personal computers into homes and workplaces, has died. He was 88.
He died on July 2 at his home in Atherton, California, according to SRI International, the research institute founded by Stanford University. The cause was kidney failure, the New York Times reported, citing his wife, Karen O’Leary Engelbart.
Engelbart’s work at SRI, then called the Stanford Research Institute, resulted in 21 patents. The last one, No. 3,541,541, filed in 1967 and granted in 1970, was for the computer mouse. From Popper
Hundreds gather in Square for 'party' to mark death of Margaret Thatcher -
By Fraser Wilson
Hundreds gather in Glasgow's George Square for 'party' to mark death of Margaret Thatcher
8 Apr 2013 21:11
CROWDS gathered despite Glasgow City Council discouraging anyone from attending the event which was organised over social media.
Getty Images/Jeff Mitchell
HUNDREDS of people joined a party to "celebrate" the death of Baroness Thatcher in Glasgow's George Square this evening.
Crowds gathered from 5pm despite a statement from Glasgow City Council discouraging anyone from attending the event which was organised over social media.
A crowd of two or three hundred people assembled in the square where in 1989 protests to the introduction of Thatcher's poll tax took place.
Members of various organisations including the Anti-Bedroom Tax Federation, the Communist Party, the Socialist Party, the Socialist Working Party, the International Socialist Group, were joined by members of the public to mark the occasion.
Pastor Rick Warren's son commits suicide - The Southern California church headed by popular evangelical Pastor Rick Warren says his 27-year-old son has committed suicide.Warren's Saddleback Valley Community Church in Lake Forest, California, said in a statement Saturday that Matthew Warren had struggled with mental illness and deep depression.
ROBERT RZ ZILDJIAN (1923-2013) | SABIAN Cymbals - It is with deep, deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Robert "RZ" Zildjian, our beloved founder and leader. A tireless and dynamic force within the drum industry, he inspired each one of us in the Sabian family to work harder, to reach farther, to make a difference - and he led us by example. From cw
Country star Mindy McCready shot dog before killing herself | The Raw Story - Authorities say that country music star Mindy McCready shot her dead boyfriendâ€™s dog on Sunday before using the gun to take her own life in Arkansas.Cleburne County Sheriff Marty Moss on Monday said that the troubled starâ€™s body was found next to David Wilsonâ€™s dog. Wilson, who had been a record producer and McCreadyâ€™s boyfriend, was found dead after apparently committing suicide last month. From Nony
Jack Klugman’s secret, lifesaving legacy - The actor Jack Klugman died on Christmas Eve at age 90. Klugman was best known for his roles as the unkempt sportswriter in “The Odd Couple” and as the crusading medical examiner on “Quincy, M.E.” the wildly popular 1980s medical drama. Few people remember it today, but he also played an instrumental role in passing critical health-care legislation, the Orphan Drug Act, through Congress in the early 1980s, using “Quincy” and his own celebrity to roll Sen. Orrin Hatch (R), who was blocking the bill. From Popper
Obama wipes away fake tears over mass shooting -
In 2011, it was reported that nearly 170 children were killed in Obama’s illegal drone war in Pakistan. From June 2004 to mid-September 2012, drone strikes killed between 2,562 and 3,325 people in Pakistan, of whom 474 to 881 were civilians, including 176 children, according to figures from the London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism. From Roddy
Actor Larry Hagman, notorious as 'Dallas' villain J.R. Ewing, dies - Larry Hagman, the North Texas native who played the conniving and mischievous J.R. Ewing on the TV show Dallas, died Friday at a Dallas hospital. He was 81.
Mr. Hagman died at 4:20 p.m. Friday at Medical City Dallas Hospital from complications of his recent battle with cancer, members of his family said. From Popper
Police: “Enter Detroit At Your Own Risk” - If you plan on visiting Detroit any time soon, the police have a message for you: “Enter Detroit at your own risk”. That ominous message was actually emblazoned across the top of a flyer that the Detroit Police Officer Association was passing out prior to a rally on Saturday. The flyer pointed out that Detroit is the most violent city in the nation and that more homicides are committed in Detroit than anywhere else. From Roddy
Majority of Americans approve drone strikes - A new poll has found that the majority of Americans approve of the US government’s drone campaign, which targets extremist leaders in the Middle East while also killing 49 civilians for each terrorist.
Remember...they hate us because we are free. From Roddy
Andy Griffith Dies - Andy Griffith, the beloved Sheriff Andy Taylor of TV's iconic The Andy Griffith Show and dramatic defense attorney on Matlock, died at his North Carolina home Tuesday morning. He was 86. From Popper
Mubarak is clinically dead - Toppled president Hosni Mubarak has been pronounced clinically dead upon his arrival at a military hospital in the upscale neighbourhood of Maadi, according to Egyptian state news agency MENA.Medical sources told MENA that Mubarak's heart stopped after efforts to resuscitate him failed.However, Mubarak's lawyer Farid El-Deeb told Al-Hayat television channel that he is still alive. Efforts to revive him are beginning to have some effect, he added. From cw
Rapper Strangles Irish Exchange Student - The 19-year-old allegedly admitted to strangling the Dublin City University student after she refused his sexual advances, but he insists that he did not mean to kill her, according to ABCNews. From Arizona
Albino Squirrel Heaven - a set on Flickr - am Sanfiliipo has created a taxidermied utopia to help keep the minds of the grieving occupied. His world of dioramas exists in the basement of an unassuming funeral home in Madison, WI. Enjoy this brief photo tour of some of the squirrel dioramas. The museum is also home to hundreds of other trophies including fish, raccoons, and at least a couple of badgers. If you'd like to visit, just contact Cress Funeral home at 608-238-8406 to make an appointment. Tell 'em Extreme Craft sent you! From Nony
TV remote control inventor Eugene Polley dies at 96 - The inventor of the television remote control has died at the age of 96, his former employer has said.Zenith Electronics said Eugene Polley passed away of natural causes on Sunday at a Chicago hospital. From cw
Should Black People Tolerate This? - Black fatalities during the Korean War (3,075), Vietnam War (7,243) and all wars since 1980 (8,197) come to 18,515, a number that pales in comparison with black loss of life at home. It's a tragic commentary to be able to say that young black males have a greater chance of reaching maturity on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan than on the streets of Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, Oakland, Newark and other cities. From Roddy
Commodore 64 Creator Jack Tramiel Has Died - Jack Tramiel, the founder of Commodore International, the company behind the Commodore 64, the single best-selling PC of all time, died on Sunday at age 83, Forbes reports. From cw
Reactions to the Death of Mike Wallace, '60 Minutes' Pioneer - CBS News on Sunday morning put in motion its plans to honor Mike Wallace, a pioneer of American broadcasting who died on Saturday night. He was 93.The network said it would acknowledge Mr. Wallaceâ€™s death on â€ś60 Minutesâ€ť on Sunday night, and then dedicate a special edition of the program to Mr. Wallace in one week, on April 15. (While a tribute to Mr. Wallace has been ready for some time now â€” he has been ill for several years â€” CBS executives saw no compelling reason to rush it onto television on Easter Sunday.) From cw
Comic-book artist Moebius dies - PARIS -- French comic-book artist Jean Giraud, alias "Moebius," best known in France for his gritty Wild West character "Blueberry," has died at the age of 73 after a battle with cancer, according to his publisher. From Nony
Attorney General Holder Says Murder Is Legal - Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday explained why it’s legal to murder people — not to execute prisoners convicted of capital crimes, not to shoot someone in self-defense, not to fight on a battlefield in a war that is somehow legalized, but to target and kill an individual sitting on his sofa, with no charges, no arrest, no trial, no approval from a court, no approval from a legislature, no approval from we the people, and in fact no sharing of information with any institutions that are not the president. From Roddy
With Breitbart gone, what becomes of his empire? - Breitbart used the Internet to ignite political scandal and expose what he saw as media bias, even if he sometimes had to edit the facts to do it. In a new media age, he argued that anyone with a laptop could reshape public discourse, and his takedown of Weiner established him as a conservative media hero.
Kiwi dies after Thai sex romp - A New Zealand man has died after a reported sex romp with two Thai prostitutes.The man, in Thailand to mark the anniversary of a friend's death in the Boxing Day tsunami seven years ago, was found dead in a Phuket guesthouse, according to local police.
North Korean Leader Kim Jong Il Is Dead - WSJ.com - Kim Jong Il, the dictator who used fear and isolation to maintain power in North Korea and his nuclear weapons to menace his neighbors and threaten the U.S., has died, North Korean state television reported early Monday.His death opens a new and potentially dangerous period of transition and instability for North Korea and northeast Asia. Mr. Kim in September 2010 tapped the youngest of his three sons, Kim Jong Eun, to succeed him, and North Korean state television on Monday said the younger Mr. Kim will lead the country. From cw
Turning A Dead Relatives Ashes Into Beads - I posted about turning a loved one's ashes (or anyone you want to dig up and burn, really) into a diamond back in 2009, so this isn't really a new concept. But death diamonds can cost up to $20K, where as dead body beads will only set you back $870, making them the obvious choice for a relative you only kind of liked. From Nony
Facebook rival Diaspora's co-founder Ilya Zhitomirskiy dies at 22 - A 22-year-old social networking pioneer and Internet privacy advocate who dared to challenge Facebook and Google is dead.Ilya Zhitomirskiy died Saturday after San Francisco police were summoned for a reported suicide, police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said. From Nony
Dennis Ritchie, Father of C and Co-Developer of Unix, Dies | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com - Linus Torvalds once said, in reference to the development of Linux, that he “had hoisted [himself] up on the shoulders of giants.” Among those giants, Dennis Ritchie (aka dmr) was likely the tallest. Ritchie, the creator of the C programming language and co-developer of the Unix operating system passed away on October 8 at the age of 70, leaving a legacy that casts a very long shadow. From bofh
Doritos Creator Dead, to be Buried with Chips - Arch West, a former Frito-Lay executive and creator of Doritos, will be buried with the chips that made him famous.The 97-year-old died of natural causes on Sept. 20 at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Texas, his family confirmed in a statement over the weekend. From cw
Stetson Kennedy, author of 'Klan Unmasked', dies at 94 - Stetson Kennedy, 94, a writer who documented daily life in the Depression-era South and who produced a controversial book about the inner workings of the Ku Klux Klan, died Aug. 27 at a hospital in Jacksonville, Fla. From Nony
Betty Ford, Forthright and Inspirational First Lady, Dies at 93 - Betty Ford, the outspoken and much-admired wife of President Gerald R. Ford who overcame alcoholism and an addiction to pills and helped found one of the best-known rehabilitation centers in the nation, died Friday in Palm Springs, Calif. She was 93. From Nony
Who Gets Trouble's Fortune? World's Richest Dog Dies - Trouble, the impeccably groomed Maltese who once belonged to Leona Helmsley, has died today at the age of twelve. In 2007, it was widely reported that Helmsleyâ€™s Last Will specified that she had left a whopping twelve million dollars to her pooch, a significant amount that was more than she gifted to many of her surviving (human) family members. In fact, the so-called â€śQueen of Meanâ€ť shut out two of her grandchildren from her Will, giving them no money or property â€śfor reasons which are known to them.â€ť From Nony
'Grease' Star Jeff Conaway -- Dead at 60 - "Grease" star Jeff Conaway has died today ... several weeks after he was found unconscious in his L.A. area home ... TMZ has confirmed with the actor's family. From Popper
Macho Man Randy Savage Dead -- Dies In Car Accident - Florida Highway Patrol tells TMZ ... Savage was driving his 2009 Jeep Wrangler when he veered across a concrete median ... through oncoming traffic ... and "collided head-on with a tree."Savage was transported to Largo Medical center, where he died from his injuries.Savage's wife was a passenger in the vehicle during the collision -- but survived with "minor injuries." She was transported to a different local hospital where she was treated. From cw
The last post - Derek K. Miller - Here it is. I'm dead, and this is my last post to my blog. In advance, I asked that once my body finally shut down from the punishments of my cancer, then my family and friends publish this prepared message I wroteâ€”the first part of the process of turning this from an active website to an archive. From Nony
Bullied Minnesota Girls Reportedly Hang Themselves in Apparent Suicide Pact - Two Minnesota girls who felt bullied by their peers killed themselves in an apparent suicide pact during a sleepover at one of the teen's homes.A family member found the bodies of Haylee Fentress and Paige Moravetz, both 14, on Saturday at a home in Island Lake Township, Minn.The girls hanged themselves and left suicide notes, one detailing plans for her funeral, ABC News reports. From Nony
List of unusual deaths - This article provides a list of unusual deaths – unique, or extremely rare circumstances recorded throughout history. The list also includes less rare, but still unusual, deaths of prominent people. From Popper
Internet Pioneer Paul Baran dead at 84 - Paul Baran, whose work with packaging data in the 1960s has been credited with playing a role in the later development of the internet, has died at age 84, his son said.Baran died at his home in Palo Alto, California Saturday night, US time, of complications from lung cancer, David Baran told the Associated Press. From Nony
Geraldine Ferraro dies at 75 - Geraldine Ferraro, the Queens congresswoman who made history as the first woman to serve on a major party's presidential ticket, died Saturday. She was 75.Her family said she passed away at Massachusetts General Hospital of complications from multiple myeloma, a blood cancer sheâ€™s struggled with for 12 years. From cw
America's Atomic Time Bomb: Hanford Nuclear Waste Still Poses Serious Risks - The disaster at Fukushima has raised questions around the world about nuclear safety. But contamination is much worse in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. The former plutonium plant in Hanford, Washington is one of the most contaminated places on earth, and still decades from being cleaned up.
Millions of fish found dead in SoCal marina - Millions of fish have died in a Southern California marina and a spokeswoman says they apparently suffocated.Staci Gabrielli, marine coordinator for King Harbor Marina in Redondo Beach, says boaters awakened Tuesday to find the anchovy-size silvery fish surrounding their vessels. From Nony
575-pound Heart Attack Grill spokesman dies - River, who stood 6-foot-8 and weighed about 575 pounds, gained a measure of fame in the past year as spokesman for the Heart Attack Grill, a west Chandler restaurant that specializes in thick hamburgers and fries. He died on Tuesday at the age of 29. From Nony
Epic suicide note a masterful work of philosophy - When I first found out about Heisman and his epic suicide note, my reaction was probably the same as the one you are feeling write now: A knee-jerk desire to write off the situation as a depressing example of an attention seeking blowhard attempting to chisel a place in history by releasing a diatribe against injustices both perceived and real that the world had foisted upon him. Then I started reading it. From cw
1940s sex symbol Jane Russell dies at 89 - Jane Russell, the busty brunette who shot to fame as the sexy star of Howard Hughes' 1941 Western "The Outlaw," died Monday of respiratory failure, her family said. She was 89. From cw
DEC founder Kenneth Olsen mourned by computer industry - Kenneth Olsen, the computer industry pioneer who co-founded and led minicomputer king Digital Equipment Corp. for 35 years, died at the age of 84 on Sunday in Indianapolis.As DEC's leader, Olsen oversaw the company's epic battles vs. IBM and its mainframes for the hearts and business of IT shops â€“ a fight DEC eventually lost as the era of fast, cheap and networked PCs took hold in the 1980s and 1990s. During its heyday, DEC was the second largest computer company in the world with $14 billion in sales and its PDPs, VAXes and DECnet network technology became staples in many organizations. From Nony
Blaze kills 60 cats at Calif. pet sanctuary - More than 60 cats perished in an early morning blaze inside a California no-kill shelter that was built to save them, The Merced Sun-Star reported. Merced County fire officials say an electrical fire raced through the Last Hope Cat Kingdom in Atwater about 1 a.m. Friday, spreading thick smoke through the 2,500-square-foot building. From Nony
In Memoriam: Musicians We Lost In 2010 : NPR - NPR Music remembers the singers, instrumentalists, songwriters and producers who died in 2010. Explore the musical legacies they leave behind. Please help us honor the many other artists who passed away this year by discussing them in the comments section below. From Nony
Baker Street Singer Gerry Rafferty Dead At 63 | Rolling Stone Music - Scottish singer/songwriter Gerry Rafferty, best known for his solo hit "Baker Street" and "Stuck In The Middle," which he recorded as a member of Stealers Wheel, died January 4th after a long battle with liver disease. He was 63. "Stuck In The Middle," the lone hit of his band Stealers Wheel, reached Number Six on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1973 â€” though many people confused it for a Bob Dylan song because of the intentional vocal similarity. The song received new life in 1992 when Quentin Tarantino used it in a particularly gruesome scene in his debut film Reservoir Dogs. From Nony
Pete Postlethwaite Has Died - Pete Postlethwaite, the British actor, died yesterday aged 64. He was known for a huge variety of roles on stage, television and cinema, died peacefully in his sleep in a hospital in the English county of Shropshire after a lengthy battle with cancer. From taliesyn30
Bizarre twist alleged in hit-and-run - A Millville man tried to cover up his involvement in a fatal hit-and-run last week by rubbing deer meat on his car, the Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office said Monday. From Nony
Captain Beefheart Dead At Age 69 - Don Van Vliet, who became a rock legend as Captain Beefheart, died today from complications from multiple sclerosis in California. His passing was announced by the New York-based Michael Werner Gallery, which represented his work as a painter. From cw
15 People Killed By The Internet - Once television was the modern sensation that held our undivided attention for decades. Technology evolved and the first personal computers were released to public in 1977. Thereafter the World Wide Web was launched in 1990. Today there are over 2 billion internet users around the world.Present day we can watch our favorite television episodes on the internet while connecting to our friends and family via social networks. We can also arrange dates online, play games online or converse with complete strangers in chat rooms or through private messages online. We are now all connected, but should we be? From Nony
Dino De Laurentiis - Dino De Laurentiis left home at age 17 to enrol in film school, supporting himself as an actor, extra, propman, or any other job he could get in the film industry. His persistence paid off, and by the time he reached his 20th birthday he already had one produced film under his belt. After serving in the Italian army during World War II... From cw
One in five vertebrates threatened by extinction - Twenty years ago, nearly all the worldâ€™s nations agreed to significantly reduce the loss of biodiversity by 2010. (The United States signed the accord but, like other treaties, the Senate has not ratified it.) Well, itâ€™s 2010 and we are nowhere near that goal. While the Convention on Biological Diversity is currently meeting to update its targets for 2020, a new study released by Science says one-fifth of the worldâ€™s vertebrate species are threatened with extinction. But the good news is things would be a whole lot worse if we had done nothing at all.
It's OK, Sarah Palin and O'Donnell told NeoCon so. God gave us the world to do with as we please, anyway, why bother, this is the end times, so better pray and repent! From Nony
Driving While High On Pot Kills People - The driver of a charter bus that on May 9, 1999 , crashed and killed 22 people was fired from bus companies in 1989 and 1996 after testing positive for marijuana four times. A federal investigator also confirmed a report that Frank Bedell, 46, tested positive for marijuana when he was hospitalized after the bus veered off a highway in New Orleans , Louisiana and plunged into an embankment. From NeoCon
'Happy Coffins' Make Funerals Less Grim - Come on, baby, don't fear the reaper.That's the message, not from Blue Oyster Cult, but from a Singapore nonprofit that recently revealed a series of coffins featuring fanciful designs and festooned with cheery slogans, such as "Say hello to my wonderland" and "Hello, coffin. You seem to be nice."The 12 caskets, or "Happy Coffins," represent the winning designs from an international competition held by the Lien Foundation to create caskets that take the stigma and fear out of death. From Nony
Americans Face Machine Gun Fire on the Mexican Border - The pirates are believed to be members of a drug trafficking organization or members of an enforcer group linked to a heavily-armed drug trafficking organization that utilizes AK-47s or AR-15 rifles. DPS officials say the men appear to be using local Mexican fisherman to operate the boats to get as close as possible to American fishermen. From NeoCon
Tony Curtis, Hollywood Legend, Dies at 85 - Tony Curtis, the Bronx tailor's son who became a 1950s movie heartthrob and then a respected actor with such films as "Sweet Smell of Success," "The Defiant Ones" and "Some Like It Hot," has died. He was 85. From cw
Tony Curtis: Iconic Actor, Abstract Painter - Tony Curtis, the movie star best known for his roles in The Defiant Ones (1958), Some Like It Hot (1959), Spartacus (1960), and The Great Race (1965), died Wednesday of cardiac arrest at the age of 85 in his Las Vegas home. During the peak of his career, Curtis was widely recognized as both an talented actor and visual darling of the silver screen. The New York Times' Dave Kehr writes that "with his dark, curly hair, worn in a sculptural style later imitated by Elvis Presley, and plucked eyebrows framing pale blue eyes and wide, full lips, Mr. Curtis embodied a new kind of feminized male beauty that came into vogue in the early 1950s." From Nony
Rising Suicide Rates Worry U.S. Health And Military Officials - An alarming rise in suicides across America has the federal government racing to help before more lives are lost.The National Alliance On Mental Illness says there are about 100 suicides a day in the USA - and it's just as serious an issue here in missouri. From Nony
Local News | Tragic end for Enumclaw men as close as brothers - Steven D. Relford called his mother several times Saturday night â€” his 20th birthday â€” to tell her he was OK and to promise he wouldn't drive drunk.He kept that promise, she says. After celebrating his birthday with friends, he decided to ride a bicycle the few blocks to his Enumclaw home.But about 2:10 a.m. Sunday, Relford was struck and killed by a pickup driven by Geoffrey M. Godley, 24, according to Sgt. John Urquhart, a spokesman for the King County Sheriff's Office. Once Godley saw who the victim was, he then shot and killed himself, Urquhart said. From Nony
ELO star killed by bale of hay - A founding member of rock group Electric Light Orchestra has been killed after a giant bale of hay tumbled down a hill and crashed onto his van.Cellist Mike Edwards died after the 600-kilogram bale careered down a steep field, smashed through a hedge and onto the road in Devon, south-west England. From cw
Hoarder Found Dead: Buried Alive Under Junk - Bill James brought the search for his wife Billie Jean to a horrifying conclusion on Wednesday when he spotted her feet sticking out from the pile of junk that filled the room from floor to ceiling. From NeoCon
Taliban Hunts Down Afghans Listed in Wikileaks - In an interview with Channel 4 News, Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, said they were studying and investigating the report, adding “If they are US spies, then we know how to punish them.”
The warning came as the US military’s top officer, Admiral Mike Mullen said that Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, may already have blood on his hands following the leak of 92,000 classified documents relating to the war in Afghanistan by his website. From NeoCon
Journalism Legend Daniel Schorr Dies At 93 : NPR - Daniel Schorr, a longtime senior news analyst for NPR and a veteran Washington journalist who broke major stories at home and abroad during the Cold War and Watergate, has died. He was 93. From cw
RIP walking guy - Dr. Marc Abrams, 58, has been taking long walks through his Silver Lake neighborhood since moving there in 1980. He says he walks 5 miles an hour and logs up to 200 miles a week. The retired family practitioner, who takes five newspapers, likes to read on his walks. Along the way he's earned a few nicknames: the Walking Man, the Silver Lake Walker, the Walking Doctor and the Reader Walker. From cw
Elderly couple dies while trapped in home elevator - When the elevator in their home got stuck between floors, Sherwood and Caroline Wadsworth found themselves trapped with no way to call for help as temperatures rose into the 90s. They finally died from heat exhaustion in the closet-sized lift. From Nony
Baby Photo Retouching Service - Recover a Little Bit of What Was Lost Unfortunately, some of us don't get the happy ending we expect after many long weeks of pregnancy.You have a loss, a loss that no pregnant couple even wants to think about. When it happens to you,there is shock and indescribable sorrow. When it is all over, if you are lucky (and your hospital nursingstaff has been properly trained) you will at least have some photos of your precious child; photos youwill cherish forever. It has been my experience that often these cherished photos are all too graphic,showing a damaged baby, not the beautiful child you remember giving birth to. From Nony
R.I.P. Thanks for changing our world. - Easy Rider on freedom (Jack Nicholson): "Oh, yeah, that's right. That's what's it's all about, all right. But talkin' about it and bein' it, that's two different things. I mean, it's real hard to be free when you are bought and sold in the marketplace. Of course, don't ever tell anybody that they're not free, 'cause then they're gonna get real busy killin' and maimin' to prove to you that they are." From Nony
'Diff'rent Strokes' actor Gary Coleman dies at 42 - Former child star Gary Coleman, who rose to fame as the wisecracking youngster Arnold Jackson on the TV sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes" but grew up to grapple with a troubled adulthood, has died. He was 42. From popper
COMMUNIST LIES DESTROY/MURDER BRAVE AND KIND GOP POLITICIAN - Lukens was back in Washington only two years when he was convicted in May 1989 for having sex with a 16-year old girl -- a relationship that reportedly began when the girl was 13. (The details about the relationship, which I learned second-hand at the time, are far more lurid.)House Republicans, furious at what they were hearing, insisted he resign, but he not only refused, he sought re-election in 1990. Doomed from the start, he finished third in the primary to state Rep. John Boehner, the current House GOP leader. From Alarmist NeoCon
Great Vintage Ammunition Packaging (23 Examples) - I happened to stumble upon some really awesome vintage design in the unexpected form of ammunition packaging. Here's a collection we gathered from around the web - we hope you'll find it as a source of inspiration. From Nony
Calculations of Gulf Spill Volume Are Questioned - Two weeks ago, the government put out a round estimate of the size of the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico: 5,000 barrels a day. Repeated endlessly in news reports, it has become conventional wisdom. From Nony
Osama bin Laden: A dead nemesis - When you hear a threat which is "probably" made by bin Laden, just remember that he's "probably" dead.
Also think about who benefits from your believing he's alive. From Roddy
Morris Schappes Dies at 97 - Marxist and Jewish Scholar - Mr. Schappes (pronounced SHAP-pess) was at the eye of a political storm in 1941 when he was fired by the City College of New York along with nearly 50 other Communist-leaning employees. He went to prison for perjury in testifying to a state legislative committee on the case and used his time behind bars to study Jewish history in preparation for writing well-reviewed books on the subject.
He combined a passion for Jewish culture and history with a commitment to atheistic Marxism. His magazine, originally a Soviet-backed Communist organ, became something of an intellectual home for secular Jewish leftists unwilling or unable to turn to religion or to more conservative politics. From NeoCon
BBC News - Former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren dies at 64 - Malcolm McLaren, the former manager of punk group the Sex Pistols, has died in Switzerland aged 64.McLaren, the ex-partner of designer Vivienne Westwood, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer last October.He set up a clothes shop and label with Westwood on London's King's Road in the 1970s and was later a businessman and performer in his own right. From Nony
Justice For Kurt Cobain - Reasons Why This Case Should Be Reopened - Kurt apparently had 3 times the lethal 225 mgs dose of heroin (1.52 mgs per liter) in his blood system and intravenous puncture marks in both arms. Medical experts will tell you that such an amount, when injected directly into the bloodstream will leave you incapacitated and cause you to lapse into a coma within seconds, if not kill you instantly before the needle can even be removed from your arm. It's common for deaths of heroin overdoses to be found with the needle still sticking out of the arm. That's how quickly one lethal dose can kill a person, let alone three. From cw
Screw-in coffin patent issues - This is a choice selection of images from the application for U.S. patent 7,631,404, which has since issued to Donald Scruggs of Chino, CA. The title is "Easy inter burial container." From Nony
JD Salinger Was a Creep - "Really, the only way I came to understand why it took me so long was reading the literature on cults and people emerging from cults and how when you're forced to believe in the whole package you can't disagree with discrete bits of it. Because really, the whole thing has to fall apart for you to start questioning." From NeoCon
Pernell Roberts Dead: 'Bonanza' Star Dies At 81 - Pernell Roberts, the ruggedly handsome actor who shocked Hollywood by leaving TV's "Bonanza" at the height of its popularity, then found fame again years later on "Trapper John, M.D.," has died. He was 81. From Nony
Haiti's Voodoo Priests Object to Mass Burials - Dumping the dead in hurriedly excavated mass graves without proper rites is seen as desecration in a country where many believe in zombies -- dead bodies brought back to life by supernatural forces who could persecute the living. From NeoCon
‘Strongest man,’ 104, dies after he's hit by car - A famed strongman who once lifted 3,200 pounds at Coney Island during its heyday and was still bending quarters with his fingers at age 104 died Monday after he was hit by a minivan. From popper
Aokigahara Suicide Forest - Called "the perfect place to die," the Aokigahara forest has the unfortunate distinction as the world's second most popular place to take one's life. (The first is the Golden Gate Bridge.) Since the 1950s, Japanese businessmen have wandered in, and at least 500 of them haven't wandered out, at an increasing rate of between 10 and 30 suicides per year. Recently these numbers have increased even more, with a record 78 bodies in 2002. From Nony
Playboy Model Burned Body Found in Miami Trash Bin - This is what happens in the "Anything Goes" world of the Liberals. She put herself out there because anything goes, and the horrid person who did this did it because "Anything Goes." Truly a sad thing for her. Once the line between right and wrong became blurred, it was a matter of time before people would feel they could do what ever they wanted. From NeoCon
Curtis Allina, 87; Put Heads on Pez - Curtis Allina, a candy company executive who presided over a powerful innovation in marketing that was less about the candy itself than it was about the container it came in â€” and who in unintended consequence created a universe of enraptured, determined and by their own account fanatically obsessed collectors â€” died Dec. 15 at his home in Olympia, Wash. Mr. Allina, who helped bring the world the modern Pez dispenser, was 87. From cw
Free burial for drunken drivers - A Georgia funeral home has a deal for party monsters with a frugal streak: a free burial if you drink, drive and die on New Year's Eve.Between now and noon Thursday, drivers can visit McGuire, Jennings and Miller Funeral Home in Rome, Ga., and sign a contract stating they plan to drink or use drugs and drive on New Year's Eve. If they're killed in a wreck that night, the funeral home will bury them for free.
Too bad this deal is not in AZ. NeoCon would have signed for it! From Nony
2009: Deadliest Year for Arizona/Mexico Border - For the border state of Arizona, the year 2009 will be remembered for a marked decline in Mexican immigration to the United States, a trend many economists attribute to the loss of jobs in the still-struggling American economy. But here in the Sonoran Desert, 2009 will also be remembered as being possibly the most lethal year for the Arizona/Mexican border. From Nony
Kim Peek, the original Rain Man, dies - Kim Peek, the autistic savant who inspired the Oscar-winning film Rain Man, has died, aged 58.Mr Peek's father Fran said that his son had suffered a major heart attack on Saturday and was pronounced dead at a hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, the town where he had spent his life. From cw
Oral Roberts, pioneer of TV evangelism, dies at 91 - A pioneer of television evangelism, Oral Roberts, has died at Newport Beach in California aged 91. He founded his own ministry and his own university, funded by millions he raised from supporters. From Nony
Ohio Has New Method Of Lethal Injection - Prison officials readily admitted that Ohio will be the first state to use this lethal injection method for executions. They said it is both humane and effective.
That's a new one, executing people is considered humane? From Nony
Pushin Daisies: a mortuary novelty shop - Pushin Daisies offers everything relating to the mortuary business, from the funny to the bizarre. Our funeral related novelties and gift items offered are perfect for the post-mortem collector or death enthusiast. Pushin Daisies gift shop was created for the funeral director, by a funeral director. From Nony
A third of Americans die in hospitals, study finds | U.S. | Reuters - Nearly a third of Americans who die are in the hospital at the time and their last treatments cost the U.S. economy $20 billion, according to a report released on Wednesday.The single biggest cause of hospital death was septicemia, an overwhelming infection of the blood, which killed 15 percent of patients, the team at the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality found. From Nony
British couple Mowed Down in Tombstone, AZ - A British couple who spent so much time in Tombstone that they became well known in the 1,800-person city have been hit and killed by a truck, upsetting the locals who knew them and reigniting frustrations over the area where the accident occurred. From NeoCon
Bloods vs. Crips at UConn - Police said the stabbing happened when a school-sponsored dance at the student union was let out. A fire alarm was pulled at 12:26 a.m., an altercation happened outside the building between two groups of people and then two people were stabbed. From NeoCon
Cops: Husband shot soccer mom as she chatted on webcam - Meleanie Hain, 31, made national headlines last year as the mother who carried a loaded, holstered handgun to her 5-year-old daughter's soccer game.She was found dead in her Lebanon, Pennsylvania, home along with her husband, Scott Hain, 33, on Wednesday evening, Lebanon police said.
Manson Family Member Susan Atkins Dies - Susan Atkins, renamed Sadie Mae Glutz by cult leader Charles Manson, has died in prison of brain cancer at age 61. Her death came 23 days after a California parole board turned down her request to be released from prison so that she could die at home.Atkins was the only Manson Family member who participated in the Tate and Labiaca murders as well as the murder of Gary Hinman.
She will be in heaven with Nicole and Sarah. She had Jesus in her heart when she died! From Nony
Patrick Swayze Dies - Patrick Swayze, the balletically athletic actor who rose to stardom in the films Dirty Dancing and Ghost and whose 20-month battle with advanced pancreatic cancer drew wide attention, died Monday. He was 57.His publicist, Annett Wolf, told The Associated Press in Los Angeles that Mr. Swayze died with family at his side. From cw
Mass. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy dies at age 77 - Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, the last surviving brother in a political dynasty and one of the most influential senators in history, died Tuesday night at his home on Cape Cod after a year-long struggle with brain cancer. He was 77. From cw
Huckabee Calls for Ethnic Cleansing of Palestinian Territories - Mike Huckabee is a fairly charming guy, but the fact that these kind of sentiments can be uttered by a member of the American political mainstream tells you a lot about why Arabs mistrust Americaâ€™s approach to the Israeli-Arab conflict. Heâ€™s moved on from his general support for settlements to a call to, I guess, deport the entire population of Palestine to someplace else From Nony
CNBC-TV18 - Food inventories at their lowest in decades - Food inventories were at their lowest in decades, Rogers said in an exclusive interview to CNBC-TV18. Sugar prices would continue to head higher, he said, as the demand remained high.Rogers also spoke on the Chinese market and said it would continue to grow in the near future. "I have not sold my Chinese holdings despite the market fall," he said. The Chinese economy has continued to do extremely well as they had enough reserves, he added.Here is a verbatim transcript of the exclu From Nony
Taco Bell spokesdog, Gidget, dead at 15 - Gidget, the chihuahua who charmed millions in a series of Taco Bell commercials, has died at the age of 15, PeoplePets.Com reported today.The Web site said Gidget died of a stroke.In addition to her gig as spokesdog for Taco Bell (â€śYo Quiero Taco Bellâ€ť), Gidget appeared in a commercial for the '90s edition of Trivial Pursuit and played Bruiser's mom in Legally Blonde 2. From cw
Black Dead Tossed into Mass Grave - The suspects, all of whom are black, were identified as Carolyn Towns, 49, Keith Nicks, 45, and his brother, Terrence Nicks, 39 — all of Chicago — and Maurice Dailey, 61, of Robbins. They each have been charged with one count of dismembering a human body, a felony. From NeoCon
Billy Mays Now Sells From the Grave - Mays's final pitch is for Telebrands's Jupiter Jack -- "the new revolutionary cell phone accessory for your car that turns any car radio into a wireless speaker system" (yours for only $19.99 plus shipping and handling!). From NeoCon
TV pitchman Billy Mays found dead in Tampa home - Nationally known TV ad pitchman Billy Mays, 50, was found dead this morning in his Tampa home, the Tampa Police Department reported.Mays was found unresponsive by his wife and the Tampa Fire Rescue pronounced him dead at 7:45 a.m., the report said. From cw
Plane that crashed in Ariz., killing 4, had drugs - The twin-engine plane was en route to the Austin area when it crashed in flames Wednesday shortly after takeoff from Holbrook, Ariz. It had flown to Holbrook from Santa Rosa, Calif. From NeoCon
US military deaths in Iraq war at 4,316 - As of Wednesday, June 24, 2009, at least 4,316 members of the U.S. military had died in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.The figure includes nine military civilians killed in action. At least 3,455 military personnel died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.
Their blood and the blood of the innocent citizens of Iraq who were slaughtered during the invasion is on the hands of Bush, all those who voted for him and supported this vile illegal war. May the (non existing) Lord have mercy on your souls. From Olga
Alcohol Blamed for Half of '90s Deaths in Russia - A new study by an international team of public health researchers documents the devastating impact of alcohol abuse on Russia - showing that drinking caused more than half of the deaths among Russians aged 15 to 54 in the turbulent era following the Soviet collapse.The 52 percent figure is compared with estimates that less than 4 percent of deaths worldwide are caused by alcohol abuse, according to the study by Russian, British and French researchers published in Friday's edition of the British medical journal The Lancet.The Russian findings were based on a survey of almost 49,000 deaths between 1990 and 2001 among young adult and middle-aged Russians in three industrial Siberian towns, which had typical 1990s Russian mortality patterns. From danomil
Lee Majors Reacts to Farrah's Death - "My wife Faith and I were saddened to hear of Farrah's passing," Lee tells Entertainment Tonight. "She fought a tremendous battle against a terrible disease. She was an angel on earth and now an angel forever." From NeoCon
Michael Jackson Dies - Michael suffered a cardiac arrest earlier this afternoon at his Holmby Hills home and paramedics were unable to revive him. We're told when paramedics arrived Jackson had no pulse and they never got a pulse back. From cw
Women Collects Social Security from Mummified Mother - A South Florida woman pleaded guilty to collecting her dead mother’s federal benefits for six years after her death, all the while the mother’s decomposing body remained in the house the two women shared. From NeoCon
Silicon Valley Computer Nerd Drowns - Stanford University said the 47-year-old professor apparently drowned on Friday at his home in Atherton, and his friends told the school news service he did not know how to swim. From NeoCon
Report: Iraqi Militia Killing Gay Men with Painful Anal Glue Torture - Towleroad, More than gay news. More gay men - "A prominent Iraqi human rights activist says that Iraqi militia have deployed a painful form of torture against homosexuals by closing their anuses using 'Iranian gum.' ... Yina Mohammad told Alarabiya.net that, 'Iraqi militias have deployed an unprecedented form of torture against homosexuals by using a very strong glue that will close their anus.' According to her, the new substance 'is known as the American hum, which is an Iranian-manufactured glue that if applied to the skin, sticks to it and can only be removed by surgery. After they glue the anuses of homosexuals, they give them a drink that causes diarrhea. Since the anus is closed, the diarrhea causes death. Videos of this form of torture are being distributed on mobile cellphones in Iraq.'
AFP: Writer JG Ballard dies age 78 - JG Ballard, a cult author best known for his book "Empire of the Sun" about his childhood struggle to survive in a Japanese internment camp, has died after a long illness, his agent said. He was 78.Margaret Hanbury announced his death from cancer on Sunday with "great sadness", saying he had been ill "for several years". From Nony